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Traffic to worsen during Loop 82 construction
Debt within the Texas State University System
By Nicole Barrios News Reporter While San Marcos residents will get the overpass they wanted when Loop 82 construction begins in 2013, the traffic they want to avoid will increase until the project’s completion. Councilwoman Kim Porterfield, Place 1, said residents indicated San Marcos has needed an overpass in addition to the one on Wonder World Drive for years. She said residents have voiced that an overpass would increase public safety and ease traffic. The Loop 82 overpass will hopefully fulfill those needs in the long run, but its construction may be an inconvenience in the meantime, she said. At least one lane will be open on each side of Aquarena Springs Drive throughout the project, Porterfield said. She said there are currently two lanes open in each direction, and residents should expect some delays. She said the first phase, beginning in 2013, will not cause much disruption for residents. “I don’t think until phase two, when they actually start construction of the overpass, that it will really negatively impact people traveling on that road,” Porterfield said. “There are a lot of orange cones in San Marcos right now, and when the project starts, there’s going to be even more. But once we get through it, I think it’ll help (the city).” Juan Miguel Arredondo is a city neighborhood commission representative for sector 2 and a public administration sophomore. He said as a lifelong resident of San Marcos, it is exciting to see the Loop 82 project move forward. Arredondo said as a resident and student, he personally knows the traffic congestion faced on Aquarena Springs Drive is “horrible.” Arredondo said a complaint he hears consistently from residents is students cause traffic in the neighborhoods surrounding the university. He said many neighborhoods experience traffic at peak hours of the day such as 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. “What we as a commission look forward to are the benefits related to traffic when Loop 82 is complete,” Arredondo said. Porterfield said San Marcos has many at-grade railroad crossings with dozens of trains coming through the city every day. She said this causes an inconvenience for residents and prevents emergency vehicles from getting where they need to be. Arredondo said the traffic congestion for residents who live off Sessom and University drives as far as the downtown area will hopefully lessen. He said because more students and residents will be driving on Loop 82, there will no longer be a risk of being stopped by a train. Naomi Narvaiz, president of the Council of Neighborhood Associations, said the group supports the Loop 82 overpass project and believes it will be good for the community. Narvaiz and Porterfield said the project may cause slight inconveniences during its construction, but people will be pleased once it is complete. “(The Loop 82 overpass) will affect many residents very positively in the end,” Porterfield said. “But the two years that it’s going to take to construct that overpass are going to be difficult for everyone.”
Lamar University — $127,131,288
Lamar Institute of Technology — $4,000,295
Sam Houston State University — $151,846,689
Lamar State College Orange — $2,868,837
Sul Ross State University — $36,601,886
Lamar State College Port Arthur — $7,159,982
Texas State University-San Marcos — $411,595,180
Enrollment, construction raise university debt By Caitlin Clark News Editor Outstanding debt at the Texas State University System is increasing with the size of its institutions, a state-wide trend, according to a recent report released by the Texas comptroller. Texas’ public four-year colleges and universities had $12.5 billion in outstanding debt at the end of 2011, according to “Your Money and Education Debt,” a report by Susan Combs, Texas comptroller of public accounts. The Texas State University System has $777.7 million in outstanding debt,
$411.6 million of which is from Texas State alone. Bill Nance, vice president of Finance and Support Services, said Texas State is able to support these levels of debt through the use of different bonds. According to the report, state colleges and universities use bond debt primarily to fund facility construction and renovation projects. Non-tuition revenue bond debt is the most common and fastest-growing form of higher education deficit. Nance said non-tuition revenue bonds are usually backed by different construction projects in Texas State’s case. Construction of the North Campus
Housing Complex, for example, was financed through non-tuition revenue bonds, Nance said. This is not a drain on general university resources because revenue from the room rates students pay for their residence halls will finance the housing complex’s construction. The expansion of the football stadium was additionally financed through nontuition revenue bonds. The cost will be repaid through sports revenue, ticket sales, gifts and the student athletic fee, Nance said. Tuition revenue bonds are additional-
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Sediment poses danger to Texas wild rice By Adrian Omar Ramirez News Reporter Runoff sediment created from nearby construction projects could threaten Taylor Leal’s favorite part of the San Marcos River: its clarity. Leal, education senior, said she has been a regular at Sewell Park since her freshman year at Texas State. She said the San Marcos River’s quality is one of the reasons so many people flock to Sewell Park to escape the Texas heat. “People like our river because it’s so clear,” Leal said. “Nobody would want to get in a dirty river.”
