Opinion

Reddie Radar: Illusory Entities

Reddie Radar: Illusory Entities

Lance Brownfield, Editor-in-Chief, The Oracle CEMarch 17, 2022

Perhaps you’ve seen the flyers around campus. They’re sort of obscure and vague. A little bit of artwork, a few words and a QR code that takes you to a Spotify page of a local artist called Illusory...

Henderson is facing challenging times once more, as in this Feb. 3, 1914 photo of the university on fire from the HSU Archives.

The school with a heart attack

Blanton Matthews, Opinion ReporterFebruary 24, 2022

On Feb. 3, amidst the snow and ice, Henderson State University Chancellor Chuck Ambrose announced new measures the school will be taking to combat its overwhelming indebtedness. All faculty now face a...

The development of technology has significantly impacted the print industry by converting all work into a digital form.

Is print media a dying art?

Blanton Matthews, Opinion ReporterFebruary 15, 2022

Go ahead and do a Google search for “print media dead.” I’ll wait. From the cursory search result titles alone, it’s pretty clear there is no consensus on the matter, and there probably won’t...

Video game industry

Video game industry

Richard Shuffield, Contributing ReporterFebruary 8, 2022

Current Events in the Video Game Industry: The video game industry today is a behemoth in the economic world due to its increasing value among the general public. Lately, there are many major events occurring...

Covid Mask Going to Work Vector

COVID-19 endemecy

Blanton Matthews, Opinion ReporterFebruary 7, 2022

“I’m over COVID.” “It’s a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” “We have to get back to normal.” Except there is no “back to normal,” is there? There is talk of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which...

Tom Hollands Spider-Man: No Way Home to beat the 2009 film Avatar in the Box Office later this week.

MCU makes history once again with “Spider-Man: No Way Home”

Ty Gibbs, Contributing reporterFebruary 7, 2022

Spider-Man: No Way Home as of now is holding the number six spot in the Top Lifetime Grosses chart on Box Office Mojo. Sitting $300,0000,000 behind Avengers: Infinity War, the Marvel Cinematic Universe...

This depiction of the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas was published by Kurz and Allison in the late 1800s.

We need the Arkansas State Guard

Lance Brownfield, Editor-in-Chief, The Oracle CEJanuary 6, 2022

Today marks the year anniversary of the infamous January 6 Capitol Riot, an event that history might come to remember as a leadup to a second American civil war. With this very real threat looming, Arkansas...

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...

Former Premier of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin believed that America would crumble without its patriotism, morality and spiritual life.

Threefold

Lance Brownfield, Editor-in-Chief, The Oracle CESeptember 2, 2021

“America is like a healthy body,” said Joseph Stalin, former Premier of the Soviet Union. “And its resistance is threefold: Its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine...

A bust of Donald W. Reynolds was adorned with a cloth mask on the first day of class in the Reynolds Sciene Center at Henderson.

Another pandemic: Who’s health matters?

Lance Brownfield, Editor-in-Chief, The Oracle CEAugust 23, 2021

It was about 9:50 a.m. Monday morning, the first day of classes for the semester at Henderson. My first class was about to begin in Reynolds Science Center. As I entered the hallway to look for room 120,...

Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Nikki Chandler stands with her husband and two children who are all heavily involved in the city of Arkadelphia.

Questions and answers about new Alliance VP

Blanton Matthews, Opinion ReporterJuly 26, 2021

Members of Oracle staff have been receiving emails from a member of the community with concerns about the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce hiring a new executive...

Loki logo

Loki makes mischievous entrance into MCU’s Phase Four

Sydney Bowman, HTV EditorJuly 26, 2021

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) seems to be holding nothing back with Phase Four of the popular franchise. Marvel fans have been treated with four distinct entries so far—and the year is only half...

The Fourth of July has been celebrated in the United States by people of all creeds and colors throughout the history of our great country.

Celebrating Independence as a nation

Juli ReaperJuly 16, 2021

Independence day, or the Fourth of July, is a national holiday that my family celebrates every year. We have cookouts, fireworks, and even pool parties. Some years, such as this year, fireworks are few,...

“The Forever Purge” clumsily brings a famous horror franchise to a close

“The Forever Purge” clumsily brings a famous horror franchise to a close

Sydney Bowman, HTV EditorJuly 14, 2021

“The Purge” franchise will likely go down in history as one of the largest missed opportunities in the world of film. With each entry, the series consistently falls halfway between meaningless blockbuster...

