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San Marcos celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.â€™s legacy By Frank Campos NEWS REPORTER @frankcamposj Echoes of the same song sung during the 1963 March on Washington before Martin Luther King Jr.â€™s famous â€œI Have A Dreamâ€? speech could be heard throughout San Marcos early Monday morning. A diverse group of San Marcos residents and officials headed to the Hays County Courthouse to honor and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy he left behind. The ceremony, held on the courthouse lawn, marked over ten years of celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day and was held by the Dunbar Heritage Association. LaToya Henry, Texas State assistant director of Career Servic-
es, served as a guest speaker and emphasized MLK Day as more than a day of commemoration. Henry said the day should also be a time to remember while the civil rights movement may have ended in 1968 with Kingâ€™s death, racial inequality is still a major issue affecting our society today. Henry called the audience â€œkeepers of the dreamâ€? and said King called everyone to service. â€œDr. King preached that everybody can be great because everybody can serve,â€? Henry said. â€œYou only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love, and you can be that servant.â€? Henry spoke proudly of rising up and marching for what was right and asked whether the audience would stand up for those who could not stand up for themselves. Henry ended with a call to fight for change and progress in the
United States. â€œThe road ahead is not altogether a smooth one,â€? Henry said. â€œThere are no broad highways that lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions, but we must keep going.â€? The ceremony attendees gathered and marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Drive from the courthouse to a once-segregated San Marcos school that was repurposed into the Dunbar Recreation Center. â€œWe believe, we believe, we shall overcome, we shall overcome,â€? was heard from a crowd that included representation of organizations from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to the American GI forum. Mayor Daniel Guerrero joined in the march, and said he agreed with Henryâ€™s sense of shared narrative in the fight for justice.
â€œThis event is a great commemoration of Dr. Kingâ€™s legacy,â€? Guerrero said. â€œAs a Latino, I know how much he did for all people.â€? People observing from their cars took pictures and pulled over to the side of the road as the crowd
meaning to her because she comes from an interracial background. â€œI am black and Hispanic, so I have the odds stacked against me,â€? Burton said. â€œThis day really means a lot to me for equal rights.â€?
Dr. King preached that everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love and you can be the servant.â€? â€”LaToya Henry, assistant director of career services
of over 100 marched in honor of King and talked, sang and laughed. Breanna Burton, social work senior, marched with Alpha Kappa Alpha to show her support for civil rights. MLK Day has a special
Burton thinks Kingâ€™s dream has become a reality today although room for growth exists. â€œWe need to remember this day and the true purpose of his dream,â€? Burton said.
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SPRING RECRUITMENT ATTRACTS NEW SORORITY MEMBERS By Mariah Simank ASSISTANT LIFESTYLE EDITOR @MariahSimank The new year is often a time of beginnings and major changes. For some students, those changes include getting involved with Greek Life on campus. Rushing a sorority can be a nerve-wracking experience. The Texas State Panhellenic Council is working hard in conjunction with Greek Affairs to make Continuous Open Recruitment this spring comfortable for all students. Fall rush is a structured week of events that brings in hundreds of young women hoping to receive bids, but the spring recruitment process is informal. Sororities must have below-average chapter sizes in order to participate. “Continuous Open Recruitment in the spring is much more laid back than formal recruitment in the fall,” said Lindsey Trione, co-
ordinator for Greek Affairs and fraternity and sorority life. “Girls will typically be doing things like meeting with the chapters for coffee or going to have lunch with members.” Five of the seven Panhellenic sororities on campus are eligible to participate in Continuous Open Recruitment this semester. “Currently if the chapter falls bellow 206 women they are eligible to participate, and then they will take as many members as they can until they hit that 206 number,” Trione said. “This was the first year that we have been pretty vigilant in working with the councils to make sure the average chapter size that we use is accurate.” Katie Byland, Panhellenic vice president of public relations, recommends this form of recruitment for girls who are looking for a more intimate pledge process. “Since it is an informal process, it is much more relaxing than what a potential new member would
experience if they went through Fall Formal Recruitment,” Byland said. “If a potential new member receives a bid from her desired choice, many find the idea of belonging to a smaller pledge class attractive.” Brittany Hartman, Alpha Delta Pi Recruitment & Marketing vice president, said chapter officials plan to hold their recruitment activities over the course of three days. Activities will take place at the Alpha Delta Pi House and chapter building. “We will have the house decorated and have awards, spirit wear, pictures and anything really ADPi related that members own to show off to the women,” Hartman said. “It is all about meeting with the girls, getting to know them and also letting them get to know the women of ADPi.” Byland said girls should stay open-minded when participating in recruitment in order to find the perfect fit for their personality.
