Originally Posted by dog8mybag
Just curious, is texas state still known as a party school ? I remember seeing articles in numerous major publications about south west texas back in the day. I heard they changed the name because of the bad rap as a party school. Any confirmation on that ? My daughter wanted to go to SWT. Didnt happen. Sent her to a convent. Not really.
We still party as much as ever, but we'll never again reach the height of party-dom like we did in the 70s and 80s. The name change had less to do with the party image and more to do with the fact that this is a public school and they're trying to gain more notoriety as a national institution. They're attempting to do that by obtaining a more generic name. It's working too.
They're also attempting to grow by establishing satellite campuses like the one in Round Rock, which seems to be going well at the moment. They really can't (outwardly) grow too much more in their current location in central San Marcos.
Although all of this is probably necessary to grow, justify more intellectual jobs and tenure, and it's the way to get more state money, the campus has all but lost it's once prized traditional background. LBJ wouldn't recognize the campus or what it's become. He certainly wouldn't agree with it's political mindset, and I doubt he'd much approve of the the loss of identity. But, then again, he didn't approve of any of that when he was here either.