By Alex White
cracks and bends have a euphoria
resident in their hardening.
a new high of the logic of improvement
a pleasure like torn muscle
like fever driven nights spent shivering in repose.
my palms pop at the callouses
their dry skin leaks heaven at the seams.
with every stray twitch
the bed creaks and I wake—
I’ve found it’s better not to sleep at all. but run
every dirty dish in the state
wash them in puke-stained porcelain
while caulk basins fill with beer.
I can only look at myself
smile at every passing face
count any downward glance not as rejection.
rise every morning myself.
By Nicholas Foster
Only after two minutes and 44 seconds of St. Vincent’s latest album do we hear her signature, overdriven synth-guitar, and only after she has been stripped naked in a Texas desert, encountered the sinister rattle of a rattlesnake and has run for her life.
The solo rips into the mix with all the tenacity and silkiness of her serpentine antagonist in the opener “Rattlesnake,” an affirming reminder that—despite some cosmetic changes to the music—this is still the same St. Vincent.
By Helen Patterson
Looking to get away from campus? Then check out some of these exciting off campus events!
1. Don’t miss out on Moliere’s classic comedy, “Tartuffe,” performed by the University of Tulsa’s theatre department. The show runs March 6–8 at 8 p.m., and March 9 at 2 p.m. Remember, student tickets are free on opening night!
By Helen Patterson
On Feb. 23 a selection of cast members from the Tulsa Opera presented a stripped down, sneak-peak version of the opera “Elmer Gantry” as part of its “Arias and Art” series. There were no costumes and no set, only an accompanying pianist in a hall that holds 50 people at most.
Later that week the Tulsa Opera presented the Oklahoma premiere of the Grammy award-winning opera “Elmer Gantry” on Feb. 28 and March 2. The opera’s libretto was penned by Herschel Garfein and the music was written by composer Robert Aldridge.
Photo courtesy Tulsa Opera. Elmer (Keith Phares) mesmerizes both townsmen and audience members alike in the Tulsa Opera’s production of Sinclair Lewis’ controversial “Elmer Gantry.”
You know how it goes. You are at a party, trying to have a good time, only to discover that Natty Light—O cheap swill of thine darkest ages—is the beverage of choice.
It is possible that you’ve even been pressured to consume it on some occasion. However, the next time you find yourself in this predicament, here are 10 alternatives which are both superior in quality and inexpensive..
1. Any liquor from a plastic bottle
2. Two-Buck Chuck
Above is third year law student Riley Kern, as he rehearses for Thursday’s talent show, hosted by the law school. The performance began at 7:30 p.m. and featured a variety of acts. The winner of the show was Shar Grant, who read poetry.
By Oscar Ho
The Department of Film Studies hosted its Spring 2014 film festival last Monday. The event, at Lorton Performance Center, screened eight student films and presented awards to outstanding submissions. Also screened was a clip from a Philip Seymour Hoffman movie as a tribute to the late actor, and a clip from “Night at the Rubio,” a collaboration between students and professors.
The first student film up for review was a music video by Anna Bennett, titled “Senior Status.” Bennett lip-synced and danced to the tune of “Timber” by Pitbull featuring Kesha, while using gestures and props to dramatize her serious case of senioritis. The entire video was a well-delivered joke. The audience laughed on multiple occasions and applauded with fervor at the end.
A student reported receiving personal mail on several occasions that appeared to have been tampered with. The investigation is pending.
TU Security Officers were dispatched to Norman Village Apartments in reference to a fire alarm detected in the 500 building. Upon arrival, Officers and Tulsa Fire Department saw no signs of smoke or fire. TU maintenance staff believes the fire alarm was triggered by an air bubble in the fire sprinkler line.
By Magdalena Sudibjo
Last Thursday, international news organization Al Jazeera called for a “global day of action” to free several of its staff who have been detained in Egypt for months without trial.
Photo courtesy digitaltrends.com. The bill proposed by Remus Cernea in Romania would make murders of dolphins and humans equal, as well as making it illegal to use dolphins in live entertainment shows.
Gamers gathered in the LaFortune lobby Saturday for a League of Legends tournament. The tournament began at noon and continued throughout the afternoon. Prizes were offered to the winners, with first place getting Teemo hats. Teemo, pictured below right, is a character in the game. Isn’t he adorable!
Photo courtesy James Chambers
Photo courtesy Terry Altom
In last week’s issue the headline “TU athlete accused of sexual assalt” should have read “TU athlete accused of sexual assault.”
By Conor Fellin
This Tuesday, the saga of the SA Senate commuter seat election came to a close when all three candidates were sworn in.
Jakob Lancaster and Josiah Moser had won the two open seats in the previous week’s runoff election, and Jeffrey Bacon was appointed to one of seven empty seats in the Senate.
With Bacon serving in the Senate, the number of empty seats is “the lowest number in recent memory,” according to SA Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Mancini.
Mancini explained that SA has a well-established procedure for appointing new Senate candidates. The Vice President recommends appointees, who are then interviewed by the Government Operations Committee and voted upon by the Senate at large.
Mancini expressed excitement about the newly elected senators, saying that all of them showed a promising involvement in their campus and in the demographic they were elected or appointed to represent.
By Kimberly Poff
In 1664 Moliere wrote “Tartuffe,” the classic work of comic hypocrisy. This week the theater department will update the work to place the central figure of the play, a religious conman, in the heart of 21st-century Texas.
“My favorite part of the show is the tongue-in-cheek dialogue,” said Ken Leep-Sills, a senior in the department, who plays the central character of Tartuffe. “The play is so wonderfully written and it’s so witty. Once your ear is used to the language, you’ll find little quips which will make you giggle close to every other line.”
By Oscar Ho
“They need to be a combination of Jesus and Einstein,” said Dr. Sujeet Shenoi, University of Tulsa F. P. Walter Professor of Computer Science. There are a handful of computer science students who are training for a career in the area of cyber warfare.
Many find jobs with the Central Intelligence Agency, which, according to Shenoi, is more difficult than being awarded a scholarship by Harvard University.
CyberCorps at TU, which is directed by Shenoi, recruits its students from around the country.
While some of them were TU students since their freshman year, many of them come from universities around the country, including Ivy League institutions.
By J. Christopher Proctor
What’s going on?
The crisis in Ukraine continues to escalate with the occupation of Crimea by Russian troops.
Ukraine has been in a state of turmoil since late November of last year when then-president Viktor Yanukovych pulled out of trade talks with the European Union, opting instead to make a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin that would secure Ukraine large loans at low interest rates and a continued flow of cheap Russian natural gas.