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from the trends desk. To all of you freshmen and transfer students about to start you first year as a Bobcat— congratulations. I remember my transition to the university well. Coming to Texas State freshman year was both exhilarating and a bit frightening. I did not know what to make of my new home at first. Luckily, I discovered The University Star early on, and it became an excellent source for learning all about what was happening in San Marcos. We at the Star hope to continue that tradition. Specifically in the trends section, we want to bring you all of the latest news on local arts and entertainment, as well as profiles on the most interesting people and places around. San Marcos has a thriving music scene, award-winning theatre productions, tons of local artists and other events that bring campus and community together. Even sandwiched between Austin and San Antonio, San Marcos has managed to develop a culture all its own. Make sure to take advantage of that unique local flavor dur-

ing your time at the university by supporting local businesses and attending university performances and events in the community. Another way to make the most out of your experience is to join one of the many student organizations on campus. Student organizations are a fantastic way to meet like-minded people, and are especially helpful when first arriving at Texas State since they make meeting new friends a breeze. Whether it be through a fraternity or sorority, service organization, major-oriented club or a hobby, make sure you get involved on campus in some form or fashion. You’ll be glad you did. And when you’re not attending a club meeting, enjoying what the city has to offer or studying for class, make sure to pick up the Star to stay informed. We always welcome your feedback, story ideas and letters to the editor. Thanks for your readership. —Hollie O’Connor, Trends Editor

Texas State theatre graduates achieve promising futures By Jordan Gass-Poore’ Trends Reporter A small gold pendant of a pig with wings dangled from Angeliea Stark’s necklace. The pendant reminds her that nothing is impossible. “Pigs fly. Oh, they do,” Stark said, repeating her favorite phrase from a friend. “It’s so true. It can happen.” Stark, theater alumna, is one of 22 people hired as an Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice after a nationwide search. She and fellow theater alumni Phillip Guevara and Jecamiah Ybanez will be joining three of the nation’s premiere theater companies this summer. “I think we have the highest percentage of seniors walking out with a gig,” Ybanez said. He added that five out of the 11 BFA acting students graduated with jobs related to their degrees. Ybanez will drive to Washington, D.C. this summer to begin his year-long administration internship as Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s assistant to the artistic director and co-founder, Howard Shalwitz. His duties as the company’s assistant include being a part of the 20122013 season planning committee. The committee reads submitted plays, decides the cast and crew of each chosen work, schedules each play’s run, allots a budget for each play, fundraises and manages artistic teams. “I thought I was going to be that starving actor in New York who is eating ramen noodles,” Ybanez said. “I didn’t think I’d get a position like this one for another 10 years.” Stark, Guevara and Ybanez said they attribute their academic and professional success to the Texas State department of theatre and dance faculty and staff. Ybanez’ experiences as the assistant director for the 2011-2012 mainstage production of “The Cherry Orchard” and the assistant of Michael Costello, theatre professor and head of acting, helped him achieve his goals. He does not think he would have been chosen for the internship with the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Com-

pany without those experiences. “Literally, not even blowing smoke into the (Texas State) theatre program, we all got our jobs because of that department,” Stark said. Stark was recruited by Texas State’s department of theatre and dance representatives in high school. However, Ybanez and Guevara had no intention of majoring in theatre before enrolling at the university. Guevara said Laura Lane, former cast member of the television series “The Nanny” and department of theatre and dance assistant professor, convinced him to change his major from biology to acting. He said his four years of studying stage combat at Texas State led to his nine-month apprenticeship with the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Guevara said his internship, which begins July 31, will entail understudying for the company’s mainstage roles, such as new playwright Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of “The Three Musketeers.” “With my stage combat experience I’ll at least be, you know, guy number two that gets killed off in the second act,” he said. Even though Guevara, Ybanez and Stark will receive a stipend to work for their respective theater companies, economic concerns continue to arise. “My family’s like, ‘In this kind of economy, you’re going to be an artist?’ And I’m like, ‘Yes, in this kind of economy, we need artists,’” Stark said. She described her nine-month apprenticeship as a “pre-professional training program.” She said it will be a relief after having worked three jobs simultaneously while studying at Texas State because of her decision to major in theatre. Stark said the theatre and dance faculty and staff tell students to define their own version of success. She defines success as being able to do what she loves and survive. She will be a stagehand for six plays and will not have to work another job while doing so.

