VOLUME 103, ISSUE 33
Defending the First Amendment since 1911
NOVEMBER 6, 2013
Voters choose: Bill Taylor 534 votes
Thom Prentice 247 votes
Mason Murphy 398 votes
Lisa Prewitt 1,682 votes
Jude Prather 1,419 votes
John Casares | Staff Photographer
LISA JUDE PREWITT PRATHER Newcomer to city council claims Place 1
Council Place 2 incumbent wins re-election
By James Carneiro and Rebecca Banks The University Star
By Nicole Barrios, Kelsey Bradshaw and Traynor Swanson
Lisa Prewitt was elected to the city council Place 1 seat after receiving more than twice as many votes as her opponent, Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Bill Taylor. Prewitt received 1,682 votes, making up for 75.9 percent of the votes for Place 1, while Taylor received 534 votes , accounting for 24.1 percent. Taylor said he ended the night “disappointed” by his loss in the election. He hugged his children and thanked his supporters during the watch party at Rooftop on The Square after a majority of the poll results were released. Supporters were in disbelief, some saying they did not know how true the polling results were. Taylor said he will not participate in future elections but will continue to support future candidates with interest in San Marcos businesses and the university. Taylor said he hopes the community will strive to build a relationship between the campus and city’s businesses. “I’m 65 years old, and I don’t need to be running for office anymore,” Taylor said. “The people have spoken. This is the direction they want
Incumbent Jude Prather defeated opponents Mason Murphy and Thom Prentice for the San Marcos City Council Place 2 seat Tuesday night. Prather finished with 68.75 percent of the votes. Murphy followed with 19.28 percent, and Prentice earned 11.67 percent. Prather claimed his victory in the election before all eight precincts reported polling results and addressed the crowd, which included his father, wife and childhood best friend. “I think the campaign went well, but three months of campaigning is nothing like three years of governing,” Prather said. “The hard work comes next.” Prather ran on a platform supporting fiscal responsibility and improvement of streets, sidewalks and utility infrastructure. Prather has held his seat as Place 2 councilman since November 2010, according to the city’s website. Francesca Welsh, Prather’s campaign manager, said he had a “smooth” campaign this year. Welsh said she was able to balance his city council seat and county position as Veterans Service Officer while still running a functioning campaign.
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Lisa Prewitt, city council Place 1 elect, celebrates her victory over opponent Bill Taylor Nov. 5 at Railyard Bar & Grill.
Jude Prather, city council Place 2 incumbent, celebrates re-election with his father Val Prather Nov. 5 at Palmer’s Restaurant. Kathryn Parker | Staff Photographer
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Kristen Lefebvre | Staff Photographer Bill Taylor, city council Place 1 candidate, checks election results Nov. 5 with his son Brian, daughter-in-law Julie and John Diaz, a former colleague. Taylor lost the election.
City, county elections see anticipated low voter turnout By Kristen Smith News Reporter
While less than 10 percent of registered voters in Hays County cast ballots in this year’s local elections, officials say the low turnout was expected. According to polling results, 8,490 Hays County voters headed to the polls Tuesday to choose city councilmembers and approve charter amendments and statewide policies. Joyce Cowan, Hays County elections administrator, said the county has 98,000 registered voters. About 3,100 voters in Hays County cast ballots during early voting and by “personal appearance,” and 3,000 more had voted on Election Day as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Cowan said. Cowan estimated the county’s voter turnout to be about 8 percent this election season, which she said is normal. Lower numbers of registered voters tend to turn out at the polls in non-presidential election years and when
only constitutional amendments are on the ballots, she said. The number of student voters who cast a ballot usually reflects how many residents turn out to vote, according to outgoing Place 1 Councilwoman Kim Porterfield, who is also the community relations director for Texas State. “The freshmen have never voted before, and so oftentimes they are not registered at all,” Porterfield said. “There are groups like Associated Student Government and there are partisan groups like the College Democrats and the Young Republicans that have registration drives.” Students want to be represented like other residents, but sometimes feel more comfortable casting ballots in their hometowns, leading to a smaller number of San Marcos voters, Porterfield said. Students may also see voting in their hometowns as more convenient, Porterfield said. As
students become more involved with the city, they are more inclined to have their voices heard and want to vote, Porterfield said. Cowan said students often only want to head to the polls if there is an issue on the ballot they believe they could make a difference with. Younger people do not have as high of a voting rate as other age groups, but students and residents are not in different positions, Cowan said. “I’ve skipped elections because I don’t know either of these individuals,” Cowan said. “I haven’t read or I haven’t found information. We have to make our choices to go to the polls, and we have to understand what we’re going through.” Organizations such as the Hays County Democratic Party and the Hays County Republican Party try to increase voter turnout numbers with online efforts. Jon Leonard, secretary of the Hays County Democratic Party,
said for each general election cycle, the College Democrats at Texas State are able to register thousands of new voters on campus. He said registering voters is an “amazing effort.” “I believe a party can be out
there trying to get people to register, encourage them to vote, but primaries are rolling around the corner, and it may be Nov. 5 today, but March 4 will probably be here before we know it,” Cowan said.
