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Our vote should not be silenced

Our vote should not be silenced

The Editorial Board

March 10, 2020

The voting machines at the LBJ Student Center were the last of 49 polling locations in the county to be turned in to be tallied, with students waiting upward of four hours to cast their ballots. This fact showcases a system that is broken and fails to provide students with the means to exercise their...

February is over, but Black History is forever

February is over, but Black History is forever

The Editorial Board

March 3, 2020

When the calendar turns to February, the smell of baked macaroni and cheese and smothered fried chicken disperse across Texas State’s soul food celebration. Prominent black figures dust cobwebs off their phones and calendars to accept invitations to speak at public events, and everyone is searching fo...

Defend the First, don’t pervert it

Defend the First, don’t pervert it

Editorial Board

February 25, 2020

The First Amendment, as integral as it is to our democracy and morality, must not be used as a springboard for responding with equally-sensationalized actions toward provocative public speakers. Students are held captive by ridiculous claims that are intended to offend and incite a negative reaction...

Predatory apartment complexes plague San Marcos

Predatory apartment complexes plague San Marcos

Editorial Board

February 18, 2020

Student apartment complexes take advantage of students and the manipulation needs to stop. An era of honest communication, transparency and adequate housing conditions has been yearned for far too long. With new apartment complexes built each year and fresh residents hunting for their next home, it...

You need us and we need you

You need us and we need you

Editorial Board, Editor-In-Chief

January 28, 2020

Collegiate journalists live through the stories they tell and the people who share their stories with them. Student newsrooms, while you remember people, places and things that go wrong, on Student Press Freedom Day, we remember you. When a story runs, journalists have the opportunity to change lives....

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...

TPUSA has a right to free speech but not attention

TPUSA has a right to free speech but not attention

Editorial Staff

April 16, 2019

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. ...

#StudentPressFreedom is an investment in democracy

#StudentPressFreedom is an investment in democracy

Editorial Staff

February 4, 2019

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 buddi...

Quality journalism will not include election mudslinging

Quality journalism will not include election mudslinging

Zach Ienatsch

November 27, 2018

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

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

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

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...

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