VOLUME 102, ISSUE 7
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SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
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Tech game to cause traffic, lane closures By Emma Long News Reporter The City of San Marcos and Texas State are bracing themselves for the 30,000 fans anticipated to be in attendance for Saturday’s home football game versus Texas Tech. San Marcos residents can expect to see congested roadways and lane closures, according to university and city officials. The University and San Marcos Police Department, along with emergency services, are attempting to alleviate game day traffic with several road closures around the newly renovated stadium. Police will close Eastwood, Mill and West Streets near Aquarena Springs Drive, but only if absolutely necessary, said Adam Rodriguez, administrative sergeant for the University Police Department. Rodriguez said the closures will depend upon traffic at game time. The primary focus of the plan is a clockwise traffic loop around the stadium. The loop will run down Aquarena Springs Drive, then right onto the temporary oneway Thorpe Lane toward Hopkins Street, then right from Charles Austin Drive going one-way back to Aquarena. Rodriguez said the clockwise plan will attempt to relieve some of the congestion coming in from I-35 and Post Road. Rodriguez said UPD has been planning for the Texas Tech game for months, and the traffic plan officials came up with can be used for every game in the future with adjustments in personnel. The East and West parking lots of Bobcat Stadium and the Northeast corner of the Strahan Coliseum lot will be reserved for Bobcat Club donors. Fans can pay $10 to park at the Mill Street commuter lot, the Thorpe Lane lot, Springtown Shopping center and the Northwest portion of the Strahan Coliseum lot. The campus shuttle buses will only be stopping at the Speck Street and Woods Street parking garages, while parking closer to the center of campus is free. Buses will drop passengers off on Charles Austin Drive near the baseball fields, the closest area to the stadium to which vehicles will be able to get. Joe Richmond, director of transportation services, said eight buses will run three hours before the game, allowing for pick up every five to seven minutes. Richmond said fans going to the game should walk rather than take the bus to the stadium. “The buses are just going to get caught
Sewell Park restrictions selectively enforced By Kolten Parker News Reporter Bending a rule on non-student usage in Sewell Park is the most efficient way to manage the behavior of visitors, officials say. Signage in the on-campus park indicates “Sewell Park is for use by Texas State students, faculty and staff only,” and a Texas State I.D. is required for entrance. However, the rule is not strictly enforced, particularly during the summer, said John Johnson, assistant director of camAdriana Candelaria, Staff Photographer pus recreation. “I know sometimes college stuStudents and families engage in activites at Sewell Park on dents get frustrated at the first of the Sunday.
summer when there are families and high school students out here, but (Texas State) treats this like a public park,” said Johnson. “That’s the easiest way to manage Sewell.” Johnson said Sewell Park is solely funded and maintained by Texas State. He said the park should be a fun and safe place for all members of the community to enjoy. Johnson said the restriction is used more to oust individuals causing problems in the park, whether students or not, than to keep a tight watch on who uses the park. For example, if the University
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Kelly Rathbone, sculptor, works on a sculpture Aug. 29 in her studio at the Eye of the Dog Art Center. Rathbone was born in Singapore and traveled around the world before settling in San Marcos.
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IRS targets professor’s home for alleged money laundering By Beth Brown Editor-in-Chief A Texas State assistant professor’s house may be confiscated by the federal government for allegedly being purchased with laundered money, according to court documents obtained by The University Star. The Internal Revenue Service is seeking the home of Sindy Chapa, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the assistant director of the Center for the Study of Latino Media and Markets. Federal prosecutors filed a lawsuit in a San Antonio federal court seeking forfeiture of a house at 1019 Fairway in Kyle,
property owned by Chapa, according to the Hays Central Appraisal District. Chapa has not been charged with a crime, but federal officials are seeking to seize her home for violations of allegedly owning a property that was bought with laundered money, according to the court document. When a University Star reporter called the number associated with the Kyle property, a woman answered the phone. Asked if Chapa was speaking, the woman answered, “I don’t know” and then hung up. The Kyle property the IRS is seeking is worth $262,140, according to the Hays Central Appraisal District. The property’s value is more than four times Chapa’s Tex-
as State salary, which is $57,750, according to the Texas Tribune’s government salary database. According to a Sept. 6 San Antonio Express-News article, Chapa may be the ex-girlfriend of Tomás Yarrington Ruvalcaba, a former mayor of Matamoros and ex-governor of the Mexican state Tamaulipas. Federal officials have been targeting Yarrington for alleged money laundering, according to the article. The Express-News article states Chapa’s past attachments with Yarrington led agents to claim that her houses in both Kyle and McAllen may have been obtained with illegal funds. Officials are also seeking forfeiture on her McAllen home, accord-
ing to the article. Chapa earned a bachelor’s degree in mass media communication at Valle Del Bravo University in Mexico, her master’s from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and a doctorate in International Business/Marketing from the University of Texas–Pan American, according to her curriculum vitae, provided by Texas State. She has been at Texas State since 2008 and is currently teaching classes such as Mass Media Research Methods, International Advertising and PR Issues and Music Marketing and Media: Emphasis in the Latino Market. She won the 2011-2012 university’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Service.
Lack of research leaves Texas State ineligible for CPRIT funding By Andrew Osegi News Reporter Texas State was one of the first major universities in the area to prohibit the use of tobacco products on campus. However, unlike other institutions, it is not receiving funding for its tobacco ban. The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas awards grants to universities who conduct research and have tobacco-free policies. Institutions like the University of Houston, Texas A&M and the University of Texas at Austin all receive funding from the institute and have recently introduced tobacco-free areas onto their campuses. Heidi McConnell, chief operating officer of the institute, is responsible for financial administration and grant management. McConnell said the goal of the institute is to fund research projects and
cancer prevention practices that will impact the health of Texans. “We send out requests for applications if universities feel they have adequate research that needs funding,” McConnell said. “The funding application is then sent to a peer review panel made up of out-ofstate officials for approval. We provide funding for commercialization, research and prevention programs.” While Texas State is a tobacco-free institution, it is not conducting cancer prevention research, disqualifying it from receiving funding. Joanne Smith, vice president of student affairs, said Texas State does not receive funding because of the nature of the tobacco ban and why it was implemented. She said it was not because the institution did not seek the funding. According to the university website, Texas State became a tobacco-free campus
in fall 2011. The change was in response to the growing evidence of the harmful effects of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. The institution has funded Texas entities since its establishment in 2007. However, the institution recently deemed those entities receiving funding must be tobaccofree if they wished to continue receiving money. According to the University of Texas at Austin’s website, their tobacco ban was implemented April 9. It was partially due to the threat of research funding being canceled unless they adopted a tobacco free policy. The University of Houston and Texas A&M University also implemented tobacco-free policies in order to continue receiving their funding. The Texas School Safety Center located on campus is devoted to encouraging and supporting healthy students and commu-
nities in Texas. Jennifer Steele, associate director of tobacco prevention and community services at the center, said funding opportunities are available for Texas State and its tobacco-prevention initiative. She does not know why the university has yet to pursue them. In 1998, the state of Texas sued the tobacco industry and earned approximately $17 billion through settlement, Steele said. “That money was then to be paid over a 25 year span, of which a percentage would be devoted to tobacco prevention and research,” Steele said. “The state funding is there, but it seems Texas State has yet to capitalize on tobacco prevention and research through its tobacco ban.” Although the Texas School Safety Center is located on the Texas State campus, their research and prevention efforts are not associated with the university or involved with the tobacco ban.
