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Campus carry awaits further vote By Darcy Sprague NEWS REPORTER @darcy_days
enate Bill 11, which would allow campus carry of firearms, has passed through the second stage in the State Senate and is awaiting a vote. SB 11 is on a fast track through the Senate after 19 co-authors provided the 2/3 votes required to pass the bill. The bill has passed through the special committee and is waiting to be placed on the intent calendar. The bill will go through the first of three votes while in the Senate. Texas State officials have estimated the implementation of campus carry would cost the university $408,516 in security improvements if the bill passes, said Bill Nance, vice president for finance and support services. Ralph Meyer, university police chief, wrote a state-required fiscal statement on the bill, Nance said.
$408,518 $65,000/yr INITIAL COST
ESTIMATED IN SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS TO IMPLEMENT CAMPUS CARRY
$2.5 million TO EXECUTE CAMPUS CARRY FOR ENTIRE TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
$77,000/yr IN SIXTH YEAR AFTER GRADUAL INCREASE The fiscal note is a proposed budget detailing what the University Police Department (UPD) would need if the bill passes, Nance said. The initial cost would be $65,000 a year with a gradual increase to $77,000 by the sixth year, he said. The fiscal note accounts for one additional officer’s salary and
training, he said. The total cost of executing campus carry in the Texas State University System would be $2.5 million, according to a Feb. 22 Houston Chronicle article. This system includes Texas State, Lamar University, Sam Houston State University and four two-year in-
stitutions, Nance said. Officials with the Texas State University System estimate the cost of security improvements at $47 million over six years, according to the Houston Chronicle. The total cost to the four major university systems in Texas is estimated at $59.65 million dollars.
SB 11 is an unfunded mandate in its current form, according to the fiscal note. The money would come from the university’s existing operations budget, which is funded by tuition and state-allotted money, said Provost Eugene Bourgeois. “We would have to consider it as part of tuition,” Bourgeois said. Bourgeois said no indication has been given that the State will give additional funds to the university. Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System, has taken the first public stance on the issue on behalf of Texas State, Bourgeois said. McCall told the Texas Legislature Finance Committee he would prefer the bill allow each TSUS Board of Regents to set its own gun policy for the individual institutions. Bourgeois said President Denise Trauth is not in favor of having guns on campus, and the univer-
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Hays County Food Bank partners with local farmers By Darcy Sprague NEWS REPORTER @darcy_days The Hays County Food Bank’s Adopt-a-Farm program offers free labor in return for a portion of crops as an initiative to provide the hungry with nutritious food. In Hays County, 24,790 residents face “food insecurity,” meaning they do not have access to affordable and nutritious meals, according to the organization’s website. “I saw there was a need for more healthy food to be given,” said Matt Barnes, founder of the program. “What better source than natural, local farms and gardens?” Adopt-a-Farm began in late summer of 2014 and has about 15 volunteers, Barnes said. One to four people volunteer for each farm visit. There have been 2,895 pounds of fresh produce donated to the Hays County Food Bank as a result. “The majority of what we give out is fresh,” said Kirby Stewart, nutrition and food coordinator for the Hays County Food Bank, who oversees the program. The produce is mixed in with food received from other sources and distributed. The food bank serves over 4,000 people per month, Stewart said. About 20 pounds of food are provided per family twice a week. Every customer receives meat, bread, produce and a dessert. None of the items are canned. Rachel Armstrong, who manages A.Y. RAAM Farms, LLC with her
“I saw there was a need for more healthy food to be given. What better source than natural, local farms and gardens?” —MATT BARNES, FOUNDER OF ADOPT-A-FARM husband, said the program started at their establishment. Barnes previously worked for both the farm and the food bank. During that time, he had the idea to create the program. The farm is located in Kingsbury, about 20 miles from San Marcos. Armstrong said A.Y. RAAM Farms donated around 1,100 pounds of produce in the last year. She said working with the program is rewarding and A.Y. RAAM Farms will continue to be a partner for the foreseeable future. Stewart and Barnes said the
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J.W. Ottmers and Raymond Rabold of Oma and Opa’s Farms lay out vegetables March 3 at the San Marcos Farmers Market. program needs more volunteers. A larger volunteer base would increase the amount of fresh produce the program would receive, Barnes said. He hopes to one day have multiple crews at different farms. Volunteers meet every Friday morning at the food bank, and Barnes drives them to one of the adopted farms in a van. The team works until the afternoon weeding,
pruning and harvesting crops. Barnes said the free labor is beneficial to the farmers, but recruiting volunteers can be difficult. “The hardest part was getting volunteer labor,” Barnes said. “People are unfamiliar with working outside on a farm.” Stewart would like to see the program grow so volunteers can personally adopt farms. The food
bank provides resources, but the program should be run by volunteers, he said. “We are slowly but surely adding here and there,” Barns said. Barns said a farm has never turned down his offer to participate in the program. “The number of farms that needs farmhands is limitless,” Stewart said.
