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Texas State does not care about black history

Texas State does not care about black history

Tafari Robertson

March 2, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Black History Month is a time of the year dedicated to the appreciation and education of black history in the United States. While most public educational institutions are relatively unbothered to choke out more than one community event lauding the respectability of Martin Luther King Jr., Texas State...

A campus with no Greek life

A campus with no Greek life

Tafari Robertson

November 29, 2017


Filed under Opinions

Last week, after yet another student death in a Greek-related incident, President Denise Trauth released a statement announcing the suspension of all Greek life from Texas State until further review. As only one of a series of universities across the U.S. that have taken similar actions, it seems time...

Marginalized students speak out

Marginalized students speak out

Tafari Robertson

November 10, 2017


Filed under Opinions

The occasional isolation or alienation one can expect to experience in college is something many students become familiar with as freshmen. Departed from families and friends, the first few months on a new campus can be rough for those less socially inclined. The unseen and often unspoken experiences...

The horrors of day to day student suffering

The horrors of day to day student suffering

Tafari Robertson

November 4, 2017


Filed under Opinions

The spookiest part of day to day student life is the normalized hunger and financial suffering students are expected to endure as a part of the college experience. Once you leave behind the invisible spending spree of Texas State's meal trade options, the food choices on campus that fit within a reasonable...

Underachieving football programs should be cut like public schools

Underachieving football programs should be cut like public schools

Tafari Robertson

October 27, 2017


Filed under Opinions

As Homecoming week is upon us, students and alumni who otherwise are completely unconcerned with Texas State football put on their most spirited performances of school pride in exchange for free T-shirts and alcohol. While a simple comparison between the attendance at any weekend’s tailgate and the...

Solange pushes the limits of black artistry in Marfa

Solange pushes the limits of black artistry in Marfa

Tafari Robertson

October 17, 2017


Filed under Opinions

As people flocked to Austin for the annual Austin City Limits music festival, Solange departed to Marfa, Texas to perform "Scales" amongst the Donald Judd site-specific art installation, 15 untitled works. While "Scales" includes songs from her latest album, "A Seat at the Table," it offers a more intimate...

The Israeli occupation of Palestine is terrorism

Tafari Robertson

October 5, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Talk It Out

The conflict on Palestinian land that is perpetuated by Israeli forces has long been beyond the scope of any reasonable claim that the Israeli government is simply defending its right to exist. In the aftermath of World War II, Israel was established as a Jewish state by the United Nations Partition Plan in order to address growing support for the Zionist cause. While all surrounding...

The energy you save: why I can’t be bothered by another case of Greek racism

Tafari Robertson

October 4, 2017


Filed under Opinions

Over the past weekend, members of Alpha Delta Pi, a predominantly white sorority at Texas State University, drew controversy after pictures of them playfully dressed as whole cultural identities circulated on Twitter and Instagram. Presumably asked to pick a creative theme for their crafted relationships,...

Departments helping student needs should be rewarded

Departments helping student needs should be rewarded

Tafari Robertson

September 27, 2017


Filed under Opinions

A few weeks ago, a column I wrote titled “Texas State University lacks the cultural infrastructure necessary for student success,” was published. While I stand fully by the assertions I made throughout that piece, a faculty member who I’ve worked with closely on the development of a Multicultural...

Debunking the myth of white majority 

Tafari Robertson

September 16, 2017


Filed under Opinions

The concept of race is fluid and has consistently been narrowed and expanded to fit within political contexts in the United States throughout history. Without going too in-depth on the long, complex world history that led to creation of racial categories, it should be understood that in the U.S. much...

Ask your media professors about Insecure

Tafari Robertson

September 9, 2017


Filed under Opinions

As summer comes to an end, so comes the final episodes of many of our summer TV favorites. Among the most watched shows of this season are "Game of Thrones" and "Insecure," two HBO powerhouses that share a Sunday evening block. Though the crossover audience is something to be applauded considering one...

Texas State lacks cultural infrastructure necessary for student success

Texas State lacks cultural infrastructure necessary for student success

Tafari Robertson

September 4, 2017


Filed under Opinions

I was a freshman at Texas State University when protests broke out in Ferguson, MO over the murder of Michael Brown and Baltimore erupted on live television after police killed Freddie Gray the following spring. As many college students around the country flocked to designated cultural spaces to organize...

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