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San Marcos unaffected by SXSW hotel crowding

Tens of thousands of tourists will flock to Austin’s annual South By Southwest (SXSW) music, film and interactive festival next week, leaving minimal impact on San Marcos.

Adriana Cruz, president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP), said San Marcos does not experience a “substantial increase” in tourism during the 10-day festival. Cruz and Mike Kamerlander, vice president of GSMP, will attend SXSW to represent the city and the GSMP.

Return to core values important to Greek community

The University of Oklahoma may be a state away, but events there have affected Texas State and the nation.

Members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma are under national scrutiny after a video hit social media. Anonymous sources sent the video to the student newspaper, Oklahoma Daily, and Unheard, a black activist group on campus. The video shows SAE fraternity members chanting a song full of racial slurs to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”

University, Texas Tribune host second symposium on water

Texans are a proud community separated across varying regions, yet the issue of water permeates their cultural divides.

Representatives of The Texas Tribune and Texas State partnered to bring water experts and officials to a series of panels to discuss concerns. The event entitled A Symposium on Water was presented by The Texas Tribune’s Festival on the Road series.

Chancellor discusses minority students at water symposium

The Texas State University System Chancellor met with The Texas Tribune’s CEO and editor-in-chief after lunch at a water symposium Tuesday to discuss the changing tides in higher education.

Brian McCall, TSUS chancellor, and Evan Smith, Texas Tribune CEO and edior-in-chief, were featured speakers at A Symposium on Water, presented by the Tribune’s Festival on the Road series.

Student organizations discuss net neutrality

The future of corporate broadband Internet favoritism was halted Feb. 26 after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) narrowly approved net neutrality regulations in a 3-2 vote.

Net neutrality regulations will prevent Internet service providers from allowing or selling content at different levels. This will ensure any legal user is allowed access to the same speed of data transfer, and providers cannot reduce the service of one consumer over another higher-paying client.  

Angela Pates, political science senior and College Democrats president, believes content on the Internet should be available to everyone, not only those who can afford it.

Students, Texas State officials discuss shuttle system changes

Texas State officials met with constituents at the annual roundtable event hosted by Student Government.

Students had the opportunity to speak face-to-face with university officials about changes to the university shuttle system.

A representative from Shuttle Services discussed the future implementation of GPS kiosks for bus loops on campus. The kiosks will be available to all students and show each bus’s location. Steven Herrera, Shuttle Service manager, said the kiosks had a successful test in the Quad and will be “up and running” in 10 days.

Water symposium floods Texas State with panels


Texas State and the Texas Tribune are joining forces Tuesday to present “Festival On the Road: A Symposium on Water.”

The event will feature guest speakers and panelists giving short presentations followed by question-and-answer sessions on specific topics, said Andrew Sansom, executive director of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.

The university will hold the event for the second time, Sansom said.

Texas State was chosen as the venue because of the relationship between the Texas Tribune and the university, Sansom said. Holding the symposium at the university’s Meadows Center and Edwards Aquifer Research & Data Center was a natural choice.

University to add alternative fuel vehicles to campus fleet

Texas State officials will add five Compressed Natural Gas vehicles (CNG) to the university’s fleet following a requirement from a state mandate.

Facility department officials purchase new vehicles every year to replace older ones. The state requires public universities to have 80 percent of their vehicles on alternative fuel sources, said Bill Nance, vice president for finance and support services.

“We aren’t going to convert any that we presently own, but what we’re going to do is start buying vehicles that are prepped for conversion,” said Gordon Green, director of facilities management.

Oil spill fuels Texas State research


Fines from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster will fund ecosystem health and restoration studies for Texas State researchers.

The Deepwater Horizon spill was an environmental disaster caused in April 2010 by the explosion of an offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico.  The spill lasted for three months and contaminated tens of thousands of square miles, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury (USDT). It is the largest oil spill in American history.

Editor-in-chief resigns

Osagioduwa Evbagharu has resigned effective immediately as editor-in-chief of The University Star.

According to a letter from Evbagharu, his resignation is due to a family illness. 


Evbagharu has been a staff member of the paper and its online property since September 2012.

However, School of Journalism and Mass Communication officials have become aware that Evbagharu no longer meets academic eligibility requirements.


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