Dianne Wassenich, program director for San Marcos River Foundation, said the university and the rest of the town are located around the headwaters of the river. Wassenich said runoff from construction causes sediment to form small “peninsulas” in the San Marcos River. The runoff buries the endangered Texas wild rice native to the area and can cause the riverbed, which typically feels gravelly, to feel muddy, Wassenich said. Wassenich said most of the runoff created on the Texas State campus goes into Sessom Creek. This is problematic because the creek flows into the head of the river. The Department of Facilities Planning, Design and Construction is looking into
projects to prevent storm water runoff from entering the river. The Environmental Protection Agency additionally has a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System that attempts to keep the river clean, Wassenich said. However, in some cases it is difficult to keep runoff from entering the river when it rains, said Michael Petty, director of Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction. He said a recent eight-inch downpour managed to overrun the university’s storm water pollution prevention devices. Petty said he had contacted University of Texas staff members who oversee storm wa-
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Student charged with 14 counts of manufacturing fake IDs By Taylor Tompkins Assistant News Editor
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A student was arrested during a Sigma Chi fraternity meeting Tuesday for the manufacturing of fake IDs. The San Marcos Police Department, along with the University Police Department, arrested 20-yearold Jake Waldrep shortly after 7 p.m. Nov. 13. Police also seized
Waldrep’s property after executing a search warrant, according to SMPD. Waldrep, engineering technology sophomore, was charged for manufacturing 14 fake IDs, each being a third-degree felony charge of manufacturing a counterfeit instrument. Each of the 14 counts are punishable with anywhere from two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. “We did recover 14 (IDs) that
he had manufactured,” said SMPD Cmdr. Kelly Earnest. “We seized a computer and some documents, so I’m sure that number will go up.” Kelly said the investigation is ongoing. Waldrep was released from the Hays County Law Enforcement Center on a $10,000 bond. The investigation began when a doorman of a bar told SMPD Officer Tiffany Williams about an indi-
vidual attempting to use a counterfeit temporary Texas driver’s license to get into establishments on The Square. Williams located the individual that night and later identified Waldrep as the suspected source of the fake IDs after a month-long investigation. Numerous individuals are suspected of using fraudulent temporary Texas driver’s licenses police believe Waldrep had manufactured.
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Multicultural Student Affairs, the Indian Student Association, and the Native American Student Association participants re-enact a traditional Native American dance during the 8th Annual Celebration of the People Powwow.
DAY IN HISTORY
1777 – The Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States. 1926 – The National Broadcasting Company debuted with a radio network of 24 stations. 1939 – The cornerstone for the Jefferson Memorial was laid in Washington, DC. 1940 – The first 75,000 men were called to armed forces duty under peacetime conscription. 1959 – A farmer, his wife and two of their children were found murdered in their home in Holcomb, Kan.–a crime that was the subject of Truman Capote’s non-fiction novel “In Cold Blood.” 1984 – An infant who had received a
baboon’s heart to replace her own congenitally deformed one died at a California medical center three weeks after the transplant. 1985 – Britain and Ireland signed an accord giving Dublin an official consultative role in governing Northern Ireland. 1988 – The Palestine National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. 1993 – A judge in Mineola, N.Y., sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for the statutory rape of Amy Fisher, who shot and wounded Buttafuoco’s wife, Mary Jo. 2002 – Hu Jintao replaced Jiang Zemin as China’s Communist Party leader. 2007 – Baseball home run king Barry Bonds was indicted on charges related to grand jury testimony during which he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs. (Bonds was later convicted of obstruction of justice; his lawyers are appealing.) 2011 – Hundreds of police officers in riot gear raided the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York City, evicting hundreds of protesters and then demolishing the tent city. —Courtesy of The New York Times
Nov. 10, 6:00 p.m. Off campus Burglary of vehicle Two non-students were arrested by San Marcos Police Department for burglary of a motor vehicle and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await a court date. University Police Department issued criminal trespass warnings to the non-students. Nov. 10, 2:30 a.m. Blanco Hall Criminal mischief under $1500 University property had been intentionally damaged. This case is under investigation. Nov. 10, 2:00 p.m. Coliseum Parking Lot Minor in possession of alcohol A student was cited for minor in possession of alcohol. This case is under judicial review. Nov. 10, 2:30 p.m. Coliseum Parking Lot Minor in possession of alcohol A student was cited for minor in possession of alcohol. This case is under judicial review.
