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(Video Documentary) First Black

Carrington Tatum, Ravyn Ammons and Corey Benbow on a title screen with th words

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

Southwest Texas State Normal School opened in 1903; 60 years later, Southwest Texas State College admitted its first black students; and over a century later at what is now Texas State University, The Strutters, The University Star and Student Government experienced their first black leaders, respe...

Student Government president vetoes first legislation

Corey Benbow looks into an audience while speaking into a microphone at a podium.

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

April 8, 2020

Student Government President Corey Benbow vetoed the Department of Freshman Leadership Act, marking the first veto in his term two weeks before the new administration begins. The bill, which is to be paired with the newly ratified Student Government constitution, outlines the policies and procedures...

Senate members protest Student Government Consitution referendum, appeal board’s decision twice

Student Government Vice President Tucker Thompson counts those in favor of a bill to be read by a text-to-voice bot, Monday, March 3, 2020, in the LBJ Teaching Theater.

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

April 7, 2020

Members of Student Government Senate have appealed the decision of the Referendum Review Board twice after submitting a complaint arguing the simple majority required for Student Government constitution was not met. The constitution acquired 70.32% of the votes during the elections Feb. 20. Senate members Brittlin Richardson and Kelly Torpey said in accordance with the Policy and Procedure Statement for...

Student Government calls for university to adopt “4.0/fail” grading policy

Student Body President Corey Benbow and Vice President Tucker Thompson presiding over the first student government meeting of the semester.

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

March 27, 2020

Texas State’s Student Government has formally asked top administrators of the university to adopt a "4.0/fail" grading policy amidst challenges students face in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In a letter addressed to administrators, Student Body President Corey Benbow said...

Student Health Center director updates Student Government on coronavirus

Student Health Center Director Dr. Emilio Carranco updates Student Government on Texas State's COVID-19 preparations Monday, March 9, 2020 at the LBJ teaching theater.

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

March 10, 2020

Director of the Student Health Center Dr. Emilio Carranco gave an update on Texas State’s handling of coronavirus to the Student Government. The update came during Student Government's March 9 meeting as The University Star reported that nine Texas State students and a professor suspected of being exposed to the virus are being held in self-quarantin...

Voters see long lines at LBJ

Texas State students walk past reminder signs about voting at the LBJ Student Center on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in the LBJ Mall.

Chase Rogers, News Editor

March 10, 2020

Long lines of students ready to cast their ballot stretched across the LBJ Student Center Tuesday, March 3, with some waiting for five hours before getting to vote for their chosen representatives. According to voter check-in data from the Hays County Election Office, students were casting ballots for five hours past t...

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...

Vice President of Student Affairs to retire

Aspire construction.

Antonia Rainey, News Reporter

March 2, 2020

Vice President for Student Affairs Joanne Smith is retiring from the position after her 28 year-long service effective May 31, 2020. Music education professor and Assistant Vice President for Academic Services Mary Ellen Cavitt will serve as the Interm for vice president of student affairs effective June 1, 20...

Student government president gives State of Students Address

Student Body President Corey Benbow and Vice President Tucker Thompson presiding over the first student government meeting of the semester.

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

February 25, 2020

Student Government President Corey Benbow gave his State of Students Address where he acknowledged Texas State's achievements within the past 10 years and issues concerning the university's black community on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Benbow said the president's State of Students Address is a way for...

Valentinis-Dee and Florence elected as new student body president and vice-president

President-Elect Catching Valentinis-Dee (left) and Vice-President-Elect Andrew Florence (right) answer questions from audience members during the Student Government Presidential Debate, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in the LBJ Teaching Theater.

Chelsea Mumy and Audrey Garcia

February 21, 2020

Student Government's election results were announced at 7 p.m. Thursday in the LBJ Student Center. Valentinis-Dee and Florence will lead the next Student Government administration. President-elect Catching Valentinis-Dee scored the majority of the votes at 67.5%, while his running mate, Vice-president...

Student Government senator acquitted of two of three articles of impeachment

Student testifing before Student Government Supreme Court.

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

February 19, 2020

Recently impeached Student Government Senator-at-Large Colton Halter was acquitted two of three charges during a Student Government Supreme Court impeachment hearing Feb. 12. The articles, which were drafted by Senator Brett Bailey, accused Halter of violations of the Student Government Code of Ethics...

Student Government passes composting bill

Two leaders speaking to Student Government.

Chelsea Mumy, News Reporter

February 19, 2020

Student Government passed a resolution to implement compost bins on campus during its Feb. 17 meeting. Two guest groups spoke to Student Government about their organizations. Jaime Elliot, from Student Housing, spoke first and wished to raise awareness for an event Student Housing is hosting. He promoted...

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