Nobodies of comedy coming to East Central University on Jan. 26

Press Release

East Central University Communications and Marketing


The Nobodies of Comedy will bring five of the nation’s fastest rising starts of comedy to the Ataloa Theatre in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center  at East Central Universitiy on Jan. 26 as part of ECU’s fine arts season. Erick James, Tim Krompier, Mark Viera, James Johann and Andrew Schulz, described as the “funniest comics you’ve never heard of,” will perform at 7:30 p.m.

The comedian’s raw, edgy comedy is intended for mature audiences.

Tickets are $18 and may be purchased online at They also may be reserved by calling the theatre’s box office at 559-5751 or by emailing Tickets can be picked up at the will call window the night of the concert. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.


Comic Erick James of the Nobodies of Comedy (Courtesy photo)


Comic James Johann of the Nobodies of Comedy (Courtesy photo)


Comic Mark Viera of the Nobodies of Comedy (Courtesy photo)


Comic Schultz Andrew of the Nobodies of Comedy (Courtesy photo)


Comic Tim Krompier of the Nobodies of Comedy (Courtesy photo)

Candlelighting Ceremony

From staff reports


Southeastern Oklahoma State University celebrated the holiday season with the community Monday by hosting the 90th annual Candlelighting ceremony and concert. The event was held in Montgomery Auditorium and featured the Southeastern Symphonic Choir, the Southeastern Brass Ensemble, and members of the Southeastern Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. Candlelighting is the oldest tradition at Southeastern, with its origins dating back to Dec. 18, 1921.


Ashley Clark lights a candle during the 90th annual Candlelighting ceremony on Dec. 5, 2011. (Courtesy photo by Dan Hoke)


The 90th annual Candlelighting ceremony on Dec. 5, 2011. (Courtesy photo by Dan Hoke)


The 90th annual Candlelighting ceremony on Dec. 5, 2011. (Courtesy photo by Dan Hoke)


Cheri Conway sings during the 90th annual Candlelighting ceremony held Dec. 5, 2011. (Courtesy photo by Dan Hoke)


Soloist Cynthia Estrada performs during the 90th annual Candlelighting ceremony on Dec. 5, 2011. (Courtesy photo by Dan Hoke)


Dr. Brian Walker leading during the 90th annual Candlelighting ceremony on Dec. 5, 2011. (Courtesy photo by Dan Hoke)



True Blue Ambassadors selected for spring 2012

From Staff Reports

Seven SE students have been selected as True Blue Ambassadors for the spring 2012 semester. Students were nominated by faculty and staff members and went through an application and interview process.

The students include aviation major Collin Beshear of Carrollton, Texas; criminal justice major Bryanna Bradshaw of Pottsboro, Texas; psychology major Natalee Hightower of Whitesboro, Texas; occupational safety and health major Kelly Aaron Jeffress of Idabel; accounting major Vy Nguyen of Dalat, Vietnam; general business major Shiela “Suzy” Weber of Durant and chemistry/biology major Lauren “Caley” Wesberry of Tishomingo.

The new ambassadors join the existing group of ambassadors in representing SE by leading campus tours, assisting with recruitment events and helping with activities in the Office of the President, Alumni Association and Special Events.

Walk in the shoes of an SE student from another student’s perspective

Photos courtesy of Kacy Hammock


Senior finance major Breeanna Robberson- “I have learned many things to aid me in my future career as a financial manager like investing tips and how to manage portfolios for a company. However, I believe the most beneficial thing I’ve learned is how to apply these strategies to my personal life.”


Senior conservation major Ethan Lovelace- “Conservation is perfect for me and my lifestyle. One thing that I like most about my major is catching turtles and finding new species.”


Sophomore business management major and football player, Anthony Gale- “Football is just another outlet for me to finish school with a degree in business management. I have to have my priorities in order so I can do my best on the field and great in the classroom. Just in case I don’t make it to the next level in football. I will still be successful in life with my degree in business management.”


Senior nursing major Emily Quam has been at SE for 4 years and just recently got into the nursing program. “I was so excited when I got the letter, I jumped around my apartment and cried!” said Quam.


