By Jesse Keipp
On April 15, the St. Louis Rams offered $100,000 to anyone who could correctly guess the team’s entire regular season schedule. Of course, my first thought was, “Hey, I’d like to move on and forget my terrible March Madness bracket. Just maybe I’ll get lucky this time!”
But then the reality hit me harder than sobriety hits a gambling addict, because the promotion stipulates that you must guess the correct opponents for each week AND the bye week AND the day of the week for each game. And, boy, does the NFL love its Thursday night games.
Photo courtesy NHL/Fox Sports. Coach Q just cost you, the American tax payer, $25k. Yep, the IRS considers these fines tax deductible.
By Sara Douglass
The Tulsa women’s softball team has been performing exceptionally well all season, consistently pulling in wins that have vaulted them to the No. 1 position in our conference and landed them the No. 20 spot in the NCAA. Our softball team currently holds a 41–5 record overall, having only lost one home game and two within C-USA.
The team started the season off explosively in early February, dominating the Florida Atlantic University Kick-Off Classic with four wins, losing only one game to the home team with a score of 1–0 after eight innings. The Aggie Classic tournament the following week at Texas A&M witnessed our players controlling the field yet again.
By Jesse Keipp
With the help of a search firm, University of Tulsa Athletic Director Derrick Gragg and President Steadman Upham labored for two weeks to find a new coach after previous men’s basketball coach Danny Manning departed for Wake Forest on April 4.
After a laundry list of candidates, including Mercer’s Bob Hoffman and Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew, Gragg and Upham swiftly decided on the University of Missouri’s Frank Haith, penning him to a seven-year contract, worth roughly $1.3 million per year. After initial contact on Thursday, TU officially announced Frank Haith as its 30th men’s basketball head coach.
On the surface, it appears that a lowly mid-major program robbed the powerful SEC of one of its coaches. However, many Missouri fans and pundits have rejoiced over Haith’s departure.
By Will Bramlett
This is the last issue of the Collegian until September, but sporting events in Tulsa do not take a break while we are gone. Here are a few things to do for those of you staying in Tulsa this summer.
The Tulsa Drillers began play at the beginning of April and currenly are one game back from the first place Springfield Cardinals in the Texas League North division. The team has 60 regular season games remaining in the home stadium, ONEOK Field, in downtown Tulsa.
Their next home series is against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Friday and Saturday. The two teams just split a series two-games apiece at ONEOK Field last week. Tickets start at $5.
Spring collegiate seasons are winding down. The Conference USA men’s and women’s tennis tournaments were played over the weekend. The conference’s women’s teams traveled to Norfolk, Va., and the men’s teams came to the University of Tulsa.
Tulsa entered both tournaments as the top seed, earning a free pass to the quarterfinals.
In the women’s team’s first match of the tournament on Friday, the Golden Hurricane held off the ninth seed Blue Raiders from Middle Tennessee 4–3 in a lengthy battle that would last nearly six hours.
Photo by Sara Douglas. The TU men’s tennis team finished their stay in Conference USA on home court by winning the end-of-season C-USA tournament for the seventh time in nine years.
Photo by Sara Douglas. James Flanders had two rushing touchdowns over 40 yards in the half-field scrimmage in the football team’s spring game and true freshman Jabe Burgess was five-of-eight passing for 64 yards and two touchdowns.
Photo by Will Bramlett. The TU men’s soccer team played their cross-town rivals, the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, to a nil-nil draw in an exhibition match Friday night at Hurricane Stadium. The team plays Creighton at home on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Photo by Will Bramlett. The TU women’s rowing team put on a show for Golden Hurricane fans who made the trip to Catoosa, Okla. early Saturday morning. A Tulsa boat finished first, beating SMU and Creighton, in all seven races of the eighth Lawless Cup. The Lawless Cup is named for former TU President, Dr. Robert Lawless, and his wife, Marcy.
Conor Fellin: We’re looking at the end of the second year since your return to TU. What have those last two years looked like for you?
Steadman Upham: My gosh, they have gone so fast. It is remarkable. I was 74 days into retirement when I got the phone call and to be honest with you the first few weeks of retirement I was pretty restless. I didn’t have the routine that I normally had, but after 74 days, I was settling in.
But coming back has been terrific. I realized, in coming back, how much I loved this place and how special the University is. You know, sometimes God just opens up opportunities for you, and you just have to go with the flow. What it said to me was my work’s not done here.
So I’m back, and I’ll tell you I’m fully engaged. We have been super busy in all kinds of projects: new building projects and new initiatives. So it’s been very exciting.
By Kimberly Poff
On Thursday, April 10 three University of Tulsa teams were awarded more than $50,000 in prizes and scholarships at the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup collegiate business plan competition.
The prizes were awarded after a two-day business presentation competition on April 4 and 5. TU took first and second in the undergraduate division, as well as first in the graduate division. All three teams will be moving on to compete against winners from Arkansas and Nevada in the tri-state competition in Las Vegas on May 22 and 23.
