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FAFSA to start accepting applications in October By Bri Watkins NEWS REPORTER @briwatkins17

This fall, adjustments will be made to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid system to simplify the application process for aspiring students striving to attain a college degree. FAFSA is a program designed to financially support college students through the distribution of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. It is currently on a route of modification. Starting this fall, students will be able to apply for financial aid on Oct. 1, which is several months earlier than in the past. Incoming students are advised to apply for aid as soon as it becomes available in January, but won’t find out the cost for school until months later. By then, the deadline for choosing a college will quickly be approaching, but the new FAFSA structure could direct them to make an informed decision. Christopher Murr, director of financial aid, said this change is intended to beneficially impact students and families seeking financial assistance.

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Students gather around the Vaquero Statue in front of Old Main April 13 to protest for free higher education.

Students fight for creation of student tuition advisory board By Brigeda Hernandez SENIOR NEWS REPORTER @brigeda_h

As tuition continues to increase at public universities nationwide, some students are pushing for more transparency when it comes to how their money is spent. On March 7, the Socialist Alternative organization at Texas State submitted a written proposal calling for a student advisory board that would be involved in decisions regarding tuition. Ryan Cook, political science senior, drafted the proposal.

“At some point we’d like to have actual dialogue with the administration about having some kind of representation,” Cook said. “It seems funny we’d ask for representation when we have a pretty extensive Student Government.” Cook said the extent to which Student Government can accurately represent students is questionable. Although the organization can submit its suggestions regarding tuition, nothing is binding. Last year, tuition at Texas State increased by 2.7 percent. Texas State,

along with the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University, have seen an above-average increase in tuition since 2003, according to a report by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Eric Algoe, vice president for finance and support services, said it is among the lowest percentage increases at the university in the past 10 years. The Board of Regents ultimately approves any tuition increase, but it is a collaborative effort among faculty, deans, and department chairs as they assess the strategic direction of

the university. “We have a very in-depth process,” Algoe said. “I think probably one of the best in the country, in terms of creating an academic plan.” Algoe said Texas State’s strategic plan considers matters such as fairly compensating employees, funding for new requirements such as employee insurance the Legislature may pass and expansion of graduate and undergraduate programs. Cook said the university’s current solution to rapid expansion seems to be bringing in more students,

which will be problematic because amenities such as dorms and parking will not increase fast enough. “With relatively little effort, we can draw a lot of attention to this issue,” Cook said. The previous Million Student March occurred last November, and gained international attention. The group attracted attention from The Guardian, and was featured on Fox Business. “Texas State was featured prominently,” Cook said. “Which I think shows

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Students vote for SuperCat ring design, results of alumni pending By Bailey Buckingham SENIOR NEWS REPORTER @bcbuckingham

“SuperCats” could be a new potential nickname for Bobcats after students voted on the SuperCat logo design for the new class ring. Following recent trademark concerns with Texas A&M University, the administration at Texas State decided to create a new design. Current Bobcats had the opportunity to vote Feb. 24-26 on which design was favorable for the new Texas State class ring.

Joanne Smith, vice president for Student Affairs, said a website was designed and made available for students to provide feedback on the different options for class rings. The SuperCat logo design won with a substantial lead over the other options. The student voting was just one of a few rounds in the selection process. Now that the students have spoken, the vote has been left in the hands of alumni. Jennifer Scharlach, assistant director of marketing and membership for Texas

State Alumni, said the feedback they have received from former students is currently being sorted. “We sent out a survey to gather feedback last week,” Scharlach said. “It was opened for a week and now we are in the process of getting the information to the folks that will actually make the final decision.” Former students received an email from the Alumni Association containing a link to a survey including photos of the three design options, Scharlach said. Ellen Schneider, psychol-

ogy alumna, said she purchased her ring last year before graduation and she knows this may effect some alumnus emotionally but understands the change is necessary. “If I were to lose my ring I would absolutely be saddened by the change,” Schneider said. “But I haven’t, and I’m happy Texas State took the correct steps to avoid a trademark mishap so I understand why it needs to be done.” This is not a new process for Texas State. When the university transitioned

