Best and worst gifts
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Volume 101 Issue 11
89 t h Year of Publication
November 20, 2013
Muslim students embrace Thanksgiving
GRADUATION STRUGGLES GPS DOES NOT GUARANTEE GRADUATION With graduation looming in the horizon, students report misinformation on their GPS transcripts.
CEDRICK QUENINE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
American holiday traditions to a MuslimMarianist dialog some say may strengthen
SARA E. FLORES SPORTS EDITOR
ties between Islam and Christianity.
Next Thursday, a Saudi Arabian student and graduating senior Saad Alsultan said
Some St. Mary’s University seniors say
he’ll pursue an interfaith dialogue in San
they’ve had difficulty preparing to graduate
Antonio by “going to people’s houses,
that they attribute to the university’s
celebrating Thanksgiving and joining
automated advising tool, the Graduation
These seniors say GPS, which guides
respect,” Alsultan said. “It’s no problem
undergraduates in signing up for courses,
to learn how others pray … how they talk
has occasionally miscounted their credits or
misled them. University officials, however,
suggest that students sometimes overlook
Alsultan said, will be his third pursuing
or ignore disclaimers on GPS, and may over-
interfaith discussions with Americans.
rely on machines when human advising is
Alsultan’s plans echo Abood Harhara’s
own plans, a freshman engineering
Zamarripa said she had trouble getting GPS
to account for a class she’d already taken.
The class she took last spring didn’t appear
He linked the Christian holiday season
on her GPS transcript, Zamarripa said,
to the Muslim holiday of “Bakri Id” or
which caused her trouble when she applied
“Eid,” the Feast of the Sacrifice, observed
to graduate next month. To get the missing
last month when Muslims celebrate
credit counted, she said she went from advisor
the prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) and his
to registrar, and registrar to professor, in
intended sacrifice to Allah, the same
order to fix the miscommunication.
story written in Genesis: 22.
In contrast, senior corporate finance
“It’s kind of like a Christmas for us,”
major Pablo Gonzalez’s advisor suggested
Harhara explained. “We come together
that he take a foreign language course that
as a community and as families to pray,
would count for six credit hours, which
exchange gifts and eat a bunch of food.”
he took and passed.
checked, a GPS worksheet reported he had
learning more about the Christian faith
no credit for any foreign language course.
But when Gonzalez
similarities between Christianity and SEE THANKSGIVING PAGE 2
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Senior exercise and sports science major Tonya Jaime is one of many seniors who has struggled to graduate. Due to GPS misinformation, she will not graduate until spring.
STUDENT TRIES TO ESTABLISH NEW FRATERNITY MICHELLE VOGEL CONTRIBUTING WRITER
during its new member showcase, known
team has set out to establish what could become the first African American fraternity
major and wing Joseph Monroe may become
objective is to recruit seven more potential
the first charter member of a St. Mary’s
chapter of Omega Psi Phi.
Of 11 Greek organizations now chartered, Kappa Delta Chi is the only Latina national
Antonio’s Alpha Delta Lambda chapter.
founded at St. Mary’s before, she said. In
Monroe said he has taken initiative by
other words, the University appears to lack
visiting UTSA’s chapter Alpha Delta Lambda
minority serving Greek organizations.
where he has participated in information
Monroe was introduced as a member of the fraternity’s Psi Alpha chapter this fall
SEE FRATERNITY PAGE 2
classification. Senior exercise and sport science major Tonya Jaime said that her GPS states that she will graduate next semester,
not be completed with my degree plan nor my minor,” Jaime said. Students are warned, at the bottom of the GPS screen that this advising tool is
Inter-fraternity Council recognition. including the University of Texas at San
the hours of a graduating senior, but I will
student organization at St. Mary’s, and seek
Sabina Ramirez. In addition, no historically
incorrect. After next semester, I will have
Omega Psi Phi has 58 chapters in Texas,
graduate May of 2014; however, that is
sorority, according to Greek life advisor
“My GPS states that I am expected to
Of the three men who probated to the current St. Mary’s student. Monroe’s next
student holding a higher than appropriate
community as Omega Men.
Team member and junior marketing
later resolved by the registrar’s office.
degree plans, she expects to graduate in
members revealed themselves to the campus
St. Mary’s community, Monroe is the only
in the university’s history.
with the missing credits, the problem was
though because of multiple changes in
as a “probate,” in which he and other
A member of St. Mary’s men’s basketball
Gonzalez said that though he had trouble
meant to be used as a guide when planning completion of a degree’s requirements, but it’s not an academic transcript nor an official notification of completion of degree. Questions are directed to the Registrar’s Office, Photo courtesy of Curtis Wilkins
Junior Joe Monroe perfoms a “hopping” routine during his probate ceremony at quad.
Director of Student Records. SEE GRADUATION PAGE 2
02 NEWS NEWS IN BRIEF Deck the halls The Office of Mission and Identity and the Graduate School invite University students, faculty, staff, and alumni to a Christmas Mass and Celebration on Dec. 4 at 12:15 p.m. in the Assumption Chapel. For more information contact Cindy Stooksberry at firstname.lastname@example.org. Light the trees The Alumni Relations office is hosting the St. Mary’s University Seventh Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Alumni Christmas Social on Dec. 4. The St. Mary’s community will meet at St. Louis Hall at 7 p.m. and are encouraged to bring a new or unused toy to donate to Miracle on 36th St. For more information contact Andrea Carranco at email@example.com. Celebrate at University Christmas Party President and Mrs. Thomas Mengler invite St. Mary’s community to the University Christmas Party on Dec. 11 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on the second floor of the UC. For more information contact Susie Salazar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It’s not that it was thrown at me,”
she said. “Of course in ideal situations,
“they need to communicate that to us
if I didn’t have to work, I would probably
to prevent (falling behind). We want
be able to be done. In my situation
to know that you’re going to SAC or
where I cannot afford not to work, it’s
UTSA. We want to know what kind of
welcomes students to his office to
really hard to get the degree that you
classes you are going to take because
check their degree progress. While
want on the path that they’re trying to
we want to say, ‘OK, yes, they’re going
the GPS serves as a useful guide to
give you in a certain time that you’re
to come back and fulfill the degree
students tracking their degree paths,
pretty much allotted,” Zavala said.
requirement,’ or ‘No, because there
he said, when nearing graduation, he
Registrar Christina Villanueva said
recommends a personal visit to get a
she tries to help students avoid such
more precise report. Medina said he
problems by encouraging them to
has “full faith” in the system, but he
check on academic progress. “Communication
“I think what we were having difficulties with is a culture shift,” he
Villanueva said. Medina explained, “Now that we have graduation applications online,
those open the day of registration, so
component to staying on track for
as soon as you register you can apply
graduation,” Villanueva said.
underscored the disclaimers.
is going to be a prerequisite issue,’”
said. “All of our students were used
In cases like Zavala’s, Villanueva
“If students (who plan to graduate
to coming to the registrar’s office and
recommends paying the registrar’s
in May) came in and verified their
speaking to the registrar staff.”
office a visit before transferring, even if
information at the beginning of the
one is planning to return to St. Mary’s,
fall semester, they should know before
to make sure to stay on track.
Thanksgiving break, so that before
Now, while GPS lets students track themselves, sometimes they forget
they leave for the end of the (fall)
who can interpret or correct the record.
whether it’s for summer school or
semester I can notify those students,”
Record conflicts seem to have little
they’re going to step and take a break
that it’s important to consult a person
to do with GPS, but more with needing to get human advice. Senior biology major Anastasia Zavala said she had trouble creating a timely route to graduation next semester because the course structure for biology majors can be complex to negotiate. Because Zavala pays her own tuition and living
expenses, she decided to cut costs by
San Antonio for a semester—but a
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attending the University of Texas at difference in curriculum set back her St. Mary’s degree plan. Realizing the effects a semester later, Zavala sought to take prerequisites while
them the same semester. Because her request to do so was denied, she said
sessions and other events since his sophomore year of college. Coincidentally, an Alpha Delta
Curtis Wilkins, became a hall director for St. Mary’s in early October. Wilkins said he is most proud of “the
his fraternity.” When he enrolled in UTSA and did not think he would make it pushed him to do well.
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was founded on Nov. 17,
history as the university’s
1911, at Howard University in
and ethnicities. According
“Usually during Founders Omega
Once members make it
would be the first of its kind potential
St. Mary’s. through
International Headquarters to
chapter and make campus
Monroe hopes to find
essential to the soul,” and
they can apply as a campus
accepted me,” he said. seven
performance. something stepping, it
Omega Psi Phi looks for
might have to do a little
men who reflect principles
something, but we’ll have
perseverance and morale.
Omega Psi Phi’s fraternity
need to know different religions. How
students to pray for peace in Syria, a
do Catholics think?
How do people
predominantly Muslim country in the
think and what do they think about
Middle East plagued by civil war and
us?” he asked.
the use of chemical weapons.
Senior Tonya Jaime stresses over missing credits on GPS that prevented her from graduating this fall.
in order to graduate.
through college, his brothers
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she has to pay for two more semesters
His attitude is common among
“I’m not a Muslim just because my
St. Mary’s concluded October by
Muslim students, according to Bill
mother and my father were Muslim … I
hosting an international prayer for
read about different religions and I’ve
peace, only the third time the event
affirmed my faith in Islam. As a member
was held in North America.
of theology. “Muslim students tend to be more
of this University…the advantage is
World Interfaith Harmony Week will
eager and more willing to understand
to know how Catholics think, to know
be celebrated globally the first week
what the differences are.”
of February. The week was conceived
Christian students, in my experience,”
The openness required for such a
by Jordanian King Abdullah II and the
dialogue seems evident in both cultures.
