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The Price of Freedom

Texas State honored faculty, staff, and students who have served in the armed forces at the Veteran’s Day Commemoration. To learn more about this event, visit


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New overpass coming fall 2013 By Natalie Berko News Reporter

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The R.O.T.C. color guard presents the national and Texas flag Nov. 12 to begin the Veterans Day Commemoration in The Quad.

Gathering remembers Veterans Day By Adrian Omar Ramirez News Reporter Students, San Marcos residents and active and past duty military members joined in front of The Fighting Stallions Monday morning to observe Texas State’s Veterans Day ceremony. The ceremony, arranged by the Student Foundation, opened with a speech from Ryan Elliot, international relations senior and Student Foundation’s director of Veterans Day commemoration. “The Texas State community has a rich tradition of military and ROTC involvement dating all the way back to World War II,” Elliot said. A posting of the colors and perfor-

mance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” from the Bobcat marching band followed Elliot’s speech. University President Denise Trauth spoke about Texas State’s recognition as a veteran-friendly school and the services provided to the 1,046 veterans currently enrolled at the university. “Those we honor today have committed their lives to protecting our freedoms, and we never want to take them for granted,” Trauth said. Army Col. Paul Phillips III, who has recently been awarded with the title of distinguished alumnus, delivered the keynote speech for the ceremony after an introduction from Trauth. “We are extraordinarily proud of him because he is one of us,” Trauth said. “He has represented our university as an outstanding student, athlete, alumnus and military officer, and for that, the Bobcat community will be forever grateful.” Phillips graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in physical education. Phillips then earned his medical degree and completed an orthopedic residency, becoming an orthopedic sur-

geon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Phillips said while he was the keynote speaker, it is important to put the ceremony into perspective. “It’s not about me. It’s about every single person who has put on the uniform and has represented our country either here or abroad,” Phillips said. Many of the event’s guests wore formal attire. However, Phillips dressed in an Army combat uniform, which he said served as a reminder there are many military personnel still involved in conflicts around the world. “Our men and women of the armed services deserve the support of our nation that sends them oftentimes into harm’s way,” Phillips said. Before Phillips ended his speech, the ceremony was briefly interrupted by an early flyby put on by the San Marcos Commemorative Air Force. A Tora Zero and three T-6 aircrafts flew over the audience twice before returning to the San Marcos Municipal Airport. “I just needed 30 more seconds,” Phillips joked. “It was almost on time.” After Phillips’ speech, Jeremy Cas-


Those we honor today have committed their lives to protecting our freedoms, and we never want to take them for granted.” — University President Denise Trauth

Committee formed to assess teaching theater efficiency By Taylor Tompkins Assistant News Editor Texas State administrators are looking into a new way to utilize teaching theaters more efficiently. University President Denise Trauth said a task force found major teaching theaters are not being utilized to full capacity. The task force set out to determine the feasibility of additional Friday and Saturday classes. In response, administrators are forming a “large teaching theater committee.” The committee will accept proposals and base scheduling off factors such as class growth and attendance, Provost Eugene Bourgeois said in the Nov. 7 Faculty Senate meeting. “They found there was a 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday time slot

when some teaching theater wasn’t being used,” Trauth said. “That should not have happened.” The committee will differ from the classroom scheduling one. The current committee handles scheduling for teaching theaters such as those in Alkek Library and Centennial Hall, by giving time slots to classes whose need is the greatest. “People are just keeping the same time slots they had in the past,” Bourgeois said. “We are going to rejuvenate the large teaching theater committee to look at the existing 400-seaters.” Bourgeois said the administration is looking to increase class enrollment during the 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. time slots. Increasing teaching theater utilization


Construction of the Loop 82 Overpass is projected to begin in fall 2013 and is aimed to help residents avoid traffic congestion caused by trains. The overpass project on Loop 82, known as Aquarena Springs Drive, will be constructed over the Union Pacific railroad and includes access roads and connections to city streets. Juan Guerra, associate vice president of facilities, said the overpass will elevate the four lanes of Loop 82 where it crosses the railroad by Bobcat Stadium. Access roads will be built on both sides of the overpass to widen Loop 82 by two additional lanes. Ray Garcia, city project manager, said the project will take two years to complete and consists of five phases of construction that will span from Thorpe Lane to Charles Austin Drive. Every phase of construction will maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction, except for a six-week period at the beginning. During that time, only one lane will be open in each direction. Garcia said the Railroad Grade Separation will fund $25 million of the project. An advanced funding agreement between the city and TxDOT will provide $3 million. An additional $3 million in funds left over from the Wonder World Drive project will go toward the construction. Garcia said construction will start from the outsides of the area and work inward toward the overpass site. Acclimating residents to the phasing of the various traffic controls during the project is the only potential problem with construction Garcia predicts. “As far as moving students, or any pedestrians for that matter, from one side of the project to the other is going to be a hurdle that we are going to have to work through,” Garcia said. John Nevares, project manager for the Texas Department of Transportation, said the access roads will be constructed first so traffic can run along them while the overpass is being built. The overpass will help with traffic circulation in San Marcos and provide better response time for emergency vehicles. The overpass will be aesthetically pleasing, with features such as native grasses and rocks to complement the river and other surrounding areas, Nevares said. “It is not just going to be a traditional looking bridge that you would see going down (Interstate 35),” Nevares said. “It is going to have some character to it.” Nevares said the project has been on the books for a long time, and he knows all involved parties are excited about the construction of the overpass. “We always appreciate all of the cooperation with the City of San Marcos and Texas State,” Nevares said. “Everybody has been really good and we are looking forward to having a successful project.”

