Friday, April 29, 2011

N'Tune Music provides everything for Tahlequah musicians

Kris Elliot

Tahlequah’s local music scene has been around for ages, and the new center of that scene is the N’Tune Music store. Michael Burris, owner and operator, opened N’Tune music on Mimosa Lane in Tahlequah almost eight years ago, and has settled in nicely.
“N’Tune Music offers a full line of musical instruments including guitars, basses, amps, drums, PA systems and even violins,” said Burris. “We have 35 years of live sound experience and can answer pretty much any questions you might have about music.”
Along with musical instruments, N’Tune Music also offers repair services on all types of gear.
“We do repairs on pretty much any stringed instrument,” said Burris. “We can even fix old amps and broken electronic equipment.”
N’Tune Music is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Every Saturday they have live music and open mic sessions from 1 p.m. -3 p.m.
“If you want to play or just hear some live music, come on by and have a good time,” said Burris.
N’Tune Music is located at 207 Mimosa Lane. For more questions call (918) 456-4339

Saiki performs live concert to help fund Japan relief efforts

Austin MacDonald

     It is concert time. Come out and watch a concert on April 17 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the Jazz Lab. This concert is called The Help Japan. This concert is being performed because Michiko Saiki, a music student at NSU and Japanese national, felt helpless after the earthquake and tsunami had hit. So she decided to come up with a fundraiser to help Japan out. 
     Saiki is a piano player so she and a few other students are going to put on a concert in the Jazz Lab.
     “The event gives students a way to support the Japanese Red Cross Society in their efforts to help those in need,” said Angelika Copp, office manager in International Programs.
     Many of the Japanese students at NSU felt they needed to help their country in any way possible and since they are so far away they did not know what they could do. Michiko came up with the concert and fundraiser idea and her interest has been extraordinary. Come out and watch a great concert performed live.

Tahlequah Public Library features Toddler Tales

Preston Toombs

     There’s finally a place for your young, creative and eager to learn children to gather and put their ambitions to good use. Tahlequah Public Library is putting on an event where children will listen to stories and make crafts called Toddler Tales.
     “It’s a great time. The children have lots of fun and learn a lot too,” said Cherokee Lowe, Tahlequah Public Library employee.
      Toddler Tales is Friday, April 22 at 9:30 a.m. at the library’s children’s area. Call 918-456-2581 or go to www.tahlequah.lib.ok.us for more information.

Welcome to the Family tour rocks OKC

Stacie Guthrie
     May is the month of freedom for some, it being the month that schools lets out for summer. This month is the start of outdoor concerts and many festivals, or to be cheesy the month when the flowers come out.
     The Welcome to the Family tour including Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine and Three Days Grace will stop in Oklahoma City May 13 at the Zoo Amphitheater, door open at 6:30 p.m. and this is an all age’s event.  The general admission tickets for this event are $39 and you can get them at Buy for Less locations in OKC, Reasor's, Starship Records in Tulsa, charge by phone at (800) 511-1552 or online at protix.com.
     “I am very excited to see A7X again, I love them so much. The only bad thing about this concert is that The Rev will not be there, I guess you could say it would be bittersweet if anything," said Laura Corn, Tahlequah resident.

Avalanche Tour rocks Tulsa in April

Rachel Dobbs 

     This April, music lovers will prepare themselves to rock. The 1st Avalanche Tour is making its way to Tulsa and bringing several popular bands.
     The Avalanche Tour is going to have some of the biggest bands in today’s rock music. This event features Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, Skillet, Halestorm and Art of Dying.  
     “I know a couple of the bands, but I’m excited to hear the other bands perform,” said David Steelmon, Hulbert junior.
      This is a once in a lifetime event to see all these bands play together  under the same roof, so make sure not to miss out! The Avalanche Tour is at Brady Theater on April 19. Tickets are $33 to $37.50 and doors open at 4:30 p.m. 
      For more information on this event, contact the Brady Theater at (918) 582-7239.

