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Students should be learning the theory behind their beliefs

Students should be learning the theory behind their beliefs

Jacob Montgomery

March 30, 2020

The college-aged population is falling into a stagnant mode of interacting with the world. Students are entering college with preconceived notions of what their beliefs mean without any further learning or critical analysis of their own beliefs. This phenomenon shows itself i...

Feminism is not a destination but a tool

Feminism is not a destination but a tool

Jacob Montgomery

March 29, 2020

Activism has been moved from the social organization of political projects meant to challenge the status quo and instead has been reduced to donning an aesthetic based on identity alone. College students seem to struggle with understanding activism. Due to social media, everyone has the potential to perfor...

Sun starting to shine again on Texas government

Sun starting to shine again on Texas government

Kelley Shannon, Guest columnist

March 16, 2020

Texans have something to celebrate during Sunshine Week this year. But we also have more work to do to protect the public’s right to know about our government. Sunshine Week, March 15-21, is an annual national initiative proclaiming the importance of access to public information. First, the bright...

Emotional abuse is still abuse

Emotional abuse is still abuse

Delilah Alvarado

March 10, 2020

While violent abuse is becoming a more prevalent issue in society, emotional abuse is being ignored. According to Break the Cycle, 57% of college students reported having been in an abusive dating relationship while in college. Due to that finding, it is important that college students recognize...

Trans athletes are not the problem

Trans athletes are not the problem

Delilah Alvarado

March 10, 2020

Competitive sports try and promote a fair and equal competition, but there is obvious discrimination toward women. From football, to wrestling and weightlifting, gender should not matter when it comes to competitive sports. Women can compete in any sport or activity that a man does, and vice versa. Unfo...

Be considerate of wildlife this Spring Break

Be considerate of wildlife this Spring Break

Toni Mac Crossan

March 10, 2020

Migratory birds already face major threats to their lives on their journey—window collisions against large glassy buildings and disorienting artificial light at night can kill hundreds of birds in one night. But when party-ready Spring Breakers are added into the mix, even more risks to wildlife appear. As Spring Break draws near, many Bobcats are considering a fun getaway on the Texas coast with their friends—a much-needed break from the st...

Undergraduate instructors need professional development

Undergraduate instructors need professional development

Toni Mac Crossan

March 5, 2020

Undergraduate students are not being properly trained to instruct labs for biology students. Texas State should not want students taking labs to be left with an unexperienced instructor who may leave them at a disadvantage when it comes to course material.In the Department of Biology, lab courses are typic...

Society needs to learn to criticize constructively

Society needs to learn to criticize constructively

Jacob Montgomery

March 4, 2020

Compartmentalizing human beings has become a toxic part of our communities that is a hindrance to our ability to have real conversations about ethical behavior. From YouTubers and ContraPoints to bell hooks and Beyoncé, the current social climate seems to prioritize vain self-righteousness over ...

Inclusivity calls for a time and place

Inclusivity calls for a time and place

Amira Van Leeuwen

March 3, 2020

Texas State is inadvertently marginalizing minority groups across campus by implementing inclusive practices that do not work.Inclusivity is the practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those having phys...

Embrace mediocrity

Embrace mediocrity

Jacob Montgomery

February 27, 2020

American society has wrongly shunned mediocrity as being a symptom of laziness or apathy. Students are expected to strive for A's throughout college resulting in immense pressure and inevitably burnout. Mediocrity has been abandoned by Americans in exchange for “grinding.” Grind culture can be ...

Stop rushing into marriage

Stop rushing into marriage

Delilah Alvarado

February 26, 2020

Marriage is not as simple as saying "I do," it requires effort, time and commitment. The need for rushing into marriage before one's educational career is completed will only lead to an inevitable downfall and heartbreak. Although the popularity of marrying young has decreased significantly since the 1...

Students should actively support their favorite musicians

Students should actively support their favorite musicians

Thomas Dunlap

February 25, 2020

College students who are subscribed to any paid music streaming service should find an alternative way of repaying some of their favorite musicians for the hours they have listened to their music. On Texas State's campus, students walking to class can be seen listening to music. Because of the extreme...

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