from Southwest Texas State University to Texas State University, the design of the ring was changed as well. Once the association finalizes the results, the decision will go back to the President’s Cabinet, Smith said. The cabinet will then analyze the results from both students and alumni to make a final decision. “Once we have looked at the results from everything the process then goes into the hands of Auxiliary Services,” Smith said. “They are the ones who work together with Balfour, the

ring distributor—the company that does the rings for us.” They are hoping this process will be finalized soon and the new ring design can then be available next December, Smith said. At this point, the timeline depends on a host of factors. “Maybe, maybe we can have it all finished by December,” Smith said. “But if not December, we will certainly have them ready by next May.”


Gregson: Open to considering Fair Chance ordinance By Lesly De Leon ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR @leslyd28

One city councilmember is considering an ordinance that delays employers from asking about job candidates’ criminal history during the application process. Austin passed a similar Fair Chance Hiring ordinance March 24 requiring private employers to delay asking about job applicants’ criminal history until a conditional job offer has been made. Violating the ordinance will result in fines. “I certainly can’t speak for my council members, but I think it’ll be something that we would consider,” said Councilman Scott Gregson, Place 5. Gregson said he agrees with the ordinance and be-

lieves it can provide those seeking employment a second chance. “I think there’s a legitimate reason to give people a chance,” he said. “At that point in time, they’ve paid their debt to society. So, I think it’s a very gracious and fair consideration that Austin has come up with.” Gregson said an individual with a criminal history could be a valuable employee. “If they’ve paid their debt to society and come out and shown themselves to be good standing citizens, I could see how there would be a value in hiring someone like that,” Gregson said. Bradley Hurt, public administration senior and president of College Republicans, said he does not agree with the Fair Chance

ordinance in its current language. “It’s not a good ordinance because it doesn’t actually shield anybody’s background. It’s just delaying the background check,” Hurt said. “If anything, it’s just pushing that hard decision back until the very end of the process, if somebody’s trying to get this job.” Hurt said if San Marcos city council members considered passing a similar ordinance, he would review its differences with Austin’s, but wouldn’t support it if it was too alike. Naomi Narvaiz, state Republican executive committeewoman, said she doesn’t agree with Austin’s ordinance and might not support a similar one in San Marcos. “We have to look at what

ASHLEY GALVAN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Austin’s new ordinance, called the Fair Chance Ordinance, delays an employer running a criminal background check until a job candidate is about to be offered a job.

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the social media savvy of people here.” Cook said around 150 students participated in the march last fall, which ended at the President’s House on campus. After being redirected several times, members of Socialist Alternative discovered there was a student advisory board,

but it had not met in over a decade. “We requested dialogue about the creation of a student tuition advisory board,” Cook said. “Because during our meetings, we felt that administration was perhaps not devoting the amount of mindfulness or devoting enough time to

FAIR CHANCE, bring up, but if it’s anything like the Austin ordinance, I don’t think it would benefit anybody,” Narvaiz said. “It would have unintended consequences and it would hurt both parties and not really do anything for the individual that’s seeking to be hired.” Narvaiz said such an ordinance could lead employers to profile applicants and make assumptions about their criminal histories.

considering these issues of sustainability with debt and tuition.” Algoe said it is too early to determine whether or not a student advisory board is a feasible option. Until a decision is reached, Socialist Alternative will continue to petition and raise awareness, Cook said.


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“I believe people deserve a second chance. I believe that very much, but what are we talking about?” she said. “Are we looking at an individual that commits a crime over five years ago or somebody’s that’s just committed a crime? What kind of a crime was it? I believe there’s a lot of different things that need to be looked at before something like this should pass.” Narvaiz said if council

Computer science junior Kristoffer Celera, media liaison for Young Americans for Liberty, said he does not necessarily agree with tuition increases, but believes there are problems with a taxpayer-funded university system. “Our mantra is you’re taking something from the

members voted on a similar ordinance, she would consider the wording before deciding to agree with it. “I don’t think I would favor if it came around, but first I’d have to see what the ordinance says,” she said. “You don’t really know until it’s worded. If they were to bring it up, who knows if it’s worded differently, if something’s added, something’s taken away.”

