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VOLUME 103, ISSUE 71

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MARCH 26, 2014

Defending the First Amendment since 1911

SPORTS | Page 5

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Baseball: Augie Garrido became the winningest coach in college baseball history Tuesday after the Longhorns defeated the Bobcats.

Will Arrington, English junior, now performs regularly at Cheatham Street Warehouse after getting his start in San Marcos.

TRANSPORTATION

COUNTY

Commissioners continue to discuss Lone Star Regional Water Authority agreement By Scott Allen

News Reporter

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Andrew Smith | Staff Photographer Robert Bratton, school bus driver, waits to pick up students at Travis Elementary School March 24 in a bus equipped with a camera.

Officials discuss impact of SMCISD school bus camera ticketing system By Raquel Kimm

Special to the Star

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an Marcos officials say they are beginning to see positive results from a new automated ticketing system put in place for drivers who pass stopped school buses. City councilmembers passed an ordinance Jan. 7 that allows external cameras to be installed on all San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District buses, according to a Jan. 14 University Star article. The cameras record drivers who pass stopped buses, and $300 tickets are issued by mail to violators after the system manufacturer and San Marcos police review the videos. As of March 25, 52 citations had been mailed, said Carter Hutson, SMCISD Associate Director of Transportation. Many of the tickets were issued in problem areas where the district has noticed high numbers of violations, Hutson said. “Our biggest problem tends to be

stops on multiple-lane crossroads,” Hutson said. “If there is no permanent median placed in between the road with traffic going the opposite way then the vehicles have to stay stopped, and we have had a problem with them not stopping.” Students who go to school within the district live on both sides of Interstate Highway 35 and around the Texas State campus, which forces the children to exit the buses at inconvenient places, Hutson said. “Some students have to get off on access roads on the side of (IH-) 35,” Hutson said. “That, along with all the vehicles driving to and from Texas State, has forced students to have to get off the bus in dangerous places.” The program, which was initiated Feb. 17, seems to be working well and has received positive reviews from parents, said Chase Stapp, assistant police chief for the San Marcos Police Department. "In the end I hope it raises awareness so people understand to stop for

the children's safety," Stapp said. There has been a noticeable difference in the way drivers are reacting to stopped buses, Hutson said. “The school bus drivers have noticed an increase in vehicles stopping when they are supposed to.” Hutson said. “For our bus drivers their primary concern is the safety on the children getting on and off the bus as well as a car hitting a bus and injuring students on it so they are very happy

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Andrew Smith | Staff Photographer

ounty commissioners looking to join a water authority program decided Tuesday to postpone the final decision for further discussion. The Texas Legislature created the Lone Star Regional Water Authority in 2011, which acts as a legal entity and serves as a financing mechanism for water or wastewater infrastructure projects. It provides additional assurance of readily available water to residents. Commissioners decided to postpone their decision of whether to join the authority until additional information is obtained. “The court decided they needed to look into it more to get a better idea of what sort of plans and process they need for the county,” said Laureen Chernow, communications specialist for Hays County. Hay County Judge Bert Cobb spoke about the importance of preserving water at the meeting. Cobb said joining the organization, or another regional association, will bring connectivity to the people of central Texas. “It’s really important we participate in a district approach to have a regional answer to the problem,” Cobb said. The water authority can issue bonds on behalf of member governments but cannot obligate members to act financially without their approval. Each member pays $12,500 a year to sit on the board, according to the court agenda. If commissioners decide to join the water authority, Hays County would join four other govern-

mental entities that have already done so. These include the Sonterra and Capital Land and Livestock Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs), the City of Jarrell and Williamson County. Chernow said the water authority gave a presentation to county commissioners last week detailing what the group offers. One week later, citizens were allowed to speak for three minutes about their views on the topic. Larry Hoffmann, a resident of Spicewood, spoke in favor of joining the authority. Hoffman said water is a complex issue that he has been following for 20 years. “There is nothing easy about water,” Hoffman said. “It’s a complex issue, but it’s important and in Texas, we are exceeding, rapidly, our consumption of water.” Hoffman said although joining the authority may be a good idea, it might be too soon. “I just believe there are so many things to be considered and what you do in one area may affect someone in another area,” Hoffman said. Jim McNeese, a Hays County resident, is opposed to joining the water authority. McNeese said the county is too large to join such an organization. “The Lone Star Regional Water Authority is not the answer at this time,” McNeese said. “Hays would be a minority player on the board despite its much larger population and financial capability.” Cobb said the issue remains important, even if he may never be able to drink the water he is helping to preserve.

