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Hargis celebrates 10 years as OSU’s president Zach Hake News Editor @Zach_Hake
Burns Hargis smiled and pointed with a broken left index finger toward a cartoon hanging on the wall of his Whitehurst office. The cartoon, which former Oklahoman cartoonist Jim Lange drew, has hung on Hargis’ wall for nearly 10 years. It depicts a hand-drawn Hargis, dressed as a cowboy with a hammer in hand. To cartoon-Hargis’ right are the letters “OSU,” with a hanging sign that reads “HOME SWEET HOME.” His caricature is smiling ear-toear, surrounded by a cloud of
hearts and a paper that reads “PRESIDENT BURNS HARGIS.” The broken finger is a product of catching an errant pass during the Cowboys’ basketball game against Texas Tech on Feb. 21. With 5:50 left in the first half, the student sections in GallagherIba Arena erupted after a text message, which announced class was canceled Feb. 22, went out to students. Hargis and his wife Ann sat courtside and appeared on the jumbotron. As the two smiled and waved to the crowd, the student sections began repeatedly chanting “Burns.” For the past 10 years, Hargis has been the face of
Oklahoma State University. Saturday marks a decade of Hargis’ presidency, a decade of exceeding fundraising goals and a decade of navigating a community through unthinkable tragedy. Hargis’ father, Aurelious Vaden Hargis, was a seismograph crew chief, measuring plots of land for potential oil yield. Aurelious’ job required the Hargis family to move often, and as a result, Hargis said it wasn’t until he enrolled at OSU in the 1960s that he felt like he was part of a community. “This was the first community I’d ever been a part of because we moved so much,” Hargis said. “Most places we were at for two years, if that,
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OSU President Burns Hargis bows his head during the benefit concert for the 2015 homecoming crash victims.
then we were gone. Moving isn’t easy when you’re redheaded and named Burns.” Hargis moved to Oklahoma City from Shreveport, Louisiana, as a high school sophomore and graduated
from John Marshall High School in 1963. Hargis earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from OSU in 1967 and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. Hargis practiced law for
28 years, was the Republican nominee for governor in 1990, spent 10 years as vice chairman of Bank of Oklahoma and co-hosted Flashpoint, a popular political debate show, for 15 years. “When I got here, it became home for me,” Hargis said. “I was here almost longer than I’d been anywhere else. When they announced me as president, I told everyone, ‘I’m coming home.’” Hargis served on the OSU Board of Regents for five years before he was offered the presidency, a position he once thought he was completely unqualified for. STORY CONTINUES ON PAGE 4
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“Truthfully, I don’t know how it came up because I didn’t suggest it,” Hargis said. “Then there started to get a little bit of buzz about it, and so I started thinking about it.” Hargis was on the committee that searched for and brought Hargis’ predecessor, Dave Schmidly, to OSU. When Schmidly left OSU in 2007 to go to the University of New Mexico, Hargis said he decided not to be on the search committee for OSU’s next president because he had just done it. Hargis called Doug Burns, head of the search committee at the time and current chairman of the Board of Regents, to discuss the potential of another candidate. “You’re not interested in this job?” Burns asked Hargis. “It’s not that I’m not interested,” Hargis said. In 2007, state law required Board of Regents members to wait a year before they could become president of the university. Legislators later changed this to a sixmonth wait period, which allowed Hargis to take office in March 2008. “If you go ahead and resign now, if you are interested, go ahead and get the time running,” Burns told Hargis over the phone. “The worst that can happen is you’ll get out of a bunch of boring meetings.” Hargis discussed the idea of becoming OSU’s next president with Ann and ultimately decided to resign. Hargis said he was apprehensive at first. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Oklahoma in 1990. “I wasn’t really keen on going out for a job and not getting it,” Hargis said. “For FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018
