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In last week’s commentary section, Alex White was referred to as a “staff editor” when he is, in fact, the Collegian’s “web editor.”

On last week’s Springfest page the photo credits should have been given to Oscar Ho, Terry Altom and Olivia Blankenship. 

In last week’s issue we accidentally ran the unedited version of Giselle Willis’ article ‘Turnout on the Rise.’ Because of this there were numerous errors in the article, including some numerical errors. We have posted the updated version to our website ( and apologize for any confusion this might have caused.

Campus crime watch

April 4


Officers on patrol observed a man sleeping in a doorway of the West Park Apartments building. The man complained of chest pains and was unable to stand. EMSA was contacted and transported the man to a local hospital. The man was identified as a local vagrant.

April 6


Officers reported to Lottie Jane Mabee Hall to investigate an alcohol violation. A student reported possibly being drugged by an alcoholic drink provided by an acquaintance in the student’s Lottie Jane Mabee room. The student reported feeling strange after taking a drink and left the room to report it. Officers were unable to locate the suspect acquaintance and are investigating the allegation. The student was evaluated by EMSA paramedics but did not wish to be transported for further treatment. 

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Altar Boyz, a righteous show

By Helen Patterson
 Staff Writer

Last weekend, TU put on the five-man show, “Altar Boyz.” “Altar Boyz” is not your typical musical: this modern show is presented like a live boy-band concert. The show pokes fun at boy bands, Catholicism and stereotypical pop music in a light-hearted, fast-paced manner. The music and lyrics are by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker and the book is by Kevin Del Aguila.

The show, TU’s last this year, had a small cast consisting of the five members of The Altar Boyz: Matthew (Chase Wheaton-Welre), Mark (Harley James Dixon), Luke (Justin Blankenship), Juan (Cody McCoy) and Abraham (Adam Powell). All five were excellent dancers and singers. More importantly, they worked well as a group, harmonizing beautifully and playing off each other well. Each inhabited a very distinctive typical boy-band character with highly comedic accuracy.

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“Why did Danny leave us?”

Collegian sports editor Will Bramlett has not been handling the departure of Danny Manning well. Bramlett has spent the last week and a half crying in a back room of the Collegian office under a banner advertising the 2014 C-USA tournament, eating pizza and downing pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. He reportedly would feel better if TU were to hire Bob Hoffman, the current head coach of the Mercer Bears and native Oklahoman, as our next leader.

Baseball is not real

By Will Boogert
 Copy Editor

When our Founding Fathers finally ratified the Articles of Confederation in 1781, binding the 13 signatory states together into a ragtag, amateur association with each other, they did so with the explicit understanding that the nation would exist primarily and solely for the purpose of ensuring the widespread play, from sea to shining sea, of the game of baseball.

Baseball served as the main form of diplomacy between the relatively independent states. Whenever disputes arose in the Continental Congress, representatives would split into teams along state lines, with the future of the contested legislation on the line. In addition, the statesmen would hold a yearly tournament in honor of the ratification of the Articles; the winner of this tournament won the right to nominate one player to serve as the President of the United States in Congress Assembled for one year.

Alexander “The Bank” Hamilton and Vice President Aaron “Iceman” Burr faced-off in a pitching duel on July 11, 1804 with the future of the game at stake. Hamilton believed Burr was planning to bring about a resurgence of baseball. Late in the game, Burr drilled a ball off Hamilton’s hip causing internal bleeding, leading to his death the next day. Burr may have won the gameby default, but Burr was no match for the powers that be.

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News and Notes

TU will be facing both the NCAA DI men’s and women’s basketball champions next season. The No. 7 seed Connecticut Huskies men’s team defeated the No. 8 seed Kentucky Wildcats 60–54 on April 7 in front of a record-setting 79,238 fans in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The women’s championship game was a meeting of unbeatens. The Huskies devoured the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 79–58.

The Tulsa Oilers have brought playoff hockey back to Tulsa. The Oilers are down three games to two against the Denver Cutthroats in the first round of the CHL playoffs. The team lost game five in Denver Saturday night 1–0 despite setting a season best for shots. The Oilers return to Tulsa for a win-or-go-home game Tuesday night. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. The game is a “College Night” so tickets with a TU ID start at $12 and include a large Papa John’s pizza.

The Tulsa Drillers return to Tulsa Wednesday after a trip to Corpus Christi and San Antonio to start a four-game series against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Fans can bring dogs Wednesday for “Bark In The Park.” Fans can purchase a 12 oz. beer or 16 oz. soda for a buck on “Thirsty Thursday.” The team will wear and auction off special jerseys Friday and Saturday for “Autism Awareness.” Following the games, there will also be a fireworks show and the first 1,500 fans will get blankets Saturday. All games start at 7:05 p.m. and tickets start at $5 for general admission lawn seats.

Baseball fans need MLB.TV

By Sarah Douglass
 Student Writer

If you are a baseball fan, you have more than likely encountered MLB’s aggravating blackout restrictions. For instance, Tulsa is in a region that is unable to access live broadcasts of Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals games, which is disappointing to those who enjoy baseball and hail from Texas, Oklahoma or Missouri, like myself (go Royals!). 

