Mariah Simank

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For the undecided major

Texas State will host its 7th annual Majors Fair Sept. 23 from 12 p.m.-3:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. The event gives undergrads the opportunity to speak with faculty, staff and other students about the different degree programs the university has to offer.  The event is free and open to students with a valid Texas State ID.

For the literature fan

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For the Film Buff

Robert Rodriguez is set to deliver the LBJ Distinguished Lecture at Evans Auditorium on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. Rodriguez is an accomplished director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor and musician. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of El Rey Network, a new English-language cable network. The event is free and open to the public.


For the Water Adventurer

San Marcos City Park will host the Junior Texas Water Safari Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. The 16-mile water journey is an opportunity for canoeists and kayakers to perfect their abilities before the main Texas Water Safari event taking place next June. For more information, visit

Q&A with Emily Leon, Multicultural Greek Council vice president of public relations

Not all students are aware their Greek options extend beyond the two largest councils on campus.

The University Star sat down with Emily Leon, Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) vice president of public relations and management senior, to learn about the organization’s unique approach to Greek life.

Mariah Simank: How long have you served as vice president of public relations?

Emily Leon: I was elected in May. The guy before me who had the chair graduated. So I took over midterm, and our elections are in November. I'm just serving the partial term, kind of like a sit-in. After November I can run for reelection, but we'll see.

Q&A with Sophia Campos, Panhellenic Council president

Many people appreciate Greek life, but few stop to ask themselves who is working behind the scenes to make things run so smoothly.

The University Star sat down with Sophia Campos, Panhellenic Council president and electronic media senior, to discuss fall recruitment and everything that comes after.

Mariah Simank: How long have you served as president?

Sophia Campos: I've served as president since the spring of my junior year. I just started my senior year, so my term started in January and then it ends December. We do elections in November, and then the new president will start in January.

MS: How would you say your term is going so far?

Q&A with Chris Pringle, Interfraternity Council president

Many students at Texas State join Greek Life as a way to better their community and foster friendships that last long after they walk across the stage.

The University Star had the opportunity to sit down with Chris Pringle, Interfraternity Council (IFC) president and management junior, to discuss his term and the future of the council’s 14 fraternities.

Mariah Simank: How long have you served as president?

Chris Pringle: I've been president for a year now. Elections are every year around November and are based on candidates who meet certain qualifications. We look for candidates who are trying to extend the Greek community.

MS: How would you say your term is going so far?

Picks of the Week

For the literature enthusiast

The department of English will kick off their MFA Student Reading Series on Sept. 1 from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Students and faculty can enjoy light refreshments while listening to graduate students in the MFA Creative Writing Program recite some of their nonfiction, fiction and poetry pieces.

For the traveler

Four concerts to attend this week for under $15

For the Texas country fan

Kyle Park will take the stage Sept. 2nd at The Marc to celebrate the venue’s two-year anniversary. Doors for the event will open at 7 p.m. and the Texas country singer will perform with his full band later in the evening. Early-bird tickets are $10 and can be purchased on The Marc’s website.


For the Alternative Country Supporter

Cody Canada & Willy Braun will perform live at Cheatham Street Warehouse Sept. 4th at 10:30 p.m. Doors to the 18-and-over event open at 8 p.m., and advanced tickets can be purchased for $12 on the ticket section of Cheatham Street’s website.


For the free music fanatic

Three-day festival brings music, tubing to San Marcos

Unicorns could be seen floating at Cool River Ranch this weekend. 

San Martians came in troves, equipped with inflatable unicorn inner tubes and beach balls Aug. 28-30 for the second annual Float Fest event.

The festival featured a unique vibe and unforgettable performances across two stages and three days. Festivalgoers listened to artists such as Local Natives, Ghostland Observatory and Phantogram.

Each day of the festival showcased very different genres of music.

Friday’s lineup highlighted mostly indie rock artists whose performances seemed to be a carefree representation of what many of the musical artists abilities.

Q&A with The Digital Wild at Float Fest

The Digital Wild brought a cool mix of indie rock and trip hop to their performance during the second day of Float Fest.

Chantell Moody, singer; Chelsea Seth Woodward, singer and guitar player, Casey Myers, auxiliary percussion, Michael Wisdom, drummer, and James Blair, synth keyboard and guitar player, sat down with The University Star to discuss their performance.


Simank: How do you guys think the show was overall?

Woodward: Today I think it was really good. When it’s so hot out like it was today I find that it slows everything down a little bit and kind of makes it dreamy. At least to me it feels like you are kind of soaking in it a bit.

Float Fest 2015: Friday Recap

Festival attendees floated 2 and a half miles to Cool River Ranch August 28 to attend the first day of Float Fest.

The day was filled with an eclectic lineup that ranged from indie rock to future disco performed by new and well-known artists.

Sons of Stan fans began to trickle in for their 4:15 p.m. show, but it seemed like most people chose to stay at the river until much later.

Walker Lukens and his accompanying band The Side Arms were up next for a set that consumed audience members with its whimsical groove.

Festivalgoers dressed casually in t-shirts, bathing suits and the occasional flower crown began returning from the river in bigger crowds just in time for The Eastern Sea.


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