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Sticks and Stones

Soren Palmer | Posted 08.12.2016 | College
Soren Palmer

The childhood rhyme of sticks and stones is bullshit: words can hurt people. There is no such ambiguity regarding the N-word, a powerful example of linguistic evolution and understanding that words can hurt people and represent larger societal wounds.

TV Station Staffs Rival Channel's Newsroom So Employees Can Attend Colleague's Funeral

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 06.30.2015 | Good News

In the wake of a tragedy, a news station responded with a message of love. Oklahoma’s KOCO News helped staff the newsroom of its rival station, ...

Why I Applaud Ex-Oklahoma University Frat Levi Pettit for Confronting Racism

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The fact that you have one student offender who did not play to that gate, and claim victimization, and instead accepted, fully, responsibility for his racist, offensive action, is cause for much hope.

Dangerous Speech is Not Free Speech or Even Hate Speech

Barrett Holmes Pitner | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices
Barrett Holmes Pitner

As a society we must become more aware of the dangers that certain speech presents, and for the safety and well being of black Americans and other vulnerable citizens, we must explore more robust ways for distinguishing and punishing people for dangerous speech.

Talking Left-Handed Sh*t to Right-Handed People

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

There seems to be a new generation in which some people feel free to use to the N-word (at least in their own fraternity house) with no fear of the consequences. They are "talking left-handed shit to right-handed people." I only hope there are enough right-minded people to shut them up and send them away.

What The SAE Scandal Taught Me About Racism In My State

Anna Eldridge | Posted 05.16.2015 | Teen
Anna Eldridge

I was about 7 years old then and didn't know it, but that single act would change my perspective on myself for years to come. Was being Chinese a joke? Was my race something to ridicule?

Here's What's Wrong With the OU Frat Boys' Apologies

Briallen Hopper | Posted 05.13.2015 | College
Briallen Hopper

A situation like this calls for a real apology, but these young men have failed to deliver it. Instead of acknowledging their own racism, they denied it or sidestepped it. Instead of reckoning honestly with the harm they have done to others, they framed their family and friends as the real victims.

OU's Student Leaders Want To Highlight 'Courage' Of Whoever Leaked SAE Video

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.12.2015 | College

It has not been a fun week at the University of Oklahoma. Students at OU, however, are doing their best to make the best out of the situation. Chr...

Frat Boys on the Bus

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The punitive reactions against a few individuals or an isolated fraternity chapter are no more effective than any other punitive measures taken against scapegoats. They shut the door on something unpleasant, in the process heaping blame on isolated individuals that ought to be borne, or at least processed, collectively.

It's Not Unconstitutional to Be Racist

Byron Williams | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

The Bill of Rights originally applied only to the federal government but subsequently became applicable to state governments by way of the14th Amendment through a process known as incorporation. Since the University of Oklahoma is a public institution, wouldn't free speech apply to the expelled students?

Biden Orders Letters Removed From RNC HQ

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.10.2015 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

Republican Chair Reince Preibus was nonplussed, demanding, "Without letters on our building, how will people be able to tell the Republican Party from any other business or corporation?"

After Oklahoma Frat Shut Down For Racism, House Chef Who Lost Job Gets Help From Internet

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.11.2015 | Good News

After video leaked of Sigma Alpha Epsilon members at the University of Oklahoma singing a racist song, school officials didn't hesitate to suspend the...

Racist Video Casts Ugly Glare on Colleges' Blind Eyes to Frat Racism

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.10.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Protesting Oklahoma students and a no-nonsense university president took swift and forceful action against the hate on their campus. But what happens when there is no over the top, outrageous racist video that goes viral to stir student and public wrath?

University President Verbally Tears Racist Frat Members To Shreds

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 03.10.2015 | College

University of Oklahoma president David Boren isn't mincing words -- or giving one racist fraternity chapter more than a matter of hours to pack up and...

Tweeting in the Moment -- Lessons Learned From Bedlam & OU

Blake McCammon | Posted 02.09.2014 | Business
Blake McCammon

One of the main reasons people tweet from the wrong account is because they mix personal and business accounts all in one app. The easiest way to solve this problem and from what I've found most effective is to use two different apps for business and personal use.

Student Government Strikes Down Cargo Shorts Ban

Posted 10.29.2012 | College

We would all like to ban cargo shorts. But we don't live in a utopia. We live in society that allows cargo shorts to exist, untrammeled. That is, of c...

Boy In Trouble For Wearing Out-Of-State Shirt Gets Huge Surprise

Posted 10.23.2012 | Education

The 5-year-old kindergarten student who was told to turn his University of Michigan T-shirt inside out will be receiving a hero's welcome at an upcomi...

School: Boy Violated Dress Code By Wearing Shirt For Out-Of-State Team

Posted 08.22.2012 | Education

One Oklahoma elementary school has a strict dress code policy -- no college apparel that isn't from Oklahoma. Last week, Wilson Elementary School's...

Professor's Accused Medical Experiments On Students Caused Internal Bleeding

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education

An Oklahoma professor has been accused by a former teaching assistant of using students as medical "guinea pigs," and making deals with companies to e...

OU Adviser Counsels Students, The Occult

Oklahoma Daily | Gregory Maus/the Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Students in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication know Chris Borthick as an academic adviser, but he also works an an occult specia...

Oklahoma Legislature Investigates Richard Dawkins' Free Speech

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

Well, it's official: Oklahoma's state legislature is investigating the University of Oklahoma for hosting a speech by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins.

March Madness: Smart Money Says Cornell

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dennis Danziger

This year I've adopted a new system. I'm betting on the colleges with the highest SAT scores and the strictest admission's policies.

Jim Lehrer: Journalism is Still About the Story

Al Eisele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Al Eisele

Jim Lehrer has two words of advice for mainstream journalists who worry that they're headed for extinction in the brave new world of the Internet. The words are "Calm down."

A Tale of Two Universities

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Lukianoff

My thinking is, if Quinnipiac is going to show such contempt for its own student journalists, journalists around the country should start ignoring their polls.