Wild at heart: animals on campuses

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As OCU’s resident pair of geese have added two new members to the campus wildlife population, it’s compelling to wonder: what kind of animals are you likely to find on college campuses across the country? MediaOCU uncovers the similarities and differences of the animal residents on our campus, and those across the nation.

Sorority hosts sexual assault awareness event

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By Miguel Rios, Staff Writer   The women of Alpha Chi Omega are preparing for their Sexual Assault Awareness event. Throughout the week they will post on social media about sexual assault and domestic violence awareness. “We’re trying to embrace April in the sense of it being Sexual Assault Awareness Month,” said Nicole Wilwert, dance […]

Add some hours to your day: tips for hectic schedules

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How many times have you caught yourself saying, “If only there were more hours in the day!” Fortunately, there are ways to make the day easier, and use time wisely. Here are a few tips for making the most of each day’s time.

Officials urged to reevaluate food prices

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By The Editors   Dining on campus is always a touchy subject with students across the nation. Food is one of the top complaints on college campuses, according to studentadvisor.com. Hundreds of students were surveyed to find out what their top complaints about college are. Lack of diversity and tuition also made the list. The […]

Star Wars, Shakespeare combined for performance

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By Taylor Rey, Staff Writer   Star Wars and Shakespeare are an unlikely combination, but students will get the chance to see both in the next OCU Edge production. William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back is a play written by Ian Doescher. The show is actually the script of the second movie in the Star […]

Students question meal plans, Sodexo prices

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By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor   One of the first things students must decide each semester, along with where they will live on campus and what classes they will take, is which meal plan they will use for the coming year. While nearly all students utilize Alvin’s Café or the caf for meals and snacks, […]

Bible study opens up to campus community

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Lambda Chi Alpha is offering a new weekly Bible study. The “Chop House Bible Study” was created in February by the chapter’s chaplain Ben Patterson, religion freshman. The study is hosted for 30 minutes at 11 p.m. every Tuesday in the relaxation room in the Lambda Chi house. There are usually about five or six […]

Senior class revives tradition, gives gift to university

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By Sage Tokach, Staff Writer   Seniors will present the university with a gift from their class as they finish their undergraduate schooling. The tradition of the senior gift was strongest in the 1920s through 1950s. Then, it faded away for a while, but recent senior classes have brought it back in the hopes of […]

Student-run theater company forms, addresses societal problems

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By Miguel Rios, Staff Writer   A new, student-run theater company has formed on campus. The Shadow Collective is a devised theater company that focuses on addressing societal issues. “It’s an organization that challenges today’s problems through theater, while making it known that we are the change in the world,” said Taylor Blackman, acting freshman. […]

Softball coach makes history with most wins

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By Emily Wiley, Editor-in-Chief   The man who just beat the record for the most wins of any four-year collegiate softball coach didn’t even plan on coaching. Phil McSpadden received the distinction Friday when he won his 1,458 game at OCU. McSpadden was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Associations Hall of Fame in 2014 […]

Cheer squad wins second consecutive national title

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The small co-ed cheer squad won the National Cheer Alliance Collegiate National Championship for the second year in a row. The cheer and pom squads competed at the NCA and National Dance Alliance Collegiate National Championships on April 8-12 in Daytona. Both squads won national titles last year. The teams planned to defend their titles […]

Big Event changes to accommodate budget cuts

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By Kyle Wallace, Staff Writer   Student Activities Council’s annual Big Event is undergoing changes to accommodate a smaller budget and increase the number of students served. SAC hosts Big Event to celebrate the end of the academic year and provide students with fun activities. This year’s event theme is World’s Fair, which will feature […]

Freshmen reflect on first year with ceremony

By Taylor Rey, Staff Writer   As the school year comes to a close, it’s time for freshmen to reflect on their first year college experiences with the annual Fire and Water Ceremony. OCULeads hosts the ceremony every year to commemorate the end of the year for each new freshmen class. OCULeads was created in […]

SGA funds help send students to international conference

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Two students will attend an international conference, thanks to Student Government Association. Sadeq Al-Fayyadh and Serwan Bakey, nursing Ph.D. students and members of the Iraqi Student Organization, requested funds from SGA at the Student Senate meeting March 24 to attend the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry to present their research. Their research is a quantitative, […]

The science behind “a case of the Mondays”

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Monday is dreaded across the world as the start of a new week of hard work and more stress. While I usually try to think particularly positively on Mondays, I began to wonder: is there some psychological preset that makes this the most dreaded day of the week for, well, nearly everyone?

