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NEWS

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New Student Government president, vice president inaugurated by President Trauth

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By Carlie Porterfield

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The Student Government’s newly inaugurated president greeted her constituents in The Quad with tears in her eyes. “I never been more proud to stand in front of my peers than I am now,” said Tiffany Young, incoming Student Government president. Students gathered in front of the LBJ statue April 23 for the inauguration of the new student body president and vice president. Young swore in incoming vice president Sean Quiñones in front of a crowd of students, instructors and administrators. Administrators such as President Denise

Trauth and former student government officials such as outgoing Associated Student Government President Vanessa Cortez spoke at the event. The student body elected Young as president over three other candidates, while Quiñones was unopposed in the vice presidential race. Students also approved a revised constitution that change the organization’s name from Associated Student Government to Student Government. With Quiñones’ help, Young said she will work “endlessly” to deliver what the students ask for. “I will always seek to make sure everyone’s voice is heard,” Young said. “I ran for this posi-

tion because my passion for and dedication to improve this university can be a very powerful force.” Young finished her speech by declaring she “learned what student government can be, and what it should be.” Young received a standing ovation, which some students felt she earned . “I think we made a good choice in electing Tiffany,” said Lily Lowder, political science junior. “She has a lot of ASG experience, and I like to see her capitalize on this year’s initiatives to foster Bobcat pride.” The inauguration commenced with Cortez’s farewell speech, where she took time to thank everyone who helped her along

Three new degree programs to be added to Texas State curriculum

during her time in office. Cortez passed advice along to her predecessor as well. “The challenges, hardships, and trust you encounter in this position can be overwhelming, but the friends you make, the support you receive and the power you have to make a difference is the most rewarding experience,” Cortez said. Trauth gave her recognition to Cortez, Perez and their former staff the jobs they did for the university and offered advice to the incoming officers. Trauth told the pair to keep with them “a balance of seriousness and humor, self-assurance and humility” during their time in office.

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Three new programs are in the process of being added to the curriculum at Texas State, one of which will be the first of its kind in the country. Beginning in fall 2015, the university will offer a Master of Science degree with a major in Dementia and Aging Studies. Andrea Golato, dean of the Graduate College, said the program will fill a large societal need. “Particularly for dementia studies, there is a huge need in any number of disciplines,” Golato said. “People in all different industries and in all different sectors of life have to deal with this particular problem. There is a real need for people who have training in that. In Europe, there are a

number of programs already in place, and here in the United States we have less.” Texas State will be the first university in the nation to offer a graduate-level educational program focused on person-centered dementia care in the nation. The program will be comprised entirely of online courses, a decision Golato said was designed to accommodate part-time students. According to enrollment projections, part-time students are estimated to make up 40 percent of the total program enrollment. “Making the program online provides better opportunities for individuals who are currently working in a full-time job, but realize the additional credentials could lead to job advancement,” Golato said.

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COUNTY

Veterans Court to be soon implemented in Hays County By Kelsey Bradshaw

Senior News Reporter

A court system will be available to eligible Hays County residents beginning this spring in an effort to reduce recidivism among those who have served in the military. The specialized court will hear misdemeanor offense cases that involve men and women who have formerly served in the military. Vets who are first-time offenders and are identified as needing help will be able to receive assistance and supervision for the issues they are facing for up to two years. The court was formed following of a recommendation from the Hays County Veteran Task Force, which has the goal of improving veteran services. The Hays

County Commissioners Court applied for grants for the Veterans Court program in June 2013. County officials are “gearing up” for the court to hear these cases and will begin rulings soon, said Hays County Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Precinct 1. The system will be set up to use one of the county courts at law, said Laureen Chernow, Hays County spokesperson. Jude Prather, Hays County veteran services officer and city councilman, helped design the court to provide veterans with “long-term recovery and community reintegration,” Ingalsbe said. Veterans will be sentenced to probation “tailor-made” to get their lives back on track. “This is not a ‘get out of

jail free’ card,” Prather said. The court will give veterans the opportunity to be successful, Ingalsbe said. Judge Linda Rodriguez volunteered to administer the Veterans Court. “There were several veterans who were incarcerated in our jail, and that brought to our attention the need for this sort of program to help them,” Chernow said. Veterans must meet one of three requirements to be eligible for their case to be heard by the specialized court. Veterans who were honorably discharged or given a general discharge and those whoa are diagnosed with a mental illness, traumatic brain injury or substance abuse issues as a result of

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OPINIONS

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The University Star’s guide to navigating graduation Congratulations, seniors. Four years (or maybe more) of dragging yourselves up and down stairs and hills, shotgunning Red Bulls during all-nighters at Alkek and sitting through Friday lectures the morning after Thirsty Thursday at The Square has all lead up to this—graduation. Earning a college degree is a huge accomplishment, but don’t get too excited—you’re not out of the woods yet. The commencement ceremony is a trial in itself. The University Star has compiled a comprehensive guide to help you survive your last hours as a Texas State student.

