Runoff primary decides Nov. ballot and local elections

As of this writing, the results are still tentative, but Oklahomans should now know who will appear on the November ballot. The runoff primary was dominated by small local races. There was no statewide race. Also, as a runoff election, it was only for primary races in which no candidate had already received a majority. […]

Loss on bathrooms a win for rule of law

Last week, a judge in Texas temporarily blocked a rule by the Department of Education that required schools to allow students to use whatever bathroom facilities corresponded with their gender identities. Americans can debate whether or not that particular rule was good or bad policy. However, it ultimately does not matter if the rule was […]

Body shaming has no place in political rhetoric

Oh boy, it is an election year. You can smell it in the air: desperation and bullshit. It is also a particularly virulent, vicious election year — emotions are running high in a way that seems to be relatively unparalleled historically. Both the Republicans and the Democrats believe that the election of the other party’s […]

Letter to the Editor

Dear Mr. Mrasek, I find myself of a similar mind in our reactions to the controversy TU has recently endured: the knee-jerk deletion of an individual’s contribution, simply because they are “persona non grata” of the week. The way viral media has developed means lots of uncomfortable pressure about a particular topic can arise for […]

Okla. legislature in dire need of female voices

The good news: Oklahoma is now the 43rd worst state for women and no longer the 48th worst, which is what it was last year. The ranking comes from a WalletHub analysis, which calculated scores based on signifiers like unemployment rate for women, high school dropout rate for women, female uninsured rate and female homicide […]

Frank Ocean didn’t owe you his new album

Four years after releasing his first album, Frank Ocean finally released his new album Blonde. During the wait, however, some fans became upset with the delays in the album’s release and claimed they had been disappointed by him. But disappointed how? While fans do support artists, artists don’t owe fans anything. All art is, or […]

Ryan Lochte is a mess, so are we

It hasn’t been the best three weeks for Ryan Lochte. The second-most decorated male Olympic swimmer in history behind the great Michael Phelps, 32-year-old Lochte entered his fourth Olympics as a shadow of his former world-champion self. He competed in only two events, the 4×200 meter freestyle and the 200 meter individual medley, and when […]

The Olympics exposed Brazil’s biggest problems

“Welcome to Hell,” reads the makeshift sign, “Police and firefighters don’t get paid; whoever comes to Rio De Janeiro will not be safe.” The words, posted outside of Rio’s central airport, are meant as a warning to tourists, but more so reflect a discontented native populace. It effectively conveys a sentiment of hopelessness, one that […]

“Conquer the Gauntlet” mud-run comes to Tulsa

Last Saturday, Conquer the Gauntlet hosted a mud run on the outskirts of Tulsa. The course, stretching over 4 miles, consisted of 25 obstacles meant to test the physical limits of even the most experienced ‘conquerors’. If the program director is to be believed, our mental and emotional faculties were tested somewhere in there as […]