Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Travel tips make for a safe Spring Break

Zachary Whatley

     When students finish midterms almost all of them will immediately jump into their cars and head out for a week of fun in the sun. People go to many different places and travel many miles. There are a few safety tips that can ensure travelers have a safe trip and make it to your destination safe and sound.
     One of the things that you can do is travel with a buddy that way when and if a problem occurs you are not alone. Two minds are better at solving a problem than one. Another tip would be to plan out the trip. Be sure to know where you are going and the route you are taking. Know how much money you will need to spend on gas and food. It would not be good to run out of money when you are far from to your destination and then run out of gas. Know how long it will take you to get there and to get back. Check your vehicle before you begin your trip to ensure that your vehicle is in good condition and will be able to make the trip and not break down.
     “I checked my car to make sure it is good, and I took out enough money to make it through the trip,” said Justin Drury, Minco freshman.
     For those planning a trip during Spring Break, remember these tips and have a safe and fun trip.

ASSE/SEMA focus on environment cleanup

Ally Burt

     Awareness of environmental safety is a popular topic in today’s society and becoming involved with the cause is easy at NSU.
     The American Society of Safety Engineers/Safety and Environmental Management Association is committed to participating in safety and environmental conscious activities in the community. When ASSE/SEMA was introduced in 2004, student and faculty memberships totaled 16. The chapter now possesses more than 40 members and has combined forces with students from the Broken Arrow and Muskogee campuses.
     “Our upcoming projects will be Highway 10 cleanup and participating in Big Event on March 26,” said Ross Moyer, Chelsea junior.
     Moyer also said ASSE/SEMA meets every other Monday at 3:30 p.m. in the business and technology building in Room B6 and meetings are open to everyone. They will reconvene the first Monday after Spring Break.

Midterms add midsemester stress to students' days

Braxton Denton

     Midterms have students all over campus stressing out about the tests they have before they are free to go on Spring Break. These tests are ranging anywhere from 10 to 60 questions. Students are studying material for hours at a time trying to prepare for these midterm tests. Midterms are the progress reports for undergraduate students and students who are on academic probation. Professors give these tests to help students get a significant grade before the grade reports are sent out.
     “Midterms are really hard this semester, I hate that I have to study so much for a big test in the middle of the year,” said Logan Lamb Tulsa freshman.
     Midterms are not quite as stressful as finals week but it is taking a toll on many students and their grades. Not all students study as hard as other students. Some just do not care what happens with midterm grades because they are not official. Some students just believe the final grade is the important one and they will worry about it when finals week gets here.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Gas prices leave students' pocket book strained

Kimberly Doyle

     It looks like gas prices are still on the rise. Just in the past two months, prices have risen
over $3 per gallon and are not getting any cheaper.
     According to Dan Elliott, a store clerk at the Clear Creek 66 convenient store in Tahlequah, gas prices will be close to $3.60 per gallon by the end of March. With Spring Break just around the corner, gas prices might even be higher in bigger cities.
     Convenient stores rely on the gas company prices. Whatever the companies are charging for gas determines just how much the convenient stores will charge customers.
     “We get a truck that comes in with probably 8,500 gallons of gas about three days a week and that’s how we determine when we’re going to raise gas. It depends on how much that gas is going to cost to what we put out our on the sign,” said Elliot.
     Convenient stores have to keep up with their local competition as well. If one store is raising prices and people are still buying, other stores will raise prices too.
     “It also depends on what other stores are doing. We try to keep up with them,” said Elliott.
     Gas companies know that people have to go to work and school, so they will continue to raise the price of gas to whatever extent they want because they know the public relies on gas to get places. So be prepared for the sudden changes in prices. Elliott expects gas prices to be up to $4 per gallon by summer time, if not higher.

