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FEBRUARY 11, 2014

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Core curriculum changes approved for fall semester By Nicole Barrios

Assistant News Editor

Inclement weather closed campus operations and classes Feb. 7.

in fewer days,” Nance said. “There’s no penalty like the K-12 public schools. We’re not funded like that, so there’s no hit on revenue from the state.” Facility crews work to ensure safety is maintained around campus, even when the university closes for inclement weather, said Juan Guerra, associate vice president of Facilities. Facility crews work with grounds employees to place sand on stairwells and

Changes to the general education core curriculum have been approved to eliminate the requirement for PFW courses, labs and university seminar courses. The general education core curriculum is the courses all students attending Texas State must take, said Provost Eugene Bourgeois. Although the university no longer requires students to take PFW courses as part of the core curriculum, major and minor degree programs may still require students to take them, he said. Officials also removed the lab requirement for science classes from the core curriculum, Bourgeois said, so students can now take two science courses without labs. However, if a student is majoring in the sciences they will be required to take courses with labs because that is part of the prerequisites for a higher level science class, he said. “That does mean that students who are not majoring in the sciences, engineering or otherwise have majors that require higher level science classes—they do not necessarily have to take a class with the lab,” Bourgeois said. The US 1100 class will also no longer be a requirement in the core curriculum, but it will still be required for students participating in the PACE program, Bourgeois said. All freshmen with 15 or fewer hours go through the PACE Center and will therefore be required to take US 1100, he said. The changes, approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, decrease the core curriculum from 46 to 42 hours. The coordinating board has also developed new “core objectives” that all courses must incorporate and assess in the new core curriculum for fall 2014.

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Inclement weather affects university productivity By Sarah Pollok News Reporter


he number of inclement weather campus closures and delays this semester has been higher than in previous years, which is beginning to take a toll on classroom productivity and the functions of some facilities, according to administrators. The university does not see a direct financial loss from closing the campus during the week, but a loss of productiv-

ity on those days poses a negative effect, said Bill Nance, vice president for Finance and Support Services. According to a University Policy and Procedure Statement, faculty and staff who receive a salary are paid regularly during campus closures and delays, but hourly-paid employees such as custodians and student workers do not receive compensation. “We might have one of these (inclement weather days) every four or five years,” Nance

said. “We’ve now had three in one semester. It’s very unusual.” The education process suffers during campus closures and delays, Nance said. The delays make different sections of the same class become off schedule and often cause faculty to rush lectures for one section to sync with the others in time for finals, he said. “We won’t have to make up days, but it is a burden on faculty to figure out how to get the class material covered



Bike lanes, sidewalks to be added Commissioners continue during Ranch Road 12 expansion push for Freeman Ranch By Juliette Moak News Reporter

By Kacee Letbetter News Reporter

San Marcos will gain more bike lanes and sidewalks once expansions to Ranch Road 12 are complete in the fall. The expansion is expected to begin in late fall and end in early 2016, said Project Manager Janae Ryan. Plans for the project are 60 percent complete at this time, Ryan said in a public meeting held Feb. 6 at the San Marcos Activity Center. Construction will span from Craddock Avenue to Holland Street along Ranch Road 12, said Mary Mazzei, project manager for Halff Associates, the design firm working on the project. The plans include leveling the road in certain areas, creating sidewalks and bike lanes on each side of the road and adding new water utilities, Mazzei said. The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization will provide federal funds for the installation of the sidewalks included in the project, Ryan said. The construction cost is estimated at $3 million, and the city plans to keep roadways open throughout the entire period, Ryan said. The bike lanes will include a two-foot buffer, which differs from “a lot of bike lanes where you have just a stripe that separates them,” Ryan said. “There were a few different projects that were already in the books to come out (on Ranch Road),” Ryan said. “We were going to widen this roadway and put in the center turn lane. That