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Adam Salcedo, wild plant educator, gathers onions Aug. 25 on the Texas State sustainable farm. The oragnic produce is sold to university faculty members.
Correction A Sept. 5 University Star article, “Multicultural Greek Council showcases membership, performance,”misstated the date of the showcase. It was Wednesday.
Poor sleep schedule may be cause of low grades Final exams and beginning-of-semester project deadlines are approaching, and students are beginning to feel their level of stress compounding. College students are having difficulty budgeting their time with demands of work, school, extra-curricular activities, social functions, exercise, cooking and shopping, and time allocated for sleep is beginning to diminish. According to Medical News Today, 68% of college students are kept awake at night due to the stressors of school and life, and for 20% of those students, this occurs at least once a week. Unfortunately, students underestimate the importance of sleep in their daily lives, and a variety of health risks are associated with lack of sleep. When adults have little sleep at night, they have much faster heartbeats and less heart rate variability the next day. Heart rate variability is generally a sign of healthy interaction between heart and brain. Weight gain and impairments to the immune and cardiovascular system are also associated with insufficient sleep. Sleep deprivation can cut into academic and athletic performance. Twelve percent of poor sleepers miss class an average of three or more times a month or often fall asleep in class. Not surpris-
ingly, a significant main-effect relationship has been reported between sleep length among college students and their GPA’s. Students sleeping more than 9 hours each day had an average GPA of 3.01, but students sleeping less than 6 hours each day had an average GPA of 2.74. Yet another health concern is that students often tend to use drugs or alcohol to help regulate their sleep patterns. Poor sleepers are more likely than good sleepers to use stimulants to stay awake or medications to fall asleep, and they are twice as likely to use alcohol to induce sleep. Alternating between stimulants and sedatives has been associated to a higher risk of addiction. Extensive research has been conducted to fully understand the risks of sleep deprivation as well as sleep’s benefits. From multiple studies, it has been found that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning and other vital functions. Actually catching some sleep will help students to perform better on their exams, have a better response to life’s demands and help to reduce stress. ‑—Courtesy of Kelly Stone, M.A., C.H.E.S., Student Health Center
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ON THIS CRIME BLOTTER
DAY IN HISTORY 1916– The first self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, was opened in Memphis, Tenn., by Clarence Saunders. 1941– Jews over the age of 6 in German-occupied areas were ordered to wear yellow Stars of David. 1970– Palestinian guerrillas seized control of three jetliners, which were later blown up on the ground in Jordan after the passengers and crews were evacuated. 1975– Czechoslovakian tennis player Martina Navratilova, in New York for the U.S. Open, requested political asylum. 1996– Eddie Murray of the Baltimore Orioles hit his 500th career home run during a game against the Detroit Tigers. 1997– Britain bade farewell to Princess Diana with a funeral service at Westminster Abbey. 2006– President George W. Bush acknowledged previously secret CIA prisons around the world and said 14 high-value terrorism suspects had been transferred from the system to Guantanamo Bay for trials. 2007– Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti died at age 71. –Courtesy of the New York Times
Sept. 2, 8:01 p.m. Academy Street Possession of marijuana A student was arrested for possession of marijuana. The student was transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center awaiting a court date. Sept. 2, 8:38 a.m. Bobcat Stadium Theft Under $500 University property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation. Sept. 2, 4:37 a.m. Arnold Hall A Possession of a controlled substance A student and non-student were arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and minor in possession of alcohol. Both were transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center awaiting a court date. Sept. 2, 3:15 a.m. Ranch Road 12 Driving while intoxicated A student was arrested for driving while intoxicated and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center awaiting a court date. Sept. 2, 1:34 a.m. Matthew Street Minor in possession of alcohol Two students were cited for minor in possession of alcohol. The case is under judicial review. Sept. 2, 12:10 a.m. Bexar Hall Parking Garage Minor in possession of alcohol Two students were cited for minor in possession of alcohol. The case is under judicial review. –Courtesy of University Police Department
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Students, family can learn about community at university event By Nicole Barrios News Reporter Bobcats and their families can begin the new school year by learning about developments at the university during Family Weekend and Discover Texas State Sept. 18 and 19. Family Weekend and Discover Texas State are two combined events featuring a multitude of educational and recreational events for parents, students and the community. Kim Porterfield, director of community relations, said approximately 1,000 people attended Discover Texas State last year, and the same amount is expected to attend this year. Porterfield said all university parking lots will be open Sept. 29 for Discover Texas State participants. The weekend will begin with the Downtown Association Wine Walk Friday afternoon, which will feature local vendors and businesses. The event will expose parents of current students, especially freshmen, to the unique things downtown San Marcos has to offer, Porterfield said. Salsa del Rio will be playing on the courthouse lawn to entertain family and guests. John Lopez, coordinator of Latino Music Studies, said Salsa del Rio has played at the event for the past few
years. He said this will be Salsa del Rio’s first performance of the year and will be a good time to unveil new members and new music. Texas State’s premiere open house event, Discover Texas State, will take place Saturday, Sept. 29. Porterfield said this is the second year Community Relations has organized the event, which has been evolving year after year. “It’s a way for the San Marcos community to learn about their hometown university,” Porterfield said. “It’s what we have that we’re so proud of, and what they can take advantage of here.” She said Family Weekend has been going on “forever,” but they have now combined the two events, Family Weekend and Discover Texas State, to increase the educational value of both. Scott Gregson, president of the Downtown Association, said Family Weekend and Discover Texas State are good experiences for parents, students and the community. Families can get to know the town where their student will be living for the next four years, he said. Gregson said “local folks” are increasingly eager to become involved in the event, which “gets better every year.” Various departments will showcase projects during Saturday’s Campus Open Houses, featuring engineering and research lab, water resources and
health professions presentations. Porterfield said the new PACE Center will also be featured during the event. Activities such as higher education awareness sessions and panels will be held in the center. These activities will present information to youth from San Marcos CISD, who will also take part in the weekend. Volunteers are needed to help man booths, lead tours and a number of other activities on Saturday. Porterfield said campus organizations and students who want to become involved can contact the community relations office. Miguel Arredondo, public administration sophomore and community relations worker, said he enjoys working with students and the community during Discover Texas State. “Although it’s kind of corny, we say that we roll out the maroon and gold carpet for Texas State students, alumni, faculty, staff and, more importantly, the San Marcos community,” Arredondo said. Arredondo said some community members think there is a division between the community and the university because some members may feel intimidated by the university’s facilities. “I think Discover Texas State is definitely becoming a bridge between the community and the university,” Arredondo said.