Atticus Metal Tour III rocks Tulsa

By Stacie Guthrie

     Spring is coming around the corner and people can finally start to enjoy going out of their house without freezing. As the weather gets better so are the concerts that spring has to offer.
     The Third Annual Atticus Metal Tour stops in Tulsa at The Marquee Tuesday, March 22. The headliners are Born of Osiris, Darkest Hour, As Blood Runs Black, The Human Abstract and two local artists. The doors will open at 6 p.m., tickets are available for $18 at Starship Records and Tapes, or at the door.
     “I cannot wait to attend this show, I just love The Marquee but most of all Born of
Osiris,” said Laura Corn, Tahlequah resident.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Austin MacDonald

     Grab a rake, paint brush? Or trash bag and give a hand at The Big Event. The Big Event is a community service project that just started for the first time last year at NSU. This event was started 28 years ago at Texas A&M University and it is the biggest student service event at NSU. There were 800 people last year who were involved in this event; this year there is going to be around 900 people involved. Big Event is on March 26 on a Saturday morning.
     “I think NSU The Big Event is a good way for our school so students can have the chance to help others and really make a change in someone else’s life who really needs it; whether its raking one spot of a yard or painting a whole house. I think whoever is going to be helped at The Big Event will be greatly appreciative of what everyone at NSU is doing at their place and how they are helping others,” said Tierney Edwards.
      Come everyone and experience a change in someone’s life. It is time to help others and put a smile on someone else’s face for change. Join The Big Event!

Students consider several Spring Break destinations

Jordyn Jorgenson

     White sandy beaches, clear blue waves crashing along the shoreline, and an entire week without classes; Spring Break is right around the corner and many students are flocking to warm destinations across the U.S. to spend the week. has predicted the top Spring Break destinations for 2011 to be Cancun, Panama City Beach, Fla., and the Bahamas.
     “I am so excited for Spring Break this year not only because of the break I am getting from all of my classes, but from this Oklahoma weather as well,” said Katy Evans, Muskogee sophomore. “The only thing between that beach and I now is the 16-hour drive.”
     While some students are going to new and exciting destinations for the break, others are taking the opportunity to visit some family. Madison Hayes, Muskogee junior, is headed to Panama City for just that.
     “The spring and summer breaks are the only times I get to visit my dad’s family in Florida,” said Madison. “I can’t wait to see my new baby niece that I have only met in photographs, and the beach will be a great change of scenery too.”
     Although Spring Break is a time for many to get far away from home and school, others are just looking for relaxation a little closer to the comfort of their own home.
     “My friends and I are staying in town this year,” said Kelsey Becker, Hilldale senior. “I don’t need to go far away and spend a lot of money to have a good time on Spring Break, I am going to relax and maybe go to Tulsa for a day and catch dinner and a movie with my boyfriend.”
     Whether students are taking a road trip, a flight, or a walk Spring Break is a time everyone can enjoy.

Career Services offers on-campus interviews with Sherwin Williams

Natalie Johnson
Ever feel insecure about speaking in public or even worse going through an interview scared out of your mind, not knowing what to say?
Well the answer to the problem is right around the corner. Sherwin Williams is holding on campus interviews at the Office of Career Services.  The Office of Career Services is located in Haskell Hall Annex, Room 1, which is between the CASE building and the library. The interviews are Wednesday, March 23, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Students selected from the pre-screen process will have the chance to be interviewed and are expected to dress professionally and bring three resumes and transcripts to the interview. Students need to arrive at the NSU Career Services office 15 minutes prior to the interview. A Career Service representative will direct the student to the interview room. This will be students chance to build their confidence in an interview session. For more information go  

Senior Danielle Clark presents 'Slam the Door Softly

Derek Dandridge

     The NSU Theatre department is holding a production March 10 at the University Playhouse. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m.
     Originated from the 1970s play "A Doll's House," “Slam the Door Softly" is a modern rendition of the Henrik Ibsen's original piece.
     “Slam the Door Softly” is a senior capstone production directed by graduating senior Danielle Clark.
     “I thought for a senior capstone that the acting was excellent,” said T.J. Osbourne, Tahlequah senior.
     So come on out and support the local arts. For more information contact the NSU Theatre Department, go to

Patrons take horse-drawn carriage rides for St. Patrick's Day

Preston Toombs

       Treat your special someone like a fairy-tale prince or princess this St. Patrick's Day. Dreamcatcher Carriage is taking couples on horse-drawn carriage rides through Tulsa driven by your own Leprechaun.  
       Dreamcatcher Carriage also caters to groups and parties. Pulling up in a carriage would be the talk of the party. Horse drawn vehicles for group parties that are handicap accessible are also available. 
      "The carriage was such a nice touch," said Michelle Watson, Locust Grove alumna. "It was my favorite part of the day." 
      Dreamcatcher Carriage's St. Patrick's Day event is taking place March 17. 
      Call 918-CARIAGE for reservations and for details of the white horse with green hair.

