Editor explains insignificance of red coffee cups

Some people believe Starbucks is using red coffee cups to declare war on Christianity and Christmas. In years past Starbucks celebrated the holiday season by using special red cups with wintery Christmas-themed designs. Snowflakes, Christmas ornaments, caroling snowmen, and reindeer adorned cups of Christmases past. But this year the coffee chain chose to celebrate the […]

Critic finds film ‘hard to predict’

During the past decade there has been an uptick in movies and television with anti-heroes in the lead role. A lead with questionable morals isn’t a new development. Watching characters struggle to live with their imperfections on screen helps us feel better about ourselves and our own problems. The question is, how far can a […]

Columnist suggests meditation to reduce stress

I recently experienced meditation for the first time on a visit to Buddha Mind Monastery, 5800 S. Anderson Road, as part of a service-learning requirement. I arrived at the monastery early in the morning, expecting to dislike it because Buddhism is different  from my own tradition. Although I expected the worst, I ended the day […]

Editors remind students to count blessings during the holidays

For college students, Thanksgiving represents a calm before the stress of finals season hits us. It is our chance to catch up on sleep and Netflix before studying for finals and spending long nights in Dulaney-Browne Library. It also is a time of year when we are reminded of the things we are thankful for. […]

New show replaces traditional holiday performances

This holiday season the School of Theater will not perform one of its traditional Christmas plays but a new show instead. In past years the school preformed A Christmas Carol or It’s a Wonderful Life, but this year they are scheduled to perform The Man who came to Dinner. “We have done Christmas Carol and […]

‘Most lavish Christmas dance extravaganza’ set to begin

The Ann Lacy School of Dance and Entertainment will present its annual Christmas show Home for the Holidays. Home for the Holidays is scheduled to return Dec. 10-13 in Kirkpatrick Auditorium in Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center. The show features a variety of ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop numbers. Home for the Holidays is described […]

Two emergency phones out of order

Two of the emergency phones on campus are out of order. The phones East of the Dawson-Loeffler Science & Mathematics Center and on the Quad South of Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center have been down for a couple of weeks, said Bradd Brown, chief of police. Brown said he did not have the information with […]

OCU named ‘Military Friendly School’ for seventh consecutive year

OCU recently was named a Military Friendly School for the seventh-consecutive year by a media outlet. Schools named to the list are known for helping military personnel make the transition back to civilian life. Victory Media operates militaryfriendly.com, a website that lists companies and schools that actively support military personnel. The site uses surveys in order […]

Comedic opera set to open, director to host preshow presentation

The Oklahoma Opera and Music Theatre Company will present this season’s first mainstage opera with the comedy opera Don Pasquale. “Don Pasquale is an opera that is good for first-time opera goers,” said Dr. David Herendeen, the show’s director. “It speaks in the typical TV language. It is an opportunity for the audiences to be […]

University president offers Thanksgiving meal

President Robert Henry and his wife, Dr. Jan Henry, will give students who cannot go home for Thanksgiving a place to celebrate with the campus community. Henry is partnering with Sodexo to provide a Thanksgiving meal free of charge to students who are unable to go home because it is too far away. Lunch is […]

Business research center splits into three specific parts

The Meinders School of Business Economic Research and Policy Institute has split into three specific centers of research. The centers work on funded research from outside agencies and are available to students for individual research projects and work study jobs. The institute, located in Meinders School of Business, conducts economic impact studies, creates economic models, […]

Organization helps families in need during the giving season

The university is partnering with Skyline Urban Ministries this holiday season to help families in need. Various departments and organizations on campus will support 20 families from a list provided by Skyline. Students, faculty and staff who volunteer to help will purchase items on a wish list and deliver them to Skyline who will deliver […]

Housing staff looks to replace residence hall’s leaking air system

Leaks in Banning Hall dormitory have led housing officials to seek new climate control systems.    Banning Hall uses the oldest heating and cooling system on campus. In this chilled water system, pipes run cooled water to fans that blow air into each room. While innovative at the time of its installation 30 years ago, […]

