Farmer’s marker open

Porter writes novel

Tahlequah Farmer’s Market remains open through October.
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RiverHawk Shoppe presents student book signing.
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Law dissuades texting while driving
BRITTANY HARLOW TNE WRITER In an age when students are spending increased time using technology, putting down the phone to drive has become a problem for some. Laws have been put in place to curb phone usage while driving but not specifically to cell phones. Although Oklahoma does not specifically prohibit cell phone use or texting while driving, there is a statewide prohibition against distracted driving. The law dictates vehicle operators must devote their full attention while driving. It also specifies when law enforcement officers are allowed to issue citations. A driver will only be pulled over and ticketed for text messaging or using a cell phone if an officer observes the driver posing a safety threat to others. According to, the official U.S. government website for distracted driving, distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Some of these distractions, include texting and using a cell phone or smartphone, endanger driver, passenger and bystander safety. According to the website, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction. David Boggs, Broken Arrow police chief, said while any distraction while driving is dangerous, texting while driving is particularly hazardous. “Glancing at the radio is one thing,” said Boggs. “If you think about the number of seconds you divert your eyes to text you are talking about a longer timeframe. It’s very dangerous. Driving is a very complex task. If you equate it to clos- continued on page 2

R.A.D. class empowers students to defend themselves
STEPHANIE DORSCH TNE WRITER The healthy campus initiative has taken leaps across campus by promoting different physical activities and classes. The office of Continuing Education has partnered with the University Police department to create a course teaching defense against abduction. The class teaches multiple selfdefense techniques and prepares people to for defend themselves in an unsafe situation. “One way I have noticed people can benefit from this is not only does it give you the skills needed to defend yourself against abduction, but it gives you confidence in knowing you can affect a target when striking it,” said Michael Roberts, campus police officer. The class is designed for women who would like to learn about self-defense against abduction and rape but is open to anybody who would like to attend. “A lot of females that I have encountered who have taken the class become empowered in the fact that they can actually inflict enough en- continued on page 2

Meredith Barker/TNE Blake Harris, Coweta senior, responds to a text at a stop light. Texting while driving is discouraged under the distracted driving law.

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Distracted driving creates potential danger
continued from page 1 ing your eyes, how long would you be comfortable closing your eyes when you are going down the highway. When you text and drive, you are essentially closing your eyes to the road. If it takes three or four seconds and your car is traveling 55 miles per hour that is 82 feet per second. You have essentially traveled a football field before you looked up.” Many states have outlawed phone usage while driving. Boggs said a similar law in Oklahoma would only come from the people. “The balance becomes what is the public’s level of tolerance, because law enforcement doesn’t make the law,” said Boggs. “We enforce it to the level the public wants it to be enforced. I think the question is really how much distraction is tolerable. Obviously it is very dangerous.” A recent study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute called ‘The Impact of Hand-Held and Hands-Free Cell Phone Use on Driving Performance and Safety Critical Event Risk’ explains how dangerous it is. According to the study, text messaging, increased the risk of a crash or near crash by two times This study showed that drivers taking their eyes off the road for an average of 23 seconds. Other activities such as reaching for a phone, looking up a contact and dialing the number increased crash risk by three times. Numerous organizations have been established to combat texting while driving, including the It Can Wait movement. This movement aims to educate people about the dangers of texting and driving by way of information and an It Can Wait simulator on their website For more information, email

Campus Police partners with Continuing Ed for self defense class
continued from page 1 ergy to get away from something or someone,” said Roberts. The R.A.D. classes are a nationally recognized system which promotes realistic self-defense tactics. “The vast majorities of students who come into this class have either had a traumatic experience or are mindful of a potentially traumatic experience, which means they are trying to gain this knowledge to prevent that,” said Roberts. “The main thing I see coming out of this class is people coming out with confidence within themselves to feel more secure to walk in areas that they wouldn’t feel comfortable in before. Having that sense of empowerment is one of the major things that’s taught.” The class sizes are approximately 20 students. “We do community events and also offer them through the university,” said Roberts. “We don’t do the classes to charge money. We do it as a service to the community.” Any profit made from the program goes toward replacing equipment from the class, and providing manuals for the participants. There are health benefits students receive from taking the class. The healthy campus initiative supports this program, because it gets the NSU community actively engaged and could be a form of a workout as well. “First off, the class gets you up and mobile, it is a very physical class,” said Roberts. “One of the major things that keeps you healthy is we do pre-class stretches and it gets your heart rate up. You learn how to affectively strike a target; it’s not the same level of sit in a desk and learn. It is very interactive.” Student Health Services lists the class as a way to stay healthy. “It is part of a person’s overall well-being,” said Ashley Cox, student health services graduate assistant. “The R.A.D. classes help to give the person the confidence and knowledge to keep themselves safe. It is a healthy attribute to have, which is why we promote it.” Women across NSU’s community participate in the classes to feel safer in unfamiliar situations. “I didn’t know NSU offered the R.A.D. classes,” said Skye MacLeod, Tulsa freshman. “I am really considering taking one because you never know what can happen or what situation you could be put in where you need to defend yourself.” Class fees are $5 for students and $7 for the community. For more information, visit

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NSU presents fifth annual NORA Regional Summit
SYDNEY ASBILL TNE WRITER The Northeastern Oklahoma Regional Alliance Fifth Annual Regional Summit makes its way to NSU. This event is a summit working to encourage leaders in Northeast Oklahoma to cross traditional boundaries, forge new relationships and creatively collaborate to build and expand the region while strengthening the communities within. Attendees will gain knowledge of issues that may affect the region. Networking opportunities, partnerships, planning techniques and connecting opportunities are just some of the things one may gain from attending the summit. Anyone interested in improving the Northeast Oklahoma economy and well-being are encouraged to attend. This includes legislators, county and city governments, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Chambers of Commerce, industrial authorities, economic development organizations, educators, business leaders, non-profit organizations, community members and volunteer leaders. This event will begin at 8 a.m., Oct. 8 in the UC Ballroom and will continue until 8 p.m., following the dinner. Registration prices begin at $75, and an extra $40 for dinner at 6 p.m. NSU gives students a chance to attend the dinner portion of this event to enjoy dinner and the keynote speaker. “We offered the opportunity and the students voluntarily chose to attend,” said Courtney George, student orientation and leadership programs coordinator. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with continental breakfast. Welcoming speeches will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the keynote address until 10:30 a.m. Workshops begin at 10:40 a.m. Each workshop is separated into track numbers. The workshops will each touch on an issue that Northeastern Oklahoma communities may face. Each will have a panel that will speak directly on an issue. People can pick and choose which workshops they wish to attend. Directly following the workshops is a luncheon. The luncheon will have keynotes and end at 2 p.m. There will be three awards given out at 2 p.m., including the Cherokee Nation Crossing Borders Award, NSU Innovative Collaboration Award and the Google Community Champion Award. At 2:50 p.m. starts the next round of workshops with the same set up, different topics. Following the workshops is the call to action and the reception. The last event of the night will be the dinner portion. The keynote speaker is Bob Dotson, NBC Today Show correspondent and author of “American Story.” “Having the chance to attend the NORA Regional Summit on behalf of NSU is just one of the opportunities that NSU provides to their student leaders,” said Katie Beasley, Ketchum sophomore. “I couldn’t be more honored to attend.” For more information,