Kathryn Parker | Staff Photographer Pablo Palmonio votes at the Dunbar Recreation Center Nov. 5.
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PLACE 1 continued from front to go.” Taylor said he is supportive of Prewitt in her newly elected position. Supporters gathered shoulder-to-shoulder at Prewitt’s watch party at Railyard Bar and Grill and cheered when the poll results were updated. Before Prewitt was declared the winner, she spoke about her campaign and what she planned to do on the council if elected. Prewitt said campaigning was a great experience. She said there was an outpouring of support from the community, and many of her volunteers were heartfelt and passionate in their support. “I’ve been a very strong supporter and big advocate of protecting our neighborhoods,” Prewitt said. “I feel very passionately in order to keep our community strong, we need to have safe and stable neighborhoods as we grow.” Prewitt said the natural beauty of the San Marcos River not only needs to be protected for its natural beauty, but also for the future economic strength it offers. Growth in San Marcos is not a bad thing, but it must be placed in appropriate areas to enhance the city’s unique qualities, Prewitt said. Prewitt said she has plans for the community beginning the day she takes office. “The first thing I would really like to do is see our community become more united,” Prewitt said. “We have become divided because of our differences and views on growth.” Prewitt said she would rather see community members focus on each other’s strengths rather than weaknesses. Maxfield Baker, a Texas State alumnus, said he was “totally inspired” by Prewitt and liked how her platform was similar to Greg Frank’s, a candidate who ran for city council in 2012. He said there was a stark contrast between Prewitt and Taylor, with the former representing large developers and the latter repre-
senting “smart growth.” “Change is what San Marcos is crying out for, and it is going to come to fruition,” Baker said. San Marcos resident Jeffrey Narviz supports Taylor and said he attended his watch party because Taylor shares similar conservative values. “I know they can’t go up and say ‘I’m Republican,’ but I look for those things in a candidate, who has the same values that I have,” Narviz said. “I think Bill Taylor has that.” Taylor, who has been in local politics for 31 years, said voter turnout was low this election. “I’m disappointed in the results, and I felt like we did a better campaign than that,” Taylor said. “We voted just a little over 2,000 people, and that’s a very light turnout.” After reports showed Prewitt earned a majority of the votes, she stood up in front of the crowd at her watch party and thanked attendees for their support. “This is not me who has done this. This is the entire community who has done this,” Prewitt said. Prewitt said she has plans to help the town grow and reflect the Comprehensive Master Plan. As Prewitt gave her victory speech, she was met with standing ovations and cheers from her supporters. “We love this town so much, and we will fight for it,” Prewitt said.
PLACE 2 continued from front
Jude Prather hugs his father, Val Prather, after learning of his re-election. Welsh looked forward to a win early in the night at the watch party. She did not want the election to go into a runoff. “I believe all the candidates did a really good job,” Welsh said. “I believe that all the candidates for both Place 1 and 2 have done a good job and conducted themselves in a professional and upstanding manner.” Thom Prentice, former mayoral candidate, donned a Guy Fawkes mask to commemorate the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 at his election watch party at Zelicks Icehouse. Prentice ran for office again this year to raise awareness on issues he believes are not being discussed in the political sphere at a time when they need to be addressed. “We aren’t talking enough about issues like global warming, voter suppression and, most importantly, capitalism,” Prentice said. “The tentacles of Wall Street are all the way down here in San Marcos. That’s why I keep running for office.” Prentice said he will not rule out another run for office, despite his third place finish Tuesday. Prentice said he was thankful for the people who voted for him and kept his good humor throughout the night. “I’m expecting a landslide victory with all the money I put into this campaign,” Prentice said jok-
ingly. “I spent a whopping $38 on this campaign.” Throughout the watch party, Prentice talked with a small group of friends and supporters, including Ernie Pecina. “Thom’s a great speaker and a deep thinker,” Pecina said. “All he wants is to stimulate a discussion.” Murphy’s friends and family had an intimate dinner with the Place 2 candidate Tuesday night after having been at the polls all day and feeling “tired, nervous and excited all at once.” He said deciding to run for city council was an easy decision because he had been volunteering for candidates since the ages of 13 and 14. Now, at 35 years old, Murphy said it was “the right time in (his) life to run” for public office for the first time. “This is my first time running and it’s been a really great, positive experience,” Murphy said. “It’s been great meeting a lot of different people in San Marcos and walking the neighborhoods.” Murphy said he plans to stay involved through commissions and volunteering efforts. Murphy thanked his supporters and said he “knows” he will run again. “I want to congratulate Jude Prather on his victory tonight,” Murphy said. “I would have loved
