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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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