First place in the undergraduate division was awarded to Owlpal Healthcare composed of Jordy Albert and MacKenzie Ward. Owlpal is a smartphone app which records wheezing and coughing rates in sleeping children for better diagnosis and monitoring of asthma. In addition to Owlpal’s $20,000 prize winnings, junior management major Ward was also the recipient of a $5,000 Oklahoma business Roundtable Paulsen Award Scholarship.
A University employee reported 2 unidentified males approached their juvenile daughter and a friend to pose for pictures for a school project while they were playing on Dietler Commons. When the child went to ask for permission from the parent, the males left without incident.
An employee reported 2 unidentified juveniles threw a rock at a shuttle bus as it approached West Park Apartments. There was no damage to the bus and Officers were unable to locate the suspects.
By Magdalena Sudibjo
A ferry carrying 475 people, consisting of mostly high school students on a school trip, sank off South Korea’s southern coast last Wednesday, leading to at least 64 deaths with the number expected to rise.
Over 170 people have been rescued with about 280 people still missing.
“I am really sorry and deeply ashamed. I don’t know what to say,” Captain Lee Joon-seok of the sunken ferry said in a statement last Thursday. According to reports, the captain was one of the first to leave the sinking vessel.
Officials are still investigating the reason for the ferry’s malfunction.
Photo courtesy wpmedia.news.nationalpost.com. The above poster was used by a London hair salon for their advertisement.
By Kimberly Poff
The Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant will be held at the Mabee Center from June 3rd to 7th. TU’s own Kristyn Baker is hoping for a little home town advantage this year when she competes for her third time.
In addition to competing previously at the Miss Oklahoma pageant, she has won awards in several other pageants in the Miss America Organization. Last year she placed in the top ten of Miss Oklahoma. In high school she competed in the Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen and held the Miss Teen Arkansas International title for a year where she placed 4th runner up at the Miss Teen International Pageant.
Photo courtesy missoklahoma.org. TU student Kristyn Baker.
By Matthew Magerkurth
On April 29, the first annual TU Arts and Humanities Festival will be taking place in Lorton Performance Center from 1 to 5 p.m. The event is designed to be a comprehensive exhibition of what our students are up to. “The Arts and Humanities Festival is a showcase for student work across the arts, and features musical and theatrical performances, an art exhibition, student films, poetry, fiction and screenplay readings,” said Sean Latham, the director of the Oklahoma Center for Humanities.
The event will ride on its variety and quantity of cultural items; essentially, five or six performances or exhibitions will be happening all at the same time. Latham says, “We’re taking over the entire Lorton Performance Center for the afternoon—the performance halls, balconies, lobbies, digital screens and hallways. Events will be running continuously from 1 to 5 p.m. so you can walk in, for example, and look at some digital artworks or sculptural pieces in the lobby, watch some students films in Gussman, hang around the piano for some jazz performances on the north balcony, take a look at 3-D set models and then wander into Meinig to hear some poetry.”
By Giselle Willis
Every now and then, students are understandably bamboozled by seemingly nonsensical decisions handed down by university bureaucracy. Recently, the demolition of a small wall outside of McFarlin’s west side has caused quite an uproar as students respond with incredulity, outrage and even apathy. Many wondered why the wall had been built in the first place, and why it would be taken down after a short life of apparent purposelessness.
Kayla Acebo, TU’s vice president for institutional advancement, clarified that university administrators “had been examining options to recognize endowment donors,” and that one such option was the construction of a wall with donors’ names on it. Thus, the wall outside of McFarlin was just “a sample,” according to Dr. Acebo, but it was ultimately removed because it “was not the best format.” She added that “no actual endowment donors’ names” were ever on the sample.
The missing wall before the fradulent names were added.
The Collegian would like to thank Nancy Eggen for her work over the past 12 years here at TU. Nancy has been a friend to the paper and a friend to the University of Tulsa. In her time here she has enriched the lives of countless TU students, and she will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. We wish her the best of luck going forward, and are excited to meet her replacement. They will have some very big shoes to fill at the Little Blue House.
By Giselle Willis
When Nancy Eggen became The University of Tulsa’s United Campus Ministry director in 2002, she couldn’t believe she was lucky enough to find her dream job.
She had moved to Tulsa from Connecticut, where she had received her Masters in Divinity from Yale, and was originally hired as an interim, but loved the job so much she applied to stay.
Over the course of her twelve years on campus, Eggen has witnessed countless student-led initiatives become reality. As the United States entered the Iraq War in 2003, TU students held a “huge, day-long education rally” against involvement. The rally included an “eloquent speech” from that year’s Muslim Student Association president and was called “Not In Our Name,” remembered Eggen.
Photo by Nikki Hager. he Little Blue House, home to United Campus Ministry.