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TU law grad Olson challenges longtime congressman Afghanistan veteran John Olson will run against 10year Representative John Sullivan on a platform of education. Emily Callen and Kalen Petersen U.S. Congressman John Sullivan ran unopposed in 2010, but he will not have that luxury in 2012. John Olson, a graduate of the University of Tulsa School of Law, hopes voters in Oklahoma’s first congressional district are ready for a change in representation. Sullivan has been in office since 2002, when he defeated Democrat Doug Dodd in the race for an open
seat, one of Oklahoma’s five in Congress. Olson’s wife and spokeswoman Zsa said that her husband was inspired to run during last year’s budget battles. Olson is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and an active Army Reservist. A training weekend he helped plan was canceled in April 2011, as a U.S. government shutdown loomed. The soldiers went unpaid, and Olson was furious. “He saw a lack of character and concern (in Congress),” Zsa said. In Afghanistan, Olson witnessed firsthand what he called government waste. The U.S. was sending uniforms to Afghan forces, who had no place to store the clothes. “They would take the
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Oklahoma Congressman John Sullivan participates in a radio interview. Sullivan has represented the Tulsa area since he defeated Democrat Doug Dodd in 2002.
stuff and burn it,” Olson said. “The military is a microcosm of what’s going on in our country,” Olson said. “You have people losing unemployment benefits and education benefits.” Olson and Zsa make decisions as a team. The couple, whose six children attend Union Public Schools, say they are concerned about the quality of education in Oklahoma. They see education as a critical to move people out of poverty and say they are concerned about the budget shortfalls schools face. “Can we cut some waste so that we can afford to invest in schools?” said Zsa. Olson’s focus on education extends to those in the workforce. Zsa said, “We are firm believers that you can be retrained into a job.” Zsa said that the response to her husband’s candidacy has so far been overwhelmingly positive. “It’s almost like a bomb was dropped,” she said. “I think now is a great opportunity. We have an incumbent who has been there far too long.” Despite the nascent campaign’s optimistic tone, Olson faces a tough race against an incumbent whose popularity has climbed in every election. Olson acknowledged problems with name recognition and money. Major items on Sullivan’s legis-
“Racquetbill” passed, courts will get renovation The Student Association will spend $7,000 to improve the deteriorating facilities in Mabee Gym by the end of the semester. John Lepine Staff Writer
he Student Association Senate passed legislation this January allocating funds for renovation of the Mabee Gym racquetball and squash courts. The “Taking Ownership” Racquetball and Squash Courts Restoration Act, popularly known as the “Racquetbill,” was passed Jan. 24 and authorizes the SA Executive Committee to spend up to $7,000 to “refurbish, renovate, and celebratorily re-open” the deteriorated Mabee Gym facilities. Katlyn McGouran, a commuter senator who is the act’s legislative sponsor, made her case before the
Senate by noting that the $6,000 or $7,000 required for the courts’ restoration “is equivalent to a few large events which we typically fund every week.” Senator McGouran also praised the courts’ potential to combat the effects of the sedentary academic lifestyle, saying that SA could emphasize “the importance of promoting physical well-being on our campus.” The bill, which was authored after statistical research by the Office of the Treasury indicated greater-than-expected use of the courts by students, faculty and staff, passed with the unanimous consent of the Senate. SA President Grant McCarty signed it and the SA Executive Committee presented it to a supportive President Steadman Upham on Jan. 31. “It’s exciting for SA to provide something of permanence on campus that will benefit not just stu-
dents this year, but for years to come,” McCarty said. The next step for the Racquetbill is implementation. Student Association officials hope to have the racquetball facilities re-floored and the walls repainted before the end of the semester so that reopening can be enjoyed by this year’s students. Although the details haven’t been confirmed, Student Association officials hope to have the courts closed, spruced up and reopened all within about an eightday period in March. March has been chosen because most students will be gone for a week over Spring Break, and if all goes well, there will be new racquetball facility waiting for them on their return. If the funds are available, the Student Association hopes to purchase rackets and balls that students can check out for free from
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Junior guard Scottie Haralson looks for opening against Marshall Saturday night. With the 79–70 win, coach Doug Wojcik tied for most wins in school history.
TU races past Marshall Thundering Herd Amanda Schenk
Photo courtesy John Olson
John Olson will challenge Rep. John Sullivan in November, should the Republican incumbent win his primary.
olden Hurricane fans expecting a show Saturday night got exactly what they came for, with back-and-forth scoring between TU and the Marshall Thundering Herd. With a final score of 79–70 in favor of the Golden Hurricane, sophomore Jordan Clarkson helped push TU ahead, scoring 21 points over the course of the night. This win moved Tulsa into second place in the C-USA standings, with a 7–2 record in conference play and 14–9 overall. The game opened up with the Herd matching Tulsa score for score. TU expanded a small lead halfway through the first half when Jordan Clarkson hit a three point jumper to push TU to 20 points versus Marshall’s 13. The spectators hit their feet at this shot, and the team responded to the momentum by adding 17 more points in the following nine minutes, finishing the half up 37–30. See Herd page 4
lative agenda include tougher immigration laws and protecting the energy industry in Oklahoma. “We always say, when things don’t go right, look left. We’re looking left,” Zsa said. Olson said that he was in favor of a gradual withdrawal from Afghanistan. “I don’t favor a hard and fast timeline,” he said. Olson also represented himself as fiscally responsible. “Our budget is huge. There are things that need to be downsized,” he said. He referred to Sullivan as a “Washington insider,” criticizing him for “97 percent party line vote.” When asked about his chances against a 10-year incumbent, Olson gave himself modest odds: “50/50,” he said.
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(Full disclosure: the writer, John Lepine, is SA Treasurer.)
Honors Trivia Night
Occupy Tulsa Teach-In
Romeo and Juliet
Think you know more than your professors? Students will get a chance to tackle facultygenerated trivia questions in a “Jeopardy!”-style game show. Starting at 7 p.m. in Helmerich hall Room 105, the challenge is open to students of all majors, interests and years.
TU professors and local activists from the Occupy Tulsa movement will offer a public lecture on the state of the nation and the significance of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The discussion will be at 7 p.m. in the Chapman Lecture Hall.
Everyone has heard of Shakespeare’s classic love story, but fewer know of the acclaimed musical score by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. The Tulsa Ballet’s performance will be replete with swordplay and intricate group choreography. “Romeo and Juliet” will play at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 & 11 and at 3 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $20.
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death by the local police. However, his family hopes his death will not be in vain since many are voting in the village’s first transparent election in decades, a possible first step towards true democracy. Communist Party officials have appointed a protestor as the Party secretary for the village until elections occur.
Jinan ElSabbagh Student Writer
Africa SOMALIA The United Nations has declared that Somalia’s famine conditions have ended. However, officials note that the situation remains serious. The U.N. credits better access to food, a better harvest and significant humanitarian assistance with the alleviation of famine conditions. For the past six months, Somalia, along with neighboring African countries, has been facing by drought. But with militant groups like Al Shabab stopping the Red Cross from distributing aid in rural areas under its control, political instability is proving just as fatal to Somalis who have been forced to flee Al Shabab-held regions. Although harvest levels were the highest in 17 years, Somalia still holds one of the highest mortality rates in the world. Some 1.7 million people remain “in crisis” and 325,000 children are malnourished. As Mark Bowden, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Somalia stated, “The gains are fragile and will be reversed without continued support.”
FARC, a left-wing rebel group, has killed more than a dozen police officers and civilians by detonating
bombs in front of police stations in the southern town of Tumaco and Villa Rica in the west. Tumaco is the hub of drug trafficking and the setting of cartel rivalries over Pacific coast drug smuggling routes. A nighttime curfew has been imposed and three hundred police officers have been sent to Tumaco for security and to investigate the attacks. Colombia’s Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzon, has offered a 1,200 million peso ($670,000) reward for information leading to the capture of the FARC rebel suspected of the attack, who goes by the alias Rambo. Thus far, police stations have been targets, and at least one police commander has been killed.