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Phillip Guevara, Texas State alumnus, will begin a nine-month apprenticeship at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park this summer. “It’s not New York, but it’s that classic story of making a jump with $200 in your pocket and being like, ‘I don’t know how to do it,’” Ybanez said. “We’ll be scraping by still doing theatre.”

My family’s like, ‘In this kind of economy, you’re going to be an artist?’ And I’m like, ‘Yes, in this kind of economy, we need artists.’ —Angeliea Stark, theater alumna.


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Texas Music Theater remains a bastion of San Marcos nightlife

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The Texas Music Theater, located downtown on San Antonio street, has gone through much development and success since the theater first opened its doors in March 2011. Music of all varieties is booked at the venue.

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Zeds Dead, Canadian electronic music duo, performed in April at Texas Music Theater. The venue showcases local artists along with touring acts.

By Xander Peters Trends Reporter A little more than a year ago, Scott and Gray Gregson, Texas Music Theater coowners, launched what would become one of the most thriving music venues in San Marcos. Since then, an array of genres including electronic, reggae, Texas country and more have filtered through the doors of the revamped downtown San Marcos bar. “We’ve had some great entertainment make its way by here,” Scott Gregson

said. “Throughout this next year, you can expect the same level of talent, if not better, to book gigs with us.” Musicians such as Bob Schneider, Reckless Kelly, Zeds Dead, Mickey and the Motorcars and Blue October are just a few big names to come through San Marcos and play at TMT within the past year. Scott Gregson said over the course of the summer there will be a television show called Texas Music Scene filmed at their venue. “By doing this we can help showcase

Texas Music Theater and San Marcos alike with the about 400,000 people per week tuning in,” he said. Chris Brady, chief operations officer, is in charge of selling the venue’s calendar and buying talent. “I’d characterize the last year as successful, but nevertheless a very stiff challenge against the surrounding venues and their history,” Brady said. “Our location has been a blessing through the fact that there is a built-in audience at Texas State.” Brady said he and the rest of the Texas Music Theater crew look forward to what

is to come during their second year in operation and will strive to represent San Marcos’ music scene as friendly, open and full of different styles. It is also one of the few places in town that allows people under 21 to come out and enjoy the nightlife. “We won’t hold your age against you,” Scott Gregson said. “Our venue understands that you want to have some fun too.”

We’ve had some great entertainment make its way by here. Throughout this next year, you can expect the same level of talent, if not better, to book gigs with us. — Scott Gregson, Texas Music Theater co-owner.

Director of the Wittliff Collections By Chelsea Kelley Trends Reporter The Wittliff Collections, located on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library, houses some of the most iconic literary and photographic works in the state. Director David Coleman sat down with The University Star to talk about the collections and his work maintaining them. CK: What got you into working at the Wittliff? DC: I had known about them through the photography holdings that we have here. I was really attracted to the position because of the tremendous exhibitions that we have here, the tremendous amount of programming that happens around it all, the free access that students and faculty have to the collections and to the reading room, and the clear support

that the university gives to us. CK: What intrigues you about the reading room? DC: The reading room is a facility where students and researchers can look at our archives on a one-on-one basis. They can literally handle Cormac McCarthy’s manuscripts and typescripts, as well as read books that are in our special collections.

a part of the library. The library and the university, as I’ve already mentioned, are extremely supportive. I love having all the materials available to be able to understand the collections and the artists better.

CK: What does your job entail on a day-to-day basis? DC: My job, on a broad level, is to set the general direction of the Wittliff collections in terms of collection management, collection development and programming, as well as fundraising.

CK: What is your favorite part of working at the Wittliff Collections? DC: I would say that my favorite part is watching peoples’ eyes light up when they come here for the first time. A lot of people don’t know we’re here or know what we do. They come here for a program or to see some original materials and you can see the excitement in their eyes and their faces and hear it in their voices when they realize that all this is here.