Kathryn Parker | Staff Photographer
to have won. It just didn’t work out that way. I will continue to serve my community and stay involved.” Prather’s fellow councilmen Shane Scott, Place 6, and Ryan Thomason, Place 5, congratulated him Tuesday night. Scott said Prather is the right choice for San Marcos. “(Prather) brings a very dedicated, heartfelt approach to things,” Scott said. “He thinks about people first and that’s what it’s about.” Kathy Martinez-Prather, Jude Prather’s wife, agreed with Scott. “Jude is very passionate about San Marcos,” Martinez-Prather said. “And every vote that he casts up on the dais, I know that he does so not nonchalantly. He takes every vote to heart and considers it very thoroughly.” Martinez-Prather said this was her third time on the campaign trail with her husband. She said a clean campaign makes the process easy, and Murphy and Prentice are “good guys” who ran a “gentleman’s campaign.” Prather said the campaign was just the first part of the process during his impromptu speech, saying “the work gets started now.” “My goal is to look back in 2016 when this is all said and done and know I left a better San Marcos,” Prather said.
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Voters approve possible solution for statewide water shortages By Michelle Balagia News Reporter
â€œFor the first time, it offers a dedicated fund for the state water plan that lowers the cost of loans so that communities can come to the water board for financial assistance,â€? Klonower said. â€œThere will be lower interest rates and payment referrals. Itâ€™ll be easier for communities in general.â€? Ken Kramer, chair of the Water Resources Committee of the Lone Star Chapter of Sierra Club, said the new funds are intended to provide a mechanism to assist in the financing of water projects. Projects will include conservation efforts called for in regional plans that provide a blueprint for meeting water needs over the next 50 years, Kramer said. The effect Proposition 6 will have on San Marcos is unknown, but will likely be positive, Kramer said. â€œRight now, itâ€™s not possible to say exactly what the impact of Prop 6 on San Marcos and Central Texas
will be,â€? Kramer said. â€œWhat we can say is Prop 6 will make funding available that the region could tap into in order to help address future water needs.â€? Some groups opposing Proposition 6 believe the proposed conservation and reuse of water is some kind of â€œtrick,â€? according to a press release from the Lone Star Chapter of Sierra Club. Some are weary in believing the funding will go toward conservation projects. As of 2011, there are $7.6 billion in water projects proposed for the Central Texas region, Klonower said. â€œWhat Prop 6 would do is set aside 20 percent of funds to finance conservation projects for local communities that apply for funding,â€? Klonower said. The state has yet to release information regarding which projects will receive money from the Rainy Day fund.
Legislators are one step closer to implementing solutions for the statewide water supply shortage as a result of the passage of Proposition 6 by voters Tuesday. Proposition 6, a state constitutional amendment, is intended to help with the stateâ€™s water conservation and spending, said Merry Klonower, director of communications for the Texas Water Development Board. The state experienced its driest year ever in 2011 with an average of 14.8 inches of rain, according to the Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas website. Every five years, officials on the Texas Water Development Board look for water shortages in the state and come up with specific strategies to ensure water is available where it is needed, Klonower said. Under Proposition 6, $2 billion will be taken out of the stateâ€™s Rainy Day fund. The money will be given to the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund of Texas to support those strategies, Klonower said. Supporters of the amendment say its approval is positive for Texas in securing a commitment to water conservation. â€œTexas is in a water crisisâ€”weâ€™ve been in one,â€? said Luke Metzger, founder and director of Environment Texas. â€œItâ€™s critical we invest in water right now. Prop 6 is a huge investment in water conservation. Itâ€™s going to triple the funding.â€? According to Klonower, residents will be able to submit an application to the water board to receive $0Ăƒ021'$<Ăƒ:('1(6'$<Ăƒ)5,'$< funding for a community project. Local officials will also be able to determine the communityâ€™s needs and decide which ktsw.net projects will receive funding.