NSU Theatre Company presents 'Noises Off'

Caleb Dobbs

     The New York Times calls ‘Noises Off’ spectacularly funny, the most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy, a peerless backstage farce and a festival of delirium. 
     Worth watching would be an understatement said Brianna Burnett, assistant stage manager. She described the complexity of the second act as staggering but full of potential.
     “The section needs work, but it is seriously going to be funny when we get it down,” said Burnett.
     NSU Theatre Company proudly presents Michael Frayn’s play April 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. NSU alumni, veteran student-actors and first time to the stage cast members have been rehearsing since Feb. 20.
     Sardines, flowers, sleeping-around-drama, wipeouts, bags, bottles, boxes, axes and death threats will be flying around each performance.
     Visit http://academics.nsuok.edu/theatre/Tickets.aspx to snag a ticket.

Broadcast production class features class productions

Brittany Crase

     Come support your peers and get free entertainment. This semester, instructor Michael Gaede’s broadcast production class has made several videos and motion pictures. The students have put forth a number of hours and hard work to display their talents. 
     “The students have worked hard all semester on their projects and it’d be nice for people to see our work, said Elizabeth Gibson, Muskogee junior.” 
     The presentations will be shown in Leoser, Room 240 on April 29 at 9 a.m. There is no admission cost to attend. For more information contact gaede@nsuok.edu. 

OKC Thunder makes noise heading into playoffs

Derek Dandridge

     The Oklahoma City Thunder locked up the fourth seed in the Western Conference, finishing the year with a 55-27 record, five games better than they finished last season. The Thunder will play the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.
    Last year the Thunder surprised most critics with making the eighth seed in the Western Conference and taking the two-time defending champs to a six game series. Though many NBA fans still see Bryant and the Lakers bringing home the NBA title for three peat, others appear optimistic about how much noise the Thunder can make this post season.
     “The Thunder is a team that nobody wants to face in the playoffs,” said Brandon Guthrie, Broken Bow senior. “If they don’t win it this year, I feel they will grow more as a team with getting some playoff experience and definitely be the favorites to win next season.
     Though only time will tell how the Thunder will react to this challenge, but with the NBA’s scoring leader Kevin Durant, things seem like they are on the right track in OKC.
     The NBA playoffs start April 17, for further information contact your local cable provider on times and listings.

Kappa Sigma fraternity raises money with 'Mmmbop'

Ally Burt

     Most students can probably recall back in the late 1990s when the three Hanson brothers ruled the airwaves. Their most popular song was their upbeat and catchy tune, “Mmmbop.”      
     Those who are fans of Hanson’s “Mmmbop” may find themselves loathing that song in the near future.
     The Kappa Sigma fraternity will play Hanson’s hit song non-stop from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in front of the University Center Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22.
     “Our fraternity is running low on money and we are in need of funds for a leadership conference,” said Sam Kusler, Gore freshman. “Every donation counts.”
     Until their goal of $400 is reached, “The Hanson Headache” will continue. For more information contact Sam Kusler at (918) 616-5971.

Calf Fry cooks up musical talent in Stillwater

Jordyn Jorgenson

     The sun is out, summer is close, and Tumbleweed’s Annual Calf Fry is here. Calf Fry has grown to become the major music event of the year in Stillwater.  It is an event that brings in big name bands and also allows local bands a chance to get their names out there.  Bailey Martindale, Broken Arrow junior, will attend.
     “I love Calf Fry. I try to go every year, but am really excited to see the Casey Donahew Band this year," said Martindale. “I am going to buy a three-day pass and celebrate the end of the school year.”
     Calf Fry is known for its great line up. This year the artists Johnny Cooper, Casey Donahew Band, Kyle Bennett Band, Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition, and Tahlequah’s own Turnpike Trubadours will play Thursday, April 28. Eli Young Band, Randy Rogers Band, Josh Abbott Band, 2 Steps Back, and Bo Phillips will play Friday, April 29, with Charlie Robison, No Justice, Mike McClure Band, Chance Anderson, and Left Foot Sally following on Saturday, April 30. 
      For more information visit http://calffry.com/ . To purchase single day passes or passes for all three days go to http://www.protixonline.com/Event_List.asp?venue=The+Tumbleweed .

