VOLUME 103, ISSUE 42
JANUARY 14, 2014
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UP IN SMOKE
San Marcos commits to Lone Star Rail District
Businesses react to stricter city smoking ordinance
By Kacee Letbetter News Reporter
San Marcos is one step closer to becoming a future stop on the Lone Star Rail District after city councilmembers signed a funding agreement for the passenger rail service during their Dec. 17 meeting. The rail project is expected to provide transport from Georgetown to South San Antonio. Councilman John Thomaides, Place 3, said the contract will set up a mechanism to help save funding needed to begin construction on the project, even though trains on the Lone Star Rail District are not expected to run until 2019. An environmental study expected to be conducted later this year will help better determine the total amount of funding San Marcos officials will need to raise for the project. Both geographical boundaries and commitments from other cities are contributing factors for funding on the project. Alison Schulze, senior planner for the Lone Star Rail District, said the environmental study planned to take place later this year will determine which additional cities could commit to joining the project. Schulze said San Marcos is the first to commit to an inter-local funding agreement and expressed her excitement for the city’s willingness to take part in such a massive and important project. Schulze described the project as a rail line running through the heart of communities along Interstate Highway 35. The Lone Star Rail pro-
By Nicole Barrios
Assistant News Editor
moking on city-owned or leased property has been stamped out by a city ordinance that went into effect Jan. 1, a decision that has been divisive among some local business owners. The smoking ban, which was adopted by councilmembers in October, prohibits smoking inside all city facilities, outdoor city parks, athletic facilities and grounds. The ban includes tobacco products, e-cigarettes and other inhaled vapor devices. The ban will extend to cover public places and places of employment beginning June 1. According to a Jan. 1 University Star article, the “public places” defined in the ordinance include banks, bars, restaurants, bingo halls, indoor music venues, convention facilities, schools, health care facilities, retail stores, theaters, malls, sports arenas, waiting rooms and workplaces. Councilman Wayne Becak, Place 4, said the only difficulty he had with the smoking ban was from a standpoint of property rights. “If a business allows smoking, and smoking’s legal, from that standpoint, I’d like to see a business if they want to allow smoking, allow smoking.” For people who still wish to smoke, they can walk outside to a business’ patio, which is a good compromise, Becak said. Properties with permits to build outdoor smoking areas will have until Jan. 1, 2015 to
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New monitoring system to deter drivers passing school buses By Kelsey Bradshaw News Reporter
The implementation of a new city ordinance that will fine drivers who pass unloading school buses on streets may increase safety for children in the coming months. Under the ordinance, which was passed during a Jan. 7 city council meetings, cameras will be installed on San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District buses to help catch and fine violators who pass stopped buses. The $300 fine will be sent through the mail, similar to the process for red light violations caught on camera. Officials need 45 to 60 days to “get all the bugs worked out and get the cameras installed,” until violations are ready to be sent out, said Howard Williams, San Marcos Police Chief. In the meantime, the plan is to spread the word about the new system, Williams said. “An alarming amount of children get hit by cars passing school buses illegally,” said Iris Campbell, public information officer for San Marcos CISD. Implementing a $300 fine will be beneficial to the community because it will give drivers more incentive to stop when children are getting on and off buses, said Campbell. Busguard, the company installing the cameras on the buses, will receive 75 percent of the $300 fine, and the other 25 percent will be split between the city and the district, Campbell said. Within about three and a half months from September to the be-
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Councilmembers appoint new city manager After a four and a half month search and unanimous selection by city councilmembers, Jared Miller began work as San Marcos’ new city manager Jan. 6. Miller formerly served as the assistant city manager of North Richland Hills, a town of 65,000 residents. Miller attended his first city council meeting Jan. 7 and greeted the team of 603 employees working under him. “I am excited about joining the City of San Marcos and look forward to working with our citizens, the city council and staff to help guide the future of the fastest growing city in the U.S.,” Miller said in a press release from the city. Miller earned a bachelor of
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arts in political science from Abilene Christian University and a master’s in public administration from Texas Tech University. He is a Reserve Naval
Intelligence Officer and has served as past president of the West Texas City Management Association. He is also a member of the International City Management Association and the American Society for Public Administration. Miller worked in North Richland Hills for six years, where he was responsible for administration of economic development and parks and recreation. He managed budgets totaling $24.6 million and supervised 199 employees, compared to San Marcos’ 603 employees and annual budget of $166.7 million. “He is a sharp young man and he gets along very well with people,” said Mark Hindsman, North Richland
Hills city manager. “He was able to handle a variety of responsibilities here, he worked over numerous departments and did a good job. So, we’re sad to see him go, but at the same time we’re also happy to see him have an opportunity to serve in his capacity.” Miller worked for the South Plains Association of Governments from 2000 to 2003 as a regional services specialist, redistricting coordinator and criminal justice coordinator, according to the press release. He served as city manager for city of Crosbyton for two years and later spent another two years in the city of Snyder
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Permit program to relieve neighborhood congestion By James Carneiro News Reporter
Some residents in neighborhoods near campus may experience relieved parking as a result of a recently approved permit program. City councilmembers unanimously approved the establishment of a Residential Parking Permit Program in their Jan. 7 meeting. The need for the program arose from residents who expressed concern that students were parking their cars in neighborhoods and walking to campus. Under the new city council ordinance,
residents can enact a permit program in their neighborhoods by gathering a “significant number” of signatures on a petition. According to a Nov. 14 University Star article, the parking ordinance will not reserve individual parking spaces for residents. It will, however, allow officers to ticket parked vehicles lacking permits, regardless of their owners. During the Jan. 7 meeting, Fire Marshal Ken Bell said each household will be granted a maximum of five parking permits, one per each
resident. Bell said commercial vehicles weighing more than one ton may park in a neighborhood for up to 24 hours without a permit. Councilman John Thomaides, Place 3, amended the original language of the
Austin Humphreys | Photo Editor ordinance during the same meeting. In the section of the ordinance describing how a neighborhood makes a request for a designated permit area, Thomaides inserted the
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City of San Marcos introduces customer connect to the public San Marcos utility customers who access their billing information online will have a new and potentially moneysaving option for connecting with their utility services and obtaining utility usage information online. The city is starting an evaluation period for Customer Connect, a new online utility billing system that can help customers take greater control of their water and electricity usage. Customers can monitor their recent usage in hourly increments and make decisions that can save them money. During the introductory period, city staff will evaluate how Customer Connect performs and fix any issues that arise. People who use Customer Connect during the evaluation period are encouraged to email their comments to utility_billing@ sanmarcostx.gov. “Using Customer Connect, customers can look at graphs depicting their usage throughout previous days,” said Tom Taggart, executive director of Public Services. “This allows customers to detect water leaks, determine how they can reduce electricity use and use a variety of other
functions.” Customer Connect offers a user-friendly experience with a customizable dashboard, an online knowledge library, graphical data displays and alerts customers can program to be sent via email and text message. Customer Connect takes advantage of the city’s advanced metering infrastructure, which allows for remote meter reading and helps crews isolate and repair outages and leaks more quickly. The City AMI system is nearing completion and will provide data within 72 hours of usage for nearly all customers. As Utility Billing transitions to Customer Connect, utility customers can keep their old eCare logins for 30 days, but will be asked to create a Customer Connect login by Feb. 1. The city plans to discontinue eCare on April 1. The City of San Marcos serves the community by providing a wide range of utilities including electric, water, wastewater, garbage and recycling and drainage services.
