Monday, December 24, 2007

OTU #63 - Merry Christmas! The Music of Trace Bundy

Merry Christmas from OntheU!

A terrific guitarist recently visited the University of Tulsa. His name is Trace Bundy. If you've never heard his music, you should really check him out. He has very graciously given us permission to showcase a couple of songs from his new CD, "A Few Songs for Christmas."

We hope you enjoy this episode and Trace's music. Find more of his music at his website at, or through the iTunes Store.

His performances are almost as much a visual experience as a musical one. There are several YouTube videos on Trace's website that you may enjoy. Here's one to whet your appetite.

Welcome to all those who found OntheU through SQPN! We're very excited to be a part of that terrific family of Catholic podcasts. Our goal is to encourage young adults to know that they can be faithful Catholics, leaders in the Church, and successful college students. We want to be a part of what Pope John Paul II called the "new evangelization."

What will you hear on OntheU? We'll talk about life on campus, life in the Church, and other issues facing college students in this fast moving, increasing on-line world.

We'd love to hear your comments, suggestions and questions. Please email us at ontheu [at] or call our feedback line at +1-918-919-0456, or leave comments on our blog at

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

OTU #62b - OntheU Joins SPQN! - A Brief Introduction for New Listeners

'On the U' - College Catholic Podcast is very honored to be one of 5 new podcasts in the SQPN lineup. In this short announcement, Pat and Steve give a brief introduction to our new listeners.

We're so happy that you've chosen to check out our podcast! Please let us know if you have any questions, suggestions or other feedback. Contact us by email at ontheu[at] or by calling our feedback line at 918-919-0456.

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Friday, December 21, 2007

OntheU - An SQPN Affiliated Podcast!

On the U - College Catholic Podcast is now an affiliated show in the Star Quest Production Network (! You can read the official announcement here.

This is a very exciting opportunity for OntheU and it is an honor to be associated with so many other fine podcasts. If you are not familiar with SQPN, we encourage you to go their website and try out the other shows in their line up.

If you are looking at OntheU for the first time, WELCOME! We hope you will enjoy our show and become a part of our growing community of people interested in what it is like to be a Catholic college student in today's world.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

OTU #62 - Gaudete Sunday; College Student Gift Advice; Winter Travel Tips

This is the 3rd Week of Advent, and it begins with Gaudete Sunday, one of the rare occasions where priests wear pink vestments!

In this episode, we'll give you an update on our horrendous ice storm, discuss Advent and point you to some additional prayer resource on the Creighton University website.

Want to work on your spirituality before Christmas? Check out Creighton's "Praying Advent" website by clicking here.

Check out our suggested list of "Gifts for the College Student." You can't go wrong if you stick to the following broad categories:

  • Board Games
  • Music/MP3 Players
  • Movies/TV Box Sets
  • Professional Clothes (for internships and job interviews!)

We end the show with a discussion of Safe Winter Travel tips from the American Red Cross. For more information, there are suggested items to have in your car by clicking here.

(Due to the on-going power outage in the OntheU studio, this episode was posted a little late. Many apologies!!)

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

OTU #61 - A Week of Ice, Darkness, Reverence and Kindnesses

On Sunday, December 9th a major ice storm hits Oklahoma, particularly the Tulsa area. Most of town, including the University of Tulsa, lost power. As this episode is published, some areas have been without electricity, light or heat for more than 5 days!

In this episode, Pat and Steve have to relocate in order to record. They discuss the storm and what it has been like trying to survive and take final exams at the same time.

In our "Question of Faith" segment, we talk about the special blessings of attending candlelight Masses and the share reverence of a shared experience.

For "Good News" this week, we hear stories about shared acts of kindness as those with power and heat share with those without.

Feedback? Email us at ontheu[at] or call 918-919-0456.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

OTU #60 - Being a Catholic on Campus; A Young Local Hero

We recorded this episode just before a major ice storm hits Tulsa. At this point, we're unaware of the chaos coming our way. As the 2nd Week of Advent comes to a close, the students are finishing up their final exams.

