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Fun Fun Fun Fest celebrates music and comedy by bringing famous artists from around the world to perform.

Women’s basketball: Texas State defeated Huston–Tillotson Friday in its season opener at home.


Police release information on suspects in abduction, sexual assault case Compiled by Taylor Tompkins and Amanda Ross The University Star

Police have released the descriptions of three suspects involved in a kidnapping and sexual assault that occurred Nov. 6 near downtown San Marcos. The three men are believed to have abducted a woman and her four-yearold child Wednesday at approximately 11:30 a.m. In a statement released to the City of San Marcos, Police Cmdr. Penny Dunn said the woman was driving on the east end of McKie Street approaching the access road of Interstate Highway 35 when she was rear-ended by another vehicle. When the woman existed her vehicle to assess the damage, a Hispanic male forced her into her own backseat while a second Hispanic male entered the driver’s seat of

the vehicle and drove away. A third Hispanic male followed in a truck, described as an older model maroon GMC with peeling or fading paint. The first male is described as being in his 40s with a shaved head and a square patch of facial hair on his chin. He has cross tattoos on his forearms and is around six feet tall. The other men involved in the incident referred to him as “Dago.” The second man is believed to be 18 to mid-20s in age and is about 5 feet 5 inches tall. The male, referred to as “Chico” by the others, is described as thin with closely cut hair and has a tattoo on his neck of an unknown word. The third suspect is about 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium

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Texas State Student Foundation holds annual Veterans Day ceremony

Austin Humphreys | Photo Editor Dante “Akil” Givens and Marc “Mark 7even” Stuart perform with Jurassic 5 Nov. 10 at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. The hip hop group closed out the festival’s Blue Stage.



Eighth annual festival features live music, free activities

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Kristen Lefebvre | Staff Photographer 1st Lt. Jorge Pagen-Valero and Maj. David Garrett stand to be recognized for their service in the United States Air Force during a Veterans Day ceremony in The Quad.

By Alexis De La Garza News Reporter

Students, veterans, active military and San Marcos residents came together Monday morning in The Quad to observe the Student Foundation’s Annual Veterans Day ceremony. The ceremony featured Texas State alumnus Brig. Gen. Mark Kelly as the keynote speaker. Kelly is the commander of the 354th fighter wing at the Eielson Air Force Base and has 27 years of experience in the military. According to Kelly, Veterans Day is “a day unlike any other kind of day.” “Whereas on July 4th we celebrate a national birthday and on Memorial Day we

celebrate national sacrifice, on Veterans Day, we gather to recognize national service and national courage—to remember the men and women who survived and solved our nation’s greatest challenges,” Kelly said. Following Kelly’s speech, Veterans Alliance President Miles Nelson presented the Veterans Above and Beyond Award. According to Nelson, the honor can be awarded to “any student, staff or faculty member who voluntarily and routinely goes outside the boundaries of their job description to support student veteran programs at Texas State.” This year, the vote was almost unanimous with the only opposing bal-

The eighth annual Fun Fun Fun music festival lived up to its name over the weekend. Kicking off Friday afternoon, the festival’s patrons enjoyed clear skies, large crowds and last-minute additions to an already impressive lineup. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Austin skyline, the event featured much more than just musical performances. Upon entering Auditorium Shores, patrons were met with dozens of ways to occupy their time. BMX and skateboarding demos, photobooths located in renovated portable bathrooms and free mechanical bull rides were just a sampling of the event’s offered activities, ensuring no fest-goer was ever without a whopping amount of fun. Headlining the evening’s performances, Snoop Dogg trotted out old favorites like “Gin and Juice” and “Nuthin’ but a G-Thang” much to the delight of the shrieking audience. The Doggfather blessed the crowd with snippets of collaborated endeavors, including Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” and 50 Cent’s “P-I-M-P.”

Saturday Sunday Saturday boasted the weekend’s best selection of comedy. Craig Robinson, Doug Benson and Tenacious D all performed in the festival’s Yellow Stage, which was crammed to capacity with eager, neck-craning stand-up fans desperate to catch a glimpse of their favorite comics. Anthony Reed, 23, said he bought tickets for the festival after hearing Tenacious D was set to perform. “I’ve been waiting all day for this,” Reed said, stretching up on his toes to try to take a better cell phone picture of the stage Jack Black would soon grace. “I’ve seen their movie like, 80 times.” The night concluded with performances by M.I.A., who called fans up on stage to dance with her, and Ice-T, who—to the audible delight of the audience—made several references to “Law and Order SVU.”

