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City council denies conditional use permit for student housing development

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Michael Garcia, News Reporter

October 1, 2019

Residents raised concerns when city council was expected to vote on the request for a Conditional Use Permit for a Purpose Built Student Housing Development. Locals had voiced their opinions that the development was not a solution for affordable housing and even referenced the Iconic Village fire, which...

Administration admits to inaccurate reporting of campus crime by UPD at Student Government meeting

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Sierra Martin, News Reporter

October 1, 2019

Student Government meeting addresses the inaccurate reporting of university crime statistics and how the University Police Department can be held accountable for accuracy in their future data collection. Sept. 30, Vice President of Finance and Support Services Eric Algoe, was a guest speaker at the...

Concerns raised over cite-and-release data

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Chase Rogers, News Reporter

September 29, 2019

Hays County released data showing the San Marcos Police Department's low use of cite-and-release in 2018, spurring protests from local organizations advocating for criminal justice reform. Under state law, cite-and-release allows peace officers to issue citations for class C misdemeanors—including...

Vie Lofts evacuation order lifted

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Sonia Garcia, News Editor

September 27, 2019

Evacuation order for Vie Lofts is lifted at 5:10 p.m. today, and a portion of the building was issued a temporary certificate of occupancy. Residents of Vie Lofts are to be contacted by management to move-in. After the mandatory evacuation of Vie Lofts due to safety concerns of the cracking walls in the parking g...

UPD searching for sexual assault suspect

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Sonia Garcia, News Editor

September 26, 2019

UPD is searching for a suspect of an attempted sexual assault that occurred on Sept. 4. The same suspects confronted the victim near Ingram Hall today. The suspects were described as three males, short hair, 5'7-5'10, armed with a knife. Contact UPD with any information. Travel in groups and utilize...

Mill Street shooter apprehended in Louisiana after chase

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Chase Rogers, News Reporter

September 26, 2019

The suspect alleged to have shot an 18-year-old female the night of Sept. 24 at 600 block of Mill Street was apprehended in Crowley, Louisiana at approximately 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Davonte Miller attempted to evade local law enforcement with his 2010 Hyundai Genesis but was apprehended...

One shot in overnight shooting on Mill Street

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Sonia Garcia, News Editor

September 25, 2019

Police responded to a shooting on Mill Street and are searching for suspect Davonte Tennille Miller, 20, after he shot a woman multiple times. At 7:54 p.m. Tuesday night at the 600 block of Mill Street, police responded to a shooting where they found an 18-year-old female who had been shot multiple...

Reported shooting near Bobcat Village

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Sonia Garcia, News Editor

September 25, 2019

A shooting occurred at 7:45 p.m. last night at the 600 block of Mill Street, near Bobcat Village. The suspect left the scene in a gray Mazda and is still at large. No other information has been revealed at this time. The University Star will update this story as information becomes available.    

Student Government reacts to dropping Student Senator retention rate

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Sierra Martin, News Reporter

September 25, 2019

Monday, Student Government discussed filling Senate vacancies and the dropping retention rate of Student Senators. Senator James Tichy addressed the senator retention rate dropping by saying it is due to meetings running too late, the time commitment and lack of action by administration to apply their...

Hays County Commissioners Court meets with several guest speakers demanding change

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Daniel Weeks, News Reporter

September 24, 2019

The Hays County Commissioners Court’s weekly meeting consisted of several guest speakers and a presentation of service awards on Sept. 24. The courtroom was filled entirely Tuesday morning; many of the attendees signed up to speak during the public comments introduction. At least 10 speakers were...

Faculty Senate introduced new graduate school application by Dean Golato

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Faith Smith, News Reporter

September 18, 2019

Faculty Senate had Dean of Graduate College Andrea Golato start the Sept. 18 faculty meeting by demonstrating how the new graduate school application would work compared to the old application. The old application that was on Apply Texas had several user errors and security concerns. The new system...

Residents fill city hall amid implementation of new police chief

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Christopher Green, News Reporter

September 17, 2019

During the Sept. 17 city council meeting, San Marcos residents representing MOVE Texas—a nonpartisan, nonprofit, grassroots organization working to build power in underrepresented youth communities—packed city hall chambers to express the organization’s favor to cite and release programs. Residents...

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