We talk a little bit about Pope Benedict's upcoming visit to the U.S. in April. Keep up with all the action by visiting Catholic University of America's website about his visit by clicking here.

In our "Question of Faith" segment, Pat and Elizabeth talk about their experiences being a Catholic student among non-Catholics on campus.

Our "Good News" of the week is a story about a local youth nominated as a CNN "Hero." Here about all the philanthropic work of Tulsa's own Johnny Crater.

Learn more about Johnny and CNN's Heroes by visiting these links:
"He Wants to Change The World" - Tulsa World
"Meet the CNN Heroes Finalists" - CNN

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

OTU #59 - Advent Calendar; Retreat with the Religious Sisters of Mercy

In this episode we recap last week's simulcast with the Busted Halo Cast. If you haven't checked out their online Advent Calendar, have a look at this link.

Last weekend, we had a terrific mini-retreat led by some of the Religious Sisters of Mercy. They took time from their busy responsibilities at Tulsa's St. Francis Hospital to speak to us about the meaning of Advent.

We had the opportunity to interview Sr. Gilmary and Sr. Mary Rosanna. We hope you enjoy this very interesting talk about their order, religious vocations for women, and the meaning of Advent.

For more information about the Religious Sisters of Mercy, please visit their website at this link.

Music in this episode from
"Weaving" by Heavy Mellow

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Friday, November 30, 2007

OTU #58 - Simulcast with Busted Halo Cast!

Our first ever "simulcast"! At the invitation of the good folks at the Busted Halo Cast, we joined Mike Hayes and Fr. Dave Dwyer for a fun episode via Skype.

Here's what we talked about:

Question: How do we know the bible is true?
Next we tried to stump Fr Dave and Mike with Catholic Trivia.
Pat and Kristin talked about how they are preparing for Advent.
In their "Coming Attractions" segment we got a sneak preview of the Gospel reading for this weekend's First Sunday of Advent.

If you don't know much about Busted Halo, you should check them out, seriously. Just go to You can get a free BustedHalo t-shirt or CD just for calling their listener line with your questions of faith: (917) 591-8476.

We'd love to hear from you too! Drop us a line at onthe [at] or call our feedback line at 918-919-0456.

Thanks so much for listening! Have a blessed Advent and if you're a student preparing for final exams, we'll be praying for you!

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OTU #57 - Exams Are Coming!; The Meaning of Advent; Good News; Healthy Holiday Eating

Final are coming! The stress level is rising and the students are finally finding their textbooks. Kristin and Pat talk about their upcoming exams and strategies for dealing with the stress.

In a new "Question of Faith" segment, we talk about the meaning of Advent. How to reflect on the birth of Christ during the Nativity and the promise of his Second Coming!

We have the first edition of a new "Good News of the Week" segment. We search the world for good news of people acting virtuously in a world full of turmoil. In this edition we report on the Niall Mellon Township Trust from Ireland. This wonderful organization builds many homes in South Africa for people desperately needing housing.

Want to know more, check out this link.
Niall Mellon Township Trust

Our "Good Student" segment returns with our views on how to eat healthy during the holidays. Here are some simple suggestions for keeping an eye on the calories.

Thanks so much for listening to "On the U"! Please leave us feedback by emailing us at onthe [at] or call our feed back line at 918-919-0456.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

OTU #56 - 2007's 'What are you thankful for?'; Family Relations When You Come Home From School

In this episode, we review last week's "Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner." A great time was had by all!.

We had quite a bit of feedback for our 2nd annual "What are you thankful for?" appeal. We're very thankful for everyone who took the time to tell us about the good things in their lives.

In our "Good Student" segment, we talk about family relations, that is, how to handle the stresses that often occur when you come home from school after a long period. Communication is the key!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, and thanks for listening to "On the U" - the College Catholic podcast.

