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Commissioners court passes prayer policy

CLEARING THE AIR UPD, administrators continue enforcement efforts

By Taylor Tompkins Assistant News Editor Invocations will continue to precede Hays County Commissioners Court meetings after a new policy was passed Tuesday. According to the policy, the court “will not show a purposeful preference of one religious view over another.” A volunteer chaplain will coordinate religious leaders from around the community to give invocation at commissioners court meetings. In addition, each religious leader is allowed to use terminology pertinent to their religion. “After consultation with our attorney, we came up with this policy that the court could support, and a majority of our constituents would be in favor of,” said Commissioner Mark Jones, Precinct 2. Americans United for the Separation of Church and State sent an initial letter to the court in April in response to a complaint the group received from a Hays County resident. The letter noted strictly Christian prayers said during a period of 13 meetings occurred 75 percent of the time. A second letter was sent to the court in June threatening legal action if no response was received. “We are definitely disappointed with the decision of yesterday,” said Alex Luchenitser, associate legal director for American United for Separation of Church and State. “What the (court) was doing before (Tuesday’s) meeting was a great improvement to what they had been doing. After the complaint, they temporarily switched to prayers that were inclusive of all religious groups and nonsectarian.” Jones said the court chose to allow sectarian word choice to different religious representatives rather than dictating what can and can’t be said by a few clergymen.

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Connor Tremallo, ag-business and management sophomore, is among students who continue to smoke on campus. By Monica Solis News Reporter More than a year after the implementation of the tobacco-free policy, university officials are considering new ways to enforce the smoking ban. Joanne Smith, vice president of Student Affairs, said a tobacco awareness course is being developed as a penalty for breaking the tobacco ban. The course could be enacted as early as the spring 2013 semester. Rickey Lattie, University Police Department captain, said UPD has started

referring students caught violating the ban to the Dean of Students Office, and faculty are referred to their respective departmental supervisors. “We’ve gotten more aggressive on that front,” Lattie said. “We’re following up with people. However, Lattie said it will take time to “recondition” people into knowing that smoking is not allowed on campus. Lattie said visitors caught smoking on campus are informed of the university’s tobacco-free policy. If a visitor refuses to stop smoking, UPD will ask them to leave campus grounds.

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Lattie said 112 tobacco ban violations have been reported since January. He said the same number of violations was reported between September and December 2011. While faculty members are expected to abide by policy and advise students to do the same, it is solely UPD officers’ duties to take down the names and ID numbers of students in violation of the policy, Lattie said. When a UPD officer finds a student violating the tobacco-free policy, they


Excessive excrement in parking garage leads to petition By Megan Carthel News Reporter Some faculty and staff are growing tired of the usual residents of the Alkek Parking Garage—and their waste. Dennis Smart, associate professor in the Department of Management, has started a petition to raise awareness of the excessive amount of bird and bat waste found in the Alkek Parking Garage. The purpose of the petition is to ask the Faculty Senate or the university to engage in an investigation of the garage’s circumstances, Smart said. Smart said he has been parking in the garage since 2007, and the amount of bird waste has consistently been a problem. Smart said he will occasionally park

elsewhere if he is irritated enough. The garage provides parking for nearly 200 vehicles in red, visitor, motorcycle and reserved areas. “All I know is what I see, and that’s not a particularly scientific approach,” Smart said. “I’m just asking another group to sort of take it on. I don’t have a solution. All I’m really interested in doing is having a reasonable scientific investigation so we know what might or might not work.” Smart’s petition has circulated through faculty and staff in the McCoy College of Business Administration, the College of Health Professions and Alkek Library. The petition has gathered an estimated 175 signatures. Clay Green, associate professor of biology, said cliff and cave swallows probably

reside in the parking garage along with Mexican free-tailed bats, all of which are colonial species. The Mexican free-tailed is one of the most common bat species seen in the Central Texas area. The bats have been spotted at Bobcat Stadium and bridges around San Marcos, he said. Green estimates the population of Mexican free-tailed bats and swallows residing in the Alkek garage to be in the hundreds. “I think what Alkek provides for (the birds and bats) is the way it’s kind of sunken down low and dark,” Green said. “It’s like a cave. I think the conditions for Alkek just make it unique.” Joe Richmond, director of Transportation Services, said bird and bat waste in the parking garage has been an issue for

years, and he and his staff are working to address the problem. “Even if it’s not a health risk, it’s nasty,” Richmond said. “It’s unattractive.” Richmond said the parking garage is dry-swept two to three times a week and is power-washed twice a year. He said cleaning is a hassle because crews cannot begin work until 6:30 a.m. to avoid disturbing students in Elliot Hall and can only clean for about an hour until faculty and staff begin to park in the garage. At this point there is no permanent solution, he said. Richmond said the university has looked into putting netting across the top of the garage, but there is a large

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Country’s fastest highway makes its debut in Central Texas By Sara Elmaari News Reporter

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The Texas State Highway 130 will stretch from Austin to Seguin and will open for traffic beginning Oct. 24. The toll road will allow drivers the speed limit of 85 mph.

