Saturday, February 19, 2011

Eli Young Bands take center stage at the Cain's

Jordyn Jorgenson

     A box of chocolates, a bouquet of flowers, an intimate dinner date for two; Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and many students are busy planning romantic evenings with their significant others. Another way to spend this special day would be to attend a movie or concert, and on Feb. 12, the Eli Young Band will be at the Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa.
     “I can hardly wait to see Eli Young Band,” said Karlee Kirk, Muskogee senior. “They came to the Cain’s last year and I was unable to make the concert, but I am definitely going this year. They have a sound almost anyone can listen to; not too much country and not too much rock.”
     This show will be an all ages show. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $33 at the door and can be purchased at any Reasor’s grocery store, by calling 1-866-977-6849, or online at .

Health Services provides medical assistance for students

Natalie Johnson

     Feeling sick? No worries! Northeastern State University provides acute health care, illness and disease prevention, and health education for students through health services.
     They take appointments and walk-ins as well, also they provide immunizations, after hours care, and give specific information on infectious diseases.
     “While participating in softball here at NSU, I always turned to the Health Services. While playing during the seasons it was more convenient for me to practically walk across the street to get health care,” said Candace Garcia, NSU alumni.
     The Student Health Services are located in between Wyly Hall and the baseball field in Tahlequah. Their office hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Health Services is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

     For more information visit the Health Services page located at, or reach them at (918)456-5511 ext. 2126.

Aviyn headlines show at The Marquee

Derek Dandrige

     Metalcore band Aviyn is headlining a show in Tulsa, Feb. 14 at The Marquee.
The concert is for all ages. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $12 in advance and $14 at the door.
     Opening for Aviyn is a local from North Hollywood, In This Moment. This will be Aviyn’s sixth show at the Marquee but only the third time they have headlined.
     “I absolutely love playing at The Marquee, and they have really got some good bands set up for Monday night,” said Guitarist Richard Perrin.
     The other bands opening have not been released to the public.
     “Being from NSU, we usually have 20 or 30 fans who make the trip up to Tulsa and that means so much to me and the rest of the guys,” said Perrin.
     So come and help support local music and get some quality head banging in for Valentine’s Day.
     For information about Aviyn check them out on Facebook or

Bingham to perform at Cain's Ballroom

Brittany Crase

     Oscar winning singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham will perform in Tulsa at Cain’s Ballroom March 17. He is best known for his contribution to the award winning movie “Crazy Heart.” In 2010, Bingham was awarded the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for “The Weary Kind.”
     “A group of friends and I are planning on going to the show. I can’t wait to see him live. Crazy Heart is one of my favorite movies,” said Cassandra Sharp, Tahlequah junior.
     Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23 in advance and $26 at the door.

     For tickets and more info visit

BCM provides spaghetti dinner to raise funds

Jesse Harp

     The Baptist Collegiate Ministry is having a spaghetti dinner Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. to support the team going to Southeast Asia during spring break. The meal includes spaghetti, green beans, bread and desserts.
     Tickets are $5 per person. Also, fortune cookies will be available for an additional $1, which will also
support the Southeast Asia team.
     The team is going to teach the story of Jesus Christ. Anyone is welcome to join the BCM services are every Monday at 8 p.m.
     For any more Information about the team or the dinner, email

Rocklahoma bands prepare to rock the Oklahoma stage

Kendra Sweet

     Rocklahoma is one of the many forms of annual entertainment in the Northeastern Oklahoma region.
     Rocklahoma features many talented bands in 2011. Bands such as Motley Crew, Staind, Seether, Saving Abel, Escape the Fate and many others will grace the Rocklahoma stage May 27-28 in Pryor.
     Tickets for this rockin event go on sale Feb.18 with prices ranging from general admission
tickets for $99 to Rockstar couples passes for $2,599. General admissions tickets allow audience members enjoy a prime concert experience while VIP passes allow audience members to enter areas with bigger perks, better drinks and in some cases a chance to meet the performers.
     "Roaklahoma is entertainment for all ages and cultures celebrating everyone’s love for classic and moder rock music,” said Katey Hatzenbueler, Adair sophomore.
     Hatzenbueler attended the event two years in a row.
     Rocklahoma attracts fans from areas all over the United States but more specifically gives the Midwest population a time and a place to rock their socks off.

