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Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Easy Green: 10 quick ways to make money in college

Easy Green: 10 quick ways to make money in college

College Issue 2014: Sell clothes. Plato’s Closet is a great place to take your gently worn apparel in exchange for cold, hard cash. They accept clothes, shoes and... By Brittany Minor 8/18/2014
Food security conference to take on SA's food deserts

Food security conference to take on SA's food deserts

News: Our state ranks next to last in food security, meaning that in 2010 over 4 million Texans experienced outright hunger or ditched healthy food for cheap... By Michael Barajas 5/9/2012
Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013

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College Issue 2014

Speak Up! Find your voice and make a difference on campus

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Using your voice as a college student is important. Campuses in the 1960s and ’70s morphed from quiet institutions of study to battlefields for counterculture protests. Fast-forward 50 years: The art of protest has changed. Students have ditched megaphones for smart phones, using social media to spread messages. College students have long been at the forefront of speaking up and out about social issues, and finding your voice on campus can seem challenging in a sea of students. However, multiple outlets exist for ensuring your voice is heard, IRL.

Speech and debate teams are organizations dedicated to helping young people hone public speaking abilities while simultaneously exposing social injustices, shedding light on influential changes in society and lending a voice to the silenced.

Speech is broken into three categories: public address speeches, where students recite persuasive or informative speeches about current topics; interpretation events, where students choose literature, drama or film to act out, like mini one- or two-person plays; and limited preparation events, where students analyze news, politics and quotations with off-the-cuff speeches.

As for debate, typically one encompassing topic per school year is delegated (e.g. the cost of higher education) and students build cases to debate other teams. Schools across Texas (and the entire nation) have teams. If your college doesn’t have a team, there are many student-led programs as well.

Student government is another way to make your voice heard. Senators representing different majors propose and vote on bills to improve the quality of campus life. Student governments are responsible for maintaining constitutions and codes of conduct. This is a way to be a leader on campus and make changes that affect the entire school.

Finally, most colleges have student political groups for all parties imaginable. Students with similar beliefs gather to discuss the political landscape and host events to spread their ideas.

There are many outlets to let your voice be heard. Speak up!

College Issue 2014
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