Though it was the last day of the festival, Sunday did not disappoint its audience. Featuring spirited performances by MGMT and Slayer, the night ended with a literal bang as music throbbed through the stages’ speakers and enticed audiences to dance one more time. On the Yellow Stage, famed comedians Rob Delaney and Sarah Silverman kept the crowd roaring with laughter as they fired off their trademark raunchy, politically incorrect humor. Silverman was a last minute addition to the lineup, confirming her attendance just days before the festival began. Silverman earned more high marks from the already-charmed crowd as she shouted her support of State Sen. Wendy Davis to thunderous applause and cheers.

Additional coverage on pages 5 & 6

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Gameday parking brings in revenue for Transportation Services By Autumn Bernhard News Reporter

Although Parking Services has seen a profit from charging 8,300 cars for parking at home football games so far this fall, fans and visitors have experienced some confusion regarding the $10 fee. Parking Services has received approximately $83,000 from an average of 860 cars parking in lots per home game, said Nancy Nusbaum,

interim director of Transportation Services. Spaces are available in the Strahan Coliseum, Springtown or Mill Street parking lots. “The money from the parking goes back to Parking Services and is used to pay for expenses of the game,” Nusbaum said. “We have to pay cashiers, guards, police, for dumpsters and the cleaning company that comes and brushes the lots after the game.” The Strahan Coliseum lot has

brought in the highest amount of money from all of the home game lots with $49,800 over the past five home games. Mill Street followed with $16,860 earned and the Springtown lot brought in the least amount at $16,520. On average, the Strahan Coliseum lot makes $9,500 to $10,000 each game since the spaces are used for tailgating. The parking lots open at 8 a.m. and are patrolled by Parking Services’ student work-

ers, Nusbaum said. People routinely patrol the parking lots to see how many spaces are open. At around 2:30 p.m., they close the Coliseum parking lot, count how many spaces are available, then open the lot back up and fill those spots. “Parking Services posts a sign to have your car removed from the Coliseum lot by a designated time for residents on campus who own commuter permits,”Nusbaum said. “So far this has not been a problem

and (we) have only had about two to four cars per game. However, if it does become a problem, we will tow the cars away.” According to Nusbaum, the Oct. 26 homecoming game against South Alabama made the most money of all the parking lots with $20,460. The game against Wyoming made the next highest amount with $20,160 and the

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ASSAULT, continued from front build and a mohawk-style hair cut. He is described as having an injured nose or bruised eyes. Dunn said the woman’s head was covered as she was taken to an unknown location where she was sexually assaulted and strangled, causing her to lose consciousness. When the victim regained consciousness, she returned to her residence and called for police and emergency medical services, Dunn said. The victim’s 4-year-old child was not harmed during the incident, but the mother suffered multiple non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a hospital for treatment. Limited information was obtained due to her medical condition. Because the investigation is ongoing and contains sensitive situations, police

will not release information regarding the victims’ identities. “Our department and several other agencies are working full time on this investigation,” said Police Chief Howard Williams in a statement from the city. “We want to reassure the public that every effort is being made to identify and arrest these offenders. Our officers on patrol are keeping a close look out and we have sent out bulletins throughout Texas that we are searching for these suspects.” Williams said the public will be informed of new developments as they occur. The San Marcos Police Department is asking anyone who may have observed suspicious activity or a minor accident near Cheatham and McKie Streets to call Criminal Investigations at 512-353-2300.

VETERANS, continued from front lot coming from the person being honored, Nelson said. Corey Benson won the award for his work as the Student Development Coordinator for Student Veteran and LGBTQIA Programming. ”In the very short time (Benson) has been at Texas State, he has done nothing but go above and beyond his job duties to help us,” Nelson said. Benson said while it is an honor to be recognized, it is “an even bigger honor” to be able to help support student veterans. “We have a responsibility to honor (veterans’) service and ensure that they are successful at Texas State,” Benson said. “It has been an honor to be able to help support these students.” Rachel Coy Henrich, a member of the Student Foundation, said they have been planning for the ceremony since May. “It’s definitely not one of those things that can just get thrown together in a couple of months,” Henrich said. Kelly said he thought the Veteran’s Day

ceremony was organized efficiently. “It sounds simple, but it’s nice when they start on time and end on time because people’s time is important,” he said. “The band was great, the people were enthused, and I thought everything came together really well.” According to Kelly, it was nice for him to see students take time out of their days to pause and think of veterans. “I didn’t know if it was going to be eight or 800 people,” he said. “It was good to see a good-sized crowd, and they seemed attentive to what was going on.” Among the attendees of the ceremony was Brendon Walsh, a member of the Air Force ROTC and international studies senior. “This is my third time attending, and I appreciate it more every time,” Walsh said. “Just seeing everybody come together on campus and seeing the support this school has for its veterans means a whole lot to me, as someone who’s signed a considerable length of my life to serving the country.”

