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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

Muslim

PG. 14

students

are

connecting

American holiday traditions to a MuslimMarianist dialog some say may strengthen

SARA E. FLORES SPORTS EDITOR

ties between Islam and Christianity.

@STMUSaraSports

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

friends.”

Planning System.

“The

most

is

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

to God.”

misled them. University officials, however,

This

important

Thanksgiving

thing

celebration,

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

in order.

own plans, a freshman engineering

Senior

student. “I

psychology

major

Adriana

Zamarripa said she had trouble getting GPS

love

Thanksgiving!”

Harhara

to account for a class she’d already taken.

declared.

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.

Harhara

checked, a GPS worksheet reported he had

learning more about the Christian faith

no credit for any foreign language course.

understanding

interest

But when Gonzalez

in

and

expressed

differences

and

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

members,

chapter of Omega Psi Phi.

recognition,

Of 11 Greek organizations now chartered, Kappa Delta Chi is the only Latina national

secure then

national become

a

African

Antonio’s Alpha Delta Lambda chapter.

American

fraternity

has

been

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

sessions

and

other

events

since

his

SEE FRATERNITY PAGE 2

a

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

shows

the hours of a graduating senior, but I will

student organization at St. Mary’s, and seek

Sabina Ramirez. In addition, no historically

GPS

incorrect. After next semester, I will have

registered

Omega Psi Phi has 58 chapters in Texas,

instance,

graduate May of 2014; however, that is

fraternity

sorority, according to Greek life advisor

another

“My GPS states that I am expected to

Of the three men who probated to the current St. Mary’s student. Monroe’s next

In

student holding a higher than appropriate

Spring 2015.

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.

Graduate

Program

Director

or

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 cstookberry@stmarytx.edu. 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 acarranco@stmarytx.edu. 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 ssalazar@stmarytx.edu.

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“It’s not that it was thrown at me,”

somewhere

else,”

Villanueva

said,

GRADUATION

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

Assistant

be able to be done. In my situation

to know that you’re going to SAC or

he

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

services

registrar Nicholas

of

graduation

Medina

said

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

the

Villanueva said. Medina explained, “Now that we have graduation applications online,

main

those open the day of registration, so

component to staying on track for

as soon as you register you can apply

graduation,” Villanueva said.

for graduation.

underscored the disclaimers.

is

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

“Anybody

Mary’s,

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

Medina said.

that it’s important to consult a person

leaving

St.

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

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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

taking

classes

that

require

them the same semester. Because her request to do so was denied, she said

Monroe

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FRATERNITY

sessions and other events since his sophomore year of college. Coincidentally, an Alpha Delta

Lambda

alumnus,

Curtis Wilkins, became a hall director for St. Mary’s in early October. Wilkins said he is most proud of “the

uplifting

aspect

of

his fraternity.” When he enrolled in UTSA and did not think he would make it pushed him to do well.

an

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said

equally

experience

he

had

“The

international

with

was founded on Nov. 17,

history as the university’s

1911, at Howard University in

first

Washington, D.C.

just

that

the

he

found

a

the

membership

Phi

campus,

it

welcomes

brothers

of

all

backgrounds

do to

to

Omega men

little

and ethnicities. According

to

Wilkins,

“Usually during Founders Omega

at

Once members make it

According

Psi

on

different

chapter

Omega

week,

Phi’s

Psi

African

would be the first of its kind potential

St. Mary’s. through

While

process

International Headquarters to

historically

American fraternity.

potential

so

Omega

is

chapter and make campus

other begin

“friendship

joining

in

Monroe hopes to find

can

is

essential to the soul,” and

brothers

members

motto

they can apply as a campus

accepted me,” he said. seven

chapter,

embracing

the fraternity.

Wilkins,

call

Psi

Phi’s

put

on

performance. something stepping, it

a We

similar but

we

hopping.

We

Omega Psi Phi looks for

might have to do a little

men who reflect principles

something, but we’ll have

of

to see.”

manhood,

scholarship,

selection

process

and

perseverance and morale.

initiation

through

the

Omega Psi Phi’s fraternity

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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

Islam.

us?” he asked.

the use of chemical weapons.

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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

Buhrmann,

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.

associate

professor

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

what the differences are.”

of February. The week was conceived

Christianity

says

than

most

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

student,

Marianist brother and music professor

global

engineering major Abdullah Nagro,

Michael Sullivan said, “The student

Christians

said one can’t help being affected

body here and certainly the faculty and

religions into interfaith dialogue.

by

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

studying

Muslim

here,

surrounded

by

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

peace and

by

calling

other

Muslims,

peace-loving

fourth floor of Treadaway Hall.


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03

Holidays encourage healthy habits control.