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THE MAIN POINT
Hand dryers eco-friendly, cost effective paper towel alternative W
hile Texas State typically makes eco-friendly, sustainable choices, the use of paper towel rolls in bathrooms throughout campus is an antiquated practice in desperate need of an upgrade to automatic hand dryers. Paper towels are a costly option, both fiscally and environmentally. Beginning with the expensive endeavor of harvesting and shipping the lumber needed to manufacture the towels, the atmosphere is plagued with the emission of harmful pollutants. From there, factories undergo the process of converting the trees into sheets of paper towels. When the towels finally reach campus, are used and disposed of, it takes several weeks for a single sheet of paper to decompose. While this does not seem like a very long time compared to other materials such as Styrofoam, consider how many paper towels are thrown away each day. Additionally, with so many students using paper towels, wastebaskets are often overflowing with an unsightly mountain of soggy brown paper. While hand dryers do affect the environment, their emission and damage is minimal in comparison to paper towels. A Slate article included a comparative analysis of greenhouse gas emissions by both paper towels and hand dryers, and the results were not surprising. An estimated 0.123 pounds of gas emissions were
produced by using two towels to fully dry one’s hands. In comparison, hand dryers emitted between just 0.02 and 0.08 pounds depending on drying times and the wattage of the machine. Replacing campus paper towel dispensers with hand dryers would not be a difficult task. Grants focused on replacing harmful appliances with greener ones are abundant. Even if outside funding was not secured, the cost of the swap would be one that would pay off in the long run. With dryers, not only is the need to buy new towels eliminated, maintenance time and energy is greatly reduced. Additionally, restroom patrons would never again face the annoyance of reaching for a paper towel with wet hands only to find an empty roll. There is simply not a more environmentally sound alternative to hand dryers. Even paper towels made from recyclable materials, often hailed as a green choice, are detrimental to the atmosphere. Gary Homesley, assistant director of facilities and maintenance at California State UniversityNorthridge, said it takes 7,000 gallons of water and 360 gallons of oil to make one ton of recycled paper, in a March 6, 2010 article on the Lockhart Low Cost Cleaning Website. The process releases 86 pounds of pollutants into the air, according to the same article. Texas State’s other efforts to be environmentally conscious should
not go unacknowledged, however. Electricity generated by machines at the Student Recreation Center, the installation of BigBelly Solar Compactors and efforts to eliminate take-out waste at Jones Dining Hall are all commendable steps taken by the university. The problem is most of the green choices made are in newer buildings built with the environment already in mind. Older buildings like Evans and Old Main become neglected when it comes to environmental upgrades. Taking the time and the money to renovate the interior of older campus buildings will save money and energy later on. While the brown paper towels wadded up on the floor of the bathroom may appear innocuous enough, they are hurting the campus and the earth more than many people realize. Steps must be taken to ensure the campus is environmentally friendly for years to come. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University.
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“YOLO” no excuse for students’ reckless behavior
Brandon Sams Opinions Columnist Journalism freshman
he phrase “YOLO” or “You Only Live T Once” does not give students free reign to be the worst human beings imaginable simply because they only have one life to live. The phrase “carpe diem,” translated as “seize the day,” has long been a popular idiom. It exists as an anthem to live life to
the fullest. Nowadays YOLO, made popular by rapper Drake in his song “The Motto,” is taking carpe diem’s place in the popular lexicon. The difference is crucial—one stands for living life to the fullest while the other promotes impulsive actions and decisions. YOLO, at least to me, appears to be an anthem for participating in risky, dangerous and otherwise irrational behavior. “We are going 200 mph on the highway to beat curfew. #YOLO!” Yeah, no. That is not living life to the fullest. That is just plain stupidity. I understand young people sometimes engage in risky behavior just for the sake of it. Young students may feel invincible even though that is far from the case. But, you only live once. Really? Thanks for the information Sherlock Holmes—I personally thought everyone lived at least
four times. Just because we only live once is not an excuse to be rude, impulsive, dangerous and offensive. Students should do what they want, by no means am I anyone’s mother, father, guardian, grandmother or anything. So long as students do not infringe on another person’s rights, it is open season. All I am asking is for students and young people in general to at least be a bit more sensible. Using YOLO as an excuse is cute and hilarious and everybody laughs and smiles until the inevitable occurs. Party until the break of dawn. Who cares if I have a test tomorrow? YOLO! But then, I fail the test. I am drunk, but I have to get my car home, YOLO. I get in a car accident. Wow. That guy is so cute, I am going to go up and kiss him, YOLO. I get punched in the face. Students can live their lives to the fullest
without being rash and impulsive. Seize the day, just as carpe diem says—seize it, but do not let it seize you. Students should take care not to get caught up in Zeus knows what—simply because they think they are supposed to be reckless. YOLO is used to ignore the consequences that specific actions may have, which is the “For Dummies” version of living for the day. Students need to realize living for today is important because what one anticipates for the future may never come to fruition. The actions of today will influence your future, so grab that bull by the horns and seize it. Seize it for today and for tomorrow. People are each given one life—what students make of it is their choice. What is the end goal? Where is the legacy? How do you want to be remembered? Ponder that, if nothing else. Knowing is half the battle, darlings.
