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Yoga heals Laughter Yoga incorporates both deep breathing and laughing.
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River entertains The Illinois River entertains locals and vacationers.
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NSUTV students produce “Green Country Grub”
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Tne wriTer The NSU Broadcast Department has a new series “Green Country Grub,” which follows the creator and host Jon Dallis to various dining hot spots in green country to sample the nearby food joints. A small production crew was assembled of NSU students and the first episode just hit the internet this past week. “Green Country Grub is an interview style review of restaurants in Oklahoma and surrounding areas,” said Jon Dallis, Fort Gibson senior. “We capture footage of customers eating their favorite foods, take a look inside the kitchen to see how the meals are prepared and show our audience why they should make the drive and enjoy some of these local favorites.” Overlooking places like these are a shame to Dallis and his crew and spreading the word is what they are out to do. “We want to inform our viewers about the local places which make up Green Country,” said Dallis. “These restaurants often get looked past easily and we want to show our viewers what makes them special and show them food to get them hungry and excited to come out to see them.” Students around campus are starting to hear about this new production and might relate to a few things seen on television. “I heard about it from my friend in broadcast,” said Thomas Fisher, Pryor senior. “I like watching the Food Network shows and it kind of sounds like the ones that I watch all the time.” Fisher says he has not seen the first episode of the series, but is intrigued by the idea and is putting it on his list of to do things. The team’s first episode was about 40 miles away home, but the students are not worried about traveling far. “The first place we filmed at was Soda Steve’s in Gore,” said Stacie Guthrie, Camera Operator. “Now we are on an adventure to find our next venue. Whatever stands out to us, we will give it a try and promote it to our viewers and ultimately hope they too will enjoy it.” The next episode is in the works, but not a definitive number or a limit has been put on this production. continued on page 2

Jon Dallis/Contributing Photographer There is a new show presented by NSUTV entitled “Green Country Grub”. The show features local restaurants boasting the best food around.

Cast of Stars in the Summer celebrates 30 successful years
Chelsea Perryman
Tne wriTer Stars in the Summer series is in full swing for the summer at the NSU Playhouse. The Stars in the Summer series is presented by the College of Liberal Arts and Sequoyah Institute. The series began June 14 and runs through August 14. According to nsuok.edu/summer series, there are three different shows in the summer series. Stars in the Summer Celebration is at 7:30 p.m., every Thursday and Saturday. This show is a journey through the 30 years of River City Players and Downtown Country playing popular music from the past three decades. Downtown Country Classics is at 7:30 p.m., every Saturday. This show will be a show full of countries greatest hits. The last show of this series is River City Classics which shows at 2 p.m., every Saturday. The River City Classics will take you back in time playing popular music from 50s and 60s. Ticket prices for the Stars in the Summer series are affordable ranging from $6-$12. “Stars in the Summer began in 1983 and is celebrating 30 years this summer,” said Amber Cowan, managing director of Stars in the Summer. “ Stars in the Summer is comprised of local and regional artists and performers.” The Stars in the Summer Celebration is the most student friendly show in my opinion because all genres of music are played, said Cowan. “We get a lot of travel and church groups that come to town for the series and this is great for Tahlequah because these people are shopping and eating out in Tahlequah along with coming to the series,” said Cowan. These travel groups help Tahlequah’s sum- continued on page 2

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New TV show in the works for NSUTV students
“Currently the number of episodes is still in the air, however we hope to film during the summer months and into the fall semester,” said Dallis. “We are filming these simply because we can, but also doing this to entertain our audiences and take what we have learned and put it to use.”

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Entertaining audiences is a goal of this team and in less than a week’s time, students are seeing this production and speaking positively about what is being made on campus. The students behind “Green Country Grub” could not be more proud. “My roommate showed me this video and I loved it,” said Nathan

Ferguson, Gore junior. “I’ve been to Soda Steve’s before and I still learned more than I ever really knew about it. I really can’t wait until the next episode comes out.” The idea of making a food show in green country did not come from in particular way which shows usually do. Instead the birth of the idea was a little

more unconventional. “The idea for the show came to me a few months ago as my friend Corbin Brown and I were eating in Tulsa,” said Dallis. “The sign on the restaurant said ‘Best Burgers in Tulsa’ so naturally we had to try these mythical burgers, but when the food came, they were far from the best. I brought

up the idea of looking for the best places in our area and through critiques and further exploration of the idea we landed on Green Country Grub, a show where we find underrated locations and show the community exactly what they’re missing.” For more information contact [email protected]