Central Texas will be home to the fastest speed limit in the nation Oct. 24 when an additional section of State Highway 130 opens. The 40-mile expansion of the toll road, also known as Pickle Parkway, will have an 85 mph speed limit and span from Austin to Seguin. The road, originally planned to open Nov. 3, is set to be opened nearly three weeks early. It will be located eight miles outside of San Marcos. The existing toll road was initially built as an alternative to Interstate 35, and the additional route through Central Texas will alleviate more traffic congestion there, said Chris Lippincott, spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation. This alleviation will provide drivers with a safe and reliable alternative to the ever-busy I-35, he said.

The department conducted tests to determine the safety of a road with traffic moving so quickly because of the high speed limit. The department’s Information Specialist Mark Cross said the tests found the road will be safe. “The risks will be as they are for any speed,” Cross said. “If a driver is distracted and not paying attention, there are the risks for danger. We certainly hope that people will use good judgment as they travel safely. Safety is the No. 1 priority.” The San Marcos Police Department has no jurisdiction over State Highway 130, but the road will help residents in the area get to and from Austin, said TxDOT Spokeswoman Penny Mason. State Highway 130 is important and will provide a great opportunity for people making trips from San Antonio to Austin, she said. “In the end, it will be on our radar in


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1867 – The United States took possession of Alaska from Russia. 1892 – The first long distance telephone line between Chicago and New York was opened. 1922 – The British Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (later the British Broadcasting Corp. of BBC) was founded. 1972 – Congress passed the Clean Water Act, overriding President Richard M. Nixon’s veto. 1977 – Reggie Jackson of the New York Yankees hit three home runs to lead New York to an 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the deciding Game 6 of the World Series. 1982 – Former first lady Bess Truman died at age 97 in Independence, Mo. 2001 – Four defendants were convicted in New York for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. 2007 – Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan, ending eight years of selfimposed exile. —Courtesy of The New York Times


Oct. 13, 8:00 p.m. Arnold Hall A Failure to comply and striking an unattended vehicle A student reported a vehicle was damaged while legally parked. This case is under investigation. Oct. 14, 2:00 a.m. San Marcos Hall Burglary of habitation A student reported personal property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation.

Casey Wilcox, advertising sophomore, studies American literature Oct. 15 near Alkek.

Oct. 14, 3:50 p.m. Blanco Parking Garage Graffiti with loss under $500 University property had been vandalized with graffiti. This case is under investigation.

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Oct. 14, 6:49 p.m. San Jacinto Hall Possession of drug paraphernalia Two students were issued citations for possession of drug paraphernalia. This case is under judicial review.

Veteran’s Alliance calls for photo submissions The Texas State University Veteran’s Alliance and the Texas State Athletics Department are gathering photos for a slideshow tailored to veterans of all branches in honor of Veterans Day. The slideshow will be presented Nov. 10 at the home football game versus Louisiana Tech University. Please support the cause and submit a photo of a veteran within

the Texas State University or San Marcos community. Veteran Alumni photos are acceptable. There is no guarantee the photo will appear in the slideshow as there are a vast number of veterans within the community. An eligible photo must be appropriate and have a veteran in any military uniform. Photos cannot be thumbnails and must be scanned

at the very least 600 dots per inch (5x7 photo, 3000 x 4200 pixels). Photos submitted must include a first name, last name, branch and dates of service. Up to five photos can be submitted for a single vet. The deadline is Oct. 29 for submission. To submit photos or acquire more information, please email Blake at

Oct. 14, 8:03 p.m. Beretta Hall Minor in possession of alcohol A student was cited for minor in possession of alcohol. This case is under judicial review. —Courtesy of University Police Departmet

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will first identify the individual and advise them of the policy. The student’s information is forwarded to the UPD office. Lattie said this is usually all that UPD does, but if records indicate the student has several previous violations, tobacco related or not, the student is reported to the Dean of Students office. Smith said students referred to the judicial branch of the Dean of Students office could potentially be reprimanded. Smith said reprimands can include writing an essay, community service, probation and suspension, depending on the severity of the case and former violations. Francesca Invernizzi, Spanish senior, said though she is a smoker she agrees with the tobacco-free policy. “If I’m killing my body, it’s my choice,”


Read the full documents online at “If they are Christian, they could mention Jesus as much as they want. If they are Muslim they could do whatever,” Jones said. “We didn’t want to limit what anyone could say.” Luchenitser said the Americans United for Separation of Church and State are considering their options for the next steps in this process. “We need to talk to the people who complained to us, and we will see how this policy is implemented. And we will decide what to do next from there,” Luchenitser said. “This new policy would essentially be another way of accomplishing what they did before, which was having primarily sectarian Christian prayer.” Luchenitser said the organization is advocating for nonsectarian prayer, not for the absence of prayer altogether before meetings. Under the new policy, if the majority of ministers who give prayer turn out to be Christian ministers who give Christian prayers, it will violate the separation of church and state clause within the constitution, Luchenitser said. He said these acts will put the county at risk if strictly Christian prayer continues. Giving predominately Christian prayer at the opening of commissioners court meetings sends a message to the county citizens that it is the official religion of the county and any other religious beliefs are second-class, Luchenitser said.


