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WEATHER

Uncharacteristic inclement weather creates confusion

Top Five Spring Break Destinations: The Univerisity Star breaks down the five best places to be this spring break.

RESEARCH

By Kelsey Bradshaw

Senior News Reporter

Recent inclement weather has prompted the university to revise its policies on canceling or delaying class. Clarifying inclement weather policies is important to “eliminate confusion,” said Provost Eugene Bourgeois during the March 5 Faculty Senate meeting. Some students enrolled in classes starting at 9:30 a.m. have not been sure whether to attend on days when the university was delayed until 10 a.m. To alleviate confusion, administrators altered the delayed opening time from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Bourgeois said. In previous meetings, faculty senators have said they want more notice regarding university delays, and cancelations should be posted on the Texas State homepage to deter misunderstandings. A weather alert saying classes were delayed Tuesday until 11 a.m. was posted in a yellow banner across the top of the Texas State homepage.

Kenworthy Uleanya | Staff Photographer Jennifer Gandy, anthropology graduate student, works with samples collected through the Gault Archaeological Project. The research team aims to learn more about early inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere.

University officials finalize strategic research plan to reach Tier One status Austin Humphreys | Star File Photo “Well, you couldn’t miss this sign on the front of the home page this time,” said Susan Weill, mass communication senator. Some senators were concerned students, faculty and staff would need to make up the days they missed since so many classes have been canceled or delayed this semester. Debra Feakes, chemistry and biochemistry senator, said no make up days will be required because one week of school would have to be canceled in order for students to make up missed classes. Make up days would only be offered if both the Tuesday and Thursday meetings of the same class were canceled in a single week. “(Make-up days) have never been any issue until this year,” said Associate Provost Cynthia Opheim, . The university has never experienced this amount of inclement weather days in a semester, so procedures have to be revised, Opheim said. For example, a template had to be made for text message alerts, Bourgeois said. “The more we have to do this, the better we get at it,” said Michel Conroy, Faculty Senate chair. It is not always feasible to notify everyone as early as the campus population would like when inclement weather occurs, Bourgeois said. However, the alert about Tuesday’s delay came out “very quickly” after the decision was made. “Our faculty were inundated by emails,” Feakes said. “It was more annoying because nobody knew what the decision was.”

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dministrators have completed and finalized a strategic plan outlining the future of research at Texas State that will help the university achieve Tier One status. Michael Blanda, assistant vice president for Research and Federal Relations, said the strategic research plan involves improving undergraduate curriculum, increasing research funding and productivity, creating more doctorate programs and building infrastructure. Blanda said the plan will ultimately help raise Texas State’s research profile and ability to recruit and retain high quality faculty and students. Provost Eugene Bourgeois said development of the plan began after the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

(THECB) named the university an Emerging Research Institution (ERI) in January 2012. To achieve Tier One status, the university must fulfill two required criteria and may fulfill six optional criteria. The criteria include overall value of endowments, reaching $45 million in research expenditures annually and ensuring a high quality freshman class, Bourgeois said. Restricted research expenditures were just under $21 million in the past fiscal year, Bourgeois said. He said the expenditures should soon increase to reach the requirement of $45 million a year. “All of this effort (on the plan), first and foremost, validates the effort of faculty, students and staff at Texas State,” Blanda said. “This is recognition and validation of those past efforts, ongoing efforts

and future efforts. We look forward to see where it ultimately takes us, not just as a research enterprise, but as a whole.” Administrators hope around 55 percent of future incoming freshmen will come from the top 25 percent of their high schools to meet the criteria regarding freshman class quality. That will likely create a need for more scholarships and fellowships to attract them, Bourgeois said. When creating the strategic research plan, the Executive Research Plan Committee looked at how peer institutions created developed their respective plans and achieved the goals they outlined. Blanda said there were 13 variables to compare with the universities, including full time

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Madelynne Scales | Assistant Photo Editor Lauren Meckel, Texas State alumna, prepares a slide March 5 at the Grady Early Forensic Anthropology Laboratory.

