Author: Levi – Page 2

What do olives and the twist have in common?

Nothing, but I do have a story for you all:

This morning, as I trudged across campus, I found my thoughts wandering. At least when I could hear them, anyway. The wind was angry, and I wasn’t about to try to interrupt it. One question rang clearly, though: If my short walk from car to building shook me, what must it be like for people without a destination? That is to say, how difficult must it be for someone coming from somewhere and going nowhere, trapped in an unforgiving cold? It’s a travesty, really, to know that not everyone has the luxury of milling about from warm place to warm place. It’s a privilege we often take for granted. And yet this travesty isn’t new at all. In fact, it’s been rearing its ugly head for centuries. Poverty and disadvantage are as old as us.

I didn’t think so much about that last bit until I got to work. I opened up our homepage, eager to pull some films for the feature shelf (more on that later), and found this little gem staring back at me:

 

 

Isn’t serendipity a strange thing? There I was, mulling over a million thoughts of inequity, and here’s this ad, offering a potential answer. I’d like to believe this is the result of some UCO magic, present but never seen. But that’s a topic for another post. Or maybe another blog altogether. Try not to judge me too harshly for eccentricities. Anyway, I was excited to see one of our own intellectuals tackling a subject so relevant to modern, western society.  I mean, think about it, Victorian culture continues to have a pretty big influence on our lives. We haven’t completely transcended strict societal expectations, after all. As you can imagine, I was eager to find out more.

Now, anyone who’s taken an English Lit. course or two knows that one name stands out in a discussion like this–at least in my humble opinion. Dickens. Lucky for me (and hopefully you too, interested reader *nudge nudge*) I discovered that Max Chambers has Dickens abound. My personal favorite is our copy of Oliver!, the West End’s take on Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist. Its got great music; an awesome cast; and, as far as musicals go, a flare for staying true to the original story. Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself!

See, told you. Be sure to swing by and check it out sometime before Drs. Sheetz-Nguyen and Button’s book talk. Who knows, maybe you’ll see me there and we can have a discussion about it all.

 

Have fun and take care,

L.P.

Work Hard, Play Harder

Representation of readers’ console sans Dorito crumbs and finger prints.

Why beat around the bush? Homework sucks. And so does spending your day working on it in the library. But! We here in the multimedia department may have just found your silver lining.

Just last week we stocked the feature shelf with some awesome video games for Wii and Xbox. So, next time you’re trapped in the dark recesses of academia, why not pop your head out for a little break? Swing by the fourth floor, grab a few games, and have something to look forward to when you get home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACM Bands to Hit the Road as ‘Gentlemen’

As many of you already know, Guthrie, OK, will be hosting a major musical event this weekend. This festival-style concert, called the Gentlemen of the Road Tour, will include some huge names in the folk rock genre. Guests can expect to see incredible performances from Mumford and Sons (the headlining act), Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (a true gem), and Haim (this blogger’s personal favorite), among others.

But that’s not all! Some bands from UCO’s very own ACM will be performing at an adjacent street festival. Those performing include Bowlsey, Ashford, Horse Thief, Them Apples, and Oklahoma Cloud Factory. Anyone fortunate enough to score a ticket to the tour is welcome to see these talented musicians perform as part of their ticket price, but those of us who missed out can still purchase $5.00 tickets for this local portion of the event. Be sure to stop by and catch these folks in action!

Spring into New Arrivals

Ah, spring is in the air, and for the Multimedia Department that means only one thing this year: new arrivals. That’s right, in keeping with the spring tradition of renewal we’ve brought to you a great number of new-to-us movies and music! It’s our hope that titles like The Social Network and Nacho Libre will be enough to pique your interest. And of course we can’t forget about our our new, more easily accessible Spanish section! Take a moment to peruse the hottest (or shall we say más caliente?) Spanish language films and CDs around. Whether it’s for class or recreation, we know you’ll find what you need!