CHRISTINA SANTOYO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Rocha

takes

steps

Benavidez

said,

“but

my

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

did before.”

and

practice self-control.

as

fit

over

the

the

holidays,

American

According to Mayo Clinic

Gaining weight during the

holiday

holiday season is

season begins.

common.

online,

the

positive

effects

of exercise include the body

that,

Researchers at Department of

releasing

campus

Health and Exercise Science

serotonin, which helps with

to get ahead on work or going

at the University of Oklahoma

motivation

home

who studied college students

Regular

they are determined to make

in

body

healthier food choices and to

subjects

work out over the break to avoid

Thanksgiving and two weeks

weight gain.

after. There were three periods

College

The

students

whether

say

staying

to

visit

on

loved

ones,

November

2007

weighed

day

before

the

dopamine and

relaxation.

exercise and

and

helps

mind

the

function

more smoothly. To stay fit, the American of

Sports

Medicine

After a semester of cafeteria

when 195 students were weighed:

recommends

food, junior criminology major

pre-holiday, holiday and post-

up to 150 minutes of cardio-

Cheyenne

she

holiday season. Students were

respiratory

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

holiday season.

session, and up to 30 minutes a

Palmer,

said

Maricela

over the break. Though she

Bissaro,

senior

sports

science

exercise

a

in week,

day of neuromotor exercise such

gained about two pounds by

exercise

indulging over the Thanksgiving

major, and fellow softball team

break each of the past two years,

member,

Palmer said she thinks she can

junior

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

body better.

that they feel the difference

should honor by feeding it well,

political

when they eat unhealthy foods.

following its desire to move; and

1

science major Kristina Rocha,

This feeling encourages them to

as a temple is a place for prayer,

said that as a resident student,

work out.

so is our body” Boggess said.

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Likewise,

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.

have

gained

instead of lounging around.

weight,”

University offers healthcare alternative ELIZABETH GARZA CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Student

size and income. A HealthCare.

elsewhere,

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

themselves

of next year looms, St. Mary’s

expenses,

income from $11,490 to $45,960.

students may find themselves

physical therapy, prescription

opting for the university health

drugs,

Does some of the negative history of the Catholic Church cause problems?

insurance plan instead of the

and laboratory.

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

surgical

expenses,

diagnostic

x-rays

The

with

lower

an the

annual income

within the ranges, the more the

individual

qualifies

for

“The reason I’ve been able

savings. This could be positive

are

to keep the rates down here is

for individuals below a certain

to

because the claims are smaller.

income.

comply with the Affordable Care

With ObamaCare, the premiums

applies for those from states

Act, commonly referred to as

can go up,” Vasquez said.

that

Insurance changing

companies

their

policies

ObamaCare, which authorizes

Under

ObamaCare,

co-

However,

have

Medicaid

the

rule

expanded

their

programs,

but

four levels of private insurance

pays—the out of pocket cost

according

health

for a doctor’s visit or any urgent

“if your state is not expanding

care—may

Medicaid

coverage:

Silver, One

the

Bronze,

and

campus

that the

Gold

Platinum.

official

least

Bronze,

worries

expensive,

may

be

the

most misleading.

subsidized.

HealthCare.gov,

in

2014—and

you

Individuals with lower income

don’t qualify for Medicaid under

will

the

your state’s rules—you can’t

government to pay this amount.

get lower costs on Marketplace

receive

Many

Dr. Sandra Vasquez, Family

be

to

from

people

don’t

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

Student

of the plan. Other costs of

plan.” Texas is not expanding its

the

Medicaid program.

Health

Center,

expressed concern that many people don’t understand what they

will

be

buying

when

realize

help

plan

are

out-of-pocket.

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

nervous

for

the

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

month,

but

the

plans

are different.” Under health

the

plan,

St. students

Mary’s have

no deductible if seen at the

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How does a Catholic worldview benefit society as a whole?

go

but,

gov example shows the range

new federal insurance.

they

Center,

the

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.

if

Health

deductible is $100. The plan also

Is there anything wrong with proposing these questions?

6

science suggests taking a walk

Si

5

self-

education

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.

4

more

professor of exercise and sports

elementary

“I

Theresa Boggess, associate

Benavidez,

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Laura

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OUTGOING EDITORS BID THEIR FAREWELL

CARLA RODRIGUEZ

LAURYN FIGUEROA

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.

CARLA

LAURYN

LILY

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

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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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AQUARIUS 1/20-2/18 You’re a keen of other people, perceptive of their personalities and tendencies. You have the instinct in understanding people’s motives, a strategic gift that allows you to adapt yourself to your environment. Use this key to dig into your past and recover memories that can start teaching you something useful about yourself. PISCES 2/19-3/20 It’s your nature to overcommit and satisfy those around you. You have big dreams, but it’s difficult to work toward them when you’re busy trying to help someone else. As caring as it is, this selfless help will leave you stranded as you see others around you begin to realize their dreams. It’s about time. You’ve helped enough. Take the rest of your energy and save your own world.

