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Coming up: Library special events

When most students go to the library, they don’t expect to come across a board game from the ‘90s or the opportunity to meet their favorite author.

However, Alkek Library is working to make those events and more a reality for students throughout the fall semester.


On Oct. 1, Joan Heath, associate vice president and university librarian, said students will have a chance to read excerpts of banned books from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. during the “Read-out” event.

“People can sign up for a five-minute reading slot or upload a video of themselves reading a banned book, and we will be having a playlist going in the Instant Theatre,” Heath said.

Coffee trouble brewing in the honors college


An “existential coffee crisis” is brewing among those who rely on the honors college coffee shop for their daily dose of caffeine.

The coffee shop, housed in Lampasas Hall, provides free caffeine for the university’s faculty and students. The honors college recommends consumers make a donation of 50 cents per cup of coffee, said Heather Galloway, dean of the honors college.

Galloway said the 50-cent donation guideline has been in practice for a decade, but may now increase to 75 cents.

"The coffee is here to promote interaction in the honors college,” Galloway said. “We hope we can continue to be able to offer that."

Picks of the Week

For the Film Buff

Robert Rodriguez is set to deliver the LBJ Distinguished Lecture at Evans Auditorium on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. Rodriguez is an accomplished director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor and musician. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of El Rey Network, a new English-language cable network. The event is free and open to the public.


For the Water Adventurer

San Marcos City Park will host the Junior Texas Water Safari Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. The 16-mile water journey is an opportunity for canoeists and kayakers to perfect their abilities before the main Texas Water Safari event taking place next June. For more information, visit

City honors fallen 9/11 victims 14 years later

Community members bowed their heads for a moment of silence this morning at City Hall as the San Marcos Fire Department Honor Guard raised the same flag that flew over the city on the infamous day of tragedy 14 years ago.

The city’s first responders paid their respects to fallen heroes from across the nation. Mayor Daniel Guerrero said the events in 2001 changed the community’s way of thinking.

“It’s certainly always a moment of reflection to be here on this day,” Guerrero said. “Fourteen years ago, I’m sure each and every one of you can recall where you may have been and what you were thinking.”

Pregame questions for the Bobcats

Here are five relevant questions for the Texas State football team’s home opener against Prairie View A&M. The sports staff will answer these questions following the game.


Odds are, he will. Jones, junior quarterback, tallied 139 total yards in the 59-16 loss to Florida State. He also outplayed Everett Golson, Seminoles senior quarterback, in every statistical category in the first half. For the most part, though, Jones was forced to escape the pocket to create anything for the offense. He only completed one pass of 20 yards or more in the game, with most of his throws occurring in the short and intermediate areas on the field.

That should change against Prairie View A&M.

Aquarena Overpass to be built by late 2017 to ease railroad traffic

By late 2017, Bobcat commuters can expect to make it to class on time due to the timely construction of the railroad overpass on Aquarena Springs Drive.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is projected to build the Loop 82 overpass and cut traffic time in favor of San Marcos residents and students.

Kelli Reyna, public information officer at TxDOT said this is a vital project to help with the flow of traffic in the city. The $20.73 million project on the overpass will allow motorists to navigate smoothly through San Marcos.

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