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THURSDAY

JANUARY 16, 2014

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SPORTS | B2

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Women stamp out rival: The Texas State women’s basketball team converted 26 free throws in their 68–60 victory Wednesday against UT-Arlington.

Skydive San Marcos is a local business that allows participants to experience skydiving firsthand.

CRIME

Bomb hoax suspect released, to face hearing in March

2013

1,362 thefts 466 misdemeanor assaults 374 burglaries 137 aggravated assaults 86 other

2012

1,197 thefts 449 misdemeanor assaults 253 burglaries 108 aggravated assaults 60 other

2011

1,206 thefts 476 misdemeanor assaults 273 burglaries 110 aggravated assaults 55 other

Theft Misdemeanor assault Burglary Aggravated assault Other

(robbery, rape, arson, homicide)

CRIME

Police chief attributes 2013 city crime increase to natural cycle By Traynor Swanson News Reporter

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he City of San Marcos experienced more theft, burglary and aggravated assault in 2013 than in the previous year, according to crime statistics released by the police department. However, Howard Williams, San Marcos police chief, said he attributes the rise in crime to a natural cycle rather than an “epidemic.” “The simple fact of the matter is numbers go up and down,” Williams said. “Crime numbers run in cycles. We can only report in averages over time.” Aggravated assaults increased from 108 in 2012 to 137 in 2013, and misdemeanor assaults rose from 449 to 466

in the same time period, according to data from SMPD. The majority of these incidents occurred at bars on Thursday and Friday nights, Williams said. “When you look at the numbers, it might seem like a huge increase, percentage-wise,” Williams said. “But when you think of the millions and millions of interactions between people in San Marcos each year, and see there are about a hundred aggravated assaults, that’s actually pretty small number.” The San Marcos Police Department is trying to lower the amount of aggravated assaults by working closer with bars and increasing the number of officers on patrol during Thursday and Friday nights, Williams said. He said these ef-

forts will be made even though the assault numbers are not significantly higher than in previous years.

The simple fact of the matter is numbers go up and down. Crime numbers run in cycles.” —Howard Williams, San Marcos police chief “The trick is to get involved as early as possible, before somebody gets hurt,” Williams said. “Some people can’t control their drinking, and they can’t control their anger.” Williams said SMPD of-

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CITY

New shooting center faces legal action By Scott Allen

News Reporter

The future of the County Line Shooting Center may be up in the air after several neighboring residents gathered to file a lawsuit against the range’s owners. The Schneider and Torres families previously filed a restraining order against Dean Murphy, the owner of the shooting range, on the morning of Nov. 26, 2013 due to safety concerns over stray bullets. Hays County Visiting Judge Brenda Chapman decided the two neighboring families seeking legal action against the range would need to wait for the range to open before they could pursue a lawsuit. After the range opened Dec. 28, 2013, the two families went forward with filing the lawsuit against the owners of the range. Deposition in the case occurred Wednesday, and there have since been no further actions carried out by either party. Lisa Murphy, co-owner of the range with her husband Dean Murphy, only wished to comment via Facebook message. She said no incident occurred at the range to trigger the lawsuit.

Danielle Charles | Star file photo Neighboring families have filed suit against County Line Shooting Center over safety concerns. “There was not anything that pre- said Charles Cotton, a lawyer for the cipitated the lawsuit other than us Murphy family. Charles Soechting, a lawyer for the opening,” Lisa Murphy said in the Schneider and Torres families, believes Facebook message. The shooting range, located be- the range was built in an unprofestween Comal and Hays counties, sional manner and never should be was originally expected to open in opened. “The evidence has shown that this November, but was pushed back to December because of delayed permits, See GUN RANGE, A2

By Taylor Tompkins News Editor

The suspect in Tuesday morning’s bomb hoax was released from jail Wednesday and will face three charges during his March court hearing. Clayton Warren was released from the Hays County Law Enforcement Clayton Warren Center on two $6,000 bonds with charges for the bomb hoax and evading arrest. Warren will appear in court for the charges March 27 during his arraignment, according to Hays County court records. The incident he is charged in connection with began around 12:30 a.m. when a University Police Department officer saw Warren smoking near the LBJ Student Center, which is in violation of Texas State’s smoke-free policy. Jayme Blaschke, university spokesperson, said Warren fled on foot from the officer but was taken into custody. Blaschke said the individual was not a student, despite early morning reports from UPD. An inspection of Warren’s car revealed what appeared to be a potentially explosive device with an ignition mechanism attached, according to a press release from University News Service. The Austin Bomb Squad was called in and arrived at 3 a.m. The bomb squad determined by 4 a.m. that the device was not explosive but discovered another suspicious package in the vehicle. After X-rays proved inconclusive, the package was detonated by the bomb squad at 5:46 a.m. as a precautionary measure, according to the press release. “Obviously with the history here on campus, we take any potential bomb threat very, very seriously,” Blaschke said. College Inn residents were evacuated to the Student Recreation Center at 1:42 a.m. and were allowed to return to their rooms at 6 a.m. once the bomb squad gave the all clear, according to the press release.

