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OPINIONS | Page 4 The Main Point: Students and residents will finally be able to rest easy without the blaring of train horns .
Pete and Megan Thompson recently opened their business, The Hungry Gamer, which they say is an alternative to the bar scene at The Square.
Special event visitors to be charged $5 parking garage fee
PARK The Texas State baseball team came away with a three-game sweep at Bobcat Ballpark against California-Riverside over the weekend, improving its record to 5-2 on the season.
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Fees are expected to take effect for the Edward Gary Street Parking Garage and LBJ Student Center Parking Garage.
By Rebecca Banks News Reporter
Parking Services will implement a new fee in specific garages for community special events to raise revenue from attendees and the university department sponsors. The special parking fee will be $5 per car in both the LBJ Student Center Parking Garage and Edward Gary Street Parking Garage next to the Performing Arts Center during events. The department holding an event will have the option to either pay for the fees or have its guests pay in cash, said Nancy Nusbaum, interim director of Transportation Services. Parking Services officials are currently working to update the department’s University Policy and Procedure Statements, which will include procedures for the fee, Nusbaum said. “We’ve got first aid classes, job fairs and different things like that where people are bringing
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Community honors late associate professor Free Office suite
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A pianist played a jazz rendition of “Amazing Grace” as colleagues, friends and students of Sally Caldwell entered the United Campus Ministry-Wesley center Friday afternoon, setting the tone for the late faculty member’s memorial service. Caldwell, who was an associate professor of sociology, died Jan. 31 from complications of a double lung transplant last June. Susan Day, professor in the sociology department, met Caldwell in 1975 when they were both beginning their professional careers at Oklahoma City University. Day described Caldwell as the kind of teacher who often caused students to say, “I know I got an F, but I really loved the class.” “She was a professor who let students form their own goals—she wasn’t pushy or demanding, but she simply offered the possibilities for success,” Day said. “We’ll miss Sally. She saw teaching as a calling, not as a necessary evil in order to do more important work. Like all good teachers, she will and she does live on in her students’ appreciation and successes.” Geography professor Lawrence Estaville told his favorite stories about Caldwell and spoke of her two best-known published books, “Romantic Deception” and “Statistics Unplugged.” Estaville described Caldwell as a “fine scholar” and as someone who cared about her community. Caldwell was a political figure in Wimberley and involved Estaville in her initia-
An agreement between the university and Microsoft now gives Texas State students, faculty and staff access to all Office 365 ProPlus programs free of charge. Through the Microsoft Student Advantage program, the company has provided products to be used by the Texas State community, said Jose Rodriguez, director of Technology ResourcesBusiness Services. Because of these partnerships, the university has been allowed to participate in programs to offer Microsoft to students at no cost, he said. “The suite comes with all the essentials,” Rodriguez said. “We find that for most students, this is more than sufficient to what they need for their studies.” According to a Microsoft News Center article, Office 365 ProPlus includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other applications that can be installed on up to five devices. Students will be able to access assignments in shared spaces and synchronize notes. Students can access the link to download the programs on the ITAC website, Rodriguez said. “We as a university, more specifically our vice president, Dr. (Van) Wyatt, work closely with these corporations to be able to bring in these kinds of programs to our students,” Rodriguez said. “We always continue to ask what is out there that we can provide for our students.” The programs will help prepare students for future careers by providing software experience before entering the job market, Rodriguez said. “We know that Microsoft Office and some of their other tools are certain requirements that are needed in certain positions,” Rodriguez said. Suparno Banerjee, English assistant professor, said the free Microsoft Word is very beneficial to students. “I think Microsoft Word is the most userfriendly word processor, so students’ access to such a software is necessary,” Banerjee said. “It is an essential higher education tool, especially for students composing longer documents.” Mackenzie Belcher, education freshman, heard about the new offer through a campus-wide email. “Most college students are on budget, so to be able to save about $80 on something as needed as Microsoft Office is pretty great,” Belcher said.
