Q&A with Commandah Panda, Riverfest performer

Fusing an eclectic mix of musical stylings to create a unique, danceable sound, DJ and Riverfest performer Commandah Panda spoke with The University Star about his origins, performance style and his future.

EM: When did you start your career as a DJ?
CP: I started my DJing in 2009.

Q&A with Kay Heatherly, Therapy Dog Committee chair

Alkek Library is hosting a pack of furry friends for students to meet during finals week in an effort to help Bobcats release tension during one of the most stressful times of year.

The second floor and SLAC will host stress release areas available for any student wanting to alleviate tension. The event is hosted by Dog Lovers of Alkek with assistance from Divine Canines from Austin. The University Star spoke with Kay Heatherly, chair of the therapy dog committee, about the dogs and this growing stress-relieving trend.

Four tips for stress-free finals

With the semester drawing to a close and comprehensive exams looming, Bobcats across campus are buckling down to pass their class finals.

While the infamous all-night study session is a reality for many students, experts and administrators agree it does not have to be. With some careful time management and organization, students facing a brutal exam schedule can ease their anxiety and decrease the number of sleepless nights spent mentally chained to textbooks and an Alkek desk.

Q&A with Glowkids and Fuse, Riverfest performers

A self-described intergalactic DJ duo, electronic dance music partners Glowkids & Fuse take the stage Thursday for Texas State’s annual spring concert, Riverfest. The University Star spoke with the pair about their music and upcoming performance.

EM: What’s the story behind Glowkids & Fuse? How did this collaboration come to be?
F: We were resident [solo] DJs for a weekly event in Boston—he was Glowkids and I was Fuse—and eventually, promoters started booking us to play together on a regular basis. We decided to officially collaborate as the Glowkids & Fuse duo in May 2012.

EM: When did Glowkids & Fuse become a reality?
G: Summer 2012 when we played Identity Festival.

Community celebrates Easter with carnival


Though a misty drizzle hung over the event, not even the weather could stop Farmer Fred’s Garden Spring Carnival.

Over 1000 San Marcos residents and their families gathered Thursday at the San Marcos City Park to play spring-themed games, snack on carnival food and hunt for thousands of hidden Easter eggs.

Jessica Ramos, city youth services manager, said the carnival has been going on for over nine years, becoming a tradition in the San Marcos community for local families and children.

Victoria Van de Ryt, recreation specialist, emphasized that volunteers are a huge part of this event. The event is put on by the community services department but includes Texas State students and volunteers.

Inside The Hitch

St. Pita’s
Offering a fresh take on classic Greek favorites, St. Pita’s menu is nothing short of heavenly. Each recipe is custom designed by owner Matthew Buchanan. One popular item on the menu is the Holy Avocado. “It is a house breaded, deep fried avocado with Sriracha and house-made ranch,” said manager Jacob Booth. The trailer also features a signature secret topping known as Saintly sauce, which includes feta cheese and Greek yogurt, a Mediterranean staple.
The Big Kahuna

Freshman entrepreneur runs online tech news company


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


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.


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