Starbucks Secret Menu


The ubiquity of Starbucks becomes particularly apparent in the fall. Between tweets about the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte jazzed up with the falling leaves emojis and Facebook shots of baristas who definitely spelled someone’s name wrong on purpose, Starbucks is nothing short of an on-campus staple. But what most people don’t know is that there exists a secret menu so delicious it makes a skinny iced caramel macchiato taste like day-old Valero espresso. Read on to learn the tricks of the trade and become a champion of white girls everywhere.

The Nutella Latte

Wittliff brings Cormac McCarthy's work to Texas State campus

Located on the 7th floor of the Alkek Library, the Wittliff Collections has acquired a number of novels, manuscripts and personal artifacts from the life of legendary writer Cormac McCarthy.

Tailgate attire can be creative, fun


In addition to lower temperatures and increased amount of beer can litter, Texas State tailgate season brings with it a host of cute, school-themed outfit selections for men and women to wear both at Bobcat Stadium and beyond.

Around campus and the city, there are many different stores and boutiques focused on supplying different types of Bobcat-themed clothing for tailgate season. Some of the more popular choices include Barefoot Athletics, Two P’s & Calli’s and Trends & Traditions.

“We sell all Texas State apparel, and we sell some game-day dresses and tops and maroon things for girls,” said Hannah Sears, manager at Barefoot Athletics. “Basically, we have t-shirts, sweatshirts, polos and anything Texas State.”

'Fast Fashion' method aims to lower prices

A retail industry method referred to as “fast fashion,” the quick and low-cost manufacturing of clothing and accessories that makes current trends available to the consumer at affordable prices is under review for potential ethical breaches. According to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, 97.5 percent of clothes purchased by Americans in 2012 were manufactured internationally. Unlike the U.S., other countries may not have regulations in place to ensure the ethical treatment of workers.

Guide to Gruene

Just 19 minutes away from San Marcos sits Gruene, Texas, a small town that makes for the perfect weekend trip destination. As you come into the town, it’s difficult to not get caught up in the classic small-town feel. The buildings and the natural surroundings that you see on the main street will make you feel like you are on a movie set instead of a small town in Texas, and downtown Gruene has a joyful nature about it that you can’t help but catch.

What To Eat

Dos and Don’ts of Tailgating

For Texas State students, Christmas comes several months early with the always-wonderful arrival of college football season. While most handle the festivities in a completely appropriate manner, some manage to turn what should be a mildly raucous event into a drunken free-for-all. If this sounds like your last time at Strahan, read on to see how you can have a good time without ending up as Yik Yak gossip fodder come Sunday morning.

Don’t show up already drunk

Sororities make notable philanthropic efforts


Beyond their matching t-shirts, letters and booths on The Quad, Greek Life at Texas State has set a precedent for giving back and serving the community. Chapter members of the Texas State councils each sponsor a unique cause, dedicating their time and money to furthering the organization’s cause.              


Black and Latino Playwrights Conference returns to Texas State

First started in 2002, Texas State’s annual Black and Latino Playwrights Conference is more than a method of showcasing the talent of playwrights and actors of Black and Latino descent.

It is also a learning experience for students and the public at large. Three staged readings will be featured this year: “Sweet,” written by Harrison David Rivers and directed by David Mendizábal; “Contribution,” written by Ted Shine and directed by Nadine Mozon; and “On the 5:31,” written by Mando Alvarado and directed by Ruben Gonzalez, which will close out the weeklong schedule of events.

Q&A with Stephanie Ramirez, fashion merchandising assistant professor

New to San Marcos as of three weeks ago, Stefanie Ramirez is a fashion merchandising assistant professor at Texas State. An LSU graduate with a double-concentration Ph.D. in design and merchandising, she likes to bridge the business and creative sides of fashion. With her lively personality and brightly colored top to match, she sat down with The University Star and spoke about her teaching experience, love for fashion and how her designs ended up at New York Fashion Week.

CR: What brought you to teach here at Texas State?

Wittliff exhibit highlights acclaimed photographs

Every five years, the Wittliff Collections displays an exhibition highlighting a selection of works either purchased by or gifted to the museum over that time period. Its most recent exhibition, dubbed Coming to Light, features 42 internationally acclaimed photographs that are being shown by the Wittliff for the first time.

Most of the photographs were either donated by the artists themselves or purchased by the Wittliff. The photos are generally grouped together by theme. Themes include nature, animals, Mexican history and culture, while a miscellaneous wall features fun, engaging pieces.


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