Fueling The Future: Volunteers Aid Hungry Children

Currently, the city of San Marcos, Texas, has a rising rate of 36 percent of its citizens living below the federal poverty line. But who am I to care and why should I? I am a college student, constantly battling my days filled of tests, interning and the constant effort to…

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Barbie Jeep Cruising: The Ups and Downs of Trending

In today’s world, all it takes is the right post to be in the spotlight. For many, a simple picture or video of their day can turn into thousands of likes and shares across social media platforms. Texas State University has had its fair amount of trending students. From the girl…

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Behind the Lens

I’ve never been shy to shove a camera in someone’s face. I was about 12 years old when camera phones started to get really popular, and I wasted no time in filling my contact list with pictures of all my friends in silly poses. In high school I would take…

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Why affordable housing in San Marcos is hard to find

By Ross Griffith and Victoria Robinson San Marcos, Texas is a rapidly expanding city with a severe lack of housing options for the nearly 40 percent of residents who live below the poverty level. The majority of residents rent houses and apartments, while homeowners represent only 27 percent of the…

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The Pressure of My First Interview

I had never interviewed anyone alone until I interviewed Maria Calcaben from the PODER Learning Center. I’m new to this whole journalism thing. Sure, I’m a Mass Communication major, but I never thought I would actually be reporting anything. I’m not accustomed to asking follow-up questions and I haven’t perfected…

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Youth find resources in San Marcos community

By Ross Griffith and Victoria Robinson Stability can be hard to come by for the one in four San Marcos youth living in poverty and the more than 100 children a year housed in an emergency shelter. Eddie Warner, services supervisor at the Greater San Marcos Youth Council, said the…

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What one reporter left Redwood Baptist Church with

Early morning Sundays are quiet times in San Marcos, Texas. The student body of Texas State University usually remains locked away until after noon, and you can pretend for a moment you aren’t in a college town (if you ignore the sprawl of bars and trendy fast food establishments). On…

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VBM partners with Austin American-Statesman and Latina Lista to cover poverty in San Marcos, TX

About Me “Howdy, y’all!” – me, Allison Borthwick, an Indianapolis, Ind., native who has obviously been in Texas for only two weeks. How did not-so-little ol’ me wind up in Central Texas for the summer? Allow me to pull a quote from one of my favorite books. “I have been…

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Take Back the Night: Sexual Assault on Campus

Photo Courtesy of Kristen Smith

Sexual assault on campus is a topic that is widely discussed, and Take Back the Night, a rally focusing on bringing awareness to sexual assault on campus and in communities, brought that discussion to Texas State University. The event, which took place on April 13, was put on by the…

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Celebrate The San Marcos River at Texas Wild Rice Festival

Picture courtesy of TWRF

  It’s officially April which means it’s officially festival season! One of the many festivals happening this weekend is the Texas Wild Rice Festival (TWRF) in San Marcos, Texas. TWRF is a festival designated to celebrate and educate the public of the waters of Central Texas specifically the San Marcos…

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