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  • Analysis: An attack on democracy

    Analysis: An attack on democracy

    The riotous insurrection event that took place in Washington, D.C., Jan. 6, was disgraceful and humiliating, but not at all surprising.

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  • Guest column: Trump’s taxes don’t matter

    Guest column: Trump’s taxes don’t matter

    Writer argues releasing Trump's tax records won't sway independent voters.

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  • Op-ed: A national headache

    Op-ed: A national headache

    In the first presidential debate, President Donald Trump showed his true colors — and they aren’t red, white and blue.

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  • Peacock shows promise but lacks accessibility

    Peacock shows promise but lacks accessibility

    NBC Universal launched Peacock, its streaming service, July 15. The service brings together new and existing NBC shows, Universal Studios movies and also original TV series and movies exclusive to the platform.

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  • COVID-19 cast shadow over essential worker

    COVID-19 cast shadow over essential worker

    As a gas station employee, I’m considered an essential worker. As such, I'm exposed to thousands of germs a day.

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  • Coronavirus: Our leaders are failing us

    Coronavirus: Our leaders are failing us

    Some state leaders have been diligently combatting COVID-19 — others, like in Texas, have not.

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  • Understanding the Texas primary

    Understanding the Texas primary

    James Nelson, LU associate professor of political science, said he didn’t know what to expect from the Texas primaries.

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  • Beto’s endorsement of Biden disappointment to progressives

    Beto’s endorsement of Biden disappointment to progressives

    In 2018, Beto O’Rourke entered the Texas Democratic spotlight when he ran against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate.

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  • Out with the Old

    Out with the Old

    Everyone remembers their first car.

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  • UP Tech: 'Super Hot' Review

    UP Tech: 'Super Hot' Review

    Life—a simulation as we know it, living inside the grid in a computerized world. In the game, but — really inside the game

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  • Changing Narrative

    Changing Narrative

    I had a class where every time the professor brought up Christianity, the corresponding slide would have a picture of the Westboro Baptist Church holding up signs with terrible anti-veteran and anti-homosexual slurs on them.

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  • Convenient Necessity

    Convenient Necessity

    Lamar seems to pride itself on inclusivity, but all too often I feel excluded as a nonbinary individual on campus.

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  • Signstealing scandal won’t tarnish Astros

    Over the last month, the Houston Astros have been a hot topic of discussion surrounding Major League Baseball because of the 2017 cheating scandal that involved the team stealing opposing team’s signs.

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  • ‘Loving’ relationship

    ‘Loving’ relationship

    Valentine’s Day is a celebration that people associate with love, chocolates, flowers, spending time with one’s romantic partner and the assorted nauseating candy.

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  • Be mine (as a friend)

    As someone who is recently single, I’d be lying if I didn’t romanticize (no pun intended) the idea of being with a partner on Valentine’s Day.

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  • Kitchen basics for beginners

    Kitchen basics for beginners

    Cooking was not a skill I learned early on in life.

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  • Return of the King

    Return of the King

    Last year, I wrote an article about one of my favorite PokéTubers, TheKingNappy, being outed by the Pokémon community for grooming his friends and forcing them into relationships with him.

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  • Much Deserved

    Much Deserved

    Another award show has passed, and Beyoncé finally won a much-deserved award for her live musical film “Homecoming,” which covers her 2018 Coachella Performance from its inception to the end of the performance.

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  • Gerwig's 'Little Women' deserves big Oscar showing

    Gerwig's 'Little Women' deserves big Oscar showing

    The 91st Academy Awards nominations were announced and Greta Gerwig’s 2019 adaptation of the classic book “Little Women” received six nominations — Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Costume Design, Original Score and Adapted Screenplay Writing.

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  • Financial aid policy shifts stress student

    Financial aid policy shifts stress student

    After six semesters of attending Lamar, there is one thing that never fails to happen each term — I get a call or an email from the financial aid office telling me that there is some issue with my account, FAFSA or refund.

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  • Ch-ch-ch-changes

    “How was your break?” is a totally normal way to greet your school friends on the first day of the semester.

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  • LU Student discusses first experience at HASBSEB Conference

    LU Student discusses first experience at HASBSEB Conference

    On Nov. 23, I presented two talks at the sixth-annual Humanities, Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Education & Business (HASBSEB) Conference for the first time. In both my historical research and advanced expository writing class, I created a research paper. The English paper is called 'Accepting Death: The Uses of Grief Writing to Heal Unresolved Pain,” andthe history research is called “Satanism in Louisiana and the Initiation of the 'Mark of Cain' Bill.”

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  • Another View

    Another View

    UP editorial cartoon depicts Donald Trump Tweets on a Ukrainian cellphone

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  • ‘Wealth tax’ would benefit all

    In the United States, the rate of child poverty is nearly one in five. Nearly half of Americans don’t have $400 in the case of an emergency. More than half a million families file for bankruptcy each year because they can’t afford their medical bills. At the same time, the 400 wealthiest Americans have combined assets of $3 trillion. How is it ethical that we allow the hoarding of wealth? What is the moral case against taxing that money and redistributing it?