Allison Brouillette | Staff Photographer A memorial service was held Feb. 21 in honor of Sally Caldwell, sociology associate professor, at The United Campus Ministry-Wesley. tives, he said. “Sally Caldwell is irreplaceable,” Estaville said. “Sally Caldwell was a high intellect. She had a fantastic humor and could make anybody laugh— and she did, a lot. But the most important thing about Sally is that she was a person of unwavering integrity.” Est aville recently announced plans to establish an undergraduate scholarship for the Department of Sociology in honor of Caldwell. The Texas State University Development Foundation requires at least $25,000 in order to establish a scholarship fund, Estaville said. One sociology student could be awarded a $1,000 scholarship each year. “Susan (Day) and I think that this is the best way to
honor Sally at Texas State— to give back to the students,” Estaville said. “Because that’s what she did her whole career. The other day I said to Susan, ‘Hey, I’ve got $5,000.’ And Susan couldn’t be outdone, so she said, ‘I’ve got $5,000, too.’ We’re already almost halfway there.” Kelly Mosel-Talavera, senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology, read comments at the service about Caldwell written by students and colleagues. Some students’ comments described their respect for Caldwell, and others thanked her for making them face their fears, laugh and love statistics. “I feel like I’m disproportionately sad about her death,” Mosel-Talavera read from a
student’s statement posted on Facebook. “We weren’t particularly close, but she had an undeniable effect on me.
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ON THIS DAY in history Courtesy of The New York Times
A jury in Jasper, Texas, sentenced white supremacist John William King to death for the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., an AfricanAmerican man.
Playwright Tennessee Williams was found dead at age 71.
Cassius Clay (who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali) became the world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.
Beatles guitarist George Harrison was born in Liverpool, England.
The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect.
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CALDWELL, continued from front The way she tilted her head back to look at you through her glasses perched at the end of her nose and grinned because you laughed at the right part of the joke. It made you feel like part of some awesome club.”
Initiative aims to prepare children of custodial workers for college Austin Humphreys | Photo Editor Revenue generated from event parking in the LBJ Student Center Parking Garage will be put toward Parking Services. hundreds of people to campus, and right now they’re parking for free,” Nusbaum said. “In the future either the department will pay $5 per person or the people who are attending will pay the $5.” Nusbaum said Parking Services is currently meeting with university officials to discuss events that may be exempted from paying the fee. These exemptions will be outlined in the approved UPPS, she said. “I’m hoping (the UPPS) will be finished and reviewed in March, and some of the things in it will go into effect in the fall semester and some of it goes into effect immediately,” Nusbaum said. Parking Services’ UPPS is reviewed every three years and was last reviewed in January 2011, Nusbaum said. The President’s Cabinet has approved Parking Services not charging the fee for Bobcat Day, the Pack It Up and Pass It On event and early polling booths at the LBJ Student Center, Nusbaum said. “We don’t currently charge for commencement, and I don’t
think we are going to charge,” Nusbaum said. “We haven’t addressed that one yet, but I would say it will stay the same way.” Parking Services and university officials are discussing what types of non-university organizations will be charged with the event fee, Nusbaum said. “The first priority for parking is always students, faculty and staff, so every effort will be made to accommodate a special parking event that involves students, faculty and staff,” said Cynthia Opheim, associate provost of Academic Affairs. The second priority is department-sponsored events like lectures or university recognized organizations, Opheim said. The fee was implemented for the department of Criminal Justice’s hostage negotiation event in January, Nusbaum said. “The department decided to pay for the permits, so we provided them the number of permits they wanted, charged them $5 and then they handed them out to the people to put in their cars,” Nusbaum said. The President’s Cabinet approved the fee last year to begin
charging fine arts events at the Edward Gary garage in January 2014, Nusbaum said. Anyone who parks at the Edward Gary garage will have to pay the $5 fee, said Stephen Prentice, assistant director of Parking Services. “During those days whether you’re coming to the performing arts event or not it will still be $5 because there is no way to say ‘you get to pay and you don’t,’ so just during that time its $5,” Prentice said. Nusbaum said any student with a green residential parking permit for the Edward Gary garage will be able to park without paying the fee. “We’re also looking at having people go online and pay by credit card in the future and print their own permit before they get to campus,” Nusbaum said. The university’s current software does not have the capabilities for online payments, but will hopefully be upgraded by the summer, Nusbaum said. The revenue collected for the new fee will go to Parking Services, Prentice said.
