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The Main Point: Being able to feed oneself when on campus at night, whether students live in a dorm or are studying late at Alkek Library, should not be a concern.
Hazlewood requirements modified Veterans, dependents will have to maintain GPA for benefits By Desiree Smith
Special to the Star
The revenue the student center receives from the store will contribute to the discussed expansion of the building, as well as the size of the store, Rahmann said. There will be minimal changes to the operations of Paws Market, however, the prices of items sold at the store will need to be increased. “We can’t continue to sell everything we’re selling and having the student center fee subsidized for (Paws Market),” Rahmann said. Chin-Hong Chua, resident district manager of Chartwells, said the price increase is estimated to be about three percent. “I don’t want to have a price shock. So we will try to keep that in mind, but at the same time we need to operate (Paws Market) as a business entity,” Chua said. Chartwells will need to examine the store’s current inventory and the prices from the vendors in order to determine any price increase, Chua said. Any increases will undergo a yearly review
Some veterans may be in danger of losing educational funding beginning fall 2014 when Texas State implements new eligibility requirements for tuition exemptions. Veterans and their families attending the university under the Hazlewood Act and Legacy amendment will now have to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, the same requirements those with financial aid must meet. Veterans are currently eligible for 150 Now, hour tuition-exempt credit hours if they are Texas requirements residents who served at least 181 days of will compel active military duty and were honorably them to hurry up discharged, accordand graduate.” ing to the Hazlewood Act. Dependents and spouses of eligible vetPETER SHULER erans can receive the ADMINISTRATIVE exempt hours if they ASSISTANT are 25 years old or younger and make satisfactory academic progress, under the Legacy amendment to the Hazlewood Act. Under the new requirements those who attend under the acts while pursuing their first bachelor’s degree must maintain a specific minimum GPA, take under the maximum 150 hours and have a minimum completion rate of 70 percent of all attempted coursework beginning in the fall semester. Some veterans are at risk of losing their Hazlewood Act exemption because of these new requirements, said Peter Shuler, Texas State’s Veteran Affairs administrative assistant. “People come here as transfers, and they change majors multiple times,” Shuler. “Now, hour requirements will compel them to hurry up and graduate or they’re charged out of state tuition, which is a lot.”
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Paws Market changing hands Chartwells to take over management of student center convenience store in June By Rebecca Banks News Reporter
hartwells Dining Services will become the new manager for Paws Market in the LBJ Student Center in June due to the store’s current limited revenue that is not covering operating costs. Jack Rahmann, director of the student center, said the facility is losing approximately $30,000 per year from Paws Market because of the cost of utilities, items sold and labor. The new management from Chartwells will allow for an increase in revenue for Student Business Services. Student Buiness Services will receive nine percent commission from Chartwells, which is expected to generate $45,000 in revenue from Paws Market, Rahmann said. “Now, that $45,000 is not all profit because we have to pay some for utilities, pay a little for insurance, but we’ll still come way ahead,” Rahmann said. “I figure we will at least come about $30,000 ahead.”
Randy Vetter Memorial Student health center anticipates job openings, increases advertising Highway signs unveiled By Kacee Letbetter News Reporter
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Despite increasing advertising expenditures to promote an open physician position, the Student Health Center preparing for the addition of new positions. The health center, which is estimated to serve 18,000 students this year, currently employs five physicians who treat students three to five days per week. The health center has nearly doubled its advertising spending every year since 2010 in an effort to fill positions like the one that has been vacant for the past nine months. The health center spent $2,892 in 2010 on advertising efforts in an effort to fill open positions, according to information provided by the university. The center spent $5,669 in on advertising in 2011 and $9,610 in 2012. The center had $19,485 in advertising expenditures in 2013. The health center will have even more vacancies to fill in 2014, according to Associate Director Karen Gordon-Sosby. Four staff
Andrew Smith | Staff Photographer members are expected to retire by the end of the year, creating a total of five vacant positions at the San Marcos facility, she said. The center spends money on using a number of advertising mediums to reach prospective employees, according to Deborah Chandler, health center business manager.
