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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

viewers

theology, said.

on

campus.

Modeled

on

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

manuscripts,

Edition

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

in 2008.

start such a project, they quickly became

of it is abstract, some of it borders on

The

Heritage

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.

Source www.saintjohnsbible.org

FEATURES

Professor in winning battle against cancer “They

LILIANA ESPINOZA FEATURES EDITOR

may

see

people

around

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

by

triumphs

especially

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

Contreras-Shannon.

Contreras-Shannon

shared

her

history with breast cancer, which began in April 2012. Contreras-Shannon remembers

that

day,

clearly April

19,

when her doctor first suggested the possibility that she potentially suffering from cancer.

me

in

a

little

room with two giant computer

@LilyEspinosa46

We

sat

screens

(showcasing)

the

to know more information. I just needed to know more.”

actual

Cafeteria aces health inspection CLARISSA YANAR CONTRIBUTING WRITER

After confirming that she was

mammogram in the screens with the

a

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-

NEWS

victim

of

cancer,

Contreras-

only six demerits in its latest health inspection

“The first treatment that I got

Shannon said. After waiting for her doctor to finally

report,

meaning

it

ranked

favorably

in

was a mastectomy,”

comparison to potential competitors rated by

Contreras-Shannon

municipal officials.

said.

suggest the possibility

According to a written report, an inspector

S o m e t i m e s ,

of cancer, Contreras-

people

Shannon

a

finally

The St. Mary’s University cafeteria scored

may

from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health

have

District discovered a leak in the cafeteria faucet

misconstrued

at the cold island station, and some mold and

received a call, April

understanding

that

debris in soda nozzles and the ice machine panel.

24, from her doctor

people

who

have

The health inspector stated that the machines

that

breast

cancer

can

need proper cleaning to prevent mold buildup;

detect

the

earlier

in

confirmed

her

misfortune. “I

went

to

a

Photo by Liliana Espinoza

cancer time

by

this caused him to bestow the six demerits. On

campus,

Subway,

Chick-fil-a

and

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

the

treatment.

perfect, zero demerits, score on the report.

news),”

Contreras-Shannon

said. “(Still), I was probably calmer than other people because I needed

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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.

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BIBLE of images depicted in the illuminated

Bible,

saying

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.

Media, said.

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.

places. “It

illustrates

Andrew Festa, Director of Media Relations and Social The original St. John’s Bible

resides,

unbound,

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

a

collection

of

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

is

creating

as breaks between verses.

So I contacted a couple in

edition

aesthetic

Minnesota, who I had come

7 p.m. He was a crucial

St.

of the St. John’s Bible will

to know and who are very

figure

O’Connor

touch

beauty different

not

St.

Mary’s

University.

this of in

the

such as the core Foundations of Reflection: God. “We intend to travel the

particular

volumes so that the volumes

Bible

don’t stay just within the

beginning

at and

Mary’s

community,”

said,

“but

go

of

generous in a lot of ways, and

organizing the “St. John’s

beyond to the Archdiocese

through

asked if they would consider

Bible” project.

and even beyond that. So

through

making a gift. They came

parts

simply

initial

various volumes will attend

imagination

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

on

heritage edition to St. Mary’s

throughout the year. A few

hope is that the Archdiocese

University.”

different

have

and beyond will benefit from

words, the

but

also

visual

its

many

meanings,”

University President Thomas

After

the

locations

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

John’s Bible.”

idea that both St. Mary’s

be acquired, but through

and the broader community

the

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.

Edition–valued

“A committee was formed

to $150,000. Many of the

to consider how the St.

volumes will be on display

Mary’s

and

Oct. 9 in Conference Room

San

A of the University Center

Mengler said.

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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

us-

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seven

volumes, all of which are a

“The

Policy on Newspaper Theft Due to high production costs, members of the St. Mary’s University community are permitted one copy per issue. Where available, additional copies may be purchased (for 50 cents each) by contacting The Rattler newsroom. Newspaper theft is a crime. Those who violate the single copy rule may be subject to civil and criminal prosecution and/or subject to university discipline.

the

the

community

Archdiocese

of

Morrisons’

kindness,

at

close

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.


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Bible study group prioritizes unity, scripture analysis EMILY ARTALEJO COMMENTARY EDITOR @emilyartalejo

Of the various student organizations on campus, one organization gathers particularly

to

welcome

all

people

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

working

with

Cornerstone

Church to give students a place to study Scripture. Searching for a fellow student to

bring

the

Cornerstone

Campus

to fruition with, he recalled another

Scripture, this is what the Scripture

up to three hours,” Navarro said. “But

Navarro

says about love, and then we just pray

at the end, we’ll shake hands, and say,

expanding

afterward,” he said.