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CAMPUS CARRY, from front sity would most likely opt-out of campus carry if possible. The Texas State Faculty Senate also opposes campus carry, according to a Feb. 18 University Star article. The fate of the bill will be unclear until May, said Joanne Smith, vice president for student affairs. Deliberation could continue into the summer if the legislature goes into a special session, she said. “(The president’s cabinet) has not discussed what would happen at this point,” Smith said. “We have to find out what the stipulations around the bill will be.” Daniel Benitez, UPD captain, said the department has begun talking about offering training programs to students on active
shooter situations. He said officers are discussing offering a class to students to show how UPD would handle an active shooter on campus. “We want to put them in a real-life situation to see how they would handle it,” Benitez said. Many students do not meet the requirements to carry firearms, Benitez said. Students must be 21 years old, take a class and receive their concealed handgun license as well as be able to afford a gun and ammunition to carry. “Some 21-year-olds will understand the significance of carrying a gun,” Benitez said. “There are a lot of vets on campus, and I would feel very comfortable with them having (a gun).” Benitez’s biggest fear is police would arrive on an active shooter
scene and not be able to differentiate between the shooter and students or faculty members who also have a gun. He said teachers must be trained properly. “They need to know what we expect from them,” Benitez said. “It’s a life-or-death situation.” Benitez said there is not often a problem with students having guns, even off-campus. He hopes campus carry will not affect officer safety, but the department trains for the worst. “Different factors come into play: alcohol, drugs, mental health and human emotion,” Benitez said. “Sometimes having a weapon doesn’t make it any better.” Every officer receives over 100 hours of gun training a year, Benitez said. They also partici-
pate in Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT), which helps officers prepare for an active-shooter situation. “When it comes to an active shooter, the community comes first,” Benitez said. The San Marcos Police Department has not publically commented on the bill. “It’s premature to give a statement until we see what the legislation is going to be,” said Penny Dunn, SMPD assistant police chief. Benitez said past legislation has received equal support and was not passed. “We will comply with legislation and do whatever it takes to make our campus safe,” Benitez said.
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Student housing construction projects continue in correlation with enrollment increase By Jon Wilcox NEWS REPORTER @thrilcox Off-campus student housing may outpace enrollment without communication between San Marcos and Texas State planning officials. Steady growth in enrollment coincides with construction of offcampus student apartment projects, despite a lack of coordination between city and university planners. Texas State had an enrollment of 36,739 students in Fall 2014, according to data from Institutional Research. Enrollment for Fall 2015 is projected to rise above 37,000 students, said Michael Heintze, associate vice pesident for enrollment management. Mark Carter, geography lecturer and internship director, specializes in land-use planning, management and conservation. Carter expects enrollment will continue to grow by 1-2 percent each year. “Every time we say ‘This is as big as we’re going to get,’ we just get bigger,” Carter said. “I think (the university) will take as many students (as) are interested in applying that meet our requirements because we’re funded by tuition dollars.” Preliminary estimates for the
Spring 2015 semester show 34,232 enrolled students, Heintze said. Final figures will not be available for another four to six weeks. The number of enrolled students for Spring 2016 will likely be “just over 35,000,” Heintze said. Apartments marketed toward students, such as Vistas San Marcos and Peachtree Lofts, are categorized as “multifamily housing projects” by the city, according to a Feb. 10 Planning and Zoning Commission presentation. Five multifamily projects were completed in San Marcos in 2014, creating 2,524 bedrooms, according to a January city planning and zoning report. Four more multifamily projects are slated for completion in 2015, yielding another 1,739 new rooms for a total of 4,263 beds added by the end of the year. Abby Gillfillan, permit center manager, said city officials do not take current or projected university enrollment figures into account when deciding whether to issue construction licenses. Carter said determining whether enrollment is in line with off-campus construction is more speculation than calculation. “Believe me, if I had that crystal ball, (President Denise Trauth) would have me right next to her all day long, and I would be her spe-
“Believe me, if I had that crystal ball, (President Denise Trauth) would have me right next to her all day long, and I would be her special assistant for magical powers.” —MARK CARTER, GEOGRAPHY LECTURER AND INTERNSHIP DIRECTOR cial assistant for magical powers,” Carter said. University enrollment will likely rise steadily although predictions are difficult to make, Carter said. Multifamily housing construction may remain unchecked in the near future if enrollment trends continue. “It’s the American dream to take a piece of raw land and develop it into something that will create jobs, create (a) tax base (and) make the economy work,” Carter said.
