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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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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick Wasn’t Irish?!

On March 17, people of all backgrounds will honor the Irish, celebrating with parades, feasts, green attire and good cheer. Originating in Ireland as a religious holiday, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a worldwide celebration.

Many people are not aware, however, that St. Patrick wasn’t actually Irish, but a Roman-Briton missionary born in England. He didn’t have an easy life; he was abducted by Irish brigands at the young age of 16 and sold into slavery. Escaping six years later, Patrick had the notion that he would preach Christianity to the Irish, and did exactly that for roughly 30 years.

He died on March 17, A.D. 461, which became recognized as St. Patrick’s Day.

A few facts about the green holiday:

♣ The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City in 1762. Irish soldiers serving in the U.S. Revolutionary War marched to reconnect with their Irish roots.

♣ The color originally associated with St. Patrick’s Day was blue, but switched to green in the 19th century.

♣ More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States. New York City and Boston hold the largest celebrations.

♣ The Chicago River is dyed green for the occasion with a special dye that only lasts a few hours. Click here to watch a stop motion video of the transformation by Anthony Stewart.

♣ The shamrock, which was also called the “seamroy” by the Celts, was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring.

♣ The original Irish name for the leprechaun of folklore is “lobaircin,” meaning “small-bodied fellow.”

Holidays: A Meowy Christmas, and More

Need a stress-reducer? How
about singing cats, dogs or Muppets

In honor of the season, and to get your minds off those finals for a few minutes, we present our holiday all-stars from YouTube: Assorted singing animals, a wacky Muppet and a dance number from “Mean Girls.”

Here’s one to remind you of that favorite absent-minded professor:

Click here for the complete playlist from the Texas State YouTube page.

Holidays: District 45 Ornament

Metals Guild students create ornament for state capitol using native inspiration

Joined by faculty from the School of Art and Design and members of the Metals Guild, President Denise Trauth displays the District 45 ornament.

The Texas State University Metals Guild, comprised of students from the School of Art and Design, was selected to create the 2010 Christmas ornament for Texas House of Representatives District 45. The ornament was presented to President Denise Trauth on Nov. 8 and is now hanging on the Christmas tree at the Capitol in Austin.

“It feels amazing to be able to represent our district, and especially to be able to represent Texas State University,” says Hannah Wilson, a communication design major from San Marcos who worked on the ornament.

The form of the ornament is a tiered sphere created in sterling silver and brass. In the spirit of representing the character of the district, the students used the colorful wildflowers and blossoms of the Texas Hill Country as inspiration for this unique artwork.

District 45 includes the majority of Hays, Caldwell and Blanco Counties. In the ornament, a different flower represents each county. Hays County is represented by the vibrant maroon and gold Indian Blanket (gaillardia pulchlla), which is the official flower of Texas State University. Caldwell County is represented by the watermelon plant’s (Citrullus lanatus) bright yellow blossom. Watermelons are a local favorite and part of the annual Luling Watermelon Thump, now entering its 58th year. Blanco County, represented by the lavender bloom (lavandula spica), is home to the annual Blanco Lavender Festival.

“It was very intense but also very fun to collaborate with everyone in the Metals Guild,” says Sonia Elisa Martinez, president of the Metals Guild and a studio art major from San Antonio. “We had many different concepts and ideas to go off of, and we just went from there.”

According to Austin Roach, a communication design and fine art major from Katy, the project took two weeks to complete.

“It would have taken longer but we broke up the projects,” he says, with multiple students working on the piece at the same time. “It was a complete group effort.”

Other students who worked on the ornament include: Mary Ann Dix, Jason Polasek, Michael O’Neill, Anthony Villanacci, Alyssa Wilson, Adam Grant, Stephanie Leung, Paige Wright, Jennifer Rivas, David Davis, Robert Clawson and Trey Dresner.