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OCTOBER 9, 2012

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UPD hiring new officers

PAWS FOR A CAUSE

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Sgt. Robert Campbell, emergency management coordinator, will resign from the University Police Department, causing the need for a replacement. Three new officers will also be hired. Austin Beavers, Staff Photographer

Andrew Mitschke and Sara Basha run with their dogs Tillie and Shiloh Oct 6. during the annual Pet Fest 5k fun run.

By Nancy Young News Reporter The University Police Department is hiring additional officers for the first time in 15 years in response to rising student enrollment. The number of UPD officers has remained the same since 1997 while the student population has been increasing for years. UPD Capt. Daniel Benitez said there will be three officers and one emergency management coordinator added to the current staff of 33 officers. The student population in 1997 was 20,652, according to an email from Joe Meyer, director of Institutional Research. Texas State welcomed 34,229 students this fall. Benitez said the additions are necessary for security and safety purposes because of the influx of students There are currently 0.9 police officers for every 1,037 students. Benitez said the police officer-student ratio needs to be fixed in order to provide the services students, faculty and staff need. Benitez said the hiring of additional officers is not in response to recent bomb threats at University of Texas and other schools. He said UPD was already holding interviews when the UT bomb threat was made. There are two officers currently undergoing psychological and drug testing, and they could be hired within the next week, Benitez said. He said it will take about two months to fill all three officer positions. Sgt. Robert Campbell, the current emergency management coordinator, said he anticipates his position being filled either in December or during the spring semester. Campbell is part of a search committee reviewing applicants. Benitez said the emergency management coordinator is in charge of assessing incidents such as gas leaks, active shooters, natural disasters and bomb threats. “Emergency management is the person that comes out and assesses that threat or that incident and says ‘What kind of resources do we need? Where do we get those resources from?’” Benitez said. In cases such as natural disasters, the emergency management coordinator is responsible for obtaining funding from the federal government and making sure the necessary paperwork and forms are filled out. Campbell said the emergency management coordinator has an important role on campus. “Their purpose is to take the community and campus as a whole and look at what could be threats that could be impacting the campus,” Campbell said. “There’s no way to plan for everything that could happen during an emergency. But you can create a basic emergency management plan that defines what everyone’s jobs are.” Campbell said whoever is hired as the new coordinator will have to begin working on an emergency plan. “(Their job) is to start a plan, work the plan, continue the plan, revise the plan and rework the plan,” Campbell said. “This is a never-ending process.” Campbell said he thinks the community will be pleased once a full-time emergency management coordinator is hired. Whoever gets the job will create plans for the community to utilize in times of emergencies.

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Pet Fest celebrates animals, owners Kristen Lefebvre, Staff Photographer

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Candidates debate environment, city’s future By Andrew Osegi News Reporter Candidates for mayoral and city council seats met at the San Marcos Activity Center Oct. 4 to face off in the Council of Neighborhood Associations’ debate. San Marcos citizens gathered to question candidates about neighborhood development, environmental issues, green space conservation and the future of the city. Mayoral incumbent Daniel Guerrero debated with challenger Thom Prentice. Councilmember Shane Scott, Place 6, and challenger Greg Frank debated with Place 5 write-in candidate Melissa Derrick because Place 5 incumbent Ryan Thomason was absent from the event. During the mayoral debate, Guerrero opened by proclaiming his responsibility to San Marcos is to be a moderator and listener for his constituents. Prentice began by passing around pictures of Earth’s atmosphere to the audience, outlining his stance on the

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Carlos Valdez, Assistant Photo Editor

Thom Prentice, mayoral candidate, and Mayor Daniel Guerrero debate environmental issues Oct. 4 at the San Marcos Activity Center.

