Kasandra Garza

Students form human chain to commemorate symbolic move into Alkek

Students packed the quad to help Alkek kick off its 25-year anniversary with the “Book-it Brigade” event where students, faculty, alumni and staff formed a human chain from Old Main to Alkek Library.

The event reenacted the original symbolic move of May 1, 1990, with a human chain of students, faculty, staff and community members. Alkek opened its doors a month later on June 4, 1990.

The event began with speeches from Kenneth Pierce, President Denise Trauth and university librarion Joan Heath, who talked about what 1990’s Book-it Brigade and what its anniversary symbolizes for the library today.

Trauth said the event was to celebrate the original Book-it Brigade, which was the centerpiece of the dedication 25 years ago.

Students show up for Alkek 25th anniversary event

The quad was packed Tuesday morning for the celebratory kick-off of Alkek's 25 year anniversary of establishment.
 
Book-it-Brigade involved the formation of a “human chain” consisting of students, faculty and alumni that spanned from the plaza of Old Main to the top steps of Alkek Library. 
 
The event was a reenactment of an event in 1990 that honored the “symbolic move” of the library collection from JC Kellam (JCK) to Alkek on the library’s completion day, said Joan Heath, university librarian. On the day of the original event, books were passed along the human chain which extended from the third floor of JCK to the top steps of the collection’s new permanent home.
 

Alkek turns 25

Students can look forward to a series of events hosted by the university this semester in celebration of Albert B. Alkek Library’s 25th anniversary, as well as renovations for the future.

Alkek staff will kick off the event-filled semester with the Book Pass Reenactment on Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. in the Quad. 

The event is intended to recreate the symbolic move that occurred on Alkek’s completion day when the library was moved from the JC Kellam building to the newly completed library in its current location, said Joan Heath, university librarian.

During the original book pass event in 1990, a human chain was formed from the third floor of the JC Kellam building to the top steps of the newly completed Alkek library, according to university archives.

The Marc celebrates second anniversary, hopes to book bigger shows

The Marc celebrated its 2nd year anniversary on The Square with a weekend of musical performances.

Two years ago, AfterDark Entertainment purchased the Texas Music Theater (TMT) and renamed it The Marc, making it their central home, said Shane Marshall, marketing director of AfterDark Entertainment. The Marc’s first show was in 2013 on Sept. 6 with a performance by Ookay.

TMT was widely known for their Texas country shows. Today, The Marc hosts a variety of artists ranging from electronic dance music and hip-hop to Texas country.

Marshall said The Marc’s opening night was a huge success. However, the company struggled to draw large crowds, especially on weekdays.

Target pulls gender labels from stores, San Marcos residents react

Target announced Aug. 7 that the company will eliminate gender labels in several departments of its stores nationwide.

Molly Snyder, Target’s senior group manager of public relations, said removing gender labels has been a conversationTarget officials have been hearing for quite some time in their call centers.

“We wanted to make the right adjustments that we felt would be the best for our company and our guests,” Snyder said. “At this point in time, we felt that it was the right step to take.”

Snyder said although customers have had a wide variety of opinions, the overall customer feedback has been favorable.

Snyder said she wants to emphasize that Target respects all of their customers’ opinions.

School zone safety program to expand

Hays County has decided to expand the School Zone Speed Safety Camera Program that will work toward limiting speeding for the upcoming school year.

The program began July 15 at Scudder Primary in the Wimberley Independent School District. The program consists of vehicles equipped with radars and cameras to snap photos of the license plates of those speeding. The information is sent directly to the county, where they locate the owner of the vehicle and give them citations.

Initially, Hays County signed an agreement to have the program in two different county precincts, Wimberley and Dripping Springs, said Laureen Chernow, Hays County communications specialist.

During the pilot program, 71 warning tickets were given within a four-day period, Chernow said.

School safety program launched to limit speeding

Hays County officials launched a new safety program July 15 to limit speeding in school zones.

Schools in the Wimberley area will be piloting a new safety program using radar technology to photograph license plates of vehicles caught speeding in school zones during drop-off and pick-up hours. The new program is intended to better enforce school zone speed limits and reduce complaints.

“It’s pretty common that we are issuing citations in those school zones,” said Commissioner Ray Whisenant, Precinct 4.

The program is scheduled to kick off during the summer school sessions in Wimberley, Ayres said. During this time, only warnings will be issued, said Constable Darrel Ayres, Precinct 3.

University body farm sees increase in insect activity with high moisture

Research and studies at the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (FARF) on Freeman Ranch were unaffected by the historic floods that swept through Hays County.

The entrance road to the 26-acre body farm was the only area flooded. Researchers did see an increase in insects that feast on the decomposing bodies at FARF.

“I think the most traumatic effect that the rain had on the facility was with the insects that feed on the body,” said Lauren Meckel, graduate research assistant for the anthropology department.

Meckel said the insects have been able to consume more tissue of the decaying body because temperatures aren’t as high. This allows them to be on the surface of the body for a longer period of time.

Spanish shipwreck discovery leads to new insight, questions

Texas State alumni are among a group of archaeologists who identified a wrecked Spanish merchant ship, dating from the early 1680s, in the Chagres River off the coast of Panama. 

A team of archaeologists discovered the Spanish merchant ship named Nuestra Señora de Encarnación in 2008 while looking for remains of Captain Henry Morgan’s fleet.  The colonial merchant ship, or nao, is a rare archeological find and only a handful have been found.

Hays County water bill resurrected after point of order reversed

A Hays County water bill was resurrected after the House parliamentarian reversed a point of order May 27 that originally killed the proposal.

House Bill 3405 (HB 3405) intends to extend the jurisdiction of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) to include the Trinity Aquifer. The bill was proposed after a Houston-based company suggested drilling 5 million gallons a day from the aquifer. City of Buda officials signed a contract with Electro Purification (EP) to prevent a 2017 potential water shortage.

During aHouse debate May 27, Rep. Mary González, D-El Paso, called a point of order based on what the Hays County bill would mean in terms of statewide water policy, said John Dupnik, general manager at the BSEACD.

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