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Volume 101 Issue 8
89 t h Year of Publication
October 2, 2013
University hosts illuminated Bible
The “St. John’s Bible Heritage Edition,” the first bible of its kind in 500 years, will be made available for viewing at the University. TRAVIS BOWLES WEB EDITOR @travibowles
Oct. 9, the “St. John’s Bible Heritage
destroyed by invading Teutonic tribes,”
Edition” will be made available for
Robert O’Connor, associate professor of
Joseph and Thomas Ingmire. Since this is the first Bible of its kind in over 500 years, the artists drew
the Benedictine tradition of hand-
Because of this tradition, when St.
written, hand-illuminated Bibles and
John’s University and Abbey learned
that Donald Jackson—the illuminated
“Their artwork is wide and varied.
was begun in 2007 and published
Bible’s Artistic Director—desired to
Some of it is representational, some
start such a project, they quickly became
of it is abstract, some of it borders on
inspiration from contemporary sources as well as more traditional methods.
“The Benedictines were the people
his partners. Donald Jackson, whose
the almost full Middle Ages, some of
The University will make available
in the Middle and Dark Ages who did the
life-long dream was to create a hand-
Byzantine,” O’Connor said.
for viewing, in upcoming days, the first
copying of books. So they saved a lot of
drawn Bible, organized six calligraphers
hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible
books that would have otherwise been
and several artists including Sally Mae
O’Connor emphasized the variety SEE BIBLE PAGE 2
in over 500 years.
Professor in winning battle against cancer “They
LILIANA ESPINOZA FEATURES EDITOR
campus on a daily basis, but it is difficult to grasp the whole entity of a person without first understanding that individual’s story. Many events mold a person’s life, but struggles followed
elevate a person’s self confidence. One person who serves as an exemplary model of facing difficulty in life, and who has conquered her fears and learned to govern her life is professor of biological sciences Veronica
history with breast cancer, which began in April 2012. Contreras-Shannon remembers
when her doctor first suggested the possibility that she potentially suffering from cancer.
room with two giant computer
to know more information. I just needed to know more.”
Cafeteria aces health inspection CLARISSA YANAR CONTRIBUTING WRITER
After confirming that she was
mammogram in the screens with the
spots circled. I sat there for twenty
Shannon began her treatment the
minutes. I basically knew that I had
summer of 2012.
cancer when I saw it,” Contreras-
only six demerits in its latest health inspection
“The first treatment that I got
Shannon said. After waiting for her doctor to finally
was a mastectomy,”
comparison to potential competitors rated by
suggest the possibility
According to a written report, an inspector
S o m e t i m e s ,
of cancer, Contreras-
The St. Mary’s University cafeteria scored
from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health
District discovered a leak in the cafeteria faucet
at the cold island station, and some mold and
received a call, April
debris in soda nozzles and the ice machine panel.
24, from her doctor
The health inspector stated that the machines
need proper cleaning to prevent mold buildup;
Photo by Liliana Espinoza
this caused him to bestow the six demerits. On
conference from the 20th through
feeling their breasts for lumps. This
Starbucks were also inspected in August. Subway
the 24th. I was out of town, not with
was not the case for Contreras-
received 11 demerits for improper glove use and
my husband, not with my family;
Shannon, and as a result, she had
food debris found on glass panels. Chick-fil-a
I was nervous (when I found out
to opt for other forms of cancer
received three demerits; Starbucks received a
perfect, zero demerits, score on the report.
said. “(Still), I was probably calmer than other people because I needed
SEE CONTRERAS PAGE 10
SEE CAFETERIA PAGE 3
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NEWS IN BRIEF Dialogue and pray for peace In partnership with the Community of Sant’Egidio and The Archdiocese of San Antonio, the University will host the International Prayer for Peace-The Courage of Hope, an event to promote worldwide peace and interfaith dialogue. On Oct. 1, at 4 p.m. in the AACC, students and members of the community can participate in workshops, listen to speakers and enjoy music and refreshments. For more information, contact Aaron Tyler at 210-436-3176 or atyler@stmarytx. edu. Discover Pope Francis’ mission John L. Carr will join the University for the latest installment of the Lin Great Speakers Series on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m in UC-A. Carr will present “Salt, Light and Leaven: Pope Francis’ New Call to Discipleship.” For more details, call the Office of University Communications at 210-436-3327. Sports venue unveiled The outdoor sports venue components, including facilities for baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, to The Park at St.Mary’s will be dedicated at 10 a.m. on Oct. 18. The program will consist of a blessing, reception and a tour of the facilities.
POLICE BLOTTER 9.6.13 A theft was reported in Founders Hall. Case under investigation.
Photo by Danielle Vargas
Laura Moreno, a junior accounting major, hosts a panel discussion called “From asylum to assimilation: a refugee panel discussion,” which took place on Wed. during Civic Engagement Week. The event was co-sponsored by the University Programming Council.
BIBLE of images depicted in the illuminated
that there are pictures taken from the Hubble telescope of
9.7.13 A motor vehicle was burglarized in Lot S. Case under investigation.
the Ganges River and other
9.8.13 Graffiti was reported on the front of the campus. Case under investigation.
ancient and the modern,”
9.12.13 Police performed a welfare check off campus. Case unfounded.
9.15.13 A minor was found in possession and consuming alcohol. Case exceptionally cleared. 9.15.13 A disturbance was reported in the University Center. Case exceptionally cleared. 9.16.13 A person was caught trespassing in Dougherty Hall. Case cleared. 9.17.13 A person was given a warning for trespassing off campus. Case cleared.
Andrew Festa, Director of Media Relations and Social The original St. John’s Bible
at St. John’s University in Minnesota. Created over the course of14 years, the original St. John’s Bible continues the Benedictine tradition of copying important texts by hand. The Heritage Edition is
faithful reproduction of the original, finished by hand.
Antonio would benefit from
during the official unveiling
also be used to supplement
three feet wide when open.
it and then it was my role
at 6 p.m.
and enhance current classes,
Several pages are enhanced
as president to raise the
Father Eric Hollas, from
with sheets of gold and silver
funds to be able to get the
St. John’s University, will
leaf, used for both symbolic
margin of excellence that
present on the process of
meaning within the art and
as breaks between verses.
So I contacted a couple in
Minnesota, who I had come
7 p.m. He was a crucial
of the St. John’s Bible will
to know and who are very
this of in
such as the core Foundations of Reflection: God. “We intend to travel the
volumes so that the volumes
don’t stay just within the
generous in a lot of ways, and
organizing the “St. John’s
beyond to the Archdiocese
asked if they would consider
and even beyond that. So
making a gift. They came
various volumes will attend
through in a very big way.
unveiling, volumes will be
a parish lecture or lecture
and reflection that comes
This couple, John and Susan
on display throughout the
series. I’m going to travel a
from seeing and reflecting
Morrison have donated the
campus, rotating in and out
volume very soon, and the
heritage edition to St. Mary’s
throughout the year. A few
hope is that the Archdiocese
and beyond will benefit from
University President Thomas
Only a couple volumes
been discussed, but nothing
our having been given the St.
“It was Dr. O’Connor’s
were originally planned to
is definite yet. Volumes will
idea that both St. Mary’s
be acquired, but through
and the broader community
would benefit by acquiring
St. Mary’s will be the first
it,” Mengler said, describing
institution in Texas to own a
the process by which St.
complete set of the Heritage
Mary’s acquired the Bible.
“A committee was formed
to $150,000. Many of the
to consider how the St.
volumes will be on display
Oct. 9 in Conference Room
A of the University Center
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The St. John’s bible is the first of its kind in almost 500 years. The images depicted inside are varied in nature, including recreation of pictures taken from the Hubble telescope and shots of the Ganges river.
It measures two feet tall and
Photo by Eric Rodriguez
volumes, all of which are a
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To launch our year-long hosting of The St. John’s Bible, the University will present “Living with The St. John’s Bible,” presented by President Mengler on Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. in UC-A. To begin, there will be a viewing of the bible, followed by a lecture at 7 p.m. by Rev. Eric Hollas, ”The Word of God Alive: The Making of The St. John’s Bible,” and a reception at 8 p.m. to close the event.
