The Legislative Digest

The Legislative Digest is your weekly look at the happenings of Oklahoma’s state legislature and the bills and politics you need to know After three years of weekly write-ups on the bills passing through Oklahoma legislature in the spring, this is my final article. While I might no longer be around to yell into the […]

A love letter to stress

I am a very stressed person. Part of it is the anxiety that I’ve lived with for more than a decade now, and part of it is just the constant challenge of college. I won’t say I haven’t enjoyed how hectic the past few years have been, but I’d be remiss not to point out […]

The Legislative Digest

The Legislative Digest is your weekly look at the happenings of Oklahoma’s state legislature and the bills and politics you need to know In the penultimate Legislative Digest, we’re looking at bills that affect children and the elderly in disparate ways. One remains in its first committee; the second was engrossed to the Senate, meaning […]

#1: Attendance policies should reflect course content

Students should want to come to class because of the quality of the lecture, not because of an arbitrary attendance policy. We’ve all been there: the syllabus says that any more than two absences will result in a penalty of however many points or even a dropped letter grade. Sometimes the penalties are enumerated, and […]

#4: Include email composition in college orientation classes

Just because writing emails seems like a basic skill, that doesn’t mean that everyone has mastered it. We overuse the term “hot take,” but here’s one anyway: email etiquette should be taught in orientation classes. It seems silly at first glance, because who doesn’t know how to write an email? But chances are, you don’t. […]

#6: Schedule more night classes

Night classes take place outside of regular business hours, opening up student schedules. We’ve all been there: the perfect class that you’ve been wanting to take is only offered when you’re at work, in club meetings or have to take a different, high-priority class. It’s tragic. It’s frustrating. Worse, sometimes that perfect class isn’t just […]

Home economics is usually thought to be antiquated, but the skills are still relevant. courtesy Wikimedia Commons

#7: Offer home economics classes in course schedule

Cooking, mending clothes and managing money are all important skills for college students. Home ec classes are more than reminders of a bygone era when women were expected to know how to make a flawless jello mold and darn socks. They teach young folks how to cook basic meals, how to keep their clothing in […]

Keeping class texts stocked in the library would benefit students. courtesy Wikimedia Commons

#12: Keep library stocked with required texts

Professors should ensure that their texts for class are available for checkout in the library and that those books are on limited loan. Once, a professor of mine asked if anyone in his class would be using the library to read the books for his class. I raised my hand. It wasn’t a class where […]

Funding and legislation from the federal government can improve the industry without risking quality of content. graphic by Conner Maggio

Journalism should be protected like any other public service

Governmental funding and regulation can ensure the industry’s continued existence. When you’ve been robbed, you call the police. When you need to get somewhere close, you drive on roads or use public transportation. When you’re young, you attend school that is free, unless your parents choose to send you to a private school. They’re all […]