SXSW

South By Southwest to boost San Marcos economy By Jacob Orlowski Special to the Star

With visitors from across the country descending on Austin for the South By Southwest festival, San Marcos officials and business owners expect their proximity to attract an increase

in guests. More patrons are expected to attend SXSW this year than in any previous years, according to the festival’s website. This year, about 72,000 registrants and artists signed up for the festival. Festival-goers are looking to

San Marcos for accommodations for a number of reasons, said Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez, executive director of the San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau. “We have people come here for many reasons since they don’t want to fight the down-

town (Austin) traffic as well as the rates are less here,” YbarraRamirez said. “People also like to come here because they like to visit San Antonio as well during their stay.”

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FACULTY SENATE

Senators discuss need for new faculty-only campus dining hall By Kelsey Bradshaw

Senior News Reporter

Administrators are looking into possible locations for a dining space exclusive to faculty members in response to concerns raised by the Faculty Senate. In previous years, faculty members frequented University Club in Commons Dining Hall, but it has since been removed due to expansion of the Testing, Research Support & Evaluation Center and other renovations. However, there is currently no

space on campus reserved for faculty dining. Faculty members would enjoy a dining hall where they can eat with “cloth napkins” and “real plates,” said Rebecca Bell-Metereau, English senator. According to a Sept. 2, 2010 University Star article, Lyndon’s U Club was planned and modeled as the predecessor to the former University Club. Unlike University Club, Lyndon’s was not faculty-exclusive and was relocated to the bottom floor of the LBJ Student Center. The sit-

down restaurant, which did not accept meal trades, was plagued by low sales and was later replaced by Au Bon Pain. President Denise Trauth addressed the need for a faculty dining space at the Feb. 5 Faculty Senate meeting. “We tried with Lyndon’s (U Club), and for whatever reasons, it didn’t work,” Trauth said. “My sense is that the biggest driver Allison Brouillette | Staff Photographer

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FACULTY SENATE, continued from front was the cost of the food. Maybe location was an issue, but the biggest driver was the cost of food.” Finding a room adjacent to an existing eatery would be a quick solution to the problem, Trauth said Theodore Hindson, political science senator, said a portion of Jones Dining Hall could be turned into a faculty-only space since it is currently undergoing renovations. John Root, director of Auxiliary Services, said there is currently no definite location or set budget for a faculty dining hall.

“All of our current locations can be potential areas for the faculty dining hall,” Root said. Debra Feakes, biochemistry and chemistry senator, echoed the need for the space, saying it is “increasingly difficult” when faculty have to leave campus to interview or have lunch with teaching candidates. “Do you really want to bring (candidates) to a student cafeteria?” said Michel Conroy, faculty senate chair. Root said the current plan is for faculty to be able to buy their food from existing dining halls and take it

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to a quiet area designated for them, unlike previous arrangements that had entire dining halls dedicated to faculty use. Harris Dining Hall has the capacity to add a space specifically for faculty but it is located too far out in West Campus, Root said. Plans could be complete in three years if faculty and administrators decide upon a space and design, Root said. “As this university grows, I think having a faculty club (dining hall) would be a great thing,” Trauth said.

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SXSW, continued from front Some San Marcos hotels are expecting a high volume of patrons over the weekend and into the following week due to SXSW. According to representatives from Embassy Suites and Hampton Inn, vacancies are rapidly filling. The hotels are offering accommodations at a fraction of the costs of their Austin counterparts. Homeowners in San Marcos and the surrounding area can benefit from the influx of visitors to the area, said Sharron Walker, a shortterm rental specialist with DEN Property Group. Many residents are welcoming patrons and extending their hospitality by offering rooms for rent in their homes. Some are even listing entire houses for rent on Craigslist and through real estate agencies. “As the events of SXSW start to begin, we start to see more and more people wanting to rent out houses for a day,” Walker said. “In some cases (they rent for) the whole week.” By renting rooms or houses outside of Austin, festival-goers have

more options of places to stay than hotels, and this allows them to get out of the city for a couple hours. The tourism office is looking at this year’s SXSW as an opportunity for visitors to do more in San

Marcos than just sleep, YbarraRamirez said. The San Marcos tourism office encourages patrons to shop locally to help local San Marcos shop owners, Ybarra-Ramirez said.

