Float Fest 2015: Friday Recap

Festival attendees floated 2 and a half miles to Cool River Ranch August 28 to attend the first day of Float Fest.

The day was filled with an eclectic lineup that ranged from indie rock to future disco performed by new and well-known artists.

Sons of Stan fans began to trickle in for their 4:15 p.m. show, but it seemed like most people chose to stay at the river until much later.

Walker Lukens and his accompanying band The Side Arms were up next for a set that consumed audience members with its whimsical groove.

Festivalgoers dressed casually in t-shirts, bathing suits and the occasional flower crown began returning from the river in bigger crowds just in time for The Eastern Sea.

Q&A with The Bright Light Social Hour at Float Fest

As the crowds began to trickle in from the river to the stage on Day 1 of Float Fest, The University Star had the opportunity to sit down with Joseph Mirasol and Curtis Roush, two of the four members in The Bright Light Social Hour.

The band is scheduled to hit the Second Stage August 28 at 9 p.m.

MS: What made you decide to play float fest?

JM: I think they asked us and then we were like yeah that sounds really fun.

CR: Its close by and there is a lot of good bands playing all day.

MS: How do you think this festival compares to the Austin music scene?

Fashion Finds: pops of color on campus

Fashion Finds is a new, weekly column showcasing students found on campus with unique style. Anything from crazy patterns to the latest trends to what to wear to an interview can be found here each week!

One aspect I truly admire about fashion is the ability to stand out from others through self-expression.

Yajaira Almaguer, fashion merchandising junior, is pictured here in a fabulous JCPenney bright pink top paired with simple black shorts and Tevas.

Her selection of the highlighter-colored blouse really stood out to me in the sea of students making their way through The Quad.

Almaguer said the bright pop of color is the ultimate way to send off summer trends.

Season preview: Fine arts schedule jam-packed for school year

The Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance plans to showcase a variety of performances during the academic year. Students should be on the lookout for concerts, plays, operas, exhibitions and collaborations within departments.

Theatre Department

The theater department is set to host a multitude of main stage and black box productions this year.

View from the Bridge, a one-act drama written by Arthur Miller and directed by Melissa Utley, theater graduate student, will run from October 6-11 as the department’s season opener.

J. Robert Moore, Evita director and theater graduate student, said musical theater at the university has grown immensely over the past few years.

Weekend preview: Float Fest

The only thing better than camping, live music and floating the river is finding a way to combine the three. Float Fest, a local San Marcos music festival, has found a way to do just that. Check out the list below to see why this event should be added to your weekend plans.

1. The Lineup

There is something for everyone on this year’s lineup which features Ghostland Observatory, Phantogram and Local Natives as headliners. Other performers include Mute Math, Robert Delong, Devin the Dude and many more. To see the full lineup, visit

2. The Pricing

Beat the heat: how to keep your makeup lasting all day

School has started and once again the hill country is alive with the sound of Bobcats panting up and down the Alkek stairs.

For students who wear makeup, the summer season presents a difficult challenge when it comes to guaranteeing that products last all day. No makeup is perfect, but there are several steps to be taken to ensure your look lasts as long as possible.

Abbi Garcia, assistant manager at The Cosmetics Company Store, said the most important tool for a long-lasting look is face primer.

“A face primer is your best bet for making your makeup stay,” Garica said. “It is important to set up a good base and give the makeup something to hold on to.”

Face primers are a good option for people with dry or combination skin types, Garcia said.

Rattle Snake Run 5k joins athletics with community

Runners of all ages gathered at San Marcos High School (SMHS) starting line Aug. 22 to take part in the 2nd annual RattleSnake Run 5K.

The race served as a fundraiser for its sponsor, the SMHS Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

Anthony Williams, Lieutenant Colonel, said the race is designed to bring the community together before the beginning of a new school year.

“It’s a great community service event,” Williams said. “We get a lot of participation from the local community, families, kids and young people.”

Williams said organizers decided to open the race to all ages in an effort to encourage kids to be more active.

Texas State chant: a brief history


The traditions that surround game-day atmospheres at Texas State is simply one-of-a-kind.

Many students show pride for their school using the Texas State chant, a unique signature yell designed to boost spirit at any point during a Bobcat athletic event.

Shaina Mayberry, head cheer coach, said the tune was created during the 2005 Southland Conference Championship.

“That was one of the bigger things to happen after the school changed its name to Texas State,” Mayberry said. “One side started yelling ‘Texas’ and the other side started yelling ‘State,’ and it was kind of a pivotal moment.”

Mayberry said the chant is an easy way to bring students, staff and faculty together.

Strutters unveil new uniforms for community


Over 100 eager drill team members gathered in Strahan Coliseum Aug. 22 to showcase their new uniforms during the Meet the Strutters event.

The goal of the showcase was to recognize each of the halftime performers individually before the fall semester began.

Tammy Fife, Strutters director, said the event was the first time this season parents and members of the community could meet the team.

“Tonight was a big night because this was their first time to show their brand-new uniforms,” Fife said. “And so many people who donated towards the uniforms were here.”

Fife said $487,000 in donations helped make the team’s wish for new uniforms a reality.

Picks of the Week

For the textbook shopper

The University Bookstore will be providing live entertainment, giveaways and snacks while students shop for textbooks and school supplies Tuesday during their Bookstore Blowout event. Students can pick up that last-minute binder and order their textbooks from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


For the textbook shopper

The University Bookstore will be providing live entertainment, giveaways and snacks while students shop for textbooks and school supplies August 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This event, Bookstore Blowout, provides students with the perfect time to pick up that last-minute notebook and order their textbooks.



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