CK: Are there any perks? DC: The library is terrific, and we’re

CK: Last semester, the Wittliff hosted New York Times best-selling author, Rick

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Riordian. Will there be any celebrities linked to the collections this year? DC: That’s funny because that just happened not too long ago. All I can tell you is to stay tuned. CK: What else do students have to look forward to during the fall semester? DC: That’s what we are currently planning. We know of some events. There will be a major exhibition of Kate Breakey’s photography and a new Lonesome Dove book coming from UT Press. Those are the two biggest events that we have coming in the fall so far. CK: Is there anything especially exciting for the freshmen? DC: For freshmen, we will be holding a special exhibition in our writing room that will tie into the common experience theme of a global odyssey.





CYCLE for life Local bike shops keep wheels spinning on alternative transportation Ariana Sanjar, Staff Photographer

The Hub, located on The Square, provides all of the essentials needed for bike care. By Mark Wilson Trends Reporter With high fuel prices, thrifty college students are leaning toward a two-wheeled alternative to gas guzzling vehicles. San Marcos is home to a bustling community of cyclists from racers and commuters to people who enjoy a quiet cruise, along with homegrown bike shops that keep riders in the fast lane. Andy Howard, owner of The Hub Bicycle Lounge, said his shop, located on The Square, has been open for three years. “It just kind of evolved,” he said. “We had a shed at my house that we ran the shop out of. We found this location that was affordable and just went for it.” Howard said The Hub originally catered to the university, but business from residents throughout the city has become important to the growth of the shop. He said The Hub is the primary shop for the Texas State Cycling Team, along with its own racing team. The San Marcos cycling community is more closely knit than that of a larger city like Austin where different sects such as racers, “hipsters” and commuters exist independent-

ly, he said. “It is less elitist than other places, which I really like,” he said. Howard said San Marcos is a great town for a bike shop. “It is a revolving door. There will always be new people and new bikes,” he said. Across town, Pedal Power Bicycles sells a variety of bikes. Tamara Piper, owner of Pedal Power, said San Marcos is a great place to ride. “We are getting more bike lanes and more trails which make (the city) much more conducive to riding a bike,” she said. “There are definitely a lot of people who ride and it is a small enough town that it is easy to ride in and get around.” Piper said she enjoys escaping from the city to cycle through the more secluded areas of San Marcos. “It is just a beautiful area,” she said. “Being out there away from people and traffic is what I enjoy.” Piper said the city has a bike map that shows trails and routes for those who want to find good places for a ride. Alex Langridge, owner of Al’s Freewheelin Cycles, said his shop primarily does repair work, but sells bicycles and motorized vehicles such as mopeds.

He said a lot of shops sold mopeds in the ’70s and ’80s because of a gas crunch. “I said ‘diversify or die,’ so we sold mopeds,” Langridge said. Langridge reminisced on a time in the ’70s when “you bought your books, sold back the ones you didn’t need, then went and bought a bike.” David Matuschak, urban planning senior, said bikes that are left on campus over the summer are taken to UPD and given to The Bike Cave, which fixes them up and sells them to students. He said The Bike Cave, an on-campus bike shop, offers advice and guidance on how to keep bikes in shape. “When you come in here, we don’t work on your bike for you, we show you how to work on it,” Matuschak said. “We want people to feel more confident about riding by teaching them to work on their bikes.” He said the San Marcos cycling community is dependent upon students, but there is also a contingent of locals who ride. “Our goal is to get people on bikes,” he said.