Thousands of citizens from the fishing village of Wukan recently voted for 11 people who will in turn elect new leaders for the town. This comes after nearly two months of ousting corrupt officials and initiating a protest movement against the local authorities. Many villagers blame Xue Chang, Party secretary for the village since 1970, for agreeing to real estate deals that robbed the local villagers of arable land. Communist Party officials ended the protests nonviolently by agreeing to the election and to investigating both the shady real estate deals and the death of a protestor who died in police custody. Many villagers believe that the man, Xue Jinbo, was tortured to
More than 100 people have died in one of the coldest winters to hit Eastern Europe in decades. Emergency services have estimated that 64 victims were homeless and have set up 3,000 heated tents and food shelters to treat the homeless and Ukrainians across the country. Health officials have asked hospitals and shelters to keep homeless people even after they have been treated to protect them from the cold. Colleges and schools have closed and the government is urging people to be patient. This comes as the country’s gas supplier, Gazprom, noted that Ukraine has already exceeded its gas intake per their contract. Russia supplies gas to countries like Ukraine and its neighboring Serbia, Bosnia and Bulgaria. If Russia discontinues gas exports as they did in 2009 amid allegations of Ukrainians siphoning Russian gas, it would leave those neighboring countries with possibly fatal gas shortages. Ukraine’s Emergencies Minister Viktor Baloga has advised citizens to get up in the morning, work and exercise,” since “it hasn’t killed anyone yet and only makes a person fitter.” To combat the cold, he recommended running “8–10 km every morning and taking a bath in cold water, all year round.”
Middle East EGYPT
Riots against the police ensued after more than seventy people were killed when rival soccer clubs fought one another after a game. The Cairo-based Al Ahly Club was
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Research colloquium not just for engineers Upcoming research colloquium will feature work from a wide range of demartments. Will Lepage Student Writer
Students searching for a straightforward and effective way to impress grad schools or employers will get a chance to capitalize on their work and possibly earn some cash. All undergraduate, graduate and law students are invited to join the 15th annual TU Student Research Colloquium. Since 1998, the university’s colloquium has offered a local platform for students to gain valuable research conference credentials and presentation skills. Students can present any continuing or completed work, including course projects and Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge projects. Entries are accepted from any field on campus and research does not need to be experimentally based. This year’s event will be held March 31—April 4 in conjunction with the 86th annual meeting of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. One of the few interdisciplinary professional meetings in the country, AAAS-SWARM allows people throughout the community to learn about research across all disciplines. Teachers, high school students, professionals, students and faculty from colleges and universities in the surrounding area will also be participating. TU’s colloquium allows students to dodge many of the obstacles that regional research conferences entail. Students can present locally, without the inconveniences of travel or applying for
conference reimbursement. The conference also offers cash prizes for the best student presentations, with additional opportunities for prizes through AAAS-SWARM. In addition to the general presentation sessions, AAASSWARM also invites a keynote speaker annually. The 2012 John Wesley Powell Memorial Lecture, the conference’s keynote address, will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 1 in the Lorton Performance Center. This year’s guest is Dr. Laurence C. Smith, Professor and Vice-Chair of UCLA Department of Geography and Department of Earth and Space Sciences. Smith’s lecture, titled “The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Our Northern Future,” is free and open to the public. Last year the colloquium saw entries from 139 students for oral and poster presentations. One of these participants was Cody Martin, who presented his research project titled “Kinetics of the Chlorination of Caffeic Acid.” Martin, a junior chemistry major who has participated in TURC and the Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program, said, “The colloquium was a really convenient opportunity to present my research since it was just a couple minutes away.” Hope Geiger, Senior Graduate School Admissions and Student Services Coordinator, has been organizing the colloquium for six years, and encourages students of all disciplines to apply. Geiger said that students will “get to list a professional conference on their resumes and talk about their research with research professionals from across the country.” The entry deadline for abstracts is Feb. 14. For more information about this year’s event, visit www. aaas-swarm.org and www.utulsa. edu/research-colloquium.
Mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss these events! Allocations Information Session Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 9:00 pm ACAC Gallery
ACTS: All-Campus Talent Show Auditions: Sat. Feb. 11, 1-5 pm Show: Sun. Feb. 19, 8-10 pm
All new organizations, confused organizations, and irate organizations, please come to a forum with SA Treasurer John Lepine where he will explain the SA funding process. This is your chance to voice critiques or suggestions for impprovement.
It’s time to get your ACTS together for the All Campus Talent Show. The top three acts will receive cash prizes: First Place - $500, Second Place - $300, and Third Place - $100. Email Erin Hansen (email@example.com) if you would like to audition.
Special Guest Lecture: Hill Harper Saturday, Feb. 11 at 6:00 pm ACAC Great Hall
Basketball Post-Game Party Saturday, Feb. 11 after the game Reynold’s Center Practice Gym
Actor and author Hill Harper from the television series CSI: NY will be giving a lecture in honor of Black History Month. Harper has written several books including Letters to a Young Brother. Event sponsored by Student Association, Association of Black Collegiates, Interfraternity Council, and PanHellenic Council.
Watch as TU takes on the UH Cougars! After the game, there will be FREE Buffalo Wild Wings, Pizza, and Taco Bell Tacos along with beverages, a DJ, prizes, and a chance to meet the team! Raffle tickets will be handed out at the game. Come with your game ticket to get in. Those 21 and up, also bring a valid ID.
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through surveillance footage. The case has been turned over to TPD.
4:00 p.m. Officers responded to a complaint of missing items in the Case Athletic Complex. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a total of six victims had items missing from the football locker room. Officers viewed the film footage and concluded that a male non-student entered the building and went through belongings. The suspect was identified and TPD notified. TPD is filing for an arrest warrant. Incident update: Campus Security was able to identify the suspect in the thefts from Case Athletic Complex. The suspect used the stolen credit cards at local shopping centers. Campus Security was able to work with local agencies and verify the individual
5:02 p.m. Officers responded to the complaint of property damage in the Brown Village Lot. The reporting person stated that his vehicle had been struck by a car parked beside him. The subject did not witness the accident. 6:00 p.m. An officer on patrol observed a domestic dispute in progress in a vehicle at 8th and Harvard Avenue. Upon contact, the officer observed a scratch across the female’s face and a verbal exchange between the two parties. TPD was contacted. Neither person was affiliated with the university. 6:26 p.m. An Officer was dispatched to the universityowned garage at 12th and Harvard to the report of a stolen trailer. Upon arrival, the officer met with the reporting party who stated that the utility trailer had been parked in the fenced in area of the lot. The trailer was secured with a hitch lock. There was no report of authorized use of the equipment.
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10:06 a.m. An officer on patrol witnessed a vehicle collision in the DRC Lot. A driver was backing out of a marked stall and struck a park car. Contact was made with the owners of both vehicles and information was exchanged. There were no reported injuries. 11:05 p.m. Campus Security dispatchers observed an unidentified subject in the McFarlin Library restricted Special Collections. The subject was observed carrying items to the stairwell. An officer was dispatched but the subject had left the area. Officers searched the area and made contact with the individual and identified him as a contactor. Campus Security confiscated the contractor’s keys until authorized possession could be verified.
3:30 a.m. An officer on patrol saw an ambulance
parked outside of John Mabee Hall. The officer determined that EMSA had been contacted for an ill student. The student was transported to St. John’s Medical Center. 9:00 a.m. An officer was dispatched to the report of a burglary from John Mabee Hall. The officer met with the victim who stated that he had left his room locked with the lights off. He returned approximately one hour later and found the room open with the lights on. There were various electronics missing. A copy of this report has been sent to Housing. 3:12 p.m. Officers responded to a fire alarm at Keplinger Hall. Upon arrival, officers responded to the zone indicated on the fire panel and were not able to locate a fire or smoke source. The Physical Plant was notified. A Physical Plant employee and a technician from Mac Fire systems suspected a malfunction in the equipment. TFD searched the area and gave an all clear for students to return.