Allison Brouillette | Staff Photographer Some visitors to the South by Southwest Festival have decided to stay in San Marcos to bypass high hotel prices in Austin. Representatives from Embassy Suites say rooms are filling up for next week’s festival.

Austin Humphreys | Star FIle Photo A retired Texas State professor died March 2 as a result of an incident at H-E-B on 200 W. Hopkins. A retired Texas State professor died over the weekend from injuries sustained when he was struck Feb. 26 by a vehicle. Hal Tucker Blythe Sr. died March 2 after he was injured in an accident in the H-E-B parking lot at 200 W. Hopkins St. A 93-year-old driver was reversing out of a handicapped spot at about 4:30 p.m. Feb. 26 when he lost control, according to a Feb. 27 University Star article. Blythe was taking an item out of his trunk when he was struck by the driver’s vehicle, which damaged four to five other vehicles. It was unknown at the

time of the incident whether Blythe was injured directly by the driver or by another vehicle that was hit, according to the article. However, it was determined the car did hit Blythe, but no charges were filed against the driver as a result of the Collision Investigation Team’s findings on the scene, according to the release. EMS and San Marcos Fire Department officials rendered first aid to Blythe, and he was taken to the University Medical Center at Brackenridge in Austin. ­—Compiled by Taylor Tompkins, News Editor

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enrollment, total operating revenue and research expenditures per faculty. “We wouldn’t compare ourselves to a university with a medical school,” Blanda said. “We compare ourselves to institutions that have similar research expenditures, undergraduate and graduate programs, endowment, admission standards and rate. It’s not just about research dollars when you’re choosing peer institutions.” The research strategic plan is geared toward all disciplines and students, Blanda said. “To me, it doesn’t matter the discipline,” Bourgeois said. “If you are active in your research or creative field, you are much more likely to be still involved in the cutting edge discovery of new knowledge in your area. That, in my opinion, directly benefits the students in your under-

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graduate and graduate classes.” Paige Haber-Curran, assistant professor of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology, said Texas State has been “very supportive” of her research on college student development and leadership. Haber-Curran received an internal research grant, which was used to conduct a research study to look at the experiences of Latino, Latina and Hispanic student leaders at six universities in California, Texas and Florida. “Good research requires substantial funding and support,” HaberCurran said. “I could see (the strategic plan) being beneficial in bringing in more graduate students who have an interest in research and more opportunities to partner and work directly with students to help develop their research.”

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TRENDS

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Austin Humphreys | Star File Photo Former Vice President Al Gore speaks at the 2013 SXSW Interactive festival.

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Close, crazy and—most importantly—cheap, South Padre Island welcomes approximately 40,000 visitors during the month of March. The island’s popularity stems from allowing patrons to have alcohol on the beach, said Mary K. Hancock, South Padre Island special events manager. March 8-15 is known locally as Texas Week because that is when most universities have their break. This year, the beach is hosting a four-day musical event packed with major musical acts. This year’s Ultimate Music Experience features performances from dubstep superstars Bassnectar and Zedd. “South Padre welcomes spring break, we always have,” Hancock said. It brings new attitudes, new life and new energy to the island. Everybody is happy.”

Cru, also known as Campus Crusade for Christ, offers an alternative option for spring breaking Bobcats. Consisting of a five-day trip to Laredo filled with service projects, Cru is designed to give students the opportunity to give back to the Texas community. “Sometimes people need a different break,” said John Nelson, full-time Cru Intern. “It is universally recognized that giving is better than receiving. It would be more refreshing than the typical spring break event.” Some of the service projects volunteers participate in include assisting a food bank that caters to soldiers and their families. “The main goal is, one, provide students with a fun positive spiritually oriented Spring Break, and two, serve the people of Laredo in a positive way,” Nelson said.

