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Home is not a place

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When Paige Robbins graduated high school and moved north to New York City for college, she would’ve told you home was in Texas. However, as her freshman year at Barnard College went on, she realized her home wasn’t what she had thought it was. As a freshman, Robbins ended up with a roommate very unlike herself.…

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On West Texas, mixed feelings, and finding home

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When my friend Erin grows up and looks back on her childhood, I think she’ll think of summer. And when she thinks of summer, she’ll think of long road trips, peach ice cream, screened-in porches, iced tea, freezing cold spring fed-pools, and great starry expanses. For Erin, West Texas is a second home. Her parents are from…

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My three thousand mile humble abode

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When we roll our suitcases full of fleecies past the side of the house, into the basement and through the yellow bedroom, it feels like the year is beginning again. It feels like this is where I’m supposed to be, where, despite the year going by, things seem mostly the same, but only a little different. Because…

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Blending fall trends into the uniform

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For me, the school days blend together when it comes to style. I can’t blame Ann Richards- the plaid skirt and polo/oxford pairing is a classic standby, but it often doesn’t leave much room for style experimentation or the season’s latest trends. This season though, things are taking a positive turn for style starved students in uniform-…

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Varsity Volleyball Hitter Plays Cousin in Bastrop Game

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The Ann Richards vs. Bastrop Volleyball game this past Friday received a lot of buzz for obvious reasons– both teams undefeated, Bastrop being new to the district this year– but what most people didn’t know was that STARS varsity outside hitter, Ally Reznicek (11), was playing against her cousin, Quinn Blackwell (10), who’s a hitter…

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Ice bucket challenge raises awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

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  Lou Gehrig was known as the “Iron Horse”. He played 2,130 consecutive baseball games for the Yankees beginning in 1923, regardless of broken fingers and toes until 1939 when his streak ended. Lou’s record wasn’t beaten until 1995.Gehrig won the most valuable player award in 1927, and led the Yankees to seven World Series victories.…

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The Fervent Finland Expedition Week One: Observations, Saunas, and Giant Dandelions

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Moi from Finland! (or Suomi as they say in… well, Suomi!) I have now been in Finland for one week! Well, technically tomorrow will be one week since I arrived in Finland on Saturday. But today it’s officially one week since I left America. This week has been a blast and already an incredible experience,…

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Car-Dee-Car-Car: O’ Henry Pun-Off 2014

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When I was sent to cover the O.Henry Pun Off a few couple back, I had no idea what to expect. I anticipated the O’Henry Pun Festival would take place at O’Henry Middle School. Regrettably, it did not. The Pun Off Festival was held at the O’Henry museum on E. 5th street downtown. As we drove…

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The Fervent Finland Expedition: Pre-Departure

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As many do when they’re feeling nervous, I’ll start by cracking a few jokes.   Q: What is the difference between an empty stomach and a Finnish person who wants to ask something from a stranger? A: You can actually hear the empty stomach. ———- Q: How do you know a Finnish man is madly…

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Interview: Nigerian-American Sophomore Helen Onuorah Shares Thoughts on Nigeria’s Tragedy

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“That could have been me.” Students throughout the Ann Richards School discuss their disbelief on the matter of the April 15th kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian school girls, however few have the same insight and connection to the news story as high school sophomore, Helen Onuorah. Onuorah is the daughter of two Nigerian expats and…

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