BEFORE THE BIG EVENT Develop a parking contingency plan This is your moment to demonstrate the expert navigation and parking skills you picked up while living in San Marcos. The areas around Strahan Coliseum will be either be gridlocked with lost family members or shut down completely, so be prepared to sit in traffic and take alternate routes. If you are lucky enough to live within walking distance of Strahan, make the journey on foot and let your family worry about parking. If this is not an option, give yourself at least 45 minutes to get to Strahan.

make a reservation. Don’t have your heart set on drinking mojitos in the courtyard at Palmer’s if you haven’t called ahead. That goes for most nice restaurants in town—if you haven’t made a reservation by now, your chances of getting a table are slim. Ordering a $20 plate of food and an $8 drink is critical to observing this milestone, so get on the phone once you’re done reading this if you don’t already have a reservation.

Pick an appropriate outfit Ladies, we understand the pressure of finding the perfect pair of shoes for graduation. It’s the only part of your outfit that people will be able to see, and you literally want to put your best foot forward. However, save the 5-inch heels for The Square later on in the night. They won’t be worth the risk of tripping, and no one wants to hear you whine about how bad your feet hurt. While your clothing is going to be covered during the ceremony, it’s still important on graduation day to look like a young adult who is ready to enter the professional world. Also, your mother will kill you if she pulls out her camera to take photos and you’re wearing an oversized T-shirt and Nike running shorts.

DURING THE CEREMONY

Make reservations If you want to go out to lunch or dinner with your friends and family to celebrate, you need to

Be positive and polite Depending on what time your

college’s commencement ceremony begins, you may have to check in as early as 8 a.m. No one wants to be awake that early, let alone sit through a graduation ceremony for two hours, but try to stay positive. While the ceremony will be long and mind-numbing, don’t complain about how bored, tired or hungover you are to whoever is sitting next to you. Graduating college is an achievement to be excited and happy about, so at least make an attempt to brush away any feelings of irritability. Additionally, we can guarantee that a sorority girl with a Swarovski-encrusted cap will be sitting nearby, and you don’t want to be anywhere near that thing after she tosses it into the air. That being said, if you have an ornate cap, be courteous to the people around you and try not to block (or damage) their vision with it.

POST-GRADUATION Celebrate — appropriately Jumping in the river in your cap and gown after graduation is a tradition that many Texas State students have looked forward to their entire college careers. If jumping in the river is something you want to do, try not to be obnoxious about it. Don’t push anyone in who does not wish to participate, jump on top of anyone or break any bones in the process. Take your cell phone out of your pocket before jumping in, and make sure your designated photographer is in place before you take the plunge.

Jordan Gurley | Star Illustrator The editorial board congratulates all of the seniors graduating this year, and encourages them to celebrate the milestone. Whether you plan on jumping into the San Marcos River one last time, spending time with family or taking a celebratory trip to The Square after graduation, be sure to use caution.

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.

RELIGION

SEXUALITY

Christians should display Christlike behavior through LGBTQIA acceptance

‘Slut shaming’ unacceptable attitude toward female sexuality

Laura Crick Opinions Columnist Music education freshman

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hristians should adopt a Christlike attitude toward homosexuality by showing love and acceptance instead of hatred. Christianity and the LGBTQIA community have had their fair share of arguments and debates. It is not very difficult to come by an article or website explaining why Christians should be against homosexuality and what the Bible has to say about it. However, amidst all of the hate, there should be a glimmer of hope. Christians have plenty of reasons to be accepting of homosexual lifestyles. Sin is sin, no matter what it is. My friend once told me that in a Sunday school class they learned about sins by using stacks of Oreos. Humans measure sins as if stealing gets one Oreo while adultery gets three, thus making adultery the worse sin. But God sees all sins the same, since when He looks down he only sees the tops of the Oreos, not how high they are stacked. People who claim homo-

sexuality is a horrible sin and needs to be taken down need to take a look in the mirror. Somehow these people fail to recognize the everyday ways humans sin, like lust, gambling, various forms of cheating and divorce, to name a few. These sins, and even sins as extreme as murder, are all considered within the context in which they occur. However, homosexuality is, for some reason, always treated as a tier-one Avada Kedavra level of unforgivable sin. This is not to say I think homosexuality is a sin because I do not. I am simply making the point that condemning the sin of someone else but excusing one’s own is definitely not Christlike. A Christian life is supposed to be led in a Christlike way: through loving others and aiming to bring others closer to God. By hating others and denying them the love of Christ, which was promised to all of humanity, a Christlike life is not being lived. I am a Christian, and I try my hardest to live life fully in Christ’s footsteps, which means accepting others and loving the downtrodden. Accepting others means accepting their way of life, whether it agrees with mine or not. It is not Christlike to hate others simply because they are different. In fact, I have many friends who are both Christian and homosexual. The church does not kick them out, and I most certainly do not hate them for it. I cannot speak for

all Christians and their beliefs, but as an individual Christian, I have no problem with homosexuality. It is not my life, and therefore I should not have a say in what other people choose do with theirs. The Bible frequently mentions how Christians should act. The New Testament insists that Christians act with love, equality, and fairness. These things are absent when homosexuality is hated on. Romans 13:8-10 is a good example of this: Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. This is the main thing the Bible asks of Christians—to love your neighbor as yourself. Hating on someone else because they are different is not acting in a Christian way. The bottom line is that it simply goes against the Christian teachings to hate. Christians are supposed to love, and this includes loving those whose lifestyles are different than most. Many churches are accepting of homosexuality, and it is time for individual Christians to be that way as well.