Computer playing tomorrow’s top 40 tunes This week, The Collegian takes you back in time to 1977, the year that Apple became a corporation and the original “Star Wars” film was released. This article, from the Feb. 9 issue, discusses an exciting new technology called the computer and its impact on music after the days of disco.
D. Britton Gildersleeve Student Writer
The interim saw TU moving to the beat of a different drummer, one having at least a nodding acquaintance with R2D2. As host of the symposium “New Directions in Music,” the university featured a concert of computer music recordings, as well as lectures and discussions on the subject. Perhaps the best known of the many “students” was award-winning composer, Aaron Copland, who lectured at the symposium, in addition to participating at the event. Copland is internationally renowned for his innovative compositions. From early childhood, Copland was fascinated by music. “There was a basic attraction to sound
itself,” Copland said, “It was very powerful, and I decided I not only wanted to play music but write it.” A Pulitzer Prize winner, Copland noted he liked computer music because it is exciting. “It wakes you up,” Copland said. Dr. James Justice, professor of mathematics in charge of the program, agreed about the possible impact of the new music field. “The computer handles complex rhythms and can be tuned any way you want. It produces tones that are accurate to many decimal places and provides timing that is accurate to the millionths of a second,” he said. Although recognizing the creative potential of computer music, Copland expressed a few reservations about the new discipline’s success. “Tapes and records are drawbacks to music because there is never any difference from one playing to another. One of the delights of live music is that each performer and conductor has differing interpretations,” Copland said at a news conference at TU. “However,” Copland continued, “I’m sure this will change with time. Some-
Black History Month Events
Wednesday, Feb. 1: Black History Lunch N' Learn: Freedom Riders ACAC Chouteau, noon
Thursday, Feb. 16: Film Presentation: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 Mayo Student Activity Center, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 2: Film Presentation: Higher Learning Mayo Student Activity Center, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 22: Black History Lunch N' Learn: Tulsa Race Riot ACAC Gallery, noon
Wednesday, Feb. 15: Black History Lunch N' Learn: History of Minstrelsy ACAC Chouteau, noon
Wednesday, Feb. 29: Black History Lunch N' Learn: NAACP ACAC Chouteau, noon
From the Collegian Archives
The Feb. 9, 1977 issue of the Collegian showed off the latest technology at Tulsa’s north campus—a minicomputer. This digital powerhouse could play digital music.
one will give us a button to press that will change the way a tape recording sounds. I don’t know how it will be done, but it will be done.” Computer music research has been underway at the University of Tulsa since 1971. “A number of composers around the country are composing solely for the machine,” McKee said. Explained simply, the process of turning a piece of sheet music into computerized sounds requires five steps. First, the notes are coded by receiving the corresponding numbers. The numbers fed into the computer where the machine, making literally millions of calculations, changes numbers to voltages. The voltages are sent to a digital-
to-analog machine which concerts the voltages to electric signals. The electric signals are fed into an amplifier or speakers. The result—music. If a pending application to the National Science Foundation is granted, TU will, according to Justice, become one of the outstanding computer music centers in the world. The TU center is very research-oriented, Justice added. The math prof has presented papers at international as well as national conferences on computer music. A two-LP album is scheduled to be released including all the computer-generated sounds and recordings played at the symposium.
Will power: acclaimed columnist George Will speaks at TU
from the Office of Public Affairs and Ecenomic Development
It’s a beautiful day in the
True Blue Neighborhood! Medicine Wheel Award: Applications are now available in the TBN Volunteer Center or online.
Kendall-Whittier Survey Project: The University of Tulsa’s Center for Community Research and Development in conjunction with Community Action Project is seeking assistance from TU students in conducting a survey in the Kendall-Whittier and Eugene Fields neighborhoods. The main goal of this project is to train students in survey implementation and then have students administer the survey throughout the KendallWhittier and Eugene fields neighborhoods. Our first training session will take place Feb. 20th from 5pm – 6:30 pm in Lorton Hall Room 301 (pizza provided). At this session you will learn more about the project and individual expectations if you chose to become part of the project. Another training day as well multiple Saturday’s throughout February, March, and April will be expected if you agree to participate in the project. Benefits for Participation include chances to develop survey data collection skills, gain experience with local diversity and recieve service learning credit. The project is ideal for students in social sciences, with some Spanish speaking ability or who are considering graduate school or a career in social services. In you have any additional questions and to RSVP your attendance at the February 20th training, please email Joanna Shadlow at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about these or other volunteer opportunities, contact Kathy Shelton in the True Blue Neighbor Volunteer Center in Holmes Student Center, room 25.
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George Will, who has written columns for the Washington Post since 1974, won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Will spoke to a packed-to-overflowing TU Performing Arts Center on Feb. 2.
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attacked after the match. Fans believe that the police allegedly failed to search for weapons prior to the game, turned off the lights to give the rival club an advantage over Al Ahly and closed the gate on the Cairo club. The fans, dubbed “ultras,” were the most vocal against Egypt’s interim government and the Cairo club has had the most violent battles with police over the past three months. Protestors in Cairo’s Tahrir Square be-
lieve that the police consciously failed to intervene as retaliation for the ultras’ role in the protests against the current military regime. The riots have reached casualties in the hundreds, with at least 600 people injured and a dozen killed as the police threw tear gas and rubber bullets. The government has detained the head of security and the chief detective of the district, and the current head of the Egypt’s government, Field Marshal Mohamad Tantawi, has called for three days of mourning.
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Giants win Super Bowl
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Scoreboard: Feb. 2 W. Basketball at UCF
Feb. 3 M. Tennis
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Oklahoma W 5–2
M. Basketball Marshall W 79–70 Jan. 5 W Basketball Houston W 67–53 M. Tennis
San Diego L 4–3
Djokovic outlasts Nadal in epic Australian Open Final Photo courtesy of NBC Sports
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning celebrates his second Super Bowl championship after defeating the New England Patriots 21–17 in a thrilling season finale. On-campus watch parties included a gathering of the Back to the Future theme house and the traditional wings party at the John.
News and Notes
Ranked Tulsa tennis dominate Big 12 foes: Tulsa’s men’s and women’s tennis scored wins over ranked opponents this weekend as the men defeated No. 24 Texas Tech 5–2 and the women triumphed over No. 31 Oklahoma 5–2. Each team was aided by superior doubles play as both Tulsa teams were awarded the all-important doubles point before engaging in the singles play. Both teams will return to play in a tennis doubleheader Friday, with the women taking on Kansas State at 3 p.m. and the men facing Wichita State at 7 p.m. Tulsa track and field takes talents to South Bend in Meyo Invitational:
Tulsa competed against teams from across the country this week as it participated in the Meyo Invitational. Freshman Chase Sammons and junior Chris O’Hare broke their own school records,Sammons in the weight throw and O’Hare in the 1000m run. Junior Julian Frazier also broke his personal record, and earned a team high third place finish, in the 400m dash, with a time of 47.36. After the meet, Tulsa track head coach Steve Gulley remarked that he “was extremely pleased with how everyone competed,” and was hopeful that the meet would “give both the men and women a lot of confidence going forward.” Tulsa track and field will head to Fayetteville this week for the Tyson Invitational. Date set for Tulsa Spring Game:
From Herd on cover year. Although TU briefly let Marshall take over the lead in the second half, Steven Idlet made two free throw shots to help push Tulsa back ahead. While scoring remained close, TU maintained the lead for the remainder of the game, sealing the win with Clarkson’s six straight points in the last minutes before the buzzer. Additional high-scorers included sophomore Tim Peete, who landed a career-high 14 points over the course of the night, making this game the sixth time he has posted double-figure points this
Bill Blankenship and the Golden Hurricane football team released the dates for both spring practice and the Spring Game this week. The Spring Game will be held on April 7, capping off the 15 days of spring drills. Key storylines to watch are the quarterback battle to replace G.J. Kinne and the development of both the punting and kicking replacements for Kevin Fitzpatrick. Softball set to begin 2012 campaign: Golden Hurricane softball kicks off this week as the team travels to Lafayette, La. for the 26th Annual Louisiana Classic. Tulsa will travel to tournaments in College Station Tx. and Boca Raton Fla. before returning to the Hardesty Complex for the Hyatt Downtown Tulsa Tournament.
