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What were Texas State students up to on The Square Halloween Weekend? Find out at UniversityStar.com (It’s hilarious, trust us).

INSIDE THIS ISSUE NEWS Pages 1-3

OPINIONS Page 4

Apparent lack of progress discourages youth vote

TRENDS Pages 5 ‘Terminal’ deals with paranormal, mortality Teams celebrate homecoming, soap box derby Bobcat ball dubs circus theme Lions, tigers and queens—oh my!

DIVERSIONS Page 6

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Dancers perform at 25th Opening Door show

SPORTS Bobcats outrun Roadrunners: Women’s soccer wins I-35 Rivalry, conference title Bobcats defeat SFA, McNeese State: The Bobcat volleyball team showed no fear this Halloween weekend. Cross country teams finish season, conference competition Requiem of the heavyweights: The Bobcat defense held the No.1-ranked Stephen F. Austin scoring offense to seven points en route to its 28-7 defeat of the Lumberjacks. From the locker room: An inside look onto the Bobcats’ take on the homecoming game

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Campaigns end Texas State aims to be an for City Council emerging research institution candidates today By Christine Mester News Reporter

By Chase Birthisel Assistant News Editor San Marcos voters will cast ballots today choosing between six City Council candidates and 11 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. The candidates running for Place 5 are Lisa Marie Coppoletta, Shaune Maycock and Ryan Thomason. The candidates running for Place 6 are John Thomaides, Monica Garcia and Anita Fuller. Coppoletta is an academic adviser for the College of Education at Texas State and arts commissioner for San Marcos. She was active in strongly opposing the previous ‘mandatory micro-chipping of pets’ ordinance. Coppoletta lost last year’s election for City Council Place 4 against Chris Jones.

“I believe I am the most experienced candidate,” Coppoletta said. “As a citizen, I have extensive experience working with elected officials and staff resolving neighborhood issues.” Coppoletta said her key issue is creating a Hays County Veterans’ Center and protecting small businesses in downtown San Marcos. Maycock is a small business owner of an aircraft inspection and maintenance facility in San Marcos, as well as an Iraq veteran. He serves as a member of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. Maycock said his main priority is to bring higher-paying jobs to the San Marcos community. Maycock criticized see ELECTION, page 3

Citizens will vote today on a Texas constitutional amendment that could increase research funding for public universities, but not Texas State. Proposition 4 would allocate money from the Higher Education Fund to emerging research institutions who meet

specific requirements outlined in the amendment if passed. The amendment is part of an effort to develop more public universities in Texas into national research institutions. Bill Covington, associate vice president for research and federal relations, said the university is working to become an emerging research institution. “I’m optimistic we’ll be an

Seven public universities in Texas are considered emerging research institutions: 1. University of Houston 2. University of North Texas 3. University of Texas-El Paso 4. University of Texas-San Antonio 5. University of Texas-Arlington 6. University of Texas-Dallas 7. Texas Tech University

emerging research university soon,” Covington said. “It’s one of our goals. We are working to become part of that list, and I hope it happens within a year or sooner.” The requirements to be considered an emerging research institution include awarding 20 or more doctoral degrees in at least 10 disciplines annually, and generating research expenditures in the tens of millions of dollars. Covington said the university satisfies the research expenditure requirement and is working toward increasing the number of doctoral degrees awarded and programs offered. Seven public universities in Texas are considered emerging research institutions. Twenty-four doctorates were awarded in 2007, nine in 2008 and 17 this year, according to Joseph Meyer, Office of see PROP 4, page 3

Small turnout for tuition Candidates reach increase public hearing out to public on By Natalia Montemayor News Reporter University administrators held a public hearing Monday to discuss a proposed tuition increase with the 11 attendees. Students and campus administrators discussed a possible 4.9 percent overall tuition increase for the 2010 to 2011 academic year during the tuition and fees open hearing held in the LBJ Student Center. Bill Nance, vice president of Finance and Support Services, and Provost Perry Moore spent an hour listening and responding to students’ inquiries and commentary toward the proposed increase, which will go before the Board of Regents at their meeting Nov. 18 to Nov. 20. “We will propose to the board that we go up an additional $9 per semester hour,” Nance said. “This increase will

be used towards a 3 percent increase for faculty and staff as well as the hiring of additional advisers.” Data compiled from the the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board show the faculty salary for Texas State is less compared to the majority of state universities. However, Texas State is fifth in popularity among prospective students. Moore said pay increases is an important issue among faculty and will help university officials in recruiting new members. “Last year, we received 15,000 applications and admitted only half,” he said. “From those admitted, about half went to institutions where tuition is higher and the professors are paid more. We need to maintain our relative competitive place in the market.” Moore said the goal was to acquire 25 additional faculty

members who would be assigned based on the enrollment numbers in each department. This year, a full-time professor’s average salary is $133,799 at the University of Texas, $118,745 at Texas A&M University, compared to $87,429 at Texas State. The proposed increase was met with opposition by students. “I was accepted to A&M and UT but chose to come here because of the affordability,” said Craig Rice, recreation administration sophomore. “Paying for school is difficult already, and if students can’t pay they drop out.” Frank Spates, interdisciplinary studies freshman, agreed. “People are already struggling. If you charge more, doesn’t this make it more difficult for everyone?” Spates asked. see TUITION, page 3

Election Day By Dj Nutter News Reporter City Council hopefuls say they are working to direct the flock of undecided voters their way this Election Day. Candidates are holding watch parties in efforts to increase camaraderie among supporters as the results come in. “I’m preparing my victory party for a runoff,” said Shaune Maycock, candidate for Place 5. Maycock will be holding his victory party at Café On The Square off North LBJ Drive. Maycock said, in addition to working at his current businesses today, he will allot time to call members of the community who have not yet voted. He said poll watchers will keep him up-to-speed with a livefeed of the race. Lisa Marie Coppoletta, candidate for Place 5, said election

night has been a 20-year tradition spent with her family. Coppoletta will be working as an academic adviser at Texas State today. However, communication will continue with voters over MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. Coppoletta claims she has had more support through social media networks than any other candidate. Ryan Thomason, the third candidate for Place 5, said he welcomes supporters to J’s Bistro off North LBJ Drive for his victory party. Thomason said his Election Day strategy is more “play-it-by-ear” than other candidates. He said colleagues will be his eyes and ears for any polling locations with large voter turnouts. “There is always that surprise precinct that is hopping,” Thomason said. see PARTIES, page 3


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Sue Biedermann, associate professor and chair of the Health Information Management Program, has been honored as one of two top educators in the field by the American Health Information Management Association. Biedermann was named as a recipient of the AHIMA Foundation Triumph Award, which recognizes professionals for outstanding accomplishments in health information management. The awards were presented at a recent conference in Grapevine.

