Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sananda Som (middle) of Delta Epsilon Psi passing napkin to Landon Collins. Delta Epsilon Psi handed out free snow cones to the 
OU student body to commemorate the philanthropy of juvenile diabetes.

Delta Epsilon Psi hosted Juvenile Diabetes Awareness Week in honor of one of their members

Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity Inc. wrapped up Juvenile Diabetes Awareness Week Thursday by handing out free snow cones to the OU student body on the South Oval. Their purpose of the event was to commemorate their philanthropy.

"One of our deceased brothers, he actually diagnosed with the disease. It was actually his dream to make this a general cause and to promote it as much as we can," Sharup Karim said, service chair for the fraternity. "So nationally that is what we do."

Karim said the events were used mainly to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.

"Well we've done ever since were create here at OU back in 2003 and nationally it been almost ten years," Karim said.

Delta Epsilon Psi will be hosting the 2nd Annual "Who's Got Game?" Tournament Friday, March 6 4 p.m. Registration ends March 1st.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

OU students reacting to the lecture by Guiding Right Inc. Kappa Alpha Psi hosted the event.

HIV/AIDS increasing among African Americans 

Earlier today, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. brought in Guiding Right Inc for OU students to discuss HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African-American communities in Oklahoma at the Scholars Room, third floor of the OMU.

"The state of Oklahoma is ranked 6th in the country for STD," Mark Knight said, outreach health educator for Guiding Right. "This is race we want to lose."

The epidemic has been disproportionate to African Americans. "Forty percent of men newly infected with HIV were black, Knight said. In 2006, black women were newly infected with HIV at a rate of 55.7 per 100,000 populations. "This compared to 3.8 for whites and 14.4 for Hispanics."

Knight also said it has also been more disproportionate to women. "It is easier for a man to infect a woman with HIV than woman to infect a man," Knight said.

Guiding Right Inc. offers free HIV testing at7901 N.E. 10th Street, Suite A-111 Midwest City, Oklahoma 73110.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bekah Stone speaks to Sooner Peace in Palestine members Thursday night. The members discussed upcoming events and finding a way to get controversial speaker Norman Finkelstein to OU. 

Student group Reacts to Kerry's visit in Gaza

Senator John Kerry along with other U.S. congressmen visited Gaza. It is the first time in 8 years that U.S. lawmakers have entered the Palestinian territory that which is controlled by the Hamas group. 

"I think it's good that the situation is getting attention," Bekah Stone said, president of Sooner Peace in Palestine. "Although I don't expect any changes in U.S. policy towards the situation to occur."

Stone said they have  gathered around 300 signatures from the OU campus asking the U.S. senators to represent their opinion in Washington which is to have a more even-handed approach to the foreign policy. 

Sooner for Peace in Palestine are also looking to assemble committees here on campus. "We are trying to get Norman Finkelstein to come," Stone said.  "He's very controversial." 

Sooner for Peace will be discussing upcoming events such as the Occupation 101 documentary and "Israeli Apartheid Week" 9p.m. tonight at the Regents Room, third floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Construction science students meeting job with recruiters on Thursday. Businesses usually use the spring semester to hire interns.

Construction jobs still progressing despite Recession

Construction Science will be hosting their spring Career Fair on Thursday. The fair will be expecting about 25 heavy-civil and commercial industries, which will be less from last fall. 

"The Career Fair will give you the idea on which business have a niche during this recession, Ken Robson said, director of construction science. Robson said that there will always be jobs for construction despite the status of the economy.

"60% of estimated seniors already have jobs before they graduate," Robson said. "The stimulus package is dumping a lot of money in construction."

Robson said businesses usually use the spring semester for hiring interns. The department has approximately 150 students.

The Career Fair will start at 4 p.m. at the Molly Shi Boren ballroom, third-floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

    SAAB prays  holding hands before every meeting. SAAB's purpose is looking have more African American men presence in events and organizations. 

Men looking to change their communities

Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) in conjunction with the Black Student Association hosted "I Am My Brother's Keeper" on Wednesday at the HTCC. SAAB looks to have more African American male presence in events and organizations, something that is lacking at the University of Oklahoma.

"The saying, I am my brother's keeper, means that we are accountable for one another as brothers," Brandon Oldham said, current SAAB president.

Oldham said that SAAB was found on this campus three years ago after inspiration from a conference."It (SAAB) shows that we are all in this together, everybody has the same aspirations," Oldham said.

SAAB looks to strengthen their communities so that they can branch out to others.

SAAB will be holding elections for positions next Wednesday 8 p.m. at the HTCC. 

Friday, February 6, 2009

Students raising awareness about the plight of Homelessness

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. will be hosting "Sleep Out for The Homeless" 7:00 p.m. tonight at the Oklahoma Memorial Union and the South Oval. The purpose is to spread awareness about the plight of homelessness in the Norman and Oklahoma City area.

"Anyone who has a family, lost their job, or in college we can provide a more eating and living expenses, Vince Winston said UOSA Vice President and Phi Beta Sigma member. As a component, we are actually raising food and clothing to the local shelter."

"Sleep Out for the Homeless" will be a 12-hour event expected to have a guest speaker, movie based on homelessness, and the "Can Good Hunt." According to Winston, the program will then move from the OMU to the South Oval where students and other volunteers build their house.

Last year, Winston said the event raised over 300 canned goods, about 150 articles of clothing along with donations of nearly $200.00. 

"Homelessness is not just that bum on the street, they now look like us," Winston said.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Students urge Reps for support in Gaza

Monday, Sooners for Peace in Palestine looked to spread awareness about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on South Oval. They called it "Justice for Gaza."

"Justice for Gaza is a demonstration to highlight the humanitarian crisis in Gaza," Bekah Stone said, president of Sooners for Peace in Palestine. "We are picking up letters and signatures to our senators asking them to represent our opinion in Washington and urging Congress to have a more even-handed approach to the foreign policy."

Since late December, more than 1300 Palestinians were killed, 5,500 injured, and 4,000 buildings destroyed, according to BBC News. "400 of those were children," Stone said. "The killing is highly disproportionate."

Stone explained how this conflict has become personal. "We are all humans and this a humanitarian situation," she said. "If people are suffering anywhere, no matter what their ethnic background or religion is, they should care.

Stone confirmed that there will be a panel discussion on the Israel-Palestian conflict 4 p.m. Tuesday in Meacham Auditorium.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Christian program joins students together

Paradigm was held on Thursday 8 p.m. at the Meachum Auditorium, second floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. This week's topic was on relationships.

"Paradigm is a weekly large group, worship service that is put on to learn about Jesus and the Christian faith," Baptist Student Union (BSU) president Jacob Long said. This event is fully funded by BSU

Long hopes that Paradigm impacts students and the Norman community in a positive way. "Hopefully, it gets more students to look at their life, evaluate it, and how they interact with other people."

Students have told Long that they are glad that there is an event like Paradigm on campus.

Paradigm will continue it's series on relationships next Thursday at the Meachum Auditorium and plans to finish mid-February.