River business prepare for summer season

Kimberly Doyle

     The sun is popping and the weather is nice, so grab some friends and head on down to the river. Along state Highway 10, just outside of Tahlequah, there are so many popular resorts along the Illinois River that will soon fill up. Most resorts have already opened up for the weekends during April, but May 1 they will be open again for seven days a week.
     “I love going to the river. My favorite part is tanning of course, but I always have a blast getting together with all of my friends. There’s never a dull moment and the river is a perfect place for us all to have fun,” said Kirbi Lobaugh, Keys freshman.
     Some of the popular places to go are the War Eagle and Diamondhead resorts. Most like to float down the river in canoes or rafts with friends and family, but some even enjoy camping out in cabins or at the campsites. There are even a couple of water slides along the river too. One is located at the corner of state Highways 51 and 10 at the All American Floats where they even have miniature golf, and the other is located at War Eagle, which is just a few miles down the road.
     For those that enjoy having fun and cooling off, the river might just be the happening place. Grab a few cold ones, a swim suit and of course the sunscreen, then head on down to one of the Illinois River resorts for some fun in the sun.

Underground Graphics looks to increase membership

Christina M Williams

      Underground Graphics is looking for bright creatives to join this new student organization for the upcoming semester.
      "Meetings are held at 6 p.m. in Room 206 in the library Wednesdays. We will soon be holding elections for the next school year," said Amanda Bilberry, current UG vice president.
      Membership fee is $20 a year. Costs go to cover contest entry fees and events throughout the year.

Markoma offer workout variety for all fitness members

Natalie Johnson
     Ready to lose inches before summer comes? Drop your winter weight at the great workout classes in Markoma fitness gym in Tahlequah.
     “Markoma offers fitness classes for young teens and adults to participate in if they desire. The yoga and pilates is a great way to relieve stress and get a great workout,” said NSU alumni, David Qualls.
     “I am one of many fitness instructors at Markoma and I teach the Kettle Bell class.  I instruct the members in a 30-minute cardio kettle bell exercises three times a week and 20-minute abdominal class with the kettle bell as well,” said NSU senior, Brandon Goad.
     “Everyone I have come across has enjoyed the fitness classes that are available here at Markoma.  I hear a lot about zumba, kick-boxing, and abdominal class from the members here,” said NSU senior, Keanna Dry.
     For more information about Markoma fitness gym go to www.cherokeenation.org.

MUN dinner honors outstanding students

Misty Grady

     With the end of school closing in quickly there are many ceremonies, meetings and events on campus. While all majors have been active this semester, the political science department has been on working overtime since last semester.
     Because of the striking headway the students have made the department is holding a dinner and celebration for the students dedicated to political research projects, organizations such as OIL and MUN, and classes within the department. Non-political science majors who are involved in the activities of the department are also invited.
     “Every year MUN has a dinner to commend students, but this year it has been expanded
to the entire department as a part of the student centered active learning style being advocated by NSU,” Dr. Ron Becker, assistant professor of political science said. “I think it is important that students are recognized for their individual achievements.”
     Dr. Don Betz, 17th president of Northeastern State University, was invited and is anticipated to be at the dinner on April 25 to congratulate the students involved in the department.
     For more information, contact Becker at beckerrw@nsuok.edu.

NSGA shows 'Babies' as first diversity event

Kendra Sweet

     Northeastern State Government Association and Northeastern Activities Board are teaming up to give students a chance to take a journey around the world. This event takes place in the UC ballroom April 25-25 from 11-1 p.m.
     NAB and NSGA will provide different foods from indifferent areas around the world along with showing the movie “Babies.” The movie is a documentary that films the lives of four babies form four different parts of the world. The movie is said to be a feel good, inspiring,
eye-opening and at times a poignant cinematic must see film by the New York Times.
     “This is our first diversity event so we are hoping it goes well. I’m really excited to have the chance to bring these two organizations together to bring students an event that is exciting and eye opening all at the same time. I hope to see lots of student’s there.” said Sandra Guzman, Claremore senior and NAB films chairperson.
     For more information call 444-2526 or stop by the student activities office located in the UC basement.

