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Study Tips: Preparing for Thanksgiving

Even after you sleep off the tryptophan, your homework will still be waiting for you. Plan now so you can wake up without worry!

Tryptophan-induced naps won’t make your homework disappear. Plan now so you can wake up without worry!

Holiday helper: Plan now for a relaxing Thanksgiving break

by Texas State SLAC

The days are getting shorter but your to-do list is getting longer. You might be tempted to put your class work off until after Thanksgiving because you don’t want to be doing homework while family and friends are visiting, eating turkey, then sleeping off the tryptophan! But by putting off your studies, you could find yourself neck deep in homework — and facing lowered motivation because the semester is almost over. Not to mention that you’ll have finals to study for (sorry, we had to bring that up!). Here is a better course of action. Continue reading

Holidays: Valentine’s Day

Roses are red, violets are blue — celebrate Feb. 14 with trivia too!

"Ruff ruff" means "I love you."

According to reports, consumers spend $650 million annually on Valentine’s Day. While Feb. 14 is one of the most consumer-driven days of the year — filled with candy, chocolates, flowers and more — it all centers around that elusive human emotion, love.

Valentine’s Day is the premier time to show affection for those most special and dear; however, it wasn’t always that way. The holiday’s namesake dates all the way back to the third century when St. Valentine,  a priest who performed secret marriages in defiance of Roman Emperor Claudius II, was executed for treason on Feb. 14.

Although many people attribute the evolution of Valentine’s Day to Hallmark, there’s a mass of little-known facts behind this heartfelt holiday. Brush up on your trivia (to impress that special someone, perhaps?) below:

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Holidays: New Year’s Eve Trivia

It’s almost time: Bring in 2012
with New Year’s trivia … and cats

It’s the end of another year, and it’s time to celebrate! As one of the year’s most festive holidays, New Year’s is an age-old tradition which gathers friends, family, neighbors and even perfect strangers to ring in new beginnings.

It’s a time where resolutions fly with the confetti and memories of the year are shared, in both its trials and successes, with hopes to start anew.

The holiday has its origin among the ancient Babylonians, who are said to have started the tradition of resolutions — returning all possessions which had been borrowed throughout the year — some 4,000 years ago. Continue reading

Holidays: Bobcat Cookie Recipes

Satisfy your holiday sweet tooth
with favorites from fellow Bobcats

cookies on cooling rack

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Cookies

Nothing makes a holiday homecoming feel cozier than fresh-baked cookies. Whether you’re welcoming a recent graduate back from San Marcos or hosting multiple generations of Bobcats for a family feast, these recipes are sure to elicit one steadfast response: EAT ‘EM UP, CATS!

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Holidays: Winter Solstice 2011

It’s the shortest day of the year:
Be glad you’re done with finals

Thursday, Dec. 22, is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of winter. Technically, the solstice occurs at the exact moment when the Earth’s tilt is furthest from the sun, but since you may be scrambling to complete other holiday tasks, it’ll feel short on time the whole day.

Throughout history, cultures have taken note of this day and marked it with a range of ceremonies, rituals and celebrations. Here’s a sampling:

Brumalia: An ancient Roman festival honoring Bacchus, featuring mirth and merriment. The name is derived from the Latin word bruma, meaning “shortest day” or “winter solstice.”

The Extreme of Winter: A festival marked by a number of East Asian cultures, based on the the yin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos.

Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun): An Incan religious ceremony in honor of the sun god Inti. It also marked the winter solstice and a new year in the Andes.

Lá an Dreoilín (Wren Day): Crowds of people, called wrenboys, take to the roads in various parts of Ireland, dressed in motley clothing, wearing masks or straw suits and accompanied by musicians, supposedly in remembrance of a festival celebrated by the Druids.

Midwinter: In research stations throughout Antarctica, Midwinter is widely celebrated as a way to mark the fact that the people who winter-over just went through half their turn of duty.

Shab-e Chelleh: An Iranian holiday celebrated on the eve of the first day of winter in the Persian calendar, which always falls on the solstice.

Sanghamitta: A celebration to honor of the Buddhist nun who brought a branch of the Bodhi tree to Sri Lanka, where it has flourished for more than 2,000 years.

Soyalangwul: A ritual of the Zuni and Hopi Indians to the ceremonially bring the sun back from its long winter slumber.

Holidays: Hill Country Youth Chorus

Youth singers to perform
Christmas favorites and more

By Mary Kincy

A photo of the Hill Country Youth Chorus performing.

The Hill Country Youth Chorus in a past holiday performance.

The Hill Country Youth Chorus is preparing to sing in the holiday season in a concert at Texas State’s Evans Auditorium.

The event, themed “Jingle Bells: A Season of Celebration,” will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 in Evans Auditorium at Texas State. Admission — including admittance to a faculty BrassWorks performance of carols in the lobby beginning at 6 and a reception hosted by Sigma Alpha Iota to follow the main performance — is free. Continue reading

Happenings: Holiday Season at Texas State

Bobcats bake up holiday spirit in Gingerbread House Contest

By Catherine Harper

Each holiday season, Bobcats gather to deck the halls with boughs of holly, tinsel and gingerbread — houses, that is. Starting Monday, Nov. 28, through Thursday, Dec. 1, Texas State’s University Bookstore will host the 10th annual Gingerbread House Contest to fire up the holiday spirit among students, faculty and the community.

The Gingerbread House Contest starts off the season of festive events at Texas State, leading up to the University Bookstore’s Holiday Open House on Thursday, Dec. 1.

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