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Texas State needs to address its parking problem

Texas State needs to address its parking problem

Laura Nunez

March 14, 2019


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Last week, The University Star ran an article over the possible implementation of parking meters on The Square. Local business owners are complaining that college students use their customer parking and want a solution for this inconvenience. Because The Square provides free and available parking next...

Black students need to participate more in black orgs

Black students need to participate more in black orgs

Kindalynn Ortega

March 14, 2019


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Texas State prides itself on diversity, but the demographics of the student body say otherwise. The institution is categorized as a “PWI,” which means it is a predominantly white institution. With African-American students accounting for only 11.18 percent of Texas State’s demographic, it is important for them to participat...

Same-sex female couples do not exist for the pleasure of men

Same-sex female couples do not exist for the pleasure of men

Bayley Bogus

March 12, 2019


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Same-sex female couples are often fetishized and harassed, which is an issue that is not given much significance. I have lost count of the numerous times I have gone out with my girlfriend in public and we have experienced harassment. As a couple, it has been completely normalized to hold hand...

Letter to the Editor: Open Hearts Movement will create better lives for LGBTQIA+ community

Letter to the Editor: Open Hearts Movement will create better lives for LGBTQIA+ community

Carissa Liz Castillo

March 11, 2019


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To Whom It May Concern: My name is Andrew Pyle and I’m an LGBT rights activist in Hays County, Texas. I have been a member of the United Methodist Church since August 2018 and I have been proud to be a Christian my whole life. This past week, I was very disappointed to hear about the outcome of...

College students need more sex education

College students need more sex education

Kindalynn Ortega

March 8, 2019


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Texas State should implement a required sexual education course or training module for incoming students. It is ideal that students come into their college careers with proper knowledge of sexual health, but school districts fail to educate young teens on the topic. Sex is not an easy topic for families t...

LBJ Student Center is a safety hazard for students

LBJ Student Center is a safety hazard for students

Laura Nunez

March 7, 2019


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The construction taking place at the LBJ Student Center is to be completed by February 2020. Until then, LBJ has other safety issues that need to be revisited and reevaluated. Every college has a hub of some sort. It is a building that hosts the main events of the university and has the most traffic...

Texas State is lacking in security measures

Texas State is lacking in security measures

Carissa Liz Castillo

March 6, 2019


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With the recent string of crimes in San Marcos, there should be a better safety protocol in place for students. Within the first two months of 2019, San Marcos has seen two armed robberies near the Texas State campus. Off campus, a murder-suicide and a drug-related armed robbery turned homicide occurred within two ...

STI/HIV screenings need to be offered for free on campus

STI/HIV screenings need to be offered for free on campus

Bayley Bogus

March 5, 2019


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In 2016, Testing Tuesdays provided students HIV testing, free of charge. Every other Tuesday, an organization called PartySafe administered HIV testing to students on campus. This group works as a peer-educated campaign aiming to reduce sexual risks associated with heavy drinking. If students were ...

Promoting overconsumption of food is irresponsible

Promoting overconsumption of food is irresponsible

Naomi Wick

March 4, 2019


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Last week, The University Star ran an article promoting eating competitions in and around San Marcos. Restaurant managers and those who have attempted food challenges attest to the fun atmosphere while people race to finish a near impossible amount of food, but there’s a dark side to this social activity. ...

Bobcat Bobbies are not as helpful as they say

Bobcat Bobbies are not as helpful as they say

Kindalynn Ortega

March 1, 2019


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While the Bobcat Bobbies service seems to guarantee student safety, it often ends up missing the mark. Bobcat Bobbies is a service Texas State offers students to ensure that we remain safe while traveling from one location to another on campus. This service becomes available at dusk, and after 1 a.m. UPD S...

Bobcat Bobbies are not as helpful as they say

Bobcat Bobbies are not as helpful as they say

Kindalynn Ortega

February 28, 2019


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While the Bobcat Bobbies service seems to guarantee student safety, it often ends up missing the mark. Bobcat Bobbies is a service Texas State offers students to ensure that we remain safe while traveling from one location to another on campus. This service becomes available at dusk, and after 1 a.m. UPD S...

Fight the FOMO on Spring Break

Fight the FOMO on Spring Break

Laura Nunez

February 28, 2019


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Spring break shouldn't mean an automatic plane ticket. It also shouldn't be deemed boring for being too simple. Realistically, most students won’t be having the traditional spring break experience full of beaches and alcohol. That doesn't mean social media won't be swimming in posts that create...

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