Robin and Linda Williams bring musical talents to Tahlequah

Nathan Powell

      Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group will bring their blend of bluegrass, folk and country music to the Tahlequah area. The group will have a learning live afternoon performance for local schools.      
     The group has been in the film “A Prairie Home Companion.”
     “Robin and Linda Williams is a fun duo with a great band and their style fits this area,” said Amber Cowan, director of Galaxy of the Stars.
      This show will be a great way to help people expand the style of music they would normally go and see as well as the knowledge of the different types of music. This show will be fun and worth the time to see.
      For more information on this show or any other shows contact the Sequoyah Institute at (918) 458-2075 or visit the website

Spring Break offers multiple choices for students, faculty

Kendra Sweet

     It is that time of the year again; time for road trips, family, fun or a just a week without school. Many students are packing their bags to go to beach hot spots to mingle with other college students around the nation.
     Allyson Hall, Broken Arrow senior, is going to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 
     “It’s our senior year so we had to go somewhere, after switching locations a few times we decided on
Myrtle about two weeks ago. So nine people and 18 hours should make for some great memories,” said Hall.
     Other students are simply just going home to relax for their Spring Break activities.
     “I’m just going back on the farm so I can see my parents and spend some time with my new nephew,” said Daniel Adney, Oktaha junior.
     The anticipation for Spring Break is in the air. Students are getting antsy about the break to come.
     “I’m going to Panama City Beach and I leave Saturday at midnight. I’m pretty stoked because it’s going to be an actual vacation for me, not just a huge party scene type week,” said Kayla Johnson, Keys sophomore.
      Spring Break should be a breath of fresh air for most students and teachers. Classes will resume March 21.

Lady Gaga brings Monster Ball Tour to BOK

Rachel Dobbs

     This April, get prepared to mark the calendars. The world famous pop super star Lady Gaga is making her way to the BOK Center on Monday, April 4.
     Her 2010-2011 tour, Monster Ball has already been through North America including Oklahoma City. Her show received many reviews and is said to be one of the best concerts to see this year.
     “I love all her music and I’m dying to see all her crazy costumes; I’m pumped to go,” said Tiffany Steelmon, Claremore sophomore.
     Gaga has received many awards for her music including video of the year in 2010, and seven other Video Music Awards. This internationally known solo artist is sure to put on a one of a kind performance, so do not miss out. 
     Ticket prices range from $51.50 to $177. 
     For more information on this event, call the BOK Center at (918) 894-4200 or go to

Program sends students to NYC for Spring Break

Misty Grady

     For some NSU students, Spring Break is no reason not to give of themselves to others. Five students from NSU are traveling to New York City Friday. Instead of partying, the group plans to work in a soup kitchen and feed the homeless.
     This trip is orchestrated by a volunteer organization called the Youth Specialty Outreach Program and the group is being sponsored by the NSU Wesley Foundation. The trip will be 10 days in total, counting the days spent on the road. The students leave this Friday and will make it to NYC by Monday. 
     Kaycee Young, interim director of the Wesley Foundation, will accompany the students.
     “This will be my fourth visit to New York and it never ceases to amaze me how much it changes, and I’m sure it will be different this time,” Young said. “We won’t know until Monday, when we arrive in New York City, which kitchen or even what area we will be assigned to.”
     Volunteering halfway across the country while on Spring Break shows the spirit of NSU toward charity and people in need. The group hopes to inspire more students to participate in such programs and events.
     For more information on upcoming or ongoing events sponsored by the Wesley Foundation, call Young at 1-918-456-5395 or e-mail her at
     For more information about YSOP, visit their website

Muskogee Little Theatre presents 'Chicago The Musical'

Caleb Dobbs
     Jazzing, boozing and dancing are currently rehearsed at the Muskogee Little Theatre. “Chicago The Musical” will feature students as well as a faculty member from NSU.
     Caleb Dobbs, Sallisaw sophomore, Stephanie Bolen, Muskogee freshman, Alan Linde, Tahlequah junior, and Tim Saucier, associate professor of theatre, will perform April 1-3 and 7-10.
     “From a person who has no past dance experience, this has been an exciting adventure,” said Bolen. “The dances are really starting to come together because the cast gets along so well and we have a lot of fun.”
       The show is semi-adult. Sexually suggestive situations will be seen throughout accompanied by mild language.
        For more information about upcoming productions from the MLT company or ticketing information visit

