This past Friday something very unexpected and amazing happened. The state of Arizona will allow same-sex couples to get married. This comes after a federal judge ruled that Arizona’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.

There is no other band on this planet like Coldplay. Their soft yet powerful and interesting sound stands uniquely above all others. They have touched the hearts of thousands all over the world. Songs such as Yellow, Paradise, Fix You and their newest, Magic, are, for many people, soul-saver songs. I define soul-saver songs as the music that can get you through the hard times and inspire you every day. It is music that accompanies you through the heartache or loss that we all feel at times with lyrics that speak directly to you. Coldplay has done this for me a numerous amount of times.

On August 29th Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is the Republican nominee for Governor, backed out of the only statewide-televised debate scheduled for this race.

Earlier in the year State Senator Wendy Davis, who is also the Democratic nominee for Governor, proposed five debates all across the state in which he only agreed to two. This latest move by AG Greg Abbott shows that he does not care about the people of Texas.

When I was a kid, I remember watching comedians. All kinds of comedians, every way I could. Reading their books or watching their stand-up specials until I could quote them line for line and voice for voice. From Ellen DeGeneres to Dane Cook (cue slight embarrassment from the latter), I knew every joke. I wanted to be them more than I wanted anything else.

So I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I have been really digging this new Young the Giant album. They released Mind Over Matter on January 21, 2014. It was a long four-year stretch since their last album release in October of 2010, titled Young The Giant. Although it has been a while, the band does not show it. All of their new songs are very pleasant and artistic. Sameer Gadhia sounds better than ever with his very distinct vocals, and it doesn’t seem like the rest of the band has skipped a single beat.

Beauty products are pricey these days. A good facemask, a nice moisturizer, hair care products—you name it! But what I have noticed and read throughout the years is that you can beautify yourself with products found in your pantry! You don’t have to spend a ton of money, and they are all-natural ingredients. Now, please tell me that you guys are excited to hear that you don’t have to spend a lot of money! Am I right? Am I right? Of course y’all are.

The season is changing, and fall is slowly but surely creeping up on us. Although as Texans we won't experience any major temperature drops just yet, we can still prepare our closets.

Fall is definitely the best season, and even more so when it comes to fashion. It's not too hot and it's not too cold, which gives you plenty of versatility when putting together your outfits.

There are tights, boots, scarves, oversized sweaters and so much you can work with.

There’s nothing better than coming home after a long day to watch one of your favorite shows.  I know people who will stop everything they’re doing—cooking dinner, forget they have a date or do anything to avoid the usual chores just to watch the newest episode of their favorite show. My personal way of avoiding the usual Thursday nights is watching ABCs’ Scandal. Scandal is just one of the hits ABC has to offer. Others, such as Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon A Time and The Bachelor, have people hooked. 

We hope everyone had a great first week of classes.  Although we know studies are important, we also know there is so much going on in world of television, and we just can’t wait for some of the new fall shows to premiere as well as enjoying some of summer favorites as they are wrapping up.  

Amanda Hill

MTV’s Video Music Awards aired last Sunday, August 24, 2014. Although the focus of the show is mainly on the artist and their music, fashion played a significant role as well.

Upon watching the award show, I saw many gorgeous and not-so-gorgeous red carpet fashions. I was inspired and disappointed all in a matter of about three hours.

Let’s start off with the women’s fashion.