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Student Government votes to reinstate alcohol in LBJ

Student Government votes to reinstate alcohol in LBJ

Ziek Sanchez, News Reporter

February 11, 2020

Alcohol sales could be restored to George's following a vote by Student Government. A resolution calling for the sale of alcoholic beverages was unanimously approved during the Feb. 3 Student Government meeting after alcohol sales in George's halted September 2019. Student Government hopes the r...

Professor tests validity of concussion technology

Professor tests validity of concussion technology

Ziek Sanchez, News Reporter

February 6, 2020

Texas State’s CEREBRO concussion lab will begin testing the reliability of concussion benchmarking equipment in a new study in February. The study will take place in Texas State’s CEREBRO concussion lab and will use the “BalanceBack” company’s videonystagmography (VNG) equipment. This equip...

Texas State professors look to advance artificial intelligence

Texas State professors look to advance artificial intelligence

Ziek Sanchez, News Reporter

January 28, 2020

Researchers are developing a more advanced, eco-friendly, power-efficient and compact form of artificial intelligence technology in their new project. Computer science professors Ziliang Zong and Yan Yan are developing AI technology that can learn from its mistakes, recognize speech, possess language ...

Most young adults do not recover from substance abuse, studies say

Most young adults do not recover from substance abuse, studies say

Ziek Sanchez, News Reporter

January 21, 2020

A recent study found nearly half of young adults, in and out of college, commonly struggle with at least one substance use disorder and typically do not seek help with substance abuse. Substance abuse is a growing and common problem among young adults aged 18-24. Texas State associate psychology pr...

Texas State begins transition from TRACS to Canvas

Texas State begins transition from TRACS to Canvas

Ziek Sanchez

January 20, 2020

Texas State begins next phase of replacing TRACS with a new learning management system — Canvas. Texas State has begun implementing Canvas to faculty and students, and could grace your laptop screen as soon as this semester. Learning management systems, or LMS, are online software applications ...

Researchers find links between anxiety and social media

Researchers find links between anxiety and social media

Ziek Sanchez, News Reporter

December 11, 2019

A study conducted by the Texas State Psychology and Communication Studies departments found several links between anxiety disorders and social media. Researchers observed the relationship between social media behaviors and mental health in the study, "Upward social comparisons and posting under the...

Microsoft Pitch-Off is back

Microsoft Pitch-Off is back

Ziek Sanchez

November 18, 2019

Texas State hosted the second annual Microsoft Pitch-Off event on Nov. 15 in Alkek, providing students the opportunity to propose solutions and resolve issues in their local communities. The Microsoft Data Center Community Development team and Net Impact, a nonprofit organization aiming to use business...

Texas State professors pave way for NASA antennas

Texas State professors pave way for NASA antennas

Ziek Sanchez

November 15, 2019

Associate professor of engineering Dr. Maggie Chen has been researching and studying durable, flexible electronic circuits in hopes of creating new antennas for NASA space travel programs.For the past 15 years, Chen and her students' research has focused on finding the best metals to construct adaptable...

Identity theft targets students

Identity theft targets students

Ziek Sanchez

October 23, 2019

Identity theft has become one the fastest growing crimes in America. College students are constantly put at risk and targeted for potential identity theft and financial scams. There was a 126% jump in identity theft crimes in 2018 from previous reported offenses in the United States in 2017. Identi...

City council denies new student housing

City council denies new student housing

Ziek Sanchez

October 18, 2019

San Marcos City Council members unanimously denied developer Gilbane Development Company a conditional use permit for the development of student housing. Without being permitted a CUP, Gilbane management are unable to move forward with the project. The Gilbane Development Company proposed student housi...

Campus immigration lawyer leaves position after less than a year

Campus immigration lawyer leaves position after less than a year

Ziek Sanchez

October 8, 2019

Attorney Mark Kinzler has left his position as a part-time on-campus immigration lawyer, returning to his private practice of immigration law. The Austin-based immigration lawyer joined Texas State’s Attorney for Students Office early October 2018. While with AFS, Kinzler and other staff attorneys offered students free legal advice. Kinzler s...

“Safe Ride” gets students home

“Safe Ride” gets students home

Ziek Sanchez

October 2, 2019

The University Police Department is planning to launch a free and quick late-night transportation service fall 2019 for Texas State staff, faculty and students. The new UPD “Safe Ride” service will be available from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. seven days a week, with vans driven by trained UPD public ser...

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