NSU Honors Program members head to Italy this summer

Caleb Dobbs

     The NSU Honors Program is thrilled to be going to Italy during the summer. They have one thing left to do though: procure the necessary dough.

     “This is going to be an amazing opportunity to see places that most people only ever dream about,” said Seth Nichter, Hartshorne sophomore. “We just need money in order to make it to the canals of Venice.”

     For this reason, Honors has three upcoming fundraisers to make the dream study-tour possible.

     On Feb. 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. flowers will be sold in front of the University Center at the NSU Tahlequah campus. Grab a valentine gift on the way to class.

     Plan to eat at Golden Coral in Muskogee Feb. 15 from 4–9 p.m. because all tips go to Honors.

     On Feb. 21 Del Rancho in Tahlequah is allowing Honors to collect tip money as well from 5–11 p.m.

     “Please come out and support the Honors Program on these dates,” said Nichter.

      For more information or to make a donation, stop by the Honors office located in the NSU Tahlequah library.

The Marquee features In This Moment

     Stacie Guthrie

           It is Valentine's Day imagine one of the happiest people alive at this moment, it could be because they are with their special someone or maybe they are enjoying a concert with their friends.
      On Valentine's Day not everyone has that special someone in their life, but that does not mean that they have to spend it alone. If you want to get out and have fun and maybe even forget about someone that did you wrong you can enjoy a grand time to see a great new band from North Hollywood, Calif., In This Moment.
      “I'm very excited to see In This Moment, they are such an amazing band and they have a women in the band that still has class, which you can't find much these days,” said April Potts Tahlequah resident.
      In This Moment will perform at The Marquee in Tulsa Feb. 14, doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m., tickets in advance are a mere $12 and the day of $14. If you enjoy metal music and a great woman front man this would be a fun show for you to attend. This band is a great up and coming artist, they have many great songs that can really catch a listener's ear. For more information on tickets go to

Students take to the snow instead of homework

Zachary Whatley

     Homework is not something that everyone wants to do on their free time, especially when that free time is during a snow day. One of the things students seem to choose to do instead of study is sledding down the Vo-tech hill.
     “It’s a blast until you get hurt. I’m pretty sure my collar bone is broken.” said Preston Toombs, Kansas junior.
     Sledding is all fun and games until someone gets injured. Once injuries occur it makes studying all that much more painful the next day. Although, taking a break and sledding on one of the few snow days of the year is worth it, especially when there is a good sized hill to sled on at the Vo-tech.

Model United Nations team tackles the Midwest Model United Nations Conference

Misty Grady

     Every spring, NSU’s Model United Nations team goes to St. Louis, Mo. for the Midwest Model United Nations Conference. Now, with more than a month into school the team is ready to take on the competition next week from Feb. 16-19.
     Model United Nations is a class instructed by Dr. Ron Becker, assistant professor of political science. Students may take the class three times for one credit hour each time. Most of the financial burden is carried by the student organization, Government and International Studies Society, who raise funds for the conferences. MUN participates in one conference per semester, last fall having attended a conference in Chicago, Ill.
     Ethiopia, Israel, and Austria are the three countries NSU’s team was given to represent, and the delegates have spent quite a bit of time learning the background of their countries and the stances their countries take on the global issues in committees.
     “I am optimistic about our team’s chances at conference because MUN is full of diverse people from different places, filled with different outlooks, perspectives, ideologies, each having our own strengths and weaknesses, and this is a team that works well together,” said Dylan Ward, Catoosa sophomore and president of the Government and International Studies Society.
     For those wanting to get involved in MUN or wanting more information on the group, contact Becker at