The Center for P-16 Initiatives at Texas State University has launched a new outreach service, “Construyendo La Casa/Building the House,” aimed at inspiring and informing Central Texas janitors and custodians to help their children become college and career ready. Construyendo La Casa/Building the House is part of the statewide, grassroots movement Generation Texas— fulfilling the community engagement component of the local council, CenTX GenTX, housed at Texas State. "English Language Learners, and low-income students in general, traditionally have the lowest performance rates in our region, and they are among the fastest growing student populations as well," said Michelle Hamilton, director of the Center for P-16 Initiatives. "If we allow the children of our local janitors and cleaners to fall behind it costs each family and the region as a whole, millions in potential earnings. Grassroots, community engagement is crucial to avoiding such losses." There are approximately 165,000 janitors and custodial workers currently employed in Texas. Janitors in Texas earn an hourly mean wage of $9.96, and typically have only a high school diploma or less according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A great many of these workers are native Spanish speakers, and their children would likely be the first in their family to attend college.
CenTX GenTX and the Center for P-16 Initiatives have teamed with Professional Janitorial Services (PJS) in Austin to provide the PJS employees and their families with crucial information regarding academic and developmental milestones. The first bilingual workshop will take place on March 1 at the PJS headquarters in Austin. Hopefully, the workshop will lead to more outreach possibilities that can serve the more than 3,000 janitors working in Central Texas. "By investing in our employees and empowering them as parents, we are able to care for them in the way that matters most to them—their family," said Josh Coulter, director of the PJS Educational Initiative. "This creates a more loyal, productive, and united workforce, which affects every aspect of our business.” "This is also an intentional investment in the future of our community," he said. "CenTX GenTX is a powerful partner in this because they have the vision, passion and ability to give our employees the knowledge and tools they need to support the education of their kids through high school and beyond." For more information on "Construyendo La Casa" or to sign a company up for a college and career workshop, contact Isaac Torres at (512) 245-8192 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. —Courtesy of University News Service
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THE MAIN POINT
Decision to enact quiet zones positive change for city S
tudents and residents will finally be able to rest easy without the blaring of train horns as a result of much-needed improvements recently approved by city councilmembers. It is no secret that trains are a drawback of living in San Marcos. The sound of trains barreling through town has been a familiar and mostly unwanted background noise to residents and students for decades. The decision to implement quiet zones in San Marcos was a positive move by city councilmembers since it will drastically improve the quality of living of residents and students for years to come. Councilmembers should be commended for taking steps in the right direction to better serve and listen to their constituents. According to a Feb. 20 University Star article, the Engineering and Capital Improvements Department will construct medians at railroad crossings throughout the city to prevent drivers from bypassing caution arms when they are lowered. After the barriers are installed, the city will be able to enact quiet zones as early as the end of this year. The expected price tag for the project is $1.1 million, according to the same article. The upgrades offer a two-fold benefit. Not only will quiet zones be implemented but also new safety improvements will stop drivers from endangering themselves in the future. According to an Oct. 29 University Star article, 67 individuals were cited throughout a weeklong operation to catch reckless drivers near the railroad tracks. While the implementation of the safety upgrades is going to cost the city a pretty penny, it will lead to quiet zones that will benefit students and residents as well as keep reckless drivers from ignoring cautionary road signs. Residents and students sleeping in after a long week of working and studying will be able to sleep
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soundly without being interrupted by jarring train whistles. The peace of mind of residents and students is well worth the costs of the railroad crossing safety improvements that will lead to quiet zones. Any costs associated with implementing the quiet zones are justified in the grand scheme of the city’s budget. In the past, city officials have proposed spending more money on projects that would not directly improve the quality of life of residents or students. For example, a proposed roundabout slated for construction near San Antonio Street and Hunter Road was expected to cost the city $4.2 million, according to a Sept. 4, 2013 University Star article. Thankfully, city councilmembers
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.
