VOLUME 102, ISSUE 34
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NOVEMBER 8, 2012
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Weekend classes possible in future
By Nicole Barrios News Reporter
After an hour-long debate, councilmembers voted 5-2 to remove the sentence and keep the rotation system. Councilman Jude Prather, Place 2, and Mayor Daniel Guerrero were the two in favor of keeping the sentence and contracting with a single wrecking company. Williams said SMPD dispatchers currently have a list of towing companies that are rotated every time there is a call for vehicle pick-up. However, it is a problem when dispatched wrecking companies show up late or not at all.
Taking classes during the weekends and during more convenient times could be a possibility for Texas State students in the future. A task force was created to examine the addition of Friday and Saturday classes and underutilized hours in schedules. The group recently brought recommendations to the provost to benefit students and the university. The Friday/Saturday Class Task Force formed in spring 2012 and was comprised of representatives from several offices across the university. Representatives from Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Athletics, Finance and Support Services, University Advancement, Information Technology and one student from the Associated Student Government made up the committee. Joanne Smith, vice president of Student Affairs, chaired the task force and gave its report to the provost’s office. Smith said the task force’s charge has been completed, and it will no longer meet now that the recommendations have been made. “The provost’s office, in conjunction with the president and the faculty, will have to make some decisions about how to handle capacity for classes,” Smith said. Smith said the implementation of any changes would go through Academic Affairs. Associate Provost Cynthia Opheim said the task force’s first recommendation was to maximize class scheduling during underutilized hours in the Monday through Friday schedule. The task force recommended adding more classes at the hours of 8 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Opheim said the task force recommended prioritizing the use of those hours because there is much more potential for classes during those times. “I think students would be receptive particularly to the 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (class times), though students may not be crazy about the 8 a.m. (class time),” Opheim said. “I do think that faculty certainly would be receptive as well.” Opheim said some faculty members are crunched for time just like students. Some faculty members have families and may benefit from being able to teach in the evening or on the weekends. Opheim said the task force’s second recommendation was to schedule some of the additional Friday and Saturday classes. Smith said it does not seem to be an absolute necessity to offer a great deal of Saturday classes, but some graduate courses may need to be taught during the weekends. The task force felt if Saturday courses were offered, it would be better to hold them during the morning hours and possibly last until 12 p.m. Opheim said the option of taking more Friday and Saturday classes might be easier for undergraduate and graduate students who have jobs or children. Rainbough Phillips, biochemistry senior and non-traditional student, said she has a son and works during the weekend. She said having more class times to choose from would be helpful, and she wouldn’t have to be on campus all day.
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Adriana Martinez, psychology freshman, studies Nov. 5 at the Coffee Pot. The popular studying destination will relocate next year after operating at its current location since the 1990s.
Local coffee shop to move to new location By Adrian Omar Ramirez News Reporter Jacob Lack has been going to the Coffee Pot Bistro every day since he moved to San Marcos a year ago, taking advantage of the bistro’s convenient location for studying. “The place where I live has a crappy internet connection,” said Lack, sociology junior. “So, when I need to do homework I come here.” However, Lack and other frequenters will have to enjoy the coffee shop at a new location in a few months. The Coffee Pot will be leaving its 129 East Hopkins Street #100 location, where it has operated since the 1990s. It will reopen at 221 Guadalupe Street, which was formerly occupied by Fresh Cubed.
The Coffee Pot will leave its space in January at the request of the building’s owners. They said because the building is currently in need of major repairs, the Coffee Pot’s rent would have to be raised. “The whole thing is that we have to do significant remodeling,” said Travis Kelsey, who co-owns the space and neighboring Taproom Pub & Grub. “The building is 120 years old, and it has some structural problems. The cost of remodeling would put the Coffee Pot in a situation that would force them to pay higher rent.” The installation of a new sprinkler system would be among the repairs. Kelsey said the addition would be a very expensive endeavor. He said the reason is it could potentially mean rearranging much of the building’s plumbing, elec-
tricity and structure. Kelsey is still unsure about what will open in the Coffee Pot’s place. He said it depends on the modeling and repairs. However, Kelsey said he and his partner are waiting on information from architects, the fire marshal and building inspectors. After receiving the information, the co-owners will know if they should expand Taproom or rent the space to a new business. Sara Marie Nadeau, owner of the Coffee Pot, said she understands why Taproom’s owners would want to expand into the building her business is currently located in. She said, in her opinion the Coffee Pot has the best location on The Square.
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City council addresses towing contracts, fees By Karen Zamora News Reporter Just a day after elections, the San Marcos City Council tackled the issue of towing Wednesday, eliminating outdated fees and allowing the city to continue contracting with multiple wrecking companies. Towing companies, or wreckers, will no longer be able to charge drivers a $50 “show up” fee, which was incorrectly allowed by outdated city laws. Previously, wrecking companies could charge a “show up” fee if a car’s owner arrived to
move the vehicle before it was on the tow truck. San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams said the fee had been in effect for several years. Tow truck operators cannot charge a fee if an owner arrives to move a vehicle before it is fully hooked up, according to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The original ordinance, brought to city council months ago, included a sentence that would have allowed SMPD to contract with one towing company, rather than the rotation system between businesses currently in effect.
