The Norman Transcript


December 31, 2013

2013 in review



The eight-man, four-woman jury took four hours to deliberate and came to a final verdict after two weeks of testimony.


City of Norman: Changes to the Lindsey Street design made big headlines.

The design includes adding a continuous, raised center median with landscaping (triple canopy), mid-block pedestrian crossings, U-turns at intersections and mid-block, 5-foot sidewalks, colorized bike lanes and the addition of bike parking.

The city, responding to suggestions from the University of Oklahoma, has agreed on these common ideas for safety and aesthetic improvements for West Lindsey Street.

In dispute is whether Lindsey Street should be four lanes all the way from 24th Avenue Southwest to Berry Road or if it should transition at Wylie Road to two lanes each way with wider bike lanes and transition lanes for buses and turning off into businesses.

Most controversial was whether any of the intersections should be managed with a roundabout rather than a traditional signal light.

Early proposals from the university’s Institute for Quality Communities suggested three roundabouts along Lindsey. However, in October, Norman City Council members concluded by consensus to take roundabout considerations off the table.


University of Oklahoma: Students, parents and university officials couldn’t stop talking money when OU announced its plan to adopt a flat-rate tuition policy based on OU’s 15-credit hour rate for tuition and not increase in-state tuition beginning the fall semester 2013.

Under the new policy, students who enroll in up to 21 hours pay for only 15 hours. However, the same goes for students who enroll in only 12 hours; they, too, must pay for 15 hours.

Half of the schools in the Big 12 already had flat-rate tuition when OU implemented its new policy, including Baylor University, University of Texas and Texas A&M University. Additionally, most of the Big Ten universities have flat-rate tuition plans.

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