The East Texan

Local man wins nationwide contest

The 1967 C10 Spitfire gets unloaded from the trailer

John Parsons, Staff Reporter

April 7, 2020

Matt Brockway, 40, recently won the grand prize in the Stoker Tobacco 1967 C10 Spitfire pickup truck sweepstakes. He has lived in Commerce eight years with his wife and three children. Stoker has conducted other contests with trips as the grand prize but decided to offer something durable this ...

Our university has responded appropriately to the coronavirus

Campus crossroads stands deserted

John Parsons, Columnist

April 4, 2020

Texas A&M University-Commerce has been proactive in reducing the spread of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus defined as a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans, according to the World Health Organization, by taking measures that reduce the spread of the virus. The coron...

Bringing attention to the minimum wage in Texas

Smaller local restaurants like Los Mochis would find it difficult stay in business if the minimum
wage was raised too high.

Ashley Peoples, Staff Reporter

February 26, 2020

By: Ashley Peoples | Staff Reporter Texas has not raised its minimum wage in 10 years while 21 states raised theirs at the start of 2020. According to an article published on March 5, 2019 by The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), a preemption law over minimum wage was passed in Texas in 2003...

Civility Commitment at A&M Commerce

Lindsey Wiley, Staff Reporter

February 19, 2020

Civility: The formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech. The idea of a Civility Commitment at Texas A&M University-Commerce was proposed by president Mark J. Rudin in January 2019 and implemented in the fall 2019.  The goal of the Civility Commitment is to “enhance civility and collegiality amon...

Dr. Rudin releases Campus Action Safety Plan

Esme Galvan, Staff Reporter

February 18, 2020

In light of the Pride Rock Residence Hall shooting, Dr. Rudin has enacted a campus action safety plan. Emails were sent to students, staff and faculty concerning the future of security on campus.  Released on Feb. 10, the plan includes working with increasing patrols around campus and extending s...

Senate Bill 18 Seeks To Clarify Boundaries

A universities designated free speech zone|courtesy of American Civil Liberties Union

Brianna Patt, Opinion Editor

February 16, 2020

Passed on June 10, 2019, Senate Bill 18 is an expressive activity bill designed to ensure the guidelines of Free Speech on a college campus are followed. “The legislature last session,” Governance Associate James Vanbebber said.” “Decided that we have a policy that explains and meets all ...

Photo Gallery: Campus holds candlelight vigil in memory of Deja Matts

Tea light candles light up the stage in memory of Deja Matts.

Esme Galvan, Staff Reporter

February 12, 2020

Texas A&M University-Commerce held a candlelight vigil in memory of Deja Matts in the Rayburn Student Center on Feb. 11, 2020. Deja and Abbaney Matts were victims of the Pride Rock Residence Hall shooting on Feb. 3, 2020.

VIDEO – A&M-Commerce Shelter-in-Place Lifted (Spanish)

Esme Galvan, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2020

By: Esme Galvan | Staff Reporter The East Texan report in Spanish on the situation at Texas A&M University-Commerce after the shelter in place order was lifted on Feb 3, 2020.

UPDATE – BREAKING NEWS: Pride Rock Shooting Suspect also accused for Denton homicide

Jacques Smith of Rowlett, who is accused of killing two sisters at Texas A&M University-Commerce, is also a capital murder suspect in a Denton homicide.

Esme Galvan, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2020

On Thursday afternoon, the Denton Police Department accused Jaques Smith, 21, as a suspect of the homicide of a 22-year-old man on New Year’s Eve. Steven Daniels Jr., 22, was shot inside the gated parking lot of Midtown 905 Apartments in Denton and was declared dead at Medical City Denton Hospital from a...

UPDATE: Texas A&M University-Commerce confirms arrest of shooter suspect from Pride Rock Residence Hall investigation

A&M-Commerce UPD secures the scene.

Drew Ivery, Co-Editor/Sports Editor

February 4, 2020

By: Drew Ivery | Co-Editor/Sports Editor Earlier today, Texas A&M University-Commerce released it's latest update on the ongoing investigation at the Pride Rock Residence Hall. A&M-Commerce confirmed via the Pride Alert Warning System (PAWS), the arrest of suspect 21-year-old Jacques Dshawn S...

UPDATE: President Mark Rudin releases names & additional details on campus shooting

Abby with Deja at her graduation

Joseph Miller and Drew Ivery

February 4, 2020

By: Joseph Miller & Drew Ivery | Co-Editors The Texas A&M University-Commerce Police Department has confirmed the identities of the victims in yesterday’s shooting on campus.  The first victim identified is Deja Matts, a 19-year-old freshman at A&M-Commerce that was studying for a Bache...

UPDATE: University President and UPD Chief Hold Press Conference Addressing Pride Rock Residence Hall Investigation

Dr. Rudin discussed the shooting incident at Pride Rock Residence Hall during a Monday afternoon press conference. | Photo by Esme Galvan.

Esme Galvan, Staff Reporter

February 3, 2020

President Mark Rudin and University Police Chief Bryan Vaughn held a press conference on the main entrance to campus on University Drive addressing the Pride Rock Residence Hall investigation.  Chief Vaughn confirmed that two adult females were found dead in Pride Rock and a 2-year-old child was...

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