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Online celebrity does not indicate personal success

While social media has its uses, some students have become far too focused on gaining Twitter followers and have lost sight of what really matters outside of the Internet.

Everyone wants to be famous, and these days it seems students do not need any talent at all to make this happen—Twitter is all it takes.

Bobcats must take advantage of Open Door sessions

Students are notorious for complaining about university policies, but Bobcats no longer have an excuse to criticize without taking action since more Open Door sessions with the university’s top administrator are available this semester.

Bobcats have always been vocal when it comes to expressing their opinions about the university’s functions. When it comes time to actually speak with President Denise Trauth about such issues, however, students are markedly absent.

Black names reflect heritage, do not deserve trivialization

The societal demonization of black names is a form of covert racism based on historical bigotry that needs to be acknowledged and admonished.

Modern day black names, as people call them, have roots in the Black Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s. This idea was consistent with other causes within the community at the time, such as the natural hair movement for black women. The entire notion of naming children differently was created to positively distinguish black culture from the more mainstream white culture.

Students should not generalize ethnicities

Students should avoid generalizing ethnicities into stereotypical caricatures and understand that people are comprised of more than their last names and skin colors.

Labors of Love: Making the most of your Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, students should keep certain things in mind to make the most of their holiday.

For those who have significant others in their lives, Valentine’s Day is a holiday with special meaning. For many, it is a day to celebrate one’s relationship and do something special for one another. The typical Valentine’s Day outing often consists of fine dining, chocolate, flowers and a special gift. While there’s nothing wrong with a typical Valentine’s date night, students should keep their minds open to other possibilities.  

From the desk of the: LOVE EDITOR

Ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of year—some hearts are full of hope, some are stinging with rejection and the candy aisles are packed with hopeless romantics buying candy marked up to three times more than what it is worth. It’s Valentine’s Day—eve.

I see myself as a love connoisseur of all kinds—gay, straight, bisexual, pansexual, asexual—I am at your disposal. Many have called me the chosen one when it comes to my unorthodox methods of love making and matching, and even though I am currently single, it works. Trust me.

Political bias does not belong in classrooms

Texas State professors should attempt to eliminate political bias from the classroom so students can be free from influence and able to make their own judgments.

As any college student can attest, there seems to always be at least one professor during a semester that has to make his or her political beliefs known. It may even be completely off-topic, but somehow certain professors always manage to let students know that they support Obama or Romney or whoever else.

Single students should be positive on Valentine’s Day

Single students should not waste their time bashing Valentine’s Day—Bobcats should either find the fun in the holiday or just ignore it completely.

‘White’ speech not indicative of intelligence

“Sounding white” is a phrase used within the black community to refer to someone speaking “proper” English—an idea which is as offensive as it is wrong.

Equating “sounding white” to speaking proper English alludes to a superiority complex. The notion that whiteness automatically equates to correctness is mind-boggling and fueled by ego.

New tax regulations make proper tipping more important than ever

Students and residents should educate themselves on tipping etiquette in light of a new regulation changing the way large-party gratuity is given to waiters and waitresses.