Tulsa World endorsed candidates in several Oklahoma elections, including Kevin Stitt. graphic by Conner Maggio

Tulsa World endorses Kevin Stitt

The paper announced their endorsement of Stitt, a political outsider. Oklahoma’s gubernatorial election approaches, and with it comes discussion of change, something citizens claim the state desperately needs. Republican candidate Kevin Stitt and Democratic Party nominee Drew Edmondson share a common interest: listening to people’s desires and getting results. And as the election comes closer, […]

The recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature will receive their award in 2019. courtesy Flickr

Nobel Prize in Literature not awarded following rape charges

The husband of a Swedish Academy member, which selects recipients for the prize, was found guilty of rape. Following the charge of sexual assault against Jean-Claude Arnault, husband of Swedish Academy member Katarina Frostenson, and the fallout of the entire cabinet, the Nobel Prize in Literature was not handed out this year. Instead, the Academy […]

Eye on the world

China and Japan form unlikely partnership Last Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang met in Beijing to discuss deeper economic and political cooperation. The meeting also acknowledged China’s overtaking of Japan’s economy and an end to China’s receival of Japanese foreign aid, usually reserved for poorer countries. The trip […]

Trump administration seeks to redefine gender

The administration’s potential new definition removes recognition of intersex and trans individuals. The Trump administration asks that government agencies define “sex as either male or female, unchangeable and determined by the genitals that a person is born with … Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing,” according to a […]

Light outage casts Dietler Commons in darkness

Last Sunday, the University of Tulsa Main Campus experienced light outages. The lights by Sorority Row, Sharp Chapel, Bayless Plaza, near the Allen Chapman Student Union, in the West Residential parking lot off of Delaware and more went dark a few hours after sunset. Manager of Electrical and Special Services for Physical Plant Roy Ackley […]

Reconciliation Way is currently only an honorary name for M.B. Brady Street, given to it in 2013. photo by Piper Prolago

Renaming M.B. Brady street sensitive to Tulsa history

The change from Brady Street to M.B. Brady Street skirts the issue of the historic racism in Tulsa. In 1898, Wyatt Tate Brady became a founding father of Tulsa, Oklahoma when he signed a charter to officially establish the new city. Born in Missouri in 1870, Brady moved to Oklahoma and married Rachel Cassandra Davis, […]

A Second Amendment rally outside the Minnesota capitol this year in which protesters openly carried firearms. courtesy Flickr

Firearms have no place in a public park

Firearms being allowed inside the Gathering Place is more about displaying power than increasing public safety. Common sense was thrown out the window this week when the Tulsa Police Department shuffled their position on open carry laws at The Gathering Place. In the past, TPD upheld the no-guns policy at the park, but they have […]

At its current $1 tobacco tax, Oklahoma has one of the lowest rates in the country. courtesy CDC

Proposed anti-smoking policy harmful to workers

The policy removes protections for workers who smoke, mostly affecting those in rural areas. Smoking and the use of tobacco is still a big issue in Oklahoma that affects many groups. The current rate of smoking in Oklahoma is 19.6 percent of the population. In addition, Oklahoma’s rate of high school smokers is higher than […]

Disney pulled their original Maui-themed Halloween costume following public controversy. courtesy Huffington Post

Socially-conscious Halloween costumes not always clear-cut

The Halloween season continues to blur lines of which costumes are culturally appropriate. Every year toward the end of October, the discussion of cultural appropriation makes its return. Halloween presents a great opportunity to dress up and go out, but all too often, the invitation of a costume can become problematic. It seems now as […]

Answering frequently asked questions about disability

Before bombarding a visibly disabled person with questions, consider how your interaction looks from their perspective. As a person with a visible disability, I get quite a few questions about this part of my life. They come from friends, teachers, classmates and even complete strangers asking about my health issues and how they affect my […]