In the novel, Great Expectations, Pip helps an escaped convict get away from the fuzz and in turn, that dude becomes his benefactor and pays for his schooling while Pip is tortured by Miss Havisham and Estella. Or something like that. Honestly, I haven’t read the book since freshman year of high school and I prefer Hard Times to any other work by Dickens. The point of all this is to say that students throughout history have needed help paying for their education, a need that is undoubtedly felt now that tuition rates have hiked after recent budget cuts.
By now, I’m sure you’ve seen the story by KFOR about college students looking for sugar daddies and sugar mamas. After all, we can’t all help out convicts to get our schooling paid for, though one would think that paying off student loans to Sallie Mae is roughly the same thing as helping criminals. But some people aren’t down with rich folks paying the tuition of students. According to the report:
On Saturday afternoon, an Ogle Mole sent me a pic of 20-year-old Heisman-winning bad ass Johnny Manziel drinking champagne at a nightclub in Dallas a few hours after winning the Cotton Bowl. At the time, I remember thinking “That’s cool and everything, but what’s the local angle? The last thing I want to do is write about that stupid game.”
Fortunately, Johnny Football spared me 20-minutes of pain, torment and heavy drinking and provided a better Oklahoma tie-in for our photo. Early Saturday night, he and a couple of buddies that he must have found on Craigslist visited the WinStar Casino (pic above). There’s no word if he urinated on the Roman Colosseum (which according to Clark Matthews is some sort of tradition), but it looks like he had a good time and won some cash.
Via Busted Coverage:
Johnny Manziel went out and gave a historic effort last night in the Cotton Bowl. Tonight he’s giving 110% at the Winstar Casino in Oklahoma.
That’s the Heisman winner, 20-years-old, and a fan of cash that we assume he won in the casino. You can relax, it’s an 18+ establishment. According to the Winstar FAQ page:
Due to State and Federal Gaming Regulations, you must be at least 18 years old to enjoy any of the casino games. If you do not meet the minimum required age, you are still able to enjoy any of our amazing restaurants and our Global Event Center, if accompanied by an adult.
Ironically, Manziel deleted a tweet to this photo. If you’re anywhere near the Winstar, we advise you to get there quick and look for the guy wearing a Heat hat.
So there you go. Johnny Football gambled at an Oklahoma Tribal Casino on Saturday, but it looks like he had even more fun the night before. Check out an exclusive photo of him holding a glass — yes, a glass — of champagne at a nightclub…
Yeah, so it turns out our photo is not very exclusive. Since Saturday afternoon, TMZ, DeadSpin, and other websites have posted pictures of Johnny Manziel partying on both Friday and Saturday night. Most of the pictures show him surrounded by hot chicks with a bottle of champagne in his hands and a sparkler in his mouth, but only we have a pic of him holding an actual glass of champagne. That’s correct. He’s holding a glass of champagne! Scandalous!
It’s no secret that I love the University of Oklahoma, readers. I love Norman and all the cheap beer specials and how I can ride my bike around and only almost get killed. I like that everyone in Norman has a day job that supports some sort of artistic or academic venture. I like that it’s the most liberal place in the whole state, even though it’s one of the most conservative universities according to the Princeton Review. I’m waiting for the day when OU let’s me know that I can stop enrolling there because they’re going to hire me and I can live there forever and dance around the Bizzell statue and rappel from the clock tower.
However, there are those that seek to sully the reputation of my beloved institution. And if we’re being honest, I think there are students who do a good enough job of that on a daily basis. Seriously. Go to Logan’s on a Thursday night and tell me those 19-year olds are doing the school proud while they pound shots. Underage drinking should always be done at house parties where your exploits cannot be seen by the public. This is what the good lord intended. But they aren’t the only ones trying to make us look bad.
Anyway, a conservative think tank thinks that OU’s admissions aren’t fair. From NewsOK.com:
Before I left for college, I was under the impression that it would be a lot like a J. Crew catalog. But, alas, there were no people in khakis and sweaters reading philosophy on park benches or tweed blazers walking through the quad. Rather, there were a whole lot of jag bags in Alpha Gamma Phi Delta Kappa Pi Sigma Theta Blah Blah Blah shirts and chicks in Nike running shorts with Ugg boots. Say what you will about how preppy and lame J. Crew can be, but it will never be as terrible as Nike running shorts with Ugg boots.
But one of the best aspects of my college career was meeting professors who absolutely loved their jobs. I had quite a few of those, and I would say that there was no professor who loved his job more than Doctor J. Rufus Fears. He taught two of the most popular courses, and I had the privilege of taking one. He could be seen walking around campus with his backpack and walking stick on his way to and from classes. Dr. Fears passed away on Saturday and he will be greatly missed.
From the Norman Transcript:
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