LETTER FROM THE ADVISER Welcome to Sam Houston State. You’ve got exciting years ahead of you, and we’re glad you’ve chosen to spend them with us here in Huntsville. We’ve written this Orientation Edition to help ease your transition to campus and college life. Inside, you’ll find tips on on-campus dining, notes on the best study spots, and advice on staying physically active and fiscally frugal. If your experience is anything like mine, you’ll find the first few weeks of
college fly by in a blur. Make the most of them, and you might find lifelong friends and some great stories to tell. The last one is particularly important. We’re big fans of good stories at The Houstonian, and historically college is a time when students begin paying attention to the news and current events. In years past, college is the time that young Americans become activists and thinkers, protestors and jokesters and cogent observers of the world around them. I’m not convinced that’s still true, though. It’s not that today’s college student doesn’t care – quite the opposite. I think the modern college freshman already cares, and probably has for some time.
I can’t count the times students in my classes have connected an idea to a breaking news event, or a broader debate on race or society. Typically, one such comment drives another student to their phone to find a rebuttal or supporting argument. It’s fun, for me, to watch the dialogue unfold in real time. We should cultivate and encourage that engagement, and the social media evolution that’s come with it. At The Houstonian, we’re endeavoring to do just that. We’re shifting this year to a once-weekly print publication and redoubling our commitment to online and social media. We’ll be further emphasizing breaking news and current events on Twitter, live tweeting speeches and ball games, and offer-
ing a digital home for Sam Houston students, parents, and alumni. The “dead trees” paper, meanwhile, will still be available once a week. We’ll reserve our highest profile articles and in-depth investigations for print, and publish them online after papers hit the racks. We’re also hoping to introduce crossword puzzles and Sudoku. If you want to be part of that transition, join us. We’re always looking for good writers and editors, and we’ve got positions open for the coming semester. Or, follow us online and look for our weekly publication in bins across campus. Welcome to Sam, Marcus Funk, Ph.D. Faculty Adviser, The Houstonian
7 SUCCESSFUL SAM STUDENTS SHSU affords students opportunities to be successful after graducation. The following graduates are just a few examples of Bearkats that are moving foward and doing great things..
Spencer Copeland Criminal Justice Class of 2015
Why did you choose SHSU? I chose SHSU for the Criminal Justice Program. In the fall of my Senior year I toured the campus and fell in love with the university. A few weeks later I applied to Sam Houston. I couldn’t be happier with my choice. Describe your favorite memory at Sam: My favorite memories at
Sam would have to have been during my time as Student Body President. That experience led me to many opportunities that not many students get to enjoy. Although perks, such as Piney Woods box seats, backstage passes, and event invitations were enjoyable, I found giving back to be the most rewarding. It was during this time that I was able to help expand the largest community service event in the county, Bearkat All Paws In, meeting with dozens of lawmakers in both Austin and Washing-
ton D.C., testifying in front of two committees in the Texas House and Senate, and building relations with the Huntsville City Council that have led to substantive changes that make Huntsville safer for our students. During my presidency the Student Government Association was presented with an award in the United States Capitol. Of course it was a great honor to lead a delegation to the Capitol. It is through hard work that you get recognized. I am happy that I learned that early in college. What are your plans after Sam? I’ll be continuing my education at SHSU with a Master’s in homeland security. My eventual goals are to work in a Federal Law Enforcement Agency. How has Sam helped shape your plans for the future? Sam has been so incredi-
bly helpful in shaping my future. During my time at SHSU I have worked as an intern with Harris County Precinct 7 Constables. This has opened my eyes to a number of realities I did not expect in my line of work. Although I know more about my career field, I have a more realistic vision and have renewed my passion for criminal justice. The leadership roles that I filled in my time at Sam have left me with a very different perspective of the world. It has been over the last three years that I have created a large number of connections with alumni and others in the field of my education. I learned that the saying “it’s not the grades you make but the hands you shake” is valid, but that connections will not fix a poor GPA. What advice would you give to future Sam students?
So much of your education will occur outside of a classroom. Get involved as much as you can. Do not shy away from new opportunities, even if it isn’t what you planned. Whether you join the math club or the rugby team, they will mold you into a better person. Staying organized is your best chance at staying on top of work, school, and play. During my time at Sam I’ve worked a number of jobs, stayed highly involved on campus, graduated with a 4.0 and maintained a social life. These are all possible, but you will have to remain motivated and organized from day one. Although it is important to remember what your professors say, it’s just as important to discover who you are by taking risks and making your own mistakes. The only way to remove our imperfections is to work through our rough spots.
8 there, I was able to film a documentary on rebuilding efforts after typhoon Hayan. I traveled to LA and worked on a project there as a cinematographer. A preview for that film showed at this year’s March Du Film at the Cannes film festival. I’ve shot countless films and made so many lifelong connections and learned so much hands on. From those connections I was able to, with Khoi Nguyen, start a club for film students at Sam, The Film Society. I was asked by our department to go to SXSW this past spring break and represent my club and our school at industry mixers and events.
Mass Communication - Film Class of 2015
option I had to go to a school that was affordable but would still give me a good enough education to get accepted to a Master’s program.
Why did you choose SHSU? I knew Sam had just opened a film program and I wanted to go somewhere I could afford without being in debt for the rest of my life. I’ve realized how important graduate school can be now that more and more people are getting Bachelor’s degrees, and for that to be an
Describe your favorite memory at Sam: Sam has given me so many opportunities that alone would have made my college experience. I’ve gotten to travel to the Philippines with the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy. While
What are your plans after Sam? I’ve been accepted into Dodge College at Chapman University for film production. I was accepted as a cinematography emphasis student, a program that only accepts 10-15 students a year. Chapman is one of the best film schools in the nation and regularly produces award winning films. How has Sam helped shape your plans for the future? I consider my acceptance to Chapman to be not my own personal
achievement, but something that’s happened because of the amazing friends, professors and programs I’ve had access to here at Sam. Without Jean Bodon or Tom Garrett, or my friends in The Film Society, I would never have even been considered. What advice would you give to future Sam students? Mass comm students, whether you are Film, TV, journalism, whatever: Don’t wait for a class to ask you to go and do something. Join clubs, get involved, write a bad article, make a bad film, screw up! The best thing about college is that you have access to all the mentors, peers and tools you need. This is the one time where you can try things and screw up without consequence. If you wait until you have a class that assigns you work, you’re throwing away opportunities! The best films I made while at Sam weren’t made for classes, they were made because we wanted to make something. I wasn’t going to wait for someone to assign me work! If you are passionate about your major, just go do it!
9 Lakeisha Mays History Class of 2015
Why did you choose SHSU? Initially, I wanted to transfer from Texas State University to Sam Houston State University because of a transfer scholarship. After I came for a tour of the campus, I fell in love with the scenery and the atmosphere. Sam Houston felt like home. Describe your favorite memory at Sam: My favorite memory at Sam was learning about the Counseling Center. I watched the department give a presentation and shortly made an appointment. After the counseling sessions, my relationships with my family and friends have improved tremendously and Iâ€™m so thankful for
that. What are your plans after Sam? I will be attending Howard University School of Law for the Fall 2015 semester How has Sam helped shape your plans for the future? Sam made me realize my full potential. I feel more confident and eager to learn thanks to the professors I met while at Sam. I believe I will be success in law school thanks to Samâ€™s rigorous courses and helpful administration. What advice would you give to future Sam students? Breathe! Laugh! And enjoy everything that Sam has to offer. At the end, it will all be worth it.