Affidavit: Bomb threats sent by suspect’s boyfriend By Megan Carthel News Reporter Brittany Henderson, the Bryan woman charged with the Texas State bomb threats, has denied her involvement in the Oct. 18 incident. Henderson, who is charged with three counts of terroristic threat and three counts of false alarm, was arrested Oct. 23 by Bryan police. Investigators traced an email containing the bomb threat to an account allegedly belonging to Henderson. She was sent from Brazos County Jail to Hays County Jail, according to a Nov. 6 University Star article. Henderson admitted the email address used to send the bomb threats to both Texas State and Texas A&M University


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Ben Glover, cultural education graduate student, works in the green house of the Agriculture Building.


DAY IN HISTORY 1856 – Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis was born in Louisville, Ky. 1927 – The Holland Tunnel linking New York City and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River opened to the public. 1956 – The Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public buses. 1974 – Karen Silkwood, a technician and union activist at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron plutonium plant near Crescent, Okla., was killed in a car crash. 1997 – The Disney musical “The Lion King” opened on Broadway. 1998 – President Bill Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. 2002 – Saddam Hussein’s government agreed to the return of international weapons inspectors to Iraq.


Nov. 5, 11:00 a.m. The Tower Burglary of vehicle A non-student was cited and arrested for public intoxication and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await a court date. Nov. 5, 4:00 p.m. College Inn A student reported that two other students were harassing them. This case is under investigation. Nov. 5, 5:15 p.m. San Jacinto Hall Parking Lot Criminal mischief under $500 A student reported that their vehicle was intentionally damaged while parked. This case is under investigation. Nov. 6, 5:51 p.m. Wood Street Parking Garage Failure to comply and striking unattended vehicle A student reported that their vehicle was intentionally damaged while parked. This case is under investigation. Nov. 6, 7:22 p.m. Baseball Field Criminal trespass warning A non-student was issued a criminal trespass warning for suspicious activity.

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Alkek participates in Library Snapshot Day “Texans Love Libraries” is the slogan for the Texas Library Association’s annual Library Snapshot Day. Snapshot Day is “a day in the life” of libraries across the state of Texas. Participating establishments, including the Alkek Library, devote one day a year to recording typical activities by taking photos and surveying people on what they think about the library. They also gather statistics on who used what services that day. Libraries across the state share their information to create a comprehensive picture of what happens in Texas book buildings. If you were in the Alkek or the Round Rock Campus Library on Oct. 29th, you participated in this Snapshot event. You were counted as a library user that day and we may have even asked you for a comment or picture. Visit Alkek’s Facebook page to see 64 photos that were taken that day all over the library. While you’re there, “like” us and leave some feedback! The actions in the library we recorded included 6,656 people visiting the Alkek and 977 items being checked out including 390 books, 237 laptops, and 109 textbooks on reserve. The Library website had 10,514 page views on just one day. Survey comments were overwhelmingly positive. Here are a few: “I live here!” “Staff is cool, hours are awesome.” “Study for exams with skeletons on the third floor!” “SLAC helps.” “This is a great library! It is vital to the success of the students!” “The library, to me, is the best place to focus.” “Kids help each other out all over the library.” “I love the library.” We at Alkek want to thank all of you who participated in our 2012 Snapshot Day. Knowing that so many of you truly value the library and staff makes a huge difference to us. Please keep coming (or start coming) to Alkek as a great space for studying, hanging out, getting help and helping each other. We’re here for you. —Courtesy of Kay Hetherly

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2003 – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was thrown off the bench by a judicial ethics panel after refusing to remove a granite Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse. 2009 – Attorney General Eric Holder announced plans to try professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others in civilian court in New York City. (The Obama administration later backed off the plan.) —Courtesy of the New York Times

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selberry, public administration junior and president of Veterans Alliance, presented the Above and Beyond award to Katherine Selber, professor in the School of Social Work. The Above and Beyond award is given to faculty members who have helped improve veteran resources on campus. Selber is currently the faculty adviser for Veterans Alliance and is a member of the Veterans Advisory Council. “(Selber) has been the key resource for many veterans on campus and worked with faculty and staff to improve the university policies and resources for veterans,” Phil-

lips said. The ceremony finished with a bang as the band played the official songs of the military branches, accompanied by a cannon blast at the end. After the ceremony closed, a smaller group of people met in front of Flowers Hall for a wreath-laying ceremony arranged by Student Foundation. Other attendees went to the LBJ Student Center ballroom, where guests enjoyed a reception and a military exhibit. Travis Thompson, computer information systems senior, has been attending the ceremony for two years. Thompson

served in the Marine Corps in Iraq and at sea and reached the rank of corporal. “It was nice having a speaker who was as experienced and as well decorated as (Phillips) was,” said Thompson, adding that the ceremonies are always well done. Thompson said he agrees about much of the praise Texas State has received regarding its treatment of veterans. That praise includes being ranked the 13th best college for veterans in Military Times EDGE’s 2011 list. “That’s pretty impressive,” Thompson said. “We must be doing something right.”

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Col. Paul Phillips III is a member of the U.S. Army Reserves 94th Combat Support Hospital. Phillips, a Texas State alumnus, delivers a speech at the Veterans Day Commemoration Nov. 12 in The Quad.



during those times promotes a two-day per week schedule on either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Those slots would be beneficial for both teachers and students. Bourgeois said he wants the committee to look at using the smaller teaching theaters that can hold 100 to 240 students more efficiently. “We need to have a little bit more proactive approach to the assignment of those teaching theaters,” Bourgeois said. “You can have more Monday (and) Wednesday (or) Tuesday (and) Thursday blocks if you do that. We just encourage (the teachers) to look at those slots.” Trauth said the location of a teaching theater should not affect its utilization.

