Commentary

Fri
20
Apr

Night at the Orpheum: A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place is  anything but quiet

The directorial debut of John Krasinski is sure to astound audiences with its groundbreaking sound techniques and compelling story. A Quiet Place depicts a post-apocalyptic world and of a family adapting to survive against creatures who hunt solely by sound. It’s a mashup of a thriller and horror, relying on more silent action-packed sequences to deliver the feeling of horror while compelling the audience along with detailed characters. 

Fri
20
Apr

Mullin It Over: The Oklahoma Standard Lives On

This week, we remember the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing and the loved ones left behind on that horrible day 23 years ago.  As we mourn the worst act of homegrown terrorism in our country’s history, we also reflect on a term coined on April 19, 1995: the Oklahoma Standard.  It is fitting that April is also National Volunteer Month, where volunteers are commended and Americans are encouraged to lend a helping hand.  The Oklahoma Standard we all know is a norm that continues to spread not only throughout Oklahoma, but across the entire country. 

Fri
20
Apr

Mullin It Over: The Oklahoma Standard Lives On

This week, we remember the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing and the loved ones left behind on that horrible day 23 years ago.  As we mourn the worst act of homegrown terrorism in our country’s history, we also reflect on a term coined on April 19, 1995: the Oklahoma Standard.  It is fitting that April is also National Volunteer Month, where volunteers are commended and Americans are encouraged to lend a helping hand.  The Oklahoma Standard we all know is a norm that continues to spread not only throughout Oklahoma, but across the entire country. 

Fri
20
Apr

April 19, 1995 - A Day Never to be Forgotten

 

By PATRICK FORD

Times Editor

 

Yesterday marked the 23rd anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Family members, survivors, and those who were on the front line on that tragic day gathered to remember the 168 victims who died in the bombing of the  Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Though many years have passed since that tragedy, the days events still resound as if it just happened.

I was working that Wednesday morning in Tulsa at Promenade Mall and had just opened the gate to the business signaling the start of the work day.

Across the hall, I noticed employees of another store gathered around a television at the front of the business. The expression on their faces signaled that something big was going on, so I stepped across to see what was happening.

That’s when I learned there had been a bombing in Oklahoma City.

Fri
20
Apr

Community Support Appreciated

Dear Okmulgee Community,

The Okmulgee Public School District would like to acknowledge the dedication and contribution of our head football coach Carl Lee, and share our sorrow with his family.  We appreciate the family sharing their beloved husband, father, and son with our staff and students for so many years. His commitment to our school community will last well into the future.

Fri
20
Apr

Life on Council House Square: Officially Becoming a Councilman

 

 

I was elected to serve as Okmulgee City Councilman for Ward 3 nearly two months ago, and this week I was officially sworn-in by our City Attorney, Lou Ann Moudy. Words can’t express the gratitude I have for my friends who showed up to see me take the oath of office, and I appreciate knowing I have the support of many more of you who weren’t able to make it there. I’m truly looking forward to this opportunity to serve and represent Okmulgee.

Fri
20
Apr

OSUIT - People, Technology, Jobs, Learning

In the heart of our campus, there’s a greenspace nestled between the Student Union and several classroom buildings. Four sidewalks merge there at a large circular plaza made of brick pavers. In the center of that plaza, there is a three-sided brick obelisk with a masonry bench encircling its base. This is the Campus Bell Tower, and it tells an important story about OSUIT. Around the base of the tower, there are four words inscribed in large letters… PEOPLE, TECHNOLOGY, JOBS, and LEARNING. These words are absolutely central to the value statement of OSUIT which reads, “We value excellence and integrity in people, technology, jobs, and learning.” At OSUIT, these are the four areas we choose to promote, and where we make our investments. This is why we have designed our courses to be hands-on and our degree programs to be challenging. Permit me to elaborate on this in my answer to the following question:

Fri
20
Apr

You’ll want to go on a rampage after seeing the Rock’s new film

What starts out as a science fiction thriller slowly turns into an action-packed joke fest. The opening scene was promising for Rampage, but quickly gives way to a movie packed full of awkward dialogue and jokes that fall flat. A lone scientist attempts to escape from a genetically modified rat who tears through her spaceship and the rest of her crew. It is one of the most stylistically pleasing scenes in the film with a depth the rest of the movie seems to lack. The outer space qualities infuse the scenes with layers making it appear almost three dimensional. 

Fri
13
Apr

Foundations

 

 

Foundations are the structures we build the rest of our buildings upon. As it relates to this article, what are the beginnings, the experiences, the life happenings that our ministers have lived through that led them to be pastors or priests. Finding out what those foundations are for the ministers in our community is the focus of this article (series of articles).

 

By DALE FILLMORE

Okmulgee First Church of the Nazarene

 

Foundations are the structures we build the rest of our buildings upon. As it relates to this article, what are the beginnings, the experiences, the life happenings that our local ministers have lived through that led them to be pastors or priests?  Finding out what those foundations are for the ministers of our community is the focus of this series of articles.

Fri
13
Apr

Life on Council House Square

OrangeFest is Back, and it’s BIGGER and BETTER than Ever Before!

 

If you’re reading this, hopefully it’s Friday morning, or maybe at the latest Friday afternoon because I want you to still have time to make it to OrangeFest this evening!  This week, I had the privilege of sitting down with Main Street Director, Heather Sumner, and Shari Erwin, Executive Director of Marketing & Communications at OSUIT, to discuss OrangeFest 2018.  (You can listen to our conversation, it’s the ‘Mic on Council Square Podcast’). They explained to me why this is one event you don’t want to miss! 

The OrangeFest, just a few short years ago, was called ‘Super Saturday’, and took place out on the campus of OSUIT.  It was actually a revamp of an older, similar family event from the 80s and 90s. When Shari and Heather started to work together on tweaking it, it became ‘OrangeFest’ and changed to a Friday evening full of family fun!  

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