Head coach Doug Wojick noted the contributions of Peete and Clarkson adding in his post-game comments, noting that “Jordan Clarkson is really becoming a great player, and making a great name for himself” before adding that he “thought Tim Peete played terrific.” The Golden Hurricane took advantage of fouls made by the Herd throughout the night, with senior Steven Idlet shooting 10 for 10 from the free-throw-line. Idlet’s 16 points in Saturday’s game puts him at 946 career points, just 54 points shy of 1000 with seven regular-season games
remaining in his basketball career at TU. TU’s game Saturday night versus the Marshall Thundering Herd marked head coach Doug Wojick’s 137 win at Tulsa, which ties Clarence Iba’s record for the most school wins in history. Saturday’s game, in addition to putting Tulsa in 2 place in C-USA, was the 7tstraight win for the Golden Hurricane. Wojick will look for his 138 career win and TU’s 8 straight win on February 8 when the men take on UTEP in Texas before returning home to play Houston in the Reynolds Center on February 11 at 7pm.
into the greater world’s vision. One may say that Jessie Owens was just a runner, but it does not take a historian to know that a black man winning four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics was nothing short of “great.” When you watched Space Jam as a kid and you heard Michael Jordan’s dad saying “shoot til you miss,” you knew you were watching greatness, because that kid did not stop until he won six NBA Championships. Greatness is Ted Williams, who in 1941 was two games away from finishing the season with a .39955 batting average that would have been rounded up to a historical, season long .400. Ted was given the option to sit out, to cement his .400 in stone or to play one last day: a doubleheader. Maybe Ted was not satisfied with .39955, or maybe Ted just loved baseball too much not to play. Either way Ted Williams
went 6–8 in those last two games boosting his season average to .406. Ted Williams in 1941 was the last player ever to finish a major league baseball season at or above .400. That is greatness. The point is that if you did not catch Shaun “The Flying Tomato” White’s last run on the SuperPipe in the 2012 Winter X-Games, you missed greatness. Only know White for his goofy nickname or his goofier Stride commercials? Get online and watch some of his work. On Jan. 29, in a run that did not even matter—he had a guaranteed first place in hand—Shaun White laid down a perfect run in the SuperPipe, the first score of 100 ever to be granted in Winter X-Games history, for a fifth straight goldmedal in the event, all on a hurt ankle. When seeking a modern athlete to dub “great,” skip past LeBron and look no farther than Shaun White.
Shaun White attains greatness on Superpipe
With his stunning performance at the 2012 X Games, Shaun White has cemented his place among the truly great individuals in sports history. Sam Morton Student Writer
When the word “great” is used in sports, it is used to mean one of two things. The first, widely overused connotation to “great” means wellabove average, as in “Dustin Pedroia had a great year at second base,” or “Russell Westbrook is a great point guard.” The second, more selective use means transcendent, game-changing, game-defining. Names like Gretzky, Unitas and John Wooden come to mind. Think of athletes like Jessie Owens, Michael Phelps and Jim Brown and you think of athletes whose dominance in their sport was so massive that it spilled
After a grueling final, Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal to claim the Australian Open title. Zak Patterson Student Writer
Five hours and fifty-three minutes: That is how long it took Serbia’s world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to best Spaniard Rafael Nadal in a grueling 5 sets in this year’s Australian Open final, 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5), 7–5. The match, the longest Grand Slam Final in the Open Era, ran deep into the night, forcing many tennis fans into settling for a nextday replay. Each player faced brutally tough semi-final encounters. Nadal beat Roger Federer 6–7(5), 6–2, 7–6(5), 6–4 in three hours and forty-two minutes in one semi-final, and Djokovic beat Andy Murray in the other semi-final 6–3, 3–6, 6–7(4), 6–1, 7–5 in four hours and fifty minutes. The victory represented Djokovic’s third straight Grand Slam victory, with each one of those victories coming against Nadal in the final. It also represented Djokovic’s seventh-straight victory over Nadal, with each one of those matches coming in tournament finals. Nadal jumped out to the early lead by capturing the first set 7–5 in a scratchy display of tennis from both players, each playing far from their best. In the next two sets, Djokovic started to assert himself, winning them comfortably 6–4, 6–2, while Nadal seemed to be temporarily
off his game. The fourth set alone lasted nearly an hour and a half, and witnessed both players finding their stride. Down two sets to one and 3–4 0–40, Nadal showed his trademark fight and willpower to spectacularly rally and win it in a tie-breaker to force a decisive set. In the final set, a rejuvenated Nadal raced to a 4–2 lead, and Djokovic looked dead tired. With the match almost over, it looked like Rafa would be the one holding the trophy. But at 4–2 30–15 up, Nadal missed an easy put-away backhand by millimeters. This gave Djokovic a second-wind, or perhaps a third or fourth or fifth-wind, after how long the two were doing battle. Suddenly Djokovic was galloping across the court like it was the first set. He broke Nadal at 5–5 and then served for the match at 6–5. He was two points from victory at 30–0 when Nadal summoned one last burst of energy. Nadal made several freakish gets to award himself a break point, but he could not convert. Djokovic ripped his shirt off after the victory, because this was more than a tennis match. It was an inhuman show of athleticism and stamina from both players. After the match, Andy Roddick tweeted: “Djokovic-rafa. absolute war. Physicality of tennis has been taken to another level in the last 5 years. 6 straight hours of power/ speed,” and several other players echoed his thoughts. This was Djokovic’s third Australian Open title, and his fifth Grand Slam Title, while Nadal, despite the loss, still holds 10 Grand Slam titles.
Tennis in full swing
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Tulsa Senior Ashley Watling spikes in a loss against No. 25 San Diego. After a rough start against highly ranked foes, the No. 23 Hurricane will look for home wins this week against Wichita State and Texas A&M.
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Hurricane tames Cougars
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Sophomore Taylor Hooker looks for an opening on Feb. 5, when the Reynolds Center hosted one of the biggest home games of the season for the women’s basketball team as the Hurricane (9–11) took on the Houston Cougars (2–18). The women set the pace early on, putting up a seemingly effortless 16-point lead and doubling the Cougar’s score and finishing the first half 24–12. Tension rose in the second half when the score closed to 60–50, and the Cougars began inflicting fouls and showing their teeth. Tulsa fought to maintain the lead and finished with a decisive 67–53.
