Spirit of freedom shines through with reading of challenged and banned books

Dennis Gosnell Assignment Editor Students, faculty, and staff assembled outside of the LRC Oct. 1 to participate in a banned books readout. “Freedom to read” is the motto of Banned Books Week, a week in which individuals nationwide gather and participate in events that celebrate the First Amendment.

What was the real message behind the “His Dark Materials” trilogy

Dennis Gosnell Assignment Editor For those who have read “The Golden Compass,” “The Subtle Knife,” and the “Amber Spyglass” it would come as no surprise that they have been challenged as inappropriate for schools and public libraries. Posted on a “Library Thing” thread, user Atomicmutant posted that the series was the “anti-Narnia” of book series.

Staff Banned Book Pick: The Catcher in the Rye

: The Catcher in the Rye By: Narges Taghavi Feature Editor J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” is an exceptional story. Although, it might not be something you’ll find the modern day teenager reading and parents might be startled by the novels unrefined content; the story is one that is timeless.  The story follows […]

Banned Books Week features read-outs, professor panel

Chelsea Ratterman Editor In Chief  The LRC will be hosting student read-outs during Banned Books week from Oct. 2-5. Oct. 1 is the first read-out at 10:30 a.m. in front of the LRC and the second one is at noon on Oct. 2 also in front of the LRC. These read-outs feature students reading excerpts […]

The challenge of challenging books

Dennis Gosnell Assistant Editor The challenge of challenging books There are those in the U.S. that would challenge what public libraries and similar institutions put on their shelves.

“Censory” Deprivation and the First Amendment

Logan Pierce, editor-in-chief As part of Banned Books Week, Dr. Joey Senat, OSU associate professor, spoke with students about censorship and the First Amendment. “We are a marketplace of ideas,” Senat said, “In a marketplace, you’re going to have conflicting ideas.” Senat presented images of the Confederate flag, and asked if anyone was offended by […]

Meeting of Minds…. or not

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor To start off “Banned Books” week, RSC held a panel to discuss the concept of government control over the censorship of books. KOCO Eyewitness News Anchor Wendell Edwards moderated the panel; which consisted of Rep. Jason Nelson, Former Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth, and Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Press Association Mark […]

Controversy over the role of censorship in the arts

Honors lecture delves into specific cases of censorship and the role perception plays in deciding what gets censored.