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rattler magazine EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-Chief Michelle G. Michimani Leyva

esilient and radiant are words that describe the Rattler staff I have been able to work with. Throughout the 2017 – 2018 school year, the R a t t l e r strived to bring the news and

Managing Editor Miriam Robles Copy Editor Jamira Richardson Advertising Manager Daria Flowers Design Editor Daniela Gonzalez Web Editor Samantha Ramos Photo Editor Natalia Zuniga Multimedia Editor Steal Adcock News Editor Samantha Salazar Lifestyle Editor Isabela Vazquez Opinion Editor Louie Diaz Entertainment Editor Elizabeth Arredondo Sports Editor Madison Perales Faculty Adviser Brother Dennis Bautista, S.M., Ph.D.

STANDARDS The Rattler upholds the Mission Statements of St. Mary’s University. The publication follows the Canons of Responsible Journalism, the Associated Press Stylebook and the Student Publication Policy. The Rattler is a member of the Associate Collegiate Press, the College Media Association and the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association.

information students wanted. For our last issue we decided to bring back the Rattler Magazine. Different from our newspaper issue, the magazine focuses on the stories, people and moments that the community can “sink their teeth into,” the cover a collection of the issues that impacted our nation and students. As I finish my term as editor-in-chief I feel sadness to leave a place I’ve called home since 2015 and people I consider family since 2017. However, rather than sadness I feel proud, proud of the amazing staff and the hard work they have put into every issue published and the work behind-the-scenes that comes with being part of the Rattler. This year the Rattler finished the year as one of its most decorated chapters in the publication’s 99-year history with two national awards: First Place with Special Merit in the 2018 American Scholastic Press Association’s annual review and contest (issues submitted: Vol. 106, Issues 3 & 4) and Second Place in Best of Show (issues submitted: Vol. 106, Issue 3) at the National College Media Convention for non-weekly newspapers at four-year colleges and universities, not excluding the total of 42 awards won at the 2018 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) convention. While a decorated chapter in history,

the people on staff decorated my days with joy. Each member has made the issues unique, like their personalities. Thank you, staff, for making my time as editor-in-chief an amazing one. I am so proud of you all and can’t wait to see what you all do in the future, but if you ever need me, you know the Rattler dad is a text away. Miriam, managing editor, thank you for taking risks with me. From changing the layout, renaming a section and introducing the new Lifestyle section, I am glad to have worked with you as my right-hand woman. I would also like to give a special thank you to our adviser, Brother Dennis. From the beginning of my journey to the end, you have guided me with your wisdom. A mentor, adviser and professor, you have guided the staff to be the best staff it can be. Your work has gone beyond making a great issue, but making every person on it the best they can be. As you step down from being the adviser of the Rattler, please know that I am honored to have worked with you. It has been an amazing experience working with the Rattler. Thank you to those who supported us throughout the years. In the end I can only hope three things: -that the readers enjoyed the Rattler as much as we enjoyed working on every issue -that the staff flourishes in their future endeavors -and that I was the editor-in-chief they hoped to work with. It was an immense pleasure and honor,

Michelle G. Michimani Leyva Editor-in-Chief

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As we near the close of the 20172018 academic year, I reflect back on St. Mary’s many achievements. In August, we welcomed the second-largest freshman class in history, more than 640 young men and women, who are already fostering the mission of St. Mary’s University as Catholic and Marianist. Also in August, more than 230 juniors and seniors moved into our new residence hall, Perigueux Hall. Our newest residence hall is an important step for us. Perigueux, as an upper-class hall, brings to our residential community in sizeable numbers an experienced cohort of student-leaders. Through their words and deeds, these juniors and seniors are helping to ensure that our community stays focused on mission. The Marianist charism, as you know, embraces community, not for its own sake, but as a primary means to fulfill the St. Mary’s mission of educating men and women of faith to follow God’s call to lead by serving others. The St. Mary’s community that we treasure is one that will endure only if we work at it. The juniors and seniors who live in Perigueux Hall understand and embrace the Marianist spirit and are prepared and ready to pass it on to our incoming students. The addition of Perigueux Hall also advances St. Mary’s goal of becoming one of the finest private universities in Texas and the Southwest. As Blessed William Joseph Chaminade stated, new times require adaptation and change. Our new residence hall is responsive to the heightened competition among other great universities in Texas and signals to prospective students, our alumni and the larger community that St. Mary’s is moving forward boldly and with confidence. Early this fall, students who are studying biology and chemistry were greeted with a substantially remodeled Moody Life Sciences Center – new and remodeled laboratories, renovated learning spaces and state-of-the-art equipment. All of these improvements foster experiential learning and collaborative faculty-student research projects. I am delighted by these innovations because we know that the more students engage in hands-on learning and