— Courtesy of University News Service

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Texas State University – San Marcos is a member of the Texas State University System

Amendment propositions Proposition 1: Prop 1 would amend the constitution to authorize the legislature to allow a municipality or a county to issue bonds and notes to finance the purchase of buffer areas or open spaces adjacent to military installations. The buffer areas would be used to prevent encroachment or to construct roadways utilities, or other infrastructure to protect or promote the mission of the military installation. The municipality or county may pledge increases in ad valorem tax revenues for repayment of the bonds or notes.

Bobby Scheidemann/Star photo EXTERNAL LIGHTING: The advanced traditional photography class learns how to use an external camera flash to light a subject. The class is taught by Benjamin Ruggiero, lecturer in the School of Art and Design.

City launches discount prescription drug card program The City of San Marcos has launched a new program in partnership with the National League of Cities offering free discount prescription drug cards to San Marcos residents. Mayor Susan Narvaiz announced the program at the

new CVS Pharmacy, at the corner of Hunter and Wonder World Drive at 11 a.m. Oct. 29. She presented the first discount card to resident Kate Shaw, activity director for the Hays County Food Bank. “The City of San Marcos

is pleased to work with the National League of Cities and participating pharmacies to help reduce the cost of prescription medicines,” said Mayor Narvaiz. “Many residents will benefit from this program, especially if their

prescriptions are not covered by insurance.” The city is making the free discount cards available at offices through a program sponsored by the NLC. The discount cards offer city residents an average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs. The discount card may be used by all residents of San Marcos and has no restrictions based on the age, income level or existing health coverage. Cards are available at city offices, including City Hall, Library, Grant Harris Jr., Building, Electric Utility, Women, Infants and Children, Activity Center and Public Services buildings. City residents can call toll-free 1-888-620-1749 or visit www. caremark.com/nlc for more information about the program. San Marcos residents can show their card when purchasing medication at one of the participating pharmacies. There is no enrollment form required and no membership fee. City residents and their family members can use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance. — Courtesy of City of San Marcos

Proposition 2: Prop 2 would authorize the legislature to provide for the taxation of a residence homestead solely on the basis of the property’s value as a residence homestead, regardless of whether the property may have a higher value if it were used for other purposes. Proposition 3: Prop 3 would require the legislature to provide for the administration and enforcement of uniform standards and procedures for appraisal of property for ad valorem tax purposes. Proposition 4: Prop 4 would establish the national research university fund to provide a source of funding that will enable emerging research universities in this state to develop into major research universities. The amendment would require the legislature to dedicate state revenue to the fund and to transfer the balance of the existing higher education fund to the national research university fund. This amendment would further require the legislature to establish the criteria by which a state university may become eligible to receive and use distributions from the fund. Proposition 5: Prop 5 would authorize the legislature to allow for a single appraisal review board for two or more adjoining appraisal entities that elect to provide for consolidated reviews of tax appraisals.

Proposition 6: Prop 6 would authorize the Veterans’ Land Board to issue general obligation bonds, subject to certain constitutional limits, for the purpose of selling land and providing home or land mortgage loans to veterans of the state.

Proposition 7: Prop 7 would allow an officer or enlisted member of the Texas State Guard or other state militia or military force to hold other civil offices. Proposition 8: Prop 8 would amend the constitution to authorize the state to contribute money, property, and other resources for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of veterans’ hospitals in this state. Proposition 9: Prop 9 would define what is a state-owned public beach. The public, individually and collectively, would have an unrestricted right to use and a right of ingress to and egress from a public beach. The amendment would authorize the legislature to enact laws to protect these rights. Proposition 10: Prop 10 would authorize the legislature to provide that members of the governing board of an emergency services district may serve terms not to exceed four years.

Proposition 11: Prop 11 would provide the taking of private property for public use (“eminent domain”) is authorized only if it is for the ownership, use, and enjoyment of the property by the State, its political subdivisions, the public at large, or by entities granted the power of eminent domain, or for the removal of urban blight. The amendment would prohibit the taking of private property for transfer to a private entity for the purpose of economic development or to increase tax revenues. The amendment would also limit the legislature’s authority to grant the power of eminent domain in the future unless it is approved by a two-thirds vote of all the members elected to each house. — Courtesy of Texas Secretary of State

University president schedules open door session with students University President Denise Trauth has scheduled an open door session from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, in her office, room 1020 of the J.C. Kellam Building. The sessions are designed to promote clear lines of communication between Trauth and Texas State students. All students are invited to attend to discuss with the president issues and concerns relevant to university life. No

appointments are necessary. For more information on the president’s open door sessions, contact the President’s Office at 512-245-2121 or visit www.president.txstate.edu. The President’s Office schedules open door sessions each semester. — Courtesy of University News Service


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Institutional Research director. “Although there was a drop in doctorates awarded at Texas State in 2008, I think things are generally going up,” Meyer said in an e-mail. “They will continue to do so with the new doctoral programs that have been added or are being planned.” The university currently offers eight Ph.D. programs, plus one special professional program where a doctor of physical therapy degree can be earned. Recently added Ph.D. programs including criminal justice, math education and physical therapy should increase the amount of doctorates awarded, Meyers said. There are 266 students enrolled in Ph.D. programs and 80 students enrolled in the doctor of physical therapy program this fall. Robert Gratz, special assis-

