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Officials continue bomb threat investigation
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Woods Street was temporarily closed in front of San Jacinto and Tower Halls Oct. 17 after a bomb threat to the Undergraduate Admissions Center. By Caitlin Clark News Editor Texas State’s Oct. 18 bomb threat proved to be false, but authorities say they responded to the emergency seriously and efficiently. A Texas State admissions counselor who works from her home in Houston was sent the bomb threat at 7:21 a.m. via email. The admissions counselor alerted her supervisors of the threat when she read the email around 8:30 a.m., according to Mark Hendricks, director of University News Service. She forwarded the email to her supervisor at 8:36 a.m., and at approximately 8:50 a.m. the University Police Department was alerted. Police are still investigating the source of the email, Hendricks said. An emergency message was sent to students, faculty and staff by email and text at about 9:40 a.m. alerting them of the bomb threat at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Classes were uninterrupted. UPD Capt. Rickey Lattie said the validity of the bomb threat was being determined during the 50 minutes between UPD finding out about it and students being alerted. He said it takes time for someone to create the actual text alert. Hendricks said he could not go into the specifics of the email sent to the admissions counselor. However, there was information contained in the threat indicating if the bomb were to detonate, it would have occurred well after 9:40 a.m., when the campus was alerted. Hendricks said the threat
was not immediately impending. The university is one of several institutions of higher education to receive a bomb threat in recent weeks. The A&M University Police Department received word of its bomb threat at about 11:15 a.m. last Friday, according to an Oct. 19 article from the Bryan-College Station Eagle. At 11:34 p.m., 19 minutes after receiving the initial report to authorities, the university issued a Code Maroon emergency notification to students, faculty and staff asking them to evacuate campus. UT officials ordered the campus to be evacuated at 9:50 a.m. Sept. 14, about an hour and 20 minutes after a man called the campus with the threat. The man claimed to be with al-Qaida and to have placed bombs all over campus, according to a Sept. 17 Austin American-Statesman article. Hendricks said classes at A&M and UT were canceled because the threat affected the entirety of the campuses. Texas State’s threat specifically targeted the admissions building, and the bomb squad recommended only Tower and San Jacinto Halls be evacuated. Classes were not canceled because the academic areas are well outside of the 800-foot radius from the admissions building the bomb squad evacuated. Jayme Blaschke, public information specialist for University News Service, said there are “no clearly identified suspects” at the moment. However, the investigation is ongoing, and Texas State is working in cooperation with the FBI.
ASG votes in favor of concealed carry By Nancy Young News Reporter For the second time in three years, the Associated Student Government voted in favor of allowing concealed weapons on campus during their Monday night meeting. The vote was 24-22 in favor of firearms on campus, with four senators abstaining from the vote. The resolution was voted on after an Oct. 22 public forum. The resolution states ASG disagrees “with the administration’s policy that concealed handguns on campus are and should remain prohibited.” ASG President Nathan McDaniel said although he is personally undecided on the subject, he will not veto the resolution. However, McDaniel said he will not take the resolution to the state legislature this summer. State law currently prohibits students, faculty and staff from possessing handguns on school grounds. About 60 students attended the public forum held in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater. Speakers argued both for and against the resolution. Cody DeSalvo, special assistant to the ASG president and
said the issue of concealed carry on campus is brought up every two years. Students like Kiley Cook, international studies sophomore, spoke out against the resolution because of the effect stress has on college students’ mental wellbeing. “I would feel uncomfortable with other students, as trained as they may be, carrying concealed guns on campus during finals,” Cook said. “I don’t think that students are in their normal state of mind when finals occur.” Eddie Perez, public relations junior, said the size of the student population should be a concern when considering this topic. “I just don’t think that in a college of 34,000 students should have (a gun) on campus,” Perez said. Derek Hammons, mathematics senior, said he was informed about police response by the UPD Chief at the last concealed carry forum. In the event of an active shooter on campus, UPD can only have one officer on the scene within three minutes. Students in opposition to the resolution said they would want to be protected faster in the event of an active shooter.
