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Open carry inappropriate for campus setting

Allowing campus carry at Texas State is a bad idea and leads credence to critics about the safety hazard it possess.

Apparently the Texas legislature thinks allowing hormonal, often-irrational young adults to walk around campus with guns on hand is a bright idea. We think the contrary. Having safe spaces is important and should be maintained.

Gentrification consistent problem for black community

The black community has been subjected to a constant cycle of oppression and gentrification since the 1950s.

Simply put, gentrification is when upper-class people sweep through and take over spaces primarily inhabited by the lower class. This usually happens between white gentrifiers and minority victims.

Media should be considerate toward trans community

If news and media reflect the opinions and priorities of the time, then American society has got some serious soul-searching to do.

The recent coverage of Bruce Jenner’s alleged transition to life as a woman has been incredibly telling. These incidents display a startling lack of professionalism in news media and a large amount of blatant disregard for the transgender community.

Loosening water restrictions would intensify drought

 San Marcos officials are currently considering loosening the water usage restriction laws. This is an idea residents should not support. Instead they should be taking action to conserve as much water as possible.

Droughts have been plaguing Texas in recent years. Weakening San Marcos' drought restrictions will put residents in the wrong mindset—that it’s okay to overuse water in these years of severe drought.

Campus 'free speech' policies overly restrictive, unjust

The free speech zone on campus should be expanded to all areas of the university instead of being restricted.

There are currently three spaces designated as free speech zones in the University Policy and Procedure Statement No. 07.04.05 on free speech. They are the Quad from the Fighting Stallions statue to the LBJ statue and the paved area between Alkek Library and the LBJ Student Center as well as Bobcat Trail between the Academic Services Building and the Evans Liberal Arts building.

Not all interracial relationships beneficial

“Who taught you to hate yourself?”

This is the question controversial civil rights leader Malcolm X posited to an audience. Over 50 years later, I am asking the same question. Many interracial relationships materialize due to self-hate, internalized racism and commonplace inferiority complexes.  

Sexism still prominent in video games

The video game community is notorious for being a male-centric group, and with the recent #GamerGate controversy, the stereotype has only been confirmed.

Sexism in video games should be considered equal across genders

Video game enthusiasts are used to the over-stimulating sights and sounds each game provides. However, when it comes to the portrayal of certain characters, the feminist movement has taken a molehill and turned it into a mountain.

Scantily clad or over-feminine female characters have been a major part of video games since the beginning. Many feminist activists like to point to these female characters and say they are nothing more than over-sexualized damsels in distress. People who say that must have never played a video game in their lives.

Marriage equality a necessary step forward

The recent marriage license issued to a homosexual couple in Austin has moved the state one step closer to achieving equality for all citizens.

Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanna Bryant married Feb. 19 after state District Judge David Wahlberg ordered they be issued a marriage license. The judge waived the 72-hour waiting period for weddings and granted the license due to Goodfriend’s declining health.

Pornography unrealistic standard

Anal bleaching. Vaginal rejuvenation. Labiaplasty. Oh my!

With the rise of pornography, these expensive, painful and often medically unnecessary alterations to the human body are becoming increasingly mainstream. The Internet has made it easier than ever to find a reference point to what is deemed “sexually appealing” by society. People should not allow societal trends based on porn to shape their expectations for sex and standards of physical attraction.