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Friday, November 09, 2007

OTU #55 - Mexican Food; Managing Money; Non-Catholic Parents

In this episode Pat, Elizabeth and Steve travel to the local Taco Cabana restaurant. Over dinner we discuss an important issue for all college students: managing money! Hear our 'non-professional' advice for taking care of your bank account in our 'Good Student' segment.

In our 'Question of Faith' segment, back in the studio, we talk about the problems and opportunities that come from having a parent of a different faith than your own.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

OTU #54 - Falling Leaves; Saints and Souls; A Monastery Visit

It's finally Fall in Oklahoma and the leaves are beginning to drop. Pat and Steve begin this episode with a walk across campus for coffee on a chilly night.

Last week in the Church we commemorated All Saints and All Souls Days. Throughout the month of November we keep a Book of Remembrance, listing the names of our departed family and friends. We add these people to our list of intentions during each Mass celebrated at the Newman Center.

If you would like to add the name of a deceased loved one to our book, please email us at ontheu [a.t.] and they will be remembered in our Masses.

Last weekend, Pat traveled to St. Benedict's Abbey in Atchison, Kansas to visit his brother Nick, who is a new postulant there. Pat was able to record a little bit during his visit and a short interview with his brother about monastic life. To learn more about St. Benedict's Abbey, click here.

Do you like words games? Our latest addiction is a website that quizzes you on your vocab skills. The best part? The more words you get correct, the more rice is donated to people who really need it. Check out

Music in this episode from
Alleluia - Three Holies Church Choristers

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

OTU #53 - Camping; Meeting Fr. Roderick!; Exploring Augustinian Religious Life

In this episode Pat, Stephen and Steve talk about a recent campout with the College Knights of Columbus. We went to nearby Lake Keystone for a beautiful fall evening of fellowship and grilled steaks!

This week Steve traveled to Fort Worth to attend Fr. Roderick Vonhögen's presentation at the local "Theology on Tap" event. Fr. Roderick is the founder of, the terrific network of Catholic podcasts. If you've never been over to and tried out the audio and video podcasts they produce, you truly don't know what they are missing.

Here's a link to the Daily Breakfast episode with Fr. Roderick's presentation.

Some of our favorites SQPN shows are: Daily Breakfast, Rosary Army Podcast, SaintCast and "That Catholic Show."

We end this episode with a "Question of Faith" segment where Stephen talks a little about his on-going discernment of religious life. He recently traveled up to Chicago for a visit with the Augustinian Order. Hear what that visit was like and how it fits into his decision process.

Thanks so much for listening. We still need your own "questions of faith" that we can use during our upcoming simulcasts with the good folks at the BustedHalo Cast. Reach us on Skype at our "ontheu" address, or call our feedback line at 918-919-0456.

Exciting things are happening with the "On the U" podcast! Thanks for joining us for the ride!

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Friday, October 19, 2007

OTU #52 - Improv; Relics; St. Maria Goretti; Simulcasting with BustedHalo

Our Newman Center received a relic of St. Maria Goretti this week, so we talk a little bit about relics in this episode.

St. Maria Goretti, proposed by Pope Pius XII as the patroness of modern youth, is a great example of chastity, forgiveness and redemption. It would be well worth your time to learn more about her. Here are some links that you may find interesting:

Friends of St. Maria Goretti USA

St. Maria Goretti - Catholic Online

We were very pleased and excited to receive an invitation from the good folks with the BustedHalo Cast to do some simulcasting with them in November! If you've never visited the BustedHalo website, you should!

We'd love to have your questions of faith that we can discuss during those special episodes. Do you have questions of faith? Send them to us!

We have several ways that you can contact us! Try one of the following:

Email: ontheu [at]
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Facebook: Check out the "On the U" group
Skype: Leave us a voicemail at our "ontheu" Skype address
Feedback Line: Our new feedback phone number is now active! Call us at +1-918-919-0456

Thanks for being a part of the growing On the U community of listeners!

