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Texans deserve better

Hard freeze warning map courtesy of the National Weather Service. UP graphic by Olivia Malick Note: This article was originally published for The University Press. People deserve to have power in the dark, heat in the cold and water to bathe with, cook with and drink. These things are not luxuries, they are necessities that…

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Abuse of Faith

Women share tales of religious oppression, breaking free Eleanor Skelton looks through directories from churches she attended as a child. Skelton shared her stories of leaving oppressive church groups. For centuries, people have looked to religion for salvation and understanding, seeking a sense of community in their congregations and a sense of purpose. According to…

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris elected president, VP

Kamala Harris and Joe Biden. UP graphic by Olivia Malick Joseph R. Biden Jr, former vice president and senator from Delaware, was elected as the 46th President of the United States, Nov. 7, four days after Election Day, defeating incumbent Donald Trump.  The election marks the 14th time in U.S. history that a sitting president…

Texas counties remain GOP strongholds

UP graphic Note: Percentages and numbers are subject to change, the outcomes of these races are not expected to shift. These races were called by Decision Desk HQ, a non-partisan organization that provides election results and data. Federal, State races The Associated Press has called the race in Texas for president in favor of incumbent Donald…

Texas voter guide gives nonpartisan look at key issues, candidates

The front page of Texas2020's website. There are more than 400 offices at the federal and state level up for grabs in Texas on Election Day, Nov. 3. It can be hard for some voters to know who their candidates are and what positions those candidates have on key issues. Gina Fant-Simon and Paula Barkan…

‘I’m not a politician, I’m a human being’

SGA’s Wilson seeks to advocate for entire student body SGA president Trevion Wilson, right, speaks to students James Farmer, Mont Belvieu freshman, far left, and Justin Ramirez, Mont Belvieu freshman, center, about SGA's upcoming projects in the Setzer Center, Oct. 14. UP photo by Olivia Malick “Your voice, our mission.”  This was the slogan of…

Early voting runs through Oct. 30, SGA runs shuttle to polls for students

SGA President Trevion Wilson, right, joins students on the shuttle headed to the Jefferson County Courthouse to vote, Oct. 13. UP photo by Olivia Malick Early voting for the 2020 election began Oct. 13 and runs until Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 3. A photo ID is required to vote in Texas. Acceptable forms…

UPDATE: Laura strengthens to Cat 4, campus, community prepare for storm

Graphic courtesy of KVEO-TV. This story will be updated as new information becomes available.  Aug. 26, 2:35 p.m. Via the Beaumont Enterprise — "Beginning at 6 p.m., the city of Port Neches will discontinue all city water service. Water service will resume as soon as possible after the storm has passed, however it will be necessary to…

Convocation 2020

President Evans praises, students, faculty, staff for persistence through COVID-19 pandemic LU President Kenneth Evans gives his annual convocation, Aug. 11, in the Montagne Center. UP photo by Olivia Malick Lamar University President Kenneth Evans held the annual fall convocation, Aug. 11, in the Montagne Center. Evans welcomed faculty and staff members back to campus…

University Press Mission Statement

At the University Press, we welcome and encourage diversity in our newsroom and across our media platforms. A diverse environment encourages voices of all backgrounds to further the fundamental ideals of quality journalism. We strive to create an inclusive culture that does not discriminate against people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual…

LU President Evans to withdraw from consideration for SIU chancellor

LU President Kenneth Evans at an event dedicating a bench to his wife, former LU First Lady, Nancy Evans. UP file photo LU President Kenneth Evans has announced that he has withdrawn from consideration for the Southern Illinois University Carbondale chancellor position, on April 27. "Evans was one of three finalists for the position prior…

LU President Evans finalist for SIU Carbondale chancellor

LU President Kenneth Evans was announced as a finalist for the chancellor position at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, on April 10. Southern Illinois University Carbondale is expected to hold virtual interviews with Evans and the two other candidates, Susan Stapleton, special assistant to the provost at Western Michigan University, and Austin Lane, former president of…

Coronavirus: Our leaders are failing us

This article was originally published on the Lamar University Press website. Pandemics are inevitable. History has proven that time and time again. People like Bill Gates may have predicted a pandemic like the coronavirus, but it’s easy to see that our nation’s leaders were unprepared for COVID-19. Within a matter of weeks, the United States…

Dickerson talks changing media, political landscape

This article was originally posted to the Lamar University Press website. The first time journalist John Dickerson had to interview people on the street, he was so nervous that it took him 45 minutes to ask a single question. Today, as a correspondent on “60 Minutes,” and a co-host of the Slate podcast, “Political Gabfest,”…

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Financial aid policy shifts stress student

After six semesters of attending Lamar, there is one thing that never fails to happen each term — I get a call or an email from the financial aid office telling me that there is some issue with my account, FAFSA or refund. Every semester I get overwhelmed and have a panic attack because of…