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Master plan update reading gets first approval from city By Karen Zamora News Reporter City councilmembers voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the first of two readings of the new Comprehensive Master Plan, which is being updated for the first time since 1996. The council, city staff and residents recently completed a 13-month process of updating the city’s master plan, which will guide the growth and development of San Marcos for the next 10 years. The council will make its final vote on the plan April 16. “It’s been a plan a long time coming,” said Mayor Daniel Guerrero. They created a citizen advisory council and a steering committee made up of volunteer members from a cross-section of the community to develop the master plan. It entails rewriting land development code, looking at the 37 existing neighborhoods and adopting the parks master plan and environmental restrictions across town. Bill Taylor, chair of the master plan steering committee, said members from both committees created the Dream San Marcos website and had open houses and “design rodeos” to garner input from residents about different city issues within the last year. The committees came up with more than 30 different ideas about what the master plan should look like during these events. The draft of the master plan presented to the council Tuesday came from an open house at Texas Music Theater. Donna Hill, vice chair of the master plan steering committee, said tools needed to implement the update include reviewing different elements of the master plan and making amendments, if needed, twice a year. Hill said her vision is that staff and city council use the Comprehensive Master Plan map to encourage growth in those areas. “This is what we came to after all these meetings,” Hill said. “This represents the culmination of all the public input, all the responses, all the expert opinions and the general agreement of where to locate the 33,000 people and the growth until 2025.” Residents asked the councilmembers during the public hearing portion of the reading to include an arts district and the Lazy Oaks project as part of the Comprehensive Master Plan. Matthew Lewis, director of planning and development services, said Lazy Oaks was included in the master plan, but was cut off because the proportions of the map were not scaled correctly. The councilmembers voted to amend wording of the ordinance, including the addition of the arts district and the reconstruction of the map to include Lazy Oaks.
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Musicians perform at the 13th annual Unplugged concert April 2 hosted by The Center for Texas Music History at Texas Music Theater.
Country lovers take the stage at Texas Music History concert By Randi Berkovsky The University Star After the opening song on the large stage at Texas Music Theater, Gary P. Nunn, one of the founding fathers of progressive country music, let the audience know his pas-
sion for music parallels the love he has for his home state. “You ask me what I like about Texas,” Nunn said. “Well, I could tell you, but we’d be here all night long.” This love was the foundation for the Center for Texas Music History’s 13th annual Unplugged concert
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Verizon films new commercial featuring campus landmarks By Jordan Gass-Poore’ and Paige Lambert The University Star
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A woman’s father comes to visit her at an undisclosed university campus in the latest Verizon Wireless commercial, but the school’s bookstore, lecture hall and archway may look familiar to Texas State students. Austin-based Fueled Films shot the Verizon Wireless commercial on campus Tuesday. The Undergraduate Admissions Center and its archway set the scene for the commercial’s father/daughter reunion during the oneday shoot, and the duo shopped at the University Bookstore. The crew also filmed in the Centennial lecture hall.
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“Texas State is very film friendly, as opposed to other universities that don’t really accommodate,” said Arie Guerrero, Fueled Films locations expert. “It’s structurally beautiful compared to some of the smaller universities.” Guerrero said the commercial is promoting new Verizon technology similar to the iPad. He said the storyline aims to show viewers how the device can help them succeed academically, financially and in their dayto-day lives. Some unpaid Texas State student extras filed into the Centennial lecture hall Tuesday evening for free pizza and the chance to win an iPad. Others came to the shoot in hopes of having
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their face shown in a commercial that, according to the release form, may be aired worldwide. Anthony Monroe, mass communication junior, Teejay Johnson, undecided sophomore and Aly Munnings, undecided freshman, stayed scattered throughout the Centennial lecture hall for their first roles despite an hour wait. None of the three are Verizon customers. Johnson and Monroe heard about the evening commercial shoot while riding their bikes past the UAC, but were not sure what to expect. Crew members told extras to pretend the projector screen in the lecture hall was a teacher, and respond accordingly by nodding their head.
