The monument “Dignity of Earth & Sky” in South Dakota depicts an Indigenous woman with a star quilt. courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Indigenous Peoples’ Day a thoughtful replacement for Columbus Day

Considering the historical atrocities committed by Columbus, Indigenous peoples have reclaimed this eponymous holiday. This past Monday was a national holiday with two different names. Some called it Columbus Day after Christopher Columbus, the man who discovered North America for Europeans and then raped and pillaged its native population. Others called it Indigenous Peoples Day […]

Questioning Roe v. Wade has enthralled the Republican constituency in the past few decades. courtesy Flickr

Democratic Party needs reformation, relevance

Though the Republican Party has faced fire for its lack of morality, the Democratic Party needs to change its strategy to succeed. The GOP is dead. The Republican party has left fiscal, judicial and moral conservatism behind for deficit-expanding tax cuts, partisan enforcement of the law and a president with no moral grounding on any […]

Drug screening in the state does not legally protect those who test positive for medical marijuana. graphic by Conner Maggio

Okla. marijuana laws in legal gray area

Unsettled medical marijuana laws will stunt revenue growth and employment for the state until clarified. With the recent legalization of medical marijuana in Oklahoma, we need to discuss thoughts and theories on its future implications. How will we benefit? What struggles will we face? Since the law has only been voted into place this July […]

White sage, a plant needed for certain sacred Indigenous ceremonies, is a protected plant in California. courtesy Flickr

Sephora “witch kit” reductive of witchcraft

The makeup company’s “witch starter kit” commercialized Indigenous peoples’ sacred traditions. This September, makeup retailer Sephora and perfume company Pinrose advertised a shocking collaboration: a starter kit for practicing witchcraft. The kit was priced at $42 and included a rose quartz stone, nine miniature bottles of perfume, a deck of tarot cards and a bundle […]

Income and education are large indicators of a U.S. citizen’s likelihood to vote. courtesy Center for American Progress

Increasing voter registration protects democracy

To bolster high voter registration rates, the United States could emulate how European countries encourage voting. Voting rates for the upcoming midterm elections across the United States are at a extremely low rate. While the concept of the low turnout midterm election is a common theme in the American electoral process, it has hit a […]

A collection of campus resources for sexual assault survivors. graphic by Conner Maggio

Intervention best way to combat sexual assault

Taking the initiative and stepping up during compromising situations can drastically reduce the number of sexual assaults. 10 minutes of silence resounded across the Old U as a sea of students and faculty in black stood in support of sexual assault survivors. Violence Prevention Program Coordinator Kelsey Hancock and other campus groups came together to […]

The Liberator, a single-shot handgun among the first designed 3D-printed firearms, can be broken down into several component parts. courtesy Flickr

3D-printed guns lack governmental oversight

3D-printed guns present a major safety hazard through their lack of serial numbers and plastic parts. Due to the rise in availability of 3D printers, people are now able to produce firearms at a cheap cost. In 2012, a company known as Defense Distributed proposed a plan to sell blueprints on how to build plastic […]

Public perception of OCD is plagued by stereotypes and misinformation. courtesy Wikimedia Commons

OCD Awareness Week an opportunity for empathy

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a commonly stigmatized and misunderstood mental illness. OCD Awareness Week is an internationally recognized week of advocacy and a promotion of understanding surrounding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other disorders on the Obsessive-Compulsive spectrum. It was started by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) in 2009 and has been conducted every year since then during […]

Kavanaugh confirmation a Republican farce

Following Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, Republicans can no longer paint themselves as the moral party. The Senate confirmed the embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh despite accusations of sexual assault from five sources. The debate raged across the nation as Americans questioned the validity of the rape claims, Kavanaugh’s behavior and the […]

#MeToo successful in generating discussion

On the anniversary of #MeToo, it is important to recognize the movement’s shortcomings and triumphs. It’s been a year since the New York Times exposed Harvey Weinstein for his repeated sexual misconduct. The impact of the exposé was instant and struck social media and the news like a meteor — while thousands of stories erupted […]