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Olympic vodkas go for gold

By Kimberly Poff
 Staff Writer

In honor of the beginning of Olympic season, this week’s libation-centered review features the classic Russian liquor: vodka.

As fate would have it, vodka is very similar to Olympic sports: not to be imbibed alone.

Typically, most people do not watch Olympic sports (such as swimming or skiing) outside of the actual Olympics. At the same time, most people do not consume vodka straight from the bottle—especially the college crowd.

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TU Ten: Signs you might be a senior

By Anna Bennett
 Satire Editor

If this applies to you, then I know you won’t want to talk about it. But a big part of growing up is putting on a pair of pants and facing reality.
If you’ve been so immersed in classes, parties, romance, substance abuse and existential crises that you may not remember that you are a senior, here are the signs that your time of reckoning is coming.

1. Selected Dyslexia. “Required” begins to look exactly like “optional” on paper.

2. All the scary grownups are asking you what you’re planning to “do” with your degree—besides get it—which is all you ever planned on.

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Build your own gaming PC!

By Elliot Bauman
 Staff Writer

While consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One certainly maintain the spotlight when it comes to gaming, the personal computer is a very viable alternative.

Although it is true that a PC will require a greater financial investment than simply purchasing a PlayStation or Xbox, the resulting device retains an enormous amount of versatility.

Sure, users can watch TV on the Xbox One or stream movies through Netflix on the PlayStation 4, but a PC can do both of those, and much more.

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Activist arrested in Russia

By Morgan Krueger
 News Editor

An environmental activist was arrested before leaving for Sochi, the location of this year’s Winter Olympics. His crime was swearing in public.
Yevgeny Vitishko was going to present a report about the environmental impact of Sochi, a plan that will have to be postponed until after his 15-day jail sentence.

A witness who chose to remain anonymous accused Vitishko of cursing at a bus stop.

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U.S. Olympic uniforms a horrible mess: 1984 edition

By Fraser Kastner
 Staff Writer

Nineteen eighty-four. Ronald Reagan was winding down his first term in office. People were listening to George Michael and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” was somehow in theaters. In Sarajevo, the Winter Olympics were in full swing.

Team U.S.A. marches in the Parade of Nations of the Opening Ceremonies of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina).

What can be said about the year 1984 that cannot be said about that year’s Olympic uniforms? Loud, poorly thought-out, obnoxious and ill-conceived are all suitable adjectives. My first impression of the uniforms was that they look like something Ronald Reagan had designed himself. A white stetson, fleece jacket, blue jeans and a red sweater. And let us not forget the cowboy boots. This is what I picture Reagan wearing as a child, or perhaps as an adult, in his free time.

And yet this was not a beloved treasure from Ronald Reagan’s imaginary wardrobe. This is what Team USA, our nation’s representatives, wore in Sarajevo during the Winter Olympics. And it is perfect. There is not a single thing about this uniform that does not scream, “ United States of America, 1984.” Pristine white stetson hat perched upon our head, clearly the good guys.

My guess is this choice of attire was very carefully picked. When your host country is socialist, you have no choice but to arrive dressed in the most outlandishly American way possible, even if it makes you look like a quaint vision of an imagined past.

Olympic hockey’s ties to Tulsa

By Will Bramlett
 Sports Editor

The Tulsa Oilers play minor league hockey, but the team once faced some of the game’s best. The Oilers faced the U.S. men’s Olympic team in Tulsa on Oct. 3, 1975 and reportedly won the game 5–3.

The Oilers faced the U.S. men’s team again before the 1980 Winter Olympics. Each team in the Central Hockey League played two games against the Olympic team which counted in league standings.
The 1980 Olympic team, which went on to win beat shock the Soviets and win Olympic gold, held-off the Oilers 7–4 in the first game and 5–2 in the second game.

Five members of the 1980 U.S. men’s ice hockey team went on to play for the Oilers. Rob McLanahan, Bill Baker, Dave Silk, Bob Suter, Steve Janaszak combined for 107 games with the Oilers.

Norwegian Henrik Odergaard of the Missouri Mavericks is the only CHL player participating in the Sochi Olympics.

News and Notes

Kansas City drew the best broadcast ratings of any city for Super Bowl XLVIII with a 58.1. Tulsa drew a 53.9, the best ratings of any non-NFL city.

Super Bowl XLVIII was also the most watched television event in American history, more than 111 million Americans saw the big game.