The Hitmans Wifes Bodyguard came to theaters June 16 and has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 27%

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard couldn’t defend against crtics

Jaylon McEwen, Sports ReporterJuly 5, 2021

Those who loved Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson's buddy action Comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” are in for a treat as another installment has come to theaters. Both Jackson and Reynolds reprise...

The Oracle student edition has been in circulation for over 100 years.

What Newspaper?

Lance Brownfield, Editor-in-Chief, The Oracle CEJune 28, 2021

In case you didn’t know, Arkadelphia has a newspaper. It’s called the Oracle: Community Edition, and here is how we got here. The Arkadelphia Dispatch was founded in 2018 by editor Bill Sutley and...

Cruella Back on The Silver Screen

Jaylon McEwen, Sports ReporterJune 6, 2021

Fans of the classic Disney film “101 Dalmatians,” are in for a treat this week with the latest installment of the famous franchise. The reboot of notorious villain Cruella de Vil sees her as the leading...

Digital news business for newly graduates

Kassidy PorchiaMay 4, 2021

The stress of finding a career and job for college graduates has always been a big deal. College graduates want to utilize their degree but there are a lot of steps that actually come with finding a career....

Is the media scaring people away from the vaccine?

Kassidy PorchiaMay 4, 2021

Since the news began that people could get vaccinations for the Coronavirus many people haven’t been so excited. The media has shed a lot of light on how many people have had side effects which is giving...

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, Contributing ReporterApril 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...

Europes education system is much more interconnected than ours here in America despite barriers like language and international borders.

Education in the E.U.

Lance Brownfield, Editor-in-Chief, The Oracle CEApril 29, 2021

If you’re a student from another state, or if you’ve considered attending a university far off, then you know about out-of-state tuition. While some colleges like Henderson will waive the higher price...

There is a broken window in Smith hall that has needed to be fixed since the beginning of the academic year.

Housing headaches: Deteriorating living conditions

Izzy Oliver, HTV EditorApril 20, 2021

Like most female freshmen, I have been living in the Smith residential building for my first academic year at Henderson. Most of the time, when I tell other students this, I get a grimace along with an...

Sturgis hall no longer houses resident advisors in private dorm rooms.

Resident assistants no longer have private dorm luxury

Juliann Reaper, Contributing ReporterApril 19, 2021

Some resident assistants (RA) no longer have private rooms, a privilege commonly associated with the position.   Why should an RA have a private room? Other than causing the position to be attractive...

Student fees can seem outrageously high--but are they really?

Please, no more fees

Juliann Reaper, Contributing ReporterApril 14, 2021

As a college student, I expect to be charged fees--but I do not expect to pay for nonsense. A student’s bill can be viewed on MyHenderson, where costs are broken down per credit hour.   Some...

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

A monster calls, and readers answer

Izzy Oliver, HTV EditorApril 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...

Newberry hall is no stranger to pests and ongoing malfunctions.

Newberry nonsense: Roaches, dirty bathrooms, and faulty thermostats

Cullen Smith, Contributing ReporterApril 12, 2021

This was my first year on Henderson State’s campus, and I got stuck in the Newberry dorm. I had heard some not-so-nice things about the dorm, but I reserved a shred of optimism that the rumors were blown...

The Smith Garner House provides a new space for HISA to meet.

IHOP into Smith Garner House

Lance Brownfield, Editor-in-Chief, The Oracle CEApril 11, 2021

The international students of Henderson have just finished the move from their affectionately titled IHOP (International House of People) building. The Smith Garner House which is shared by the Comics...

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...

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...

Hibachi is back by popular demand at the Reddie Grill on Wednesday evenings.

Sodexo hones hibachi

Lance Brownfield and Kaela McKimApril 1, 2021

Move over MoMo, there’s a new hibachi place in town and it’s at Henderson’s very own Reddie Grill Wednesday nights from 4 to 7:30 p.m.   Going on six weeks now, the hibachi menu is back...

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,...

Ice covers the ditch near Hendersons beloved fountain.

Winter reflections

Lance Brownfield, Editor-in-Chief, The Oracle CEMarch 19, 2021

The vernal equinox is upon us bearing gifts of pollen, April showers and cook outs to come. Before we get into our spring flings, let’s look back at this last season and just how winter treated us.   If...

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...

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...

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 EditorFebruary 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, Editor-in-Chief, The Oracle CEJanuary 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 EditorJanuary 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, Opinion 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...

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,...

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

Suspense like none other

Teuana Smith, Sports ReporterNovember 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...