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unusual courses offered next semester By Megan Holt News Reporter Sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll are all taught at Texas State, depending on if students know the right classes to take. Students looking to take classes that break the norm in fall 2009 can enroll in courses centered on cultural magic, sexuality and the definition of love. Students seeking a course that discusses sex, love and relationships can enroll in psychology of human sexuality. “(This course) is fun to take with Dr. Ogletree because she can back stuff up,” said Jacob Zernick, psychology sophomore. “We looked at a lot of statistics talking about homosexuality. Basically, this course talks about a bunch of theories.” Shirley Ogletree, professor of psychology, said she teaches her course centered on diversity, sexual orientation, sex and
theories of love. “We not only talk about sexuality and the nuts and bolts, but also about communication and what love is to different people,” Ogletree said. “Typically, students get interested in issues about love and issues they can relate to. Surprisingly, they aren’t too excited about the sexual positions lecture. Maybe they are embarrassed by the explicit pictures.” Ogletree’s course includes a guest lecturer that is a former Texas State student. The guest is openly gay and speaks with students about sexual orientation and their role in society. Vickie Pustka, pre-psychology freshman, calls the course textbook a plus for students enrolled in Human Sexuality. “It was like reading a Cosmopolitan — except with more intense pictures,” she said. Zernick agreed. “We talked about the theory on climaxes, the g-spot and genetic mutations,” Zernick said. “One of the coolest things was
a video about becoming ‘orgasmic.’ It was more of a documentary about getting to know a woman’s body and partners working together.” Magic, ritual and religion not only focuses on its namesakes, but how drug use and culture play into different beliefs across the globe. James Garber, professor in the anthropology department, shows videos on fraternities and hazing and teaches the students about the Church of the Snake Charmers in the course. He focuses on the Rastafarian religion of Jamaicans who practice voodoo and believe in the spiritual use of cannabis. According to the undergraduate catalog, the course is “an examination of magic and religion in cultures of the world with an emphasis on recent works dealing with mysticism and the occult.” See COURSES, page 3
Faculty, students advocate green jobs, environmentalism students rate professor grading sites By Teresa Wilburn News Reporter
By Rachel Nelson News Reporter Professors have been grading students for years, now online sites are turning the tables. As students enroll for fall classes, professor grading sites are a tool some are using for assistance when building their schedules. Professors and students alike, however, have mixed reviews. Kathryn Ledbetter, associate professor in the English depart department, has looked up her name on professor grading sites to see what students think of her classes. She said teaching styles make a difference and comments from students are not always an accurate reflection of teachers. “I might question why students like certain professors and not others,” Ledbetter said. “We all have our individual styles. Some personalities may appeal to students more than others, but style doesn’t necessarily mean better teaching. Sometimes students like to have fun in class but aren’t learning anything. I would hope the university experience is fun as well as intellectually enriching. At least, that is what I aim for in my classes.” Vanessa Garcia, public relations sophomore, said she used professor grading sites her freshman year and found them to be “pretty honest.” She said comments about how a faculty See RATING, page 3
Students plan on making green by going green. “The environment is growing more into the American consciousness,” said Jordan Stewart, geography graduate student. “More and more people actually care about the environment and what happens to it locally, nationally and globally. As a result, you are going to have more and more jobs available in that industry.” Stewart works for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, located in the Medina building on campus. It is the largest of its kind in the United States after the Environmental Protection Agency, he said. His degree plan focuses on urban planning.
Stewart said the United States is relatively behind in the movement to ‘go green.’ “It has been happening in other parts of the world for some time now,” Stewart said. “Basically, we as a society are waking up to it now. I think it is happening now because there is a growing perception that we are running out of resources.” The White House Press Secretary released a statement concerning President Obama’s energy policy discussed during the election campaign. According to the press release, Obama traveled to the Trinity Structural Towers in Iowa, which produces towers for wind energy production. If enacted, the plan for the American Clean Energy sector is expected to create millions of job opportunities in the United States.
Stewart said environmentalism stimulates the economy. “This is good for me personally because I really want to work in the public sector,” Stewart said. “I could not work for a company that I know is not environmentally focused because I feel so strongly about it.” Stewart is not alone. Jason Baker, geography senior, is hoping to land a job in the field of alternative energy after he graduates. “I am really interested in urban commuting and transportation patterns,” Baker said. “What I would like to do with my career is help the United States have better transportation networks and systems, specifically our dependency on the automobile.” Baker works as a consultant for Cleantegrity, a local business offering technical support for manufacturers of
renewable energy devices. “I think this is a great field to work in as a college student because it is giving me real world experience in understanding how a small business oper operates,” Baker said. Baker said his interest in sustainability and green energy began after he started bicycling in San Marcos. “After I started bicycling, I started thinking more about the resources I use,” he said. Baker said his job is important because it helps the United States and Texas transition the economy. “It is transforming the economy, which is based around consuming goods and resources in an inefficient manner,” Baker said. “It is taking that and making it into a more sustainable use of resources. SusSee GREEN JOBS, page 3
Summer school attendance increases By Christine Mester News Reporter University officials expect to see nearly 20,000 students attending classes during the summer semesters. For students, summer school offers fast paced classes along with the oppor opportunity to graduate earlier. Esteban Bazan, systems support analyst in the registrar’s office, said nearly 10,000 students were enrolled in summer I classes last year. Alex Webb, art and design senior , who is no stranger to summer courses, said he plans to take them again this year. “You have classes everyday so you can develop a more intimate connection with your professor,” Webb said. Webb finds summer school classes beneficial. “I’m taking summer school classes so I can graduate quicker,” Webb said. “Also, some of the classes I need are not offered during the regular semester.” Bazan said 8,863 students are enrolled in summer I classes this year. He said he
expects to see that number increase between 10 to 25 percent before the late registration deadline June 5. Around 8,000 students participated in summer II classes in 2008, Bazan said. Currently, there are 6,688 students enrolled in summer II classes. He said that amount should increase before the summer II late registration deadline July 10. Kellen Stanley, photography senior, is taking summer school classes for the first time at the university. “I think I’ll like the classes because they are pretty fast paced,” Stanley said. The summer school semester lasts for one month, which some students find too short. “I’m taking economics during the summer I semester,” said Veronica Boston, social work junior. “I need to take the class this summer, but I’m really worried Karen Wang/Star file photo about trying to learn economics in only SUMMER STUDIES: Christina Vaughn takes a break between classes and reads a one month.” See SUMMER SCHOOL, page 3
book in front of Old Main. Summer school allows students to be able to take additional courses in order to graduation sooner than expected.
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Letter from the
Editor in Chief Hello, This letter marks the end of a memorable period in my life. For the past year, I have had the honor of being editor in chief of The University Star. I truly lack the words to describe what this job has meant to me and what the experience has been like. However, I can say this has been one of the best years of my life, and I consider myself a fortunate man. The trip from news reporter to editor in chief was strange and too long to fit into this letter, so I won’t recant it here (if you’re truly interested, then feel free to buy me a beer if you see me at Showdown or Restless Wind. I’ll chat your ear off). Besides, I’m not as interested in talking about The Star’s past as its future. I’m extremely proud of what we have accomplished online, and it will
only get better from here. We have been discussing bold ideas for universitystar. com, and by the end of next semester, I truly believe we will be one of the biggest multimedia sites in Texas. Not to mention one of the best student-publication Web sites in the nation. All I can say for now is to stay tuned. We will be carving new ground online next semester, but print lovers shouldn’t be afraid. We will still be bringing you news, sports, entertainment and opinions, all illustrated with award-winning photography and design, three times a week, every week. The difference is we are no longer limited to print. There are seven days worth of life at Texas State, and we will now be giving the coverage it deserves. Leading this charge will be Amanda Venable, who has served as news editor since last summer. She will now
TABLE OF CONTENTS Section A – News Page 3 Student-run studio offers affordable recording opportunities Page 5 Study abroad office advises students’ plan before traveling Page 6 The best news photos throughout the semester Page 8 New Colloquium Bookstore location to expand business Page 10 Main Point: Vacation Ventures Meditation helps ease finals’ study stress Managing stress is vital during final exams Section B – Trends Page 1 Local bars offer daily specials during finals Students unwind after finals, faculty still working Page 2 Top 10 greatest American movies in cinematic history Page 3 Cost of printing causes schools to opt for online publishing
Page 5 San Marcos prepares for change in bar hours Students flock to spa to relax during, after finals
Exam Day Tuesday, May 5
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Page 1 Three tennis seniors leave Texas State with memories, maturity, life lessons Page 2 Basketball senior hopes for coaching career Men’s basketball team prepares new roster Women’s basketball finishes strong, looks forward to next season
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Page 5 Athlete ends college basketball career, hopes for NBA
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11 AM -1:30 PM 2:00-4:30 PM 5:00-7:30 PM H 2 p.m. &TH 3:30, 8-10:30 PM TH and H 6:30 p.m. 8-10:30 AM MWF &MTWH 9:00 a.m. 11 AM -1:30 PM MWF& MTWH 10:00 a.m. F 12:30 p.m.,2:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m 2:00-4:30 PM 5:00-7:30 PM M 3:30 & M 5:00 p.m. 8-10:30 PM F 5:00 & 6:30 p.m. 8-10:30 AM Saturday a.m. classes Saturday p.m. classes
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Page 6 Senior infielder finishes season, baseball career Seniors celebrate college softball careers, leave with fond memories
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Final Exam Schedule Spring 2009
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take over as editor in chief. There are honestly few people that I have a higher regard for than Amanda. I know she will lead this publication into a bright future, with online and print. Finally, to readers who might be interested in applying for The University Star but are unsure in any way, do it. I was not totally confident in my writing abilities when I first applied. But because the editors then, as they are now, were patient and good teachers, I became better. There really is nothing that will improve your skills better than practicing almost every day; whether it is photography, design or writing. The Star’s 100th anniversary celebration will be held this year. Alumni from across the country will be attending because they remember and appreciate what The Star has done for them. We want you to be a part of it.
