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Policy bans campus cart rides University Police and physical plant workers are no longer allowed to offer rides in University golf carts, including for injured students.

of physical plant, to reduce accidents.

University Police Department David

turns the table, since I don’t want to

Ott and Dean of Students Tim Bessler

put my staff in a bad situation,” Salinas

said they collaborated in the decision,

said.

determining that bringing students to

On the other hand, he added, “If I see someone (is) struggling to get around, I’ll help them out, but it’s not

Julia Pullins CONTRIBUTING WRITER

students around campus. Chief of the

“This is just in case the student

going to be a constant pattern.” University

“We were in the talking phases for

ALEX EAKINS COPY EDITOR

three years,” Ott said, “but it finally

@andersdeakins

got to the point where we went to

maintenance

a similar posture: officers driving

the dean’s office and decided that it

workers who used to offer injured

golf carts will not transport disabled

wasn’t our responsibility anymore.

around

its

We don’t have enough manpower, and

campus on golf carts are no longer

series recently appointed as its new

there’s a liability issue with students or

doing so because of a change in policy,

director the former president of the

wheelchairs falling off the golf carts.”

University.

students

staff and

and others

rides

have

department.

Cotrell lands director position

adopted

Police

police

class was not a function of the police

news

leaving some of the injured to struggle

“We’d be tied up all day, transporting

without the aid of the carts. Until last year, both departments offered injured students a chance to

hitchhike.

But

policy

The organization best known for “Community

President

Conversations”

Emeritus

Charles

students around campus. There would

Cotrell

be too many, and we’d have to drive

Director of the Institute for Public

them more than once a day.”

Administration, Policy and Public

has

been

appointed

changes

Ott said that police using the

last year now result in the refusal of

carts will continue to respond to

student supplicants to ride, even with

a

emergencies, such as students who get

a physical impairment—and physical

foundational

into accidents or become ill.

of spreading understanding and

plant prevents students driving and

The change has made a difference to

riding in golf carts, as well.

Policy, an institute formed with mission

grounded to

the

in

values

University

add value to local, regional, state

some students, for whom the distance

Maintenance supervisor Gil Salinas

and

between the dorms and the quad,

said the new policy was put in place

according to Cotrell.

if tiresome in inclement weather,

to avoid a student falling off a cart,

becomes arduous and exasperating

Marianist nature, the mission of

for a student physically impaired or

the University is deeply embedded

or being hurt while a worker drove. The new policy also prevents student employees from driving golf carts out

Photo by Carla Rodriguez

Injured or tired St. Mary’s community members may have a harder time finding solace at the sight of a golf cart

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international

“Our

mantra,

communities, the

Catholic

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does not list physical transportation or temporary

senior psychology major who had a grade two sprain

parking tickets as accommodations.

on her left ankle and a torn ligament.

Rapp, coordinator of disability and support services,

“It was hard to go to class because it was uphill,”

website.

of a hindrance than a help, getting around fast.Some

Another option, according to Dean of Students,

days I don’t have a break, so I have to wear the boot

Timothy Bessler, is for affected students and families

instead. It made my ankle worse, but I didn’t have

to meet with him in cooperation with their insurance

any other option.”

providers.

makes the most sense to the student and the family,

Sophomore business management major Vanessa

whether to use a motorized wheelchair or scooter. It

Lopez, who had a broken third metatarsal bone in her

gives the student the most flexibility.” On

hunt, Sep. 6. These students are associated with the Guiding, Achieving, Inspiring and Navigating (GAIN) program. The program, sponsored by SGA as a test pilot, is a peer-mentoring program designed to assist incoming students with their transition into college life.

Miss Texas USA, 2012 alumna Lauren Guzman, visits campus and displays her school spirit with Rattler gear. Guzman will go on to compete in the Miss USA 2014 pageant in Doral, Florida.

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Cotrell

What motivated you to return?

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in service, civic engagement and social action,”

Cotrell said. Although IPAP has been operational for several years, according to Cotrell, it only recently became an independent, official institute. Until recently, it operated within the graduate school and the master’s in public administration program. Still, through its Community Conversation the

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program has contributed to the University’s civic mission, according to co-founder of the institute, former director

student limping around campus.

of the institute and current chair of the political science department, Arturo Vega. “The Institute, we hope, will continue to contribute to that legacy through its Community Conversations on topics

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of the day and that impact the city and region,” Vega said. “In addition, our hope is that the Institute will grow into a policy think-tank for research, training and consultative

Do you have fond memories of St. Mary’s that motivated you?

services. A measure of the Institute’s effectiveness will be found (in) its efforts to inform people about the issues of the day,” Now that the IPAPP is official, Cotrell, as its new director, has worked thus far to refine the ideas that brewed under Photo by Adriana Avila

University’s faculty, staff and students. “What the discussions yielded for us was the notion that this institute would have utility for and reach (of) the expertise, the capabilities, of faculty members of the university. And we didn’t really think of it that way initially” Cotrell said. In order to conduct its mission to reach out to communities close and afar, the IPAPP will continue itscornerstone program Community Conversations, starting Oct. 22 with

President Emeritus and political science professor Charles Cotrell sits in his office as the newly appointed director of the Institute for Public Administration, Policy and Public Policy.

forward to seeing everybody at Baby Bake.

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“(My own value system) coincides with the Marianist charisma, which is us coming together, collectively, to help out those who have limited capacity to help themselves,”

other what we can’t afford to do for ourselves” Such views and, indeed, the IPAPP itself, only echo the deep rooted University mission to serve the community.

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a conversation driven by the effects of the Affordable Care Act in Texas, according to key contributor to the IPAPP and professor of public administration in residence Alexander Briseno. It will then seek to gather research

Service is the wellspring that gives way to people becoming involved.

President Emeritus

university faculty, publish proceedings from colloquia and the Community Conversations series and get together an external advisory board. However, these efforts cannot be tackled all at once, nor can they be tackled alone, according to Cotrell. “All problems and challenges in research are principally team efforts,” Cotrell said. Briseno works under similar philosophy as a former San Antonio City Manager.

That, in essence, summarizes the mission and aim of the IPAPP. Under Cotrell, Vega expressed confidence that the IPAPP will flourish. “Dr. Cotrell brings many assets to the Institute as the former President of the University, as a faculty member and a leader in the San Antonio community. I expect that the Institute will thrive and continue to grow under his leadership, “ Vega said.

I definitely think that forensic science, having that on my profile, definitely set me apart from the other contestants ... I was able to talk about how I wanted to, eventually, apply for a job with the F.B.I. and become an

How would you advise pageant competitors pursuing higher ed?

All of my professors knew my name. I was able to email them or get into contact with them if I ever need to go out of town for any pageant, training or event ... I think that’s one of the things that’s really important.

charles cotrell

for the community, develop outreach programs, utilize

How did your major contribute?

investigator.

Briseno said. “Ultimately, that’s what government is all about. Government is all of us coming together to do for each

Absolutely. I actually had a friend who was with me at St. Mary’s and who actually did the pageant with me, and she placed top five as well ... I have all my sisters from Delta Zeta congratulating me on my win ... I’m looking

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What are you doing next?

Already my whole month is full of things that I’m doing … I’m definitely going to be travelling a lot. I’m spending Thanksgiving in the Bahamas with the Miss Universe organization. Things are moving really quickly, but I’m just trying to hang out and enjoy the ride. compiled by Alex Eakins

enough

insurance—which

may

leave—the

New programs are emerging at some colleges to aid the disabled. Trinity University, for example, offers temporary parking permits and permission to

orders and possibly delaying recovery. Junior political

rent golf carts on campus to students with temporary

science major Ashley Runcie had a grade two sprain

disabilities, such as a broken arm or leg. The policy

on her left ankle and a torn ligament last semester.

is listed on the university website under “temporary

Runcie said her doctor told her to elevate her foot

disabilities.”

at all times and not put pressure on it. But Runcie

Boggess said that disabled students would be

substituted a boot for the crutches, in order to move

helped if university police issued temporary parking

around campus faster.

waivers for the injured, permitting them to park

“My foot would swell within the first 10 minutes,”

in different parking lots and access various parts of

Runcie said. “I had to take a lot of breaks while

campus without the extra time and effort. Bessler

walking.”

also suggested a university-designated golf cart for

The students said the golf carts, as they once

disabled students that might run a basic route around

did, would help. Dr. Sandra Vasquez, Director of the

campus, including stops in the outback, Treadaway

Student Health Center, stressed the importance of

hall and the quad. Dr. Vasquez suggested that a volunteer, such as

“Even with a sprain, it can be serious,” Vasquez

a faculty member, work study, Marianist brother or

said. “If a physician tells you to rest in recovery, you

Who supported along the way?