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  • Editorial Cartoon

    Editorial Cartoon
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    Editorial Cartoon
  • UP Editorial: Propositions are important votes

    UP Editorial: Propositions are important votes

    The 2019 ballot has nine important propositions, five of which require action to uphold Texas values.

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  • Dirty side of ‘Clean’ diets

    Dirty side of ‘Clean’ diets

    On the dark side, an obsession with healthy, or “clean” eating can be a sign of “orthorexia,” a term created by Dr. Steven Bratman to explain patients who were being too strict, often asking him what foods they should remove from their diets. He said the term helped patients move from extremism to moderation.

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  • UP Tech Review: Call of Duty Modern Warfare

    UP Tech Review: Call of Duty Modern Warfare

    “Call of Duty Modern Warfare” will launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, Oct. 25. The game is developed by Infinity Ward, a subsidiary of Activision. They are known for the “Modern Warfare” series that was on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC with some occasionally arriving on Nintendo Systems.

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  • Review: ‘Wrinkles’ leaves much to be desired

    Review: ‘Wrinkles’ leaves much to be desired

    “Wrinkles” is an indie-documentary film that never could’ve pulled in the audiences that “IT” and “Joker” did due to a smaller budget, limited theater showings and little clout.

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  • Another view

    Another view

    Editorial cartoon contributed by LU graphic arts major Patricia Correa

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  • I’ll Give it an Escargot

    I’ll Give it an Escargot

    Most people may have a bucket list of things they want to do before they die. I have a bucket list solely dedicated to foods I want to try.

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  • UP Tech: 'Mario Kart Tour' review

    UP Tech: 'Mario Kart Tour' review

    Nintendo's latest mobile release, "Mario Kart Tour," has great visuals and challenges but aggressive monetization spoils the fun.

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  • The New Normal

    The New Normal

    On Sept. 18, around 9 p.m., I was shaken awake by my dad. Not yet awake, I heard him saying, “Get up, there’s water coming into the house.” I couldn’t tell if it was a joke.

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  • Apple's latest devices underwhelm

    Apple's latest devices underwhelm

    This is part 2 of a two part series The Apple 2019 conference, held Sept. 10 in Cupertino, Calif., featured more than just iPhones as the company announced updates on its new gaming and TV subscription services.

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  • Apple's latest iPhones disappoint

    Apple's latest iPhones disappoint

    This is a two part series about Apple's latest press conference Before watching the Apple 2019 conference, Sept. 10, I had my expectations in check. Most of the rumors turned out to be true, but I was still underwhelmed about what Apple has to offer.

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  • Every movie ranked before ‘Endgame’

    Every movie ranked before ‘Endgame’

    On April 26 one of the most anticipated films of the year hits the box office, “Avengers: Endgame.” But before anyone sees this epic series conclusion, I think that people should prepare by watching all the films leading up to this monumental event in cinema history.

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  • Outgoing editor reflects on LU, UP experiences

    Outgoing editor reflects on LU, UP experiences

    Almost four years ago, I remember flipping through many college brochures, reading several emails, and talking to numerous advisors as I got ready to make the biggest decision of my young life. I was a going to be a first generation college student and the prospects were scary.

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  • Everyone should have active shooter training

    A few weeks ago, I found myself huddled with my coworkers in the back of the coffee shop where we work late on Sunday nights.

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  • YouTube hero falls from grace after scandal

    YouTube hero falls from grace after scandal

    Anyone who knows me knows that I love a lot of things outside the newsroom, one of them being Pokémon, or anything to do with it, as it is one of my hobbies.

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  • Overcoming fear of public speaking crucial to career

    Overcoming fear of public speaking crucial to career

    Being a communications major, people expect me to like talking to people. It should be easy to get up in front of a room full of strangers and do a presentation because, hey, that’s your chosen field.

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  • O’Rourke is best fit to defeat Trump in 2020

    O’Rourke is best fit to defeat Trump in 2020

    It doesn’t feel that long ago that Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States and the political climate of the country shifted. It has been a long and controversial few years for the president, and with many Americans demanding immediate change, 2020 could be the year that change comes to fruition.

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  • Texas vaccination laws harm at-risk communities

    Texas vaccination laws harm at-risk communities

    Texas vaccination laws harm at-risk communities.

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  • WWE fan finds community in sport

    WWE fan finds community in sport

    When I was younger, I had a dream of becoming a professional wrestler. I don’t mean one of those wrestlers who compete in college and for National Championships. I had a dream of being one of those guys you see on television with a company like WWE

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  • How player empowerment era is damaging NBA

    How player empowerment era is damaging NBA

    On Jan. 28, Anthony Davis informed the New Orleans’ Pelicans that he would not sign his Designated Veteran Extension – known as a supermax contract – and his agent informed the franchise that Davis wanted to be traded to a team that consistently wins and regularly enters the championship picture.

