Valeria Flores

Harry Potter becomes reality at Texas State

In a place where flying broomsticks and talking paintings are the norm, a group of students are bringing the magical world of Harry Potter to Texas State.

Quidditch, a fictional sport played on broomsticks by characters in the popular series, has been a reality at Texas State for four years. Since its inception, the team has made their mark across the nation.

Daniel DeRuiter, team president and exercise sports science senior, said Texas State has become one of the most recognized collegiate Quidditch programs in the country.

He said the originality of the game separates it from other sports.

“We are a big thing,” DeRuiter said. “No other sport has a team carrying a broom between their legs.”

Exhibition showcases faculty talent

The University Galleries is showcasing the work of four new faculty members from the School of Art and Design Aug. 24-Sept. 3 during the And Introducing… exhibition.

The showcase gave four new faculty members the opportunity to introduce themselves and their work to students and colleagues.

Chad Dawkins, interim gallery director, said he worked closely with each artist to organize a successful exhibition.

Dawkins said he enjoys helping artists guide their visions in new directions.

“I like to see the artists come up with ideas and help take them into a direction and transform them into a concept,” Dawkins said.

Thieving Birds steals the hearts of local music lovers

Students and San Marcos residents came together to enjoy a mix of rock and country Aug. 27 at Cheatham Street Warehouse.

Thieving Birds, a roots rock and roll band from Forth Worth, came to San Marcos to promote their third album, which is to be released next year.

Ace Crayton, Thieving Birds lead singer and guitarist, said the band has always enjoyed playing together since 2010 when they first formed.

“We wanted to play music as much as we could, so we decided to start the band in 2010,” Crayton said.

Crayton said it just made sense for the group of close friends to come together and make music.

Texas State graduate shares hitchhiking journey

One Texas State graduate turned his dream to travel into a reality after realizing he could hitchhike across the United States.

Hoang-Chau Nguyen, better known as Woncho, the man behind the "Where's Woncho?" Facebook account chronicling his journey across the country, said he never really knew what career he wanted to focus on throughout college.

“During my freshman and sophomore years I enrolled in classes and dropped them to get financial aid or grant money to fuel my travels,” Woncho said.

Woncho said the idea of obtaining a public relations degree began to grow on him after a chance meeting with a group of event marketers on campus.

Piper Foundation recognizes Texas State professor

One professor’s dedication to students at Texas State is getting noticed in a big way.

The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation named Vedaraman Sriraman, engineering technology professor, as one of 10 Piper Professors of 2015. Sriraman, who has been instructing at the university for 24 years, said the award was intended to honor his commitment to teaching at Texas State.

“After completing my doctoral degree, I was searching for a teaching position and Texas State was one of the first institutions that interviewed me for a job,” Sriraman said.

Sriraman said he is thankful for the teaching skills the university has helped him develop over the years.

Superfly’s celebrates album release

Students gathered at Superfly’s Lone Star Music Emporium on May 12 to leave behind the stress of final exams and enjoy a live performance.

Country folk singer Pake Rossi performed songs off his new album, Twisted in the Vine, to celebrate its official release.

Kallie Townsend, Superfly’s online sales associate, said the shop provides the perfect platform for artists to share their music with the San Marcos community.

Townsend said the large student population at Texas State makes performances like Rossi’s important in helping to promote the San Marcos music scene.

“San Marcos is a good town for music,” Townsend said. “There are not many music stores in San Marcos. Here we play all genres and it gives artists good exposure.”

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