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The Bower Bird Gallery presents “Animalujah Reincarnation,” an art exhibit featuring works that represent the spirit of animals.

Recruitment Report: This week The University Star features a three-day series on the 27 recruits Coach Dennis Franchione signed for the 2014 class.

TECHNOLOGY

Cloud software to be available for faculty, staff By Rebecca Banks News Reporter

Texas State has made an agreement with a data backup software company for faculty and staff computers to prevent loss of saved data. The university’s Technology Resources Department is working with Code42, a company that provides online data backup services, to allow faculty and staff the opportunity to save data on a cloud system. Mark Hughes, associate vice president of Technology Resources, said the university negotiated for an undisclosed amount of money to have about 2,000 faculty and staff computers backed up on Code42’s system. “The university is willing to make this investment to save and protect their (staff and faculty’s) intellectual content,” Hughes said. Faculty and staff will be able to request use of the system to back up their files and will use their NetID and password for access, Hughes said. All files backed up will be saved and encrypted. “Privacy is one of the biggest features of CrashPlan because that’s our business model,” said Adam Best, communications manager at Code42. Catherine Stevens, senior user services consultant with ITAC, said that Technology Resources began testing computers using CrashPlan, Code42’s data-backup software in December 2013. An estimated 100 computers have been tested with no problems, she said. Hughes said Technology Resources has not set a completion date for the testing period but plans to add additional computers in the future to ensure the online system will function at a larger scale. Stevens said Technology Resources is monitoring any errors that may occur during testing before expanding the system to staff and faculty computers on campus. “As soon as the testing phase is over we, of course, will pursue releasing it around campus,” Stevens said. Hughes said the university has not had any major instances of data being lost. Faculty and staff using the backup system will be able to easily restore and recover deleted or lost files from their computer, Hughes said. “It’s totally self-service so you don’t have to open a help desk ticket with the IT department,” Best said. Users can open the system’s app, click the restore tab, find the document to be restored and bring it back to its original location, Best said. The system uses a cloud service through its website and computers can access it on and off campus, Hughes said. “We have a CrashPlan server here on campus, but it is a cloud service,” Stevens said. “The actual data is being stored in the cloud.” Faculty and staff at the university are responsible for saving files on their computers, Hughes said. The system is an easy resource that automatically saves files in the background of a computer, he said. “What CrashPlan does is we specialize in endpoint backup so every computer on a network can be backed up automatically behind the scenes, invisible to the user so we don’t get in the way of the use of the computer,” Best said. The system is not a replacement for the current U-Drive that faculty and staff use but is an additional option, Hughes said. “The U-Drive is limited, there is only so much quota the user can have. We do expand quota in the case that somebody really, really needs it,” Stevens said. With the new system there is no limit to how much data can be saved, Stevens said.

Frank Dorval, studio art senior, makes a three-dimensional print Feb. 10 in the Joann Cole Mitte art building. The School of Art and Design purchased a 3-D printer in November.

TECHNOLOGY

Art and design students utilizing new 3-D printer By Kelsey Bradshaw

Senior News Reporter

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he future is here, and it sits on the third floor of the Joann Cole Mitte Building. Students in the School of Art and Design have had access to a threedimensional printer beginning this semester for “curricular-based” projects, said Beverly Penn, professor for the School of Art and Design. The 3-D printer was purchased in November for about $2,200. The printer has taken students’ art to “the next level,” said Nicole DesChamps-Benke, senior lecturer in the same school. The printer is helping students save time while working on projects. Students previously had to send their art projects to a 3-D printer off campus in order to have them designed and constructed, said Gabriel Glenn, communication design junior. “It gives us a solution to do rapid prototyping,” Glenn said. Much like Microsoft Word, students use software on computers in the Joann Cole Mitte Building to generate data for the objects they want to create. The data is sent to the new printer, called the Makerbot Replicator 2, and is then printed out three-dimensionally, DesChamps-Benke said.