whatever reason, I went through with it. Lo and behold, he offered me the job.” Hargis said he went from thinking he was completely unprepared for the job to thinking he was almost perfect for it. “That wasn’t just my ego,” Hargis said. “What we needed done first was someone to manage this operation.” Hargis said there were three roles OSU needed to have filled: someone to manage the operation, someone Adam Luther/O’Colly to campaign for donations Burns Hargis poses for a portrait next to a cartoon that hangs on his wall in his office. and someone to navigate the politics of being the president versation with Hargis about mark. and Olin Branstetter, who of the university. the goal of the campaign. “The vision was set,” was piloting the plane, were “Being president is a very Jewell said he was anticipatJewell said. “The expectaalso killed when the plane political job, both internally ing $500 million, or maybe tions were set high. … It’s crashed in Perry County, and externally,” Hargis said. $750 million. just incredible what has hapArkansas. “You don’t learn any of those In December 2007, the pened. I attribute that to he’s “The two tragedies we three skills as an academic. OSU Foundation launched the kind of man who says, have faced were certainly I’d been involved in politics, the “Branding Success” ‘Why not?’” challenges – losing the four I’d been involved in a lot fundraising campaign, one of Lee Bird, vice president in the women’s basketball of fundraising and I’d been Hargis’ most notable endeav- for Student Affairs at OSU plane crash and then the involved in management. ors during his tenure. More since August 2000, has been Homecoming parade,” Ann Then I started thinking, you than 100,000 donors helped at OSU for the entirety of Hargis said in an email. know, I may be just who they the campaign exceed its $1 Hargis’ presidency and said “I don’t know that one need.” billion goal nearly 15 months she thought Hargis’ goal to truly gets over these kinds In June 1994, the OSU ahead of schedule, finishraise $1 billion was imposof things, but the beautiful Foundation launched its first ing with more than $1.2 sible. stories of so many kind and comprehensive campaign. It billion in December 2014, “I think those joyful thoughtful deeds are upliftended in June 2000, surpassaccording to the foundation’s moments will be among ing. There is just something ing $260 million after an website. the ones I remember most,” so special about being a initial goal of $125 million. For Jewell, this accomBird said. “Getting the $100 Cowboy and the closeness Hargis said he knew OSU plishment was a testament to million for Boone Pickens we all feel for each other. needed another campaign to Hargis’ mindset. Stadium, exceeding the $1 That strength and resiliency get to the next level. “He is not afraid of big billion fundraising goal, all of the Cowboy family susBefore becoming the OSU ideas,” Jewell said. “That’s these things, I thought, ‘Boy, tains us.” Foundation’s president in the way he approaches every- that’s not possible.’ Then I Hargis and Ann were close 2003, Kirk Jewell worked thing. OSU and the Foundastarted to think, ‘Watch out,’ to the front of the Homecomat then-Daily Oklahoman in tion have been beneficiaries because he’ll find a way to ing Parade on Oct. 24, 2015. various financial and leaderof his way of thinking. OSU, do it, and it’s all because of They were already home ship roles over a 23-year both our alumni and nonhis care for students.” enjoying cups of coffee span. Jewell became involved alumni supporters, they see Bird said Hargis’ care for when Hargis’ phone began with the Oklahoma City us differently now. We see his community is what drives buzzing. chapter of the OSU Alumni ourselves differently now.” him. In times of tragedy, Hargis gathered his staff Association in the 1980s. Jewell said before HarStillwater has looked to in a Whitehurst conference Jewell and Hargis met when gis’ presidency, the OSU Hargis for answers. room to decide whether Jewell asked Hargis to emcee Foundation had six donors In 2011, a plane crash or not to cancel the Cowa banquet for the alumni aswho had given $1 million or claimed the lives of OSU boys’ football game against sociation. Jewell said Hargis’ more. During the campaign, women’s basketball coach Kansas. plans for the campaign were the OSU Foundation had Kurt Budke and assistant During a press conference unconventional from the more than 100 donors who coach Miranda Serna. OSU held that afternoon, Hargis surpassed the $1 million supporters Paula Branstetter addressed his shocked and beginning, recalling a conOCOLLY.COM