Legend M=Monday T=Tuesday W=Wednesday H=Thursday F=Friday S=Saturday MW=Monday, Wednesday MWF=Monday, Wednesday, Friday MTWH=Mon,Tues,Weds, Thurs TH=Tuesday, Thursday
Non-Standard Class Start Times Classes begin before 10:00 a.m.
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All one-hour per week classes and all lab classes will give their final exams on the last class day. Finals will be administered according to the published schedule. Individual students with conflicts or serious problems may take a final at an alternative time if they secure permission from their instructor. All non-standard times and other conflicts will be resolved by testing on Saturday, May 9. Faculty who wish to change the time of a final for an entire class may do so with permission from their chair and college dean. 12/16/2008
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Student-run studio offers affordable recording opportunities By Sajen Claxton-Hernandez News Reporter A seemingly ordinary house doubles as a student-run recording studio across the street from Texas State. Members of the band Tour de Force recorded their first album, set for release this summer, in their house as the band prepares to embark on their Texas tour. Texas State students Jarett Bostick and David Whitbeck moved into the house in January. “We both lived in houses with crazy roommates who hated us because we played music so much,” said Whitbeck, bassist and vocalist for the band. Whitbeck, English sophomore said they got the idea to move to a house near campus with no television or Internet to focus primarily on music. “The idea is we would kind of take
ourselves out of the normal routine,” said Bostick, recording engineer and acoustic guitarist for the band. “We would try to do something that was special, creative and that nobody has done who is our age.” All the members of the band contributed to the contents of the studio including a digital audio workstation, guitars, organs, turntables, a didgeridoo and an African kalimba thumb piano. “We basically threw all our gear together,” said Zach Samuell, drummer for the band. “Now we kind of have a hodgepodge studio.” Guitarist and vocalist Everett Romano, music sophomore, and keyboardist Andrew Ybanez are also a part of Tour de Force. Ybanez, a Texas Tech student currently living in Lubbock, sends music back and forth with his band mates in
San Marcos through the Internet to compose keyboard parts. Green Room Studios is in a populated neighborhood. Bostick said they have been careful about blocking out sound by insulating the house. “We actually have gotten no noise complaints (even though) we’re consistently loud until about 4 a.m. every day,” Bostick said. The band records other local artists in Green Room Studios including music for Whitbeck’s father who performs with Robert Earl Keen. The band pays the bills for the house with the profits acquired from the studio alongside live performances. “We will be touring Texas over the summer,” Bostick said. Tour de Force will perform at The Scout Bar on May 21 in Beaumont. “(That performance) will be on radio broadcast,” Bostick said.
The band said its songs are a fusion of genres from jazz and rock, to hip-hop and pop. The members said OutKast, Glassjaw and The Beatles inspire their style. Samuell, performance junior, called their sound “heavy-mellow.” The band plans to have its album professionally mastered and replicated for release early this summer and have already begun writing for the second album. Whitbeck mentioned an aspiring goal for Tour de Force. “We eventually want to have our own professional grade studio,” Whitbeck said. “We would do the same thing we are now, but on a bigger scale.” The band said it wants to give more local artists the opportunity to record at Green Room Studios. “It’s definitely cheaper than any studio time you’ll find anywhere else,”
Samuell said. “For local musicians that want to have albums that sound good for an affordable price, they can come to us.” Bostick said Green Room Studios is unique because relaxed, young professionals who can relate to their peers run it. “We just want a place that’s really relaxed and chill (without) a whole lot of pressure,” Bostick said. “Usually you go to studios and there’s a lot of pressure on artists to perform their best.” The band said the charges for recording an album are negotiable, but reasonable. Bostick said breaking out of the normal student routine has been beneficial for them as artists. “I think it’s pretty much changed all of our lives pretty dramatically,” Bostick said.
SEEING GREEN: Jason Baker, geography-urban and regional planning senior, would like to go into the green industry after graduating in December 2009. Baker currently works at Cleantegrity in San Marcos, which aims to help rising clean technology companies bring products to market more efficiently.
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member grades and what the attendance policies are can be helpful. “Some comments were really biased, some of them weren’t — some of them really help students out,” Garcia said. Chris Forgy, theater sophomore, does not share the same enthusiasm, arguing information posted on the sites can be distracting. “I think you should just kind of take whatever classes you need to take that fits into your schedule,” Forgy said. Forgy said professor-grading sites such as pickaprof.com and ratemyprofessors.com are unreliable because students may be critical of a teacher that does not teach in a style they prefer. “It’s just kind of about learning styles,” Forgy said. “Some professors might work well for some and not well for others.” Forgy said he can see the
benefits the sites offer though they are not for him. “I think if a student knows they have certain learning styles, they should definitely use those resources to benefit them as much as they can,” Forgy said. Robert Tally, assistant professor in the English department, reviewed comments about him on professor grading sites. “Most that I’ve seen have been very positive towards me, but there’s usually not much detail,” Tally said. “Even the somewhat more negative raters rarely give details.” Ledbetter said students who use the sites have told her the information makes a difference when they register for classes. She said she was pleased with the responses from students about her class. “According to the student responses, I am on the right track,” she said. Tally questions the reliability of the ratings, but he said he likes the idea of professor grad-
ing sites. “I think any place to go get more info might be worthwhile, if — and I guess it’s a pretty big ‘if’ — one takes care to read and write ratings in a way most conducive to achieving the goals of providing useful information,” Tally said. “Obviously, some things — good and bad — must be taken with grains of salt, and no one should ever rely on such a site. But, as another bit of information among others, I see no harm in it and I see some potential for good.” Tally said for his classes he considers student evaluations for the English department. “I absolutely do take, very seriously, the student evaluations I get at the end of each semester,” Tally said. “Student feedback, whether in the form of evaluations, constructive criticism and whatnot — these are things I always take seriously, and I always take the comments into consideration as I develop and teach future courses.”
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tainability is defined as being able to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future.” Baker said the green industry is expanding now because it is becoming a priority.
“For so long now, we have been spoiled by cheap oil and cheap energy,” he said. “We really did not have to think about the way we consumed goods and resources. But recently the cost of energy and resources, especially oil, has gone up. It is on people’s minds now.” Stewart said every aspect of so-
ciety has incentives encouraging environmentally safe practices. “If you graduate from Texas State, you are automatically in one of the best places to get a job,” Stewart said. “The greater Austin area has jobs available and the leadership is geared towards solar energy and urban planning.”
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Katy Garcia, mass communication senior, said the course is great for people who want to learn about other cultures. “We talked about the Wiccan religion and touched on the Salem Witch Trials,” Garcia said. “You get to learn about religions and the magical aspects.” Taught by Ana Juarez, associate professor in the anthropology department, gender and sexuality discusses biology and evolution in a multicultural context. “I talk about biology and evolution, which is where I start, and I challenge the sociobiology
models in popular culture,” Juarez said. “We look at families in different cultures, like arranged marriages in India.” According to the undergraduate catalog, the course “examines historical and contemporary issues related to gender and sexuality including gender stratifications, biology and evolution, families and kinship, work, sex work, diverse sexualities, media representations and domestic and sexual violence.” Juarez’s course focuses on third genders, such as homosexuals and transgenders, in not only American culture, but also in other countries. Juarez said sexuality tends to be defined and viewed differently in parts of the world.
“I know a lot of the times talking about representations in the media is very important to students,” Juarez said. “No one has been able to explain how the consumption of those images have lead to the changes in human behavior.” Biological evolution is not the only topic under the microscope, the orgins of modern music are studied as well in the history of rock ’n’ roll. Daniel Vega, sound recording technology senior, said his favorite part of the course was learning about The Beatles. “It’s a fun class,” Vega said. “You don’t want to skip it. I tend to skip classes I don’t need, but I always made it out to this one.”
Bazan said enrollment numbers for summer school usually grow at a 2 percent rate each
year. Boston said she plans to continue taking summer school classes in the future. “Even though I don’t like spending the summer in school
it’s worth it to take the classes in the summer so I can meet prerequisites and graduate sooner,” Boston said. “I’m sure I’ll end up taking more summer school classes next year.”