Tulsa football gains 21 on National Signing Day The Golden Hurricane received key new recruits to fill spaces left by graduating seniors. John Lepine Staff Writer
Head coach Bill Blankenship announced that the Golden Hurricane football squad received letters-of-intent from 20 players last Wednesday, 13 Oklahomans among them, at a National Signing Day news conference. One preferred walk-on was also admitted, bringing the total number of 2012 commitments to 21. Visibly pleased with the recruitment results, Blankenship praised the 2012 class as “the deepest class in my tenure, even as an assistant coach here.” Though this is Blankenship’s second year as head coach, he takes special pride in them as the “first class we’ve had a chance to recruit from top to bottom.” Specific points of pride for this class include football talent, character, a “leadership bent,” participation in championship programs and academic wherewithal. Sheer athleticism was another trait of several students, recruited with the potential to fill any number of positions. But with five graduating offensive linemen, there was a definite need to seek players at those positions, especially since last year’s class had just one offensive lineman. Blake Belcher, Chris Wallace, Davis Walton and grayshirt Dylan Foxworth, all Oklahomans, were recruited with OL in mind. Blankenship, a long-time head coach at Tulsa’s Union High School, attributed the local tilt of this year’s recruiting class in part to “tremendous relationships with coaches in this state,” going on to note that “in the last several years the number of young men playing Division I football from the state of Oklahoma averages out to over 50 per year.” Three other recruits came from Texas, where TU “still (has) a big focus,” along with one each from Arkansas, Arizona, Kansas, Missouri and Louisiana. A 250-mile radius around Tulsa remains the
focus of Golden Hurricane recruiting and is typically the source of 80–90 percent of TU players. Sixteen of the recruits come from schools that have posted at least one 10+ win season in the past two years. Five of them are from state champion teams, and three went undefeated. Six players turned down “legitimate offers” from SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten programs, opting instead for TU’s academic calendar and for the geographical amenities of Tulsa’s location and the opponents on its schedule. One such player is MacArthur High School placekicker Daniel Schwarz, who received last-minute overtures from the University of Alabama the day before National Signing Day. Schwarz, who also considered Oregon State, TCU, LSU and Texas, was the last commitment to inform TU of his decision. Blankenship commended him as a “man of his word” and emphasized the importance of academics to him. Fans can “count on (Schwarz) to kick early,” Blankenship said, especially with the graduation of senior placekicker Kevin Fitzpatrick, Tulsa’s record-holder for alltime scoring. The success and failure of field goal attempts proved decisive in Tulsa’s two closest matches last season, a 24–17 victory of UCF and a 24–21 loss to BYU in the Armed Forces Bowl. Blankenship also reflected on the way that recruiting has changed at TU over the five years he has been on staff. “When I first came,” Blankenship said, the focus “was selling the program ... Now it’s, ‘Let’s get ‘em on campus.’” In addition to the “livability” of the campus, the athletic facilities have received major overhauls in the past decade, including $20 million renovations of H.A. Chapman Stadium and the completion of the $8.5 million Case Athletic Complex. When asked how many players will be redshirted their freshman year, Blankenship indicated that he would like to redshirt as many as possible, but that some were certainly capable of playing immediately. “If they can help us win next year, they’ll play next year.”
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University of Tulsa students again enjoyed another College Night at the BOK Center as the Oilers took on the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. The Bees scored within the first minute of play, and tension stayed high until the Oilers pulled ahead in the third quarter and maintained their lead to finish 5–4. The team’s next College Night will be next week, as the Oilers take on the Dayton Gems on Feb. 14. Present your student I.D. to receive coupons for free pizza and two dollar drinks (including domestic beer).
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Radcliffe’s new film delivers chills
Although a decent film, “The Woman in Black” veers sharply from Susan Hill’s novel. Helen Patterson Student Writer
In this disturbing horror-thriller, Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) plays a lawyer sent to the eerie Marsh House to sort through the papers left by a client of the firm, Alice Drablow, following her death. Once there, he encounters a mysterious ghost known as the Lady in Black (Liz White), and a town full of suspicious people who know more about the dark events surrounding the abandoned house then they let on. The film is loosely based on a novel by Susan Hill. Setting the film in the early 20th century was an excellent decision that allowed the film-makers to exploit the tensions produced when the new modern age encounters old superstition and a resurgence of interest in the occult. The conflict between these two modes of thinking is stressed throughout the film. There is excellent attention to detail. Each prop is carefully chosen, and period appropriate newspapers and posters are omnipresent. The darkly lush colors of the countryside and the salt-marsh surrounding Marsh House heighten both the bleak isolation and the eerie beauty of the place. As with the vast majority of horror movies, this one loses some momentum at the middle. There is a stretch of time, perhaps 10
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John Lennon (left), Ringo Starr (center) and Paul McCartney (right), along with George Harrison (not pictured), hide out in the Swiss Alps in an attempt to evade an evil cult set on sacrificing Ringo to their god. Photo courtesy Hammer Film Productions
Arthur Kipps, played by Daniel Radcliffe, encounters a variety of obscure and eerie events while in Marsh House, a derelict home rumored to be inhabited by ghosts.
or even 15 minutes, that features Kipps dashing from here to there in the house, going back-and-forth between rooms after hearing mysterious sounds and seeing tell-tale signs of ghosts. Though this is meant to contribute to Kipps’ mounting alarm, the lack of dialog or definite action makes it forced and prolonged. It is difficult to continue a suspension of disbelief during this segment. There are also a few scenes that cut too abruptly from one scene to the next. Many changes were made from Hill’s original novel. Things that were only hinted at during the novel, such as the mysterious deaths of children and The Woman in Black’s own death, were made explicit. Some characters and events were completely new. For the most part, these changes were welcome; what works well to create a subtly uncanny novel does not translate to screen. However, the ending is completely different from that of the book. For sheer shock value, the movie might have won. However,
it has several lose ends that might leave viewers unsatisfied. The ending to the novel is subtler, but also more chilling. While a well-done movie, “The Woman in Black” is not spectacular, and Radcliffe’s name alone will keep it from being forgotten. As with other actors in highly successful and well-known roles, there have been doubts regarding whether Radcliffe will ever escape his fame as “Harry Potter.” The film did a good job addressing this. In dress, hairstyle and facial hair, Radcliffe looks very different from The Boy Who Lived. The trademark glasses were nowhere to be seen. Radcliffe takes great efforts to distinguish his characterization of Arthur Kipps from Potter. The way he walks and holds himself are more measured and controlled. His voice is lower and steadier. Though the film has its ups and downs, Radcliffe convincingly plays the part of a young, griefstruck lawyer as opposed to a boy wizard.
Stone Bluff Cellars delights Friendly service and great wines can be found at a local winery. Emily Callen Staff Writer
Oklahoma winery Stone Bluff Cellars offers quality wine a short drive from Tulsa. Spurred to action by a LivingSocial deal and the promise of artichoke dip, I ventured to the rural vineyard on a recent Saturday. Tucked between rolling hills on a winding rural road, the winery proved to be a hidden gem.
My wine-loving companion and I began by ordering lunch. Our coupon was for a bowl of soup apiece, plus a cheese basket and artichoke dip appetizer to share. Since the day’s soups were not vegetarian friendly, I substituted hummus for soup. Most menu items are priced in the $6–10 range. After ordering, we participated in a wine tasting. Guests may choose three or four wines to sample, and my companion and I both singled out the dry, red selections. We also tasted the semi-sweet red and were pleasantly surprised to find it fruity but not overpoweringly sweet. My companion and I are wine lovers, but we are not experts. The staff was friendly and helpful in illuminating the finer characteristics of each variety we tried. We decided to split a bottle of the Cyn-
thiana, which was one of the dry reds, and purchased a bottle of the sweeter wine to take home. The dining room is adjacent to the space where visitors enter and order. The open, bright space overlooks the landscape. Guests seat themselves, and on the day we went the dining room was crowded, in part because of a live guitar performance. Service was slow at first but improved as the crowd abated. The food was simple and delicious, and the cheese basket was the perfect accompaniment to the wine we selected. Stone Bluff Cellars is located at 24145 E. 191st St. South in Haskell, Oklahoma, about a 45 minute drive from the University of Tulsa. If that sounds too far, several Stone Bluff wines are available in many local liquor stores. haviors of everyone who has ever stayed up late on lonely Saturday nights to whisper sweet nothings into their phones at Siri ... Beautiful Siri ...
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Well, how about that Super Bowl. The Patriots stomped all over the dreams of New York, Madonna did a lousier job at being interesting than Lana Del Rey on SNL and M.I.A. showed up out of nowhere. Wasn’t it incredible? We bet it was! We wrote this on Friday afternoon, by the way. We’re that confident that all of these things will happen, from our cozy vantage, here, in the past. Impressed?