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“The bottom line is we want to make sure we are managing the biggest classrooms on campus and managing such that they are full,” Trauth said. Debra Feakes, chemistry and biochemistry representative, expressed concerns about large classes that meet in teaching theaters once a week and other locations the rest of the meeting days. She said it takes that time block away from other classes even though the theater is not in use. Trauth said although it is a lot of work, the new committee will look to alleviate those problems. The upkeep of large classrooms after constant, every-day use was another issue that

concerned faculty senators. Bourgeois said Bill Nance and the facilities department try their hardest to keep up with broken seats and desks. Trauth said this problem is an issue of large growth and limited resources the administration is seeing across many areas of the university. “We should talk about how we are managing at a time of very constrained resources,” Trauth said. “The three fiscal years of 2013, 2014 and 2015 are very resource-strained for two reasons. It’s the confluence of large budget cuts and there is a regents-imposed cap on fees and tuition. I’m saying that because it is the backdrop. It’s there.”


belongs to her, the Bryan-College Station Eagle reported. However, she denied involvement in either threat. Henderson stated she was in a relationship with Dereon Jayronne Kelley and he had access to the Yahoo account. Kelley, Henderson’s 22-year-old boyfriend, logged onto her email account from his phone and sent the threats, according to an affidavit in support of the complaint and arrest warrant. Kelley said he was the only person with access to the device, which is described as a black Samsung flip phone. Kelley said he does not have Internet access on the phone, according to the docu-

ments. However, officials later discovered his phone does in fact have Internet capabilities. Kelley admitted to using the phone to access Henderson’s Facebook account. Kelley sent Henderson messages claiming to have logged into the email account and that she had “ruined” his love life. Kelley sent Henderson a text at 7:08 a.m. Oct. 18 saying “You know what i am trippin hard baby i got pissed off now i gotta deal with it whenever you ready to talk to me i am sorry baby i love you,” according to the affidavit. Minutes later at 7:21 a.m., Texas State received its first bomb threat. “Answer the phone i need to tell you

something you gone hate me for it but hey,” Kelley texted Henderson at 11:28 p.m. Texas State received the second bomb threat at 11:37 pm. According to a Nov. 9 Eagle article, Kelley has been arrested and charged for making a terroristic threat that impairs government or public by Texas A&M police. Kelley was charged with a felony violation of the Federal Explosive Materials Statute. Kelley is currently in the Brazos County Jail with a $150,000 bail. Henderson is being held at the Hays County Jail with a $40,000 bail. The University Police De-

partment at Texas State is heading her investigation. “I am not impressed with what I’ve seen in terms of everyone handling this,” John Quinn, Henderson’s lawyer, told the Eagle. “We emphatically state that Brittany had nothing to do with either bomb threat.” According to the Eagle article, Quinn said Henderson’s family did not support the relationship between the two of them and claimed Kelley was abusive. Quinn said the family believes Texas State UPD has not handled the investigation correctly. “The investigator involved in that case is very confident in what he has,” said UPD Capt. Daniel Benitez.

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Students failed by Mercer re-election


oters made the wrong decision by re-electing Ken Mercer to his spot on the State Board of Education. The State Board of Education makes decisions about spending, policies, academic standards and textbooks within the Texas public school system. The board has a huge influence on the quality of education in Texas schools. Ken Mercer, who lacks a background in education, is part of the board’s right-wing faction. The faction is largely bent on injecting its religious and conservative philosophies into public school curriculum. Mercer is a proponent of teaching the “weaknesses” of evolution: “intelligent design” arguments that were debunked years ago. With crafty wording in the education standards, he and some other strong conservatives have sought to undermine the teaching of evolution. In a 2008 San Antonio Express-News column, Mercer concedes “micro-evolution” but asserts that “macro-evolution,” the diversifying of animals until a new species is formed, cannot be real. “Have you ever seen a dog-cat or a cat-rat?” he asks in the article. Mercer has drawn the ire of historians and scholars because of revisions he advocated for in the state’s social studies curriculum. Mercer has pushed for patriotic themes and emphasized the Christian religion of the founding fathers. At the same time, he has downplayed discrimination against minority groups in American history. He proposed teaching students that taxation and government regulations are bad for the economy, which is a conservative notion that oversimplifies the economy’s many moving parts. And yet, Mercer insists it is “education bureaucrats” who are indoctrinating school children with their leftist ideologies. What exactly is he doing, then? It is vital for classrooms to teach evolution as science. It is similarly crucial to include the place of minorities in history and make realistic lessons about the challenges and failures America has faced over time. There are plenty of issues that deserve debate for inclusion into curriculum, but these are not among them. Meanwhile, Mercer defeated Rebecca Bell-Metereau, a

Birds, bats need not be displaced from parking garage

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Texas State English professor, for a second time. Bell-Metereau was truly a worthwhile candidate. Texas State has bestowed numerous awards on her for teaching, including the Faculty Senate Award for Excellence and the Presidential Award for Excellence. Contrary to what Mercer thinks, having a background in education is absolutely helpful when deciding on major points of school curriculum and policy. Additionally, she wants to stop the micromanagement of school curriculum and set policies that encourage teachers to be creative and innovative, instead of having them “teach the test.” It is a shame that she lost, but voters should be more informed of each candidate’s policies before casting their