It prepared me mentally ... As a titleholder, I guess you sorta become a role model. You’re gonna want to push teenagers and everyone going to college that ... going to college is an absolute must.

insurance

One concern in such injuries is disobeying doctor’s

should not put any weight on it.”

How did your alma mater help?

sometimes

lack

I knew that, later on, I would have regrets ... It’s not something you go into half-heartedly. When you decide to do something like this, you put your whole heart into it.

My family has always been supportive of me. After each pageant, I’d have girls come up to me and tell me, you know, ‘Lauren you did really good. I wish you the best of luck and you should definitely try it again next year.’

hand,

go above the first floor takes time,” Lopez said. “The

not putting pressure on an injury.

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other

Richter takes a while, and trying to find an elevator to

backpack with a laptop inside is hard.”

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the

companies provide no accommodation, or students

weather (sometimes) doesn’t help and carrying my

SGA introduces G.A.I.N.

Doing so “leaves the decision of what

Other injured students voiced similar concerns.

“The distance from my room in Dougherty to

Photo by Kyra Littlejohn

Dr. Rhonda

declined to comment and referred all questions to the

foot, had trouble making her classes on time.

and make use of the wellspring of expertise honed by the

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Ramirez said. “I wore crutches, but they were more

discussions have moved in a direction that will celebrate

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retired citizen might drive the cart. “We’ve talked about a golf cart shuttle system

She said a fracture in the leg or ankle usually takes

around campus before, such as from the outback to

six to eight weeks to heal, but a student who puts

St. Louis,” Bessler said. If the idea raised broader

pressure on a break by walking around campus can

interest, he said, “A system would be set up to provide

delay healing two to four weeks, or cause a bone to

support to whoever chooses to use it.”

move or not heal as it should.

Vasquez said that there will always be injured

Teri Boggess, associate professor of exercise and sports science, agrees, and

students on campus, especially likely with student

acknowledged the

athletes. While the problem may be temporary for an

difficulty of navigating a campus with “hills, uneven

individual, the overall issue will not go away.

pavement and pebbly sidewalks. It’s hard for the able

“Injured athletes can’t play on their team, and

bodied to maneuver, much less the injured.”

injured students can’t do what they love,” she stated.

Students can apply for help at the university Disability Support Services office.

“We need a solution.”

Its website

Engineering department expands Dana Traugott STAFF WRITER

students because it is in the first

This

program

in

2014, the program is expected

practice, the Marianist culture

degree plan that will suit the

to

and

palate

desire

followed by junior classes in fall

engineering. Because St. Mary’s

to build bridges, buildings or

2015 and finally senior classes in

prides

prosthetic limbs.

fall 2016.

students with personal attention

of

those

The

who

new

add

sophomore

“We’ll

mechanical

definitely

engineering program launched

successful

this semester. Thus far, it has

Bhattacharya said.

accepted 15 freshmen into the

after

five

embodies,

philosophy itself

on

in

through providing

be

in the classroom, the education

years,”

that is received holds a high value, Bhattacharya explained.

There are two main pillars

The addition should also help

engineering—mechanical

to better round undergraduate

of

program.

classes,

it

unique

year of development. By fall

The University now has a

that

is

other

in current engineering program

of the program, the University

branches are offshoots. The

by allowing students to create

has hired two new professors

university already offers the

multidisciplinary senior design

to teach within the program,

later, but, when compared to

projects, according to Rezaie.

assistant

neighboring universities Trinity

To accomodate the needs

professors

of

and

at

design project, you need to

San Antonio, it has lacked the

have a background in electrical

Bhattacharya.

former until recently.

and mechanical engineering,”

engineering The

program,

perhaps prompted by growth

University

Over

of

Texas

“For a more complete senior

Amber McClung and Shamik

mechanical

and

electrical—all

5,000

in San Antonio’s engineering

enroll

community,

be

engineering

competitive within four years,

University’s

according to Bhattacharya.

sciences program is actually

“San

should

Antonio

is

slowly

becoming an engineering hub.

annually

students

focused

into

UTSA’s

Bhattacharya also spoke of

program.

Trinity

the possibility of a master’s

engineering on

mechanical

engineering. “We’ve been limping around.

have a lot of support and that’s

Now we’re in a much better

important to our students,”

place to add other engineering

Bhattacharya said.

majors,”

Currently, the degree plan

program in the future. “It is a milestone for our university,” he said. “We are hopeful for this program; we

You have to have a vision. We

is not accepting any transfer

Rezaie said.

Bahman

Rezaie

professor of science, engineering and technology said.

need to grow.”

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Woman picks compassion; prevents school shooting

Councilwoman’s anti-gay remarks should not undermine civil rights

“Red line” hypocrisy

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Just

few

anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s

when she spoke out in defense of her statements;

weeks ago, the

“I Have A Dream” speech, the ultimate

Councilwomen Chan cited First Amendment rights to

brave Antoinette

example of nonviolent ideology.

free speech and privacy.

Tuff

A recent proposal made by

apology from the Councilwoman, and were surprised

District 1 City Councilman Diego Bernal garnered a large amount

During

of opposition and support from

President Obama’s half-hour talk with Russian

fellow councilmen as well as

In spite of opposition, the proposal attracted

President Vladimir Putin, the issue of Edward

other voices in the community.

supporters, not least of which are Mayor Julián Castro

old

Snowden just didn’t come up. Obama was

He proposed that the city’s

and District 7 City Councilman Cris Medina. Medina

Michael

non-discrimination ordinance

supports the measure, stating “I am supporting the

be

include

proposed ordinance because I oppose discrimination in

Today, hypocrisy in the realm of international relations

is

especially

apparent.

Eric Rodriguez

quoted that, during his short conversation with Putin at the Group of 20 summits, “Mr. Snowden

amended

to

down

Tamara Garcia

a

talked

Dr. King personified the method of

20-year-

nonviolence long ago, and many others

shooter

spoke of it before him. Yet here we are,

Hill

filling our homes with the very weapons

from

opening

that killed so many before us.

fire at Ronald E.

Accordingly, the questions have to be

protection from discrimination

all forms.” And like Councilman Bernal, Councilwoman

McNair Discovery

asked: Why does it take the possibility

emphasizing that where we have common

based on “sexual orientation,

Chan also generated a large amount of support and

L e a r n i n g

of death for any real action to be taken?

interests, I think it’s important for the two

gender identity and veteran status.” His proposal

opposition for her expressed views on homosexuals

Academy in Decatur, Georgia. The only

Most importantly, how much longer is it

of us to work together.” Snowden remains in

also consolidates and simplifies the existing non-

and transgendered people.

shot fired was toward the ground and,

going to take before we start to treat one

Russia on asylum while still wanted by the U.S.

discrimination ordinance and allows for exemptions to

One surprising source of support for Chan came

luckily, Tuff was there to prevent him

another with the respect and love we

on charges of espionage. Many have criticized

religious organizations. This proposal claims to catch

from Attorney General Greg Abbott, currently in

from firing elsewhere.

are all born deserving of? For a species

these diagnosable mental disorders

are driving ourselves mad. Only we have

Obama’s continuous, forced relations with Putin

up with those of other major cities in Texas, showing

the running for the 2014 gubernatorial race. His

This would-be mass shooting and

that cannot survive without the care of

who cannot afford medication, and Tuff

the power to change that.

when the two leaders disagree on everything

that San Antonio is the last major city to have not

statement claims that the ordinance would, “not stifle

the many recent mass shootings are not

others, we have become so afraid of our

just joined the growing group of people

Tuff walked into work that morning

own kind.

who will no longer feel safe walking

as usual, and she walked out a hero.

into work every morning. Soon enough,

Not just because no one was hurt, but

school children will have guns more

because in even the most hopeless

readily available than pencils.

circumstances, she chose to love.

did not come up beyond me saying that—re-

discrimination, but impose it: stifling speech, religious

accidents. They have taken the place

homosexual rights to relations with Iran and

His proposed plan set off a firestorm of controversy

liberty, and imposing burdens on those who hold a

where love and kindness, not fear and

Syria. The “frenemy” status of U.S. and Russia,

inside City Hall. One particularly incendiary example

traditional view on human relations.” His statement

violence, should be. Tuff’s decision to

for

though, is a perennial issue based in the unique

of opposition to the proposal was a set of comments

also goes on to cite Article 23 of the Texas Constitution,

choose a method of nonviolence is an

26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and

from Snowden to nuclear arms control and

updated their non-discrimination ordinance.

