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Plight to perspective: Beloved black voice retires after decades of student service

Dr. Joanne Smith approaches a podium as the audience applauds.

Jaden Edison and Sarah Martinez

May 28, 2020

Dr. Joanne Smith sat at her L-shaped desk topped with books, binders and folders in the J.C. Kellam Administration Building at Texas State, reminiscing on her work experiences and half-joking about how the next person in her position would have to be good at technology. “When I interviewed here...

Lights, Camera, Stop: The next steps for film following COVID-19

A group of Texas State students gather to film a web series.

Trinity Dayton, Life and Arts Reporter

May 27, 2020

Seasoned and student filmmakers alike wonder what the film industry will look like after the COVID-19 pandemic, with an alternative approach to film festivals and the newfound obstacle of limited cast and crew on set. Although the pandemic may have snatched the busiest season of the year from filmmakers,...

San Marcos honors fallen soldiers through virtual Memorial Day ceremony

Three United States flags sit in a grassy area, in the morning, at the Hays County Veterans Memorial.

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Editor

May 25, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of San Marcos honored servicemen and women who lost their lives serving the country through a virtual Memorial Day ceremony May 25. The yearly event, usually taking place in-person at the Hays County Veterans Memorial in San Marcos, was moved online due to precautions...

Two San Marcos restaurants close after employees test positive for COVID-19

An orange cone sits in the drive-thru of Fuego Tortilla Grill in San Marcos.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

May 25, 2020

Fuego Tortilla Grill and Garcia's Restaurant-Wonder World, in San Marcos, announced closures until further notice after employees at both restaurants tested positive for COVID-19. One employee tested positive at Fuego, located at 913 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, and two at Garcia's, located at 1917...

NCAA to allow on-campus workouts for football and basketball athletes

Trevis Graham Jr. holds a football in his left arms, while two defenders chase after him on the football field at Bobcat Stadium.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

May 21, 2020

The NCAA decided in a virtual meeting May 20 to allow Division I football and basketball student-athletes to participate in voluntary in-person athletic activities on campuses. Starting June 1, as long as all local, state and federal regulations are followed, the activities may be conducted. To accommodate...

Suspect in hit-and-run turns himself in, released on bond

Police Lights, siren

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

May 21, 2020

The suspect in a Feb. 29 hit-and-run in San Marcos that left a man dead turned himself in to authorities over the weekend. Antonio Rene Alonzo, 23, turned himself in after the San Marcos Police Department issued a warrant for Accident Involving Death. Alonzo has since been magistrated and released...

Sewell Park to remain closed Memorial Day weekend, reopens summer II

A banner alerting people of the closing of Sewell Park sits, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, on University Drive at Texas State. Before the March 24 closing of the park, occupants spent time at the park in close proximity despite state, county and city officials calling for social distancing. On a normal day, the park serves as a place for students to swim, tan, play sports and more.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

May 21, 2020

Texas State announced Sewell Park will remain closed Memorial Day weekend and reopen at the beginning of the summer II session, July 6. Texas State will post signage at Sewell Park's access points reminding visitors of the park's closing over the weekend. The City of San Marcos announced many of...

Not today COVID-19, we have work to do

Main Point.

The Editorial Board

May 20, 2020

COVID-19 changed everything as we know it.  At The Star, we have not printed in weeks, our newsroom is quiet, all meetings take place on Zoom and we are severely limited in what work we can do in-person. We do not know when we will print again, and it is unclear if we will be able to safely retur...

City Council passes city improvement plan and commercial scooter ban

The San Marcos City Council, via Zoom, looks at a slideshow presentation of the city's Ordinance 2020-32.

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 20, 2020

The San Marcos City Council met for their regular meeting May 19 to pass a multi-million dollar plan for improving city services, pass a commercial scooter ban and discuss a variety of land ordinances and resolutions. On the first and final reading, the council unanimously authorized the usage of...

Amazon warehouse employees test positive for COVID-19

Amazon's logo, the words

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

May 20, 2020

Amazon confirmed that an undisclosed number of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 at the company's warehouse in San Marcos. A date indicating when employees were confirmed positive was not specified in a May 20 email from Amazon to The Star. Due to HIPPA laws, it is also unclear whether or not t...

Senior says goodbye after four years

Former University Star editors Carrington Tatum, Jakob Rodriguez and Sawyer Click hug in The Star's newsroom, posing for a photo.

Jakob Rodriguez, Star Alumnus, Class of 2020

May 18, 2020

Editor’s Note: “-30-” has traditionally been used throughout journalism to indicate the end of a story. The Star calls upon its graduating seniors to write a Senior 30—a farewell piece to our readers—indicating the conclusion of a journalist’s time as an active member of our organization/publication. Four years ag...

Hays County reports one new case of COVID-19

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Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

May 17, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department reports one new lab-confirmed case of COVID-19, May 17, increasing the total number of cases in the county to 222 and total active cases to 74. As of May 17, the number of recovered cases remains at 145. Negative tests increased to 2,172; 99 tests are pending. There...

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