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Alumni Rising Star: Cortney Lebens

By Piper BlakeWeb Content Manager Interview with Cortney Lebens Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to interview Cortney Lebens, the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Muy’Ono Hospitality and the lifestyle company, Live Large. Due to her success since graduation, Lebens has been chosen by the Texas State University Alumni Association as one of three Alumni Rising Stars. Cortney Lebens is CEO and Co-Founder of 2 major companies. Image […]

todayOctober 30, 2020 205

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Laurie Hernandez: Common Experience Insight Series

By Piper Blake and Andrea MauWeb Content Manager and Web Content Contributor  Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez is not just an athlete, but an advocate for mental health and an inspiration to her culture and the world. She seeks to connect with everyone she meets and to be able to be a voice for those that may not have one strong enough.  During the Common Experience Insight Series featuring Hernandez, she was able to open up about her struggles with mental health and the […]

todayOctober 28, 2020 67

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2020 Common Experience Insight Series Introduces Laurie Hernandez to Texas State

By Piper BlakeWeb Content Manager Texas State University invites the U.S. Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez to a live-stream moderated by alumna DaLyah Jones to discuss the 2020 Common Experience theme: Dynamics. Laurie Hernandez is uniquely her. Image by Laurie Hernandez. According to Texas State, the theme for this year's Common Experience comes from the idea that there is a force behind everything, everywhere. When we understand the dynamics that affect […]

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College Radio Day

The Other Side of College Radio Day

By Piper BlakeWeb Content Manager  College Radio Day holds much importance and pride for the KTSW radio station and its staff members. From the start, the goal of College Radio Day was to promote campus radio stations and encourage people to get involved by listening to their local stations.   The experience listeners get from a college station is not like what you get from a larger, mainstream radio station. Since KTSW is run […]

todaySeptember 25, 2020 61

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Advice for Cats: How to be Involved on Campus without being in Person

By Piper BlakeWeb Content Manager  With all the changes we are experiencing during the Coronavirus pandemic, it is hard to say exactly how everything will work out for the fall semester. As of right now, Texas State University is planning for a return to on-campus instruction with 50% occupancy in class and social distancing measures enforced.  Masks will be required on campus at all times, in and out of class. However, these […]

todayJuly 16, 2020 351

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How To Be a Journalist in Times Like These

By Piper BlakeWeb Content Manager With the Black Lives Matter movement and the impending election, emotions are running high and the mass media is using this to their advantage. People can be led like sheep when they are emotionally vulnerable, and the media is the shepherd herding them up. Getting on social media now is like deep-diving into an opinion forum that you never asked to be apart of that […]

todayJune 12, 2020 19

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College Students React to Missing Out on the Spring Semester

By Piper BlakeAssistant Web Content Manager Universities that have moved classes online during the COVID-19 pandemic have forced students to miss the end of their spring semester on campus and worry about how the virus will affect them in the long run.  Two Texas State University seniors, Arlett Ramirez and Lauren Jurgemeyer, have had to miss out on the experience of finishing their final courses in person and walking the […]

todayApril 15, 2020 36

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The San Marcos Farmers Market is an Annual Weekend Event that Showcases Local Vendors

By Piper BlakeAssistant Web Content Manager Vendors at the San Marcos Farmers Market say that buying local is a way for residents to support small businesses and the community.  Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, vendors set up tents along the street in the San Marcos Downtown Square to sell locally sourced produce and products. The vendors are local farmers and artisans that sell a […]

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How to Determine Your Mental Health During Quarantine

By Piper BlakeAssistant Web Content Manager Quarantine is best friends with cabin fever and it’s honestly not a relationship I support. As we all know, cabin fever can make people irritable and stir crazy which can put your mental health in danger.  Cabin fever is defined by Dictionary.com as a state characterized by anxiety, restlessness, and boredom, arising from a prolonged stay in a remote or confined place. This is what […]

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