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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...

Rising costs lead some degrees to not be worth it

Rising costs lead some degrees to not be worth it

Jordan Drake, Opinions Editor

August 29, 2019

Nearly everyone is told, starting in primary school, that college is necessary for a better life and will open doors to great opportunities. The problem is this is seldom the case. The reality ends up reflecting student loan debt, underwhelming entry-level jobs with even lower pay and a frustrating,...

Apartment construction threatens to ruin San Marcos charm

Apartment construction threatens to ruin San Marcos charm

Laura Figi, Life and Arts Editor

August 29, 2019

San Marcos is affectionately known as “San Marvelous” for a reason; people fall in love with its charm after spending time here, be it for school or work. While the city is known for its close-knit community feel, recent construction is threatening unwelcome change. Big box apartment complex construction...

Apartment complexes should not allow residents to own dogs

Apartment complexes should not allow residents to own dogs

Thomas Dunlap, Opinions Columnist

August 29, 2019

Dogs are a hot commodity among college students and are frequently treated with irresponsibility and neglect. The average college student is far too busy juggling work, class and a social life to adequately care for an animal requiring as much attention as a canine. The reality is students’ schedules...

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, ...

Summer parking is a nightmare for commuters

Summer parking is a nightmare for commuters

Jordan Drake

August 8, 2019

Parking may be one of the most frustrating aspects of Texas State, especially for commuters. With a small cluster of parking lots, options are limited. Students either fight for a parking space in a smaller lot that allows for the avoidance of headaches if found, catch the bus or give up and park at...

Students should have year-round rec center access

Students should have year-round rec center access

Bayley Bogus, Managing Editor

July 10, 2019

Students can pay upwards of thousands of dollars a semester without accounting for rent, food, and other miscellaneous expenses. Life is not as cheap as it once was for previous generations. Student loan debt is accelerating so fast it has become a burden on the U.S. economy, with the average student...

Free college for all is a bad idea

Free college for all is a bad idea

Jordan Drake, Opinions Editor

July 10, 2019

Many of the 2020 Democratic candidates are running on very similar platforms. Free college tuition has become a reoccurring theme nearly every candidate has touched on, but it would be a tremendous mistake to implement this policy. While never having to be in debt after college would be nice, the cost...

Students need to take part in dialogue about climate change

Students need to take part in dialogue about climate change

Naomi Wick, Opinions Columnist

July 10, 2019

With the summer rolling quickly past and heading into the fall semester, Texas State students will be relishing their hometowns and spending time with family and friends for only a few more weeks before moving back to San Marcos. While this time is understandably needed for rest and serves as a much-deserved...

New on-campus dining changes should not be implemented

New on-campus dining changes should not be implemented

Haley Schmidt, Opinions Columnist

July 10, 2019

With the upcoming dining changes for the 2019-2020 school year, students may feel it is an outrage that policies are changing so drastically. A majority of issues come with the changes regarding the ability to swipe others using via meal swipes, as it has become common on campus for students to exchange...

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...

Administration should stand firm on decisions regarding protesters

Administration should stand firm on decisions regarding protesters

Jordan Drake, Opinions Editor

June 5, 2019

Anyone paying attention to Texas State news may have noticed heightened protest activity coming from liberal groups on campus. They have screamed on The Quad and outside the police station, sat-in at LBJ and relentlessly cried on Twitter. Outcries stem from a protest that occurred May 1, 2019, between...

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