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We are in a critical time of change in Aggieland. Almost 144 years since classes began at Texas A&M as an all-male military college, the appearance of the university has obviously transformed. However, so has everything from the instructors that lead our classrooms to the students that g…

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As a second-generation Aggie and a granddaughter of a professor at Texas A&M, my family introduced me to the beauty of the unbreakable traditions of Aggieland from a young age. I recall wondering what it took to become one of the individuals in the white janitor uniforms who ran around K…

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The birds and the bees: a conversation every parent looks forward to having with their child. Although uncomfortable, the discussion about sex is significant. The outlook youth have on sex determines how they construct relationships, how they treat their partners and how they become intimate…

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Someone recently left a comment under one of my columns asking if I ever write anything positive. It made me laugh, but then I realized I tend to focus on negative topics in my articles. However, I am generally an optimistic person. Though there are many things to worry about in the world, w…

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I was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and lived there for seven years, and then moved to Uganda in 2006 where I lived for seven years. Now I have been living in the United States for seven years. While in both the DRC and Uganda, I would hear a lot about these pandemics wh…

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Since the surge of football’s popularity in the 1980s, fans have searched for new avenues to watch more football. The growth of demand for offseason events such as the NFL Combine, the NFL Draft and the expanded coverage of high school and collegiate football nationwide has fans more attache…

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I would be lying if I said I didn’t lie on my college applications. I don’t mean the type of lie that would have gotten me a leg up, necessarily. There was no falsifying of volunteer hours or recommendation letters. I would say the lie was much bigger than that and far more consequential eve…

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Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders recently received a significant endorsement for his campaign. Except, it was hardly an endorsement at all. Recently, Joe Rogan, a well-known internet comedian and podcast show host, was asked what candidate he would endorse for the 2020 elections. His a…

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The weekend before last, I traveled with F.R.E.E. Aggies to Houston to take part in the third annual Women’s March, while womxn around the country protested in their cities. The Women’s March started on Jan. 21, 2017, as a response to the Trump presidency, when nearly four million people fro…

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Chemists at Texas A&M are currently working on a biodegradable alternative to single-use plastics. In partnership with Teysha Technologies, the research team has been working on this project for a decade now. While successfully developing an alternative would be an enormous accomplishmen…

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Before parsing Hillary Clinton’s recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, meditate on three things. One: About 80 miles west of Texas A&M lies the Hutto Residential Center, a detention facility run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and one of the many sites of President Donald …

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Billionaires are great at invoking commendation. Even with a growing number of Americans growing resentful of the elite, the ultra-rich still manage to win praise, most of which comes from their donations to charities or organizations they founded. At face value, it seems like billionaires d…

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I was born in Vung Tau, Vietnam to a woman whose partner of six years left her when he learned that she was pregnant. My mother wanted desperately to keep and raise me herself, but after taking me out of an orphanage twice, she realized that I would starve if she didn’t leave me in their car…

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On Jan. 3, the United States government announced President Donald Trump had ordered a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport killing nine people, including Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Initially, Trump justified the killing …

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Winter break has come and gone, and although the winds of winter continue to send a chill down our spines, the spring semester has arrived. Ready or not, Texas A&M is back in session, and in the next four months, our lives will have changed forever.

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In the past decade, the queer struggle for equality has seen many victories. Most significant of them being the landmark U.S. Supreme Court verdict that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. India abolished a Victorian law outlawing homosexual intercourse only last year. Australia le…

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If you have ever seen a television ad from the 1950s, you’ve likely experienced the dysphoria that comes with being told directly that “x product is good” and “you should buy it.” Advertising has evolved over the decades from these once extremely pointed commercials and continuously adjust t…

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How do you consume news and obtain information about current events? Do you scroll through social media posts, turn on the television, peruse a magazine or newspaper, tune into the radio or download a smartphone app?

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Whenever I have a busy week, packed with due dates and exams, I tell myself, “I just have to get through this week!” When the weekend finally arrives, I decide to rest, until I remember the mundane tasks I didn’t get done during the week like cleaning, grocery shopping and doing laundry. Onc…

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The recent popularity of the phrase “ok boomer” has launched a slew of viral meme content, memorable clapbacks and even professional journalists declaring the start of an “all-out generational war.”

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Before there was Jack Ryan there was Robert Gates. To listen to Gates speak, as students had the opportunity to do last Wednesday, is to listen to an old record of your parents for the first time. It at once feels new yet foundational, a reminder that, as real and as visceral as our own time…

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Caste has been one of India’s biggest social evils. Enshrined in ancient Hindu texts, it has created hierarchies of power and inequality for thousands of years. This classification decides access to jobs, quality of education, matrimonial prospects and, in some cases, access to drinking wate…

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Rodney Reed was sentenced to death in 1996 after being convicted of rape and murder. The State of Texas was initially scheduled to execute him on Nov. 20. However, the Texas Court of Appeals has decided to stay the execution indefinitely.

