Thursday, May 7, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Students like Maria Engles, international business senior, said she chose to stay to make extra money. Engles is not alone, other students, especially those in IT, have chose to stay over the summer to work on campus.
Engels said she plans to work the same position next semester and that anybody who wishes to work this summer or next semester may apply at the jobs Web site.
Watch Engels explain what it's like to work on campus. Please excuse the long load time...
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Oklahoma schools may receive a piece of the stimulus package goodness, which may stop tuition and fee increases for higher education.
Pres. Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Feb 17, in hopes of stimulating and stabilizing the current condition of the economy, according to the bill's text. Part of the package designates a large amount of money for k-12 education to upper education.
The package targets multiple investments on the state level including $288 billion towards tax relief and $58 billion towards education and training.
Obama's Federal Stimulus Package will provide $287 million to education in Oklahoma, some of which may end up in the hands of the University of Oklahoma.
Keith Leggett, senior economist for the American Bankers Association, said the purpose behind giving the states part of the package is due to state budgetary problems causing a cut back in their funding of higher education.
"The view was this was going to be a drag on the economy in the short run," Leggett said. "This would also harm long term economic growth because by cutting resources in education we are really reducing our investment in the American people making us less productive going forward."
Leggett said the package will give $40.6 billion, $17.6 billion to increase student aid and $200 billion to work study programs. This bill also contained $14 billion in educational tax credits. Leggett said work study programs are part of it because many students depend on it.
Prior to spring break, the presidents of all publicly funded colleges in the state, including University of Oklahoma Pres. David Boren, met with Gov. Brad Henry. Henry asked the group of presidents that tuition not be increased next year at public universities.
Leggett, however, said he believes tuition and fees will be unaffected due to the fact tuition is driven by other factors and basic supply and demand forces. Leggett said he doesn't see this as a factor that will cut the rate of growth in tuition and fees.
Keri Dennis, congressional staffer for Tom Cole, said after Congress passed a bill with total figures, the education portion was handed over to the Federal Secretary of Education. The numbers and rules are still being worked out by the Federal Secretary of Education.
"From visiting with my contacts at the State level, they know what the total amount will be, however are just in a waiting game until March 31st," Dennis said. "I have also been told that schools are being advised to treat these dollars as "one-time funding" to possibly put in geo-thermal air units, or put on a new roof, or something of that nature."
Most of the money, however, will go towards lower education, but higher education, such as the Univerisity of Oklahoma, may apply for the money.
Higher education may end up receiving roughly $31 billion, according to Leggett. The states will allocate the money to state universities allowing them to maintain faculty and staff and continue to provide resources to meet student body needs.
Higher education can also apply for funding from different portions of the package. Universities, such as OU, may be able to receive money from the energy and environmental portions. Pres. David Boren's $260 million initiative with OG&E to mold OU into a university ran entirely by wind-energy, may be valid for for the energy and environmental sections of the stimulus package.
Leggett said parts of the package allocates resources to alternative energy making grants available that OU may be able to tap into.
The bill also gives $98 million in Pell Grants for Oklahoma. This will increase the average grant by $500.
Nationally, the Pell Grant Program will receive $17 billion from the package. The Pell Grant Program gives low income students the ability to receive need-based grants. Grants are available to both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students.
Leggett said that the point of the stimulus package is to provide long term commitment to the economy.
"Without this commitment you would see Universities scale back programs. You would also see some students not be able to afford," Leggett said. "Therefore, this would reduce their productivity and in the long run may reduce the standard of living for these individuals."
Dennis said that nobody in education, at the moment, knows exactly how the package will impact education because they do not know the guidelines of implementation. Dennis said it will become clearer March 31.
Those wanting information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 may visit the official Web site.
Listen to what OU Sophomore Monica Woods says when asked where she thinks the money should go if she were in charge....
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The Big Event is OU's official day of service and happens around the same time every year. Big Event Chair Amanda Holloway said that close to 5,000 students have signed up to participate in The Big Event. Holloway said that a lot of work has gone into making the event possible.
"I think that when people think of the Big Event, they only think of the day of," Holloway said. "We started planing and getting everything together in early spring. It's a lot of work."
The Big Event was scheduled to kick off Saturday March 28; however, fear of bad weather forced the event to a later time.
The Big Event is now scheduled for April 18.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Students packed Molly Shi Boren Ballroom in Oklahoma Memorial Union Wednesday in hopes of purchasing tickets for this year's Scandals.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
The proximity of spring break signals in the dreaded midterms for some students at the University of Oklahoma.
It may not be as detrimental as finals week, but the pressure of midterms still packs much anxiety for some students. The library becomes a popular choice for students to study at. Bizzel library offers many study areas, as well as group study rooms.