FACULTY

Madelynne Scales | Staff Photographer Three dimensional printing allows art students to produce prototypes for different projects in 45 minutes to one hour. Glenn said the 3-D printer processes the file and prints it in segments. Each piece is printed layer-by-layer, taking 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size and material used. The printer commonly builds models and molds using plastic that can then be cast into bronze or sterling silver, Penn said. Different translucent

and solid colors are available for students to use as well, she said. Similar to the color printer in the Print Center at Joann Cole Mitte, students are charged for each threedimensional piece they create, Glenn

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FACULTY SENATE

Memorial to be held for sociology associate professor Texas State will host a memorial next Friday for Sally Caldwell, associate professor of sociology, who died Jan. 31. Caldwell died of complications from a double lung transplant she received in June, according to information from the Jacob’s Well Natural Area website. Caldwell previously served as a Woodcreek, Texas city councilmember and mayor pro-tem. Services for faculty, staff and students will be held Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. at the UMC Wesley Christ Chapel Campus Ministry Center on North Guadalupe Street, according to the sociology webpage. Another memorial was held Feb. 9 at the Blue Hole Regional Park. Caldwell authored the textbook Statistics Unplugged and graduated with a PhD from the University of

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Senators urge greater tuition transparency from administrators By Kelsey Bradshaw

Senior News Reporter

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North Texas. She had worked at Texas State since 1998 and specialized in behavioral statistics. —Compiled by Taylor Tompkins, news editor

Concerns over transparency in how tuition revenue is being appropriated have caused faculty senators to bring the issue to administrators, some of who say the information is easily accessible. Roselyn Morris, McCoy College of Business senator, discussed concerns with transparency in students’ tuition at the Jan. 22 faculty senate meeting. Morris was unsure if the university is being “transparent” and honest enough with students about where their tuition money is going. “I think we ought to start

discussing it at some point and possibly being transparent to our students and their parents,” Morris said. However, Bill Nance, vice president for Finance and Support Services said the information about where tuition money is going is easily accessible on the Tuition and Fee Information page on the Texas State website. Student tuition is broken into two parts—designated and statutory. Designated tuition is delegated by the legislature for the Board of Regents to set. The legislature sets statutory tuition, which is only spent on “educational and general activities” defined by

the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Statutory tuition is $50 per credit hour. Faculty salaries and operating expenses of departmental offices, deans’ offices, Alkek Library, some administrative functions, student services, the registrar, admissions and financial aid are all defined as educational and general activities, Nance said. Nance said just like when writing a check, people do not know exactly where all of their money goes when they pay tuition. “We just spend it on all

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ON THIS DAY

1809

Naturalist Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England.

in history Courtesy of The New York Times

1909

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in New York.

1870

Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, abdicated, marking the end of the Qing Dynasty.

Second multifamily housing development available for prelease Corporation, Bank of America and NRP Group LLC, and represents the most significant affordable residential investment received by Hays County in years. Between its two components, Sienna Pointe has a total of 228 units with an expansive selection of 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom layouts. Each of these spacious floor plans come equipped with an array of modern amenities, including 9-foot ceilings, window treatments, high quality kitchen and

laundry appliances, covered entry ways and more. Sienna Pointe also provides several community features, such as a picnic area, playground and swimming pool, to promote family-friendly activity for its residents. “Sienna Pointe caters to the needs of residents who are mindful of their budget and quality of living, making it a vibrant addition to the growing portfolio of affordable multifamily housing in San Marcos,”

said Dan Markson, senior vice president of The NRP Group, LLC. Among its many amenities and valuable resources, Sienna Pointe’s prime location certainly warrants a mention. The development boasts a desirable proximity to downtown San Marcos and Interstate-35, providing residents with convenient access to several dining options and shopping centers, such as the San Marcos Premium Outlet Mall, J.C. Penney and Target. Sienna Pointe is also close to the Central Texas Medical Center and a number of public schools assigned to the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District, in addition to being only a short, 35 mile drive from downtown Austin. These combined

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PRESS RELEASE

Assistant chief retires from SMFD After a career spanning 28 years with the San Marcos Fire Department, Assistant Chief Len Nored retired from the fire service Jan. 31. “Chief Nored has been a mentor to me and many other SMFD personnel,” said Chief Les Stephens. “Len’s leadership, calm demeanor, work ethic and positive attitude made him an absolute joy to work with and the perfect fit as a Chief Officer.” Nored joined the San Marcos Fire Department on Oct. 25, 1985 and earned his firefighter certification from Texas A&M Fire School. He rose through the ranks over the next 28 years to engineer and lieutenant before being appointed as assistant chief in 2002. He twice served as interim fire chief, first in 2004 and again from 2008-2009. Nored’s certifications include master firefighter, fire officer I and II, intermediate instructor III, hazardous materialst, EMT driver/operatorpumper, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), fire investigator, incident safety officer, swift water rescue technician and wildland search and rescue operation. As assistant chief over administration and personnel, he oversaw the design and construction of the $5 million, 19,000 square foot Fire Station 5 and wrote 37 grants resulting in $849,630 for equipment and training funds. “During his tenure as an assistant chief, Len has had one of the greatest positive impacts of any single individual on the San Marcos Fire

Department,” Stephens said. “He is leaving some very big shoes to fill and will be truly missed.”