Pryor readies for Rocklahoma in May

Autumn Barnett

     Start the summer of with a great concert. Rocklahoma 2011 is coming to Pryor, Okla., May 27, 28 and 29. With great bands such as Seether, Drowning Pool, Texas Hippie Coalition and plenty more everyone is sure to have a great time.
     Weekend tickets are on sale now and the prices for them go up April 15 at 10 a.m. Single-day tickets are available for purchase.
     Door times for access to Rocklahoma stages will begin at 3 p.m. To locate directions or for more information visit http://rocklahoma.com.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Grand Opening of The Branch Coming Soon

Kris Elliott

     The city of Tahlequah is aching for a new place to eat and have a drink. Their expectations will soon be tested by the restaurant formerly known as Town Branch, which will reopen under a new title: The Branch.
     Jack Martin, Spavinaw senior, remembers the old Town Branch from his early days at NSU.
     “Cheap beer and okay food,” said Martin. “That’s about all you could expect from the Town Branch I remember, so I’m excited to see what they’re coming out with.”
     With a complete renovation, a new owner, and a new head chef, The Branch plans to wipe those memories away for good.
     Lynsey Stroud, Sallisaw sophomore, is currently in training at The Branch as a cocktail waitress. She was highly impressed at the look of the recently renovated restaurant.
     “Everything looks new,” said Stroud. “The wooden tables and leather chairs, the huge bar, the back patio. They even added an upstairs dining area.”
     The Branch will be a fine dining restaurant with menu items including: Wood-Grilled Prime Ribeye, Stuffed Porterhouse Porkchops, and Bacon-Wrapped Chipotle Ceviche.
     College students and people of the town have been watching the building’s construction during the past eight months and are intrigued and excited about the new restaurant’s opening. The Branch is shooting for mid-April as a possible opening date. So throw out old memories about Town Branch, and get ready for the newly remodeled, Tahlequah owned, fine dining experience known as The Branch.

Tulsa Job Fair show students potential employment


Natalie Johnson
    Attention students get your head in the door at the Tulsa Job Fair and look into your future
    “The Tulsa Job Fair has helped me find my current job and I love it. The people were more than helpful and I got an interview with my company right on the spot, it was life changing for me,” said Christopher Michael Johnson, NEO alumni, Miami senior. 
     The Tulsa Collegiate Job Fair is held every year for students to speak to businesses that would like to hire in the future and helps students get a feel of what to somewhat expect in the working world.
     “The Collegiate Job Fair is an awesome place to see what businesses are out there and find what I was interested in. I went every year I was in college at NSU Tahlequah,” said Ignacio Daniel Garcia, NSU alumni, NSU baseball graduate assistant.
     The colleges participating in the job fair are the following TCC, NSU, ORU, OU-Tulsa, OSU-Tulsa, TU, Langston, Bacone College and RSU.

     “When I attended Tulsa University, I went to the Job Fair every year and I got my accounting job to support my wife and helped me figure out I wanted to become a lawyer,” said Clayton L. Badger, TU alumni. 
          The job fair is at the University of Tulsa in the Reynolds Center at 11th and Harvard in Tulsa on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. For more information go to http://www.TulsaCollegiateJobFair.com.