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

OTU #51 - Freshman Retreat; Scrabulous; Seminarians; Homecoming

In this episode we report on our recent Freshman Retreat. It was fun and successful, just not exactly what we planned.

We also talk about a recent addiction to the game "Scrabulous". It's taking over our world!

Our friend Bryan, a seminarian for the Diocese of Tulsa, sent an article about the recent uptick in the number of vocations in the US. You can read the article by following this link:

The Catholic Spirit - Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

We end this episode with a little soundseeing during the University of Tulsa's Homecoming bonfire and fireworks celebration.

If you enjoy this podcast, please send us some feedback to ontheu [at] or leave a comment on our blog, here at

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

OTU #50 - Ontheu on the U; St. Francis of Assisi; Advice about Preparing for Exams

We celebrate our 50th episode today!

In this edition, we inaugurate our new web address:, and we remember last summer's visit to Assisi on this Feast of St. Francis.

In our "How to be a good student" segment, we get advice from our panel of students on how to prepare for exams. Do you freak out with essay questions? Are you a "crammer"? Does test anxiety keep you from doing your best? Have a listen to this advice from our upperclassmen!

Thanks so much for listening! Tell your friends about our new addess: or drop us a line at ontheu [a.t.]

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

OTU #49 - Modern Dating Rules; Taking Notes in Class

In this episode Kristin, Pat and I talk about how dating rules have changed. Are you confused about all the expectations people have about dating? Are there guy rules and girl rules? Listen to this interesting discussion!

The Tulsa State Fair is starting this week. Do you like food on a stick? Check out their website for all the disgusting food you can try - on a stick!

Tulsa State Fair

In our "Good Student" section, we discuss what we found works best for us when taking notes in class. Do you have note taking techniques that work for you? Send us an email at ontheu [at] or start a discussion in the OntheU group on Facebook!

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Friday, September 21, 2007

OTU #48 - Flag Football, Brian's 1st Touchdown, Chinese Food from a Box

In this rather random episode, Pat, Kristin, Elizabeth and I talk about flag football and cook some Chinese food from a box. We also have some audio from a recent men's flag football game where our friend Brian scores his first ever touchdown.

Nothing heavy in this episode, but we hope you find it enjoyable!

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

OTU #47 - What's in a Catholic Church?

In this special episode, Fr. Gary Kastl and I talk a little about the design, theology, and function of many of the things found in a typical Catholic Church.

We appreciate your support of "On the U", the Catholic podcast about college life. If you have have any suggestions, comments, or other feedback, we encourage you to email us at ontheu [at] or by leaving a comment on our blog at

Subscription is always free, either through iTunes or one of the other podcatchers, via email, or you can keep up to date through our group on Facebook.

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Monday, September 10, 2007

OTU #46 - Which Wristwatch?

I recorded this episode at home during my day off, so it sounds a little bit different. It was a crazy week, but we had our first Face2Face Holy Hour. If you want to learn more about Eucharistic Adoration, check out

Our planned float trip was rained out on Saturday, so we visited two of Tulsa's fine art museums. Here are some links to these fine institutions:

Gilcrease - The Museum of the Americas

Philbrook Museum of Art

During this episode, we visit McDonalds after our Sunday evening Mass. Discover Kristin's new sandwich idea, and try out Elizabeth's tongue-twister.

Music in this episode from the Podsafe Music Network at
Evaporate by Chris Ayers

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Friday, August 31, 2007

OTU #45 - We're 1 Year Old!

Join us as we celebrate our 1st year anniversary!

In this episode we talk about the start of the football season and introduce a new segment on "How to be a good student." We start by discussing different approaches for creating a good study environment.

Music in this episode from the Podsafe Music Network at
Hello, Hello by Geoff Smith

BustedHalo Study Budget Worksheet

We're on Facebook! Look for the "On the U" group and join! Look for one of the on-going discussion questions and let us know what you think!

