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Shannon Pinkney, Dorm, Lamar University

People: Nurse With a Twist

Shannon Pinkney During the summer before her sophomore year, Shannon Pinkney took care of her mother who was battling Multiple Sclerosis. Shannon says that everything around her felt dull and colorless, so she gave painting a try and loved it. “My style of painting is[Read More…]

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Relentless Runner

Relentless Runner

Matt Peveto Whether trudging through muddied water or taking another step, junior Matt Peveto is a Spartan who never gives up. “I get self-confidence from running,” Matt says. “It inspires myself, and I get a sense of accomplishment when I can inspire someone to do[Read More…]

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Burning Soul

Burning Soul

Courtney Lachausse Courtney Lachausse bends over her dining room table, a hot tool in her hand, as she burns a flower pattern into a wooden frame. Courtney says wood-burning is a nonverbal release. “Painting wasn’t expressive enough for me,” the 27-year old said. “Wood-burning is[Read More…]

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Miss Globophobe

Miss Globophobe

Kourtney Magnes Everybody loves balloons. Kids fill the house with them for parties. National conventions fill arenas with them. The brightly-colored, helium-filled playthings are fun for all. Well, maybe not all. Kourtney Magnes is a “globophobe.” She has had a fear of balloons for as[Read More…]

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Seeking Community

Seeking Community

Local people seek to educate about complex transgender issues Earlier this year, transgender issues were thrust into the national spotlight when the Obama administration threatened to withhold federal funding from schools that did not allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice, citing[Read More…]

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Host of Experiences

Host of Experiences

Josh Yawn builds on Lamar foundation to produce dreams In the fall 2006 issue of UPbeat magazine, a story ran about an accomplished LU communication student who had already broken into the entertainment industry at age 22. Ten years later, Joshua Yawn is still working in[Read More…]

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Spoon Love

Spoon Love

Lauren Graham Lauren Graham is alone. That is not a comment on her relationship status — unless one counts her relationship with spoons. “It’s weird, I know, but it is unique,” she says. “I’ve never met anyone else who collects spoons but there has to[Read More…]

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Motocross Dreams

Motocross Dreams

Rayce Romero Bikes zip around corners and dirt flies as Rayce Romero makes the last few tweaks on his cherry-red bike. The Groves junior balances his time on campus and time on the track in order to pursue his motocross dreams. “The end goal for[Read More…]

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‘Stuff’ of Dreams

‘Stuff’ of Dreams

Jennifer Ly Bunnies. Tofu. Dinosaurs. Spiders. An energetic Jennifer Ly sits cross-legged on a carpet surrounded by stuffed animals of all sizes as she gleefully pulls out one after another of the soft creatures and objects, many of which she made herself. “There is happiness[Read More…]

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Still a Sanctuary

Still a Sanctuary

Humane Society rebounds after fire, seeks volunteers On the evening of March 15, the Humane Society of Southeast Texas was destroyed by a devastating fire which took the lives of 67 dogs. The fire started from a faulty wall socket. It has been seven months[Read More…]

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