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Astrology is a scam

Astrology is a scam

Laura Nunez

October 22, 2019

Astrology is a fabricated ideology created to reassure humanity of their feelings and actions. Horoscopes have managed to stay relevant for thousands of years because society thrives off justifying an imaginary language translated by people with too much time on their hands. The world of astrology has consu...

BYOB, bring your own bags

BYOB, bring your own bags

Laura Nunez

October 8, 2019

Texas State boasts an established, environmentally friendly atmosphere even though the university aids in the distribution of single-use plastic bags. Wasteful plastic and eco-friendly do not mesh well. The university and the City of San Marcos should establish a ban on single-use plastic bags.Single-use plastic b...

Professors should not require TopHat subscription

Professors should not require TopHat subscription

Thomas Dunlap

October 8, 2019

TopHat is a subscription-based student engagement app popular among college professors. The paid service provides a platform for students and professors to easily interact in real-time via mobile phones or laptops, enabling simple student participation in larger lecture halls. While TopHat is free t...

Texas State, do your job

Texas State, do your job

Editorial Board

September 30, 2019

Texas State officials announced Sept. 10, 2019, the campus had misreported Clery reportable offenses on the annual Campus Security Report, formerly, "Campus Watch." The university's response is a measly three paragraphs saying nothing. No mention of the extent to how much data is wrong or which data...

Alkek noise level should be strictly monitored and enforced

Alkek noise level should be strictly monitored and enforced

Thomas Dunlap

September 25, 2019

Since its opening in 1991, Albert B. Alkek Library has provided countless Texas State students with a safe and resourceful area to be productive. Each of its seven floors contains more than enough space and tools for students to effectively complete their studies. Like any other library, Alkek should...

Elevators are a luxury, not a necessity

Elevators are a luxury, not a necessity

Laura Nunez

September 17, 2019

Texas State has become so overpopulated even the elevators are not worth waiting for causing inconvenience for those that require the resource. For the betterment of the campus system, the elevators need to be used only by faculty, staff and students with disabilities. Class does not start without...

Students should not turn to sex work for additional money

Students should not turn to sex work for additional money

Delilah Alvarado

September 17, 2019

For college students, money does not often come easy. Rising college costs coupled with the time commitment required of a full-time student equates to limited options to fill the gap loans or scholarships can not cover, leading students to turn to sex work. While sex work is a valid way to earn incom...

Take out your earbuds and enjoy the live scene

Take out your earbuds and enjoy the live scene

Elisabeth Harper

September 10, 2019

Editor's note: "Guitar Steve," a local musician mentioned in this column, wished to not use his full legal name for reference in this opinions column. A brief walk around campus will expose observers to the evidence of music’s symbiotic relationship with society. Students pass with a set of buds...

Living on campus is more beneficial than off-campus

Living on campus is more beneficial than off-campus

Delilah Alvarado

September 5, 2019

When choosing an institution to attend, whether transferring or starting as a freshman at a university, housing plays a big role in setting up life at college. The majority of campuses nationwide require incoming freshman or students under a certain age, or with a certain amount of credits, to l...

Campus delivery encourages users to be lazy and antisocial

Campus delivery encourages users to be lazy and antisocial

Laura Nunez

September 5, 2019

College students commonly find themselves described as cheap, lazy and entitled. The reality is numerous assumptions contribute to this opinion. The recent rise in instant delivery and ride services further enable dependent and sedentary lifestyles that commonly receive criticism. A student’s life ...

Students should avoid Texas State off-campus student housing

Students should avoid Texas State off-campus student housing

Bayley Bogus

September 3, 2019

The majority of colleges and universities mandate first-year freshman live on campus, including Texas State, with a small percentage of schools acting as the exception. First-year students only escape this housing requirement if they are over 20 years old and/or enter with 30 or more credits completed...

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