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Texas State students develop cultural awareness during study abroad trips

Texas State students develop cultural awareness during study abroad trips

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Reporter

August 15, 2019

Each year, students get the opportunity to escape their comfort zones and surround themselves with different cultures and customs as they take the leap to study abroad. Studying abroad enables students to become familiar with various geographic locations, languages and traditions. Students who study...

REI The Meadows Center teams up with REI Co-op for an informational outdoor experience

REI The Meadows Center teams up with REI Co-op for an informational outdoor experience

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Reporter

August 6, 2019

The Meadows Center and REI Outdoor School have partnered to offer environmental learning and outdoor activities at Spring Lake. REI Outdoor School is a series of classes and tours led by outdoor experts that aim to teach outdoor skills and techniques. Classes and tours are held throughout the count...

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood review

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood review

Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Reporter

August 6, 2019

Quentin Tarantino's ninth film focuses on the life and career of actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), his stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) and the struggles the men face. "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" was one of my most anticipated films of the year. This movie is director Quentin Tarantino's ni...

Lion King (2019) Review

Lion King (2019) Review

Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Contributor

July 25, 2019

The original "Lion King" from 1994 is one of the best — if not at the best — movies Disney has ever created. From great storytelling, compelling characters and emotional scenes to phenomenal voice acting from legends like James Earl Jones as Mufasa, the original animated film was such a hit it had...

Crawl Review

Crawl Review

Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Contributor

July 18, 2019

It is difficult to expect one thing out of a movie and receive something entirely different. In both of the recent Godzilla movies, I went in expecting each to be an action-packed, two-hour monster mash movie but instead watched people talking about how threatening the monsters are for roughly 120...

Student organization grows a passion for plants one seed at a time

Student organization grows a passion for plants one seed at a time

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Reporter

July 9, 2019

The Plant Biology Society is an up-and-coming organization dedicated to helping maintain local greeneries and spread the importance of sustainability through volunteer work. The organization started January 2018 after several students from Sunethra Dharmasiri’s botany class were encouraged to start...

Professor begins research to address “farmer suicide crisis”

Kyle Chitwood, Life and Arts Contributor

July 9, 2019

A new study is taking a novel approach in developing mental health support systems in farming and rural communities to address the “farmer suicide crisis.” Associate professor in the School of Social Work at Texas State Erica Nason and her co-investigator, Abby Blankenship, assistant professor...

Spider-Man: Far From Home Review

Spider-Man: Far From Home Review

Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Reporter

July 9, 2019

After the events of Endgame, Peter Parker goes on vacation to Europe and must save the world from new threats. Being the Spider-Man fan I am, I was really hoping "Spider-Man: Far From Home" would end the streak of subpar Spider-Man movies before it's time, not including the three Sam Raimi ...

City of San Marcos launches program to reduce residential move-out waste

City of San Marcos launches program to reduce residential move-out waste

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Reporter

July 9, 2019

The City of San Marcos and Texas State have partnered to create a donation program, Bobcats Give Back, in an effort to reduce landfill waste. Bobcats Give Back is a sustainability program created to alleviate large amounts of trash that accumulates during summer move-out season. Students and San...

Industry hosts closeout to Pride Month

Industry hosts closeout to Pride Month

Ivy Sandoval, Life and Arts Reporter

July 9, 2019

The first month of summer has come to a close, along with Pride Month. June is christened as Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, a series of demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ+ community in New York City that occurred throughout the month of June 1969. The month gives LGBTQ+ members an...

Midsommar Review

Midsommar Review

Caleb Watkins, Life and Arts Contributor

July 9, 2019

Midsommar is a wild two-and-a-half hour ride of pure terror as you follow a group of friends visiting a cult in the middle of nowhere. Ari Aster is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers and directors. If you have not seen his first movie "Hereditary," I highly recommend watching it. Aster keeps his s...

Metaphysical and holistic community offers spiritual guidance at monthly fair

Metaphysical and holistic community offers spiritual guidance at monthly fair

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Reporter

June 26, 2019

Each month a series of mediums, psychics and tarot card readers visit San Marcos to provide healing and guidance for individuals interested in the metaphysical and holistic world. The San Marcos Metaphysical and Holistic Fair is held on the last Sunday of every month, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Holiday...

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