Nov. 10, 3:00 p.m. Coliseum Parking Lot Minor in possession of alcohol A student was cited for minor in possession of alcohol. This case is under judicial review. Nov. 10, 5:00 p.m. Coliseum Parking Lot Minor in possession of alcohol A student was cited for minor in possession of alcohol. This case is under judicial review. Nov. 10, 6:00 p.m. Bobcat Stadium Theft under $50 University property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation. Nov. 10, 6:00 p.m. Coliseum Parking Lot Minor in possession of alcohol A student was cited for minor in possession of alcohol. This case is under judicial review. —Courtesy of University Police Department
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Emergency services do not add to university’s bomb expenses By Nancy Young News Reporter Texas State enlisted the help of multiple law enforcement agencies during the Oct. 18 bomb threat, but the university has not received a bill for those services. Capt. Daniel Benitez, University Police Department, said any expenses Texas State must pay for the bomb threat would not be for bringing in outside help to campus. Costs would be a result of faculty and staff members being made to leave campus and work from home at the time of the threat, Benitez said. The FBI, Austin Bomb Squad and San
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ly repaid through profit from the projects they fund, Nance said. Tuition revenue bonds are authorized by the legislature for specific projects like the Undergraduate Academic Center, he said. The legislature commits to making an annual principal and interest payment for 20 years when issuing tuition revenue bonds. Nance said the name of this type of bond is misleading because no student tuition has been used to pay for it in 40 years. Nance said Texas State has outstanding tuition revenue bonds for McCoy Hall, the Undergraduate Academic Center and St. David’s School of Nursing at the Round Rock Campus. The administrations will be asking the legislature to authorize more tuition revenue bonds for future projects this spring. Dominic Chavez, director of External Relations for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, said the Higher Education Assistance Fund can be used by institutions to purchase land, construct and equip buildings and make major renovations. Chavez said the funds do not have to be paid back to the state. Nance said Texas State’s increase in outstanding debt is tied to its enrollment growth, which results in a need for more facilities. He said the debt increase is also paralleled at the system level. He said this is a result of the revenue financing used by the system. Roland Smith is the system’s vice chancellor for Finance. He said its Revenue Financing System is a way to secure a broad-based source of funding. The fund-
Marcos Police Department assisted with the evacuation of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and San Jacinto and Tower Halls. They additionally made road closures and re-routed traffic. UPD Sgt. Robert Campbell said it is not unusual to call in the FBI during a bomb threat because the bureau always tracks that type of activity. Campbell said a budget can’t be planned for incidents like bomb threats, which do not occur frequently enough to call for reserving money in preparation. Campbell said he “doubts very seriously” that Texas State will receive a bill for the bomb threat. However, Campbell said uni-
ing would repay debt for all of the system’s institutions. For instance, this would apply if a residence hall is built at Texas State and there is insufficient money available to make payments on it, Smith said. In such cases, the Revenue Financing System allows for the bill to be directed to another institution. He said this improves the university system’s credit rating. “We ought to try to maximize the credit rating of the system,” Smith said. “The better the credit rating, the lower the interest rate. And the lower the interest rate, the less we have to charge students to live in housing.” Higher education institutions may have the capacity to support their current levels of debt. However, their ability to meet increased demand by adding new facilities may be constrained. In her report, Combs suggests universities take advantage of the rapid growth of online education. Nance said he does not see Texas State moving in that direction. Nance said the Coordinating Board has a space prediction model that claims Texas State needs 1 million more square feet than currently exists to support the current number of students. Nance said the university is playing catch-up on the space deficit. Utilizing more online education therefore would not help. “We’re asking the legislature to fund an engineering and science building, and you can’t teach that online,” Nance said. “You need to have hands-on research labs that can’t be transferred online.”
versity officials would be willing to pay the necessary price to keep the campus safe. “If it is going to cost a million dollars to make sure the environment is safe, then it’s going to cost a million dollars,” Campbell said. Campbell said local law enforcement is not focused on being compensated for its services during an emergency. “You will never hear any law enforcement say, ‘How much are we going to get paid?’” Campbell said. “They will say, ‘We will do everything we can to get it rolling to get enforcement to you right now.’” However, another Texas university that experienced a recent bomb threat has a bill
to pay. Jeff Kersten is the executive director of Business Services for the City of College Station. He said the College Station Police Department will have to pay approximately $6,200 for the Oct. 19 bomb threat made to Texas A&M University. Kersten said $1,500 of the bill accounts for overtime charges. Kersten said the $6,200 is just what will be paid by the police department. “Certainly there was more money spent during that particular event with public workers helping barricade the streets, Kersten said. “Plus, the fire department and other city officials (were) helping with the incident.”
Student-faculty ratio reflects growth By Nicole Barrios News Reporter Bobcats can expect classes to remain crowded as faculty-to-student ratios stay high during a time of growing student enrollment and a faculty hiring freeze. The university had a 29-1 student-to-faculty ratio in fall 2010, the highest of public colleges in the state, according to data from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. A decrease in legislative funding since 2009 has led to a faculty-hiring freeze. The freeze and an increase in student enrollment over the last 10 years have both led to high ratios. The student-to-faculty ratio reached its highest in 2005 and 2007 at 30 to 1, according to data from the coordinating board. However, over the past 10 years Texas State’s number of full-time faculty members has increased by 52 percent, said Associate Provost Cynthia Opheim. Texas State’s total enrollment has increased over the past 10 years by more than 30 percent, said Michael Heintze, associate vice president of Enrollment Management. He said in the state of Texas there are a growing number of high school graduates and a larger recruiting effort, which has led to the increased enrollment at the state’s universities. “Our faculty population has grown, but it hasn’t grown at the same rate as the student population,” Opheim said. “So, as a result of that, faculty in general are teaching larger classes, and we’re having to shoulder a little bit more of that growth.” The median Texas State undergraduate
class size is 27 students as of fall 2011, according to Institutional Research. Opheim said the university is currently under a selective hiring freeze, which means new faculty members are not being employed unless there is a “really dramatic need.” The biology department is one of the areas on campus that has such a need. Joseph Tomasso, biology chair, said his department has hired three new senior lecturers to address the increased enrollment in the College of Health Professions. Ruth Welborn is the dean of the College of Health Professions. She said the estimated 8.4 percent increase in the college’s undergraduate enrollment is from pre-majors who are now taking general and prerequisite courses such as biology and the beginning sciences. “The enrollment in biology courses has gone up nearly nine percent since last fall,” Tomasso said. “The university has been very good at providing funds to hire additional faculty members and additional instructional assistants.” Tomasso said the department has been able to handle the increase in students so far, but the problem it faces now is space. Opheim said university officials do not know when the hiring freeze will be lifted. Opheim said she is optimistic because revenue streams tend to be higher. “We’re in line,” Opheim said. “And we’re not usually at the front of the line.” Opheim said the university has told deans, chairs and faculty a call will be put out for more positions if, after the legislative session next spring, it looks like Texas State will get more funding.
