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The best and worst of halloween candy

The month of October brings about Halloween, the one day of the year when it is acceptable for people to dress up in crazy costumes, visit strangers’ houses and eat unhealthy amounts of candy. Of course, not all Halloween candy is made equal. This is a sentiment that anyone can agree

Back to budgeting basics

Budgeting is not about catching good deals at stores, but it is about how to save money. Sometimes I think a review on basics can do us good, no matter where our finances are. I recommend laying out your bills each month up against your income so you can see what

We book review

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin is arguably the first dystopian novel written, before George Orwell 1984. This work is rather interesting in that there is no sense of a definitively wholesome protagonist presented for the reader to follows. The story is told through the journal entries of a lead architect, who

Vote for the Denton ISD Bond

One of the main points of pride Dentonites own is their dedication to education. As a college town that boasts two universities and residents who exceed the state average for obtaining bachelor’s degrees, it’s obvious we take our schools seriously. Now it’s time for Denton residents to make the right

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What You Need to Know

  On April 10 Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, appeared before congress to testify in regard to Facebook’s role in a massive improper data release in conjunction with British political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Analytica, per their website, is a consulting firm that focuses on data mining, brokerage and analysis to

Gun Control: to reform or not

By now, most people living in America are accustomed to the not-so-breaking news of a  mass shooting. It’s a process that people now know too well. First, there’s a tragic shooting, which leads to grief, outrage and calls for action. If those affected make a big enough disruption, then maybe

Killing time or killing sperm?

E-cigarettes and vapes are heavily marketed to young adults or smokers addicted to nicotine.  Since a standard cigarette involves burning tobacco, an e-cigarette is seen as safer because it does not involve combustion or inhalation of tar or carbon monoxide. Because of this misconception, research on damages caused by e-cigs and

The truth about incompetence

Victim-blaming, gun control, feminism and pride are all words that social media discusses flagrantly on a day-to-day basis. Our society recognizes these as problems, but these controversies may be a result of more individual problems.  The Dunning-Kruger Effect is a phenomenon where individuals who are actually underperforming, generally overrate their performances due to a lack of metacognitive skills. A TedEd video called “Why Incompetent People

Deleting social media increases happiness

Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook are just a few of the social media platforms that many individuals spend time scrolling through daily. According to The Telegraph, “The average person has five social media accounts and spends around one hour and 40 minutes browsing these networks every day.” Last fall, I felt

Robert S. Mueller III: The case against Russia

  Who Is Robert S. Mueller III? Robert Swan Mueller III is an American lawyer who is currently serving as special counsel in charge of conducting a “full and thorough investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” per the Office of the Deputy Attorney General.

Seven Mile serves up charm to community

What first drew me in to the Seven Mile Cafe was the knowledge that they have plenty of vegan options. As I entered what looks like a quaint, little blue house converted to a restaurant, I immediately sensed I had found a place with real charm.  My sister, Jenna, accompanied me

Ignored Red Flags

Mourning Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School On Wednesday Feb. 14, 2018, tragedy struck Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Former student Nikolas Cruz opened fire on students at 2:21 p.m., according to Fox news. The gunman shot and killed 17 victims and injured 14 others. As the community mourns the

Education Equity

First-year students learn quickly that majors begin to define their lifestyle and the people that surround them. Circulating through different major circles is easier in core classes, but major genres are enough to fit people into small subcategories of “artistic,” “intellectual,” or “creative.” The differentiation between creativity and intellect does

All the Eternal Love I Have for Pumpkins

Known as the “Polka Dot Princess,” Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist, avant-garde sculptor and author. The exhibit, “All the Eternal Love I Have for Pumpkins,” will be at the Dallas Museum of Art through Feb. 25. Tickets to this exhibit cost $16, and the exhibit itself is limited to two people

Breaking the Pattern

Big bows and pigtails, Frilly dresses and pink everywhere. Told to not say this or don’t do that, To sit straight and talk soft. To not curse and to stay neat. Dainty and polite is what is expected, Loud-spoken and boyish is not an option. Boy shorts and tank tops were not accepted, Clean shoes and brushed hair