“We didn’t do this to appease any particular group, we did this to be within the bounds of the constitution of the United States,” said Commissioner Ray Whisenant, Precinct 4. “I think it was a unanimous vote, and I would say that is a good indicator that we feel like we are doing something that provides Constitution protection as well as freedom of speech for our citizens.” Matthew Davis, president of Student Secular Alliance, said he thinks a moment of silence would be a valid solution for commissioners. He said this would be all-inclusive, allowing for prayer without excluding people who are not Christian. “Anyone can do anything they want in a moment of silence,” Davis said. “I feel it is (county commissioners’) responsibility to represent everyone as best as they can. When they open up their meeting with prayer, they’re excluding their constituents who aren’t Christian. They are saying ‘We are a Christian organization,’ which a governmental body of the United States is not allowed to do. “ For Jones, prayer is a part of his daily routine, with or without the invocation before the meetings, he said. “If anybody needs some divine intervention, it’s our elected officials,” Jones said. “I need all the help up there I can get. I just think that it is good for the county that we are taking a hand in letting people know that we feel that is important and there is a higher being.”



amount of piping that would need to be accessed first. Green said netting would probably work for deterring the swallows, but not bats. A garage-door type of system that would seal off the openings is also being considered, but it would be a costly solution, Richmond said. The university is also looking into cleaning the garage more often, which would cost more. Richmond said he is determining how much it currently costs to wash the garage, in order to see if the university could financially support more cleanings. The U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act


Invernizzi said. “I don’t need to intoxicate everyone else.” Smith said the issue of tobacco use on campus is of high importance because the medical evidence of its harmful effects is “pretty substantial.” She said the tobacco-free policy is creating a healthier environment for individuals on campus, as well as improving Texas State’s aesthetics. Reese Black, who will attend Texas State in the spring, disagrees with the tobacco-free policy. “To be singling out a group of people because they’re doing something that you don’t like is not right,” Black said. “(Smoking tobacco) is not illegal. My main stance is for people to mind their own business.”

protects the birds living in the parking garage, along with their roosts, during nesting periods. Green said the birds begin nesting around March or April and finish about September. Outside that period, the nests can be knocked down if birds are not currently living in them. Green says the university can file for a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that allows for the proper handling of “problematic species.” “I’m not a biologist,” Smart said. “I’m not a scientist. I just recognize that we can investigate some of these activities, and when we investigate them, we might be able to develop some solution.”


terms of long-range planning for the City of San Marcos because of how we grow and develop,” Mason said. Construction for additions to the highway began three years ago. According to the transportation department’s website, the expansion project cost $1.35 billion. The toll road has been completely funded by private sector investments, at no cost to tax payers. San Marcos residents, such as Tom Abbott, clinical laboratory sciences freshman,

may opt to continue using I-35 as their main source of transportation through the state. Abbott said traffic after he leaves school on Fridays isn’t bad enough for him to want to take an alternative route. “If it was any other day of the week during rush hour, then yes, I would want to take the toll road,” Abbott said. Abbott said I-35 is also more direct, and he would not want to go out of his way to drive to and pay for the toll road from San Marcos to Austin.

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Off-campus PFW courses hit students with unreasonable extra fees

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he fee for off-campus PFWs should cover the entire price of the classes, not burden students with extra costs at the beginning of the semester. Bowling class is an obvious example of this issue. A popular PFW option, the class meets at Sunset Bowling Lanes on Highway 123 twice a week. Students enrolled in the course pay for one credit hour at a current rate of $217 plus a $30 Off-Campus Class fee. Additionally, students pay $75 directly to Sunset Lanes and $35 for the mandatory online textbook, not to mention the cost of the fuel they use to get to the venue. The university’s facilities are maintained with an additional mandatory $94 Recreational Sports Fee. Students receiving $30 Off-Campus Class charges specifically for not using Texas State’s facilities is nearly as ridiculous as the idea of bowling requiring a textbook. However, bowling is not the only off-campus PFW course with these financial issues. Pocket billiards, beginning golf and wakeboarding, among others, require similarly excessive fees and transportation to get to the classes. Off-campus facilities do require additional money to operate, especially when they are offered by private businesses that are left unavailable to regular, paying customers during class times. However, it is unreasonable to require students to pay $50 or more in cash within the

first weeks of the semester when they already provided payment specifically for off-campus course expenses. The beginning of the semester brings enough sudden expenses in textbooks and supplies without the university tacking on fees for the use of facilities they do not own or maintain. According to its website, Student Business Services’ official explanation for the Off-Campus Class fee is, “All students enrolled in classes held at off-campus locations are required to pay $30 per hour that will help defray the cost of services provided at these locations.” If students have already paid a fee that supposedly relieves the cost of their PFW courses, it is unfair to demand more money once the class actually starts. A single credit hour for an off-campus PFW course ends up costing approximately 64 percent more than a standard credit hour, not including transportation costs. Furthermore, the extra cost is split into multiple fees, some required to be paid directly in cash. This demand may come at a time when other classes more relevant to students’ degrees require expensive textbooks and supplies. These fees, if they are completely necessary to reserve space in businesses around San Marcos, could be easily combined into one payment as a part of the tuition covered by financial aid or any other student payment plan. When students register for a PFW course, there is no notification within the Banner registration page of the $30 fee or the additional payment required. After being billed a fee for “defraying” costs, these students are told

on the first day of class that they have about a week to come up with anywhere from $50-200 or they will be dropped. This system takes unfair advantage of students who may not have had a problem paying the fee if they had been properly notified. Again, off-campus venues do require additional money, and the fee is generally quite low when compared to the cost of using the same facilities twice a week as a customer rather than a student. However, students should not be charged two different fees for the same service. The two fees should be combined as part of the overall tuition payment for the class. Banner’s registration page should then be updated to alert students that certain classes will add a noticeable but comparatively small bump to their tuition. Although an extra hundred dollars may be more manageable to fit into a tuition payment, it can be a sizeable inconvenience when demanded in cash after other classes have already been paid for.

