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‘Nude’ performance piece causes stir, raises awareness By Carlie Porterfield and Nicole Barrios UNIVERSITY STAR STAFF @reporterfield The Texas State community took to social media Monday morning after a student sat nearly nude on the steps of Alkek Library. Monika Rostvold, studio art senior, wore a thong and pasties on her breasts the color of flesh in a performance piece to make a statement about the objectification of women for Sexual Assault Awareness month. Women are pressured to attain an ideal body type, Rostvold said. However, women come in “all different shapes and sizes.” The artist wanted to highlight the difference between the way the male and female bodies are perceived by society. “I think that me having to wear pasties is a (double) standard in itself,” Rostvold said. “I have to cover my areolas and my nipples, and men don’t have to do that.” The piece went “hand-in-hand” with Sexual Assault Awareness month, she said. “Me and a few of my friends have been sexually assaulted before,” Rostvold said. “I just wanted to take away that kind of standard on our bodies and make it more empowering. I also wanted to not view our bodies as sexual objects but gear it toward beauty and nature.” Rostvold sat on the steps of Alkek for about 45 minutes. “At first, I got negative reactions,” Rostvold said. “People (got) really, really close to me, touching me and whatnot.” Rachel Romero, sociology senior lecturer, was on her way to teach an 11 a.m. class in Derrick Hall when she noticed students crowding around the library steps. “I approached the crowd,” Romero said. “I was curious. And so there was this girl—she didn’t have any clothes on—she had this beautiful silk, red bandage over her eyes, and her ears were also covered.” Romero took her 100-student class outside to observe what was happening. Romero said she was moved by the art piece. “It was so cool, and it was so pure, and she was so graceful siting there,” Romero said. “And I was really moved by the art.” University Police Department (UPD) officers came to talk to Rostvold. “They were just making sure I wasn’t on drugs,” she said. Officials said she broke no laws during her performance, and the officers eventually left. Rostvold researched the university policy regarding nudity before the performance. “When we got there, the cops, or the authorities, were talking to the woman, and she just kept herself so cool,” Romero said. “She was incredible just handling that.” Romero’s favorite part of the experience was seeing some of the police officers help the woman put her blindfold and headphones back on. “I really appreciated it—giving her the ability to express herself—and then she was incredible,” Romero said. “When that happened, all of us broke into a clap. We just clapped for her. She heard it all.” After the police left, people came and sat with Rostvold and gave her letters, water and flowers, she said. “I didn’t expect it to be as positive as it became,” Rostvold said. Loc Huynh, studio art junior and Rostvold’s studio mate, worked with her and helped document the reactions of passersby. “At first, people were shocked that there was a person that was naked on the steps,” Huynh said. “But then

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Freshman class of 2016 expected to break record By Darcy Sprague NEWS REPORTER @darcy_days

The Texas State freshman class of 2016 is set to be the largest group yet with a 13.2 percent increase from last year. Michael Heintze, associate vice president for enrollment management, said over 24,000 students have applied. So far, 14,000 have been accepted. Texas State is the fourth-largest

school in Texas. “We have become an ‘it’ school,” he said. Heintze estimates a total of 26,900 students will apply by May 1, the deadline for incoming freshmen. The size goal for the freshman class is 5,4005,500 students, Heintze said. Last year’s freshman class had 5,357 students. However, Heintze does not expect every accepted student to enroll. The average high school senior ap-

plies to three universities. “I think we are becoming a first-choice university,” said Dan Brown, University College dean and director for the Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (P.A.C.E.) Center. Brown and Heintze agree the campus and surrounding environment factor into Texas State’s growth. Angelita Segura is a junior at Elgin High School

