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Construction plans underway for new residence hall complex

The Moore Street Housing Project is on track to be completed May 2016 in the university’s 10-year reconstruction plan.

Officials with Texas State Department of Housing and Residential Life (DHRL) began the construction of new buildings on Moore Street after San Saba Hall was torn down in spring 2014.

The Moore Street Housing Project is part of a 10-year construction plan. The plan began in 2010 with the renovation of various living facilities. The project will be complete in 2020 after the demolition of Arnold, Smith, Hornsby and Burleson Halls, said Rosanne Proite, director of Housing and Residential Life.

Community festival celebrates San Marcos talent, involvement

The San Marcos community came together to celebrate local businesses and artists at the Wine and Art Weekend.

The three-day arts and entertainment festival kicked off April 10 and concluded April 12 with a jazz brunch.

Mackenzie Falcon, recreational administration senior, said the main focus of the Wine and Art Weekend is promoting economic growth throughout the community.

“The objective of the Wine and Art Weekend is to enhance the businesses downtown, to bring foot traffic and really to boost the local business here,” Falcon said.

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.

Campus housing, meal plan rates increase

Student housing and meal plan rates will increase for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The Texas State Board of Regents approved a 3.5 percent increase to campus housing rates at Feb. 19-20 meetings. A two percent increase in meal plan rates was approved, said Bill Nance, vice president of finance and support services.

The cost of campus housing and meal plans has increased slightly over the last 12 years. 

The steady rise was proposed by representatives of the Board of Regents as a way to avoid larger, more infrequent increases.

New complex to house Family Justice Center

San Marcos local Catherine Shellman said she had no idea her daughter’s abusive boyfriend was capable of murder until he killed her.

“As a law enforcement officer, what we are practicing (by assisting victims of domestic abuse) is homicide prevention,” said Penny Dunn, San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) assistant chief and Friends of the Family Justice Center board member.

Dunn said leaders of Hays County social service organizations hope to create a shared campus-style complex this year.

Hays County Food Bank partners with local farmers

The Hays County Food Bank’s Adopt-a-Farm program offers free labor in return for a portion of crops as an initiative to provide the hungry with nutritious food.

In Hays County, 24,790 residents face “food insecurity,” meaning they do not have access to affordable and nutritious meals, according to the organization’s website.

Texas College Tobacco Project to increase 'vaping' awareness

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Texas State students are exploring professional marketing techniques as part of the Texas College Tobacco Project to increase awareness of electronic cigarette usage.  

The Texas College Tobacco Project is a campaign from the University of Texas at Austin designed to reduce tobacco usage among students. Students across Texas volunteer to campaign at their universities. The student volunteers hang posters, yard signs and banners designed to provide information about tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. The displays will be completed by spring break.

HOUSTON, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM: Bobcats outlast third-ranked Cougars

Blake Whitter, senior pitcher, retired 12 batters in relief of Cory Geisler, junior pitcher.

His last out was the hardest.

This was nothing new for Whitter, who missed the cut on last year’s team. The last out represented the culmination of an entire offseason of work.

“I worked my butt off all last year and during the season,” Whitter said. “I had a good summer and came back. I have a lot to prove. It’s been a wild ride, but I’m glad it’s happened the way it has.”

Whitter was in position to close the Texas State baseball team’s game against Houston, which entered the matchup ranked third in the nation by Baseball America.

Alumnus turns passion into business program

Recent graduate Koy McDermott is helping millennials pursue their entrepreneurial dreams through the Leaders Inspire Leaders program.

Leaders Inspire Leaders consists of a weekly podcast featuring interviews with successful forerunners in entrepreneurship, McDermott said. The podcast can be found on iTunes and will soon be available on SoundCloud.

“The premise of the show is to speak with intellectual entrepreneurial leaders all across the globe to help get tips, tools, techniques and insights for individuals who either already own their business or are aspiring entrepreneurs," McDermott said.

Bobcats hit 'rock bottom' in 10-0 loss to Sam Houston State

A week into the season, the Texas State baseball team is still searching for its first win.

This is the same team that was picked to finish second in the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Coaches Poll behind Louisiana-Lafayette.

This is the same team that boasts the Preseason Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year, Lucas Humpal.

The Bobcats’ 10-0 loss to Sam Houston State caps a four-game stretch when the team was outscored by an average of four runs per game.

Texas State’s 0-3-1 record is the program’s worst start in Coach Ty Harrington’s 16-year tenure.

“Embarrassing,” said Jeremy Fikac, assistant coach. “It’s rock bottom for this program right now. The only good thing I can take away is now there is only one way to go now, and that’s up.”

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