Known as the spring break capital of the world thanks to its 100,000-plus yearly visitors through March and April, Panama City Beach offers a series of nationally acclaimed musical acts. Luke Bryan, Flo Rida and Drake have performed in the past. Patrons can walk the beach and score free items from vendors (known as swag) and participate in the infamous spring break contests including wet t-shirt competitions. Many vendors offer shirts emblazed with “Ain’t No Party Like a PCB Party,” a phrase that always rings true.

Local Options Students don’t have to venture too far from home for an enjoyable spring break. San Marcos and surrounding areas offer Bobcats plenty of opportunities to have fun with friends. The San Marcos River, an ever-popular destination, stays temperate all season long. Grab a group of friends and hitch floats together for a lazy day in the sun. A few miles to the north, Austin’s world-famous South By Southwest festival kicks off tomorrow with film screenings, major music acts and interesting seminars. No wristband? No problem. There are several free concerts, screenings and parties scattered throughout the city.

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Bobcat Break While some Bobcats hit the beach during their weeklong vacation, the Student Volunteer Connection takes a group of students on a trip called Bobcat Break to perform habitat-focused services for a community. This year, Bobcat Break is going on three trips. One team is heading to Dallas to facilitate a kids camp at the Cancer Research Center, the Houston team is volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club and another team is traveling to Santa Fe, N.M .to help build houses with Habitat for Humanity. “Alternative spring breaks are a growing trend, especially among universities,” said Chelsea Whittington, Bobcat Break chair. “One main component of alternative spring breaks across the nation is an alcohol and drug free trip. Obviously, if you’re interest is in the people you’re serving, this isn’t an issue at all.” The requirements to apply to participate in Bobcat Break are a good standing with the university, at least half-time enrollment and a 2.5 or higher GPA. The cost of the trip is approximately $125, and includes housing, food and weeklong transportation.

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OPINIONS

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The University Star’s Spring Break Guide Spring break’s limitless possibility for fun brings with it unlimited opportunities for trouble, danger and horrific tan lines. Not to fear, the editorial board is here with tips for spring break success to avoid getting thrown in the drunk tank or worse—looking like the inside of a leather handbag.

DO: SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS

DON’T: PUT THE D IN DEBAUCHERY

Nothing’s worse than having a project (or several) hanging over your head while trying to relax. Save yourself a headache by knocking out assignments on the front end of spring break. Pawn the road trip driving off on friends and sneak in a little reading along the way, or crack open a textbook while catching some rays. Whatever you do, make sure not to leave that looming assignment until the last minute.

Spring break, like much of life, goes a lot smoother when everyone follows one simple rule—do not be an idiot. Do not fist pump so hard you punch someone in the face, do not get sloppy and spill your Four Loko and, for the love of spring break, do not throw up all over your friends—or strangers, for that matter. You are an adult and should act accordingly. Snitches may get stitches, but jackasses go to jail for public urination.

DON’T: FEEL PRESSURED TO RUN WILD

DO: WEAR SUNSCREEN

If tequila-soaked bikinis and beerbonging on a crowded beach is not quite your scene, do not go along for the ride. While it may seem like everyone on your Instagram feed is having a “Spring Breakers”-worthy experience, there is no shame in spending your break napping all day, visiting your mom or getting caught up on “House of Cards.” School is stressful, and the chance to decompress should not be undervalued. Spring break is supposed to be just that—a break.

DO: STAY SAFE Even if raging your face off is your idea of decompressing, make sure you are not putting yourself or those around you at risk. Trips to places like Panama City Beach, Gulf Shores and Mexico are fun, quick vacations, but touristy spots can often be crime-filled. Download an app like Apple’s Find My Friends to keep everyone together, do not go off by yourself, and, if you are too drunk to drive, make sure not to get behind the wheel.

