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FDA's new guidelines raise concerns of previous food quality

The Food and Drug Administration is finally doing its job now that the agency has set firmer health guidelines for U.S. and foreign food manufacturers to cut down foodborne illnesses.

Last week the FDA conjured up new rules against U.S. food manufacturers to prevent the amount of foodborne illnesses that occur yearly.

Religion not an excuse for Kim Davis

Unfortunately, whenever a controversial debate is resolved by the American legal system, people come out with pitchforks en masse, ready to contest progress. Kim Davis is one of these people.

Davis is a county clerk in Kentucky who refused to hand out marriage licenses in an effort to protest the recent Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage across the country. Needless to say, not everyone was happy about this ruling and Davis appeals directly to that opposition. 

America forgot to 'never forget'

America has lost sight of what and who made this country the place it is today and it is time we rediscovered our identity.
This past Friday was the 14th anniversary of 9/11, the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. However, it was hard to tell with only minimal news coverage and posts on social media saying nothing more than the old adage, “Never forget.”

Students should think before committing to go Greek

Greek life is an integral part of any college experience, but it may be more beneficial for students to feel out things before committing to the slew of organizations prowling for recruits.

Unfortunately, many students feel in order to be part of something big on campus they have to join a Greek organization, specifically a Panhellenic one.

Students may be surprised to know Panhellenic societies are not the end-all be-all for Greek organizations on campus. Before making a commitment, it is great to explore the vast array of options.

Talk it Out: Students should steer clear of Greek life

Greek organizations are often underscored by attitudes of extreme elitism, stereotypical and discriminative selection of members and boastful expressions of sexist and sexually profane ideals towards women.

Greek organizations were created to be philanthropic, driven and socially aware societies made of members who exemplify all of these traits, but it takes little cognition to realize this no longer the case.

Talk it Out: Greek life a great option for students

Greek organizations have been under heavy criticism in light of events that have left some sororities and fraternities appearing exclusive, perverse and even racist. However, Greek life recognizes these deplorable aspects, actively changes in order to fight stigmas and provides an environment where students can comfortably thrive.

Aquarena Springs Overpass just another traffic headache

Traffic and headaches are about to get much worse here in San Marvelous thanks to the Aquarena Springs Overpass.

The Texas Department of Transportation released its plan to build an overpass on Aquarena Springs earlier this year and construction broke ground back in May.

The idea behind the overpass is a great one. Providing an alternate route for drivers to avoid trains running through the intersection at Post Road is something the city and university can benefit from.

Emploees of news stations now vulnerable bait for violence

The dangers of working for a news station nowadays are unimaginable, and so is the lack of security provided to employees.

Many Americans cling to television screens waiting for the best stories and information to be revealed. According to an Oct. 11, 2013 Pew Research Center study, 71 percent of Americans watch local TV news over a month’s time.

Getting a DWI 'like really sucks!'

Texas State was dragged into the headlines last week under the unfortunate wheel of a pink Barbie jeep that has disgraced students and alums everywhere.

Talk It Out: Committing heinous crimes is grounds for being tried as an adult

There is never an excuse for heinous acts—not even in youth.

Just a year ago, a horrific crime was committed on a western Michigan playground. According to a CBS News report, a young boy, Michael Connor Verkerke, was stabbed repeatedly by his older, 12-year-old friend after playing on the playground.

The murderer knew what he did was wrong and even called the police to come pick him up. This boy is a monster and he should not get special treatment just because he is young. He killed someone’s child. Like any person in that scenario, he should face the consequences for it.