EDUCATION

Administrators say SAT changes may not affect admission By Kelsey Bradshaw

Senior News Reporter

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dmissions standards are set to change after high school students begin taking a revised version of the SAT in spring 2016. The essay portion of the test will be optional after the changes are implemented. Students will be able to take the exam on paper or on a computer, and the test will be scored on a scale of 1600 points instead of the current 2400. Previously, the SAT was a standardized test, but it will now coincide with current coursework and curriculum students are being taught in school. “Instead of it being just a generic test, it will be more equivalent to what the students are studying within high school,” said a College Board representative whose name has been withheld for security reasons. The redesigned test will not launch until spring 2016 and will not have any immediate impacts on the current admissions process for the 2014 and 2015 fall

semesters, said Michael Heintze, associate vice president of Enrollment Management. It remains unclear if the revisions will make an impact on enrollment. The College Board will provide public and private universities with information on which scores compare to the ones currently accepted, Heintze said. Concordance tables will help officials determine the equivalency of current scores to the new grading system, said Stephanie Anderson, associate vice president of Enrollment Management and director of Undergraduate Admissions. The concordance tables will be used in a “systematic fashion,” Heintze said. Changes to the SAT that will impact admission standards are not new, he said. “The SAT and ACT have gone through revisions periodically in past years, and this is not anything particularly unusual,” Heintze said. “This has been a discussion item at the national level for about a year.” College Board officials are still

redesigning the test, Anderson said. The test is not yet finished, so officials cannot look at it to determine any changes to admission processes, she said. “College Board will do extensive research, validity testing, etcetera to give us an idea of continued predictability and validity,” Anderson said. College Board officials have not confirmed exactly how the test will look and operate, said the College Board representative. “It’s a process,” the representative said. University officials will look at how the revised SAT will relate to current use and admission requirements, Anderson said. “We’re active members in the College Board, and Texas State will work with the College Board as they give us more information as to changes in the test to determine if there will be any changes in Texas State requirements,” Anderson said. Anderson said she does not anticipate any changes will need to be made to requirements.

When changes are made, the testing agency provides concordance information to “bridge the gap” and covert older scores for those who took the test before 2016, Heintze said. The test is currently being revised and work on the changes has been “going on for some time,” Heintze said.

Anderson said “the changes make sense” after hearing rationale from the CEO of the College Board. “I do believe that these changes will help make the test continue to be relevant,” Anderson said. “I don’t anticipate us making any changes that aren’t just referencing the new scale.”

Austin Humphreys | Photo Editor


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By Taylor Tompkins News Editor

Sean Quiñones ASG vice presidential candidate, public administration sophomore TT: What made you want to run for vice president? SQ: Right now I feel like our student government is not very passionate, it’s not very effective. That kind of bugs me because our student government is our direct connection to the administration, and I feel that it needs to be one of the strongest organizations on campus. What made me want to run was that I feel like my experience has led me to this, and I feel that I can do a very good job of motivating our senate to be more passionate, to represent our students a lot better, so that way our students actually feel like our student government listens and our administration is actually hearing what they have to say. TT: Why should students vote for you over your opponent? SQ: This is a hard one, just for the reason that my opponent is a really cool guy. Christian Carlson is very passionate about ASG, just as I am. The difference between us is I feel like my leadership styles are different and a little more effective. I feel that with my experience I’ve had, I have been really capable of revamping organizations. I’m vice

