Carlie Porterfield

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. 

SMPD looks for suspect in aggravated robbery

The San Marcos Police Department is asking for help identifying a suspect in the wake of an aggravated robbery in the parking lot of Pluckers Wing Bar last night.

Three individuals were standing in the parking lot Thursday night near Pluckers talking when they, “were approached by the suspect, whom they said brandished a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of cash,” according to a city-wide press release.

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.

SMPD searches for attempted armed robbery suspects

The San Marcos Police Department is searching for two suspects in an attempted robbery case that occurred last week.

Officers made contact with a reported gunshot victim on Wednesday around 1 a.m. at Central Texas Medical Center. The female victim was walking with a friend near an apartment complex in the 1100 block of River Ridge Parkway when they were approached by two men, one of whom displayed a firearm and demanded money, according to a city press release.

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.

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.

Abbott wins governor’s seat, Davis concedes

Greg Abbott defeated his opponent Wendy Davis in the Texas gubernatorial race after securing almost 2 million votes across the state.

The loss was a hard hit for Texas Democrats, who were enjoying campaigning for a high-profile candidate. Abbott won with 60 percent, while Davis received only 38 percent of the vote. Abbott had also consistently ranked higher than Davis in the polls leading up to Election Day.

“Being disappointed is okay, but being discouraged is not,” Davis said to her supporters in Forth Worth. “Our work is not done, and the principles for which we fight will always endure.”

Abbott, currently serving as Texas Attorney General, will be the first new Texas governor in 14 years, after Rick Perry.

Texas women ‘mobilized’ for Wendy Davis

Democrats in Hays County say women played a large role in the state elections this year, officials said.

“We believe Texas is not a red state, it’s a non-voting state,” said Jan Soifer, Travis County Democratic Party chairwoman. “In fact, we have one of the lowest proportions of turnout of eligible voters in any state in the country.

Texas is also “dead last” in the percentage of eligible women voters who vote, she said.  One strategy this election cycle was to reach out to citizens who don’t usually vote and convince them their voice “really matters,” Soifer said

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.

Wendy Davis talks education, fair pay at block walk

State Sen. Wendy Davis, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, made an appearance Tuesday afternoon in Buda to speak to a group of supporters before they went block walking in hopes to garner their support in the upcoming election.

Davis is a supporter of education, increasing the minimum wage and equal pay for women, she said.

“Above every other issue on the table right now is the story of investment in our children through our investment in public education,” Davis said.

The Republican platform calls for a continued defunding of public education at all levels from pre-K to public universities, she said.

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