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Moore’s tornado recovery steady but slow

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by Destiny Washington Thirteen months after a tornado blasted a mile-wide, five-mile-long path through Moore, Okla., the city is still recovering. “We lost so much out of all of this, but it’s home,” said Catherine Troy, a resident since November 2012. “Dear God, keep us safe. Those were my last words,” she said. “And then it started. I heard this giant roar.” Troy was inside a storm shelter under her garage with two dogs, her sister and mother-in-law. In pitch black, she said she heard wood cracking, glass breaking and debris falling above. Suddenly, everything fell quiet. “I opened my…

Teen moms struggle with conflicting roles of mother and student

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by Destiny Smith Because she is pregnant and 15, the future may be different for Reyna Rodriguez. In September, she is expecting a girl. Unlike many pregnant teens, Reyna said she and her boyfriend, 16, had planned to have a baby, though not necessarily so soon. She said her parents were disappointed. Her birth father suggested she have an abortion. Her stepfather and her mother offered to keep the child if Reyna did not. Reyna is an upcoming sophomore at U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City. At nearby Capitol Hill High, Alex Souza, principal for five years, has witnessed…

LGBT Oklahomans celebrate their pride

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by Destiny Smith When folks celebrated the Pride 2014 Block Party in Oklahoma City, same-sex marriage was legal in 19 states, eight more than a year ago. “Oklahoma needs to get with the times,” said Dawn Evans, who was at the party with Sheri Bott, her wife of 11 years. The couple was married outside Oklahoma where such weddings remain illegal, pending a court appeal. “What’s the difference? We raised three respectful kids,” Evans said, referring to her same-sex marriage. The block party on June 20 kicked off the 2014 Pride Weekend, a celebration featuring the lesbian, gay, bisexual and…

Does music improve academic development?

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by Micah Roberts Think of a world without music. Think of all the lifeless faces walking the streets with apathetic expressions. The days would seem longer. Without music, the world might even become shrouded in a despair that wouldn’t be able to be repaired. That is how important music is. Music allows people to express their creativity through something that can be extremely simple or complex. It has also been shown to help students succeed in other academic areas. That has been my experience. Like any hobby, there is always something to learn with music. Through my experiences in bands,…

College recruitment puts pressure on high school athletes

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by Ronnie Rhodes College coaches recruit fewer than 7 percent of high school athletes each year, according to the NCAA, Some athletes go to well-known schools with large sports programs. They succeed in the spotlight and have a better chance of making it in professional sports. The rest go to smaller schools. They get less recognition but might be as talented as those who go to big-name institutions. All this fight for recognition comes with a price, however. More and more athletes are competing for the top spot at a school. The competition has increased over the years with the…

Indie filmmakers take on Hollywood establishment

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by Ronnie Rhodes We see commercials for Hollywood blockbusters almost every day, wondering what big installment of a franchise will come next and who will be the next big actor. Now, the rise of a totally different entity – the independent film – is giving Hollywood a run for its money. OU senior Kyle Whalen has been in multiple independent movies and defines independent film as its own genre and style. “Something that has a lot of quirk. Something a big production company wouldn’t bank their summer revenue on,” Whalen said. Independent films did not come into the world unexpectedly…

Gaylord College hosts high school journalism workshop

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by Caitlyn Minton Sixteen high school journalists were put to the test during the 2014 Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism. “Journalists don’t get a lot of sleep,” said sophomore Camila Gonzalez of Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City. The University of Oklahoma hosted the OIDJ workshop for the 11th  consecutive year.  This year’s eight-day workshop was overseen by Melanie Wilderman, director of Oklahoma Scholastic Media at OU. “I believe in OIDJ. We are cultivating the next generation of journalists,” Wilderman said. All the students attend high school in Oklahoma. But they represented different ethnic groups, races and…

Selecting a major can be a major headache

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by Dyneisha Kornegay Staying in the wrong major can be catastrophic. Students change their majors for a variety of reasons and often realize what they’re learning isn’t what they want to study. For some students, this happens more often. According to collegeparents.org, 66 percent of students base their major of a career they are interested in. Students are encouraged to explore their options and figure out what they want to do. Brittney Johnson, an academic counselor at OU, said she starts by speaking with unsure students to get a feel for what they can see themselves doing in life. Next,…

Deciding where to live can be a source of stress for college students

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by Dyneisha Kornegay As students leave for college, choosing a major isn’t the only concern. Where the student will live can also be a huge anxiety. Students’ social lives are affected by where they live during their college careers. Students have options for housing in college. Some colleges require freshmen to live in the dorms though students can get waivers to live elsewhere. While living in the dorms, students find themselves surrounded by others all the time. Friendships form between roommates and dorm mates living down the hall. OU student Drew Howard said he formed close bonds with his roommate…

Growing up in Tornado Alley

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by Teagan Halbrooks I was born in Lawton, Okla., and have grown up four miles beyond the city limits. Severe weather has always been a part of my life. Sirens often sound when spring changes to summer, and summer to fall. Living in Lawton means witnessing weather that changes in mere minutes. Weather has always interested me, and I want to be a meteorologist. I would love chasing tornados and experiencing the thrill of trying to catch them in action. From my front porch, I have spotted tornados on the horizon. The massive storms range in size and color, light…

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