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Freshman entrepreneur runs online tech news company

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Freshman Leon Hitchens IV turned his interest in the latest gadgets into a bona fide career by starting his own tech news company called Digital Bounds, providing reviews and updates on the newest electronic devices and industry news.

“It all started when I got my first laptop and started blogging back in eighth grade, and as it went along I started focusing more on technology because I really liked that,” said Hitchens, a computer information systems major.

Hitchens said the site’s growth was slow at first, which helped him understand that the people behind popular blogs run them as a full-time career and not just a hobby. He then started to contact companies about reviewing their devices, a major aspect of his blog.

New Performing Arts Center hosts first musical production in theatre

The Texas State community has the opportunity to embrace the eclectic cast and namesake S.S. American of “Anything Goes” Tuesday night for one last showing of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s musical.

“Anything Goes” is the first musical production to be showcased in the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre as part of the new Performing Arts Center that opened in March. The weeklong nightly showcase will wrap up Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Wittliff presents exhibition celebrating African-Americans in Texas theatre

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The newest exhibition in the Wittliff Collections celebrates the life, times and prolific works of African-American luminaries, bringing together several different cultures to redefine what it means to be in the Texas theatre business.

“Acting Up and Getting Down,” on display through Aug. 1, is based on an anthology of theatrical scripts of the same name written by the playwrights featured in the exhibit. Texas State faculty members Sandra Mayo and Elvin Holt collected documents for the exhibit and edited the anthology.

Mayo, an associate professor, said a theatre critic in the Dallas area once described and celebrated African-American culture in performances through the phrase “acting up and getting down.”

Nonprofit organization supplies clothing to San Marcos students

Run out of a small portable building behind the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District Central Office, the Rattler Donation Closet is a non-profit organization that provides clothing and other necessities for students in need throughout San Marcos schools.

In addition to clothing, Rattler Donation accepts school supplies and monetary assistance to help provide physicals or eye exams for students. The ongoing donation drive has been in operation for three years and helps 78 percent of students in the district who are in the lower income bracket, said Georganne Logue, the administrative assistant to the superintendent who developed the project.

Texas State alumnus turns Dumpster into residence

The idea that Dumpsters are capable of sustaining much more than cockroach life is a stretch for most. But to one Austin professor and Texas State alumnus, life in a Dumpster is the key to sustainability.

Jeff Wilson, self-described hipster and cheerful adopter of the nickname “Professor Dumpster,” has been camping out in a 6-by-6-foot dumpster on the Huston-Tillotson University campus in East Austin since February. Wilson, who has taught environmental science at several Texas universities and currently serves as an associate professor and dean of Huston-Tillotson’s University College, feels right at home.

City officials, employees shave heads in support of local child with cancer

After former city employee Stacy Malone explained to Fire Chief Les Stephens that her 5-year-old son was having a particularly hard time adjusting to his chemotherapy-induced hair loss, Stephens felt compelled to act.

“I thought it would be funny to shave my head and take a picture of it to send to Waylon,” Stephens said. “I sent a text to four or five other people asking if they wanted to participate as well and from that small group it blossomed into this large event.”

Q&A with Ricardo Soliz, SACA pride and traditions coordinator

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One of the spring semester’s most anticipated events, Riverfest returns this year with an entirely different style of performer. Ricardo Soliz, SACA pride and traditions coordinator, discusses Riverfest’s musical departure and what students can expect from this year’s event.

KD: Who is playing at Riverfest?
RS: We don’t necessarily have a specific artist; it is more like a genre. We are doing EDM this year and the group we are bringing is iExperia.

Peace Paper Project aids Texas Wild Rice survival

For artists Margaret Mahan and Drew Matott, papermaking is a means of therapy.

Mahan and Matott’s Peace Paper Project has been touring and teaching across the United States and international borders since the duo decided to expand their focus in 2011. The two broadened the Combat Paper Project, which focused on American veterans and combat victims, to any group that may benefit from the ancient technique of paper preparation.

“It’s amazing how universal papermaking is,” Mahan said. “The people we teach take a risk in making their first sheet, but after that, they’re hooked.”

Bobcats can prepare for spring with bright colors, fun prints

Warmer weather brings with it fresh patterns and colors. There are several ways Bobcats can incorporate spring trends into their wardrobes.

PURPLE HAZE
Color trends for spring will vary and range from bright jewel tones to soft, delicate pastels, said Rebecca Pullian, JC Penney sales associate.

“A lot of what we are selling is bright spring shorts,” Pullian said.

Q&A with Sherman Alexie, visiting poet

Indian. “That’s what we call each other, it’s an everyday language,” said award-winning author Sherman Alexie. “Indian isn’t any more inaccurate than Native American. Native American just means anybody born here, so the most accurate term would be ‘here first-ians.’”

Much of Alexie’s writing draws from his Native American ancestry and experiences living on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington.

Alexie’s first poem was written for an assignment in Alex Kuo’s class his first semester at Washington State University in 1987, where he initially dreamed of becoming a doctor. Alexie’s poem, “Futures,” was published in his debut collection, “The Business of Fancydancing: Stories and Poems” in 1992.

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