Kelsey Bradshaw

Anti-discrimination policy amended to include gender identity

Gender identity and expression will now be included in the university’s anti-discrimination policy to provide “comfort” to all students, according to administrators.

The university discrimination policy, which was revised in mid-February, now protects transgender faculty, staff and students against gender expression and identity discrimination. Previously, they were not included in the policy because administrators wanted to ensure practices were in place to protect them, said Robert Gratz, special assistant to President Denise Trauth.

“For many years, Texas State has been committed to making the campus a comfortable and safe environment for all students, faculty and staff,” Gratz said.

Ron Paul delivers freedom-themed speech in San Marcos

Preceded by chants and applause, former presidential candidate Ron Paul took the stage at Centennial Hall Saturday.

Students and San Marcos residents alike filled the lecture hall to listen to Paul speak about freedom as part of the Young Americans for Liberty state convention hosted on campus. The event was standing room only, and when Paul took the stage, he was greeted with a standing ovation.

“We are in a transition where people are waking up and they are sick and tired of federal government,” Paul said.

Ron Paul speaks on campus at Young Americans for Liberty convention

Preceded by chants and applause, former presidential candidate Ron Paul took the stage at Centennial Hall Saturday.

Students and San Marcos residents alike filled the lecture hall to hear Paul speak about freedom as part of the Young Americans for Liberty state convention hosted on campus.

Paul began his speech after receiving a standing ovation upon his arrival. People who are interested in spreading the message of liberty “have to have some fun doing it,” Paul said. People are starting to “wake up,” realizing they are “sick and tired” of the federal government.

“Governments are not supposed to be secret,” Paul said. “People’s privacy should be secret.”

President attends Fort Hood memorial service

Gloomy, cold weather plagued Fort Hood the morning of April 9, much like the feeling of loss and heartbreak has for the past week.

Mourners were offered comfort as the sun came out and the memorial ceremony began honoring the three dead and sixteen injured in the April 2 Fort Hood shooting. A community of 3,000 people affected by the shooting attended the memorial ceremony Wednesday honoring those killed by gunman Spc. Ivan Lopez.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were in attendance at the memorial, and he offered words of comfort to the community. Remarks from Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno and Secretary of the Army John McHugh opened the ceremony.

The fallen soldiers will not be forgotten, Milley said.

Veterans react to Fort Hood shooting that left three soldiers dead, 16 injured

James Rominger has been deployed to Germany, Japan, Korea and Vietnam and served in the Army for more than 30 years. He says soldiers are prepared for the worst when serving overseas, but they do not expect to be attacked at home.

“It’s incomprehensible that things like this could happen at a place that you feel like should be the safest place in the world,” said Rominger, a former senior command sergeant major.

Spc. Ivan Lopez opened fire April 2 at Fort Hood, killing three fellow soldiers and injuring 16 more before turning the gun on himself. Fort Hood, approximately 98 miles from San Marcos, is the site of a mass shooting in 2009 carried about by former Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others.

Weekend shooting suspect arrested in San Antonio

A San Antonio man was arrested Sunday for shooting and wounding another man in downtown San Marcos and attempting to run over a police officer while fleeing the scene Saturday night.

Martin Avila III was booked into the Bexar County Jail on charges of attempted murder and attempted capital murder, according to a press release from the City of San Marcos. 


Warrants obtained by San Marcos Police Department detectives were served when Avila was arrested by the San Antonio Police Department at his home Sunday. Avila’s bond has been set at $500,000, and he will be transferred to the Hays County Law Enforcement Center later this week.

Possible payment of college athletes questioned by administrators

The National Labor Relations Board recently granted students in the athletics department at Northwestern University the right to form unions, raising questions and concerns about the impact of potentially paying student athletes Texas State.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) officials will make a decision regarding whether to permit student athletes to be paid in the coming summer, said President Denise Trauth during an April 2 Faculty Senate meeting.

Veterans react to Fort Hood shooting

James Rominger has been deployed to Germany, Japan, Korea and Vietnam, and served in the Army for more than 30 years. He says soldiers are prepared for the worst when serving overseas, but they do not expect to be attacked at home.

“It’s incomprehensible that things like this could happen at a place that you feel like should be the safest place in the world,” Rominger, a former senior command sergeant major, said.

Spc. Ivan Lopez opened fire April 2 at Fort Hood, killing three fellow soldiers and injuring 16 more before turning the gun on himself. Fort Hood is also the site of a mass shooting in 2009 carried about by former Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others.  

Updated: San Antonio man arrested for weekend shooting in downtown San Marcos

2:45 p.m. update:

Athletic spending sees steady increase after five-year, student-approved fee referendum

A recently released data report shows that institutional funding for Texas State athletics per athlete has increased by 158 percent over the past seven years, which officials attribute to the ever-growing athletic fee.

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics helps ensure athletics programs work within the “educational mission” of their respective universities, according to its website. Funding for athletics per athlete is allocated from the institution’s general fund, state or government appropriations, student fees or other indirect sources, according to the commission. This funding has increased from $20,031 in 2005 to $51,666 in 2012, according to the report.

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