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New committee Award-winning journalist speaks on campus to deal with sex discrimination and misconduct By Nora Riordan News Reporter

By Nicole Barrios News Reporter Texas State has created a committee to better deal with issues concerning gender equality and sex discrimination across campus. Title IX is the federal gender-equity law prohibiting sex discrimination and misconduct in education. The new Title IX collaborative committee will meet monthly to assess university policies regarding the law and related issues that may arise. Herman Horn, chief diversity officer and director of equity and access, was designated as Title IX coordinator last September after he suggested the university form a committee. Horn said the project was spearheaded after he recently attended Title IX training. Title IX, a part of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” “It made good sense to form some type of collaborative group on campus to address Title IX issues,” Horn said. The committee gathered Oct. 5 for its inaugural meeting. Horn said the committee is representative of different offices in the university that have some role or responsibility regarding Title IX, especially relating to sexual misconduct. The committee will handle student and employee complaints, including discrimination and sexual harassment issues. Ismael Amaya, assistant dean of students, said with the creation of the new committee, more people are going to be aware of the university’s responsibilities to respond to sex discrimination and misconduct cases. Amaya said prior to the creation of the committee, the Office of Student Justice always reviewed violations of the code of

Mike Leary used the money he made from his first news story at age 6 to buy his friends Cherry Cokes. Leary is now a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and editor of the San Antonio Express-News, and he discussed his career in media with students Tuesday as part of Mass Communication Week. Leary directed a Philadelphia Inquirer team effort that won a 2012 Pulitzer for a series on school violence. Leary, who has reported in 35 countries and all 50 states, talked to students about his journalism career, which he said is a rare job where “Work is not work.” He said journalists are both witnesses and participants of history. Major national issues are unfolding in Texas, specifically in the border region, he said. About 60,000 Mexican nationals have moved to San Antonio to seek better futures for their children, which has significantly changed the Express-



Airport, hotels prepare for Formula One By Monica Solis News Reporter San Marcos is revving up for the large crowds anticipated to attend the Grand Prix Formula One race held mid-November in Austin. The F1 race will be held Nov. 16 through 18 at the Circuit of the Americas, a recently constructed venue built specifically for the competition. San Marcos officials said they are preparing for an influx of guests to the city as a result of the race. San Marcos is expected to draw visitors to the airport, downtown areas and the outlet mall. Mayor Daniel Guerrero said although the city is not hosting any


promotional or corresponding events for F1, officials will be looking at steps regarding law enforcement and public safety during that weekend. Guerrero said the F1 race needs to be seen on a more regional level, and the economic impact to the area will be tremendous. “It’s not just great for San Marcos, but for all of Central Texas,” Guerrero said. The San Marcos Municipal Airport is utilizing a new radar display called the National Offload Program . The program is a secure, additional piece of equipment that has been added to monitor aircraft traffic between the San Marcos and Austin areas, said Laurie Moyer, managing director of Commu-

nity Services. Moyer oversees airport activity as part of her duties. She said the Austin airport is most likely already booked for the race. The San Marcos airport will provide an alternative for people coming in on their own aircraft or on noncommercial flights. “Our role is to facilitate safety and attract aircraft (traffic),” Moyer said. San Marcos is not hosting any F1 events, but it is looking to service large groups of visitors by providing general tourist information, said Rebecca Ramirez, executive director of the San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau.


It’s not just great for San Marcos, but for all of Central Texas.”

Water pipeline break prompts boil notice

— Mayor Daniel Guerrero

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The San Marcos Municipal Airport is making preparations for travelers flying in for the Formula One races in Austin.