Video games offer relaxation after class, homework

Atira Harrison
     What to do after a long day of class. . . Many of the students around campus have a gaming console of some type. Students play video games during their down time. It is a way to unwind after a long day of homework and class lectures.
     From shooting games to racing games to role playing games, there is so many different kinds of games to choose from.
     “I usually play sports games like football or baseball. My favorite usually changes by season but at this time I like to play NCAA Football. I probably play about three hours a day, give or take an hour. Sometimes I play games like 'Little Big Planet' or 'Dante's Inferno' and some shooter games like 'Call of Duty,'" said Ethen Herrington, Tulsa sophomore.
      Many of the students agree that gaming after classes is something that keeps them satisfied with college life. Without these games too many students would have too much time on their hands to get themselves into trouble.

Students, faculty need sleep after Daylight Savings

Autumn Barnett

     With spring break ahead most students and faculty members are too busy to realize the time change coming up Sunday. Daylight Savings time, also known as spring forward, is just days away.
     “This time change is the one that makes everyone late,” said Harley Barnett, Tahlequah freshman.
     Saturday night one hour of sleep will disappear not to return again until November. So be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.

Bicycles provide alternative means of transportation

Kris Elliott

     With summer sneaking up fast, many NSU students are looking for a quick and easy way to get in shape. Rather than running yourself ragged this year, try out an old-school classic - go ride a bike.
     David Poindexter, NSU senior, thinks that all students could use a bicycle.
     “Riding bikes is a great way to get outside,” said Poindexter. “It’s a fun and effective workout, plus Tahlequah is a great town to ride in.”
     Not only is riding a bike good for you, it is also a cheap means of transportation. Local gas station clerk, Kristina Marshall, age 20, thinks that riding a bicycle could save gas money.
     “From where I live, I bike could get me to campus and work,” said Marshall. “That alone would definitely save money, especially with gas prices getting so high.”
     If you cannot afford to buy a bicycle, you can rent one on campus for free through The Northeastern Student Government Association. Bring your NSU ID to the NSGA office, located downstairs in the University Center, Room 100. Just give them your ID, fill out some paperwork, and go ride.
     For more information call (918) 456-5511 ext. 2640.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Zumba pumps up the fun in fitness

Natalie Johnson
 Party into shape. Join the party, feel the music, and let loose. The Latin-inspired, easy to follow, calorie burning, dance fitness-party with family, friends or co-workers. Zumba Fitness is a great way to have fun and become healthy and fit at the same time.
             “Zumba Fitness has helped the local women of all ages come together and have a fun workout in my home town and we have such a good time with each other,”  said Kylie Garner, Drumright resident.
             Zumba Fitness classes are at Markoma Fitness Gym in Tahlequah. The classes will be one hour long for each class. They will be every Monday and Wednesday at 11 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Classes start March 2, 2011 and the night classes will begin March 3, 2011. 
             For class details contact licensed zumba instructors, Tonya Giger at 822-2569, or Shirley Goodlin at 207-3995,

Travelers look for Spring Break alternatives

Ally Burt

     Girls tanning, guys striving to have perfect washboard abs and soaring alcohol sales usually mean that Spring Break is drawing near.
     However, due to an unstable economy and lack of jobs, students are most likely looking for cheaper ways to spend their break. A few alternatives to driving all the way to a beach would be to spend a few days in a larger city in this region. Oklahoma City and Tulsa have a lot to offer such as clubs, the Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa Opera, Thunder games, concerts at the BOK, the Philbrook Museum and the Gilcrease Museum. Another option is to head north to Branson and visit Silver Dollar City, attend a wide variety of shows or to spend all day shopping.
     “I went to Branson last year with a small group of my friends for a few days and we had a great time seeing to shows and walking the strip,” said Bryson Williams, Miami junior. “We were there for about four days and we didn’t spend an arm and a leg.”
     There are a lot of fun, cheap options for college students who do not have extra cash to burn. 
     For more information on Branson package deals visit or for concert tickets in Tulsa check out

