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Former Student Government candidates protesting election decision By Anna Herod NEWS EDITOR @annaleemurphy

Although the new Student Body President and Vice President for the 2016-2017 academic year were announced Tuesday, the race for office might not be over.



Anthony Galo and Holly Pavlicek, former presidential and vice presidential candidates, are protesting the Tuesday Student Government election results, as they believe their opponents broke the Election Code by allegedly conducting unauthorized campaigning, according to a statement from

Galo Wednesday night. Andrew Homann and Samantha Martinez will take office in June as president and vice president, respectively. Their win came after weeks of trials and uncertainty within Student Government. The Homann-Martinez campaign won after the Dean of Students

Margarita Arellano reversed the Feb. 26 Election Board hearing decision that disqualified Homann and Martinez from the election. According to Chapter 103, Article 2, Section 3 of the Election Code, “All candidates are prohibited from campaigning, soliciting or otherwise bringing

attention to their campaign… before the sanctioned campaign period,” which did not begin until Feb. 1. However, Homann created a Facebook page with the Homann-Martinez campaign logo as the header image. Its

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Hilltop Complex on hold, officials to reevaluate master plan By Richard Dray NEWS REPORTER @Richard_Dray

KARINA RIVERA STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Dr. Black leads the Archeology Program in making some impressive findings in uncovering the development of the Lower Pecos region.

University officials are putting a hold on plans to demolish the residence halls on top of the hill behind Alkek Library, including Arnold, Burleson, Smith and Hornsby. As part of the Campus Master Plan, these residence halls are under consideration as a potential site for a new housing development, which will be known as the Hilltop Complex. According to the Department of Housing and Residential Life website, the Hilltop Complex will not be available this fall or in Spring 2017. Michael Petty, director of facility planning, design and construction, said the project is on hold, but still under

Ancient Southwest Texas Project excavations hoping to shed new light on civilization

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By Jacob Lock NEWS REPORTER @jacobboydlock

The Center for Archeological Studies is researching what was thought to be a simple hunter-gatherer culture. The excavation, located in a mile-wide canyon downstream from Langtry, Texas, is revealing itself to be much more. The excavation is known as the Ancient Southwest

Texas Project. Steve Black, anthropology associate professor, launched the longterm research program in 2009, according to the project’s website. Researchers returned to Eagle Nest Canyon in January with 10 staff members and graduate students. The main focus is a trench excavation of Eagle Cave, a rock shelter believed to be used for over 15,000 years by hunter-gatherer tribes.

An alluvial terrace known as Sayles Adobe is another point of emphasis for the crew. The two sites are different types of shelters, according to Victoria Pagano, anthropology graduate student currently working her thesis on the Sayles Adobe site. There are few sites like Sayles Adobe in the canyon, Pagano said. It is located in the middle of the canyon rather than under a rock

shelter. “(I’m conducting) a comparative analysis of the activities that would happen there at the open sites compared to the rock shelter sites that would happen there at Eagle Nest Canyon,” Pagano said. The canyon is home to famous sites such as the Bonfire Shelter and some of the most intricate and complex primitive art murals in the world.

“Historically, the Lower Pecos Canyonlands have always been a harsh environment,” said Britt Bousman, anthropology professor. “We have evidence of what we thought was a primitive hunter-gatherer society, but are now realizing that these people had very complex understanding of spirituality and how to survive in such an arid environment.”


New housing development has vision to establish a booming community By Bri Watkins NEWS REPORTER @briwatkins17

Aimed toward the baby boomer generation, Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. plans to present the San Marcos community with a new housing development known as the Kissing Tree. Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. masterplanned the Kissing Tree in 2008, and recently broke ground in San Marcos on Feb. 25. The development of this project is estimated at $1 billion, and it will consist of amenities including hiking trails, tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course that will be open to the public. Approximately 3,200 homes will stretch across 1,332 acres of land, making Kissing Tree one of the largest developments to hit the fast-growing city of San Marcos. The expected price will range from $250,000 to $500,000, and it will be the first age-restricted area in the

community. Kevin Burke, economic and development projects coordinator for the city of San Marcos, said age-restricted property means at least one of the members of the household must be 55 years of age or older. This innovation will not only bring members of the baby boomer generation together, but also mark progress in the growth of San Marcos. Burke said this development will make a substantial impact by adding 3,000 units of living directed toward retirees and affluent citizens. The total number of residents could add about 7,500 people to the area. “I believe this development will help marketing,” Burke said. “It could bring new business and growth to the community.” The Kissing Tree will be located on Hunter and Centerpoint roads just west of the Premium Outlets. With neighboring stores and a town that is perfectly placed

between the two popular cities¬ of Austin and San Antonio, the development makes for a great attraction in San Marcos. San Marcos real estate broker Harry Bishop said the location of this area will attract homebuyers because of the easy access to the interstate and a neighborhood that consist of stores and businesses. “Housing developments are a gamble,” Bishop said. “You never quite know what will happen until you start the project, but the location of the area will have a big impact.” Monica McNabb is a broker in San Marcos and the owner of McNabb & Co. Real Estate. McNabb said Kissing Tree makes sense geographically and the age-restriction will be a great thing for San Marcos. “It is not just a college town,” McNabb said. Grandparents who reside in the city can be a part of an artistic community the college brings to San Marcos.

PABLO MEJIA STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Construction site for Kissing Tree community March 4.

