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The University Star, also called The Star, is a student-run newspaper for Texas State University. The Star provides news and information on issues that affect the Texas State community as well as San Marcos news.
The Star has a daily distribution of 8,000 in the fall and spring semesters. It is produced Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and distributed throughout the Texas State campus. Content is produced five times during the summer, and has a distribution of 3,000 copies. The Star publishes special issues which complement its regular content throughout the year.
The Star covers of local issues, controversies and events pertaining to the university, San Marcos, Hays County, and higher education. The newspaper is split into four sections: news, trends, opinions and sports.
In November 2017, the paper had to apologize for running a controversial student op-ed, titled "Your DNA is an Abomination"
The first issue was published in February 1911, started by then student Fred W. Adams, son of John Anderson Adams, the founder of Adams Extract and Spice Company. Fred W. Adams persuaded the Southwest Texas Normal School administration to let him publish the newspaper, promising to pay for it himself if advertising could not sustain the cost.
The Star's notable alumni, includes President Lyndon B. Johnson. Johnson served as the newspaper's editor during the summers of 1928 and 1929, using The Star to express his ideas, which were heavily flavored in politics.
The University Star celebrated its 100th anniversary during the 2010-2011 academic year. A reunion was held at the end of April 2010, bringing together both Star staff and alumni from across the country.
The San Marcos City Council declared in 2010 April 26 through May 1 as University Star Week in San Marcos.
The University Star has won numerous Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) awards.
Faculty adviser Bob Bajackson (1999-2017) won the 2010 TIPA Adviser of the Year award
The University Star has also received awards in Hearst Journalism:
David Rauf -- 6th place (2006-07) In-Depth writing for "ASG executive officers defend 'conflict of interest' position." The University Star Colter Ray -- 12th place (2008-09) Photography -- News & Sports, The University Star Allen Reed -- 17th place (2009-10) Feature writing for "A gift to Science in Death." Houston Chronicle (internship).