View from the President’s Office

The snow storms and bitterly cold temperatures that we experienced early in the semester are difficult to imagine now that the weather is warm and sunny, enrollment is under way for the summer and fall semesters, and commencement will be held in just a few weeks. Time does go on.

It also would appear that the financial meltdown we experienced over two years ago is now beginning to show signs of recovery — more jobs being created and fewer people unemployed.

However, without federal stimulus funds and a depleted state rainy day fund, the full impact of the historic downturn in the economy will now be realized here in Oklahoma as we plan for the next year’s budget, which begins on July 1, 2011.

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Everyone loses with NFL lockout

If you’ve watched ESPN for any amount of time during the past couple of months, you know there are questions regarding the upcoming NFL season.

Will it be played on time? Will there be a season at all? Will the owners use replacement players if an agreement cannot be reached in time?

Instead of finding answers for these questions, the NFL owners and players have engaged in a full-blown media war to solve the problems.

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