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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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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Behind the Lens

I’ve never been shy to shove a camera in someone’s face. I was about 12 years old when camera phones started to get really popular, and I wasted no time in filling my contact list with pictures of all my friends in silly poses. In high school I would take…

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Why affordable housing in San Marcos is hard to find

By Ross Griffith and Victoria Robinson San Marcos, Texas is a rapidly expanding city with a severe lack of housing options for the nearly 40 percent of residents who live below the poverty level. The majority of residents rent houses and apartments, while homeowners represent only 27 percent of the…

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The Pressure of My First Interview

I had never interviewed anyone alone until I interviewed Maria Calcaben from the PODER Learning Center. I’m new to this whole journalism thing. Sure, I’m a Mass Communication major, but I never thought I would actually be reporting anything. I’m not accustomed to asking follow-up questions and I haven’t perfected…

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