Gray Library opens Starbucks in lobby

A new Starbucks coffee shop will open Jan. 16 in Gray Library. The store held a soft opening Jan. 12 where they gave away free drinks to patrons. “We wanted to get a feel for the crowds and test the staff,” senior J’Qriyya Nelson, who was working the cash register, said. “We’ve been giving away…

‘Yule’ Never Believe It

Christmas was not always sedate family holiday Now that Thanksgiving has passed, Christmas celebrations are in full swing. Christmas, however, is not celebrated in every home — in fact, it’s estimated that around 17 percent of Americans do not celebrate Christmas, and those that do celebrate it dramatically differently than the inventors of Yule. Although…

‘The Lonesome West’ to open Friday

Not every story ends in a happily-ever-after. In “The Lonesome West,” drunken fights mixed with murder charges bring two brothers to their wits end and no one knows what will happen next. Ad Hoc will open the play Friday, with additional performances Saturday, Dec. 8, 9, 15, and 16, at The Art Studio, Inc. Irish…

Life is hard… giving up is harder

Past experiences influence future decisions When I was a junior in high school, I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. I wasn’t surprised — in fact, I was happy. A diagnosis meant treatment, something I desperately needed at that point in my life. When I started taking medication, I felt better and felt like I…

LU celebrates Native American heritage

Out of the 12 months in a calendar year, seven are dedicated to different minority groups in the United States. In November 1990, President George H.W. Bush declared the month as Native American Heritage month to recognize the culture of indigenous peoples of the U.S. John O. Bello-Ogunu, vice president of the office of global…

Time to talk about gun control (again)

University of Texas, (1966). San Ysidro, (1984). Edmond,  (1986). Killeen (1991). Virginia Tech (2007). Sandy Hook (2012).  San Bernadino (2015). Orlando. (2016). Las Vegas (2017). Sutherland Springs (2017). These are the sites of the deadliest mass shootings in modern United States history. These tragedies have become so frequent that there is no surprise or shock anymore, just…

Laughing at life’s absurdities

Dysfunctional siblings explore relationship in LU theatre’s latest production Existentialism, jealousy and inferiority complexes consume three middle-aged siblings and a young boy-toy as they confront life’s misadventures and make peace with their choices in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” The Lamar University department of theatre and dance will present Christopher Durang’s comedy, today, Friday…

Traditions Out, Creativity in

Halloween appeals to young and old alike For many people, Halloween is a once-a-year opportunity to be anything they want to be. Adults and children alike observe the spooky culture by donning various costumes whether it’s superheroes, princesses, period costumes, franchise costumes, political costumes or something of their own creation.      Every new year brings…

HASBSEB abstracts due Oct. 30

The Office of Undergraduate Research’s fourth-annual Humanities, Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Education and Business conference will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 18, in the John Gray Center. The keynote speaker will be Lamar alumni Alisa H. Fryar. Abstract submissions are due Oct. 30 and participants must complete registration by Nov. 4.…

Take ownership of the ‘F-word’

True feminism more complex than rights for women; it’s equal rights for all Feminism is a term that was created in the 1880s, but came into mainstream media in the mid-1900s. If you’ve ever read the news or been on the internet, you’ve heard this word. What is feminism, though? Everyone seems to have a…

Inheritance ‘stamps’ on sisters

When estranged half-sisters Jackie and Mary lose their mother, they find out she has a valuable stamp collection. The sisters clash when it comes to dealing with the find. The Lamar University department of theatre and dance will present “Mauritius,” by Theresa Rebeck, a play about betrayal, corruption and sisterhood, 7:30 p.m., today through Saturday,…

OUR STEM rescheduled to Oct. 24; submissions due Oct. 13

The Office of Undergraduate Research’s fifth-annual STEM Conference, originally slated for Oct. 14, has been rescheduled for Oct. 24. The conference will be held in the Archer Physics Building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 13. The conference is sponsored by ExxonMobil and is designed for undergraduate STEM students from…

Standing room only?

Protesters not anti-patriotic In August of 2016, Colin Kaepernick kneeled for the first time during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality. On Sept. 22 of 2017, President Donald Trump denounced any professional athlete that didn't stand for the anthem, referring to Kaepernick specifically as a "son-of-a-bitch." On Sept. 24, various NFL players kneeled,…

Lady Cards top Nicholls, 3-1, in Southland opener

After a sc­­­oreless draw against the University of Houston, following a three-game winning streak, the Lamar women’s soccer team returned to the win column by beating Nicholls State University 3-1, Friday, at the Lamar Soccer Complex, in their Southland Conference opener. The Lady Cards have played Nicholls for the conference opener three seasons in a…