Ghost Town
The Paramount Theatre, which would have been bustling during South by Southwest, sits on a quiet Congress Avenue on March 17. CREDIT JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUT

Ghost Town

Ghost Town: A timely, passionate poem by Sophie Buechler about many people's newfound sense of isolation due to COVID-19.

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Pandora’s Box
A work by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1881. Taken from the-athenaeum.org

Pandora’s Box

"With each new idea we are told to be silenced To be normal Not to open up the box A box that is cemented shut by the same adults Who once told us to change the world ..."

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AYAUJ’s Guide to Spotting Fake News:
princessmaro/Getty Images/iStockphoto. Taken from an article by NPR.

AYAUJ’s Guide to Spotting Fake News:

"The reality is that only an informed and empowered public can make the changes that need to be made for a better future—and only the media can give us the information we need to do so. How we select what we read, watch, and listen to determines our course. Let this article be your guide."

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Re-examining History with the Romans

Why do we resonate so much with Rome’s Republic––a Republic which barely resembles our own, and a Republic that fractured after a century of civil war and was then diluted to symbolism for the rest of its imperial history? The answer is simple, and it doesn’t just pertain to Rome.

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Impeachment Reaches Fever Pitch in Austin, TX:

Austinites gathered in front of City Hall on the evening of December 17 in support of President Donald Trump’s impeachment. Demonstrators carrying signs and waving banners flooded the outdoor plaza and the sidewalk, chanting slogans and criticizing the president to the tune of Christmas carols.

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The Fight for Equality

A poem by Ellie Greer on feminism: "Toxic words. False representations. They permeate the depths of society, tainting the image of 'feminist.' Equivalent to the cruelest of words. The harshest of insults. Media has twisted the very foundation of gender equality so that it amounts to nothing more than man-hating radicals."

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Something Like Nostalgia

A poem by Kate Hirschfeld: "I went through a period of time where a lot of the poetry I wrote had a nostalgic tone. This is one of those poems, but rather than writing nostalgically about the past it’s about the present moment."

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Only For a Moment:

A poem by Kate Hirschfeld: "This poem was inspired by the moment right after the end of the movie Lady Bird. It just felt like time stopped and it kinda took my breath away for a second."

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Reaching Nonetheless

A poem by Kate Hirschfeld. "This poem was inspired by an instance when I dropped a glass in my kitchen and my entire family (and all of my pets) came from across the house to see what happened and if everything was okay. It was a weird moment but I thought it was beautiful in how it showed the innate instinctual compassion and care in people."

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Sex Ed Should Educate Teens About Sex, Right?
Photo by Muliadi Soenaryo. Taken from the original Trib Talk article.

Sex Ed Should Educate Teens About Sex, Right?

An op-ed by Gaya Rajamony. "My experience with sex ed in public school was terrible. It was held in the worst-smelling gym imaginable, and every five minutes during the uncomfortable presentation, someone would giggle or groan. But the worst part is that it taught me nothing about sex. Sure, I learned what a uterus looks like, but I didn’t know the mechanics of sex, how to prevent disease or how to avoid teen pregnancy. In fact, most of my sex education came from the internet, as I googled terms the kids at my middle school threw around."

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Beto O’Rourke Wants to Tear Down My House
Beto O'Rourke speaks on June 17, 2018. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune

Beto O’Rourke Wants to Tear Down My House

An Op-Ed by McCallum student Elyjah Johnson: "I’m black, 16, and have lived in Austin my entire life. Everyday, my neighborhood in South Austin becomes more gentrified, and in the 2000s, Beto O’Rourke would have torn down my home."

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Austin Climate Strike Draws Youth Activists to the Steps of the Capitol
Photo by John Anderson, The Austin Chronicle

Austin Climate Strike Draws Youth Activists to the Steps of the Capitol

On the afternoon of September 20, throngs of protestors filled the steps of the Capitol, braving the sweltering heat. Among the crowd were high school students from across the city, various environmental groups, and University of Texas (UT) students.

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I Am From

Litzy Rea Valdez is a skilled artist who enjoys spending time drawing and sketching out ideas for her next project. Besides pursuing graphic design with the desire to develop her skills…

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