Defying California law, San Francisco officials began performing weddings for same-sex couples.

1912

Women in the Utah Territory gained the right to vote.

PRESS RELEASE

Preleasing has officially begun for Sienna Pointe, The NRP Group LLC’s second multifamily development in Hays County. Located at 2913 Hunter Road, this highly anticipated, mixed-use residence features several family-friendly amenities and top quality living at an affordable price. Sienna Pointe is an accomplishment of the close partnership between the Bank of America Community Development

2004

Courtesy of the City of San Marcos

1999 The Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

factors make the area rich for outreach activities targeting the LowIncome Housing Tax Credit market. Sienna Pointe is a beacon of the transformative growth occurring in San Marcos and supports community development by drawing new residents to the area. Between its innovative design, high-end amenities and prime location, Sienna Pointe not only meets the demand for quality living in Hays County, but significantly impacts the market-rate housing portfolio with its affordability. Contact: Laura Lopez (210) 254–9160 Laura@aguillon-associates.com


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PRINTER, continued from front said. Pricing is based on the material used, he said. “It is a quick way to come up with a prototype, so you can determine size, scale, shape and spatial relationships before you go into reproducing that part of something very expensive,” DesChamps-Benke said. “You can see (the prototype) first hand in the three-dimension.” Three-dimensional printing has been around for 10 years and is becoming more accessible, Penn said. Last year, Penn took a developmental leave from teaching to research the technology, write grants to procure the equipment at Texas State and begin writing new curriculum to implement 3-D printing in the classroom. “Having a three-dimensional printer here in the building gives us the ability to do ‘on the fly’ design for new types of prototypes,” Glenn said. DesChamps-Benke is the campus expert “fluent” in using the printer, Penn said. Since obtaining the device, DesChampsBenke has begun incorporating 3-D printing into curriculum for her classes.

DesChamps-Benke said students in her classes are given a conceptual problem to solve as part of an assignment using the 3-D printer. Each assignment has technical requirements, some of which incorporate the 3-D aspect, she said. “It’s another tool. It’s a different way of doing things,” DesChamps-Benke said. “Everything’s moving into technology, and this allows them another skill set they can incorporate into their work.” Since the printer is used on a curriculum basis only, students cannot just use the printer at will, Penn said. “There’s a critical, individual, creative, conceptual, problemsolving aspect to using the printer,” Penn said. “The technology is becoming really innovative now.” The Makerbot Replicator 2 can perform a variety of functions. Often, students will build a project using wire, and then print it to be able to directly see how it translates in 3-D, DesChampsBenke said. “The sky is really the limit,” Glenn said.

TUITION, continued from front these (educational and general) functions,” Nance said. Core education and general budgetary needs receive $220 million from tuition revenue, said Gordon Thyberg, assistant vice president of Budgeting, Financial Planning and Analysis. “In 2003, (legislators) deregulated designated tuition, because of their cutting appropriations, they couldn’t afford to pay for more financial aid,” Thyberg said. Institutions across the state had to begin transferring more designated tuition to education and general purposes to make up for reductions in state appropriations, Nance said. Student debt is rising, and universities are “asking students to help pay for the person next to them” by using tuition to give to low-income students Morris said. Financial aid receives 15 percent of the statutory tuition and 20 percent of the designated tuition, Nance said. “That is a statewide mandate,”

Nance said. “The legislature decreed that.” Tuition rates have been on the decline the past few years because for the first time since 2003, the legislature appropriated more money for student-adjusted inflation, Nance said. The state appropriation for the educational and general activities budget is $80 million, and $58 million is transferred from the institution, Nance said. “The educational and general budget could be higher,” Nance said. About 31 percent of the core budget goes to educational and general activities, Thyberg said. Academic departments and operating costs of those departments are included in the educational and general activity budget, Nance said. Information about where students’ tuition and fees go can be found at the Budget Office or online, Nance said.