Homes will be built over the course of 10 years. With recent groundbreaking, construction will begin in the next 45-60 days, and model

homes are expected to by completed by the end of the year. Residents may have a chance to move in to the first-built homes by the last

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162 members were added approximately six months ago, according to the page. The name of the Facebook page was “Homann Martinez 2016” and the description read, “Student body President and Vice President candidates.” Homann was listed as one of the page’s administrators. The Election Code says that unauthorized campaigning “includes all attempts to secure endorsements, sponsorships, or any other presentation of information made for public consumption or use. The prohibition does not include the personal recruitment of individual agents and workers or solicitation of personal advise by the candidate.” Campaigning before the sanctioned period “must be considered by the Election Board as among the most severe violations of the Election Code,” the document states.


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After The University Star was notified about the existence of the page, staff took screenshots of the group and sent them, along with citations of the Election Code, to Arellano at 3:55 p.m. Wednesday. Roughly an hour after the email was sent to Arellano, the title of the “Homann Martinez 2016” Facebook page was changed to “Blackout Party 2016.” The campaign logo was removed from the header image, and the description had changed. Homann said he and Martinez did not engage in any unauthorized campaigning. “No, I don’t have anything to say about that,” Homann said. “There’s nothing to it.” Arellano disagreed with the Election Board’s Feb. 26 disqualification of Homann and Martinez, according to her Tuesday announcement. According to the dean, the actions of the executive alliance were not a violation of the

campaign suspension which was ordered by the Student Government Supreme Court Feb. 20. The suspension was a consequence of the HomannMartinez alliance being found guilty by the Election Board of receiving endorsements from chartered student organizations, which breaks the Election Code. After Homann and Martinez were disqualified from the election on Feb. 26, the pair appealed the decision to the dean of students after the Student Government Supreme Court dismissed their first attempt at challenging the decision. Arellano ruled that the decisions of the Supreme Court and the Election Board cannot be upheld. Both decisions were overturned. Galo believes the HomannMartinez alliance broke the Election Code by creating the Facebook page and adding its 162 members approximately

six months ago. “I think it’s just kind of a reflection of what we were running against,” Galo said. “If we would have started campaigning six months ago, I think we would have had a larger number of votes cast for us. We, of course, didn’t do that because we knew that it was against the code, and again, it’s just an unfair opportunity in my opinion.” Galo and Pavlicek did not file a complaint to the Election Board about the page during the voting period because they did not become aware of its existence until afterward. “I was really disappointed because there’s about 200 people there that already were obviously added six months ago to this group,” Galo said. “You know, they had a head start in talking about it and trying to spread the word amongst their friends, and so it’s quite disappointing to know something like that.”

According to Chapter 107, Article 1, Section 1 of the Election Code, any person can protest an election by giving the Election Board “a sealed, written statement of the grounds on which the protest relies on within three business days after the last day of the election.” Arellano stated in an email Wednesday night that Galo and Pavlicek may file a complaint to the Election Board and again follow due process as specified in the Student Government Code. “I’m not sure if the dean of students will take something like this seriously, considering that she spoke yesterday and considered Facebook to be not a public forum for whatever reason,” Galo said. “I think, considering what they’ve already said and (Arellano’s) approach to all of this, I just think they would side with (Homann and Martinez) for whatever reason, and not give this

much attention.” Galo said he and Pavlicek will move forward with a protest to see what actions Arellano would take. Following the release of the election results, Homann said he felt Arellano made the right decision and allowed students’ voices to be heard. “I’m glad that the Texas State students chose me to represent them next year, and I’m going to hold that office with integrity and do all I can to better the Texas State students,” Homann said. Galo said the dean’s decision was a step in the wrong direction for Student Government. “This race wasn’t won,” Galo said. “It was handed to our opponents by university administration. Finally, I am appalled by the system. I do not understand why we have a set of documents and rules to follow when at the end of the day, those rules will be bent for a select few.”

consideration. The Campus Master Plan is currently going through an update and the future of the Hilltop Complex is among other projects’ that have not yet been finalized. The planning committee for the Campus Master Plan has been, and will continue to meet for discussion about what the university needs more immediately—classrooms or living space. “The Campus Master Plan team has been asked to make a recommendation on what type of building would be most suitable in that location for Texas State,” said Nancy Nusbaum, project leader for the Campus Master Plan.

“Because of our needs for additional classrooms and academic space on campus, we are taking a step back and evaluating if we are moving in the right direction or not.” The decision between constructing additional academic space or living space is what will determine the fate of the Hilltop Complex. “If it is housing we will go forward with the Hilltop Complex,” Nusbaum said. “If it’s not housing, we have asked them to also identify an alternate location for future housing.” Arnold, Burleson, Smith and Hornsby are among the oldest residence halls on campus.

“I think the conditions are really bad,” said Sam Oesch, exploratory freshman and resident of Arnold Hall. “The conditions are really not livable.” Nusbaum said if officials choose to move forward with the Hilltop Complex, they will develop new dorms in place of the older ones instead of building them somewhere else because it would be cheaper to do so. “It’s more cost-efficient to replace the number of beds there with newer beds and more beds than what we currently have there,” Nusbaum said.

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KAYLIN KING STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Smith and Arnold Hall will remain open next school year.