United Nations in 2010 to promote
Marianist brother and music professor
engineering major Abdullah Nagro,
Michael Sullivan said, “The student
said one can’t help being affected
body here and certainly the faculty and
religions into interfaith dialogue.
staff are really open and welcoming for
Students of all faiths have the
students of all faiths… which I think is
opportunity to pray in the St. Mary’s
a very Marianist attitude.”
interfaith prayer room located on the
Buhrmann said. Another
holiday traditions. “Being a student studying in a Catholic university is affecting me, to
The Marianist community recently
be honest, in a positive way because I
participated in the Pope’s call for
fourth floor of Treadaway Hall.
Catholic presenter cultivates religious involvement
Holidays encourage healthy habits control.
CHRISTINA SANTOYO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
such as not eating when she is
clothes fit me bigger because I
Some St. Mary’s University
bored, limiting her sweets and
have more muscle mass than I
students plan to keep healthy
not eating later than 8 p.m. to
According to Mayo Clinic
Gaining weight during the
holiday season is
of exercise include the body
Researchers at Department of
Health and Exercise Science
serotonin, which helps with
to get ahead on work or going
at the University of Oklahoma
who studied college students
they are determined to make
healthier food choices and to
work out over the break to avoid
Thanksgiving and two weeks
after. There were three periods
more smoothly. To stay fit, the American of
After a semester of cafeteria
when 195 students were weighed:
food, junior criminology major
pre-holiday, holiday and post-
up to 150 minutes of cardio-
holiday season. Students were
looks forward to home-cooked
then divided into men, women
performing up to four sets
meals in El Paso. She admits
and graduate students. Their
of resistance training of no
she is likely to overeat, but has
results showed that adults are
more than 15 repetitions with
planned to work out with a group
likely to gain weight over the
a 48-hour break between each
of friends to help motivate her
session, and up to 30 minutes a
over the break. Though she
day of neuromotor exercise such
gained about two pounds by
indulging over the Thanksgiving
major, and fellow softball team
break each of the past two years,
Palmer said she thinks she can
Guest speaker Susan Timoney, assistant secretary of pastoral ministry and social concerns for the archdiocese of Washington, presented on Nov. 15.
dodge the weight gain this year
major, said they stay fit by
because she now knows her
remaining active. They agreed
“Our body is a temple that we
that they feel the difference
should honor by feeding it well,
when they eat unhealthy foods.
following its desire to move; and
science major Kristina Rocha,
This feeling encourages them to
as a temple is a place for prayer,
said that as a resident student,
so is our body” Boggess said.
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What does your job entail?
It’s helping the Church to be more present... with the larger community. And I also oversee the ministry of family life, young adult ministry and our ministry for black Catholics and Hispanic Catholics.
instead of lounging around.
University offers healthcare alternative ELIZABETH GARZA CONTRIBUTING WRITER
size and income. A HealthCare.
Propose a Catholic worldview, to say that, we think that the Catholic Church, having been in the business of serving people for 2,000 years, has learned a lot about human nature and community.
for individuals wanting to insure
for health insurance by March
covers 80 percent of hospital
of next year looms, St. Mary’s
income from $11,490 to $45,960.
students may find themselves
physical therapy, prescription
opting for the university health
Does some of the negative history of the Catholic Church cause problems?
insurance plan instead of the
I think the Catholic worldview really does integrate the intellectual, spiritual and physical life of the human person…we don’t stand apart and judge…we believe, every person is called to some form of religious expression, so we support the freedom of any religious group to propose their beliefs.
How does one develop a Catholic worldview and how does that differ from another worldview? One key piece is our sacramental life. We believe that God makes himself present in the sacraments, which means that any material good, any human, may lead us to an experience of God ...We know that part of God is a mystery, and that much of life is a mystery. We teach people how to live with mystery, that even science can’t fully answer the most important questions. In faith, we have this ability to live with that tension that mystery creates. Compiled by Alex Eakins
within the ranges, the more the
“The reason I’ve been able
savings. This could be positive
to keep the rates down here is
for individuals below a certain
because the claims are smaller.
comply with the Affordable Care
With ObamaCare, the premiums
applies for those from states
Act, commonly referred to as
can go up,” Vasquez said.
ObamaCare, which authorizes
four levels of private insurance
pays—the out of pocket cost
for a doctor’s visit or any urgent
“if your state is not expanding
Individuals with lower income
don’t qualify for Medicaid under
your state’s rules—you can’t
government to pay this amount.
get lower costs on Marketplace
Dr. Sandra Vasquez, Family
coverage based on your income.
that the co-pay is
You’d have to pay the entire
Practice Director at St. Mary’s
the only subsidized element
cost of a Marketplace insurance
of the plan. Other costs of
plan.” Texas is not expanding its
expressed concern that many people don’t understand what they
The savings an individual may receive depend on family
purchasing any of the four plans mentioned above. “There are pros and cons to this new act, but if educated people barely understand it,” she said, “how can people that aren’t educated understand?” “I’m
students,” she said. “If they don’t understand, they’ll say the St. Mary’s plan is $85 a month, and this one is $25 a month. They can pay less per
are different.” Under health
no deductible if seen at the
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How does a Catholic worldview benefit society as a whole?
gov example shows the range
new federal insurance.
No, I think it’s a very good thing. Catholics invented the University system, and so they’ve always believed that one can come to know God more deeply by asking questions, by searching for the ultimate truth, the beginning point.
deductible is $100. The plan also
Is there anything wrong with proposing these questions?
science suggests taking a walk
As the deadline to sign up
Absolutely…it is very challenging because people question the purpose of institutions, they question that any group could say they have an objective truth.
professor of exercise and sports
Theresa Boggess, associate
as yoga per day.
Is your goal to spread a Catholic World view?
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04 CAMPUS BITES
OUTGOING EDITORS BID THEIR FAREWELL
design and layout editor: fall 2012 - fall 2013
advertising manager: fall 2013
It’s a bittersweet feeling to leave The Rattler newspaper this December. As anxious as I am to bust out and conquer the tri-state area, I will sincerely miss everyone devoted to the making of this paper. I will dearly miss that single hour before midnight, when we’ve all about had enough and we resemble a pack of zombies at a comedy club. Tamara, thanks for your positivity. Sara, you’re sweet and sassy, and I like it. Emily, you were basically my personal bi-weekly Colbert Report. Travis, stay punny. Lily, let’s keep in touch just in case I ever need a bargain on brain surgery. Alex, you’re sincere and devoted to your work—don’t ever lose that. Adriana and Kyra, I wish you many naps in this coming semester. Lauryn, I have no doubt you’ll be very successful. Stela and Briana, you girls are admirably unapologetic, strong, independent women. Kick butt. Rachel, GOOD LUCK! But honestly, it’s like the creativity engine in your brain is a Hemi running on the fuel of your insanely powerful imagination. I’ve seen you work wonders and that is what’s most comforting, knowing I’m leaving this position in the best hands. Finally, special thanks go to Brother Dennis, for pushing me to the best of my abilities, and believing in me always.
Having the privilege of being Advertising Manager for The Rattler has been one of the greatest and memorable experiences of my college career. It has been a privilege to play a small role in something that is so big. This experience has taught me just how much it really takes to make this student-run newspaper successful. Having this position has given me hands-on experience with sales and advertising that I will forever use and be thankful for. The news staff is made up of different and unique individuals who share passion, dedication, and drive to make this publication as successful as it is. I admire each and every one of them! They have attempted to teach me the ends and outs of editing, writing and designing, for that I thank them, but needless to say I should stick to sales and advertising. I have made great friendships with amazingly talented individuals that I will forever cherish.
LILIANA ESPINOZA features editor: spring 2013 - fall 2013 I still remember the first day I walked into the newsroom as the new features editor. Although I felt overwhelmed by everyone’s expert talents, I was completely surprised to find that everyone was ready to lend a hand. With every outing that we took, and with every hour that we spent together during press weekends, I soon began to find a new family away from home. Although I am a biology major, I still felt like I belonged because I was part of something bigger—I was part of The Rattler family. Although I must now part ways with the features editor position to pursue my dreams, I will never forget about all of the people I got to meet and the friendships that I made. I will miss you all dearly! You have all had a tremendous impact in my life. I’m extremely proud and humbled to have met such a group of intelligent, passionate, and doggedly determined individuals. I know that wherever you chose to go, your path will be filled with success and blessings. I can now leave happy, knowing that boy Lily will be a great addition to The Rattler staff. That being said, I still hope to return to my beloved Rattler family. Even if our career paths lead us to different places, I know that one day the roads will meet and we will all be united again and have amazing stories to tell one another.
