Ryan Jeanes | Star Illustrator

Proposed tourist fee for the river ineffective plan

Making tourists pay a fee to enjoy a natural resource is a ridiculous, unrealistic proposal that does more harm than good to the community.  

Melissa Derrick, Place 6 city council candidate, proposed that San Marcos officials pass an ordinance to require non-residents to pay a $10 fee to enjoy the river. The main problem with the plan is the absence of a unified San Marcos identification or database. Therefore, there is no way to guarantee  residents and non-residents will be accurately differentiated.

Weather disasters influence media coverage

It is the job of the media to cover the goings on of the community they serve, and as a media outlet our job will always been to comfort the afflicted.

When the flood hit central Texas in thousands of people’s homes and livelihoods were destroyed before their eyes and were left homeless and hopeless. As a community everyone banded together and decided to adhere to their civic duty as Texan and while there is still a long way to go before things are back to normal, the comradery and philanthropy should be noted. 

Welcome to Texas State!

Welcome to Texas State, Bobcats! We know the hills can be intimidating and the construction confusing, so we made this handy map to help you navigate campus. The first day of school can be a stressful experience so having a game plan for where you’re going should help allieviate the stress. Strap on your most comfortable pair of shoes and tackle today head on. Eat ‘em up, cats!

Back to school: how-to's for a great fall semester

1. Be conscious of your environment.

San Marcos, like most of Texas is a very humid place. While summer may officially end in August, the heat does not dissipate until October. Wearing sensible, weather-specific clothing will go a long way, especially on those unbearable days where the heat can knock out even the toughest of summer-lovers. Bringing water is important to keep students from fainting on the overabundance of stairs due to exhaustion.


2. Utilize campus resources.

Care of San Marcos River should be added to curriculum

While the San Marcos River is heralded as a place for fun and a little R&R for Bobcats after a stressful week, the river is so much more than a place for debauchery and cruising.

Bobcats need a course in River 101 to know its exact importance. It is not just a mere suggestion that students, the primary benefactors of the river’s recreation, seek to keep it clean and protected.

Students must assist community post Memorial Day weekend flooding

Hell has come to Hays County in the form of the leading cause of weather-related deaths, and we are all reeling in the aftermath.

The historic Memorial Day weekend flash floods that devastated Hays County have captivated the media and even drew the attention of the president himself. On May 30, President Barack Obama declared the state of Texas a disaster area due to the Memorial Day weekend floods that shattered the community and left calamity in their wake.

Things to do in San Marcos before graduation

Visit the campus statues

The various statues on campus are entrenched in Bobcat tradition and culture. Before students take their final steps on campus, they should make sure to shake LBJ’s hand and rub the fighting stallions one last time.


Hike at Purgatory Creek

Continental United States ideal for summer travel

That time has come once again Bobcats. Summer is here—well, almost here.

Students are rallying their study habits for finals and flooding the Rec in an attempt to get those last few crunches in for their “beach bods.” Summer is on the horizon, and as students make their plans for those months of pure R&R, students should look no further than the continental United States.

Proposed bill harmful to women's health

The recent legislation proposed by lawmakers to redistribute funding for nonprofits will prove detrimental instead of beneficial to women across the state.

Campus 'free speech' policies overly restrictive, unjust

The free speech zone on campus should be expanded to all areas of the university instead of being restricted.

There are currently three spaces designated as free speech zones in the University Policy and Procedure Statement No. 07.04.05 on free speech. They are the Quad from the Fighting Stallions statue to the LBJ statue and the paved area between Alkek Library and the LBJ Student Center as well as Bobcat Trail between the Academic Services Building and the Evans Liberal Arts building.


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