Campus attorney provides legal counsel for student divorce By Monica Solis News Reporter Milena Christopher spends her time meeting with students who took a “different course in life”—whether returning to school after serving in the military, raising a child or experiencing marital issues. The stress of college, work and other factors may lead to a divorce for some non-traditional students, along with their mainstream peers. Christopher is there to help them through that process. She began working in the Office of the Attorney for Students seven years ago while running her own private practice. Her university work is in a branch of the Dean of Students’ office and provides services as part of the student fees included in tuition. “We don’t represent student clients in court,” Christopher said. “What we do is
counsel them. With around 34,000 students, there’s no way we could go to court.” Christopher said being able to help students or families going through crises is important to her. “You’ll find most attorneys don’t want to do family law because it’s very emotionally driven,” Christopher said. “It’s often very difficult to stay detached. If I can help (clients) through legal aspects, then that’s what I can do.” About 1,500 students will use the office this year, and Christopher will counsel approximately 400 of them, said Shannon Fitzpatrick, director of the Office of the Attorney for Students. Christopher said family law and custody cases are probably the third-highest area of business the office sees. Landlord-tenant disputes and criminal cases are the top two kinds of issues they help students resolve.
Christopher said she is the only attorney for students who specializes in divorce or separation. “It’s like a physician,” Fitzpatrick said. “You can be a general practitioner or have something you focus on. It makes sense for her to help students because she has her own practice. She’s a good counselor and a very good listener.” Christopher said she commonly works with suits affecting parent-child relationships, which usually involve couples who aren’t going through divorce but want a separation. The suits involve issues such as determining paternity, examining custody arrangements and arranging child support and possession schedules. The office has an agreement in place with the Hays County Dispute Resolution Cen-
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CRIME ON THIS BLOTTER DAY IN Nov. 1, 12:00 a.m. Peques Commuter Parking Lot Failure to comply and striking an unattended vehicle Two students reported their vehicles were damaged while legally parked. This case is under investigation.
Nov. 1, 7:16 a.m. Concho Street Public intoxication A student was cited and arrested for public intoxication and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await a trial. Nov. 1, 4:48 p.m. Butler Hall Possession of drug paraphernalia Drug paraphernalia was located in a dorm room. This case is under investigation. Nov. 1, 9:30 p.m. Lantana Hall Harassment A student reported a non-student has been harassing her. This case is under investigation. Nov. 2, 12:30 p.m. J.C. Kellum Theft under $1500 A student reported their personal property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation.
1889 – Montana became the 41st state. 1892 – Former President Grover Cleveland beat incumbent Benjamin Harrison, becoming the only president to win non-consecutive terms in the White House. 1923 – Adolf Hitler launched his first attempt to seize power with a failed coup in Munich, Germany. 1932 – New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president over incumbent Herbert Hoover. 1966 – Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California. 1988 – Vice President George H.W. Bush won the presidential election, beating Democrat Michael Dukakis. 1994 – Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. 1997 – Chinese engineers diverted the Yangtze River to make way for the Three Gorges Dam. —Courtesy of The New York Times
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Seaweeds show nutritional benefits An increased interest in seaweed has recently arisen because of the numerous health benefits seen in Asian countries where it is eaten. Thus, here are some of the beneficial properties of seaweed. First and foremost, seaweed can be compared to a vegetable and serves as a good source of nutrients overall. The reason is it contains the nutrients that vegetables and meats contain. It is a good source of Vitamin B12, Iron, Calcium and fiber. Omega3 and Omega6 fatty acids, commonly consumed through fish, fish oil and supplements, are also contained in seaweeds. Therefore, it can be a good source of nutrients for vegetarians and vegans. Seaweed has been linked to the low cancer prevalence in China and Japan. In China and Japan, there are approximately 42.2 and 13.1 cases of breast cancer, respectively, per 100,000 people each year. In the United States, there are approximately 125.9 and in Europe 106.2 cases. Furthermore, the prostate cancer rates are 10.4 in Japan and 0.7 in China per 100,000 people. It is not completely clear if the low cancer and other disease rates are specifically caused by the consumption of seaweed or if other diet components factor in. However, it has been concluded seaweed does play a big role. In addition, seaweed has been linked to a lower rate of metabolic syndrome, a collection of symptoms that can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In Japan, the rate of metabolic syndrome is 7 percent. This is followed by a rate of cardiovascular disease that is 30% lower than in the United States. The rates can be attributed to the findings of studies that discovered compounds in seaweed known to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. There is an extensive list of health benefits and protective properties that seaweeds have. Among those are its antioxidant, antiviral and antimicrobial functions. Seaweeds can aid in fertility and estrogen-dependent diseases and protect the liver and kidneys. Additionally, they can aid in digestive health because of their fiber content. In Chinese traditional medicine seaweed has been used for its anti-allergenic abilities and to treat many common ailments. It is important to note seaweeds vary greatly in concentrations of helpful compounds and nutrients depending on location, season and species. It is possible seaweed consumption will increase in the United States and it will become a more commonly noted source of nutrients and health benefits.
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Erik Pompa, electronic media senior, tests the sound Nov. 7 for an episode of Bobcat Update.
clarification A Nov. 7 University Star article titled “Rule Restricts Early Tenure Application” should have said associate professors seeking full professor status will have to face external review beginning next fall.
corrections A Nov. 7 University Star article titled “Austin voters opt to re-elect Doggett,” should have read Susan Narvaiz made a promise to Alan Cameron to help veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. A Nov. 7 University Star photo cutline on Page 2 should have read Melissa Derrick, write-in candidate for San Marcos City Council Place 5, and Greg Frank, candidate for Place 6, thank supporters after conceding Nov. 6 at the Taproom Pub and Grill.