It does not matter to MLB whether teams play at home or away; you can’t watch games live because Tulsa is considered to be too geographically close to teams from these states, or within “home television territories.” However, as team supporters have undoubtedly discovered by this point, most “home television” networks are not usually broadcast in Tulsa, except for when Rangers games are picked up from Fox Sports Southwest, which leaves us in the dark—hence the term “blackout.” Not very pleasant, is it?

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the bleacher creature

By Jesse Keipp
 Staff Writer

Longtime MLBer Jeff Francoeur, having signed a minor-league contract with the San Diego Padres after spring training, was relegated to the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas. However, Francoeur has adjusted well, befriending a deaf teammate—with one minor catch. The player, pitcher Jorge Reyes, pretended to be deaf for an entire month, with the help of his teammates and even his wife. Everyone, except Francoeur, was in on the joke. 

Reyes and his conspirators convinced Francoeur that he communicated solely by reading lips and “hand signals,” some bastardized, caveman variation of sign language. The Chihuahuas documented the prank in a Youtube video appropriately named “On Jeff Ears,” playing on Francoeur’s notoriously poor observational skills. 

Photo courtesy Fox Sports. While the American flag may have burned in Atlanta, no calories were burned playing the game.

Photo courtesy the daily stache. Colon forgot that there are a bunch of really nice cameras at televised baseball games. Not even the dugout is safe anymore.

Photo courtesy The Independent. McIlroy was on a roll. 

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Drillers’ stadium vegetarian friendly

By Amy Jo Bunselmeyer
 Copy Editor

In 2010 Tulsa got a brand-new baseball stadium right in the middle of downtown. It is home to the Tulsa Drillers, the double-A affiliate team of the Colorado Rockies, and is one of only two sources of professional baseball in Oklahoma. If you’ve lived here for long, you’ve surely heard of it. Maybe you’ve even attended a game or two. What might surprise you about our little minor league baseball stadium is its number one fan: PETA.

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Football back in action


The Golden Hurricane football team has been busy the past few weeks. The team started practices the week before spring break. The team held a public scrimmage on Skelly Field Saturday in a matchup which looked promising for both the offense and defense. Freshmen running back Rowdy Simon and quarterback Ryan Rubley, the “Alpine Hammer”, had standout preformances in the scrimmage.

There are two more practices, on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m., before the annual spring game Saturday at 2 p.m. The game, at H.A. Chapman Stadium, is free and open to the public.

Barricade of the Week: Sloviansk, Ukraine

Photo courtesy Aljazeera America

In the picture above, protestors are guarding a barricade in front of one of Sloviansk’s police headquarters. They are part of a group of pro-Russian separatists who captured the building along with the executive committee building and SBU (the Ukrainian secret service) office. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has called this group terrorists. 

letter from the editor

26 days. In 26 days, the semester will be over, the seniors graduated, the summer started and the 2013–2014 school year behind us forever. While the end of the semester is still three weeks away, the Collegian’s semester will end next week, as our last issue of the year will hit the stands on April 21. 

We’ve had a pretty good year here at the Collegian, and over the last few weeks we’ve received some awards for all our hard work. But we know we’re not the only club out there that’s been doing exciting stuff all year. 

If you or your club has done anything cool this year or won any awards recently, send us a picture and a short description of what you did and we’ll run it in the paper next week. TU is a awesome place because students like you do awesome things, and you deserve to get to show off a little! 

Email photos to and have a great last few weeks of school. 26 days!

J.Christopher Proctor


Current poverty line formula outdated, not useful

The federal poverty line for a single person in 2013 is $11,490 yearly or $5.45 per hour in a 40-hour week. On paper, this seems reasonable. A single person with no dependents working full time at minimum wage should be able to make more than enough to support themselves.

However the method used to determine the poverty line is outdated and a poor indicator of a living wage. 

The federal poverty line is determined by multiplying the minimum cost of food by three, because when it was being developed in the 1960s, the average household spent roughly a third of its income on food.

The poverty rate has since been adjusted to take into account inflation. However, the average household now spends only about one seventh of their income on food. 

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Restricting minimum wage increases is not the answer

By Fraser Kastner
 Staff Writer
J. Christopher Proctor

Last week the Oklahoma state legislature passed a bill that would forbid cities and counties from raising the minimum wage higher than the state minimum. 

If signed by the governor, this will create a uniform minimum across the state that is in line with the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour.

This move comes in the context of the Obama administration’s recent push to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. 

While cities and states across the country have embraced this change, willingly upping their minimums, these efforts have been met with ample criticism, especially in more conservative states like Oklahoma.image

Graphic courtesy of the Center for Economic and Policy Research

The above graph compares minimum wage adjusted for inflation in 2012 dollars (the lower line) to what the minimum wage would be if it were tied to the growth of economic productivity.image

Graphic courtesy of

The map above shows by state how many hours per week of minimum wage are required to afford rent for an apartment at Fair Market Rent, which is the estimated rent for a piece of property given amenities and other rates for rent in that market.

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