Contestants prepare for April pageants

Jordan Jorgenson

     Pageant season is in the air, and this spring there are two upcoming on-campus pageants for students to attend; the Greek God/Goddess and Mr. NSU. Although both of these pageants will take place within a week of each other, they are different in material. Lauren Salts, Skiatook freshman, is excited about competing.
     “I am participating in the Greek God/Goddess pageant,” said Saltz. “It is the first time that there has been an all Greek pageant during Greek Week. I am a little nervous, but really excited to showcase my talent. The pageant will consist of an interview, toga, talent, and a final question portion.”
     Mr. NSU, sponsored by the NSU Northeastern Student Government Association, is a little more traditional. 
     “The annual Mr. NSU pageant has a traditional pageant set up,” said Matthew Reece, NSU student body president. “There will be an interview process which counts as part of their, and the contestants selected will compete in an opening number, a talent, formal wear and swimsuit competition. We are going for a jungle theme this year so it should be a lot of fun and very interesting.”
     The Mr. NSU pageant is April 19, with five contestants and the Greek God/Goddess is April 7 with four girls, and four guys as contestants. 
     For more information contact the Student Activities office at 918-444-2526.

Phi Lambda Chi looks to build membership, leave legacy


Jonathan McCall
    On March 31, 2011 the members of Phi Lambda Chi social fraternity celebrated their 72nd year on campus at NSU. Phi Lambda Chi’s first chapter was established March 15, 1925 at the University of Central Arkansas under the name “Aztecs” and later changed their name in 1927 to Phi Lambda Chi. In 1939 Phi Lambda Chi nationalized and created their second chapter (Beta chapter) located at NSU.
     “The best part of Phi Lambda Chi is the friends and connections you make for a lifetime,” said Jeff Kitchens, Phi Lambda Chi alumnus.
     The Phi Lambs, as they are commonly referred to, are involved on and off campus. They do volunteer services around the community including highway cleanups and the Big Event sponsored by NAB as well as on-campus events such as Greek Sing and Homecoming.
     “Phi Lambda Chi is just a bunch of guys hanging out. Best friends, being brothers, and everything in between,” said Jonathan Qualls, treasurer of Phi Lambda Chi and Sallisaw freshman. “Our motto here is: we don’t think; we believe.”
     Although the chapter may only have 10 members, they are constantly looking for men to recruit to join their brotherhood, said Qualls.
     “Phi Lambda Chi is a fraternity that is steadily growing,” said Qualls. “One of the main reasons I chose Phi Lambda Chi was because they were so outgoing to get me to join.”
     The Phi Lambs hold Rush during the spring, summer and fall semesters. During this time, the Phi Lambs meet with many potential new members and learn about them.
     “When we look for people to rush our fraternity, we look for people who are intelligent, funny, fun to be around, respectable, sociable and trustworthy,” said Qualls.
     Although Phi Lambda Chi has been on the NSU campus for 72 years, the members of Phi Lambda Chi do not intend on leaving this campus without making sure that their fraternity and the values it represents continues to be exemplified through the campus and the community.
For more information about Phi Lambda Chi, visit http://arapaho.nsuok.edu/~philamb/ or e-mail ail Stephen Hurlbut at philamb@nsuok.edu.

NAB brings Harry Potter in NSU campus

Kendra Sweet

     Northeastern Activities Board presents “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1” April 5 at 7 p.m. in the U.C. Ballroom. 
     Harry Potter movies have many fans and NAB is bringing it to NSU. The event is free for NSU students. Not only will the movie be playing but dinner will be provided. NAB will provide chicken strips with garlic mashed potatoes gravy and ranch dressing.  This event is perfect for an all expenses paid date night. 
     The Harry Potter series has brought many mystical stories to the big screen and this movie is the first part of the last book in the series. A high attendance is expected for this event considering the vast number of Potter fans. NAB films committee works hard all year around to give students the opportunity to view live entertainment and Harry Potter has been a crowd favorite.
     “We play this yearly because it usually has a good turn out. There is even a Harry Potter club on campus. I’m very excited about his event being a Potter fan myself. There are also two more NAB films to look forward to this semester,” said Sandra Guzman, Claremore junior and NAB films chairperson.
Zachary Whatley
     Want to show some school spirit, then come and show some support and watch the NSU softball team play. The week of Saturday April 9 through April 16 the softball team plays in multiple different games. 
     There will be two home games during the week, they are on April 15 and 16. The rest of the games are away games. They have six games total throughout the week. The three teams that they will face are Central Oklahoma, Mo. Southern St. and East Central. 
     “I always like to watch our girls play, it’s fun to take some time away from work and school to go to one of the games,” said Jonathon Kidd, Garden City, Kan. freshman. 

