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Must-Stay Weekend with Iron & Wine

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Iron & Wine, genre-bending folk, pop artist, will play a free concert on April 13 for OU students on the East Lawn of the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Most people have no doubt heard the music of Iron & Wine, the one-man band also known as Sam Beam. His music has been featured for years on the radio and movie and television soundtracks like “Twilight,” “The O.C.,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” The soulful artist also boasts close to 1 million followers on Facebook who can’t get enough.

“Iron & Wine has such a broad audience and he hasn’t been to Oklahoma in quite some time, so I think that also makes the concert unique for students,” said Leesa Allmond, journalism and mass communication senior and one of the show’s organizers.  “We have met consistently with all our advisers since the fall to discuss what artists to bring and would even ask students on social media. When everything was said and done, Iron and Wine was the best option for the goals of Must-Stay Weekend.”

OU Students could also get a peak at new Iron & Wine songs, as the April concert will happen three days prior to the release of the artist’s new album “Ghost on Ghost,” on April 16. Alternative folk group The Cory Chisel Duo, from Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, will open the show at 8 p.m.

The concert will be the cap to what organizers are calling a “Must-Stay Weekend,” for OU students. Thousands of students will participate in the annual Big Event community service project during the morning of April 13, that sends OU students all over the metro volunteering their time to clean up local parks, paint community centers and plant trees. This will be followed by OU’s traditional spring Red and White football game at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium where the Sooners will face off against themselves in the annual team scrimmage. Concert organizers felt that this was the perfect weekend to have the show that they expect to draw over 3,000 students.

“We really want to show students that the OU campus is alive seven days a week and they can miss a lot when they leave campus on weekends,” said Patrick Vaughn, film and media studies senior and one of the shows organizers. “That’s why we are calling this the ‘Must-Stay Weekend’ concert. Students will miss three great events if they don’t stick around.”

The show will start at 8 p.m. on the East Lawn of the union near the intersection of Asp Avenue and Felgar Street. The concert has been organized by the combined efforts of the Campus Activities Council, The Union Programming Board and OU Summer Session. Additional support was provided by OU Student Affairs, the Oklahoma Memorial Union, Housing & Food Services, Coca-Cola, The Student Alumni Association, The Army ROTC and the Naval ROTC. For more information, visit, or

75 Years of Union Activities

75 years union activities

In 1938, the first form of UPB was created in the Union Activities Board. At its inception, UAB consisted of two representatives from the Panhellenic Council, the Interfraternity Council, I.M.A., the House Presidents’ Council, the Commuters’ Club, and two graduate students. By 1945, when the first full-time UAB director, Mary Lou Stubbeman (“Stubby”), was appointed by Ted Beaird, the UAB was made up of two bodies of students. The UAB, which could be viewed as the executive branch, had four student officers: president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer, for the fall and spring semesters. Old yearbooks say that the UAB focused on “policy” and programming while the other branch’s focus was solely event planning. The Union Activities Council was the second branch of UAB, and was more of a general council of student event chairs and their committees. The UAC also had a president, vice president and secretary that were appointed for the fall and spring semesters. At this point in UPB history it is worth noting that the UAB not only planned all programming for the union but also did campus-wide events. Some of the major events that UAB coordinated (some of which still exist today) were an annual ski trip to Aspen, the trip to Notre Dame, a fall fashion show, the Mothers’ Day All-University Sing, a winter carnival, film series, and Sooner Scandals. Many of these events died out in popularity over the years or where eliminated by the university because of safety concerns or objections from students, such as the annual turkey toss where a live turkey was thrown from the roof of the union into a crowd of students and the pipe smoking contest which former President George Lynn Cross even competed in.


The UAB continued on in much the same way until 1971 when the Campus Activities Council was created. CAC took on the responsibility for two of OU’s most popular and historical student events, U-Sing and Sooner Scandals. The union entered a renaissance when David L. Boren became president and he and his wife Molly Shi raised millions of dollars to renovate the building. With the renovation, President Boren officially created the Union Programming Board in 1997 to make the union a fun and inviting place again for OU students.

Eleventh Annual Foam Party

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Over 1000 OU students are anticipated to pack the roof of the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s parking garage to attend The Union Programming Board’s annual Foam Party on Friday Sept 7. This is the eleventh year for the Foam Party and is an opportunity for students to enjoy a free dance party with a DJ, light show and of course the machine suspended 50 feet in the air dropping hundreds of gallons of suds on the students.

Public relations junior Mariah Najmuddin has experienced the participation and planning side of this event since her freshman year, and describes the event as the ultimate college experience.

“You can’t even imagine how crazy a giant dance party with hundreds of gallons of foam is until you experience it,” said Najmuddin. “The foam party pretty much set the bar for my freshman year and honestly not much compares to how awesome that night was.”

Michael Gephart, business senior and foam party coordinator says he loves the foam party for it’s unique style and atmosphere.

“Kids are jumping around with foam up to their hips and music blasting in their ears. It’s the type of experience we all dream about when we first arrive at college,” said Gephart.

The party is 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. and is free to all OU students that present a valid student ID. Students are encouraged to leave valuables and electronics at home. For more information contact Michael Gephart at

Nite @ the Union 2012: FREE Casino, Prizes, Food & More!

students smiling at nite at the union

The Union Programming Board is ready to hand out a 32’’ LED TV and many other prizes to OU students expected to attend this years Nite at the Union.

Nite at the Union is UPB’s flagship event where over 2000 students pack the Oklahoma Memorial Union. The event will feature a FREE casino (no cash will change hands and anyone attempting to play for money will be asked to leave) including craps, roulette and poker. In addition to the casino games, Nite at the Union will also have free food from union eateries, a fashion show sponsored by the University Bookstore with student models, bingo, giveaways, video games and much more.

The event is 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and is free to anyone that comes, but only OU students with a valid ID can win prizes. For more information contact Matt Nash as

UPB Hosts 2000 New Sooners

photo of dancing students at retor night

The Union Programming Board will host almost 2000 incoming sooners this summer at the union. UPB will welcome incoming freshmen to the union in late June and July for their Retro Night dances. The event is part of the annual Camp Crimson orientation weekends organized by the office of Student Life. Camp Crimson expanded to five camps this summer, adding a transfer student and community service focused camps in June. UPB will coordinate four Retro Nights this summer for the community service camp in June and the Boomer, Sooner and OKU sessions of camp in July. It’s anticipated that there will be 200 students at the community service camp and almost 600 students at each of the July sessions. UPB has been organizing the dance in the union for over a decade.