T-Bones' features Valentine's Day menu

Preston Toombs

     Valentine’s Day is coming soon and last minute plans just got easier. T-Bones in Tahlequah is taking special Valentine’s dinner reservations for Feb. 11, Feb. 12 and Feb. 14.
     Special menu items for two include: crab cakes with a cajun cream sauce, two field green salads with raspberry vinaigrette, two lobster tails, two filet mignons, asparagus with hollandaise, fried-baked potatoes, fresh bread, a heart shaped cheesecake for two and a bottle of champagne.
     “If the price is right, I'm there,” said Nocona Williams, Broken Arrow.
     The whole package for two is $74.99. Must be 21 or older for champagne. For reservations call 918-458-0001.

Lambda Chi shows support for other organizations

Ally Burt

     A group of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity brothers are almost always at NSU’s home basketball games yelling and cheering on the men and women’s teams.
     A few will go so far as to cover their bodies in paint and make shirts bearing the name and number of a favorite player. During last Monday’s home game against the University of Central Oklahoma one Lambda Chi brought a dry erase board and wrote things such as “I love you” and “Will you be my Valentine?” so as to distract the UCO women’s team.
     “We the men of Lambda Chi Alpha, as an organization at NSU believe that we should diligently support other on campus organizations such as athletic programs,” said by Casey Dillard, president of Lambda Chi Alpha.
     The next opportunity to cheer along with the guys is this Saturday. The RiverHawks will face Texas A & M Commerce at home. The women’s game will begin and 2 p.m. and the men’s at 4 p.m.

CCF open to everyone

Austin McDonald

     Campus Christian Fellowship is every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. It is located behind the campus police house or east of Wyly.
     “CCF’s main goal is to give people the chance to worship and serve God,” said Matt Ross, president of CCF. “CCF was started because a large amount of people were not involved in a campus ministry on campus. As a student and president of CCF I think our ministry runs good. We only have officers because we are a student organization. We have an open leaders meeting every Monday at 5:15 p.m. I encourage anyone and everyone to come.”

Weather takes toll on local businesses, customers

Rachel Dobbs

     The past two weeks, Tahlequah and its surrounding counties have gotten more than 12 inches of snow in most areas. It has caused a lot of schools, churches and small businesses to close.
Bigger businesses like Reasor’s are doing their best to keep the doors open for their customers during these winter storms of 2011.
     A lot of people tried to prepare themselves for the storms by getting their groceries and other necessities in advance, while others had to venture out in the blizzard like conditions. The stores were a mad house to say the least.
     "It was really busy. There was a lot more customers than we normally get," said Buddy Foster, first assistant manager at Reasor’s Tahlequah.
     As if it was not bad enough to have to fight for the last gallon of milk or guard loaves of bread with ones life, the stores were having some trouble getting their shelves restocked due to the icy road conditions.
     "The truck schedule was off a couple of days," said Foster.
     This winter weather has affected everyone and nearly every business. Hopefully next week's warmer weather will get everything back on track and daily routines will be restored.

Students deal with record winter weather

Morgan Sanders

     Some are calling the latest whiteout “Snowmeggedon.” This blizzard has caused numerous class cancellations and delays. Northeastern State University has never had weather of this nature on record.
     “I’ve lived in Tahlequah my whole life and our winters have never been this harsh,” said Rhea Hathcoat, Tahlequah freshman.
     There has been seven snow days thus far, therefore students are bound to get creative with handling their boredom. So how has everyone kept away from the wrath of cabin fever?
     “I’ve been playing board games and watching movies with my roommates to keep myself occupied,” said Hathcoat.
     As the snow and ice are coming to an end, it is time to go back to class. But some doubt if it is the last of this frosty weather.

Cain's Ballroom features Eli Young Band

Ashley  Amparan

     The 2 Steps Back band is opening for Eli Young Band on Feb.12 at the Cain’s Ballroom. The doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at approximately 8:30 p.m. To purchase a ticket in advance it will cost $30 or to day of it will be $33. Lots of loved ones out there are taking their other half to see this ol’country band.
     “I’m taking my girl out to eat, and to see this band. She loves them a lot,” said Dakota Moran, Broken Arrow sophomore.
     For all of those people who are in love out there, this would be a great early way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner.