12 SECRET STUDY SPOTS
Meioshia Omesiete Staff Reporter
Like, seriously? I pondered this sarcastically, while embarking on newfound territory my freshman year here at Sam. My senior year of high school, I had two choices. Either spend my down time of campus discovery attempting not to burn to dust on the San Marcos River at Texas State, or constantly be bombarded by the mind boggling historical and truly intriguing landscapes that are perfectly sprinkled about the campus of SHSU. The decision
seemed pretty cut and dry to me. The thing with the river is, text books don’t float. (And no, this is not a challenge for you to test, rather expensively I might add.) You see, studying is best done on land, for one, and alongside breathtaking beauty if provided the choice. While the atmosphere of higher learning encompasses you, an earthy complex is always better than a watery-based one, given the activity. I’d like to say I know my way around the block a bit, so here are a few suggestions from one Bearkat to another. First and fore-
most, secret hot spots are typically the best, right? Well allow me to
introduce you to some of mine. Residing on a rather internally complex structure, the Evans Complex exists with the containment of most English courses. Beyond that dry fact though, is a
bridge properly enclosed between the levels of the structure. Proceed from the ground floor to one just above the third and just below the fourth. I know, “What 3 ½?” Ask the contractors. Here you’ll find yourself at the exterior corridor, of which if you come at just the right hour, you’ll be able to study on the cooled, paved flooring, and watch the sunset subsequently. A great place to conduct artistic and writing assignments. The horizon of Huntsville sits just beyond an array of various tree types, awaiting your gaze.
Though this next one may be just as breathtaking, I say, to each their own. May you fall in love with this one if not the one before or after. What deems this next one as worthy is the honest to God feeling of total serenity and focus I obtain from just sitting and breathing in this area. It’s a tough march up the hill though, so I recommend having supplies with you, while in class before establishing your way to …. The fountain. A connectingbench extends around the perimeter, placed atop the magnificent falls, separating you from the yelps and hollers of historical Greek strolling and adamant religious advocates on the yard just beyond it. Soothing and providing for almost a safe haven of focus, the fountain can be
the greatest fulfilment of all your study needs… granted you go at the right time. Such as the time I sit here at now, writing this for you. A die down period for the yard, it would be, and right at the time the sun becomes incapable of melting your face off anymore. Last, but hardly least, is another area upon the concrete that must be carefully considered along strict time constraints. Well, not so much as strict as just not too early or during busy class hours, simply due to the influx of the Sam population that gravitate towards it at certain hours. I express
my utmost adoration at this moment for the seven tables adjacent the clock tower and Lee Drain Building engrossed in vines along the extending metal poles holding the covering top. Right above a four bench ticket to study heaven, there exists on this campus, an area perfect, and I mean perfect, for getting that last tidbit of extra credit to bring your grade up. Not only do they stimulate the artistic eye, but they create ideal study conditions. You know what? Just because I’m an incredible person, I’ll up the ante and extend to you one final unconventional, and less outdoorsy study habitat. Directly through the doors of the 2nd floor of the LSC, with a quick turn to the left, side by side sit some of the most comfortable leather couches I have ever sat on. Slightly random in their placement, as chairs sit between some and small wooden tables separate others, nothing beats the faint sound of piano music, from the spontaneous few of whom choose to stop and grace your ears with melodic company on the piano inside the art exhibit room adjacent the front desk, floating through otherwise utter quietude. I just happened to have moved here from the fountain for outlet support, so there you go. You even have outlets coming in clutch for your trusty laptop that usually allows for greater study capability. You’re welcome.
14 GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Teddi Cliett Senior Reporter One of the many inevitable actions every being faces is death. Every year at Sam Houston State University is met with the loss of alumni, and cometimes professors, faculty, or even students. No matter the status, the heartache remains the same. For that reason, the annual Raven’s Call ceremony was created five years ago in order to honor the past year’s fallen Bearkats. “It’s important because it recognizes the lives and impacts of some outstanding Bearkats,” mass com-
munication senior and Orange Key Marissa Hill said. “It gives the university a chance to come together and really remember the great things they’ve done or the lives they’ve changed.” Put on by the Orange Key Student Ambassador’s of SHSU, Raven’s Call takes place in front of the bell tower on campus, where the names of the deceased are read aloud. Families, friends and all students are invited to pay their respects. “[It’s emotional] even if you didn’t personally know one of those who passed,” Hill said. “Every one of those souls was part of their own family, as well as the Sam Houston
family. There is a sense of loss for everyone because you could have seen these people in class or any-
where on campus.” The ceremony takes place in the Spring semester, usually in April.
CHANGE THE WORLD - STAY INFORMED sider your role as a citizen of the world. You are coming into adulthood during a particularly fragile time. Technology is advancing at an amazing pace, daily changing the way we are entertained, how we communicate, and how we are informed.
Director, Global Center for Journalism and Democracy Congratulations! You’ve made it to college. You are an adult, you can do what you want, and don’t have to answer to anyone! Take 15 seconds to enjoy this new “reality.” Now come back down to Earth. You know that’s not completely true. With adulthood comes new responsibilities, and how you spend your time will greatly determine the impact you make on this world. While grades, extra curricular activities, internships and jobs are all very important, I’d like you to con-
The role of religion in our society is shifting faster than ever before. The balance of power around the world is changing, with new alliances threatening old relationships. The global gap between rich and poor is growing wider. Food supply, natural resources, pandemics, terrorists, climate change and a whole host of other challenges are yours to grapple with. Sobering, isn’t it? I can imagine many of you will stop reading at this point, preferring instead to catch up on the latest Kardashian antics. After all, that’s a lot easier to deal with , isn’t it? But with each challenge comes amazing promise. While it sounds cliche, you have the ability to change the world. Being an in-
formed citizen is the first step in this process. Yes, it’s true; Information IS power. It doesn’t take much effort, time or money. Get some news apps on your smartphone to stay on top of the headlines. Log on to a digital news site. Read an online newspaper, or e-mag. Each week, there are dozens of people who come to campus to talk about a variety of issues. Don’t just pay attention to the experts in your field of study. Be curious. Check out what the scientists, writers, economists, artists, criminologists and computer engineers have to say. You are also surrounded by a boatload of PhDs. Those professors you will silently curse under your breath at finals time are chock full of information. Talk to them. Ask questions. Read their research. If I had a dime for every senior who told me they wished they had taken more advantage of all that SHSU has to offer, I’d be writing this article from my villa in Italy.
For years you’ve been taught what you needed to learn to pass tests. You’re free! Take a class because it interests you. Read a book because you want to learn more. Don’t spend your life being told what to think about important matters. Form your own opinions, and do so based on facts and careful thought. My daughter is starting college this fall too. I’m telling you what I told her. I figure that’s the best gift I can give my students; to care about them like I care about my own kids. Oh, and I’ll put in a pitch for the center I run. It’s the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy. We tackle important issues all the time, bring amazing guest speakers to campus and get students involved in demonstrations and projects aimed at making a difference. We can be found in the Dan Rather building, in suite 201. Do great things. We’re depending on you.
18 WE CHALLENGE YOU TO A... Sam Houston State University is not only a great place for academics but is also home to some interesting and unique art pieces sprinkled around the campus. Some pieces quietly blend into the background while others are alight like a beacon calling spectators from every corner of campus to come and ponder their mysteries. We challenge you to find these pieces around campus and take a selfie, post it on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and tag @houstonian
19 ...SCAVENGER HUNT!