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and is considering attending Texas State in the future. “I like the community and the all-around energy that surrounds the campus,” Segura said. “Everyone seems to get along, and it has a nice, cozy feel. Oh, and the river, of course.” Heintze believes the university will reach its freshman enrollment goal. He estimates the university will also meet its transfer goal of 3,800-3,900 stu-

dents. Transfer applications are up five percent from last year. The exact enrollment numbers will not be known until all freshmen have registered for classes during the last New Student Orientation (NSO) session. Brown said 3,725 students have signed up for NSO, which is a six percent increase from last year. Brown said 24 NSO

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Stonewall Warehouse popular Hays County ranked fifth-healthiest in Texas in San Marcos community By Gabrielle Huezo NEWS REPORTER @_ghzzzo Stonewall Warehouse, the first and only gay bar in San Marcos, has been open on the Square for almost five months and is proving it is here to stay. Stonewall Warehouse and The Barfish Lounge are both owned by Brian Scofield and made around $86,177 in alcohol sales during February, according to mybarsales.com. Chris Rue, general manager of Stonewall Ware-

house, had difficulty trying to get the location ready for the opening. Stonewall was originally supposed to open in October but was delayed until Dec. 2 because the renovations were not yet complete. “All of us people that were hired to start working when we opened were in here with paint brushes and screwdrivers, helping get it all together, volunteering our time,” said Tabatha Mumford, manager. Rue said business has been great. “We’ve had a good mix

of students (and) locals,” Rue said. “People from out of town have come and checked us out. We’ve had nothing but positive reviews so far.” Stonewall Warehouse officials have incorporated ideas to make a night at the Square more enjoyable, Rue said. There is a theme night every week. The venue hosts drag shows, karaoke, college night, lip sync battles and open mic comedy events. Monday through Thurs-

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PRESLIE COX STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Nathan Pennington, communication design senior, pours a drink April 25 at Stonewall Warehouse.

By Brianna Stone NEWS REPORTER @bristone19 A recent study ranked Hays County as one of the healthiest in the state of Texas. Officials with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute conducted the 2015 study. Hays County was ranked fifth in the state according to health outcomes. The county is ranked 17th in health factors. Health outcomes are “untraditional” elements such as premature death, poor physical health days, poor mental health days and low birth weight, said Anne Roubal, research associate with the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program in Wisconsin. Health factors are “traditional” elements such as health behaviors, social and economic factors, clinical care and physical environment, Roubal said. Health behaviors include teen births, sexually transmitted infections and access to exercise opportunities. According to the study, 27 percent of adults living in Hays County are obese and 14 percent are smokers.

Clinical care pertains to the availability of resources including dentists, diabetic monitoring, mammography screening and primary care physicians. According to the study, 22 percent of people of Hays County were found to be uninsured, a relatively high amount. Social and economic factors include high school graduation, child poverty, unemployment and violent crimes. According to the study, 5.2 percent of citizens in Hays County are unemployed, which is below the state average. Hays County ranks well in terms of health, but “there is always room for improvement,” Roubal said. “Exercise is key to health,” Roubal said. “Encouraging exercise and increasing access to workout facilities, such as gyms and parks, can help people be healthier.” Roubal said the proximity of gyms and parks to community members and the hours of operation have an impact on the amount of people who are willing and able to exercise. Average income plays a role in health as well, she said.

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2016, from front sessions will be held, each with over 300 openings. This year’s schedule has four sessions a week as well as two Cat Camps. Heintze expects the freshman class will be recordbreaking. “We are very pleased,” he said. Segura has thought about the size of the freshman class. Her high school’s graduating class is just over 300 students. “(The size of the freshman class) is a little intimidating,” Segura said. “But in the long run, I’ll be making more friends and connections, so I say the more the merrier.” Brown and Heintze are members of the university’s enrollment council. Council members have been working with deans and department heads to ensure the campus is ready to accommodate

the larger class size. Heintze said the deans are considering hiring new faculty. He said additional sections of some classes will be offered at varying times to deal with the growth. “Texas State is so ahead of the game,” Brown said. “It’s important that we are ready to respond (to growth).” About 50 percent of freshmen had a peer mentor during the 2014-2015 school year, Brown said. He hopes to expand that number by hiring 8-10 new peer mentors. Brown is monitoring the enrollment number and will hire another P.A.C.E. adviser if necessary. There will be 267 sections of the University Seminar class, Brown said. Brown is confident the university will be able to adequately support the larger class. “Every class is different,”