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Study abroad office advises students’ plan before traveling By Lyanna Fuentes News Reporter From the mountainous coastlines and deep valleys of Italy to the tropical flatlands and swamps of Belize, Texas State students are packing and flying to foreign countries this summer to study abroad. Last summer, an estimated 350 students participated in the study abroad program. This year, around 380 participants will travel with a professor to 12 different countries to study and earn credit for more than 60 courses offered. They will also have the opportunity to gain a semester’s worth of knowledge about a new culture, its people and a different way of living. The Office of Study Abroad Programs helps students interested in visiting a new country and earning college credit at the same time. For students wanting to study abroad but unsure of where they want to go, Lily Jones, administrative assistant for the Office
of Study Abroad Programs, said their best option is to utilize resources and then make an informed decision. Jones said anyone interested should first talk to an adviser about necessary courses that apply to the study abroad program. “Think about your primary goal and the specific credits you need,” Jones said. “Then see if a program fits you.” Jones said after deciding which country they would like to visit, students should stop by the Study Abroad office to speak with someone about moving forward with the process. Students can use financial aid they receive through FAFSA to pay for the cost of their chosen program. Plane tickets must be purchased separately and are not included in the price. The Study Abroad Program offers the International Education Fee Scholarship to all students who plan to study in another country. Scholarships are awarded
three times a year. Students can receive funds for the summer I, II and mini sessions, as well as the fall, winter and spring semesters. Most applicants who meet the requirements receive a portion of the scholarship money. “They try to award everybody something,” she said. “During the summer, the amounts people get are less, but a lot of people get them.” Also up for grabs are nonaffiliated scholarships available online or through specific associations or groups. Students can travel with an outside vendor. However, some countries are deemed unsafe and do not count for credit. Jones said all the countries involved in the Texas State Study Abroad Program are safe. “We are not going to send a group of students and a teacher to an unsafe place,” she said. Once a student has registered to study abroad they must plan ahead. Jones said students should book their flights and ensure their passports are valid.
Jones suggests students apply for an International Student Identity Card. Jones said becoming a cardholder gets students discounts at museums, movie theaters, railways and even at Apple stores in most countries. However, Texas State does not require students to have the card for its study abroad and student exchange programs. The card is free and grants students a special admission rates for historic sites and travel hot spots like the Coliseum in Rome and the Vatican in Vatican City. Most deadlines to study abroad this summer have passed, but it is never too early to plan ahead for an educational trip during the fall, winter, spring or future summer semesters, Jones said. “There is so much variance in what you can study and what you can do,” Jones said. More information about study abroad programs and applicable scholarships is available through the Office of Study Abroad Programs in the Academic Services Building,room 302.
Travel Tips • Always research the country and area where you will be staying before your trip. • Invest in a book of translations pertaining to the native language spoken in the area. • Study local laws and customs to learn more about the culture. • Keep a list of important numbers and addresses needed in case of an emergency. • Stay updated on any severe weather or danger warnings for the area being visited. • But, just in case, plan for the unexpected! Research area doctors, hospitals, emergency relief facilities and U.S. Embassies. • When traveling, it is important to be up to date on any and all vaccinations. • Don’t travel with any valuable item that would be upsetting to lose. • Don’t travel with excess amounts of money or credit cards. • Become familiar with items that are allowed to be taken out and brought into the United States. • Don’t over pack. Packing too much will only leave a traveler with more items to keep track of. • Fully enjoy the foreign travel experience! More information on study and traveling abroad is available at www.travel.state.gov and www.cdc.gov.
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Hannah VanOrstrand/Star file photo STARTING FROM TOP LEFT CONTINUING CLOCKWISE: Students march from the steps of Old Main to the LBJ Student Center in Janarary honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Texas State ROTC students traveled in April to Camp Bullis in San Antonio for their annual field training exercises. Lizzie Velasquez, communication studies sophomore, has a rare condition that does not allow her to gain weight. Bobby Whittenberg, a member of the Iraq Veterans Against The WarAustin Chapter, leads a protest in March to City Hill in downtown Austin. ASG-elect President Chris Covo and Vice President-elect Tommy Luna celebrate their victory in April at the LBJ Student Center. The annual Relay For Life was rained out in April and moved to the LBJ Ballroom to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. Elric Blauvelt portrayed Jesus during the Living Stations of the Cross event on Good Friday in April sponsored by the Catholic Student Organization.
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New Colloquium Bookstore location to expand business By Gabrielle Jarrett New Reporter A San Marcos landmark is moving away from campus in a new expansion plan. The new Colloquium Bookstore held its groundbreaking ceremony April 24. Kym McMahan of Vance J. Elliot Realty Group said the new bookstore will be part of a three building complex. “It will be a 20,000 square foot building,” McMahan said. “It will be surrounded by restaurants and retail.” She said the cost of the addition is not available at this time. Christopher Secrest, Colloquium general manager, said the new store would expand business. Secrest said there are no plans at this time to move or close the other stores in the area. “This was not a short-term decision,” Secrest said. “We have always wanted to be located off of Aquarena Springs or Hopkins Road.”
He said the realty company made the announcement to build a center approximately six months ago, giving them the opportunity. He said the company is unsure when the new store will be open for business, but he hopes construction will be complete mid-August when the new school year rush begins. Patrick Samuels, pre-international studies freshman, said he wishes the Colloquium Bookstore had one main store that could satisfy students’ needs. “I would hate if it they moved one of the locations,” Samuels said. “The move would not be convenient for students who live on campus. I wish they would notify students on the plans for the other stores. I would also like to know what they have planned for future stores, because decisions should be based on students’ needs.” Lissette Artie, pre-psychology freshman, lives at Sterry Hall and uses the Colloquium located on LBJ Drive to buy textbooks.
Artie hopes the LBJ location will stay open. Mark Velasquez, health and fitness management freshman, and Christopher Rogge, communication design freshman, said the new location would be too far for students on campus. Rogge said people will not go to that location because stores are already centrally located on campus. “They should just make the one by Tower bigger,” Velasquez said. “Every time I go into that one, it’s empty and nobody is shopping. They should just improve the locations in the area.” Rogge said instead of spending money to build a new location, they should just expand onto one of the locations here. McMahan said the new building will be located on Aquarena Springs Drive behind Mamacita’s. McMahan said other companies moving to the location include Subway, a yogurt shop, Hot Spot Locators and Vance J. Elliot realty, the company providing the space for the Colloquium.
Spencer Millsap/Star file photo MORE BOOKS: Colloquium Bookstores is building an additional store in town in order to help better serve students in various locations for their textbook needs.
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ummer is fast approaching with the temptation to engage in sloth and idleness.
Students remember fond childhood memories of careless summers: Backyard baseball games, pool parties and spending entire afternoons doing nothing. Now, after two hard semesters of studying, sacrifice and sleep deprivations, it might be tempt tempting for students to become lazy. Some might say to themselves, 1 p.m. is a perfectly reasonable time to wake up, or pizza for every meal is a fine nutritional diet. But those attending an institution of higher learning are expected to have the abilities to be independent, which does not exclude the months between May and August. Summer is a perfect time to work on self-improvement, whether it be furthering one’s career goals or bettering the mind and body. University students are no longer the care-free adolescents from distant summer memories. Relaxation and downtime are important, but now is the time to strive for more. Students should be investigat investigating internship opportunities. No career path can be learned only through study, free of experience. Internships offer real-world opportunities that look great on a job application. There is plenty to be said for academic study, but nothing is better than doing. Internships are not the only way to better oneself. People often cite projects they hope to complete, but all too often selfgiven assignments never get far beyond rough sketches or ideas. This summer, defy convention and actually follow through on planned projects. If projects lie dormant for too long the person who did not commit will only be left with regret. No one is inter interested in hearing about the novel someone almost wrote, or the new deck that was almost built. Actually finishing tasks people assign themselves gives a sense of pride and accomplishment. One might find the best part of completing a self-assigned task is knowing a boss giving orders is not necessary to get actual work done. Finally, the summer provides a perfect opportunity to give something back to the community. Even those who do not have funds to spare can donate time. There is not enough that can be said for volunteering time. There are more than enough worthy non-profit organizations in the area. The Hays County Food Bank gets food to those who most need it, the animal shelter looks out for creatures who cannot do so for themselves, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters provides role models to children and youth who might not have them. All these organizations, and plenty more, could always use an extra set of hands. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.
Meditation helps ease finals’ study stress
Finals are here and so are the synonymous emotions. The next few weeks carry with them an accumulation of anxiety and relief of another semester completed, for better or worse. Some of us will breeze through, proudly waving our names on the dean’s list. Others will battle an obnoxious form of anxiety that rears its ugly head only when it becomes apparent all the promises we made to ourselves at the beginning of the semester to study harder, party less and pay more attention have all somehow been swept up in the motions of the college social scene. Ready or not, here they come, the four horseman of the academic apocalypse. Will ye be saved or sent to purgatory? Luckily, we hold the gavel of judgment, and previous efforts or any present lucky providence will be the only factors held in contention for our outcome. My athletic friends have revamped the parlance “practice makes perfect.” Now it seems only “perfect practice makes perfect.” Following that modern wisdom, I can find no other perfect practice for studying ef effectively except what is rooted in the eastern mysticisms. Yin and Yang, practice and rest, that is what will deliver the best results. The monks of the east hold meditation high in esteem. Instead of popping an Adderall, meditation on a specific goal can be an accepted and proven practice. It is no quickly learned dedication, but the primary goals associated could be helpful to amateur or expert alike. Instead of cramming, it could be a beneficial goal to learn class material in small increments, intermingled with a walk outside or a bout of stretching. A recent article by The New York Times explained “running does make you high. The data showed that, indeed, endor endorphins were produced during running and were attaching themselves to areas of the brain associated with emotions, in particular the limbic and prefrontal areas.” Conclusively, then, physical activity does induce a direct improvement on our emotions. This is obviously beneficial to know when the overwhelming scale of study material is a prevalent issue this time of year. A friend of mine, who is devout in meditation, told me a trick to induce relaxation. Begin Juan Ramirez/Star Illustration by breathing rapidly, like you would if you were running. Doing this for 20 counts or so will increase the amount of adrenaline in the body. Follow that with 20 counts of slow, meditative breaths and repeat. Three times Stress provides is a good idea. Stress can be a silent monster usually does the trick. The rapid increase of adrenaline followed that creeps around, constantly by the slow, relaxed breathing building and growing. It does will heighten your awareness and not have to be something uncalm your nerves. manageable. Learning to deal These simple tricks could supwith stress and keeping a posiport mental health during these tive outlook, and even thinking mentally trying times. Finals are about summer vacation if it poorly constructed as the most helps, can have great outcomes important proof of our learning. in overcoming anxiety. Maybe thinking of different and unique They cause stress because they could mean pass or fail for many techniques can be a helpful of us and, hence, have the capacprocess. ity to impose enormous amounts Final exams are stressful, so of anxiety. This is a good time to there is no need for any added learn the value of remaining cool pressure. Learning to relax is under pressure. As Jack Nicholthe biggest help in reducing son, master of cool, said in Anger stress to a level where producManagement, “Goosfraba.” tivity is not affected.