Hays County considers effects of proposed voter ID law By Natalie Berko News Reporter Local political officials are considering whether a potential new law could affect Hays County voters in the upcoming general elections. A proposed law requiring Texas voters to present a photo ID card at the polls was blocked in late August by a federal judicial panel. The panel members found the law discriminatory toward minorities and the poor. The decision stops Texas from implementing the photo ID card requirement under the Voting Rights Act. However, the state plans to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. Joyce Cowan, Hays County elections administrator, said the county may implement a plan to provide assistance to those without photo ID cards if the law is passed. The county may provide transportation to Department of Public Safety locations, but

nothing has been planned since the proposed law was struck down. Shawn Blakeley, chairman for the Hays County Republican Party, said the intent of the law is to protect voter integrity. It attempts to ensure one person’s vote is not neutralized by another made by someone who should not be voting. Jon Leonard, secretary of Hays County Democratic Party, said it has not been established whether there is pervasive voter fraud in Texas to the extent requiring legislation of this magnitude. Cowan said there have not been major problems with voter fraud in Hays County in the past, but election processes are always changing. Leonard said he does not think it is likely the Supreme Court will make a decision before the November general elections. He said he does not believe the Supreme Court will uphold the law because it is a solution to a nonexistent problem.

Blakeley said the voter ID card law would not impact minority groups in San Marcos. He believes most of those groups will already have some form of ID card necessary to drive or apply for a job. Leonard, however, said this law would affect Texas minorities and elderly who do not have immediate access to places providing photo ID cards. “If you do not have a driver’s license and you need to get one, you may have to travel 200 or 250 miles to get an acceptable form of ID from DPS,” Leonard said. “(Polling sites) will accept a United States passport, but you cannot just go downtown to the post office to get a passport. It takes time.” Leonard said the law would place an undue financial hardship on a voter who has never had to have a photo ID card before, and that it becomes in essence a poll tax. In order to vote in Hays County, a per-

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Vehicle hits crossing pedestrian at The Square By Megan Carthel News Reporter A car hit a pedestrian at approximately 2 a.m Sunday in The Square. Jack Baker, 24, was driving westbound on Hopkins Street when he hit a pedestrian crossing the street. Chris

Tureaud, sergeant of the San Marcos Police Department, said the victim, 23-year-old Chelsea Davis, failed to yield to a “do not cross” sign. Davis was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Charges will not be pressed against Baker, but Davis may be facing citiations, Tureaud said.

Davis was leaving a bar at the time of the incident, but it is not known if she was intoxicated at the time of the incident. Baker was not intoxicated. Tureaud said most accidents involving pedestrians downtown have been caused by citizens not walking on designated crosswalks.


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Benitez said UPD officers are involved on campus in cases other than emergencies, such as monitoring the lighting and locks of each building, as well as noting who enters them.

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“As you can see, the university is building and building. We have to make sure that the correct amount of officers are working to make sure we have a watchful eye,” Benitez said.

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son must fill out an application, Cowan said. After the county processes the data,

a voter certificate is mailed to the applicant to be presented at the polls.

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The state plans to appeal a ruling that struck down a Texas voter ID law to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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“human condition” in San Marcos. Prentice warned the audience of the potential dangers of climate change and called for “real people” to represent the community. He gave an example of the city using foreign, “water-hungry” grass in its developments instead of native, “frugal” species. Guerrero said his biggest accomplishment was being involved with the San Marcos City Council and its efforts to prioritize early education. Prentice said he was proud of preservation efforts in his home state of Ohio. Prentice brought up the city’s zoning committee and its “anti-democratic” membership requirements, in which state members must be property owners in San Marcos for at least three years. Both mayoral candidates supported green technology and smart development. Guerrero supported rainwater utilization and building smarter with renewable resources. A major point of contention during the debate was the approval and construction of The Retreat, a student apartment complex off Ranch Road 12 that opened earlier this year. Citizens expressed their opinions about the complex, citing the effects of students on single-family housing neighborhoods. Scott said the construction of The Retreat was the “right decision at the time,” and described the apartment complex as “managed chaos.” However, Frank said it was “obvious” The Retreat is detrimental to the sur-

rounding community and that he is against “negative impact development.” Derrick said she opposed the construction of The Retreat, and disagrees with the current city system and how it deals with prospective developers. Other issues discussed included traffic, road construction from the city’s Master Plan and water conservation. Scott said he stands for changing the existing bus stops to decongest traffic on Sessom Drive, as well as lower residential tax rates and responsible growth and development. Frank said he supports transportation solutions and “intelligent growth for the community.” Derrick said she is an advocate for green space and heritage conservation, as well as transparent, responsible city planning. All of the candidates were in support of prioritizing the local educational system and developing relationships between the university, non-profits and students in kindergarten through the twelfth grade. James Garber, professor of anthropology at Texas State, was in the audience at the debate. “The city just can’t build anywhere they want. They need to listen to the community,” Garber said. “The town isn’t anti-student. We love the university. But when it comes to city planning, city government needs to be more transparent and more involved with San Marcos residents.”