HOROSCOPE ARIES 3/21–4/19 “Work now, play later” will have to be your mantra for the coming weeks. It’s now or never. Thankfully, your emotions are revved up a higher notch than usual, and you can use that to push yourself harder than you possibly ever have. You may have been procrastinating up to this point, but the window of opportunity is not yet closed. Work for the life you want. TAURUS 4/20-5/20 You’ve been busy making sure everyone around you is okay, but now is the time you should take a step back and take care of yourself. Don’t waste your energy on jealousy or possessive feelings. Scratch the artsy itch that’s run up and down your spine lately. Relax and create something for yourself. It’ll plant your two feet back on the ground and draw you closer to inner peace. GEMINI 5/21-6/21 Work—the energy vampire—has left you
drained. You may want to withdraw from social interactions to spend time with yourself. No need to defend how you’re feeling, take care of yourself first. When you’re done refreshing your soul, spend time with people that have lived different experiences and have a fresh perspective. CANCER 6/22-7/22 Up and down, left and right, loop-deeloop—your relationships are a roller coaster lately. Despite this intense feeling, tap into unknown inner strength and use it to your benefit. Face your fears and work hard toward your goals. Soon you’ll find the pleasure you seek today in reaching your deepest desires. LEO 7/23-8/22 You’re a snake that sank its teeth into a rhino—you’ve taken on a little too much. You’re extremely busy lately and if your stubbornness gets in the way, your agenda may derail and take you way off course. Be flexible with your trial and errors and take
tasks as they come. This too shall pass and soon you’re accomplishments will direct you to success. VIRGO 8/23-9/22 You crave something new. Feed that hunger. Concentrate on those ideas that will have a real impact on your life and you’ll thank yourself later. Be sure you can commit to these ideas, though, to allow them to flourish to their fullest potential. LIBRA 9/23-10/22 Raw emotions have caused careless actions for you. But you’ve underestimated just how much you can conquer. Let these emotions fuel your engine. But drive toward more positive and responsible goals. Nothing happens over night, but work at it and your victories will start rolling in. SCORPIO 10/23-11/21 Others may make you feel inadequate or “out of your league.” The good news is, you know yourself better than others, and you know
for a fact you’re capable of far more than they give you credit for. Patience—breathe. Whatever happens, know that determination will help you. SAGITTARIUS 11/22-12/21 Responsibilities are immovable mountains, so you have to be the one to move. They won’t go away, so you’d might as well climb them now. Inaction won’t take you anywhere, so start stirring those powerful emotions, and use them to evaluate your life. Once you’ve climbed those mountains, you can do something a little more self-indulgent. CAPRICORN 12/22-1/19 Concentrate on yourself. You’re accustomed to directing your energy toward people. Instead, get in touch with yourself, become more attentive with your thoughts and your emotions, and you’ll see people begin to gravitate toward your positive and at-peace attitude.
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06 COMMENTARY an
Passion over profit
who don’t know which group they belong to.
in related fields to theoretically give students some life directives. Facts and figures about the long-term earning
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benefits of attending graduate school school
time to explore our faith and understand the
difference that it makes in our lives and the
acquired by students
community around us. A Marianist education teaches us the importance of communicating our unique faiths and to put them into
Marianist values, and
action. St. Mary’s has demonstrated support
• Peer relationships and experiences
in our faith development with the recent
that will remind us that we are
acquisition of the St. John’s Bible. I imagine
blessed and privileged to attend
that the beauty of these images, will pique
our interests to explore more about our
This awareness of the Board’s assessment
professors invite various professionals
education, it is important that we first take
graduate school applications and those
• The teaching and understanding of
about finding a job, those anxious about
• The actual education and knowledge
St. Mary’s right now: those worried
assessment of a quality St. Mary’s education
Three types of seniors seem to attend
faiths and talk to one another.
really started me thinking. How can we, as
Many of us are concerned with having the
a student body, measure the quality of our
“college experience.” Though we do not have
education? The new Gateway strategic plan,
a football team, we have opportunities to
which will create measureable goals and
create a unique campus environment. With
objectives for the university through the
the opening of the Park, we have created a
year 2020, helps answer this question.
great opportunity for new traditions that
earning seniority at a job are often
I hope you have experienced an enjoyable
Regarding our academic experience, the
thrown around as incentives. But, as
and successful fall semester thus far. What
university is concerned with graduating
members of the St. Mary’s community,
an exciting time to be a St. Mary’s student!
students should consider more than
There are many campus changes taking place
On behalf of the Student Government
Association, we wish you continued success
that are greatly enhancing our university and
assist us in this growth, the university
this Fall semester. Celebrate the many
the memories that we will have for years to
changes to enhance or campus and our
The St. Mary’s mission statement
come. Of the many changes, one thing holds
number of internships that students hold,
college experience. But know that steadfast
is dedicated to educating leaders for
true, the continuing interest in the quality of
retaining exceptional faculty and staff,
efforts are in place to ensure the quality of
the common good through academic
a St. Mary’s education.
deciding life goals.
excellence. Many students want to
I recently had the opportunity to attend
fast-track their lives, but it seems that
the quarterly Board of Trustees meeting,
students can better develop their skills
in which the quality of our education was
campus and community teams.
enhance sports and competitive play among
curriculum that are relevant and essential to our success in our post-graduate careers.
As for our understanding of a Marianist
Student Government President
and contributions to the workforce through schooling, especially if it is supplemented with a part-time job in the students’ related field.
Mars program sparks exploitation concerns
Many students, especially those in
Mars One, a non-
the business school, are entering the
workforce, but with the intention of
returning to further schooling.
aims to establish a
Whether a student struggles through
seven-year training program is designed to prepare them for the rest of their lives on Mars. In the Mars One mission statement, John
F. Kennedy’s speech on going to the moon is
those December 15 applications or plans
settlement on Mars.
quoted, “we choose to go to the moon, not
to earn an M.B.A. within five years,
because it is easy, but because it is hard.” Of
commitment and excellence, not profit,
should drive the decision. The easy way out is to balk at the costs
of international fellowships, graduate
and professional schools, and say that
“it’s financially impossible right now,”
but it seems like a better use of a time
course, JFK also said his goal was to land a
man on the moon and return him safely to
the Earth, but Mars One seems to have a
by Lansdorp. of
more imperialistic goal in mind.
Earlier this week, CNN reported that
NASA’s Kepler space telescope revealed to astronomers at the University of California-
to seek, negotiate and even repeatedly
Such a mission and crew has garnered
Berkeley and the University of Hawaii that
prod for funding for such opportunities
abundant support and resources, but the
an estimated tens of billions of Earth-size,
than to dismiss them entirely.
foundation lacks responsibility.
EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-Chief Stela Khury Managing Editor Briana Perez
Assistant Photo Editor Kyra Littlejohn Advertising Manager Lauryn Figueroa
commissioning the first conceptual design, the
Milky Way. With the current interest in commercial
Illustration by Angela Engle
space travel, questions of intention and
The given answer proceeds to explain the
launched in 2012. Over 200,000 people from
ethical value arise. It suffices to say, space
concept of a one-way trip and compare it to
over 140 countries applied to the Mars One
laws are the only governing acts keeping
Europeans immigrating to Australia with a
Astronaut Selection program this year. The
a resourceful project like Mars One from
one-way boat ticket. Of course the astronauts
United States produced the largest number
arriving at a planet and claiming ownership.
are free to return to Earth whenever they
Bordering exploitation, the project is
want, granted they are able to build a rocket
Mars One projects that in 2022 four of
said to be broadcast worldwide nonstop as
to return with. The potential astronauts are
the trainees will become the first human
a reality TV show. While such expeditions
agreeing to this at their own risk, but the
settlers on Mars. The rigorous selection
are exciting regarding space exploration and
lack of forethought from the program is
of aspiring astronauts—24 percent.
News Editor Tamara Garcia
Commentary Editor Emily Artalejo
Layout/ Design Editor Carla Rodriguez
Features Editor Liliana Espinoza
and training process will begin by selecting
research, the concerns are just as moving.
alarming and frankly raises questions about
a group before the end of this year and
The Mars One website offers vague answers
a hidden agenda.
Copy Editor Alex Eakins
Entertainment Editor Rachel Grahmann
interviewing the candidates in 2014. A
to questions such as “is this ethical?”
Web Editor Travis Bowles
Sports Editor Sara E. Flores
Photo Editor Adriana Avila
Faculty Adviser Brother Dennis
Bautista, S.M., Ph.D.
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Texas laws ignore women’s rights, health In
choice affiliates into the program obstructs
By starting a war over the issue of abortion
the pro-life message the state pushes,
to help gain political capital, the legislature
lawyers from the attorney general’s office
causes women to suffer on multiple fronts,
health care providers
have argued in court.
State officials, including Governor Rick largely
Rapists, not victims, are to blame In
One in four people are left without insurance
editorial published in
Texas recently passed one of the strictest
women ages 15–44. Clinics offered exams
anti-abortion laws in the country. About
to uninsured women for a subsidized rate
U n i v e r s i t y ’ s
80,000 abortions take place in Texas each
between $10 and $25 before the cuts, and
yearand only six out of 32 clinics that
today that number has spiked to between
perform abortions in the state meet the new
$60 and $200 dollars.
student Kirby Wiley
Women’s Health Program. As a result, half
requirements. This will cause some women
President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile
of the women who receive care through
seeking abortions to travel more than 300
Richards, believes that “the fight is far
the program are forced to forgo services
miles, or even out of state.
from over” and that “this restriction clearly
college-aged women such
should avoid binge
This, in conjunction with the new abortion
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
rights.” Women are guaranteed fundamental
drinking because it lures sexual predators—a
law enforced this fall, not only takes away
in Colorado, said that usually five percent of
rights, which include reproductive rights,
stance akin to the absurd argument “she was
health care options—but also infringes upon
patients traveled from Texas, and in October,
non-discrimination, equality and health.
begging for it.”
women’s constitutional rights.
after legislation was enacted, the number
When these rights are infringed upon and
According to a CNN article, Wiley advised
rose to 14 percent. Thus, this number is
thrown away, one should reevaluate the
young women “to never drink so much
expected to increase.
people chosen to protect the rights of Texas
they cannot control themselves,” and that
citizens. Yes, Texas, women are citizens
they should “quit putting themselves in
too—just a reminder.
situations where they appear vulnerable.”
essential to their health.
