Mark A. Alvarez

Assistant professor, founder exhibits with artist collective

The ability to capture moments through a lens has been explored, practiced and perfected for more than a century, and now assistant professor Barry Stone has made his mark on the world of photography.

Stone’s work history includes his tenure as the Coordinator of the Department of Photography in the School of Art & Design and showcasing at the Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in New York City. He received the 2012 Artist of the Year honor from the Austin Visual Arts Association and will have an upcoming feature in “Zing Magazine.” However, his most prominent contribution is the founding of the artist collective, “Lakes Were Rivers.”

Originally, Stone set out to form the collective in 2008 as an outlet for supporting and critiquing photography.

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new memorial

People of all ages, races and occupations gathered Monday at the Hays County Courthouse to commemorate and acknowledge Martin Luther King, Jr. and break ground on a memorial to be built in his honor.

Participants marched from the courthouse to the intersection of LBJ Drive and MLK Street, the site where a memorial for King and Lyndon Baines Johnson will soon be placed.

A variety of speakers participated in the event, including a few of Texas State’s own political science instructors. They spoke about King’s message and what the statue is meant to commemorate, linking the ideals of Johnson and King together, which in turn reflects the crossroads of LBJ Drive and MLK Street.

Q&A: Ricardo Soliz

The officers of the Student Association for Campus Activities spend time each semester coming up with ways to entertain students. SACA is best known for its biggest events, Homecoming and Riverfest, but it also produces other programs for students to enjoy and has more planned for this spring. SACA President Ricardo Soliz spoke with The Star about the new semester and the organization’s plans for getting involved on campus.

MAA: What are some things Texas State students can look forward to this semester?

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