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Bobcats: Where are they now?

Bobcats: Where are they now?

Rebecca Harrell, Hannah Thompson, and Haley Brand

April 24, 2020

After Texas State made a switch to remote classes due to concerns over COVID-19, some students returned home to complete their day-to-day class assignments unless extreme circumstances prohibited them from leaving San Marcos. For some, going home meant navigating through overcrowded airports, sitting...

Student nurses prepare for a changing field in the midst of the coronavirus

Photo credit: Hannah Thompson

Trinity Dayton

April 23, 2020

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, nurses have faced immeasurable stress and pressure with the overwhelming amount of patients and lack of protective gear. Nursing students and healthcare professionals alike are embarking on a new journey through a field that will forever be affected by COVID-19. Th...

Local distilleries supply community with hand sanitizer during COVID-19 pandemic

A bottle of Desert Door's Texas Sotol sits beside a bottle of their in-house sanitizer inside the distillery. As of April 14, the distillery has donated 70,000 8 ounce bottles of sanitizer. Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Desert Door Distillery

Brianna Benitez, Assistant Life and Arts Editor

April 22, 2020

Distilleries across Central Texas are raising a toast to those on the front line through the production and distribution of hand sanitizer in response to the nationwide shortage. With the closure of restaurants and bars, many local distilleries are experiencing a decline in business as tasting and...

Community ‘devastated’ following tragic death of police officer

A married couple sits near a police vehicle memorial.

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 22, 2020

On the evening of April 18, Kiara Echevarría heard initial reports of a shooting involving San Marcos police officers at the Twin Lake Villas Apartments and hoped they were not true. "When they said officers were shot, I was kind of like, 'I hope it's none of the officers I know because I know quite...

Musicians have ‘high hopes’ for after coronavirus

Outlook Grim performs on stage at one of their last performances prior to the stay at home orders on Wednesday, March 4 in Austin. Photo credit: Photo Courtesy of Justice Palmer

Trinity Dayton

April 20, 2020

Ever since the world went virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic, local bands and music producers are being hit hard due to lack of gigs still they remain optimistic for what will come next for the local music industry. Bars and restaurants have closed their doors for the foreseeable future, crossing ...

Star Rundown Saturday: Children advocacy centers, Employees Union and more

Star Rundown Saturday: Children advocacy centers, Employees Union and more

Jaden Edison, Bella Lopes, and Haley Brand

April 18, 2020

It’s Star Rundown Saturday!!! Jaden Edison and Bella Lopes are back (and following social distancing guidelines) to give you a peek into the top stories of the week! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I_zd_d6Ugo&feature=youtu.be Edited by Haley Brand Intro by Ethan Hunt...

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...

Class performs acts of kindness lifting spirits during pandemic

a laptop with two women dancing on screen

Brianna Benitez, Assistant Life and Arts Editor

April 14, 2020

In an effort to bring forth rays of positivity to those overwhelmed and impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19, students found a way to spread joy to others through the creative freedom of a class assignment. The assignment is known as "Spread Joy Not Coronavirus" and was created by Department of...

(Video) A Lifeless City

A view of the Square with no people.

Rebecca Harrell, Assistant Multimedia Editor

April 14, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first U.S. case of COVID-19 Jan. 20. Alert in San Marcos was on high, but panic had not yet settled. Precautions across the globe spread as rapidly as the virus, and on Feb. 13, the CDC confirmed Texas' first case of COVID-19. But when Hay...

Stars of San Marcos 2020 Winners

Stars of San Marcos 2020 winners

April 14, 2020

You voted. Now it's time to see the winners. Scroll over the images below to view the categories, and click for the whole story.

Bobcat Bounty creates plan to feed community during COVID-19 pandemic

Bobcat Bounty volunteers prepare food Oct. 25 for students and residents waiting for distributions.

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 13, 2020

Community members in need of food pantry items can now sign up for Bobcat Bounty's new distribution plan taking place every week to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The student-run, on-campus food pantry changes from a grocery shopping-like service to a drive-thru, social-distancing...

Star Rundown Saturday: Ghost town, Gov. Abbott executive order, San Marcos Animal Shelter and more

Star Rundown Saturday: Ghost town, Gov. Abbott executive order, San Marcos Animal Shelter and more

Jaden Edison and Bella Lopes

April 11, 2020

As the week comes to a close, we would like to introduce you to the first Star Rundown Saturday of the COVID-19 social distancing period. Bella Lopes and Jaden Edison return with a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you should know! Music: Farewell by Whitesand / Soothing by Sound Phen...

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