Horror Fest creeps into Tulsa

Rachel Dobbs

     Halloween is in October but this March, Tulsa has something in store for all horror fans. Anyone who loves scary movies, reading thriller novels, or just likes creepy stuff, will want to attend The Underground Horror Fest II 2011.
     This event is taking place on March 12th at the Rose Bowl Center from 2 p.m. - midnight. For just $10 at the door, everyone can walk around and listen to the live bands and dj’s, interact with actors, film makers, writers, and even enjoy some side show acts. There will also be contests and giveaways going on throughout the day.
     “I’m a big fan of scary movies. I also think it will be a lot of fun to get to interact with people that are into the same stuff as me; I’m really excited to go check it all out,” said Crystal Braden, Tahlequah freshmen.
     For more information on this event, contact the Rose Bowl Event Center at (918)-289-0048, or go to

Midterms add to already stressful time for students

Atira Harrison
            Midterms. . . That is right. The tests that tell students how well they are doing so far in their classes. Though not as dreaded or as stressful as finals, they are still high up in the stress levels.
            Some students have family problems, some students have roommate problems, and some students have medical problems to deal with during these times in their college careers. Students who have roommate problems deal with stress in their own dorms where they feel safe and come in from the days studies. Students with family problems deal with stress and worrying about family members. Students with medical problems deal with stress put more on their already stressed bodies. There are many things that go into the stress of midterms.
            “My stress levels are pretty normal. Most of my classes don’t have a midterm, but in one of my classes I have to memorize four chapters and verbally restate it. On a 1-10 stress level for midterms I’m about a four but then on everything with work call for theatre and shows I’m about a nine. I study the assignments over and over and I go off campus and get something to eat then I come back and study some more,” said Mariah Towell, Checotah freshman.
            After a long day of studying, students are stressed and can lose sleep and energy. Suggestions for many students are to go out and do something completely unrelated to studies, but be safe in their activities. Going out to eat with some friends, or going on a trip to see family, or staying in and watching a movie are many ways a student can wind down after a hard day’s work. 

Swimming to class might be an option for many

Braxton Denton
     Students running around campus getting soaking wet. This was the consistent image on the NSU campus on Feb. 24 for students who had class. The rain started pouring down early in the morning and left many students not looking forward to walking across campus to their classes. A lot of students were prepared for the rain wearing their rain boots and breaking out their umbrellas, but not all students decided to equip themselves with either one of these items. Many students were running around with no umbrella, and wearing flip flops and shorts.
     “I am not looking forward to walking to class at all in this rain,” said Jermaine Sherman, Wagoner junior. “I’m seriously thinking about driving and parking as close to my class building as possible.”
     Driving to class was definitely an option students could use, but getting a close parking spot was definitely not a guarantee. On many occasions students considered driving to class in the end it seemed easier to just deal with the rain.
     “Parking on campus is terrible so I think I will just take my chances walking in the rain,” said Chris Tomlinson, Wagoner junior. “I do not want to risk losing my parking spot over here at the dorms.”
     The smartest thing to do on rainy days would be to get boots and umbrellas ready. They make it much more pleasant walking to class in the rain. for those who do not own either one of these items go down to the local Wal-Mart and buy them. That way on future rainy days everyone will not be running around campus cold and wet.

MUN tackles St. Louis, prepares for Chicago

Misty Grady

     Late Saturday night, the Model United Nations team returned from the Midwest Model United Nations conference in St. Louis. The delegation was too tired then to reflect on the last four days, but they did not come home empty-handed.
     Delegates from every committee in the conference managed to pass resolutions, with the delegates in the International Atomic Energy Agency passing two by consensus, meaning no delegation voted against their resolutions. In addition to that, the head delegate, Dylan Ward, Catoosa sophomore, won an honorable mention for his performance in the Security Council as Austria. However, the true honor was that a part of the NSU delegation, those representing Austria, got to meet Dr. Reicken, Ambassador and Deputy Head of the Austrian mission to the United States at the opening ceremony of MMUN.
     “I am proud of the group, we worked hard, we put in all the effort possible, it was the best conference we’ve been to as of yet,” said Ward. “I definitely think there are big things ahead for this delegation and we’re going to use what we’ve learned in St. Louis when we go to the conference in Chicago next semester.”
     For more information about MUN contact Dr. Ron Becker, assistant political science professor at

