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Dean accepts provost position at Northwest Missouri State By Nicole Barrios ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
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Apartment vandalized with antiSemitic symbols, racial slurs By Nicole Barrios ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
an Marcos police are looking for a vandal who drew racially insensitive words and inappropriate symbols and punched holes in the walls of Sanctuary Lofts Apartments. Swastikas, pentagrams with the numbers 666, racially insensitive words, terms
used to target people of the Jewish faith and curse words were found written on the fourth floor hallway, said Sgt. Byron Mobley, San Marcos Police officer. Holes were punched into the walls of the hall and some other inappropriate language was written in black marker in the elevator. The words “ass” and “porn” were also found along with the other insensitive terms, he said. SMPD believes the vandalism occurred
Timothy Mottet, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, announced he will be leaving Texas State to accept a position as provost at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. In an email to faculty and staff, Mottet announced he will be leaving Texas State July 31 and joining Northwest Missouri State Aug. 1. Mottet was nominated for the provost position at Northwest Missouri State in April and decided to submit an application, which resulted in interviews and an offer to join the university, he said. “At first I just wanted to be a very good dean, and I thought if I ever became a very good dean, I might consider a provost position,” Mottet said. After three years of serving as dean, Mottet said his time at Texas State has been an “incredible and very rewarding experience.” Mottet said he’s leaving a very good position in a place he loves, which has made his decision hard. “It’s an opportunity to do other things and to learn and lead at a different level, and that kind of excites me,” Mottet said. Mottet said a combination of factors motivated him to take the position at Northwest Missouri, such as the new challenge the provost position presented and the location of the job that would put him closer to his aging parents in Iowa, he said. His partner, Rick, was also willing to consider the venture and move with him, he said. Northwest Missouri has a new strategic plan, and Mottet’s
sometime between 1 a.m.-6 a.m. June 21, Mobley said. “We don’t think it was particularly directed to any one person, you know,” Mobley said. “I think some people who live there might think differently, but I’ve got nothing to lead me to that right now.” The symbols and insensitive terms were written on the floor in a “powder,
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job will be to help implement it. He will make sure programs are of high quality and aligned with the plan and they receive sufficient attention, he said. Mottet said he will miss Texas State and the time he spent here. He will also miss the people he has met and worked with as well as Central Texas. The successful opening of the new Performing Arts Center is one of the projects Mottet is most proud of at Texas State, he said. The implementation of an automated ticketing system on campus and transforming the Friends of Fine Arts and Communication into a scholarship organization are other pride-worthy accomplishments. “I feel like I’ve grown up at Texas State,” Mottet said. “I learned how to teach here, I learned how to do research here and I learned how to lead here.” Faculty and staff have been “incredibly supportive” of Mottet’s move, he said. Laurie Fluker, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, said Mottet knows how to listen to all facets of an idea and come to a conclusion and is not afraid to make a difficult call. She is “devastated” he is leaving Texas State. “(Mottet) is an exceptional administrator, and there is no doubt in my mind that what is in his future is he will be President Mottet in the very near future, and it would be my honor and my pleasure to serve with him, under him or just be with him in any capacity in the future,” Fluker said. Michael Niblett, director of the School of Art and Design, said Mottet has listened to the needs of every school and program in the College of Fine Arts and Communication and has utilized strategic thinking, communication and organization skills to thrive as the dean. “He’s been very good to work with,” Niblett said. “We’ll miss him.” Although a replacement has not yet been named and a national search is not yet underway, the provost and president usually name an interim dean to serve until a new one is chosen, Fluker said. From 1998-2007, Mottet was a faculty member in the
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San Marcos High School stadium to open fall 2014 By Kelsey Bradshaw NEWS EDITOR
San Marcos High School Rattlers fans will now have a stadium of their own to call home. A new multi-purpose athletic stadium for SMHS is scheduled for completion this fall. Seating 8,000 fans, the stadium has been “a long time coming,” said Mark Soto, athletic director of SMCISD. According to the project’s website, the home side will seat 5,000 fans and the visitor side will seat the remaining 3,000. Restrooms, and concession stands will be located on both ends of the stadium. The north end zone will include locker rooms for the home and visitor teams, a central training room and an officials’ locker room, according to the website. A synthetic turf will be used for the field, emblazoned with the SMHS logo.