Candidates debate at city council forum By Megan Carthel News Reporter Candidates for San Marcos mayor, city council places 5 and 6 and other Hays County offices discussed topics ranging from the environment to the city’s development during the Oct. 22 San Marcos Area League of Women Voters debate at the San Marcos Activity Center. Mayoral Candidate Thom Prentice opened with a showand-tell, displaying a wooden dowel rod to demonstrate that land would be submerged under six meters of water if global warming continues. Prentice began walking off stage as he talked. David Peterson, constable candidate and security for the debate, removed the wooden rod from Prentice. Walking around during the debate is forbidden for candidates. “No, I like to walk and talk,” Prentice said after being requested to move back on stage behind his nameplate. Prentice continuously touched on the topics of global warming, climate change and “toxification”
of the atmosphere. Mayor Daniel Guerrero said the city needs to provide a change in behaviors that harm natural resources. “Our goal is to really make sure we’re putting forth good ordinances and putting good laws in place,” Guerrero said. “At the same time, we’re starting as early as possible to provide that change in attitude when it comes to conservation and protection of our river.” Melissa Derrick, city council Place 5 write-in candidate, said the city needs to do everything it can to protect the environment. Derrick suggested the city could eventually use xeriscaping, or landscaping with plants that need no water, to conserve water. Ryan Thomason, Place 5 incumbent, talked about the issues of sustainability and the environment. Thomason expressed the need for downtown development, while Derrick said she “has never been more alarmed” with the direction of development in San Marcos. The Place 6 candidates ad-
dressed the issue of development. Greg Frank said he opposes expanded development. However, Place 6 incumbent Shane Scott said he wanted to put students closer to campus so they can walk instead of drive to class. Frank and Scott both discussed The Retreat, the student housing development highly contested among residents. Scott, who voted in favor of the construction of the apartment complex, defended his decision to expand development for multifamily housing. “The first time I ran, all I heard was, ‘We want students out of our neighborhoods,’ so I gave you The Retreat,” Scott said. “The Retreat got people out of the neighborhoods.” Frank said he wants to provide a voice for residents in neighborhoods. “I think that (The Retreat) injected (students) into (neighborhoods) in a capacity that is extremely detrimental,” Frank said. “There’s so many people that are just talking about selling their houses and leaving, and those are the people we need to stay there.”
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Amy Stuhlman, political science freshman and vegan, is limited in her choices while dining on campus.
Dining options restrict vegan possibilities By Nora Riordan News Reporter Amy Stuhlman walks straight to the salad bar in Commons Dining Hall, passing the other food stations without hesitation. Stuhlman, political science freshman, fixes a plate of iceberg lettuce and dressing. Stuhlman said as a vegan, this is typically the only meal she can eat in the dining halls. Chin-Hong Chua, Chartwells interim service director, said vegan students like Stuhlman are not restricted to only salads, and the university provides a variety of foods for special dietary needs. However, Stuhlman said it is hard to find foods she can eat other than salad and hummus in the dining halls. As a vegan, Stuhlman does not eat or wear animal products. Eating the same meals of salad and hummus every day gets boring after a while, she said. Texas State requires first-year students to buy a meal plan each semester. Stuhlman said she asked the school if she could be excused from buying a meal plan due to her restricted diet, but was told it was required. The smallest resident meal plan averages about 10 meals per week and costs $1,033 dollars, according to the DineOnCampus webpage on the Texas State website.
Stuhlman would normally purchase all her food from a grocery store, but she feels obligated to eat on campus because her parents had to buy the meal plan. “Texas State encourages diversity, yet they don’t support vegans,” Stuhlman said. “Veganism is a culture in its own.” John Root, director of Auxiliary Services, said vegan students who have trouble finding something to eat can talk to the chefs at dining halls, particularly Harris and Commons Dining Halls, who can give special accommodations. Students can request for salads to be prepared without chicken, or burgers to be made without cheese, even though places like Chick-fil-A might not have vegan options readily available. “We do have flexibility beyond what the student would see when they walk up to the counter,” Root said. “You just have to be creative and not too shy to ask.” Chua said students can have ingredients from the salad bars cooked to order by the chefs. Vegans can take advantage of the “MyPantry” sections of the dining halls, which offer less popular options such as soymilk. There is a vegetarian and vegan line in each dining hall. For example, vegan pasta and vegan tofu tacos can be found in Jones Food Court.
