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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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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…

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The widespread shift to remote learning in light of the you-know-what has resulted in a drastic increase in cheating. ProctorU, one of the largest and most established online proctoring services, found the proportion of exams flagged for cheating increased by more than seven percent compared…

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Six months ago, universities were the first major institutions to take initiative concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. The personal and economic disruption has been immeasurable during the past six months. This led us into a transformative global phenomenon supported by technology and isolation…

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The first day jitters, the headache of parking on campus and the friendly conversation you have with one of your new classmates on the first day of school are all things I took for granted. In the era of online learning, that friendly conversation has been traded in for black screens and mut…

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On Aug. 17, The Paul Finebaum Show unveiled Texas A&M football's triumphant return, with the Aggies hosting Vanderbilt at a 25 percent capacity-restricted Kyle Field. The return of college football (in a socially distanced fashion) will be cathartic, and I fully intend to watch the game …

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Adaptability is one of the most important traits to have when one reaches adulthood. As young adults, we face the issue of developing adaptability on a more micro-level. But whether it’s moving to a new city or starting a new job, we never expected having to adapt to a pandemic. This once-in…

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The 2020 presidential election may create a worse scenario than the hanging chad scandal called the “red mirage.” Unlike the 2000 presidential election where Floridians failed to properly punch holes in paper, this race hinges on mail-in ballots and the postal service. A Democratic analytics…

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Election day is quickly approaching us. On the ballot, three College Station city council seats are up for grabs. My vote is going to Dell Seiter, Elizabeth Cunha and Jason Cornelius, and yours should too. Together, these candidates will stand up for students, welcome business to the city an…

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"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read." — James Baldwin

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Buildings burn while protesters and riot police clash. The smell of tear gas fills the air and the echoes of rubber bullets break the silence. 

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Although the 2020 presidential election is captivating the public’s attention, we cannot ignore our local races.

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Texas A&M’s rapid transition to all-virtual content delivery back in March was a herculean effort worthy of praise. Generally speaking, administrators were able to prevent any technology-related catastrophes. From IT workers to professors, all staff members worked tirelessly through the …

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As someone who grew up in a traditional Christian household, you pick up a couple of verses in the Bible consciously or unconsciously. One in particular has played on loop this entire year, and it comes from the first chapter of the Epistle of James: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and si…

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I have been a Republican my entire life and remain a proud one to this day. However, today’s Republican Party is only a distant memory of its former glory. The days in which statesmen like John McCain, Ronald Reagan and the Bushes were at the helm of the party are gone. 

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Let me get this out of the way. This piece isn’t a column meant to scapegoat Texas A&M students for the surge of cases in Brazos County. It’s not a new phenomenon in the media to blame young people for whatever ailments arise in our society and the pandemic has only fueled this narrative…

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The word “Antifa” is often charged with controversy. For some it conjures up the image of a black-clad rioter, a member of an underground communist cadre funded by George Soros to destroy America and everything it stands for. I’ve found the utter lack of Soros-bucks disappointing, myself. Th…

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Over a year ago, Senator Kamala Harris described herself as “obviously a top-tier candidate” in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary. That top-tier candidate then ran out of money and dropped out of the race before 2019 ended. I thought Harris would drop off the radar for a while, so I w…

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In less than 63 days, Americans will exercise a freedom not every person across the globe has the privilege of experiencing: voting. On Nov. 3, whether it be in person or by mail, we will cast our ballots. For Texas A&M students, where we vote is crucial, and it should be in College Station.

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The COVID-19 pandemic needs little introduction. As of Aug. 26, it has killed nearly 180,000 Americans and rendered our lifestyles essentially unrecognizable. Many of us have worked diligently to stop the spread by wearing masks, social distancing and more frequently washing our hands. Some …

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If you’re like me and have a constant need for fast-paced, brightly colored stimuli, then you’re probably familiar with the popular social media app, TikTok. Its current form, born from a merger between Musical.ly and ByteDance, is one of the fastest-growing social media platforms, with over…

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While working as a university tour guide this July, Aggieland seemed strangely empty, even for summer. Typically bustling with a hive of activity and students, Texas A&M was little more than a ghost town. Since classes began, however, students have filled campus and began to restore a se…

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When I was in speech and debate my sophomore year of high school, I had one encounter that left me confused for years. My opponent and I were debating whether universities should restrict constitutionally protected speech. I opposed limitations while my opponent supported them. My opponent s…

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Having been raised Baptist and then Methodist, I understand how important religion, especially Christianity, can be to many people. Furthermore, I have been in the public school system for 14 years, starting in kindergarten and continuing through college. I can absolutely understand why many…

