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Man struck, killed on railroad tracks

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A man was killed this afternoon after being struck by a train around 3:30 p.m. near Wonder World Drive.

The man was pronounced dead shortly after police found him. San Marcos Police do not know why the man was on the tracks at this time. The train was stopped after the collision and has blocked the intersection of Wonder World Drive and the Union Pacific railroad tracks.

New York Times journalist, Texas State alumna discusses digital media

For Maira Garcia, former editor-in-chief of The University Star, the process of getting a job at The New York Times began with a speaker series much like the one she presented for Wednesday.

Garcia said she networked with a presenter from The New York Times when she was a graduate student and was later offered a job. She is now a senior staff editor on the home page team at the Times.

Construction plans underway for new residence hall complex

The Moore Street Housing Project is on track to be completed May 2016 in the university’s 10-year reconstruction plan.

Officials with Texas State Department of Housing and Residential Life (DHRL) began the construction of new buildings on Moore Street after San Saba Hall was torn down in spring 2014.

The Moore Street Housing Project is part of a 10-year construction plan. The plan began in 2010 with the renovation of various living facilities. The project will be complete in 2020 after the demolition of Arnold, Smith, Hornsby and Burleson Halls, said Rosanne Proite, director of Housing and Residential Life.

University officials seek applicants for TSUS student regent position

University officials are considering ways to garner interest in the student regent position for the Texas State University System (TSUS).

The university receives only one or two applications per year for the position. The last time a Texas State student held the position was two years ago, said Joanne Smith, vice president of Student Affairs.

The regent is the voice of the students within the TSUS, said Anna Sandoval, current student regent from Sul Ross State University.

San Marcos, TxDOT proceed with construction projects

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Some road projects in San Marcos are ahead of schedule, but others have fallen behind due to unforeseen delays.

Shaun Condor, engineering manager for Engineering & Capital Improvements, oversees projects on North LBJ Drive and State Highway 123 (SH-123).  He said the LBJ Drive construction project has been delayed, while the city’s section of SH-123 is moving ahead of schedule. Chris Bishop, public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), said the TxDOT side of the project will not be completed for two years.

Condor said LBJ Drive will be completed sometime this summer. The project was originally scheduled to be finished last March.

Blanco Vista principal resigns amid complaints

The principal of Blanco Vista Elementary School resigned April 2 after parents and faculty made complaints regarding her leadership style.

Recent events concerning Rebecca Shea, principal at Blanco Vista, led to an uneasy social climate at the elementary school for students, faculty and parents. Parents filed a petition for Shea’s removal. Shea submitted her resignation two days after parents brought the petition to a March 30 Hays Consolidated Independent School District (Hays CISD) board meeting.

Alkek disturbance caused by fireworks, police say

University Police Department (UPD) officers investigated “possible gun shots” near the library early Wednesday afternoon.

“At 3:12 p.m., a call came in saying there were possible shots fired by the Math (and) Computer Science building into Alkek (Library),” said Brian Carpenter, UPD sergeant.

Mondy Hobbs, public relations senior, was studying on the seventh floor of Alkek when she heard the noises.

“All of a sudden we heard really loud bangs,” Hobbs said.

Police investigate noise disturbance near Alkek

Officials with the University Police Department (UPD) stated the possible gunshots heard near the library today around 3 p.m. are believed to have been fireworks.

“At 3:12, a call came in saying there were possible shots fired by the Math (and) Computer Science building into Alkek (Library),” said Brian Carpenter, UPD sergeant.

UPD officers responded. Witnesses told police they saw people walk and throw something into nearby bushes, Carpenter said. Witnesses told officers they heard two loud bangs and smelled a sulfur-like odor.

“What (UPD) concluded was possible fireworks in the area,” Carpenter said.

No remnants of fireworks were found by UPD, Carpenter said.

Students, faculty discuss upcoming primaries

Political enthusiasts are watching the news closely as candidates announce their presidential campaigns.

Ted Cruz, a senator from Texas, secured the attention of the media and campaign donors early with the announcement of his entrance into the primaries. Rand Paul, a senator from Kentucky, and Florida senator Marco Rubio have joined Cruz in the hopes of becoming the next Republican nominee for the presidential candidacy.

Homecoming 2015 plans in full swing

Homecoming could include new attractions to spice up traditions as SACA begins planning for the Fall 2015 event.

Homecoming plans are headed by Alex Puryear, communication studies junior and the new Pride and Traditions coordinator of the Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA). SACA and the LBJ Student Center financially sponsor homecoming.

The 2015 homecoming football game will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7 against the New Mexico State Aggies.

Puryear has no solid plans for new events for Homecoming 2015 but has not ruled out making changes.

The Pride and Traditions coordinator can suggest new ideas each year, said Hallie Crawford, coordinator for Campus Activities.

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