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Police Department receives a complaint about an intoxicated person in Sewell Park, they will ask the person for identification. If they are a student, UPD refers them to the dean of students’ office. If the person is not associated with the university, they can be banned from the area. UPD Captain Daniel Benitez said the restriction allows his officers to handle small problems by kicking out the individual rather than pursuing criminal action or arresting the person causing a problem. Benitez said it is one of the many benefits of a close relationship between the City of San Marcos and Texas State. Benitez said most complaints come in spurts and they are not over-
whelming. He said problems in the park are usually the cause of a mixture of students and non-students. He said effective management of park behavior is necessary to retaining Sewell Park’s value. “Texas State is proud of its unique park,” Benitez said. “It is a place where many students have fond memories and a place they show their family and friends who visit San Marcos.” Sunjana Venkat, marketing senior, said she has noticed families and high school students using the park. She said it would be “impossible” to enforce the restriction. “As long as (the non-students) are not violating the rules or littering, then I don’t really have a problem
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Parking for this weekend’s Texas Tech game will be provided at the Mill Street commuter lot, the Thorpe lot, Springtown Shopping center, and the northwest portion of Strahan Coliseum lot for $10.
with it,” Venkat said. Ryan Elliott, associated student government senator, said he has noticed people not affiliated with the university at Sewell Park, but has not heard many complaints. Elliott said the park is a safe area for members of the community to enjoy, and the university should not go to “extreme lengths” to ban nonstudents. “The usage of Sewell by both students and the community creates a homogenous environment that adds flavor to our brilliant town,” Elliott said. “If any sort of regulation or tightening of policy is adhered, I believe it should come from the students’ voice, and not some suit sitting in an office chair.”
in the traffic,” Richmond said. “The way to go to the game is to park in the free lots and then walk. That will be the fastest way. There’s a lot of walking involved at any of the major schools where you go to a game.” Paige Jochen, history senior, said she waited in line for hours to get her free ticket for the first home football game. “I’m walking because traffic is going to suck and parking is going to suck, so walking makes sense,” Jochen said. “(Traffic) is awful on a normal game day, much less the Tech game, and drinking is a really big factor because we don’t want to drink and drive.” Rodriguez said UPD will be doubling their normal game day staff in order to handle the crowd. Officers will be stationed around the perimeter of the stadium, with EMS, the fire department and other emergency personnel working near tailgating areas. “It’s a UPD security event, but we will be getting assistance from outside agencies: San Marcos, Kyle, Buda and Martindale PD, park rangers from the city marshal’s office and some people from Austin,” Rodriguez said.
Hit-and-run hospitalizes three
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By Megan Carthel News Reporter Three pedestrians were injured in a hit-and-run in downtown San Marcos Sept. 2 at approximately 2 a.m., according to a press release from the City of San Marcos. Two men, ages 26 and 29, were found lying on Hopkins Street with traumatic injuries when emergency responders arrived. They were transported to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin to treat severe head and chest injuries. The third victim, a 28-year-old female, was treated for leg injuries and then released. The driver of the vehicle, 25-year-old Tiffany Dahl, fled the scene of the incident. Eyewitnesses described the vehicle as a 1990s model blue Chevy pickup with a broken windshield. Witnesses described the driver of the truck as a blonde female. A truck matching the vehicle’s description was pulled over on I-35 and Wonder World Drive. Officer David Amerson connected Dahl and the matching vehicle description to the incident. Dahl was charged with three counts of failure to stop and render aid and two counts of intoxication assault. Dahl remains in jail under $75,000 bond on the five charges.
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Bobcat football catching national attention
n just four years, the Bobcat football team has joined a competitive new conference and is set to welcome the biggest crowd in the stadium’s history. After years of discussion to prepare for the move to the Football Bowl Subdivision, the new West Side Complex had a landmark opening in 2009. For the home-opening game that year, the Bobcats hosted small-town Angelo State and won 48-28 in front of a crowd of 14,116. Now, the Bobcats have set their sights on Texas Tech and have the capacity to host a crowd of more than 30,000 at the game. According to a Sept. 4 poll by the Associated Press, the Bobcats are the 35th highest ranked college team of 125 total schools. Texas State football will likely never see such a high rating again this year without a victory over the Red Raiders. A variety of improvements have been made to take the Texas State football program to the next level. The football team now has a new identity under the direction of head coach Dennis Franchione. In addition, the Bobcats were accepted into the Western Athletic Conference and will move into the Sun Belt Conference next year. To accommodate the new WAC schedule, seating capacity in the stadium has also expanded significantly through the completion of the North Side Complex construction project estimated at $33 million. Temporary student seating in the South End Zone will expand the stadium’s record attendance to approximately 33,000. At press time, there were an estimated 1,000 tickets remaining for the game, which will more than likely sell out before kickoff. An estimated 8,000 Bobcats, more than 5,000 Tech fans and about 15,000 Texas State fans are expected to turn out for the game. Just two years ago, one of Bobcat Stadium’s most exciting traditions was getting the trains to blow their horns as they passed across the nearby railroad tracks. Hopefully, students will start a new tradition by demonstrating pride in the team and sticking around at the games regardless of the score. In the past, many students only attended tailgate or were bored by halftime and decided to spend their day elsewhere. But the excitement is here now. The Tech game is the biggest athletic event in the history of Texas State athletics and students should stay and support this
group of players, this team and this movement. Ray Rotto, voter for the AP from the Bay Area in California, voted Texas State’s football program as 16th in the nation. He cited that the Bobcats’ significant win over the Cougars was the most unforeseen of all the other upsets that happened in college football’s opening week. Students should take note that even AP writers are jumping on the Bobcat bandwagon. Sometimes, people are criticized for hopping on a team’s bandwagon when they start to gain national recognition. But in this case, the Bobcats need a bandwagon, and they have never really had one. So go ahead students, hop on.
