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Last week, we had some truly flaming opinion write-ins regarding cultural appropriation — when a dominant cultural group takes the cultural expressions of a minority group and uses it to look exotic. It was a particularly triggering piece of artwork at the Mini, Trinity’s student art showcase, that sparked the controversy. Over the last year I have had the privilege of traveling to Haiti, where a lot of women wear braids. I really love them;...

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January 12 is not a typical day for Haitians. At least not since 2010. Eight years later, and they are still recovering from the devastating earthquake that took place on January 12. The morning this year was different, though, as Haiti awoke to the unpleasant (albeit unsurprising) news about careless words spoken by our President. I’ve been to the so-called “shithole” country of Haiti, and I can tell you that it is anything but. Yes, there...

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Haiti and the Dominican Republic share space on the island of Hispaniola, which is positioned on a geological nightmare. I’m sure you remember when Haiti was hit by a massive magnitude 7 earthquake in 2010, which released energy equivalent to 199,000 tons of TNT. But I remember it for something quite different: startups. For all that you see when you search Haiti on Google for the first time, I must say that it truly is...

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In San Antonio we have an awesome festival every fall called Luminaria that just finished up this past weekend. It is a night dedicated to the arts, and it’s completely free, and in the usual San Antonio fashion, very family friendly. I was moved by a play entitled “Sanctuary,” and confused by some more avant-garde art that I am not sophisticated enough to understand. It is held downtown, at Hemisfair Park, and as I walked...

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Just before the scariest holiday of the year, something truly terrifying happened to me. I failed a midterm. BOO! Happy Halloween, Mikki! Even when the truth is right in front of me, I keep denying, justifying and looking around hoping I’m not the only one “” but sometimes, we just have to admit that we suck at some things. And boy, was it rough. I am being real with you right now, I thought I...

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With the Oct. 5 date behind us-the last day for DACA renewals-there has been a lot of buzz about what Congress will do. They have five months before deportations begin. Six different bills of legislation are being considered; here’s what you need to know. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act is a bipartisan bill known also as the Graham-Durbin bill after its proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin,...

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It’s family weekend, which means a lot of parents are on campus “” upperclassmen flee while first-years welcome Mom and Dad into the dorms hesitantly, shoving piles of dirty clothes into the corners of their closets. Mabee overflows with families clad in maroon and white. It can be weird to see parents after being surrounded by teen and twenty-something students for so long. I know many students look forward to leaving home for the first...

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The German Fulbright scholars who have been with us over the last few weeks had many questions about the American culture. I learned to re-examine things that I had thought of as normal, and to appreciate key differences that are our American experience. But, one thing they commented on has stuck with me: It seems like we only speak English! Even though we take mandatory language classes for school, many of us can’t really speak...