Bible study group prioritizes unity, scripture analysis EMILY ARTALEJO COMMENTARY EDITOR @emilyartalejo
Of the various student organizations on campus, one organization gathers particularly
through student-led Bible study. Senior English communication arts major Steven Navarro serves as the president of Cornerstone on Campus. He said that the purpose of this organization is to acquaint students with Biblical God. “I felt like God put it into my heart to start a Bible study,” Navarro said. “Many people are comfortable with church; they’re used to going but they don’t really have that relationship with God. Our mission is just to present the God in the Bible.” Cornerstone on Campus began one year ago, when Navarro had first thought about
Church to give students a place to study Scripture. Searching for a fellow student to
to fruition with, he recalled another
Scripture, this is what the Scripture
up to three hours,” Navarro said. “But
says about love, and then we just pray
at the end, we’ll shake hands, and say,
afterward,” he said.
‘See you next week.’”
beyond Bible study to develop attendees
Senior software engineering major
maintain a loving and comfortable
Justin Alexander’s favorite part about
environment while main ideas and
Cornerstone is, “seeing God working in
nights on the University Center lawn,
beliefs are challenged,.
the lives of the leaders God calls us, and
maybe some acoustic coffee nights to
the beautiful thing I see there is leaders
get students to come, even going to
who are called.”
Enchanted Rock, so we can get to know
“It doesn’t matter what background or what culture you hold to. We believe in providing a friendly environment,” Montanez said. In
relationships with one another. “Maybe
each other a little better. It’s not just
Krystal Rangel is one of the newest
a meeting you attend, but a family,
friends you come to chill with,” Navarro
mission, he paraphrased the Bible, 1
“I usually drive to Austin for Bible
Peter 3:15, to summarize the work of
study. I actually didn’t even know
we had a Bible study on campus, so I
Lord in your hearts; always be prepared
decided I would see what was happening
to defend the faith that you hold to, but
at Cornerstone!” she said.
said. Navarro said he welcomes new faces at their Bible study events. “I want the students to know that the God of the Bible, Jesus, how he
do it with gentleness and respect. And
Rangel cited the fact that Cornerstone
presents himself, who he really is, not
that’s what we want to do; we want
promotes listening to one another as her
how a church represents him, not how
to present our faith, and do it with
favorite of the organization’s qualities.
a denomination represents him, but
gentleness and respect.
“I think it’s something that a lot of
Jesus, once you really meet him you fall
“I want that kind of discussion to
people forget to do when discussing
in love, I guarantee it. And it will be the
happen because it’s good for people to
religion. I learn so much by going
best thing to happen to you,” he said.
know what they believe and why they
out there and listening to the way
believe it, not just a blind faith. We have
other people think, even if I don’t
had some Bible studies that have gone
student he’d met at a President’s Peace Commission Seminar. “There was a guy there who stood up and asked the speaker, a priest, really direct questions,” Navarro said. Navarro reached out to the fellow student, who he’d talked to only a few times before, senior business major Daniel Montanez. “Then we teamed up. He has become one of my best friends now, so we lead the Bible study together,” Navarro said about Montanez, who serves as vice president. A typical meeting of Cornerstone begins on Mondays at 6 p.m.; students greet each other as they settle into the amphitheater behind Java City. Navarro leads an icebreaker, usually a game, to help members get to know each other better. “Then I throw out a topic idea, for example, love. And ask, what is love?“ Navarro said. Members
contribute their thoughts and ideas on the given topic; then they turn their attention to a scripture passage that highlights the topic. “I just want to point them toward
Photo by Eric Rodriguez
Steven Navarro, center, leads a scripture reading with the Cornerstone on Campus group. The bible study group meets on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the amphiteather behind Java City.
August. Subway received 11 demerits
cafeteria, Trinity University received 20 demerits in recent health inspections
cardboard and trash from the POD and
for improper glove use and food debris
“$46.35 for the first, $72.10 for the
Subway locations, the Law Classroom
found on glass panels. Chick-fil-a
second, $123.00 for the third and they
Food Cart and the Chick-fil-A seating
for serving food past the expiration
keep adding up,” she said. These fines
area seven days a week.”
date, staff drinking personal beverages
received a perfect, zero demerits, score
apply to those establishments which
Finerghty said it is part of Aramark’s
where the food is being prepared, and
on the report.
receive a re-inspection and fail to
mission statement to foster a culture
correct their violations.
in which team members are supported
other infractions. Our Lady of the Lake
received eight demerits for employees
most, 30 demerits before it is closed.
“We are fully responsible for the
using a hand sink to dispose of food, and
According to the health district website,
cleaning and following the sanitation
for preparing food that had no “use by
the demerits system is computed based
standards set by Aramark and the
upon the number of violations found
Health Department in all of our areas,”
during a regular food establishment
St. Mary’s Director of Aramark Food
rank worse than St. Mary’s. Rosario’s
Services, John Fingerghty, said. “St.
Mary’s,” added Brenda Devlin, Aramark
restaurant received 15 demerits in its
sanitarian at the Metropolitan Health
Mary’s is an incredible partner in this
office manager. “Other universities are
last health inspection for infractions
District said, “Our inspections are a
process, as they maintain the floors
not as fortunate as we have been to have
that included having medicines and
snapshot of each establishment on a
in the service area and the dining
the benefits of such a team.”
potentially hazardous food in the food
daily basis. We are there for an hour a
room in the Diamondback Café, the
preparation area, such as raw meats and
day and also have follow-ups and routine
Learning Commons area, the removal of
vegetables, not kept at the appropriate
inspections if the establishments are
not up-to-par. Our re-inspections are
Some other non-university eateries
and Starbucks were also inspected in
to make sure that the violations have been corrected.”
to reduce safety risks and prevent injuries
“We are very lucky to have the between
The fine print under each report can be viewed online at www.sanantonio.gov/health/food-establishment-inspection
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Editor Photo Poll: What do you think of the new
A new movie set in the Harry Potter world, written by J.K. Rowling herself, will be released. It bears the same name as the textbook used at Hogwarts by the main characters in the original books, “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them.”
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I hate to admit it, but I
As much as I love the Harry
What I’m most looking
I’m looking forward to
If this movie absolutely
haven’t had enough free
Potter franchise as a whole,
forward to about the
checking out the new movie.
must be made, then I wish
time to read every Harry
my heart lies in the words
“Fantastic Beasts & Where
What’s been revealed so far
we could at least have
Potter book, so I rely on the
on the page. I’ll always
to Find Them” movie is the
sounds fun, and I’m eager
Ben Whishaw as Newt
movies to get a feel for the
feel like the movies lacked
fact that the screenplay will
to see how it’s treated. I’m
Scamander. Also, no cameos.
series. I feel this new movie
substance in comparison to
be written by J.K. Rowling
sure J.K. will give it the
could make it seem like the
the Harry Potter books, and
herself, something every
same attention to detail as
I’ll feel the same with this
fan wishes had been done
the Harry Potter books, and
the last bit of juice out of an
new screenplay, even if it’s
with the original books. I am
she’s also writing the script
already dry lemon.
written by Rowling. I’d like
nervous, however, about it
so she’ll have more control
to see how Rowling fares on
turning into a cheap ploy to
over the end product. People
the big screen, but I’m afraid
extort the Harry Potter fan
keep hating on J.K. for being
my expectations will be left
a sell out, but everything
franchise is trying to suck
she’s written since Harry Potter has been compared to it. So why not go back to the money maker?
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06 COMMENTARY STAFF EDITORIAL
Have faith in interfaith It prevails in
everything from community prayers before Continuing the Heritage to the way in which
students and faculty gather in a familial manner. The Marianist charism calls for inclusivity— “to learn from those who are of other faiths and cultures” according to the “Characteristics of Marianist Universities.” However, according to Rattler Tracks, there are four Christian registered student organizations and no active student organizations specifically for students of other faiths. Part of the University mission is to deepen understanding of Catholic faith and to actively promote interfaith dialogue. This past week the University celebrated Interfaith Harmony Week, wherein panels promoted prayer with leaders of
Media circus puts pop culture over news
Doubtlessly the Marianist spirit emanates from St. Mary’s University.