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“All the other bars are expanding out and up,” Nadeau said. “Harper’s keeps going up, and the guy who owns One 41 owns Black Rabbit, so I can understand why (Taproom) would want to expand.” Nadeau said the Coffee Pot’s new location will boast a larger kitchen, and will offer an expanded drink menu with beer, wine and liquor alongside their typical coffee fare. Nadeau hinted at joining forces with Dirty Dogs, a late-night business owned by her brother, and offering some of their signature hot dogs. “We’re really going to step up what we do for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” Nadeau said. “We’re going to take what we’re al-
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“I usually think more classes are better because there’s so many classes that are only available once a year,” Phillips said. “Especially once you get to the upper level stuff.” Brenda Castillo, psychology junior, said additional 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. classes would be helpful to her. She is a full-time student who commutes from Austin and works about 35 hours per week. “It’d be more convenient for me to have more options (in the evening and weekends),” Castillo said. Hugo Sanchez, political science senior, said if the task force’s recommendations are put in place the university will have to ensure the tram service runs extra hours on Fridays and Saturdays. This will ensure
ready doing and do more.” Kelsey still has high hopes for Nadeau and the Coffee Pot. “The way things are on The Square, rent is affordable,” Kelsey said. “It’s a great business, and very established. I’m glad (Nadeau) could find a place, it’s a great thing for her, and I’m excited for the future of her company.” Lack said he will continue to frequent The Coffee Pot after the move. He did express some disappointment at the new location’s absence of a patio. “It won’t have this patio, and that’s not good for us smokers,” Lack said. “Or maybe it is good for us smokers.”
commuters can take advantage of the extra classes. Smith said Transportation Services would have to look at expanding the tram service hours if classes are offered on Fridays and Saturdays. The registrar’s office and business and student affairs services could be open longer during the week. The extended hours would allow them to handle the needs of those on campus during off-peak hours. Opheim said the task force reported the recommendations to the Council of Academic Deans. However, she said the council has not yet discussed the suggestions in depth. Opheim was unsure of when the recommendations will be discussed in the future.
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Williams said if only one business was contracted, the company would always be ready to respond to a call from SMPD. Williams said there is often difficulty in getting drivers to the scene of a pick-up in the middle of the night. Councilwoman Kim Porterfield, Place 1, voted to remove the sentence and allow SMPD to contract with multiple companies. She said SMPD wants wreckers to show up on time. She said because that is not happening, SMPD wants to eliminate the “bad employee” by doing away with the rotation system altogether before attempting to fix it. Williams said contracting one company would save San Marcos residents who get their cars towed $189,000 a year in wrecking fees. He said $5 of each towing fee is allocated back into the city.
“The city saves money, the taxpayer saves money, and it’s much more efficient and effective,” Williams said. Councilman John Thomaides, Place 3, said the current rotation system allows employees of small towing businesses to earn minimum wage. They also receive small amounts of business periodically in a city they pay taxes to and operate for, he said. Guerrero said the issue is not about small businesses or wrecking companies. He said the first vehicles SMPD calls to a scene should be first-responders, not tow trucks. Contracting only one towing business would ensure the best emergency service to people who need it the most, he said. Guerrero said it would be a “win-win” if the city eliminated the rotation system to ensure first-responders could do their jobs more efficiently.
ATTORNEY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ter, which offers mediation and resolution services free to the students referred there. Christopher said. According to the center’s website, half-day mediation would cost $50 per party otherwise. Tera Cleland, executive director of the center, said the clients always have positive things to say about Christopher and the mediation services they received because of her referrals. The center has received 12 referrals from Christopher this year. Christopher said she refers clients to the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. Christopher said sometimes her clients are involved in abusive relationships. She counsels such clients on how to guard themselves and go through the legal system for protective services. Fitzpatrick said students fill out a survey after every visit. She said the survey results received for Christopher are “consistently top-notch.” “She speaks very kindly,” Cleland said. “She makes you feel like she is listening to you and cares about what you’re saying.”
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Texas State must take measures to improve reaction time to threats
By Ariella Hannon Opinions Columnist
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City needs incumbents’ attention
ith incumbents sweeping the local elections, the editorial board congratulates and asks the candidates to brace themselves for the many crucial issues awaiting the mayor and the San Marcos City Council. Daniel Guerrero, Shane Scott and Ryan Thomason were all re-elected to their offices Tuesday. These officials faced many challenges over their previous terms, and issues discussed within recent candidate debates will be extremely prevalent to the immediate future of the city. Housing is a highly contested and volatile issue in San Marcos. With the needs of both students and permanent residents competing for council priority, officials need to balance the suggestions of both parties. While compromise is needed on any issue, a viable option that will please both sides is attainable. Scott, newly re-elected Place 6 City Councilman, is willing to consider additional student housing developments near campus, as is Thomason. Challengers for the two open city council seats and the mayoral position did not win either election. However,
the environmental issues they brought up during the campaign are topics that should be addressed. The San Marcos River and the Edwards Aquifer are valuable natural resources that make San Marcos unique. Current construction projects on roads throughout the city may ultimately end up harming the local ecosystem. New developments proposed near riverbanks may cause extreme damage to the environment, which San Marcos cannot afford. Voters recommended the city buy the Cape’s Camp property located at Interstate-35 and River Road, which may be used as green space. The Bobcat Tram system is an integral part of campus infrastructure. However, university buses may encounter traffic issues from the extended construction projects around the city. City officials should find a way to integrate this system into their public agenda. A partnership with the Capital Area Rural Transportation System could benefit both the city and the university. With the adoption of a new Master Plan, the downtown area of San Marcos will become a large part of mainstream city discussion. Develop-
ment and renovation of downtown San Marcos was an issue that Thomason was concerned about during his candidacy. Furthermore, business owners should develop commercial areas around the city such as the Springtown Center. The city council is currently on the right track to provide incentives that would encourage this type of development. The re-elected incumbents, along with the rest of city council, need to work together to address the issues San Marcos faces. The city and university’s growth will continue to cause environmental and traffic concerns if not properly managed. It is the responsibility of elected officials to provide their constituents with necessary leadership. 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.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR This letter to the editor is in response to the Oct. 23 University Star article titled, “ASG votes in favor of concealed carry.” In this article, Derek Hammons, mathematics senior, indicated I informed him of the following at last year’s concealed carry forum: “In the event of an active shooter on campus, UPD can only have one officer on the scene within three minutes.” First, I was not in attendance at last year’s forum, and second, this information is inaccurate. An officer’s response to an active shooter varies depending on that officer’s location, the officer’s current engagement on campus and the scene of the incident. We always have a minimum of three officers working at any given time on campus. Our department’s normal response is