Brown said. “We need to be ready to respond to that on the fly. Texas State is very good at that.” Brown said he expects an “improved” graduation rate as a result of the increased enrollment size. Texas State will continue to grow in the future, Heintze said. “The State of Texas has asked public universities to grow their enrollment so that we produce more graduates to grow the workforce,” he said. Heintze said the benefit of increased growth among public universities is a large, trained labor force that draws international and domestic business to Texas. “Our approach to growth has always been controlled,” Heintze said. “We want to increase our enrollment but practically.”

are saying that they have bad body image and how all this kind of stuff gives them more courage.” Huynh was “definitely impressed” with the outcome of the performance. “She is probably the bravest soul ever for putting herself out there like this,” Huynh said. Romero said she appreciated the woman’s work. “I wish more stuff would

happen like that on our college campus because that’s what college campuses are for—to really push those boundaries, explore new things and make a difference,” she said. This was Rostvold’s first performance piece, but may have further performances “down the road” because of its success. She no solid plans to do any in the near future, she said.

“Everybody is super supportive,” Mumford said. “It’s mostly really great comments and support from everybody.” Mumford said people say Stonewall Warehouse is the cleanest bar in San Marcos and has the friendliest staff. “I take a lot of pride in the fact that this is the nicestlooking bar in San Marcos,” Mumford said “We have really friendly bartenders—not that other bars don’t, but I like to think that we’re just a little bit friendlier, and we try to keep

the bar looking super nice. It’s beautiful in here.” Lindy Choat, criminal justice graduate student, said she enjoys visiting the bar. “I think it was a great addition to the square,” Choat said. “There’s a lot of LGBT people at Texas State, so having a cool place to go is fun.” Choat said she likes the atmosphere. “There is always a good vibe going on,” Choat said. “Someone is doing something right.”

ROSTVOLD, from front they could see that there was a bigger meaning behind the so-called ‘shock factor.’” Rostvold is “more than happy” about the feedback she has gotten about her performance. “People have been coming up to me and leaving me Facebook messages about how they were sexually assaulted and (how) me doing this gives them empowerment,” Rostvold said. “Other people

STONEWALL, from front day, the bar allows patrons 18-and-up to enter after paying a $5 entrance fee. Mumford, who bartends, said she works at several other venues but enjoys Stonewall Warehouse the most. “This is my heart and soul,” Mumford said. “I’m dedicated to making this place successful. I love it here.” Stonewall Warehouse has yet to receive open protest or criticism due to its label as a gay bar, Rue and Mumford said.

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number of educated people in an area, which is one of the factors measured in health, Pollock said. “A lot of counties are using these (health) rankings from our reports to better understand the health of their county and to take measures toward increasing the health,” Pollock said. County officials can increase overall health by investing in education, prioritizing job training and removing barriers for the impoverished and under-privileged, Pollock said. Steve Furney, health and human performance professor at Texas State, said most people think of health in a

physical context. However, the term encompasses mental, emotional, social, cultural and occupational health. Texas State has had an impact on the health of Hays County, because it supplies a large youth population. “Youth is a big factor as far as health,” Furney said. “Young people tend to be healthier than older people.” The university provides a positive influence on health, he said. “The bus system reduces and lowers carbon emissions, and the university places a concern over the environment, such as the quality of the river,” Furney said.