Until now, the high school has used Bobcat Stadium, often resulting in a Thursday night game, Soto said. After hearing the news of the incoming stadium to call its own, the football team is very excited for a “Friday Night Lights” experience, Soto said. “(Friday Night Lights) sounds a lot cooler than ‘Thursday Night Lights,’” Soto said. Oftentimes, the high school is considered the “little brother” of the university, Soto said. As the university has grown, so has the high school, and it is now time for the “little brother” to grow up. Although the high school is moving up and establishing its own stadium, it will hopefully keep its relationship going with the university. “We will always have a healthy relationship,” Soto said. “Every now and then, you have to get out and do your own thing.” The idea of playing at home has created excitement amongst the team,
Soto said. “Watching (the stadium) grow is kind of like building the football team and all of our other teams,” Soto said. Every day students can see the building process, Soto said. Watching the workers create the foundation for the stadium has been used as a teaching tool for the team. “That is what intense work gets you,” Soto said. “You build a great foundation, and then you intensely work and you get an end product.” San Marcos CISD is “thrilled” to be able to provide the new stadium and athletic complex for the students, said Iris Campbell, public information officer at San Marcos CISD. The stadium was possible due to the support of the citizens in the community. “The Rattler Stadium will become home to all of our athletic programs and many of the UIL programs such as band and the dance teams,” Campbell said.
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County Line Shooting Center trial moves forward By Carlie Porterfield SENIOR NEWS REPORTER
A court case involving a San Marcos gun range is in limbo after a judge decided June 6 to consider a defense motion for summary judgment. The County Line Shooting Center, owned by Dean Murphy, is accused by neighbors of being unsafe. Several neighbors are seeking the shutdown of the range after finding over 100 stray bullets on their property. Albert Rodriguez, a former commander with the Texas Department of Safety, testified during the trial that the range as it exists presently was not constructed according to National Rifle Association guidelines, to which most gun ranges in the state adhere. “It was not developed to the standards that most reasonable ranges operators and owners utilize,” Rodriguez said. The range is about one-third of a mile east of Interstate 35, and
some businesses are even as close as four-tenths of a mile away, a distance that is too close for comfort, Rodriguez said. “Its location and the way it was designed and constructed makes it unsafe,” Rodriguez said. “It is causing a threat to human life.” There have been multiple reports of bullets escaping the gun range and finding their way onto nearby private property, Rodriguez said. One reason the bullets are escaping the range is the limestone screening material used on the berms of the gun range, Rodriguez said. This material, when wet, can cause bullets to ricochet upon impact. According to the testimony, many of the bullets found on the neighbors’ property were coated in residue from the limestone. “That’s the primary responsibility of the range owner, to keep the projectiles within their own property, and that is not happening here,” said Rodriguez. “It would be reckless to allow people to shoot in an area
where projectiles are escaping.” Lorraine Torres, one of the plaintiffs, along with her husband, Rick Torres, said she feels unsafe on her own property, which touches two corners of the gun rage. “We can’t go in there when (the gun range) is open because it’s too dangerous,” Torres said. T.K. Schneider, whose property south of the shooting range has been in his family for several generations, said the opening of the gun range was “the beginning of a nightmare” for him and his family. Since the gun range opened in December 2013, he and his neighbors have found over 100 stray bullets on their property. “It’s not a matter of ‘if,’” Schneider said. “It’s a matter of ‘when’ someone gets shot, hurt or killed.” Schneider, who raises cattle on his land, said the gun range has caused him to lose about a third of the land he once used for grazing. “I don’t want one of my cattle to take a bullet in the butt,” he said.