‘Love Not Hate’ day returns

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By Kayla McKenna, Staff Writer The annual Love Not Hate Day will return to campus for the tenth time this year. The event is hosted by religious life and provides an opportunity for the community to come together in support of solidarity and love in the face of turbulent political and social issues. The event […]

Music students fulfill requirements

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By Kyle Wallace, Staff Writer Undergraduate students are expected to complete a comprehensive assignment at the end of their four years at OCU, but music performance majors must complete two recitals before they can walk across the stage donned in a robe and mortarboard. Music performance juniors and seniors must give recitals to fulfill degree […]

FIJI members receive charter after colonization

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By Emily Wiley, Editor-in-Chief The men of Phi Gamma Delta have secured their chapter and are officially the Omicorn Chi chapter. After nearly six years of being on campus, Fiji received their charter from their headquarters on March 28. “It feels good,” said Jacob Overling, president of Fiji. “It feels different than other fraternities on […]

Senators release applications for appointed positions

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By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor Student Government Association is accepting applications for new officer appointments for the 2015-16 academic year. Chance Johnson, Student Government Association president-elect, will appoint officers to the SGA executive cabinet. Open positions include chief of staff, secretary of public relations, secretary of finance, and secretary of policies and initiatives. All students […]

New housing assignment system begins

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By Mackenzie Menter, Copy Editor There will not be a housing draft this year. Walker Hall will be co-ed, but open to freshmen only. Draper Hall will only be open to sophomores and up. Banning Hall will remain open only to honors students. Smith Hall will remain closed for renovations. University Manor Apartment will be […]

SGA vice president-elect shares goals for next term

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By Emily Wiley, Editor-in-Chief Students elected a new vice president of Student Government Association. Nic Rhodes, economics sophomore, was elected into the position of vice president of SGA April 1 after students voted via OrgSync. Rhodes ran against Brandon Elder, acting freshman, for the office. Rhodes was born in Hurst, Texas, where he played soccer at […]

A walk to remember: the history of Relay for Life

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As OCU participates in Relay for Life, MediaOCU looks into the history and success of the world-wide event.

McSpadden claims record-breaking wins

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Submitted Softball coach Phil McSpadden collects the milestone victory in the Stars’ 13-1, 8-0 sweep of Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) on April 10 at Ann Lacy Stadium. McSpadden reached win No. 1,458. He has the most wins against four-year schools of any college softball coach. The OCU coach owns a 1,458-356 record in his 28th […]

Weather apps for a rainy day

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April showers bring May flowers to Oklahoma–but they also bring the risk of severe weather to our state. When severe storms hit, most people flip on the TV or turn on the radio to check our local forecast. But for those of us kept busy with rehearsals, practices, and classes, it can be difficult to get accurate weather reports. Here are some apps designed to do just that: alert you when severe storm is in the area, and tell you when it’s safe to stay out, and when it’s time to take cover.

Officials wave student parking tickets after severe weather

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The United Methodist Hall parking garage will not be open today, April 8, in the case of severe weather, according to university housing.   Students who received parking tickets in the United Methodist Hall parking garage during the storms on March 25 will not pay for those tickets. Students, faculty and staff were informed via email […]

‘Comparison is the thief of joy:’ how to shield yourself from negativity

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“Comparison is the thief of joy,” said that philosophical 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt. But how do you resist the urge to feel inferior on a campus full of over-achievers? Here’s my take on the thorny question of comparison.

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