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.”
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.
Eighteen, 2, Twenty-Four was performed last weekend, adressing the tough topic of rape culture. Above theater freshman Ashley Mandanas and chemical enginneering senior Andrew Kresyman perform, and below is TCC freshman Nick Lutke.
By Morgan Krueger
Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa cartel, has been captured by Mexican and US authorities. He was arrested at a hotel in Mazatlan, Mexico.
Largely recognized as the most powerful drug lord in the world, Guzman had eluded authorities for years. He is on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted list and controls activities in North America, Europe and even Australia.
By Giselle Willis
SA was forced to have a runoff election this week after Senate candidates Jeffrey Bacon, Jakob Lancaster and Josiah Moser all tied for the Commuter constituent seat, with two votes apiece.
With each student allowed two votes and the chance to write in a candidate, we cannot tell for sure just how many students voted in the race for the commuter seat. Three students could have voted, and each student could have given both their votes to one of the candidates; or six students could have voted for one real candidate and one write-in.
It didn’t help that the link provided by Senate for voting in a campus-wide email didn’t actually work. Moser said that “according to the official report, the turnout of this election was barely more than half that of the last.”
A McDonalds Arch Card was found in Mabee Gym. The property will be impounded at Campus Security for safekeeping.
A student was transported to a local hospital by EMSA after suffering a shoulder injury while playing basketball at the CFC.
An Officer on patrol noticed water leaking through the ceiling at Oliphant Hall. The Officer determined that a sink on the 2nd floor was stopped up and left running. An investigation is pending to determine if it was intentional.
A Housing employee observed seven students and two non-TU guests with alcohol in a room at Fisher South Hall. Officers determined the students and guests were under the legal age to possess alcohol but were not intoxicated. The alcohol was disposed of by the students and the two guests were asked to leave the campus.
An Officer took a report of a student’s iPad and iPod stolen from their room in LaFortune Hall sometime between 14-15 February. The student was advised to file a report with Tulsa Police. The investigation is pending.
A student reported being harassed by 3 males in the Mayo Village Lot and observed one of the males urinate by a vehicle. Officers identified 2 of the 3 males as students and the third as a non-student.
Two underage non-students, identified in report 151-14, 15 February 2014, were seen driving the wrong way on Tucker Dr. and stopped in the Westby Lot. EMSA and Tulsa Police were contacted due to the driver and passenger being underage and intoxicated. The passenger was seen vomiting out of the vehicle and appeared to be extremely intoxicated. EMSA transported the passenger to a local hospital. The driver admitted attending a party on campus and Tulsa Police called for a taxi to transport the driver home. The vehicle was towed from campus.
An Officer took a report of a student’s spare tire taken from the back of their parked vehicle in the McFarlin Lot between 15-16 February 2014. There were no signs of forced entry into the vehicle. The student was advised to file a report with Tulsa Police. The investigation is pending.
Officers and EMSA responded to an ill student at Oliphant Hall. The student felt dizzy and weak and was transported to a local hospital for further treatment.
A purse was found in the LaFortune Lot. The property will be impounded at Campus Security.
A student injured their ankle falling down stairs in Oliphant Hall. Officers provided first aid and cleared the scene after the student declined emergency services.
Officers responded to a fire alarm at the Chi Omega Sorority. Upon arrival, Officers discovered fumes from new paint had activated the fire alarm. Officers found no evidence of fire or damage and the building was reopened.
An employee, attempting to turn onto S. Harvard Ave from E. 4th Pl., collided with a man on a bicycle. The collision caused the man to land on the vehicle, damaging the hood and windshield. The man immediately got up and left the scene without providing the driver any information. The employee did not suffer any injuries. Officers were later able to identify the man when the man’s brother contacted Campus Security. This information was given to Tulsa Police, who is investigating the accident.
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