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10 College Athletes to Watch at the Olympics

Classes begin in just a few weeks for college students. For those who are returning from a summer break, the tricky transition of balancing classes, homework, a job, and a social life begins once more.

Imagine if you had to add “catching up” to the list because you’ll be missing the first few days of class due to the Olympics. Not from watching the games or even attending, but because you’ll be competing in the international event. Many of Team USA’s athletes will be missing class this semester while they go for the gold in London. In fact, 5/8 of the US men’s Olympic gymnasts are University of Oklahoma students!

USA Today recently compiled a list of 10 college Olympians to keep your eye on during these summer games. Read the rest of this entry »



College Football 2011 Recap: Home Wrecked

Texas Tech Football LogoBy Cabrone D. Brewer

It was supposed to be another walk in the park for No. 3 Oklahoma Saturday evening in Norman, but lowly Texas Tech waited calmly in the shadows of Memorial Stadium to suddenly rain on the Sooners’ parade.

After heavy thunderstorms in the area delayed the start of the game by more than hour, unranked Texas Tech emerged from the locker room en fuego as quarterback Seth Doege threw for 441 yards while the Oklahoma defense subsequently relinquished a dismal total of 572 yards to help the Red Raiders escape Norman with a 41-38 victory.

The Sooners’ hopes for a spot in the national title game have severely diminished after the four-touchdown underdog Red Raiders became only the third team in the Bob Stoops era to defeat Oklahoma on their home turf.

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College Football Week 6 Recap: OU Defense Shines in Big D

OU Logo in Red

By Cabrone D. Brewer

A game traditionally billed as a shootout between Oklahoma and Texas turned into an ugly blowout early Saturday afternoon, with the No. 3 Sooners dismantling the No. 11 Longhorns 55-17 in the 106th installment of the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

Oklahoma’s voracious defense was absolutely sensational from beginning to end — converting a school-record three of five turnovers into touchdowns and matching another record with eight sacks.

Quarterback Landry Jones was firing on all cylinders as well, completing 31 of 50 passes for 367 yards and no turnovers. Running back Dominique Whaley continues to impress both coaches and fans, breaking a 64-yard touchdown run in the third quarter as the stingy Sooner defense limited Texas to only 36 yards rushing on 45 attempts.

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College Football 2011: Sooners and Seminoles Clash in Tallahassee, Ohio State and Miami Seek Redemption

University of Oklahoma Sooners Pennate

By Cabrone D. Brewer

It was a quiet weekend in Norman, OK, but even as head coach Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners rested during a bye week, they were still able to conjure plenty of noise in The Associated Press college football poll.

Without playing a game, the University of Oklahoma became the first school to hold the top ranking for the 100th time in the history of the AP poll. For the Sooners, reaching this historic milestone comes with a thrilling challenge.

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College Football Weekly Wrap-Up: Big Night at the Big House

University of MichiganBy Cabrone D. Brewer

The Wolverine has a reputation for ferocity and strength — and after Saturday night’s performance against Notre Dame, University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson proved that he fits the mold perfectly.

With both teams donning retro-themed uniforms in front of a record-setting crowd of 114,804 for the first night game ever at Michigan Stadium, The Wolverines scored 28 points in the fourth quarter capped by Robinson’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree with two seconds left to stun Notre Dame and lift Michigan to a thrilling 35-31 victory over the Irish.

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Students Are Choosing to Live in Fancier Housing

I lived in the dorms during my freshman year at the University of Oklahoma. I shared a tiny little room with another girl and a bathroom with three other girls. The situation was cozy, to say the least.

Then, during my sophomore year, I moved out of the dorms and into the fantastic world that was a college apartment. Most of the apartments in my town were designed for students and included separate leases (so you didn’t have to worry about if your deadbeat roommate will pay rent on time,) a community tanning bed, a private gym, high-speed Internet, and more cable channels than I knew what to do with. My parents thought this was a little extravagant, but as I told them time and time again, this was the new standard of college living.

Evidently, I was right. Apartment complexes across the nation are catering to us college kids who want to live in the lap of luxury.

“It’s a national trend,” said Dan Rosenfeld, who develops apartments that are college-kid-friendly. “There is competition among schools, and [the apartments near campus] have to provide a competitively attractive student environment.”

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Texas A&M Aggies Are Considering Joining the SEC

Although it hasn’t been confirmed, rumor has it that Texas A&M will be joining the SEC. An official announcement will probably be made around August 22.

So when would the Aggies make the move? Some say that it could be as early as 2012. The official deadline for changing football conferences was July 1, 2011, which means that the deadline has already passed for the team to change, but it is still possible for the SEC and Big 12 to settle the issue, probably if Texas A&M pays a larger exit fee.

Part of the reason that the Aggies might be switching conferences can be traced back to the Longhorn Network, a new television network that only airs University of Texas sporting events. Evidently this really upset the Aggies, which could have spurred their decision to change conferences.

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Cursive Writing Disappearing from Public Schools

When I was in third grade, my teacher informed us that we would be learning to write in cursive that year. At first, I was very discouraged about this. I had just learned to write in print a few years before and now they want me to learn something completely different?! However, I quickly discovered that I really like writing in cursive and now, I never write in print unless instructed to do so.

Unfortunately, many public schools are no longer teaching cursive to their students. Recently, Hawaii announced that its schools will no longer be teaching cursive; Indiana and Illinois are two other states that are no longer requiring this education curriculum. Not surprisingly, this trend is causing some debate among American citizens and the line is usually drawn between those who write in cursive now and those who still use print. However, their reasons for their views differ. I talked to several recent college graduates and business owners about their opinions concerning this issue.
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Foursquare Launches Universities 2.0 on Hundreds of College Campuses

Last year, the popular social media app foursquare announced plans to officially partner with more than 20 universities across the nation to help students explore their college campuses and learn about their school’s traditions. The program was a huge success and now than 10 million users joined in on the fun. Now foursquare is making the program even bigger and better with a new and improved version called Universities 2.0.

Universities 2.0 will have all of the fun features that the original foursquare for universities had, such as the ability to check in at various locations on campus, learn about traditions and folklore, and see what your friends thought about various things related to your campus. However, Universities 2.0 will have something that the original program did not have: badges. These badges will represent the schools on foursquare and also could be used on college campuses to advertise that the campus is a foursquare-friendly zone.

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German Universities Have Higher Enrollment Rates Than Ever Before

Professor Merle Hummrich teaches a very popular class at Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. When Hummrich first started teaching the class, she limited its enrollment to only 50 students. However, as the class has grown in popularity and as enrollment numbers have also increased, so has the number of students who are trying to get into the class each semester. This semester, 400 students showed up on the first day, and because there were not enough seats in the classroom, many ended up sitting on the floor or standing through the lecture.

Another class that has been experiencing a dramatic inflation in the number of students who are trying to enroll is Professor Benjamin Ortmeyer’s class about education during the Nazi era. Ortmeyer’s classroom was designed to hold only 500 people, but 720 students are currently enrolled in his class and about 600 show up every week.

This type of over-enrollment is becoming quite common at many universities in Germany. More German students are going to college in order to reap the life benefits that a higher education offers. Other factors include the abolition of mandatory military service and a reduction in the length of the standard high school curriculum.

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