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research, the greater their opportunities for internships, graduate and professional school and fulfilling careers in the health sciences. The innovations to the Moody Center, as well as to other facilities in the School of Science, Engineering and Technology, are part of a larger fundraising effort, a multi-year campaign that we call The Defining Moment. The Defining Moment Campaign is the largest campaign in St. Mary’s history. On Nov. 17, we announced a campaign goal of $130 million, more than six times larger than any previous campaign. And we have already raised almost $109 million. The Defining Moment Campaign will develop the resources necessary to achieve three principal goals: 1. To promote and maintain a culture of excellence among students, faculty and staff. 2. To foster the formation of faith by deepening and pervasively embedding our Catholic identity and Marianist charism throughout the University. 3. To facilitate among our students the development of the value and skills of outstanding professionals who are also

ethical leaders. A culture of excellence among students requires resources – in the form of scholarship aid – so we can continue to recruit and enroll academically talented students who might not be able to afford to attend St. Mary’s without financial assistance. I am very pleased and proud to inform you that we have already reached and exceeded our goal of $40 million for student scholarships, and we are continuing to fundraise for this important objective. As the academic year comes to a close, I congratulate those students who will be graduating this May, and I wish you godspeed as you pursue the career to which you are called. For those of you who recently received your St. Mary’s class ring in front of 500 family and friends, you can take pride in knowing graduation is within your grasp. Let that ring serve as a reminder of your commitment to God, yourself and others as you continue on your journey. And for all of you who will be returning in the fall, I pray that you enjoy a productive summer and one that is filled with family and friends – and some quiet time too for reflection.


The end of the year is the perfect time to do some self-reflection; to reminisce about fun memories throughout the year; to laugh at mistakes and learn from them and to continue completing existing goals or creating new ones. For those who are graduating seniors, it is often a bittersweet feeling to say goodbye to the place where they learned and studied how to do the thing they enjoy doing most, where

they made so many memories and where they made lifelong relationships. Whether platonic or professional, these relationships will stick for a long time because these are the people that have been witness to their development and know they will do great things. It may be sad for some graduating seniors to say goodbye. Nonetheless, the feeling of excitement, exhilaration and pride they will feel once they graduate is not only because of earning their degree, but also because the world awaits all of the talents and skills

they have polished throughout their college years. In addition, the idea of being considered an “alumni” is a pleasant one. For returning students, it has been another successful year of getting closer to their goals. Those students should continue making memories; be involved in the community; find internships and continue working hard. Senior year will come around sooner rather than later, so it’s important to make it count.

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Alexis Zepeda

Geremy Landin

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Alexis Zepeda, senior English major and visual communication design minor, shares her love for painting through her Etsy store “PurplePaintCo.” While painting has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember, the thought of opening up her own business did not occur until she started college and a few of her friends asked her to paint basic things such as monograms and canvas art as gifts for friends or for sorority sisters. It wasn’t until 2015 when she stumbled across Etsy, an e-commerce website that focuses on handmade and vintage items, and saw that it was not that hard for students to open up their own online shop.

Geremy Landin, senior exercise and sport science major, started his business Gateway Photography after a suggestion from his Civic Engagement professor, Dr. Charles Cotrell, in 2017. Having never run a business or taken a photography class before, Landin enjoys playing with the camera and seeing that he can still make a difference. Gateway Photography is a donation-based photography service for students who want to ensure quality graduation pictures. A common reason most students do not take graduation pictures is because they are too expensive. Instead of charging a fee, Landin encourages students to make a donation to him, part of which is used for the

Kaitlyn Bloch, senior business management major with a track in entrepreneurship and innovation, shares her love for animals through her business Cloud 9 Lives. Bloch grew inspiration for her business in November 2017, after she purchased guinea pigs from the pet store and found that the care instructions that she received from the employees were harmful to animals. Wanting to rise above the bad information being distributed throughout the pet industry, she knew that she had to stick to her vision when laying out the blueprints for her business. “[My vision was to] improve the quality of life [for] companion animals through innovation and continued design,” she said. Cloud 9 Lives is a small online store that doubles as a blog where Bloch sells gift