‘See you next week.’”

beyond Bible study to develop attendees

Cornerstone

leaders

strive

said

he

has

hopes

Cornerstone’s

of

activities

to

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

talking

about

Cornerstone’s

Senior

psychology

relationships with one another. “Maybe

(we’ll

have)

worship

major

each other a little better. It’s not just

Krystal Rangel is one of the newest

a meeting you attend, but a family,

Cornerstone attendees.

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

Cornerstone members:

“revere the

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

always agree.”

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

in

a

semi-circle

all

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.

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CAFETERIA In

contrast

to

the

St.

Mary’s

August. Subway received 11 demerits

cafeteria, Trinity University received 20 demerits in recent health inspections

fines,

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

received

Starbucks

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

Any

three

demerits;

restaurant

may

receive,

at

The

Health

District

gives

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

incidents,

for preparing food that had no “use by

the demerits system is computed based

standards set by Aramark and the

illnesses.

date” label.

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

support

rank worse than St. Mary’s. Rosario’s

inspection.

senior

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

temperature.

not up-to-par. Our re-inspections are

Some other non-university eateries

On

campus,

Subway,

Chick-fil-a

and Starbucks were also inspected in

Amanda

Wilson,

to make sure that the violations have been corrected.”

to reduce safety risks and prevent injuries

and

food

borne

“We are very lucky to have the between

Aramark

and

The fine print under each report can be viewed online at www.sanantonio.gov/health/food-establishment-inspection

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Harry Potter

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What I’m most looking

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If this movie absolutely

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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

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extort the Harry Potter fan

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Have faith in interfaith It prevails in

everything from community prayers before Continuing the Heritage to the way in which

Daniel Perez

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

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Media circus puts pop culture over news

Doubtlessly the Marianist spirit emanates from St. Mary’s University.

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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

This

sustainable development.

past

week, the literary

Speakers include relevant researchers and

c o m m u n i t y

religious leaders: Andrea Bartoli, Elisa Koppel

celebrated

and Sohaib Sultan. Bartoli is Dean of the School

30th

of Diplomacy and International Relations at

of

Seton Hall University and was a member of the

Week.

Department of State’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group in 2012.

Rabbi Koppel

Briana Perez

Academy and part of the planning team for the Union for Reform Judaism’s blog, iTorah. Imam

anniversary

Banned

of

is Dean of Jewish Life at the American Hebrew

the

This

Books week

celebration

commemorates the books been

innumerous that

have

censored

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

educated society.

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.”

Commentary Editor Emily Artalejo

Layout/ Design Editor Carla Rodriguez

Features Editor Liliana Espinoza

Copy Editor Alex Eakins

Entertainment Editor Rachel Grahmann

Web Editor Travis Bowles

Sports Editor Sara Flores

Photo Editor Adriana Avila Assistant Photo Editor Kyra Littlejohn

Faculty Adviser Brother Dennis Bautista, S.M., Ph.D.

Standards The Rattler upholds the Mission Statements of St. Mary’s University. The publication follows the Canons of Responsible Journalism, the Associated Press Stylebook and the Student Publication Policy. The Rattler is a member of the Associate Collegiate Press, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association. Letter to the Editor Policy The Rattler welcomes letter to the editor. Letters should not exceed 500 words and must include writer’s name, classification, major and telephone number. Editors reserve the right to edit submissions for length, grammar, spelling, and content. For more information, call the newsroom at (210) 436-3401 or email rattlernews@gmail.com.

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

the best.

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

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and often creatively reflects truths seen

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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

stepped

in and took the world by storm.

Recent

All the actionpacked

Tamara Garcia

media

comic

books

spikes

have

in

made

social

rampant

with

the divulging of secrets for

special-

others to decry or applaud.

power-wielding

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

Matthew Cordle.

various

Robert Hernandez

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

real heroes?

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,

every October.

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

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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

RealLifeSuperHeroes.

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

acclaimed

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

Online

at

super

heroes

describing

Fellow

super

hero

Crimson

Fist

“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

trial judge.

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?

Diego, California.

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

Miles Lilly

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

Park,

York’s

on the power of money in politics and of income inequality has

financial district. The founders of the

located

within

New

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

has passed.

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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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CONTRERAS

“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

I never

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

hospital.

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

Contreras-Shannon said.

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

years.’

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?’”

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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

can

negative

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

and undertakings.