Reynaldo Leaños | Staff Photographer Roni Hidalgo, accounting senior, and Sarah Long, anthropology senior, lead the first intermediate yoga group exercise class Jan. 13 at the Student Recreation Center.
Strange, but informative.
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ON THIS DAY in history
Connecticut’s first constitution, the Fundamental Orders, was adopted.
The United States ratified a peace treaty with England ending the Revolutionary War.
Charles Dodgson, who wrote “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” under the name Lewis Carroll, died at age 65.
Baseball player Joe Dimaggio and actress Marilyn Monroe were married at San Francisco City Hall.
George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama with a pledge of “segregation forever.”
Diana Ross and the Supremes performed their last concert together, at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas.
NBC’s “Today” show premiered.
Josip Broz Tito was elected president of Yugoslavia by the country’s Parliament.
Late-night TV talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.
Former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow pleaded guilty to conspiracy with a 10-year prison sentence.
J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. struck a deal to buy Bank One Corp. for $58 billion.
President George W. Bush unveiled a plan to send astronauts to the moon, Mars and beyond.
A European space probe sent back the first detailed pictures of the frozen surface of Saturn’s moon, Titan.
Republican Bobby Jindal, the first elected Indian-American governor in the U.S., took office in Louisiana.
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CRIME BLOTTER Jan. 3, 11:20 a.m. Criminal mischief under $1,500 Other University property was intentionally damaged. This case is under investigation.
Jan. 3, 1:00 p.m. Criminal Trespass Warning Bobcat Village Apartments A student was issued a criminal trespass warning for engaging in suspicious activity.
Jan. 3, 11:23 a.m. Harassment Avery Building A non-student reported that they were receiving harassing calls. This case is under investigation.
Jan. 6, 8:41 p.m. Warrant service Post Road A non-student was arrested for a warrant and transported to HCLEC. Judicial review.
Jan. 3, 11:31 a.m. Burglary Building – Other University property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation.
Jan. 7, 12:00 a.m. Theft under $1,500 J.C. Kellam Administration Building University property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation.
Jan. 9, 7:00 p.m. Possession of drug paraphernalia Sterry Hall A student was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Judicial review. Jan. 10, 11:17 p.m. Minor in possession with alcohol Bobcat Village Apartments Two students were issued minor in possession of alcohol citations. Judicial review. Jan. 10, 1:26 a.m. Public intoxication University Drive A student was cited and arrested for public intoxication and transported to HCLEC. Judicial review.
Jan. 10, 2:02 a.m. Public intoxication LBJ Street A non-student was cited and arrested for public intoxication and transported to HCLEC. Judicial review. Jan. 11, 12:40 p.m. Possession of marijuana Beretta Hall A student was arrested for possession of marijuana and transported to HCLEC. Judicial review. Jan. 12, 11:12 p.m. Minor in possession of alcohol Comanche Street A student received a citation for minor in possession of alcohol. Judicial review.
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vides options and choices for San Marcos residents. She hopes the rail line owned by Union Pacific will serve as a “starting line” for the company that will later branch into extensions of the existing rail. “Offering options for people who would choose mass transit and rail would eliminate much of the vehicular traffic from the thoroughfares,” said Councilwoman Lisa Prewitt, Place 1, in an email. “I want to be a pro-active leader in this region to make sure we are planning for the future generations.” In addition to Austin and San Marcos, officials in San Antonio, Round Rock and Georgetown have discussed funding initiatives. Schulze mentioned Hutto and Taylor, along with Kyle and Travis County, describing them as being in “various stages of negotiation.” “The idea is the addition of the commuter rail will be the leading factor that will increase the tax revenue in this area, so a portion of that revenue increase will
go toward funding the rail station and operational costs,” Prewitt said. Prewitt said she believes the project could be a large factor in the economic success while allowing the city a competitive edge. The funding agreement intends to capture and increase tax evaluations in relation to the passenger rail’s projected location. Prewitt said city officials can decide whether to contribute up to 50 percent of the tax increment in the part of the rail zone including San Marcos by July 1, 2014. While city councilmembers approve of San Marcos’ role in the project, they want to remain prepared for any opposition involved with commuter rail, Prewitt said. Signing the funding agreement was the first step to providing the passenger trains intended to reduce congestion and offer more transportation options for the community.
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BUSES, continued from front ginning of December 2013, 1,747 violations were recorded of drivers passing stopped school buses, Campbell said. “I really hope (the ordinance) drives our violations down to zero,” Williams said. Busguard is offering the School Bus Safety Program to San Marcos. According to the company’s website, the program is offered with no costs and helps the school district bring in funding. Busguard will install cameras and monitoring equipment on the school buses and send a report once or twice a month to show where offenses occur most frequently, Campbell said. “The whole objective is to keep our kids safe,” Campbell said. Before Busguard, police officers followed buses during morning and afternoon rush hours to regulate violators, Williams said. Bus drivers would bring officers on buses with them so they could witness violations, Campbell said. Before cameras, officers waited in the areas where the most violations occurred to ticket offenders. “We felt like we needed to do something to try and stop this,” Williams said. “We had an opportunity to try and use an automated system so my officers don’t have to follow buses all the time.” Steven Parker, assistant city manager, said he hopes the threat
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of a $300 fine will help deter people from passing stopped buses in the future. “This is something that’s pretty prevalent, so it hopefully it will educate people,” Parker said. Williams said an “incredible” number of violations from drivers passing stopped buses have been recorded and it needs to be reduced. Although San Marcos is a college town, the majority of drivers who have been recorded passing stopped buses are not college students, Williams said. “Let’s face it. How many college students do you know that are up at 7:00, 7:30 in the morning passing school buses? Most of them are still in bed,” Williams said. Many violations occur when people are in a rush trying to get to and from work and are simply not paying attention, Williams said. “Admittedly, kids shouldn’t run out in the middle of the street, but we’re talking about kids,” Williams said. “We’re putting responsibility where it should be, I think, with the supposedly adult drivers out in cars to be responsible and not engage in conduct that’s threatening to our children and grandchildren.” Officers will review video clips from the newly installed cameras and decide if a violation has occurred before sending out a fine, Williams said.
before working in the Dallas area. “I tend to be ‘all-in’ with regard to community involvement,” Miller said. “This attitude applies to school involvement with my boys, church involvement, service opportunities and visible participation in community events and ac-
tivities.” Miller’s appointment was approved in December by the city councilmembers. He will receive a starting salary of $172,500. Mayor Daniel Guerrero said Miller’s enthusiasm and commitment to community are what made him stand out from
the other city manager finalists. “Jared Miller brings sound experience and leadership qualities to San Marcos,” Guerrero said in the press release. —Compiled by Drew Castillo, news reporter
PARKING, continued from front words “with the assistance of city staff.” “I want to make it very clear that (city) staff is to assist them to get this done,” Thomaides said. He said the process of obtaining parking permits can be complicated and involves many steps, so city staff members can make things simpler by helping residents along the way. The amendment was added to the ordinance with a unanimous vote. Councilman Shane Scott, Place 6, asked Bell during the Jan. 7 meeting if the ordinance
contained any language to prevent potential abuse from homeowners. Scott gave an example of a landlord illegally selling permits to college students. Bell said the “beauty” of the ordinance was its language could be tweaked to stop parking permit abuse if it began to happen. “We won’t have to come back in an emergency and change the law,” Bell said. Nancy Nusbaum, interim director of Transportation Services at Texas State, said she brought up the issue of parking at a previous campus
master plan review meeting. Nusbaum said she is not taking a definitive stance on whether the residential permit program is a viable plan or not. “I think it’s a decision that the city needs to make regarding the neighborhood,” Nusbaum said. “It was successful in other places, so I think it could be successful here.” Nusbaum said an increase in university parking permit sales could be an outcome of the ordinance’s approval. It could convince more students to use the Bobcat Tram to get to class as well, she said.