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library beat CRIME University hires copyright professional ON THIS BLOTTER DAY IN HISTORY 1635 — Religious dissident Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 1701 — The Collegiate School of Connecticut—later Yale University—was chartered in New Haven. 1958 — Pope Pius XII died at age 82. 1975 — Soviet scientist Andrei Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 1985 — The hijackers of the Achille Lauro cruise liner surrendered after the ship arrived in Port Said, Egypt. 1990 — David Souter was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. 2001 — Letters postmarked in Trenton, N.J., that later tested positive for anthrax spores were mailed to Sens. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. 2006 — North Korea announced that it had conducted its first nuclear weapons test. 2006 — Google Inc. announced it was snapping up YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion in a stock deal. -Courtesy of The New York Times

Oct. 2, 12:26 p.m. Llano Circle Possession of marijuna A student was arrested for possession of marijuana and was transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await a trial.

Oct. 2, 9:17 p.m. Alkek Parking Garage Burglary of vehicle A student reported that their personal property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation. Oct. 2, 2:31 a.m. McCoy Hall Graffiti of a school University property had been vandalized with graffiti. This case is under investigation. Oct. 3, 11:38 a.m. The Quad Criminal mischief under $500 University property had been vandalized. This case is under investigation. Oct. 3, 1:45 p.m. Canyon Hall Parking Lot Failure to comply, striking an unattended vehicle A non-student reported that their vehicle was damaged while legally parked. This case is under investigation. Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m. Mill Street Theft under $20,000 A non-student reported that their vehicle was taken without consent. This case is under investigation.

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Alkek Library is now home to Texas State’s first copyright officer, Brad Nichols, hired in July of this year. Brad has come to Texas State to assist faculty, students and staff on issues involving copyright law, policy and compliance. Nichols helps the Texas State community with issues involving copyright, both in terms of using other people’s work properly and protecting their own work from misuse or infringement. Nichols, referring to the use of YouTube videos in classroom presentations and projects, said: I was recently asked whether one can show videos from YouTube in class for instructional purposes and for class projects without worrying about copyright concerns. Generally, the answer is “yes.” It is permissible to show YouTube content in class or link to such content for viewing outside the classroom. However, just as with any resource, reasonable efforts should be taken to ensure that the video to be shown does not contain infringing content. Simply because the material is posted on YouTube or the Internet

does not mean it is necessarily free to use. YouTube makes efforts to limit infringing content, but the ultimate responsibility is with those who upload videos to verify that they do not contain such material. Some YouTube videos are licensed under what is called a Creative Commons license. YouTube has an advanced search filter that allows you to search for videos available under this type of license. These videos may be used freely so long as the creator receives credit and the video is not used for a commercial purpose. Another way to use YouTube content is to simply link to it. Using YouTube’s embedded code for linking is appropriate as well. Linking to content is permissible and does not violate copyright law because you are not making a copy of the material. A link simply provides access to the original uploaded copy on YouTube. A very good explanation of linking is provided by the Citizen Media Law Project. Search “linking” from their home page. For questions on copyright, contact Brad Nichols at campuscopyright@txstate.edu.


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OPINIONS

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Police force size still needs improvement

