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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,
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
got to the point where we went to
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.
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.”
Cotrell lands director position
class was not a function of the police
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
The organization best known for “Community
students around campus. There would
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
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
emergencies, such as students who get
a physical impairment—and physical
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
add value to local, regional, state
some students, for whom the distance
Maintenance supervisor Gil Salinas
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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02 NEWS NEWs in brief Slither on by the resume relay Join the Civic Engagement and Career Development Center for a résumé relay. Have a professional quickly review your resume and provide feedback in less than 15 minutes! On Sept. 11, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., City Year will be in UC-Atrium. Padgett, Stratemann & Co. will meet by appointment only. To set up an appointment, call Todd Chiscano at (210) 436-3102 Kneel over the big questions University Ministry is offering a three part series to stimulate informal discussion among students, faculty and staff on issues that matter to the Catholic faith.The first lecture in the series will be on Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. in UC-A. The speaker will be Father Bernard Lee, Vice President Emeritus of Mission and Identity. R.S.V.P. by contacting Irene Quesnot at iquesnot@ stmarytx.edu. Diplomas on the horizon Civic Engagement and Career Development offers tips concerning students’ senior years at the University as they prepare to enter their chosen career. The next session is Sept. 11, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Register in advance via Rattler Connect: https:// www.myinterfase.com/stmary/Account/ LogOn.
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8.23.13 Police performed a welfare check in Flores Hall. The case is still under investigation. 8.23.13 Burglary of a motor vehicle occurred in Lot B. The case is still under investigation. 8.25.13 Consumption of alcohol by a minor in Lot W reported. The case has been cleared. 8.27.13 A hit and run accident was reported in Lot D. The case is still under investigation. 8.28.13 A theft in Blume Library was reported. The case is still under investigation. 9.2.13 Criminal mischief was reported to have occurred behind the AACC. The case is still under investigation. 9.3.13 A person in possession of drug paraphernalia was reported in Lot D. The case has been cleared.
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,”
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.”
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.
What motivated you to return?
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
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
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.
“(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.
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.
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.
for the community, develop outreach programs, utilize
How did your major contribute?
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
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
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
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
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.
One concern in such injuries is disobeying doctor’s
should not put any weight on it.”
How did your alma mater help?
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.’
go above the first floor takes time,” Lopez said. “The
not putting pressure on an injury.
Richter takes a while, and trying to find an elevator to
backpack with a laptop inside is hard.”
Photo by Adriana Avila
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
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
supported by crutches, like Cynthia Ramirez, a
Vega’s leadership. Also under Cotrell’s leadership, the
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Members of the Student Government Association gather outside of the UC before setting out on a campus scavenger
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
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.”
Engineering department expands Dana Traugott STAFF WRITER
students because it is in the first
2014, the program is expected
practice, the Marianist culture
degree plan that will suit the
followed by junior classes in fall
engineering. Because St. Mary’s
to build bridges, buildings or
2015 and finally senior classes in
students with personal attention
engineering program launched
this semester. Thus far, it has
accepted 15 freshmen into the
in the classroom, the education
that is received holds a high value, Bhattacharya explained.
There are two main pillars
The addition should also help
to better round undergraduate
year of development. By fall
The University now has a
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.
neighboring universities Trinity
To accomodate the needs
design project, you need to
San Antonio, it has lacked the
have a background in electrical
former until recently.
and mechanical engineering,”
perhaps prompted by growth
“For a more complete senior
Amber McClung and Shamik
in San Antonio’s engineering
competitive within four years,
according to Bhattacharya.
sciences program is actually
becoming an engineering hub.
Bhattacharya also spoke of
the possibility of a master’s
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
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
professor of science, engineering and technology said.
need to grow.”
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06 COMMENTARY staff editorial
Woman picks compassion; prevents school shooting
Councilwoman’s anti-gay remarks should not undermine civil rights
“Red line” hypocrisy
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
example of nonviolent ideology.
free speech and privacy.
A recent proposal made by
apology from the Councilwoman, and were surprised
District 1 City Councilman Diego Bernal garnered a large amount
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
Snowden just didn’t come up. Obama was
He proposed that the city’s
and District 7 City Councilman Cris Medina. Medina
supports the measure, stating “I am supporting the
proposed ordinance because I oppose discrimination in
Today, hypocrisy in the realm of international relations
quoted that, during his short conversation with Putin at the Group of 20 summits, “Mr. Snowden
Dr. King personified the method of
nonviolence long ago, and many others
spoke of it before him. Yet here we are,
filling our homes with the very weapons
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
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
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
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
Illustration by Angela Engle
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.
a given year.” Hill is just one person
that makes us what we are—our unique
recorded her making remarks considered by many to
Despite one’s personal views of sexuality, it makes
of the millions suffering from one of
ability to choose love above all else. We
Those critical of Obama’s “hanging with” Putin, though, should consider a much more
“I love you,” she told Hill. Thanks off
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.
