A Guide To TU International Slang

Hoyt w Chinese and Indian Orientation LeadersJordan H. is a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Tulsa, Okla.

After 3 years on campus, I’ve learned an incredibly fun way to make friends. With an international student population of nearly 1,000 students (20% of the student population), the easiest way to make friends is very simple: learn a few phrases of a foreign language.

You don’t need to become fluent in another language to achieve this! I’ve witnessed domestic students impress international students simply by introducing themselves. For many international students, this may be the first time hearing a foreign accent of their native language. This is likely to bring a giant smile to the face of your potential new friend!

Here is a short and simplified list of phrases you should keep an ear open for while on campus and maybe even try to say yourself!

Arabic: A good choice for any Mechanical or Petroleum Engineers. Very easy to make Saudi Arabian and Omanian friends

“Salaam alaykum” – “Peace be upon you” is a standard greeting often shortened to just “Salaam!”

“Kayfa haalak” – “How are you?”

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Spring Fest 2015: Reign Cane

IMG_1599It’s the end of the school year, and to a typical college student that means a mass of papers, projects and tests. At The University of Tulsa, however, we combat the stress of pre-finals week with one of the most highly anticipated events of the year—Springfest!

Every April, Student Association sponsors a week of fun activities, free food, raffles, giveaways, and much more, all leading up to a concert that is free to TU students. Here’s a look at the fun we had at this year’s Springfest!

Monday
We started off the week with tons of free food, snow cones, free T-Shirts, and listened to live music from local bands outside on Chapman Commons.

Tuesday
Movie night! We watched Pitch Perfect on a big screen in the Reynolds Center and had free popcorn, candy and soda.

Wednesday
On Wednesday, multiple food trucks lined the Chapman Commons, and all students were given $11 worth of food tickets to use at whatever trucks they wanted! Additionally, we had a mini-music festival with tons of local bands!

IMG_1600Thursday
Thursday was by far my favorite day of Springfest. A huge art fair was set up outside by the campus fountains. We painted canvas shoes (which were free), tie-dyed shirts and headbands, painted canvases, and strung beads. Additionally there were henna tattoo artists and caricature artists, which were both a blast! Finally, as with all Springfest events, there was free food.

Friday
Before the concert on Friday night, we had a pizza party and prize giveaway. Sadly, I wasn’t too lucky in the raffle… but a lot of other students landed some really awesome prizes! Gift cards, cameras, and iPads are just a few of the numerous prizes that Student Association gives away at campus events.

Concert (Friday Night)
The artist at this year’s Springfest was Hoodie Allen! The best part about it was that the concert is free to all TU Students! So many students attended the concert, and everyone had a great time taking a quick break from the stress of classes before gearing up for finals.

 

A Peek at the Last Two Weeks in Fisher South

Spring semester is my favorite semester; the weather is getting warmer, summer break is approaching, and campus is a fluster of activity. I live in the all-freshman hall, Fisher South, and the programs that this building is responsible for in the spring are some of the most enjoyable.  The Fisher South Hall government has kept busy all year and this week it hosted the second annual Fisher South Awards.

Fisher South hall government 2014-2015.

Fisher South hall government 2014-2015.

The Fisher South Awards is a night to be a little sentimental and reflect back on the year as a whole.  A ballot sent out to the entire building with over 40 awards for which residents could nominate their friends, or sometimes themselves.  These awards include categories such as “Best Bromance,” “Best Dancer,” “Best Couple that Never Was,” “Most likely to Start a Fire,” and “Biggest Gamer.”  With so many categories, there was an abundance of nominations. A final ballot was created so students could vote on their favorites.  Within two days, half of the building residents had sent in their votes. Everyone was talking about it!

The lobby of Fisher South was transformed into a venue fit for a prestigious awards show…red carpet and all.

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