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the city officials’ decision to give monetary aid to Target to move from its location in Springtown. He said tax incentives should be reserved for businesses bringing high-paying jobs to San Marcos. “Businesses like Grifols that are going to pay high salaries,” Maycock said, “those are the companies that deserve our attention.” Thomason is a co-partner of Wood & Thomason Construction and the vice-chair of the San Marcos planning and zoning commission. He is a San Marcos Area Board of Realtors member. Thomason lost in the 2006 City Council race to Place 6 incumbent John Thomaides. Thomason said one of his goals is to ensure San Marcos’ economic development team has the tools, direction and people necessary. “I think a lot of graduating Texas State students want to be somewhere in Central Texas,” Thomason said. “Economic

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tant to the president, said the new Ph.D. programs are one way the university is working toward becoming an emerging research institution. “Every year we’re getting closer to becoming an emerging research institution,” Gratz said. “We’re moving toward that category, but I don’t think we’re there yet.” Approximately 55 percent of current research funding comes from the state, 40 percent from the federal government and the remaining amount from industry foundations, Covington said. “The university has moved a long way in the level of research taking place on this campus,” Covington said. “It’s active now, it’s a growing enterprise. The faculty has been responding to the president’s requests we do more research and it’s happening. It’s beginning to speed up and grow on its own.”

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development is something we all need to pay attention to in the 2009 economy.” Garcia graduated from Texas State in 2008 with an exercise and sports science degree. She is a former U.S. Marine and a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. Garcia said she is running for City Council to ensure equal representation in San Marcos government. “As it is now, certain factions and special interest are what’s most represented,” Garcia said. Garcia said along with economic development, her priorities are improving the San Marcos school district and ensuring public safety departments are adequacy funded. Thomaides is owner of Alpha Pure Water, a water treatment equipment company, and is the only incumbent running in the election. He has been elected for Place 6 twice with his first election in 2003. Thomaides serves on the Executive Committee of the Austin-San Anto-

The funds that will be distributed if Prop 4 passes come from the Higher Education Fund. Universities deemed emerging research institutions must work to meet higher requirements in order to receive funding including, awarding 200 Ph.D.’s annually and meeting a $400 million endowment. Covington said it is unclear when Texas State will meet those additional requirements. “Depending on what happens with this constitutional amendment, at some point in the future we’d like to be able to try to tap into those other dollars,” Covington said. “How long will it take us as an institution to get where we could have these kind of numbers? I think realistically, you’re talking multiple years before we would get anywhere near this.”

By Bianca Davis News Reporter Monday night’s Associated Student Government meeting ended much earlier than expected. “It was the shortest meeting I have ever been to,” said ASG President Chris Covo. “It was kind of weird. I was flabbergasted when I looked up and it was 7:25 p.m. and we were on questions.” Sen. Colter Ray, public relations junior, said the brevity of the meeting was partially because of the absence of the guest-speaker on the agenda, Paul Hamilton, director of Auxiliary Services. Mel Ferrari, student relation’s vice-chair, said the meeting was short, but the

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senate accomplished important agenda items. The senate unanimously passed a resolution disapproving of the San Marcos Police Department actions to not inform university officials before allowing film crews from Campus PD to ride in squad cars. Sen. Matthew Posey, author of the bill, said the intent is not to add to tension between students and police. “This show could have great negative effects on the university and on the students featured in this show,” Posey said. “And therefore, if you are going to do this again we want to know about it — and by the way, we really don’t like that you did this in the first place.” Posey said the bill was about communication not

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Moore claims the university but have not had much luck. is one of the most monetarily “Of the 35 Texas public uniefficient campuses in the state, versities, we are 32nd in apwith both high graduation and propriations from the Texas retention rates. Legislature, and it’s that di“We are currently at a 70 chotomy that leads to this,” percent retention rate, but Moore said. nio Corridor Council. want to reach 80, “Nance said. A $13 increase in advising Thomaides said he is runMoore said Texas State offi- fees will be used toward hirning to continue making prog- cials try every two years to re- ing more advisers to help balress on issues such as traffic ceive additional state funding, ance the student-adviser ratio, solutions, economic development, downtown development and making San Marcos bicycontinued from page 1 cle and pedestrian friendly. Thomaides said he wants all John Thomaides, Place 6 Anita Fuller, candidate for city expenses posted online to incumbent, said his victory Place 6, declined comment. improve transparency in city party will be held at Palmer’s Candidates said the race has government. Restaurant, Bar and Court- been an educational experi“Other cities are moving in yard off Moore Street. He said ence. that direction,” Thomaides a fine-tuned 72-hour strategy “Politics around here has said. “It’s not hard to do. I is already underway. Thom- become petty and dishonest,” want everyone to be able to aides said getting in touch with Maycock said. “Inside, special log on, and see where all the voters in-person and mingling interest groups work to control money’s going.” with those undecided are his the recruitment of even those Anita Fuller, who could not top priorities. candidates who run.” be reached for comment, is a Monica Garcia, candidate for Coppoletta said she learned retired San Marcos citizen. Place 6, will hold her Election there is but one version of herBallots will be counted to- Day party at Tres Hermanas self, and transparency in polinight, and the winner of both off Hunter Road. She plans to tics is key. places will be announced. The focus on members of the comThomason said he sees less polls will remain open from 7 munity who are supporting her political engagement each year. a.m. to 7 p.m. Information and and finding a way to get them He said early-voter turnout is polling locations can be found to the polls. low. on the City’s Web site. “It is about getting enough of “How do you make people the right people fired-up,” Gar- not apathetic?” Thomason cia said. asked. “It is discerning to see

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condemnation. The resolution disapproving of the San Marcos Police Department’s actions was assigned to University Relations and Student Relations. Ray, chair of the University Relations committee, and Sen. Brandon Guerra, chair of the Student Relations committee said members decided unanimously to pass the resolution. Guerra said the length of the reports from the president, vice-president and committees attributed to the brief meeting. “Because the reports were efficient, there was a canceled guest speaker, only one item that was new and no advisers report — those are all some pretty good factors leading to a short ASG meeting,” Guerra said

which is roughly 400 to one. “Advisers are critical in helping students progress through this educational maze, especially freshmen,” Moore said. The overall tuition was increased by 7 percent in 2008. “It’s sort of like taxes, we don’t want it but it is inevitable,” Moore said.

more people voting for American Idol than the Presidential Election.” Garcia said she learned of “a whole lot of good” circulating around the community. Thomaides said he learned people want to protect their right to a high quality of life, above all other areas in need of economic and social bandages. “This election is different because of our place within the nation’s economic turmoil,” Thomaides said. “I’ve been reelected before, but each time you learn to work just a little bit smarter.” Polls open 7 a.m. and close 7p.m.