Managing stress is vital during final exams By Ammie Jimenez Star Columnist Summer vacation is almost within our grasp with only a few weeks left in the semester. The thought relieves us from the constant struggles and stresses of school and helps most of us barrel through finals. Sometimes thoughts of freedom are not enough, and the over overwhelming stress we experience during finals can cause negative effects on our health and sometimes cause performance levels to drop, making it harder to concentrate and retain information. Learning to deal with stress is important and can be beneficial
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in the long run. According to L. John Mason, author of Guide to Stress Reduction, symptoms of stress can include increased heart rate, neck, back and shoulder pain, sleeping problems, digestive problems and headaches. Knowing the symptoms can give a jumpstart in techniques to dealwith them. These symptoms can affect function in everyday activities and in turn cause even more stress. It is a vicious cycle. The problem with stress is when it first begins to appear, it does not feel negative. According to the American Institute of Stress, increased stress increases productivity — up to a
point, then things rapidly deteriorate. Ignoring stress with the idea that it helps accomplish tasks, like studying for exams, can only keep a person going so far. There has to be a balance, and the best way to accomplish that is learning how to de-stress yourself. The American Institute of Stress Web site provides tips and ideas to help reduce anxiet anxieties. The Web site mentions jogging, meditation, yoga, aerobic exercises and prayer. However, if a person finds exercises bor boring or even more stressful, the site also mentions aromatherapy, playing with pets, listening to music or keeping a journal.
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Local bars offer daily specials during finals By Leigh Morgan Features Reporter The stress of finals has some students hitting the books and others hitting the bars. John Hinson, management senior, considers himself a mentor to younger students. “I am entering my seventh year of college with no end in sight. Basically, I am the real life Van Wilder,” Hinson said. “My delayed graduation is most likely because of procrastination and hangovers from the night before, which ultimately leads to a massive amount of cramming two hours before a test, with at least an hour of Facebooking.” Hinson offered words of wisdom to help other students survive the stress of finals. “Finals are a crucial moment in one’s academic career,” Hinson said. “If you want to pass your finals, I would avoid my house, hanging out with any rugby players and computer labs, because they should really be called ‘Facebook labs.’” Local bars and businesses are not providing much resistance to students’ temptation to party. Weekly drink specials are luring students from the library and coaxing them into the bars for a break from their studies. Sean Patrick’s is having happy hour everyday from four to eight, with $1 off everything house, $1.50 Ziegenbach pints, $3.75 Guinness, $1 frozen margaritas and 25 cent wings. The Green Parrot is offering $2 drinks on Tuesdays, $2 wells on Wednesday and $3.50 Bay Breezes, Sea Breezes and Cape Cods on Thursdays. Pluckers has daily specials to keep students interested. They offer Sunday Shot Night with $2 specialty shots; karaoke on Mondays with all you can eat wings and 34 oz. drinks for $5; Texas Tuesday with 16 oz. of Ziegenbach, Lonestar and Titos for $2; Wednesday
is trivia night with $1.50 off mugs of beer; and Tijuana Thursday has all-you-can-eat boneless wings, $2 margaritas and Tecate, $2.50 Coronas and Pacific Coast, and $4 Mexican martinis. Hinson said he is no stranger to the bar scene. “The Taproom has a world traveler card. If you drink 60 different beers, you get your name on a plaque, along with your favorite quote and a T-shirt,” Hinson said. “I would have about five plaques by now, but I keep losing my cards.” Russell White, exercise and sports science senior, takes full advantage of happy hour specials, calling himself “the happy hour hero.” “Students party harder over finals than the rest of the year because it’s a good stress reliever,” White said. “The semester is coming to a close and the weather is beautiful. We are just young individuals looking for a good time.” Carolyn Palmer, pre-psychology sophomore, agrees partying is a big part of finals, but students do not completely disregard their grades. “Students go crazy because they have a lot more time on their hands,” Palmer said. “I think students study just as hard as they party, leaving them exhausted at the end of the week. I plan to split my time equally between the river and the library.” Brink Amey, criminal justice junior, believes everyone deals with the stress of finals differently. “During stressful times, people are looking for an outlet, but everyone’s outlet is different,” Amey said. “The people I hang out with balance their studies with partying. Although, I could see how a student would study and party excessively.” Hinson urges students to enjoy their college experience. “Enjoy it while it lasts and make it last as long as you can afford,” Hinson said. “You will remember the moments spent with your friends more than the moments Scott Thomas/Star photo illustration spent studying.” PARTY FAILURE: Too much partying before finals can affect grades negatively and cause students to fail classes.
Students unwind after finals, faculty still working By Ashley Dickinson Features Reporter The last final before summer usually leaves students with a big, end-ofthe-semester sigh of relief. Bobcats said they head to The Square to feel that new freedom or make the most of their unique celebration techniques to let go of a long, hardworked semester. Troy Skinner, sociology freshman, said the first thing he does after finals is focus on how the exams went. “I pray. That’s what I always do after,” Skinner said. “(To take away the stress) I exercise or talk to my son.” Students like Robert Hesselbrock, physics sophomore, take the after-
finals time to get far away from the school atmosphere. “I’m going to pack up all the crap in my dorm and get out of town,” he said. According to Mayoclinic.com, relaxation techniques can give a number of health and lifestyle benefits. Fewer negative physical symptoms, more energy, improved concentration, fewer negative emotional responses and more efficiency in daily activities are a few benefits. “(To de-stress) I listen to some good music and maybe dance around a little. It helps,” Hesselbrock said. Mayoclinic.com entails that music and exercise are helpful relaxation techniques, along with meditation,
massage and yoga. Jennifer Trayan, advertising junior, finds physical and mental activity to be relaxing after stressful situations. “I work out or do something like sudoku,” Trayan said. “Both activities take my mind off of all the things that I have to do, and they help me regain focus again. Working out always makes me feel better.” Students, if they have the time, also choose to unwind by catching up on lost sleep. “I am scheduled to work immediately after my last final,” said Trayan. “But after work, I plan on probably sleeping for at least 10 hours. I feel like I don’t get nearly enough sleep during the week, but May 12 will be a
great day to catch up on it.” Faculty members may not get the luxury of celebrating quite so soon. “After my last final, I’m grading the papers, filing the grades online and doing my editing work,” said Christopher Marquiss, program faculty in the Center for the Study of the Southwest. “In the days following, I’ll be at my office editing the two literary journals and doing layout to go to press. That will take a couple more weeks.” Students said they have acted impulsively after finishing finals. “I tried burning my political science book once,” said Hesselbrock. “It didn’t burn though. They wouldn’t pay me for it (when I tried selling it back), because they were going to
use the new edition.” Skinner said he got so excited after finding out a good grade that he screamed in the elevator. According to jhunewsletter.com, dining out and celebrating by “going crazy” are some helpful ways to feel relieved after finals. Some students have the whole summer to forget about those stressful finals, but others chose to jump into the crammed summer sessions. “I would love to relax this summer,” Trayan said. “However, I am taking summer classes and working 25-hour weeks. But the few precious moments I will have, I will probably seek refuge by the river or on my couch.”
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Top 10 greatest American movies in cinematic history By Brent Vickers Trends Columnist
indeed terrified audiences, and continues to do so today. Although filmed in 1980, the movie is done completely in black and white, which gives it a nostalgic feeling. At first it didn’t gain much critical praise, but it has since gone on to be considered one of the greatest films ever produced.
Throughout the history of cinema, certain movies are remembered for captivating audiences. There have been stories that have haunted and delighted everyone in the country, and there have been characters so vivid and fantastic that they will certainly outlive us all. Though I have an enormous list, I sat down with Clarke Mitzner, management sophomore, to decide the top 10 greatest American films ever made. We used the American top 10 list and criteria as an influence, but we changed some of the films we disagree with. We chose Michael Curtiz’s 1942 romantic masterpiece Casablanca for the No. 10 film. It wasn’t meant to be anything extraordinary, but Casablanca has become one of the most memorable and quoted films in movie history. It will be part of pop culture for the rest of time, and it will continue to be valued as a must see.
win all five major awards (Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor and Actress) Cuckoo’s Nest is still a favorite of many viewers, and for good reason. Jack Nicholson’s performance marks what may be the best in his career, while Louise Fletcher plays quite possibly the most sinister villain in film history, Nurse Ratched. The constant battle that takes place between Ratched and McMurphy (Nicholson) ends in a beautiful climax at the end of the film that will shock and surprise all that view it. And the No. 1 spot goes to Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 epic crime drama The Godfather. Telling the story of the Corleone family, The Godfather perfectly illustrates the Italian-American crime
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For No. 6 we have the 1946 Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life. This movie didn’t win any awards at the Oscar’s when it was released, but it has become so well known and influential that it is sure to be found on television around Christmas time. The beginning is bleak and sad, but by the end of the film I find myself crying tears of joy almost every time I watch it.
