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  • UP Tech Review: Call of Duty Modern Warfare

    UP Tech Review: Call of Duty Modern Warfare

    “Call of Duty Modern Warfare” will launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, Oct. 25. The game is developed by Infinity Ward, a subsidiary of Activision. They are known for the “Modern Warfare” series that was on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC with some occasionally arriving on Nintendo Systems.

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  • Review: ‘Wrinkles’ leaves much to be desired

    Review: ‘Wrinkles’ leaves much to be desired

    “Wrinkles” is an indie-documentary film that never could’ve pulled in the audiences that “IT” and “Joker” did due to a smaller budget, limited theater showings and little clout.

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  • Another view

    Another view

    Editorial cartoon contributed by LU graphic arts major Patricia Correa

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  • I’ll Give it an Escargot

    I’ll Give it an Escargot

    Most people may have a bucket list of things they want to do before they die. I have a bucket list solely dedicated to foods I want to try.

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  • UP Tech: 'Mario Kart Tour' review

    UP Tech: 'Mario Kart Tour' review

    Nintendo's latest mobile release, "Mario Kart Tour," has great visuals and challenges but aggressive monetization spoils the fun.

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  • The New Normal

    The New Normal

    On Sept. 18, around 9 p.m., I was shaken awake by my dad. Not yet awake, I heard him saying, “Get up, there’s water coming into the house.” I couldn’t tell if it was a joke.

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  • Apple's latest devices underwhelm

    Apple's latest devices underwhelm

    This is part 2 of a two part series The Apple 2019 conference, held Sept. 10 in Cupertino, Calif., featured more than just iPhones as the company announced updates on its new gaming and TV subscription services.

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  • Apple's latest iPhones disappoint

    Apple's latest iPhones disappoint

    This is a two part series about Apple's latest press conference Before watching the Apple 2019 conference, Sept. 10, I had my expectations in check. Most of the rumors turned out to be true, but I was still underwhelmed about what Apple has to offer.

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  • Every movie ranked before ‘Endgame’

    Every movie ranked before ‘Endgame’

    On April 26 one of the most anticipated films of the year hits the box office, “Avengers: Endgame.” But before anyone sees this epic series conclusion, I think that people should prepare by watching all the films leading up to this monumental event in cinema history.

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  • Outgoing editor reflects on LU, UP experiences

    Outgoing editor reflects on LU, UP experiences

    Almost four years ago, I remember flipping through many college brochures, reading several emails, and talking to numerous advisors as I got ready to make the biggest decision of my young life. I was a going to be a first generation college student and the prospects were scary.

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  • Everyone should have active shooter training

    A few weeks ago, I found myself huddled with my coworkers in the back of the coffee shop where we work late on Sunday nights.

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  • YouTube hero falls from grace after scandal

    YouTube hero falls from grace after scandal

    Anyone who knows me knows that I love a lot of things outside the newsroom, one of them being Pokémon, or anything to do with it, as it is one of my hobbies.

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  • Overcoming fear of public speaking crucial to career

    Overcoming fear of public speaking crucial to career

    Being a communications major, people expect me to like talking to people. It should be easy to get up in front of a room full of strangers and do a presentation because, hey, that’s your chosen field.

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  • O’Rourke is best fit to defeat Trump in 2020

    O’Rourke is best fit to defeat Trump in 2020

    It doesn’t feel that long ago that Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States and the political climate of the country shifted. It has been a long and controversial few years for the president, and with many Americans demanding immediate change, 2020 could be the year that change comes to fruition.

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  • Texas vaccination laws harm at-risk communities

    Texas vaccination laws harm at-risk communities

    Texas vaccination laws harm at-risk communities.

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  • WWE fan finds community in sport

    WWE fan finds community in sport

    When I was younger, I had a dream of becoming a professional wrestler. I don’t mean one of those wrestlers who compete in college and for National Championships. I had a dream of being one of those guys you see on television with a company like WWE

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  • How player empowerment era is damaging NBA

    How player empowerment era is damaging NBA

    On Jan. 28, Anthony Davis informed the New Orleans’ Pelicans that he would not sign his Designated Veteran Extension – known as a supermax contract – and his agent informed the franchise that Davis wanted to be traded to a team that consistently wins and regularly enters the championship picture.

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  • All Play, No Pay

    All Play, No Pay

    Although the 2019 National Hockey League All Star game featured some of the best hockey players in the world, the stars of the weekend were the women who were the first to display their skill on the ice in what has been too long deemed a “man’s sport.”

