By Will Bramlett
No one was talking about the Golden Hurricane making the NCAA Tournament when the Conference USA tournament began on March 11. All eyes were on the No. 4 seed Southern Miss Golden Eagles and the No. 1 seed Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
The Golden Eagles, the Bulldogs, the Golden Hurricane and the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State all finished conference play 13–3 to claim a share of the Conference USA regular season title. The tiebreakers gave TU the second seed in the C-USA tournament in El Paso, Texas.
The top nine teams received a first-round bye and the top four all also earned a second round bye. The No. 10 seed North Texas Mean Green barely escaped the first round against the No. 15 seeded and last-place Rice Owls by a score of 63–62.
By Jesse Keipp
On July 1, the University of Tulsa will vacate Conference USA after a nine-year tenure for the American Athletic Conference.
The AAC is now a dramatically different conference than it was just a few years ago when it was known as the Big East. Between July 2013 and TU’s arrival, the American will have lost Syracuse, Pitt, Rutgers and Louisville. Additionally, the AAC lost the Catholic 7, a group of seven non-football schools who formed a new conference, which took on the Big East name. Among the twelve members of AAC for 2014-15, nine were once members of C-USA.
Despite being devoid of most of its powerhouses and essentially being a revived C-USA, the American is a vast improvement over the current C-USA by almost every statistical measure. AAC schools are smarter, more athletic, and, perhaps most importantly, richer.
By Kimberly Poff
In the 132 years since its founding in Muskogee, Okla. as the Presbyterian School for Indian Girls in 1882, the University of Tulsa has completed a new building or significant renovation on one of its campuses once every two years on average.
Resident university historian and former Director of Libraries Guy Logsdon says that since its founding “the university has continued to grow and has continued to look like a major university.” Logsdon is the author of the only history of the school dating to its founding, “The University of Tulsa,” and most of the historical information found in this article was derived from his book.
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.
By Amy Bunselmeyer
Here at TU, we’re all familiar with the Tulsa skyline. From the steps of McFarlin Library we have an unobstructed view of downtown Tulsa and all its glory. What you might not realize, seeing those buildings every day, is that many of them are the product of the Art Deco architectural movement of the early 20th century. In fact, our special little city is home to one of the best collections of Art Deco architecture in the country. There are over 100 Art Deco buildings, bridges and monuments in Tulsa.
Middle: Built in 1931, the Philcade Building includes spectaclar stained glass and fits into the Zigzag Style of Art Deco. Bottom: An Art-Deco-inspired mural is painted on the side of Decopolis’ wall downtown.
All photos by Sarah Power. Top : Tulsa’s Jazz Depot is an excellent example of PWA Art Deco architecture. Top right, cover: Made in the era of Zigzag Art Deco, the Boston Ave. Methodist Church features impressive ornamentation. Bottom: Completed in 1928 and financed by oilman Waite Phillips, the Philtower Building epitomizes the Zigzag sensibility.
By Will Boogert
Riding Tulsa Transit buses is a relatively inexpensive mode of transportation—if you can catch one.
The root of the problem is the amount of time between stops that a bus makes at a given stop. According to timetables on tulsatransit.org, a bus heading towards downtown will stop at 11th and Harvard once every 45 minutes during the week and at intervals of an hour and a half on Saturdays. So if you miss your 7:12 ride to work in the morning, you’ll have to wait until 7:57 for the next bus to come by.
The center of Tulsa’s bus system, the Denver Avenue station downtown, was the first and only stop on our writers’ bus journey through Tulsa. Faced with the decision between going home without seeing Tulsa and waiting hours for a bus, our writers opted to call it a day and not experience any more of Tulsa’s unwieldy transit system.
By Nikki Hager
Returning from winter break, students found a sizeable fenced-off hole spanning from the edge of the Allen Chapman Activities Center to Fifth Place and Florence. Construction of the new north residence hall and office building is officially underway.
On the hallowed grounds of the Oklahoma capitol building lies a monument to the Christian nature of Oklahoma: a two-thousand-pound statue of the Ten Commandments. It was finally erected in 2012 after being approved by Oklahoma lawmakers in 2009. However, as of early January, members of the New York City-based Satanic Temple submitted an application to have the above statue of Baphomet placed on the Capitol Grounds alongside the statue of the Ten Commandments. While we at the Collegian clearly support the erection of such a glorious statue, we have some important aesthetic critiques. You, our precious reader, will find them below.
By Fraser Kastner
The campus of Oral Roberts University is not easy to miss. Anyone who has ever been in South Tulsa will recognize the unique, futuristic architecture and the sixty-foot-tall praying hands of the world-famous Christian college.
By Morgan Krueger
and Walker Womack
It’s officially autumn but summer’s dying breaths have blessed this particular day with a cloudless, sunny sky and warm weather. In Skelly Stadium the University of Texas at El Paso’s Miners and Tulsa’s Golden Hurricane are lining up for the final play.
It has been a rather unexceptional football game, yet the stadium is filled with an almost electric energy pervading the home crowd. Tulsa leads twenty to zero. Despite the fact that the vast array of seats are mostly empty, the small student population boasts a turnout noticeably larger than any other game prior in the season.
On Oct. 26, 2012, TU students stormed the field to tear down the goalpost in celebration of the Hurricane’s victory over the UTEP Miners to break their seventeen-game losing streak.
By Witt Womack
Every superhero has an origin story, and Captain ‘Cane is no exception.
The story on the Tulsa Official Athletic Site tells of a freshman IT technician, Colin Cane, who, through the “cyber-athletic” forces of a “binary vortex,” transformed into the evidently balding superhero with a lightning sword.
Despite the presence of electrocution, the mascot’s fictional inception would probably have been a less prolonged, painful process than ‘Cane’s actual introduction to the University of Tulsa.
The current incarnation of Captain ’Cane is one of a long line of hurricane-based mascots at the University of Tulsa. Herc (far left) was TU’s first storm-themed mascot. When Captain ’Cane (second from left) was first designed in 1988, he was to serve as Herc’s fisherman companion. Eventually, the name Captain ’Cane was simply applied to a reworked Herc (upper middle to far right). The current Captain ’Cane dons a superhero suit (center).