The American news media has been in
other’s thoughts on George Zimmerman or Edward Snowden
a downward spiral for a while now. It is
and how they ought to be punished. Everyone must have an
plagued with an illness that only seems
opinion, if not then shame on them. Never mind the fact that
to be worsening. There was a time when
Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has been using chemical
one could turn on the news and actually
weapons against his own citizens.
have his or her thirst for current events
People only care about the news stories that are put in front
quenched. Today that is not the case. We
of them. After that they are hooked with the sensational stories
couldn’t possibly concern ourselves with
and allow themselves to get caught up in them. People allow
what is going on across the world when
themselves to be directed by the media because it is much easier
George Zimmerman is taking the law
to react than to seek stories that matter. The level of tolerance
into his own hands or Taylor Swift has changed boyfriends for the 100th time.
for faux news is high in this country. Even though I blame the public for being complacent, the
For those who stay up-to date on current events, having
news outlets aren’t exactly in the clear in their missions either.
to work harder and harder to get news is becoming more
They must be held to higher standards. It ought to be their
common. Internet sources are growing just as useless as their
obligation to investigate and distribute the significant news to
TV counterparts. All the major news websites all now contain
those who do not have the means to do so. If they want to create
the latest updates in entertainment and popular culture; often
an outrage in the public sphere, let it be for reasons that should
they are the stories that first appear on the home page of the
concern everyone as a whole. Airing the same stories about the
site. In this country, people tend to linger on all these ridiculous
craziness of Miley Cyrus at the Video Music Awards and her
stories and only tend to concern themselves with their latest
subsequent breakup with Liam Hemsworth doesn’t constitute a
updates. They sit around at the dinner table discussing each
national crisis, just a personal one for Miley.
Episcopalian, Hindu and Islamic faiths. In fact, Oct. 1 marks the International Prayer for Peace.
The event blends spirituality and
academia to apply the concepts of acceptance
Book censorship harms educated societies
and religious diversity to conflict resolution and
week, the literary
Speakers include relevant researchers and
c o m m u n i t y
religious leaders: Andrea Bartoli, Elisa Koppel
and Sohaib Sultan. Bartoli is Dean of the School
of Diplomacy and International Relations at
Seton Hall University and was a member of the
Department of State’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group in 2012.
Academy and part of the planning team for the Union for Reform Judaism’s blog, iTorah. Imam
is Dean of Jewish Life at the American Hebrew
commemorates the books been
Sohaib Sultan is the Muslim Life Coordinator and
throughout history due to their unpopular
Chaplain at Princeton University; he authored
or unconventional content, and reflects
the “The Koran for Dummies.” To bring together
on the timeless works of literature that
such esteemed speakers to dialogue on diverse
have been challenged and almost lost to
topics is to promote interfaith conversation.
Illustration by Maurice Sendak
censorship. The underlying sentiment
According to the official Banned Books
destroyed throughout human history
However, the event will only pervasively
is a celebration of freedom of expression
Week website, “hundreds of books have
because small-minded people in power
impact our community if attendees engage in
and intellectual liberty. The suppression
been either removed or challenged in
feared controversial prose. Suppression
dialogue. Students passively attending only to
of information and art could not be
schools and libraries in the United States
of thought can only hinder progress.
obtain extra credit will not contribute to finding
more harmful for the development of an
every year. According to the American
a common ground through faith. We must
Library Association, there were at least
continue to prioritize interfaith discussion to
Literature, whether fiction or non-
prevent a dialogue from becoming a monologue.
fiction, has a unique power to expose its
Association) estimates that 70 to 80
readers to worlds they otherwise would
percent are never reported.”
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Features Editor Liliana Espinoza
Copy Editor Alex Eakins
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Web Editor Travis Bowles
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attention to the issue of censorship,
in the surrounding world. Literature
which may not often cross the mind of
expands imagination and allows one
the average reader. However, every time
to visualize a world of his or her own,
one enters a library, a classroom or a
using the author’s words to envision a
bookstore, one must remember how
story. These works may touch on heavy
fortunate he or she is to have access to a
subjects, ones that are unorthodox and
plethora of information. Timeless classics
may rock the societal boat. Some may be
like “The Catcher in the Rye,” “Moby-
downright revolutionary in their content.
Dick,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry
Each and every one, however, has a lesson
Finn,” “The Great Gatsby,” “The Lord
to tell, whether it is to point out the worst
of the Rings” and even “Where the Wild
qualities of humanity or to highlight
Things Are” would not be enjoyed by the
masses or studied in high school and
Censorship poses a real threat to the
college classrooms across the nation
intellectual development of a society,
had censorship prevailed. We may have
and banning books only serves to ban
never experienced the joys of reading
ideas. While the idea of banned books
“Harry Potter,” “The Giver,” “The Perks
may conjure images of medieval book
of Being a Wallflower” or “The Hunger
burnings and the punishment of heretical
Games” while growing up. The thought
teachings, it is a current, prevalent issue.
humbles one to imagine all that has been
CLARIFICATION The article “Engineering department expands,” published Sept. 11, contained some quotes that required clarification. The Rattler apologizes for any confusion that may have derived from this. The program will already boast the South West Research Institute planning on coming to campus and conducting interviews for internships. “Kinetic Concepts are ready give opportunity to our students for summer internship. Our own university’s physical plant and facilities service are ready to recruit 3-4 ME freshman in coming summer as summer interns,” Bhattacharya said. “San Antonio is already an engineering hub with lot of engineering companies and (the) Southwest Research Institute. You have to have a vision. We have a lot of support and that’s important to our students,” Bhattacharya said. v
Managing Editor Briana Perez
Banned Books Week serves to bring
and often creatively reflects truths seen
Advertising Manager Lauryn Figueroa
not have been able to explore and enjoy,
Check out the American Library Association’s interactive timeline of liberating literature banned in the last 30 years!
Editor-in-Chief Stela Khury
(The American Library
326 in 2011.
According to Bhattacharya, the program’s long term goal is to be able to start graduate programs after five years.
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Drunk driver’s online confession detracts from his crime
Real life superheroes lend helping hand The comic book craze started in 1939 as Marvel Comics
in and took the world by storm.
All the actionpacked
the divulging of secrets for
others to decry or applaud.
Few other cases elucidate this
super heroes snatched up fans one
trend more than the case of
by one. One can safely say there is a
following of millions in the comic book world, but at what point do super heroes
On Sept. 3, 2013, 22 year old Matthew Cordle posted a
become overwhelming, blocking out the
video on YouTube that would
spark a new era in online
Now that Marvel Comics has had
confessions. Discarding the usual anonymity of the
time for its fan base to grow and reach
online confession, Matthew Cordle admitted to the
millions across the globe, there are
drunken manslaughter of Vincent Canzani, a 61-year-
some fans who have taken further steps
old vet whom he hit with his car while intoxicated.
than just dressing up as their favorite
Like a bad informational video preaching some
super hero when Halloween rolls around
didactic obligation, the video runs at three minutes,
with Cordle apologizing upon the backdrop of a slow,
Grown men and women have begun
tear-worthy song. He ends the video with a promise to
to take on the role of super hero in their
plead guilty of his crimes and a heartfelt message to all drunken drivers.
own respective communities. Believe it
Illustration by Angela Engle
or not, there are real-life super heroes, super powers not included, out there, protecting the people.
who are going to be against it, and
writes that his reason for doing it is all
others who just don’t care.” Some of
about helping his community.
com, the Real Life Super Hero Project
these real-life super heroes are certified
“I think for the most part, it makes
would later go on to break his word. In his first court
contains profiles of 20 of these self-
EMTs and many have extensive training
me feel good to do it, as selfish as it
hearing, he pleaded not guilty to his charges—to the
in martial arts.
sounds. The biggest motivation is just
shock of both the judge and the gallery. The not guilty
helping people,” said the Crimson Fist.
plea caused outrage at his perceived hypocrisy; he
“I’m begging you: please don’t drink and drive,”
people who are receptive, and others
he said. Yet his confession video leaves something to be questioned for those who had faith in his promise, he
exactly what is that they do and why
The issue of whether or not these
they do it. Alongside their profile, there
people should be taking the law into
One thing that all these super heroes
states in his video that his lawyers had advised him to
are pictures of each member decked-out
their own hands is one that cannot be
have in common is that they want to
lie and states, “Well, I won’t go down that path.” On
in full super hero gear from head to toe.
avoided. On one hand, their actions
help the people. They are taking the
Sept.18, Cordle finally entered a guilty plea; he and his
Mr. Xtreme walks the grounds of San
can be seen as the courageous uptake
risk to go out into the world—ready
lawyers claimed that it was his plan all along to plea
of something honorable. On the other,
to defend the next person they see
not guilty, at first, to obtain a new, randomly assigned
“I’ve been a volunteer crime-fighter
they are just getting in the way of real law
victimized. It is a decision they have
for more than 10 years now,” he writes,
enforcement officials who successfully
made, and really, why shouldn’t we let
“but the thing that really made me get
do their jobs.
them follow through?
involved in this is that I myself have been a victim of violent crime...”