Engineering program expands with new graduate degree By Sarah Pollok
Special to the Star
With a new master’s degree in the process of approval, the Ingram School of Engineering is beginning to expand its program, forcing it to address some of the problems that have arisen as a result of increased enrollment. The Master of Science in Engineering degree was approved by the Texas State University System Board of Regents in November. Students enrolling in the master’s degree program will add to the population of the School of Engineering, which saw limited space and a record enrollment of 731 students in fall 2013. Anticipating a large population of engineering graduate students in addition to projected record enrollment, school officials face space constraints as they wait for funding for a new Engineering and Science Building.
“Growth in the engineering population means corresponding growth in other areas where engineering students typically gather in large numbers,” said Stan McClellan, director of the Ingram School of Engineering. “So the campus as a whole feels the ‘pull through’ of the larger engineering population because the curriculum requires classes from multiple areas, and those areas are also space-constrained.” To address accommodation problems, modifications to the Roy F. Mitte Technology and Physics Building, where the Ingram School of Engineering is housed, will be made in conjunction with the physics and technology departments. School officials surveyed the current space in order to utilize it more efficiently. The areas between the Roy F. Mitte and Joann Cole Mitte buildings will be renovated to accommodate graduate students with office
spaces. Larger classrooms, additional offices and expanded lab spaces are also planned. Additionally, a renewable energy farm is being installed on the roof of the Roy F. Mitte building and will be used for academic and research purposes. Solar panels and small wind turbines have been installed with some funding from the State Energy Conservation Office. The control room of the farm will be completed within the next month. “We’re working within existing space constraints to deliver our current undergraduate programs and plan for expansion into graduate programs,” McClellan said. “It’s challenging, but we hope with some advance planning and possibly a longer-term master plan, we’ll be able to continue growing.” The school still needs to gain further approval before it may officially begin to offer the degree. “The Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board must approve the proposal, as well as our regional accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges,” said Debbie Thorne, associate vice president for academic affairs. “These entities will review the proposal, seek any additional information or clarification and then provide us with their approval or disapproval.” It is unknown when the THECB will begin deliberations about the degree, but school officials are hopeful they will have a decision by March, allowing Texas State to offer the degree in the near future. “We really won’t be able to formulate a timeline until we hear from them,” said Stephen Seidman, dean of the College of Science and Engineering. The requirements of the degree were designed as an effort to meet a nationwide demand for
engineers. According to a press release from University News Service, Texas has a demand for 6,000 new engineers a year. Companies such as Dell, Samsung and Texas Instruments provided input for the degree plan, which requires a large project or thesis of a real-world application of engineering principles. The degree also provides for flexibility within the program for students to take some electives outside the school of engineering. “Industry needs graduates with multiple areas of expertise—that’s the primary thrust,” McClellan said. “They need functioning engineers who have cross-discipline expertise. That’s the way this degree is designed.” Future growth may also include additional undergraduate degrees in mechanical, civil or environmental engineering, although no additional graduate degree programs are planned.
San Marcos-Hays County Justice Center proceeds with second phase of expansion By Maggie Montes News Reporter
The San Marcos-Hays County Family Justice Center is in the planning process of making governmental and nonprofit services more convenient for victims of violence. Plans for expanding the building have been underway since 2000 in an effort to reduce the time and travel between multiple offices and expand support services to citizens, said Roya Wil-
liamson, victim service coordinator for the San Marcos Police Department. A $25,000 donation from Walton Development and Management will allow the justice center to proceed with the expansion. The 29-acre Village Main Campus houses the Family Justice Center, which is comprised of a number of Hays County social service and domestic violence organizations. The building, located off Hunter Road and South Reimer Avenue, has had longterm plans to include early child-
hood intervention services and Women, Infants and Children facilities as a part of its second phase of expansion. “At this time a victim of domestic violence needs to go to different locations and sometimes things like transportation can cost the victim more,” Williamson said. Williamson said expanding the Family Justice Center would bring all entities under one roof so victims can “just walk through one door.” “It’s a wrap-around service and will make the process more smooth,” Williamson said. Penny Dunn, police com-
mander for the San Marcos Police Department, said a third and final phase of construction will add an area distribution center and warehouse for the Hays County Food bank. Dunn, a member of the board of directors for the Family Justice Center, said funding for the final project will be sought upon completion of the second phase. “This is our capital campaign kickoff and we are now shovelready and now need money to build,” Dunn said. Dunn said she was connected with Walton Development and Management as a part of the Family Justice Center’s capital
campaign. The company has seven different offices that manage, build and fund smaller community projects. “Someone in the community connected me with someone in the Texas division, Alexa Knight,” Dunn said. “(She) explained that Walton likes to be a part of communities and thought we could make a good partnership.” City officials have showed support for this project. “Any sponsorship is great especially for a good cause like this since it puts many services in one place,” said Councilman Shane Scott, Place 6.
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SMOKING, continued from front go smoke-free inside and build an outdoor smoking area. Becak said he has not yet heard of any businesses that have applied for a permit to build an outdoor patio for a designated smoking area. David Alexander, Taproom Pub & Grill general manager, said the establishment is not planning on applying for a permit. Alexander said he does not think the smoking ban will affect business at all. The Taproom already started enforcing the smoking ban on Jan. 1 so customers could get used to the change, he said. “We have a lot of people, even smokers, who prefer not to smoke indoors, so a lot of them really haven’t complained,” Alexander said. “I think a lot of people knew it was coming and expected it.”
There have been about two people who were upset about the ban so far at the Taproom, Alexander said. While some businesses have not experienced negative effects from the ban, some local business owners do not like the changes approved by city council. Johnny Finch, owner of Chances R, said he is against the smoking ban because it affects business at his bar and believes if someone wants to go to an establishment that does not allow smoking, they can choose to go elsewhere. “Nothing that restricts the freedom to act ever helps anyone’s business,” Finch said. Chances R is planning on applying for a permit to build an outdoor smoking area,
Finch said. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s the smoking ban, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a time requirement,” Finch said. “Anytime the government restricts your ability to run your business like you want, it doesn’t help it—it’s a detrimental effect.” It should be up to the individual to decide whether to smoke or not, not the government, Finch said. “I remember when (city council) tried to run a ban on us back in 2001, 2002—all of the bars rose up and we fought the ban and we beat it,” Finch said. “But this time it was not that way, a lot of the bars just rolled over and played dead.” According to a Nov. 20 University Star article, the ordinance was unanimously
amended by city councilmembers Nov. 19 to exempt vape shops. The ban also exempts retail tobacco stores and designated outdoor areas of bars and restaurants. Lisa Ray, owner of Vape Shop San Marcos LLC and Bobcat Vaporz & Kava Bar, said her shops have seen an increase in sales of e-cigarettes and vaping products since the ban went into effect. She said this may be due to the increased awareness of the issue with news of the smoking ban, Ray said. “With (e-cigarettes) being in the news as much as they have been, it prompts people’s curiosity to come see what they’re about too,” Ray said.
