Rattle Snake Run 5k joins athletics with community

Runners of all ages gathered at San Marcos High School (SMHS) starting line Aug. 22 to take part in the 2nd annual RattleSnake Run 5K.

The race served as a fundraiser for its sponsor, the SMHS Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

Anthony Williams, Lieutenant Colonel, said the race is designed to bring the community together before the beginning of a new school year.

“It’s a great community service event,” Williams said. “We get a lot of participation from the local community, families, kids and young people.”

Williams said organizers decided to open the race to all ages in an effort to encourage kids to be more active.

Texas State chant: a brief history


The traditions that surround game-day atmospheres at Texas State is simply one-of-a-kind.

Many students show pride for their school using the Texas State chant, a unique signature yell designed to boost spirit at any point during a Bobcat athletic event.

Shaina Mayberry, head cheer coach, said the tune was created during the 2005 Southland Conference Championship.

“That was one of the bigger things to happen after the school changed its name to Texas State,” Mayberry said. “One side started yelling ‘Texas’ and the other side started yelling ‘State,’ and it was kind of a pivotal moment.”

Mayberry said the chant is an easy way to bring students, staff and faculty together.

Strutters unveil new uniforms for community


Over 100 eager drill team members gathered in Strahan Coliseum Aug. 22 to showcase their new uniforms during the Meet the Strutters event.

The goal of the showcase was to recognize each of the halftime performers individually before the fall semester began.

Tammy Fife, Strutters director, said the event was the first time this season parents and members of the community could meet the team.

“Tonight was a big night because this was their first time to show their brand-new uniforms,” Fife said. “And so many people who donated towards the uniforms were here.”

Fife said $487,000 in donations helped make the team’s wish for new uniforms a reality.

Picks of the Week

For the textbook shopper

The University Bookstore will be providing live entertainment, giveaways and snacks while students shop for textbooks and school supplies Tuesday during their Bookstore Blowout event. Students can pick up that last-minute binder and order their textbooks from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


For the textbook shopper

The University Bookstore will be providing live entertainment, giveaways and snacks while students shop for textbooks and school supplies August 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This event, Bookstore Blowout, provides students with the perfect time to pick up that last-minute notebook and order their textbooks.


New gourmet doughnut trailer arrives in town

After 20 years in the restaurant industry, one Kyle resident is looking to change up breakfast in San Marcos.

Brandon Alarcon, owner and operator of Donut 911, said he started the food truck, that now sits on N. Guadalupe Street, two months ago with a desire to reinvent the popular breakfast treat. Customers have the option to create their own type of doughnut, choosing their own toppings and fillings, Alarcon said.

Alarcon said most of the feedback he has received so far has been positive.

Top 5 best hiking spots in San Marcos

San Marcos is home to many hiking trails that allow students to enjoy the city’s natural beauty while getting their cardio on. Although the heat can be a powerful deterrent for many people during the summer, there are plenty of trails in the area providing enough shade to keep you going.

Ringtail Ridge Natural Area

Although the Ringtail Ridge Natural Area is smaller than most trails, the 40 acres provide plenty of room for beginners. Ringtail Ridge also allows dogs as long as they are leashed.

Janis Martinez, San Marcos resident, said the trail is two miles long and primarily designed for mountain biking.

Q&A with Brandon Smith, Texas State freshman and dedicated rapper

Ever since he first saw his dad pick up a guitar, Texas State’s newest rapper recognized he wanted to make an impression on others with his music.

The University Star sat down with Brandon Smith, political science freshman, to talk about his new album, the feel of a new city and how turning some of life’s toughest experiences into raps helped him better himself as an artist and a person. 


MS: What inspired you to start rapping?

BS: I wanted to make a difference in society through music because I really feel like music is one of the most powerful vehicles I can use to make a change in someone’s life or society. It’s a tool that reaches the most people, so I figured if I wanted to make a change I should do it through music.

Community event welcomes students back to campus


San Marcos shops, restaurants and community members gathered in The Square on August 21st to welcome students back to campus during the third annual Passport to San Marcos event.

The party, which was hosted by the main street program, City of San Marcos and Texas State’s Division of Student Affairs, offered students a taste of the town by introducing them to community organizations and serving samples from local restaurants.

Samantha Armbruster, Main Street program manager, said the event is a way for locals to engage with students and link Texas State and the city together. “

Local candy shop celebrates grand opening


Bobcats and San Martians no longer have to travel far and wide to satisfy that pesky sweet tooth— Candy, Sweets and Treats, a novelty candy store has taken up shop in the middle of downtown San Marcos.

A grand opening celebration complete with a sweet ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Aug. 15 in front of Candy, Sweets and Treats new spot to celebrate the store opening its doors to the public.

Leanne Latham, owner of the dessert shop, said she is happy to finally share her creation with the public.

“It’s a little overwhelming, but it’s exciting to have the store open,” Latham said. “I think everyone deserves to feel like a kid again in a candy store.”

Creepy thriller a "Gift" for audiences

It's 23 minutes into a packed showing of The Gift and the man two rows down from me jumps so far out of his seat that it sends the entire theater into a fit of laughter. It’s the first time someone screams out during the showing, but not the last.

The film, which is directed and written by Joel Edgerton, starts out down the typical thriller movie path when we meet Simon and Robyn Callen (Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall), a wealthy married couple who moved from Chicago to Los Angeles and are looking to purchase a new house. Simon Callen is being groomed for a promotion at a security firm, and Robyn Callen hopes to start fresh after a miscarriage compromised her mental health.


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