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New candidate’s business knowledge important for congressional position

By Jose R. Gonzalez Opinions Columnist The best candidate to represent Texas State students in the 35th congressional district is former San Marcos mayor Susan Narvaiz. Reform is needed in Washington, D.C. and Narvaiz is the candidate who can best accomplish this goal. Narvaiz understands the issues most important to Bobcats. Additionally, Narvaiz’s business experience is essential to expanding the economy, which will benefit recent Texas State graduates looking to join the labor force. Narvaiz served for three consecu-

tive terms as mayor of San Marcos and previously held a seat on city council. In addition to being a 17-year San Marcos resident, both mayoral and city council positions have afforded Narvaiz an insight into the needs of the city and its residents that goes unmatched by her opponent, current U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett. It will not be long before current Texas State students graduate and start searching for full-time jobs. Bobcats need a U.S. representative with a basic knowledge of business, and one who understands the pressure the current economy can put on recent graduates. Current alumni and future graduates heading into the workforce deserve someone who can empathize with their struggles. Through her position as CEO of Core Strategies, Inc., Narvaiz has proven to possess the strong entrepreneurial character that Washington desperately needs. Since 1997, Narvaiz has run her company Core Strategies, Inc. as president and CEO. This gives her an intimate

understanding of how to meet a payroll and manage a budget. Narvaiz has managed multiple business responsibilities that a career politician like Doggett is woefully ill-equipped for. According to Narvaiz’s campaign website, she “wants to remove the barriers that exist to encourage those in the private sector to get America back to work.” This is the approach Washington needs to adopt in order to help college graduates find employment in today’s job market. On the other hand, Doggett’s campaign website uses the term “corporate greed” when describing Wall Street bank bailouts. Reprimanding segments of the private sector as greedy denotes an unsettling anti-business attitude that does nothing to facilitate or encourage employment for Texas State graduates. As a person who has filled a taxpayer funded position as long as Doggett has, his refusal to move on from office seems highly disconcerting. Congress deserves

a fresh face to fill the newly created 35th district, and Narvaiz fits the bill. Narvaiz’s active role in business for many years has provided her with a perspective on job performance that congressmen like Doggett sorely lack. Beyond understanding the fiscal logistics involved in running a business, Narvaiz has served in a free market, high-demand workplace where results must be delivered. Narvaiz can and will deliver for Texas State and San Marcos in the same way she has served her business, her position as a city councilwoman and her role as a mayor. During the same time Narvaiz has been calling San Marcos home and serving her community through the public and private sector, Doggett has been inside the festering Washington bubble. It is time to bring Doggett home to Austin for a long-overdue retirement and send Narvaiz to Washington in his place. —Jose R. Gonzalez is a mass communication senior.

Obama’s student financial aid plan preferable to Romney’s

By Molly Block Opinions Columnist


exas State students looking to secure financial aid benefits, loans and reduce the debt crisis need to cast their ballots in November for Barack Obama. Many college students desire a presidential candidate who has plans to make college more affordable. The Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, and Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, each have different proposals for addressing the needs of college students. According to an Aug. 22 Huffington Post article, a college student asked Romney The University Star 601 University Drive Trinity Building, Room 101 San Marcos, TX 78666 Phone: (512) 245-3487 Fax: (512) 245-3708

his plans for tackling the student debt crisis at an Aug. 20 Manchester campaign stop. Romney’s response included that voters should not hold an expectation for him to increase Pell Grant awards or aid in their efforts to pay back student loans. “I’m not going to promise all sorts of free stuff that I know you’re going to end up paying for,” Romney said at the Aug. 20 campaign stop. “What I want to do is give you a great job so that you’ll be able to pay it back yourself.” According to the same Long Island Newsday article, four-year public college tuition and fee rates have increased 72 percent over inflation numbers during the past 10 years. This increase, in turn, has caused the average college student to borrow more than $24,000 for school. Romney’s desire is to reduce and limit federal spending, address budget deficits and move more government functions to the private sector. According to a Sept. 7 New York Times article, Scott Fleming, a

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Romney education adviser, commented on financial aid. Fleming said if Romney were elected his plans would include making financial aid available to students who “need it most.” According to the same article, this would inevitably mean criteria for eligibility would become stricter and fewer students would receive financial aid. Even though there has been no conclusive evidence Romney’s financial plan could work, he is confident it will. What Romney has failed to see, though, is many students would not be able to afford college and receive an education without the help of Pell Grants and government student loans. Borrowing money and receiving aid may not be an option for many college students. With the increasing prices of college tuition and other costs associated with higher education, it is unfathomable to suggest otherwise. Obama understands the financial difficulties caused by rising tuition prices and student debt and he offers a solution

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preferable to Romney’s. According to the same New York Times article, Obama says he will work to secure Pell Grant program funding and make certain the grant amounts increase next year if re-elected. Students and families could receive up to a $10,000 tax-break during a four-year college span if a tax-credit is extended past January. Additionally, federal aid could be given as a link to a college’s success toward reducing student tuition prices as part of a proposal that may be furthered by Obama. While Obama and Romney do agree on some issues, it is clear each has a strong belief about how the student debt crisis, loans and financial aid should be handled. As the presidential election is nearing in November, it is crucial students take a stand to vote for Obama to protect their financial interests. -—Molly Block is a mass communication junior.