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Government shutdown not expected to affect NSU
The government shutdown, which began Oct. 1, has caused confusion and uncertainty for some students. The House and Senate were unable to come to a final decision regarding a bill on how to fund each part of the federal government. There are many facets of the shutdown to consider; however, the main concern on the minds of many students at NSU is likely how the government shutdown will directly affect them in terms of student loans and government funding. Dr. Steve Turner, president of NSU, addressed some of these concerns via email. Turner said most of the university grants are forward funded, meaning their monies were committed for the 2013-2014 year. He said these programs would continue to proceed normally. “The effect on the university, its operation, employees and students depends on the duration of the budget impasse,” said Turner. “The major impact will first be felt on programs funded directly by federal grants.  Because of the structure of the payments and reimbursements of these grants, it is unlikely that services will be directly impacted unless the shutdown lasts longer than 30 days.”  According to studentaid., in the event of a government shutdown, they anticipate there will be limited impact to the free application for federal student aid process, to deliver student aid or to the federal student loan repayment process. There are some other areas in which members of the NSU community may be either directly or indirectly affected by the shutdown. The National Institution of Health will not admit any new patients into their clinics. The Center for Disease Control will reduce the amount of flu shots they administer and point their focus toward the more serious, life-threatening diseases, still working with a reduced number of employees. The Justice Department of will suspend cases until the government re-opens. One of the major shockers is that the national state parks such as Yosemite National Park. In 1995, they turned away 7 million visitors. Society may not realize the impact this shutdown has on us until we are depending on them for an important reason, and they are not in operation. For one wanting to open a small business, it will be much harder to receive government funding for their venture, as the applications for loans will be immediately halted. Government funded call centers will be shut down, and so will important services for senior citizens who receive access to healthy meals. How do we stop the government from shutting down? Well, there is nothing we can do to stop them. It all falls on them and the decision between Congress and the White House. They are required to pass the bills, which determine how the government will be funded. They are allowed to proceed with this at any time, or they can choose not to do so.

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Harris, Coweta senior, is a foursemester TNE staff member. He is a media studies major with an emphasis on public relations and visual communications minor. He enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with family. He is also an avid rattlesnake hunter. Audra Hurley Senior Staff Hurley, Pineville, Mo. senior, is a two-semester TNE staff member. She is a media studies major and public relations minor. She coordinates events for the media studies department and visiting schools, including media day and program tours. Jacci Alworden Senior Staff Alworden, Sallisaw senior, is a two-semester TNE staff member. She is a media studies major with an emphasis on journalism/broadcast and chemistry minor. She enjoys working part time as a disc jockey to support her shoe shopping addiction.

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Chanslor and Scott conduct news media research
AUDRA HURLEY TNE WRITER Faculty members of the College of Liberal Arts have accomplished research projects in the area of news media. Dr. Mike Chanslor, mass communications associate dean and Dr. David Scott, communications and media studies chair have collaborated on research published in 2008. “The article attempted to document a method to measure investment patterns in the production of local broadcast, television news across ownership types in the Tulsa television market,” said Scott. “The underlying premise is that some news stories require a higher level of investment than others. Overall, it was hoped that an analysis of the Tulsa market provided an adequate pilot test of our self-designed investment model of news quality across ownership types.” Scott said this subject was pursued because of the intense debate regarding amount and quality of local-based news content in these larger media chains. He said many fear the economies of scale will encourage large media chains to standardize the news they distribute, and critics predict this ownership may lead to media channels distributing generic news stories as opposed to locally produced, relevant news. Scott and Chanslor studied Oklahoma news stations that represent different ownership styles to collect a varied set of data. KJRH is a part of the NBC affiliate, and KTUL is a part a mid-sized media group. KOTV and KWTV are in Oklahoma City and are a part of the CBS media group and represent large, multiple-state chains. “The category constructs used for our study were local news, locally-produced video, on-air field reporters and newscast promotions,” said Scott. “It was reflected in all the content categories, that the small-chain television news department demonstrated a statistically significant, greater commitment to news quality than the larger chain-based stations.” The investment model was solidified in the results of their research conducted on local news groups. “Our conclusion is that consolidation of the media marketplace has resulted in local newscasts that place less emphasis in the actual production of local news,” said Scott. “The Federal Communications Commission policies that have allowed this consolidation of ownership have not been in the public interest. We demonstrated a clear linkage between ownership type and the quality of local news by advancing the argument that a television news department’s commitment to quality can be assessed using an investment model of news.” Scott said they found a relationship between the investment in resources in local news production at a given television statement and the size of a media group. “I think that, in my case, it probably supported the idea that, as a general rule, local ownership of media is a general positive thing,” said Chanslor. “With local owners, they are more invested in the communities that they are serving and therefore tend to put more resources into it.” Chanslor said the bigger the ownership gets, there tends to be less individual attention given to individual media markets. The research has contributed to other studies involving news media. “Aspects of our methodology are currently being used in an ongoing study regarding the news quality of Channel One News,” said Scott. “It was interesting that our study has been incorporated into FCC’s studies regarding the quality of news and ownership types and it has also been cited extensively by others in the debate over media consolidation.” Chanslor and Scott continue studying media and are currently analyzing Channel One News. This news channel that provides media equipment for schools in exchange for airing their programs. “We did study about the use of Channel One,” said Chanslor. “It is an interesting idea that you have these programs that are piped into public schools, and the public schools get equipment from them but you are also subjecting students to a particular program. It has raised the ethical question of what is in those programs and that’s important.” Chanslor said they are still conducting that research and are finalizing the publication. For more information, email Scott at


