We can do more

To the editor:

I was a bit disappointed to hear of all OCCC’s budget woes in the latest edition of the Pioneer. It seems there are several places we could save money that have not been addressed.

First off, how many times have you visited a classroom or office on campus that was extremely cold? The vents in my office routinely blow at anywhere from 64 to 70 degrees.

When I was a student here, I always brought a jacket (even in the summer) because classrooms were so cold. I understand that air circulation is an issue, but does the air have to be so cold?

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Religion has no place in science class

At OCCC last spring, Mike Talkington, biology professor, allegedly taught an Introduction to Biology class in support of Intelligent Design and abstinence.

Intelligent Design is the theory that man did not evolve but was created created by an intelligent entity. It also centers on the idea that Earth is only about 6,000 years old. While some would argue, he did the right thing because students need to become more diverse in their education, what Talkington is said to have done is wrong.

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More ideas lead to more wisdom

The battle over the theories of Evolution vs. Intelligent Design has raged since Charles Darwin unveiled his concepts more than 200 years ago.

Recently, OCCC students, faculty and administration have joined the fight thanks to a choice by adjunct Biology Professor Mike Talkington who allegedly taught students Intelligent Design during his class this spring semester.

Intelligent Design roots lie in the ideas such as Earth is only about 6,000 years old, and humans were created by an intelligent entity and did not evolve from lower life forms.

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Adviser’s 411: Seek assistance to plan ahead

June has already started off as a busy month in the Office of Academic Advising. Summer enrollment is now winding down and summer classes are well under way.

For students planning on attending in the fall, this is a great time to meet with an Academic Adviser or one of the Faculty Advisers working in our office for the summer semester.

Faculty Advisers can help you in the selection of your faculty approved electives, career exploration, and a variety of other needs particular to your major.

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Job and Career Power

Students, are you undecided on your college major and future career path? If so, I would like to recommend the fall 2010 class PSY-1001 “Career Exploration” Section E15 which meets 11 to 11:50 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the SSC Bldg, Room 1H3.

The class begins with a series of self-assessment tools to help you identify your interests, abilities and career values.

The online DISCOVER career guidance program from ACT is demonstrated and fully described to facilitate your individual utilization of career surveys that ultimately provide a summary of specific career fields for you to explore.


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Time to rethink our resources

In the wake of the disastrous and ongoing British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it may be time to consider some of the ramifications of our national dependency on oil.

It’s time this country honestly focuses on developing biofuels, incentives and sub-sidies for car manufacturers to produce more hybrid and electric vehicles, and tax incentives for using public transportation.

These are all viable places to start looking for a real solution so this tragedy, which is killing wildlife up and down the Gulf Coast and displacing millions from their homes, never happens again. But they don’t address the real problem.

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Accountability will gain you respect

To the editor:

People ask “What is the state of the state, as well as the state of the United States and why has it gotten to the point it is at.”

Maybe because people of every race, creed, color and background expect something free.

If you are gettting assisitance with your cost of your schooling from the government in any form, why do you whine over having to pay something or do something out of your norm.

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Register to vote

To the editor:

On July 27, Oklahoma will hold primary elelctions to determine the candidates that will be on the ballot for November’s election.

This election will be for numerous positions in the Oklahoma state legislature, including governor, lieutenant govenor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction and numerous other elections.

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Counselor’s Corner

As we begin another summer term, it’s hard to believe that 2010 is nearly halfway over. It seems like just last week, we were canceling classes due to ice. Now we’re staking out places to keep cool. If you’ve never taken summer classes before, know that they move quickly. There is hardly time in the day to look up or take a breather. Assignments and tests and projects whiz by at double time. Your best defense, then, is to have a good offense. Get off to a good start and just keep your momentum going.

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Biblical intrusion at graduation

Last month, OCCC trampled all over students’ First Amendment rights to freedom of speech during the most recent graduation ceremony.

At invocation, a prayer invoking God’s presence was given to the eager graduates and audience by OCCC Regent Member Teresa Moisant.

The First Amendment refers to the separation of church and state. Since OCCC is a state institution, religion should have been separated from the commencement.

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