Vicky Cowart, CEO and President of
Under the Women’s Health Care Program, Planned Parenthood was known as the largest women’s health service provider—
But abortion is only one of the services
with about 130,000 women enrolled in a
that women seek. As the legislature seeks to
single month. In attempt to prohibit Texas
take down abortion—they are shutting down
women from seeking care from Planned
centers that serve as an umbrella to other
Parenthood, the Republican-led legislature
health care services, according to the National
redefined the term “affiliate,” affiliating all
Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and
Planned Parenthood family planning clinics
the Center for Reproductive Rights.
with the Planned Parenthood clinics that
umbrella includes mammograms, cancer
provided abortion services. Allowing pro-
screenings, OB/GYN care and birth control.
What do you think about the Texas clinic closures?
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She continues her argument saying, “If the media would focus more attention on the fact that the majority of women who are sexually assaulted are intoxicated, as opposed to stating and restating how horrible the perpetrator is, then maybe young women would start to listen.” The danger with this argument is obvious: it places blame on the victim, rather than the aggressor, and paints the culpability
Avoid glorifying or demonizing “Angels”
On December 10,
Secret Fashion Show Without Shaming and
of the lingerie in the show is actually sold in
thousands of college-
Misogyny?” The article points out that the
stores. The show is a display of art that does
annual fashion show raises topics worth
not attempt to imitate real life, and likewise,
tune in to the 2013
dialogue: body issues, beauty ideals and pop
life should not attempt to imitate this art.
culture standards. But people can dialogue
Once the fun of the hour-long show is
Fashion Show; most
without shaming their own bodies or the
over, a woman can resume working toward
will gush and gasp
bodies of others.
a realistic, strong, healthy body that she
Regarding the differing body expectations
feels confident in—by her own standards, no
outfits. December 11
for men and women, women should actively
one else’s—and maintain her health year-
will be characterized
prevent the unrealistic model standard from
round. Though preaching comes easier than
by Tweets, Facebook
becoming a double standard: society does not
practice, pursuing inner peace is much more
statuses and Instagram posts body-berating,
expect men to meet the standards of Calvin
worthwhile than living in accordance with
Klein models to be considered attractive,
the brutal scrutiny of others.
unhealthily low weight goals. Most women will never attain anything close to a “body by Victoria,” and should
and likewise, women should not equate the
For many groups of friends, watching the
unattainable body hip-to-waist ratio of
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is a time-
models to the beauty of a natural woman.
not look toward a fashion show—a well-
Eating disorders are of serious concern
“Usually I will stop everything I am doing
rehearsed, avant-garde event timed down
among college-aged women; an even higher
around the time that the show comes on and
to the last second—to define standards.
rate of general body image issues plagues
just get together with friends and watch it
However, this fact does not give people
the 18-24 female age range than of other age
in the comfort of our own home. They are
license to condemn and criticize Victoria’s
groups. But the way to promote healthy body
seriously so fun to watch because of how big
Secret models’ figures in a misguided effort
image is not to body-shame models, but to
of a show they put on!” Bianca Soto, senior
to promote body diversity. Shaming another
have a rational, reasonable conversation.
English communication arts major, said.
woman’s body, no matter the size or shape, is destructive.
The modeling industry always has, and
The show is what the viewer makes of it.
always will, put forth an unrealistic image
Whether or not you decide to watch the
A recent article posted on Feminspire,
of the female body, but there is no reason to
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year, just
concisely sums up this point in its headline:
vilify models. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion
remember it is simply that—a show.
“Can We Please Try to Watch the Victoria’s
Show features costumes, not outfits; none
and incapacity for change as a fault of the victims.It is no secret that alcohol impairs judgment and awareness, but it is asinine to suggest that it somehow causes rape. Others have come forward to argue against the stance expressed by Wiley, stating that it is sexist to propose that female college students should not engage in the same behavior as their male classmates. College students actively engage in social activities wherein drinking and partying are prevalent, and this is considered by many to be an integral part of the college experience. Wiley implies that male students should feel free binge drink and party, but their female counterparts should fear these activities, not because of health issues and risks, but because rapists may prey upon them. Alcohol does not cause rape. Rapists cause rape. This fact should remain clear when offering advice to young college students. To say that excessive drinking causes rape implicitly claims that rape is a harsh, inevitable truth that cannot be avoided, rather than a symptom of a greater problem that needs healing. It implies that the actions of rapists and sexual abusers can never be controlled, and the only source of recourse is to limit the options of women, who are sentenced to live in constant fear of rape, and must build their life around this fear. It is the actions of rapists, not victims,
Students’ finances should impact advising Out of over the
semesters a student may financially be
As tempting as it may sound for students
able to afford and the best options between
to take control of their schedule and plan
needed to graduate,
completing a class versus testing out for a
on their own, unforeseen problems can
there’s bound to be
class credit, or completing classes elsewhere,
result from students lacking the knowledge
in their University’s regulations. Hence a
ups for students on
Advisors are in charge of directing
the road to receiving
students in order for the student to graduate
their diploma. Lack
in a timely manner.
student may “slip through the cracks,” so it’s important to remain attentive. While the ideal graduation rate for a
With the cost of a degree creeping up with
student is four years, students who need to
and planning from
each passing semester, having an advisor
take longer need to be advised with different
know the financial background of a student
mentality. Yes, most students will eventually
the University can leave students scrambling
could help with better planning toward a
graduate but if a student is struggling
their final semester before time runs out.
less costly and breezy graduation. Also,
financially in the four years attending, and
At the start of a four-year degree,
completely testing out of a course for credit,
has not managed to get a degree because of
communication with an advisor should begin
although it may sound sufficient, may not be
it, an advisor needs to be weary of the best
with a discussion of approaching goals.
the best viable option for a student. All roads
possible route that a student can take to
should be considered.
assist the remaining time needed.
Together, they might discuss how many
which need changing.
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“I’ve noticed with a lot of cop and detective shows, it’s always the same story line. You can predict the ending in all of them. But I think it’s human nature to like something you’re familiar with. Personally I like new shows. If I’ve never seen a type of new show, I like to watch it because they’re different. I think there should be more variety and people should be more open to variety. I’ve noticed in a lot of shows girls have to act a certain way. They’re either hot and flirtatious or awkward and cute and it’s just two categories. Except for a few shows with the goth chick, but the goth chick is always the same type of goth chick. There’s really no variety. I like shows where a character looks one way and acts completely different, that’s what always attracts my attention.”
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“Boy bands. I find that they lack as much talent as previous boy bands. They don’t really harmonize, they don’t really try to do anything original. They’re just all singing at the same time.”
“I think it’s cool for boy bands to come back. I was a big fan of Backstreet Boys, N’Sync and especially Boyz II Men. I think it’s really cool because it kind of brings back peoples’ childhood and great memories of them and so it brings them happiness. I think it’s fun to see them reunited to try and do their thing again.”
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Compiled by Carla Rodriguez and Eric Rodriguez Graphic by Carla Rodriguez
Expectations for 2013 were endless, as students rang in the New Year not too long ago. As any year begins, so too does the curiosity about what will blast the summer airwaves, cover headlines, or break grounds in new technology. This year, politics mirrored soap operas, space exploration pushed new limits, but innovation from other aspects seemed to have taken a break and ran reruns instead. A lot of the repetitions have been fully cherished and even anticipated, like the reunion of boy band N’Sync or the second installment of “The Hunger Games.” Nonetheless, this year has left some students hungry for something new.
, J U NI O R, ATA BI O P A
• Superheros • Teen novel • Classic rem
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Most students remember their childhood crushes and idols from what they now see as the “totally 90s” pop or R&B genre. As any generation normally would, the 90s generation has longingly asked what could have been if the boy bands and girl pop stars that once infested every wall and binders, would have stayed together. 2013 was the year of answering those questions, leaving students torn between nostalgia and annoyance.
Cop and detective shows have always flooded each station with their own take on fighting crime, and solving mysteries. Lately though, the new fad seems to steer toward the ideal hottie that just so happens to be dead, nearly dead, or running away from death. Maybe that’s why recent girl characters on television have resolved to find the one unicorn of a man that’ll actually want to stick around.
POPULAR BOY BANDS • One Direction • The Wanted
FAD CHARACTERS • Manic/Love-obsessed girls • Cops and detectives • Supernatural hunks
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REUNIONS Destiny’s Child Boyz II Men New Kids on the Block Backstreet Boys N’Sync
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“Most of these books that are coming out are about girls that aren’t themselves. They’re always vying for the attention of a guy or winning him over. I think it’s really impacting society. It’s making girls think about their appearance more than their brains and they have this weird aspect of what their self image should be, now. It’s getting old, and it’s really sad that a lot of people are buying into this idea that this is the only option we have; to look a certain way and vie for this guy and that it’s all we’re capable of. I hope to see a change. A lot of the repetitiveness [in media] kind of gives the same image that women are objects and that they’re only something with a male.”
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R AR “I like Assassin’s Creed because historically, not necessarily the people though, are accurate. But the ways they’re all put together in the settings, in the different landscapes that are brought about during those time periods are real. That was it. It’s just really interesting to interact with those surroundings; to be a part of it and to truly be one with it, I think is really cool and makes it interesting.” ERIC VILLALPANDO FRESHMAN, THEOLOGY & HISTORY MAJOR
S H M A N, I N TE
“I think the reason why it’s so repetitive is because it sells. Even though it is reoccurring, I guess it is our generation that keeps buying it. Personally, I’m not a fan but I think something new and fresh would be innovative I just don’t know if it would sell. I think that’s the risk that whoever is coming up with this stuff is scared it wouldn’t sell, so that’s why they haven’t come up with something new.”
NIC K R A
Innovation in technology this year was especially dissapointing. For Apple fans, the same product crowds were wrapping around buildings for last year, came out for a second time this year—the only notacible difference in Apple products have been size and color changes, as well as iOS7, which many have claimed resembles an Android. Bejeweled fans are especially puzzled for the recent popularity in Candy Crush, most recently hit their 500 millionth download, leaving many to wonder if creativity is out the window.