Stars in the Summer leaves audiences wanting more
tourism and business tremendously. “This year we have students, faculty, staff and alumni are represented in the cast,” said Cowan. The Summer in the Stars series is a great representation for the university. Cowan said they look at the series as a great learning opportunity for students. “My favorite part about Stars in the Summer is definitely the people I have met and am so

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blessed to work with,” said Sydney Jennings, UCO sophomore. “The cast, crew, and our wonderful directors are literally like my second family.” Jennings said she’s learned so much about performing through these shows, but the great relationships and connections made has been the best part. “This is my first year in Stars in the Summer, but I have been performing my whole life. Being a dance major at UCO, it was re-

ally nice to be able to get on the stage and sing again this summer,” said Jennings. The summer series began in order to provide a platform for NSU students and faculty to showcase their talents in the summer season “I think the Stars in the Summer is an incredible treasure for NSU and the Tahlequah community,” said Robyn Pursley, Artistic Director for the Stars in the Summer. Pursley said the show gives students and local talent the opportunity to work in a professional place. “For the community, it provides access to a high quality of entertainment for less than they would pay to see a movie,” said Pursley. Pursley said the series showcases a variety of musical genres, so it really has something for everyone. She said no matter what type of music you enjoy you enjoy, you

Courtesy Photo Stars in the Summer boats to be please for everyone with a variety of musical genres. The show is in the beginning of its 30th successful year.

can’t help but be impressed by the talent on the NSU stage. “We have incredibly talented performers and musicians and the work that they have put into these shows really comes through during each performance,” said Pursley. All the different shows have something that will interest peo-

ple of all ages. “I think the traditional college student and Gen-Xers will love the Stars in the Summer Celebration. It showcases music from lots of different periods, but especially the 80’s and 90’s,” said Pursley. Stars in the Summer strives to always entertain and put on the best performances possible. “What we do is really one-ofa-kind. I’m sure there are others out there who attempt to recreate what we do, but we have a very unique history that is connected with our series and we are proudly plan to continue that tradition for years to come,” said Pursley. Ticket and performance information is available at the Box Office at (918)-458-2075. For more information, email [email protected] nsuok.edu.

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ROTC student receives prestigious award
Dyer, NSU ROTC cadet. Dyer was awarded the National Guard Star of Valor recently because of his heroic actions, carrying an injured woman to safety before her car burst into flames. Major Jason Junkens, Former military instructor at NSU, presented Dyer with his award. Dyer received the second largest noncombat award that can be awarded in Oklahoma. “It was pretty exciting,” Dyer said. “It was a little overwhelming with the amount of media coverage that showed up and 18 members of my family showed up that I didn’t even know were going to be there.” Sergeant Jackie Lowrimore, Jr., military science instructor at NSU, agrees with Captain Nicholls and said NSU has had very outstanding officers come out in the top 2 percent in the nation. Several of which are going to be helicopter pilots and US marshals, going off of their performances in LDAC junior and senior year. “Hopefully I get commissioned and find employment with my degree after school” said Dyer. Lowrimore said Dyer is a humble guy. Many people still would not have had the guts or courage that ROTC teaches in the four years contracted for each person. ROTC teaches the leadership and knowledge necessary to be out in the field of duty before cadets, turned to officers, are active duty. “Anyone is encouraged to participate in the classes held at NSU or NSUBA. The classes are usually large at the beginning, but when we start working out with them sometimes they find that it’s just too much.” said Nicholls. “Yes it is an intense program, but its supposed to be. We are supposed to find those that are really committed and want to do this.” NSU’s ROTC program it is open to everyone, but before those who join become juniors they have to be contracted to stay in. At that point it is time to continue forward or find other professions. NSU works with Arkansas and its brigade in ROTC. Arkansas sends approximately 10 to twenty officers every year, whereas NSU being the smaller school usually graduates 10 to twelve a year. That does not take away from the quality of officers coming from NSU. For more questions email [email protected]

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Courtesy Photo Sgt. Brandon Dyer receives his National Guard Star of Valor due to his heroic actions. Dyer was presented his award by Maj. Jason Junkens, who also nominated him for the award.