Boko’s Mongolian Grill was included in the renovation of Commons this summer, primarily to give the vegans and vegetarians on campus more food options, Root said. “In all of our menu development, we always make sure we have vegetarian or vegan options, even in meal trades,” Chua said. Chua said Chartwells plans to add a vegetarian/vegan options list to the DineOnCampus webpage listing different food options available in all dining halls. Stuhlman said there are a lot of vegetarian options that could easily be made vegan. Many of the dining halls provide veggie burgers with cheese already on them. If the cheese was only added by request, then vegans could eat the burgers. The veggie burgers could be substituted with black bean burgers, and grilled vegetables could be offered unbuttered to make them vegan-friendly. Stuhlman said Chartwells could make a guidebook detailing the ingredients in its foods available in the dining halls. She said it would be easier if the foods were labeled as vegan-friendly. “At the end of the day, it’s just food,” Stuhlman said. “Food is just to satisfy you to live. I can have conversations and go out with friends without it centering on the dining halls.”
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Officials managed bomb threat efficiently, carefully
Emmanuel Ramirez, Star Illustrator
hile students hope never to receive emails and text messages warning of impending danger, last Thursday’s bomb threat was handled as effectively as possible. Students were alerted of a bomb threat to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions efficiently, clearly and in an organized fashion. One of the most encouraging aspects of the emergency was the way in which the information was disseminated. Text messages and email alerts spread sufficiently throughout campus, flashing across computer screens and scrolling across the clocks in classrooms. Each of these communication methods clearly articulated the emergency. The recent procedures stand in stark contrast to the way news was disseminated last September when a construction worker
was seen carrying a knife. Students at the time received a series of poorly constructed alerts with warnings that someone on campus was potentially armed. This time around, students were clearly informed of what the threat was, where it was happening and how to conduct themselves. This is exactly the information students needed. However, this approval is not unqualified. While the editorial board believes that the way information was disseminated among students, faculty and staff was handled well, not cancelling classes sets a potentially dangerous precedent. Sending out the emergency notifications and evacuating the area in a timely manner indicates that Texas State officials followed careful protocol. But, not evacuating the campus may send the message that the threat was not to be taken seriously. The editorial board is ultimately in favor of not being released from classes because it may have spread terror across
campus at a time when authorities were striving for order. However, officials must now contend with the perception that the emergency alerts may seem like they are “crying wolf.” Students were released from class after bomb threats at both the University of Texas last month and Texas A&M on Friday. According to a Sept. 14 University Star article, UT officials took more than an hour to disseminate emergency alerts after receiving a bomb threat. According to an Oct. 23 University Star article, Texas A&M issued evacuation orders 19 minutes after receiving a bomb threat. Texas State students, faculty and staff received emergency notifications of the bomb threat 50 minutes after the University Police Department was alerted of it. While some may argue that students should have been alerted immediately like A&M was, emergency responders have to consider the validity of a threat before
opening the floodgates and causing potential excessive panic. A threatening email or phone call should be taken seriously, and Texas State was true to form by calling in a bomb squad from Austin, the FBI and local and university law enforcement. The university made the right move by keeping students in classes during the bomb threat to avoid shutting down an entire institution of higher education.
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Preparatory program to benefit current, future students
By Alex Pernice Opinions Columnist
exas State’s recent partnership with the Houston-based Knowledge Is Power Program will greatly benefit future Bobcats and current students. According to an Oct. 12 University News Service press release, Texas State will now partner with the college-preparatory program to improve higher education completion rates. According to the same article, the partnership means Texas State will work actively to recruit and enroll 10 program alumni who desire to
further their education in the 2012-2013 academic year. From then on, the university hopes to secure 15 of those students each year. Program alumni would receive extensive support and guidance throughout their college careers to encourage completion. In addition, some Texas State students will have the opportunity to tutor at program schools or mentor other alumni. According to the program’s website, it aims to help children—from the elementary level to high school—reach their goals of higher education. According to the same website, the idea was created by Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin in 1994, and the program has grown from two schools in 1995 to 125 across the nation. The program is dedicated to helping children from underserved communities obtain goals to graduate high school, attend college and eventually focus on career paths. The program’s concentration is on student success and ultimately preparing those children for the future.