FACULTY SENATE

Senators discuss transparency, same-sex rights By Kelsey Bradshaw News Reporter

Faculty Senate members discussed several hot-button topics Wednesday, including tuition funding, transparency and equal benefits for approved faculty marriages. Faculty senators said the Texas State University System Board of Regents needs to make students more aware of exactly where their tuition dollars are going. In addition, senators debated whether or not those in same-sex marriages should receive benefits if they are employees in the system. Faculty senators plan to address the regents during their Feb. 9 on campus meeting. Roselyn Morris, McCoy College of Business senator, brought up a recent Wall Street Journal article regarding student tuition. According to the article, state universities are taking as much as 40 percent of tuition funding to help cover financial aid costs for low-income students, Morris said. “The one thing the article made clear was that schools are not transparent about this. Private schools have been doing it for a long time,” Morris said. “The Wall Street Journal alleged that a lot of times, some of who financial aid is going to are people who are not, academically, completely qualified to be successful.” Student debt is rising each year, and by using tuition to fund low-income students, universities are “asking students to help pay for the person next to them,” Morris said. Morris’ main concern is that she is unsure if the university is being “transparent” and honest with students about where their tuition money is going. “I think we ought to start discussing it at some point and possibly being transparent to our students and their parents,” Morris said. Susan Weill, journalism and mass communication senator, suggested benefits for married couples, including those of the same sex. “When will spousal benefits for all married couples recognized by the federal government be avail-

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CRIME, continued from front ficers work with bar managers and security personnel so police can get involved to prevent a fight when minor disturbances begin. Cases of theft increased from to 1,362 in 2013, which is up from 1,197 cases in 2012. The crime category with the largest increase in 2013 was burglary, which rose from 253 to 374—a 48 percent increase from 2012. Williams said it is common for burglars to attempt to sell stolen goods at pawnshops. “(That) happens all the time,� said Ralph Sarmiento, shop manager at Cash America Pawn. “We read their body language and ask them questions about whatever

they’re trying to sell.� Residents usually do not keep records of the serial and model numbers of their more costly items, such as TVs but should in case they are stolen, Williams said. Williams said police department staff conduct security surveys and can dispatch an officer to advise residents on how to keep their property safe. “We want as few victims as possible,� Williams said. Sgt. Laurence Fuller, University Police Department officer, said students worried about assaults should utilize the Bobcat Bobbies service offered by campus police. “If students are worried and want to avoid situations where

they might get attacked, they could always use the Bobcat Bobbies,� Fuller said. Fuller said UPD officers will send a student worker to escort students safely across campus until 1 a.m. “Even if it’s at three in morning, we’ll send Bobcat Bobbies with a security guard to make sure you can get home safely,� Fuller said. Fuller recommended students walk in groups to travel across campus after dark. “If you make sure to walk with your friends at night, you’re much less likely to be a victim,� Fuller said.

Memorial service to honor computer science professor A memorial service to honor Khosrow Kaikhah, associate professor of computer science, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 in Alkek Library room 105/106. Students, colleagues and family are invited to attend the memorial service for Professor Kaikhah. Kaikhah passed away Dec. 10, 2013. Kaikhah was on the Texas State faculty from 1990 to 1991 and from 1993 to 2013, serving as a computer science graduate advisor for 13 years, from 1998 to 2011. If anyone has any special memories to share with the family, one of Professor Kaikhah’s former students is collecting those memories on a CD to give to the family. Send submissions to Sally Merritt, s_merritt@txstate.edu, as soon as possible.

GUN RANGE, continued from front young couple decided to build a shooting range without having any type of professional training or assistance in designing it, locating it or anything,� Soechting said. The Schneider family, who lives south of the range, worries about stray bullets, Soechting said. “Our client, Mr. Schneider, has already heard a bullet go overhead during a period of rapid fire,� Soechting said. The lawsuit was filed because the shooting range is not safe and that is reason enough to shut it down, Soechting said. “This has nothing to do with the second amendment or property rights,� Soechting said. “This deals with the safety of operating a gun range.� John McGlothlin, lawyer for the Murphy family, said his cli-

ents have built a safe shooting range and see no harm with it. “My clients believe that they’ve designed, built and are operating a safe gun range, and they believe the law allows safe gun ranges to operate,� McGlothlin said. Some may think the lawsuit was filed due to noise levels at the range since the bullets can be heard from nearby properties, Soetching said. However, Soetching said the case is strictly about the safety of the neighboring families. “The noise doesn’t bother the Texas Legislature. What bothers them is if anybody gets hurt,� Soechting said. “And our experts say that it’s not a question of if somebody will get hurt, but when.� McGlothlin said the Murphy family was “doing nothing wrong�

and followed all the regulations of opening the range. No harm has been reported in connection with the range since its late December opening. “You can’t have a remedy until anything’s harmed,� McGlothlin said. The decision is slow and dependent on the court, McGlothlin said. He said he believes more details will become apparent once the legal process continues. “It’s a process,� McGlothlin said. “We had depositions in the case today (Jan. 15), and I anticipate there’s going to be more discovered as we go forward.� McGlothlin said it is hard to find middle ground since both sides will not budge regarding their views on the issue.

