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Panic! at the Disco brings enjoyable show to Tulsa

By Sara Douglass
 Staff Writer

This year’s Springfest concert was one I would have gladly attended in seventh grade, but I’m happy Panic! at the Disco came to TU this year, accompanied by Semi Precious Weapons, whose last visit to Tulsa was as an opener for Lady Gaga in 2011. 

At Wednesday concert, I’d wager there were more non-TU students than members of our student body, which may have added to the crowd’s insanity—the average age of the audience was likely under 18. If you went, you know it was crazy; both bands pumped up the attendees to the point of inducing injuries. One “asshole” (as Brendon Urie, Panic!’s lead vocalist, stated) ruined it for quite a few people when he ran onto the stage and dove into the audience, causing a concussion, bloody nose, and other damage.

Top photo courtesy Stephanie Hice; Bottom photo courtesy Stepanie Hice; Middle photo Sara Douglas. Top: Justin Tranter of Semi Precious Weapons, the opening band, performs. Middle: Brendon Urie of Panic! sings. Bottom: students and citizens of Tulsa gather to enjoy Panic! at the Disco. 

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Eye on the world:

By Magdalena Sudibjo
 
Staff Writer

South America 

Ecuador 

Last Saturday was the deadline for environmentalists in Ecuador to gather 584,000 signatures to call for a referendum on whether or not to allow further oil drilling in part of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, one of the most biologically diverse regions of the Amazon rainforest and home to several indigenous populations.

In 2007, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa gave the world a chance to raise $3.6 billion to stop the oil extraction plans but scrapped the conservation plan in August when other countries failed to come up with enough money.

Top courtesy ens-newswire.com; Top/middle courtesy nimg.sulekha.com; Bottom/middle courtesy theguardian.com; Bottom courtesy theguardian.com. Above are images of the sicklebill hummingbird, the Harpy eagle and a pair of bats, all of which live in the biologically diverse Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador. These are a few of the many species that will be in danger if oil drillers are allowed to drill in the pristine regions of the Amazon rainforest. Below is an image of people from one of the many native tribes who live in Yasuni, some of which are uncontacted.  

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Anonymous social media faces critisms for bullying

By Giselle Willis
 Staff Writer

In the past two months, The New York Times, CNN, The Economist, BBC and NPR, as well as a plethora of blogs, have covered what has become known as “anonymous social media.” Most of these articles focused on three apps that debuted on the app store over the last few years: Whisper, Secret and Yik Yak. 

Whisper users receive usernames and post anonymously, but Secret and Yik Yak come with twists. When people download Secret, the app has them follow friends from their contact lists; users then see anonymous posts by “friends,” but don’t know which friends are posting. On Yik Yak, all posts are anonymous, but the app finds the user’s location and shows posts that are only from that area.

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Corrections

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 (TUCollegian.org) and apologize for any confusion this might have caused.

Campus crime watch

April 4

19:50

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

18:50 

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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What is SA? and what am I voting for?

By J. Christopher Proctor
 Editor-in-chief

If you’ve gotten this far into this issue you’ve probably realized that TU’s Student Association is having its annual executive elections. If you are a student here, you have probably at least heard of SA: it is fairly hard to be on campus for a prolonged period of time without getting at least one free t-shirt or piece of pizza from our student government. However, you might not know the full range of what SA does, or how it is organized. With executive elections in full swing, now’s as good a time as ever to take a closer look at your Student Association.

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Turnout on the rise

By Giselle Willis 
 Staff Writer

The Collegian staff mistakenly misprinted this article in the print edition. The web article is the official text.

Student governments are a central part of any campus, and the Student Association at TU is no exception. Like any self-respecting democratic institution, SA holds elections for senate seats, executive positions and constitutional amendments. Yet voter turnout varies from year to year and semester to semester, mostly based on whether the positions are contested or not, according to current SA President Katie Lepine.

She pointed to more votes for Fall Senate elections than for Spring elections because fall is typically when more students are running. Lepine also noted that the 2011–2012 academic year saw decreased participation “because of an uncontested presidential election and low turnout for the Spring Senate election.” However, she went on to credit Michael Mancini with enhancing the role of the SA Elections & Policy department by publicizing “events like the Executive Debate” and introducing polling booths, which consequently “helped…increase participation in a meaningful way.”

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Campus Crime Report

March 28

13:55

A resident of Brown Village reported personal property disappearing and possible unauthorized entry into their apartment. The resident has filed a Tulsa Police report. The missing property had been recovered at an outside location in Brown Village and impounded by Campus Security on 23 March 2014. The property was returned to the resident. The apartment locks have been changed for the resident. The investigation is pending.  

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Eye on the world:

By Magdalena Sudibjo
 
Staff Writer

Asia

JAPAN

Last Monday, the United Nations’ International Court of Justice banned Japan’s annual whaling hunts in Antarctica, concluding that the special permits granted by Japan for whaling were not being used “for purposes of scientific research.”

Photo courtesy of iamwilderness.com. 3,600 minke whales, seen above, have been killed by Japanese hunters since 2005, with very little “scientific research” to show for it. 

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New parking coming for students

By Kimberly Poff
 Staff Writer

There is always construction on campus. One of the banes of construction is the lack of parking. Sometimes, however, construction brings new parking. 

The work being done next to the Case Tennis Center will indeed be new parking—permits required of course—for students. 

A few slots will be reserved for officials working at matches, but according to Associate Vice President for Operations and Physical Plant Bob Shipley “the additional spaces should help ease parking in other lots.”

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Springfest

A dunking booth (top and middle left) and toy pig racing (bottom left) were among the many festivities that greeted attendees of Throwback Thursday, one night of last week’s Springfest. Springfest also included a tie-dye event (right), a Western-themed barbecue and a screening of “Frozen.” 

Tate Brady in the 21st Century

—Casey Johnson

—Wednesday April 2, 1:15-1:35PM, Great Hall B

About two years ago, Lee Roy Chapman published an article in This Land decrying Tulsa city founder Tate Brady’s participation in Ku Klux Klan activities, as well as the lack of coverage on his racist inclinations. Casey Johnson agreed that there’s no need to keep Tulsa’s history secret, and delved into many resources concerning Brady’s life.

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