Reynaldo Leaños | Staff Photographer Ranch Road 12 will add bike lanes and expand sidewalks as part of a $3 million project expected to begin later this year. kind of got escalated when they put in The Retreat, and so now we are going to finish it up and put a center lane down the entire road. That was in our master plan anyway.” Throughout the duration of the construction, planners and crew have to keep in mind the native vegetation surrounding the project, Ryan said. Bio filtration systems will be installed to improve the water quality. The Parks and Recreation Department will assist in the recognition of existing greenery and take steps to improve and protect areas in which construction may interfere, Ryan said. Matt Akins, co-founder of the Bike Cave at Texas State, sees the project as an opportunity to offer San Marcos residents safer

and cheaper travel options. He described the project as a positive effort to connect the missing pieces of sidewalk. “I would like to see more connectivity in San Marcos in relation to bicycles and pedestrians,” Akins said. “They are both equally important.” Ann Swart, who lives in San Marcos and owns property along Ranch Road 12, voiced concerns during the public meeting about what effects the construction will have on water and sewage in the surrounding area as part of the project. Swart was concerned about the details of the construction process, but her main worry was for neighboring students. “The young people who live in The Retreat need a sidewalk to get to and from,” Swart said.

Hays County officials are continuing to pursue an agreement with Texas State that would allow the construction of a youth agricultural facility on the Freeman Ranch property, despite university officials’ objections. The university was determined a potential site for the facility after county commissioners voted to close the Hays County Civic Center, the former home of local 4-H and FFA chapters, according to a Nov. 21 University Star article. Texas State responded with a letter rejecting the county’s proposal in December, citing legal conflicts with the terms of the Harold Freeman estate that owns the land.

This decision has not caused officials to abandon the proposal, said County Commissioner Will Conley, Precinct 3. “We still believe wholeheartedly in the idea, and we’re still hopeful we can find a compromise,” Conley said. The committee tasked with determining a new site for the facility found Freeman Ranch to be an ideal location and believes its plan coincides with the purpose of the land as defined in Freeman’s will, Conley said. “The location is the bull’seye, and it would be a perfect marriage to house the agricultural facility on land designated for education and research,” Conley said. The choice of location was financially motivated as well, said

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Reynaldo Leaños | Staff Photographer Commissioners are trying to construct a youth agricultural facility on Freeman Ranch.

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CORE, continued from front The recommendations for the changes were made by the general education council, Bourgeois said. The council decided to remove the lab and PFW requirements to “get from 46 to 42 hours” while keeping the same amount of core courses, Bourgeois said. Additionally, the changes to the core curriculum state all core courses must incorporate critical thinking and communication skills as well as two additional objectives, with the exception being mathematics courses, Bourgeois said. Courses will now be assessed through the new objectives to see how students are performing in those areas, said Ron Brown, assistant vice president for Academic Services. “What’s different is that before, a faculty member might or might not specifically target these so called core objectives or competencies in their individual classes, now they don’t have a choice—they have to do it,” Brown said.

The new core curriculum requirements will apply to new students in fall 2014, but thechanges also have the potential to affect currently enrolled students. Current students have the option to move into the new curriculum next fall if they wish, said Mickey Autrey, director of curriculum services. Autrey said she thinks the main reason the coordinating board made the changes is to make the transfer process between community colleges and universities “more streamlined.” The changes will be published in the undergraduate catalog and all academic advisors will be informed of the changes, Autrey said. “The timing of it is very sensitive in that we get as much of the revisions out to the advisors to give to the students so that we get accurate registration,” Autrey said.” But some of that may take a while to get the changes made.”

WEATHER, continued from front walkways, help custodians mop water and ensure heaters are working in the buildings, Guerra said. “The whole facilities crew knows that we still have 6,000 students living on campus,” Guerra said. “We still have to show up and make sure all the utilities, all the heaters and all the buildings are still working.” Guerra said continued cold weather conditions have increased consumption of natural gas to heat buildings on campus. The university pays a flat natural gas rate that expires at the end of March, Guerra said. “Normally we run two boilers, but this winter we’re running all four boilers to keep up with demand on campus for the heating,” Guerra said. “We locked in our rate, so at least we’re not seeing the spike in prices that others are seeing. We’re not fluctuating with the market right now.” The university “could have taken a hit” from the cost of natural gas with the abnormal consumption this winter, if not for the “locked in” rate, according to Nance. Emergency Management officials advise administrators about inclement weather conditions, but University President Denise Trauth makes the fi-

nal decisions regarding campus closures and delays, said Palmer, Emergency Management coordinator. New procedures were implemented last week to notify students of campus closures by 2 a.m. on the morning of adverse conditions. Palmer said road conditions are a “huge factor” in deciding whether to close campus because some students have “quite a bit of highway” to reach campus. Emergency Management officials hold conference calls with various county and state agencies including the Department of Transportation for updates about conditions. “It’s kind of been an aggressive winter, especially in the past few weeks,” Palmer said. Future inclement weather decisions will be weighed heavily, especially since there has been a reduction in classroom productivity resulting from campus closures and delays this semester, Nance said. “It’s a very complex and difficult decision to make when you have to close,” Nance said. “Lost productivity is serious, but if it’s a serious ice day, the number one priority is people’s safety. So you err on the side of caution, even though there is a consequence to closing.”

