When I lived alone, one of my biggest fears was my neighbor. Sure, he was a nice enough middle-aged dude, but he knew my schedule a little too well, hoarded loads of sun-bleached coffee cans on his front porch, and just wanted to talk a little too much. One of his pastimes was cornering me as I tried to bring my trash can out to the curb and telling me to get a fire pit in the backyard so I could invite him over and we could have bonfires. I’m sure he was mostly harmless, but I never got a fire pit because you can’t be too careful.
I used to fear my home getting hit by a tornado and getting trapped under the rubble. I didn’t want to think that if I were to scream for help, he’d be the first one to find me. In fact, as a tornado rolled past Norman High in 2012, I took shelter in a closet and thought that death would be a better alternative than for my neighbor to help me.
I bring all this up because I’d like everyone to know there is no shortage of creepy dudes in Oklahoma. They’re all over the state, apparently. According to KFOR.com:
“She’s hot, but I wouldn’t date her. She used to date an athlete. Such a turnoff.” Athlete being an indirect way of saying a black guy.
Confederate flags hung in a few bedrooms of fraternity houses. When confronted, the owners typically spewed some rehearsed speech about how it represented “southern pride.”
One of my closest friends in college almost exclusively dated closeted gay frat boys. His relationships with these men were hidden; regulated to hushed phone calls and late night visits to his discretely located RA dorm room. Being seen in public together was out of the question, because they didn’t want to bear the scrutiny of being “that f—ing faggot” in their own home.
With anecdotes like this, you’re probably wondering why I’d admit to being in OU’s Greek system. But it wasn’t usually that bad. I also witnessed tremendous amounts of love and acceptance while I was a part of OU Greek life.
Freshman year, my then-boyfriend’s fraternity formed a close bond with the Sigmas, one of the historically black fraternities. For the rest of the year, they threw frequent joint parties. I still remember lining up in the halls of that frat house learning the “Cupid Shuffle” for the first time, making new friends and having the time of my life.
One year, I wanted to bring my mentioned gay friend to his first frat party. When we were having problems getting a wristband for him to board the bus, the fraternity’s president noticed our frazzled looks and brought us over a pair with a smile on his face. Throughout the day, three different guys from my friend’s hometown independently came up to him and said something along the lines of “sorry if I’ve ever been an asshole to you in the past.”
I guess you can say I’ve witnessed both the good and the bad of Greek life while I was at OU.
This is our chance to be radical and make a change for the better. Take a stand and make meaningful changes in our institution’s culture that impact students for decades to come. So how are other Greek houses handling the situation?
It’s that time of year again! The snow is melting, storm chasers are putting new tires on their Dominators, and we’re unveiling the eighth edition of Ogle Madness. Since no one in Oklahoma cares about the real March Madness anymore, this year’s Ogle Madness should prove even more popular than usual.
Ogle Madness VIII will be similar to the previous tournaments. We take 68 local celebrities, seeded them, and, placed them in a bracket. It’s just like the NCAA Tournament, except you don’t have to listen to Dick Vitale scream at you about Duke and Kentucky.
Each day, starting with the play-in games this Wednesday, we’ll post matchups on the site. You’ll vote for your favorites, and the winner will advance. Eventually our champion will be crowned. Last year Lacey Swope swept through the field and has spent the last year walking around, beating her chest, and screaming “No one respected me!!” to anyone within earshot.
And now that that boring stuff is out of the way, let’s take a look at each region in this year’s bracket:
I’ve written about jobs here on TLO before, but I think I should begin this post by letting everyone know that I have no idea what it’s like to work for a great companies. I’ve had great jobs, sure, but not a single one of them was a full-time gig. And when I did choose to drink the corporate Kool-Aid and give all my time and attention to a job, it always seemed to end with the worst result possible. granted, I’ve only worked for a sociopath with a Napoleon complex, a company that actively prevented employees from starting 401Ks, and at a company where the CEO thought network cables that were shorter than 3 feet would really speed up the internet in the building.
Anyway, because of all this, I’m really interested in places that are considered great places to work. Don’t get me wrong, I love working for TLO. You can ask any of our contributors. They’ll tell you the benefits are some of the best. (You really can’t beat having strangers find out you write for TLO and then listing their grievances with the site.)
So, I bring all this up because Fortune recently released their list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and 3 Oklahoma companies made the list. According to Fortune:
To identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For, each year Fortune partners with Great Place to Work to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America.
Two-thirds of a company’s survey score is based on the results of the Trust Index Employee Survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. This survey asks questions related to employees’ attitudes about management’s credibility, overall job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts.
Yep. Totally nominating TLO for this next year.
So, what were the 3 Oklahoma companies that made the list? Check them out after the jump!
During Monday night’s 10pm news broadcast, KWTV News 9 set down with OU legend Barry Switzer to discuss the SAE racism video. Barry brought along his good friend – SAE house mom Beauton Gilbow. She was shocked by the behavior displayed in the SAE bus video.
Via News 9:
“I don’t know what I’m doing. I mean, I’m in shock,” Beauton Gilbow, the SAE House Mother said.
“Did you ever get any indication there was anything like this going on?” News 9’s Kelly Ogle asked.
“No, no, no. Never heard the song,” Gilbow responded.
“What about … what are you saying to the members who come through?” Ogle asked.
“Just goodbye,” Gilbow said…
Well, she couldn’t have been in too much shock.
Last night, we were tipped off to a Vine from 2013 showing an obviously intoxicated Ms. Gilbow repeatedly using the N-word while trying to rap to what we (and Shazam) think is the Trinidad James song “All Gold Everything.”
Here’s the video:
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