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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

versus

The

time to explore our faith and understand the

includes:

difference that it makes in our lives and the

acquired by students

Hey Rattlers,

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

this university

our interests to explore more about our

This awareness of the Board’s assessment

class,

professors invite various professionals

professional

education, it is important that we first take

graduate school applications and those

versus

discussion.

• The teaching and understanding of

about finding a job, those anxious about

seminar

important

• The actual education and knowledge

St. Mary’s right now: those worried

senior

Board’s

assessment of a quality St. Mary’s education

Three types of seniors seem to attend

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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!

ethical,

students should consider more than

There are many campus changes taking place

confident

just

On behalf of the Student Government

to

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

is

the

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.

and

our education.

cost-benefit

analysis

when

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

grounded,

campus and community teams.

and

a

experienced,

enhance sports and competitive play among

individuals.

creating

resources

maintaining

In to

degree

order increase

programs

and

curriculum that are relevant and essential to our success in our post-graduate careers.

Lindsey Johnson

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

profit

workforce, but with the intention of

founded

returning to further schooling.

aims to establish a

Whether a student struggles through

foundation in

permanent

2011,

seven-year training program is designed to prepare them for the rest of their lives on Mars. In the Mars One mission statement, John

human

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,

Nobel Prize-winning

because it is easy, but because it is hard.” Of

physicist

commitment and excellence, not profit,

Jessica Valles

should drive the decision. The easy way out is to balk at the costs

‘t

Hooft

the

of international fellowships, graduate

led

and professional schools, and say that

entrepreneur

“it’s financially impossible right now,”

team

but it seems like a better use of a time

experienced scientists.

is

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composed

Gerard

course, JFK also said his goal was to land a

endorses

man on the moon and return him safely to

foundation

the Earth, but Mars One seems to have a

by Lansdorp. of

Dutch

more imperialistic goal in mind.

The

Earlier this week, CNN reported that

space-travel

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.

possibly

After

EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-Chief Stela Khury Managing Editor Briana Perez

Assistant Photo Editor Kyra Littlejohn Advertising Manager Lauryn Figueroa

securing

investments

and

commissioning the first conceptual design, the

Astronaut

Selection

Program

inhabitable,

planets

orbit

the

Milky Way. With the current interest in commercial

Illustration by Angela Engle

was

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

2011,

the

choice affiliates into the program obstructs

By starting a war over the issue of abortion

legislature

the pro-life message the state pushes,

to help gain political capital, the legislature

prohibited women’s

lawyers from the attorney general’s office

causes women to suffer on multiple fronts,

health care providers

have argued in court.

politics aside.

Texas

affiliated

Kyra Littlejohn

with

State officials, including Governor Rick largely

oppose

abortion.

Hence,

Rapists, not victims, are to blame In

One in four people are left without insurance

in

Texas—over

30

a

recent

editorial published in

abortion-providing

Perry,

clinics—more

Texas recently passed one of the strictest

women ages 15–44. Clinics offered exams

percent

Southern

specifically

Planned

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

Parenthood—

80,000 abortions take place in Texas each

between $10 and $25 before the cuts, and

newspaper

Methodist “The

yearand only six out of 32 clinics that

today that number has spiked to between

Daily

Medicaid

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

from in

participating the

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

Briana Perez

argued

Campus,” that

other

college-aged women such

as

herself

constitutional

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.

This

violates

Texas

women’s

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”

Emily Artalejo

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

aged

will

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.

Victoria’s

Secret

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

women

favorite

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

pledging

Klein models to be considered attractive,

the brutal scrutiny of others.

liquid

over

diets

their

and

proclaiming

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.

honored tradition.

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

credits

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

unavoidable

off campus.

in their University’s regulations. Hence a

hundred

Carla Rodriguez

mix-

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.

of

student may “slip through the cracks,” so it’s important to remain attentive. While the ideal graduation rate for a

communication

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

both

and

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.

students

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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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.

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“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.”

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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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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.

A Suit:

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.

Software:

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.

Reference Books:

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.

Graphing Calculator:

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:

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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.”

ARMANDO DIAZ

DOUGLAS RIVERA

Senior, exercise and sport science

Senior, psychology

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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,

loose-fitting

clothing

and

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

blood pressure.

one can volunteer to play, walk, feed and pet

efforts count.

To avoid feeling stressed during final exam

preparation,

Castro

recommends

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,”

time wisely.

the horizon.

point of drinking a necessary Starbucks macchiato

double

or

quadruple

shot

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

that tension.

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

study

upcoming final exam week.

make sure you study in the environment

“I can already feel (the stress) building up,

with

final

projects

already

being

assigned,” Castro said. piles

students

under

up,

Lozano

said.