According to the National Institute Mental

Health,

“An

estimated

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relationship that evolved from the Cold War era,

made by District 9 City Councilwoman Elisa Chan.

which defines marriage as being, “between a man and

example of how effective nonviolence

older—about one in four adults—suffer

Somewhere down-the-line, we, as

combined with the glaring fact that Russia still

During a private meeting between the councilwoman

a woman” and highlights the state’s inability to create

can be. Just a few days after Tuff

from a diagnosable mental disorder in

a people, began to lose the very thing

to her, over 800 students and faculty

possesses 4,500 nuclear warheads.

and members of her staff, her aide James Stevens

any legal status other than the one previously defined.

prevented

again,

a given year.” Hill is just one person

that makes us what we are—our unique

walked

recorded her making remarks considered by many to

Despite one’s personal views of sexuality, it makes

50-year

of the millions suffering from one of

ability to choose love above all else. We

unharmed.

Those critical of Obama’s “hanging with” Putin, though, should consider a much more

be homophobic.

the

Hill

nation

from

celebrated

firing the

“I love you,” she told Hill. Thanks off

the

McNair

campus

sense that gays, lesbians, and transgendered people

substantial hypocrisy at hand. Whether the U.S.

Her remarks include anti-transgender statements,

are allowed protections from discrimination. To expect

ends up in Syria or not, Obama has denounced

such as, “Strip down! What equipment do you have?”

any less denotes that LBGTQ people do not deserve the

a leader’s use of chemical weapons against his

She also states, “Whatever you want to do in your

same rights that most citizens enjoy.

people.

Where was this “red line” in 1988?

bedroom is none of my business, but do not impose

City Council officially voted 8-3 on the proposed

The “Washington Post” recently published an

your view on other people... because, personally, I

ordinance Sept. 5. Councilwoman Chan, Councilwoman

article that revealed that U.S. intelligence’s

think it’s just disgusting just to even think about.”

Taylor

Edward Snowden: an honest patriot or naive traitor? Snowden’s act of civil disobedience gives the public the opportunity to debate the use of surveillance post-9/11

Snowden breached our national security with NSA program leak; the only injustice committed is Snowden’s

plan to use chemical weapons against the

Critics of Edward Snowden believe that Snowden is a

When the name Edward Snowden is dropped into a

Kurdish resistance in Iraq. After the attack the

traitor; some go as far as to say he has committed an

conversation it is usually used in conjunction with the

U.S. did not impose sanctions.

act of treason. Whistle-blowers, from Daniel Ellsberg

term whistle-blower, as if a clear comparison could be

to Bradley Manning, are often vilified, as many

drawn between the two. Whistle-blower has a connotation

pundits and politicians do not like those who expose

attached to that alludes to uncovering an injustice for the

sensitive government secrets. These secrets are

morally right reason, removing the mysterious veil from

Fifteen years

later, though, the Bush administration cited Saddam’s chemical attack as justification for

Upon release of these statements, many expected an

Soules

casted

the

dissenting votes.

Students still clueless about hunger

invading Iraq. Secretary of State John Kerry

September

recently highlighted the need to punish leaders

he could have been referencing Lyndon B. Johnson’s use of Agent Orange in Vietnam, a clear violation of the Geneva Convention. If the the whim of the president “du jour,” fashionable

Christina Faseler

today, forgotten tomorrow.

more

than

one

community’s hands.

of

on a regular basis. Furthermore,

Mary’s

Hunger Action

according to the U.S. Census, Texas

engagement,

Month for cities,

is the second most food insecure

participate in trying to immediately

counties

state in the nation.

relieve the hunger of families, but

and

“The

responsibility students, is

of

through (to)

not

St. civic only

across

Locally, statistics are even more

(to) establish a relationship with

the nation and

alarming. One in four children

some of those who are hungry. You

around

lived in poverty in Bexar County

hear their story —the narrative—

states

United States’ red line exists, it moves fluidly at

alone,

million people experience hunger

beginning

referring to President of Syria Bashar al-Assad,

Texas

the

marks

who violate international law; though he was

editorial staff

Councilman

the

in 2009. Through no fault of their

and you get involved with the food

a

own, children are more than likely

bank and its programs.”

its

to struggle with food insecurity

world. As symbol

of

especially great support, the city

than any other sub-group.

The difference between serving to feed the hungry and serving

of San Antonio has embellished

How could this possibly be

to end their hunger lies in the

the Bexar County courthouse, the

the truth in a nation so dedicated

difference between volunteering

smokestacks of the Quarry and

to freedom, class mobility and

and advocating. The San Antonio

Editor-in-Chief Stela Khury

Advertising Manager Lauryn Figueroa

Managing Editor Briana Perez

News Editor William W. Gilbert

several other city landmarks with

opportunity?

citizens

Food Bank is not just a for-a-

beautiful accents of orange, the

answer this question with a set

Saturday volunteering opportunity;

Layout/ Design Editor Carla Rodriguez

Commentary Editor Emily Artalejo

national color of hunger awareness.

of stereotypes: the hungry, the

it aims to equip advocates for life.

The San Antonio-based company

homeless and the deprived of this

Whataburger has even partnered

country are ‘lazy.’ ‘They don’t try.’

that

with the San Antonio Food Bank

and ‘They need to help themselves

compulsory kindness,” Dr. Hufford

for

before we can help them.’

clarifies.

Copy Editor Alex Eakins Web Editor Travis Bowles Photo Editor Adriana Avila Assistant Photo Editor Kyra Littlejohn

Features Editor Liliana Espinoza Entertainment Editor Rachel Grahmann Sports Editor Sara Flores Faculty Adviser Brother Dennis Bautista, S.M., Ph.D.

awareness

and

fundraising

Many

“Students ought to understand civic

engagement

“Civic

is

not

engagement

is

events representing Hunger Action

For some, this is true. The

done for the right reasons. There is

Month. Students, though, remain

majority of those facing hunger

a spiritual dimension to it; there is

largely unaware of the reality of

in our city, however, are helping

a citizenship dimension to it. We’re

hunger on the local, national and

themselves.

in this together.”

global levels.

families, an education and dreams.

According Department

to of

the

Agriculture,

U.S. in

These

They

peoples’

however,

have

have

jobs,

circumstances, a

tremendous

impact on their ability to provide for themselves and their families. In the current economic state of the U.S., struggles such as

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unemployment, employment

nonexistent benefits

and

unaffordable housing have become the status quo for many families. The reality of hunger in our city

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is undeniable. It is not, however, unavoidable. Dr. Larry Hufford, St. Mary’s professor of political science, places the solution to Illustration by Adriana Avila

this problem in the University

Students don’t have to remain ignorant; we can be empowered to alleviate a problem that continues to exist right in front of us.

Check out how you can conduct your own “Food and Fund Drive” through the SA Food Bank.

usually justified in the name of security. As it has been

Miles Lilly

conceded that what he did was illegal, the question has now become whether what he did was a legitimate

Robert Hernandez

an often cold and unreachable entity. By doing so, the public can see a wrongdoing, if one is occurring, giving humble civilians a choice, or at least a feeling of control,

act of civil disobedience, and if the information he

in governmental matters. However, when Snowden is used

released presents a national security threat. Yes to the former, and no to

in conjunction with whistle-blower, I believe it is an abuse of the meaning of the

the latter.

word; rather than uncovering an injustice, Snowden caused a great security risk to

Based on what has been released by Snowden, it looks like what he did was

our fair nation.

a legitimate act of civil disobedience. The information Snowden leaked was

For those unaware, in May 2013, National Security Administration employee

about the surveillance program, codenamed PRISM, which has shown to be

Edward Snowden leaked classified information to the British newspaper, “The

a matter of great public concern, both nation and worldwide. Some perceive

Guardian,” which then published articles revealing a series of programs,

it as a threat to civil liberties, and there is widespread concern

PRISM, “XKeyscore” and “Tempora.” These programs run large

that it is an invasion of privacy. Furthermore, foreign nations that were spied on by this program have taken it as a violation of trust, further complicating international relations. While some may object to these lines of reasoning, what should be

coun

preemptive knowledge of Saddam Hussein’s

and

point ter

sums of data and interactions through a monitoring system, via a network of companies that deal in the world of internet data, such as Skype, Google and Facebook just to name a few. Naively assuming that what he was doing was noble and for the greater good of

conceded is that the surveillance architecture revealed needed to be brought to the public’s attention. The leaks do not pose any threat to national security

the American public, Snowden did not once consider the circumstances of the U.S. today.

