Callie Haley

School of Music presents Latin music on the Square

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The Square is typically home to club music, but the sounds of salsa took over on Friday night.  

The Stonewall Warehouse hosted the second Salsa on the Square presented by the Latin Music Department in the School of Music. Chris Rue, general manager of Stonewall Warehouse, said two musical groups within the community performed. 

“We have Texas State’s Salsa del Rio and Orquesta del Rio, and the San Marcos High School salsa band is also playing a couple of songs,” Rue said.

The event brings diverse music and supporters to the bar, Rue said.

Community fundraiser benefits animal shelter

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Dogs and their owners gathered in the San Marcos Plaza Park on Saturday to participate in the 11th annual Mutt Strutt.

Trish Thompson, event coordinator, said the Mutt Strutt begins with a one-mile walk through the park and a wide range of festivities take place at the finish line.

“The walk usually takes about 30 minutes,” Thompson said. “Then everyone and their dogs meet back to listen to music and participate in the silent auction, raffle and pet contests.”

Thompson said the goal of the Mutt Strutt is to support the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter by raising awareness and promoting responsibility.

Percussion ensemble showcases unique instruments

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Members of the Percussion Ensemble and Panorama Steel Band showcased their talents in an end-of-the-year performance April 13 through April 15 in Evans Auditorium.

Genaro Gonzalez, professor in the School of Music and percussion coordinator, said students developed the performance pieces throughout the semester.

There were two performances separated by an intermission: one by a percussion ensemble and another by the Panorama Steel Band.

Gonzalez said the percussion ensemble features eight students, primarily music majors, ranging from freshmen to seniors.

“The percussion ensemble plays a lot of different instruments,” Gonzalez said. “They play the marimbas, xylophones, battery percussion instruments, including tambourines and symbols, and a drum set.”

Texas State cancer victim honored with 5K

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Members of the Texas State Athletic Department hosted the second annual Got Your Back 5K on April 12 in memory of David Gish, former head athletic trainer.

Carla Heffner, event director and senior lecturer in the Department of Health and Human Performance, said Gish worked at Texas State for over 25 years before losing his battle with cancer in 2014.

Heffner said the 5K began after Gish received the diagnosis and was continued as a way to celebrate his memory.

Bobcat Build gives back to San Marcos residents

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Bobcat Build gave Texas State students a chance to give back to the community Saturday.

Lindsay Watson, student director of Bobcat Build, said the committee’s work begins the day before the event.

“The committee arrived here at 8 a.m. yesterday to unload tools and set up for the event,” Watson said. “We worked for a solid 12 hours. Today we arrived at 5 a.m. We just started setting things up and prepared for the venders to arrive.”

Bobcat Build’s sponsorship doubled from last year, she said.

“This year 10 Saw-Level Sponsors donated over $1,000,” Watson said. “Starbucks, Taco Cabana, Dos Gatos and Whataburger are just some of the sponsors for this year’s Bobcat Build.”

Student musician celebrates release of first album

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A Texas State student released his first extended play (EP) album this semester under the project name Native Prix.

AJ Gatley, Texas State marketing sophomore, 19, has been playing instruments and singing ever since he can remember. He recently began taking his music more seriously.

“When I was 14, I made my first demo, but this is like the first legit album I’ve made so far,” Gatley said.  

Gatley said the release date for his album, entitled Recreated Dreams, holds a special meaning.

“I decided to release my album on Jan. 31 in memory of my dad,” Gatley said. “He passed away on that day about 10 years ago, so it felt like a good day.”

Gatley wrote each song on the album in addition to playing drums, guitar, keyboard and bass.

San Marcos offers spring break opportunities for students

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Envisioning the perfect vacation may not include staying in town, but San Marcos offers entertainment for all interests.

Officials with The Outdoor Center, Superfly’s Lone Star Music Emporium and The Marc aim to provide entertainment for those staying in San Marcos during spring break.

Adam Berglund, student manager for outdoor recreation, said The Outdoor Center at Sewell Park offers special rates for people wanting to get away for spring break.

“For spring break we have a pro deal for our camping equipment, which means you can rent it from the first Saturday of spring break until the last Sunday of spring break for the price of four days,” Berglund said.

Marketing group funds competition with tacos

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Representatives of a campus non-profit organization have been selling tacos at the Quad for the past six years in order to raise money for regional, national and international competitions.

Entrepreneurial Action Us, also known as Enactus, builds teams to teach communities about free enterprise, said Gina Goss, marketing junior and executive committee member.

“The fundraiser is called Success for Breakfast,” said Sydney Cowan, marketing junior and Enactus chair. “On Tuesdays and Thursdays, when I work, we usually bring in anywhere from $150 to $180 a day.”

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.

Texas State adopts new recruitment style for Greek fraternities

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Greek Affairs adopted a new recruitment plan as of fall 2014 for fraternity chapters called 365 Recruitment.

The Interfraternity Council (IFC), which serves as the local governing body for Texas State, developed the new recruitment style in the hopes of growing Greek Life on campus.

Delta Tau Delta is currently one of Texas State’s largest Greek fraternities, said Michael Zampese, the group’s president.

Zampese looks forward to growing the chapter more since the number of bids it can offer each year is no longer limited.

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