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OCTOBER 3, 2012
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City, company contend for Cape’s Camp land By Karen Zamora News Reporter
Kristen Lefebvre, Staff Photographer
In November, voters will decide whether San Marcos will acquire 70 acres of riverfront property known as Cape’s Camp to be used as parkland and green space. The land has the potential to be designated for multi-housing development in the future.
The future of a property appraised at $5.45 million will be in the hands of San Marcos voters during the upcoming November elections. Cape’s Camp, owned by the Thornton and Stokes families, is on the market. Cape’s Camp is the last largest undeveloped riverfront property in San Marcos, and voters will be asked during the Nov. 6 general election if the city should attempt to purchase the property. Matthew Lewis, director of development services for the City of San Marcos, said 45 acres are for sale until developers close a contract on the land.
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BUILDING BOTHERS Construction obstructs parking, paths to classrooms
Enrollment after admittance drops in fall 2012 By Nicole Barrios News Reporter Texas State experienced a decrease in the number of admitted students who actually became enrolled this fall. According to Institutional Research, the fall 2011 and fall 2012 yield rates were 38.7 percent and 34.3 percent, respectively. An estimated 11,533 freshmen were admitted to Texas State for the fall 2011 semester, and 4,459 enrolled. An estimated 12,385 freshmen were admitted for the fall 2012 semester, 4,251 of which enrolled. This resulted in a -4.4 percent difference in the freshman yield rate. Michael Heintze, associate vice president for Enrollment Management, said there are several factors that influence yield rate, including the status of the economy. This factor could influence students to stay close to home and attend a community college. “Yield rates move around a little bit,” Heintze said. “This is more than typical for us, but we’ve seen yield rates in the 37 to 39 percent range for the last seven or eight years.” Heintze said the new federal financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements may have affected the yield rate. Transfer students must now have at least a 2.0 GPA and show satisfactory progress in their degree plans, per the new requirements. He said although these requirements do not affect freshmen, they could have had an effect on transfer students this year. He said there were at least 200 transfer students applying this fall who ultimately decided to stay at the institution they were attending because they did not meet the new SAP requirements. The transfer student yield rate decreased from 70 percent in fall 2011 to 64 in fall 2012, a -5.3 difference. Heintze said students negatively affect the yield rate when they are admitted to but do not enroll. “Students are good shoppers,” Heintze said. “They’re investigating the academic
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Staff at the Alumni House, located off University Dr., said they are sometimes disrupted by nearby construction of the Performing Arts Center Garage. By Sara Elmiaari News Reporter Deyanira Lucatero awoke in Lantana Hall one morning after hearing an explosion. However, it was a false alarm—she had only heard the construction underway outside her dorm. Lucatero, English freshman, said it is not uncommon for her to wake up early in the morning to the sound of construction. Buildings being constructed have been a fixture on the Texas State campus for years, but faculty, staff and some students like Lucatero said this results in daily inconveniences. Kim Gannon, director of Alumni Relations, said in summer 2011 construction began around the Alumni House. She said employees started to notice the noise caused by construction when brick walkways between the Alumni House and Sterry Hall were knocked down and hauled away.
“(The walkway removal) was the most (faculty and staff in the Alumni House) have felt other than the big trucks,” Gannon said. “That was really what moved our pictures and moved us a little.” The Alumni House has lost power and water several times as a result of nearby construction, she said. “The crews have been very good about fixing those things in a timely manner, but honestly, that throws our work off more than noise or equipment outside,” Gannon said. Treva Richards, resident assistant at Sterry Hall, said residents on the south side of the dorm last year were provided earplugs because the construction going on outside was so loud. She said female residents were also told to make sure their blinds were closed because construction workers were often right outside their windows in the morning. Richards, exercise and sports science junior, said Sterry residents were offered a lower room fee because of construction
last year. She said the south side of the dorm is closed now. “Last year it was really a struggle when (construction workers) were pouring cement all the time,” Richards said. “We would get emails a day before that said, ‘Just to let you know, there’s going to be a concrete pour at two in the morning. So, if you want some earplugs they’ll be at the front desk.’” Residence Life did not return calls for comment. Some of the construction sites were at central locations on campus, which students said forced them to take longer or different routes to class. Lucatero said she has a class in the Theatre Center, which is close to her dorm. However, she has had to take an inconvenient route to class because of construction. “I have to go all the way around instead of going straight. It takes me longer to get to class than it should,” Lucatero said. “I
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Bus change rumors prove false, passengers to continue standing By Taylor Tompkins Assistant News Editor Students who ride the interurban buses to and from Austin and San Antonio will continue to be allowed to stand during their commutes, despite rumors stating otherwise. Cody Jarmon, economics junior who commutes from Austin, said last week a Texas State Tram services employee told students on the 9:35 p.m. bus heading to Austin that interurban services would be limited to sitting room starting in the next two weeks. Jarmon said students on the tram were told a complaint had lead to a Department of Public Safety investigation of
the interurban buses, and services would eventually be stopped all together. Joe Richmond, director of Transportation Services, said this is not true, and the buses will run as usual with no interruption. “That is not the case,” Richmond said. “We just want to make sure that the buses don’t get too full, and that we aren’t cramming in too many people.” Jarmon said other students were concerned by the news and told to call Auxiliary Services. The office received several phoned complaints over the past week, an employee said. All Texas State buses are undergoing a comprehensive analysis by the Texas Transportation Institute to determine
their cost effectiveness, Richmond said. They will additionally gauge whether or not goals are being met and what opportunities there are to improve the service. Jarmon said he purchased a bus pass the same day Auxiliary Services told him what the employee said was a fabrication. Jarmon said he has seen people be turned away from full buses, and if a policy limited the trams to sitting room only, even more people would be left without a ride. “All the buses fill up to maximum capacity, sitting and standing,” Jarmon said. “We are double paying. We pay through tuition and through the bus card. If they were to make a change like (standing room only), they would let everyone know.”