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

some

his or her time using various

on

technological devices.

and maybe (an) increase in

Minister for Social Justice

personal

relationships

social awkwardness amongst

believes

that

people, especially in a younger

supplant

user

generation, which relies on the

responsibility when it comes

Internet and on the computer

Clare

Acosta

nothing

can

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

Shalimar

psychology Dominguez

tells of her experience with maintaining

relationships

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

conduct

a friend,” said Dominguez. “I

research

using

the

aids that are readily available at a library. “I think that, since the Internet

is

so

convenient,

we’ve become (too) lazy to actually research in libraries,” Lozano said. “On the Internet, you

can

within

find

minutes.

something If

it

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

was

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

content,

reading

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

where

sociology

students at Abilene Christian University

have

used

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.

One

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

up

riding

with

a

homeless person and had the digital devices to ask those people a couple of questions,” Schomburg

said.

“Those

are really neat things and examples of how you can use technology

to

explore

and

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

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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

midterm exams.

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

exams—categorically

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.

lower grade.

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.

suggest

that

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

start early.”

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.”

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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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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

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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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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.

you don’t.”

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.

TELEVISION

Graphic adapted from www.downtowntuesday.com

New “American Horror Story” offers terrifying twists

a

park-like

atmosphere

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

while

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

live

music,

cold

a map feature, including more

drinks, sports games and,

than 50 vendors, showing

of course, plenty of great

where

food choices. Hours are

posted

on

“The

weekly Block’s”

Downtown

Mary’s students enjoy the food trucks

San

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

“American

Horror

Story”

stimulates the curiosity of the

viewer

exploring

characters within the show. Season one tells the tale of the Harmons, a family plagued

with

internal

problems that follow them

Antonio

move

new

at

of

various

the

day,

appears

wheels

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to

a

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of

a

start,

fresh

they house.

experiencing

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

“American

Horror

Story: Coven,” the upcoming third season, Kathy Bates will join the cast and is rumored to play opposite Jessica Lange. According

to

the

show’s

website, “Coven” will take place in modern-day New Orleans with flashes to the past to provide context to the conflict between Salem and

find

New Orleans witches that will

themselves in a house with

unfold over the course of the

terrifying

season.

own.

The

they

to life with their villainous

problems Harmon

of

its

family

“American Horror Story:

the trucks are located at Travis Park,

restaurants

each

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

on

that

the

dark pasts of the places and

when

a click away. It

primitive and cultural fears.

cross-country

food truck cuisine only

the food truck scene. Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

trucks

making the quest for

Antonio also promotes

It is safe to say that not only St.

food

Story:

in 2011, Ryan Murphy and Brad

will be around San

times

Facebook page.

so students and staff could try their delicious food.

enjoying

Horror

upon the inner workings of a

each season touch on various

is

two but moved on to create

Since the series premiered

fresh plots and characters for

Way

the original cast for season

Asylum.” The plot centers

show on the map while its

EMMA SANTOYO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The creators kept most of

“American

DANIEL PEREZ CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Mobile vendors satisfy local appetites

themselves within the home.

ties

deteriorate

as

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

veterans

and

welcomes

three

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

Robinson said.

to finish, then everything else, such as great

Code Blue prioritizes improving

dance

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

Pena said.

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.

Photo by Danielle Vargas

amounts of time,” Tejeda said.

and

junior

information

The Code Blue dance team currently practices

systems

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.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

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.


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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

veteran

players

and

fresh

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

from

afternoon

practices

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

to

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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Senior midfielder, Kyla Simek dribbles down the field at practice while being defended by sophomore midfielder Lauren Peck.

WOMEN’S GOLF

Team succeeds despite minimum player number three or four rounds (we create the order in

SARA FLORES SPORTS EDITOR @stmusarasports

Academic All-American.

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

Ferguson said.

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

Massoletti

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

and

in

a

team.

Usually,

together. “It

keeps

us

all

holes per day. At tournament’s the team’s

We

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

rise

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

Bailey

specific tournament.

communication arts major said.

to

the

to

work

occassion

junior

golfer,

early from

head

August,

collegiate level of golf, but shows promise. “It’s kind of early to tell, but we have a

players

already

group. They’re all great girls; they know our

signed to other colleges,

goals are just to get a little better each week,

preventing

are

Massoletti

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.

Ferguson

his

golfers at the end of last season.

CHRIS MASSOLETTI and

began

recruiting

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.

in

in him

Most

check having five girls. have

position

preventing

tournaments include 36 holes split into 18

all

coaching

officially

“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

are

encouraged All

to

attend

When we travel, we definitely try to eat on

tournaments.

tournaments

admission, and held during the day.

are

golf free

“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.


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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.

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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.


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