shane Devers
Tne wriTer Reserves officers training corps, otherwise known as ROTC, is a prestigious and elite group of young men and women who vow to participate in the leading of this country. ROTC students attend college just like other students but at the same time receive basic military training and officer training for their chosen branch of service. The training is available through the ROTC unit at the college or university at which the student attends school. The students participate in regular drills during the school year and extended training activities during the summer. ROTC is committed to finding the courageous leaders to start as officers in the armed forces. Captain Benjamin Nicholls,

recruiting operations officer and senior military science instructor, said they are looking for that leadership training. “There are so many graduates who have come out of this program who are now part of the Oklahoma National Guard in high levels,” said Nicholls. Graduates and undergrads of ROTC do big things beyond the field of combat or training, one in particular is Sergeant Brandon

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Americans take pride in celebrating national holiday
The 4th of July means something different for everyone. Most people recognize it as the day the United States of America became a nation and others may see it as a reason to fire up the grill and have a cookout. This holiday originated in the year 1776 when the forefathers of the US declared their independence from Great Britain. They fought numerous battles and much was sacrificed so the people were allowed certain freedoms that were not allocated to them before the American Revolutionary War. Whether free speech, self-governance or any right between, these simple freedoms were not granted before the nation declared its independence. Though the thought of the nation being oppressed may seem unfathomable today, for citizens of the age, it was very much a reality. The nation in which the people lived was very different than the nation of today, but the spirit that makes this nation great was as strong then as it is now. This day marked specially on every calendar signifies independence as a nation, freedom as individuals and a day to remember the courage it took to stand against a super-power nation. This federal holiday stands as a day to celebrate the nation’s resilience, fortitude and, above all else, its independence. The holiday’s itinerary is synonymous with picnics, barbecues, cookouts, parades and firework displays. Whatever the means, it is a day of unifying celebration of the nation. Many people celebrate by dusting off the grill and slapping a few steaks down for a nice cookout. Others may order take-out and enjoy a relaxing day of lounging for which they may not normally have the time. Some citizens may enjoy taking to the river, a local luxury of Tahlequah residents. This is a great way to enjoy the holiday and stay cool. As the temperatures continue to rise, this avenue remains one of the more pleasing and beneficial options. Tahlequah residents and residents of surrounding areas have several options when considering floating the river. With several options just up highway 10, a cool and enjoyable experience is just minutes away. Some camping locations encourage it, as it is a good way to really escape the urban rush and center themselves around the independence of the family. Fireworks have been the means of celebration that are tradition-

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Courtesy Photo There are many popular ways to celebrate America’s freedom on Independence day. One of which is to thank those who dedicate their lives fighting to preserve it.

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ally used to display color and radiance. They were used as celebration tools for many centuries. They are a great way to celebrate, make noise and see colors, but it does not give anyone the excuse to be ignorant of safety. The necessary injury or risk may not be a luxury to which the founders of the nation were privy, but that does not mean celebrations of independence need to be risky endeavors. The National Council on Fireworks Safety suggests only lighting fireworks outside, never re-lighting a “dud” firework and always having a designated shooter. For those not interested in floating a lazy river, the lake is a grand

alternative; especially those who wish to break in their water toys, jet skis or boats. Some general safety guidelines are: Only licensed drivers should operate watercrafts, use a heavyduty line designed for towing, and teach users to signal that they are alright once they fall off the tube. With all the events, festivities, and excitement, it is important to remember the origin of the nation and for the freedoms for which the nation should truly be thankful. And as always a special thanks to all those who dedicate their lives to preserving our freedom. Our country would be nothing with out the brave men and women in the armed forces.

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Independence Day celebrations under way
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Tne wriTer Fireworks stands are set up all around town and people are eager to make some noise. Although Fourth of July will be on Wednesday this year, people will continue to celebrate through the week. The Tahlequah High School Marching Band have a fireworks stand in the parking lot at Reasor’s. All proceeds from this stop will help band costs through the school year. “I spend entirely too much money on fireworks every year,” said Kate Kelly, director at the Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce. “I love shooting off fireworks.” Tenkiller State Park will be hosting many activities beginning July 3. The Independence Day Bicycle Parade will be for age groups 3 years and up. The categories of this competition will include Best Overall Decorated Bicycle, Best Use of Recycled Materials on a Bicycle, Best Native American Theme, Best in Age Class for the groups and Best Wildlife Theme. “I am excited to take my family out on the lake this year,” said Angela Sharp, Tahlequah resident. “We usually go out by Tenkiller Dam, but this year I want to make things a little different.” Tenkiller visitors will get to watch the annual Greater Tenkiller Association’s Lake Tenkiller boat parade from 5-7 p.m., July 4. The parade will be by the dam on the south end of the lake. On-lake registration will be from 5-5:30 this show. “I will be working the show this year and will not be watching,” said Jessica Tyre, front desk clerk at Western Hills Guest Ranch. Another event will be hosted by Greenleaf State Park. The activities there will include canoe races, boat and wagon rides, as well as campfires and more. The park naturalists will be setting up this event. The Cherokee Heritage Center will have its “Under the Cherokee Moon” season at the center in Park Hill. The interactive drama experience will be at 7 p.m., Saturdays in September. For more information, log on to www.underthecherokeemoon.com. “We want everyone to have a safe Fourth of July,” said Kelly. “Always wear eye protection, use long lighting sticks and run away as far as you can after lighting each firework piece. Children should always have adult supervision during these events.” For more information, email [email protected]