Increased traffic does not necessarily mean increased business for downtown By Brigeda Hernandez NEWS REPORTER @brigeda_h

For the first time in almost 40 years, Paper Bear owner Carol Powers is considering closing her store. As the San Marcos City Council considers bringing two-way traffic to Guadalupe and LBJ streets, many downtown business owners are voicing their concerns. Council members postponed the voting on this agenda item, which was scheduled to take place on the 1st. Powers said that the streets were originally two-way streets until the 1980s, and were changed to one-way to accommodate an increasing amount of traffic from the university. “It’s strange to me that we have one-way lanes out there, and they want to change it back to two-way,” she said. “That makes no sense at all, because we a had a problem before and now we have three times the amount of students and three times the amount of traffic.” The proposal for two-way traffic comes three years after the implementation of back-in parking, which store owners say has also hurt their businesses. Back-in parking is hard enough on a one-way street, because it requires the driver to travel one lane over to complete the maneuver, Powers said. She thinks that with twoway traffic, it will be almost

impossible. “At first we were tremendously busy,” Powers said. “It was crazy, it was fun.” Chloe Ashley, Barefoot manager, believes that twoway traffic could potentially help the businesses near the Square, because it will bring more traffic. The store moved to its downtown location last April, and Ashley said she has not received many complaints regarding parking, though she hears car horns throughout the day. David Marrs, Vagabond owner, said that two-way streets would result in an even greater loss of parking. Although many store owners and residents have not been given a reason for the change, Marrs said there are plans to build a large apartment complex on Guadalupe, which could be the persuading factor. “What is the point? There is no point,” he said. “It doesn’t alleviate problems, it creates more problems than it’s helping.” Marrs said he has seen several drivers attempt to back into a parking space and then give up. He also witnesses road rage, and said it happens two or three times a day when he stands outside of his store. “Everyone that has tried back-in parking is done,” Marrs said. “They just don’t come back.” Both Marrs and Ashley said back-in parking spaces are not always well marked. In some

situations, it is easier to pull forward and vehicles are quickly ticketed. “When they first put in back-in parking, everyone that walked in the door griped about it,” Powers said. “I’d say every third customer gripes about it now, but that’s still a lot of people.” At the latest city council meeting, business owner Carlos Russo said the funding for converting the streets could also pay for a parking garage, which would be money better spent. Ashley said she thinks a downtown trolley of some sort would be a good idea for those that have to park far away. Storefront parking is usually scarce, because employees and students often use those spaces. Although there is often parking available at the courthouse, Powers said it is not convenient for those that are elderly, and Marrs estimates that 40 percent of his customers are less able-bodied. He said several customers have vowed not to come downtown, many of them locals. There has been talk of adding parking downtown, but an official decision has not been made. Powers said the city is considering adding more spaces behind buildings, and businesses could rent the spaces for employees. “It’s hurt our business a lot,” Powers said. “And that was not the purpose of this whole downtown revitalization.”

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Grass may not be greener for university golf course By Brigeda Hernandez NEWS REPORTER @brigeda_h

If university officials decide to permanently shut down the campus golf course, students will have to find another course to practice. For months, the course has been closed due to devastating damage caused by flooding last October. University officials decided to evaluate the land’s use and conduct a feasibility study to determine if the area is being used to its full potential. “It’s not your typical piece of land that the university would own,” said Eric Algoe, vice president of finance and support services. “There are a lot of factors that go into

deciding what happens on that land.” The golf course sits on land that is a highly sensitive environmental zone. For this reason, Algoe said it would always need to be used as some type of green space. The study will look at what makes the land unique regarding the role it plays in the ecosystem. The area also absorbs large amounts of water in a flood event and serves as an important buffer zone. In a catastrophic event such as a flood, many places would have access to insurance or FEMA to provide assistance, but a golf course would not. The estimated repair cost is over $1 million. “At that dollar amount, it’s worth taking a closer look at

ARCHEOLOGY, Amanda Casteneda, research team member, recently finished her master’s thesis on the ground-stone mortar and pestle found in the canyon. She said the team

$250,000 and $350,000. Although the university’s golf teams do not often use the land to practice, Mike Akers, women’s golf coach, uses the space to teach intermediate golf classes. “It has certainly impacted area golf because it gave the most supportable place to play without question,” Akers said. “I don’t know where these golfers are going now.” Akers said the course provided students an opportunity to play at a very reasonable price. He would like the golf course to remain and receive an additional driving range to make it more of a teaching environment. Since the golf coursed opened in 1929, Central Texas residents and golfers

from as far as Minnesota have made it their home, said Denise Ferguson, campus recreation administrator. Ferguson, who has worked at the course for 31 years, said golfers returned because of the price and the laidback atmosphere. There is not a strict dress code, and patrons do not have to ride in carts. “It was clean, it was easy and it was a good meeting place between Austin and San Antonio,” Ferguson said. The golf course is far enough from central campus for easy accessibility, Ferguson said. She would like to see the land used in whatever way benefits the students, but hopes it will continue to serve as a space for community members to

come and unwind. “It’s a neat place for students to be able to interact with citizens and residents or folks that are passing through from up north,” said Victor Hernandez, course manager. Hernandez said university officials should repair the golf course because it provides a valuable service to students. He couldn’t imagine the land as a different green space. Officials expect the feasibility study reports to be completed by the end of March and will make a decision concerning the land at the end of the semester.

cavating the two sites in the canyon and gathering material and data for analysis in the lab. “With every year in the field, you will need at least

three to four years in the lab analyzing the material,” Black said. “There is a lot we can learn from from studying the remains of cultures, but at this stage, it is mostly just

reconnaissance.” The site also serves as a field school for archeology students who are trying to gain hands-on experience. “This serves as a great

chance to educate students,” Bousman said. “That is one of the most important reasons we are out at Eagle Nest Canyon.”

in front of an oak tree in San Marcos of 1857. Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. is a large developing company with operations in 11 major markets.

