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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 ...

Student organization provides a haven for transgender community

Student organization provides a haven for transgender community

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...

Life on the road in the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile

Life on the road in the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile

Daniel Richter, Special to The Star

March 10, 2020

Out of thousands of applications, only 12 top dogs get hired every year to drive the legendary Oscar Mayer Weinermobile across the United States for 12 months. But there is a whole lot more to being a ‘Hotdogger’ then just driving around the country. Oscar Mayer only hires recent college graduates...

Mars is out of this world

Mars is out of this world

Laura Figi

March 10, 2020

Which planet is the hottest, Mercury or Venus? Trick question: it’s Mars.Since his early years in high school, 21-year-old theater senior Jacob Immel has been honing his craft and building an audience doing what he loves: performing. What started as sneaking makeup from his mother and playing dre...

Texas State organization bridges the gap of minorities in geography studies

Texas State organization bridges the gap of minorities in geography studies

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...

Texas State’s ensemble-in-residence takes home Grammy

Texas State’s ensemble-in-residence takes home Grammy

Ivy Sandoval

March 3, 2020

This year's Grammy Awards was one to remember for Texas State’s ensemble-in-residence, Attacca Quartet, as they took home their first ever Grammy.The classical string quartet composed of violinist Amy Schroeder, violinist Nathan Schram, cellist Andrew Yee and violinist Domenic Salerni, won their...

Students design inclusive coloring books for youth

Students design inclusive coloring books for youth

Brianna Benitez

March 3, 2020

A motivation to make a difference and a passion to inspire community youth fueled Texas State Bobcats as they worked together to paste, decorate and create coloring books for kids. Student Volunteer Connection donated multicultural shade crayons and custom coloring books featuring historic black fig...

Professor spreads laughter for generations to come

Professor spreads laughter for generations to come

Laura Figi

March 3, 2020

Yolanda Reyes had the type of laugh that people remember. It was the type of laugh that flooded the halls, could be heard from doors down, made people smile from far away and spread into any room she was in. By the time she made it into the room, she was guaranteed to know everyone’s name.Reyes,...

Alumnus teaches life lessons through taekwondo in children’s books

Alumnus teaches life lessons through taekwondo in children’s books

Mia Estrada

February 25, 2020

Warming the hearts of readers, an alumnus and his granddaughter are sharing valuable life lessons in their children's book.Alumnus Steve Doherty and granddaughter Olivia Dybik co-author a series of children books based on taekwando-loving tigers that teaches readers valuable life lessons while having fu...

Texas State Esports prepares to ready up for collegiate gaming season

Texas State Esports prepares to ready up for collegiate gaming season

Samuel Cravey, Special to the Star

February 25, 2020

Texas State students are turning their hobby into a career by proving themselves as elite gamers that are a cut above the rest. Texas State now has an esports team of its own looking to get on the action. As of August 2019, after only two semesters, Texas State esports is now an officially recognized sports...

Alumnus Cory Moore visits to speak about J&M Jewelry

Alumnus Cory Moore visits to speak about J&M Jewelry

Mia Estrada, Life and Arts Reporter

February 23, 2020

A trip to Israel helped launch the unlikely entrepreneurial journey of one Texas State alumnus. Cory Moore, Texas State alumnus, had the opportunity to travel to Israel his senior year where he met the owners of a jewelry company that would later become J&M Jewelry. Moore became the domestic partner...

Senior residents celebrate Valentine’s Day with annual Sweetheart’s Ball

Senior residents celebrate Valentine’s Day with annual Sweetheart’s Ball

Abby Gutierrez, Life and Arts Reporter

February 21, 2020

As the song “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” played in the background, the couples began tapping to the beat of their own drum. For some, it had been years since they had been able to enjoy themselves on the dance floor. The couples glided along the dance floor. The men twirled their partners...

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