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  • The game outside the game

    The game outside the game

    While I’m not a sports person, there are quite a few things that revolve around the topic of sports that I find fascinating — like whether football negatively impacts the long-term mental and physical health of its players or why we engross ourselves in daily sports watching.

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  • Partying for a non-partier

    Partying for a non-partier

    I don’t drink. I don’t smoke and I rarely ever party.

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  • Mastering mindfulness

    Mastering mindfulness

    Breathing in, I know I’m breathing in. Breathing out, I know I’m breathing out.” If you’ve had public speaking with communications instructor Ruth Stanley, then you’ve probably done this exercise multiple times.

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  • Apple Watch = Good Investment

    Apple Watch = Good Investment

    For the longest time, I debated investing in an Apple Watch because I wasn’t sure if it would benefit me in any way other than health and fitness.

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  • Can we cancel 'canceled culture'?

    Can we cancel 'canceled culture'?

    If you’ve been on the internet for at least a day, chances are you’ve heard of someone being “canceled.” Canceling someone entails no longer supporting that person or their craft and can also result in people losing their jobs.

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  • Super Boring? Try Super Exciting

    Super Boring? Try Super Exciting

    It’s the biggest game of the year. A game that people look forward to. Millions of people from all over the world watch. A game to determine the National Football League champions. There was a problem though. It was the lowest scoring Super Bowl in the history of the game, which led to the Twitterverse calling it the dreaded B-word — boring.

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  • Lessons in parenting

    Lessons in parenting

    The summer I graduated high school I became pregnant with my son, Gabriel. In the nine months that followed, I had time to think about what kind of mother I wanted to be. This was my second decision as an adult, following the decision to raise him on my own. Since he would be raised in two different households ...

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  • Beautician and the border wall

    Beautician and the border wall

    I had the good fortune of finding a talented brow technician, and I never want her to leave my life. A brow technician is a beauty professional that can tweeze, wax, thread, tint, or any combination of these eyebrow treatments. For the sake of this story and her privacy, I will refer to her as “Christy.”

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  • Fighting misinformation

    Fighting misinformation

    Be a journalist, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. I’ve wanted to become a reporter since I was old enough to read a newspaper — I started reading in preschool.

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  • Marching band more than just performance

    Marching band more than just performance

    When people see marching bands, they see them at football games performing at halftime. Most people see the band as a performance group only. What they don’t see is the many hours of practice and preparation that goes into putting on a show.

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  • Christmastime Compulsion

    Christmastime Compulsion

    With Christmas right around the corner and Thanksgiving now behind us, families are starting to put up their Christmas lights and decorations.

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  • Finding a career path

    Finding a career path

    I’m in my senior year of college, and I just realized what I want to do with my life. Go figure.

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  • Navigating Germany, US

    Navigating Germany, US

    People all over the world dream of studying abroad for at least one semester. Being able to learn more about other cultures, improving or developing language skills, or just experiencing a whole new life in a different surrounding is attractive for many students.

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  • Participate in democracy — vote

    As the midterm elections loom, people are double checking their voting locations. Local organizations are educating and mobilizing the public, and on Lamar’s campus, one can’t walk far without seeing a campaign button or overhearing a political discussion. However, inevitably, someone will sign off by saying, “I’m not into politics.”

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  • Reading is important — no matter how it’s done

    Through the constant growth of technology, we have seen the shift of printed books to digitized e-books and audiobooks. Though printed books are still the publishing industry’s top sellers, digital book sales are rapidly rising, reaching a peak with roughly 260 million sold in 2017.

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  • Self expression through body art

    Tattoos have become a popular trend in today’s society, with television shows like “Ink Master,” “Tattoo Rescue,” “Ink Master Angels,” and the Facebook web series “Tattoo Shop.” Tattoos have also have gained popularity among athletes and celebrities, and for many of us, they have become a way to share stories and are a form of self-expression.

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  • Gender boundaries needn’t define Halloween choices

    Halloween, or All Hallows Eve as some would call it, is a time for the scariest horror movies, the most haunted of houses, and candy galore. When people talk about Halloween, it always leads to the all-important question, “Who are you dressing up as for Halloween?”

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  • How to manage college stress

    It is no secret that while college is some of the best years of your life, it is also some of the most stressful. Attending college is the beginning of a journey that leads one down the path towards a final destination — a career.

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  • Title IX leaves out important component – men

    Lamar freshmen are required to take a Title IX online course which covers a range of important content, including drugs, alcohol and how to handle them. Crucially, the course covers harassment and sexual abuse. While the information is informative and instructive, it also is incomplete

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  • To Be Replaced