The University Star


Alkek finds a home on alumnus’ arm

A former student had Alkek Library tatooed on his arm.

Sonia Garcia

May 30, 2018

From the beginning of the semester to finals, Alkek library becomes a second home to students. One Texas State alumnus has taken the extra step to show how important Alkek is to him. Alkek hosted their first Tattoo Design Contest in fall 2017. The winner would gain the opportunity to place their favorite...

Follett Corp. to take over operation of University Bookstore

A line starts here sign is set up at the university bookstore.

Erin Copeland

May 30, 2018

The University Bookstore has changed management from Texas State to a third party operator- the change could affect the price of books. A lease contract is being negotiated between the University Bookstore and Follett Corp., a campus store management firm that manages over 1,200 stores across the...

Gov. Abbott reveals school safety plan in San Marcos following Santa Fe shooting

Texas Governor Greg Abbott holds up his plans for school safety

Sawyer Click

May 30, 2018

In wake of the Santa Fe shooting that left 10 dead almost two weeks ago, Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled a new school safety plan May 30 in San Marcos with policies aimed at reducing gun violence in schools. At the Hays County Law Enforcement Center, Abbott went through his School and Firearm Safety Action Plan, centered around raising mental health awareness and incr...

Five Bobcats advance to NCAA Outdoor Championship

<em>File photo</em>

Michelle Joseph

May 27, 2018

16 athletes from the Texas State track & field competed in the NCAA Track & Field West Preliminary Round meet at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California. The meet started Thursday and finished Saturday with 13 individual events and two relays. Individuals and relays that finished in the...

Texas State staves off elimination against Little Rock

Connor Reich, sophomore pitcher, pitches Feb. 17 during the home opener against Purdue University

John Paul Mason

May 25, 2018

The Texas State Bobcats baseball team kept their 2018 campaign alive, surviving an elimination game against the No. 7 Little Rock Trojans in day three of the Sun Belt Conference Championship. With the win, Texas State has now eliminated Little Rock in the SBC Championship in consecutive years. The...

Civil engineering degree to be available fall 2019

The Ingram building undergoing construction.

Geoff Sloan

May 25, 2018

The Texas State University System Board of Regents approved a first-of-its-kind bachelor's degree in civil engineering to be offered fall 2019. According to the Office of Media Relations, the program's focus on technology-enhanced infrastructure will further enhance Texas State's contributions at...

Local band Beatnik Bandits steal the show

A band plays in a dark concert call with a row of lights in the back

Diana Furman

May 24, 2018

A local folk band has busked its way around San Marcos and plans on getting boots stomping and hands clapping outside of Texas. Christian Sparks, lead vocalist, has been playing music since he was 13 years old. It was a family tradition to sit around the campfire enjoying his father play songs on...

Bobcats baseball team drop Sun Belt Conference Championship opener

<em>Star file photo.</em>

John Paul Mason

May 24, 2018

The Texas State opened the 2018 Sun Belt Conference tournament with a 5-1 quarterfinals loss to the Troy Trojans. With the loss, the Bobcats' record falls to 28-27-1 on the season, placing the team in the losers bracket for the remainder of the Sun Belt Conference Championship. The Bobcats started...

Election results for nominees in local offices are in

A photo of a red-ish sign that says

Sawyer Click

May 23, 2018

The results for the May 22 Hays County primary runoff elections have concluded with nominations for various positions in state and national politics. The seats up for the nomination were for representatives of both the 21st District and the 25th District in the House of Representatives, the governor of ...

Organizations offer local volunteer opportunities

A woman sits with her dog.

Sonia Garcia

May 22, 2018

With summertime comes relaxation and fun. However, instead of binge-watching another TV show, spend time helping the town through community service. Any community requires individuals' help in order to thrive. With a simple application, students can lend a hand and assist the following organizations...

Hispanic Serving Institutional grants go to support research

A male student works at a computer in a lab.

Jakob Rodriguez

May 22, 2018

Texas State is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution eligible for grants. However, that grant money does not specifically go toward underrepresented students. Rather, it primarily supports research across academia. Texas State has received more than $30 million in grant money because of its...

Former student found with ties to white supremacy flyers on campus

Erik Sailors posts a flyer featuring Rudy Martinez's photos and a link to

Sawyer Click

May 15, 2018

The San Marcos Police Department released an incident report naming three of the eight white supremacist men involved in the flyers posted Dec. 3, 2017, around San Marcos and the Texas State campus. Their organization, Patriot Front, is behind a majority of the neo-Nazi activity that has crept into...

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