Drinking responsibly is rarely discussed but is very important.
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.
I first joined The Pine Log as a contributing writer in the spring semester of 2018. Ever since then, I’ve been impressed with the work environment in terms of how things are run and organized as well as the people I’ve met.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sure, paying off loans and working while in college is tough, but having a degree helps you get a better job and in turn helps you support your family, just like they supported you through college.
Life is full of expectations. You might have certain expectations of this and that, and of others, and other people will certainly expect things of you. For example, women were, and sometimes still are, expected to marry, have a bunch of kids and live that mom life. But a lot of women, like me, don’t want to follow those expectations.
This raised a question for me—what makes student journalists, journalists? Well, I came up with an answer that I think is pretty clean cut; journalists are people who go out and find the truth and distribute that truth to the public.
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.
It’s been a long journey in my fandom of Dirk Nowitzki—11 years to be exact. I can still remember the final game in 2011 when the Dallas Mavericks became NBA champions. I was proud of the whole team, and I was proud of Nowitzki for leading them there.
As graduation draws ever closer, I am getting asked what I want to do after college. I suppose it’s only natural to get a job after you spend so much time and money on a degree. When people used to ask me this question, I would get very defensive. I was not totally sure until just a few weeks ago the kind of path I wanted to follow.
For as long as people have been arguing, there have been debates. In fact, Oxford dictionary defines debating as, “A formal discussion on a particular matter in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward and which usually ends with a vote.”
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.
One of the perks of attending SFA is being able to live in such a beautiful environment. From the fairy tale-like park trails to the greenery on campus, SFA truly is a beautiful place to go to school.
I’m the kind of person who is pretty much always listening to music because any sort of quiet feels awkward to me. You could chalk that up to always having music in the house since my parents both play instruments, or just because my brain works that way, but it’s always left me with a love for music.
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.
I know some people are going to feel personally attacked by what I am about to say. Even I used to feel personally attacked when anyone brought up this topic: Don’t skip class.
On March 23, a new bus route was enacted that keeps many students from being able to use the Jack Track. Despite keeping the evening shuttle and the Friday Walmart pick up spot the same, students who use the bus during the day are facing a problem.
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.
With graduation approaching, some students are looking forward to being able to walk across the stage and receive their diploma. However, some might have chosen to opt out of the ceremony.
Despite the multitude of anti-smoking signs posted around SFA and Nacogdoches, there is one form of air-pollution that has been flying under the regulation airways, leaving a cotton candy cloud and bubblegum scent through the air and by claiming to be “safer” than cigarettes.
If you’ve met me, you know I am very open to just about anyone and everything. I have a very crude sense of humor, and I love to laugh. There comes a time when some things just aren’t funny.
After a recent arrest was filmed on campus, talk of police brutality spread on Twitter. Once Twitter users viewed the video, accusations that the police officers involved used excessive force quickly became the main focus in the video. Upon first view, with four police officers approaching one black man all at once, it is easy to make rapid assumptions. However, once the truth broke, the narrative of the story quickly shifted. By sharing these videos, people spread the face value narrative that was found at the filming of the clip, which painted the police officers in a light of racism and villainy. Sharing messages without knowing the full context of the situation can lead to the spreading of misinformation, which is wrong, unethical and should not be accepted.
As college students, our lives can become routine, and our classes can become the main focus of our everyday life. I personally experienced this on a new level with the time that I spent by working as a Community Assistant for the University.
A little-known fact about me is that I got held back in kinder-garten. I was a summer baby and younger than many of my classmates. I couldn’t socially keep up with my classmates and had no friends. My parents decided holding me back was the best option for me.
Considering a recent wreck that took place where many SFA students jaywalk to get to class across East Starr Avenue, the addition of a crosswalk looks to be the safest option to cross the street. With a curved road and an already fast speed limit, coupled with the speeding many drivers do, any jaywalking done in the area seems unsafe and irresponsible.
Originally a 2011 film loosely based on real-life events, “Miss Bala” follows Los Angeles makeup artist Gloria Fuentes (played by Gina Rodriguez), who goes to Tijuana, Mexico, to help her childhood friend Suzu who is competing in the Miss Baja California pageant.
While considering writing about a topic that hits so close to home for me and some of my friends, I thought about an impactful moment I had with some girls in my class.
Negative perceptions of the current media should lead us to put even more emphasis on students learning in order to nurture them into the journalists of tomorrow. Helping students grow into ethical professionals while developing their unique journalistic voice is the best way to ensure that journalism heads in the right direction.
People who have seen the show in its entirety can probably come up with 100 ways to argue that this is a good show, but I’m not arguing that “Friends” is bad, just that it fell victim to its own success.
Why do we go out in the cold and scream over Jesse McCartney or go to Banita to see a child sing? Considering the motives behind these interactions with celebrities, and how far we will go to see them, raises the question: is this OK?
Recycling takes such a little bit of effort, but it helps our world become a better place. For the past couple of months, I’ve been interning with Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful, a non- profit in town that is affiliated with Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful.
For years, people have looked at deaf babies and decided that the best thing to do for them was to not teach them sign language. As a Deaf person, I believe that is wrong.
The longest shutdown of the U.S. government in American history ended on Friday with President Donald Trump signing a bill that reopened the government until Feb. 15.
After Gillette released its latest commercial, opinions were divided on its content that sparked a debate about toxic masculinity. The commercial did not ask anything outrageous of men, but in general, it asked them to be good people and citizens and to stand up for others.
In my chaotic, final days as a student, I have had the hardest time catching my breath to realize here it is—the long-awaited, complex and sad ending. And yes, I’m going to really, really miss SFA, but more than that, I am going to miss the hell out of working for The Pine Log.
As violence occurs across the nation, citizens seem to become more apathetic with each passing incident. News of violent acts has become the norm, and Americans have become desensitized. Americans should make a conscience effort to stay informed of violent or sad news and show compassion to one another.