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season-opener against Prairie View A&M was third with $18,820. The game against Louisiana-Monroe made $12,370, with the game against Georgia State making the least at about $11,370. “Usually the first game always brings in the most money,” Nusbaum said. “But later in the season, attendance lowers. Thus, less money is made until homecoming when it rises.” Although Parking Services has seen a profit from game day parking spaces charges, the $10 per space fee has caused some confusion for residents with commuter permits as well as parents and alumni, according to student game day workers. Antonia Parrish-Brooks, dance freshman, bought a commuter pass to save money but did not realize until much later that she would have to move her car from a football lot every weekend during a home game. Parrish-Brooks said it makes her rethink her decision to purchase a commuter permit. “I just get really frustrated having to move my car by 5 p.m. on a Friday for a football game and then move it back on Sunday all because I wasn’t willing to pay $485 for the residential permit,” Parrish-Brooks said. Many students do not realize each parking spot on game days is $10, so they are confused when attendants

say 20 spaces at tailgate will cost $200, said Michelle Bollmeyer, education sophomore, who works the lots on game day. Student workers such as Bollmeyer said they get complaints from parents and alumni about the cost of parking. “We have multiple parents come up to park and say that their daughter or son goes to the school so it should be free to them,” Bollmeyer said. “Alumni get upset since they didn’t know about it also.” The only sporting event Parking Services requires attendees to pay for spots is at the football games. However, Parking Services is charging departments $5 per space to raise money and plans to charge for parking for the new Performing Arts Center when it opens.

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Texas State provides services to sexual assault victims By Kelsey Bradshaw News Reporter

University officials across the state continue to investigate more efficient ways to handle rape prevention and cases of sexual assault, especially in light of a recent University of North Texas petition that gathered hundreds of signatures to allow on-campus rape kits. The Texas State Student Health Center does not provide onsite rape kits, designed to collect evidence admissible in court, said Emilio Carranco, director of the Health Center. In the event of a rape incident, the university works to help students with their physical and mental health. However, the campus as a whole could be more aware of steps to take when reporting or handling cases of sexual assault, Carranco said. No forcible or non-forcible sex offenses were reported at Texas State in 2010, according to the university’s Clery Act crime statistics. In 2011, three forcible sex offenses were reported, and one incident of that nature was reported in 2012. However, sexual assault is believed to be the most underreported violent crime in the country, according to a report by the United States Department of Justice. Carranco said it is not necessary to provide rape kits on campus since there are several established resources for aid in San Marcos. Rape incidents tend to occur during the evening or on the weekends when the Health Center is not open, he said. “You really want a resource to be available as quickly as possible after the incident of rape,” Carranco said. Hospitals have emergency rooms open and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners on hand 24 hours per day, Carranco said. Sexual assault nurses are specially trained in how to treat and help a rape victim effectively. Evidence has to be collected in a certain way or it will be of no use in legal proceedings if the victim choses to press charges, Carranco said. “You want someone that’s very well trained to be able to do this, and you want someone who does it on a regular basis, so that you know that they’re going to be very confident in doing this,” Carranco said. Although the Health Center does not have specially trained nurses, they still do their best to help victims of rape, Carranco said. “Our job is to make sure physically, they’re safe, and that emotionally we’re trying to connect them with the right kinds of resources, either on campus or off campus, so that they can get the support they need,” Carranco said. “Our job is to try to help insure the health and safety of the victim and get them connected to the right resources.” According to a study done by the Crime Victims’ Institute at Sam Houston State University, 81 percent of Texas’ college campuses offered counseling services to sexual assault victims. Only three of the universities provided rape crisis or victim advocacy cen-


New performing arts recital hall designed for optimal acoustic balance By Nicole Barrios News Reporter

Chris Motz | Staff Photographer Texas State’s Student Health Center does not provide on-site rape kits. On-campus facilities provide students with information and counseling in the event of sexual assault.

ters in an on-campus site. Kathlyn Dailey, interim director of the Counseling Center, said many students visit on-campus counseling resources after experiencing sexual assault. The Counseling Center refers victims to the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center as well, Dailey said. Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center officials provide advocates to travel to a hospital and legal proceedings with victims of sexual assault and rape. The women’s center is a resource for both female and male patients, Dailey said. SAFER, Students Active for Ending Rape, is a “national sexual assault prevention organization,” with a presence on the Texas State campus, said Tracey Vitchers, communications coordinator for SAFER. “We empower students to change their campus’ sexual assault policy to make it more transparent and navigable for survivors of sexual violence,” Vitchers said. About 5,000 to 6,000 students live on campus and 30,000 students live off campus, making it difficult to turn the health center into a main resource for victims of rape, Carranco said. “Everyone’s developed a clear protocol for managing those cases. There’s no confusion. Everybody knows what to do and where to go to receive that resource,” Carranco said. “If we tried to do some of that here, that could create some confusion. My biggest concern would be that it may cause some folks to delay accessing service.”

