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(Photo Gallery) Residence halls abandoned amid COVID-19 pandemic

(Photo Gallery) Residence halls abandoned amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rebecca Harrell, Assistant Multimedia Editor

April 6, 2020

Texas State dorm occupants were forced to permanently move out of their residence halls due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. Students moved in allotted times from March 28-31, in order to limit the number of people in one space.

Local animal shelter leans on community support during COVID-19 closure

Local animal shelter leans on community support during COVID-19 closure

Brianna Benitez

April 6, 2020

Puppies, kittens, dogs and cats are feeling the love as the local community steps in to foster and adopt animals in response to the public closure of San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Once the shelter closed due to COVID-19, the demand for shelter space inc...

COVID-19 outbreak challenges Texas State art community’s success

COVID-19 outbreak challenges Texas State art community’s success

Brianna Benitez, Assistant Life and Arts Editor

April 4, 2020

Usually wandering the halls and studios of Texas State’s Joann Cole Mitte building are creative minds and colorful palettes. For many students, this is the place where they are able to create freely while surrounded by encouragement and inspiration. Since online classes have become a reality,...

Stars of San Marcos 2020 Winners

April 2, 2020

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Local businesses respond to the impact of COVID-19

Local businesses respond to the impact of COVID-19

Brianna Benitez

April 1, 2020

Just a few weeks ago, it was business as usual for San Marcos. Local coffee shops were filled with students studying for midterms while restaurants and cafes brimmed with conversations and liveliness. Now, as the whole world shelters in self-isolation, small business owners are facing a new reality as...

(Photo Gallery) COVID-19 and social distancing turn campus hot spots cold

(Photo Gallery) COVID-19 and social distancing turn campus hot spots cold

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

March 31, 2020

On a normal day, the Texas State community occupies locations on Texas State's campus like the Quad, LBJ Student Center, Alkek Library, The Den, bus stops and more. The campus is usually full of people ready to handle business in the classroom, see and converse with friends and colleagues and contribute...

(Audio Story) “I Expect Greatness”

(Audio Story) “I Expect Greatness”

Hannah Thompson and Gabriela Martinez

March 31, 2020

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, four Texas State professors explain why they believe the month of March is so important for women and the future of women. Listen to Dr. Ahrens, Dr. Ngondo, Dr. Morrison and Dr. Pliley, all women, discuss their expectations for women in the field of higher...

(Video Documentary) Women’s History Month: The Male Perspective

(Video Documentary) Women’s History Month: The Male Perspective

Haley Brand and Michele DuPont

March 30, 2020

Women's History Month is a time where women accomplishments, contributions, expertise, guidance and more is celebrated. In Women's History Month: The Male Perspective, six male Texas State professors discuss the importance of women contribution, conveying an impact that should be celebrated year-rou...

Three self-care tips to ensure healthy habits while in quarantine

Three self-care tips to ensure healthy habits while in quarantine

Trinity Dayton

March 28, 2020

Plans have been canceled and daily routines have crumbled in the wrath of COVID-19. The chaos infused with the coronavirus brings a cloud of uncertainty over the nation, often instilling increased feelings of fear, stress, anxiety and depression as to when life will return to normal. With online classes an...

(Audio Story) Gen Z, Take The Virus Seriously

(Audio Story) Gen Z, Take The Virus Seriously

Jaden Edison and The Editorial Board

March 27, 2020

Beaches, parks and streets, including San Marcos' own Sewell Park, have flooded with Generation Z in recent weeks, and more and more young people have potentially placed themselves and those around them at risk of COVID-19. https://twitter.com/poolboiblu/status/1242562049244266499# It is imperative...

Texas State seniors miss out on last performances due to the coronavirus

Texas State seniors miss out on last performances due to the coronavirus

Trinity Dayton

March 26, 2020

While some students rejoiced at the news of an extended spring break and online classes, others watched four years of hard work become overshadowed by the growing COVID-19 crisis.The rapid spread of the coronavirus has led to the cancellation and postponement of various Texas State events, snatching away ...

(Podcast) The Block: Conversation with Dr. Ronald Johnson

(Podcast) The Block: Conversation with Dr. Ronald Johnson

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

March 24, 2020

Dr. Ronald Johnson is the first black professor that many Texas State students have ever had. He uses it as fuel to give students an experience symbolic of what it feels like to hold a conversation with him: An educational roller coaster filled with passion, culture, gratitude and love. "When I...

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