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Session bills become law

Texas State Capitol

Tyler Hernandez

September 1, 2017

Starting Sept. 1, Texan will be subjected to a variety of new bills signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in the 85th Legislative Session. Some bills concern only regulations while others will have direct outcomes for the general public. Handgun license This bill will decrease the cost of handgun ...

Gov. Abbott’s special session adjourns half completed

Inside the Texas State Capitol

Shayan Faradineh

August 21, 2017

Gov. Greg Abbott’s Special Legislative Session ended Aug. 15 with 11 measures passed on his 20-item agenda. Abbott called lawmakers back for the special session on July 18. Legislators had 30 days to pass the “sunset legislation” and other priorities laid out by the governor. Sunset legislation r...

Texas State sends over 600 literature books to the University of Lomé in Togo

Connor Brown

August 18, 2017

In February, the University of Lomé in Togo, a French-speaking country on the coast of West Africa, received over 800 pounds of literary texts from Texas State’s English Department as study materials for Togolese students. Dr. Komi (Prosper) Begedou, a Fulbright Visiting Scholar from 2014-15, helped...

Why Texas State releases new logo for athletic department

TXST logo

Shayan Faradineh

August 3, 2017

The Office of University Marketing released a new logo recognizing the well-known abbreviation TXST. The logo is in addition to other Texas State logos, not a replacement. The logo was released in an announcement Aug. 2. Matt Flores, university spokesperson, said the logo will help decipher confusion ...

Dogs at restaurants, joint elections and home share rental regulations: what you missed at this week’s city council meeting

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Connor Brown

August 2, 2017

The San Marcos City Council held its first public hearing of the month of Aug. 1 to consider approval of a variance to allow dogs at food establishments, allow joint elections in Nov. and to agree on registration fees and regulations for home share rentals, among other topics. Council approved an ordi...

Week two of the special session wraps up

Capital building of Texas

Shayan Faradineh

July 31, 2017

Following week two of the special session, the Senate is speeding through the agenda, while the House is just passing the priority legislation. Here is what is going on in the two chambers: Senate reaches a “milestone” with 18 bills in one week Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, president of the Senate, tweeted a news release, ...

After progress on “sunset” legislation, lawmakers move on to the full agenda

Texas Senate building

Shayan Faradineh

July 24, 2017

As the Texas Senate passes prioritized “sunset legislation,” Gov. Greg Abbott gives the lawmakers the go-ahead to address the 19 items on his special session agenda. Here is all you need to know about the first week of the special session: What is “sunset legislation” and why was it first? Sunset legislation refers to bills that support governmen...

Mermaid Society festival seeks funds from city council

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Jonathan Gonzalez

July 16, 2017

The Mermaid Society SMTX, a nonprofit organization, successfully submitted a request to the city council to support the second annual Mermaid SPLASH festival, but the source of the funds is yet to be determined. The request received four votes at the city council meeting June 27 in favor of moving f...

Texas State science program receives $25,000 grant to create endowed scholarship

Texas State University sign

Jonathan Gonzalez

July 8, 2017

Texas State’s Clinical Laboratory Science program was recently selected to receive a $25,000 grant for the creation of an endowed scholarship for CLS majors to assist with program costs. Every year, Cardinal Health, a global healthcare services and products company located in nearly 60 countries,...

Celebrations occur throughout National Pride Month

Tiffany Denter, Cherish Medrano, and Alli Vestal celebrate a night out at Stonewall; an LGBT friendly bar on the square.

Shayan Faradineh

June 27, 2017

Across the nation, various celebrations recognizing LGBTQIA rights and freedoms are taking place in honor and remembrance of the effort toward equality. Although equality is celebrated all year, June has been recognized as Pride month. In the United States, the last Sunday in June was celebrated and...

University police search for suspicious male on campus

A Texas State Univeristy police officer patrols campus Nov. 3

Ashley Skinner

June 26, 2017

Texas State University Police Department was notified of a male ranting about 9/11 terrorist attacks on June 23 in McCoy hall during a lecture. Witnesses from the class said the unidentified male brought up 9/11 and expressed his desire to speak with the highest person in authority about the attack,...

Common Experience kicks off summer dialogue series on activism

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Connor Brown

June 22, 2017

As part of the Common Experience theme for the 2017-18 academic year, the LBJ Museum of San Marcos is hosting a series of summer dialogues on activism covering a wide range of topics on the issues of social justice. The Common Experience at Texas State is an approach to creating a large-scale conversation...

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