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Centennial Celebration Followed by Groundbreaking

Centennial Celebration Followed by Groundbreaking

Gwiwon Jason Nam, Staff Reporter
March 10
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Texas A&M University - Commerce celebrated 100 years as a state institution with the “Century as Lions” Ceremony and Nursing & Health Science Building Ground Breaking March 10. It has been nearly one hundred years since a telegram arrived in Commerce on March 14, 1917 indicating t...

Athletic Fee Referendum Proposed to Hire More Faculty

Athletic Fee Referendum Proposed to Hire More Faculty

Travis Hairgrove, Editor
March 1
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With pending state legislation that includes a senate bill proposing the freezing of tuition at state institutions of higher education for the next four years and another calling for each college or university to reduce their budget by 15 percent for the next academic year, growing universities like...

Panhandling Attracts Attention in Hunt County

Panhandling Attracts Attention in Hunt County

Imogené Wofford, Entertainment Editor
March 1
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Some local people have most likely seen panhandling one time or another such as someone standing on the side of the road, holding up a piece of cardboard with something like “Will work for money” or “spare change”. Panhandling, sometimes referred to as soliciting, has become a growing issue...

For a Rainy Day

For a Rainy Day

Todd Kleiboer, Web Editor
February 27
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Atop Whitley Hall there may soon be a CASA (Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere) radar installed pending the finalization of the grant for its construction, giving the surrounding area a warning of severe weather that more distant radars may fail to register in time. “The CASA radar is par...

ASPIRE Reaches for a Future Filled with Constant Collaboration

ASPIRE Reaches for a Future Filled with Constant Collaboration

Imogené Wofford, Entertainment Editor
February 23
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On Feb. 7, the community of Commerce, members of Commerce’s school district and faculty and staff of the university got together to once again to discuss improving Commerce’s school system, the city and the quality of life in Commerce for Commerce. This event was dedicated to the presentations...

A Firestorm Over Civil Assets Forfeiture

A Firestorm Over Civil Assets Forfeiture

Travis Hairgrove, Editor
February 21
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Three months left to go, and the 85th Texas State Legislative Session has already proven to be an especially heated one. Passionate battles over transgender bathroom rights, the explicit ban of sanctuary cities, and (of course) more gun law reforms have all sparked their share of fierce debates, but...

Executive Order Raises Concerns for International Students

Executive Order Raises Concerns for International Students

Gwiwon Jason Nam, Staff Reporter
February 16
Filed under News, Student Life

The Executive Order on the travel ban has been temporarily lifted, but international students at Texas A&M University – Commerce are expressing concerns because the situation is fluid and travel guidelines could change rapidly. “Our Muslim students are scared after hearing that order,” the...

Sanctuary Debate Heats Up

Sanctuary Debate Heats Up

Christian Aleman, Acacia Munoz, Evangelina Morales, and Johnny Espinoza
February 13
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The sanctuary movement continues as undocumented people and supporters fight on to create safe environments to continue living their “American Dream,” but federal and state officials threaten to cut funding to cities or state institutions if they should decide to offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. Gov....

Our Century as Lions

Our Century as Lions

Elizabeth Rodriguez, Writer
February 9
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In 1889, William L. Mayo founded a private teachers’ college in Cooper, Texas. The school, then called East Texas Normal College, was established in order educate rural teachers. The campus was destroyed by a fire in 1889 and was then relocated to Commerce, Texas where it struggled to survive. In...

ASPIRE-ing to New Heights

ASPIRE-ing to New Heights

Imogené Wofford, Entertainment Editor
February 9
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ASPIRE is a project that aims to raise the level of education and increase the quality of life to Commerce and the surrounding areas and is a collaboration between A&M-Commerce’s College of Education and Human Services, Commerce ISD, and the City of Commerce. Head of the collaboration is Dean...

Commerce Celebrates New Businesses with Ribbon Cutting

Commerce Celebrates New Businesses with Ribbon Cutting

Christian Aleman, News Editor
February 8
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The Commerce Chamber of Commerce celebrated the expansion of business in the community with two ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the new gym, Commerce Fitness, and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, under new ownership. “I like it, I like it,” Dickey’s owner, Aaron Byrd said. “I like ribbon cuttings because...

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Christian Aleman, Johnny Espinoza, Evangelina Morales, and Acacia Munoz
February 2
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The idea of designating a university as a “sanctuary campus” has come up among college students at universities around the nation the past several months and, having gained traction before the presidential election, is still being discussed. A sanctuary campus is similar to the idea of a sanctuary...

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