point

Take for example the leap of advancements in technology in the

because they did not reveal any specific information about

past 13 years. The world has become a vast communication network

Americans, or about the positions of U.S. troops. If Snowden

propelled by data sharing through the World Wide Web. Almost everything

wanted to leak documents that would directly harm Americans,

is accessible through the internet, and it houses a stored hive of knowledge,

he very well could have. But he did not. Rather, according to the now famous

conversations and memories of many people across the world. The Internet

interview with “The Guardian,” his moral motivation was, “I don’t want to

is a vast resource, and Snowden only succeeded in revealing that the U.S. is

live in a society that does these sorts of things... I do not want to live in a

monitoring it for its intended use: knowledge. Knowledge used to keep the country

world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am

safe, the same country that is still reeling from calculated attacks that occurred

willing to support or live under.” In other words, Snowden’s actions fit the

on 9/11. This country is still trying to pull itself together, and in fear of a looming

paradigm of civil disobedience in the tradition of David Henry Thoreau: his

terrorist threat, preparing for the next huge disaster that could occur on its soil.

actions were those of a man who willingly and knowingly broke the law for

Now with breached information in the public sphere, this could be one of the most

moral reasons.

considerable violations of national security in our history considering how large

Another objection to the claim that Snowden is traitor is a somewhat

a part the electronic sphere plays in everything. So of course, the “hero” should

libertarian one. The banner of security should not give justification to the

gladly step forward and lead the charge on this “horrid” invasion of privacy. Yet

violation of civil liberties as well as to the increase in state power. This

instead our hero flees the country with stores of secrets, and lands in the hands

sentiment is reminiscent of our nation’s founding. As Benjamin Franklin once

of Russia.

stated, “Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.” This

With Snowden’s security breach, the system set in place that would keep many

reflects a fear of the power of government that has always been a part of the

people safe at night has been compromised, which is a frightening thought.

American political sensibility. Given what is known about PRISM, it should be

Many citizens argue that the NSA program is spying on their daily activities and

concluded that it is necessary, at the very least, to have a substantial public

infringing on their privacy. It is not as if a sophisticated program would pull

debate about the growing role of surveillance in the post-9/11 world. And it

every single duck-face photo of piece of chain mail, from everyone’s data, and

should be noted that this necessary debate is only made possible by Edward

read through it all. The programs are concerned with protecting our nation; NSA

Snowden.

employees are not looking through trivial tidbits. A program on such a large scale

“I have been surprised and pleased to see the public has reacted so strongly in defense of these rights that are being suppressed in the name of security.” said Snowden

does not focus on the daily ongoings of your average social media user. I am sure that our great country has bigger threats to watch out for, none of these include embarrassing pictures on someone’s Facebook page.


growth

hip s r e d a le ges n e l l a ch ork w m a e t t n e m e v achie service e c i f i r c sa nt e m t t i comm . e t a m i ult We’ve seen them around school, in stance at Treadaway and at the gym. These students in uniform live full and active lives. But to the rest of us, their organization has remained mostly invisible. Just like any other student, they attend classes and have jobs on the side, but when they’re with each other, they have one common goal—to serve. Compiled by Carla Rodriguez

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Rem emb erin 9/11, g 12 ye late a rs r

“There are so many benefits that ROTC gives you financially, but I consider the greatest benefit I received to be becoming a more confident woman. I came into the program shy and unsure of myself, three years later and I’m ready to stand in front of any obstacle as a soon to be lieutenant should.”

Esperanza Garcia, is contracted as a new Cadet at StMU Rattler Battalion. Photo by Saint Mary’s University Army ROTC’s Facebook

Ya jaira Piñon Senior Biology

“I expected a whole lot of yelling and being broken down but it didn’t turn out that way. Yes, we do get yelled at sometimes but it’s only if we messed up in a way that could cause safety to be an issue. Other than that, this program expects so much out of us that creates an environment built on respect and pride.”

“I’m a senior this year, but the one thing that never ceases to get me is the change that we all go through, from freshman year to senior year; how we start out innocent and fresh faced, but towards the end we really do look like what the program is trying to produce: quality lieutenants for the US Army.”

St. Mary’s students meet before their fitness routine behind the AACC. Photo by Saint Mary’s University Army ROTC’s Facebook

e d i s

“The factors that influenced me to join ROTC is that I have always wanted to help people. The way I see things,leadership is the ultimate form of service and being an Army officer is the perfect outlet for this desire.”

Cadet Captain Joana Martinez Senior Psychology

“Being in ROTC has really developed me into the strong and confident leader that I feel I am today. I’m ready to step up to the plate at any time, physically and mentally prepared for whatever lies ahead.”

“ Tw e l ve years ago, this nation had been severely bruised by a devastating action. We cannot put a number on how many bad news that were received that day; neither on how many civilians decided that joining the United States Military is the way to help. Many younger adults are raising that right hand, wanting to make a huge difference; of course, not only to make a difference for themselves, but for our nation as well. The patriotism morale is high around this time of year. Many have huge respect for the men and women that have answered the calling.” Melissa N. Kidder, MCI, Psychology

ROT “(The best thing I’ve learned is) time management. I can guarantee that if I went back in time to freshman year, did not do ROTC, I couldn’t have graduate in 2 years with a BS and a GPA of at least 3.6.”

C

Cadet William Miles, Senior, Engineering

In attendance at the Rattler Batallion, student Cadet Landry is awarded a STEM scholarship. Photo by Saint Mary’s University Army ROTC’s Facebook

“What surprised me the most was how much the cadets run the program. For the most part, the instructors act in facilitators of training while the senior/ junior cadets teach classes and train the freshmen/sophomore cadets.”

“The ROTC sparked my interest with a special known fact. Only 2% of Americans are in the military. Now divide that up between the branches of the military; how many can say they serve in the United States Army? Not that many. The interest is being the few Americans that serve in the great United States Army!”

“In ROTC I learned how to be able to accomplish tasks in a tactful manner. When I first joined I was much more stern and told individuals what I wanted done. Now I have found that asking and empowering others really is the way to go. If people are happy to be working with you, then they work a lot harder and will typically end with the most desirable result.”

Cadet Jose Eduardo Martinez-Saens MSIII Criminal Justice and Spanish

“I was expecting a relaxed program in which we only work during school hours. But we are working all the time, even before most of the students wake up, after school and/or during weekends. Thanks to the extra training our organization is one of the best in the country.”

“So far, my favorite memory would be taking off my combat boots, green socks and seeing my newly formed blisters. I knew at that moment I had finished a hard task that I thought I could never finish.”

Cadet Jose Eduardo Martinez-Saens poses in his U.S. Army Uniform in the St. Mary’s outback. Photo courtesy of Jose Martinez-Saens.

Melissa N. Kidder MSI Psychology

“So far I would say the biggest benefit with being in the program is that my entire college education is paid for, which is great! I do not have to worry about paying any loans back for the rest of my adult life. Many college students cannot say that.”

Pictured above: St. Mary’s students, along with students from universities across the country, meet for the Leader Development and Assessment Course in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Photo courtesy of St. Mary’s University Army ROTC.


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University students state reasons for changing majors

First year bucket list: Freshman year is a time of firsts: first time living away from home, first time spending too much money on fast food and first time making independent decisions. Here are the quintessential activities that a St. Mary’s freshman student must do before the first semester of college is over:

4 Join a Club

Surrounding oneself with people who share one’s interests can add a more fun and adventurous twist to one’s college life. It is a good way to balance a schedule and make sure it is not entirely composed of endless hours of studying and working.

4 Make new friends

There is an entire new sea of people at St. Mary’s for one to meet and befriend. Like they say, variety is the spice of life.

4 Attend School Sponsored Senior biology major Andrea Pruneda-Baber makes a henna tattoo on a volunteer’s hand. According to her, henna ink is available online for anyone who wishes to try making henna tattoos.

4 Go to the RiverWalk

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population, it is easy to meet students with

One never knows what he or she will get when deciding to eat out at any location other than a chain restaurant. But, even if it’s awful, at least there will be a fun, new story to tell.

walking around campus is senior biology major Originally from Spain,

Pruneda has developed a passion for an ancient

switching majors. “I changed my major the spring

to instead major in a discipline that

Statistics found that 80 percent of

ultimately what it boils down to,” he

interested me.”

college students change their majors,

psychology was something I wanted

said. “Initially I was afraid to change it,

often

they

to continue studying. I was trying to

but ultimately it came down to isolating

answers

graduate. There are pros and cons to

find my calling and a major that would

everyone else’s opinion about what I

specifically, from her friends.

switching areas of study throughout a

fully suit me in terms of subjects I was

should do and making the decision for

“It wasn’t until I was talking to a

collegiate career. For one, the chances

interested in and what actually fit my

me on what makes me happy. I felt like

sorority sister about changing majors

that one will graduate within four years

persona,” Soto said.

