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Programs evolve in fine arts departments

Fine arts programs continue to evolve with a variety of majors and minors to choose from as Texas State increases. 

Thomas Clark, director of the School of Music, said he has watched the school grow since coming to Texas State in 2008.  Changes to the program included recent building renovations and the addition of the Performing Arts Center.

"When I started here, we had music courses and activities going on in three different buildings," Clark said. “The School of Music has a very respected sound recording technology program, and the laboratory space for that is in an old fire station that was renovated into a recording studio—a whole complex area of studios."

Clark said the music program is now housed in seven different buildings across campus.

Texas State's Power Of Unity March commemorates MLK

The patter of footsteps grew in size and sound, and audience members could feel the campus connect as students marched forward in unity.

Texas State celebrated the 30th annual Power Of Unity march Tuesday night in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday was officially on Monday, but the celebratory spirit remained with the students of Texas State along with the message of togetherness that was sent over 50 years ago.

Martin Luther King Jr. famously campaigned for unity of the American people by promoting equal rights, an idea that once seemed impossible to spread.

Ashley Kerlin, nursing sophomore, said she was excited to be a part of the MLK event and further his mission.

Theatre department modernizes “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Skateboards, tattoo sleeves and skinny jeans are three things William Shakespeare never imagined when penning his classic play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but they are all integral to Texas State’s updated telling of the fairytale.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was held at Texas State’s new Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre and quickly sold out roughly 10 minutes before starting as excited word got out about the in-demand play.

Q & A With The Gents’ Tyler Jordan

The Gents have cemented their status not only as one of Austin, Texas’ favorite bands but an act on the verge of national acclaim, blending smooth vocal harmonies with southern-infused folk rock. The group comprises Tyler Jordan (bass, vocals), Matty Blissard (vocals, guitar, bass), Kevin Manship (vocals, guitar) and Jon Denn (percussion) and has already cultivated a following at The 512 and beyond. Here, The Star talks with Tyler Jordan about what’s next for The Gents.

What is your creative force? What gets you going?

Walk to End Alzheimer’s will raise funds, awareness

For many students, the upcoming holidays mean family-filled celebrations, reunions with relatives and reminiscing about favorite memories. Kayla Santana, education junior, considers herself lucky to have close relationships with a mother, father and sister. However, the Texas State student finds herself missing one family member even while she’s in the room.

Santana’s grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2006. Alzheimer’s is the result of deterioration of brain cells and causes decreases in memory and mental function. The disease is the most common form of dementia. Symptoms can range from forgetting family members to not knowing one’s whereabouts. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in United States.

Literary fun to be had at annual Texas Book Festival

Texas will expose a literary aspect of itself rarely mentioned this October as Austin gears up to host its annual book festival.

Much is said of the nationally acclaimed “live music capital,” but Austin aims to expose another side of the city that differs from its recognized background.

Laura Bush started the Texas Book Festival in 1995. Her aim was to promote Texas authors and enjoyable reading. A former librarian, Mrs. Bush was very specific about the cause of the festival, emphasizing philanthropic funding toward Texas public libraries. According to, the festival is non-profit and has generated more than $2.6 million in donations to public libraries since its opening.

Alumnus launches clothing line after contest win

A gleam of hope was all alumnus Cory Hanes had, but it was all he needed to launch SurVibe, his own clothing line and business.

Based in San Marcos, Hanes’ clothing company is Texas State-bred. Just two years ago it joined Facebook as a public profile of clothing wear, and despite the short time it’s been in circuit, it has garnered critical acclaim thanks to a business pitch contest that earned SurVibe $5,000 as a first-place winner.

Hanes was fresh out of college at the time of the contest. However, since taking first place in late June, he’s kicked his business into full gear.

Dos and Don’ts of Tailgating

For Texas State students, Christmas comes several months early with the always-wonderful arrival of college football season. While most handle the festivities in a completely appropriate manner, some manage to turn what should be a mildly raucous event into a drunken free-for-all. If this sounds like your last time at Strahan, read on to see how you can have a good time without ending up as Yik Yak gossip fodder come Sunday morning.

Don’t show up already drunk

Fun Fall Events

Most Texas State students are plagued by one of two event scheduling problems: either they’re faced with the possibility of so many seemingly-fun activities that it’s impossible to fit it all unto their Bookstore-issued planner, or they’re so bored on a Thursday night that attending an extra credit lecture session is actually starting to sound appealing. To avoid the stress that accompanies either situation, The University Star has sifted through sites and pared it down to the top four events no one should miss.

•          Texas State Talent Show tryouts

Greek involvement on the rise

Texas State has over 200 organizations and a yearly increase of student body. Many can be seen sporting shirts emblazoned with a series of Greek letters on a daily basis. As is the case with the campus’ enrollment increase, Bob Dudolski, assistant dean of students, said Greek involvement is expanding as well.

“There is always increases every year,” Dudolski said. “There’s an increase in all organizations. It’s pretty consistent. Some are different sizes, but that depends on how large they want to become.”

The university has a total of 36 Greek organizations. These organizations vary in focus, with some emphasizing religion, sociability or community service. Dudolski said there is no difference in how they function.


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