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Student organization influences state legislature
JAYDEN WARNER TNE WRITER The Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature is a campus organization run by the students for students of NSU. This organization is devoted to providing a beneficial and educational experience with the state government to college students across Oklahoma. The organization also establishes connections and friendships that last a lifetime. “We compete in mock legislatures every semester,” said Cody Robinson, chairman of OIL at NSU. “We bring delegates from our university in a competition against 14 or 15 other colleges around the state of Oklahoma.” Other colleges include involved with OIL are, The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and University of Tulsa Law School. “This organization teaches ways to effectively communicate,” said Alexandra Simmons, secretary of OIL. “It also gives us tools on how to discuss opposing views in a non-confrontational manner.” Simmons’ job as secretary is to keep minutes during meetings and to make sure the organization stays on the topics and keep to the agenda. The research this organization does has an effect on the laws in the state of Oklahoma. “We compete by drafting mock legislature, mock court competitions and journalism contests,” said Robinson. “The legislature that we pass as mock legislature goes to the House of Representatives at the state level and then our own representatives take a look at it.” In the OIL organization, students can give back and maybe make a differance at the state level. They try and help others while getting an education. “I love getting to spend five days each semester at the beautiful state capitol discussing issues that are important to Oklahoma,” said Johnny Aman, parliamentarian of OIL. “It has made me look into issues that I thought did not have an impact on my life, but do.” Aman’s job is to ensure all other members of the organization follow the rules of order presented by the chairman. “My favorite thing about what we do in this organization is getting to share my political views with very educated and goal oriented people across the state,” said Derek Salley, senator of OIL. Salley’s job as a senator is to write new legislation and teach new members how to write new legislation as well. “I like that the things I care about in our state, or things that I see that can be changed,” said Robinson. “I have an opportunity to present those to people who can get them done.” The OIL organization meets at 8 p.m. Thursdays in the University Center, Room 224. For more information, email

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Housing decorates for competition

Halloween Carnival returns
ZACHARY JONES TNE WRITER The annual NSGA Halloween Carnival and Haunted House is back and ready to provide a scary but safe Halloween event. On Oct. 29, NSGA will partner with the Residents Hall Association to make this year’s carnival and haunted house great for NSU students and the Tahlequah community, and possible give them a scare. The haunted house will be a full course of horror through Wilson Hall. “This event is a ton of fun, brings the community together and showcases NSU’s student organizations,” said Thomas Teague, NSGA president. The carnival is free and includes fun games, candy, a giant inflatable ZORB ball and more. The age limit for the haunted house is 13 years old, and admission is free. This year, the haunted house will have an express pass so people do not get turned away due to time constraints. The express pass can be obtained through canned good donations made to Greek Affairs. Those who donate will be entered in to win either a Kindle or a Pack the House courtesy of RiverHawk Shoppe “This event is the epitome of Northeastern’s community and the power of working together,” said Micah Schweinberg, comanager of the haunted house. “So many organizations come together for the good of the university, the immediate community, and the greater Northeastern Oklahoma area. I’m proud to be a part of this masterpiece for the third year in a row.” The Haunted House has had up to 600 people tour in the past and has the potential to have even better numbers this year. The goal of NSGA and RHA is to give college students and the community a safe, positive and free activity for Halloween. The carnival and haunted house have become a tradition in the Tahlequah community and has drawn people from other areas such as Tulsa, Missouri, Muskogee and Arkansas. “NSGA’s Halloween Carnival is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Halloween in a safe and fun environment, while also having the opportunity to meet the organizations that help make up NSU’s student body,” said Casey McCullough, NSGA secretary of campus affairs. “This year’s carnival will be as fun and candyfilled as ever.” On Oct. 28, there will be a Trunk-or-Treat behind Wilson Hall in the smaller parking lot. McCullough and NSGA are working with local churches to get an appropriate spot for kids to participate in the Trunk-or-Treat. “It is really important to have events like this for community members to have something free to do around Halloween,” said Schweinberg. “Around this time of year, there are many students that turn to binge drinking or partying because of midterms or burnout. This event is put on to give those students a positive outlet and has always had a great turnout.” For information, email

Stephanie Dorsche/TNE RHA decorates the entrances of the Leosure Housing complex to celebrate Homecoming week. They incorporate paper vines, animals and jungle themed decorations to create a jungle-like-feel for the housing residents.


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E-cigarettes included in tobacco-free campus policy
PHILIP CURRY TNE WRITER NSU enforces the tobacco-free campus policy, a portion of which prohibits electronic cigarettes. Libby Rogers, director of student health services, said the ecigarette ban is actually included in the tobacco-free policy. The policy was implemented in January 2010. Rogers said tobacco use includes the carrying of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or other lighted smoking device or the use of smokeless tobacco including snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches or any other form of loose-leaf, smokeless tobacco and electronic delivery devices. Some students feel strongly electronic cigarettes should not be banned from campus because they are causing no harm to anyone. “I personally feel that the banning of electronic cigarettes is ridiculous,” said Kyle Woods, Sallisaw, senior. “With the initiative of a healthy campus, I would think the school would support the use of electronic cigarettes over tobacco cigarettes to encourage those who are still smoking to live a healthier lifestyle.” Electronic cigarettes have a thick vapor and can be distracting when you are trying to pay attention to your professor. “It really depends on the student if they get annoyed of people using it in the classroom,” said Casey Owens, Coweta senior. “I use them but people have gotten too liberal about where they use them. It is even annoying to me to go somewhere and have fog everywhere. I think people get tired of smelling it and getting tired of the fog being everywhere. There really is a long list why people would want to ban them.” Woods said if using it in the classroom is the main issue, he thinks it would be better to do a classroom ban rather than a campus-wide ban. “The ban affects me as a user of these devices by forcing me and other users to walk off campus to use these devices,” said Woods. “I believe if they want to encourage healthy activities and lifestyles, they should put such a negative light on these cessation devices and rather encourage students that smoke to use them instead.” Electronic cigarettes are intended as an alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes. “I was hospitalized in December because I had a heart event,” said Cole Hornett, Captain Vapor employee. “My doctor told me to quit smoking so I did. I started using the electronic cigarettes and I haven’t had any problems since I switched over to this. I feel people would not ban them if they truly were educated on how the electronic cigarettes really work.” While this issue continues to a source of debate, NSU administration has the right to enforce the existing policy. For more information, visit CampusPolicy.aspx.