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Marketing group funds competitions with By Callie Haley LIFESTYLE REPORTER @CallieHaley Representatives of a campus non-profit organization have been selling tacos at the Quad for the past six years in order to raise money for regional, national and international competitions. Entrepreneurial Action Us, also known as Enactus, builds teams to teach communities about free enterprise, said Gina Goss, marketing junior and executive committee member. “The fundraiser is called Success for Breakfast,” said Sydney Cowan, marketing junior and Enactus chair. “On Tuesdays and Thursdays, when I work, we usually bring in anywhere from $150 to $180 a day.” Maddie Smith, marketing senior and Enactus member, said the organization sells $2 egg-and-cheese tacos with salsa and a choice of chorizo, bacon or potato. The group also sells $1 Gatorade and water. “We are here in the Quad Monday through Thursday from 6:45 a.m. until noon or until we sell out, which usually happens before noon,” Smith said. The taco stand is run by one chair, who has a food handler’s license, and one representative, said Smith. Members of Enactus can sign up to work at the taco stand and fulfill required
participation hours for the organization. “Slots to work the taco stand always fill up,” Smith said. “It’s the easiest way to receive hours. It’s also a great way to meet other members. You’re always working with someone different.” Goss said students can join Enactus by registering for the corresponding course. This semester the class consists of about 60 new students and 70 volunteer officers. “Enactus focuses on people, profit and planet,” Goss said. “We try to do things that will help people and businesses in our local community.” Goss said last year Enactus partnered with Lolita’s Café when the fundraiser began. “We wanted to stay local and work with Lolita’s Cafe to help (the business) with distribution and expanding with sales,” Goss said. “With bigger businesses and chain restaurants moving in, we chose Lolita’s to help keep San Marcos true to what it is.” Goss said Student Involvement, formerly Campus Activities and Student Organizations (CASO), prohibited outside venders from selling food on campus and in the Quad as of last year. “We had a contract with Lolita’s Café, but when CASO changed the rule, we
had to start making the tacos ourselves,” Goss said. “All of our chairs have food handler’s licenses, so they make the tacos.” Cowan said taco sales were unusually low earlier in the semester. Officials decided to try raising the prices. “We raised the prices to $2.50 to try to make up for a drop in sales, but people don’t usually carry change on them, so it didn’t work,” Cowan said. “We made the decision to drop the prices back to $2, and sales have picked up.” Goss said Success for Breakfast is one of the fundraisers supporting the organization’s trip to the National Enactus Expo Competition in St. Louis. “This year we are planning for about 45 members to go to nationals and compete,” Goss said. “The money from the stand provides members with airfare, hotel stay and other things they need during the trip.” Last year the team traveled to Ohio for the Enactus National Expo and won, Goss said. The group then represented Texas State at the world competition in Beijing, China. “We hope this fundraiser just continues to grow,” Goss said. “In the first three years it raised $100,000 in revenue. It makes attending competitions and things like that possible.”
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Costello performs March 1 at Zelicks Icehouse for the annual Texas Independence weekend celebration.
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Members of Enactus, an on-campus business organization, sell tacos in the Quad as a fundraiser.
ZELICKS CELEBRATES STATE INDEPENDENCE WITH TEXASSIZED PARTY
By Adriana Ruiz LIFESTYLE REPORTER @adreezzy
A local Texas icehouse celebrated the Lone Star State’s independence with a weekend of tunes, brisket and booze. Chase Katz, Zelicks owner, said the Texas Independence Day celebration at Zelicks Icehouse is the establishment’s biggest party of the year. Katz said the celebration included plenty of beer along with 400 pounds of smoked brisket and 18 hours of live music. The weekend was cold and wet, but Katz said the festivity went on and a great time was had by all. “All the musicians came out and they killed it,” Katz said. “It was extra special.” Along with live music, they also hosted live artists who did woodwork demonstrations. Chase and his brother, Seth Katz, were born and raised in Texas. The siblings said they decided to pay homage to their state in 2011 by opening Zelicks. The Katz brothers also
own Dos Gatos Kolache Bakery, and Pie Society, a local pizza restaurant. Chase said Zelicks is different from other establishments because it is an authentic icehouse that stays true to its Texas theme. “It is an outdoor-type bar, and we ice down all of our beer,” Chase said. “It is welcoming and in a social atmosphere.” Robert Eklund, accounting graduate student, said he started frequenting Zelicks last semester. He likes the variety of Texas beers offered. “It is a little quieter and not too packed,” Eklund said. “It’s a laid-back atmosphere.” Melissa Richter, sociology senior, said the bar feels like a San Marcos staple. “It’s real laid back and easygoing,” Richter said. “Most people I know, it’s their favorite bar in the square.” Chase said the idea of opening up an icehouse came from his childhood experiences of visiting an icehouse near the family’s Houston-area home. “I remember when my
parents use to take me to the icehouse down the street to play pool,” Chase said. Chase said Zelicks features simple décor with wooden benches, old picture frames and a simple pool table. Traditional southern games like washers, horseshoes and cornhole are offered. Chase said Zelicks offers the common beers such as Bud Light and Dos Equis, but the owners want to keep the selection native. The draft selection is mostly from local breweries like (512), Circle and Thirsty Planet. “Ninety-nine percent of our draft selection is from Texas breweries that bring local stuff,” Chase said. “We try to pull craft beer and work with local breweries, exposing San Marcos to the stuff that is just down the street.” Chase said on Fridays the owners have a beer-tasting event. They like to invite local brewers to bring mystery kegs and talk about the beer. Chase hopes to have other celebrations throughout the year.