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Although popularity in reading is commendable in itself, the recent topics in the best selling novels are becoming a bit questionable. Mostly revolving around kinky relationships, an overpowering goverment, or the typical girl that can’t find her way in life because she doesn’t have a man to call her own, mainstream novels are begining to lose their wonder. If the lives of citizens are not in danger from futuristic aliens, or if a female character is not in the middle of a love triangle she’s working for the attention to be in one. It begs the question: can these new fads be taken lightly or can it have detrimental effects?
POPULAR • Apple product clones • Candy Crush revival • Social Media apps
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Students can count on the innovators of recent popular video games to always deliver their beloved takes on the world with a whole new twist for each version. Stealing cars, shooting ghosts and the adventurous mission of running through snowy mountains have been sought after year after year. The same games always to attract new players and veterans, leaving some to question when the next big thing will come.
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• Grand Theft Auto V • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag • Call of Duty: Ghosts
s adaptations makes
FADS • Damsel in distress • Futuristic & dystopian • Kinky
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“You know, I feel like they’re all the same but they got us hooked and they’re always going to have people buying. IPhone5 and iPhone 5c, same thing, right? But they’re making money off both. Innovation would be nice, but I can’t blame them for making the same thing, because it’s working obviously.”
Under the tree:
the good, the great and the useful
St. Mary’s students probably won’t have to huddle next to a warm fire this winter. A single snowflake would probably drive a St. Mary’s student into a frenzy of holiday glee, or a scrooge-like humbug. So it seems the southwest largely escapes the universality of the snowflake symbol for Christmas. But there’s one universal symbol, packaged in red and green wrapping paper that no St. Mary’s student can ignore: the present. Instead of asking Santa for a new MP3, iPad or game system, here are some gift ideas to help a typical college student in the long run.
While clothes in general are a great gift and have obvious everyday usage, a suit is a particularly good gift to ask for. Sophomore business major Luis Alvarez agrees that a suit is definitely a must for a college student. “When I actually get into my line of work, a suit is basically dress code,” Alvarez said. While not every profession will require a suit as an everyday article, it is still important for many college students to own a professional suit whenever a new job interview presents itself.
Computer-heavy majors in particular would appreciate having some of their software covered by a friend or relative, but others might benefit from a software gift as well. Attending writing-intensive courses and having to write various essays every couple of weeks, there’s no doubt that a student can benefit and appreciate the gift of the new Microsoft Office.
The wordy majors, such as English, education, etc., would surely appreciate having a dictionary or thesaurus handy to give their work that extra flair. Of course, it’s true that the library on campus has these great resources available to students. However, it’s much more efficient to have a reference book readily available.
Most courses that involve math involve some sort of graphing, and in the age of technology, tools that can help with this task are appreciated. Unfortunately, a graphing calculator can be one of the most expensive tools for a cash-strapped college student to buy, so finding it under the tree could be the perfect gift for any mathematician—or anybody taking calculus.
Graduate School Preparatory Books:
Graphics by Adriana Avila
Though some people tackle the LSAT, MCAT or GRE—basically the ACT/ SAT of graduate schools—without any major preparation, the results gained from thorough studying should not be underestimated. “GRE courses are honestly too expensive for me to even consider,” said sophomore psychology major Sergio Avilla. “(Still,) I don’t feel comfortable just going in blind either.” A good collection of preparatory books could make the difference between going to a relatively good graduate school and getting accepted into the school of one’s dreams.
Compiled by David Aguayo
Christmas Photo Poll Q:
What is the worst Christmas gift you’ve received?
The worst gift I’ve gotten was a sack of oranges. This was my worst gift because I’m allergic to oranges.” JORGE DIAZ
Sophomore, exercise and sport science
The worst Christmas gift I’ve ever received was a used teddy bear. Not necessarity because it was a bear, but because it was used.” ERIKA RENTERIA
Senior, international business
The worst present I’ve gotten was a book. I didn’t consider it a good gift because I was 10 years old at the time. Back then I just really wanted a Playstation.”
The worst Christmas present I’ve ever received would be a knit sweater. I was nine years old and I didn’t consider it as good of a present because, as a kid, I liked toys more.”
Senior, exercise and sport science
Compiled by Liliana Espinoza
Stress weighs on student’s shoulders as final exams near ERICK ALEXANDER RAPALO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Students now will soon begin to look like zombies taken out of a movie— walking languidly, directionless, sporting mismatched,
dark sunken eyebrows as if wearing special effects make-up. Yeah, final exams are on
but if the levels of stress reach an all-time
pressure and lower cholesterol levels, and
the subject matter at hand and to stick to
high and occur repeatedly over a prolonged
are a third less likely to suffer a heart attack.
it. Of course the task will not be easily dealt
period of time, it can feel overwhelming and
Although students cannot maintain a pet in
with, but as the final stretch of the semester
may lead to health risks such as increased
their dorms, there are animal shelters where
draws near, students ought to make their
one can volunteer to play, walk, feed and pet
To avoid feeling stressed during final exam
taking breaks between studying.
the cats and dogs. Additionally, students can
When the stress levels feel too high to
take advantage of the campus cats, which
handle, it’s a good idea to take a break,
provide rewarding stress-relief therapy.
enjoy brief social time with friends, workout
“Try to give yourself at least 20 minutes
“I have a friend who likes to pet the
and sweat the stress away or even visit an
Students don’t generally take exams
of your time to just breathe and relax, drink
campus pets before taking exams. My friend
animal shelter. Dealing with stress does
lightly, and as a result, the amount of stress
some hot chocolate with a sweetbread and
finds that animal therapy, such as petting
not have to be difficult as long as students
steadily increases, potentially reaching the
listen to soothing music,” Castro said.
cats, brings great stress relief. She says it
prioritize their tasks and manage their
gives her time to concentrate her thoughts,”
point of drinking a necessary Starbucks macchiato
espresso. Avoiding the infamous college
Sophomore biology major Ricardo Lozano thinks that the best way to avoid stress is by managing one’s time wisely.
“all-nighter” and learning to deal with
“To get rid of final (exam) stress, I make
final exam stressors can definitely alleviate
sure to leave time for fun activities such as
going to the movies or dinner. This requires
Junior education major Ana Castro is
you to manage your time wisely and to
one who has begun to feel the effects of the
upcoming final exam week.
make sure you study in the environment
“I can already feel (the stress) building up,
assigned,” Castro said. piles
Stress is reflective of the decisions one makes. Delaying studies is never the right solution. It’s best to set an objective, to focus
you are most comfortable in—to avoid unnecessary stress.” Another unique method of controlling
As the semester draws to an end, the workload
one’s stress levels deals with animal therapy. Medical studies suggest that pets alleviate
stress. A study reported in the Medical
mountains of textbooks. Occasional stress
Journal of Australia found that people with
isn’t necessarily harmful to one’s health,
pets tend to live longer, have lower blood
Photo courtesy of For Paws
According to a study by the Minnesota Stroke Institute, owning a cat can significantly help decrease an individual’s chance of dying from a heart attack.
Student registered organization seeks growth opportunity ERICK ALEXANDER RAPALO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
A leader’s got to “get dirty,” according to junior music and psychology double major Aaron Cook. That is, they’ve got to be willing to thrust their hands into the muck—the hard or meticulous work—alongside the rest of the group, rather than telling people what to do from the sidelines. That’s
Program, a registered student organization founded approximately three years ago, strives to teach students by promoting
and informational speeches by speakers
Programs Sabina Ramirez, along with this
who cover such topics as preparing for an
year’s Leadership Intern, Cook.
interview, speaking in public and adapting
ethical leadership based on Marianist values.
The organization helps students understand their strengths and personalities in order to
Junior, music and psychology
polish their leadership skills and be better
their strengths and weaknesses in order to
prepared for the challenges of tomorrow.
reach their goals.
Students in the organization meet every Tuesday and receive motivational
Cook decided to apply for the Leadership intern position after attending Leadershape.
Emerging leaders builds a student’s foundation of what it means to be a leader and how the different aspects of leadership play throughout their lives, whether it be through their careers, college or even in their personal lives.”
The organization is directed by Associate Director of Student Activities and Transition
He saw this as an opportunity to further “Emerging leaders builds a student’s foundation of what it means to be a leader and how the different aspects of leadership throughout
and learn how to become a better leader,” Rodriguez said. The program lasts for approximately seven weeks, and after attending all of the
enhance his leadership skills.
“I applied for emerging leaders because I wanted to strengthen my leadership skills
it be through their careers, college or
meeting dates, the members graduate from the program with honors and a certificate. “I thought the program was great! In each session I learned something new,” Rodriguez said.
even in their personal lives,” Cook said.
For students who wish to apply to become
“Especially for freshmen coming in, it
members of Emerging Leaders for the spring
gives them an opportunity to build their
2014 semester, the application process
leadership skills and to make new friends
is simple. It can be obtained from the
with the people that they’re around.”
RattlerTracks website. The other alternative join
is to be on the lookout for the email that gets
sent to the whole undergraduate student
sophomore industrial engineering major Nicole Rodriguez.
body. It is estimated that the application
will be available at the end of November.
Applying for Emerging Leaders?
Where to find the application: The application can be found on the Emerging Leaders page in RattlerTracks. Who can apply: Anyone can apply. Slots available: 40 people will be chosen.
Applying for Leadershape?
Where to find the application: The application can be found on the Leadershape page in RattlerTracks.
