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Student workers keep Alkek open 24 hours for finals week

Student workers keep Alkek open 24 hours for finals week

Anika Adams, News Reporter

May 14, 2019

Alkek student workers help keep the library open 24 hours for students during finals season by choosing to work late hours in the night. Student workers enjoy the benefits of helping other students, while studying for their own exams and earning higher pay. Alkek is open 24 hours weekdays starting...

Animal shelter finds homes for seized animals, looks for volunteers

Animal shelter finds homes for seized animals, looks for volunteers

Astri Smith, News Reporter

May 14, 2019

This past November, the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter took custody of 161 cats and 15 dogs, summing up a total of 175 animals seized as part of a local rescue mission. Hays County seizing agency received a call and found there were multiple mistreated animals on the outskirts of Buda. Initiating...

Hays County approves voting precinct changes

Hays County approves voting precinct changes

Jacqueline Ziebis, News Reporter

May 14, 2019

The Hays County Commissioners splits up precincts under state statue, but changes will not affect university precincts for now. On April 2, it was voted precincts 113, 120, 127, 129, 221, 224, 228, 336, 337, 443 and 444 will be in addition to 19 new voting polling places. Hays County’s Elections...

The workings of Parking Services, what students can expect

The workings of Parking Services, what students can expect

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

May 9, 2019

Texas State's Parking Services is nothing short of complex, but it is not the money-hungry monster students may perceive it as. Parking Services is a financially self-supported branch of the university. Texas State does not give Parking Services any general funds to operate; its budget is based...

61st Faculty Senate is voted on

61st Faculty Senate is voted on

Julie Gonzales, News Reporter

May 9, 2019

May 8, the last Faculty Senate meeting of the semester, the senate discussed and voted for the 61st Faculty Senate. The newly elected officers include the new Chairman Janet Bezner of health professions, Vice Chair Natalie Ceballos of liberal arts and Secretary David Nolan of fine arts and communication. Leaving...

City Council moves to supporting San Marcos as Mermaid Capital of Texas

City Council moves to supporting San Marcos as Mermaid Capital of Texas

Christopher Green

May 8, 2019

On May 7, City council unanimously voted on supporting a concurrent resolution of the Texas Legislature designating the City as “The Mermaid Capital of Texas.” The resolution is currently in the process of making its way to the Texas State Legislature. Council also passed an ordinance on the...

Texas State forms alliance to save endangered toad species

Texas State forms alliance to save endangered toad species

Mia Estrada

May 7, 2019

Toads are on the brink of extinction, but Texas State is attempting to save the Houston toad found in neighboring cities. Texas Park and Wildlife has teamed up with Texas State to begin the process of encouraging landowners living in the Houston toad range to comply with safe harbor agreements i...

Engineering students get hands-on experience at NuPlasma

Engineering students get hands-on experience at NuPlasma

Chase Rogers

May 6, 2019

A team of engineering students is working with NuPlasma, a local blood bank, for their senior design course, providing them with valuable real-world applications of their studies. The team was tasked with creating a 3D model representative of NuPlasma’s freezers, containing blood and plasma donations,...

Counseling Center implements simulation to help distressed students

Counseling Center implements simulation to help distressed students

Astri Smith

May 6, 2019

The Counseling Center is introducing role-playing simulation technology that recognizes anxiety and depression. The Counseling Center has partnered with Kognito, a health simulation company, to offer a program that will allow students, faculty and staff training on recognizing signs of distress and ...

SMPD provides daily updates on string of sexual assaults

SMPD provides daily updates on string of sexual assaults

Camelia Juarez

May 6, 2019

After the recent string of sexual assaults, the City of San Marcos will release daily updates about the investigation with the help of the Texas Department of Public Safety's Texas Rangers and the FBI's Central Texas Violent Crimes Task Force. Updates will be posted on the city’s Facebook page daily...

Second murder-suicide hits San Marcos

Second murder-suicide hits San Marcos

Jaden Edison

May 5, 2019

Two Texas State students were found dead after an apparent murder-suicide. Matthew Bond Pfluger  (10/18/94) and Connor Patrick Shannon (11/22/94) were found by another friend of theirs dead May 5. At approximately 9:30 a.m., San Marcos Police arrived at the 1400 block of Highland Drive to investigate. Police...

Traffic accident on IH35 results in one fatality

Traffic accident on IH35 results in one fatality

Jaden Edison

May 4, 2019

San Marcos Police, EMS and Fire Department responded to a traffic accident May 3 at approximately 10:45 p.m. that resulted in one fatality. The incident consequently closed IH35 for a few hours. In heavy rain, a 2010 Honda and a 2014 Ford F150 were involved in an accident. Before first responders...

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