Thursday, April 16, 2009

Students Plan to Stay to Work on Campus This Summer

Although some students are anticipating going home this summer, others plan to stay to work on campus.

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. 

Engles said she likes her job due to the faculties understand student life. Campus employers work leniently with student schedules. 

"On dead week it's optional for me to come in," Engels said. "But not all jobs are like that"

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

Students from the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship stand by a large earth ball. The group held an earth ball tournament as part of their campaign against human trafficking. (Photo by Adam Greenlee)
Student Organization Helps Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking.

The student organization InterVarsity Christian Fellowship held an earth ball tournament Thursday to help raise awareness about human trafficking.

The tournament was held Thursday on a little field just north of Adam's Towers despite ferocious winds. Earth ball is a game similar to both soccer and ultimate frisbee where teams try to get a single ball down the field to score a point. The difference lies in the fact that an earth ball is about the same height as a human being. The tournament started at 4 p.m. 

The tournament was part of the groups campaign for the International Justice Mission to help free modern day slaves around the world. Early this week the group set up a table on the south oval. Journalism Senior Stephen Carradini is part of the group and helped referee for the event.

"Last week we raised over $500 in donations just from people giving their spare change," Carradini said. "We called it 'Loose Change to Loosen Chains'."

Carradini said he expects the tournament to be larger next year when it comes back. 

During the interview, Carradini explained where the idea of earth ball came from, when a wind,unexpectedly,  picked up and took the ball rogue. Click here to hear what happened. 

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Courtney Gatlin (right), Housing Fair coordinator, and Whitney Cox (left), vice chair of Parents' Weekend, hand out pamphlets to students as they pass the housing fair in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Parents' Weekend allowed students to meet up with their families. (Photo by Adam Greenlee)

Families Rush to Norman to Take Part in Parents' Weekend

Friday April 3 marked the first day of CAC's Parents' Weekend, where students and their families were welcomed with an array of activities and events on campus.

Lindsey and other major streets around the University of Oklahoma's campus witnessed a plethora of cars packing the narrow roads Friday as parents traveled in to see students. The weekend of events were officially kicked off at 8 a.m. on the south oval where a tent was located. The weekend involved sporting events, free movies, Sooner Scandals and much more. 

This was the third annual Parents' weekend. Besides witnessing a successful weekend, CAC also witnessed a newly elected chair. Tyler Nunley received the majority of votes last week in the election for CAC chair and will take the place of Megan Bebb. Courtney Gatlin, international business and accounting major, said that much effort has been put into making Parents' Weekend possible. Gatlin said they started the committee in early November but the chairs have been working since last August. Gatlin also expressed how Parents' Weekend has something for everyone. 

"The great thing about Parents' Weekend is that Exec Committee makes sure that there is an event for everyone," Gatlin said. "I does not matter if your parents were here or not, every student can find a free event to enjoy."

For more information on Sooner Scandals, Parents' Weekend or any other CAC event, visit their official website.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Contestants wait to hear which one of them will be crowned Miss Hispanic OU. The pageant was just one of  many multicultural events held this week. (Photo by Adam Greenlee)
OU Celebrates Diversity

The University of Oklahoma experienced many multicultural events this week's celebrations.

Students walking to class noticed a large tipi on the south oval. This was to mark the beginning of Native American Heritage Month. This celebration was just one of many on campus. Throughout the week, OU hosted many different events celebrating different cultures.On Tuesday, for example, Vietnite was hosted on the third floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. The night was filled with performances, education and food.    

On the second floor around the same time, The Miss Hispanic OU was being held. Five female students competed for the scholarship and title of Miss Hispanic OU where they performed and were judged based on their knowledge of the country they represent. Chinese/International Business Sophomore Bevon Rogers attended Miss Hispanic OU to cheer on his girlfriend Katherine Schober. He said that although he himself is not Hispanic, he enjoys events like these on campus. 

"It was pretty interesting to see each culture represented," Rogers said. "I'm not Hispanic, but I found it enlightening."

Native American Heritage month will continue throughout April. India Nite Live will be held Sunday April 5. 

Click here to hear Rogers opinion about Multicultural events on campus and the benefits they possess....