Construction of Thorpe H-E-B to accommodate more products, customers By Colin Ashby News Reporter The $2.5 million expansion to the H-E-B on East Hopkins Street is estimated to be complete by mid-2013. The expansion will add more than 15,000 square feet to the deli portion of the existing building. The space will provide for additional shelving, a wider variety of food, a new sushi section and a larger healthy living section, said Amy Madison, president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership. San Antonio-based Joeris General Contractors was issued permits for the expansion and began phase one of the project in April, said city councilwoman Kim Porterfield, Place 1. Madison said remodeling during the first phase added signage, changed some aisle locations and will be completed in mid-October. Phase two involves the construction of additions to the building. This phase requires dust control measures. The expansion will create 10 jobs in addition to the 124 employees currently working at the store, said Steve Parker, director of finance for the City of San Marcos. Porterfield said construction along Thorpe Lane will add new sidewalks and a right turn lane. Drivers will no longer be able to make left turns in or out of the Hopkins entrance to alleviate traffic, she said. “A lot of people called that the ugliest intersection in San Marcos,” Porterfield said. Porterfield said city council initially rejected all bids for the reconstruction of the road in April due to high costs. The council approved a $1.7 million bid in mid-May from Capital Excavation, an Austin-based construction company.
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didn’t even know Commons (Dining Hall) was there because of construction.” Javier Garcia, exercise and sports science freshman, lives in Butler Hall. Garcia said though campus construction will pay off in the end, it is currently “kind of a bother.” “The worst part is having to walk around construction on a rainy day because it gets flooded in certain areas,” Garcia said. “(Students) have to walk through big puddles as opposed to walking straight across where the construction is.” Courtni Eaton, health information management senior, is a student worker at the Catholic Student Center on Concho Street. She has seen traffic get congested on Concho Street because some lanes are closed from construction. Eaton said she has heard
students say parking at the Catholic Student Center is a hassle because the traffic causes them to have to circle several times. Gannon said Alumni House employees park at the Woods Street Parking Garage by the Undergraduate Admissions Center. Some employees have to park across campus at the Pleasant Street Parking Garage. Both student and faculty parking spaces have been lost, she said. Campus construction can be inconvenient at times, but Gannon said it is understandable and only temporary. “I think (the construction) will be very beneficial in the long run. In some respects you just have to put up with that disruption,” Gannon said. “In the end, it’s an enhancement.”
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Madison said the expansion experienced some setbacks because of city building codes. An agreement was reached to allow the expansion to exceed the 83 percent square foot addition limit. This would allow H-E-B to have an 87 percent expansion. “I think this (expansion) will serve the community better,” Madison said. “There will be more availability with products and more variety.” Parker said the expanded store will
give the city additional tax benefits. The approximate $1.2 million increase in property taxes will generate an estimated $17,000 in sales tax, he said. Property tax on the store is currently $3.8 million. Madison said with the renovations and expansion, the store will have more than $5 million in property taxes. “We need a grocery store that offers more choices to people, something that is better able to suit their needs. This project will provide that,” Porterfield said.
He said Dovetail Development, based in Athens, Ga., is the only company that has submitted a zoning change request, which is part of the process to buy the land. Dovetail Development submitted a contract to build a 306-unit, 1,000-bedroom student-housing complex called The Woodlands on 45 acres of Cape’s Camp. The developers also plan to gift the city 20 acres of parkland. Cape’s Camp is currently zoned for mostly future land use. Lewis said in order for the developers to continue their process, the zoning of the property needs to be changed. City councilmember John Thomaides, Place 3, said San Marcos residents have expressed interest in having the city purchase Cape’s Camp to use as parkland. The goal of the purchase would be to prevent student housing like The Woodlands from being built on the property. City council has added three propositions to the general election ballot. The first proposition asks residents if they consent to the city acquiring “70 acres, more or less,” of Cape’s Camp for parkland and green space use at the appraised market value price. The second proposition will ask voters if the city should use eminent domain if the property’s owners won’t sell. The third would authorize the city to raise property taxes to purchase the land if necessary. A one-cent raise in the property tax
rate could translate into approximately $3 million over the next 20 years if voters decide the city should develop the space as parkland with a proposed tax increase. “I don’t believe there will be a tax increase,” Thomaides said. “I would hate to raise taxes to do this.” City Manager Jim Nuse said the 45 acres of Cape’s Camp that Dovetail Development wants to buy has been appraised at $5.45 million. He said 38.5 acres on the north side of the San Marcos River were appraised at $2.94 million and 31.3 acres on the south side at $2.52 million. The Thorntons’ landholdings along that portion of the river reportedly total about 98 acres. City council authorized the selling of Leah Tract, a property near the Hays County Civic Center, during its Sept. 18 meeting. The sale was to help fund the city’s potential purchase of Cape’s Camp. Thomaides said there was a community input session earlier this year where some concerns were expressed about using Cape’s Camp for multi-family housing development. He said, however, there has not been a presentation from the developers or any public hearings. Thomaides said the potential development is still working its way through the public sphere. City council is scheduled to consider Dovetail Development’s proposed project Nov. 7, the day after general election.
