Preparing for Spring
by Emily Arnold
Well, nobody said it would be glamorous! Emily Arnold learns about the best way to fertilize crops.
The Freeman Ranch staff gave us permission to collect horse manure from the horse pen at the ranch. Horse manure is the best kind of manure for composting because of the animals’ digestive tract as well as their diet. They are by definition “hind-gut fermenters,” which means the absorption of nutrients from their food doesn’t begin until the end of the digestive tract. This makes their waste higher in nutrient content. Also, the horses at the ranch are fed entirely pesticide- and herbicide-free grass.
Once we collected the horse manure, we put some aside in a compost pile, and we applied some directly to rows that are currently empty. Because of the high nutrient content, we went in with rakes and manually tried to break it down and mix it into the soil. If we were to try and plant directly into the manure without letting it sit, the plants could get burned from high levels of nitrogen and die. We have been watering the rows with the manure in it to speed up the break down, and hopefully when we go to plant in week or so, the soil will be more fertile and give our plants some extra nutrition.
Open to Opportunities: Grad student finds reward in her passion
by Megan Holmes
By expressing her opinions and taking a chance, Megan got an opportunity to expand her network and gather new insights. Well done!
I’m a Bobcat for life! I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in forensic psychology here at Texas State and I’m currently completing my master’s in agricultural education. My soul’s drive is to make an impact in the lives of high school students through agriculture.
One of the things I love most about Texas State are the dedicated professors. The professors here have a genuine interest in my personal success. Continue reading
Compassion knows no borders
by Audrey Webb
The Human-Environmental-Animal Team (H.E.A.T.) is a community service organization dedicated to humanitarian work, environmental conservation and animal welfare, all while focusing on positive activism. Rather than focusing on conventional sad statistics and depressing photos, H.E.A.T. aims to incorporate humor, art and creativity into projects to help solve real-world issues.
In September and October of 2011, Bastrop community members experienced tragic losses during the fires that swept the area. A Texas State student wanted to find a way to help. She found the opportunity through H.E.A.T., one of Texas State’s 360+ student organizations. Continue reading
Gear shifts: Alumna follows her heart and chases down a life-long dream
By Audrey Webb
If it’s got a motor and wheels, Brianne Corn will race on it.
A study abroad program changed Brianne Corn’s life in ways she had never intended. In her final semester at Texas State, Corn enrolled in two courses in Italy: Italian art history and street photography. At that point, her plan was to graduate, then travel to Greece to photograph the 2004 Summer Olympics. But after a daring drive up a mountain in a rental car, Corn steered her life in a whole new direction.
On a day off from class, Corn started racing Italian drivers up a curvy mountain road — “misbehaving,” she admits with a grin — and when she finally pulled over, her heart still racing, she had what she can only refer to as an epiphany, “literally in the shadow of a castle,” she recalls.
“I asked myself a question: ‘If you won the lottery, and money was no object, what would you do?’ My answer was that I would become a rally car driver,” says Corn.
She completed her degree — a B.S. in digital and photographic imagery with an art/design minor — ditched her plans for Greece and set out full throttle to fulfill a dream that had begun when she was growing up in Victoria, Texas. Continue reading
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Annual festival celebrates music
of Mexico, young performers
Texas State’s Mariachi Nueva Generación will perform at the Feria del Mariachi concert March 23.
By Audrey Webb
The origin of the word mariachi has been the source of some debate. Some linguists believe it comes from the French word mariage (marriage), while others claim its origin is in the name of the wood commonly used for dance floors in Mexican dance halls. If you want to know the true meaning of mariachi, we suggest you leave the lingo wrangling to the historians and just attend this weekend’s 14th annual Feria del Mariachi. Continue reading