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s the Texas State population increases, so do the chances of emergencies that could put students in harm’s way. This is troubling considering UPD had not seen a staff increase in 15 years prior to this semester. According to an Oct. 9 University Star article, UPD is in the process of hiring three additional officers and an emergency management coordinator in response to the school’s population increase. This is a step in the right direction to ensure the safety of the student population. It is nonsensical to expect UPD to be able to adequately handle emergencies as they arise when there is only one police officer for about every 1,037 students on campus. The San Marcos Police Department often has to step in to help with university matters. While it is nice to be able to count on SMPD for backup when needed, it is unfortunate that UPD cannot handle some situations on its own. Texas State welcomed a record-high number of students this fall for the 15th consecutive year. According to Institutional Research, there are 34,229 students enrolled at Texas State. There are currently 33 UPD officers, the same number staffed by the campus police department in 1997 when there was a student enrollment of 20,652. UPD cannot be expected to keep the campus safe when the officer-to-student ratio is so disproportionate. While the addition of three more officers is assuring, it should have happened a long time ago. Some undergraduates were toddlers the last time there was a UPD staff increase. The number of police offers on campus should have grown with the student population. According to a Sept. 27 University Star article, UPD officers were unable to detain a male allegedly under the influence of drugs in Alkek Library, and had to ask bystanders for help. If several officers could not control one man, it is doubtful the current number of officers would be sufficient in handling larger incidents. The hiring of three more campus police officers will obviously be beneficial for safety reasons, but it will also help with enforcement of university policies. UPD currently does not have sufficient resources to keep pedestrians off handicap ramps, direct traffic in the bus loop and monitor student organizations in The Quad, among several other duties that must be performed daily. UPD officers cannot be expected to enforce the campus-wide tobacco ban on top of those duties. Although it is excellent that the university is finally hiring new UPD staff members, this change is not enough. Especially when newly hired officers are finally out on the streets, rule enforcement and campus safety needs to step up significantly for the benefit of Texas State as a whole.

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University, students could benefit from more ASG input

By Christian Penichet-Paul Opinions Columnist

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ore students should increase their support and involvement with the Associated Student Government to bring positive change for Texas State. Unfortunately, one of the largest groups on campus, ASG, is relatively unknown to many students. Several students tend to pay little attention to the topics and resolutions discussed by ASG. Despite some disconnect with students, ASG is designed to have a fundamental role at the university. ASG’s goal is to accurately represent the concerns and interests of the student body. Therefore, it is important students become more aware of and involved in the organization. ASG has the power to voice the thoughts of Texas State students to administrators, an opportunity they must use to their advantage. ASG has the potential to help bring beneficial improvements to Texas State. The organization is often decried for not representing students well. However, if students paid attention and became more involved in the organization, ASG could be a significant tool toward advancing interests. ASG would also make a larger impact if students helped advocate important issues. So far this semester, ASG has been able to axe a $10 football game day parking fee for Bobcat

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Village residents. It has helped bring Dr Pepper back to campus as well. With student support, ASG would be able to make even more positive changes. The lack of adequate parking on campus and rising tuition prices could be discussed effectively with strong collaboration between students and ASG. But increasing student involvement in ASG is a two-way street. ASG should work to be more approachable and open for students. The organization needs to do a better job of advertising its meetings and project initiatives. Few are aware ASG meets Mondays at 7 p.m., and although the meetings are public, not many students outside of those in ASG actually attend. This lack of student participation in meetings may correlate with low turnout in student government elections. It is unfortunate that a vast number of students do not get involved in the meetings, but ASG needs to work on better advertising itself to students. The organization could put out more fliers throughout the campus, create Facebook events and even stay out in The Quad more often to speak directly with its constituents. The single most important factor in increasing student involvement with ASG is the creation of strong policy plans. ASG leaders should spread the word and talk to students about their initiatives. The initiative section on the ASG website provides a list of goals ASG has set out to accomplish. This list includes plans to formulate strategies and further the goal of becoming a national research university in 10 years. Additionally, it includes an evaluation of how the LBJ Student Center can be

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR In response to the Sept. 26 article “Student struggles with disability offices resources,” we, the students who receive captioning services, believe our opinions differ from the one given by Kevin-James Reyes in the article. We hold a common belief that the Office of Disability Services and Linda Lovelace provide the accommodations we as students need to succeed at Texas State University. The student captionists provide an atmosphere that gives us a sense of equality in the classroom. Without ODS, we would not be receiving classes in the same manner as others do. Students without disabilities do not realize the day-to-day difficulties classes can have. We cannot fully hear the professors, even with microphones. We cannot fully hear the music being played, or understand the films in class without subtitles. Professors can often speak too quickly for us or mumble. We cannot follow everything by reading lips, and it is almost impossible to hear what other students are saying in response to questions being thrown around the classroom. Not only is this a challenge for us, but for the captionists who are trying to follow along word for word. All of these limitations can hinder our education greatly. Our services provide a bridge for us to learn along with everyone else just as comfortably as everyone else. It may not be a perfect system, but it is a growing one. Some videos may not have captions, and some teachers may not be able to provide all the accommodations we need to comfortably keep up pace with other students in class. This being said, Linda Lovelace, ODS and the student captionists go out of their way to keep up and give us what we need. In biology labs, some captionists will wear gloves and goggles. In art history, captionists will sit through long and arduous classes without complaint. In film classes, they will type as fast as possible. Even if it is not word for word, we can still receive the script from the office. If we do not know anyone in the class, it is nice to see a friendly face, especially one who is there to help you

