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Grade schools should offer students chances to develop artistic talent

Fine arts have historically been placed low the totem pole of important classes students receive in the current education system. 

Sir Ken Robinson, an outspoken writer and educator who is an expert in creativity and education of the arts, gave a TED talk on how schools are killing the creativity of students. Schools, Robinson says, put an emphasis on taking classes that will better prepare children for jobs in a more industrialized society, making it fundamentally clear as to what society considers to be true intelligence in our education system.

Russia’s expansions on global military activity worrisome

Tensions between the United States and Russia have been increasingly hostile since Russia’s takeover of Crimea.

Now Russia seems to be flexing its military muscles towards the west by sending bomber planes to the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and the California coast.

China not held accountable in new climate resolution

The U.S. and China recently came to an agreement on climate change, but the solution is no more than a Band-Aid to the problem.

First off, the deal is disproportionately focused. The U.S. announced that it would aim at reducing its emissions by at least 26 percent by 2025, while China intends to peak its emissions by 2030 and then begin to reduce its carbon footprint after that.

Russia’s expansions on global military activity worrisome

Tensions between the United States and Russia have been increasingly hostile since Russia’s takeover of Crimea.

Now Russia seems to be flexing its military muscles towards the west by sending bomber planes to the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and the California coast.

Government routes ineffective in locating missing Mexican students

It has been two months since 43 Mexican students were abducted in the state of Guerrero, and the government’s efforts of finding them have been dismal.

The system itself is falling. People from all over the world are in an outrage as these students have been kidnapped and taken away by what seems to be a Mexican gang.  These citizens refuse to keep quiet as they hold strikes at universities and orchestrate protest marches, heavy roadblocks and much violence.

Grade schools should offer students chances to develop artistic talent

Fine arts have historically been placed low the totem pole of important classes students receive in the current education system. 

Sir Ken Robinson, an outspoken writer and educator who is an expert in creativity and education of the arts, gave a TED talk on how schools are killing the creativity of students. Schools, Robinson says, put an emphasis on taking classes that will better prepare children for jobs in a more industrialized society, making it fundamentally clear as to what society considers to be true intelligence in our education system.

Year in Review- Texas State

Transportation- The university has made improvements in transportation over the past year. The updated bus system is a marked upgrade from that of previous years. The new contract the school has with Transdev has brought in new buses, drivers and route changes. Students passed a referendum in April 2013 that raised bus fees. Part of that raise helped sustain the new contract.

Year in Review- San Marcos

University Relations- The San Marcos community has improved its relationship with Bobcats living in the city. San Marcos High School’s football team has been using the university’s stadium for its games for years before getting its own space earlier this year; the relationship between the two schools is reminiscent of that of older and younger siblings. Another positive aspect of university relations in the city is that a large amount of Bobcats are deciding to stay in the city after graduation.

Loss of net neutrality could have grave consequences

It is imperative that more people educate themselves about net neutrality so the Internet can remain the mythical gift from above that it has been.

Most people utilize the Internet in some form. Hours can be spent online watching YouTube, Tweeting or researching an essay subject on Wikipedia. The Internet has come a long way since the days of god-awful dial-up, and smartphones can do more than a late ‘90s PC.

24-hour computer labs solve problem of diverse schedules

For many students, having access to a computer lab 24 hours a day is essential.

Until this semester, Derrick Hall had a 24-hour computer lab, but the hours were recently reduced. Campus should have a computer lab available to students 24/7.

The computer lab received too little use to justify the cost of staffing it 24/7, said Phyllis Rowell, microcomputer lab coordinator.

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