FREEMAN, continued from front Bill Nance, vice president for Finance and Support Services. “To maximize the value of what they sell the current show barn land for, they’re looking for free land somewhere to build a new show barn,” Nance said. Texas State is an operating co-trustee of Freeman Ranch along with the Frost Bank trust department in San Antonio. Frost Bank must approve any decision regarding its use, Nance said. “If you read the will in total, it goes on to say that if we act in a manner that Frost Bank’s trust department believes is not consistent with Mr. Freeman’s wishes in his will, they can take [the land] back,” Nance said. The ranch land would then be sold and the proceeds distributed to certain charity organizations, according to the terms of the will. The will stipulates the university cannot lease or “otherwise encumber” Freeman Ranch, meaning anything that might impair Frost Bank’s ability to maximize the profit from the sale of the land is forbidden, Nance said. “A lease is out of the question, but it doesn’t have to be a formal lease document for them to take [the land] away from us,” Nance said. County officials are still committed to exploring solutions that might allow the

facility to be built in compliance with the terms of the will, such as a possible licensing agreement, Conley said. “It would be some other type of instrument where we would invest in the building of a facility that would add value to the land,” Conley said. There is a chance county officials will bring their case before the Board of Regents pending the outcome of the county’s ongoing conversation with the university, Conley said. “My understanding is that ultimately, the authority lies with the board,” Conley said. “But the support of university officials is essential.” The county does not have the ability to take a formal action item to the Board of Regents, but officials may use the fiveminute public comment period at the end of the meeting to speak to the board, Nance said. Provost Eugene Bourgeois said he does not expect a change in Texas State’s decision. “We respect very much Frost Bank’s trust department’s interpretation of that will and their fiduciary obligations to be a co-trustee,” Bourgeois said. “That is their interpretation of the language surrounding that meaning of encumbrance, and we respect and accept that.”


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ZEALE Valin Zamarron • musician • former student By Ernest Macias Trends Reporter

Leaving behind a career in social media marketing and an unfinished advertising degree at Texas State, Valin Zamarron, known as ZEALE, has found success in the music industry. With a Red Bull sponsorship, a song in the trailer for one of the year’s most anticipated comedy movies and a tour opening for industry heavyweights, ZEALE is on the rise. EM: How and when did your music career start? Z: I started back in high school writing poetry and doing things of that sort. I started writing, performing and creating my freshman year at Texas State. The music that I made at those early stages was very different from what I make today, but it definitely was a predecessor to my present path in music. EM: What pushed you to pursue music? Z: I’ve always been a dream chaser. I’ve always wanted to do this. My goal hasn’t changed. I made the decision to take a shot, because there is a difference between living and being alive. It was worth the sacrifice. I told myself, “If you’re going to

do something crazy, you might as well have fun.” It is the most stimulating thing for me. It allows me to not be very in line and be outside of the box.

not do the whole buzz, but it’s necessary for music in its early stages. I love writing, but I can’t do just that right now.

EM: How would you describe your music style? Z: My music is experimental, powerful and fun. It is hip-hop indie-rock. As a new artist in the industry, I want to change music and br ing something new. I experiment with sounds. Obviously I make mistakes at this early stage, but it’s part of the experience, and I love it.

EM: Which artists inspire you and where do you look for inspiration for your lyrics? Z: I look up to Joe Strummer from The Clash. He had a strong persona. He was a creative force and a great leader. Also (I look up to) Jay-Z, and his ability to be a force behind business and an innovator. He’s a multifaceted artist. There’s always a struggle, something to root for, so I look at the past and the present and I write about that.