Interracial couples face scrutiny, hardships
Imani McGarrell Assistant Opinions Editor Journalism sophomore
in this age of social awareness and Etiveven acceptance, there are still many negastigmas attached to interracial dating
that students need to understand and fight against. There are certain couple pairings that seem to garner society’s acceptance more than others. Mixed race couples with a white woman and a black man, for example, are often considered more acceptable than a couple comprised of a black woman and a white man. Couples who do not fit within the narrow limits of American sensibilities often receive not-so-subtle double takes when walking around in public. Black women in relationships with white men must often bear the brunt of a lot of unfair criticisms. Whereas black men are often encouraged to date white women by each other and society at large, a black woman dating a white man is perceived as a sellout. White women are viewed as the pinnacle of womanhood and are often seen as part of success for black men. It seems that if white women are the prize at the top of the ladder, black women are the rungs that are used to climb it. Famous twins Tia and Tamera Mowry recently appeared on a program produced
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by Oprah Winfrey titled “Where Are They Now?” On the segment, Tamera spoke candidly about all of the hateful comments and backlash she has received on the Internet because of her marriage to her white husband. People called Tamera things like “the white man’s whore” and said because she did not date a black man like her sister, Tia, she was somehow not a real black woman. Interestingly enough, Tia also received comments saying her sister Tamera was a better black woman for marrying a white man. It seems as if black females just cannot win. The experience of not feeling wanted by your own is deeply hurtful. Black women who are searching for black men to date can sometimes face difficult and upsetting situations in today’s dating scene. This perception of a lack of interest contributes to black woman/white man relationships becoming more common. In the interracial dating game, it often seems as if minority men are always chasing white women while white men are pursuing minority women. This pursuit of women of color is often a result of the fetishization of certain ethnicities by white men. Many women of color have been portrayed as hypersexual in media and have come to have fetishes associated with their races or ethnicities. Some men are more interested in dating a caricature of what they perceive someone to be because of their race than the person themselves. In a perfect world, love would be blind. People would love who they wanted regardless of race or gender and still be accepted as functioning parts of society. Even though that is not always possible in today’s world, Bobcats should pursue whomever they desire. More people may be down with the swirl than students realize.
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struck down the idea, preventing a chunk of change from being wasted on an unneeded project. Ultimately, the quiet zones will greatly benefit the city. Residents cannot put a price tag on the peace of mind they will get from the absence of train whistles and neither should the city. 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.
College time for selfdiscovery, not marriage
Rivers Wright Opinions Columnist Mass communication sophomore
is a time when students Ctry ollege should have fun, figure out life and to remember the previous night—
definitely not a time to enter into serious life commitments such as marriage. I am not saying every college student who has ever gotten married while still in school made a huge mistake, but the decision does seem rushed. To those who have gotten married during college and are still living in domestic bliss: congratulations on having life figured out during what is normally a crazy and stressful time. The rest of us envy you greatly. Life is stressful enough during college. Planning out the future, managing finances and gaining footing in the trap called adulthood is hard enough. Adding another person to that equation is a feat not for the weak of heart. I can barely manage to even keep my room clean during the week. Most of the time, there is homework thrown everywhere. Adding someone else’s homework to the already growing mound I call my bedroom floor is unimaginable. Finances are hard to keep under control during college with the temptations of alcohol and shopping at the outlet malls constantly present. Add in books, rent and other bills that need to be paid, and college presents a financial burden hard for any student to handle. Many college students have to work more than one job to make ends meet,
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a fact that might put strain on any relationship because of a lack of personal time to spend together. Financial issues and lack of interaction do not exactly create a positive atmosphere for a relationship. Being in a relationship or having a significant other is one thing. A relationship where two people can enjoy each other’s company, dream about a possible future together and have fun without getting serious too quickly is perfect for college students. Marriage, on the other hand, brings a whole new set of concerns and responsibilities to the table. For example, going out on The Square too often can put a financial strain on the marriage, as well as sow the seed of jealousy in a partner. Additionally, if partners have too much fun one night, which is a common occurrence in college culture, spouses may resent having to constantly take care of them in sickness and in health. By no means am I bashing the institution of marriage. Marriage is a beautiful and marvelous way to demonstrate one’s lasting love for another. That said, it is not a decision that should be taken lightly. I fight for my right to someday enjoy this same privilege, but I would never choose to get married during such a chaotic time in my life. College is a time to make mistakes and find oneself. It is not a time when students should be constantly worrying about someone else. It is the time to change majors and then change them again. It is the time to get home at the crack of dawn and not be yelled at. It is the time to spend rent money on bottle service, to learn from and enjoy mistakes and to love every single moment of newfound freedom. This chapter will close, and a new one will start. In the time students attend college, lessons will be learned, hopefully maturity will be reached—and only then should marriage become an option.
