We work hard here at the Star.We write stories, produce podcasts, create interactive graphics, take pictures, copy edit, blog, design layouts, shoot and edit video, illustrate editorials and host community mixers among many, many other duties.
The work is rewarding in itself, but I have to say, it feels really nice when a panel of judges deems us top-notch, which is why I'm ecstatic to announce the Star won 31 awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention this past weekend. Additionally, we won four Mark of Excellence awards at the Society of Professional Journalists region 8 convention last month.
Here's what we won at TIPA:
I have to reiterate how un-tech savvy I truly am. Case in point: I resisted adding text messaging to my AT&T service plan until last spring. I also used a flip phone until it could not flip anymore. My free phone upgrade was an AT&T Pantech. I believe it’s the most basic of its kind. I have the ability to access the internet, but I’ve been leery because of the phone’s small screen. I’ve utilized the camera on my phone to take candid snapshots of family members, but the quality isn’t that great.
However, my recent acquisition of the AT&T Pantech Burst has brought me one step closer to the 21st century and has alleviated most of my hesitation about smart phone technology. I didn’t know the difference between 3G or 4G phone speeds before using the Pantech Burst because I didn’t have prior experience with a 4G phone.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 has not only been a conversation piece, but a versatile and functional tool in my student journalist arsenal. I’m the first to say that I’m not tech savvy. I don’t have internet access on my phone, my laptop is more than fours years old and I still have an iPod Shuffle. However, I was able to operate the tablet with ease and care. It fit slimly in my beat-up old backpack on my way to school or work and helped me through stressful times — and there were many of those.
An upper-level storm system will track across northern Mexico today and will combine its energy with a Pacific cold front approaching our area late tonight and tomorrow. This looks to be the most significant rainfall event in many months. Most computer models are suggesting 1”-2” of rain area wide with isolated amounts up to 3”. At this time, the main threat with possible severe weather is heavy downpours and strong gusty winds in excess of 60 MPH. Here is your update forecast:
Isolated showers possible, otherwise mostly cloudy skies and warm. High 82
Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some storms may produce heavy rainfall and may reach severe limits! Low 62
Numerous showers and thunderstorms likely, especially before 12PM. Some storms may be severe. High 78
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Sniffle season is here and if you listen you can hear the chorus of sneezing and coughing as it rings throughout campus. The best part about the flu is that is it preventable and you don't have to change your diet to do it.
I’ve missed the series premiere of two of my favorite television shows, Dexter and Being Human. I missed the television season finales of Haven and The Big C. It feels like forever since I last heard Ted Mosby’s whining on the television series How I Met Your Mother. This has not been a good semester for me, at least in terms of my TV viewing habits. Lest we forget the bonding that occurred between my former roommate and I last year over actor Sam Witwer’s abs, who plays Aidan the vampire on Being Human.
The semester is almost half way up and midterms are starting to approach some of us are starting to lose the will to study and end up cramming the night before an exam. There are foods that can aid your studying and boost your memory.
Instead of selecting chips out of the vending machine try a bag of nuts. Peanuts, walnuts, pecans, and other nuts contain properties that help with everything from fighting insomnia to promoting mental clarity and strong memory.
In the last issue of “Weather Wednesday,” the end of the 7-Day Weather Outlook was extremely unclear. However, details have become clearer and computer models have begun to agree as to what the forecast will be for this week. We will continue to see sunny skies and fairly warm temperatures in the upper 80’s today through Wednesday. At this point, on early Thursday morning another major Canadian cold front will sweep through the state of Texas. This time around, scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to accompany this front. As of now, I am not expecting any organized severe weather but you can never rule out the possibility of a strong thunderstorm. After the front arrives, brisk winds will blow from the north for the remainder of Thursday. If there are any significant changes, another updated blog will be posted!
I’ve never used a blog to bitch about how much I hate an aspect of music, but considering recent events I feel it is an appropriate time to do so.
Tuesday, September 27- Skrillex distorted San Antonio’s perception of dub-step at Club Rio with artists 12th Planet and Foreign Beggars. I’ve been subjected to talk of the show all week, and I’ve practically drowned in Facebook posts about it. I think it’s time to face reality.