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omen should be allowed to embrace their natural sexuality without harassment or fear of being criticized. Students need to understand that sex is an emotional, physical and, above all, natural thing. Embracing one’s sexuality can include an assortment of factors ranging from knowing likes and dislikes in the bedroom to being able to talk openly about sex and items linked to it. Bashing females for simply embracing their sexuality is a seriously idiotic practice. These criticisms, most commonly known as “slut shaming,” attack women on their sexuality in a variety of ways. Aside from being perceived as promiscuous, women are criticized for the way they are dressed and talking openly about sex. Aside from the obvious double standard, students should understand that having sex or embracing one’s sexuality does not make anyone a slut. Sex is a natural thing and someone’s sex life is a personal matter that needs no input from outside sources. Men do not face the same stigma or opposition that women do when it comes to their sexuality. For men, sexual activity is actually embraced.

A male with multiple sexual partners or experiences is often considered a hero or referred to as “the man.” Women are not so lucky. If a woman has slept with what someone may feel is too many guys, she is labeled. If a woman’s clothes are deemed too provocative, she is labeled. Whether a woman may have had sex with someone is irrelevant. If there is any speculation of sexual intent or behavior, she has already been labeled. Instead of the pats on the back that guys receive, women have to endure the madness of being labeled as sluts and other offensive terms. Students need to let peers make their own choices regarding sex and sexuality without judgment. Someone’s sexuality and sex life is a personal choice that needs no outside opinions or input, unless asked. The appropriate number of sexual partners or the provocativeness of an outfit are subjective ideas. This should not even be a discussion. Students need to make their own decisions about what is acceptable for them when it comes to their dress and sex lives. Students should make note that what may be normal for them is not necessarily someone else’s norm. Sex is a natural thing. Students must not forget that their being on earth was because of an act of sex. Students need to get real about this. College students are adults and need to get rid of that blush-when-abody-part-is-mentioned mentality. It is okay to be sexually active and students should feel okay talking about these subjects openly. The act of embracing one’s sexuality is not at all shameful, and students need to be open-minded about this issue.

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ello Bobcats, First of all, I want to thank each person who voted in the recent Student Government elections, and a special thanks to The University Star for supporting Sean and I during the campaign session. Student Government is undergoing huge improvements all to better serve and represent you. Our representative purpose is and will continue to be the most

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important role we have on this campus. As we continue to improve your Student Government, Sean and I wanted to invite everyone to engage with us, on social media, at our meetings and with visits to our office. Sean and I have been working on a platform that focuses on enhancing student involvement, supporting student organizations, providing scholarships for study

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abroad and continuing to enhance our ongoing efforts to support pride at our university. You’ll be hearing more about our ideas in the coming weeks and we hope you’ll take these opportunities to tell us what matters most to you. The Young-Quiñones Administration is committed to continuously enhancing Student Government so that it can tackle the important issues facing stu-

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dents. With a legislative session coming up, students can be assured that our time in office will also be spent working on the big picture issues relating to higher education and securing state funds for important university initiatives. Next year will be a year of change with tough, but achievable goals. Sean and I hope to continue to have your support as we set

a course towards excellence. We look forward to working with you. Eat Em’ Up Cats! We Are Strong. We Are United. We Are Bobcats —Thank you, Tiffany Young Sean Quiñones

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VETERANS, continued from front military service eligible. Veterans facing misdemeanor charges and residing in Hays County or an adjacent county will also meet the criteria, Ingalsbe said. “Our servicemen and women just give so much to defend us to make sure that we have those freedoms that we all enjoy,” Ingalsbe said. “(The Veterans Court) is a way to give back to those who

come back who are struggling, who just need a little bit of help.” The court will also help eligible veterans receive benefits, Prather said. Counties across Texas provide veterans courts for their men and women, which prevents them from being arrested. “We need to make sure we’re addressing the underlying problems to keep them out of jail,”

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Prather said. Hays County has always been very “veteran-conscious,” and many former servicemen and women live in the area or attend Texas State, Chernow said. “We watch each other’s backs while in combat,” Prather said. “We need to watch each other’s backs while we’re here.”

CURRICULUM, continued from front “An online program will allow them more flexibility to participate.” According to the program proposal, two new staff positions were created for the program. A member of administrative support was hired fall 2013, and a new senior lecturer will be hired next fall. According to Debbie Thorne, the associate vice president for Academic Affairs, both of these salaries will be paid through online course fees, not out of the traditional university budget. Texas State has developed a Graduate Minor in Diversity Studies that is expected to begin fall 2014. According to the program proposal, the minor will cover theories on the intersection of race, gender, class and issues related to sexual orientation, ethnic identity and physical disabilities. Golato said being more aware of diversity could be beneficial to almost any career path. “Knowing about diversity is becoming increasingly important because our society is becoming more and more diverse. Understanding diversity is huge,” Golato said. “A lot of the major issues society is facing can’t really be looked at from just one perspective anymore. You have to keep multiple perspectives in mind.” No new faculty will need to be hired for the minor. The third program is a Bachelor of