Alcohol access points designated as part of city park ordinance By Nancy Young News Reporter
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Tuesday night. The free event series started in 2001 through the university’s History Department as a way to educate students and the general public about the unique musical heritage of Texas.
Though an ordinance banning the public display of alcohol in city parks went into effect Jan. 1, river access points for bringing booze into the water were not clarified until recently. The San Marcos City and Rio Vista Parks, located at 170 Charles Austin Drive and 555 Cheatham Street, respectively, are the two city greenspaces with designated river-access points. The city has put up signage to designate points where park visitors can bring alcohol into the river because the federal waterway is not affected by the ordinance. Alcohol must be kept in closed coolers in all
areas besides the access points, according to the ordinance. Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez is the executive director of the San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau. She said the access points were designated right before March 29 to prepare for the rush of river goers on Easter weekend. Ybarra-Ramirez said city officials hoped the access points would have been put into effect earlier. Ybarra-Ramirez said though the process was delayed, she is glad the access points have been designated now. She said rivergoers can still drink in the river, but alcohol must be concealed in all other instances in city parks. “Anybody can get in and out
of the river at any parkland,” Ybarra-Ramirez said. “They can have alcohol, but it must be in a cooler, and the cooler has to be latched. So, you can technically walk through the park with a cooler without a problem. As long as it is closed, and you are not displaying alcohol, you are fine.” Ken Bell, San Marcos fire marshal, said the access points make it easy for people to get on and off the river. “They won’t have to feel like they have to look over their shoulder the whole time,” Bell said. “It’s just managing how to get alcohol to and from the river easily.” Park rangers don’t want to
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Latest in string of closures threatens local culture
local bar recently served its final drinks, taking a little bit of the wind out of the sails of San Marcos’ social scene. Restless Wind serviced San Marcos residents and Texas State students for almost 40 years. The bar had its last call March 18 after decades of being San Marcos’ go-to location for good drinks, great music and even better conversation. The closing of Restless Wind follows Dan’s Discount Bookstore and Sundance Records and Tapes in a disturbing trend that cannot continue if San Marcos’ local flavor and identity is to be preserved. Owner Grant Jacobs said he will make the final payment installment on the bar to Texas State alumnus Johnny Finch, who owns the property the business sits on. Finch chose not to renew
Jacobs’ lease, according to a March 27 University Star article. Finch will remodel the building into a new bar called Chances R. that is expected to have a shuffleboard, digital jukebox, popcorn machine and patio. Chances R. will specialize in exotic drinks, according to the article. It seems Chances R. will be a reasonable establishment in the city, but it will be just one of the multiple new studentoriented bars in town. Bars may look to increase profits by aiming for a student clientele, but it is unfortunate Restless Wind, which catered to a wide demographic of residents, fell by the wayside. Students and local regulars could often be found shooting pool, knocking back drinks and listening to the jukebox together at Restless Wind. The bar was unique in that it found a way to appeal to both young adults and older residents – easier said than done in a town with historical tension between students and locals. But
with the bar’s closing, older residents will have one less local haunt. San Marcos already has a surplus of bars on The Square that appeal to the college demographic. Large dance floors, dubstep nights and cheap shooters are a dime a dozen in the city. Unique establishments like Restless Wind are the backbone of San Marcos and breathe special life into a landscape of corporate business chains. In the same University Star article, current and former employees of Restless Wind recount tales of the dive’s glory years. A Texas State alumna and long-time employee of the business directed a play and cast a former Restless Wind custodian to perform live in front of the bar’s patrons. The Restless Wind was the place where the same long-time worker fell in love with her husband. Some former Restless Wind employees have even rightly expressed displeasure for the establishment’s ownership and name
change. Local businesses and the unique experiences they offer customers are increasingly dying out in San Marcos, and it is up to students and residents to help preserve these hangouts. The type of warm and inviting atmosphere Restless Wind fostered was a quality often found in other local businesses as opposed to a more structured corporate chain environment. It is important students and residents continue to patronize long-standing local establishments to keep the San Marcos culture alive for years to come. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.