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

OTU #44 - A Cow, A Tiger and a Bale of Hay Shaped Like a Duck

In this episode, Tanner, Pat and Steve talk about the beginning of another school year, freshman orientation, Tanner's new apartment, dealing with homesickness & loneliness.

Are you a Facebook user? Check out the new "On the U" group. If any of our topics interest you, feel free to start a discussion.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

OTU #43 - Mail Order Underwear and Other Freshmen Advice

Scott and Whitney are our special guests and give their advice for incoming college freshmen. Topics include meeting new roommates, cafeteria food, homesickness and what to do when the clean underwear runs out!

Thanks so much for your support of "On the U"! Please tell your friends about this podcast and help us grow our audience.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please leave a comment on this blog or email us at ontheu [ at ]

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Monday, August 06, 2007

That Catholic Show

I'm a real fan of "That Catholic Show," a video podcast produced by SQPN. You can subscribe to the RSS feed through or iTunes. You can also find it on YouTube, such as the link above. I really think you'll enjoy it! Here's episode #7 - "Water, Water Everywhere", give it a try!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Interview on the SaintCast Podcast

If you're interested in hearing more about our recent pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, listen to Steve's recent interview by Paul Camarata on the SaintCast podcast.

You should be able to find it at this link.

The SaintCast is part of the Star Quest Production Network. If you're looking for more Catholic podcasts to listen to, check them out at

Thursday, July 26, 2007

OTU #42 - Two Texans and a Baby

Two special guests, Kathleen and John, drop by to chat with Steve about Study Abroad, International Travel and big changes in their lives during and after college.

Hear Kathleen's thoughts as she gets ready to spend the next semester studying in Galway, Ireland. John and his wife Nadine are alumni of the University of Tulsa, have recently finished an around the world adventure and are expecting their first child any day!

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Monday, July 09, 2007

OTU #41 - Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Rain, Rain, Go Away - Coffeyville Kansas Flood and Oil Spill

In this episode, Brian and I catch up on our summer activities, talk about the incessant rain and flooding that have affected Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas.

We also talk about summer movies and the upcoming mayhem of both a new Harry Potter movie and the last book of the series.

Music in this episode from
Rain - Matthew Ebel

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Help us tell others about OntheU by voting for us at (see the link on the right side of the blog).

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Monday, June 25, 2007

OTU #40 - Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela: Part 2

This is Part 2 of our report on our recent pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

What a great experience it was! If you're interested in planning your own pilgrimage, the following links may be helpful.

If you're interested in the guidebook we used, here's a link to it on
A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago: Camino Frances

Here's a link to a private network of albergues that we found of better quality:
Red de albergues, Camino de Santiago

If you'd like to see a map of the route that we took, take a look at this interactive map on

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OTU #39 - Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela: Part 1

Tom, Steve and Jim along the Camino.

We're finally back from our long hiatus! This episode is Part 1 of a two part episode in which Jim and I talk about our experiences along the ancient pilgrimage route, called the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, in northern Spain.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about this pilgrimage, please email us at ontheu [at]

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

In Santiago de Compostela

Hi folks! Another quick note to let you know that Jim, Tom and I arrived safely in Santiago de Compostela this morning, just in time for the daily Pilgrim's Mass in the Cathedral. It was awesome!

We left the town of Arca do Pino at 6am, walking through dark foggy forests until the sun came up. It was a great way to start the last day on "the camino."

I'll tell you more about it when I get home, but we figure we walked about 215 miles in 13 days, over several mountain ranges, and up and down more hills that I want to think about. I've learned to be very thankful for the flatness of Oklahoma!

One funny bit ... I took a bit of a tumble this morning (I swear I didn't see that step!) and scraped up my knee. I didn't think too much about it until I noticed that I was leaving blood on the kneeler during Mass. I must have looked like the real rugged pilgrim!

Buen Camino!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Update from the Camino de Santiago de Compostela

Hi everyone,
Just a quick note from along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. Jim, Tom and I are well, safe and about half way through our pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. James the Apostle (Santiago).

