Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature

OIL Delegation Fall 2009

The domination continues! Recently, the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (O.I.L) delegation at Oral Roberts University was awarded and recognized as the Overall Best Delegation for the fifth consecutive time in a row at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. The Oral Roberts delegation defeated the likes of Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Tulsa and other state colleges in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (O.I.L.) is a student-run mock government that replicates all three branches of the state government of Oklahoma and provides students from higher education institutions across the state an opportunity to write, debate and pass legislation about issues they believe are important. Besides the mock legislature, O.I.L. also contains a mock executive branch, moot court and a newly formed press corps.

Several members of the Oral Roberts’ O.I.L. delegation captured numerous individual awards. Following are the individual results:

Best Senate Delegate
1st Place - Jessica Craig
2nd Place - Pamela Rachel

Best House Delegate
1st Place - Andrew Ahles
3rd Place - Rebekah Johnson

Best Senate Freshman
(First time O.I.L. participants)
1st Place - Jentre Olsen
2nd Place - Dana Ranalli

Best House Freshman
1st Place - Wes Hill

Best House Legislation
3rd Place - Rebekah Johnson

Best Senate Legislation
2nd Place - Dana Ranalli and Becky Knight

Andrew Ahles, the delegation chair, who is a junior and New Testament major at Oral Roberts University stated “O.I.L. is a great experience because it gives everyone the opportunity to dialogue with different political and social viewpoints. The delegation does not select people based on their political beliefs but rather encourages delegates to know where they stand on an issue and why. O.I.L. provides practical experience in cooperation, leadership, and respect which will prove invaluable later in life, whether pursuing politics or not. We had a hard working and dedicated delegation and I am extremely proud of every member.” Dr. Michael Hirlinger, faculty advisor for O.I.L, concurred and stated that “I have been absolutely impressed with this group since the first day we met and have been blessed to be a part of such a motivated group of individuals.”

GOV 370 South Peoria Citizenship Project

As a nation of immigrants, the United States should take seriously the responsibility of training future citizens to fully assume the rights and duties that belong to all Americans. ORU students in GOV 370 do their part in instructing Hispanic residents in the South Peoria neighborhood of Tulsa in the topic of citizenship.

Long ignored, there is a great need to promote instruction in citizenship to new immigrants. Such a critical mission would include helping impart basic English language skills and an understanding of our history and democratic principles. Such a great need was addressed by ORU students under the direction of faculty member Sonny Branham. Through regular interaction each week for approximately 90 minutes, students and Mr. Branham began to plant values and ideals of the American political culture into the lives of those who would choose to attend.

ORU students planned a ten-week, apolitical curriculum highlighting distinctive American values and fundamentals of citizenship. They implemented the program through regular teaching/learning session with interested Hispanic community members each Saturday afternoon. Initially participants were drawn from the members of the Hispanic community at Victory Bible Institute which already had established weekly Hispanic worship services. Although initial participants were drawn from those congregants, it was not limited to them.

Students met with Mr. Branham before and after each weekly session to assess the success and futher direction of the service-learning endeavor. They keep journals and write specific issue-related documents to satisfy course/program requirements. Testing was done intitially to assess the English skills of the Hispanics involved in the program, and at the end of the program, a follow-up exam was given to note progress