Show Me Some (National) ID

By Mary Onishi Just like everyone has a mom, everyone has a national identity. But determining the second is a little trickier than a simple blood test. Factors such as birthright, language, beliefs, values and citizenship play a role in piecing together national identity, according to Associate Professor of U.S. at Texas Tech University History […]

Say ‘Hola’ to Learning a New Language

By Mary Onishi A report by the Modern Language Institute revealed that American enrollment in foreign language courses in higher education is declining. Chairperson of the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures at Texas Tech University Erin Collopy said one reason enrollment rate in foreign language courses is dropping is because students don’t […]

Marriage and Divorce from a Millennial Point of View

Whether it is a discovered note of betrayal, a heated confrontation, or a drink from a bottle, three stories paint a picture of marriage and divorce among a new generation. Growing up with divorced parents has shaped these millennials into who they are today and contributed to the way they make life-long commitments. According to […]

Story Behind the Story: Leslie Postal on the Pulse Nightclub Shooting

In the second episode of The Story Behind the Story podcast, Katie Main is joined by Orlando Sentinel Education Reporter Leslie Postal. Orlando Sentinel covered many stories after the mass murder at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida of June 2016, including profiles of survivors, friends and every person who died. One of Postal’s articles profiled […]

Proposed Voucher Program Stirs Conversation in Lubbock Schools

By Rachel Blevins Dominant figures within the Trump Administration have voiced support for a voucher program that could bring changes in funding to public and private schools. The possibility of its implementation is raising concerns among administrators in Lubbock. Keith Bryant, superintendent of the Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District, said he sees such a program as […]

Celebrities, Politics, and Opinions

By Carley Banks If we listen to celebrities about their latest diet, go-to makeup product, or favorite vacation spot, why do we not listen to their opinion on politics? Whether it is on Twitter, Instagram, or an award show, celebrities have not been silent when it comes to current events, and they have received a lot […]

Trump and The Media: A Relationship Explained

By Rachel Blevins When Donald Trump held his first conference after the election on Jan. 21, he made headlines—not for his remarks about the economy or foreign policy, but for his reaction when he was asked a question by a reporter from CNN. “No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake […]

Muslim Imam: ‘We Feel That We Are American’

By Mary Onishi “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon was blasting through my car’s speakers when I pulled up to the Islamic Center of the South Plains, one of two mosques in Lubbock. I walked into the quiet entrance of the mosque where I was asked to slip off my Chuck Taylors and leave […]

Travel Restrictions Bring Stress, Fear for Students

By Nathan Lawson Since President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Jan. 27 banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, immigrants in the Texas Tech community have voiced their feelings. According to a fact sheet issued by the Department of Homeland Security, the seven countries being denied entry to the United States are Iraq, Syria, Sudan, […]

Activism in 2017: Tweeting the Movement

By Shane Longoria  Since the election of President Donald Trump, protestors across the country – including Lubbock – have taken to the streets to voice their opposition of his administration’s ideas and policies. Lubbock citizens gathered twice in January to join a recent wave of political demonstrations. On Jan. 21, citizens showed their support for the […]

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