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Bobcats should not let the ‘midterm slump’ get the best of them

It is that time of year again; the time of year that most college students anticipate with weariness. Yes, it is the midterm season. Classes are winding down, tests are all over the place, the weather is literally cooling down and students are starting to get a pretty good idea of what their grades will be like at the end of the semester. However, students should not let this midterm slump negatively affect them in their educational endeavors.

Students must be aware of sensationalism in politics

During the current midterm elections, Bobcats should take care to find as much unbiased information about the candidates running as possible.

Around election season there is a lot of sensationalism in the media. The campaigns for politicians run highly biased and skewed advertisements in hopes of bringing more votes to their side of the cause. This tactic can be effective but also highlights a flaw in media coverage and political elections.

State-mandated course evaluations must be made more accessible online

Every year students fill out a course and professor evaluation, giving critiques and reviews over the class and the instructors. However, not many students know where exactly to find these mandatory reviews. Therefore, Texas State University needs to do a better job of promoting and informing students of these potentially helpful evaluations.  

University should allow meal plan rollover

At the beginning of the school year, many upperclassmen begin the hunt for underclassmen with swipes. By the end of the year, those roles are reversed and it is the underclassmen that are often desperate to rid themselves of extra swipes.

The meal swipes section of university meal plans do not rollover from any part of the year except from fall to spring. Commuter plans do not rollover and neither do dining dollars. Additionally, students have to have a meal plan for spring for their fall meal swipes to rollover.

Students must be wary of dangerous prescription, recreational drug abuse

A casual attitude towards prescription drug abuse has become part of the college culture, but Bobcats should refrain from this activity as well as any other recreational drug usage.

Social media applications like Yik Yak let users interact with other local users and often feature university students searching for an ‘addy’ hook-up. This epidemic is most prevalent during midterm and finals seasons, when student stress is at its highest.

Student voter awareness important

Students should be aware of local, state and national politics and be active in the voting process.

It is the civic duty of the citizens of America to be active and participate in government proceedings. Being an informed voter is an important aspect of that responsibility. Citizens cannot hold their governments responsible for their behavior without being informed enough to know what’s going on.

Service industry workers are deserving of respect from campus community

Students should make efforts to treat service workers with respect, especially those that work on campus.

It is basic common courtesy to be nice to the people that complete the basic but necessary jobs in our society. Saying thank you to the person bagging your groceries or preparing food is a small step that can go a long way towards brightening someone’s day.

Administrators should cancel classes after Tuesday night football game

University officials should cancel classes next Wednesday after the Tuesday night football game against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.

Because they have been pushing the game and doing such heavy promotion, it is clear that officials expect students to turn out for the game. However, many students are likely disenchanted with the notion because they know they will have class the next day. 

Students should remain in city post-grad

Texas State students should consider staying in San Marcos after graduation instead of leaving the city.

San Marcos is the place to be right now. For the past two years, San Marcos has been the fastest growing city in the nation, according to census information detailed in a May 22 AP news article. San Marcos is on the rise, and those who play their cards right will be on the rise along with it.

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