SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN GEARS UP TO JOIN KTSW’S SEVENTH ANNUAL MR FEST IN SAN MARCOS

By: Stephanie Perez 

My Radio Festival, better known as MR Fest, is a music event that is put together by Texas State University’s official college radio station: KTSW.

MR Fest showcases artists who’s genres range from folk to hip hop. This includes progressive rock trio Somewhere In Between, who’s members are returning to perform for the first time this year. 

Frontman Nicholas Whipps has been rehearsing for the upcoming festival alone on an acoustic guitar. The rest of the band does the same miles away. 

“We’ve spent most of 2014 separated by work and school in different cities,” said Whipps. “But once we got word that we had been selected to play MR Fest this year, we did everything in our power to make sure that we would be able to take part. We’d love to contribute to their vast audience.” 

Whipps said they’ve managed to free enough time to only meet on the day of the performance. 

“I am somewhat nervous that we don’t get to practice as a full band, but I’m confident that all three of us will be fully prepared when the time come,” said Whipps. “I play with two very talented people.”

After countless EPs, Somewhere In Between is currently working on releasing their first full-length album which they had the opportunity to record professionally in Detroit last winter. 

With radio requests in New York, Los Angeles and even as far as London, Whipps is eager to get the band back on stage. 

“I’m hoping that MR Fest is the start of many shows to come this year,” said Whipps. “People seem to really like the new album and it’s not even officially out yet. But I want to play the new songs for people already.” 

Somewhere In Between will play MR Fest Saturday, April 26th at Triple Crown. You can view the festival’s full schedule and line-up here. 

Easter Extravaganza

By: Caelan Bernal

40,000 Easter eggs were dropped from a helicopter onto San Marcos City Park fields which was followed by an egg hunt on April 19th.

Easter Extravaganza was a free event put on by the Eikon Church on the day before Easter. The helicopter flew overhead and dropped thousands of eggs onto the San Marcos City Park.

There were three egg hunts that were divided by age groups. The Pre-K hunt started at 11 a.m., followed by one from children from kindergarten to the second grade and concluding with one for children from third to fifth grade.

There were special prizes found in a select few of the Easter eggs. The kids also got to hang out with the Easter Egg Bunny and the Chick-Fil-A Easter Cow.

The Eikon Church will be hosting other events through out the year.

 

Attendees of Austin Reggae Festival tune out the drama

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Three days of nothing but reggae music filled the air at Butler Park last weekend. Austin, Texas celebrated its 21st year of the Austin Reggae Festival with a variety of food vendors and shops to those who came to the festival.

Usually held at Auditorium Shores, the festival had to change locations due to construction but is expected to be back next year.

Big- name bands such as Easy Star All Stars, Inner Circle, Rootz Underground along with local artists such as Don Chani came to share their love of reggae to unite everyone. Charlie’s Dub Corner, a sound system party organized by McPullish, attracted those who love both dub and reggae music.

“It’s [reggae is] something that brings everybody together, said Texas State student Kelsey Rivers. “You see people from all walks of life come together to listen to it.”

Austin Reggae Festival is known to be a safe and drama-free festival. Families come to merely listen to the music.

“The Reggae Fest is one of the most peaceful events Austin has ever seen”, said security guard Denny Fincher. “In the 16 years I’ve been doing it, we haven’t had a fight or any kind of thing you would expect to see at any kind of festival with this many people.”

Unfortunately, there was an incident that occurred on the first day of the festival where a volunteer of the Capital Food Bank was caught stealing more than $1,100. He was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for the act of theft.

This three- day festival helps raise money for the Capital Area Food Bank which helps feed hundreds of thousands of hungry families in Central Texas. Capital Area Food Bank raised $250,000 at last year’s Austin Reggae Fest. The festival is known as the largest donor to the food bank. They are still waiting to find how much was raised this year.

Next year’s Austin Reggae Fest will be held, drama free, at the Auditorium Shores Friday, April 17th through Sunday, April 19th. For more information visit their website.

Texas State’s Mariachi Week finished with cheers and applause

By Steffanie Agnew

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Texas State’s 15th annual Feria del Mariachi Week finished with a standing ovation at the finale on Saturday.