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Net neutrality ruling beneficial, must be upheld The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled 3-2 Feb. 25 to protect the current neutrality of the Internet. This ruling represents a small win, but the war has just begun. Some corporations and entities are attempting to file lawsuits in order to get the courts to potentially overturn the FCC’s decision. These corporations have ulterior motives for creating an Internet where increased access speed goes to the highest bidder. For bigwigs, this system is preferable to the equally accessible contact and access citizens have enjoyed since the inception of the Internet and World Wide Web. Corporations lobbying against net neutrality, such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, are worried about their profit margins, not the consumers and users. The goal of these net providers to charge more for faster lanes on the Internet is calculated and falls purely in line with capitalism. After all, the corporations are simply trying to maximize their profits in every way possible. However, such regulations spit in the face of what the Internet is supposed to be. The Internet’s mission was to serve as free, easily accessible diffusion of the world’s knowledge, opinions, content and information. Keeping the Internet the way it was dreamt to be and has continued to be, free and available for everyone, is ideal. Companies like Google and Microsoft are on the right side of the fight against big business seeking to lay waste to a bastion of freedom and equality. Regulating the Internet to combat the creation and distribution of child pornography, nonconsensual pornography and illicit drugs as well as
firearms has proven to be beneficial. Regulating the Internet to the whims of corporate entities and monopolies is the stark opposite. Net neutrality confirms the right to access, share, create, innovate and invest across the net on roughly equal terms. There is no need for permission, no need to pay tolls for specific webpages, no anything—just unadulterated access, within legal limits of course. Speaking of legal limits, if the opponents of net neutrality had their way and were allowed to charge content providers for faster net access, then an increase in piracy would surely follow. The accessibility of websites such as Spotify, Hulu and Netflix has cut down on potential Internet pirates. Most people would rather go to a legal site with a few ads or a menial subscription fee than a slow, virus-ridden file-sharing website. If the opposition to net neutrality has its way and content creators are charged in order to have fast or equal access to what they have grown accustomed to, then providers are going to raise their prices to account for the money lost in the transaction. An increase in prices or an overabundance of ads would be just the thing to turn consumers away to search for illegal, free content. These changes would forever alter the industry as we know it. Making sure net neutrality is a reality and not a thing of the past is something everyone should be vying for. Thankfully, the FCC marginally agrees. Their recent ruling should be taken as a victory for freedom everywhere. Keeping the freedom of the Internet has no downsides and should be championed as detractors try to place a price on our clicks.
