By Kimberly Poff
According to the Oklahoma Geological Survey, the state has experienced a massive spike in seismic activity recently with more than 500 recorded earthquakes this year alone.
Most have been small; almost all have been under magnitude 3 on the Richter Scale and cannot be felt. But the uptick is still troubling.
From 1974, when the OGS began monitoring seismic activity, to 2009 there were generally less than 50 seismic events recorded each year.
Since 2009 there has been a 4,000 percent increase in seismic activity and this year’s numbers are no exception.
By Giselle Willis
According to the Oklahoma Gazette, House Bill 2850, proposed by Republican Rep. Dan Fisher, would eliminate funding to the Oklahoma Arts Council by 2018. The bill’s supporters say the state cannot afford tax cuts unless it slices funding for state programs like the OAC.
Yet state programs and tax cuts are not mutually exclusive. The Gazette cited a 2008 Oklahoma City University study that demonstrated how “revenue generated by community-supported art programs earned revenue above what was spent to fund them.” “We don’t cost them money; we make them money,” said Jennifer James, director of Oklahomans for the Arts.
The Pollard Theatre, in Guthrie, Okla., came to exist in its current form thanks to funds from the Oklahoma Arts Council in 1987. It houses a year-round residential theatre company and has been a boon to the Guthrie Community.
Photo courtesy business insider. Protests (called The Exit by those wishing for the Venezuelan president’s resignation) in Venezuela began in January of this year after former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her ex-husband were killed on the side of a highway during a robbery, raising questions of the safety of Venezuelan citizens as the crime rate is massively rising. Students began protesting the limited involvement of the police as well as rapid inflation, staple food shortages and the corruption involved in the 2013 presidential election. The most recent outbreak of protests was sparked by the arrest of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.
By Tara Grigson
There are currently about 11,100 children under the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Over the past 18 months, there has been an increase of approximately 2000 children, 11%, who have been placed under OKDHS’s care; in the same time OKDHS approved about 800 new foster homes.
Although the nationwide number of child abuse and neglect cases has dropped over the past six years, the rate in Oklahoma has steadily increased since 2010: from 7,248 to 11,418.
The number of reports of child abuse and neglect is displayed by year on this graph. The national average has been consistently higher than the Oklahoma average, though Oklahoma’s rate is on the rise.
By Alex White
Why am I studying English literature? I honestly never felt like I had any choice in the matter.
I was a wide-eyed elementary student gawking at the larger-than-life trailers for Lord of the Rings when the decision to major in literature was made. I was determined to see those movies, even if it meant plowing through the thousand-plus pages of Tolkien’s magnum opus—the task stipulated by my mother as a condition I had to fulfill before feasting my eyes on Jackson’s films.
After finishing “The Fellowship,” I was hooked on the written word for life. There were other distractions along the way; I dabbled in guitar one year, tennis for another, and even became fascinated by cinematography for a phase, but throughout all these endeavors one thing remained consistent—literature and writing.
As a speech-language pathology major, I am constantly exposed to the science behind everything related to speech and hearing.
When I signed up to take a class on language development in children who are deaf and hard of hearing, I thought I was feeding a budding interest in studying how language develops. Instead, it led me to a three-semester independent study on outcomes in deaf education and a soon-to-be-published article on the same topic.
By Abigail LaBounty
Believe it or not, the University of Tulsa has a written policy specifically prohibiting nerf guns.
In listing the types of weapons that are not allowed on campus, TU’s Guide to Campus Living includes “toy guns, BB guns, nerf guns, paintball guns, potato guns and air rifles.”
Does this image look bizarre to you? It should. Not only is the soldier not using his gun strap, his gun is Nerf.
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.
The Guthrie Green, the Brady District’s beautiful park and outdoor performance area that was once a warehouse truck dock, has been recognized by the international architectural community. It won the annual World Architecture News Urban Design Award for 2013, beating out an urban food garden at the University of Arkansas, a train station in Atlanta and the entire city of Kiruna, Sweden.
By Kimberly Poff
“Damn, girl, can I lick between your legs?”
This would be a wildly inappropriate remark in any context, let alone in public and by a stranger. But alas, it is one of many things I have heard yelled at me while I was walking down Delaware Ave. on the west edge of TU. It is a constant reminder on an otherwise idyllic campus of the misogyny prevalent in our city.
While Delaware Ave. may look peaceful, high-speed traffic and time of day can change the seemingly idyllic nature of the above scene. Watch as students disobey the yellow lights, ignorant of the hidden dangers.
By Emily Callen
Staff Writer Emeritus
State of the Union Drinking Game: It’s an election year; you deserve a drink.
Please drink responsibly. Game best played with cheap beer (Democrats) or Jameson and Coke (Republicans/anyone from South Tulsa).
By Anna Bennett
By now, you’ve been in Tulsa long enough to know that “so, how about that weather” is actually a relevant thing to say in conversation. As experienced last week, the temperature in Tulsa can go from -1 degree wind chill to a pleasant and sunny 60 degrees in two days. It’s basically ungodly. But here are a few ways you can adjust your lifestyle to prepare for any weather that may come sweeping down the plain.
By Nikki Hager
Over the past decade, horizontal drilling and fracking have fundamentally changed energy production in the United States.
Previously, conventional wells could only be drilled vertically; however, new technology has increased the the amount of oil and natural gas that can be reached and extracted. Drills can now be turned 90 degrees to bore several thousand more feet horizontally.
A rendering of horizontal drilling. Graphic courtesty of Amerixaco.