I do not have any way of recording any further podcasts until I get home, but rest assured I will tell you all about our experiences.

Take care until then.

Monday, May 21, 2007

OTU #38 - On the Road in Spain: Valladolid and a visit with Bro. Giles Baker


Thanks to the generosity and techincal support from Br. Giles Baker (Secrets of Harry Potter podcast on the SQPN network), we´ve been able to put together another short episode.

We´re just a couple of days away from starting the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. In this episode we talk a little bit about our time in Spain so far and our thoughts about starting the Camino.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

OTU #37 - On the Road in Italy: Assisi, Florence and Siena

Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi

Hi folks! Thanks to our good friend Anthony, we've managed to piece together an episode of "On the U" while on the road in Italy. In this episode we talk a little bit about our visits to Assisi, Florence and Siena. Enjoy!

If we're able, we'll try to post another episode before Jim, Tom and I head off on our pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Thanks for listening!

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Friday, May 04, 2007

OTU #36 - Wrapping Up the School Year; Short Hiatus Coming

Ringing the Kendall Hall Bell at the University of Tulsa

The spring term has ended at the University of Tulsa. Final exams are completed and graduating students are ringing the Kendall Hall Bell. In this episode, we wrap up the school year and talk a little bit about our summer plans.

Please note that "On the U" will be taking a 6 week hiatus while we're traveling in Europe. Check back with us at the end of June to learn about all of our adventures.

Here's the link to Brian's student video on YouTube.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

OTU #35 - The Tragedy at Virginia Tech; A Challenge: Random Acts of Kindness

A Challenge: Seek out random acts of kindness!

In this episode, we discuss the sad events at Virginia Tech, where a student, turned gunman, killed over 30 people. Our hearts and our prayers go out to everyone affected.

In a world where tragedies like this seem to happen every day, we challenge our listeners to seek out and perform random acts of kindness. Just one a day to see how even little things can change the world for the better. Will you accept the challenge? Tell us how you do by emailing us at onthe [at]

This Week's Trivia Question: Pope Benedict recently celebrated his birthday. How old is he? Send your answers via email to ontheu [at] before the end of April to be entered into our monthly drawing for $10 on the iTunes store.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tragedy at Virginia Tech

As someone who spends every day on a college campus, usually a place somewhat sheltered from the realities of the outside world, I am finding it very difficult to grasp the tragedy that has struck the Virginia Tech community.

So much pain is caused by violent deaths, of any kind, but those of young people are particularly awful. So much potential good that these lives might have provided our world is now gone.

Please pray for all those who were killed, their families, friends, and especially the entire college community.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
And may perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithfully departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Friday, April 13, 2007

OTU #34 - Happy Easter! Confirmation; Ultimate Frisbee; Hiatus

St. Therese Church - Collinsville, Oklahoma

Happy Easter! In this episode, we reflect on our Easter celebrations. Alex is back to talk about his first few days as a full-fledged Catholic.

Our big activity this weekend is our participation in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. This is a great activity that raises not only money but awareness of cancer and what is being done to cure it. See the following link for more information:

American Cancer Society - Relay for Life

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Love Will Find You There - The Sky Project

This Week's Trivia Question: What is the name given to the popular devotion associated with the Second Sunday of Easter, and who is the saint associated with it? Send your answers to us at ontheu [at] before the end of April in order to be entered in our monthly contest.

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Friday, April 06, 2007

OTU #33 - The Meaning of Easter, An Agape Dinner, Alex Is Joining the Church

In this episode we discuss the meaning of Easter with a special "Ask Padre" segment. Fr. Stuart joins us to tell us why Easter is important and how it is observed liturgically in the Church.

Our friend Alex, a freshman at the University of Tulsa, is joining the Church at our Easter Sunday Mass. We talk with him about his RCIA experiences and his anticipation of taking Holy Communion.

