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Dancing with dragons

Dancing with dragons

LU students explore Taiwanese culture on study abroad trip Imagine white sand beaches and open marketplaces, plus an element of culture shock and the opportunity to study a subject you love with professors and students from halfway around the world. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience[Read More…]

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Sheriff of the Unrepresented

Sheriff of the Unrepresented

Zena Stephens breaks racial barriers, glass ceilings to inspire others Last year, while then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump was upsetting expectations and slowly climbing his way to an electoral victory, Nov. 8, Zena Stephens was experiencing a similar victory in her bid for Jefferson County[Read More…]

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From tic to tac to jazz, hip hop and ballet

From tic to tac to jazz, hip hop and ballet

Young dancer with Tourette’s finds friendship, community, confidence through dance If you ask 12-year old Haden Blanchard to describe himself in four words, he will say he is a “funny, kind, caring dancer,” and he will probably do it in some sort of Australian/Scottish accent.[Read More…]

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Upbeat People: Dave Kovner, ‘Losing that “Freshman 50″‘

From early in the morning to late at night, graduate assistant athletic trainer Dave Kovner can be found working with Lamar athletes in the Dauphin Athletic Complex. In his spare time, he takes pride in working out and staying healthy. However, that wasn’t always the[Read More…]

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UPbeat People: Brooklyn Williams, ‘Burning Soul’

UPbeat People: Brooklyn Williams, ‘Burning Soul’

Brooklyn Williams starts her day at 7 a.m., gets dressed, eats breakfast, and then makes her daily drive down to Fannett road. Six days out the week and twice on Sunday’s, the Lamar alumnus ends her days at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. “It’s literally always[Read More…]

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UPbeat People: Darren Ford, ‘Bottled Up’

UPbeat People: Darren Ford, ‘Bottled Up’

Coca Cola has been a beverage in high demand since its creation, in 1886. Even though Darin Ford’s soda of choice is Dr. Pepper, the Beaumont-native has purchased a large amount of Coke to support his love for the glass bottles. Darrin, who is director[Read More…]

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Grappling onto a dream

Local Fighters Turn Life-Long Aspirations into Reality Spotlights paint the ring, bringing color to rivalries ignited by narratives of vengeance, resurgence and the desire to win. But after the finishing blow and with cheers fading, the combatants step back into another life of comrades fighting[Read More…]

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UPbeat People: Roland Wolfford, ‘Freedom Replicas’

UPbeat People: Roland Wolfford, ‘Freedom Replicas’

Lamar University alumni Roland Wolfford collects bald eagles. “It’s one of the icons that represents the freedoms of our country,” the 80-year old says. With 30 years worth of collections, Roland says it’s his greatest treasure. “I have 41 eagles now, and I would hope[Read More…]

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UPbeat People: Brian O’Bonna, ‘Jumping into “Action”‘

UPbeat People: Brian O’Bonna, ‘Jumping into “Action”‘

Lights. Camera. Action. Three words Brian O’Bonna knows all too well from acting in Canadian films and commercials. Brian took an interest in acting at the age of eight in Toronto. His sister did commercials, films and music videos in Toronto before Brian made his[Read More…]

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UPbeat People: LaTridia Byrd, ‘Continuing to Fly’

UPbeat People: LaTridia Byrd, ‘Continuing to Fly’

When LaTridia Byrd’s knee burst open during a routine in high school, her gymnastics career was over. “I’ve always been a dancer, though, and I am still able to do most things I did before, but If you ask me to do a backflip now,[Read More…]

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