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Citizen Kane takes the No. 3 spot. The film debut of legend Orson Welles, Citizen Kane was written, directed, produced and starred Welles at 25 years old. Throughout the film, each of the characters transforms from young and ambitious, to old, alone and bitter. The film paints a grim portrait on the dark side of the American businessman of what can happen to those who aren’t careful and allow the power of greed to take control of their lives. It wasn’t accepted well into the mainstream when it was first released, but Citizen Kane has been voted by American Film Institute as the greatest American film ever produced.
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At No. 9we have the melancholic 1999 drama American Beauty. The film captivated audiences and went on to win numerous awards including the Academy’s Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and a Best Actor award for Kevin Spacey. The movie paints a bleak, yet realistic portrait of the life of a typical suburban family in America from the point-of-view of the disillusioned and bitter Lester Burnham (Spacey). The plot is seemingly nothing special, but audiences know how magnificent and beautiful American Beauty truly is. Schindler’s List took the No. 8 spot. The movie is utterly indescribable. It tells the story of Oskar Schindler, a businessman and highly respected member of the Nazi party before, during and after World War II, and the lengths he goes to in order to save more than 1,200 Jewish prisoners from death in concentration camps. The film won a welldeserved Best Picture at the Academy’s, as well earning Steven Spielberg a Best Director award. In the No. 7 spot we have Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, written and directed by George Lucas. The film started one of the largest franchises and cult followings in film history, A New Hope is seen as the landmark film in the modern science-fiction genre, redefining everything we know about film and special effects. Countless references are made every day in popular culture to this film, and for good reason. The story is inventive, the characters all well developed, and the enemy, Darth Vader, is one of the most memorable villains in the history of entertainment.
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syndicate during the 1940s. With brilliant performances by Al Pacino and Marlon Brando, among countless others, The Godfather is the only film worthy enough of the title Greatest American Film Ever Made. Visit star.txstate.edu for a top 100 list from Vickers and Mitzner.
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At No. 5 we have the 1939 musical masterpiece The Wizard of Oz. Casablanca took the audiences of America by storm in 1939, but the effect The Wizard of Oz has had on American society is infinitesimally greater. Judy Garland’s outstanding performance and voice produced some of the most memorable songs in film history. The vivid imagery of the Land of Oz juxtaposed with the boring black and white scenes of the Kansas farm still excites viewers 80 years later. No. 4 goes to Martin Scorsese’s 1980 biopic of Jake LaMotta, Raging Bull. Garnered by countless critics to be the single greatest acting performance in the history of film, Robert De Niro’s transformation into the boxer captivated, and
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Obviously we respectfully disagree. No. 2 goes to the 1975 film adaptation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The film is one of only three films in the history of the Oscar’s to
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Cost of printing causes schools to opt for online publishing By Tara Malone McClatchy Newspapers CHICAGO — As newspapers reinvent themselves, high school newsrooms are locked in their own transition amid the economic tumult that has jolted the industry. School newspapers in Illinois, for example, now publish online only. Others are turning to the Internet to post stories edged out of a shrinking newspaper. These days, the pressures of tighter budgets, thinner papers and slumping ad sales are as central to the lessons of journalism as beat reporting and editing, educators said. “If we want to make it as real world as we can make it, you’ve got to be able to pay for the pages (through advertising). If you can’t pay for the pages, you figure out another way to do things,” said Michael Gordy, adviser to Antioch Community High School’s paper, The Tom Tom. The high school in Chicago’s northern suburbs now publishes a 12-page paper every month, down from 24 pages a year ago. Fewer pages means smaller production costs — a necessity when the newspaper’s bank account is $2,269 in the red, Gordy said. Every student is urged to sell three ads plus sweets in a monthly bake sale to close the gap. Still it was news coverage, not cash balances, which dominated a recent class discussion. Editor in chief Ashley Meyer, 18, and the paper’s 20-member staff bounced around ideas for the April issue. The issue was to include a pro-con editorial on gay marriage, a follow on a survey about how kids treat one another in school and a preview of the spring musical’s performance for senior citizens. “Will someone who’s not in the student council and not in the play please write that story?” Meyer said. With the last article assigned, students left the classroom for the computer lab next door to start researching. They’ve learned that with space shrinking, only the most compelling stories make it into print. “Even if we can’t run a lot of pages ... we definitely know we are putting our
best work in,” said Chris Terzic, 17, chosen as next year’s sports editor. Other schools have no pages at all. University Laboratory High School in Urbana, Ill., shifted its editorial operation online four years ago and pushed students to cover more stories, more often than a monthly print would allow. Students initially tried to publish the newspaper and an online edition, but they opted to go Web-only when the workload became too much, said adviser Dave Porreca. Budgetary woes hastened the digital-only push at Lake Zurich High School. Publishing The Bear Facts newspaper online next year could save $11,000 in annual printing costs at a time when the district faces a $4 million shortfall, a spokesman said. Some schools are adding a digital element simply to stay relevant. Among them is Peoria, Ill.’s Richwoods High School newspaper, which will begin in the fall to publish some articles from The Shield online. It will weigh the promise of reaching more readers and advertisers with concerns about still finding time to produce a topnotch newspaper. “They’ll be selective so there’s still a reason to have the print version,” said adviser Dan Kerns. At $4, annual subscriptions and some advertising cover production expenses. Students have worked with the printer to save money where possible. Mt. Carmel High School on Chicago’s South Side published its first online-only edition this year in addition to the five printed editions. “If the money is there, I prefer to have that paper in your hands, but maybe I’m getting to be a dinosaur,” said journalism teacher John Gonczy. Less certain, Kerns said, is whether a second newspaper published by Richwoods journalism students will survive the belt-tightening in Peoria Public Schools District 150. As much as a $9 million shortfall is projected next year. Two-newspaper schools may be going the way of two-newspaper towns like Denver and Seattle.
Despite the tumult, students are not shying away from journalism. Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism graduated 184 students last year, a 24 percent increase from a decade ago. At Columbia College in Chicago, 127 students received journalism degrees in 2007, a 32 percent increase from five years earlier. The University of Missouri School of Journalism graduated 475 students last year, a 40 percent increase in a decade.
“The kids who are committed, who want to write or shoot, they still are excited. Their parents might be worried they are not going to have a job when they graduate. But students are still passionate,” said Sally Turner, executive director of the Illinois Journalism Education Association. Julie Fine has gone door to door in Antioch selling ads for the school paper. The 16-year-old junior has baked cookies for bake sales and come in on Sunday
mornings to lay out the paper. She works while watching the newspaper get thinner and the debt get bigger. Yet Fine, the next editor in chief, said she can’t imagine doing anything else. She hopes to study journalism at Indiana University and then find a job at whatever publication — online or printed — is hiring. “This is what I do, and I love newspapers,” Fine said. “But will I have a future in it? I just don’t know.”
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PRINT PEOPLE: Antioch High School student Lauren Colette goes over the list of ideas on a marker board, for the next edition of her school newspaper The Tom Tom, during her newspaper journalism class, April 9 in Antioch, Ill.
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San Marcos prepares for change in bar hours Texas State students have learned to appreciate The Square as a consistent source of entertainment. However, a change will disrupt the tradition we have become accustomed to. Our town will, for the first time in its history, allow businesses to sell liquor until 2 a.m. Like the handguns-on-campus bill, 2 a.m. closing has become a hot button issue for San Marcos residents. Both sides of the conflict have been weighed and argued. Those in favor of later closing are the victors and those in opposition express concerns about the effects it will have on our town. The change will inevitably be drastic to the way San Marcos operates and I urge residents and business owners to prepare. If one wanted to sit and observe the differences between bars that stay open until 2 a.m. and bars that close earlier, he or she might notice blatant distinctions. First, one might notice bars that close later have more outbreaks of violence. “When I moved here from East Tex-
as, I was surprised there weren’t many fights in the bars,” said Heather Kiefer, a local bar patron. Kiefer recently moved from a town in East Texas that allows bars to stop selling at 2 a.m. She said clubs that did not utilize strict security suffered the most. “It was a normal thing to hear of law suits against bar owners. People would drink too much, get in a wreck and then make someone else accept the consequences,” Kiefer said. In Texas, it is the responsibility of the employees serving alcohol to monitor their customers’ consumption, but it is also the responsibility of the consumer to know their limits. Sadly, not
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everyone always respects this obligation. However, not every aspect of extending bar hours is negative. In my opinion, later hours will bring in business from Kyle and New Braunfels, because the bars in both cities will still close at midnight. More people coming in will diversify the crowd in The Square and could possibly change the dynamic of some places. For many people that may be a scary thought, but the best part about diversity is it helps avoid monotony. The promise of later bar hours is said to have inspired new bars to open in San Marcos. New businesses mean more jobs, not to mention, more choices for entertainment. Since the proposition passed in November, two new bars have opened: Harper’s Public House and One -41. Yes, the situation definitely has pros and cons, but it will be interesting to see how extended hours will affect our town. Hopefully, people will see it as a privilege and remember we are all accountable to each other to help keep San Marcos safe.