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Rent too high for students Chinese classes deserve more student attention By Molly Block Opinions Columnist
ith upcoming construction projects driving up the costs of convenient living spaces in the city, apartment complexes should take steps to make rent prices more affordable for students and residents. San Marcos is a growing community of about 50,000 residents, with students making up a large percentage of the city’s total population. It is important local apartment complexes attempt to better cater to the ever-increasing student demographic. Many college students struggle with finances on a daily basis. Some students receive financial assistance from their parents, but others have to pay for college education through loans. According to an Oct. 25, 2012 Center for American Progress article, two-thirds of students graduating with four-year degrees are left with an average loan debt totaling more than $25,000. It is no surprise paying bills is a challenge, especially after adding extra costs like textbooks and rent to the mounting list of student expenses. Apartment complexes could lower monthly rent rates across the board to lure more clientele, relieving some financial pressures on students looking for a place to live in the process. For instance, The Grove is a popular student apartment complex chain in San Marcos and several other college towns. According to the website collegerentals. com, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment at The Grove in San Marcos is $613. The average price for a two bedroom apartment at the same complex in Waco is $608 and $525 in Lubbock, according to the same website. City location and quality of apartment facilities factor into rent pricing, but the same Grove complexes in other college towns offer lower prices than the one in San Marcos. The difference between these apartment rent prices may not seem steep to some, but students could benefit from extra cash with a monthly rent discount. Apartments tend
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to compete against each other for business. Therefore, housing complex officials who want to lure in more students and profits should make rent pricing more consistent and affordable at each of their locations. One factor contributing to rising apartment prices in San Marcos is the construction of the Loop 82 overpass. According to a Nov. 14, 2012 University Star article, construction of the overpass will begin this fall and is predicted to be finished in two years. According to a March 26 University Star article, there will be times during the construction period where Aquarena Springs Drive traffic will be constricted to one lane per side on the road. The congestion resulting from the overpass construction will be undoubtedly severe, especially since traffic levels are already critical during rush hour and game days. Students will likely avoid apartment complexes in the Aquarena area because of the expected traffic increase next year. Meanwhile, apartment complexes with a more convenient location to campus will likely take advantage of the approaching development on the Loop 82 overpass by raising their monthly rent rates. For example, The Timbers apartment complex located on Peques Street has consistently raised some rent prices for the past few years, and the least expensive studio size is currently $659. The Timbers and some other complexes have continued to raise prices over the years for a variety of reasons including competition from other apartments and proximity to campus. Students may construe these increases as price gouging, and costs will likely continue to rise at conveniently located complexes until the Loop 82 construction is complete. It is frustrating to know rent will likely continue to rise over the next two years with students already struggling to pay for tuition and other rising costs. Students may avoid living at apartments near the construction areas. However, complexes with convenient locations away from expectant high traffic areas should expect to lose business if rent prices continue to rise. Complex officials should keep rent prices consistent and affordable across the board if particular apartments in San Marcos want to attract more students and profits.
-Molly Block is a mass communication junior.