VANDALISM, from front like baking powder or something,” Mobley said. “You don’t see that very often,” Mobley said. Because of this, all the apartment complex had to do was vacuum the floor to remove the writing there, he said. Jaimee Raver, fashion merchandising senior, lives on the fourth floor of Sanctuary Lofts Apartments. Raver said she witnessed the vandalism in her hallway on Saturday around 8:30 a.m. Raver said the writing on the floor was very close to her apartment door. She said there was broken glass next to the writing. “It makes me feel unsafe,” Raver said. “This isn’t the first time something like vandalism has happened and it’s probably the worst it’s ever been. Definitely, it makes me nervous. I mean, who could be that angry?” Before this incident, people had knocked down exit signs and shattered light bulbs in halls ways, Raver said. “We don’t have any real solid leads at all,” Mobley said. “There’s no video, you know, there’s no evidence left.” If caught, the vandal would most
If the judge approves the motion, some of the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ claims could be dismissed. Before the judge rules on the
motion, additional information from both sides will be considered. Once the ruling is made, the defense will present its case.
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MOTTET, from front likely be charged with a class C misdemeanor or criminal mischief under $500 depending on the cost to repairing the damages done, Mobley said. If the damages to the walls, such as the punched in holes, are included in the charge, the person will most likely be charged with criminal mischief under $500, Mobley said. If the person is only charged with the writings in powder and marker, they will be charged with the class C misdemeanor, which is criminal mischief for substantial inconvenience, he said. SMPD cannot classify this vandalism as a hate crime because there appears to be no specific target, Mobley said. The wide range of inappropriate words, terms and symbols used do not seem to be targeting one specific thing, he said. “I don’t know if they were angry or they’re drunk or, you know, what they’re doing, but of course it makes me nervous,” Raver said. “This day and age, there’s so much scary things happening out there – I don’t want it to be something I’m afraid of to go home. It is unclear if the vandal is a resident at Sanctuary Lofts. It is more
likely that it is someone who lives there, but in a college city people do “some crazy things,” Mobley said. Currently, SMPD is waiting for tips to determine identity of the vandal. Mobley advised residents to watch their surroundings and be vigilant. “Does it help if places have videos? Yes, but of course people vandalize videos too,” Mobley said. There is a key pad to get into one side of the building, and residents need a key to access the gym, pool and the other side of the building as well, Raver said. The apartments seem to have “top security,” but management should think about installing cameras in case something happens again, Raver said. If residents hear people talking about the incident or know who did it, they are asked to contact police, Mobley said. “You know, we don’t have this happen very often,” Mobley said. “We have much more bad things happen in this city than what this is.” Mobley said he believes Sanctuary Lofts has put out a reward for information on the vandal and any information they learn will most likely be passed on to the police. Sanctuary Lofts management could not be reached for comment.
Department of Communication Studies at Texas State, according to an April 2011 University News Service release. He earned tenure in 2003 and was promoted to professor in 2007 Mottet became Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication
July 1, 2011, according to University News Service. “Because of all that he’s done for us, I can only wish the best for him in the future,” Fluker said. “So whatever he dreams, then I dream the same for him.”
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THE MAIN POINT
Foreign languages essential to worldly success
Breanna Baker STAR ILLUSTRATOR
odern-day job-seekers know better than anyone how important it is to be bilingual in 2014. Despite this widely known truth, Texas State’s core curriculum does not currently include a foreign language requirement. In order to better serve students and prepare them to be global citizens, Texas State officials must add foreign language requirements to the core curriculum to help better prepare students not only for the workforce, but for the world as a whole. Foreign language proficiency is becoming increasingly important in the world at large. Students are expected to graduate and go out into the world as well-rounded adults in addition to having a specific set of skills that they will use in their careers. Having a grasp on a foreign language is an important aspect of this preparation that is being overlooked by administrators. As it stands, Texas State’s core curriculum does not currently require foreign
language classes, and instead certain majors have their own language requirements. While it is admirable to give students somewhat of a choice in their studies, language is no longer a subject that can be passed over. These days, those who willingly choose not to expand their horizons with a second language come across as ignorant and only further the stereotype that Americans are simply self-serving. Updating the foreign language conditions will help the university to reflect the changing nature of the outside world. Texas State should be keeping a tab on the world and, in turn, setting the standard for its students on what tools they will need in the future. The core class requirements expected of each student are not always reflective of what an individual student will need to know when they graduate. Despite this fact, all students have to take the same basic classes. The university should adopt this same
practice for foreign language requirements. Select major programs should not have the possibility to opt out of language courses while others are forced to take them. While learning any second language can be beneficial, in some cases it is becoming crucial. The most commonly spoken language in the United States other than English is Spanish. Instead of stubbornly demanding that Spanish speakers learn English, English speakers should ride the wave of progressive knowledge and get on board. The bottom line is the world does not revolve around Americans. Americans should be global citizens and play an active role in the world around them. Instead of fulfilling the “ignorant American” stereotype when interacting with people from different parts of the world, those with some foreign language experience can have a more satisfying experience (and better job prospects for the future).
