San Marcos

Abortion signs attract counter-protest, spark debate

Tensions rose on the quad Thursday afternoon as members of opposing sides of the abortion debate congregated near the Stallions in the university’s free speech zone.

Representatives of Bobcats for Life, a pro-life organization, had planned to hand out cupcakes on the Quad Thursday in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. They call this event they call “Cupcakes for Life,” said Ashlyn Rathburn, Bobcats for Life president.

“We’re celebrating the lives of the unborn,” Rathburn said. “We were trying to make a voice for those babies who are aborted due to disabilities.”

State-mandated course evaluations must be made more accessible online

Every year students fill out a course and professor evaluation, giving critiques and reviews over the class and the instructors. However, not many students know where exactly to find these mandatory reviews. Therefore, Texas State University needs to do a better job of promoting and informing students of these potentially helpful evaluations.  

Students must be more aware of Internet privacy

Many people know at least a little about how large internet entities invade privacy, but people need to be aware of the extent of this invasion and decide where they draw the line.

The extent to which individuals’ privacy is invaded is greatly under-stressed within the public eye. Websites and smartphone apps invade just about every ounce of privacy one can have, and many are completely unaware of what is even happening.

Government spying unacceptable, threatens American liberty

The government has been infringing on privacy rights for the past 100 years, and the past 13 have only gotten worse.

The post 9/11 terrorist frenzy has driven most American citizens into a mass hysteria of fear. This notion that America is a hunting ground for terrorists has been growing since that sunny day in the fall of 2001. Granted, what happened in New York was devastating to a high degree, but the mentality of Americans today is completely lopsided.

Athletes overpaid, need to learn financial responsibility

The topic of athletes’ salaries in professional sports has always been a newsworthy, interesting topic in the world of sports journalism. The salaries earned with most other careers aren’t anything to think twice about for most people. Due to the star-like appeal of athletes and the massive paycheck earned by many of them, these people have virtually no privacy in the exact amount of compensation they receive.

Dialogue series engages community in philosophical discussion

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Every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., Texas State’s Philosophy department holds a dialogue at the San Marcos Public Library. The series gives the citizens of San Marcos as well as students the chance to participate in particular philosophical discussions and interact with other community members.

This week’s discussion topic, Vegetarianism and Feminism, was lead by Bob Fischer, an associate philosophy professor at Texas State. The dialogue focused on the connections between the two topics, particularly about how certain types of mechanisms are used to oppress and subdue women and animals alike.

Music Picks

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OCT. 23

SHANE SMITH AND THE SAINTS

Shane Smith and the Saints stop by Cheatham Street Warehouse promoting their latest album, “Coast,” as part of a Texas-wide tour. The group’s music is unique in that it appeals to both country and rock fans. Their songs’ subject matter is formulaically country, shouting out small Texas towns and big cities and the highs and lows of life, while Smith’s smooth, nearly twang-free voice keeps his work from being pigeonholed into one particular genre. Highlights from the album are “Highway,” which discusses growing older—and gives a nod to favorite Austin locales—and “Work Was Through,” an easy-listening hit featuring Texas country star Aaron Watson.

OCT. 24

THE RED DIRECT

Texas voter ID law stands as midterm elections approach

The Supreme Court ruled Oct. 18 that Texas is allowed to use the new voter identification law for the Nov. 4 midterm election.

Early voting in Texas began Monday. Individuals casting their votes were asked to present one of seven forms of approved identification.

Opinions of the new law are split, often along party lines.

Amanda Guillen, president of the Texas State College Democrats, said her organization sees it as a way to disenfranchise Texas voters.

“It’s definitely targeted towards minorities and the transgender community across the state,” Guillen said. “People who don’t have the resources, time or money to go and get one of the approved forms of identification will definitely be hurt by this.”

Trauth opens door to students, addresses community concerns

A growing number of students are attending Texas State, but President Denise Trauth believes the mantra of the university’s community continues to be “big but small.”

Trauth sat down with students for her 13th annual Open Door session. Students had the opportunity to voice their concerns and present questions to Trauth and Joanne Smith, vice president of Student Affairs, Tuesday in the LBJ Student Center.

A range of students brought a variety of questions to the session. Trauth was encouraged by the diversity of questions and people at the session.

Scientists aim to preserve endangered salamanders

Scientists gathered on the banks of Spring Lake Sept. 23 to do something few people have had the chance to experience.

The scientists collected San Marcos salamanders, which are found only in certain parts of the San Marcos River. The salamanders are a threatened species federally and statewide. Sampling is done in order to study the salamanders further and protect them from extinction, said Valentin Cantu, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The ongoing collection includes 20 sites from Spring Lake and two more immediately below Spring Lake Dam, he said.

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