Back to School: Seven stories you might have missed this summer
Student dies after falling from roof — June 3
The death of an OU student on June 3 was ruled to be an accident, and caused by blunt force trauma to the head and shoulders, according to the state medical examiner’s office. Casey Cooke, 22, was found on the east side of Evans Hall after falling from the fire escape, according to the OUPD report. Cooke had been on the phone with two friends before descending the building, according to her uncle, Don Cooke. Her death resulted in a campus-wide review of fire escapes, and the removal the Evans Hall escapes, university spokesman Michael Nash said.
Cane's to replace Burger King on campus — June 26
Raising Cain’s will replace Burger King in Adams Center for the upcoming school year, after approval from the OU Board of Regents. Cain’s beat out nine other restaurants for the location, including Burger King, Denny’s and Steak ‘n Shake, Housing and Food Services purchasing director Matt Roberts said.
3-percent tuition hike approved at OU — June 26
The OU Board of Regents approved an increase in tuition and fees at their June Meeting. Tuition will increase 3 percent for resident students and 5 percent for nonresident students according to the regent’s agenda.
Two new deans join OU faculty — June 30
The University College and OU Libraries will both begin the year with a new dean. Nicole Campbell will be taking over as University College Dean, succeeding Douglas Gaffin. Rick Luce will be the university libraries dean, following the retirement of Sul Lee.
Campus now smoke-free — July 1
Smoking is no longer allowed on campus after Governor Fallin signed an executive order to prohibit tobacco use on all state property. Violators on OU’s campus could receive up to a $50 fine for repeat offenses, OUPD Lt. Bruce Chan said.
SafeRide call service replaced — July 15
Students wishing to use the SafeRide progam for a ride home from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. will now need to pick up vouches to be able to do so. Vouchers can be picked up from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday in the Oklahoma Memorial Union, Room 181.
Camp attendees increase in 2012 — July 28
More than 1,900 students attended Camp Crimson this year, camp director Zac Stevens said, an increase of about 200 students from 2011. Camp crimson namesakes included Student Life director Kristen Partridge, Student Media director Brian ringer and Center for Student Advancement director Lisa Portwood. Two new sessions, transfer and service sessions, were added this year to the traditional sessions.