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DRE DAY 2014
Hip-hop artist celebrated with event in Austin
Crew54 performs Feb. 22 for Dre Day at Holy Mountain in Austin.
By Aubrie Iverson Trends Reporter
group of San Marcos and Austin residents joined forces Saturday to celebrate the birthday and legacy of one of hip-hop’s most influential producers, Dr. Dre. The event, called Dre Day, is modeled after a theme held by Burlesque of North America, a graphic design company in Minneapolis. The annual bash began in 2003 and has since spread throughout the U.S. in cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. “I don’t know how many parties are going on that we don’t know about, but the goal is to turn it into a national holiday,” said
Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Staff Photographer Leah Manners of KOOP 91.7 and John Gross, event host, planned Dre Day.
Mike Davis, principal and creative director at Burlesque of North America and one of the original coordinators for Dre Day. The idea appealed to John Gross, the host of this year’s event, who decided to hold his own show in Austin after four weeks of planning. Gross deemed the impromptu daytime event a success, with more than 200 guests in attendance and local artists performing in tribute to Dr. Dre including P-Tek, Crew54, DJ Charlie and Bird Peterson. Holy Mountain, a small venue located on East Seventh between Red River and Sabine Streets, was able to accommodate the celebration on short notice. The venue served gin and juice specials throughout the event to patrons enjoying the sunset
and hip-hop on the covered patio. “I really like a day party,” Gross said. “Beer and sunshine. Why doesn’t this happen all the time?” Gross emceed the party under the stage name DJ GrossYall, opening the event with a mix of tracks produced by Dr. Dre and a few out-of-the-box tribute pieces. Gross’ cohost for the event was Leah Manners, host of Hip Hop Hooray, a Sunday afternoon radio show for KOOP 91.7 FM that focuses on positive, underground and international hip-hop music and culture. Manners said she does not often play Dr. Dre on her show because much of his music is “misogynistic.” However, she said the influence of the West Coast rapper and producer on the hip-hop community as a
whole cannot be ignored. Backed by the talent of DJ Charlie, Crew54 performed a short four-song set covering Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. The performers encouraged the audience to rap along to “The Next Episode,” one of Dr. Dre’s most famous singles. P-Tek commanded the audience in a way similar to rapper Eminem, taking volunteers onstage and even freestyling for a short time. Bird Peterson was perhaps the most recognizable artist at the event with almost 10,000 likes on Facebook and various performances around the country under his belt. Gross intends to hold a Dre Day celebration again next February and has already booked Holy Mountain for the event.