Why did he post a video confession then? In most cases, a confession to the proper authorities
Phantom Zero chooses not to reveal
would be all he needed; he could have just turned
his identity so that he can continue
himself in, without the glitz, the lights or the cheesy
He fights crime with a yellow cape,
his work in secret. “For me, it was the
mostly black body armor gear, some
recognition that it’s all been a learning
black protective eye gear and a multi-
process, every aspect of being a Super
colored helmet. His response to the
hero is learning... It’s like opening
skepticism he faces almost every day
up your eyes to what’s going on in the
from the public: “There are going to be
world,” he writes.
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Sarah McLachlan speech. By releasing a “heartfelt” confession to the masses, it is not altogether impossible that he tried merely to gain sympathy as someone who is atoning for his sins. We seem to have
a soft spot for men and women who seek redemption. However, not for a second, should anyone buy that redemption-seeking self-portrait, nor should such an image detract from the gravity and reprehensible nature of his crime.
Two years later Occupy movement has stagnated, income disparity still high
No one can really know the intentions of the confessor. Yet, by posting the video on YouTube for the world to see, he has essentially marked himself as a martyr. He has opened a doorway for something that could end up running afoul. Now the world must
The Occupy Wall Street movement
many pages under the banner “Occupy” on Facebook such as
began in September 2011 in Zuccotti
“Occupy France” or “Occupy Puerto Rico,” but the discussion
on the power of money in politics and of income inequality has
financial district. The founders of the
died down, and has been supplanted by numerous other issues.
Occupy movement were discontent
Now issues like PRISM, Syria and health care are present in
over the bailouts of large financial
the minds of the public. This is because the Occupy movement
institutions. A sentiment that is often
was reacting to the context of the 2008 financial crisis and the
articulated as, “Wall Street got bailed
problems that it generated. While inequality is still prevalent
out, but what about main street?”
in the US, the strong feelings produced by the 2008 crisis have
While the Occupy movement is
wait to see the repercussions.
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deflated and so has its movement.
fairly heterogeneous in its ideological
It is not surprising that much of the sentiment of Occupy has
makeup, consisting of libertarians, American liberals and
died down, as feelings of distress and anxiety often accompany
even anarchists in the popular media, the Occupy movement
economic turmoil. Economic inequality is still present in
has been portrayed as a broad coalition opposing income
American society, but the next combative movement will be
inequality. The concentration of wealth among the one
a response to another historical moment just like the Battle
percent is approximately the same as it was during the years
of Seattle in 1998 was a response to structural readjustment
of the Great Depression.
policies encouraged by the World Trade Organization. Like
That said, the Occupy movement, while it still exists to
socialism and Marxism were responding to certain social
an extent on the web, has largely faded away. The original
problems of industrializing 1850’s Europe, the Occupy
occupiers have been evicted from Zuccotti Park, and much of
movement was a response to the general belief in the excessive
the rhetoric and discussion about income inequality has died
corruption and power of Wall Street. As Michel Foucault states
down. A group of protesters reunited this year on September 17,
about the Marxist movement, “Marxism exists in nineteenth-
the anniversary of the first protests, near the New York Stock
century thought like a fish in water: that is, it is unable to
Exchange, but the demonstration was more commemorative
breathe anywhere else,” perhaps Occupy’s historical moment
than a revitalization of the movement. Yes, one can find
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PICK YOUR PASSION Compiled by Carla Rodriguez
JAMES LEIJA SENIOR PSYCHOLOGY My passion is to be true to myself in every way possible, no matter (what) the societal cost may be. My passion is what defines me; it’s what makes me my own person and it shows me who I truly am. For a more concrete answer, my passion would be self-expression. I started poetry when I got into high school. I initially started writing as a way to escape the boredom of school, but it became more meaningful as life started getting more complicated. I have a strong passion for poetry because it is one of the few mediums where a person can truly express (himself or herself) without any repercussions. It is my words and my work that no one can take from me. It’s the one time—away from writing music, drawing, painting and photography—that I can be creative in a world that needs more creativity. With every poem I write, I feel I am contributing to world culture. There is always time to contribute something to the world, and this is how I choose to do it; it’s a reward in itself. Being proactive in your passions should not take much thought. If it is truly your passion, you will find a way to do it. If you sit back and let growth opportunities in any hobby pass you by, you are not passionate about it. I started investing more time in my passions by trying to match it with the amount of time I spend away from them. If you want to pursue a passion, but feel too scared to give it a try, just look at the world around you and get inspired by it. 1) If you do not follow your passion, you will end up working for someone who did. 2) You cannot put a price on happiness. 3) The most “successful” people are passionate about and love what they do. By putting your “true self” out there, you get to see what you truly get back in return. I have learned a great deal from poetry. Viewing the world differently, viewing peoples emotions differently, but most importantly, I learned how to view my emotions better and my world better. By investing time in your creative hobbies, it allows you to clear your mind and recharge. Other than writing poetry, I am an amateur boxer who will be going professional next year. (I’m) also a personal trainer. I draw or create music when I am not writing and I enjoy photography. It is crucial for me to find time for each of these passions everyday because I believe they embody who I am as a person. If I did not do one of these activities or “hobbies,” I feel I would be missing a part of me that I cannot replace with the other. It is not easy balancing or finding time in the day to do all of these things, but, when you are passionate about something, you will endure for it. Being a poet who is passionate about writing, I find my favorite moments come when others connect with one of my poems. I write many poems about feelings I never have felt before. I find this more of a challenge than writing from a feeling I once had, and, when someone tells me they feel every word in the poem, I receive my ultimate high.
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ANASTASIA ZAVALA SENIOR BIOLOGY Pit bulls are my passion. When I bought my first pit bull, Lola, two years ago, she sparked my love for the innocent breed. She was such a great dog that had already done so much for me in my time of need, but nevertheless kept giving and giving with her loyalty and love. As a misunderstood breed already, I wanted to do her justice on showing others that the bad representation pit bulls get, isn’t true. Before I bought my second dog/child Nina, I had found out about a group in San Antonio dedicated to helping pit bulls, Heaven Sent Pit Bull Rescue. It took just the cause to get me motivated to help them. They fix the populations view on this particular breed by rescuing any pit bull and training them to be service animals to help people in need. I help at events by helping to fund their training facility. I choose to continue volunteering because I was given a rescue by their organization and I love her to pieces. Nina was rescued after two dogs attacked her at about eight months old. When Heaven Sent took her in, they couldn’t tell she was pregnant until she had already given birth because she was so thin. We know she had previous owners because she knew some commands, so we assume that as soon as she got pregnant, they let her loose. Sometimes dogs kill their puppies when they think they can’t take care of them, so she began to do just that. Because of it, they took away her puppies and Nina consequently was unable to breastfeed. All in all, she had complications from birth, from the dogfight, from the loss of her children, that when I received her she seemed lifeless. I stayed awake with her night and day, taking care of her, making sure she would become, out of her horrible past, a happy, brave and fearless dog. A few months later, she’s the happiest dog I’ve ever layed eyes on. Never letting any second slip by to play and be genuinely happy and making those around her feel the same way. The benefits I received in return from helping Nina was: a child, companionship, everlasting love, and a reason to wake up in the morning in the midst of tough times. Work, school, making sure my dog is happy: it’s just a routine that I have to create because, in my case, the love of my life would die if I couldn’t balance it out. Having a dog helps when so many other things are out of your hands in life. It’s so rewarding to genuinely put your heart and soul into someone, and know no one can take that away. It’s just a great feeling knowing you’re being a voice to those who can’t speak.