mourning community. “Tragically, we lost three,” Hargis said at the press conference. “I hope we don’t lose anymore. The Cowboy family pulls together, unfortunately, we’ve had to do it before, and we’re going do it again.” The game was played as scheduled at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon. A pep rally originally set to be held before the game was canceled, however. Before the game, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, an alumna of the university, led players and spectators in a moment of prayer as the United States flag flew at half staff in Boone Pickens Stadium. Bird said those two tragedies have been the toughest moments of the past decade. “When we had the homecoming crash, he went to the hospitals and visited every victim,” Bird said. “Not just students, not just faculty, but complete strangers who were affected and going through it. It takes a special person to stay strong in times like that.” As Hargis’ 10-year anniversary as OSU’s president approaches, another milestone is on the horizon. Hargis and Ann are approaching their 50th year of marriage. “Back then, she was probably in my office four or five times a year,” Hargis said. “She’s in my office here four or five times a day because we’re working together. We’re really more of a team here, professionally, than we’ve ever been. We’ve been married almost 50 years, and these 10 years have been great to be able to be a team.” PAGE 4
Ann said in an email that being at OSU allows the two to be interested, supportive and excited about a common good, and that enhances their joy of being together even more. Ann has devoted her time as OSU’s First Lady to improving wellness on campus and, with her dog Scruff, has pioneered Pete’s Pet Posse, OSU’s pet therapy program. “I don’t know what we’d have done if we didn’t have her,” Hargis
said. “She’s made everyone better. Everybody likes her so much, which helps me a lot.” As for the future, Hargis said he has no deadline or date set for retirement. One thing remains constant, though. Stillwater is home for Hargis and Ann, and Hargis said he’s cherishing his time in office. “Being around 25,000 20-year-olds is as good as it gets,” Hargis said. “The students on this campus
radiate energy that you would never experience working in downtown Oklahoma City for those 40 years that I worked there. At some point, hopefully, somebody will come over to me and say, ‘It’s about time.’ “I hope that isn’t really soon.” Zach Hake is a multimedia journalism sophomore from Houston. He can be reached at news. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The cover of the O’Colly on March 11, 2008, featuring a story about Oklahoma State University’s new president, Burns Hargis, meeting with students and faculty.
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Burns and Ann Hargis ride in a convertable during the homecoming parade in 2015.
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Burns Hargis holds a candle during a memorial service for a deceased student in 2017. FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018
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best serve their children’s teacher pay and teacher she’ll have for supplies tor Amanda Botts, that progress in the summer interest.” quality.” for her future students would offer foreign and keep students proacSGA passed two bills Eighteen states this and classroom. language classes to OSU tive. Feb. 28 to further educayear would qualify for “I’ll be a fourth generstudents during the sum“If someone is trying Oklahoma is the tion opportunities in this program because ation teacher so I’ve seen mer. The Dean of Arts to really learn a language second worst state in Oklahoma. One resoluthey pay on average 15 what a positive impact and Sciences agreed to and become fluent, that terms of teacher pay in tion, authored by Senapercent or less below the being a good teacher can offer the most popular they’ll have the option the country, but Oklators Heather Henderson national average, Heald have,” Henderson said. language option, Spanto keep practicing over homa State University’s and Heald, request said. “It kind of hurts because ish, over the summer. the summer,” Botts said. Student Government is federal help for school The goal of this bill is