Keeping the Soap in Your Mouth

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 print edition.

By Iris Vasquez Guerrero

Since I can remember my parents have always scolded me for using foul language in their presence. I was brought up in a fairly strict household, where if I even whispered a bad word I would get more than just yelled at.  Up until very recently have I become bolder and use some questionable language in front of them, to which they still give the side eye.  The freedom that is allowed in the classroom can sometimes become a bit overwhelming and even somewhat vulgar when students take their liberty to heart.

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“The Play About Lady Parts” And Why It Matters

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 print edition.

By Rebekah Rodriguez

Three years ago, on the eve of my eighteenth birthday, I was scrolling through my news feed when I came upon an announcement. It turned out to be a casting call taking place the next day for Eve Ensler’s famous play, The Vagina Monologues.

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Only in Laredo

By Judith Menchaca

We’ve all heard variations of the expression, “your expectations will set the limits for your life.”  If you expect little, it can be projected you will receive little, and vice versa.  Great expectations produce the great outcomes we all deserve.  Though we can readily apply this axiom to our daily lives, it is unfortunate that we fail to recognize the potential impact this mindset (or lack thereof) has on our community.

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Long Live the Cowboy?

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 print edition.

by Dominique Flores

The Lone Star State has symbolized the independence Texas built its ideals over since is seperation from Mexico. Cowboys, Generation X perservationists, began Texas’s individualistic culture based on agricultural functionality. Native Texans, that is, based their economics on the practice of farming, in which deligence is the state’s security.  An attitude for self reliance and a preference for minimal government intrusion is the result: “The primary function of government is to ensure the stability of a society so that individuals can pursue their own interests,” adds one author of Government and Politics of the Lone Star State.

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The Future of Downtown Laredo

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 print edition.

by I.M. Kero

Texas A&M International University hosted a lecture from renowned city designer, Jeff Speck. Speck is the author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time. He gave a detailed analysis of how downtown Laredo has the potential to become livelier.

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Higher Education in Laredo

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 print edition. 

By Kassandra Garza

As a local born and raised in Laredo, TX. I have seen that Laredo has been growing in a very fast pace. Many small businesses booming from left to right and many apartments being built all over the city. Since the city is growing with the population it is also important that our society has a higher education school. Texas A&M international University offers an economic solution to help combat expensive education.

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SGA Hosts City Council Debate Forum

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 print edition.

Story and photos by I.M. Kero

A special election is being held for a new member to represent District 2 on the city council. Three candidates were invited on February 9 to square off in the prime-time debate that was hosted by the Student Government Association.

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