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Shots for Schools

Shots for Schools

Aaron Lavergne Aaron Lavergne cannot resist a shot glass. Not that there has to be anything in it, mind. He just loves collecting them. The Houston senior began collecting the diminutive glasses his freshman year in high school when he started traveling around the country[Read More…]

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Make-A-Wish trip not quite a wish come true

Make-A-Wish trip not quite a wish come true

I am a Wish Kid. No, I didn’t have cancer. I could sit here and quote the Make-A-Wish Foundation on their policies and try to explain how I got a wish, but just to keep it simple, I will say I had chronic kidney disease,[Read More…]

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Deep Breath

Deep Breath

Campus air quality up to par for EPA standards A dark, thick substance thrusts upwards into the sky, only to fall, splatter, and soak into the earth — a sign of good things to come. More than a century after the Texas Oil Boom at[Read More…]

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Confessions of a makeup addict

Confessions of a makeup addict

Almost every day I get emails from Ulta, Birchbox or Walgreens about the “points” I’ve accumulated. I could easily hit “unsubscribe” and the emails would cease to appear in my inbox, but I do not. Actually, I love getting those emails. I love seeing what[Read More…]

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A real team player

A real team player

Corks’ sports participation not limited by cerebral palsy Jamarcus Corks is not your typical jock. The large motorized wheelchair is probably a clue, but Jamarcus is as much a part of the Lamar University sports community as the tallest basketball player or the strongest member[Read More…]

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PEOPLE: Andrew Ramirez

PEOPLE: Andrew Ramirez

Free Stylin’ There are many things you wouldn’t expect to see an 8-year-old do. Hair weaves probably fall into that category. Andrew Ramirez did his mother’s weave for his brother’s graduation when he was in third grade. “I didn’t know what I was doing, but[Read More…]

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PEOPLE: Chester Moore

PEOPLE: Chester Moore

Rockin’ Wildlife The stereotype of a rocker is a raspy voice, unrecognizable tattoos on leather-like skin, and no verbal filter. Former bassist/songwriter Chester Moore, however, is no stereotype. Though he still rocks his wild hair, the Orange-native is a well-respected outdoors writer. In 2014, Chester[Read More…]

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PEOPLE: Elia Rivas

PEOPLE: Elia Rivas

Helping Hand Moving to America from Nicaragua at the age of 19 is quite the culture shock, but Elia Rivas didn’t let it stop her. The now 44-year-old, full-time college student has worked at The Spindletop Center, which offers services for people with mental health[Read More…]

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PEOPLE: Aaron Gauthier

PEOPLE: Aaron Gauthier

Healing Power Aaron Gauthier was injured in Iraq in 2009 during his fourth tour of duty. His ankle injury left him in agonizing pain, he says. “I was prescribed some of the most addictive and harsh pain pills to help ‘manage’ the pain,” the Bridge[Read More…]

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PEOPLE: Jeff O’Connor

PEOPLE: Jeff O’Connor

Grappler at Heart Some people dream of professional success in the mixed martial arts, but for Jeff O’Conner, it has been a hobby since 2006. “I think everyone should have some physical outlet and mixed martial arts is a great one,” Jeff says. “Growing up,[Read More…]

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