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Is modern tipping justified? Opinion writer Isabella Garcia says tipping culture has devolved into a scheme for companies to make extra profit off of emotional blackmail. (Photo by Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
Opinion: We are being emotionally blackmailed
Isabella Garcia, Opinion Writer • February 21, 2024

In economics, the fundamental truth is people are rational. In college, it’s that we’re broke.  Let me set an all too familiar scene....

Ocean engineering sophomore Ethan Mills approaches a stop sign on his bike while headed to class on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024. (Adriano Espinosa/ The Battalion)
Opinion: Cyclists, the second-class road users
Eddie Phillips, Opinion Writer • February 21, 2024

When college stress hits hard, my go-to remedy is an episode of NHK World’s “Somewhere Street.” The show features expertly intrusive hosts...

Art critic Emma Ehle says The Last Dinner Party’s “Prelude to Ecstasy” is dripping with grandeur in its romantic lyricism and baroque visuals. (Photo via Raph_PH/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 DEED)
Criticism: The Last Dinner Party’s ‘Prelude to Ecstasy'
Emma Ehle, Life & Arts Writer • February 18, 2024

Rating: 8/10   On Friday, Feb. 2, The Last Dinner Party released the official theatre-kid love child of Tori Amos, Fiona Apple and...

An aerial view of Harvey Road in College Station on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023. (Photo by Samuel Falade/The Battalion)
Opinion: Love for the open road
Ryan Lindner, Opinion Editor • February 18, 2024

It’s difficult to overstate the role that the automobile has played in forming the American spirit over the last 70 years.  Think of classic...

With the summer coming to an end, K-12 teachers across Texas will adjust their curriculum for the coming school year to align with the new Senate Bill 3 standards. 
Opinion: Scantrons reduce students to numbers
Bj Barnes February 14, 2024

When you think back to your defining high school days, I’m willing to bet your SATs don’t come to mind. Having a balding teacher with sweaty...

Opinion: De-villainize standardized testing
Opinion: De-villainize standardized testing
Charis Adkins February 14, 2024

COVID-19 resumed the war on standardized testing as colleges and universities across the nation turned to a test-optional admissions process....

From me to you: here are a few tracks of love and loving to give this sticky-sweet time a little extra color.
Six love songs for Valentine’s
Noah Van Soest, Life & Arts Writer • February 13, 2024

From me to you: here are a few tracks of love and loving to give this sticky-sweet time a little extra color.  “Darling Be Home Soon”...

Star Wars and Nip Slips?
Star Wars and Nip Slips?
Abby Jarrett, Life & Arts Writer • February 12, 2024

From captivating couture to purposeful nip slips, the 66th Annual Grammy Awards’ red carpet looks did not disappoint.  The Grammys is a...

Valentines Day items for sale at H-E-B on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024.
Opinion: Roses aren’t cliche
Isabella Garcia, Opinion Writer • February 12, 2024

Roses are red, violets are blue; got no ideas for Valentine’s? Don’t worry, I have a few. Yes, the time has come for our grocery aisles...

Tired of being harassed by drunk dudes at Northgate? Opinion writer Maddie McMurrough says Northgate should open a bar for women.
Opinion: Northgate should have a women’s only bar
Maddie McMurrough, Opinion Writer • February 7, 2024

Over Christmas break I went to Sin City. That’s right, Las Vegas!  With this being my first trip to Vegas as a 21-year-old adult, I found...

What does your social media say about you? Opinion columnist Charis Adkins says hiring managers have every right to check their potential employees’ social media accounts. (Photo by Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
Opinion: Employers are looking at your social media
Charis Adkins, Opinion Columnist • February 7, 2024

Listen up Ags, because I’m only going to say this once: potential employers are going to look at your social media. And no, they’re not in...

Opinion: Herpes and heartbreak
Opinion: Herpes and heartbreak
Bj Barnes, Opinion Columnist • February 7, 2024

Despite being a universal experience — well outside of the strange people who love cats more than dogs — love seems to have a range of definitions...

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