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More California students seek out-of-state universities due to budget cuts By Chase Birthisel Assistant News Editor Traveling away from home and friends to the unfamiliar grounds of Texas State is a choice students make in order to chase higher education and opportunity. For Sarah Lowenstein, it was her only shot. Lowenstein, pre-mass communications sophomore, attended De Anza College, a California community college within the San Francisco region. She said her plan was to transfer to California State University-East Bay in fall 2010, but because of difficulties, was told she would be unable to enroll until spring 2010. “So I immediately went onto the school’s Web site to check out the application date for spring 2010,” Lowenstein said. “Next to the column for the spring, in big, bold, capital letters, there was the word ‘closed’. I was like, that is so weird. How can it be closed when it hasn’t opened yet?”
After researching online, Lowenstein said she found out why her campus, and all other California State University campuses, had closed. According to the California State University’s official Web site in a press release on July 9, 2009, “As part of an overall strategy to address an unprecedented budget reduction of $584 million for 2009-10, California State University campuses will not accept student applications for the 2010 spring term — with very few exceptions.” CSU has 23 campuses, almost 450,000 students, and is the largest university system in the country, according to its Web site. “When I read this, I didn’t believe it,” Lowenstein said. “What this meant was I would be out for an entire year. I’m already behind, and I couldn’t take anymore classes that would count.” Lowenstein said she had to act fast to make life-changing see ‘CALIFORNIA,’ page 4
Ben Rondeau/ Star photo illustration STUDY BREAK: Sarah Lowenstein, pre-mass communication sophomore, came to Texas State from California due to budget cuts at California State University.
Officials expect bike paths to Campus buildings’ decrease campus congestion vandalism suspects still unidentified By Christine Mester News Reporter
Construction on two bike paths will begin this month to reduce bus crowding and automobile traffic. Bill Tomlinson, project manager, said the endeavor is part of the Campus Master Plan. “We need to eliminate more cars from our campus, and bikes are one way to do that,” Tomlinson said. “Students are beginning to use bikes more and more coming into campus, and we’re trying to foster that.” The project will be funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation in conjunction with university funds. Ed Collins, advance transportation planning director for TxDOT, said the Federal Highways Administration distributed the grant as part of a national effort to promote
pedestrian and bicycle transportation. Collins said the project went through a strict review process in order to receive the grant. “There are a lot more projects than there is money,” Collins said. “The transportation planning board has set aside 15 percent of the federal funds to help on pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. This project made it through the public review process and it was decided the project merited the funding.” The Campus Bike PathSpring Lake will encompass two bikeway corridors across campus, according to the project status report. The north bike path will begin at the Texas State Golf Center and end at the Tennis Center. The south bike path will begin at the Bobcat Stadium and continue to the J.C. Kellam Administration Building.
Paul Hamilton, manager of shuttle services, said the bike paths would alleviate transportation problems on campus. “This will increase the effectiveness of the bus program by allowing some students to mode shift off the bus or out of their car, which will allow that capacity to be available for future campus growth,” Hamilton said. Roughly 2 percent of students use bikes to enter primary areas of campus. However, areas such as N. LBJ Drive, which have highdensity housing development, see closer to 6 percent of trips generated by bicycle, Hamilton said. According to the project status report, the paths will include water fountains, benches and additional bike racks. see ‘TRAFFIC,’ page 4
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Two weeks have passed since the Alkek Library, Agriculture Building and McCoy Hall were vandalized, and the suspects have not been identified or caught. UPD Officer Otto Glenewinkle said two men entered the Alkek between 8:25 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sept. 20, and tagged the walls, stairwells and glass. The suspects broke the two front door glass panels in McCoy and damaged a water fountain in the Agriculture Building with a sledgehammer later that evening. “(McCoy Hall) didn’t see any damage except for the front door, which they damaged with a sledgehammer,” said Robert Davis, professor in the depart-
ment of CIS & Quantitative Methods in the McCoy College of Business. “It doesn’t appear that they came into the McCoy building. If they wanted to, they could have opened the doors and came in though. The top panels were broken, and they could have easily pushed the door bar.” Davis said the damage in McCoy was discovered early the next morning. Facilities boarded the doors, and by mid-day, the glass was replaced. “As far as the library goes, we’ve pretty much cleaned it up,” said Lori Hughes, director of administrative services of the Alkek. “There was spray paint on the Italian marble, some in an elevator, in the stairwells and on glass. Also, there was some see ‘VANDALS,’ page 4
Current parking policy ‘discourages’ motorcycle riders By Bianca Davis News Reporter
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Students riding a motorcycle to campus are faced with a slippery situation on bad weather days. ASG legislation passed in May aims to change that. Former ASG Sen. Michael Guzman authored the legislation calling for a change to the university’s motorcycle policy. The legislation, if adopted by university officials, would allow students who purchase a motorcycle parking permit to have a temporary inclement weather pass. The students would be allowed to use another vehicle only on bad weather days. Following current policy, drivers must purchase separate passes to park a different vehicle on campus. Motorcyclists who are unable to get to campus because of bad weather are left searching for a ride. Guzman, the current ASG supreme court justice, said there are days when it is too dangerous to ride his motorcycle to campus because of weather. As a result, Guzman and fellow riders are forced to find another means of transportation. Guzman was told he needed David Schmidt/Star photo to purchase another parking PARKING MOTORCYCLES: William Mayberry, political science permit if he wanted to park his sophomore, parks his motorcycle in front of Retama Hall before he truck on campus. heads to class.