“I think there’s a legitimate reason to give people a chance. At that point in time, they’ve paid their debt to society.” —COUNCILMAN SCOTT GREGSON, PLACE 5

public,” Celera said. “So you should be giving money back to the public.” Celera earned his GI Bill through service in the Marines, and said he has no qualms about expanding the bill to include jobs such as police officers, firefighters, park rangers and public school teachers.

Academic inflation is problematic because more and more jobs are requiring higher degrees, and learning does not always take place within four walls of a classroom, Celera said.

fully make the best decisions and have more time to visit with us in terms of questions,” Murr said. Not only will FAFSA extend more time to students

who plan to apply, but it will also allow students to use their parent’s tax return from the previous two years.

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“It will allow us to reward students earlier, so they’ll have more time to digest the information and do cost comparisons with other institutions and hope-

JOSHUA CASTELLANO-DAVILA STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The welcome sign within the financial aid office in the J.C. Kellam Administration Building showing students the way to go to begin the sign in process.

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Study could be beneficial for sleepless Bobcats By Denise Cervantes ASSISTANT LIFESTYLE EDITOR @cervantesdenise

There never seem to be enough hours in a day for a college student to get everything done—including sleep. Sleep is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle and is just as vital as diet and exercise. According to The National Sleep Foundation, the average adult needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. A Gallup poll claimed Americans reported only getting 6.8 hours of sleep a night on average. Emily Gomez, finance junior, said she averages about 4 to 5 hours of sleep on a good night. “I’m not sure if sleep is a thing in college,” Gomez said. “I would love to get in my full eight hours, but with work and school I can’t seem to do that. I either get home really late from work or I have to stay up doing homework.” Luke Johnson, construction management freshman, said he battles insomnia and long restless nights. “Sometimes I’ll be so tired and want nothing more than to fall asleep, but I can’t,” Johnson said. “I’ll just stay up. Sometimes it’ll be a lot of tossing and turning, or on a really bad night,

I’ll actually get up and start doing stuff.” Miram Murphy, sleep study administrator, said those looking for answers on why they are having trouble sleeping can visit the Texas State sleep study room located in health professions. “You have to go through your health care provider first,” Murphy said. “We provide sleep studies if it is ordered by the doctor. We’re a freestanding lab that will provide that diagnostic service.” Murphy said the site is not for research, but can provide patients with a sleep study service. “Sometimes it’s confused with a drug study. We’re not doing any research,” Murphy said. “We’re just performing services that are ordered by other physicians. I know we have seen college students on occasion.” Stefan Baker, communication disorders freshman, said he had a study conducted after learning he was at risk for sleep apnea. “I would basically stop breathing during my sleep,” Baker said. “So I went and got a sleep study and it showed what stages of sleep my breathing would stop.” Baker said it was unique process and is grateful he

RUSSELL REED STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Students studying and falling asleep on comfortable couches April 19 in Boko’s Living Room.

took advantage of the opportunity to get the sleep study done. “They wire you up,” Baker said. “At first it feels a little awkward, but it isn’t as uncomfortable as it looks, or at least it wasn’t for me.” Murphy said the lab has

flexible hours and is open from Monday through Sunday 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and on Saturdays are open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. “I know we have seen college students on occasion,” Murphy said. “I feel like it just depends on the insur-


How to be a Resident Assistant By Erin O’Donnell LIFESTYLE REPORTER @1erino

The year most Texas State freshmen spend living in on-campus residence halls holds a special place in their hearts, and some students opt to relive the dorm experience over and over again. The people most integral to dorm life are residential assistants. RAs have one of the toughest jobs on campus, and have to balance maintaining order in residence halls with their schoolwork. Ashleigh Murie, communications freshman and Butler Hall RA, said the job is a lot harder than most people would believe. “We do not just make fun events for our residents to participate in. We make sure our residents are being listened to and feel a part of their residential community,” Murie said. Murie applied for the job when applications opened in November, and went through two interviews during the spring semester.