Science major in Interdisciplinary Science. It includes a Composite Science Teacher Certification for grades seven through 12. Stan Carpenter, dean of the College of Education, said science and math scores have dropped in recent years, and the program was designed in an attempt to remedy the situation. “This is one of the areas that we seem to be falling behind in in the United States,” Carpenter said. “It is the case in math and science with the increasing need for more and more technology, that we do need more and more science and mathematics teachers to prepare the workforce. In Texas, we’re no different.” The program is designed for students who hope to specifically teach science-related courses to gain an understanding of a variety of scientific disciplines. According to the program proposal, students who graduate from the program will be prepared to take the TExES certification exam for the composite science teaching certification. Those who successfully complete the exam will be prepared to teach any high school science subject. “I think the interdisciplinary program is going to be very helpful indeed,” Carpenter said. “What we need is people out there who are literate in mathematics and science engaging with students.”

Self-sustaining housing facilities could be constructed in San Marcos by 2015 By Juliette Moak News Reporter

Officials at the San Marcos Housing Authority may be collaborating with Texas State’s Department of Agriculture to implement a new type of self-sufficient housing facilities that would allow residents to grow their own organic food. The housing facility design, called Hortaqua, is an urban farming system that employs a combination of aquaponics and horticulture, said Gene Martin, resident services director for the San Marcos Housing Authority. “It’s kind of a collaboration between us, the City of San Marcos, the local school district and Texas State University,” Martin said. “I’m really proud of the way things are coming together, with so many members of the community getting involved with it.” The system will be piloted at Chapultepec Homes, an apartment community that is part of the Family Self-Sufficiency program. The program was enacted by Congress in 1990 to promote employment and assist families participating in federal housing programs, Martin said. “It’s an enclosed system that looks like a greenhouse, but inside it’s a complete ecosystem where the fish provide nutrients to the plant and the plant filters the water,” Martin said. “The difference between traditional aquaponics and Hortaqua is that in this case there’s also earthworm-based soil, and you can grow all kinds of things in it.” This arrangement results in high-yielding crops in a very small space, said Will Richardson, director of Hortaqua Corporation in San Marcos, which builds the systems used in the facilities. “If we can all but eliminate (low income residents’) food costs, that’s essentially freeing up a third of their money for other purposes,” Richardson said. Residents would grow their own food under the supervision of agricultural students from Texas State, Richardson said. Jaime Chahin, dean of the College of Applied Arts, said the opportunity to work on the

project would be an “excellent” experience for students. “They would fund the project and basically hire our students to work with them,” Chahin said. “We have students interested from nutritional, social, agricultural and water resource perspectives.” A Hortaqua-based food source would safeguard participants from sustenance insecurity, increase their self-sufficiency and improve their health through superior nutrition, Richardson said. “Once the system is up and running, there’s really not a lot of maintenance needed,” Martin said. “It mainly involves making sure the temperatures are correct and removing unwanted insects.” Richardson said he plans for the Hortaqua system built in one of the San Marcos apartment communities to serve as a model for what can be done for public housing projects throughout the U.S. “We’re hoping that this is a project that can be replicated at a larger scale and also a smaller scale,” Martin said. “As far as I know, there are no other communities doing anything like this.” Martin said they hope to fund the project through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money they applied for through the City of San Marcos. “We asked for $48,410,” Martin said. “It’s a good chunk of money, but it’s not an insurmountable amount of money to do the kind of collaborative project we’re wanting to do.” Housing Authority officials will not know whether they have been approved for the CDBG funding until late next month, but they are open to exploring alternative methods of funding if the city council does not award them the grant money, Martin said. Once they obtain funds, the next steps will be to have the contract executed and the design approved and go through a bidding process, Martin said. Construction on the Hortaqua system would be completed by April 2015 according to the timeline the Housing Authority submitted with its grant application, Martin said.

LGBTQIA

Officials working to expand accomodations for transgender students By Nicole Barrios

Assistant News Editor

With the recent addition of gender identity and expression to the university’s anti-discrimination policy, Texas State is working to grow its services for transgender students. The addition of more gender-neutral bathrooms and counseling services for transgender students are among the steps the university has taken to accommodate them, officials say. Joanne Smith, vice president of Student Affairs, said it was important to add gender identity and expression to the University Policy and Procedure Statement on anti-discrimination to acknowledge Texas State’s diversity. Smith said the university is ensuring there are “gender-neutral” bathrooms on campus to accommodate the diverse population. Gender-neutral bathrooms are now included in all new construction and documents as a “campus standard.” The university is identifying bathrooms in existing buildings that need to be converted to convert gender-neutral facilities, Smith said. Some have already been converted. A gender-neutral restroom has been added on the third floor of the LBJ Student Center at the request of students, Smith said. “Obviously, we don’t want anyone to discriminate against any student,” Smith said. “And so if there are issues, then certainly we are prepared to address those sit-

uations.” Previous to the university adding gender-neutral bathrooms, transgender students would use the bathroom they most identified with, Smith said. Rosanne Proite, director of Housing and Residential Life, said all new residence halls include gender-neutral bathrooms, and they have also been added during renovations of existing halls, such as in Beretta and Laurel Halls. The new gender-neutral bathrooms are “full bathrooms” that include a toilet, sink and shower. These bathrooms work for transgender students as well as those with medical issues or disabilities, Proite said. The Department of Housing and Residential Life works oneon-one with transgender students when applying for housing so they can best accommodate them, Proite said. Placing a student in a dorm may be complicated depending on where a transgender individual is in his or her transition, Proite said. “So instead of trying to create all kinds of whistles and bells and arrows pointing at students, what we have done is we now work with students individually–students call us and say ‘here’s my situation, I’m in the midst of (transitioning),’” Proite said. The department has helped students in varying stages of this process, Proite said. They will be walked through the different housing configurations to determine which works best.