to make an active shooter call our top priority once advised of the extreme nature of the situation. All of our officers attend the Advanced Law Enforcement Raid Response Training and respond as we are trained. Our collaboration with our law enforcement partners would play a part in the response as well, as we all train to work with each other. So, we can function as a team to deal with these sorts of situations. There would be multiple officers on hand soon after notification of an active shooter on campus. Our hope is to never encounter such an act, but our department trains constantly to be prepared and respond accordingly to threats of safety on campus. Thanks for your continued support of the University Police
Department and helping us to maintain a safe environment for all. Thanks, Ralph C. Meyer Chief of Police Texas State University
niversity officials should respond more quickly and efficiently to future emergency situations as a result of lessons learned from the Oct. 18 bomb threat. According to a Nov. 6 University Star article, former student Brittany Nicole Henderson was arrested Oct. 23 and put in the Brazos County Jail. According to an Oct. 22 University Star article, she sent the bomb threat via email to a Texas State admissions counselor who works from her home in Houston. Henderson, who is facing charges for the bomb threat, was recently transported to the Hays County Law Enforcement Center. According to the same Oct. 22 article, the bomb threat regarding the Undergraduate Admissions Center was sent at 7:21 a.m., but was not transferred to the University Police Department until approximately 8:50 a.m. Students on campus were not made aware of the potential danger until almost two and a half hours after the threat was sent. Students were alerted of the bomb threat through the university’s emergency system with text messages, emails and notices scrolling along the clocks and computers in classrooms. According to the same Oct. 22 article, the alerts were sent to students periodically from about 9:40 a.m. that day until the threat officially ended at 12 p.m. The university should have evacuated more than just the ones within an 800foot radius, even though the threat was specifically targeted at the admissions building on campus. When other institutions such as the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University received bomb threats, the entire campuses were evacuated as a precaution. Although a specific building was not targeted in those instances, those universities still reacted quickly and efficiently to ensure the safety of their students. While many Texas State officials believed they acted swiftly, some students on campus during the threat felt the university appeared to take the issue lightly. When the alerts were first issued, some students were wary and expected the campus to be evacuated. Historically, at other universities in the state, a bomb threat often warrants an almost immediate evacuation of a campus. The university should have evacuated the entire campus as a precautionary measure. That way, students could have been properly alerted about the severity of the threat and the security measures utilized by the Austin Bomb Squad and the FBI. Students and faculty members count on university officials to protect them and respond quickly to serious issues. Although the threat was only a false alarm, it could have potentially been more serious. Officials should have been timelier in alarming the campus when the threat was received. However, it is commendable the university spent time measuring the validity of the threat. Ultimately, for some, the university’s handling of the bomb threat may have been considered the right move. In the future, the university should work to send alerts out more quickly and reduce the amount of time for the validifying process. --Ariella Hannon is an English senior.
Road hazards demand greater caution from drivers
By Molly Block Opinions Columnist
obcat Tram drivers need to take greater caution when navigating the roads currently under construction around the city. According to the Engineering and Capital Improvements page on the City of San Marcos website, there are currently 12 projects under construction in town. Expected completion of five of the projects
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was last summer, but these remain unfinished. With all of these projects under way, university bus drivers should be especially careful when traveling through confusing paths around San Marcos construction sites. It only takes one minor distraction to potentially endanger the lives of students and the construction workers on the sites. Reckless driving is common in San Marcos. According to a Sept. 5 Hays Free Press article, a New Braunfels resident was recently killed in San Marcos in a fatal hit-and-run accident. According to a Sept. 11 University Star article, there have been nine vehicle-related deaths since Jan. 1 in the city, five of which were pedestrians. These tragedies can possibly be attributed to drivers who are not paying close enough attention to their surroundings. Driving is dangerous, and accidents can happen when
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they are least expected. According to an Oct. 16 University Star article, some of the routes that affect campus buses have been changed because of construction on Sessom Drive. These changes will help deter traffic caused by the current construction. However, they will inevitably make the routes more complicated and difficult to navigate. Construction crews may also add to the disorder by keeping their project materials and equipment near the side of the road. These hazards, combined with bus route alterations, have made travel more difficult for drivers. According to a transportation survey sent to 5,000 Texas State students in March 2011, 49 percent of the 1,227 Bobcats who responded indicated they live off campus. According to the same survey, 54.2 percent
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of the sampled students indicated they utilized the Bobcat Tram or public transportation services during the 2011 spring semester. With so many students relying on bus services to get to and from campus, it is crucial that drivers keep a watchful eye on the road to prevent any further accidents from happening. While construction continues to be a problem, bus drivers need to start becoming more vigilant when transporting students to their destinations. There will always be distractions and complications on the road. If students, residents and university bus drivers learn to take extra caution on the roadways, the Bobcat Tram routes will be safer in the future. --Molly Block is a mass communication junior.
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County residents, child activist tackle holiday hunger
By Glen Tadych Trends Reporter With Halloween over and Thanksgiving around the corner, the Hays County Food Bank is preparing for the turkey season with its annual Turkeys Tackling Hunger campaign. The Turkeys Tackling Hunger campaign provides thousands of low-income families and individuals in Hays County, Hays CISD and San Marcos with food. The campaign runs from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 each year. The food bank has already received requests from more than 3,000 families this year. The figure is 500 more families than 2011 and is the organization’s largest Turkeys Tackling Hunger recipient base to date. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Jane Moore, food bank community relations coordinator. “It’s a countywide effort where we’re able to provide food on a daily basis.”