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“I have multifocal breast cancer. A lot of times
people envision that you’ll feel a lump.
I have cancer, not, I’m doctor Contreras.’ That really
myself,” Contreras-Shannon said. “My husband will
hurt my feelings, and no (that was not me saying
say things like ‘you’re really strong and I can’t believe
felt a lump. None of my doctors ever felt a lump,”
poor me), that was me saying ‘I’m doctor Contreras,
you’re going through this.’ This is not the person I’d
Shannon-Contreras said. “So if they (the tumors) had
I happen to have cancer (and) I’m comfortable enough
picture myself being, so part of me feels like, maybe I
been closer together, they might have been able to
to be myself,’” Contreras-Shannon said.
am a strong person.”
do a lumpectomy. But because they were in multiple places, they had to take the whole breast.” After completing her chemotherapy, she returned to her job as a St. Mary’s professor, worried about the
Contreras-Shannon mentions, in addition to the
Contreras-Shannon indicated that, for her, one of
support she received from her students and other
the most difficult parts of having cancer is the visibility
faculty members, her family and friends were her
of it to others.
biggest support system.
treatment she would receive from others.
“Everyone complains about their hair falling off. My
For me it was that once your hair falls off, everyone
husband took time off work to be with me in the
“My family and my friends were amazing.
knows you’re sick, and I didn’t want people to feel bad
really worried that, if I wore a wig, ‘What if it fell off
for me. That was the hard part; you can’t be strong if
while I was talking?’” Contreras-Shannon said.
Contreras-Shannon said. “As someone who doesn’t
“I taught last year without any hair because I was
But to Contreras-Shannon’s surprise, her students showed great support.
Everyone wanted to do stuff for me,”
like to impose on other people, it was kind of hard for me to say ‘okay, I’ll take your help.’ A lot of times it
you look sick.” Contreras-Shannon said. Contreras-Shannon has experienced and learned how to control her anxiety regarding her own future.
“Everybody was so gracious after that first day
was to make them feel better. Everybody wanted to
“It’s all statistics. When I go to the doctor everything
of class. Probably twelve people in general biology
come with me to chemotherapy and keep me company,
is about ‘you have this percent chance or that percent
stood in line to talk to me, so that was really nice,”
so I never went alone.”
chance that you will be cancer free for the next five
More than a year after having been diagnosed with
“I did have someone tell me—a professor—say, ‘I was really shocked to see you like that because, when
There’s no guarantee,” Contreras-Shannon
cancer, Contreras-Shannon is expected to receive her
said. “So the hard part is living your life knowing that
last therapy session on the thirtieth of this month.
you may not be cancer free, that there may be that one
you look like that, you look like you’re saying poor me
“This experience opened up my eyes more about
cell that got away.”
How to show support
Cancer by the numbers
“If you don’t say something to somebody and ask how they’re doing, you’re pretending that something is not wrong with them. I would just ask them: ‘How are you? What do you need? How can I help you?’”
• 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer • 1 in 4 women will have any type of cancer • 1 in 3 men will have any Photo by Liliana Espinoza
type of cancer
Technological dependence impacts students’ learning LILIANA ESPINOZA AND DANIEL PEREZ FEATURES EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTING WRITER
people would know what to do
in the right way, (technology)
unhealthy,” Acosta said. Still, one should note that technology in itself is not bad. Only when one allows technology to take dominion
over one’s life one should begin
the past three years—has seen a shift from people who are mere consumers of technology, to people who are now using technology to become producers of unique
effects.” Acosta said. “Some of
to reconsider one’s obsession
d e v e l o p m e n t s
those can be a lack of emphasis
with technological devices. “I think that the Internet can be used for a lot of good things and I think there are a lot of benefits that can come from it. The effect that it’s had on globalization is just astronomical. Our world has, in a sense, shrunk at the same time that it’s expanded.” Acosta said. One particularly amazed by the beneficial impacts that modern technology has had on contemporary society is Director of Instructional Technology and Academic Technology Services, Jeff Schomburg. “This is a new era of digital connection,” Schomburg said. “What I think is interesting about technology, from our perspective, is how much our devices help us collaborate on doing something together whether it’s a class project or something in the corporate world. It helps us to do more and be creative.” According to Schomburg, the technological world—in
with themselves. “I do think that at times,
A recent article featured in the Daily Mail reported that the average adult spends approximately 45 percent of
when it’s overused or not used have
his or her time using various
and maybe (an) increase in
Minister for Social Justice
social awkwardness amongst
people, especially in a younger
generation, which relies on the
responsibility when it comes
Internet and on the computer
to technology. “Everything in moderation,” Acosta said. “The same is true with Internet and computer usage. There is an aspect of it that can be really good, but if you don’t know where a library is, then that is problematic.”
to, in a sense, be a personality for them.” Sophomore major
tells of her experience with maintaining
between friends and family over instant messages. “People have become so
Sophomore history major
used to texting a person or
Meagan Lozano agrees that her
instant messaging them. It
dependence on the Internet
can become difficult to actually
has hindered her ability to
go out of one’s way to contact
a friend,” said Dominguez. “I
aids that are readily available at a library. “I think that, since the Internet
we’ve become (too) lazy to actually research in libraries,” Lozano said. “On the Internet, you
love my technology, but I know it makes me lazy; often times I’ll just text a person instead of calling or meeting them. Laziness becomes a hard habit to break.” “We need other people to function. We were created to be social beings. When we let
the Internet take over that
taken away, I don’t think most
aspect of our lives, we become
“What we’ve seen is a bigger merge from being consumers— consuming
our eBooks or reading the articles on our newspaper or looking at The Rattler online— to now actually using the device to make content, to respond or write a paper or (to) make a video,” Schomburg said. Schomburg mentions one example
students at Abilene Christian University
technology in a positive way. The students were asked to go out into the world, outside the campus walls, and document their personal definition of suppression and racism.
of the resources that helped these students was technology. “It’s when they went out further into the real world with their devices that they wound
homeless person and had the digital devices to ask those people a couple of questions,” Schomburg
are really neat things and examples of how you can use technology
say ‘I’m here,’ and to be a bit more involved.”
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Midterm Answer Key tricks of the trade & honest to goodness advice as a tutor. As a result, not only has he
LILIANA ESPINOZA FEATURES EDITOR @LilyEspinoza46
a test will result in an ‘A’ on the exam.
mastered studying techniques that have
the book.” Although it does pay to read the
absorbed by practicing everyday.”
However, material for class is best
helped him ace various exams, he also
material more than once, students are
With midterms quickly approaching,
has some knowledgeable advice to give
also encouraged to ask their professors,
While cramming may help some
some may opt for staying up until their
other students who are preparing for
tutors or other students for help, if the
students prepare for a midterm exam,
bloodshot eyes droop as they study the
material doesn’t make coherent sense.
many find that this information is only
night before exams. Others—through
“I think it pays to read the chapter
Another student who also has some
stored in their short-term memory.
many years of experience taking college
about two or three times, or enough
wise advice regarding preparation for
Hence, when taking a comprehensive
times until you understand it and it’s
a difficult exam is sophomore applied
final exam, cramming likely results in a
the best way to study is by preparing
not foreign to you anymore,” Saigal
physics major Brody Benavides.
weeks in advance and taking advantage
said. “That’s the approach I use. I read
“When studying for midterms, or
“(Spacing my studying) allowed me
of the resources that the University
things over and over again until they
classes in general, the key is to touch
to make the Dean’s list this past year,”
has to offer.
start making more sense to me and I
on every subject a little bit everyday,”
Benavides said. “So my best advice for
Senior biology major Ammar Saigal
also write about them, like maybe in
Benavides said. “Most college students
acing midterms, or a difficult class, is to
works at the Learning Assistance Center
the margins next to the paragraph in
believe that pulling an all-nighter for
Words of advice
Uchechukwu Ozoemena Junior Biochemistry
“My study technique was to review my notes at the end of each week. I would note any confusions or questions I had, and ask Khon, Ph.D, during class. I also took very detailed notes.”