“Motorcycles should be encouraged because they leave space for more parking,” he said. “You can fit more motorcycles in one parking space, relieve congestion on the trams and it’s also eco-friendly.” Guzman said the current policy discourages students who would potentially ride a motorcycle or scooter to class because they have to purchase two separate passes. The inclement weather pass would be a temporary pass students could display in another vehicle if weather did not permit people to safely drive a motorcycle, he said. “Every single day on the front page of the parking services Web site there would be an alert saying if you could use your pass that day and not get ticketed,” Guzman said. It is difficult to parking, Guzman said, because there are only specific places where motorcycles can park. “A lot of times motorcycle parking will completely fill up and I’ll need to park in a normal spot and that’s not allowed,” Guzman said. Stephen Prentice, assistant director of parking services, said in an e-mail that allowing motorcycles to park in regular spaces would probably result in a loss of the “all-zone privilege.” “As motorcycle permits
are valid in any color zone, as long as they are parked in the motorcycle areas, such a rule change would preclude anyone with a perimeter or residential permit to park in a restricted regular parking space,” Prentice said. “Do you think motorcycle owners would be willing to sacrifice that privilege?” The legislation would expand the number of spaces a motorcycle can park on campus. “There are 77 motorcycle ‘areas’ that can park from three or four to 15 vehicles, depending on the location,” Prentice said in the e-mail. Parking services data list 267 motorcycles registered this academic year. The legislation passed under the previous ASG administration, however, no changes to the motorcycle policy have been made. ASG President Chris Covo said all legislation must pass through the Vice President of Student Affairs Office for review and approval before it can go on to be implemented. “(This legislation) passed last year, and we haven’t heard anything about it,” Covo said. Covo said Gordon Taylor, ASG chief of staff, is now worksee ‘BIKERS,’ page 4
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Sept. 27, 8:02 a.m. Public Intoxication/ Guadalupe Street Investments during the next decade in conservation, A police officer made infrastructure, treatment quality and water supply will meet San contact with a student acting Marcos needs until 2070, according to a report to the City Council suspiciously. Upon further Monday night. investigation, the student was City Manager Rick Menchaca and Consultant Robert McClain cited and arrested for public discussed the results of a rate study for a multi-year planning intoxication. The student was transported to Hays County period of 2010 to 2019. Law Enforcement Center and The independent rate study, conducted by McLain Decision is awaiting a court date. Support System of Lewisville, reviewed projected revenues and rate issues facing the city’s water and wastewater utility in the —Courtesy of University coming decade. Police The city continues to invest in future water supplies through conservation efforts and through participation in the Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency, a collaboration of San Marcos, Kyle, Buda and Canyon Regional Water Authority to develop water supplies from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer east of San Marcos. San Marcos has acquired water supply from the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority to reduce dependence on the Edwards Aquifer. Over the next decade, McClain said, the cost of providing service and paying debt for the water/wastewater system is expected to increase by 72 percent, primarily to pay for major investments in facilities and infrastructure. 1849: Author Edgar Allan Poe Jake Marx/Star photo The facility investments are driven by the need for future water died at age 40. WAITING FOR CLASS: Jeff Blum, philosophy sophomore, and Britney Munguia, pre-mass communisupplies, wastewater purification at the highest levels, maintaining 1897: Elijah Muhammad, the cation junior, share a bench together Tuesday in The Quad. the existing infrastructure, a projected 1.5 percent annual growth American leader of the Black rate and realistic future operating expenses. Muslim movement from the The City Council concurred with City Management that a rate 1930s to the 1970s, was born. increase was not recommended in fiscal year 2010. 1949: The Republic of East Germany was formed. — Courtesy of City of San Marcos 1963: President John F. 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decisions. “I had three options,” Lowenstein said. “I could go back to Chicago where I’m originally from, or I could come to school here and live with my sister and mom who moved (to Texas). My third option was to wait it out and find out what’s really going on. The only problem with waiting is if I did, my other two options would be gone.” The thought of leaving California made her cry, Lowenstein said, but she missed her family. “I was looking closely at Texas State and their mass communication program,” Lowenstein said. “I was talking to my mom, and she was asking me what I was going to do. I said I looked at the Texas State Web site and it said the deadline is July 15 for applications, and then I stopped, and I thought to myself that is tomorrow. I told her I’d call her back, ran to the library, filled out an application, sent it in that day and crossed my fingers.” Lowenstein said after discovering she was accepted, she only had four days to pack and drive to Texas State for orientation. “It was really hard,” Lowenstein said. “I didn’t get to say goodbye to a lot of people. I never thought it would end so quickly, and it still hasn’t quite hit me yet.” The situation seems strange, but Lowenstein said she is not the only student dealing with this. She expects more California students to transfer here in the future. According to the Office of Administration, the number
of prospective students from California for the fall semester at Texas State has climbed from 229 prospects in 2007 to 299 in 2009. According to the Institutional Research at Texas State, 41 students from California enrolled last fall. Unofficially, 60 students are from California this semester. Jose Laird, associate vice president of enrollment management, said the research shows a considerable increase, though further research is necessary. “I did visit with a student this past year from California,” Laird said. “I asked him, how did we get on (his) radar? He said things are falling apart in California, so he was kind of looking to get out.” Guadalupe Mora, a Walnut, California native, said she transferred to Texas State from Mount San Antonio College this year after her financial aid was cut. “In March, everything started adding up,” Mora said. “I wasn’t going to get financial aid and my grants were being delayed. It just started going downhill from there.” Mora, English sophomore, said she felt as if a rug was being pulled from underneath her. “I’m very family oriented,” Mora said tearing up. “I’ve lived in California my entire life. For it to get so bad I have to leave home, come here and cry everyday for like a month, that alone tells you something.”
