San Marcos

Development site may contain ancient burial ground artifacts

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A new apartment complex development has some San Marcos residents upset because they believe the construction and excavation will likely destroy archaeological artifacts and sites.

Many citizens believe an ancient Native American burial site is located at the Woodlands development area, said Lisa Marie Coppoletta, self-described community organizer, environmental activist and San Marcos resident. Archaeologists cannot yet confirm the existence of human burials, but experts believe the Woodlands property, formerly known as Cape’s Camp, on River Road between the IH-35 access road and Cape Road likely contains a significant number of artifacts, Coppoletta said.

Student Government proposes legislation to wristband drinkers at tailgate

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Student Government has proposed a wristband concept to help the University Police Department differentiate between underage drinkers and those who are over 21 at football tailgates.

Tyler Burton, Student Government senator, brought forth the idea. The plan has not been formalized with legislation, and it is still in the research stage, Burton said. Student Government will pursue the initiative next season, and the plan will not be fully implemented anytime soon, although something might be brought out for the last home game of this season.

Officials warn against dangers of excessive drinking

Drinking is a staple of college culture, but city and university officials say the issue of alcohol abuse is not one to be taken lightly.

Alcohol consumption is a fueling factor in many of the calls the San Marcos Police Department responds to on weekend nights, said SMPD Chief Chase Stapp.

“After a certain time in the evening, probably about 95 percent or more of our calls involve alcohol,” said policeman Vincent Fischer. “Everyone we’re going to run into after around 11:30 or 12 has consumed alcohol, especially the students.”

Many of the calls are situations that are “blown out of proportion” when one or both parties are extremely intoxicated, Fischer said last Saturday night while on patrol duty.

Halloween Do's & Don'ts

‘Bystander effect’ pure laziness, makes dangerous situations worse

Recently, I fainted while driving, which does not bode well for driving a moving vehicle. I woke up very disoriented and confused. I had no idea where I was and could not recognize anything around me despite the fact that I have lived in San Marcos going on three years.

My windshield wipers were on, my glasses fell off my face, I was leaning on the steering wheel, and my knees were bruised and a bit bloody. I immediately opened my door and vomited profusely. I was sweaty and shaking and reclined my seat in my car to lie down and make an attempt to get myself together.

Dia de los Muertos events introduce students to Mexican holiday, culture

The first Day of the Dead altar was set up inside the Honors College building in 2005. Michelle Sotolongo, now an academic adviser, was one of two students who initiated the yearly celebration honoring life and Mexican culture.

Traditionally, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.  The holiday is meant to mock death and celebrate life.

“We wanted to do something different from all the commercialized Halloween celebrations,” Sotolongo said.  “We already had a personal collection of skulls and stuff like that.  Also, we were both from Mexico, so we decided to put our stuff together, and we set up an altar in the Honors College.”

PICKS OF THE WEEK

Normal weekends in San Marcos are filled with endless events and drink specials as it is, but Halloween festivities in and around town only add to the laundry list of potential parties. The University Star sifted through the possibilities and complied a list of this weekend’s best events.

The Hungry Gamer Halloween Bash

Oct. 30, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

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.

Violence the problem, not nudity and cursing

Show me all the deaths, fights and violence in the world as long as there is no sex or cursing.

This is the model that modern entertainment has taken. One night browsing primetime TV is all it takes to witness the sheer volume of violence on TV. It is not limited to just late-night TV either. Many daily afternoon shows and children’s cartoons have some sort of violence in them.

Students should use free elective hours to explore new fields

Students should make a conscious effort to expand their horizons by exploring other interests beyond their majors and minors.

Despite the vast number of interests represented through organizations and classes offered at Texas State, many students fall into the trap of using their open electives and free time to get more involved in their majors.

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