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The Texas State and San Marcos community is directly impacted by the decisions made by elected officials, such as City Council representatives, the Hays County sheriff, the county judge, county commissioners and the justice of the peace. 

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When Texas State announced some classes would be conducted in-person during its summer II session, we, and other students alike, hoped the university’s primary goal would be to keep us informed on everything pertaining to COVID-19.  Amid the worst health crisis of our lifetimes, we wanted th…

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On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, General Gordon Granger of the Union army arrived in Galveston, Texas, and proclaimed that slaves were free. The day is recognized as “Juneteenth.” As an editorial board, we could have written 1000 words containing mo…

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In a time where black people are justifiably devastated and grieving, the privileged should be using their privilege to speak up against injustice—not undermining black feelings with selfishness and careless ignorance.  On May 25, George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, was pinned dow…

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COVID-19 changed everything as we know it.  At The Star, we have not printed in weeks, our newsroom is quiet, all meetings take place on Zoom and we are severely limited in what work we can do in-person. We do not know when we will print again, and it is unclear if we will be…

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The voting machines at the LBJ Student Center were the last of 49 polling locations in the county to be turned in to be tallied, with students waiting upward of four hours to cast their ballots. This fact showcases a system that is broken and fails to provide students with the means to exerc…

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When the calendar turns to February, the smell of baked macaroni and cheese and smothered fried chicken disperse across Texas State’s soul food celebration. Prominent black figures dust cobwebs off their phones and calendars to accept invitations to speak at public events, and everyone is se…

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The First Amendment, as integral as it is to our democracy and morality, must not be used as a springboard for responding with equally-sensationalized actions toward provocative public speakers. Students are held captive by ridiculous claims that are intended to offend and incite a negative …

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Student apartment complexes take advantage of students and the manipulation needs to stop. An era of honest communication, transparency and adequate housing conditions has been yearned for far too long. With new apartment complexes built each year and fresh residents hunting for their next h…

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Collegiate journalists live through the stories they tell and the people who share their stories with them. Student newsrooms, while you remember people, places and things that go wrong, on Student Press Freedom Day, we remember you. When a story runs, journalists have the opportunity to cha…

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Turning Point USA is a nuisance to our campus community and only upholds a few of the university’s values. National outlets, as well as The University Star, have documented that TPUSA has a mission to interfere with Student Government elections with no regard for fairness or integrity. The g…

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The rhetoric surrounding journalism in the Trump era is dangerous and hostile for journalists at large. In an age of fake news, shoddy journalism and Trump positioning the press as enemies of the American people, the First Amendment is consistently being brought into question. What this mean…

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Although the majority of political races concluded with the general election earlier this month, San Marcos’ election season has extended to Dec. 11 in two runoff races for City Council places 4— between Shane Scott and Mark Rockeymore—and 5—between Rick Henderson and Joca Marquez. President…

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Exactly one year ago, Texas State student Matthew Ellis died of alcohol poisoning following a party hosted by his fraternity brothers. Since then, the environment responsible for his death has reformed and been replaced by something safer and healthier for Bobcats rushing fraternities and so…

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There are times when people need journalists to be more than just the news providers. There are moments when a reporter should remember there’s more to a story than mere information blurbs and timeliness. There are stories that require reporters to meet people on the worst days of their live…

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Editor’s Note (10/30): Since the initial online posting of this Main Point on Thursday, Oct. 25, students, faculty and candidates voiced their concerns to the county and received a preferable answer. The Hays County Commissioners’ Court voted last Friday to extend the temporary early voting …

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Attendance to home football games have been shoddy for years. The one saving grace for game day fans was the tailgating tradition before kickoff. However, tailgating has fallen victim to student enthusiasm and participation because much like the football games, it’s lacking winners. Tailgati…

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Last Thursday, any false sense of security on the campus quad was rescinded when racist business cards from a white supremacist group appeared scattered along the walkways. Events like these are anything but new. Texas State has been targeted by white supremacist groups for roughly two years…

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Just as voters have a stake in where their tax dollars go, students should receive the same courtesy with their tuition. The average full-time student at Texas State will pay $9,348 per semester if the student is a Texas resident or $20,268 per semester if the student comes from out of state…

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With so many dining options around San Marcos for locals and Bobcats to dine with, picking a place for lunch may not always be an easy choice. But when deciding where to spend your money when the hunger sets in, San Martians should make a considerate effort to eat locally. Balancing a full c…

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No mentality is more dangerous to democracy than the misconception a single vote does not matter. Even more egregious is the lack of faith in a powerful voting block of educated young citizens eager to see change in their communities and the nation at large. Voting among the Texas State stud…

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With potential employers flocking to campus for the career fair, students should remind themselves what they can gain from the resource and more importantly, what is in their best interests. The career fair is a wonderful opportunity for go-getting younger students to be privy to summer inte…

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In the aftermath of the Capital Gazette shooting, which claimed the lives of five newspaper employees, the industry, its audience and the nation must contend with the anti-press environment and violent circumstances which preceded this tragedy. The charge of news media is to go forth into it…

