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Guide to Gruene

Just 19 minutes away from San Marcos sits Gruene, Texas, a small town that makes for the perfect weekend trip destination. As you come into the town, it’s difficult to not get caught up in the classic small-town feel. The buildings and the natural surroundings that you see on the main street will make you feel like you are on a movie set instead of a small town in Texas, and downtown Gruene has a joyful nature about it that you can’t help but catch.

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Beyond the Game: Jafus Gaines

Vacations are for people who want to get away, but Jafus Gaines, junior wide receiver, just wanted to come back.

Gaines worked tirelessly to return to the field after incurring back-to-back injuries last year. His goals finally came about when he finished his first game as a starting wide receiver with 119 yards, two touchdowns and 29.8 yards per reception in Texas State’s 65-0 victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

His feat, however, was not possible without trekking the road to recovery.

“I knew sooner or later it was going to be my time,” Gaines said. “I knew for a fact that this couldn’t last forever. Nothing lasts forever.”

Loop 82 overpass construction to begin January 2015

To improve the flow of traffic, the City of San Marcos will begin construction on a new overpass over Aquarena Springs Drive.

The new Loop 82 project will begin early Jan. 2015 and take approximately two and a half years to complete, said Kelli Reyna, TxDOT public information officer. Located at the intersection of IH-35 and Aquarena Springs Drive, the project will construct a bridge over the railroad tracks to alleviate traffic congestion.

The purpose of the proposed project is to increase area mobility and safety by providing a way for traffic to travel along State Highway Loop 82 within the city without the current interruptions caused by numerous train crossings, according to the city’s website.

San Marcos residents celebrate city’s first-ever Pride weekend

Forty-five years after the first brick was thrown at Stonewall, the first Pride celebration has finally come to the City of San Marcos.

The sun beat upon on the downtown courthouse grounds Saturday as about 300 people, Texas State students and city locals alike, congregated for the first San Marcos Pride Parade. Silvia Sandoval, the coordinator of the event, said it was a long time coming.

“It was a vision brought together by friends and family,” Sandoval said. “Everybody wanted it, so we created it.”

Four years ago, Sandoval, along with Gia de la Flor, began hosting Rainbow Night, a once-a-month Pride-themed party. Eventually, Sandoval said, they were able to create a solid foundation and connections so they could organize a Pride event.

Residence halls to be renovated, replaced as part of 10-year plan

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A 10-year plan is in place to renovate existing residence halls or possibly replace them with a different style.

The Department of Housing and Residential Life hired a consultant to study the university’s growth patterns and projections. The consultant looked at the conditions of the halls, said Bill Nance, vice president of Finance and Support Services.

Endangered species, aquifer levels being affected by Stage 4 drought

As extreme drought conditions in Central Texas persist, endangered species and natural wildlife are being monitored and cared for by local specialists.  

San Marcos is currently in a Stage 4 drought, which has caused significant concern regarding the San Marcos River and the organisms that call it home. The San Marcos salamander and Texas wild rice are just some of the endangered species that may be affected.

Wittliff exhibit highlights acclaimed photographs

Every five years, the Wittliff Collections displays an exhibition highlighting a selection of works either purchased by or gifted to the museum over that time period. Its most recent exhibition, dubbed Coming to Light, features 42 internationally acclaimed photographs that are being shown by the Wittliff for the first time.

Most of the photographs were either donated by the artists themselves or purchased by the Wittliff. The photos are generally grouped together by theme. Themes include nature, animals, Mexican history and culture, while a miscellaneous wall features fun, engaging pieces.

New recruitment plan aims to create more ‘dynamic’ fraternities on campus

In an effort to combat negative stereotypes surrounding Texas State Greek life and attract a more diverse array of fraternity members, the university has implemented a new recruitment style focused on positive change. 

Known as 365 Recruitment, the new style is a year-round joining process, effectively replacing the older “formal rush” model, which set aside just one week per semester for recruitment and other organization-joining activities.

Stadium seating to be reserved for Greek students

Texas State Athletics, in collaboration with Greek Affairs, plans to reserve a section of seats at Bobcat Stadium during football games for students in sororities and fraternities.

Approximately 420 seats in section 111 of the stadium, rows six through 22, will be sectioned off under the new plan. The seats will be released to the general public if not filled by kickoff. Non-Greek students can sit in the section if accompanied by Greek students, said Bryan Miller, director of Athletic Marketing and Promotions.

Bobcats defeat Lady Demons in 3-0 shutout at home

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The Texas State soccer team posted a 3-0 shutout on Sunday against the Northwestern State Lady Demons, extending the season winning streak to three games.

The Bobcats defeated the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Friday night, 2-0, in the first all-time meeting between the teams.

Texas State has allowed one goal in four games, with three shutouts.

“We talked to our players about coming out and regrouping and making sure that we had the same intensity we did on Friday night,” Coach Kat Conner said. “I thought they did a great job. They came out and scored in the first 40-seconds, that’s doing it. That’s being mentally checked in with the physical,  and I’m really proud of them on that.”

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