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STORYLINES TO WATCH: TEXAS STATE VS. TEXAS A&M By Matt Gurevitz SPORTS REPORTER @Matt_Gurevitz The Texas State baseball team is in the midst of a five-game losing streak and has lost seven of its last eight matchups. The Bobcats will next face Texas A&M, one of the best teams in the country. Texas A&M is ranked fourth in the country, according to d1baseball.com, and is the highest-ranked opponent the Bobcats have played since Feb. 25 against Houston. RESULTS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS The Bobcats have played in three games this season

in which their opponent is ranked in the top 25 in the nation. Texas State went 1-2 in those games. The first matchup was when the third-ranked Houston Cougars came to San Marcos. Texas State played one of its best games of the season and beat Houston 7-6. Blake Whitter, senior pitcher, was a key factor in the victory. Whitter pitched 4.1 innings while allowing one run and five hits. Texas State traveled March 11 to play the 10th-ranked Rice Owls. Rice dominated the Bobcats 14-5 that night. Bryson Mitchell, sophomore pitcher, started on the mound and allowed nine runs in two innings. The game marked Mitchell’s only start this sea-

son. Texas State scored five runs in the sixth inning, but that was the only bright spot of the game for the Bobcats. Texas came to San Marcos for the first time this season ranked 10th in the country. The Bobcats gave the Longhorns all they had and almost came away with the victory. Texas State went into the eighth inning with a 4-2 lead, but Texas got ahead on a three-run home run with two outs. Cory Geisler, junior outfielder, and Granger Studdard, sophomore first baseman, hit home runs in the game. MIDWEEK RESULTS Texas State has not had success in Tuesday games this season, with a 2-5 record.

The performance is a result of not having the best starting pitchers available and playing tough teams. Every matchup the Bobcats have played against a ranked opponent has occurred on a weekday. AGGIES CAN WIN IN DIFFERENT WAYS Texas A&M is the only team in the nation ranked in the top 10 in batting average and earned run average. The team is fifth in batting average (.314) and seventh in earned run average (2.57). The Aggies can win with their offense or defense. However, most of their losses have come from the offense being shut down. The Aggies have scored three or fewer runs

in four of their seven losses. Preventing runs seems like the Bobcats’ best chance to beat the Aggies. TEXAS A&M’S PREVIOUS SERIES The Aggies are coming off a tough matchup over the weekend against the No. 1-ranked LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge. The Aggies lost two out of three matchups in the series, but every game was close. Every game was televised on an ESPN network, and the series was one of the most highly anticipated of the season in college baseball. NATIONALLY TELEVISED GAME Texas State has not played on national TV this season,

which will change on Tuesday night. The game will be aired on the SEC network. PREVIOUS MEETING The teams faced each other last season in College Station, and Texas A&M won the game 9-2. Geisler went two for five in the matchup, and he might be asked to play a key role in Tuesday’s game. Texas State beat Texas A&M in 2013, 4-1, at Bobcat Ballpark. WHAT’S NEXT Texas State will play in its final Sun Belt Conference road series next weekend against Georgia State. Georgia State is in first place in the Sun Belt with a 13-6 record.

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BOBCATS SWEEP APPALACHIAN STATE IN WEEKEND SERIES By Donavan Jackson SPORTS REPORTER @djack_02 The Texas State Softball team regained momentum quicklyin the third game of the weekend series against Appalachian State Sunday. The batter’s count was 1-1 when Courtney Harris, senior third baseman, hit a grand slam in the second inning to give the Bobcats an early 5-0 lead. “(Harris) has done a great job with her approach at the plate,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “If we keep swing-

ing at good pitches, they’re going to fall for us, and that’s all you really can ask for.” The matchup ended in a 9-1 victory over the Mountaineers. Kendall Wiley, junior first baseman, and Ariel Ortiz, freshman shortstop, added to the team total of 55 home runs for the season. The Bobcats, currently third in the conference in home runs, are hitting .294 with six players batting above .300. Appalachian State got on the board in the fourth inning when Heather Josey, Mountaineers freshman