“Potential new members should have a good head on their shoulders and follow their gut when visiting a house,” Byland said. “Women going through either recruitment just need to do research on the sororities and be themselves.” Byland said she recommends
potential new members have a journal on hand. “Recruitment is an emotional process, and we often tell girls to bring a journal so they can keep track of the houses they visit and write down their thoughts and feelings,” Byland said.
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FINE ARTS SPRING PREVIEW: Music By Kara Dornes LIFESTYLE REPORTER @KaraDornes The performances presented to students, faculty and the public by the music department are a large part of Texas State’s culture. The music department has prepared a wide array of performances this semester. These pieces include a faculty artist series that features performances by professors as well as student recitals. These recitals are predominantly performed by graduate students. Assistant professor Ames Asbell and lecturer Karla Hamelin will participate in the faculty artist series. “We have a really phenomenal faculty,” said Hamelin, who plays the cello. “We have many different people from different parts of the world, which gives us the chance to be highlighted and to collaborate with other artists that come and perform with us.” During the next performance on Jan. 20, Hamelin and Asbell will play different duets featuring the viola and the cello. “One of the pieces we are playing is by Beethoven, and it is called ‘the Eyeglass Duo,’” Hamelin said. “I am not re-
ally sure of the story behind it, but I am sure it has something to do with someone needing glasses.” Benjamin Triesch and Nicholas Tozzo, who will participate in the student recitals, share enthusiasm for the upcoming performances. “I’m excited about the performance because all the tunes I’ll be playing are some of my favorites—songs that I have a real connection with,” Triesch said. “I’m also a bit excited about the performance because it’s pretty much the last step until graduation.” Triesch’s recital will be largely made up of jazz tunes, but varying styles throughout the performance will keep the listener engaged. Tozzo has been playing a combination of salsa, Latin jazz and Colombian folkloric music throughout his career at Texas State. “I’m very excited about my performance,” Tozzo said “It’s my graduate recital and one of my last times playing here at Texas State.” Texas State will hosting other music events this semester, including Composers Reading and Workshops, 2015 Hill Country Jazz Festival, Community Outreach concerts and guest artists such as pianist Sung-Soo Cho.
