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Grade schools should offer students chances to develop artistic talent

Fine arts have historically been placed low the totem pole of important classes students receive in the current education system. 

Sir Ken Robinson, an outspoken writer and educator who is an expert in creativity and education of the arts, gave a TED talk on how schools are killing the creativity of students. Schools, Robinson says, put an emphasis on taking classes that will better prepare children for jobs in a more industrialized society, making it fundamentally clear as to what society considers to be true intelligence in our education system.

Russia’s expansions on global military activity worrisome

Tensions between the United States and Russia have been increasingly hostile since Russia’s takeover of Crimea.

Now Russia seems to be flexing its military muscles towards the west by sending bomber planes to the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and the California coast.

Texas State hosts international scientific conference

Texas State hosted the 7th Aquatic Animal Models of Human Disease Conference at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines just outside of Austin.

More than 140 researchers from across the nation, as well as 12 countries, were expected to attend Dec. 13 through Dec. 18.

The conference, founded at the university in 2000, aims to provide scientists with an opportunity to encourage use of aquatic models in the study of human disease, exchange ideas and address environmental health issues, according to a university release.

Events included symposia presentations, exhibits, workshops to highlight recent developments in the field and networking opportunities for graduate students and established scientists. 

Students report increased satisfaction with university transportation


Texas State’s new bus service, with updated technologies and strategies to increase efficiency, has garnered rave reviews from students.

Transdev, the new shuttle service provider, and the fresh system in its first semester of implementation are already making positive impressions on the student body with changes such as flexible service, longer hours of operation and Internet-accessible GPS locators, said Nancy Nusbaum, interim director of Transportation Services.

The number of students who view the bus system favorably increased from 62 percent last semester to 71 percent, according to a Transportation Services survey.

“I’d like to see us above 80 percent at some time, but a nine percent increase is pretty good from one semester to another,” Nusbaum said.

Provost Bourgeois reflects on university’s progress in 2014

The Air Force ROTC wing commander at Texas State wears a skirt, heels and sometimes a “power bun” all while maintaining the responsibility, welfare and training of 75 fellow student cadets.

Wing Commander Cadet Col. Erin Cambridge, environmental management senior, is the chief leader of the AFROTC. The program has 20 student cadets as part of the professional officer corps (POC). The corps is made up of upperclassmen who have completed field training. Only five of the 20 cadets are female, one of whom is Cambridge. The remaining AFROTC is made up of freshmen and sophomores or the general military corps.

Female student serving as wing commander in male-dominated AFROTC

The Air Force ROTC wing commander at Texas State wears a skirt, heels and sometimes a “power bun” all while maintaining the responsibility, welfare and training of 75 fellow student cadets. 

Cambridge said she first considered joining the military at the age of 14 when she attended an awards ceremony for her grandfather, retired Col. David Cambridge. A veteran at the ceremony asked her male cousin if he would join the Air Force but did not ask Cambridge.

 “I was left wondering why the colonel did not ask me if I was going to join,” Cambridge said. “I was not offended, but I still thought I could do it, that I could be something.”

Farewell from the Editor-in-Chief

It is with deep regret that I must announce I will be vacating my position as editor-in-chief of The University Star effective Dec. 12. It was never my intention to cut my term short, but, as many of us know, sometimes there are unforeseen circumstances in life that cause a change in plans. I must say, though, that I am overwhelmed with pride when I look back on the last seven months spent as editor of the Star.

President’s special assistant retiring after 45-year career at Texas State

Robert Gratz, special assistant to the president, is retiring to spend more time with his family, his Bobcats and his Spurs after a 45-year career at Texas State.

Gratz’s career included working with five presidents, guiding the creation of six graduate programs, watching the development of Emerging Research Institution status and witnessing too many construction projects to count. He wouldn’t have wanted to work anywhere else.

“I can’t imagine a better place to have spent a career,” Gratz said.

Farewell from the Trends Editor


I’ve always subscribed to the philosophy that leaving Texas State in just four years is a lot like leaving the party at 10 p.m., so you can imagine my disappointment when I met with my adviser and found out I could graduate in three. Forget leaving at 10 p.m., I barely even made it to the party.

Picks of the Week


The end of the semester doesn’t mean the end of fun in San Marcos. End fall with a bang at one (or all!) of these December events.

Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Dec. 3-6

The city’s annual event, dubbed the “Best Christmas Festival in Texas,” is a favorite among residents, students and out-of-towners alike. This year’s festival features a performance by country superstar Kyle Park as well as an ice-skating rink, a nativity scene and carnival food favorites.

Strutters Christmas Spectacular: Dec. 5


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