Texas State, which has a rich history as a teaching college, is undoubtedly the perfect university for the program to partner with. Texas State is already committed to tactics that aim to increase graduation rates at the university. Success-aimed benefits available to students include guidance from the Personalized Academic and Career Exploration staff at the Undergraduate Academic Center. The benefits additionally include programs and advising from the Texas Success Initiative Program. With resources such as these, Knowledge Is Power alumni who are recruited to Texas State will have a beneficial support system throughout their college careers. According to a March 29, 2011 University Star article, Texas State received Hispanic Serving Institution status last year. The title has helped with retention rate plans, and it seeks to provide a pathway for the development of ethnically driven programs that push for academic success. Because program alumni may
be from a number of different ethnic and racial groups, students who are recruited here can benefit from these additional opportunities on campus. The partnership between the program and Texas State could be a great benefit to both current and incoming students. Those who are majoring in an educational field could possibly find student teaching opportunities within the program’s Austin and San Antonio schools or in other areas like Dallas and Houston. Experience like this would be great for Bobcats looking to do work in organizations such as Teach for America, where underserved students and communities are a large focus. It will be interesting to see where Texas State and the program take education for future students. However, it is obvious this is one relationship that will be significant for years to come. —Alex Pernice is a mass communication sophomore.
Women’s clinics deserve federal funding
By Savannah Wingo Assistant Opinions Editor
tudents should support women’s clinics as a major source of healthcare to low-income earners and rally against plans that may cut funding to the entities. According to a Sept. 26 University Star article, Texas attempted to pass a law that would reduce overall funding to women’s clinics that specifically provide abortion services. The law itself works by denying these clinics money from the Medicaid Women’s Health Program. The program is a federal service that awards funding to non-profit clinics. According to the same article, the East
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Seventh Street clinic in Austin treats an estimated 25,000 women a year. This is only one clinic, however. Throughout Texas and the nation, whole families and women especially depend on the services clinics such as Planned Parenthood offer. According to an April 6 University Star article, 36.9 percent of the San Marcos population lives below the poverty line. Many low-income women in the city, including students, rely on clinics such as Planned Parenthood for healthcare services other than abortion. If funding is cut to women’s clinics, it would put those relying on these other services at risk, too. According to an Aug. 15 Texas Observer article, the bipartisan Legislative Budget Board estimates showed more than 250,000 women would likely lose services as a result of last year’s cuts to the clinics. The article goes on to cite the closure of 60 clinics around Texas in largely remote, impoverished communities. Women in these areas must now take long trips in order to get their healthcare, or else they might not receive it at all. According to the Planned Parenthood website, only 3 percent of all health ser-
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vices provided by the entity are abortion services. The organization claims to focus on prevention by providing 76 percent of clients with preemptive services that deter an estimated 584,000 unintended pregnancies yearly. Planned Parenthood and other clinics like it provide many services besides abortion. These clinics also provide women with critical health services such as cancer screenings, sexually transmitted diseases and infections check-ups and sex education. The fact the law specifically targets clinics that provide abortions—while essentially ignoring other services they may provide—is asinine and irresponsible. Not only are “pro-life” activists denying women the right to choose, but they are refusing some access to basic reproductive healthcare and family planning. Just because the majority of Texas voters may not support abortion does not mean this group has the right to impose its beliefs upon others. Furthermore, under the Affordable Care Act and Hyde Amendment, federal funds cannot go toward abortion except in cases of rape, incest or otherwise extreme situations. Cutting funding to clinics like Planned Parenthood only really affects
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non-abortion healthcare, family planning and education services. The law comes off as anti-woman and overtly zealous when viewed in the context of these facts. Not only is the law redundant in trying to prevent federal funds already restricted by the Affordable Care Act and Hyde Amendment from going toward abortion, but it hurts women who rely upon health clinics like Planned Parenthood for free cancer screenings and other services. Texas officials need to back off from dogmatic policies that take away from personal freedoms. Instead of enacting backward laws that do not even accomplish their stated goals, the focus should be put on improving the overall quality of life for residents. Students should take a stand against cuts to women’s clinics to ensure freedom and happiness. Through creating support groups, signing petitions and writing letters to state representatives, the community’s voice in support of the clinics can be heard. —Savannah Wingo is a mass communication sophomore.