20 AWARD-WINNING CAMPUS LANDSCAPE Teddi Cliett Senior Reporter A quietness exists within the blooming azaleas and green forestry on the Sam Houston State University campus. The groundkeepers who maintain them every day were recently recognized by the Professional
Grounds Management Society. SHSU was first presented with the Green Star Award, which brings recognition to facilities such as college campuses, athletic fields and amusement parks that are maintained to the highest standard possible, in 2011. Last summer, the groundskeepers were once again rewarded for their
25 percent is used as a native mulch in select campus locations and the remaining 50 percent is taken to a local processor for use in bagged soil amendment products. Through new recycling efforts in the last two years the crew has collected over 30,000 pounds of single stream recyclables from daily litter clean-up and outdoor trash receptacles. In addition to the aesthetics, the application also included pictures and descriptions of the problems that the custodial and grounds services were faced with around campus, such as utility and foot traffic, and the solutions that they found in response. work on campus. Grounds Services at SHSU provides Custodial and Grounds Service Manager Scott Dolezal submitted complete landscape maintenance a detailed PowerPoint presentation services to the roughly 320 acre that contained several pictures dismain campus as well as an additional combined 30 acres of off-site playing the beauty around campus as an application for the award. facilities tied to the university. “I love the campus,” SHSU alumna Over the last few years, the crew Patrice Emerson said. “It’s pretty has worked hard to utilize “green” with nice trees and walkways, and resources in disposing their landit has big areas where people can scape debris. hang out, eat or study. There are Approximately 25 percent of was a lot of peaceful spots with pretty has been incorporated into an onsite composting operation, another scenery.”
SAMMYPALOOZA & KAT COMEDY: YEARLY EXTRAVAGANZAS Dharmesh Patel Viewpoints Editor
Sam Houston State University puts on two amazing entertainment showcases every year for the benefit of students and faculty. At the beginning of the fall semester, the Division of Student Services puts on the Kat Comedy Showcase which is a free comedy show for all SHSU students. Past guest have included Aziz Ansari, Gabriel Iglesias and Nick Swardson.
Similarly in the spring, Student Activities along with the Coliseum puts on the music event of the year with Sammypalooza. It is a free concert that in the past has featured big name artists including Whiz Khalifa, Capital Cities, Cassidy Pope and Panic! At The Disco. SHSU students can receive two free tickets with an activated Bearkat OneCard. This yearâ€™s comedy or musical acts have not yet been announced but stay tuned and enjoy the free shows!
DAYS OF SAMMYS PAST Parbattee Maharaj Senior Reporter Way back when in 1879, this fine institution of higher learning as established. It has been more than 100 years since then, and Sam Houston State University has seen much change since it was founded. When the school was first founded, it was known as Sam Houston Normal Institute. It was meant to be a teacher training school, and was the first of its kind in the southwestern U.S. A plethora of things have changed since 1879; to name a few: the name of the school, more programs are offered, the size of campus has expanded and SHSU now has a mascot. Like Sam, Sammy the mascot has gone through numerous changes throughout the years as well – some good, some not so much. When the school first changed its name from Sam Houston Normal Institute to Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1923, the term Bearkats began floating around throughout the athletic programs. In the earlier years, the term bearkat was often referenced as “bearcat” or “bear cat.” In reality, there is such a thing as a bearcat, however the SHSU mascot is a fictional an-
imal that is based off a kinkajou, a small carnivorous, mammal native to South America. Despite the bearkat having this small relation to the kinkajou, it is said that the mascot was not chosen because of the relation, rather it is derived from the phrase “tough as a Bearkat!” Since the mascot is based off a make believe animal, the spelling was decided as b-e-a-rk-a-t rather than b-e-a-r-c-a-t. All was calm for the next few years; the mascot remained untouched. That is until the late 1940’s. At the time, Harmon Lowman was the president of SHSU. President Lowman attempted to change the mascot from the Bearkats to the Ravens in order to commemorate General Sam Houston (Raven was his Cherokee nickname). The alumni were polled, but, clearly, the idea did not stick as we remain SHSU bearkats. The current mascot, Sammy the Bearkat, began appearing at school sporting events in 1959. In 1952, the university began housing a kinkajou. The school would unsuccessfully host the mammal through the 1970’s, which students would help care for. (Having the animal on campus is probably what caused the confusion as to what the real mascot of the school was.)
However, since the efforts were unsuccessful due to the kinkajou being unable to adapt to its new surroundings, the school decided to do away with the presence of the mammal permanently. Ten years later, on January 9, 1962, yet another SHSU mascot moved on from Sam Houston. Tripod, the dog, was the school’s unofficial mascot for more than 15 years. It is unclear when Tripod arrived on campus (some reports say that he showed up in 1941, others say it was 1948), he just showed up. He is described as a “mustard color mutt” since no one knew specifically what breed of dog he was. It was also observed that he has a crippled left front leg. No one knew just where Tripod came from, but he was beloved by all. He had no permanent home or caretaker, rather he wandered around campus and was taken care of by everyone, never lacking for any one thing. He made an appearance at numerous football games, as it is said that he enjoyed the games along with parades, and other major activities around campus. Three days after his passing, on January 12, Tripod was buried on the hill in front of Old Main. Tripod was so well-known, and so loved, that even the SHSU president, Dr.
Harmon Lowman, attended his last rites along with hundreds upon hundreds of students. It is said that Tripod died of a combination of freezing weather conditions and old age. There was a monument created in Tripod’s memory as the unofficial mascot of Sam Houston State, reading “Tripod, 1941-1962, Beloved mascot, loyal supporter, friend of Students.” As mentioned before, Sammy the Bearkat did not appear at athletic events on campus until 1959. He often had to share the spotlight with Tripod and the kinkajou (provided there was one on campus), but he managed to come into his own eventually. For his very first appearance, Sammy was nothing more than a paper mache with a sailors hat. Sammy went through numerous changes throughout the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s. Throughout these 30 years, it is said that Sammy beard some unfortunate resemblances to a fox or dog rather than a bear or cat. Samantha Bearkat, the female counterpart to Sammy, was introduced in 1986. However, she was retired in 2005. Airkat, an inflatable costumed version of Sammy the Bearkat, emerged in the mid 2000’s.
