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.

Net neutrality ruling beneficial, must be upheld

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled 3-2 Feb. 25 to protect the current neutrality of the Internet.

This ruling represents a small win, but the war has just begun. Some corporations and entities are attempting to file lawsuits in order to get the courts to potentially overturn the FCC’s decision.

San Marcos needs full-time homeless shelter

The city does not currently have a full-service homeless shelter, and this must be remedied.

Homeless services are present in town, but none are full-time. The Southside Community Center (SSCC) provides daily shelter and meals, but those who stay overnight must leave every morning and return at 5 p.m. when the building re-opens. SSCC officials are doing what they can to help the homeless, but more must be done.

Proposed bill harmful to women's health

The recent legislation proposed by lawmakers to redistribute funding for nonprofits will prove detrimental instead of beneficial to women across the state.

Open carry inappropriate for campus setting

Allowing campus carry at Texas State is a bad idea and leads credence to critics about the safety hazard it possess.

Apparently the Texas legislature thinks allowing hormonal, often-irrational young adults to walk around campus with guns on hand is a bright idea. We think the contrary. Having safe spaces is important and should be maintained.

Campus 'free speech' policies overly restrictive, unjust

The free speech zone on campus should be expanded to all areas of the university instead of being restricted.

There are currently three spaces designated as free speech zones in the University Policy and Procedure Statement No. 07.04.05 on free speech. They are the Quad from the Fighting Stallions statue to the LBJ statue and the paved area between Alkek Library and the LBJ Student Center as well as Bobcat Trail between the Academic Services Building and the Evans Liberal Arts building.

Marriage equality a necessary step forward

The recent marriage license issued to a homosexual couple in Austin has moved the state one step closer to achieving equality for all citizens.

Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanna Bryant married Feb. 19 after state District Judge David Wahlberg ordered they be issued a marriage license. The judge waived the 72-hour waiting period for weddings and granted the license due to Goodfriend’s declining health.

Students should get behind national debt campaign

Students should take the time to lend their support to Texas State’s Up To Us campaign team.

Up to Us is a national competition on university campuses sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative. The campaign seeks to empower students to educate others on the United States’ national debt and the economic and social effects it has on the populace. As of January 2015, the national debt is approximately $18.1 trillion.

A day in the life of The University Star

Nicole Barrios

Interim Editor-in-Chief


Student Government involvement crucial for university change

More Bobcats should be involved in Student Government in order to enact real changes to the university they will inhabit for at least four years of their lives.

Student Government currently has a low profile on campus. Perhaps collaborating with faculty and staff specializing in government, such as political science professors, can bring some legitimacy and worthwhile proposals to the organization.

Bobcats who major in political science should have some kind of involvement in student government. Nothing beats real-world experience.

Range of skills crucial in post-graduation job hunt

College students of this generation must graduate with a multitude of skills instead of only having the specific knowledge of their concentration.


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