I was just going through the motions

that she enlightened me about being an

are slimmer depending on how late one

Ortiz describes his former studies

almost as if I was on autopilot, and like I

English communications major,” Soto

decided to study another topic. On the

as “trying to fit a square peg into a

was denying a part of myself that should

said. “After much research on what this

other hand, changing majors can help

round hole.” Many factors influence a

have been further developed.”

major entailed I knew this was the right

students find their passion; chances

student’s choice in degree plans, but

are they’ll end

the most prominent seems to be

a

field

in

a

before

up working in

they

love.

Even

parents. This is especially true

where are

parents influence their child’s field of

advice when it comes to

he said. “I can recall being

changing an area of study. Senior

there a

choose

from,

the

a field I wanted to get into

without

a doubt!” t end

biology

the

A

t

h

e of

major-

c h a n g i n g process,

the

the

student

indication as to whether or not

a groomed

the decision is right.

to enter the

“I can honestly say that

g e n u i n e l y

medical field. Every

unhappy with the

class in high school

previously

direction I was forcing

I took, every book I

marketing,

read leading up to that

relations

Ortiz

studied

biochemistry

before

changing his major.

Medrano,

family

point and even the adults

studied

everything is falling into

believes

place,” Ortiz said. “Before

friends

I was fearful of the future and my mind was plagued with ‘what-ifs.’”

I came in contact with had

in situations wherein changing

my parents to ensure that

seems opportune.

Photos by Adriana Avila

Senior Bianca Soto, junior Joey Ortiz, and senior Geraldo Medrano are each shown balancing symbols representing their previous and current majors.

huge role in me making

No matter the stimulus,

English communication arts

majors

“My father played a

referred to as ‘the plan.’”

story is likewise with senior

I am excited. I feel as if

offer go-to guidance

I was sticking to what they

The

and

who

all been handpicked by

major, Joey Ortiz, said.

India, Pakistan, Africa and the Middle East—the

found

guidance,

feels provides a good

was

international

also

fit for me. English communications was

act

“I

Soto

seeking

way

common practice.

Compiled by David Aguayo

by

Geraldo

of switching is

Having a member of the faculty that one feels comfortable approaching with questions and advice is an incredible benefit. If the opportunity presents itself, making a new friend who is a faculty member should not be something to avoid.

Medrano,

m a j o r

little

to

Like

a parent may offer the best

“From my first memory,”

over 70 majors

4 Befriend a professor

tradition that started over 9,000 years ago in

Although, like Ortiz’s parents, many study, there are also instances when

for Ortiz.

small

like St Mary’s,

The first year of college will undoubtedly carry some academic challenges. Getting into the habit of using the resources at the Learning Assistance Center is the smart route to take. There is no need for students to face the difficulty of college assignments all alone.

sophomore

to work in the family business, but

and I did it because I didn’t feel like

times,

my

told me to not just go into business

never work a day in your life.’ But that’s

several

of

“It may be cliché to evoke the phrase, ‘Do what you love and you’ll

year,

The National Center for Education

semester

myself to go in,” junior

The freshman fifteen is by no means a myth. Thankfully the gym at school is the perfect way to stay in shape all throughout the year. Nevertheless, it is important to note that results will only be visible if working out becomes a lifestyle and not just a temporary hobby.

One unique student who may be spotted while

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university

St. Mary’s is known for its service, so if volunteering is an activity that students have not participated in before, St. Mary’s is a great place to start a new devotion to a good cause.

4 Exercise

different interests, traditions and talents.

Andrea Pruneda-Baber.

4 Eat At a Local Restaurant

4 Do Community Service

The RiverWalk can be considered a typical go-to spot for many out-of-town, university students to have fun and get to know San Antonio. Students are even encouraged to take boat rides and enjoy the picturesque views of downtown San Antonio.

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Coming into a university with a multiethnic

Visiting the San Antonio Zoo can certainly beat watching squirrels and cats found around campus. If students prefer squirrels and cats, however, the zoo also has cooler and more diverse versions of these animals.

There are a lot of them, so to miss out on every single school-sponsored event would be practically impossible. Not to mention, doing so would be unfortunate, for they are opportunities to get to meet new students on campus.

Photo by Eric Rodriguez

Student skilled in art of henna

4 Visit the San Antonio Zoo

4 Use the LAC

Events

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the

final

major, Bianca Soto, who

the action comes with good

change

studied psychology before

reason, according to Ortiz.

Medrano

decision my

to

major,”

said.

“He

art of henna. Pruneda-Baber’s

liking

of

henna

started

early in her life, for she recalls how marveled she was when she first saw a person receiving a

Foreign students face cultural shock Miles Lilly CONTRIBUTING WRITER

henna tattoo. “I have always wanted to get a real tattoo, but I’m scared that I will regret it later in life,” Pruneda-Baber said. “I remember that every time I would see a henna booth I was always compelled to get one. This served as a substitute for a tattoo, which is nice because it is semi-permanent but still comes off.” It was not until late July of last year, however, that Pruneda-Baber decided to give henna tattoomaking a try. “My favorite part about henna tattooing is using someone’s body as a canvass to make a unique form of art.

It is also like a

gateway that helps release all of my stresses,” Pruneda-Baber said. Regarding the steps necessary for making a henna tattoo, Pruneda-Baber considers it to be one of the most soothing and calming processes yet. “Once the henna is on your skin in the design of your liking, it is a sort of a wet paste. When the henna has hardened it will fall off and leave a stain on your skin,” Pruneda-Baber said. “The stain won’t be as dark, but after a day it will darken, so the key for the darker henna is to not wet it for about two hours.” Pruneda-Baber recommends that everyone should try getting a henna tattoo, especially due to the high climate temperatures in San Antonio. It is believed that the paste used for henna tattoos was used as a way for people to keep cool in the scorching hot sun. It was not until people realized that the paste left an imprint on the skin, that they started making unique designs. “A henna tattoo can last anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks, depending on the part of the body in which it is drawn. Try it! There’s nothing to lose. If you don’t like it, you won’t regret it like you might a (traditional) tattoo,” Pruneda-Baber said.

Many

students

from

other

was the individuality and freedom

something that will never change,

of expression that every person

according to her, is the close tie

showcased.

that she has with her country and

difficult

“In China, the biggest difference

her family.

transitions when coming to study

is (the) importance (placed) on

Michael

in the U.S. The adjustments that

family,” Zhang said. “In China,

theology major from Benin-City,

foreign students have to make are

we stay within the same province,

Edo, Nigeria also experienced some

dependent on which region of the

and tend to have relationships with

cultural shocks when coming into

world they are from.

people from the same province.”

America. One of the aspects of

countries

experience

Obanor,

a

senior

Still, a greater emphasis on

American culture that particularly

the individual is not the only

struck him was the respect, or

to

characteristic that differentiates

rather the lack of respect, that

American cuisine and getting used

America from countries like China.

students

to a more secular country were

To Zhang, the close relationships

and professors.

the two aspects that made her

between friends of the opposite sex

transition into America difficult.

that are held by people in America

teachers is a total lack of respect. In

are also something that is very rare,

boarding school, when you disobey

or unheard of, in China.

(a teacher) you get disciplined. I

Albaudary Alotaiby, a graduate student

from

considers

Saudi

that

Arabia,

adjusting

“In Saudi Arabia we have a business break for prayer time, but

have

for

“Students’

their

attitude

elders toward

male

got disciplined so many times in

friends in China. (During meals),

boarding school,” Obanor said. “(I

to

the guys would eat with the guys

think) Americans take education

a country that does not have a

and the girls would eat with the

for granted. Education in Nigeria

predetermined time dedicated to

girls,” Zhang said. “When I came

is a privilege and isn’t available

religious practices is not the only

to the U.S., I was struck by the

for everyone.”

struggle that Alotaiby faced.

way men and women could be

in the U.S. there is no such break,” Alotaiby said. Nevertheless,

adjusting

“In (the) U.S., wearing my scarf is taboo. I felt like people did not

“I

never

many

(casual) friends.” Although Zhang has become

respect my scarf,” said Alotaiby.

accustomed

“Another thing I noticed is that in

friendships

(the) Middle East people

had

to

the

between

women

in

causal

men

and

Another feature that amazed Obanor

about

life

the

gays,

was

American tolerance

lesbians,

of

transsexuals

and transgenders. “(In

America,

my

country),

don’t ask my age, but this is

homosexuality is very

common in the U.S.”

taboo,

Sophomore major

there

sometimes

biology

Shuxia

and

is

violence

perpetrated against gay

Zhang Shauxi

people,” Obanor said.

in

the

“When I first came to

northeast of China. To her,

the U.S., (the openness

what was most surprising

to

originates

from

province,

located

made

me

uncomfortable, but, now,

about the American culture she became a member of

gays)

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I’m cool with it.”

