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I have had to work low wage jobs throughout my time in college in order to sustain myself. Making $7.50/hour while working 15 - 30 hours a week left me with less than what I pay in rent, but thanks to the money I receive from scholarships (and a hearty diet of pasta, rice and beans), I scrap…

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The United States recently reached a dreadful record relating to COVID-19 — 400,000 Americans have died. On top of that, over 100,000 businesses have closed due to lockdowns, and over 12 million people are still out of work. Some are calling for drastic economic measures to combat some of th…

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Since the massive riot at the Capitol Building, many Big Tech companies such as Twitter and Facebook have used the insurrection as an excuse to deplatform many Trump supporters, including President Donald Trump himself. What makes this situation so unique is multiple companies banned a wide …

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The new year has started and election season in Texas has (finally) come to an end. A lot of good candidates were voted into office; however, we, as students, failed to get two pro-student candidates elected: Dell Seiter and Jason Cornelius. 

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Recently, Professor Filipe Castro, a tenured anthropology professor at Texas A&M, was fired for alleged classroom misconduct. Some might say good riddance, while other students and faculty are concerned about the implications this could have on the university and Castro himself. Last spr…

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I quickly learned in life that actions have consequences. My parents were swift to correct any undesired behavior as I grew up, and even still, I hear the lecturing as an upperclassman. I would imagine that 20 years down the line, I’ll continue hearing my parents’ displeasure with some of my…

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“You will never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength. You have to be strong.” — President Donald Trump at his Jan. 6 rally. 

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As I’m writing this column it is pouring rain outside, which only seems fitting, as this is a truly solemn day in American history. 

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Recently, a large cheating scandal was uncovered at Texas A&M University. During finals, students in a 400-level finance course were sent an email giving them the chance to come forward by Dec. 8 or potentially face suspension or expulsion.  We’re not the only ones. All around the countr…

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My time here in Aggieland has been anything but ordinary – starting as a 17-year-old fish in khaki, and finishing as a 25-year-old in a t-shirt and jeans. If you told me back then I wouldn’t graduate until I was 25, I’m not sure I would have stuck around.

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I can’t believe this day has finally come; the day I’ve always dreamed of, without knowing that this is what I wanted all along.

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Texas A&M University was not at the top of the list of colleges that I wanted to attend. It was not even my second choice. When I started my first semester, I did not think that I would ever find my place on campus and was nervous about finding my way around.

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While my college career could be broken down into four years, I can’t help but see it differently. To me, every moment is a collection of stories that led me down a new path and incited change.

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One of the most vivid memories I have of my mother is when I was walking home from school one day in elementary school. It was only a two block walk in a safe neighborhood, but I always looked forward to the walk home — it made me feel like a “big kid.” However, during this time in my life, …

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A concession speech isn't a legal requirement, but an echo of American democracy that we deserve.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic still a continuing issue across the world, many mayors and governors have taken it upon themselves to stop the virus’s spread. Other than using masks, the main strategy for stopping the spread of the coronavirus used by these leaders is a mandatory shutdown of vast…

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The election is over. Our nation has elected Joseph R. Biden as the 46th president of the United States of America. President-elect Biden and a few media outlets began signaling that Biden's role as president will be that of the uniter and healer our country needs. As great as that sounds, w…

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Over two weeks after Election Day, Arizonahas been called by the New York Times for President-elect Joe Biden. It is the first time a Democratic presidential candidate has won the state since 1996 and there is one reason for this stunning victory: John McCain. 

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The recent election was one of the most closely watched and highly anticipated events of our time. Though the reason for this was obviously the presidential race, many other big changes came about through various propositions and ballot measures. One of the most notable was Oregon’s Measure …

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In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, some were shocked to see that Florida again voted for incumbent President Donald Trump. Many of the polls had former Vice President Joe Biden winning the state by as many as nine points. With this proven inaccuracy of polling data in the st…

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A prominent Democratic Party victory was supposed to be a shoo-in in 2020. But as we all know, Democrats ended up losing seats in the House and remain a minority in the Senate. Despite beating Trump, Democrat’s still managed to live up to their party’s symbol by making asses of themselves on…

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The dust has yet to settle from the outcome of this presidential election. Some are looking forward, while others are refusing to let go of power. I, for one, am ready to look forward, move on and heal. It is also high time for the GOP to look forward. We have a long road ahead of us, but I’…

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Although President Donald Trump has yet to concede, Joe Biden is poised to take office on Jan. 20. Trump portrayed Biden as a puppet controlled by the “radical left,” but I don’t think his term will take that trajectory. In his first debate with Trump, Biden declared, “I am the Democratic Pa…

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I spent Election Day 2020 as a poll worker near A&M Consolidated High School, right off Harvey Mitchell Parkway. It’s a decent gig if you can get it. At $12 an hour, the pay is respectable, and if your political party knows what it’s doing, they provide lunch for free. Indeed, the only r…

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In recent decades, the electoral college has been the topic of much debate in this country, as many members of the Democratic Party seek to end this way of carrying out elections. Republicans have countered this with a strong defense of the current election system. This system has decided ev…

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The United States has elected a new leader. Late Saturday morning, President-elect Joe Biden narrowly won the state of Pennsylvania, pushing him past the threshold of 270 electoral votes to become president. 

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Recently, President Donald Trump appointed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. This decision was met with much controversy as President Trump is in the last year of his term. Many Democrats have wished Trump would wait until after the election to appoint a new Suprem…

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Ever since Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, liberals everywhere have clutched their pearls and rushed to decry Justice Barrett’s record. Many Democrats are worried about Barrett’s influence on election cases, abortion rights and Trump’s taxes. Barrett’s danger,…

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Over 9 million people have contracted COVID-19 in the U.S. No one could have prepared for that, let alone state schools and colleges. March 2020 threw everyone through a whirlwind, and we’re currently struggling in this already unnerving election year. But one thing is certain — virtual lear…

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As we break new daily records with nearly 100,000 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, Oct. 30, I can’t help but have a grim outlook. The week leading up to that Friday also had the most cases over any seven-day period since July. At 9.3 million COVID-19 infections, nearly three percent of American…

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It appears Donald Trump is trailing Joe Biden in the polls, and this nightmarish administration is finally coming to an end. Although this should be a sign of hope, memories of the 2016 presidential cycle are still fresh. We have been in this situation before. We have looked at polls and bel…

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The presidential ticket has not been kind to voters for the last two election cycles. I know I struggled to keep my makeshift stylus from shaking as I selected the Biden-Harris option. Fortunately, there are some races where I am genuinely excited to support a candidate. Look no further than…

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John Cornyn is a native Texan who is currently running for re-election in hopes of maintaining his U.S. Senate seat for a third term. Cornyn is experienced, level-headed and intelligent. I know he is the right person to represent Texans in Washington. Here’s why:

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On Nov. 8, 2016, I was shocked when I found out that Donald Trump had beaten Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election. As a lifelong Republican, I was happy the American people had spoken and elected an anti-establishment, conservative outsider to get America back-on-track for the f…

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On Nov. 1, 2016, I watched the television, waiting for CNN to announce the U.S. had finally elected the first female president. There was no way Donald Trump could beat her, right? I gazed in abject horror, my mouth agape as Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan slowly turned from gray to scarl…

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Americans today are extremely divided when it comes to politics, but they can rest easier knowing last Thursday’s presidential debate was the last trainwreck of its kind for a long time. What’s even sadder is compared to the first debate, it wasn’t that bad.

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“You want to be the teacher/ Don't want to go to school/ Don't want to do the dishes/ Just want to eat the food.” - Solange Knowles

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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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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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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…