Alumni reunite to make music

When the members of Blue Healer met at Texas State in 2009, none of them imagined they would be performing on stage together six years later.

Dees Stribling, drummer and vocalist for Blue Healer, said he, David Beck and Bryan Mammel started the indie rock band in January.

“I met David on Palm Sunday at the First Methodist Church in San Marcos after I had moved there in 2009,” Stribling said. “Shortly after, we met Bryan when he was playing with HalleyAnna Finlay's band.”

Stribling said the band members worked on themselves individually as artists before coming together to perform.

He said the sound they developed when they were apart is directly related to how the band sounds as a whole.

What to consider when choosing a major

With hundreds of majors to choose from, it can often be challenging for students to pick one area to focus on.

Choosing a major is a major commitment, but the decision doesn’t have to be stressful. The following are five tips to help students successfully declare their major. 

1. Know yourself

Kate Robbins, career counselor, said the first step students should take when they aren’t sure what they want to study is learning more about themselves and their interests.

Robbins said she encourages students to tell their stories when they come to her office for advice on selecting a major.

How to healthy on a college budget

For many, trying to maintain a healthy diet on the typical college student budget seems impossible.

With the help of fellow Bobcats and local nutrition experts, eating healthy on a tight budget can be easy if students follow these simple tips.

1. My Chef Dujour

Rachel Emry, executive chef and owner of My Chef Dujour, said eating healthy with limited spending money can be tricky, but essential.

Emry said My Chef Dujor is designed to make eating healthy, simple and easy for students with a busy schedule.

Customers are able to purchase a week’s worth of pre-prepped meals that come ready for cooking.

Students volunteer to rebuild flood-damaged homes

Texas State Community Relations has partnered with St. Bernard Project and United Way of Hays County to help victims of the Memorial Day weekend flood rebuild their homes.

The organizations are hosting Project Flood Relief Sept. 5 from 8a.m.-5p.m. in an effort to get student volunteers to contribute to the long-term rebuilding process.

Jordan Jimenez, outreach coordinator for Texas State Community Relations, said the project is an ongoing process with volunteers completing a variety of tasks.

“What we’re doing is trying to get the floors redone and the walls painted and stuff like that, just so it can be a home again,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez said the volunteer effort was slow during the summer because most students had gone home.

Formal recruitment engages new sorority members

As the fall semester commences, sororities across campus are preparing to recruit their newest members.

Katie Byland, vice president of public relations for Texas State’s Panhellenic Council (PHC), said approximately 700 women registered to participate in Panhellenic Sorority Formal Recruitment, which will occur Sept. 5-9.

Byland said the organization serves as a ruling body for Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta, Gamma Phi Beta and Zeta Tau Alpha.

“Here at Texas State, our Panhellenic Council consists of 10 women from different Panhellenic chapters,” Byland said. “We are the governing body for the seven Texas State Panhellenic sororities.”

Community event draws in creative crowd

Students and San Marcos residents gathered at Zelicks Icehouse Aug. 30 for a night of art, shopping and music.

Martian Culture, inspired by ‘San Martian,’ a term used to describe locals, is a social gathering held on the last Sunday of every month in an effort to immerse attendees in local culture.

Daniel Currey, Zelicks manager and co-creator of the event, said he and Jody Cross, Martian Culture manager, came up with the idea last year.

“It started up based on a few other art events we had been seeing around and we just really wanted to create something for the community here in San Marcos,” Currey said.

Currey said he wasn’t sure how the event would be received when it first started.

Picks of the Week

For the literature enthusiast

The department of English will kick off their MFA Student Reading Series on Sept. 1 from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Students and faculty can enjoy light refreshments while listening to graduate students in the MFA Creative Writing Program recite some of their nonfiction, fiction and poetry pieces.

For the traveler

Recreation center offers free class event

Students looking to get fit and learn more about exercising resources on campus can head to the Student Recreation Center on Sept. 2 for the largest free fitness camp of the semester.

Jenevieve Struk, Campus Recreation fitness coordinator, said Texas State hosts the Fall Fitness Frenzy event every year to spread awareness about what services they offer. She said the event usually sees about 150-200 students each year. This year, the event will start at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 6:45 p.m. and will be on court two of the rec center.

Struk said the class will feature a variety of workout options.

Four concerts to attend this week for under $15

For the Texas country fan

Kyle Park will take the stage Sept. 2nd at The Marc to celebrate the venue’s two-year anniversary. Doors for the event will open at 7 p.m. and the Texas country singer will perform with his full band later in the evening. Early-bird tickets are $10 and can be purchased on The Marc’s website.


For the Alternative Country Supporter

Cody Canada & Willy Braun will perform live at Cheatham Street Warehouse Sept. 4th at 10:30 p.m. Doors to the 18-and-over event open at 8 p.m., and advanced tickets can be purchased for $12 on the ticket section of Cheatham Street’s website.


For the free music fanatic

Three-day festival brings music, tubing to San Marcos

Unicorns could be seen floating at Cool River Ranch this weekend. 

San Martians came in troves, equipped with inflatable unicorn inner tubes and beach balls Aug. 28-30 for the second annual Float Fest event.

The festival featured a unique vibe and unforgettable performances across two stages and three days. Festivalgoers listened to artists such as Local Natives, Ghostland Observatory and Phantogram.

Each day of the festival showcased very different genres of music.

Friday’s lineup highlighted mostly indie rock artists whose performances seemed to be a carefree representation of what many of the musical artists abilities.


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