EM: You have toured with Imagine Dragons and AWOLNATION and one of your songs, “Black Mr. Rogers,” is featured in the trailer for the movie “Neighbors” featuring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. How are you dealing with the sudden fame? Z: It’s definitely a step up the ladder. Everything that I’ve done has helped me get to this place. The recognition is fantastic. Seth Rogen is one of my favorite writers and comedians. The recognition at that level is great. It feels good. The tour (with Imagine Dragons and AWOLNATION) taught me how to be better as a performer, elevate my show and handle the pressure of being on the road. The only place I want to be is writing music. I would prefer to


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EM: What is the next move in your career? Z: Number one hit is the next goal. The past six months I have been working on new material, focusing on new music and creating new songs. Then it would be sharing it the world. How that’s going happen? I really don’t know yet, but the goal is to share the music. EM: What advice would you give to a new artist trying to make it? Z: Have a serious gut check. Are you ready to maybe not eat, to sacrifice friends and comforts to pursue a career? If the answer is yes, be completely committed. That should be their first move.

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Texas State officials should strictly adhere to new weather procedures


n order for student safety to truly become the priority in inclement weather conditions, Texas State administrators need to adhere the new regulations they set for such situations and inform the community of any campus delays or closures in a timely manner. In a Feb. 5 University Star Main Point, the editorial board urged university officials to be prompt when communicating information about closures instead of waiting to make an announcement until around 5 a.m., as was the case Jan. 24. Many students travel to Texas State from nearby cities such as Austin or San Antonio. On icy days, commuters deserve enough time to decide whether to risk navigating the slick roadways where hundreds of wrecks were reported in the past few weeks. Thankfully, administrators announced new set of weather procedures later in the day Feb. 5. According to a Feb. 6 University Star article, the new procedures implement regularly scheduled conference calls with administrators to make decisions regarding campus closures, and students will be notified of their conclusions by 2 a.m. In the past week, the university has shown an effort to reform the

previously unreliable inclement weather system that left many commuters out in the cold earlier this semester. However, all the kinks in the new system have not been ironed out just yet. Last Thursday, students were not notified via emergency text or email until around 5 a.m. that the campus would have a delayed opening despite the 2 a.m. promise. Even though delays are less serious than an outright campus closure, it is imperative officials follow the procedures they developed to manage such situations. Telling the campus community they will be notified of any cancellations or delays by 2 a.m. practically guarantees that the

Ryan Jeanes | Star Illustrator complained on social media about how the university did not notify them by 2 a.m. like they were told. The editorial board acknowledges and understands that Texas weather is unpredictable and forecasts can change by the

Texas weather is unpredictable and forecasts can change by the minute, but if students are told an announcement will be made by 2 a.m., it needs to be made at that time. entire student body will be staying up until that hour checking their emails and posting anxious tweets and Facebook messages. It did not look good for anyone when students grumbled and


Black History Column Series

minute, but if students are told an announcement will be made by 2 a.m., it needs to be made at that time. Even a message saying the situation is still being assessed would be appreciated.

In honor of Black History Month, the opinions section will spotlight a column written by one of The University Star’s black staff members in each issue. The University Star hopes to showcase a variety of perspectives in the new series dedicated to bringing issues in the black community to light.

Black representation in media must be diversified

Imani McGarrell Assistant Opinions Editor Journalism sophomore

lack people are often underrepresented Bshows, or portrayed inaccurately in television movies and advertisements, leading

to a problematic, stereotypical depiction of black culture in mainstream media. Oftentimes, if you see a black woman on a television show, she is playing one of a collection of clichéd roles often assigned to women of color. First there are the suburban housewives navigating a sea of hilarious high jinks and scenarios while trying to keep their families afloat. Then there are the ghetto-fabulous divas with both shade and punches to throw. Another common trope is the pregnant girl with a hard life. Black males are also often limited to a small selection of stereotyped parts. Roles such as criminals, athletes and musicians top the list of the most common ways black men are portrayed on television. The issue with these roles is that they are stereotypes. I understand the human brain categorizes in order to better understand and organize ideas and thoughts. Stereotypes are the natural result of the brain’s organization process. However, relying on stereotypes to portray entire groups of people is narrow-minded and lazy. Some argue black people are underrepresented in the media because there is a lack of black actors and actresses out there, but that is simply not true. Although I take issue with Tyler Perry’s portrayal of black women in the form of his character Madea,

