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Thursday, April 27th, 2017

What Patriotism Really Means

By Ernie Mendez, Staff Writer Patriotism never seemed to be used in a positive context whenever I heard of it. The first time I heard the word was in history class; we were studying World War II and how Adolf Hitler was able to get the German people to love their country through his speeches...

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Stop Telling Your Non-Straight Peers to “Just Come Out”

By Marley Brady, Staff Writer As author P. C. Cast once said, “Gender preference does not define you. Your spirit defines you.”  Unfortunately, many people don’t believe this; many believe that sexuality actually does define you— that...

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Paths: A Personal Essay

By Caleb Gonzales, Staff Writer A car honks. Vehicles fly past my left, far faster than I can keep up. I look down at my speedometer, and it reads about 17 miles per hour. I push myself,...

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

The End to a Long Reign

By Caroline Iglesias, Staff Writer As a 17 year old Cuban-American girl, I have grown up in an establishment highly influenced by the Cuban culture. From savoring a fresh-out-of-the-oven Pastelito de Guayaba (Cuban pastry filled with guava...

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