University officials review current business continuity plan to prepare for disaster
City of San Marcos begins land development code update discussions
By Nicole Barrios
Assistant News Reporter
University officials are reviewing the emergency plan to implement changes designed to better help operations return to normal in the case of a disaster. Texas State received a letter from Texas Homeland Security asking to complete a review of the university’s current business continuity plan. The plan details how the university will recover after a disaster, said Bill Nance, vice president for Finance and Support Services. The event could be anything from a natural disaster, such as a fire or flood, to a terrorist event, like a bomb threat, he said. “We’ve had a business continuity plan for a while, and now we’ll go back and take a look at it and make sure we’ve covered all the things that (Texas Homeland Security) said in that letter that it should cover,” Nance said. The letter was sent to all state agencies including Texas public universities, said Tom Vinger, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman. Nothing sparked the distribution of the letter, but it was simply to remind state agencies of their responsibilities, Vinger said. Although this letter served as a reminder to other agencies, Texas State has had a continuity plan in place for years, Nance said. The Texas legislature passed a resolution about three years asking all state agencies to develop a business continuity plan, Nance said. This directed Texas Homeland Security to develop criteria for those plans, he said. The university finalized the current plan about a year ago, Nance said. The university’s business continuity plan has been in place and was an initiative of the Texas State University System, he said. The guidelines from the state are helpful, and there is a committee assessing the university’s current business continuity plan to ensure it meets those recommendations, Nance said. The committee has a representative from the department of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management, the University Police Department and
Information Technology. Texas State has been “way ahead of the game” in having an emergency plan in place for years, said Russell Clark, director of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management. Some other Texas universities are not up to date, he said. “We are way above everybody else in the state,” Clark said. “They use us as kind of a model anyway.” Nance said after receiving the letter the committee met and tasked the three departments to review the current plan and determine if any adjustments are needed. He said the committee will meet later this month to discuss the updates. Often the updates are a matter of the wording of the plan or designating new sections for different information, Nance said. “We were proactive years ago,” Clark said. “We knew it was coming so we’ve already had our plan.” The business continuity plan is made up of small plans for each office, Nance said. For example, part of the plan details how the payroll office would pay university employees if there was a fire that destroyed J.C. Kellam, he said. “Really, it’s at the micro level,” Nance said. “Each office that preforms a function has to have a plan of how they would continue that function, and then all of that rolls up into an overarching university plan.” The directors of the university’s offices or departments must be familiar with their section of the recovery plan, Nance said. The letter from Texas Homeland Security said the university will have the updates, if necessary, completed by next fall, Nance said. The university took place in emergency training specifically for higher education through Homeland Security Jan. 8 at the San Marcos Activity Center, Clark said. Different departments from campus are given emergency scenarios to practice interacting with each other in crisis situations, he said. The university was not required to take an emergency training course, but did it voluntarily, Clark said.
By Rebecca Banks
The City of San Marcos is in the early stages of updating and discussing changes for its land development code since the adoption of the city’s comprehensive plan in April 2013. The current land development code for the city does not match the vision for growing development that is stated in the comprehensive plan, titled “Vision San Marcos: A River Runs Through Us,” said John Foreman, planning manager for the city. “So in order to get the community that everybody said they wanted with the comprehensive plan, we need to do a really substantial change to our current code,” Foreman said. Foreman said the current land development code was adopted in 2004 and amended in 2006. The biggest change since then was the adoption of the SmartCode in 2011, which dictates zoning, Foreman said. “The changes that are going to be made to the LDC, most of it is based on the new comprehensive master plan,” said Angie Ramirez, planning and zoning commissioner. The comprehensive plan describes ideal areas for development through low, medium and high intensity zones. The areas have fewer environmental constraints and a faster process to begin building. The intensity zones will be less expensive compared to development outside of them, Foreman said. “In a sense, the community wants to make it as easy and attractive as possible to develop in the intensity zones,” Foreman said. “So for instance, you’re outside one of those zones and you want to do a development, you may have an additional process for environmental review.” Foreman said the land development code will include specifications for everything that is built such as parking, building size and location, materials, lighting and landscaping.
The land development code will be visual and provide more graphics and less text, he said. “I think some big general ideas that we really hear that need to be in the code is it needs to be clear,” Foreman said. “We hear that from the general community and the development community—we hear that transparent code is important.” Ramirez said the Planning and Zoning Commission has not yet discussed the specifics of the land development code, but has provided input for new environmental regulations. She said the commission is trying to identify how to handle zoning of current land developments. “So we’re in this weird kind of limbo of we want to be better with development that will happen when we get the LDC written, but in the mean time, what do we do about zoning change applications that are coming,” Ramirez said. Foreman said Planning & Development Services has not set a deadline for completion of the code. However, Foreman estimated it could take 18 months to be completed. “We essentially want to make it a better code for the community that is more understandable and that really works,” Foreman said. Foreman said university development is exempt from the code. However, off-campus student housing will be affected by the changes in the land development code. “There will be a lot of public input opportunities and there will be a lot of opportunities for citizens to work on committees and have a hand in drafting the code,” Foreman said. Melissa Millecam, communications director for the City of San Marcos, said resident participation with planning and development is important. “We are very involved in trying to keep to invite and encourage citizens’ input on our decision making processes,” Millecam said.
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D E V L O S RE Bobcats begin healthier lifestyles for 2014 By Kara Dornes
Reynaldo Leaños | Staff Photographer Lisandro Villar, health and fitness sophomore, does bicep curls at the Student Recreation Center Jan. 13 as part of his New Year’s resolution to stay fit.
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Fashion Preview with Ernest Macias Marketing graduate creates small business SENIOR Checklist OPPOSING VIEWS: New Year’s resolutions Student vocabulary needs improvement
The dawning of a new year and semester brings with it a slew of students looking to reverse bad habits and kick-start lifestyle changes. Chief among these “new year, new me” proclamations are resolutions to eat healthy and lose weight. According to Time Magazine, weight loss is the most common resolution and has the highest failure rate. Despite this statistic, Texas State offers several opportunities for students to become healthier in the new year and maintain a level of success throughout the semester. Exercise opportunities at the Student Recreation Center and healthy food choices available at dining halls give students a chance to achieve their resolutions. “We have a lot of New Year’s resolutions people that come to the gym—they all want to work out and get fit,” said Adan Cardenas, rec supervisor. “The first two weeks of January are always really packed.” However, many newly-minted fitness enthusiasts tend to lose moti-
vation a few weeks in. Cardenas recommends creating a strict schedule based around classes and work as opposed to hitting the gym in spare moments. Setting reasonable goals and maintaining a schedule will help students achieve 2014 fitness and weight loss resolutions, Cardenas said. Some students never execute their plans of action, but some are dedicated to being part of the 8 percent nationwide who stick to their goals, according to Time Magazine. “Since I was a kid, it has always been a priority of mine to work out and become a better athlete,” said Lisandro Villar, health and fitness management junior. “Every New Year, I try to better myself for the obstacles that are ahead of me in the sports I love which are soccer and baseball.” Motivation consistently ranks as one of the most difficult aspects regarding working out and choosing healthy food options, according to the same article. Villar cites proving critics wrong as a motivator for pursuing his new year’s resolutions, but his main reason for staying on course is far more personal.