Students discuss benefits of having parents on campus someone,” Dylan Ott said.

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Not all students experience the

major Elizabeth Getz.

Chief Ott believes that working on

“I don’t feel any different from any

campus enables him to help his son and

other student,” said Elizabeth Getz.

get to know all of his friends.

Elizabeth has a regular experience of

going

off

to

college,”

said

Andrew Getz.

“There are some perks, though. I can

“There aren’t any disadvantages. It’s

same fate when leaving home to go to

“It feels good because I know that if

ask him to run home for me and grab

just that the whole theology department

college; a select few get to attend school

he (Dylan) needs something, I can help

some stuff that I left at home that I need

already knows me,” Elizabeth Getz

in the same location as their parent’s

him with it,” Chief Ott said.

for school.”

said, jokingly.

job. Of course, this can be as horrifying

reduced

Professor of theology Andrew Getz

Andrew Getz also feels the same

as it is rewarding. Just think of all of

monetary expenses another perk in

Chief

said that, even though his daughter and

way as his daughter regarding any

those carefully avoided, embarrassing

being

he attend the same university, he and

disadvantages

childhood stories that parents like to

of his son.

his wife have always made an effort to

on campus.

spill like proverbial beans.

such

university

close has

proximity been

“There

to really

having

Elizabeth

very

make Elizabeth’s college experience

helpful. Your kids get free tuition after

as close as possible to that of any

disadvantages,” Andrew Getz said. “It’s

aren’t

any

other student.

good to know that I can help (Elizabeth)

and

you’ve been here for three years. This doesn’t include textbooks, the meal

“Yes, free tuition is a big help,

and that, if something comes up, like

Department,

plan or living on campus expenses, but

but what my wife and I have made a

a car problem or family situation, it is

it’s still a lot of help,” David Ott said.

real effort to do is to make sure that

easy to contact her.”

a

member

considered

son of Chief of the University Police having

fraternity

within

“The

Junior biology major Dylan Ott— student,

Ott

David parent

Ott—considers who

works

on

campus beneficial.

Although

being

David

The two have a relationship such

Ott’s son does have its

that they’ll answer questions for one

advantages, Dylan does not

another. Ready to explain why it is

get any free passes when it

advantageous to have his son attend

comes to getting in trouble.

St. Mary’s, Chief Ott didn’t quite get

“He

(Dylan)

does

get

the chance before he was cut off by

some privileges. Maybe like

Dylan Ott.

getting his laundry done by

“The shining light of his life is right

his mom—”

here!” Dylan Ott said. “Do David

you Ott

“Dad,

mean

said.

the “I

dog?”

don’t

was

one

time,” Dylan Ott said.

see

him here.”

that

“There

are

privileges.

Still, he does know that if he

Considering more seriously whether

gets in trouble, being the son

or not it’s positive to have a parent on

of the chief of police does

campus, Dylan said that familiarity

not give him free passes on

works in one’s advantage.

anything,” David Ott said.

“It’s beneficial (to have a parent working on campus) because everyone

“Integrity is number one job and Dylan knows that.”

has a longing for familiarity. When you

Another student whose

have a parent on campus, you’re never

dad is also a faculty member

really alone. It’s a good way to be in

at

college, to have that connection with

English

St.

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In “The Book of Mormon,” musical characters Elder Kevin Price and Elder Arnold Cunningham meet Nabulungi shortly after their arrival in Uganda. The two originally hoped to be sent to the sunny beaches of Florida to spread the word but the bumbling missionaries soon encounter more than they bargained for.

Popular broadway musical brings mission to San Antonio Miles Lilly CONTRIBUTING WRITER

their first Broadway musical.

characters featured in the musical are caricatures and

To some, the songs from the official soundtrack

exaggerations. And though the songs use Mormons as

“The Book of Mormon” is an award-winning musical

may be offensive, not because they portray Mormons

a catalyst for satire, the barbs are often broad enough

written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, both famous as

in a particularly negative light, but because the songs

to critique religion in general, though never with the

the creators of “South Park.” The plot centers upon

are done with the scatological comedy typical of

intention to attack.

two naïve, but well-intentioned, Mormon missionaries

“South Park” and similar adult animated sitcoms. The

Often times, religious satires inspire discussion,

who travel all the way from Utah to Uganda to spread

dialogue contains a fair amount of profanity and vulgar

accusations of blasphemy and sometimes protests—

humor aimed at adult viewers, cautioning parents to

all of which happened when Monty Python’s “Life

leave the kids at home for the night.

of Brian” was released in the 1970s. The official

the word about the “Book of Mormon.” Upon its Broadway release, the musical received lavish critical praise as well as multiple awards. “The Book of Mormon” won nine Tony’s, including Best Musical and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. Seven years in the making, the debut went well, a consequence of the duo’s passion for musicals and lifelong interest in the The Church of Jesus Christ of

While the songs may not be offensive to all

response of the LDS (or Mormon church) is generally

Mormons, they do provide enough biting remarks about

considered to be mild. Their statement was a brief

purportedly obscure aspects of Mormon theology.

public relations piece cautioning that the musical may

References include the planet Kolob and the belief that

be entertainment, but the “Book of Mormon” has the

Mormons may one day get their own planet in the song

capability to change lives.

“I Believe.” The musical is also known for its portrayal of

Mormon

missionaries

as

well-meaning,

“The Book of Mormon” is a musical well worth

yet

seeing, especially for fans of “South Park” and satire

Latter-day Saints. Parker and Stone are not unfamiliar

completely guileless people, evidently more concerned

in general. For those interested in experiencing the

with the big screen and bright lights, boasting credits

about spreading the word than facing and relieving the

music for themselves, tickets have been on sale

from “Cannibal! The Musical” and “South Park” the

immediate problems of the Ugandans: war, Aids and

since July 19 and the show opens Sept. 17, 2013 at The

movie, though “The Book of Mormon” was actually

poverty. While there may be some truth to this, the

Majestic Theater downtown.

Flaming hot burger challenge participants feel the burn Tamara garcia STAFF WRITER

Famous for being the home of “The

be altered at the customer’s request.

burger decided, “If I’m going to do this,

The original hamburger is classic, that

I’m going to do it right.” Sure enough,

is, safe for anyone to try.

O’Riley finished the burger and not only

Four Horsemen Burger,” the self-

As for “The Four Horsemen Burger,”

kept it down 25 minutes afterward, but

acclaimed hottest-burger-in-the-city,

customers have to sign a waiver and

also never regurgitated, as the majority

Chunky’s has enough dangerous flavors

be near a bucket provided by the

do. Server Dani confirmed that, of the

restaurant before attempting

7,000 that attempt the burger each

to secure a spot on the

year, only about 10 percent complete

for all of San Antonio and more. Locals Jeff Brigman and Bexar

O’Riley

“Wall of Flame” after

have

completing

tasted the Chunky’s original not

and

have

O’Riley recalls a peculiar thing that

challenge made just

happened to him around four or five

for this meal.

forgotten

the challenge.

the

hours after conquering the burger:

experiences.

“For ‘The Four

“I burped, and I swear, it was like a

Brigman tasted the

Horsemen Burger’

cartoon. This bubble comes out of my

famous burger and

at Chunky’s Burgers

mouth, and I swear, it rose up and splats

and More you have

about a foot from my face. My eyes were

their

he couldn’t finish it.

25 minutes to finish

“I knew it was going first bite my tongue went

on fire!”

the burger,” followed by

Brigman gave up before making

another 25-minute period

it halfway through. O’Riley says he

to be bad when after the

of keeping it all down as Chunky’s

understands why, “I’m telling you,

itching like there were ants all over my

server, Dani, explained. “The waiver

that first bite goes straight up your

head and bite three was when I couldn’t

itself warns of ‘all injury or damages

nose, down your esophagus, into your

breathe,” Brigman said.

that that may, and probably will occur

stomach and just bounces.”

numb, after bite two my head started

ingestion

Chunky’s Burgers and More offers a

the Swiss mushroom burger, Island

and contact from this extremely hot

unique experience to those of you who

burger,

burger.’”

dare to taste, but as Birgman puts it,

Other burgers on the menu such as Monterrey

burger,

Zipper

from

the

consumption,

burger and others default to half pound

O’Riley took on the challenge as

patties, though the amount of meat can

a dare and, after hearing talk of the

“Even when you win the Four Horseman challenge, you lose.”