Taylor Tompkins | News Editor

president of Men Against Violence, a lot of people don’t know what that is. If you would have asked a few months ago, not a single person would have told you what it was. I think I have done a really good job of really promoting that organization and really getting our message out there. And I feel that this position of student body vice president would allow me to take our whole university to a level it’s never been before. TT: What are your main initiatives? SQ: Well I have four. The first one is I want to better diversify student government. I think that right now, our senate is very heavily Greek. Nothing wrong with that, I love Greeks, but I think that our students need to be better represented. I think that is the way to make students feel heard. My other initiative, I’m really, really passionate about strengthening our resources on campus. We have great resources on campus already. One thing that I would really like to do is increase our food. Having worked with Chartwells before, we are very capable of extending the amount of food options on campus. Another one of my initiatives is making ASG, your student government, more transparent. Right now, a lot of students don’t know who we are or what we do. I want to implement a comment page on the Associated Student Government site, where students can come, comment or voice concerns, questions or anything at all. My last initiative is to really strengthen our city liaison position. Right now, we have one senator that is appointed to a city liaison position that works with the City of San Marcos. I would like to change that to two city liaison positions and also add a committee underneath those positions. That way, by working with the City of San Marcos, we can start to kind of change the perspective that locals have of students and students have of locals. TT: Is there anything else you want to talk about? SQ: I am just so proud to be running for this position solely for the reason that I knew I wanted to come to Texas State since I was in seventh grade. Kennedy and LBJ were my two favorite presidents. I believe that some of the things they did in their administration have totally shaped the way our country is today. LBJ passed away, and he passed away before I was born. So I knew I would never get to meet LBJ. When I was in seventh grade, I came here for Bobcat Day and I saw the LBJ statue. I shook his hand as a seventh grader, and thought to myself, “Well this is the closest I’ll ever get to meeting him.” It’s a little dorky, but I cried. I cried because LBJ is my idol, he’s everything that I would like to be one day. I am getting goose bumps talking about it. If I can do anything in his image then I am going to.

By Taylor Tompkins News Editor

John Willms ASG presidential candidate, electronic media sophomore TT: What made you want to run for president? JW: Honestly, ever since I have gotten to this campus I’ve just fallen in love with Texas State. Everybody here is so nice, it’s just a wonderful campus. I was president of my hall council my freshman year and that’s given me motivation to just want to lead. I can’t think of anything better that I’d like to do than be the student body president of Texas State, honestly. TT: Why do you think that students should vote for you over your opponents? JW: I understand that ASG has had a problem with transparency, and from what I understand, most students don’t know about the student government, the fact that we have one. I think somewhere in the range of 5 percent of people vote. And I haven’t been involved in it, and I understand they’re trying to change the face of it. I’m just a regular student, and I know the issues. I haven’t been in the office, pinned up away from the students. I’ve had a year to learn what the problems are and what people want, and I think that I would be a great president. TT: What are your main initiatives? JW: My first initiative is the financial aid process for Texas State. While it’s good, I understand it takes a while to process things and a lot of my friends have had to take out loans to cover because how the time delay issues affect it. They’ve had to take semesters off and certain things like that. While the blame isn’t all on Texas State, I certainly want to investigate. And I know other universities have maybe more efficient policies and I would be willing to travel to those universities and learn how they do it. And, another thing that I would like is I really think

Austin Humphreys | Photo Editor that we need hammocks on campus. We have two over by the (Agricultural Building) but nobody really knows about them. I know that crime would be a problem about getting them stolen, but nobody takes the tables and chairs that we have, and I think inside or outside hammocks would be a fantastic addition to Texas State and it will fit right in with the river atmosphere. My third point, and I talked to President Trauth tonight and she understands that it’s an issue, I think if we had cigarette receptacles to dispose of cigarette butts properly, it would cut down on the amount of litter. I don’t know if you’ve been to the patio outside Derrick or behind Alkek, there are cigarette butts everywhere. If people throw them on the ground, that’s littering, if people throw them in the trash can, that’s a hazard. They can cause a fire. I understand that a receptacle would look like we’re promoting smoking, but in my opinion we would be promoting environmental responsibility. That’s what I’m all about. TT: Is there anything else you’d like to discuss? JW: Win or lose I’m happy to be in this town. I really plan on staying here probably most of the rest of my life. Between here, or Wimberley, or New Braunfels, the Texas Hill Country is one of the best places on earth. If I’m not voted president, then I will find plenty of things to do in this town. If I am voted president, I will work my hardest to make sure that this university benefits.