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Texas State splits weekend games gambled, and we got burned. We weren’t going to allow that to happen again.” Kaspar drew up a play for Wright to drive to the basket. Mychal Ammons, South Alabama forward, fouled out and put Wright at the free throw line with 2.6 seconds left. Wright converted both free throws to give Texas State the victory. “(Wright) wanted the ball at the end,” Rencher said. “He wanted that situation, wanted that opportunity and didn’t shy away from the moment.” Wright and Koenen were the only Bobcats to score in double figures. Texas State lost the rebounding battle but was able to hold the Jaguars to 37.5 percent shooting, below their season average of 40.8. “We need any win, but we won a close game,” Kaspar said. “Instead of walking down to the locker room with our heads down, there are smiles everywhere, and that’s good.” The Bobcats then traveled to Jonesboro Saturday and took on the third-place Arkansas State Red Wolves. Koenen could not keep his scoring streak going as he failed to make a field goal, and Texas State fell to Arkansas State 73-68 for the second time this season. Wright and Phil Hawkins, senior
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Madelynne Scales | Assistant Photo Editor Emani Gant, sophomore forward, goes up for a shot Feb. 20 at Strahan Coliseum. Texas State won 67-66 in overtime against South Alabama.
Texas State men’s basketball split its two games this weekend, taking an overtime victory against South Alabama at home before losing on the road to Arkansas State. The Bobcats are 8-19 on the season, tying with Troy for eighth in the Sun Belt. Texas State fended off the South Alabama Jaguars Thursday night 67-66 in overtime. The scoring load was spearheaded by a career-night from Reid Koenen, senior forward, as he shot 7-10 from the 3-point range and scored a Texas State season-high 26 points. “I’m happy for Reid,” said Joel Wright, senior forward. “That’s one dude I’m always telling to shoot the ball. When Reid’s shooting the ball good, and we get a couple of points on the field, nobody can beat us.” Wright backed up Koenen’s performance with 21 points, eight rebounds and three blocks on the defensive end. Coach Danny Kaspar called a timeout with 11.5 seconds left in the extra period when the Bobcats were down one to set up a play. “(In) the Lafayette game, we didn’t use a timeout,” said Assistant Coach Terrence Rencher. “We
guard, led the team in scoring with 19 and 18 points respectively. For the fourth straight game, Texas State did not have more than two players score in double figures. “(Hawkins) played a good game,” said Assistant Coach Rob Flaska. “He moved over to play the two, and when he was in the game with Naiel (Smith, freshman guard), he really stepped it up offensively, looked very comfortable and hit some good shots. I thought that group gave us a good run.” Texas State won or was even with Arkansas State in most statistical battles, but offensively the Red Wolves were able to shoot 52.4 percent in the game versus Texas State’s 48 percent. Flaska said that despite being the conference’s best defense in points allowed per game, the team ranks last in field goal defense and 3-point defense. Troy holds the tiebreaker, so the Bobcats will look to their final three games before they take on Troy for, potentially, a one-game playoff for the last spot in the conference tournament held in New Orleans. “We can do a lot of damage (in New Orleans),” Wright said. “Last year, we did a lot of damage without defense, and this year, we’re playing a whole lot more defense. Anything can happen.”
Bobcats lose to conference-leader Arkansas State on road By Quixem Ramirez Sports Reporter @quixem
The Texas State women’s basketball team turned the ball over 21 times on the road Saturday in its 74-55 loss to the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Arkansas State swept the seasonseries against Texas State, winning both matchups by a combined 35 points. “They are a tough team for anyone to play,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “Player for player, we are just as talented. They are just playing at another level. Everything is clicking for them. Are they beatable? For sure, but it’s going to take a really strong effort. It’s going to take a great effort, not just a good one.”
The Red Wolves led for 65 of 80 minutes against the Bobcats in the series, including the entirety of Saturday’s matchup. Arkansas State scored 30 points off turnovers while shooting 50 percent from the field. “Part of it was fatigue,” Antoine said. “Part of it was nerves. It was a really fun atmosphere. The team gave a lot of heart, but the mental and physical fatigued showed. It broke my heart. As I re-watched the game I truly understood what happened. The nice thing, though, is that we have no excuses.” Arkansas State is 14-4 in its last 18 games, including a 12-3 record in the conference. The Red Wolves have outscored their conference opponents by 6.8 points per game, the second-highest mark in the Sun Belt Conference.