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OPINIONS

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THE MAIN POINT

New tax regulations make proper tipping more important than ever S tudents and residents should educate themselves on tipping etiquette in light of a new regulation changing the way large-party gratuity is given to waiters and waitresses. According to a Feb. 6 University Star article, a regulation enacted Jan. 1 by the IRS classifies automatic gratuities as a service charge rather than a tip, causing many restaurants to do away with automatic gratuities on large parties. Under this policy, waiters and waitresses would receive an automatic gratuity as part of their paychecks that are subject to taxing, instead of simply receiving tax-free tips each night. Waiters, waitresses and restaurants get the short end of the stick with this new regulation. Working as a waiter or waitress is an involved job. Between memorizing the menu, communicating orders to cooks and ensuring each customer is satisfied with their entire dining experience, working at a restaurant is no easy feat. When a large party of customers is thrown into the mix, a regular night on the job can suddenly become hectic. Large parties can often take half a shift or more to serve based on their orders and the amount of time they spend at the restaurant. Unfortunately these waiters and waitresses are no longer guaranteed a tip for serving these large parties. The automatic gratuity charged to these parties previously protected wait staff, ensuring they were paid an appropriate amount for the night. Restaurant owners and managers are also feeling the harsh effects of the IRS’ ruling in regard to accounting for their business. According to the article, many local restaurants are getting rid of the automatic gratuity system because of the nightmare it causes when calculating paychecks. While the law cannot be changed, those dining with large parties—or anyone dining out for that matter—should keep basic tipping procedures in mind. Many San Marcos waiters and waitresses are students who need tips to make ends meet and pay ever-increasing tuition costs.

Large groups of customers require more work in an often already busy night at a restaurant. Waiters and waitresses can easily turn over several smaller tables in the time it takes to serve one large group. When large parties skimp on their tips, they are being inconsiderate of their waiter or waitresses’ time and efforts. Patrons should keep in mind that while waiters and waitresses are there to provide quality customer service, they still deserve respect and are not personal servants. Students are notoriously bad tippers. When going out with a group such as a fraternity, sorority or other organization, students need to make sure to break this stereotype and tip appropriately. Waiter and waitress paychecks often come out to mere change after taxes, and so many of them literally live off tips, which is something students need to keep in mind when leaving tips. Many college students know how difficult it is to earn minimum wage while struggling to pay rent, tuition and other expenses and therefore should be especially sensitive to the needs of underpaid wait staff. Antiquated thoughts on tipping need to be eliminated. Tipping 10 percent of the bill is not appropriate, even for poor service. The lowest tip any waiter or waitress should receive is 15 percent of the total bill. Although students do not have the power to change the new automatic gratuity law, they can still help struggling waiters and waitresses by following basic tipping etiquette. Many students have been in a position where every last cent counts and should be empathetic to the plight of underpaid, overworked waiters and waitresses. 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.

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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 athletes unfairly criticized by media

Odus Evbagharu Sports Editor Journalism junior

ace should not play a factor Rathletes—a in society’s perceptions of guideline media out-

lets should follow and respect in sports coverage today. There has been a love-hate relationship when it comes to black athletes and how the media and society at large perceive them. The misconceptions surrounding black athletes are often unfair and unjustified. It is laughable when predominately white

media outlets try to explain the culture and background of black athletes. It is especially irritating when white newscasters pass judgment on athletes for being aggressive or playing a sport with intensity. Black athletes are brash and inyour-face. They exude confidence like no other, and when they beat an opposing team, they are not afraid to let them know. That confidence is part of the culture they are raised in—a culture that teaches young athletes to be the best at all costs because success on the field might be the only way to a brighter future. Such athletes may come off as arrogant, but it is not because they want to let others know they are better than them. They are the way they are because they are proud of their accomplishments, and no one can take that away from them. People see an athlete’s interviews, commercials, clothing and

image in the media and never ask themselves what that person has been through. People assume when they hear two-minute sound bites of athletes bragging about being the best that they must be thugs or uneducated. The hypocrisy present in discourse about black athletes is unbelievable. For example, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman made waves in a recent interview after a game against the San Francisco 49ers. He proclaimed himself the best and made it clear he was tired of people talking bad about him. I respect that. Sherman was showing emotion after making arguably the NFL’s play of the year. After that interview, many people seemed to have an opinion about him, and personally, I believe most of the criticism he received was unwarranted. Last time I checked, showing emotion is as much a part of sports as athleticism. Yes,

