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Letter to the Editor

Breaking down barriers to student aid: reforming the FAFSA, expanding opportunity

Breaking down barriers to student aid: reforming the FAFSA, expanding opportunity

November 12, 2019

By: U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett As midterms closeout and finals loom, paying for college and avoiding student debt can be scarier for Bobcats than even the most challenging coursework. Fortunately, some federal student financial assistance is free—but you have to ask for it first. The paperwork...

Our groundwater conservation district can, and must, protect all of you

Our groundwater conservation district can, and must, protect all of you

Jordan Drake

November 5, 2019

By Jim BlackburnIn 2015, the Texas Legislature gave the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District additional territory and responsibility for regulating groundwater withdrawal from the Trinity Aquifer in a portion of Hays County. It is important to know the District protects Barton Springs, ...

My assault was silenced by Texas State

My assault was silenced by Texas State

Jordan Drake

November 5, 2019

Trigger warning: this story has graphic content that can be sensitive to some people. By Camelia JuarezI am now a senior at Texas State and I fucking love this school, minus the fact we don’t have a great football team and have not been collecting accurate data on assault victims. I am angry the courage of at le...

Race does not define me

Race does not define me

Jordan Drake

November 5, 2019

By Gene BrownI grew up feeling different and I always told people were going to accept me, but it was always because of my sexuality, never my race. Last week, I attended a work event, which meant I had a media pass for priority seating of different panels. I sat waiting in the media reserved section for the...

Response to ‘Alkek noise level should be strictly monitored and enforced’

Response to ‘Alkek noise level should be strictly monitored and enforced’

November 5, 2019

Recently, The University Star published a very well-constructed (column) by columnist Thomas Dunlap about excessive noise levels in the Albert B. Alkek Library. We appreciate his effort to bring these concerns to everyone’s attention and call for resolution.By and large, library patrons in Alk...

Raising your voice: civic engagement more important than ever

Raising your voice: civic engagement more important than ever

Jakob Rodriguez

August 27, 2019

Byline: U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)Welcome to campus, Bobcats, both new and returning! Whether you are learning your way around campus or embracing your last year, we need thoughtful leaders like you. I implore you to get involved. As a member of Congress representing much of San Marcos, ...

Letter to the Editor: In Response to “Chick-Fil-A on Campus does not promote inclusivity”

Letter to the Editor: In Response to “Chick-Fil-A on Campus does not promote inclusivity”

Jordan Drake, Opinions Editor

June 5, 2019

Dear Editor, To exclude a corporation or group for not sharing the same ideas and beliefs as your "inclusive group" is so obviously ridiculous, I am embarrassed to have to point it out. Let us say that one is on a conservative campus and the powers that be decide to ban Starbucks because they do...

Texas State can take steps towards ending food insecurity in students

Texas State can take steps towards ending food insecurity in students

Carissa Liz Castillo, Opinion's Editor

May 7, 2019

Dear Editor, As we all know, food insecurity is a huge problem that many Americans face every day and it is sad to say it is happening to our students at this university as well. Many students who do not make ends meet fall short when it comes to eating a properly balanced diet. I discovered last...

Letter to the Editor: Ms. Susie’s legacy shows Texas State should have better employee benefits

Letter to the Editor: Ms. Susie’s legacy shows Texas State should have better employee benefits

Carissa Liz Castillo

April 23, 2019

Dear Editor, The outpouring of love and support for Ms. Susie while she was in the ICU and hospice was so beautiful! She had so many visitors and well-wishers that the staff at hospice told us they had never seen anything like it. And that was during spring break! It was very kind of the Student Fo...

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign commends TPUSA Legislation

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign commends TPUSA Legislation

Carissa Liz Castillo

April 17, 2019

Student Government recently received a letter from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Student Body President, Vice President, and Cheif of Staff. I am sharing it with the Student Body of Texas State because I would like to re-emphasize that the legislation Senator Newman and I wrote is n...

Student Government representatives are harming their own organization

Student Government representatives are harming their own organization

Carissa Liz Castillo

April 17, 2019

Yet again, Student Government has found itself at the center of vitriol and rancor. From impeachments to resignations, the organization has become both a lightning rod and a regular eyesore for students - as well as the University more broadly.  Earlier in April, a proposed resolution was int...

TPUSA Legislation foreshadows further free speech censorship

TPUSA Legislation foreshadows further free speech censorship

Carissa Liz Castillo

April 17, 2019

Hello, I would like to submit this letter to the editor in response to the TPUSA legislation. It is a sad reflection on the state of free speech on our college campuses when groups like College Democrats and the Student Government are trying to remove a conservative student group from campus instead of ...

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