India hopefully first of many nations to legalize homosexuality

India decriminalizing homosexuality is the beginning of a global progression toward LGBTQ acceptance Many historians claim that India, previous to colonial rule, tolerated LGBTQ people. Gender fluidity and homosexuality were celebrated in mythology, and homosexuals were ignored and could do as they pleased. However, in the mid-nineteenth century, India’s colonial administration established Section 377. Section […]

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Oklahoma governor candidate indicted on murder-for-hire

The eclectic Joe Exotic, equal parts politician and safari zoo runner, holds a few dark secrets. Oklahoma native, zookeeper and previous presidential candidate “Joe Exotic” was indicted on two murder-for-hire charges on September 7. A press release from the Department of Justice alleges he paid an unnamed person $3,000 in November of last year “to […]

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Amazon chief Jeff Bezos gives $2 billion to charity Last Thursday, Amazon chief executive and founder Jeff Bezos pledged to give $2 billion to the “Day One Fund,” a fund he is establishing. In a statement, Bezos said the fund would focus on “funding existing non-profits that help homeless families, and creating a network of […]

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Suicide awareness day a reminder to be kind

National suicide awareness day is a way for the public to decrease the stigma surrounding suicidal thoughts. Reports show that nearly one million suicides occur globally each year. In other words, someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds. Using data from 2016, The World Health Organization reported that suicide is the second leading cause of […]

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Self-proclaimed “resistance” enrages President Trump Last week, White House officials kept busy distancing themselves from an anonymous New York Times opinion piece in which the writer claimed they and other officials “are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [Trump’s] agenda and his worst inclinations.” The New York Times claims they know the writer […]

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Crackdown in India leads to protests Last Tuesday, police officers raided at least six homes across India and arrested five people known for supporting resistance movements or otherwise speaking out against the government. They’ve been accused of supporting plots to assassinate top government officials, inciting a riot and supporting communist groups. The accusations mirror those […]

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President Trump faces fallout as Cohen pleads guilty President Trump went on the defensive last Tuesday as Paul Manafort, his former campaign chief, was convicted of tax and bank fraud, and Michael Cohen, his former lawyer, pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations. Manafort was convicted of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank […]

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“Ready Player One” a pretty, aimless film

Despite some nostalgic pandering and impressive visuals, “Ready Player One” lacks substance and purpose. Teenager Wade Watts, like most people in the world of “Ready Player One,” spends most of his time in the Oasis, a virtual reality world created by the deceased James Halliday. Players stand to win a fortune and control of the […]

Universities need to respect the Open Records Act

Oklahoma State University’s newspaper’s struggle to get information in a timely manner exemplifies many universities’ lack of transparency. The Oklahoma Open Records Act is a set of laws meant to guarantee public access to all public records of government bodies. This means all state government agencies, including the publicly funded State Department of Education, must […]

The European Union (upper left), China (upper right), Japan (lower right), the United States (bottom center) and Russia (lower left) share ownership of the International Space Station. Graphic by Raven Fawcett

NASA, private companies should work together in space

While NASA is economically beneficial, allowing private companies to become stakeholders in space would increase efficiency. President Donald Trump recently put out a plan to remove funding of the International Space Station by 2025. To fund the International Space Station through non-federal means, the US government has begun to think about the probability of the […]