Pedestrian gate welded shut to close west entrance

The broken pedestrian gate facing west in Cokesbury Court Apartments has been welded shut. The gate was an easy exit for Cokesbury residents trying to walk to nearby stores or to the Lambda Chi Alpha house. “It needed to be welded shut so it could be closed,” said Liz Harney, associate director of student housing […]

Students warned of slashed tires

A student was surprised by a flat tire on her way to observe an elementary school class. She was more surprised when she was told someone had slashed her tire. “I’m not mad at what happened,” said Kara Klamm, education senior. “I’m just frustrated that someone would think that it’s okay to vandalize someone else’s […]

Fraternity withdraws from national organization

Only one of OCU’s fraternities is a member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. The NIC is a national association that represents fraternities in the U.S. Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) is the only fraternity at OCU still involved in the NIC. Lambda Chi Alpha resigned its membership Oct. 27. “Lambda Chi believes the NIC’s new direction […]

Students to showcase knowledge through poster contest

Students have the opportunity to showcase knowledge and a chance to win cash prizes at the annual undergraduate research poster contest. The contest is open to all undergraduate students, and entries can cover any topic. The work must be original and completed during the current academic year, in class or individually. Students can submit a […]

Theater school releases revised program

The School of Theater has released a revised Bachelor of Arts program. The change will go into effect in Fall 2016. It will replace the old Bachelor of Arts program when the current students graduate. The program will give students the education they would receive in show business, but localized into a four-year program. “There […]

Play addresses racism, sexism

A student-directed play portrays the struggles of black women against racism and sexism. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf follows seven black women and the difficulty they face  in a racist and sexist society. The women each wear a specific color: red, blue, purple, yellow, brown, green, and orange. The […]

Students create YouTube series from their dorm room

Two students are creating and producing a weekly YouTube series. The DormRoom is a show created by Lincoln Korver, acting sophomore, and Graydon McNally, music theater sophomore, as a way to entertain and connect with people. The series is meant to make viewers laugh while giving them a quick escape from reality, Korver said. “We […]

Chalking policy changes to maintain campus appearance

A new university policy changes the way student organizations can use chalk around campus. The policy requires that LaVetra Ray, assistant director of student activities, approve all chalking.  Chalk is only allowed on sidewalks and may not be within 30 feet of any building entrances. Organizations who break this policy are subject to a $200 […]

Wesley Center collects donations for foster children

The Wesley Center teamed up with Circle of Care to provide Christmas presents to 12 foster children. Circle of Care is a United Methodist organization whose mission is to help children and families in need assure a healthy future, according to its website, circleofcare.org. “They have given us 12 children to take care of and […]

Soccer seasons come to an end

The men’s and women’s soccer teams finished their seasons this week. Both teams ended their seasons with the semifinals of the men’s and women’s Sooner Athletic Conference Tournaments. The men played against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on Nov. 9 at Drover Pitch at USAO in Chickasha, Okla. The Stars lost 3-2. […]

Officials discuss canceling cable to improve Wi-Fi

Officials are considering disconnecting cable to dorm rooms to improve Wi-Fi.  The idea to disconnect the cable was proposed earlier this year after officials became aware many students don’t use cable in their rooms. Housing is working with student relations to determine if this would benefit students. Kevin Culbertson, coordinator of housing operations, said he […]

Two campus organizations unable to participate in Homecoming

Two campus organizations did not participate in Homecoming this year. Alpha Phi sorority decided as a chapter not to participate. Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity could not participate because of an ongoing investigation from the headquarters for potential hazing. “While it is sad that these two organizations can’t participate, we are still trying to unite the […]

Gamma Phi Beta wins Homecoming Sweepstakes

Homecoming ended as the ladies of Gamma Phi Beta swarmed the basketball court to accept their Sweepstakes trophy. The sorority won the overall Homecoming championship Nov. 7. The Sweepstakes award ceremony was after the men’s basketball game in Abe Lemons Area in Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center. The Stars won the game against […]

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