By Kalen Petterson
Here’s a quick fix that will save thousands of students a moment of minor irritation.
When accessing the “Student Statement of Account” on “Webadvisor,” students are presented with a drop-down menu listing every single financial statement since their freshman year. The order of these should be reversed, so that the most recent statement is at the top. A second saved is a second earned.
By Fraser Kastner
Tulsa, despite what you may have heard, is a culturally and historically rich area. Not that you would know it if you only listened to the hipsters bemoaning how “lame” Tulsa is.
I feel that this dissatisfaction is a somewhat widespread problem among Tulsa’s youth, especially those who come from other places. For this reason I feel that Tulsa history should be taught, or at least overviewed, during the mandatory one hour class given to freshmen.
By Kalen Peterson
In George Orwell’s “1984,” government propaganda is broadcasted 24/7 over ubiquitous television screens, which blare their one-note message into every domicile and workplace.
Three decades after Orwell’s dystopian date of choice, propaganda-like, agenda-driven “news” has permeated our entertainment culture through the rise of the ideological cable channels.
Unfortunately, TU has become a partisan for one side of the cable wars by constantly disseminating the unabashedly left-wing views of MSNBC.
By playing this channel on video monitors in buildings such as the Allen Chapman Activity Center and Oliphant Hall, TU is effectively endorsing one political persuasion (yes, some of the TVs play CNN, but that’s not “balance”).
By Anna Bennett
It goes without saying that for a program to grow and flourish, it must have the proper space and facilities to do so. This idea is clearly at the heart of TU’s expansion plans with large amounts of money going to construct new buildings for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.
The fabulous PAC where the Film and Music departments have room to spread out also has access to great resources. Yet there are many programs of study that seem to be left out of TU’s Manifest Destiny; one of them is our tiny Dance department.
Although TU has a Dance minor, a Musical Theatre major, and a plethora of dance-related clubs, all dance classes are currently being taught in the Spirit Room in Mabee. This is first and foremost problematic because the space actually belongs to the Cheerleaders and the Spirit Squad, so these activities take precedent in the room, sometimes causing classes to be cancelled if there is a game that day or some other disruption to schedule.
By Steven Buchele
I love white boards. If I have something I need to figure out, a whiteboard is often where I will turn. Color-codable, conducive to teamwork and teaching, and easy to clean, white boards are great things. One problem I have though is that there are never enough, or large enough, white boards to make me happy. If only there were a way to turn an entire wall into a whiteboard.
Oh, but there is! There is whiteboard paint!
I think that the all of the dorm rooms and classrooms on campus should be painted with this white board paint. I know in many classrooms there isn’t enough space to write all of one problem on the board, so previous parts have to be erased. Sometimes the sizes of the boards are not conducive to the size of the teacher because they can’t reach the top or the bottom of the board. In my dorm room, the little whiteboard is nice, but you can’t fit enough stuff on it! Painting the walls with whiteboard paint would add another unique feature to TU and encourage teamwork, problem solving, and creativity by letting us write on the walls.
By Conor Fellin
Logging onto the University of Tulsa’s CampusConnection can be a dizzying experience.
The “Students” tab alone barrages you with two calendars, one for Student Association and another mysterious and sparse “Current Events” calendar; live university-related tweets; a weather forecast; and any number of different “Applications” (mine showed 16).
The site really takes its goal of being an all-in-one University of Tulsa web portal seriously. And in all earnestness, an all-in-one web portal is a good thing for the university. I am glad that Rick Shipley and others put in the hard work to make CampusConnection.
By Anna Bennett
A major problem with the fine arts schools at TU is that despite the small size of the various fine arts departments, there is a distinct lack of collaboration among the various arts majors.
While some individual classes contain a collaborative component (for instance, students in Film Scoring are required to score the music for a student film), there is virtually no incentive for cross-major collaboration other than the inherent benefits of collaboration itself—benefits the University ought to pay more mind to fostering.
By Conor Fellin
Hosting an event as a student organization requires a large investment of both time and money. Feeding some 40 to 60 students for a lunch-and-learn, for instance, generally costs about $400-500. Until SA reimburses whatever organizational representative paid for the event, that is an expense out of the student’s pocket.