By Raquel Kimm News Reporter

Nancy Nusbaum Interim director of Transportation Services

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Because of the upcoming changes to the bus system and parking services, The University Star sat down with Nancy Nusbaum, the interim director of Transportation Services, to discuss what will be different and why. RK: What factors go into the decision of whether to change the shuttle system? NN: We focus on how many students are in classes that day, and when large numbers of students will be leaving cam-

pus. So, there has been a draft of routes, and we met with two students of student government who are very active on the shuttle system. We will have the different shuttle plan out sometime around finals. RK: Are there any routes that are going to change? NN: Well, because of safety reasons, there will no longer be a stop at Shipley. The LBJ route will be changing because of construction, and the campus loop routes will be changing as well. There will also be a change in the Ranch Road 12 route to compensate for the LBJ route.

“We will begin to identify more completely in terms of where they are from a medical perspective, because there is such a spectrum that we will need to request some medical documentation,” Proite said. “Basically until a student has completed their actual gender reassignment and has changed their gender legally, they’re still legally the gender they were born with.” Proite said this does not mean students do not have options, but they cannot assign a male-born student who is transitioning with a female student. The department will look at halls in which there are single rooms and private baths to help students get “as close an ideal situation as possible,” Proite said. The university also provides counseling services for transgender students through the Counseling Center. Elizabeth Terrazas-Carrillo, pre-doctoral intern at the Counseling Center , said all counselors at have a “safe place policy,” meaning they are empowering students of different sexual orientations or identities. There is an LGBTQ support group offered at the center led by a counselor. “It’s a support group, hopefully for them to get some support from other students who might be facing similar situations or concerns,” Terrazas-Carrillo said. Terrazas-Carrillo said issues transgender students seek help for are similar to other students, but they are compounded by some of the challenges presented by their

RK: Will there be a new garage opening for the West Campus Housing Complex that opens in the August? NN: There will not be a garage, but there will be a limited number of spaces along the street. We’re also tearing down Canyon, San Saba and the West Warehouse and building green parking there. The Speck surface spot will be going away as well. RK: Why will there no longer be hanging tags allowed for parking spaces? NN: People will share those passes when they’re on hanging tags, and we know this because they will tweet and talk about it, so we no longer will allow them. RK: What area will residents who have perimeter parking spaces be allowed to park in? NN: Residents can now purchase only the perimeter lot that is in the Speck garage, and the reason we chose this lot is because there is a shuttle that goes to and from the lot in the day, and at night there is the Bobcat Bobbies. There were

Kenworthy Uleanya | Staff Photographer sexual identity. There are more “layers of stressors” that have to be confronted in addition to the usual stress of being a student and a young adult. Proite said many universities are “moving in this direction” to

accommodate all students in many different ways. Some universities are “much further ahead” than Texas State, but many are “further behind us” in the process. “I think we’re in the middle,” Proite said. “I think we’ve made good progress.”

also be police escorts who will be able to bring them to their dorms at night until midnight.

architects and elevator contractors have a contract with us so they will not get ticketed. Other services such as food delivery can park, but they have to have their emergency lights on and can only park there for fifteen minutes. They also have to have some identification that they’re a food service.

RK: The STAR parking lot and The Meadows Center parking lot are going to be red restricted lots now—why is that? NN: The employees at The Meadows Center will be given red passes so they can park there. They are given one because their contract does not require them to pay for parking. Student workers will not be given tickets. If there is a car registered to student who is not a worker, they will be ticketed. We will also have a machine there for a temporary permit you can purchase so you don’t get a ticket. We’re adding the ticket machines in five different areas on campus as well. We will also have the machines to purchase a temporary pass at the Speck Garage, the Pleasant Street Parking Garage, the Coliseum, and Bobcat Village so no student will have an excuse to get a ticket. RK: How will vendors and services have to adjust to these new parking regulations? NN: Vendors and services such as

RK: Why are 20 reserved spots being added to the Woods Street Garage? NN: We have reserved spaces at Alkek and Pleasant Street to name a few, and we have a waiting list for the faculty and staff to get those spots. So we’re creating those spots to help that list. We’re making them partly because we’re added for accessible parking on Bobcat Trail when it closes to the Pleasant Street Garage. Those are going to take up some restricted, so we’re moving restricted parking spots to the Woods Street Garage. We’re demolishing the Comanche Hill Apartments and Campus Colony apartments and leaving the parking there and then making all the rest of it green.


