The University Star


Fraternity leaves campus after new policies are instated

IFC Seal

Triston Giesie

June 28, 2018

A Texas State fraternity chapter has opted not to return to the Interfraternity Council after reviewing the administration's tightened rules. Following the November 2017 death of Phi Kappa Psi pledge Matthew Ellis, President Denise Trauth announced the immediate suspension of Greek organizations on ...

High school student petitions officials and candidates to disassociate from NRA

Someone carrying a handgun

Christopher Green

June 21, 2018

In response to recent school shootings, one Hays County student began petitioning local officials and candidates to renounce support from the National Rifle Association. Gabi Perez, author of the petition, is a Wimberley High School junior. Her petition calls on Will Conley, a Hays County Commissioner,...

Universities collaborate to collect and identify bones, remains

Students wear lab coats working together to study human remains.

Sandra Sadek

June 17, 2018

Texas State's collaboration with other universities across the nation to identify human remains along the U.S.- Mexico border has reunited families while giving students working experience. The work started when Coyotes, human smugglers who help migrants cross the U.S. border, called Martha, whose last name has been omitted for legal and privacy concerns, to tell her that Elmer, her nephew, was ...

Texas State breaks record with six Fulbright Scholars

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Brittlin Richardson

June 17, 2018

Six Texas State faculty members have been awarded a scholarship that will send them to different corners of the world to teach and research. The Fulbright Program, supported by the U.S. Department of State and J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, admits and sends 800 professionals to around 130 countries to conduct research or lecture in ...

Annual Texas Water Safari kicks off in San Marcos

A six man canoe races down the San Marcos River.

Anthony Flores

June 14, 2018

The annual Texas Water Safari started June 9 at the Meadows Center. This year marks the 56th time the Water Safari Organization's self-billed “world’s toughest canoe race” has taken place. The Safari occurs on the first Saturday of June and is a 260-mile race through the San Marcos and Guadalu...

Student’s documentary premieres downtown

A student addresses the audience at her film premiere downtown.

David West

June 13, 2018

Saturday night audience members experienced life through the eyes of a drag queen. "Life on Mars," a documentary about an up-and-coming drag queen named Mars, premiered at Stonewall Warehouse. Life on Mars is a film by Ashley Brown, electronic media senior, that provides a glimpse into the life of...

How a professor became special assistant for inclusion and diversity

Scott Bowman

Sonia Garcia

June 11, 2018

With an understanding of justice and years of experience at Texas State, one professor is taking on an important position. Scott Bowman, associate professor in criminal justice, is the new Special Assistant to the Provost for Inclusion and Diversity. The new position is designed to create an inclusive...

University’s collaboration with U.S. Army and kill-buyers raises concern

Texas State University sign

Sandra Sadek

June 10, 2018

Texas State's collaboration to capture horses on a U.S Army base with kill-buyers who have a criminal history has lead a flux of animal rights groups to criticize the ongoing project. The university's involvement with the U.S. Army in Fort Polk became controversially known from a twitter post by user @EKBMary, claiming the actions bring shame to the...

Schools continue upping defenses

San Marcos high school, in SMCSD, which has made it a goal to be proactive in preventing any future violence in schools


June 8, 2018

By Erin Copeland The May 18 Santa Fe high school shooting that left 10 people dead has local law enforcement agencies preparing in the event of a future attack on school grounds. As of June 4, 45 school shootings have occurred on school grounds in America. Texas has faced five alone, leading t...

San Marcos enters drought restrictions

A river running through one of the surrounding Texas State Parks.

Evelin Garcia

June 8, 2018

As Texas faces its hottest summer in years, the current drought has enacted limited water use for the City of San Marcos. The Edwards Aquifer, which flows directly into the San Marcos Springs, has dropped to 657 feet below sea level, calling for the Edwards Aquifer Authority to call stage one water-use...

Tuition prices continue to hike

Austin Capitol building

Brittlin Richardson

June 8, 2018

Tuition has continued to rise across public Texas universities due to unprioritized funding by the Texas Legislature. Compared to the cost of 15 hours in the fall of 2008 at $2,550, the cost of tuition will be $4,167 in the fall of 2018 totaling a 49 percent increase within the past ten years. The...

Texas leads lawsuit to end DACA

Texas State students held a silent demonstration on the steps of Alkek Library Sept. 5 in response to Trump's decision to rescind DACA.

Sandra Sadek

May 31, 2018

Texas officials are leading a seven-state coalition suing the federal government in an attempt to end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced May 1 it filed a lawsuit against the federal government to end the Obama-era immigration...

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