“If I did not say I was terrified, I would be lying,” she said. “The interview process is one of the hardest I have been through. They want to make sure you can handle the job.” Murie said her situation as an RA is a little unusual, as she is a freshman and started in the middle of the spring semester. “It was a lot to get used to at the same time, but I am doing my best to adjust and be the best I can be for my residents,” Murie said. Jane Smith, exploratory freshman, said she applied to be an RA after going to an informational meeting in her residence hall. “I thought it was interesting, and it was something I have been thinking of doing for a while,” she said. “So I thought, ‘Why not? What could I lose?’” Smith said she learned a lot during the unique application process despite not being picked for an RA position. “They want to make sure you have the leadership skills and the determination required for this job,” she said. “This is not a joke,

and they want to make sure every candidate is prepared for the job.” Smith said the application process ensures candidates are committed and ready to handle being an RA. “When you are selected, you have to take leadership courses, go to weekly meetings and save time in your schedule to be on call,” she said. “They want to make sure that you are the best of the best and have a genuine interest in doing your job.” Smith said part of the process included participating in a two-hour RA workshop. “Unlike most jobs, the workshop was before the individual interview, and you have to take part in both the workshop and the interview to be considered for the job,” she said. Rebecca Kephart, nursing freshman, said she was interested in applying for an RA position. “I was all for being an RA because I thought it would be one of the easiest jobs in the world,” she said. Kephart said she asked her own RA about the skills

and abilities required for the position. “After talking to her, I realized this job is a lot harder than I previously thought,” she said. “I am still amazed at the amount of work she does to make sure we have a great college experience.” Talking to an RA helped her see the job through new eyes, Kephart said. “It can be a thankless job at times, and it just makes me appreciate the amount of work she does more,” she said. Kephart said the talk with her RA helped her figured out what she wanted to do. “I figured I would apply so I could learn to be just as great as she is,” she said. Although she did not get the job, Kephart said she is willing to apply again in the future. “It was talking to my RA that made me realize I wanted to truly make a difference in the world, and I refuse to stop until I do so,” she said.

ance and the physician, but we do have a few students come in.” Baker said he would recommend a sleep study for anybody who feels they might need it. “Go to your doctor,” Baker said. “See what they tell

you, because I know sometimes it’s just easy to stay up, but there could always be a serious underlying problem.”

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The Lone Star state of corruption

From the Hill Country to the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Texas is filled to the brim with beauty, hardworking citizens and unwavering government corruption. Agriculture commissioner Sid Miller has been accused of billing taxpayers for expenses including travel to receive a pseudo-medical treatment known as the “Jesus shot” and going to Mississippi for a rodeo competition. According to the Houston Chronicle, not long after taking office Miller billed taxpayers at least $1,120 for flights and a rental car to Oklahoma City, where he claimed to be meeting Oklahoma National Stockyards officials. Unfortunately for Miller, officials said they had no plans to meet with him at all and it was discovered that Miller had planned the trip around receiving his Jesus shot—a supposed elixir to cure pain for the entirety of one’s life. Mythical treatments aside, Miller was also caught spending taxpayer money to fund a trip to Mississippi. He spent almost $2,000 in taxpayer and campaign funds to compete in a calf-roping event. Granted, he did not go in vain—Miller won $880 in the competition. Before Miller joined the Texas branch of the Legion of Doom, current Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was indicted on three felony charges of securities law violations. Paxton had allegedly encouraged po-