Some students decide to pull all nighters to cram for their exams the night before, using energy drinks and coffee to give their focus a special boost. Other students, like Freshman Lexie Kinion, however, said they choose to study days before the test. Kinion says she makes use of her dorm's study lounge over the library due to close convenience. Kinion said she chooses to start studying days before the test.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Obama's 2010 Budget Proposal Calls for Direct Federal Funding of Student Loans.
In his 2010 budget proposal, Pres. Barack Obama said he plans to end government-guarenteed loans and to implement more direct government loans. Obama also said he wants to tie the Pell Grant to inflation.
According to his budget proposal, Obama hopes to make it where federal student loans come straight from the government rather than using a program that pays government subsidies to private student loan. The Obama administration said it is doing this to save taxpayers money. This proposal may hurt private student loan organization. The budget also outlined plans to tie the Pell Grant to inflation in order to combat tuition and fees.
Currently, students at the University of Oklahoma have access to multiple student loans, and some students may even apply for Pell Grants. With the announcement of fee increases Jan. 28 by University of Oklahoma Pres. David Boren, the proposal may come as good news for students eligible for Pell Grants. Students with an Expected Family Contribution lower than 3850 are eligible to receive a Pell Grant in the state of Oklahoma. Obama also stated on his Web site that he hopes to make the
"A good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity. It is a prerequisite," Obama said in his speech to Congress. "We will provide the support necessary for all young Americans to complete college."
If passed, the budget proposal will go into effect Oct. 1. Obama said he hopes his plan of cutting out loans from private industries will save the nation billions of dollars in the next year.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
The gloves came off Friday night at Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall between two prolific philosophers when each debated the validity of whether intelligence design is science or not. The debate allowed students and attendees to hear both sides of the argument.
The purpose of the debate was to present both principles and allow people to decide.The debate was between Michael Ruse, author and founder of the journal Biology and Philosophy, and William Dembski, professor of philosophy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dembski took the side of intelligent design while Ruse argued against. The two philosophers were each given 20 minutes to argue their points. They were then each given a rebuttal and asked questions from a split audience. The tone between them were civil and professional. Each complemented the other, and added in playful jokes about the other's ideas.
The event was one of many events relevant to the theory of evolution on the University of Oklahoma in celebration of Charles Darwin 200th birthday. For the entire month of February, OU hosted many lectures on campus pertaining to the english naturalist. On Feb. 12, the University kicked off the celebration of Darwin at the Sam Nobel Oklahoma Museum of Natural History where multiple professors from an array of disciplines gave lectures on how evolution is relevant to their study. Stephen Olson, Energy Management junior, said he appreciates the university hosting these functions. Olson said bringing figures like Ruse and Dembski opens needed discussion.
"I think it is a good thing OU is inviting famous researches to hold a dialogue and debate," Olson said. "A lot of people that I know disagree with such figures like Michael Ruse and Richard Dawkins that it's good to for them to hear points-of-view different from their own."
Olson said he believed these forums will benefit OU students; however, he is concerned about how much the University is paying these figures during times of tuition increases. The celebration of Darwin will continue to Mar. 6 when Richard Dawkins, world-renowned zoologist and evolutionary biologist, will speak at OUs campus.
Listen to what Olson had to say about the university hosting the lectures.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
New College Gossip Web Site Allows Oklahoma Students to Create Anonymous Posts
Although JuicyCampus dried up earlier this February, a similar site plans to take its place, allowing Oklahoma students, once again, to post gossip under anonymity about their university.
The Web site Anonymous Confession Board, or CollegeACB.com, allows students to create accounts with university email addresses and post anything, just like its defunct predecessor JuicyCampus.com. Topics on the sites range from current events to personal attacks. The website, however, does bear noticeable differences than Juicy Campus. CollegeACB allows user moderation, something missing from JuicyCampus. Registered users can also be banned from the site.
Students across campus are beginning to take interest in the site, and have already posted many discussions relevant to current issues around campus. The site redirects students from the JuicyCampus's old URL and already contains an array of posts from OU students on a whim. The site seeks to provide college students with a place to discuss issues relevant to their university's atmosphere, according to the Web site's mission statement. Although the site already proves popular among Oklahoma students, some students voice dissidence to the new sites and others like it. Talon Christian, international business sophomore, said he believes the site takes away from the uniqueness of college life.
"The whole purpose of college is to reinvent yourself, and any spiteful person with a keyboard can ruin it," Christian said. "There's no validity in sites like this. They're worse than Wikipedia."
Christian said he plans to never visit the site; however, others say they may give into temptation. CollegeACB's blog stated it plans to use the recent shutting down of JuicyCampus to become its replacement.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
University of Oklahoma Hosts Minor and Major Fair
The colleges that make up the University of Oklahoma came together Wednesday to hold the Minor and Majors allowing students find a major and minor that fits their interest of study.