Courtesy Photo Throughout Green Country there will be many upcoming fireworks shows. A popular in particular is in Tulsa over the river and can be seen for miles.

p.m. at the director’s boat. There is no entry fee for participants. The theme this year is “Almost Anything Goes on the Lake.” “The reflection of all the lights on the water is just beautiful,” said Sharp. The categories of the boat parade competition on the lake include Best of the Parade, large boats (26 feet and up), small boats (under 26 feet) and pontoons. First place winners will go home with a $250 award. All boaters are encouraged to dress up, show the nation’s pride and actively be involved in decorating the boats according to this year’s theme. Participants will line up behind the director’s boat, pass by a few times in front of the judging area, sail on to the entrance of Pine

Cove Marina, circle outside the cove and go on to the corner of the dam, passing the south side and back to the starting point. The Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza will be held at Tenkiller Dam at dusk. The show can be viewed from water or land, Tenkiller State Park and the Corp of Engineers campground. “I have bought some fireworks for the little kids to play with while waiting for the show,” said Sharp. “A few sparklers, some poppers and such. I think this year we will have a blast because we have the whole family getting together.” The Western Hills Guest Ranch will have a fireworks show on the Fourth over Lake Fort Gibson. There will be concession stands, kids activities and music at

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Camp provides culinary tips for local children
Chelsea Perryman
Tne wriTer Iron Chef Kids camp is quickly approaching. This camp will focus on different Italian cuisine, customs and culture. Iron Chef Kids camp will be July 16-20. Ages 10 and up are welcome. According to nsunews.com, each camper will work in small groups and be responsible for creating and cooking their own menu, while additionally focusing on etiquette and manners. This camp is limited to 20 campers. Camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday and Friday is field trip day. Lunch, snacks and field trips are included in this camp. “Our week will be full of discovering Italy through meat and cheeses; spaghetti sauce from scratch; experimenting with different Italian pasta sauces and making homemade cannolis,” said Barbara Fuller, Director of Iron Chef Kids camp. Italian Academy will integrate all culinary aspects of Italian culture from basic Italian appetizers and main dishes to classic Italian desserts, said Fuller “I introduced the cooking camp last summer and the response was huge,” said Fuller. “ I decided to do different cooking camps this summer that would expand the campers knowledge and skills in the culinary arts.” Fuller said providing the children of the area with opportunities they would not normally receive is rewarding. “Tahlequah does not offer many things for youth in the summer. These camps fulfill a need in the education and activities of the community,” said Fuller. Entertainment in the summer is always something parents want for their children. “Both of my girls gained confidence in the kitchen and an interest in helping my wife prepare the meals,” said Kin Thompson, parent of Iron chef camp attendee. “We still allow them to prepare several of the meals that they learned how to make at camp.” Thompson said her daughters recently prepared pizza pockets for the family, using tools they learned from the camp. “My daughter Meg’s favorite part was getting to make her own cake from scratch,” said Thompson. “She thought it was really cool that they didn’t use a cake mix.” Summer activities help children stay activelty engaged in learning while out of school. “I think it’s great for kids to learn in a fun, safe environment and I would encourage any parent to send their child,” said Thompson. Thompson said cooking is a life skill that her daughters can draw from for the rest of their life. “For the past 2 years I have volunteered with various camps,” said Elaina Ross, Summer camp volunteer. All the activities are structured to have high levels of engagement while teaching kids skills and information. “I think these camps are great for kids because they help kids learn a new way to examine a subject through hands-on learning,” said Ross. Learning in a fun and unique way creates an interest about a certain subject for kids. “The camps are a way for kids to experience a new topic in a way that makes learning an opportunity,” said Ross. Space is still available in this camp and registration forms are available on www.nsunews.com. For more information, email [email protected]

