Farewell from the Trends Editor


I’ve always subscribed to the philosophy that leaving Texas State in just four years is a lot like leaving the party at 10 p.m., so you can imagine my disappointment when I met with my adviser and found out I could graduate in three. Forget leaving at 10 p.m., I barely even made it to the party.

Picks of the Week


The end of the semester doesn’t mean the end of fun in San Marcos. End fall with a bang at one (or all!) of these December events.

Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Dec. 3-6

The city’s annual event, dubbed the “Best Christmas Festival in Texas,” is a favorite among residents, students and out-of-towners alike. This year’s festival features a performance by country superstar Kyle Park as well as an ice-skating rink, a nativity scene and carnival food favorites.

Strutters Christmas Spectacular: Dec. 5

Finals Study Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: fall finals. The semester’s last ten days can seem more “Hunger Games” than “Joy to the World” between feverishly handing over that last $5 for extra espresso shots, crying over soon-to-be-graduating friends and trying to fill out every review before the TA-sponsored study session. Follow these tips to ensure a (relatively) stress-free week.

Get enough sleep.

Theatre department modernizes “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Skateboards, tattoo sleeves and skinny jeans are three things William Shakespeare never imagined when penning his classic play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but they are all integral to Texas State’s updated telling of the fairytale.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was held at Texas State’s new Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre and quickly sold out roughly 10 minutes before starting as excited word got out about the in-demand play.

Q & A With The Gents’ Tyler Jordan

The Gents have cemented their status not only as one of Austin, Texas’ favorite bands but an act on the verge of national acclaim, blending smooth vocal harmonies with southern-infused folk rock. The group comprises Tyler Jordan (bass, vocals), Matty Blissard (vocals, guitar, bass), Kevin Manship (vocals, guitar) and Jon Denn (percussion) and has already cultivated a following at The 512 and beyond. Here, The Star talks with Tyler Jordan about what’s next for The Gents.

What is your creative force? What gets you going?

Black Friday How-To Guide


From clothing to electronics, nothing says “I’m thankful for my life” like cutting Thanksgiving short to elbow strangers out of the way for the latest Xbox incarnation. Though the very American ritual of Black Friday is undoubtedly stressful, shoppers can implement tips to get in, get out and score the best deals.


Make a list of everything you need.

One of the most known and key strategies of black Friday shopping is to have a list ready when going into a store. This is one of the most crucial parts of the Black Friday experience. “Have a list of everything you are planning on getting so that you aren’t wandering around confused,” said “That wastes time, and items sell out super fast”

Young Americans for Liberty increasing campus presence

Some are lost in a sea of red and blue and would be surprised to hear political affiliations exist beyond the scope of Republicans or Democrats. Young Americans for Liberty, one of the most popular political organizations at Texas State, has a mission to mobilize and spread the word of its presence.

The Young Americans for Liberty is the largest political organization on campus with a network larger than 100 people, said vice president Morgan Scott, management junior.

“We don’t endorse politics and are not affiliated with the liberty party, “ Scott said. “We are more about teaching the libertarian philosophy on campus.”

Students may have misconceptions regarding the true nature of the organization and its values.

Volunteer opportunities provide multiple ways to give back


Giving back this holiday season is now easier than ever thanks to volunteer opportunities created by charitable organizations in and around Hays County. The Star has compiled a list of opportunities for students to do some good before going back home.

Hays County Food Bank

Restaurants close to campus offer great eats

Alvin Ord’s

This close-to-campus spot features fresh, flavorful sandwiches and a mural-like wall decorated by current and long-graduated Bobcats. The shop offers options for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, with the pulled pork sandwich ranking among its most popular items.

“The food is cheap and pretty massive,” said Olivia Trevino, Alvin Ord’s manager. “We are open during most campus hours.”

 204 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666 Tel: (512) 353-8042

Zookas Ultimate Burritos

DJ Mic-D proves work more business than hobby

Michael Taylor Texas State student and aspiring DJ better known as Mic-D, fell in love with the art of music mixing in the seventh grade and is well on his way to stardom.

Taylor first began to explore his craft at age 13, making what are known as “screw tapes” or mix tapes paying homage to the legendary Houston artist, DJ Screw.

Initially, Taylor spent hours upon hours practicing in his bedroom as he only had the funds to buy a standard turntable. But as Taylor began to take the craft more seriously, he caught the attention of his middle school debate teacher who also DJ'd as a hobby.


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