... “Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace”: IN 3-D! premieres on big screens everywhere this weekend, in what is doubtlessly an elaborate ruse by our Vengeful Creator to measure, by its box office totals, whether or not we are a species worthy of being alive at all ... ... director, writer, all-around creative and co-“Jackass” founder Spike Jonze is currently working on a film about a man who falls in love with the sultry text-to-speech voice on his computer, summarily somewhat validating the weird be-
... Time Warner recently announced that for this month, the Cupid Sweetheart Month of Love, its On Demand channel will feature a genre specifically highlighting all of the films of actor Ryan Gosling, called “Ryan Gosling, so you can Gosling your Gosling whenever your Gosling needs Gosling,” on the 24/7 network for Gosling, where if you need some Gosling, they got Gosling ... For the record, gentle Goslingers, we recommend checking out “Drive,” since it is just like “The Notebook,” except with 600 percent more scenes of brutal murder ... ... VH1 boldly declared that it would not, at any point, be airing on its channel the music video for Nicki Minaj’s song “Stupid Ho,” extremely disappointing all ... Two? Two people on in the world who still actively rely on VH1 to deliver their music videos to them, from their prison cells, deep in Yukon Territory, where they can only get one channel ...
Beatles’ “Help!” entertains Studio 54: A Weekly Review of All Things Retro. Elliot Bauman Student Writer
It is fairly well known that the popular music scene of 1960s America was largely dominated by a number of groups originating from the United Kingdom. Bands such as the Kinks, the Animals, Herman’s Hermits and the Rolling Stones rode the wave of rock and roll revolution as they brought the so-called “British Invasion” to post-war America. At the head of the “British Invasion” was, of course, the Beatles. In particular, the Beatles stunned younger Americans with their catchy tunes, charm and sense of style, and at least during the mid1960s, the popularity of the group could not be beat by any contemporary artist at the time. While it is likely that nearly anyone could name a few songs by this 1960s super-group, the fact that the Beatles also made films is far less familiar. The Beatles themselves produced numerous movies, but the film titled “Help!” was certainly their greatest cinematic work. That being said, it is only fair to state that praise such as “greatest cinematic work” is bit of a stretch for the film, “Help!” In other words, it is not particularly noteworthy in the grand scheme of films. Nevertheless, “Help!” is an entertaining watch. Indeed, the 1965 hit album, “Help!” is actually a soundtrack for the Beatles film of the same name. The movie is split into three parts and depicts the four mem-
bers of the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—as they attempt to evade and combat an evil cult intent on stealing a valuable ring worn by Starr. The film does largely follow this plotline, however, the producers do manage to cleverly include performances of some of the album’s hit songs, including “Ticket to Ride,” “You’re Going to Lose That Girl,” “The Night Before” and “Help!” That being said, the film is not entirely a promotional device for the album, but also stands as a good feature on its own. Regardless, The Beatles are most well-known for their musical talent, and such a fact shows in the film. The acting is mediocre at best. The film’s special effects are not stunning—appropriate for the 1960s. Despite these shortcomings, the film is worth watching. If nothing less, viewers at least get the pleasure of watching the Beatles perform some of their hit songs from the album, “Help!” The film is usually sold at various retro film suppliers. Vintage Stock on 41st and Yale would be more than happy to have your business.
Spiked Punch Lines Improv presents: If I had 200 dollars Anna Bennett
Photo/Graphics Editor When not being totally ludicrous, we at SPL like to keep our hopes modest and our dreams rooted firmly in reality. Therefore, we entertain no million dollar fantasies. But maybe, someday, someone will hand us $200 just for being awesome. If the universe were to ever give us such a gift, here is what we would do with it. 1. Get $200 more, and fall down at your door 2. Put a feather in my pimp hat 3. Make it rain! 4. Buy a house 5. Save it ... for now 6. Buy a ton of CDs 7. Change it into pennies and dive in 8. Buy a better TV
9. Get 200 $1 hookers 10. Get 1 $200 hooker 11. Buy 40 $5 footlongs 12. Get a ping pong table 13. Throw a party 14. Get lots of cake 15. Invest in high-beta stocks 16. Set it ALL on fire 17. Spend it, but not all at once 18. Move to Chicago Oh ambition ... isn’t it cute when young people think they can do anything? So maybe you do not have $200, and we cannot help you with that. We can, however, entertain you with more improvised ridiculousness! Spiked Punch Lines Improv meets from 8–10 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in Kendall Hall room 110.
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College Lifehacks: money from SA Need help surviving the treacherous ups and downs of college life? Allow College Lifehacks to hack your life and increase productivity. John Lepine Staff Writer
All these weeks you have been with us, dear readers, have doubtless been fruitful in turning you into happy, healthy and wise water droplets in the great swirling hurricane that is our collective university life. That is to say, we hope you have learned a thing or two from our column, and that you are thus all the more productive, efficient and satisfied. But we know that one question has burned in the back of your minds, Golden Hurricanoes. It nags you in the waking hours and haunts your nightmares while you sleep, though you plead with whatever higher power you revere for relief from the puzzled torment. “How,” you sob in confusion and despair, “does the Student Association funding process work?” Truth be told, there are many avenues that will lead you to enlightenment of this kind. The sacred scriptures of Student Association are inscribed on the pages of www. utulsa.edu/sa, and the relevant text for this issue is the FA Guidelines. But the language is technical and dry, and trying to decipher it runs entirely contrary to the spirit of lifehacking. Alternatively, you could email the SA Treasurer (email@example.com), who is, by all accounts, a nice enough fellow and moderately helpful. But in case he should die in a freak treasuring accident, here are the quick and dirty details he would want you to know about SA allocations. There are two major categories of funding: Event Sponsorship (ES) and Travel Allocations (TA). As their names suggest, one is for funding on-campus events, and the other sponsors various trips, especially for academic and leadership conferences. If you and your chartered student orga-
nization—the Knitting Club, say—want to host a Quilting Bee/Root Beer Kegger (because no, SA categorically refuses to fund your drinking problem), you will need to fill out an Event Sponsorship application (all SA apps can be found at www.utulsa.edu/ sa). ES applications are not due until the day of the event, but sending your application to firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks in advance means you can find out whether receive money before, you know, you spend it. A few things to keep in mind: your organization can get funding for six events per year for a total of $3000 or for three events per year for a total of $5000. A more-thanone-time “event series”—like a monthly lunch meeting or a philanthropy week—can be applied for as one event, subject to all the caps of a single event and only counting as one of your three or six yearly events. SA funds up to $7 per person for food expenses (and you will need to request a catering exemption with Sodexo if you spend more than $100 on outside food), up to $1000 for entertainment, and up to $75 for decorations and dinnerware. This money cannot be used to buy anything “non-consumable,” like t-shirts or easy chairs or the last pair of underpants worn by Elvis. If your organization is going on a trip, apply two weeks in advance. The trip has to be open to all students unless it is Conference Travel (CT) to some official gathering, but CT funds are always cut by 50 percent or limited to $80 per student (whichever is more). SA funds up to $150 per student for registration, up to $200 per student for transportation, up to $15 per person per day for food, and up to $15 per person per night for lodging. There are lots of numbers involved, no denying it, but once you submit the application, your loving senators walk with you the rest of the way until that money is burning a hole in your freshly-reimbursed pocket. It is that simple. Study harder, live longer, trick yourself into being a better person. Hack your life.
By Cory Bys
Obnoxiously Awesome Animal Videos Everyone secretly enjoys a good YouTube animal video. Unfortunately most of them are a waste of time … but these are not. 1. “If Jaws Was a Disney Movie”—This video shows exactly what a little creative editing can do. Who would have thought Jaws could almost look cute? 2. “This Cat is Planning Something Evil”—This is evidence enough that cats are up to no good.
not find this cute has no soul. 6. “Hippo Has Gas”—Who would have thought a video could be so nasty and impressive at the same time? 7. “Honey Badger”— In what is sure to be a YouTube cult classic, this video is as good as they come. Be advised, there is a lot of language. 8. “Puma Parkour”—Wow. Just wow.