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Laughter Yoga achieves positive energy
cancer patients because it is the immune system that ultimately influences the course of survival for cancer patients. The Swedish Cancer Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, offers Laughter Yoga regularly during the chemotherapy process. Laughter Yoga presented to the mentally and physically challenged has shown a great improvement in motor skills, expressive skills and hyperactivity. Donnita Armstrong, of Cookson, Okla., is the owner of the Hen House Retreat. Armstrong said that her son took a laughter yoga class at his friends in Chicago, IL. She said it sounded interesting and so she looked into it on the Internet and found out there was a certified Laughter Yoga instructor located in Oklahoma City, Okla., Ellen Mercer. Mercer is Oklahoma’s most experienced Laughter Yoga Leader/ Teacher. Mercer has a degree in nutrition and has led Laughter Clubs around the state for the past three years. Armstrong, just opening the retreat, was very interested in bringing Mercer’s knowledge of this newfound practice to the Eastern part of the state. “Laughter as therapy has strong appeal for those in helping careers. Various health care practitioners like nurses, therapists, counselors, and even doctors, are incorporating Laughter Yoga into their work,” said Mercer. “Others who decide to learn this revolutionary practice and begin using laughter exercises include activity directors, fitness teachers, ministers, professional speakers and entertainers, human resource managers and even sales/marketing professionals.” Laughter Yoga can make an impact on a variety of professions in all different ways. “It is difficult to break into the minds and hearts of skeptics who think they always need a humorous reason to laugh,” said Mercer. “My job is to convince people that laughter exerciseswith 10-15 minutes of sustained belly laughs – really are excellent food for nourishing and healing the mind, the body and the spirit. I love sharing this and sometimes just have to pinch myself and wonder at enjoying what I do and getting paid for laughing.” According to a press release the two-day certification training is set for 10 a.m., July 14 through 3 p.m., July 15, at the Chicken Creek Hen House Retreat located at 20188 W. Chicken Creek Rd. Cookson, Oklahoma 74427. Participants can get lifetime certified in 12 hours. For more information about Laughter Yoga, contact Ellen Mercer at (405) 947-2653, (405) 818-7997, or email [email protected] For more information, contact [email protected]

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Courtesy Photo Laughter Yoga is rising in popularity and there is an upcoming retreat and workshop July 14-15. This revolutionary exercise incorporates both deep breathing and laughter for exercise.

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Tne wriTer There is a new retreat called The Chicken Creek Hen House located around the Cookson, Okla., area that is offering a Laughter Yoga Retreat and Workshop July 14-15. Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary exercise sweeping across the world incorporating both deep breathing and laughter for exercise. Dr. Madan Kataria, from Mumbai, India in 1995, launched laughter Yoga. Kataria’s practice was based on a scientific fact that the human body cannot distinguish between fake and real laughter. Fake laughter creates the same psychological and physiological benefits as a real laugh would. Other benefits include a boosted immunity, better oxygen levels, better emotional health, relaxation, and natural pain relief. It is a unique mental, physical, and emotional wellness practice that Kataria started at a park with a handful of people that has spread worldwide comprised of more than 8,000 Social Laughter Clubs. Laughter Yoga has gone under clinical research at the University

of Graz in Austria, India, and Bangalore. They have proved that laughter lowers the stress level of hormones in the blood, which promotes a positive and hopeful attitude. Laughing away troubles makes a person less likely to surrender to feelings of stress and depression. Laughter is a universal language that is not limited by barriers such as language, age, race, gender, religion or social background. It does not involve jokes or comedy. It enhances communication and improves interpersonal relationships. World Laughter is celebrated each year on the first Sunday in May. In May of 2000, approximately 10,000 people laughed together in Copenhagen, Denmark setting a new Guinness World Record. Laughter Yoga sessions achieve a positive energy making daily stress easier to manage. The impact of this practice is so powerful that many of the practitioners said they no longer need antidepressants. They have also seen a significant reduction in the frequency of colds, flu, infection and even chronic medical problems. “After reading about Laugh-

ter Yoga I definitely think it has some medicinal value,” said Billie Kennedy, Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Specialist at Hartsell Psychological Services. “A lot of my clients have anger problems and I think Laughter Yoga could be a great outlet for them and reduce the negativity in their lives.” Laughter Yoga was introduced to the business world, prisons, cancer patients and the mentally and physically challenged and had a positive effect in all aspects. In the business world the practice is gaining popularity in Denmark, India, the US, and many other countries. Laughter Yoga has shown improved staff performance, reduced stress and enhanced productivity in the workplace. In prisons, Laughter Yoga has profoundly lightened the atmosphere and reduced the negative thoughts and emotions of the prisoners. Several prisoners in India have used Laughter Yoga as a tool to discharge their negative attitude. Cancer patients have found a new hope through Laughter Yoga that they did not have before. Laughter boosting the immune system is a major benefit for