he peculiar residents of the Alkek Parking Garage should not have to find a new home. The Alkek Parking Garage hosts a large number of swallows and Mexican free-tailed bats. The dark and sunken-down conditions of the garage provide an ideal location for the animals. However, according to an Oct. 17 University Star article, a faculty member recently began a petition to raise awareness of the excessive bird and bat waste found in the garage. The petition is designed to ask the Faculty Senate or the university to pursue a scientific investigation of the garage’s conditions and find a solution. The petition means well and should continue, but only if the solution does not displace the animals. The birds and bats living in the garage might produce unsightly waste, but they depend on the location to survive. For instance, the birds in the garage are protected during nesting periods by the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The birds depend on unique locations like the Alkek Parking Garage to prosper and live. The birds and bats in the garage should not be deterred because it would interfere with the health of their populations. Without a doubt, the waste from the birds and bats smells bad and looks unattractive. Students in Elliott Hall and commuters who park in the garage must deal with the constant smells and sights of the animals’ excessive excrement. However, students in Arnold Hall must additionally deal with the unfortunate smell of burned Chick-fil-A cooking oil coming from the LBJ Student Center. The two situations might not be the same, but they show there are many unfortunate smells at Texas State. In a way, the birds and bats might be unfairly targeted because of their excessive waste. As long as the creatures prove to be no health risk, their presence should not be a major problem. Besides, there are other solutions to deal with the excrement. According to the same article, Texas State officials are looking into cleaning the garage more often. According to Joe Richmond, the director of Transportation Services, the garage is dry-swept two to three times a week and power-washed twice a year. A proper solution to the problem would be to clean the parking garage more often. However, Richmond notes more cleaning would cost additional money. Perhaps the petition to raise awareness of the excessive waste should focus on providing more funds to clean the parking garage. The most compassionate solution to the bird- and bat-waste problem is for university officials to continue cleaning the parking garage. According to the same article, other solutions for the problem include installing a garage-door type system or placing netting across the top of the building. The university does not need more construction on campus, and the netting would only deter the swallows. In truth, swiftly cleaning the garage more often appears to be the most feasible solution. The solution to the petition must not displace the birds and bats. The animals depend on the Alkek Parking Garage to live, just as many students depend on Jones Dining Hall to be open during weekends for food. The excrement in the garage is a problem, but it can be solved by cleaning the area more often.

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Football fans ought to cut Bobcats some slack By Alex Pernice Opinions Columnist


By Christian Penichet-Paul Opinions Columnist

ballots in any future election. Next election season, District 5 should elect someone who can adequately represent constituents on the State Board of Education.

espite recent struggles on the playing field, Texas State football supporters should not be quick to throw the Bobcats on the backburner. Following a great first conference win against the Idaho Vandals, it felt as though the Texas State football program would be a definite force to be reckoned with. However, over the past few weekends of game play, fans have seen the Bobcats fall to San Jose State University, Utah State University and most recently Louisiana Tech University. It could be fairly easy for some to simply forget about the Bobcat football team and set their sights toward the upcoming basketball season instead. But, it is important to look at the reasons behind the losses before giving up faith in the football team altogether. By looking at the team statistics, the Utah State game could have been predicted as a loss. As terrible as that may sound, the Aggies have the top place in Western Athletic Conference standings with a flawless win-loss record for the current season. Utah State could be considered a seasoned

veteran when it comes to WAC play. The Aggies have been members of the conference since 2005 and set up solid competition for the Commissioner’s Cup every following year. Issues and uncertainty for the football team lie within the San Jose State game outcome. While the Spartans have a better overall record than the Bobcats, their playing history did not guarantee a definite Texas State loss. According to an Oct. 30 University Star article, the culprit seemed to be a number of penalties pinned on the Bobcats and a struggling offense. In the second half of the game, four of the six drives were detrimental to the team’s performance and two included interceptions. It seemed as though the usually stellar offensive side of the Texas State team had suddenly lost its luster. However, fans should take a look back at the numbers. The Bobcat offense is still very strong. It should not be discredited despite its lacking performance during the second half of the San Jose State game or the loss against Louisiana Tech. According to an Oct. 27 University Star article, quarterback Shaun Rutherford contributed a large amount of the yardage during the San Jose State game. The article says he

kept his sharp accuracy for the first half. Both helping with on-and-off leads, players Marcus Curry and Tim Gay also contributed a fair amount to the team’s game play. The Bobcats simply lost their fire once San Jose State began to score on more drives. According to a Nov. 10 University Star article, the Louisiana Tech game was actually the best Bobcat offensive show of the season. Rutherford continued to contribute with two touchdown passes to tight end Bradley Miller. Curry also had his best performance of the season since the Houston game while playing against Louisiana Tech. Offensively, the Bobcats were solid during the game, but were no match for the No. 1 ranked offense. While the team is strong and the players are solid, fans have to understand Texas State is still a developing football program. During the team’s first year with Football Bowl Subdivision status, it might be tough for some people to remember it is a transitional period for the Bobcats. There is room for improvement, but fans should not count the Bobcats out as a contender in conference play. —Alex Pernice is a mass communication sophomore.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, I am writing in response to Nora Riordan’s Oct. 23 University Star article “Dining Options Restrict Vegan Possibilities.” It is no surprise that demand for vegan food is sweeping campuses across the country. A Bon Appétit poll taken in 2006 and then again in 2010 showed that the number of college vegans doubled in that four-year period and that the number of vegetarians rose by 50 percent. Schools should definitely be paying attention to what their students are demanding. In 2011, the University of North Texas opened Mean Greens, the nation’s first all-vegan dining hall. UNT Dining saw voluntary meal plan sales rise by 20 percent. According to Foodservice Equipment and Supplies, “Once-skeptical administrators have come around and fully support the project, in part because of its obvious success and in part because it’s proving to be a draw not only for current students, but for prospective students, as well.” UNT Executive Director of Dining Bill McNeace said, “As at most schools, we have students who frequently give tours to prospective students and they report that when a lot of those kids hear about Mean Greens their eyes light up and they get excited about it.” From the smallest community colleges to the largest state schools, vegan options are everywhere nowadays as a direct result of student pressure. Students can download a free “Veganize Your Cafeteria” campaign pack from to show Texas State University that this is a trend that cannot be ignored. Sincerely, Kenneth Montville College Campaigns Assistant peta2

—Christian Penichet-Paul is a history junior.