Hanging high above the untouched seats of the recital hall from the thin aisle of the catwalk, thick black curtains are waiting to manipulate the acoustics of the Performing Arts Center set to open in early spring. Thomas Clark, director of the School of Music, said the Performing Arts Center will be acoustically tuned for optimal sound in January. The Performing Arts Center contains a recital hall, a theater, rehearsal rooms and a “scene shop” for building sets for plays, Clark said. Clark said the acoustics are adjustable because of 12 large sound-absorbing curtains, which will be mostly unseen by the audience. He said there are six pairs of the curtains in the catwalk level of the recital hall and Harrison Theater. “You can open or close those curtains to basically expand or contract the amount of resonant space,” Clark said. “It’s very cool.” Clark said several factors including size, shape and surface coverings can affect acoustics. He said the sounds, which bounce off the walls and the ceilings, can either be reflected or absorbed by the different surfaces in a space. Clark said one of the “leading acousticians in the world,” JaffeHolden Acoustics, Inc., is in charge of the Performing Arts Center acoustics. JaffeHolden has worked on acoustical projects such as the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The company has also worked on the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, according to its website. Clark said JaffeHolden was part of the team who worked on the Performing Arts Center with the designer, Morris Architects. “The design is not only for the beauty of the space, but for the best state of the art functionality of the space,” Clark said. “For us in music, that means great acoustics.” Joey Martin, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and

Communication, said there are panels of wood in the recital hall hanging from the ceiling called “clouds,” which focus sound out into the hall. “By using different configurations of those curtains, (the curtains) affect the sound differently,” Martin said. The acousticians will attend rehearsals to work with different ensembles, bands and choral groups to advise on stage layouts, riser locations and curtain placements in the hall, Clark said. Acousticians will perform tests to determine the different types of sound created by deploying the curtains to absorb the noise. “The wonderful thing about this is that it allows for very different performing ensembles or solos to create a different acoustical environment,” Martin said. Martin said up to this point, the School of Music has used existing venues and modified them to meet their needs. The Music Building used to be a gymnasium and was never intended to be performance space, but it has been modified, Martin said. Aside from the new Performing Arts Center, none of the current Texas State performance spaces have adjustable acoustics. “If you had a football team, and you didn’t have a space to play football, so you just found an open space that was the length and width of a football field and you played football there, but it didn’t have any of the goals and yard lines,” Martin said, “that’s sort of, in many ways, how we’ve been functioning.” Austin Maldonado, music studies junior, said he plays the saxophone in concert bands and quartets. Acoustics affect Maldonado’s performance on stage, he said. “Whenever you’re performing, you want the room to be really open, and you want your sound to carry,” Maldonado said. “Because that way, it’s easier for the audience to hear you, and it sounds better and makes you feel more confident.” Maldonado said the changeable acoustics of the new recital hall are an interesting new feature in the center. The current recital hall in the Music Building is “take it or leave it” in terms of its acoustics, Maldonado said.

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Students must consider whether college, degree is best option


hile attending college is optional, it is apparent many students have chosen to pursue higher education because they “should,” not because they want to. The debate over whether to obtain a college degree is not new, but the current economic climate has raised the stakes. The percentage of Americans who believe college is essential to success has risen from 31 to 55 since 2000, according to a study conducted by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. The problem is society has force-fed young people the idea they must go to college or accept being relegated to second-class citizenship. While research shows, on average, those with degrees reap the most financial benefits, it is also important to recognize college is not the best choice for everyone. As students at Texas State, the editorial board does recognize the importance of higher education. It should, theoretically, enable individuals to expand their knowledge, strengthen their skill set and increase their understanding of both the world and their community. However, the editorial board believes opting not to attend college or withdrawing from school to pursue other paths are legitimate life choices young people should consider. Many students’ parents grew up in

a generation and time period where attaining a college degree was not a requirement to landing a well-paying job. Now, bachelor’s degrees are becoming the new high school diploma. There are employers who will not even consider some job candidates for a position if they do not have a master’s degree or a higher level of education. In addition, today’s students face a stigma that those who choose not to attend college are slackers. This attitude is unfortunate, because many people who do not pursue a college education are bright individuals who have recognized that higher education is not for them—just like many of their parents in the past. It is disheartening to see classmates at Texas State struggle with grades despite copious amounts of studying. Even those who do well academically are sometimes unable to give a straight answer when asked what they plan to do with their degrees. Many of these students will often admit they are only pursuing a degree because of pressure from their parents or society. It is painfully apparent everyone learns differently and has different skill sets and goals. Students should carefully consider whether they truly want a college education before enrolling, and those already attending school should ask themselves if they have made the right decision before

moving forward in their degrees. The ugly truth is while a college degree does open many doors for graduates, it comes with the promise of debt and only the hope of a job. The issue is high schools force the idea of college down the throats of students. More emphasis needs to be put on vocational and technical schools, since jobs that require technical training will always be in high demand. People who have chosen that path in life are currently in the work force leading productive lives and earning good wages. A carpenter or mechanic is no less of a respectable American than someone who spent four years studying sociology or mass communications, and who may very well end up working a minimum wage job. While furthering one’s education should always be encouraged, young people should ask themselves if college is the best way to do so. College outrageously expensive, and not everyone has a knack for traditional academics. Obtaining a college degree is not the be-all-end-all of becoming a contributing member of society, and that is something more people need to recognize.