The Texas State University System Board of Regents approved the design in June. The project is estimated to cost $1.8 million. Currently, the only bike path on campus is located on Student Center Drive. The project’s estimated completion
date is August 2010. “I think (the paths) will enhance our credibility in green design, and I believe it will make us more of a pedestrianfriendly campus in the future,” Tomlinson said. “A big plus is it will help eliminate cars around our campus.”
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outside on the loading dock.” Hughes said the library custodial staff and facilities have been able to remove most of the spray paint. “We did, however, recently find another place this morning on some books on the third floor,” Hughes said. “We believe it was part of the original vandalism and will be trying to figure out how to remove that. When it’s books, it’s a little harder to figure out how to remove (spray paint).” Glenewinkle said Crime Stoppers received a couple tips last week. None of them have brought university police closer to identifying the suspects. UPD is still offering a cash reward up to $1,000 for those who can
provide them with details. “The damage so far is estimated at under $20,000,” Glenewinkle said. “If we find out who they are, we will prosecute, and there will be restitution. The case will stay pending and open until the suspects are caught.” Glenewinkle said taggers usually use their tags repeatedly. UPD may collaborate with outside agencies, such as San Marcos police, to identify and compare tags. “Taggers like to take pictures of their tags and post them to social networking sites,” Glenewinkle said. “We will be monitoring Facebook, Myspace and Twitter for tags that are similar.”
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shown how to use their apartment alarm systems. “We learned the importance of setting our alarm properly in the apartment,” said Jannesa Prado, English senior. “It’s good that they are getting involved with students, so we shouldn’t hesitate to call them if there’s a problem.” UPD officer Ron Dorsey said it is important students know and understand officers are regular people. “We’re out here like everyone else trying to help (students) and faculty with whatever their needs may be,” Dorsey said. “At the very least, we want to point them in the right direction.” According to the National Night Out Against Crime Web site, August marked the 26th anniversary nationwide. “The state of Texas opted to host (the event) in October in hopes of cooler weather,” Glenewinkel said. “It would have probably been twice as hot in August.” Glenewinkel said UPD has been hosting National Night Out at Bobcat Village for three or four years. “This year, we wanted to have it on the green space on campus, but we had problems getting through residence life,” Glenewinkel said. “It would have been three times as big with so much more food. Hopefully next year we can have it there so everyone on campus can participate.” According to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, more than 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2008.