renovated and expanded to support the growing student body. Increased involvement in ASG would give students a louder voice to the university administration in regards to these issues. This participation might encourage further political involvement

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get the education you desperately want and need. They are our friends as much as they are our captionists. As a captionist, it is not easy to provide these services at times. As students we also have to go to our classes between captioning for others. It is not easy to get from Old Main to the McCoy College of Business Administration in 10 minutes, especially with Quad traffic. Sometimes you have to run back to the office in LBJ Student Center for a charger or a computer stand and this can be problematic in Texas heat, or even worse in random Texas thunderstorms. We like to make sure we are there to provide everything the hardof-hearing students need. It is also nice to be able to sit in classes we ourselves would probably not be required to take and learn something new. We, as the students, believe ODS and the students who help provide it have created a system that helps accommodate our needs accordingly to create a positive environment for us to learn and for others who need it. We would like to take this time to thank the ODS, Linda Lovelace, the other student captionists and all those who provide this positive atmosphere for students with hearing disabilities to learn. We are very grateful for all you do. Thank you. Sincerely Yours, Students Andrea Díaz, Cydney Liberman and Kevin Peakman Captionists Dallas Foster , Elia Téllez and other captionists of the ODS

on a city level. ASG is an important campus organization that needs more participation from students. It is up to students and ASG leaders to work together to help improve the campus experience at Texas State. If students want

their opinions and suggestions to be voiced on a broader level, they should be more willing to embrace ASG’s presence on campus. — Christian Penichet-Paul is a history junior.

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Pets, owners raise funds, awareness at festival By Paige Lambert Trends Reporter Students, families and pet lovers of all kinds gathered to celebrate their furry friends Oct. 6 at Pet Fest. Pet Fest is an annual event created by Prevent A Litter. It serves to educate people and help them take care of their pets. The event started in the early morning with a 5K run/walk. Participants ran along the river trails with their dogs, and there were Fun Runs for families and younger pet owners. At the end of the race, the winning dogs and their owners received awards. “The run is always a fun, casual event. It’s just a way for people to run and celebrate our dogs,” said 5K director Elizabeth Wills. “We’ve always followed the river trails, and now people know a scenic route to take their dogs to.” Pet Fest is the biggest fundraiser for the organization of the year. It provides supplies and money for their dog food pantry, educational programs and spay/neuter services. Games, animal care stations and informational booths dotted the San Marcos City Park, all geared toward four-legged family members. One organization, Love-A-Bull, promotes the care and rescue for dogs with pit bull characteristics. “When people see the box-shaped head of any breed, they automatically think it’s dangerous. We are trying to break that stereotype,” said Leala Ward, board member of Love-A-Bull. “If you don’t educate people, you end up rescuing and rescuing. When people know more about these dogs, more will get off the streets and become family members.” Many other businesses, like Austin Doga, were also a part of Pet Fest.. “Doga” is yoga wherein owners perform the usual poses while the dogs interact, sometimes becoming part of the pose. “When I bring humans to a centered place and get them calm, the dogs feel good and re-

