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There is a big trend going on in the “mass communication sphere” with the big burst of podcasts. They can be informative and impressive with grand overarching stories that suck you in, like famous podcasts Limetown or Serial. It can also be something silly, like The Last Podcast on the Left, a show over alien abductions or other cryptids. Some keep the idea of following the same formula as a radio show, such as the infamous Welcome to Night Vale.  The thing is, I want a piece of that pie. And every creative person, who I love and respect deeply, took all the slices before I could even try to reach out and take that glorious sweet fulfilling food.

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Homecoming season is approaching, which also means the long-awaited bonfire concert is closer than it appears. This year, the artist is electric pop duo 3Oh!3, giving the students a surprise. Even last year with Jesse McCartney, students were excited to attend the concert and bonfire. However, previous artists got mixed feedback. Most of the time, the artist was in the Country genre. This gave the impression that the school was only trying to make the Nacogdoches community and Alumni happy. However, these past two years, the artists not only are known by students, but are also ones that are enjoyable. So, has the Student Activities Association started to listen to the students? 

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Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15 and ends Oct. 15.  The purpose of Hispanic Heritage Month is to celebrate the accomplishments of both Hispanic and Latinx cultures. To Hispanic and Latinx people, this month means a lot. It’s a time to reflect on the struggles our Hispanic and Latinx families have been through to get us to where we are now (college) and to celebrate the culture. But, although you celebrate the culture and embrace your ethnicity, people won’t always see it positively.

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I hate denim.

In my third year as a college student, I have been trying to dress better. Not that there’s anything wrong with constantly wearing leggings and big shirts, but I’ve been wanting to start the year on a more self-confident note. Due to that, I have been opting for more jeans and nice shirts than the comfortable alternative. However, I have learned one unfortunate side effect of wearing jeans and nice shirts.

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SFA students can agree on one thing: the school’s Wi-Fi connection is unreliable. One thing that throws students off is that when they get to the school and try to connect to the Wi-Fi, the procedure is complicated. This leads to students not wanting to connect and using their own data. Another issue is that when students use their laptop,s the Wi-Fi doesn’t want to connect, even in the middle of campus or in the Student Center. Same goes for the phones, students have mentioned their phones won’t stay connected to the Wi-Fi and get frustrated, especially when needing them for either school purposes or recreational usage. Classes now are sometimes flipped, where half of the class is online, the other is practicing in the classroom (mostly for language courses) and others are mostly online classes. So, if the student body needs to use the school Wi-Fi for most of their school work and for occasional downtime, that leads the question: is the university's Wi-Fi suitable for online endeavors on campus?

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There are two words that I always hate to hear, and they’re not what you might expect: “Never mind.” As a Deaf person, I’ll often ask someone to repeat what they said, maybe because we’re in a loud and crowded area, they were mumbling or I simply didn’t understand what they said. But sometimes, people will get fed up with me asking them to repeat themselves, so I get a shake of the head and the good ol’ “Never mind.” In a way, the “Never mind” is actually saying, “You’re not important enough for me to go out of my way to help you understand me.” Maybe it’s a little dramatic, but a whole lifetime of “Never mind” will do that to you. That’s not the only common thing said to me as a Deaf person, though.

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When SFA is brought up in conversation, one of the main landmarks the school is known for is the Ag Pond. Being the only other water landmark on campus besides Lanana Creek, the Ag Pond has been a space for celebration, remembrance and peace for generations of SFA students. The pond is set in front of the Hall 20 dorms with a cascading fountain that adds to its charm.

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Last week, SFA senior film major Ryan Smith posted a video on his twitter about hearing someone in another room in Griffith Hall calling his friends the n-word. He knocked on their door to find answers. After being met with denial, eventually he was given a confession. Luckily, Smith left the conversation unharmed and was able to get the guy who said the slur to admit saying that was not right. After posting on Twitter, other students came forward and shared their experiences about other times they heard. They also posted if they were called the n-word recently on campus. In the case of Smith taking things into his own hands, is this always the case for each time someone says something they should not say? Are we, as SFA students, responsible for holding our peer’s accountable for their derogatory behavior?

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The longer I attend college, the more expensive it seems to get. Textbooks, parking passes, printing and additional technological sources pile up to bills no one wants to pay. Those financial burdens alone are enough to discourage anyone regarding the college experience. The last thing students need is another reason to stress about their college experience. However, plenty of classes have decided to give one: an online textbook and assignment access.

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Let me be as plain and direct as I can- IT IS TOO HOT. I have always been a perpetually sweaty girl growing up in the Dallas-Forth Worth area, trying to cope in high school by bringing extra deodorant in my backpack and asking my teachers to turn fans on me. Nothing, however, prepared me for the heat and humidity of Nacogdoches. Every time I step outside, I am greeted with a sweaty, gross mass of humidity wrapping me in its arms and carrying me to my class.

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This is the time to figure out what you truly love and what you want to do. Don’t miss out on everything by staying in your dorm all of the time and going home every weekend. I used to be that student. Get involved, and sign up for some amazing experiences that can change your life.

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Remember to Thank a Rancher I am sure we have all seen the posts across social media about how you should thank a farmer for the food he, or she, puts on your plate. These posts typically mention the amount of food that the average farmer provides for a household in the United States. However, how many of these types of post are about ranchers? The difference between ranchers and farmers can be a bit hazy to some people.

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It all began, as most things do in life, by taking a chance. In my first year in college, I was a music major struggling to find enjoyment and a passion that I thought I had in the years before. I would sit in a practice room with a blank stare, telling myself I would “practice in five minutes.” Five minutes turned into 10, 10 turned to 15 and so on.

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For the past two-ish years, I have worked at The Pine Log. My byline has been on God knows how many articles, and I’ve sat in some very uncomfortable interviews. The Pine Log has been my feeding tube for the past couple of years. Weird analogy, I know, but I think it kind of describes my experience here.

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I began my first newspaper when I was in grade school. Well, it was more of pamphlet and was just two pieces of paper, but when it was finished, I had a feature story about my aunt and uncle (huge conflict of interest, by the way) moving into the neighborhood on the front page and it was placed into the mailboxes of everyone in the neighborhood.

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From a young age, stereotypes are ingrained in our minds through TV shows and movies we watch. From the typical "jock bully" to the stereotypical "hero" trope, it is easy to see a stark difference in how these characters are perceived. These stereotypes are ingrained in our brains and have become so normalized to us as a society, we may not even realize that we are doing it in our own personal lives.

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A tornado hit the city of Alto on April 13, resulting in significant damage of the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site. The tornado resulted in one fatality and left several critically injured; the site itself was met with immense damage. The damage sustained was discussed in a letter from the executive director of the Texas Historical Commission, Mark Wolfe.

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I would consider myself as someone who knows enough about music. I like to write album reviews, and I love to use my time searching for new artists. Sometimes that can just be me looking through Spotify’s playlists for different genres and seeing what’s new now; other times it’s because people I follow on social media will talk about the albums they’ve been listening to.

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Kermit the Frog has been my hero for a few years, but it’s hard to tell people because someone always has to laugh. I know that the laughing is justified—a college-aged young adult looking up to a puppet is hardly something to take seriously—but still, I think there are many reasons to look up to the frog.

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I strongly believe that there are other ways we can ensure that our schools are safe; we don't need more weapons and issues to occur around little kids. There are many complications with this issue, and it is really important to remember that carrying a gun comes with many responsibilities. Those who carry a gun needs to know what they are when it comes to the safety of our kids.

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