Crime cook out success for UPD Bobcat Village residents were greeted with the smell of grilled hotdogs and hamburgers wafting from the pool area Tuesday night as the University Police Department hosted a National Night Out Against Crime cookout. “National Night Out is a nationwide project that most communities participate in,” said UPD Officer Otto Glenewinkel. “Basically, it’s a big block party in neighborhoods and complexes. UPD officers will be in and out all night.” Glenewinkel said the event aims to bring communities together and meet each other and provides the opportunity to ask questions to UPD officers. “The most effective tool in crime prevention is neighbors knowing neighbors,” Glenewinkel said. “It all goes back to the ‘little old lady on the porch.’ If that guy knows that guy and something happens, they can help each other out.” UPD Sgt. Brian Carpenter said the cookout is a good chance for residents of Bobcat Village to talk and hang out with one another away from their homes. “If you know your neighbor, you might actually watch out for them,” Carpenter said. “UPD is different than San Marcos police because they don’t get a chance to get out of their patrol cars and meet communities.” Residents were able to meet UPD officers and fill their stomachs with free food offered by C.A.R.T. officers, and they were
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Bell Tower chimes ‘Alma Mater’ daily By Michael Barrett Special to The Star ASG legislation passed last semester is music to student’s ears. The official school song, ’Alma Mater,’ now plays from the Bell Tower, located between ASB and Flowers Hall, on a daily basis at 1:50 p.m. ASG Sen. Ariana Vargas, author of the legislation, said the time was chosen so classes would not be disrupted. “I think it’s important for people to be familiar with it, not just as alumni, but even as a student right now,” Vargas said. The legislation states regularly playing ‘Alma Mater’ will “reinforce and actively engage the Texas State community in university pride and traditions.” Vargas said she got the idea for the bill after visiting the Pride and Traditions page on the Texas State Web site. She learned about the university’s Bell Tower, including the fact that it had a digital library of hundreds of pieces of music
available to play, features that were not taken advantage of. Vargas said she is optimistic about the difference the new policy will make. “There’s been a little buzz going around like ‘What’s that?’ and I think it will spread through word of mouth,” she said. “Even the people who go to the games, they’ll make the connection ‘Hey, that’s that same song I heard, that’s our Alma Mater’.” Additionally, the legislation stated the words to ‘Alma Mater’ be shown on The Quad marquee as it is being played. “I’m confident it will catch on,” Vargas said. “It’s only been going on for about a week and a half or two weeks, so it’s still new, but we’ll see throughout the year how it starts to spread.” According to Texas State’s Web site, the university’s Bell Tower was built in the 1970s. There was a ‘College Bell’ near Old Main that would signal class changes and was donated to the university by World War I veterans. Today, that bell resides in the Veteran’s Memorial Garden.
Students passing the bell tower had a positive reaction to the new policy, Wednesday afternoon as ‘Alma Mater’ played. “This is the first time I’ve ever heard it, actually,” said Richard Garza, accounting junior. “It’s somewhat neat. If I hear it everyday, it may come to mean something later.” Katrina Dush, interdisciplinary studies senior, also liked the idea.
“I’m a transfer student,” she said. “I don’t even know what our ‘Alma Mater’ sounds like. This way I’ll know.” ‘Alma Mater’ has been the school song since the early 1900s, when faculty member Jessie Sayers wrote the lyrics to the tune of ‘Ancient of Days,’ an old Presbyterian hymn, according to the university Web site.
Bobby Scheidemann/ Star photo BELL CHIMES: ASG plans to have the Bell Tower on campus ring everyday at 1:50 p.m.
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Students have been forced to sit, wait and stalk others walking to their cars to steal the vacated spot. It is not uncommon for the average commuter to drive into the Sessom commuter lot and get stuck inside a mess of cars, waiting for a spot. The Sessom lot is just a microcosm of the parking problem students experience. All over campus, commuter, residential and restricted parking permit-holders are dealing with this problem. The problem could have been avoided if Parking Services had been more transparent about the sale of residential parking permits. According to a Sept. 29 article in The University Star, Parking Services sold about 21.5 percent more residential permits than spots available. According to the Parking Services’ Web site, “there is ample space for (Hall) Resident parking, but there is no guarantee that a space close to one’s hall will always be available.” The information is misleading. If it had been made known Parking Services oversells permits, students may have shied away from buying them in the first place. Of course, this would result in less revenue for Parking Services, but it would also result in less pain faculty and students are experiencing. Green permits are called “Residential Parking Permits.” If green permits were strictly being sold to students who make their home within Texas State’s residential halls, why would Parking Services sell one-fifth more
passes than there are spots? Since the removal of the 344 parking spaces available on Matthew Street, residential and restricted parking permit holders have been forced to park elsewhere, adding to the already significant mess across campus. Parking Services and Faculty Senate should not ignore the complaints by students and staff. Simply telling permit holders they need to get to school earlier is not an adequate response to this ongoing problem, either. Unfortunately, plans for the new parking garage on Matthew Street under the campus Master Plan will not be finished until summer 2010. According to the article, when that project is completed, nearly 1,000 spots will open up, easing the congestion. Until then, students should find ways to deal with this inconvenience. The shuttle system is one way to avoid the parking hassle. Campus Loop buses come every few minutes, providing easy transport for students to get around campus. If all else fails, a little exercise never hurt anyone. The hills and stairs on and around our campus will sculpt the calves of even the most committed couch potato into solid rock after a month. Then again, that’s what the Student Recreation Center is for, so Parking Services needs to do something about this problem.
