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 bars should implement ‘sober hour’

Bars and clubs in San Marcos should stay open until 3 a.m. in order to allow patrons to sober up and use the restroom in a safe and controlled environment instead of throwing them out onto the streets at 2 a.m.

Public urination and intoxication are two of the most common arrests in Hays County. Keeping these establishments open an hour later would go a long way towards reducing the number of alcohol-related arrests and allowing police officers to spend more time tackling more serious offenses.

First City Pride parade must be supported

On Sep. 5-7, San Marcos will host its first Pride. Pride is an important event for the LGBTQIA community and its supporters to gather in celebration of being who you are without discrimination.

Having an event like this is huge for San Marcos. Even though San Marcos is near some of the more progressive areas of Texas, the fact remains that it is still Texas, a Republican state. Pride is an important event for the LGBTQIA community and has quickly become one of, if not the, most well-known celebrations within it.

How to cope without Speck

The Speck Surface parking lot has been closed in order to make way for construction of a new residence hall. Although the closure of this lot presents new problems for the already-problematic parking situation on campus, there are many alternative solutions available to commuters.

Students should be aware of water usage

While the City of San Marcos is under Stage 4 drought restrictions, the students, staff and faculty of Texas State should be mindful of their ac­tions and take measures to help conserve water.

According to an Aug. 25 University Star article, the city entered Stage 4 drought restrictions on Aug. 17 of this year. This is the first time in San Marcos history that a Stage 4 drought has been declared, and while city officials are taking measures to save water, Texas State must do its part too.

City, campus offer variety of study spots

As the school year kicks into gear, it is essential for Bobcats to remember studying is an important factor in solidifying academic success. A part of growing up and becoming the responsible young adults people expect us to be is learning what works best on an individual basis. Studying can be difficult if the environment is not right, but luckily there are many options on and off campus for all types of students.

11 things I would tell my freshman self

1. Take advantage of living on campus while you can. Having an apartment is great, but it is so easy to stay on top of studying, going to class and being active in organizations when everything happens within a mile radius of where you live. It's a lot harder to do all of that when you have to ride in an overflowing bus or buy a parking pass to get to campus.

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.


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