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Local artists gather for monthly art market By Jordan Gass-Poore’ Trends Reporter Creativity will be on the loose when San Marcos area artists, writers and musicians perform and sell their work at the “Art UnHitched” event this weekend. Members of the San Marcos Arts Commission and local Art2Art group have banded together to sponsor the first of what organizers plan to be a monthly art market with food for sale by vendors at The Hitch: A Mobile Eatery. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Charlotte Wattigny, San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau innovation manager, said the concept for Art UnHitched began last year during a commission meeting to discuss strategies for promoting the city’s art. Appointed by the San Marcos City Council, the commission works to promote tourism and enrich area cultural heritage by advancing arts education

and supporting local artists. The commission meeting also led to the creation of Art2Art, a quarterly social group for artists. “We realized most San Marcos artists didn’t know each other,” said Wattigny, one of the Art UnHitched organizers. “There’s not a place for artists to exhibit and sell work in town.” Lisa Morris, recreation manager of the commission, said Art UnHitched coincides with National Arts and Humanities Month. To celebrate this holiday, Morris said the event will raise awareness for the arts and connect the community to local artists, as well as those who are in the field. “It will allow the community to see what great artists we do have,” she said. Art UnHitched will provide local artists, such as San Marcos resident Ronnie Borden, with the opportunity to display and sell their handmade merchandise in an effort to bolster the city’s art scene. Ronnie Borden, a retired U.S. Postal Service em-

ployee, has been creating abstract art for about eight years. In 2007, he joined forces with Texas State alumnus Topher Sipes for an art show at Tantra Coffeehouse, where he sold his first piece. His multicolored paintings can now be seen on walls worldwide. Ronnie Borden hoped to rekindle San Marcos’ creativity and love of art when Borden returned to San Marcos from Rhode Island last December. He said about two months ago he and his wife Garrie Borden attended an Art2Art meeting at a local coffee shop and met Wattigny, who discussed with them the idea of a monthly art market. Ronnie Borden said his wife came up with the event name, Art UnHitched. After much deliberation and a chance drive past The Hitch, Wattigny said Art UnHitched has already proven to be a success with all 20 of the vendor spaces filled by artists. “(Art UnHitched) is a place where people can go with artists selling real art,” Ronnie Borden said.

Jazz band to perform first concert of semester By Paige Lambert Trends Reporter Texas State will get a blast from the past when students perform the big band music of the 1920s Monday. The School of Music’s Ensemble Series will present the Jazz Lab Band on Oct. 22 in Evans Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The Jazz Lab Band is one of three jazz ensemble classes in the School of Music. Students will be performing in the first of two concerts for the class. Professor Martin McCain, who has instructed the course for three years, will direct it. “We’ve been rehearsing for this concert since the beginning of class. The students have been working hard and having a lot of fun learning about big bands in jazz,” McCain said. “It’s more fun than anything, but it’s still part of the grade.” The concert will open up with a section of students called the Jazzbones, which excludes the saxophones and trumpets. McCain said it was a tradition that developed throughout the Big Band Era. The whole ensemble will then come into play, touching on a variety of styles such as classical, Latin and funk. “We’ll use seven tunes to take the audience on an emotional roller coaster,” McCain said. “I like to take people on a ride and leave them thinking.” Participant Sarah McGriff, sound recording technology freshman, said most of

the pieces are energetic and fun, no matter what the style. Some of the music titles match their feel, such as “Wiggle Walk,” “Spin Cycle” and “Spring.” Most pieces are widely known, but McCain also uses student and local composers’ work. McGriff said she was surprised to see a piece from a composer in Austin, and that it helps connect the audience with the musicians. “I’ve played in and always loved big bands, but this one is on a whole new level,” McGriff said. “A lot of the time, I don’t consider it a class. I’m just in it for the fun of the band. The pieces are difficult but exciting and totally worth it.” The class is geared toward freshmen and sophomores. McCain said it focuses on sight-reading, ensembles and jazz combos. “We work on ensemble pieces more, but this class its like the big bands of the 1920s because there are 15-plus musicians,” McCain said. “This class is a great opportunity for music education majors as well, since we cover a lot of different material.” Otoniel Lara, music studies senior, said the class has helped in terms of providing the experience and tools needed to teach in high school bands. “Watching the freshmen has helped too. They definitely have gotten better at being comfortable and in sync,” Lara said. “You can’t really hide in an ensemble. Just showing up for class doesn’t work. You have to

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Martin McCain, assistant professor with the School of Music, directs the Jazz Lab Band Oct. 17 in preparation for Monday’s performance. constantly show up and self-assess your progress.” The class meets twice a week, sometimes rehearsing for two hours. McGriff said the band has been improving every day. “The audience shouldn’t underestimate us,” McGriff said. We’ve been working re-

ally hard to make this a great experience with some great music. They’re in for a treat.” Tickets can be purchased at the door 30 minutes before the concert begins. General admission tickets are $10 and student tickets are $5 with a valid ID.