Arms show visits QuikTrip Center in Tulsa

Rachel Dobbs

       Hunters, collectors and weapon fanatics need to be on the lookout. The Wanenmacher’s Arm Show is coming to the QuikTrip Center in Tulsa on April 2-3. 
     This show has more than 4,100 tables, and will have any and every type of weapon one could think of; from the latest in guns and ammunition, to collectors military and civil war knives and weaponry. There are many styles of tasers and pistols to select from too. They also host free demonstrations for anyone interested.  
     “The main reason I’m going is to find reasonable prices that you wouldn’t find in retail stores on guns and ammunition,” said Clint Garland, Keys freshman. 
     This event is a hit for anyone who is an avid hunter, a collector looking for a new treasure, a police/security officer or just anyone that loves the world of weaponry. 
     Admission is just $10 for adults and $3 for children. The days and times are Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. This event is known to be the world’s largest gun show, so come out and enjoy what all they have to offer.
     For more information, call (918) 492-0401 or e-mail them at mail@tulsaarmsshow.com. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Maxwell, Grayson featured at The Art Gallery

Derek Dandridge

     Come on out and support Briana Maxwell and William Grayson's senior capstone gallery. Enjoy free food and drinks while checking out what Maxwell and Grayson have spent the last four years accomplishing. The show is April 1, doors open at 6 p.m. Entry is free to this exhibit.
At the NSU Art Gallery, located next to Vidalia’s, these students will display all sorts of art forms, whether it is through a photograph or a painting.
     “I’m really excited to see the art show this Friday,” said Mark Barrowcliff, Siloam Springs Ark. sophomore. “It’s my first time to go, but I’ve seen previews of the gallery and it looks great.”
     Each year graduating seniors are required, as part of completing their curriculum, to exhibit their work in a senior capstone exhibit.
      For further information on the upcoming events, contact (918) 444-4604, or  e-mail NSU Art Gallery at cotton02@nsuok.edu

Campus gears for Greek Week competitions

Ally Burt

     A week in the spring semester that a group of people look forward to every year is almost upon NSU. It’s not Spring Break, but Greek Week so let the games begin.
     NSU used to have the week’s activities revolving around each chapter battling each other on the court or the field, but do to the arousal of violent behavior in the past, Greek Affairs changed the format of Greek Week. Now it entails fun, mildly competitive games urging unity rather than confrontation.
     “We have a lot of fun activities planned for everyone and it should be a great week,” said Heather Harris, Panhellenic Greek Week Committee member.
     Harris went on the say that Sunday will be a tailgate to better explain what the week will consist of. Monday is Olympic day where fun games such as egg toss, sack race and eating contests will take place. Tuesday will be a philanthropy day, and Wednesday is a Greek God and Goddess pageant. The pageant will include a talent portion, interview and toga wear. Awards will be given out Thursday.

NAB presents Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Caleb Dobbs

    Wizards and witches hungry for magic should apparate to the U.C. Ballroom April 5. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” will be shown to muggles as well, but these individuals will have to assume less fanciful transportation.
     Harry Potter has been a NAB Films favorite as well as a crowd pleaser. The newest journey in the saga plays at 7 p.m. was a natural choice.
     “In the past it has had high attendance, especially since there is a whole organization dedicated to Harry Potter on campus,” said Sandra Guzman, NAB Films chairperson.
     A variety of snacks will be provided free of charge compliments of NAB. These include chicken tenders, ranch dressing and mashed potatoes. Beverages are also available and free.
    “Bring pillows and blankets if you wish, but seating at round tables will be available,” said Guzman.
     For more information about the event contact guzmans@nsuok.edu