By Megan Carthel News Reporter Construction crews broke a 12-inch pipeline Tuesday, causing several thousand people in northwest San Marcos to lose water for nearly two hours. The incident happened midday on an undeveloped section of Peach Tree and Loquat Streets, according to Trey Hatt, city spokesman. Crews were installing a 24-inch water main at the time. The water line that was hit serves people from the Comanche storage tank. The area of consumers affected by the water disconnection stretched from Wonder World to Ed J.L. Green Drives in northwest San Marcos. Residents in the area between Old Ranch Road 12 and Wonder World Drive have been advised to boil their water through Wednesday evening or until further notice. Other residents given this advisory were those north of Prospect and Rogers Streets and the university. Households west of Texas State, from Old Ranch Road 12 to Ed J.L. Green Drive, are affected. The city will test the water for contamination and lift the notice if no bacteria are found. Jon Clack, assistant director of Public Services and Water Wastewater, said the advisory is required by the state and is precautionary. “It does not mean that your water is contaminated, only that there is a possibility of contamination due to the lack of pressure in the main lines for an extended period,” Clack said.

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Mike Leary, editor of the San Antonio Express-News, speaks with students Oct. 30 as a part of Mass Communication Week.

Grant updates fashion merchandising program By Nora Riordan News Reporter The School of Family and Consumer Sciences was recently awarded a grant to tailor fashion merchandising curriculum to the new demands of the apparel industry, among other goals. The Higher Education Challenge Grant, worth $714,300, was awarded to improve the quality of students’ education in fashion merchandising, said Gwendolyn Hustvedt, associate professor in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. Hustvedt said the American apparel and agriculture industries are closely connected, so the United States Department of Agriculture sets out to fund education related to the clothes industry. The grant will be split relatively evenly between Hustvedt and four other researchers from Oklahoma State University and Kansas State University. Texas State will receive a fifth of the funds in a month, which is about $142,860, Hustvedt said.

The award is a “team grant,” meaning it had to be proposed by at least three different universities within a region. Texas State was included partly because many major apparel companies are based in Texas, Hustvedt said. Texas State was also approached to be part of the team grant because of its Hispanic Serving Institution status, she said. One of the grant’s focuses is to help students understand the impact of climate change on the agricultural system, she said. Hustvedt said a proposal had to be submitted to the USDA that would address climate change in order to receive the grant. Texas State will use the grant to recruit students from different high schools to Texas State for a one-day fashion merchandising career event, Hustvedt said. Speakers will talk about the need for math and science in the apparel industry, she said. Hustvedt said she READ Grant, PAGE 3 hopes the event will at-

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1795 – Poet John Keats was born in London.

1864 – Nevada became the 36th state. 1926 – Magician Harry Houdini died of complications from a ruptured appendix. 1938 – The day after his “War of the Worlds” broadcast had panicked radio listeners, Orson Welles expressed “deep regret” but also bewilderment anyone had thought the show was real. 1968 – President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, saying he hoped for fruitful peace negotiations. 1984 – Indian Prime Minis-

ter Indira Gandhi was assassinated near her residence by two Sikh security guards. 1992 – It was announced five American nuns in Liberia had been shot to death near the capital Monrovia. The killings were blamed on rebels loyal to Charles Taylor. 1999 – EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed off the Massachusetts coast, killing all 217 people aboard. 2005 – President George W. Bush nominated Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. 2006 – P.W. Botha, South Africa’s apartheid-era president, died at age 90. —Courtesy of The New York Times

CRIME BLOTTER Oct. 21, 3:04 a.m. Hopkins Street Public intoxication A non-student was cited and arrested for public intoxication and was transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center. The student is awaiting a court date. Oct. 22, 12:54 p.m. University Bookstore Theft under $500 A student was arrested for theft under $500 and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await a court date. Oct. 22, 1:50 p.m. Education Building Burglary A non-student reported that their personal property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation. Oct. 22, 1:50 p.m. University Bookstore Theft under $500 University property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation. Oct. 24, 9:13 p.m. Student Recreation Center Theft under $500 A student reported that their personal property had been tak-

en without consent. This case is under investigation. Oct. 25, 12:27 p.m. The Quad Theft under $50 Two students reported that their organization’s property had been taken without their consent. This case is under investigation. Oct. 25, 4:46 p.m. Student Recreation Center Theft under $500 A student reported that their personal property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation. Oct. 25, 5:00 p.m. Math and Computer Science Building False alarm Fire alarm had been pulled when there was no fire. This case is under investigation. Oct. 25, 9:20 p.m. Guadalupe Street Possession of drug paraphernalia A student was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. This case is under judicial review. —Courtesy of UniversityPolice Department