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opportunities out there.” Heintze said if a university wants a specific number of freshmen one year, it must admit more students than the goal. He said usually about 38 percent of admitted students actually enroll. The university is able to admit a number of applicants based on the expected yield rate, which will hopefully result in the desired freshman class size. Heintze said all schools deal with yield
rate issues, and so the undergraduate admissions process is important. He said the university tries to connect with potential students through programs, direct mail, college nights at high schools and various other means. Stephanie Anderson, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management, said there are recruitment initiatives the university hopes to put in place in response to the
decreased yield rate. She said the university plans to utilize social media more when contacting admitted students in an effort to get them to commit earlier. In addition, Anderson said a Texas State call center will be established in conjunction with University Advancement. She hopes this will increase the number of calls to prospective and admitted students. Texas State hopes to go from about five thou-
sand to 30 thousand calls a year with the creation of the center, she said. Jen Beck, director of Retention Management and Planning, said the university has a variety of programs to help students succeed once enrolled. She said every service on campus strives to provide the highest quality and let students know the university is “here for them” with programs in place to encourage success.
Oct. 1, 10:00 a.m. Speck street parking lot Failure to comply and striking an unattended vehicle A student reported vehicle was damaged while legally parked. This case is under investigation. Sept. 29, 2:25 p.m. Blanco Parking Garage Possession of marijuana Two students were arrested for possession of marijuana and both were transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center. The two are awaiting a court date. Sept. 29, 2:43 a.m. Aquarena Springs Drive Driving under the influence of alcohol by a minor Four students were cited for minor in consumption of alcohol and a non-student was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol by a minor. The student arrested was transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center and is awaiting a court date. Sept. 29, 1:37 a.m. Tower Hall Possession of marijuana A student was arrested for possession of marijuana and driving under the influence by a minor. The student was transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center and is awaiting a court date. Hollie O’Connor, The University Star
Alex Vogt, geography junior, works on a student’s bicycle Oct. 2 at the Bike Cave.
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Online media the topic of Common Experience Ethan Zuckerman, director of MIT’s Center for Civic Media, will give the fall Common Experience lecture Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. The lecture is titled “The Internet: Power and Unrealized Potential.” Zuckerman was named one of the 100 most influential thinkers in the world by Foreign Policy in 2011. He will address the 2012-2013 Common Experience theme, “A Global Odyssey: Exploring Our Connections to the Changing World.” Representatives from student media will interview Zuckerman in a session during Mass Comm Week at 3:30 p.m. in Alkek 250 on Oct. 29. Students and the public are invited to attend. Details and schedule for Mass Comm Week are available at txstatemcweek.com. These events are free and sponsored
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by Student Service Fees and the Common Experience at Texas State. A self-described activist, blogger and geek concerned with how citizen’s media affect “longstanding biases in the news media,” Zuckerman put his concern into action by co-founding Global Voices. An award-winning blogger community, Global Voices maintains an international citizen media newsroom, tracks censorship and advocates for freedom of speech and supports grassroots media efforts. Global Voices’ work has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Knight Foundation, Hivos and Open Society Institute Google, Reuters and private donors. Zuckerman chairs Global Voices’ board of directors. Zuckerman is a senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and
Society at Harvard University. His projects there center around the impact of technology and media on the developing world and quantitative analysis of media. His role as director of MIT’s Center for Civic Media contributes to the understanding of civic media’s role and power in the broader media ecosystem. He helps build tools that help communities around the world share perspectives and stories. The Common Experience is a yearlong initiative of Texas State University that cultivates a intellectual conversation across the campus and extended community. —Courtesy of Sandy Rao and the Common Experience Committee on Global Odyssey
DAY IN HISTORY 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day.