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.
Education key in preventing sex crimes on college campuses
Britton Richter OPINIONS COLUMNIST English junior
exual hate crimes are no longer a topic that can be swept under the proverbial rug. With the number of victims growing daily, people must become educated to take preventative action. As a 20-year-old female, I cannot count on both hands the number of times that I
have heard jokes about women never being able to go to the bathroom alone. Young women traveling in packs do not do so with the intent of becoming comedic material. Rather, females are taught from a young age to never, never go anywhere alone. Do not go outside at night. Do not accept a drink from a stranger. Do not walk alone in a parking garage. Do not wear low-cut tops lest that been seen as an invitation. Over the past few years, there has been some progress in the amount of exposure the rape culture within our society is getting. However, with its growing voice, there is still a lack of education on the topic. College students are more likely to be assaulted than any other age group, with an astounding 80 percent of victims under the
age of thirty, according to The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Preventative action can be taken by simply implementing an educational program. Widespread education, particularly in college areas, can be a tool used to decrease the amount of victims who are subjects of these horrific crimes. Assault victims should also be encouraged to step forward. According to RAINN, a startling 60 percent of sex crime cases are not reported and 97 percent of rapists will never set foot in a prison. Support and education for victims is crucial, but it is not the only preventative action that needs to be taken. This education needs to take place in schools, and it cannot blame the victims. The
Men’s sexual harassment of women not a compliment
Hunter Larzelere OPINIONS COLUMNIST Journalism sophomore
en need to realize that inappropriate, sexually-fueled comments to women are not compliments. Talking to girls is a very nerve-wracking activity¬, or at least it is for me. Back when I was still single, I struggled to talk to girls who I found attractive. I envied the smooth Casanovas who could flirt with the opposite sex without the slightest hint of difficulty. The only attribute I excelled in was being a pure gentleman to every girl I ever worked up the nerve to talk to, but it was always to no avail. If I learned anything about dating in high school, it was that nice guys truly do finish last. Contrary to my own understanding of logic, girls always seemed to want to date the guys who were nothing but jerks to them. I discovered that most girls do eventually grow out of their jerky-guy phase, and they begin to give the nice guys a shot. Unfortunately, a decent proportion of men believe that their jerky flirting practices from high school will still yield success once women grow out of this phase. One of the most inappropriate and rude practices a man can do is make comments about a woman’s appearance. Most women probably do not want to be told that they have an amaz-
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ing ba-donk-a-donk by some thirsty guy. For some reason, many men think that they can say anything that they want to a woman and she is just supposed to take it as a compliment. When I hear some of the things that guys say, I just want to walk over to them and ask if they kiss their mother with that mouth. Most men know when they are crossing the line, but some men truly do not get it. They keep pushing the boundaries of what is appropriate to say until they begin to enter the realm of sexual harassment. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines sexual harassment as any unwelcome sexual advance, whether verbal or physical. Most men think that as long as they do not explicitly say that they want to have sex with a woman it isn’t sexual harassment, but that simply isn’t the case. It is sexual harassment to make unwelcome comments on a girl’s body, no matter how rockin’ her bod may be. I may sound like I am standing on a soapbox, but the point I am trying to make is that some men just forget to show respect. All one has to do to avoid sexually harassing someone is consider the other person’s feelings. If you think a woman is good looking, tell her she is cute or beautiful. It is a lot more respectful than telling her she is hot. Flirting is a part of dating, that much I am certain of. Without a little bit a flirting, neither party really knows if the other is interested in something more than friendship. To all my fellow guys out there, just remember to be respectful when you are flirting. Be the gentleman that a girl would be proud to show off to her family, not some creep that thinks bands actually make her dance.