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Twitter posts can affect career opportunities

‘Selfies’ fun, not to be taken seriously

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in mind how crucial social media accounts are to landing a future career. It is easy to get lost in the lure of airing out grievances in 140 characters or less. Twitter rants, otherwise known as mindless word vomit, can be cathartic. The chance to stick it to an old boss while simultaneously sharing witty wordplay with followers can be a rush. However, the fact remains while students may see social media as a fun way to unwind with friends virtually, their peers are not the only ones tuning in to read what they have to say. According to a Jan. 25 Huffington Post article, 91 percent of employers use social media to screen applicants. While engaging in arguments online, using adult language and discussing inappropriate behavior may seem all in good fun, these choices can and will work against students in the future. As a passive and non-confrontational person, I have viewed my Twitter account in the past as an outlet for venting and airing my dirty laundry. Anyone who follows me can easily track the constant battles I have engaged in with my suitemates. They are loud and annoying, but I digress. While I used to feel safe hiding behind my computer, typing vitriol online until my fingers bled, I now realize my former behavior might look negative to future employers. Although it may be easy to confront problems in cyberspace, students need to understand what feels right to post online in the moment can make them look bad to future employers. The best thing to do when attacked by someone online is to either ignore or block them entirely. Aside from petty arguments tweeted

Alexis Aguirre Opinions Columnist Journalism freshman

now and then, students need to realize while they may be adults, using explicit language does not make them sound intelligent or mature. While no one is expecting students’ social media sites to be reflective of a perfect Boy or Girl Scout, coming off as a pottymouth sailor may not be in their best interest. Furthermore, while the occasional kegger and other recreational festivities play a part in the average college student’s life, Bobcats should work to keep these activities and their Twitter postings separate. Now, I am not telling anyone how to live his or her life. After all, I am the type of person who stays in watching Dexter in my pajamas. If that is what students want, by all means—go crazy, get drunk and party on. Students should just realize if employers stumble upon a picture of them posing provocatively with a bottle of Ciroc, it could give off the wrong impression. Twitter, along with other social media websites, is no longer used solely for socializing purposes. What students post online can play a massive part in their future careers, and Bobcats should take care to keep this in mind when using social media.

of expression. Selfies have been a rising trend since the MySpace era. Kids were taking bathroom mirror pictures with their parents’ digital cameras before front-facing cell phone photos even existed. Let’s be real—my generation all but invented the shot-from-above profile picture. The selfie movement gained popularity, especially among females, because at its origin it shows acceptance of the fact that nobody is perfect. Regular people take regular pictures and that is okay. Of course, nowadays it is more about having good selfie game and less about embracing flaws— but that is okay too. Selfies are fun and harmless. When having an especially good hair day, selfies are often the best and easiest way to document one’s diva moment for the world to see. However, the flipside to the fun of selfies are the people who do not know when enough is enough. It is irritating to have my Instagram feed clogged up with multiple pictures of the same girl. Luckily, I have compiled a list of tips that can help clear up the mystery of selfie appropriateness. Firstly, students need to know how frequent is too frequent when it comes to posting selfies. Unless there are special circumstances, generally no more than one selfie a week is a good idea. Not knowing when enough is enough can turn students into that person who takes so many selfies others have to unfollow them to maintain sanity. Students should consider their surroundings before they take a selfie.

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Imani McGarrell Opinions Columnist Journalism sophomore

There has been a bizarre trend lately of people taking selfies at funerals, and I am not at all on board with that. Just do not do that—a funeral is not the time or place to take a selfie. Also, students should not post selfies that obviously display themselves participating in illegal behavior such as underage drinking and substance abuse. Several of my friends have expressed their discontent with the selfie epidemic our generation sparked. Many feel it makes our generation seem self-absorbed and narcissistic. Personally, I say who cares? They are called selfies for crying out loud. They are a form of self-expression just like nail polish or earrings. The turtle earrings I always wear represent how much I love turtles and only that. Similarly, the selfie I took displaying my bomb makeup last week represents how much I like makeup and only that. Selfies are silly, fun and harmless. They can be annoying in large amounts, but that issue can easily be solved with the press of the “unfollow” button. The bottom line is that selfies are just pictures—nothing more and nothing less.