In the past few years there has been an increase in the amount of college students becoming more and more interested in entrepreneurship. These students want to be creative, independent and innovative, setting the bar high through their dedication to sharing their hobbies with the world. In becoming entrepreneurs, these students have the opportunity to take leadership into their own hands, balancing numerous skills and risks as they take one step further toward their prospective careers. Photos by Natalia Zuniga

“Being an entrepreneur is definitely a learning experience as you go,” said Zepeda, who stated that she had to figure everything out on her own through the process of creating her own business. When asked about one of her greatest strengths, Zepeda stated that she has the ability to take people’s requests and turn them into a design. “[My favorite part of my business is] being able to put [my] creativity to use by making money doing something that [I] enjoy,” she said. At the moment, Alexis only sells canvas art, but in the future she would like the chance to transfer her art into a more digital form.

Shop PurplePaintCo. upkeep of his equipment. The remainder is donated to the Marianists on campus. “It’s [my] way of giving back to the people that make it possible for us to be here in the first place,” said Landin. Landin’s favorite part of being an entrepreneur is helping the students capture their favorite memories of a journey that has taken years to fulfill. For future students who are also interested in owning their own business, Landin advised, “Just believe in yourself. Having faith in yourself is what it takes and you are your greatest advocate.”

Contact Gateway Photography supplies such as pet toys and earrings for animal lovers and writes educational posts about animals. “As an entrepreneur, you have to be self-motivated; especially owning a small business, you cannot do everything by yourself and you need mentors who can help you and guide you throughout the process,” she said. As a business major, her business is on her mind all the time. While sitting in class, she often thinks about what she is learning inside the classroom and how she can apply it to her business.

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Born on January 14, 2017, Tater Tot, a 15-month-old standard poodle, has comforted everyone on campus since, but mostly his owner, Katherine Lehman-Meyer, Academic Media Center director. Tater Tot helps Lehman-Meyer with her fibromyalgia, a condition that causes pain all over the body, sleep problems, fatigue and often emotional and mental distress, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lehman-Meyer was diagnosed nine years ago, and describes the pain as a “24-hour flu.� After searching through many different programs to better help her condition she decided to try using a service dog, not to be confused with a therapeutic dog.

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“Therapy dogs ... are designed to be more situational,” Lehman-Meyer said. “[They] do not better something, [nor do they] necessarily improve or augment something their owner needs.” Not long after deciding to search for a service dog, she received notice that a former student in one of the classes she taught here at St. Mary’s had poodles named Samson and Delilah, who had puppies. With initial hopes of donating to a service organization, they instead donated Tater Tot to Lehman-Meyer. “[Tater Tot can] identify where my pain is; he can do it for anybody,” she said. “He will identify pain and will lean on it, [which] applies hot ... pressure that shuts [down] the pain that travels throughout my body ... as a result of ... the inflammation I experience.” While service dogs aren’t meant to be pets, students will almost always find someone from the St. Mary’s community petting Tater Tot. That’s because Tater Tot is being dual trained. “We are dual training him so that he’ll be certified for therapy...,” she said. “If there are any issues on campus, he’ll be able to be deployed and help [with] those certain issues.” While spending his days at St. Mary’s ,Tater Tot also works with the Academic Media Center. Through his Instagram account, @itatertot, he showcases the media center and the opportunities it offers. His Instagram account was started alongside Natalie Rodriguez, junior marketing and exercise and sport science major, in order to showcase the Academic Media Center. “[I have a] personal connection and obligation because it is through the university and alums that I have this dog,” said Lehman-Meyer. Lehman-Meyer notes that her blood marks are doing better than they have in years and that there has been a significant decline in pain thanks to Tater Tot. “I had no idea how much more benefit I would get,” she said. “I feel very grateful … because this has really changed my life.” Katherine Lehman-Meyer and Natalie take a break with Tater Tot outside the commons. | Photo by Natalia Zuniga

Diamondback Cafe


Over the past year, the student-run Instagram account @flavortown_sa has reached out to the St. Mary’s foodie community, introducing students to the wide variety of food options in San Antonio. This community is composed of culinary explorers trying to find and expand their palette, and at the helm of the St. Mary’s food exploration experience is @flavortown_sa, a great resource for students wondering what to try next. For the past semester, the students behind @flavortown_sa have collaborated with the Rattler, headlining food reviews with different themes like romantic date night spots and comfortable study spots. However, in wanting to review food options more centralized to St. Mary’s, the administrators of @flavortown_sa were asked to review the Diamondback Cafe as they would any other restaurant. Hoping to offer possible new options to students, @flavortown_sa reviewed various menu items served in the cafe throughout the average school day.


