Saturday, April 11, 2009

One for the history books!

One for the history books!


Planned entirely by OU students on the Campus Activities Council Executive Committee and the designated directors of each group, Sooner Scandals is a musical theater show featuring the performance skills of different student organizations, predominantly fraternities and sororities. The show takes place every spring semester during CAC's Parents’ Weekend. It includes a wide range of themes each year; this year's theme was “One for the Books.”

Six shows made the cut with history-themed story lines such as women in the workforce, the Oklahoma land run and the French Revolution. Each group is to put on a 12-minute show with the best acting, singing and dancing. Competition rises as Sooners all strive for the different awards such as first, second and third place overall, best interpretation of theme, best male and female leads and best costumes.

The victors this spring with first place overall was Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and Beta Theta Chi fraternity. Delta Delta Delta and Lambda Chi Alpha won best advertisement and Chi Omega and Delta Tau Delta took home the award for best directors.

"Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs”

Known for his pop culture literary works such as "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs,” writer Chuck Klosterman will visit the University of Oklahoma campus on Tuesday. He is asked by the Gaylord Ambassadors to speak about the media and journalism.

Klosterman graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1994 and started working as a journalist. "Fargo Rock City” was his first book. In 2002, he moved to New York City to work for publications such as Spin, GQ and The Washington Post. According to Variety, Half Shell Entertainment had optioned “Killing Yourself to Live” (Klosterman’s 2005 book) for film. "Killing Yourself to Live,” is about his experiences traveling to places where famous musicians died.

            Just the titles of his works are interesting enough. I am going to try my best to attend. Who’s joining me?

From “OU to host pop culture author”

To blog or not to blog? That is not the question.

From more “serious” blogs such as The Huffington Post to “low culture” blogs like Perezhilton, the number of bloggers is rising like never before. Blogs currently have such an impact in the technically-advanced world, but with so many, how are we to choose? It all depends on your interests.

Those not interested in politics may enjoy It is one of the older blogs with tracking as far back as 1998. The site took off partly through the help of…drumroll, please… Blogger! It has links to websites and articles rather than personal opinion with trends and happenings. is one of the most popular blogs in the world. Visitors stop by to see, create, submit and vote on Lolcats (captioned photos of characterful cats in different settings). Lolspeak, also known as Kitty Pidgin, is the 'language' used in the captions. For example, human is 'hooman', Sunday 'bunday', exactly 'xackly' and asthma 'azma'., a consumer blog, has a mission to promote green lifestyles. It reminds the readers that going green does not necessarily mean sacrificing. Treehugger generates more than 30 new posts a day across categories such as fashion, beauty, travel, nature, science and technology. Once an MBA class project, it now generates through sponsorship and advertising.

With so many choices, you better get to researching. Which blogs are your favorite? Does this characterize you?

From “The world's 50 most powerful blogs"

Oklahoma High on Happiness and Livability

Oklahoma is ranked No. 6 on for being one of the "financially happiest” states. This means Oklahomans are doing their best at weathering the recession. The site looked at factors such as household income, debt, unemployment and foreclosures. Oklahoma is doing well in all areas. Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas are three states listed ahead of Oklahoma.

Tulsa and Oklahoma City landed fifth in Forbes magazine’s listing of the most livable cities. The magazine looks at cost of living, crime, unemployment, five-year economic growth and a "culture index.”

Well, duhhh. I could have told you that, but I am a proud Sooner and there’s no other place I’d rather live and attend college. Reading this article makes me happy!  Oklahoma has always been known for her friendliness and slower pace—does this have any to do with her ability to adapt to the economic crisis? Were you surprised with the results? Does this mean we have less to worry about?   

From "State scores high in rankings" on