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Author makes Comanche history come to life
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S.C. Gwynne, award-winning journalist and author, reads selections from his latest book, “Empire of the Summer Moon.” The book outlines the rise and fall of the Comanche tribe throughout history. By Paige Lambert Trends Reporter English majors, history buffs and book lovers gathered to hear journali sst and author S.C. Gwynne read excerpts from his latest book Friday at the Katherine Anne Porter House. Gwynne’s book, “Empire of the Summer Moon,” takes an in-depth look at Comanche history and culture. Gwynne, who has written for the New York Times, TIME magazine, Texas Monthly and other publications, said he approached this book like an article for publication. “I wrote larger pieces for Texas Monthly, but I wanted to push what I was already doing,” Gwynne said. “I would research a chapter and write it, treating each one like a story. Being in proximity to ground zero of Comanche research, such as UT, really helped speed the process up.” Even with all the resources in the surrounding area, Gwynne researched for three and a half years and read over 50 books on the Comanche tribe.
Gwynne began the evening with a description of the Great Plains during the last years of the Native Americans. He spoke about how the Native Americans worked with the resources surrounding them and how their families functioned. “Part of this book is my love affair with Texas west of I-35,” Gwynne said. “I’ve always loved history, and the stories that I heard from my travels for Texas Monthly were fascinating and filled with Comanche.” “Empire of the Summer Moon” not only focuses on the rise and fall of Comanche culture, but the story of Cynthia Ann Parker. The account is of a white woman living with the Comanche and becoming the grandmother of the tribe’s last free chief. “We can look at different accounts of what happened to Cynthia, each more romanticized than the next,” Gwynne said. “But no one truly knows what happened to her. It was when I realized, ‘I could put the small Parker story into the bigger Comanche story,’ that I had a book.” Gwynne continued to shed light on the little known facts about the Parker family. He talked about the truth of her being captured as a young girl, growing up in the
culture and building a family. One of the audience members, John Luther, said that foundation on fact is what made the book so appealing. “He separates speculation from fact, while being a great storyteller,” Luther said. “It’s like reading a good novel while seeing how life really was back then.” Sunny Luther, John Luther’s wife, was also in attendance. She enjoyed the reading as an educational experience. “The whole thing is a great cultural event,” she said. After the readings, Gwynne lent advice to the audience about writing and cleared up some questions about the Parker family. A woman in the audience brought a picture of Cynthia Ann Parker and began a discussion with Gwynne about a deeper look into her life. Gwynne also released some hints about his next book. “Right now I’m working on a book about Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson, but researching is going to take a lot longer than this book,” Gwynne said. “There are so many books that turn into a 78 page battle scene and nothing else. Like ‘Empire of the Summer Moon,’ I’m going to bring narrative and story to history.”
