Alexandra White

Renovations to begin at local municipal airport

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Construction for an extensive rehabilitation project will soon begin at the San Marcos Municipal Airport.

San Marcos City Council unanimously approved the use of $697,050 of the city’s budget as part of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airport improvement plan at its Nov. 5 meeting. The project will receive additional state and federal funds to bring the project’s total budget to $5.7 million and includes improvements to runway 13/31 and avionics equipment, said Daniel Benson, airport planner for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Aviation Division. The start-of-construction date is to be determined.

Fashion students detail fall clothing trends, staples

Fall. A time of year when pumpkin spice lattes reign supreme, boyfriends find their favorite hoodies missing and students across the country begin compiling the perfect wardrobe additions to help them transition from sweltering Texas heat to the slightly-less-hot autumn. Members of the Texas State Fashion Merchandising Association (FMA) shared their favorite fall trends and how to style them while the women of San Marcos sister boutiques Two P’s and Calli’s— Maggie Ximenes, Kellea Goebel, Katelyn Knapp, and Mary Katherine Underbhuk—broke down their top picks for when the temperatures begin to drop.

Aluminum grey and sangria

Baseball sweeps Georgia State at Bobcat Ballpark

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The Texas State baseball team won its first conference series since March 28 against Georgia State this past weekend.

The team swept Georgia State, outscoring the Panthers 16-4 in the series.

“That’s just hitting,” said Ben McElroy, junior outfielder. “Sometimes the offense can be a rollercoaster ride. We just stuck with the same approach this series, kept working hard and knew eventually the ball would start falling.”  

The Bobcats went in to Sunday’s matchup with the series won, but it was a historic night for Hunter Lemke, senior pitcher.

Lemke earned his eighth save of the season. This allowed him to surpass former pitcher Jeff McVaney for career saves with 16.

The record has been intact since McVaney’s graduation back in 2012.

Consulting firms planning, seeking input for student center renovation

Planning is underway for renovations and expansion to the LBJ Student Center as consultants look to students for input on the changes.

Jack Rahmann, LBJ Student Center director, said consultants from an architectural firm are holding a series of meetings and taking surveys to understand the needs of students, guests and staff who use the student center. As enrollment continues to increase, the age of the building has become more apparent, Rahmann said.

“We are taking a two-phase approach,” Rahmann said. “First, we need to find out what the building needs, and then how it should grow.”

New development could add up to 2,000 middle-income homes to area

A proposed single-family housing development on the edge of San Marcos is continuing plans after a name change and an addition of acreage.

La Cima, formally known as Lazy Oaks, will occupy approximately 2,000 acres off the intersection of Wonder World and Ranch Road 12, according to Bill Ward, one of the developers on the project. Planners have added 600 acres that were previously part of the Freeman trust to the development since last year.

“We’re just amending the agreement to include the additional 600 acres that will give us more range and better access,” Ward said. “Also, the green space, which was previously 410 acres, will now be 800 acres thanks to that addition.”

Chartwells to take over management of Paws Market

Chartwells Dining Services will become the new manager for Paws Market in the LBJ Student Center in June due to the store’s current limited revenue that is not covering operating costs.

Jack Rahmann, director of the student center, said the facility is losing approximately $30,000 per year from Paws Market because of the cost of utilities, items sold and labor. The new management from Chartwells will allow for an increase in revenue for Student Business Services.

Student Buiness Services will receive nine percent commission from Chartwells, which is expected to generate $45,000 in revenue from Paws Market, Rahmann said.

Baseball loses second-straight Sun Belt series

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The Texas State baseball team lost its second straight Sun Belt Conference series against South Alabama this weekend at home.

The defeat marked the team’s first series loss at home after winning two consecutively to start the season.

Austen Williams, junior pitcher who started Saturday, finished his first career complete game shutout and allowed six base runners. Williams was named Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week Monday for his performance.

“He started this game with a sore neck,” said Coach Ty Harrington. “Sometimes when it’s little things like that, it increases your focus. I thought he was incredibly competitive, and there was only one point where he looked out of sync in the seventh when he was closing in on 100 pitches.”

Baseball recovers from three-run deficit to defeat UTSA

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The Texas State baseball team scored 4 runs in the bottom of the ninth, defeating Texas-San Antonio 7-6 Tuesday night.

“This was a team win,” said Granger Studdard, freshman infielder. “We had a really good last inning at the plate. Everyone grinded out at bats and it go us in a situation to win.”  

Justin Dellinger, sophomore pitcher, started the eighth, striking out the first two batters he faced.

The Roadrunners scored 4 runs on in the top of the eighth as Dellinger allowed 3 runs on three hits. Mike Warren, UTSA first baseman, hit a 2-run home run with two outs in the eighth, giving the Roadrunners a 5-3 lead.

Texas-San Antonio added another run in the top of the eighth, extending its lead to 6-3 heading into the ninth inning.

Q&A with members of Blue October

Blue October was in town for a special two-night performance last weekend on the heels of its latest album release. Frontman Justin Furstenfeld and bass player Matt Noveskey, San Marcos residents, spoke with The University Star about their new album “Sway,” a new tour and almost 20 years  of success in the music industry.

ASG candidates no longer able to run on tickets

Students hoping to run for position in the Associated Student Government will no longer be able to run on tickets, leaving the duty of campaigning in the hands of the individual candidates.

After last year’s candidates for president and vice president ran unopposed, members of the Election Commission implemented changes to the system, said ASG president Vanessa Cortez. Prior elections allowed potential senators to run on a presidential and vice presidential ticket. The filing deadline for those running for ASG president, vice president, senator or graduate house representative is March 21.

Cortez said as a result of the changes, candidates will not be able to rely on a ticket’s staff to do their marketing for them, which has occurred in the past.

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