The Main Point

The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.

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.

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.

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.

Summer classes positive choice for Bobcats

While it is understandable to want to take a break and relax for the summer after stressful fall and spring semesters, Bobcats who enroll in summer classes should be mindful of the temptation to blow off courses and remember to take them seriously.

Classes are a great way for students to stay in the mindset of being responsible during the summer. Thankfully, summer classes are a good way to staying on track to graduate while avoiding too heavy a course load during the fall and spring semesters.

Incoming Bobcats must feel comfortable to be themselves

With the onset of New Student Orientation this week, The University Star editorial board feels it is important to encourage all incoming freshmen or transfers to feel free to be themselves and know that Texas State is a safe, comfortable environment to do so.

Texas State students, faculty and staff work hard to foster an accepting, welcoming environment for all Bobcats. Many faculty members and student leaders undergo training in order to properly serve the diverse groups of students that call Texas State home, in addition to professors and administrators.

The University Star’s guide to navigating graduation

Congratulations, seniors. Four years (or maybe more) of dragging yourselves up and down stairs and hills, shotgunning Red Bulls during all-nighters at Alkek and sitting through Friday lectures the morning after Thirsty Thursday at The Square has all lead up to this—graduation. Earning a college degree is a huge accomplishment, but don’t get too excited—you’re not out of the woods yet. The commencement ceremony is a trial in itself. The University Star has compiled a comprehensive guide to help you survive your last hours as a Texas State student.

Transgender protection policy proves university’s inclusiveness

Administrators took a positive step forward by revising a university policy to now protect transgender faculty, staff and students against gender expression and identity discrimination.

However, it is worrisome that the anti-discrimination rule for gender identity was not already included in the policy. In an April 17 University Star article, administrators said the reason behind this was because the university wanted to ensure practices were in place to protect transgender people. This reasoning is weak and insufficient.

End-of-course faculty evaluations must be taken seriously

As another semester comes to a close, students should be thoughtful when filling out end-of-course evaluations and remember that their feedback and comments make an impact.

Hays County must construct new jail facility

The Hays County Law Enforcement Center is bursting at the seams, and it is time local officials took action to ease the growing pains and build a much-needed new facility.

According to an April 2 University Star article, the Hays County Law Enforcement Center houses offenders from cities, unincorporated areas of the county and those detained by the University Police Department as it is the only jail in the county.

Chartwells should provide 24-hour dining hall options

Every college student has been there—you squint and blink at the textbook in front of you, trying desperately to focus. Perhaps filling the void in your stomach with orange chicken will help stave off the pangs of anxiety for your exam in the morning. As you trek across campus, the promise of Panda Express putting an extra spring in your step, your dream of a late-night meal at Jones Dining Hall comes crashing down when you glance at your watch—it’s 3 a.m. No dining halls are open.


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