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Coffee trouble brewing in the honors college

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An “existential coffee crisis” is brewing among those who rely on the honors college coffee shop for their daily dose of caffeine.

The coffee shop, housed in Lampasas Hall, provides free caffeine for the university’s faculty and students. The honors college recommends consumers make a donation of 50 cents per cup of coffee, said Heather Galloway, dean of the honors college.

Galloway said the 50-cent donation guideline has been in practice for a decade, but may now increase to 75 cents.

"The coffee is here to promote interaction in the honors college,” Galloway said. “We hope we can continue to be able to offer that."

Alkek turns 25

Students can look forward to a series of events hosted by the university this semester in celebration of Albert B. Alkek Library’s 25th anniversary, as well as renovations for the future.

Alkek staff will kick off the event-filled semester with the Book Pass Reenactment on Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. in the Quad. 

The event is intended to recreate the symbolic move that occurred on Alkek’s completion day when the library was moved from the JC Kellam building to the newly completed library in its current location, said Joan Heath, university librarian.

During the original book pass event in 1990, a human chain was formed from the third floor of the JC Kellam building to the top steps of the newly completed Alkek library, according to university archives.

Lower AP scores may be accepted under HB 1992

Future Bobcats may receive more college credit from Advanced Placement exam scores than before due to lower requirements implemented by new legislation passed by the 84th Texas Legislature.

House Bill 1992, passed this spring, grants higher education institutions the option to lower AP score requirements. According to the bill, the departments of universities and colleges will have the discretion to lower AP score requirements.

The House approved the bill April 16 and the Senate followed suit May 20. The bill became a law June 3, in time for the new school year. 

Eugene Bourgeois, provost and vice president of academic affairs, said the university’s departments have until Oct. 15 to decide whether or not they will change the AP score requirements.

Utility fee ordinance for city beautification under review

A proposal to implement an additional utility fee for citizens and business owners was made at the Sept. 1 city council meeting.

Amy Kirwin, coordinator for Keep San Marcos Beautiful, said the money collected through the fee would provide extra funding for environmental projects.

“Keep San Marcos Beautiful is a great program which helps manage environmentally friendly projects and helps coordinate countless cleanup initiatives in the city of San Marcos,” Kirwin said.

If approved by city council, the additional charge would be enforced starting next January. 

Kirwin said businesses would be required to pay $5 toward the bill while residents would only be charged $1 if the utility fee was implemented.

Acclaimed film director speaks at Distinguished Lecture series

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Students and faculty packed Evans Auditorium Wednesday evening to listen to critically acclaimed screenwriter, film director and producer Robert Rodriguez deliver a speech for the Lyndon Baines Johnson Distinguished Lecture series. 

Rodriguez’s lecture was the first in an LBJ speaker series as part of this year’s theme “Bridged Through Stories: Shared Heritage of the United States and Mexico, an Homage to Dr. Tomás Rivera.”

This year’s Common Experience was named after Tomás Rivera, Texas State alumnus of the class of 1958. Rivera was recognized nationally as an author of Chicano literature and served as an educator until his passing in 1984.

City council candidate Melissa Derrick visits College Democrats meeting

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Melissa Derrick, Place 6 city council candidate, attended Texas State’s College Democrats meeting on Wednesday evening.  

College Democrats formally endorsed Melissa Derrick unanimously. After eating pizza and distributing yard signs, Derrick took questions from students.

When asked how she will keep people in San Marcos with the issue of gentrification, Derrick pointed to jobs.

“We’ve got a regional economic development team working in conjunction with an incentives board,” Derrick said. “We’ve also got Amazon. The jobs have decent wages with benefits, which is something San Marcos is seriously lacking.”

Over 2,500 classified presidential daily briefs released from LBJ, JFK presidencies

The Central Intelligence Agency released over 2,500 highly classified daily briefs from the Johnson and Kennedy presidency Wednesday.

CIA Director John Brennan and other top national intelligence officials gathered at the LBJ Presidential Library at the University of Texas to release the collection of day-to-day summaries of intelligence and analysis. The presidential daily briefs (PDBs) addressed the national security issues from 1961-1969 under Texas State alumnus Lyndon B. Johnson’s and John F. Kennedy’s presidential terms.

“It is all here with the story of our time, with the bark off, ” Brennan said, quoting Johnson himself.

Unanimous interest among city council regarding hands-free ordinance council

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City council members expressed interest in passing a hands-free ordinance for San Marcos last night.

Chief of San Marcos Police Department Chase Stapp presented two models of the potential hands-free ordinance to city council at Tuesday’s meeting.

San Marcos is the only city on I-35 between San Antonio and Austin without an ordinance enforcing “hands-free “driving. Ordinances restricting phone use exist in nearby cities Austin, Buda, Kyle, Schertz and New Braunfels.

“To use a phone (while driving) is defined as any activity that requires you to have the device in your hand,” Stapp said.

City council candidates Scott Gregson, Melissa Derrick host joint meet and greet

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Supporters for city council candidates Melissa Derrick and Scott Gregson filled Café on the Square Monday evening for a joint meet and greet.

Scott Gregson, Place 5 candidate, and Melissa Derrick, Place 6 candidate, decided to host a joint meet and greet because they share similar visions regarding the future of San Marcos. 

“(Derrick) shares a number of the same ideas and visions of San Marcos to maintain the coolness," Gregson said.

Both candidates displayed passion for many of the same key issues said to be facing San Marcos, including incompatible housing, irresponsible development and a dynamic downtown economy.

“I’m certain we’ll have areas of disagreement, but definitely more agreements than disagreements,” Gregson said.

Texas' first lady presents at Central Texas Life Care Dedication Ceremony

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott spoke yesterday at Central Texas Life Care to commemorate the dedication of sonogram equipment to the institution. 

The donation of the new sonogram machine is expected to impact student life, as Central Texas Life Care clients are predominantly 18-to-25-year-old single females who are often enrolled at the university, said Cheri Martin, executive director at Central Texas Life Care.

The Knights of Columbus, a fraternal service organization, were the primary fundraisers for the donated equipment, said Brian McAuliffe, Knights of Columbus representative.

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