The center places online advertisements on websites such as Monster. com, Craigslist.com, Indeed.com and Jobelephant.com. Additionally, the center has begun to rely on email solicitations, Chandler said. Print advertisements such as post
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The Hays County Commissioners Court digressed from its normal meeting format Tuesday as those in attendance gathered to honor a trooper who was killed in the line of duty almost 14 years ago. The meeting was adjourned to unveil the Randy Vetter Memorial Highway signs, which will be displayed along Interstate Highway 35 in San Marcos. Vetter was killed in a routine traffic stop in 2000 when an elderly man he pulled over for a seatbelt violation opened fire. Approximately 100 guests attended the Commissioners Court meeting, including Vetter’s wife and 16-year-old son. The Randy Vetter Memorial Highway signs will denote the 5.8 mile stretch of IH-35, said Jamie Page, Hays County Sherriff’s Office Chief Deputy. The memorial signs will start in Kyle and run along the highway to San Marcos. Roads surrounding the courthouse Tuesday were closed to make room for officers and guests to view the unveiling of the memorial,
Page said. The traffic stop in 2000 took place at Yarrington Road and the west access of IH-35, said a police officer in attendance who responded to the incident. Vetter was among the many first responders to arrive on the scene 14 years ago. The Hays County Sherriff’s Office, San Marcos Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and University Police Department responded to the incident. The man was taken into custody after a brief standoff and Vetter was immediately transported to the hospital where he later died. An existing memorial at the location where Vetter was shot will remain intact and be joined by the new highway memorial that will be visible from the interstate, said Hays County Judge Bert Cobb. Development of the highway memorial was a long process. It first gained approval from the legislature and then the Texas Department of Transportation. “Randy was a part of the Hays
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HEALTH CENTER, continued from front cards are also distributed by the center, Chandler said. A list of licensed medical professionals is obtained through the State Board of Medical Examiners and then the cards are mailed to their listed addresses, she said. A portion of the money was spent on advertisements in medical journals in the past, but that method has largely been phased out because it is ineffective, Chandler said. “They are very costly and we just don’t get a lot of response,” Chandler said. Despite the impending vacancies, both Burns and Chandler said the health center will remain patient in the hiring process, ensuring that only the most qualified applicants are selected. “We really do hire quality people,” said Burns. “That is so critical to us, that we will let a position go empty rather than hire the wrong person.” The center is having difficulty filling positions because of the center’s inability to match salaries offered by private practices and hospitals, said Gina Burns, assistant director of clinical services. “It has to do with being in the business of health care,” Burns said. “The salaries tend to be higher (elsewhere) and so it’s very difficult for us to compete.” Budget information provided by the health center shows physicians will make an average of $135,000 this year. The National Bureau of Labor statistics reports that doctors nationwide
earned an average of $184,820 in 2012, showing physicians at the student health center are making nearly 30 percent less than their industry peers did two years ago. Physicians often choose to work at the health center because of the higher quality of lifestyle and increased level of patient communication despite the considerably lower salaries, according to some doctors at the center. Bryant Frazier, who ran his own private practice for 12 years and served as doctor to the Houston Aeros hockey team, joined the health center in 2012. He said working as a full-time doctor for the university ended the constant stress, long hours and high patient traffic that consumed his professional and personal life. “The ability to be home for dinner every night, to have no call overnight or weekends, and the built in vacations over winter and spring breaks, was very enticing,” Frazier said. “Combined with my predictions on the direction of healthcare in general, I felt that the long-term benefits in lifestyle change, while relieving me of the business stresses, was the best choice to get my life back.” Frazier said the center’s current doctors have equally divided the workload left by the vacancy. They have implemented a rotating schedule where each assumes the responsibilities of the missing “late day” doctor, seeing late arrival and walk-in patients.
HIGHWAY, continued from front County family,” Cobb said. “His family still lives here. It’s appropriate we honor him.” State Representative Doug Miller knew Vetter from childhood and supported the passing of the legislation for the memorial, Cobb said. As a family friend of Vetter, Miller remained
dedicated to the memorial and its lengthy funding approval process, Cobb said. A park was named after Vetter months earlier, and the highway memorial will be the final portion of efforts made to honor the fallen trooper, Cobb said.
