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.

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.

Parkour ramps necessary to improve campus morale

The University Star editorial board is declaring April 1 as Texas State Parkour Day. Congratulations, Texas State.

Now, this appeal is not some half-cocked plan completely out of left field. After all, everyone loves freerunning, cartwheeling off walls and front aerial flipping through alleyways. Adding the beloved sport of parkour to university life would bring magic to the soles of each and every Bobcat.

Proper sunscreen selection, application crucial for health

Students should incorporate sunscreen into their daily fun in the sun as the days warm.  

Everyone should be wearing sunscreen year round, although that does not always happen. Sunshine, warmer weather and increased outdoor activities prompt more sunscreen use during summer months.

Continental United States ideal for summer travel

That time has come once again Bobcats. Summer is here—well, almost here.

Students are rallying their study habits for finals and flooding the Rec in an attempt to get those last few crunches in for their “beach bods.” Summer is on the horizon, and as students make their plans for those months of pure R&R, students should look no further than the continental United States.

Campus pad, tampon machines must be restocked

None of the tampon machines on campus are currently in service, and this digression must be remedied.

University officials stopped restocking the machines on June 14, 2010, according to the signs posted in women’s restrooms throughout campus. The most commonly cited reason is a lack of funding.

Trees vital to campus population

Trees and plants are an important part of what makes Texas State the most beautiful campus this side of the highway.

The university was recently recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. According to a March 12 University Star article, criteria for the award include the presence of a committee dedicated to campus tree projects and finances specifically devoted to arboreal care.

Bobcats should take care, have fun during break

Spring break is here, but Bobcats should take care not to party too hard.

Spring break is steadily approaching—much to the excitement of university students, faculty and staff—but everyone should keep in mind moderation makes everything just a little better.

How to dominate your office March Madness pool

On March 15 the official brackets for the 2015 NCAA Tournament will be released. Each year millions of Americans participate in the tournament bracket challenge by predicting the outcome of all 67 games correctly. The odds of receiving a perfect bracket are astronomical. Without including the four play-in games, a participant in the challenge has a nine-quintillionth chance of correctly picking a bracket. The odds are slim, but here are some suggestions to help tip them in your favor.

 

Know the legitimate contenders

University should continue to adopt green initiatives

Implementing green initiatives ranging from alternatively fueled vehicles to solar panels can be beneficial for Texas State and society at large.

According to a March 3 University Star article, Texas State will implement Compressed Natural Gas vehicles, also known as CNGs, in the university fleet after the enforcement of a statewide mandate.

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.

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