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Burgers of Tulsa: inexpensive, delicious

By Helen Patterson
 Kaedi Love
 Staff Writers

When dinner time comes rolling around you may find yourself in a bit of a jam: you crave a burger, yet, like most college students, you have no money. What are you to do? 

Fortunately for hungry students, we have done the legwork for you, and have scouted out the best burger deals around Tulsa that will fit any carnivore’s budget.

Maxxwell’s: For those who want to stay close to campus, Maxxwell’s is a good bet. Located just west of campus at 2636 E 11th St, it is within walking distance. Normally, the Old-School Cheeseburger is a reasonable $8, but on Sundays from 5–10 p.m. you can score the burger for only $5. 

Photo by Kaedi Love. The most delicious burger sampled was The Tavern’s take on the classic hamburger. Although it may be more expensive than the other sampled dishes, The Tavern’s burger is certainly worth the $6.50. Served with a Stilton mushroom and Cognac cream sauce, this burger is sure to please the palate and entice the senses.

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arts calendar

By Helen Patterson

The year is FINALLY coming to an end, but the arts season is picking up in Tulsa. Check out what’s going on both on campus and off!

Through Finals:

1. Curious about theatre departments at other colleges? Check out TCC’s rendition of Aeschylus’s classic tragedy “Agamemnon” April 24–26 at 8 p.m., and April 27 at 2 p.m. at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center.

2. For those who would rather stay on campus, TU’s choral singers have two upcoming performances. 

The Cappella Chamber Singers will perform in Lorton Performance Center on April 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Chorale will perform April 27 at 3 p.m. As usual, both shows are free!

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TU Ten: Improv rules that apply in real life

By Anna Bennett
 Staff Writer

Well folks, the day has finally come. My last TU Ten as a student. And while you’re no doubt used to my offensive and consistently terrible advice, I thought I’d take a week to share what I have learned in the past few years, as told through the lens of my real major, Bachelor of Arts in Comedy Improvisation. I’m an improviser, not a doctor, but I hope you find something here that speaks to you.

1. “Yes, and…” The Number One Rule of Improv. With few exceptions, better scenes and better comedy are made when you say “yes” to what gets thrown at you. Say yes to new things, say yes to things that challenge your worldview, and perhaps even say yes to things that totally mess up your original plan. If “yes” is a bagel, “and” is the cream cheese; it’s the extra thing YOU bring to the table.

2. Name Your Scene Partner. When you learn someone’s name, use it in the conversation. Refer to them with it. Also, I think they’ve done studies that show people love to hear the sound of their own names, so that’s a strategy for promotion and/or getting laid.

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(Some) adventure awaits in “Elder Scrolls Online”

By Elliot Bauman
 Staff Writer

After nearly seven years of development, the latest installment in the critically acclaimed and award winning Elder Scrolls series launched on April 4 for the PC and Mac. While the game does indeed bear the franchise name, the end result is something very different from what fans have come to expect. 

“The Elder Scrolls Online” is the first multiplayer-focused title from a franchise known for developing some of the best single-player role-playing games to date. 

The game is classified as a MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game. As a result, there are no offline single player options. Every time a player logs into the game, he or she will enter a world simultaneously shared by hundreds of thousands of other users.  

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Elephant Revival unforgettable

By Abigail LaBounty
 Staff Writer

Delivering hypnotic melodies, rich textures and spritely rhythms, Elephant Revival brought a stunning show to the Vanguard on Thursday. 

From the moment they took the stage, the band moved between stirring jigs, rich instrumentals and mournful ballads. 

The show opened with “Birds and Songs,” a stirring serenade to the beauty of nature. 

From the heavenly jubilation of “Spinning” to the pounding chase of “Wake’s Only Daughter,” the band produced an impressive diversity of sounds united by their uniquely immersive flow and intoxicating harmonies. 

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“The Colourist” monotonously sunny

By Nicholas Foster
 Staff Writer

It must be such a drag to live in Orange County. Think of the amount of sun—dreadful, relentless, painstakingly predictable sun that refuses to let up far beyond the point where it has become unnecessary and lost all of its appeal. 

The Colourist hails from the OC, and apparently takes many of its cues from that same overbearing sun on its eponymous debut album. The music is assaultively bright—an analogue for all the things most people cannot stand about California. Because of this, these same people won’t like the Colourist. 

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Arts calendar

By Helen Patterson
 Staff Writer

As the semester begins to come to a close, and the amount of schoolwork begins to increase, students may feel a bit overwhelmed. For those who need time to decompress, be sure to check out some of these exciting and entertaining local events!