Officials determining impact of healthcare act on faculty By Raquel Kimm News Reporter
Administrators are in the process of determining which Texas State employees will be covered under the university’s healthcare in response to the Affordable Healthcare Act. The ACA, which was passed in 2010, requires employers to meet certain criteria when insuring those who work for them. Under the act, Texas State has made changes to its healthcare plan for faculty and staff. “There are so many pieces to it, only time will tell its full results,” said Michelle Moritz, associate director of Human Resources. “We are a large employer that has always offered good health benefits. So this isn’t that big of a change for us, but it is still a change.” All changes will go into effect Sept. 1 to be in accordance with the law, Moritz said. Under the ACA, Texas State will determine employees’ coverage by the amount of hours they work, Moritz said. All employees who work 75 percent or more, which is equivalent to 30 hours per week, will receive full coverage from the university. Faculty and staff who work 50 percent, equivalent to 20 hours per week, receive coverage as well. Graduate students who work as teaching assistants and research assistants also receive coverage that will experience many upcoming changes, Moritz said. “The graduate students themselves,
like any other person in the U.S., have the obligation to have health insurance,” said Andrea Golato, dean of the Graduate College. Golato said graduate students must either to be insured by their parents, have student insurance or healthcare from an employer. If a person does not have health insurance, the IRS will penalize them. “So (students) can choose to get the (university) options through the student health plan or the employee health plan,” Golato said. The new healthcare options will allow students to eliminate the issue of finding good healthcare because the university will be taking care of it for them. Emilio Carranco, director of the Student Health Center, said there are four plans available with a range of coverage. In the “platinum” insurance plan, 90 percent of a patient’s medical expenses are now covered by the insurance. Under the gold plan 80 percent of expenses will be covered, which remains the same under the act. “So not only do we offer a plan, but we offer one of the best plans,” Carranco said. Students and faculty will now have excellent healthcare and no longer have to fear about falling into a financial “catastrophe” every time they have medical issues, Carranco said. “Our healthcare now has to be compliant with the Affordable Care Act,” Carranco said. “So all the insurance plans with poor value and quality cannot be offered anymore, which is a good thing.”
PAWS MARKET, continued from front VETERANS, continued from front Kimberly Ogden, intern at United States Veterans Initiative, said this is a “sad” situation. United States Veterans Initiative is a private non-profit organization that provides housing, employment and counseling services to veterans. “They served their country,” Ogden said. “Now when they’re trying to get their education and move on with their lives it’s like, no, not unless you meet these requirements.” Ogden helps veterans who are having trouble at Texas State by pointing them to the right resources, such as tutoring and financial aid. “I see the issues. I know who it affects,” Ogden said. “A lot of things affect a veteran’s success. They could have a brain injury. They’re transitioning into civilian life, trying to figure out their living arrangements, paying bills and going to school. You can’t judge them and say they’re a bad student based on a GPA lower than average. Some study hard but can’t remember
when faced with a multiple choice question.” Cheyenne Stoker, Texas State’s Veterans Alliance chief of staff, does not see a problem with GPA requirements for Hazlewood because the GI Bill, another funding avenue for veterans, already has the prerequisite. “It’s not a big deal, although some vets would probably disagree with me,” Stoker said. “Most vets mean business. They’re here to get their degree and get out.” Stoker said she qualifies for both the GI Bill and Hazlewood Act. “I would probably be significantly in debt without it,” Stoker said. “I definitely wouldn’t be at Texas State.” Shuler said exemptions help veterans like Stoker because they save money and help the campus. “It entices people to come here because it’s free,” Shuler said.
and require approval from university administrators, the Associated Student Government and the Residential Hall Association. Students will now be able to purchase items with meal trades at the store, Chua said. Brendan McNerney, international relations senior and student manager at Paws Market, said he is concerned the store will reflect other Chartwells businesses on campus. “People are upset because they worry (Paws Market is) going to lose a lot of what it has now because there is a huge difference in the atmosphere, and I’m sure people have seen this going into Chartwells stores and Paws Market,” McNerney said. Paws Market has offered students a “haven away” from other stores on campus, McNerney said
“(The store has) provided good prices, it’s provided an inviting environment and it really offers a lot to student leadership,” McNerney said. “It allows people to advance and develop skills that will be extremely helpful in the real world.” Rahmann said Paws Market will continue to maintain the same quality of service from student staff. “In our agreement moving forward with Chartwells, all the students that work there will continue to have their jobs,” Rahmann said. “They will continue to be involved in supervisory and management decisions, and the products will stay the same.” Students currently working at Paws Market will maintain the same hours and hourly pay if they choose to remain working at the store, Chua said. Student workers who work five hours will receive benefits such as getting a free meal.