“Arkansas State is playing really well,” Antoine said. “They are truly playing like a championship team. It was a very emotional game for them.” Texas State scored 19 points in the first half on 30.4 percent shooting. The Bobcats began the second half on a 13-4 run, with Erin Peoples, sophomore forward, and Ashley Ezeh, senior forward, accounting for each point. Arkansas State closed the half on a 39-23 run, giving the Bobcats their third largest defeat this season. Ezeh, Peoples and Ayriel Anderson, sophomore guard, scored 40 of 55 points. Anderson reached double figures for the third straight game. “Our team is still there, but we were fatigued,” Antoine said. “That starting group got us really close.
The team was tired. When substitutions were made, we weren’t able to sustain and that’s where we fizzled out.” Texas State averages 29.3 points in the first half and 34.8 points in the second. The team has led at halftime in 11 of 25 games this season. “We started the second half off strong, and we need to build off that,” Ezeh said. “We need to start the first half with that type of energy. We need to stop being down and having to comeback. Being down in a game, and eventually it’s too late to make a full effort. Aundrea Gamble, Arkansas State guard, scored 50 points in the two meetings against Texas State. Gamble, the third-leading scorer in the conference, and Jane Morrill, senior forward, scored 23 of the
team’s 41 points in the first half. Texas State is 9-5 in the conference, 2.5 games behind first-place Arkansas State. The Bobcats are tied with Arkansas-Little Rock and Western Kentucky for second, while Georgia State remains one game behind at 8-6. Texas State split the seasonseries against the Trojans and could sweep Western Kentucky and Georgia State if they win their next matchups. The Bobcats, with four conference games remaining, can clinch a berth in the Sun Belt tournament Wednesday if they beat the Hilltoppers. The top eight teams in the Sun Belt earn bids to the conference tournament, and the winner of the single-elimination three-round tournament clinches an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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Texas State sweeps California—Riverside at home
By Kirk Jones
Sports Reporter @kirk_jones11
he Texas State baseball team came away with a three-game sweep at Bobcat Ballpark against California-Riverside over the weekend, improving its record to 5-2 on the season. The Bobcats won the second of the three games Saturday in the bottom of the 10th when Granger Studdard, freshman outfielder, hit the single that gave Texas State an 8-7 victory. Studdard was 0-1 in the count and sent the next pitch to left center field, bringing in Cody Lovejoy, junior designated hitter, from third and Garrett Mattlage, junior infielder, from second. “My first walk-off in college was a great feeling,” Studdard said. “In high school, I’ve had a lot of situations like that just playing baseball my whole life. You get a lot of opportunities, but my first one in college is an awesome feeling.” Colby Targun, junior outfielder, missed an opportunity to win the second game in the bottom of the 9th when he sent a ground ball down the first base line that would have scored Lovejoy from third. However, the umpire called it a foul, and Targun was thrown from the game for arguing. “It was a big turn in momentum,” Studdard said. “We came out the
next inning and minimized the runs, allowing just one, and came out, got some runners on base and had a situation to win the game.” Hunter Lemke, senior pitcher, allowed a leadoff triple and a single to score the runner from third, which let California-Riverside take the lead 7-6 in the top of the 10th inning. Lemke pitched 1.1 innings and struck out one to keep the Bobcats in the game headed into the bottom of the 10th where the team was able to pull off a win. “I just went out there looking to throw strikes,” Lemke said. “My main goal is always to throw strikes, keep our defense in play and hopefully get a 1-2-3 inning.” Friday night’s game, the first of the weekend, featured a duel between both teams’ pitchers that ended when sophomore Lucas Humpal came away with the victory and a career-high 13 strikeouts while earning his first collegiate complete game shutout. Jacob Smigelski, CaliforniaRiverside right-hander, pitched six innings, striking out seven and allowing one earned run for the Highlanders. The Bobcats won the game 2-0. Tyler Pearson, senior catcher, hit a solo home run, which was his second of the season. Humpal allowed four hits over 3.2 innings and gave up 6 runs against Michigan in the Feb. 14 season opener. Humpal brought his previous ERA of 9.84 to 2.84
Junior Austen Williams pitches against California—Riverside Feb. 23 at Bobcat Ballpark.
after the game against CaliforniaRiverside. Humpal leads the Sun Belt in strikeouts in a single game with 13. Texas State is third in the Sun Belt in total strikeouts and earned run average. Texas State defeated CaliforniaRiverside 7-5 in Sunday’s seriesclosing game. Riverside scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th in an attempt to pull the team to victory.
