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Fishy Business: A.E. Wood Fish Hatchery undergoes busiest time of year

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Rebecca Harrell, Multimedia Editor

July 30, 2020

Less than a mile off IH-35 stands an agricultural establishment pivotal to Texas waters and wildlife. Built in 1949, A.E. Wood Fish Hatchery is responsible for spawning, hatching and raising numerous species of freshwater fish to upkeep its population within state waters. The hatchery is one of five ...

(Video) Regional Animal Shelter continues care for animals in need

Three kittens in a cage.

Rebecca Harrell, Multimedia Editor

July 3, 2020

  While many could not work due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, those who care for the lives of others were still tasked with showing up every day. For the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, animals in need of care could not be abandoned. As a municipal shelter that serves all...

(Video) Black history professors reflect on significance behind Juneteenth

Dr. Ronald Johnson, with his glasses on, sits at his desk filled with his cards, golden apple decorations and computer, looking through a book.

Rebecca Harrell and Daniel Weeks

June 19, 2020 Abraham Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, which would declare all enslaved people free January 1, 1863, in any rebellious state who had not yet surrendered to the Union. On June 19, 1865, Union...

(Video) San Marcos shouts for Black Lives Matter

A black woman, with a megaphone and a phone in her hands, sheds tears as she sits on the steps of the Hays County Historic Courthouse.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 15, 2020 The first major San Marcos protest for Black Lives Matter took place May 29, four days after the death of George Floyd, outside of the Hays County Historic Courthouse. Weeks after, demonstrators continue to show up to the city's downto...

‘It’s not something that is just trending’: Students take a stand for Black lives

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Cristela Jones, Life and Arts Contributor

June 15, 2020

Texas State students are amplifying their voices within their communities to end the killings of innocent Black people at the hands of police and support the Black Lives Matter movement. The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have sparked outrage on social media, and students, such as Diereck Montes, business marketing junior and H...

(Video) Local barbershop reopens after nearly two months of closure

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Rebecca Harrell, Multimedia Editor

May 21, 2020

After more than 30 years in the barbershop business, Mario Wiggins, owner of Mobettacutz Barbershop, said he never saw barbershops close the way COVID-19 forced them to after nonessential businesses shut down in March. Although the closure of local businesses brought trials and hardships, he never lost...

Star Rundown: A Farewell Recap

Bella Lopes smiling after blowing a kiss towards the camera.

Jaden Edison, Bella Lopes, and Haley Brand

May 16, 2020

On our last episode of #StarRundownSaturday, we say goodbye to graduating senior Bella Lopes and reflect on the monumental events that took place during this past school year.   Video by Haley Brand Star Rundown Intro by Ethan Hunt...

(Video) If You Quarantine a Bobcat…

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Grace-Erin Cooksey, Multimedia Reporter

May 14, 2020

Over the last several weeks, Texas State's wide and diverse population has been forced to adapt to a lifestyle consisting of online classwork, Zoom meetings and social distancing. Outside of school, precautions over the COVID-19 pandemic have given students the opportunity to learn new skills, binge...

Revisiting Michael Jordan’s ‘Last Dance’ at Texas State

Michael Jordan walks down the Strahan Coliseum basketball court, while drenched in sweat.

Aidan Bea, Sports Editor

May 11, 2020

While the sports world tunes in to ESPN’s 10-part docuseries “The Last Dance” covering NBA legend Michael Jordan’s basketball career with the Chicago Bulls, the Texas State community remembers its own piece of sweaty, trash-talking Jordan history that took place at Strahan Coliseum. On June...

Quarantine Q&A with Texas State ESPN+ announcer Brant Freeman

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Kate Connors, Multimedia Reporter

May 6, 2020

COVID-19 shut down all live sporting events for the foreseeable future, forcing athletes, coaches and sports reporters to find new ways to do their jobs. Brant Freeman is the ESPN+ play-by-play announcer for Texas State Athletics and Texas State alumnus. Among his television work, he appears in on-air...

From the Prez: A special farewell

Andrew Zimmel holding up his Michael Jordan basketball jersey.

Andrew Zimmel and Kate Connors

May 2, 2020

#TXST Sports Prez @Andrew_Zimmel is back for one last time in a special farewell #FromthePrez. We will miss you Zimmel and wish all the luck in the world to you in your future endeavors. We love you from all of us at The University Star. Hosted by Andrew Zimmel Video by Kate Connors Music by ww...

Star Rundown Saturday: Apartment lease battles, face-to-face instruction and more

Jaden Edison holding up his hand.

Jaden Edison, Bella Lopes, and Haley Brand

May 2, 2020

Guess what day it is?! #StarRundownSaturday is back with another week of stories brought to you by the extraordinary Jaden Edison and talented Bella Lopes! Check out our website to see what you may have missed this past week! Video by Haley Brand Star Rundown Intro by Ethan Hunt...

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