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Photo roundup project meant to preserve history of San Marcos By Aubrie Iverson Trends Reporter

Downtown San Marcos was not always the collection of bars and restaurants that it is now. For many decades, The Square was the city’s center of commerce, and the San Marcos Main Street Program is on a mission to commemorate that history. Led by program manager Samantha Armbruster and partnered with the Hays County Historical Commission, the Heritage Association of San Marcos and the San Marcos Public Library, local residents were invited to the historical downtown

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courthouse Wednesday to share photographs and memorabilia. The personal collections were then scanned and archived before being returned to their owners. “San Marcos is changing so quickly,” Armbruster said. “We wanted to capture its history before it’s too late.” Terry Serur, whose family owned and operated several different business locations over three and a half generations, was one of the residents who participated in the photo roundup. Growing up in San Marcos in the 1950s and 60s, Serur remembers when drugstores, lunch counters and clothing shops owned by local residents surrounded the historic courthouse. “My family opened up for business in San Marcos in 1892 and (stayed open) continuously until 2001,” Serur said. “It was my grandfather, then my older uncles, then my dad and then me. I was the last one.” Sitting with several volunteers, Serur relayed story after story about his family and their history in San Marcos, which dates back

to the turn of the 20th century. His tales brought back memories of long-forgotten storefronts, Austin Street before it was renamed after Lyndon Baines Johnson and the creation of Gil’s Broiler’s now-popular Manske rolls. “These are just things between myself and my dad that we saved and collected over all those years, and I’ve still got them,” he said. “I wish I had more.” Another local contributor to the photo roundup was Patty Sullivan, long-time San Marcos resident, former vice president of First Federal Savings and Loan and former board member at Balcones Bank. Sullivan’s husband, Jake, was appointed postmaster of San Marcos by Lyndon Baines Johnson in the 1960s. Both Sullivans have been active community members for many years. Patty brought many newspaper clippings, chronicling advertisements by First Federal Savings and articles about its opening, including a banner that was stolen after one day. Bill Pennington of the Pennington Funeral Home on

Comanche Street and Professor Ann DuPont of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State loaned pieces of personal history and photograph collections to the Main Street Program for archival purposes during the roundup.

The scanned images will become part of a walking tour put on by the Main Street Program as part of the 22nd annual Swing on the Square festival May 16-18, and will hopefully evolve into a permanent display within each business, Armbruster said.

Sonja Burton | Staff Photographer Trisha Randow, a volunteer, inspects an image during the Hays County Historical Photo Roundup.

City offers variety of summer activities, events for students By Caitlin Rodriguez Trends Reporter

As the spring semester comes to a close and campus empties out, many students elect to stay in town over the summer to enjoy the many programs and events offered by both the city and university. Whether students decide to make San Marcos their seasonal home or just visit on the weekends, the summer is jam-packed with activities for both residents and visitors alike. The city’s largest summer event will be Swing on the Square, formally known as the Texas Natural and Western Swing Festival. May 16-18 will be a celebration of the western swing heritage and incorporate music from all genres in the downtown San Marcos area. The festival kicks off Friday morning with a Cowboy Coffee Talk at the historic Hays County Courthouse featuring an interview with some of the pioneers of swing over a country breakfast of biscuits and gravy.

Following the interview, The Gathering will be held Friday evening from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Freeman Ranch and will feature a fajita dinner and live music for $15 per person. Festivities will take place throughout Saturday with local vendors and live music in addition to a historic walking tour of The Square that can either be self-guided or led by a tour guide. The Hall of Fame Show will take place Saturday evening from 7-11 p.m. and feature a street dance and contest. The festival will close 10 a.m. Sunday morning with a Cowboy Gospel Brunch on the Hays County Courthouse lawn. Other events throughout the summer include Foodstock July 26, which benefits the Hays County Food Bank and will be the largest celebration yet, said Samantha Armbruster, Main Street Program manager. In addition to coordinated events held throughout the summer, Armbruster said the San Marcos River will be a big attraction. “With the improvements they’ve made to the river at the bank line, now you can

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get into the river at Veramendi Plaza,” Armbruster said. “Hopefully we’ll see people venturing from the river to downtown to eat and drink.” Cat Camp, a three-day two-night summer pride and traditions camp for incoming freshmen and transfer students will have sessions throughout the entire summer. Austin Anderson, Cat Camp assistant director and event coordinator, said the main goal of the camp is to prepare students for their new life at Texas State by teaching school traditions, providing resources and mentorship. Anderson said the activities facilitated at the camp are meant to mirror a specific school tradition including a “mock Riverfest pool party and relay race that reflects how crazy it can get in The Quad.” “If I could advise an incoming camper, I would remind them to relax and go with the flow of the camp,” Anderson said. “Keep and open mind and don’t forget to bring a water bottle.” Nearing the end of the summer the Main

Street Program will host Passport SMTX Aug. 22 on the Courthouse Lawn to welcome new students to the area. There will be food and music from 4 to 8 p.m. to celebrate Welcome Week and the beginning of the fall semester. The construction around the downtown area has been a concern for visitors, but does not concern Armbruster. She said while the perception has been that it will be difficult to hold events with the construction, people arrive and are pleasantly surprised. “If we give people a good enough reason to come down, they do it, and they’re really happy that they did,” Armbruster said. Rowan Armour, biology sophomore, is planning to spend her first summer in San Marcos. She hopes in between a busy work schedule she will find time to relax and spend some time outdoors. “I like to come down to the banks of the river and watch the fish in the water,” Armour said. “Being a biology, major I’m always interested in all the different wildlife there are to observe.”

