My Center Of The Universe Experience

IMG_2089Today’s post comes to us from  Haley Anderson, a junior Communication and Psychology major from Sand Springs, Okla.

Did you know that the Center of the Universe can be found right here in the heart of Tulsa? Okay… so maybe it isn’t the exact center of the universe, but it’s a cool architectural phenomenon in downtown Tulsa. If you stand in the center circle of the structure and talk, the sound of your voice is echoed back much louder than its actual volume, however the change in volume is only recognized by the person standing in the “center of the universe.” Weird, huh?

This unique Tulsa landmark has given birth to one of Tulsa’s most popular music events of the year, the Center of the Universe Summer Music Festival. The festival takes place during the last weekend of July, and people from all over the region gather to take part in it. The streets of downtown Tulsa are flooded with food trucks, artists, vendors, and over 100 bands.

IMG_2091Many students from The University of Tulsa attend the festival every year. I went this year with a few of my close friends, but we saw tons of other TU students everywhere we turned. Our favorite part of this year’s festival was the American Authors concert on Friday night. It was my first time to see them in concert, and the band put on a really great show. Panic! At the Disco performed right after American Authors. Quite a few of us had seen them in concert at TU during our Springfest Week two years ago. Even though we had already seen them, we had just as much fun listening to them play a second time.

If you missed out on the Center of the Universe festival this year, definitely mark it on your calendar for next summer!  In the meantime, Tulsa has a lot of other great music venues to check out. Cain’s Ballroom, the Vanguard, Brady Theatre, and the BOK Center are just a few of the many concert halls located in Tulsa. There is a vibrant music scene in the City of Tulsa, and tons of artists come through every year to our great venues.



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

Linde OktoberFest: A Tulsa Tradition

Maggie 1Today’s Tuesday With Tulsa is from Maggie H., a senior from Dallas, Texas, majoring in communications with a minor in musical theater.

Oktoberfest is a traditional German festival, typically modeled after the original celebration in Munich. There are hundreds of Oktoberfest celebrations held across the country every autumn, but with over 60,000 in yearly attendance, the Tulsa Linde Oktoberfest consistently ranks as one of the strongest.

Tulsa Oktoberfest celebrates German food and culture over the span of four days every October. The festival features live music, carnival rides, weiner dog races, and over 60 varieties of traditional German beer served in a commemorative stein. (While legal identification is required to purchase alcohol, the event is open to all ages.) Just for the record, I am 21! Continue reading