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Black Art Association celebrates black creativity

Black Art Association's

Diana Furman

February 20, 2018

The history behind popular dance moves such as the 'whip' and hairstyles such as cornrows is often lost and disregarded. That is why the Black Art Association's goal is to bring people together through art to remind students of the origins of black creativity. Sammera Fadul, interior design senior,...

Drag Out Funny benefits LGBT students

Stonewall Warehouse hosts Drag Out Funny show, A Space Oddity, to raise money for the Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund.

Alyssa Weinstein

February 19, 2018

If you were to stumble upon Stonewall Warehouse this past Saturday night, you would find a club immersed in far out intergalactic drag queens and out-of-this world entertainment celebrating the San Marcos LGBT community. On Feb. 17, Stonewall Warehouse hosted Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund’s 7th annual Drag...

Capturing youth

Faylita Hicks opens up the show by congratulating Evan Ferguson on his,

Sonia Garcia

February 18, 2018

Austin is not the only city with a booming art scene now that Texas State students and alumni are ensuring San Marcos has its own space for artists. Evan Ferguson, business senior, hosted his first pop-up art exhibit for with the support of SMTX Ripple Market Feb. 17, held at Splash Coworking. His...

Humans of San Marcos: David Mars

David Mars, owner of Vagabond, has had his shop open for 16 years

Sonia Garcia

February 17, 2018

"In the early 90's I sold everything I had and took off to Russia. I had a sister there with her husband, so I went to stay with them. It's kind of funny, I actually got a job at the embassy. I just checked work badges, but it was cool. I would send what I got my hands on back home to my brother, like...

African-American associate professor inspires students

Ronald A. Johnson talks about why he chose to teach history as a career. He also talks about his experience as being one of the few black professors on campus.

Sonia Garcia

February 16, 2018

A history professor is using his past experiences to relate to and reassure his students that they do indeed belong in college. As a Texas State alumnus, Ronald Angelo Johnson, history associate professor, became a young adult on this campus and now seeks to ensure a welcoming environment for all...

A Different Kind of V-Day

Arielle Raveney

February 15, 2018

Students and staff celebrated a different V-Day this Valentine’s, one with less talk about romance and one with more talk about vaginas. The Alkek library celebrated the 20th anniversary of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues on Feb. 14, V-Day, with a reading of the monologues by students and staff...

A couple’s love transcends borders

Joe and Rita Rollins took part in the Naturalization Celebration: Ceremony of Citizenship organized by the Hispanic Policy Network.

Special to the Star

February 15, 2018

One application, an interview, a test and $725 later, Rita Rollins was one of over 100 people to pledge allegiance to the United States of America on Valentine’s Day in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Rita Rollins was born in Costa Rica, but her path to citizenship sounds like the script of a romantic co...

Navigating the health of relationships

Even though freshman Madison Ratcliff and Izzy Robledo have been dating for four months, their love is unconditional this Valentines Day. Healthy relationships consist if laughter, love and communication.

Alyssa Weinstein

February 14, 2018

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it is easy to get carried away with the chocolates, flowers and giant teddy bears and forget to evaluate the health and genuine happiness of a relationship. Counselors in the San Marcos community want students to avoid unhealthy relationships and build strong bonds...

Wittliff traces sun one beer can at a time

Attenders look over the tallboy beer cans Bill Wittliff used as pinhole cameras in his solargraph project.

LeeAnn Cardwell

February 13, 2018

A camera made from beer cans may not be the most conventional way to capture the course of the sun over several months in a single image, but one man has used it to reveal the abstract beauty of Texas landscapes. Bill Wittliff, co-founder of the Wittliff Collections, opened his new solargraphy exhibit...

Witches market magically celebrates love

Customers peruse Jessica Beauvoir's apothecary stand packed with natural oils and remedies.

Diana Furman

February 13, 2018

Full cups of steaming coffee kept San Marcos romantics warm as they shopped for mystical, handmade love potions among the witches. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Buzz Mill hosted a Witches Market Feb. 11, sending love and magic into the community. Witches offered tarot readings, love potions,...

Trainers give community a helping hand

Heat Bootcamp will open its San Marcos location in late February and from now till then 10 percent of the proceeds will go to the Hays-Cardwell Women's Center.

Sonia Garcia

February 12, 2018

A new fitness complex is coming to town, but the first step before its grand opening is to help the San Marcos community. The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center will benefit from the generous donations coming from Heat Bootcamp's membership pre-sales. Cody Butler, founder and co-owner of Heat Bootcamp,...

Those Damn Eyes kicks-off tour in Austin

Those Damn Eyes performs at Austin's music venue, the Mohawk, February 9 to kick-off their tour.

Alyssa Weinstein

February 11, 2018

If the bands Angles and Airwaves had a band baby with  Paramore, they would birth the unique rock band touring their way through Texas and other southern states. Austin-grown band, Those Damn Eyes, kicked-off their tour on Feb. 9 at Austin’s iconic venue, the Mohawk. Beginning at 9 p.m., several...

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