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Group combines media for unique art performance By Mark A. Alvarez Trends Reporter ARTheism provided the university with a Common Experience Friday as Texas State alumni Topher Sipes and Samantha Beasley put on “A Global Odyssey of the Arts.” “ARTheism” is a performance that mixes projected animation, dancing and music into a visually captivating art form. The contrast of light and dark fell upon performers who used their moves to entice the audience. Sipes provided live animation as dancers performed, trying to create what he called emotional landscapes. “We hope that this allowed others to perceive the beauty around them,” Sipes said. “For Samantha and me, inspiration is in everything. It is in everything we do. Everything we do inspires us.” Sipes formed ARTheism in spring 2011 with Beasley. Sipes described their relationship as a “creationship.” Beasley and Sipes have been composing and uniting different media in an effort to create what they call “a religion of art,” which is how the term ARTheism was coined. “Our mission is to combine art forms and provide a platform to combine different expressions,” Sipes said. Their “dance-imation” featured a blend of music and movement, using instruments such as a cyber- acoustic guitar and digital violin with hula hooping. The sound was vibrant and contributed to the moves of the performers, intensifying as the projections against them flowed rhythmically. Bright colors spiraled and stretched, providing more than just something visually and mentally stimulating. “ARTheism requires focus and attention,” Sipes said. “We want to heighten people’s perceptions by being honest and expressing a full spectrum of our own emotions.” “It was interesting and unique,” said Jesse Saenz, business management senior. “The lighting and the colors were really cool. You can’t really find shows with that kind of mixture. It’s definitely a show worth watching.” The enthusiasm was evident as the audience watched the dancer perform, moving to the music, entranced in the art. Their facial expressions transformed almost simultaneously, in tune with the music. “The mixture of the visuals and the dancing was pretty good,” said Nathaniel Hernandez, international studies freshman. “It was very unified and sort of trippy. It’s like an illusion caused by movement.”

Itchy Jock, lead singer of The Jocks, performs Nov. 11 during Triple Crown’s Sixteenth Anniversary Party.

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Local bar celebrates 16th anniversary with live music By Randi Berkovsky Trends Reporter The music memorabilia and signed guitars on the wall are proof that Triple Crown has seen quite a few wild nights. The small bar, lit only by dim ceiling fans and neon bar signs, has seen 5,750 days of live music since it opened its doors in 1996. Triple Crown celebrated it 16-year anniversary Sunday with a party including free live music, a T-shirt raffle and barbeque. The owners have held the festivity every year as a “thank you” to the customers for another year of business. “I’m really excited,” said Eric Shaw, partner and booking agent. “If you had asked me 16 years ago, I would never have guessed we had gotten to this point. I think it is a testament to the quality of live mu-

sic in this area.” The live music was provided by a number of bands including The Whiptails, The Jocks and The Texas Saints. The music got the crowd moving with foot-tapping rhythms that kept the party going until the last band performed at 8:30 p.m. These bands came from a variety of genres and ages to provide for the diverse crowd, as is tradition at the venue. Triple Crown regulars said music lovers who can’t find tunes they “dig” at Triple Crown probably don’t like music, because the venue has something for everyone. The idea of Triple Crown as a “come as you are” bar is reflected in the many kinds of people who visit each year. Whether they are hippies, head-bangers, students or the elderly, people came into the bar to get away from life and escape into music.

When the bar opened, there had been a long-standing void in the San Marcos music scene that Triple Crown filled, said Pat Pankratz, a regular since the venue’s beginning. He emphasized the bar hasn’t changed a bit since opening day. Hosting the open mic night for the Triple Crown’s first 13 years, Pankratz has seen customers come and go, but the passion for music among the employees and audience has been a constant. He explained while there are “no assholes allowed,” Triple Crown is every man’s bar. “It is just a wonderful bar experience,” Pankratz said, as he sat at the corner of the bar smoking a cigarette. “And sometimes (it’s) not a bar, but a community. It’s an easy place to be. If a person hasn’t experienced this yet, they’re missing out on something.”

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Variety drag performances raise scholarship funds By Xander Peters Trends Reporter An entourage of glitter and fake eyelashes traced Texas Music Theater’s stage in pairs of stilettos for a cross-dressing spectacle of charitable entertainment. Downtown San Marcos welcomed the community for Monday night’s second Annual Drag Out Funny Show. Doors opened at 7 p.m. for this year’s event and all ticket sales were donated to the Bobcat Pride Scholarship Funds. Hosting the performances for the evening was Mistress of Ceremonies, self-proclaimed “socialite, superstar and slut,” Miss Chitah Daniels Kennedy. Comedy routines took place throughout the night in between Kennedy’s flamboyant display of personality and talent, a unique combination of drag queen pageantry, dance and stand-up. The festivities had many entertaining acts such as the dance and step team Harambee Dance Group and the Gays of Hays County. Drag queens Eli Swither of Kings N Things, Gia de la Flor, Reina DelMar and Madylin Monroe Kennedy and comedians Maggie Maye, Jared Walls, Ralphie Hardesty and Kelly Stone were in attendance. Heather Aidala, Drag Out Funny executive director, said the night turned out as successful as planned. She hopes this year will only add to what is to come in Drag Out Funny’s future.

“We’re just all very grateful for everyone who has donated their time and talent,” Aidala said. “(Chitah) is hands down one of our biggest supporters in the San Marcos community and, along with (producer) Jeremy Torres, has donated a tremendous amount of effort and artistic vision to bringing this show together.” Rebecca Havemeyer was one of the final sequined beauties to perform in the later part of the evening. Havemeyer is described as an “ageless bastard with a heart of gold from the boozy bygone Hollywood years.” Havemeyer said Kennedy had invited her personally to this year’s Drag Out Funny fundraiser. “This was my first time in San Marcos, and (Chitah) asked me if I’d come down and do some of my numbers,” Havermeyer said. “So I decided to drag my ass here from Austin to entertain all of the university babies to raise some money for the damn scholarship fund.” Dakota Smith, musical theatre junior, said he is supportive of the fact that an event like this one is being put on. “I don’t imagine that there are a lot of drag shows around San Marcos,” Smith said. “I think anything that gets attention like this here is cool because of the money and amount of awareness you can raise in the community. To come out and participate in something like (Drag Out Funny) says a little more than just wearing a pin on your shirt.”

