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WHAT IS SOONERS’ CHOICE? H
ere at ESCAPE, we like to know what YOU like. What are the things that make your day and keep you going? Thus, thanks to our wonderful advertising department, Sooners’ Choice was born. We sent out a survey to the entire campus asking for your opinion on your favorite services, shopping, food, parts of campus and more. Each winner will receive a Sooners’ Choice certificate, letting them know they mean a lot to the OU community. We think it’s important for your voices to be heard, so this issue contains the top three picks from each category. Use them as a guide to try new places you’ve never been before, or as a point of pride that you picked the best place around. Here are a few facts to keep in mind as you browse the issue:
There were 678 respondents to the sooners’ choice survey online. voters had the option to pass over categories they were’nt familiar with.
This year, we added a write-in option. if you didn’t like any of the choices, you were welcome to provide your own.
LOOK FOR: TREND TALK These little blurbs will explain the general voting trends in each category.
see these yellow thought bubbles for interesting facts about specific categories and explanations on ties between some winners.
The blue thought bubbles will contain social media shoutouts to some of the winners.
the survey was given through the oklahoma daily website, and links were provided through twitter and facebook.
see the detailed results at oudaily.com/ weekender
the favorite professor category had more write-in’s than any other. it’s hard to choose when there are so many great profs on campus! Megan Deaton, editor-in chief @meggiejennie
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1.) Kwik Kar 2.) Other 3.) Midas
1.) 23rd Street Body Piercings 2.) Hall of Tattoos 3.) Other
trend talk The Services section was close in almost every category. The fight for the winner of the Manicure category was the closest, with only two percent separating Pro Nails from the second place write-ins. The Tailor category was the exception. Kim’s Alterations won with 52 percent of the vote and had a clear margin over the rest of the choices.
1.) Pro Nails 2.) Other 3.) Joe’s Nails
1.) Riviera Tanning 2.) At the Beach 3.) Sandy Beaches
1.) Kim’s Alterations 2.) Royal Threads 3.) Lu’s Alterations
Forever 21 and goodwill tied for bargain hunt, each with about 26 percent of the vote
TREND TALK 1.) Forever 21 2.) Antique Garden 3.) Francesca’s Collections
Unlike the food category, the shopping category showed Sooners don’t always head straight to Campus Corner for their shopping needs. Larger chains like Best Buy and Forever 21 were winners in this section. Still, local haunts like Balfour and Stella Rae’s also won their categories, so all is not lost for local businesses when it comes to shopping. There was only one tie between two winners in the Bargain Hunt category. It seems Sooners’ shopping preferences are mostly decisive.
1.) Tied: Forever 21 and Goodwill 2.) TJ Maxx 3.) Ross Dress for Less
balfour 1.) Balfour 2.) The Apothem 3.) Christmas Expressions
1.) Best Buy 2.) OU IT Store 3.) Wal-Mart
6 SHOPPING sprouts was the clear winner in the natural grocery store category with 65 percent of the vote. whole foods was the closest at 20 percent.
natural grocery store
place to buy ou gear
1.) Sprouts 2.) Whole Foods 3.) Natural Grocers
1.) OU Bookstore 2.) Balfour 3.) Fan Outﬁtters
1.) Mitchell’s Jewelry 2.) BC Clark Jewelers 3.) Other
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1.) Stella Rae’s 2.) Blush 3.) Other
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1.) Target 2.) Gap 3.) Threads
target, gap and threads had a close race with less than 3 percent between each winner
1.) Chipotle Mexican Grill 2.) Cafe Plaid 3.) Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
1.) Victoria’s Pasta Shop 2.) Olive Garden 3.) Othello’s
ice cream/ froyo
1.) Blackbird Gastropub 2.) Charleston’s 3.) Benvenuti’s Ristorante
1.) Rudy’s BBQ 2.) Ray’s Smokehouse BBQ 3.) Van’s Pig Stand
the race in this category was close with only 4 percent of the vote between crimson and whipped cream and gray owl coffee
mexican 1.) Tarahumara’s Mexican Café 2.) Ted’s Café Escondido 3.) Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
coffee 1.) Crimson and Whipped Cream 2.) Gray Owl Coffee 3.) Second Wind
More respondents voted in the food categories than any other. From Campus Corner classics to chains, it seems Sooners enjoy a diverse range of cuisine. Victoria’s Pasta Shop and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop both won two categories, making them tied for most wins. The “Lunch” category had the most voters with 639 respondents. However, the “Indian” category had the least with 479 respondents. Campus Corner had more winners than any other area in Norman with 20 wins overall.
