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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

2024 Olympics not held in Baku, clearly inferior

By Abigail LaBounty
 Staff Writer

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.

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Tulsa Olympics: economic boon or fiscal fiasco?

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.

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Tulsa’s Olympic Uniforms

By Nikki Hager
 Staff Writer

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.

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Reading requirements bad for students

By Morgan Krueger
 News Editor

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.

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Charter schools opportunity for innovation

By Fraser Kastner
 Staff Writer

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, 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.

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2024 Tulsa Olympics:

By Kimberly Poff
Staff Writer

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.

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Nichols’ “The Graduate” an uncomfortable look at the real world

By Patrick Creedon
 Barricade Editor

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.

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Infinity Ward’s “Onslaught” an action-packed, worthwhile DLC

By Eliot Bauman
 Staff Writer

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.

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TU tennis top-tier team

By Kimberly Poff
 Staff Writer

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.

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