Xander Peters, The University Star

Miss Chitah Daniels Kennedy sings Nov. 12 at the Drag Out Funny fundraiser at Texas Music Theater.

‘12 little women’ raise funds for veterans organization By Jordan Gass-Poore’ Trends Reporter Gospel music rang throughout the Embassy Suites Ballroom Sunday as the San Marcos Steel Magnolias sang and danced in honor of U.S. Military veterans, active service members and first responders. The group’s 12 members, clad in matching red jackets, American flagprint scarves and magnolia-shaped earrings, presented a check for $22,500 to Operation Comfort Secretary/Treasurer Tom Roznowski during the event. Roznowski’s wife, Janis, founded the organization in 2003. As an American Airlines flight attendant, Janis Roznowski saw many U.S.

Military service members flying in and out of the Middle East. Janis Roznowski began visiting wounded service members at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and later established the organization’s programs, which include rehabilitative sports and activities. Tom Roznowski said Janis was unable to attend Sunday’s event because she was participating in a 500-mile group bike ride ending in Corpus Christi. Vic Hash, recent U.S. Army retiree, spoke at the event about how Operation Comfort has changed his life. In 2006, Hash witnessed a vehicle in his convoy get hit by an explosive. The soldiers inside the vehicle burned to

Kristen Lefebvre, Staff Photographer

The Steel Magnolias perform at the God and Country Celebration Nov. 11 at Embassy Suites in honor of U.S. veterans, active servicemen, and first responders. They presented a $22,500 check to Operation Comfort, which supports wounded service members.

death. “Operation Comfort is all about the soldier,” said Hash. “You come home (and) you get operated on a few dozen times… There’s a physical healing and there’s an emotional healing.” Among the U.S. military service members honored at Sunday’s event were 15 World War II veterans, including 100-year-old Francis Sandberg and 95-year-old Joe Snyder. Snyder served under Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s press corps during WWII, said Debbie Daniel, The Steel Magnolias founder. Daniel said the group has since raised almost $25,000 for Operation Comfort. Operation Comfort was founded to support rehabilitative needs and provide financial assistance for wounded U.S. Military members at Brooke Army Medical Center and Audie Murphy Memorial V.A. Hospital in San Antonio. “Whenever you say something can’t be done, 12 little women did it,” Daniel said to the 1,500 event attendees. The work of The Steel Magnolias has not gone unnoticed. Kim Porterfield, San Marcos deputy mayor pro tem, proclaimed Nov. 11 as

“God and Country Celebration Day” during Sunday’s event. Porterfield said the city recognized the group for its “deep and abiding faith and patriotism.” Daniel, a native of Louisiana and daughter of a preacher, formed The Steel Magnolias in 2006 after a double knee replacement surgery. San Marcos residents, some of whom later became members of the group, would visit her home while she recovered. “I told myself, ‘When I get back on my feet I’m going to teach those ladies how to sing and dance and take them on the road,’” Daniel said. The Steel Magnolias have released four albums, even though some of the group members cannot read music. Evelyn Meehan, 95, plays harmonica for the group. Veterans Day is a particularly special day for Meehan, who witnessed the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. “These women are made of steel,” Daniel said. The group’s members, whose ages span more than 54 years, will hit the road on an 11-city tour Jan. 3 in Louisiana and Arkansas.

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Bobcats falter against New Mexico State, Denver University and the University of Denver. The team played competitively, winning 202 total points to their opponents’ 205 over the course of the two matches. In the end, the Bobcats were unable to come up with a win in either match. In the first set of the first match, things appeared to be in the Bobcats favor. They looked like the team that defeated NMSU in five sets on the road—a team picked to take the John Casares, Staff Photographer WAC title at the beginMolly Ahrens, sophomore middle blocker, and Alexandra Simms, sophomore ning of the year. “Our first set was aloutside hitter, fail to block against an offensive play Nov. 8 at Strahan Coliseum. most as perfect as you The New Mexico State Aggies prevailed over Texas State with a 3-1 victory. can play,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “That was easily the best set By Jordan Cole we’ve played all season.” Sports Reporter Defense was on full display in this set. The The narrowest of margins did not favor Bobcats stuffed any chance of scoring from the volleyball team this past weekend in their the Aggies. They compiled six blocks in the two home matches versus New Mexico State first set alone, four of which came in the first

12 points, allowing the Bobcats to sail to a 25-19 set victory. Following a third set victory for the Aggies, the fourth did not provide much refuge from the barrage as the Bobcats found themselves down early, 13-6. After an efficient run behind the serve of freshman Sierra Smith, the Bobcats were back in it as they took their first lead, 18-17. This lead was short lived as the Aggies responded quickly and took the set at 25-22 and the match 3-1. Chisum, who usually sees the glass as half full, tried to extend that mindset to her team, referring back to their brilliant play in the first set. Consistency has been a focal point of the team all season long and Chisum said it has not changed. “What I want them to remember out of this match is that first set,” Chisum said. “If we can do that consistently, then we can win when we go to the WAC championship.” Going into the tournament, the team will need that leadership from their three seniors—Patti Bradshaw, Danielle Sanchou and Caleigh McCorquodale—all honored during senior night before the Saturday game versus Denver. The match would be the seniors’ last match at Strahan Coliseum. Texas State took the Pioneers to five sets, but ultimately fell, extending their losing streak in Strahan

to three games. The Bobcats had control of the pivotal fifth match with a 14-12 lead coming down the stretch. Just as in the second set against the Aggies, they were unable to capitalize on their advantages and surrendered the fifth set and match 16-14. The Bobcats had three chances to put the game away. “It doesn’t feel great to not make those, but we just have to keep pushing and move on,” said junior middle blocker Ashlee Hilbun. Despite the loss, McCorquodale notched 42 assists to go along with her 14 digs. Bradshaw extended her streak to four matches of having at least 10 digs. She had 11. Most of those 42 assists from McCorquodale were sent towards the outside hitters— Amari Deardorff and Alex Simms. They collected 18 and 22 kills respectively. The 22 kills for Simms was a career high. Twitter: @TXStatesman