Dalai Lama speaks at University of Arkansas

Ashley Amparan

     Wednesday, May 11, 2011 the 14th Dalai Lama, also referred to as the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, will visit the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville to speak about non-violence topics. 
     It starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. with a lunch break from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15 for regular seating to $18 for floor/ prime seating for the morning panel. For the afternoon panel, ticket prices go from $15 for regular seating to $22 for floor/ prime seating. In order to attend both panels, ticket prices are $25 for regular seating and $30 for floor/ prime seating. Tickets will go on sale for the general public (not including students, faculty and staff) on March 15.
     To order tickets you can contact the Walton Arts Center box office, 479-443-5600 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. or order online at For any more information contact Lynn Fisher at 479-575-7272.

Gas prices pump students for money

Nathan Powell

With gas prices climing higher, students are starting to have to pick what it is they want to do. Should they go see that concert or should they stay on campus, or get friends to help with gas.
For some students it is not a matter of going to parties or traveling, it is just being able to go to class. These students are the commuters. Some have to travel a good distance to get to campus. They are always looking to see how much gas is and how they are going to make it through the week on a tank of gas.
“The effect gas prices has on me as a commuter determines how many days of class I will have to miss," said Donald Gartrell, 41, Wagoner sophomore. "For example. On Fridays, I only have two out of three classes.  If one of those two cancel then I will not drive from Wagoner to NSU for just one class.  It also cuts down on the time I would come and spend in the lab working on projects. I do not get involved in any of the numerous campus activities because I do not want to use any extra gas for extra functions.”
Gas prices are expected to reach up to $4 a gallon this summer.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Look offers way to prep for Spring Break

Brittany Crase

     With Spring Break just around the corner, The Look wants to get Tahlequah residents looking their best. Whether planning a trip out of town or just enjoying down time at home, take advantage of the break and pamper with the many services offered by The Look.
     “The Look is a full-service salon, anything from tanning, spray tans, hair, nails, waxing, and even massages, we’ve got it covered. Also for students we offer a ‘40-day month’ when you purchase a tanning package,” said Nita Hoppis, manager. “Another perk we have is that on every fourth tan, you get a free bed upgrade.”
      The Look located at 1404 S. Muskogee Ave. is closed on Saturdays, but they are there to spoil customers Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
     For more information call 918-207-0011.

Students should take responsibility during break

Kimberly Doyle

     In the middle of March, students make plans of traveling and joining the craziness of the beaches and night life, but what some do not worry about are the precautions. Every college student plans on going wild during Spring Break. It is part of the college life.
     For those that choose to stay around in the Tahlequah area, here is a little advice and even a reminder for those who already know better, do not drink and drive. Be very careful on the roads and keep an eye out so there will not be any trouble. Police forces will certainly step up their game during Spring Break.
     “There are a few things we do differently, such as add more officers to the streets and busy areas. We also have a program called STEP. It’s a program for officers to work traffic violations such as DUIs,” said Cherokee County Sheriff Deputy, Dexter Scott.
     So, all in all, definitely be smart when it comes to traveling during the break. The most important part of Spring Break is enjoying every minute. So have fun and go crazy, but try to avoid the mug shots this year. Parents would definitely love to bypass the phone calls from the police stations.

Founders' Day 5K features NSU history

Austin MacDonald

     It is time to run and get those legs working or watch the race. Come to the Founders’ Day 5K run on March 5 at 8:30 a.m. It starts and stops at Centennial Plaza on the south side of campus. There are going to be three different groups having an NSU 5K race. 
     Amanda Jones and Eric Ross wanted to have a 5K event. They held a meeting December 2009 and decided instead of having three 5K runs at different times that they would team up and have one race all together on Founders' Day. In March 2010, they had their first race with 220 runners.
    "This run reminds me of NSU's historical history, the course takes you through the campus and shows the history in the buildings," said Eric Pool, security engineer for IT Services and Co Race director of the 5K run. "This run means a lot to me, a lot of hard work goes into this race."