TOMS shoes raises awareness without shoes

Kim Doyle

     It is a day to know and a day to rub your feet in the dirt to help with a cause. It is the TOMS One Day Without Shoes event. Coming up April 5, TOMS shoes will raise awareness of the impact one pair of shoes can make on a child’s life. This is an annual event where students, faculty, friends, family and even strangers take one day to join in or participate in events without shoes.
     “I like walking around bare footed. Only thing is if it’s cold or wet, that might be a problem,” said Kassandra Peck, Stilwell sophomore.
     Of course many are not used to walking around bare footed to class, work, or even outside to their cars but going one day without shoes will show just how important it is to have just one pair. There are so many children in the world that are not as privileged to wear shoes and protect their feet. Being aware just might make a difference.
     “It’s for a good cause. I know I’m just a simple person making a small change but it’s going to make a big difference,” said Kassandra Peck, Stilwell sophomore.
      For every pair of shoes that the TOMS company sales, they donate one pair to a child in need. So join in on the cause and sacrifice a day without shoes, or purchase a pair of TOMS to help a child. They are available at most shoe stores in the area and online at www.toms.com. It only takes one person to make a big difference, imagine what more can do.

Men gear up with high heels to benefit HIC

Brittany Crase

     Put on your walking shoes boys. “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is an international event and this April it is coming to Tahlequah. This is the 10th anniversary for the fundraiser. This year Help-In-Crisis is sponsoring the walk from Norris Park to the Cherokee County Courthouse and back. Sounds easy enough right? There are already 70 men signed up to make the walk, but the catch is they will wear women’s high heel shoes. The walk is to raise funds for HIC and awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence.
     “My wife has the camera fully charged and has promised me a foot massage, said Cy Selfridge, Tahlequah resident.
     The walk is April 16. To sign up to sponsor or participate in HIC’s “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” contact the agency at (918) 456-0673. All proceeds benefit HIC. 

Metal performances featured at the Marquee

By Stacie Guthrie

     At any age there is a possibility for listening to the music most like to bang their head to, metal. When some think of metal they might think of the “devil's music,” which in this case it will be nowhere to be heard on this eventful night.
     Horror-themed American metalcore band Motionless in White will perform at the Marquee with such acts as For Today, Chelsea Grin, For the Fallen Dreams and In the Midst If Lions. The show is Saturday, April 16, doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $16.
     “I’m excited to see what Motionless in White has to offer since one of my favorite performers, Wednesday 13, bases almost all of his music and stage performance on the horror-theme style,” said April Potts, Tahlequah resident.
     This concert is an all-ages show and would be great to bring a younger sibling to since the venue is not too big and neither are the bands. 
     For more information on where to pick up tickets you can go to www.ticketstorm.com/event/fortodaychelseagrinmotionlessinwhite/themarquee/tulsa/6388/, or on the day of you can get them at the venue.

'Chicago' comes to Muskogee Little Theatre

Austin MacDonald

     Murders will happen in Muskogee.  For those who want to watch people get killed and see a couple people come back to life, then come to Muskogee and watch a play called Chicago.      
     This play is about greed, fame, corruption, violence and murder. This play is at the Muskogee Little Theater from April 1-3 and April 6-10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Seats are limited, so hurry and get a ticket before they are filled.
     “I love Chicago. This show is a great mix of humorous dialogue and musical numbers. Chicago will be one of my favorite plays that I am in and this is a great challenge for me because this play is harder than any other I have been in,” said Chris Orr, Fort Gibson sophomore. 
     Every year a committee of people from the Muskogee Little Theater choose different plays for each year and this year Chicago will be the biggest show happening. Chicago will keep you on your toes wondering what is happening next. Chicago is great and popular, so go to Muskogee and grab a ticket and watch the play. 

