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 […]

South Korea, hosting this year’s Olympic Games, has a history of tension with North Korea. Courtesy NDTV

North Korea not redeemed by Olympic Games

North Korea’s charm offensive is not enough to forgive them of their numerous aggressions and indiscretions against their own people and other nations. Much of this year’s Winter Olympics media coverage is focused on one topic. North Korea’s participation and all the negotiations, political implications and awkward moments that comes with it have been in […]

Legislative Digest

This week’s look at the latest and sometimes greatest bills passing through our local legislature. SB1430: The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2018 would prohibit all parents from aborting children with Down Syndrome or other genetic anomalies. While I appreciate the sentiment, the government should still not be allowed to meddle in a person’s right to […]

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Mail room an underappreciated resource

More is going on behind the scenes of TU’s mail room than some may realize. Everyone gets mail at some point. Maybe you order a cool new gadget on Amazon or your mother sends you a care package for finals week. Regardless of what you’re waiting to receive, the place you’ll have to go is […]

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: As someone who was sexually harassed in the past, I know about the inner-pain that victims and survivors experience. But, as someone who spent five years as a counselor and a therapist working in the fields of alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental health, I want to share my observations and research findings about […]

Legislative Digest

The Legislative Digest is your weekly look at the happenings of Oklahoma’s state legislature, upcoming bills and the terms to know. Legislature continues to move slowly, as all government does. Here’s a look at what’s happening before and up to bills being passed or passed over. HR1022: This bill recognizes February 7, 2018 as Rose […]

Tire inflation stations, bike shop fall flat

While TU portrays itself as bike-friendly, there are few places and few times to get help, rent bikes or inflate tires. As an avid biker, I never understood TU’s bicycle program: why does a campus with an army of yellow bikes, meant to be free for student use, have an air pump that doesn’t work? […]

Ram misses the mark with Super Bowl ad

Ram trucks misinterpret the meaning of Dr. King’s work in a tasteless Super Bowl ad that ignores the context of his speech. Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest day of the year for advertisers. It seems like half the people who tune in to watch the game pay more attention during the breaks from the […]