tential investors to allocate more than $600,000 into tech company Servergy Inc. It gets worse. Paxton allegedly failed to mention that he was making a commission on the investment and that he wasn’t even an investor in the company. People may be inclined to think these are just a few bad apples. When observing the governor, however, it’s no wonder these two have been caught with their pants down. As the saying goes, the fish rots from the head down. “I go into the office in the morning, I sue Barack Obama, and then I go home,” Abbot once said with confidence. Assuming wrongdoing on the federal government’s part, a case can be made for Greg Abbot’s litigious predilections—unless it is juxtaposed with his utter inaction when it comes to his own administration. Aside from a couple of spokespeople alluding to “thorough investigations,” Abbot himself has been relatively silent on these issues of misuse of funds and illegal activities. Paxton remains under investigation for misuse of taxpayer money, as does Texas looney-tune and carcass aficionado Sid Miller. Yet, Abbot is too busy suing Obama to get work done. His governance has been marred with controversy, yet he remains relatively silent save a single statement signaling the issue with one-party rule. Texas only has one leg-

islative session every two years, which does nothing but exacerbate government corruption in the state. Combine that with light regulations and a handsoff approach to everything but social issues, and it is clear why National Review published a piece titled “Texas Has a Corruption Problem.” When one party allows its members to act with impunity, those individuals can disappear down a rabbit hole of corruption. Their party lets them believe their influence is immovable and, for the time being, unchangeable. With that kind of unchangeable system, it’s only a matter of time before officials take governing and the people for granted. After all, what are Texan consitutents going to do? Vote Democrat? As Abbot’s administration enters its second year, it has been mired with controversy and the Texas people are the ones left looking like buffoons. An agricultural commissioner who is more worried about roping animals at a Mississippi rodeo than doing his job and an attorney general—the chief lawman of the land—is an alleged criminal mastermind. Only in Texas. It is time to focus on real issues affecting Texans like gentrification and the CPS scandal. Time to get back to proper governance for the sake of Texans everywhere.


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Ghost in the Shell controversy and Hollywood’s whitewashing of Asian character By Mikala Everett ASSISTANT OPINIONS COLUMNIST @mikala_maquella

Hollywood loves creating movies with plots and characters involving ethnic minorities. These movies usually entail a ceremonial dumping of white paint on the movie to erase all semblance of racial diversity— aka whitewashing. The Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell has recently been added to Hollywood’s easel. American studios Paramount and DreamWorks decided to make a live action version of the popular anime and cast Scarlett Johansson, a very white woman, to play the role of Major Kusanagi. Understandably, the studios have faced much

backlash for the decision. Many Americans are fed up with the whitewashing of racial minorities and lack of representation for the Asian-American and Latin-American communities. When these racial groups are cast in movies, they are usually background characters—and stereotypes, to boot. Somehow, possibly by the unknown biology of some nonexistent universe, every Asian-American knows martial arts, speaks broken English, eats dogs and is extremely intelligent and all-knowing—at least that’s what Hollywood would have us believe. Fans, upset at the casting choice for a movie that has a very Japanese story and background, came together to create a Care2 petition

entitled, “DreamWorks: Stop Whitewashing Asian Characters.” The number of signers grew from 65,000 to 96,000 after it was revealed that the studio ran visual effects tests on Johansson’s character to “shift her ethnicity.” Making Scarlett Johansson look more Asian is the most idiotic solution possible to the backlash. Not only does this show that studios think of race as no more than physical features, and not the communal history, culture and experiences members of a racial group share, but that Asian-American actors are not good enough to play lead roles in movies. Hiring an actual Japanese actress who is badass (of which there are many) may have been too much for

DreamWorks and Paramount to handle. Instead, they went the “easy” route, one they assumed would lead to more money, and hired a big-time white actress. Kristina Balbin, a member of the Filipino Student Association at Texas State, had some choice words for the Hollywood portrayal of Asian characters. “Scarlett Johansson may have been cast to make the movie more appealing and popular among American viewers,” Balbin said. “It would have been more reasonable to cast a Japanese actor, since it is a Japanese anime.” However, many Hollywood movies fail to prove whitewashing will always lead to big bucks, especially when faced with contro-