By Jose R. Gonzalez Opinions Columnist
t is an exciting time for students and San Marcos residents alike, with presidential and city elections on the horizon. Four years ago, eligible citizens had the chance to make a difference by electing our current president into office. Today, those of us who have recently come of voting age have a chance to do the same. Many are not sure whether they want to participate at all, while some young adults are thrilled by this opportunity. The presidential election provides a fantastic opportunity for voters to make their mark on our government. However, many students feel apprehensive about participating in electoral activities because they do not believe they can make a difference. Every contribution is important, even if it may be hard to see the value of one vote among millions. Being politically informed at every level of government is an important duty of all U.S. residents. Beside national elections, there are also important elections close to home. Informed San Marcos residents with an eye on city politics would know the office for mayor is up for grabs, as well as city council places 5 and 6. These elections are just as important to participate in as the national ones are. By voting in a city election, you are influencing the way San Marcos handles alcoholic beverage bans on the river, bar closing times or even interactions with Texas State. Staying informed on the people who run the city is one of the most important things students can do, aside from succeeding in school. If Bobcat voices are not heard alongside other residents, students will never be able to make a significant impact on city policies or government. By staying informed and proactively working together to make a change or help stop an ordinance from passing, you are making a difference in both your life and others. Keeping up-to-date on political and electoral issues is one of the best things you can do for yourself as an election nears. Presidential elections only come every four years, and city elections take place every two years. Both elections are important events for college students to participate in. Students can always vote in the Associated Student Government elections to have their voices heard, if casting a ballot in a major election seems too daunting at first. Attend a debate, join in a rally and cast your ballot for student body president — whatever it is, get involved. Stay informed and never miss the chance to exercise your ability to vote, because it is by far one of the most valuable rights we have in America today.
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.
Obama’s Sewell Park promises not kept
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ver the past four years, President Obama has achieved little-to-nothing of substance with policies and programs for recent college graduates. This lack of positive change leaves very little hope for current Texas State students about their postgraduation prospects. Obama’s Feb. 27, 2008 address at Sewell Park has become a stale speech composed of empty promises and hollow rhetoric. “I am confident in my ability to lead this country in a new direction,” Obama said as he spoke to an audience of over 10,000 at Sewell Park. The “new direction” Obama ended up leading America toward is likely not the one he or many of his supporters had originally imagined. One of the most inspiring themes Obama touched upon during his Sewell Park speech was lifted from famous Martin Luther King quotes regarding the urgency of now. In response to criticism that he was too young or too inexperienced to be president, Obama used this theme of “urgency” to explain his run. Obama’s lack of executive experience and legislative accomplishment prior to the election has likely contributed to his generally dismal performance
as president. The original sentiment of “urgency” has been replaced with the sobering realization that Obama’s election was indeed a hasty decision. According to a Rutgers University study released in May, almost half of college graduates from the last five years are either unemployed or underemployed. This is a clear rebuke of Obama’s ineffective jobs policy due to his limited pre-election experience. In his Sewell Park speech, Obama spoke about running for president to “create a safety net” for Americans. However, the Congressional Budget Office released estimates in July displaying data from 2013 through 2022. Among the data was the fact that Obama’s Affordable Care Act will cut $715 billion from the most relied upon safety net of all: Medicare. Former president Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare program into law to ensure benefits for senior citizens. Now, Obama is slashing Medicare to help fund the ACA. According to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted between August 24 and 25, 51 percent of people favor repealing the ACA. At Sewell Park, Obama declared that lobbyists would “not run” his White House. According to a May 20 article from the Washington Post, lobbyists are actually “a regular presence” at the Obama White House.
The same article also reported that senior officials in the Obama administration were granting White House visitation to the “most influential representatives” of Washington’s lobbying industry. Obama discussed how he “wanted a politics that wasn’t about tearing each other down but was about lifting the country up.” This is perhaps the area where Obama has disappointed those who cheered him on the most. According to a July 28 article from the New York Times, Obama’s re-election campaign has broadcast negative commercials 118,775 times compared with 56,128 times for positive commercials. One Obama television ad titled “Makes You Wonder” has a voice-over outrageously questioning whether the president’s Republican opponent has evaded paying his taxes. Hope and change have sadly been replaced with fear and resentment. Obama’s Sewell Park campaign rally was titled “Stand for Change,” and many Texas State students stood for change in 2008. Perhaps Bobcats will not merely stand, but go to the polls and elect a new president in November. By casting a different ballot, students can help implement genuinely effective change for both their personal futures and the country as a whole.
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when you’re not writing and you’re concentrating on other things because it can make it easier to return to the page. The best piece of advice I’ve ever heard for people who are faced with writer’s block in the middle of story or novel is to dive hard toward the central purpose of the book.
Kevin Brockmeier By Amy Greene Trends Reporter Award-winning author, Kevin Brockmeier, will be reading and signing books at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center and the Wittliff Collections at Texas State Sept. 6-7. Brockmeier will read from two different published works to offer a unique experience for audience members who attend both events. AG: When did you know you wanted to be a writer? KB: Not until I was 18 did I know that I wanted to be a writer. I always enjoyed writing, and I always enjoyed reading as much as anything else. But I had a long sequence of prospective careers in mind when I was growing up. I remember wanting to be a clown when I was really little, an inventor, an actor and a lawyer. Around my senior year in high school, I decided I wanted to write, if I could. AG: What is your strategy to move beyond writer’s block? KB: My writing process looks an awful lot like writer’s block. I never work very quickly. I conceive and re-conceive every sentence many times before I will move on to the next one. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have times between books
AG: What are the differences between writing for adults and writing for children? KB: The biggest difference between the two is that the children’s novels are much more conversational than my adult novels. They’re all meant to seem like a boy who is 10, 11 or 12 years old is simply telling you his story. The other big difference is that my children’s fiction is very jokey with puns, gags and humor. I don’t think my adult fiction is devoid of those things, but it wouldn’t be at the center of the experience. AG: What is one of your favorite passages from one of your books? KB: There are some last lines that I remember. For instance, last line of “The Brief History of the Dead.” It reads, “They would listen to each other’s voices, and they would breathe each other’s breath. And they would wait for that power that would pull them like a chain into whatever came next, into that distant world where broken souls are wrenched out of their histories.” AG: Are you working on a new novel or story at this time? KB: I am. I am hoping to finish it by the end of the year. I don’t know whether to present it as a novel with an unusual amount of autobiography or a memoir with unusually novelistic attack. AG: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? KB: The one piece of advice I think every published writer would offer to every aspiring writer is to read. Read as much
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Author Kevin Brockmeier will be in San Marcos Sept. 6 for a book signing and reading at the Wittliff Collections in the Alkek Library. as you can, and fill your head with other people’s books. I think that is where you will learn. Not only will that inspire to you want to write, but that is where you will learn many of the elements of your craft.