Devoting an entire blurb to slathering on some SPF might seem ridiculous, but let this serve as a public service announcement for the Jersey Shore disciples among us. If you do not want to return to campus looking like a piece of beef jerky, use liberal amounts of high-SPF sunblock this break. Jerky may taste delicious, but it is rarely a good look to emulate.

DON’T: MAKE THE 9 O’CLOCK NEWS Regardless of where you do or do not go this spring break, keep in mind that you are representing Texas State. There is a fine line between partying hard and waking up more or less intact and partying hard and waking up with your mugshot plastered on the local FOX affiliate, complete with spring break party B-roll. As an emerging research institution struggling to shed its party school image, the last thing Texas State needs is a news report about a Bobcat gone rogue. Have fun, get wild if you must, but more than anything, make sure to keep your paws clean and head held high as you represent Texas State this spring break.

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

SOCIAL ISSUES

Females in nerd culture do not deserve judgment from men

Imani McGarrell Assistant Opinions Editor Journalism sophomore

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emale fans of traditionally masculine, nerdy interests such as comic books or video games often garner unwarranted criticism from their male counterparts—an all-too-common occurrence that needs to stop. Many women who are interested in video games or other “nerdy” interests are forced to endure irritating criticisms from self-righteous male fans on a daily basis. These males descend on

females who express enthusiasm for “nerd” culture and demand to see proof or credentials of a woman’s nerdiness before leaving her be. One infamous example of the gratuitous shaming nerdy women must endure came in 2012 from noted comic illustrator Tony Harris. Harris went on a social media tirade berating attractive women who show up at conventions in cosplay outfits. Cosplay is short for costume-play and refers to dressing up as a fictional character, usually at a convention or other social gatherings. Conventions celebrating certain fandoms or hobbies are often filled with men and women dressed in costumes that pay homage to various fictional characters. Apparently, possessing a decent level of attractiveness means the only interest a female bears in nerd-dom must be rooted in the attention gained from men.

The insinuation always seems to be that women cannot truly be interested in traditionally male-dominated geek culture, and must only want attention for saying so. For some reason, the idea that women show interest in things simply because of the joy they acquire from them is seen as ridiculous. The world of nerds and geeks is often a rough place. Even in today’s progressive society, identifying as a nerd often comes with negative stigmas attached. Particularly in the hormone-filled realm of high school, nerdiness can often adversely affect one’s popularity. Many self-identified geeks and nerds were picked on and ostracized by peers because of their interests. One would think these experiences would be enough to dissuade nerdy men from doing the same to their own kind. Unfortunately, instead of welcoming

geek women into the family with open arms, many nerdy guys insult female fans and demand they prove their knowledge before they can be accepted as true members of the community. The phenomenon of branding female fans as “fake geek women” is rooted in sexism. Geek men claim true geek culture is being ruined by women because they feel threatened. Nerd culture has been a men’s club for far too long, and now that it’s changing, men who have never had to interact with females feel uncomfortable. Keep in mind all the negative comments directed toward nerdy women are coming from the same geeks who have for years lamented the lack of like-minded females. Yes, there are pretty women who appropriate nerd culture to prey on unsuspecting fans, but that demographic is so miniscule it is practically nonexistent.

There are plenty of hardcore female fans who live and breathe nerd culture and also happen to be attractive. Gender and level of attractiveness should not be barriers to being accepted as a serious member of a fandom. To be considered a fan of something, one simply has to like that activity or interest. Being able to spew out facts at any given moment is not required to qualify as a member of a fandom. Furthermore, if someone claims to be a fan, they should not be made to endure such interrogation, regardless of gender or attractiveness. Being a true fan of something should equate to a desire to see the fan base grow in number and diversity. Hipster-esque nerd guys who pride themselves on being fans of a comic or game before females got hold of it are only hurting the very fandom they have pledged their allegiance to.

