Trump Supports a Man Accused of Misconduct (Again)

Trump Supports a Man Accused of Misconduct (Again) Annemarie Cuccia In what could only be described as an unsurprising, yet infuriating development in the saga of Trump White House scandals, staff secretary Rob Porter quit last week under allegations of physical and mental abuse concerning his two ex-wives. The reaction from the White House was, at best, mixed, and at worst, a chaotic attempt to push blame onto anyone but themselves. Initially, many staffers reportedly encouraged Porter to “stay and fight”, but when it became clear he would have to resign, they all crafted a unified message. And then promptly…

Black Gold: The Danger of the Oil Industry Beyond the Environment

Black Gold: The Danger of the Oil Industry Beyond the Environment Written by Sara Moore The oil industry in Oklahoma sparks debates over climate change, causes earthquakes, and inspires Oklahoma Senators to bring snowballs into the US Capitol. However, environmental harm isn’t the only danger posed by the Oklahoman economy’s dependence on oil. On January 22nd, a violent explosion overwhelmed an oil rig in Eastern Oklahoma. It appears to be the deadliest oil accident since 2010. According to the Houston Chronicle, the victims included Josh Ray, 35, of Fort Worth; Cody Risk, 26, Wellington, Colo.; and Matt Smith, 29, McAlester,…

Hawaii’s Nuclear Scare is Just the Tip of the Ballistic Missile

Hawaii’s Nuclear Scare is Just the Tip of the Ballistic Missile Annemarie Cuccia Hawaiians were in for a rude awakening one Saturday morning. An emergency alert was sent to the entire state reading “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” While the alert may not have been a drill, it was certainly an error. The alert was blamed on an officer selecting the incorrect message template to send, resulting in it being sent to everyone, rather than just internally. This caused understandable panic among Hawaiians, but it also caused those familiar with ICBM…

Racial Dating Preference and Fetishism

Racial Dating Preference and Fetishism Monique Calingasan Phrases like “If she ain’t foreign, she’s boring!” or “No spice, no rice!”  might sound crude to most people. But what’s wrong with just liking * insert race here * people anyways? That’s more like a compliment right? Wrong. Many may argue that being attracted to people with certain skin tones is equivalent to liking girls with brown eyes or men with bushy beards, but there is a crucial difference— race. The difference between finding a few features of a person as attractive or unattractive is that this preference is not exclusive to…

Moon

Moon a poem by Haley Monday   Sometimes I stare at the moon. Watching as it just starts to loom above the clouds. The white glow against the dark sky. There it is floating up high.   My head is reeled back so far, eyes staring at the stars, that it just pops off. Like fourth of july fireworks. Rolling off my back. It makes a loud crack.   Stunned but my body still stands While my head lays there. The smell of dirt digs into my nose. But all that doesn’t bother me Because I can still see.  …

Populism–Should it be this popular?

Populism–Should it be this popular? Op-ed by Annemarie Cuccia The rise of populism across the globe has been widely reported. From the Brexit vote, to the election of Donald Trump, to separatist movements across Europe, populism has saturated Western politics. The merits of these movements must be questioned, as well as their adherence to a true theory of populism. Any political philosophy is an attempt to balance your personal desires with those of your community, your country, and the world. What differs is the way the scales tip, how much weight is put on the well-being of any given community….

We Still Prefer John Over Jennifer

We Still Prefer John Over Jennifer Written by Dede Chapline* News Article *Dede is a guest writer from Bishop McGuinness High School, where she is a senior. Dede is one of the top two students in her class and is passionate about equal rights, service dogs, yoga, and environmental protection*   Last March, the Polish Member of the European Parliament, Janusz Korwin-Mikke, stood up to give his two cents on wage inequality. With an alarming amount of confidence, he announced, “women must earn less than men, because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent.” The Spanish MEP,…

An Oklahoman’s Take on Global Warming

An Oklahoman’s Take on Global Warming Written by Annemarie Cuccia News OpEd   The realization that the world is slowly dying hits you all at once, fades, and then hits again a week later. Perhaps this is why, despite the universal problems it poses, climate change is too often an afterthought on the world stage. We are all so busy with yesterday’s scandal and today’s nuclear threat that tomorrow, much less a hundred years from now, is as foreign as a country halfway across the globe. Thankfully, discussions are beginning on how to slow this new enemy, but I will…

Go Rock the Vote!

Go Rock the Vote Written by Allison Anker News Op-ed My mom is probably the biggest dork when it comes to voting. Every time there is a local election, she hurriedly rushes to the polls to cast a vote, proudly sticking her “I voted” sticker on her shirt. Her enthusiasm for voting has carried on to me, with her drilling into my head the mantra that it is my privilege and duty as an American to vote. Voting is a key step in the republic we live within, so why do so few actually vote then? According to governing.com, less…