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Monthly percussion recitals showcase student talent


Student percussionists practiced their performance skills in front of a live audience at a recent studio recital.

The Texas State School of Music held its third Percussion Studio Recital from 6-7 p.m. on Monday.

Kari Klier, senior lecturer the School of Music, said she created the recital to help her students expand their skills in front of an audience. Klier said the event was open to the public with free admission.

Klier said the last recital was held five weeks ago. The recitals are a monthly event in room 236 of the Music Building.

Klier said she teaches a group of private students in one-on-one percussion lessons for their individual degree plans. She teaches each student for three hours per day.  

San Marcos residents visit Superfly’s for musical variety, sound quality

Many San Martians know Superfly’s Lone Star Music Emporium as a one-stop shop for classic vinyl records, posters and literature.

Zach Jennings, owner, said the store opened about three years ago and features vintage music from a variety of genres.

Lance Garza, employee and Texas State alumnus, said he was hired after being a regular customer at the record shop.

Wild Child, The Deer, José Gonzáles and Americana bands are sold consistently at Superfly’s, Garza said. The sound of these artists appeals to Central Texans.

Garza said he wasn’t especially exposed to music growing up. However, he developed a love for the art, which eventually led him to work at Superfly’s.

The scoop on Rhea’s Ice Cream


Summer is approaching, and few things provide more relief from the heat than ice cream.

Rhea Ortamond created Rhea’s Ice Cream in 2010.

Ortamond said she always enjoyed making ice cream, and the opportunity to turn it into a career began when she acquired extra space to live. She turned her small area into a shop in order to ease rent concerns.

She said her mother taught her to create unique flavors.

“I am always experimenting,” Ortamond said. “It’s cool to see people appreciate what you’re making.”

 She creates the majority of her own recipes, flavors and hand-made waffle cones.

Tom and Summer Hoff, visitors from Austin, said they were delighted by the strong variety of flavors.

San Martians take chilly river dip for charity


Students, families and veterans braved cold, damp weather Saturday to participate in a Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser.

More than 80 people showed from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to jump into the San Marcos River at Sewell Park. The plunge was hosted by the Texas State Army ROTC and benefited the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Seguin chapter with $934 in donations.

This year's plunge took place in much chillier conditions than last, said Cadet James Hutch, exercise and sports science senior at Texas State.

The river remained a predictable 72 degrees, Hutch said.

Texas Tribune CEO encourages entrepreneurial spirit in students

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication hosted Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune’s CEO, editor-in-chief and co-founder, Feb. 25 as part of the Digital Media Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.

Smith arrived and the students in attendance greeted him with applause. Smith spoke on the entrepreneurial spirit of the Tribune and the new age of journalism.

“The buzzkill of buzzkills in entrepreneurship is caution,” Smith said.

The early days of the Tribune were not a “sexy time” for the new non-profit media outlet, Smith said. Smith helped establish the Tribune in 2009 with Ross Ramsey and John Thornton.  The idea for the digital-first, nonpartisan media outlet began from the bottom up.

University marketing team finalists in international competition

The Texas State American Marketing Association (AMA) has been selected as one of eight finalists to compete in the Collegiate Case Competition, an international contest in which students work on a real-life marketing campaign.

The conference will take place beginning March 19 in New Orleans. Eight teams, including Texas State, will present a marketing campaign created for a client chosen by competition officials. This year’s client is Glacéau, the company that makes Vitaminwater and Vitaminwater Zero.

The team will spend five days over spring break in New Orleans for the competition. Funding for the team comes from a grant. The team fundraises for the rest.

Faculty jazz performance honors Eddie Durham


Texas State’s School of Music celebrated the work of San Marcos native, jazz composer, arranger and instrumentalist Eddie Durham Feb. 6 in Evans Auditorium.

The event featured famous performers such as Doug Lawrence, Count Basie Orchestra saxophonist, and Dan Morgenstern, the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and Grammy award-winning writer. Texas State faculty and alumni were featured in the performance.

University requests additional funding for S.T.A.R. Park

Texas State has requested an additional $2.8 million annually for two years for the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (S.T.A.R.) Park from the state’s General Appropriations Act.

The university submitted a request for legislative appropriations last summer. The request is one of many “exceptional items” President Denise Trauth will present this month to the Senate Finance and House appropriations committees, said Eugene Bourgeois, provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Lawmakers, citizens discuss banning e-cigarettes for minors


A Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill to prevent minors from using and obtaining e-cigarettes.

House Bill 647, filed by State Representative Jason Isaac days before the commencement of the 84th Legislative Session, would update current law to include e-cigarettes in the same category as traditional cigarettes. The bill would make it illegal for minors across the state to possess e-cigarettes.

Isaac learned of the issue from a group of outspoken high school students from Kyle who noticed growing e-cigarette use on campuses. Similar bans previously enacted by local Texas governments and consolidated independent school districts served as a model for HB 647.

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