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Logan Ray, senior music education major from Lubbock and Rachel Ballback, senior health science major from The Woodlands, have been named the 2020 Mr. and Miss SFA. The students will be honored during halftime at the SFA men’s basketball game against Sam Houston State University at 4:30 p.m.…

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Being a college student is a very time-consuming thing. Winter break is over. In its place is getting up at 8 a.m., going to class all day and then coming home to do homework all night. And, somewhere in between all that, having a job to pay for school, making time for sleeping, eating and t…

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The new year is a great time to set new goals for yourself, whether that goal is to lose weight or boost up your GPA. However, according to US News, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. I will admit that every year I tell myself, “This is the year. I’m going to make a change,” but…

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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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