“Most importantly, my sister is my motivation due to her incapability as a handicap to work out,” Villar said. Jean Louis Horvilleur, undeclared sophomore, has plans to become a New Year’s success story through self-reflection and personal care. “I like to think of my body as a temple,” Horvilleur said. “I have to praise it and be good to it. I want to get back in shape and just overall better myself. I knew this New Year’s resolution would be a great start.” Besides working out, eating well is another factor toward becoming healthy and fit for the new year. From completing a body cleanse to simply ignoring the siren call of drive-throughs, many resolution holders can agree that taking steps toward goals is better than staying in a 2013 rut. “Avocados, blueberries, chicken, egg whites, no starch, no wheat, tons of water and drinking lemon juice with a pinch of salt every morning helps lower my cholesterol levels and helps bring down my weight,” Horvilleur said.
B2 | The University Star | Trends | Tuesday January 14, 2014
Bobcats should embrace bold fashion statements this spring he clashing prints, T busy ensembles and over-the-top outfits
of winter will be left behind as the spring brings simplicity and bold pieces working together to create strong and powerful statements. Color blocking has Ernest Macias returned to the runways Style Columnist along with ladylike colors and subtle floral prints. Although flowers and bright colors are traditional springtime favorites, there are several fresh trends to break up basics. Here is a breakdown of the eight most important trends to follow this spring. First and foremost, learn to embrace the crop top—they are not going anywhere, so welcome them as a staple in your spring wardrobe. Hit the gym and tone those abs because midriffs are the ultimate accessory this spring. The range goes from sporty to sexy, so make sure to own one of these. A delightfully tacky ‘90s trend is back and better than ever. Get ready to go gaga over logos this spring. Designers embroider and embellish popular logos over dresses, sequin T-shirts and skirts. This trend is sure to be a favorite this season. New to spring are satins and metallics. From skirts to coats, gunmetal, copper, silver and gold are making their way off the runways and into the wardrobe. Looking like a disco ball during the day is now socially acceptable. The more daring Bobcats can beat the heat and show a little skin as the weather warms. Sheer fabrics are the perfect mix of girly and sporty. They have been spotted on catwalks courtesy of designers like Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim. This season, designers showcase soft and clean pieces strategically embellished. Tory Burch delivered flirty dresses with glam necklines, while Wes Gordon opted for completely embellished maxi dresses. Whether it is for a night out or just to go to class, embellishments are a must or just to go to classer warmsis season. The idea of shorts and flip-flops as go-to attire for men during warm weather is no longer accepted. Men’s fashion for this spring is effortlessly cool. The most noticeable trend is white. An allwhite suit is going to be essential. The addition of a simple pop of color brings personality to the suit. Look to Jil Sander menswear collections as inspirations for this white-hot look. Another big trend for men is pieces in block stripes—preferably in shades of pastel. Do not confuse this trend—pinstripes are not experiencing a revival. The stripes must be big—the bigger the better, in fact. The big comeback for men is ‘50s fashion. Loose, high-hitting shorts and collars popping out of jackets pay trendy tribute to the beat generation heroes—Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. This season promises to be a delightful and edgy time for fashionistas all around.
Women’s floral print shirts are a staple for spring trends.
Marketing graduate creates small business in San Marcos By Lindsey Bedford Trends Reporter
Many students spend their time in college working toward a future career and honing skills in a particular interest. For graduate student Ali Ijaz, lessons learned in class were put to immediate use upon founding Row, a marketing company for small and medium-sized businesses based in San Marcos. “When I began at Texas State, I started as a finance major and then went into marketing. I’ve been doing stuff like this for awhile,” Ijaz said. Ijaz is now working on obtaining his Master of Business Administration. Row works with more than 150 clients, a customer base Ijaz wants to continue growing. “We started in one room and recently moved into a bigger place,” Ijaz said. Ijaz said the company mainly focuses on social media and helping businesses receive more exposure online. Row also offers a wide variety of print marketing, graphic design and direct mail options. The company won the 2013 Best of San Marcos Award for marketing, an honor celebrating exceptional small businesses. The company’s website hit counter boasts more than 100 million views. “Being a marketing company, it’s cool to see it grow into something,” said account manager Matt Wyatt. While ambitions of scaling the corporate ladder can be daunting, Ijaz said there are simple steps students can take to better their chances of success in the business world, chief among them securing a mentor. “(Senior lecturer Vicki) West was very inspirational in the development of Row as she taught me the sales and entrepreneurial skills needed to get started,” Ijaz said.
Danielle Charles | Staff Photographer
Logo T-shirts are expected to be on trend this season.
Reynaldo Leaños | Staff Photographer Ali Ijaz, graduate student, is the founder and president of Row, an online marketing company that aims to connect its clients with new customers. For students eager to learn tion of his company’s webmore about the world of busi- site profits to their promise ness building, on-campus of environmental welfare. As organization Enactus helps of January 2014, Row takes students understand enter- responsibility for the plantprise development. Through ing of 2,500 trees—one for the organization, students each client serviced since its have an opportunity to share founding. Row employs several Textheir experiences or lessons learned with other organiza- as State students and a numtion members, said Ijaz, En- ber of interns. “We just started taking actus president. Ijaz plans to impart his knowledge on or- interns and have about four ganization members through working here now. I was their second intern here,” Wyatt Enactus. “Do something you have said. The company, located a passion for,” Ijaz said. “Do on San Antonio Street, is in your research and do every- the process of hiring more students for marketing-based thing the right way.” Along with general busi- internship positions. Ijaz cultivated his business ness success, Ijaz counts sustainability and economic idea for Row over time to responsibility as one of his turn it into the up-and-comcompany’s top priorities. ing marketing company it is Row has teamed up with today. “It’s the execution of the Trees for the Future to help plant trees in more than 19 idea,” West said. “Work earcountries affected by defores- ly, work late and have high tation. Ijaz dedicated a por- performance.”
Women’s pastel dresses have been a spring staple for years.
Documentary opens dialogue to community of Latino issues in U.S. Texas State University will host a free screening and discussion of “Stolen Education” with producer and documentarian Enrique Alemán Jr. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Following the screening, Alemán will conduct a question-and-answer session on the film. The event is sponsored by the College of Education and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and will be held in the Alkek Teaching Theater on campus. The event is free and open to the public. Alemán will also lead a special discussion on “Stolen Education” for faculty members and graduate students 9:30 a.m. Feb. 7 in room 3066 of the Education Building. “Stolen Education” is a powerful documentary that depicts how in Driscoll, during the 1950s, young Mexican American students were racially segregated and required to attend three years of first grade because they were deemed to have what was referred to as “language problems.” The film documents the journey of eight children who ended up testifying in what became a landmark Federal desegregation case that changed educational history in Texas. In this documentary, Alemán visits present day Driscoll and captures the remarkable first-hand testimonials of those children, now in their 60s, who were retained in the first grade and who testified in court. The documentary brings to life the racial climate of the 1950s to the present as well as demonstrates the students’ resiliency and agency. The event provides insight into how
racism and language discrimination is still prevalent in today’s society. It offers an enriching opportunity for dialogue and discussion into the topic of race, inclusion, diversity and inequality. This event will expose Texas State students, faculty, and the community to a much-needed dialogue concerning future efforts needed on changing practices and policies focused on improving the lives of Latinos in the U.S. Alemán is the assistant vice president for student equity and diversity and an associate professor at the University of Utah. He is a South Texas native from Kingsville and a first-generation college graduate. Alemán melds his personal and professional interests with research that has the potential to address the structural and institutionalized inequities that have historically underserved students and communities of color. He earned his Ph.D. in educational administration, with a concentration in educational policy and planning, from the University of Texas. While at UT, he also completed a doctoral certification in Mexican American studies. This event is possible due to the efforts of Charise Pimentel, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Lori Czop Assaf, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. — Courtesy of University News Service
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SENIOR CHECKLIST THE MAIN POINT
Somewhere between receiving acceptance letters and finding ways to obtain free food and alcohol, students may forget to take advantage of all that San Marcos and Texas State have to offer. Many seniors have now begun what may be their last semester of higher education, so The Univer-
sity Star has compiled a list of events, attractions and goals Bobcats should attempt to tackle before graduation. Underclassmen are also encouraged to begin working their way through the list — because as most seniors will tell you, college will be over before you know it.
