Medical marijuana: What Norman residents thought about SQ 788

Oklahoma voters had the opportunity Tuesday to vote on State Question 788, a ballot measure that would legalize medicinal marijuana. Debate over the merits and detriments of the proposal has consumed much of the media throughout the state since a petition for the medical marijuana initiative appeared in April 2016. OU journalism students headed to various polling places to ask voters if they felt the ballot measure would be beneficial for Oklahoma. OU provost-direct unit Read More …

FACT-CHECK: Mural of late Norman native, musician finishes up, dedication ceremony planned

Above is a photo, taken by Morgan Missell on behalf of the OU Daily, of a mural for the late cyclist and musician Boyd Littell. Below is a thorough fact-checking assignment I did of an OU Daily article, “Mural of late Norman native, musician finishes up, dedication ceremony planned,” which was published on June 4, 2018. Boyd Littell, a well-known name in the Norman music scene. ACCURATE. The late musician’s full name is listed in Read More …

Joseph: The Most Boring Man in a Most Interesting Narrative

Introduction Addressing Tim Badal’s sermon on “Joseph: The Most Interesting Man in the World, Part 1”, I will seek to unpack both the positives and the negatives of Tim Badal’s approach to the familiar Joseph story of Genesis. Badal’s take on Joseph seems to revolve around individual triumph (and divine intervention) in the midst of familial dysfunction and ongoing misfortune. Badal pitches us this perspective on the Joseph of Genesis with the bizarre example of Read More …

How Well Do You Know the First Amendment?

Would you approve of the following law if Congress were considering it? Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.   Face-to-face participants for this survey included: Michael, age 19 Zachary Beeson, age 27 Zachary Steinmetz, age 24 Read More …

The Case for the Censored Eleven: An Exploration into Warner Bros.’ Suppression of a Problematic Past

Abstract The “Censored Eleven” is a selection of banned Warner Bros. cartoons from the 1930s and ‘40s that have not been shown on television since 1968. The eleven animated shorts depict racial stereotypes of African Americans, crude depictions common during the days of classic Hollywood cinema but no longer commercially acceptable in the wake of the civil rights movement. Despite the notoriety of the cartoons, it can be argued that a few of the “Censored Read More …