What is ACAC? One of our seniors, Victoria, tells us about one of her favorite places on campus….
One of my favorite places on campus is Allen Chapman Activity Center, affectionately called ACAC. It serves a variety of purposes; it’s the home of the bookstore, special events are held there, and most importantly it is a second dining option on campus. Freshman and sophomores have meal plans out of the Pat Case Dining Center (aka the Caf), but for juniors and seniors like me, many of their meals are supplemented in ACAC. Like the Caf, it is a place to eat and hang out with your friends.
ACAC is a very popular lunch option for students and there are a ton of things to choose from. There’s the Convenience Store (aka the C-Store) that has candy, salad, bar, hot meal options, and even home goods for sale. There’s also a coffee shop called Phat Katz; they’ll make any specialty coffee drink! My favorite food place is Chick-Fil-A. Every Friday my friends and I have what’s called “Chick Fil-A Friday.” It started freshman year and has continued ever since. We met at noon, eat lunch, and catch up with everyone! ACAC is a great place to see everyone on campus! There’s also a Subway in ACAC that is open at the hours of a Subway off-campus. It’s an awesome choice during a late night of studying. Another favorite is Benevenuto. It is a make-your-own pasta place upstairs. You choice what you want in it (from mushrooms to shrimp) and then they stir together with either alfredo, marinara, or pesto. My favorite combination is chicken and mushrooms with a mix of marinara and alfredo sauce.
Not only is Subway an option for nighttime dining, there’s also the Hurricane Hut. The Hut is unique to TU; it is our own restaurant on campus with typical American food. My friends and I meet there every Monday night to have smoothies and appetizers. They offer great specials for students and during big athletic games they have tons of TVs to watch and food to eat.
Not only is ACAC right on campus, but you can also use your Dining dollars or Gold dollars right from your ID card. Dining dollars come with campus meal plans and Gold dollars can be added to any account by using the online system. It’s simple and easy! Without a campus meal plan, ACAC has become one of my favorite places to hangout with friends!
It’s Emily here. I have reached the point in the semester at which there is a brief lull in the total insanity characteristic of my life. It’s at about this point every year when I just want this semester’s classes to be over, and I start checking the utulsa site every day in the hope that the new schedule of courses has been posted early (it officially becomes available October 17). I couldn’t tell you why thinking about swapping this semester’s classes for a whole new batch is always soothing somehow, but I can tell you that it probably has something to do with getting closer and closer to graduation.
In other news, I have a feeling not many seniors pick up new clubs and activities in their final year, but I’ve gotten involved in a couple of organizations I’m happy to have the opportunity to be part of. The Collegian, where I am a staff writer, has become an addiction, and it’s a great excuse to talk to really interesting people on campus who I may not have gotten to know otherwise. I’ve also gotten involved with Earth Matters, and the dedicated people who are part of the group are really working to make TU a more sustainable place. We’re starting a campus garden and holding a kickoff October 22. Hooray for fresh produce!
It’s Emily here. As anyone who knows me will probably tell you, I don not exactly excel at long term planning. I will obsess over every detail of an upcoming weekend, but ask me where I see myself a year from now and I typically haven’t got a clue.
All of that changed when I stumbled upon the CDC’s Public Health Associate Program. The two year program would be a great way for me to decide if I definitely want to pursue a career in public health. I’m planning to apply when the 2012 application goes live this winter. I’m the kind of girl who always has a backup plan, but I’m super excited about the possibility of being part of PHAP.
Here’s the crazier part: I might even know what I want to do after the two year program ends. It turns out Tufts has a graduate program in agriculture, food and environment. At the moment it’s basically my dream program, and a killer way to combine my biology background, econ minor, and interest in food systems and sustainability.
We’ll see if this is still the plan a month from now, but at the moment this feels like a major step (and relieves a ton of future-related anxiety)!
from student blogger Quinn…
I told you that I would take a walk down memory lane, but I bet you didn’t think that it would be just a few minutes later…
So last semester a good friend of mine asked me to join her for a photoshoot for a Mazzios ad! If you’re not from the Tulsa or surrounding areas then you’re probably unfamiliar with it. Anyway, it’s a big deal around here. TU has a great partnership and you can always get it for free at an SA sponsored tailgate!
Shooting the ad was a great time! I guess the intense lighting was a little much for because we had to pause shooting a couple times so that I could get powdered…definitely a first for me lol. We were pretty much asked to sit in front of a couple pizzas and sodas and conversate. It was great! They told us that they could potentially use the ad for instore purposes, bill boards, etc. At the shoot I got to chat with one of my professors from freshmen year. He serves as an adjunct, but is also the VP of Marketing for Mazzios. The overall experience was one that I’ll definitely remember forever.
So after a month, I get a call from my friend who says “GO CHECK YOUR MAIL!” So immediately I do so, and there we are!…front and center on a MAZZIOS coupon distributed through out Tulsa! Later, we found out that they have the picture on the tables in the restaurant as well. Check out the ad below and go enjoy some Mazzios (I promised I wasn’ t paid to promote them)!
from student blogger Quinn…
So since working in California these past two summers, I’ve gotten hooked on pho (pronounced like fa). Pho is a vietnamese soup with rice noodles and your choice of meat. It’s simply amazing to me. I think I had it over 30 times this past summer and at least 7 times since I’ve been back in Tulsa. I haven’t been to many Pho places in Tulsa, but I do know that Viet Hong (21st and Memorial) serves a delicious bowl of pho. Plus the place is always packed!
Now I must admit that I will never eat a bowl of pho plain or without adding anything to it. I always go with a large V14 (Chicken) and add broccoli. Once the steaming bowl of pho comes out, I add lots of sriracha sauce, hoisin, and a few jalapenos. Spicy pho is the best! I’m thinking TU needs to start an organization just for people who love Pho…maybe I’ll start it and it could be called “Pho Life 4 Life?!”…and we could have our meetings on Fridays and call it Pho Friday?!
Anyway, now that you’ve gotten my shameless plug for Pho, go out and try it!