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The SAT is unfair and shouldn’t decide college admissions

The SAT is unfair and shouldn’t decide college admissions

Kindalynn Ortega

April 2, 2019

The SAT has been a factor in college admissions since the 1920s, but this controversial standardized test is unfair for students who have personal and environmental disadvantages. Students who come from low-income families or suffer from test anxiety are automatically set back in comparison to students ...

Gender and diversity courses should be mandatory for fraternity and sorority life students

Gender and diversity courses should be mandatory for fraternity and sorority life students

Bayley Bogus

April 2, 2019

According to the National Institute for Justice, fraternity men are three times more likely to commit rape than non-Greek peers. Fraternity houses have been described as “dangerous places for women” again and again by academic journals. Additionally, sorority membership nationwide is considered t...

Texas State would benefit from an on-campus grocery store

Texas State would benefit from an on-campus grocery store

Laura Nunez

March 26, 2019

Texas State offers cafeterias, dining halls, coffee shops, convenience stores and fast food options for its student body. However, an on-campus grocery store full of healthier options and affordable produce would be a beneficial addition to campus life. College students have earned a reputation for...

Letter to the Editor: Students have a right to decide how to use their swipes

Letter to the Editor: Students have a right to decide how to use their swipes

Carissa Liz Castillo

March 14, 2019

AN OPEN LETTER TO CHARTWELLS AND THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT FOOD SERVICES COMMITTEE (FSC): I am specifically speaking to Chin-Hong Chua, Richard Yennerell, Michael Giese, Sarah Williams, Steven Granados, Crystal Harris, Marisol Casas, Alberto Trujillo, Richard Guerrero, Jeania Brandon, Joe Lopez, Matthew...

Texas State needs to address its parking problem

Texas State needs to address its parking problem

Laura Nunez

March 14, 2019

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

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 participate in black ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 2016, Testing Tuesdays provided students access to 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 st...

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