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COVID-19 outbreak challenges Texas State art community’s success

COVID-19 outbreak challenges Texas State art community’s success

Brianna Benitez, Assistant Life and Arts Editor

April 4, 2020

Usually wandering the halls and studios of Texas State’s Joann Cole Mitte building are creative minds and colorful palettes. For many students, this is the place where they are able to create freely while surrounded by encouragement and inspiration. Since online classes have become a reality,...

Student organization provides a haven for transgender community

Student organization provides a haven for transgender community

Ivy Sandoval, Life and Arts Reporter

March 18, 2020

Finding a place that feels like home on campus can be tough sometimes. For members of the LGBTQ+ community, Transcend may just be their safe haven. Transcend is the first trans-specific student organization at a public Texas university. Many other organizations around Texas are for LGBTQ+ and queer...

Colorful murals take over city traffic boxes

Colorful murals take over city traffic boxes

Brianna Benitez, Assistant Life and Arts Editor

March 17, 2020

San Marcos intersections are getting a makeover. What are now plain, metal traffic control boxes will soon be transformed into colorful artwork that is bound to make traffic jams more tolerable. San Marcos announced a contest for the city's Traffic Control Box Art program December 2019. The contest...

Texas State organization bridges the gap of minorities in geography studies

Texas State organization bridges the gap of minorities in geography studies

Madyson Sanchez, Life and Arts Reporter

March 4, 2020

Across the U.S., geography continues to be a male-dominated study; however, Texas State students are making efforts to a more gender-inclusive and accessible field for all. Supporting Women in Geography is an organization that uplifts women and other minorities in geography studies and careers. SWIG chapters acro...

Upcycling saves environment one fashion piece at a time

Upcycling saves environment one fashion piece at a time

Trinity Dayton, Life and Arts Reporter

February 27, 2020

As the gray, dreary days of winter slowly morph into a sunshine-filled spring, old sweaters can be transformed into upcycled pieces, saving money and the environment. Upcycling is a creative way to convert items into completely new products and prevent the excessive use of material. According to the U.S. Enviro...

Alumnus Cory Moore visits to speak about J&M Jewelry

Alumnus Cory Moore visits to speak about J&M Jewelry

Mia Estrada, Life and Arts Reporter

February 23, 2020

A trip to Israel helped launch the unlikely entrepreneurial journey of one Texas State alumnus. Cory Moore, Texas State alumnus, had the opportunity to travel to Israel his senior year where he met the owners of a jewelry company that would later become J&M Jewelry. Moore became the domestic partner...

Senior residents celebrate Valentine’s Day with annual Sweetheart’s Ball

Senior residents celebrate Valentine’s Day with annual Sweetheart’s Ball

Abby Gutierrez, Life and Arts Reporter

February 21, 2020

As the song “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” played in the background, the couples began tapping to the beat of their own drum. For some, it had been years since they had been able to enjoy themselves on the dance floor. The couples glided along the dance floor. The men twirled their partners...

DAISY Award honors RN for compassionate care

DAISY Award honors RN for compassionate care

Abby Gutierrez

February 19, 2020

It was the third time he had hit the call button in the past five minutes. Finally, a nurse hurried in ready to assist a man who had been told he only had days to live. “Can you just move that fork and just leave it right there,” the man said. “Yeah, thanks.” A few minutes later, h...

Valentine’s mailbox opens in Kissing Alley

Valentine’s mailbox opens in Kissing Alley

Madyson Sanchez and Laura Figi

February 12, 2020

Tucked away on Kissing Alley sits a red mailbox decorated with hearts and filled with letters of love. The mailbox is part of San Marcos's annual "Love Letters from Downtown" campaign. This week marks the last chance to send out a Valentine's Day letter from the mailbox on Kissing Alley. Once your...

Texas State alumni to take on Amazon

Texas State alumni to take on Amazon

Ivy Sandoval, Life and Arts Reporter

February 12, 2020

In a digital era of streaming and binge-watching, people are always looking for new shows. Two Texas State alumni will soon have a new show coming to Amazon Prime Originals. Texas State alumni Shane Scott and César Manzanera took on to direct the 8-episode project, "Father Militant." The action thriller...

Valentine’s dates for every type of love

Valentine’s dates for every type of love

Laura Figi, Life and Arts Editor

February 12, 2020

No matter your relationship status, take the time to enjoy yourself this Valentine’s Day. From the extravagant to the lowkey, the couples to the single and proud, there are plenty of ways to celebrate cupid’s birthday in San Marcos and support small business while you’re at it! For the classic va...

Texas State racing team gets in gear for California competition

Texas State racing team gets in gear for California competition

Samuel Cravey, Life and Arts Reporter

February 11, 2020

Tucked away in a room in Ingram Hall sits the BR20, otherwise known as the UnderCat, a skeleton of metal tubing and wiring now but on the fast track to becoming a fully-fledged racing vehicle. The UnderCat is being designed and built from scratch by a team of Texas State students known as Bobcat Racing....

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