Senior art major Chance Mobbs- “I have painted about 50 paintings and have been in numerous exhibitions. I have been commissioned by Choctaw Casino, and they are hanging in the event center’s green room.”


Senior aviation major Michael Forman- “I just really like to fly. I like to see the world from another perspective than most people do everyday.”

Men’s basketball triumphs, women’s fall short

Sports photos courtesy of Dan Hoke


Blake Gentry (22) executes a jump shot from the outer perimeter during the game against USAO on Nov. 22.


Ivan Johnson (24) prepares to set up a play during the game against USAO on Nov. 22.


Kelly Green, the new men’s basketball coach, at the home-opener against USAO on Tuesday, Nov. 22, his first game coaching in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.


Bailey Welch (11) driving to the goal during the game against Texas Woman’s University on Nov. 22.


Whitney Coffey (44) lays up at the basket in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Green’s Storm pull out season-opening wins

by Nick Growall

Staff writer

The Southeastern men’s basketball team earned their first two wins of the season in their home opener against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on Tuesday, Nov. 22, and the following game against Missouri Western State on Friday, Nov. 25.

This brings the Storm’s record to 2-5 under first-year head coach Kelly Green.

The win ends the Storm’s four-game losing streak, which started in the season-opener against 8th-ranked Tarelton State on Friday, Nov. 11. In that game, junior forward Urald King recorded a double-double, the first of three already this season, helping Southeastern out-rebound the Texans 38-32. King was also named the first ever Great American Conference player of the week for men’s basketball. The Storm, however, would not be able to make up for falling behind early, losing 61-50.

This would be a recurring theme for the Storm, falling behind again early in their next game against Eastern New Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 12, losing 73-67 despite King and senior guard Zac Downing combing for 37 points.

Downing would go on to score a season-high 27 points in their next game against Arkansas Fort-Smith on Wednesday, Nov. 16, but again found themselves in the hole, trailing 50-27 at the half. Despite a 16-6 run in the second half, the Storm would end up losing 83-71 to the Lions.

In their last game on Saturday, Nov. 19 against St. Edwards, King scored 25 points, while completing his third double-double with 13 rebounds, along with junior forward Dami Sapara, who scored 17 points with 13 rebounds of his own.

Southeastern had four players in double-digits, including senior guard Ivan Johnson with 19 and junior forward Steven Kohli with 10. But they would not be able to outscore the Hilltoppers, losing 100-93.

However, the Storm would find themselves in an unusual position in their game against USAO, leading the Drovers throughout the game. The Storm had four players in double-digits: Sapara with 11 points, King and Downing with 14 points, and Johnson with a team-high 16 points, with the final score 71-61.

“This was something different for our team. We’ve usually been down early and had to fight back into our games, but tonight you could say the shoe was on the other foot,” said Green.

“They fought back into the game, but our team showed great composure in pulling out this win. We did a lot of great things and I’m proud of our effort tonight.”

The Savage Storm followed up their win at home with a 68-49 victory, dominating on the defensive side against Missouri Western State in the St. Mary’s Classic in San Antonio on Friday, Nov. 25.

Sapara led all scorers with 17 points and 14 boards, making it his third double-double of the year. Kohli and King also reached double-digits, scoring 16 and 13 respectively.

However, the Storm lost their second game of the Classic to Angelo State 61-60 on Saturday, Nov. 26, when they allowed the Rams to comeback on a 20-9 run at the end of the game. King picked up his fifth double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Johnson, Kohli and Downing each contributed with 13, 11 and 10 points.

The Storm will pick up play on Thursday, Dec. 1 when the team returns home to face Dallas Baptist at 7:30 p.m. in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena.


Men’s basketball head coach Kelly Green discusses strategy with the team during the home-opener against USAO on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The Storm pulled out the victory 71-61. (Courtesy photo by Dan Hoke)


Senior guard Ivan Johnson (24) charges the goal against an USAO defender on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Johnson had a team-high 16 points for the night in the 71-61 win for SE. (Courtesy photo by Dan Hoke)

Beauty crowned at SE

by Hope Zachary

Contributing writer

An SE student Haley Brooke Ellison competed for the title and was crowned Miss Southeast Oklahoma a few short weeks ago on Nov. 20. In addition Brittany Trent, a student from Durant High School, won the Miss Southeast Oklahoma Outstanding Teen title.