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Students flock to spa to relax during, after finals Mayra Mejia Features Reporter The spring semester is ending and students will soon be stressed over grades, studying and finding summer jobs. Only a couple of weeks are left until finals start and add to the stress. Some students have to worry about moving and living with their parents. For some students, this may be the worst time of the spring semester to have fun and relax. Around this time in the spring semester, students are hitting the river to relax with the beautiful weather. The key to relaxing during finals is doing something one enjoys in her or his spare time. Some students find relaxation by visiting their parents. Haley Shugart, applied sociology sophomore, is one of the students who will be going home. “I am going home for the weekend to study and get away from everything,” Shugart said. If going home is not a good option to relax, then going to a spa might be a good way to stop stressing over finals and moving back home. Local salon and spa, Isanze Day Spa and Hair Co, stays busy during finals. “We have quite a few (stu-
dents) come in before and after finals,” said manager Zenaida Lee. Lee said a facial and massage are good to get while being under finals pressure. She added facials are very relaxing and most of the time students will go to the spa to get one or a massage. “I would say that it’s 80 percent massages and 20 percent facials,” Lee said. “They are very popular during finals.” Lindsay Rhodes, nutrition and foods senior, is one of the students who will not be relaxing for finals. “I will most likely not relax until finals are over,” Rhodes said. “Too busy.” If there will be no time for a fancy facial or massage, Rhodes offered some good and affordable tips. “Read a book, go to the river, have a Bloody Mary at Showdown,” Rhodes said. Shugart and Rhodes agreed relaxing too much can be a problem so it is always a good idea to find a balance between relaxing and studying time. Shugart said taking study breaks are needed so not to stress out. “Take lots of study breaks,” Shugart said.
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Ms. Mona performed in drag for Lamda’s Bobcat Ball in April, which was hosted this year at Bar ONE-41 to raise money for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Gina Loring, a traveling poet and musician, performed in March at Alkek Library during the Slam Poetry show. Taryn Davis, president and founder of The American Widow Project, was flushed with emotion in March as she remembers why she started the organization. The San Marcos Municipal Airport has a library and museum that showcased World War II airplanes that are still operational from the ’40s and ’50s in February. Ra Ra Riot, a 7-piece band from Syracuse, N.Y., played a show at the outside stage of Sixth Street’s new venue Radio Room during SXSW 2009. Ben Woodling, economics senior, and friend Justin Taylor are behind the bike product known as Feetbelts in April, which are straps created from recycled seat belts to ensure a cyclist’s feet stay in place while riding. A large crowd gathers in March at Auditorium Shores in Austin during SXSW 2009 to watch Explosions In the Sky perform.
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Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Lewis
ACROSS 1 Supplies case 4 Grille cover 7 African hot spot 13 Santa __ winds 14 Rock band with a fishy name 16 One that got away 17 LPGA star Se Ri __ 18 *“Unforgettable” singer 20 Fit for drafting 22 Pace 23 Goodyear’s home 24 *Cold War European 27 Nintendo rival 28 Any day now 29 Spoils 31 *1940s-’60s Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback 35 Den music setup 39 G.I. food in a plastic pouch 40 *Branch source 42 *Florida city near Fort Myers 46 Reno-to-Boise dir. 47 Heineken brand 48 *House speaker before Newt Gingrich 52 Wander 54 Gaseous: Pref. 55 Vegan’s purchase 58 *Covered with black dots 63 Bridge call 65 Spring 66 Formal intro? 67 *1976 Olympic decathlon champ 70 Soft shoe, briefly 71 Fruit in a split 72 Houston pro, to fans 73 Word that homophonically forms a familiar word when attached to the end of the answer to each starred clue 74 Crude cabin 75 “Shoot!” 76 “L.A. Law” actress
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Three tennis seniors leave Texas State with memories, maturity, life lessons By Dustin Stelly Sports Reporter Three women on the Texas State tennis team will soon graduate with more than fond memories of playing matches as Bobcat athletes. Ashley Ellis, political science senior, Lainy Chafitz, exercise and sports science senior, and Mackenzie Farmer, political science senior, are three women who have been an integral part of the team’s success. Ellis came to Texas State as the first student from her 4-A high school in Amarillo to receive an athletic scholarship. She has only lost one match in all four of her years on the team. Ellis said she hates losing, but Coach Tory Plunkett helped her become tough. Plunkett said Ellis has matured since her first year on the team. “She controls her emotions and her disappointments and turns them into a positive and uses them to her advantage,” Plunkett said. Ellis said she has a close relationship with her coach, but tennis started with family. Her family has made the nine-hour drive to every home conference match this year and has always supported her goals. Ellis spent most of her time with her family when she lived in Amarillo, helping look after her special needs sister and playing tennis with her father. “He helped me out a lot,” Ellis said. “He’s responsible for a lot of my development when I was younger.” Like Ellis, Chafitz’s family has always been important to her. Her father died the summer before she began college. Since then, Chafitz said she has been closer than ever to her two sisters and her mother. “It’s sad to say, but tragic events always bring families closer,” Chafitz said. “We’re so very, very close.” Chafitz has been playing tennis since age 10. Chafitz said she started playing tennis because she wanted to be like her big sister. Chafitz played every sport in junior high, but she focused on ten-
nis and volleyball in high school. Tennis eventually became her primary sport in 11th grade when she transferred to the John Newcombe Tennis Academy in New Braunfels. “I got into a little bit of trouble my 10th grade year living at home. I didn’t hang around with the best crowd so it was good to get away from them,” Chafitz said. “Me being more focused on the sport was a good thing at the time.” Chafitz knew by her senior year that she wanted to play at Texas State. She sent letters and videos, but she did not get the response she had hoped for. “Coach told me I wasn’t good enough to play here,” Chafitz said. “I had to beg her to come watch me play.” According to Plunkett, the statement is not true. However, Plunkett admits Chafitz did beg her to come watch. Plunkett said Chafitz did not have a high statewide ranking at the time. “Neither did I when I played, so I think that’s why eventually I went and watched her,” said Plunkett. “Once I saw her play, there was no question about it.” Chafitz was not the only one to send numerous letters and videos. Farmer caught on to the trend as well and was invited to tour the campus. “Once I saw the school, saw the campus, I wanted to come here,” Farmer said. Plunkett has high regards for Farmer and Ellis as well. She said Farmer was not among the top six players for her first seasons, but she is proud of the athlete she has become. “She has an unbelievable record at six and in doubles,” Plunkett said. “She’s done well both off and on the court and that’s one player you really saw the improvement and the progress in.” Plunkett describes Ellis as a hard worker and a fighter. She said from a coach’s prospective Ellis is the ideal player. “Everything that Ashley has ever done, it’s because of hard work. She’s worked more than 247 hours with me, extra,” Plunkett said. “She never stopped wanting to improve.”
Lindsey Goldstein/Star photo TENNIS GIRLS: Lainy Chafitz, exercise and sports science senior, Ashley Ellis, political science senior, and Mackenzie Farmer, a political science senior, will be leaving the Bobcat tennis team at the end of the semester.
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Thursday, April 30, 2009
Basketball senior hopes for coaching career
By Joseph O. Garcia Sports Reporter
Kim Cessna’s good character reflects on the basketball hardwood. Cessna, senior center, played basketball in high school for Cornerstone Christian School in San Antonio. She averaged 17.1 points and 11 rebounds per game under Coach Mike Alfaro. Cessna scored a total of 2,409 points and played in 136 games. She was named to the all-district and all-state first teams. Cessna played two years at McLennan Community College before transferring to Texas State. She was named to the allconference team at McLennan after averaging 9.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game under Coach Ricky Rhodes. Cessna’s play brought interest from Arkansas State, Arkansas and Georgia among other schools before she signed with Texas State. Cessna, a kinesiology major, said she has made memories on and off the court. “This year going to New York was fun. It was a good experience playing up there,” Cessna said. One of her fondest memories includes last year’s post-season. “Whenever we played Prairie View A&M in the (Women’s National Invitation Tournament), and we won at the last second, it was pretty fun to be part of that experience,” she said. Other highlights during her career at Texas State include being named the Southland Conference women’s basketball player of the week in November. She led the Bobcats to their first pair of wins of the 2008 to 2009 season en route to the Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic title. Cessna posted 14 points and a team-best seven rebounds in the 77-58 win against Navy to advance the team to the championship game. Cessna shot 67 percent and scored a career-best 19 points against Long Island in the championship game. Cessna’s efforts helped Texas State to a 6361 tournament victory and she earned MVP honors for the Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic. Cessna led Texas State with a career-high 26 points and eight rebounds in her final game as a Bobcat. Cessna said what she will remember most about attending Texas State is the people and coaches she has met. “Everybody was really sweet and I got along with pretty much everybody, including all the different teammates I have played with,” Cessna said. Coach Suzanne Fox has been a good mentor for Cessna, she Austin Byrd/Star file photo said. SAYING GOODBYE: Kim Cessna, senior center, attacked the Lumberjack defense in February’s “She is a great coach,” Cessna matchup at Strahan Coliseum. Cessna reflects on the highlights of her basketball career and rememsaid. “She has done a lot of good bers good times with teammates. things for the program and I
think she will continue to be successful based on the things I have learned from her this year.” Fox thinks highly of Cessna as well. “I think she is a good basketball player,” Fox said. “I wish we would have had Kim for four years here at Texas State versus the two we did. I think she is a great teammate and an easy kid to coach in that she was easy for us to work with on a daily basis.” Cessna has a very wide skill set, according to Fox. “She can shoot the three, she can post up and handle the ball. She has a lot of things she can do for a player of her size,” Fox said. Cessna, who is 6’2,” wants to play basketball in the future. “I’m looking into playing overseas, but I’m going to finish school first because that is my top priority. Then (I’ll) just see where it goes from there,” Cessna said. “If not, I’m just going to start working and getting into coaching and teaching at some high school.” Fox said Cessna will make a phenomenal coach, but knows the reality of her situation. “She hasn’t coached a lick yet, but right now she is undefeated,” Fox said. “I think Kim will be a really good coach. She has experienced a lot throughout her college and high school career from different coaches. It gives her a really good foundation for when she develops her own philosophy of how she wants to run her own program.” Fox said Cessna has a good technical knowledge, especially at the post position. “Her knowledge will continue to grow for her team to be successful,” Fox said. “The thing that she will do is really relate well to the students she is working with.” Fox said Cessna’s good character drives her in school, basketball and life. “What is probably the better part about Kim is she is a wonderful young lady who has a great family from San Antonio,” Fox said. “She really is a kid who likes being part of a team, part of something bigger than herself.” Fox said Cessna has grown as a person and teammate during her years at Texas State. “I think probably the biggest area maturity-wise is she really worked hard this year to be a leader on the team,” Fox said. “One of the things we try to teach is understanding how to be a good teammate and learning that you are successful, not just because of what you can do, but how many people you can bring along with you. She has learned the components of how to be a good teammate and how teams work and function and how to get the most out of that in order to be successful.”