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BA Student Affairs provides discounted tickets to students
BRITTANY HARLOW TNE WRITER Students can enjoy the Tulsa arts at a discounted price thanks to NSU-BA’s Student Affairs office. Jessica Roberts, Student Affairs Coordinator of Community Engagement-Branch Campuses, said these tickets are a way to encourage students to continue their education outside of the classroom. “We offer ballet, Tulsa Zoo, Cinemark Movie tickets and students can get into the Philbrook Museum for free with their student ID,” said Roberts. “Ballet tickets are $10 they will go on sale approximately 2-3 weeks before the show, zoo tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for kids, and movie tickets are $5. Students can buy up to five tickets per week for zoo and movie tickets and five tickets per performance for ballet.” Roberts said tickets are first come first serve. “Students can come by the Student Affairs Office BAAS 211 with their student ID to purchase tickets,” said Roberts. “We accept cash or check only.” Tricia Milford-Hoyt, Philbrook Director of Communications, said this means students have a membership with Philbrook Museum of Art. “The benefits NSU students are offered are unlimited free museum visits for students for a full year at both Philbrook Museum of Art and Philbrook Downtown, the opportunity to schedule student groups through Philbrook’s Education Department and use of the Eugene B. Adkins Study Center at Philbrook Downtown, by appointment,” said MilfordHoyt. Students must show current school ID at the Philbrook Admission Desk to be admitted free of charge. The next exhibit at the Philbrook will be Games People Play: Sports and Competition in Native American Art. Jessimi Jones, Bernsen Director of Education & Public Programs at the Philbrook, said gaining information outside of the classroom is important to the cognitive and emotional well-being of students. “When you look at the world around you of course we have formal learning environments like K-12 grades and college, but there are also informal learning environments like museums and libraries,” said Jones. “It is a whole learning ecosystem that is happening in the world around us. Artwork was created by some of the most creative people in history. It provokes people and helps people think about the world around them in different ways.” Students also receive access to the Philbrook’s Downtown location. Philbrook Downtown opened in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District on June 14, 2013 Exhibits at Philbrook Downtown include “Sirens of the Southwest” until Nov. 10. They also have the “In a Glorious Light: Masterworks of the Taos Society of Arts” Exhibit until March 16, 2014. Student Affairs offers the entire Tulsa Ballet season to students that are intrested in attending the events. Patrick Vaughan, NSU alumni and Tulsa Ballet development coordinator, said one of the biggest missions the ballet is to educate the community on how important the arts is in the education of students. “Students not only receive a view of a very classical art form, but gain a cultural experience as well,” said Vaughan. “We have dancers representing South Korea, Romania, Columbia, Italy, China, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Japan and the United States who all have converged to Tulsa to work at one of the premiere ballet companies in the nation. Vaughan said he believes the more diverse an education someone has, the more equipped they are to be a successful and functional person in the world. The Tulsa Ballet is offering “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in November and “The Nutcracker” in December. For more information, call Student Affairs at 918- 449-6140.


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Poker Run event creates binge drinking awareness
ROLDAN OCHOA TNE WRITER Student Health Services is preparing for the third annual Poker Run. The event is from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 14, and will have different control points at NSU campus. Points include the Student Health Center, Student Counseling, Student Affairs, Students Success, Students Involvement and Career Services. “This year´s topic for our Poker Run is binge drinking,” said Libby Rogers, director of Student Health Services. “This is the third year we are doing the Poker Run. In the past years, we have done it for the national HIV awareness day. It was very successful bringing awareness of HIV , so we decided to bring it back but this time for binge drinking.” Rogers said they are trying to make it an annual event. She said it is a fun event to do for students, and it is not an event where the students have to be out of class to participate. The students can do it in between classes and while they are going to class. “The students will go around the six different locations on campus, and they will learn about binge drinking,” said Ashley Cox, graduate assistant. “After the students go to the location and participate in the game, each student will receive a poker card.” Cox said the students will participate for different prizes such as a new PlayStation, one month of Crossfit and a gift basket from the RiverHawk Shoppe. She said the dents and faculty. “The students will meet at the Student Health Services building to pick up the score sheet for the Poker Run,” said Keith Head, graduate assistant. “After that, we will introduce them to the other location on campus, where the students will get information and facts about binge drinking or any type of drinking. The students will receive a card at each of these locations to put together a poker hand. At the end of the day, the students will meet at the Student Health Services building. The students will show their cards, and the best hand will win the first place, the second best second place and so on. Not all of the participants will win a prize at this event but all have a chance to win.” Head said the positive sides of this event are not the prizes, but the opportunity to learn about binge drinking. Some people may not know what makes a person a binge drinker or what it does to their bodies. Students will also visit places around the school where they may not be too familiar. The students will have the opportunity to interact with other areas of the school. It may open the minds of students to get help from other organizations on campus. Student Health Services wants to involve everyone in the community through this event. This could give the students the option to learn more about the places in school that are beneficial to student life. For more information, call Rogers at 918-444-2126 or email at

Roldan Ochoa/TNE Keith Head, graduate assistant, prepares for the Poker Run. The Poker Run is a binge drinking awareness campaign sponsored by Student Health Services.

purpose of this event is to bring awareness among students about binge drinking, and it is also a fun way to learn and win prices while doing it.

There is no cost to participate in this event. The only requirement to participate is to be part of the NSU community, as the event is for stu-

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Galaxy of the Stars presents Don Williams performance
STEPHANIE DORSCH TNE WRITER The Sequoyah Institute brings musicals and theatrical performances to NSU’s stage, while keeping community relevance and history close to their roots. Throughout the fall semester, the Sequoyah Institute presents six Galaxy of the Stars performances. Don Williams is the second this semester. “Don Williams is an icon in classic country music,” said Anita Thompson, Sequoyah Institute director. “He is known for his gentle voice and had a long stream of hits in the 70s and 80s including ‘Some Broken Hearts Never Mend’, ‘Tulsa Time’ and ‘I Believe in You.’” Don Williams is recognized as the gentle giant of country music. “I’m sure his show will contain many of his classic songs as well as those on his new album ‘And so it Goes,’ which features duets with Keith Urban and Allison Krauss,” said Thompson. In 2010, Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. “Don Williams was an inspiration to many current country artists,” said Thompson. “I encourage students to check out his music on iTunes or YouTube if they aren’t sure what he is all about.” The Sequoyah Institute is eager to present this show to NSU and the surrounding community. “With so many classic artists leaving us in recent years, I wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to see him in person,” said Thompson. Williams is a well-known country artist coming from Texas, where country music is a relevant part of entertainment. “Don Williams puts on an excellent performance,” said Kassidy Wade, Tulsa freshman. “Country music has always been a huge part of my family’s life because we live in the center of it.” Ellie Qualls, Owasso alumna, said she has seen Don Williams in concert twice and will attend. A workshop for one hoping to learn more about music and background is available to attend the day of the concert at 3 p.m. in the Jazz Lab. “Dr. Carl Farinelli and his son Matt will be doing a workshop about how to listen to music,” said Thompson. “So many times we hear music, but the Farinelli’s are going to talk about how to get more out of the music and lyrics. Plus, they are bringing their guitars. If you have never heard these two play, you do not want to miss this workshop. It is free and open to the public. No reservations are required for the workshop.” The concert is at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 14, at the NSU Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are free for NSU students, but must be reserved in advance. Tickets for the community are available starting at $10. For more information visit or call 918-458-2075.