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Texas State defeats Belmont, North Texas for 2-0 start

By Lorenzo Almanza Sports Reporter

was going to help us in some cases,” Antoine said. “For the most part, getting rebounds and finishing plays were the little things that made a difference.” A key concern for the team during the first half was free throw shooting. Ford missed her first four and, as a whole, the Bobcats shot 58 percent. “The kids did a better job of getting to the free-throw line the second half. Diamond’s shot eventually fell, and we got to the free throw line,” Antoine said. “I think it was huge staying aggressive throughout the game.” After halftime, the Bobcats made some changes, shooting 66 percent from the freethrow line and improving their overall field goal percentage by 2.6 percent. The second half was a back-and-forth game that came down to the final 2 minutes. With the Bobcats down by one, freshman guard Ayriel

In what proved to be a battle, the Texas State women’s basketball team beat the Belmont Bruins 82-76 in an up-and-down contest that was decided in the final 2 minutes of the game. “This team is no different from the past. They found a way to finish the game, and that’s always exciting as a coach,” said Texas State Coach Zenarae Antoine. Senior Diamond Ford and junior Ashley Ezeh led the team to victory, combining for a total of 34 points. Ford finished the game with 21 points while Ezeh lead the team in rebounding and finished with a double-double, consisting of 13 points and 13 rebounds. “It was a shaky performance, but we had our crowd back there,” Ezeh said. “It was like we scored, then they scored, but our defense really got us going. The bench really carried us.” The Bobcats started the game on a 14-0 run, but that lead slipped once Belmont started hitting three point shots. The Bruins shot 45 percent in the first half, hitting 5 for 11 behind the 3-point line. Belmont finished the first half with a buzzer-beating three that gave them a 1-point lead heading into the half. Austin Beavers, Staff Photographer “I told the players we need to get to the free-throw Jasmine Baugus, junior guard, breaks through Belmont defense Nov. line more and use a five 9 at Strahan Coliseum. The Bobcats came out on top with an 82-76 guard offense too, and that victory over the Bruins.

Baseball and softball release 2013 schedules The 2013 season for baseball and softball is set to start in February. Eleven of baseball’s 55 games will be against teams that made it to NCAA Regionals last year. Texas State will take the field in San Marcos Feb. 15, 16 and 17 in the CenturyLink Bobcat Invitational. The Bobcats will host Missouri State University, Tulane University and Sam Houston State. Notable home matches include a three game series with the University of Houston and the team’s only home game March 5 against rival UTSA. The Bobcats will also face Texas opponents Baylor University (April 16), Texas A&M University (April 23) and Rice University (May 14) at home. The Bobcats will play the Texas Longhorns twice in 2013 on March 26 and April 9, both in Austin. Texas State will

make trips to California and Oregon this season as well. Softball will have a heavy travel schedule to start with as their first nine contests are on the road overall. The team will participate in five tournaments: The University of Houston Tournament, the 27th Louisiana Classic, the Texas Shootout (hosting), CenturyLink Classic (hosting) and the Capitol Classic. The Bobcats take on the Longhorns in a three game series, one on March 9 at home in San Marcos. Texas State will also host Texas A&M on April 16, one of two meetings between the Bobcats and Aggies in 2013. Texas State will play 22 of its 46 games at home. Staff report compiled by Cameron Irvine Twitter: @txstcamirvine

Anderson was able to steal the ball and push the team up court, leading to a fast break opportunity by guard Jasmine Baugus. After that play, the team was able to go on a 12-7 run which sealed the victory for the Bobcats. “We knew our shots were going to fall, it was just a matter of maintaining our defense and getting it going,” said guard Kaylan Martin. Freshmen Anderson and Erin Peoples were able to demonstrate what they can offer to the team. The duo combined for a total of 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists. The defense proved to be a dominating

factor in Friday’s victory. The team finished with a total of eight steals, five blocks and 33 defensive rebounds. Monday night, the Bobcats clipped the Mean Green 88-83 to improve to 2-0 on the season. Ford led all scorers with 23 points while junior guard Jasmine Baugus added a career best 17 and chipped in a team high 10 rebounds. Ezeh added 13 points. Next Game: Vs. Rice- Tuesday, Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m.

