Photos: Bison Sports Awards

All Photos by Jacob Factor/News Editor

The Looks

The Awards

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All 2019 Bison Sports Awards winners:
Outstanding Senior Athletes
Cagney Roberson, Football
McKae Mitchell, Women’s Track & Field

Breakout Athletes of the Year
Harrison Stoddart, Men’s Basketball
Leah Molter, Women’s Track & Field

Newcomers of the Year
Antonio Wade, Men’s Basketball
Konner Shields, Cheer/STUNT

Individual Performances of the Year
Jake Gozzo, Baseball
Victoria Fonville, Women’s Swimming

Heart of a Bison Awards
Brantly Thompson, Men’s Basketball
Jennifer Goethe (Women’s Soccer)

Scholar Athlete Awards
Jonathan Stewart, Men’s Swimming
Emily Sechrist, Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country

The #DavCup Award

Made a Difference Award
Women’s Soccer

Team Academic Award
Women’s Golf

Faculty Mentor Award
Dr. Linda McElroy

Advocate for Athletics Award
Joy Carl

PHOTO: Benefit recital raised $4500 for Shawnee chorus

Senior music major Bradley Heatherington started the process of organizing this event over the summer. The recital took place in Yarbourough Auditorium, which was nearly filled to capacity with the number of attendees the night of the recital. Those in attendance gave more than 2,000 dollars with outside benefactors raising the additional 2,500.

Photos: CAB presents “That so Spring Affair” Saturday April 21

Photos by Jacob Factor/The Bison, Featured photo courtesy of CAB

“The Time is Now”: OK teachers walk out

A photo essay by Jacob Factor

Wednesday March 28, the Oklahoma Legislature passed bill 1010xx, giving teachers a 6,100 dollar raise for the 2018-2019 school year. What the bill did not contain was a permanent solution for teacher pay or funding for schools which would buy classroom resources such as textbooks, technology and school supplies. In response to that, Monday April 2 teachers in over 170 school districts across the state “walked out” and headed to the Capitol.  01










The NEA president, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, spoke at the Walkout. She led the crowd in a song: “We’re fighting for our children, and we shall not be moved. Just like a tree planted by the water, we shall not be moved.”


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Some were there to demand more funding for schools.  


Some called out their representatives to make a change.  


Over 20,000 people gathered at the Capitol Monday: teachers, students and parents. The crowd gathered at the front steps of the Capitol. 


Many teachers have left Oklahoma to go to states with better pay. 


Because of this, schools have had to hire temporary teachers that aren’t certified so they can have enough employees. 


Even then, for some schools, that’s not enough teachers, so their class sizes have grown from the required 20 students into the 40s. 


The crowd started a picket line and walked around the Capitol. 


“We give our blood; we give our sweat; we give our early mornings; we give our dollars for our students, Garcia said. 


The West Virginia Education Association president, Dale Lee, was also in attendance. He said, “We didn’t get into this for the riches, but we get richer every day when a student comes back to tell us we made a difference in their lives.” 


Patricia Limon came to the walkout to support her grandchildren, who are Oklahoma students. 


Brenda Lopez (pictured) also went to the Walkout to support her granddaughter, Kynnadee, who is an Oklahoma student. 


Lopez’s granddaughter, Kynnadee 


Students came to support their teachers. 


Students from Edmond Memorial High School supported their teacher by setting up chairs and tables at the Capitol to have a mock class. They worked on ACT Prep while their teacher oversaw them. 


The bill 1010xx raised the gas and energy taxes by six percent. Those industries have threatened to leave Oklahoma if it raised any more than that. (Picture: teacher picket line at the Capitol with Devon Energy Tower in the background) 


“Funding education shouldn’t be historical. It should be normal,” Hope Davis, a student at Moore High School said in front of the crowd. She said in some of her classes she has textbooks from 2005, which is a problem most schools in Oklahoma have. 


Teachers stand in front of the Capitol windows hoping legislators will see. 


Most teachers don’t make enough money to support themselves or their families, so they have to get second, or even third jobs, to live. 


Some go to more extreme measures to make money. 


Before bill 1010xx passed, Oklahoma was ranked 50th in education. 


The next state election is in November, and teachers have started running against politicians for public office. 