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.”
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
later, though, the Bush administration cited Saddam’s chemical attack as justification for
Upon release of these statements, many expected an
Students still clueless about hunger
invading Iraq. Secretary of State John Kerry
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
today, forgotten tomorrow.
on a regular basis. Furthermore,
according to the U.S. Census, Texas
Month for cities,
is the second most food insecure
participate in trying to immediately
state in the nation.
relieve the hunger of families, but
responsibility students, is
St. civic only
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
lived in poverty in Bexar County
hear their story —the narrative—
United States’ red line exists, it moves fluidly at
million people experience hunger
referring to President of Syria Bashar al-Assad,
who violate international law; though he was
in 2009. Through no fault of their
and you get involved with the food
own, children are more than likely
bank and its programs.”
to struggle with food insecurity
world. As symbol
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
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.’
with the San Antonio Food Bank
and ‘They need to help themselves
compulsory kindness,” Dr. Hufford
before we can help them.’
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.
“Students ought to understand civic
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
in this together.”
families, an education and dreams.
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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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.
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usually justified in the name of security. As it has been
conceded that what he did was illegal, the question has now become whether what he did was a legitimate
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
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
preemptive knowledge of Saddam Hussein’s
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.
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
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
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
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.
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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“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.”
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.
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
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
college students change their majors,
psychology was something I wanted
said. “Initially I was afraid to change it,
to continue studying. I was trying to
but ultimately it came down to isolating
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
up working in
parents. This is especially true
parents influence their child’s field of
advice when it comes to
he said. “I can recall being
changing an area of study. Senior
a field I wanted to get into
a doubt!” t end
c h a n g i n g process,
indication as to whether or not
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
direction I was forcing
I took, every book I
read leading up to that
changing his major.
point and even the adults
everything is falling into
place,” Ortiz said. “Before
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
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
“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
all been handpicked by
major, Joey Ortiz, said.
India, Pakistan, Africa and the Middle East—the
feels provides a good
fit for me. English communications was
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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.
m a j o r
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
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.
to work in the family business, but
and I did it because I didn’t feel like
told me to not just go into business
never work a day in your life.’ But that’s
“It may be cliché to evoke the phrase, ‘Do what you love and you’ll
The National Center for Education
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
Jessica Valles STAFF WRITER
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.
different interests, traditions and talents.
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.
Liliana Espinoza FEATURES EDITOR
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
major, Bianca Soto, who
the action comes with good
studied psychology before
reason, according to Ortiz.
art of henna. Pruneda-Baber’s
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.
was the individuality and freedom
something that will never change,
of expression that every person
according to her, is the close tie
that she has with her country and
“In China, the biggest difference
transitions when coming to study
is (the) importance (placed) on
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
Still, a greater emphasis on
American culture that particularly
the individual is not the only
struck him was the respect, or
characteristic that differentiates
rather the lack of respect, that
American cuisine and getting used
America from countries like China.
to a more secular country were
To Zhang, the close relationships
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
“In Saudi Arabia we have a business break for prayer time, but
got disciplined so many times in
friends in China. (During meals),
boarding school,” Obanor said. “(I
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
struggle that Alotaiby faced.
way men and women could be
in the U.S. there is no such break,” Alotaiby said. Nevertheless,
“In (the) U.S., wearing my scarf is taboo. I felt like people did not
(casual) friends.” Although Zhang has become
respect my scarf,” said Alotaiby.
“Another thing I noticed is that in
(the) Middle East people
Another feature that amazed Obanor
and transgenders. “(In
don’t ask my age, but this is
homosexuality is very
common in the U.S.”
perpetrated against gay
people,” Obanor said.
“When I first came to
northeast of China. To her,
the U.S., (the openness
what was most surprising
uncomfortable, but, now,
about the American culture she became a member of
Graphic by Carla Rodriguez
I’m cool with it.”
Students discuss benefits of having parents on campus someone,” Dylan Ott said.
Liliana espinoza FEATURES EDITOR @LilyEspinoza46
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
“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.
job. Of course, this can be as horrifying
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
said that, even though his daughter and
way as his daughter regarding any
those carefully avoided, embarrassing
he attend the same university, he and
childhood stories that parents like to
of his son.
his wife have always made an effort to
spill like proverbial beans.
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
good to know that I can help (Elizabeth)
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
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.”
son of Chief of the University Police having
Junior biology major Dylan Ott— student,
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
the chance before he was cut off by
some privileges. Maybe like
getting his laundry done by
“The shining light of his life is right
here!” Dylan Ott said. “Do David
time,” Dylan Ott said.