Trail of Tears 175th anniversary recognized
STEPHANIE DORSCH TNE WRITER The Trail of Tears holds historic value to some who live in or near the Native American counties. The Trail of Tears was the effect of a forced removal of Native Americans who inhibited parts of Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw and Seminole counties. The Native Americans who were removed traveled through Arkansas and settled in what is now Oklahoma. “There are numerous routes that the Indians traveled through when they were removed,” said Susan Young, Arkansas Trail of Tears Association secretary. “They are very historic to our counties because it really brings the Trail of Tears to life and exposes the hardships they went through when being forced to leave their home.” The Arkansas Trail of Tears Association presented a celebration on Sept. 28 featuring the 175th anniversary. ARTOTA also showcased the Cherokee National Youth Choir as well as other events. “It was a joy seeing the children sing and perform,” said Young. “We had an excellent turnout and it was wonderful to see the younger generation actively involved in celebrating our native history.” Other events of the day consisted of speakers talking about the Trail of Tears history. They including a speech from Mayor Hon. Jackee Cabtree. The day concluded with a walk through part of a historic trail where the Native Americans traveled through. “Walking through this segment of the trail was very surreal for our community and the people who attended the celebration, not only because it is the largest section of the trail that exists, but also because we were walking on the specific piece of land that they once walked on,” said Young. “When you think about it in that aspect, you tend to have a different perspective and a greater understanding of what they experienced during the removal.” The trails extend across the majority of Arkansas and lead into Oklahoma. “On our website, we have detailed maps of the different trails that were traveled,” said Young. “They are highlighted by tribe to make it easy to differentiate which routes were used by which tribe.” The ARTOTA strives to maintain a high level of knowledge regarding Native American history, and more specifically the Trail of Tears. “My family is from Arkansas and they have attended celebrations for the Arkansas Trail of Tears celebrations before,” said Mary Tackett, Bentonville, Ark. senior. “It is always a fun thing to do.” Many families travel from out of state to attend the events presented by ARTOTA. Native American history can have some importance to Native American families. “The Trail of Tears and other symbolic events relating to our roots should be something everybody from around here should pay close attention to because they are our ancestors and are responsible for who we are and how we got here,” said Rian Cragar, Keys junior. For more information, visit


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Emergency vehicles featured on BA campus
BRITTANY HARLOW TNE WRITER Tulsa Life Flight Day Out, also known as Emergency Vehicle Day, will take place at NSU-BA for the first time this year. The event will be from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Oct. 11, in the Administration Building. Josh Howell, Regional Business Development Manager of Air Methods Corporation-Tulsa Life Flight, said BA campus was chosen for this conference because the facilities are second to none. “I’m personally a former fulltime flight paramedic, now working in administration,” Howell said. “I completed my MBA at NSU-BA and went through the BA Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Broken Arrow program with NSU Dean, Dr. Eloy Chavez. We began some dialogue earlier in the year regarding how we might collaborate on an established recurring conference and make more and more people aware of the opportunities that are available at NSU.” Chavez said this event was one of many the two discussed. “We discussed several types of events but wanted to promote the BA campus with community servicing events,” Chavez said. Tulsa Life Flight Day Out is open to all students and members of the community. “We’ve assembled an impressive group of speakers out of some of the most talented physicians in the state of Oklahoma, ranging in specialty from emergency medicine, trauma, cardiology, and neurology,” Howell said. Justin Fairless, Tulsa Life Flight medical director, said it is an mostly toward pre-hospital provider and emergency department staff. The day kicks off with registration, breakfast (courtesy of Hillcrest Health System/Healthy Beginnings High Risk Obstetrical Transport Program) and networking at 7:30 a.m. “We’ll have some hands-on demonstrations available in the afternoon,” Howell said. “For example, video laryngoscopy, placing an endotracheal tube (breathing tube) with video-device assistance.” The event can also be used for course credit. “Continuing Education Credit will be provided, free of charge,” Fairless said. Interested parties should register online at

Brittany Harlow/TNE writer The Tulsa Life Flight helicopter sits at the Jones Riverside Airport between flights. The air rescue company presents Tulsa Life Flight-Day Out at NSU-BA Oct. 11.

event anyone with an interest in the field will appreciate. Fairless will be speaking about Helicopter EMS Utilization at the event. “Tulsa Life Flight is the first air medical transport program in the State of Oklahoma (13TH in the

U.S.) and has safely completed over 48,000 patient transports,” Fairless said. The event provides the most updated information on multiple emergency medical topics such as Air Medical Transport and Pediatric Trauma Care and is geared