1929 – The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes changed its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. 1925 – Author Gore Vidal was born in West Point, N.Y. 1941 – Adolf Hitler declared Russia had been “broken” and would “never rise again” in a speech in Berlin. 1951 – Bobby Thomson hit the “shot heard ‘round the world” – a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of a playoff game at the Polo Grounds – to send the New York Giants into the World Series. 1955 – “Captain Kangaroo” premiered on CBS and “The Mickey Mouse Club” premiered on ABC. 1990 – West Germany and East Germany ended 45 years of postwar division, declaring the creation of a new unified country. 1992 – Barack Obama married Michelle Robinson at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. 1995 – A jury found ex-football player O.J. Simpson innocent of murder in the 1994 slayings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman. 2002 – Random shootings in the Washington, D.C., area within a 14-hour period resulted in five deaths. Authorities began to search for the “Beltway Sniper.” 2003 – A tiger attacked magician Roy Horn of the duo “Siegfried & Roy” during a performance in Las Vegas, leaving him partially paralyzed. —Courtesy of The New York Times
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Residents need to vote for city acquisition of riverside property
Lara Shine, Star Illiustrator
rom endangered species to tourism dollars, the river is valuable to San Marcos and is worth protecting from unnecessary development at all costs. According to an Oct. 3 University Star article, November voters will decide whether the city should buy a 70acre portion of an iconic riverfront property appraised at approximately $5.45 million to be used as parkland and green space. In total, Cape’s Camp consists of 98 acres of land owned by the Thornton and Stokes families. The property is currently zoned mostly as future land use. Although plans are pending, there is potential for the remaining 45 acres of land to be developed by apartment contractors if zoning is changed. It will be up to the San Marcos public to ultimately decide the fate of the property after discussion among residents and city officials. Residents and students need to cast their ballots wisely by voting to purchase the 70acre property. If not enough ballots are cast, the 70-acre plot will not be protected by the city and could also be
subject to future multi-family housing development. With a flurry of tourists each summer, family outings to the parks and the precious nature of the Edwards Aquifer, the San Marcos River is a resource that should be protected for years to come. If huge apartment complexes were constructed near the riverfront, potential runoff could be detrimental to the water supply and the endangered species including the Texas blind salamander and Texas wild rice. There does not appear to be a lack of student housing in San Marcos even with record-high numbers of student enrollment each year. According to a Sept. 6 University Star article, new student housing within The Retreat opened this semester as well as new phases of the Copper Beech and Aspen Heights complexes, which house more than 2,000 students altogether. Despite current suitable levels of student housing, Dovetail Development proposed plans to build a 1,000-bedroom complex for students within the Cape’s Camp property, according to the Oct. 3 article. Developers should consider building complexes elsewhere instead of constructing housing units along the river. Contractors can situate development on the uninhabited lands in the city including the area surrounding The Heights II and The Grove apartments, for example.
Football games, tailgates could benefit from better organization
By Molly Block Opinions Columnist
exas State should review the seating organization at Bobcat Stadium and increase allotted tailgating space to reduce any potential disorder associated with football games. Disorganization at Texas State football games is getting out of control. For many students, accomplishing even simple tasks such as picking up tickets or finding a place to sit with friends has already become a nightmare in the newly renovated stadium. During the Sept. 8 game versus Texas Tech, many were confused with the student seating arrangements spread throughout the stadium. Some students who wanted to sit with friends or family may have been unable to find adequate seats grouped together. This type of inconvenience is irritating, upsetting and causes unnecessary stress during football games. Texas State should make every effort to keep things running as smoothly and efficiently as possible at the stadium. According to an Aug. 21, 2011 University Star article, construction began on the North Side Complex of Bobcat Stadium during May of that same year. The new restorations addressed the need for additional seating, concession areas, toilets, locker rooms, storage, display and retail space. As it is now, the stadium holds 30,000 people at maximum capacity. So much space and seating are newly available to students, visitors and other Bobcat fans. Issues with ticketing and seating arrangements should not be a problem at all. Texas State tailgating also lacks adequate spacing. Tailgating is a vital part of the football experience, and its current state should garner more attention from university organizers. The University Star 601 University Drive Trinity Building, Room 101 San Marcos, TX 78666 Phone: (512) 245-3487 Fax: (512) 245-3708
Disorder arising from limited tailgating space and overcrowding causes numerous problems for students and other visitors. Texas State needs to address the issue by allotting more space for tailgating festivities. As it is now, attendees are being confined to the Strahan parking lot, which is not nearly large enough to fit all tailgaters comfortably. According to a Sept. 25 University Star article, the game against Stephen F. Austin University attracted 17,188 spectators, which is a little more than half the stadium’s new capacity. Taking into account how close Nacogdoches is to San Marcos, and the solid record Texas State has against SFA, this number is shockingly low. One explanation for this drop in attendance could be the limited amount of tailgating space available. The Homecoming game against the University of Idaho on Oct. 13 will undoubtedly attract many students and fans. If Texas State wishes to avoid the disarray at the recent Tech game and the current lack of suitable tailgate space, major changes need to happen soon. Games should be an exciting and non-stressful event where fans can embrace their school spirit and cheer on the Bobcats. Texas State needs to address the disorganization at football games now in order to avoid the further complications that might occur if action is not taken soon. Hiring more security and personnel to hand out tickets and help direct students and visitors to the correct seating sections will unquestionably resolve some of these issues. In addition, more security will also help enforce seating arrangements by discouraging people from moving around and taking other people’s seats. Tailgates could benefit from a larger space and more security patrolling the area to keep relative order. Students should do their part by abiding by all the rules and regulations of the stadium and tailgates. Taking action and eliminating problems will ensure a more enjoyable football season for students and Bobcat fans alike.
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Also, existing complexes can be expanded if more students need to be accommodated in the future. San Marcos thrives off development and direly requires more dollars to flood in. The editorial board is not discouraging development in the city, as it is needed to sustain jobs for residents and students alike. In the interest of the city as a whole, it is desperately important that citizens vote for the purchase of the 70-acre plot of land. Protecting the river from runoff and litter is much more pertinent for the city in the long run than multiple unneeded complexes. The river is truly what makes San Marcos unique and attractive to tourists. If citizens do not vote and take a stand to protect the river, developers could easily encroach and potentially destroy the cherished aspects the community enjoys most. 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.
