Obama should do more by attempting less in second term

By Brad Crofford, Editor-in-chief This past Monday marked President Barack Obama’s inauguration for his second term as president of the United States. As I sat and watched the event on my computer, I was surprised by Obama’s inaugural address. After all the drama surrounding the fiscal cliff and the tragic school shooting in Connecticut, I expected to hear an appeal ... Read More »

A tribute to my teammate, Chesney Burgweger

By Sarah Keller, Guest columnist As I’m writing this, I feel as if I am almost writing an obituary. On a day in early December 2012, Chesney Bergweger will walk across the stage and will be handed a diploma to ensure the foundation to the rest of her career goals, all the while leaving a rather large void in the ... Read More »

As I see it: dare to be different

By Patty Juliuson, Columnist I was going to write a little article about why I have a broom in my shower, but I got distracted watching people, so you’ll just have to live wondering. I think people-watching is fascinating. Sometimes you see someone who really stands out, but mostly it’s like observing schools of fish in a large aquarium. We ... Read More »

When I cease to be Brad: what OIL has meant to me

By Brad Crofford, Editor-in-chief For five days every semester, I cease to be  Brad. I stop wearing jeans and sweaters. I spend most of my day off-campus, leaving early in the morning and coming back late in the evening. And I love it. You see, for five days every semester, I spend my day down at the State Capitol as ... Read More »

Prehistoric legends: moments when time stood still

By Prof. Jim Wilcox, guest columnist I was just telling the following story in class today, so I’ll begin this series of prehistoric legends with that one. When I was a senior at one of our “brother schools” in The Great Northwest, where men are men and women are mean, my brother, four friends and I squeezed into Dusty’s Pontiac ... Read More »

Why I hate early decorations

By Baker Pitts, Staff Writer Since when did it become acceptable to overlook Thanksgiving? You might be saying to yourself, ‘Baker, no one overlooks Thanksgiving!’ and you would be wrong! The overlooking of the “big T” by putting up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving has passed an all-time high as one of my biggest pet peeves and I’m going to use ... Read More »

Married students discuss living off-campus, offer suggestions for SNU

By Brad Crofford, Editor-in-Chief It’s often been joked that college students can only choose two of the following three things: sleep, a social life, and good grades. Some students balance an extra thing: marriage. This is the second article in a two-part feature about married student life at SNU. Another alternative aspect of life for married students is living off-campus. ... Read More »

As I see it: Riding with my cowboy heroes in my heart

By Patty Juliuson, Columnist Considering the variety of majors offered at SNU, it has always impressed me that our university has an equestrian program. If you’re looking for a career in the equine world, SNU can help you prepare. For those who don’t know a halter from a hock, there’s another aspect of this program that applies to you: horsemanship ... Read More »

Just saying: A student’s evolving thoughts on open dorm

By Ronna Fisher, Assistant Editor I never liked open dorm. In fact, I wished there would be less open dorm. There’s nothing worse then walking down your hallway unawares, listening to the high-pitched giggling of your friends and peers when all of a sudden your ears are bombarded with a baritone voice. If you’re like me (which most people aren’t), ... Read More »

As I see it: How I ended up at SNU

By Patty Juliuson, Columnist My husband is an Oklahoma boy, so when he retired from military service, we decided to live near the family in OKC. That put me within reach of several fine academic institutions. How did I end up at SNU? Good question. First and foremost, I am a Christian. Not an “oh, I go to church” Christian, ... Read More »

Married students talk dating, counseling, and “ring by spring”

By Brad Crofford, Editor-in-Chief Having already gone through the processes of dating, getting engaged, and getting married, Josue and Ginger (Villacampa) Murillo, Marissa (Summerford) Callen, Hillary (Johnson) Underwood, and Bre (Simmons) Frees have some perspective. We asked them for some advice and about the infamous “ring by spring” phenomenon. Seniors Josue and Ginger Murillo met during their sophomore year through ... Read More »

“Snubies” no longer: How I learned to stop judging people in SGA

By Ronna Fisher, Assistant Editor I’m going to be honest: I haven’t always been very supportive of SGA. I’ve used words like “snubie” with a negative connotation. I have been cynical of the motives behind people who are highly involved in SGA. I have been harsh, judgmental and sometimes even secretly cruel towards people in SGA. Last year I went ... Read More »

The $1 trillion question: The student loan debt crisis

By Brad Crofford, Editor-in-Chief America has a debt crisis, and its students have a problem of their own. Student loan debt presents a problem that reaches far beyond the debtors to negatively impact the larger society. Last fall during the Occupy Wall Street movement, one of the key messages was a demand for the forgiveness of student loans. Since that ... Read More »