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ter protection plans. Petty said he found everyone was in agreement that the only thing that can be done is to use as many protection devices as possible. “No one can design a protection system for any project to account for an eight-inch deluge,” Petty said. “It’s going to overwhelm any protection devices we have in place. We’d probably have to have a 30-foot dam somewhere along University Drive and a huge lake to capture (runoff).” Petty said a number of “best management practices” are implemented on construction projects. The practices include examining and immediately repairing silt fences along construction sites, in addition to ensuring storm drains are blocked from runoff. A storm-water pollution-prevention plan is put in place for each project, Petty said. The
information is posted on the project’s site. “We could have (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) show up unannounced and want to take a look at our protection devices,” Petty said. “We have to be prepared, and as a general rule, we are prepared.” Wassenich said it is difficult to remove river pollution once it has occurred, but a new project slated to begin in January could be a major help. The Habitat Conservation Plan will remove much of the sediment from the river to protect some of the native endangered species. The project will be financed by an additional charge to the Edwards Aquifer pumping fee. Wassenich said the project will also involve replanting wild rice where it may have been depleted.
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Runoff from construction sites have been flowing into the San Marcos River ultimately burying the endangered Texas Wild Rice.
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Men’s basketball program needs winning season in WAC debut
Dining halls should adjust hours to better accomodate student needs
By Savannah Wingo Assistant Opinions Editor
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he men’s basketball season has begun, and the program’s years-long mediocrity needs to end. The Bobcats are off to a 2-0 start in the young season, but they have not had a winning record in seven years. While the team does put up decent efforts for some wins, there is nothing shiny about the men’s basketball pedigree. In those seven years, the team qualified for the Southland Conference tournament three times. However, it has only won one game in the tournament. All teams in the WAC except San Jose State University had winning records last year, let alone in the last seven. San Jose State did have a winning record two years ago during its 2010-2011 season. The Bobcats have not won a conference championship since 1997 when the university name was still Southwest Texas State University. With all that said, Texas State has now elevated into the WAC. Though competition has increased, the Bobcats are expected to match that intensity, especially because the WAC does not have many powerful veteran programs. The University of Texas-San Antonio, the University of Texas-Arlington and Seattle University have all elevated their conference statuses this season too. The expectation of a winning record, just like the anticipation of football conquering four of 12 games in its first year of FBS, is one that should be met. This is especially important considering the same expectation has been in place for the basketball program during the last three years. Out of former Southland and current WAC schools, only the University of Central Arkansas has likewise
experienced a long drought of sub-.500 seasons. The Bears have not had a winning record since 2006, when they moved up to the Southland Conference. The men’s basketball program should not necessarily be expected to win a conference tournament or games in one, or to play excellently all season long. However, the Bobcats should be expected to play much better than they currently are. If the program cannot meet this expectation, then it probably needs a fresh start. The women’s basketball program wiped the slate clean in 2011, and in one season, it turned around a team that in 2010 had won just nine games. Women’s basketball had its first winning season since 2007-2008 as a result. Only good can come for the university and the athletics program if the men’s basketball team has a winning season. Besides football, a strong men’s basketball team at a large university can likely bring more exposure to the athletics program than any of the other sports can. This editorial board is desperate to see the men’s basketball program succeed. As the bare minimum definition of success, the team must find a way to post more wins than losses. It should do this sooner rather than later. 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.
Students, residents have ethical obligation to avoid texting and driving By Ravi Venkataraman Opinions Columnist
lthough implementing antitexting-and-driving laws are important, San Marcos residents and students need to make the correct moral decision not to text and drive for the overall safety of the community. Texting and driving is distracting and as harmful as driving under the influence of alcohol. In a June, 25 2009 New York Times article with a report by Car and Driver magazine, the reaction rate of a distracted driver texting on a phone is nearly twice as slow as a drunk driver. The statistics for texting while driving are staggering. A July 29, 2009 Virginia Tech Transportation Institute report indicated that texting while driving puts drivers at 20 times more risk than drivers who do not use a phone in the same situation. In all, a Jan. 12, 2010 National Safety Council press release included an estimated 28 percent of at least 1.6 million crashes each year involve cell phone use and texting.