Students hurt selves by vandalizing property
By Savannah Wingo Assistant Opinions Editor
tudents should be more respectful of university property and refrain from vandalizing the Texas State campus. According to a Sept. 19 University Star article, some Texas State restrooms are now under surveillance by plainclothes law enforcement officers because of complaints of vandalism. The surveillance comes amid reports of “glory holes” being drilled into the stalls of several different men’s restrooms around campus. The cost of repairing the stalls comes from the university budget and, according to the same article, is not cheap. While the story of students drilling so-called glory holes into campus restrooms may sound funny at first, it becomes less amusing when the facts behind the issue are examined. Repairing graffiti and other acts of vandalism can be costly for the university. According to a March 23, 2010 University Star article, Joseph Ellis, former assistant director of Facilities Management, said the university spent $6,000 solely on one year of labor needed to remove graffiti around campus. According to the same article, one instance of graffiti tagging on Alkek Library could have cost the university an estimated $12,000. Graffiti and vandalism of any sort is clearly not funny. Students should care about how much the university spends trying to clean and repair the damages that are done. After all, the money spent on these repairs comes from
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student wallets. According to the Student Business Services website, a portion of student money, also called “designated tuition” totaling $2,505, goes toward paying for a variety of services including campus renovation projects, deferred maintenance and faculty and staff salary increases. Each of these aspects contributes to funding used for graffiti and vandalism repair. Even though students experience a personal financial cost for graffiti and vandalism cleanup, this should not be the only reason they become interested in caring for the campus. As Bobcats, we should be proud of our campus and honor it accordingly. University property should be treated with respect, and Texas State restrooms should not be treated like a portable toilet at a truck stop. It is sad that some students seem not to have enough respect to refrain from destroying campus resources. Why attend Texas State if you do not value its property? Furthermore, university classrooms, restrooms, benches and desks are all provided for student use. We are only hurting ourselves by drilling holes in campus bathrooms or by sticking gum under a desk in Flowers Hall. This campus is here for us to use, and it is important that we keep it clean so we can have an enjoyable environment in which to learn. By vandalizing university property, students are sabotaging the environment generations afterward will live and learn in. In light of the recent glory hole controversy, students should learn to treat university property with respect. Students should care about the campus not only out of concern for the personal cost, but also out of pride and a determination to preserve the Texas State campus for the generations to come. --Savannah Wingo is a mass communication sophomore.
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Student uses experience on America’s Next Top Model to pursue career By Emily Collins Trends Reporter Thirty beautiful girls stood before Tyra Banks, but only 13 would go on in hopes of becoming America’s Next Top Model. Andie Miller, theatre junior, was among those awaiting the decision. In orange high heels and a Texas State T-shirt, Miller represented the university and theatre department during her six days in Los Angeles. Out of the 5,000 girls who auditioned, Miller was the last selected to participate in the season. Unfortunately for Miller, she did not make it past the first episode. The reality series aired the first episode of its 19th cycle in late August. The current season is known as the “College Edition,” where girls compete not only for a modeling contract but also for a variety of prizes including scholarship money and 100,000 dollars in cash. The college theme is not the only twist this season. During the casting week in LA, the thirty girls’ fate was in the hands of the show’s judges and voters. “After our photo shoot, we were told to upload our pictures on Facebook,” Miller said. “Each ‘like’ was worth one vote.” A talent scout in Austin approached
Miller and encouraged her to audition for the show. She was told to make a video about Texas State and her personal life in case she was selected. After reviewing and signing the contract, Miller was informed that she was the last girl Banks picked to fly out to LA. There, she and 29 other girls competed for limited spots on the show. “We weren’t allowed to speak to the other girls off-camera,” Miller said. “They wanted everything to be on film.” On the day of their photo shoot, the models boarded a bus and were not told where they were headed. They arrived at a Victorian style red brick house that was formerly owned by actor Nicolas Cage. The models were ushered into the backyard where they were greeted by lights, cameras and a crowd of people. There was a runway across the pool where the girls were told to walk two at a time in front of everyone. Miller said Banks greeted them on the back porch and told them that the house would be the official home of the chosen girls. She then explained the rules of the show and introduced the cycle’s new judges. Miller had her photo critiqued by a panel of judges in a white room with bright lights surrounded by cameramen dressed in black. The judges asked her
to talk about herself and perform an improvised scene. “Tyra said she wanted me to act like this poor Russian woman in the middle of an economy crisis who just lost all of her potatoes. It was so ridiculous,” Miller said, laughing. “Thank God they didn’t air it.” Potatoes aside, Miller left a positive impression with the judges. Although she was not selected to continue on with the show, Banks encouraged her to move to LA after graduation to pursue a career in modeling and acting. Full episodes of the season can be watched on The CW’s website. Miller said she is featured in the episode called “The Girl Who Made the Grade.” Since her return, Miller’s career has started to flourish. She recently signed a contract with a modeling company based in LA and will continue her involvement with the Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance. Miller has gained much support throughout the years, particularly from David Teran, a San Antonio-based photographer. Teran has photographed Miller for over a year. “The first thing you notice about Andie is that she’s very tall and very beautiful,” Teran said. “She is also laid back and great to work with. I’ve shot her several times now and consider her to
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be one of my friends.” Miller plans on completing her theatre degree at Texas State before moving to LA. She said being on the show provided her with experience and positive reinforcement. “The goal is still to go into acting,” Miller said. “But if modeling comes about, I won’t hesitate to do it.”
