Letter to the editor: Food talks

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By Luke Winslow

As the vegan who is munching on that salad at lunch with a table of friends eating the standard omnivore food, it is always interesting for me to hear what omnivores think about concern for animals in society. Having also been one before I went vegan three years ago, I enjoyed reading the opinion article “Food Talks: what your diet says about you”[1] in last week’s Echo to get some perspective on my own thoughts about the issue. If I may summarize, the article cites a recent study from the journal Appetite showing trends in Americans who, in many cases, become vegetarian based on considerations coming from a particular worldview that differs across cultural identities.[2] Continue reading

In review: Teapioca Lounge

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Stephany Reyes, Staff Writer 

If you love bubble tea, then this should definitely grab your attention. I moved to Oklahoma from Texas for school, and it was really hard for me to find a good boba café like the ones I went to in Texas. When I Googled bubble tea cafés, Teapioca Lounge was at the top of the list, and I decided to give it a try. Let me tell you something—it was one of the best choices I’ve ever made.

Teapioca Lounge is pretty modern and trendy, decorated with bold colors that lend energy to the atmosphere. They have many different kinds of tables, very amenable to any size of group, from couples to big parties. The environment is very fresh and clean.

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How to beat anxiety

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Ever feel like these guys?
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Celeste Forrest, Staff Writer 

As someone who struggles with anxiety on almost a daily basis, I understand firsthand how NOT fun anxiety is. According to the Webster Dictionary, anxiety is actually more than just a little nervousness or worry; it is “painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an impending or anticipated ill.”

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SNU Baseball celebrates seniors

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Photo provided by Scott Stanley

Carlos Font, Staff Writer

The 2014 baseball season is coming to a close. For the Storm, it’s been a roller coaster since day one, when the team reported for their first work out in late August.

The start of a new season represents new goals, expectations and hopes but for some, the start of the new season might mean the start of their last collegiate season. I’m talking about the Baseball Senior class of 2014. This year’s class was composed of seven seniors. In no particular order, those seven seniors are: Damian Santamaria, Scott Stanley, Luis Hernandez, Chance San Miguel, Austin Samulowitz, Ryan Brosnan and Ryan MacIntosh.

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SNU’s choir trip: Eisenstadt, Austria

SNU ChoirBrett Smith, Staff Writer

One thing that is often applauded by many is Southern Nazarene University’s push for students to obtain a new cultural experience during their studies. Different organizations and volunteers are constantly involved in making this happen. A big player in this is the music department at SNU, partially because music is so heavily influenced by cultures outside of the United States. This summer, many SNU music students will have the pleasure of traveling to Eisenstadt, Austria with Professor Jim Graves, choir director at SNU, and Dr. Richard Zielinski, Head of the Graduate Choral Studies at the School of Music at University of Oklahoma. This trip is part of the 39th Annual Classical Music Festival, which takes place around the beginning of August. Continue reading

Earthquake in Chile

Stephany Reyes, Staff Writer 

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In Chile there are frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. A massive earthquake of a magnitude of 8.2 hit Northern Chile, causing a tsunami on April 2, 2014. According to CNN, the earthquake and tsunami did not cause much damage to the city and there were not a lot of deaths. According to the authorities, there were six deaths. Officials said four of those deaths were blamed on the quake late Tuesday that triggered landslides, power outages and a tsunami suffered heart attacks, while the two other people were crushed.

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Brett eats out: Tucker’s Onion Burgers

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Double Onion Burger
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Brett Smith, Staff Writer

If there’s anything that I have learned from visiting different restaurants, it’s this: never have your mind made up as to whether or not you will like something new. For me, it was hard to put this into practice when I was visiting Tucker’s Onion Burgers. Anyone who knows me pretty well will tell you that I’m not a huge fan of onions, so I was hesitant when visiting Tucker’s Onion Burgers. This was the first restaurant review that I was actually apprehensive about. However, I tried to keep an open mind. It turns out, though, that my worries were unfounded. Continue reading

Pros vs. Joes

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Cass White, Staff Writer

Pros vs Joes, a new SGA event that pitted student athletes with their non-teammate peers in a variety of sports, took place on April 8th. The Southern Nazarene football players played in a friendly competitive 7 on 7 flag football game against the local students on Bracken lawn last week. Understandably, the football players were the Pros while the other students who signed up were the Joes.

There was a lot of hype leading up to the game; the Joes were excitedly talking smack to the Southern Nazarene football players about how they were going to win. Continue reading

Do you really care? A satire on “How are you?”

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Summer Howard, Staff Writer 

“How are you?” It’s the tiny question that I get asked numerous times a day at SNU, and it’s the only question people seem to know how to ask these days without squirming in their seats. I know it is part of the culture of SNU to speak these three words to every person you come into contact with and that everyone means it when they say it. Also, I know that no one ever gets tired of replying with a one-word answer because it’s too much trouble to explain how elated or depressed you are without taking up the other person’s whole day. No, I think everyone agrees that “How are you?” is pretty much the greatest question ever invented because it requires you to listen to two or three sentences at most about the other person.

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In review: Eternal Summer, “The Drop Beneath”

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James Tunnel, Staff Writer 

The Drop Beneath by Virginia’s indie darlings, Eternal Summers, is an interesting experience. You’re going to know whether or not you like the entire album right off the bat, simply because the 80s The Cure meets The Pains of Being Pure at Heart by way of 2014 aesthetic that courses through its entirety never at any point wavers. There’s even a little bit of Pixies thrown in for good measure here and there (see “Never Enough”).

So, if you find yourself a bit out of sync after the first few tracks, it’s a safe bet that you won’t be kicking yourself later for the time you could have spent with an album that you ended up loving. That being said, if you are attracted to what you hear, there’s a good chance that this is going to be one of your favorite albums of early 2014.

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SNL vs Lip Sync: Like an iPod stuck on replay? Replay?

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Lip Sync
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Katelyn Lamb, Content Editor

SNU recently put together one of their major annual events: Lip Sync. An entertaining combination of groups miming their favorite songs with costumes, dance moves and great creativity, this Southern Nazarene staple has been around for years. As fun and clever as the show usually is, though, SGA faced some issues with finalizing the performance this year. Despite a dedicated, enthusiastic and hard-working council as well as eager volunteers, Lip Sync struggled to muster up the necessary number of acts, momentum and hype that usually surround the show. Continue reading

America’s favorite pastime

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Is Baseball a “dying” sport?
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Abby Felter, Guest Writer

   During the prosperous years of the early 20th Century, baseball was undeniably America’s favorite pastime. As new baseball stadiums were being built, people poured into stadiums to get a glimpse of this remarkable game. Radio broadcasts and newspapers reporting on the games made it possible for people who could not attend the games to feel just as involved. As Babe Ruth captured the heart of Americans with his extraordinary home run hitting skills and flamboyant personality, he became an icon of the era. However, there have been widespread remarks among almost every major sports network that baseball is slowly dying out.   Continue reading

Spring Break trip to NASA

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Photo by Angela Rhodes

Grace Williams, Business and Social Media Manager

Over spring break, Angela Rhodes, Director of Career Services, and Mary Jo Galbraith, junior physics major, attended the NASA workforce development trip to Huntsville, Alabama for universities participating in the Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC). Trip participants included students interested in aeronautics, space science and technology and related fields. Continue reading