New murals help keep San Marcos beautiful

A new program is bringing artists from around the city together in an effort to reduce graffiti and inspire creativity.

Lisa Morris, San Marcos recreation manager, said the San Marcos Mural Arts program has been hiring artists for the past year to paint murals on private property around the city. She said the program was designed to help eliminate graffiti while also encouraging creative expression.

Morris said the city has allocated $30,000 for the program.

Amy Kirwin, solid waste coordinator, said applicants were asked to sketch out their ideas and present them to the programs committee for a final vote.

Two artists have painted murals so far, and Kirwin said a third is currently in progress.

Exhibition showcases faculty talent

The University Galleries is showcasing the work of four new faculty members from the School of Art and Design Aug. 24-Sept. 3 during the And Introducing… exhibition.

The showcase gave four new faculty members the opportunity to introduce themselves and their work to students and colleagues.

Chad Dawkins, interim gallery director, said he worked closely with each artist to organize a successful exhibition.

Dawkins said he enjoys helping artists guide their visions in new directions.

“I like to see the artists come up with ideas and help take them into a direction and transform them into a concept,” Dawkins said.

Thieving Birds steals the hearts of local music lovers

Students and San Marcos residents came together to enjoy a mix of rock and country Aug. 27 at Cheatham Street Warehouse.

Thieving Birds, a roots rock and roll band from Forth Worth, came to San Marcos to promote their third album, which is to be released next year.

Ace Crayton, Thieving Birds lead singer and guitarist, said the band has always enjoyed playing together since 2010 when they first formed.

“We wanted to play music as much as we could, so we decided to start the band in 2010,” Crayton said.

Crayton said it just made sense for the group of close friends to come together and make music.

Q&A with The Digital Wild at Float Fest

The Digital Wild brought a cool mix of indie rock and trip hop to their performance during the second day of Float Fest.

Chantell Moody, singer; Chelsea Seth Woodward, singer and guitar player, Casey Myers, auxiliary percussion, Michael Wisdom, drummer, and James Blair, synth keyboard and guitar player, sat down with The University Star to discuss their performance.


Simank: How do you guys think the show was overall?

Woodward: Today I think it was really good. When it’s so hot out like it was today I find that it slows everything down a little bit and kind of makes it dreamy. At least to me it feels like you are kind of soaking in it a bit.

Float Fest 2015: Friday Recap

Festival attendees floated 2 and a half miles to Cool River Ranch August 28 to attend the first day of Float Fest.

The day was filled with an eclectic lineup that ranged from indie rock to future disco performed by new and well-known artists.

Sons of Stan fans began to trickle in for their 4:15 p.m. show, but it seemed like most people chose to stay at the river until much later.

Walker Lukens and his accompanying band The Side Arms were up next for a set that consumed audience members with its whimsical groove.

Festivalgoers dressed casually in t-shirts, bathing suits and the occasional flower crown began returning from the river in bigger crowds just in time for The Eastern Sea.

Q&A with The Bright Light Social Hour at Float Fest

As the crowds began to trickle in from the river to the stage on Day 1 of Float Fest, The University Star had the opportunity to sit down with Joseph Mirasol and Curtis Roush, two of the four members in The Bright Light Social Hour.

The band is scheduled to hit the Second Stage August 28 at 9 p.m.

MS: What made you decide to play float fest?

JM: I think they asked us and then we were like yeah that sounds really fun.

CR: Its close by and there is a lot of good bands playing all day.

MS: How do you think this festival compares to the Austin music scene?

Fashion Finds: pops of color on campus

Fashion Finds is a new, weekly column showcasing students found on campus with unique style. Anything from crazy patterns to the latest trends to what to wear to an interview can be found here each week!

One aspect I truly admire about fashion is the ability to stand out from others through self-expression.

Yajaira Almaguer, fashion merchandising junior, is pictured here in a fabulous JCPenney bright pink top paired with simple black shorts and Tevas.

Her selection of the highlighter-colored blouse really stood out to me in the sea of students making their way through The Quad.

Almaguer said the bright pop of color is the ultimate way to send off summer trends.

Season preview: Fine arts schedule jam-packed for school year

The Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance plans to showcase a variety of performances during the academic year. Students should be on the lookout for concerts, plays, operas, exhibitions and collaborations within departments.

Theatre Department

The theater department is set to host a multitude of main stage and black box productions this year.

View from the Bridge, a one-act drama written by Arthur Miller and directed by Melissa Utley, theater graduate student, will run from October 6-11 as the department’s season opener.

J. Robert Moore, Evita director and theater graduate student, said musical theater at the university has grown immensely over the past few years.

Weekend preview: Float Fest

The only thing better than camping, live music and floating the river is finding a way to combine the three. Float Fest, a local San Marcos music festival, has found a way to do just that. Check out the list below to see why this event should be added to your weekend plans.

1. The Lineup

There is something for everyone on this year’s lineup which features Ghostland Observatory, Phantogram and Local Natives as headliners. Other performers include Mute Math, Robert Delong, Devin the Dude and many more. To see the full lineup, visit

2. The Pricing

Beat the heat: how to keep your makeup lasting all day

School has started and once again the hill country is alive with the sound of Bobcats panting up and down the Alkek stairs.

For students who wear makeup, the summer season presents a difficult challenge when it comes to guaranteeing that products last all day. No makeup is perfect, but there are several steps to be taken to ensure your look lasts as long as possible.

Abbi Garcia, assistant manager at The Cosmetics Company Store, said the most important tool for a long-lasting look is face primer.

“A face primer is your best bet for making your makeup stay,” Garica said. “It is important to set up a good base and give the makeup something to hold on to.”

Face primers are a good option for people with dry or combination skin types, Garcia said.


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