Photo by Liliana Espinoza
From left to right and top to bottom, Associate Director of Student Activities and Transition Programs Sabina Ramirez, along with sophomore Nicole Rodriguez, sophomore Brandon Ruiz, junior Aaron Cook, sophomore Nick Cordova, sophomore Elizabeth Gauna, senior Whitney Glover, sophomore Mario Reyes, freshman Chastity Alvarez, freshman Edgar Covarrubias, freshman Natalie Barajas, freshman Jasmine Morales, junior Damali Asase, freshman Rubi Doria and freshman Briana Gonzales who will be graduating from the Emerging Leaders Program this semester.
Who can apply: Anyone can apply. Slots available: 60 people will be chosen.
Local sights transformed into winter wonderland of fun JOHN MERINO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
can also be chartered for private events such as cocktail parties, holiday events
The majority of Texans head indoors
and start to stockpile firewood as soon as
Mario Cancel, a freshman mechanical
the temperature dips below 80 degrees.
engineering major, said that he “goes to the
As San Antonio enters the increasingly colder months of November and December, students at St. Mary’s will likely see their peers gradually start to expand in a shroud of ever-thickening winter clothing. It almost seems impossible for one to enjoy his or herself in such unforgiving (for Texans) weather. However, it seems that since St. Mary’s opened its doors in 1852, students have found ways to enjoy the winter in all of its frigid glory. Freshman
Alexander detailed his semi-annual family trip to the San Antonio River Walk, which is decked out in a vibrant array of lights and other decorations along the river path during the holiday season. “It was really pretty seeing all the lights,” James recalled.
neighborhoods where they go all-out with the Christmas lights.” He added that he “wants to see how all the nice people live.” Many neighborhoods have local traditions involving
houses, and the city of Windcrest, just north of San Antonio on I-35, has been having a Christmas-lighting competition for nearly fifty-two years. Fiesta Texas is also transformed into a holiday attraction from Nov. 29 to Jan. 5, complete with a special Christmas tree lighting ceremony and Christmas tree forest. Fiesta Texas designs the holiday events costs $61.99, $42.99 for children under four feet tall, and all children two and under get in free. Over 20 new rides and attractions are
year-round. Stone paths marked by post-
introduced—a full list can be found on Fiesta
modern lighting schemes weave around the
Texas’s “Holiday in the Park” website.
river, passing by an assortment of gourmet
If one fancies ice-skating, in iceless south
restaurants, bars, shops and other holiday
Texas, they can skate to their hearts content
establishments. To explore the holiday
at the Northwoods Ice and Golf Center,
decor in more detail, visitors can take a
which has a massive ice rink and skating
riverboat for a 35-minute guided tour of
area. Admission is only $8 for all ages, and
the River Walk for a general admission
skate rental costs $3, and on Fridays and
price of $8.25, with significant discounts
Saturdays all admission is $8, which includes
8315 Broadway St. Sun-Thurs: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
with families in mind, so general admission
The River Walk is open to the public
For those looking for simple food from simpler times, 410 Diner is the place to go. Famous for their seafood, 410 offers crispy-fried snapper, fried catfish and various grilled fish entrees, all served with a choice of two fresh veggies, and cornbread or wheat bread. In addition to homemade food and quintessential diner decor, restaurant-goers can enjoy $2 off any entree on Tuesdays, after 5 p.m.
Various locations in San Antonio and Austin Daily: 24 hours (for most) A San Antonio favorite, Jim’s has warmed the hearts of hungry customers since 1947. Open 24/7 for the early bird or the diligent student pulling an all-nighter, Jim’s offers a large selection of both home-style breakfast and dinner entrees. Customer favorites range from the famous buttermilk pancakes to the award-winning tortilla soup. An authentic diner does not have influence without a signature burger and at Jim’s it’s their Frontier burger.
Mary Ann’s Pig Stand 1508 Broadway St. Sun-Thurs: 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri-Sat: 7-2 a.m.
Bring your quarters and play some old-timey tunes on the jukeboxes at the Pig Stand. The classic, 50s-style ambience brings on visions of poodle skirts and beehives. Perfect after long nights, the Pig Stand serves breakfast all day. Signature dishes include the “Pig Sandwich,” tender, sliced barbeque pork served on a bun with relish and the restaurant’s special sauce. For dessert, try the hot apple pie, à la mode—it doesn’t get more American than that.
13835 Nacogdoches Rd. Mon-Sat: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. True to its namesake, this checkerboard-floored restaurant is perfect for students who are missing homemade comfort food. Checkers Diner evokes a sense of nostalgia with its chicken-fried steak topped with made-from-scratch gravy, served with fresh veggies and warm cornbread. Treat yourself to one of Checkers’ classic milkshakes or a smooth slice of cheesecake.
1201 Austin Highway, Suite 175 Daily: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Say hello to Curly, the maitre d’ on the way in to Earl Abel’s. Opened in 1933, Earl Abel’s serves up fresh, home-style food that is sure to satisfy. Unlike most American/diner-style restaurants, Earl Abel’s offers healthy options such as the “smart breakfast” or “petite dinners,” which feature smaller, healthier portions. Alternatively, try their specialty—the fried chicken, served with mashed potatoes, crackling gravy, and one veggie. Compiled by Jessica Hughes
Unexpected restaurant setting charms guests RACHEL GRAHMANN ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR @rattlerrachelg
Not many people would expect to find a funky, pink brick, multi-story restaurant serving cool cocktails and warm coffee where Benedictine Sisters once roamed clad in their black robes, but Liberty Bar is full of delicious surprises. Built in 1883 by Edward Elmendorf as his family home, the house went through
Included on the well-varied menu is
7 to 10:30 a.m., as well as brunch on Saturday
Liberty Bar’s mouth-watering homemade
and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For entrees,
fettuccine. Three varieties are offered: basic
guests have a vast number of choices from
with thyme, garlic and olive oil, tomato-
French toast, huevos rancheros, specialty
based with red onion and crisp salt pork
omelets and sandwiches to their classic
and spicy with shrimp, garlic and chile
Beyond sandwiches and burgers, Liberty
enjoy, Liberty Bar will not disappoint. Their
Bar also has seafood and “on-the-grill”
atmosphere is truly unique and their food is
menu items. From juicy rib-cut pork chops
fresh, carefully made and reasonably priced
to wild boar sausage, the chefs offer
enough for brunch with family, a weekday
$20,000 worth of renovations in
plenty of carnivorous options.
1939 when it was transformed
into the motherhouse for the
cakes are also on the menu.
It wasn’t until 2009 that Bar,
salmon and Port Aransas crab
Benedictine Sisters. Liberty
No matter what meal guests come to
While drinks, coffee and
desserts can be delivered to
in 1984, moved from their
any table, the bar and coffee bar
old leaning building into the
lunch with friends or a weekend date night.
Location: 1111 S. Alamo St. Hours of operation: Mon-Fri: 11 a.m. - 12 a.m. Sun: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.
are on the third floor, reachable
renovated house, which had been that the lovely arched and stained glass
Guests can relax at the bar and order
and staircases would provide a beautiful
from a wide range of specialty beers,
and unexpected scene for a truly unique
bar with an espresso machine—great for
change daily and are updated each morning
smooth espresso and foamy cappuccinos—
on their website, liberty-bar.com. Their
as well as rich coffee and hot tea.
basic menu features appetizers such as
Liberty Bar’s cappuccino goes perfectly
pickled Serrano chilies, grilled potato slices
with any of their house-made desserts, from
and hummus bi tahini with pita toast.
chocolate cake to apple pie, coconut custard,
Waiters also serve up bread and butter free
bread pudding and specialty ice creams.
of charge to each table. Fresh pizzas, salads,
Guests can also order whole desserts to go,
sandwiches and burgers, even lamb and
with a 24-hour notice.
venison, can follow these delicious fares.
recently performed for the first time at San Antonio’s AT&T Center arena.
A Tour?” tour, award-winning rappers Future and Miguel accompanied Drake.
Lunch and soup specials at Liberty Bar
Multi-platinum recording artist Drake
in September. During his “Would You Like
Promptly at 7 p.m. the concert began and
Right around the corner is the coffee
ERICA ASCHBACHER CONTRIBUTING WRITER
“Nothing Was the Same” album, released
windows, high ceilings, rustic wood floors
Drake leaves fans hanging
He showed off new songs from his
either by the staircases or a short
vacant for years. Who could have known
the crowd filled with anticipation as the lights shut off. Performing songs “Sure Thing” and “Beautiful” from his 2012 “Kaleidoscope Dream”
interacted with the thousands of people surrounding him, enthralling fans that know and follow his music. After about an hour-and-a-half of his energetic band
Liberty Bar serves up breakfast daily from
and nostalgic beats, he finished off with one of his best-known songs “Adorn.” As the time was approaching for Drake
Classic, modern films warm up chilly holidays ROMANCE
performance in the classic “Home Alone,”
For those looking to spend time with
where a boy is left behind by his family on
a significant other, look no further than
their Christmas vacation and must defend
chance to rejoice in the cold autumnal
his home from bumbling burglars. For those
weather with loved ones by laughing or
romance comedies. “Love Actually” is the
who prefer a raunchy twist on Christmas,
crying along at a good movie. Here are some
story of eight couples dealing with the ups
Billy Bob Thornton brings the laughs as “Bad
of the top choices of movies to watch during
and downs of love in the month leading
Santa,” where he is part of a duo that robs
the holiday season.
up to Christmas in London. “Sleepless in
department stores during Christmas time
Seattle” features engaged Meg Ryan as she
and must navigate some sticky situations.