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Summer brings fashion changes By Emily Collins Trends Reporter Since she was 10 years old, Katie McLendon, fashion merchandising junior, has had a passion for the industry. As a third year Texas State student, McLendon is no stranger to the neon colors and bright pastels that are guaranteed to be trendy this summer. McLendon said color is a defining trend for men and women. Working at Calvin Klein has allowed her to be more aware of the styles that differ from season to season. “For women, slim white jeans are kind of a must have, as well as racer front dresses and neon accessories,” she said. “Men’s trends are a bit more difficult to decipher. I’ve seen a lot of teals, blues and whites show up in their clothing.” San Marcos is home to many boutiques that keep up with the trends. Emeralds Boutique on The Square sells clothing they’ve stocked from their headquarters in Los Angeles. Kate Connerly, accounting senior, started working at the San Marcos location a year ago. “We have a lot of dresses with a high-low hemline,” she said. “A lot

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Top: A variety of colorful dresses are popular for summer trends. Emeralds on The Square offers an array of different styles. Right: Different styles of sandals pick up in sales during the spring and summer months with warmer weather.

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Stuart Socks, finance freshman, rests in his dorm room in Retama Hall during the spring semester. Space restrictions lead to creative solutions for storage of students’ belongings. By Paige Lambert Trends Reporter Almost every student goes through the same rite of passage: living in the dorms. The problem of space management arises, whether a student moves into the larger suites or a cramped traditional hall. A way to save space in tiny rooms is to bring tall shelves. Some dorms have shelves built in, but extras help. Shelves take advantage of the somewhat tall walls and get everything off the ground. Layering and stacking containers also helps conserve space, said Amanda Tucker, exercise and sports science sophomore. Lofted or raised beds can provide another storage area underneath. “Make sure you use up the space wisely,” recreational administration sophomore Amber Melson said. “Instead of putting the fridge on something, I used it as an extra shelf. We also put in shelves that went over the beds. I was able to put my TV and a bunch of random stuff up there.” Students wanting to get out of their cramped quarters can find many entertainment, study rooms and kitchens in their residence halls. Resident assistants

for each hall coordinate social activities for the students living there. “Get involved with the activities your dorm has to offer, especially the ones you are really interested in,” Melson said. “That’s where you’ll find those close, longlasting friends.” Many students, even though the more spacious dorms are appealing, find it easier to make friends in traditional community-style dorms, which provide more opportunities for students to meet their neighbors. “Traditionals are always friendlier and more open,” computer science sophomore Cody Simms said. “I’d say go for the twoperson dorms. You’ll get a good experience from it.” The most important factors of a good dorm experience are how students utilize their time and space. Creating an environment that fits the student’s way of living and taking advantage of everything the campus has to offer will lead to a successful semester. “Get to know people in the dorms, but also get out of the hall sometimes,” Tucker said. “There is a beautiful campus right outside every hall.”

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of our clothes have neon colors and creepy patterns.” Connerly said customers have purchased a lot of purses and fedora hats during their current sale. “We stay moderately busy,” she said. “A lot of freshmen who are new to the city will stop by in their free time.” Students interested in fashion can make it their focus in the school of family and consumer sciences. The degree will give students the opportunity to find careers in sales or fashion marketing. There are also on-campus organizations such as FashioNation and the Fashion Merchandising Association that trendy students can join. McLendon said after graduation she hopes to acquire an internship at Nylon Magazine and become a fashion stylist or director. Austin is her “hot stop” for shopping but boutiques such as Vagabond and Strut are good for a quick shopping fix. “I have fun putting my own spin on different trends,” McLendon said. “I am attracted to darker colors and more masculine pieces, but I like to finish off an outfit with a pop of color, whether it’s in my shoes or accessories.”