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According to an Oct. 29 Texas Tribune article, Texas is one of 11 states without a statewide law on cellphone use and driving, and Gov. Rick Perry vetoed such a law in the last legislative session. However, cities have decided to adopt laws to curb texting and driving. A certain limit to cellphone use while driving has been implemented in 28 cities in the state. In nearby cities of Austin and San Antonio, some degree of cellphone use while driving is banned, and penalties for breaking the law include fines of up to $500. In San Marcos specifically, texting and driving is illegal in school zones. Laws like these may be difficult to enforce if not carried out into a full ban. KPRC Houston reported in a Nov. 8 article that El Paso, with a complete ban on cellphone use while driving, has issued more than 15,000 tickets in less than two years. Austin, on the other hand, with a ban on only texting while driving, issued about 16 tickets per month. This is mainly because texting while driving is difficult to prove. Therefore, the law in place is a moral obligation that we, as drivers, need to fulfill as a part of the community. We need to learn from the information and choose wisely. One person who takes the small step to avoid texting and driving could make a huge difference. Fortunately, the number of crash-
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es involving texting while driving has decreased from about 200,000 in 2010 to an estimated 100,000 in 2011, as indicated by statistics from the same National Safety Council press release. According to the AAA Foundation’s 2011 Traffic Safety Culture Index survey, 87 percent of drivers support laws against reading, typing or sending text messages or emails while driving. As much as people disdain texting while driving they occasionally do not follow through on their beliefs. According to the same survey, one-third of drivers admitted to texting or emailing while driving in the prior month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website states that more than 15 people are killed and more than 1,200 are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver each day. In a college town with heavy pedestrian traffic, drivers need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. It is especially important to increase awareness while driving because of massive ongoing construction projects, the constant inflow of cars on major roads and the amount of local hit-and-run fatalities that have occurred in the last three months. The consequence of reading a text while driving could be fatal.
dministrators should extend Jones Dining Hall operating hours to accommodate the recent closure of Commons over the weekend. According to an Oct. 16 University Star article, Commons Dining Hall will no longer operate on weekends due to a decline in the number of students living on campus utilizing meal plans. Although the closure is justified fiscally, it is extremely inconvenient for those who are required to pay for a full meal plan. It is understandable the university would choose to close Commons on weekends if the expenditures are greater than revenue brought in. At the same time, this closure may adversely affect students living on campus if other dining halls do not make adjustments. The area surrounding Commons has one of the highest concentrations of dorms on campus. Many of the students living in these dorms rely on Commons as their main supply of food during the week. With the closure of Commons on weekends, Harris Dining Hall and Jones Food Court are the only open eating establishments on campus Saturday and Sunday. The two dining halls have similar food selections, but Harris’ location is inconvenient and far away for students living in the main dorm area. On the other hand, Jones is nearby, but offers insufficient hours and options. It is unfair to give paying students only two options for campus-area eating on the weekends. These options are especially unfair since one establishment has a largely inconvenient location, and the other is limited in variety and hours. To compensate for the closing of Commons over the weekends, administrators should work to make the remaining dining halls more accessible. Specifically, Jones is in need of extended operating hours to effectively serve students who want a meal in the early hours of the day. While Jones has the latest evening closing hours compared to other campus dining halls, the available options become increasingly narrow as the night goes on. After 10 p.m., only four of the seven restaurants available remain open for business. Since students living in the residential core near Commons may increasingly choose Jones for weekend meals, this lack of available options is unfair to those required to buy a meal plan. It may cause overcrowding and long lines at night. In addition, Jones does not open until noon on weekends, thus forcing on-campus students who want breakfast to walk all the way to Harris, which opens at 10 a.m. But what about students who wake up earlier than 10 a.m. on the weekend or want to get breakfast a little closer to their dorms? The university has a responsibility to provide students with meal plans a variety of accessible and convenient options at any reasonable hour. The under-population of campus dorms this year is not directly the fault of individual students, so why should they be punished for it? Despite the decline in the dorm population, the university still has a responsibility to allow students to fully utilize the meal plans many are required to buy. The closure of Commons on weekends may be a necessary sacrifice. However, administrators must make sure remaining dining halls can compensate for the loss and provide students with a variety of convenient meals at any reasonable hour. —Savannah Wingo is a mass communication sophomore.
— Ravi Venkataraman is a creative writing master’s student.
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Armageddon-themed film premieres at Texas State By Glen Tadych Trends Reporter The impending doom of the world and a battle of good versus evil will come to Texas State when Snout Productions premieres “The Storybook” Saturday evening on campus. Debuting in 2009 with “It’s Over,” Snout Productions began a trilogy about a battle at the world’s end. The first film tells of Lucifer recruiting soldiers on Earth for the battle of Armageddon. “The Storybook” will show audiences the beginnings of Armageddon’s toll on those on Earth. “It’s exciting to watch the changes in the characters and their development,” said Angela Finley, one of the film’s returning cast and crew. “My character goes from being relatively innocent to
doing things she’d never normally do.” In addition to character development, “The Storybook” will present a sharper cinematic look than its predecessor, giving the series a more professional touch and standard. “The production value is definitely better,” said Caleb Straus, the film’s writer, director, producer and editor. “We used the same equipment in a more sophisticated way this time around.” The improvement in the series’ production value is one of many attributes Straus and Dustin Johnson, Snout Productions co-founder and crew member, sought to give their growing fan base. Since the series’ conception, both Straus and Johnson have striven to produce films that are not unique solely to the art form, but the industry
as well. “It’s so fundamentally anti-commercial,” Straus said. “We’re going into a bunch of stuff that some people wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole.” Critics who viewed the first film in the series weren’t able to place a finger on where “It’s Over” stands in terms of genre. “The Storybook” will continue this trend. “(‘The Storybook’ is) a very different kind of movie,” Johnson said. “It has drama and action moments, but it’s very artsy at times too.” Johnson and Straus feel “The Storybook” exceeds its predecessor and will become a staple for the series and Snout Productions. Straus expressed the company’s premise is not to be limited by a single medium and uniting the art and its creators is the primary goal.