versy. These flops include, and are not limited to: Gods of Egypt, Pan, Aloha and Lone Ranger. Surprise, surprise—people aren’t happy when you erase a character’s race. It’s laughable that whitewashing is pretty much acceptable to the American population, but heavens forbid you place an actor of minority racial background in a role “reserved” for a white character. All hell broke loose when Amandla Stenberg was cast as Rue in The Hunger Games and Noma Dumezweni was cast as Hermione Granger in the stage play. Yet, it’s A-OK for a white person to play a character of a different racial background because that is just “acting.” Balbin brought up a Facebook post that asked girls

if they found Asian men attractive. Many responders did not, and Balbin believes this is what leads to the denial of roles for many qualified Asian actors— Americans don’t find them appealing. To be clear, Asian men are perfectly capable of being fine af, as are men of any other race. People need to stop comparing other races to the “American” standard of beauty —aka white, tanned and blonde— and accept all the magnificence diversity brings. Hollywood needs to stop by Hobby Lobby and pick up some new colors because this whitewashing needs to stop. —Mikala Everett is mass communications junior


Harriet Tubman’s inclusion on the $20 bill is a step in the right direction By Brandon Sams OPINIONS EDITOR @TheBrandonSams

Sorry Mr. Jackson, but this is for real. The Treasury Department announced Wednesday that anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman would be replacing President Andrew Jackson as the face of the $20 bill, so make some room. In addition to Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, both the $5 and $10 notes will be getting much-needed renovations as well. The $10 note will celebrate women’s suffrage, as the back of the bill will feature

prominent first-wave feminists Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul and Susan B. Anthony. Meanwhile, the $5 bill will commemorate historic moments that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial, with figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Eleanor Roosevelt placed on the back of the note. Sounds like the American currency is about to get much more diverse. Staring at the faces of old, bigoted yet memorable white men all day can be a bore. Unfortunately, in addition to the racist and sexist plebs of the Internet, not everyone is satisfied with this

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brand of inclusivity, particularly noting the inclusion of strength incarnate, Harriet Tubman. While not a particularly recent piece, in the wake of the news popular social justice writer Feminista Jones’ article on Tubman has ignited some heated debate. Jones wrote about the miscarriage of justice inherent in having Tubman as the face of something she spent her life fighting against—the American economic system. While some may concede to the fact that what Jones said is true, and frankly I’d be inclined to agree with them in theory, her argument

falls flat under scrutiny. True, the American economic system was founded on the exploited labor of African slaves and the grandiose theft of indigenous people’s land. However, to say this is the modern interpretation or function of the economic system would be disingenuous, to say the least. Now, a sociological conflict theory could be made on the merits of this assertion, but that’s a conversation for another day. In layman’s terms, the American system of today is much different than it once was. The inclusion of Tubman on the American currency is not a tacit endorsement

of capitalism or the inherent exploitation in much of the country’s wealth. People are included on money as an act of reverence—a memorialization, not because they were beacons of financial free-for-alls. Tubman was black and a woman. She was everything this country hated. Yet, she had the strength and perseverance to fight for her people at every turn. That is what she is being immortalized on the $20 bill, and she is a freedom fighter America should be proud of. Let’s try to not be cynics at every turn. Nothing is beyond critique, but this battle seems like one waged for nothing but the

sake of warfare. Maybe this is nothing more than an empty gesture, but it’s revolutionary nonetheless. The ends justify the means. So long as people do not let this supplement justice or act as a stand-in for freedom, there is nothing wrong with acknowledging proportionate representation wherever it may manifest. A broken clock is right twice a day, and here the system got it right. Lower the pitchforks, folks, and let’s celebrate by making it rain Tubmans on all the haters. —Brandon Sams is a journalism junior 601 University Drive Trinity Building, Room 101 San Marcos, TX 78666

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Women’s soccer schedule released By Lisette Lopez SPORTS REPORTER @Lisette_1023