When bidding for the Sochi Olympics, ESPN estimated the value of the games to be $400 million less aired live than tape-delayed.

Sochi Olympics underway, U.S. wins gold

By Kimberly Poff
 Staff Writer

After much hype and anticipation the Winter Olympics began in Sochi on Thursday. Media attention has been focused on the seaside town of 340,000 for several weeks now as concerns surfaced about security, cost and the readiness of Sochi, Russia and President Vladimir Putin to host these games.

As the press arrived in Sochi social media and Twitter in particular began blowing up with the state of unreadiness of hotels in Sochi. Amidst reports of “dangerous face water,” broken door knobs, and hotels without lobbies the twitter handle @SochiProblems has surpassed the official @Sochi2014 in followers.

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the bleacher creature

By Jesse Keipp
 Staff Writer

With Friday’s Opening Ceremony, the 2014 Winter Olympics are underway! Well, for the most part. The hotels are hardly livable, as reports streamed in from journalists who checked in. Some of the disgusting highlights include mysteriously yellow water (available if one’s hotel happens to have the luxury of water).

Door knobs often fall off upon turning. Packs of stray dogs roam Sochi, even walking into some of the hotels. Feces-stained toilet paper piles up in bathrooms, as the plumbing can’t flush the futuristic wonder of toilet paper.


Five giant snowflakes hanging from Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia were supposed to transform into the Olympic Rings during the Opening Ceremonies. Only four snowflakes transformed into rings unless you were watching on Russian TV which cut to rehearsal footage of the transformation working correctly.

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TU lacrosse begins competition

By Catherine Duininck
 Staff Writer

The University of Tulsa will host its first-ever Lacrosse game on Feb. 15 against the University of Arkansas. The game is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Harwell Field.

The TU team practices three days a week for around 1.5–2 hours. There are 20 members on the team and 12 of those played lacrosse in high school. The three captains are freshman Teddy Martin and sophomores Grant Wiseman and Max Boudreaux.

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Eye on the Hurricane

The Golden Hurricane softball team began the 2014 season in Boca Raton, Fla. by competing in the Florida Atlantic University Kick-Off Classic. The team won the first two games Friday, beating St. John’s 5–1 and Ohio State 1–0. Erica Sampson’s three-run home run and Aimee Creger’s school-record 26th career shutout lifted TU to a 3–0 victory over No. 18 Louisville Saturday.

Later Saturday, TU faced the FAU Owls. Neither team allowed a run through seven, but the Owls emerged with a 1–0 victory in eight innings under International Tiebreaker rule. Tulsa rebounded with a 2–1 victory over Northern Illinois the next day.

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Blankenship pleased with speed, physical play of recruits

By Jesse Keipp
 Staff Writer

Most of the nation’s remaining football recruits signed their letters of intent for college programs across the country on Feb. 5. The Golden Hurricane reeled in a strong class before into its inaugural year in the American Athletic Conference.

The Hurricane will face some stiff competition, including former C-USA rival and 2013 Fiesta Bowl champion University of Central Florida. Head coach Bill Blankenship and his staff set out to address two main needs.
“We knew we needed to get speed on offense; I think we did that. We got longer, bigger and more physical on the offensive and defensive lines,” Blankenship said.

Golden Hurricane head coach Bill Blankenship discusses the 23 new members of the Tulsa football team Wednesday in the Case Athletics Complex.

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Justify Your Major: English Literature

By Alex White
 Web Editor

Why am I studying English literature? I honestly never felt like I had any choice in the matter.

I was a wide-eyed elementary student gawking at the larger-than-life trailers for Lord of the Rings when the decision to major in literature was made. I was determined to see those movies, even if it meant plowing through the thousand-plus pages of Tolkien’s magnum opus­—the task stipulated by my mother as a condition I had to fulfill before feasting my eyes on Jackson’s films.

After finishing “The Fellowship,” I was hooked on the written word for life. There were other distractions along the way; I dabbled in guitar one year, tennis for another, and even became fascinated by cinematography for a phase, but throughout all these endeavors one thing remained consistent—literature and writing.

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Letter to the Editor

As a speech-language pathology major, I am constantly exposed to the science behind everything related to speech and hearing.

When I signed up to take a class on language development in children who are deaf and hard of hearing, I thought I was feeding a budding interest in studying how language develops. Instead, it led me to a three-semester independent study on outcomes in deaf education and a soon-to-be-published article on the same topic.

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