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The editorial board of The University Star has chosen to demonstrate our support for the journalists of the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. We wish to show the student body of Texas State what our publication would look like without our right to free speech by leaving the front page empty. The University Star has been defending the first amendment for over 100 years, and we hope to be able to do so for 100 more. Our regular news content can be found online at universitystar.com. THE MAIN POINT
Free expression important following Charlie Hebdo attack T
he Jan. 7 attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has sparked an international discussion on a component just as pivotal to journalism as human lives—free speech. The controversy behind this deadly incursion is more complicated than it may seem at first glance. The incident has sparked questions of how far free speech truly extends. There are questions about the treatment of Muslims in France. There are questions about the power of satire and art in the media. However, despite the cultural and religious conflicts this incident brings up, one thing is glaringly obvious. No life should ever be in jeopardy for simply expressing an opinion. Regardless of whether or not people agree with each other on their opinions, as human beings everyone should have respect for the idea that people are entitled to think whatever they want. Taking a life is wrong regardless of how offensive or
problematic the viewpoint expressed may be to others. Common respect for others is an aspect of being a decent human being. In the same vein, the conversation about free speech brings up other issues circling the Hebdo incident. France has the largest population of Muslims in Western Europe and has a history of conflict between the Muslim community and French law and citizens. According to an Oct. 20, 2014 article from the New York Times, France enacted a ban on facecovering veils in 2011. The ban was contested in the European Court of Human Rights because many French Muslims felt it directly violated the religious freedoms of those who wear a hijab, a face-covering veil some Muslim women wear. This ban is not the first incident of French law that seems to target specific sections of the population. It begs the question, if journalists have a right to
free speech regardless of how offensive it is, does that not also extend to freedom of religion? Free speech translates to every aspect of people’s lives. Imagine if every tweet or Instagram post made was censored on the off chance it may offend someone. Imagine if every statement made in class was shot down by teachers so cautious of being offensive that no one was able to speak at all. As student journalists, the editorial board understands free speech ties directly into most of our day-to-day lives and jobs. The media is often considered the fourth branch of government, and it is journalists’ job to stand up for the truth and continuously push the boundaries of public conceptions. Regardless of all of the nuanced debates the brutal Charlie Hebdo attack has stirred up, one thing is for certain. No one should be afraid to stand for their opinion out of fear of losing their life.
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Parents of Leelah Alcorn responsible for teen’s suicide
Jeffrey Bradshaw OPINIONS COLUMNIST @jeffbrad12
henever someone is responsible for another person’s death, we usually call it murder. So it begs the question—why aren’t the parents of Leelah Alcorn being charged? On Dec. 28, 2014, Leelah Al-
corn committed suicide by jumping in front of a tractor-trailer. She took her own life after her parents emotionally abused her for several years, even sending her to a Christian “therapist” in an effort to “fix” her. She stated in her suicide note that when she told her mom she was transgender, she reacted very negatively, telling her that it was a phase and that Leelah would never truly be a girl. Her mother also told her that God doesn’t make mistakes and that she was wrong. Leelah suffered through this abuse until it was too much for her to handle. In a subsequent note that was also published on Tumblr, Leelah apologizes to her friends and says “fuck you,
you can’t just control people like that” to her parents. Her death was her parent’s fault, and there is no denying that, yet Leelah will most likely never receive the justice she deserves. In 2010, several teenagers were indicted on charges of civil rights violations resulting in bodily injury. The reason for these indictments was the suicide of Phoebe Prince, who they bullied. Although they were not charged with murder, they were seen as the people who actually did the killing and not Phoebe. Suicide victims who take their lives because of some sort of abuse are seen as the people who make the choice to end it. People often seem to overlook the fact that they were
Phone bans in classes ineffective, detrimental
Jenna Coleman OPINIONS COLUMNIST @jennamichole
rofessors that ban the use of cell phones in classrooms are using an outdated rule only causing tension with students. Professors sometimes forget that college students often have other responsibilities outside of schoolwork. Most students have jobs, family and sometimes children and spouses to worry about. These students should be able to use their phones quietly in class without fear of being publicly reprimanded by a professor. Not only is this embarrassment unnecessary but it slows down class when most of the time none of the other students are even bothered by the phone in the first place. There always seems to be one professor who does not fully understand students may need their phones in an emergency situation. Whether it involves their child, a family member or a work situation, students should have the ability to address the issue without risking their grade or relationship with a professor. A majority of college students today have grown up with technology and most likely pay no attention when others are using a phone or tablet. Not once have