Anthony Quesada Sophomore Biology
“The number one thing I would recommend for studying is to read everything you’re given and work towards understanding it. Because, if you’re reading it and you’re not understanding it, that’s when you know that you need to use other resources such as professors, tutors or other students to help you. Don’t just read it. Read it and apply it.”
Emma Willis Junior English and Communication Arts “Don’t procrastinate because he, (Pressman), will know if you procrastinate. Actually talk to him. He sets aside an hour or two to help you with your work and actually tells you what you did wrong and tells you how to fix it.”
Interviewed by Robert Hernandez
Dmitriy Khon Professor, Organic Chemistry “If there is a point where you don’t understand what you’re reading, you should stop at this moment and go figure it out with the help of friends, (a) tutor, or a teacher, and then resume reading the material. Don’t cram everything on Sunday because, in a week, you will forget it. People will probably study more than fifteen minutes (a day), but the idea is that a little everyday is better than a lot one day.”
Marshall McCue Professor, Biological Sciences “In my experience as both a student and a professor, I realized that preparation for exams begins on day number one of the class.”
Richard Pressman Professor, English and Communication Studies “One of my biggest pleasures is seeing my graduates do better than I do. Do everything you’re asked to do. Don’t take any shortcuts. Put in the time.”
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12 ENTERTAINMENT TIMBERLAKE BASKS IN TWO DECADES OF SUPERSTARDOM WWW.STMU
RACHEL GRAHMANN ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR @rattlerrachelg
It can be hard to believe that Justin Timberlake has been in the spotlight for nearly 20 years as an artist, actor and even music producer. With his latest album, “The 20/20 Experience” blowing up the charts with hits like “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors,” it was a meaningful next step for him to win both Video of the Year and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. His follow up album, “The 20/20 Experience: Part 2 of 2” was released Sept. 30. To help JT fans stay on track, here’s a timeline to see what he’s done over the years:
Born in Memphis, TN to Lynn and Randall Timberlake
Second album “No Strings Attached,” is released
Joins ‘Nsync and they tour Europe before debuting in the US
‘Nsync releases self-titled first album, seling 11 million copies
Joins Mickey Mouse Club; pictured with Ryan Gosling
“Celebrity,” ‘Nsync’s final studio album, is released
Makes acting debut in Disney Channel’s “Model Behavior”
Releases his anticipated first solo album, “Justified”
Debuts his first solo single, “Like I Love You” at the MTV VMAs
Performs with Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl halftime show
Receives a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
“Futuresex/ Lovesounds” lands, selling 10 million copies
Stars alongside Mila Kunis in “Friends with Benefits”
Plays Napster creator Sean Parker in “The Social Network”
Teams up with Jay-Z for his comeback hit “Suit and Tie”
Goes on the run alongside Amanda Seyfried in “In Time”
Wins Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at the MTV VMAs
Releases part one of two of “The 20/20 Experience”
Releases part two of two of “The 20/20 Experience”
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Appears on “Star Search,” performs as Justin “Randall”
Filmmakers confront Trekkies over franchise reboot criticism STELA KHURY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF @heyfellaimstela
has conveniently moved on to the new “Star Wars” trilogy
said “I’m afraid I have better things to do with my time than
project with Disney.
read that. If those people don’t have anything better to do,
Roberto Orci, “Star Trek Into Darkness” writer and
As part of one of the oldest and most enthusiastic fandoms
that’s their business, but I do.”
producer, responded on a fan site to an editorial titled “Star
in history, “Star Trek” fans have brought the drama since
It is a dangerous game to point fingers before the long run
Trek is broken—here are some ideas on how to fix it.”
the original television show premiered. The latest movie in the franchise, this summer’s “Star Trek Into Darkness,” may have created an amusing yet dangerous new dynamic: actors, producers and writers pitted against a loyal fan base. At the yearly Star Trek Las Vegas, the largest “Star Trek” convention in the world, “Star Trek Into Darkness” was
impressions of a film become apparent. It is more dangerous
“I think the article above is akin to a child acting out
still to lay blame on a large portion of the paying audience who
against his parents,” Orci wrote. “And frankly, your tone
have had direct involvement in solidifying the modern idea
and attidude (sic) make it hard for me to listen to what might
of fan participation, which undoubtedly allowed “Star Trek”
otherwise be decent notions to pursue in the future. As I love
to remain rentable for new actors, writers and producers to
to say, there is a reason why I get to write the movies, and
profit on and for new generation of fans to enjoy.
Responding to fans regarding his unmeasured rant, Orci
ranked the worst in the 12-film franchise. Unsurprisingly,
The response was deleted less than 24 hours later due to
wrote “You’re the most listened to fans ever. That doesn’t
although the film received positive reviews and acceptable
the overwhelming backlash, though it had not been the first
mean you will get to do what you want. Just means what I
worldwide box office, “Into Darkness” garnered only
time that an “Into Darkness” insider had spewed negative
said: I listened. To paraphrase one of my great and beloved
lukewarm feedback from fans.
words at fans.
heroes, George W. Bush, ‘we’re the deciders …’”
Director J. J. Abrams’s blamed the mild box office and
This summer, actor Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock
Dialogue has kept “Star Trek” alive, but conversation
low enthusiasm on the “Star Trek Into Darkness” tie-in
in the franchise reboot, committed a major faux pas—he
becomes impossible when one side feels entitled to speak
video game, saying the game’s low quality “arguably hurt”
rebuked the largest portion of the audience he was speaking
over the other. A studio may own the rights to a franchise,
the film. Abrams has dodged more forceful criticism as he
to. When asked in an interview if he read fan fiction, Quinto
but its longevity will always lie in the hands of the audience.
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New “American Horror Story” offers terrifying twists
to cupcakes and a schedule is posted
where a handful of local food trucks
on San Antonio’s official website for
Even though food trucks are
set up regularly. “The Block” is a
all to see which trucks will be around
only beginning to find their place
great spot to hang out with friends
in San Antonio, at St. Mary’s they
each week. Roaminghunger.com has
have already made their mark on campus. Just two weeks into the new school year, the campus held an event called “Food Truck Tuesday,” where multiple food trucks from around San Antonio came to campus
a map feature, including more
drinks, sports games and,
than 50 vendors, showing
of course, plenty of great
food choices. Hours are
Mary’s students enjoy the food trucks
1950s-era insane asylum, run
Falchuk’s “American Horror
by the infamous Sister Jude,
Story” has spooked audiences
played by Jessica Lange. In
everywhere. The originality
true “American Horror Story”
and lack of subtlety put this
fashion, the characters come
stimulates the curiosity of the
characters within the show. Season one tells the tale of the Harmons, a family plagued
problems that follow them
personas and demonstration of the dark side of humanity. “Asylum” gives a hard look at the one thing most people take for granted: their sanity. For
Story: Coven,” the upcoming third season, Kathy Bates will join the cast and is rumored to play opposite Jessica Lange. According
website, “Coven” will take place in modern-day New Orleans with flashes to the past to provide context to the conflict between Salem and
New Orleans witches that will
themselves in a house with
unfold over the course of the
to life with their villainous
“American Horror Story:
the trucks are located at Travis Park,
Coven” premiers Oct. 9 at
truck stop is at University of Texas at
the Weston Centre, Madison Park,
to stay, so hungry students are
member falls prey to the
10 p.m. on FX. Both sides
San Antonio. Opened this summer,
Artpace and Main Plaza. Choices
encouraged to hop on-board and
strong spiritual forces, all
prepare: the witching hour is
“The Block” at 14530 Roadrunner
range from salads to cheeseburgers
enjoy some delicious mobile grub.
of which also fight amongst
almost upon us.
around town. One permanent food
dark pasts of the places and
a click away. It
primitive and cultural fears.
food truck cuisine only
the food truck scene. Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
making the quest for
Antonio also promotes
It is safe to say that not only St.
in 2011, Ryan Murphy and Brad
will be around San
so students and staff could try their delicious food.
upon the inner workings of a
each season touch on various
two but moved on to create
Since the series premiered
fresh plots and characters for
the original cast for season
Asylum.” The plot centers
show on the map while its
EMMA SANTOYO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The creators kept most of
DANIEL PEREZ CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Mobile vendors satisfy local appetites
themselves within the home.