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By Jovonna Owen Trends Reporter Perched high on the hill overlooking The Quad is Old Main — the university’s gothic, castle-like landmark most notable for its red roof and ornate windows. It is hard to believe that such a serene setting is the site of a gruesome ghost tale. Student coordinators take new Bobcats on a moonlight ghost tour of the campus each year during New Student Orientation. “It’s become a tradition at night during orientation,” said Kevin Baker, student coordinator. Baker said students are offered night activities as a chance to get to know other students. Braver students choose to hunt ghosts. The ghost tours are offered from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. with three different tours across campus. “The stories are handed down through generations of ghost stories,” Baker said. He said some of the ghost stories can be found on the Texas Ghost Hunters website, but suggests taking the tour for a firsthand account. Old Main is said on the website to have two alleged ghosts. The ghost of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, is said to roam the halls of Old Main where he once attended school. The other ghost story comes from a time before the building was renovated. Before renovation the building was open from the roof to the ground. A female student jumped from the third floor and died on impact. Custodial staff have reported seeing the student, still dressed as she was then, clutching her books, trying to get to class. “We go through The Quad and share more stories about different buildings,” Baker said. Baker said one of the most infamous ghost stories involves the Pi Kappa Alpha House. The house, located on Belvin Street, was once a hospital and insane asylum, according to the Texas Ghost Hunters website. Ghosts were said to roam the halls and secret passage ways that led to operating rooms. The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity bought the property and used it as their pledge house, according to the website. Some of the pledges were allegedly murdered or killed during one of their pledge processes. Two arsonists set fire to the historic Pi Kappa Alpha house in April five years ago. Baker said he has been conducting ghost tours for three years and enjoys giving students a scare. “Some students don’t believe the stories and others take it in and take it for what it is,” Baker said. Baker said despite the skepticism he believes the campus is haunted. “I’ve been by myself in buildings and have heard weird sounds,” Baker said.

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Local restaurants offer unique San Marcos flavor By Kathryn Crider Senior Features Reporter Ready the knives and forks — all across the city, dinner bells are ringing for restaurant cuisine found exclusively in San Marcos. Restaurants such as these are providing both students and residents with a heaping portion of local flavor to accompany their meals. Whatever the time of day, these local establishments are poised to rile the chain-restaurant routine. Specializing in breakfast fare is Lolita’s Cafe, a San Marcos icon since 2005, bustling each morning with patrons eager for the breakfast tacos the eatery is known for. As the day moves on and the city awakes, local joints of all varieties open their doors to serve the community. Valentino’s Pizza has been churning out specialty pizzas and other Italian cuisine in their North LBJ location on The Square for the past 30 years. With a lunch buffet priced under $5, Valentino’s is making chowing down wallet-friendly for even the most frugal student. Emily Fair Hobbes, Valentino’s manager, said the restaurant boasts local favorites such as a bacon ranch, a supreme pizza and cheesy breadsticks. It’s the spot’s versatility, however, which she credits for its popularity. “There are a million options,” Fair Hobbes said. “We have all kinds of toppings – even broccoli, carrots, and anchovies – and you can put whatever you want (on your pizza). You can even bring in your own ingredients and we’ll put them on your pizza for you.” For those in search of sit-down Italian cuisine within walking distance from campus, Italian Garden on University Drive has a menu containing pastas, pizzas and other Italian staples. Also on The Square – formed by the intersection of North LBJ Drive, Guadalupe, San Antonio and Hopkins Streets – are cafes: The Coffee Pot Bistro, The Root Cellar Café, Café on the Square, and Irish-

themed Sean Patrick’s. Further down North LBJ, the smell of burgers wafts from the doors of Gil’s Broiler, famous for its “Manske rolls,” a plate-filling dessert of the cinnamon roll variety. Gil’s claims to have served the pastries to former President Lyndon Baines Johnson himself. The broiler has daily specials on everything from turkey burgers to multiple-patty sandwiches. A circle around campus will put restaurant-goers in the vicinity of Cool Mint Café and Palmer’s restaurant, on Burleson and Moore Streets, respectively. Both restaurants serve hand-crafted dishes in a more sophisticated atmosphere, with the additional option of outdoor seating at Palmer’s. Across campus, the aroma of Asian cuisine fills the air outside Thai Thai restaurant on North LBJ. The restaurant offers an extensive list of Thai dishes, with the option to make many of the offerings “meatless” through the use of tofu. Down the street from Thai Thai is Grins Restaurant, a restaurant within walking distance of campus that has been a hit with students and the community alike since 1975. Grins’ menu contains a variety of options, and its large rooms make it a common location for organization gatherings or group parties. Bridgette Stewart, Grins manager and Texas State alumna, said the restaurant’s distance from campus and regular drink discounts are part of what has kept students coming all these years. “We’re so close to campus that everyone knows where we are,” Stewart said. “Plus, we’ve been noted to have the best happy hour in town, so you can just walk over from class and have a margarita.” In true Texas fashion, San Marcos is far from lacking in its share of restaurants for Latin cuisine. Garcia’s Mexican Food and Herbert’s Taco Hut are two San Marcos favorites, both with a loyal clientele of students, community and alumni alike. Malachi Delgado, Herbert’s manager

