The University Star


Increased local support leaves Black business owners grateful and uncertain

An illustration collage of a person working out, a person cooking, and a person screen printing a shirt.

Leanne Castro, Life and Arts Contributor

July 6, 2020

After lists of local Black-owned businesses circulated on social media, Black business owners noticed an increase in sales. While owners appreciate the recent attention, they also wonder why it took a worldwide movement for equality and justice to buy Black—and whether the support will continue in the...

Defining what it means to be an ally to Black Lives Matter

A group of protesters stand outside the Texas State Capitol.

Trinity Dayton, Life and Arts Reporter

June 23, 2020

Protests have taken place across the nation following the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd at the hands of police, with people speaking out against America’s racist roots and demanding justice for the murders of countless Black people. At the forefront of the protests is the Black Lives Matter ...

Texas State recognizes Juneteenth through ‘Day of Reflection and Solidarity’

Three students stand with their fist raised symbolizing unity and solidarity for Black communities.

Ryan Scanlin and Brianna Benitez

June 19, 2020

The Texas State community celebrated Juneteenth with "Day of Reflection and Solidarity", a live stream event that allowed faculty, staff and students to speak up and reflect on the racial challenges impacting the world, community and education. The event streamed June 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. via...

Remembering Juneteenth: Community preserves Black history in San Marcos

A newspaper photograph of two men and two women dressed up in professional attire inside a church.

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Editor

June 19, 2020

A holiday locally known for barbecue cook-offs, 5K runs and beauty pageants is expected to look a little different this year due to COVID-19. However, the symbolism behind it still hits close to home for community members preserving Black history. Juneteenth is a remembrance of June 19, 1865, when...

(Video) San Marcos shouts for Black Lives Matter

A black woman, with a megaphone and a phone in her hands, sheds tears as she sits on the steps of the Hays County Historic Courthouse.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 15, 2020 The first major San Marcos protest for Black Lives Matter took place May 29, four days after the death of George Floyd, outside of the Hays County Historic Courthouse. Weeks after, demonstrators continue to show up to the city's downto...

‘It’s not something that is just trending’: Students take a stand for Black lives

A crowd stands in grass holding signs.

Cristela Jones, Life and Arts Contributor

June 15, 2020

Texas State students are amplifying their voices within their communities to end the killings of innocent Black people at the hands of police and support the Black Lives Matter movement. The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have sparked outrage on social media, and students, such as Diereck Montes, business marketing junior and H...

First-generation graduates persevere despite cancellation of in-person commencement

A first generation graduate watches the virtual commencement ceremony.

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Editor

May 25, 2020

Walking the stage at college graduation was something Ahkilah Armster anticipated her entire life. After finally arriving at Texas State, the day her name would echo through Strahan Coliseum and her family would be able to celebrate seemed inevitable. "It would’ve been a life-changing moment. ...

(Video) If You Quarantine a Bobcat…

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Grace-Erin Cooksey, Multimedia Reporter

May 14, 2020

Over the last several weeks, Texas State's wide and diverse population has been forced to adapt to a lifestyle consisting of online classwork, Zoom meetings and social distancing. Outside of school, precautions over the COVID-19 pandemic have given students the opportunity to learn new skills, binge...

Fallen soldiers commemorated with remembrance garden

track teams in front of plan

Brianna Benitez, Assistant Life and Arts Editor

April 16, 2020

Poppies and bluebonnets are blooming after Texas State’s men and women’s track team teamed up with Keep San Marcos Beautiful volunteers to plant a remembrance garden at the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative AirForce Base. Community enhancement initiatives manager, Amy Kirwin said they were...

Local businesses respond to the impact of COVID-19

An online order pick-up sign hangs above the barista bar Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Mochas & Javas' N LBJ Drive location. All Mochas & Javas locations are open for to-go and curbside pickup services. Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Mochas & Javas

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...

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

Ashley Spradlin, a yoga instructor teaches a small group of students at a retreat in Austin, Texas. Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Ashley Spradlin

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...

Student organization provides a haven for transgender community

Members of Transcend pose for a photo after their weekly meeting Feb. 20, 2020, in the LBJ Student Center.

Ivy Sandoval, Life and Arts Reporter

March 18, 2020

Finding a place that feels like home on campus can be tough sometimes. For members of the LGBTQ+ community, Transcend may just be their safe haven. Transcend is the first trans-specific student organization at a public Texas university. Many other organizations around Texas are for LGBTQ+ and queer...

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