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Officials should create “drunk tanks,” decriminalize public intoxication

In light of the decriminalization of public intoxication in both San Antonio and Houston, San Marcos and Hays County officials would be wise to pass a similar type of resolution, allowing students and residents a “get out of jail” free card for drunken mishaps.

Leasing at recently constructed apartment complexes poses risks

Students need to be cautious of recently constructed apartment complexes when deciding where to sign a lease.

Apartment searching can be as daunting as trying to find One-Eyed Willy’s treasure. Students have to ask themselves multiple questions to whittle down the vast selection of apartments in San Marcos. How close do they want to be to campus? Do they want to live in a complex that is pet-friendly? Of course, the most important question to ask when searching for an apartment is, what is the price range?

Bobcats should utilize Student Health Center

Students seeking basic health care off campus should divert their attention toward the Student Health Center as an exceptional resource.

Not all students use the Student Health Center, and, particularly for those who require urgent care, this is understandable. For the majority who do not require the detailed medical attention found off campus, however, the Student Health Center provides conveniences worth the patronage and loyalty of students.

Black Twitter important for community expression, interaction online

Black Twitter is a subculture that provides a valuable platform for black people to network, interact and discuss the current events affecting the community at large. This quickly growing subculture deserves respect from all users on Twitter.

Academic funding must remain top priority

Though it is important for university officials to shine a light on athletics, academics are the driving force behind Texas State and deserve just as much, if not more, time, effort and financial attention from administrators.

Broken grading system too highly valued in academic world

The grading system used in American schools is largely ineffective as it complicates the learning process and success of students.

Grading policies have transformed from guidelines to standardized edicts all students must meet, or else face punishment. Students bear the brunt of the burden, but the grading system also affects teachers and parents, clouding the way they view pupils.

Students often fail to see numerous positive aspects of Greek lifestyle

Students need to realize that being involved in Greek life is not a negative thing.

Romanticization of mental illness on social media outlets dangerous

Students who regularly use the Internet should be careful to not get caught up in the romanticism of mental illnesses that is prevalent all over the web, but especially on the blogging platform Tumblr.

Students must be aware of mental health issues, services

In light of the recent Fort Hood shooting, it is important for students to bolster their knowledge of mental health issues, make sure they are aware of the signs and symptoms in others and know what resources are available to them if needed.

LGBTQIA allies should be wary of representing, speaking for community

Straight allies mean well and are an important part of the greater LGBTQIA community but should make sure not to speak for a group of people they are not a member of and whose struggles they can therefore never fully understand.