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greater number of students at Texas State should consider taking classes or minoring in Mandarin Chinese, a language with more speakers in the world than any other. The university’s Chinese program has been on rocky footing for a while now. The program was on the chopping block not long ago because of relatively low enrollment and little funding. The Chinese program began in the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. The program was moved to the Department of Modern Languages when the university received a project grant in 2009, according to an April 5, 2011 University Star article. The Chinese courses were then pushed back out of the modern languages department to extension-only offerings after the 2011-2012 academic year. The Chinese program could be at risk of completely disappearing from Texas State, especially because the courses were recently moved back to a separate office. Students have to apply to take Chinese extension courses through the office before being able to register on CatsWeb. This may discourage many interested students from enrolling in the Chinese program to fulfill foreignlanguage credits. Furthermore, faculty members who teach extension courses are paid per student enrolled in their classes and do not receive steady salaries, according to the same University Star article. A lack of job stability may dissuade some faculty members from joining the program and eventually drive away the university’s single
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Chinese-language instructor. The Chinese program deserves more funding. Mandarin Chinese is rapidly becoming an important language and sought-after skill in business and international relations. For example, knowledge of Mandarin is listed as highly desirable in job applicants on the CIA website. The presence of a wellfunded and effective Chinese program would lend the university an air of credibility. It is a bad sign the program has received little attention from students because of low enrollment and exposure. Chinese is becoming increasingly important in our world today, and the university should aim to provide students with access to knowledge and a language that will help them succeed outside of college. Furthermore, the university will be adding a fifth Mandarin class this upcoming fall semester, officially making Chinese eligible as a minor, according to an email sent from the program. The new class is titled Sociolinguistics in Modern Chinese Culture and does not require any previous knowledge of the language. Students should take Chinese classes to help expand the growing program and fulfill foreign language requirements. Proficiency in Chinese can ultimately make a student more valuable as an employee in the working world today. University officials, on the other hand, should consider restoring Chinese to the modern languages department, cementing its place among Texas State’s foreign language programs. Knowledge of Mandarin Chinese is a highly desirable skillset in today’s global economy. Students and university officials alike should recognize the value of the Mandarin language and plan to further support the program with the emergence of a new Chinese minor this fall. --Savannah Wingo is a mass communication sophomore.
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“We want people to have fun while learning about something important, especially the diversity of Texas country music,” said Gary Hartman, director for the Center for Texas Music History. Nunn, Stoney LaRue, Cindy Cashdollar, Jimmy LaFave, Tish Hinojosa, Joel Guzman and Paul Glasse gathered to share talents and love for the music they make. They were briefly introduced as some of the most renowned Texas music artists of all time and took their seats in crowd-facing chairs. After each musician played a song, the other artists and crowd applauded and praised their finish. The next artist would take the microphone and begin by showing gratitude and respect for the musician next to them. “We heard there was going to be a lot of music, and we wanted to hear the local sound,” said Pilar Keprta, communication design junior. “I really liked how the artists can come in and enjoy making
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Councilmen Wayne Becak, Place 4, and Ryan Thomason, Place 5, both agreed the Comprehensive Master Plan was good, and everyone is on the same page. Councilman Jude Prather, Place 2, said he is optimistic about the plan, and it encompasses exactly what San Marcos is about. Guerrero said the city brought together a large, unique group of people from
music together.” Along with hosting Unplugged, The Center for Texas Music History is involved in a number of projects that focus on the preservation and recognition of the state’s musical past. These projects include the publishing of the Journal of Texas Music History, the largest Texas country music exhibit at the Bob Bullock Museum and a weekly NPR series in its fifth year, This Week in Texas Music History. “Music is an important part of our history,” said Accounting Department Chair Ann Watkins. “It is important that music is preserved for future generations.”
youth to businessmen to develop the master plan. He said it was inspiring to see the diversity of perspectives and collaboration on an important plan by leaving their footprints in the city. “This was a huge task we did in-house,” Guerrero said. “Like what (city manager Jim) Nuse said a long time ago, we didn’t go find somebody from California to tell us what San Marcos needs to be.”
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begin citing people because the law enforcers understand not everyone knows about the rules, Ybarra-Ramirez said. Jeff Caldwell, park ranger supervisor, said he believes people will obey the rules, but if need be, officials will give citations. “Our real goal for Easter weekend, which was our first big weekend, was to give warnings and educate folks,” Caldwell said. “We’ve just been out talking to people and warning them.” Caldwell said no citations were given
out over the Easter holiday weekend. Gabriela Moore, mass communication sophomore, doesn’t believe people will obey the ordinance and use the access points. “I feel like it is just like how Texas State is supposed to be a tobacco-free campus,” Moore said. “You see students smoking just about anywhere every day. If we’re not supposed to be smoking, why would we pay attention to a small regulation like that?”
