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Scary Spice: What Pumpkin Spice shouldn’t be in

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In the more recent year, the pumpkin spice flavoring has increasingly become closely tied to the coming of fall. Coffee shops lets us know when leaves have started falling by pouring pumpkin spice flavored items on the menu again. Pumpkin spice can be good in the occasional pumpkin pie during Thanksgiving, however, I fail to…

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We Matter: Why Clubs Like Real Talk and GSA Amplify Our Voices

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The youth is constantly being spoken over and our voices are not valued when we want to participate in discussions about the issues in our world. When I’ve tried to speak about issues that I’m passionate about with my older peers I have been shut down and told, “You don’t understand it, you’re still young.”…

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We Asked People in San Antonio Who They’re Voting For and This is What They Said

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The Final Crash-down: Trump’s sudden struggle for women voters

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Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore. Merely two weeks after the tape of Donald Trump talking to Billy Bush about sexually harassing woman, Trump is thrown into yet another scandal. Eight woman have stepped up and claimed that Trump sexually assaulted them,…

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Stanford rape case: sparking global outrage and call to change

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Brock Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on Stanford’s campus in 2015. (Photo courtesy Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office/TNS) In January of 2015, Stanford freshman Brock Turner was caught by two of his peers sexually assaulting a half-naked woman behind a dumpster around 1am. The victim and her sister both attended a…

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License to Kill: New “Open Carry” laws implemented in Texas

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The organization “Open Carry Texas” reportedly held demonstrations by filming themselves walking into a Chili’s and a Sonic with semi-automatic weapons strapped to their backs, in an effort to see how management would respond. This was followed with criticism from the NRA, and these tactics were outlawed in six national restaurant chains. On June 13,…

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On blogging, growing up, and finding my passion

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The Flatiron Building right after my meeting with Jessica Preeg. Photo by Willa Smith. “I’m here to see Jessica Preeg?” The security man looks up at me. “Okay, hon, let me check the list.” He finds my name and directs me to the elevators, sending me to the sixth floor. I turn around and see…

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Inside out: On terrorism at home

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People stream in steadily throughout the day to pay their respects at the memorial site for victims of Wednesday’s mass shootings near the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS) When I was in the ninth grade, 2012, the Sandy Hook shooting happened. Twenty first graders…

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On Paris and processing tragedy

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Light rain falls on memorial cards, flowers and candles in Paris on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS) I tried to write this column at one in the morning several days ago. Instead of writing I found myself watching videos about the recent Paris attacks. I looked up coverage of the Paris attacks,…

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How My Mom Made Me Realize College is Important

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When I was little, I remember pressing my chubby, small hands against the window, my cheeks smushed against the cool glass, watching my mom’s black Ford Expedition roll into the driveway late at night. I would hear my dad’s footsteps run into my room, and we would watch my mom exit the car and head…

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month proves power of education

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Maya Maldonado (7) holds breast cancer awareness ribbon while on college visit to Texas State. Photo by Sarah Walker. Pink ribbons have glossed across the screens of televisions nationwide as the United States watches football. The White House was lit up pink on October the first. The Eiffel Tower sported a pink hue on September…

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12 reasons why taking an AP exam is like riding an airplane

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At this time in the year, as a high school junior, I feel like I’ve sold my soul to the College Board. I’ve taken the SAT twice and sat through a total of 4 AP exams, which have, in total, cost about a gazillion dollars. And I have yet to apply to college and deal…

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