outfielder, grounded out to first base with runners on second and third. The sacrifice hit was the only run Appalachian State scored Sunday. The loss puts the Mountaineers last in the Sun Belt with a 1-22 conference record. Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, earned her 21st win after pitching her 26th complete game of the season. Rupp leads the conference in innings pitched, strikeouts, and wins. She has had consistent support from her defense, which has a .975 fielding percentage, the second highest in the

conference. The Bobcats will have two days of rest before heading to College Station to compete against the 25th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies Wednesday. Texas State concludes the regular season on the road in a three-game conference series against UT-Arlington Saturday. “It’s always big when you can come out of the weekend with a sweep,” Woodard said. “We have to continue to battle moving forward. We’ve put ourselves in a good spot heading into the tournament.”

It’s always big when you can come out of the weekend with a sweep. We have to continue to battle moving forward.” ­—COACH RICCI WOODARD

HARON SAENZ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Kortney Koroll, senior designated player, runs after hitting the ball April 26 against Appalachian State at Bobcat Softball Stadium.

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Rupp named Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week again

By Quixem Ramirez SPORTS EDITOR @quixem Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher,

is the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time in a row. Rupp allowed two earned runs in 24.1 innings last week,

leading to the Bobcats to four wins. In her four starts, opposing hitters struck out 31 times and recorded eight hits. Rupp, averaging 8.4 strike-

outs per seven innings, is fourth in program history in season strikeouts (267). She is four strikeouts away from moving into third place all-time.

The Bobcats’ cumulative earned run average is 6.62 excluding Rupp. The team’s earned run average drops to 3.97 when Rupp (2.83 earned

run average) is included. Texas State, 29-19 overall, has four games remaining before the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

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NOTEBOOK: TEXAS STATE 9, APPALACHIAN STATE 1 By Donavan Jackson SPORTS REPORTER @djack_02 WHAT THE WIN MEANS The Texas State softball team improved to 29-19 this season after the weekend sweep. More importantly, the Bobcats are fourth in the Sun Belt Conference with an 11-6 record. WINNING STREAK CONTINUES The Bobcats could not have chosen a better time to get hot. Sunday’s victory over Appalachian State completed the series sweep and extended the Texas State win

streak to seven games. The opportunity to move into third place has presented itself for the Bobcats with four games remaining. Texas State is currently two games behind Troy, which is 13-7 in conference play. The Trojans’ next opponent is South Alabama, the second-ranked team in the conference. BIG SECOND INNING The Bobcats got on the board early Sunday after putting up five runs in their half of the second inning. Sara Rupp, freshman catcher, scored the first run of the game following back-to-back singles from Taylor Webb,

freshman first baseman, and Kimberlin Naivar, sophomore outfielder. Courtney Harris, senior third baseman, hit a grand slam, recording the 107th run batted in of her career. SENIOR NIGHT All three seniors recorded a hit in their last collegiate game at Bobcat Softball Stadium. Kortney Koroll (senior utility player), Alli Akina (senior outfielder) and Harris each had one hit with a run batted in. SPOTLIGHT PLAYER Harris’ grand slam was a catalyst for the Bobcats of-

fense. Texas State did not want to give the Mountaineers any momentum after the Bobcats won both games Saturday. The early five-run lead took the pressure off the Bobcats defense and put Appalachian State in catchup mode for the remainder of the game. GOOD The Bobcats offense. The lineup produced nine runs on 10 hits along with three home runs. Kendall Wiley, junior first baseman, recorded her 11th home run, breaking a tie with Koroll for the team high. Ariel Ortiz, freshman short-

stop, hit her ninth home run of the season, adding to the team total of fifty-five. BAD Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, threw her 26th complete game Sunday. Rupp leads the Sun Belt with 222.1 innings pitched. The second runner-up has pitched 164.1 innings. Rupp has carried the load for the defense all year in an impressive fashion. However, the situation leaves the question of who Coach Ricci Woodard will turn to if Rupp struggles in the conference tournament.

