‘Cheer’ Takes an Overlooked Sport Off the Sidelines

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The Netflix show about a Corsicana cheerleading squad’s journey to nationals explores an indignity I remember well from my time as a high school dancer: training for intense athletic competitions while being reduced to halftime entertainment.
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Why a Small Offense Shouldn’t Have Life-Altering Consequence

Opinion: Nearly 10 years ago, I was arrested and detained in jail for 45 days after failing to appear in court for a low-level, non-violent offense. Today, I’m fighting so that others don’t have to go through what I did.

Standing in San Marcos’ crowded city hall lobby this past September, I watched the faces of the city’s leaders. Dozens of residents—business owners, colle...Read More

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A Chain Reaction

Luby’s is in trouble. Can the iconic cafeteria chain endure?

A Chain Reaction Luby’s is in trouble. Can the iconic cafeteria chain endure? * by Andrea Valdez November 25, 2019 A boilerplate business news headline trigge...Read More

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Up From the Desert

As a child, I hunted for fossils in the Chihuahuan Desert beyond my backyard. Those afternoons shaped the way I think about my fronteriza identity today.

I spent many childhood afternoons searching for sea fossils in the Chihuahuan Desert, finding geologic history strewn throughout the brown and dusty land. My ne...Read More


Lost in Limbo in the Hays County Jail

For 45 painful, lonely days, I waited and waited to be convicted of a crime.

The cold bit through the thin wool blanket and climbed up the short sleeves of my Women of the World Poetry Slam T-shirt as I lay on the cement floor of the Hay...Read More


The Trouble with Yoga

Why yoga studios are the new country clubs.

It was a sunny Wednesday afternoon in south College Station when I arrived for yoga class, like I had on any other Wednesday for the past three years. After bat...Read More