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SHSU Implements New Title IX Policies

Sam Houston State University’s Title IX office informed faculty and students of their new policies and procedures through an annual email on Sept. 19, 2020. The Department of Education released these changes in early May, altering how the university defines Title IX cases. These recent changes are reflected in the Texas State University System Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures, a list of thorough procedures that prohibits unlawful gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and other forms of sexual misconduct.

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Walker County Reopens Bars

After four long months, Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Oct. 7 his plans to allow bars to reopen across certain Texas counties effective Oct. 14. Walker County Judge Danny Pierce opted in Walker County to resume the in-person service with new regulations for bars.

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Keeping School Spirit Alive in Absence of Sports

With sports starting up again at Sam Houston State University, the cheerleaders, dance team and marching band continue to practice for when they do return full force. While COVID-19 has altered everyone’s usual way of practicing, these groups are still working to keep spirits up.
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Huntsville Slowly Moves Toward Modernized Community

If you’ve been in the Huntsville area within the past five years, you may have noticed a rise in new establishments. From the new Chick-fil-A to the local coffee shops, Huntsville is slowly becoming more modernized. While this may seem like bad news for older businesses, some community members say these businesses face bigger concerns.

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Preferential Treatment: LGBTQ Community Should Worry About Supreme Court Nominee

This has been a bountiful year for opinion pieces, though often of the same crop. The 2020 election, police violence against minorities and COVID-19 have been the three horsemen riding around the opinion section at The Houstonian, much to the consternation of my Editor-in-Chief.

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