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
college, to have that connection with
Photos by Eric Rodriguez and Kyra Littlejohn
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
“The Book of Mormon” is a musical well worth
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
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
“Wall of Flame” after
tasted the Chunky’s original not
O’Riley recalls a peculiar thing that
challenge made just
happened to him around four or five
for this meal.
hours after conquering the burger:
“For ‘The Four
“I burped, and I swear, it was like a
Brigman tasted the
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
he couldn’t finish it.
25 minutes to finish
“I knew it was going first bite my tongue went
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
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
dare to taste, but as Birgman puts it,
Other burgers on the menu such as Monterrey
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.”
Childhood television favorites offer online blast from past kyra littlejohn ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR
anyone could count, the question remains whether or not today’s modern and, at
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
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.
He released three mix tapes in 2011
things that result in them knowing more than they should at their age.” Humor is a key aspect for
sport science major Morgan
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
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
favorite television shows from the past. Sites like
by storm. Her clever, catchy single
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.
Although viewers enjoy
children who watch them the most.
and Hulu, that offer old
major Danielle Vargas is
“too grown-up” for the
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.
fans of all ages to rewind
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
Described as psychedelic soul, Monae’s energetic new album, “The Electric Lady,”
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
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,
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.
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
New York Fashion Week is known for
the outrageous, over-the-top pieces that
designers put on their models and send
streamed fashion shows.
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
Bull,” will be released on Sept. 24. Source www.ew.com
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Cross-country team discontinued Christina Faseler STAFF WRITER
maintain cross-country’s presence in
the Heartland Conference.
someone who possessed a passion for
its appearance in Heartland cross
at St. Mary’s is to produce the best
describes the issue, rather, as one of
student experience possible through
high standards of excellence.
being a cross-country coach.” Dalton’s expectation for any sport
“As I was here for several months,” Dalton
“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 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
and we wanted to take care
first place; we added it to help the
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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
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
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.
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.”
at this time. (Our reasoning)
women’s cross country in conference
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even in her decisions about
Junior English Communication Arts
because I really don’t like
Dalton said, “we’re going to do them
Director Elizabeth Dalton describes
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
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.”
the sole reason for the cross-country
as a St. Mary’s program. Athletic
For the first time in 11 years, the
The women’s Rattler cross-country
Gold and Blue will not be making
team has been indefinitely removed
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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
country coach,” Dalton said. “She
to the lack of equipment and facilities
become a great asset to the St. Mary’s
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
of bringing the program back.
and has high expectations for this
conference competition. Since then, however, more than enough
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
Junior Theology/Corporate Finance
Houston Texans “I think we have a really well-rounded team, and we have a really good shot of going to the super bowl. And, if not, I’m excited just to see what we do with the team, that and going to a couple games.”
Adriana Hernandez Senior Biology
Houston Texans “I’m really excited to see more of J.J. Watt, because he’s become one of the best players for the Texans. He’s only been in the NFL for two seasons, and it’s been exciting to see him progress.” Compiled by Sara E. Flores
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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.
volunteer assistant for the St. Edwards
“Working with the junior golfers,
The St. Mary’s Golf team is looking at a prosperous season. Returning players
“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,”
science major, said.
and being a part of St. Edward’s made
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
Invitational in Amarillo, TX.
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St. Mary’s / Bruce Willis Memo- 10/21-10/22 rial Invitational Women’s Golf Angelo Concho River Classic
men’s golf team.
Fall 2013 Golf Schedules Men’s Golf West Texas A& M Ryan Palmer Invatational
Texas A&M and played collegiate golf.
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
and off the court. Recent news has garnered a national discussion
“I don’t have a lot of problems with
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
San Angelo, TX
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
of those views.
Dallas Baptist Golf Classic
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,
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.
women’s soccer coach Corwyn Ritch.
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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.
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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Residence Life staff,” Vogel said.
unnoticed. Flyers were
Vogel has danced for two seasons
posted in residence
with the San Antonio Silver Stars Star
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
Vogel has proudly earned a spot on the
had experience dancing for
2013-2014 San Antonio Silver Dancers
tweeted the voting
professional sports teams,
team. Unlike the majority of her new
team, Vogel had to go through a longer
make the Silver Dancers
process to become a member.
out to faculty and
team built her character,
After selecting 16 girls for the team, three spots were left. A panel selected
dance for San Antonio’s
through voting. Vogel, along with the
other five candidates, had no control
over who would fill the last three spots
on the team.
she felt that the effort to
staff on campus to
six more girls who auditioned to be put
“The process was really different
Girls. Even though Vogel has
have many out
there that are so dedicated to
NBA team. The large and energetic fan base is also a contributing factor in
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
me. Here, on campus, I had
was long but definitely worth it,”
my personal campaigners,
game performance will be held
my boyfriend Eric Uriegas,
on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7:30
my sorority sisters and
p.m. at the AT&T center.
The on-campus support behind
surreal; it hasn’t sunk in
I’ve been given.” Vogel’s
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