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Sherman did it louder than most, but he still had every right to show his emotions. Expressing his feelings, as arrogant as he might sound to some, does not make him a thug or uneducated. Sherman graduated from Stanford with a 3.9 GPA and is currently working on his master’s degree—facts naysayers should remember before casting the first stone. White athletes are overwhelmingly absolved from these types of criticisms. Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback, was caught on camera in a shouting match with his coach not too long ago. The way I was taught, what the coach says goes, so Brady should not have been allowed to yell at his coach and get away with it. Sherman was practically crucified for yelling into a camera and was accused of insulting his opponents, yet Brady did not receive nearly as much criticism after disrespect-

ing his coach—that doesn’t make a lot of sense. There is a definite double standard when it comes to judging black athletes versus their white counterparts. Golfer Tiger Woods had affairs with numerous women and was on the cover of multiple tabloid magazines for doing so. On the other hand, Ben Roethlisberger, white quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was accused of rape, found not guilty and did not receive half the media attention Woods did. It seems to me when black athletes do something wrong, it is seen by the media as part of their character and a result of how they grew up. When a white athlete commits the same crime, however, it is seen as an uncharacteristic mistake. Things need to change. Whether that change is increasing media diversity or simply a more critical viewership, something has to give.

admitted to using drugs and have been arrested for all kinds of stupid, crazy things. I sincerely doubt these petitioners have been secretly lying in wait until they could finally do something about the menace such celebrities pose to American society. I bet they practically drooled with sanctimonious pleasure as they added their signatures to the petition. Even if, by some miracle, Bieber were actually deported, it would not make a difference. He is still world-renowned. His pasty man-child face would still be plastered across television screens worldwide. Little girls will still fall victim to his crooning and artfully furrowed brows. He would continue to get in trouble, and his bad influence could still potentially spread. The term “Bieber fever” is not far from the truth. Bieber will no doubt continue to burn hotter and hot-

ter until he finally breaks. When he crashes and burns, the whole world will see, regardless of what country he is in. Of course, he will likely never be deported. As ardent as these holier-than-thou petitioners are, democracy stands no chance against cash and fame. It stands in his favor that none of the crimes he has committed so far are actual felonies for which his green card could be revoked. Overall, this petition has done nothing more than show the White House a handful of citizens are afraid of Bieber turning their neglected teens into no-good punks. Once again, American laziness is on display— it is certainly more convenient for Americans to petition to get Bieber removed from the country rather than actually monitor what media their children are exposed to.

POP CULTURE

Bieber fixation, hate unjustified compared to similar celebrities

Ashley Trumps Opinions Columnist Mass communication senior

he petition to deport Justin T Bieber back to Canada is a waste of time and comes off as overly self-righteous.

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ABC News reported more than 200,000 people have signed a petition aiming to kick Bieber out of the U.S., enough to warrant a response from the White House. This petition paints the pop star as “dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug-abusing,” and claims he is wrongly representing the U.S. in the world of pop culture. Personally, I believe Bieber is completely spot-on with his representation of American youth. He may not be from this country, but he is more than capable of exhibiting the special brand of brat that populates

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American schools nationwide. He is the perfect, raw example of teenage angst mixed with the unwarranted, snobbish assurance the world apparently owes him. His random outbursts of anger, drug use and reckless behavior unfortunately epitomize the spoiled yet troubled adolescents in our country. On that basis, the petition is wrong. I find the petition to be sickeningly self-righteous. Bieber is certainly an ass, but he is essentially the same as other pop stars who began their slow decline into depravity long before he did. Many other young icons have openly

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TRENDS

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New organization aims to empower campus LGBTQIA community By Madison Smith Trends Reporter

