Carlie Porterfield

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.

Panelists say longform journalism still relevant in today's media

Several successful media figures gathered at the South by Southwest Interactive festival Sunday to discuss the art of longform journalism.

The session “Longform Journalism: What is it and what’s next?” was moderated by Susan Glasser, editor of Politico. The panel also featured Joey Marburger, director of digital products and design at The Washington Post, Chad Millman, editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine, and David Nassar, vice president of communications for The Brookings Institution, a Washington D.C. think tank.

Saudi princess speaks on women’s rights

Her Royal Highness Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud of Saudi Arabia was the keynote speaker Saturday at South by Southwest’s Interactive portion of the festival.
 The princess was interviewed by Robert Safian, editor-in-chief of Fast Company magazine.
Princess Reema's family owns the Harvey Nichols store in Riyadh, which was the first department store to hire women in Saudi Arabia.
As soon as the store began to employ women, sales "shot through the roof," said the princess.
However, Princess Reema found that her female employees were sheltered and did not know how to function in a professional setting.

Chancellor discusses minority students at water symposium

The Texas State University System Chancellor met with The Texas Tribune’s CEO and editor-in-chief after lunch at a water symposium Tuesday to discuss the changing tides in higher education.

Brian McCall, TSUS chancellor, and Evan Smith, Texas Tribune CEO and edior-in-chief, were featured speakers at A Symposium on Water, presented by the Tribune’s Festival on the Road series.

SMCISD school bus involved in crash

State Highway 21 has been closed off in both directions after a collision involving a San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District school bus and a semi-trailer truck.

A semi-trailer truck reportedly rear-ended the school bus around 5:30 p.m. south of the San Marcos Municipal Airport.

The driver of the school bus and ten children were taken to Central Texas Medical Center for minor injuries. The driver of the semi-trailer truck is said to be in serious condition and was transported to UMC Brackenridge.



Land development code in the works

City planning and development services will move to the next stage of rewriting the land development rules this week as a part of the Code SMTX project.

The land development code dictates all development within the city, from zoning to the building permit process, said Kristy Stark, assistant director of planning and development for the city. The code is being rewritten for two reasons. The city adopted a new comprehensive plan back in 2013, and one of the goals stated was to update the land development code.


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