Thousands enjoy Arts Festival Oklahoma

Great weather and good attendance marked the 32nd annual Arts Festival Oklahoma, said Cordell Jordan, Media Relations coordinator.

The festival was held on the north side of campus on a newly-landscaped and upgraded area built specifically to accommodate the festival, said Facilities Management Director J.B. Messer.

Some people, like 20-year-festival-veteran Dale Hartman, rarely miss the event.

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Library orders hundreds of new books in preparation for next Big Read event

Students will soon have the opportunity to immerse themselves in 1940s Louisiana, where racism runs rampant and ‘an eye for an eye’ is a way of life.

The Keith Leftwich Memorial Library has ordered 300 copies of Ernest J. Gaines’ 1993 novel “A Lesson Before Dying” in anticipation of the national Big Read program, said Barbara King, Library Services director.

The 256-page book takes place in a small Cajun community, where a schoolteacher tries to help Jefferson — a black man condemned to death for a robbery he didn’t commit. He wants Jefferson to get back his dignity before he is executed.

King said the book is being offered as a part of The Big Read, a reading program created by the National Endowment for the Arts to restore reading to American culture.

“It’s important to get reading back into society,” King said. “In the age of computers, people just don’t want to read for pleasure anymore. They’ve gotten away from it.”

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Scholarships help students save money

One OCCC student can clearly see the financial advantage to earning good grades and applying for scholarships.

“All the scholarships I have gathered have added up to one large sum,” said diagnostic medical sonography major Adriana Longoria.

“I feel like I am getting paid to go to school.

“I wanted to focus on school, and not work,” Longoria said as the reason she applied for scholarships.

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Incoming student editor dies in car wreck

OCCC student Ethan Wayne Hendricks, 19, of Mustang, died about 2:10 a.m. Aug. 8, in a head-on collision on State Highway 74B southeast of Blanchard in McClain County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Hendricks was a sophomore majoring in journalism.

He served as senior writer for the Pioneer and would have become editor at the beginning of the fall semester.

Rachel Newell, pre-med major, said she saw Hendricks almost every day when she and her friends chatted with him in the campus Coffee Shop.

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