act to it,” said Nicole Vykoukal, founder of Austin Doga. “I’m a big advocate of adoption and pet rescue in Austin, so coming out here to help support (the organization) is a great opportunity.” After the Parade of Rescues, more animal lovers showed up, families and costumed pets in tow. Two Labradors walked into the festival sporting superhero capes, while an Airedale let his horns come out with a devil costume. Some suited up in themed and look-a-like costumes. In the kids’ category, a Chihuahua named Toodles took the part of a 1920s flapper with her owner. In the owner/pet look-a-like contest, Jaden and her owner donned pink Harley-Davidson attire, winning second place. “We just got the pink goggles for her because she always liked to stick her head out the window,” said owner Julie Ferguson. “People always say we look alike, and we had this cute outfit for her. So, we thought ‘What the heck, let’s have fun.’” Behind all the laughter and games, the festival generated exposure for Prevent A Litter and brought the community together. Ferguson, who recently moved to Texas, said she is excited to live in an area that holds events like these for animals. “It’s great for the community as a whole when people can meet with similar interests, whether you have a dog or not,” Ferguson said. “Plus, so many animals are put down unnecessarily, so having an organization like (Prevent A Litter) to fight that is important. The more festivals like this, the better.”

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The San Marcos Nature Center brought reptiles and other non-furry friends to the annual San Marcos Pet Fest.

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Animals of all shapes and sizes turned out for the annual Pet Fest Oct. 6 in the San Marcos Plaza Park.

Powwow celebrates Native Americans’ heritage By Xander Peters Trends Reporter Native Americans joined together on sacred grounds to revel in the deep roots of their people. The Sacred Springs Powwow Saturday on the shores of Spring Lake was, for some of the indigenous persons present, a way to demonstrate their culture to the general public. For others, it was an opportunity to revive something that was stripped from them generations ago. “Dancing is a prayer,” said Tegheyakte, from the Lakota Tribe of South Dakota. “When you dance, you pray to Mother Earth and all of the indigenous people who have survived. You pray for the future.” The shores of Spring Lake play host to the celebration every year because archaeologists determined the site to be the oldest continuously inhabited site in North America. The site, for many of the native people, is the place they believe to have originated. An opening blessing prompted the event to begin that morning. Throughout the day, grand entries of all those dressed in native regalia took place in between gourd dancers performing traditional routines. Artists were present selling their wares. Juan Martinez, nationally featured artist, donated a compelling print for this year’s powwow, illustrating the eagle and condor prophecy: the indigenous people from the north and south coming together. Many simply enjoyed the colorful get-ups and frybread tacos, but this gathering of Natives was a chance for the different tribes to represent themselves both individually and as an entire people, said Talleear Montez, Chiricahua Apache. “There was a time when people thought that Native Americans might have been extinct because the government wouldn’t let us come out and represent ourselves,” Montez said. “But now we’re able to. We’re able to visit

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with our friends from other states and tribes.” Shecloud Walker of the Algonquin tribe from Canada said she has been carrying on the tradition from her mother, Three Bears, and hopes to pass it on to her grandchildren. “What’s old is what’s new,” she said. “We circle back around. Powwows such as these keep our traditions, like

speaking my native language, alive and provide the opportunity to pass them on to the generations to come.” This year, the powwow was held in honor of Lucky Tomblin, the originator of the first Sacred Springs Powwow in 1995. “We come together as family, as powwows, and talk, laugh and unite,” Montez said.

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Mario Garza, a member of the Meakan/Garzas band of the Coahuiltecan people, performs a blessing that initiates the Sacred Powwow ceremony Oct. 6.


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SPORTS

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VOLLEYBALL

Two weekend wins raise team to fifth place in conference By Jordan Cole Sports Reporter The Texas State volleyball team carried its momentum into the WAC this past weekend, defeating the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs and Texas-Arlington Mavericks and losing just one set in the process. The Bobcats are now 9-9 overall and have won nine of their last 10 sets, which moved the team up two spots to fifth place in the conference. The Bobcats came out strong against the Mavericks after their Sept. 29 sweep of the Seattle University Redhawks. Coach Karen Chisum said it was the team’s best game of the season. Chisum is glad to see her team playing with the tenacity and momentum she has expected all year long. “I just told (the team members) that (match) right there was the best two sets I’ve seen them play all season long,” Chisum said. “I think a lot of it stems from Seattle.” The Bobcats were up 14-9 midway

through the first set thanks to defense at the net, setting and hard cross-court kills. This play continued throughout the entire first set as the Bobcats kept control of their momentum and downed the Maverickss 25-18. “I think being up in Seattle, beating them in three, being the first team to do that in the WAC and coming back versus Idaho, even though we ended up losing that game, gained us a lot of momentum, ” said senior setter Caleigh McCorquodale. “We’re just trying to run with that as much as we can.” McCorquodale earned a double-double against the Mavericks, finishing with a teamhigh 25 assists and 12 digs. Texas State took a 9-4 early lead in the second set and dominated all the way through to rise 2-0 with a solid 25-14 victory. The Bobcats failed 8-4 after a series of errors, forcing Chisum to call a timeout to avoid their familiar lead-relinquishing trend. Despite a rally, it was not enough to earn their second consecutive match sweep and they fell 25-18.