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he University Star editorial board is endorsing Ryan Thomason and John Thomaides for City Council Places 5 and 6, respectively. After much deliberation, the editorial board feels these candidates would best serve the San Marcos community. Thomaides has a proven track record that speaks for itself. He has been good to Texas State and the community. His stances on bringing higher-paying jobs to San Marcos, making the city more pedestrian-friendly, reducing drunk-driving by extending bar hours and his support of the commuter light rail connect not only with the community, but students specifically. His opponents certainly are not against these endeavors, but Thomaides has acted on them. He has spent his time and effort working on the problems facing our city. Monica Garcia is a good candidate but what she would do is not greater than what Thomaides has done and will continue to do at this point. Her passion for serving her community is evident, but her lack of experience is a concern. The most perplexing candidate is Anita Fuller, who has not seemed to take the campaign seriously. She has not given interviews to local media outlets and her only presence has been at the debates. If she is not going to diligently campaign, why should we believe she would work hard for the citizens of San Marcos? Ryan Thomason over Shaune Maycock in Place 5 was a harder decision. Both candidates have qualities that would make for a productive council member. Thomason’s work with the Planning and Zoning Commission and his long-time commitment to the community gives him the edge. It is obvious Maycock cares about San Marcos and is knowledgeable in local politics. The same can be said for his opponent. Also, Maycock’s work with the river is commendable. However, Thomason’s practical experience makes him the best choice for the seat. Lastly, Lisa Marie Coppoletta has run an organized campaign for Place 5, but until recently, has declined interviews with The Star. Coppoletta is knowledgable about the issues, but the editorial board does not feel it can endorse a candidate who has so rarely accessed the main channel reaching university students. No matter how students vote, they should participate in the democratic process. This means not only making an appearance at the polls but researching the candidates to make sure the right choice is made. Interviews with City Council candidates, which factored heavily into the editorial board’s decision, can be found at UniversityStar.com. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.

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Apparent lack of progress discourages youth vote By Tristan Watson Opinions Columnist Getting students to register for elections has always been a problem, and getting them to vote has been an even bigger hurdle. Society cannot ascribe lethargic behavior as a reason for young adults not registering or voting. There are other causes for why students don’t vote. Maybe students feel it’s not worth the time and their vote doesn’t matter. Some probably

feel the issues don’t affect them. Last week was the end of early voting for those who took an interest in choosing City Council members and the proposed amendments. The voter turnout was low, but this should have been expected. Non-presidential elections usually don’t generate an abundance of voters. ASG President Chris Covo can provide excuses for why students didn’t register or vote. The fact remains people feel city issues or electing city representatives are not vital enough to vote on. “The student government did not arrange an early voter registration drive like in years past because of midterms and other obligations,” Covo said. “Voter fatigue is often the reason for the low outcome.” People may not feel strongly about city issues, but candidates need to carry out their plans for San Marcos. They don’t need to give

residents political nonsense for a vote. If sufficient changes were noticeable in the City of San Marcos maybe people would be more willing to take time and vote during elections. Students and residents listen to these candidates talk about implementing changes, which are sometimes hard to find. John Thomaides is the only incumbent running for City Council. He expressed his concern about making San Marcos more bicycle and pedestrian friendly in a recently filmed interview. He is working on getting higher paying jobs, and focusing on the downtown redevelopment. These issues are nothing new and may be one possible reason people didn’t register, vote early, or chose not to vote. If people are looking for an answer for why young adults don’t take an interest in voting, one possible answer is it can be hard to see the progress our elected officials are making. Individuals would be willing to vote in city

elections if they saw changes and improvements. Mandy Domaschk, College Democrats president, said she “wishes ASG and the College Republicans were more proactive in influencing students to register.” I disagree with this statement. Why should ASG and the College Republicans have to be influential in getting students to register? If students really wanted to vote, they would. Last year’s presidential election produced record-breaking numbers of young voters. Students at Texas State and residents of San Marcos will take an active interest in issues that matter to or affect them. Some people are indifferent when it comes to city elections. It’s the candidates’ responsibility to attract youth voters by producing changes.

build better facilities. Prop 9 ensures all Texans have access to beaches. Prop. 11 restricts the use of eminent domain claims by the government. Prop 8 is important for the current veterans living in Texas and those the state will need to provide health care for in the immediate future. State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. (Brownsville), wrote in an Oct. 13 article for the Statesman that “in South Texas alone, we have roughly 100,000 veterans, many needing the specialized care only a facility such as the Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio can offer.” The amount of travel veterans have to go for the proper care only exacerbates their condition. They may not have the resources to make those trips. The Obama administra-

tion is questioning troop increases in Afghanistan. Texas needs to create the proper facilities to care for its future veterans. The language of Prop 11 does not rule out eminent domain entirely, but it clearly defines the term and circumstances of how it can be used. This will make it more difficult to claim. The text reads, “taking private property for economic development or to enhance tax revenues would be prohibited by the Texas Constitution, not simply by Texas law.” The government is required to keep seized property and not sell it to an entity that would pay higher taxes. Current law also means eminent domain can claim entire neighborhoods, but Prop 11 forces claims to be fought on an individual basis. Prop 9 would ensure “the public’s unrestricted right to access public beaches (is) a

permanent easement.” Gulf of Mexico beaches stretch for hundreds of miles, and the amendment would prevent them from falling into private ownership. If hurricanes cause beach lines to retreat, Prop 8 would still require them to be public property. The issue speaks to something more important though. Most of Texas land is “owned” somehow, excluding public parks. Beaches are the only land individuals should not have the right to own, regardless of the circumstances. Not everything belongs to everyone, but beaches should be an exception. Amending the Texas Constitution would mean the state has to change. Propositions 8, 9 and 11 would only be beneficial.