3. “Polite Bear Waves 9. “Death Metal Parrot”— Hello”—This might be one This parrot knows how to of the best videos under 10 rock out. seconds. 10. “Robin Williams Has 4. “Ultimate Dog Tease”— a Tickle Fight With a This one went viral for a Gorilla”—Koko is one of the reason. Clever and funny, most impressive animals this is just good clean around. Robin Williams humor. with a sweet mustache just makes this video that much 5. “Bath Time for Baby better. Sloths”—Anyone who does
They Might Be Giants gives energetic performance at Cain’s
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Sentenced to death row, Michael Perry awaits his execution which occurred eight days after his interview in the film. Although Perry insists on his innocence, nothing about him earns the viewer’s sympathy.
“Into the Abyss” painful to watch
Herzog’s latest film delves into the minds of two men in prison and focuses on the effect their crimes had on those involved. Jack Welch Student Writer
Released in 2011, “Into the Abyss” is a wise and penetrating new documentary, but it may not be the kind of film that moviegoers expect. Although it profiles two young men convicted of homicide in Conroe, Texas—one sentenced to life, the other to death—it is not an issue film. It does not make political arguments or strive for propagandistic effects, but rather approaches its subject from all angles in search of its deepest truths. The documentary was created by one of the best directors, Werner Herzog, whose balanced, meditative approach is appropriate for the material. Although Herzog’s disapproval of capital punishment is clear, he allows the film to speak for itself through the accumulated opinions of those he interviews. At the heart of the story are Michael Perry and Jason
Burkett, in prison for three murders committed in 2001. Perry—resembling a baby-faced Steve Buscemi—stubbornly insists on his innocence, even as he awaits his execution, which occurred eight days after his interview in the film. Nothing about Perry, save his mere humanity, serves to earn our sympathy. Jason Burkett, Perry’s former friend, is sentenced to life in prison. During the documentary Herzog remains off-screen, asking piercing and painful questions. The guilt of these men is not in question however, the focus of the documentary is the effect their crimes had on the lives and souls of all involved. Herzog finds a whole host of stories leading into and out of the film’s central focus, and presents them throughout the documentary. Such stories include other tragedies which have plagued the families of the victims, the pain and remorse of a guard who oversaw more than 100 executions, Burkett’s father—who has spent his life in prison—and, perhaps most intriguingly, Burkett’s wife who met and married him after his incarceration and now claims to be carrying his child. This is a harrowing, mysterious film steeped in deep tragedy. Despite flashes of unexpected humor and glimmers of hope, it is often quite painful to watch. The film does not seem likely to change one’s views on the morality of capital punishment; however, the thoughts and emotions that it stirs— about life, death and faith—will linger.
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The Giants’ John Flansburgh (left) and John Linnell on the accordion combined engaging music with great showmanship on Wednesday night at Cain’s.
After 30 years of music, TMBG refuses to grow up. Emily Callen Staff Writer
They Might Be Giants is the band that gave rise to a genre. Thanks to John Flansburgh and John Linnell, nerds everywhere have music of their own. Luckily for those who love them, the band still puts on a quirky, rocking show. Wednesday night’s performance at Cain’ Ballroom featured a conga line, a giant Meg Ryan cut out, and a pair of decidedly adult puppets. Opener Jonathan Coulton set the tone for the evening when he launched into “Code Monkey,” a song extolling the virtues of Fritos and Mountain Dew. The audience was later encouraged to give its best rendition of a zombie hoard, which it managed admirably. The band’s refusal ever to play the same show twice is a point of pride, but that did not keep them from retaining fan favorites on the set list. “Birdhouse in Your Soul” was performed with gusto before a riotous crowd, and the first notes of “The Guitar
(The Lion Sleeps Tonight)” sent fans into a frenzy. The band also played songs from its latest album, “Join Us,” which were energetically performed but inspired considerably less singing from the crowd. The album was available in a variety of formats, including vinyl, increasing the likelihood of impromptu backup vocals next time the band comes to town. It is not every band that can pack a show with the promise of songs about ancient civilizations and alphabetized lists, but TMBG got the job done. The band was formed in 1981, and 30 years later it refuses to grow up. Lucky us. If you missed TMBG last week, not to worry: the band promised to keep Tulsa on its touring schedule.
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Contraceptive mandate violates basic liberties The January decision of the Department of Health and Human Services requiring employer health insurance to cover contraceptives damages religious pluralism and religious liberty. Patrick Greene
In late January the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the federal government would begin requiring insurance policies and health care providers within the scope of the Affordable Care Act to provide contraceptive services. This decision immediately placed Department Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and President Barack Obama at odds with many private organizations, particularly schools, hospitals and charities affiliated with the Catholic Church and other religious organizations. Indeed, the Obama administration made this decision knowing full well Catholicism’s position on artificial birth control. Catholic doctrine on the topic is not a contemporary development: St. Augustine of Hippo addressed the subject as early as the 4th century. More recently, in 1968 Pope Paul VI issued his Humanae Vitae which reaffirmed what Augustine and other Church leaders taught throughout history. Not only is Catholicism’s policy well-established, it has been consistent for centuries. Catholic beliefs on procreation, conception and relationships are
rich in history and depth. Yet the Obama administration’s decision had nothing to do with the merits or risks of birth control. The issue is one of religious liberty and the freedom of religious organizations to live and practice their beliefs. Starting in August of this year the government will force Catholic organizations and others to act against those beliefs. When confronted about this abuse of power, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney attempted to deflect criticism by noting that groups and individuals could exercise a “conscience clause” provision in the law and claim an exemption. However, this “conscience clause” exemption only applies to patients practicing the same religion as the provider. “That means we can’t say what we’ve been saying for 200 years, ‘Are you sick?’” said Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired Archbishop of Washington, D.C. “We have to say ‘Are you Catholic?’ And we don’t do that.” Indeed, the Obama administration made this decision lacking compromise with or appreciation of the affected hospitals and organizations. That their decision was so unilateral and one-sided is surprising. In my Democratic home state of Illinois, then-Governor Rod Blagojevich issued similar regulations requiring pharmacists to dispense the “morning-after” pill regardless of their personal or religious beliefs on contraception. Amidst a flurry of lawsuits and uncertain litigation, Blagojevich and the state compromised, allowing pharmacists to decline dispensing contraceptives as long as they informed the customer of another pharmacist who would fill
their prescription. Compromise like this bears the fruit of the new attitude Obama promised when taking office. In his 2009 commencement address at the University of Notre Dame, Obama said “We must find a way to reconcile our ever-shrinking world with its ever-growing diversity—diversity of thought, diversity of culture and diversity of belief. In short, we must find a way to live together as one human family.” However, by coercing Catholics and others into obedience, Obama disrespected the very diversity he spoke of. This heavy-handed action has not been ignored. Even moderate and liberal Catholics voiced their opposition and displeasure with the administration. Liberal Washington Post editorial writer E.J. Dionne sharply rebuked the decision: “Speaking as an American liberal who believes that religious pluralism imposes
certain obligations on government, I think the Church’s leaders had a right to ask for broader relief from a contraception mandate that would require it to act against its own teachings,” he wrote. “The administration should have done more to balance the competing liberty interests here,” he continued, and by blithely ignoring the concerns of many Catholics who previously supported his administration, “Mr. Obama threw his progressive Catholic allies under the bus.” Importantly, even if the Obama administration did compromise or rescind the order, individuals are still free to use contraceptives. There is no conflict of constitutional rights involved—if an employer refuses to provide coverage for birth control, an employee is not prohibited from using it. The employee is then free to obtain contraceptives from any number of private or state services which often (and, it must be said, freely
and aggressively) provide it at little to no cost. Indeed, by compelling an organization to violate its own principles, the Obama administration violates the principle of religious liberty and sets itself up for a legal battle Democrats in Illinois feared they could not win in 2007. The only conflict of rights involved is the Obama administration’s decision to tell religious organizations what to do. Catholic schools, hospitals and charities existed to help the poor and needy long before any government program. Here, right or wrong, the Obama administration is telling those religious groups how they should conduct their religious affairs. By saying they cannot maintain their religious identity, the Obama administration is wrong and should immediately exempt Catholics and others from this part of the Affordable Care Act.