Students poured into the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom on the third floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Union where they are met by representatives from an array of colleges. Every college from the College of Arts and Sciences to Michael F. Price College of Business presented booths covered in information and freebies. The event also sports a theme each year, this year's being "Explore New Worlds." Lisa Portwood, director at Center of Student Advancement, put the fair together and said it grows every annually since its starting five years ago.
Portwood said that freshmen do better academically if they know what their major is. Bringing representatives from each college together gives students an easier means of weighing their options and obtaining information. The fair also gave away two scholarships and a $250 book voucher to students.
"The Committee and I applaud everybody's willingness to make this happen," Portwood said. "It's stressful when we begin, but it always ends up beautiful."
The Major and Minor fair happens every February. On Thursday, Construction Science will host a career fair in the same room at 4 p.m.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
The Whitest Kids U' Know are Coming to Norman
The comedy troupe Whitest Kids U' Know will stop by Norman Feb. 17 to give a free premiere of their new film Miss March to OU students.
Shagah Zakerion, Public Relations/Political Science major and CAC Film Series chair, said the troupe will come to the campus as part of their campus tours where they perform at different universities. Since movie release coincided with the tour, Film Series was able to premiere the film as well. Trevor Moore and Zach Cregger, two of the members in the group, will be present at the screening and will take questions after the movie.
Zakerion said they regularly premiere film at the campus theater, but due to a booking conflict they were forced to move the film to Hollywood Theaters. Premieres are free, but students must obtain a pass which can be printed off from the events Facebook page. Zakerion said this is a unique event for OU students and encourages everybody to attend.
"Moroch Entertainment in OKC is helping promote the film and since we often work with them on campus premiers, they couldn't resist bringing them to Norman again," Zakerion said. "Things like this don't happen in Oklahoma very often and if you love film, this is an opportunity you cannot miss."
The film will start at 6 p.m.; however, Zakerion said due to overbooking, those interested should show up early to ensure a seat. A synopsis of the film can be found on the Facebook page.
Friday, February 13, 2009
OU Students Celebrate National Condom Week
Planned Parenthood and the OU Women's Outreach Center teamed up to host the annual National Condom Week at the University of Oklahoma by handing out free condoms and information promoting safe sex to students.
Every year universities across the United States celebrate National Condom Week in order to educate students about safe sex. The event started at the University of California-Berkley in 1978 and made its way to OU in the mid-1990s. Terry Dennison, director of education services at Planned Parenthood, said he has participated in National Condom Week ever since it made its way to OU's campus. Dennison said National Condom Week happens every February prior to Valentines Day and its purpose is to inform students.
Dennison sets up a table in the student union that offers students an array of information, lubricants and, of course, condoms. University of Oklahoma sexperts hand out condoms on the south oval to students passing by. Political Science major Nick Beckworth helps out by offering students information at the table set up in the student union. Beckworth said he decided to participate in the event because he feels it offers students vital information.
"Safe sex is the best sex," Beckworth said. "I do this to spread awareness. Condoms are important."
Dennison said he plans on participating in Condom Week next year at OU.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Founder and CEO Matt Ivester said in his blog Wednesday that he will close down the Web site due to a mixture of outpaced growth and economic downturn. The site claims to have expanded to over 500 college campuses, including the University of Oklahoma.
Over the past year the site has made its mark at OU with some post views ranging in the thousands. Posts include everything from reinforcing Greek stereotypes to unfettered personal attacks -- all uncensored and anonymous. Some universities have tried to pass resolutions blocking the Web site; however, universities like OU continue to allow students to post. But even its massive appeal to curious college students was not enough to keep JuicyCampus alive, according to Ivester's blog.
"While there are parts of JuicyCampus that none of us will miss -- the mean-spirited post and personal attacks -- it has also been a place for the fun, lighthearted gossip of college life," Ivester wrote in his blog. "I hope that is how it is remembered."
Ivester said he plans shutting the Web site down Feb. 5, just a day after his announcement.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The approved fees include $3 per-credit hour addition to both the College of Arts and Sciences' and Michael F. Price College of Business' enrichment fees, as well as a $5 per-credit hour addiction to the Gaylord College of Journalism. The regents said this increase is necessary to expand instructors in the affected colleges. Some students, however, dislike the idea of more tuition increase.
Michael Heineman, Advertising Sophomore, said he feels the fee increase is unfair to out-of-state students who already pay more than other students. Heineman also said he feels the increase in fees is an addition to students' money woes due to the already rise in living expenses.
"It may not sound like a lot of money, but it adds up over time," Heineman said. "It stresses my parents out. I think it will push out-of-state students away from OU."
Heineman said that he does not pay for college, but others like him say they may consider getting jobs to support the rising fees.