—Tristan Watson is a political science junior

Amendments create benefits for beaches, veteran care By Luis Baez Opinions Columnist

The State of Texas has seen plenty of change in recent years. According to an article in the Oct. 16 issue of The Austin American Statesman, the number of veterans who apply for specialized care has increased. Hurricanes on the coast have blurred lines between private and public beach property. Governor Perry’s plans for the Trans Texas Corridor were canceled in the name of private property. These three issues have taken the form of Texas Constitutional Amendments, and Texans have one more day to make sure the “yes” votes are cast. Prop 8 calls for Texas’ ability to contribute to federal veterans’ hospitals, and possibly

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Tim O’Brien, author of Going After Cacciato and The Things They Carried, will give a reading and book signing 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 7th floor of Alkek Library Wittliff Collections. O’Brien received the Chicago Tribue Heartland Award in fiction and was a finalist for the Pulizer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Teams celebrate homecoming, soap box derby By Patrick Berger Features Reporter Bobcat Trail was bustling with activity Friday afternoon. Teams from residency halls, student organizations and greek societies gathered to participate in a long running tradition at Texas State: the annual Soap Box Derby race. Now in its 42nd year, the race was initially sponsored by the Interfraternity Council, but is now planned by Or-

der of Omega. “Order of Omega is a greek honor society with academic and leadership requirements in order to get in,” said Pete Isaac, coordinator of greek affairs. “These are some of our very deserving members from Order of Omega who hosted this event.” A six-foot-high wooden ramp was assembled at the top of Bobcat Trail while caution tape lined two lanes down the hill to the finish line.

Behind the ramp was a busy area with teams making last minute adjustments to their cars while others awaited their shot at victory. Cars were positioned at the top of the ramp before a race and piloted by one driver wearing a required helmet. Students underneath the ramp removed the wooden wheelstops for the cars to start. Drivers then attempted to steer their cars all the way down Bobcat Trail to the finish line.

Sara Strick/Star photo RACING FOR TRADITION: Ruben Maldonado, political science freshman, races down Bobcat Trail Friday, representing The Tower for the annual Soapbox Derby.

Few cars were equipped with brakes, and runaways crashed their vehicles into emergency hay bales positioned at the bottom of the track. Atsuki Takahashi, president of Order of Omega, stood atop the ramp with a megaphone and alerted teams when it was their turn to race. “Order of Omega is in charge of the Soap Box Derby every year,” Takahashi said. “It takes some considerable planning, usually a month in advance.” Takahashi said 36 cars were registered for the race this year, but only 27 participants attended. Teams experienced difficulty at the start, with their cars coming out crooked and barely making it 20 feet from the ramp. One car rolled backward and made it all the way down the hill. “The groups that put a lot of time into their car, the ones that stay in one piece, are the ones that make it all the way down the hill,” Isaac said. “It’s entertaining no matter how you look at it.” Isaac said team car requirements are wheel size limits and restrictions on car length and width. Some organizations had rules regarding who was allowed to help build their cars. “Only active (fraternity members) are allowed to help build the car,” said George Albritton, recreational administration freshman and Sigma Chi member.

‘Terminal’ deals with paranormal, mortality By Matthew Barnes Features Reporter Drumsticks bang in the aisles, actors hang from the rafters, dancers crawl out of the crowd and the dead come through in the theatre and dance departments latest performance, Terminal, a play written by Susan Yankowitz. The play incorporates constant movement and sound, using a style known as physical theater, designed to heighten intensity and audience reaction. “I don’t want to direct a normal play,” said Aisha Melhem, director and theater graduate student. “I like very experimental things where a lot of physical movement is involved to express ideas.” The mood is set in the opening scenes with the six performers throwing themselves about the stage. They are dying and gasping emphatically, raising

their voices in a chant beckoning to the dead. A tribal rhythm drones in the background. The tension rises as the actors click their own drumsticks together in unison. The beat escalates until it becomes a discordant clatter, their voices growing louder as the cowbell comes in clanking. “I thought it was interesting how they were on with the drums, and then they weren’t on with the drums,” said Cindy Proctor, pre-theater sophomore. “It gave it kind of a demented form.” Performers give the stage a new meaning, frequently leaving the central spotlight to wander into the rows of spectators. They surround the small theater with choreographed cacophony still banging and shouting. Terminal, shown during Halloween weekend in the PHS Foundation Studio Theatre, is Melhem’s final thesis project at

Texas State and her first major directing role. Melhem said Joseph Chaikin’s Open Theatre, where the play was originally developed, inspired her. “It was created out of improvisational exercises in the open theatre,” Melhem said. “I used exercises they used to build my ensemble as well. It came together at the end.” Black walls, floors and curtains against white costumes help establish the theme: mortality. “We’re all patients in a terminal ward — the part of the hospital where you go when you know you’re going to die,” said Johnny Ray Colombo, theater junior and actor in the play. “One of us has a cough, one has a limp and one of us can’t really breathe. I was holding my heart the whole time: my character has a heart disease.” The script delves into the paranormal.

Lions, tigers and queens— oh my! Members of Lambda, Texas State’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allied community group, ushered in a circus themed Bobcat Ball Saturday at Bar One41. Bar One41 was transformed into a red and yellow balloonfilled circus ring. Students broke out top hats, whips and parasols to step out for the night as clowns, ringleaders and mimes. Other students added to the atmosphere by dressing as lions, tigers and zebras. Disc jockey Ritchie Wallace spun techno tunes that led to an impromptu break dance-off. Guests were treated to mystic tarot card readings by a fortuneteller before drag queens took the main stage to perform and raise money for Lambda. Amber Rain, Texas State alumnus, hosted and performed at the drag show. Rain, dressed as a bearded lady, performs and hosts at both Bobcat Balls annually. “I was part of Lambda many years ago,” Rain said. “Many, many years ago. It really holds a special place for me.” Anita Mann Hughes, Texas State alumna, performed to Rihanna’s “Disturbia” and later gave a crowd-roaring performance as Tejano music star Selena. Scott Schoenmakers, former Lambda president who was bare-chested in beige shorts

Takahashi hopes the derby continues to be a celebrated tradition at Texas State. “More organizations and residence halls participate in the

derby than any other Homecoming event,” Takahashi said. “It’s one of those things where no matter what you do, you will have a fun time.”