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victim-blaming aspect of these crimes has to stop. It is absurd to say that a human being was asking to be raped. No one asks. That is quite literally the definition of rape. The way to prevent rape is to teach that rape is wrong, not that you should expect to be assaulted at some point in your life and that maybe not walking by yourself will delay that a couple years. The victims of these crimes are never responsible for the actions committed against them. It does not matter what they were wearing, it does not matter their age, and it certainly does not matter their potential level of intoxication. A rapist saying that a victim was “asking for it” is the exact same scenario as driving down a street shooting aimlessly at innocent strangers (à la the recent UCSB shooter)
and saying they got themselves killed. In the time I begun and finished writing this article, at least 20 more victims added their names to the ever-increasing list. Implementing educational programs, perhaps even in Texas State’s own required University Seminar classes, can make for a safer environment within San Marcos and potentially even have a widespread effect. Education is always the first step to change, and we owe it to our communities to create a safe environment that is free the constant worry of being hatefully assaulted. It is exhausting to constantly have to be on high alert. I, as a woman, have a right to go to the bathroom alone. Action must be taken.
Twitter’s #YesAllWomen represents significant trend in feminist movement
Laura Crick OPINIONS COLUMNIST Music education sophomore
he feminist movement in general gets skewed a lot of different ways, but the #yesallwomen movement on Twitter after the UCSB shooting is an important event of which to take note. Over Memorial Day weekend, a 22-year-old named Elliot Rodger unleashed his growing anger about being consistently stuck in the “friend zone” by going on a shooting rampage on the University of California Santa Barbara campus. Two women and four men were killed in the shooting. Rodgers had written a long manifesto outlining and explaining his actions, some of which were much more dangerous than those he was able to commit. Although some may argue that Rodgers had only “lost grip on reality” and suffered from a mental illness and nothing more, the main idea behind his rampage was his hatred of women and every “spoiled, stuck up, blonde
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slut” that had ever, according to him, wronged him. Many women, including myself, recognized his actions and words as something that is not all that uncommon and, in fact, something that is looked out for day after day. Thus, the hashtag #YesAllWomen on Twitter was adopted as a way to expose the pervasiveness of sexualized violence against women through various forms of misogyny. Millions of tweets have been tweeted using the hashtag since the event. “Because more people are concerned about why women stay in abusive relationships rather than why men are abusing them,” said one. Another read, “Because all women at some point have blamed themselves or wondered what they did to cause the inappropriate actions of others.” And a third stated, “Because apparently the clothes I wear are a more valid form of consent than the words I say.” It is important to not only be aware of these tweets but to also take them seriously. I have known many women that have faced some form of sexualized harassment, and it is not okay. Feminist or not, every person should realize the importance of protecting people from sexual harassment. It is not okay to continue to let women live in a world in which they hold their keys as weapons
as they walk down the street, a world in which women buy pepper spray as preparation for college while men buy condoms, a world in which blaming women and what they wear as a cause for inappropriate actions is more common than blaming the men who do them. Women are taught to “protect themselves” from men early in life. Instead, men should be aware that their actions can make women feel unsafe and work to make a change in their own behavior. Of all the issues addressed in the feminist movement, this one is perhaps the most important. Sexualized harassment affects people in a way that can damage their very essence of being. It is so ingrained in American society that it is time to wake up and smell the roses and make a change. No more “boys will be boys.” No more “Lookin’ good, sweetheart!” out of car windows. No more of any of that. Now, before I get a bunch of comments about how “not all men are like this,” let me just say, no, not all men harass women, but yes, all women have, at some point, been harassed by men. It needs to stop “because this is about more than just the right to be able to keep our bodies unharmed. It’s about respecting every individual. #YesAllWomen”