The company’s first project in San Marcos was the development Northwoods at Blanco Vista, located by the Blanco River and the FiveMile Dam.

With successful experience of housing developments around the country, Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. is at the start of a 10-year path that could be

a city-changing movement as San Marcos continues to flourish in size.

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discovered the society was eating a varied diet. “They were able to process many different types of food out there,” Casteneda said. The team is currently ex-

KISSING TREE, Properties Inc. claimed Kissing Tree, formerly known as Paso Robles, as the new name given to the development. The name was derived after the story of former Texas

whether that is the best use for students, faculty and staff of that space,” Algoe said. Algoe said issues that have far-reaching impacts such as this one would come to the President’s Cabinet, but have advisers from all levels, including vice presidents of various departments, the provost and a presidential fellow. The land should be used in a way that is most beneficial to the students, Algoe said. There is currently a lack of recreational field space, and facilities have been staying open until 11 p.m. to 12 p.m. to compensate. The cost of reconstructing recreational fields would be far cheaper than repairing the golf course. It is estimated to be somewhere between

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University officials, Student Government and their systematic failures The dean of students reversed a decision to suspend the Homann-Martinez Student Government presidential campaign after discovering systematic failure to follow procedural rules. The presidential campaign drama was nothing more than controversy based on procedural incompetence. Both the Homann-Martinez and the Galo-Pavlicek campaigns are victims of a convoluted knot some dare to call a system, and the problem starts with the administration’s leadership. Despite The University Star’s endorsement, neither campaign deserved this amount of systemic incompetence. Student Government has rules and a constitution to outline proper procedure; yet the two bodies have continually failed to follow them. Implementing consistent study of the constitution and codes for all departments of Student Government needs to be enforced in order to decrease commonplace mishaps. According to documents obtained March 8 by The University Star, the Dean of Students Margarita Arellano claimed that the Election Board and the Student Government Supreme Court overstepped their constitutional powers. One of the missteps from the Election Board was the lack of quorum at the hearing for the suspension of the Homann-Martinez’s campaign. On Feb. 26, the Election Board disqualified the HomannMartinez campaign for violating the code. However, according to the code, there must be at least four Election Board members at the trial, but the only one presiding was Elec-


tion Board Chair Chelsea Thompson. According to MerriamWebster Dictionary, quorum is defined as “the smallest number of people who must be present at a meeting in order for decisions to be made.” While the dictionary defines the word accordingly, there seemed to be confusion between members of the Election Board who thought quorum simply meant a set number must exist on the roster. The missteps were not the cause of just one body’s ineptitude. Accord-

ing to the Dean’s decision, the Supreme Court also exceeded its ordained powers. The Dean stated: “The Supreme Court exceeded its authority under the Student Government Constitution…The main power given to the Supreme Court for election related matters per the Student Government Constitution is that of Judicial Review (Title VII, Chapter 100, Article I section 4).” It is necessary that university officials explain every subsection and define words including “quorum” and the oft-used and

potentially confusing staple “shall” when it comes to the Student Government documents to ensure no misunderstanding. The question remains as to why unconstitutionality has been purportedly allowed to flourish in Student Government, seemingly pardoned and excused. It seems the Student Government adviser has failed to provide proper leadership. Misappropriation of powers ran commonplace, according to the dean, for an entire month. It is true that advisers

do not have power to force action. However, when the government is consistently and routinely breaking the constitution, there should be some institutional checks in place. However, according to Anthony Galo, Student Government senator and former presidential candidate, the institution may be the problem—not the governmental body. “I do not understand why we have a set of documents and rules to follow when, at the end of the day, those rules will be bent for a select few,” Galo

said in response to the dean’s decision. What is evident is that four government hopefuls were kept in a whirlwind for over a month due to rampant oversteps. Student Government bodies have a responsibility to maintain an ethical practice for the campus community. No matter, The University Star exists to hold all of those in positions of power and influence accountable. Whether the ordeal is due to general oversights or institutional corruption, The University Star is watching.

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Why the obsession with ‘spring break bodies’ is tearing us apart By Jourdan Bartels OPINIONS COLUMNIST @jourdanbartels

Like clockwork, March rolls around and billboards scream: “Get your spring break body in just two weeks.” Without fail, photos of Greek gods and flawless women with seemingly impossible features follow. The normalizing of unrealistic, unflawed bodies enforces pressure to meet body expectations which lead to negative self-images for those who internalize them. Aside from supporting crash dieting, which

negatively affects physical health, promoting the acquisition of “spring break bods” implies that if a body does not look like ones in magazines, it does not meet beach standards. Consequently, this notion plants the seed of doubt and self-consciousness in any person who lacks supermodel qualities. Thinking those qualities define what is aesthetically appropriate can quickly become a slippery slope toward much larger psychological obstacles: crash dieting and binge eating. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, and those billboards allegedly