Stephen Frayser named executive director of Texas State’s STAR Park Stephen Frayser has been named executive director of Texas State University’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park. Frayser assumes his duties Nov. 5. Frayser comes to Texas State from the Nebraska Technology Park, where he served as president since 2003. In that position, he was responsible for development of the 155-acre research park and 22,000-square-foot technology business incubator. During his tenure, 2,400 jobs were created or retained, more than 300,000 square feet of new facilities were constructed and more than $68 million in new capital investments were made. From 1997 to 2003, he served as the interim director of technology transfer for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In this position, he was responsible for commercialization, technology

transfer, and associated economic development for the University of Nebraska. Frayser earned his MBA from University of Nebraska-Omaha and Bachelor’s degree in political science-public administration from Colorado State University. STAR Park is a 38-acre site hosting Texas State’s first incubator building, STAR One. Dedicated to the university’s research and commercialization efforts, STAR One, a 20,000-square-foot facility, will serve as a technology incubator/accelerator for start-up and early-stage businesses, and will provide companies access to secure wet labs, clean space, conference room, office space and other university-provided services. STAR One officially opens Nov. 9.

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News’ audience, he said. Leary said when looking at the license plates of cars near shops at La Cantera in San Antonio, where he lives, it is apparent that Mexican nationals are becoming the new audience. “We need to cover that border-region more because our audience is changing,” Leary said. He said the Express-News wants to be the principle newspaper covering the border region, and it intends to more aggressively cover the area. Leary also talked about newspapers making the transition from print to digital form. He said many newspapers in the country have not made the move to the Web, which is a large part of why they are


losing subscribers. “Bottom line, readers are looking for unique and indispensible coverage,” Leary said. Leary said the Express-News now has a stabilized circulation of 139,000 subscribers. There are 130,000 print subscriptions and 8,000 or 9,000 digital ones, he said. Leary believes digital subscriptions will increase significantly from new technology like iPads, which provide the reader with more enhanced material than print versions of the newspaper. He said the Express-News is in a transitional phase right now, which could also cause digital subscriptions to increase. Leary said videos are also going to be an increasingly important form of journal-


conduct, which includes genderbased offenses. Amaya said the office has dealt with Title IX sexual issues ranging from harassment to assault. Horn said the committee is in the initial stages of assessing policies of different departments of the university and may modify them. Campus activities, the Student Health Center, the University Police Department and the counseling office will all have involvement in policies and committee action. Tracy Shoemake, associate athletic director, said she will work with sports programming, the athletics director and all departments involved to ensure they are in compliance with Title IX. “(The committee) really has a lot

of different people from a lot of different areas on campus,” Shoemake said. “So, I think it’s a great way to do a holistic review of the entire campus.” Shoemake said she is most well trained in Title IX issues regarding athletics. However, Shoemake said the entire department is involved in making sure it is in compliance with Title IX issues. Shoemake said the athletics department has not seen any specific issues related to Title IX. She said athletics undergoes a certification program with the NCAA that includes a holistic analysis of Title IX, gender-equity and diversity equity. The program allows the department to evaluate where it needs improvement.

ism. At the Philadelphia Inquirer, Leary directed and edited a print and online series about school violence titled “Assault on Learning,” which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize gold medal for public service. A video that was part of the series was shown during the event. Leary said the video drove home the importance of narrative reporting. Leary said a large component of journalism is reporting in the public interest. He said it is the journalist’s job to show the truth. “You get in the business partly because you are idealistic,” Leary said. “You want to see the world in a better place. By reporting and showing what’s really going on, you are making a positive change,



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Ramirez said nothing in the city itself will be “out of the ordinary” during the race weekend, but individual businesses are preparing for the amount of people coming in. She said local hotels are at 80 percent occupancy for that weekend, and retailers at the outlet malls are preparing for a high volume of traffic. Brittonee Allen, front desk manager at Embassy Suites in San Marcos , said 30 rooms have been booked so

far for the upcoming race weekend. She said that number is expected to double by the time the race arrives. “It’s going to be crazy, but it’s going to give San Marcos good publicity,” Allen said. The hotel has raised its rates for the event in accordance with clientele, Allen said. It is now expecting to bring in at least triple the revenue in comparison to regular weekends because of the increase, he said.