Founders Day 5K kicks off at Centennial Plaza

Jonathan McCall

      Come run for the Founders Day 5K Race. Every year people from the Tahlequah community gather at the Centennial Plaza to have a race through the Tahlequah campus.
     “Proceeds benefit the NSU Student Foundation,” said Penny Moore, Director of Annual Giving and adviser of the NSU Student Foundation.
     There is a $20 entry fee or a $15 entry fee if you pre-register before the event. The event is March 5, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. at the NSU Centennial Plaza. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and a free T-shirt is guaranteed for those who sign up before Feb. 25, 2011.
     There will be awards for Top Male and Top Female as well as first three per category.
     For more information or to register contact Amanda Jones at (918) 207-8492 or Eric Pool at (918) 931-1029. Or visit their website at for a map of the race or to register.

Class cancellations frustrate NSU students, faculty

Braxton Denton

     The recent weather has taken a toll on everyone throughout the state the last couple of weeks. Students commuting to school have had a hard time getting to school. The roads are still pretty bad in a lot of towns surrounding Tahlequah. Commuting students and students who went home for the storm were frustrated with having class and not being able to make it due to the roads close to home.
     “As a commuter to NSU it has been near impossible to get to class on days we actually have class,” said Dalton Grooms, Wagoner sophomore. “The roads in Wagoner are terrible and do not provide a safe transportation to Tahlequah. It is very frustrating and I just hope that it will not cost me with my grades down the road.”
     The opinions are pretty well divided on blaming the school for having class or blaming the towns who are in control of making the roads safe to travel. Either way students are missing class and are concerned as well as frustrated about missing class. The only consistent positive is professors seem to be doing a good job at being understanding and getting the students their assignments they have to do online.
     All students can really do is let their professors know when they cannot make to class, try to keep their professors updated on when they are going to miss class and do the assignments they can online to show they are trying to be good students.

Snow changes schedules, causes needed adjustments

Atira Harrison

            The snow days that hit the NSU Tahlequah campus were devastating in many ways. Classes were rescheduled and students were so piled with extra homework that, even with the melting snow, things are still looking bleak and mushy.
            The students returning to classes are feeling overwhelmed by the rush of homework they are receiving to catch up on the shortened schedule. Professors are rushing to maintain a decent schedule so the students can end the semester on time. Blackboard assignments were given out by some professors to keep up with the pace of their schedule.
            “As a student living on campus, the snow days effected me in many ways,” says Crystal Shanks, Leonard junior. “Such as bringing me extra time to fulfill whatever I needed to finish before the regular schedule began again. But also more stress knowing as soon as classes stared back that there would be double the load of homework was going to be piled upon me. I did love having a few snow days with friends on campus, but I would care to have a full week of class without a snow day if at all possible.”
            Many students who had the chance went home for the snow days, but many students stayed behind and roughed it as the snow kept rolling in. Most of the students had loss of Internet access so they were not able to receive the assignments posted on Blackboard. But the students handled the weather to the best of their abilities. Some went sledding and some stayed in their rooms where it was nice and warm providing their own entertainment.
            After all of the snow melted away enough for classes to resume, the students were happy to go back to their class schedules.

