The University Star

Columns

Opinion: Texas State’s pre-medical program should include more behavioral-based humanities

An illustration of a purple stethoscope and pair of purple goggles seen through the lens of a microscope.

Angela Guerrero, Opinion Contributor

August 8, 2020

In the 120-124 credit hours that Texas State's pre-medical students must complete to graduate with a bachelor's in Biology with a Pre-Medical concentration, only three are required to cover social behavior. The College of Science and Engineering deems one course, psychology 1300, necessary to com...

Opinion: Patriotism does not shield people of color from exploitation

An illustration of three people of color, one man and two women, stand in front of an American Flag holding a sign that reads

Delilah Alvarado, Opinion Columnist

August 5, 2020

People of color exude resilience, innovation and a desire to succeed; however, despite the contributions they make to society, they continue to be placed at a disadvantage and abused by systems that reject their sacrifice. The most recent and disturbing example of the mistreatment POC often face is...

Opinion: Defunding local law enforcement will strengthen the community

A hand holding a police hat spills coins and bills into a graduation cap.

Hunter Griffith, Opinion Contributor

July 29, 2020

As a community, we try to direct our political efforts and funding toward institutions and programs that serve our best interests. The only reasons to defund would be if those funds are misused or could be put to better use elsewhere. Local law enforcement should be defunded as its funding has been...

Opinion: Cite-and-divert addresses cite-and-release shortcomings

An illustration of a silver handcuffs that are crossed out in red.

Alexa Nichols, Opinion Contributor

July 27, 2020

Amid calls for Hays County to release inmates from its jail due to COVID-19, officials and local law enforcement announced July 8 they would implement a cite-and-divert program beginning in September. The terms of the new program far exceed the recently approved cite-and-release ordinance implemented in San Marcos and will be great for the community. The cite-and-divert program...

Opinion: International students faced senseless discrimination from ICE

Two ICE officers, one woman and one man, are escorting an outline of the United States covered in various international flags toward a plane. The flags symbolize the countries of Mexico, China, Bangladesh, Columbia, Nigeria, Iran and more.

Valeria Torrealba, Opinion Contributor

July 24, 2020

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced July 6 that international students would face deportation should their respective colleges choose to operate fully online for the upcoming semester. The decision has since been rescinded, yet it still leaves an ominous reminder that international s...

Opinion: All Texans should be able to vote-by-mail in November

An illustration of a young woman and two men stand in line holding voting ballots to put them in a mailbox. The woman and the older man are wearing masks.

Amira Van Leeuwen, Assistant Opinion Editor

July 20, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Texas Democrats’ request to fast-track a bid to allow Texans to vote-by-mail during the COVID-19 pandemic. For now, the case has gone back to a lower court but has the potential to be back before the Supreme Court before the November election. Whatever happens, all Texans...

Opinion: Fear, not ignorance, will keep us safe from COVID-19

An illustration of crowds of people raising signs that read

Toni Mac Crossan, Opinion Columnist

July 13, 2020

PBS's American Experience documentary about the 1918 influenza pandemic, which infected about a third of the world's population, states "as soon as the dying stopped, the forgetting began." With COVID-19 still present throughout our communities, we cannot allow history to repeat itself. Everyone has a responsibility to stay concerned about the sp...

Opinion: Flowers Hall needs to be renamed

An illustration of a a sign reading

Alexa Nichols, Opinion Contributor

July 8, 2020

The naming of Flowers Hall honors Dr. John Garland Flowers, the third president of Southwest Texas State College, now recognized as Texas State. He may have had an illustrious career as an educator on national, state and local levels, however, the man was sorely misguided⁠ and plain wrong in a major deci...

Opinion: Universities need more financial assistance from the federal government

An illustration of hands holding a wallet with Texas State's Old Main inside of it.

Toni Mac Crossan, Opinion Columnist

July 6, 2020

The CARES Act, signed into law at the end of March this year, set aside $14 billion for higher education. Of that, Texas State was allocated about $31.8 million, with $15.9 million designated to students' emergency financial aid. Aside from Bobcat Cares emergency grants awarded to those who applied...

Opinion: COVID-19 shows attendance policies were toxic all along

An illustration of a nose with green snot coming out of it, on a piece of paper with math equations on it.

Angela Guerrero, Opinion Contributor

July 1, 2020

Before COVID-19, students attending class sick was not uncommon if they wished to avoid point deductions and stay on top of their coursework. Now amid one of the biggest health crises in world history, it is apparent the normalization of doing so was always ridiculous. Before the pandemic, Texas State...

Opinion: Performative activism does more harm than good

Silhouette of a man holding a

Hunter Griffith, Opinion Contributor

June 29, 2020

The struggle to be heard, for validation and acceptance from others, has empowered performative activism to undermine movements throughout history. Now, that same struggle has gone too far, dominating our social lives, present through our social media and going into the institutions we trust with our...

Opinion: Abbott needs to reinstate stay-at-home orders and make Texans wear masks

An illustration of Gov. Greg Abbott in a suit and tie, staring into space in confusion.

Amira Van Leeuwen, Assistant Opinion Editor

June 25, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott scolded Texans in their 20s for ignoring safety precautions when they go out in public, insinuating they are to blame for the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state. Instead of Abbott pointing fingers at young people, perhaps a more useful way to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 ...

Defending the First Amendment since 1911
Columns