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New student body president, vice president inaugurated

Texas State’s new student body president and vice president were inaugurated Monday afternoon next to a statue of the university’s most famous alumus, President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Tiffany Young, outgoing student body president and public relations junior, gave the opening speech and introduced President Denise Trauth. Trauth spoke about the importance of Student Government and then swore in the new student body president: Lauren Stotler, finance sophomore. 

Stotler swore in Tyler Burton, finance junior, as the new student body vice president.

New manhole covers promote environmental responsibility

Salamanders have been spotted all over San Marcos—not in the river, but on storm drains.

Last year, city officials hosted a competition and asked residents of all ages to develop a design for the storm drain covers around San Marcos.

Andrea Weissenbuehler, communication design graduate student, and Mabel Lopez (who goes by Mabel Sirup), studio art senior, won the competition. Weissenbuehler and Sirup created the “Sally the Salamander” logo to be put on storm drains. The first storm drains were installed March 6, with Weissenbuehler’s artwork in the center and Sirup’s border.

Electronics recycling event promotes waste disposal

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Rain showers were not enough to stop items ranging from leg massagers to big-screen televisions from rolling in to the seventh Earth Day RecycleNow electronics collection day.

The RecycleNow event was an opportunity for residents to dispose of electronics without paying a processing fee or sending the material to landfills, said Lisa Arceneaux, hazardous waste management specialist and event coordinator. 

“Recycling electronics is a huge favor we can do for ourselves and for the planet,” Arceneaux said.

Arceneaux said the R3 Recycling company moved into San Marcos last year and now offers residents free electronic waste disposal year-round.

Blanco Vista principal resigns amid complaints

The principal of Blanco Vista Elementary School resigned April 2 after parents and faculty made complaints regarding her leadership style.

Recent events concerning Rebecca Shea, principal at Blanco Vista, led to an uneasy social climate at the elementary school for students, faculty and parents. Parents filed a petition for Shea’s removal. Shea submitted her resignation two days after parents brought the petition to a March 30 Hays Consolidated Independent School District (Hays CISD) board meeting.

3 Day Startup fosters student business opportunities

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Texas State students interested in starting businesses before graduating had the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills over the weekend.

3 Day Startup (3DS), an entrepreneurial workshop program, was held March 27-29 in the McCoy College of Business. The University of Texas established 3 Day Startup in 2008, and the program has expanded to 60 institutions in five continents.

Mario Hernandez, masters student and 3DS mentor, said pitching ideas at the workshop was a challenge the first time he participated.

High school students discover university life

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On Monday, high school juniors experienced the day-to-day life of a college student through the “Bobcat For a Day” event held for the sixth consecutive year.

The Student Government and Office of Community Relations created the event. The goal was to reach out to high school students and promote awareness of higher education.

Joseph Pomar, electronic media junior, is the communication relation student coordinator for Bobcat for a Day.

Pagan Fellowship provides safe place for interested students

People take part in a variety of underground religions, but some beliefs go largely unnoticed.

That is where the Pagan Society comes in. Jared Brown, vice president of the Pagan Student Fellowship at Texas State, said the group is composed of students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members. Some group members are devoted Pagans. Others are people interested in learning more about Paganism.

Brown said the Pagan Student Fellowship was founded in 2006 by alumna Tamara Langstrumpf in an effort to create a discussion about various beliefs and practices. Hinduism, Buddhism, Druidism, Wicca and witchcraft are openly discussed, Brown said.

Bobcats win at home with shutout

It was better late than never for the Texas State softball team.

The Bobcats scored eight runs in the final three innings of their 8-0 victory against Lamar.

The team led 8-0 after the fifth inning, cutting the game two short.

Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, held the Cardinals to two hits in 16 at bats.

Rupp, who pitched a complete game against Lamar, improved her earned run average to 2.51 on the season. Rupp has won her last three games inside the circle.

Rupp feels the experience she is gaining will help her be a better player for the next four years.

Musicians compete in Battle of the Bands

San Marcos is full of artistic talent, and its local bands are no exception.

The Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA) hosted a Battle of the Bands March 5. The annual event began in 2010. The contest is held to select the band that will open for River Fest, San Marcos’ music event, said Celina Concha, communication studies junior and Pride & Traditions Coordinator of SACA.

Concha said the event is continuously successful and had a high attendance rate this year.

“This year, we hit the maximum of 150 people allowed in George’s at one time by 7:15p.m. and a total of approximately 400 attendees coming and going,” Concha said.

These numbers are a reflection of how much preparation, time and effort SACA puts into this event, she said.

Bobcats clinch first series victory of season

Scott Grist, senior pitcher, did not allow an earned run in eight innings.

Blake Whitter, junior pitcher, finished the job. He relieved Grist in the ninth inning with Texas State holding a 5-1 lead.

Whitter struck out three consecutive Louisiana-Monroe batters -- two looking, one swinging -- clinching the Bobcats' 5-1 victory for the team's first series victory this season.

Louisiana-Monroe opened the game with a run in the first inning. Then Grist, who allowed nine baserunners in eight innings, settled in. The Warhawks did not score for the last eight innings.

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