“The whole chant we were doing was calling upon the spirits of the dead to come through us, and that’s where the story takes place,” Colombo said. “Each one of us gets possessed by a different spirit. One of us gets possessed by an executed man … I get possessed by an old voodoo black woman.” Students found the plot hard to follow. “I think the writing of the play was a bit confusing,” said Marisa Riley, pre-theater freshman. “I must say, I did not follow it at times. Sometimes it was extremely clear, and sometimes it was kind of ambiguous.” However, theater students were unanimous after Thursday’s show that the energy and performances were “top notch.” “I loved experiencing the newness of it, because I haven’t seen anything like that before,” Proctor said. “It was creepy and I loved it.”

Bobcat Ball dubs circus theme By Jovonna Owen Features Reporter

Sara Strick/Star photo COUNTDOWN: University President Denise Trauth signals the first race of the Soapbox Derby held Friday by Bobcat Trail.

and an unruly lions mane, said cos and not have to drive to was getting the community tohe was having twice as much Austin or San Antonio,” Hen- gether for one night. fun not having to worry about nings said. “The turnout was “My favorite part is seeing Bobcat Ball this year. local, but we did really well.” everyone in the community Jake Marx/Star photo “I can relax and have an aweHennings, dressed in a red having fun and being able to some time,” said Schoenmakers, and black vest, red bow tie, express themselves through DANCE THEATRE: The Texas State department of theatre and exercise and sports science se- white gloves and black top hat, all the different costumes,” dance held a performance Friday at the Evans Liberal Arts building. nior. “Everyone’s been doing a said his goal for Bobcat Ball Hennings said. really good job. We’ve had some really good performances.” See page 6 for story Jeremy Mosby, international studies senior and Lambda member, said the best part of his night was being able to have fun while raising money for the organization. “I’m having a lot of fun,” Mosby said. “One, because it’s gay people, and two, because it’s the organization I’m in and benefits our service.” Mosby dressed in sparkly Lamé hot-shorts said his favorite part of Bobcat Ball is the costumes and drag show. “I am very thankful the (drag queens) are here,” Mosby said. “They show us so much support.” Kyle Hennings, social work senior and president of Lambda, said the money raised from Bobcat Ball would be used for events on campus that would promote education about the Lambda community. Hennings said they raised about $1,300 from tickets sales and tips collected by the performers, which he helped contribute to after being ordered to undress on stage by Rain. Hennings said he was worried about having Bobcat Ball on a Thursday night but overall Sara Strick/Star photo felt things went successfully. “The community was able to CIRCUS TIME: Amber Rain, Texas State alumnus, hosted Bobcat have a great night in San Mar- Ball Thursday night at Bar One41.


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Dancers perform at 25th Opening Door show By Thea Setterbo Features reporter

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Opening Door Dance Theatre presented its 25th anniversary show Thursday and Friday at Evans Auditorium. The group was started in 1984 by LeAnne Smith and two other women to provide an opportunity for advanced dancers to gain experience. “We wanted to bring a more professional level of dance to Texas State,” said Smith, director of dance. The annual show provides an opportunity for Opening Door to showcase its dancers, visual artists, composers and choreographers. The company is primarily faculty driven, but guest artists, dance students and alumni are often appointed to perform and choreograph dances.

Caroline Sutton Clark, adjunct faculty, was commissioned by Opening Door to choreograph a solo for Smith. “We started working on the solo in July,” Clark said. Opening Door performances are available to the Texas State and San Marcos communities. “We want everyone to be able to view dance in a non-intimidating setting,” Smith said. Wendy Hambidge, choreographer and dancer, was brought in from Oregon to assist with the showcase. “Knowledge breeds appreciation,” Hambidge said before the first performance. Alaina Flores, dance sophomore, showed her appreciation for the show. “The choreography really showcased everything the dance company can do,” Flores said. Lindsey Prichard, dance

sophomore, agreed. “All of the pieces were original,” Prichard said. The show included a wide range of dance performances, from the simplistic and calm to the loud and engaging. Sweatpants and tank tops were worn for some performances, but for others, more elaborate costumes completed the dances. Smith said she was grateful for the opportunity to play a part in two varying pieces. “I loved the different types of expression,” Smith said. “I loved the first (dance) for its history and the second was just blatantly fun.” Smith said she was satisfied overall with the show. “I was overwhelmed at how great it turned out,” Smith said. “We had a very responsive audience, which makes our job easier.”

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Bobcats outrun Roadrunners Bobcats defeat SFA, Women’s soccer wins I-35 Rivalry, confrence title

Five hundred sixty fans watched as the Texas State Bobcats closed off their back-to-back conference championship seasons with a 3-1 victory over Texas-San Antonio Friday at home. Lauren Lewis, junior forward, got Texas State going early with her first goal of the season in the 21st minute. The score was followed by goals from Taylor Kelley, freshman midfielder, and Erica Michaud, sophomore forward. Texas State’s defense dominated the Roadrunners, allowing UTSA seven shot attempts. The Roadrunners made it a priority to shut down Britney Curry, junior forward. They did not allow her a single shot in 78 minutes. Texas State had 10 players score and 11 record an assist. Texas State’s next opponent will be the result of the Southland Conference Tournament in Natchitoches, La. The tournament features the top six teams in the SLC. Texas State will play the winner of Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State game 7 p.m. Friday. The Bobcats defeated both teams earlier this year. Southeastern Louisiana, the only team Texas State did not beat, is the No. 2 seed. Curry led the team with 16 goals and six assists overall on the season. She broke the Texas State record for most career goals scored. However, the role players and depth might have been the difference in separating Texas State from the other SLC teams. Michaud had eight goals and five assists. Serena Hines, freshman forward, had three goals. Two of Hines’ goals came in the last two weeks of the season, including a game-winner against Stephen F. Austin. Andrea Grifo, senior midfielder, had four assists. Taylor Person, freshman defender, and Kelley had