If you’re looking for a good movie to watch
searches for widower Tom Hanks who just
Last but not least, in the must see classic
with younger relatives, try the age-old tale of
may be “the one.” “Four Christmases” is
Christmas comedy, Ralphie quests to wake
“Frosty the Snowman,” or watch the Grinch’s
the hilarious story of an unmarried couple as
up with a Red Ryder BB gun under his tree
attempt to foil Christmas in Whoville in
they experience four different Christmases
on the holiday comedy “A Christmas Story.”
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” For more
put on by their interesting, and quite
TBS plays this movie for 72 hours straight
holiday fun, join the Peanuts gang as they
starting Christmas Eve.
ERIC RODRIGUEZ STAFF WRITER
Holiday movies give people the perfect
prepare for their annual Christmas play in
“A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Rudolph the
There’s no shortage of laughs when it
There are also many choices for those
Red-Nosed Reindeer’s song-inspired tale is
comes to the holiday genre. Watch Tim
who enjoy the classic heartwarming holiday
also a holiday hit.
Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis try to skip the
movies. Watch alongside God and St. Joseph
holidays for a cruise after their daughter
as they follow a distraught businessman
joins the Peace Corps in “Christmas with the
living in a world without faith in “It’s a
“Polar Express” train, Tom Hanks and
Kranks.” Love him or hate him, Will Ferrell
Wonderful Life.” Or experience Ebenezer
hot chocolate included, to see the inner
shines as Buddy, a giant-sized human raised
Scrooge’s tale of self-redemption as he is
workings of Santa’s workshop. For a darker,
in Santa’s workshop, in the hilarious holiday
guided by the ghosts of Christmas past,
but just as enjoyable, twist for the kids
hit “Elf.” For those in the Hanukkah spirit,
present, and future in the many adaptations
on Christmas, join Jack Skellington as he
Adam Sandler flaunts his vocal talent in the
of “A Christmas Carol.” For a final holiday
tries to bring the joy of Christmas to the
animated movie “Eight Crazy Nights,” where
blast from the past, watch a little girl meet
ghostly Halloweentown in “The Nightmare
a man is court ordered to spend time with an
a mall Santa convinced he is the real deal in
elderly man. Macaulay Culkin gives a shining
“Miracle on 34th Street.”
to make his grand entrance, Miguel made his flashy exit, descending below the stage surrounded by fog. Immediately after,
a set change. After the intermission, flashes on cameras
building while everyone chanted Drake’s name, high-pitched screams of lovestruck girls filling the air. Standing on the center of an illuminated stage, Drake stood idly, taking in the roar of the crowd. He slowly started down the stage — made up of two structures forming a ring, a DJ pit in the center, laser lights, a projection video backdrop and a circular platform that hung above the crowd. He began with songs from his most recent album “Nothing Was the Same,” but there would not have been a full show without throwbacks: “Headlines” and “Crew Love” from 2011’s “Take Care.” He even took fans as far back as the infamous “So Far Gone” album bringing back “Successful” and “Best I Ever Had.” Afterward, Future did a collaboration with Drake for about 10 minutes. The massive projection of Drake in the background made the experience that much more amazing. He covered all the major tracks from “Nothing Was The Same” including “Worst Behavior” and “Wu-Tang Forever.” As the show came to an end, he gave his final words. “Thank you San Antonio for showing me the most love I’ve seen on this tour,. Thank you,” he said. He threw up a peace sign and made his exit. To the whole arena’s dismay, Drake did not come out for an encore. Excitement from the concert mixed with sadness lingered on many faces as concertgoers collected their belongings and exited the arena. Some advice for next time, Drake: don’t
Coaches manage being parents both on and off the field SARA E. FLORES SPORTS EDITOR @stmusarasports
Athletes that have parents as coaches can be classified as the favorite or be accused of having special treatment. But that’s not the case at St. Mary’s. Sophomore first baseman and criminal justice major, Jason Migl, and sophomore outfielder
Fields both have parents that they can go home with after practice to review games and plays. Head softball coach Donna Fields, has never coached her daughter Hannah prior to Hannah attending St. Mary’s.
explains that Donna has always coached
2012 and left his mark in the baseball record
her on the side or at home after her games,
books along with his dad.
but these past few years have been the first
so much from her and all of the girls she has
So me, my last four years of playing, is a blessing and I truly enjoy it. She pushes me and makes me better every day. It is a fun and competitive atmosphere all the time.
ever coached in the past; however, she was
Sophomore Softball Player
where she gets to be coached by her mother on the field. “Having her by my side every day is probably the best part. Having a coach as a parent has its ups and downs. I have learned
always gone. Whether it be practicing or traveling, I grew up with her missing a lot of
Today, Jason plays the fields alongside
games of my own or school activities. So me,
my last four years of playing, is a blessing and
after seeing and hearing how successful
I truly enjoy it. She pushes me and makes me
his dad and brother were, he strives to
better every day. It is a fun and competitive
atmosphere all the time,” Hannah said.
“I like being able to go home or call him anytime for advice. Always having the ability
times in basketball, but never in softball.
to fall back and talk to him about anything,”
Donna explains that “words of wisdom” are
young athlete. “I guess this fall we have been able to
Heading into his second season Jason has had many memorable moments having his dad as a coach, but he specifically recalls
grow a little more in our mom and daughter and player and coach relationship.
“The speech he gave (after our last game of the year) still resonates with me. But
I appreciate her dedication and hard work
that’s just being a part of his team. I have
that she gives day-in and day-out. The most
hundreds of memories of when he would
enjoyable (thing) is to be able to watch her
come to my games when I was younger,”
grow as a young adult and athlete. Although
I get nervous, it is a blessing to be able to
Charlie believes that having a parent as a
watch every one of her games now,” Donna
coach can be difficult, but he feels that for
him, it is a pleasure to be able to coach his
On the baseball field, head coach Charlie Migl has the opportunity to have a son on
Sophomore Jason Migl is approaching his second season playing for his dad, coach Charlie Migl. Jason plans to make a mark in Rattler baseball history like his dad and brother have.
Donna recalls coaching Hannah a few
mainly what she contributed to Hannah as a
Photo by Danielle Vargas
son. He feels that Jason handles having a parent as a coach well.
the field with him for the second time in his coaching career.
“(I enjoy) being able to see him everyday, being able to watch him grow and get better,
Graduate assistant coach Tyler Migl was
and I think Jason is a guy who has gotten
the first of Charlie’s two sons to play for him
better. He’s got a long way to go, but he’s
at St. Mary’s. Tyler graduated St. Mary’s in
gotten better, so you see progress and that’s
Photo by Danielle Vargas
Sophomore Hannah Fields will be playing her second season under her mom coach Donna Fields. Donna left a mark playing for St. Mary’s, inspiring Hannah to do the same. always a good thing,” Charlie says. Charlie stresses that the hardest part for him as a parent was not attending all of Jason’s games because of
traveling schedule during his coaching seasons at St. Mary’s. Charlie always tried to make as many games as possible, but when he couldn’t, he made sure to have the phone by his ear as his wife described play-by-play to him. Now, rather than seeing an empty seat in the stands, both Jason and Hannah are able to see their parents every game when rounding third base and heading home.
Student athletes defy stereotypes, do well on the court, in the classroom DANIELA GARCIA STAFF WRITER
a post player and software engineering major is currently taking 18 credit hours
Some stereotype athletes as incoherent
and holds a 3.65 GPA. The team practices
masses of muscle, thinking that body and
Monday through Saturday and spends a
mind contradict one another. St. Mary’s
good amount of time in the weight room
academic and athletic excellence, showing
“Honestly, God just really gifted me
that body and mind are, in fact, compliments.
mentally. I get homework done very quickly
Earning a high GPA as an athlete and
and I don’t really have to study for anything
a full-time student is daunting, taking
in most of my classes. Basketball doesn’t
and talent. St. Mary’s has a prestigious reputation, as
That in mind, Alexander dedicates time
it’s considered one of the top colleges in the
to God. During the week he spends time at
west in terms of academics.
various Bible studies and prayer meetings.
But St. Mary’s also holds six athletic
On weekends he is either spending time with
national titles. Being so successful in
family or doing something with his friends
both academics and athletics makes St.
from church. He teaches Sunday school, and
Mary’s a double threat, primarily thanks to
leads bible study with his siblings. Junior softball player Haley Ritchter an
infielder and math major has a 3.95 GPA,
and exercise and sports science major Karlie
and usually takes 15 or 18 credit hours. She is
Ortega manages to excel in
currently earning her teacher’s certification
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Volleyball player, senior outside hitter academics as
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well as on the court. The team practices Monday through Saturday, making it hard to find time for homework and studying.
and minoring in business administration. “I’ve been given an opportunity to come to play in such a prestigious softball program. I’m always going to do everything
GPA and has usually taken 15 credit hours,
that I can to be the best. I always make sure
but took on 18 credit hours this semester.
that my work is done as soon as possible
She likes her sleep and says she does not pull
or that I’ve studied ahead of time so that,
when something does come up, I am still
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Still Ortega manages a near perfect 3.98
“I try really hard not to procrastinate on
ready. It’s tough work, but in the end, when
my assignments, and I use the time that we
I graduate, I want to be able to look back
travel to catch up on the work that I miss in
and have no regrets on my time here as a
class. It’s just a lot of time management and
Rattler,” Richter said.
sorting out my priorities” Ortega said. Whatever time she has available outside
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of practice or while traveling for volleyball,
she spends it in the library, and manages to
commendable grades and win national titles.
find time to spend with friends and family.
At St. Mary’s, it’s safe to say that there’s no
Junior basketball player Justin Alexander
such thing as a “dumb jock.”
