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Canvas replaces TRACS

Canvas replaces TRACS

Julie Gonzales, News Reporter

May 22, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News, University

On May 22, Texas State University announced its learning management system purchase to switch from TRACS to Canvas. The Division of Information Technology and the Office of Distance and External Learning in academic affairs have reviewed and researched this decision for more than two years. During...

Student workers keep Alkek open 24 hours for finals week

Student workers keep Alkek open 24 hours for finals week

Anika Adams, News Reporter

May 14, 2019


Filed under News, University

Alkek student workers help keep the library open 24 hours for students during finals season by choosing to work late hours in the night. Student workers enjoy the benefits of helping other students, while studying for their own exams and earning higher pay. Alkek is open 24 hours weekdays starting...

The workings of Parking Services, what students can expect

The workings of Parking Services, what students can expect

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

May 9, 2019


Filed under News, University

Texas State's Parking Services is nothing short of complex, but it is not the money-hungry monster students may perceive it as. Parking Services is a financially self-supported branch of the university. Texas State does not give Parking Services any general funds to operate; its budget is based...

61st Faculty Senate is voted on

61st Faculty Senate is voted on

Julie Gonzales, News Reporter

May 9, 2019


Filed under Faculty Senate, News, University

May 8, the last Faculty Senate meeting of the semester, the senate discussed and voted for the 61st Faculty Senate. The newly elected officers include the new Chairman Janet Bezner of health professions, Vice Chair Natalie Ceballos of liberal arts and Secretary David Nolan of fine arts and communication. Leaving...

Texas State forms alliance to save endangered toad species

Texas State forms alliance to save endangered toad species

Mia Estrada

May 7, 2019


Filed under Hays County, News, University

Toads are on the brink of extinction, but Texas State is attempting to save the Houston toad found in neighboring cities. Texas Park and Wildlife has teamed up with Texas State to begin the process of encouraging landowners living in the Houston toad range to comply with safe harbor agreements i...

Engineering students get hands-on experience at NuPlasma

Engineering students get hands-on experience at NuPlasma

Chase Rogers

May 6, 2019


Filed under News, San Marcos, University

A team of engineering students is working with NuPlasma, a local blood bank, for their senior design course, providing them with valuable real-world applications of their studies. The team was tasked with creating a 3D model representative of NuPlasma’s freezers, containing blood and plasma donations,...

Counseling Center implements simulation to help distressed students

Counseling Center implements simulation to help distressed students

Astri Smith

May 6, 2019


Filed under News, University

The Counseling Center is introducing role-playing simulation technology that recognizes anxiety and depression. The Counseling Center has partnered with Kognito, a health simulation company, to offer a program that will allow students, faculty and staff training on recognizing signs of distress and ...

Texas State students sit-in

Texas State students sit-in

Jakob Rodriguez

May 3, 2019


Filed under Breaking, Latest, News, University

Organizations and activists unite to demand change from administration Editor’s note: Carrisa Liz Castillo contributed to this article by transcribing the interviews provided. Following the arrest of four Texas State students May 1, student organizations and university community members occupie...

Students hold sit-in following yesterday’s arrests

Students hold sit-in following yesterday’s arrests

Sonia Garcia, News Editor

May 2, 2019


Filed under Breaking, Latest, News, University

A sit-in in LBJ started around 7 p.m. on the fourth floor of LBJ on May 2. The sit-in is being led by Resistance TXST. The sit-in comes the day four students are released from the Hays County Jail after being arrested on campus May 1. Resistance TXST advocates for the rights of underrepresented students...

Bobcat Village welcomes new live-in security guard

Bobcat Village welcomes new live-in security guard

Aaron Peralta

May 1, 2019


Filed under News, University

Newest Bobcat Village security guard comes with military experience. Caleb Hughes took his post for the first time at Bobcat Village in March. As the Village's newest live-in guard, he has the responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of students. Though new to Bobcat Village, Hughes...

Four students arrested following on-campus clash

Four students arrested following on-campus clash

Samantha Guerrero, Staff Writer

May 1, 2019


Filed under Breaking, Latest, News, San Marcos, University

UPDATE: 3:54 p.m. update: UPD released an FAQ at 3:54 p.m. answering questions regarding the arrests, stating "some students engaged in a heated discussion which unfortunately escalated into a physical altercation between two students." The arrested students were transported to the Hays Coun...

Faculty Senate talks campus clash and new legislation

Faculty Senate talks campus clash and new legislation

Julie Gonzales

May 1, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News, University

Faculty Senate leader Alexander White started the May 1 Faculty Senate meeting by briefing the other senators of the altercation between students that happened midday. Just a few moments before the meeting was scheduled, JCK was on lockdown. Students protested and gathered in crowds due to the anticipated...

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