San Marcos

Phone bans in classes ineffective, detrimental

Professors that ban the use of cell phones in classrooms are using an outdated rule only causing tension with students.

Banning prostitution creates unsafe environment

In America, “the oldest profession in the world” remains illegal.

This ban does little to reduce the number of people paying for sex, and it causes the transaction to be dangerous for both the prostitutes and their consumers. America should legalize prostitution to make it safer for everyone involved.

Purgatory Creek Natural Area to grow 90 acres


San Marcos’ hiking and bird watching opportunities for residents and visitors will expand with the purchase of additional parkland at the Purgatory Creek Natural Area.

The city split the 289-acre purchase in 2007 from Clovis Barker into three tracts: Barker Tract A, Barker Tract B1 and Barker Tract B2. 

Tract A was purchased in 2011, and B1 was purchased in 2013, said Bert Stratemann, parks operations manager. The B2 tract was purchased with city and county funds on Nov. 5 2014 from Clovis Barker.

Gotta Habit Smoke Shop shooting suspect to face trial

A 20-year-old local man was indicted Jan. 6 on a count of aggravated robbery of the Gotta Habit Smoke Shop.

Steven Carlos Hernandez was arrested Sept. 25 on a first-degree felony aggravated robbery charge.and was released Dec. 18 because of a state law. The law requires bond reduction for incarcerated felony defendants when a prosecutor has not secured an indictment from a grand jury within 90 days of arrest.

An impaneled county grand jury returned an indictment Jan. 6. and bail was reset at $75,000, an amount Hernandez was unable to pay. The defendant entered a not guilty plea and asked the court to set a trial date.

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.


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