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Farmers’ market accepts new payment methods
SYDNEY ASBILL TNE WRITER Tahlequah Farmers’ Market has more than the average fruits and vegetables. It offers a variety of household goods the community may need. Some of the item for sale at the market are produce, meats, eggs, soaps, cheese, plants and flowers. One of the vendors lets visitors buy the wool they provide. They will knit them something and bring it back the following week. The market is open every Tuesday and Saturday through October. They are trying to expand the market to continue throughout the year. Marla Saeger, Tahlequah Farmers’ Market president said if vendors have something to sell, they want to be open. The market has had a jump from about a hundred people to about 1,200 people. Saeger said she had noticed a spike in food stamp purchases. She said she was not sure if it was because they are getting the word out that they now accept food stamps. Tahlequah Farmers’ Market accepts many payment methods. Some may include, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, bank checking cards, cash and personal checks. This allows the Tahlequah community to have a chance to buy fresh foods and produce easier. In September, Tahlequah Farmers’ Market was in a nationwide competition called “The I Love My Famers’ Market Celebration.” It is sponsored by a national nonprofit organization called the American Farmland Trust, dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land. American Farmland Trust presented a competition nationwide to raise awareness for local farmers’ markets. Consumers went to the American Farmland Trust website, and pledged dollars they intend to spend at their local farmers’ markets. Pledges could be cast once a day and Tahlequah Farmers’ Market placed number one in Oklahoma and number 14 in the nation. Tahlequah Farmers’ Market had $3,280 pledged compared Cherry Street Farmers Market in Tulsa, which only had $90 pledged. Saeger said they did very well and it showed the support from our community to Tahlequah Farmers’ Market. He said they also have a Facebook page, Tahlequah Farmers Market. At 9:30 a.m., Sept. 28, Cooks Companion will present a demonstration at the market. There is always music and crafts to engage in as well. “I am not a vendor, I am an eater,” said Saeger. “I would like to encourage everyone to attend, not just for the food but for the fellowship. It is just wonderful. It is how you get the community together.” For more information, call Saeger at 918-207-7671 or visit www.

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NSU student pens science fiction novel
PHILIP CURRY TNE WRITER Brittany Porter is an NSU student who wrote a science fiction book “The Universe is Ours”. This is her first book published. It took five years to complete. “The book is about six people taken from different periods of Earth’s history and brought together in an alternate dimension,” said Porter. “They have been chosen to defeat an evil being who wants to destroy their home planet and take over the universe. The book has science fiction and fantasy elements as well as romance, action and suspense. Basically, I wrote my ideal book and am very happy with how it turned out.” Cole Martin, store manager of the RiverHawk Shoppe, said Porter contacted him about doing a book signing for her first book. He said the signing was a success and he thinks the second signing will be just as good as the first one. Porter said she is excited her hard work is finally paying off. Many have supported her, bought books, and they have good things to say about it. “I have read Brittany Porter’s book, and I really enjoyed it,” said Dustin Mitchell, NSU alumna. “The creative story is science fiction fantasy that keeps me turning the pages in anticipation. I enjoy the love triangles Brittany weaves that keep you guessing. She does a great job at showing several different characters from different places and times in history. You can tell while reading that the background was well researched.” Porter said she feels accomplished because the hours she had put into writing the book are getting recognized. “It was an idea that was in my head since elementary school,” said Porter. “I really felt like I had to get the story on paper, and I am happy I finally did it. Marketing is pretty tough and half the battle of writing books, but I feel as though it has a lot of good morals in it so I promote it whenever I can.” Porter said the book has sold about 150 copies so far. Due to the success of her first book, Porter is working on a series of other books as well. “This is book one in a projected four book series called the Cosmos Chronicles,” said Porter. “I have already started the second installment and have mapped out the last two books, too. At the moment, I am working, going to school and interning at a local news station. Unfortunately, I can’t make the time to work on the series right now, but I feel confident I will finish it one day.” Mitchell is ready for Porter to come out with more books in her series. She said she believes in Porter’s talent and recognizes her skill for writing. “I would love to read any future books that Brittany Porter writes,” said Mitchell. “The reason I enjoy reading her books is because she is a very talented writer that brings the characters in her story to life. I feel as if I know Katherine from her story. I would keep an eye on Brittany Porter, because this young writer is much like her main character Katherine, destined for greatness.” Porter’s book signing is from 12:30-2 p.m., Oct. 22, in Tahlequah and 4:30-6 p.m., Oct 24, in Broken Arrow. For more information, email


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Students drum up canned food donations

Colorguard marches in parade

Stephanie Dorsch/TNE Tim Hicks and Jacob Mauldin, Lambda Chi Alpha members, beat a drum in front of UC. Lambda Chi Alpha has a tradition of beating the drum 24/7 from the start of homecoming week until kickoff of the Homecoming game.

Philip Curry/TNE Members of the ROTC RiverHawk Battalion present the American flag and the Oklahoma flag durin the NSU homecoming parade. Homecoming was Oct. 5.

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Phi Lambda Chi shows school spirit

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Philip Curry/TNE Phi Lambda Chi fraternity walks with their float in the homecoming parade. They carry signs to promote school spirit.

Students participate in homecoming events

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Philip Curry/TNE NSU students dress up in jungle themed costumes to walk in the parade. The 2013 theme was Get Rowdy in the Jungle.

Pi Kappa Alpha displays their colors

This is the NSU logo That will be on your warmer
Philip Curry/TNE Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity carries their banner at the homecoming parade. This is one of the many Greek organizations that participated in the event.

Contact Melodie Alleman, Scentsy Director, for your custom warmer, Scentsy or fundraising needs 918-214-4275.


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Men’s soccer raises funds for new uniforms
ZACHARY JONES TNE WRITER NSU Men’s soccer team has begun their fundraising for the fall semester. The team is selling a variety of Wailani’s all natural, tropical inspired body scrubs. Soccer season is underway and the body scrubs will be sold at the concession stand during home games. Soccer players are welcoming buyers to place pre-orders through them around campus and pick-ups will be during all home games. “We like the structure of this fundraiser, where our guys are talking about it to their friends, professors, and setting up a table on campus, because it gives them more visibility and opportunity to invite people to the games,” said Rob Czlonka, NSU men’s soccer head coach. The soccer team is encouraging people to consider their body scrub product for themselves or maybe a family member. The body scrubs will be available for fans to purchase without pre-order at games on Oct. 9,11, 17, 19, 21, and Nov. 1. Coach Czlonka said he and his players feel that the body scrubs are a great opportunity to give a unique gift to family or friends for the holidays. The Wailani’s body scrub is used to exfoliate dry, dead skin. The body scrubs come in a variety of fragrances like Coconutty Calm, Golden Pineapple, Kona Coffee, Mango Green Tea and Salty Hibiscus. “This year’s fundraiser, Wailani’s body scrubs, is a simple way to raise money for our program,” said Juan Gonzalez senior midfielder. “The team is selling this product all around town and around the university. The purpose of this is not just to make money it’s to also spread the word about the soccer program at NSU. We have sold a lot of Wailani’s products and we are getting more fans coming to our games.” The fundraiser has been advertised through NSU’s intheloop email, RiverHawks Weekly, Wailani’s website www.wailanis. com and the Wailani’s Facebook page. The soccer team plans to set up stands around campus to further explain their product and also promote rescheduled games due to bad weather. “The men’s soccer players know the importance of making healthy decisions and taking care of aching and tired muscles,” said Czlonka. “Wailani means heavenly waters and the all-natural scrubs are meant to refresh and renew the most tired muscles.” Funds raised will be used to order new uniforms for the upcoming season. Czlonka said the school has done a great job with field renovations and the guys want to make sure their uniforms stay fresh and new as well. The team will also be selling NSU soccer t-shirts and other items at games for their fans. For more information, call 918444-3997.