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Transfer player from TCU thriving in San Marcos under new system

By Odus Evbagharu Sports Reporter The age-old adage that soccer is a game of runs has been true all season long for sophomore midfielder Tori Hale. Hale is a transfer student from Texas Christian University who arrived at Texas State on Aug. 1, just nine days before the team’s first exhibition match against Texas. Hale had to weigh her options about leaving Fort Worth after TCU went through a coaching staff change. “The situation we had last semester with TCU made it kind of where I had to go somewhere else or not play this season,” Hale said. “It was pretty easy to decide because (Texas State) was closer than the other places I was looking, and I didn’t really want to go play soccer somewhere up in like Montana or Oklahoma.” The Abilene native is leading the team with total points accumulated this season with 14. It took a small-town connection to get Hale to Texas State, which Assistant Coach Link Scoggins can take credit for. He knew Hale from his coaching days for the Abilene Soccer Club in 2007. When he found out she was looking to go elsewhere to resume her collegiate career, Scoggins said he could not pass the golden opportunity up. “I had previous knowledge of Tori before she played at TCU, and I knew she was a great player,” Scoggins said. “She is very physical, very energetic. She even showed it to us when we played TCU here last fall, and when we saw her in the spring again at TCU she lit us up there as well, scoring two goals that day.” Scoggins was on the recruiting trail when he discovered that Hale was trying to find a new home to play soccer. “We heard of her situation when we were out recruiting one day, and the first thing I told Coach (Kat) Conner was that number 19 from TCU is free, and we knew her a

little bit,” Scoggins said. “So, we tried to get her in here, and luckily she liked us a lot and chose Texas State as her next choice.” At TCU, Hale said she had to create opportunities for herself on the field in the Horned Frogs system. “We try to get her in front of that goal and help her understand our system,” Conner said. “We want to build the play in and around her to get her looking at goal. She’s not quite used to that. I think she’s had to do it all on her own.” Hale has found her stride and is excelling in Coach Conner’s system, but she was skeptical about how she would fit in and find her niche. “The playing style is a lot different from where I was before,” Hale said. “At first, I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it, but now it is suiting me well and is definitely the best system I’ve ever played in before. Since I have gotten used to everything, it has been a very good transition for me.” Hale has gathered four goals and six assists in her first season as a Bobcat. She and Lynsey Curry, another fresh face to the program, have made a formidable duo up top and have accounted for 44 percent of the team’s goals this season. “Her work ethic is awesome, so much so she wants to do the work of everyone else’s on the field,” Conner said. “She is starting to trust her teammates more and understands what her job is. She is so dynamic and such a fantastic attacker that teams have to worry about her. The more she understands the more fantastic and amazing she will be.” Hale’s coaches rave about her and the work ethic she presents to the team. She loves to make runs and attack the goal with a relentless motor. One thing is for sure: she won’t stop running anytime soon.

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Tori Hale, sophomore mid fielder, transferred from Texas Christian University and has four goals and three assists this season. Conner summed it up when she told Hale she doesn’t have to make runs all the time. Hale responded, “Coach, I get nervous when I just stand, so I run.” Twitter: @TState_Sports18


Professionals, Olympians to visit Texas State in exhibition By Sam Rubbelke Sports Reporter The Texas State softball team will play against the National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Bobcat Softball Stadium. Two-time Olympian Cat Osterman is scheduled to pitch for the All-Stars, headlining the 2012 NPF Back to School Tour that makes its 16th stop of the tour in San Marcos. Texas State is one of 22 universities selected to be a part of the tour.. With the support of Major League Baseball, the Back to School Tour is sponsored by United States Specialty Sports Association. The 2012 Tour marks the third consecutive year that the NPF has sent the All-Stars to compete in exhibition games against top colleges across the nation. “The tour is one of my favorite events of the year for the NPF, and this year’s schedule is super,” said NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf. “The goal of this tour is to continue to broaden the fan base for professional softball in a competitive environment and to let many of the college programs we play against celebrate their former players that have gone on to become professionals.” Osterman, an alumna of University of Texas at Austin, and fellow roster member Kelly Kretschman have each won two Olympic medals and received four AllAmerican honors during their college careers. “The NPF All-Star’s coaching staff doesn’t always take the same team to every game,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “It’s difficult to determine the make-up of the team. I’m just ready to go out and compete and see what happens.” The NPF All-Star roster also includes three-time All-American Ashley Charters, two-time All-American GiOnna DiSalvatore and All-American Kelsey Bruder. The All-Stars had a combined Back to School Tour record of 41-1 from 2010-2011

and are 13-1 in 2012. Last fall marked the sole loss of the NPF All-Stars, at the hands of the 2011 NFCA First Team All-American superstar pitcher Keilani Ricketts and the Oklahoma Sooners. In 2012, the AllStars lost to Michigan 3-2. “We’re going to make it as competitive as possible,” Woodard said. “This is a great opportunity to see where we’re at as a team. These are the best softball players in the game, and we have the opportunity to see what it takes to become one of the best teams in the country.” The Bobcats’ roster will feature 12 returning athletes from last year, including five All-Conference players. The team camaraderie and experience of playing together will be vital going into Thursday’s game against Osterman. During Osterman’s freshman year at the University of Texas she broke her own school record for strikeouts in a single game with 24 in a 12-inning match against Texas State. The previous record for strikes in a game was 23. “She just hits her spots and exactly where she wants it,” Woodard said, commenting on Osterman’s precision and accuracy with a softball. “Plain and simple she does not make mental or physical mistakes. She hits her zones extremely well.” During the NPF summer season in 2012, Osterman has accounted for nine wins and four loses with an ERA of 0.71. Osterman accumulated a total of 131

