The University Star


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…

A title screen that reads

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...

Colorful murals take over city traffic boxes

A traffic box decorated with a face, Thursday, March 5, 2020, on the corner of Sessom and N. LBJ.

Brianna Benitez, Assistant Life and Arts Editor

March 17, 2020

San Marcos intersections are getting a makeover. What are now plain, metal traffic control boxes will soon be transformed into colorful artwork that is bound to make traffic jams more tolerable. San Marcos announced a contest for the city's Traffic Control Box Art program December 2019. The contest...

Texas State organization bridges the gap of minorities in geography studies

SWIG members at a fall semester social clean up trash around the San Marcos area.

Madyson Sanchez, Life and Arts Reporter

March 4, 2020

Across the U.S., geography continues to be a male-dominated study; however, Texas State students are making efforts to a more gender-inclusive and accessible field for all. Supporting Women in Geography is an organization that uplifts women and other minorities in geography studies and careers. SWIG chapters acro...

McCoy College brings authenticity to Business Leadership Week 2020

Negotiation workshop held at Texas State.

Brianna Benitez

February 28, 2020

With nearly 30 different events and 60 speakers, Business Leadership Week aims at providing students and community members with a leg up in business industry knowledge. Business Leadership Week is McCoy College of Business' signature professional development event where students are granted the oppor...

Five tips to survive student housing

Laura Figi

February 18, 2020

Living on your own for the first time can be overwhelming, especially if you did not have any older siblings to pave the way for you. Oftentimes, college students struggle unjustly with their situation.The Texas State student experience has changed dramatically over the past decade. Each area of the cit...

Valentine’s mailbox opens in Kissing Alley

Madyson Sanchez and Laura Figi

February 12, 2020

Tucked away on Kissing Alley sits a red mailbox decorated with hearts and filled with letters of love. The mailbox is part of San Marcos's annual "Love Letters from Downtown" campaign. This week marks the last chance to send out a Valentine's Day letter from the mailbox on Kissing Alley. Once your...

Valentine’s dates for every type of love

Valentines day illustration.

Laura Figi, Life and Arts Editor

February 12, 2020

No matter your relationship status, take the time to enjoy yourself this Valentine’s Day. From the extravagant to the lowkey, the couples to the single and proud, there are plenty of ways to celebrate cupid’s birthday in San Marcos and support small business while you’re at it! For the classic va...

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