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promoting healthy bodies may be the cause. Approximately 47 percent of middle and high school girls reported wanting to lose weight because of pictures in magazines, but only 5 percent of American females naturally possess the body type portrayed in the media as ideal. Young girls are largely trying to reach a body type that is quite removed from reality. Negative body perceptions carry over to college as well: one in four college-aged women engage in binging and purging to control their weight. Comparing these statistics puts the influence of this

skewed view of the human body and its prevalence into perspective. It is very important to note the general understanding of who is affected by societal body-related pressures is often misconstrued. These issues do not only affect women. There is no intention to disregard the unfair emphasis placed on the female body and society’s standards for it; women are constantly criticized for various beauty choices and natural features. The all too common criticism from society leads to even harsher self-criticism and lowers self-esteem for women. Even so, the gender

prominence in addressing body standards does not mean men are unaffected. Men are affected by eating disorders more than one might think, as it is estimated 10-15 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are male. Men are also less likely to seek treatment in fear of being labeled as having a “woman’s disease.” Men’s “spring break bod” often includes oversized muscles and rarely obtainable abs. Just like women, men should not feel pressure to be big, buff and athletic in order to be a “real man.” Having less muscle mass, more of a sensitive side or other inap-

propriately labeled “feminine” traits should not invalidate a man’s gender. It is essential to address the prevalence of hypermasculinity within our culture and how self-image and body perceptions can negatively affect males. So, ladies and gentlemen, as the sunny season of bikinis and beaches approaches us, slay the twopiece, take your shirt off and show off that beautiful body. To all body types: see you on the beaches. —Jourdan Bartels is a psychology freshman

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Disaster Dates: Bobcat Edition By Stacee Collins LIFESTYLE REPORTER @stvcee

MTV’s Disaster Date used hidden cameras to showcase dreadful blind dates. Several Texas State students shared terrible date stories MTV would have been proud to put in an episode. Jacob Schatte, exploratory professional junior, was set up on a blind date by his friends. He and his date decided to meet on campus to grab dinner, but Schatte was in for a horrific surprise. “Over text, he seemed really cool. But, when I got to meet him, he was socially awkward to the extreme,” Schatte said. “All he kept talking about is how he was obsessed with serial killers and mass murderers, like Jeffrey Dahmer and Jack the Ripper.” The date continuously praised American horror folktales, and Schatte pretended to be interested while scared for his life. Schatte smiled and nodded because he didn’t want to upset the murder fanatic, but internally realized he needed to find an excuse to leave before becoming a homicide victim. He texted his roommate, hoping she could get him out of the dreadful date. “She called me, and I didn’t even know she was this good of an actress, but she was crying about how her boyfriend just broke up with her,” Schatte said. “As soon as I got back, I was legitimately scared.” Schatte blocked the murderer enthusiast on social media. Maybe murdering

Schatte had been part of the blind date’s plan. Adla Salim, public relations junior, went on a blind date in high school with a cute guy she met online. Well, he looked cute in his profile picture. Sixteen-year-old Salim had just gotten over a bad breakup, and figured it was time to start dating again. Salim met a guy through Myspace, and began chatting with him. He gloated about how nice his car was and bragged about the heated seats. Eventually, he asked her out on a dinner date. “He said he drove this really nice car, and he came to pick me up in this little broken-down Plymouth,” Salim said. “He lied to me so much.” He didn’t pull into the driveway or stop by the curb. Instead, he stopped in the middle of the street and waited for Salim to take the long journey to his “fancy” car. Realizing he had been stretching the truth, Salim decided to keep an open mind, but discovered more lies upon sitting in the passenger seat. “On Myspace, he looked really handsome, and we had similar interests,” Salim said. “Whenever I saw him, he wasn’t the same as he was in his picture.” It was like an episode of Catfish come to life, but Salim vowed to stay positive. After arriving at Carino’s, the dinner conversation was awkward and he rambled on about an ex-girlfriend and dogs. “After we got the bill, he expected me to pay for myself and pay for him,”

MADISON MORRISS STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Physics sophomore Michael Sanchez and his girlfriend biochemistry sophomore Emely Reimer discuss the bad dates they have been on in the past.

Salim said. “I was so caught off-guard and upset about it, and normally I wouldn’t care, but I was just considering the circumstances. It was a horrible first date.” Salim called a friend to come pick her up and blocked the catfish’s number as soon as she got home. Jenny Giang, management freshman, went on a date to a fraternity formal. Well, she thought he was her date. At the banquet in New Orleans, Giang’s date left early without her.

“The next thing I know, I see him walking back to the hotel with his fraternity brother’s date on his arm,” Giang said. “He texted my best friend’s boyfriend and said ‘Make sure the girls don’t come back to the hotel for the next 30 minutes.’ He basically slept with her.” Giang packed her bags and went to stay in a friend’s hotel room. “She was sitting next to him on the bus ride back,” Giang said. “She ditched her date for my date.” Alyssandra Wakefield,

public relations freshman, went on a movie date with Mr. Talks-a-lot. “He talked the entire time,” Wakefield said. “It was a really good movie, though, and I really wanted to watch. He would not shut up.” After all of the blabbing, Wakefield just wanted to go home. However, Wakefield’s date refused to take her back home. “He didn’t let me out of the car. He forced me to go to Wendy’s and get food, even though I was politely begging him to take me

home,” Wakefield said. “Finally, he did. He put the child lock on and said I wasn’t getting out until I finished my food, (which he) ordered for me, that I didn’t even like.” Locked inside of the car, Wakefield texted her mom to make up an excuse as to why she needed to leave, as if being held against her will wasn’t enough. “She said I had homework I needed to do,” Wakefield said. “It was in the summer, but it got me out of the car.”