Bulgarian clarinetist, professor makes Central Texas home By Paige Lambert Trends Reporter Vanguel Tangarov has been all over the world with clarinet in hand, but now his journey has brought him to Texas State. Tangarov, a new assistant professor in the school of music, was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where he originally began lessons as a pianist. After some consideration and prompting by his instructor, Tangarov switched to clarinet. “I wanted to play piano for a club band, but (there are not many) opportunities for a piano player,” Tangarov said. “My teacher referred me to Dimitar Boyanov, a clarinet teacher. Dimitar saw more in me than I (saw in myself) at the time, and I found that I liked it better. You can play jazz, pop, classical and almost anything.” Tangarov continued his education in Bulgaria and became principal clarinet, equivalent to first chair, for the Sophia Philharmonic Orchestra. Tangarov traveled all over Europe with the orchestra and enjoyed experiencing different cultures during the tours. However, after several years, he decided he needed a change. “A conductor from Monterrey heard about me and offered to show me Mexico,” Tangarov said. “I was then offered to teach clarinet at Superior School of Music and Dance. Monterrey is a fantastic place, so I brought my family with me to teach there.” Tangarov and his family spent a few years there, while his Austin Humphreys, Star Photo Editor wife taught piano at the school. As conditions changed in Vanguel Tangarov, assistant professor with the School of Music, was Mexico, he followed the advice of a friend and applied for a born in Bulgaria and traveled across Europe with the Sophia Philhar- green card to the United States. He worked as an instrument repairman in McAllen before monic Orchestra.
Accomplished sculptor returns to San Marcos
By Emily Collins Trends Reporter
A hollow head made of clay sits on a pedestal as Kelly Garrett Rathbone, nationally renowned sculptor, tends to the cracks running down its face. Rathbone returned to her San Marcos studio home, where she continues to create works of art with a focus on the surreal, after completing a two-month residency in China. Rathbone moved into her home near Eye of the Dog Art Center last October with her fiancé Ryan Rebo, a local musician. The house is three stories high, composed of recyclable materials and supported by two telephone poles. Adjacent to this tree house masterpiece resides Rathbone’s art studio, a former dance studio designed to give the artist the space she needs to work in solitude. Like a gardener, Rathbone tends to her work daily, watering the clay and providing space for her work to grow. Born to a chemical engineer, Rathbone lived a nomadic childhood and continues to travel around the world due to her involvement with residency programs. After graduating from high school in Midland, Rathbone attended Parsons School of Design in New York City to study fashion. “In New York I realized I needed a new focus,” Rathbone said. “I eventually stumbled into clay on accident after working with an artist in North Carolina.” After New York, Rathbone transferred to the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a conceptual art education. She later moved to Dallas and worked as an apprentice in a glassblowing studio. Since then, Rathbone has attended several artist-in-residence programs including the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana. The programs are highly
competitive and rigorous in nature. Rathbone said she and Rebo met in Helena and moved to San Marcos in search of a friendly environment that had an adequate art and music scene. Eye of the Dog Art Center provides a friendly environment for local artists to attend workshops and festivals. Between the studio and Rathbone’s house is a kiln to heat raku pottery, a type of ceramic that is brought to scorching temperatures intended to alter works of clay. After sitting in the kiln, the piece glows red and is moved to a solid container of combustible materials. The smell of raku firing lingers in the air throughout the day. Rathbone said the process is a bonding experience for those living in the area. Billy Ray, artist and co-founder of Eye of the Dog, removes a one-armed bear made of clay from the kiln with a pair of giant tongs. Beverly Mangham, artist and fellow founder of the art center, assists him with moving the piece into the container. “We wanted to start a place where people like us could feel comfortable and create their work without judgment,” said Mangham, closing the lid and blowing smoke away from her face. Ray and Mangham have conducted workshops around the country. After spending over 20 years on the road, Ray said they decided to settle down and build Eye of the Dog. “We’re really glad Kelly chose to be here,” Ray said. “I’ve been working with clay for 40 years. She continues to amaze me.” Rathbone said her apprenticeships and experiences abroad taught her the majority of what she knows about sculpting. “I encourage people to find what they want to do, then find the experts in those fields,” she said. “That’s very important.”
moving to Austin. “I didn’t have any job, but I fell in love with the Central Texas area,” Tangarov said. “Soon, I sent (my) résumé to some band directors, and 20 days after moving, there was (a) position open in the Austin Lyric Opera. It was (a) big accomplishment and honor for me.” There he met Genaro Gonzalez, principal percussionist for the opera and professor at Texas State. “I really admired his tone and musicianship, especially the solos he did here and there,” Gonzalez said. Tangarov went on to teach at various schools and universities, and was principal clarinet for the Mid-Texas Symphony and Victoria Symphony orchestras. Eventually he heard of an open position at Texas State, and got the job. Along with his regular duties as an assistant professor, Tangarov plans to create two clarinet-only choirs. He said the Texas State Clarinet Choir would be open to all students to explore new repertoires to make a stronger clarinet section. The other choir he is developing will focus on helping younger clarinet players in surrounding schools. “I am going to start inviting top players from high schools in the area to my Texas State Honors Choir,” Tangarov said. “This area needs something like that. No other college has a choir like this. I am hoping it will motivate them to continue playing and come to Texas State.” Tangarov isn’t sure where his journey will take him next, but said he’s grateful for all the places he’s been. “You can not plan what will happen—it all happened because this was my life. When I think of all that happened, I start to appreciate what I have,” Tangarov said. “Now I’m here and so happy to be part of this team.”