—Courtesy of the Department of Computer Science

UNIVERSITY

Funding initiative encourages faculty, staff participation By Autumn Bernhard News Reporter

Breier said. “Last year it was very successful with 44 percent participation from our faculty and staff.� Breier said the university hopes to get a higher percentage of participation this year than in previous ones. Faculty and staff have the option to decide which departments or projects to fund with their monetary gifts, McKinnon said. If they do not specify where they wish their money to go, the funds will be put into the Family Campaign scholarship account, he said.

“During the campaign, the current faculty and staff are encouraged to donate, but we also target the retired faculty and staff members,� McKinnon said. “The money that is raised mainly goes to scholarships for current or future students in some way or somehow.� Since the majority of the funding is put toward scholarships, it is likely a professor who donated to the campaign will end up supporting some of their students’ educations in some way, Breier said. Campaign participation is im-

portant because when Texas State officials seek outside funding from foundations and corporations, business leaders prefer to see that the university’s employees care to support their campus, Breier said. A member of each department is appointed to inform that department’s faculty and staff of the campaign and encourage them to participate, McKinnon said. Shannon Fitzpatrick, attorney for students, said she has been appointed to monitor the Dean of Students Office this year.

Texas State Family Campaign officials are ramping up the program by reaching out to more faculty and staff in hopes of expanding fundraising efforts for the university. The Family Campaign is now beginning its main push, which will end in mid-February. The campaign allows faculty and staff to support Texas State by donating to the university, said Ted McKinnon, assistant vice president for university advancement and development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The gift could be considered anything from joining an organization, such as the Alumni Association, or contributing to or making a new scholarship,â&#x20AC;? McKinnon said. The main difference between the Family Campaign and other efforts is that keeping track of how much money is raised is not the priority, McKinnon said. The main focus is on making the participation level the highest possible, he said. The official campaign is in its third year, said Barbara Breier, vice president for University Advancement. Faculty and staff are asked to donate an amount they feel is appropriate if they want to $0Ă&#x192;021'$<Ă&#x192;:('1(6'$<Ă&#x192;)5,'$< contribute to the effort, since raising the highest amount of money is not the main goal, Breier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each year the particiktsw.net pation level throughout the university has grown,â&#x20AC;?

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FACULTY SENATE, continued from front able for university employees?” Weill said. Weill said she wants to discuss the issue with the Board of Regents, but faculty senators are hesitant on how exactly to move the process forward. This is not only a faculty concern but a staff issue and a constitutional question, senators said. By supporting efforts to bring the issue to the board, the faculty will be supporting law changes, Morris said. “A vote like that, I would not just be representing myself in that vote, I would be representing the entire college,” said Barbara Covington, College of Health

Professions senator. “I am uncomfortable being asked to place a vote on something like that when I don’t have the input from my college to misrepresent my people.” Some kind of action on the issue is needed, Weill said. “I’m misrepresented by my state senators all the time,” Weill said. Two options are available to the senate—either to express their opinions to the board as individuals or to speak on behalf of the faculty, said Michel Conroy, art and design senator. “Speaking as individuals carries much less weight,” said Emily

Payne, curriculum and instruction senator. Faculty members have questions about the issue that need to be answered, and this kind of issue frequently gets “swept under,” Weill said. Conroy suggested reflecting on the issue and coming back to address it later. Weill and Elizabeth Blunk, Family and Consumer Sciences senator, plan on making a statement about the issue during the next meeting. Faculty senators resolved to stay neutral and possibly remain anonymous on the issue when bringing suggestions and concerns to their individual departments.

CRIME BLOTTER

Jan. 12, 3:34 p.m. Theft under $50 Jones Dining Complex A student reported that personal property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation.

Jan. 13, 8:32 p.m. Possession of marijuana San Marcos Hall Parking Garage 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 being a minor in possession of alcohol. Judicial review.

Jan. 13, 10:19 p.m. Possession of marijuana Smith Hall 3 A student was arrested for possession of marijuana and transported to HCLEC. Judicial review.

Jan. 13, 7:00 a.m. Criminal mischief under $500 Speck Parking Lot A student’s vehicle was reported to have been intentionally damaged while parked. This case is under investigation.

Jan. 14, 12:48 a.m. Hoax bombs LBJ Student & Visitors Center A non-student was arrested for possession of hoax bombs and evading arrest. The non-student was transported to HCLEC. Judicial review.

Jan. 13, 12:00 p.m. Theft under $500 Undergraduate Admissions Center University property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation.

