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Vinyl sales on the rise among young consumers

Zach Jennings picked the right time to get into the vinyl business.

Superfly’s owner moved from Gruene to San Marcos in search of a steady clientele, but he never anticipated the continued boom in vinyl business. Sales reached 9.2 million in 2014—the highest since 1991—and experienced a 52 percent increase from 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“I think in the last couple of years there has not been one specific moment,” Jennings said. “It has just been kind of a steady rise. Kids see their friends’ record collections and realize it is relatively inexpensive to start their own if they buy a lot of used, so I think that kind of drove it up and attracted even more people.”

Texas State rap artist lives dream through music

Growing up in Arlington, Donovan Curry always believed he would go pro as a sports player, yet the discovery of rap music drew him to the studio and he never looked back.

Curry is focused on building a loyal fan base with performances in San Marcos and San Antonio. He recently captured the attention of fans across Texas State with his single “Put It Down.” 

Curry said his ability to relate to young people across the nation is one of the main reasons his music has been well received thus far.

“There are billions of people in this world,” Curry said. “Somebody out there will be able to identify with your music, and from there you can sell that person your dream and they will buy into it.” 

Programs evolve in fine arts departments

Fine arts programs continue to evolve with a variety of majors and minors to choose from as Texas State increases. 

Thomas Clark, director of the School of Music, said he has watched the school grow since coming to Texas State in 2008.  Changes to the program included recent building renovations and the addition of the Performing Arts Center.

"When I started here, we had music courses and activities going on in three different buildings," Clark said. “The School of Music has a very respected sound recording technology program, and the laboratory space for that is in an old fire station that was renovated into a recording studio—a whole complex area of studios."

Clark said the music program is now housed in seven different buildings across campus.

Transparent pushing barriers for Amazon

Socially progressive shows like Girls and Orange is the New Black are dominating the networks and awards shows alike, but Transparent, an Amazon original series, is quickly surpassing them all.

The cast and crew of this unique show have proven they have the skill and prowess to make it in this fast-paced digital-viewing era with only one season (10 episodes) under their belts.

Transparent takes place in modern-day Los Angeles with some minor flashbacks. The show focuses on a family of three children and two divorced parents. This may sound incredibly dull and overdone—something one would expect to see running on some off-brand network with a weak and repetitive storyline.

Selma takes center stage as Oscars approach

The biggest story in play when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed this year's Oscar nominees had nothing to do with frontrunners American Sniper, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

People instead were talking about Selma, the critically acclaimed drama about Martin Luther King Jr.’s movement for voting rights in the South. The film received only two Oscar nods for Best Original Song and Best Motion Picture, missing out on several key nominations.

Fans took to social media to vent their frustrations just minutes after the announcement was made, sparking what would become an intense debate over whether the film deserved more recognition.

Theatre Performances 2015

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The start of the new semester brings a new season of auditions and performances by the Department of Theatre and Dance.

“A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Angels in America,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Medea” and “Snake Oil” are just a few of the performances students can look forward to in the coming months.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” will be the first major performance of the 2015 season. The play was written by Tennessee Williams in 1947 and deals with a culture clash between two major characters, Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski.

Regan Goins, theatre senior, who plays Blanche, describes the experience as the role of a lifetime.

Local textbook stores offer competitive prices

Many businesses in the San Marcos area are being designed to cater to the needs of the student body as Texas State continues to evolve in population and status.

The need for a variety of cost-efficient textbooks is a prominent issue for students at the fourth-largest university in Texas. Buying textbooks at a bargain price is crucial when students already have to pay for rent, food and nights out on the Square. Here are a few spots in the San Marcos area with competitive textbooks prices and a wide selection of subjects to choose from.

Textbook Solutions

Textbook Solutions was started in 2007 by a pair of college graduates who believed textbooks should be cheaper. The store is an ideal place to find a variety of learning tools.

Picks of the Week

For the “Riot Grrrl”:

Female punk rock is on the rise, and if you associate yourself with the feminist movement, then Sleater-Kinney’s album “No Cities to Love” is for you. Riot Grrrl, the overarching name for the 90’s feminist punk rock movement, is fronted by bands like Sleater-Kinney. These punk rock ladies hail from the Pacific Northwest and can fuel an audience through hump-day blues and get you pumped for the weekend. This album was released Jan. 20 and has been a hit ever since.  

For the class clown:

Campus resources help students stay ahead

With the spring semester in full swing, students all over campus are transitioning from the relaxation of winter break to the rigor of classes, with many searching for campus resources to help them in their academic efforts. 

The majority of these resources is covered by student fees and requires no additional cost, which makes excelling during the academic year easier.

The Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC), a tutoring center located on the fourth floor of Alkek library that covers subjects such as math, science, business and writing, is a popular resource available to students

SLAC also offers Supplemental Instruction sessions for designated classes, which gives students the ability to receive additional help outside of their scheduled lecture times.

University offers wide-range of internship opportunities

Internships allow students to take in-class knowledge and gain real world experience in their future fields.

At Texas State, many different types of internships are available for each major. Resources are available to help students find internships through the different colleges and programs.

One of the main resources on campus is Career Services, which assists students in the process of finding an internship.

Career Services also holds a spring job and internship fair on Feb. 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. for prospective students to browse the different types of internships for their specific majors.

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