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Newly implemented Monarch Center brings resources to immigrant students

officials sit at table for panel

Sonia Garcia

May 7, 2020

Texas State established the Monarch Center for Immigrant Students, providing resources and support to immigrant and DACA students. Interim Chief Diversity Officer Stella Silva sent out a university-wide email May 7, stating the Monarch Center comes after a recommendation from the campus DACA Task...

Free to-go lunches feed faculty and staff during pandemic

line outside of harris for meals

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

April 30, 2020

Faculty and staff on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic are being provided free to-go lunches by Texas State administration in partnership with Chartwells Dining Services. The faculty and staff lunch pick-up program began March 30 and has now served over 8,000 meals, according to a press release...

Fallen soldiers commemorated with remembrance garden

track teams in front of plan

Brianna Benitez, Assistant Life and Arts Editor

April 16, 2020

Poppies and bluebonnets are blooming after Texas State’s men and women’s track team teamed up with Keep San Marcos Beautiful volunteers to plant a remembrance garden at the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative AirForce Base. Community enhancement initiatives manager, Amy Kirwin said they were...

Employee union, students call for action during COVID-19 pandemic

The stairs to Alkek Library sit unoccupied, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Texas State. On a normal day, Alkek's stairs serve as the ultimate fitness test for students walking to and from classes.

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

April 14, 2020

The Texas State Employees Union and students are calling on campus administration and University President Denise Trauth to take action during the COVID-19 pandemic by giving paid sick leave to campus employers, provide a full refund of tuition and closing Alkek. A press release from organizations...

Second COVID-19 case in a day, total now at 11

Hays County Seal

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

March 25, 2020

A second case of COVID-19 was confirmed today by the Hays County Local Health Department, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 11. All 11 positive cases are adults. The newest case is a resident of Dripping Springs. The total number of cases by city, as of 12 p.m. March 25 is: Austin – 1 Buda...

Hays County to issue a stay-in-place order

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra holds up a paper with instruction on how to combat coronavirus.

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

March 25, 2020

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra is expected to make an official announcement today on a stay-in-place order with an 11 p.m. curfew to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Last night, March 24, Hays County residents received an emergency update text from the judge informing them the announcement...

Texas closes restaurants, gyms and schools

Photograph of plates lines up on bar

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

March 19, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order to close restaurants, bars, gyms and schools across the state effective Friday, March 20-April 3. Dining inside restaurants and bars will be prohibited, but take-out will still be allowed. In order to assist the hospitality industry, Gov. Abbott waived regulati...

Students start petition to close campus after learning of the self-quarantine of Texas State students and professor

screengrab of online petition

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

March 10, 2020

A petition to cancel classes for two weeks due to the coronavirus is circulating social media due to coronavirus concerns. After The University Star reported on the self-quarantine of nine students and one professor, as well as the university preparing for the possibility of cancelling in-person c...

Spring break and summer education abroad canceled due to coronavirus

A photo of the white study abroad building in a vintage house right off the main campus.

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

March 6, 2020

All education abroad programs for spring break and summer have been canceled, effective immediately, according to a university-wide email from President Denise Trauth. Students currently in education abroad programs in countries deemed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as Travel Warning...

SXSW canceled amid coronavirus concerns

concert stage outside at night

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

March 6, 2020

The city of Austin announced an order of cancellation of major Austin festival South by Southwest in the wake of coronavirus concerns, just seven days before its start. The order, issued March 6 by Austin Mayor Steve Adler, comes after global fears of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)....

One dead in hit and run, police searching for driver

Police Lights, siren

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

March 2, 2020

A hit and run over the weekend resulted in the death of a San Antonio man. San Marcos Police are still searching for the driver. At 1:27 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, a 911 caller reported seeing a man lying on the edge of the roadway in the 200 block S. Guadalupe St. An initial investigation by the San...

Education abroad trip for summer 2020 is canceled due to coronavirus outbreak

outside of education building

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

January 31, 2020

The coronavirus leads Texas State to cancel planned education trip to China for summer 2020. The United States Department of State has designated China a Travel Advisory 3, meaning travelers should reconsider travel. Hubei Province in China was designated a Travel Advisory 4, meaning travelers should...

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