it seems like the state “I wanted students to “When you’re learning fighting for the education funding to certain states to create greater incendoesn’t really care as be able to have that cona foreign language you of future generations. that are falling behind in tive for teachers to stay much about the teachers secutive ability to keep “Education is imporeducation. in the state of Oklahoma. when they don’t focus on taking language courses,” get almost a whole new perspective on your first tant because entrepre“This is a federal proReports and impact pay raises and providing Botts said. “When you language.” neurship and business is gram that reprioritizes statements will be sent to the teachers with things are learning a language, important,” vice senate states that can’t afford multiple congressmen in that they need to be afthe exposure and immerTaelor Connell is a chair Marcus Heald said. themselves to a good Oklahoma, Heald said. fective in the classroom.” sion in the language prostrategic communications “People will not come teacher pay,” Heald said. Henderson, an elemenSGA passed another cess is very important.” junior from Edmond. to this state unless they “It’s a program that tary education senior, education bill in last Botts said she hopes She can be reached at believe furthering our refocuses again on states said she’s concerned week’s senate meetthis will eliminate the email@example.com. that are falling behind in about the lack of funding ing, authored by Senadigression of student’s education is what will //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Tae lor Co n n el l S taff Repo rter @Taem con n el l
The Four Percent announces Plan for Institute Z ach Hak e News Editor @ Z ach_Hak e
James Sullivan doesn’t want the dialogue to stop. Sullivan, co-founder of The Four Percent, a recently formed student activist group, said it’s important that younger generations continue working to improve race relations at Oklahoma State University. The Four Percent announced Wednesday that starting this semester, the group will host its inaugural 2018 Youth Leadership Development Institute in order to develop current freshmen and sophomore students as they continue transitioning into college life, according to a press release from The Four FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018
Percent. “We want to have more young people to continue to push this forward,” Sullivan said. “The work, at the end of the day, still needs to get done. We just want to make sure everyone’s equipped and everyone’s willing to move. That’s how you’re going to end up changing everything.” Students will be selected for the institute based off their youth, current @withlovethefour/Twitter display of leadership The Four Percent announced future plans for YLDI. capabilities and drive to push forward the comcapabilities and taught “If you’re talking about munities they currently how to lead effectively a culture, in a general involve themselves in, through exposure to sense, and changing how according to the release. real-life scenarios that we feel as a culture, After the selection need effective leadership everyone needs to take process, these students in various student-ran that look in the mirror,” will then be placed with Sullivan said. “It falls on other selected individuals workshops, according to with similar leadership the release. everyone. As things tranOCOLLY.COM
spire, I’m hopeful people will get involved.” As for The Four Percent, the group hopes to create more effective young leaders in a variety of different communities and organizations through student example. Through these young leaders, the group hopes to create a pipeline of diverse leadership, effectively communicating, organizing and executing wide-ranging initiative to change the culture on campus, according to the release. The group also released two videos on its Twitter account, @withlovethefour, containing testimonies from OSU minority students about experiences they’ve had. “It is also our belief
that there is no change without action,” the group said in the release. “If students truly want to bring about change on campus, we must do our part in whatever ways we can possibly think of. The responsibility is nothing but our own as students and we, The Four Percent, embrace leading the push for cultural change from a student standpoint in the same fashion that we have pushed for cultural change from an administration standpoint.”
