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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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What is SA? and what am I voting for?

By J. Christopher Proctor

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


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



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 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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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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Research Study on Naegleria Fowleri from Salt Creek at Lake Keystone

—Camay On

—Tuesday April 1, 10:40-11:00AM, Alcove

Naegleria Fowleri, otherwise known as “the brain-eating amoeba,” travels through the nose to the brain, where is destroys tissue and causes swelling, clarified Camay On. To conduct this research, On and team members collected samples from Salt Creek, Taylor Ferry at Fort Gibson Lake, Grand Lake and a few water beds around Tulsa. These areas are open to the public, meaning that amoeba found in the water could potentially be amoeba found inside those who swam in the water.

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Water Distribution Enhancement in Contani, Bolivia

—Ryan DeCook, Weston Kightlinger, Michael Tompkins, and Daniel Chang

—Wednesday April 2, 9:35-9:55AM, Alcove AND Friday April 4, 4:10-4:30PM, Alcove

The city of Cotani in Bolivia has an inadequate water distribution system. Through Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and Engineers In Action (EIA) Ryan DeCook and his team were solicited to analyze the system and improve it. Members of this team of engineers have completed multiple projects in Cotani in the past, and have visited several times, but this project came with its own set of obstacles. 

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Recent Outbreaks of Dengue Virus Serotypes in Pakistan

­—Ijaz Ali, Akhtar Ali, et al

—Thursday April 3, 3:00-3:20PM, Great Hall B

In 2011, over 300 people in Pakistan died because of the Dengue virus, explained Dr. Ijaz Ali. A Fulbright scholar from Pakistan, Ali came to TU to work with Dr. Akhtar Ali, a specialist in plant genomes. They sequenced the virus’ genome to see which of four serotypes (mutations) of the virus were most prevalent in last year’s Dengue outbreak. Ali said that mapping the virus’ genome makes it easier to see from where the virus was transmitted, and that the more knowledge of the virus’ genetics is shared online, the easier it is to produce a vaccine or drug to eradicate it. 

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