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: An cartoon-style illustration of an orange pumpkin in the center of the header with green vines sprouting out of it. Around the pumpkin, the ingredients of pumpkin spice are there. The ingredients are cinnamon sticks, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.

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How Pumpkin Spice Became a Staple of Fall

By Preethi Mangadu Web Content Contributor Pumpkin spice is a staple for the fall season. Specifically, it was largely popularized in 2003 when Starbucks released its iconic seasonal drink, pumpkin spice lattes. Since then, pumpkin spice has been integrated into everything from candles to even pickles.  “Pumpkin spice is becoming a popular flavor in the American mainstream as it provides a picturesque flavor and/or scent for fall,” said senior Genevieve […]

todayOctober 6, 2021 70 1

The strip located in Las Vegas Nevada with the title “Vegas Musts” in bold white lettering.

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Vegas Musts

By Darcie Papillion Web Content Contributor The City That Never Sleeps is a popular nickname for New York City. However, I believe that name should be given to Las Vegas.  Las Vegas, Nevada is a place you want to experience whether it is to eat at charming places, visit interactive museums, or just lose your money. My experience of Las Vegas has been nothing but great!  My first time visiting Las Vegas […]

todayJuly 17, 2021 1

A photo of an avocado sliced in half sitting on a cutting board on top of a wood table.

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The Avocado Trade

By Calvin L MillerWeb Content Contributor For an absurd amount of time, I thought the avocado was a vegetable; it turns out, it's a fruit. After that embarrassing fact was made known to me, I began learning other aspects of what is called the "green gold" down in Mexico, specifically the state of Michoacan. Archeologists have found the seeds of the avocado dating back to Peru around 750 B.C. From […]

todayJune 29, 2021 27 1

A photo of a purple background with the name Gabriela’s displayed in yellow neon lettering with white flowers curving around the name as well as a drink and two tacos in the bottom left corner.

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Gabriela’s Is the Place to Go

By Darcie Papillion Web Content Contributor With its Mexican-styled cocktails, pink and teal seating, and array of Hispanic artists playing through the speakers, Gabriela's is the place to go.   This Latina-owned restaurant opened in April 2021 in South Austin replacing an old sports bar. There was no doubt this restaurant would be a hit since the owner, Gabriela Bucio, owns other popular places, such as Taquero Mucho, Revival Coffee, and Gabriela's Downtown.  The […]

todayJune 15, 2021 19

picture of various fruits and vegetables, cheese, milk, and eggs that are wasted

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Stop Wasting Food

Diamond Marie PedrozaWeb Content Contributor Did you know that a staggering amount of food produced globally is thrown away instead of given away? In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the U.S. wastes around 40 percent of its food supply yearly.  In the 2014 documentary, “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story,” a couple spends six months determined to not waste any food. They only eat discarded food […]

todayMay 7, 2021 2

The Stellar Coffee logo with the words "be a good human" with a floral design

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A Little About Stellar Coffee Co.

By Katie KrupinskiCommunity Relations Stellar Coffee Co. is an ethically sourced coffee shop located in downtown San Marcos. The demographic of people that visit this coffee shop is based on college students. Due to its welcoming and cozy atmosphere, this is an infamous spot for students to study and hang out at leisure. This craft coffee shop never gets comfortable staying in the same spot and always strives to reinvent […]

todayApril 6, 2021 20

Illustration of a woman delivering a box with a background of produce, burritos, pizza, coffee, skate board and chicken wings.

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The Local Business Struggle

By Paige Greene Web Content Assistant Manager It has been no secret that COVID-19 has been tough on students, families and schools, but many of us may fail to recognize the strain this pandemic has on local businesses.  With the lack of labor and supply, many residents of San Marcos have relied on large chains this past year. This leaves many smaller businesses in the dust. If you live in […]

todayApril 4, 2021 18

Image of a red ox, with various New Years festivities around him such as food, fireworks, and lanterns.

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Year of the Ox Officially Begins: New Year Traditions Mark The End of Holiday

By Tiger ShiWeb Content Contributor Yesterday was the Spring Lantern Festival, marking the end of Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. The holiday (Lunar New Year) itself lasts two weeks. The lantern festival is a fitting way to conclude the holiday. Usually on this day people make lanterns, light them and watch them fly up into the sky. Based on my personal knowledge, this tradition was started during the Three Kingdoms […]

todayFebruary 27, 2021 8

Entertainment

How to Turducken (but not actually)

By Gena SysavathWeb Content Contributor I have a problem. For some reason, when I get an idea, I always decide to do it. It’s a real inconvenience for both me and my friends. Mostly to my friends. Let me give you a rundown on how the Turducken came to be. Basically, I watch a lot of food channels on YouTube and ended up watching a professional competitive eater eat a […]

todayDecember 6, 2020 14 2

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