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the fact remains that he occupies an important space in the entertainment industry. The constant stream of Tyler Perry movies with completely black casts is evidence enough of the presence of talented black actors and actresses in Hollywood. Tyler Perry is one of few people in mainstream media who writes storylines about black people, for black people. His characters are dynamic and fleshed out in a way that is lacking in many television shows and movies today. Of course, some shows like “Sleepy Hollow,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Walking Dead” are doing a decent job with their portrayal of black characters. One of the most popular shows with a black presence this year by far was “Scandal” with my queen Kerry Washington playing the lead character. Her royal highness of flawless cheekbones is the first black female lead in a network drama in 40 years, a fact that is both startling and deeply unsettling. The representation issues in media have not always been so bad. For a brief period in the 90s there were a plethora of shows featuring all or mostly black casts that catered to the black community and dealt with issues faced by black people at the time. “Martin,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Sister, Sister,” “The Cosby Show,” “Living Single” and “Family Matters” top the list. Although they were mostly sitcoms, these shows managed to cover a variety of issues and topics in an appropriate manner, without resorting to stereotypes. Adding more black roles will not entirely fix representation issues in U.S. media if the characters are not well developed and compelling. Flooding the market with more baby-mamas is just as unhelpful as not having any black roles at all. There are tons of talented black actors who are often forced to fill lackluster roles to achieve their dreams of making it big. Adding roles that are realistic and do not rely on clichés and stereotypes will be a step in the right direction toward improving the space black people have in the entertainment world.

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University officials did a much better job of putting the new procedures into action for Friday’s inclement weather conditions. A text message and email were disseminated around 11 p.m. Thursday night, informing students the university’s opening would be delayed until 12 p.m. Friday. The announcement regarding the delay allowed commuters adequate time to adjust their morning alarms or possibly completely alter their Friday plans if all their classes were suddenly canceled. University officials were wise to put student safety first by implementing new procedures for adverse weather conditions. However, there is no excuse for tardy announcements regarding campus closures and delays. As

President Denise Trauth said in the same University Star article, “(Officials are) very, very committed to Texas State being a safe place.” With about a week of the new system under their belt, it is time for officials to buckle down and ensure the new procedures are properly carried out for any future icy days. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University.


Pornography does not deserve negative stigma

Rivers Wright Opinions Columnist Journalism junior

porn industry does not deserve Tdentshethewould stigma attached to it, and studo well not to judge those

who act in or watch pornographic films. It is human nature to want to “do the do.” Sex is scientifically proven to cure headaches, relieve stress and aid with a variety of other ailments. There are plenty of ways to go about it, from the safe and normal to the all-out wild and mildly dangerous. However, some people do not have someone in their lives to satisfy their basic desires—this is where porn comes in. When people think of porn, they often associate it with an image of a seedy industry full of dirty, diseaseridden people who are looser than a pair of sweatpants worn by the “after” model on one of those TV dieting commercials. However, the reality of the situation is not so gruesome. The production of porn films works much like the production of their less-sexy counterparts. Porn films just happen to have happier endings than movies of more conventional genres. Porn is a multimillion-dollar industry. This means a lot more people are getting their happy endings on-screen for the public’s enjoyment than one might expect. Some students may even sit in class next to fellow Bobcats who star in pornographic films. Contrary to the arguments many might make, these actors and actresses do not deserve our scorn. After all, those who star in porn films are getting paid to get off with clean professionals in a controlled environment, a situation that stands in stark contrast to the typical drunken hookup at a college frat party. I would

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go as far to say porn stars should be applauded for their efforts to help millions of individuals get off every day. Porn is not just a form of entertainment. It can also, to a degree, be educational. With sexual education completely lacking in our public schools, porn can serve to teach people about how the human body works and how to satisfy their partners on a new level as well as give them ideas for fun encounters in the future. Porn is not just extremely attractive people doing the dirty on camera. There is a lot of preparation, planning and safety checking that happens before any scenes are taped. Actors must go through a series of STI and STD tests before they are even considered for a scene or movie. Also, just like in any other type of show business, there are casting calls, auditions and callbacks for particular roles. There is a lot of production and planning that goes into creating a porn film. The acting certainly is not Oscarworthy, but there are still lines and dialogue that have to be learned. On top of that, actors must make sure they are in tip-top health physically, mentally and emotionally. Certainly, being an actor or actress in a porno is a job, not just something that anyone can do. Of course, where there is an upside, there is a downside. Porn can leave lasting scars on the actors. The movies will follow the actors for the rest of their lives, often making it hard to have a social or dating life as well as affecting future employment opportunities. Looks do not last forever and neither will an acting career, even in porn. Eventually many porn stars will need to find more mainstream jobs as they age, and with a job history in the porn industry, this can be tough. People often recognize porn stars on the street, and attention from overzealous fans can sometimes be too much to handle. Like most things in the world, porn has its ups and downs. Despite the negatives, the porn industry does not deserve the negative stigma that has been attached to it. Porn should be viewed simply as another form of entertainment, like a favorite guilty pleasure television show or a late-night snack.

