Author: East Texas Review

State Honors Conference: University of Texas at Tyler Represented

Four undergraduate students from The University of Texas at Tyler Honors Program each presented their original research this year at the annual Great Plains Honors Conference in Beaumont. Honors students representing The University of Texas at Tyler were marketing major Ashley Atkins of Bryan, elementary education major Penny Dutton of Belton, kinesiology major Rebecca Floyd and history major Mary-Elizabeth Smith, both of Tyler. “The students did such a wonderful job. We are extremely proud of them,” said program coordinator Katherine Hellmann. Atkins’ poster titled, “Non-Profit Marketing,” explored how job-satisfaction and employee retention affects overall brand perception for non-profit companies. Through...

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NATIONAL SAVE RECOGNIZES IZRELL ADAMS

Pine Tree PACE SAVE Chapter 2189 is proud to announce on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the National SAVE Youth Summit in Raleigh, NC, Pine Tree High School Senior Izrell D. Adams, was recognized as a SAVE Student of the Year. Izrell was one of two students to receive this national recognition.The following announcement was made acknowledging Izrell: “Our second SAVE Student of the Year is Izrell D. Adams of Pine Tree High School in Texas. He was not able to join us today, but Izrell is known for promoting unity, friendships, and achievement of common goals with his...

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Meets with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met with Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel at the Department of Education’s LBJ Building, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W. The Secretary and Mayor had a wide ranging discussion on Chicago’s education system, rising graduation rate and the Mayor’s reform plans. The Secretary thanked the Mayor for visiting the Department and for sharing his thoughts, and issued the following statement: “I want to thank Mayor Emanuel for today’s conversation and for sharing his vision for education in the city of Chicago. I look forward to continuing to find ways in which the Department can work with...

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Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce supports Tyler ISD school bond

Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce announced their strong support for the Tyler ISD school bond, which will renovate the district’s two high schools, Robert E. Lee and John Tyler.   Claude Henry, chairman of the board of directors for the Chamber, cited the need to equip future leaders along with community and economic development as the main reasons for their overwhelming support of the bond.   “On Tuesday, April 11th, the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted unanimously to support the passage of the upcoming TISD Bond election that will provide funds for the remodeling and additions to John Tyler High School and Robert E. Lee High School,” Board President Henry stated.   “The Chamber recognizes how important the education of our students is, as they are the future leaders of our community and of Tyler area businesses. Additionally, as the Tyler area competes to recruit new businesses to our area, the quality of the public school system is always one of the most important criteria considered.”   Mark Randall, president of Tyler Proud, agreed the bond will benefit the entire community. Not only will this provide safer campuses and more innovative classrooms for Tyler ISD students and educators, the presence of these new facilities will send a clear messages that Tyler cares about its future – beginning with our schools.   “We thank the Chamber...

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What the Politicians Won’t Say About Drugs

By Betsy McCaughey The Trump administration is launching a campaign against the heroin and pain pill epidemic, which causes a staggering 52,000 overdose deaths a year. And two weeks ago, New York’s Mayor Bill De Blasio announced stepped up efforts to halt the scourge. Will they succeed? Only if they break with the conventional wisdom that labels addiction a “disease.” That’s how New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was selected to head the national campaign, describes addiction. It’s not that simple. To save lives and get better results for the $50 billion-plus tax dollars already spent yearly on this problem, the politically correct myths about addiction need a clearheaded reassessment. Myth 1: Drug addiction is a chronic illness like Parkinson’s. Actually, addiction is a learned behavior for coping with stress, whether it’s economic hopelessness or family problems. It can be unlearned, says Harvard Professor Gene Heyman, adding, “addicts can choose to stop using drugs.” They do it once the “penalties of excessive use become overwhelming,” such as seeing their spouse walk out or losing custody of their children. The decision to quit is more important than what kind of treatment is available, Heyman finds, and many addicts quit without any treatment. Similarly Columbia professor Carl Hart finds no evidence “that addiction is a disease of the brain” like Huntington’s or Parkinson’s. The “diseased brain” model diminishes the individual’s capacity...

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