Winter weather worries: home, car, and personal health

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Oklahoma will finally be feeling the chill, as we drop from near-record highs to lows near freezing. This kind of temperature jump can wreak havoc on cars, homes, and the human body, so before you enjoy the chill, make sure you follow these tips to simplify life.

OCU honors inspiration behind Children’s Miracle Network fundraisers


OCU honored Angel Ashley, a former Miracle Network Hospitals Champion Child and inspiration behind Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores fundraising efforts, with a reception.

No-Shave November: the method behind the manness


No-Shave November is a tradition in which men vow to go without shaving their beards for the month. The tradition is alive and well across the country, but many supporters do not know the history, or the charitable goals, behind this month-long celebration of beardness.

OCU alum earns PGA Tour card


By Lauren Matheny, Web Editor Tyrone Van Aswegen, OCU alum and former member of the Men’s Golf team, has earned his second PGA Tour card. Van Awsegen tied for 11th place in the Tour Championship last Sunday. He finished at 29th place in’s ranking of the top 50 golfers who received their PGA […]

Volleyball team dedicates game to breast cancer awareness


The volleyball team will dedicate their pink-out game in support of breast cancer awareness to a player’s family member.The pink-out game is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, and will be dedicated to senior Kelley Shiel’s grandmother, Sandra Allen, who died of breast cancer at age 71.

Police Department releases security report

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Burglaries are the most highly reported campus crime, according to a security and fire report released earlier this month. The report, released Oct. 1, is required by federal law. It lists policies and crime statistics from 2011-13 for the university and surrounding areas.

United Way campaigns for student involvement

The United Way, a national system of local charities, will conduct a campaign to promote student involvement this month on campus. The main event, a silent auction, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 30 in the Great Hall in Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center.

OCU alumnae, benefactor, honored in Journal Record’s Woman of the Year program


Three members of the OCU community were honored at the Journal Record’s 34th annual Woman of the Year event on Oct. 2.

Information expo hosted for campus community


Students, faculty and staff can explore 50 vendors from the area during the first Benefits and Wellness Expo. The expo is from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Oct. 15 in Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center.

Dance school recognized for programs, training

Elise Jenkins, dance management senior, prepares to do a cambré side towards the barre Friday in Studio M in Edith Kinney Gaylord Center.  Jenkins and classmates danced to songs such as “Somewhere over the Rainbow” as part of “Fun Music Friday.”

The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management has been getting its share of publicity during the last few months.
The school was named a top dance school by Dance Magazine last month.Several other publications also named OCU as a top-tier dance program.

Alumni Association hosts Downtown Lunch and Learn

The OCU Alumni Association will host a lunch and learn session titled “Living, Working, and Playing in the Urban Core.” The session will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library. The session will be led by a discussion panel of local business professionals from BetterBlockOKC: ·         […]

What your coffee choice says about you

By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor What coffee you choose each morning could say something about your personality, a new study finds. Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a clinical psychologist, recently conducted a study of 1,000 coffee drinkers. The study took into account common personality traits from several methods of psychological schools of thought in order to come […]

Summer in session: ways to stay on track for next fall

By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor For students, summer is a time to relax, take a deep breath, and look back on the year of hard work with pride. It’s a time for summer jobs, for exciting internships, for horizon-broadening trips abroad. But despite the temptation to completely check out, summer should also be a time […]

Resisting the urge: healthy snack habits for hard-core studying

By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor What you eat while studying can affect your memory, mood, and general well-being. Though it might seem easier to rip open a bag of chips or scarf down a candy bar, making healthful and easy choices can go a long way to energizing students for studying marathons or long days […]

Sleep no more: students struggle to find time to rest

By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor The late spring serves as crunch time for many OCU students. With final exams looming, final performances drawing near, and a lagging sense of focus, sleep is often the last thing students think about during this busy period. However, a restful sleep schedule can build a solid basis for a […]

Finishing the school year strong: tips and hints

By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor While spring semester is drawing to a close, students often feel the need for a productivity boost as focus lags. The end of the school year can bring on bouts of anxiety, fatigue, and procrastination just when students need focus and energy.  For seniors, this lack of drive can be […]

University counselors encourage stress relief during finals week

The university counselors promote stress relief during finals week by brining therapy dogs to campus. Brandi Gibson, director of university counseling, said the best way to relieve stress is to maintain a healthy diet and sleep regularly throughout the semester.

Counselors, students promote mental health awareness

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Students and university officials are working to establish better mental health services and access on campus. Brandi Gibson, director of university counseling, serves at the director of the behavior intervention team. Click here to read more on the team’s objectives and members. “I provide feedback regarding mental health issues if there’s a student in question […]

Gluten Free Diets: A Health Nut Fad, or Practical Science?

The gluten-free diet has become a cultural phenomenon for those seeking to lose weight and boost their digestive health

Healthy habits lead to lower levels of stress, success

By Lauren Matheny, Staff Writer The fall semester signals a fresh start for students across campus. It also brings the beginning of unhealthy habits: late night pizza binges, hours spent avoiding homework and watching Netflix, and a host of other college vices that can lead to sickness, stress and impaired class performance. Starting out the […]

More consumers opting for low-calorie choices


By Amy Fuhrman, Staff Writer French fry sales are dropping across America, according to the Hudson Institute. Fast food companies are making more money by offering healthier options, such as apple slices, oatmeal and low-calorie meals. For more information, click here.

Teen continues recovery from synthetic marijuana-induced illness


By Ally Hansen Emily Bauer, 16, of Cypress, Texas, is slowly recovering from near-lethal complications after smoking synthetic marijuana. The drug, also known as “spice,” was linked to more than 11,000 emergency department visits in 2010, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. To read Emily’s full story, click […]

Super bowl servings


By Amy Fuhrman Whichever team you may be rooting for this weekend, the Super Bowl is a huge event for both football and snacking. It is estimated that Americans will consume 1.25 billion chicken wings, 4.4 million pizzas and 11.2 million pounds of potato chips. With obesity on the rise in America, it may be […]

Fast food may be linked to asthma, eczema and hay fever


By Lindey Boatman The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) has discovered evidence of clear associations between certain unhealthy foods and severe asthma, hay fever and eczema. Similarly, it has been found that children who eat fruit regularly were protected against severe asthma in addition to enjoying other health advantages. To read […]

Dietitian suggests root vegetables for winter

By Lindey Boatman, Ad/Marketing Director Getting the proper nutrients is necessary for college students but often proves difficult. This is especially important during the cold and flu season. Dietitian Becky Varner recently described the benefits of root vegetables that can be found in the winter and shares her recipe for Roasted Vegetable Medley. To view […]

Oklahoma continues to see light flu season


By Lindey Boatman State health officials have stated that the flu season remains mild in Oklahoma.  Public health officials continue to recommend that residents get their flu vaccine, however. To read more, click here.

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