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PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER Feb. 5 was National Signing Day for universities across the country. Football players from high schools and junior colleges signed letters of intent to play for their respective schools. This week The University Star will feature a three-day series on the 27 recruits Coach Dennis Franchione signed for the 2014 class.


Cedric Gambrell

Toni Pulu

Tryston Mizerak

Defensive end 6'6'' 242 lbs. Cleveland, Texas

Defensive end 6'3'' 300 lbs. Provo, Utah (American

Offensive line 6'6'' 280 lbs. Garland, Texas

(Cleveland HS)

LA/Mesa CC)

(North Garland HS)

ESPN Recruiting Nation rated Gambrell as a three-star recruit. He is listed among the top recruits in Texas by He was an All-District 22-3A First-Team defensive end as a senior and was selected as an All-District First-Team offensive tackle as a junior. Gambrell was named to the TABC AllRegion team, District 22-3A co-MVP and All-District First-Team in basketball after averaging 17 points and 17 rebounds as a junior. The Houston Chronicle chose him one of the top 100 recruits in the Houston area. He was selected as a finalist for the Guy V. Lewis Award that goes to the top basketball player in the Greater Houston area. rated Pulu a three-star recruit. Pulu was selected as a FirstTeam All-Western States Football League player and tabbed a Second-Team All-Arizona Community College Conference selection as a defensive lineman. He was named WSFL Defensive Player of the Week after logging 14 tackles, including 12 solo tackles and 2.5 sacks. Pulu ended the 2013 season with 70 total stops, including 36 solo tackles.

ESPN Recruiting Nation and tabbed Mizerak as a three-star recruit. Mizerak was named to the All-District 11-5A First-Team as a senior and the Second-Team as a junior. He received North Garland’s Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award twice and was a threeyear starter for coach Joe Castillo.

Will Copa Offensive line 6'8'' 310 lbs. Austin, Texas (Westlake HS)

ESPN Recruiting Nation named Copa a three-star recruit. Copa helped lead Westlake to the State semifinals as a junior. He was named a First-Team All-District 15-5A selection during his junior and senior years. The Austin native recorded 43 pancake blocks as a senior.

Brian Guendling

Dondre Elvoid

Defensive end 6'4'' 235 lbs. Poway, Calif.

Defensive tackle 6'4'' 301 lbs. Pittsburgh, Pa. (West

(Palomar CC)

Allegheny HS/Garden City CC) and Scout. com rated Elvoid as a two-star recruit. He earned All-Conference honors as a sophomore at Garden City CC after recording 19 tackles and 2.5 quarterback sacks. Elvoid went to Garden City after being selected as one of the Top 24 defensive players in the Greater Pittsburgh area in 2011. He was named to the “Fab 22” for Pennsylvania football as a senior and earned First-Team All-Conference honors.

Guendling was rated a two-star recruit by, Scout. com and He was named to the FoxSportsNet and ESPN All-California Team and was the Palomar Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Guendling earned First-Team All-CIF in the San Diego section and first-team North County team honors. He set a school record with 15 quarterback sacks as a senior.

Cody Casey Kian Schoenborn Offensive line 6'4'' 290 lbs. Jacksonville, Fla. (The Bolles HS)

Steven Eddings

Offensive line 6'4'' 255 lbs. Pearland, Texas

Offensive line 6'4'' 285 lbs. Memphis, TN (Jones

(Dawson HS)

County Junior College), Scout. com and 247sports. com rated Casey as a two-star prospect. The Houston Chronicle chose him as one of the Top 100 recruits in the Houston area. Casey helped Dawson advance to the Class 4A Division I Region III Final. He was selected to AllDistrict 24-4A after logging eight quarterback sacks and 22 tackles for loss while playing defensive end as a senior. He played his junior season as a middle linebacker at East Chambers and led the team with 148 tackles, earning First-Team All-District 10-2A honors. and Scout. com rated Schoenborn as a two-star prospect. He was a three-year starter for Coach Corky Roberts. He was named First-Team All-State as a senior after earning Second-Team All-State honors as a junior. The Florida native helped lead The Bolles to a state championship in 2011. The Bolles was a runner-up for the state championship the last two seasons.

