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Men on Boats official flyer uploaded by Henderson Theatre.

Henderson theater presents “Men on Boats”

Jose Santana, Contributing reporterNovember 17, 2021

Men on Boats is an upcoming play by the Henderson Theatre production with five scheduled shows this November. When one thinks of a play about Men on Boats, they would imagine a simple play about heterosexual...

Billie Eilish at the 2021 Met Gala in a sheer dress, inspired by old Hollywood and Marilyn Monroe.

Annual Met Gala pays tribute to American fashion

Jose Santana, Contributing reporterSeptember 21, 2021

The annual Met Gala was held last Monday to end New York's 2021 Fashion Week and this year was “rather interesting”, said Dr. William Henshaw, a costume designer for the theatre production here at...

Shang-Chi cover poster

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” makes history for Marvel

Sydney Bowman, HTV EditorSeptember 7, 2021

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” makes history for Marvel Sydney Bowman There seems to be no stopping the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) this year as Phase Four of the popular franchise...

Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyers takes the reader through the Twilight Saga from the perspective of the vampire character Edward Cullen instead of his beloved Bella Swan.

Twilight Saga’s “Midnight Sun” met with controversy

Juliann Reaper, Features EditorApril 30, 2021

The Cullen family is trapped repeating their lives over and over again in different places as they are vampires who move periodically to keep their secret under wraps. Many young people spent their younger...

Sebastian Stan (left) and Anthony Mackie (right) hold Captain Americas shield, which the Falcon uses in Disneys hit show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Disney’s “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” soars

Sydney Bowman, HTV EditorApril 28, 2021

Phase Four of the acclaimed Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) began on Jan. 15, 2021 with the franchise’s first Disney+ original series, “WandaVision.” Hailed as one of the most unique and emotional...

British-American author Patrick Ness writes critically acclaimed book A Monster Calls.

A monster calls, and readers answer

Izzy Oliver, HTV internApril 13, 2021

Monsters are nothing new in today's media. They often serve as a driving conflict or a poignant portrayal of a more significant social issue. With the oversaturation of monsters in fiction, it is hard...

Godzilla vs. Kong is a crescendo of three previous MonsterVerse movies.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” is a fulfilled promise but disappointing cinema

Sydney Bowman, HTV EditorApril 9, 2021

Legendary Entertainment first kicked off the franchise that would eventually be known as the “MonsterVerse” in 2014 with a reboot of the classic series of monster films, “Godzilla”. After a generally...

The series of picture in Anissa Burons art exhibition Leo and Me tells a story of a girl and her cat.

Anissa Burton presents art collection “Leo and Me”

Anissa BurtonApril 4, 2021

The Henderson State University Fine Arts Department is proud to present Leo and Me by our graduating BFA digital design candidate Anissa Burton. Anissa Burton came to Henderson State University...

Does Kamp Koral live up to its porous predecessor?

Cullen Smith, Contributing ReporterApril 3, 2021

On May 1, 1999 the very first episode of SpongeBob Squarepants, “Help Wanted”, aired on television. Since then, over 200 episodes of SpongeBob Squarepants made and aired. The show has been a great...

Botanica is a digital art exhibit that will be displayed in the Huie Library.

Anastasia Hall presents senior exhibition “Botanica”

Anastasia HallApril 2, 2021

The Henderson State University’s Department of Fine Arts is proud to present Botanica, a senior exhibition by our graduating BFA Graphic Design candidate, Anastasia Hall.     Anastasia...

The origin of the name Oscar is disputed; actress and former president of the Academy Bette Davis said she named it after her first husband, Harmon Oscar Nelson.

The Oscars: What should win and what will win

Sydney Bowman, HTV EditorApril 1, 2021

Ever since the very first ceremony in 1929, the Academy Awards have long been considered the most prestigious award show in the film industry. Of all of the awards, colloquially known as Oscars, given,...

The hit show WandaVision premiered on the streaming service Disney+ in Jan.

“WandaVision” leaves Marvel fans “Wanding” more

Sydney Bowman, HTV EditorMarch 12, 2021

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has enjoyed quite an impressive track record throughout its nearly 13 year run, releasing critically acclaimed hit after hit with even the less than stellar projects...

The 2018 video game Celeste delves into the sensitive yet ever-present topic of depression.

“Celeste:” Scaling the mountain of depression

March 11, 2021

"Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life."   With these statistics from...

Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have taken over the entertainment world.

10 super streamable movies

Kaela McKim, Editor-in-Chief, The Oracle OnlineMarch 9, 2021

Aimlessly scrolling through Netflix and Hulu has become a daunting every day task thanks to COVID-19. Feeling like everything has been watched over and over is the new normal when having to stay at home...

Senior theatre arts major Hannah Mims directs a play while following social distancing restrictions.

Theatre “wins” battle against COVID and winter weather

KaBryn Grayson, Managing EditorMarch 8, 2021

On Feb. 27, the Henderson theatre department wrapped up their last performance of Lovers: Winners. The play ran for three days, Thursday through Saturday. Each performance began at 7:30 p.m. in Arkansas...

Blue sky can be seen through the trees of Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Little Rock.

5 terrific trails to try

Kaela McKim, Editor-in-Chief, The Oracle OnlineMarch 8, 2021

Hiking is an activity for all times of the year, especially in Arkansas where the weather is hardly extreme. With 300 miles of trails in the state, it is hard to pass up a day filled with scenic views...

Superman’s Pal creates content in “Who Killed Jimmy Olsen?”

Blanton Matthews, Comic ReporterNovember 18, 2020

In 1971 Jack Kirby began a series of multiple comic titles interwoven into what is still probably the most ambitious undertaking in mainstream comics, the “Fourth World” saga.   Movies and...

Picture by: HSU SPORTS Incoming athlete Eryka Patton

Reddie Basketball Signee: Eryka Patton

Haley Spicer, Sports ReporterNovember 18, 2020

Eryka is only one of two new signees that the Women’s basketball team added. She lettered in two sports: Track and Basketball at Guyer High School under head coaches, Sally Allsbrook and Amy Kilgore....

Opinion editor Lance Brownfield views the famous Saturday Night Live Jeopardy! skit where Alex Trebek makes a surprise appearance.

And so this was the final Jeopardy!

Lance Brownfield, Editor-in-Chief, The Oracle CENovember 17, 2020

As we discussed the news of the day, someone brought up that Alex Trebek had died. That’s when my parents and I looked at each other and said simultaneously, “Suck it, Trebek!”   Of course,...

Program manager of HSUs radio station Ethan Schmidt receives two awards for Best DJ Personality in college radio.

Radio DJ “Big Dog Ethan” digs up two awards

Kelly Stiles, Editor In Chief, The OracleNovember 4, 2020

“Big Dog Ethan” is a name that has brought award-winning entertainment to the airwaves of Arkadelphia and surrounding areas. Program manager of Henderson’s own radio station KSWH LP 102.5 FM The...

The recently released comic book issue Rorschach has aroused a myriad of responses, though mostly negative.

Otto Binder deserves better than the craven “Rorschach”

Blanton Matthews, Comic ReporterOctober 29, 2020

I have read a lot of dumb comics. I’ve read a lot of cheap, gimmicky books with no substance. I have never read anything quite like “Rorschach.” “Rorschach” #1 hit the shelves on Oct. 13,...

Gal Gadot, well-known for her lead performance in Wonder Woman, is said to take the role of Cleopatra in new movie.

Gal Gadot to play Cleopatra in new movie

Kaela McKim, Editor-in-Chief, The Oracle OnlineOctober 27, 2020

Gal Gadot has remained in the spotlight for some time after taking on the role of Wonder Woman in the DC Justice League series as well as the superhero’s own stand alone films. Now headlines of the star...

Not so easy to dodge

Not so easy to dodge

Donovan Lee, Sports Editor / HTV Station ManagerOctober 20, 2020

“America’s Favorite Pastime” has continued its traditional “Hunt for October,” as the MLB season concludes and the World Series is on the horizon. The number of teams has dwindled week by week,...

Renowned author Cristina Henriquez answers questions regarding the eye-opening Reddie Read book The Unknown Americans.

The “Unknown” becomes known

Kelly Stiles, Editor In Chief, The OracleOctober 13, 2020

A book of cultural enlightenment and gripping characters has dwelled on Henderon campus and in the hearts and minds of faculty and students. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez was chosen...

Music department faculty shows off

Music department faculty “shows off”

Juliann Reaper, Features EditorOctober 7, 2020

At the Music Department’s Faculty Showcase, I saw a wide variety of instruments. Everything from a simple claranet to an instrument called the alphorn that I had never seen before. There was singing...

