Mother’s Day a perfect time to show gratitude

To a mother, Mother’s Day may simply mean a day of slightly less cleaning than a normal day. To sons or daughters, Mother’s Day often means buying flowers and trying to cook their own breakfast for the first time in 364 days.

According to, there are more phone calls made in the world on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. Its roots are more humble than one would think, however. shows that Mother’s Day became an official American holiday in the year 1914. However, the struggle to make a national holiday for women dates back a bit farther. Americans had been trying to make a mother’s holiday since the Civil War era.

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Library serves up great food and cheap spirits

Libraries often are filled with books and students cramming for finals.

However, the Library Bar & Grill, located at 607 W Boyd in Norman, keeps students from worrying about the rigors and pressures of college life with its selection of 35 beers on tap, spirits, food and an amazing patio.

It’s easy to understand why Esquire magazine recently rated the Library Bar & Grill one of the top 10 college bars in North America.

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Father’s Day falls on June 19 in U.S.

Father’s Day in the U. S. is celebrated on the third Sunday of June — this year it’s June 19.

There are a range of events, which may have inspired the idea of Father’s Day.

One of these was the start of the Mother’s Day tradition in the first decade of the 20th century. Another was a memorial service held in 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident December 1907 in Monongah, W. Va.

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Vocal chameleon doesn’t disappoint

Philly neo-soul singer Bilal released his most current album, “Airtight’s Revenge,” last September.

While possessing many vocal ranges, Bilal sometimes puts his listeners in the mind of modern-day Prince, but incorporates his own style without sounding like a wannabe.

Many times Bilal is placed in the neo-soul genre, but he also infuses rock, pop, reggae, and even heavy metal into his music.

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Happy! Project celebrates Japanese pop

Melissa Shows is the leader of an all-American Japanese pop girl group that has appeared at conventions around the country. The group, Happy! Project, has even appeared in FLASH magazine, a publication about Japanese pop culture.

Shows, 23, currently attends OCCC, with the goal of earning a degree in music management. She and fellow OCCC student Tara Muchmore are the only two who live in Oklahoma.The newest members of the group, Kristy Valdez, 24, and Morgan Davis, 18, live in Texas.

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Preschool children play dirty with worms

Worms don’t gross out the children at the Child Development Center and Lab School, said Alexandra Sitzman, early childhood education major.

Students in preschool A at the CDCLS studied several kinds of worms July 5 to 9.

As part of their project, the children set up an aquarium that contains Night Crawlers, Sitzman said.

“They also constructed individual aquariums made out of two liter soda bottles,” she said.

“The children are really interested in worms right now.”

All of the children in preschool A are involved with the worms.

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