Emmanuel Ramirez

Students should be watchful, ready to call UPD

Texas State students spend their days juggling academics, jobs, internships and social lives. Between cramming for exams and planning trips to The Square, forgetting to factor safety into the equation is fairly easy.

Bus route changes should be made permanent

Although the newly rerouted Bobcat Tram stops are temporarily relieving many frustrations for students, transportation services officials should develop plans to keep several of the routes permanently diverted away from The Quad.

Officials deserve praise for putting safety first in busing changes

In the interest of student safety and operational efficiency, transportation services officials should be commended for their plans to reroute buses beginning April 8 away from Sessom Drive to Woods Street.

Students must educate themselves on upcoming legislation

Numerous bills are being filed this legislative session that will greatly affect the future of higher education, including Texas State. Whether they debate concealed carry or funding veteran programs, it is important state representatives keep the best interest of the universities in mind.

University attempt to “go green” will inconvenience students

The misguided decision to convert Bobcat Trail into green space highlights the misconnection between student needs and university goals.

Bobcat Trail will be converted into green space as part of a redevelopment project, according to a March 6 University Star article. The road, which runs perpendicular to LBJ Drive and Edward Gary Street, will see a $5.4 million renovation that will include underground reconstruction and the creation of a mall area.

University fails to accomodate students in multiple areas

Amid Texas State’s recent reclassification as an Emerging Research Institution, rapid changes should be taking place to improve the university’s overall prestige, operations and services to students. However, the editorial board believes Texas State is failing to serve its students at acceptable levels in multiple areas including growth management, transportation, university and community relations and transparency.

City of San Marcos needs to heed Freedom of Information Act

 

Although San Marcos takes pride in government transparency, documents that are lawfully open to the public are being kept behind closed, ambiguous doors.

An Austin man was stabbed and killed at a Feb. 3 party on Allen Street, according to a Feb. 7 University Star article. A University Star reporter filed an open records request Feb. 11 for the arrest affidavit of the murder suspect and the search warrant of the house where the crime took place.

Athletics needs more marketing, promotion to gain student support

Student involvement in athletic events is not growing fast enough, and the athletics department needs to explore new and creative ways to help that initiative.

Texas State’s athletics program is gaining support, not only with record donations to the Bobcat Club, but with rising ticket sales across the board. However, one issue still facing the athletics department is getting students more involved in the growing process.

Official name change will boost university prestige

Texas State and San Marcos are firmly interconnected, but keeping the city’s name tacked onto the university’s title can only hinder its growing national recognition.

Sensitive areas must be avoided in future development plans

Though it is unclear if the construction of an apartment complex over a controversial tract of land has been shelved for environmental or business reasons, it is a win for San Marcos either way.

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