Both teams began the fourth set with a narrow score gap, as momentum remained neutral. Junior middle blocker Ashlee Hilbun’s two consecutive kills helped lead the team to a 15-8 lead. Texas State continued to cruise and took the final set 25-15 to seal the match victory. “We’re getting better offensively,” Chisum said. “Early on we made a lot of errors, and that third set took us back to the first three weeks of the season. I was glad to see us battle back in the fourth and close them out. I think we’ve grown a lot and matured to the point where we can push past those errors.” The Bobcats faced off against Louisiana Tech University on Saturday. The Bobcats defeated the Bulldogs in the first set 25-21. They won again in the second set, 26-24, and in the third 25-16. The Bobcats trailed early in the first two sets, however, and used comebacks in both to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Texas State trailed 14-7 midway through the first set

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SOCCER

Bobcats earn first WAC road win

By Odus Evbagharu Sports Reporter Texas State soccer took its show out west this past weekend, taking a victory from San Jose State University (3-8-1) and conceding defeat to Utah State (7-2-6). Texas State (5-9-1) captured a win Friday, the first WAC road-game victory in the program’s history. The Bobcats beat the Spartans 3-1 behind a two-goal performance from the freshman forward Lynsey Curry. Senior defender Taylor Person helped the cause by scoring her third goal of the season. That goal proved to be the goahead score in the 70th minute off an assist from senior forward Serena Hines. Sophomore midfielder Tori Hale picked up a team-leading 13th point Friday as she assisted Curry’s first goal in the sixth minute. Curry’s second goal of the game came unassisted late in the 90th minute to seal the victory and give the Bobcats a share of the lead on top of the WAC standings. “Tonight we talked about our defense first, and to be honest, that’s what gave our offensive the opportunity to score,” said Coach Kat Conner. “I am really proud of our outside mid(fielder)s stepping up and making plays. We knew (Hale and Curry) would be a great dynamic duo, and it’s a good time for them to start hooking up and scoring goals.” The win put the Bobcats in first place in

the WAC, but the position would be short lived. The team went to Logan, Utah to face Utah State and got blanked 4-0. The Bobcats gave up three goals within a 22-minute span in the beginning half, and were outshot by the Aggies 9-6 in the first period. The same story and stat line would continue in the second half. Utah State outshot the Bobcats 9-6 in the second period, and got one more goal that came late in the 79th minute. Texas State got five of its 12 shots on goal. Utah State held the edge in corner kicks 6-3. Junior goalkeeper Natalie Gardini made five saves and collected her eighth loss of the season as the goalie. Curry was able to lead the team with three shots, but with one on target that did not result in a goal. “We are in a new conference, and (Texas State) is trying to figure out how these other teams play, and sometimes we give too much respect to other teams,” Conner said. “We just need to come out with more pace and a better mentality of making our own luck.” The Bobcats currently sit in sole possession of third place in the conference. They will take on a strong Louisiana Tech University team Friday that is in sixth place. The Bulldogs possess a record of 10-1-3, but are 1-0-1 in WAC play thus far. Twitter: @TState_Sports18

and 12-9 in the second period before coming back. The third set was close early before Texas State took over momentum to defeat the Bulldogs 25-16 for their ninth victory of the season. Junior right side hitter Amari Deardorff collected 37 kills while hitting .365 in the team’s recent three-game winning streak. “I can’t tell you what happened, but I’m glad it’s back,” Deardorff said. “I was kind of feeling down about how I was playing before, but I’m back in a rhythm and feeling better.” Deardorff will look to continue her recent successes as the Bobcats take on another long road trip that includes three matches in six days. The team will head to the University of Denver for a match Oct. 11 before playing at New Mexico State Oct. 13. Their road trip concludes Oct. 15 with San Jose State University. Twitter: @TXStatesman