RELATIONSHIPS

Polygamous marriage ban restrictive of personal freedoms

Brandon Sams Opinions Columnist Public relations freshman

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he ban on polygamous marriages is an assault on personal freedom that has no place in a democratic society hailed for being the land of the free. Polygamy, or the act of having more than one spouse, is not something that should be outlawed in a country that prides itself on equality. What kind of relationship two consenting adults choose to engage in is no one’s business but their

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own. I will never be in favor of anyone imposing their beliefs on others or otherwise limiting individual expression and liberty. So long as they are not infringing on another’s rights or hurting anyone, whatever lifestyle a person chooses is fine in my book. While this kind of relationship is far from ideal for me personally, I am not going to deny others interested in it the right to partake. There are many things I do not personally like or agree with that others do, but my distaste does not give me the justification to deny others their rights. I have noticed a large percentage of those who oppose polygamy base their opposition in religious beliefs or else the classic “what about the children” argument that was once used against interracial and same-sex marriages. Another point of contention

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for some seems to stem from wrongfully equating polygamy to polygyny. Polygyny refers specifically to a marriage between one man and multiple wives, a stereotypical view of polygamy that is seen as repressive to women. However, polygamy is an umbrella term that refers to all the possible unions possible between multiple adults. It does not refer to old-fashioned, sexist or cultbased unions where women are devalued while men are put on a pedestal. I am not ignorant to the fact that many proponents of polygamy are part of religious cults that coerce women and young girls into unfair unions, and neither do I support unequal marriages rooted in sexism. It is because of the existence of such marriages that I believe there should be regulations on polygamous unions. First, all parties partaking in

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a legally binding polygamous union must be mentally intact adults when they make the decision to marry. Everyone involved should also be required to sign an agreement of consent to the aforementioned union, free from coercion. Last, protection of the property and human rights of those involved, most importantly children, should be enforced to prevent possible abuse and neglect. With these protections in place, I do not see any legitimate criticism against polygamy. Of course, the religious right will always talk about how their God created marriage to be “between one man and one woman,” totally ignorant of the fact that in the Old Testament Noah had two wives and Abraham, three. I understand the uneasiness surrounding the topic of polygamy. However, people should understand exactly what

polygamy is before they demonize it based on inaccurate stereotypes. The TLC program “Sister Wives” shows a completely functional, loving and happy family that just so happens to involve a man and his four wives. All of the women are very close and their children express happiness for their familial makeup. Unfortunately, stories showing the positives of polygamy are often overshadowed by the sensational news reports that depict underage wives living under the thumb of their husbands. The decriminalization and possible legalization of polygamy will continue to be a topic of debate. However, as the definition of marriage in America changes to be more inclusive, the acceptance and eventual legalization of polygamy is the logical next step.

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Softball falls 9-2 to Texas A&M at home Team loses sixth-straight matchup to Aggies By Cameron Cutshall Sports Reporter @CameronCutshall

The Texas State softball team lost 9-2 to No. 13 Texas A&M Wednesday, dropping its fourth straight game and moving its overall record to 13-9. The Bobcats have lost six straight to Texas A&M, making their all-time record against the Aggies 10-59. Texas State got started early with a leadoff single by Kelli Baker, sophomore second baseman, to extend her hitting streak to seven games. Courtney Harris, junior third baseman, hit Baker home with an RBI single to give the Bobcats an early 1-0 lead.

the Bobcats one more run in the bottom of the third, making the score 6-2. House pitched six innings and had thrown more than 125 pitches by the fifth. Katie Marks, Texas A&M pitcher, threw 46 pitches by the same point in the game. House gave up nine hits, six walks and six strikeouts in the game. House now has 104 strikeouts for the season, leading the team and the conference. Garza hit a 3-run home run in the top of the sixth to give the Aggies a final score of 9-2. This was Garza’s second home run of the game. Garza went 2-2 with a 2-run home run and a grand slam last season against Texas State in College Station. Garza added three