It scares me that it is now impossible for my organization to know whether or not we will be funded before we spend the money to host an event.
A recent change to funding bylaws prevents any bills requesting event funding for student organizations from reaching the Senate floor before the date of the event.
By Walker Womack
McFarlin Library’s courtyard, though from above likens in resemblance to a mine shaft, is recognized as hallowed grounds to all those who frequent its confines—whether they be refugees wearied from fruitless hours spent trying to concentrate in noisy, claustrophobic dormitories and in need of the respite of fresh air and solitude, or else ground-floor studiers requiring a hasty retreat to make a phone call or have a smoke.
Sometimes the niceties and platitudes of a conversation from the world above filters its way down, reverberating off the towering walls.
Sometimes the song of the wren or the dove, who make their abodes in one of the four trees graciously framing the courtyard’s bounds, dances on cool, lilting breezes to the ears of students busy with work, assuaging their worries with the salve of sonic pleasure.
The Apogee statue was once a fountain, but time makes fools of us all. The current form of the statue is rusty and forgotten, content to be a form overlooked by time and viewer.
By Kalen Peterson
McFarlin Library has a fine collection of DVD movies (and VHS tapes, for the vintage-loving hipster types among us).
However, the devil is in the late fees, which put the highway robbery perpetrated by Blockbuster Video to shame (freshmen, if you don’t know what Blockbuster was, ask your parents).
A single late DVD will run you $1 per day each and every day over its blink-and-you-miss-it three-day window.
A dollar a day? That’s more than child laborers in Africa earn mining copper!
A bro on a “Breaking Bad” binge forgetting to return two seasons for three days? That will be twelve bucks.
Borrow all eight Harry Potters for a magical marathon and find them two days overdue? Sixteen greenbacks, even though Deathly Hallows Parts I and II are two halves of the same movie!
It’s enough to make you want to kiss a dementor.
By Fraser Kastner
A problem that frequently occurs during football season is a lack of parking.
TU has acquired a strip of land on Harvard, in the neighborhood across the street to the east. This land could be reserved for parking during the games.
This has the added benefit of not requiring any construction.
Cars could simply park on the empty lot.
This could also improve the problem of traffic after the games, as cars could pull out of the lot and onto Harvard.
During the rest of the year, the lot could be used for campus events.
By Kimberly Poff
Where do you go for information about campus? Say for getting rides home at break times, selling your old TV or finding out cool happenings on the weekends? Likely you go to Facebook. Groups like “free and for sale” and “textbook exchange” on Facebook allow members of the TU community to exchange goods and services.
These groups, however, are not as effective as they could be. Perhaps not enough people know about them, or perhaps it’s because we haven’t reached a critical mass of students for them to be effective.
By Giselle Willis
You have fifteen minutes between a class in Keplinger and a class in Chapman.
You finished your paper at three that morning, and you don’t have a printer of your own.
Why would you when the library has that computer lab just for this kind of situation, right?
By Patrick Creedon
Hidden away in our tiny Alexander Health Center is the only place to get anything resembling a prophylactic on campus. You go to the out-of-the-way building, huddle up to the counter and ask the woman behind it for some condoms. You hand her a crwumpled-up dollar and are then silently given a white paper bag containing ten Trojan condoms.
Now, ten cents a condom is not bad. However, I think there should be free condoms provided by the school to the students. And not just penile condoms: students should also have access to vaginal condoms, dental dams, and penile condoms of different sizes. They should also be available in more places.
By Jesse Keipp
On a beautiful fall day, an innocent freshman confidently walks toward the south entrance of McFarlin library, firmly grasps the door handles then pulls…futilely.
Formerly unbeknownst to the freshman, the doors do not budge. They haven’t in years. Capitalized letters proclaim, “NO ENTRY.”
The freshman, confidence crushed, hastily looks around to make sure no upperclassmen saw him struggle with the unused entrance.
And instead he must traverse to nearly the opposite end of McFarlin to enter.