National fraternity returns after 24 years By Jose R. Gonzalez Special to the Star A fraternity is returning to Texas State this semester and is seeking members as it works to become a chapter following a 24-year absence. Phi Kappa Tau was originally founded at Texas State in September 1968 when it was Southwest Texas State University. It went inactive in 1988 because of low membership. Now, Matt Marone, Florida State University alumnus and Michael Lukins, University of Washington alumnus, are attempting to bring the fraternity back by publicizing its return, holding information sessions and advising interested students. Marone recently performed a role as an “expansion consultant” at the University of Texas and University of Idaho. Lukins was an expansion consultant at California State University, Sacramento. Phi Kappa Tau began as “Non-Fraternity Association” in 1906 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 1916, it became a greek-letter fraternity. It currently includes approximately 80 active chapters across the country. Alumni include the late actor Paul Newman and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Phi Kappa Tau began a strategic initiative in 2007 to resurrect defunct chapters throughout the United States. Texas State follows UT and the University of North Texas in this initiative. The main motivator for restarting Phi Kappa Tau in Texas, Marone said, is the fraternity’s alumni base presence in the state. Membership recruitment for Phi Kappa Tau works through “continuous bidding,” a process during which active members determine whether to extend prospects an invitation to join the fraternity through repeated interaction with them. The fraternity remains a “colony” on campus until it reaches 40 members and drafts a charter. Membership dues are between $400 and $600, and allocations for about 80 percent of these funds are determined by the chapter’s founding fathers. The fraternity’s national minimum GPA for acceptance is 2.4, though there was discussion at the information session about raising it for the chapter at Texas State. At an information session last week, Marone expressed appreciation for his own chapter’s founding fathers for “starting an organization, rather than just joining one.” During the information session, Andrew Henley, public administration senior, said he wanted Phi Kappa Tau to be a fraternity known for the good it does. Tanner Boales, international relations freshman, said the information session showed him a side of fraternity life beyond social drinking and partying. He had originally attended the session for a class assignment, but is now considering trying to join Phi Kappa Tau. “I like the idea of starting something new on campus, being a part of something and being a founding father to something that offers more to (college) life,” Boales said after attending the information session. Marone said two goals he hopes Phi Kappa Tau at Texas State can achieve are to initiate more interaction between greek and non-greek organizations and contribute to philanthropy. Marone and Lukins said their experience at Texas State has been a positive one. Lukins feels the campus is welcoming, and Marone said he finds San Marcos to be a fun environment. “Texas State is such a great greek community and to be a part of that is an honor,” Lukins said.

which is rewarding.” Katharina Guttenberg, mass communication freshman, said she went to the event out of interest in hearing Leary’s experiences as a newspaper reporter. Amber Sanchez, mass communication electronic media freshman, said she enjoyed Leary’s talk because he shared information that is pertinent to her career choice. Sanchez said she wants to be a news broadcaster. “It was great,” Sanchez said. “He discussed how it is beneficial to be bilingual and know Spanish because of the market for journalists. He talked about how it isn’t safe in the border towns and south of Texas, but it’s a good place to start off at if you want to be a news broadcaster.”

Gwendolyn Hustevedt, associate professor with the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been awarded a grant to educate students on the transformation of textiles and fibers into sustainable clothing. tract math and science students who may not have been interested in the apparel industry before. “Fashion as an industry is about selling a fantasy, and we made that fantasy by using serious math and science to create really excellent products,” Hustvedt said.

Hustvedt said it is important for students interested in going into the apparel industry to understand the issues being experienced by cotton producers in the country, such as the drought in Texas. Hustvedt said the fashion merchandising curriculum needs to be updated because the science surrounding the production of textiles and fibers has changed. “Keeping up to date with current things you need to learn is important so we can be more ready for a career when we graduate,” said Garrett Monkress, fashion merchandising freshman. Duy Le, international studies graduate student, believes many Texas State departments, not just the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, can benefit from a sustainability education curriculum. “I hope this grant educates people on how every little detail matters whenever we are thinking about building a more sustainable future,” Le said. “We just have to reconsider what we do from here on.” The grant will also be beneficial for high school teachers, who will be able to use the updated curriculum. Hustvedt is planning to make the curriculum viewable on a website in the future. “My main hope is that more people will wake up and realize they actually really like science,” Hustvedt said. “If working on this project can encourage even a few more students in science to pay more attention, I will be over the moon.”