Men’s basketball team prepares new roster By Keff Ciardello Sports Reporter In a season with more ups and downs than the Rattler at Six Flags, the Texas State men’s basketball team still managed to fight its way to a Southland Conference tournament bid. The team had a 14-16 record overall. However, the graduation of four seniors, including two of the leading scorers, and the departure of Ty Gough, sophomore center, leaves the men’s basketball team shorthanded for the season. “We may be losing some guys, but, trust me, we’ll be just fine,” said Coach Doug Davalos. “We’ve been working hard to recruit the talent that we feel best fits our system. So far, (we’ve) got six kids who have committed and all of them, I feel, will come in here and make an impact. This will be the most athletic team I’ve ever coached. Hopefully, that translates into wins for us.” Davalos said he has been recruiting players who can run the floor and score points. The Bobcats have recruited players from all walks of life. Former starters Brent Benson, Brandon Bush and Corey Jefferson, senior
guards, will not return next season. However, that does not mean the end for the men’s basketball team, Davalos said. “We’ve still got a great core group of guys coming back from last year,” Davalos said. “John Rybak started all the games for us last year. (Rybak) is a tough son of a gun who goes out there and puts it all on the floor.” Rybak, junior forward, transferred from Akron his sophomore year, but had to sit out the entire 2007 to 2008 season before he was eligible to play. Rybak received the team’s Bobcat award for having the most consistent attitude and effort throughout the season despite not playing. Rybak hit 64 3-pointers this season for a shooting average of 43.8 percent from beyond the arc. He also averaged 10 points per game. Rybak was named to the Capital One Bank’s academic All-SLC first team after earning a 3.36 GPA as a business major. Rybak is not the only returning player Davalos holds in high regards. “Cameron Johnson (sophomore forward) developed into a terrific defender and rebounder as the season progressed and I’m sure he’ll be even better next season. People don’t really talk about
(John Bowman, freshman guard) much, but that’s because they don’t know just how good (he) really is. He is very athletic and very competitive, always moving around trying to create something. I’m excited to see what he has to offer next season. Corey Jefferson (senior guard) didn’t have the year he wanted, but I feel he is more prepared and will come out ready to go. Jonathan Sloan (sophomore forward) has also been having a great spring.” One key player for the team has decided to transfer for next season. “I just wasn’t happy with the coaching or the system here,” Gough said. “It’s too fast-paced, always running the court, and that’s not my style of play.” Gough is still undecided about where he will transfer, but has narrowed it down to Texas Christian or Dallas Baptist. If Gough transfers to TCU, he will have to sit out a season before he is eligible to play, but for no more than two seasons. If Gough transfers to Dallas Baptist, he would be eligible to play right away and could possibly play four seasons because the school has offered him a scholarship to obtain a master’s degree. Davalos said the team will move on
without Gough. “We’ll be just fine without Ty,” Davalos said. “(We’ve) still got Johnson and Sloan and (Emanuel) Bidas (a’Moute, junior forward) in the middle. Plus, we got guys coming in to help out.” Bidas a’Moute only appeared in 16 games last season because of academic ineligibility. He did not start a single game, but the 6’7,” 240-pound player averaged 6.4 points, four rebounds and was third on the team in blocked shots with nine. According to Davalos, Bidas a’Moute is now academically eligible and will be ready to play by next season. Bush the Bobcats’ two-time MVP, reflects on the 2008 to 2009 season with satisfaction, despite being bounced out of contention in the first game of the first round. “My first three years we didn’t make it and to finally get there my senior was amazing.” Bush said. “I enjoyed my time playing here. I love the fans, the coaching staff and the community. Everybody has been great since the day I got here and I will miss every second of it. I can’t wait to see what happens to this team next year.”
Women’s basketball finishes strong, looks forward to next season The Texas State women’s basketball team had a strong 2008 to 2009 season despite not advancing to the Southland Conference Tournament. Texas State ended their season March 8th losing a must-win game against the Sam Houston State Bearkats 88-83. Their season record was 12-16 overall and 6-10 in conference play. The season was the first time in 19 years the Bobcats had not advanced to the conference’s postseason action. Kim Cessna, senior center, led the Bobcats with 26 points against the Bearkats in her last game. Cessna tied with Victoria
Davis, junior guard, for the highest point total all season in her outing against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Other seniors playing their last games were Ashley Cole, guard, Ryann Bradford, guard, and Brittany Wilson, forward. Of the 10 conference losses, seven were within 10 points or less. Their worst conference losses came within a margin of 15 points to Sam Houston State 78-63 and Lamar 71-56. The Bobcats won by more than 10 points in four of their six SLC games. Their largest conference victories were against Central Arkansas 75-61 and McNeese
State 62-48. The Bobcats defeated Paul Quinn and Huston-Tillotson by large margins. Texas State posted a 96-60 victory over Paul Quinn, its highest point total of the season. The largest margin of victory for the year was against Huston-Tillotson 92-55. Gabriell Mattox, sophomore forward, was the top scorer for the Bobcats this season averaging 12.1 points per game. Cessna followed behind averaging 10.8 points per game. Mattox led the team in rebounds with six per game. Aimee Hilburn, junior forward, averaged 5.8 rebounds per game, coming
in second behind Mattox. Davis was the team leader in steals and assists with 66 and 143, respectively. She tied for the highest rebound total of the season with 13 against TexasSan Antonio. The Texas State women’s basketball team held its annual banquet April 20. Davis was selected as the team’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player ranking seventh in the SLC in steals. Wilson was selected as the team’s Most Improved Player at the banquet, shooting 51 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free throw line.
Hilburn was named the Most Outstanding Player after being among the top five leaders on the team in points, rebounds, steals, blocked shots, assists, field goal and free throw percentage. The Martha Powell Bobcat Pride and Leadership award was given to Wilson and Kelsey Krupa, freshman guard, for their determination and perseverance throughout the season. The Bobcats have 11 returning players for next season in addition to a group of incoming freshman. —Report compiled by Blake Barington
Thursday, April 30, 2009
The University Star - 3C
Alex Zottarelli, biology senior, was lifted to catch the ball at the rugby championship in March. The Texas State womenâ€™s water polo club showed off their team spirit in March at the Aqua Sports Center. Verinus Kalu, freshman guard flew high with the Cardinals in February at Strahan Coliseum. Kemuel Morales, health and wellness promotion senior, finished third overall at the 82nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium in April in Austin. Bret Atwood, sophomore outfielder, stole second against the Red Raiders in March at Bobcat Field. Alex Newton crossed home for the game winning run against Texas A&M.
