Fine Bros’ company would set a terrible precedent

Recently, a popular channel called the Fine Brothers (known as Fine Bros) on YouTube released a video explaining its new company: React World. The brothers, Benny and Rafi Fine, are known for making reaction videos where kids, elders and teens watch something popular and share their opinion on it. With the React World company, someone […]

Turning the Tide: A change for the better in college admissions

The Harvard Graduate School of Education recently held an “exploratory meeting” to bring together representatives for college admissions from a variety of different colleges and high schools, including admissions officers, administrators and college guidance counselors. Their goal was to take a critical look at the way admissions are handled at colleges throughout the United States. […]

Trade schools are a viable option for future success

The average cost of attending a university and getting a four-year degree has been increasing steadily over the past few decades. According to the College Board, the average yearly cost to attend a private university has grown to $32,000 a year, and the cost to attend a public university as a state resident has risen […]

OU professor’s criticism of socialism is misinformed

On January 30, a geology professor at the University of Oklahoma named David Deming published an article attacking the economic and political system of socialism and condemning the use of socialist policies in the United States. This article was primarily aimed at targeting Bernie Sanders and his supporters; the opening line being “It’s disheartening that […]

Women should not have to register for the draft

In order to believe that women should register for the Selective Service System (SSS), which serves to make the US ready for military conscription, one must accept several premises: 1) that the SSS is desirable for the country in the first place, 2) that women should be able to serve a role in the military […]

Beyoncé Bowl

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter has been in my life since 1999 when Destiny’s Child was launched into mainstream recognition. I knew all the words to “Say My Name” and “Bills, Bills, Bills” before I knew how to add and subtract. I have followed Queen Bey through a solo career, a marriage, a pregnancy and all of […]

How to address Okla. teen birth rate

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy recently released new statistics on national and state teen birth rates from 2014. First, though, it’s important to note the differences between teen birth rates and teen pregnancy rates, as the two differ substantially. The Campaign’s teen pregnancy rates haven’t been updated since 2010, but the […]

Proposed OK Legistlation: SB 440, SB 898, and HJR 1059: Private parties should not have to service same-sex weddings

In recent years, there has been much discussion on how private companies should not be allowed to refuse services to same-sex weddings. Or, in states like Oklahoma, there have been attempts to make a refusal of service explicitly legal. Both attempts are misguided, but the side in favor of banning discrimination is more so. Let […]

Proposed OK Legistlation: SB 1014 and HB 3049

Last week, the 55th Oklahoma state legislature began its second regular session. At this meeting, several bills were introduced, among them two bills that would restrict restroom use to “biological gender”, or sex assigned at birth. Senate Bill 1014 states that, if enacted, “It shall be unlawful for a person to use a gender-specific restroom […]

Proposed OK Legislation: SB 869: Most dramatic bill in existence

Senate Bill 869 prohibits “two-year colleges from offering certain scholarships to certain students for certain purpose.” Well, that’s enlightening, isn’t it? The bill also claims to be “declaring an emergency.” I’m not sure what is quite so urgent about preventing scholarships, but hey, this is Oklahoma. Maybe the legislatures just got bored of passing laws […]