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Brihana Landrum, a tragic loss for all

Brihana Landrum, a tragic loss for all

Sonia Garcia

March 12, 2019

Her big round eyes looked ahead to the future, and she smiled at the thought of working with children. She never failed to smile when making her family proud. Her thoughts were filled with compassion, love and integrity, and no one imagined she would be gone so young. Brihana Landrum, Texas Sta...

Black students lead student body towards inclusiveness

Black students lead student body towards inclusiveness

Sonia Garcia

February 27, 2019

From the first black Student Government president to the first black editor-in-chief of The Star, African-American students of color are creating a presence never before seen. President-elect Corey Benbow won the 2019-20 Student Government presidential election that ended Feb. 21 with 61 percent of the votes and became the first black Student Government president in...

Future teachers integrate technology into art classes with new program

Future teachers integrate technology into art classes with new program

Sonia Garcia

February 26, 2019

Coding mixed with art may sound unusual, but art education students are proving otherwise. Sean Justice, assistant professor in the School of Art and Design, along with his art education students, have been working on Families Learning Together. Justice started the project in 2017 to research the...

SMCISD teacher arrested for alleged inappropriate relationship with student

SMCISD teacher arrested for alleged inappropriate relationship with student

Sonia Garcia

February 23, 2019

San Marcos High School teacher Ian Michael Madden (09/09/1991) turned himself in to Travis County authorities Feb. 22 for having an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student. Two students notified the athletic director and assistant principal of an alleged inappropriate teacher-student relationship,...

Santi’s Tacos moves from food truck to dine in experience

Santi’s Tacos moves from food truck to dine in experience

Sonia Garcia

February 19, 2019

With colorful walls, tacos and salsa promising to make you sweat, Santi’s Tacos never fails to provide authentic, Mexican flavors. Santi’s Tacos, a staple for late night cuisine in San Marcos, has upgraded from their Mexican flagged food truck to a restaurant at 201 S LBJ Dr. After two years of...

JAMS music strikes a chord

JAMS music strikes a chord

Sonia Garcia

February 5, 2019

Strings line the walls alongside guitars and amplifiers. In a leather jacket, the owner begins to strum “Stairway to Heaven,” and for any musician, it may feel as if they are in heaven. JAMS Music is saving the day for local musicians as it becomes the first music store in San Marcos to open in...

Photographer captures the best of San Marcos

Photographer captures the best of San Marcos

Sonia Garcia

January 23, 2019

In 25 degree weather, a photographer bares the winter to catch the steamy San Marcos River right at sunrise, snapping one of many photos with color and dimension. Andy Heatwole, San Marcos native, has captured the beauty of San Marcos, one photo at a time. Over the years, he has gained popularity...

Vaping trend continues to grow on college campuses

Vaping trend continues to grow on college campuses

Sonia Garcia

January 23, 2019

The cool mint, bubblegum or strawberry scented clouds outside the classroom are common as vaping continues to be a popular trend. Vaping has hit college campuses all at once with JUUL e-cigarettes, hookah and THC pens. Students have dived into the vape world at full throttle, some not knowing the...

Huffman and Franklin take the crowns

Huffman and Franklin take the crowns

Sonia Garcia

November 4, 2018

Homecoming nominees grazed the football field with beauty, smiles and nerves as the king and queen were announced during halftime. The Homecoming King and Queen were announced Oct. 27 during the football game halftime show. Cody Huffman, electronic media senior and Nahara Franklin, psychology senior,...

Sugar babies

Sugar babies

Sonia Garcia

October 30, 2018

Editor's note: This story recounts details of a sexual encounter that may be triggering for some readers. Additionally, the identity of a source in this story has been changed upon request. The source will be referred to as Lily. Sunlight reflected off the pavement as Lily made her way to a hotel ...

Routes for understanding and seeking help for an eating disorder

Routes for understanding and seeking help for an eating disorder

Sonia Garcia

October 10, 2018

Stress levels from school, work and moving away from home can subject students to unhealthy eating habits. However, students can educated themselves on eating disorders and where/how to get help. In college communities, studies have shown 33% of students have elevated eating concerns. Students often do not seek help. In fact, according to Eating Disorders Coalition, 30 million...

BB’s Chicago Cuisine fries up success

BB’s Chicago Cuisine fries up success

Sonia Garcia

October 3, 2018

Two Texas State students are using chicken and fries to bring their business, relationship and education to the next level. BB’s Chicago Cuisine found a home at the food truck park at 128 Guadalupeupe St. Owners Charles Rivers, business management junior, and Ariana Richards, health and fitness...

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