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TPUSA has a right to free speech but not attention

TPUSA has a right to free speech but not attention

Carrington Tatum

April 16, 2019


Filed under Opinions, The Main Point

Turning Point USA is a nuisance to our campus community and only upholds a few of the university’s values. National outlets, as well as The University Star, have documented that TPUSA has a mission to interfere with Student Government elections with no regard for fairness or integrity. The...

#StudentPressFreedom is an investment in democracy

#StudentPressFreedom is an investment in democracy

Carissa Liz Castillo

February 4, 2019


Filed under The Main Point

The rhetoric surrounding journalism in the Trump era is dangerous and hostile for journalists at large. In an age of fake news, shoddy journalism and Trump positioning the press as enemies of the American people, the First Amendment is consistently being brought into question. What this means for bud...

Quality journalism will not include election mudslinging

Quality journalism will not include election mudslinging

Zach Ienatsch

November 27, 2018


Filed under Opinions, The Main Point

Although the majority of political races concluded with the general election earlier this month, San Marcos' election season has extended to Dec. 11 in two runoff races for City Council places 4— between Shane Scott and Mark Rockeymore—and 5—between Rick Henderson and Joca Marquez. Presidential,...

Greek Life on track to a better tomorrow

Greek Life on track to a better tomorrow

Zach Ienatsch

November 13, 2018


Filed under Opinions, The Main Point

Exactly one year ago, Texas State student Matthew Ellis died of alcohol poisoning following a party hosted by his fraternity brothers. Since then, the environment responsible for his death has reformed and been replaced by something safer and healthier for Bobcats rushing fraternities and sororities. Although...

Sutherland Springs coverage a reminder of the power of community journalism

Sutherland Springs coverage a reminder of the power of community journalism

Zach Ienatsch

November 6, 2018


Filed under Opinions, The Main Point

There are times when people need journalists to be more than just the news providers. There are moments when a reporter should remember there's more to a story than mere information blurbs and timeliness. There are stories that require reporters to meet people on the worst days of their lives and share...

Campus early voting window insufficient for midterm student turnout

Campus early voting window insufficient for midterm student turnout

Zach Ienatsch

October 25, 2018


Filed under Opinions, The Main Point

Editor's Note (10/30): Since the initial online posting of this Main Point on Thursday, Oct. 25, students, faculty and candidates voiced their concerns to the county and received a preferable answer. The Hays County Commissioners' Court voted last Friday to extend the temporary early voting location...

Tailgate regulations have clipped traditions

Tailgate regulations have clipped traditions

Zach Ienatsch

October 24, 2018


Filed under Opinions, The Main Point

Attendance to home football games have been shoddy for years. The one saving grace for game day fans was the tailgating tradition before kickoff. However, tailgating has fallen victim to student enthusiasm and participation because much like the football games, it's lacking winners. Tailgating used...

Texas State administrators may be learning to respond to white supremacy

Texas State administrators may be learning to respond to white supremacy

Zach Ienatsch

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinions, The Main Point

Last Thursday, any false sense of security on the campus quad was rescinded when racist business cards from a white supremacist group appeared scattered along the walkways. Events like these are anything but new. Texas State has been targeted by white supremacist groups for roughly two years in the...

Students should have more say over tuition fees

Students should have more say over tuition fees

Zach Ienatsch

October 10, 2018


Filed under Opinions, The Main Point

Just as voters have a stake in where their tax dollars go, students should receive the same courtesy with their tuition. The average full-time student at Texas State will pay $9,348 per semester if the student is a Texas resident or $20,268 per semester if the student comes from out of state. In t...

Local restaurants need your place at the table

Local restaurants need your place at the table

Zach Ienatsch

October 3, 2018


Filed under Opinions, The Main Point

With so many dining options around San Marcos for locals and Bobcats to dine with, picking a place for lunch may not always be an easy choice. But when deciding where to spend your money when the hunger sets in, San Martians should make a considerate effort to eat locally. Balancing a full course...

Young, educated people are a powerful voting block

Young, educated people are a powerful voting block

Zach Ienatsch

September 26, 2018


Filed under Opinions, The Main Point

No mentality is more dangerous to democracy than the misconception a single vote does not matter. Even more egregious is the lack of faith in a powerful voting block of educated young citizens eager to see change in their communities and the nation at large. Voting among the Texas State student body...

Students should not sell themselves short at internship, career fairs

Students should not sell themselves short at internship, career fairs

Zach Ienatsch

September 18, 2018


Filed under Opinions, The Main Point

With potential employers flocking to campus for the career fair, students should remind themselves what they can gain from the resource and more importantly, what is in their best interests. The career fair is a wonderful opportunity for go-getting younger students to be privy to summer internships...

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