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The Main Point: Texas State needs to stop hiding COVID-19 information

Main Point.

The Editorial Board

July 1, 2020

When Texas State announced some classes would be conducted in-person during its summer II session, we, and other students alike, hoped the university’s primary goal would be to keep us informed on everything pertaining to COVID-19.  Amid the worst health crisis of our lifetimes, we wanted the opp...

Opinion: COVID-19 shows attendance policies were toxic all along

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Angela Guerrero, Opinion Contributor

July 1, 2020

Before COVID-19, students attending class sick was not uncommon if they wished to avoid point deductions and stay on top of their coursework. Now amid one of the biggest health crises in world history, it is apparent the normalization of doing so was always ridiculous. Before the pandemic, Texas State...

Opinion: Performative activism does more harm than good

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Hunter Griffith, Opinion Contributor

June 29, 2020

The struggle to be heard, for validation and acceptance from others, has empowered performative activism to undermine movements throughout history. Now, that same struggle has gone too far, dominating our social lives, present through our social media and going into the institutions we trust with our...

Opinion: Abbott needs to reinstate stay-at-home orders and make Texans wear masks

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Amira Van Leeuwen, Assistant Opinion Editor

June 25, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott scolded Texans in their 20s for ignoring safety precautions when they go out in public, insinuating they are to blame for the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state. Instead of Abbott pointing fingers at young people, perhaps a more useful way to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 ...

Opinion: The SECURE CAMPUS Act has nothing to do with securing campus

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Toni Mac Crossan, Opinion Columnist

June 24, 2020

One of Sen. Tom Cotton's (R-Arkansas) most egregious actions has been his sponsorship of the SECURE CAMPUS Act. The SECURE CAMPUS Act, which is also sponsored by Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) and Congressman David Kustoff (R-Tennessee), is designed to prevent Chinese citizens from pursuing graduate a...

Opinion: Censoring the Black Lives Matter movement is unconstitutional

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Delilah Alvarado, Opinion Columnist

June 23, 2020

The murder of George Floyd prompted thousands of peaceful protests across the nation demanding justice for victims of police brutality. In response, federal and local governments are attempting to silence the voices of citizens, violating the one thing people should never worry about—their First Amendment...

Opinion: Rioting is not an effective way to incite change, peaceful protests are

An illustration of a group of peaceful protestors supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, with signs that say Black Lives Matter.

Alexa Nichols, Opinion Contributor

June 22, 2020

Merriam-Webster defines a protest as a solemn declaration of opinion and usually of dissent; the act of objecting; or a gesture of disapproval. On the other hand, a riot is defined as a violent public disorder, specifically a tumultuous disturbance of the public peace. The key between the two definitions is the word violent....

History failed us, we failed ourselves: We do not know enough about Juneteenth

Main Point.

The Editorial Board

June 19, 2020

On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, General Gordon Granger of the Union army arrived in Galveston, Texas, and proclaimed that slaves were free. The day is recognized as “Juneteenth.” As an editorial board, we could have written 1000 words containing more fac...

Opinion: With COVID-19 cases rising, Trauth canceling commencement was the right call

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Valeria Torrealba, Opinion Contributor

June 17, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas State President Denise Trauth made the decision to cancel in-person commencement ceremonies for the spring and summer 2020 graduates. Instead, ceremonies will be held virtually Aug. 6-8. The decision to cancel in-person commencement was not made without thorou...

Opinion: Paxton’s actions against COVID-19 mitigation are hypocritical

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Toni Mac Crossan, Opinion Columnist

June 15, 2020

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has made a name for himself by filing multiple suits against the federal government concerning everything from air pollution regulations to oversight of internet domain names. He is a proponent of the power of state government and its partial sovereignty from federal rule. ...

Opinion: Sorry Trauth, allyship from Texas State is very debatable

several open computer windows. Each window displays headlines about incidents involving white supremacists on the Texas State campus except for one that depicts an email from President Trauth about the Black Lives Matter movement

Laura Nunez, Opinions Editor

June 10, 2020

In light of protests taking place across the nation and news that a student of our own was a victim of police brutality, Texas State President Denise Trauth sent the student body and faculty a statement where she wrote, “Black Lives Matter. It is not debatable at Texas State.” The second part of her ...

Jericka Jenkins promoted to Texas State women’s basketball assistant coach

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Ernesto Diaz, Sports Contributor

June 9, 2020

Graduate assistant for Texas State women's basketball Jericka Jenkins has been promoted to assistant coach, Head Coach Zenarae Antonie announced June 9. As a graduate assistant for two years and video coordinator, Jenkin’s prior role on the team was to manage and execute all video projects, assist...

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