Political science senior and Texas State Mariachi musician Roberto Moreno said that Mariachi is a style of music that originated in Mexico.

“It’s in the soul, in the styles, and it can carry stories, it can say a number of different things really from happy things to sad things,” Moreno said. “It’s to celebrate and it’s to mourn and it’s at the heart of Mexican culture.”

The event was sponsored by Texas State’s Latin Music Studies department. It was held week long with different concerts and activities each day. It kicked off with an opening concert in LBJ on Monday.

Other events throughout the week included an art competition, concert at the San Marcos Hispanic Cultural Center, a movie night, and a competition between middle and high school students from around the state. The winners from the competitions played at the finale on Saturday.

The finale was held to a packed house at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Actor Valente Rodriguez, best known as Ernie from the George Lopez Show, was the Master of Ceremonies.

Rodriguez said that he enjoyed the event and hoped people would come again next year.

“Definitely come,” Rodriguez said. “Come to the event. I mean the music is awesome. The energy in the crowd is awesome. And it’s a fun night.”

The finale also featured performances by Sebastien de la Cruz, known from America’s Got Talent, and actor and musician Lorenzo Negrete. Negrete is the grandson of Jorge Negrete, whose movies were shown earlier during the week.

Texas State Mariachi Group, Mariachi Nueva Generacion, performed as well. They played their own set as well as along with De La Cruz and Negrete for their sets.

There was high energy in the audience. They enjoyed the show and clapped along during the songs.

“It’s just a great event. It’s honestly something that you would not want to miss,” said Luis Corpus, a Texas State music major who was in the audience at the finale.

Rodriguez said that he hoped the event was life changing, not only for those in the audience but also for those on stage.

“I hope people saw students on stage being greater than anyone thought they could be,” Rodriguez said. “I hope that students got an opportunity to be on stage and see that their worth is greater than they thought it might have been.”

River Fest comes to Sewell Park

By Nikki Beltz

Sewell Park hosted the highly anticipated two-day River Fest and it turned Thursday evening into a great night of loud music and neon glow sticks for Texas State students.

River Fest kicked off its first day of fun and music for students the week before finals.

Hundreds of students came out to enjoy the warmer weather, great music, and good company. While some students just went to listen to music, others went for a party.

“My one friend, my one roommate, will not go in the middle of the crowd and crowd surf with me,” Texas State Sophomore Sierra Hobbins, said.

While crowd surfing may not have been an option, other students found the fun environment to be a great escape from the busy school day.

“I had a lot of tests today so I though it’d be a good way to de-stress and have some fun,” Texas State Junior, Ashlyn Stevens, said.

Texas State helped students wrap up the spring semester by bringing a variety of bands out to play Thursday and Friday evening.

Not So White Run

By Carlos Hernandez

SAN MARCOS—Hundreds of students participated in Blanco Hall’s first annual Not So Blanco 5k color run Saturday.

The morning was filled with students eager to run and ready to be covered in paint. The 5k was open to any Texas State student, advertised throughout campus and in residential halls.

Students arrived at West Campus Fields 8:30 a.m. to register and began their run at 10:30 a.m.  The crowd of runners consisted of students, residents and staff members from the Department of Housing and Residential Life.

Resident Director Victor Saldivar said preparation for the run began since January, with multiple resident assistants being assigned to different roles.

“We had a lot of staff members collaborate to get all the supplies, find the route, practice the route and get U-P-D involved,” Saldivar said. “Really just get everything ready for all the runners and marketing.”

There were multiple stations where student volunteers had the opportunity to throw some colored powder on the runners. Stations included the L.B.J. Student Center, Concho Hill, and Admissions Office.

Runners finished the 3.1 mile run in front of Blanco Hall, and got one last handful of colored powder. The runners ended the run with colorful shirts and a moon bounce to celebrate.

Logging on or Meeting up, Students are Staying Connected

By: Drake Lupton

Students all over campus are connected to each other, and meeting up in person is no longer the only way to keep in touch.

While some have said the digital age has made us more impersonal and that the loss of total face to face interaction, there are some that disagree.