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Incumbent best council choice for students The University Star is endorsing Place 5 incumbent Ryan Thomason for a second term on the San Marcos City Council. Thomason is practical in his approach to student housing development, which has historically been a hotly contested issue. Thomason believes in putting student housing close to campus. This would give more students the opportunity to walk to school, thus helping to alleviate traffic problems in the city. Most recently, Thomason voted “yes” to the Sessom Creek development, which would have put student housing right across the street from the new North Campus Housing Complex. That proposal was voted down, but the fact he understood the positive impact it could have on students was encouraging. It is no secret parking is a source of continual frustration for students, and trams can get cramped at peak times. Putting more student housing close to campus could alleviate these pressing problems as the university continues to grow at an extreme rate. Residents were overwhelmingly against the Sessom Creek development for some legitimate reasons, but these issues are not cut and dry. Ultimately, more good than harm could have come out of the development in light of these transporta-

tion issues. Thomason is also for developing and renovating the downtown area of San Marcos, some of which is in desperate need of a facelift. Thomason’s experience in the construction business, the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Economic Development Board demonstrates he has an understanding of how to accomplish that goal. Thomason also opposed the complete ban of alcohol in all city parks. The draw of drinking beer by the river brings in thousands of tourists each summer, and the city council’s decision to ban that activity was overreaching. Again, Thomason was outvoted, but at least he stuck to his guns yet again. Melissa Derrick is not a bad choice for council, but appears to be a one-issue candidate. Derrick is focused on keeping single-family housing from being rezoned to multi-family. It is important that the needs of both students and residents are balanced, but Derrick appears to only consider the latter group. Derrick’s eagerness to participate in democracy as a resident is a good quality. Her willingness to step up and run for a council seat is admirable, especially when the incumbent’s views concerning development did not align with her own. However, she does not understand a significant portion of San Marcos is composed of students, and their concerns cannot be ignored.

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Romney’s vision for students makes him best choice economic plan will produce. Increasing federal spending only produces temporary results which will hurt students in the long run. Although Obama has advocated for cutting college tuition costs, the issues facing these students still persist. According to March 21 figures by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, total student debt outstanding surpassed $1 trillion in late 2011. Furthermore, a study released Oct. 18 by the Institute for College Access and Success states students who borrowed for college and earned bachelor degrees in 2011 were in debt an average of $26,600 by graduation, up $1,350 from 2010. According to the same study, the unemployment rate for young college graduates was 8.8 percent last year, and many other new graduates could only find employment in low-paying jobs not requiring a college degree. Obama’s efforts on behalf of college students are ineffective. On the other hand, Romney understands that more government spending is not the long-term solution college students’ needs. Romney’s plans demonstrate that he wants to help students get the jobs they need to pay off their debts effectively without draining taxpayer money.

By Jose R. Gonzalez Opinions Columnist Texas State students must cast their ballots to elect Mitt Romney into the presidential office. President Barack Obama’s plans to combat high tuition rates have not been effective. Students across the nation still face challenges with rising tuition and unemployment rates. Every day, students struggle to find well-paying jobs that match their experience and education level. Additionally, the benefits of Obama’s debt-forgiveness policy are negated by the limited employment and earning potential that his

According to a Sept. 20 article on ABC News, Romney discussed student loans during an interview at an open forum hosted by Univision. “I don’t want to overwhelm you with debts,” Romney said. “I want you to make sure you can pay back the debts you’ve already got and that will happen with good jobs and that’s why my five-point plan to get 12 million new jobs in this country is the best thing I can do for you and for the students of America.” According to Romney’s campaign website,, providing “access to affordable and effective higher education options” is included within the governor’s five-point economic plan. Romney can also appreciate the value of consumer choices, especially since he found great success in the private sector. As president, Romney will empower students with their choices regarding college loans. College students need a president who will act as a visionary for the role higher education can play in the future of the country. College students only stand to gain from the enactment of Romney’s vision. —Jose R. Gonzalez is a mass communication senior.

