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For the Humorist

The Student Association for Campus Activities will welcome comedian Nick Guerra to the LBJ Student Center Feb. 27. Guerra recently won StandUpNBC and earned a one-year talent contract. Tickets to the event are free to students and faculty.

For the Historian

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ performance captivates audience

Texas State’s Department of Theatre and Dance put on Tennessee William’s drama “A Streetcar Named Desire” Feb. 17-22 at the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre.

The show, directed by Michael Costello, is set in New Orleans in 1947. It follows the cynical story of Blanche DuBois, an alcoholic with a dark past.

Whisperers and stirs could be heard throughout the theatre lobby and auditorium before the performance. Audience members were discussing the length of the play. The show was three and a half hours long and contained two ten-minute intermissions.

Longtime barbecue cook turns businessman

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AJ’s Ranch Road Grill is cooking up a name for itself with lunchtime and late-night favorites like Texas Tots and the Texas Philly, a southern take on the classic cheesesteak.

Andrew Napoles, owner and Texas State alumnus, said the idea of opening a restaurant came to him after graduation when he was struggling to find work.

“There wasn’t a lot of options in this area, and I had a hard time looking for a job,” Napoles said. “I always joked that I was going to open up a restaurant.”

The eatery, which is located a five-minute walk from campus, serves traditional barbeque staples like brisket, ribs and pulled pork as well as Tex-Mex favorites like fajitas, tacos and quesadillas.

Track and field athlete exercises musical talents

Jonathan Hill is living proof that true talent is multi-dimensional.

The business freshman is a member of the Texas State track and field team, where he competes in the 60-, 100- and 200-meter sprints. Hill is also a skilled musician and vocalist. He said music is a craft he has been perfecting since he was around 5 years old.

Hill’s love for music began to take form after his parents introduced him to a piano instructor. Hill was frustrated while learning to play, but stuck with the instrument.

Hill played percussion in his middle school’s band. He couldn’t read sheet music, which meant he had to sing notes aloud in order to play them on the drums.

Alumnus turns passion into business program

Recent graduate Koy McDermott is helping millennials pursue their entrepreneurial dreams through the Leaders Inspire Leaders program.

Leaders Inspire Leaders consists of a weekly podcast featuring interviews with successful forerunners in entrepreneurship, McDermott said. The podcast can be found on iTunes and will soon be available on SoundCloud.

“The premise of the show is to speak with intellectual entrepreneurial leaders all across the globe to help get tips, tools, techniques and insights for individuals who either already own their business or are aspiring entrepreneurs," McDermott said.

San Marcos offers variety of pizza

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Pizza is a popular go-to meal in university communities, and Texas State is no exception.

Traditional delivery places such as Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars and Papa John’s are options. However, San Marcos features local hot spots like Valentino’s, Gumby’s and Pie Society for the pizza aficionado.  

Pie Society, located on North LBJ Drive, is owned by the Katz Brothers, local entrepreneurs.

“We try to pride ourselves on local and fresh ingredients,” said Patrick Vernor, Pie Society manager. “For example, our mushrooms are from Gonzales, our goat cheese is from here in Texas (and) our honey is from Austin. Everything is very fresh and local.”

Pie Society does not have a freezer, so everything has to be made fresh in house.

Picks of the Weekend

For the Crime Solver

Students looking for an inexpensive getaway should check out murder mystery weekends at Crystal River Inn. The two-day retreat held Feb. 27-28 features a clue hunt throughout San Marcos with guests dressed in costume as the characters. The mystery weekend is $100 per person plus the cost of a double occupancy room, according to the Inn’s website.

For the Explorer

Purgatory Creek provides natural space for community

The Purgatory Creek Natural Area, located on Ranch Road 12, is a popular attraction amongst San Marcos residents who know of the hidden gem. 

Richard Salmon, San Marcos Parks and Recreation grants administrator, said the region started as 460 acres. It was purchased to protect the area where water goes into the aquifer, he said. The space has grown to a 750-acre park for the public to explore.

“Within the past three years we have added on the Wonder World extension, creating the Upper and Lower Purgatory areas,” Salmon said. “This includes an 89-acre track, a 92-acre track and a 107-acre track.”

Salmon is in charge of all the grants for purchases of property around the area and has been working on expanding Purgatory Creek Park since 2011.

Mexican restaurants go head-to-head

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Mexican food is a popular staple of San Marcos, but two restaurants, Herbert’s Taco Hut and Garcia’s Mexican Food, stand out from the crowd.

Debates continue regarding which Mexican restaurant has the best salsa, enchiladas, tortillas and more.

Sabrina Bauer, exploratory sophomore, said Herbert’s is one of the best Mexican restaurants around town.

“I prefer Herbert’s to Garcia’s because they have been there forever,” Bauer said. “They’ve kept their small-town local vibe and have bomb food.”

Bauer said the bean-and-cheese breakfast taco is her favorite dish from Herbert’s. She prefers Herbert’s Mexican food for breakfast rather than at dinner.

Kayla Rodriguez, public relations and mass communications sophomore, also prefers Herbert’s to Garcia’s.

Texas State welcomes first entrepreneurial fraternity

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Texas State’s first entrepreneurial fraternity was established this semester to help Bobcats give back to their community.

Epsilon Nu Tau (ENT) is made up of approximately 15 members who participate in a wide range of events, said Aaron Hines, vice president of Internal.

Eric Pizzeck, philanthropy chair, said ENT is a co-ed professional organization that aims to create a group of entrepreneurs who volunteer and network with professionals in the area.

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