Jan. 14, 3:15 p.m. Theft under $500 Taylor-Murphy History Building A student reported that personal property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation.


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OPINIONS

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THE MAIN POINT

Gay community at Texas State deserves space to express itself

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The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University.

he addition of a gay bar to the nightlife scene in San Marcos would finally give members of the LGBTQIA communities a safe and accommodating place to meet, mingle and feel comfortable. According to a Jan. 15 University Star article, San Marcos resident Silvia Sandoval attempted to open a LGBTQIA bar at 169 S. LBJ. A lack of funding and health issues of a major investor caused the bar, which would have been named The Walk-In Closet, to be postponed indefinitely. This is unfortunate because San Marcos needs a gay bar to serve its budding community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual and ally residents and students. The bar would be a positive addition to the town’s nightlife and offer a safe space for the LGBTQIA communities who currently lack a permanent home. The LGBTQIA communities had a place to frequent when Rainbow Nights were held at J’s Bistro, which is now closed. Rainbow Nights

continued at other venues this year but could not find a permanent home, according to the same University Star article. The next logical step up from Rainbow Night events would be an entire bar that caters to the LGBTQIA communities specifically. For now, continuing iterations of Rainbow Nights should be safe, welcoming and judgment-free events—straight members who choose to attend should make sure to be as respectful as possible when attending. A gay bar, or even an LGBTQIA function for that matter, should not become a spectacle. The LGBTQIA community deserves to have a place where they can gather together without feeling like they are on display for straight customers. The LGBTQIA communities at Texas State and in the city as a whole are growing strong, as evidenced by events like Bobcat Ball and groups such as LAMBDA. A bar could be successful if the right community was fostered and the environment remained respectful.

Bobcat Ball is an event that happens only twice a year, which, while an admirable effort, is obviously not enough for the LGBTQIA communities. Bobcat Ball events play host to an environment of acceptance and inclusion that should be available all year-round. The San Marcos LGBTQIA community should not have to resort to driving to Austin for nightlife. They deserve somewhere in their backyard to go and feel accepted. Although the current ideas for the bar have been unsuccessful, students should stay mindful of the space if it eventually exists. There is no excuse to be disrespectful and turn something meant for one group into a spectacle for another. A gay bar would usher in a new era for San Marcos’ downtown area and would provide a space where events like drag shows are not judged or berated. Students and residents alike should support the cause as a great addition to San Marcos’ nightlife.

FINANCE

Food stamp program helps students save, budget expenses

Rivers Wright Special to the Star Mass communication sophomore

stamps are a good option for colFmeet.ood lege students struggling to make ends

With the cost of college-living expenses on the rise, students are taking on two or

more jobs, donating blood and looking for other sources of income in order to make extra cash during their college career. In order to afford tuition, rent and food, many students are forced to balance work, school and play. For some students this may be too much to handle and many have to make sacrifices in order to maintain an acceptable standard of living. Needing financial help is not uncommon for college students, especially when coming from a low-income background or having to deal with other unforeseen circumstances. Luckily, there are multiple resources available to the public waiting to be found and used. One of many resources is food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is an excellent alternative for students who want to avoid becoming skeletal from eating too few

meals, giving too many pints of blood and working an obscene amount of hours. SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, offers beneficial aid to help students budget, save money and maintain sanity during the school year. The program gives participants a monthly food allowance on a card, in turn allowing the cardholder to purchase any food item sold at stores like H-E-B, Wal-Mart or Target. Unused money from one month rolls over into the next. Stores that accept this form of payment will advertise the program as they do for credit cards. The program is an easy concept to grasp and even easier to qualify and apply for. All that is required is a student must be working a minimum of 20 hours, show proof of employment and document all bills being paid for. There is nothing wrong with needing government help that

is there to be used. It is a resource there for this purpose and intended to be used by those who need it. There should be no shame in needing or seeking further assistance when needed. Of course, there are drawbacks to every situation. The average for a single person household is $200 a month, but due to budget cuts and people abusing aid, certain single households have seen allowances as low as $130 a month. While this is not an ideal permanent living situation, it is a good temporary relief during hard times and can help release tension on student wallets. SNAP lowers the stress many students may feel at the sudden onset of adulthood and independence college brings, while also teaching them to budget their money wisely.

Have some respect

Tell it like it is

Texas State students must strive to be more politically correct while at school, work and when interacting with friends and family. Sadly, many people who speak insensitively can offend someone and therefore come off as ignorant and insulting. Students should educate themselves about politically correct terminology and strive to use it in everyday conversation in place of offensive terms. It is vital that students attempt to understand those who may be radically different than themselves, and part of that is understanding what can be construed as offensive, hurtful or triggering. This ensures people from a wide variety of backgrounds can feel comfortable in mixed company without the constant fear of an unwitting insult being thrown their way. Political correctness is a simple, common sense outline for how to speak and act without making others uncomfortable. Simply put, political correctness is basic courtesy. Hopefully, everyone was taught basic manners growing up. So, political correctness should not be hard to put into practice. Being politically correct changes how a person says something, not necessarily what they say. It is something everyone can do that will have a positive effect in all social situations. Our lives would simply be better if we treated each other with the respect that everyone deserves, and political correctness is part of that respect. Changes are needed to make men and women of different ethnic backgrounds, religions and other demographic distinctions more equal.