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Texas State’s tuition has been rising every year since 2008, which is not unusual for any Texas university. However, the rate at which Texas State’s tuition is rising outpaces that of the University of Texas and Texas A&M. This is due to a Texas constitutional endowment called the Perman…

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In a matter of days, several thousands of Texas State students will commemorate stressful nights and unforgettable weekends by marching across Strahan Coliseum, shaking the hand of President Denise Trauth and receiving their diploma. Graduating seniors can stand proud, each with their own un…

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Beginning April 11, a number of Texas State students occupied the LBJ Student Center after former Student Government President Connor Clegg evaded an initial impeachment trial due to the Senate failing to meet quorum. It is only natural a group of people who find themselves disenfranchised b…

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As the administrators of a public institution and the stewards of tuition dollars, the Texas State administration has an obligation to be open with the student body, but the recent record of administrators does not reflect this obligation. Over the past few years, individuals have posted rac…

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The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.” – Kurt Cobain On March 24. about 800,000 people gathered at the nation’s capital to fulfill that duty. Similar displays of solidarity with the “March For Our Lives” happened across the country including at our university on March 22 where studen…

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The majority of Texas State students will eventually make the decision to live off campus. Eighty-one percent of students live off campus, according to a US News & World Report. While living off campus may seem like the more economical and independent choice, it is important to consider …

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The foundation of any healthy democracy is enthusiastic, active civic engagement by the collective community. When the people are apathetic to the decisions of the people selected to represent them, the society is flawed and only marginally better than an oppressive state. If the right to vo…

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The Boreing-Becerra campaign was elected as the next president and vice president of Student Government. The University Star is hopeful the election of a new president will be the end of a tumultuous relationship between Student Government and student media. Three students ran campaigns for …

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Thoughts and prayers, thoughts and prayers, thoughts and prayers are never scarce in a country that averages one mass shooting a day, according to the Congressional Research Service. A mass shooting is considered ‘mass’ when it results in the deaths of four or more people, according to congr…

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Following efforts to impeach Student Body President Connor Clegg on the grounds he no longer represents the university or the student body, the conversation about the ideal role of Student Government must be revisited. According to the Student Government code of ethics, members of Student Go…

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Education is unique as it is the one thing that can not be taken from an individual. It is a personal investment that never ends and immediately benefits the recipient. When undergraduate students contemplate continuing their formal education at the graduate level, the decision does not, and…

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Following an “affirmative action bake sale” organized by The Young Conservatives of Texas at The University of Texas in October 2016, which required some students pay more for baked goods than others depending on their race, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick directed the Senate Committee on State Affairs…

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“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending (its) best…They’re rapists and some I would assume are good people.” These lines were some of the first to make headlines for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. “I just start kissing them…I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, the…

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January marks the beginning of a new year as well as new resolutions for much of the country. We often set year-long goals that seek to improve what we see as our weakest attributes. We devote ourselves to eating healthier, exercising more, being better students, and generally coming closer …

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In the wake of three student athletes at San Antonio’s University of the Incarnate Word donning blackface for their Halloween costumes, we are once again reminded of the widespread cultural ignorance afforded primarily to white people at the expense of black bodies. The students issued apolo…

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Texas State woke up Oct. 30 to a white supremacist banner hung on the eastern wall of the Alkek library with the words “America Is a White Nation,” along with the Nazi slogan “blood and soil,” sprawled across white cloth. The banner, hung by the same group that has been posting white nationa…

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Sports reporters for various publications have had a difficult time covering Texas State’s football team. Newspapers like The University Star, The Austin American-Statesman, and The San Marcos Daily Record have all faced challenges obtaining interviews with the football players—not because o…

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On Oct. 5, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey published a story in The New York Times that would go on to spark profoundly painful and significant conversations throughout the country. In what is only the latest account of its kind in the entertainment industry, the two journalists revealed multip…

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It happened again. We saw it at Pulse. We saw it at “The Dark Knight Rises.” We saw it in Paris. We saw it at Sandy Hook, and we are tired. We are tired of seeing the routine headlines and the predictable anti-gun rhetoric played on repeat each time we are confronted with these atrocities….

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If 2016 was the year of political earthquakes – Brexit, Trump’s rise to power, continuously rising tension surrounding police brutality – 2017 is the year of hyper-normalization and apathy toward a tumultuous state of affairs. A time that began with much of the population vowing to ‘resist’ …

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For many students, Sept. 3 marked the end of their American dream and the beginning of a dreadful nightmare. This past weekend, the Trump administration decided it would do away with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, otherwise known as DACA. According to the American Immigration Counci…

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A mob of torch-wielding white protestors proudly decorated in swastikas and Hitler quotes, chanting known Third Reich slogans and raising their arms in historically Nazi fashion, made their way toward a peaceful congregation of clergy members led by civil rights leaders. They were intercepte…

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The summer of 2017 has tested San Marcos residents in more ways than just the nearly insufferable heat. As we settle into the first year of the new administration, as well as the end of the 85th Texas legislature, our community faces questions of justice and inclusiveness. On May 6th, Gov. G…

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If you were ever told that high school would hold the best years of your life, you were lied to. Attending Texas State will not be the pinnacle of your existence either, but this is where it all begins. In the next few years, you will grow immensely as an individual; this is where you…