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Editor’s Note: The Battalion recently offered all the candidates running for public office in the cities of Bryan and College Station as well as Brazos County the opportunity to submit guest opinion pieces. We will be publishing the articles of those who accepted daily between now and Election Day.

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A recent Twitter scandal shook the social media universe last week, and no, it has nothing to do with Kanye West. The New York Post, a widely read and award-winning publication, got censored by social media conglomerates Facebook and Twitter for a story they ran about Hunter Biden. 

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It is a time of change in the world of college sports. The NCAA has announced potential changes that may allow student-athletes to be compensated for their name, image and likeness in a few short years. The proposed decision to allow athletes to profit from  their likeness is a significant c…

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Editor’s Note: The Battalion recently offered all the candidates running for public office in the cities of Bryan and College Station as well as Brazos County the opportunity to submit guest opinion pieces. We will be publishing the articles of those who accepted that offer daily between Oct…

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New Horror Canon: In honor of the month of October, film critic Joseph Ornelas looks at the most significant and influential horror films of the past 10 years.

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On Oct. 9, Bahamas released a new album titled “Sad Hunk.” The album has generally a more melancholic feel than his previous albums and this is certainly due to the country’s current political and social climate. Though the album is less positive than those in the past, it is still not lacki…

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Jared M. Hill is a senior contract negotiator for Sponsored Research Services at Texas A&M. The opinions in this article expressly reflect the ideas and opinions of the author and do not reflect the official position of Texas A&M University.

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“Save Yourselves!” is a new indie comedy written and directed by Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson. The film follows a hipster millennial couple as they take a weeklong technology-free vacation at a remote cabin in the woods. Unfortunately for them, their plans to relax and better thems…

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I don’t think anyone thought a one-time $1,200 check and an extra $600 in unemployment benefits would serve as long-term relief for working-class Americans. Last month, Texas had an unemployment rate of 8.3 percent, up from 6.8 percent in August. Compounding the problem, the additional $600 …

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Rolling Stone magazine recently updated its list of the 500 greatest albums ever created. The list initially began in 2003, saw its first update in 2012, and we're now in its third revision. I understand that music is subjective, and there is no definitive list of the "greatest" albums. Howe…

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“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constituti…

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It has been nearly two decades since the Democrats held a majority in the Texas state legislature, but there is a chance that could change with the upcoming general election. 2020 has certainly been an unpredictable year. So sure, why not not entertain the idea of the biggest political upset…

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On Oct. 2, LANY released a new album titled “mama’s boy.” While listening, one may question whether LANY is attempting to change their general sound and their general audience. Most of their tracks on this album stick to their relaxed sound, but some contain a more biblical twist. This album…

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New Horror Canon: In honor of the month of October, film critic Joseph Ornelas looks at the most significant and influential horror films of the past ten years.

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“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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Not a moment too soon, indie-rocking folk auteurs Fleet Foxes have returned, or more accurately, Robin Pecknold has. The band’s projects have most often been a display of Pecknold’s personal and artistic growth, though this is the least linear progression yet in a relative sense. “Shore” is …

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Known for his creepy and wacky stories, Tim Burton typically shines during the Halloween season. Originally based on a drawing Burton made when he was new to the directing world, “Edward Scissorhands” tells a unique story of isolation by following the life of an awkward, pale man with scisso…

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What image comes first when you hear the word "genius"? As a society, our culture wires us to picture a man; in most instances, a white man. I even searched the words "famous geniuses," and it's an infinite scroll of nothing but white men. I eventually found women included on the list, but t…

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The vice presidential debate was less than a week ago. The four most important issues to voters in 2020 are the economy, health care, Supreme Court appointments and COVID-19. Keeping the voters in mind, as I so often do, those are the four subjects I’ll be covering in this column. Let's brea…

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On Sept. 25, Joji released a new album titled “Nectar.” For the most part, Joji stuck to his usual sound throughout the album, with the exception of one or two tracks. Most dedicated fans of Joji will enjoy this album. Though the album is not ground-breaking, it is good enough to play withou…

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New Horror Canon: In honor of the month of October, film critic Joseph Ornelas looks at the most significant and influential horror films of the past 10 years.

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“Enola Holmes” is not a good film. Netflix’s take on a Sherlock Holmes story stars Millie Bobby Brown as Enola, Sherlock’s lesser known teenage sister, as she is thrust into the world of murder and political terrorism following the disappearance of her beloved mother.

