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Catherine White, Miss American indian OSu, started the diva project to help girls in the native American community access feminine health products. PHOTO BY DARNELL POINTER/O’COLLY


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What started out as an extra-credit assignment turned out to be a bigger project. Catherine White was determined to raise her letter grade from a B to an A. White, a speech pathology major at Oklahoma State University, followed her Native American general studies professor’s instructions to write a one-page paper about photo courtesy of catherine white any current events in the Catherine White (center) poses with her family after being indigenous community. named Miss American Indian OSU. After she researched OSU pageant. The contest and scrolled through many Native sisters, my people, were struggling in that brought her to appreciate articles, one caught her way,” White said. the Native American comattention. It was an article But the statement that munity. from the Huffington Post pulled at her heartstrings White had to learn the explaining why many the most was from one customs and traditions of Native American girls girl who considered gether tribe for the pageant. on a reservation in South ting pregnant for nine One of those tasks enDakota skip school when months just to avoid havtailed speaking Choctaw. they have their periods. ing a period. “Choctaw is a dead On that reservation, “That showed me how language,” White said. many residents live in fortunate I was that I had “Not a lot of people speak poverty. Most can’t afford two parents and a mom it, and having to learn to regularly buy femiwho really guided me from people from my tribe nine hygiene products. through that whole experi- made me feel closer to the This causes girls to miss ence of my life,” White tribe than ever.” one week of school each said. “Because (I) couldn’t At the end of the pagmonth. Because of this, imagine me thinking like eant, White was crowned some girls aren’t able to that, to avoid something Miss American Indian graduate. so natural.” OSU. She said she had “That disheartened me White cried in the never been so proud of because it’s 2018, and for library while typing the herself. this to be an issue here essay. She ended up with “The win was somein the United States and an A in the class, but she thing totally bigger than having that disrupt your had a bigger project on me,” White said. “I just education struck me the her mind. felt my ancestors and my wrong way,” White said. As a member of the family and the Choctaw Statements from the arChoctaw Nation of OklaNation being extremely ticle, such as girls saying homa, White was touched proud of me for putting they “hate being a girl” or by the story. myself out there.” “wish they were a boy,” At the time, she had With a platform and bothered White. recently gone through the some support behind her, “The article was hard STORY CONTINUES ON PAGE 3 Miss American Indian to read, knowing that my MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2018



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White was ready to put her plan in motion. “I was sitting asking myself, ‘What can I do?’” White said. “Then I was saying, ‘What really can I do?’” White then approached the president of her sorority chapter, Delta Delta Delta, for assistance with her idea. Landra Lockwood watched White mature during her time at OSU and was happy to help her. “I was really excited where her charity work could take her,” Lockwood said. “I wasn’t expecting it to get as big as it got, but I was really excited to see Catherine was interested in giving back to that community because it showed us as a chapter

why it is important to her.” White posted flyers around campus and placed a donation box in her sorority’s house. With additional help from the Center for Sovereign Nations, White started the Diva Project. The Diva Project has a double meaning behind its name. “The term ‘Diva Project’ came from the Diva menstrual cup because they are reusable and last for five years,” White said. “They are kind of pricey, but you can have it for a really long time instead of other feminine hygiene products where you use it once, you got to throw it away.” White said another reason for the name is that she wants women to be


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Catherine White poses in front of Edmon Low Library.

proud and have confidence in their bodies. White’s sorority sisters happily helped with her campaign. White’s passion didn’t surprise them. “Catherine is a passionate and determined

independent woman, and it shows in her personality because anything that comes to her mind, she’ll do anything possible for it,” said Carolina Quijada, one of her sorority sisters. After people spread the


word, the Diva Project collected more than 1,200 donations for the girls. The donations were shipped to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. White was ecstatic the girls received them a few weeks ago, but she knew her work wasn’t done. “That was just the beginning,” White said. “One thousand two hundred was an amazing number to reach, but I want it to be bigger so I can help all girls going through that hardship.” White plans on donating to the reservation again but on a larger scale. This time she wants to include the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma. Her end goal is to break the

stigma around periods in today’s society, especially in the Native American community. White’s charitable heart does not end there. She wants to eventually donate to women and homeless shelters across Oklahoma and even find a way for restaurants and companies to donate their leftovers to people in need instead of throwing them away. “Life is not about all the material items we own, we can’t bring them in heaven,” White said. “It’s about what you do on Earth because that will live with you forever.” Darnell Pointer is a sports media junior from Fort Worth, Texas. He can be reached at darnell.



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Cowboy linebacker Devin Harper returns an interception for a touchdown during the second half against South Alabama on Saturday in Boone Pickens Stadium.

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A man participates in steer wrestling at the Amaira Region 8 Finals Rodeo on Saturday in Perkins.

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Hannah Webb crosses the ball during the Oklahoma State A participant uses his wheelchair to compete in the vs. San Francisco on Sunday at Neal Patterson Stadium. Pistol Pete 5K on Saturday in Perkins.

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OSU celebrates Jaci Jones’ goal during Oklahoma State’s soccer game vs. Cal Firday at Neal Patterson Stadium.

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Although the Oklahoma State soccer team didn’t score until more than 70 minutes had passed, it claimed a statement victory Sunday. Playing in their second game of the weekend, the Cowgirls defeated San Francisco 3-0 despite not getting their first goal until the 74th minute. The victory was OSU’s third in a row and marked the last time the Cowgirls play at home until Sept. 28 against Texas. Three goals in 14 minutes highlighted the devin lawrence wilber/O’COLLY game and broke the long Oklahoma State’s Haley Woodard makes a shot on goal as the Cowgirls face San Francisco at Neal Patterson Stadium. deadlock. Sophomore Kim Rodriguez slotted chances, but we couldn’t adjustments without home a penalty kick after finish. We went into starter Elise Hawn, who Camy Huddleston was halftime and talked about missed the USF game fouled in the box. For the what we needed to do and after a hamstring injury second goal, freshman came out here ready to Friday against California. Grace Yochum played the play.” Midfielder Hannah Webb ball through to herself Zoller, who leads the moved back to defense. and crossed it to a waiting Cowgirls with four goals Coach Colin CarmiMarlo Zoller, who tapped on the season, said getting chael said the victory was it in only four minutes the breakthrough penalty a big boost for a Cowgirl later. Captain Haley Woodard put the exclama- from Rodriguez was liber- team that has four straight ating for the offense. road games ahead. tion point on the game in “It was basically a sigh “Our kids didn’t play as the 88th minute when she of relief,” Zoller said. “I well as we’d like to, but blasted home her third felt like we had been runwe found a way to win,” goal of the year from 20 ning at the back line quite Carmichael said. “Every yards out. a bit and getting opportuThe first half was a team throws up different nities because they were back-and-forth matter challenges. We’re happy tiring, but just not finishwith the Cowgirls (6-1) with where we are. We ing. Just to finally get a and Dons getting some think we keep growing as goal and boost morale fleeting opportunities at a team, and next week we was good.” net. Yochum said OSU go on the road, and we At half, USF (5-2) had had to come out and regotta play well there, too. two shots on goal. After verse its performance goJoel Devick is a the break, the Cowgirl ing into the second half. sports media junior from defense stepped up and “First half, we weren’t Ames, Iowa. He can be allowed only one more playing nearly as good reached at joel.devick@ shot on frame. OSU’s as we wanted to,” chum said. “We had some defenders had to make MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2018



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