Many local groups focus on enjoying, protecting the Jewel of Central Texas
By Andrew Osegi
The natural beauty of San Marcos, Texas is one of the most compelling reasons why so many people love to visit and live here. Located on the Balcones Fault, where the Texas hill country meets the coastal plains, San Marcos is geographically primed for its natural springs and abundance of wildlife.
The San Marcos salamander’s only habitat is the San Marcos River. It is considered a threatened species.
The San Marcos River, what many residents consider to be the life source of the city, starts its journey at Spring Lake, bubbling up from the underground Edwards Aquifer. The aquifer is home to many endangered and threatened species; those found in the San Marcos area include the Texas blind salamander, Texas wild rice, the fountain darter, the San Marcos gambusia, the Comal Springs riffle beetle, the Comal Springs dryopid beetle, the Peck’s cave amphipod and the San Marcos salamander. Continue reading
Posted in Around Campus
Tagged Conservation, education, endangered species, Environment, local habitats, Nature, Texas endangered species, Texas State, Texas State University, visitors, Wildlife
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
Campus newspaper shines light, trains up-and-coming journalists
By Andrew E. Osegi
Tucked away in the cozy Trinity Building on the Texas State University campus, dedicated students write, manage and edit their way to success through journalism.
The Trinity Building on the Texas State campus is University Star headquarters.
The University Star covers happenings and issues on the Texas State campus and in the San Marcos community. Published every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the Star distributes approximately 8,000 copies in and around the San Marcos area to keep local citizens and students informed.
Founded in 1911, the Star’s mission since its inception has been to embody the voice of Texas State, a task that falls to the 120 student reporters, photographers, designers and members of the student editorial board who work together to produce the paper. Given the multitude of honors and awards the Star has received over the years, they accomplished their mission regularly. Continue reading
Posted in Around Campus, Spotlight: Excellence at Texas State, Students, Uncategorized
Tagged Andrew Osegi, Austin Humphreys, Beth Brown, Bob Bajackson, career, David Nolan, editing, Hollie O'Connor, journalism, Kym Fox, Photojournalism, San Marcos Texas, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, student media, student newspaper, student workers, Texas State, Texas State University, University Star
Bobcats build good will with
San Marcos residents
Bobcat Build is one of the largest student-run volunteer events in all of Texas.
By Audrey Webb
Every guest knows it’s common courtesy to say thank you to your host. That’s the basic premise behind Bobcat Build, an annual volunteer event that salutes the citizens of San Marcos for hosting the Bobcat family in their hometown.
Bobcat Build volunteers perform a variety of tasks based on requests made by San Marcos citizens. In last year’s event, approximately 3,400 students, staff and faculty members participated in a variety of 168 community-building activities, such as weeding a community garden to washing windows to painting a house to removing debris from a vacant lot. Continue reading
By Andrew Osegi ’13
Welcome to 2013, Bobcat Nation! On behalf of the university, I hope all students, new and returning, enjoyed the winter holiday.
Always be thinking ahead.
As we ring in the new year with the spring semester, now is the best time to thaw that lackadaisical frame of mind we’ve embraced over the break and set our eyes on the future.
In addition to the resolutions you may have set for yourself this year, here are five more every Texas State student should consider:
Learn to go global during International Education Month
Students from the International Studies Association hosted a multicultural food fair on campus.
By Andrew Osegi
Here at Texas State University, November is an exciting month. Not only are students looking forward to heading home for Thanksgiving break, but they also have an opportunity to engage with different cultures from around the world during International Education Month.
Similar to the federally sponsored International Education Week (held Nov. 12-16), International Education Month aims to connect diverse members of the Texas State community by educating students about the global nature of the world in which we live and work. Continue reading
Posted in Around Campus, Happenings, Students
Tagged IEW, International Education, International Education Month, International Education Week, International Students, International Studies, San Marcos Texas, Study Abroad, Texas State University
Renegade Roses make rugby
focus for friendship and fun
Renegade Roses is a Texas State student organization that supports the Renegade Rugby team.
By Karina Garcia ’14
Renegade Roses is a student organization at Texas State University composed of a diverse, fun-loving group of women who enjoy supporting the Texas State Renegade Rugby team and staying involved in the community. Established in 2005, the group attends both home and away rugby games, participates in community service events, stays involved on campus and requires mandatory study hours. Continue reading
Posted in Around Campus, Students, Texas State Voices, Uncategorized
Tagged Bobcat Build, Cat Crew, college clubs, community service, Feast of Sharing, Renegade Roses, rugby, San Marcos Texas, Student organizations, Texas State, Texas State University