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The omelette station is the top pick for students who wish to have a tasty meal in the cafe, especially with all of the different meat and veggie choices available. The eggs are fluffy and soft, and the veggies and meat are cooked just right. This is a go-to pick in the cafe, when the line isn’t too long of course. Students should also try ordering Migas, which are super yummy for those who want to switch up their average omelette order. Overall, the omelette station is rated 5 out of 5.

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The pasta station also offers a good option for lunch, with lots of fresh vegetable choices along with three great noodle options to choose from: cavatappi, whole-grain penne and gluten-free penne. Personally, the students behind @flavortown_sa like making a somewhat healthy gluten-free pasta with spinach, broccoli, pesto, chicken, cheese and alfredo sauce. This pasta dish makes for a yummy lunch, although the noodles and chicken are sometimes undercooked depending on which chef is preparing the pasta and how long the line is. Overall, the pasta station is rated 4 out of 5.

The salad bar is another go-to pick for students who want a variety of healthy options. Students who go through the actual line can even add fruit to their salads, a favorite of many students who frequent the salad bar. For the most part, the salads taste fresh and are great for a quick, healthy lunch. As an added bonus, there’s never a line for the salad bar too! The salad station and salad bar are rated 4.75 out of 5.

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Being a part of the St. Mary’s community means being privy to St. Mary’s-specific events. This includes Oyster Bake and the Oyster and Pearls Gala. Sometimes dressing for these events, or any other college-specific event, can be daunting so the Rattler staff got together with some fashionable rattlers from around campus and put together outfits for specific St. Mary’s events.

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SERGIO TORRES, sophomore industrial engineering major, and KARLA SALAZAR, sophomore psychology major, are both part of Greek Life. For their respective formals, Salazar looks daring in a red dress with a high slit while Torres keeps it classy in a blue suit. Greek formals are not as strict as something business-based and students can afford to be a bit daring with color choice and cut.

ST. MARY’S OYSTER BAKE For Oyster Bake, layers are key. It’s hard to tell whether a day will be warm and humid or cold and breezy. That’s why freshman undecided business major JORGE LOPEZ’s layered button-up is perfect. Freshman business management major, ALONDRA VASQUEZ also layers with a breezy floor-length top that gives off the perfect Fiesta vibe.

FIRST DAY OF CLASS The first day of school can be tricky to dress for, but it’s best to stick to basics. CATHERINE ALLAHAR, sophomore biology major, accessorizes her peasant top with bold sandals. NILES MACKINNON, sophomore computer science major, keeps it simple with a casual button-down and a dark wash jean.

FORMAL GALA For formal events, such as the Oysters and Pearls Gala, it’s important to stick to classic colors. For guys this means black, blue and grey like that of MARIO DE LEON, sophomore international and global studies major. For girls this means black, white and dark blue. That doesn’t mean that one can’t accesorize with a fun heel, like KIMBERLY MORENO, sophomore criminology major. 12



As another school year comes to an end, the Rattler takes a look back at the 2017-2018 athletic year. Throughout the year, various changes were made, including new coaches, training routines and new additions to teams. Over the year, victories and losses were recorded. One of the most exciting wins came early on in the year, when the volleyball team brought home a win from the Heartland Conference Championship and when the women’s tennis team retained their South Central Regional title for the fifth consecutive time. To the Rattler athletics teams, thank you

Name: Hannah Michel, #00 Hometown: Giddings, Texas Sport: Softball Classification: Senior Major: Criminology

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for your hard work in practice and in games. As a student, I enjoyed keeping up with nail-biting victories and some heartbreaking losses, but most of all feeling the energy you all emit. As an editor, I enjoyed being given creative pictures and seeing the excitement caught on film, which made putting articles together easy. The student-athletes chosen to be featured in this magazine and past newspaper articles represent more than a number or statistic. They represent the St. Mary’s spirit on and off the field.

