Denise Cathey | Assistant Photo Editor

Beyond the game: Chelsie Decoud, freshman jumper

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Chelsie Decoud, freshman jumper, never had a chance to make long-lasting friendships like the ones she saw at school.

Decoud had to move from New Orleans during the fourth grade due to Hurricane Katrina. 

"Sometimes I see people post pictures of them and their friends from when they were younger and now," Decoud said, "I'd say I wish I was able to do that.” 

Her family moved in with an uncle in Mississippi, then to a shelter home in Arkansas before finally settling down in Houston. 

"I'm not used to being alone, but I'm used to adapting," Decoud said. "When I got here, it was easy for me to make friends, but at the same time if I'm not around anyone, it's like I'm also OK."  

SMNC butterfly house educates visitors about native species care, life cycles

The days get warmer and the grass grows greener as April signals the welcoming season for San Marcos butterflies.

Officials with the San Marcos Nature Center (SMNC) hosted Saturday the sixth season opener for their butterfly house.

Melani Howard, habitat conservation plan manager, said the butterfly house began as an idea to fill a void in San Marcos.

“The Nature Center at the time really didn’t have many exhibits,” Howard said. “I was inspired by San Antonio Zoo’s butterfly house, so we asked the council for money, they approved it and we built it.”

The exhibit was built with less than $5,000, but Howard said it has developed into a prosperous feature for SMNC.

Bobcats win on Sara Rupp walk-off

After a week without a game, the Texas State softball team had to shake off some rust in its 5-4 extra-innings win against the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders.

Texas State scored four runs in the first five innings of the game. The Bobcats held the Islanders to no runs in that stretch.

That changed in the bottom of the sixth inning when Brittney Morse, Islander sophomore designated player, hit a grand slam over the center field wall that tied the game at four.

The game went into extra innings after a scoreless seventh inning.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Sara Rupp, freshman catcher, hit her first career walk-off home run over the left field wall.

Concert series finale showcases faculty

Music buffs, students, faculty and staff gathered Tuesday to listen to the musical workings of Texas State jazz artists.

The performance by the Texas State Jazz Artists Septet was the final event of the International Concert Series presented by the School of Music. This event was held in the Performing Arts Center.

Washington García, associate professor of piano and assistant director of the School of Music, said he is the founder and artistic director of the International Concert Series. García said the series is intended to expose the community to new styles of music and support the school.

Bobcats burned in 13-3 loss to Ragin’ Cajuns

Wyatt Marks, Ragin’ Cajuns freshman pitcher, struck out 11 batters in Louisiana-Lafayette’s 13-3 win over the Texas State baseball team.

Marks, making his second career start, outplayed Jeremy Hallonquist, junior pitcher, who allowed eight unearned runs in his four-inning stint. Hallonquist’s previous season-high in unearned runs was three.

Marks pitched 5.1 innings to improve his season record to 4-0.

Assistant Coach Jeremy Fikac started Hallonquist because his sinker does not typically induce home runs. However, the Ragin’ Cajuns hit four home runs, bringing Hallonquist’s season total to seven.

San Marcos, TxDOT proceed with construction projects

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Some road projects in San Marcos are ahead of schedule, but others have fallen behind due to unforeseen delays.

Shaun Condor, engineering manager for Engineering & Capital Improvements, oversees projects on North LBJ Drive and State Highway 123 (SH-123).  He said the LBJ Drive construction project has been delayed, while the city’s section of SH-123 is moving ahead of schedule. Chris Bishop, public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), said the TxDOT side of the project will not be completed for two years.

Condor said LBJ Drive will be completed sometime this summer. The project was originally scheduled to be finished last March.

Renowned pianist delights crowd with familiar scores

Students, faculty and the San Marcos community came together April 12 to hear familiar songs performed in a new way.

The Texas State School of Music hosted Simone Pedroni in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall as part of the Guest Artist Series.

Pedroni performed some of the works of composer John Williams, including the Star Trek and Harry Potter film scores. Pedroni incorporated compositions by Nino Rota and Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

Jason Kwak, associate professor in the School of Music, said the familiarity of the works made the performance inviting for audience members.

Percussion ensemble showcases unique instruments

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Members of the Percussion Ensemble and Panorama Steel Band showcased their talents in an end-of-the-year performance April 13 through April 15 in Evans Auditorium.

Genaro Gonzalez, professor in the School of Music and percussion coordinator, said students developed the performance pieces throughout the semester.

There were two performances separated by an intermission: one by a percussion ensemble and another by the Panorama Steel Band.

Gonzalez said the percussion ensemble features eight students, primarily music majors, ranging from freshmen to seniors.

“The percussion ensemble plays a lot of different instruments,” Gonzalez said. “They play the marimbas, xylophones, battery percussion instruments, including tambourines and symbols, and a drum set.”

San Marcos concert series promotes community

San Marcos Plaza Park kicked off its Keep San Marcos Beautiful Spring Concert Series April 9 with The Spazmatics, an Austin-based ‘80s cover band.

The Keep San Marcos Beautiful Spring Concert Series is used to promote litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification, said Amy Kirwin, solid waste program coordinator.

"We're hoping to teach kids and their parents how to be more sustainable about law and energy conservation and environmental stewardship," Kirwin said.

During the intermission, audience members were asked to participate in an environmental quiz to promote awareness.

Fashion show raises cancer awareness

The Cancer Advocacy Movement for Colleges and Outreach (CAMCO) Organization and Fashion Nation teamed up to host the fourth annual Boxer Night and Fashion Show Wednesday in the LBJ Ballroom.

The opening reception began at 6 p.m. with proceeding events starting at 7 p.m.

The Boxer Night and Fashion Show was an awareness event for testicular cancer. The night consisted of guest speakers, a performance from campus hip-hop team Harambee and two fashion shows.

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