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HOUSTON, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM: Bobcats outlast third-ranked Cougars

Blake Whitter, senior pitcher, retired 12 batters in relief of Cory Geisler, junior pitcher.

His last out was the hardest.

This was nothing new for Whitter, who missed the cut on last year’s team. The last out represented the culmination of an entire offseason of work.

“I worked my butt off all last year and during the season,” Whitter said. “I had a good summer and came back. I have a lot to prove. It’s been a wild ride, but I’m glad it’s happened the way it has.”

Whitter was in position to close the Texas State baseball team’s game against Houston, which entered the matchup ranked third in the nation by Baseball America.

Interstate Highway 35/ Highway 123 intersection exceptionally dangerous

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Data from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) show the intersection of Interstate Highway 35 (IH-35) and Highway 123 to be the most dangerous in San Marcos.

From January 2014 to February, the intersection was the site of 82 total crashes, including two fatal accidents and eight with incapacitating injuries, according to TxDOT data.

Two datasets, one from January 2010 to February and the other from January 2014 to February, verified the intersection has the highest number of deadly and incapacitating collisions in San Marcos.

Redwood Community Center improves neighborhood with hard work, food

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Life is hard for many in the Redwood neighborhood, but a one-room community center has made an impact in the lives of those who need it most.

Redwood is located five miles south of downtown San Marcos, but the area feels like an island of poverty in a sea of prosperity. Sulema Arrecis, administrative director for the Redwood Community Center, said she improves the lives of residents by coordinating with volunteers.

Redwood’s location in the northeastern corner of Guadalupe County makes it difficult to acquire social services and aid, according to the center’s information handbook.

Some of Redwood’s poorest areas are located in the San Marcos extraterritorial jurisdiction, making them ineligible for some of Guadalupe County’s services, according to the handbook.

New student body president, vice president elected

The Student Government election ended Thursday with the start of Lauren Stotler and Tyler Burton’s reign as student body president and vice president.

Winning candidates and university officials gathered in celebration at Lily’s Lounge on the fourth floor of the LBJ Student Center, exchanging congratulatory hugs and hand shakes after the results we’re announced.

Stotler stole the race over Abudualrahman Muhialdin, winning with a total of 364 votes. Burton ran unopposed and garnered 386 votes.

A total of 573 ballots were cast out of the 36,790 enrolled at Texas State representing 1.56 percent of the student population.

THROUGH THE YEARS: University protection of free speech expands over the decades

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The protest was silent, but the message was loud and clear—the war in Vietnam needed to end.

In the midst of the Vietnam War, a series of anti-war protests surged through university campuses across the nation. Southwest Texas State University was no exception. 

About 100 students rallied around the Fighting Stallions in November 1969 in a silent and nonviolent anti-war protest despite warnings from university officials to not participate in such events. Their constitutional right to freedom of speech proved to come at a cost.

At the time, the University Policy and Procedures Statement on free speech, UPPS No. 07.04.05, only permitted campus expression in an area on the edge of campus on Fridays after 4 p.m. 

Tuttle Lumber Company closes after 65 years

The owner of the Tuttle Lumber Company has decided to close the store after more than 60 years of operation.

Don Gilbreath, owner, said in an interview with Impact News he lost his “passion” for the store during the recession. He cannot ask his employees to put their lives “on hold” when the company’s future is uncertain. He attempted to regain passion for the store but with no success.

The announcement was made on Jan. 30, according to Impact News.

Long-term employees are saddened by the news, said Trish Simpson, administrative assistant at Tuttle Lumber. She said most employees have been around for many years and act like a family. Simpson has been with the company for 24 years.

Recreational cycling in city continues to grow

An on-campus organization has created a bike-sharing program as recreational cycling grows in San Marcos.

The bike-sharing trend has grown in popularity in San Antonio and Austin. Existing systems in these cities allow citizens to rent bikes to get around town or simply for recreational use.

The Bike Cave, an organization and business run by Auxiliary Services at Texas State, was the first to offer a similar program in San Marcos. The bike-sharing program launched in the beginning of the spring semester.

Candidates discuss goals, initiatives at Student Government debate

Student Government candidates discussed goals and initiatives Wednesday at a debate hosted by The University Star.

Presidential candidate Lauren Stotler and vice-presidential candidate Tyler Burton answered questions concerning campus life and future legislation. Burton is running unopposed, and Abdualrahman Muhialdin, presidential candidate, could not be reached and did not participate in the debate.

Nicole Barrios, interim Editor-in-Chief for The University Star, and Kelsey Bradshaw, News Editor for The University Star, moderated the debate.

Open-carry bills spur discussion among San Marcos residents

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Open-carry handgun bills introduced at the start of the 84th Texas Legislative session have sparked debate among Hays County residents concerning safety.

Texas gun advocates disagree over whether pistol owners should be required to pass background checks and certification classes before being able to carry and display handguns in public areas. Lawmakers in support of open carry legislation must decide between two distinctly different bills.

University requests additional funding for S.T.A.R. Park

Texas State has requested an additional $2.8 million annually for two years for the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (S.T.A.R.) Park from the state’s General Appropriations Act.

The university submitted a request for legislative appropriations last summer. The request is one of many “exceptional items” President Denise Trauth will present this month to the Senate Finance and House appropriations committees, said Eugene Bourgeois, provost and vice president of academic affairs.

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