Lara Shine

Students must embrace school spirit events

Homecoming week is upon us, and students should make an effort to be involved in the week’s events in addition to attending the football game. Among busy class schedules, extracurricular activities and job schedules, Homecoming is the one week of the year the entire campus is united for a single cause—school spirit.

Venues on The Square should allow all patrons over 18

It is time more venues on and around The Square cater to the 18-20 age group.

San Marcos has a large untapped population of underage students who have a limited number of nightlife locations to frequent. Bars and pubs around The Square like Zelicks, Taproom Pub & Grill, Sean Patrick’s and Showdown are popular hotspots that offer a 21 and up environment after a designated hour each night. Part of the reason these businesses are so successful is because they are able to glean thousands of dollars in alcohol sales from older residents and students each night.

Docking financial aid based on attendance makes for unfair policy

The implementation of a new policy regulating financial aid based on attendance is illogical and could result in unfair reductions to student grant money.

According to a Sept. 12 University Star article, Pell Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant and TEACH Grant recipients who do not attend classes they are enrolled in and receiving aid for may have their grants docked accordingly. If students are recorded as “absent” in a course on the 12th class day, they will now be assumed to have not attended class at all, and will have aid partially withdrawn.

Alcohol could boost gameday revenues

Texas State athletics officials are searching for new ways to increase attendance at football games, and the answer appears to be relatively simple—selling alcohol at Bobcat Stadium.

It is a new season, the football team is shaping up to be better than ever and the first games of the season are sure to attract more fans than ever before. However, university officials should not stop there. One way to fill the stadium to capacity with Bobcat fans every home game would be to sell alcohol at the event.

New TMT tenants need diverse business plan

As a new business prepares to open in the venue formerly known as Texas Music Theater, its owners must find ways to appeal to the city’s eclectic student and resident audiences to have a lasting presence.

Texas Music Theater will no longer exist in its current state on The Square, according to an Aug. 29 University Star article. Omar Dawoud, a business senior, and his father Mike Dawoud, owner of Café on The Square, will transform TMT into a dance club called The Marc with a variety of music, live show entertainment and rentable event space, according to the article.

Smoking ordinance potentially unfair

A city ordinance proposed to ban smoking in the “public places” of San Marcos would be a step backward for the local economy and an unnecessary affront to property rights of business owners.

Delayed apartment complexes handling situation poorly

Three new apartment complexes in San Marcos expected to open this summer in time for the fall 2013 semester were delayed for construction issues, leaving many students unfairly inconvenienced and displaced.

Although the complex owners and operators of The Avenue at San Marcos, Vistas San Marcos and Millennium on Post should not necessarily have to take full blame for the delays, they are at fault for poorly handling student lease contracts.

Changes must occur to increase support for Bobcat athletics

A Texas State administrator recently shared exactly what was on his mind when The University Star asked for his feedback. In his past two Q&As with the Star, Athletic Director Larry Teis did not sugarcoat his opinion when he made it clear that improving fan attendance at football games is a crucial part of the Bobcats’ move to the Sun Belt.

Alternative transportation must be implemented

The time has come to finally address and reinstate an alternative-transportation service at Texas State.

The Students with Alternative Transportation program was first put into action in 2000 and received $18,500 in student service fees for operations each year it ran, according to a Sept. 29, 2009 University Star article. The S.W.A.T. safe-ride program was dismantled in fall 2009 to reallocate funds toward research efforts within the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center on campus.

PFW change will save students’ money, time

Students can finally spend their money and time taking more pertinent university classes when the physical fitness and wellness requirements are knocked out of the general core curriculum beginning fall 2014.

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