27 EASY TIPS FOR SCHOOL STRESS Marcus Funk Houstonian Adviser There’s a framed sign in my office with only two words. They’re bold and massive, all caps, and intended to convey a simple but crucial idea. DON’T PANIC. It was true for Douglas Adams, and it’s true for Sam Houston State students. I’ve seen the deer-in-theheadlights expression on more than a few students: That look when a grade feels overwhelming, or a deadline insurmountable, or homework just wears them out. The best advice I can give them is to not panic – that this, too, shall pass. The sky isn’t falling, the world isn’t ending, and they’re going to be just fine. It just doesn’t feel that way. So with that in mind, I’ve compiled a few tips on staying ahead of studying stress and academic pressure. Tip 1) NEVER procrastinate Students frequently feel overwhelmed by schoolwork because they leave it to the last minute. Don’t do that. Instead, keep up
with course readings, every night, and try to do get some work done on homework and projects days in advance – or, preferably, a week ahead of time. That sounds daunting, I know. Why should you do more work when you can just stuff it all into one session? Or at least, that’s how I felt as a stubborn undergraduate. In practice, though, spacing out readings and assignments makes them more manageable, and you’ll find it takes less time overall. Tip 2) Pay close attention to your syllabus A syllabus is more than a blueprint or a general outline. It’s a professor’s sincere attempt to communicate assignments and expectations at the very beginning of the semester. Take advantage of that academic forecast, and keep an eye on upcoming assignments and subject matter. This will help you accomplish work early, and effectively. Tip 3) Avoid e-whining Social media can be great for public discussion. Facebook, Twitter, and
an array of new media platforms have converted the traditional public sphere into a multi-faceted public universe. That’s awesome in a lot of ways, but it also has side effects. One of those, at least in my experience, is the e-whine. You’ve seen it on Facebook and Twitter – the ever-popular “look at how busy I am!” Commenting online about how you never sleep because you’re studying constantly, or about monumental a paper or project has become, tends to spread that negativity across your social network. It makes everyone feel stressed and busied, and that feeling has little connection to actual workloads or productivity. Then when people agree and reply, they reinforce the stress you’ve put out there, and the cycle spirals downward. Instead, use social media to discuss what you like and enjoy. Tip 4) Compartmentalize your time Besides that, you’re not studying constantly – because you’re getting started on your work early, which means it doesn’t take forever. That
allows you the freedom to budget your time for friends, family, faith, and leisure as well. Do so, with gusto. College is about studying and learning, absolutely, but it’s also about personal connection and social discovery. Treat those seriously, and give yourself time to be yourself. If you plan your assignments and readings in advance, you’ll have more time to play and you’ll feel less stressed at the same time. Tip 5) Don’t panic – but if you do, it’s okay If your assignments get out of hand, though, and you find yourself stressed and panicking, remember – it’s okay. You don’t need to panic. Try to ground yourself in thoughts of something tangible, like breathing, or something you enjoy, like Saturday’s football game. Then take a few breaths, get something to eat, and try to relax for a few minutes. Remember, too, that the Counseling Center is open and available. You don’t need to feel alone or overwhelmed about academic stress, or anything else.
MEET A NEW FRIEND: THE GYM Lizeth De La Garza Contributing Reporter
The excitement of finally being independent may be overwhelming to you and your parents. You no longer have Mom and Dad telling you what to do and what, and when, to eat. Soon enough being independent in college for the first time may not turn out what’s its all cracked up to be. Many first year college students take for granted their youthful vitality that they had throughout high school. The stress of school and freedom to finally get to eat what you want may cause students to fall into an unhealthy lifestyle of bad habits, such as eating out at fast food restaurants. Even the healthiest, most athletic and active students can gain those “freshman 15.” I, for one, who was always getting to eat what I pleased while wrestling three years in high school, being on the dance team for four years and also doing long distance track and field. I got caught up in the freedom and independence to finally eat and do as I please. I began my freshman year at 107 pounds and going up to be the heaviest I’ve ever been at 133 pounds. Now 133 pounds may not be considered heavy, but gaining 26 pounds in just 10 months I surpassed the feared “freshman 15.” Working to become a personal trainer and being a fitness instructor at the Recreational sports center has been more than enough
motivation to stay active. SHSU Recreational Sports Center has more than enough to offer to students to help them stay active. For starters fitness classes will be offered year-round. Fitness classes include Zumba, Cardio Kick-Boxing, Yoga, Insanity and many more. If you’re feeling a bit shy and would like some oneon-one training, Rec Sports offers certified personal trainers to help you stay active with sessions at an affordable price to anyone interested. Or, if you choose to work out on your own but want to calculate how your progress is going, fitness assessments are also available. Staying motivated may be one of the hardest things about trying to stay fit and to help with that SHSU Rec Sports offers free classes the first week of every semester. Not only that but year round events while giving away free t-shirts and prices for exceeding participation in fitness classes are also offered. And if fitness classes intimidate you, free T-shirts just don’t make the cut, and personal trainers are out of you budget or it’s just not your style the Rec offers four basketball courts, an eighth of a mile indoor running track, and a weight room with plenty of free weights, cardio vascular equipment and tons of weight-based machines. There’s not much more you could ask for! Come out the Recreational sports center and enjoy the flexible hours of operation offered and wonderful staff.
YOU CAN HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO Stacy Hood
Tips to Manage Your Money
Orientation Edition Editor College is a time for trial by fire when it comes to your money. I say that because once it is gone, it really is hard to recover. Movie depictions and stereotypes have told you the next three to six years of your life will be spent eating Ramen noodles, selling your non-essential organs to buy textbooks and having to call home to get Mom and Dad to loan you a twenty just to get by for the week. While there is some truth to these horrifying stories at times, it doesn’t always have to be that way.
Over the last four years I have navigated my way into and out of debt. I have had weeks where my lunch and dinner came from the same box, and I’ve lived paycheck to paycheck. But I also have had times were I ate out almost every day, saved enough money to buy a car, and had extra money to spend. Hopefully I can help you learn from my mistakes and triumphs on how to work with what you have. Budgeting your refund. It is 1 p.m. the week before school starts and your bank account just flooded with more money to your name then you are likely to see for quite a while. Most students take
the next week to eat like a king, shop to their heart’s content on new clothes, electronics and mountains of junk food-but not you. In college you are likely to have three major expenses: rent, textbooks, and food. Before you start swiping your card at all the new stores available to you, determine how much money you NEED before the next refund day. For set expenses like rent you should total up how much you need till February 1. Then pay it in full while you have the money! By doing this you not only get the weight of paying rent on time off your shoulders but you also have
a more realistic picture of how much money you need to survive. Next, you should find out which textbooks you need and about how much they are going to cost you. Take your time with this because you can likely spend $500 on books you may not use. My rule of thumb is to compare prices at the three different stores in Huntsville, and online. After all that is said and done you will need to budget what you have left for food and other expenses. Track your cash flow In a world where you need money for practically anything, it is easy to wonder where all your money
goes. Really it is like a magic trick; it’s there one minute and gone the next. Lucky for you technology can help with that. To see where your money is going link your bank account with a money tracking app. I suggest Mint or LearnVest. These simple apps let you know where, how and when you are spending your money at the click of a button. Not only do they track your spending they also act as a mobile budget. All you do is set a monthly limit for particular categories. If you get close to or go over your budget, it will let you know. Doing this will save your wallet. After the first month or two using it you will find it easier to cut
avoidable spending out of your life. Wants versus needs Do you really NEED that new shirt that you are likely going to wear a handful of times before it gets stuffed in the back of the closet, never seeing the light of day till you move? Nope. Knowing what is a necessity versus a desire is a battle of love and hate. The love of new shiny things or the hate of eating ramen every day. Although the t-shirt doesn’t seem like a big hit to your budget now, if you never learn to say “no” then it will add up in the long run. This doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the little luxuries in life, in fact I encourage you to spoil yourself once a month (within reason).