Political correctness has its place, but can be easily taken overboard. Constantly monitoring what everyone says is not necessary. Respect can be easily achieved without walking on eggshells or trying to utilize the newest politically correct lingo. Politeness is important, but the politically correct standard of never offending anybody is not only impossible but maddening. People can find ways to be offended no matter how carefully one treads. Some people are just determined to take offense. Others may even be offended by commonly accepted politically correct terms, and there is no way to prepare for that. Politically correct terminology does not take into account people who do not have the education to put names to their experiences. Using politically correct terms commonly used only in academic circles may not be the best method of communication. It can come across as condescending or could put up a barrier that blocks true understanding. Many people feel more comfortable describing their experiences using terms that could be considered offensive to some, simply because that is what they are most exposed to. In this circumstance, being politically correct is almost useless. It is difficult to explain how a term is supposed to be offensive or oppressive to a person when that same person uses this term in a way that is not offensive or oppressive to them. Ultimately, there are appropriate times and places in which politically correct speech is imperative. Additionally, being polite and respectful is always best. However, it does not need to be taken to such an extreme that every single word is carefully chosen and stripped of any loaded meaning. It breeds arguments, gets in the way of the true experiences of the uneducated and oppressed and puts constant burden on the speaker when there need be none.

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TALK IT OUT political correctness

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TRENDS

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University sponsors 29th annual MLK celebration By Madison Smith Trends Reporter

Students will have an opportunity to take part in Texas State’s 29th annual “Freedom, a State of Mind” Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative celebration Jan. 23. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the twopart program kicks off outside Old Main with a freedom march reenactment beginning at 6:15 p.m. From there, participants will head to LBJ Ballroom for refreshments, discussion and celebration. The event commemorates the living legacy of Martin Luther

King Jr.—one of the most prolific and celebrated civil rights activists in American history. Students and faculty, as well as local high school students and the surrounding community, are encouraged to join the festivities in observance of the holiday. “We will start at Old Main for a candle-lit march that will lead us to the LBJ Ballroom where we have President Trauth giving a speech as well as the Dr. King’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech recited,” said Jonnie Wilson, assistant director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Mayor Daniel Guerrero is expected to deliver the celebration’s closing remarks, Wilson said. Wilson said she expects a turn-

out between 300 and 400 people, including approximately 125 San Marcos High School students. For this year’s event, Wilson said volunteers are needed, but Bobcats can support the event’s cause simply by attending the celebration. “Our community is all about embracing multiple cultures, because we are still fighting for freedom and for social justice for all,” Wilson said. Samantha Blondell, student event coordinator and respiratory care senior, said it is important for attendees to arrive at the march early and stay for each event because the overall experience is both “enriching” and “invigorating.”

“This celebration is really a testimony to the diversity we have here at Texas State, and the fact that students have the chance to be interactive in the march makes it special,” Blondell said. “That’s why I have been involved for four years. Not only is it fun, but it’s cool and different compared to other things on campus.” City officials are sponsoring and hosting several events in honor of the late activist and the civil rights movement, in addition to Texas State’s main MLK celebration. In conjunction with the city, the LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial Project plans to celebrate the national holiday by unveiling a sculpture by Louisiana artist Aar-

on Hussey. The statue, which will stand at the intersection of MLK and LBJ Drives, honors the joint commitment by President Johnson, King and local civil rights trailblazers to forge equality legislation 50 years ago. A ceremony and reception for the Crossroads Project will take place Jan. 20, kicking off at the Hays County Courthouse. “I like that even after all these years, we still take the time to really honor what Dr. King did,” said Elizabeth Cerna, political science sophomore. “Not only is the campus embracing Dr. King and what he stood for, but it shows how the campus embraces me as well.”

MLK Day celebration calendar Wednesday, Jan. 15

The San Marcos Public Library debuts the first motion picture in a series of historic civil rights films. The films, directed and produced by Texas State students, will chronicle the stories of local residents’ involvement in the fight for civil rights and its impact on San Marcos. Titled “The Crossroads: San Marcos Stories,” the series will continue throughout February. San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins

Friday, Jan. 17

“The Engaging Your Dreams” exhibit debuts at the Walkers’ gallery featuring a section of photographs of both Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon B. Johnson. Sponsored by the San Marcos Area Arts Council and the San Marcos Arts Commission. San Marcos Activity Center Walkers’ Gallery, 501 E. Hopkins

Sunday, Jan. 19

Hosted by the San Marcos Activity Center, local civil rights trailblazers will meet for a reception in their honor. Congressman Lloyd Doggett and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Nick Kotz will attend the special event. San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins

Monday, Jan. 20

Special guests Aaron Hussey and Luci Johnson, daughter of President Johnson will attend the dedication of the sculpture commemorating the historic collaboration of President Johnson and Dr. King , who together forged civil rights legislation 50 years ago. 801 MLK Drive

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Sponsored by the Departments of History and Political Science, Undergraduate Academic Services Endowment and Honors College at Texas State, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Nick Kotz will be on campus to read from the acclaimed work “Judgment Days: LBJ and MLK and the Laws that Changed America.” 101 Taylor-Murphy Hall, Texas State University.

