Category: Opinion

Chasing Smoke

By Ricky Castillon

December 9, 2016.


After months of stalling and procrastination, winter has finally come to south Texas. On this particular morning I had already been out to drop off my youngest brother at his high school, picked up some breakfast and coffee for myself, come home, run around the backyard with my dog for as long as I could stand before the impending chill threatened my already-failing attempt to fight off a cold, begun work on some watercolor illustrations I hadn’t gotten the chance to work on.


It was then I realized my mistake. The previous day I’d been working in the computer lab at the university and that I’d left my bag with brushes and ink pens that I was going to need. It was a rookie move, with the amount of traffic a lab can get this close to finals week spelled danger for any lost items or overpriced art supplies. I hurried down the stairs, grabbed my keys and was off. As soon as I turned the corner, about to exit my neighborhood, I noticed something. As clear as day, black against the white December sky arose a huge plume of black smoke.

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Continuing The Pursuit of Happiness

I think it’s safe to say that this past year was an eventful one for all of us. I am no exception to the chaos that marked the past twelve months. My twenty-first year of life was filled with many firsts, both good and bad. Sometimes it’s still hard for me to distinguish which moments fall into which category. If we’re being honest here, some moments belong in both.


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There’s Something About Zuckerberg

If one were to compare and contrast the last decade and the current one, there would be a stark difference with the use of social media. Social media has been around for more than ten years, and in Western society, it is used much in everyday life. It seems almost harder to run a business without the use of social media, and even if people do not actively post or participate on it, they are some that at least are passive observers that continue the flow of digital information. One specific company has become synonymous with all social media, Facebook.

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The Most Powerful Man on Earth

By Catherine Geissler

We doubted he would be allowed to run for office. We doubted he would become the Republic Presidential Nominee. We doubted he would be the President Elect.

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Crazy things have happened this year. The people of United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The American people voted for Donald Trump to be president of the United States. Turkey is planning to change sides. Russia’s sphere of influence grows, and here we are in America, the world’s most powerful country, crying and having our feelings hurt.
There is nothing wrong with feeling the pain. I feel it too, but we cannot let it control. There is going to be a time when we must stand our ground and fight.

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Killing for Free Tuition

My undergrad experience at Texas A&M International University was almost two full calendar years. I began school full time in January 2015 during Wintermester. As I think about it today, it doesn’t feel like such a distant memory. From then on, I pushed on through the spring semester, summer sessions, and fall. Then I repeated the process in 2016, and now I’m here. I was able to do this because I had free tuition.

Initially, some people wonder how I did it. They thought that I had rich parents that paid every session and semester, which is likely. They thought I got massive amounts of scholarships because of how well I’ve performed in my classes which is also likely, but I didn’t do any of that.

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Family, Redefined

I have never known what it’s like to have a normal family.

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The TAMIU Electorate: Who We Voted For

This article is split into four sections, with several TAMIU students explaining their reasoning behind voting for one of this year’s four major candidates.

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Should I?

By Veronica Hernandez

Back in 2009 I was faced with the most important decision of my life. I had to choose whether to go to a regular high school in this case Nixon, or attend Laredo Early College High School. In 2009 I had no clue of what I wanted to be when I grew up. Part of me wanted to have that “high school” experience, and to be with my friends. The other part of me was somehow forcing me to mature and already have my mind made of what career I wanted to pursue.

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Free Speech?

By Jasmine Speer

Recently University of Toronto’s Dr .Jordan B. Petersen held a speech rally supporting his idea to refuse using gender pronouns for transgender people.  He made controversial statements in his rally, there is a video of extreme importance on YouTube that surfaced, revealing Doctor Jordan B. Petersen’s opinions on  Canadian Parliamentary Bill C-16: a bill that would legalize punishment for people who refuse to use binary gender pronouns.  Moreover, a certain type of censorship occurred at the rally where the Jordan Petersen held his speech.  People who did not agree with his views deliberately silenced him by turning on a white noise machine to make his speech extremely difficult to hear for audience to hear.

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