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April 6, 2014

5,500 volunteers pitch in during OU’s 15th annual Big Event

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“This has been one of the tougher sites that we’ve been at,” said Hosanna Morris, president of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a national health pre-professionals group that participated in the clean up.

Casey Holcomb, event coordinator for the Sierra Club, said much of the debris appears to have blown into the creek channel by Oklahoma’s strong winds. The trees and brush that protect the creek and its banks from erosion also trap trash which, in addition to being an eyesore, are hazardous for wildlife and the environment.

Blue Thumb volunteer Karen Chapman said keeping Norman’s creeks clean is a a year-round challenge and having help from OU students was a big plus.

Volunteers also assisted in preparation for the Festival of the Arts with the Arts Council of Oklahoma City. Some of that preparation included painting and working on the stage area.

Festival of the Arts Director Angela Cozby said festival setup takes about four weeks.

“OU Big Event volunteers are always a tremendous help to us,” Cozby said. “We appreciate the generosity OU students, faculty and staff have shown in years past and are thrilled to partner with them again.”

The Festival of the Arts will be held April 22-27 in downtown Oklahoma City at the Festival Plaza and Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Jessica Bruha

366-3540

jbruha@normantranscript.com

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