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
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Finals: How to prepare
without going to extremes
By Andrew Osegi (@AEOsegi)
Alkek Library: Your home away from home.
It’s that special time of year again! As the 2012 fall semester winds down, Texas State students are gearing up for their biggest academic challenge: finals week.
Indeed, the quest for a stellar final grade will push many students to extremes, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If students take advantage of their time and resources, finals can be one of the smoothest weeks of the year.
The following tips were collected to help Texas State students shine light into the looming shadow of finals week so they can finish the semester strong.
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Being a Bobcat: Essential Tips for a GREAT Texas State Experience
The Rising Star of Texas
By Andrew Osegi
To the incoming freshman, the transfer student, the misinformed undergrad or the curious prospect, Texas State University can be a maze of hills, stairs, majors and student orgs. To help you navigate that maze, you need some essential insider knowledge.
With input from a few fellow students, I’ve compiled the following tips to help you make the most of your Texas State experience. These secrets can greatly impact your time at Texas State. Remember them, and you’ll do just fine. Continue reading
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‘La Bella Vida’ talks beauty of
Texas State life on YouTube
By Catherine Harper
Cristina Ochoa, electronic media senior, is a former executive producer and co-host of "La Bella Vida."
For the past three years, Texas State electronic media student Cristina Ochoa says she’s been taking care of her “baby” — a student-run television show called “La Bella Vida.”
“The show has saved me and it’s been my joy,” Ochoa says. “It has a special place in my heart because it’s helped me so much as a Texas State student.”
“La Bella Vida” — which means “The Beautiful Life” in Spanish — is currently in its seventh semester on-air as a variety talk show directed toward Texas State students. The show is posted on YouTube every Wednesday night.
As a former executive producer and co-host on the show, Ochoa’s vision for the show has been to impact current and future Texas State audiences.
“We try to be the voice of Texas State,” Ochoa says. “The show appeals to the perspective of what a Texas State student would want to hear and what they do.” Continue reading
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From Texas State studies to star studios, Heiman shines onscreen
By Catherine Harper
What do movie stars Kirsten Dunst, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Lynch and Will Ferrell all have in common? Jesse Heiman, a Texas State graduate and one of the most ubiquitous extras in Hollywood, has taken the stage behind these actors and more in both television and films.
Having graduated from Texas State in 2000 with a degree in English and mass communication, Heiman has climbed the ladder from his childhood dream of acting to stardom with appearances in more than 56 films and television shows throughout his career.
He shared his thoughts about his time at Texas State and his career in a recent interview with the author. Continue reading
Adams founded campus newspaper,
led family-owned business
Fred W. Adams
By Britney Munguia
While attending what was known at the time as Southwest Texas Normal College in 1911, Fred W. Adams established Texas State University’s campus newspaper.
The Normal Star, as it was dubbed, was first published in February of 1911.
In an interview in 1986, Adams said the first copies of the Normal Star were printed on the same hand press used by Adams Extract Co., his family’s Austin-based business.
Like the university, the newspaper has gone through several name changes — it was the Normal Star, College Star and Daily Star before it became the University Star.
Later in life, Adams became president and chairman of Adams Extract, which was founded by his father, John Adams, in 1888.
Fred Adams was honored with the Texas State Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Alumni Association in 1973.
University Star’s Andrew Goodwin Nominated for Lone Star Emmy
Andrew Goodwin, a Texas State mass communication major and the assistant multimedia editor for the University Star, was nominated for a Lone Star Emmy in Student Production for his video “Freestyle Lyrics of Fury.” He attended the Lone Star Emmy awards ceremony in Dallas Oct. 16.
Goodwin’s other works include numerous videos for the Star and the independent film Dead End, which won three awards at the San Antonio 48-Hour Film Project. Dead End also will be shown at the Rockport Film Festival in Rockport, Texas, on Nov. 5. You can view more of Andrew’s work on his blog, 7Daily.