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Thursday, April 30, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
The University Star - 5C
Athlete ends college basketball career, hopes for NBA By Keff Ciardello Sports Reporter Brandon Bush, senior guard, has been a consistent force on the Texas State men’s basketball team ever since he first put on the maroon and gold jersey four seasons ago. Bush was second on the team his freshman year in scoring with 9.3 points per game. He scored 15 points against Utah in his first collegiate basketball game. However, Bush’s freshman year would be the only time he finished second in scoring. He led the Bobcats in scoring and rebounding for three seasons, a feat no other player in Texas State history has ever accomplished. “I’ve watched him grow into a tough leader,” said Coach Doug Davalos. “He learned how to lead by example and how to finish a play. (Bush) is a terrific athlete and person. He will be missed.” Bush said his last season is the most memorable. “This year was by far my favorite,” Bush said. “My first three seasons, we didn’t make the (Southland Conference) tournament. My junior year we got close. This year we finally made it and it felt great.” The Bobcats finished the 2008 to 2009 season with a 14-16 record, losing in the first round of the SLC tournament to Nicholls State 80-75. Bush said he was proud to make it to the tournament, but was unsatisfied with the end result. “We had a lot of downfalls and a lot of rises this past season,” Bush said. “I feel like it was an achievement to get there, but not that great. We were up by 14 points and then we started shooting bad and gave up our lead. If we had passed them, we would have played UTSA and we definitely would have beaten them again like we did during the season. That’s one game I wish I could have back.” Bush was honored with the Lewis Gilcrease Most Valuable Player award at the men’s and women’s basketball banquet. Bush finished seventh in the SLC in scoring. He led the Bobcats in scoring, rebounding, blocks, steals and charges. Bush scored 1,569 points in his career and is fourth all-time for career points at Texas State. It is Bush’s second consecutive year to receive this award. Bush also received the Jeff Foster Defensive Player award for the second consecutive year. He finished his career 10th in rebounds with 671. Jeff Foster, Southwest Texas State alumnus, has been in the NBA for nine seasons and currently plays for the Indiana Pacers. Bush said Foster inspired him when he spoke with the NBA player about the award. “Talking to Jeff Foster really made me want to step up,” Bush said. “(Foster) told me, if I want to be great, I have to be great at defense.” Bush said he is considering trying out for NBA teams such as the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets. He is thinking of hiring an agent and maybe playing basketball overseas. “I only want to play for a big market if I leave the country,” Bush said, “teams like Spain or Italy.”
Austin Byrd/Star file photo SEA OF POSSIBILITIES: Brandon Bush, senior guard, celebrated a win over Southeastern Louisiana at Strahan Coliseum in February. Bush is looking beyond the Southland Conference in hopes of playing in the NBA or overseas.
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Thursday, April 30, 2009
Senior infielder finishes season, baseball career By César G. Rodriguez Sports Reporter Adam Witek, senior infielder, has played baseball for 16 years, but the 2009 season will be his last with the Texas State baseball team. Coach Ty Harrington said the team will lose a disciplined worker who does well in life and baseball. “He’s not like people in the Nike commercials. They only work hard when lots of people are watching,” Harrington said. Performance on the field is important for Harrington. However, he prefers players to give an extra effort in academics. Witek is not the exception. “He takes care of school first and foremost,” Harrington said. The team and Witek will miss each other. Witek is the only player to spend his entire college career with the team. He takes his last season with maturity. “Senior year doesn’t really reflect anything other than I’m a little bit older, and I try to play more of a leadership role in the team,” Witek said. Witek never takes a break. He shows his work ethic during practices, something that impresses coaches and teammates, Harrington said. During recruiting, Harrington noticed Witek defended well and had an Kayla Hartzog/Star feature photo improvable offense. Witek’s efforts have paid off BASEBALL YEARS: Adam Witek, senior infielder, is the only player who has spent his entire college on the field. He has a .262 batcareer with the Bobcats. He will be leaving after this season.
ting average with 27 hits and 12 RBIs on the season, making him an asset for the team, Harrington said. However, Witek acknowledges team accomplishments come first. “This season we’re starting out pretty good. We’ve had a couple of notable things. We’ve beaten Rice, the No. 1 team.” Witek said. “If you look at that from the perspective of college baseball, you beat the No. 1 team in the nation. It’s just a very special moment whenever you can do something like that because you know you can defeat the best teams in the nation.” The Bobcats have not won the Southland Conference title since Witek has been with the team. However, he believes the team is now in a good place to aspire such achievement. “That’d be the base goal of the season. The first goal is to win conference. After that, we’ll go from there,” Witek said. His father, Rick Witek, got him started in baseball. He said his parents have always been supportive. Witek chose baseball because he thought it was an appropriate sport for him. “I played all sports growing up, but baseball, I just enjoyed it more than others. Naturally, I excelled a little more in this sport than others,” Witek said. “That had to do with me choosing to play baseball in college.” Playing for Texas State was an
easy choice for Witek. He recalls deciding before the Bobcats recruited him. “I came here through a camp, and luckily enough, they liked what they saw. They wanted to recruit me,” Witek said. “I just like the school in general. I’ve always had in mind that baseball is just a plus.” Witek, a native from San Antonio, enjoys the outdoors and decided to major in agricultural business. “It’s just something that always had interested me, whether it be working on a ranch or working with cows,” Witek said. Hunting and fishing are some of Witek’s hobbies. Currently, he works on a ranch, which is a job he considers ideal. “I’m outdoors. I get to work outside. I get to see progress at the end of the day in doing that work,” Witek said. Career-wise, Witek has a few things lined up in business management positions from different companies. “I just want an opportunity where I can display my work ethic that I’m able to move up within a company based in the amount of effort I put in,” he said. Witek will graduate in December, leaving behind his student life and baseball career. “I’ve had a good run. I’ve been playing for 16 years,” Witek said. “It’s not as fun as it was when I was a kid playing T-ball, but I definitely enjoy every day I get to play in college.”
Seniors celebrate college softball careers, leave with fond memories By Eric Harper Sports Reporter Passion is something people look for and may never find. However, two Texas State Bobcats have found their passions in softball. Katie Garnett, senior pitcher, and Alex Newton, senior shortstop, have played softball since childhood.
“I love it,” Newton said. “I love the challenge, I love winning. God has given me a passion.” Newton’s path to softball started with a little reluctance. “When I was four years old I was told that if I signed up to play, people from both sides of the stands would be watching. I was super shy so I refused at first, but then my parents talked me into it and I haven’t looked
back,” Newton said. Newton’s parents have always pushed her to succeed and she learned her mental toughness through a former basketball coach. “My parents never babied me. They always kept me going,” Newton said. “Also, my old basketball instructor taught me how to be mentally tough, how to stay in the game and better myself.”
Both Newton and Garnett agreed the toughest part of the game, regardless of position, is the mental aspect. “The hardest part is mental. You have to be mentally tough,” Garnett said. Newton looks back to a piece of advice she picked up along the way during her career to deal with uncertainty while playing. “It is easy to get down on yourself when things aren’t going great, but you just have to remind yourself that you’re a good player,” Newton said. “(This) is what someone once told me.” An athlete’s ability to be calm under pressure is often evaluated. Garnett looks forward these situations the most. “The best part about playing is the competition,” Garnett said. “I like to be under pressure.” However, Garnett also feels these scenarios create the biggest challenge for a pitcher. “It is very challenging to come into a big game and be expected to do well,” Garnett said. People notice the hitters who belt home runs or the pitchers who are strikeout machines, but Newton takes the pleasure in doing something that is not always as widely recognized. “My favorite thing is running the bases,” Newton said. “I love to take as many bases as I can. I love running and I love to play games with the catcher sometimes.” Garnett, unlike Newton, will not finish college at the same place she started. Garnett started her collegiate softball career at junior college and feels her greatest accomplishment has been joining the Bobcats for her final two seasons. “I am really proud that I got to play Division I softball for a winning program,” Garnett said. Newton has missed only one game in her four years as a Bob-
cat. She sees this as the biggest accomplishment in her career. “I was able to do it through hard work. I just always work really hard and try my best to stay healthy and play,” Newton said. Newton said there are key characteristics any shortstop must have to succeed, and stresses hitting is a mind game. “As a shortstop, you have to have speed, anticipation and you must be willing to practice a lot to get good,” Newton said. “As a hitter, you have to be mentally tough, focus and just make sure your swing feels good.” Garnett believes a good pitcher must have a good mental framework to succeed. “You have to be confident and mentally tough,” Garnett said. Garnett is accustomed to pitching long innings multiple times in just a few days. It is usually not possible for a pitcher in baseball where the overhand throwing style is preferred. “It is just a more natural motion,” Garnett said. “That’s what enables us to throw more often.” Newton knows Garnett has one character as a person and another as a pitcher. “She is goofy, but she really competes on the mound and keeps hitters off balance,” Newton said. Garnett believes her shortstop illustrates the willpower a player needs to be successful in every aspect of the game. “She is a strong player offensively, defensively and all around. She has the heart for the game and she wants to win,” Garnett said. Newton has been named to the Southland Conference third team, the SLC tournament team and taken every start for her team as shortstop three of four years. She was a three-time first team all-greater Houston area
player in high school and was on the academic all-district team. Garnett started her collegiate career at Temple College where she was named first team allconference in 2007. She also led Temple to a fifth place finish at nationals in 2006. Garnett threw a perfect game at Texas State as a junior and led the Bobcats to victories against ranked opponents Creighton, Missouri-Kansas City and Washington. Garnett does not see a likely future playing softball after college, but is interested in becoming a coach. “My degree is in coaching,” said Garnett, exercise and sports science. “I love the game and being around it, so if the right college had an opening, I would take it. But if not, I may go to cosmetology school and try to open my own boutique.” The first thing on Newton’s mind for after graduation is marriage. “I’m getting married,” said Newton, interdisciplinary studies senior. “I also want to teach life skills at the high school level.” Garnett is finishing her final season with fond memories. “I will never forget our home opener this year opening the new stadium with a record crowd and holding the Aggies hitless when I came in during our win,” Garnett said. “I’m at a good spot with my pitching and our team is good and everyone wants to win. I would never regret coming here. It has been the place for me.” On the other hand, Newton is sad to see everything come to an end. “I think that’s the most challenging thing I have had to deal with in my career,” Newton said. “I realize that it’s all about to be over.”
Austin Byrd/Star feature photo SENIOR SALUTE: Seniors Katie Garnett, pitcher, and Alex Newton, short stop, share a passion for softball.