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Every summer like clockwork, numbers of people from around the state and sometimes, farther flock to the Illinois River in Tahlequah. “We’ve had huge numbers this summer,” says Katey Hatzenbuehler, Arrowhead Float-Thunderbird Camp employee. “It’s my first summer to work on the river but apparently there’s a lot more people floating this year.” The River offers a wet and wild getaway for half the price of many other vacation options. “I think people like to float because it’s close to home and not that expensive,” said Hatzenbuehler. “Our guests use our crafts so they don’t even have to pack a lot to have fun.” No boat, no gasoline and no costly rental property; there is no expensive commitment required for this vacation. “If our floaters forget to pack something, we sell everything from fire wood to water-shoes,” said Hatzenbuehler. “We want our guests to have the best time so they keep coming back to us.” Although the river does offer some upgrades to your experience, the basic trip down the river costs around $20 per person and even less for a child. Another added feature to a trip down the Illinois is the option to camp or lodge. “I like to stay the night after I float cause I get so tired from being in the sun all day,” said Thomas. After a long day in the sun, floaters are welcome to make accommodations with the resort of their choice to take their shoes off and stay awhile. The variety of staying-options is even vaster than the floating options. Resorts offer everything from primitive camping down by the water to cabins with cable TV . “Next time I go, I’m going try kayaking,” said Thomas. “A couple of my friends tried it and loved it. That’s all they float on now.” The opportunity to customize their experience on the river is what makes a float trip at the Illinois River such a special event for patrons and keeps them coming back for more. “When me and my roommates graduated, we made a pact to meet up and float at least once a summer,” said Casey Goad, NSU graduate. Floating the Illinois has proven its capability to be a great time for young and old alike, but before a trip is planned, there are some safety precautions to be considered. “We never want to see anyone get hurt or in trouble,” says Maddie Hayes, Arrowhead FloatThunderbird Camp employee. “We try to advise our floaters as best we can to prevent any injuries or problems for them while they float and stay with us.” Floaters are advised to pack plenty of sunscreen and water as the sun and heat can cause a seri-

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ous threat. “Last summer we did have a floater that got overheated and had to be rushed to the hospital,” said Hayes. “It was a scary moment that could have been prevented. We heard back that the floater ended up being alright, but it was a serious lesson learned.” When packing ice chests, it is also important to keep in mind that no Styrofoam, glass bottles, or alcohol over 3.2 are allowed on the river. “There aren’t a lot of rules on the river but the ones that are there, are strictly enforced,” said Hayes. Hayes said authorities are patrolling the waterways and will check ice chests. Planning ahead will help ensure a fun and safe getaway. For a complete list of float resorts available, visit www.travelok.com. The website is filled with information about planning an Illinois River float trip. “A float trip is the most popular way to experience the Illinois River; embark on a leisurely ride on the cool water and take in all the river has to offer,” according to the website. “With so many outfitters and campsites nearby, you have everything you need already along the river. All you have to do is arrive.” For more information, email [email protected]

