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Austin Fashion Week creates opportunities for small businesses

Fashion gurus from across the globe gathered to experience what the up-and-coming designers of Austin had to offer this past weekend at the seventh annual Austin Fashion Week (AFW).

The event was held April 10-18 at the Austin Music Hall.

Matt Swinney, founder of AFW, said the event gives designers a chance to showcase their work. 

“Austin Fashion Week is really a celebration of independent fashion designers,” Swinney said. “It’s about giving young designers a really amazing, highly produced platform to put their brands in the most positive light we can possibly provide.”

Swinney said the event was necessary to show off Austin’s creative talents.

Bobcats fall to 0-2 after loss to UC-Davis

The Texas State baseball team has not lost the first two games of the season since 2006.

For the time being, Assistant Coach Jeremy Fikac is focusing on process over results. 

The Bobcats, picked second in the Sun Belt Conference preseason poll, lost 5-2 to UC-Davis for their second consecutive loss.

“It’s baseball,” Fikac said. “Once we get this thing put together, we still believe in this team. We are gonna win a lot of games. We’ve stubbed our toe in the first two. Not that big of a deal. There’s a lot of games left.”

Scott Grist, senior pitcher, made his season debut after underdoing Tommy John Surgery last year. Grist allowed three earned runs in 7.2 innings, along with five strikeouts and a walk. 

Bobcats lose first game of season to Pittsburgh

Coach Ricci Woodard knew that the fourth game of this weekend’s tournament was going to be a grind.

“This isn’t high school ball," Woodard said. "This isn’t club ball. You’re playing a full seven innings and you’re playing back to-back. We were here late last night grinding it out, and we had to get right back up again this morning."

This statement could not have been truer as the Texas State softball team lost in the second game of Saturday’s double header to Pittsburgh 11-6, resulting in the team’s first loss of the season.

Texas State to face Ragin' Cajun defense at home

Coach Zenarae Antoine’s philosophy this year focuses on the defensive end, where the Texas State women’s basketball team ranks fourth in the Sun Belt Conference.

The ranking notwithstanding, Antoine’s defense has not reached her expectations.

“I feel like we are getting better, but we are still not where we need to be,” Antoine said.

The Bobcats’ next opponent, Louisiana-Lafayette, is one of the three teams ahead of them in defense. The Ragin’ Cajuns allow 57.7 points per game and force a conference-high 21.4 turnovers on average each matchup.

Antoine said Louisiana-Lafayette excels on creating turnovers by being physical and active in passing. The team’s aggression compensates for its height disadvantage.

Consistently falling gas prices benefit San Marcos


Gas prices have been falling for two months, helping commuters and students living on campus save money.

The lower gas prices can be attributed to several factors, said Joni Charles, associate professor of finance and economics. Causes include new technology like hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, increased domestic production of petroleum that coincides with decreasing reliance on production in politically unstable countries and reduced global demand.

Bobcats defeat Appalachian State at home

Coach Zenarae Antoine said the Texas State women’s basketball team’s 67-58 win against Appalachian State defined the character of her players.

Wins like this put the Bobcats in a position to realize their preseason goal—a conference championship, Antoine said.

Texas State is third in the Sun Belt Conference and on a three-game winning streak.

“These are the teams you need to truly be able to compete with and put away,” Antoine said. “This team just finds a way. If they put forth the effort, they are generally gonna come out victorious.”

Appalachian State was down three points with one minute remaining. The Mountaineers needed to create turnover or get a rebound after a Texas State miss.

The Bobcats scored the next six points to seal the victory.

Bobcats extend winning streak to three games

The Texas State women's basketball team had the ball and the lead, 61-58, with one minute remaining in regulation.

Appalachian State’s only hope was to cause a turnover or get a rebound after a Texas State miss.

Texas State ended the game on a 6-0 run as the Bobcats walked away with a 67-58 victory. The Bobcats are now 7-3 in conference play.

Taeler Deer, freshman guard, scored a career-high 23 points in 29 minutes off the bench. Deer made eight of 12 shot attempts and she made all three of her three-point attempts.

“I always knew the kid could score," Coach Zenarae Antoine said. "She can score in buckets. It’s just a matter of time for her understanding what we need from her to be able to step up.”

Women's basketball 'survived' in win over Georgia Southern

In her own words, Coach Zenarae Antoine was "tired of seeing the same thing over and over."

She was referring to the defensive end, where the Texas State women's basketball team allowed Georgia Southern to make 39 percent of their shots. 

"One time I didn’t even yell, scream, I just told them look, I’m tired of saying ‘play defense,'" Antoine said. "I’m tired of saying stop trading baskets. They hear it all the time. We aren’t in the business of trading baskets."

Upcoming Concerts in San Marcos

Austin might be the “live music capital of the world,” but San Marcos has a mix of musical flavor all its own. Local bars and storefronts will be hosting a wide range of performances over the next few weeks that are sure to fit any music lover's taste.

The Marc

Night City Lights – Jan. 24, 9 p.m.

It’s being hailed as the biggest EDM glow party in San Marcos with Foreign Twinz, TELYkast and Madhatter on deck to perform. The party is 18+, so younger Bobcats will have the opportunity to experience the Square. Tickets are available at Presale tickets have already sold out.

San Marcos’ first LGBTQIA bar fosters welcoming environment

San Marcos’ first and only LGBTQIA bar has delivered a full schedule of events since opening in December.

San Marcos’s recent expansion has contributed to a significant increase in the city’s LGBTQIA population. Stonewall Warehouse seeks to create a fun and safe environment for the everyone.

Tabetha Mumford, Stonewall bartender, said the bar provides a diverse atmosphere when it comes to gender, race and age.

“Some people come dressed in fancy suits while others have on sweats, so it’s definitely diverse in many ways,” Mumford said. “All visitors are not a part of the gay community, but Stonewall offers a setting where anyone and everyone can be themselves and feel safe doing so.”


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