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Texas State alumna donates face mask income to student food pantry

A Texas State alumni holds up

Trinity Dayton, Life and Arts Reporter

July 8, 2020

With plenty of fabric and desire to serve her community, Texas State alumna Hillary Kotwal raises money for Bobcat Bounty through proceeds made from selling handmade cloth face masks. Kotwal, a stay-at-home mother of two and consulting dietician, graduated from Texas State in 2013 with a B.S. in f...

San Marcos Public Library revamps summer programs for an at-home experience

Librarian holds a mouse puppet in front of a stage with a red curtain.

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Editor

July 6, 2020

Summer at the San Marcos Public Library usually consists of storytimes, crafts and puppet shows. While families cannot visit the library due to COVID-19, there are still opportunities for them to tap into their creativity through the library's virtual programs. The library closed its doors to the...

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...

Texas State alumnus and brother soar to new heights with PBS travel show

Two brothers, in snow suits, stand on the Denali Summit, the highest point in Alaska.

Cristela Jones, Life and Arts Contributor

July 1, 2020

Texas State alumnus Branndon Bargo and his brother Greg Bargo are taking their love for adventure to a new level with the new PBS show, “The Highpointers”. The show follows the brothers as they climb the highest geographical points in all 50 states—the first and only show of its kind. With recent...

Downtown street banners feature vibrant paintings by local artist

Rene Perez smiles in front of a banner featuring his artwork downtown.

Sarah Hernandez, Life and Arts Contributor

June 26, 2020

With displays of signature places and icons special to the city, the newly-installed street pole banners featuring artwork from local artist and San Marcos native Rene Perez are adding excitement and color to downtown San Marcos. There are four banners in total, each featuring a different place or...

Alumni brothers design protective screens for local businesses

Woodworker with mask on uses electric sander to smooth pine wood frame.

AnaBelle Elliott, Life and Arts Contributor

June 24, 2020

In 2009, brothers Luke, Dane and Spencer Adamson sat in their Dallas garage blasting reggae-rock band Rebelution from an iPod, completing the final touches of their first custom made skateboards. The Adamson brothers' newfound hobby in that garage would later transform into Adamson Brothers Design,...

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 ...

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...

Texas State Medical Explorers gain presidential recognition for community service

A man in a maroon shirt, outside in daylight, uses a saw to build a wheelchair ramp out of wood.

Leanne Castro, Life and Arts Contributor

June 17, 2020

Medical Explorer Post 4077 made history at Texas State this year when three of its members became the first students in the group's 29 years to receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Students David Sharp, Christopher McDonald and Tori Howard received the prestigious award signed by President...

‘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...

Kerbey Lane delays opening San Marcos location due to COVID-19

Kerbey Lane's Crispy chicken benedict topped with hollandaise sauce sits on a white plate.

Trinity Dayton, Life and Arts Reporter

June 14, 2020

Austin-based restaurant Kerbey Lane delayed opening its San Marcos location due to rising concerns of COVID-19. The popular chain restaurant established in 1980 was set to bring its famous 24/7 breakfast menu to 221 E Sessom Dr this summer. The San Marcos location would have been Kerbey Lane's ninth...

Local community remembers the legacy of English lecturer Wade Martin

A painting by Rui Ma in memory of Wade Martin. The painting features yellow combat boots with black laces, smiley faces at the tip of the boots and white wings on the backs.

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Editor

June 10, 2020

It was a cold December morning when Wade Martin showed up to the San Marcos Farmers' Market with nothing but his trumpet. He looked down on the instrument he had not played in ages, looking for an opportunity to brush up on his skills. Martin walked up to the manager of the market, Kevin Adams, who...

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