Eddings participated in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-Star Game and recorded seven tackles and two sacks. He was named First Team All-MACJC and was a two-year starter at Jones County Junior College. Eddings helped lead Jones to a 9–2 record in 2013 while netting 38 tackles, three quarterback sacks and seven tackles for losses of 14 yards as a sophomore. He received All-State honors as a senior at Bartlett High School.

Roosevelt Pearson

Mershad Dillon

Kanon Mackey

Defensive end 6'5'' 255 lbs. Perris, Calif. (Citrus Hill/

Defensive tackle 6'3'' 300 lbs. Santa Monica, Calif.

Offensive line 6'4'' 288 lbs. Silsbee, Texas

Mt. San Jacinto College)

(Santa Maria HS/Allan Jancock CC)

(Silsbee HS)

Pearson was rated a three-star recruit by, ESPN Recruiting Nation and after his sophomore season at Mt. San Jacinto College. He compiled 31 tackles, including 17 solo stops, and had 2.5 sacks to lead Mt. San Jacinto. He tallied 8.5 tackles for losses of 39 yards to lead the team. He tallied 43 tackles and six quarterback sacks as a freshman., and rated Dillon a two-star recruit. He earned First-Team All-Northern Conference honors, totaling 31 tackles, six sacks and one interception at Allan Hancock. Dillon played every snap on the defensive line as a senior at Santa Maria. He recorded 53 tackles, 23 of them for a loss; forced four fumbles; had one interception and led the league with 17 sacks during his senior season. He earned the Los Padres League’s Defensive Lineman of the Year award. and Scout. com rated Mackey as a two-star recruit. He was named to the Super Gold team by the Beaumont Enterprise as a junior and senior. He was named First-Team All-District as a junior and senior after earning Second-Team honors as a sophomore. Mackey was selected for First-Team All-Region as a junior.

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Bobcats split weekend matchups to Louisiana teams, Foster’s jersey retired

Madelynne Scales | Assistant Photo Editor Senior forward Joel Wright dunks the ball Feb. 6 at Strahan Coliseum. Wright scored 19 points giving Texas State a victory over University of Louisiana—Monroe 65–57.

By Ishmael Johnson Sports Reporter


After completing a season sweep of Louisiana-Monroe Thursday night, Texas State lost Saturday to Louisiana 67–66 on the night Jeff Foster’s jersey was retired. The Bobcats looked to improve their standing in

the Sun Belt and build on their previous contest with Louisiana—Monroe. The Bobcats outrebounded Monroe 30-23 en route to a 65–57 victory over the Warhawks Thursday night. Senior forward Joel Wright led the team with 19 points while senior forward Gordon Ball had a put-back and a jumper within the last two minutes

to seal the victory for the Bobcats. Texas State remained in the 8th spot in the Sun Belt Tournament Thursday after its victory over Louisiana-Monroe. The team hoped for another victory heading into Saturday’s game against Louisiana at Strahan Coliseum. The Bobcats’ game plan was to contain Louisiana point guard Elfrid Payton. Junior guard Wes Davis helped hold Payton to 3-14 shooting in the game. “Our big men were there to help once (Payton) got by me,” Davis said. “I thought I’d give a lot of credit to them.” The Bobcats headed into the half with a 33–31 lead. The Ragin’ Cajuns were shooting 41.9 percent compared to the Bobcats who were shooting 52.1 percent from the field. At the beginning of the second half, the Bobcats built a 12-point lead on the Ragin’ Cajuns capped by Wright, who recorded three blocks in a two minute sequence. Senior forward Corey Stern was called for a technical foul late in the game when he taunted after blocking a shot. “This is the kind of stuff that has held Texas State back for so long, and we have to clean it up,” Kaspar said. “We can’t let our immaturity get in the way of a victory.” Louisiana took the lead on a 3-point attempt by guard Xavian Rimmer with 10 seconds remaining. Texas State chose not to call a timeout in the final possession, and Wright turned the ball over, finalizing Louisiana’s comeback victory against Texas State