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Coach Antoine, Bobcats stamp out rival 68â&#x20AC;&#x201C;60

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Men chase another Sun Belt victory against UT-Arlington B4

Basketball standings and rankings B5

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Tina Valenzuela, track and field senior B5

Get to Know Emani Gant, sophomore forward B4 Ayriel Anderson, sophomore guard B2

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B2 | The University Star | Sports | Thursday January 16, 2014

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Coach Antoine, Bobcats stamp out rival 68–60 Wednesday at Strahan By Quixem Ramirez Sports Reporter @quixem

The Texas State women’s basketball team converted a season-high 26 free throws in their 68–60 victory Wednesday against UT-Arlington. The Bobcats entered the game ranked 332 out of 343 Division I teams in free throw percentage. They converted on 17 free throws in the final 11 minutes and 30 seconds of the second half. “There’s a familiarity, but this is a rivalry game,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “I went into this game understanding this is a rivalry game. We have to be prepared. No matter how comfortable we are—they’ve beaten us before.” The Bobcats are 3–2 in their last five matchups against the Mavericks. “They did a great job finishing at the free throw line,” Antoine said. “That’s what you need to do in close games—mentally get into the opponent’s head. Every time you hit a free throw, it plants a seed of doubt, and it was really important in this particular game when (UTA) closed the gap.”

“We have to be prepared. No matter how comfortable we are, they’ve beaten us before.”

of the season,” Braeuer said. “Once we came back from break, everything just started clicking. I can’t tell you what it was, but my production has gone up.” UTA scored 46 of 60 points in the second half. Senior center Desherra Nwanguma tallied 25 points and 13 rebounds in 33 minutes. “We didn’t work hard enough in the paint,” Antoine said. “I harped on it in film. (Nwanguma) is very good at what she does, and she’s very efficient. If you get lazy and flat, she ducks in and scores. Next time we face them, we have to do a better job.” Freshman guard Kaitlin Walla led the team with 7 points in the first half in her first team, after missing four consecutive games with a hand injury. Texas State is 4–3 in its last seven games with a 3.14 point differential. “We’ve improved every game this season,” Walla said. “We find an area where Madelynne Scales | Staff Photographer we are lacking, and we get better. I have faith in the Senior center Ashley Ezeh shoots a basket against team to get through these UT- Arlington Jan. 15 at Strahan Coliseum. Texas State came out on top with a score of 68–60. stretches.”

Ayriel Anderson sophomore guard

Star file photo

By Cameron Cutshall Sports Reporter @CameronCutshall

CC: What’s your favorite movie? AA: To be honest I don’t really like movies. I haven’t been to the movies in like three or four years, but if I had to watch something like that I would watch a Madea play or something. CC: What’s your favorite type of music? AA: I like rap music—I call it trap music. Specifically I like to listen to Gucci Mane.

—Coach Zenarae Antoine Junior guard Meghan Braeuer led the team with 16 points, including 7-of-8 shooting from the free throw line. Braeuer, in her first season with Texas State after transferring from Midland College, has started three consecutive games. “(Braeuer) has done a phenomenal job for us,” Antoine said. “She already knew how to win. You can’t coach how to win. You can coach something scheme-wise, but you can’t teach heart. She’s helping our team in more ways than you can see on the basketball court.” Braeuer is averaging 10.3 points, 42.3 percent shooting and two 3-pointers per game in her last four matches. “I did struggle in the beginning

Get to Know

CC: Who is your celebrity crush? AA: I would probably have to say Keri Hilson.

Madelynne Scales | Staff Photographer Senior guard Kaylan Martin moves past UT-Arlington defense Jan. 15 at Strahan Coliseum. Martin scored 11 points in the match up.

CC: If you could play any sport besides basketball at the collegiate level, what would you play and why? AA: Softball. I always used to throw things up and hit it hard. I think if I practiced softball I could be really good. CC: If you were offered an allexpense paid trip to anywhere

in the world where would you go and why? AA: I would probably go to the Dominican Republic because my mom went there for my aunt’s wedding and she said it was really cool. CC: Do you have any plans after college? AA: I would like to play basketball overseas, but if not then I would just jump straight into coaching. CC: How do you prepare for any game? AA: I usually listen to music, and I try to be the first one on the court to shoot a few shots before we start. CC: What is your favorite memory pertaining to basketball? AA: I have two actually. My first one I was at an AAU tournament, and we were down by three. I hadn’t hit a three-point shot in a long time and so they threw the ball to me and I hit a halfcourt shot to send the game into overtime, and we went on to win. My second one is winning the state championship with Irving MacArthur High School my junior year.

