Sarah Bradley

Tomás Rivera Award celebrates 20th anniversary

In 1995, a group of Texas State faculty members felt there was a need to promote multicultural books for the sake of the community.

Now, 20 years later, students and members of the community will come together this weekend to celebrate Mexican American children’s literature at the 20th annual Tomás Rivera Award Conference and Literature Fair.

Jesse Gainer, assistant professor in the College of Education and director of the fair, said the weekend would be dedicated to educating individuals on the importance of reading.

“We have two events that are associated with the Tomás Rivera Award, a conference and a fair,” Gainer said. “Because this year is the 20th anniversary, we are making it a special two-day event.”

Brother, sister duo bring swing dance to San Marcos

Within three weeks, an arbitrary idea between brother and sister became a weekly dance event working toward the betterment of the San Marcos community.

San Marcos Swing Night launched its inaugural event Sept. 14 at the Price Center. Ilana Hager, interdisciplinary studies senior, said swing-dancing lessons are held every Monday night at 7 p.m. before the actual event begins at 8 p.m.

Ilana Hager said she and her brother, Jon Hager, decided to start a local swing dancing association similar to those in Gruene and Austin.

Dorm, apartment decorations on a budget

One of the most exciting and hectic parts of going to college is moving into your dorm or apartment.

For many, this time can be immensely expensive, but those who know where to shop may find it far less stressful.

Online programs such as OfferUp, 5 Miles and VarageSale have been introduced to the public as an alternative way for finding and purchasing everyday necessities, such as dorm or apartment decorations.

These publications and similar ones like them are designed to save users time and money by mimicking the process of local garage or yard sales via mobile devices.

Nick Huzar, CEO of the OfferUp app, said the program saves students money by changing the way they can buy and sell their belongings.

Here is what happened when I attended the Fall Fitness Frenzy

It was 20 minutes into Fall Fitness Frenzy and my legs already felt like I had just completed a marathon.

By the 40-minute mark, my entire body was drenched in sweat.

The Student Recreation Center offered a free sample of six group exercise classes in a single evening Sept. 2 to show students everything the complex has to offer.

I attended the event for the first time and found it to be one of the most energetic, exhausting and encouraging fitness classes I have ever encountered.

Being a Texas State Strutter and Krav Maga fighter, I am familiar with a hard workout, but this event was a training unlike most.

Alumni reunite to make music

When the members of Blue Healer met at Texas State in 2009, none of them imagined they would be performing on stage together six years later.

Dees Stribling, drummer and vocalist for Blue Healer, said he, David Beck and Bryan Mammel started the indie rock band in January.

“I met David on Palm Sunday at the First Methodist Church in San Marcos after I had moved there in 2009,” Stribling said. “Shortly after, we met Bryan when he was playing with HalleyAnna Finlay's band.”

Stribling said the band members worked on themselves individually as artists before coming together to perform.

He said the sound they developed when they were apart is directly related to how the band sounds as a whole.

How to healthy on a college budget

For many, trying to maintain a healthy diet on the typical college student budget seems impossible.

With the help of fellow Bobcats and local nutrition experts, eating healthy on a tight budget can be easy if students follow these simple tips.

1. My Chef Dujour

Rachel Emry, executive chef and owner of My Chef Dujour, said eating healthy with limited spending money can be tricky, but essential.

Emry said My Chef Dujor is designed to make eating healthy, simple and easy for students with a busy schedule.

Customers are able to purchase a week’s worth of pre-prepped meals that come ready for cooking.

Formal recruitment engages new sorority members

As the fall semester commences, sororities across campus are preparing to recruit their newest members.

Katie Byland, vice president of public relations for Texas State’s Panhellenic Council (PHC), said approximately 700 women registered to participate in Panhellenic Sorority Formal Recruitment, which will occur Sept. 5-9.

Byland said the organization serves as a ruling body for Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta, Gamma Phi Beta and Zeta Tau Alpha.

“Here at Texas State, our Panhellenic Council consists of 10 women from different Panhellenic chapters,” Byland said. “We are the governing body for the seven Texas State Panhellenic sororities.”

Fashion Finds: pops of color on campus

Fashion Finds is a new, weekly column showcasing students found on campus with unique style. Anything from crazy patterns to the latest trends to what to wear to an interview can be found here each week!

One aspect I truly admire about fashion is the ability to stand out from others through self-expression.

Yajaira Almaguer, fashion merchandising junior, is pictured here in a fabulous JCPenney bright pink top paired with simple black shorts and Tevas.

Her selection of the highlighter-colored blouse really stood out to me in the sea of students making their way through The Quad.

Almaguer said the bright pop of color is the ultimate way to send off summer trends.

School supply shopping guide

Whether you are an incoming freshman or a senior returning for your final year, it can be challenging to figure out how to save money on back-to-school supplies.

Lindsey Lowry, psychology junior, said there are three specific things students should consider when purchasing supplies.

“My best advice is to look for something that will keep you organized, something that is fairly accessible and something that is efficient and will consolidate the semester’s information,” Lowry said.

Lowry said students can ease their shopping burden by thinking logically about what they need before each new semester.

“For me, my selections regarding school supply shopping revolve around which method of organization I plan to use during the semester,” Lowry said.

Pineapples dominate summer clothing

Summer styles this year have been filled with bright color blocking, Birkenstock obsessions and body jewelry fads, but one of the biggest hits can be found at the local grocery store.

Pineapple prints are appearing everywhere this season. Whether you are wearing the fruit on dresses, crop tops, swimwear or jewelry, you are guaranteed to be right on trend this summer.

Mandy Mayekawa, fashion retail enthusiast and account executive for POM Public Relations, said the pineapple phenomenon was easy to spot.

“I’ve seen how it is slowly taking over all of the boutiques and retail stores,” Mayekawa said.

Mayekawa said the style appears to be increasingly trendy as the summer goes on.

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