Madison Smith

New organization aims to empower campus LGBTQIA community

With aims to empower the community through mentorship, service and social change, People Respecting Individuality, Diversity and Equality—otherwise known as Bobcat PRIDE—has established itself as the newest LGBTQIA organization on campus.

A group of students formed the organization last month in an effort to create a safe space, resources and support for the LGBTQIA community, said PRIDE President Brianna Penney.

“We wanted to create a place that someone could go and feel comfortable in not knowing who they are or in being in-between,” Penney said. “We saw a need on campus, and we felt compelled to fill it.”

Wittliff collection features mental health exhibit

Rows of black and white portraits line the Wittliff Collections interior. Each of the 38 photographs is matched with a different voice speaking about mental health. Denial, fear, stigma, healing and humanity are all given voices from real people exploring the world of mental health.

Artist Michael Nye’s “Fine Line: Mental Health / Mental Illness” traveling exhibition recently came to the Wittliff Collections on the heels of the university’s push to further explore this year’s Common Experience.

“The stories of these people are larger than life. Their voices are amazing and honest,” Nye said. “What society can learn from these people is important—important for our shared humanity.”

University sponsors 29th annual MLK celebration

Students will have an opportunity to take part in Texas State’s 29th annual “Freedom, a State of Mind” Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative celebration Jan. 23.

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the two-part program kicks off outside Old Main with a freedom march reenactment beginning at 6:15 p.m. From there, participants will head to LBJ Ballroom for refreshments, discussion and celebration.

The event commemorates the living legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.—one of the most prolific and celebrated civil rights activists in American history. Students and faculty, as well as local high school students and the surrounding community, are encouraged to join the festivities in observance of the holiday.

Bobcats support men’s health through facial hair growth

A bushy red haired beard.

With aims to raise awareness and funding for cancer and male health, Bobcats across campus are letting their facial hair grow wild and free throughout November.

With origins in Australia, No Shave November, also known as Movember, first launched in 2003 and has since spread to 21 countries across the globe, according to the organization’s website. In 2012 alone, the group raised more than $141 million for various men’s health charities.  

The Square offers unique local businesses, dining

Paper Bear's wide cariety of necklace gifts on display

The Root Cellar

Opened in 2005, the Root Cellar Café and Gallery offers a unique blend of cuisine and culture. The restaurant advertises a “vacation-like” experience with a mid-priced dinner menu and local artists’ work on display. The restaurant is the first and only brew-pub in San Marcos. Thanks to brewer Robert Brushaber, the Root Cellar offers home brews including a gluten-free IPA for health-conscious drinkers. The walls are covered with art from many different local artists with a rotating gallery for featured works.

Healthier food choices available to students at dining halls on campus

Though nutritious meals are not always advertised well to students, the struggle to stave off the proverbial “freshman 15” can be eased for Bobcats knowledgeable about healthy food options around campus.

Living with a 200 swipe meal plan, Joey Kuykendall, exercise and sports science freshman, enjoys the smoothies at Smoothie Shack in Jones, but will splurge on a burger and fries from Route 90 on occasion.

“I live right down the hill, so Jones is my favorite because it’s so close, it’s not bad choices, and I really like the food here,” Kuykendall said. “I go to the Den for the Texas Gourmet Wraps, and I like the protein and strawberry smoothies there too.”

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