Ellison has had a busy semester being involved in cross country, the Chrovettes and the Sparks dance team, and she was named Top 10 Freshman earlier this semester. Now she is preparing to compete in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant in Tulsa this coming June.

The Miss Southeast Oklahoma pageant was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 20 in the Durant Middle School Auditorium. Between the two new titleholders over $30,000 was received in scholarships and awards.

Ellison is a sophomore health and physical education major originally from Broken Bow. After competing in six pageants since she was 8 years old, Ellison said, “I never gave up and it finally paid off.”

The road is just beginning for the 20-year-old crown holder who stated, “With God anything is possible and I am much honored to represent southeast Oklahoma and will she the best role model I can be… I’m so excited to see what this next year brings.”

Ellison sang “At Last” for her talent, and she won the talent section of the pageant as well. Her platform is domestic violence awareness.

She choose this platform feeling like she can relate to victims because of past experiences in her own life, she said.

Best wishes to Ellison and Trent with the Miss Oklahoma and Miss Oklahoma Outstanding Teen pageants coming next year.


Left to right: Miss Southeast Oklahoma, Haley Ellison and Miss Southeast Oklahoma Outstanding Teen, Brittany Trent. (Courtesy photo)

Kissing, tradition at SE

by Hope Zachary

Contributing writer

Southeastern has many traditions for instance homecoming, Greek week, and Springfest. However, one that some students have never heard of is the tradition of the kissing circle.

Madeline Rind, a sophomore communication major who is familiar with the tradition, stated “I learned about the tradition at Camp SE the summer before my freshman year and it goes to say that you aren’t a true Southeastern student until you have been kissed in the kissing circle.”

The kissing circle is located in between the Math Building and Henry G. Bennett Library on campus; it is a cement circular fixture with benches imbedded in the ground. According to Rind it was donated to start up a new tradition on campus by the graduating class of 1939.

Chikako Martin, a junior chemistry major said “I’ve always heard at Southeastern everyone used to hang out at the library because females lived on campus however males did not, so this was a central meeting place. The class of 1939 decided to donate the kissing circle so students could have an outside place to hang out… it later got the actual tradition of the kissing circle.”

Rind said “it is a harmless, fun tradition that many students don’t even know about on our campus… I think we should bring the tradition back so people know what the circular benches by the math building actually are.”

Many students feel strongly about bringing this tradition back onto campus. Paige Adams, a junior communication major “I think the tradition of the kissing circle should be brought back to Southeastern because it would allow student couples to tie their memories to campus in a

different way than students normally would.”

Britni Fullenwider, a junior elementary education major stated “I think it’s amazing, the kissing circle is something that you can’t find anywhere else; it makes Southeastern unique.”

According to Elizabeth Stidham, advisor of the True Blue Ambassadors and Southeastern’s recruitment coordinator, the True Blue Ambassadors are planning on dressing up the looks to make the kissing circle look better this coming spring semester.

Stidham stated “Specifically we’d want to power wash and paint it then plant flowers around it this coming spring.”

Fullenwider explained “I do wish that it didn’t look so frumpy the kissing circle definitely needs a makeover. I think it would be cool to paint it, maybe put some flowers around it and a sign so people know exactly what it is.”

Debbie Rind, a Southeastern graduate, said “The kissing circle was such a fun and well thought out traditions in the late 80’s; I would love to see if come back to life on the Southeastern campus. When I was a student everyone couldn’t wait to finally get that kiss in the kissing circle.”

The kissing circle is unique to the Southeastern campus and a tradition many student would like to bring back to the student population.

“Now as alumna I still like to take my husband to visit the campus and the kissing circle to remember memories from our college years,” said Rind.


Payten Stewart and Madeline Rind share a kiss in the kissing circle. (Courtesy photo)

‘Immortal’ fails to outlive storyline boredom

by Nick Growall

Staff writer

In his third film, Tarsem Singh combines his knack for extreme, vibrant visuals with Greek mythology to create the latest swords-and-sandals epic, “Immortals.”

The end result is something between his first film, the visually twisted psychotic thriller “The Cell” and the over-the-top, testosterone-fueled action epic “300.”