The 2016 Women’s Soccer schedule was released Wednesday by Head Coach Kat Conner. There are nine home games, and five of those games are Sun Belt Conference matchups. The Bobcats start their

against South Alabama. The Jaguars have won the past three Sun Belt Conference Tournaments, and the Bobcats have played them to one-goal losses in the past two regular season matchups. South Alabama took last year’s match 2-1, and defeated the Bobcats in 2014 1-0 in overtime. Perhaps this is the year the Bobcats can knock off the defending

ward, and Kassi Hormuth, junior forward, look to lead the Bobcats up front. Prater led the team last season as a junior with 28 points. Hormuth finished third on the team in points as a sophomore with 11, and second in assists with five. Curry led the Bobcats with six assists. Rachel Grout, junior midfielder, is another one to watch. She played 20 games

WOMEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE: Aug. 13, 2016 – at Incarnate Word Aug. 19, 2016 – at Lamar Aug. 21, 2016 – vs Prairie View A&M Aug. 26, 2016 – at McNeese State Aug. 28, 2016 – vs Houston Sept. 2, 2016 – at New Mexico State Sept. 4, 2016 – at UTEP Sept. 9, 2016 – vs Stephen F. Austin Sept. 11, 2016 – vs Northwestern State Sept. 16, 2016 – vs Little Rock* Sept. 18, 2016 – vs Georgia State* Sept. 23, 2016 – at Appalachian State* Sept. 25, 2016 – at Georgia Southern* Sept. 30, 2016 – at UL Lafayette* Oct. 2, 2016 – vs Coastal Carolina* Oct. 9, 2016 – vs Arkansas State* Oct. 14, 2016 – at South Alabama* Oct. 16, 2016 – at Troy* Oct. 23, 2016 – vs UL Monroe* Nov. 2-6, 2016 – at Sun Belt Tournament

season on the road. The Bobcats went on to the Sun Belt Tournament last season and lost in the first round 1-2 against Georgia State, a team Texas State beat 3-1 at home 12 days beforehand. Georgia State capitalized early in the game, going into halftime with a 2-0 lead over the Bobcats. There were just as many shots on goal for both teams, but the Bobcats could not finish. Coming into this season, the rematch between these two teams would be a game to watch. The most intriguing matchup, however, comes

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Get to Know:TaylorWebb, softball sophomore By Autumn Anderson ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR @aaautumn_

Autumn Anderson: What’s your dream job? Taylor Webb: An occupational therapist. AA: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? TW: I want to go to Europe, I think, and just travel and see everything. AA: What’s your favorite thing to do in your free time? TW: Absolutely nothing, just lay in my bed and watch movies. AA: What’s your favorite movie? TW: The Princess and The Frog.

AA: What’s your dream car? TW: I want a black Range (Rover) when I’m older— that’s going to happen. AA: What do you like more, the city or the country? TW: The country, for sure. AA: If you won the Powerball what would you do with the money? TW: I’d probably find a good way to invest it. I’d probably buy land, and then with the leftovers I’d just find a good place to invest it into. AA: If you had to play a sport other than softball, what would It be?

TW: I like basketball. I was a fan of basketball in middle school and high school. AA: If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be? TW: Johnny Depp. AA: What is your favorite holiday? TW: I guess Christmas because of all the lights and being with your family. AA: What’s your favorite junk food? TW: Jalapeño chips. AA: If you could have a superpower, what would it be? TW: Speed. It would definitely be speed.

*Denotes Sun Belt Conference matchups

champs. Another team to look out for would be Houston. Last season, the Bobcats played at Houston and came out with a 2-0 win. Houston will come after the Bobcats for the upset at their home last season. There will be some shoes that need filling though. The team will be missing Lynsey Curry, senior forward, and Landry Lowe, senior midfielder. With a young team heading into next season, they are bound to step up and help their team succeed. Lauren Prater, senior for-

her freshman year and helped put an upset against Prairie View A&M with two goals. Defensively, there will be a new goalkeeper standing in between the hardwood. Maddi Nordstrom fills in the gloves for Caitlynn Reinhart, who was a two-year starter and recorded 90 saves in her career. There will be a total of nine juniors next season, including Grout, along with five sophomores. This team is young and fresh, but the Bobcats are ready for redemption in the Sun Belt Tournament.

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