University hosts open forum regarding curriculum

Students were invited to discuss block classes and major requirements with TU faculty. The University of Tulsa is currently undergoing an initiative to evaluate its core curriculum, which is comprised of the block class system and general education like the English, math and freshman experience classes. Last Wednesday, an open forum was held in Helmerich […]

How much of your voting records are online?

A look into voting record websites and how much real info they offer. In America, an individual’s voting record is at least somewhat public in all 50 states. President Trump had fallen into controversy when people found during the 2016 presidential race that he had not registered to vote until 1987. This worried some voters […]

High percentage of Okla. children unvaccinated

Oklahoma’s percentage of vaccinated children falls beneath the national average. Following a troubling national trend, more Oklahoma parents are seeking vaccine exemptions for their children. A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention observed that the vaccine exemption rate increased by 0.3 percent between the 2016–17 and 2017–18 school years. The CDC […]

2018 midterm elections see GOP in offices across Okla.

The midterms saw a blue majority in the House and a single Democratic representative from Oklahoma. Rarely has there been as much participation in a U.S. election as there was in these midterms. According to NPR, voter turnout hit a 50-year high. For Oklahoma, most of the state stayed red. In the House of Representatives, […]

Studying the humanities is often represented as a poor financial decision, and has seen a general dip in popularity over the last decade. graphic by Conner Maggio

Humanities majors at crossroads under Trump administration

Statisticians have long predicted the decline of the humanities, but the field has seen a recent resurgence. For decades, the warning bell has rung: scholars have proclaimed that the humanities are endangered. In 1964, J. H. Plumb’s “Crisis in the Humanities” volume warned that a science-centered world would leave no room for artistic expression. The […]

Civic engagement can take many different forms. graphic by Emma Palmer

How to stay civically engaged after elections

Though the midterm elections are over, you can still remain politically active through community interaction. It’s been a week since the midterm elections swept through the U.S., followed by some wins and losses. You did your part and voted, posted a selfie to prove it and now it’s time to throw in the towel until […]

Jeff Sessions arriving at President Trump’s inauguration. courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Parallels between Russia investigation and Nixon’s crimes

Trump firing his attorney general is a reminder of Nixon’s impeachment, yet Trump’s administration is more competent. Tuesday’s midterms have held the nation’s attention for month now, and rightly so. The midterms presented Democrats with a chance to congressionally check an out-of-control president and protect the investigation into that president’s contacts and possible cooperation with […]

Merkel has previously worked with the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations, despite their disparate political ideologies. courtesy Obama White House Archives

Merkel stepping down a threat to democracy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political apathy has caused the German government to fall into Trump-like populism. Recent electoral losses for her coalition over this past month in Hesse and Bavaria have caused Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany for 13 years, to step down in 2021 and resign as party leader next month. The move surprises […]

The rejected carbon tax would have increased the price of gasoline for consumers, though the tax would have been placed on gasoline suppliers. courtesy Flickr

Carbon tax viable option to improve environment

The implementation of a carbon tax could provide a financial launchpad for renewable energy. The concept of a carbon tax is one of the new policies that members of state governments are putting forward to promote the growth of renewable energy resources. For those unaware, a carbon tax is a tax on the amount of […]

Reducing beef consumption habits on a large scale directly affects greenhouse gas emissions. courtesy World Resources Institute

Vegetarianism best argued using environmentalism

Though popularly championed as an emotional issue, vegetarianism is increasingly tied to sustainability The most well-known argument for vegetarianism is the ethical problem of eating another living being. However, that is not the sole reason people should lean towards vegetarianism. Frankly, to most people it is an unconvincing argument, which is completely fair. It often […]