Vocalist, former student continues musical journey By Xander Peters Trends Reporter When Eric Middleton first sang into a microphone at the Palace Theater in downtown Kirbyville, a career in music was only a dream. Middleton first came to San Marcos in the fall of 2007 from his hometown of Kirbyville as a student. He said he realized in his first semester at Texas State his passion was playing music rather than sitting through lectures. This prompted his move to New Braunfels, where he would eventually meet Justin Nelson, Mitchell Pyeatt and Jeromy Yager, who, along with Middleton, formed the Midnight River Choir’s original lineup. The band’s name was inspired when the four, along with 23 friends, sang songs while floating down the Guadalupe River one summer night. That next morning, a man camping on the river was overheard saying he had been “awakened by a mid-
night river choir.” Four years later, the band is frequently traveling and playing all over the U.S. “There’s really not a word to describe how I feel about my life,” said Middleton, lead vocalist. “To play a different gig almost every night, to wake up and see the (Gateway Arch) of St. Louis? It’s nuts.” The musicians are living their dreams, recently debuting their album “Welcome to Delirium?” and landing two radio singles on the Texas Music Charts. Middleton wasn’t always confident he would find success, especially at the beginning of his music career. “You hear horror stories of musicians going hungry. Trust me, it’s hard when your entire band is traveling in a pickup truck all crammed together for days at a time,” he said. “But we had made the right decision, and proved that by driving 500 miles just to still be in Texas, pouring our hearts and souls out to bartenders and waitresses.”
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Sarah PoehlerJones, studio art senior, has her abstract work, Sea Gazers, on display at Wake The Dead coffee house. By Amy Greene Trends Reporter Sarah Poehler-Jones is exploring the relationship between humans and animals in her latest surreal exhibition. Poehler-Jones, studio art senior, is showing her work at the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce until Nov. 7 and Wake The Dead Coffee House in San Marcos through the end of October. The show, which features animal heads on human bodies, will have an opening reception at Wake The Dead on Oct. 4 from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. with musical guest, Holy Ka-Kow. The University Star spoke to Poehler -Jones about her background, future plans and art. AG: What kind of path did you take to become an artist? SPJ: From about the age of four, I drew on everything. Throughout high school I was in the advanced arts program in my high school. After that, I didn’t really have a lot of support from my family for going into the arts. So, I went into biology. When it didn’t really work out, I headed back to my passion, which is art. I’ve always had an interest in wildlife, ecology and the environment. I incorporate what I learned as a biology major in my art. AG: What kind of materials do you use? SPJ: At this point, I mainly favor oil panting. I’m very interested in mixed media. There have only been a few pieces where I’ve been able to experiment with mixed media. I have two abstract pieces that have nail polish, acrylic paint and oil paint in them. I work in a lot of colored pencils, charcoal and pastels. AG: In what genre would you classify your art? SPJ: I’ve called it a neo-surrealist style. It is definitely contemporary art. I’m trying to come up with something new. I’m influenced by nature, but I don’t want to
just paint a fish, a cat or a dog. I want to be influenced by all of these wonderful things, and I want people to see or think about them in a different way. AG: Have you always paired unlikely things together in your art? SPJ: Not always. Starting out, when I was younger, it was more experimental. Now, I’m at a point where I feel comfortable enough to do what I want to do. I am focusing more on what I want to express within each piece and what I want the viewer to think or see, while still appealing to my own interests. AG: Can you tell me about your painting, “Lobster Woman?” SPJ: I was working on this human and animal theme. I’m really interested in the human animal and how some of the more exotic animals can be somewhat related to the regular, average person. It is a profile of these creatures with human bodies and animal heads. We’ve seen this before in mythology. A lot of people can relate to it somehow because they are human. I like how that draws the viewer in, and they can come up with a story in their head for the piece. AG: What do you plan to do after graduation? SPJ: I plan to at least start some applications to grad school. I am also planning to take a world trip—a long-term excursion abroad going through hostels. I want to see the world and get as much experience as I can. I feel like I haven’t seen, experienced or explored enough of our world to fully have the knowledge and information that I could use to express what I want to with my work. I want to have a truly interesting body of work. I have this urge to see things and learn more and more. Those seeking more information about the art show or purchasing pieces may visit Poehler’s website, www.sarahpoehler.com.
This, Middleton said, is when a passion for the music and the lifestyle that comes with it are important for pushing through. Since teaming up with the Texas country music artist Cody Canada and his wife, Shannon Canada of 36D Management, to produce their latest album, success has followed the New Braunfels-based musicians. Middleton said at gigs there were previously barely 10 people in the crowd. There are now 100 at the same venues a year later, with a front row singing every word to the band’s songs. “It’s all turned into a family. The label, management, they’ve all welcomed us,” he said. A lot of changes have taken place since Middleton’s first “real” venue gig at Antone’s in Beaumont. Some of the band’s accomplishments include four consecutive years of being invited to play at the Music Fest in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and having the opportunity to play with Cross Canadian Ragweed.
