Reasoning behind bill is misinformed, fundamentalist

On Monday, Feb. 16, the Common Education Committee looked at House Bill 1380, which is an attempt to examine and possibly revise the guidelines pertaining to AP U.S. History. Backed by Representative Dan Fisher, this bill is specifically an attempt to prevent state funds from being used for the AP U.S. History course. Though the […]

Backpedaling on bill proves Oklahomans can influence politics

A lot of TU students were very upset when an Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to move forward a bill that would eliminate AP U.S. History from the curriculum of public Oklahoma high schools for supposedly emphasizing “what is bad about America.” The outrage against the bill was entirely warranted. AP U.S. History encourages critical […]

Okla. should repeal its Blaine Amendment

Americans are largely familiar with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. It provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” In common dialogue, that prohibition is generally called the separation of church and state. State constitutions can also offer provisions about the relationship between the government and religion so long […]

Okla. should not neuter Open Records Act

A bill has made it through a committee in the Oklahoma House of Representatives that would allow any public body to refuse to show documents normally made public by the Open Records Act if they deemed that showing those documents “would clearly cause excessive disruption of (its) essential function.” The Open Records Act requires that […]

Single transferable vote leaves no vote behind

The citizens of Flatland, inspired by their new presidential system, decide to revamp how representative elections are done. They do have a slight issue with a straight approval system though: it doesn’t give a way for voters to indicate that certain candidates are preferred to others; voters can only give a candidate approval or not. […]

Hepatitis C patent in India rightfully denied

Sofosbuvir, a medication intended to treat Hepatitis C, was recently denied a patent in India by means of a legal loophole. This means that the medication can be reproduced by third party companies, who can then sell it for a much more affordable price, making it available to thousands more people. Hepatitis C affects approximately […]

“Chicago” performance wonderful despite rocky opening number

Saturday at two o’clock, I went to see “Chicago” the musical at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The musical started out with the piece “All That Jazz.” All of the individual dancing was good; however, collectively it started out clunky and unsynchronized. Additionally, the projected backdrop flickered noticeably. Not a good start. As the number […]

TU jazz concert swings and hits

Last Thursday, Feb. 19, the TU Jazz bands hosted their first big concert of the semester. They were joined by world class trumpeter and composer Walter White. Several of White’s compositions were played by the bands. None of them had anything to do with meth, unfortunately. The atmosphere was relaxed as TU’s Big Band II […]

LPC cancels concert, pretends it never existed

In front of me: a sea of glass, impenetrable, double doors rattling only slightly at the push of my trembling hands. At my back: the bitter cold, frigid gusts of wind sweeping my hair around my face and cutting right through to the bone. On my mind: the wasted efforts of a fifteen-minute, scurrying, face-engulfed-by-scarf […]

“American Denial” tries to portray race relations in America, gets caught up in the past

“American Denial” is a documentary from independent filmmaker Llewellyn Smith, a man undoubtedly familiar with covering the topic of racial tensions in America, having previously contributed to “Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery,” “Race: The Power of an Illusion” and “Forgotten Genius.” In the film’s greatest misstep, the intent of “American Denial” strikes a […]