University of Oklahoma

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.

Sterling Shepard, Ty Darlington, Zach Sanchez, Bob Stoops, Charles Tapper, Trevor Knight, and Eric Striker walk arm-in-arm to protest campus racism in March 2015.
Thant Aung / The Oklahoma Daily

The University of Oklahoma takes on Clemson University in the Orange Bowl Thursday evening. The rematch of the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl is the first of two national playoff semifinal games on New Year’s Eve.

The Sooners are two wins away from an eighth national championship, and a second for head football coach Bob Stoops. He attributes some of the team's success to an incident off the field before the season even began, when the Sooners were coming off a 40-6 shellacking at the hands of the Tigers.

On The Road With Bus Driver Shirley Bosscawen

Dec 20, 2015
Shirley seen from the rearview mirror
Courtney Kearby / KGOU

Shirley Bosscawen has driven buses for Cleveland Area Rapid Transit since August 27, 1984. She has had several routes over her 30 years working for CART and says they all get a bit boring, but that’s not what she’s in this business for.

“You drive back and forth and back and forth,” Bosscawen said. “What I get enjoyment out of is talking to people, kidding people, laughing with them, picking on students.”

Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit attached to Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion 4th Marines (BLT 1/4) and Combat Logistics Battalion 15 (CLB-15) stand at “parade rest” during a 235th United States Marine Corps birthday ceremony.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Russell / U.S. Naval Forces, 7th Fleet Public Affairs

After serving in the U.S. military, many veterans use the benefits afforded under the GI Bill to pay for school. The opportunity to have education paid for is a major draw for some, but the military isn’t a good fit for everyone.

Jared Kuntz joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2008 after trying a few different majors at the University of Oklahoma, and firefighter training, hoping he would find a career. Then the 2008 recession hit, the job prospects disappeared and the military seemed like his best option.