Madelynne Scales | Photo Editor

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.

Q&A The Lonely Biscuits, Funk-Rock-Pop fusion group


Everything about funk-rock-pop fusion group The Lonely Biscuits would indicate they have been at this a long, long time. Though the group is nothing if not seasoned and professional, many would be surprised to learn band members Nick Byrd, Sam Gidley, Grady Wenrich and John Paterini are still enrolled as seniors at the illustrious Belmont University. “We miss a lot of Friday classes,” Nick, the group’s bassist, laughed, explaining that the school works with them to allow for band-related travel. And it’s paid off.


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.

Faculty Senate discusses going digital with course evaluations

University officials are advocating for end-of-course evaluations to be moved online.

For the past five years, students have filled out the end-of-course evaluations on physical Scantrons. However, certain members of the Texas State University Faculty Senate are pushing for the biannual evaluations to be done online and no longer with pencil and paper, said Susan Weill, associate professor of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“I am pushing for the change in format of evaluation forms,” Weill said. “I am on the faculty senate, and I am advocating for it. I just think it’s the way of the future and we ought to do it.”

Backyard gardening on rise as large-scale farming suffers

Many large-scale farmers located along the IH-35 corridor have been increasingly affected by the ongoing drought over the past fifteen years, sometimes unable to yield their quotas during harvest season.

The ongoing drought has strained farmers’ dependence on rainwater to grow crops, thus causing food prices to rise. While the prominence of large-scale farming is diminishing, a new subculture of backyard farming is emerging in San Marcos.

J.W. Ottmers, owner of Oma and Opa’s Farms, began farming in 1968 and currently grows 18 different crops on his five acres of land.

San Marcos officials aiming to create jobs as city grows


Because San Marcos is America’s fastest growing city, officials are looking to expand the job industry to accommodate the rapid growth and influx of people moving from surrounding areas.

Many people think students are contributing to the economic growth as the university hits record numbers of enrollment, but data show students are not the main cause, said Adriana Cruz, president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership.

The average person moving to San Marcos is 31 years old, Cruz said. Most newcomers are from Travis County.

Beyond the Game: Michelle Bucy


From the moment Michelle Bucy, senior defender, stepped foot on campus during her junior year in high school, she knew that Texas State was her future.

She competed in gymnastics, softball, basketball and soccer in high school. The aggressiveness and pace of soccer established her passion for the game.

“I love the game and the competition,” Bucy said. “I love getting tackles and being aggressive. In basketball I always fouled out, gymnastics wasn’t for me and softball was not my pace. I just feel I found my calling in soccer.”

Bucy’s father, Christopher, noticed when his daughter was young that she ran away from the ball instead of going towards it.


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