This Week:

1. The University of Tulsa will host world-renowned piano duo Honor O’Hea and Robert Andrews at the Lorton Performance Center April 15, 7:30–9 p.m.

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Cabernet Savignons: befuddle, please

By Kimberly Poff
 Staff Writer

Carnivor is a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from California. 

The back of the bottle promises the flavors of blackberry, caramel, roast coffee and toasted oak in this red. However, much to this writer’s dismay, none of these promises are delivered. Instead the wine manages to be both syrupy-sweet and acidic at the same time. 

Despite the artistic label, which is comprised of two labels split by a “tear,” the bottle is not pleasant to consume. 

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Elephant Revival discusses Tulsa show in exclusive interview

By Abigail LaBounty
 Staff Writer

This Thursday, the Vanguard Music Hall will host Elephant Revival, a Colorado quintet that combines elements of folk, bluegrass, celtic, reggae and rock music. Often labeled “Transcendental Folk” or “Progressive Edge,” Elephant Revival uniquely blends a number of different sounds and influences to create a genre all its own. 

This week, the Collegian sat down with Bonnie Paine, a native of Tahlequah and Tulsa, Okla., who plays washboard, djembe, stompbox and musical saw for the band, to discuss musical influences, songwriting and the future.

These Changing Skies,” Elephant Revival’s newest album, showcases a more melodic side of the band. 

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“Altar Boyz” to bring soul-saving pop to Lorton PAC

By Matthew Magerkurth
 Staff Writer

On Thursday, the University of Tulsa Theatre department debuts the show Altar Boyz, the 2004 musical. The production is a five-man show that is a response to Beehive, the all-female show of first semester. The musical comedy is a parody of the boy band craze of the 1990s and follows the fictitious band on the final stop on their tour.

The show opens Thursday night at 8 in Lorton Performance Center and has performances on Friday, Saturday, and a Sunday matinee.

The only way that the department can pull off a show like this is if it has a strong contingent of male actors, and it has just that. 

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Ten Cosmo Quizzes That Don’t Exist But Should

By Anna Bennett

Everyone loves a good Cosmo quiz. From “Are You a Secret Bitch?” to “Is He Cheating On You?”, these insightful, psychometrically sound little tests offer all kinds of helpful advice. But sometimes, it can feel like even these quizzes are as thin and airbrushed as the models on the cover. Here as some Cosmo quizzes whose results would be extra helpful!

1. Are You Adequate in Bed?

2. Is Your Vagina Possessed?

Photo courtesy Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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Arts Calendar

By Helen Patterson

Feeling a little stressed as the semester comes to a close? Then be sure to check out some of these entertaining events both on campus and off!

This Week:

1) Panic! at the Disco will rock the Reynolds Center on April 8 at 8 p.m.! Bring your TU ID to get in for free!

2) Alternative rockers Kings of Leon will play the BOK Center April 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $29.50–59.50.

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“Diablo III: Reaper of Souls” expensive addition to main game

By Elliot Bauman
 Staff Writer

After nearly two years, Blizzard Entertainment’s “Diablo III” finally received its first expansion on March 25 in the form of “Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.” The add-on seeks to remedy the numerous issues that plagued the standard version of the game, in addition to offering a decent amount of new content for players to enjoy. 

Perhaps the most expensive single expansion in the history of the gaming industry, “Reaper of Souls” costs $40 for the standard edition, $60 for digital deluxe and a ridiculous $80 for the limited collector’s edition. 

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“Supermodel” anything but super

By Nicholas Foster
 Staff Writer

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: an unknown indie-pop band releases a hit that is just catchy enough to get played on mainstream radio (but just different enough to perk up the ears of alternative listeners), fills out an album of good-but-not-great songs to back it up, then—once the dust has finally settled—finds itself at a peculiar “what’s next?” crossroads. 

Unfortunately, it is never easy to recapture that first bit of magic—there’s a reason that “sophomore slump” is a common stereotype within the music industry. 

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Arts Calendar

By Helen Patterson

With Springfest this week, campus will be packed full of exciting events, free food and, of course, free t-shirts. For those looking to get away from the on-campus excitement, there are a number of local events sure to please.

This Week:

1. March 31 through April 4 is Springfest at the University of Tulsa! Get your free shirts, food and fun!

2. Country music legend Merle Haggard will play The Joint at the Hard Rock Casino on April 3. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $45–55. 

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