strikeouts, allowed 26 walks and 46 hits in a total of 97.2 innings pitched. Having the All-Stars coming to town has the players anxious and ready for the challenge. “It’s huge, playing the NPF All-Stars,” said junior outfielder Coralee Ramirez. “We’ve never faced this level of competition before at Texas State. We’ll have to compete at the highest Star File Photo level.”

UPCOMING FOOTBALL San Jose State (4-2, 0-1)


UTSA (5-1, 1--0)

UTSA and San Jose State are both coming off losses in the seventh week. UTSA’s undefeated season came to a halt last Saturday in a 34-14 loss to the Rice Owls. San Jose State fell to Utah State 49-27 for its first WAC loss of the season. Saturday, Oct. 20, 1:00 p.m., ESPN3 New Mexico State (1-5, 0-2)


Utah State (5-2, 0-2)

The battle of the Aggies will take place for the 37th time in history on Saturday. Utah State has 29 wins in the series and has won five straight home games and six consecutive WAC games. New Mexico State has lost 15 straight WAC road contests. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2:00 p.m. Idaho (1-6, 1-1)


Louisiana Tech (5-1, 0-0)

Louisiana Tech has won five of the seven meetings against the Vandals and would still be undefeated in 2012 without its 59-57 loss to Texas A&M last week. Louisiana Tech is one of only two teams that has scored over 40 points per game in every contest this year. It is only one of two teams in the nation without an interception. Saturday, Oct. 20, 6:00 p.m., ESPN GamePlan

BYES Texas State (3-3)

Bobcat News and Notes Players honored

Tight end Chase Harper was named to the John Mackey Award Midseason watch list. Harper has 15 receptions for 178 yards and three touchdowns in the 2012 season. Receivers of the award in previous years include NFL star tight ends Heath Miller, Aaron Hernandez and Kellen Winslow II. College Sports Madness also named Craig Mager the WAC defensive player of the week.

Bobcats off

Football has a bye this week. Earlier this year, Texas State used its first open week to prepare for Stephen F. Austin, resulting in a 41-37 triumph over the Lumberjacks. Texas

State did not have an in-season open week in 2011 and in 2010 lost to Southeastern Louisiana 49-24 following the open date.

First place finish

The women’s cross country team finished in first place at the Concordia Invite last week, paced by junior Michelle Jones. Her 18:14 time gave her an individual first finish at the invite. The men placed third in the tournament, led by freshman Tyrone Jackson’s time of 16:41, good enough for 10th place in the 5k.. Report compiled by Cameron Irvine, Sports Editor Twitter: @txstcamirvine

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Seniors play final home game at Bobcat Soccer Complex

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Texas State soccer will battle it out with New Mexico State Friday night in the Bobcats’ third to last regular season WAC matchup.

By Odus Evbagharu Sports Reporter Friday night will mark an emotional last home game for the Bobcats’ seniors as the women take on New Mexico State. “Every time they have mentioned senior night the past

couple of weeks, I’ve kind of teared up,” said senior defender Emma Staley. “I feel like during the game I’m going to be happy and excited, and then after the game I’m probably going to break down a little bit. I love playing on this field. This is the best field I’ve ever played on and with this team too. It’s going to be an emotional night, but it’s not over—the season is not over—so it’ll be bittersweet.” This senior class has left its mark on the Texas State women’s soccer program, compiling a record of 45-29-4 and winning nearly 60 percent of their games. They won the 2009 Southland regular-season championship and most recently an NCAA tournament bid, after taking the 2011 Southland Conference title home. The seniors will be well represented with six of them on the roster. Senior midfielder Andrea Mauk, a transfer student from Baylor, has only played two years at Texas State but enjoyed playing in San Marcos and for Coach Kat Conner. “It wasn’t a four-year deal for me playing here, but being part of this team was amazing,” Mauk said. “Being part of a winning program, with pride and tradition was really cool. Coach Conner has made me a better player and teammate, and I have definitely seen improvement with every single player I’ve seen come through here in the last two years. She is a great coach.” Conner will be looking for the leadership of the seniors to bring a win home Friday night. “You want them to go out and have an awesome year, and then you don’t want them to go out,” Conner said. “Honestly, you want to keep them forever because by the time they are really seniors is about the time they really connect and understand what their job is as individual leaders and their job as a team. They start to be leaders to other people, and I wish I could have them (a) fifth year. They can give so much more.” The club will enter senior night with a 5-10-1 record, and put to the test their 2-3 conference record to better position themselves for the WAC tournament. The Bobcats will head to Denver after a brief one-game home stint and face the Pioneers (10-1-4, 2-0-2). The University of Denver currently sits in third place in the WAC standings, and Conner knows how difficult it will be to take the road trip and beat them. “It’s going to be tough going to Denver with it being an early game and all, one o’clock their time, two o’clock our time,” Conner said. “There will be some time adjustments we’re going to have to make. They are a very high-powered of-

fense. They’re just phenomenal. We’re going to have to know where people are and push them where we want them to be.” The team sits fifth in the WAC. After these two upcoming match-ups, Texas State will only have one more game in conference, and that will come against seventh-place UTSA. Conner knows that only six teams make the conference tournament and realizes how important it is to get these late-season victories. “Our backs are against the wall, and we got to do what we got to do to get these (wins) to better position ourselves to get to Utah State,” Conner said. Utah State will host the WAC soccer tournament from Nov. 1-4 in Logan, Utah. Twitter: @TState_Sports18