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B4 | The University Star | Sports | Thursday January 16, 2014

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Texas State chases another Sun Belt victory against UT-Arlington Mavericks By Ishmael Johnson Sports Reporter @Ish_46

The Texas State men’s basketball team looks to capture its second Sun Belt Conference win Saturday against the UT-Arlington Mavericks at Strahan Coliseum. The Mavericks are currently 6-10 and sit just above the Bobcats in Sun Belt standings. Texas State will have to defend the second-best scoring team in the conference, with the Mavericks averaging 79.5 points per game. UTA’s senior guard Roger Dowell and senior forward Brandon Edwards are both in the top 10 of the Sun Belt in points per game. The Mavericks are second in the Sun Belt in blocks per game with 4.3 led by Edwards’ 1.9 average. Edwards is third in the conference in blocks per game. The Bobcats gave up 81 points

in a loss to Louisiana-Lafayette Monday after allowing 36 points to Louisiana-Monroe. Texas State’s junior guard Wesley Davis is coming off a performance against Louisiana-Lafayette where he tallied 8 points and five assists. Davis said he is looking to establish a more consistent role within the offense. “I’m looking to be more of an assist man,” Davis said. “I feel we need to share the ball more.” Davis fouled out of the Louisiana-Lafayette game and has a history of similar offenses, specifically against UT-Arlington, averaging 3.5 fouls per game in his three years at Texas State. “I don’t feel like I should have been in that much foul trouble last game,” Davis said. “I’ll try to be a little less aggressive.” UTA’s Dowell, who leads the Sun Belt in scoring averaging 22 points per game, may play pending a game-time decision regarding the status of his injury from UTA’s

loss to Arkansas—Little Rock Jan. 4. Senior forward Reid Koenen said the Bobcats know Dowell’s impact and are prepared for the potential challenge he poses to the defense despite his status. “It’s going to have to be a team effort,” Koenen said. “When you have someone that scores like that, no one person can shut him down. It’s going to have to come from all five players on the court.” Texas State lost both of its games last season against the Mavericks by a combined 42 points. The team is looking to put an emphasis on defense in this season’s matchups against UTA, Koenen said. “We definitely need to play more as a team,” Koenen said. “Against (Louisiana) Monroe, we played a lot better defense. On the offensive end, sharing the ball, taking care of it and hopefully win the rebounding advantage—that should lead to a win.”

Madelynne Scales | Star file photo

Get to Know Emani Grant

sophomore forward By Kirk Jones Sports Reporter @kirk_jones11

Madelynne Scales | Star file photo Men’s basketball will take on UT-Arlington Jan. 18 at Strahan Coliseum in the fifth conference game of the season.

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Rey Leaños | Staff Photographer

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Tina Valenzuela Track and field senior By Gabby Tropea Sports Reporter @gabbytropea

Photo courtesy of Texas State Athletics

TWEET OF THE WEEK

According to junior track runner Tina Valenzuela, her ultimate goal at Texas State is to become an All-American track star. Valenzuela said she began with track in 7th grade because she “wanted to be like her sister” who also ran track. She went to San Benito High School, where she was crowned district champion in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and the long and triple jumps—all multiple years in a row. “My biggest struggle has been the transition from moving from high school to college with track,” Valenzuela said. “You go from being a stud in high school, and then in college you get put on your butt, basically. It’s a lot different.” For outdoor meets in the 2012 season, Valenzuela finished in fifth place in the heptathlon at the Southland Conference Championships. She took fourth place in the heptathlon at the Texas State Invitational and threw a season-high shot put distance of 10.32 meters at the SLC Championships.

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Even though she said outdoor track and field is more her “passion,” in 2012 Valenzuela finished fourth in the indoor pentathlon at the Southland Conference. She achieved a personal-best in the high jump at the SLC indoors with 1.59 meters and had a career-best 8.85 in the 60-meter hurdles at the Houston Indoor, where she claimed first place. Valenzuela earned All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association last August along with 10 other members of the team. To earn the title, each athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and have met one of two standards. For the indoor season, an athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 in a relay event. For the outdoor season, the athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships. According to jumps/combined events coach Keith Herston, Valenzuela has grown immensely as a competitor. He said she is a “role model to younger members of the team,” as

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she brings “an intensity” and a strong drive for competition. “Tina brings a lot of leadership and work ethic to the team,” Herston said. “She brings a strong work ethic every single day, and she’s passionate about what she does every single day. She’s a strong leader for the team.” Herston believes Valenzuela, who claimed first place in an indoor pentathlon meet last season, competes well because she is the “total package.” “You get very high intensity (from training for meets),” Valenzuela said. “Our bodies are ready, but our coach trains us mentally. That’s a really big thing, especially when you’re young and you’ve got to compete against all these great people. You have got to be mentally strong.” Valenzuela said one of her ultimate goals since first coming to Texas State her freshman year has been to finish in the top 16.

