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San Marcos Nature Guide

There are many places in San Marcos for nature lovers to explore interests in camping, hiking, bird watching and river activities.

Policing language problematic in LGBTQIA community

Policing language and appropriating, or in some cases misappropriating, terms can often fall into a grey area as they can be deemed despicable by one and a badge of honor by another.

In recent weeks the discussion of language policing has been a topic of debate. Drag queen extraordinaire RuPaul’s usage of the words “tranny” and “she-male” in his hit television series “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has caused many in the transgender community to advocate for the censoring of the terms as they are said by non-transgender people.

Campus ticketing system flawed, under regulated

Parking Services should not have the power to place holds on student accounts.

Many students choose to put off paying their parking tickets due to the high price of each offense. If a student fails to pay the standard $40 parking violation ticket, after 10 days the fee with be increased to $55. If the ticket still is not paid, a hold will be placed on their account and the student will not be able to register, drop classes or graduate.

Honors College offers great benefits


Texas State students should strive to become a part of the Honors College and take advantage of the benefits associated with it.

The Honors College is a great opportunity for those who have the discipline to apply themselves and maintain the GPA required to get accepted and stay in. Many students may be hesitant to even apply for the Honors College because there is an assumption that it is highly selective. However, although it is not a free-for-all, any student who has the initiative has a good chance at being accepted and thriving in the Honors College.

Marijuana decriminalization would be beneficial to all

The decriminalization of marijuana is actually more beneficial to taxpayers, citizens and the government than some may think.

Twitter’s #YesAllWomen represents significant trend in feminist movement

The feminist movement in general gets skewed a lot of different ways, but the #yesallwomen movement on Twitter after the UCSB shooting is an important event of which to take note.

Men’s sexual harassment of women not a compliment

Men need to realize that inappropriate, sexually-fueled comments to women are not compliments.

Education key in preventing sex crimes on college campuses

Sexual hate crimes are no longer a topic that can be swept under the proverbial rug. With the number of victims growing daily, people must become educated to take preventative action.

Foreign languages essential to worldly success

Modern-day job-seekers know better than anyone how important it is to be bilingual in 2014. Despite this widely known truth, Texas State’s core curriculum does not currently include a foreign language requirement. In order to better serve students and prepare them to be global citizens, Texas State officials must add foreign language requirements to the core curriculum to help better prepare students not only for the workforce, but for the world as a whole.

High-speed rail system would be beneficial for traveling in Texas

Texas needs a high-speed rail as a method of transportation.

High-speed rail really does not exist in the United States. The fastest train in America connects Washington, D.C. to New York City at a speed with which an everyday passenger car can compete. In China, old diesel trains that once ran for nine hours from Changsha to Guangzhou have been updated with high-speed trains that service the same distance in two hours, which is seven hours faster than the diesel counterpart.