The reason I say this is because after a few weeks of classes, tests, etc. you really need to be happy. Plus if you tell yourself I am going to buy myself a new game on steam or get my nails done, then I won’t buy the t-shirt I will likely only wear once. Make a little side money There is only so much refund money, allowance and savings you have. Once it is gone, it is gone. The idea of getting a job your first year of college is overwhelming and at times discouraged. If you feel up to the task, picking up a part time on campus job is the best way to make money and stay on top of your school work! Everyone at SHSU realizes you are a student first and are willing to help you with working around your schedule. However, if you are not ready for a job that is okay. There are many ways to pick up a little extra cash. That t-shirt you bought and wore once, the end table you convinced yourself would change your life – sell it. There is a reason they say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Another great way to make money after a job and selling things you don’t have a use for is picking up odd jobs. Now that you are a
full time adult try meeting other adults that have children and you can babysit. Find people that have dogs and start a little college dog walking business. Not only will you get killer legs and puppy attention, but the extra dough is the topping on the cake. Take advantage of the free stuff Simple rules of economics will tell you that there is no such thing as a free lunch. But with all the opportunities for free swag, food and entertainment one begins to question this theory. If you are wanting to preserve your precious pennies for a night out, pay attention to what is going on around you. Throughout the year student activities gives out free t-shirts, program council hosts parties like casino night and even movies, at every single football tailgate is dripping with food for you to have till your heart’s desire. Rarely if ever are you surrounded by these giveaways, so take advantage of them. Spend your money however you like, but those of you who take some of this advice will likely find yourselves with money after the semester is over unlike those who will be calling home wanting to borrow money two months in.
34 TO BE A FAN OR NOT TO BE A FAN? Amber Treybig
Contributing Reporter Are you ready to enter the best four years of your life at the best university on the planet? If you are not yelling “Eat Em Up Kats” while circling your right “Bearkat Claw Hand” three times, then listen up. As I go into my senior year, a piece of advice that I would give you would be to make it a priority to go to every home event that you can. From football games to volleyball games, our school is known for its amazing athletic department and without the fans the teams would
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not be as good as they are today. Showing your school spirit is the cool thing to do as a college student. You should wear your school’s colors with pride. Show off the new shirt you got on the mall for free on Fridays, paint your face or even your whole body. You can never have enough blue and orange. Your freshman year may be a bit scary due to it being a huge transition, but do not fear. We have all gone through those rough nights in the dorm. With time, you will get more comfortable about being away from home and you will realize how awesome it is to be a
Fight, fight you Bearkats! Fight on through! We’re here in back of you! You know again we’re here to win So fight until the end. FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! Loyal we’ll ever be and true to SHSU We’ll fight and fight with all our might For Sam Houston’s Orange and White! Bearkat. For starters, going to a football tailgate will change your college life! You will see things from free food, shirts, drinks, fun games, and much more. You won’t be disappointed
sity is that we support not just one sport, but all! Going to the “Don” to watch the baseball team defeat a big school like Baylor, Rice or A&M and sitting in Johnson Coliseum to cheer on the men’s and women’s
with our Bearkat sized tailgate before the home football games. Aside from the home games you should attend, make the effort to hop on the bus at least once to go to the annual Battle of the Piney Woods game in Houston. Not only will you be cheering on your team in a professional football stadium but you will be taking part in a 90 year tradition. While you are there don’t be afraid to paint your face it will all just make your experience here at Sam that much better! The cool thing about our univer-
basketball team should both be on your “Bearkat Bucket List.” If sports aren’t your thing, just being a fan and wearing your shirt in the stands will still lead you to meet more people and have a rich college experience. My main goal as a Bearkat was to get the most out of Sam Houston State University as I could in four years, and with one year left, I have about crossed off everything on my “Bearkat Bucket List.”
PSA: PREVENTING SEXUAL ASSUALTS Kerrie Hall
Assistant Viewpoints Editor Sexual assault is a sensitive topic that isn’t 100 percent preventable but there are measures you can take to avoid it. There are many statistics that get thrown around when it comes to sexual assault on college campuses. Because this data comes from various sources it is hard to say which is most accurate. Whether it’s one in every five or three of every 10, sexual assault is a serious epidemic that is prevalent
in our society. The Marketing Communications Office at Sam Houston State University is in the process of producing their own PSA which has drawn in a diverse group of individuals in support of their effort to advocate against sexual assault and to spread awareness of Title IX.
Sexual assault is a crime of motive and in the majority of cases are committed by someone known to the victim.
As a female student, or even as a female in general, I want the luxury of being able to go through my day without the fear of some perverted predator lurking in my shadow waiting to attack me.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
While sadly there is no surefire way to prevent sexual assault, there are many things you can do to help reduce your risks of being assaulted.
Almost everyone on college campuses enjoys having a good time, but this doesn’t mean you should put yourself in harm’s way to do so.
Traveling alone, and especially at night, increases your risk of possibly running into a dangerous situation. So if you have no other option but to travel alone, make sure your phone is easily accessible and that you don’t have your earphones in. Also investing in a whistle or pepper spray is always a good idea. If you don’t feel comfortable walking alone, utilizing the UPD escort service is easy and free.
Avoid Excessive Use of Alcohol and Drugs
Alcohol and drugs interfere with clear thinking and effective communication so if you are going to drink do so responsibly. Make sure you have a trusted designated driver and are drinking with people who you know will keep you safe.
Donâ€™t Fear Your Own Voice Peer pressure is real and I know because I have experienced it firsthand. If you are not comfortable doing something always keep the upper hand and speak up, tell that person NO! If they continue to pressure you try and remove yourself as quickly and safely as possible.
Speak UP and Speak OUT
As I mentioned before sexual assault is not 100 percent avoidable and is a very sensitive topic that many people face but few are brave enough to speak out about, but if it has happened to you tell someone. Speak out against it and help prevent it from happening again.
39 EATERIES OFFERS CHOICES GALORE Dharmesh Patel Viewpoints Editor
College is a time to be independent and a make your own choices. One of the most important and hardest decisions you’ll have to make on a daily basis is where and what to eat. Think about the last time you were sitting around trying to figure out where to eat. It’s agonizing and overtime can become quite annoying. Luckily, Sam Houston State University has a variety of eateries on campus to choose from and can help alleviate some of these pressures. Let’s start at the largest food court on campus located in the Lowman Student Center called Paw Prints. The eating choices include Subway, Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, Grill Works, Einstein Bros Bagels and a convenience store. Einstein Bros Bagels is a great choice if you’re looking for breakfast or just a light snack but its much more than just bagels. On top of a wide assortment of bagels and smears, they also offer breakfast and lunch wraps, hot or cold sandwiches, soups, salads and a variety of baked goods. Subway is another choice if you want a sandwich, not to mention that its also healthy and filling. The chain sandwich shop operates just like any other Subway and offers 6 inch to foot longs, wraps, chips and those deliciously addict-
ing cookies. Chick-fil-A is your go-to spot for all your chicken cravings. They offer chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets and those amazing waffle-shaped fries. And don’t forget to ask the cashier for some Chick-fil-A sauce to dip your nuggets and/or fries in. Pizza Hut is an express version of the big chain pizza joint but don’t let that fool you into thinking they don’t have a large variety of cheesy awesomeness on their menu. They have personal pan pizzas from plain cheese to pepperoni and even a veggie pizza. They also have breadsticks and pasta dishes all hot and ready to go. Grill Works is a local and on campus eatery that offers all kinds of burgers. They have regular hamburgers, turkey and even a veggie burger. All burgers are assembled right in front of you and you can pick from a variety of toppings and don’t forget to ask for the special sauce. Add fries and a drink and make it a combo meal. The Lowman Student Center is also home to a small convince store that sells all kinds of snacks, drinks and goods including small toiletry items like tooth brushes and toilet paper. They also have the best variety of sports and energy drinks on campus and a whole aisle dedicated to candy for all those with a sweet tooth looking for a quick fix.