Best day drinking options in San Marcos By Tiffany Goulart LIFESTYLE REPORTER @tgoulart93

With the weather warming up, Bobcats will be out and about, spending their days having a cold drink. There are great bars, distilleries, breweries and wineries in the Texas Hill Country with amazing views and good drinks. This past week, I, as a 21-yearold, spent time day drinking with friends and checking out the local watering holes. I started the week out with a wine tasting at Fall Creek Winery in Driftwood. Located across from The Salt Lick Barbecue, Fall Creek has amazing wine at a reasonable price college students can afford. Tastings ranged from $12 to $15 and allowed the taster to try six wines. My personal favorite was their Moscato. It was a lot sweeter than I usually like, but very good. The venue has a beautiful

partially enclosed outdoor patio complete with a pool. The next venue I visited was the Driftwood Estate Winery. The tasting there was $12 for up to six wines, and included a complimentary wine glass. The top-selling Starry Nights, a sweet sparkling wine, was definitely my favorite. My favorite part about Driftwood Estate is the spectacular view. The winery overlooks the Hill Country, and visitors can bring their own food to enjoy a picnic and glass of wine. Throughout the rest of the week, I spent my time visiting local bars with outdoor patios perfect for an afternoon of day drinking. A local favorite is Chimy’s Cerveceria. Located on the Square, the restaurant and bar has loyal customers there whether it is day or night. Cameron Rynd, the assistant manager at Chimy’s, says that the bar is the perfect place for people to

hang out. Chimy’s is planning to complete an expansion of the outdoor patio by this summer. “Chimy’s is a good place to mingle with friends and meet new people,” Rynd said. “There are cheap drinks, great food and good music.” Louie’s, which is also located on the Square, is another good day drinking option. With $1.50 margaritas and the best seafood in town, it’s the perfect place for college students, but also attracts families and an older crowd. Bobcats love to spend their time outdoors, and the warm weather means students will be outside any chance they get. Marieke Kaufman, senior management major, likes to spend time at bars on the Square. “I like going to the Square when there is a big game on,” Kaufman said. “My favorite places to day drink are Chimy’s, Mayloo’s and Harper’s because

JOSHUA CASTELLANO-DAVILA STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Bar full of various drink components, March 6, Shade Patio Bar.

they tend to have calmer atmospheres than other bars in town.” Students also spend their time time drinking at the river or different apartment pools. Katie Pritchard, a

senior education major, enjoys tanning and day drinking on warmer days. “I usually don’t day drink that often,” Pritchard said. “When I do, I like to go to Chimy’s or the pool and re-

lax with a tropical drink.” With spring and summer approaching, get ready to see more students day drinking!

“Chimy’s is a good place to mingle with friends and meet new people.” —CAMERON RYND, ASSISTANT MANAGER AT CHIMY’S JOSHUA CASTELLANO-DAVILA STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Customers enjoying a cool drink, March 6, at Shade Patio Bar.

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Defying gender stereotypes By Tiffany Goulart LIFESTYLE REPORTER @tgoulart93

Working out, having big muscles and bodybuilding are stereotypes people do not often associate with women. Mason Everett, agriculture animal science sophomore, is a woman who fits all of those stereotypes— she is currently training in preparation for her first bodybuilding competition. She will attend the Ronnie Coleman Classic April 30 in Fort Worth and enter in the Figure Class Division. “I am excited for the discipline that comes with this experience. Fitness chicks either get the most love or the least love in history,” Everett said. “That is understandable, because everyone has their own opinion. But if you truly love how your body looks, opinions will not touch you anymore.” Everett played soccer for 12 years growing up. When her soccer career ended, Everett had a hard time transitioning from being an athlete and working with a coach, so she began working out on her own. Everett became a certi-

fied personal trainer in her senior year of high school. Trainees ranged from older people focusing on weight loss to young adults trying to avoid the freshman 15. “I loved being a personal trainer. My main goal is to help people bypass speed bumps that everyone faces when they first start working out,” Everett said. “Most people who are starting (to) work out either have desire or direction, but do not have both. They also have to learn to understand that it is a process.” Everett usually trains at the Student Recreation Center or at the Texas Health and Racquet Club. A typical day includes an hour of morning cardio to prepare for a bodybuilding competition, an hour of heavy weight training in the afternoon and six healthy meals a day. Michaela Muniz, interdisciplinary junior, is inspired by Everett’s hard work. “I think it is awesome that Mason puts so much time into working out,” Muniz said. “It is very empowering to other women.” Brandi Casarez, exercise and sports science senior, lifts weights at the Rec Center.

ALYSSA DUGAN-RODRIQUEZ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Mason Everett, agricultural animal science sophomore, poses for a photo March 5.

“Working out is a stress relief for me. There is more to women with a fit physique,” Casarez said. “It shows discipline, dedication, self-respect, patience

and confidence. It is important for any woman to fall in love with taking care of herself, mind, body and spirit.” Everett’s advice to peo-

ple who are starting to work out is to be realistic and persevere. “Learn to be your biggest supporter rather than your biggest critic,” Everett said.

“Realize the time and the effort that it is going to take to get to your goal and believe you can do this.”


