Common Core fails to adequately prepare students

In 2001, President George W. Bush laid the groundwork for what politicians and policymakers now consider to be the panacea for college and career readiness: testing. Under No Child Left Behind, standardized testing became an educational staple in the US, and it has remained in a hotbed of debate ever since. In 2009, standardized testing […]

CAIR-OK supports troops, is met with undue hate

CAIR-Oklahoma is the Oklahoma branch of the National Council on American Islamic Relations. CAIR-Oklahoma emphasizes building bridges between Muslims and non-Muslims—which is important in a state where anti-Islam sentiments run rampant. Their website makes it clear that their goal is “to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.” CAIR’s primary focus is on […]

Keystone XL Pipeline should not have been rejected

After several years, the Obama administration has rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline. In denying the application, President Obama said that it was not in our national interest. He cited three main reasons that the pipeline would not benefit the United States: 1) that it wouldn’t lead to long-term jobs, 2) that it would not lower […]

Trump appears on SNL: Makes mockery of presidency

Last week, Donald Trump took time out of his “busy” schedule in order to host Saturday Night Live. While some find it to be a great ratings boost for the show, this is an act of complete disrespect to the presidential campaign. When people host SNL it’s usually right before a big entertainment release, like […]

Trump appears on SNL: Who cares?

It is well known that Donald Trump is a controversial figure in American politics. This controversy means Trump is a hot commodity for advertisements and television. Plenty of people want to hear what he has to say: some because they like what he’s saying, and just as many, if not more, because they want to […]

Students ask the big question: Is there a God?

Going into a discussion titled, “Big Questions: Is There A God,” I had feared the worst. I had just finished a class of Global Commons in which we’d discussed the consequences of privatized searches and user-catered results on the internet. These results propagated forums of so-called public discussion which in actuality consisted of total avoidance […]

A response to “All lives matter”

Over the past several years, we have seen innumerable people of color murdered at the hands of a system that is constantly challenging them to keep living. We have seen children murdered, and we have said nothing. Kimani Gray was 16. Kiwane Carrington was 15. Andy Lopez was 13. Tamir Rice was 12. Aiyana Jones […]

Facebook facial recognition is convenient, not creepy

Facebook recently announced a new setting in its messaging app, Facebook Messenger, that allows the app to access user camera rolls in order to quickly identify and sort photos based on face recognition so that sending pictures to friends and family can be ten times easier. While initially I found this extremely creepy, I’ve come […]