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Do's and Don'ts of Holiday Etiquette


Do you have that friend who returns every gift she receives for Christmas? Do you write thank you letters to family members when they give you a gift? Here are some of the major do's and don'ts of holiday etiquette for the holiday season!

DO talk to extended family members if you want to scale down on expensive gifts. Figure out an alternative option for gift giving, such as drawing names, limiting gifts to a specific dollar amount, or a white elephant/dirty santa gift exchange. Most people are on some sort of budget and they will probably be relieved too!

DON'T be the girl who drinks too much at the holiday party. Whether you're an intern at the office party or the annual family get together, you will forever be seen as the drunk girl. Even if you have had drinks with or around those people before, the tasteful/classy bar is raised during the holidays. You won't regret not drinking too much, but you will regret hitting on your co-worker.

DO act like you love every gift you receive, even if you hate it. I tend to like and use most gifts I receive, but occasionally there's one that is either the wrong size, something I already own, or just absolutely horrible. It is perfectly acceptable to return those gifts to the store. HOWEVER, in the moment, you must always be polite and say thank you. Later on, when the person asks you how you like your gift, continue to be polite and say something like, "I really appreciated the sweater, but it was a little too big so I exchanged it." In the end, you got something you liked out of it, so there is no need to be rude or hurt someone's feeligns.

10 Study Tips for Final Exams


Last week, the Huffington Post released a list of 12 tips to help students study for final exams. Here, we have combined some of their items with some of our favorites!

1) Take study breaks: According to research, the best way to study is in 20-50 minute sections, then take mini breaks of 5-10 minutes.

2) Listen to classical music: According to the Huff Post, certain types of music, like Mozart's compositions, have been shown to activate both sides of the brains in listeners.

3) Form study groups: Working in groups can be productive, but make sure to focus on the task at hand. It is easy to get sidetracked, but if one person is focused, the group is likely to focus too.

4) Sleep: It sounds simple, but I know countless collegiettes who have stayed up night after night cramming for finals. After a certain point, you stop retaining information, so getting sleep will give you a chance to wake up with a fresh perspective.

5) Go to office hours: Professors have office hours for a reason; take advantage of them. If you are stuck on something or want to review your old tests, go to office hours. Plus, if your grade is on the line, a lot of professors have been known to bump up students who they know are making an effort.

6) Move around: Going for a short walk or jog is a positive alternative to drinking caffeine. By moving around, you'll get an energy boost. Some experts even say 20 minutes of cardio a day can improve your memory.

7) Get creative with your notes: Instead of trying to read the same piece of paper over and over again, do something creative. Draw images of what you're learning or make charts, diagrams, lists, graphs or notecards. By writing the information out in a different way, you'll be more likely to retain it.

Oklahoma Festival Ballet Presents The Nutcracker


Oklahoma Festival Ballet Presents The Nutcracker


Yes, it may be Dead Week, but you may also need a study break at some point over the next few days. Instead of partying, take a two hour break to see the dancers from the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Festival Ballet star in The Nutcracker. The performance takes place in the Rupel L. Jones Theater in the Fine Arts Center, 563 Elm Ave. If you are at all considering attending one of the shows, buy your tickets in the Fine Arts Box Office in Catlett Music Hall as soon as possible (last weekend's performances sold out Thursday afternoon). Tickets are $14 for students. Don't miss this opportunity to see a holiday classic... It won't be back for another four years!

Thursday, Dec. 8 - 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 9 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10 - 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11 - 3 p.m.


December Holiday Guide: Top Oklahoma Attractions


To people who live outside the state, Oklahoma may not exactly scream Winter Wonderland. Those of us who live here know we experience some sort of wondrous proportions each year (i.e. ice storm 2007; Snowmageddon 2011). With or without snow on the ground, Oklahoma is a great place to live, or visit, during the holidays.
One of the hottest trends in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City is the shift downtown; however, since Bricktown began in the mid-to-late 1990s, Oklahoma City’s downtown has been steps ahead of the city to the North. These days, Tulsa’s Blue Dome District continues to expand, making a name for itself as one of the most vibrant locations in the city.
What many people do not realize, though, is that both cities downtown’s have more going on than business; both have expanded in the last five years to include residential life. Old and historic buildings have been turned into lofts and modern apartments, which is bringing new life into downtown.
Both Tulsa and Oklahoma City host a variety of elaborate holiday attractions and events, including ice rinks, Christmas lights, parades, holiday runs, and much more. Here are some of the top events taking place in both cities this month… each sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

Honorary Cutie Andrew Jenks


He may not technically attend the University of Oklahoma, but this cutie was spotted on our campus last night. Andrew Jenks, the star of the MTV reality show "World of Jenks," spoke to students in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. With his documentary show about to begin its second season, Jenks is hosting meet-and-greets at universities throughout the country to tell students about his personal story and how ordinary people are doing extraordinary things in our world. Read on to see a few fun facts we dug up about our honorary cutie.

Date of Birth: March 5, 1986 (New York)
Relationship Status: To be honest, we aren't sure if this looker is single or taken. Either way, we hear he has a brother who is a senior at Elon University in North Carolina. Same genes, right?
Transatlantic Move: When he was nine years old, Jenks' family moved to Belgium for two years... Waffles anyone?
Prominent Father: His father, Bruce Jenks, is the Assistant Secretary General for the United Nations.
At Age Sixteen: He founded the Hendrick Hudson Film Festival, featuring James Earl Jones as the keynote speaker. The festival is now in its 8th year.

As an up-and-coming filmmaker, Jenks has been getting acclaim for a few years now. With a focus on telling the stories of his generation, Jenks fully immerses himselves in the lives of others and truly sees what it is like to spend a day in someone else's shoes. Jenks is viable proof that good-looking and intelligent men do exist... Don't settle ladies!

Be a Voice for Children Candlelight Vigil


Be a Voice for Children Candlelight Vigil


In response to the recent Penn State allegations, the Women's Outreach Center is holding a "Be a Voice for Children Candlelight Vigil" tonight at 6p.m. in the "Passion Pit" of the South Oval. The actual lighting will only last for 30-minutes to an hour, then a community forum will take place at Anne and Henry Zarrow Hall on the corner of Brooks and Elm. The event is in effort to demonstrate that OU cares about child abuse prevention.

La Luna Says Adios


Local Norman favorite, La Luna Mexican Cafe, closed its doors on Campus Corner for the last time Saturday. La Luna Cantina & Grill will open in Newcastle, Okla., Dec. 10.

Bangladesh Night 2011