By Eric Harper Sports Reporter The Bobcat volleyball team showed no fear this Halloween weekend. Texas State had road wins at Stephen F. Austin and McNeese State 3-0 and 3-2, respectively. The Bobcats improved their record to 14-12 overall, 8-3 in the Southland Conference and extended their win streak to five. The wins vaulted the Bobcats to a spot at third in the SLC, putting them second in the West Division. The Bobcats began October with road defeats at Sam Houston State and Lamar. The Bobcats have lost one match since then — the five-match battle with Central Arkansas — and won six. Coach Karen Chisum said the Bobcats have made significant strides in the last month, culminating with their road sweep of SFA and McNeese State. Chisum said the improved play has stemmed from a team that feels good about itself. “Our confidence is growing and we are playing well as a unit,” Chisum said. “We are feeling really good about ourselves. As a result of that confidence, we have reduced our errors.” The Bobcats have been looking for leadership throughout the season. Chisum said the Bobcats have found leadership from Jessica Weynand, senior outside hitter, during the current fivematch win streak. Weynand had eight kills in Texas State’s Lindsey Goldstein/Star photo Thursday victory over SFA. She capped the weekend by leading the Bobcats with 19 RIVALRY GAME: Erica Michaud, sophomore forward, wrestles for control of the ball Friday with a 3-1 kills in their five set defeat of McNeese State. in the soccer team’s win over Texas-San Antonio at Bobcat Soccer Complex. “Weynand has been a leader for us these last few weeks,” three goals each. against Texas-El Paso. awarded to the top two teams Chisum said. “She is a quiet leader but is playing as well as The Bobcats finished with a The SLC tournament begins when the final four are set. she has played in a long time.” 9-1-0 record at home, which Thursday. The Bobcats will Amber Calhoun, sophomore is the best SLC record. Texas not play until Friday because -Staff report compiled by State’s only loss was Sept. 20 of a first-round bye that is Cameron Irvine

SOUTHLAND STANDINGS SOCCER

TEAM Texas State Southeastern Louisiana Stephen F. Austin Sam Houston State Texas-San Antonio McNeese State Northwestern State Lamar Central Arkansas Nicholls State

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8-0-1 6-1-1 6-2-1 5-4 4-3-2 4-4 4-5 3-6 1-8 0-8-1

13-5-1 12-4-1 9-8-1 8-9-2 9-9-2 8-9-2 11-9 4-13-1 7-11-1 4-15-1

Cross country teams finish season, conference competition By Blake Barington Sports Reporter The Southland Conference Championship, hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, was the last competition of the season for the Texas State men’s and women’s cross country teams. The Texas State women took home eighth while the men finished in ninth place. Steffanie Armstrong, exercise and sports science sophomore, was the Bobcats’ top runner throughout the 2009 season. She stayed consistent at the championship, placing first for the Bobcats and 16th overall with 21:51 minutes. Assistant Coach Grigori Viniar was pleased with Armstrong’s and Michael Morris’, biology sophomore, performances. “Steffanie moved from her 44th place (24:47) last year to

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16th (21:51) this year,” Viniar said. Esperanza Lopez, undecided freshman, was second for the Bobcats and 31st overall with finishing in 22:28 minutes. Heather Bullin, exercise and sports science senior, was stride for stride with Lopez finishing one second behind her in 22:29 minutes. Other scorers for the Bobcats included Sandra Venegas, exercise and sports science sophomore, and Dana Dolejsi, pre-healthcare administration freshman, finishing with times of 22:58 and 23:28, respectively. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi team won the women’s race with 58 points. The Islanders’ Anne Ronoh won the race with a time of 20:44 minutes. The Bobcat women posted 173 points.

“Three of our top girls graduated last year and we’ve got just one decent freshman (Esperanza Lopez) to replace them,” Viniar said. “This year we’ve had some negative factors that happened all at the same time. We had our two best cross country runners injured. Jonathan Hernandez already had foot surgery and Mike Richards is on his way for that.” Morris was the first Bobcat to finish Saturday and 27th overall in 25:47 minutes. “Mike moved from his 39th place (27:19) last year to 27th place (25:47),” Viniar said. Hugo Corral, preinternational studies sophomore, was second for the Bobcats, finishing in 26:19 minutes. Jesus Ordaz, pre-geography freshman, was behind Corral

with 26:29 minutes. Other scorers for the Bobcats include Matt Novak, exercise and sports science junior, who finished in 27:31, and Andres Herrera, exercise and sports science freshman, in 27:41 minutes. Lamar won the men’s race for the fourth consecutive year with 38 points. Lamar’s Francis Kasagule won the individual title with a time of 23:54 minutes. The Bobcat men totaled 222 points. Viniar said changes from each year have altered the Bobcats’ potential. “Unfortunately the change of generations on the team sometimes happens to be very painful,” Viniar said. “I think it might take this year to have new recruits to get our teams back to the top part of the conference.”

middle blocker, played a significant role in the Bobcats’ wins with 19 kills combined in the two matches. Chisum said Calhoun was critical in all facets of the game. “Amber was tremendous both offensively and defensively,” Chisum said. “Overall as a team we had a good rhythm.” Texas State has played in five matches that went a full five sets this season. Saturday marked the Bobcats’ first victory in one of these matches. Chisum said the Bobcats were able to secure a fifth set victory for the first time because of the team’s attacking mentality. “We played with aggressiveness and confidence,” Chisum said. “We weren’t complacent, and we went out to win.” The Bobcats took the first two sets of Saturday’s match. The Cowgirls responded by taking the next two, forcing the match to a fifth set. Chisum said the Bobcats made two key substitutions to come back with a win in the fifth set with Ally Buitron, junior libero, and Brittany Collins, senior setter. The Bobcats won the final set 15-9. Collins came through in a key moment for Texas State while Shelbi Irvin, junior setter, and Caleigh McCorquodale, freshman setter, paced the Bobcats’ setting game for most of the weekend. Irvin totaled 36 assists in the two matches. McCorquodale had 38 assists. Chisum said the Bobcat setters played a key role in preparing the team for 103 kills in two matches. “It did not matter which setter I used,” Chisum said. “They all did a great job placing the ball, which made it easier for our hitters to terminate.” The Bobcats will look to continue their win streak 7 p.m. Tuesday at Texas-Arlington.


