Tayler Chambless

Texas State, Sam Houston policies protect gender identity

The Texas State University System has implemented an institution-wide sexual misconduct policy, but Texas State and Sam Houston State are the only universities to address gender identity and gender expression in their discrimination and harassment policies so far.

The Texas State University System Board of Regents approved the sexual misconduct policy Aug. 29 that affects all TSUS universities. Gender identity is not explicitly mentioned in the sexual misconduct policy because the policy is meant to apply to any student or faculty member regardless of sexual orientation, said Mike Wintemute, associate vice chancellor for Governmental Relations and director of Communications.

Loop 82 overpass construction to begin January 2015

To improve the flow of traffic, the City of San Marcos will begin construction on a new overpass over Aquarena Springs Drive.

The new Loop 82 project will begin early Jan. 2015 and take approximately two and a half years to complete, said Kelli Reyna, TxDOT public information officer. Located at the intersection of IH-35 and Aquarena Springs Drive, the project will construct a bridge over the railroad tracks to alleviate traffic congestion.

The purpose of the proposed project is to increase area mobility and safety by providing a way for traffic to travel along State Highway Loop 82 within the city without the current interruptions caused by numerous train crossings, according to the city’s website.

Falls, Sayers halls open to students

Named after two members of the first faculty at the university, Falls and Sayers Residence Halls opened this August to connect the growing population of incoming freshman and introduce new features to on-campus living.

Elizabeth Falls and Jessie Sayers were both early faculty members at the university who had previous residence halls named after them. The original Falls Hall was demolished to construct the new Performing Arts Center in 2012, and the original Sayers Hall was also torn down, said Rosanne Proite, director of Housing and Residential Life.

Sayers wrote the lyrics to the Texas State Alma Mater, according to the Department of Housing and Residential Life and the Dedication Ceremony booklet.

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