Boone Pickens stared down Sports Illustrated on Tuesday afternoon and, well, he didn’t really defend the university very much for anything that happened. You can read his full statement here, but I’ll give you the overview:• This series is not reflective of Oklahoma State University today. Many of their sensational allegations go back a decade ago.• There have been wholesale changes at the school in recent years in leadership and facilities. • I do welcome this scrutiny. If people take the time, it’s an opportunity to better understand where Oklahoma State is today, not a decade ago. It’s a different university today. It’s a better university. If there are areas where we need to improve, we’ll do it.He didn’t so much as defend a single one of the allegations. In fact, he basically said “they might all be true but look at what I did with my cash!”Now this is probably because he’s not in a position to say anything (from a legal standpoint) but he could have at least thrown a lifeline to Holder by saying “we’ll get to the bottom of this and figure out what actually happened.No dice though — Boone’s gonna Boone and everybody else will have to roll with it. Holder probably feels like he’s on an island though.Boone’s first gift to OSU came in 2005, for whatever that’s worth.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Elderly women who have more social support are more likely to live longer, a study claims. Researchers from George Mason University in the US examined perceived social support and its effect on cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality. Even after accounting for factors such as income, race, and education that could have influenced the results, the researchers still found that women in this age range who reported lower levels of social support had a higher death rate during the 10 plus years of the study. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn fact, they found that when women reported a very low level of social support, that predicted about a 20 per cent greater risk of death during those same 10 plus years compared to those reporting very high levels of social support. “Perceived functional social support, which we examined in this study, can include whether a person believes they could get emotional support, advice, or just company from others to do fun things with, which can help reduce stress,” said Nancy Freeborne from George Mason University. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”It’s a reminder that sometimes the simplest things – like reaching out to a loved one – can have the most profound impact,” Freeborne said. To date, this is the largest study to explore the impact of perceived social support on cardiovascular disease and mortality, researchers said. The data from over 90,000 postmenopausal women aged 50-79 was collected over a period of 10 years. Previous studies have also shown that social support can help decrease the risk of CVD, with the new study the largest to date look at the effect of social support on CVD and all-cause mortality in women. The researchers commented that the results show the benefits of social support for health, possibly through helping to relieve stress, although they add that further research is still needed. The researchers suggest further study to account for perceived social support delivered via social media, and to further examine age and gender differences to determine if social support has different impacts based on gender or different periods in a lifetime.