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A lion to a cub

Kerry Wilson, Opinion Editor
August 31, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Student Life

Welcome back Lion family! Once again the time has come for us to continue on the path toward earning a college degree and moving forward in life. For those of us who are college veterans, this journey is pretty common. We move back here from our hometowns and engage in a world of our own, making the...

An uncomfortable but needed discussion about suicide

An uncomfortable but needed discussion about suicide

Travis Hairgrove, Editor
July 19, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Student Life

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this column are solely that of the writer, who is not a licensed professional counselor, and therefore should not be considered qualified psychological advice. The rumor had been spreading since his death in late April, that A&M-Commerce’s belo...

The Fade of Creativity in Modern Rap

Kerry Wilson, Staff Writer
April 27, 2016
Filed under Music, Opinion

Rap music’s evolution from the late 1970s to 2016 has been quite a journey. Iconic hit rap songs such as “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang, “I Need Love” by LL Cool J, and “California Love” by Tupac define what is now known as the golden age of rap, according to Sam Rakoczy’s article...

The truth about “not black enough”

Hunter Kimble, Opinion Editor
April 25, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Growing up as a Black girl in the suburbs of Dallas of a borderline medium class home, I had always come across the term “not black enough.” I would always be asked trivial questions like “Do you know who Celie from ‘The Color Purple’ is?”, “Do you like Hip-Hop?”, “Do you eat greens...

Does rap music really influence violence?

Brittany Beans, The East Texan Contributor
April 20, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Rap music is a large part of the African-American culture, a major part of the music industry, and often a platform used to address various social issues, concerns, and reflect cultural norms. However, this music genre is frequently seen as hateful, riot inciting, derogatory, and a genre that encourages...

The last, best hope for humanity

The last, best hope for humanity

Andrew Burnes, Editor
February 20, 2016
Filed under News, Opinion

It should be a sure thing. From plans to track Muslims like Jews in Nazi Germany to wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on walls "with a big door in the middle," to calling the Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage the "darkest day in our country's history" to claiming that the Egyptian pyramids...

Peter Criss (1978)

Peter Criss (1978)

Andrew Burnes, Editor
January 5, 2016
Filed under A&E, Music, News, Opinion

**** I am both an unapologetic fan of '70s KISS and an avid reader of Rolling Stone magazine. Neither side has ever really seen eye-to-eye with the other. While I mostly agree with the reviews the magazine publishes, there are, obviously, times when I disagree. Their reviews for KISS' material in...

SGA Bids Farewell to Advisor

Student Government Association of TAMU-C
October 21, 2015
Filed under Features, Opinion

*Due to a mistake on the part of the East Texan staff, this announcement failed to run for the October 22 issue. It is with our apologies that we post it here. Dear Josh,   It is with mixed emotions that we must say farewell for now. While all of us in Senate realize that you are tak...

Running off the road toward Insanity Cliff

Running off the road toward Insanity Cliff

Andrew Burnes, Editor
October 15, 2015
Filed under Opinion

So it’s come to this. Three years ago, I took a class on this campus under one of my favorite people: Noah Nelson. It was the year 2012 and the presidential election was at full strength. It was our class’s job to watch the presidential debates, learn about the two candidates, and decide who would...

9/11: A story about people

9/11: A story about people

Andrew Burnes, Editor
September 11, 2015
Filed under Opinion

It’s a date that we all know well. Its haunting story now graces the pages of every history text. Where two massive towers proudly stood atop the Manhattan skyline, there are now two holes in the ground and the memory of what occurred on that grisly day. In the distance, a new huge tower rises up to...

Religious freedom masking discrimination

Religious freedom masking discrimination

Joseph Alderman, News Editor
April 9, 2015
Filed under Opinion

It is becoming a strange and disturbing habit of late for people to try to abuse others in the name of freedom. The most recent and publicized example of this is Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Act, a document authored under the guise of defending the religious practices of residents and combatting...

The debate on bathrooms: Who can go where?

Patricia Dillon, Managing Editor
April 9, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Florida, Texas, and other states have drafted a bill that would make it illegal for a person to enter a bathroom not designated for the biological sex he or she was assigned at birth. In Texas, a bill has also been presented where a bystander can sue a transgender person for up to $2000 dollars plus...

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