The University Star

Trauth needs to acknowledge students’ complaints

Trauth needs to acknowledge students’ complaints

Naomi Wick

April 11, 2019

Texas State is slow to act on issues that are important to Bobcats. Why isn't the university president promptly addressing the cries of her students? Texas State's administration has a responsibility to answer us. It's safe to assume at least the majority of students at Texas State aren't happy w...

Advertising on campus is ineffective and wasteful

Advertising on campus is ineffective and wasteful

Naomi Wick

April 11, 2019

Organizations’ current way of advertising on campus is ineffective due to the amount of waste it creates and the resources it takes up. Students walk through the Quad and are bombarded with scraps of paper handed out left and right, which are sometimes dropped on the ground in plain sight. For man...

Promoting overconsumption of food is irresponsible

Promoting overconsumption of food is irresponsible

Naomi Wick

March 4, 2019

Last week, The University Star ran an article promoting eating competitions in and around San Marcos. Restaurant managers and those who have attempted food challenges attest to the fun atmosphere while people race to finish a near impossible amount of food, but there’s a dark side to this social activity. ...

If they throw confetti, don’t let them walk

If they throw confetti, don’t let them walk

Naomi Wick

February 23, 2019

Confetti-toss photos soared in popularity several years ago and rapidly became a staple for students excitedly preparing to complete their degrees. Texas State was no stranger to this trend and the San Marcos River was not immune to the colorful, metallic plastic flakes that wound up in the water. While...

Don’t give hate speech an audience

Don’t give hate speech an audience

Naomi Wick

February 12, 2019

Last week, Texas State experienced its periodic visit from a brother Jed-style preacher. With his yelling damnation, a crowd of listeners and protesters quickly gathered. Students stopped at the Stallions, Texas State's designated symbol of free speech, to see what the commotion was about and quickly...

Float Fest does more good than harm for San Marcos

Float Fest does more good than harm for San Marcos

Naomi Wick

February 6, 2019

Held at Cool River Ranch on Dupey Ranch Road for the past four years, Float Fest is a one-of-a-kind music festival that attracts people from all over the state. With last year’s headliners ranging from Tame Impala to Lil Wayne, Float Fest has something for everyone and is a rite of passage for Bobcats...

Bees and straws aren’t Earth’s only worries

Bees and straws aren’t Earth’s only worries

Naomi Wick

January 28, 2019

Bees are trendy. Even in 2019, there are countless students roaming college campuses nationwide with simple bee tattoos and stickers with the catchy, “bees are dying at an alarming rate” meme leaving their mouths in casual conversation. However, these docile insects are a reminder of the beauty and...

Students gain nothing from classroom animal dissections

Students gain nothing from classroom animal dissections

Naomi Wick

November 26, 2018

Animal dissection is archaic in academia. Each semester, thousands and thousands of animals are dissected in classrooms across the nation. Texas State is no exception, with classes that include vertebrate dissection promoted to students in the biology department and beyond. Labs that employ animal dissection...

The tailgate keg ban is bad for the environment

The tailgate keg ban is bad for the environment

Naomi Wick

November 5, 2018

For decades, tailgate has been a treasured part of Texas State’s football home game traditions. Amassing as much school spirit as Bobcats can hold, tailgating encourages football game attendance and student activity participation, as well as creating a fun environment for visitors and San Martians...

Honors Coffee Forum policy change negatively affects students

Honors Coffee Forum policy change negatively affects students

Naomi Wick

October 25, 2018

The Honors Coffee Forum has been the perfect study room for Texas State students for years. Located in Lampasas and housing the Gallery of Common Experience, the coffee forum allows intellectuals to gather together and enjoy the ambient coffee shop atmosphere without the bustle of an actual cafe, complete...

Texas State has a printer problem

Texas State has a printer problem

Naomi Wick

October 24, 2018

College campuses are places of personal growth, learning and high-volume printing. Texas State is no exception. At an enrollment of nearly 39,000 students, the campus needs more than just the current six buildings with SendNPrint access. Students enrolled full-time pay $240 per semester for a com...

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