Lesly De Leon | Staff Photographer

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.

City, county officials approve deal to attract tenants to nearly-vacant Springtown Shopping Center

New investors are developing the nearly vacant Springtown Shopping Center with the aid of a tax rebate deal proposed by city officials. 

When Endeavor Real Estate Group purchased the Springtown Center located on IH-35 and Springtown Way in November, only a few locales of the 200,000-square-foot plaza were occupied. Endeavor plans to redevelop the center, investing as much as $25.7 million into it, said Cody Buck, principal of Endeavor Real Estate Group. 

New additions to the Springtown Center include Spirit Halloween, Gold’s Gym and The Spot, an entertainment venue, Buck said.

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.

Bobcats finish weekend with three-set sweep against Louisiana-Lafayette


The Texas State volleyball team swept Louisiana-Lafayette in three sets (26-24, 25-17, 25-18) Sunday afternoon.

Texas State now opens up conference 2-0 after last Friday's four-set victory over Georgia State. 

The pivotal moment of the game came early as Texas State found themselves facing set point in the first set when Louisiana-Lafayette had a 24-21 lead. Jordan Kohl, sophomore right side hitter, had four straight kills to give the Bobcats a 25-24 lead.

A Louisiana-Lafayette attack error gave them the 26-24 win in the first set

Hoppe solidifying role on the team

The setter position is one that requires experience and chemistry with the rest of the team. For Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, gaining the trust of her teammates has not been a problem.

Hoppe is a newcomer to the team after she decided to transfer to Texas State in January.

Since joining the team, Hoppe has begun battling Emily Shelton, junior setter, for a role.

Hoppe and Shelton know their playing time relies on how they perform.

The two athletes are not letting the competition between them impact their camaraderie.

“It’s been really cool competing with her and we know since it’s just us two that we need to push each other,” Hoppe said. “We’ve been so supportive of each other, and we have become really good friends.”

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.”

Notebook: Texas State 3, Lamar 0

Notebook from the Texas State volleyball team's three-set win against Lamar Friday night. 


Texas State is officially on a hot streak. The team has now won three straight games and are in position to win the Delta Zeta Tournament. The team beat Lamar in three sets, which is the second straight match they’ve accomplished this feat. The Bobcats came into the tournament with a nine set losing streak and have turned around and won seven straight sets. Texas State is making a statement.


Bobcats extend winning streak against Lamar

The Texas State volleyball team came into its match against Lamar with an undefeated record in the Delta Zeta Classic and an opportunity to clinch at least the co-championship in the tournament with a win.

The Bobcat took care of business by beating Lamar in three straight sets (25-21, 25-20, 25-15) Friday night. 

With the victory, Texas State moves to 3-0 over this weekend and the team’s confidence is rising.

“I can see the confidence starting to build in our girls,” said Coach Karen Chisum said. “The chemistry is getting better and better, and we’re playing how we expected to play.”

The team started the season off 0-3 last weekend, but they have dug out of the hole and moved their record to .500.

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