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JVL displays Seattle Photo Tour class exhibit
AUDRA HURLEY TNE WRITER The 2013 Seattle Photo Tour photography will be displayed in the John Vaughn Library. The opening reception will be from 6-8 p.m., Oct. 4. “The Seattle Photo tour was an opportunity to experience travel photography in an urban setting,” said Angela Walker, Tahlequah senior. “The trip lasted seven days, and we got to enjoy Seattle and surrounding areas.” Walker said she decided to go on the trip to enhance her photography skills. The big attraction for her was what the trip encompassed including learning equipment needs, preparing for photographs, experimenting with different kinds of photography, learning how to cull through the massive amounts of photos and frame and matte them. Walker said they also learned how to organize a show. She said it was the start to finish aspect she looked forward to learning. “I took a lot of photos and some of my favorites were of people from the area,” said Lenea Patterson, College of Liberal Arts administrator. “There were so many interesting places to visit, it was hard to fit everything on my to-do list in a week. I was able to visit the Space Needle, the EMP museum, Woodland Park Zoo, Pike Place Market and Chihuly Garden and Glass, just to name a few.” Walker said she took photos ranging from parades, crazy street scenes. She even included night shots and pictures of some of the scenpurchase any available photo there. The experience was rewarding for students who went on the trip. “I absolutely loved this experience and the time I was able to share with my classmates,” said Patterson. “I would love to be able to attend more photo tours in the future.” Plans for a photography tour are in progress for next year. “I believe there is an overseas photo tour in the works for next year, and I would absolutely love to go, especially after learning so much about photography here at NSU,” said Walker. “It would be amazing to experience Europe again with a nice camera and more knowledge of photography.” For more information, call Brown at 918-444-2893.

Audra Hurley/TNE Brenda Cochran, university archives assistant, mattes photos taken during the Seattle Photo Tour. Cochran participated in the trip to Seattle and photographer’s work will be displayed Oct. 4 in the John Vaughn Library.

ery and food. She said her goal was to capture all of Seattle. She said she loved photographing the people and capturing wildlife or split-second reactions. The Shooting Seattle exhibit will be displayed Oct. 4-18 on the second floor of the John Vaughn Library. The photographers have had time to edit the photos that were

taken and are ready to show them off to the NSU community. “There will be framed photos in the show for sale, and some of us will be selling non-framed prints as a cheaper option for those still wanting to purchase artwork,” said Patterson. Walker said students, faculty, staff and guests are welcome to enjoy the show and are able to


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Dream Theatre shows new documentary
ROLDAN OCHOA TNE WRITER The Dream Theatre’s doors are open again to the public. They have been open since April, when the Red Fern festival took place on Main Street. The Dream Theatre shows movies at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. General admission is $6 and $5 with a student ID. “First of all, we are trying to make Main Street north end entertainment revived,” said Marla Saeger, property manager for Cornell Properties LLC. “The theatre is an important part of the entertainment aspect of the north end.” Seager said the theatre would affect the student community in a positive way. She said the theatre could be a place where the students learn a little bit about the history of Tahlequah and musical entrainment. “It is important to have a privately owned theatre in the area designated as the north end entrainment district,” said Drew Haley, Tahlequah Main Street Association program manager. “The Dream Theatre has to be diversified in what they offer. They have to offer more entertainment such as concerts, comedy, storytelling, etc.” Larry Clark, Dream Theatre manager, said they offer independent films and documentaries. He said they work with other people in the community on concerts, private parties and art shows. “We have plans to go all year around,” said Clark. “My market

Roldan Ochoa/TNE Larry Clark, manager of the Dream Theatre, gives a tour of the theatre. The Dream shows movies at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

is not only the NSU students but the Tahlequah community.” Clark said he is trying to have different promotions during the year, including a free movie or a canned food drive in which people will pay they admission with a can of food. “I am trying to encourage people to rent the building to do any activity they may plan,” said Clark. “We have room for up to 300 people, handicap access, the usual concessions, movie screen,

a really good sound system and a projector for computer presentations.” Clark said he is attempting to engage the NSU communities by offering the opportunity to rent the theatre to have reunions and offering them documentaries and independent films that are unavailable on cable TV or other theatres. “I am trying to get the NSU community to support the theatre and offer suggestions and

looking in what we have to offer,” said Clark. “Right now, I have two companies that I am working with. Movie on demand companies, which are and tugg. com, these companies offer the opportunity to bring the movie of your choice to the theatre.” The theatre has a lot of history, and it has been in Tahlequah for a long time. The Dream Theatre is a place in town that can attract people from other places. Many people believe it is an important reason why the community should work together to maintain it. There will be theatre facility tours during the year for people who want to have a look back into the equipment of cinematography from years past. From more information, email Saeger at copyshop@hotmail. com or call Clark at 918-4578312.

