What sports would you like to see played in the Tulsa Olympics?
Football—Will Bramlett, Sports Editor
Cow Tipping—Anna Bennett, State Run Editor
Polo—Stephanie Hice, Variety Editor
Chess Boxing—Kalen Peterson, Copy Editor
Synchronized Oil Drilling—Patrick Creedon, Barricade Editor
Chese Sculpting—Conor Fellin, Managing Editor
Tornado Chasing—Morgan Krueger, News Editor
Noodling—Nikki Hager, Arbitrary Writer of the Week
Blowing ’Cane—J.Christopher Proctor, Editor-in-Chief
By Abigail LaBounty
The 2024 summer Olympics were a series of surprises from the beginning. The first was the failure of the glorious city of Baku, Azerbaijan, heart of the highly beloved motherland, to win the Olympic bid.
Baku’s elimination in the first round of voting despite obviously surpassing such candidates as Paris, St. Petersburg and Istanbul, can only be attributed to corruption. Clearly Tulsa, recognizing the superiority of Baku, bribed the Olympic selection committee to eliminate Baku from the running early, before its superiority could be unequivocally demonstrated.
By J. Christopher Proctor
No Olympiad can come and go without some punk economist postulating on the effect the games will have on the economic well-being of the host city.
Some renditions of the games seem to have been wise long-term investments—see Los Angeles 1984, Barcelona 1992 and Salt Lake City 2002—while others have been unequivocal financial disasters: the Greek government could probably find a good use these days for the estimated $15 billion they lost on the 2004 Athens games.
By Nikki Hager
Ralph Lauren has officially released the designs for the upcoming Tulsa Olympic Opening Ceremonies. While there have been concerns that the uniforms were made in China, Lauren reassured critics, announcing they were actually made in Taiwan.
Graphic by Nikki Hager. At 85 years old, Ralph Lauren still has an impeccable sense of framing, contrast and irony, as demonstrated by his designs for the U.S. team’s uniforms.
The U.S. rowing team struggles to get off the ground at the beginning of the 2024 Olympic rowing championship. In what has been seen by many as an error in judgement on the part of Tulsa’s Olympic planning committee, the event was held in the Arkansas River, which has grown only sightly deeper since Tulsa made the bid in 2014.
Protests in soon-to-be Olympic host city Sochi, Russia, against the government’s policies concerning homosexuals—specifically a law condemning “homosexual propaganda”—have grown violent over the past several months. Protestors have been reportedly attacked and beaten, and vehicles have been lit on fire.
By Morgan Krueger
Starting this year, if Oklahoma third graders cannot pass the state reading tests, they may be held back for up to two years.
This is the first year that third graders are subject to the third-grade reading retention qualifier, an amendment made to the Reading Sufficiency Act in 2011.
This act aims to lower the illiteracy of Oklahoma and aid children in gaining skills for success.
By Fraser Kastner
Recently, charter schools have become more popular across the United States, despite early misgivings about this unconventional form of education.
Photos courtesy news on 6, tsas.org. The schools seen above, Dove Science Academy and Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences, are two of the more successful charter schools in Oklahoma. Though they do not necessarily represent typical results for charter schools, the schools can serve as a model for the good that can be accomplished by alternative forms of education.
By Kimberly Poff
Tulsa was splashed across the national news this past summer when its Olympic Exploratory Committee for the summer 2024 games was profiled in the New York Times. The headline, “London, Tokyo, Athens, Tulsa?” brought a firestorm of media attention to an otherwise unassuming city.
Tulsa’s Olympic cauldron features an oil derrick whose top is alight with the Olympic flame. Or a highly dangerous oil well explosion.
By Patrick Creedon
That classic tune goes, “Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson. Jesus loves you more than you will know.”
It’s funny that such a song became popular when the woman—whom the song is nearly deeming an acceptable person—is essentially a villain in the 1967 film, “The Graduate,” where Simon & Garfunkel’s famous tune first appeared. Life is funny like that. We do not necessarily get what we deserve.
By Helen Patterson
Getting stir-crazy from sitting in your apartment doing homework all week? Take a break and check out one of these awesome local events!
By Eliot Bauman
On Jan. 28, Infinity Ward and Activision released “Onslaught,” the first expansion downloadable content for “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” which hit shelves in Nov. 2013. “Onslaught” is the first of four expansions coming to “Ghosts” throughout the 2014 content season.
Aside from new map packs and weapons, “Onslaught” features the first of four chapters in the “Extinction” mini-campaign, which consists of an enjoyable, yet predictable story. A challenge for many, “Nightfall” makes for a great opportunity to play with friends.
By Kimberly Poff
For the most part, it is very unlikely that you like drinking at the Buck. And unless you have a motorcycle, it is even more unlikely that you feel comfortable walking into Ed’s Hurricane Lounge. As a result, this leaves only one drinking establishment within walking distance from campus: Maxxwell’s.
The temperature at kick-off of Super Bowl XLVIII was 49 degrees, making the game the third coldest in Super Bowl history. The coldest Super Bowl was Super Bowl VI at Tulane Stadium in 1972. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Miami Dolphins 24–3 in frigid 39-degree weather.
By Kimberly Poff
The women’s tennis team rang in the season by winning the conference tennis player of the week twice in a row. Senior Samantha Vickers took the honor on Jan. 21, while her freshman teammate Marcelina Cichon won it Jan. 28.
Vickers has won several athlete of the week awards, and last year was named the Conference USA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Year. “Its nice to know that I’m still getting recognition,” said the senior.