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Childhood television favorites offer online blast from past kyra littlejohn ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR

With shows

more

television

broadcasted

than

anyone could count, the question remains whether or not today’s modern and, at

times,

controversial

selection can compare to those of the past. While video streaming sites make older and more

September sounds to feature brand new album releases The Weeknd

with

shows, shows of the past

cartoons these days, I wish

bring back a part of life that

the shows of the past were

one isn’t able to get back,

still around,” Vargas said.

in the opinion of senior

haunting vocals and mysterious identity.

English

He released three mix tapes in 2011

“Especially

@kyralittlejohn

Music

“Some

of

the

today

teach

cartoons children

things that result in them knowing more than they should at their age.” Humor is a key aspect for

junior

exercise

and

sport science major Morgan

communication

Canadian-born Abel Tesfaye, the artist behind his stage name “The Weeknd,” found YouTube fame in 2010 for his

and a compilation album in 2012. The

arts major Bria Bell. “Shows from the past

Weeknd was most recently nominated

bring back good memories

for Artist to Watch at the 2013 MTV Video

from my youth,” Bell said. “It’s kind of like going back in time for a second.”

Music Awards and his second album, “Kiss Land,” was released on Sept. 10. Source www.consequenceofsound.net

Lorde

Pullins, who believes that it

It has been exciting for

is important for a show to

the current generation to

Post writer Owen Stretch, this talented

be funny, but also that the

be able to readily access

16-year-old singer and songwriter from

said to lack key aspects that

show should impact the

New Zealand is taking the music world

many viewers deem as the

viewer positively.

favorite television shows from the past. Sites like

by storm. Her clever, catchy single

rare

television

shows

readily available, television shows of today are often

“I like being able to

most important. Junior political science

watch shows from the past because

one of those viewers. She

both humor and meaningful

believes today’s shows are

lessons, making them more

click of a mouse, have been

enjoyable,” Pullins said.

appreciated

Although viewers enjoy

children who watch them the most.

contained

and Hulu, that offer old

major Danielle Vargas is

“too grown-up” for the

they

Netflix, SideReel, Amazon

watching present television

shows and movies at the for

Dubbed the “anti-Miley” by Huffington

“Royals” has already hit number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. Although she has already released an EP, Lorde’s widely anticipated debut album “Pure Heroine,” will be released on Sept. 30.

allowing

Source www.atrl.net

fans of all ages to rewind

Janelle Monae

time, commercial-free.

Chances are good that most people have heard Grammy-nominated Janele

“I loved ‘Rugrats’ as a kid. The The movie is actually available to watch on Amazon!”

“‘Hey Arnold’ is one of my favorites! You can find links for all the seasons on SideReel.” Brianna Reyes, Freshman,

Kiara Etheridge, Freshman,

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Monae sing through various sources: on her debut album released in 2010, from her guest appearance on Fun’s “We Are Young” track or as the new, energetic

CoverGirl

spokeswoman.

Described as psychedelic soul, Monae’s energetic new album, “The Electric Lady,”

was

released

on

Sept.

10. Source www.lahiguera.net

Exclusive new styles strut from Big Apple to Alamo City

Drake Aubrey “Drake” Graham has been in the spotlight since his days as Jimmy Brooks on

Degrassi:

The

Next

Generation.

His hip-hop career exploded when he signed with Lil Wayne’s record label in 2009, when his EP “So Far Gone” was released. His third studio album, “Nothing Was the Same,” said to have a different style than his second album, “Take Care,” will be released on Sept. 17. Source www.starpulse.com

Haim Sisters Este, Danielle and Alana comprise the indie-rock band Haim (rhymes with “time”), often compared to Fleetwood Mac and inspired by the folk and R&B music of the 1990s. After receiving attention for their EP released Feb. 2012, they signed a record deal a few months later. In June 2013, they completed their Graphic by Adriana Avila and Rachel Grahmann

San Antonio Fashion Week is from Nov. 1-6. A schedule of events will be posted in the upcoming weeks online at www.fashionsa.org. kyra littlejohn ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR @kyralittlejohn

With the onset of winter a few months away, spring definitely is not coming anytime soon. But that certainly doesn’t stop the top designers in the nation from revealing their spring 2014 collections at

first studio album, “Days Are Gone,” which will be released on Sept. 27. Source www.consequenceofsound.net

down the runway; this year, however,

Jack Johnson

designers have taken a different approach,

Nothing says “chill” like Hawaiian

making their designs simple, yet modern.

artist Jack Johnson. Since his first album

Many designers have revealed their

debuted in 2001, Johnson has been in

inspiration for the collections, allowing

and out of the musical spotlight. He

for an up-close perspective of how their

has gone from singing to surfing to

design process began. That includes Bibhu

filmmaking and back again. His last

Mohapatra, an Indian-American fashion

album, “To the Sea,” was released mid-

New York City’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion

designer who stated that “gravity-defying

2010 and was followed by a world tour.

Week at the Lincoln Center.

grace” was his muse.

Every

September,

fashion

editors,

Bibhu Mohapatra happens to be one of

buyers and bloggers anxiously wait for

the exclusive designers attending this year

their exclusive invitations in the mail—

who has had the honor of dressing First

having the chance to be first in viewing the

Lady, Michelle Obama—along with famous

spring season’s most coveted pieces. More

designers Jason Wu and Maria Pinto.

His new album, “From Here to Now to You,” is set to release on Sept. 17. Source www.jambands.com

Kings of Leon Some thought that after releasing and touring for their fifth album, “Come Around

than 100 shows are packed into the eight

While most people do not have the

days, everyone is dressed to impress and

chance to attend New York Fashion week,

social media explodes—mainly Twitter and

there are plenty of ways to stay up-to-date

Instagram—with opinions, updates and

with all of the spring 2014 trend reports.

reactions to the new styles.

This includes keeping an eye on fashion

to

blogs,

Their

New York Fashion Week is known for

scrolling

through

the outrageous, over-the-top pieces that

magazine

designers put on their models and send

streamed fashion shows.

websites

or

top

fashion

watching

live-

Sundown,”

these

Grammy

award-winning southern rockers would hang up their guitars and take a break. Fortunately for music fans, Kings of Leon was “not even close,” according bassist

Michael

sixth

Jared

album,

Followill.

“Mechanical

Bull,” will be released on Sept. 24. Source www.ew.com


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maintain cross-country’s presence in

runners

the Heartland Conference.

someone who possessed a passion for

its appearance in Heartland cross

program’s

Dalton

at St. Mary’s is to produce the best

country competition.

describes the issue, rather, as one of

student experience possible through

quality.

high standards of excellence.

elimination.

being a cross-country coach.” Dalton’s expectation for any sport

“As I was here for several months,” Dalton

said,

“I

came

to

“If we’re going to do things,” right, or we’re not going to do them

the decision as one made only to

at all … In the situation that we

benefit the runners and the athletic

were putting this team, I don’t see how they could be having a great experience.”

“We spent a lot of time this

Dalton

decision

Dalton said. “But we kept

how to treat those that were

coming to the conclusion that

involved in the program. “Student

this is the right thing to do,

welfare is our number one

started with the reasons that

priority,” Dalton said. “We wanted

we added (cross-country) in the conference.” In 2002, several fellow Heartland expressed in

conference

an

interest

cross-country level.

To

to

do

things

right

and we wanted to take care

first place; we added it to help the

rla Graphic by Ca

in

u ri g Rod

ez

include

of the people who were part of this program.” Every student athlete involved in cross-country will retain their

at realize that we weren’t sponsoring the

scholarships just as if the program

program properly.”

were

still

in

existence

for

the

In the past, the cross-country team

remainder of their eligibility. In the

had been coached by the assistant

case of one incoming freshman, who

number of school sponsorships for

coach

Dalton

changed her decision to attend on

the program. In order to achieve

felt that this was not appropriate

account of the team’s discontinuation,

this, St. Mary’s instituted a cross-

considering the high standards of

St. Mary’s Athletics refunded all

country team and aided in meeting

individual attention that St. Mary’s

deposits and admissions fees.

the

holds.

competition, however, the Heartland conference

“Well, this is going to be the first season Sean Payton is back after suspension, so I’m excited to see how the team dynamics will change.”

athlete

at this time. (Our reasoning)

women’s cross country in conference

New Orleans Saints

this

even in her decisions about

the

Junior English Communication Arts

to

unremittingly,

cutting opportunities—ever,”

competing

Sammantha Rodriguez

sticks

philosophy

because I really don’t like

schools

Coach Massoletti

Dalton said, “we’re going to do them

Director Elizabeth Dalton describes

discussing

I want them to realize that when they’re playing they are not only playing for themselves. Golf is an individual sport, but combined it’s a team; they’re playing for themselves, their teammates, St Mary’s and their family

have

This, by no means, though, was

department as a whole.

