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.

State senator makes harmful HIV/AIDS budget appropriations

The Texas House of Representatives recently passed a budget cutting funding for HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

According to a March 31 Texas Observer article, Texas has the third-highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the country. This disease is a big problem for the state.

University police need new campus alert policy

The University Police Department (UPD) has kept the Texas State community on high alert as of late due to nonstories and redundantly rushed alerts.

The influx of emails about threats and potential danger has left Bobcats drained, afraid and dissuaded.

Financial literacy important for young adults

April 15 was the filing deadline for the United States income tax. All across campus students were heard discussing the proper way to go about filing taxes or if anyone going to the university even made enough income to file.

This day prompted a lot of confusion and stress for the young people on this campus and nationwide. The widespread panic highlights a larger issue prevalent in this generation of young adults.

Tips for surviving finals season

1.     Get enough sleep.

Regulation of Jacob's Well benificial for nature, and visitors

The impending regulation of Jacob’s Well are a positive step for the ecological preservation of the treasure of the Texas Hill Country.

The location has seen an increase in popularity due to recent advertisements in The New York Times and other national publications. Wimberley officials implemented a rule requiring swimmers to reserve two-hour slots to keep up with the demand for access. Reservations can be made through the Hays County website.

Quiet train zones a bad idea

 

Silent train zones should not be implemented for railroad crossings in San Marcos.

City officials have tried to implement quiet zones in the city since 2011, according to a March 25 University Star article. The proposed safety upgrades were priced at $1.1 million. Railroad crossings would be outfitted with extra precautions in order to prevent drivers from maneuvering around the caution arms once they are lowered.

Indiana law detrimental to businesses, community

The religious freedom legislation recently passed by the Indiana government does not bode well for the state or the businesses housed there.

On March 26 Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 568 into law. The bill asserts state and local governments cannot infringe on a person’s religious freedoms without “compelling governmental interest,” according to the Indiana General Assembly website.

Intervention necessary for Eight17 Lofts debacle

The controversy surrounding the ill-fated Eight17 Lofts has left a sour taste in the mouths of inexperienced lease-signers and should be a wake-up call to San Marcos officials.

Since the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester, students who signed with Eight17 Lofts have been without a place to call home due to construction delays. Now, near the end of the spring semester, those students are still waiting to be moved into what appears to be Neverland.

10 tips for roommate success

  1. Utilize online options.
    1. Online websites that offer roommate-matching services, like RoomSurf or EasyRoommate, are a good option for living people both on and off campus. They’re often free and have a variety of questions regarding lifestyle habits like cleanliness and sleep schedules.
  2. Make sure you have compatible sleep schedules.

Greek organizations need more oversight, training

It was the song heard round the Greek world.

A video surfaced March 8 of a racist chant sung by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma. The video elicited reactions from viewers inside and outside of Greek life.

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