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Learning to welcome change

Learning to welcome change More than just “settling in”

Vinh Tran November 10, 2017

When I moved to America in 2006, I have lived in the same old and run down house for longer than I can remember. I've had more than a decade of memories under that roof, but there does come a time when...

The risks of commitment

The risks of commitment The fear of failure or the lack of ambition?

Vinh Tran October 30, 2017

Prior to getting a tattoo, I was faced with a barrage of second thoughts. I haven’t really thought about whether I would still like my tattoo 50 years from now, nor have I decided if I want to get something...

SATIRE: Las Vegas, in dire need of sports teams

'> SATIRE: Las Vegas, in dire need of sports teams Two just isn't enough

Vinh Tran October 17, 2017

Do we seriously have the Las Vegas Golden Knights and Raiders as our only major sports teams? There needs to be a change; we can’t just have Los Angeles beat us with their 18 fancy sports franchises....

PRO/CON: Sitting down for what you believe in

PRO/CON: Sitting down for what you believe in More than just sitting out an anthem

Vinh Tran October 1, 2017

To read Cassie’s opposing viewpoint, click here. The Star-Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key, after seeing the American Flag, symbolizing another win against the British. However,...

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Drugs: localized toxicity Nevada is still plagued with the opioid crisis

Vinh Tran September 22, 2017

I can remember it as if it was yesterday. The house across my street had all their family members sitting on the curb with the parents with their hands bound by handcuffs. The policemen came into the house...

Opportunities: to take or not to take

Opportunities: to take or not to take Am I lazy or am I just unsure?

Vinh Tran September 16, 2017

Often times, life provides opportunities that some people would perceive as “once in a lifetime.” My father once told me to take advantage of anything positive life threw at my feet. Whether it was...

SATIRE: The old world is ending, prepare for the apocalypse

SATIRE: The old world is ending, prepare for the apocalypse Here’s a survival guide to avoid certain destruction

Vinh Tran September 7, 2017

It was only a matter of time until the stars aligned to spell out the doom of the entire human race. The world was in darkness because of the solar eclipse. Houston is currently under water and Los Angeles...

The influence of music

The influence of music Musical artists more influential to the youth now than ever

Vinh Tran September 1, 2017

The first thing I do when I wake up is listen to music. Throughout the day, earbuds are glued in my ears. Even before I lie down to sleep, I still have Spotify running. Music is the first and last thing...

Are we moving too fast?

Are we moving too fast? Life has no pause button

Vinh Tran August 24, 2017

Until this moment, I've never realized how close I am to saying goodbye to high school. Although it's only the second week of senior year, college life is only a year away. But I’m not sure whether...

A daily dose

A daily dose Depression; a disorder often left in silence.

Vinh Tran May 25, 2017

Like many people, I tend to keep to myself when it comes to expressing emotion. Although it managed to work for a while, I ended up in a place where I couldn't see the appeal of living anymore. As a result,...

Split! Five bands I miss seeing onstage

'> Split! Five bands I miss seeing onstage Break ups are devastating, but they're worse when it comes to music

Vinh Tran May 15, 2017

I've always liked listening to music that was popular before I was even born. But it's heartbreaking knowing that your favorite bands have long split up and won't be recording any new music anytime soon....

Is there anything to celebrate on World Press Freedom Day?

Is there anything to celebrate on World Press Freedom Day? Journalists are struggling to do their jobs

Vinh Tran May 5, 2017

May 3rd is a day where journalists and students alike honor the reporters that have been incarcerated or killed in the process of finding the truth. Reporters have fought long and hard to honor the freedom...

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