Moving on from the LSC, the Gaertner Performing Arts Center has a small and hidden express version of Einstein Bros Bagels tucked away in the corner on the main floor. While it doesn’t offer all the food choices of its larger model in the LSC, this tiny eatery does offer bagels and coffee for those on the go. For the most part there is never a line and as a bonus you will be surrounded by all the beautiful artwork in the GPAC. For anyone who needs a pick-meup in their busy academic filled day, there are two conveniently located Starbucks on campus. The first one is located in the library and offers the full Starbucks menu including sandwiches and pastries. The second location is in the South Paw foodcourt and also offers the same menu choices. But be warned, people really love caffeine and people love caffeine in the form of Starbucks even more so be prepared for long lines during peak hours in the morning and afternoons. South Paw is also home to Moe’s Southwest Grill. Moe’s has a large menu with everything from chips and salsa to burritos, nachos and tacos all made fresh and right in front of you. They even offer tofu in place of chicken or steak for all the vegetarians and fresh jalapeños for those that like their food spicy.
On the opposite side of campus sits Old Main Market which offers an all you can eat style buffet. The menu changes almost daily and unlike traditional buffets, all food is prepared right in front of you. Visitors can directly interact with the chefs making it a unique dining experience. Old Main Market serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open 7 days a week. Sprinkled throughout campus are small snacking stations called Provisions On Demand or P.O.D. for short. They offer quick snacks and drinks when you don’t have a lot of time and have to grab something on the go. They have everything from sodas to chips to ready-to-eat prepackaged sandwiches that can be quickly purchased between classes or meetings. They have two locations in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building and in the Lee Drain building. A proper diet is fundamental to not only your health but to academic success. SHSU and the SH Dining Services offer a great variety of food choices throughout campus. With so many choices available right on campus, you will never be more than a five minute walk away from a food venue and shouldn’t have any trouble finding a delicious and healthy meal.
41 COOKING WITH A COFFEE POT Samantha Zambrano Special for The Houstonian College living comes with a lot of restrictions. No hot plates, no candles, no personal microwave, no toaster, no little grills, no flamethrowers. Fair enough, as long as I have access to a coffee maker. To survive in your room and maintain the little nutrition you have allotted yourself, you need a little creativity and a coffee pot. Coffee pots are not just for brewing liquid fuel. You can use it to make food that can get you through those late night cram sessions. Here are nine staples every college prisoner can make using a coffee maker. 9. Ramen, i.e. the biggest part of the college food groups. There are two ways to make ramen with a coffee maker. If cup noodles is your jam, then heat up your water and pour it straight into the foam cup. Let it steep until the noodles are tender and violἁ. If the packaged noodles are your favorite, put your noodles in the decanter and run water through the coffee
maker, let them sit until cooked. 8. Instant oatmeal. This one has the same directions as Ramen noodles. If you are feeling adventurous, you can put a tea bag in the filter part of your coffee maker before you run the water
you can steam veggies in the filter part of your coffee maker. Run hot water through until your veggies are as mushy as you like them. 5. Rice Same instructions as ramen and oatmeal. Just leave in the pot until
through to add different flavors to your oats. 7. Boiled Hot Dogs Grab your fully cooked hot dogs. Put them in the coffee pot. Run hot water through. Wait 8-10 minutes, and you’re done. 6. Steamed Veggies If you are trying to be healthy, then
cooked. While you are waiting think of all the things you could add to your rice, those steamed vegetables from earlier, cut up hot dogs, beans, or other flavors to your liking. 4. Boiled or fried eggs This is for the daring ones out there. Isn’t that what college is all
about? For this one you can place your eggs in the pot, run hot water and let them sit. For fried eggs take the pot off and use a miniature frying pans or carefully use folded foil, and then use the burner as a mini hot plate. 3. Chocolate Fondue Feeling fancy? Throw a little party in your dorm complete with your version of a chocolate fountain. Heat cream in the pot of your coffee maker for 10-15 minutes then add little pieces of chocolate, stir and dip all the things in there. 2. Grilled Cheese Put what you want in between two slices of bread and use the heating plate to warm up your sandwich. 1. Bacon You can reheat bacon, or warm pre-cooked bacon on a coffee plate. Make a little jacket for those precious strips out of foil and place on the warming plate until you hear the popping. Coffee pots are not the only thing you can use to cook there is also iron cooking, thermos cooking and microwave cooking. Be sure to always watch your food, use common sense and be creative.
BEST OF HUNTSVILLE EATS Mr. Hamburger Nestled just outside of the downtown square Mr. Hamburger is a classic looking diner right out of the 1950s. For the last three years this establishment blew away its competition in the annual Best of Huntsville contest, and for good reason. If it is your first time going there I suggest the “Warden” or the “Old Sparky.” If burgers are not your thing, they offer sandwiches, chicken and even fried fish, and milkshakes that will make your taste buds sing. 918 11th St. (936) 291-0571 Farmhouse Café Coming in with a whopping four categories of awards Farmhouse seems to have it all. From the rustic atmosphere to the bigger-thanyour-head chicken fried steak you won’t be disappointed with your visit to this Huntsville staple. Any type of southern cuisine you can think of, they likely serve it. Your best bet is to go during lunch time; the food is vastly cheaper than dinner and you won’t feel like you have to be rolled out of the front doors from too much food. Still hungry after your meal? Try one of their many cakes or pies! 1004 14th St. (936) 435-1450 Margaritas Living off a college budget can be tough especially when your friends want to go out to eat. If this is you, Margartias will be your new favorite place for lunch. The causal tex-
mex restaurant is filled with vibrant décor and nachos that will knock your socks off! If you are hurting for cash, come hungry - they give you generous proportions during happy hour. 630 N Fwy Service Rd. (936) 2938966 Humphrey’s Assuming that you are 21 and like to drink, Humphrey’s Bar and Grill is the best place for happy hour drinks. The specials change daily and sometimes change from the time you get there to the time you leave. With a twenty in your pocket you can have a dandy time sitting on the patio watching a sports game, live music or your friends do something off putting drinking till your heart is content. Just don’t overdo it. 1930 Sam Houston Ave. (936) 4390664 Five Guys Voted the best fries in Huntsville, this burger joint holds nothing back when it comes to their fries. The regular size will feed two people easily. For $3.19 you can’t miss out on this must have when you are ravenous. If you are feeling adventurous try the Cajun fries. 255 I-45 (In front of Target) , (936) 435-0900 Yummy Yummy This restaurant holds the title for best date night and Asian restaurant and for good reason. Living in
Huntsville your options for sushi is limited at best but Yummy Yummy offers a diverse selection of sushi, sashimi and Mongolia bowls for a reasonable price. 3006 TX-30, (936) 291-6888 Five Loaves Just a brisk walk away from campus lays the best sandwiches you will put in your mouth in your four years at Sam Houston State University. Everything you eat is homemade and freshly prepared in front of your eyes. Your best bet there is the chicken salad sandwich and their soup of the day.