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Time capsules to offer glimpse into past
Kayla Johnson tnE WritEr Time capsules have been around for hundreds of years, even on NSU’s Tahlequah campus. There are currently three known time capsules buried on campus. They are located at Bagley Hall, in front of the Webb Building and next to the UC. The most recent time capsule was buried in 1888 and extracted in 1989. It was buried in front of Seminary Hall. “I was there for the extraction of the time capsule,” said Vickie Sheffler, University Archivist and Records Management Coordinator. “It was very interesting to see all of the things they had inside. They included the Constitution and Laws of the Cherokee Nation passed at Tah-Le-Quah. The booklet was in very good shape. We didn’t really have to clean it up or even do a touch up on it.” Inside the time capsule, there was a letter written to a man from his sister explaining she would not be able to go to the burial of the time capsule unless she could use his mule, an arithmetic book, the very first issue of the Muskogee Phoenix, a two cent postage stamp, fifty cents in United States coin and even religious materials such as the New Testament Covenant of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The most recently buried time capsule was in 2009 and was sponsored by NSGA. The planning for the time capsule took a lot of time and work but some think it was well worth it. “It was a commemoration of NSU’s second century and the student government wanted to do something to mark and celebrate the occasion,” said Kat Kennedy, Director of Campus Involvement.“The time capsule is buried next to the UC with a marble plaque above it.” Emails were sent out to organizations requesting items to be donated and stored in the time capsule. Items which were buried include a CD with the week’s top 10 hits, a complete outfit for a male and female to show what the fashion was during 2009, multiple business cards from businesses in Tahlequah, T-shirts from Greek life and other organizations, key chains, a legislation from NSGA, a basic iPod, a CHI flat iron, the most current copy of The Northeastern and a book available for people to write what was important to them. “I wish I was attending NSU at the time of the second century time capsule was buried because I would have loved to have been involved in it,” said Keleigh Bolinger, Olive junior. “I think it is really neat that people can open them 100 years from now to see what life was like in earlier days and to dissect what those people did and how they survived. I’m a strong believer in you learn from past mistakes and I think that a time capsule is something people can use to learn from.” Time capsules are not always used for school or state purposes. Some people like to bury a time capsule because it is something they think they will find useful later on in life. Those people typically bury pictures of important moments in their lives, family heirlooms, a list of how much things cost at the time and letters. “I’ve never participated in a time capsule but I would absolutely love to do one once I get married,” said Christine James, Locust Grove senior. “My fiancée’s career is pretty much set but mine is still up in the air. I think it will be fun to have a time capsule because our future lives will change so much with his career. It will be cool to see how everything was before all the craziness happened fifty years from now.” For more information, email [email protected]

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TnewriTer Watch out Georgia, it is time for Porter’s Annual Peach Festival. The festival will have everything from peach cobbler contests to mud racing. The festival hours are Thursday July 19 from 4:00-11p.m., Friday July 20 noon-11p.m. and will end on Saturday July 21 7:00a.m.-11:00p.m. “They really have something for everyone,” said Tanisha Carmichael, a Porter resident. According to porterpeachfestivals.com, all entries for the peach cobbler, peach jam, and other contests must be submitted to the Porter Civic Center from 5:00-7:00p.m. on Friday July 20 and will be judged on Saturday at noon. For the peach cobbler contest, the non-refrigerated items will be auctioned off and the proceeds will be donated to the Lion’s Club’s projects. “I’ve done the race before, and it isn’t easy,” said Miranda Carmichael, a former Porter resident. “Especially in this Oklahoma heat.” The festival attracts people from all over. “When I first came to Oklahoma, I went and had a blast,” said Dora Gibson, a Muskogee resident. “I’ve been going ever since.” Even people who have moved

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Annual Porter Peach Festival to please all who attend

away from the tiny town of Porter, Okla. seem to find their way back from time to time. “I like going back because that’s where my family is,” said Carmichael. “It reminds me of Courtesy Photo home. I’ve gone Thousands of peaches are sold every year with my family at the Porter Peach Barn. The Porter Peach before and I can’t Barn is open Monday through Saturday 9 wait to go with a.m- 6 p.m. and Sundays noon to 6 p.m. my family and husband.” Trisha Harper, a Porter resident. The peach harvest has not alMost of the festival takes place ways been good, but this year outdoors so those attending may seems to be turned around. need a little extra sunscreen and “The peach harvest was OK water. last year, but I think this year is For more information email, going to be much better,” said [email protected]

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er so all the locals can feel a little closer while watching a spectacular film. In a press release TMSA said, “Tahlequah Main Street Association is proud to bring together the community for these evenings that are sure to make memories of happy summertimes in Tahlequah that will be cherished for many years.” It is a great family outing as well. People can bring their children, grandparents, nieces, nephew, and even pets. Anyone is allowed to bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets and cooler, if they choose. “It was a lot of fun sitting at the park on a blanket watching a movie on the big screen,” said Rogers. “It was a nice night, not too hot and it was nice being with other friends and their families watching a movie together.” Before the movie, they show a few video commercials of people who bought advertisements. Along with that, they play music so the community has something to do while their children and other families run around or get settled where they want to be comfortable. This event started in May and will not stop until the last showing, Oct. 20. The movie list is available on the Tahlequah Main Street website. A preview of the movie is also available for those who do not know what movie is playing. “I heard about the event first from the Tahlequah group on Facebook, but I also heard lots of other friends who had gone and liked it so we decided to try it, but we definitely will be going to all the rest, weather permitting,” said Rogers. For a local event, it gets a lot of publicity. It helps that the event is in a smaller, localized town. Bright said she would have to tell her husband and her brother which movie is playing because they both would enjoy it. The same goes for everyone, it is best to let everyone in on the fun during the summer. For more information about Movies in the Park visit the Tahlequah, Okla., or Tahlequah Main Street Facebook page or email [email protected] For more information, contact [email protected]