Students travel to Europe for World War II and the Western Front

Christina Williams

            This summer a group of English students are traveling to Europe for college credit.  The trip will be from May 19-29. The class is World War II and the Western Front.  Candice Russell, 22, Inola junior, is looking forward to this trip.
 “I haven’t even visited a beach before so I am excited to experience a whole different culture and to be able to see the places we learn about in history classes,” said Russell.
The students will visit Paris, London, Germany, Berlin, Versailles and Normandy, just to name a few.

Deicide stomps the stages at The Marquee

Stacie Guthrie

     It is the start of a new month a time to try new things. On March 1 Deicide will perform in Tulsa at The Marquee at 8:30 p.m. The opening acts will consist of Pathology, Belphegor, Blackguard and Neuraxis. This show will consists of great old school metal bands and are still true to their roots. Deicide is one of the few bands that have been around for a long time that are of the Death/Thrash metal sound.
     “I am very excited to see these bands, I haven’t been to a true metal show in a long while,” said Amber Leech, Tahlequah Resident.
     Those interested can purchase tickets at Starship Records and Tapes or a The Marquee.

Z104.5 The Edge rocks the Cain's with local talent

Preston Toombs

     Once again, it is time to rock out at the Cain’s Ballroom. Z-104.5 The Edge presents the 2011 Tulsa Original Music Showcase featuring local bands from Tulsa and surrounding areas.
     Oklahoma’s own Taddy Porter, Fiawna Forte, Eric & The Adams, and The Del Toros will perform live on the main stage Friday, March 4. Come get a taste of what the Sooner State has to offer.
     “I never miss a Taddy Porter show,” said Tristan Hughes, Jay senior. “I’m all about it. I’m pretty excited to see what the others got going on too.”
     Tickets are on sale now at the Cain's box office, Starship Records, Reasor's Stores, Ida Red, Buy for Le$$ in OKC,, or by phone at (866) 977-6849.
     Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 the day of concert. Doors open at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Boren, Keller, Sanford discuss women in leadership

Caleb Dobbs
Transgender, vagina, feminist and sex are words that may not come up in public conversation. They did when Dr. Cari Keller, Dr. Amy Aldridge Sanford and Dean of Student Affairs Laura Boren presented Leadership and Change class focusing on women in leadership positions Feb. 24.
“It was extremely empowering, an inspiration to anyone who wished to learn the true meaning of feminine and masculine leadership styles,” said Nicole Caden, Owasso freshman.
Besides taking the BEM Sex Role Inventory to identify their own style of leadership, students were given glimpses into the lives of the three speakers who had to overcome challenges pertaining to their sex. Interestingly enough, all three confessed to leading with a predominantly masculine-style of leadership attributed to various phenomena in earlier stages of their leadership development.
“Sadly women tend to become men or shut-up upon achieving a high position,” said Sanford, assistant professor of communication studies.
This was attributed to the ill-treatment women are still shown today. Prior to class Boren and Sanford received an offensive e-mail from an undisclosed NSU faculty member who compared the three women leading the class to a picture of three witches and a brewing cauldron.
“It is a good thing I did not get the e-mail,” said Keller, professor of criminal justice. “Because I can't step down from a challenge.”
Sanford did respond to the man’s e-mail, but wasted no time on her reply.
 “You’re in the pot,” said Sanford.
Trends can be identified while one’s skills in leadership enhanced in Leadership and Change, whether it be concerning women in leadership or global issues of change in society.
For more information about upcoming classes open to NSU and the community, visit

Chesney warms up to rock BOK stage in April

Jordyn Jorgenson

     It is springtime, and love is in the air. Many guys are looking for the right way to a girl’s heart, or maybe just to show her a good time. A Kenny Chesney concert may be just the answer.
     “I‘m really excited about the Kenny Chesney concert," said Brittany Paul, Claremore freshman. "He is really hot and I love his music; I am really lucky to have a special guy in my life to take me to drool over another guy and not get upset.”
     Chesney is a contemporary country music star with hits such as, “She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy," and, “Somewhere with You.” Also featured in the concert is Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker. The concert is April 2, doors open at 5:30 p.m. and begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now starting at $25. For information visit

Founders Day run jumps the line Saturday

Zachary Whatley

     For people who enjoy running and like a little competition, there is a 5k fun run coming soon. The second annual 5k Founders Day Fun run will be Saturday March, 5.
     Race-day registration is $20 for individuals or $40 for a 3-person relay. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the run begins at 8:30 a.m. at Centennial Plaza. The run will start at the Centennial Plaza south of Seminary Hall.
     “I enjoyed the scenary while on the run,” said Shawn Dolan, Jenks senior.
     The run is being put on by the Student Foundation, known for giving out scholarships and raising money for students at NSU. All the proceeds from the race go to benefit Student Foundation. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in male and female categories. Door prizes will be given away after the race.