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I heard a myriad of reactions to last week’s presidential debate. Some of my friends thought it was comedy gold, while political commentators like Jake Tapper characterized the debate as a “hot mess inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck.” I was watching the chaos unfold through cracks…

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Texas A&M is likely to have a shortened spring break this semester. Many people’s first instinct may be to resent this idea. I don’t blame you. Spring break is a time-honored tradition. How dare they try and take it from us? Don’t they know how stressed we are at that point in the semest…

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On Friday, Sept. 18, Elderbrook released a new album titled “Why Do We Shake In The Cold?” Yet again, Elderbrook was able to create an album full of such range that listeners could listen while either focusing and doing homework or engaging in an intense workout. Elderbrook is an underrated …

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“The Skeleton Key,” directed by Iain Softley and released in 2005, is a decent enough film that it could make its way onto that “must watch list” that comes around during the month of October. Starring Kate Hudson as Caroline Ellis, “The Skeleton Key” focuses on a hospice nurse living in the…

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It is no secret that hypocrisy and politics have always had a love affair. This is the way it has always been, and there is no change in sight. The root of this issue can be easily identified. It is what every politician wants, whether they care to admit it or not: power. 

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“When they stormed Normandy, they knew that there were going to be casualties, there was gonna be risk.” - Lou Holtz

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“Gloria” is a film written and directed by the famous American independent director John Cassavetes. Released Oct. 1, 1980, the film follows a woman forced into caring for and protecting a young boy after his family is murdered by the mob. The unlikely duo go on the run all through New York …

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New Horror Canon: In honor of the month of October, film critic Joseph Ornelas looks at the most significant and influential horror films of the past ten years.

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Authors seem to love writing about the struggles they have while trying to write. “Writers and Lovers” follows Casey Peabody as she works through her writing career, her love life and her post-grad student debt. The author, Lily King, pulls readers along as she puts Casey through trials and …

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I am not completely sure where to start with this one. So I guess I will make my point 100-percent clear from the beginning. Netflix sucks.

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On Sept. 18, America lost one of its greatest icons — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. An ardent champion for women’s rights, many like President Bill Clinton lauded Ginsburg as the “Thurgood Marshall of gender equality law.” History will remember Ginsburg for defending women’s rights, but she a…

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Although I disagreed with much of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s judicial philosophy, there are few people I respect and admire more than the notorious RBG. As a Republican, I take a much different approach to the Constitution and how it should be interpreted. Nonetheless, on Sept. 18, we los…

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L. Aspen Domeracki Harris, Class of 2013, lives and works in Washington D.C. 

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Graduate student workers have been long underappreciated in academia. From grading papers to teaching supplemental instruction sessions, they’re the link between professor and student and are the indisputable glue holding things together in many classes. Recently, many of these incredibly st…

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On Sept. 4 Declan McKenna released a new album titled “Zeros.” It was a pleasant surprise to see this artist pop up on the Release Radar playlist on Spotify after his previous album three years ago. McKenna is back and better than ever with this new release and stays strong throughout the en…

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The average American spends most of their childhood in the states, but this was not the case for Keena Roberts. She spent her adolescent years switching between living in the suburbs of Pennsylvania and an island camp in Botswana. “Wild Life: Dispatches from a Childhood of Baboons and Button…

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After the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Donald Trump announced that he would respectfully wait until after her funeral to reveal his next nominee to the Supreme Court. That is the least Justice Ginsburg (a dedicated public servant, legal giant and loyal friend) deserves. Ev…

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2020 appears to be a season of “Black Mirror” that is too long, and each month has tried to one-up the last obstacle. As a reminder, the first week of the year started with people wondering whether a Third World War was on the horizon. If that did not foreshadow the rest of the year's tone, …

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“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” is written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, a screenwriter and director known for his surrealist perspective, heavy and thematic subject matter and frequent use of sci-fi elements. Kaufman’s latest outing lives up to the man’s reputation for the bizarre. The s…

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A few weeks ago, I covered the College Station City Council Place 5 race. Because the candidates’ positions were only available through their Facebook campaign pages, my analysis was limited. In order to better understand incumbent John Nichols, Brian Alg and Craig Regan’s positions on sever…

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Growing up in a bordertown offers a unique perspective on trade, immigration and cultural exchange. As a Laredo native and American, I can only admire the perseverance and determination of those who cross the border every day to work laborious jobs in order to provide for their families. Not…

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“The Devil All the Time,” directed by Antonio Campos, is a Netflix original film released on Sept. 16. This film stars Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård and Robert Pattinson with Riley Keogh in a supporting role. Based on a novel of the same name written by Donald Ray Pollock, “The Devil All the T…

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“Feels Good Man,” a documentary by Arthur Jones which screened at Sundance 2020, isn’t so much about a cartoon frog who became synonymous with the alt-right as it is slicing through the seemingly endless barrage of negativity that has captured the public consciousness.

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Humans and animals have had a very close and sometimes one-sided relationship throughout the history of our civilization. Along with companionship, entertainment and manual labor, we eat a lot of them — as many as 72 billion a year. But as civilization has ramped up its need for meat, we hav…