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Arkansas State Senator Mark Lowery sponsors a controversial House Bill limiting the teaching of certain history subjects in school.

House Bill 1218: The potential erasure of history

KaBryn Grayson, Managing Editor February 15, 2021

All opinions are the interview subject’s own and not a reflection of the constitutions they are associated with. As of Jan. 25, House Bill 1218 is now in committee. The bill was filed under the sponsors...

Lieutenant commander Worf was the first Klingon to appear in the Star Trek Franchise.

5 languages HSU should consider teaching

Lance Brownfield, Opinion Editor January 28, 2021

Only about 7.5% of Arkansans speak a second language, the majority of which speak Spanish. Henderson, like most universities in Ark., teaches Spanish, French and German. These are all great choices, but...

The memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continues to inspire in a time of darkness.

MLK Day inspires change

Kaybrin Grayson, Managing Editor January 20, 2021

“History repeats itself endlessly for those who are unwilling to learn from the past,” said baseball player Leon Brown.   This quote is more relevant now than ever before as we reflect on...

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

Blanton Matthews, Comic Reporter November 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...

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, Opinion Editor November 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,...

With election day come and gone, the nation anxiously waits to learn who the next President is.

Suspense like none other

Teuana Smith, Sports Reporter November 5, 2020

I shot to the couch as the time crept up on 7 p.m. to turn on the live presidential updates. Anxiety sat right beside me as we watched the night unfold.   The first few states to share their...

Former Vice President Joseph Biden and Senator Kamala Harris are who the Oracle believes should lead the United States.

Editorial: How would the Oracle vote?

The Oracle November 2, 2020

This election is regarded by many as the most important election in our history, or at least in our lifetimes. The Oracle is taking a stance on the issues and the candidates. We at the Oracle have decided...

The recently released comic book issue

Otto Binder deserves better than the craven “Rorschach”

Blanton Matthews, Comic Reporter October 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,...

Adrien Hernandez plays a wind instrument through his mask.

Students “show” sweet-sounding skills

Juliann Reaper, Calender Coordinator October 26, 2020

Instruments and singing voices filled the air at the Music Department Showcase on Tues., Oct. 13. Following the faculty Music Department Showcase which took place weeks prior, the performance was much...

Artwork colored by Arts Reporter Julian Reaper in celebration of Halloween approaching.

Spooktober: A week of fun

Juliann Reaper, Calender Coordinator October 12, 2020

Engaging activities are in store for the Spooktober week of fun. As a freshman, I was unaware of the fact that Spooktober week is a new thing. I am excited for these events and hope it leads to future...

The recent Presidential Debate arouses the idea of including three political parties in future political debates.

Presidential debate: We need more choices

Lance Brownfield, Opinion Editor October 11, 2020

“Keep yapping, man,” former Vice President Biden said to President Trump during the first presidential debate Tuesday. The hour and a half debate was more like two siblings arguing in the back seat...

The deadline to register to vote in Arkansas was Monday, Oct. 5.

Local elections: What’s happening?

Lance Brownfield, Opinion Editor October 11, 2020

“If I were a college student, I would be very concerned with how this election goes,” chairman of the Clark County Republican Party Eddie Arnold said. Less than a month until Election Day and it’s...

Music department faculty

Music department faculty “shows off”

Juliann Reaper, Calender Coordinator October 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...

The University of Arkansas is enforcing strict COVID-19 guidelines for their students, on and off campus.

Editorial: Should HSU follow UA?

The Oracle Staff October 6, 2020

The University of Arkansas has decided that no gathering of 10 or more people is allowed on or off campus this semester. Should Henderson consider adopting similar restrictions?   All campus...

Faculty, students, and Arkadelphia community members express their opinion about whether the United States should use the metric system.

Should the US go metric?

Haven Hughes, Contributing Reporter October 5, 2020

The United States of America is among one of the only industrialized countries in the world that has yet to fully adopt the metric system. Alongside the states, only two other countries do not completely...

Physics professor James Duke expresses the benefits and drawbacks of the new COVID-19-influenced school year schedule.

Breaking news about a missing break

Lance Brownfield, Opinion Editor September 17, 2020

From starting a week later than usual to missing our Labor Day break, this school year is definitely mixed up and many students are unaware of just how mixed up it is.   In an attempt to condense...

Gettin’ high on crab legs at Hot Tails II

Gettin’ high on crab legs at Hot Tails II

Victoria Stewart-Meyers, City Editor May 12, 2020

I hadn’t intended to write a review when I decided to visit Hot Tails II. I was driving from Hot Springs back to Arkadelphia and had just received really great news so I was in the mood to celebrate...

“Middleditch and Schwartz

“Middleditch and Schwartz” review

Ethan Schmidt, The Pulse Radio Program Manager May 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....


Spoon’s “Gimme Fiction” revisited

Ethan Schmidt, The Pulse Radio Program Manager May 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...

Courtesy Warner Bros

Mortal Kombat Legends review

Cle’Varus Oney, Copy Editor May 12, 2020

This is not Mortal Kombat’s first venture into animation, but it may be their best. “Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge” is a treat for longtime fans of the franchise while giving newcomers...

