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The Syrian Civil War: Texas State alumnus fights alongside volunteer Kurdish army

The Syrian Civil War: Texas State alumnus fights alongside volunteer Kurdish army

Diana Furman

March 12, 2019


Filed under Life and Arts

Six men, strangers only months before, sat cramped in a Toyota Hilux as it rolled under the Syrian sun. Gravel crunched under the tires and Taylor Swift songs echoed off the dashboard. A motorcyclist from Texas passed around a bag of nuts and bananas. Laughter and small talk ensued. Rifles sat on the...

Float Fest 2018: Sunday recap

Float Fest 2018: Sunday recap

Diana Furman

July 23, 2018


Filed under Featured, Life and Arts, Music

A variety of sounds rocked music fans for nine straight hours the second day in a row at Float Fest. Guests filtered in during the day but, similar to Saturday, nighttime shows brought in the largest crowds. In 2017, Float Fest’s attendance fell over 10,000. This year, they applied for a permit...

Float Fest 2018: Saturday recap

Float Fest 2018: Saturday recap

Diana Furman

July 22, 2018


Filed under Featured, Life and Arts, Music

Festival goers painted with glitter and draped in tapestries danced for hours under the hot sun. This year’s Float Fest has been a celebration of sunshine, summer, and life. From Saturday July 21- Sunday July 22, Martindale TX hosted Float Fest along the San Marcos River. Guests camped, floated...

Local effort continues to sustain river

Local effort continues to sustain river

Diana Furman

July 16, 2018


Filed under Featured, Latest, Life and Arts

When it comes to the health and cleanliness of the San Marcos River, all hands are on deck all the time. Holidays are no exception to the activeness of the community. Although the Fourth of July was rained out, the city anticipated the influx of floaters and had a plan in action to ensure the health...

Celebrate The Fourth of July in Hays County

Celebrate The Fourth of July in Hays County

Diana Furman

July 4, 2018


Filed under Life and Arts, Uncategorized

The Fourth of July calls for parades, ice cream and fireworks with friends and family. Take a break from the midweek hustle and celebrate Independence Day with old-fashioned traditions in Hays County. Wimberley’s Annual Fourth of July Parade Begin the day with a Jubilee Day Parade through the streets of Wimberley. ...

Review: Mason Lively livens up Texas country music scene

Review: Mason Lively livens up Texas country music scene

Diana Furman

June 23, 2018


Filed under Fine Arts, Latest, Life and Arts, Music

Underneath strings of lights and neon signs, June 22, Texas country music shook the walls of the Cheatham Street Warehouse. Mason Lively, 20-year-old Texas country musician from Inez, Texas, is currently touring across the state promoting his new album, Stronger Ties. At 9 p.m., an old jukebox...

Conservation canines rescue sea turtles

Conservation canines rescue sea turtles

Diana Furman

June 10, 2018


Filed under Latest, Life and Arts

Along the Coastal Bend region of Texas, little pawprints left in the sand are leading to the protection of sea turtle nests. K9’s 4 Conservation is an organization that aims to protect sea turtle nests with search and rescue dogs. Christian Fritz, graduate teaching assistant, is training two of ...

Local band Beatnik Bandits steal the show

Local band Beatnik Bandits steal the show

Diana Furman

May 24, 2018


Filed under Featured, Latest, Life and Arts, Music

A local folk band has busked its way around San Marcos and plans on getting boots stomping and hands clapping outside of Texas. Christian Sparks, lead vocalist, has been playing music since he was 13 years old. It was a family tradition to sit around the campfire enjoying his father play songs on...

Students decide to disconnect from social media

Students decide to disconnect from social media

Diana Furman

May 8, 2018


Filed under Featured, Life and Arts

News, memes and show-stopping selfies make up much of the content on social media platforms. However, some students are choosing to disengage from the online chaos. In the age of technology, it is rare and difficult to not operate on various social media platforms. While social media consumes the...

Students fight to end sexual violence

Students fight to end sexual violence

Diana Furman

April 24, 2018


Filed under Latest, Life and Arts

Brave students stood together in solidarity, raising their voices with for those who may be too afraid to speak. Bobcats gathered around the Stallions April 23 at 6 p.m., rallying together against sexual violence. The fourth annual Take Back the Night was led by Men Against Violence during the...

Living inside a masterpiece

Living inside a masterpiece

Diana Furman

April 24, 2018


Filed under Life and Arts

Behind an iron gate and shrouded in greenery stands a piece of art that houses the artists themselves. After almost 40 years of teaching, Jene and Jean Laman, retired interior design and fiber arts professors, respectively, created their largest work of art yet. With the help of A. Gruppo Architects...

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