Carlos Valdez

City Council considers stricter smoking laws

San Marcos city councilmembers are re-examining a 1995 ordinance that allows smoking in designated public areas after a citizen survey revealed a majority of those polled support stricter regulations.

The possible ordinance could ban smoking in restaurants, bars and other private establishments in San Marcos. The specific details have not yet been determined. Assistant City Manager Collette Jamison gave city councilmembers a presentation during their Aug. 20 meeting concerning public opinion and information on smoking in public. The current ordinance allows smoking in designated areas in bars and restaurants as well as at private functions and bowling league matches. Smoking is explicitly banned around children’s play areas.

Two graduates stray from degree, career path to open food trailer


After earning a degree from Texas State, one alumnus decided to abandon the career path he chose in college to pursue something more adventurous—opening a food trailer.

Chris Pasztor graduated with a degree in psychology in August 2009. He originally planned to attend graduate school to further his career and eventually become a professor at the collegiate level. However, Pasztor soon realized he had been in school long enough and was ready to move on to other pursuits.

“I got my degree and ran off into the adult world,” Pasztor said.

Honors College hosts ‘intercultural awareness’ event


The Honors College hosted a workshop that taught the art of Indian body painting Friday afternoon as part of the Common Experience series.

The president and secretary of the Indian Student Association came to present the body art form, henna, to students. The purpose of the common experience event was to educate and immerse students in different cultures. 

“The goal is to have intercultural awareness, and as much as we would like Texas State students, staff and faculty to learn about our culture, we want to learn about their culture,” said Kanika Verma, Indian Student Association president and geography Ph.D. student. “To prepare students to become a global citizen, you need them to learn other cultures, and you need to have an open mind.” 

Softball takes one from first in WAC, loses two in extra innings

The Texas State softball team fell to 0–9 in extra-inning games over the weekend when they dropped two of three against first place New Mexico State University.

The team came into the series against the Aggies tied for third in the conference. The Bobcats (12–33) are now tied for fifth in the WAC with Louisiana Tech University, posting a 7–8 conference record.

“It just comes down to executing when we need to,” said senior first baseman Haley Lemons. “They executed when they needed to with runners in scoring position, and we just have to do a better job. We have to do a better job of getting hits and do something more than what we’re doing with runners in scoring position.”

Couple bikes across country for breast cancer awareness


A Texas State couple will make a trip spanning three states and thousands of miles to raise breast cancer awareness—all with their dog in tow.

Students Julie and Matt Swallow, both 28, are planning a bicycle tour of the West Coast of North America with their dog, Jet, to raise money for cancer research.

The Swallows are looking for sponsors for their trip and have set their fundraising goal at $25,000. All money raised for the trip will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. Sponsorship of the tour is provided through various organizations, businesses and individuals, Julie Swallow said. The Swallows aim to have one sponsor for each mile of their trip.

Strahan Coliseum chosen as home for new Victory Star

The new student-made Victory Star will soon shine at Strahan Coliseum as an indicator of Bobcat success.

The Victory Star committee has chosen to install the structure on the wall above the ticket office at Strahan Colesium. The installation is part of the Lighting the Way initiative, a three-year campaign to find a home for the structure.

The campaign was originally launched to replace the Victory Star above Jackson Hall with a new one. This was not a possibility because of safety concerns—finding a home for the student-made star became the new focus of the campaign.

Concert series aims to keep San Marcos beautiful


Children, families and elderly couples filled San Marcos Plaza Park with laughter, conversations and relaxation Thursday night during the second of five concerts in the Keep San Marcos Beautiful Spring Concert Series.

The evening kicked off at 6:30 p.m. with catering services provided by Whole Foods, selling chicken tacos, buffalo wraps and more. Other vendors sold incense, stoneware and other merchandise.

Among jewelry vendors was The Imperfect Bones, selling necklaces made with chicken and rat skulls and raccoon jaws as pendants, and a jewelry stand made out of a chicken’s scaly leg. All items were handmade by Hannah Parks.

Q&A with D.T. Max, David Foster Wallace biographer

Author D.T. Max’s new biography “Every Love Story is a Ghost Story” chronicles the life of “Infinite Jest” writer David Foster Wallace. The book is the first of its kind, filled with grammar, bandanas, antidepressants, irony and love. Max spoke about the mark Wallace left on the world Friday in the Wittliff Collections while on tour to promote his book.

Jordan Gass-Poore’: How did you first hear about David? Was it prior to your article in The New Yorker?
D.T. Max: I actually first heard about David when his first book called “The Broom of the System” was in galleys. His publisher sent me a copy asking if I would
review it.

JGP: Did you end up writing a review of “The Broom of the System”?

Bobcat pause commemorates deceased


Texas State Diamond Sweethearts held each other and wept for their fallen friend as they crowded around a high-school letterman jacket and a collection of photographs. The girls buried their faces into each other’s shoulders and offered hugs and condolences to the family of their friend.

Erika Esquina, who was a Diamond Sweetheart and mass communications sophomore, was one of 21 students and 20 faculty and staff members honored Wednesday at the 26th Bobcat Pause. The memorial service and reception were held for the friends and family of members of the Texas State community who died within the past year.

“It’s touching to see how many are here to support each other and Texas State,” said Karli Wiloth, Diamond Sweetheart and family and child development sophomore.

Rings presented to soon-to-be graduates

After years of late nights, long walks to class and caffeine-fueled study sessions, the upperclassmen of Texas State celebrated their success Tuesday by attending the traditional ring ceremony held at the end of each semester. 

The biannual ceremony held at Strahan Coliseum is a time when upperclassmen can invite their loved ones to campus to watch them receive their official Texas State class rings.

 “My parents are so proud of what I have accomplished, and every time I look at my ring I’ll remember all the amazing times I have been blessed with during my time at Texas State, “ said Amanda Novak, education senior.


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