Big business supporting people

April 26, 2020

Sometimes it feels hopeless, in midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and its effects on day-to-day life, but there is still good around. In fact, some big businesses are giving back to their workers and their...

Senior wildlife biology major Chloe McClenehan expresses appreciation for her professors as they work hard to accommodate student needs.

Quarantine grading system: Students respond

Kelly Stiles, Editor In Chief April 20, 2020

In response to student and faculty concerns about grades during the trials of social distancing, on March 31, president Elaine Kneebone sent an email to all students regarding the implementation of an...

Bethesda Softworks

Doom Eternal Review

Ethan Schmidt, The Pulse Radio Program Manager April 15, 2020

Almost four years ago, iD Software released its reboot of the iconic Doom series. Doom (2016) set new standards for the first-person shooter genre with its gameplay that featured speedy, fluid character...

Honors College at Henderson State University

Does the Honors College help you at HSU?

Ethan Schmidt, The Pulse Radio Program Manager March 20, 2020

According to the Henderson State University website, the Honors College “is an integrated set of courses, seminars, colloquia, independent study projects and other events designed to add unique dimensions...

Iowa Caucus: Views on Voting

Iowa Caucus: Views on Voting

Kelly Stiles, Editor In Chief March 5, 2020

As the presidential election approaches, America’s choice of party delegates remains an unsatisfied curiosity. The unusually early Iowa caucus provides a small glimpse into what delegates the future...

The WiFi Sucks Here

Cle’Varus Oney, Copy Editor February 8, 2020

Over the last two weeks of January, the Information Technology department at Henderson State University began the school’s campus-wide transition to a new network. This transition caused a few issues...

A Presidential Point of View

Ethan Schmidt, The Pulse Radio Program Manager February 8, 2020

As the Senate debate over the impeachment of President Donald Trump, ten students and faculty members give their thoughts on the controversy. Some community members feel that the impeachment is unnecessary....

Opinion: Yes, Students Get Hungry After 9:00PM

Jodie Huffman, Contributing Reporter November 20, 2019

Here at Henderson State, we don’t really have a lot of dining options.  There’s the Caddo dining hall, Reddie Grill, Reddie To-go, Chick-fil-A, and Starbucks.  During the weekdays, dining in the...

Why Everyone Should Own a Cat

Jodie Huffman, Opinions Editor-in-Training November 16, 2019

In this world there are only two types of people: dog people, and cat people. Cat people are usually tolerant of dogs, and might even have dogs themselves, but dog people usually despise cats. It’s just...

“Doctor Sleep” Review

Wade L. Tubbs, Student Administrative Assistant November 14, 2019

     Doctor Sleep is based on Stephen King’s 2011 sequel to his seminal horror novel The Shining. It picks up some 30 odd years after the events of the original film and novel, and sees once-little...

Duty, Honor, Country

Donovan Lee, Sports Editor November 6, 2019

As Reddies of the past and present made their way back to campus to commemorate yet another Homecoming, the HSU Black Alumni Chapter (BAC) kicked off their weekend festivities with the Black Alumni Banquet....

The Journey of a Film Editor

The Journey of a Film Editor

Pete Tubbs, Community Edition Editor In Chief November 5, 2019

     Larry Jordan has been in the business of film editing for nearly forty years. “I grew up in a film family to tell you the truth,” Larry said. “My grandfather cranked nickelodeons as far...

You Should Be Afraid of the “Dark Triad”

Philis Wood, Contributing Reporter November 4, 2019

As we approach Halloween, some of us may find ourselves viewing horror films on Netflix. Nowadays, many popular Halloween movies feature a psychopathic serial killer Friday the Thirteenth, Silence of...

How Ari Aster Is Changing the Horror Game

Jodie Huffman, Contributing Reporter November 1, 2019

To many horror fans, nothing is better than the classics; Halloween, Scream, Friday the 13th. These have been put into their own category, camp, full of the same tropes, serial killers, delinquent teens,...

Pete’s Streamable Horror Movies

Pete Tubbs, Community Edition Editor In Chief October 31, 2019

    Halloween has finally rolled back around, and for those of us whom are obsessed with spooky season, nothing could make us happier. One of the best perks of the month of October is forcing your...

Michael Washington, a Chick-fil-A employee on campus, thinks the two companies should sit down and find common ground.

Battle of the Sandwiches

Kelly Stiles, Editor In Chief September 12, 2019

On Aug. 12, Popeye’s released a new chicken sandwich that is trending on Twitter, drawing massive crowds to restaurant locations all over the country, and leaving the fast food chain nearly sold out...

Acing the Internship

KaBryn Grayson, Managing Editor August 19, 2019

Internships are the sweet spot for college students. They allow you to delve into your field of interest, soak up information and gain knowledge. All while not being too overwhelming as a typical job would...

Student and Faculty Survey

Bailey Parks, Social Media Manager April 17, 2019

Henderson Housing Horrors

Faith Cadmus, Contributing Reporter April 17, 2019

If you are a student at Henderson State University, then it should come as no surprise that our housing situations are not always the best. To be more specific, the all-girls dorm, Smith Hall, has some...

Students Just Wanna Have Fun!

April 16, 2019

Students have also been complaining about the lack of entertainment on campus. The events that are held on campus rarely generate a big crowd. “They should email the students and ask them what they want...

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