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San Jose State University. Late in the third quarter, Terrence Franks took an option toss into the end zone on a 22-yard run. The score at that point was 48-41 Bulldogs. After the Bobcats’ defense held the Bulldogs on a three and out, the score changed again. In the final 2 minutes of the third quarter, the Bobcats used five plays to drive 41 yards to Louisiana Tech’s 12, Kathryn Parker, Staff Photographer after a short punt put them Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech freshman running back, reaches out in scoring range to start the for a touchdown Nov. 10 at Bobcat Stadium. The Bobcats fell to the drive. The first play of the Bulldogs 62-55. fourth quarter was a 12-yard touchdown to tight end BradBy Jordan Brewer ley Miller, tying the game at 48. Assistant Sports Editor “We knew coming in, like the last couple After just 3 minutes into the second half of of games, that we were going to get a good Saturday’s contest between Texas State and shot from Texas State,” said Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech University, a familiar scene Coach Sonny Dykes. “They played well. They moved the ball all night. They executed, and unfolded. Texas State was in striking distance in a they didn’t turn the ball over.” It took nine games, but the Bobcats used game against a formidable opponent at the start of the third quarter, but this time it was the third quarter to their advantage in a comthe 19th ranked team in the country, Louisi- petitive contest. They held a high-powered Louisiana Tech offense to a touchdown and ana Tech. After trailing by a touchdown going into moved the ball twice down the field and halftime, the Bobcats needed this game to scored touchdowns on both occasions. “I’m really proud of our players,” said play out differently. The Bobcats let multiple games slip away from them in the third and Coach Dennis Franchione. “I thought they fourth quarters this season: University of played their tails off. We took the (19th) Nevada-Reno, University of New Mexico and ranked team in the country to the end. We

got some stops in the second half. Shaun (Rutherford), Marcus (Curry) and (Miller) played well.” The fourth quarter was controlled by Louisiana Tech, who scored two touchdowns for another, more lasting 14-point lead. The Bobcats battled back late in the quarter on a Rutherford 1-yard touchdown, cutting the lead down to 62-55. Texas State failed to convert on their onside kick, and the Bulldogs would kneel three times for their ninth victory of the season. Louisiana Tech put up 60 points for the second time in 2012 and gained more than 600 yards for the fifth time this year. “We had faith in our defense,” Rutherford said. “We know our defense would come up for us and make plays when they needed to. At the same time, we had to make plays and help our defense out as well.” The first half was a back and forth scoring affair. The Bobcats got on the board in their first drive after receiving the kickoff with a 12-yard rush by Franks. Tech responded with a touchdown pass on the ensuing drive. Texas State then had a five-play 75-yard drive lasting less than 2 minutes, which ended with a 55yard rushing touchdown from Marcus Curry. Texas State held the lead for over 8 minutes in the first quarter before Louisiana Tech tied the game with a Dixon touchdown. The Bulldogs would score on the next drive, taking the lead they would not relinquish until the fourth quarter. The Bobcats responded with a trick play, a reverse pass from wide receiver Tim Hawkins

to Curry, which went for 47 yards and put the Bobcats back into the game trailing by one point, 28-27, after their extra point was blocked. Both teams traded touchdowns until halftime, when the Bulldogs led 41-34. The game might have been lost for the Bobcats after committing 13 penalties for a costly 125 yards, some of which came at inopportune times. Some were made up by significant returns by Jafus Gaines, who had three for 106 yards including a 65 yarder. Twitter: @jbrewer32

Shea Wendlandt, Staff Photographer

Denzel Wells, senior cornerback, embraces Marcus Curry, senior running back, after a touchdown Nov. 10 at Bobcat Stadium. Next Game: Vs. United States Naval Academy- Saturday Nov. 17, 2:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network


Texas State wins seventh straight home opener, 86-76 over Fordham By Samuel Rubbelke Sports Reporter

Carlos Valdez, Assistant Photo Editor

Vonn Jones, senior guard, attempts a basket Nov. 9 against Fordham University at Strahan Coliseum. The Bobcats won 86-76 to start the 2012-13 season.

The Fordham Rams may have delivered the first blow in last year’s meeting between the Bobcats, but Texas State retaliated in their 2012-13 season opener. The 86-76 win marked the Bobcats’ seventh straight home opener victory, with five team members registering a double-figure game. The last time the Bobcats had five players score in double figures was Nov. 15, 2011 in a 96-55 victory over Howard Payne University. “It was a good way to start the year against a good opponent,” said Coach Doug Davalos. “The great thing about this game is that we have a lot of room to improve, but the pieces are all there. I think you saw that we can put in a lot of different combinations. We had five guys in doubles digits and three guys with nine or more rebounds. It was a great team effort.” Junior forwards Joel Wright and Corey Stern led the way in their first game as Bobcats. Wright had a double-double of 19 points, 12 rebounds and three assists, including 9-13 from the free throw line. Stern con-

tributed 16 points, nine rebounds and went six of seven from the free-throw line. “I just want to say, I thank Coach (Davalos) for giving me a second chance to come here and do what I’m doing,” Wright said. “I just feel like we got two great seniors, Matt (Staff) and Vonn (Jones). I just want to put my heart out to them and the coaching staff because all (of) them gave me another chance.” The senior duo of Staff, forward, and Jones, guard, each scored in double figures. Staff recorded 17 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. With the pair of blocks, Staff is currently tied 58, fourth in Texas State history. Jones scored 10 points, contributed three assists and had two steals. Sophomore guard Wesley Davis contributed 10 points with four rebounds. The collective team defensive effort held Fordham’s Chris Gaston to 19 points and 14 rebounds. Last year, Gaston scored a careerhigh 35 points and collected 15 rebounds against Texas State. Point Guard Branden Frazier scored 18 points but was held to one assist for the game. “We’re starting off on the right foot,” Staff said. “It was a great win and a great

team effort.” The University of Texas at Tyler is up next for the Bobcats. In 2010, Texas State earned an 80-59 victory over UT Tyler to take a 2-0 series lead on the Patriots. Staff and junior forward Reid Koenen remain on the team from the 2010 roster. Staff scored two points, collected six rebounds and two steals in 13 minutes of play. “We have to know that we’re probably the main team they’re going to face on their schedule,” Staff said. “They’ll come in hyped playing a D-1 squad, and even though it’s only the second game of the year, we have to maintain focus and keep working and improving.” Forwards Stephan Tapley and Dallas Bean are the only remaining players for University of Texas-Tyler from their last meeting with the Bobcats. Last season they combined for 6.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Twitter: @SamuelRubbelke Next Game: Vs. UT Tyler- Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7:00 p.m.

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