Trauth opens door to students, addresses community concerns

A growing number of students are attending Texas State, but President Denise Trauth believes the mantra of the university’s community continues to be “big but small.”

Trauth sat down with students for her 13th annual Open Door session. Students had the opportunity to voice their concerns and present questions to Trauth and Joanne Smith, vice president of Student Affairs, Tuesday in the LBJ Student Center.

A range of students brought a variety of questions to the session. Trauth was encouraged by the diversity of questions and people at the session.

Chartwells offers healthier foods


Chartwells officials are tastefully incorporating more healthy eating options and information into dining hall menus.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, a Mongolian grill and full salad bars are newly available to customers. Harris Dining Hall now offers a special vegan dish every night, said Chin-Hong Chua, resident district manager of Chartwells. Mr. B’s Grinders in Jones Food Court now serves grilled vegetables, and vegetarian and vegan wraps are available in the deli case.

“I know that this semester we have a lot of vegan and vegetarian questions,” Chua said. “We have been doing this for a while, but we are becoming more aggressive with it moving forward.”

Ebola not immediate threat to San Marcos

The Ebola epidemic is dangerous worldwide, but university officials say the virus is not a threat to the San Marcos area.

“I think people in San Marcos can relax a little bit,” said Emilio Carranco, Student Health Center director. “However, this is an emerging infection, and we don’t know that there won’t be other cases.”


It took two plays for Louisiana-Lafayette to reassert its dominance over the Texas State football team. 

Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire squeaked by the Bobcats secondary for a 62-yard receiving touchdown before the 18,509 fans in attendance could settle into their seats.  

The Ragin’ Cajuns were in the drivers seat in their 34-10 win, while the Bobcats idled in the passenger seat, unable to take control of the game.

“They took it to us pretty good,” Coach Dennis Franchione said. “We never really had much momentum and never sustained it. We didn’t make enough plays to get ourselves in the ball game.”

Following McGuire’s touchdown, the defense held Louisiana-Lafayette scoreless in its next four possessions.

ACL, Austin City Limits 2014


Thousands of festival-goers made their annual pilgrimage Friday from woefully overpriced parking garages downtown to Zilker Park’s grassy 48 acres, their Urban Outfitters-clad bodies signifying the kickoff of ACL’s second (and even bigger) weekend.

Like 2013’s Weekend Two, rainstorms stopped the party temporarily, though, fortunately for festivalgoers, only until noon Saturday. Despite colder temperatures and mud puddles abound, patrons showed up in droves, excited for one of the biggest weekends in the festival’s 13-year history.

Eminem, OutKast, Pearl Jam and Beck headlined this year’s festival, all of which played old classics and new favorites for the generations of fans attending the event.

Best of the Fest: Austin City Limits, Day One


Thousands of festival-goers made their annual pilgrimage Friday from woefully overpriced parking garages downtown to sunny Zilker Park, their Urban Outfitters-clad bodies signifying the kickoff of ACL’s second (and even bigger) weekend. Though there were dozens of artists and several acres of festival to get through on day one, we did the leg work to separate the Snapchat-worthy from the so-so with our inaugural Best of the Fest coverage. Here are our picks:




Brothers’ skateboard company focuses on environment, eco-friendliness

Since the popularization of the buy-one give-one business model by companies such as TOMS, others have been inspired to combine entrepreneurial goals with aspirations to give back to the community. Rio Board Co. is the product of such an infusion.

Dane, Spencer and Luke Adamson, a trio of brothers and Texas State students, founded the local handcrafted skateboard company earlier this year. The brothers share passions for both skateboarding and giving back to the San Marcos community.

The company was founded back in January when Dane’s board broke and, due to financial shortcoming or, in his words, “being cheap,” he decided to build one instead of making a new purchase.

Parking Services issued increased number of tickets in 2014 fiscal year

A parking ticket plastered on a windshield is not something students on campus look forward to finding upon returning to their car.

Debra Lattie, an administrative assistant with Parking Services, said in the past two years, the number of parking tickets issued to students, faculty and visitors has increased from 36,774 in the 2013 fiscal year to 40,655 in 2014. Individual parking fines can range from $40 to $300.

Stephen Prentice, assistant director of Parking Services, said having an officer on duty after 7 p.m. could play a factor in the increase.


The final two plays were merely formalities.

Once Germod Williams, sophomore safety, plucked Idaho freshman quarterback Matt Linehan’s pass from the air, the Bobcats’ 35-30 victory was sealed.

“This was a strange game,” Coach Dennis Franchione said. “Funny things happen. Things got out of kilter. You don’t take anything to the bank until the check is in the mail.”

Williams’ second interception concluded a game that nearly ended with a different result.

As his teammates huddled together on the sidelines, Williams pointed to the sky, ball still in hand.

“It’s just a blessing,” Williams said. “The defensive line pressured real hard and played real good. Our linebackers pressed them. That was just me giving my glory to God.”

Homecoming talent show draws student performers


Hours before the Evans Auditorium doors even opened, hundreds of students queued up through The Quad and back up the Alkek steps to secure their seat for one of Texas State’s favorite Homecoming traditions: the talent show.

Professional comedian Paul Varghese hosted the show, presented by the Student Association for Campus Activities. Varghese, a Dallas-based comedian who has appeared on Last Comic Standing and on tour with Dave Chappelle, entertained the 500-plus-person crowd with lighthearted stories of his Indian-American upbringing and struggles as a young adult.


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