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On this Friday, neatly nestled between Veteran’s Day and the 20th Anniversary of Bonfire’s collapse, consider the two most prominent and purported memorials on campus: the Memorial Student Center and the Bonfire Memorial. If you winced while reading the word “purported” you probably know wha…

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Since starting college, my diet has evolved into a steady stream of instant noodles, granola bars, packaged snacks and pizza, or a burrito bowl when I feel like leaving my dorm. With a busy schedule and no access to a kitchen, what more can you expect? As in my case, the main reasons most st…

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Fox News would have you believe “Democrats are quickly becoming the party of Karl Marx and Che Guevara, not John Kennedy.” I hate to burst Fox’s bubble, but the Democrats aren’t becoming anything like the 20th Century communists. To understand the Democratic Party’s new direction, we need to…

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In the tumultuous political climate of today, nothing is more comforting during the holiday season than to be able to sit down with your family and have a warm, respectful discussion about an issue we can all definitely agree on: abortion.

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In my experience, whenever I have heard Americans speak about India, they always talk about its vibrant culture, the milling crowds and the warm hospitality they received from their obliging hosts. Movies and books like “Eat, Pray, Love” also reinforce the image of a welcoming yet mysterious…

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Whatever else one might say of Rick Perry, he could at times be quite charming. Recall a brief exchange between him and then-Senator Al Franken at the former’s Senate confirmation hearing. Franken greeted Perry: “Thank you so much for coming into my office. Did you enjoy meeting me?” Perry, …

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If you have strong political views, at some point you have probably gotten into a heated discussion with someone who holds opposing views. Most likely, at the end of the conversation, you both walked away feeling exasperated and angry, and neither of you were ready to consider the other’s pe…

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Facebook is a reputable social giant that sustains a massive influence on millions of active users. Despite new social media platforms gaining attraction, Facebook continues to be the most popular media site. According to recent statistics, 2.45 billion active users were documented in Septem…

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Of all of the obstacles I have faced in life, none have been more challenging than moving away from home. Don’t get me wrong, having my own space is incredible, but when you’ve grown up in one place for the last fifteen years, adjusting to life in a new setting can become overwhelming.

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The Dallas Police Department in the last few years has been held accountable for racial disparities in law enforcement and is currently striving to build a sense of trust in the community. As the Black Lives Matter movement gained popularity, activists advocated the fight against police brut…

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If you didn’t vote for Barack Obama, you’re racist. If you didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016, you’re sexist. Do these claims sound ridiculous? They should. Identity politics – politics based on cultural, religious, racial, ethnic, social or sexual group factors – started with good inte…

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Sometimes science tells us exactly what we want to hear. We read an article extolling the virtues of coffee and pump the air in triumph as we brew a fresh cup. Other times, science is a cruel teacher, telling us what we’re doing is wrong and we should be ashamed of sneaking that bag of chips…

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The scent of cool grass, the feel of leather worn smooth on your glove, the cluttered clang of irons in your bag, and the sharp crack of club against ball are a few sensory touchstones any golfer can bring to mind.

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Every year around Halloween, the debate around cultural appropriation is resurrected again. The concept is derided by right-wing talk show hosts as leftist lunacy taking it too far, while left-wing activists see it as another attack on minorities. However, much of this mainstream dialogue re…

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This year’s fall Sciences Career Fair had 49 companies present. Out of the 49, the career fair had 20 companies labelled as “environmental” firms. However, upon further research into the companies’ policies and practices, only nine companies were focused mainly on environmental or geological…

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We all have our vices, and while mine is not drugs, it is for many others. A new University of Michigan study reveals marijuana use is at an all-time high among university students with 43 percent having used weed in some way in the past year and 25 percent using “pot” within the previous mo…

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One should begin, I suppose, by giving the devil his due: no matter how much it comforts climate change activists to think otherwise, a major reason climate change skeptics persist has little to do with their supposed ignorance and everything to do with our occasional sloppiness. Sometimes i…

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Love conquers all! That is one of the many lessons I learned as I was growing up. In American culture, we watch fairy tales that tell us that true love does not falter no matter how ugly things get. That may be true for the pretty girl who overlooks the appearance of her prince, but we do no…

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On Sept. 30, California Senate Bill 206, the Fair Pay to Play Act, was passed. This bill allows college athletes, starting Jan. 1, 2023, to accept payment, hire agents and sign endorsement deals. The NCAA wrote to California Gov. Gavin Newsom the Wednesday before the bill was signed, pleadin…

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The opioid crisis has held the United States in a death grip for two decades and claims 130 lives every day. A completely preventable epidemic, the crisis was started by greedy pharmaceutical companies, particularly Purdue Pharma, which encouraged over-prescribing these dangerous drugs. Now,…

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A comedian-turned-talk-show-host, Ellen DeGeneres has entertained America with light-hearted humor on her show for many years now. She is also a prominent gay icon, one who has helped destigmatise societal attitudes toward the queer community. But last week she waded into controversy when sh…