New TSA policy hints at profiling Dividing passengers into “low-risk” and “high-risk” opens the door to more extreme violations of rights—this time based on sex, nationality and travel. Helen Patterson
Despite claims to the contrary, new Department of Homeland Security regulations for the Transportation Security Administration run a high risk of profiling. Since 9/11, everyone has experienced the irritations and hassles of heightened security at the hands of TSA. Being herded like cattle, thoroughly searched and robbed of basic rights to oneself and one’s dignity have transformed what used to be a potentially pleasant experience into a tedious nightmare. These policies are all in keeping with DHS regulations designed to guard against another terrorist disaster. The Obama administration has responded to the complaints with a new plan that proposes to allow more “low-risk” passengers
to pass through with little or no hassle, while continuing to place “high-risk” passengers under closer screening. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a coming “shift away from one-size-fits-all to riskbased screenings,” using the reasoning that “Not every traveler or piece of cargo poses the same level of risk to our security.” This plan would allow some individuals, such as frequent-flyers, those who volunteered additional information up front and members of trusted travel programs, to pass through security with little or no hassle. This PreCheck initiative has already been implemented at several airports, and the number of airports involved is likely to increase. The problem with this proposal is the possibility of profiling. Napolitano insists that there is no profiling going on. She claims that this will be a more efficient and focused way of dealing with potential terrorists. The PreCheck method uses the fact that that certain travel routes are problematic” to make informed decisions about what passengers to stop and screen more intensely and which passengers do not, statistically, pose much of a threat. There is no question about the greater efficiency that this plan will allow. There is also little question about whether the statistical evi-
dence is lacking. Small children, for example, are not likely to be terrorists. Neither are business men or women who routinely commute between cities. For my part, I would love to go home during school breaks without receiving an extra dose of radiation or having strangers see the holes in my socks. However, Napolitano’s claim that this does not constitute profiling is false. The existence of greater efficacy and statistical evidence do not preclude the existence of profiling. All that they do is allow Napolitano and DHS to attempt to justify their actions without using such a loaded term. If the new TSA PreCheck and targeted screening programs are put into place, the individuals pulled from those “certain travel routes (that) are problematic” will likely be overwhelming male and international. The division between “lowrisk” and “high-risk” passengers is troubling. Even if it is unconscious or supported by statistical evidence, profiling will certainly play a part in deciding who is “low-risk” and who is “high-risk.” As appealing as the new, lighter strictures might seem for some, we are fooling ourselves if we pretend that these new rules are anything less than profiling hidden in the pretty packaging of efficacy and statistics.
Dear Readers, I hope that everyone has been having a successful second semester. I especially hope that you have all enjoyed and benefitted from reading the Collegian. I know that you all have noticed how many changes we have made in the newspaper compared with last school year. In recent weeks, we have been working even more major changes in both our design and the types of stories we want to cover. As we hinted on the front cover, our next issue will be something of a departure from our current look. I suspect most of you, even if you
do not regularly read the Collegian, will not be able to help picking it up. As we roll out our new format, it will be imperative that those of you interested in addressing a problem you may have on campus reach out to us as a means of tackling it. We will be looking to go more in depth on the local issues important to you. As always, we seek dedicated writers, photographers and graphic artists to join our effort. We pay! Our thanks to all you readers. We would not be here without you. Catherine Roberts Editor-in-Chief
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Conservation ought to be world priority
The discovery of oil beneath the most biodiverse location on Earth calls for international compromise as well as rigid dedication to ecological stewardship, international respect and justice. Kyle Walker Opinion Editor
As Western civilization moves forward it will face a critical decision: whether the profits and benefits made by a few situated in the upper echelons outweigh the prime moral imperative of man: to treat the Earth and its inhabitants with profound respect. This civilization will survive only if it recognizes that its existence is directly dependent upon the health of planet Earth. We are obligated to be stewards of the only home we have, to support the world population in attaining a dignified standard of living and to do so with an active conscience and consciousness. It is our duty, as Buckminster Fuller said, “to make the world work for 100 percent of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” We must live without ecological offense. This is perhaps the most important moral imperative since the Golden Rule. The extent to which the world is willing to commit resources to prevent ecological offense will be revealed the light of a recent discovery in Ecuador. Oil companies have discovered over 900 million barrels of crude oil in this Latin American country, one-third of whose citizens live in poverty.
One half of Ecuador's income from exports comes from petroleum. At today's prices, those 900 million barrels are worth more than $70 billion and would bring Ecuador the equivalent of $10 billion. Yasuni National Park is a 10,000 square kilometer expanse of jungle and rainforest in eastern Ecuador and is home to several of the last uncontacted indigenous peoples. It is widely considered the most biologically diverse land area on Earth. A single hectare of land in Yasuni has more tree species than all of North America. So it seems appropriately ironic that those 900 million barrels would be discovered right below it. Yasuni itself is priceless. Filled to the brim with ecological wonder, it could easily hold as-yet-undiscovered biological discoveries and medical breakthroughs. The area has already been damaged by the construction of so-called “oil” roads by Texaco to move oil in and out of some areas of the park. The cleanup cost of these roads and of toxic waste dumps of which Texaco is also accused is $16.5 billion.
Ecuador finds itself faced with an impossible question: permit companies to extract the crude, risking contamination on a scale equal to or greater than that which prompted an ongoing suit against Chevron, which acquired Texaco in 2001, or, at the economic expense of the country, protect the integrity of Yasuni. It is a hard decision. So when the solution
African-American legacy point of pride for all Americans Giahna Glasco Student Writer
Traditionally, people of African descent have been crossed out of American History annals. It is not because black Americans were not active in the American Revolution. It is not because black American people did not gain wealth from the Tulsa oil boom. They were written out because Black people were discriminately labeled as inferior and incapable. Black History Month is celebrated to systematically restore the esteem, pride, and recognition of Black achievements. Harvard educated historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a black man, conceptualized an observance for black history in the first quarter of the 20th century. Woodson and Minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, an organi-
zation dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. This group launched the first national Black History Week in 1926. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the Civil Rights Movement and a growing awareness of black identity, the week evolved into Black History Month. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History month in 1976. Since then, every American President has endorsed February as Black History month. Black History Month is not limited to listing names of inventors. The events sponsored by organizations nationwide focus on endeavors of perseverance, celebration of culture and preservation of identity. The rich legacies of people of African descent are a point of pride not just for Black Americans, but for all peoples in this nation.
Ecuador's leadership arrived at is labeled as “blackmail,” “ransom” or “ecological extortion”, as it has been by pundits and bloggers alike, it is not only inaccurate, but dismissive and wholly unhelpful. In exchange for preserving the national park Ecuador has asked for a total of $3.6 billion in public and private donations over the next 13 years. Ecuador is asking for less than half the estimated return for drilling. Known as the Yasuni-ITT Initiative, the plan seeks to leave the Ishpingo-Tiputini-Tambochacho oil fields untapped. This is an incredibly generous offer. In the interest of ecological stewardship, the international community ought to do all it can to help Ecuador keep Yasuni pristine. Doing so not only keeps this natural paradise unmarred, it also protects the rights of the people who live within its borders and it keeps an estimated 400 million metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. The time has come to end the oil paradigm. Earth has seen enough of the ecological offenses and obscenities perpetrated in the name of profit and necessity. From the massive spill burns in Nigeria to the absurdly high rates of deadly cancer in the aptly named Cancer Alley of Louisiana, the oil and gas industry has continually disregarded human rights, fair business practice and plain old ethics in the interest of its bottom line. But there is now a chance to see something new. Germany has already pledge $50 million a year for 12 years. The U.S. should do at least as much.
Left: The Hewitson’s Tiger is a species of butterfly found only in the Amazon. Scientists have discovered over 100,000 unique species of insect in a single hectare of Yasuni, the highest density of any taxonomic classification anywhere in the world. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons. Right: There are more reasons to preserve Yasuni then unique animals and plants. The raw beauty of the area and the rights of indigenous people, both previously tread upon by oil companies, are more than enough to warrant serious conservation effort. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
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