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The Hays County Food Bank aims to help needy families this holiday season with its annual Turkeys Tackling Hunger Campaign, providing Thanksgiving meals for thousands every year.
The primary feature of Turkeys Tackling Hunger is the fundraiser’s Turkey Box. The feature includes a 10-12 pound turkey with all the trimmings for a complete Thanksgiving dinner. One Turkey Box can be provided for every $20 donation. “It’s a blessing that I have enough food for Thanksgiving,” said Joshlyn Bullock, a San Marcos resident, client and volunteer for the food bank and Turkeys Tackling Hunger. “As long as my health holds up, I’ll continue to help out because I like everybody there, and I love the distribution of the food.” The heart and soul of inspiration to local folks like Bullock is 8-year-old Zach Collins. Collins, a third-grade student at Negley Elementary School, began his quest for generosity two years ago after donating a $20 bill he received as a birthday present to Turkeys Tackling Hunger. “I wanted everyone to have a Thanksgiving dinner,” Collins said. Collins’ passion pushed him to donate more in 2011, and with the help of an internet campaign via Facebook and YouTube he raised $3,000 in two weeks for the fundraiser. “It just kind of spiraled,” said Laurie Collins, Zach Collins’ mother and Public Education Information Management Systems clerk for Negley Elementary. “I didn’t really think he’d make past $500.” Zach Collins received donations up to $1,000 from contributors across the country, including New York and Illinois. Because of his success with the organization, Zach Collins has since become the spokesperson for Turkeys Tackling Hunger. He spoke at the San Marcos Commissioners Court proclamation for Turkeys Tackling Hunger Sept. 25 requesting city support for the fundraiser. “Don’t make me give you my puppy dog eyes,” he told court members. Zach Collins’ words won over court members without objection. He has since spoken at the Commissioners Court proclamations in Kyle and Buda in an effort to spread aware-
ness and gain further support for Turkeys Tackling Hunger. “He’s not only a great motivator for us, but for the community as well,” said Lisa Henggeler, Texas State public relations graduate and donor development coordinator for the food bank. “It’s about the mission and being able to help people and feel good about it.” Zach Collins continues to volunteer at least two Wednesdays out of the month, passing out food to clients at La Roca Fellowship in Kyle when he isn’t partaking in public speaking. His goal this year is to raise $5,000 for Turkeys Tackling Hunger. He currently only sits on $125 in donations, and Zach Collins and his mother hope the approaching holiday season will liven up the community’s generosity as before. Anyone interested in making a donation and other inquiries can visit the fundraiser’s website, or Zach Collins’ Facebook page.
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ROTC program an opportunity to serve country By Randi Berkovsky Trends Reporter Most people are still asleep while the men and women of the Army ROTC are up at 5:30 a.m. exercising and building strength. The ROTC program is more than running and wearing a uniform—it’s a program that allows students to receive training to become officers in the U. S. Army. However, there are stringent requirements for joining. ROTC requires being contracted, which means the individual gets a scholarship and the military pays for tuition. To get a contract, a person must go through an application process, which includes a GPA analysis, physical training test, background check and receiving military clearance. If all those requirements are met and a contract is signed, the person belongs to the military and must enlist by junior year. With four years of school completed, an ROTC member goes into their military branch as a commissioned officer and gets other special job training. “The whole purpose of ROTC is not to train killers or anything like that,” said Cadet Phil Schweinsberg. “It is to train leaders. The point is to develop you as a leader, and that is what separates us.” Besides physical training, the Army ROTC program does labs during the
week in order to simulate real life situations. Participants get a mission and do battle drills such as attack, ambush or recon. The cadets are learning different skills and coming together as a team at every phase of the program. They have physical training on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There is a training test once a month in order to assess physical readiness. It consists of a timed two-mile run, pushups and situps. “I won’t lie,” said Cadet Eric Rogers. “It’s too early. It’s too much, and it’s very hard.” Another assessment of skills some cadets participate in is the Cadet Ranger Challenge at Camp Bullis in San Antonio. Rogers and Schweinsberg, along with fellow cadet Ryan Wiersma, competed in the event. The competition allows those who participate to learn advanced tactics for the program and move ahead of their class. It consists of many different courses. Some of them include day and night land navigation and a grenade course, a written exam, M16 rifle and M9 pistol disassembly and reassembly and a physical training test. “Ranger Challenge is like our sport,” said Wiersma. “We compete in order to see who has the best program, and who can earn bragging rights.” Students are ranked on a list against every cadet in the United States when
they go from junior to senior year. Everything they do counts for points. Competing in Ranger Challenge can help add to those points. The more points people have, the higher on the list they go, making them more likely to get preferred jobs. In two years or fewer, Rogers, Schweinsberg and Wiersma could be in Iraq or Afghanistan. All three came
from military families. However, they said many of their peers do not, yet still choose to be in the small percentage of people who serve the country. “Some people get a degree to follow a job, but we do this to be a part of something,” Schweinsberg said. “It is also the whole allure of serving your country and not necessarily caring about yourself, but caring about others.”
Photo courtesy of Ryan Wiersma
The Reserve Officer Training Corps, or ROTC, is comprised of students who have already been cleared for United States Army service.
