University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma President David Boren speak to reporters after the second day of the Big 12 sports conference meetings in Irving, Texas, Thursday, June 2, 2016.
LM Otero / AP

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents has approved a 7 percent tuition and fee increase for Fiscal Year 2017. It’s the largest hike for OU students since 2008.

OU President David Boren said during Tuesday’s Regents meeting that OU operates with $160 million less than it did in 2008, despite a 1,000-1,500 increase in the number of students.

University of players celebrate after defeating Auburn 2-1 in the deciding game of the championship series of the NCAA softball College World Series, Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

The University of Oklahoma's softball team captured its third national championship Wednesday night after defeating Auburn University 2-1.

Auburn's Emily Carosone, the star of Tuesday's comeback win with a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning, couldn't follow it up.

In the bottom of the first, she committed an error on a grounder by Shay Knighten, and Caleigh Clifton scored for the Sooners when Carosone lost control of a throw to first. Knighten then scored on a slow-bouncing infield single to make it 2-0.

University of Oklahoma President George Lynn Cross With Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, 1948
Western History Collections / University of Oklahoma

Seventy years ago, a 21-year-old woman named Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher walked into the University of Oklahoma’s admissions office to apply for law school. She was immediately turned down because of the color of her skin.  He didn’t agree with the decision, but OU president George Lynn Cross had no choice but to deny the request, since state law mandated the segregation of public educational institutions.

Buddy Hield guards freshman Austin Grandstaff during Thursday's practice in Norman before the Sooners departed for Houston.
Storme Jones / KGOU

The University of Oklahoma's Buddy Hield won the James Naismith Trophy as the nation's top college basketball player.

The Atlanta Tipoff Club made the Sunday, one day after Hield was held to just nine points in the Sooners' 95-51 loss to Villanova University in Saturday evening's Final Four matchup.

Senior guard Buddy Hield puts the ball in for two during the game against Oregon March 26.
Astrud Reed / The Oklahoma Daily

The University of Oklahoma was the first team to punch its ticket to the Final Four of the NCAA men’s tournament over the weekend. The Sooners defeated the University of Oregon 80-68 behind another strong performance by Buddy Hield, who finished with 37 points and made eight three-pointers.

The native of the Bahamas was part of head coach Lon Kruger's initial recruiting class in 2012, and took the Sooners from their initial struggles to college basketball's biggest stage in just four years.

Bergère rentrant des moutons (Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep), 1886
 Oil on canvas, 
18 1/4 x 15 in.
Camille Pissarro (
France, 1830-1903) / Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art; The University of Oklahoma, Norman Aaron M. and Clara Weitzenhoffer Bequest, 2000

The fate of a painting at the center of a years-long dispute between its former owners and the University of Oklahoma has been settled.

Attorney Pierre Ciric, who represents the family of Léone Meyer, said Tuesday morning the settlement reached between the family, the University of Oklahoma, and the OU Foundation acknowledges all parties - including the Weitzenhoffer family, who donated the painting to OU – acted in good faith.

University of Oklahoma President George Lynn Cross With Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, 1948
Western History Collections / University of Oklahoma

Seventy years ago, a 21-year-old woman named Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher walked into the University of Oklahoma’s admissions office to apply for law school. She was immediately turned down because of the color of her skin.  He didn’t agree with the decision, but OU president George Lynn Cross had no choice but to deny the request, since state law mandated the segregation of public educational institutions.

University of Oklahoma president David Boren
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

University of Oklahoma president David Boren is recommending a 3 percent pay cut for himself, and OU vice presidents and deans for the upcoming fiscal year.

Boren said Monday the administrators affected by the pay cut have asked that the savings be used for need-based scholarships for students.

Five years ago, Tonia Sina was diagnosed with a blood-clotting disorder called atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome.
Photo illustration by Brent Fuchs and Bryan M. Richter / The Journal Record

There’s no shortage of issues to address when it comes to the $900-million-and-counting budget shortfall over the next four months of legislative session.

The number could grow larger when the Board of Equalization certifies new numbers later this month. In Gov. Mary Fallin’s executive budget unveiled Monday during her State of the State address, most state agencies will see a 6 percent cut. Some, like the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, will take a smaller 3 percent hit.

The Bizzell Memorial Library at the University of Oklahoma
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents unanimously approved a $20 million budget reduction plan Thursday morning.

In his proposal, President David Boren says OU has absorbed more than $80 million dollars in cuts and unfunded fixed cost increases since 2008.

The proposal includes a voluntarily retirement incentive that's expected to save $10 million. The other $10 million would come from eliminating vacant faculty and staff positions, and reducing purchasing and travel expenses in department budgets.

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