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Coverage continued from front Austin Humphreys| Photo Editor

Snoop Dogg closes Friday night of Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores.

By Amanda Ross Trends Editor


Consisting of three half-pipes set in the center of the festival ground’s, Fun Fun Fun Fest’s Ride+Skate events left audiences gasping and cheering for the gravity-defying BMX and skateboarding exhibitions. Ride+Skate was broken down into time slots, each featuring a different aspect of the sports. Professional riders, local shop owners and amateur athletes all tried their hands at flips and jumps against the background noise of the concerts. There was even a miniature halfpipe set up for the enjoyment of the festival’s littlest skaters.

Learda Shkurti | Staff Videographer Doug Benson performs stand-up Nov. 9 at Fun Fun Fun Fest. The festival featured comedy from Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt and Craig Robinson.

Roger Sellers

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Alumnus Roger Sellers said he is both humbled and excited by the attention brought to him by Fun Fun Fun Fest. The musician was selected to be a Red Bull Sound Select artist, a coveted partnership that brought media attention and national exposure. “It’s validating, definitely,” Sellers said, who holds a degree in music from Texas State. “But at the same time, it just makes me eager to keep creating and to keep pushing.” Sellers performed as part of the main lineup and as a Fun Fun Fun Nites artist. The event was one of his final gigs before returning to the studio to write and record a new album.

Food & drink

Offering a selection of oh-so-Austin fare, the festival’s food situation was all local and enjoyable. Organic juice stands, gluten-free pizza and Korean fusion foods were available to patrons, bringing the city’s favorites to fest-goers. Festival patron Ashley Rodriguez, 27, said the best part of any Austin musical festival is the food. “I don’t even care that I only live a few blocks from one of (Chi’Lantro’s) food trucks,” Rodriguez said of the Korean-Mexican eatery. “When I see Kimchi fries, I’m gonna get Kimchi fries.” The festival was sponsored in part by Shiner, making it the only beer available.


The weekend’s fashions were a huge change from festival looks seen over the summer. Long gone were the ethereal flower halos and lightwash denim of warmer months. The summer fashions were replaced by leather, dark jeans and chunky footwear. The most ubiquitous sartorial staple of the festival was the denim vest, a versatile piece that could turn even the sweetest sundress into punky perfection. Dramatically dark lipstick completed the look for several ladies, often complimenting minimal eye makeup. Festival patron Alex Martinez, 20, said the best part of her ensemble was a pair of dark purple Dr. Martens, which she described as “kick-ass.”

Fun Fun Fun Nites

For those not ready to give up on the Fun Fun Fun experience after the evening’s performances, the nighttime shows were an opportunity to keep the party going after midnight. Fun Fun Fun Nites took place in various bars and music venues in the downtown area, featuring artists from on and off the festival’s lineup. Comedians and musicians participated in the after-hours activities, often showcasing new material different than the performances seen at the daytime venues. Admittance to the shows was free with the purchase of a daytime wristband.

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Bobcats lose championship tournament to No. 1 seed By Kirk Jones

Sports Reporter @kirk_jones11

The Bobcats’ soccer season ended Friday with a 1–0 loss to the number one seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, the Western Kentucky Lady Toppers. Both teams were held scoreless until the 89th minute when freshman forward Iris Dunn scored the game-winner for Western Kentucky. “We were trying not to make a mistake,” said Coach Kat Conner. “I told them at half time, ‘You have to get out of that mentality, because when you try not to make a mistake, you make a costly mistake.’” Going into Friday, the Lady Toppers were the best defensive team in the conference, allowing 71 goals per game and led the Sun Belt in shutouts with 10. The Bobcats tried to attack Western Kentucky’s defense early when freshman forward Lauren Prater received a pass and took the ball one-on-one with the goalie but missed wide right. “The ball was rolling really fast,” Prater said. “She (the goalie) was coming out really fast, and it looked like she was about to get it, so I thought I had to get a foot on it. I thought it was going in, but it was a little short.” Prater started both tournament games as Conner was looking to use the speed of the freshman to the team’s advantage. “Sometimes it’s good to give a team a different look,” Conner said. “We

looked to try and go over the top a little bit with Prater and exploit her speed to match their speed.” The Bobcats would get one more shot on goal from sophomore defender Kristen Champion. The Lady Toppers had the advantage in shots on goal 5–2. Dunn had three of those five shots. By beating Texas State, the Lady Toppers moved on to face the South Alabama Jaguars, a team they beat in the regular season 1–0. Western Kentucky lost to the Jaguars in the championship game 1–0. South Alabama’s only goal came from Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, Player of the Year and the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, freshman forward Lauren Allison. Allison’s goal came in the 20th minute after a breakaway for Western Kentucky’s backline. The Jaguars will represent the Sun Belt in the NCAA tournament with the defeat of the Lady Toppers. The NCAA tournament begins Nov. 15. Texas State played South Alabama in the regular season, tying the score after freshman midfielder Maddie Nichols landed her first career goal in the 84th minute to send the game to overtime. The Bobcats had two members of the club make the All-Sun Belt Conference team. Sophomore forward Lynsey Curry made the second team along with junior midfielder Tori Hale. Hale tied the Texas State record in assists in a season with seven. In the first season of playing in Sun Belt, the Bobcats led the conference in attendance averaging 350 fans per game.