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Bikes on access ramps, walkways cause inconvenience
By Kaycee Toller Opinions Columnist It’s a good 15-minute or longer walk to class from some of the commuter lots, but drivers don’t solve that by pulling their car into an on-campus disabled spot or parking on a sidewalk. Drivers who do that should
expect a towed car and hefty fines. Why should it be any different for bicycles? Even with racks on campus, cyclists insist on locking their bikes to rails along access ramps, making it difficult for those with disabilities to get around. Just because a bike rack isn’t directly in front of a building does not mean bikes should be chained to ramps and rails. Employees of the Bike Cave installed about 130 U-shaped bike racks around campus this summer. Most areas on campus have places to legally
lock a bike without blocking any building entrances. “There’s no real reason to lock your bike to a ramp,” said Aldon Mines, studio art senior who works at the Bike Cave. Brian Barrow, Bike Cave employee, thinks people are not using the current bike racks as much as possible. “Those bike U-racks you see everywhere are supposed to be used on both sides. Every time I look at them, 90 percent of them have bikes on just one side,” said Barrow, pre-geography junior. Therefore. the racks are being used to half their potential. Imagine if someone
passed a good parking space because there was a car in the next spot. Laziness could also be a factor in locking bikes to ramps and rails. It’s not going to kill someone to walk from a bike rack to a building, especially if they just rode uphill. Even if all the nearby racks are full, students should think about where their bikes are being chained on campus. If it could be in somebody’s way, the bike needs to be left somewhere else. Mines and Barrow agree campus police are not out to impound any bike that is
locked off the racks. “The only time I’ve heard of a bike (lock) actually getting cut by cops was when someone chained their bike to the LBJ statue,” Mines said. Other than the statue, most bikes on campus are left alone unless they are blocking access to campus buildings. Bicycle impoundment does lead to a fine of $35, which is nothing compared to the $100 fine cars owners receive from Parking Services for being in a disabled space. If a student believes an area needs more bike racks, they should (nicely) tell campus police or someone at the
with restricted diets. The menu, since I have been here, has not changed much and because meal trades are so convenient to have, there is not much choice in the matter. But something about the menu has to change. Being vegetarian is tough on this campus. It gets very repetitive, boring and quite frustrating. Despite what people might think we don’t just live on salads, though most times, the fresh salad bars end up being the best option. Again, it gets very boring — and repetitive. One of the main issues
I have with the limited options is I am required to purchase a meal plan because I live in a dorm. The least expensive meal plan costs $922. If you are vegetarian and living off salads and veggie burgers while on campus, where is your money going? It is not right, and I believe Chartwells, and Texas State as well, need to work harder to provide more options for all students. The reasoning behind meal plans is to make sure students are provided for and always have a meal
waiting. When the options are so limited, vegetarian students are forced to purchase food elsewhere, adding to food costs from the already purchased meal plan. It is ridiculous. It has to change. I have to give some credit for at least trying. Chartwells does provide some vegetarian options on the menu which are categorized by a “v” next to the selection. But when looking through them, what is classified as being vegetarian is pretty slim. For example, on the menu for Oct. 6, at
Harris Dining Hall, the vegetarian options consisted of: the salad bar, veggie burger, cilantro lime rice, black beans and tomatoes, borracho beans and fruit. These are not the most appetizing options. There are so many different meal options that could be offered even non-vegetarian students would be able to appreciate. It should not be difficult to include some in the menus. Providing vegetarian dishes such as cooked tofu, pasta dishes, meatless chili, soups or even something a little different
Bike Cave. If a residence hall needs more space for bikes, a hall director or residence life should be notified. Bike Cave workers will install 60 more bike racks during the winter break to accommodate areas on campus that need more space. Until then, students should use the existing racks as much as possible, and be considerate when leaving bikes elsewhere.
—Kaycee Toller is a mass communication senior.
Dining halls limit vegetarians in food options By Ammie Jimenez Opinions Columnist The four dining halls operating on campus would lead one to think it would be easy for anyone to get a good meal. But that is not the case. It is very limited to people
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like Portobello tacos would make all the difference. I see the logic behind purchasing a meal plan. It is convenient to swipe a card and be on your way with a meal in hand. It would be even better if the on-campus dining halls were more aware of vegetarian students, and worked on bringing more vegetarian options to the menus.
—Ammie Jimenez is an English junior
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Music lovers have high hopes for new organization By Brittany Bemis Features Reporter Student Musician’s Organization is the first club of its kind at Texas State. The organization is devoted to helping those interested in any aspect of music, from songwriting to music production. Kristen Williams, founder and president, said creating this group was a long time coming. “I felt that there was a need for this group, for this organization,” said Williams, mass communication public relations junior. “It’s something that should already be here.” Williams’ goal is to create a strong musical community within San Marcos. “(What I want is) a network of people that know each other and can contact each other,” Williams said. “I wanted to create it because, like I said, I felt like there was a lack of this.” Williams hopes to give students involved with SMO more opportunities. “I just want to bring Texas State students whatever it is that they are lacking, whether that be jam sessions with other people or learning about crews and music,” Williams said. “Or even finding internships and finding performance opportunities, like open mic nights and things like that.”