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Madelynne Scales | Assistant Photo Editor Garrett Mattlage, junior infielder, dives to first base April 23 at Bobcat Ballpark.

Harrington earns 500th win By Kirk Jones Sports Reporter @kirk_jones11

Coach Ty Harrington captured his 500th career victory at Bobcat Ballpark Wednesday night as Texas State defeated the Baylor Bears 2-0. “There have been a lot of great players and coaches along the way,” Harrington said. “I had a chance when I was leaving the locker room to look at our wall of championships and players that I didn’t even know until last week.” Harrington has won all 500 of his games at Texas State and has fallen below the .500 win percentage mark once during his tenure. “There’s been a lot of awesome players that have come through here,” said Cameron Friess, freshman catcher. “To help Coach Harrington get his 500th win is awesome especially at home against a good team like Baylor.” The Bobcats stayed scoreless with the Bears until the bottom of the eighth when Friess singled home Garrett Mattlage, junior infielder, in the bottom of the eighth to put the team up 1-0. “He’s (Friess) been great

in practice sessions,” Harrington said. “Then comes out here in a game and brings some magical stuff.” Friess notched two hits in the past two games as a pinch hitter knocking home the gohead run against Baylor. “It felt good to knock that run home,” Friess said. “I was just looking for something up and he gave me a high fastball and I knocked it to right field.” Chad Young, starting pitcher, threw a season high 6.2 innings, allowed four hits on zero earned runs and three strikeouts. “It was exciting pitching tonight,” Young said. “It felt good to go deep into a game I got my confidence up and I’ve been working hard since my last start against Rice.” Matt Smith, sophomore infielder, turned an unassisted double play in the top of the third to end the inning after Young allowed runners on third and first. Smith contributed to the Bobcats season-high seven stolen bases in the game stealing one in the third. Granger Studdard, freshman outfielder, matched his season total of two steals in the game to in-

crease his total to four. Cody Lovejoy, senior infielder, pinch ran for Friess after his base knock and followed with a stolen base for the team. Tyler Pearson, senior catcher, singled home Lovejoy from third to score the second run of the inning and increased Texas State’s lead 2-0. Hunter Lemke, senior pitcher, took the mound in the ninth and earned his ninth save to tie Jeff McVaney for most saves in a single season. “He’s got to be there for us to be good,” Harrington said. “For us to have any success and continue on he has got to be apart it and I think he feels better and confident going into the weekend.” Texas State heads to Lafayette, La. for a three game series against No. 3 in the nation Louisiana. “This win makes us feel better going into the weekend,” Harrington said. “The guys want to play good, and they know what we are getting into this weekend. I told the players, you don’t always get an opportunity to play the number 3 team in the nation.”


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Bobcats defeated by Longhorns at home, ‘all hell broke loose’ By Cameron Cutshall Sports Reporter @CameronCutshall

Texas State softball was on its way to defeating Texas Wednesday for the first time since 2010 until the Bobcats gave up 11 runs in the sixth inning to fall 15-6 to the Longhorns. Rayn House, senior pitcher, started the game for the Bobcats. House gave up a 6-4 lead in the top of the sixth inning to allow 5 runs for the Longhorns to take the 9-6 lead. “When you don’t hit your spots you’re going to get in a bind,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “I think Rayn got tired, we didn’t make a couple of plays then all hell broke loose.” Kaylee Garner, freshman pitcher, relieved House. Garner did not record an out in the inning. The freshman allowed 1 run to score on an illegal pitch against the first batter she faced, then put two runners on first and second with two outs in the inning. Ashley Wright, sophomore pitcher, relived Garner after she put the runners on base. Wright pitched 0.1 innings, gave

up three hits and allowed 3 runs. The Longhorns sent 16 batters to the plate in the top of the sixth inning scoring 11 runs to make the final score 15-6. “Right now we don’t have any (reliable options),” Woodard said. “Right now we go with Rayn as long as we can and when she starts getting tired we know somebody has to come in and do the job, and right now it’s not getting done.” Texas State scored 6 runs on six hits on the offensive side of the ball. Katie Doerre, sophomore catcher, and Delia Saucedo, senior left fielder, each had a solo home run in the ball game. For Doerre, the home run was her seventh on the season, which ties Kortney Koroll, junior designated player, for the most on the team. Saucedo’s home run was her first one all season. Koroll hit in 2 runs in the bottom of the third inning with a two RBI single to give the Bobcats their first lead of the game 4-3. Timishia North, senior outfielder, and Jordon Masek, senior shortstop, scored on the play from first and third. “Offensively tonight I was very

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Bobcats’ season set back by errors, lack of mental focus

