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Dia de los Muertos events introduce students to Mexican holiday, culture

The first Day of the Dead altar was set up inside the Honors College building in 2005. Michelle Sotolongo, now an academic adviser, was one of two students who initiated the yearly celebration honoring life and Mexican culture.

Traditionally, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.  The holiday is meant to mock death and celebrate life.

“We wanted to do something different from all the commercialized Halloween celebrations,” Sotolongo said.  “We already had a personal collection of skulls and stuff like that.  Also, we were both from Mexico, so we decided to put our stuff together, and we set up an altar in the Honors College.”

PICKS OF THE WEEK

Normal weekends in San Marcos are filled with endless events and drink specials as it is, but Halloween festivities in and around town only add to the laundry list of potential parties. The University Star sifted through the possibilities and complied a list of this weekend’s best events.

The Hungry Gamer Halloween Bash

Oct. 30, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Haunted’ sites around San Marcos associated with strange incidents

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From old asylums to campus buildings built over cemeteries, the City of San Marcos and Texas State campus are home to many different haunted locations and ghostly legends.

Not just anything can be considered paranormal, though. Supernatural societies have been researching haunted locations to weed out the real paranormal incidents from rumors.   

“We look at all the possible ways something can happen and see if we can duplicate the event with a normal cause,” said Johnny Castillo, founder of the Supernatural Research Society located in San Antonio. “Then it may not be paranormal, but if we can’t explain what the cause is, it might be.”

Hispanic association offers service, leadership opportunities

The Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA) was founded in January 1994 by business management professor Cecilia Temponi and a small group of students. The HBSA has a decade-long track record of excellence at Texas State. Since its inception, HBSA has received a host of awards and accolades based on volunteer efforts and social events. HBSA puts its affiliates in the best position to succeed by providing scholarships to highly involved members who are full-time students and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

'Raisin’ Cane’ honors Harlem Renaissance

The Encore Series, in partnership with Common Experience and the Honors College, will present “Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Evans Auditorium.

The performance will star actress, singer, dancer and director Jasmine Guy. Guy is best known for her role as Whitley Gilbert in the 1987 NBC sitcom “A Different World,” for which she won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards. She currently plays a recurring role in the hit CW show “The Vampire Diaries” starring Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. Her 25-year career has led to her recognition as not only a talented actress, singer and comedienne, but also as a director, writer and speaker.

Dialogue series engages community in philosophical discussion

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Every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., Texas State’s Philosophy department holds a dialogue at the San Marcos Public Library. The series gives the citizens of San Marcos as well as students the chance to participate in particular philosophical discussions and interact with other community members.

This week’s discussion topic, Vegetarianism and Feminism, was lead by Bob Fischer, an associate philosophy professor at Texas State. The dialogue focused on the connections between the two topics, particularly about how certain types of mechanisms are used to oppress and subdue women and animals alike.

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OCT. 23

SHANE SMITH AND THE SAINTS

Shane Smith and the Saints stop by Cheatham Street Warehouse promoting their latest album, “Coast,” as part of a Texas-wide tour. The group’s music is unique in that it appeals to both country and rock fans. Their songs’ subject matter is formulaically country, shouting out small Texas towns and big cities and the highs and lows of life, while Smith’s smooth, nearly twang-free voice keeps his work from being pigeonholed into one particular genre. Highlights from the album are “Highway,” which discusses growing older—and gives a nod to favorite Austin locales—and “Work Was Through,” an easy-listening hit featuring Texas country star Aaron Watson.

OCT. 24

THE RED DIRECT

Fashion students detail fall clothing trends, staples

Fall. A time of year when pumpkin spice lattes reign supreme, boyfriends find their favorite hoodies missing and students across the country begin compiling the perfect wardrobe additions to help them transition from sweltering Texas heat to the slightly-less-hot autumn. Members of the Texas State Fashion Merchandising Association (FMA) shared their favorite fall trends and how to style them while the women of San Marcos sister boutiques Two P’s and Calli’s— Maggie Ximenes, Kellea Goebel, Katelyn Knapp, and Mary Katherine Underbhuk—broke down their top picks for when the temperatures begin to drop.

Aluminum grey and sangria

PICKS OF THE WEEK: OCT. 22-29

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OKTOBERFEST, OCT. 24

The second annual San Marcos Oktoberfest, hosted by the Parks and Rec department, kicks off Thursday at the Activity Center with a night filled with dinner and dancing. For $25, patrons are treated to a Root Cellar buffet stuffed with authentic German food including jager schnitzel, red cabbage, sauerkraut, strudel and beer bread. Following dinner, dancing gets going at 7 p.m. against a backdrop of German jams and contemporary hits by 3rd Generation.

SWAG YOUR TAILS, OCT. 26

Photo exhibit explores Latino presence in athletics

Officials at the Center for the Study of the Southwest produced the “Latinos and Sports in the Southwest” photo-exhibit to continue their mission of educating the public on Latino-American presence in Texas State athletics.

This exhibit, located in the lobby of Brazos Hall, is part of the 50th anniversary celebration and Common Experience theme of the desegregation of Texas State University in 1963. The goal of the theme is to “explore the trials of segregation and the impact of integration” on campus, according to the Common Experience website.

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