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I really love braids and dreads. I wanted to let my hair dread, but I discovered that this was actually something quite controversial. After further investigation, I realized I must have been living under a rock, because this is called cultural appropriation. To sum it up, that is when a dominant cultural group takes the cultural expressions of a minority group and uses it to look exotic. Wow, well that is exactly what I was...

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As a follow up to my article last week, where I interviewed a DACA recipient in San Antonio, this week I take a deeper look into what and why this is something pertinent to the Trinity community. The DACA program allows Dreamers to apply for work permits, study in school and be protected from deportation. Eligibility is only for those who arrived to the US before the age of 16, and were younger than 31...

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September 5 was the already-delayed date for Trump to announce his plans for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program allows “˜Dreamers’ to apply for work permits, study in school and be protected from deportation. I couldn’t imagine what it must be like to watch DACA end for the 800,000 undocumented immigrants and their families … so I sought out someone who would explain it to me. Born in San Luis...

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The bombardment of messaging from the weight gain and loss industry is unyielding. There is the paleo diet, South Beach diet, low-carb diet, high-protein diet, juice fasts and even a cookie diet. Superfoods like kale, quinoa and chia before that; bulk-up powders and sugary protein shakes “¦ so what should we choose? My vote is: none of the above. Fad diets are just about one of the worst things you can do to sabotage your...

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Home does not exist for the families in “Evicted,” this year’s Reading TUgether selection. This study of the current housing crisis in the United States is an honest and heartbreaking work by Matthew Desmond. His dive in the dark waters of housing insecurity, poverty and greed is astonishingly candid. At times, I found myself hating the book; the words inside scream a truth I wish I could be deaf to, a truth that I was...

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“What’s your major? What are you majoring in? What are you studying?” If you haven’t already gotten tired of that question in its many forms, you will. Who is actually pretending to know the answer? Many of us know what it’s like to scramble for a response to this question. Do we bluff and recite the well-rehearsed monologue on how exactly our major is going to apply to our future? Or, do we admit that...