Stress is reflective of the decisions one makes. Delaying studies is never the right solution. It’s best to set an objective, to focus

on

“Also

you are most comfortable in—to avoid unnecessary stress.” Another unique method of controlling

As the semester draws to an end, the workload

effectively,”

Lozano said.

inevitably

pages

of

burying

notes

one’s stress levels deals with animal therapy. Medical studies suggest that pets alleviate

and

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

what

the

Emerging

Leaders

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.

AARON COOK

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

their

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.

play

“I applied for emerging leaders because I wanted to strengthen my leadership skills

lives,

whether

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

is

sent to the whole undergraduate student

sophomore industrial engineering major Nicole Rodriguez.

body. It is estimated that the application

One

student

Emerging

who

Leaders

decided

this

to

semester

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.


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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 birthdays.

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

psychology

major

James

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

the

elaborate

decorations

of

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

for

skate rental.

and

seniors.

River

boats

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

children

410 Diner

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.

Jim’s Restaurant

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.

Checkers Diner

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.

Earl Abel’s

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


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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

“simple breakfast.”

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

For

into the motherhouse for the

lovers,

grilled

cakes are also on the menu.

It wasn’t until 2009 that Bar,

seafood

salmon and Port Aransas crab

Benedictine Sisters. Liberty

No matter what meal guests come to

morita sauce.

While drinks, coffee and

established

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.

Quick Facts

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

cider,

wine,

champagne

and

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.

cocktails.

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

restaurant?

ERICA ASCHBACHER CONTRIBUTING WRITER

“Nothing Was the Same” album, released

elevator ride.

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

Source: vibe.com

the crowd filled with anticipation as the lights shut off. Performing songs “Sure Thing” and “Beautiful” from his 2012 “Kaleidoscope Dream”

album,

Miguel

danced

and

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

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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

these

and

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

problematic, families.

starting Christmas Eve.

ERIC RODRIGUEZ STAFF WRITER

Holiday movies give people the perfect

FAMILY

prepare for their annual Christmas play in

Christmas-oriented

romance

COMEDY

CLASSICS

“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

the

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

Before Christmas.”

elderly man. Macaulay Culkin gives a shining

“Miracle on 34th Street.”

MODERN For

a

modern

classic,

hop

on

to make his grand entrance, Miguel made his flashy exit, descending below the stage surrounded by fog. Immediately after,

the

lights

brightened

for

a set change. After the intermission, flashes on cameras

blinked

all

throughout

the

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

forget

second serving.

to

give

your

fans

a


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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

and

biology

major

Hannah

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.

Hannah

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

HANNAH FIELDS

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,

his

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

do better.

atmosphere all the time,” Hannah said.

dad.

Jason

feels

that,

“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

Jason says.

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

Jason said.

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

said.

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.

and

Donna recalls coaching Hannah a few

mainly what she contributed to Hannah as a

Photo by Danielle Vargas

coach

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

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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

his

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

athletes

as well.

shredded

this

stereotype

with

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

a

hinder

combination

of

promise,

dedication

academically

much

at

all”

Alexander said.

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

outstanding student-athletes.

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,

all-nighters.

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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me

Contributing the

university

to

the

is

the

status

of

student-athlete

of practice or while traveling for volleyball,

population—they

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

are

high able

such thing as a “dumb jock.”

to

earn


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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

SOCCER

BASKETBALL

TENNIS Contributing

VOLLEYBALL immensely

to

The

women’s

volleyball

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

conference

Even though the team wasn’t

as a team. Several team members

their preseason ranking of numbers

management

Saturday,

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

invitationals.

undeclared

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

Ryan

their conference tournaments.

ten, and was named to the All-

junior business marketing major

Heartland Conference 2nd team at

Senior

major

Michael

tournament ranked

number

this four

the Texas Lutheran Invitational.

All-tournament team and led the

and

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

Heartland conference.

in kills with 285. Freshman setter

fielder, captain and engineering

Intercollegiate Invitational.

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.

Palmer

Invitational,

and

Junior

center,

forward

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

Junior

freshman

major

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

science

Ferguson

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.

The

women

finished

their

and

major

business

Bailey

biology

and

chemistry

Sophomore

setter

and

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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

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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

dedication

shown

clearly

through

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,

Woods

also

acknowledges

that

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

JACKIE WOODS

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

named All-American.

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

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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

of

humble as the recognition and honors keep

the

received

recognition as

well

as

I’ve my

coaches,” Woods said.

Woods’s

teammates

“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

offered

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

Bell.

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.

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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.

rolling in.

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

funny

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.

Off

the court, she’s

Bell said.

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

never wanted

in the conference tournament, win regionals

and I say that

and finally, win a national championship with

Jackie

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