Williams said the response to SMO has been positive since their first meeting. “I have over 20 people who have signed up for officer interviews,” Williams said. “I want really amazing people who are willing to do stuff, who want to do stuff, who are passionate about music, who are passionate about this organization and want to make huge things happen. I have a feeling that we are just going to explode on Texas State and they are not going to know what has hit them.” Williams said she does not want students to feel intimidated by the organization. “I want students to know that it is extremely non-traditional,” Williams said. “I, personally, have never really been in an organization, and I’ve never been an officer in an organization. All I know is what feels right and what people want.” Williams said that as the organization grows she hopes to give back by offering free music Star photo lessons. “We’re looking into doing intro PLAYING AROUND: Alex Smith, computer science freshman, plays the piano in the music building. Smith is a member of the student to guitar and intro to piano classes, musicians group on campus. Learn more about Smith at UniversityStar.com. so that people who have always wanted to learn an instrument Eric Smith, sound recording people here who don’t play a “I can see it being one of the and never have, can have that technology sophomore, said he single instrument but they are bigger organizations with more opportunity. Hopefully, it will be thinks students should join even awesome. They produce and song members on campus because free to members,” Williams said. if they are not musicians in the write.” there are so many possibilities,” web “I would love to get somebody, traditional sense. extra Jacob Hancock, pre-mass Hancock said. “I can see it being who out of the pure goodness of “Try it, even if you’re not a communication junior, said a really big deal over the radio their heart, wanted to teach intro musician per se, but you like he thinks SMO has great station. I am super excited about to guitar.” music,” Smith said. “We have potential. what it could be.”
Alumni create ‘stop motion’ imagination By Miranda Serene Features Reporter Non-artists and artists alike are able to express themselves creatively with The Edge of Imagination Station. The station is a do-ityourself, stop-animation table where participants can make their own sequence using a variety of objects, including chalk and paper cutouts. The Edge of Imagination Station was set up at Flipnotics Coffee Shop in Austin Saturday. ACL weekend made for packed surronding streets. Johnny Villarreal, Texas State alumnus with a degree in
painting, is the creator of The Edge of Imagination Station. He said the project allows anyone to make a work of art. “The participants are able to make their own stop motion sequence using a variety of supplies and a camera,” Villarreal said. Villarreal was inspired by learning stop animation in an art class while studying for an associates degree in animation and film. Villarreal wanted to find an interactive way to promote art at a festival. “Instead of trying to sell art we brought, we wanted to make art there,” he said. The Edge of Imagination Station has appeared at 30
events, including private parties, art galleries, concerts and coffee shops since December 2008. Matt Peairson, studio art senior, attends to the events to help out. “It is really interesting how it pulls so many people in,” Peairson said. Chris Day, Texas State alumnus, graduated with a degree in sculpture. He helped Villarreal create the station and said he attends the shows for support. “I try to get people into it and show how easy it is,” Day said. Day said they welded The Edge of Imagination Station in the Texas State sculpture lab. “It was featured in the Texas
State senior show,” Day said. The Edge of Imagination Station was made to encourage all people to be artistic. “Many people don’t think they are artists,” Day said. “But anyone can make art.” The Imagination Station will appear at upcoming events such as Chalk It Up and Art for Texas. All videos that are made can later be viewed online. The Station is a place where anyone can open up and be involved in art. “You don’t even have to know how to draw,” Villarreal said. “It’s about getting people to overcome their fear of being creative.”
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‘Bobcat Idol’ debuts, fills campus bar seats By Colleen Gaddis Features Reporter The clack of pool balls, twang of guitar strings, chatter of people talking and ringing
of straining voices filled the air Monday night at George’s. Bobcat Idol was crowded with singers in the first round. The audience occupied every available seat in the house.
Allie Moncrief/Star photo BOBCAT IDOL: Brandon Smith, pre-psychology junior, performs an original piece Bobcat Idol Monday night at Georges.
The performers filled the stage and the audience responded in a positive manner. Tony Henry started the night with an audience sing along to a cover of Maroon Five’s “She Will Be Loved.” Henry thought the sing along was “lovely.” Henry’s covers and original works have been heard in Houston music venue Red Cat Jazz Café. Henry performed as an opening act and guest judge, contributing friendly remarks and criticism to the night’s contestants. Lindsay Bernal, pre-mass communication junior, was the first contestant of the night to perform. She chose Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” to encourage audience participation. “I wanted to set the bar high,” Bernal said. “As the first performer, the judges have nothing to compare you to. I wasn’t nervous at all and did the best I could do.” Nine acts followed Bernal, including two duets and a cappella acts. Some contestants performed their original pieces. Alyssa Macias, pre-healthcare administration freshman, learned about Bobcat Idol through Facebook. “Most of the singers are really talented,” Macias said. “I definitely think Bobcat Idol should become a regular event.” The judges of the night included Joey Martin, professor in the School of Music, Alison David, lecturer in the department of communication studies, Earnest Jamal, sophmore, and Henry. They provided constructive criticism, as well as admiration and humor. David asked each contestant whether they were her student. She challenged one performer Allie Moncrief/Star photo to flirt with an audience member to prove he could feel the BOBCAT IDOL: Rashael Capers, pre-mass commutation freshman, sings “Superhuman” during Bobcat Idol Monday at Georges. emotion from his song. One contestant said before her performance she was either senior, won the title of Bobcat diverse student population at about to do something amazing Idol and a prize of $100. Texas State. or commit social suicide. Roman Arispe, the stu“I want to get people out of Five finalists were chosen dent coordinator for George’s their dorm rooms,” Arispe said. after the first round, but there through SACA, organized the “Now is the time when Texas could only be one winner. Seli- event. Arispe tries to focus State should be more spirited na Affram, electronic media on events that will reach the and have more traditions.”
