Carlie Porterfield

Alkek disturbance caused by fireworks, police say

University Police Department (UPD) officers investigated “possible gun shots” near the library early Wednesday afternoon.

“At 3:12 p.m., a call came in saying there were possible shots fired by the Math (and) Computer Science building into Alkek (Library),” said Brian Carpenter, UPD sergeant.

Mondy Hobbs, public relations senior, was studying on the seventh floor of Alkek when she heard the noises.

“All of a sudden we heard really loud bangs,” Hobbs said.

Police investigate noise disturbance near Alkek

Officials with the University Police Department (UPD) stated the possible gunshots heard near the library today around 3 p.m. are believed to have been fireworks.

“At 3:12, a call came in saying there were possible shots fired by the Math (and) Computer Science building into Alkek (Library),” said Brian Carpenter, UPD sergeant.

UPD officers responded. Witnesses told police they saw people walk and throw something into nearby bushes, Carpenter said. Witnesses told officers they heard two loud bangs and smelled a sulfur-like odor.

“What (UPD) concluded was possible fireworks in the area,” Carpenter said.

No remnants of fireworks were found by UPD, Carpenter said.

Suspects who fled traffic stop still at large

Officials do not have any further information regarding a traffic stop gone wrong on Interstate Highway 35 (IH-35).

Two men fled a traffic stop after being pulled over by a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer, according to an April 9 University Star article.

“They were stopped for a traffic violation,” said Robbie Barrera, DPS public information trooper.

Search for men who fled traffic stop ends

The manhunt for two men who fled a traffic stop has ended after almost three hours.

Two men in a black Ford pickup truck ran away after being pulled over on Interstate Highway 35 (IH-35) just after 2 p.m. by a Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer. The officer fired shots at the back of the truck and struck a tire, causing the vehicle to turn into the frontage road and then into a nearby meadow. The two men fled on foot.

Last Student Government senate meeting ‘productive’

Student Government passed five proposals at the last Senate meeting of the semester.

The Senate passed SB 2014-2015.08, a bill that will end the three-year Scholarly Travel Activity and Research (S.T.A.R.) Act grant pilot period and establish the program as a permanent service if approved.

The program allows students to apply for up to $750 to travel to conferences and exhibitions. According to the bill, the funds are exclusively for students and are never to be used for faculty or staff travel costs.

The bill, written by Senator Marissa Parks, healthcare administration junior, is intended to help give students the financial means to conduct research and other academic activities at other institutions.

Student Government in “transitional period”

Student Government has served Texas State since the days of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the university’s most famous alumnus and former student body president.

In 2003, Student Body President Robert Dorr wrote legislation to change the name of the university from Southwest Texas State University to Texas State University, said Councilman Jude Prather, Place 2. Prather was a member of the organization, which was known then as Associated Student Government (ASG).

ASG officials introduced the name change to Senator Jeff Wentworth after the Board of Regents did not support the idea.

Saudi princess, women’s rights pioneer, gives keynote

Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia is from a kingdom that is often viewed negatively in regards to women’s rights, but she had a message for those who chose to focus on veils rather than people.

“If you could get over their appearance and finally try to judge a woman based on her capabilities rather than her appearance, I think we really all, as a community, would go much farther,” Princess Reema said when asked about her headscarf.

SXSW panelists say innovation imperative to journalism today

About one-third of jobs and 50 percent of revenue in the news industry have been lost since 2003, but media professionals innovate by experimenting with updated business models and tried-and-true practices.

Media figures gathered at the South by Southwest festival in Austin March 15 to discuss the present state of longform journalism, or writing articles with large amounts of content.

SXSW moment of silence in memory of last year’s crash victims

South by Southwest venues and attendees will observe a moment of silence Wednesday at midnight to mark one year and five days since a car ran into a crowd in downtown Austin during the festival, killing four and injuring more than 20.

To “honor the lives lost during the tragic incident” on March 13, 2014, SXSW has planned a moment of silence at the two venues closest to the site of the crash, Cheer Up Charlies and The Mohawk, said Elizabeth Derczo, SXSW spokesperson.

“With sad hearts, we carry the memory of that night and know the incident left an indelible mark on many people,” Derczo said.

Rashad Owens, the driver who police suspect drove into the crowd while allegedly drunk, is expected to go appear in court before the end of the year.

How to score free stuff at SXSW

South by Southwest can be expensive, but it definitely worth attending.

For the festivalgoer on a budget, it's important to navigate the world of free food, drinks and merch at SXSW. Here’s how to take advantage all the free opportunities.

Utilize Twitter

Social media is the hottest way to stay in touch with brands and other festivalgoers. Twitter in particular is best because thanks to the 140 character limit, posts have to be short and succinct. There are plenty of Twitter accounts catering to SXSW goers looking for places offering free food and drinks.


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