One thing is guaranteed to stay the same throughout Middleton’s career. Middleton said he will always draw his music straight from somewhere deep in his existence. He said the tattoo on his left forearm that reads “soul” is representative of how who he is and the music he makes are intertwined. “Being on stage is when he gets to share his true love of music with other people,” said Ashton Smith, his girlfriend. “He puts his soul into everything he plays, and wants you to see that each time you watch him.” As far as Middleton is concerned, he will be happy touring and playing music forever. “I would be completely satisfied if my career went exactly as it is right now for the rest of my life,” Middleton said. “(I want) to let as many people hear what’s inside of my soul as much as possible and how music means everything to me. I don’t want to compare it to religion, but it’s the closest thing out there that I’ve ever seen.”
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Bobcats shoot short at Jim Rivers Intercollegiate By Sam Rubbelke Sports Reporter The Texas State men’s golf team returned to action on Monday at the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate hosted by Louisiana Tech University. The team finished tied for 10th in group play. Coach Shane Howell’s team this week consisted of the same group that participated in last week’s Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational: Torbjorn Johansen, Luis Thiele, Stuart Smallwood, Juan Diego Plasencia and Juan Carlos Benitez. Freshman Justin Newby also competed as an individual. The Bobcats struggled to overcome the weekend’s weather conditions, which caused the cancellation of the scheduled practice run on Sunday before tee off on Monday. “It was a tough rain Sunday, which canceled our practice,” Howell said. “We struggled with chipping and putting. We
had the same mistakes as last week.” The Bobcats were coming off the Colo. invitational where Thiele came off shooting a round of 69, one over his career best. Freshman Johansen showed promise in his college debut, stroking 73 in the first two rounds of play. Benitez started the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate one under par in the first and eagled the par 5, second hole in the second round. The score put him on par for the second and one under par for the first two rounds combined. This placed Benitez in a tie for ninth after 36 holes, making him the highest placed Bobcat. Smallwood shot an even-par 72 for his first round, placing 19th. He went three over par in the second round of play. In the final round, Thiele and Plasencia both shot the Bobcats’ individual best of one over par. As a team, Texas State finished tied for 10th place, shooting 298, 301 and 298 for a combined score of 897, 33 over par.
Benitez and Smallwood finished tied for 18th place in individual competition with a 221 total. “Hopefully, we’ll get a practice run in next time, but there is no excuse,” Smallwood said. “These were some of the toughest greens we’ll see all year.” Individually, Travis Wilmore of Louisiana Tech won the day with a smooth 10 under par, with a total score of 206. The top three teams included first place Central Arkansas shooting 296, 283 and 290 for a total of 869. Southern Mississippi and Louisiana Tech followed with 873 and 876, respectively. The Jim Rivers Intercollegiate was the first of two tournaments for the Bobcats in Ruston this year. The Bobcats will return to Ruston this spring. “In spring the guys will know the course better,” Howell said. “The course will be firmer and the ball will travel faster come the change in seasons, and our guys will be ready for the challenge.”
Bobcat News and Notes Intimidating racket
The Bobcat tennis team blew through challenges from opponents at the UTSA Fall Invitational this past weekend, finishing first with a 36-3 record. Texas State went undefeated in doubles play and 24-3 in singles competition. Texas State tennis will start WAC play in the spring.
Back in New Mexico
Coach Dennis Franchione will take on a university that formerly hired him as a head coach: University of New Mexico. Franchione also was the head coach at Texas Christian, Texas A&M and Southwest Texas State, back in 1990. With New Mexico, Franchione was 33-36 in six seasons including a 9-4 mark in 1997, when Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was part of the roster.
A new start
Women’s basketball began practice on Oct. 1 with a swarm of new faces—half the team—and seven returners. One of the returning players includes the team’s leading scorer last year, Diamond Ford. The seven new players are part of the Bobcats’ 76th-best recruiting class in the country, as ranked by Dan Olson of girlsbasketballreport.com.
West coast swings
Bobcat sports begin big road trips this month. Football will go on the road for the next three of four, including long road trips to San Jose State University and Utah State. Volleyball, following its two-game home stand this weekend, goes on a three-game road tilt to face the University of Denver, New Mexico State and San Jose State. Soccer will travel to California and Utah this weekend. Report compiled by Cameron Irvine, Sports Editor Twitter: @txstcamirvine
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The Bobcats travel to New Mexico this weekend to take on the Lobos. Texas State has a current record of 2-2 after last week’s 34-21 loss against University of Nevada-Reno.