Try the specialties at local restaurants. There are tons of dishes unique to San Marcos that students should try before they graduate. Drink a 99cent margarita at Grin’s, try a crazy ice cream flavor at Rhea’s, eat a burger at Taproom Pub & Grub or grab a Salvation sandwich at Alvin Ord’s. Every Bobcat needs to order a Manske Roll at Gil’s Broiler. After all, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Texas State’s most famous alumnus, is rumored to have had them shipped to the White House.
Attend a Bobcat sporting event.
A surprising amount of students never attend athletic events. Students pay a $300 athletic fee, so all Bobcats are literally invested in athletics whether they like it or not. Additionally, this semester may be seniors’ last chance to experience college athletics. There are few better ways to boost school spirit and Bobcat pride.
See a performance at the new Performing Arts Center.
The beautiful new Performing Arts Center, which has been under construction for as long as most seniors can remember, is now complete. Check out a concert or play and see what some of your tuition money has been going toward.
Enjoy The Quad.
This is a hard one — it may be tempting to block out the chaos with headphones or avoid The Quad completely, but it is part of the classic college experience. Stop and listen to a crazy person preaching by the Stallions, buy a baked good from a student organization and take a moment to learn about (or even sign) a petition.
Visit Austin and San Antonio.
San Marcos offers students a small-town feel while being located between two large cities. This is a geographical advantage students may not have after graduating and moving away. Austin and San Antonio are great options for day trips with friends. Check out the live music scene in Austin or visit the Riverwalk in San Antonio. Both cities are close enough to be visited multiple times before graduation, allowing for experiences that delve deeper than major tourist attractions.
Get a freshman to buy you lunch at a dining hall.
Freshmen have tons of meal trades left at the end of the semester. Ask them to swipe you so you can have one last meal at Commons, “for old times’ sake.”
Go to Riverfest.
Sponsored by the Student Association for Campus Activities, the annual spring concert and festival should be experienced at least once by every Bobcat. Past performers include Shwayze, Yung Joc, Ying Yang Twins and Gloriana. Even if the peformers do not particularly appeal to you, Riverfest offers the best people-watching environment all year, and you are sure to walk away with a free koozie or two.
Skip class and go to Sewell Park. Not many college students can say their school has a river on campus. Skip class one day with a group of friends and work on your tan on Bikini Hill or float the San Marcos River.
Bar-hop on The Square.
Every 21-year-old Texas State student has to do it at least once. Try to visit as many bars as possible in one night. This becomes increasingly less socially acceptable the older you get, so use the “crazy college phase” excuse while you can.
Give back to the community. San Marcos has hosted you for what will likely be four of the best years of your life. Give back by volunteering for Bobcat Build or participating in a river cleanup event. Shopping at local businesses rather than chains and attending weekly farmer’s markets are also ways to support the community.
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The University Star | Opinions | Tuesday January 14, 2014 | B5
New Year’s Resolutions Make smaller goals for best results
Resolutions positive endeavors, regardless of final outcome
ne tradition of ushering in a new O year is determining to change over the next 12 months—however,
students should not put too much stock in resolutions because they are often unrealistic and hard to maintain. Students need to face the facts— New Year’s resolutions have become more of a social exercise and less of an actual attempt at improving life. For some reason, every year I, and everyone I know, make vague and outlandish resolutions to become a better person. These goals are made and shared with full acceptance of the fact that most of them will be abandoned by the time February rolls around. I am the type of person who makes resolutions every year only to fall short and feel completely wretched about myself for months afterwards. The idea of 12 brand new months to fill with life always makes me so hopeful, and I make ridiculous goals ignoring the fact that I will not be able to achieve most of them. Now I am not saying resolutions are all bad. In fact, I admire anyone tenacious enough to stick to their New Year’s goals for the whole year. Also, the act of examining one’s life and determining which areas need improvement is important and healthy for everyone to do. However, if you are like me and find yourself making resolutions every year hoping this will be the year you make it, I have got news for you—it most likely will not be. If making goals at the stroke of midnight has not worked in the past, it will not miraculously start now. Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, and that is exactly what is happening every New
aking resolutions is a useful way M to stay on top of goals and greet the new year with enthusiasm.
Many people consider the first day of January a perfect time to symbolically begin anew. Goals are set and new systems to reach them are put into place. Many people vow to finally become the person they truly want to be. Each new year, gyms fill to the brim and fresh diets are enacted. New Year’s resolutions receive a lot of criticism because determination often only lasts a few weeks before fizzling out until the next round. Many people view resolutions as setting themselves up for failure, and some do not even attempt to make any changes because they are convinced they will not stick. Resolutions, however, are important aspects to the turning of a new year. As December draws to a close and the year changes, people reflect on their experiences in the past 12 months. They are reminded that a year can fly past in the blink of an eye. Resolutions center a person in the confusing and sometimes frightening face of time, a thing which seems to only speed up with age. Making goals for the new year gives some sense of control in an aspect of life over which humans virtually have none. With goals to look forward to, the new year becomes a prospect of excitement rather than dread. Resolutions allow insight into who a person truly wants to be. In that moment, infinite possibilities open up. Even if these goals are abandoned after a few weeks, it is important for people to remember their potential to be and do anything they want. We are reminded of this year after year.
Imani McGarrell Opinions Columnist Journalism sophomore
Year’s Eve. Instead of making resolutions, students should try making smaller goals and a plan to implement those new practices in their day-to-day lives. One of the hardest parts of New Year’s resolutions is figuring out how to reach the end goal. Making smaller goals leading to a larger one helps solidify and cultivate positive habits in everyday life without overwhelming. Additionally, resolutions tend to focus on what is going bad in a person’s life instead of what is good. Celebrating positive achievements is just as important as making new improvements. Making a list of good things accomplished throughout the year can be motivating and help students in making their dreams for the new year a reality. Instead of setting one or two big goals for the upcoming year, I encourage students to instead make three or four smaller ones and then write down a plan for how to incorporate them into everyday life. Weekly and monthly goals are stepping-stones to achieving broader yearlong goals and can help make goals into habits. Resolutions can be positive and effective if approached with enthusiasm and organization instead of dread.
Ashley Trumps Opinions Columnist Journalism senior
If the tradition of resolution-making was completely abandoned, that would be one less opportunity for people to recognize the full spectrum of possibilities available to them. For the pessimists out there, there is a positive spin to the failed resolution as well. Each and every year, pessimists are given another chance to be proven right as they abandon their goals after two weeks of half-heartedly trying. Nothing is more glorious to a pessimist than to be proven right about the true negative nature of the world. Pessimists should consider failed New Year’s resolutions as a chance to confirm their negative worldview as soon as the year begins. In truth, any moment is the perfect time to seek and create true, positive change. Yet there is something refreshing about timing it with the start of a new cycle. There is something special about this tradition that links humans together, however briefly, in mutual encouragement and fellowship. For just one moment, the entire world simultaneously welcomes change and seeks improvement, and I think that is a positive occurrence, no matter how brief.