R A T T L E R S
Photos by Danielle Vargas and Sara E. Flores
St. Mary’s has had a successful athletic fall season in general, with many athletes receiving personal recongnition and teams advancing to Heartland Conference Tournaments. Photographed above (left to right) Megan Tomlin, Matt Van Wainkle, Fred Wilson, Jose Ortega and Lauren Slaughter.
THE BREAKDOWN: Fall Sports Wrap Up GOLF
The men’s soccer ended their
The men’s golf team finished
Men’s and Women’s basketball
season 4–12, and did not make the
the first half of their season this
have started their seasons with a
the men’s tennis team this year
team heads into the Heartland
Heartland conference tournament.
fall in the top ten of tournament
3-1 record, proving them worthy of
is freshman corporate financial
Even though the team wasn’t
as a team. Several team members
their preseason ranking of numbers
as successful as they wished to
finished in the top 10 for specific
two and one respectively. With
Maciel. Maciel earned his first
in the conference. Martinez was
be, there were individual honors
a .750 winning percentage, both
victory of the fall semester at
named libero of the week four
awarded. Sophomore forward and
academic major Chris Contreras
teams are headed into conference
the Trinity quad tournament and
times this season, was named to
business administration major Jack
had one top ten finish in the
play with the expectation of hosting
ended the fall semester by winning
the St. Mary’s/Hilltopper Classic
Wolf, lead the team in goals with
their conference tournaments.
ten, and was named to the All-
junior business marketing major
Heartland Conference 2nd team at
the Texas Lutheran Invitational.
All-tournament team and led the
The women’s team is currently
team in digs with 609 and in aces
Matt Van Winkle had another top
exercise and sport science major
ranked at number three in the
with 24. Hueber leads the team
the end of the season. Senior mid
ten finishes in the WNMU Fall
Ryan Thomas mentions that the
in kills with 285. Freshman setter
fielder, captain and engineering
chemistry on the men’s team needs
For the women’s team, during
and biochemistry major Rachel
time to develop, but he knows that
the season opening tournament,
Scicchitano leads the team in
the team is where they need to be.
three doubles took first place
assists this season with 647 and
spots in three different flights.
was named setter of the week during the season.
major Adam Muro, advises the
The women’s team had some
men to challenge themselves next
fresh faces this semester that
season when training and focus on
helped lead them to a successful
The women on the other hand
the little things.
first half of the season. Redshirt
have essential players returning
this year that have contributed to
major Mariana Rong, an ITA All-
season 8-9-1, giving them the
Allison Howarth finished in the top
the team’s success this fall season:
American, contributed to the team
criminology major Mikayla Bass
opportunity to make an appearance
ten of each tournament individually
Junior forward exercise and sport
this season with a 5-2 singles
feels like it’s been a good season.
in the conference tournament.
this fall. Junior exercise and sports
science major Morgan Pullins and
record and a 5-1 doubles record.
She is happy about making it into
Junior forward and exercise and
senior guard exercise and sports
Entering her third season as the
the conference tournament this
sport science major Katie Kasperitis
says that the team wants to knock
science major Jackie Woods. Woods
tennis head coach for both the
year and is anxious for the team’s
led the team in goals this season
strokes off of their game to make
is leading the team in scoring with
women and the men, head coach
first game. The team will face
with eight, and says that the team
it to nationals as a team. Both golf
71 points so far this season, and
Lisa Dausin should have optimistic
number one ranked UAFS this
needs to adjust to the new field to
teams will continue their fight to
Pullins leads the team in blocks
thoughts heading into the second
Saturday in the first game of the
prepare better for next season.
nationals next semester.
with four for the season so far.
half of the year-long tennis season.
Heartland conference tournament.
Compiled by Sara E. Flores
FAVORITE FALL SPORTS
Danielle Garcia Sophomore International Relations “The reason I enjoy watching soccer (games) is because I played soccer in high school, and it’s a different perspective than being on the field. You still have the same mentality and emotion toward the game.”
Elijah Lopez Junior Theology/Corporate Finance “Basketball was the best sport to watch, it’s live and energetic. The first game just had so much energy. Joe having a dunk was the highlight of any basketball game I’ve seen at St. Mary’s. It’s always great to watch Rattler athletics.”
Laura Moore Sophomore Biology “I enjoyed (watching) volleyball the most because, as I went to the games, I felt the team dynamic was really strong, and they played well together on the court. I also thought the events that involved the crowd were really fun.”
Daniel Lambert Junior Criminology “I like watching volleyball because I played all four years of high school on a volleyball team. It’s a fun sport to watch for me. I’m from California so it’s kind of the norm over there.” Compiled by Sara E. Flores
SPORTS Senior guard and exercise and sports science major was voted as a preseason all american by the WBCA
HONORS • WBCA All-American Honorable Mention (2012-13) • Daktronics All-South Central Region Second Team (2012-13) • Conference Tournament MVP (2012-13) • Heartland Conference Player of the Week (1/21/13) • Heartland Conference Newcomer of the Year (2011-12) • Two-time Heartland Conference First Team
ANALISSA CANTU CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Compiled by Alex Eakins
game time, and that is when Woods becomes a threatening asset to the team. “She takes basketball seriously and you can definitely tell,” Bell said. This
science major Jackie Woods was named
previous Woods’s previous honors such as a
preseason All-American by the division II
Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-
Women’s Basketball Coaching Association.
American honorable mention and being named
“I am honored to be named pre-season All-American. It’s a pretty selected group
to the Daktronics All-South Central Region Second Team.
to be included in and I am humbled by the recognition” Woods said. “Someone has noticed all the hard work I’ve put in to become a successful player.” As a guard on the women’s basketball team,
she could not have received this honor without the help of her coaches and
“I am honored to be named preseason All-American. It’s a pretty selected group to be included in and I am humbled by the recognition. Someone has noticed all the hard work I’ve put in to become a successful player.
teammates. “Last year’s team, we won
Senior Basketball Player
a lot and had such a great
Have you played any sports besides basketball? “I was actually a gymnast for about a year when I was six, and I used to play baseball. Also, I’ve played Ultimate Frisbee for about 10 years now. I played it really competitively up in Central Connecticuit State University on my college’s club team for 2 years, and now I play for a San Antonio club team over the summer.”
Do you have any superstitions or pregame rituals you practice? I’m definitely one of the least superstitious players out there. I don’t care what order I tie my shoes, and I don’t have lucky socks or anything. My only “superstition” is that I make it a point to pray and direct my focus on God before every game.
basketball team was ranked no. 1 in
Senior guard and exercise and sport
What do you love most about playing basketball? “I play basketball because it’s a fun game, it keeps me working out, it’s paying for my school, and because God’s gifted me. I love blocking people. When we go into a game and the other team has a clear best player, it’s always my goal to get at least one block on them that game.
What excites you most about this season? The most exciting thing about this season is the potential I can see in this team. I’m excited to see us continue to progress. By March we could be an amazing team.
Of course, it’s all fun and games until it’s
When did you start playing basketball? “I’ve played basketball ever since I could walk. I learned from my older brothers when I was young”
What’s been your most memorable moment playing for the Rattlers? My most memorable moment was definitely in the Conference tournament last year. I wasn’t even on the court, but when we were playing Newman, Moses Sundufu hit a huge three to send the game into overtime. I’ve never been more excited about a single shot than that one.
nerves, but it’s all fun and games,” Bell said.
First the St. Mary’s women’s
poll, then one of their members was
Quick Facts: First team all district and MVP senior year of high school; always on the allacademic team
What motivates you to push yourself in game and in practice? My motivation is always God. I don’t play hard because I want to be the best, or because I love winning that much, but because I want to play as if I’m playing for God. ‘Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men’ Colossians 3:23.
jokingly just because she does stuff to get on my
the Heartland Conference preseason
Junior Software Engineering Men’s Basketball
year making it to regionals,
Woods also knows that, although she has
that really helped me get
many prestigious titles, there is always room
recognized. My teammates
for improvement. To improve, she intends
have been very supportive
to become a more vocal leader. Woods stays
humble as the recognition and honors keep
coaches,” Woods said.
“This is my last year to contribute to the St. their
Mary’s women’s team and I think having that
support and encouragement and recognized
leadership role will only benefit us as a whole
how Woods deserves this honor.
for this season,” she said.
“She’s like our MVP, our go-to if we need a
The St. Mary’s women’s basketball team
quick basket or anything, that is the automatic
has been on fire these past few seasons and
person we look to,” said senior English
the women’s team knows there will be a lot of
communication arts major and forward Bria
competition and challenge to win back-to-back
Heartland Conference Championships.
Bell also knows that Woods being named
The way that the team has been competing
a pre-season All-American not only reflects
so far this season, they are expected to make it
Woods as a player, but the entire St. Mary’s
back to the conference tournament with their
women’s basketball team.
All-American leading the way.
“It highlights us as a team just because we do Photos by Adriana Avila and Kyra Littlejohn
Jackie Woods lead the basketball team to win the Heartland Conference tournament last season. Woods is ready to compete again this year, and is using her preseason All-American title as motivation when she is on the court.
have an All-American on our team and I think it makes us a bigger threat to have someone of her stature on our team,” Bell says. “Woods is not
Having Woods on the team will only fuel the competition in the conference. “She is a force to be reckoned with. When people see St. Mary’s, they know Jackie Woods
only an asset on the
is on our team so they have to respect us,”
court, but off
the court as well. It’s
because she’s like
Woods has big plans for her final year playing
a sister on and off
for the women’s basketball team, as a senior she
the court, she’s
plans to leave a mark not only on the basketball team, but in Rattler athletics as a whole.
like the sister I
She aims first to win conference, to compete
in the conference tournament, win regionals
and I say that
and finally, win a national championship with
WOODS Preseason All-American