This Week's Trivia Question: What is the meaning of the word "agape" and from what language is it. Email your answers to us at ontheu [at] before the end of April to be included in our monthly drawing.

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

OTU #32 - What is Holy Week? NCAA Final Four, Opening Day

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Knights of Columbus!

Holy Week starts this week with Palm Sunday. We give our thoughts on all the upcoming observances. The NCAA Basketball tournament winds up this weekend with the Final Four teams vying for the championship.

This Week's Trivia Question: How long is the Easter Season and on what feast does it end? Send your answers to us at ontheu [at] Get your answers in before the end of the month to be included in our March drawing.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

OTU #31 - What We Did On Spring Break; March Madness

Native Oklahoma redbud tree in full bloom!

We're back from Spring Break. In this episode, we talk a little bit about what we did while we were gone. Since we're in the middle of March Madness, we do a little prognosticating about the Sweet Sixteen point in the tournament. How'd we do?

Thanks for listening and for being patient while we were gone. We really appreciate you hanging in there.

This Week's Trivia Question: What are the scrutinies? Email your answers to onthe[at] by April 1st to be entered into our March drawing for $10 on the iTunes store.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

OTU #30 - Spring Break, Flu and Allergies, March Madness

We've got the flu!

Spring Break starts next week, but first we have to get through mid-term exams, projects, and a nasty flu epidemic on campus! Not to mention the beginning of allergy season in Oklahoma.

Next week we're off to Guatemala on a service immersion trip. Our next episode may be a little late, but with luck we'll have more sound-seeing audio to share with you. We also share some of our own thoughts about the whole "Spring Break" phenomena in college.

March also brings "March Madness" - the NCAA College Basketball tournament. Always exciting, we discuss the chances for the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane, the C-USA tournament, and how we think some of the other teams will fare.

What are you doing for Spring Break? Send us an email or audio file and tell us where you're going! We'd love to have your feedback. Our address is onthe [at] or you can leave a comment here on the blog.

This Week's Trivia Question: In what city will the NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship be held? Email us your answer before March 31st to be entered into the March drawing for $10 on the iTunes store.

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Friday, March 02, 2007

OTU #29 - Operation Rice Bowl, Social Justice Part 3, Parent's Day

The students of the Newman Center are participating in Catholic Relief Service's "Operation Rice Bowl." In this episode, we discuss what it's about and how you can participate as well. For more information, check out their website:

Operation Rice Bowl
Catholic Relief Services

We continue our Social Justice Series discussion with Part #3 - "Option for the Poor."

Pat's parents are in town for the weekend and drop by for a visit. We put them in front of the mics to learn something about what it's like being the parent of a college student.

This Week's Trivia Question: Name the four major basilicas in the city of Rome. Email us your answer at ontheu [a t] Deadline is March 31, 2007.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

OTU #28 - Student Lenten Practices, How do YOU Pray?

In this episode, a variety of students talk about their personal Lenten practices. We also discuss our own prayers lives and what works best for us.

Things get a little crazy during our "This Week at Newman" segment, but we hope you enjoy it.

This Week's Trivia Question: Stations of the Cross is a popular devotion, particularly during Lent. On Good Friday, the Pope often leads Stations of the Cross in what famous Roman monument? Email us your answer at onthe [at] Deadline to answer is 28-February-2007. We'll have our drawing during our March 1st episode.

Thanks for listening! We'd love to hear how your are observing Lent, or what special activities your parish, church, or other ministry are having. Please email us or send us an audio file.

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

OTU #27 - What about Ash Wednesday?, Social Justice Part 2

Ash Wednesday - February 21st

Lent begins next week on Ash Wednesday. Hear what the students know about it and catch up on all the other news at the Newman Center. We also have part #2 of our Social Justice Series. We talk about two more themes, "Community and the Common Good", and, "Rights and Responsibilities."

This Week's Trivia Question: What is the difference between a cathedral and a basilica? Send your answers to ontheu [at] Deadline to answer is February 28, 2007.