THE UGLY Kaylee Garner, sophomore pitcher, and Webb have a combined 88 innings, less than half of Rupp’s output. Neither Garner or Webb has seen enough playing time to ensure they’ll be able to come in and produce if the conference tournament gets rocky. WHAT’S NEXT The Bobcats will conclude the season with a fourgame road trip. Texas State is scheduled to play 25thranked Texas A&M Wednesday before concluding with a three-game conference series against UT-Arlington.

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Senate bill positive measure for river, university

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n December 2014, a Texas senator introduced a bill to the Senate proposing the creation of water preservation districts to improve the safety and cleanliness of the San Marcos River. Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) filed Senate Bill 234 on Dec. 9, 2014. The bill requires all counties that share a border with the San Marcos River to create a park and recreation district to “create an offense and provide penalties” for infractions committed in the area. The Water Oriented Recreation Districts (W.O.R.D.) will allow for the collection of fees including tolls. The purpose of the bill is to improve the safety and cleanliness of the river, and it is a great idea. San Marcos is known for its river, which is often marketed as a selling point for the city and university. This bill allows districts to enact law enforcement patrols of the river. The increase in police presence will prove beneficial for river floaters and help decrease the

crime rate in the city. According to an April 23 University Star article, funding for the W.O.R.D.s would come from a tax placed on tubing outfitters. The companies would be required to charge river floaters $1-$3 to rent tubes and utilize shuttles. Some owners of the tubing outfitters do not support the bill, but the editorial board finds this taxation perfectly reasonable. The river is one of the best parts of college life in San Marcos and should be protected especially if the cost is a measly $2 wristband. Students and locals may be concerned about increased police presence at the river. In the Star article Dianne Wassenich, San Marcos river program director, discussed the “well-known notion” that there is no police activity in the river area. Wassenich mentioned the high rates of assault that take place in the area. The police would be there to protect the river and the people floating down it, not harass anyone. Additionally, underage

drinking is a part of tubing culture. The presence of law enforcement would help cut down on this bad habit many floaters participate in. Curbing underage drinking is not the main point of the bill, but will serve as a positive side effect. The Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee will vote on the bill soon. Then the House will vote on it and, barring a veto from the governor, it will become law. If the bill becomes a law, more steps must take place in order for the districts to be established. One of those steps includes a mandate stating the commissioners court for each county affected must hold a hearing for citizens’ arguments for and against the district. The bill is a great way to ensure the safety and quality of the San Marcos River. Hopefully the Senate and House see the potential this bill has and pass it so San Martians can continue to keep the river flowing clean.

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‘Kiss Me Kate’ closes out Texas State Mainstage Theatre season By Denise Cervantes LIFESTYLE REPORTER @cervantesdenise The Texas State Mainstage Theatre season concluded with a performance of Kiss Me Kate. Texas State’s Department of Theatre and Dance put on Cole Porter’s comedic musical April 21-26. The musical was directed and choreographed by Cassie Abate, assistant professor, and was performed at the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre. The musical follows the story of divorced couple,

Fred and Lilli, who are actors in a production of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The two perform the lead roles, Katherine and Petruchio, which causes chaos and comedy within the production. David Lancaster, audience member, said the scenes from The Taming of the Shrew were entertaining and didn’t take focus away from the rest of the show. “You don’t need to know (The Taming of the) Shrew,” Lancaster said. “I think it’d be good to know it because you’ll understand what they’re talking about and pick up on some of the in-

side jokes, but the show is still mainly Kiss Me Kate, and it’s hilarious.” Gabriel Bernal, musical theater senior who played Fred, said the multiple storylines required him to brush up his Shakespeare in order to prepare for the show. “It has Shakespeare in it,” Bernal said. “It’s comedic but also dramatic. It has everything that I had come to college to learn how to do all wrapped up in one show, but I definitely had to refresh my memory before I just rode the bull.” Elizabeth Brady, musical theater junior who played Lilli, said the musical is hu-