“I don’t think we played a bad ball game as far as what we’re capable of doing, but I also don’t think we played a good ball game. They’re a good ball club, and the capitilized on our mistakes.” -Ricci Woodard, softball coach “I still don’t think I’m where I need to be,” Baker said. “I’m taking every game, at bat and pitch to be the aggressor, to get ahead when I can.” April Ryan, Texas A&M second baseman, put the Aggies ahead with a two RBI single in the top of the second to make the score 2-1. The Aggies added another two runs in the inning to extend their lead to 4-1, closing out the top of the second. Texas A&M added to its lead in the top of the third with a leadoff homerun by Amber Garza, third baseman, extending the lead 5-1. Rayn House, senior pitcher, gave up a hit and a walk. Emily Albus, Aggies centerfielder, extended Texas A&M’s lead to 6-1 after an RBI double. “(The Aggies) swing the bats well and don’t make mistakes at the plate,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “I thought they did a great job at the plate. That’s what they’re known for, and that’s what they’ve been good at for a long time.” Baker hit a home run to right field to give

more RBIs and a solo home run in this game. House earned her fifth loss of the season, moving to 10-5. Marks earned her eighth victory and remains undefeated this season. The ball club had three errors in the ball game, the most Texas State has had in any game this season. “I think we got outplayed tonight,” Woodard said. “I don’t think we played a bad ball game as far as what we’re capable of doing, but I also don’t think we played a good ball game. They’re a good ball club, and they capitalized on our mistakes.” The matchup was the first of a seven home game stand for Texas State. The Bobcats start conference play March 15 against Louisiana-Monroe. “The competition isn’t going to get any easier past this point,” Woodard said. “We have to make sure that we make those routine plays, stay aggressive against batters and make them swing the bats.”


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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Bobcats defeat Jaguars in Alabama By Quixem Ramirez Sports Reporter @quixem

The Texas State women’s basketball team erased a 10-point deficit in the second half Wednesday to defeat the South Alabama Jaguars 64-60. The Bobcats swept the season-series against South Alabama, winning both matchups by single-digits. The team swept three conference opponents this season. Texas State improved to 14-14 overall and 11-6 in the conference. They won 11 conference games for the third time since 2007. South Alabama was eliminated from postseason contention after losing its eighth consecutive game. “It’s never easy going up against a team that has their back against the wall,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “You

never truly know someone’s heart, and I give a lot of credit to Coach (Terry) Fowler for what he’s doing with this program.”

“You saw the fatigue in the Jaguars, and they started getting down and missing shots.” -Zenarae Antoine, women’s basketball coach Texas State trailed by 4 points at halftime and as many as 10 in the second half after the Jaguars’ 10-2 run. “I felt calm in that first half,” Antoine said. “I was upset about the fact that they were doing a good job of getting to the free throw line and putting the ball

on the floor. They did a better job driving all the way for layups, but I knew we had the legs and the ability to stop them in the second half.” The Bobcats responded with a 15-3 run after Antoine implemented a full-court pressure scheme. “It’s a strategic play,” Antoine said. “We aren’t known to press, but this team is down. They just played on the road on a Sunday. They were also short a guard that played substantial minutes, and the strategy ended up working. You saw the fatigue in the Jaguars, and they started getting down and missing shots. It’s something that we can pull out when we need it.” Ayriel Anderson, sophomore guard, led the team with 18 points on five of eight shooting from the field and seven of eight shooting at the free throw line. Anderson added five assists and two steals in 22 minutes. “Ayriel (Anderson) has turned

it on statistically,” Antoine said. “She’s matured as a player, and that’s something we have continuously working on with her. She just kept her head and stayed focus. Ayriel (Anderson) is a tremendous player.” Anderson scord 16 points in the second half, and she accounted for 5 of the Bobcats’ last 8 points. “I noticed they were sagging off, and coach told me to attack, attack, attack,” Anderson said. “When I started attacking off the high screen and getting my shooters open, it opened up the offense so I could get to the rim and get the offensive flow we normally play.” South Alabama missed 13 of its 16 3-pointers. The Jaguars shot 26.9 percent behind the arc in two games against the Bobcats, nearly 10 points lower than their season-average of 36.8. “We have really scouts that can shoot the 3-pointer so it really gave us a test to see how the