Rayn House senior pitcher By Ishmael Johnson Sports Reporter @Ish_46

Before she was the softball team’s ace pitcher, senior Rayn House was always an individual who held her faith and family close to her heart. R ayn was bor n in Longview, Texas and began playing softball around age eight. She kept up with other sports including, soccer, volleyball and basketball. “There are a lot of girls that know they want to go play college softball at 14—I was not that girl,” Rayn said. “I refused to even commit to a school until early my senior year of high school because I did not want to think about it. That was pressure to me. School isn’t hard, but school and softball, I wasn’t sure if that’s what I wanted.” Pitchers need to be groomed from as early as eight years old to be properly taught the mechanics of the position. Keith, Rayn’s father, explained to her the sometimes unfair responsibilities of being a team’s pitcher. If the team plays well, it is the offense that gets the praise, but when the team falters, the finger pointing is directed at the mound. Rayn accepted this heavy burden. She found her way to Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark. “I felt good about that, her staying close,” Keith said. “It was a Christian-based school, and it was a good school. We supported her wholeheartedly going to Ouachita and that being her decision.” Rayn stayed at Ouachita Baptist for two seasons before realizing she wanted something more in terms of competition. She wanted to prove herself at the highest level of collegiate softball and began to look for potential schools. Rayn had to wait for the season to be over, and the recruiting process was mostly done for programs around the area. “Many of the rosters were already so full that my time playing was not looking good,” Rayn said. “Coach (Peejay) Brun emailed me letting me know that they had tryouts and that I could come (to Texas State) and that I had just as good of a chance as anyone if I did make the team.” It was a tough decision for

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Austin Humphreys | Photo Editor House to commit to a school that was further away from her family. “All the girls laugh when I say, in my country twang, that I had to put my big-girl panties on and deal with it,” Rayn said. “Just move away from home.” Distance was not the only tough deciding factor for Rayn. Tryouts were not until September, but she had to enroll for classes that began in August, and there was not a guarantee she would make the team. “I grew a lot in my faith during that time,” Rayn said. “Trusting that the Lord had put me here and that he would make it work out, or if it wasn’t meant to work out then he would have somewhere else for me to go play soon.” Keith says faith is very important to Rayn, and her time at Ouachita Baptist helped her mature. He was not worried when his daughter made the decision to attend a university farther from home. “Kids are kids anywhere, Texas State or Ouachita,” Keith said. “As far as having opportunities to go astray, she had those everywhere, but certainly I remember that was a big and secular institution.” Rayn describes herself as

a perfectionist, and that a big adjustment playing at Texas State was her figuring out that softball is an imperfect game. Coach Ricci Woodard would tell her to quit thinking and just play. “It bothered me at first,” Rayn said. “Quit thinking? How am I supposed to quit thinking? But I know that she means by ‘quit thinking.’ She means think about the right things. I can’t dwell on the negatives.” Although they do not get to see her as much while she represents Texas State, Rayn still has her family support her when they can. “It’s kind of neat getting to come down (to San Marcos),” Keith said. “It’s a nice place, and we’ve enjoyed getting to know a lot of people there.” Keith says he will not be surprised if his daughter’s love of the game sways her to remain connected to the sport in some aspect after her senior year is complete. “It’s a pretty demanding sport and demanding in her position,” Keith said. “I think four years is about enough, and it’ll be good to see her close that door and open another door for her life to continue. We’re content and proud of her for finishing well.”

When the schedule for the 2014 baseball season was revealed, the hype was brought back down to earth by performances marred by mental lapses. Coming off of a 29-29 inaugural Western Athletic Conference season riddled with a porous 6-19 away record but a respectable 16-11 record at home, the team was looking to enter 2014 with momentum. Contrasting the team’s .500 record last season was the explosion of former Bobcat Paul Goldschmidt onto the national scene, giving Texas State baseball some prominence. With the season approaching, Goldschmidt finishing near the top of the MVP ballots and Coach Ty Harrington approaching career win number 500, 2014

was looking to be a historic year for Texas State baseball. Texas, Michigan, Rice, Air Force and Washington were some of the non-conference opponents at home that stood out at the start of the season. From the opening game against Michigan, it should have been apparent that, despite the immense talent on this team, mental lapses would be the hindering factor for the Bobcats this season. Four errors versus the Wolverines on opening day put Texas State in an early hole. Although the team pulled out the win, the occasional hiatus in focus was a foreshadowing of Texas State’s biggest enemy—themselves. Texas State currently has 62 errors on the season, which ties the team with Arkansas-Little Rock for the third most in the Sun Belt. The only teams with more errors are Georgia State and Louisiana-Monroe, both of which are in the bottom three of the conference. Texas State is the only team in the top three to have more than 40 errors, further proving that in order to make the next step in conference, the team desperately needs to maintain its game day focus through nine innings.

The setbacks culminated in the weekend series loss to eighth place Louisiana-Monroe, which the Bobcats should have won to rebound after back-to-back conferences series losses to Arkansas State and South Alabama. In the two games Texas State lost to Louisiana-Monroe the team committed 10 errors, including seven in the second-game 17-12 loss. The team’s fielding squandered the best hitting output for the season as Texas State scored a total of 30 runs and only came out with one win. The loss to Baylor in Waco Tuesday night was the most recent example of the team beating itself, as it committed four errors in the 4-3 loss. By far, the toughest test this season will come this weekend when the team heads to Lafayette, La. to take on the No. 3 Ragin’ Cajuns. An upset is not out of the question. That is, if the team chooses to hold their focus for a full nine innings and an entire series. It was apparent in the beginning of the season and still holds true, Texas State’s most frustrating adversary this season has been the Texas State Bobcats.


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