SCEC bakes potatoes fro conference fundraiser

Autumn Barnett

     Everybody should love a good baked potato with a nice cold soda. The Student Council for Exceptional Children will host a baked potato sale in order to raise money for the organization to attend a conference in Maryland.
     The baked potato sale is Jan. 22 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the front side entrance of the education building.
     “Baked potatoes will be $5 and it comes with a can of pop,” said Sarah Young, SCEC president. “We will also provide all the condiments you need.”
     For more information about this event or the organization e-mail or visit

Friday, February 18, 2011

Founder's Day commemorates NSU

By Kimberly Doyle

     An event to not only remember NSU but to also celebrate the creation of it is coming soon. On March 5, the NSU Student Foundation is organizing the second Founder’s Day 5K run. This event is filled with history and entertainment along with the celebration of NSU Founder’s Day.
     “The NSU Founder’s Day 5K run is one of the many events hosted on the NSU Tahlequah campus that commemorates the creation of Northeastern State University and pays tribute to the foresight of the Cherokee National Tribal Council,” said Eric Pool, a security engineer for NSU and the co-director of the Founder’s Day 5K run.
     The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. on March 5 at the Centennial Plaza located on the south lawn of the Seminary Hall. Participants can pre-register online at . Wings members can sign up through the wings website at The deadline to pre-register is Feb. 25 and the cost is $15 for one person and $30 for a three person team. For those who choose to register on race day, the cost is $20 for one person and $40 for a team. Awards will also be given to the top three finishers in both the male and female categories.
     The Founder’s Day run is not only a celebration but it is also a fundraiser as well. The committee is raising money for the NSU Student Foundation to help support student scholarship programs, student activities and university initiatives. The NSU Foundation has helped give students many opportunities to get involved and enjoy the college experience.
     In celebrating Founder’s Day, door prizes will be given after the race. Barnes and Noble and many other businesses around the Tahlequah area have donated different prizes. Joe Merenda, a live DJ, will also be providing music and entertainment for the event. Companies like Reasor’s and Oasis will donate food and fruit for the runners and Loves Bottling Co. will provide bottles of water. Even more food and entertainment is to be expected as well.
     “The main purpose of the 5K run is to bring the community, university, and surrounding areas together,” said Layna Austin, the committee chair of the Founder’s Day 5K run.
Anyone interested in participating or enjoying the festivities can visit the websites provided or visit . For more information contact Eric Pool at, Amanda Jones at, or Layna Austin at .

Students get involved through NAB

By Derek Dandridge

     NSU students started off the spring semester a bit behind with classes being canceled by recurring snow days, but things are picking up quickly on campus, due to the events that the Northeastern Activities Board has set up for the beginning of the semester.
     “Our main goal this semester is to get students involved with the activities we have planned,” said Christian Thompson, NAB Concert chairman. 
     Some of the events include Harry Potter theme games, Rock Band competitions and concerts such as Stars Go Dim.
     NAB has been known for giving away gifts to students, this semester will continue with the trend for the Rock Band competitions, including prizes are ranging from a surround sound stereo to the new Apple I-Pad. 
     For further information on the upcoming events, contact (918) 444-2120, or e-mail Christian Thompson at

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Cain's Ballroom features Snoop Dogg

Jesse Harp
     Snoop Dogg is coming to Tulsa, Feb. 8 at the Cain's Ballroom. The concert is for all ages. The general admission is $34 in advance and $40 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. 
     “I seen Snoop at The Hub in Fayetteville and it was awesome. Me and my friend even got a picture with him,” said Kyle Baker, Siloam Springs, Ark. freshman.
     The tickets are still available for purchase. Tickets can be bought online at For more information check

RAs help with NSU student life

Atira Harrison
     They live on campus in the dorm halls, they help when students are locked out of their room, and they help fix the maintenance problems in students' rooms. They are the Resident Assistants. Many of the RAs go over looked and underappreciated for all of the hard work most of them go through to make the dorms and halls a safer place.
      From the nightly rounds of walking the halls, to the RA sitting behind the desk until 2 a.m., to the RAs guarding their own floors. These leaders are the small guides of students' daily dorm life.
     “All the RAs that I have met seem to really care about the safety and security of the dorms and their residents,” said Willy Everman, Chandler junior and first semester Resident Assistant for South Leoser.
     The RAs are just like any other student on campus. They go to class, they eat in the cafeteria, and they have all sorts of friends while keeping an RA job. Their daily lives are as normal as everyone else. So next time, remember what a RA does to help keep students safe and happy.