Name: Oscar Betancourt, #4 Hometown: Brownsville, Texas Sport: Baseball Classification: Senior Major: Exercise and Sport Science

Name: Kelly Contreras Hometown: San Antonio, Texas Sport: Women’s Golf Classification: Senior Major: Finance and Risk Management

Name: Pato Botello-Faz, #19 Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico Sport: Men’s Soccer Classification: Junior Major: International Relations

Name: Channing Hankins, #5 Hometown: Katy, Texas Sport: Volleyball Classification: Junior Major: Communication Studies

Name: Felix Holloway Hometown: Houston, Texas Sport: Men’s Tennis Classification: Junior Major: International Relations


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True to the St. Mary’s spirit of inclusivity, the athletics department shines in recruiting far and wide. For the 2017-2018 season, 17 countries were represented on the court and field: Australia; Bolivia; Bulgaria; Canada; Colombia; Cyprus; the Dominican Republic; England; Guinea Bissau; Mexico; Panama; Scotland; Serbia; Singapore; South Africa; Spain and the United States. Their flags hang in the Athletic Academic and Convocation Center (AACC) intramural gym. May 2, 2018 | @stmurattlernews


For the Love of the Game LOUIE DIAZ OPINION EDITOR

St. Mary’s offers many different avenues to feed the competitive drives of students, but one of the most popular methods is intramural sports. All current students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate in intramurals. There are a variety of different activities offered, from team sports like soccer and basketball to individual competitions like the three-point shooting contest. Intramural sports also provide a way to be active, hang out with friends and make new ones. These are some of the teams that threw their hats into the ring with great success.

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“I love playing intramurals. I played volleyball and basketball pretty much my whole life, so intramurals allowed me to keep playing for the fun of the game. It’s been a lot of fun playing the sport I love with some of my closest friends. It’s also pretty competitive for an intramural league. I would definitely recommend [students to play].” -Katie Drees, freshman biology major

An exhausted intramural volleyball team poses for the camera after a hard-fought game. Top row L to R: Josh Breard, Katie Drees, Oceane Roux, Adrian de la Garza and Gabriel Fernandez. Bottom Row L to R: Steven Castillo, Laura Dicun and Jorge Lopez. | Courtesy of Jorge Lopez




“It was very fun [that] I got the opportunity to hang out with friends .... I haven’t played football since senior year of high school, so being able to compete against other teams in an actual game [was fun] .... Absolutely [I would recommend students to participate]. Even if you’ve never played any of the sports, it’s a fun experience [that] gets your mind off of things like school work.” -Patricio Lozano, sophomore exercise and sport science major

Football team after a hard game. Top row L to R: Bryan Sandoval, Ben Martinez, Steven Clinton, Sam Vandenbrink, Brendon Dent, Brandon Trujillo, Albert Garcia and Nano Castillo. Bottom row: Oswaldo Hernandez, Andrew Jazbani and Stefen Villanueva. | Courtesy of Patricio Lozano


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“Getting a chance to be with a group of friends, especially at a time where you’re always busy and you always have something going on [is nice] .... It’s always nice to get around with your friends and play competitively against other teams.... Intramurals is definitely something where everyone can gather around and participate in something that they can enjoy …. It’s always a fun time.”

Intramural basketball team displays their t-shirts they earned from winning the championship. From L to R: Clay Boggess, Connor Moore, Beau Barnes, Oswaldo Hernandez, Mario De Leon, Nano Castillo, Ben Martinez, Bryan Sandoval and David Alvarado. | Courtesy of Oswaldo Hernandez

-Oswaldo Hernandez, junior finance and risk management major



“This is my third season. I don’t have a lot of time to go and play; this is the one specific time that I do have time to compete .... It’s really hard to find people at St. Mary’s who play soccer, especially girls. Soccer is a sport that requires a lot of players on a team ... so I would encourage people to play.” -Monica Chavarria, junior marketing major The soccer team poses after their game. Top row L to R: Maren Craig, Abdulrahman Almaghlooth, John Barr, Tyler Thompson, Karley Rosales and Fahd Alqahtani. Bottom Row L to R: Monica Chavarria, Vinny Guerrero, Andres Valle and Jorge Guerrero. | Courtesy of Monica Chavarria May 2, 2018 | @stmurattlernews



Over the past academic year the Rattler has covered issues pertinent to the campus community. Consistent with the theme of looking back, we chose a cover that summarized the year as a whole. As much as we would like to think the past year hasn’t been political, we would be wrong. We are privileged to attend a supportive university where having open dialogue about these topics is not only allowed but encouraged, prompting students from all walks of life to stand up for and speak out about the social issues that matter most to them. With the university’s support, students like the ones chosen for this feature are supported for their social and political viewpoints. This is what St. Mary’s students had to say about how these issues inspired them to be active in political and social issues. Looking forward, we hope to inspire dialogue in the hopes of making the world a better place. Jocelyn Baca, junior mathematics and physics major “I do not like the word ‘feminist,’ but feminism is all about promoting peace and equality among all. As a beloved daughter of Christ, I am fulfilling my call to love by promoting the Franciscan greeting ‘peace and all good wishes’ (my email signature). If that makes me a feminist, then so be it. Specifically in the STEM field, there are few women, so we are to break the glass ceiling of the culture that praises achievement and suggests that men are more capable than women. There is a word in (slang) Spanish – ‘calzoneda.’ The English equivalent would be a noun that describes someone who wears her big girl panties, or is a strong-willed woman.”