game was going to be played,” Anderson said. “The pressure around the arc really startled them.” Texas State is tied with Arkansas-Little Rock for third place in the conference. The Bobcats’ final regular season game is against the Troy Trojans, who clinched a playoff spot in the Sun Belt postseason tournament. Troy, the conference’s topranked offense, scored 82 points in an overtime loss to the Bobcats in their last matchup. “They want a track meet,” Antoine said. “We are going to have to do our best to slow them down, and that defensive effort is going to be important. Put all records aside. It’s going to test us. I like that test before we go into New Orleans, because we are going to get their best on the road in a new place we’ve never been. That will truly test the teams’ character.”

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BASEBALL

Baseball defeated by Valparaiso in Looking for a place to live? extra innings at home stadium Check out By Kirk Jones Sports Reporter @kirk_jones11

The Texas State baseball team ended its seven-game win streak Wednesday with a loss to Valparaiso 3-2 in the Bobcats’ fourth extrainnings game of the season. “If you dwell on what you do well too long, it’ll pass you by,” said Coach Ty Harrington. “We are going to move on to Washington State. We still haven’t played good baseball yet, in my opinion, like I think we are capable of playing.” Dylan Bien, freshman pitcher, took the mound against Valparaiso to make his second career start. Bien pitched three innings, struck out one batter and kept the 2-1 lead in tact before leaving the game in the top of the 4th. Texas State scored its first run on an error by Spencer Mahoney, Crusaders third baseman, followed by a wild pitch, putting two runs on the board for the Bobcats. “When the opposing team makes four errors, it’s frustrating,” Harrington said. “All our guys are frustrated, too. We have won a lot of ball games late and had another chance tonight to do the same thing.” The Crusaders committed four errors on the game

and capitalized on Texas State’s five hits compared to Valparaiso’s seven. Chad Young, junior reliever, stepped in for Bien and pitched two innings, striking out two batters and walking three. Young pitched a scoreless inning to hold the lead for Texas State 2-1. Tyler Davenport, freshman pitcher, followed Young and tossed two-thirds of an inning, throwing walks to load the bases for the Crusaders. Valparaiso had an opportunity to tie the game but could not capitalize with the bases loaded as Jeff Edward, Crusaders shortstop, grounded out to Austin O’Neal, senior first baseman. The Texas State pitchers did not allow an earned run, relying on their bullpen early. The Bobcats played three relievers before the sixth inning and had six pitchers come out of the bullpen for the game. “That was by design,” Harrington said. “It was a mid-week game, and we only have one day between games before we head to Washington State.” David Paiz, junior third baseman, reached first on an error by the center fielder and advanced to second to start the bottom of the sixth. O’Neal forced a walk to put a man on first, giving

the Bobcats an opportunity to extend their 2-1 lead. Colby Targun, junior outfielder, could not advance the runner from third as he grounded into a double play, ending the scoring opportunity for the Bobcats. Grant Yoder, Valparaiso designated hitter, advanced the runner from second to tie the game at 2-2 on a contested play by Targun in the next half inning. Targun made a diving play but the umpire called it a trap play, continuing the top of the seventh. Hunter Lemke, senior pitcher, entered the game in the ninth as the sixth pitcher of the night for the team. Lemke recorded three saves in three games prior to the game against Valparaiso. “I was confident coming into this game,” Lemke said. “Groundballs just got through the infield. I’m a ground pitcher. That’s just baseball, and I’m going to always have confidence in my defense.” Lemke allowed a double down the left field line in the top of the 10th, giving Valparaiso a 3-2 lead and the victory. “We got to flush this loss,” Lemke said. “That’s baseball. Just flush the loss. That’s the way it goes. We have to look ahead to Washington State.”

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