Ernest Macias

Finals Study Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: fall finals. The semester’s last ten days can seem more “Hunger Games” than “Joy to the World” between feverishly handing over that last $5 for extra espresso shots, crying over soon-to-be-graduating friends and trying to fill out every review before the TA-sponsored study session. Follow these tips to ensure a (relatively) stress-free week.

Get enough sleep.

Young Americans for Liberty increasing campus presence

Some are lost in a sea of red and blue and would be surprised to hear political affiliations exist beyond the scope of Republicans or Democrats. Young Americans for Liberty, one of the most popular political organizations at Texas State, has a mission to mobilize and spread the word of its presence.

The Young Americans for Liberty is the largest political organization on campus with a network larger than 100 people, said vice president Morgan Scott, management junior.

“We don’t endorse politics and are not affiliated with the liberty party, “ Scott said. “We are more about teaching the libertarian philosophy on campus.”

Students may have misconceptions regarding the true nature of the organization and its values.

City restaurants offer variety of brunch options

Brunch is some people’s favorite meal of the day for various reasons, just one of which being that it’s suddenly perfectly acceptable to consume cocktails at 10:30 a.m. It seems that nearly every restaurant in town serves brunch these days, so the University Star separated the best from the rest:


SACA to ‘expand horizons’ with new, more diverse events

The Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA) is one of the most popular and well-known organizations on campus, responsible for some of Texas State’s most-attended and high-profile events, all at zero cost for Bobcats.

“We have four event coordinators who plan eight events each,” said TraJian Morgan, SACA president and pre-nursing student. “We try to host three events a week. We do a lot of events through the semester.”

SACA’s core as a chartered organization is constant event planning and hosting. Funding for the organization comes from tuition, said event coordinator Shannon Hetland. The funds bring comedians, musicians, entertainment and other hands-on activities to students throughout the year.

Alumni, brothers bring unique businesses to city

As San Marcos rapidly grows, the outcry for unchanged, local staples climbs. Establishments like the ones owned by Chase and Seth Katz have become Bobcat territory icons, places where alumni—both newly minted and classic—can convene and reminisce.

The Katz brothers own Dos Gatos Kolache Bakery, Zelicks Ice House and, most recently, Pie Society. At first sight, these businesses are very different. However, according to the Katz brothers, they share the same mantra and values at their cores.

Environmentally-conscious students enact change through H.E.A.T.

A freshman woman experiencing a tailgate for the first time in her life was amazed. She was surprised by not the loud music or excessive drink flow but rather the monstrous amount of trash and waste the event left behind.

H.E.A.T. president Rachel Wilson was born with the aptitude for noticing what she calls “silly little things” like that. Bothered by the issue, the geography and environmental studies junior joined the Human Environment Animal Team (H.E.A.T.) and helped build a solution to the problem.

Dia de los Muertos events introduce students to Mexican holiday, culture

The first Day of the Dead altar was set up inside the Honors College building in 2005. Michelle Sotolongo, now an academic adviser, was one of two students who initiated the yearly celebration honoring life and Mexican culture.

Traditionally, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.  The holiday is meant to mock death and celebrate life.

“We wanted to do something different from all the commercialized Halloween celebrations,” Sotolongo said.  “We already had a personal collection of skulls and stuff like that.  Also, we were both from Mexico, so we decided to put our stuff together, and we set up an altar in the Honors College.”

Photo exhibit explores Latino presence in athletics

Officials at the Center for the Study of the Southwest produced the “Latinos and Sports in the Southwest” photo-exhibit to continue their mission of educating the public on Latino-American presence in Texas State athletics.

This exhibit, located in the lobby of Brazos Hall, is part of the 50th anniversary celebration and Common Experience theme of the desegregation of Texas State University in 1963. The goal of the theme is to “explore the trials of segregation and the impact of integration” on campus, according to the Common Experience website.

Brothers’ skateboard company focuses on environment, eco-friendliness

Since the popularization of the buy-one give-one business model by companies such as TOMS, others have been inspired to combine entrepreneurial goals with aspirations to give back to the community. Rio Board Co. is the product of such an infusion.

Dane, Spencer and Luke Adamson, a trio of brothers and Texas State students, founded the local handcrafted skateboard company earlier this year. The brothers share passions for both skateboarding and giving back to the San Marcos community.

The company was founded back in January when Dane’s board broke and, due to financial shortcoming or, in his words, “being cheap,” he decided to build one instead of making a new purchase.

Scenes for upcoming ABC crime drama being filmed in San Marcos

The City of San Marcos has been chosen as a filming location for scenes of ABC’s upcoming drama series “American Crime.” Created by John Ridley, Academy Award-winning screenwriter for “12 Years a Slave,” the series centers on racial interconnectivity in America, telling the story of a young couple in Modesto, California, who were attacked in their home. The series stars Felicity Huffman, Academy Award nominee and five-time Golden Globe winner, and Timothy Hutton. Hutton is the youngest actor to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.


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