Tornado precautions gone wrong

Casey Hunter Student Reporter– After tornado sirens and heavy rain, a frantic group of journalists were more than ready to give up after an evening of editing and weather stress on May 6. The newspaper staff got more than they bargained for after we were told to relocate from the Learning Resources center to Student […]

Honoring veterans is a civilian duty

Sean Taylor accompanies his grandfather, Bennie Williams to the October 2014 ceremony and Honor Flight. (Photo by Jessica Phillips)

Jessica Phillips Editor-in-Chief —   More than 1.4 million servicemen and women are active duty, and 1.1 million are serving in the National Guard and Reserve forces. According to defense.gov, “The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.” Nearly […]

No more: Domestic violence affects everyone

Domestic Violence graphic

Jessica Phillips Editor-in-Chief — Three. That’s the average number of women who die every day because of domestic violence. Fifteen and a half million. That’s how many children witness domestic violence in a year, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Domestic violence affects women, men and children. Approximately 7 million women are […]

Distracted minds lead to destructive lives

  Living a distracted life is now the American norm; no longer do we pay full attention to anything: eating is supplemented with smartphone or tablet apps, homework is accompanied by music and TV, and driving plays second-fiddle to texting. This lack of attentiveness, especially behind the wheel, can lead to injury or even death. […]

Individual actions ensure collective security

"Safety cat, Sable, helps kids cross the roads safely

Americans have safety on the brain. We are perpetually trying to protect ourselves from danger, whether real or imagined. The recent school and shopping mall shootings can lead us to second guess our safety. Those events hit home more than threats to a sporting event on the other side of the Pacific Ocean; the Sochi […]

Beyond the numbers, RSC brings unity

Group picture with Rowdy Raider

Jennifer Byrd Editor-in-chief   A recent study conducted by the Nexus Research and Policy Center and the American Institutes for Research determined that 30 states have some community colleges whose graduates’ median lifetime earnings are less than those earned by high school graduates. The study only included students that didn’t further their post-secondary education beyond […]

Editorial Okla. Capitol convenes for special session

Legislatures in the state Capitol are working to get Okla. House Bill 1603 reinstated by the Okla. Supreme Court to ensure businesses and healthcare professionals stay in Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin, in a letter printed in the East Word newspaper, told readers that the bill was important because it reduces the potentially hostile climate she […]

Obama sticks students with the tab

The college-rating system proposed by President Obama is designed to help students navigate their college options while decreasing the cost of higher education. Unfortunately his plan does not address the underlying problems faced by colleges and attempts only to relieve symptoms. Obama’s ranking system rates colleges based on tuition, student loan debt, and percentage of […]

Heightened awareness dosen’t guarantee increased saftey

Recent tragedies, threats, and attacks have garnered the attention of the nation. Whether it is the bombing of an iconic marathon, increased foreign nuclear danger, or non-passage of gun control laws in the wake of yet another school shooting, Americans are in turmoil. We are trying to make sense of crimes against humanity. We are […]

Pipeline leak sparks green activists

    Around this time last year, President Obama made a visit to Oklahoma, to talk about the Keystone XL Pipeline. He instructed his administration to cut the red tape and allow the pipeline to begin construction. It seems that those who had been holding back were right in their hesitation to send the plans […]