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Lobos outrun Bobcats in blowout

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Shaun Rutherford, senior quarterback, is sacked Oct. 6 at University Stadium against the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Texas State was defeated 35-14. By Cameron Irvine Sports Editor The University of New Mexico (3-3) passed just three instances and ran 58 times for 361 rushing yards, hurting Texas State’s (2-3) defensive effort all night and taking a 35-14 victory in front of 22,135 fans at University Stadium in Albuquerque. New Mexico’s leading rusher , Kasey Carrier, had 191 yards and four touchdowns on his own. He achieved an 8.3-yards-per-carry average. His four scores were one less than New Mexico’s school record for rushing touchdowns in a game by a single player. Dennis Franchione and six other coaches returned to New Mexico where they formerly worked, but a victory was not to be. Franchione said much of the game was won “in the trenches” by both New Mexico’s offensive and defensive lines, which allowed the Lobos to rush for 6.1 yards per carry.

“They controlled the line of scrimmage, and that was the difference in the game,” Franchione said. “Neither one of our lines held up very well. It made it difficult for us. (Carrier) did a great job hiding behind that big line making cuts, and it was hard to get him on the ground.” Down 7-0, Bobcat kickoff returner and junior wide receiver Andy Erickson fumbled on the 23yard line. The Lobos took advantage, returning the fumble down to the Bobcats’ one-yard line. New Mexico went on to take a 14-0 lead in the first eight minutes. “It was a tough way to get started, and it kind of takes a little air out of (the players),” Franchione said. “Andy’s made a lot of plays for us. It’s hard to be too critical of him but that was obviously one that put us in a tough situation.” Despite Erickson’s fumble, he led Texas State in receiving yards with 100 on eight receptions. The eight included a 35-yard touchdown reception in

the second quarter. Senior tight end Chase Harper hauled in a 40-yard touchdown catch. He only caught one other pass in the game for 11 yards. The Lobos scored 14 points off four Texas State turnovers: the fumble and an interception off senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford on the first play of the third quarter. They scored another touchdown following the Bobcats’ turnover on downs after a fake punt attempt. The Bobcats had a chance to drive and tie the game at 14 but failed to do so and punted possession away. Texas State was overpowered on both sides of the line, rushing for only 32 yards on 20 carries. Take away Rutherford’s 13-yard scamper and Texas State averaged zero yards per carry (19 carries, 19 yards ). The Lobos had three different rushers run for over 75 yards including Carrier, quarterback Cole Gautsche (79) and running back Jhurell Pressley (78). “It was very frustrating out there,” said senior Bobcat linebacker Joplo Bartu. “We’ve got to be gap sound and we can’t jump out of gaps and expect turnovers. We have to come up with big stops. That’s our job. We’ve just got to go to the film room and check out what we did wrong, fix it and come back next week.” Rutherford’s night ended with 186 passing yards on 16 out of 21 completions with two touchdowns and the lone interception. Rutherford again was sat down in favor of Tyler Arndt in the fourth quarter, but following the game he said (Texas State) was just “trying to get Arndt some reps.” Arndt went five for 13 and threw two interceptions. The Bobcats’ second-half struggles continued, totaling 106 yards of offense, scoring no points. In total, Texas State has scored three points in the second half against FBS opponents in 2012 and a Sept. 1 field goal against Houston. “I wish I could tell you what it is from the first half going into the second half, what brings us down,” Rutherford said. “But once I find out I’ll be sure to let you know what it is that’s getting us down in the second half. We need to help our defense out, stay on the field and give ourselves a chance. We are talking about our troubles in the second half every day.” Rutherford and the Bobcats will host the University of Idaho for homecoming next Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium. Idaho (1-5) won its first game of the season last week, 26-18 over New Mexico State University. Twitter: @txstcamirvine

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Football: With their 58-31 win over the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs improved to 5-0 on the season and earned the 23rd spot in the Sunday-released Associated Press’ Top 25 poll. Louisiana Tech and UTSA are the only undefeated teams left in the WAC (both 5-0) and are two of only 15 undefeated teams remaining at the FBS level. UTSA did not receive any votes in the poll. For further updates on football, volleyball and soccer across the WAC this week, scan here or visit UniversityStar.com.

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