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After a century, a lot has changed at Cameron

Lawton_Cameron University in Lawton is celebrating its 100th birthday, and will be kicking off this school year's celebration on Friday at Cameron Stadium.  Over the course of its century of educating, Cameron has made big changes.  Everywhere you look there are more students, and more signature black and gold. 

It isn't difficult to spot someone sporting a black and gold t-shirt when you visit the campus.  Only a few years ago, the only school pride t-shirts 7News Reporter Sylvia Corkill saw were crimson and cream or orange and black.  Cameron school spirit is now at its peak, with new buildings, more students, and bigger celebrations marking signs of progress and stability.  However for some, stable wasn't the word that came to mind. 

Former student Frank Meyers only intended to attend Cameron for two years.  "I came in and I was like, ‘I'm leaving in two years, I'm just going to get my basics done,'" he said.  Cameron University Professor Dr. Davod Fennema has been teaching classes there for 25 years.  "Cameron had kept me young, I really love to be here," he said.  "I love teaching these students, I love being apart of their lives, and I do my very best to give them as much knowledge and life experience as I can."

Now a graduate serving as Cameron's Admissions Counselor Coordinator, Meyers said it didn't take long for him to change his mind about the school.  "After my very first semester, I was like, ‘I'm staying, I really like it here, I love it!'"  Fennema and Meyers say they're even more excited to see new life on campus.  New student Diamond Robinson says, "So far so good."  "I meet a lot of diverse people, people from all over the world, diverse cultures and everything," she said.  "It's something new."

The centennial celebration kicks off on Friday at Cameron's stadium area.  Everyone is invited.  At 5 p.m. north of the stadium, there is a carnival and Johnny Cooper performs until 6:30 p.m.  The gates open at Cameron Stadium at 6:30 p.m., then at 7:30 p.m., there is the opening ceremony with a parachute jump, and there will be a carnival, cake and ice cream, and the Oak Ridge Boys will perform live. 

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