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On Aug. 18, 2017, I walked out of my house at 4 a.m. with all my things packed in my dad’s car and jokingly saying goodbye to all the objects I saw around me. “Goodbye chair, goodbye bed, goodbye lamp, goodbye door.” I felt the obligation to be as annoying and over-dramatic as I possibly could because my parents were officially becoming empty nesters. I took that opportunity and milked it for all it was...

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When parents wake up and see their children in the morning, they expect a routine conversation. “How did you sleep?” “What are your plans for the day?” For my parents, this was never the case. Instead of getting a “Good morning” from me, they would hear “Line drive over Furcal!” or “What a play by Berkman!” Broadcasting has always been one of the most important aspects of my life and identity. Ever since I started watching...

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A city once in ruin, submerged in the floodwaters of a hurricane, emerged to earn a historic World Series championship. Rewind to Aug. 31, 2017, when at noon, 34-year-old Justin Verlander signed with the Houston Astros. At 12:01 p.m. of the same day, 37 people were confirmed dead in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Tragedy often seems to motivate athletes. The Saints won the Super Bowl following Katrina, and the Red Sox won the World...

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Hurricane Harvey’s impact on campus is undeniable. The storm devastated the Houston area the weekend of Aug. 26 as the wettest tropical storm in US history. With winds up to 130 miles per hour, it damaged over 185,000 Texas homes and dumped over 30 inches of rain, leaving an estimated 30 percent of Harris County underwater. More than 25 percent of students and about 15 percent of alumni have family in Houston or along the Texan...

Growing up in the Houston suburb of Pearland, a young Rebecca Berreth liked to keep active. Like many young girls, she loved being outside and playing sports. However, she played a few more sports than many other little kids. It seems there were few games she would not try, few teams she would not join.   “I played volleyball. I did gymnastics for a long time. I played basketball. I ran track in junior high,”...