Funding approved for political science department

Misty Grady

     The political science department has been researching the way democrats in Eastern Oklahoma think, believe and vote. This research is being presented in several different conferences, including National Social Science Associations conference in Las Vegas this coming April 17-19.
     Dr. Daniel Savage, assistant professor of political science, received happy news on March 28 concerning the research, which is continuing in the fall semester.  The research group has been granted funding for salary to students working on the research as well as a budget for making calls and conducting the research. Currently there are six students heavily involved in the research who expect to continue the study.
     “While the funding is contingent on the Faculty Research Committee getting its expected funding, the FRC approved a $7,800 grant,” Savage said. “It would be split between $5,000 to pay students to man the telephone banks and $2,800 to pay for long-distance phone calls.”
     For information on how to get involved in the research or for more details on the research project, contact Savage at savagedm@nsuok.edu or Dr. Ron Becker, assistant professor of political science and head of the research project at beckerrw@nsuok.edu.

Tahlequah steps back in time with Red Fern Festival

Preston Toombs



     Get ready to step back in time, the 1930s in fact, and revisit how old-fashioned folk used to play. Inspired by the novel based in Tahlequah, “Where the Red Fern Grows,” the festival features the times of simplicity with something for the whole family to enjoy.

     The two-day event Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 in downtown Tahlequah, the Red Fern Festival will have hound dog field trials, 1930s era children’s games, a car show, and more. In tune with its theme, there will be tours of the locations from the novel. There will also be a barbeque cook-off, numerous unique and rustic food vendors, a tractor parade and live music.

     “My sister went there last year and had a good time, that’s actually where the red fern on my front porch came from,” said Debbie Hudgens, Tahlequah senior.

     The festival is from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. For more information on the Red Fern Festival, visit website www.redfernfestival.com or call 918-456-3742.

Visual communication students head to Dallas

Christina Williams


     This weekend a handful of NSU visual communication students are in Dallas attending the 7th Annual Dallas Society of Visual Communications.
     "I am hoping to prepare myself for my final senior year-how to prove my art and skills," said Lenea Patterson, Bartlesville senior.
     The conference is stacked with studio tours, breakout sessions, paper and design samples and plenty of profession feedback.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Welch changes musical, life directions

Jesse Harp


     Brian “Head” Welch, formally a member of the band KORN, is performing at the Marquee in Tulsa Tuesday, April 19. Other bands are playing such as Decyfer Down, The Wedding and The Letter Black.
     This is a Christian concert and for all ages.
     Welch left the band in 2005 after becoming a Christian to focus on life as a father and to pursue his own
solo career. He released his debut Christian album, Save Me from Myself, in 2008.
     "I was walking one day, just doing my Rock & Roll thing making millions of bucks, you know success and everything, addicted to drugs and then the next day I had Revelation of Christ and I was like, everything changes right now," said Welch.
     Doors open 6 p.m. show at 6:30 p.m. Tickets available at Starship Records and
http://www.ticketstorm.com/event/brianheadwelchdecyferdownwguests/themarquee/tulsa/6348/

Friday, April 1, 2011

Music & Mayhem festival plans to please without CCR

Brittany Crase  

     The 5th Annual Music & Mayhem festival will continue without headliners Cross Canadian Ragweed in 2011. In May 2010, the “Boys from Oklahoma” abruptly announced a “break from touring” but they are not leaving their fans hanging.
     The event takes place every year on Memorial Day weekend at the Eufaula Cove Amphitheater and this year is no different. Kicking off the event at 4:15 p.m. are newcomers to the scene Left Foot Sally. Cody Canada & the Departed will take the stage in the number two slot. This is an unusual place for Canada, former lead singer of Ragweed but everyone knows that in the Texas/Red Dirt brotherhood dues have to be paid to be at the top of the ticket. Next, veteran performers Jason Boland & the Stragglers and the Randy Rogers Band will get the crowd pumped for 2011’s headliner Gary Allan.
     “I’m really looking forward to Mayhem this year. I have been twice in the past three years and I am just hoping it doesn’t rain. Last time it was a complete mud bath and I lost my shoes,” said Jordan Anderson, Tahlequah senior.
     For good music, good times, and cold beer, get tickets fast because this event sells out every year. Prices range from $70 for VIP passes to $30 for general admission.

     Visit www.protixonline.com for tickets and a complete list of package deals.