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I-35 Rivalry’s 65th matchup crucial to postseason positioning season hopes for Texas State but Chisum said they must approach it like any other game. “We just approach it like it’s another match, and it is,” Chisum said. “Every match is the most important game of the season and we just have to focus on playing well ourselves.” The team was not playing its best ball in San Antonio, however, and Coach Karen Chisum said the team must toe the line and fight to be victorious in this match. “We gotta be aggressive like we were against New Mexico State University and just take care of business on our side of the net,” Chisum said. “If we do that then we will be fine.” The Bobcats took down New Mexico State, the top ranked team in the WAC, Saturday. They were then swept 25-17, 25-20 and 25-23 by San Jose State University, a team the Bobcats took down at

By Jordan Cole Sports Reporter The Bobcat volleyball team will make its way back to San Marcos Saturday after a six day road trip to ready itself for the Interstate 35 showdown with perennial rival UTSA. It will be the 64th match in the rivalry, a series Bobcats have historically dominated. Texas State (5-5) won the first 20 matches between the two schools before the Roadrunners got their first win. Recently, the Bobcats have claimed victory in eight of their last 11 meetings but they lost in straight sets to the Roadrunners (6-4) earlier this season. The Bobcats and Roadrunners are placed fifth and fourth respectively in the WAC and with a win, Texas State would move into a tie with UTSA for fourth. This match is crucial to post-


Bobcats overcome wind, tie for seventh at Oklahoma

By Eddie Baty Sports Reporter The Texas State women’s golf team tied for seventh in the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic in Norman, Okla. at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. The team is one of the highest ranked in the nation at No. 32. They managed to climb into second place after day one with a combined score of 289, but had trouble maintaining their rank in the second round. “Round two was just hard to explain,” said Coach Mike Akers. “Everything that could go wrong went wrong. The wind picked up in the second round and we seemed to have a lack of experience with that severe of wind.” The second round was the Bobcats’ worst, with a combined score of 323—34 strokes worse than day one—which was the highest score among the 18 teams participating. The team fell from second to ninth place after the round, and had to bring themselves back up in the rankings in the third round. “We were obviously not happy with our performance in the second round,” said sophomore Iman Nordin, who had the second highest score for Texas State behind senior Krista Puisite. “But, it served as good motivation for the third day.” The individual golfers improved in the

third round to have a team score of 293, which brought them back up in the rankings to tie for seventh in the Berning Classic overall. The competition was made up of some of the highest ranked women’s golf programs in the nation. The University of Oklahoma is ranked 18th nationally and took first place at the SMBC. Other notable opponents of Texas State’s were the University of Notre Dame, who are ranked 20th nationally. The Irish took second place at the SMBC. Texas Tech University, who finished fourth place at the SMBC, is ranked 22nd nationally. “We’re going to prepare for University of Texas at San Antonio which should be just as hard if not harder,” Akers said. “But our performance in the third round really shows that we’re resilient and could come back. It shows mental toughness and resolve.” The team heads to UTSA for the Alamo Invitational Oct. 28-30. “I don’t think it will affect us much,” Nordin said of the team’s second round at the SMBC. “We won’t be taking what happened into the next tournament.” The Bobcats’ seventh place finish was the team’s lowest finish in three tournaments so far this season.

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home in five sets earlier this year. Texas State has lost two of three since the team won three straight in conference play and will have to find the magic to climb the WAC standings this weekend. To fuel the fire, the matchup may be the Bobcats’ last against UTSA due to conference realignment. “UTSA is always special,” Chisum said. “It’s a big rivalry and there is definitely no love lost between the two teams.” In their last meeting, Chisum tried multiple lineups with 13 different Bobcats stepping onto the court for action. However, UTSA forced 25 Texas State attack errors to attain the sweep. Following that contest, UTSA Coach Laura Groff said she was impressed with her team’s level of pressure and consistency throughout the match versus the Bobcats. “We took it to them from the beginning and we kept that intensity,” Groff

said. “We really haven’t done that this season. We’ve had some good wins this year and we played well, despite getting a little lax in the third set. We just kept the pressure.” The Roadrunners lead the WAC in opponents’ hitting percentage, kills, assists and digs. UTSA’s McKenzie Adams’ 293 kills ranks second in the conference. Texas State Associate Coach Tracy Smith said she thought it was rare for all of the team to be off and hopes it does not happen again. “It’s very rare that you’re going to have an entire team be off all at the same time,” Smith said. “Truly this was one of those matches where everyone was off at the same time and didn’t seem to fight their way back to recover.” The match begins 2 p.m. Saturday at Strahan Coliseum.



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