Austin music festival offers attendees more than just concerts JESSICA VALLES STAFF WRITER
available, including the famous Salt Lick Bar-B-Que, Torchy’s Tacos and Coolhaus ice cream. An art market
Austin City Limits, the music festival big enough for
will be on site selling an assortment of goods from
Texas, is right around the corner. People from all over
Tom’s shoes to antiques. What’s better than eating
the country will gather at the 46-acre Zilker Park for
Texas barbecue while shopping for cool, vintage fares?
two weekends, Oct. 4 to 6 and Oct. 11 to 13. Although two weekends sound like a lot, festivalgoers will have plenty to do. Over 100 artists, including
Though the first weekend has already sold out, tickets are still available for the second week, priced at $225.
The Cure and Kings of Leon, will play on various stages.
Austin City Limits is a festival to attend with open
Some bands worthy of crowd pushing include Local
ears, eyes and mind. Where else will the soulful Lionel
Natives, Okkervil River, Portugal and The Man, all
Richie close the night on the same stage where Franz
of which released new albums earlier this year. The
Ferdinand rocked a few hours before? There are many
only issue fans may face is if two artists are scheduled
decisions to be made regarding which bands to prioritize,
to performat the same time, so planning can be a
what to eat and how many art prints to take home, but
little tricky. An assortment of Austin eats will also be
whether or not to attend is not open for questioning.
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Code Blue plans new fan pleasing coreography ROSIE CORTEZ CONTRIBUTING WRITER
excited now because, with such a small group we can all improve and work hard in short
As students settle back into the school routine, Code Blue is revamping routines of their own. After placing fourth in the hip hop
“We have a small group, but each girl is
national competition this past March, they are
dedicated and you can tell how much they love
ready to support their fellow St. Mary’s teams
dance,” Robinson said.
This season, Code Blue consists of six returning
freshmen Aly Jo Gutierrez, Stevie Estrada
Both captains’ goals for the season include bringing more support and spirit to home games. Robinson encourages everyone to come out and support Code Blue.
and Natalee Nunez. With a total of only nine
“We are coming up with more crowd pleasing
dancers, having a small team is no concern for
routines that I’m sure the Rattlers will enjoy!
these dedicated athletes.
We have a lot to offer this year, so come and
“My main expectation for the girls is for
support the Code Blue dancers and the StMU
them to work hard at every single practice. If
cheerleaders! You won’t be disappointed,”
they are committed and dedicated from start
to finish, then everything else, such as great
Code Blue prioritizes improving
performances and success at competition, will
skils and working as a team to win titles
fall into place naturally,” head coach Clarissa
and competitions. Their perseverance and
dedication is seen as a good omen going into
Pena, a 2013-2014 San Antonio Spurs Silver
this dance season.
dancer finalist, strives to teach her dancers
“In life, there are many instances when
more than choreography. Her goal is to teach
we will be knocked down or challenged, and
them lessons that they can use in their lives
having the right attitude can turn any negative
outside of dance such as the benefits of hard
situation into an opportunity. They definitely
work and dedication, courage to try new things
will be challenged on the team this year and
and the difference a positive attitude can make.
positivity will allow them to grow,” Pena said.
Captains junior mathematics major Erica Tejeda
Code Blue captains, Erica Tejeda and Adrienne Robinson pose for the camera in uniform. Code Blue will make their first debut of the year on Oct. 24 at Rattler Madness.
Robinson is equally confident that quality is better than quantity.
category and fifth in the jazz category at a
and show the Rattlers what they have to offer.
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amounts of time,” Tejeda said.
The Code Blue dance team currently practices
three days out of the week and will hold
management major Adrienne Robinson also
occasional Saturday practices as competition
have high expectations for the team and feel
approaches. The team is currently working
that this season’s Code Blue dancers have
hard to prepare for school performances and
much to offer.
basketball season. The team will make their
“I feel great about this year. I am more
season debut at Rattler Madness on October 24.
Freshmen duo lends dynamics, strengthens team chemistry ANALISSA CANTU CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Bouncing off of head coach Corwyn Ritch’s 100th career win and a trip to the Heartland Conference Tournament last year, the women’s soccer team now has two unique additions who are already making waves: freshmen Kristal Williams and Megan Tomlin. Williams, an environmental science major, and Tomlin, an undeclared major interested in the exercise and sport science major, previously played soccer together for four years at the club level before coming to St. Mary’s. Both girls have been playing soccer since they were children. “We did not plan to attend the same college prior to committing to St. Mary’s. Deciding to come here was an individual decision but once we were both committed, it was comforting knowing I wouldn’t go through it alone,” Williams said. Tomlin plays the positions of defender and midfielder and Williams’ is a forward. “I liked moving here with someone I knew because now I feel more comfortable knowing at least one players’ playing style,” Tomlin said. “It’s really nice being on the field with someone I knew before coming here,” Williams added. Head coach Corwyn Ritch described the girls as fearless
Photo by Danielle Vargas
Freshmen Kristal Williams and Megan Tomlin played on a club soccer team prior to becoming members of the St. Mary’s women’s soccer team. Both players prove their compatibility on the field, and display a promising collegiate career.
players who “came in as freshmen playing like seniors.” He
“Williams has been shining quite a bit as a midfielder and
talked about how the girls’ transition to the collegiate level
also as a forward. She has already contributed five assists
“The biggest difference is the opportunity to play with
was not difficult, as it sometimes can be.
this year, which, based on last year’s team, she would have
girls that are up to four years older than me, it’s more
led the team in assists for the entire year,” Ritch said.
challenging and fun,” Williams said.
“A lot of times, freshmen come in not making the adaptation from club and high school to college soccer, but both Megan and Kristal caught on very quickly,” said coach Ritch. Starting their first year in college soccer has not stopped the girls from making huge contributions to the team already. “Megan is one of our star defenders right now. She can play both center back and outside back, so she’s very versatile, multiple positions,” coach Ritch reported. Playing at a different position, Williams adds a different element to the team.
Their friendship off the field translates well onto the field too.
between collegiate and club level soccer .
Although both girls are familiar with each other’s playing styles, neither can say who the better player is.
“On the field, they have to complement each other, and as
“Megan and I play two pretty different positions and
far as reading each other’s body language and signals on the
have our own styles. I definitely would not want some of the
field, they do that perfectly,” Ritch said.
responsibilities she has to carry on the field!” Williams said.
Williams and Tomlin agreed that playing at a collegiate level was more challenging than playing at a club level.
Both women are expected to contribute a lot to St. Mary’s soccer. Ritch notes that both girls are skilled and valuable in
“The difference between playing now and in club soccer is
their own ways, saying that they bring a strong work ethic
just the pace of the game. I’m inspired by watching the work
and a high level of determination and commitment to the
ethic of certain teammates on the field,” Tomlin said.
program. Coach Ritch stated that he can’t wait to work with
Williams also cited player experience as a difference
these two players for the next four years.
Team works as solid unit to prepare for conference season DANIELA GARCIA CONTRIBUTING WRITER
all work hard. The personality of this team
Another anticipated season of St. Mary’s women’s soccer has finally begun. Head coach of the women’s soccer team, Corwyn Ritch, who is entering his 13th season in the position, hopes to move past the conference tournament and make it to the national tournament. New freshman players: Kristal Williams, Megan Tomlin, Montana Montes and Shea Dinsmore, display new leadership. With exceptional
new additions this team is sure to see the Heartland Conference tournament for the fourth straight year. “I’m feeling really confident about this season. We have a great group of girls who
seems so chill, confident and comfortable. We all have fun around each other,” junior forward and exercise and sport science major Kaitie Kasperitis said. A few changes have been made to the team’s practice and game schedules. All conference games will be held on Mondays and Saturdays. Practices have also been changed
This is a very cohesive unit, they get along very well together both on and off the field. I like the fact that we don’t have separation on this team, and there are no cliques. It seems to be one team with one mentality. CORWYN RITCH
Head Women’s Soccer Coach
morning practices. The team begins practice promptly at 6:30 a.m. and works hard from start to finish, using the conference title as their motivation. “It can be a little rough having to get up at 5 a.m. every morning and then being exhausted throughout the day. But we get our morning started early. (We) don’t have
to worry about dying in this Texas-heat, and have all afternoon to ourselves, if we plan our class schedules right,” Kasperitis said. The St. Mary’s women’s soccer team has a bright and promising season ahead of them. The players take care of each other, are passionate and all have the same goal—
getting back to the conference tournament and winning the title. “We have a couple new teams that were added to our conference. So we play every team only once. There’s no room for error or redemption if we have a bad game. We have to be at our best all the time,” Kasperitis said. Despite a change in routines, the soccer team has been able to look past it all, come together and work together to reach their main goal: success. “This is a very cohesive unit, they get along very well together both on and off the field. I like the fact that we don’t have separation on this team, and there are no cliques. It seems to be one team with one mentality,” Ritch said.