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Practice Report: Bobcats prep for Albuquerque
By Jordan Brewer Assistant Sports Editor
The Bobcat football team is striving for their third win as they travel to play the University of New Mexico, a team that just lost 32-29 to Boise State. Heading into the game with the Lobos, the Bobcats will look to finish stronger during the fourth quarter and simply “play better,” according to Coach Dennis Franchione. “I think the bottom line is we need to coach better,” Franchione said. “We need to execute better. We need to do the little things better. We have got to play better. I wish it was something you could put your finger on and just fix, but it’s hard to pinpoint any particular thing.” A reliable running game is a good asset to have in the second half, especially with a
lead. However, the Bobcats struggled in that area against Nevada with only 18 rushing yards after halftime. Texas State is hoping to execute in the rushing department, starting with this weekend’s matchup. “We are becoming more physical in practice,” senior running back Marcus Curry said in regards to the running game. “It really is assignment based. We are getting it down and trying to get it right to be ready on Saturday. One of our goals is just to finish. We’ve been good in the first half, but in the second half we haven’t been playing as well.” Curry has gotten the bulk of the carries this season out of the tail backs with 38. At practice Tuesday, freshman Tim Gay and sophomore Dexter Imade got opportunities to show what they could do. The Bobcats’ pistol formation relies on the ability to run the read and the veer option plays. Those plays require senior quar-
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Brian Lilly, senior linebacker, played baseball and track in high school while becoming an all-state second team selection in football during his senior year. By Jordan Brewer Assistant Sports Editor Not everyone is born or bred to be a football player—it takes a unique set of physical and mental skills. Even fewer are born to be leaders. Brian Lilly might not have the fastest 40-yard time. He may not have the typical football player stature, standing six feet tall and weighing 230 pounds. However, there is something about the senior linebacker that stands tall among his coaches and teammates. “His sacrifice, commitment and dedication are second to none,” Coach Dennis Franchione said. “He’s a good leader. Nobody ever questions Brian’s care and accountability to his team or the work ethic he puts in. He is one of the best leaders on this team.” Lilly was an all-state second team selection during his senior year at Denison High School, which sits just south of the Oklahoma state border. He made 90 tackles and 12 sacks, forcing three fumbles and recovering three more while running back two of those for touchdowns. The multi-sport star also played baseball and track in high school. However, even with all of this success, Lilly was humbled when he received his football scholarship to
play for the Bobcats. He was even fonder of the opportunity to earn a degree. “I was blessed to get a scholarship to play football at Texas State,” Lilly said. “I’ve always taken that with the utmost respect and have never taken it for granted. It was a great opportunity for me because I wouldn’t have been able to go to college.” It didn’t take long for Lilly to make his mark on the Bobcat football team. After redshirting his true freshman season, he played in eight games his redshirt freshman campaign, totaling 15 tackles and an interception. “He’s eager every day to learn more,” linebackers coach Brad Franchione said. “He’s very intelligent and a lot of times he keeps me in check. He’s smart, he’s attentive and he knows what to look for and how to react to it.” Lilly earned the starting spot at middle linebacker in his sophomore season, a position where intelligence, toughness and leadership are certainly needed. For the next two seasons and through his junior year, Lilly was a key cog in the Bobcats’ defense. “Brian is about as coachable (as) a player can be,” Dennis Franchione said. “He may not be the most talented guy, but he’s hardworking, and he’s a student of the game. He cares about his team and works his tail off to be the starter. He just won’t let anybody beat him out.” He made 115 tackles during his sophomore and junior seasons. His main mission was leading a defense while numerous changes were made on and off the field, as the Dennis Franchione era started to evolve and a slew of new coaches were ushered in. “I’ve always played up to my role,” Lilly said. “It has changed over the years but has become that of a leader this year and last year, too. I always try to be a positive leader, just try to keep people going.” Lilly does not only keep his coaches in check at times, but keeps his fellow teammates in line as well. “We’ve talked about leadership with Brian,” Brad Franchione said. “He’s embraced it. He really cares about it. He’s not afraid to say things to his teammates. The (linebacker) partnered up with Lilly
terback Shaun Rutherford to continue being effective in the running game. Rutherford is the team’s second leading rusher. The play-action passes will need to follow suit if the Bobcats’ offense is able to run their option offense to their best ability. The unit was not able to stretch the field with explosive plays against Nevada, besides the open touchdown pass to Andy Erickson. Both junior quarterback Tyler Arndt and Rutherford continued rotating every play at quarterback during Tuesday’s practice, throwing accurate and strong passes toward the sideline. The tight ends continue to get more involved in the passing offense during practice. Defensively, the Bobcats had their hands full on Saturday with Nevada, an offensive unit currently ranked second in total offense in the nation. Against New Mexico, the Bobcats will face an offense that likes to run
the football. Similarly to Nevada, the Lobos have a quarterback who can tuck the ball and run when he has to. The Lobos have two signal callers who have shown thus far that they can carry the ball effectively. The Bobcats’ defensive preparations in practice Tuesday included making sure the entire unit is flowing to the ball in every play. The defensive backs will try to do their best to help the Bobcat front, but at the same time, they know they have to remember their coverage assignments. “There are some situations when we are emphasizing on the run,” safety Justin Iwuji said. “But as (defensive backs), we have to be ready for the pass also. Both (New Mexico) quarterbacks are good athletes. We just want to contain them and not let anything break.” Twitter: @jbrewer32
Brian Lilly, a student of the game will never be wrong because (Lilly) won’t let him be wrong.” The feeling is much different for Lilly in his senior year. Not only is he the most experienced linebacker on the roster, but he is currently in his last season of playing collegiate football. Lilly said this is something he is not taking for granted and is hoping to make the most of it. “I’ve matured a lot,” Lilly said. “I’ve grown in the classroom. I’ve always taken school seriously. But I’ve always wanted to be on the dean’s list, and this past semester I made it. I got to brag on myself for once. It’s never been a 3.75. I was super-excited.”
The English major hopes to begin student teaching in the spring, with a ‘coach’ added to the title next to his name. Lilly said he would want nothing more than to coach the sport he loves while teaching the subject he loves. Football is a sport where physical attributes win out a majority of the time, with great emphasis put on how fast somebody is in the NFL Combine every year. Given this, Lilly is a nice surprise—one with heart and determination, who never stops being a leader. Twitter: @jbrewer32
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