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‘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…

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 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…

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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…

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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…

Advertorial: ExxonMobil aims to increase climate protections

This year, the United States Environmental Protection Agency will observe its 49th year of operation. After years of increasing public concern about human impact on the environment in the 1950s and 60s, President Richard Nixon signed an executive order to establish the agency in order to assess and research the environment, and enforce statutes put…

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Finding Polloman

Alvarez aims to bring Mexican, Mesoamerican cultures to the masses with his works When Port Arthur native Gonzalo Alvarez started gaining national attention for his video game, “Borders,” which depicts the journey immigrants take from Mexico to America, he was already working on his graphic novel, “The Legend of Polloman.” Now, he’s in the process…

Review: ‘Wrinkles’ leaves much to be desired

Warning: spoilers ahead. Scary clowns are an easy market for a late-year blockbuster. Look at “IT Chapter Two” and “Joker” — both made tens of millions of dollars on their opening nights. However, both of those movies have something that “Wrinkles” doesn’t — a scary clown character. To be fair, “Wrinkles” is an indie-documentary film…

Mittra discusses state of modern journalism

Ayan Mittra, Texas Tribune editor and Beaumont native, said the media landscape has changed a lot since he began his career as a journalism student at the University of Texas. “Now, everything is constant,” the 1993 West Brook High School graduate, said. “You have to have a breaking news team that’s just focused on monitoring…

Social mobility in education

Lamar hosts Texas Tribune discussion on higher ed Lamar University hosted “A Conversation on Higher Education & Social Mobility,” presented by the Texas Tribune, Monday, in the Gray Library. The discussion was moderated by Tribune editor Ayan Mittra. Panelists included LU President Kenneth Evans; Ginger Gossman, senior director for innovation and policy development for the…

Imelda hits SETX, campus

President Evans offers support for Lamar’s affected In the aftermath of tropical storm Imelda, LU President Kenneth Evans said that the short-term goals of the university are purely student, faculty and staff focused. “We have a team of people that are contacting the students, identifying what their issues are, and then trying to help them…