BUS TRAFFIC, continued from front about this.” San Marcos is the first city in Central Texas to implement a program ofRAFFIC this kind, Hutson said. Busguard, the company that installed the cameras on the buses, performed the $8,000 service for free and receives 75 percent of the money from fines. The other 25 percent goes to the city and the district, Hutson said. Natalie Arida, fashion merchandising freshman, said she is concerned about the program even though it is for the safety of school children. "I think it is a good law of course, but I feel like it should come with a warning before receiving a ticket," Arida said.

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CTMC to host annual fundraising event Central Texas Medical Center Hospice Center will celebrate a milestone at its 10th annual Hats Off For Hospice charity event on Sunday at Texas Old Town in Kyle. Proceeds will go toward the hospice center’s Dream A Dream program and be applied to the new CTMC Inpatient Hospice Unit opening in November 2014. The event will feature entertainment by country singer Stoney LaRue as well as family friendly activities and Black’s Barbecue with purchase of an all-inclusive ticket. Attendees can participate in a live or silent auction and will have the chance to win door prizes and a trip for six to Ruidoso, New Mexico. Doors open at 2 p.m. beginning with food. Music will begin at 4 p.m. Ticket prices start at $15 for college students with a valid ID and go up to $40 for the all-inclusive adult ticket. Children under 5 years old get in for free. For more information, visit hatsoffforhospice.com.

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TRENDS

A glimpse into the life of Alkek Library’s namesake

Allison Brouillette | Staff Photographer

By Aubrie Iverson Trends Reporter

One of the most instantly recognizable images of Texas State is Albert B. Alkek Library, a giant, seven-story home to thousands of documents, works of art, films and other resources for students. Though most Bobcats pass through or by the library each day, few are aware of the prolific life of the building’s namesake. Albert B. Alkek was no stranger to philanthropy. The accomplished businessman amassed considerable wealth as a player in the South Texas petroleum business in the first half of the 20th century and donated much of his wealth back to the Texas community. Upon his passing in 1995, Alkek’s last will and testament laid out the formation of a foundation specifically designed to continue his legacy of giving back to Texas. Since its inception, the Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation donated millions of dollars to numerous causes, including medical, educational, community and cultural organizations, according to reports provided by the library. Born to two Lebanese immigrants in 1909, Alkek grew up in Victoria, Texas and attended school there until he transferred to the Peacock Military Academy in San Antonio. Once a student at St. Mary’s University, Alkek left school before finishing his degree and borrowed $250 from his father to go into business. Shortly after dropping out of college, Alkek partnered with Harry Ford Sinclair and rose through the ranks in Victoria as part of

the Sinclair-Alkek Oil Company, which became the Alkek Oil Corp. in 1952 after Alkek purchased Sinclair’s interest in the venture. Over time, Alkek began making large gifts to medical institutions and causes that reached out to him for support. He is perhaps most famous for his contribution in 1993 to the M.D. Anderson Medical Center in Houston of $30 million, the largest donation of its kind on record at the time, the reports said. Alkek donated to other causes as well. He purchased an expansive ranch of more than 9,000 acres near Bandera from the Buck family in 1958, according to an article in the Bandera County Courier. His contributions to the community are reflected in the areas schools named after him and the scholarships for high school graduates of Bandera and Medina Counties that he began in 1987, which allowed local students to attend what was then Southwest Texas State University. As his influence and gifts to SWT increased, Jerome Supple, then president of the university, presented Alkek with the President’s Excellence Award for his considerable contributions to the school and its students. Shortly after a new library was opened in 1990, the decision was made to rechristen it the Albert B. Alkek Library in his honor. “I was here when the new library opened,” said Joan Heath, associate vice president and university librarian. “There was a separate naming ceremony, and both Mr. and Mrs. Alkek were here.” In 2007, a five-year, $1 million grant for the Texas State library was approved, allowing $200,000 each year for library services, Heath said.