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Seattle musical duo returns to play in San Marcos
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Seattle-based musicians Ian McFeron and Alisa Milner will perform Oct. 24 at 8:30 p.m. at the Coffee Pot. By Randi Berkovsky Trends Reporter Ian McFeron broke into the Seattle music scene in 2003 with the release of his debut album, “Don’t Look Back.” Since then, he has churned out five more albums and is now
bringing his tracks to San Marcos with faithful band-mate Alisa Milner. His latest album, “Summer Nights,” was recorded in Nashville and produced by Patty Griffin’s long-time guitarist Doug Lancio. Milner, a Texas-style fiddler, cellist and harmony vocalist, along with bass player Norman Baker and drummer Mark Bateman, often join McFeron on stage. McFeron and Milner will be playing two free shows Oct. 24 in San Marcos. The first will be at Triple Crown at 6 p.m. and the second at The Coffee Pot at 8:30. “We opened a show for Hayes Carll at Cheatham Street Warehouse on our first tour here and we just loved the town,” McFeron said. “Austin is an exciting place, but San Marcos feels more like Texas to me.” McFeron and Milner have been encircled by music since they were children. They said they both grew up playing instruments and falling in love with the sounds they created. Ian started playing the piano and writing music early in life, but did it mostly for himself. Milner, on the other hand, was born into a musical family and began travelling and performing when she was 6 years old. “My whole family played, including my two brothers. They played fiddle, and my dad played acoustic guitar,” Milner said. “My older brother started playing when he was five, and when he was eight and I was six, I remember telling my dad that I wanted to learn to play fiddle too. He said sure, and
that’s how I started.” McFeron and Milner attended the same high school, but teamed up after meeting through a mutual friend in college. They clicked and began to book shows together as a duo. From there, they picked up other players and formed a full band. The Ian McFeron Band sent their new songs to local radio stations. One station in Seattle started playing their music. The break got them opening spots for big national names. “I never thought this would turn into a career,” Milner said. “At one point though, Ian and I were playing and travelling more often, and we decided to go with music. We didn’t think we would get a chance like this again. So we put our whole lives into it.” McFeron and Milner are now focusing on going back to basics. In the beginning of their career, it was just the duo. However, years later, they are visiting the familiar acoustic music scenes. Their goal is to help tell a story and communicate emotions through music. For them, music is a release that takes the complicated issues in life and makes them more tangible and understandable. “Writing new song brings so much excitement and charisma,” McFeron said. “I love connecting music with people and bringing a room together through song. It is about the moment you create with an audience.”
New “Lonesome Dove” book addition honored by The Wittliff Collections
By Jordan Gass-Poore’ Trends Reporter
The Wittliff Collections at Texas State hosted a panel discussion that included Bill Wittliff Saturday to celebrate the launch of the second volume of the “Lonesome Dove” book series. Wittliff, “Lonesome Dove” screenwriter and co-executive producer, and other “A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove” contributors, gave a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of the 1989 Western television miniseries and the creation of Larry McMurtry’s novel. “Bill (Wittliff) told me several times on the set, ‘If you just take care of Lonesome Dove, Lonesome Dove will take care of us,’” said Stephen Harrigan, panel moderator and miniseries extra. John Spong, the book’s author, photographer Jeff Wilson and Harrigan recounted their experiences with McMurtry’s dusty Texas border town. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, the Emmy and Golden Globe Awardwinning miniseries tells the tale of two aging former Texas Rangers, who, in their pursuit of one last adventure, set out on a 3,000-mile cattle drive from the Lone Star State to Montana. “The best stories don’t just survive. They become enriched as they are retold,” said David Coleman, Wittliff Collections director. Decades later, the signifi-
cance of “Lonesome Dove” can still be felt by many, Spong said. Spong, Texas Monthly senior editor, conducted numerous interviews with key figures in the miniseries for a July 2010 article, expanding on these interviews to include McMurtry and stars Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones and Diane Lane, among others, for “A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove.” Spong said Wittliff Collections representatives sent out a request to “Lonesome Dove” fans about what the novel means to them. Some are included in the foreword of “A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove.” “One guy said when his daughter would meet guys who wanted to go out with her and bring them into the family they couldn’t come into the family until they’d watched Lonesome Dove,” Spong said. “One woman said her mother died slowly of cancer over an eight month period and Lonesome Dove is what she read through that period to try and ground herself. Those kinds of stories
are out there all the time.” Fans of “Lonesome Dove” can view some of the miniseries’ props, costumes, set and
wardrobe designs and shooting scripts. They are on permanent display in The Wittliff Collections on Alkek’s seventh floor.
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Dramatic Saturday results in five-set win over UTSA
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Morgan McDaniel, freshman outside hitter, returns a volley Oct. 20 against UTSA at Strahan Coliseum. The Bobcats defeated the Roadrunners 3-2. By Jordan Cole Sports Reporter The Texas State volleyball team achieved victory in comeback fashion last Saturday at Strahan Coliseum against a UTSA force that had swept the Bobcats earlier in the season.