Schools have announced that they will be closed through the end of the week, and teachers say they will stay at the Capitol as long as it takes for something to change. 

Op-Ed: Reflecting on the City That Never Sleeps

Story and photos by Jacob Factor, Features Editor

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It’s the kind of place that, when you get there, even if only for a few days, you feel like you’re a part of something big. Like no matter what you’re doing or how you got there, it’s worth it.

It’s a strange juxtaposition, though, having this feeling in a city where you’re only one of millions, especially if you’re completely alone for the duration of your trip like I was.

I went to New York for the College Media Association’s annual New York City journalism conference, but that was only one of the reasons my trip was so worth it.

I’ll go chronologically, starting with what happened before the trip.

OBU journalism students, along with the Bison advisor, Professor Holly Easttom, go to this conference every year, and our budget pays for Professor Easttom and two students to go.

This year, the rule was upperclassmen had to be asked if they wanted to go first, and, of course, two students were going to say yes.

So, I had no hopes of going to New York City. I was fine with that, more or less.

A few days after the two students had been confirmed, I got an email from a travel newsletter I’m subscribed to saying there were roundtrip nonstop flights from Dallas to New York for 200 dollars.

What?!! Was this fate telling me I was des-tined to go on this trip?

That’s what I told my-self, and my parents.

I had been saving money for a new camera, and I had about 500 dollars when I saw this. When I told my parents about the cheap flights (they were American Airlines, by the way, so I have no idea why they were so cheap.) I also told them I would pay for everything.

I started looking for hotels that were 300 dollars or less.

I know what you’re thinking… a hotel for that price in New York City would probably have to be pretty sketchy. But I found one that looked decent for 270 dollars and I went for it.

Now, a little info, the Northeast United States gets these storms called Nor’easters that can get pretty crazy. There’s snow, rain, fog and everything in between.

And the week we were supposed to go to New York, there was one. A big one.

Long story short. (A VERY long story), the plane of the other people in my group got canceled, but my flight, ever so luckily, was the only flight from the Charlotte Airport (I flew from Dallas to Charlotte. Yes I drove to Dallas) that didn’t get canceled. It just got delayed, for many, many reasons, for seven hours.

When I finally got to my hotel, at 2 a.m. I might add, I was a bit scared to say the least. I was in a humongous city I’d never been to all by myself.

The rest of the week was not scary at all, it was an amazing experience that I’ll never forget.

New York City, like I mentioned, is like no other place in the world. It’s the center of the biggest industries; media, fashion, art just to name a few. Because of this, there are so many kinds of people spread throughout the five boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens and The Bronx. Just like people, every borough is unique.

Manhattan is the busiest, and it has most of the tourist attractions: Times Square, Central Park, The Empire State Building, The World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial.

That last one, the 9/11 memorial in Lower Manhattan, is a surreal sight.

In 2001 the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were the target of a terrorist attack which leveled the buildings.

Clemente Lisi, a professor of Journalism at The King’s College in New York City and an attendee of the CMA conference, worked for the New York Post when the twin towers fell, and covered the tragedy.

“I can still remember the crunch of the steel beams as the tower fell,” he said with tears.

I’ve never heard a first-person account of 9/11 in person before. This shook me (not in the cultural “I’m shook” way). I teared up.

Hearing his story and talking to him more about his experience made 9/11 so much more real to me. This experience, and all of New York City, changed me. The magic of the Times Square lights at night. The sophistication of Upper West Side. The history of the Met Museum.

There is one thing I regret, though. I forgot to go to the Empire State Building

PHOTOS: Ballroom Dancing for Black History Month

Photos by Jacob Factor

Doctor Daryl Green and his wife Estraletta have been teaching OBU employees
and students ballroom dances to celebrate Black History Month.


Tiffany Gardner and Nathaniel Worley dance together at the RAWC’s ballroom dancing class.


Retired OBU political science professor Dr. Tony Litherland and his wife, Dr. Lucrecia Litherland, professor of language.



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All Photos by Jacob Factor/The Bison

DACA Prayer Vigil

September 10, in response to the White House’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, El Camino OKC and area churches hosted a prayer vigil in front of the Oklahoma State Capitol. “Dreamers,” as the recipients of the act are called, from the area, children of immigrants and uninvolved supporters attended the event and prayed for action from Congress to protect the people the act protects.


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