“Every opportunity to get our name out there is good for us,” Straus said. “I hope (this series) puts me in a position where I can do what I want and puts Snout Productions on the map.” Production on the third film of the series, titled “It’s Over: Nephilim,” will begin following the premiere and reception of “The Storybook.” In addition, the series includes a planned graphic novel titled “It’s Over: Tribulations,” which chronologically takes place between the first two films. An online multi-media miniseries titled “It’s Over: Chronicles” is currently running on Snout Productions’ website. The premiere of “The Storybook” will be a free, public event hosted in room 206 of the Theatre Building on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Family art night brings children, parents together
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Jimenna Flores Castillo colors a snowflake at Family Art Night Nov. 13 at Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos. The cultural center makes it a priority to educate the community on the history of the Hispanic culture. The center sponsors different activities such as Family Art Night and ballet folkloric classes and hosts traveling exhibits in its museum.
The saying goes “a family that paints together stays together,” or least that is the mindset of those who work at the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos. The center hosts Family Art Night every Tuesday at 6 p.m., which brings parents and children together to make collages, papier mache and other arts and crafts for an evening of fun.
Berenice Rodriguez works on a card Nov. 13 during Family Art Night. The Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos aims to give parents and their children activities to do together. “Our goal is to have our classes work to help strengthen and improve the bond of the families who come to spend the evening with their children,” said Gloria Salazar, coordinator for the center. “The program is also a great way to educate a family as a whole about art and history.”
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Caleigh McCorquodale Volleyball in style
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Caleigh McCorquodale, senior setter, leads the Texas State volleyball team with 375 assists. By Jordan Cole Sports Reporter Caleigh McCorquodale, senior setter for the Bobcat volleyball team, is about as cool as they come, from stylish sets on the court to a closet filled with all the most fashionable threads. She is much loved and respected by coaches and teammates alike, toted as a natural born leader. “She is one of my favorite student athletes I’ve ever coached,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “She’s a very good setter, but she is just a fun person to be around,” Chisum said. “All of her teammates like her. She is demanding, but she can also be soft.” School pride is an aspect Chisum likes to give to her athletes every day. McCorquodale has received countless numbers of accolades throughout her career. Despite that, McCorquodale said she is most proud of contributing to the Texas State volleyball legacy. “Just knowing that I had a huge role in the success we had last year and the overall success the team has made makes me really proud to say that I played a sport at Texas State and that I was a part of that accomplishment,” McCorquodale said. She was voted to the 2011 All-Southland Conference First Team, Southland Conference All-Tournament Team and Southland Conference All-Academic Team for her efforts last year. With the season coming to a close, it remains to be seen what awards McCorquodale will end with, but she has already been acknowledged as the WAC Player of the Week on Sept. 3 and was awarded the Lamar Invitational MVP award. Despite all of the personal awards, McCorquodale, just as every good leader throughout history, refuses to let
hubris cloud her judgment. She knows there is no “I” in team. “I have had a lot of things that I have been individually proud of, but I couldn’t have gone anywhere without the team,” McCorquodale said. “It’s important for me to recognize that and I absolutely do.” Past the collegiate career in volleyball, McCorquodale said she does not see much competitive volleyball in her future. What she received from experience working with the volleyball teams, however, will always be with her. What McCorquodale does see in her future is fashion. “I’m a fashion merchandising major so I either want to move overseas or to New York or (Los Angeles) and try and get really involved in stuff like that,” McCorquodale said. “I want to stay in sports merchandising though, so hopefully somewhere in the athletic world around something that I love to do so much.” Junior outside hitter Amari Deardorff has been with McCorquodale for three years now and can attest to McCorquodale’s ability to lift others’ play and mood on the court whenever needed. “I’m always on the court with Caleigh,” Deardorff said. “I have a lot of chemistry with her and she makes me a better volleyball player just because I feed off of her energy and off of her sets.” It is not only on the court where McCorquodale is looking out for her teammates, however. She looks for any opportunity to set them up with fashion advice and threads when they might need it. “She is very much so a trendy person,” Deardorff said. “I think she gives the most fashion advice out of any one. Every one definitely raids her closet when we have nothing to wear.” McCorquodale only has a few more times to sport the fashionable maroon and gold for the volleyball team, but has ensured her legacy will assuredly live on for some time. It may be teammates looking to her for advice and leadership on and off the court. It may be a coach with over 30 years of experience claiming McCorquodale is one of her “favorite student athletes.” Whatever the legacy, it goes without saying McCorquodale’s style leaves nothing to be desired.
