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More public institutions should take after UT statue removal decision

In the wake of recent tragedies, the University of Texas is doing away with Confederate commemorative statues, figures and symbols and all other public grounds need to follow suit.

On August 13 University of Texas at Austin officials announced that they would be removing the statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, foolishly located in the middle of campus for everyone to bear witness.

Texas State construction completion date-never

Home of the Bobcats? More like home of the endless construction.

Texas State has been inundated with seemingly endless construction since I got here, and I have frankly had enough.

So, I was standing in line at Blimpie’s the other day when I struck up a conversation with a stranger about construction. Said stranger mentioned they had been studying abroad for a year in Japan and expected construction to be done by their return. We simultaneously rolled our eyes and had a good laugh while nearby people glanced around, bewildered.

Students should utilize counseling center to ensure success

A transcript tells a story. Scanning through the years, a transcript reveals the hardships faced by students.

A straight-A honors student might experience a single semester ridden with cringe-worthy Fs. An average student might withdraw from all of his or her classes for an entire year. Similar, drastic inconsistencies are often common when evaluating student records.

Opt out movement calls for dissolution of state testing

It’s almost tradition that tests become every student’s nightmare.

There has been a lot of noise in New York City over United Opt Out, a movement trying to bring about the end of all mandatory state tests.

The movement wants to liberate the students from what they consider to be incompetent teaching.

Most of the union is made up of unsatisfied parents who argue that their children don’t learn enough material in the classroom. The parents say students’ learning is selective toward the mandatory state tests, which leave out certain topics.

Weather disasters influence media coverage

It is the job of the media to cover the goings on of the community they serve, and as a media outlet our job will always been to comfort the afflicted.

When the flood hit central Texas in thousands of people’s homes and livelihoods were destroyed before their eyes and were left homeless and hopeless. As a community everyone banded together and decided to adhere to their civic duty as Texan and while there is still a long way to go before things are back to normal, the comradery and philanthropy should be noted. 

Same sex couples still denied marriage

Almost a month after the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriages constitutional, couples are still faced with ignorant adversity in states refusing to issue marriage licenses despite the new law, such as Kentucky and Alabama.

The opposition motivating the county clerks’ objections stems from a religious aversion to having their names printed on a piece of paper allowing the union of two people of the same sex. It is understandable to want to hold fast and hard to personal religious beliefs, but these beliefs are personal and do not belong in the workplace.

A much-needed educational guide on newsworthiness

Apparently some people need an education on Journalism 101 and, like always, I am more than happy to educate the ill-informed—it is frankly one of my favorite pastimes.

On August 24, the University Star ran a news article on the arrest nine people, including two Texas State students, five San Marcos residents and social media giant Shawn Oneychi, better known as “Big Neechi.” All of a sudden the paper was met with all kinds of criticism. Students debated and critiqued the decision to run a news story on a student—and a black one at that.

Minimum wage insufficent to cover student expenses

For returning, new or transfer students, the beginning of school means it is time to wake up early, try to stay focused in class and keep up with daily assignments. However, it is not as simple as it was in high school because now there is tuition to pay, books to buy and rent due every month.

Independent students paying for everything on their own and work on campus often pay a high price for attending college. Unfortunately, the wage those students are paid is not sufficient enough to keep up with the rising cost of a good education.

America's gun culture fueled on-air shooting of journalists

Screw your gun culture, America—it costs too many lives and continues to put everyone at risk of falling victim to its encroaching grasp.

Tragedy struck on the morning of Aug. 26 when disgruntled former WDBJ-TV employee, Vester L. Flanagan II, shot and killed two journalists on live television. It is an upsetting story and my heart and condolences go out to those affected by one man’s senseless, horrific quest for revenge.