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American Sniper patriotism masks cultural bias

The movie American Sniper is no more than a work of propaganda that feeds American Islamophobia.

There has been an ongoing debate over the Oscar-nominated film about its central character and his title as an “American patriot.”

Cosmetic testing practices cruel, unnecessary

“You’re going to be my guinea pig!”

 People often innocently use this silly-sounding phrase when they experiment with a new recipe or hairstyle. What this saying actually refers to is the practice of testing cosmetic products and medications on animals such as guinea pigs, rabbits and primates.

Cosmetic testing is inhumane, and students should avoid buying cosmetics from companies that test on animals.

Ask the Love Editor

Dear Love Editor,

So, there’s this girl. We have been talking on and off for the past few months, and she seems great. She tolerates my obscure obsession with Legos, and that’s a big plus. I haven’t made a move yet, though, and lately she seems to be distancing herself from me. I invited her out for coffee last week, and she didn’t reply. What can I do to impress her? Advice would be much appreciated.

- Unsure of Himself 

Dear Unsure, 

'Black homophobia' myth, stereotype

Black people do not have a monopoly on homophobia, and it is time to rethink and unpack that often regurgitated racialized meme.

There has been much talk regarding the topic of acceptance of gay people in the black community. The recent success of FOX’s new series, Empire, has especially prompted conversation. Lee Daniels created Empire in order to apparently blow the proverbial lid off the issue of homophobia in the black community. This is a great premise in theory. However, the cards are stacked and the biases are apparent.

Recycling water is key to our future

The most important resource humans have is water.

It is vital for all life on Earth and therefore vital to everything humans do. Deciding where to get water is becoming increasingly difficult. This problem will likely shape the upcoming years drastically because the human species is not getting any smaller. One solution to this problem is recycling water.

The ultimate goal is to be able to recycle all water used. It would be great if people could look at the forecast and not be as worried when rain is not projected.

Lone Star Rail beneficial for students, residents

The portion of Interstate Highway 35 between San Antonio and Austin is one of the deadliest and most congested stretches of highway in the country, and the Lone Star Rail just might be the thing to fix it.

On average, 100 fatalities occur every year on I-35. People hoping to get from San Marcos to Austin around the time when work is over might as well forget about getting there on time. The introduction of the efficient Lone Star Rail could all but resolve this issue.

High profile cases are not for entertainment

With recent high-profile cases dominating the news, such as the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, many seem to have lost trust in the judicial system.

The Brown case garnered national attention, mainly due to the fact that it involved an unarmed African-American teenager. Cases of injustice reignited the heated debate about racial profiling in America.

Using celebrities cheap plot to promote baseless advertising

While advertising has proven to be very lucrative for many famous figures, the use of these celebrities comes off as a cheap ploy, and the costs may be greater than the rewards.

Televised advertising has come a long way from its beginnings with the invention of television. A great deal of psychological marketing research is involved in studying the most effective kind of advertising to cement loyal customers.

Range of skills crucial in post-graduation job hunt

College students of this generation must graduate with a multitude of skills instead of only having the specific knowledge of their concentration.

Talk It Out: Social anxiety presents real struggle for students

Students with social anxiety issues are constantly in a battle with themselves and their environment.

While today’s culture promotes a stigma against those with social anxiety, people should attempt to learn more about what it’s like to be in their shoes.