Texas State drops third straight to end regular season By Cameron Irvine and Jordan Cole Sports Editor and Sports Reporter The Texas State Bobcats ended the regular season with three of the better teams in the WAC and came away with three straight losses, dropping the Bobcats to the seventh position in the WAC. Despite the three game slide, Coach Karen Chisum expressed after Wednesday’s loss that the tournament was the chance for a new beginning. “The conference tournament is a new season for us,” Chisum said. “We have to be mentally tougher. We can be a very good tournament (team) when we put it together. We just need to want to win badly.” Utah State won the first set 25-16, took the second after the Bobcats had an early lead 25-19 and finished off Texas State in the third 25-21. Junior middle blocker Ashlee Hilbun led the Bobcats with ten kills and added three assists and five digs. Freshman outside hitter Morgan McDaniel was second on the team in nine kills. Senior setter Caleigh McCorquodale had team high 15 assists with seven digs. In the first set, the Bobcats last lead was 4-3, after Utah State pulled away by as many as ten points. The second set saw Texas State bounce back to take a 13-9 lead
in hopes of tying the match at one. But a 6-1 Aggie run allowed Utah State to grab a 15-14 advantage. Texas State only led once more the rest of the way. With the loss, the Bobcats fell to 9-9 in the WAC and into seventh place. Texas State could face off against either the University of Texas-San Antonio, New Mexico State University or the University of Idaho; all are 12-5 in the conference and play Thursday. Idaho and New Mexico State face off against each other. Against those three opponents, Texas State is 2-4. One win came at New Mexico State in five sets and the other came against UTSA in five sets. The Vandals swept the season series from the Bobcats. Texas State would not have to face Utah State until the final round as the sixth or seventh seed. Heading into the contest against the Aggies, the Bobcats needed a win to move into fifth place and now can only clinch the sixth or seventh seed due to tiebreaker scenarios. The first round of the WAC Volleyball Tournament, which is hosted by UTSA, will take place Monday and the championship game will be on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU. Twitter: @txstcamirvine, @TXStatesman
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Seeding still has yet to be decided in the WAC Tournament due to multiple key games happening on Thursday, which will end up determining seven of the tournaments eight spots. Utah State has locked in the number one seed but places two through eight are up for grabs. New Mexico State (12-5 in the WAC) faces Idaho (12-5 in the WAC), UTSA (12-5 in the WAC) matches up against San Jose State (9-8 in the WAC) while UT-Arlington and Seattle U battle for the final spot in the tournament.
UTSA has won six straight games, the longest winning streak in the conference by three and is the hottest team heading into Thursday and the WAC Tournament next week. McKenzie Adams’ 429 kills and Brandy Huskey’s 1,063 assists lead the Roadrunners. Report compiled by Cameron Irvine, Sports Editor Twitter: @txstcamirvine
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Bobcats face team of ‘discipline, pride, heart’
By Jordan Brewer Assistant Sports Editor It is not all that surprising the United States Naval Academy is among the most disciplined in college football. Navy is currently tied for second in the country in fewest penalties per game, 3.4. It is third in fewest penalty yards per game, 26.6. The Midshipmen have finished atop college football in at least one of those standings every year dating back to 2009. “Navy has been good for many years,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “They play with such discipline, pride, heart and execution. They play with (a physical) option game and they challenge us to go from playing Louisiana Tech last week to playing the spread option this week.” The Bobcats will travel to Annapolis, Md. to face the Navy Midshipmen for the first time in the teams’ history. Both are moving on from losses. Texas State is coming off a game where it committed 13 penalties for a total of 125 yards. Over the last 11 years, Navy has never finished below sixth in the country in rushing yards. It was the No. 1 rushing team four out of five years from 2003-2008. Its rushing attack is one of the reasons the team has won more BCS games as a nonBCS school than any other program. This year’s squad plans on keeping that streak alive as it currently ranks sixth with 274 yards per contest. The Bobcats
have faced two teams ranked currently in the top 10 in rushing. University of New Mexico is just ahead of Navy, averaging 311 yards, and the University of Nevada-Reno is ninth, averaging more than 250 yards. “This is a challenging week going from the type of offense we saw last week to Navy’s spread bone,” Franchione said. “It is a totally different concept. I don’t think anybody is going to break any passing records on us this week, but they do throw it a bunch underhand and backwards.” In this specific scheme, many different players touch the ball. This scheme is evident by the fact Navy has had 17 different players who have scored touchdowns this season, good enough for second in the country. The team has had four separate players reach 100 yards rushing this season. True freshman Keenan Reynolds won his first four games after being named the starter against Central Michigan University. He has done a majority of damage on the ground rushing for 622 yards on 115 carries, which is second on the team. He has added nine rushing touchdowns and eight passing. If he qualified for passing efficiency, Reynolds would lead the nation with a 177.4 rating. Senior slot back Gee Gee Greene has started the last 35 games at that position for the Midshipmen. Greene is having his best season with a team leading 679 yards rushing on 90 carries for a 7.5 average. He is coming off a career best 150 yards in a 41-31 loss at Troy University. The Navy defense ranks among the middle of the pack this season but held San Jose State to only 12 points while giving up 388