"I don’t think it’s less personal because you’re communicating with someone through a medium and they’re communicating back," said Electronic Media major Kathryn Price. "You’re connected." 

Other’s may also argue that phones and computers in public spaces distract from connecting with those immediately around, but student Tyler Guerrero argues otherwise.

"I find that if I want to talk to someone, I’ll talk to them, "said Guerrero. "[texting and social media] doesn’t stop conversation or communication with other people."

Art major Paul Stange views social media and texting as a necessary distraction.

 ”People could be communicating physically with each other, I guess, in some aspects, but really it’s like, people’ve got to do what they’ve got to do,” said Stange.” In these days people have to be on their phone in order to like, get to a certain appointment. They’re usually trying to accomplish something.”

Whether plugging in or meeting up, people everywhere are staying connected. 

Missing Kitten in west San Marcos

By: Caitlin Greenlee

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The search is on for a missing kitten in the historic district of San Marcos today.

Courtney Worrell, a San Marcos resident, is trying to find her 6 month old cat, Binx, who ran away yesterday afternoon.

"I don’t know how it happened,” said Worrell. “At some point somebody opened the door and he must have squirted out without anyone noticing."

Now her and her friends are scouring the streets for the black, long-haired cat. They’re putting up signs and knocking on doors, hoping that somebody has seen him.

They have also been calling local veterinarian clinics, and have asked the animal shelter to keep their eyes out for a young cat that matches his description.

“We don’t have any leads so far,” said Andrea Diaz, a friend of Worrell’s. “He’s been without food and water for a day.”

Despite having no leads, Worrell and her friends are remaining optimistic.

“He’s my best friend,” said Worrell. “I know he’s scared, so I am hoping he hasn’t gone far.”

Binx the cat was last seen in the 600 block of W. San Antonio St. If anyone has any information, please contact the San Marcos Animal Shelter.

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Photo Credit: Courtney Worrell

Dance Party at Riverfest 2014

By: Elizabeth Nelson

Riverfest 2014 in San Marcos included a night filled with electronic dance music and laser light shows.

A Texas State tradition, Riverfest is an annual spring concert for students to enjoy a day of relaxation and music.

This year, Illumina Live: iExperia was the entertainment for the night, bringing the ultimate dance experience. This group of performers travel across the US to college campuses and provide a night filled with DJs spinning electronic beats and laser light shows.

There was also body painting, Riverfest t-shirts and tanks to buy and even prize giveaways from Spotify.

Members of SACA, which stands for Student Association of Campus Activities, hosted the free event.

“We host Riverfest and it’s really cool because like everyone gets to come out and it’s not like a usual concert where you like get drunk but you get to have a lot of fun with everyone from Texas State so it’s really awesome,” said Bree Evans, a SACA member.

Many students never knew of the end-of-semester event that happens every year in April right before finals begin.

“Yea I heard about it on Facebook a lot, it was the trending thing on Facebook and I’ve never been before so I figured might as well go like take my best friends and go, why not,” said Lorelai, a Texas State Student.

Since every year is different, visit SACA’s Facebook page to find out information about next year’s Riverfest. 

6th annual Earth Day Recycling Event

By: Claudia Torres

Texas State partnered with PSC for the 6th annual Earth Day Electronics Recycling Event this past Saturday.

This years event was the most successful turnout to date with over 250 participants. All of the electronics gathered filled up three semi-trucks.

“It’s a good responsible way to get rid of your end-of-use electronics,” said environmental engineer Lisa Arseno. “Electronic equipment is one of the fastest growing waste streams that are headed toward landfills and that’s not where we want that material to go.”

In December 2013, the city of San Marcos fell under a MS4 permit in an effort to protect storm water. Old electronics abandoned on the road can release chemicals that runoff in storm drains when it rains. The contaminated water can then end up in the San Marcos River.

“A common misconception is that it goes to the wastewater treatment plant and that’s not true,” said environmental specialist Coleen Cook.

A main goal of the event is to raise awareness on proper recycling habits. Any questions about recycling management can be answered by the Environmental Safety and Risk Management office at 512-245-3616.