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Texas State focuses on beating ranked Bulldogs’ top offense
By Jordan Brewer Assistant Sports Editor The Bobcat football team will continue its streak of playing tough opponents as it takes on the 8-1 Louisiana Tech University team on Saturday. Texas State’s opponents have earned a total record of 23-5 overall and 10-1 in conference counting this week and the two previous. Louisiana Tech is ranked 20th in the nation. Louisiana Tech’s Coach Sonny Dykes will bring his first-ranked offensive unit to San Marcos and will hope to continue its 52 points per game average. The team’s one loss came to Texas A&M University in a 59-57 shootout that came down to the last few seconds. The Bulldogs have cruised through their three conference games with a combined score of 149-69 over the University of Idaho, New Mexico State University and University of Texas-San Antonio. They share a common opponent with Texas State in the University of Houston. Louisiana Tech beat the team 56-49 a week after the Bobcats defeated the Cougars 30-13. “The biggest thing (the coaching staff) is going to harp on is doing our 1/11th,” said Defensive Coordinator Craig Naivar. “Everybody has a job to do, and if we execute and do our job, we will be fine. You might get ‘out-athleted’ in some situations. A guy might make a play. We understand that.” Coach Dennis Franchione stressed getting into a scoring battle with the Bulldogs is not an option. “I don’t think we can win a scoring bat-
tle,” Franchione said. “We haven’t scored like that all year. We have had 40 and 38, but they’ve been in the 50s a bunch of times. We can’t get into that.” Louisiana Tech’s quarterback Colby Cameron leads the Bulldogs’ offense. He ranks among the school’s all-time lists in several categories, including pass completions, passing yardage and touchdowns. Cameron enjoyed his best game against A&M, gaining 450 yards on 4458 passing with five touchdowns and no interceptions. “Number one—it’s score, two—it’s ball control and three—re-change field position,” Franchione said on how to help control the Bulldogs’ offense. “Put them back and make them go a long way and keep them away from making big plays.” Cameron still has not thrown an interception this season, and he is among the nation’s leaders in passing attempts, with 358. He holds a 71.2 completion percentage rate and has thrown for 24 touchdowns. Cameron has the advantage of throwing to one of the nation’s top wide receivers, Quinton Patton. The two seniors have hooked up for 11 touchdowns on the year. Patton has reached 1,000 yards receiving for the second straight time. Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon, freshman running back, has rushed for over 900 yards and reached the end zone 20 times. The Bulldogs have two other backs who have over 350 yards rushing this season. Ray Holley and Tevin King have added a combined 11 touchdowns between. This will not be the first time this season the Bobcats are attempting to tackle
a three-headed monster on offense. University of Houston, University of NevadaReno, Utah State and San Jose State all have similar DNA consisting of a strongarmed quarterback, a play-making running back and a capable wide receiver. “I think it will be another big test this week,” said junior linebacker Damion McMiller. “Three in a row (against) San Jose (State), Utah State and (Louisiana Tech will) gauge where this defense is at.” At times this season, most notably against University of New Mexico, the Bobcat lines were worn down by a bigger and more experienced front. The Bulldogs have four starting offensive linemen who are seniors and all but one weigh more than 300 pounds. They have a combined 135 starts. Defensively, the Bulldogs have a 4-2-5 front, utilizing their experienced secondary. Senior linebacker Antonio Mitchum leads the team with 62 tackles. Fellow linebacker Chip Hester is responsible for 49 tackles. Defensive end IK Enemkpali leads the team in sacks with five while having 26 tackles with 6.5 of those behind the line of scrimmage. Louisiana Tech starts three seniors in its secondary. Safety Jamel Johnson is among the foremost tacklers with 55 on the season, while leading the team with two interceptions. Five of the secondary players have picked off a pass this season, while two of those returns were over 25 yards each. The Bulldogs carry a nine-game road and conference win streak to Bobcat Stadium. Twitter: @jbrewer32
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Texas State football will take on Louisiana Tech Nov. 10 at Bobcat Stadium. The Bobcats will be playing their first home game in nearly a month.
MEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON PREVIEW
Player Spotlights Bobcats host Fordham Friday
to open first WAC season
Vonn Jones Senior – Guard – 5’11”
2011 stats 7.7 ppg (fifth on team) 3.9 apg (led team) 52 steals (led team)
Matt Staff Senior – Forward - 6’10”
2011 stats 13.3 ppg (led team) 7.9 rpg (led team) 44 blocks (led team)
Wesley Davis Sophomore – Guard – 6’3”
2011 stats Star File Photos
6.6 ppg (seventh on team) 47 steals (second on team)
Key Home Games Southern Methodist University Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
Larry Brown and his 1,098 career NBA wins as a head coach will be visiting the Bobcats in the third home game of the season.
University of Texas-Arlington Jan. 12, 2 p.m.
The Mavericks won the Southland Conference in 2011 and won 16 straight games last season but lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
New Mexico State University Jan. 31, 7 p.m.