delivery 1.) Papa John’s 2.) Pizza Shuttle 3.) Pickleman’s Gourmet Café
1.) Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 2.) Whataburger 3.) Taco Bell
1.) Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store 2.) Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt 3.) Il Dolce Gelato
trend talk bbq
asian 1.) T.E.A. Cafe 2.) Other 3.) Pad Thai
burgers 1.) The Garage 2.) Five Guys Burgers and Fries 3.) O’Connell’s Irish Pub & Grille
T.e.a cafe won by a long shot with about 44 percent of the total vote in this category
1.) The Mont 2.) The Library 3.) Cafe Plaid
pizza hideaway pizza
sandwich 1.) Which Wich Superior Sandwiches 2.) Cafe Plaid 3.) Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches
1.) Hideaway Pizza 2.) Crooked Crust 3.) Papa John’s
pita pit and the laughing tomato tied with 16 percent of the vote each
1.) The Earth 2.) Coolgreens Café & Bistro 3.) Tied: Pita Pit and The Laughing Tomato
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the indian food category had the least number of respondents so get out there and try some!
1.) O Asian Fusion 2.) Full Moon Sushi 3.) Other
1.) La Baguette Bakery & Café 2.) Crimson and Whipped Cream 3.) BJ’s Brewhouse
the vote margin between crimson and whipped cream and bj’s brewhouse was less than one percent
campus corner eatery
indian 1.) Taste of India 2.) Misal of India Bistro 3.) Himalayas
1.) Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 2.) Cafe Plaid 3.) Victoria’s Pasta Shop
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1.) Victoria’s Pasta Shop 2.) Greek House 3.) The Diner
CAMPUSstudy trend talk
This category brings Sooners’ Choice home to campus. Your responses were diverse, especially in the Favorite OU Professor category. This section had more write-ins than any other in the survey. The Student Organization category also had a large portion of write-ins. However, in the OU Event category, football games were the clear winner with about 59 percent of the vote.
1.) College of Arts and Sciences 2.)Other 3.) Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication
1.) Walk under the clock tower, and you won’t graduate in four years 2.) Kissing in the spoonholder means you’ll marry your date 3.) A series of underground tunnels connect campus
spots 1.) Bizzell Memorial Library 2.) Oklahoma Memorial Union 3.) Great Reading Room
myth student leader
COLLEGES 1.) Football games 2.)Big Event 3.) Soonerthon
1.) Kylie Frisby 2.) Elvie Ellis 3.) Other
Thank you for voting for
The College of International Studies as best college!
13 CAMPUS 1.) Campus Activities Council 2.) Other 3.) Panhellenic
Looking for this, that, and the other?
ou prof 1.) Other 2.) Doug Gaffin 3.) Bob “Pritch” Pritchard
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with so many great professors on campus, it seems sooners had a hard time deciding on their favorite professor. this category had the most write-ins of any category in the sooners’ choice survey with 240 write-ins. Out of the write-ins, david ray and wayne thomas tied with six votes each, but doug gaffin still beat them all with a total of 102 votes.
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1.) Seven47 2.) Logie’s On The Corner 3.) Redneck Yacht Club
1.) Jake FM 93.3 2.) Other 3.) WWLS The Sports Animal
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1.) Classic 50’s 2.) Tied: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop and Meacham Auditorium 3.) Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
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The Other section had a diverse range of responses. The closest race was between The Mont and The Library for the Dive Bar category. The most distinct winner was 1.) O’Connell’s Warren Theatres, with 88 Irish Pub & Grille percent of the vote. 2.) BJ’s Brewhouse
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1.) Campus Corner 2.) O’Connell’s Irish Pub & Grille 3.) Other
1.) The Mont 2.) The Library 3.) The Deli
1.) Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art 2.) OKC Museum of Art 3.) National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
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1.) Diamond Ballroom 2.) The Deli 3.) Othello’s
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1.) Warren Theatres 2.) Hollywood Spotlight 14 3.) Harkins Theatres Bricktown 16
1.) O’Connell’s Irish Pub & Grille 2.) Tied: The Garage and McNellie’s 3.) Local
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Published on Apr 17, 2014