Karen Torres Rodriguez, sophomore business management and economics major “DACA has given me the opportunity to have the same rights as many of the people I grew up with. As a little Mexican girl growing up in the U.S. I believed I had the same opportunities and rights as all my friends. As I grew older, and more in fear of deportation, I realized that was not the case. While all my friends and peers prepared to get their driver’s license, I wondered what made their dreams and goals different from mine. DACA has provided me endless opportunities to pursue my one goal: college. Without DACA the American dream would be unattainable for me.” 17 |

T. MARY’S SPEAKING OUT Samir Adam, junior political science major “Refugee rights are human rights. To deny refugees of basic human rights because they are accused of terrorism is ridiculous, as most refugees are forced to leave their place of origin because they are trying to flee terrorism themselves. Yes, government officials have responsibilities to protect their citizens. However, they also have an obligation to help those in need. After all, we’re all refugees!”

Gabrien Gregory, junior political science major “Last month, I had the opportunity to help organize and protest in the March for Our Lives San Antonio brought about by the survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida. As an activist and organizer in San Antonio, I have seen young people like myself, and like all of us at St. Mary’s, take a stand against gun violence. Our generation understands that we can use laws as a way to mitigate further death without taking away the freedom of the 2nd Amendment. We understand that it is our time and that time is up for politicians who remain unwilling to act. We are tired of watching a new mass shooting take place weekly while more victims and their families suffer the consequences of an inadequate government. The question is, will you join us in this fight?”







“LGBTQIA+ rights are important because everyone deserves equality. To me, fighting for LBGTQIA+ rights is not just about those in the queer community, but also every other minority. In America we often erase the impact of people of color from our history, and because the gay rights movement was started by primarily transgender women of color, the fight for minority rights should be a group effort so that we can all lift each other up. LGBTQIA+ rights are rights for all.”

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A yearbook is a publication that reflects the events and lives of people involved with a school during that given year. It is a memory book, a history book, a record book and a reference book. It is a collection of memories recorded on printed paper, one that former students, faculty and staff can always go back to and look at. Every day we see our brilliant and hard-working faculty and staff, and it can be hard to believe that they were once young and free-spirited high school students. We asked on Facebook and you have responded. These are the faculty and staff who had the opportunity to reminisce on their high school experiences by digging up an old picture from their high school yearbooks.

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Photos courtesy of professors

Dr. Colin Mcquillan Department of Philosophy

Dr. Bradford Whitener Department of History

Dr. Mary Lynne Hill Department of English & Communications Studies

Dr. Betsy Smith

Department of Political Science

Dr. Dmitriy Khon

Department of Chemistry

Dr. Grace Keyes

Department of Sociology

Dr. Meghann Peace Department of Languages

Dr. Eric Chelstrom

Department of Philosophy

Dr. David Turner

Department of Physics & Environmental Science

Dr. Aaron Moreno Department of History

Dr. Larry Hufford

Department of Political Science

Photos by Natalia Zuniga

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and the mentors who helped them get there SAMANTHA SALAZAR NEWS EDITOR

As students in higher education, mentoring relationships are a crucial part of the success of students as professionals. Whether that relationship comes from within the classroom or even from another student, it is an important step in pursuing a higher education. This is especially evident here at St. Mary’s, a university with a low student-faculty ratio and one that garners and encourages a sense of community between all of its members. The mentoring relationship is one of the most important to have at the university level, and for graduating seniors an important one to reflect upon. Here are some of those seniors and the people that helped them reach where they are today.