New Mexico State is the returning WAC Champion because 2011’s winner, Nevada, left the WAC. NMST lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
By Sam Rubbelke Sports Reporter Texas State enters the WAC following a sub .500 record in 2011 with an array of new opponents to face. The Bobcats will tip off their season Friday night against Fordham University. Fordham’s forward Chris Gaston scored a career high 35 points and collected 15 rebounds last year in an 81-70 win over Texas State, the first meeting between the two programs. Texas State will try and do a better job of slowing him down this Friday. “Chris Gaston is a high-energy player,” said Coach Doug Davalos. “He’s relentless and has an unbelievable motor. Not one guy can take care of him, and it has to be a collective effort. Defensively, we have to challenge him. We have to crash the boards and make Gaston deal with us, our bigs in particular. Limiting him as a rebounder will limit his offensive production.” Going into his senior year, Gaston was named to the Preseason All-Atlantic 10 Conference First team. Last year, he led the Rams in scoring and rebounding, averaging 17.1 ppg and 9.9 rpg. Gaston recorded 16 doubledoubles for the 2011-12 campaign. He has accumulated 52 double-doubles in 83 career games. The Bobcats were out-rebounded 52-39 in the 2011 game, a detrimental stat. Of Fordham’s 52 rebounds, 20 were offensive. “We have to block out,” said senior forward Matt Staff. “But not just one person. We have to team-block out, go hit someone and go get the ball.” Fordham marked the first start as a Bobcat for senior guard Vonn Jones. He finished the game with seven points, four assists and two steals. “Last year was fun, being able to play with everybody,” said Jones. “It was good to get some games under my belt and having the experience to play at the Division I level. We have prepared for this year better than last year, and we’re ready to play.” Jones went on in 2011 to start 16 games. “He’s so much further along,” Davalos said. “He’s always had the mentality of a pure point-guard, a guy who makes his teammates better and looks for the pass first and for his own shot second. The difference now is he’s more comfortable and has figured out our system. His program experience has been evident in our preseason scrimmages.” Along with Jones, Texas State returns Staff, who averaged a team best 13.3 ppg. The Bobcats’ next two leading scorers for 2011, Brooks Ybarra and Eddie Rios, are no longer with the team. The 2012-13 Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches and Media Polls both had the University of Denver ranked third in the WAC standings. New Mexico State University received 77 points, edging out Utah State University by one point for the number one spot in the Coaches poll. Utah State took first in the media poll with a total of 232 points. Texas State ranked 10th for both polls. The Bobcats won’t be facing entirely new opponents. The University of Texas-San Antonio and the University of Texas-Arlington are following Texas State to the WAC from the Southland, and Jones thinks that only benefits the WAC outlook for 2012. “UTSA and UTA are two tough opponents from the Southland,” Jones said. “Coming in we’re going to know what they’re like. They play hard, but we’re coming to play hard too. It’s going to be a good year for the WAC.” UTSA and Texas State will leave the WAC next year. UTSA will move to Conference-USA while the Bobcats will take their talents to the Sun Belt. “We have a lot of respect for their program,” Davalos said, reflecting on rival UTSA. “We’re going to try
and keep playing them. I hope we continue the rivalry. This is what college basketball should be all about. We should have some natural rivalries that continue to play even when they’re not conference opponents.” New Mexico State (26-10, 10-4 WAC, second in 201112 season) won the 2012 WAC Tournament, its second title in three years. Coach Marvin Menzies will be looking for a repeat but will have to do so without Wendell Mckines (18.7 ppg), Hernst Laroche (11.9 ppg) and Hamidu Rahman (9.9 ppg). Sophomore guard Daniel Mullings is expected to play a major role in leading the Aggies toward another WAC Tournament Championship. Last year Mullings averaged 9.3 points and 4.1 rebounds. Preseason Player of the Year, Preston Medlin, had a breakout season last year averaging 17 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for Utah State and earned First Team All-WAC honors. Medlin shot 58 percent, 43 percent beyond the arc and 80 percent from the charity stripe. Coach Stew Morrill has a collection of players across the board in Kyisean Reed, Ben Clifford and Jarred Shaw (transfer from Oklahoma State). Texas State opens WAC play Dec. 29 against San Jose State. “I’m excited,” Coach Davalos said. “This is the first time I’ve felt we can play the way I want to play, which is strength-in-numbers game. It’s unique about us going into the WAC. We’re going to play more players, and everyone’s going to have a piece of the pie.”
BY THE NUMBERS
The amount of points per game for Texas State a season ago, which was good enough for a top-30 ranking. The Bobcats scored at least 80 points in 19 of their 30 2011 games. The tallest player on the current roster is senior Matt Staff. The Bobcats have three players 6’8 or above, five at 6’7, and the remaining eight are below 6’5.
The 2011 field goal percentage of the Bobcats. The figure was ranked near the bottom at 185th in the country. Only five of the players on last year’s roster shot better from the field and three of them are still on the team.
Matt Staff’s points per game earned him the title of the team’s leading scorer. Staff also had 44 blocks on the season and a shooting percentage above 50 percent. He led the team in minutes played and rebounds per game.
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WAC season comes to close as Bobcats look to dominate
By Jordan Cole Sports Reporter Postseason play is inching closer, and the Bobcat volleyball team will have to notch big wins to transcend the fifth seed in the conference. This weekend the team will have its last two home games of the season. Texas State will host top ranked New Mexico State University, a team it conquered in comeback fashion earlier this season. The Bobcats will additionally face the University of Denver, another WAC conference qualifier that defeated them in their only meeting on the season. The Bobcats are currently leaving behind two conference wins over Louisiana Tech University and the University of Texas-Arlington. Junior outside hitter Amari Deardorff was instrumental in both of the team’s victories. She said those matches were crucial in closing the season. “We really needed those wins, especially because our last few games are going to be pretty hard,” Deardorff said. “We really needed to come into the last part of conference on a high.” The New Mexico State Aggies will try to halt that Bobcat momentum Thursday as they travel to Strahan, boasting the second-ranked spot in the WAC. Halting Texas State’s momentum just might happen if the Bobcats have a slow start, according to Deardorff. “We sometimes tend to be somewhat of a streaky team,” Deardorff said. “To start badly puts a pressure on everyone else to pick it up. The better we start, the better off we are.” Texas State has not lost a game in conference this season when winning the first or second set. Coach Karen
Chisum said getting those early wins is important. She said limiting their trail of mistakes and turning the would-be errors into points is very crucial. “We’re not going to be perfect,” Chisum said. “You make a mistake, don’t worry. Let it go on to the next ball and just try to eliminate those strings of errors. We’re looking for strings of points to score and eliminating those strings of errors.” The Bobcats are 12-0 on the season when hitting a better percentage than their opponents. In their four-set loss versus Denver earlier this season, the Bobcats hit .139 compared to Denver’s .345. The team is looking to improve on that stat this match. Chisum said school pride has a lot to do with the team’s motivation and success. “Every day we have a countdown,” Chisum said. “There’s either three games left or 10 practice days left. ‘This has got to be your best day of practice.’ My kids have a high level of pride. We talk a lot about Texas State pride and how we represent this school.” Thursday at 6:30 p.m. marks the first notch on the countdown as the New Mexico State Aggies enter Strahan looking to erase that Bobcat pride. The current series is a 4-4 tie. Saturday at 2 p.m. is crucial because it will be the last home game of the seasovn and senior night. Seniors Caleigh McCorquodale, Danielle Sanchou and Patti Bradshaw will be recognized at the game as they dig in at Strahan Coliseum for the last time in their careers.
