Mulaney proves talent, showmanship at Moontower

Stand-up comedian John Mulaney performed at the Paramount Theatre Saturday night as part of the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival held April 22-25.

The festival brought in other big names such as Patton Oswalt, Wanda Sykes and Ron White. The Paramount seats 320 people, but the theater had more empty seats, especially in the balcony section, than during headliner shows on previous nights.

“I sat at the top, and I was surprised to see empty seats for John Mulaney,” said Erica Johnson, audience member. “I was here last night for Patton Oswalt, and the house was so packed even badge holders were getting turned away.”

Wanda Sykes slays with hilarious set on race, family

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I have been waiting to see Wanda Sykes perform live my whole life, and last night proved good things come to those who wait. 


Invasive species hunter safeguards waterway


One Texas State graduate has made fishing his day job through a city-funded contract to remove invasive sea life from the San Marcos River and Spring Lake.

Nick Menchaca, founding owner of Atlas Environmental, has earned a living since 2013 by hunting suckermouth catfish, tilapia, red-rimmed melania and giant ramshorn snails. Non-native invasive species could potentially devastate San Marcos’ local aquatic ecosystem without the work of Menchaca and his company.

New sexual misconduct policies yields increase in reporting


Data gathered from the university’s Office of Equity and Access gives insight into Texas State’s newly implemented Title IX sexual misconduct policies.

University officials overhauled their approach to sexual misconduct investigations in August 2014 in response to federal mandates and pressure. Changes in the Title IX policy and procedure have likely increased the number of sexual misconduct reports and investigations, said Gilda Garcia, chief diversity officer and Title IX coordinator.

Motorcyclist injured in collision


A motorcyclist was seriously injured around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday after colliding with a car at the intersection of North LBJ and Sessom Drive.

The driver of a gold Honda sedan turned into a motorcyclist’s right of way, causing a collision and throwing the rider to the ground.

The San Marcos Police Department received a call at 4:45 p.m. about the accident, said Kristi Wyatt, director of communications and intergovernmental relations for the City of San Marcos.

The condition of the injured motorcyclist is unknown at this time. Bystanders helped stabilize the victim before first responders arrived.

Shane Zubek, music studies senior, said he was waiting at the intersection’s crosswalk when the accident happened.

New student body president, vice president inaugurated

Texas State’s new student body president and vice president were inaugurated Monday afternoon next to a statue of the university’s most famous alumus, President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Tiffany Young, outgoing student body president and public relations junior, gave the opening speech and introduced President Denise Trauth. Trauth spoke about the importance of Student Government and then swore in the new student body president: Lauren Stotler, finance sophomore. 

Stotler swore in Tyler Burton, finance junior, as the new student body vice president.

Bobcats defeated in first game of double-header

Louisiana-Lafayette came into San Marcos on a three-game losing streak.

The Texas State baseball team did not extend the Ragin’ Cajuns losing streak as the Bobcats fell 11-3 in the first of two games on Saturday. 

The game was close after the fifth inning.

Texas State was down 5-1 until the team added two runs on a Cory Geisler, junior center fielder, triple and a sacrifice fly from Cedric Vallieres, senior second baseman. Their efforts brought the score to 5-3.

The Bobcats did not hold down the Ragin’ Cajuns for long. Louisiana-Lafayette scored four runs in the seventh inning and two in the eighth to give the team a 11-2 lead. 

PITCH PERFECT: Randi Rupp pitches perfect game in 12-0 victory

Before Wednesday night, the last time a Texas State softball pitcher threw a perfect game was 2008.

Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, changed that when she led her team to a 12-0 victory over Houston Baptist.

The freshman threw a total of 81 pitches in a shortened five-inning matchup, earning nine strikeouts and the first perfect game in seven years.

“Randi’s been a little frustrated with the way she’s been pitching,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “I think that was big for her to let go of that frustration and come out and pitch and pitch well.”

Rupp understands success from the offense is important. Earlier in the season, Rupp threw a no-hitter against Louisiana Monroe, a game in which the offense put up nine runs.

Texas State loses UTSA series at home

The Texas State baseball team’s comeback attempt fell short Tuesday night in the 10-8 loss to the UTSA Roadrunners.

The comeback represents an achievement in itself. Texas State trailed 9-0 in the fourth inning. The Bobcats scored eight runs in a span of three innings, giving the team an opportunity to reclaim the lead in the ninth.

UTSA won the season series for the first time since the 2007-2008 season.

“When you dig yourself a 9-0 lead, it’s hard to come back, especially with a team that can continue to hit like UTSA,” Fikac said. “They swing the bats well.”

David Paiz, senior third baseman, and Jared Huber, freshman catcher, nearly keyed the Bobcats’ ninth-inning rally.

SMCISD officials approve new zones to help with growth


New attendance zones will go into effect this fall for six elementary schools and two middle schools in San Marcos.

The San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved new attendance zones March 30 at a meeting.

Lolly Guerra, assistant superintendent of human resources, said the need to redraw the zones presented itself when Bowie Elementary and Travis Elementary reached capacity this year.


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