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Wittliff acquires Civil War memoir of Mexican-American By Caitlin Rodriguez TRENDS REPORTER In the only known account by a Mexican-American serving during the Civil War, Santiago Tafolla wrote in his memoir of the racism he faced while serving in the Confederate army during the 19th century. The Wittliff Collections, with help from the Texas Historical Foundation, was able to purchase the original, handwritten, 120page manuscript from Tafolla’s family along with other artifacts from his life including photos, maps and other materials. The memoir details Tafolla’s time spent on the battlefield, and chronicles his life from his birth in 1837 in New Mexico to the difficult childhood that eventually led to him being orphaned at the age of seven. He was in his teens when he met Secretary of War Jefferson Davis while living in D.C. and persuaded Davis to let
him join the war effort. Although he did not agree with the ideals held by the Confederate army, Tafolla served under the rebel flag as it was a reliable, consistent source of income. But Tafolla did not only fear losing his life to the north. The racism within his own regime had him fearing for his safety among white Confederates as well. It was those feelings of constant uncertainly that led him to decide to leave the army. Later accounts of his life reveal he spent the rest of his days serving as a Methodist preacher, a rarity in a time when almost all Mexicans were practicing Catholics. In his writings, Tafolla expresses that was never jaded because of the injustice he faced during his life but instead allowed it to motivate him to search for justice and equality for others. After Tafolla died at the age of 74, his manuscript was passed drown through his family until his grandson, Fidel Tafolla, began
Cheatham Street Warehouse is always going to be my home. I love being back. I love all the kids there, and I’m proud that I can associate myself with that.
Randy Rogers COUNTRY ARTIST, ALUMNUS By Kara Dornes TRENDS REPORTER Years before he topped the country charts and toured the world with his band, Randy Rogers spent his days hanging out in The Quad and hitting The Square with his friends. A Texas State alumnus, Rogers is often touted as one of the university’s most successful—and famous—students. Rogers recently spoke to the University Star about coming back for shows, his upcoming tour and, of course, football season. KD: How does it feel to return to your college town after so much success? RR: Well, you know, it’s always going to be home for me.
KD: Do you have any upcoming projects or exciting announcements for the fans? RR: Wade Bowen and I are actually recording in this year’s tour, so we are going to put out a duet album. We are going to the studio together and record some songs, and we are also going to record an acoustic show and put out a little joint effort, so I’m excited about that. People have been asking about this for years, so we are finally going to do it. KD: Tell us about your favorite Cheatham Street memory. RR: You know, there are a million, but one of my favorite memories—and Kent [Finlay] would probably tell you the same thing—we played there one night, and the power went out, and so we just sat up on the bars with our guitars and sang, and we lit candles, so the people who stayed got a unique show, so it was a
the task of transcription in the late 1960s. His unfinished work was discovered by his daughter and niece, who worked together to publish a version of the memoir in both Spanish and English. His niece writes in her introduction to the book, “A Life Crossing Borders: Memoir of a Mexican-American Confederate,” that it is “an invaluable aid to understanding the upheavals of the nineteenth century in North America.” Dr. David Coleman, director of the Wittliff, said having material like this preserved and available is important because it allows others to learn about the lives of Mexican-Americans during a time when accounts of their lives were very rare. He says the Wittliff definitely plans to build upon the Tafolla manuscript and “use it as a foundation to collect and preserve the Tejano experience in all the genres we collect.”
special night. KD: Your longtime friend and fellow musician Josh Abbott is a notoriously intense Texas Tech alumnus and fan. Any plans for a bet during the Tech-State game this f all? RR: Yeah, I’m going to continue the bet, and I’m always going to protect our Bobcats, and I’m not afraid. I’m not afraid because the day (we win) is coming soon.
DENISE CATHEY STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Lauren Goodley, an archivist with Southwestern Writers Collection, handles a photograph of Santiago Tafolla.
RR: I mean, when I open my mouth, I sound like a damn hick, and all the songs I ever wrote were sad country love songs at 12 and 13 years old.
KD: Who do you consider to be your musical influences? RR: George Strait and Willie Nelson, pretty much.
KD: Did you ever consider foraying into any other genre? RR: Back in high school, I had a rock band, and we played Pearl Jam and Nirvana, and we thought we were grunge.