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OPINIONS THE MAIN POINT

SEXUALITY

Elimination of ASG ticketing increases fairness, credibility

STD testing critical for student population

Imani McGarrell Assistant Opinions Editor Journalism sophomore

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romotional material bearing a hyphenated pair of last names typically appears across Texas State each year in the days that close March and begin April. Every year when election season rolls around, signs and posters promoting the various Associate Student Government hopefuls vying for senatorial, vice presidential or presidential positions appear on every free square inch of space on campus. seemingly overnight. The days leading up to student government elections this year, however, have been tame in comparison to previous years, and promotional materials have largely been missing from the campus landscape. This is likely due to a recent change by the Election Commission that no longer allows candidates to run on tickets. ASG elections rarely impact the average Texas State student — only three percent of the student body voted in last year’s race, even with a referendum that increased the student bus fee on the ballot. That being said, while most students clearly give little thought to voting in ASG elections, no longer allowing candidates to run on ballots is a smart move that will hopefully

legitimize the process and organization as a whole. Before the rule change, senator hopefuls were able to run on a ticket. This often meant that if the president-vice president pair they ran under won the election, they would likely earn a spot on the senate as well since the average student typically votes a straight ticket. Now, everyone is on their own when it comes to campaigning, preventing students vying for senator positions from sitting back and letting a ticket’s staff handle all of the marketing and promotions. Without the support of a ticket, individual candidates will have to be evaluated and elected on their own merits, which is critical considering that senators draft proposals and resolutions that could eventually be passed and enacted by administrators. In a March 19 University Star article, current ASG President Vanessa Cortez said she believes more students will want to run for senate positions under the new election process and the elimination of tickets will help the “underdogs” who do not have the backing of a ticket. One would hope that only students who are passionate and

serious about improving Texas State are running for senate positions, but the editorial board hopes the change to the election process will ensure that no lackluster candidates slip through the cracks and onto the senate. To be frank, ASG elections have evolved into little more than a glorified popularity contest over the years. Whichever ticket had the most signage, most recognizable names and largest student organizations (often Greek) voting for them were naturally more likely to be elected. While candidates have run for executive positions on their own in the past (Kurt Fulkerson and Maxfield Baker for president and vice president, respectively, in spring 2012), their campaigns were typically unsuccessful. The elimination of tickets will even the playing field and make the process more selective and competitive. It is encouraging that ASG recognized the need for change in regard to the election process. It is now up to students to take the change in stride and run with it. Now is the chance for students to thoroughly evaluate individual candidates and determine by whom they want to be represented.

exually active students must act responsibly by periodically being tested for STDs. The fact of the matter is people, including college students, have sex. I do not think this generation is as lust-filled as older generations seem to believe, but there is a decent amount of sex going on. There is no way to stop college students from engaging in sex all together. However, students must be proactive about taking care of their sexual health needs. It is baffling to me how many people are perfectly fine with speaking openly about their sexcapades but curl into a ball and turn beet red the minute I bring up testing. I am not here to slut-shame in any way, shape or form, but if someone can tell me about their weird kinks in the middle of a dining hall over waffles, they should not be embarrassed about getting tested. Getting tested can understandably be a scary thing, especially if someone has made questionable decisions regarding sex in the past. People make mistakes, and learning from them is what makes us human. Part of being an adult is taking responsibility for one’s actions. Imagine if one regretful hookup with that weird guy named Tyrone ends up being more of a burden than the awkward possibility of running into him on campus. However, students should not have to go through the process of sitting in a waiting room by themselves, wondering if a one-night stand will have a permanent effect on their life. The anxiety of getting tested for the first time can be lessened by bringing along a supportive and non-judgmental friend. Getting tested frequently improves the likelihood of catching any diseases before they get worse. There are several testing places around San Marcos. The Student Health Center on campus does testing for a myriad of STDs, and offers anonymous HIV testing. If running into someone from school is a concern, there are two health clinics off campus that provide STD testing as well. In addition, there are three Planned Parenthood clinics in Austin, six in San Antonio and one in Waco. Students cannot use a lack of clinics as an excuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of the 20 million new STDs diagnosed every year are in patients aged 15-24. Many STDs, like Bobcat Bumps (herpes), often do not exhibit warning signs or can have delayed reactions. This means a student or their partner could unknowingly have an infection they are passing around right now. There are an alarming 1 in 5 people living with HIV in the United States who do not know they are positive. I am not trying to be dramatic and scare anyone, but students need to be aware. STDs are more prevalent in the lives of sexually active people than we realize. The bottom line is getting tested is about responsibility. Sexually active students have a responsibility to themselves and their partners to make sure everything is running smoothly under the hood. If students are not responsible enough to practice safe sex and get tested periodically, they should not be having sex at all.