It was the second Saturday in a row Texas State rose from a 2-1 hole to claim a five-set triumph. UTSA won the third 29-27, but lost the fourth sets 27-25 and 15-13, respectively. The Roadrunners compiled three blocks, continually challenging Texas State at the net in the first set. UTSA’s
smallest lead was six points and the Roadrunners hit an efficient .267 in route of a 25-19 first-set victory. The Roadrunners were caught out of position on the back line several times because of their aggressive net play throughout the second set, which allowed the Bobcats to claim a 17-11 lead down the stretch. That lead was not relinquished and Texas State took a 25-20 victory. Coach Karen Chisum said “spreading the ball around” after the first set was key. “We made a very good adjustment of spreading the ball around,” Chisum said. “We can’t survive with just Alex Simms getting the ball. If you look at the second set, Ashlee (Hilbun) got the ball, Molly (Ahrens) got the ball, Amari (Deardorff) got the ball, and so everybody isn’t keying on one kid. I was proud of my setters for doing that.” Every play mattered in the third set because extra points were required to settle the score. Despite several advantages earned by the Bobcats, the Roadrunners were able to take a 2-1 set lead. Sophomore setter Caylin Mahoney said that her mindset coming out of that third set was to fight until the end. “The main thing is to never give up,” Mahoney said. “Just fight for the moment. It’s not a loss until the other team gets 25 or beats us by two.” The Bobcats found themselves down
7-1 early in the fourth set from a strong UTSA defensive play. Texas State then strengthened its own defense and caught up, making the game a 15 tie. Much like the third set, it came down to the final points, but this time the ball bounced in the Bobcats’ favor to tie the series at two. Mahoney said coming back from the 2-1 deficit versus top-ranked New Mexico State University Oct. 13 really helped her mindset going into the fifth set against UTSA. “Right before that fifth set I was like, ‘This is just like Texas State. We’re going to win this,’” Mahoney said. “’We can do the exact same thing now if we did it last week.’” Coach Chisum echoed those sentiments. “I think confidence was the key,” Chisum said. “I think coming back and winning that New Mexico State match was key because we were down in that one too. It was almost identical.” The Bobcats finished the fifth set, bringing the record audience to its feet in applause. With the win, the Bobcats moved into a three-way tie for fourth in the WAC with UTSA and the University of Denver. Texas State will continue its threegame home stand upon returning to the Coliseum on Thursday, Oct. 25 to play against Seattle University at 6:30 p.m. Twitter: @TXStatesman
All-Stars squeak by Bobcats in 13 innings
By Sam Rubbelke Sports Reporter Texas State Softball clashed against the National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars featuring Cat Osterman on Thursday and took the NPF All-Stars to 13 innings before falling 1-0. Bobcat Field marked the fifteenth stop on the NPF All-Stars third annual Back to School Tour. Bobcat pitching by Senior Anne Marie Taylor, and defensive play from Senior Anna Hernandez and Junior Coralee Ramirez, pushed the NPF batters to their limits. “We scored a couple on Michigan (which ended in a 3-2 loss for NPF earlier in the tour),” said NPF Coach Jim Beita. “But only one here, this was a tougher struggle. We haven’t been in extra innings, this was the toughest battle we’ve had all year.” Taylor pitched the full thirteen innings and allowed only three hits on forty-one at bats. Taylor held the All-Stars to zero runs through twelve innings before surrendering a run in the thirteenth. Through fifteen games, the NPF All-Stars have been aver-
aging 8.8 runs per a game during the 2012 Back to School Tour. “To only give them three hits in thirteen innings is almost unbelievable to me,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “We knew she was capable of it, but I also know what they’re capable of offensively. She did a great job of hitting her spots. They didn’t adjust to it real well, every time they tried, she did something different.” In the first four innings of play, Osterman breezed through the Bobcats batting rotation by allowing one walk and seven strikeouts. Osterman allowed no hits in four innings of work. “Yeah, we only had her for (Baylor and Texas State),” Beita said. “It was already pre-determined, before the game. I asked if she could go five innings and her response was maybe four innings.” Both Hilary Bach and Jamee Juarez also saw time in the circle for NPF and accounted for zero earned runs, but Bach allowed six hits in four innings. Juarez pitched five innings and gave up two hits. Having Osterman off the mound and a full extension diving catch from Ramirez gave the Bobcats a momentum shift to