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  • All Play, No Pay

    All Play, No Pay

    Although the 2019 National Hockey League All Star game featured some of the best hockey players in the world, the stars of the weekend were the women who were the first to display their skill on the ice in what has been too long deemed a “man’s sport.”

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  • The game outside the game

    The game outside the game

    While I’m not a sports person, there are quite a few things that revolve around the topic of sports that I find fascinating — like whether football negatively impacts the long-term mental and physical health of its players or why we engross ourselves in daily sports watching.

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  • Partying for a non-partier

    Partying for a non-partier

    I don’t drink. I don’t smoke and I rarely ever party.

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  • Mastering mindfulness

    Mastering mindfulness

    Breathing in, I know I’m breathing in. Breathing out, I know I’m breathing out.” If you’ve had public speaking with communications instructor Ruth Stanley, then you’ve probably done this exercise multiple times.

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  • Apple Watch = Good Investment

    Apple Watch = Good Investment

    For the longest time, I debated investing in an Apple Watch because I wasn’t sure if it would benefit me in any way other than health and fitness.

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  • Can we cancel 'canceled culture'?

    Can we cancel 'canceled culture'?

    If you’ve been on the internet for at least a day, chances are you’ve heard of someone being “canceled.” Canceling someone entails no longer supporting that person or their craft and can also result in people losing their jobs.

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  • Super Boring? Try Super Exciting

    Super Boring? Try Super Exciting

    It’s the biggest game of the year. A game that people look forward to. Millions of people from all over the world watch. A game to determine the National Football League champions. There was a problem though. It was the lowest scoring Super Bowl in the history of the game, which led to the Twitterverse calling it the dreaded B-word — boring.

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  • Lessons in parenting

    Lessons in parenting

    The summer I graduated high school I became pregnant with my son, Gabriel. In the nine months that followed, I had time to think about what kind of mother I wanted to be. This was my second decision as an adult, following the decision to raise him on my own. Since he would be raised in two different households ...

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  • Beautician and the border wall

    Beautician and the border wall

    I had the good fortune of finding a talented brow technician, and I never want her to leave my life. A brow technician is a beauty professional that can tweeze, wax, thread, tint, or any combination of these eyebrow treatments. For the sake of this story and her privacy, I will refer to her as “Christy.”

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  • Fighting misinformation

    Fighting misinformation

    Be a journalist, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. I’ve wanted to become a reporter since I was old enough to read a newspaper — I started reading in preschool.

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  • Marching band more than just performance

    Marching band more than just performance

    When people see marching bands, they see them at football games performing at halftime. Most people see the band as a performance group only. What they don’t see is the many hours of practice and preparation that goes into putting on a show.

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  • Christmastime Compulsion

    Christmastime Compulsion

    With Christmas right around the corner and Thanksgiving now behind us, families are starting to put up their Christmas lights and decorations.

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  • Finding a career path

    Finding a career path

    I’m in my senior year of college, and I just realized what I want to do with my life. Go figure.

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  • Navigating Germany, US

    Navigating Germany, US

    People all over the world dream of studying abroad for at least one semester. Being able to learn more about other cultures, improving or developing language skills, or just experiencing a whole new life in a different surrounding is attractive for many students.

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  • Participate in democracy — vote

    As the midterm elections loom, people are double checking their voting locations. Local organizations are educating and mobilizing the public, and on Lamar’s campus, one can’t walk far without seeing a campaign button or overhearing a political discussion. However, inevitably, someone will sign off by saying, “I’m not into politics.”

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  • Reading is important — no matter how it’s done

    Through the constant growth of technology, we have seen the shift of printed books to digitized e-books and audiobooks. Though printed books are still the publishing industry’s top sellers, digital book sales are rapidly rising, reaching a peak with roughly 260 million sold in 2017.

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  • Self expression through body art

    Tattoos have become a popular trend in today’s society, with television shows like “Ink Master,” “Tattoo Rescue,” “Ink Master Angels,” and the Facebook web series “Tattoo Shop.” Tattoos have also have gained popularity among athletes and celebrities, and for many of us, they have become a way to share stories and are a form of self-expression.

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  • Gender boundaries needn’t define Halloween choices

    Halloween, or All Hallows Eve as some would call it, is a time for the scariest horror movies, the most haunted of houses, and candy galore. When people talk about Halloween, it always leads to the all-important question, “Who are you dressing up as for Halloween?”

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  • How to manage college stress

    It is no secret that while college is some of the best years of your life, it is also some of the most stressful. Attending college is the beginning of a journey that leads one down the path towards a final destination — a career.

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  • Title IX leaves out important component – men

    Lamar freshmen are required to take a Title IX online course which covers a range of important content, including drugs, alcohol and how to handle them. Crucially, the course covers harassment and sexual abuse. While the information is informative and instructive, it also is incomplete

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  • To Be Replaced