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put-back gave top-seeded six points the remainder of Yankuba Sima scored a KU a 43-42 halftime lead, the contest, leading OSU season-high 11 points, all in one the Cowboys couldn’t with 17. the first half. The Cowboys overcome. “I was fine physically,” controlled the paint throughKANSAS CITY, Mo. — After guard Tavarius Shine Carroll said. “I think our out most of the first period, Marcus Garrett’s shot fell hit a jumper to bring eighthfocus wasn’t there the last 20 but Boynton said falling short, but no one was boxing seeded OSU (19-14) within minutes of the game, and that behind quickly in the second out. 52-50, the Jayhawks went showed when we got in a bad half made it tougher for OSU The Oklahoma State on a 14-0 run during a 7:55 spot.” to continue going down low. men’s basketball team was stretch. OSU made five 3-pointers “We tried to make a conDevin Wilber/O’COLLY close to maintaining its third OSU started quickly, on 22 attempts after drilling scious effort to attack them Tavarius Shine reaches for a steal during OSU’s loss to Kansas. halftime lead against Kansas similar to the previous two 11 3s Wednesday against in there,” Boynton said. “We seemed to find a defenthis season, but guard Svi contests, giving itself a 24-14 Boynton said. “We were just Oklahoma. know that without Azubuike, a step slow to loose balls. We sive hole each possession. Mykhailiuk flew down the cushion before KU switched Even without sophomore they don’t have as much shotwere a little bit short on our Newman scored 23 points lane and drilled a layup just to a zone defense. The 7-footer Udoka Azubuike, blocking presence. But we shots. It’s not an excuse, it’s combined in the team’s first before the halftime buzzer season-long struggle against KU corralled rebounds at a needed to have contributions a reality.” two meetings. sounded. zone defense continued for higher clip, striking with 15 KU guard Malik NewJeffrey Carroll started OSU couldn’t defeat KU the Cowboys, and KU outsecond-chance points. OSU Cameron Jourdan is a man sparked the Jayhawks’ quickly, too, hitting three a third time, falling 82-68 in scored OSU 68-44 to close won the rebounding battle, sports media senior from offense, scoring 30 points triples in the first 8 1/2 the quarterfinals of the Big the game. 36-33, but the Jayhawks Edmond. He can be on 11-of-15 shooting. He minutes to give OSU its early enforced the glass throughout 12 tournament Thursday at “We ran out of gas a reached at sports.ed@ scored 20 in the first half and cushion. But he scored only Sprint Center. Mykhailiuk’s little bit,” OSU coach Mike the contest. ocolly.com. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Ca m er on Jou r da n Sports Editor @ Ca m_Jo ur da n
Oklahoma State’s future in committee’s hands Ma r s hall S c ott Print Editor @ M ar shal l _On c e
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sunday, 10 people will meet in New York City and decide whether the Cowboys did enough. The Oklahoma State basketball team lost to Kansas 82-68 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament after the Cowboys swept the top-seeded Jayhawks in the regular season. The committee has been together in New York City since Tuesday, according to the NCAA website, and has since been casting ballots and debating over teams. On the outside, OSU’s admittance to the 68-team tournament has been an engaging topic. “Well, I’m biased because FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018
they played us better than anybody has all year, twice, and I think they’re without question a tournament team,” KU coach Bill Self said. “I don’t think there is any doubt Mike (Boynton) and his team deserve to be in, and I would be very disappointed if they’re not.” Not everyone shares Self’s sentiment, though. Entering Thursday, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and CBS’s Jerry Palm didn’t have OSU in the NCAA Tournament. Both had Oklahoma in, though the Sooners lost to OSU for the second time Wednesday night. The Cowboys also have one more win than OU this season. Many bracketologists point to OSU’s weak nonconference schedule to exclude it from the field. The Cowboys went 10-3 against nonconfer-
Selection Sunday INFO NCAA Selection Show When: 5 p.m. Sunday Watch: TBS ence teams with losses to Texas A&M, Wichita State and Arkansas, all of which Lundari and Palm have in. “Sometimes I think people try to bring arbitrary numbers into the equation to justify, again, back in October they weren’t supposed to be good,” Boynton said. “So, let’s figure out how they can still not be any good even though we watched them play, and they were pretty good.” One of OSU’s weak nonconference games was
against ACC-opponent Pittsburgh, which had its worst season in recent history, going winless in conference play. “Since when has Pittsburgh been a bad game to schedule?” Boynton said. “First time ever. We just happened to play them this year. “If you just look at our team, watch us play. We have beaten the best teams that we’ve played all year, and that should count for something.” The Cowboys have 10 wins in the NCAA’s first two quadrants, more than any other bubble team, and four wins against top-10 teams this season. But because of games that happened nearly five months ago, the Cowboys will have to wait until Sunday to know whether those 10 people
OSU’s fate now resides in the hands of the committee.
deem them worthy. “If you look up ‘the bubble’ definition in the dictionary,” OSU forward Mitchell Solomon said, “that’s probably a picture of us.”
