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Hola [Jan. 27th, 2005|02:55 am]


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Well, I will be going to ORU this coming August. I can't wait!!! I just came accross this community a few weeks ago and figured I'd just post and say hi or something.

So, "hi." Or "something". Yes, that is my failing cliche attempt at being witty.

I have a few questions...

1) So um, anyone want to tell me what exactly "shower shoes" are? lol And if I need to bring them College Weekend.
2) At ORU will I be able to watch my "weekly" TV shows such as "Lost" & "One Tree Hill" or is some cable blocked or something? (Hopefully that made sense...)
3) I really want to be involved with as much as possible while there, clubs and such. What are some that they have there?
4) And also, most importantly, I would love to be able to write for ORU's student newspaper the Oracle, as well. How does one go about this?

Anyways, like I said earlier, I can't wait to come. Its always been my dream to attend ORU and God has opened up the doors for me to.

I'd really appriciate any help.

Thanks & God Bless!

[User Picture]From: shinkarasu
2005-01-27 02:49 am (UTC)
I went to ORU for a couple of years and then decided it wasn't for me and left. It is a nice school...if you are supposed to be there. ;-)

1. Shower shoes are the MOST important thing you can ever buy for college. They are basically just flip-flops that you will wear in the shower and to the bathroom and no-where else. I would definately get some for College weekend, because you never know what could be crawling on the floor of the bathroom/shower.
2. Last time I was there (2000-2002) most of the normal stations were open, so you shouldn't have a problem with those. Although a lot of good cable stations were blocked. Just be careful of some "over-zealous" people not liking what you are watching. I got yelled out for watching "The Simpsons" on more than one occasion.
3. Not sure anymore, but I remember there was a decent number.
4. Probably just go and ask someone in the Journalism department or check on the paper itself. Be careful though, as what is allowed can be considered fairly censored and they choose what you can and cannot write about. Don't expect quite the freedom you would have at a state school....but that should be expected.

Hopefully this has been of some sort of use to you and I am glad to hear that you are happy about going. The school has its good and bad points and if you ever want someone to speak candidly about it, I am always checking this thing. :-)
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[User Picture]From: buckus
2005-01-27 07:52 pm (UTC)
Hello, thanks so much for your reply and help. And, I understand what you are saying... ;)

I kinda figured that might happen - people being "ugh" about some of the things I watch. There are always those people... "Thats not of God!"

Anyways, thank you, and I'll keep that in mind. =)
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[User Picture]From: ithilwyn
2005-01-27 08:21 am (UTC)
1. I second the necessity for shower shoes! They are absolutely essential, even for College Weekend. Any plastic flip-flop style shoe will work; the important thing is just to get a layer of something between your feet and the tile floors.

2. You will be able to get all of the major stations (FOX, UPN, ABC, NBC, CBS), and yes, some people may give you a bad time about what you choose to watch--ignore them. Personally, I never had a TV while I was a student there, and I honestly never missed it; there are just so many other things to do. I had my family back home record a few of my favorite shows for a while, but eventually I lost interest. Besides, anything that was actually good is now available on DVD anyway.

3. TONS of clubs/activities/etc. to choose from, depending on what kind of stuff you want to get involved in. Early on in the academic year there will be several "rush" nights where you can find out more about what is available.

4. The Oracle may have a table set up at one of the rush nights, but you could always go talk to someone at their office. I'm sure they'd be more than happy to have you on the team.
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[User Picture]From: _crayola_skies
2005-01-27 12:42 pm (UTC)
I think it's funny that none of us answering you still actually go to ORU...

1. what they said. i never went in there in bare feet.

2. what they said too, but Simpsons I don't think is an issue so much anymore since it was always on in Saga (cafeteria). but yes, some channels are blocked. also various Internet sites are blocked. LJ was actually occasionally blocked last year. but they added TLC spring of my freshman year and there's a bunch of ESPNs, CNN, Fox News, lots of preaching channels, regular basic TV channels like ABC and NBC etc, Superstation TBS whatever it is, i'm not sure about the WB. There's no MTV or anything unless they added it recently. which i doubt.

3. clubs - lots of departments and majors have clubs and honor societies, which often they will talk about in class and there will be flyers and things. also, once a semester there is like a rush night, and all the clubs will have tables and people to talk to outside the cafeteria. there are also community outreaches, sometimes people commit to going to a certain one every week, sometimes you may just go once with your floor, if that is something you are interested in. community outreaches are like working at homeless shelters, or going door to door, there's a drama outreach one, things like that. I know there is a chapter of PRSSA on campus, social work club, things like that. your RA and chaplain will talk about some things like that.

4. the Oracle, I would try to talk to someone as soon as the semester starts or even before. they do occasionally print submitted stories and i *think* there is a small amount of $ involved. not sure. much of the writing is done by staff writers. i would call, or go down there when you visit. The director of student publications is Ramirez, maybe David. the current editor in chief is Lindsay Goodier, but she is a senior, and the advisor might be a lady named Dana Sterling. Student publications is in the LRC, 2nd floor. I would say your best bet would be to go down there and check it out as close to the start of the semester as possible. other wise, once you figure who the editors are, you can give them a story directly and they may or may not use it. if you want to write often, i would go down and ask about it.
shinkarasu was right about censoring. you will liekly not be writing any investigative stories, but it's good practice and you will have stories in print.
http://www.oru.edu/oracle/ is the online edition, but it doesn't appear to have been updated recently.
Also check out working for the Perihelion, that's the yearbook. You get good writing and layout experience with that. A lady by the name of Chris Putman is the yearbook advisor, unless something drastic changed this semester.

