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Texas State to resume face-to-face instruction during summer II and fall semester

Texas State students walk through the quad.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

Texas State, and the other six member institutions in the Texas State University System, has begun plans to resume face-to-face instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning July 6, Texas State will return to in-person instruction for the summer II session and the following fall 2020 semester. ...

Student workers now eligible for paid leave under new federal act

Texas State pre-nursing sophomores Andrea Poblete (left) and Sofia Yanez hang an informational poster about an upcoming event at the Bobcat Bounty food pantry Oct. 24, 2019, in the Family and Consumer Sciences building. Included among student workers are Bobcat Bounty workers, Alkek library workers, ITAC assistants and more.

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

April 7, 2020

Student workers will now be receiving paid sick leave during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in accordance with a new federal act. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) became effective April 1 and requires "certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or...

(Photo Gallery) Residence halls abandoned amid COVID-19 pandemic

A green triceratops stuffed animal sits on the floor of a long hallway.

Rebecca Harrell, Assistant Multimedia Editor

April 6, 2020

Texas State dorm occupants were forced to permanently move out of their residence halls due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. Students moved in allotted times from March 28-31, in order to limit the number of people in one space.

Meal plan and dining changes to set for fall 2020

Texas State student Daisy Moore picking out sushi for dinner Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at Jones Dining Hall on campus.

Sarah Martinez, News Reporter

April 1, 2020

Meal plan changes are coming fall 2020 to help accommodate dining needs for students on meal plans; dining hall remodels and other additions will begin fall 2020 and 2021. Upcoming enhancements at Commons and Harris dining halls include expanded seating, happy hour, table-side service and steak and...

White supremacist literature resurfaces around campus

Edited image removing the white supremest organization's name from one of the stickers found on Monday, March 13, 2020, on Texas State Univerity's campus by the bus loop.
Edit: Chase Rogers

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

March 28, 2020

Editor's note: In our coverage of this group's efforts to attempt to promote white nationalism, we have opted to blur their organizations name and have refrained from listing them by name in an effort to not give them an additional platform for hate or intolerance while also effectively reporting on...

Spring semester classes to remain online, dorms closing

A concrete sign reads 'Texas State University... Established 1899'.

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

March 19, 2020

All Texas State courses will be taught remotely for the remainder of the spring semester and all on-campus residence halls will be closed, according to an email sent by President Denise Trauth. Beginning March 30, all courses will be taught remotely and students living at Bobcat Village or in residence...

Student Government promotes underutilized scholarship

LBJ Student Center

Chelsea Mumy, News Reporter

March 6, 2020

The Student Government scholarship, poised to give away $293,000 this year, has a history of under advertisement and underutilization. The scholarship was originally designed for students who do not utilize or receive an abundance of financial aid. The application process consists of a 400-word maximum...

SpawGlass to give scholarships to incoming freshmen residents

Faculty Senate is discussing a system for online proctoring to prevent students from cheating on online exams.

Sarah Martinez, News Reporter

February 27, 2020

SpawGlass a Texas-based construction company will give scholarship money to STEM freshmen Living-Learning community at Texas State. The scholarships, totaling $53,000, will most likely be given toward two incoming students, according to Director of Department of Housing and Residential Life Rosa...

How ACT Ally turns down the volume

The Department of Housing and Residential Life is located on Comanche street. Photo by Carrington J. Tatum

Chase Rogers, News Editor

February 25, 2020

The San Marcos Police Department aimed to decrease the number of noise complaints using a variety of methods, reportedly cutting complaints nearly in half over a 10-year period with the implementation of the ACT Ally program. The ACT Ally program is described on its website as a “collaborativ...

Studentification changes landscape of housing market in small towns

The Department of Housing and Residential Life is located on Comanche street. Photo by Carrington J. Tatum

Sandra Sadek, News Reporter

February 18, 2020

San Marcos resident Kathy McCarthy has been living in her house on West San Antonio Street for the last 10 years. The house is also occupied by her daughter and grandson who moved in after struggling to find affordable housing. “I'm not really eager for (my daughter) to rent anything because if sh...

Vie Lofts completes million-dollar renovation

Vie lofts.

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

February 18, 2020

Vie Lofts has completed a million-dollar renovation, following concerns of the building's structural integrity in September. Vie Management, stated that renovations to the building had been in the works since March of 2019, following the buildings acquisition. Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer...

Play to win in new dorm lottery

Two freshmen moving in.

Chelsea Mumy

October 30, 2019

Rather than the previous first-come-first-serve approach to upperclassmen on-campus housing, the Department of Housing and Residential Life is implementing a new lottery system.For the approaching fall 2020 housing registration, DHRL is requiring upperclassmen students seeking on-campus housing to sign u...

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