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Top: Valentino's Pizza has been located on The Square for 30 years, providing a wide variety of pizza toppings, and a lunch buffet priced under $5. Bottom: Grin’s Restaurant, located on North LBJ drive, a short distance from the campus bus loop, provides a variety of meal options and large dining areas, making it popular for campus organization gatherings. and former Texas State student, said in the 35 years of the restaurant’s operation, not much has changed – a fact which he said many returning alumni cherish. “San Marcos is a pretty cool town, and (Herbert’s) has great food and a great atmosphere,” Delgado said. “We’ve been a tradition in San Marcos and there’s a reason – we know Mexican food.”

Other options in the city include Texas barbeque at Fuschak’s Pit Bar-B-Q off Interstate-35. American dining can be enjoyed at San Marcos River Pub and Grill, poised right beside the San Marcos River. The next time the tummy grumbles, look no further than the eclectic restaurant scene with truly original San Marcoscuisine.

Learning communities offer incoming freshmen variety of benefits By Chelsea Kelley Trends Reporter Texas State is a growing university with thousands of students, so making friends can be intimidating for some. Classes are typically larger than in high school and require less discussion, which makes meeting people more difficult. However, freshmen usually see their room- and hall-mates on a daily basis. Learning communities are especially help-

ful for putting like-minded students together in the same hall, encouraging camaraderie from the very beginning of their college careers. Learning communities typically consist of students from the same general academic interests. For instance, future teachers are situated together and students have access to academic study groups. “You bond really well with your hallmates,” management sophomore Darrell Dorsett said. “You make awesome lifelong

friends.” Not only do students share interests with their dorm- and hall-mates, but they also share classes. “If you ever need help with homework, your peers are only doors down,” Dorsett said. Students in the program enjoyed the experience because it involved them more in campus life in general. “This learning community was my gateway to getting so involved on campus, such

as joining the student government and joining greek life,” accounting sophomore David Acosta-Rinckoard said. Acosta-Rinckoard rated his overall experience as a 10-out-of-10 and said that it exceeded his expectations. “I would have never thought I would get so involved in the school and learn so much about my own leadership skills,” Acosta said. Both students recommend learning communities to any entering freshman.




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Chris McGinnis, criminal justice sophomore, James McGinnis, Texas State alumnus, and Tyler Ellis float the San Marcos river May 24 near Sewell Park.

Tubing opportunities expand for Texas State students By Amy Greene Trends Reporter Summer time is here and Texas State students are flocking to the river. Students looking for a place to float near campus can go to San Marcos Lions Club Tube Rental, located behind Strahan Coliseum. According to the San Marcos Lions Club website, hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day beginning May 26. Each tube rental requires a $20 deposit and comes with a complimentary shuttle ride. Pricing for tubes ranges from $7 to $10. All proceeds from tube rentals go to support local charities.

Patrons of the Lions Club start on site and float to Rio Vista Park where they are transported back by shuttle. Students looking for a higher concentration of fellow Bobcat floaters can drive to Don’s Fish Camp, located in Martindale. Don Nelle, owner of Don’s Fish Camp, can often be seen relaxing on the shore in his tape measure-patterned suspenders. James Bishop, bus driver and cashier at Don’s, said each car must pay $5 and sign a waiver of liability upon entry. Bishop said Don’s opens at 11 a.m. and the last shuttle to the drop off leaves Don’s at 5 p.m. every day. Bishop said tube rentals include a complimentary shuttle and cost $12 for standard and cooler tubes.