Music in this episode:
Be With Me - Matt Wessel
Check out Matt's website and learn all about his "Concerts for Life" by visiting his website by clicking here. Thanks Matt for letting us use your music!

Thanks for listening! Send us your comments, suggestions, ideas, and news by emailing us or leaving a comment here on the blog!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Hi folks!

I had to make some changes to the blog to correct a problem it was having. It caused a side-effect I didn't know about, mainly that it changed the publish date on each of the previous episodes. So, you might see this in how episodes are reported in iTunes, etc. If you're an email subscriber, you might be getting emails about old episodes.

I apologize for the confusion and inconvenience. If I can figure out just what I did, I promise not to do it again!


Friday, February 09, 2007

OTU #26 - Preparing for Lent, Social Justice Part 1

In this week's episode, we begin talking about Lent and the ways that Catholics prepare for Easter. We also have a new segment about the Church's Social Justice Teachings. In part 1 of this series, we discuss "human dignity."

This Week's Trivia Question: What is the origin of the word "lent" in English? Email us your answers by 28-Feb-2007 to be included in this month's drawing!

Thanks for listening to "On the U"! We appreciate your emails and comments. Please tell your friends about us.

Links to some of the topics mentioned in this episode:
Operation Rice Bowl - Catholic Relief Services
Themes of Catholic Social Teaching - USCCB
Praystation Portable Podcast - SQPN

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Friday, February 02, 2007

OTU #25 - Let's Celebrate!

We made it to episode #25 and we're celebrating. OK, we're in a bit of a silly mood during this episode, but we talk about what we've done in our first 25 episodes and a little bit more about ourselves.

We end this episode with some more music by our very own Pat Padley. Listen to "Family Time" from his album, Embodiment.

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Thanks so much for listening and for your feedback! Email us your suggestions, comments, and news at ontheu [at], or leave a comment here.

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You can find more information about the St. Philip Neri Newman Center by checking out our website at

This Week's Trivia Question: What secret project does Steve have for the monkey pictured above? OK, this really isn't a trivia question, so everyone who submits an interesting theory about the monkey will be entered in the February drawing. Deadline to submit a theory: 28-Feb-07.

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Friday, January 26, 2007

OTU #24 - Catholic Charismatic Renewal

Charles Michie, Director of the Youth and Young Adult Office for the Diocese of Tulsa visits us today to talk about the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Are you curious about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, or charismatic Masses? Listen to our very interesting discussion!

More information about the Catholic Charismatic Renewal? Here's a link:
Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service (Tulsa, OK)

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Alleluia - Amy Ayres

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

OTU #23 - An Ice Storm Cometh!

The campus has been covered in ice this week and we had to cancel several important events. We'll discuss what it's been like on a campus covered by a hard shell!

We need your input! In this episode, we poll YOU, our listeners for advice on what you would like to hear in upcoming episodes. Please send us your comments by clicking the "comments" link at the bottom of this episode.

We were contacted by an up and coming Oklahoma Catholic musician named Dante Schmitz. We'll play his song "Strike." Check out his music at Novena Records by clicking here.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

OTU #22 - Dealing With Your Roommate!

It's a brand new semester and the students are back! We talk about our Christmas Holidays. Dr. Cristofi is back with another segment on health issues. We talk about handling issues with your roommate! Remember communication is the key. Do you have an interesting story about resolving a problem with your roommate? Drop us a line and tell us about it.

Many thanks to our loyal listeners! If you like what you hear, please send us an email at onthe [at] or leave a comment here.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

OTU #21 - New Orleans and Operation Helping Hands

This is a special "soundseeing" report episode from our recent trip to New Orleans. A group of 8 people from the Newman Center participated in Catholic Charities "Operation Helping Hands," a relief project for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

For more information about Operation Helping Hands, please check out their website through the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans by clicking here.

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Katrina - Gregg Martinez

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