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Entertainment CALENDAR Wednesday
Scott Wood, 6 p.m., Tween Scene, 10 p.m., Triple Crown Wink Kaziah, 8 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Rob Baird, 7 p.m., Gruene Hall Open Mic w/ host Amber Lucille, 10 p.m., Gray Horse Saloon Kent Finlays Songwriters Circle, 9:30 p.m., Cheatham Street Warehouse
Bruce Smith, 6 p.m., Clubs, Newlywed, Cactus Peach, 10 p.m., Triple Crown Thirsty Thursday w/ Mike Ethan Messick & Friends, 8 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Dustin Welch, 7 p.m., Gruene Hall Amber Lucille, 10:30 p.m., Gray Horse Saloon Zack Walther and The Cronkites, 9:30 p.m., Cheatham Street Warehouse
Bill Jerram, 6 p.m., Winter Dance Party, The Organics, Black Water Revival, 10 p.m., Triple Crown Chadd Thomas & The Crazy Kings, 8 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Guene Music and Wine Festival, Pat Green, Gruene Hall Crystal Creek Boys, 10:30 p.m., Gray Horse Saloon Walt Wilkins and The Mystiqueros, 8 p.m., Cheatham Street Warehouse
Clay Nightingale, Gleeson, Bryce Clifford, 10 p.m., Triple Crown Joel Hofmann Band, 8 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Jeff Strahan Band & John Arthur Martinez, 12 p.m., Adam Hood, 1 p.m., Joe Ely Band 9 p.m., Gruene Hall David Beck, 10:30 p.m., Gray Horse Saloon Max Stalling, 8 p.m., Cheatham Street Warehouse
Open Mic w/ Glen Allan, 8 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Gospel Brunch with a Texas twist, 10:30 a.m., Asleep at the Wheel, The Derailers, Adam Hood, Two Tons of Steel, 1 p.m., Gruene Hall
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GOALIE GLORY Mandi Maywer, senior goalkeeper, was named Southland Conference Goalkeeper of the Week Tuesday. Mawyer led the women’s soccer team to two shutouts this weekend against Central Arkansas and Northwestern State. Jessica Etling, junior defender, was named Honorable Mention Defensive Player of the Week.
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What most didn’t know Starting quarterback posses list of talents By Anthony Medina Sports Reporter Texas State quarterback Bradley George may have enjoyed a career as a standup comedian. “I’ve got great jokes,” George said. “I’m a pretty funny guy.” A career in comedy may be a long shot for George, but it certainly would be something he could add to a long list of achievements only few can boast. Bradley George, 27, is in his final year at Texas State and has been the starting quarterback for the past two seasons. George recently preceeded former quarterback Barrick Nealy as the all-time passing yards leader at Texas State and he still has time to
accumulate a few more. “It’s really just a credit to all the players around me,” George said. Nealy, who played from 2003 to 2005 with the Bobcats, previously held the mark with 7,206 passing yards. “The best part about (George) breaking the record was it was one outstanding young man breaking the record another outstanding young man had,” said Coach Brad Wright. However, had events taken a different turn for George, the record may still have been Nealy’s. George was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds out of high school at the age of 18 to play in their minor league system.
Star file photo ACCOMPLISHED BOBCAT: Bradley George, senior quarterback, has made achievements in both his professional baseball career and his past two seasons on the Texas State football team.
“It was fun,” George said. “I got to spend time in different states, but I had to grow up quick.” George said he liked baseball and football equally, but he chose baseball because the chance to play with a professional team does not come along often. George played pitcher in the minor leagues but arm problems halted his progress. George decided to return to school and play football after five years in the minor league baseball system. “I figured if I wasn’t in the bigs at that time I’d come back to college,” George said. “I had committed to Louisiana Tech, but came down to Texas State for a day and I couldn’t leave.” George switched schools and came to Texas State in 2005, where he had originally signed before being drafted by the Reds. “No offense to Louisiana Tech, but Texas State is just better,” George said. However, if his baseball career had gone differently, George may have held records for that sport instead of in football. Da’Marcus Griggs, junior wide receiver, never saw George play, but thinks he would be a pretty good baseball player. “I catch balls from the guy,” Griggs said. “He has a cannon for an arm.” George may have accomplished much in the past, but he is now focused on the future. George is currently pursuing a master’s degree in land management and development. “That’s the thing I’m proudest of,” Wright said. “The fact that he went to school for four years and graduated with a construction science degree and is already working on his master’s.” George will soon add his master’s degree to his long list of achievements. He can always try out his comedy act if he chooses to add to that list. “Bradley is a big kid,” Griggs said. “He’s a comedian. If you put him behind a brick wall, and had (the) guy talk, you’d think it was a 10-year-old telling jokes, but it’s really Bradley up there.”