Doggett represents Texas State students’ interests

By Christian Penichet-Paul Opinions Columnist U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett is the best candidate to represent Texas State students in Congressional District 35. Students are fortunate to have a hard-working, honest representative in Congress. Doggett is a fighter for college students and their interests. Over the years he has worked to increase financial aid opportunities, which has benefited

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students at Texas State as well as those at other universities around the nation. Doggett represents the progressive nature of the university. Doggett’s work has helped students solve some of their financial concerns. He authored the “More Education” tax credit, which helped reimburse students for tuition, textbook prices and other costs of higher education. The law, referred to as the American Opportunity Tax Credit, enables students and their families to decrease federal tax payments by up to $10,000 over four years. Doggett has worked to increase Pell grants and reduce the cost of student loan payments. These initiatives have allowed students to cope with rising tuition prices. Doggett knows how to pass legislation that is helpful for all students. Doggett is a strong supporter and four-time sponsor of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. This act would give undocumented students who were brought to the United States at a young age the opportunity to remain legally. Doggett, through continued support of the act, demonstrates his belief these students should have the opportunity to work and reach their full potential, and in turn, help build the economy. Doggett is an experienced voice on this issue and would help make the dreams of these students a reality. If re-elected, the Obama administration

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would also work to pass the act. As the area’s current representative, Doggett has kept a close relationship with the university. Visitors to Doggett’s office in Washington pass under a Texas State banner hanging above the door. The banner symbolizes the positive relationship between the congressman and the university. Doggett has been a familiar face on campus through his participation in many events organized by the university and campus groups. Doggett shows support for federal investment in universities to encourage economic growth, and he would ultimately continue to fight for better funding to enrich Texas State. Doggett is a true believer in the issues he campaigns on. He does not change positions from pressures of the political climate. Texas State does not need a political opportunist in office, but a person of true character fighting for the issues he or she believes are in the best interest of students. Congressman Doggett has a record of working for students, their families and the university. Texas State is an important part of Congressional District 35. Bobcats must support Doggett in this election so he can continue to give a voice to student concerns and interests. —Christian Penichet-Paul is a history junior.

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Local follows passion, opens wine business in San Marcos the vast variety of wines offered in the shop will encourage patrons to stop by. “My passion and interest for wine started about a year and a half ago,” said Roger Hestand. “It was during that time that a friend of mine and I traveled to Gruene, and while staying there we decided to visit one of their local wineries.” The winery where Roger Hestand and his friend stayed ended up leaving a lasting impact on his life. Because of that winery, he learned how to make wine and was taught the differences between its flavors. Roger Hestand waited many years before finally deciding to start the business of his dreams. With the help and encouragement of his wife, Kathleen Hestand, he was able to use some of the money from her 401K to put toward the wine business. “I was very hesitant at first when it came to starting up the winery because I knew how bad of shape our country’s economy was in, and I was fearful of whether or not the business would be able to make it,” Roger Hestand said. “Eventually, I decided to just go out on a limb and start the winery anyway. I couldn’t wait any longer.” When designing the winery’s environment, Sonja Burton, Staff Photographer Hestand wanted to Roger Hestand is the owner of the Ruby Heels Wine Shop, which is set to open near The Square. Hestand is now the producer of a variety of wines including pomegranate wildberry. make sure to create something future customers would view as By Sarah Stephenson fun and unique. Trends Reporter Kathleen Hestand was Downtown San Marcos will soon be getting a classy new put in charge of handling most of the renovations for addition. Roger Hestand, a San Marcos native, has decided to intro- the winery. Most of her days duce Ruby Heels Wine Shoppe near The Square. He hopes were spent buying and pick-

ing out paints to use for the walls and tables of the store. “I wanted to make sure that once the clients stepped inside the shop they would automatically feel intrigued by the unique atmosphere and ultimately feel at home,” Kathleen Hestand said. Roger Hestand is excited to have the opportunity to educate his future customers about all of the different wines the shop will have in inventory. “I’ve been to many different wineries in San Marcos and I know that Ruby Heels Wine Shoppe offers many things that those places don’t,” Roger Hestand said. “I’m proud of the work that I’ve put into the place and hope that it will pay off.” Roger’s work and dedication is already being noticed. “I can already tell that the winery will add some much needed change to The Square,” said Aaron Stephens, public relations junior. “It definitely looks like a cool place to check out and browse through.”