“I hope Tony Romo has a great season, especially in the playoffs, because I want to silence all the haters.”

didn’t

the sole reason for the cross-country

as a St. Mary’s program. Athletic

Dallas Cowboys

we

For the first time in 11 years, the

The women’s Rattler cross-country

Sophomore Biology

because

Gold and Blue will not be making

team has been indefinitely removed

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needed

a

certain

of

another

sport.

Photo by Kyra Littlejohn

Head men’s and women’s golf coach, Chris Massoletti poses while working on paperwork for the golf team. This is coach Massoletti’s first year working on the St. Mary’s coaching staff.

New golf coach hits green alongside current coaching staff Daniela Garcia Contributing Writer

Although Dalton believes that the

The newest member of the St. Mary’s

“That coach was doing everything

reestablishment of a cross-country

family is the incoming Head Golf Coach,

she could, but she’s not a cross-

program would not be difficult, due

Chris

have

country coach,” Dalton said. “She

to the lack of equipment and facilities

become a great asset to the St. Mary’s

cross-country

was filling a void. It turned out that it

required by the sport, the athletic

golf program. He has been working

programs. The Rattler cross-country

wasn’t fair to her sport and it certainly

administration currently has no plans

with the team for almost three weeks

program is no longer needed to

wasn’t

of bringing the program back.

and has high expectations for this

minimum

sponsorship

for

conference competition. Since then, however, more than enough

other

founded

their

universities own

fair

to

our

cross-country

Massoletti,

who

has

quickly

upcoming season. Coach Massoletti was a NCAA Division

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2 Team All-American at California State University Chico. He later transferred to

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Adriana Hernandez Senior Biology

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and sees him as a friend. He describes

they’re playing for themselves, their

After turning pro and moving to Austin,

his new team at St. Mary’s as being good

teammates, St Mary’s and their family,”

TX, he coached junior golfers and was a

and hardworking kids.

Massoletti said.

volunteer assistant for the St. Edwards

have

tons

of

talent,”

Massoletti said.

“Working with the junior golfers,

The St. Mary’s Golf team is looking at a prosperous season. Returning players

Furthermore,

excited

and

season,

and

“We are going to win a lot,” Alex

me realize that coaching college golf

describes his coaching philosophy as a

Bissaro, sophomore exercise and sport

was exactly what I wanted to do,”

“team environment.”

science major, said.

and being a part of St. Edward’s made

motivated

Massoletti said.

he

about

is

this

are going into the season confident.

“I want them to realize that when

The golf team will play their first

Massoletti calls himself “A players

they’re playing they are not only playing

tournament of the season on Monday

coach,” meaning the team not only

for themselves. Golf is an individual

Sept. 16 at West Texas A&M Ryan Palmer

gives him respect, but also likes him

sport,

Invitational in Amarillo, TX.

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“They

men’s golf team.

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but

combined

it’s

a

team;

National discussion about violent coaching methods reaches campus Warmack-Chipman feels that she can

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really trust her players to act properly on

@stmusarasports

and off the court. Recent news has garnered a national discussion

about

unethical

“I don’t have a lot of problems with

coaching

my girls. I think it’s not because I’m so

practices such as physical abuse of

demanding, I want to say, I think, it’s

athletes. The way that athletes perform

because of their character and the nature

can often stimulate the way coaches react

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of who they are. They’re all very good

to situations during games and practice.

individuals,” Warmack-Chipman said.

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Though the sports on campus are played coaches

different views on how to be successful

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have rigid moral viewpoints concerning

teams, but violence is not included in any

the

of those views.

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with athletes.

differently,

many

university

unprofessionalism

of

physicality

The St. Mary’s coaching staff has many

“My approach to this team has always

“(Coaches being physical with their

been about competition. Even in practice

athletes is) completely unprofessional,

it’s

those people should not be coaching to

so I set the practice up to where it is a

begin with. There’s a way to handle teams

game type situation, where the winner

and handle players, and physical contact

is rewarded, while the losing team is

should not be one of them,” said head

punished at times,” Ritch said.

always

about

being

competitive,

women’s soccer coach Corwyn Ritch.

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provided

rules

and

guidelines by the athletic department, in general, prior to their season. Players and coaches are provided with warning systems, and are well aware of their boundaries. At times, coaches don’t feel the need to keep their athletes under a microscope because they have faith and trust that players too do what is morally correct. Head volleyball coach Jenny

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( I am most excited for) the chaps. I’m so excited for the intros and I’m super excited to put on the uniform.

When did you start playing volleyball? I started early at the YMCA. I started club volleyball when I was 12 years old. What’s your favorite part about playing volleyball? I love the competition. There’s nothing better than stepping on the court with this team.

Michelle vogel

Have you played any other sports besides volleyball? I played just about every sport out there growing up. My mom and a bunch of family members played basketball in college, so I always focused on those two sports.

(I envision my first performance as) crazy and intense, because of all the different lighting. I’m probably going to be very overwhelmed.”

What goals do you have for this upcoming season? I hope to make the all-conference team again andw keep working towards the same goal for my future years at St. Mary’s University. What motivates you to work hard in practice and in games? My team does. We work together, and we are all working hard towards our goal of becoming conference champions. We are each other’s motivation. What has been your most memorable moment playing for StMU? Winning our match against Cameron that went five games. We were able to push through and continue to fight, leaving with a win. I was beyond proud of our team. What do you do to stay healthy during the season? We try to balance our time in order to get enough sleep and eat well. Thank goodness for our awesome training staff. What are you most excited for going into your sophomore season? I’m excited to be back on the court with our team. We rely on each other on and off the court, and I’m so excited to start competing with them again.

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Michelle Vogel started dancing her junior year of high school; most dancers have been dancing since they could walk. However, Vogel participated in contact sports while growing up. Because of her natural showmanship, she was able to gain dance experience with many professional athletic orgaizations during her collegiate career. Vogel

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didn’t

go

Residence Life staff,” Vogel said.

unnoticed. Flyers were

Vogel has danced for two seasons

posted in residence

with the San Antonio Silver Stars Star

and

halls, her Facebook

Squad dance team, and one season

off the stage, junior English and

support page received

with the San Antonio Rampage Ice

communication arts major Michelle

numerous

Vogel has proudly earned a spot on the

supporters

re-

had experience dancing for

2013-2014 San Antonio Silver Dancers

tweeted the voting

professional sports teams,

team. Unlike the majority of her new

links

team, Vogel had to go through a longer

e-mails

sent

make the Silver Dancers

process to become a member.

out to faculty and

team built her character,

@stmusarasports

A

natural

performer

on

After selecting 16 girls for the team, three spots were left. A panel selected

“likes,”

and were

and

support Vogel.

dance for San Antonio’s

“It

feels

through voting. Vogel, along with the

great knowing

other five candidates, had no control

that

over who would fill the last three spots

so

on the team.

people

compared

to

the

previous

years.

she felt that the effort to

staff on campus to

six more girls who auditioned to be put

“The process was really different

mass

Girls. Even though Vogel has

I

have many out

there that are so dedicated to

she’s

excited

to

NBA team. The large and energetic fan base is also a contributing factor in

Vogel’s to

enthusiasm

perform

at

the

AT&T center. “It honestly feels so

Usually, the process is only a week

helping me reach

long, but this year it was about 3 weeks

my goals and dreams, and

yet. I’m super excited for

to a month long. First, we did the dance

it really meant a lot having

the wonderful opportunity

portion, and preliminary interviews,

so many people support

and

It

me. Here, on campus, I had

was long but definitely worth it,”

my personal campaigners,

game performance will be held

Vogel said.

my boyfriend Eric Uriegas,

on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7:30

my sorority sisters and

p.m. at the AT&T center.

then

the

voting

process.

The on-campus support behind

surreal; it hasn’t sunk in

I’ve been given.” Vogel’s

first

pre-season

Vol. 101, No. 7 - 09/11/2013  

The Rattler | St. Mary's University

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