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Freshman entrepreneur runs Digital Bounds, online tech news company By Kara Dornes Trends Reporter
Freshman Leon Hitchens IV turned his interest in the latest gadgets into a bona fide career by starting his own tech news company called Digital Bounds, providing reviews and updates on the newest electronic devices and industry news. “It all started when I got my first laptop and started blogging back in eighth grade, and as it went along I started focusing more on technology because I really liked that,” said Hitchens, a computer information systems major. Hitchens said the site’s growth was slow at first, which helped him understand that the people behind popular blogs run them as a full-time career and not just a hobby. He then started
to contact companies about reviewing their devices, a major aspect of his blog. Hitchens said his job mainly consists of extensive research on the latest and most popular tech items on the market. After browsing through research material and press releases, he writes reviews and descriptions for his readers in layman’s terms so everyone can understand all aspects of potentially pricey products and tech news. “For example, there was recently the Heartbleed bug, which put a lot of the sites’ users’ passwords up for easy access to hackers, so I wrote a piece about that and just explained exactly how it happened, how its fixed now and how the sites are more effective,” Hitchens said. Digital Bounds currently sees around 15,000 views a month. While Hitchens prefers not to disclose his income from
the site, he said the site is completely self-sufficient. He plans to expand the successful site into a YouTube channel consisting of video shorts and reviews. After graduation, Hitchens plans to continue the site and become a full-time tech journalist. “As a father, I wanted to make sure that when he was going to college that he was going to do something useful, and I was glad that he got into blogging with computers because that is something he can use in a career,” said Leon Hitchens III, Leon Hitchens IV’s father. Hitchens III said he noticed his son’s foray into blogging in high school and watched it taking shape and expanding with the rise of the social media wave. “I like to be my own boss,” Hitchens IV said. “I really just want to grow and get more followers and more readers and from there continue my career.”
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Mariachi festival to be hosted in San Marcos The Texas State School of Music will host the 15th annual Feria del Mariachi conference and festival April 25-26 at various venues in San Marcos. The list of festivities includes a mariachi competition for middle school, high school and college-level ensembles, workshops on vocal and instrumental techniques and a finale concert at 7:30 p.m. April 26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in San Marcos. The Scholastic Ensemble Competition will take place at 6 p.m. April 25 in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom on campus. Instrumental and solo voice workshops will be held April 25 at the Student Center. General admission for the finale concert is $13 for adults and $8 for children and students with valid Texas State identification. Preferred seating is $23 for adults and $18 for children
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and students with a valid Texas State identification. Tickets may be purchased online at www.txstatepresents.com. Feria del Mariachi’s mission is to promote mariachi education and culture in schools and the community by exposing students to successful figures in the mariachi community and providing them a chance to meet other young musicians. —Courtesy of the University News Service
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Friends with benefits Chartwells should provide 24-hour relationships can be dining hall options positive for students E
Ashley Trumps Opinions Columnist Mass communication senior
aving a friend with benefits is a positive experience for college students— the relationship provides support, stability and sexual gratification without requiring too much commitment. According to a 2009 article titled “Negotiating a Friends with Benefits Relationship,” approximately 60 percent of young men and women represented had experienced such a relationship. This same study states that friends with benefits have just as many problems to navigate as a formal relationship. I disagree. Having a casual sex partner you actually like is fantastic, especially when no romantic expectations or pressures are involved. A FWB relationship can be incredibly rewarding if both parties are aware of the exact nature of the relationship and communication is used effectively. Good communication is key, of course, as it is in every single sustained interaction with another human—be they mom or boyfriend. FWB relationships transcend the one-night stand where intimacy is involved. It is a friendship, after all, which is hopefully based on some sort of mutual enjoyment of one another. Additionally, it is understood and guaranteed that the sex will be satisfying, a fact that is uncertain when taking a new person home. The friendship
aspect can make the sex more fulfilling since it is with a person who is cared about. While sex with an emotional connection is nice, most participants in the aforementioned study entered this type of relationship because they did not want too much commitment. College life fills up a schedule fast, and students should make sure they have fun and relaxation time planned if they do not want to go insane from overwhelming stress. Friends with benefits provide the fun without all that time-eating commitment so few students actually have time for. A FWB relationship opens up opportunities to experiment and decide what kind of behaviors one will or will not tolerate in the context of a sexual or intimate relationship. Since FWB relationships are free from the heavy expectations of monogamy, those who partake in them can dabble around and see for themselves what sexual and relationship styles suit their preferences. It is easier to cut out the sexual aspect of the friendship than it would be to end a formal relationship, so moving on is less painful and takes less time. Relationships are inevitable and an important process of growing into a mature young adult. However, completely cutting sex and intimacy out of the equation is unrealistic for some people who need these experiences in order to feel fulfilled. Casual sex is the perfect learning opportunity and, in some instances, can even serve to bring friends closer together. Have sex with more of your friends, Bobcats. They are probably down. And when it is time to get dressed and go study, these friends might even have more than one special benefit.
