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University of Oklahoma President David Boren says OU debt is large, but comparable to similar public universities

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 3:22pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma President David Boren issued a statement Wednesday about OU's financial status.

"Some recent reports about the university's financial position deserve to be clarified and put in context," Boren's said.

The statement followed remarks his successor made Tuesday during a meeting of the OU Board of Regents.

Jim Gallogly, who becomes OU president July 1, said he spent months sorting out the financials of the university "and frankly I'm not pleased with what I have found.” Gallogly said expenses are outpacing income by $36 million each year and the Norman campus is nearly $1 billion in debt.

"While true that OU's indebtedness is large, it is bonded indebtedness for physical facilities," Boren said Wednesday.

"Bonds are used very carefully to finance facilities that are needed for our core mission and to avoid deferred maintenance on aging facilities.

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Lecture series continues Saturday in Norman

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 5:08pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — As part of Norman Cultural Connection's lecture series, Jocelyn McGee will share stories of resilience she received from elders living in rural villages in Malawi, Africa, during her lecture at 7 p.m.

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Oklahoma students participate in summer academy

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 5:07pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Seventeen high school students from across the state of Oklahoma attended the Summer Science & Mathematics Academy hosted by Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

The academy was funded by SWOSU and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Students participated in lecture classes and worked in laboratories across the Weatherford campus.

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University of Oklahoma facing $1 billion debt, inadequate operating cash

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 4:42pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

The University of Oklahoma is losing $36 million a year as expenses continue to outpace revenues, the incoming president said Tuesday.

"Total debt is almost $1 billion at our Norman campus,” said Jim Gallogly, who becomes OU's 14th president July 1.

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Restaurant to host fan drive to benefit The Salvation Army of Cleveland County

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:50pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Salvation Army of Cleveland County will benefit from a fan drive scheduled to continue through Saturday at Tiffany's Restaurant, 101 W Main St., in Noble.

“We have been successful in the past helping people and have the greatest customers, friends, and community who believe in what we believe in,” said Gary Hicks, co-owner of Tiffany's Restaurant.

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University of Oklahoma not seeking tuition hike

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 5:16pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Tuition at the University of Oklahoma won't go up this fall under a proposed $2.12 billion budget to be voted on Tuesday by the OU Board of Regents.

The administration has requested no tuition increases in its fiscal year 2019 budget, which is slightly larger than the university's $2.06 billion budget for the current fiscal year.

The FY19 budget includes $1.02 billion for the Norman campus and $1.10 billion for the Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City.

Regents will vote on the budget and tuition rates in a meeting Tuesday morning on the Oklahoma City campus.

One year ago, OU raised tuition and mandatory fees 5 percent for resident students.

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Your guide to celebrating Pride this summer in OKC

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 6:51pm

June is widely recognized as LGBTQ+ Pride month, but the fun continues beyond this weekend's Oklahoma City festival and parade.

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Guitarist Eric Gales offers clinic during Jazz in June

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:30pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Guitarist Eric Gales lent his talents Thursday for a jazz clinic as part of Norman's annual Jazz in June.

Held at Norman Public Library, Gales, a blues and rock artist who has been referred to as a child guitar prodigy, offered visitors lessons in life and on guitar.

Jazz in June continues Saturday with Jazz in the Park from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

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Applications sought for 2018 Norman Youth Council Class

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 3:24pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The city of Norman is seeking high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are active in their school and community and are interested in learning about local government.

The city now is accepting applications for the 2018 Norman Youth Council Class.

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Achievers

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 3:15pm

A team of University of Central Oklahoma students recently placed first in the EdVenture Partners and American Petroleum Institute's “Educating Our Energy Future” national competition, aimed at increasing awareness about the role that natural gas and oil play in everyday life.

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OU's former chief legal counsel files Open Records Act lawsuit against the OU Foundation

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 5:50pm

By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The former chief legal counsel at the University of Oklahoma has filed an Open Records Act lawsuit against the OU Foundation.

Fred Gipson is seeking records about a proposed project in north Norman regarding a multipurpose arena and entertainment district.

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Chickasaw Nation candidate forum planned Friday in Purcell

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 4:46pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

PURCELL — The Purcell Chickasaw Community Council will host a candidate forum at 6 p.m. Friday in the Community Room at the Purcell Public Library, 919 N Ninth.

All candidates running for any Chickasaw Nation office in the upcoming election are invited to attend to present their platforms and answer questions.

Refreshments will be served.

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Lindsay man arrested, accused of shooting his half-brother, leaving him for dead

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 3:30pm

By Kelsy Schlotthauer

A Lindsay man turned himself in to Garvin County sheriff's deputies Sunday after he reportedly shot his half-brother and left him in a field to die. 

Randy Wayne Brownlee Jr., 23, surrendered to sheriff's deputies about 4 p.m.

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Painting workshop set June 28-29 at The Depot in Norman

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 9:25am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Painting instructor Brad Price will teach a two-day workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Body found at Lake Thunderbird reported a victim of homicide

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 7:16pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A man found dead Friday at Lake Thunderbird was reportedly slain, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

The body of Kevin Price, 32, of Noble, was found at the edge of Clear Bay #2 on the south side of Lake Thunderbird about 1:30 p.m.

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Three people arrested in reported Norman drive-by shooting, kidnapping

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 3:13pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Two men and a 16-year-old boy were arrested Friday in connection to a Thursday night drive-by shooting and a Friday morning burglary and kidnapping, police said.

About 9:40 p.m.

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Body reportedly found at Lake Thunderbird Friday

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 1:28pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Authorities are investigating reports of a body found at Lake Thunderbird Friday.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol boat team was dispatched to the lake Friday to assist in the recovery of the body, said Lt.

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Downpour swamps Oklahoma roads, strands motorists

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 6:02pm

By Josh Wallace and Kelsy Schlotthauer Staff Writers

Torrential downpours swept through the Oklahoma City metro area Thursday, shutting down area highways, stranding motorists and keeping emergency crews busy for several hours.

At 5 a.m., forecasters with the National Weather Service predicted a 20 percent chance of rain in Oklahoma City.

By noon, more than 3 inches of rain had flooded central Oklahoma in just a few hours as storms slowly worked their way out of the metro area, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network.

A flash flood warning was in place for several hours as roadways took on rain, leaving dozens of motorists stranded.

In Oklahoma City, firefighters reported responding to 81 weather-related incidents from 10 a.m.

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OU concrete canoe team earns solid win

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 3:19pm

By Lori Johnson For The Oklahoman

Twenty students from the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering concrete canoe team are raising their paddles in victory after winning first place in the regional engineering design, knowledge and stamina competition.

The Mid-Continent Regional Competition was held at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale through the American Society of Civil Engineers' collegiate chapters.

“The OU Concrete Canoe team has had great success in the past, and this year is no exception,” said Rachel Wesson, concrete canoe head captain and civil engineering senior.

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Shops pop up during Norman's art walk

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 4:28pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — STASH's pop-up shop, Flower Power Market, will return from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday in conjunction with Norman's 2nd Friday Art Walk.

The pop-up shop will include local art, vintage clothing, plants ready for purchase and handmade products.

STASH featured artist for June is Brad Hill, who aims to transform familiar places and objects into abstract snapshots.

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