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Give Schools a Chance

Joseph Alderman, News Editor
March 24, 2015
Filed under Opinion

In a move to roll back some of the issues with Bush-era education policies, the U.S. legislature attempted to move forward with more education budget reforms, this time hoping to change the way Title I federal funds are used by the states, which currently are regulated by federal mandates requiring their...

Sweeping the Vacci-Nation

Sweeping the Vacci-Nation

Joseph Alderman, News Editor
February 17, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Ever since former doctor Andrew Wakefield co-authored a 1998 paper claiming a connection between MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations and autism, there has been an ever-growing movement of people opposing the practice. Despite the fact that Wakefield has now been publicly revealed as a fraud...

Retirement community vs. the college life

Patricia Dillon, Managing Editor
February 17, 2015
Filed under Opinion

If you click on the “Retire in Commerce Texas” tab on the commercetx.org website, you’ll be directed to an exagerrated  idea of what the small town of Commerce, Texas is. The city is advertising itself as a perfect place for retirement when the majority of the population, nine months out of the...

Learning a foreign language: Why bother?

Patricia Dillon, Managing Editor
February 2, 2015
Filed under Opinion

With English being one of the predominant business languages around the globe, many Americans may wonder why they should bother learning a foreign language. If translators are readily available in numerous countries, then why should learning a foreign language be required for native English speakers? Unfortunately...

A Mathematician’s Apology

Ismael Isak, Staff Writer
November 13, 2014
Filed under Opinion

I recently heard an anecdote about a math teacher who was teaching a group of students about sequences and series. He showed them that a particular sequence of numbers adds up to a certain amount. When he was done, a student asked him, “What’s the point of that?” Now that seriously bothers me because...

The Internet has spoiled us

Ryan Scott, Sports Editor
November 5, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Throughout the history of mankind, humans have looked for ways to convey ideas and messages to one another in the easiest and most convenient ways possible. Through prehistoric times, humans created things such as language and writing were created to serve as a way for humans to send these messages....

Hiding behind the curtain of anonymity

Ryan Scott, Sports Editor
October 22, 2014
Filed under Opinion

It’s no secret that the rise of the internet in the last 20 years has had one of the biggest impacts on humankind in all of recorded history. With what seems like an endless amount of possibilities, the internet can seem like a magical place where anything can happen if you have enough time on your...

‘One cannot survive without math’

Ismael Isak, Senior Reporter
October 15, 2014
Filed under Opinion

When I was a child I enjoyed doing magic tricks. My younger siblings and parents loved it. But I soon realized I couldn’t go far with magic because I thought to myself, “Hey if they loved that trick then they will really love how it works.” So I showed them, and I got a blank stare from my little...

For the most part, professors are on your side

Andrew Burnes, Editor
October 8, 2014
Filed under Opinion

It isn’t very easy being a teacher in the state of Texas. It never has been. Coming from a long line of teachers in my family, I know the struggle firsthand. It’s a difficult job, an oftentimes thankless one. The wages are low and unless something dramatic changes happen in Texas this November, it...

Giving thanks to a splendid university

Andrew Burnes, Editor
September 17, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Sometimes we, as students of Texas A&M University-Commerce, can get big-headed. We think that we can sleep wherever we want to sleep while we’re under the magnificent A&M-Commerce lion banner. We think that we, who are mere mortals just passing through, have a say in the legacy that is the...

9/11: A story about people

Andrew Burnes, Editor
September 11, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Sept. 11, 2001. 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...

Live your life, don’t just go through the motions

Patricia Dillon, Managing Editor / Web Master
September 9, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Some people will go through life making all the right decisions, folllowing all the rules, working the nine-to-five shift and basically playing it safe. But is this really living? We go to school for the the first 18  years of our life, learning essentials such as math, english, science and reading....

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