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Gary P. Nunn, singer and songwriter, performs at Texas Music History Unplugged April 2 at Texas Music Theater.
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New organization aims to inspire students By Zach Mayer Trends Reporter Some students have taken the stage to express their passions and share ideas through a new student organization. The organization, Student Theory, had its first event Thursday night in the Centennial Teaching Theater. “It’s an organization of the students, by the students and for the students,” said George Walden, founder of Student Theory. His idea behind Student Theory is to create a forum similar to T.E.D. Talks for student speakers. Students speak about their passions with the intent to inspire and motivate others. “We come here, fill out a Scantron and expect that we’re going to find a job,” said Walden, management senior. “This (group’s goal) is to awaken some of the students, and figure out what their real passions here at college are, and we hope that students focus on those passions and pursue them.” Student speakers can talk about their career interests, life lessons, hobbies, religion or politics. It is a way for students to speak in public in front of a live audience, outside impersonal social media. The first Student Theory event had an introduction presentation and video about the new organization, three speakers and about 40 people in attendance. The three student speakers were Nolan Blong, Michael Monsour and Daniel Cantu-Young. Blong, undecided sophomore, aspires to run for president of the United States in 2048. He gave a speech about how thinking positively can change a person’s life. Monsour, communications studies se-
nior, is an aspiring stand-up comic and writer. He talked about the importance of networking and how such skills have helped to plan 14 successful concerts in San Marcos for a promotions company. Cantu-Young, economics senior, plans to move to Slovakia to teach. He spoke about how a quality education is the key to success and fulfilling one’s passion in life. “I got a little more out of it than I was looking for,” said Jonathan Neel, undecided junior. “The last guy, Daniel, was great, and it definitely makes me want to look inside and see what I’m passionate about—and maybe spend more time with this group of people to see if I can go in that general direction.” Bridget Garraway, public relations senior, likes the idea of students boldly expressing themselves. “No one truly goes out of their comfort zone,” she said. Kristen Lefebvre, Staff Photographer Garraway intends to speak at a Student George Walden, management senior, is president of Student Theory. It is a new organization where Theory meeting someday. Student speakers can propose ideas students can talk about their passions and motivate others. for student government. The Associated Student Government encourages students to express their opinions and ideas in order to better represent them. David Acosta, ASG on-campus senator, said additional ways to hear students’ concerns is appreciated. “That relieves all the stress on us trying to focus on students,” Acosta said. “If we had another organization that would work with us on trying to get student feedback, that would help us tremendously.” Walden said the organization will start with two events per month. He hopes the organization’s idea will one day be shared on campuses across the nation.
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Hunter Lemke Texas State Pitcher By Jordan Cole Sports Reporter Junior pitcher Hunter Lemke steps into big shoes this season as the team’s designated closer, replacing Jeff McVaney as the all-time Texas State career saves leader. JC: Who is your celebrity crush? HL: I’d have to say either Jennifer Aniston or Blake Lively. JC: If you could pick any place in the world to vacation, where would it be and why? HL: Oh, that’s a tough one. I’d have to say some self-secluded island with a secret house. I’d just stay out there for a week or two.
JC: What is your favorite sports team? HL: The New York Yankees. JC: How many siblings do you have, if any? HL: I have three. I have two brothers and a sister, and they are all older than me. JC: What song is playing on your iPod right now? HL: It is probably my walk-up song, “Get In My Life” by Hermitude. JC: What is your favorite movie? HL: If I had to go with one right now, I would have to say “Savages.” Twitter: @TXStatesman
JC: Who is your favorite athlete? HL: Derek Jeter.