KD: How has your music and career changed since you started? RR: Well, it’s just a job, and it turned into more than anything I ever dreamed of, and it really is just so much work.
KD: How did you get your start at Cheatham, and how did you come across the opportunity to play there in the first place? RR: You know, I heard the advertising for an open mic night on this radio station, and I had written some songs, so I thought it would be a good idea. So I walked in the door, signed up, and sang my little song. KD: How did you know you wanted to pursue the genre of country music when you started getting into music?
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San Marcos River Guide What to Do You do not have to shove your tube down around your waist and leap over a forest of Texas wild rice along a random plot of riverbank. The city is home to several establishments that offer entrance and exit points complete with stairs, parking and a predetermined river route. Lions Club Tube Rental: Located at City Park (170 Charles Austin Drive), this one-hour floating trail is family- and tourist-oriented. Visitors can rent tubes and ride a shuttle as many times as they please for an $8 flat rate. Shuttle rides are also available for $5 with no tubes included. The Lions Club is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Don’s Fish Camp: If your idea of summer is endless drinks, bikini tops and sunny days, then Don’s is the place to be. For $17, summer lovers can go on a three-hour float trip and receive a shuttle ride back to the beginning. Don’s, known as “The Best Float in Texas,” also offers kayak party bus rentals. Don’s is located in Martindale, approximately four miles from San Marcos. SUP Adventures San Marcos: For those looking to actually remember their summers, get healthy and enjoy the natural beauty of the river at the same time, this is the place to visit. Stand-up paddle boarding is a new trendy way to explore the river. SUP Adventures offers rentals, lessons and tours. The cost is $15 per hour or $35 for an all-day rental. SUP is located at The Hitch: A Mobile Eatery on Hopkins Street.
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Saltgrass Steak House: This well-known restaurant is located on Sessom Drive near Sewell Park, a favorite student destination. The steak house offers a classy drinks menu, a happy hour and waterfront dining with a beautiful view of the river. It is definitely a great end-of-day family destination and the perfect place to bring your parents when they’re in town—so they can pay, of course. Grins Restaurant: A local favorite, Grins Restaurant offers the true San Marcos after-river experience with its shaded decks and rambling rooms. The laid-back atmosphere that the restaurant offers is equally suited for both a night filled with margaritas and a good time with family. The must-have at Grins is its 99-cent margaritas, offered Monday through Thursday. Herbert’s Grocery and Taco Hut: The Rio Vista Park is home to a Tex-Mex cuisine restaurant half a block away from the tourist center on Riverside Drive. Herbert’s offers weekly lunch specials and take-out. The famous Tex-Mex restaurant has been operating for 35 years, making it a part of San Marcos history and a river tradition.
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By Ishmael Johnson ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR A new challenge awaits Austen Williams, former Bobcat pitcher, as he enters his first season as a professional baseball player after being selected in the 2014 MLB Draft. Before he received the phone call from a Washington Nationals scout to confirm the team’s selection, Austen learned that his dream had become reality in an unceremonious fashion. “Nobody called me,” Austen said. “I was just watching the draft tracker, my name pops up, my family freaks out, I freak out and then I get a call five minutes from the area scout, Tyler Wilt.” Every aspiring professional athlete imagines the day that their hard work pays off and is drafted into their respective sport, and it was the same for Austen. “It was just shocking,” Austen said. “Not that I got picked, but I always pictured the moment. Them calling me a couple minutes before, getting ready, holding my parents hands and then they call my name and they freak out. But I’m sitting there on my computer, barely paying attention and then I just hear my name. It was just surprising.” His father, Buddy Williams, said the family had the draft streaming on television and had initially anticipated Austen being taken between fourth or fifth rounds, not the sixth where he eventually was. “He actually left the room for a little bit,” Buddy said. “The first time we heard it they said, ‘The Nationals select Williams, Austen.’ And we all said ‘Yes!’ We were kind of looking for certain teams that
