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David Lesch, Ewing Halsell distinguished professor of history at Trinity, discussed his personal relationship with Bashar al-Assad “” Syria’s head of state “” and his work with the Syrian refugee crisis in a Nov. 9 lecture in the Chapman Great Hall. Lesch has authored several books on Al-Assad and done extensive research over the Middle East and Syria in particular. “We are speaking about Syria and its tragedy. It’s a beautiful country, with a beautiful...

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This past week, Texas faced extreme gas shortages and long lines at fill up stations around the state. Following Hurricane Harvey, rumors spread that gas would run out. Though no evidence was supported by state and local governments, gas stations were unable to cope with the sudden surge of customers. This craze left San Antonians in a constant search for gas, leaving people to wonder whether or not the frenzy was genuine or self-induced. “It...