close the top of the fifth inning. Ramirez’s game also included a double in the fifth inning, a single in the seventh, and a stolen base in the tenth. “I think it meant a lot,” Ramirez said referring to her defensive play. “After one thing goes right, other things will go right. I believe it was a huge momentum shift.” The Bobcats positioned themselves in ideal scoring position with a double from Ramirez and a single from Jordan Masek in the bottom of the fifth. But with runners on second and third, NPF pitcher Hillary Bach answered the call by striking out the slide to end the inning. In the fifth, sixth, seventh, tenth and eleventh innings, the Bobcats stranded runners and were unable to push forward a go-ahead run for a score. The Bobcats out hit their opponent eight to three, but couldn’t overcome the All-Star defense. “We had a lot of opportunities,” Ramirez said. “We out-hit them, but it’s just how it goes, I guess.” From the sixth to the eleventh inning with one out under her belt, Taylor managed to contain the explosive NPF AllStars offense and keep the batters guessing
with her mixture of low leveled pitches. Taylor completed the night with four strike-outs. But, experience was a virtue. In their seven previous games, NPF outscored their competition by a combined score of 64-6. All the same, when opportunities were limited, the NPF All-Stars capitalized on their third hit when GiOnna DiSalvatore jacked a solo home run over the right center field wall in the top of the thirteenth inning. “I thought eventually we would find a way (to pull off a victory), but I didn’t know how it was going to happen,” Beita said. “Or we were going to play until the lights went out.” Texas State’s Taylor was awarded the Wilson MVP of the game, while NPF’s GiOnna DiSalvatore was named the Schutt’s MVP. “This was a better overall effort by all of us,” Woodard said. “We came out with the belief that we have the chance to win a ball game. We played a good game and went extra innings. The score didn’t fall our way unfortunately, but everything else was exactly what we wanted to produce.”
Texas State win boosts WAC tournament possibilities By Odus Evbagharu Sports Reporter
The Bobcats captured a win against New Mexico State University in San Marcos on Senior Day, but lost to the University of Denver on the road, remaining in fourth place in the WAC. Against the Aggies, Texas State’s attack was effective, outshooting New Mexico State 17-8 and resulting in a 3-0 sweep at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. The game marked the last time in 2012 the Bobcat seniors would play at home. “This win felt pretty good, and I think this was the best game we played all season,” said senior defender Emma Staley, reflecting on her last game at Bobcat Soccer Complex. “It feels pretty good to be at home and get a win not just for the seniors, but for the team as well.” The senior class led the way in this victory. Senior forward Serena Hines, who sang the national anthem to start the game, gave a lead pass in less than a minute from kickoff to senior midfielder Taylor Kelley. The pass enabled Kelley to score the first goal of the match. In the second half, sophomore midfielder Tori Hale scored her team-leading fifth goal off Hines’ second assist of the game. In the 87th minute, Hines took advantage of a shot that deflected off an
Aggie defender, and she was able to score her third goal of the season. “I was very confident about tonight,” Hines said. “I just gave it my all and just produced and got some results. This win was huge. It was our last home game for us seniors, and we wanted to go out with a bang, and we did.” Freshman forward Lynsey Curry continued to add to her point total by collecting a fourth assist of the season Friday night. She currently sits fifth in the WAC for points accumulated in conference play. Junior goalkeeper Natalie Gardini started and played the entire game. She had three saves and picked up her fifth win of the season. Gardini is currently placed third in the conference with 30 saves in WAC play. She is third in saves per game with a 4.29 average. The Bobcats entered Ciber Field in Denver, Colo. Sunday afternoon trying to gain ground on the Pioneers in the conference standings. Texas State would see its efforts fall short in a 1-0, defensively contested match. The University of Denver only needed forward Kaitlin Bast’s seventh goal of the season to win this match-up. Her goal came in the 32nd minute of the game and could not be matched by Texas State’s attack.
The Bobcats were outshot 10-4 and could not get any of their attempts on goal. The team was able to get one shot off in the second period. The Bobcats held their own defensively, allowing three shots on target. They drew the Pioneers offside five times throughout the match. Texas State allowed four shots in the second half, none of which were on goal. One remaining game determines whether the Bobcats will be playing in the WAC tournament or sitting at home. The Bobcats will head Oct. 28 to UTSA—whose team is currently in the sixth position— to decide their fate. The Bobcats have
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