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Andrew Manwaring Interfraternity Council’s youngest president Sarah Elmiari Special to the Star Andrew Manwaring, finance sophomore, knew he fit in with the men of Alpha Tau Omega when he met them. Manwaring now hopes to perpetuate that welcoming feeling to new fraternity members as the Interfraternity Council president. As the youngest IFC president ever, Manwaring presides over 14 recognized Texas State fraternities that look to uphold the highest standards in their students. SE: What has changed within the fraternities this year compared to last year? AW: The difference now is that instead of being under the campus activities and student organizations, we are
under the dean of students administration, but all of the discipline is still handled by CASO. However, Michelle Lopez, the coordinator of the discipline review team, is no longer with us at Texas State, so she is going to be replaced. We are hiring right now. We need an assistant dean, which would be under the associate dean Vincent Morton, and that person is going to be over two coordinators who we’re also hiring. Vincent Morton and his boss (Margarita) Arellano, the dean of students, are overseeing all of these transitions in greek life. (Morton) is also an intern coordinator for IFC, so he’s kind of who I talk to during the process. We have students on the search committees for both of those positions, the coordinator and the assistant dean. I’m on the search committee for the assistant dean. Along with the transition, the coalition assessment report that happened last semester came in. We started a whole committee to enact these changes and within that committee there are a lot of big names. They are on four subcommittees we formed. One of them is new member education. Another one is communications, like getting the greek names out there, and how we can enlighten the positive image. The other two are policies. The alcohol housing free policy and looking specifically at how the policies are being enacted and how we can review or enhance them. The last one is discipline.
Take a helping hand, then multiply it by an entire brotherhood. Fraternities and sororities at Texas State are involved in both on- and offcampus grounds. The 31 greek chapters are involved with dozens of philanthropies and charities. The Chi Omega sorority has nationally raised more than $6.5 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and has logged more than 400,000 hours in community service. Erin Ramirez, elementary education freshman, said she enjoys being a part of Chi Omega and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “It’s always been important to me to be involved in something bigger than myself,” Ramirez said. Brandi Wicks, an exploratory freshman and newly pledged Chi Omega member, said she was attracted to joining the sorority because she was involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation before college. “(Make-A-Wish) is something I fell in love with during high school, and now that I’m (at Texas State), I’m falling in love all over again,” Wicks said.
SE: What are the fraternities planning for Homecoming this year? AW: We will be doing a tailgate mixer and choosing a sorority to ask to homecoming.
SE: Are there any new fraternities that are going to be added to IFC? AW: Theta Chi, which was an interest group, was add-
Helping the community and attracting new members By Cris Reynoso News Reporter
ed in the spring. Phi Kappa Tau was also added in the spring, but wanted to start this semester.
With Rush Week fast approaching, many fraternities and sororities are promoting their respective organizations’ connections to philanthropies and charities. Phi Kappa Psi alone supports several different charities and organizations, including Texas 4000, the Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos, Sights and Sounds, Wounded Warrior Project and Students Against Destructive Decisions. Phi Kappa Psi vice president Bobby Buchanan said he enjoys participating in Bobcat Build because it is a chance for every organization to come together and complete a common goal. Josh Mariscal, an exploratory freshman and philanthropy chair for Phi Kappa Psi, created a charity event last year unlike any other at Texas State. Mariscal organized The Half Naked Mile last year. Students gathered at Blanco Hall fully dressed, then stripped off their outer-clothing before running to Sewell Park. The clothes left behind at the starting line were collected and donated to the American Red Cross. “(The event) was a lot of fun,” Mariscal said. “It was our first year last year, so not a lot of people know about it, but we were able to collect eight or nine bags full of clothes.”
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High sorority application rates cause push for new Pan-Hellenic chapter By Marisa Riley Trends Reporter Editor’s note: This story originally ran in Sept. 2011. The amount of incoming freshmen increases every year, but since 1990, the number of sororities at Texas State has remained the same. After encountering its highest recruitment to date, the National Pan-Hellenic Council has raised the topic of adding a new chapter. Extension, the process of introducing a new sorority to campus, is attributed to the increase from 424 girls who registered to rush last year to the 521 this fall. Jillian Kachel, coordinator of Volunteer Services and Greek Affairs, said 484 girls arrived on the first day. Of those, only 426 were matched to a sorority house or chapter. Kachel said only 10 girls did not receive an invitation to join any of the six chapters. The rest withdrew during the process. “Basically, the numbers are going through the roof,” Kachel said. “The thing is, we’re going to continue to have more and more women hopefully go through the process, which means our number of classes are going to continue to grow.” The quota for each chapter this year was 69, with the highest number of bids, 86, given by Delta Gamma. Brooke Sutton, senior and Rho Gamma during fall
rush, said they did not expect such high numbers and were crunched for time, especially during lunch this year. A Rho Gamma leads and councils a group of girls through rush. “My girls all had different rounds and times to go to different houses, so there really wasn’t a set time for lunch,” Brooke said. “Honestly, it was overwhelming because we’ve never experienced this high number before.” Lindsey Hendrix, Pan-Hellenic president, said the process of extending the number of sororities is to accommodate the growing number of students year to year. “I think it would be a nice breath of fresh air if we had another chapter come on campus, and quit having this competition within six chapters,” Hendrix said. Before the extension can begin, Pan-Hellenic would have to hold a discussion with members from all chapters to supply information on the process. Pan-Hellenic held a meeting Monday to discuss extension. Hendrix discussed the ins and outs of adding a new chapter with members from all sororities, as well as questions and answers. Hendrix said the purpose of the meeting was to explain the process and clarify any misconceptions the girls might have about extension. “We’re trying to get the word out, and trying to get chapters knowledgeable because I think they’re fearful of what could happen and who would come to
campus,” Hendrix said. “Those are some questions Pan-Hellenic and our advisers can answer.” Kachel said only 30 girls showed at the extension meeting last year, and the measure didn’t pass. She said this year, 75 percent of each chapter’s membership was required to attend. Should extension pass, an extensive four-step process would follow. Brenda Rodriguez, assistant director for Student Organizations and Greek Affairs, said the first step of the process would involve a vote to open an exploratory committee. She said this committee would research past statistics within the sororities and school. The information would then be presented back to Pan-Hellenic. She said the next step would be a vote to open extension. Should this vote pass, information would be sent to 20 of the 26 national Pan-Hellenic chapters, six of which are already on campus. “We’re bidding for them, basically. It’s kind of like architecture contracts or blue prints,” Kachel said. “This is what I can give you. What can you give me?” Kachel said once the council has decided which chapters would be best for the school, they would visit the campus. She said afterwards, an invitation would be given to one, which could be operational by next fall. “I hope it goes through, because the community is growing so rapidly,” Kachel said. “It stinks right now because we can only fit so many people.”
