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Blue Dahlia hosts Drag Queen Story Hour

Blue Dahlia hosts Drag Queen Story Hour

Laura Figi

April 7, 2019


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Hidden in the back of Blue Dahlia Bistro lies a small garden. Normally serving as a popular spot for brunch, last Saturday the garden became home to something entirely new and colorful: Drag Queen Story Hour. DQSH is an organization that encourages diversity and acceptance while providing children with un...

The Syrian Civil War: Texas State alumnus fights alongside volunteer Kurdish army

The Syrian Civil War: Texas State alumnus fights alongside volunteer Kurdish army

Diana Furman

March 12, 2019


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Six men, strangers only months before, sat cramped in a Toyota Hilux as it rolled under the Syrian sun. Gravel crunched under the tires and Taylor Swift songs echoed off the dashboard. A motorcyclist from Texas passed around a bag of nuts and bananas. Laughter and small talk ensued. Rifles sat on the...

Stanford professor discusses research on Latinx identities at Texas State

Stanford professor discusses research on Latinx identities at Texas State

Brianna Benitez

March 12, 2019


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Jonathan Rosa is an assistant professor of anthropology and linguistics in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. He has completed a variety of research focusing on socio-cultural anthropology: the study of culture and society, and linguistic anthropology: the study of how language...

Goodbye Riverfest tradition, hello Gaillardia Fest

Goodbye Riverfest tradition, hello Gaillardia Fest

Ivy Sandoval

March 5, 2019


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Texas State’s annual Riverfest is coming to an end after 16 years and is set to be replaced with a brand new festival. Riverfest has been Texas State's annual spring concert and festival held at Sewell Park to provide students the opportunity to relax by the river and listen to music before finals....

Texas State partners with Hays County EMS

Texas State partners with Hays County EMS

Brianna Benitez

March 5, 2019


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Life as a college student is difficult already, but Texas State students are taking more than just their own lives into their hands. Several Texas State students have completed emergency medical technician training while enrolled full-time. EMTs are first responders that are trained to provide medical...

Food insecurity remains a problem in the San Marcos area

Food insecurity remains a problem in the San Marcos area

Brianna Benitez

February 26, 2019


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As the population of San Marcos and surrounding towns continue to grow, more and more families are becoming victims to food insecurity. Child hunger is a national crisis, and the children within the San Marcos community are among the most impacted. To live in a household considered to be food insecure...

Future teachers integrate technology into art classes with new program

Future teachers integrate technology into art classes with new program

Sonia Garcia

February 26, 2019


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Coding mixed with art may sound unusual, but art education students are proving otherwise. Sean Justice, assistant professor in the School of Art and Design, along with his art education students, have been working on Families Learning Together. Justice started the project in 2017 to research the...

Tips for having a fun and safe spring break

Tips for having a fun and safe spring break

Brianna Benitez

February 19, 2019


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Spring break is a time for fun and relaxation. It is a time when worries become lost in the wind and stress seems to swim away. As fun as spring break is, it is imperative students stay mindful of these tips to ensure a good time, responsibly. 1. Stay hydrated Whether students find themselves floati...

Santi’s Tacos moves from food truck to dine in experience

Santi’s Tacos moves from food truck to dine in experience

Sonia Garcia

February 19, 2019


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With colorful walls, tacos and salsa promising to make you sweat, Santi’s Tacos never fails to provide authentic, Mexican flavors. Santi’s Tacos, a staple for late night cuisine in San Marcos, has upgraded from their Mexican flagged food truck to a restaurant at 201 S LBJ Dr. After two years of...

Historic church stands as San Marcos landmark

Historic church stands as San Marcos landmark

Ryan Torres

February 19, 2019


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The First United Methodist Church in San Marcos stands as a piece of history while still serving as a place of worship. Its welcoming atmosphere and Gothic architecture has remained close to the same for 126 years. The sanctuary has undergone minor construction to preserve its uniqueness, as it's...

Bobcat football alum creates app for student athletes

Bobcat football alum creates app for student athletes

Madison Williams

February 12, 2019


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Texas State alumus and former football player Mike Orakpo is ready to take on the world of sports with his newly announced app, Athlete Connect. The Houston native was a linebacker for Bobcat Football 2013-14. Orakpo’s older brother and fellow athlete Brian Orakpo will partner with him on this business...

Staying heart-healthy for American Heart Month

Staying heart-healthy for American Heart Month

Ivy Sandoval

February 12, 2019


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Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death and a major cause of disability. February is American Heart Month, serving to promote heart health. While some risk aspects are uncontrollable, there are ways of preventing the controllable factors. Taking care of the body now before issues begin to ...

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