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The University Star | Sports | Thursday January 16, 2014 | B5

SUN BELT STANDINGS MEN’S BASKETBALL

Team

Sun Belt

Georgia State Arkansas-State Arkansas-Little Rock Louisiana-Lafayette Western Kentucky Troy Lousiana-Monroe UT-Arlington Texas State South Alabama

3-0 3-1 3-1 2-1 2-1 2-2 1-2 1-3 1-3 0-4

Pct.

Overall

Pct.

Streak

10-6 10-5 8-8 11-5 10--6 7-9 4-7 6-10 5-12 6-11

.625 .666 .500 .687 .625 .437 .363 .375 .294 .352

W7 W1 L1 W2 L1 W2 L2 L1 L1 L6

1.000 .750 .750 .666 .666 .500 .333 .250 .250 .000

FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGES

Team

G

Team

GP

No.

Avg/G

486 432 391 400 428 390 275 356 355 382

Payton, Elfrid (ULL) Hunter, R.J. (GSU) Mullahey, Jeff (TROY) Neighbour, Will (UALR) Davis, Wes (TXST) James, Jayvon (ULM) White, Devonta (GSU) Harrow, Ryan (GSU) Wright, Joel (TXST) Golden, Cameron (ASU)

16 16 16 16 15 11 16 16 15 15

40 27 25 24 21 15 21 20 18 17

2.5 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.4 1.4 1.3 1.3 1.2 1.1

984 910 846 902 985 904 651 856 884 979

.476 .475 .462 .443 .435 .431 .422 .416 .402 .390

Sun Belt 4-1 3-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-2 2-2 2-2 0-4 0-4

Pct.

Overall

Pct.

Streak

.800 .750 .666 .666 .666 .500 .500 .500 .000 .000

10-7 8-6 10-4 9-5 6-9 6-10 5-10 4-10 4-11 1-14

.588 .571 .714 .642 .400 375 .333 .285 .266 .066

L1 W3 W2 W1 W2 W1 L1 L2 L7 L4

FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGES

Team

UT-Arlington vs. Texas State 4:30 p.m. at San Marcos, TX Saturday, Jan. 18 Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Troy 7:30 p.m. at Troy, AL Saturday, Jan. 18

FGM FGA Pct.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Arkansas State Arkansas-Little Rock Western Kentucky Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana-Monroe Georgia State Texas State South Alabama Troy UT-Arlington

Arkansas State vs. Georgia State 6 p.m. at Atlanta, GA Thursday, Jan. 16 Arkansas-Little Rock vs. WKU 7:05 p.m. at Bowling Green, KY Thursday, Jan. 16 Louisiana-Monroe vs. Troy 7:30 p.m. at Troy, AL Thursday, Jan. 16

INDV. STEALS

Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Georgia State 16 Arkansas State 15 Texas State 17 UT-Arlington 16 Arkansas-Little Rock 16 Louisiana-Monroe 11 Troy 16 Western Kentucky 16 South Alabama 17

Team

UPCOMING GAMES

UPCOMING GAMES Arkansas-Little Rock vs. Western Kentucky 7 p.m. at Bowling Green, KY Wednesday, Jan. 15 UT-Arlington vs. Texas State 7 p.m. at San Marcos, TX Wednesday, Jan. 15 Louisiana-Monroe vs. Troy 5:15 p.m. at Troy, AL Thursday, Jan. 16 Arkansas State vs. Western Kentucky 4:30 p.m. at Bowling Green, KY Saturday, Jan. 18

INDV. STEALS

G

Western Kentucky 14 Arkansas State 17 Louisiana-Monroe 15 Arkansas-Little Rock 15 Troy 15 Georgia State 16 UT-Arlington 15 South Alabama 14 Louisiana-Lafayette 14 Texas State 15

FGM FGA Pct.

Team

380 433 390 303 437 388 294 269 314 317

Veal, Keke (ULL) Andrews, Alisha (GSU) Govan, Alexis (WKU) Martin, Kaylan (TXST) Nolan, Kayla (GSU) Gamble, Aundrea (ASU) Long, Kendra (GSU)

879 1009 915 772 1119 1019 788 724 877 898

.432 .429 .426 .392 .391 .381 .373 .372 .358 .254

GP

13 16 11 15 16 17 16 Beverly-Kelly, Ashley (TROY)15 Bowie, Brooke (TROY) 15 Gamble, Aundrea (ASU) 15

No.

Avg/G

40 40 27 31 33 35 32 28 26 24

3.1 2.5 2.5 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.0 1.9 1.7 1.6


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