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The Texas legislature has had one eventful session. If you have not been paying attention or are just plain tired of the constant wave of bad news that comes from Texas Republicans, you are not at fault at all. The bills passed so far include one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the …

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Editor’s Note: This article contains information about child sexual assault that may be upsetting to some readers.

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On May 7, House Bill 6, or HB 6, passed along partisan lines in the Texas House of Representatives by a margin of 78-64. HB 6 is complementary to the recently passed Senate Bill 7, or SB 7. These bills have come under heavy scrutiny for adding new impediments to voting accessibility in Texas. 

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for over a year now, it has had the strange effect of feeling like it's lasted a lifetime. Yet simultaneously, it feels like I was learning how to do the renegade dance (not well, by the way) on TikTok during peak quarantine yesterday. A trium…

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As the United States reaches 100 million fully vaccinated people, COVID-19 is slowly slipping into the background of our public consciousness. For many Texas A&M students, the fever pitch of finals week feels like a greater present threat. For a growing number of reasons, some resident g…

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Since I was a little kid, I have been an avid viewer of the NFL. However, after spending many years rooting for my favorite players, I grew tired of seeing some of my favorites like Josh Gordon get suspended for simply smoking marijuana. I knew the league needed to change something, which is…

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There have been cries to defund the police for quite some time now, an idea that's dangerous and would have serious repercussions. 

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As we collectively crawl to the finish line of the terrible social experiment that was this academic year, it’s time to say a deservedly earned good riddance to what was the school year from hell. We were expected to pursue our education and put the national civic unrest, polarizing presiden…

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When it comes to cops and the accused, the relationship is one of predator and prey. There are many factors at play, but the most significant comes down to power. As long as we have a class of people who are immune to the laws they enforce and hold a strict monopoly on legal violence, there …

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I am inevitably going to die someday. I want to live a long and healthy life surrounded by family and friends. However, during every waking moment I live in this country, the opportunity of living a long life looks unattainable. America has shown me time and time again that Black people exis…

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It has been nearly a month since Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order which removed Texas’s mask mandate and allowed businesses to open their doors to customers at 100 percent capacity. Because the government forced businesses to lower their capacity in response to the COVID-19 pandemi…

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There have been 156 mass shootings this year alone — and it’s only April. In 2020, there were 610. Most recently, three people were killed and three were injured in Kenosha, Wis., on April 18. This month alone has seen at least 24, one hitting home in Bryan on April 8. And by the looks of th…

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Biden’s infrastructure plan is bold, but it’s also confusing. 

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Imagine lush and diverse yards full of bluebonnets, wildflowers and native grasses. Now contrast that image with the copied-and-pasted squares of turf that plague American suburbs. 

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Following similar actions from other Texas schools, Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork announced on Feb. 23 the university plans to have full attendance at home games for the 2021 college football season. Granted, even with these announcements, there is the strong possibility of cont…

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Every year in America, there's always an unnecessary debate over whether its citizens deserve the right to a free and fair election. Since the inception of the 15th Amendment, which gave Black men the right to vote, America has made it abundantly clear that voting is a right created exclusiv…

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Growing up, some of my earliest memories involve chickens, specifically how clear their kinship with velociraptors is from the perspective of a five-year-old. Not only will they chase you down, they will enjoy the sport of it. Despite my trauma, I learned to love the little cluckers. My fami…

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“My favorite images are the ones where someone who isn’t supposed to be there — who’s like in a space, a space where we were not ever welcomed in, where we were not invited — yet we walk in and we show all the way up.” - Janet Mock

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Thanks to our negotiations with the United States while Texas was a republic, we retain the unique ability to spawn as many as four other states from our territory. In 1847, Issac Van Zandt ran for governor under the promise of dividing Texas into at least four states. He argued splitting th…

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“I heard George Floyd saying, ‘I can’t breathe, please get off of me, I can’t breath.’ He cried for his mom, he was in pain. It seemed like he knew it was over for him. He was terrified, he was suffering. This was a cry for help.” - Darnella Frazier

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On March 30, the Texas Senate approved seven bills restricting abortion access, one of which bars abortions before many women realize they’re pregnant. Another bill, Senate Bill 8, commonly known as the Heartbeat Bill, aims to ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected.

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On March 22, after sitting through over two and a half hours of legislating backyard chicken protocols and water drainage logistics — both important, don’t get me wrong — it  was disappointing to hear that the College Station City Council proposal opposing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision w…

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On Thursday, March 11, the College Station City Council voted to repeal its mask mandate. But before you get mad at them, this was done in accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to ease COVID-19 restrictions statewide on March 10. Despite the vote ending the city’s mask mandate, many co…

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Since the COVID-19 vaccine began distribution, doubt has been circulating regarding the safety of this momentous breakthrough. From all social media platforms, there are concerns about how quickly scientists produced the vaccine, questioning its effects on infertility, its changes to DNA and…

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Something is brewing that will affect Texas's future for the next decade. Following the 2020 Census, state and local governments will use the data collected to draw new congressional and state legislative maps. This process — known as redistricting — will define the direction Texas is headed…

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With the end of the COVID-19 pandemic hopefully in sight, people are desperate to get vaccinated. Last Thursday, President Joe Biden announced a plan for all Americans to be eligible for vaccination by May 1. However, many in the current priority groups are still struggling to find appointments.

