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Texas State cheerleaders win 2015 world championship

The rising star of Texas State is shining bright following a first-place win in the All Girl Team division of the World University Cheerleading competition held in Orlando, Florida.

The world competition began Jan. 18, and the team performed a two-minute-30-second routine consisting of both cheer and dance. The university competed alongside Japan, China, Chile, Columbia, Germany and Norway, said Shaina Mayberry, head cheer coach.

University programs aid economically disadvantaged students

Texas State was ranked 51st out of 539 schools by the Social Mobility Index (SMI), presented by Payscale and CollegeNET, for helping economically disadvantaged students succeed.

The Social Mobility Index was designed to help address the growing economic separation between rich and poor by acknowledging schools already providing pathways for mobility. The university has been commended for breaking barriers for students who would economically not be able to afford higher education.

“Our ranking of 51st in a measure that is intended to comparatively assess the role of our higher education system in providing a conduit for economic and social advancement seems, to me, like something we can celebrate,” said Robert Gratz, former special assistant to the president.

Faculty Senate favors change in Incomplete grading policy

Faculty Senate held a discussion at its Wednesday meeting about shortening the time frame for graduate students to earn a grade in a course in which they receive an “incomplete” before failing.

The policy and procedure currently state that graduate students who receive an “incomplete” or “I” in a class have one year to earn a better grade before failing that course. The proposed policy would hold graduate students to a higher standard by giving them less time to retake a course and earn a complete grade.

Jobs4Cats payment scam

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An online scam within the Jobs4Cats system through the Texas State Career Services website was reported Wednesday by the University Police Department (UPD).

Career Services notified UPD Jan. 27 of the scam after learning from a Texas State Internet user of a phony job solicitation post on the Jobs4Cats employment network.

The post asked applicants to deposit money to pay for a background check, officials said. The post received over 170 views and 38 responses.

Any job opportunity asking for money or bank information should be reported immediately to UPD.

“Any job where you have to (actually) pay (to continue in the process)—those are almost always illegitimate,” said Otto Glenewinkel, University Police Crime Prevention officer.

Benefits, drawbacks of new complex remain uncertain

San Antonio developer Darren Casey of Casey Development Ltd. is moving forward with an approved 13-story apartment complex downtown after the city council denied the addition of two levels.

Councilwoman Lisa Prewitt, Place 1, voted against the addition to the Concho Commons apartment complex. She said she could not support the plan in light of a decision made by the council last year to strive toward more affordable housing.

She believed the density the addition would add, paired with cost of the apartments, would not be conducive to socioeconomic diversity and would attract only an exclusive group of renters.

Local textbook stores offer competitive prices

Many businesses in the San Marcos area are being designed to cater to the needs of the student body as Texas State continues to evolve in population and status.

The need for a variety of cost-efficient textbooks is a prominent issue for students at the fourth-largest university in Texas. Buying textbooks at a bargain price is crucial when students already have to pay for rent, food and nights out on the Square. Here are a few spots in the San Marcos area with competitive textbooks prices and a wide selection of subjects to choose from.

Textbook Solutions

Textbook Solutions was started in 2007 by a pair of college graduates who believed textbooks should be cheaper. The store is an ideal place to find a variety of learning tools.

Picks of the Week

For the “Riot Grrrl”:

Female punk rock is on the rise, and if you associate yourself with the feminist movement, then Sleater-Kinney’s album “No Cities to Love” is for you. Riot Grrrl, the overarching name for the 90’s feminist punk rock movement, is fronted by bands like Sleater-Kinney. These punk rock ladies hail from the Pacific Northwest and can fuel an audience through hump-day blues and get you pumped for the weekend. This album was released Jan. 20 and has been a hit ever since.  

For the class clown:

Testing and grading methods do not reflect real-world expectations

Educational methods for testing students’ content recall are increasingly leaning toward regurgitation of information instead of retention.

The days of SATs and TAKS tests are quickly fading into the distance for most college students. The same cannot be said for the stressful and robotic formulation of standardized testing. Most students have experienced the exhausting cycle of vigorously studying the night before a test only to forget most of the information once the exam is over.

Confessions from a Twitter-holic: join the less is more #club

My name is Quixem Ramirez, and I am a recovering Twitter-holic. I’ve been sober for six months.

I have slowly weaned myself from dependence on Twitter since July of 2014. I no longer need the reaffirmation of retweets or the comfort of favorites to define my self-worth. I realized I am capable of much more than twiddling my thumbs and wracking my brain for a clever joke in 140 characters with this discovery.

Men's basketball loses at home, 45-43

With his hands clasped over his head, JaMarcus Weatherspoon, junior guard, could only watch as Georgia Southern celebrated their 45-43 win over the Bobcats. 

“When you put in time, and you really think—you know you’re supposed to be someone, it kind of hurts,” Weatherspoon said. “For myself, in the locker room, I kind of tried to lift everybody up. I tried to tell everybody ‘keep your head up, we got more, we got more,’ but tonight everybody wanted to win.”

For reasons Texas State men’s basketball Coach Danny Kaspar does not know, D.J. Brown, senior guard, drove into the paint only to be met by three Georgia Southern players.

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