Students should limit slang usage to reflect education, maturity
Alexis Aguirre Opinions Columnist Journalism sophomore
lang is lazy and makes those who use it SStudents look ignorant. should refrain from using slang whenever possible and should expand their everyday vocabulary past popular lingo used among friends. Terms
such as “ratchet,” “thirsty” and “salty” are lazy forms of language and should be eliminated from students’ vocabularies. Constant slang usage is downright annoying. A strictly trendy vocabulary is not a standard students should hold themselves to. Student conversations should sound educated and eloquent—not like the newest rap track. I occasionally use slang when all other words seem to fail me but still feelstudents should make an effort to move away from this type of language. Besides sounding uneducated, keeping up with new slang is time-consuming and exhausting. It is a constant struggle scrolling through Urban Dictionary, trying to make sense of whatever new word is trending on Twitter. Even worse are everyday words repurposed as slang. Time spent trying to be hip with the freshest lingo could be better
spent doing something—anything—else. Students should make a habit of speaking eloquently. Part of getting an education is trying to impress employers with one’s knowledge. If a college graduate goes to an interview, speech littered with slang terms can negate the positive impression of a degree. Students need to build good speech habits now before they enter the job market. When students use slang terms constantly, it hinders their academics. Making good impressions on professors is just as important as impressing interviewers. It is kind of hard to come back from calling a literary character ratchet or sending an email to a professor in slang. Students need to build good relationships with their professors, and using slang is unlikely to help with that. I can see how it might be draining
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to flip through a thesaurus to look for words, but the effort will definitely pay off in the end. Especially with electronic resources so widely available, students really have no excuse for using the word “salty” instead of bitter. Slang usage is indicative of laziness. Additionally, a large amount of slang terms are used as put-downs. These terms are not harmless new lingo—they are often just old insults in disguise. Putting so much energy into finding new words to hurt others is a waste and indicative of a negative mindset. Students should try to incorporate a larger vocabulary in their everyday lives. In addition to the academic and career benefits an expansive vocabulary can have, students should understand how regular slang usage can be harmful to the way others see them.
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Women’s basketball talks loss, strategy Beyond the Game: Kaylan Martin Get to Know: Coach Zenarae Antoine
Column: Men’s basketball striving to improve Beyond the Game: Brad Miller
The GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY
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Bobcats discuss strategy following weekend loss against Warhawks By Quixem Ramirez Sports Reporter @quixem
The Texas State women’s basketball team missed 55 of 72 shots in its 78—52 loss Saturday to the LouisianaMonroe Warhawks. The team is sixth in the Sun Belt Conference with a 2-2 conference record and 5-10 overall record. Seven of its 10 losses this season have been by double-digits “We’ve had some great games that we’ve won,” said senior guard Kaylan Martin. “We are a little excited about what we can do, but we’ve dropped a couple of games.” Texas State scored 18 points in the first half, tying its season low. The Bobcats scored 34 points in the second half, but Monroe made 39 percent of its shots to extend the lead to 26 points. Louisiana-Monroe, which has the Sun Belt Conference’s seventh-ranked defense, limited Texas State’s top four scorers to 12 of 41 in combined shooting.
“They forced us into a lot of bad shots,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “We took shots that were open, but they weren’t flowing, and we took contested shots. They did a very good job, but for whatever reason, we just fell short in our offensive execution.” Louisiana—Monroe scored the first 9 points in the first half. Texas State did not score until the 14:16 mark. “We need to start the game off better and stay focused because we start too slow,” Martin said. “There’s still improvements we can make.” Martin went scoreless for the first time this season. She missed six shots and turned the ball over five times. “I just had an off game in general,” Martin said. “They didn’t throw anything at us that we haven’t seen before. It was just a tough night offensively.” Martin tallied three assists in the second half, and the Bobcats drew 17 personal fouls. “We came out more aggressively and attacked the basket,” Martin said. “We knew that we had to come back from the deficit we created in the first half. We were more aggressive
and focused.” Sophomore guard Erin Peoples’ layup cut the Warhawks’ lead to 12 points with 16:43 remaining in the second half. Monroe went on a 14-6 run in the ensuing six minutes, including 8 of 8 shooting from the free throw line. The Bobcats did not convert on a 3-pointer for the second time in Antoine’s three-year tenure. They have the lowest percentage of 3-pointers in the conference. “We shoot a lot of 3s in practice,” Antoine said. “We work hard at simulating game-like 3-point shots. We are going to continue to do that. We can command double-teams in the paint and help defenders have to sink in. We can make these shots.” Senior center Ashley Ezeh scored a game-high 15 points, along with six rebounds. “She’s a big presence offensively because she can score,” Martin said. “She causes a lot of attention from the other team, and she creates double teams so we can kick out and score.” Star file photo
me to push and be better,” Martin said. “So that way I could beat them and kind of stand out from them and show (them) that I could play too. I think that my driving force was just Kaylan Martin trying to follow my sisters and be like senior point guard them.” When the time By Cameron Cutshall came to choose a Sports Reporter college, Martin chose the University of @Cameroncutshall Evansville in Indiana. “I think the main thing was it was During her senior year of high school, something different,” Martin said. “Comsenior point guard Kaylan Martin was the ing out of high school, I really wanted a 24th-ranked point guard in the nation and change and the experience. It was somewas listed as the 12th best recruit in the thing fun and different, and I loved the state by ESPNU HoopGurlz. campus. I thought it was really beautiful.” Martin was named the Austin AmerDuring her time at Evansville, Martin ican-Statesman’s All-Centex Player of started 29 games as a freshman point the Year after she led the Pflugerville Pan- guard, scoring in double figures five thers to a state Final Four appearance. times. She was third among Evansville Martin was also named All-State and scorers and finished second on the team Academic All-State by the Texas Girls with 38 steals, which was the most by an Coaches Association during her senior Evansville freshman since the 2004-2005 year and chosen as the District 14-5A season. MVP during her junior year. After her freshman season in EvansMartin grew up in a big family. She ville ended, Martin decided to transfer to is the daughter of Cassandra Terry and Texas State. Fonzell Martin and has three sisters “What made me come back was dealing and a younger brother. Her sister Cierra with injuries and being so far away from Martin is a former guard for UTSA, and my family,” Martin said. “It was hard to her stepsister Bianca Sauls currently plays deal with on my own, so I think that was volleyball for UT-Arlington. kind of a learning experience. I think “Growing up being the younger sister that’s what drew me back.” of two really good athletes, it influenced Martin’s first season at her new school
coincided with the arrival of Coach Ze“She is the type of young player every narae Antoine, whose first year featured coach hopes to have on their team, where one of the biggest turnarounds in Texas they are able to operate as a leader both State women’s basketball history. In on and off the court,” Antoine said. Antoine’s first season, she turned a 9-20 “She’s extremely focused and determined. team from the previous year into a 17-14 It takes a lot to bounce her off her path, team. This turnaround led the Bobcats to and when she does hit those bumps, it’s an appearance in the Southland Confervery easy for her to get back on course.” ence championship tournament and their As for Martin, all that is on her mind is first win in the tournament since 2003. getting better each day, growing more and Martin joined the team in her first more as a leader for her team. year of eligibility after the NCAA transfer “I want us to win,” Martin said. “I rules required her to sit out the 2010-2011 want us to have a winning record, go to a season. Martin gives credit to Antoine conference tournament, and I want to win for her success and her leadership on the it. I want to win conference.” court. “I think the main thing is Coach Z. and her expectations,” Martin said. “She relies on her point guards heavily to run the show, (to execute) her vision and goals on the court and to make sure that happens.” Martin was not a player who Antoine recruited to Texas State, but they turned out to be two puzzle pieces that fit well Star file photo together. Martin, a natural-born leader, was put into an up-tempo style of offense where her job KTSW TOP 5 ADDS was simple—to be a leader.
