Celebrating Holidays Residence Hall Style

It is the last full week of classes at TU, and that also means crunch time before we get to leave for winter break.  In between studying for finals, there are a lot of celebrations to enjoy and look forward to.  This past week, two resident assistants in Fisher South put on a program to deck the halls.  With the help of residents, the whole hall turned into a holiday explosion.  The first floor is the Christmas floor complete with three different Christmas trees.

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On the second floor, the holiday is Hanukkah.

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The third floor is decorated for Kwanzaa, but the decorations were covered by a multitude of students busy with their studies.  The wall is covered with paper candles and banners in black, red, and green.

On each floor there are little notes that have facts about each holiday. So not only is it spirited, but we all get to learn a little about different cultural celebrations.

Fisher South also got to celebrate having 99% of the building complete the second round of MapWorks. This is a survey that helps staff get to know how they can better help the residents and how they are doing throughout the semester.  This time, the reward was a chocolate party and it was the perfect way to take a break from studying.

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Q&A with…Spandana M.

02-26-14 spandana maitra-103Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa is a Q&A session with sophomore Spandana M., a chemical engineering major from Dallas, Texas.

What is your favorite thing about TU?

My favorite thing about TU is the sense of community. I love the fact that I can walk across campus and am able to say hi to at least a few people and catch up a little bit with a few friends who I haven’t seen in awhile.

What is your favorite TU event or organization and why?

My favorite TU organization is Sigma Alpha Iota – which is an International Women’s Music fraternity. It’s kind of hard to de-stress sometimes being a student in the Engineering college and not being able to have a lot of classes dealing with music, which is something I immensely enjoy. With SAI, I’m able to continue having music in my life and I also get new sisters who are as passionate about music as I am, but also are a support system for me whenever times get tough or incredibly busy.

What is your favorite TU tradition?

My favorite TU tradition is definitely a new one, but is the Puppy Event during reading days within finals week. It’s always incredibly stressful around that time of the semester, and it’s nice to be able to cuddle up next to some fluffy friends and play catch or tug of war. They’re also unbelievably cute and relieve any testing blues you might be dealing with! Continue reading

Life as a Student-Athlete at TU

Julie 3Today’s Tuesday With Tulsa comes to us from Julie K., a senior Speech Pathology major from St. Louis, Mo.

My name is Julie, and I live the crazy, yet awesome life of a student-athlete here at The University of Tulsa. TU has made it possible for me to get a great education while playing the sport that I love: softball.  I’m not going to lie, being a student-athlete gets super busy at times. In addition to class and homework, I have practice and workouts to go to nearly every day.  Sometimes, I even have to miss class so I can travel to tournaments.  As a freshman, this scared me because I thought my grades would suffer for missing lectures and class discussions.  But I quickly learned that the professors at TU are very understanding of athletics. They are always eager to work with athletes one-on-one to make sure they understand everything that they missed.  I’ve even seen many professors at our games supporting us!  The faculty of TU is extremely supportive of TU athletics and its student-athletes.

Now I going to brag about my awesome team a little bit. Last season, we finished with a record of 53-9 and broke tons of team and individual records. We set the single season record for batting average (.325), hits (553), and RBI (333).  Two of my teammates received All-American honors.  We were even ranked 15th in the country at one point!  It was by far the best season we’ve ever had. Continue reading