Lifestyle, Web Content

Give Them a Chance

By DeMornay Harper Blog Content Contributor People fear traditionally aggressive pets, and with good reason. With instincts so primal, it is hard for our humanized minds to understand them, or even have the desire to do so. However, giving these misunderstood creatures a chance is so worthwhile. I used to have the same mindset as […]

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Lifestyle, Web Content

The Low Budget Guide to Gift Giving

By Hannah Wisterman Blog Content Contributor ‘Tis the season for white elephants, secret Santas, and gift exchanges with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews—the whole gang. Everyone gets excited at the idea of presents, but what do you do when you’ve got a heart full of love and a wallet full of next to nothing? With […]

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Lifestyle, Web Content

Coconut Oil: A Must-Have for College Students

By Claire Hansen Blog Content Contributor With the true nutritional benefits of coconut oil still hotly up for debate, it’s time we take a step away from the cholesterol and heart disease conversation and look at what other surefire purposes coconut oil can serve in each of our lives. If you’re like me and have […]

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San Maximum, Web Content

San Maximum: Rhea’s Ice Cream

By Austin Cowan Assistant Web Content Director Rhea’s Ice Cream may be small in size, but it is a big part of the San Marcos experience. This little ice cream shop is within walking distance of both the San Marcos Square and the Quad at Texas State University. So, people often times stop here to […]

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Lifestyle, Web Content

Living Rich on a College Budget

By Hannah Wisterman Blog Content Contributor Having expensive taste is a heavy cross to bear. I just can’t help that I feel my best when surrounded by the finer things in life. But all my heart’s deepest desires do not change my financial situation (hopelessly collegiate) and the severe case of money guilt that follows. […]

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Food, Web Content

Reasons to Love Jo’s

By DeMornay Harper Web Content Contributor Jo’s is a true San Marcos gem. With what feels like a never-ending amount of unique coffee shops in our small college town, picking a favorite can seem inconceivable. Despite these odds, I truly believe I have found where my heart lies in the café community here. Jo’s has […]

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Lifestyle, Web Content

How Do You Know Love?

By DeMornay Harper Web Content Contributor We see it all around us. Love is in our fingertips. It’s in the way we say goodnight, and the smiles strangers inspire in us on the street. It is in that overwhelmed call to mom and the helping hand from a neighbor. While these days it is hard […]

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Events, SXSW Coverage

Volunteering at SXSW

By Claire Hansen Blog Content Contributor No matter who you are or where you’re from, South by Southwest (more commonly seen as SXSW) is probably an event you know of in one way or another. Even I had a general idea of what it was before ever moving to Texas. For the most part, it’s one […]

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Food, Web Content

Living on a Keto Diet

By Sami Dugdale Blog Content Contributor Getting in shape for most people means cutting out their favorite foods, constantly exercising, and drinking nothing but water. However, there are diets out there that allow you to still eat the foods that you love while just cutting out the things that are actually bad for you. Freshman Parker […]

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Lifestyle, Web Content

Are You an Introvert?

By Jenise Jackson Blog Content Contributor I think majority of us all have that one friend who they consider the introvert of the group. And if you’re like me, you are that introvert. Sure, you might find me out for a night on the town or hang out with great people from time to time, […]

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Food, Web Content

Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ

By Austin Cowan Assistant Web Content Manager Valentina’s is hands down one of the best taco spots I have ever been too. Located in Austin, TX, this restaurant is unique because they combine Tex-Mex with BBQ. Their food is so well known that people literally come from all over the country to try it. I jumped […]

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Web Content

How to Wurstfest

By Claire Hansen Blog Content Contributor Some say Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth– but surely those people haven’t been to Wurstfest. If you’re new to San Marcos and don’t know what I’m talking about, Wurstfest is this lovely festival thrown every fall just down the road in New Braunfels, for all beer-drinkers, sausage-eaters, […]

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Lifestyle, Web Content

You Are More Than Your GPA

By DeMornay Harper Blog Content Contributor College life is crazy. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle of things especially being constantly surrounded by your peers. It’s honestly difficult not to feel like you aren’t measuring up to where you “should be” based on what the people around you are doing. Because of […]

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Austin City Limits, Events

Wait for Something Better

By Allison Johnson Blog Content Contributor My first ACL experience was in 2012. I remember that it rained that weekend. When it started pouring, hundreds of us ran under tents to stay dry. You know who wasn’t leaving? People camping out at the stage. Crazy. It took me a while to realize why these people were […]

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Music, Playlists

November Local Music Playlist

By Maci Woody Local Music Journalist 1. Rusty Dusty – Can’t Stay Here Rusty Dusty graced us with their bluesy indie rock by headlining at KTSW’s second Harvest Fest, and I have been absolutely in love with this song ever since. I adore the ethereal, dreamlike aura it provokes. It’s somber, but determined. The effects […]

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Lifestyle, Web Content

Your Breakdown Survival Kit

By Hannah Wisterman Blog Content Contributor There are so, so, so many things to get upset about. Midterms are sweeping the campus, natural disasters just keep happening, you miss your family, the neighbor didn’t let his dog come say hi to you—all totally reasonable things to get you in a funk. When one thing after […]

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San Maximum, Web Content

San Maximum: Grins Restaurant

By Austin Cowan Assistant Web Content Manager This part of the maximum San Marcos experience will definitely put a smile on your face. Grins Restaurant has been cooking up some of the best cuisine in town for over 38 years now. So, it is a pleasure to add Grins Restaurant to our list of must […]

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Lifestyle, Web Content

Is Getting The Flu Shot Worth It?

By Jenise Jackson Blog Content Contributor Although it still feels like summertime here in good ol’ San Mo, we’ve technically entered influenza season. You probably received your “Take Your Best Shot” email from the university encouraging you to get your vaccination in order to prevent the spread of the flu virus on campus. You might […]

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Lifestyle, Web Content

Five Healthy Habits For a Stronger You

By Claire Hansen Blog Content Contributor With so many different health products being shoved in our faces these days, it can be easy to over-complicate healthy living. A side effect that often follows those products is ending up spending way more money than you need to– possibly on things that may not even be helping […]

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Austin City Limits, Events, Web Content

Bests and Worsts of ACL

By Claire Hansen Blog Content Contributor After attending Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL) for the third time last weekend, I felt it was time for an evaluation. Like any large event, there are several different components that come together in collaboration to make ACL the festival that it is. Yet, just like any other music festival, it […]

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