Scandals surround the Virginian governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general amid cries for their resignations. courtesy The White House/Flickr

Va. politicians face backlash

Scandals surround the Virginian governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general amid cries for their resignations. This past week has proved calamitous for the higher levels of the state of Virginia’s executive branch. Last Friday, Feb. 1, Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat elected in this last cycle, found himself under fire when a right-wing blog called […]

Civics classes in high schools necessary for political engagement

The current civics requirement does not adequately prepare students to be savvy participants in a healthy republic. Civics classes: Oklahoma hates them, but every good democracy needs them. My flirtation with government before majoring in the subject was tragically brief; Claremore High School, the pinnacle of modern education, had block scheduling, meaning that we only […]

Chris Richards, Alphonsie Davies and Christian Pulisic square up. graphic by Conner Maggio

North Americans make waves in European football

Soccer experts Chris Lierly and Andrew Noland deliver a comprehensive analysis of the North American rising stars in the beautiful game. The United States is historically disinterested in the world’s most popular sport, but recently, some major American players (and one Canadian) have made major moves to Europe’s biggest clubs. Though we are trying not […]

graphic by Conner Maggio

World leaders meet in Davos, Switzerland

Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May were absent from the international forum this year This past week, the world’s political, economic and social leaders met in Davos, Switzerland, a ski village in the Alps, for another annual World Economic Forum. Under the theme “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the […]

Just as Tulsa renamed Brady Street to Reconciliation Way, Mayes County is considering renaming Lake Hudson. photo by Piper Prolago

Renaming Lake Hudson reflects fluctuating national morality

Mayes County is considering renaming Lake Hudson, whose namesake was a founding member of Tulsa’s local KKK chapter At the start of a new legislative session, an Oklahoma Senate bill seeks to rename Lake Hudson, a human-made reservoir in Mayes County. The reservoir was created and named in 1964 after Tulsa attorney, state lawmaker and […]

Mbappé (left), Kane (middle) and Messi (right) will be competing for the Champions League trophy. graphic by Conner Maggio

Champions League predictions

Soccer experts Andrew Noland and Chris Lierly give their takes on which teams will prevail in the next round of the knockout stage. Matchday: 2/12 A.S. Roma vs. FC Porto Chris’s Pick: Porto 4-1 Andrew’s Pick: Porto 5-2 Andrew’s Take: FC Porto under Sérgio Conceição have dominated the Primeira Liga by continuing the magic Portuguese […]

The LA strike took cues from protests across the midwest in 2018, such as the pictured Milwaukee strike. courtesy Flickr / Charles Edward Miller

LA teachers’ strike ends after eight days

The LA teachers got almost all of their demands, with more strikes on the horizon across the nation. Over the last week, thousands of teachers and support staff across Los Angeles protested after contract negotiations between their union and the LA Unified School District’s representatives failed to come to terms. Building for months, the tension […]

Malcolm X and MLK at Capitol Hill during the Senate debate on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Sanitized legacy of MLK not representative of King’s politics

The “I Have a Dream” narrative built for Dr. Martin Luther King doesn’t do justice to his complex political thought. This past Monday, like it does every year, the nation celebrated the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. A few highlights: St. Louisans watched a white male anchorman substitute a racial slur when […]

CFP should expand to eight teams

College sports expert Andrew Noland suggests needed improvements for the college football playoff system. Having been ushered into the college football offseason with Clemson thrashing Alabama behind the arm of freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence, college football media returned to the inevitable, drab conversation concerning how to decide the national champion. Notre Dame proved lifeless to […]

DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, has been offered an extension by President Trump in exchange for strengthening the wall along certain areas. courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Government shutdown signals progressive Democratic policies

The government shutdown has hurt the country for a budgetary change that won’t be accepted by the Democratic party. As of this writing, the shutdown of the American government has reached its 29th day. 800,000 federal workers have not received a paycheck and will not receive back pay until Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald […]