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Faculty senators discuss plans to increase transfer, undergraduate enrollment By Rebecca Banks News Reporter

Enrollment for transfer and undergraduate students is expected to be lower than normal next fall, a problem administrators discussed during Wednesday’s Faculty Senate meeting. Michael Heintze, associate vice president for Enrollment Management and Marketing, discussed the projected goals the university plans to meet next year for undergraduate and transfer student enrollment. Heintze said the university is expecting between 4,900 to 5,180 of freshman students to enroll in 2014. The projected range for transfer students is between 3,696 to 3,808 enrolled students next year, Heintze said. The university’s projected enrollment for undergraduate students is low compared to previous data on the campus, Heintze said. “Yes we will have a down

year, but last year we were up by 20 percent,” said Provost Eugene Bourgeois. “We went beyond what we actually thought we would land (last year).” Decreased community college enrollment is reflected in the lower projected transfer goals for next year, Bourgeois said.Austin Community College has seen a decreased enrollment of 4 percent each year for the past two years, Bourgeois said. “Overall the university needs to have these enrollment target and goals to be able to function financially,” Bourgeois said. The university’s state funding is dependent on overall enrollment at the campus, Bourgeois said. The Council of Academic Deans and Council of Chairs was also present at the meeting. Jaime Chahin, dean of the College of Applied Arts,

Bobby Cazares dances along to drum beats Nov. 20 outside of the LBJ Student Center.

Celebrating Native American Culture The Native American Student Association hosted a powwow on campus Wednesday. TRENDS, Page 6



Commissioners seek location for youth agricultural facility By Kendall Precup News Reporter

Though county commissioners recently voted in favor of relocating a youth agricultural facility to Texas State’s Freeman Ranch, the university came to the con-

clusion the facility cannot be placed on the university’s land. The Hays County Civic Center, which closed in October due to the need for renovations and repair, housed the agricultural facility where Hays County students practiced, participated and

showed animals for FFA, according to information released by the county. Texas State was contacted in August about the possibility of moving the facility to Freeman Ranch, said Bill Nance, vice president for Finance and Support Services. University officials studied the proposal from two perspectives— facilities and educational, Nance said. After the study, administrators concluded locating the facility at Freeman Ranch would not line up with the mission of the university. Since Texas State is the operating co-trustee of the ranch, administrators must abide by the Last Will and Testament of


Housing fee increase for fall 2014 to be determined

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By Autumn Bernhard News Reporter

The Department of Housing and Residential Life is in the process of determining the rate by which residence hall fees will be raised next year. The projected three to four percent increase will be implemented next August, said Rita Staires, business manager for the Department of Housing and Residential Life. The precise percentage has not yet determined and will not be finalized until it is approved by the Texas State University System Board of Regents in February, she said. Texas State attempts to raise its fees yearly to prevent major hikes occuring over a number of years, said Rosanne Proite, director of the Department of

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Housing and Residential Life. The department is self-funded, meaning its only revenue source is the housing fees, she said. The university raised the housing fees by four percent last year, Staires said. According to Institutional Research, 13 of 18 universities surveyed will be raising their housing rates next year. The average hike, 2.875 percent, is lower than Texas State’s projected fee increase for next year. “Figuring out how much rates should raise becomes a balancing act between holding rates as low as we can for students but be able to cover all the costs that go into the halls and the department,” Staires said. “Our revenue is pure-


Harry Freeman, who bequeathed the 3,485 acres of ranchland to the university. Under the will, the ranch cannot accept longterm contracts, and the county wanted to sign for 50 years. Freeman Ranch is not the only location the county has considered for the youth agricultural facility, according to Commissioner Mark Jones, Precinct 2. The county is open to placing it on any available, centrally located piece of property that could adhere to the needs of students with involvements in stock shows and rodeos, he said. “Any place that is available that would be well-suited and centrally located—a center

for the entire county, not San Marcos, not just Kyle—centrally located as we can get, would be an advantage,” Jones said. Commissioner Will Conley, Precinct 3, said the civic center was sold because the property the building was located on is in one of the most highly industrialized areas. Because of its location, the property could be used for other, more useful purposes for the community, he said. “What we are using it for is not the highest and best use for that property. We could sell that and use the proceeds to build a newer facility,” Jones said.



Officials say security systems in place despite survey results

John Casares | Staff Photographer ID card systems outside of residence halls are used as a form of security.

By Kelsey Bradshaw News Reporter

Despite a survey claiming Texas State is not among universities with traditional security systems in their dorms, officials say there are systems in place, though they fit a different description. According to a poll conducted by Institutional Research, 72 percent of 18 responding universities have security systems in the their dorms, and Texas State was not among them. Rosanne Proite, director of the Department of Housing and Residential Life, said although there is not a traditional security system in place within resident halls, ID card systems keep the dorms safe. “We do have a security system in our resident halls—it’s the ID card system

where you swipe into the residence hall,” Proite said. Cameras are located outside the entrances and elevators of “close to half” of the halls to increase security, Proite said. In addition, cameras are being installed in halls that do not have them, Proite said. Colin Latimer, computer information systems freshman, said he generally feels safe in his dorm. “I live in Gaillardia, and there’s like a fortress of solitude walking into the whole building,” Latimer said. Proite said the North Campus Housing Complex (Gaillardia and Chautauqua Halls) has “one way in and one way out” to make the building safer. There is only one doorway for students to come and

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New apartment complex being built at corner of Craddock, FM 12 By Michelle Balagia Special to the Star

A new apartment complex with an estimated August 2014 completion date will bring student living to what is previously a predominantly single-family area in San Marcos. Construction is underway on the Capstone Cottages apartment complex at the corner of Craddock Avenue and FM 12. The new complex will accommodate 899 residents, said Jen Wilson, vice president of sales for Capstone Cottages. Many leases for the complex have already been signed, Wilson said. There is currently no Texas State tram running to the area. Capstone Cottages will not be using the university tram services or bus loops, according to Steve Herrera, manager of the Texas State shuttle service. The apartment complex will have a private shuttle service with a direct route to campus, Wilson said. The complex is working with shuttle providers to decide the number of buses they will have and where students will be dropped off, she said. No other complex in San Marcos offers private

The City of San Marcos proclaimed Nov. 23 “Pack Bobcat Stadium Day” in an effort to get students and alumni more involved at the football team’s last home game. The Bobcats became bowl eligible with their win over Idaho on Nov. 3, and Mayor Daniel Guerrero signed the proclamation to encourage support for the football team, according to a press release from the city. Vanessa Cortez, Associated Student Government president, said the proclamation by the city is part of other efforts to raise attendance at the game, which starts at 6 p.m. A rally will be held at 12:15 p.m. in front of the Stallions Nov. 21. —Compiled by staff

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shuttle services. Alma Diaz, a resident in a neighborhood close to the new complex, believes the private shuttle is a good idea and will help decrease anticipated traffic when the complex opens. “I like that they’re going to have their own bus,” Diaz said. “It should cut down the traffic and, overall, be safer for everyone. That’s all we want—just for everyone to be smart and be safe.” The end of Craddock Avenue in the past has been mostly a residential area with non-

student living. The changes to come are welcomed by some local residents but with slight caution, according to resident Linda Muller. “I’m glad this side of town is growing,” Muller said. “For the most part, we already have heavy student traffic over here. This new place will just have to work with the residents, and let the students know that we’re here too.” Construction on Capstone Cottages is currently on schedule and completing the project on time is critical, Wilson said.

HALL PRICES, continued from front ly what residents pay to live in the halls and at Bobcat Village.” The department does not receive any funding from the state’s tax money, Staires said. Outside costs contribute to the rising fee because of the lack of outside funding, she said. “In the price we are charging for rooms, the biggest part goes to salary and benefits which we have estimated into rates,” Proite said. “Utilities is the second biggest portion such as water, air conditioning, and television, our debt payment is third, and then maintenance and operation.” Staires said Texas State pays for all full time employees’ in-

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surance, including those in the housing department, so if that price goes up, housing fees need to increase as well. Another factor contributing to the fee raises are increases in merit pay, utility bills, the price of insurance on the dorms and overhead charges to university, Staires said. “Our department is not a profit center,” Proite said. “We budget each year in the hopes of spending the same amount of money that we make from housing charges. However, we attempt to have a little money left over, to put in a reserve for later use.” The reserve funds are used

for projects the department does not want to pay for with loans, Proite said. The reserve was used last year when the department reroofed Jackson Hall and renovated Brogdon Hall. Carol Risco, pre-physical therapy freshman, is not happy about the rate increase and thinks raises make dorm living more complicated. “Next year I was hoping to live in San Jacinto,” Risco said. “This year it costs $3,744, and I thought that was too much so I am living in one of the cheaper (halls). With the raise it makes me think differently, but it is still not a make or break deal.”

go from, with the exception of emergency exits. Not only does the entrance and exit system give the building a better sense of safety, it creates a “community” feel, Proite said. The new West Campus Housing Complex was designed similarly. “We really want students to go through a single port,” Proite said. According to the poll conducted by Institutional Research, Texas State’s on-campus apartment complexes, as opposed to dorms, do have security systems. Instead of scanning into the apartment complex with a student ID card, residents use keypads, which are considered traditional security systems. Because of its size and location, each apartment has a “home security system” instead of cameras, Proite said. Each apartments’ front door has a sensor that goes off until a code is entered into a keypad, Proite said. An emergency button is also each bedroom in Bobcat Village. Additionally, Bobcat Village has staff on duty in case of an emergency, Proite said. If an alarm goes off, there is an immediate alert signal sent to a monitor at the security company. The security system company alerts the staff on duty before calling the police, because “there are a lot of false alarms,” Proite said. If the security company does not get a response back in a certain amount of time, they call

university police, she said. Margaret Yackel, apartment manager for Bobcat Village, was unable to comment on what company is in charge of the security system at Bobcat Village. Latimer said “(Housing and Residential Life are) doing a good job” in regards to the security in the dorms. However, he feels security could be amped up by placing cameras in other areas. “In the hallways there have been a few cases where people have stolen stuff in my dorm. That would be nice (to have cameras),” Latimer said. Deadbolt locks are used for the residence hall doors, and Bobcat Bobbies and 24-hour desks are available to student to give them a “sense of safety and security,” Proite said. Three 24-hour desks are “geographically located” across campus, Proite said. “The idea is to continue to provide an increased presence— there’s always someone awake,” Proite said. However, no amount of security can make the student body contribute to their own safety, she said. “(Students) have an interesting sense of security as a group,” Proite said. “It doesn’t necessarily always happen where it’s someone coming from the outside and doing something wrong. Frequently, it’s because a student doesn’t lock their room door and it may be someone next to them.”

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voiced concerns about how the university plans to reach the undergraduate enrollment goal. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions sent more than one million electronic messages and 550,000 printed documents to prospective students, Bourgeois said. Undergraduate admissions also made several phone calls to prospective students, he said. The university may have some challenges reaching the projected transfer goal because of other universities in Houston and Arlington. The universities are contacting transfer students who are attending local community colleges in those regions, Bourgeois said. “It has been an incredible effort in order to get the enrollment of freshmen and transfer

to target,” Bourgeois said. The projected goals for undergraduate and transfer student enrollment decreased for 2014 compared to previous academic years, Heintze said. Heintze said 4,459 undergraduate students were enrolled in 2011 at Texas State, 4,251 enrolled students in 2012 and 5,181 students enrolled in 2013. Heintze said 3,826 transfer students were enrolled in 2011 at the university, 3,757 students enrolled in 2012 and 3,740 students enrolled in 2013, Heintze said. The university is moving toward increasing the number of targeted graduating high school seniors entering as freshmen in college as well as transfer students, Heintze said.

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Nickky Vargeas of Daughter of the Wild Creations sells jewelry and succulents outside of the LBJ Student Center.

The funds the county will receive from the sale of the land will be used for the construction of a new civic center, according to the information released. “That facility has served its purpose. The life of the facility has come to an end,” Conley

said. “Also, the property is in one of the highest prospective industrial areas in Hays County. That property has a better use from a job creation standpoint. The county would like to sell that property and create jobs.”

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Holiday season presents opportunity to give back


he holiday season allows many Bobcats a great opportunity to show gratitude for their everyday lives and give back to those in the community who are less fortunate. Many students enjoy a relatively fortunate life compared to some others in the San Marcos community. An estimated 36.9 percent of San Marcos’ population lives below the poverty line, according to an April 3, 2012 University Star article. With such a high percentage of residents living in dire conditions, it is vital that Bobcats engage in the community during the years many will spend in San Marcos while attending Texas State. The Thanksgiving break provides an opportunity to spend time with family, but it can also offer several ways for students to volunteer time, money or meals to help those less fortunate. Many cities operate a food bank or a Thanksgiving-related charity to provide meals and other services to senior citizens, the homeless and others who may be in need. The Hays County Food Bank

holds Turkeys Tackling Hunger, an event that provides “turkey boxes” to families in Hays County, offering them a chance to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Each box costs about $20, according to the Turkeys Tackling Hunger website. Students can aid in the effort by organizing a fundraiser for the food drive, donating money out of pocket, volunteering, spreading awareness or simply spreading the word on social media. The holiday spirit does not begin and end in San Marcos, however. Austin officials also organize Thanksgiving events to aid those less fortunate including Operation Turkey, which provides thousands of residents with warm meals, clothes and other needed supplies. The organization relies on volunteers to help serve and package food, sort and deliver donations and deliver dinners. In addition, Austin is host to the Turkey Trot, which features a 5-mile run, 1-mile walk, Kid’s K and raffle tickets. Money raised at the event goes toward Caritas of Austin, which pro-

vides “a service continuum for those experiencing poverty that begins with a safety net and links them to resources to achieve self-sufficiency.” Those who do not wish to participate in a race can help by donating directly to Caritas on to pay for services such as a free hour of translation, fresh fruit baskets and self-care kits. For students who will be traveling to San Antonio for the holidays, the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner is a special event that provides a meal to senior citizens and others who are less fortunate. Students can sign up to volunteer or donate at Another viable option for students is giving back to the San Antonio Food Bank by donating food, time or money. Volunteer opportunities are in high demand during the holiday season, and Christian Senior Services presents an organized way for students to deliver meals to senior citizens on Thanksgiving Day through Meals on Wheels. Volunteers can sign up at

Those who will not be in the Interstate Highway 35 corridor area during the break should find ways to volunteer in their own hometowns. Many cities offer food banks, Turkey Trots or other charitable organizations that rely on volunteers to reach out to families in need. Bobcats should feel compelled to recognize or give back to those in need. Many students are in a unique place to give comfort and aid to those in the community who need it most during the holiday season.

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Black Friday frenzy contradicts meaning of Thanksgiving season

Alexis Aguirre Opinions Columnist Journalism freshman


he aggressive and greedy nature of Black Friday contradicts the purpose of Thanksgiving and fails to offer legitimate value to consumers. It is no secret companies like to get a head start on the holidays and create hype for their stores early on. Consumers are bombarded with Christmas decorations and the promise of bargain shopping the minute Halloween wraps up and kids stop trick-or-treating. The day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as Black Friday, is the pinnacle of the holiday shopping frenzy. Before people even

have a chance to digest their turkey, many are already lining up outside of shopping malls, waiting for the discounts they have been looking forward to all year. I can remember in the past finishing my pumpkin pie and listening to my family make plans for Black Friday. What should have been a simple shopping trip was treated like a spy mission involving waking up before the sun and wearing comfortable shoes. The whole objective of this monstrosity was to purchase discounted toys for Christmas. The whole thing is ridiculous and not in the spirit of the holidays. Thanksgiving is a time when people should be grateful for what they have. An entire day dedicated to waiting in long lines in hopes of acquiring more stuff goes against the whole point of Thanksgiving. Rushing out of the house after gulping down a meal in order to get a better spot in line at Best Buy is not in spirit of the holidays. It is hypocritical to spend a day giving thanks and then turn around the next day and rush to buy more stuff. While most of these items are given as Christmas gifts, the nature of the shopping frenzy ensuing each Black Friday negates any positivity that might come from the consum-

erist holiday. Thanksgiving and Christmas alike are both holidays intended to bring peace—not senseless chaos. I have only attended one Black Friday, and it was the most terrifying event I have ever experienced. Seeing a crowded mall filled with old women fighting over toys for their children was horrendous. No one should, in good conscience, spend the day after giving thanks being greedy. Consumers should ask themselves if Black Friday is really worth the experience, especially after all the effort that is put into the day. Even if the deals seem great, waking up before 5 a.m. in the morning just to stand in line for hours may not really be worth all the trouble. The behavior from the rush of crowds on Black Friday is unacceptable. Personally, my sanity is worth way more than whatever sale is going on. The amount of effort that goes into the day just to score a solid deal on gadgets is too much. People should remember the holidays are a time for peace and thanks. Black Friday centers on material things, and students should reconsider how to spend their day before blindly rushing to the mall to land the latest holiday deals.


Bobcats need to reconsider negative perceptions of non-traditional peers

James Soto Opinions Columnist English senior

egatively stereotyping all nonN traditional students as overbearing, annoying overachievers is not

only inaccurate but inconsiderate of the challenges they face. Many traditional students at Texas State have no doubt had older students as classmates. Often many of these older students have a tendency to ask an abundance of questions and share too much of their lives with the class. I understand how having class discussions interrupted by life stories can be frustrating, but simply trying to see where fellow age-advanced peers are coming from may lessen other students’ frustrations. College can be challenging and scary for anybody, not just young students. Older Bobcats face the pressures of not just passing their

courses but finding a place among their youthful classmates. Keeping up with younger classmates can be stressful. Worrying that they are too old for school is persistent for many non-traditional students. After I graduated from high school, I joined the workforce with little thought for higher education. But like many non-traditional students, I eventually needed a change and a college degree seemed to be the best way to do that. It had been nearly a decade since I had been in school, so confidence in my academic ability was low when I first came to college. In my time away from school, I had given little thought to algebra or literature. The people in my life who expected me to crash and burn did not help either. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for older students who are resuming their studies after decades of raising a family or military life. I am sure their doubts and fears dwarf even mine. Like other fortunate non-traditional students, I am making it work with the support of friends and family, and I am not one of those who sits in the front of the class and asks way too many questions. Many nontraditional students prefer to blend in smoothly without drawing attention to their ages. However, I still understand those non-traditional students who are more outspoken. When faced with challenges and overwhelming circumstances, students will use whatever they can to

boost their confidence and make it through. Older students often draw upon life experiences and the wisdom they have gained as adults. It is an effective way to cope with some situations. Unfortunately, some older students come off as distracting or even patronizing when they use their life experience to cope. These students sometimes take every opportunity to lecture or preach to younger Bobcats. Most of time, however, older students are simply trying to find their place in the classroom dynamic. Sharing their experiences is a way for them connect with the class. In their minds, this is better than sitting in the back of the class, silent and nonexistent. I understand older students who constantly ask questions and seem neurotic about grades. When people have been out in world, they get an idea of what they want. The drive to succeed academically is what motivates these students to ask questions and obsess over grades. Sometimes this need for perfection can come across as annoying, but for many older students, doing well in college is a way to turn their lives around. This sounds dramatic, but in my experience it is true. Non-traditional students face unique challenges that get lost under the negative stereotypes attatched to their ages. Looking past snap judgments can allow younger students to see that like them, older Bobcats are here to change and better their lives.

Brandon Sams Opinions Columnist Journalism freshman

ollege is a time for self-discovery, inCstudents dependence and experimentation, and should not be afraid to explore

their sexuality. During college, concerns over sexual experience and orientation commonly surface for many students. The surfacing of these thoughts and desires can cause intense emotional pain, often unnecessarily. Experimenting sexually or physically with peers of the same or opposite sex is nothing more than a mere satisfaction of curiosity for many students and should be viewed as such. However, as with most things, a double standard exists. Female sexual exploration is generally welcomed in a society run and based on the opinions of men. On the other hand, male sexual exploration is often demonized by both men and women. Women are encouraged to explore with other women—their orientation is essentially subject to male fantasy and thus more acceptable to society. Male sexual exploration with other men, however, is often seen as unnatural and “gross.” Students should not let the opinions of others stop them from fulfilling their own curiosities. Studies have shown sexuality for the most part is fluid—very few people are exclusively homosexual or heterosexual. According to vast studies done by renowned scientist Alfred Kinsey, humans are naturally bisexual to one degree or another. Some students may find they have a sexual, emotional or physical attraction to a member of the same sex. However, when religion or personal morals conflict with these feelings, they may become confused and afraid to act on their innate feelings. This is somewhat problematic in that it is dishonest. Students should always strive to be honest with themselves about their own feelings, regardless of pressure from moral, societal or religious structures. Students should understand feeling uneasy about their sexuality and expression is normal, especially when it does not conform to societal norms. I have been there before, and so have most, if not all, other sexual minorities. The air on the other side of that closet door is fabulous, I promise. I lived in a glass closet for 14 years and once that door was opened, trust me when I say that nothing is more liberating. Experimentation and curiosity is natural. Lesbianism, homosexuality, bisexuality, pansexuality and asexuality are all OK. Students should take pride in who they are, whether that is a person who is attracted to men, women, masculinity, femininity or any combination of these things. Exploring these attractions and orientations is partially what college is for. Sexuality is not black and white. It exists as a spectrum—a continuum of varying expressions. Students should stand firm in truth while walking in their word, for no one can live their life but them. Happy hunting.


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Native American culture celebrated on campus with powwow By Amanda Ross Trends Editor

Adorned in an intricately beaded outfit of turquoise, black and white, Calvin Osife moved carefully and smoothly to the sound of a drum echoing through the LBJ Student Center outdoor amphitheater. Osife, along with wife Jennifer and daughter Dakota Prairie Rose, were on campus Wednesday for the annual “Celebration of the People” powwow hosted by the Native American Student Association. The powwow brought together representatives from more than 18 different Native American tribes and featured dancing, crafts, traditional songs and handmade gifts avail-

able for purchase. The event, which aims to promote Native American culture, history and diversity, was sponsored by numerous organizations including the Underrepresented Student Advisory Council, the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion and the Multicultural Programming Committee. Osife described his dance regalia in the powwow as Northern Traditional, which typically features elaborate adornments, patterns and craftsmanship. His daughter donned a jingle dress covered in rows of small metals coins that created steady noises as her skirts moved. A special guest at the event was Jonathan Joss, best known for portraying John Redcorn on the acclaimed animated sitcom

Austin Humphreys | Photo Editor Vendors sold Native American-themed goods during the powwow including dreamcatchers, arrowheads and jewelry.

“King of the Hill.” He discussed his experiences with students at the powwow and sold his popular“King of the Grill” spice. Joss, who attended Texas State for two semesters, said the goal of his San Antonio-produced spice is to stimulate conversation about Native Americans at the dinner table. Paulino Ortiz, industrial technology master’s student and powwow attendee, said he particularly enjoyed the music at the event. “The drums and voices are just so powerful and strong,” Ortiz said. The powwow lasted several hours and gave students the opportunity to join tribe members in the amphitheater for a dance. Booths featuring works of art, dreamcatchers and musical instruments were displayed around the perimeter of the celebration. Joss said the event’s goal was to let others experience a day in the life of a Native American, especially through song and dance. “Listen to the drum,” Joss said, motioning toward the dancers. “That’s our heartbeat. We feel that in our hearts every day, and we will feel it forever.” Joss said it is crucial students take the time to learn about other cultures and experience different ways of life. Joss said he welcomes the opportunity to speak to Texas State students in depth about Native American traditions. “At the end of the day, we’re all on Turtle Island together,” Joss said. “This is our earth, and we need to learn together and from each other.”

Austin Humphreys | Photo Editor Calvin Osife dances during the Native American Student Association powwow Nov. 20 outside the LBJ Student Center.

Hays County Food Bank to provide traditional Thanksgiving meals By Kara Dornes Trends Reporter

The Hays County Food Bank is preparing to provide meals to more than 3,000 families on Thanksgiving through the Turkeys Tackling Hunger program. The event is designed to give families in need an opportunity to enjoy the love, comfort and tradition of Thanksgiving meals that can be prepared at their own homes. “Turkeys Tackling Hunger is a annual event that we have been doing for the last four or five years, and the purpose is to ask businesses to donate $20 to buy a frozen turkey dinner for our clients who are low-income and would not otherwise be able to have a turkey dinner,” said Jerry Gracy, executive director of the Hays County Food Bank. Turkeys Tackling Hunger could not take place without monetary donations received to cover the costs of the ingredients that go into the turkey boxes, Gracy said. Gracy said every year food bank volunteers are impressed with the amount of donations received for Turkeys Tackling Hunger, and the surplus is what helps make the continuation of the event possible. Hays County Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that serves residents who are in need of supplemental food assistance, and the company is carrying that tradition over

to Thanksgiving. “What makes Turkeys Tackling Hunger unique is that the families in need can enjoy the comfort and tradition of a Thanksgiving meal in their home,” said Jesse Buchoz, event and media coordinator. “They can prepare the entire meal in their own home as a family, which is something special.” Buchoz said the event is a unique idea that was brought up by the board members of Hays

County Food Bank as a way to give families the chance to make the meals together. The food bank works with HE-B in San Marcos to make the meals provided to the families of Hays County. “Families this year will be getting a 10- to 12-pound frozen turkey with the traditional turkey trimmings that include things like dressing, cranberry sauce,

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green beans and corn,” said Kirby Rowton, assistant operations manager. This year, Turkeys Tackling Hunger posters, donation envelopes and containers will be distributed throughout the county to businesses, churches, schools and different organizations to support the campaign. The event will stretch through

Buda, Kyle and Wimberly. “This event started on the Thanksgiving tradition. It is a time of giving and a time for families to come together and make a meal and break bread together,” Rowton said. “It was noticed that some people could not afford to do this together, and that’s why this is such a important event.”

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Team defeated by Southern Methodist, record now 0–4 By Samuel Rubbelke Sports Reporter @SamuelRubbelke

The Texas State men’s basketball team fell to 0–4 for the season Wednesday night, losing to SMU 70–49. Texas State recorded four points in the paint at the half, allowing the Mustangs to score 18 points near the rim. This marks the first time this season the Bobcats’ score was doubled by half time. SMU posted 41 points, limiting Texas State to 20. SMU guard Nick Russell led the first half charge with 12 points and two assists. “I thought our team lost hope during the first half,” said Coach Danny Kaspar. “The second half

we played with a little more energy. They have to do this without a tongue lashing from me at halftime. Our players have to believe in themselves.” Four Bobcats had more turnovers than points in the first half. Texas State registered 12 collectively. Senior forward Joel Wright committed four and led both teams. Texas State recorded a 0.2 assist to turnover ratio while SMU posted 10 assists. “We’re going through a phase were we’re trying to change too,” said senior guard Phil Hawkins. “Their balanced attack affected us, and limited how we play with our different tempo and style of offense. We’re trying to play something that we’re not used to. We just have to adjust. They were just

a tough team bottom line.” For the past 9 of 13 games, SMU has held opponents to under 40 percent from the field. The Mustangs were ranked 29th in the nation with a field goal percent defense of .395 last year. Texas State connected on 25 percent of its shots in the first half, and made 3-11 from beyond the arc. SMU shot 56 from the floor and 80 past the three-point line. Sophomore forward Emani Gant leads the Sun Belt Conference with a shooting percentage of .792 from the floor heading into the game. Gant shot 1–3 from the floor Wednesday night. “We have to put more effort and intensity into our play,” Kaspar said. “From the beginning of the

game to the end. We did a respectable job at Houston. We played hard against Stephen F. Austin, we did not do that in the second half against Oral Roberts University, and we didn’t do it again in the first half here against SMU.” Wright leads the team with 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds. He accounted for the Bobcats first two three-pointers and finished with 21 points. Following Wright’s threes, SMU responded with a 14-0 run. Wright posted a game-high 28 points and was perfect from the line in last year’s game. Moore scored 16 points off of 4–7 shooting from three-point land while adding eight assists and five steals. Russell added two points in the second after recording 12 in the first half.

Texas State’s two starting guards Wes Davis and Hawkins combined 3–15 from the field and 1–7 for three pointers. They accumulated nine points and four assists. “First and foremost I believe it’s more mental than anything,” Hawkins said. “We just need to stop worrying about the crowd, and just play ball. We have to play comfortable and have fun with the game. People are worried about taking a shot and having coach pull them.” Jalen Jones, SMU’s leading scorer last year, decided to transfer at the beginning of the season. The Mustangs had eight players averaging at least 6.7 points per game in the team’s final four matches, led by Nic Moore (15) and Ben Moore with (11.3).


Texas State prepares to enter Sun Belt tournament as third seed By Bert Santibanez

Assistant Sports Editor @BertSantibanez

Reynaldo Leaños| Staff Photographer Volleyball will enter the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Nov. 21 as the third seed.

The Texas State volleyball team will enter the Sun Belt Conference tournament as the third seed when the team faces Louisiana—Lafayette during the first round on the road in Troy, Ala., Thursday. The Bobcats defeated the Ragin’ Cajuns in straight sets on two occasions during the regular season. “We were fighting for third place coming into the tournament,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “We got three outside hitters that can do what we need. When the whole team is playing at their best, we can beat some of the toughest teams.” The Bobcats were eliminated in four sets by Idaho in the Western Athletic Conference tournament last year. Texas State has not advanced beyond

the first round in a conference tournament since the 2011 season when the team claimed the Southland Conference title. “Getting wins really helps build to the confidence of the team,” said freshman outside hitter Shelby Vas Matt. “Passing well has really helped the team play a lot better overall. We’re definitely coming out more motivated in games.” Vas Matt registered a combined 32 kills and 33 digs in the team’s final four games. Vas Matt ended her first season with the Bobcats with a .155 hitting percentage and 261 kills. Vas Matt totaled 7 kills and 7 digs during the game in the team’s previous matchup against Louisiana-Lafayette. Vas Matt was honored with the Sun Belt “Freshman of the Week” award twice during the regular season. Junior outside hitter Alexandra Simms finished fourth in total kills on the team, generating 241 on the

season with a hitting percentage of .173. Simms discussed the team’s recent formula for success. “The team has really been passing well,” Simms said. “Everyone is just more focused, which has translated in the games. Covering our opponent’s offense and defending their block is going to help us out a lot.” Junior setter Caylin Mahoney ended the season with 1,114 assists. Mahoney finished sixth in conference in assists, averaging 8.77 per set. Mahoney averaged a double-double with 35 assists and 13 digs in the team’s final four matches. Mahoney tallied 30 assists and 13 digs with six kills during the previous match against the Ragin’ Cajuns, which was her best statistical performance against Louisiana—Lafayette. Texas State defeated three of its last four opponents on the road to end the regular season. Amari Deardorff, senior right

side hitter, averaged 14.25 kills during the streak, finishing with a team-high and season-best 392 kills on the year. Deardorff has accumulated 1,170 kills during her tenure at the school, averaging 292.5 kills in each of her four seasons at Texas State. Louisiana—Lafayette finished its season with a four set victory against second seed ArkansasLittle Rock. The Ragin’ Cajuns were the only team to defeat top-ranked Western Kentucky during the regular season. Louisiana—Lafayette finished third in the conference in assists, averaging a collective 12.82 per set. Junior setter Andrea Hole led the team in the category with 1,039 assists on the season. Hole generated a double-double against the Trojans, finishing with 47 assists and 10 digs. Sara Mossakowski, sophomore outside hitter ended the game with a season-high 19 kills. Mossakowski finished the season with 237 kills, which was third best on the team.


Bobcats face Hilltoppers Saturday at home for Senior Night By Gabby Tropea Sports Reporter @gabbytropea

The Bobcats seek to further their twohome game winning streak Saturday when the team takes on Western Kentucky. The 23 seniors on the football team will celebrate “Senior Night” during Saturday’s matchup against the Hilltoppers. Coach Dennis Franchione said he was proud of the young men that stuck through the process of transitioning to the FBS. “This senior class is kind of a unique and special group,” Franchione said. “They’ve really been through a process that I don’t know if there are many classes out there in America that have gone through.” Both teams will come into the game 2-3 in the Sun Belt Conference and 6-4 overall. The Hilltoppers are currently on a two-game winning streak after defeating Army 21-17 and Georgia State 44-28. The Bobcats beat Georgia State earlier this season 24-17. Western Kentucky will be coming off a bye week to play Texas State. Texas State gave up a season-high 328 rushing yards in a loss to Arkansas State last weekend. Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky senior running back, ran for 1,407 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns so far this season. Andrews leads the Sun Belt and the nation in rushing.

Andrews ran for 121 yards on 24 carries, while junior quarterback Brandon Doughty completed 16 out of 24 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns last week against Army. “(Western Kentucky has) an outstanding running back,” Franchione said. “They have a solid running game—solid receivers. They have good speed and quickness on defense. They’re of the top 25 in both offense and defense. We’re going to have to play well.” The Bobcats will be coming off a loss against Arkansas State. “We really just got to focus on the lights at the end of the tunnel right now,” said senior wide receiver Andy Erikson. “A team is remembered by the games they play in November. We have to win these last two games, whatever it takes.” If the Bobcats defeat Western Kentucky, they will be tied with Troy at 3-3 in conference play. The ball club is encouraging students to pack the stands Saturday in order to help them move further along at a chance for a bowl game, said senior safety Justin Iwuji. “Fan support helps players so much in a game,” IwujI said. “When it’s third and long and the fans are going crazy, it’s just that feeling of confidence that’s almost like having a 12th person on the field. Fan support is huge this week. I hope everyone is able to come to the game to support us.”

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By Josh Zigrang ucked away on The Square lies a small, dimly-lit hangout known as Taproom Pub &

Grub. Taproom opened its doors in 1994 with one objective—“to serve the best food and beer around.” The pub features a rustic feel designed to appeal to local regulars and visitors. “When it comes to the food, we purchase the best quality we can get,” said Taproom manager Travis Kelsey. “We strive to give the best service.” Taproom has been a favorite of

many who meet up with friends after a day of school or work in order to savor one, two or even try all the 102 different beers the local “pub and grub” has to offer. Taproom offers a variety of themed events throughout the week. The pub’s Tuesday trivia night consists of eight Q-and-A rounds. In addition, the “Around the World Challenge” tests patrons to partake in tasting 60 bottled or draft beers in order to receive a free T-shirt and a plaque placed on the wall of fame in Taproom to commemorate the occasion. “I come here for the beer,” said



Joseph Gonzalez, history senior. “The food is good, too.” Customers have an opportunity to take part in Taproom’s “Chupacabra Challenge,” where they are subjected to a full rack of ribs, 24 nuclear wings and top it off with a basket of fries and onion rings. “So far, no one has completed the challenge,” Kelsey said. “It wouldn’t be a challenge if it was easy.” Jeremy Crawford, history junior and former U.S. Army veteran, said he enjoys ordering his favorite dish— the steak salad. “It is a good place to go with your friends to chill,” Crawford said. “It

isn’t a good place to go if you want to eat quick and leave.” Accenting the rugged appearance of the nearly 20-year-old establishment are nine large flat screen TVs. Taproom often draws crowds of sports fans to its low-key atmosphere on the weekends. “It has a dive bar feel,” Crawford said. “It is still pretty nice.” The Taproom Pub & Grub is a hotspot to enjoy meals with friends and features a variety of events to spice up nightlife on The Square. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and close at 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday at the hometown favorite.

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arper’s Public House offers a mix of settings for students and residents to hangout with friends in a low-key environment. Harper’s is the oldest building on The Square and originated from humble beginnings. The pub began as a successful livery stable and blacksmith shop run by Willie Harper in 1873 and was not established in its current state of operation until 2008. “We just try to have fun and meet new people, find out where people are from and for them to see a friendly face—it brings them back in,” said bartender Shaun Vernon. The bar’s atmosphere on the ground floor has a relaxed vibe and the music is kept at lower levels to allow for conversations among friends. Typical music played throughout the floors of the pub varies from classic rock to popular songs often heard on the radio. “A lot of locals go there,” said Graham Greenlea, construction science and management senior. “If you are not really into the club scene and just want to sit at a bar and have a drink, it’s good for that.” A front porch with a few picnic

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tables marks the entrance to Harper’s. Patrons entering the pub are welcomed by a U-shaped bar surrounded by bar stools, booths on the opposite wall and raised tables for groups of friends. “When you have fun working and provide fast service and have a smile on your face, it brings people back,” Vernon said. “When you have

genuine interest in the customer and good drinks it brings people back.” The pub is full of games and activities to play while enjoying a night on The Square. “They have a lot of games there,” Greenlea said. “The locals have started to take it over, but they have shuffleboard tables, darts and pool tables that are always fun.”

Harper’s markets itself to regulars and other groups by hosting consistent groups of college students who frequent the hangout spot. “We try to shoot for a little in between,” Vernon said. “We have solid group of college kids that come in, but we also have a good local crowd from about 6 to 9 (p.m.) during our happy hour.”



Palmer’s Restaurant Bar & Courtyard Palmer's Restaurant Bar & Courtyard has been voted as the most popular date spot in San Marcos. Its menu includes a variety of spirits, beers and foods such as the fruit and cheese platter appetizer.

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riginally constructed in the 1920s, and often referred to as “Paradise Found” by its owner and employees, Palmer’s Restaurant Bar & Courtyard is located on Moore Street in San Marcos. As guests walk in under a cast iron arch, they are immediately greeted with an array of flowers and foliage surrounding a quaint courtyard. Lights twinkle overhead and a fountain trickles quietly to the side. “My favorite part is eating in the courtyard—it’s really pretty,” said freshman Cecilia Ybarbo, a San Marcos native.

“They have nice string lighting above you and heaters outside for when it’s cold. We always went there for prom in high school.” Patrons can sit at the bar, outside in the courtyard or at a table indoors. Outside there are not strip malls and cars, but soft lighting and trees. Palmer’s chefs buy produce locally and make dishes inhouse. The dinner menu includes everything from salads and sandwiches to seafood, steak and pasta. The restaurant offers a happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in the bar and courtyard.

“(There are) wood tones to help create the ambiance of a great date spot and gatherings of all sorts,” said owner Monte Sheffield. “We’re the place to be for rehearsal dinners in the area, and it’s exciting to ‘wow’ the guests as they come in, especially on a date.” Palmer’s is a popular spot for business and formal dinners and tends to fill with customers during prom season. On dates, guests can expect to be “wowed as they walk in,” according to Sheffield. The quiet and romantic atmosphere makes for an intimate date place for Texas State students, he said.


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ith a dedication to cooking and grilling the old fashioned ways, Hays County Barbeque has been gaining popularity at a rapid rate across the state of Texas. This food phenomenon was recently named one of the best barbeque restaurants in the state by Texas Monthly Magazine. The eatery is lauded for its owner’s attention to detail and insistence on not taking shortcuts when it comes to producing quality food. “We only use wood-burning pits,” said Michael Hernandez, pitmaster and son of the restau-

rants owners. “You won’t ever see us using liquid smoke or electric heating methods.” The establishment has been owned by the Hernandez family since September 2007 and starting in 2009, named the best barbeque restaurant in Hays County. Hernandez said the accolades have increased customer turnout greatly, with people driving in from far-flung Texas towns to sample the smoky barbeque. “We’re always honored to receive any award, but the Texas Monthly one was what really brought in lots of customers,”

Hernandez said. Hays County Barbeque was named among the top 50 out of more than 3,000 barbeque eateries in the state, a title it will hold until 2018 when the list is updated. While those from the surrounding area are just learning about all that Hays County Barbeque has to offer, Texas State students have known for years. Doug Roncal, recent Texas State graduate, said he has been coming to the restaurant since he arrived in San Marcos as a freshman in 2007.

“I just keep coming back,” said Roncal. “The brisket is the best because it’s really flavorful and juicy, and they always give you a lot of it.” Hernandez said he enjoys every item offered at his restaurant. He is particularly fond of the brisket and favors the fresh sausage. Hernandez said the brisket is smoked for up to 18 hours before serving. The sausage, a crowd favorite, is available in two varieties: regular and jalapeno-cheese. “I just think good barbeque comes from the heart. We make it the cowboy way,” he said.

Hays County Barbeque was voted best barbeque restaurant in San Marcos. Brisket, pork chops, ribs and sides are all available in a cafeteria setting.

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Mochas and Javas was voted best coffee shop in San Marcos. The coffee shop also serves baked goods and sandwiches.


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he office of Andy Trevino, general manager of the North LBJ Mochas and Javas location, holds memories of the local coffee shop’s history. There are cards taped to cabinets above Trevino’s desk, some from Central Texas Medical Center, where Mochas and Javas opened a small space in 2007. Horizontal rows of compostable to-go cups and lids mark a move the business has taken to reduce its environmental impact. Mochas and Javas recycles, provides coffee grounds for residents to use for composting, buys local ingredients and makes the majority of its products in-house, Trevino said. “We try to make as much as we can here for a couple reasons,”

Trevino said. “One, it helps with freshness ‘cause there’s no preservatives added to it. (M)ost things that have a long shelf life have a lot of preservatives and all kinds of chemicals in them, so we try to avoid that as much as possible. We don’t allow high fructose corn syrup in this building (and) we buy as many natural and organic products as we can.” Mochas and Javas was established in 2003 with locations on North LBJ Drive and Wonder World Drive. It was created as a community gathering place by San Marcos native Kevin Carswell. Trevino, who began working at the North LBJ location of Mochas and Javas as a Texas State undergraduate, described Carswell as “humble,”

“upbeat” and “positive.” The Houston-area native said he learned leadership skills from Carswell, a veteran of the restaurant industry, which he utilized in his three-year career working for an insurance company. Trevino returned to Mochas and Javas while working toward a master’s degree at Texas State. He said the North LBJ location of Mochas and Javas may be the most popular with Texas State students because of its location close to campus and the large tables inside. Aimee Adams, music junior, said she comes to this location every other day because of its proximity to the Texas State Music Building. Although Adams likes to switch up her drink order, she said her

favorite is the iced mint peppermint tea because of its taste and affordable cost. “I’m a vocalist, so tea is like our bread and butter,” she said. Trevino said the most all-around popular drink at Mochas and Javas is the iced toddy, which is similar to drip coffee but less acidic. The coffee grounds are brewed for 12 hours at room temperature. All of the beans are roasted weekly at Austin-based Texas Coffee Traders, where Trevino said they get most of their teas, syrups and sauces. While the practices of Mochas and Javas are not expected to change, Trevino said the business may open a fourth location, possibly in Kyle, next year.


Cost of Batkid adventure adds up for San Francisco By Erin Ivie

San Jose Mercury News

SAN FRANCISCO — For millions of Americans who hung onto every last leap, bound and rescue of Miles Scott’s heartwarming Make-A-Wish adventure, there’s no putting a price tag on a nation’s restored faith in humanity. But when Batkid returned to his Siskiyou County, Calif. home with a key to the city in tow, Gotham morphed back into San Francisco, and the city was left with a $105,000 tab for the stirring celebration. The bulk of the bill, which city officials said was paid for using Moscone Center convention revenue, stemmed from the Civic Center celebration where Mayor Ed Lee, Police Chief Greg Suhr and

other city leaders presented the chocolate key to the 5-year-old leukemia survivor in front of as many as 20,000 revelers. Because the crowd exceeded Make-A-Wish’s early estimate of 500 volunteer spectators nearly 20 times over, significant audiovisual upgrades were required to accommodate the turnout. “We were told to expect over 20,000 people, and that requires a whole different setup than if a small crowd arrives to watch Miles shake the Mayor’s hand,” said mayoral spokeswoman Christine Malvey. “People weren’t going to see any of that in a crowd that large, so we brought in large video screens and AV stages so people could see Batkid.” “I think the public appreciated that, and we appreciated that Miles

brought smiles and hope to children in our city and to kids living with cancer all over the world,” Malvey added. “We’re proud of what he’s overcome, and we’re proud of San Francisco.” Malvey said the goodwill fostered by Miles’ wish extended across all facets of the project, and an oft-used vendor for events like fireworks displays and parades near AT&T Park donated time and labor to offset the cost to the city. Department of Public Works employees were asked to stagger shifts and redeploy resources for cleanup, but no extra costs incurred. A slew of police officers were called upon to secure Batkid’s adventures, which began with the rescue of a damsel on the Hyde Street cable car tracks and ended with

the ceremony in front of City Hall. San Francisco police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said no additional police units were deployed, and the department did not offer or pay out any overtime costs. According to Shyy, a group of onduty motorcycle officers were the only law enforcement that actually followed the procession, and all other officers who provided security and crowd control would have been positioned in their various posts anyway. “The event started in the Central District, where there were already officers working the area,” Shyy said. “When it moved to the Southern District, that district’s officers monitored the situation from there.” Shyy added, “The motorcycle officers were already working, so

they were just assigned to provide security detail. It’s the same they would have done if the president was in town.” In light of the extraordinary turnout, the Make-A-Wish foundation will fundraise to offset the city’s bill, an effort that will help minimize the costs but is not in any way expected, Malvey said. “We’ll be working with them in coming months to see what they can raise from donors, but we don’t expect anything in return,” Malvey said. “The city spends unexpected money all the time—be it rallies, protests, or in this case, a hopeful celebration, it’s a cost we’re obligated to fulfill.” —Courtesy of McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Sony PlayStation 4 sales surpass 1 million units in first 24 hours

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Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Last week, the Conference Board, which tracks consumer confidence, offered a gloomy forecast for the coming year. Apparently, gamers neglected to check out the key economic indicators before rushing stores to buy the $400 PlayStation 4. Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. said it sold 1 million of its new video game consoles within the first 24 hours of the device becoming available on Nov. 15. “Sales remain very strong in North America, and we expect continued enthusiasm as we launch the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Latin America on Nov. 29,” Andrew House, president and group chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in a statement. Colin Sebastian of Baird Research has projected that the

PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s forthcoming Xbox One system, which will go on sale Friday, will sell a total of 5 million units before the end of the year. Both game systems are vying for the attention of game aficionados, who are among the first to buy the newest consoles. Sony has positioned the newest iteration of its PlayStation as “built for gamers,” whereas Microsoft describes its system as an entertainment hub that does more than just play games. Sony’s lineup of games at launch includes “Killzone: Shadow Fall,” “Knack” and “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.” It also offers access to entertainment options that include Sony’s own Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services as well as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Hulu Plus. —Courtesy of McClatchyTribune Information Services

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Job seekers worry how they will be perceived in person by employers, and for good reason. Likability, charisma, and—if one is ever so lucky— the “halo effect” play a major role at a job interview. Becoming more likable is the goal of many job-seekers, or should be, according to a Q&A at com with Rohit Bhargava, the author of the book “Likeonomics.” Bhargava says likeonomics can be learned and comes naturally to some figures, such as Bill Clinton. He advocates trying to connect personally with job interviewers but says it can be tricky. “Politics, religion and sports tend to polarize people. But you can share a passion without having to say, ‘I hate everybody who doesn’t share my views,’” Bhargava said. Likability plays a big role in a job interview. In a post at, former consultant Robert Cordray warns employ-

ers to look for signs they may be letting an applicant’s likability get the better of them. The figurative “hire me” sign on an applicant needs to be examined critically. Cordray says interviewers need to ask themselves if they’re being blinded by this “halo effect”— an aura of suitability if not perfection—rather than true qualifications. Tips to “make the job interviewer like you better” can be found at the blog. These are sensible tactics for job-seekers, including “take an interest in the other individual,” “be confident in who you are” and “be honest.” Writer Ken Sundheim, who is also the CEO of KAS Placement Recruiters, says, “A charming personality can’t make up for a terrible resume, but when all things are considered equal, the individual who is liked better on a personal basis will get the job.” Getting “behind the mask” is the recruiter’s goal, says Matthew Gordon at “As charming as someone may be, it’s

the interviewer’s job to see past that and hire the best person for the company. Trust me - it’ll save you a lot of money,” Gordon tells the recruiters. He suggests an initial phone interview: “Most people will be more charming in person than on the phone.” If an employer offers a job interview via phone, Skype or videoconference, the job seeker may be in trouble, according to a post at phys. org, a science and tech news site. It cites a study from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, where researchers found that “job applicants interviewed through video conferencing come across as less likable.” And it’s the same for interviewers. “On the other side of the webcam, candidates also rated their interviewers as less attractive, personable, trustworthy and competent,” the post says. —Courtesy of McClatchy-Tribune Information Services


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altgrass Steak House won Best Steakhouse in the poll for the San Marcos Stars awards, tied with Texas Roadhouse. The Texas-themed eatery located on Sessom Drive serves a wide variety of dishes. Steak-K-Bobs, Chicken Laredo and SouthWest Sirloin & Shrimp are favorite dishes on the menu. The restaurant has remained popular among students and San Marcos residents since it was founded. Old advertisements and wood paneling line the walls in the restaurant, and customers can enjoy a meal on the patio overlooking the San Marcos River. A large bar takes up the center of the building and tables fill the rest of the dining room. The story of Saltgrass Steak House dates back to the 1800s when countless longhorns roamed throughout the state, according to the restaurant’s website. Each winter, longhorns were sent to the Texas Gulf Coast to feed on the rich grasses of the region. Then, they were herded to markets up north on the Salt Grass Trail, which was renowned for producing the best cattle. The historic longhorn drive was revived in 1952 to create publicity for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. The first Saltgrass Steak House was founded out

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“As far as this town is concerned, it’s the better place to get a steak.” of this revival. Saltgrass’ unique atmosphere is the biggest reason people are attracted to the restaurant, said manager Kyle Thompson. The steakhouse’s Texas-friendly philosophy appeals to people in the area, Thompson said. The San Marcos Saltgrass restaurant is unique, although there are many locations across the state, Thompson said. The local Saltgrass blends great aspects of both Texas and San Marcos culture, and some

features of the location are unique to the city, he said. “Saltgrass doesn’t ordinarily have a patio overlooking the river,” Thompson said. Kevin Kutras, applied sociology senior, said he usually goes to Saltgrass two to three times a semester. “As far as this town is concerned, it’s the better place to get a steak,” Kutras said. Kutras takes his parents to

Saltgrass when they visit him. He said Saltgrass has meals to please everyone and is better than dining at McDonald’s with his parents. “It’s a pretty good restaurant in a town dominated by fast food,” Kutras said. “It’s a place to sit down with your parents.” Kutras said he likes being outdoors and enjoys eating on the Saltgrass patio. “They serve a decent margarita— I’ll say that,” Kutras said.



By Kacee Letbetter

exas Roadhouse was named the 2013 Best Steakhouse by the San Marcos Stars poll, tied with Saltgrass Steak House. The steakhouse is no stranger to this award and has been recognized by the San Marcos community multiple times. Amelie Cabaza, criminal justice junior, said Texas Roadhouse is always her first choice when friends decide where to go for dinner. “I’m always craving a juicy steak and the rolls are to die for,” Cabaza said. “You can’t lose.” Matthew Mendoza, Texas Roadhouse employee, said it is common for the restaurant to serve 200 to 300 steaks on a busy night. Steaks are very popular among customers but the menu features a variety of dinner options, he said. Texas Roadhouse first opened in 1993 in Clarksville, Indiana, according to its website. The restaurant is famous for its hand-cut steaks, “fall-off-the-bone” ribs, homemade sides and fresh baked bread, according to the website. It puts an emphasis on making hearty meals that stand out to customers with larger portions for “more food for your dollar.” The way the steakhouse cuts its meat impacts the quality of the steaks when served, Mendoza said. He said the restaurant tenderizes and sears the steaks to enhance the flavor of the meat. Mendoza credits the restaurant’s popularity to the quality of the food and the service provided by employees. “The food is awesome, but so are the people that work here,” Mendoza said. “It’s a fun atmosphere.”