outwardly said they liked him and liked him early so it kind of blindsided us.” Austen was one of four Bobcats drafted in the 2014 MLB Draft. He says he’s kept up with Tyler Pearson, Taylor Black and Garrett Mattlage. “We all got sent to spring training, rookie ball, which is pretty much the most brutal thing you can go through in the pros,” Austen said. “It’s about 85 degrees in 100% humidity in Florida.” It has been rewarding for Austen to realize his hard work paying off. The son of a Texas Tech family, he had a very short of list schools he wished to attend —Texas Tech and Texas State. Texas Tech didn’t pursue Austen, because they felt he didn’t throw hard enough. “I was really disappointed mainly because my whole family went there and it was kind of all I knew,” Austen said. “There’s no doubt looking back on it now that I’m so much happier and had much more fun at Texas State than I would have in Lubbock.” Despite being an alumnus of Texas Tech, Buddy did not share his son’s disappointment. He encouraged Austen to choose the school he wanted and not feel the pressure of continuing the family line. Austen said he wishes the team made it to a regional to have a shot at the College World Series in Omaha, but says he felt he left it all on the table at Texas State. The thing Austen will miss most about Texas State is the camaraderie he has developed with teammates since high school. “They’re the best friends I’ve made the past three years,” Austen said. “I’ve played every single of my
college career, summer, spring, with (Garrett) Mattlage. I’m going to be seeing him around because he’s going to be playing in the same league as me this year. But it’s people like that, that you’ll never get to play with again.” A lifelong dream has turned into reality for Austen, despite the unfamiliarity presented with a new competitive environment. “I’ve spent so much time and sacrificed so many things through college,” Austen said. “I’ve never had a spring break; I spend about a month at home a year, never home for the summer. To be sacrificing all that and for it to finally pay off, especially the way it did, it was just completely worth it and I’m just glad that it worked out for me.” Buddy is happy Austen’s years of work culminated with a call from the Nationals. “I couldn’t be more proud of the kid,” Buddy said. “He deserved what came to him, because he worked so hard for it. As a parent, it’s just so satisfying.”
By Devin Tyler SPORTS REPORTER Four years ago, Allie Saunders wasn’t sure she would continue her track and field career in college. Track was an enjoyable hobby for her but less of an extended career. Today, Allie, junior jumper, is entering her final year at Texas State. She qualified June 13 to compete in the NCAA Track and Field Championship in Eugene, Oregon. Allie placed 21st in the triple jump with 12.52 meters, her fourth-best distance of the year. She was within seven inches of All-American status. Allie, a Pearland High School graduate, went to track and field camp in elementary and middle school. She gave up her pursuit before trying out for the high school team. “I never thought I would go into college for it because I never researched it or anything,” Allie said. “It was just very fun for me, so I tried it, and it actually turned into one of the reasons I actually did go to college.” Allie was originally a runner for her high school team. She volunteered to be a jumper in her senior year when there was a shortage at the spot. She enjoyed the triple jump, which involves hopping, stepping and jumping from a running start. “I was doing track for fun until my senior year,” Allie said. “My high school coach actually made me aware that I could
get a scholarship for it. I never thought I would get into college until they pointed it out to me and showed me that I could compete at the college level.” Andrew Gamble, former Pearland track and field coach, noticed Allie’s skill and competitive passion. “There was another female jumper on our team one year that won state in triple jump,” Gamble said. “(Allie) was very competitive with her and wanted to beat her. That’s when I saw the passion and when I knew she would really be able to continue to the next level.” Allie’s competitiveness originated from her family of athletes in track, soccer and football. She recalls a time when playing her family’s favorite board game, Apples to Apples, that there was palpable tension in the house. The family realized they were taking the game too far and laughed it off. “Competitiveness runs in our family,” Allie said. “It would be odd if we weren’t. If we played board games with each other, the goal was to win.” Allie, four years removed from a silver medal at her 2010 high school meet, is pleased with her decision to attend Texas State. “I am pretty stubborn,” Allie said. “I don't like being put in a specific box. It helped me experience life differently as a student athlete instead of just a student. It also helped me mature because I had to listen to my coaches and stuff, so it gave me some type of discipline. I’m glad I did.”
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