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Lil Wayne and local artists set stage for first day of Mala Luna

Lil Wayne and local artists set stage for first day of Mala Luna

Katie Burrell

October 29, 2017


Filed under Latest, Life and Arts, Music

The sound of bass and electronic beats made its way into San Antonio, as the Mala Luna Musical Festival kicked off its second year with live street art and various artists. The weekend long event took over the city on it's opening day, Oct. 28 at the Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium and Lil Wayne...

Q&A with the creator of WeRateDogs

Q&A with the creator of WeRateDogs

Katie Burrell

October 17, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts

A special guest was the center of attention for multiple panels during the start of Mass Comm Week this year. Professional rater of dogs, Twitter personality and 21 year old author Matt Nelson spoke to mass communication, digital innovation and other interested students about himself as the creator...

Going behind the scenes with the bands of ACL

Going behind the scenes with the bands of ACL

Katie Burrell

October 14, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts, Music

Musicians and bands from places as far as Jamaica, Ireland and Canada made their way to Zilker Park for the Austin City Limits music festival. ACL weekend one was host to 150 bands. Many of these groups are up and coming future headliners, travelling on tour and giving Austin, the live music capital...

Best places for late night snacking on the Square

Best places for late night snacking on the Square

Katie Burrell

October 12, 2017


Filed under Food, Life and Arts

The majority of restaurants and bars in San Marcos close between 10-12 p.m. However, the Square offers a few options for some unique late-night munchies. The safest bet for self-care after a night of drinking with friends on the square is a sober ride home and some food. For Bobcats who are waiting...

Locals, musicians show off their best at ACL

Locals, musicians show off their best at ACL

Katie Burrell

October 10, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts, Music

Austin City Limits Music Festival weekend one came to a close Oct. 8 night after three days of live music, silent discos, local eats and organizations fighting for their causes. ACL took over Zilker Park for its first weekend of its 16th year while continuing traditions such as ACL Eats and ACL Cares. Weekend...

ACL Recap: Day two brings skydivers, knee injuries and technical difficulties

ACL Recap: Day two brings skydivers, knee injuries and technical difficulties

Katie Burrell

October 8, 2017


Filed under Latest, Life and Arts, Music

Day two of the Austin City Limits music festival hosted highly anticipated headliners including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chance the Rapper. During day two, some shows experienced sound issues and over crowding, which caused an audience member to be injured. Russ, a rapper and hip hop artist,...

ACL Recap: Jay-Z and The xx take over night one

ACL Recap: Jay-Z and The xx take over night one

Katie Burrell

October 7, 2017


Filed under Latest, Life and Arts

The first night of the Austin City Limits music festival went off without a hitch and drew a diverse crowd much like its line-up and attractions. Guests filled the area of Zilker Park to see the night's top headliners-- Jay-Z and The xx. There was plenty about ACL day one to enjoy. Taking the...

Texas Tribune Festival expresses need for accountability journalism

Texas Tribune Festival expresses need for accountability journalism

Katie Burrell

September 27, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts

Journalists meet to reflect on election coverage, investigating the president and the issues investigative journalists currently face. The Texas Tribune festival held a series of Trump: Year One panels discussing politics, media and the presidency as they coincide. The panel, Accountability Jour...

Officials gather to discuss the future of mental health reform

Officials gather to discuss the  future of mental health reform

Katie Burrell

September 26, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts

Members of the Texas House of Representatives joined a panel discussion during the 7th annual Texas Tribune Festival Sept. 23 alongside mental health professionals to discuss state spending and reform. Democratic state Rep. Garnet Coleman, joined Republican state Rep. Four Price, for the “Next Steps...

Hollywood playwright at Black and Latino Playwrights Conference

Hollywood playwright at Black and Latino Playwrights Conference

Katie Burrell

September 20, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts

Josephina Lopez was honored at this year’s Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, where she spoke about her struggles as a Latina actress and playwright in Hollywood. Lopez was honored with the Distinguished Artist’s award by Eugene Lee and the Texas State department of theatre for her work...

Mermaids splash through downtown

Mermaids splash through downtown

Katie Burrell

September 17, 2017


Filed under Latest, Life and Arts

Ten decorated mermaid statues were unveiled Sept. 16 as part of the main event of Mermaid Aqua Faire following the downtown Mermaid Parade. Arts Commission members prepped the unveiling of the mermaids on a platform in the center of Plaza Park where the statues remained covered. Prior to the unveiling,...

Honors College Director of Academic Development retires after over two decades of service

Honors College Director of Academic Development retires after over two decades of service

Katie Burrell

September 14, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts

The Honors College celebrated Diann McCabe's retirement after 20 years of service and dedication to the university and the community. Students and faculty of the Honors College gathered in the coffee forum of Lampasas Sept. 2 to celebrate McCabe at her retirement party. McCabe has been a Bobcat...

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