The University Star

Quality journalism will not include election mudslinging

Quality journalism will not include election mudslinging

Zach Ienatsch

November 27, 2018

Although the majority of political races concluded with the general election earlier this month, San Marcos' election season has extended to Dec. 11 in two runoff races for City Council places 4— between Shane Scott and Mark Rockeymore—and 5—between Rick Henderson and Joca Marquez. Presidential,...

Greek Life on track to a better tomorrow

Greek Life on track to a better tomorrow

Zach Ienatsch

November 13, 2018

Exactly one year ago, Texas State student Matthew Ellis died of alcohol poisoning following a party hosted by his fraternity brothers. Since then, the environment responsible for his death has reformed and been replaced by something safer and healthier for Bobcats rushing fraternities and sororities. Although...

Sutherland Springs coverage a reminder of the power of community journalism

Sutherland Springs coverage a reminder of the power of community journalism

Zach Ienatsch

November 6, 2018

There are times when people need journalists to be more than just the news providers. There are moments when a reporter should remember there's more to a story than mere information blurbs and timeliness. There are stories that require reporters to meet people on the worst days of their lives and share...

Letter to the Editor

Zach Ienatsch

October 30, 2018

Editor's note: The author of this letter has requested to remain anonymous due to possible retaliation. Their identity has been verified by student editors in person. Dear Editor, Tuition costs are steadily rising. So, students may wonder how their tuition dollars are spent. Given that the university’s...

Campus early voting window insufficient for midterm student turnout

Campus early voting window insufficient for midterm student turnout

Zach Ienatsch

October 25, 2018

Editor's Note (10/30): Since the initial online posting of this Main Point on Thursday, Oct. 25, students, faculty and candidates voiced their concerns to the county and received a preferable answer. The Hays County Commissioners' Court voted last Friday to extend the temporary early voting location...

Letter to the Editor

Zach Ienatsch

October 24, 2018

Dear Editor, Your Main Point piece in The University Star Volume 108, Issue 07 from October 9, 2018 titled “Students should have more say over tuition fees” has a major factual oversight. In the article, you state that “[o]ut of these 13 fees, only one fee, the student service fee, is under...

Tailgate regulations have clipped traditions

Tailgate regulations have clipped traditions

Zach Ienatsch

October 24, 2018

Attendance to home football games have been shoddy for years. The one saving grace for game day fans was the tailgating tradition before kickoff. However, tailgating has fallen victim to student enthusiasm and participation because much like the football games, it's lacking winners. Tailgating used...

Texas State administrators may be learning to respond to white supremacy

Texas State administrators may be learning to respond to white supremacy

Zach Ienatsch

October 17, 2018

Last Thursday, any false sense of security on the campus quad was rescinded when racist business cards from a white supremacist group appeared scattered along the walkways. Events like these are anything but new. Texas State has been targeted by white supremacist groups for roughly two years in the...

Students should have more say over tuition fees

Students should have more say over tuition fees

Zach Ienatsch

October 10, 2018

Just as voters have a stake in where their tax dollars go, students should receive the same courtesy with their tuition. The average full-time student at Texas State will pay $9,348 per semester if the student is a Texas resident or $20,268 per semester if the student comes from out of state. In t...

Letter to the editor

Letter to the editor

Zach Ienatsch

October 10, 2018

Dear Editor, A recent opinion piece in The University Star Volume 108, Issue 4 from Sept. 18, 2018, regarding parking issues on campus grabbed my attention. The piece claimed the solution to the lack of parking spots could be solved by banning freshman from parking on campus. I disagree with the opin...

Local restaurants need your place at the table

Local restaurants need your place at the table

Zach Ienatsch

October 3, 2018

With so many dining options around San Marcos for locals and Bobcats to dine with, picking a place for lunch may not always be an easy choice. But when deciding where to spend your money when the hunger sets in, San Martians should make a considerate effort to eat locally. Balancing a full course...

Young, educated people are a powerful voting block

Young, educated people are a powerful voting block

Zach Ienatsch

September 26, 2018

No mentality is more dangerous to democracy than the misconception a single vote does not matter. Even more egregious is the lack of faith in a powerful voting block of educated young citizens eager to see change in their communities and the nation at large. Voting among the Texas State student body...

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