The University Star

Schlitterbahn sells New Braunfels and Galveston parks

Schlitterbahn sells New Braunfels and Galveston parks

Christopher Green, News Reporter

June 19, 2019

Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts has announced the selling of two parks in Galveston and New Braunfels to a company based out of Ohio. Cedar Fair Entertainment Company has agreed to purchase the two parks for $261 million. According to Cedar Fair, the names of the parks will not change, but the...

Austin local found dead in San Marcos River after tubing trip

Austin local found dead in San Marcos River after tubing trip

Sierra Martin, News Reporter

June 17, 2019

Ryan Hyman, a 26-year-old Austin resident, was reported missing around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Hyman was later determined to have drowned while tubing the San Marcos River in Martindale. Hyman reportedly abandoned his tube to swim and grab a lost tube floating nearby and began struggling in the...

Texas bill criminalizing unsolicited sexual pictures should become law

Texas bill criminalizing unsolicited sexual pictures should become law

Bayley Bogus

April 11, 2019

Receiving unsolicited dirty pictures is an act everyone has either personally experienced or encountered secondhand. If the recipient did not consent to such images but receives them anyway, that is sexual harassment, besides the fact it is just gross and unwanted. Any women who have ventured into the world ...

Gender and diversity courses should be mandatory for fraternity and sorority life students

Gender and diversity courses should be mandatory for fraternity and sorority life students

Bayley Bogus

April 2, 2019

According to the National Institute for Justice, fraternity men are three times more likely to commit rape than non-Greek peers. Fraternity houses have been described as “dangerous places for women” again and again by academic journals. Additionally, sorority membership nationwide is considered t...

Same-sex female couples do not exist for the pleasure of men

Same-sex female couples do not exist for the pleasure of men

Bayley Bogus

March 12, 2019

Same-sex female couples are often fetishized and harassed, which is an issue that is not given much significance. I have lost count of the numerous times I have gone out with my girlfriend in public and we have experienced harassment. As a couple, it has been completely normalized to hold hand...

STI/HIV screenings need to be offered for free on campus

STI/HIV screenings need to be offered for free on campus

Bayley Bogus

March 5, 2019

In 2016, Testing Tuesdays provided students HIV testing, free of charge. Every other Tuesday, an organization called PartySafe administered HIV testing to students on campus. This group works as a peer-educated campaign aiming to reduce sexual risks associated with heavy drinking. If students were ...

Working as a Resident Assistant can negatively affect mental stability

Working as a Resident Assistant can negatively affect mental stability

Bayley Bogus

February 4, 2019

More often than not, resident assistants feel overworked and underpaid. A good portion may feel isolated, lonely and left without a social life as the position takes priority over much of their lives. While some may find gratitude in the job and genuinely enjoy the time they spend as an RA, the majority...

Rec Center should implement women-only areas

Rec Center should implement women-only areas

Bayley Bogus

January 22, 2019

Work out goals are among the top 10 most common New Year's resolutions. Gyms across the nation keep this in mind, understanding the almost certain spike in members after the holidays. Once students are back on campus following winter break, the workout floor of the Student Recreation Center is u...

Resident Assistants should be allowed to work supplemental jobs

Resident Assistants should be allowed to work supplemental jobs

Bayley Bogus

November 27, 2018

Working as a resident assistant is no easy feat. It is a 24/7 job, and something inescapable, given we live where we work. If I don’t like a coworker, I have 48 hours to figure it out because chances are, I see and work with them often in a “professional setting.” If I can’t possibly live solely...

Bobcat shuttles should require passengers to scan school IDs

Bobcat shuttles should require passengers to scan school IDs

Bayley Bogus

November 2, 2018

The Bobcat shuttles are a major mode of transportation for students, faculty and staff moving to, from and about campus. The system is supported solely by students, who pay a bus fee at registration each semester. However, the shuttles service the general public as well, meaning nearly anyone could...

Sugar relationships are not deserving of their stigma

Sugar relationships are not deserving of their stigma

Bayley Bogus

October 30, 2018

The “sugar relationship” culture is a controversial, touchy topic. This is partly because it is rarely understood unless from a firsthand experience. A sugar relationship, be it with a sugar daddy or mama, is an exchange of “sugar” from each party. The sugar baby will come to an arrangement...

Testimony: Working at a strip club does not deserve a stigma

Testimony: Working at a strip club does not deserve a stigma

Bayley Bogus

September 25, 2018

When someone asks the typical college student, “What did you do this summer?” the response is often, “I worked every day.” This will remain how students spend their summers because college is not cheap. Most working students may have jobs on campus, internships over the summer, a job at a local...

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