Carney dies at 26

Jonathan McCall

     Many people go through life playing by the rules and being cautious. Phi Lambda Chi alumni and former NSU student Steven Curtis Carney, 26, was the exception.
     Recently, he was killed in a four-wheeler accident when his four-wheeler flipped onto him, crushing his lungs in the process. He was able to make it to the hospital but unfortunately he did not survive.
     So many people were affected by Carney’s death.
     “He was a great guy. Always fun to be around and you always knew if you needed something he would do what he could to help,” said Jeff Kitchens, Phi Lambda Chi Alumni and NSU employee.
     His funeral service was Thursday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Reed-Culver Funeral Chapel in Tahlequah. Interment was followed at Mt. Zion Cemetery Services and was entrusted to Reed-Culver Funeral Home of Tahlequah.
     Although he has been out of school for a while, his effect on the community around Tahlequah and the NSU campus has lasted for all these years. Even after his death, the memory of Steven Carney will live on in the hearts of his family, friends and fraternity brothers of Phi Lambda Chi.

NAB presents In-Q slam poet at NSU

Kendra Sweet

     Slam poetry may not be an event that NSU students are familiar with, but Northeastern Activities Board wants to introduce everyone to slam poetry. On Tuesday, March 1 In-Q will grace the stage with slam poetry in the University Center’s Red Bud room. 
     This year the NAB board was taken to a confrence called National Association of Campus Activities in Arlington Texas, where they were given the chance to view talent from arcross the nation in hopes of finding event material. NACA is the place that In-Q caught their eye and he is on his way here.
     “In-Q is an amazing story teller and poet. His words are so heart felt they make you want to cry. He talks about everything from love to social issues. I am so excited to introduce NSU to such an amazing speaker. I hope everyone comes out and becomes a fan,” said Jasmime Miller, Tahlequah junior.
     This event should be eye opening and inspiring. NAB participation has been at a low lately and NAB chairmembers are hoping for a large turn out.
     “In-Q is amazing. I had never watched slam poetry until the NACA conference and I'm glad I was given that oppurtunity. It's more than just poetry its acting, rapping, singing, and song writing all put together to form something extraordinary and thoughtful,” said Daniel Adney.

SCEC swings into the Elk's Lodge for dance

Autumn Barnett

     For those looking for something to do this Saturday the Student Council for Exceptional Children has a dance for disabled individuals each month that is open to the public. The ages can range from infants to elderly and friends and families are welcome to attend.
     The dance for this month is scheduled to be held Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Elk’s Lodge in Tahlequah. The dance will begin at 1 p.m. and will end at 3 p.m.
     “There will be pop, popcorn, cookies and much more,” said Sarah Young, SCEC president, “Everything is free. Everything.”
     There will also be a DJ present throughout the entire dance to provide music.
     For more information about this event or about the organization e-mail or visit their website at Be sure to add them on facebook.

Big Event gives back to Tahlequah community

Derek Dandridge

     Attention Northeastern State students, spring means it is time to do a little bit of cleaning. NSU presents the Big Event Saturday, March 26. The Big Event is an annual one-day community service, where the students, faculty and staff can give back to Tahlequah.
     In 1982 Joe Nussbaum, vice president of Student Government Association at Texas A&M University, started The Big Event for students and faculty to give back and say thank you to the town of College Station, Texas.
     “I love coming to the Big Event. This will be my second year being able to volunteer,” said Nick Tims, Owasso sophomore.
     NSU is currently in its fourth year of holding the event.
     “It just feels good being able to help out the community and clean up Tahlequah,” said Tims.
     So if any students are interested in getting involved with the Big Event, just make sure to pick up a form for volunteering at Student Affairs before March 1. For more information, e-mail or call 918.444.2526.