very college student has been there—you squint and blink at the textbook in front of you, trying desperately to focus. Perhaps filling the void in your stomach with orange chicken will help stave off the pangs of anxiety for your exam in the morning. As you trek across campus, the promise of Panda Express putting an extra spring in your step, your dream of a late-night meal at Jones Dining Hall comes crashing down when you glance at your watch—it’s 3 a.m. No dining halls are open. The crushing realization that an after-dark study snack will consist of Red Bull and Pop Tarts rather than a more filling meal at a dining hall is a feeling every Texas State student has likely experienced at least once. Thus, there is a need and demand for at least one 24-hour or late-night dining location on campus. College students are notorious for their ability to put away the groceries, no matter the time or location. In light of this, it would be worthwhile for the university to consider providing its students with a place on campus for them to eat during these hours. Being able to feed oneself when on campus at night, whether students live in a dorm or are studying late at Alkek Library, should not be a concern. Currently, Jones Dining Hall is the closest thing Texas State has to an on-campus option for students looking for a late-night meal. Jones is available seven days a week and is typically open until 12 a.m. Students who live or work in other areas on campus will be hard-pressed to find an on-campus dining option late at night. Commons Dining Hall closes at 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 7:30 during the weekend. Harris Dining Hall, located in west campus, has similar hours to Commons. The Den is closed on weekends, and its food vendors are all closed by 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and by 2 p.m. on Friday. The Lair, located in the LBJ Student Center, is home to two of the most popular dining locations on campus, Starbucks and Chick-fil-A. It is also the closest dining location to students studying at Alkek. However, Chick-fil-A and Starbucks are only open until 12 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, and all vendors are closed by 10 p.m. on Thursday.
Ryan Jeanes | Star Illustrator Chick-fil-A closes even sooner at 5 p.m. on Fridays, and The Lair is completely closed on weekends. Students who live in dorms or are otherwise on campus late at night should not have to leave Texas State in order to eat if they find themselves hungry. Those who live in dorms are already forced to purchase pricy meal plans, and should be able to spend them late at night should they wish. Additionally, students who are studying at Alkek should be able to take a study break to eat at a dining hall rather than resort to scrounging quarters together for a trip to a vending machine. Perhaps one of the most important advantages of extending dining hall hours does not even have to do with food; it is a matter of ensuring the safety of students. Texas State officials should consider that providing students with one more place on campus to visit after dark would make for a safer community. Alkek is a great resource for students who need a place to study, but it normally closes at 3 a.m. A dining hall with extended hours could serve as another option for students who do not prefer to wander off campus late at night.
Some administrators may object to extending dining hall hours, as it would require staff to work longer hours or create a need to hire additional employees. However, the positions could easily be filled by students looking for work-study jobs or those who do not have time to work during the day because of their class schedules. The lack of late-night dining options at Texas State is both inconvenient and a safety concern that is more serious than it appears. University administrators should consider extending the hours of at least one dining hall on campus. The editorial board believes officials would then recognize the demand for this type of facility, which would surely be beneficial for all parties involved. 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 Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University.
On-campus housing restrictions often unreasonable, severe
Laura Crick Opinions Columnist Music studies freshman
he current on-campus housing regulations are too severe and should be relaxed to match those at other schools. As someone who is living in on-campus housing, I recognize the many pros to living in a place where someone cleans
my bathroom, and I do not have to worry about getting stuck in traffic on my way to class. However, there are some things that come with living on-campus I do not agree with, such as the many regulations concerning appliances and animals. Looking at the housing handbooks of Texas State, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University and Baylor University, it becomes clear rules are not the same everywhere. For example, UNT, Tech and A&M allow microwaves if they are under a specific wattage. Other universities, including Texas State, do not allow microwaves in the dorm rooms. This is particularly frustrating for on-campus dwellers whose build-
ings may have only one kitchen or a single janky microwave. A few weeks ago, the kitchen in my hall was closed entirely due to people not taking responsibility for their dirty dishes, therefore punishing all of us. I was up late studying one night and since the dining halls were closed, I went to the kitchen to cook a microwave meal only to find that it was closed, and I could not use the microwave. If I was allowed to have my own microwave, this would not have been as irritating as it was. I do understand that some of these appliances can be fire hazards, but in all honesty, living is a fire hazard. It is dangerous to be alive, but that does not mean that over-the-top regulations should be enforced in order to avoid some-
thing that honestly, probably will not happen. Many modern day appliances are made with that fire hazard in mind and are more fireproof than they used to be. Some universities do not allow string lights to be hung up in the room or anywhere else. This is saddening because string lights are a gorgeous decorating choice and provide low light throughout the whole room rather than having one bright light on at all times. Fortunately, Texas State does allow these. My roommate and I love having the string lights because it allows one of us to stay up and work while the other sleeps. Depriving students of this opportunity stifles their creativity. Rules against pets are an even bigger annoyance. I understand
that we cannot all have dogs and cats and birds running around the buildings. Many college students also simply do not have the time nor the funds to properly care for such a lovable creature. However, only allowing fish is ridiculous. There are many other relatively low-maintenance, mess-free pet options such as turtles, frogs and lizards. I would personally love a small turtle buddy. Restricting pet options to fish limits students who want a pet that is a little more interactive. Dorm regulations have their place. I understand that. But some changes need to be made to accommodate students’ needs, desires and freedoms. A microwave and a turtle would make all the difference in the world to a dorm-dweller such as myself.
