2016 Rewind

2016 Rewind

Photo by:  Daryl Ontiveros | Multimedia EditorOld Main at sunset April 25.
Photo by: Daryl Ontiveros | Multimedia Editor
Old Main at sunset April 25.

Letter from the Editor

The people who work for The University Star are arguably the most hardworking students on campus.

Students here, in the tiny Trinity Building nestled on what feels like a hidden part of campus, often find themselves working on perfecting articles, photos, illustrations and page design sometimes until 1 in the morning. Nowadays, with 24/7 news disseminated through various social media networks, being a student journalist can sometimes be a thankless job. So, I’m taking a moment to thank the staff at the newspaper that has served Texas State and San Marcos for over 100 years.

This academic year, we diligently covered the Memorial Day weekend flood that killed 12 people, the Halloween flood that left Texas State students displaced and the complicated Student Government election filled with Supreme Court hearings, among other things. Whether we were hosting city council debates, updating breaking news swiftly or letting you know what was happening in the world of Texas State athletics, The University Star was there this year—a year where the newspaper has undergone the most changes in its history.

In August, we cut back our printing days from three to two. This allowed for our digital content to be updated daily and our print product to host longer features and larger photos. It was a big adjustment, but we did it and we did it well.

In October, we debuted a new website. The updated site continues to be faster with news updates as they happen in real time and serves as a space for our readers to click through photo galleries, listen to podcasts and, of course, read our articles.

As The University Star finishes the semester, one more change is on its way: a new building. The University Star newsroom is located in the Trinity Building, just down the hill from Old Main. By August, the building will host not one, but two campus media publications as the campus radio station KTSW 89.9 will be moving in. The building will be updated and streamlined to match the needs of a modern-day news publication. While the newspaper and radio station are not becoming one organization, the move will allow for better coverage from both entities because a combined newsroom can only prove beneficial.

Finally, I feel sure in saying that The University Star proved itself as San Marcos’ newspaper. Although the Star is run by students, our coverage of the areas outside of the university has proven we are much bigger than ourselves.

I feel nothing but grateful to have been part of such a monumental year for The University Star. I’m still not sure how I ended up with the editor gig, but I’m glad I did. There really is nothing like The University Star—this place is special, for the people that work here and for those who read us. This place has been my home for the past three years and I’m not quite sure who I am without it.

I don’t know what this place will look like in 10 years, but I can’t help but feel excited for what the future will hold.

I love you, University Star.

Star Team, Go!

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Things to miss and not miss about Texas State and college life

As Bobcats prepare to cross that graduation stage into the world of adulthood, certain collegiate training wheels will be missed while others will be happily dismissed.

Changing from an adult-adjacent college student into a person with mature responsibilities is going to take some adjusting. After all, in the real world there aren’t month-long winter breaks or three-month-long summer breaks—it’s only working toward that next paycheck and making sure bills are paid.

Saying “I’m a student” will no longer be an acceptable excuse. No more student discounts or sympathetic sighs from older generations who can relate to the struggle. Just full-fledged adulthood: work, work and more work.

Speaking of work, there’s a certain decorum and dress code inherent in the business of adulthood. People cannot roll out of bed and put on Nike shorts and a headband and head off to the office. The art of being a slob is not as tolerated in more mature spaces. Being a hot mess in the classroom is acceptable—endearing, even—but that stops after graduation. Real clothes are needed to get a real job, as unfortunate and constricting as that may sound.

Graduating Bobcats will never get to use the overpass that has so inconvenienced them—unless, of course, they remain in San Marcos. For those who are leaving San Marcos for job prospects, they’re going to miss being in the perfect place in Texas, right between Austin and San Antonio. Bobcats are never too far away from any of the major metropolitan areas in the state. The distinctiveness of Texas State is contingent upon its placement—it’s the perfect hotbed for every kind of Texan the state has to offer.

All the things that have made the Texas State experience a unique one, from Barbie Jeep girl, Donald Tramp and that infamous campus bull to performance artist Monika Rostvold, will be relatively nonexistent. No one will lie naked outside of a regular day job in order to start a discourse on contemporary topics.

This campus is full of light, life, love and community. The real world is far too segregated and apathetic to allow this same kind of communal relationship to seed, let alone blossom. Where else has a coffee shop on damn near every corner for those long nights of studying? No one likes their coffee quite like college students—especially Bobcats.

While sentimental, there are inevitably going to be qualities of college life that no one would miss. Starting with the most obvious: tests. Those with the paradoxical fortunate misfortune of leaving university will not have to spend the early hours of the morning cramming for their calculus test or reading the latest interpretations of Antony and Cleopatra.

On the opposite end of that spectrum, they will no longer be surrounded by people with similar passions. A big structural change is on the horizon. Regardless of where graduating students fall on that binary, surely they can all agree that spending hundreds of dollars each semester on textbooks will not be missed.

Most importantly, no one is going to miss being broke. There is real money to be earned outside of college…at least until Sallie Mae starts demanding compensation for those oh-so generous student loan checks. So, enjoy the money while it lasts, because woes abound in both worlds.

Congratulations to all those preparing to leave Texas State—don’t forget to call.

Illustration by: Maria Tahir | Staff Illustrator
Illustration by: Maria Tahir | Staff Illustrator