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Community leaders break ground on library expansion

Community leaders break ground on library expansion

Chase Rogers, News Reporter

October 3, 2019

Mayor Jane Hughson, Texas Rep. Erin Zwiener and city staff broke ground Oct. 3 on the expansion of the San Marcos Public Library. A $14.5 million bond was passed May 2017 to fund the expansion. Projected to finish early 2021, the expansion will add 28,000-square feet to the current 27,000-square foot...

Retired police chief speaks at City Hall on arrest alternative

Retired police chief speaks at City Hall on arrest alternative

Michael Garcia, News Reporter

October 3, 2019

Former New York police chief discusses the negatives of an officer making arrests as an only resort to the San Marcos community. Retired Police Chief Brendan Cox from Albany, NY held a presentation at City Hall on the benefits of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, also known as L.E.A.D. and the...

Residents voice transit concerns at public outreach

Residents voice transit concerns at public outreach

Sandra Sadek, News Reporter

October 2, 2019

The City of San Marcos gathered public feedback on its upcoming five-year transit plan during an outreach meeting at the San Marcos Activity Center Oct. 2. One of the key aspects of the transit plan is to consolidate the city's available transportation with Texas State's Bobcat Shuttle. The goal of...

“Safe Ride” gets students home

“Safe Ride” gets students home

Ziek Sanchez

October 2, 2019

The University Police Department is planning to launch a free and quick late-night transportation service fall 2019 for Texas State staff, faculty and students. The new UPD “Safe Ride” service will be available from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. seven days a week, with vans driven by trained UPD public ser...

Meal plan confusion cleared up

Meal plan confusion cleared up

Sarah Martinez

October 2, 2019

Recent dispute has occurred within the Texas State student body regarding new meal plans. The switch has led students to question if the university genuinely knows what best for its attendees. The most noticeable change to the 2019-2020 meal plans is the addition of meal equivalencies, which hold...

Annual Security Report tallies 57 rapes from 2016-2018

Annual Security Report tallies 57 rapes from 2016-2018

Jakob Rodriguez

October 1, 2019

Twenty-nine rapes were left off of Texas State’s previous years’ Annual Security Report, formerly known as “Campus Watch.” Texas State released the latest version of its Annual Security Report of Clery-reportable data Monday, Oct. 1, which detailed numerous instances of gross underreporting of crime statistics on campus betwee...

Hays County Commissioners Court declares October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Hays County Commissioners Court declares October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Daniel Weeks, News Reporter

October 1, 2019

The Hays Commissioners Court met for its weekly meeting at the county courthouse to establish October as various awareness months, including Mediation Awareness Month, National Manufacturing Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Mediation Awareness Month serves as a recognition for the Hays County...

Student Government roundtable addresses campus issues

Student Government roundtable addresses campus issues

Sierra Martin, News Reporter

October 1, 2019

Tables filled the LBJ Ballroom with the largest student body turn out in the past three years; administrators provided answers to student's questions about campus climate, diversity and mental health among other topics. University Administrators including President Denise Trauth, Provost Eugene Bourgeois...

City council denies conditional use permit for student housing development

City council denies conditional use permit for student housing development

Michael Garcia, News Reporter

October 1, 2019

Residents raised concerns when city council was expected to vote on the request for a Conditional Use Permit for a Purpose Built Student Housing Development. Locals had voiced their opinions that the development was not a solution for affordable housing and even referenced the Iconic Village fire, which...

Administration admits to inaccurate reporting of campus crime by UPD at Student Government meeting

Administration admits to inaccurate reporting of campus crime by UPD at Student Government meeting

Sierra Martin, News Reporter

October 1, 2019

Student Government meeting addresses the inaccurate reporting of university crime statistics and how the University Police Department can be held accountable for accuracy in their future data collection. Sept. 30, Vice President of Finance and Support Services Eric Algoe, was a guest speaker at the...

University begins new dormitory planning

University begins new dormitory planning

Christopher Green

October 1, 2019

The Department of Housing and Residential Life is working with American Campus Communities to build a new dormitory complex to accommodate the growing number of incoming students. The complex will be designed as two buildings attached to one another and is set to open fall 2021. The dormitories will be l...

Concerns raised over cite-and-release data

Concerns raised over cite-and-release data

Chase Rogers, News Reporter

September 29, 2019

Hays County released data showing the San Marcos Police Department's low use of cite-and-release in 2018, spurring protests from local organizations advocating for criminal justice reform. Under state law, cite-and-release allows peace officers to issue citations for class C misdemeanors—including...

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