Gay couples must not conform to traditional relationship standards
Rivers Wright Opinions Columnist Journalism junior
hose within the gay community should not strive to achieve an ideal that has been created by and for straight people—instead, LGBTQIA individuals should craft a unique view for
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their future. There has always been this idea of the “perfect couple.” This idea of a relationship has been around for years. Everyone wants that fairy tale, American dream relationship. Unfortunately, the picture is a little different for those who are part of the LGBTQIA community. There will always be something different—and that is the way it should be. Those within the gay community should want their own dreams. They should want their own ideas of a fairy tale or future rather than the preconceived notion everyone has grown up with. Fighting for equality for everyone is something I am very
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passionate about. I agree that everyone should have equal rights when it comes to marriage and the privileges that come with it. However, some people fighting for equality want it to create this image they have painted in their heads based on something straight people have been concocting for years. Pinterest adds to this absurd American dream by allowing Pinners to make a “dream” wedding. People have the ability to search for every detail imaginable from wedding photo ideas and locations to the exact outfits each party will wear and pin them all in one area. The problem with this is that
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even though it is a good idea in theory and it seems like a beautiful thing to do, not everyone fits into the same picture on that wedding board. This Pinterest board can be heartbreaking by reminding some that it is a dream being chased after that may be unobtainable. All of these crazy notions and dreams can be chalked up to the idea of human nature and wanting something that is not possible to have. It is the same idea of the grass being greener on the other side. The grass may be greener on that side, but I do not want my grass looking like someone else’s. I want my grass looking like me. Gays are creative people on
their own. Needing a preconceived dream that has been around for straight people is like wearing last season’s fashions to this year’s New York Fashion Week. It is time to create a new dream to leave behind so future generations can decide if they want to have that one or make their own as well. It is time to dismantle the fairy tale castle brick by boring brick and build a new, individual and achievable dream. Remembering in the process that everyone was built differently, but can stand side by side united for the same idea such as marriage, is a good way to trek forward with a different future.
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Bobcats lose to rival UTSA on road By Gabby Tropea
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Texas State baseball lost its third straight game against the UTSA Roadrunners Tuesday 7-2 on the road. The Bobcats came into the match having lost four of their past five road games. Texas State is 5-10 away from Bobcat Ballpark. UTSA came into the matchup with a 24-12 record. Texas State leads the all-time series against the Roadrunners with a 52-29 record. The Bobcats had the bases loaded for Garrett Mattlage, junior infielder, in the bottom of the ninth, where he hit a double to tie the game the last time both ball clubs met. Granger Studdard, freshman outfielder, brought in Mattlage for the win with his third walk-off hit of the season and his career. “The rivalry part of it is fun,” said Coach Ty Harrington. “It makes it more intense, and usually makes the players razor sharp, and it brings you to your sense of competitiveness. That’s what makes it exciting.” Dylan Bein, sophomore pitcher, started the game on the mound and allowed three hits and 1 run. Bein struck out two Roadrunners. Corey Geisler, sophomore pitcher, came into the game in the bottom of the fourth in relief for Bein and allowed no runs. Senior Ross Goebel took over in the seventh inning. Goebel pitched .1 innings and gave up zero hits and zero runs. Hunter Lemke, senior, was the last to pitch in the game Tuesday
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