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(Audio Story) Protest organizers reflect on Black Lives Matter demonstrations

Kyla Finchum, a young Black woman, wearing a tank top and speaking into the microphone of a bullhorn.

Liliana Perez, Multimedia Reporter

July 22, 2020

Angela Davis once said, “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I can no longer accept.” Decades later, San Marcos protest organizers have brought this quote to fruition in their own lives, going out into the streets of the community to advocate for Black...

(Audio Story) ‘Injustice Anywhere’

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Hannah Thompson, Multimedia Reporter

July 11, 2020

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." These words from Dr. King still ring true today as people from different backgrounds unite against police brutality and the discrimination of Black people in the wake of the murder of the late George Floyd. However,...

(Audio Story) ‘We built this country’

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Rebecca Harrell, Multimedia Editor

June 20, 2020

San Marcos native Desyre Collier gathered locals in celebration, commemoration, remembrance and reflection outside of the Hays County Courthouse June 20 in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Collier is a politics and human rights student at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Growing...

(Audio Story) Necessary now, forever essential

A man wearing a mask looking out into a parking lot.

Rebecca Harrell, Multimedia Editor

June 10, 2020

After Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a stay-at-home order March 31, many small businesses, local restaurants and shops had to temporarily close as they were deemed nonessential. However, for grocery store, convenience store and fast-food industry workers, spending weeks, even months, away from work was...

Three days, three protests: San Marcos shouts for Black Lives Matter

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Daniel Weeks and Rebecca Harrell

June 7, 2020

Three rallies in San Marcos from June 4-6 brought hundreds of community members out to protest amid national outcry for black lives, systemic equality and against police brutality. Demonstrators gathered in the lawn of San Marcos City Hall June 4, kneeling and sitting silently for an hour in remembrance of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other black lives lost at the hands of po...

(Audio Story) ‘No justice, no peace’

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Rebecca Harrell, Multimedia Editor

May 31, 2020

On March 13, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was shot and killed after police raided her home in Louisville, Kentucky, in the middle of the night. Two months later, 46-year-old George Floyd's neck was pinned to the ground by a police officer, pleading for breath, on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He later...

(Audio Story) “I Expect Greatness”

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Hannah Thompson and Gabriela Martinez

March 31, 2020

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, four Texas State professors explain why they believe the month of March is so important for women and the future of women. Listen to Dr. Ahrens, Dr. Ngondo, Dr. Morrison and Dr. Pliley, all women, discuss their expectations for women in the field of higher...

(Audio Story) Gen Z, Take The Virus Seriously

(Audio Story) Gen Z, Take The Virus Seriously

Jaden Edison and The Editorial Board

March 27, 2020

Beaches, parks and streets, including San Marcos' own Sewell Park, have flooded with Generation Z in recent weeks, and more and more young people have potentially placed themselves and those around them at risk of COVID-19. It is imperative...

(Podcast) The Block: Conversation with Dr. Ronald Johnson

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Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

March 24, 2020

Dr. Ronald Johnson is the first black professor that many Texas State students have ever had. He uses it as fuel to give students an experience symbolic of what it feels like to hold a conversation with him: An educational roller coaster filled with passion, culture, gratitude and love. "When I...

(Audio Story) Spring Break: A Blast from the Past

(Audio Story) Spring Break: A Blast from the Past

Rebecca Harrell and Liliana Perez

March 18, 2020

Spring break is finally among us: A time to relax, have fun and remember the times of past spring breaks. Listen to these Texas State students talk about their most memorable Spring Break moments. Stay safe, and have a great break. Contributors: Lauren Rivera, sophomore political science major Kilah Shofner, senior criminal justice major Ben McCormick, MFA graduate student Taylor Jackson, junior English major Alejandro Ibarra, senior finance major Music: Waves (produced by Riddiman) Graphic by Rebec...

(Podcast) The Block: Conversation with Richmond Kingsford

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Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

March 1, 2020

The Oxford dictionary defines vague as uncertain, indefinite, or unclear character or meaning, but there is nothing unclear about the rising success of fashion designer and VAGUE LLC clothing founder Richmond Kingsford. "Where VAGUE is now is where I envisioned it to be in high school," Kingsford...

(Audio Story) The 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration

Students await the beginning of the 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

January 22, 2020

On Jan. 21, 2020, Texas State students, faculty and administration attended the 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. The event featured refreshments, a photo area, an art exhibit—Invictus— by Chino Angles, performances and ...

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