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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Hillel: My home away from home

Blog 3Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes from Lilly K., a sophomore Nursing major from Dallas, Texas.

The Hillel is my home away from home. When I came to college I was afraid that I wasn’t going to be able to find a Jewish community that I loved as much as the one I had back home. A place where everyone knows your name and are glad that you showed up to services, the holiday celebration or a baby naming. As soon as I arrived at the Fall Activities Fair, I searched the rows of tables, looking for the one for the Hillel. I knew that I needed to stay connected to my faith and community in some way or another. Since the day I walked up to the table and put my name on the list, I haven’t stopped showing up.

So many people have made me feel welcome! Continue reading

Diversity @ TU

2014-06-12 16.45.52Hi everyone!

I hope you guys are all keeping warm out there and finding the motivation to make it another week until Thanksgiving Break (if you happen to find some motivation, could I borrow some?)!  A huge arctic front blew in on Monday night and the temperature is now wavering between the upper 20s and lowers 30s (nothing says ‘I’m a go-getter!’ like staying huddled under the covers of your bed).  I’m currently in McFarlin Library sipping some hot chocolate (Mmmm!) which is definitely helping!

Today, I’d like to discuss something very near and dear to me: diversity!  I happen to be Indian-American, as in I was born and raised here in the U.S. (shout out to anyone reading this who is from my home state of New Jersey!), but under the influence of Indian culture (my parents are both immigrants from India).  My ethnic heritage is extremely important to me; therefore, it is essential that I be able to express my cultural identity, share it with others, and learn about others’ cultures. Continue reading