Madelynne Scales | Star File Photo Texas State soccer was eliminated from Sun Belt Championship Tournament play after its Nov. 8 loss against Western Kentucky.


Bobcats win consecutive road games in conference play By Bert Santibanez

Assistant Sports Editor @BertSantibanez

The Texas State volleyball team improved to 10-6 in conference play after defeating Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette in straight sets on the road this past weekend. The sets mark the first time this season the Bobcats have won consecutive conference road games. Texas State began the weekend playing LouisianaMonroe Friday. The team finished with a combined .299 hitting percentage from the court, holding the Warhawks to a collective .092 hitting total. The Bobcats committed eight errors in the match, which is the lowest total the team has produced since conference competition began. “It was a slower paced game tonight,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “After we got through the first set, the team really got on a roll. Kelsey Weynand has started really passing well. I think Ashlee Hilbun is back. I thought Ashlee (Hilbun), Shelby (Vas Matt) and Caylin (Mahoney) all had good games tonight.” Senior middle blocker Ashlee Hilbun ended the match with seven kills and five digs, hitting with a .353 percentage from the court. Hilbun ranks fifth in hitting percentage in the Sun Belt Conference, averaging .307 on the season. Junior setter Caylin Mahoney registered a double-double in the game, finishing with 30 assists and 13 digs. Mahoney recorded her 18th doubledouble with the performance against the Warhawks. She leads the team in assists, with an average of 8.83 per set and a total of 1,033 on the season. Mahoney recorded the final kill to end the game. Freshman outside hitter Shelby Vas Matt recorded seven kills and seven digs, hitting .350 from the floor. Vas

Matt has averaged 8 kills and 7.5 digs in the team’s previous four games. Senior right-side hitter Amari Deardorff generated a team-high nine kills on 18 attack attempts, with hitting percentage of .444. Sophomore defensive specialist Sierra Smith gathered a team-best 14 digs in the match. Smith ranks eighth in digs within the Sun Belt, averaging 4.01 per set. Smith has amassed a total of 440 digs on the season. Texas State finished its final road game of the weekend Sunday against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Ragin’ Cajuns had a 6-2 home record on the year before the match. The Bobcats held LouisianaLafayette to a .175 team hitting percentage, and Texas State ended with a collective .268 from the court. Vas Matt totaled a team-high 10 kills in the match, ending with a .318 hitting percentage. The victory against Louisiana-Lafayette marked the 12th performance in which Vas Matt has accumulated double-digit kills during the season. “These two wins on the road really help with building the team’s confidence,” Vas Matt said. “We’ve been working a lot during practices, so when we’re passing well, our middle-blockers are good enough to put the ball away.” Mahoney generated a team-best 29 assists adding a .333 hitting percentage. Freshman defensive specialist Ali Hubicsak and Smith combined for 22 digs in the match. Hubicask averaged 6.2 digs in the team’s previous five games and amassed 131 on the season, placing her fifth on the team. “I think we played pretty well this weekend and deserved both wins,” Chisum said. “We were able to create opportunities for us and take advantage of them. The team really feels good about themselves at the moment.”

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Texas State defeats Huston–Tillotson in season home opener By Quixem Ramirez Sports Reporter @quixem

After missing 27 of 35 shots in the first half against Huston-Tillotson, the Texas State women’s basketball team made 52.9 per-

Senior forward Jasmine Baugus makes the last basket Nov. 8 against Huston– Tillotson. The Bobcats won 73–45.

cent of its shots in the second half to defeat the Rams 73–45. The Bobcats outscored Huston–Tillotson by 25 points in the second half. Texas State has beaten Huston-Tillotson nine consecutive times by an average of 36.6 points per game. “We weren’t always on the same page,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “Eventually we found our stride and rhythm, and we clearly understood our expectations for the game. I just don’t know if it’s indicative of the future.” Texas State converted 27 turnovers into 23 points while limiting the Rams to four points in transition and three assists. Huston–Tillotson freshman guard Danielle Franklin was the only player who made more than 50 percent of her shots. “The ability to move our feet was really important,” Antoine said. “We put them into positions where they had to take tougher shots after we did a good job defending them.” Redshirt junior forward Jacqueline Jeffcoat tallied 11 points and four rebounds in her first career start for the Bobcats.

