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Students make plans, resolutions for new year

Ross Verret has always considered himself a chunky guy, but his weight was always just a part of who he was.

This year, however, the communications senior vowed to make the extra weight a thing of the past by making a New Year’s resolution to lose 80 pounds in 2013. Though losing weight is a resolution many students make to themselves that never happens, Verret has a carefully considered plan to follow through.

Q&A: Ricardo Soliz

The officers of the Student Association for Campus Activities spend time each semester coming up with ways to entertain students. SACA is best known for its biggest events, Homecoming and Riverfest, but it also produces other programs for students to enjoy and has more planned for this spring. SACA President Ricardo Soliz spoke with The Star about the new semester and the organization’s plans for getting involved on campus.

MAA: What are some things Texas State students can look forward to this semester?

Student artisan turns hobby into side business

He hit a wooden cylinder with a pint-sized mallet, adding another hole in the intricate design of the next project. He concentrated on every detail, surrounded by blueprints, 1800s-styled tools and large sheets of leather. Reagan Smith, studio art sophomore, works in his leather shop every day, fulfilling his hobby and creating practical, artistic leather products.

During high school, Smith would make macramé bracelets, tooling with the material or making wood pendants. “I have to constantly do something with my hands, even when I’m watching TV,” Smith said. “I just picked up leather work to keep me busy, and it turned into this.”

Bobcats Share Holiday Traditions

The smell of cookies fresh out of the oven, large woolen coats and mittens just waiting for snow, and the smiling faces of friends and family might all be things associated with Christmas. For some families however, there are a few extra things added on that others might not consider “normal.”

For Carter Candrian, business management junior, Christmas is something he always looks forward to, but not in the way one might think. Unlike most people who love Christmas morning, Candrian says he looks forward to the night before most. After he and his family attend Christmas Eve mass, Carter and his sister always get to open one present.

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