The Bobcats finished with seven hits in the game. Pearson went 2-2 on the day and scored 1 of 7 runs. Antonio Gonzales, CaliforniaRiverside starting pitcher, allowed 4 runs over 2.2 innings and struck out two, earning his first loss on the season. Lemke made his second appearance in three games to close out the win. He pitched one inning,
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allowing 3 runs while striking out two. Lemke pitched 2.1 innings, striking out three and allowing 4 earned runs for the series. The game was Lemke’s second victory of the season. Texas State is off to its best start since the 2010 season. The Bobcats will continue their home stand Tuesday against Texas A&MCorpus Christi.
Bobcats take 3 of 5 in Texas Shootout at Denton
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By Cameron Cutshall Sports Reporter @CameronCutshall
The Texas State softball team competed in the Texas Shootout this weekend in Denton, going 3-2 in the tournament and extending its overall record to 11-5.
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The Bobcats recorded one hit by Delia Saucedo, senior right fielder, in game one against North Texas. An RBI double by Danielle Hoff, first baseman, in the bottom of the first gave the Mean Green a 1-0 win. “I think as a team we couldn’t adjust to the umpires throughout
the game,” said Kendall Wiley, sophomore first baseman. “We let them take control of the game instead of making the adjustments we needed to make as the game went on.” Senior Ashley Kirk pitched the complete game for the Mean Green, giving up one hit, walking
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five and striking out nine. Rayn House, senior pitcher, recorded her second loss of the season for the Bobcats. “They came out and had the better day,” House said. Texas State swept both of its games Friday against Sam Houston State and Abilene Christian. Timishia North, senior center fielder, hit an RBI double in the top of the third inning to get the Bobcats on the board 1-0 in game one against SHSU. Texas State added 2 more runs in the fourth inning on a throwing error by Sarah Allison, Bearkats shortstop, scoring Alli Akina, junior pinch runner. Lexi Fryar, freshman catcher, scored another run on an RBI sacrifice fly to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth. The Bearkats gave the Bobcats their final run of the game on an RBI single to right field to score Jordan Masek, senior shortstop, in the top of the seventh inning, giving Texas State a 4-2 win. Kaylee Garner, freshman pitcher, earned her second save of the season. House recorded her seventh win of the season, pitching 5.1 innings, giving up six hits, 2 runs and striking out six in the matchup. “We cannot be successful without energy,” House said. “We have to bring energy every day, because we all feed off of each other.” The Bobcats scored all of their runs in the first three innings
against Abilene Christian, winning 8-3. Coralee Ramirez, senior right fielder, went 4-4 in the game scoring 2 runs. Wiley went 3-4 in the game adding a run and an RBI. Texas State defeated Prairie View A&M Saturday afternoon 6-0, giving the Bobcats their 11th win of the season. House earned her eighth victory of the season and struck out a career-high 15 batters against the Panthers. House picked up her fourth complete game shutout of this season. Katie Doerre, sophomore catcher, and Kortney Koroll, junior designated player, both hit 2-run homers in the game. Texas State closed out the tournament Sunday afternoon with a loss in a rematch against North Texas. The Bobcats had four hits in the game and scored on a home run by Wiley. The Mean Green hit a 2-run home run in the second and added an RBI single in the fourth to seal the victory for North Texas 3-1. Texas State’s record dropped to 11-5 on the season while the Mean Green earned its 11th-straight victory this season to move to 12-3 overall. North Texas’ Kirk earned the win to move to 6-1 on the season, and House dropped her third game of the season. “We wanted to dominate (this weekend),” House said. “Our energy wasn’t quite as high, but we did what we needed to do to get three wins. We’ll use this weekend to move on and get better from it.”
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