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BOBCATS HOPE TO SECURE CONFERENCE SEED WITH ROAD VICTORY By Sabrina Flores SENIOR SPORTS REPORTER @SabrinaFloresTX The Texas State men’s basketball team won its final two home games of the season, putting the Bobcats in a position to clinch a postseason berth this week. Coach Danny Kaspar’s message to his team is simple. The Bobcats must take care of business Thursday night against Appalachian State and worry about the rest later. The absence of Wes Davis, senior guard, in the last meeting against Appalachian State may have led to the 64-58 loss. “Wes’ absence had a huge effect on our team,” Kaspar said. “He does possess the athleticism and the quickness, and he has good anticipation skills. He seems to know a second earlier than most where that ball is going. I know I felt a little unsure of our team without Wes, so I am wondering what were the players feeling.” Without Davis on the court, Frank Eaves, Appalachian State guard, converted on 10 of 16 shots. Eaves finished the game with 31 points, the most the Bob-
cats have allowed from a single player all season. No one else on the Appalachian State team exceeded 10 points. Kaspar is concerned about Appalachian State’s 3-point shooting. The Mountaineers converted on seven of their 17 shots from 3-point range in the last game against the Bobcats. The team is focusing on Appalachian State’s outside shooting, stopping the fast break and offensive rebounding in practice this week. Kaspar believes the team is giving up too many offensive rebounds, allowing opponents to take advantage of the second chance possessions. “Like I tell the players, it is going to require some mental toughness on (their) part,” Kaspar said. “But (during) yesterday’s practice, players had a little spring in their step, and that’s a good thing.” Texas State displays confidence in shooting, coming off two home-game wins against Troy and Arkansas State. The Bobcats shot 48 percent from the field against the Red Wolves in their last game. “I’d say we need to come in the game with a chip on our shoul-
der,” said Ethan Montalvo, junior guard. “We played without Wesley Davis last game, so we plan on jumping on them early.” Kavin Gilder-Tilbury, sophomore forward, gave the Bobcats an offensive spark in the last home victories. Gilder-Tilbury was named the College Sports Madness Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week as he came off the bench and tallied 32 points in two games. “I think everybody feels more comfortable, more confident going into these next two games, especially myself,” Gilder-Tilbury said. “I’ve been shooting the ball well. I feel like I’m finally improving my game and helping the team win.” Texas State will clinch its spot in the Sun Belt Conference tournament with a win against Appalachian State. The Bobcats are aiming to win at least one of the next two road games. “I am pleased with last week,” Kaspar said. “We put ourselves in a position to make the tournament. I think one more win will get it done for us, and we have options in many ways. We can take care of our own business and, worst-case scenario, we can get in even if we don’t.”
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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 2015 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 student publications board includes the journalism sequence coordinator in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the assistant director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a member of the print medium who is selected 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 nine hours each semester during the term of office. Students graduating in the final semester of the appointment (Spring Semester 2016) 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. An overall minimum 2.5 grade-point average is required for application consideration.
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BOBCATS ENTER FINAL ROAD TRIP OF REGULAR SEASON By Paul Livengood SPORTS REPORTER @IamLivengood One road trip remains for the Texas State women’s basketball team before the postseason tournament in New Orleans. Texas State’s first opponent of the weekend is Appalachian State, which sits seventh in the Sun Belt Conference with an 8-10 record. The Bobcats defeated the Mountaineers by nine points in the last matchup. Maryah Sydnor, Mountaineers senior forward, was injured during the game. “When you have an all-conference player out of the lineup mid-stream of the game, it’s hard for a team to adjust,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “I can’t lie. That obviously helps.” Sydnor had 10 points in 17 minutes before exiting with 14:15 re-
“Our mindset is about continuously getting better, so we have an opportunity to make a run.” —HEAD COACH ZENARAE ANTOINE maining in the second half. The Bobcats outscored Appalachian State by six points in the rest of the game. The Mountaineers lost five of their next seven games. Appalachian State won two straight games after Sydnor returned. Sydnor is averaging 17.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. She ranks third in the conference for
both statistics. Antoine pointed to rebounding as a point of emphasis in response to the 6-foot-1-inch Sydnor. Appalachian State ranks third in the Sun Belt with 39.6 rebounds per game. The Bobcats, meanwhile, are second in the conference with a 41.1 average. “We have to do a good job of boxing out, not allowing easy points in the paint and rebounds,” Antoine said. “I think now that they’ve been able to get her back—I think it’s helped them out quite a bit. I think they are back in sync now.” Antoine said the team is focused on resting its bodies during the road trip. Texas State will fly into Charlotte before a three-hour drive to Boone, North Carolina. Antoine emphasized the
coaches need to eliminate stress by scouting Appalachian State and putting the players in a position to succeed. “I think the less stress they have, the more free they’ll play, so I want to really start focusing on their academics before we take off on the road,” Antoine said. “I’m not going to overcomplicate things by putting in a lot of new stuff. We are going to take some things we’ve done before and tweak just little areas (in) prepping.” The Bobcats might change their defensive strategy. The final decision will be based on their performance in the upcoming practice. At this point, progress is key, An-
toine said. She believes the Bobcats will succeed if they play with consistent effort. “Our mindset is about continuously getting better so we have an opportunity to make a run,” Antoine said. Antoine wants all eyes on Appalachian State rather than the Sun Belt Conference tournament. The Bobcats are seeded fourth with two conference games remaining. “Outside of having to do some administrative stuff, I haven’t really thought much about it,” Antoine said. “Next one up. There are no (Connecticut Head Coach) Geno Auriemmas around here.”
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