New sorority joins greek community at Texas State By Megan Carthel Trends Reporter Texas State will welcome a new sorority to its greek community this fall. Gamma Phi Beta sorority was chosen to be added to the ranks of Texas State’s sororities by a committee made up of Texas State Panhellenic delegates. Gamma Phi Beta was selected over Sigma Sigma Sigma and Phi Mu sororities after representatives toured campus and made a presentation to the committee in April. Brenda Rodriguez, assistant director of the LBJ Student Center, said the committee liked the way that Gamma Phi Beta seemed to connect to Texas State. “The committee thought they had very strong programs and had a lot of guidance and support,” Rodriguez said. “(The committee) thought they would be very successful here at Texas State.” Gamma Phi Beta has not been seen
on the Texas State campus since the sorority left in 1994. “At that time there was a lot of transition in the greek community as a whole and nation-wide,” Rodriguez said. “They decided to give it time to come back to be better and stronger.” Whitney Brady, director of sorority growth for Gamma Phi Beta, thinks the sorority will be successful at Texas State this time around because they have a “very proven” track record in establishing chapters. “We’re very excited about growing our collegiate chapter base in Texas,” Brady said. “We can’t wait for all to come and to be part of your community.” The new chapter does not have a house — something Brady said the International Gamma Phi Beta sorority is committed to changing. The sorority is currently working on providing competitive housing and will meet in the LBJ Student Center until housing is perma-
nent. Women will have a chance to see what Gamma Phi Beta has to offer during fall recruitment. The new sorority will have a personal recruitment week two weeks after recruitment has finished, said Stephanie Tollete, Texas State Panhellenic vice president of recruitment. Gamma Phi Beta has a team of international volunteers who will help the new chapter get on its feet and provide continual support for members of the new sorority. “We’ve received a tremendous amount of outpouring and support from our local alumnae, who are very, very excited to be involved,” Brady said. Gamma Phi Beta representatives have
also been working with the Texas State greek community. “I think all of Panhellenic is really excited to have them come on,” Tollette said. “It’s really going to make a great positive new year. I think it’s a great step in the right direction for greek life at Texas State.” Gamma Phi Beta is not the only greek organization that will be new to the Texas State campus this fall. Rodriguez said Phi Kappa Tau, an IFC fraternity, and Delta Xi Nu and Alpha Phi Lambda of the multicultural greek council will be members of the greek community. “Whenever you bring a new chapter, it kind of jump starts everything again and adds new energy,” Rodriguez said.
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UPCOMING Next stop: Gerald Richey Invitational
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By Eddie Baty Sports Reporter This weekend the cross country team, led by Coach Bryan Jackson, will be heading to Arlington, Texas for Texas-Arlington Gerald Richey Invitational, at Vandergriff Park. The girls will be running first with a 2-mile race, and the men’s group will be running a 5k after that. “It will be a good introduction for my freshmen and my athletes who aren’t used to longer cross country races,” said Jackson of his team. “I’m really not taking any upper classmen.” Going into the invitational, the team members will have to improve on their average. In the last meet, the Bear Twilight, the team had scattered times with only two in the top 25.
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SJST (0-1) Sat. Sep. 8 vs. UC Davis 9 p.m.
UTST (1-0) Friday Sep. 7 vs. Utah 7 p.m. TV: ESPN2
IDAHO (0-1) Sat. Sep. 8 @ Bowling Green (0-1) - 6 p.m.
We all had a summer of no racing, so we gotta knock the cobwebs off a little bit. There will always be something we can improve on. We like to use the first race to see what that is.”
Sat. Sep 8 @ Houston 7 p.m. TV: CBS Sports Network
“As a team, we need to make sure we have a very small gap between all of our players, not just one or two,” Jackson said. “We need to have a nice pack, and we need our top five girls to be within 30 to 45 seconds of each other.” The team is motivated by their disappointing performance at the Bear Twilight and plans on improving across the board as a team and individually. “We all had a summer of no racing, so we gotta knock the cobwebs off a little bit,” Jackson said. “There will always be something we can improve on. We like to use the first race to see what that is.” Jackson expects a stronger performance and a tighter average this weekend after gauging his team’s strengths and weaknesses.
UPCOMING GAMES Bobcat volleyball will be in Dallas this weekend for the SMU Invitational, with matches scheduled for Friday Sept. 7 and Saturday Sept. 8. On Friday, Texas State takes on Auburn and host SMU. They face Wichita State Saturday. For live tweets, follow @TXStatesman.
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Chippewas, Horned Frogs provide tough weekend slate
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Texas State soccer will take on Central Michigan University Sept. 7 at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. The Bobcats’ current record is 2-3-1 after Sunday’s loss against Rice in Houston.
By Odus Evbagharu Sports Reporter The Bobcats (2-3-1) take on a tough Central Michigan (3-1-1) at home on Friday night. The Chippewas are coming into Bobcat Field with their only loss to the sixth ranked team in the nation, Penn State. Texas State will attempt to get their edge at home as they try to bounce back from a close loss to Rice Sunday night. “(Central Michigan) is a very high paced, high energy team,” Coach Kat Conner said. “They are playing very inspired ball this year and put up some great results, so we are definitely going to be in a tough battle,” Coach Conner said Tuesday at practice. “We got to make sure we’re playing as a unit and that are defense is up so we can make and get out of our defensive shape and get are attack going. I think this game will look a lot like UTEP when we played them so hopefully we’ve improved from our game (against) UTEP.” Texas State goes into the game trying to improve in many phases. The offense has only scored a total of eight goals this season in six games and is getting outscored by their opponents 9-8. However, Texas State’s offense in the second half comes to life, out scoring their opponents 7-4. “I think the way we finished the Rice game, we did very well,” senior defender Emma Staley said. “So we are coming off a high and coming home, and playing at home we know we don’t want to lose with are fans here and we’re all pretty excited to play at home and get the win.” Part of the Bobcat scoring issue has been a slow transitioning attack. Working to correct that is a work in progress.
formation so we can quickly transition to offense,” freshman forward Lynsey Curry said. “That’s what we worked on in the Rice game and hopefully we can build on that when we play Central Michigan.” After their game on Friday night against the Chippewas, the Bobcats head to Fort Worth to take on the TCU Horned Frogs (2-2-1). Texas State will try and avenge a loss to the Horned Frogs last year in a battle they lost 3-1. One of TCU’s key wins this year was against a Rice Owls team in a 2-0 shutout. “We definitely have some revenge,” Staley said before practice Tuesday. “We always go back and forth and last year they beat us pretty badly. We’re ready to go back up there and show that we have grown as a team.” Texas State’s offense looks to take advantage of a TCU defense that has given up seven goals in four games this season. “We definitely have to be on our ‘A’ game,” Conner said. “We didn’t do that against Rice, but I thought we responded well in the second half. We need to come out with that same mentality like we did at Rice in the second half and put it all together for 90 minutes, instead of just coming out half and half against both Central Michigan and TCU. Then I think we will be fine.” WAC play is only two weeks away and Texas State only has three more non-conference games after this weekend’s action. The first weekend of WAC play includes home games against Idaho and Seattle, on Friday Sept. 28 and Sunday Sept. 30, respectively, at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.