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women’s basketball coach
KJ: What is your favorite sport to watch other than basketball? ZA: Football and track and field. My husband is a football coach, so I really love watching football. KJ: What would you be doing if you were not coaching? ZA: I really cannot imagine myself not coaching, but if I was not, I would do something advocating for women’s athletics. KJ: What is your favorite restaurant in San Marcos? ZA: I have twin sons, so really wherever they want to go, which is Grin’s and Whole Foods. KJ: Who are your favorite actors or actresses? ZA: I really like Joaquin Phoenix and Daniel Day-Lewis. KJ: What is your favorite movie? ZA: There’s a new movie called “Her” that came out with Joaquin Phoenix. I like movies that are a little different. KJ: What is your favorite food? ZA: Breakfast tacos. Lolita’s are my favorite.
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KJ: What is your favorite Book? ZA: “The Grapes of Wrath.”
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Brad Miller senior tight end By Gabby Tropea
Sports Reporter @gabbytropea
Even though senior tight end Brad Miller started off as a kid who “liked to run around in red Power Ranger outfits,” his parents are proud of the man he has grown into today.
Courtesy of Texas State Athletics
At Sealy High School, Miller was a three-time All-District 25-3A selection in football, basketball and baseball. He earned Sealy’s “Seals-Jones” award as the school’s top student athlete as a junior. As a senior, he was named football MVP. During his time playing football in Sealy, he broke the
school’s receiving records with 52 catches for 1,253 yards and 11 touchdowns. After playing for three seasons, he finished his career with 98 catches for 2,198 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was named First-Team All-State tight end by the Texas Sportswriters Association, the Associated Press and the Texas High School Coaches Association. Miller was selected to the AllGreater Houston Baseball Team by the Houston Baseball Coaches Association as a high school junior and was an Academic AllDistrict selection as a senior. He finished high school with a batting average more than .500. He was recruited out of high school and had many scholarship offers, both for baseball and for football, from schools such as Baylor, TCU and Boise State before finally signing with New Mexico. At New Mexico, Miller was redshirted for his freshman year. Miller began to feel that the school was unsafe for him after his car and dorm were robbed, and his car was eventually stolen. His teammates turned out to have been responsible for many of the robberies, and he was even attacked by a fellow teammate— who was later removed from the team—during mandatory study hours. The final straw was when 21 out of 24 players failed a random drug test that was conducted among the football team. After one semester at New
Mexico, Miller made the decision to withdraw from his scholarship and leave the school. He contacted several schools that had previously showed interest in his athletic ability, but Texas State seemed to stand out to him. Once he transferred, he earned special permission to play during the 2011 season. Due to NCAA rules, a transfer student must have one year of residency before participating in a sport. Miller’s situation allowed otherwise. In addition to playing three sports, Miller has always spent time volunteering with local special needs children in the Special Olympics program. Miller’s sister Sidney—referred to as “Sid” by the tight end—was born handicapped and has always held a special place in her younger brother’s heart. “Everything I do, I do it for her,” Miller said. “She’ll never get the opportunity to play under the lights or have the announcer call out her name for a touchdown or anything like that. So whatever I can take care of out on the field, I do it all for her.” Mark Miller, Brad’s father, believes that his son grew up differently due to having a special needs sister and was always “more accepting” and “quicker to reach out” to others. His father tells a story of when his son Brad was a kid in Cub Scouts. His troop was at an annual gathering with other troops in the area. Instead of being with his troop, playing games and winning prizes, he spent an entire day with a troop of disabled scouts. “I am proud of his athletic accomplishments,” Mark Miller said. “I am more proud of the young man he has become and his accomplishments with his studies and his character.” When Brad Miller first arrived in Albuquerque, his coaches encouraged him to reach out in the community. He chose the Chil-
dren’s Hospital of New Mexico, where he was introduced to an 11-year-old girl who had leukemia. She had been diagnosed about three months before he met her and only had six months to live. He ate lunch with her for three days a week for nearly two months. They played video games and board games and, according to Brad Miller, she “became (his) best friend.” He saw her less often once school started, and when he got
a call from her father saying she died, Brad Miller was crushed. He wrote her a letter and placed it in her casket along with a football helmet signed by his team. Brad Miller says he still keeps in touch with her father today. “Her dad sent me a bracelet with her name and the date she was diagnosed on it,” Brad Miller said. “It will never leave my wrist, and she left me a thousand lessons and memories that will never leave my mind.”
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and of itself, and is even more difficult to grasp when referring to basketball team. Despite this, optimistic is Ishmael Johnson the appropriSports Reporter ate word to @Ish_46 describe how everyone should feel about the latter portion of Texas State’s basketball schedule. The 2013-2014 basketball season has been rough, to say the least. The season began with high hopes for Coach Danny Kaspar’s first season with the Bobcats. However, getting Kaspar’s philosophies to translate onto the court has shown to be a much more tedious process. The Bobcats are currently ranked eighth in the Sun Belt Conference and have a record of 1-2 in conference play. Kaspar’s goal for the season has been to make the Bobcats’ mindset shift from primarily freelance basketball to a more structured and defense-oriented system. The Bobcats allowed 68.7 points per game and went 3-7 in their first 10 games. Although it was a rough start to the season, it was still a significant improvement from the team’s 2012 defense in which the opponents averaged 75.7 points. The Bobcats have entered conference play and the defense has continued to show signs of improvement. Through their last five games, includ-
ing three in-conference games, the Bobcats have only allowed 60 points per game. Comparing this stretch to the rest of the nation’s season averages, Texas State’s scoring defense would rank 12th. Kaspar’s defensive philosophy caught on and the team has continued to improve, but the team’s offensive struggles have been the Achilles’ heel this year, primarily the lack of ball movement. Texas State currently ranks last in the Sun Belt in points per game with 63.9. The Bobcats are averaging only 10.9 assists per game, which ranks near the bottom of the nation and second to last in the Sun Belt. Kaspar is a methodical coach who stresses ball movement and efficient execution. The team has struggled to adopt the same mentality. Last season with Stephen F. Austin, Kaspar’s team averaged 14.8 assists and ranked near the top of the nation. Despite the offensive inconsistencies, the team has seen a good amount of production from the emerging forwards sophomore Emani Gant and freshman Kavin Gilder-Tilbury. The duo has combined to average 18.5 points and 8.9 rebounds. The bulk of Texas State’s scoring has come from last year’s leading scorer, senior forward Joel Wright, with 15.2 points per game. Although Wright’s scoring is still at a high level, his 4-1 turnover-to-assist ratio has been a detriment to the offense’s efficiency, much to the dismay of Kaspar. If Texas State wants to make up for its lackluster first half of the season, the offensive execution must develop and the defense has to remain consistent.
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