A few weeks ago, media professionals from OU set up a tent on the South Oval. They weren’t handing out t-shirts, fundraising for a philanthropy, or pushing the latest student housing complex. Posted up where the sidewalks converge on the long green lawn in front of the Bizzell, they invited students to write whatever they wanted in 15 words or less. No prompts. No agenda. They wanted to create a space for student voices to be seen and heard.
Mason Drumm, the creator of the project, called it the “Say Something” campaign. It was an experimental effort to feature the diversity of Sooner voices through portraiture and the students’ written word. "My intention with this project was to photograph the deep, diverse, and vulnerable nature of unspoken words. Students were invited to say something in their own handwriting in fifteen words or less before shooting their portrait,” Drumm said.
Many voices. One Oklahoma. These are Sooner voices when we asked them to say something.