NSU begins tobacco free campaign

Braxton Denton
     To start this new spring semester NSU students have to get used to a tobacco free campus. The tobacco free campus guidelines took effect Jan. 1 and has students from Tahlequah talking about it non-stop. Most students express strong disagreement with the new rules on campus.
     “I think as legal adults we have the right to buy tobacco products and NSU should not be able to tell us we can’t smoke or chew tobacco at all,” said Caleb Andrews, Tulsa freshman. “I understand having to be so far away from places like the cafeteria and classroom buildings, but we should at least have designated areas close to dorm buildings where it is permitted.”
     Students can see smoke and tobacco free posters all across campus. The posters claim that with a smoke and tobacco free campus, students will live in a healthier environment and NSU will be an overall healthier campus.

Delta Zeta teams with Delta Sigma Theta for RED

Jordyn Jorgenson

     It is that time of year. Change checks and tax returns are coming in and everyone is looking for the best way to spend that extra cash. One way is by attending the R.E.D. Affair: Remembering and Encouraging with Delta.
     The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Delta Zeta Sorority are teaming up to raise funds for the American Heart Association in the support of the “Go Red for Women” campaign. The president of Delta Zeta Sorority is excited about this event.
     “We are raising funds and awareness of heart disease, particularly in women,” said Brooke Murdock, Tulsa junior. “This social event will make the perfect date night with food and live entertainment. What’s better than dressing up and supporting a great cause? I can’t think of anything.”
     The R.E.D Affair is in the NSU Ballroom Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for single, $15 for couples. Donations are accepted. Contact one of the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. or Delta Zeta Sorority to get tickets. For more information visit

T-Bones' offers more than a meal

Brittany Crase

     There is a new hot spot in Tahlequah. T-Bones’ Place located at 109 W. Willis Road claims to be more than a steakhouse. The menu includes burgers and steaks, as well as, chicken and seafood dishes. A lunch menu is available with a different special prepared daily.
     “T-Bones’ will be the place to be in Tahlequah,” said Kristi Andrews, general manager. “Our VIP room currently holds 50 people and we are working to expand that number to 125. Also we will be building a covered rodeo arena behind the steakhouse, as well as four softball fields for the local youth.”
     February is going to be a big month for the venue. Oklahoma’s own Ricochet will stop by Feb. 11 and 12. Thomas Martinez, another homegrown talent, is scheduled to play Feb. 25, followed by Jackson Taylor and the Sinners on Feb. 26.
     For more details visit or call 918-458-0001. For up to the minute information and pictures, check out T-Bones’ on Facebook.

Faculty Art available for viewing at NSU Art Gallery

Preston Toombs

     The NSU Art Gallery presents the Faculty Art Exhibition. This exhibit has been showing since Jan. 21 and will continue to showcase these works of art until Feb. 4.
     Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday 3-7 p.m. and Saturday 12-4 p.m.
     “I think this is a great idea,” said Nathan Blair, Tahlequah senior. “I love seeing what the instructors who are teaching us can do. I hope this will go on every year.”
     The show will feature works by Lance Hunter, Bo Lovelace and Mike Brown, along with Assistant Professor Jacob Cotton and many more.
     For more information visit or call (918) 444-4604.

Tri Sigma offers spring rush opportunity

Ally Burt

     Second chances are not always given in life but the women of Tri Sigma are offering another opportunity to become one of their sisters during their spring rush.
     “Recruitment has been set for Feb. 2 - 4, and because this recruitment is informal things will be very laid back,” said Robin Alexander, Tupelo, Miss. junior and Tri Sigma recruitment chair.
     Wednesday at 7 p.m. is a game night on their floor. This event is meant to be casual and a chance for possible recruits to become more acquainted with the Sigmas. Thursday evening is a mocktail party, which will be semi-formal dress. This function is to allow a time for questions to be asked about the sorority, their values and campus involvement. Friday is when bids will be handed out to those who have been asked to join.
     Those who are interested in rushing be sure and bring a resume and transcript to the game night.