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Texas State volleyball will battle it out with New Mexico State University Twitter: @TXStatesman and the University of Denver this weekend at Strahan Coliseum.
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Texas State to kick off season against Belmont By Lorenzo Almanza Sports Reporter The Texas State women’s basketball team is looking to improve on the strides the program made last season following the hiring of new head coach Zenarae Antoine. The women made their first Southland Conference Tournament since 2008 last season, winning the team’s first SLC tournament game since 2003. The Bobcats increased their win total from nine to 17 last year, which marked the second-biggest turnaround in school history. Texas State plans to improve from last season and make a name for themselves with the transition into the Western Athletic Conference. With the Bobcats’ season just tipping off Friday, the team expressed excitement to see how things play out. “I have a great staff as far as preparation goes,” Antoine said. “I’m excited for our newcomers to come out and have an opportunity to go and play this season. We have a lot more excitement then jitters right now.” Senior guard Diamond Ford is looking to pick up where she left off last year, when she finished as the 30th leading scorer in the NCAA. Last season Ford was the leading scorer for the team, averaging 18.5 points per game, and was recently named to the WAC All-Conference first team. Ford became the 13th player in school history to score 1,000 points last season. Last season, the Bobcats finished with a winning record of 17-14, and went 8-8 in the Southland. The team hopes to continue with its winning ways and improve conference record overall.
“My thought process is to take it game by game,” Antoine said. “I want to see how the team comes together as we head into conference play.” The Bobcats begin their season this Friday at home against the Belmont Bruins. Last season, the Bobcats beat the Bruins 71-66 in a close game. “I feel confident,” said junior forward Ashley Ezeh. “We beat Belmont last year. I feel we currently have that same intensity coming into this game. We have the home crowd behind us and hope for them to get rowdy and loud. Our goal is to get this win and use that to boost us for upcoming games.” The team has won its past three season opening home games and Ford said she believes winning is all going to be about talking to each other on the court. “Team wise, we’ve been working on communication,” Ford said. “We played this team last year and understand that communication is something that’s going to be key for us heading into Friday.” With all-district players Ford and Ezeh returning, Antoine hopes to keep their conference tournament streak alive. “My expectation for us is to play hard Friday,” Antoine said. “We have the home crowd behind us and that can only help any team out there on the court.” Friday’s game is going to be just one of the many tests the Bobcats will face this season heading into a new conference. “I feel like the season is going to be really exciting this season,” Ford said. “We have some big schools that we’re going to play and as a team it’s going to really help us to see where we’re at.”
The WAC features five teams that had winning records this year: The University of Denver, Louisiana Tech University, Seattle University, Utah State University and Texas State. The Aggies of Utah State were predicted to win the conference by the WAC’s Media and Coaches Poll with Louisiana Tech and Denver coming in second and third, respectively. Utah State’s senior guard Devyn Christensen was selected as the WAC’s Preseason Player of the Year. “I feel every team is going to be a threat,” Ezeh said. “We’re heading into a new conference and with being in a conference comes new challenges. It’s going to be a new time for us.” Texas State is currently seated as the sixth highest ranked team in the WAC pre-season polls, five points shy of fifth place Idaho. However, any team can have the edge in an unpredictable conference. “I cannot predict how the conference will play but believe that as long as we play the Bobcat way, things can only continue on from there,” Antoine said.
Player Spotlights Diamond Ford Senior – Guard – 5’9
2,703 BY THE NUMBERS
The amount of seniors lost from a season ago. The Bobcats will miss the experience of India Johnson, Kelsey Krupa and Verinus Kalu but do return six players who received minutes in 2011-12.
The amount of points per game the Bobcats’ senior guard Diamond Ford scored. Ford was named to the WAC Preseason First Team for her efforts even though 2012 will be Texas State’s first in the conference.
The amount of miles the Bobcats will have to travel in a two-week long period from Feb. 16-March 2. Texas State will travel down the interstate to San Antonio then to Houston before making a trip to the Pacific Northwest to Seattle and Moscow, Idaho.
18.5 ppg (led team) 32.1 percent three-point shooting (led team) 35.7 minutes per game (led team)
Ashley Ezeh Junior – Forward – 6’0
Amount of wins Coach Zenarae Antoine won in her first year at Texas State. The win total was an improvement of eight games from a year ago. Texas State won a total of 14 games in the two previous seasons before Antoine was hired.
14.5 ppg (second on team) 8.0 rpg (led team) 50.3 percent shooting (led team) Star File Photos
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Louisiana Tech University Former star of the WNBA’s New York Liberty Teresa Weatherspoon comes to town as the coach of the Louisiana Tech University’s Lady Techsters’ basketball program. Weatherspoon is entering her fifth season as the head coach of Louisiana Tech.
March 7, 6:30 p.m.
Utah State University carries the torch of top record from a year ago finishing second with a 21-10 record because of Fresno State University’s move to the Mountain West.
San Jose State University March 9, 2:00 p.m.
This game marks senior day for the Bobcats. Last season Kelsey Krupa was proposed to just after their emotional win over the University of Texas-San Antonio. In addition, the leading freshman scorer will be representing the Spartans. Ta’Rea Cunnigan averaged over 11 points a game last season.
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