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OU student protest calls for provost resignation, new multicultural center and Popeyes on campus

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 7:22pm

By Adam Kemp and Josh Dulaney
Staff writers

Following two controversial incidents of professors using a racial slur while teaching, dozens of University of Oklahoma students staged a sit-in Wednesday outside the OU’s president’s office.

Organized by the Black Emergency Response Team, students sat outside of interim President Joseph Harroz’s office with signs demanding action and calling for the resignation of OU Provost Kyle Harper.

One of the signs said “‘Sorry’ does not undo years of historical trauma.”

Demands from the group also include a semester-long class focused on diversity, and a new multicultural center that will feature meeting spaces for marginalized students, common areas, study rooms and a Popeyes restaurant.

Students said they will be sitting at Evans Hall until their demands are met.

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Exchange Club of Norman wants nonprofits to apply for grants; Deadline is Feb. 29

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 11:00pm

Staff reports

NORMAN — Applications are due Saturday from Norman nonprofits wanting to seek funding through the Exchange Club of Norman's 2020 Unity for Service Grant program.

Nonprofit organizations that need funding should contact a club member; come to a noon meeting on Friday at Republic Bank, Main and University branch as a guest of the club; or go to the club website at www.ecnorman.org.

“Requests for grants from $500 up to $5,000 will be considered, and each year several local organizations receive grant funds,” Club President Greg Roberts said.

Awards will be announced March 27, and checks will be presented at the Blue Light Ceremony on April 1.

The Exchange Club of Norman consists of a group of men and women who work together to help prevent child abuse, support programs of service in the community and promote youth activities.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 11:00pm

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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OU professor issues apology to class for speaking "N-word"

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 9:11am

By Randy Ellis
Staff writer
rellis@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — For the second time in less than two weeks, a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma has used the racially charged N-word in class, creating a furor.

This time, it was a history professor who used the word.

"We are all weary of racially charged incidents occurring within our university community," OU Interim President Joseph Harroz, Jr.

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Judge blocks University North Park vote in Norman

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 7:23pm

By Nolan Clay
Staff writer nclay@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A judge Monday blocked a citywide vote on the future of development at University North Park.

Cleveland County District Judge Jeff Virgin agreed with four former mayors that organizers of a petition drive did not give the public sufficient information when they gathered signatures for a vote.

A group called BetterDeal4Norman wants to overturn a Norman City Council decision to continue financial support of the University North Park TIF District at a reduced level.

The group contends the City Council didn't do enough to end a bad deal.

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OU issues statement after another educator uses racial slur in class

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:34pm

From Staff Reports

The University of Oklahoma released a statement Monday after a history teacher used a racial slur during class.

Interim OU President Joseph Harroz said the faculty member read from a historical document that "repeatedly" used the N-word.

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Stitt appointing 2 to OU, OSU/A&M regents

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 7:27pm

Staff reports

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced appointments Friday to the governing boards of Oklahoma’s two largest university systems.

Stitt will appoint Anita L. Holloway to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents and Jimmy D. Harrel to the Board of Regents for Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges, which includes Oklahoma State University.

Both appointments require confirmation from the state Senate.

Holloway will complete the remainder of OU regent Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes’ term, which ends March 21.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:00pm

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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75th annual Cleveland County Jr. Livestock Show set for Feb. 26-28

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:00pm

Staff reports

NORMAN — The 75th annual Cleveland County Jr. Livestock Show will be Feb.

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'These things add up': OU students weary of repeated expressions of a racist nature

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 2:57am

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
Staff writer
nmartinez-keel@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A professor’s use of a racial slur sparked outrage at the University of Oklahoma, where several incidents of racism have mounted frustration in recent years.

“It is definitely tiring,” said Janae Reeves, a broadcast journalism senior.

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OU professor to leave class, take training after using N-word

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 7:26pm

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
Staff writer nmartinez-keel@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A University of Oklahoma professor who used the N-word during a lecture will not teach his journalism class for the rest of the semester.

Professor Peter Gade will take OU's program in culturally competent communication over the next month, according to a statement from Ed Kelley, dean of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Gade also has agreed to meet one-on-one with the university's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in sessions over the spring semester.

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Oklahoma directory connects LGBTQ couples to supportive wedding vendors

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 10:58am

By Siali Siaosi
Staff writer
ssiaosi@oklahoman.com

A new directory aims to eliminate the hassle many LGBTQ Oklahomans experience when finding local wedding vendors.

From photography to calligraphy to event planning, the Oklahoma Rainbow Collective includes listings for over 100 service providers willing to work with same-sex couples.

AJ Stegall, an Oklahoma City photographer, founded the project last fall after hearing about LGBTQ couples in the state getting rejected for wedding services.

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OU professor apologizes for using racial slur

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 12:22pm

Staff Reports

A University of Oklahoma professor has apologized for using the N-word in class.

Professor Peter Gade sent an email to students in his journalism class to apologize for saying the full racial slur.

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Norman police officer announces bid for Oklahoma County sheriff

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:34am

Staff reports

Update: This story was updated Feb. 12 to include comments from Johnson.

Norman police officer Tommie Johnson recently announced he will run for Oklahoma County sheriff, joining several other candidates.

Johnson is an Oklahoma City native who previously worked for the University of Oklahoma Police Department before joining the Norman Police Department in 2015, according to a news release.

“I am running to bring new leadership to the sheriff’s office,” Johnson said.

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OU Chorale to present requiem, Adam Pajan guest organist

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 11:00pm

Staff reports

NORMAN — Gabriel Fauré’s "Requiem Opus 48" will be performed by the University of Oklahoma School of Music at 7:30 p.m.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 11:00pm

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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OU professor allegedly uses racial slur in class

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 7:28pm

By Josh Dulaney
Staff writer jdulaney@oklahoman.com

A University of Oklahoma professor came under fire Tuesday for allegedly using a racial slur in class.

Peter Gade, director of graduate studies and Gaylord Family Endowed chair, allegedly used the N-word while lecturing on technology-related changes and traditional reporting in journalism, according to the OU Daily, the student newspaper.

The newspaper said several staffers were in class when the slur was allegedly used.

Gade teaches journalism, as well as ethics and democracy.

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Norman dismisses sanctuary-city recommendation

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 7:24pm

Staff reports

After a study session earlier this week, the City of Norman decided to dismiss a recommendation to become a sanctuary city.

The city does not have “jurisdictional authority over matters of immigration,” and it is already “not the policy of the Norman Police Department to ask for citizenship status on civil matters,” according to a press release from the city.

The Norman City Council met Feb.

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Republican fundraising forms not to be confused with official U.S. Census documents

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 10:37am

By Kayla Branch

Some Oklahoma residents have received fundraising surveys from the Republican National Committee that look similar to official U.S. Census forms. 


In heavy ink on the envelope are the words  “DO NOT DESTROY OFFICIAL DOCUMENT,” and “2020 Congressional District Census” is written across the top of several forms, according to pictures a Norman resident sent to The Oklahoman. 


The documents include a letter from Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel of the Republican National Committee asking for support of President Donald Trump and soliciting donations to the party. 


Other media outlets across the country have reported on similar mailers being delivered in recent years. 


But 2020 is a Census year, and official forms will be mailed out in the coming weeks.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 11:00pm

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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