Q&A with Sophia Campos, Panhellenic Council president

Many people appreciate Greek life, but few stop to ask themselves who is working behind the scenes to make things run so smoothly.

The University Star sat down with Sophia Campos, Panhellenic Council president and electronic media senior, to discuss fall recruitment and everything that comes after.

Mariah Simank: How long have you served as president?

Sophia Campos: I've served as president since the spring of my junior year. I just started my senior year, so my term started in January and then it ends December. We do elections in November, and then the new president will start in January.

MS: How would you say your term is going so far?

Q&A with Chris Pringle, Interfraternity Council president

Many students at Texas State join Greek Life as a way to better their community and foster friendships that last long after they walk across the stage.

The University Star had the opportunity to sit down with Chris Pringle, Interfraternity Council (IFC) president and management junior, to discuss his term and the future of the council’s 14 fraternities.

Mariah Simank: How long have you served as president?

Chris Pringle: I've been president for a year now. Elections are every year around November and are based on candidates who meet certain qualifications. We look for candidates who are trying to extend the Greek community.

MS: How would you say your term is going so far?

Finding the perfect cup of joe in San Marcos


Instant human! Just add coffee.

Whether you call it an unhealthy dependence or a harmless indulgence, this caffeine-coated slogan is the mantra for countless college students.

College towns often have an abundance of coffeehouses and San Marcos is no exception. With such a broad selection of coffee destinations to choose from, San Martians can confidently navigate their way around the coffee scene by considering what some of the top shops have to offer. Here are my top picks for where to find the best brew in town.


1.      Starbucks on campus, LBJ Student Center and Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC) Cafe locations

Harry Potter becomes reality at Texas State

In a place where flying broomsticks and talking paintings are the norm, a group of students are bringing the magical world of Harry Potter to Texas State.

Quidditch, a fictional sport played on broomsticks by characters in the popular series, has been a reality at Texas State for four years. Since its inception, the team has made their mark across the nation.

Daniel DeRuiter, team president and exercise sports science senior, said Texas State has become one of the most recognized collegiate Quidditch programs in the country.

He said the originality of the game separates it from other sports.

“We are a big thing,” DeRuiter said. “No other sport has a team carrying a broom between their legs.”

Interior design program gains re-accreditation


Texas State’s interior design program was recently evaluated and reaccredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

The achievement comes after a demanding two-year self-assessment and a three-day visit from a team of experts and professors from the accreditation committee.

Peter Dedek, associate professor at the School of Family & Consumer Sciences, said the organization visits the interior design program every six years to evaluate its standards.

Dedek said being reaccredited is a huge advantage for the program and its students.

Fall fashion makes its way to campus

As the temperature drops and days get shorter, fashion-minded Bobcats across campus will start to pack away their summer attire and turn toward fall styles.

Top fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar are heralding the latest runway styles. Here on campus, many students are taking a more classic approach to their cold weather lineup.

Olive green military-style jackets are a staple for many fall looks. The piece is versatile enough to be paired with girly, boho or minimalist styles.

“I really like the green jackets, they look good with a lot of looks,” said Mallonie Zhivotovskaya, psychology freshman.

Zhivotovskaya said she would pair hers with black jeans, a thin sweater underneath, leather black booties and a cute scarf.

School of music to host faculty showcase

The School of Music will kick off its International Concert Series Sept. 10 with a Faculty Artist Showcase at the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The showcase will feature performances from 13 faculty members representing several departments within the School of Music.

Thomas Clark, School of Music director, said he and Washington Garcia, School of Music associate professor and assistant director of the series, created the event as a way for students and members of the community to easily access classical music.

“It was created to provide some great classical music for this community and raise awareness of the exciting things that the Texas State School of Music is doing in the international realm,” Clark said.

Theater conference fosters diversity


Directors and actors from all over the country came together for the 14th annual Black and Latino Playwrights Conference (BLPC) Sept. 7-13.

The BLPC is a weeklong event giving theater students and playwrights the opportunity to learn from each other by attending hands-on presentations hosted by seasoned professionals.

Eugene Lee, BLPC creator and artistic director, said the conference was created to celebrate playwrights from different ethnicities and help them become better at their craft.

Lee said the weeklong process is referred to as “finding a play.”

Here is what happened when I attended the Fall Fitness Frenzy

It was 20 minutes into Fall Fitness Frenzy and my legs already felt like I had just completed a marathon.

By the 40-minute mark, my entire body was drenched in sweat.

The Student Recreation Center offered a free sample of six group exercise classes in a single evening Sept. 2 to show students everything the complex has to offer.

I attended the event for the first time and found it to be one of the most energetic, exhausting and encouraging fitness classes I have ever encountered.

Being a Texas State Strutter and Krav Maga fighter, I am familiar with a hard workout, but this event was a training unlike most.

Strutters don new uniform after 17 years

For the first time ever the Texas State Strutters will perform in maroon and gold uniforms this football season.

The team has worn the same iconic uniforms for the past 17 years, but on Aug. 22, a brand-new look was debuted at their annual Meet the Strutters event.

“We wanted Meet the Strutters to be a grand unveiling, so we made sure that none of the girls posted the uniforms on social media or anything before that day,” said Tammy Fife, Strutters director. “It was hard because they were all so excited, but we told them they could only show their moms.”

The uniforms have not always been maroon and gold.

In fact, the Strutters started out wearing red, silver and white, eventually switching to the iconic maroon, silver and white uniforms.


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