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Italian journalist makes visit to Texas State

Italian journalist Lucio Luca joined Texas State March 26 for a special lecture on his latest book.

Luca focused on Sicilian immigrants who found their way to success in the United States. Luca was joined by his editor, Maria Elena Vittorietti, and the only two native Sicilians living in Texas, Fabio and Tiziana Triolo.

Luca chose to give his lecture in Italian to better explain the details of his work. Professor Moira DiMauro-Jackson translated.

Luca is the author of “On the Other Side of the Moon: Sicilians in the US who have succeeded.” The book features the stories of 22 Sicilians living in the United States.

Luca said there are hundreds of thousands of success stories, and those in the bok are just the 22 people he was lucky enough to know.

Tribal representatives win right to bury ancient human remains


Representatives from the Indigenous Cultures Institute have regained rights to a set of 1,000-year-old human remains disturbed by construction at Spring Lake.

Mario Garza, board of elders chair for the Indigenous Cultures Institute, and Todd Ahlman, director of the Center for Archaeological Studies at Texas State, pleaded their case March 3 at a Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) meeting in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Bleachers delivers high-energy show at SXSW

Hundreds trekked through the mud and waited in the rain at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q to see Bleachers, a popular band.

Bleachers is headed by Jack Antonoff, the lead singer who started the band in 2014 after keeping the project a secret. The band played three shows at South by Southwest and ended with a performance at Stubb’s. The Ting Tings and Clean Bandit played before Bleachers. The Ting Tings performed their popular song “That’s Not My Name,” and Clean Bandit played “Rather Be.”

The band performed in the rain to a crowd of dedicated concertgoers.

Plain White T’s anything but plain

There was only one thing to do at the Plain White T’s set March 19 at the South by Southwest Music festival—rock out.

The band, made famous in 2007 by its hit “Hey There Delilah,” performed its sixth show at SXSW in Red Eyed Fly, a bar adjacent to Sixth Street. The venue was an intimate setting, complete with twinkle lights and an outdoor patio. The band was within arm’s length of the crowd of over 50 people.

Some people in the crowd wore plain white T-shirts to listen to the five-piece band. The band played “1234” and “Rhythm of Love” during the 40 minute set.

Austin ‘Dream Rock’ band, Emily Wolfe, does SXSW

A local band with a dreamy sound all its own stayed true to its Austin roots at the South by Southwest Music Festival.

This is the second SXSW visit for Emily Wolfe, a band named after its lead singer.

“It’s not super old-hat, but it’s definitely not our first year,” said Hannah Hagar, keyboardist and vocalist for the band.  

The band played three shows during the week of SXSW.

Dan Rather discusses the future of news at Interactive session

The last day of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival featured a keynote session with a journalism legend and one of the longest-serving senior White House advisors.

Q&A with The Frail

The Frail, an independent electronic pop band from San Francisco, played five shows during the South by Southwest Music festival. Daniel Lannon, singer and synthesizer player, and Alex Cohen, bass and synthesizer player, met with The University Star Friday to discuss their music and the group’s experience at SXSW.

NB: You all met over Craigslist and recorded over half of your album without even meeting. Walk me through that process. How does that happen?

Dan Rather discusses the future of news at Interactive keynote

The last day of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival featured a keynote session with a journalism legend and one of the longest serving senior White House advisors.

Dan Rather, veteran anchor and CEO of News and Guts, and Dan Pfeiffer, former White House senior advisor, spoke at ‘Breaking the News in the Age of Snapchat’ Tuesday at the Austin Convention Center. Andrew Bleeker, president of Bully Pulpit Interactive, moderated the two ‘Dans.’

The keynote speakers discussed the future of journalism, media platforms, the news business model and how people consume the news today.

“A press release is not news,” Rather said. “News comes after what the White House puts is out there.”

Bobcats lose lead to Panthers, fall 13-4

The Texas State softball team held a 4-0 lead with two innings remaining.

Then the Georgia State Panthers scored 13 runs in the final two innings of play to take the 13-4 victory.

Before this run took place, all signs were pointing to a Bobcat victory. The win would’ve gave Coach Ricci Woodard her 500th collegiate victory. 

Kayle Garner, sophomore pitcher, has not been able to play a majority of this season due to a back injury. Garner started for the Bobcats after Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, threw a complete game against the Panthers earlier in the day. 

After giving up no runs in the first five innings of the game, Garner allowed three runs in the top of the sixth inning before being replaced by Rupp.

Tree care rooted in campus community

Trees on campus do more than just provide shade for students on hot Texas days.

The Arbor Day Foundation recognized Texas State as a USA Tree Campus.

University officials on the Tree Advisory Council apply for the recognition annually. The university must meet five criteria to be recognized. A committee dedicated to the campus’ trees must exist, a care plan has to be in place and finances must be allocated specifically. Additionally, Arbor Day must be observed and a service-learning project has to happen.


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