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In recent weeks, Black Lives Matter supporters have taken to the streets to tear down Confederate monuments, seek justice for George Floyd and pressure politicians into reforming police forces. Plenty of Aggies have joined the movement with the Lawrence Sullivan Ross statue protests and the …

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Danae Paskero was five feet away from my brother Justin when police shot him in the head with a bean bag round. “It makes me tear up every time I see it,” she told me. “My friends and my boyfriend, we all ran over there and grabbed him. Because once [police] shot, they didn’t stop shooting. …

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After living in Lubbock for several months, I’m tired of seeing dirt, cotton and flat land. Fortunately, Texas A&M is returning to in-person classes for the fall semester, and I will finally make my great escape to College Station. Given that we are still in the middle of a global pandem…

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Editor's Note: This article includes vulgarity and graphic content. Reader discretion is advised.

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Editor's Note: The following contains graphic descriptions of George Floyd's fatal arrest, as well as a link to the unedited video. The reader's discretion is advised. 

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If you think your organization has had to accomplish some herculean efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, consider this: Over the past several months, the price of nursing scrubs has jumped from $9 to $25. That’s according to Lauren Carroll, the executive director of the Brazos Valley Sexual…

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“You’ve got mail. Those are very powerful words.” 

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Where do I begin? There are not enough words to describe my Aggie Story. In the words of Charles Dickins, ‘it was the best of times, it was the worst of times…’

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Every time I drive from my hometown in Brownsville, Texas, to College Station I find myself reminiscing back to the long road I had throughout my college career. I can still remember the feeling I had in my stomach as my parents left me in my dorm to start my Aggie life with my international…

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Like many graduates, my time in college was filled with late nights, long test days and studying, but as I look back on my time at A&M what I remember most happened outside the classroom. I feel so fortunate to have been encouraged and inspired by classmates, friends and professors. I le…

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One thing I have learned over time is when you put in enough effort, life tends to make things work out in the end.

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In the finale of “The Office,” Andy says, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good ol’ days before you’ve actually left them.” I’ve known my time at Texas A&M would be the good ol’ days all along, but I didn’t know it would end so quickly.

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It’s been easy to be cynical about the current moment. I’m not graduating under ideal circumstances. I don’t have a job lined up after college. I’m the most out of shape I’ve ever been and badly in need of a good old-fashioned drunk.

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When Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday that the shelter-in-place in Texas would expire at midnight on Thursday, a plethora of mixed reactions resulted. To some Texans, midnight could not come any sooner, as feelings of boredom and isolation are all-consuming. For others, the date is an un…

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You would think that in a university with 54,000 undergraduate students, I would have an easier time finding a date. This last year, I’ve struck out with three swings and misses. To be fair, not everyone is looking for a serious relationship, and I’m not exactly charming or hot. Typically wh…

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All around the country, states are preparing to partially reopen many non-essential services. This reopening comes as a result of President Donald Trump’s push to begin opening parts of the economy by May 1, as well as a small yet vocal contingent of the populace protesting stay-at-home orde…

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“Allahu Akbar,” a plaintive voice echoes out at night in a video of Islam’s second most sacred site in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. The mournful call reverberates from the towering minarets of the massive, illuminated edifice that is The Prophet’s mosque. It is a sound that is at once powerful, an…

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Time sure does fly. As the end of April is near, we are approaching a count of six weeks of virtual school. Since Spring Break, which officially started March 9, 2020, we have been living a bit differently. Few things have been more affected than our educational systems. The world retracted …

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I have always wanted to write about my life from my country of birth, the Democratic Republic of Congo, to living in Uganda as a refugee and finally to my life in the United States. However, due to some circumstances, such as being busy at school and living in a different city than my family…

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Earlier this month, I had my final exam to allow me to graduate. Analogous to a thesis defense, the final exam was a presentation designed to showcase my mastery over the “learning competencies” outlined in the program and highlight reflections over my ongoing internship. This presentation, …

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If you have been on TikTok or Twitter in the past few months, it’s very likely you have seen the word “simp” or “simp nation” used in memes and comment sections. The term rose to its peak popularity online earlier this year and spread faster than any virus could.

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Sitting in air-conditioned homes, with access to fresh air at the crack of a window and clean water at the turn of a nozzle, most Americans don’t yet feel the effects of climate change. Because of this, they adopt a sense of indifference towards it. While some Americans deny the shift altoge…

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It’s no question that a green consumer is a trendy consumer. From the metal straw craze to the emergence of entirely sustainable clothing lines, there has been a surge in popularity among eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products. This shift would seem like good news for the environment…