• Opinion: College students need more sustainable clothing options | Opinions
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    Opinion: College students need more sustainable clothing options | Opinions

    Avoiding fast fashion can be difficult for college students who have limited income and time, and there is a need for a middle ground. Fast fashion is a phrase used to describe trendy, inexpensive clothing found online or in popular stores. While many are lured in by the stylish items, unbelievably low price points and massive sales, they are repulsed to learn many of the unethical business practices that the fast fashion industry participates in, such as textile waste, child labor and underpaying its workers. Though 80% of university students did not have a clear understanding of the harms of fast fashions in a January 2017 study, growing climate concerns amongst Generation…

  • Gift of loan repayment changes lives for Hispanic female engineering students
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    Gift of loan repayment changes lives for Hispanic female engineering students

    LAS CRUCES – E. Eugene Carter describes himself as a person of privilege: an American white male born during an era when those attributes provided advantages not available to all. His wife, Rita M. Rodriguez, began her American journey at 16 — a Cuban refugee with a penniless, non-English speaking family with no education. Both earned doctoral degrees and rose to highly successful careers, but Carter never forgot the disparity of their beginnings. Now a retired finance professor, his passion is helping Hispanic women pursue their success as engineers. Toward that end, he founded the E. Eugene Carter Foundation to honor his father, a self-taught engineer and his wife, an…

  • Slow down your shopping: how college students fall victim to fast fashion, and how to stop it
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    Slow down your shopping: how college students fall victim to fast fashion, and how to stop it

    It’s already well known that in the world of socially conscious shopping, fast fashion is a dirty word. But when endless trend cycles and overconsumption are so normalized, how do we get off this high-speed train to nowhere? The fashion industry accounts for around 10 percent of global carbon emissions and uses more energy than the aviation and shipping industries combined, as reported by the BBC. Starting with raw materials, growing the cotton needed to make one pair of jeans requires more than 2,500 gallons of water, the same article reported. Then there’s emissions from transporting products from overseas factories to stores or home addresses. Even while they’re being used,…