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I ever been bothered by a person near me using their phone because I’m used to it. A lot of students use their phones for class-related information, in addition to issues they may be facing. Some will take pictures of diagrams, record lectures or Google a term they do not know. It is wrong for professors to assume students are playing games or texting in class. In this day and age, technology is essential even to learning, and professors should be flexible to the idea. Students have the resources to get the most out of time spent in class, so they should be able to use them. Also, professors who enforce strict no-phone policies often overlook the fact that students can still text and use social media through their laptops in between note-taking. There is simply no way around technology. Students will do what they want, so professors need to trust that students are adults and the responsible and dedicated students will succeed no matter what. Everyone pays tuition, so how some students choose to utilize the money and time they have spent on their education is a personal choice. Some students may be able to use their phones in class without it affecting their work while others may not but everyone should be able to decide this for themselves. Generally, students come into college assuming they will have more freedom as adults, not be treated as though they are still in high school. We’re all grown up now. It’s time for professors to lift the cell phone bans and let students decide for themselves. —Jenna Coleman is a journalism senior
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pushed to the point of suicide by their abusers. That’s why people see the death of Leelah as a tragic event and not the crime that it truly is. Leelah Alcorn would still be here if her parents accepted their daughter for who she truly was. Leelah’s parents did not accept their daughter because of their religious beliefs. They are self- proclaimed Christians who don’t believe that God would make a mistake. The Christian “therapist” that they took their daughter to told her to turn to God for help healing her ailment. The only ailment she had, however, was the depression her parents gave her. In 1 Timothy 5:8 it says, “But those who won’t care for their
relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.” This quote is self-explanatory, yet her parents chose to ignore it, believing that it was better to abuse their child than love her. Even with this quote from the book that guides their own religion, the Alcorns insisted that they had a son even though it meant that would lose a child. Leelah’s mom has been quoted saying that she and her husband loved their son, Jacob unconditionally. However, the fact is they never had a son, but a beautiful daughter, Leelah. —Jeffrey Bradshaw is a political science sophomore
Banning prostitution creates unsafe environment
Kirsten Peek OPINIONS COLUMNIST @kirsten_peek
n America, “the oldest profession in the world” remains illegal. This ban does little to reduce the number of people paying for sex, and it causes the transaction to be dangerous for both the prostitutes and their consumers. America should legalize prostitution to make it safer for everyone involved. The primary justification for the ban on prostitution is a moral one. Personal moral and religious values have no place in our legal system, as stated by the First Amendment. Sex workers who have entered the profession by choice and costumers who are willing to pay for sex are not hurting anyone. While the majority of people may not desire to be on either end of that equation, it is not their place to ban or judge those who are. Besides, paying for sex is already technically legal through porn. Each person
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who watches porn is paying the actors and actresses to have sex. It is time for the disconnect there to be reevaluated. A valid reason to be wary of prostitution is the risk of contracting or spreading sexually transmitted diseases. While this concern is definitely one that should be considered before having sexual relations with a sex worker, it should not be limited to just sex workers. A person who has sex with a lot of people for free is just as likely to be carrying an STD. Ideally, if prostitution became legal, sex workers would be required to be certified and work through an agency. The certification could verify age and STD status, and the agencies would primarily exist to keep the workers safe. They also could serve as a way to improve the experience for both worker and customer, with agencies dedicating departments to specific fetishes, for example. Like in porn, if prostitution became legal, the sex workers should be required to be regularly tested for STDs. Their status would be shared with their potential clients, and agencies could potentially match sex workers with clients who are infected with the same disease in the case of an incurable virus such as
