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Take Back the Night promotes dialogue on domestic violence

Officials with the Texas State Student Health Center coordinated with the Student Involvement Fair to host the first Take Back the Night event April 13.

This rally was held as part of a nationwide promotion in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event opened with a march that began at Old Main and concluded at the LBJ Student Center amphitheater. Ebony Stewart, alumna and three-time Slam Champion, performed her spoken-word poetry at the finale of the event.

Arlene Cornejo, health promotion specialist at the Student Health Center and event coordinator, said Take Back the Night shows students university officials provide a secure environment. The event provides a safe space and allows victims to speak out and share their stories.

Earth Day celebration educates students

Campus and community organizations gathered in the Quad on Wednesday to celebrate Earth Day.

Emily Bippert, anthropology senior and coordinator with Student Volunteer Connection, said the event allowed representatives of environmental organizations to come together and educate the Texas State community.

“We are working with other organizations that promote the environment, like Bobcat Blend and Waste Management (and Recycling), in order to promote the fact that it is Earth Day,” Bippert said. “We want students to become more aware of protecting the environment year-round instead of just during this time.”

Texas State welcomes first entrepreneurial fraternity

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Texas State’s first entrepreneurial fraternity was established this semester to help Bobcats give back to their community.

Epsilon Nu Tau (ENT) is made up of approximately 15 members who participate in a wide range of events, said Aaron Hines, vice president of Internal.

Eric Pizzeck, philanthropy chair, said ENT is a co-ed professional organization that aims to create a group of entrepreneurs who volunteer and network with professionals in the area.

NAMI Cats provide mental health discussion, services

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI Cats for short, is on a mission to raise awareness across Texas State.

NAMI was formed in 1979 as a grassroots effort to provide support to individuals who have mental illnesses, said Danni Lopez-Rogina, anthropology senior and president of NAMI. Students and faculty advisors formed the Texas State branch of NAMI in the spring semester of 2013, she said.

Joseph Meyer, director of institutional research and staff adviser for NAMI Cats, said he hopes to let students know they should not be ashamed of having mental health issues.

Texas State Quidditch provides competition at international level

Texas State’s Quidditch team is ranked nationally and internationally as one of the best in college competition.

 The team began its rise to success when Michael Brewer, computer science senior, founded it in the fall 2011.

“Our team first started as a regular student organization, but within less than a year of requesting permission from athletics to become a sports club, we were approved,” Brewer said. “This is actually really record time. Most organizations usually take at least three years to prepare and get accepted for a sports club.”

Brewer said a brief introduction to the sport inspired him to establish a team at Texas State.

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