Austin real estate group purchases Springtown Shopping Center

Officials with Endeavor Real Estate Group from Austin purchased the Springtown Shopping Center located off Thorpe Lane and Springtown Way Nov. 4.

Twin Liquors, Bath & Body Works and RadioShack are currently in the center with a few vacant buildings where Target was previously located. Officials plan to revitalize the shopping center, said Buck Cody, principal of retail development and acquisition for Endeavor.

“I think we envision it being a more traditional retail shopping center,” Cody said. “Our plan is to build something that serves the student body of Texas State and the population of San Marcos.”

Students gather in Quad after Ferguson decision

Students gathered Tuesday morning in the Quad to join together in moments of silence and speech in light of the Nov. 24 Ferguson decision.

Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. The boy was unarmed and his body lay in the street for four and a half hours after six bullets hit him ending his life. After 100 days of decision-making, a St. Louis County grand jury decided on Nov. 24 not to indict or bring any criminal charges against Wilson.

After the decision was announced Monday night, the country reacted and Texas State students held a peaceful rally this morning to honor Brown’s memory and lead a discussion on race relations in the United States.

Texas State claims sixth win, bowl eligibility

With 24 seconds left in the game the scoreboard read 45-27.

The Texas State football team surrounded defensive coordinator John Thompson and gave him the celebratory Gatorade shower.

The Bobcats saved the best for last.

It was a season-defining performance for the team who secured bowl eligibility for the second consecutive season at the expense of Arkansas State.

While the Bobcats have six wins, Coach Dennis Franchione says history stresses the necessity of a seventh.

“They’re not naïve,” Franchione said. “They know where they’re at. They know where they want to be.”

While the Bobcats are content with bowl eligibility, Franchione said they want to be at a bowl game.

Suspects arrested on suspicion of gun threat

UPDATE 12:52 PM:

The suspect involved in the Nov. 20 gun threat at Texas State was arrested and taken to Hays County Jail late last night. Anthony Marcell Davis III was charged with resisting arrest and posession of marijauna. 




University spokesman Matt Flores said two individuals were questioned by UPD in relation to the campus gun threat. One individual was a Texas State student and the other was a non-student, he said.

Bobcats prepare to face 'explosive offense' in must-win matchup

The next two games are critical for the Texas State football team.

Coach Dennis Franchione wouldn’t want it any other way.

Arkansas State is already bowl eligible. Texas State will enter tonight’s matchup fighting for an opportunity at a bowl game.

Franchione said the Red Wolves, who are coming off of a 37-32 loss against Appalachian State, will see some of their players return from injury.

The NCAA report lists three injured athletes as probable to play against Texas State, the most notable of whom is Arkansas State junior running back Michael Gordon, who has 844 rushing yards this season.

Colby Targun, senior safety, says the defense is expecting a versatile opponent with three receivers who each have over 400 receiving yards.

Officials ‘aggressive’ in repairing damaged emergency call phones

Seven emergency call phones located in various places around campus are broken, leaving students, faculty and staff without this extra layer of protection.

Seven of the 136 emergency call phones on campus still need repairs after the last test run was performed at the end of the summer of 2014, said Jeb Thomas, Access Services supervisor. Access Services spent approximately $22,419 during the summer of 2014 to repair emergency telephones at the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses, he said.

“There were quite a few (emergency call phones) broken over the summer,” Thomas said. “Out of the 136 call phones that are on campus, only seven are not working since the last test was done.”

Renovations to begin at local municipal airport


Construction for an extensive rehabilitation project will soon begin at the San Marcos Municipal Airport.

San Marcos City Council unanimously approved the use of $697,050 of the city’s budget as part of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airport improvement plan at its Nov. 5 meeting. The project will receive additional state and federal funds to bring the project’s total budget to $5.7 million and includes improvements to runway 13/31 and avionics equipment, said Daniel Benson, airport planner for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Aviation Division. The start-of-construction date is to be determined.

Library renovation to include updated technology, study spaces

Alkek library could undergo a major face-lift bringing new infrastructure and technology renovations.

The final report for a feasibility study was received in May 2012 and is now the driving force behind three phases of renovation to the library. The project is currently in its fundraising process, and a start date for renovation has yet to be determined.

Treatment of some organizations in ‘free speech’ zone stirs controversy


Recent incidents in the campus free expression zone have left the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) and the College Democrats calling Student Involvement’s enforcement and representation of the university policies and procedures into question. 

The College Democrats were removed from The Quad the week of Oct. 20 for “impeding traffic” and being too loud, said group member Victoria Ogden. The Young Americans for Liberty have not been removed from The Quad. However, they have been asked for permits on many occasions, said Morgan Scott, campus coordinator for the Texas State chapter of Young Americans for Liberty.

Student Involvement has “misrepresented” university policy concerning rights and the free expression zone on campus on multiple occasions, Scott said.

Texas State to run on Dunkin’

Opening fall 2016, students will be able to use their meal plans on more than traditional food with the addition of Dunkin’ Donuts in Jones Dining Hall.

“Meal trades are going to be implemented throughout the plan for students,” said John Root, director of Auxiliary Services. “There is going to be an abundance of breakfast options.”

A definite price has yet to be determined, but students will see an increase in the cost of meal plan packages, he said.

“Dining hall plans will increase two to four percent, as it does every year.” Root said. “There has to be a compensation for the renovation of Jones.”

The dining hall renovation is long overdue, Root said.


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