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Break the Bank: College students and paying off tuition

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College tuition has consistently risen the past few years. One year of attending a four-year public university can be around $20,000, and can begin to go over that amount when out-of-state tuition is factored in. The average cost of attending a private university gets even higher, being $34,740 a year. Around five years ago the…

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It’s hot in here: Confusion around global warming

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The last week of 2017, the East coast experienced record low temperatures, and on December 28, 2017 Donald Trump tweeted: “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record,” Trump tweeted. “Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries,…

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Fire, Fury, and the Faculty of Donald Trump: What the latest White House exposé reveals about the attitude of the Trump presidency

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Filled with the personal accounts of White House aides, staff and sometimes Trump himself, Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” provides an all-access pass to what Wolff calls “The most extraordinary political storm since Watergate.” Despite being referred to as the “Trump tell-all book,” Wolff exposes something much larger and more disturbing than Donald J. Trump…

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Hypocritical Hollywood: Stars pick and choose when to support movements

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During the most recent Golden Globes, many stars showcased how supportive they really are. The majority of attendees wore black along with “Time’s Up” pins in order to highlight the sexual misconduct that has occurred within the community. Woody Allen, Kevin Spacey, and Harvey Weinstein are some of the major names amongst the group of…

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In a year: Reflecting on growth since Trump’s inauguration

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A little over a year ago, I was preparing for Trump’s inauguration after he was elected President of the United States. After being filled with raw emotion, I poured my heart into an editorial speaking about what I hoped was to come. In the year since Trump’s inauguration, I’ve noticed a downfall in our society…

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Money Hungry Changes: How Youtube prioritizes revenue over consumers

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In the generation of internet fame, it’s important to trace back the roots of our social media platforms and how they started. A popular video website, Youtube, has been getting a lot of attention over the year for its stars, policies, and how quickly it’s changed from being user first to income first. Youtube has…

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High Alert: America faces spike in opioid abuse

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On October 26th, 2017 The White House publicly declared an Opioid Crisis as an official public health emergency. President Donald J. Trump has stated that he would work alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping to combat the issue. Opioids are pain relief drugs that have extra strength and are highly addicting. Opioids allow the brain to…

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Shining bright: One local tradition you may not have heard of

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With the holiday season fast approaching, many Austinites and visitors alike flock to the various festive events hosted around the city, most notably the over 50-year old tradition that lights up Zilker Park come each December: the Trail of Lights. But one light show you might not hear about as often, but still draws quite…

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Upcoming events in Austin: How to spend your free time!

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In the upcoming months, Austin will be filled with spirit and celebration for the holidays. Join in on the festivities with friends and family by going to some of these events:   Dia de los Muertos Concert 11/4/17 – Fiesta Gardens The festival will feature artists in the Latin American and Texan music industries. There…

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In the Driver’s Seat: Women of Saudi Arabia granted right to drive

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On September 26th, 2017, King Salman of Saudi Arabia lifted the country’s restrictions on women driving. The ban was lifted after years of women’s rights advocates pushing for a change in legislation, including,18 years ago in 1990, women protested by driving their cars around until the police stopped them. Women’s rights have always been up…

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Sex Education: A look into the sex education curriculum in the U.S.A

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Since the 1920’s, sex education has been taught in public schools all across the United States. Most curriculums consist of an abstinence-only education, teaching kids how not having sex is key, instead of how to have safe sex if you choose to have sex. The idea to have a sex education class came in 1913,…

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Harvey and Irma, the journey to restoring our homes from the latest Gulf of Mexico hurricanes.

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In the last couple weeks, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have hit the coasts of the southern United States and surrounding countries, devastating millions of homes and hundreds of cities. Harvey and Irma are the only Category 4 Atlantic storms to ever hit the United States in the same year, let alone the same two…

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