Elena Botello and Leticia Hart

Valeria Garza and Maria Smith

“I have many people to thank for guiding me to where I am today, but one specific person I met at St. Mary’s is Leticia Hart. During the summer right before my senior year a close family member of mine had health issues that negatively affected my life. Leticia Hart was there for me to lean on and helped me to keep pushing myself. I have to thank her for being there for me when I was in a hard situation.” -Elena Botello, electrical engineering major

“Music is one of my passions, so it didn’t take me long to join the chapel choir ... [which] was how I met Maria Smith, our choir director and campus minister for liturgy and music. Early on, she gave me opportunities to become confident in myself and in the gifts I could offer to the community through music and leadership. Gaining that confidence motivated me to explore more ways to grow academically, spiritually and socially.” -Valeria Garza, industrial engineering major

“[St. Mary’s] is blessed to have [Katherine Lehman-Meyer] teach[ing] students with her expertise in mass communications. [She] asks about [students’] interests and makes sure there are no limitations to those interests, recommending what companies and what job positions would utilize each student’s skills in the most effective way possible. She has helped me in the past year with how to combine my many interests [in]to pursu[ing] a career that will be enjoyable and worth doing.” -J.P. Coronado, speech communication major

J.P. Coronado and Katherine Lehman-Meyer “Throughout my time in school, not only did [Professor Guillermo Martinez] advise me about what classes to take and what classes not to take, but also how to act during interviews, how to stand up for myself and how to go about life in general. The mentor I found in Professor Martinez played a key role in my life, providing me with guidance, demonstrating belief in me and keeping me grounded yet always motivated to look for more.” -Jose Reyes, finance major

Enrique Torres Hernandez and Marcy LaBossiere

Jose Reyes and Professor Guillermo Martinez

“From the very first day I met Marcy LaBossiere, she has served as an outstanding mentor and support system ... [and] has provided me with countless hours of support and guidance. Her encouragement, guidance and advice has been incredibly beneficial to my success and happiness as a student and [as a] young professional. Programs ... such as the AMP/TRiO Student Support Services program ... [provide] indispensable resources, mentorship and opportunities to students who truly need it.” -Enrique Torres Hernandez, political science, economics and mathematics major

“Although I only had the opportunity to work with Dr. Sean Berg my senior year, his mentorship has been one of the most rewarding learning experiences I’ve had while at St. Mary’s. Dr. Berg has given me valuable advice in regard to not only my studies here, but also for my future plans. Dr. Berg has been a priceless asset for my success here at St. Mary’s and I look forward to continuing work with him as one of my mentors even after graduation.” -Kristen Salazar, mechanical engineering major

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Kristen Salazar and Dr. Sean Berg May 2, 2018 | @stmurattlernews


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Roy [Robbins] was the true embodiment of perseverance, integrity and kindness. [He] loved to teach, but his passion was really mentoring students. He would buy their books, only asking in return that after graduation, once financially secure, that these students, in turn, would buy books for other students in need. As an economist, he defied the rules of selfinterest for the golden rule, and he inspired students to follow the principal [sic] of paying all kindness forward. Indeed, many of his students over the years came back to sponsor others. He often took his students to dinner with his wife, Margaret, and he helped countless students enter prestigious graduate programs with scholarships. [He] was devoted to all of us at St. Mary’s. He spent countless hours in his office. And on occasion when his door was closed, you could see a note on his board that said, “Gone to a volleyball (or basketball) game.” Indeed, he and Margaret were often on the sidelines cheering on the students. On Friday afternoons, he was the last one to leave, stopping in every office to wish everyone a good weekend.

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MICHELLE MICHIMANI EDITOR-IN-CHIEF After three years with the Rattler, the editors I have worked with have become a mini family and the newsroom my tiny home. When I joined the Rattler as the advertising manager in December 2015, I never thought I would become the editor-in-chief. That is the wonderful thing about the Rattler in my experience, though. I was surrounded by people who believed in me and pushed me to do more than I expected of myself. To my current staff: you are all amazing. I am happy to have worked with you all and wouldn’t have had it any other way. I see so much potential in each and every one of you. I am excited to see where life will lead you. You are all very talented and I am glad to have worked with each and every one of you. This year for the Rattler has been amazing, resulting in a national award and the most awards won at TIPA, ever! This couldn’t have been done without all of you, so thank you. I’M SO FRICKING PROUD OF YOU ALL! I would also like to thank Miriam Robles, my right-hand woman and incoming editor-in-chief. Thank you for taking some risks, for being unconventional at times and for your support. THE RISKS PAID OFF. This Rattler experience has been a gift that I am so grateful for so once again, thank you, editors — for the laughs, for the inside jokes, for the hard work, for the awkward popcorn songs and for ruining Chipotle for me. I will miss you all and I am so proud of you all. Signing off, the dad of the Rattler.

