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Charges dropped against Jussie Smollett: A whitewash of justice?

January 29, ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett filed a report with the police claiming to have been beaten by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him, put a noose around his neck and proceeded to pour bleach on him. However, the initial investigation by Chicago police found that Smollett might

Experience Denton the right way

Denton is home to many unique stops, but certain places hold a special place in my heart. If you are a wino like me, a little place called Wine Squared might make your heart throb. The calm atmosphere, upbeat staff members and games make for a perfect laid back night. Since

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate

A hotly debated issue we often see in today’s world is the topic of vaccinations. Many of us have scrolled down Facebook or seen advertisements on billboards, either advocating for vaccines or protesting against them. Either way, it is important for us to become informed decision-makers on this topic in order to form a sound

The bees are back

Bees are making a comeback after a period of endangerment caused by a deadly combination of Varroa mites and neonicotinoid pesticides. For two years, some research linked the decline to climate change, others said it was a natural function in the species, but the consensus among scientists now is that the mites and the

TWU pushes agenda at Texas State Capitol

One slogan that Texas Woman’s University lives by is to “learn by doing.” Whether through classes or through student organizations, I have seen TWU’s continuous effort to engage students in hands-on experience in order to enhance their educations. One of these real-world experiences that TWU offers to students every year is TWU’s Day at

Emilie’s defense stands the test of time

Last Saturday, Texas Woman’s University’s Redbud Theatre presented Lauren Gunderson's play, “Emilie La Marquise de Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight,” directed by Dr. Patrick Bynane. Running from Feb. 13 through Feb. 17, the Valentine’s production explored the many faces of love, loss and mindful pursuits through one woman’s post-mortem search for meaning. Bynane’s production brought

Independent media is essential to university communities

Over the last several years, student media outlets – many of them century-old institutions - have faced progressive budget cuts which, if they continue, threaten to silence student voices in the ongoing conversation that is American democracy. Newspapers have become synonymous with one prolific, dreaded phrase over the last decade: budget cuts. As

Scary letters lead to academic inadequacy

People of the world are developing anxiety and fears over situations that should not create these feelings. Almost everything around the world seems to generate some form of negative response from people all over. Recently, I read an article about students having a fear of capital letters. Apparently, these big, bold,

Brighten up Christmas with holiday lights

Now that it is objectively acceptable to celebrate all things Christmas, here is the down-low on where to go to see the best lights in town. For northeastern TWU students at the Dallas and Denton campuses, free holiday fun is easy to come by in the DFW area. A few of

Don’t you dare Thanksgiving detox

After a holiday like Thanksgiving, feasters often feel like they owe their bodies an apology and fall for false detox campaigns that health “experts” make their Christmas bonuses off of. These rip-offs run rampant among college students, especially. The truth of the matter is, those considering dieting after Thanksgiving dinner either

Conquer test anxiety

Test anxiety is defined as a fear of failing that you feel before or while taking an important examination. No matter how hard you prepare for the test, somehow you just blank. Not every student gets test anxiety, but according to the American Test Anxieties Association (AMTAA), 16-20% struggle with high

When the power of the pen results in murder

Words have power, and Saudi Arabia officials seem to recognize that since they killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Yes, I know that is a bold statement to make, and a dangerous one if I lived anywhere but the United States, but I truly believe that Khashoggi’s death was not unplanned. Khashoggi was

Trump sacrifices transgender rights for political gain

The Trump administration recently announced that they are considering changing their approach to how they treat transgender individuals under the law in the latest in a series of attacks on the trans community. The effort to redefine trans rights, backed by the Health and Human Services Department, would prevent gender identity

U.S. must reinvest in STEM to reverse ACT trends

ACT math scores have dropped to a 20-year low, according to ACT’s annual report. The report, released Oct. 17, reveals that a mere 40 percent of graduates who took the ACT in 2018 met a benchmark demonstrating they could succeed in a freshman algebra class. That percentage is down 1 percent

Just say no

Saying “no” seems to be hard for some. Being a people-pleaser makes saying “no” seem like an impossible task. In this article, I will explain why being a people-pleaser is not the best route and why saying “no” is so important. Personally, I struggle with saying “no” to anyone. If I

’90s fashion is back- for now

Fishnets, oversized denim jackets and mom jeans – ‘90s grunge fashion is back with a vengeance. From mini backpacks to Doc Martins, nostalgic fashion ensembles are trending this season. Whether you are talking about the move away from perfectly contoured faces to more natural looks, or the shift from crop tops to

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