Slut: What does the word even mean? By Erin O’Donnell LIFESTYLE REPORTER @1erino

Words are powerful tools that can shape ideas, change the world, give courage to the hopeless and provide individuals the justice they deserve. However, words can also persecute and condemn lifestyles we do not understand. Words can take away the voice of the repressed and create villains that never existed. The word “slut” first appeared in the 1400s as a "dirty, untidy, or slovenly woman," according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Throughout the years, the word began to take on new connotations. It’s known modernly as an insult to describe women who appear to have "loose sexual morals” or someone

who is “sexually promiscuous." Kennedy Swift, studio art freshman, said the word is used to shame women who are in touch with their sexuality. "Slut is a word that we call a woman who does not deny her sexuality," Swift said. People continue to use the word out of fear and self-denial, Swift said. "Sexuality is a part of personal identity," Swift said. "When we live in a state of self-denial in every other aspect of our lives, of course, these labels will keep hurting us." Swift said she has never been called a slut, but has friends who have been shamed because of the outfits they were wearing. The word is an example of a double standard in our society. Men are expected

to be sexually dominant while women are submissive and pure, Swift said. "The moment a woman breaks the narrative, she becomes a threat to the ruling ideology," Swift said. "As soon as a man expresses an unwillingness to be sexual, he is a threat to the idea of masculinity." George Sani, music studies freshman, said the word still exists because of the values people try to instill in society. "The word still exists because small-minded people desperately cling onto unfair, old-world values," Sani said. Sani once got angry at a stranger who called his friend a slut while they were walking. "She was just walking around and doing nothing to garner disrespect," Sani said. Sani hopes the word will fall out of use once other issues become more important than what a woman does with her sexuality. "I believe this word will disappear as the world turns its sights towards important things and older generations die off," Sani

said. Some Bobcats don’t see what all the fuss is about. Sara Ortiz, agriculture animal science freshman, said she has no problem with the word slut. "I never understood why people have been so up-inarms about it. Truthfully, I just see it as a word. That’s all it is." Ortiz said Ortiz has never been called a slut, nor does she

view herself as fitting the criteria that would make her one. "Not once in my life have I been called this word," Ortiz said, "If I was, though, I would probably just shrug it off and go on with my day. There’s not much I can do about it. What other people think of me is none of my business." Ortiz said people have to get over what the word

means to them, or else, words will always be used as a tool to hurt people. "If people just stop viewing the word ‘slut’ as a way to repress people, especially women, then the word will lose the power it has over people," Ortiz said. "Once that is done, we will all be able to live in peace with one another and not focus on each other’s personal lives."

DARYL ONTIVEROS MULTIMEDIA EDITOR The word “slut” is an example of a double standard in our society. People usually use it as an insult for women who are in touch with their sexuality and break the expectation that a women is supposed to be submissive and pure.

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Luke Sherley at bat, March 4, inside Bobcat Ballpark. By Brooke Phillips SPORTS REPORTER @brookephillips_

True confidants and best friends are hard to come by. Luke Sherley, sophomore infielder, was lucky enough to find both of those in his sister. Sherley grew up in The Woodlands, Texas. The athlete was supported in every pursuit, not only by his loving parents but also his older sister, Emily Sherley. Emily Sherley, only threeand-a-half years older than Luke Sherley, has always looked out for her younger brother and enjoyed

watching him grow into the man that he is today. Since her younger brother started playing baseball at 4-years-old, Emily Sherley has learned a thing or two about the way he plays the game, as well as his transformations on and off the field. “My favorite part about watching him play baseball is that he’s always inspired me with his passion for the game,” Emily Sherley said. “He has a really strong work ethic, and although I’m the older sibling, he’s helped me become who I am today by watching him work so hard.” Luke Sherley and his sister

were close growing up, and shared countless memories together. Although the two became closer in high school, they were not able to spend all of that time together. Emily Sherley graduated and pursued her college career at Texas A&M University. While the distance separated the siblings physically, their relationship remained strong and Emily Sherley would come back home about once every month. Returning home was not a chore for her, and Luke Sherley knew his sister’s homecoming meant having his best friend back. “Some of my favorite memories with Luke are whenever

I came home from college,” Emily Sherley said. “Whenever I had a bad day, especially in college, he would always make it a point to hang out with me, go out to dinner and we would have Harry Potter marathons.” Being a college athlete, Luke Sherley admits that his schedule consists mainly of baseball. However, he tries to talk to his sister whenever he can and enjoys her presence even if it is only over the phone. “I get really busy in the season,” Luke Sherley said. “I don’t get to talk to Emily as much as I’d like to, but I do miss her.”

To avoid being apart for too long, she tries to make trips to San Marcos during the times when her brother’s schedule is free. “With baseball, I definitely don’t see him as much as I used to,” Emily Sherley said. “Holidays I always see him, and every couple months I’ll drive up there and we’ll spend the day going to the outlet mall or going to the movies.” It is clear the close bond Luke Sherley has with his sister comes from their parents. “We have a pretty closeknit family,” Luke Sherley said. “I don’t get much time with them over the summer, so the whole Christmas break

is amazing.” Although Emily Sherley is not able to come to as many of her brother’s baseball games as she would like to, their parents are always there. They attend every game. Even for Tuesday games, they’ll drive up for the game and leave that night. Luke Sherley sincerely appreciates his sister, parents and the relationship the entire family has with one another. “One characteristic that I would use to describe Luke is determined,” the athlete’s sister said. “Honestly he just works a lot harder for things— more than anyone I’ve ever met. It can be intense but in a very good way.” When siblings are close, it’s often believed the two must be very similar in personality, but that is not the case for Luke and Emily Sherley. “Luke is the exact opposite of me,” Emily Sherley said. “I’m very talkative, tend to be overly nice and sometimes don’t stick up for things. My brother is extremely determined and just kind of goes with the flow. That’s one thing I really like that makes us get along so well. Our opposite personalities complement each other.” When it comes to the future, Luke Sherley does not like to think too far ahead because he strongly believes in taking life day by day. “One piece of advice I have for Luke in life is that God always has a plan,” Emily Sherley said. “As long as you’re doing your best and you’re trying hard to be a good person, things tend to work themselves out.” Although he does not know how his life will turn out, Luke Sherley is certain about one thing—his sister will be there with him every step of the way.