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University Singers perform ‘Harvest and Hearth’
SYDNEY ASBILL TNE WRITER University Singers, an ensemble group at NSU, gives the community a way to celebrate the fall season. The group performs many styles and genres throughout different time frames in history. Singers are chosen through an audition process at the beginning of the fall semester. For the spring semester they are chosen in late November or early December. The group rehearses twice a week throughout the semester. Anyone is welcome to audition for the University Singers and Opera Workshop. Students are not required to major in music to participate. “This concert is very unique compared to any other choral concert you may have seen before,” said Hansen Johnson, University Singers tenor. “We will be performing various works that may make you laugh, cry and maybe even rejoice. We will also be featuring many solo voices and will also be collaborating with other instrumentalists throughout the music department. We hope everyone gets to experience this wonderful musical event directed by Dr. Jeff Wall.” This semester, the University Singers begin with a concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 10, in the Center for the Performing Arts. “‘Harvest & Hearth’ is the common theme of the program, which focuses on the plentiful bounty of the harvest, farm-life, the comfort of home and the evocation of the autumn season,” said Dr. Jeffery Wall, director of choral activities. This concert will be the first time Wall will present with University Singers. He joined the music faculty this fall. “The concert will consist of short choral pieces that all tie to this theme in some manner,” said Wall. “The varied selections will feature vocal soloists from the ensemble, and some selections are accompanied by student or faculty instrumentalists.” The concert contains many features of the fall season. “Despite the concert centering on the theme of ‘Harvest and Hearth,’ there is a wide variety of music being performed,” said Rebecca Yates, University Singers soprano. “It will cover many musical eras, emotions, and genres. This is one of the reasons that I like so much about performing in this concert.” The event will be also present special guest choir group during the concert. “The University Singers is an auditioned mixed ensemble of 16 singers whose membership represents a variety of academic disciplines,” said Wall. “The Pryor High School Select Choir will be a featured guest.” ‘Harvest and Hearth’ is the first concert they are performing this season. “There’s always something new and no piece of music is the same,” said Yates. “We have pieces that are light-hearted and fun, upbeat and powerful, and beautiful and moving. We’ve put a lot of hard work into this concert, and we always have fun singing together, and I hope our audience enjoys it as much as we do.” Concerts will be continue throughout this season with the University Singers. For more information, visit


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NSU football team suffers multiple injuries
JAYDEN WARNER TNE WRITER The NSU football team has faced some adversity this year. At the beginning of the season, the coaching staff had 17 starters returning to the team. The experienced players returning to the team had hopes and expectations for the season. Injury struck the team when they lost a starting offensive tackle, Dustin Reid, prior to the beginning of the season. Other injuries that have occurred include offensive tackle Buck Spurger; defensive ends Cole Johnson and Logan Andrews; Jack Gray, a four year starter at middle linebacker, and pre-season All-American running back Joel Rockmore. “This year has been unlike any other year,” said Head Coach Kenny Evans. “Young players are having to learn on the run. There is no way to simulate a Saturday on the field against your opponent.” A notable injury came in the RiverHawks season opener against Pittsburg State. Starting quarterback, Johnny Deaton, went down with a leg injury, which could have Deaton sidelined the rest of the season. Deaton was a three year starter and has earned 11 school records. The starting quarterback position was given to Thor Long, Sherman, Texas junior. “I was excited that I got to play,” said Long. “It is unfortunate the reason why I got to play, but whenever I got my chance, it is just something I have been working toward.” Long said that after the Pittsburg State game he felt comfortable, he was not nervous and he felt good being on the field. “Thor has been here for two years,” said Evans. “He knows our system and what we are trying to do. It is still a tough situation to put someone in because he has not had an opportunity to work with the other starters as much as we would like for him to.” Evans said both players are mobile quarterbacks, similar in a lot of ways. He said Long is more prone to pull the ball down and run with it, and that drives defenses crazy. “The biggest difference between the two is the experience,” said Barela. “With each game that passes is one more week of reps that Thor gets.” With all the injuries that have added up, plus the inexperience of the young players, being consistent throughout the remainder of the season may be tough for the football team. “Coach Evans does a good job with keeping us focused on the game that week,” said Barela. “The biggest thing we can do is continue to move forward.” Evans said the team is competing hard but still making mistakes, and they are going to have to live with them for now and grow up throughout the season. “Hopefully, we can get the little things that we are doing wrong fixed,” said Long “We really have a talented team this year.” The RiverHawks’ next football game is Sept. 28 at Emporia State. For more information, email

Joseph Hurst/Contributing Photographer NSU football team practices before the homecoming game. The team has been plagued by injuries this season.

Evans said he thought Long functioned well in his first game. He made some nice throws and managed the offense well against a tough team. With being tasked to be leader

of the offense, Long has to learn quickly. “I think he has stepped up the best he can with everything we have asked from him,” said Mike Barela, offensive line coach.

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New ticketing system implemented for NSU athletics
AUDRA HURLEY TNE WRITER NSU athletics department has made changes in sales by adding the option to purchase tickets online. Tickets for RiverHawk football and basketball games are available through students’ goNSU account or on Previously, tickets were only sold at the gate or preorder season passes. “They were all done at the gate on game day or reserve seasons tickets were done through the mail or in person prior to the beginning of the season,” said Brynn Hamner, athletics department office manager. Hamner said they sell season tickets in the same fashion, but they have added the option where students can go online and purchase tickets pregame. She said student admission is still free, but they must go online to their personal goNSU account to verify they are a current student and print a free ticket. “Whenever you preorder tickets, there are multiple ways to get the ticket,” said Cedrique Flemming, assistant athletics director/ media relations. “You can download the PDF that you can print off and take with you. You can pull up the PDF on your phone. There is a little barcode that you scan. Or, this is something we started last week; you can get the actual barcode texted to your phone.” The athletics department staff wanted the ticket sales upgrade collectively. “It was kind of a group deciyour ID at the gate.” Devers said it makes it easier for the athletics department to give the required attendance count of each football game to the NCAA. “We have to give a count for the conference rules, and it would be a guess,” said Hamner. “If 200 people with an ID walk in, we would have clickers. We were trying to count but that’s not very accurate. Now, I can pull a report online that says there were 250 student free tickets given out.” The athletics department can improve ticket sales using the new system. “It benefits us because it gives us a more accurate count of who attends our games and then, with the system, there are a lot of fun things you can do with it,” said Flemming. “You can look at demographics of who is actually purchasing the tickets. So, we can tailor our marketing efforts towards the type of people we know are coming to our games, and we can see who is not coming to our games. We can modify our marketing to those who aren’t coming to get those people excited about coming to the games.” For more information, call the RiverHawk athletics department at 918-444-3900.

Shane Devers/Contributing Photographer RiverHawks athletic department has added the option to purchase football and basketball game tickets online. Attendees can now purchase tickets anytime through and present a print-out ticket or show their ticket at the gate from a mobile device.

sion between all of us in the department,” said Hamner. “We wanted to get with the 21st century and be able to do pregame sales. People call from visiting schools or other schools wanting to buy tickets for game day, and that wasn’t possible before.” Hamner said the new method will verify people getting free tickets are actually eligible for free tickets. She said students with an old ID no longer attending NSU could come in free, and that is not fair for current students to pay admission when someone is using an old ID to get in free. features a video made by a video production team on how the new ticket sales work. “The ticket sales are directed toward all the students mainly and faculty,” said Shane Devers, video production team member. “Basically, it shows that we have a new way of selling tickets. Now, you are required to go online to get tickets. You can’t just show