With aims to empower the community through mentorship, service and social change, People Respecting Individuality, Diversity and Equality—otherwise known as Bobcat PRIDE—has established itself as the newest LGBTQIA organization on campus. A group of students formed the organization last month in an effort to create a safe space, resources and support for the LGBTQIA community, said PRIDE President Brianna Penney. “We wanted to create a place that someone could go and feel comfortable in not knowing who they are or in being in-between,” Penney said. “We saw a need on campus, and we felt compelled to fill it.” PRIDE’s mentoring program is a central part of the organization. Freshmen and transfer students are paired with an experienced mentor in the organization to help them cope and enjoy their time on campus. To qualify, mentors participate in three different training workshops including Texas State Ally training, an at-risk training that focuses on suicide prevention and a “how-to” program detailing the specifics of mentorship within PRIDE. The workshops are designed to prepare mentors to properly handle any emotional or academic problems underclassmen might bring to meetings. Along with person-to-person men-

torship within the group, PRIDE has plans to engage in community efforts such as river clean up work, Bobcat Build and educational services to inform others about the presence of the LBGTQIA community in San Marcos.

We want to make an alliance within our community.” —Jordan Hollimon, PRIDE vice president Jordan Hollimon, vice president of PRIDE, said the organization has three different committees that focus on educational outreach, public relations and the mentor/mentee program. Hollimon said PRIDE plans to work with the other LBGTQIA organizations on campus as well. “This has been an idea of mine for a year and a half,” Hollimon said. “We want to make an alliance within our community.” Susan Taylor, Texas State police officer and PRIDE advisor, said she expects the organization will become a permanent on campus fixture. “I really hope that this organization can become established on campus,” Taylor said. “Between

serving the community and mentoring underclassmen, a group like PRIDE helps students to stay connected and encouraged by their school.” Taylor said membership in the organization is open to all students regardless of sexual orientation and identity. “Not every LBGTQIA person looks like the stereotype, so a place where their ideas, passions and opinions (can be expressed is) really what will make this organization,” Penney said. “It’s a path for their expression, really.” The organization advocates respecting and treating others as equals, Hollimon said. “We educate and help each other, but most of all we listen to each other on how to make our community better and how to move forward,” Hollimon said.

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SPORTS

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FOOTBALL RECRUITMENT

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.

THE OFFENSIVE PLAYMAKERS Stedman Mayberry Running back 5'10'' 185 lbs. Cedar Park, Texas

Connor White Quarterback 6'5'' 195 lbs. Watkinsville, Ga.

(Vista Ridge HS)

(Oconee County HS/Fork Union Military Academy)

Rivals.com and Scout. com rated Mayberry as a two-star recruit. Dave Campbell’s Football Magazine ranked him among the top-20 running backs in Texas. He chosen as Vista Ridge’s Offensive Player of the Year and was named a Second-Team All-State selection and a First-Team All-District 25-4A performer as a junior.

Scout.com rated White as a two-star recruit. He went to Fork Union after playing football, basketball and baseball at Oconee County High School and was named All-Area Second-Team honors in football and baseball as a senior by the Athens BannerHerald.

Randy Price Quarterback 6'3'' 206 lbs. Waco, Texas (University HS/Tyler JC)

Rivals.com and Scout. com rate Price as a two-star recruit. He was named Offensive MVP at the Capital of Kansas Bowl and earned All-Southwest JC Football Conference Second-Team honors.

Cameron Knight Tight end 6'3'' 250 lbs. Shallowater, Texas (Shallowater HS)

Knight was named Tight End of the Year by the National Underclassmen All-Star Association and was chosen on the organization’s All-America team. He was rated as one of the top seven tight end recruits by Dave Campbell’s Football, one of the top eight tight ends recruits in Texas by the Dallas Morning News and was rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com.

Gabe Schrade Tight end 6'4'' 225 lbs. Deland, Fla (Deland HS)

Schrade was ranked as the No. 23-ranked player in the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida 60. Rivals.com and Scout. com rated him as a two-star prospect.

Lucas Askew Tight end 6'4'' 224 lbs. Big Sandy, Texas (Harmony HS)

Askew sat out the 2013 season as a grey shirt and was ranked as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com in 2012. Rivals.com ranked him in the top-10 tight end prospects in Texas.

P.J. Anderson Wide receiver 6'2'' 184 lbs. San Antonio, Texas (Taft HS)

Rivals.com and Scout. com rated Anderson as a two-star recruit. He earned First-Team AllDistrict 27-5A honors as a senior and was named the team Offensive Player of the Year while earning All-City honors. Photos courtesy of Texas State Athletics, Rivals.com and Hudl.com

February 12 2014  
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