NAB presents So You Think You Can Dance

Kendra Sweet

     Students will have a chance to showcase their dancing abilities in an upcoming event sponsored by Northeastern Activities Board, Hot topics committee. So you think you can dance is in the University
Center Ballroom Feb. 2 from 7 9 p.m
     “It’s an event for the students by the students," said Jessica Feltner, Prarie Grove sophomore and NAB
Hot Topics Chairwoman. "NSU students will compete in a dance competition and will be judged by their peers. The dancers receiving first through third place will receive cash prizes. There will also be performances by NSU Idol Pattie Clay and reigning Miss NSU Tawnie Goodwin. It should be a night full of talent and free entertainment."
     NAB is always planning free events for NSU students.
     Sign up in the Student Activities office for more information contact (918) 444-2526

Students increase writing skills with Publish or Perish

Ashley Amparan

     Alyssa Buckley, a worker at the NSU library, is the person students should contact to better their writing abilities. Publish or Perish is a creative writing group that has meetings every Thursday at 4:30 p.m.on the second balcony of the library.
     “People are more than welcome to come out," said Buckley. "We have a prompt we discuss and then write about for thirty minutes.”

     To further this journey, contact Buckley at or by phone 918-444-3206.

Prizm performs live at Iguana

Stacie Guthrie 
     Everybody usually has that dream at one point in their life about becoming a famous rock star, and only some will achieve this goal. Prizm, a rock band from Shady Grove, would one day like to be the band that drives people crazy.
     Prizm will perform on open mic night at the Iguana Cafe Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m., free of charge. The support from the community locals is appreciated and the more people attending the better.
     "Being in Prizm makes me feel like I'm an important part of the whole group, and I know by taking these small steps one day I'll be able to reach my goal," said Nykki Richmond, bassist of Prizm. 

Students attend mock trial in Kansas

Misty Grady

     Spring semester is off to a quick start for some NSU students. NSU’s Mock Trial team has been preparing to represent NSU at the American Mock Trial Association in Topeka, Kan., Feb. 4-6 since Fall 2010.
     The group was in a class called Mock Trial last semester and was instructed by Dr. David Madden,  assistant professor of criminal justice and Dr. Ron Becker, assistant professor of political science. Though it is an extracurricular activity this semester, the class was centered on the same civil case the students will argue and the class will be available again in Fall 2011. Currently they have arranged to meet and practice every Saturday at 9 a.m.
     At the AMTA the group will argue a civil case involving monetary damages for the death of a child. The group of attorneys and witnesses are prepared to argue for either side in the suit.
     It is anticipated that next year Madden and Becker will instruct the class again, this time in a criminal case.
     “Even though I do not have the time to go to competition due to heavy involvement in other activities, I actively support Mock Trial by trying to raise funds for the competition,” said Tyler Keen, Pryor junior and vice president of the student organization the Law and Justice Council.
     The opportunity to come back from such a prestigious competition with an award for NSU is “a fantastic experience,” said Katie Fallen, Wagner sophomore.
     For those wishing to get involved in Mock Trial in the future, contact Madden at

Hawkreach counsels students in need

Jonathan McCall

     Hawkreach, formally known as Counseling Services, provides students with services for those who may be stressed, depressed or even feeling discouraged about their college life.
     “Here at Hawkreach we can provide resources, education, awareness, counseling and hope to students in need,” said Lindsey Sanders, counselor at Hawkreach
     The Hawkreach program provides NSU students a free short-term means of counseling in order to assess their needs. Students can have a safe and secure environment to discuss their situations with people who are there to help them, but Hawkreach does not stop there.
     “We also provide referrals and resources for students after our sessions have ended if they need it in the Tahlequah community,” said Sanders. “One of our main goals is to provide students with the necessary tools that they need when they leave here.”
     The offices of the Hawkreach are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Their offices are located in North Leoser Hall with an entrance in the front of the building. 
     Male and female counselors are available upon request. For more information about Hawkreach Counseling Services, call (918) 444-2042.