SELF-EXPRESSION

Modesty ideals dependent on individual

Laura Crick Opinions Columnist English freshman

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o matter what one’s personal idea of modesty is, individuals should feel free to wear as little or as much as they want without attracting the criticism of others. Modesty is not something that should be policed. People should be free to expose or cover as much of themselves as they like without garnering rude remarks or being shamed. If someone’s idea of being modest includes covering up the important bits but still wearing tank tops and shorts that are barely there, then that is okay. If someone thinks dressing modestly is wearing short sleeved T-shirts and knee-length shorts, then that is okay too. The difference between one person’s idea of modesty and another’s can vary wildly based on personal religious or moral beliefs. No matter what one thinks is acceptable to bare,

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everyone deserves to have their personal choices respected when it comes to modesty. It is common in today’s society for certain people to be judged based on what they wear. No matter if they are being judged for wearing too much, too little or for wearing clothes that are too dated or too cheap, everyone eventually gets judged based on personal style decisions. In the end, it does not matter what one wears. No matter what it is, an individual will inevitably be judged for their choice of clothing. Not only is hasty judgment of people based on appearance wrong and incredibly rude, but calling someone out because their idea of modesty may not match one’s personal ideals is like saying someone cannot eat Cheerios for breakfast because another person prefers Lucky Charms. People should be able to make personal decisions free from the judgment of others. People can eat whatever breakfast cereal they want, in any clothes they want. Somebody’s choice of clothing has nothing to do with anyone else, and people need to stop criticizing others as if it does. The media influence ideas of modesty. If, say, a female celebrity wears something incredibly revealing, certain media outlets are liable to call her unsavory

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names and pick on her simply because she wore something they did not like. The same is true for women whom the media think cover up too much. They may get called out simply because their idea of modesty does not line up with the more revealing fashions that have been popular in recent years. Sometimes it seems as if women just cannot win when it comes to the media. Either they dress too modestly and are “prudish” or “old-fashioned” or else they dress to revealingly and are labeled “loose.” This public shaming of individual fashion choices in turn influences the thoughts of the public, and the bad habits of the media bleed into civilian lives. Just in my circle of friends, everyone has different ideas of what is modest and what is not. One friend prefers to wear tank tops and short shorts, another T-shirts and Nike shorts and still another, capri pants. There is no right answer. Modesty is something that can only be determined by an individual. People should be allowed to wear what they want, when they want, where they want. It is not up to one person to decide what is modest for another. Modesty is something that belongs solely to the individual, and no one else has the right to take that away.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Texas State University and the City of San Marcos are both growing rapidly every year. As the number of people in town increases, so does the amount of waste that must be managed by the university and the city. The current infrastructure of the waste management systems in place can bear the weight of most of the trash, recyclables and compostable materials for now. However, the rapid growth of the campus in the relatively small city of San Marcos will reach a point when pollutants and trash can no longer be effectively managed unless preemptive measures are taken now. By recycling or composting, you are diverting waste into a new product life cycle instead of sending it to a landfill. In general, trash and recycling bins are mundane to people. The act of throwing something away or recycling has become habitual. Most people believe that trash is not aesthetic and that it simply does not elicit creative thoughts. However, through up-cycling and down-cycling processes there are many items that are being created with what was once deemed as waste. If you learned about the life cycle of each product you buy, you might reconsider how you use and dispose of each of those products more carefully. The impact of environmentally responsible consumer decisions can be measured by the growing amount of legitimate “green” products that are being created and sold by many businesses and companies all around the world. Moreover, “green” ideas offer alternatives to purchasing new products. When something is “green,” we automatically recognize it as something that is environmentally friendly. On campus, I started a campaign called Bobcats Go Green. The initial purpose of the campaign was to implement a recycling program in Bobcat Stadium. What I learned from the campaign was that most people expected there to be recycling in the stadium. Something as simple as installing recycling bins was all that was needed to make people feel better about the waste generated at each football game. Overall, this initiative further engages the students and local community in managing waste. I encourage everyone to participate in their local community’s efforts to minimize the impact that waste has on the environment. Recycling is a good start, but remember to reduce overall consumption and reuse items before you recycle or buy another product. Make an effort to learn more about waste management initiatives such as composting, and figure out ways to minimize the amount of trash that you generate every day. Ultimately, trash matters to me because I feel that it is important to conserve the planet’s resources for future generations to come. Why does trash matter to you? —Duy Le