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By Nancy Black Tribune Content Agency Today’s Birthday (03/09/18). Travel and explore new frontiers this year. Rigorous team coordination is the winning factor. Money comes when least expected. Summer love flowers into a nostalgic planning phase before rising demand for your work energizes you. Winter community and family projects bear fruit. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Monitor shared finances this quarter, with Jupiter retrograde. Manage taxes, insurance and legal matters. Find ways to profit and save. Strategize for a summer launch. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Watch for hidden obstacles. Invent possibilities in partnership over the next four months, with Jupiter retrograde. Shift responsibilities. Plan collaborative actions for next quarter. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Review your work, health and service for balance during Jupiter’s retrograde phase. Make plans, organize and get your ducks in a row before making changes. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Align your course by your heart’s compass. Reaffirm your commitments during Jupiter’s retrograde. Give up outdated philosophies that no longer serve. Prioritize love and family. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Jupiter’s retrograde encourages settling into your nest to plan home improvements. Organize ideas, budget and priorities over four months. Review visions and fantasies. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Study, research and edit. Begin a four-month creative review process. Jupiter’s retrograde favors preparing communications. Publish or launch after Jupiter stations direct (July 10, 2018). Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Make profitable plans. Review and revise financial matters with Jupiter retrograde. Plug leaks you didn’t know you had. Dogma, overindulgence or hypocrisy gets revealed. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Practice for mastery, with Jupiter retrograde in your sign. Develop your capacities. Release old practices and habits that no longer serve. Re-examine your personal priorities for integrity. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Jupiter’s retrograde inspires peaceful contemplation and introspection. Philosophical or spiritual reflection and ritual soothe. Embrace healthy lifestyle practices. Cleanse, purify and rest. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Get nostalgic with friends now that Jupiter stations retrograde. Share old photos and memories. Strengthen bonds by reviewing highlights, sharing appreciations and acknowledging others. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- Prepare for tests and upcoming professional challenges. True your career plans toward love, with Jupiter retrograde. Choose your path. Schedule actions for next quarter. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Reconsider your educational plans, especially long-term. Refine the itinerary, with Jupiter retrograde for four months. Reserve tickets and launch your next adventure after this summer.
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Shawn Johnson (left) and Shaun White will be the next guest speakers at OSU.
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The Oklahoma State University Speakers Board announced Monday its next pair of guest speakers for the spring semester. Three-time Olympic gold medal-winning snowboarder Shaun White and Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson will speak at 7 p.m. April 10 at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Tickets for the event are free for OSU students, faculty and staff with an ID. General public tickets may be purchased only at the door for $10 each, OSU Speakers Board announced Wednesday. White is coming off winning his third OlymFRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018
pic gold medal in the men’s halfpipe event at February’s 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. He holds the record for most X-Games gold medals and most Olympic gold medals in snowboarding history. White became famous as a skateboarder at 17 years old. He was eventually the first athlete to compete in both the Summer and Winter X-Games. White’s Winter Olympic debut came in 2006 at Turin, Italy. He won his first gold medal in the halfpipe. He won gold again in halfpipe four years later at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. White finished fourth in the event at the 2014 Olympics before returning to the top of the
podium this year. Johnson was the balance beam gold medalist in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. She’s also claimed five gold medals at multiple Pan American Games. Johnson has remained in the spotlight since retiring from gymnastics in 2012, winning season eight of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. The OSU Speakers Board has hosted several other guest speakers in the past, including Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che and Kenan Thompson last year. Other past guests were Brandon Stanton, Diane Guerrero, Peyton Manning, Common and Bill Nye. OCOLLY.COM
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