DANIELA GONZALEZ LAYOUT & DESIGN EDITOR Working for the Rattler has been an enjoyable, educational experience. There was always a good balance between fun and work, which I greatly enjoyed. There was always a positive, welcoming energy every time I entered the newsroom, whether it was to work on a layout or just chill out. Working for the Rattler certainly was challenging, but if I could do it all over again, I definitely would. All of the time, all of the effort invested, all of the stress and all of the anxiety over deadlines, I would certainly do it again. Every time I worked on a layout, I always had the readers in mind. I always hoped my center spreads would be appealing to the students and maybe even inspire a little bit of creativity in them because it definitely motivated me. Working in this environment has raised my expectations for when I start looking for a job in the real world. I have now set my sights on finding a job where I can work as a graphic designer with the same positive and fun energy the Rattler staff shared in my last year as a rattler. I only wish I could have prolonged my time on the staff, but all good things must come to an end. I wish the future staff the best of luck. I hope you continue getting a ton of new awards with new faces and new energy and more than anything, just having fun. Enjoy doing what you do, not just for the money. Have a passion for whatever it is you do and I promise that it won’t just be a job, but also something you don’t mind investing many, many hours of your time and your effort into.

When I first started working for the Rattler, it took me a moment to realize the position I was given. My position as multimedia editor was new, and I was given more responsibility than I was in other jobs because I was expected to take leadership roles in terms of finding video stories to pursue, negotiating video ideas with my editorin-chief and going out to film these videos. I was trusted to film and edit every video whether it was meant to highlight an event or cover an important interview. This job was not completely formal, however, which is what made working for the Rattler more enjoyable. The staff often ate meals together during or after meetings, played games together and were invited to sponsored off-campus events . These aspects of the Rattler made me feel like I was part of a family, creating an atmosphere where creative ideas were not shut down, but were collaborated with. Initially, my experience was uncertain because I had been offered the chance to decide what additional elements my job could entail. My first semester as multimedia editor came with trial and error. I asked my editor-in-chief a lot of questions due to my uncertainty and lack of experience with self-leadership. This uncertainty went away when I realized that the editor-in-chief and managing editor supported my ideas and allowed me to take charge in terms of suggesting video ideas or using music and captions in the videos. The Rattler staff also boosted my confidence when the majority of them wrote me letters as part of an end-of-semester project, which supported my video work for the first semester. Thanks to the Rattler, I overcame my fear of self-leadership and can now take charge in future endeavors.




My time at St. Mary’s has been one of immense growth and the Rattler has been an incredible part of that. Going into the Rattler I did not know web design or coding; I only had my art skills. However, I accepted the challenge and it was one of the best decisions I made with my time here at St. Mary’s. I have gained new skills, new perspectives and lasting friendships. The Rattler has been a creative outlet, a source of challenges and a support system for me. I am sad to leave the staff this year, but I am excited to see the products of the creativity and dedication of our Rattler staff for years to come.

Being the sports editor for the Rattler has been a fun (and at times, stressful) experience. Through press weekends I gained more experience putting together spreads and meeting deadlines (maybe not all the time?). Shout out to the staff that helped me with my designing and spit-balling ideas for spreads and stories. Thank you for welcoming me to the Rattler staff, allowing me to develop creatively as a designer and technically as a writer and allowing unconventional friendships to happen. I know you’ll all do big things in life. To the students: attend more games! Peace, Madi.

When I first interviewed for a position with the Rattler I was in a bad place in my college life, and I was still trying to find where I belonged on campus. On the night of the interview, I was called and asked which position I wanted: features or entertainment. I did not know which to pick, so I chose features. I started doubting the decision, but I went on because I was unsure what else I could do. As soon as I went in for my first orientation, Michelle, the incoming editor-inchief, and Miriam, the managing editor, pulled me aside and said they wanted me to start a new section, lifestyle. And so the work began; that summer I kept a notebook with all the pitches I could write about, realizing that this section was up to me to set the tone for. And for the time I was on the staff, I tried my hardest to make my section of the newspaper the most “me” possible. I would like to thank Michelle and Miriam for taking a chance on a novice like me and seeing the potential I hope I lived up to.

Lambda Chi Alpha Χαλεπά τά καλὰ Members of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at the 2018 San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo’s Junior Agricultural Mechanics show.

Thank you for your service and hard work! Edward Speed B.B.A. ‘70 M.A. ‘86

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