Captain Express Hawaiian Barbecue & Japanese opens

Rae-Lynn Dinger, The Pulse Radio ManagerSeptember 11, 2020

Near downtown Arkadelphia, the doors to Captain Express have opened. Owned by Rudy Bong, the Hawaiian barbecue and Japanese fusion restaurant is spreading its cultural influence by sharing its cuisine...

DEVOLVE: Amanda Cordell Senior Exhibition

DEVOLVE: Amanda Cordell Senior Exhibition

Henderson State UniversityAugust 24, 2020

The Henderson State University Fine Arts Department is proud to present DEVOLVE by our BFA digital design graduate, Amanda Cordell.   Amanda Cordell came to Henderson State University in 2016...

“Scoob!” comes up short

Pete Tubbs, Editor In Chief, Community EditionJuly 7, 2020

     The world is changing. For the past couple of months, humankind has been witness to one of the most tumultuous times in recent memory.      Countless businesses have been hurt and even...

“Middleditch and Schwartz review

“Middleditch and Schwartz” review

Ethan Schmidt, Radio Program ManagerMay 12, 2020

Improv comedy has a special place in my heart. Ever since taking my first improv class in senior year of high school, I fell in love with its playfulness, spontaneous humor, and its emphasis on cooperation....

Spoons Gimme Fiction revisited

Spoon’s “Gimme Fiction” revisited

Ethan Schmidt, Radio Program ManagerMay 12, 2020

On May 10, 2005, indie rock band Spoon released their fifth studio album Gimme Fiction, receiving critical acclaim for sticking to their usual sound, while still managing to refine it. The collection of...

Fuji TV

5 Mystery Anime to watch at home

Cle’Varus Oney, Copy EditorApril 17, 2020

With everyone spending a bit more time inside, the boredom alone could dull the mind. You know what could prevent that? A  good mystery! Here is a list of five completed anime, in no particular order,...


The (Tiger) King of Netflix

Erica Amyx, Contributing ReporterApril 13, 2020

During this worldwide quarantine, people have been trying to find ways to escape reality. One of the most popular ways people have been doing this is a show about a tiger keeper named Joe Exotic.  The...

Students’ Favorite TV Shows

Ethan Schmidt, Radio Program ManagerMarch 15, 2020

Due to the recent premieres of popular new television seasons, such as season 5 of Better Call Saul, season 3 of Ozark, and the conclusion of Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, The Oracle felt it significant...

Trap V Soul

Cle’Varus Oney, Copy EditorFebruary 22, 2020

     On Thursday, Feb. 6, many of our Reddies showed off their vocals at the Motown VS Quality Control Karaoke Night hosted in the Reddie Café.      The Black Student Association, the Student...

BHM Celebrated Through Art

Phoebe DarleyFebruary 22, 2020

     February is a short month packed with many significant holidays. From  Valentine’s Day to President’s Day there is a lot to celebrate. It is the time to recognize and honor the achievements...

Rex Richardson at The Delph

Erica Amyx, Contributing ReporterFebruary 8, 2020

       This past weekend, the Henderson Trumpet Guild hosted a residency for Rex Richardson, a well-renowned solo trumpeter. Richardson first visited in 2017 as a guest performer for Henderson’s...


Pete Tubbs, Editor In Chief, Community EditionFebruary 7, 2019

With every year, there are the movies that everyone sees. There are the action extravaganzas that deal destruction across the earth and to the box office. There are also those that many people see. Those...

It’s Beginning to Look Like Thanksgiving Top five movies to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit

It’s Beginning to Look Like Thanksgiving Top five movies to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit

Story by Pete Tubbs, Arts and Entertainment EditorNovember 26, 2018

When we think of movies based around holidays, we usually gravitate towards Halloween or Christmas movies. One holiday that’s often overlooked in terms of movies is Thanksgiving, and there is...

Competitors at NerdCon went hard

Competitors at NerdCon went hard

Brianna Barkley, Student ReporterOctober 15, 2018

If you thought NerdCon was uneventful, then you were sadly mistaken. Whether it be tabletop games, LARPing, or competitions with cash prizes, this past weekend was one for the books. The Cosplay...

Many stars are born in “A Star is Born”

Pete Tubbs, Editor In Chief, Community EditionOctober 8, 2018

     Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, the fourth adaptation of the classic film “A Star is Born,” was released nationwide last week, and it pretty much blew everyone’s minds. Well, I know...

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