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By Paige Lambert Trends Reporter After a long road of commissions and odd jobs, Thomas Schneider found his calling. Schneider, lecturer in the School of Art and Design, found his passion for teaching art after bouncing from major to major during college and working in the film industry. A run of sculpting commissions led to his landing a job on a movie set. He sculpted scenes for “The Dark Knight,” “The Bourne Legacy” and “True Grit.” Schneider decided to move into teaching after working in the movie industry for five years. “I’ve always been drawn to teaching,” Schneider said. “I like helping people and seeing that spark when a student gets a great idea.” He began teaching 3-D design and sculpting techniques, much like he would use on the movie set. Soon he became interested not

only in the students’ projects but the kinds of material they were using. Schneider’s interest in reusing materials was sparked when he worked on movie sets. “After each movie all the material we used would be thrown away, and nobody has tried to implement a recycling program,” Schneider said. Schneider encourages his 3-D design class to use material they find on the curb or in a dumpster. “Last semester, I asked the class to make a sitting device, while not buying any of the material,” Schneider said. “Adam (Dugger) had a dynamite idea and knocked my socks off.” Dugger, photography senior, built a clear plastic box and put rocks, soil and other earth materials into the container. He then incorporated a deconstructed La-Z-Boy chair he found on Craigslist. Dugger said the idea was to create a controlled composition and simulate the biosphere of the earth. “I was interested in how the materials could be reused and how long it would take them to decompose,” Dugger said. “It’s a great idea to use things that we would usually throw away and make them transcendent of themselves and beautiful.” Another way to use art struck Schneider’s curiosity while instructing students on the idea of reusing materials: utilizing it to power homes and communities. Schneider said his goal is to start a non-profit to incorporate art and renewable energy into low-income areas. Thomas May, lecturer in the School of Art and Design, said Schneider has looked into the kinetic side of art to power his idea. A moving part of the art would be connected to a motor, or the actual piece would be made of solar panels to generate energy. “For art to be more than art, for it to be a power source, is revolutionary,” May said. “The ultimate goal is find out how art can be visually pleasing and sustain life.”


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the Bobcat men’s basketball team and what Davalos’ goals are for the first season in the WAC, which tips off November 9. SR: This year, Texas State is moving into the WAC. What’s the biggest adjustment, and what is the level of excitement at moving into a different conference? DD: You can feel the exCoach citement. We’ve been given a preview from football, volleyball and soccer. Now, our team is ready for the start and movement to the WAC. Any time you move into a new conference, there’s an unfamiliarity that goes with it. We are not familiar with the opponents we’re about to play, the venues, or the towns we’ll travel to. We’re going to have much longer trips. In the Southland, we were mostly a bus riding conference, but now we’re going to have mostly plane trips. It is an adjustment period. SR: Matthew Staff lead Texas State in scoring and rebounding last year. What is his leadership and role for the team beyond the stat sheet? DD: Matt was our leading scorer and rebounder, but we didn’t have a winning season. So you kind of put an asterisk by that. Our ultimate goal when we compete is to win. So, Matt was a productive player, but nobody feels good while not winning as a team. I believe Matt is ready to take the next step, not only as the most productive player, but also as a leader in our program. Sometimes your most productive players

Coach Doug Davalos Men’s Basketball

By Sam Rubbelke Sports Reporter Coach Doug Davalos sat down with the Star to discuss how the off-season went for

Bobcat News and Notes Under the Lights

The Texas State football team will face off against the 7-1 Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs Nov. 10 at 6:00 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium. It will be the next and fifth home game for the team this year. The game will be televised on the Longhorn Network and will be the last evening game Texas State plays. The final home game for the Bobcats is slated for 3:00 p.m. against New Mexico State University.