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ASAT OCT. 5, 2013 | 7:30 P.M. VS NEWMAN AMON OCT. 7, 2013 | 2:30 P.M. VS ROGERS STATE ASAT OCT. 12, 2013 | 2:30 P.M VS LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN* AMON OCT. 14, 2013 | 2:30 P.M. VS TEXAS-PERMIAN BASIN* ASAT OCT. 19, 2013 | 7:30 P.M. VS DALLAS BAPTIST* AMON OCT. 21, 2013 | 2:30 P.M. VS OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN* AMON OCT. 28, 2013 | 2:30 P.M. VS TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL ASAT NOV. 2, 2013 | 7:30 P.M. VS McMURRY AMON NOV. 4, 2013 | 2:30 P.M. VS ST. EDWARDS *AWAY GAMES HOME GAMES WILL BE PLAYED AT THE SIGMA BETA CHI FIELD
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Photo by Danielle Vargas
Senior midfielder, Kyla Simek dribbles down the field at practice while being defended by sophomore midfielder Lauren Peck.
Team succeeds despite minimum player number three or four rounds (we create the order in
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that I give them,” Massoletti said.
which the women play in the tournament
“As a team we want to improve every week.
Aside from the challenges that the team
by) whoever is the lowest score is number
We work hard on our short game constantly
has faced thus far this season, Massoletti
The women’s golf team placed in the top 10
one, second lowest is number two and so
to ensure that this goal is achievable,”
stresses that, transfer Howarth is a good
in their first two tournaments of the season.
forth down the list,” explained head coach of
omen to this golf season, and is definitely a
Sophomore undecided business major Alison
women’s golf Chris Massoletti.
Howarth placed ninth individually, at the
Playing with only five women on the team
Angelo State Concho River Classic, and tenth
means that there is no room for injuries
at Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate
or ineligibility. Playing with such a
which played a big factor in helping her team
low number causes much risk,
place so successfully.
but it also brings the women
At tournaments, the women competed individually
holes per day. At tournament’s the team’s
best scores individual scores are combined
hard to stay together and
to make one team score. The women end the
stay committed because
tournament placing individually, and the sum
every score is extremely
of the lowest four to five individual scores
important. I know we will
contributes to their team scores. The order in
which the players are placed is significant to
use that as
the outcome of a tournament, so it is taken into
Not to mention, it makes us a lot closer,”
crucial consideration in practices prior to the
communication arts major said.
collegiate level of golf, but shows promise. “It’s kind of early to tell, but we have a
group. They’re all great girls; they know our
signed to other colleges,
goals are just to get a little better each week,
so that, by the time we get to the spring, we’ll
from recruiting for this
be at the top of our game. Right now, it’s just
fall semester. With very
a lot of learning on my part and on their part
little room for error,
and getting back into the swing of things,
coach Massoletti likes
pun intended,” Massoletti said.
to keep the girls up-
The team has already had time to bond
to-date with itineraries,
and create relationships that contribute to
and guides them through
healthy diets, especially when out of town on tournaments. English
player to watch. Howarth may be green to the
really good team of five. They’re a close knit
Head Golf Coach
motivation this year.
golfers at the end of last season.
CHRIS MASSOLETTI and
Right now it’s just a lot of learning on my part and on their part and getting back into the swing of things, pun intended.
check having five girls. have
tournaments include 36 holes split into 18
“As far as diet, they’re all pretty good and they know (because) they’re athletes.
their success. “We get along very well. We spend a lot of time together and I look forward to seeing my teammates each day,” Ferguson said. Fans
When we travel, we definitely try to eat on
admission, and held during the day.
“When we practice we play 18 holes,
According to Massoletti, Ferguson is a
the healthier side; I eat no fast foods; I drink
only three or four rounds depending on
hard working veteran, on course and in the
no soda on the road just because it has no
The team’s next tournament is the Texas
the tournament, and based on their order
classroom, and should be watched closely
nutritional value. I’m not strict per se, but
A&M Lady Buff Stampede, held in Canyon, TX
of finish, with the accumulation of those
this season. Ferguson is aiming to become an
they know they should be eating the choices
on Oct. 7 and 8.
KIRBY GOZELL Sophomore Business Finance Men’s Golf
Quick Facts: • Heartland Conference Second Team (2012-13) • Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational individual title (10/09/12) • Two-time Heartland Conference Player of the Week (2012-13) When did you start playing golf? When I was six, my dad got me into it. What’s your favorite part of playing golf? It’s not like every sport where you play on the same field or court every time. Every golf course is different.
Team regroups, charges forward in conference play Photo by Danielle Vargas
Junior, midfielder Devon Foster aims to score a goal in practice while senior goalkeeper David Schmelzer attempts to block the ball from entering the goal. DENISSE ZAMORA CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The men’s soccer team finished last year’s conference season in third place, and
What goals do you have for this upcoming season? Last year we started good and finished off the year pretty poorly, so I’d say our main goal is to be a little more consistent.
or doubt in any of the players, but rather
What motivates you to work hard in practice and in games? Self-satisfaction and making my teammates, coach and family proud.
do better this year. Although the team’s
they are determined to dominate this year’s conference season. Starting the season with a six game losing streak doesn’t strike fear fuels their fire to turn the season around while they still can. St. Edwards is the team’s main concern going into the conference season. Head coach, Que Willis, believes the team will current record is 0-6, Willis acknowledges the efforts of Jack Wolf, Alex “Pajaro” Gonzalez and Alexis Santamaria in the last three games. Every team member shares the desire to put forth his best effort to take the conference title this year, increasing the team’s chances of making a comeback. Senior center back and engineering major Adam Muro plans to “lead by vocal direction
What do you do to stay healthy during the season? We workout in the morning three times a week at 6:30 a.m. with our coach, who happens to be in better shape than any of us.
and be the foundation” as the team captain.
What are you most excited for going into your sophomore season? I’m looking forward to the new tournaments that we will be playing in this year. I’m also eager to see how much we improve with our new coach. Our practices, workouts and expectations are twice what they were last year.
most successful on the field,” Muro said.
Do you have any superstitions or pre game rituals? I try not to think about superstitions because they’re only mental blocks that give you reasons to think negatively. I wouldn’t say I have any pre-tournament rituals either. I just try and get a good nights sleep, eat a big meal in the morning and warm up on the range a little bit before I play.
This being his last season, Muro is sure to be an asset toward getting to the conference tournament and beyond. “(I plan) to limit mistakes and to put players in situations where they can be Still, his winning drive is not all that fuels Muro. As a graduating senior, he would like to be remembered as the “guy who loved to play the game.” The last few in-game outcomes will not stop sophomore forwards and business management major Jack Wolf. Wolf has not lost faith because he truly believes focus will be vital to making it to the national tournament. Wolf is currently leading the team in goals, with two. Wolf was named the 2012 Heartland Conference Freshman of the Year, and is a member of the 2012 Heartland Conference First Team. Wolf, along with the rest of the team, expects to play and work equally as hard as he did last season. Improvement and success are two main goals set for this 2013 sesason. “The guys we have are good enough to
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Have you played any other sports besides golf? (I played) baseball until I was 14 years old.
What has been your most memorable moment playing for St. Mary’s? Winning my first tournament was definitely the most memorable moment, but traveling everywhere with the team is the part that I’ll always enjoy the most.
get results that are desired. I believe in our
guys 150 percent. We can turn this season
Oct. 5 against Newman at the Sigma Beta Chi
around,” Wolf said
field at 5 p.m. This will be the team’second
The conference opener will be held on
game on the new field.