Reynaldo Leaños | Staff Photographer




Salon MINK

By Ernest Macias

alon MINK is an edgy-chic, yet classic escape from the small town feel of San Marcos. For those unfamiliar with the salon, the decor is a mix of colors, fabrics and styles that create an atmosphere of urban sophistication. Ray Reeves and Corey Casey, co-owners of MINK, were inspired to open the salon in February 2008 after having the desire to give the city something new. “We wanted to bring something fresh to the town— something that San Marcos hadn’t seen before,” Reeves said. The establishment has an expanding fanbase in the community. “I love that (employees at MINK) work and are flexible with me, because I am a student,” said Trinity Cone, junior stylist at the salon and Texas State sophomore. “They’re just great bosses, great people and it’s a great salon.” What makes the salon a favorite among many patrons goes beyond a haircut or a manicure, according to Reeves. A visit to MINK aims to relax and style the customer and provide them with valuable “me” time, he said. Another factor in the salon’s formula for success is education. Reeves, prior to opening MINK, worked as a cosmetology instructor at Nuvani Institute in South Austin. The co-owners aim to have an educated staff, offer a wide variety of services and keep up with current fashions for the patrons. “Being involved in the community and establishing relationships is what makes MINK different,” Reeves said. “Also, I would say the diversity of our salon is one of the reasons people like us. It’s for anyone—a high school kid can come here and we can dye his hair blue or we can handle someone who is running for mayor and wants to look sharp. It’s really awesome.” Giving back to the community is another way MINK establishes its reputation through the city and Texas State. MINK helps the San Marcos Animal Shelter as well as some on-campus organizations, including FashioNation. “We give back to the community in any way we can, especially if it has to do with education and children,” Reeves said. “It’s not always monetary, but we are always fine with donating our time or the salon itself.”

Trinity Cone, Salon Mink stylist, washes purple dye out of Adrienne Anstice's hair Nov. 19. John Casares | Staff Photographer


Stitches & Such

Erin Moore, Texas State alumna and owner of Stitches & Such, uses an AMAYA machine to stitch a diaper bag.


By Kara Dornes

acked with brightly colored tote bags, shabbychic wall art and a large assortment of items available for monogramming, Stitches & Such boutique reigns supreme over the hearts of many students and residents. Nearly every item in the shop, located on Dutton Drive, has the possibility for customization, letting students’ individuality shine through with color and style choices. Pam Daltry and Erin Moore,

Chris Motz | Staff Photographer

mother and daughter co-owners of Stitches & Such, opened the shop four years ago. As a boutique, Stitches & Such sells a wide variety of monogrammed items and other gifts. “We sell gifts for any occasion,” Moore said. “We do a lot of Greek clothing, but also wedding gifts and baby gifts. Also, almost everything in the store can be personalized because we do monogramming here on sight.” Stitches & Such carries a story and special meaning for Daltry,

Moore and their family. “I went to Texas State and when I was going to start student teaching here in San Marcos, I wanted a cute monogrammed bag to take to school with me,” Moore said. “I couldn’t find a place here in town, so my mom and I decided that we should open a shop here in San Marcos so students and others could buy these items locally.” In addition to monogrammable goods, the shop features a variety of southern favorites including Lilly Pulitzer products, iron wall

hangings and bridal gifts. Daltry and Moore expressed gratitude and excitement about receiving a San Marcos Star award for Best Boutique. Moore said the nomination was an honor in and of itself, and actually winning the award was an “amazing feeling.” “It feels really great to win best boutique,” Daltry said. “I was really surprised because we have only been open for four years, but it really is a big honor and I am really happy that we got it.”



Asian Garden By Nicole Barrios


sian Garden may not sell flowers, but its colorful arrangement of high-quality ingredients with positive customer service has won the restaurant recognition. Asian Garden Chinese Restaurant has won the San Marcos Stars award for Best Asian Restaurant in the city. Located on North Guadalupe Street at the edge of campus, Asian Garden provides Chinese cuisine to students and San Marcos residents. The restaurant offers a dine-in experience and home delivery, according to its website. John Zhen, Asian Garden co-owner, said he was surprised by recognition from the award and was “very thankful.” “I’m just so excited,” Zhen said. “Thanks to all of our loyal customers.” Fast delivery of food is an important service Asian Garden Chinese Restaurant provides so customers are able to get fresh Asian meals, Zhen said. Brittany Pierdolla, a three-year employee at Asian Garden, believes the restaurant won the award because it is “willing to do pretty much anything” for customers. All sauces and dishes served at the restaurant are made with fresh ingredients everyday. “Our sauces are homemade and everything is from scratch,” Zhen said. “I think that’s what is different (about Asian Garden), and the food quality is upper grade.” Asian Garden provides authentic Chinese cuisine and health conscious meals with an emphasis on quality, according to its website. The menu is said to fuse old and new concepts of Asian cooking, and customers can find traditional Asian dishes along with new creations. Zhen attributed Asian Garden’s success to the fact that it is usually busy, especially during the school year because of business from students. “We have a lot of regulars that are really cool that come in and that’s nice,” Pierdolla said. “The people who work here are really nice, and the food is really good. I hear that almost every day.” Pierdolla said the best parts about working at Asian Garden are the co-workers and the “chill” environment. Zhen hopes to win the award again next year. “We’re still going to try to do the best we can,” Zhen said. “The restaurant is a very hard business, so I have to work every day, seven days a week to make sure everything goes OK.”

Danielle Charles | Staff Photographer


Lolita’s Café By Quixem Ramirez

olita’s Café, a familyoperated Mexican restaurant, has earned its fifth consecutive San Marcos Star award for Best Breakfast Taco. Lolita’s Café owner Marta Carrillo opened the restaurant in 2005, naming it after her daughter. The restaurant is located on Aquarena Springs and only offers takeout orders because they do not have room to seat customers. “I’ve always been working at restaurants my entire life,” Carrillo said. “I just wanted to have my own place, because I work with my heart. My customers are always first.” Carrillo recommends the Lolita’s special taco, which includes potatos, eggs, beans, bacon and cheese. “One of the compliments that moves me the most is that people tell me it tastes like home,” Carrillo said. “It is homemade— everything is fresh here. People say we have the best tacos ever.” Zachary Goss, president of Entrepreneurial Action Us, or Enactus, partnered with Lolita’s

Chris Motz | Staff Photographer

and has been selling their tacos in The Quad for four years. Lolita’s staff wakes up at 3 a.m. to supply between 100 and 150 tacos each day for the non-profit business organization to sell, depending on their schedule. The tacos tend to sell out in the first three hours, giving Lolita’s another distribution point to make a profit. “These ladies work very hard seven days a week,” Goss said. “They have a quality product, and though their prices are cheaper than their competitors, they make up for it with their volume. They can be just as profitable, because they sell a huge volume.” Lolita’s Café’s primary demographic is students, especially in the mornings, when lines around the shop typically begin to form at 7 a.m. Carrillo estimates 300 to 400 customers stop by daily. “This means a lot,” Carrillo said. “I’m really happy, and I just love what I do. This isn’t a job. This is my life, and this gives me more motivation to keep going every day.”


November 21 2013  
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