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Texas State students speak out, show support with Ferguson demonstration

Texas State students flooded the Quad around 10 a.m. Tuesday to show solidarity with the community of Ferguson in the wake of a Missouri grand jury decision to not indict Darren Wilson, a police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Students said the decision to not hold Wilson responsible for Brown’s death reflects the racism that is still rampant in American society today. Dozens of students addressed the crowd to share testimonies and insight on the role racism plays in their everyday lives. Several speakers and students in the crowd were moved to tears.

One dead, four injured in crash

One person has died and four others were injured in the crash that destroyed two semi trucks and one passenger vehicle.

The four people involved in the crash were taken to Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos with non life-threatening injuries.

Eighteen-wheeler crash, fire on Interstate 35

UPDATE 6:49 PM: 

One person has died and four others were injured in the crash that destroyed two semi trucks and one passenger vehicle. The four people involved in the crash were taken to Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos with non life-threatening injuries.

A gravel truck swerved, sideswiped two other semi trucks and two passenger vehicles and hit the middle wall after a minor accident occured at 3:30 p.m. The gravel truck hit another passenger vehicle, pushing it into another semi truck and the three vehicles caught fire on the right-hand shoulder of the intersate.

Flying gravel damaged a vehicle headed south on the interstate and eight vehicles total were damaged.

Students gather in Quad after Ferguson decision

Students gathered Tuesday morning in the Quad to join together in moments of silence and speech in light of the Nov. 24 Ferguson decision.

Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. The boy was unarmed and his body lay in the street for four and a half hours after six bullets hit him ending his life. After 100 days of decision-making, a St. Louis County grand jury decided on Nov. 24 not to indict or bring any criminal charges against Wilson.

After the decision was announced Monday night, the country reacted and Texas State students held a peaceful rally this morning to honor Brown’s memory and lead a discussion on race relations in the United States.

Students witness police apprehending suspects in gun threat

Texas State students witnessed university police apprehending individuals in connection with the gun threat on campus Thursday afternoon.

Nick Crespo, political science junior, said he had to evacuate the Undergraduate Academic Center building. University police were questioning one of the suspects.

“He was just standing there talking and was not in handcuffs,” Crespo said.

Freshman Council promotes Angel Tree program

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The winter months usher in a season of gift-giving and feelings of cheer for many, but this is not always the case for children of less fortunate families.

Freshman Council has set out to make sure needy families have presents under the Christmas tree this year. The council has partnered with the San Marcos Salvation Army to participate in the Angel Tree program.

“The Angel Tree program is a program that helps needy families to get their children gifts over the holidays,” said Doraneesha Jackson-Wilson, chair of the Angel Tree committee.

University partners with electric company to perform water research

Nippon Electric Company (NEC) Corporation of America and Texas State announced a partnership Nov. 4 to conduct joint research and development efforts to improve water conservation and resource management

President Denise Trauth and Nobuhiro Endo, president and CEO of NEC Corporation of America, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Nov. 4 detailing the partnership. The university and NEC will exchange ideas for developing solutions to further responsible use of natural resources, according to the MOU.

NEC, headquartered in Irving, is a provider of network, communications, information technology and biometric solutions for customers across multiple industries.

Debate team victorious over 15 universities in state tournament

The debate team is enjoying a high after a win at this semester’s Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) tournament.

The team won the debate portion of the tournament and took first place in the sweepstakes as well, said debate coach Wayne Kraemer. The university beat 15 other schools, including the University of Texas and Texas A&M University.

“Of the last 15 TIFA tournaments, we’ve won 14 of them,” Kraemer said.

Kraemer attributes the team’s success to the coaching staff and the students’ commitment.

Engineering seniors developing ‘Smart Watch’ technology for NASA astronauts

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Six electrical engineering students are working hard to leave their mark on the NASA space station. 

The students are creating wearable technology in the senior engineering design program after the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) disciplines at Texas State received $15 million from NASA. The technology will help keep astronauts on task and monitor their health. It will provide a communication structure and a warning system in case of emergency.

Tyler Lyssy, Mathew Mullen and Kyle Paul, electrical engineering seniors, are developing an interface called PixelSense that will intertwine with the operation of the wearable device.

Both projects are scheduled to be completed in May and will be presented at senior design day.

Officials ‘aggressive’ in repairing damaged emergency call phones

Seven emergency call phones located in various places around campus are broken, leaving students, faculty and staff without this extra layer of protection.

Seven of the 136 emergency call phones on campus still need repairs after the last test run was performed at the end of the summer of 2014, said Jeb Thomas, Access Services supervisor. Access Services spent approximately $22,419 during the summer of 2014 to repair emergency telephones at the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses, he said.

“There were quite a few (emergency call phones) broken over the summer,” Thomas said. “Out of the 136 call phones that are on campus, only seven are not working since the last test was done.”

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