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Collegian Seniors graduate, bid their farewells

J. Christopher Proctor

There are no rules that cannot be broken. I’ve learned a lot of things from my three years at the Collegian, but no lesson has been as impactful, or as persistent, as the idea that the rules we thought were so critical, so basic to what we do each week, could be easily shattered.

In the spring of 2012 we at the Collegian had a groundbreaking realization that covers of the Collegian did not all have to look the same. The hard and fast rules we had held ourselves to—no photos over three columns long, at least three articles and two photos on the cover, the list goes on and on—were swept away, and the result was an exciting semester and a much more interesting paper.

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Year’s end brings exciting opportunities for TU students

By Sara Douglas
 Staff Writer

The University of Tulsa is chock-full of winners, both of awards and life—that means you, awesome person! Our student body accomplishes a lot academically, athletically, artistically, and otherwise, especially for being a small school. 

Recently, achievements have been highlighted by the 17th Annual Research Colloquium, awarding of nationally competitive scholarships, and conferences to which student organizations have been invited. 

The Research Colloquium was a weeklong event during which 205 TU students gave 20-minute oral presentations over their research projects, or created a poster for their work to be displayed in a poster session. 

Photo courtesy Caitlin Pegg. Caitlin Pegg was an NSF winner.

Photo courtesy James Johnston. James Johnston won a Fulbright grant.

Photo courtesy Jo Bunselmeyer. Weston Kightlinger, NSF and Tau Beta Pi scholarship winner, holds a shark he found on the TU Treks spring break trek to Texas last year. 

Photo courtesy Michael Nguyen. Goldwater winner and biology and chemical engineering major Devin Stranford (right) sits alongside fellow chemical engineering major Alex Chong.

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TU student Jade Moon Dittus to showcase work at The Phoenix

By Helen Patterson
 Staff Writer

Jade Moon Dittus, a senior Fine Arts Major at TU, will debut her paintings and prints in a show entitled “Pieces” throughout the month of May at The Phoenix, located at 1302 E. 6th Street. The Phoenix regularly displays the work of an Artist of the Month without cost to the artist. Jade will be the first TU student to have a show there. She is very enthusiastic about working with The Phoenix. She says that “it’s always about the artist there.” There is an opening reception at The Phoenix on Thursday, May 1 from 6–9 p.m.

As part of her graduation requirements as a fine arts major, Jade was required to put together her own show. She had to find the venue herself and do all of the advertising, which was a daunting and time-consuming process. However, it all came together in “Pieces.” 

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Dan Patten: a retrospective

In celebration of Dan Patten’s recently announced candidacy for city council, we at the Collegian are taking a look back at some of the best articles written by or about Patten while he was at TU.

Below: Taken from the April 7, 2009, issue, this letter by James Santucci advocates Patten in the upcoming presidential election and professes the belief that Patten is capable of being in multiple places at once.

Above right: In this Oct. 27, 2009, letter, Patten announces his first use of the presidential veto, killing a bill to make the Caf trayless. 

Below right: By April 6, 2010, Patten’s term was drawing to a close. In this letter, he describes the up-and-coming SA executive candidates with some truly groan-worthy rhymes.

All articles courtesy Collegian archives.

Former SA president runs for city council

By Conor Fellin
 Managing Editor

Dan Patten, a University of Tulsa alumnus and Student Association’s president during the 2009–2010 school year, entered the race for the District 4 seat of Tulsa City Council on April 15. Patten will be running against incumbent and Blue Ox Dining Group owner Blake Ewing.

The Collegian talked to Patten about the race, his time at TU and his plans for Tulsa.

Patten recalls being an underdog in his race for SA president, when he ran against SA’a former vice president and its chief of staff. Despite this, Patten “ran a good campaign” and won the presidency.

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President Upham discusses day’s work, policy

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.

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TU dominates Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup competition

By Kimberly Poff
 Staff Writer

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.image



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Campus Crime Report

April 10


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. 

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Eye on the World

By Magdalena Sudibjo
Staff Writer


South Korea

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 The above poster was used by a London hair salon for their advertisement. 

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Kristyn Baker competes in Miss Oklahoma pageant

By Kimberly Poff 
 Staff Writer

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 TU student Kristyn Baker.

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Arts and Humanities Festival to showcase student works

By Matthew Magerkurth
 Staff Writer    

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.”

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McFarlin wall a sham, ACAC’s days limited?

By Giselle Willis
 Staff Writer

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. 

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Letter from the Editor

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. 

Nancy Eggen retiring from United Campus Ministry

By Giselle Willis 
 Staff Writer

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.

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