yards, compared to the 571 yards the Bobcats surrendered. The Spartans mustered four field goals in the contest and were held scoreless in the first quarter. “Texas State, they run a pistol-offense. It will be good practice for us,” said Navy linebacker Brye French. “We want to fly around and us seniors want to go out with a ‘W.’ Texas State is a great team and we are going to have to play a perfect game.” Navy is 28th in the country in red-zone defense, allowing only 29 scores in 38 opportunities, forcing four turnovers and four turnovers on downs. The team is led by senior outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel, who leads the team with 11.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. “(Texas State) has the option factor,” said Navy Defensive Coordinator Buddy Green. “They have the capability of spreading you out. They have a really Star File Photo good running game inside. Plus they have a really good Texas State football will be traveling to take on the United States Naval play action boot game that Academy in Annapolis, Md. keeps you off-balance. They team in tackles with 64 on the season. He do it all.” The defense has had an infusion of youth leads the team with three interceptions. this season, playing as many as eight true The team leader is Tra’ves Bush, a senior freshmen, a majority of them in the second- rover who mans the secondary. Sophomore ary. Four of its starters on defense are se- cornerback Parrish Gaines is second on niors, including linebacker Matt Warrick, the team in picks with two. who plays next to Wetzel. Twitter: @jbrewer32 Warrick is among the leaders on the
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Former San Antonio Spurs head coach Larry Brown and the 1-0 Southern Methodist University Mustangs are the next test for Texas State after the Bobcats’ one-sided win over the University of Texas at Tyler. At the age of 72, Brown is the only coach to have an NBA championship and NCAA title on his resume. He won his NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons, who beat out a star-studded Los Angeles Lakers roster that included Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Gary Payton and Karl Malone. Brown’s last coaching job was for the Charlotte Bobcats in December 2010. When Brown last coached at the collegiate level, he was cutting down the nets and celebrating a National Championship with the Kansas Jayhawks in 1988. Like Texas State, SMU also had five players score in double figures in their season opener. Guard Nick Russell led the Mustangs with 19 points, guard Ryan Manuel contributed 14 points, forward Shawn Williams added 12 and guard Jalen Jones ended with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Mustangs defeated Loyola Marymount 73-58. SMU’s three starting guards accounted for 19 rebounds, which was 50 percent of the Mustangs’ total production against Loyola Marymount. Russell, Manuel and Jones’ aggressive play combined for 27 free-throw attempts, converting 81.48 percent.
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Texas State has averaged 47 rebounds in their first two games of the season, and holds a +7.5 margin over their opponents. In both of their games, the Bobcats have collected 32 defensive rebounds while grabbing 30 total offensive boards. Texas State has allowed 13 and 14 second chance points on the season. “Our guys are going to have to box out and keep them off the boards,” said senior guard Vonn Jones. “It’s going to help a lot that we have guys who can come off the bench and score and contribute while the other team is tired. The bench is one of our strengths, and that’s going to help us for the rest of the year.” Contrasting styles of coaching will be on display Saturday when a more balanced Texas State team will face off against an SMU team who is more reliant on their starters. Between the Bobcats’ first two games, the starters have averaged 23.7 minutes per a game, along with having a reserve come off the bench and scoring at least 16 points. In Texas State’s victory over UT- Tyler, 10 different players scored. SMU, on the other hand, had a starting lineup that averaged 32.6 minutes in their season opener. In the second half, only one bench player came in for 5 minutes total. “This is the time of the year where we’re going to play everybody,” said Coach Doug Davalos. “Some of these minutes aren’t going to be so tight. Some guys are going to get more minutes and some are going to get less as
we move on. If you take Joel Wright out of the equation, their bench outscored our bench 31-13. So I challenged our guys to make sure they’re ready when given a chance.” Last time these two teams faced off, the Mustangs defeated the Bobcats despite career-highs at the time for J.B. Conley, Tony Bishop and Uriel Segura, who each scored 18 points. SMU held on to win 94-86 at Moody Coliseum. Before the Mustangs race down to San Marcos, they will face rival Texas Christian University in Fort Worth on Thursday, Nov. 15. Twitter: @SamuelRubbelke
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Men’s basketball will take on Southern Methodist University Nov. 17 at Strahan Coliseum. The Bobcats have won their first two games of the season.
UPCOMING FOOTBALL NEXT BOBACT GAME Texas State (3-6)
The Bobcats have lost five of their last six games and will play their final road game outside of Texas this season against the Midshipmen. Texas State does lead the WAC in red zone offense percentage. Navy will be celebrating senior day, a game that they have not lost in 10 years. Saturday November 17, 2:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE UTSA (6-4, 1-3)
Idaho (1-9, 1-3)
UTSA has lost three straight WAC games but did defeat the FCS’ McNeese State 31-24 last week. Idaho has gone 0-2 since interim head coach Jason Gesser took over. Neither of these teams have a chance to make a bowl game this season. Saturday November 17, 4:00 p.m., KCWX-San Antonio Utah State (8-2, 4-0)
Louisiana Tech (9-1, 4-0)
The WAC’s prime matchup of the season is finally here between the remaining two undefeated teams in the conference. Louisiana Tech needed 62 points to beat Texas State last week while Utah State has won nine straight WAC games. Their last loss was to Louisiana Tech in 2011. The Aggies have outscored their opponents 103-6 in the first quarter. Louisiana Tech has scored below 50 only twice in 2012. Saturday November 17, 3:00 p.m., ESPN3
NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE San Jose State (8-2)
vs. BYU (6-4)
San Jose State’s last win over BYU came in 1968, a 25-21 triumph. San Jose State will try for their fifth win in a row for the first time since 1990. The Spartans’ quarterback David Fales is now the most accurate quarterback in the country, completing 72.4 percent of his passes. BYU has won their last six games against WAC opponents. Saturday November 17, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2
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