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PEOPLE: Elissa Adams

PEOPLE: Elissa Adams

Speaking Through Dance “I am never dancing again!” the then four-year-old Elissa Adams, senior, informed her mother after a bad day at the dance studio. Elissa says her mother pushed her to continue. “I don’t know what she said, but I haven’t stopped since.” Elissa,[Read More…]

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Chatman Sieben signing L at the Lamar University Writing Center, Oct. 22.

Bridging the language gap: Chatman Sieben

Language can be a barrier to communication, but it can also be a bridge to opportunity. Chatman Sieben, the first deaf student to graduate with a master’s in English from Lamar, tutors students, both deaf and hearing at the LU Writing Center. The Beaumont native[Read More…]

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Denvyn Coleman, Houston Senior, twirls and dances in her Esmeralda cosplay dress.

Becoming a Fairy Tale: Devyn Coleman

Fairy tales. Superheroes. Other realms. We all dreamed of being in some other world as some other person when we were little — maybe we still do, sometimes. Devyn Coleman is making those childhood dreams come true. Devyn is a cosplayer. She designs and creates[Read More…]

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Powerlifting to Gold: Alvin Goldman Jr.

Powerlifting to Gold: Alvin Goldman Jr.

Going to the Olympics is every athlete’s dream. But Alvin Goldman Jr. aims to make his dream a reality. The political science major is a powerlifter. The Beaumont native started lifting in seventh grade as a way to relieve stress. “I was always small and[Read More…]

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Assistant professor Mahmoud Salimi, left, assists Bruce Wright during a film photography class, Nov. 10. UP Trevier Gonzalez

Frame by Frame

Salimi makes journey from Afghan refugee to Beaumont film professor Mahmoud Salimi’s life story is like a movie. The Afghanistan native became a refugee in 1993 when he fled his hometown of Kabul from the Taliban. Since then, he has spent time in Pakistan, Germany,[Read More…]

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Understanding through Art: Carla Towson

Understanding through Art: Carla Towson

Carla Towson is an artist and a teacher, and she uses these skills to guide young minds. “Art and educating are two things that I enjoy,” she says. “Art is an emotion.” The Orange native began her studies at Lamar University before earning a degree[Read More…]

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‘Rockin’ the passion: Jordan Blanchard

‘Rockin’ the passion: Jordan Blanchard

Sweaty palms slipping on grips. An arm extended trying to grab a rock just out of reach. A risky leap from one crevice to the next. These are just a few of Jordan Blanchard’s rock climbing experiences. “I started climbing when I first got to[Read More…]

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Groves Senior, Brandon Belaire demonstrates some money magic to his fellow engineering classmates.

Magically Social: Brandon Belaire

A full school schedule, working every weekend, studying every night — living the life of a college student can be stressful and exhausting. But Groves senior Brandon Belaire has it figured out. After watching the “David Blaine Street Magic” special on TV, Brandon bought his[Read More…]

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Don’t be ‘Moody’ for the holidays

Don’t be ‘Moody’ for the holidays

A quick trip along the Gulf Coast is perfect winter pick-me-up GALVESTON — The weather is getting colder and the sun sets around 5:30 p.m. What does that mean? Winter break is just around the corner. With no classes to attend, LU students will find they[Read More…]

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