My friend went to Greece and the Syrian refugee crisis became personal

It wasn’t until mid-October when the Syrian refugee crisis became more than a far removed idea for me. My friend, Ryan Thomas, called to tell me he was moving to Greece for three months to help the Syrian refugees. I froze at these words. I was paralyzed with fear for…

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Changing our economy through culture

There’s a reason America’s economic classes are growing farther apart, and it’s not just the money. I have lived in the South for my entire life. Most of that time has been in Central Texas, surrounded both by poverty and by all different kinds of money: little and big, old…

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Family residential center remains mystery to local Karnes City community

Every so often, in every community, an enigma rises to the surface. Living unassumingly in the quiet of a small town or the manicured lawns of suburbia, a mystery neighbor lurks suspiciously out of sight of weary peers. Residents know little, see little and hear only gossip. Sometimes, this character is endearing.…

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Fueling The Future: Volunteers Aid Hungry Children

Currently, the city of San Marcos, Texas, has a rising rate of 36 percent of its citizens living below the federal poverty line. But who am I to care and why should I? I am a college student, constantly battling my days filled of tests, interning and the constant effort to…

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Soup Kitchen Courage

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear; the brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all” (Source). This is one of my all-time favorite quotes from the book behind one of my favorite movies, “The…

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Volunteering: Not For the Faint of Heart

Volunteering isn’t for everybody. Volunteering SHOULD be for everybody, but that would also involve living in a perfect world (we don’t and we never will). A couple of years ago I took my first nonprofit class at Murray State. Much like many of the other students enrolled in that class…

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Central American migrants underrepresented in court

What happens when war, broken families and a spike in illegal border crossings combine? For the 110,000 children and families apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border last summer, the result is back logged immigration cases, some with court dates as far out as 2019, and some that have been cancelled altogether.…

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Stepping into Reality

I’ve been a student at Murray State for going on seven semesters. Meaning, I’ve essentially lived in Murray, Kentucky on and off for about three years. That’s a long time – more than enough time to get to know the area and community within Murray, one might say. So why…

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