ANTONIO REYES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER. Jeremy Hallonquist pitches the ball Feb. 20 at Bobcat Ballpark.

By Brooke Phillips SPORTS REPORTER @brookephillips_

Brooke Phillips: What’s your favorite part about playing baseball? Jeremy Hallonquist: Just coming out here and competing on a day-to-day basis with all the guys. BP: What’s something that makes you happy? JH: Doing well, striking a guy out and having success. BP: Favorite thing to do on a sunny day? JH: Go and play golf. I’ve been playing for a year or so as a hobby. BP: Describe your perfect dessert? JH: Mixed berry pie. BP: Who is one musical artist everyone should know about? JH: Randy Travis. He’s a good country artist. BP: What online website do you use the most and why? JH: I’m on ESPN all the time. BP: Who is someone that inspires you? JH: My parents, their work ethic and their outlook on life. BP: What was the last piece of advice you got and who was it from? JH: From my parents, to just go out and have a fun last year and not to leave anything on the table.

BP: What are your life goals in 10 years? JH: Have a job, maybe a house. Maybe have a family by then. BP: How would you describe yourself in one word? JH: Goofy. Something is always happening to me. BP: What’s something you’ve always wanted to try but never have? JH: Bungee jumping or something like that. Maybe one day. BP: What’s your favorite place to travel and why? JH: Probably just the beach. A few years ago I went out to California—the Huntington Beach area— and that was really nice. BP: What is something most people don’t know about you? JH: I love to go to the gym, or that I like to cook. BP: What is your guilty pleasure? JH: Netflix. Right now, my favorite show on there is Dexter. BP: Favorite movie of all time? JH: I’m kind of a dork, but I really like the Harry Potter Series. BP: When was the last time you were proud of yourself? JH: The third inning (of the March 3 University of the Incarnate Word game) when I got hit and picked up the ball and threw the guy out.

The Student Publications Board of the Texas State School of Journalism and Mass Communication is conducting an all-campus open petitioning process to select a student as Editor-in-Chief of The University Star. Term begins one week following the final issue of 2016 Spring Semester publication schedule. Applicants must be available to serve the entire term of the appointment. Each applicant is asked to complete a written petition, which is subsequently screened by members of the student publications board. The board will interview qualified candidates for the position. The board consists of the director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, assistant director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the journalism sequence coordinator and a member of the print medium, who is appointed by the director of Student Publications. The director of student publications and the current editor-in-chief serve as ex-officio members for the committee.

Minimum Qualifications To qualify, applicants must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester during the term office. Students graduating in the final semester of the appointment (Spring 2017) may be enrolled in fewer hours as long as they meet graduation requirements. Applicants must have worked in a professional editorial environment, or have served as a section editor at a university student newspaper. Students of all majors and classifications, including graduate students, may petition for the position. Applicants must be in good academic standing with the university when submitting an application. Applicants must maintain a 2.5 semester and overall grade point average during their time of appointment. A student who falls below the 2.5 grade point grade semester average will forfeit the office even though he/she maintains an overall 2.5 grade point average.

The University Star Mission The editor is the primary student editorial administrator for The University Star and has authority in all personnel matters and makes the final decision regarding news, sports, feature, photo, Web and opinion content. The editor determines daily operation guidelines, provides a role model for professional behavior, delegates operational authority and fulfills policies and procedures as determined by the student publications board and faculty adviser. The editor oversees meetings and handles personnel problems, evaluates all copy and artwork for the print and online product. The editor-in-chief is responsible for hiring, properly training and supervising all members of the editorial board. The editor-in-chief promotes relations between the publication, the community and campus

organizations. The editor-in-chief is also the voice of the publication with the community.

Term of Office Term of office begins following the final publication of the Spring 2016 semester and runs through the Spring 2017 semester. Applicants must be able to serve the entire term of office in order to be considered for the position. A salary is paid during the term of office.

Petitioning Process Applications for the position will be due by noon, Wednesday, March 30 to the Director of Student Publications, Trinity Building, Room 107. People interested in petitioning should sign a candidacy list in Trinity, Room 107 and acquire an information package. Qualified applicants will be notified and interviews will be scheduled beginning April 4. Selection of the editor-in-chief will be made shortly after interviews have been completed. Formal assumption of duties will begin one week after the final newspaper of the Spring Semester is published.

Petitioning Deadlines Applications for the position will be due by noon, Wednesday March 30 to the Director of Student Publications, Trinity Building, Room 107. People interested in petitioning should sign a candidacy list in Trinity, Room 107 and acquire an information package. Qualified applicants will be notified and interviews will be scheduled beginning April 4. Selection of the editor-in-chief will be made shortly after interviews have been completed for the position. Formal assumption of duties will begin one week after the final newspaper of the Spring Semester is published. PACKETS AVAILABLE: March 2, noon; Trinity, Room 107 INTERVIEWS Will be scheduled beginning April 4

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