I was at ORU for 2 years (2002-2004), last semester was my first semester not there. I was a Mass Media Communications major, and that's what I remember about life at ORU. Hope this helps, and that you have a great first year there! :)
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[User Picture]From: buckus
2005-01-27 08:17 pm (UTC)
that is funny...

(Not meaning to sound redundant, but I do mean it when I say it...)

Hi, thank you so much for your reply and help, also.

Coolness, sounds like its changed a bit then. So maybe I won't too many problems... but there are alwyas those certian people, ha, oh well.

Wow, sounds great. I'll definitly have the chance to be involved with alot!

Thank so much for all the info about this. Maybe when I am there at College Weekend I can try to find out what I can do more so? Or maybe they will have a table set up. I dunno if College Weekend will be too early or not, but at least I can maybe find out some stuff.

And awesome, I didn't even know that ORU had a yearbook, I will most definitly want towork on that! I have always wanted to work on a yearbook, being home schooled there was never a need to have one, ha. Maybe when I am there this April I can try to find out about this, too? I most definitly want to work on it. Will they have a table set up?

Awesome. Thank you!!! =)
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[User Picture]From: _crayola_skies
2005-01-27 09:44 pm (UTC)
yes April would be fine, I'm sure. I don't know about a table for them. I never noticed them having one, but it doesn't mean that they didn't.

i had a friend there who worked on her yearbook in high school and she just went in there and asked about it, and she ended up a section editor for the yearbook her freshman year.

I always felt like it was kind of exclusive, but i was shy. One thing I have learned since then that I wish I had done more then, was just go talk to someone in person and make it happen.
I don't know how to describe the location of the Student Publications Office, but it's on the 2nd floor of the LRC - the big building with the pillars and black glass that has most of the classrooms - go down the stairs on the outside to the second floor and the offices are on that level. I would ask your tour guide if you take a tour. It's a wee confusing down there at times.

I'm not sure how much information will be laying around, easy to find about writing for either of those publications, you may have to go searching for it. But they don't bite. Just ask questions and see where it leads. The secretary down there was/is pretty nice. And they will be nice to you, a new recruit. Good luck!
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[User Picture]From: buckus
2005-01-28 09:10 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is really cool about your friend.

I am used to be extremely shy, and still am pretty shy. But more and more this year I have been in situations that has really helped to bring me out of my shell. I definitly plan on taking a tour. Thank you so much from your help!!

Thanks!!! =)

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[User Picture]From: buckus
2005-01-27 08:05 pm (UTC)
Hiya! Thank you so much for your reply and help, too!

Meant to say something about this previously but I am most definitly getting some flip flops.... ahh. 0_o

Good to hear, most of my shows come on those channels. I am thinking I won't have alot of time to watch them, so I'll prolly get my fam to record them, too. But they'll probably come out on DVD, anways.

Awesomeness, I can't wait!! I noticed on the College Weekend schedule it mentioned a "Club Rush". I didn't know what exactly it would be for. Is it to show what they have? Or...??

Coolness. Thanks again!!!
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[User Picture]From: bluecupofice
2005-01-28 11:12 am (UTC)
Yay...I still go to ORU so I can tell you a little bit, although most of it has already been covered.

1. shower shoes are the best. you need them. buy them. now.
2. the WB is blocked, for some reason. but other major channels are okay. so yeah, no shows like "gilmore girls" or whatever else it is that comes on the WB.
3. there a million clubs based on major, interests, and talents. at club rush you can look into that.
4. the head of the journalism dept (oracle and perihelion) is mrs. putman. she is very nice and is always taking applications for staff positions. email her or look up her extension and contact her. she appreciates people who go after what they want and will be more than willing to work with you.

good luck! see you in the spring for college weekend!
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[User Picture]From: buckus
2005-01-28 09:21 pm (UTC)
Hi! Coolness! Where are you in college? I guess, what grade? How does one ask that...

1- lol!! They are definitly top priority on my list. ;)

2- ahh! no WB? No "Gilmore Girls" or "One Tree Hill"? 0_0 I guess I will survive, lol.

3- awesome, can't wait!

4- very awesome!!! I was looking at ORU's site and believe I found her page with her e-mail & number. Mrs. Chris Putman, right?

Thank you so much!! Most definitly!! =D
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[User Picture]From: bluecupofice
2005-01-28 08:56 pm (UTC)
oh yeah, just for clarification: ramirez was transferred, which is why putman is handling both the oracle and the perihelion now.
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[User Picture]From: buckus
2005-01-28 09:22 pm (UTC)
thanks! I was wondering about that.
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[User Picture]From: _crayola_skies
2005-02-03 09:37 pm (UTC)
aha. that makes sense. i was curious. it hasn't been THAT long since i left! :)

and yes, a Mrs. Chris Putman. :)

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[User Picture]From: buckus
2005-02-05 10:08 am (UTC)
thanks. =)
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