Homemade Fireworks kicks off semester with first performance

Zachary Whatley

     Enjoy a good comedy show Friday,  Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the NSU Webb Auditorium. The performance will be by the Homemade Fireworks Improv group.
     Look around campus for the posters that have the information on it for the show coming up. With the posters is a coupon that will grant one dollar off of the admission price for the show.

NSU provides information through RiverHawk Jam

Austin MacDonald

     RiverHawk Jam is Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011. It will begin with future students checking in at the Webb Technology Building at 11:30 a.m. RiverHawk Jam is an opportunity for students to visit and tour campus, and learn more about NSU. It is also a chance for students to learn about the process of admissions, scholarships and financial aid. Any student can visit with faculty about any of the majors or programs they might be interested in. NSU wants to try to do this at one time, in one place to make it convenient for students.
     “River Hawk Jam means that I get to do what I love," said Jason Jessie, director of High School and College Relations. "I get the opportunity to visit with prospective students and tell them more about NSU. I get to answer their questions, calm their fears and get them excited about the possibility of being a RiverHawk."

Students show talent through NAB activity

Kimberly Doyle

     Come support students as they dance it up at the annual Northeastern Activities Board “So You Think You Can Dance” contest. The contest is in the UC Ballroom at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2. The ballroom is located on the second floor of the University Center.
     “So You Think You Can Dance” is for students who are brave enough to show off their skills. The participants will perform their dance routines in front of a live audience full of students.
     “The winner will be chosen by the audience and the winners of first, second and third will be given cash prizes,” said Jessica Feltner, NAB Hot Topics chairperson.
     The whole purpose of this event is simply for entertainment. Those interested in watching and having some fun can grab some friends and grab a seat.
     NAB is an organization at NSU that organizes different programs and events throughout the school year to give students an opportunity to get involved. This specific event is just one of the many to show just how they bring fun and unity to this campus. If any students are interested in becoming part of the NAB team, visit Kim Meadows, NAB board chairwoman. The NAB office is located in B01 of the University Center basement.

UG2 uses fundraiser for conference funds

Christina M Williams

     Underground Graphics, also known as UG2, is a new club on campus for Graphic Design and Visual Communication majors. The first fundraiser is Feb. 7 and 8, to raise money for the members' trip to the Dallas Society of Visual Communications Conference at the end of March.
     "The fundraiser is a bake sale that will be held in the breezeway from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m." said Justin Dotson, secretary for Underground Graphics. "We will be selling a variety of homemade treats along with coffee and hot cocoa." 

Tae Kwon Do classes open to all

Rachel Dobbs

     Van’s Tae Kwon Do is always looking for new students to come join their classes and become a member of their team. Anyone wanting to shed some pounds, get back into shape or just try something new and fun can join any time.
     “We’re a wicked awesome place. It’s a good way to get your exercise and learn self defense,” said Lead Instructor and third degree black belt Denisse Ramos, tahlequah senior.
     Classes are held twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 - 9 p.m. Ages are five and up. Membership fee is $80, which includes uniform.
     For more information or any questions, contact Master Van at (918) 456-4420.

Berkowitz performs in Tahlequah

Nathan Powell

     On Feb.22, Michael Berkowitz and his New Gene Krupa Orchestra, named for his musical idol, will perform at the Tahlequah High School Performing Arts Center. This show is a salute to Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra.
     Berkowitz has collaborated with such artists as Elton John, Billy Joel and Liza Minelli. Berkowitz also toured with Johnny Mathis and Andy Williams.
     There is a pre-show lecture at 6 p.m. this lecture will be a history of big band music and the iconic Krupa. The lecture is open to the public and will be delivered by Berkowitz.
     “This show will be fun for all ages,” said Amber Cowan, director of Galaxy of Stars. “This show is one of the best examples of big band that is touring right now.”
     For more information on the show got to For tickets call (918) 458-2075.