Chris Motz | Staff Photographer Redshirt junior forward Jacqueline Jeffcoat shoots a basket during the first game of the season against Huston–Tillotson. “Coach Antoine brought me here for a reason,” Jeffcoat said. “It’s not just to shoot 3-pointers. I need to get boards and go to the basket. Most scouts say I’m a shooter, so I decided to attack, get to the basket and score.” Huston–Tillotson’s zone defense put the Bobcats’ shooters into the corners, where they made four of 19 3-pointers in the first half. Antoine said the improved ball movement in the second half turned open 3-pointers into more efficient shots. Texas State outscored Huston–Tillotson by 22 points in the paint. Senior guard Kaylan Martin

missed seven of eight shots, but led the Bobcats’ transition offense. Martin added nine assists with zero turnovers and six rebounds in 29 minutes of play. “Kaylan (Martin) is a critical component to our team, whether she’s on the court or on the sidelines,” Antoine said. “She’s really good with her fellow teammates. There’s not a lot that shakes her.” Freshman guard Kaitlin Walla missed two of her three shots, but added four rebounds and an assist in 16 minutes off the bench. “My first couple shots didn’t go down, and I wanted to con-

tribute somehow,” Walla said. “I found that in different avenues. The little things are what win games—getting rebounds and making the hustle plays.” With leading scorer Diamond Ford graduating, Jeffcoat and redshirt sophomore center Kileah Mays, who led the team with nine rebounds, are pieces of a system that Antoine is refining. “We showed our fans in the second half what we were capable of,” Jeffcoat said. “We got our offense going. You saw how quickly we could change, and that’s what scary. That’s what everybody should be afraid about.”


Bobcats prepare to face coach’s former team By Samuel Rubbelke Sports Reporter @SamuelRubbelke

Coach Danny Kaspar will encounter his former team, Stephen F. Austin, for the Bobcats’ home opener at Strahan Coliseum Tuesday. In 13 years of coaching the men’s basketball program, Kaspar led the Lumberjacks to 246 total victories. He helped SFA lead the nation twice in defensive scoring, in 2011 and 2012. “I would not have scheduled this game had I known I would be working here,” Kaspar said. “It’s very tough playing your old team. I love those kids over there. Except for the conference championship loss, it was a dream season. These are very cerebral, hardworking, tough young

men. We have to come play.” Kaspar is currently ranked 16th in the country with a total win percentage of .706 and 26th overall in total wins. Kaspar and the Bobcats will face seven former players from the SFA team. “I can tell them this guy (on the other team) wants to do this, and he wants to do that,” Kaspar said. “I don’t know how much these guys take that information and use it. I can give them that information, but I can’t go out there and guard those kids.” Among those SFA players are Jacob Parker, Nikola Gajic and Desmond Haymon. Haymon scored 17 points against UT–Tyler, Parker contributed 19, and Gajic added 14. SFA recorded 24 turnovers and controlled the paint outscoring

UT-Tyler 32–18. The post presence provided 16 more points in secondchance opportunities. Haymon was the Lumberjack’s third leading scorer last year, averaging 10.6 points per contest. Gajic’s 14 points marks his first-career double-figure point performance for the Lumberjacks. Against Houston last Friday, Texas State was led by sophomore forward Emani Gant in his first career Division 1 game. Gant converted 9-11 field goals from the floor, scoring a team-high 19 points. He led the team in assists with four and steals with three, while compiling four rebounds. “Offensively, I feel comfortable in this system,” Gant said. “It’s because my teammates are there for me. They do a good job throw-

ing into me, and I feel comfortable throwing it back out knowing they’ll make the right decision. I just pride myself on being strong in the paint.” The Bobcats went on a 15–5 run against Houston to make it a one-possession game with 2:07 remaining on the clock, after being down 67-55 with 10 minutes left in the second half. After allowing 46 points in the first half, Texas State limited the Houston offense to 30 points in the second. Houston was up 73-70 and with 22 seconds left in the game when guard Danuel House made a threepointer to seal the Cougars’ victory. House ended with 24 points and eight rebounds, giving the Cougars a six-point lead before the shot clock expired.

Last year’s leading scorer for the Bobcats senior forward Joel Wright accounted for 18 points and eight rebounds during the matchup against Houston. Senior guard Phil Hawkins finished with 10 points. “It was a very difficult transition,” Hawkins said. “As everyone’s adjusting it’s just something that you get used to. You go from doing whatever you want to having order and structure. It’s all about being focused and paying attention to detail.” Gant and Wright combined for 37 points and 12 rebounds against Houston, this marked the first time two players tallied 18-plus points in a single game since Feb. 23 against Lamar. All 10 Bobcats recorded at least one rebound in their playing time.

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