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Opportunity for Brazil becomes apparent with World Cup, Olympics
By Joseph O. Garcia Sports Columnist Rio de Janeiro prevailed over Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago Friday for the right to host the 2016 Olympics. Along with the 2014 World Cup, Brazil will be the epicenter of the world’s two biggest sporting events in the upcoming decade. Brazil made a strong case before the International Olympic Committee (IOC), citing that South America has never hosted the Olympic Games. The Olympics not only haven’t been played in South America, they have only been played twice in the Southern Hemisphere in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. Aside from that, Brazil is among the 10 largest economies in the world and is the only one not to have yet host the Olympics. With this incredible opportunity comes great challenges for the growing country of Brazil. Brazil is not only known for its beautiful beaches, but for its crime rate as well. There were reports of
suspected drug traffickers in Curitiba, a southern Brazilian city, who randomly shot and killed at least nine people, Sunday. Another issue is poverty. Despite Brazil’s strong economy, 31 percent of the population live below the poverty line. Slums are common because of the overwhelming poverty. Brazil’s government has a tremendous opportunity to solve some of these problems. Brazil will want to put on a great show knowing that tourists, media and the world’s best athletes will be coming from around the globe for the World Cup and the Olympics. I was fortunate enough to attend the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I know firsthand how China’s government made major efforts to clean up the city, such as decreasing pollution and getting rid of most visual poverty, such as beggars. The Beijing Olympics was my second trip to China in the past five years. When I went to Beijing the first time, the sky was gray and I was constantly hassled by beggars. During the Olympics, the sky was a beautiful blue, and there were almost no beggars. I expect Brazil’s government to implore some of the same tactics used by the Chinese for both the
World Cup and the Olympics, as it seems likely Brazil will want to make sure visitors don’t see Rio de Janeiro as a poverty-stricken city full of crime. Security is always a top priority in any international setting. I expect crime to decrease as well for Brazil, at least during the events. What makes a host country successful are the people. In Beijing, the people were incredibly nice and willing to help out in any way. If I had a question and the person I was talking to did not know English, he or she found an English-speaking person to help. The people of Brazil stand to benefit the most for hosting these historic events. From street vendors to car rental companies, the people should see an increase in profit. In fact, Brazilian stocks have increased since the Olympics announcement. Brazil’s plan for $11 billion in infrastructure spending for the Games spurred gains of more than 2 percent for steelmaking and transportation companies. Hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics will not solve all of the country’s problems, but the opportunity will certainly put them on the right track to improving the lives of Brazil’s people.
after the first round of competition on Monday with Krista Puisite, undecided freshman, leading the way for the Bobcats with her 3-over-par score of 7. Puisite tied for 21st after the first round. Gabby de Reuck, undecided sophomore, posted a score of 73, while Valdis Jonsdottir, pre-interior design freshman, scored a 75 in the second round. De Reuck moved into a tie for 17th place after the second round with a 151 score. She had a third-round score of 76, putting her in first for the Bobcats with an 11-over-par, 227 finish. Jonsdottir was three strokes behind De Reuck, in which she tied for 28th. Trine Mortensen, accounting junior, made her fall debut for the team.
“She was looking good in practice despite having to heal for a month,” Akers said. Mortensen had her best score in the second round with a 75. She finished tied for 48th with a total of 235. Other scorers for the Bobcats were Puisite and Caitlin Bliss, health and wellness promotion junior, who had total scores of 241 and 247, respectively. Texas State finished with a total score of 932, 68-over-par, finishing in 10th place. The Bobcats finished eight strokes behind the UTSA Roadrunners, who came in eighth place. Texas Tech won the event with an 882. Texas Tech’s Alex Gibson won the individual title with a 3-under-par 213. Texas State will play Sam Houston State 2 p.m. Oct. 16 in Huntsville.
Bobcats post eighth-place finish By Blake Barington Sports Reporter The Texas State women’s golf team continued its fall competition Monday and Tuesday at the Heather Farr Memorial Invitational hosted by Colorado. The Bobcats competed in the 20-team field on the par72, 6,350-yard course along with fellow Southland Conference opponent, Texas-San Antonio. “We were excited to travel up to Colorado and get right back into action,” said Coach Mike Akers. “We didn’t finish well in Kentucky’s event. We put ourselves into position to win the event and didn’t close it.” Akers said the cold weather and the altitude were a challenge at the tournament. Texas State had a total of 311