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Tough Ocean Course awaits Texas State By Sam Rubbelke Sports Reporter The Texas State men’s golf team will head out once again Sept. 9 to the eastern end of the Kiawah Island, S.C., to play in the Invitational at the Ocean Course hosted by the College of Charleston. Coach Shane Howell and the Bobcats opened their 2010 campaign at the Ocean Course, finishing ninth place in the tournament. Howell reflected on his experience at the Ocean Course in 2010 and the benefit of junior Stuart Smallwood returning to Kiawah Island. Smallwood is the only member of the team who has played at the course. “It will help Stuart having been there before,” Howell said. “He will have an advantage going into the invitational with some past experience. (The Ocean Course) is a great event and argu-
ably one of the toughest courses in the States. This event will be a good start and measuring stick to see where we are, and where we want to go as a team.” Smallwood competed in his first collegiate tournament at the Ocean Course as a freshman and for his first day shot a score of 155, two rounds. Smallwood concluded with one shot over par 73 in his final round of the Ocean Course, and ended the three-day tournament 12 over par for a total of 228. He finished in the top 32 on an individual level. According to Golf Digest, The Ocean Course ranked 25th in the magazine’s 100 Greatest U.S. Golf Courses List and 4th on Best Public Course List in the most recent ranking issue. The Ocean Course contains more seaside holes on the Atlantic coastline than any other
course in the Northern Hemisphere. The course, raised to allow unhindered views of the Carolina coastline, generates unpredictable and vigorous sea wind patterns that could send a ball sailing off course, according to the course’s website. Smallwood’s experience will be vital to fellow teammates in informing them how to approach and attack the Ocean Course. “My role is just to be an encouragement and help identify trouble areas throughout the course to everyone,” Smallwood said. “The Ocean Course can be a very tough course and humble even the best players. We just need to go play golf and let everything else take care of itself.” The Ocean Course recently hosted the 2012 PGA Championship, won by Rory McIlroy, the current No. 1 player in the world.
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Red Raiders to invade San Marcos in historical matchup conversions and (had) only four penalties,” Coach Dennis Franchione said. “That’s better than what we did last season (against Texas Tech). We still are not where we want to be. We were ready to go play (Tech) last year, but we were not ready to win it.” The Bobcats will use a balanced attack In order to put points on the board. This worked well against Houston’s defense and kept the Cougars guessing. Senior running back Marcus Curry and quarterback Shaun Rutherford and freshman running back Tim Gay led the rushing attack last week. “We have to continue to grow as a team and to get better,” Curry said. “We have to just execute our game plan. If we can do that, then we will see some success on Saturday.” The Texas Tech defense is led by an experienced set of defensive backs who are all seniors. Only five new names appear on the two-deep depth chart stemming from last season’s group, which ranked 114th in the FBS in total defense. The Red Raiders were able to contain Northwestern State’s offense to just 84 total yards with only 13 of them coming on the ground, under the new leadership of recently hired defensive coordinator Art Kaufman. The Demons were only able to put six points on the board in Lubbock. Possible distractions and hype surround the first FBS home game at Jim Wacker Field, but the Bobcats are solely focused on executing their game plan. The coaches and players are trying to make the most out of their opportunities, with an expected sellout crowd and a 2-0 record as a possible destination for the
By Jordan Brewer Assistant Sports Editor
Texas State added its first ever football game as an FBS member to the win column. The Bobcats will soon get to play what is arguably their most anticipated game of the season at home against Texas Tech Saturday “(Texas State) was on the road, and I’ll tell you what, they handled that ballgame in the first half,” Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “They are well coached. We saw them play last year, and they were upand-down the field on us.” Just like the Houston game, Saturday’s contest will be another challenge for the Bobcats as they face a top-flight offense that features many key returning players, especially at the offensive skill positions. Five returning wide outs combine for 48 career starts, including one of last year’s Biletnikoff Award candidates for Nation’s Best Wide Receiver, Eric Ward . A junior standout, Ward caught a team high of 84 receptions for 800 yards, adding 11 touchdowns in 2011. Seniors Alex Torres, Darrin Moore and West Texas A&M transfer Tyson Williams round out the starting receivers. What stands out about the Texas Tech receiving core members is not only their experience but their size. All four starting Star File Photo wide outs weigh over 200 pounds and three of them are more than 6 feet tall. Their big- Bobcat football is preparing against this weekend’s game against Texas Tech. This season’s home gest pass catcher, Moore, is six feet four opener is expected to sell out the newly renovated Bobcat Stadium. inches, 216 pounds. “You have to match their physicality,” Texas State cornerback Craig Mager said. The senior signal caller has made 13 consecutive starts “You can out-do size with technique. If you are there, they and has a strong grip on the Red Raider attack. Bobcats. will have to make the play over you. But that’s their job. “Everybody asks me about (Texas State),” Tuberville The Bobcats’ defense will look to continue the steady They’re big.” success experienced in their first week. Key third down said. “(Many) want to go from FCS to the FBS level. Texas The receivers are just a piece of the high-powered puzzle stops were crucial in stopping Houston’s drives and the State has done it right. They’re not a wannabe. They’re putthat is the Texas Tech offense. Last season, the Red Raid- story needs to be similar against Texas Tech to secure a ting their money where their mouth is, and we are walking ers finished 13th in total offense (470 yards/game), sev- victory. Add to that goal staying away from penalties and into a tough situation. It will be a good experience for us.” enth in pass offense (345 yards/game) and 22nd in scoring turnovers, which plagued the Bobcats last season on the Bobcat Stadium gates open at 4 p.m. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. offense (34 points/game). For live tweets, updated stats and analysis throughout the road in Lubbock. Leading the charge for Tech is quarterback Seth Doege. “We held (Houston) to 1-16 on third and fourth down game, follow @txstcamirvine and @jbrewer32.
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Marcus Curry Curry’s yards per attempt against Houston last week. The 9.4 average is 23rd in the nation.
Total rushing yards during an injury-riddled 2011 campaign. If Curry averages 110 yards in the next five games, he will surpass his 2011 average in just half a season.
Curry’s 73-yard touchdown was the sixth longest run in the first week of the college football season. Star File Photo