herpes. Working through an agency would allow the sex workers to be logged and accounted for when meeting clients so they would be less likely to end up in a dangerous situation. With the current ban on prostitution, sex workers risk implicating themselves if a customer is violent or threatening, so these crimes go unreported. All this does is put sex workers who are afraid to call the police at risk and allow violent and aggressive people to continue to wander free and assault citizens. Even in a world where prostitution is legal, some workers may choose to or be forced to go undocumented and unlicensed. However, the majority of consumers would probably rather pay a little extra to go through a legal and safer venue. On a local level, this could potentially reduce the demand for victims of sex trafficking. The fact of the matter is, there will always be people willing to pay for sex, which means there will always be people willing to sell it, one way or another. These laws are not protecting anyone. If prostitution became legal, it could be regulated, and sex workers as well as their clients would be safer. —Kirsten Peek is a journalism senior
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Bobcats secure ‘huge’ road win against Mavericks By Donavan Jackson SPORTS REPORTER @djack_02 The Texas State women’s basketball team bounced back Monday night from a 20-point loss to Arkansas State suffered Saturday with a 60-53 win over the UT-Arlington Mavericks. The Bobcats were fourth in the conference behind Arkansas-Little Rock, Troy and Arkansas State, heading into the game. The team’s focus is to improve with every game, but Coach Zenarae Antoine said this win was important for the Bobcats’ long-term. “I think if you look long-term, of course this win was huge,” Antoine said. “As a matter of fact, every game from here on out is big as the conference evolves and you see teams rising to the top. This one was critical on the
road. Any road win is critical, but for us, this one was huge.” The Bobcats opened the second half with a 21-4 run, making 53.8 percent of their field goal attempts. UTArlington’s ensuing 17-5 run shaved the deficit, but Texas State never allowed the Mavericks to get within six points of victory in the final four minutes of the game. The Bobcats had four players score in double digits, led by Ayriel Anderson, junior guard, with 13 points on 14 field goal attempts. Meghan Braeuer, senior guard, and Erin Peoples, junior guard, combined for 21 points to support Anderson. Taeler Deer, freshman guard, made four of seven shots, including two of four from the 3-point line, to finish with 11 points. Deer is averaging 10 points and 1.7 3-pointers per game over her last three matchups while shooting 45.8 percent.
Kileah Mays, junior center, has been the post presence for Texas State. Mays led the team in rebounds for the fourth time in five games, tallying 12 rebounds, one block and one steal. “Our team has done a great job on focusing on the scouting report,” Antoine said. “They did a good job understanding that UTA has a much better team. They have some of the best post players in the conference.” The Bobcats held the Mavericks to two players in double-digit scoring. LaShanda Green, junior point guard, led UT-Arlington with 15 points. Chaun Williams, senior guard, had 14 points. Texas State will have two days of rest before starting a three-game home stretch against Georgia Southern, Appalachian State and Louisiana. The Bobcats improved to 10-7 on the year and 5-3 in the Sun Belt Conference.
Texas State loses seventh consecutive game against UT-Arlington, 66-55 By Mariah Medina ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR @Mariahmedinaaa Texas State men’s basketball Coach Danny Kaspar told the Bobcats they needed at least one win in order to “stay in the picture” during the practices leading up to their two-game road trip. The Bobcats have dropped to 4-4 in conference play after losing to Arkansas State in overtime Saturday and suffering an 11-point defeat against UT Arlington Monday. “We are not shooting the ball well right now,” Kaspar said. “We have to find a way to overcome that.” The Bobcats shot less than 30 percent from the field, connecting on 16 of 54 shots. Emani Gant, junior forward, was the only Bobcat who exceeded 45 percent
shooting, making four of eight shots in the game. Gant accounted for 13 of the team’s 55 points. Gant received help from D.J. Brown, senior guard, who made two of the Bobcats’ four 3-pointers. JaMarcus Weatherspoon, junior guard, led the team with a career-high 10 rebounds and eight points after coming off the bench for the third consecutive game. The Bobcats were outrebounded, finishing the game with 36. UT-Arlington finished with 40. Texas State trailed by three points with 2:02 remaining in the second half. The team concluded its last five possessions with four missed field goals and a turnover as the Mavericks extended their lead from three to 11 points. UT-Arlington has won seven consecutive games
against Texas State by an average of 13 points per game. The Bobcats’ last win over the Mavericks occurred Feb. 12, 2011. The efforts were not enough to bring about a win, but Kaspar stands by the effort of his team. “Our players played very hard, and I was proud of their effort,” Kaspar said. The Bobcats, sixth in the Sun Belt, have an opportunity to rebound with 12 conference games left in the season. The Bobcats return home for a three-game stretch against Georgia Southern, Appalachian State and Louisiana. “As long as their effort is good and their efforts and hearts are in the game, I’m going to be proud of them,” Kaspar said. “We need to come home and win some games.”
As long as their effort is good and their efforts and hearts are in the game, I’m going to be proud of them. We need to come home and win some games.” —Danny Kaspar, men’s basketball coach
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