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’CAT COUNTER Saturday’s attendance: 13,926 Home game attendance to date: 13,200 (average)

In order for Texas State to move to the Football Bowl Subdivision, there must be an average of 15,000 fans in attendance at each home game.

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ON YOUR MARK: Mishak Rivas, sophomore wide receiver, races down the sideline avoiding Stephen F. Austin defensive back Jordan Aubrey during Saturday’s game.

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By Keff Ciardello Sports Reporter

he Bobcat defense held the No.1-ranked Stephen F. Austin scoring offense to seven points en route to its 28-7 defeat of the Lumberjacks. “Offensively we kept swinging. Defensively we kept swinging and finally some of those punches started landing,” said Coach Brad Wright. “It looked like a heavyweight fight out there to me.” Texas State sacked SFA five times — a team that allowed only six all season. The Bobcats caused three turnovers with two in the red zone. Travis Houston, senior defensive end, led the team with two sacks and an interception.  “Coach Wright told me the first day of practice this week that the best way to stop a good passing team is a good rush. We preached that all week,” Houston said. “We knew we had to get back there and get (quarterback Jeremy Moses). Keep rattling him like that and we won’t make the plays he wants to.” SFA Coach J.C. Harper said the Bobcats did not surprise the Lumberjacks. “(Texas State) didn’t do anything we didn’t expect,” Harper said. “Coach Wright did a good job. They’re a good football team. You have to give Texas State a lot of credit. They won a championship last year and they’re trying to win another.” SFA was held scoreless in the first half for the first time this season. The Lumberjacks had two missed field goals and two red zone turnovers despite gaining 243 yards in the first half. It is the first time the

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Heavyweights

Bobcats have held a team scoreless in the first half this season. Harper said the Texas State defense played well. “(The Bobcats) were flying around on defense,” Harper said. “They looked like they were having fun out there. They just out-played us.” Mishak Rivas, sophomore wide receiver, scored the game’s first points off a nine-yard touchdown, his first of the season. The Bobcats’ 7-0 lead marked the first time the Lumberjacks have been behind in a conference game this season, and the second time since their home-opening loss to Southern Methodist. The Bobcat defense held strong in the second quarter, forcing three turnovers, including two in the red zone. The first turnover was a goal linestand with the Bobcats holding their ground on fourth and goal from the two-yard line. The second turnover was a forced fumble on the 16-yard line. The third was an intercepted hail-Mary pass before the half by Matt Harris, sophomore linebacker. The Bobcats maintained their 7-0 lead going into halftime. Texas State appeared to be continuing its first half success on the opening drive of the second, driving the ball into the Lumberjacks’ territory. The offense failed to convert a first down on fourth and two from the 35-yard line. SFA took possession and sliced through the Bobcats, driving the ball 65 yards in eight plays, ending with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Moses to wide receiver Duane Brooks. The score tied the game at 7. The Bobcats were forced to punt once again, but

the defense came up with another turnover, this time an interception by Houston. Houston dropped back in coverage on a third and two. The ball was tipped and Houston was in the right spot to grab the second interception of his career. It took the Bobcats five plays to regain the lead 14-7 off a six-yard pass from Bradley George, senior quarterback to Alvaro Garcia, sophomore wide receiver. The Lumberjack offense began to swing the momentum back in its favor as it orchestrated a drive that put the team in Bobcat territory. SFA failed to convert on fourth down again, as linebacker Joplo Bartu recorded back-to-back sacks — the second one on fourth down. George completed a 31-yard pass to Cedric Alexander, freshman wide receiver, to set up the Bobcats in the red zone. But a personal foul by Darius Bolden, sophomore wide receiver, knocked the Bobcats to the 32-yard line. George found Rivas on the next play in the end zone for his second touchdown, giving the Bobcats a 21-7 lead over SFA. The Bobcats found the end zone once more after another fourth down stop by Texas State when George threw a 17-yard strike to Da’Marcus Griggs, junior wide receiver, capping the score at 28-7. George finished the game with four touchdown passes for 324 yards. Rivas finished the game with six catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Griggs caught nine passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. —Reporting contributed by Tyler Garcia

‘Defensively, we kept swinging and finally some of those punches started landing’ —Coach Brad Wright

From The Locker Room By Joseph O. Garcia Sports Reporter

The Bobcats played fearless throughout its 28-7 homecoming victory over Stephen F. Austin Saturday at Bobcat Stadium. “That was the best defensive performance of the season for sure,” said Bradley George, senior quarterback. The Bobcat defense held SFA, the best scoring team in the nation, scoreless in the first half and gave up only one touchdown.

Will Thompson, senior defensive back, said the defense secured the red zone. “They were one of four in the red zone,” Thompson said. “Those goal line stands we had were huge.” Travis Houston, senior defensive end, was seen in the Lumberjacks’ backfield, hurrying SFA quarterback Jeremy Moses. “Travis was big for us today,” Wright said. “No doubt about it — he was everywhere.” Houston dropped into coverage and recorded his first interception of the season.

The Bobcat offense did its part in the win as George broke his completion record with 31 of 42 passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns. Mishak Rivas, sophomore wide receiver, said being the underdog made the team more relaxed because the Bobcats had nothing to lose. He said the players were having fun, which made the game easier. Rivas had his best performance of the season with six receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

“It was one of those games where I tried to make something happen for the team,” Rivas said. “I wanted to come out here and perform. It’s homecoming and a lot of things are happening. A lot of people are here.” The Bobcats are in a four-way tie for the top spot in the Southland Conference with three games remaining. “Every game we win, it makes the next one more important,” Houston said. “It’s good we are fighting for the top, but we can’t let that idea change us. We have to keep pushing.”

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TEAM EFFORT: Daren Dillard, sophomore wide receiver (left), T.P. Miller, junior safety (center), and Bradley George, senior quarterback (right), all made contributions to the Bobcats’ victory Saturday.

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