Past Texas State player signs extension with Diamondbacks By Cameron Irvine Sports Editor Former Texas State first baseman Paul Goldschmidt signed a five-year contract extension with Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks with a club option for the 2019 season, according to the team’s press release. The contract is worth $32 million. The team has the option for 14.5 million in 2018. Goldschmidt set franchise records for Arizona first basemen, including his 43 doubles last season. In an interview with USA Today and ESPN, manager Kirk Gibson called Goldschmidt “the model Diamondback guy.”
Bobcat News and Notes Rain, rain go away
Baseball’s home game against Prairie View A&M was rescheduled for Wednesday night at Bobcat Baseball Stadium. Softball’s matchup against Houston Baptist was canceled with no expected reschedule date because of Tuesday night thunderstorms. The rain gave baseball an extra day of rest after an extra-innings loss to Rice Monday night and its three game series against Seattle this past weekend.
son as the 12th football playing member, another FCS-FBS jump for a university. Western Kentucky is the fifth member to leave the Sun Belt for Conference-USA in the last year. Tulsa will join Southern Methodist, Houston, East Carolina, Tulane, Temple, Navy, Memphis, Central Florida, South Florida, Connecticut and Cincinnati in the new conference. The conference is expected to officially form in time for the 2014 academic and athletic year.
Becoming a legend
Senior Krista Puisite tied the school record for most individual tournaments won in a season by a women’s golfer at Texas State Tuesday at the Onion Creek Championship. Krista Puisite’s score of 210 over three rounds is the second best tournament number in Bobcat history, only trailing her own mark of 209 in 2009. Women’s golf finished three shots behind Gonzaga and placed ahead of 16th ranked Texas Tech. Mara Puisite was second on the team with a score of 213, the fifth best score overall in the tournament.
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“What’s not to like?” Gibson said. “I mean, everything he does from the time he gets to the park until the time he leaves every day. He’s very good at preparation, before, during the game, after, a great teammate, and works really hard. He has high aspirations to be a world champion. He wants to win a Gold Glove. And he would never change. It will never change until he stops playing.” Goldschmidt started as first baseman last year and in his Diamondback career has recorded 145 games, 20 home runs, 82 RBI and a .286 batting average. With Texas State, he was twice named Southland Conference Player of the Year and his 36 home runs is a Texas State record.
Appalachian State and Georgia Southern will be joining the Sun Belt conference in all sports in 2015. New Mexico State and Idaho will join as football playing members in 2014. Western Kentucky, which moved from FCS to FBS in all sports in 2008, is leaving the Sun Belt for Conference USA. The move follows the departure of Tulsa, C-USA’s football champion of 2012, for the yet-to-be-named conference in 2013. The Sun Belt will continue to be picked apart by C-USA if its schools depart to other, bigger conferences. The conference is likely to select James Madi-
Freshmen and seniors led Texas State Track and Field this past week when the team competed in the Texas Relays and the Bobcat Invitational. Freshman Dasha Tsema finished fourth in the discus throw at the Texas Relays on Sunday placing her first in the WAC as a freshman. The men’s 4x400 meter relay team, comprised of three freshmen and one junior, ranks 25th nationally after their sixth place finish over the weekend. At the invitational, senior Danessa Lyssy set a new school record in the heptathlon, finishing first in the event. Senior Kelsey Titzman set a personal best with a throw of 16.03 meters.
Swing and a miss
Texas State tennis lost back-to-back 4-2 decisions in conference against UT Arlington and San Jose State over the weekend. The two losses dropped the Bobcats to under .500, 6-7, and 3-3 in the WAC. Texas State ranks fifth out of the ten conference schools. Four teams have not recorded a win in conference: Idaho, Utah State, UTSA and Seattle. San Jose State and Denver are undefeated. Report compiled by Cameron Irvine, Sports Editor Twitter: @txstcamirvine
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