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The Struggle is Real

The Struggle is Real

Travis Hairgrove, Editor

September 28, 2016


Filed under Features, News

In observance of Recovery Month, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity presented a guest speaker with a truly horrific yet inspiring story to tell on Thursday, Sept. 22. The presenter was Laura Jackson, an author, entrepreneur and substitute teacher, and a survivor of intense and...

A Piano Recital With a Literary Twist

A Piano Recital With a Literary Twist

Travis Hairgrove, Editor

September 28, 2016


Filed under A&E, Features

The grievous, soul pouring sound of Beethoven’s music continues to tug at the heartstrings of people of all musical tastes. Likewise, the inner and outer conflict so perfectly captured by William Shakespeare’s words still resonates with audiences 400 years after the bard’s death. Next Wednesday...

University Founder’s Gravesite Gets a Makeover

University Founder’s Gravesite Gets a Makeover

Isabella Garcia, Staff Reporter

September 28, 2016


Filed under Features, News

Almost 100 years ago, Commerce founder and professor, William Leonidas Mayo, was buried on campus on March 14, 1917. Although preparations and funding has been an ongoing process for a few years, construction for the renovations on the gravesite is currently undergoing a five week process that is set...

Banding together for Amber

Banding together for Amber

Christian Aleman, Staff Writer

September 21, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase, Student Life

The Pride Marching Band showed support for freshman horn player Amber Johnson, who was struck by a car at the Whitley Hall crosswalk on September 10, by wearing yellow ribbons during their rehearsal this past Thursday. “I think it’s in times like these, that you feel alone kind of, especially...

Commerce’s Common Cricket Invasion Explained

Commerce’s Common Cricket Invasion Explained

Travis Hairgrove, Editor

September 21, 2016


Filed under Features, Student Life

Most people who have been in Commerce for three or more years are well familiar with how severe cricket invasions can get in the early fall. The wall-covering blankets of chirping insects and the foul odor one notices before even setting eyes on the swarm is one of those things that A&M-Commerce...

Whose Lion is it Anyway?

Whose Lion is it Anyway?

Alex Medrano, Staff Reporter

September 21, 2016


Filed under A&E, Features

“Whose Line Is It Anyways,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “MadTV” made comedic-improv popular in the 1990’s. Today, improv has grown to comedy clubs and improv troupes in every major city. A group at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Cricket City Improv creates a safe space to mix being...

Free From Fear

Free From Fear

Travis Hairgrove, Editor

September 16, 2016


Filed under Features, News

“Racism, both then and now, is illogical, insane and irrational, but we try to be like scholars and write about it in a rational, sane way…and it’s hard to write about insanity in a sane manner,” Dr. Robert L. Green, a colleague and personal friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said in a conference...

“Never to be Forgotten”

“Never to be Forgotten”

Christian Aleman, Staff Writer

September 12, 2016


Filed under Features

15 years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, the United States was jolted by attacks carried out by al-Qaeda at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the field in Pennsylvania. Two students, a professor, a veteran, and a survivor shared their memories of the events of that day that marked history. “A person...

The hills (on campus) are alive with the sound of ROCKING!

The hills (on campus) are alive with the sound of ROCKING!

Travis Hairgrove, Editor

July 18, 2016


Filed under A&E, Features

Teenagers walking around with their heads down with smartphones in hand, completely immersed in texting, Snapchatting, Tweeting or playing Pokémon GO is hardly an uncommon sight; but mass migrations of them marauding in one direction with Fender P-Basses or Gibson SGs slung over their shoulders or drumsticks...

Local student moonlights as up-and-coming rapper

Local student moonlights as up-and-coming rapper

Alissa Silva, Student Life Editor

April 13, 2016


Filed under Features

There were moments when he would sit directly in front of the television on his neighbor Ms. Jules’ coffee table watching Pastor Creflo Dollar's sermons, and everyone thought he would be a preacher. But, then there were those moments where he would wait for his step-dad to get out of the truck...

Commerce Student Seeks Career in Capitol

Commerce Student Seeks Career in Capitol

Diana Vasquez, Staff Writer

April 13, 2016


Filed under Features

Aaron Williford starts his mornings differently this spring than he did last fall. Instead of waking up in his dorm room at Texas A&M University-Commerce, he wakes up to the Washington DC skyline and catches his metro ride to work that day. “At first, I was scared,” Williford said. “I had...

Premed prodigy studies what’s close to heart

Premed prodigy studies what’s close to heart

Kerry Wilson, Staff Writer

April 13, 2016


Filed under Features

She might be a whiz kid. Of course, that depends on society’s definition of the term. One fact stands, however. She is a sophomore in college – and also a 17-year-old. Kaitlyn Shahankary is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Texas A&M University-Commerce as a premed student....

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