A Hefty Price

Floor seat prices for men and women’s basketball games for the 2012-2013 season were announced on Monday. For women’s basketball contests, floor seats will cost $100 for the season. For men’s games, the season price is $350. New floor seats were introduced last year at $350 for men’s games and $200 for women’s games. Both teams’ home schedules begin Friday Nov. 9.

country teams participated last weekend in the WAC Championships, finishing eighth and seventh respectively. The two teams’ best finishes came at the Concordia Invitational. The women placed first, paced by senior Michelle Jones’ first place finish in the 5,000-meter run. The men finished third as a team at Concordia.

Play Day notches wins

Bobcat tennis finished 13-4 at the Texas Play Day Oct. 27 at the Bobcat Tennis Courts. Other participating schools in the Play Day were UT-Pan American, Prairie View A&M and others. Texas State won six of the eight first round singles competitions and earned victories in five of the six second round singles. Senior Gabriela Rojas won all three of her matches.

Report compiled by Cameron Irvine, Sports Editor Twitter: @txstcamirvine

The Finish Line

The Texas State men and women’s cross

aren’t your leaders, but Matt has taken the right steps in the maturity standpoint from his junior to senior year. SR: Apart from Staff, last year’s next top three players in PPG are no longer with the team. Who are you looking at to help fill these roles? DD: Last year was such a good experience for guys like Vonn Jones, Wesley Davis and Reid Koenen. Prior to last year, they didn’t have any real gaming experience for us. Now those three guys are part-time starters for us. They know how the year played out and the things we didn’t do well in our losses, but also the things we did well in our wins. I’m excited for their opportunities and we have a lot of reason for optimism this year. SR: With eight returning players from last year along with eight newcomers, what was the team chemistry during off-season

and going into the WAC? DD: The NCAA passed legislation that allowed all Division I men’s basketball programs to work with their players in the summer to have more access which allowed for two hours a week on the floor. This has never been done before in the past. All workouts were voluntary. It’s great because when you bring in a freshman or a new player, you can start integrating them into your system and teaching them habits. The NCAA also allows you to tour and go out of the country to play basketball, and we decided to go to Costa Rica this year. So when you talk about chemistry, all of this gives you chemistry, because the guys have been on the road together, stayed in hotels together, played games together along with more practices. It gives us a jump-start to a new environment in the WAC.



Auburn (1-7)

New Mexico State is 0-14 against SEC teams all time. However, Aggie wide receiver Austin Franklin leads the WAC and is third in the nation in receiving yards per game with 120.6. Auburn has won one game against the Sun Belt’s Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 31-28 in overtime. Saturday November 3, 11:30 a.m.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE Texas State (3-4, 1-1)


Utah State (7-2, 3-0)

The Bobcats will head into their brutal stretch of the season with their trip to Utah. It will be the team’s first of three road games in the next month. The Bobcats have two WAC leaders in returns. Junior wide receiver Andy Erickson is No. 1 in punt return yardage and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Jafus Gaines is first in return yards on kickoffs. Saturday November 3, 2:00 p.m. UTSA (5-3, 1--2)


Louisiana Tech (7-1, 2-0)

The Roadrunners have lost three straight games to Rice, San Jose State and Utah State but lead the WAC in interceptions with 11. UTSA’s Erik Brown is tied for fifth in the nation in picks. The Bulldogs kept their AP Top 25 ranking with their win last week. Louisiana Tech leads the WAC in rushing and passing. The last team to do so was Arizona in 1963. Saturday November 3, 3:00 p.m., EST/KCWX-San Antonio/ESPN GamePlan San Jose State (6-2, 2-1)


Idaho (1-7, 1-2)

The Vandals are 122nd in rushing offense, 123rd in scoring offense, 118 th in pass defense, 123rd in total defense and 120th in scoring defense. San Jose State has the ninth best passing offense in the country and is looking to win its fourth straight game for the first time since 1987. Saturday November 3, 4:00 p.m.

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