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Texas State requires students watch health and safety video before return

A file photo of Texas State students walking through the Quad. The university is planning to resume face-to-face instruction and campus operations July 6, the beginning of the summer II session

Gabriella Ybarra, Managing Editor

August 14, 2020

Returning students will be required to view a 10-minute mandatory health and safety video prior to their return to campus, according to an email from the vice president of Student Affairs. The video, which features student leaders and Dr. Emilio Carranco, chief medical officer, must be viewed by students...

Administration responds to faculty request for more course delivery control

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

August 13, 2020

Following a letter from Texas State faculty to the administration requesting more autonomy in the university’s plan to bring students back to campus, the administration insisted faculty already have flexibility and doubled down on the effectiveness of current safety procedures. University President...

Hays County reports one new COVID-19 fatality

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Gabriella Ybarra, Managing Editor

August 13, 2020

The Hays County Health Department reports one new COVID-19 fatality Aug. 13, a Dripping Springs woman in her 80s, bringing the total number of fatalities in the county to 38. The county reported 20 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 46 recoveries, bringing the total number of cases in the county...

Texas State football schedule undergoes another change

Texas State's offensive line faces off against the New Mexico State defensive line, both lines in a three point stance, at Bobcat Stadium.

Colton McWilliams, Sports Reporter

August 13, 2020

Texas State faces another change to its football schedule after New Mexico State announced Aug. 13 it would move its football season to the spring semester. The Aggies, who were slated to play the Bobcats Oct. 3, expressed player health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. The school says creating...

Hays County reports two new COVID-19 fatalities

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Gabriella Ybarra, Managing Editor

August 12, 2020

The Hays County Health Department reports two new COVID-19 fatalities Aug. 12, two men from San Marcos, one in their 70s and the other in their 80s. Neither were hospitalized at the time of their deaths. The total number of fatalities in the county is 37. The county reported 17 new lab-confirmed cases...

Texas State launches contact tracing system

A person walks through the Quad, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Texas State.

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

August 12, 2020

Texas State students, faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19 or are identified as close contacts are requested to report to a new contact tracing system, the university announced in an Aug. 12 email. The contact tracing system, Bobcat Trace, will provide the university another resource to...

Texas State reports two new student COVID-19 cases

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

August 11, 2020

Texas State’s COVID-19 dashboard reports Aug. 11 two new students tested positive for COVID-19. According to the dashboard, a total of 111 students and 27 faculty and staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. The University Star will continue to provide COVID-19 updates as any additional i...

Hays County reports 16 new COVID-19 cases, 67 recoveries

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

August 11, 2020

The Hays County Health Department reports 16 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 67 recoveries Aug. 11, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 5,066, active cases to 2,736 and recoveries to 2,295. San Marcos has the highest number of active cases in the county at 1,261. Kyle and Buda...

Football moves season opener back to September

Texas State quarterback, in a maroon jersey with gold numbers and a white helmet, attempts to throw a football while being tackled by a defender, at Bobcat Stadium.

Roberto C. S. Kennard, Sports Contributor

August 10, 2020

Texas State football announced its game against Southern Methodist University will be moved back to its original date, and its matchup vs. Ohio University will no longer take place. The Bobcats' matchup vs. SMU will now take place Sept. 5, the original start date for the game before it was previous...

Hays County jail reports two new COVID-19 cases

A room in the Hays County Jail March 11. Photo by Cameron Hubbard

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

August 10, 2020

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office reports two new inmates tested positive for COVID-19 Hays County jail Aug. 8-10, totaling 110 positive tests and one active case currently housed at the jail. Among the jail’s corrections staff and law enforcement staff there are 6 active cases. According to the...

Hays County reports one new COVID-19 fatality

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

August 10, 2020

The Hays County Health Department reports one new COVID-19 fatality Aug. 10, a Buda man in his 40s who was hospitalized at the time of death. The total number of fatalities in the county is 35. The county reported 38 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 53 recoveries, bringing the total number...

Theater and Dance finds ‘silver lining’ in pandemic age of performing arts

In this file photo, acting students Malik James and Emily Absher listen to Director and Theater and Dance professor Michael Costello, Thursday,  Oct. 11, 2018, after a rehearsal for

Cristela Jones

August 10, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect college classrooms and universities worldwide, Texas State's Department of Theater and Dance is finding creative ways to explore instruction both on and off stage while maintaining the safety of students and faculty.Due to the ongoing pandemic, the departmen...

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