morous and relatable. “It’s so fast-paced and funny,” Brady said. “It’ll be easy for the audience to get into the show because they’ll be able to relate. Everyone has love problems and drama in their lives, but it’s done in a comedic way, and the music is incredible.” Sydney Roberts, musical theater senior, who played the role of Lois, another young actress Fred pursues in the play, said Kiss Me Kate resembles a Broadway performance because of the musical style. “It’s a very historical part of musical theater,” Roberts said. “I always had a soft

spot for this era of musical theater. Being able to play a principal in a Cole Porter musical that has been very iconic has just been incredible.” Bernal said concluding his time at Texas State with Kiss Me Kate was like a dream come true. “It wasn’t one of those screaming ‘Oh my gosh’ moments,” Bernal said. “It was just an exhale because I wanted it so bad. I love performing, and I love making people smile and feel something. That’s the goal.” Brady said the show was energetic and felt like a professional performance.

“It’s more of getting into (Lilli’s) energy because she has such a female presence, so I have to get myself riled up to find her energy and be able to settle in to that for the entire show,” Brady said. The actors demonstrated how well they work together through their energy, Lancaster said. “It’s always really interesting to see a cast play off of each other’s energies while performing,” Lancaster said. “I think that’s something you really need, especially in a comedy musical like this one.”

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KTSW hosts MR Fest for San Marcos By Jonathan Hamilton LIFESTYLE REPORTER @jonodashham1 Music filled the streets of San Marcos April 24-25 as members of the community gathered to support local artists. The eighth annual My Radio Festival (MR Fest) took place in downtown San Marcos. The event was hosted by KTSW 89.9, Texas State’s student radio station, and brought a diverse group of musicians and listeners to the city. Local businesses such as Taxi’s, Superfly’s Music Emporium, Texas Skate Shop, Triple Crown and The Hitch served as venues during the performances. Allison Johnson, electronic media senior and music director for KTSW, said MR

Fest is a way for the radio station to show appreciation for its audience. “It is just a way that we can give back to the City of San Marcos because they do so much for us,” Johnson said. “We just wanted to provide a free festival for (residents) and the students of Texas State.” Johnson said KTSW members booked a variety of artists from different genres to ensure every listener had the opportunity to hear his or her favorites. “We really do get a diverse group of people because there are venues here to please everyone,” Johnson said. Carl Cantin, electronic media senior who performs under the name Carl Joseph, played Friday night at the Triple Crown car and concert venue to kick off the weekend. Cantin also hosts

MR FEST 2015 Go online to star.txstate.edu to watch this year’s MR Fest performances at music venues around San Marcos. Ambient Soul, a Tuesdaynight music segment on KTSW. Cantin said music is a stabilizer in his life, and events like MR Fest give him the opportunity to follow his passion. “Really the only consistent thing in my life has been music,” Cantin said. Cantin said the atmosphere and energy coming from the crowd helped him to perform the best set possible. “Last night was amazing,”

Cantin said. “I really think Texas State brings a different energy than most universities in Texas.” Cantin said he recently returned from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California. He said the energy he felt while performing at Triple Crown rivaled that of Coachella. “Last night the vibe in there was very similar to Coachella,” Cantin said. “It was just an atmosphere that you would want to be around as an audience member or

performer.” Anthony Obi, a rapper who goes by the name Fat Tony, was a headlining act of the weekend. Obi headlined MR Fest in 2013 and enjoys coming to Texas State to interact with his fans. “I like coming here because all of the people are polite and chill,” he said. “This being a big public

school, it still feels like a real community here.” Obi said he is grateful for the opportunity to let people hear his music in other cities, states and countries. “I am really thankful that via music, I can travel places like this and see the world,” he said.

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