The film loosely follows the Greek myth of Theseus (Henry Cavill) and his struggle against King Hyperion (Mickey Rouke), who is scouring the land in search of the powerful Epirus Bow, laying waste to mankind in his quest to destroy the gods for not saving his family from death.

Zeus (Luke Evans) and the gods have left the fate of mankind in the hands of Theseus, who must choose whether or not to accept his destiny to overthrow Hyperion.

Singh translates the myths into a highly-stylized and twisted realism.

For example, the Minotaur, instead of being an actual beast that Theseus faces, is actually a giant of a man who wears a barbwire-clad helmet in the form of a bullhead.

This interpretation is filled with eye-popping imagery and brutal action scenes, creating an interesting mix of gritty realism surrounded by the stylized scenery that looks like a Renaissance painting come to life.

However, the story doesn’t quite stand up to the gripping visuals.

The movie moves very slowly from one action scene to another, and the characters aren’t given much room to develop.

Henry Cavill, who will be playing Superman next summer in the “Man of Steel,” makes for a great lead but isn’t given much to work with.

His rousing speech before the climactic battle comes off a bit cheesy due to the dialogue, but it doesn’t help when his followers are wildly banging their shields and screaming like a bunch of crazy college football fans.

Mickey Rouke (“The Wrestler,” “Iron Man 2”) does an excellent job playing the barbaric Hyperion, making him a slightly sympathetic character, while bringing an intimidating presence with a sense that there’s no line he won’t cross in his quest for revenge.

The supporting cast does an good job as well, featuring the beautiful Frieda Pinto (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) playing an oracle who falls in love with Theseus, and Stephen Dorff as the cunning thief Starvos who joins our hero on his quest.

Luke Evans (“Clash of the Titans”) brings great presence to the role of a young Zeus, while John Hurt projects elderly wisdom as Zeus’ earthly form who trains Theseus.

But as good as the cast is, they’re unable to make up for the storytelling, which at times comes off as stoic and boring.

“Immortals” is a feast for the eyes but falls short when it comes to story. I suggest watching it in 2-D if possible, sparing yourself from paying two extra bucks to see it in lackluster 3-D.

If you’re a fan of Greek mythology and action epics, then I think you’ll really enjoy it.

But don’t go in expecting anything on the level of “Gladiator” when it comes to storytelling.


Henry Cavill stars as Theseus in “Immortals.” (Photo courtesy of

Drake’s sophomore album a hit

by Kendra Germany

Staff writer

Hip-hop’s favorite Canadian Drake takes care of business with the release of his second studio album.

Drake, also known as Drizzy, released his much-anticipated sophomore album “Take Care” on Nov. 15.

Drake was just an actor two years ago, playing Jimmy on the hit Canadian television show “Degrassi.” Today he is a platinum record-selling rapper.

“Take Care” is an all-around great rap album. Drake has the ability to make anything he touches a hit, and this album is no exception.

The album features collaborations with big names like Rihanna, Rick Ross, Stevie Wonder, Lil Wayne, Andre 3000 and Nicki Minaj.

The album has already produced hit songs “Headlines,” “Make Me Proud” and “Marvin’s Room.” Every song on this album sounds like a hit single waiting to happen, but a few stick out among the rest.

“Marvin’s Room” was the first single to be released off of the album and for good reason. The song has a unique vibe that I haven’t heard in a hip-hop song before.

It has this grittiness to it, and a chorus you just can’t get out of your head: “I’m just saying you could do better. Tell me have you heard that lately? I’m just saying you could do better, and I’ll start hating only if you make me.”

If you’re a fan of hip-hop music, you will be pleasantly surprised with the song “Practice.”

In this song, Drake used a sample and hook from the late ‘90s hip-hop song “Back That Thang Up” by Juvenile.

“Take Care” has the obvious use of profanity, which can be found in almost every rap album out there.

I wouldn’t recommend listing to this album with small children present.

Drake has proven with this album that he is serious about his career and that he just might be a hip-hop legend in the making.

In just a few short years, he has proven to be a strong musician with actual talent, which is hard to find these days.


Canadian Drake releases second album, “Take Care.” (Photo courtesy of