1329 University Ave # I, (936) 4399400 Jolly Fox Voted the Best Bar of 2015, the Fox is home to some of the friendliest bartenders. When you go into this bar/club be ready to dance on the new dance floor. You will not feel overwhelmed with people because there is plenty of space. The music is always up beat, the bar is always stocked with your favorite brew and at times your favorite shot will be less than your pocket change. 2504 Sam Houston Ave, (936) 2931411
45 HUNTSVILLE DRENCHED IN HISTORY Dharmesh Patel Viewpoints Editor
Rooted deep in the history of Texas, Huntsville has a story as big as a 10-gallon hat. Founded in 1836 by Pleasant and Ephraim Gray as an Indian trading post, the city was named after their home town of Huntsville, Alabama. Eventually, Huntsville would become the home of Sam Houston, Governor of Tennessee, Governor of Texas, U.S. Senator and most importantly the first president of the Republic of Texas. General
Houston helped the Texas army defeat Mexico in the Battle of San Jacinto and in turn secured a victory in the Texas Revolution. Houston choose to settle in Huntsville because the landscape reminded him of the rolling hills of Tennessee, and he built a homestead including several houses, a law office and various other establishments. Sam Houston’s home and grave site still stand in Huntsville today. In fact, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum is directly across from the university on Sam Houston Ave. The grounds include
his homes, law office, a park with a duck pond, walking trails and gazebos and the museum itself, the most famous and mysterious of which includes the Steamboat House in which Houston died and may still haunt. The grounds are free for all visitors and the museum is free for all students. Feeding the chickens, ducks and geese is an age old tradition and a good sized bag of feed can be bought in the museum gift shop for only a dollar. Word of caution: the geese can get a little overzealous when it comes to food. Sam Houston’s historic grave
site can be found in the Oakwood Cemetery, a quiet and peaceful place under the shadows of large pine trees keeping watch over his final resting place. Erected in 1994 by artist David Adickes, Huntsville also boosts the world’s tallest statue of any American hero. A giant General Sam Houston keeps watch over the city along Interstate 45. Huntsville State Park and Sam Houston National Forest are also nearby and great places to visit for all sorts of outdoor activities including hiking, swimming and canoeing.
GETTING AROUND TOWN The cyclist’s guide to Huntsville
Contributing Reporter Whether you’re from a big city, small town or the country, driving is a reality for most Texans. But, your time at Sam is a great opportunity to explore alternative modes of transportation! Huntsville’s small size makes it a perfect place to get around on a bike. Don’t let the hills scare you, there are so many benefits to cycling I’ve discovered during my time here. 1. Every time you choose to ride a bike instead of sitting in your car you’ll be saving on gas. Make no mistake, all the stories you’ve
heard about broke college students are true and a weeks’ worth of gas can easily be a weekend worth of going out instead. Heck, if you’re really looking to save money, you can ditch the car and its monthly insurance bill completely and really start to see some savings. 2. To keep with the theme of saving money, if you’re willing to commit to riding you can skip the parking permit and save a bundle of cash each semester by riding instead. Parking permits start at 100 dollars a semester and don’t actually guarantee you a spot in one of the parking lots. I’ve never had an issue finding a bike rack. 3. Believe it or not, unless you live very far from campus (unlikely if you’re a freshman in a dorm) you’ll find riding a bike is actually much faster than taking a car. For one, there aren’t any roads that cut through campus, but on your bike you can cut through the mall as if you were on foot. You also
won’t have to play the frustratingly long game of parking space hide and seek, and most buildings have bike racks right out front. In fact, there are so many bike racks I have always rode my bike from one class to the next. 4. Yea, bicycling is exercise, so it involves a bit more physical strain than sitting in an air-conditioned car. But, the reality of college is that you’re probably going to be a lot less healthy than your parents would like. The freshman 15 is very real, and if you haven’t already, college is a good time to start thinking about your health. Biking is mainly an aerobic exercise meaning it’s great for burning fat and excellent for heart health (your heart is a muscle and need exercise too!). You could go sit on an exercise machine for a few hours each week and get the same results, but riding to where you need to be anyways is a better use of your time and much more fun than sitting in one place. You just might surprise
yourself and wake up one day with awesome quads and calves too! 5. Huntsville is a beautiful city with a lot to see, but you might miss some of that being inside a car going from place to place. On a bike, there’s no barrier between you and the world around you, and you’ll find you see much more of the city than a car driver does. The slower pace of a bike also means you’ll have more time to take things in. Whether it’s a tiny shop in downtown Huntsville or an event happening on campus, you’ll be rewarded by choosing to ride with many more experiences than your car driving friends. If you’re willing to trade a little bit of motorized convenience for some big pay offs, you’re likely to find that cycling in Huntsville can make for a much better college experience. Save some money, stay fit, and experience the town in a very special way, get yourself a bike!
48 COUPLE CORNERS LOCAL WINE MARKET Savannah Woodworth Contributing Reporter
Amongst the rolling hills outside of Huntsville lies the one and only winery in Walker County. Knox Circle Winery is run by husband and wife Debbie and Richard Henrickson, where the couple produces their wine brand, Froggy Wines. The couple moved to Huntsville nine years ago and opened their winery in January 2014. Both are employed at Sam Houston State
University: Debbie Henrickson is an administrative associate in the department of agricultural science and engineering technology while Richard Henrickson is a professor in the department of counselor education. “Debbie and I began making wine 12 years ago in Silvis, Illinois,” Richard Henrickson said. “It started as a hobby and, after many years of our friends enjoying the wines we made, we decided that we should become a commercial winery.” “We live right here in Walker
County – about 10 miles outside the city of Huntsville – and with all the friendly people around who enjoy wine, we [knew] that this would be the right place to build and open our winery specially since there was not another one around,” Richard Henrickson said. Wine making is a process that takes education and training, and the Henricksons went through a lengthy certification process before beginning. “We went to Grayson County College in Dennison, Texas and earned a certificate with honors in enol-
ogy, the science of making wine,” Richard Henrickson said. “From there we began a two-year process of developing, building and opening our winery.” Froggy Wines does face a few challenges as a boutique-style winery as opposed to larger venues. “The most difficult challenge we face is getting grapes,” Richard Henrickson explained. “Since we are [a winery] and only have a demonstration vineyard, we have to really [be] on growers to get our ---------- Continued on page 50
50 ---------- Continued from page 48 grapes and being a small boutique winery we do not buy large quantities. That has made it difficult to find growers willing to supply us be they do.” Even with the difficulties the couple said the end result is worth it. “The most rewarding part of making wine is the look on the faces of our customers when they taste our wines,” Richard Henrickson said. “They are always pleased and surprised that good wine is made here locally. It’s why we love this business. Meeting new people each week who have a positive experience is what makes us Froggy
Wines.” Richard Henrickson said one of the main draws of the winery is the country atmosphere. “People love to come and visit and just hang out,” Henrickson explained. “It is really great being the first winery in the county and people come from all over Texas and other states to visit us. We just love having that good ole country charm.” The winery is located near the SHSU Observatory at 104-A Knox Circle, Huntsville, Texas. For more information about the Knox Circle Winery, visit their website at KnoxCircleWinery.com or call at 936-293-8855.
1.Get your picture with the massive statue of General Sam Houston.
34. Go to a theater party. 35. Protest an execution, or if that’s not your thing go watch the protest.
2.Grab a red rocket at Humphrey’s.
36. Sit in on a Student Government meeting.
3.Go look at Black Jesus in the Sam Houston Gravesite.
37. Eat a Sammy dog.
4.Drive down Demon Road at night…. If you dare.
38. Get your picture with Sammy.
5.Watch the bats fly out of the TDCJ warehouse.
40. Show your school pride at sporting events, especially Battle of the Piney Woods.
6.Eat at Farmhouse Sweet’s and Eats and leave with a pound of candy.
41. Take an evening to look into space at the observatory.
7.Take a walk around the duck pond… or run if you see the geese. 8.Find and take a picture of the gold squirrel on campus. He’s real.
39. Camp at the state park.
16.Go to the itty bitty farmers market. 17.Take a four-hour nap in the middle of the day.