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SPORTS BASEBALL

Longhorns coach gains historic win against Bobcats By Kirk Jones Sports Reporter @kirk_jones11

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he Texas State baseball team fell to Texas 5-1 Tuesday night in Austin as Longhorns Coach Augie Garrido picked up his 1,894th victory, the most college baseball wins in history. The Bobcats were held hitless until the top of the third. Colby Targun, junior outfielder, recorded Texas State’s first hit. “We have to get better offensively,” said Coach Ty

man pitcher, returned to the mound in his second start of the season and threw 1.2 innings, 4 earned runs and three walks. Texas struck first as Collin Shaw, Longhorns outfielder, grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Ben Johnson, Texas outfielder. Ross Goebel, senior pitcher, relieved Davenport in the top of the second to close the inning. Goebel completed the third for a total of 1.1 innings and one strike. Johnson went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, including a

the plate trying to knock that ball around. You have to tip your hat to him.” McElroy was one of three batters to reach base against Schiraldi after hitting his first home run of the season Sunday. “I felt good coming in to this game,” McElroy said. “I hit some hard line drives but right at guys. That’s part of baseball. I was looking to carry over my nice day over the weekend, but you have to tip your cap to the pitcher.” The Longhorns walked

“We have to get better offensively. Mike (Silva) is working really hard with these guys to make them better. That’s what we will be working on tomorrow in practice and get after it then.” -Coach Ty Harrington

Allison Brouillette | Staff Photographer

Texas State baseball was defeated 5-1 by Texas March 25 in Austin. Longhorns Coach Auggie Garrido now holds the record for most college baseball wins in history with 1,894.

Harrington. “Mike (Silva) is working really hard with these guys to make them better. That’s what we will be working on tomorrow in practice and get after it then.” The Longhorns entered the matchup against the Bobcats with the fifth best team ERA in the nation at 1.84. Texas has won 20 consecutive games against Texas State with 11 decided by two runs or fewer. “I knew if they scored early it would be an uphill battle,” Harrington said. “You can look at them statistically and see that their pitching is really good. We have to get better offensively and it’s something we have been working on.” Tyler Davenport, fresh-

2-run home run, increasing the lead to 3-0. The home run was the Longhorns’ first homer at UFCU Disch-Falk Field this season and fourth as a team. Garrett Mattlage, junior infielder, fielded a slow grounder up the middle to make an off-balance throw that retired Jeremy Montalbano, Texas catcher, ending the bottom of the seventh with the Bobcats’ first three-and-out inning. Lukas Schiraldi, Longhorns pitcher, threw seven innings, walked three, allowed a hit and had a season-high five strikeouts. “He was hitting his spots outside,” said Ben McElroy, junior outfielder. “He was painting that outside corner. We didn’t adjust and get to

two in the top of the eighth and gave up a base hit to Austin O’Neal, senior infielder, loading the bases for Matt Smith, sophomore infielder. Smith connected with a shallow fly ball to the right fielder, advancing McElroy from third and giving the Bobcats their first run of the game. Dylan Bein, freshman pitcher, threw four innings with two hits and four strikeouts and held the Longhorns to 5 runs. “Dylan (Bein) was really good,” Harrington said. “He’s also been one of those guys we have talked about starting and talked about starting him tonight. We are trying to develop who that next guy’s got to be.”

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