and making this the latest game in which Texas State has failed to close out an opponent. “From the last couple of games, we know we can compete with anybody,” Davis said. “We’re not far behind anyone. We can beat anyone any night, but we just have to play smarter at the end of the game and be able to close out.” The crowd awaited Foster’s ceremony with the Bobcats leading after the first half. Athletic Director Larry Teis and University President Denise Trauth gave their remarks as they unveiled Jeff Foster’s number, which became the fourth retired jersey to hang in Strahan Coliseum. During his speech, Jeff Foster acknowledged his 1997 teammates in attendance who were part of the last Bobcat team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. “That’s the first individual honor I’ve ever received, and I’m very grateful to the university,” Foster said. “Like I’ve said all along, I’m truly grateful for my teammates, all I’ve learned from them, and (the jersey) is really up for all of us. It’s great to be up there, but it’s really a team effort.” Foster spoke about his dedication playing basketball at Texas State and his determination to make it to the Indiana Pacers. He thanked everyone in attendance for their support of the program. “I’m really happy they have (Coach) Danny Kaspar to turn this thing around and put a defensive team on the floor like we had.”


Texas State opens season winning 3 of 4 By Cameron Cutshall Sports Reporter @CameronCutshall

The softball team outscored its opponents 28–10 this past weekend in the Centurylink Classic at the Bobcat Softball Stadium, starting the season 3–1. The Bobcats’ first round of games was delayed because of inclement weather until Saturday when Texas State kicked off its season against Stephen F. Austin. The Bobcats defeated SFA 4-3 despite a late seventh inning push by the Lumberjacks, who scored two runs. The Lumberjacks had the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second before freshman pitcher Kaylee Garner struck out SFA second baseman Taylor Vick to record the save and end the game. “It was a fun game to play in,” said sophomore second baseman Kelli Baker. “It was kind of nervewracking, but I think we needed that to see how we handled the pressure. It worked out well, and we came out with a win.” Senior pitcher Rayn House pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs. House gave up seven hits, walked two batters and struck out six. Freshman outfielder Kimberlin Naivar scored the first home run for the Bobcats this season in the second inning.

Texas State followed that game scored two runs in the first inning with a loss to the only team playing to obtain an early lead before getting in this weekend’s tournament that seven in the fourth to make the final had a winning record last season— score of 9-0 in the first game against Ball State. Southern Illinois. The Bobcats had an early lead Garner pitched for the Bobcats when sophomore first baseman against the Southern Illinois SaluKendall Wiley singled to right field, kis for five innings, allowing one hit scoring Baker from second to take and striking out eight to get the win. the early 1–0. Texas State took that Wiley and sophomore catcher Katie lead into the top of the fourth when Doerre both collected two RBI. the Cardinals evened the game at Texas State ended the tournament 1–1. In the fifth inning, Ball State in- with a 13–0 victory against Texas fielder Jennifer Gilbert hit a two-run A&M-Corpus Christi. The team had homerun to take a 3–1 lead over the 16 hits led by Baker and Masek, who Bobcats. The Cardinals scored three together had five hits and five RBI more runs that inning and added an- in the match. House earned her secother in the top of the seventh to win ond win of the weekend against the the game 7–2. Islanders. Baker had four hits for the Bob“We got better as the weekend cats, scoring one run. Wiley and went on,” said Coach Ricci Woodsenior shortstop Jordan Masek each ard. “That was our goal at the beginhad two hits. Masek scored the other ning of the tournament, and we were run for the Bobcats. able to achieve that.” Sunday, the Bobcats played Hill Country MHDD Centers/ Comal DD Location Texas A&MSeeking CSA III Corpus Christi Full Time & Part-time Opportunities Available and Southern Illinois. The Must have HS Diploma/GED Bobcats did not Able to work flexible hours allow a run SunExperience working w/ individuals diagnosed w/developmental disabilities day, outscoring Experience providing service in a residential setting Available to work weekends and evenings both teams 22-0 Pay ranging from $9.02 per hr. to $10.26 per hr. and run-ruling Applications are available online @ or can be picked them in the fifth up @ 511 North St. New Braunfels, TX 87130 innings. Paid Medical, excellent benefits, vacation, sick, retirement, etc. Texas State Hill Country is EEO Employer






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