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With sunny, 70 degree days now the norm for Texas’ March weather, it’s hard to imagine parts of Texas were buried under 20 inches of snow just last month. As rage over the state’s failures in preventing the disastrous power outages fades from the public conscious, many Texans are stuck with …

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In recent weeks, the idolized American governor, New York’s Andrew Cuomo, has met his potential demise. From the very start of the COVID-19 pandemic, all eyes were glued on Cuomo. His remarkable leadership was recognized and treasured when other officials did little to facilitate a call of a…

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The other day I woke up, rolled out of bed and headed to the kitchen to make my morning coffee. The first thing I do while my coffee is brewing is turn on the news to see what headline will dominate the daily news cycle. Given everything going on in the world, I was a little surprised one of…

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Like many people worldwide, I recently watched the Meghan Markle interview with Oprah Winfrey. I saw a woman who refused to be silenced despite years of constant bullying and misogyny from the British media. Markle's revelations of the negativity she dealt with from the very people she thoug…

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Last week, I was doomscrolling through Twitter and was becoming increasingly anxious about the COVID-19 vaccine horror stories being thrown around. The rational part of my brain told me there was nothing to worry about. The panicky part screamed loudly to try and block out that reassurance. …

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During the Texas snowstorm, our very own Senator Ted Cruz took a trip to Cancun, Mexico. Cruz received much blowback for this trip both from his senate colleagues and Texas constituents. However, as someone who voted for the senator in 2018, the trip to Cancun does not bother me at all.

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The past few weeks have been nothing Texas could have foreseen. An arctic storm made its grand appearance two weeks ago and left Texans feeling its wrath. Then, following Florida and South Dakota, Gov. Greg Abbott made the premature decision to lift the mask mandate and allow businesses to o…

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It is commonplace for incoming presidents to quickly dismantle their predecessor’s work. This happened when former President Donald Trump came into office, went on a crusade against Obamacare and pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, to name just a few. Trump, however,…

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Burnout — a state of emotional, mental, and physical collapse caused by stress — is a normal part of the college experience. However, over the last two semesters, fatigue has escalated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, creating new learning systems and economic anxieties. These factors have left…

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The first few months of 2021 have been hectic and challenging to say the least. For Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the year has been particularly chaotic. Cruz has made bad decision after bad decision since the start of the new year. It all started after Cruz decided not to verify President Joe Biden’…

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During the past week, Texas suffered a historic snowstorm, leaving millions of people across the state without power or clean, running water. In College Station alone, the nearly five inches of snow prevented many businesses from opening their doors to customers. The effect of this snow serv…

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Last week I found myself having multiple candlelight dinners — and no, it was not because I was on a romantic date. It’s because, like millions of others in Texas, I was experiencing rolling blackouts due to an unprecedented winter storm. 

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In fall 2020, Texas A&M welcomed students back to campus after months of virtual learning due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In order to keep students and staff safe, A&M implemented a mask mandate. The initiative, named “Don't Pass It Back,” seeks to prevent the spread of COVID-1…

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Throughout the last week, I have dealt with the rolling blackouts plaguing most of the state. My power cycled on and off at one- to two-hour intervals for several days, and many Texans had it even worse. Some residents were without power for days. Near my hometown of Azle, temperatures got a…

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“We felt the house shake, but it hadn’t occurred to us that they dropped a bomb. Pretty quickly, it got smokier and smokier. At first we thought it was the tear gas, but then it got thicker. … It started getting hot in there. The house was on fire.” - Ramona Africa, lone adult survivor of th…

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When many Texans look at our state, they either think it will remain a conservative stronghold for many years to come or that it is on the verge of switching blue. However, with many new demographic changes in Texas, there will be great shifts in the support bases for the major parties in th…

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As we progress further into 2021, the term “new year, new me” does not seem to be resonating with the College Station City Council. Most council members, along with the College Station Association of Neighborhoods, or CSAN, continue to push for a Restricted Occupancy Overlay, or ROO. 

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted 230 to 199 on Feb. 4 to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her two House assignments, the Labor and the Budget and Education committees. The decision was made based on her recurring social media posts advertising dangerous conspiracy theories. 

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Texas A&M recently unveiled a report from its commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The report's findings led the Board of Regents to implement eight actions aiming to tackle racial injustice on campus. Some of those changes include increasing the number of scholarship recipient…