9.Go to a Greek function.
18. Join a club or organization. I hear The Houstonian is cool.
10.Shake what your mother gave you at Shenanigans or the Jolly Fox at least once.
19. Sit on Old Main Hill with a blanket.
11.Get some kettle corn and learn about history at the Sam Houston Folk Festival. 12.Sit on the deck at Stardust. 13.Go to a theatre or dance performance. 14.Nap on the couches in the LSC. 15.Pick berries at Timerwild Farm
25. Watch a movie in Kate Burris Park. We hear it’s free. 26. Go to an open mike night at Avenue L coffeehouse. 27. Get in a heated argument with Brother Jed. 28. Rock out at Sammypalooza.
20. Visit Cloud 9.
29. Lay flowers at Tripod’s grave.
21. Visit the antique shops, we have a lot of them.
30. Watch a three-game baseball series at Don Sanders Stadium.
22. Find the brick at the Sam Houston Building. You’ll know it when you see it.
31. Get dressed up and go to the Sammys.
23. Eat at City Hall Café.
32. Sit on top of the parking garage at sunrise.
24. Tailgate at a football game or any game.
33. Sit in the park and watch free music in the spring.
42. Volunteer at Rita B. Huff Animal Shelter. 43. March to Sam Houston’s grave on March 3. 44. Check out the archives on the top floor of the library. 45. Go wadding in the fountain. 46. Take a tour of the refurbrished homes in the avenues. I.e. the beer, hobbit, and bone house. 47. Go to Sam Jam and ride all the rides! 48. Participate in Bearkat All-PawsIn. 49. Pull an all-nighter, but don’t make it a habit. 50. Help a chicken cross the road.
52 BATS CALL WAREHOUSE HOME Savannah Woodworth Contributing Reporter
Roughly 250,000 Mexican Free-Tail bats have claimed an abandoned warehouse across the Walls Prison Unit in Huntsville, which they call home. Runners might have noticed them flying in and out of the building and perhaps even more so, the stench that hits passersby.
Prior to being home to the bat colony, the warehouse was built in 1937 and for many years it was used for storage until it was damaged by a fire in late 2002. However, the bat colony began to form before that, in 1996. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice wants to tear the abandoned building down, but because the bats are protected by state law, this feat proves difficult, calling for
eco-friendly solutions. Director of the Texas Prison Museum, James Willett, shared the building’s original purpose and the events that led to its current state. “The large end of the building (nearest the college) was a warehouse built in 1937,” Willett said. “The smaller portion at the other end was built in 1949 as a guard’s dormitory. Later it was made into
offices, when a newer dorm for the Huntsville Unit officers was built at the Diagnostic Unit (now the Byrd Unit).” In December 2002, cotton which was stored in the warehouse end of the building caught fire. The building was then emptied and closed down almost immediately. The demolishing of the building has been a topic of debate for some
time now. When asked what some of the pros and cons of demolishing the building would be, Willett responded, “The pros would be doing so before the building falls on its own. I’m sure the stench is hard to bear on a windy day, and any officer that works on the picket [the watch tower on the top corner of the wall] across from the warehouse would be appreciative of the tearing down of the building.” Jason Clark, Director of Public Information of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, shared the concerns that are reoccurring. “Dr. Monte Thies of Sam Houston State University, Bat Conservation International and Huntsville
Audubon Society requested that the demolition of the building be delayed until the bat colony has relocated,” he said. It was identified for demolition due to the fire damage and the facility no longer being useful, according to Clark. Currently there is no update on whether or not the building will be torn down in the near future or if the bats will be relocated. However, the bats do prove to be useful as moving them could result in an increase in the insect population considering the basis of their diet are insects.
HUNTSVILLE’S HIDDEN GEMS
Eastham Thomason Park
Old Town Theater
Huntsville may seem like a small town, but it spreads out over 31.2 miles. Many people say there isn’t anything to do, but surprise surprise- this town has a lot of character with many hidden gems. If you are looking for something off the beaten path and unique this is your list.
of Texas look no farther than the Blue Lagoon. The water is crystal clear filled with treasure chests, underwater playgrounds and even a sunken ship. If you want to try a new hobby you can learn how to scuba dive here, and also get an elective credit at the same time. If slapping on gear and a wet suit is not for you, it is open to swimmers on the weekends, and you can even spend the night out there.
Sitting inside all day can get old after a while, and paying to walk in the state park is not always ideal. But at the Eastham Thomason Park you can enjoy a few good nature trails. Located past the dog park there are three different entrances into start your hike. Grab a water bottle and your tennis shoes and keep your eyes out for snakes!
649 Pinedale Rd (936) 438-8888
1500 7th St. (936) 291-5400
From the outside Huntsville’s Old Town Theater looks a little out of place with its beautiful old school signs and marquee. However it is home to many performances throughout the year. If a vintage film, independent picture or documentary piques your interest they have them on occasion. If you like live theater performances this is your place to go. They host music, dramatic and musical theater, dance and community events for a steal! Take some time away from the
If you’re looking for a one of a kind swimming hole in the state
55 main stream and support the local arts. 1023 12th St (936) 293-8681 Cloud 9 Health and Energy There is always good conversation here, whether it is about the weather or natural remedies, healthy recipes, and vitamins. It is a store filled with natural products aimed at making your mind and body healthier. It is also home to a quaint café where the coffee is always hot or cold if you like it. I suggest the Cloud 9, or you can go there for lunch and enjoy homemade organic soup, sandwiches, and salad. 1212 University Ave.
Martha Chapel Cemetery
Martha Chapel Cemetery Rd.
University Observatory is just the place. Look into the giant telescope and out into the Milky Way. At first you may not see anything because your eyes need to adjust to the lack of light in the middle of nowhere Huntsville, but eventually you will get used to it. The guide there is very knowledgeable and will talk to you for the duration of your visit, you will learn a lot and have fun talking to him.
26 Knox Circle
Huntsville is quite a bit from the bay, but in this town Best Catch brings the water to you. It is home to fresh seafood for purchase either caught by the employees or bought straight from the fish market in Houston. If you like catfish there is a big tank that you can pick your own to take home and cook! However, if you don’t want your kitchen to stink like fish you can get your food fried up right there and let me tell you it is good.
Eclectic Coffeehouse Studio and Gallery
Home to some of Huntsville’s most haunting stories. If you are looking for a good scare coming here is the perfect place for you. If you don’t believe in ghost stories or don’t care for a thrill, the cemetery is rich in history. Headstones date back to the mid-1800s.
1798 TX-30 (936) 291-2511 Observatory Whether you are going for a class, a date night, or just a getaway from the city the Sam Houston State
Located in the avenues, this gem is filled with a different surprise every visit. If you are hungry it is one of the best places to get a healthy hefty lunch for not a lot of money. All of their dishes are made with organic, locally-grown produce. If you are not hungry or miss out on their lunch time they serve a variety of coffee and tea. While you are there take a stroll through the house and look at all the wonderful art. 1211 19th St. (936) 994-8296
Bennie J’s Smoke Pit As you get to the gates of Bennie J’s you can smell the mouthwatering barbeque from inside the confines of your car. The people that work there treat you like family, they are friendly and accommodating. With generous proportions of food you will leave feeling like a stuffed pig on a platter. But don’t get there too late because once the food is gone there is no more, so I suggest if you want barbeque go before you get hungry, and if you have a sweet tooth check out their homemade buttermilk pie. 621 9th St. (936) 439-9559