Jenna Coleman

Phone bans in classes ineffective, detrimental

Professors that ban the use of cell phones in classrooms are using an outdated rule only causing tension with students.

China not held accountable in new climate resolution

The U.S. and China recently came to an agreement on climate change, but the solution is no more than a Band-Aid to the problem.

First off, the deal is disproportionately focused. The U.S. announced that it would aim at reducing its emissions by at least 26 percent by 2025, while China intends to peak its emissions by 2030 and then begin to reduce its carbon footprint after that.

More students should utilize new emergency alert system

The new improvements made to the TXState Alert System should be embraced by students because they will improve the convenience of obtaining alert information and better protect university faculty, staff and students.

Help for mental illness should not be stigmatized

Many people experience mental illness in their lifetime, yet a staggering amount of people will not seek help or counseling because of the stigma that therapy receives.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four adults experience some type of mental illness in a given year, totaling to approximately 61.5 million Americans. The chances are fairly high that everyone, at some point in their life, will experience difficulty mentally. Common mental illnesses include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and many others.

Proposition 1 is beneficial, will reduce traffic

Proposition 1 is beneficial to both the state and commuters who need road and highway expansion in order to reduce traffic and adjust for the large influx of people into Texas.

Students must be more aware of Internet privacy

Many people know at least a little about how large internet entities invade privacy, but people need to be aware of the extent of this invasion and decide where they draw the line.

The extent to which individuals’ privacy is invaded is greatly under-stressed within the public eye. Websites and smartphone apps invade just about every ounce of privacy one can have, and many are completely unaware of what is even happening.

Domestic violence common, awareness exceedingly important

Students should be aware of the commonness and signs of domestic violence and be prepared to help those who may be experiencing abuse.

October is widely known to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Men and women alike are subject to domestic violence every day. In light of recent events in the media, students should be prepared to speak out about domestic violence whether they have been victims or not. College students need to be especially educated and aware, as violence is most common against women ages 18 to 24.

Millennials rightfully uninterested in marriage

Millennials do not value, participate in or even aim toward marriage like many of the earlier generations. Social norms, large expenses and the surmounting rate of divorce are not things millennials are necessarily craving to partake in.

Male birth control worth consideration

Male birth control should be considered by all because of the long-term protection and non-hormonal alternative it offers from female forms such as the pill.

A male birth control injection called Vasalgel is expected to be released by 2017. The injection would virtually block sperm from being transmitted altogether. According to a Sept. 18 Huffington Post Live interview, currently 19,000 men are waitlisted for the trial of this injection, showing how open men are to the idea of a new form of birth control.

Concealed carry should be allowed for educators

Public school teachers as well as university professors should be allowed to carry a concealed handgun, if they choose, in order to protect students from the possibility of danger, specifically a campus shooter.

Concealed handguns for educators may well be the best form of protection for students. The number of school shootings that have happened in the past few years is far too many.  While certain circumstances are uncontrollable, these tragedies possibly could have been prevented much more quickly if more educators were allowed to carry handguns for protection.

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