Bishop said tubers pay for their rentals and then ride a bus to the drop-off point up the river. Tubers float approximately two and a half hours before they arrive back at Don’s. Bishop said the Roadrunner Grill serves food on site. Bishop said the best time to float is after it rains, because the river gets higher and tubers are less likely to scrape the bottom of it. Texas State Tubes is a new rental spot, also located in Martindale. This rental site is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Richard Lawrence, co-founder of Texas State Tubes, said they hosted its grand

opening on Memorial Day weekend. Students can get specially discounted tubes for $15. There’s also an “early bird” special for $10 tubes between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., and Texas State Tuesdays with $10 tubes all day. Rocco’s grill is on site, serving food Thursday through Sunday. “You can bring your own tube too,” Lawrence said. “It’s $5 for parking with a complimentary shuttle. We do not charge for air.” The most important tips, regardless of where floaters decide to start the journey, are to arrive early, bring plenty of sunscreen and make sure someone in the group is a designated sober driver.

The San Marcos River is popular for its relaxing tubing experience fed from the cool Aquarena Springs.

Floaters travel down the San Marcos River May 24 near the Lions Club entry point.

Free outdoor movie event encourages family fun By Paige Lambert Trends Reporter Summer gives students a chance to have adventures, relax and act like kids again. San Marcos is providing students and families that opportunity by hosting Movies in Your Park. The Parks and Recreation department started the program 10 years ago to give families a chance to enjoy a fun event together. Every Tuesday during the summer, mov-

ies appropriate for families are shown at San Marcos Plaza. The lineup for this summer includes “Dolphin Tales,” “Tangled,” “The Smurfs” and other recently released titles. Each showing is free and open to the public. “There was a desire to provide a quality event that all families could enjoy,” said Lisa Morris, recreation program manager. “It’s kind of like the drive-in movie theater experience.” Jessica Jenkins, recreation program coordinator, said student couples have frequent-

ed the movies and bike riders will stop by while on their routes. “Movies can be really expensive. It’s really hard for larger families to enjoy going out,” Jenkins said. “This is an inexpensive way for families, or anyone, to have a night out.” Students play key roles in the program by interning with the Parks and Recreation department. “Our interns help set up the event, but they mainly play with the kids and help keep them entertained before the movie,”

Morris said. “They’ll throw a Frisbee with the kids or kick a ball around — any way to make the evening fun.” Another goal of the program is to encourage people to be more active. While waiting for sunset, which cues the start of the movie, moviegoers can swim, have a picnic or enjoy the park with their friends. “Nowadays, people are always on electronic devices and aren’t as active as they should be,” Morris said. “This gives them a chance to enjoy the outdoors and each other without any distractions.”


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Ricardo Soliz, photography sophomore, is the new SACA President for 2012-2013. Soliz wants to expand SACA’s presence among the student body.

Student Association for Campus Activities President By Xander Peters Trends Reporter Ricardo Soliz, photography junior and student association for campus activities president, has high hopes for a refreshing take on the organization throughout the upcoming 2012-2013 school year. Soliz spoke to The University Star about what he expects from the association, the new staff and on which areas they plan to focus during his time as president. XP: What are your intentions for SACA this year? RS: Our main goal is to push toward branding SACA and to get our name out there so that more people may know who we are and what we’re all about. It’s going to be a heavy workload, but I’m used to it. The hard work is practically second nature at this point. XP: Are there any areas that SACA could improve upon this year compared to last? RS: Our attendance could be better. The organization is geared toward the student body in general. We just need to work on getting more of Texas State aware and involved.

XP: What kind of events is SACA looking forward to? RS: We plan to coordinate events such as murder mystery dinners, comedy sets, opportunities for local musicians to perform and a film festival. We threw around 100 events last year so you can expect about the same from this one. XP: Are there any particular names that you are trying to bring to Texas State? RS: We can’t really say much until the school year begins, due to the nature of contract legalities. But in essence, we are all working to bring a higher class of acts and names that relate well with the student audience. XP: Is there anything different to look forward to compared to last year? RS: With the exception of three returning members, our entire staff is new. So, as a whole, everything is really different. But as I said before, SACA is aiming to brand ourselves in order for others to recognize us as more than just another campus organization. With the help of the newcomers’ opinions, we can expect to refine ourselves in ways we couldn’t before.




06 06 2012 Section B  
06 06 2012 Section B