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Researchers find links between anxiety and social media

Researchers find links between anxiety and social media

Ziek Sanchez

December 11, 2019

A study conducted by the Texas State Psychology and Communication Studies departments found several links between anxiety disorders and social media.Researchers observed the relationship between social media behaviors and mental health in the study, "Upward social comparisons and posting under the influ...

Crisis calls spike during finals season

Crisis calls spike during finals season

Ally Bolender, Special to The Star

December 10, 2019

An increase of mental health cases during finals season at Texas State has the Mental Health Unit of the San Marcos Police Department encouraging students to use university and city mental health resources during this time of year. Officers of the Mental Health Unit, a specialized unit of SMPD, receive...

Alumni Association undergoes changes

Alumni Association undergoes changes

Faith Smith

December 10, 2019

Texas State's Alumni Association makes changes inside and out to better serve all students after graduation.The most major change will be the association no longer requiring membership fees to be recognized as an alumnus by the association. It has also relocated its space to the LBJ Student Center, inside ...

San Marcos Hall residents return to dorm after flooding

San Marcos Hall residents return to dorm after flooding

Chase Rogers

December 9, 2019

San Marcos Hall residents have returned to their dorm after being evacuated when a sprinkler head discharged on the third floor, setting off the fire alarm system. Dorm residents evacuated the hall shortly after 9 p.m. Dec. 7 and were given the all-clear to reenter around 3 a.m. Dec. 8. “Smoke ...

Suspect with gun on Round Rock campus identified

Suspect with gun on Round Rock campus identified

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

December 9, 2019

Round Rock— Person with a gun at the Austin Community College campus in Round Rock—adjacent from the Texas State Round Rock campus— was identified by police. The University Police sent out an alert there is no further threat to campus.   UPD sent out a first alert at 1 p.m. today stating a black male in camo had...

Student organization publishes in-class recording of Texas State professor

Student organization publishes in-class recording of Texas State professor

Chase Rogers and Daniel Weeks

December 9, 2019

The Texas College Republicans published a photo of a quiz and a recording of a professor on its official Twitter account, sparking debates on social media and a response from the university. The quiz question—written and administered by English professor and former Texas House of Representatives candidate Rebecca Bell-Metereau in her Introduction to Film c...

Chief diversity officer to permanently sit on president’s cabinet

Chief diversity officer to permanently sit on president’s cabinet

Sandra Sadek, News Reporter

December 6, 2019

President Denise Trauth announced a new permanent seat for the chief diversity officer on her cabinet, effective Jan. 6, 2020. The CDO's role is to ensure the university meets its strategic goals around diversity and inclusion while supporting the needs of students, faculty and staff. "As a member...

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to get new student representative

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to get new student representative

Antonia Rainey

December 2, 2019

Students have the opportunity to influence statewide education by applying to be a representative on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Texas Senate Bill 1007—passed in 2007 and implemented in 2008—allows Texas students from a public university to apply to become a representat...

Texas State continues search for immigration attorney

Texas State continues search for immigration attorney

Sandra Sadek

December 2, 2019

Texas State administrators have opened the full-time staff attorney application for a second time as the search continues for a permanent immigration attorney to join the Office of Attorney for Students.The search comes after the departure of Mark Kinzler, an immigration attorney who joined the Attorney for Students staff part-time October 2018 following student demands. Kinzler returned to focus solely on his ...

Student Government passes new constitution

Student Government passes new constitution

Sarah Martinez, News Reporter

November 26, 2019

After continuous Student Government meetings amending the new Student Government constitution, it passed with 21 votes. The Nov. 25 meeting began with the Joint Session Agenda, following the introduction of guest speakers Editor-in-Chief of The University Star Jakob Rodriguez and Deputy Chief Divers...

Texas State develops tools to diversify faculty

Texas State develops tools to diversify faculty

Sarah Martinez

November 20, 2019

Texas State Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs has developed a new set of tools for hiring a more diverse faculty. The Toolkit and Best Practices for Inclusive Excellence in Faculty Hiring and Retention is a multidimensional resource that includes data on student and faculty demographi...

New constitution drafting results in long night of discussion for Student Government

New constitution drafting results in long night of discussion for Student Government

Sierra Martin, News Reporter

November 19, 2019

Student Government continued its joint session, discussing changes to the new constitution in The Constitutional Overhaul and Student Government Reform Act of 2019. Monday, Nov. 18, the session continued from last week to discuss changes to the Student Government constitution. The proposed changes aim to, "reform all components of Student Govern...

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