Free movies provided to Tahlequah community
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Tne wriTer Tahlequah is letting the reels roll as Movies in the Park shows a few quality cinematic adventures this summer. July 7, Tahlequah Main Street Association will hold its third movie of the summer in Norris Park. The feature film for the upcoming date is “Princess Bride,” a classic fairy tale involving giants, sword fighting, deception and true love. The movie kicks off at dusk at Norris Park, but prior to that the community gathers around and enjoys the company of one another. “It was a very family and community friendly event, many families and couples,” said Shayna Rogers, Tahlequah sophomore. “The event provided popcorn and even Frisbees so kids were playing Frisbee before the movie and sharing popcorn for the movie.” This event is a favored one. It is a fun summertime activity that extends to people of all ages, even infants. Jenni Bright, wife and mother of three, said she enjoyed being out and doing something with the wider community while the children play and relax as the family enjoys a special treat. Movies in the Park is a great way to get the community togeth-

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Tokyo in Tulsa convention comes back to Tulsa
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Tne wriTer Tokyo in Tulsa was first introduced as a Halloween block party for Darkstone Anime Store in October 2005. Darkstone closed its doors the following year but Tokyo in Tulsahas come to stay. The attendance has doubled over the course of three years at TnT. TnT has transformed from a one-day event into a three-day convention supported by many fans. TnT offers many things for the Tulsa community including a unique shopping area from vendors, artists and exhibitors from all over the country. The convention also offers music, thousands of dollars in prizes and giveaways, industry guests, anime actors, games and movies, and hundreds of hours of panels and events. “I think it will probably be something very interesting,” said Vernon Fenton, Broken Arrow Junior. “I’m personally not really into anime stuff but I appreciate anything related to ‘nerd culture. My friend actually convinced me to go and I know there will be two competing entities one called Bounty Hunters and the other is called Steampunk. I’m looking forward to it.” Hundreds of people will participate in Cosplay –the art of dressing up in various Japanese styles or costuming as a favorite character from anime or Japanese pop culture. Most outfits are handmade works of art and are incredibly unique and jaw-dropping. On Saturday afternoon, there will be a Cosplay contest. “This will be my first year going as well as dressing up to a convention,” said Tanner Roberts, Tokyo in Tulsa patron. “I’ve always enjoyed seeing and meeting congoers who cosplay and decided that this year I’d get in on the fun. As far as what I’m most excited for, I’d have to say I’m excited to meet Wendee Lee. I’ve been a big fan of hers for quite some time.” There will be a weekend long dance party as well. Friday night, patrons will be able to see the Fender Music spotlight artist, and first all-Asian American dancerock band (and anime con dar-

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lings) – The Slants! On Saturday night, patrons will be able to head bang, glowstick, and dance the night away to a mixture of Japanese and American pop/dance/electronica beats. DJ HeavyGrinder, DJ Infam0us, and NerdRaves will DJ at TnT’s annual Cosplay Ball and Dancy Dancy Fun Time (DDFT 4.0).The Dance/Concert admission is included in memberships and weekend/day passes, but 1 day “concert/dance only” passes can be purchased at the door for $15. Patrons will also have access to Oklahoma’s premiere gaming experience with the largest dedicated gaming area in the state. There will be dozens of LCD screens and popular titles for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii, as well as Arcade and Pinball machines. In addition to video gaming, patrons will enjoy the diverse selection of Tabletop Gaming and Collectible Card Games (CCG). Access to the Gaming area is included in weekend and day memberships, but a 1 day game room pass can also be purchased for $15 per person. People can stop by for free play or enter one of the many tournaments. FPS & fighting game tournaments will take place throughout the weekend (including Super Street Fighter IV Halo Reach, , Call of Duty, as well as CCG tournaments. In all, Tokyo in Tulsa will provide $4,000 guaranteed into tournament winnings! Tournaments have an entry fee. For more information, email [email protected]

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