The Flat Earth conspiracy has infamously gained traction over the last few years. Graphic by Conner Maggio

Conspiracy theory renaissance linked to internet culture

Online forums allow global interaction between large numbers of individuals, but also enable the spread of gross information. Throughout the United States and, in some respects, the rest of the world, there has been a growth in conspiratorial beliefs. These beliefs range from the Earth being flat to new political conspiracies, such as Q-Anon. For […]

Finding a concrete self-definition is often encouraged during the college experience, but not everyone will see such a dramatic change in themselves. graphic by Conner Maggio

Finding yourself can wait

It’s key to remain flexible and patient during college, despite the pressure to define yourself. Whether it is from stereotypes in movies and shows or our own hopes and dreams, we associate college with a lot of different personal milestones. In these four years, we search for so many things. We try to find a […]

Seeing the public areas of TU seemingly abandoned during the weekend is par for the course for those living on campus. photo by Emma Palmer

Weekend campus culture lacking

Due to a lack of recreational planning, TU students may have difficulties finding public social spaces during the weekends. Picture this: it’s a Saturday afternoon and you have just finished all your homework for the day. So you decide to go out. Maybe you don’t have a car, or maybe you just want to save […]

The death of former presidential candidate John McCain has sparked political debate over the validity of his political contributions. courtesy Wikimedia

Politicizing death not a substitute for action

Using the deaths of public figures as political commentary distracts from personal political responsibility. In this past week, the deaths of two individuals from very different places have dominated headlines and social media. The first was Republican Arizona senator and two-time presidential candidate John McCain to a battle with brain cancer on August 25, marking […]

Allotting a specific day off of work for citizens to vote will ostensibly increase voter turnout. graphic by Conner Maggio

Election Day holiday vital for voter turnout

Tulsa Public Schools’ decision to make Election Day a holiday for its employees bodes well for the health of Tulsa’s democracy. The Tulsa Public Schools Board is in the progress of making November 6, Election Day, a holiday for all employees. Through this policy, all school employees will be able to vote without worrying about […]

Increased kinetic activity and self-pacing are designed to help students in Montessori schools have a more direct say in the direction of their own education. courtesy Flickr

Montessori school opens doors to new thinking

Educational options should grow to meet the diverse needs of students, and Montessori is a welcome addition to Tulsa public schools. The first Montessori school in Tulsa opened this August, generating a fair bit of excitement. Parents and teachers are happy to see a new kind of public school available for children from pre-K to […]

Self-driving shuttles part of safer future

Driverless vehicles in downtown Tulsa would improve the safety and efficiency of the city’s public transportation. With the opening of the Gathering Place on September 8, city council officials are currently deciding on new forms of transport in Tulsa. These new driverless shuttle services would allow visitors to ride from the Gathering Place to Philbrook […]

The extra cost of textbooks can be crushing to university students. graphic by Conner Maggio

Textbooks an overheavy financial burden

The educational value of textbooks, especially digital ones, is not often worth the high price point. Fun fact: College is expensive. From tuition to housing to a meal plan, there are enough charges that loans have become a norm in today’s college culture. Enough of a norm that the total cost of student debt in […]

Furnishing campus apartments teaches responsibility

Moving into a new place requires furnishing it yourself, and students should not expect their apartments to be any different. If a student wants to live in a fully furnished space at the University of Tulsa, there are available options. Any of the multiple apartment complexes on campus, however, are not one of them, and […]

Pre-furnished student apartments a necessity

Furnishing an apartment is often above a college student’s financial means, especially for out-of-state students. The dorms have a fair number of downsides: public bathrooms, smaller quarters and no kitchen. One thing that the dorms did right for me was being pre-furnished. The furniture was nothing special, just some neutral, birch pieces meant to provide […]