Women should strive to be better role models for girls
Molly Block Opinions Columnist Journalism senior
ore women must learn how to M become better role models for girls in order to stop the destructive cycle of
low self-esteem promoted by mainstream media. As a child, I was fortunate enough to be raised by parents who instilled morals
and values in me that have become part of my identity. My everyday decisions are a result of how I was raised and my parents’ relentless efforts to make me feel worthy of respect, despite what the world might say. Although my father was equally instrumental in my upbringing, my mother always inspired me to believe in myself and never underestimate my abilities. By becoming the role model I needed as a girl, she helped fashion me into the woman I am today. As a result, I do not feel the need to dress in scantily clad outfits like Miley Cyrus for attention, nor did I wish to have a baby when I was 16 years old. Unfortunately, not everyone was raised the same way or values the same principles I do. The sad truth is some girls will grow up in a world without any female role models to show them the correct way to behave.
They will innocently believe the lies perpetuated by the media and celebrities and come to believe it is okay to dress and act inappropriately in order to receive recognition. Magazines, advertisements, TV shows and social media sites have a negative impact on how teenage girls measure their personal image and beauty standards. These harmful messages constantly being delivered to the youth in America can lead to serious problems down the road. According to a 2010 study by the Journal of Adolescent Health, many young girls are worried about their appearances. An estimated 35 percent of 9 year olds and 38 percent of 10-year-old girls were already unhappy with their bodies. Ten million American women battle anorexia or bulimia, according to another study provided by the National Eating Disorders Association. These facts should encourage more women to start thinking clearly
about their words, actions and the effect they can have on a younger audience. To become a positive role model, some women should consider making adjustments to their lifestyles. If a young girl sees a woman they look up to dressed improperly and exposing her body to the world, she might get the idea to do the same. If that happens, she could lose her self-respect and the respect of others as well. Girls should be taught the importance of their own definition of beauty above all else. Our society needs more women who strive to be leaders in the community and friends to those in need while dressing modestly. Women can achieve this by using refined language and being considerate and respectful of others. Developing these admirable qualities will help women become someone who young girls can look up to.
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Bowl-eligible Bobcats prepare for Arkansas during bye week By Gabby Tropea Sports Reporter @gabbytropea
Dann and Will Johnson compete with each other every week for the chance to kick and punt during the games. Johnson started the season as the primary placekicker but was replaced in the Louisiana—Lafayette game by Dann. Dann has been 9–9 on field goal attempts since then, including the game-winner against South Alabama in the Homecoming game. “Every week Coach Brad (Franchione) shows us where we stand in the nation compared to other teams,” Johnson said. “It really puts things in perspective to us. We want to be at the top of that list.” Johnson has now assumed punting duties for the Bobcats and is averaging 42.5 yards per punt, which places him second in the Sun Belt Conference. During practice, the trio say they mainly work on their
drops and watch film to see what they need to improve on. “When one of us is kicking, the other one is always watching,” Johnson said. “If Jason (Dann) has a question, he could always ask me. If I have a question, I can always ask him. That’s how we get better.” Texas State will face Arkansas State Nov. 16 on the road. A win will help the Bobcats further their chances toward becoming invited to a bowl game. The Bobcats say they know that with 125 teams and 35 bowl spots, 70 teams will not play in a bowl game this season. “(Franchione) doesn’t like to talk about it,” Dann said. “It all comes down to keeping your mind on that bowl game. It’s one of our goals as a team. Just because we’re bowl eligible doesn’t mean that we’re going to a bowl—we have to finish strong. Ask any player on the team, they want that bowl game.”
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According to Coach Dennis Franchione, the Bobcats’ approach to the bye week is simple—just keep a winning mentality. Texas State won its third consecutive game and became bowl eligible for the first time in school history by defeating Idaho Saturday 37—21. Freshman quarterback Tyler Jones passed for two touchdowns while sophomore running back Robert Lowe rushed for 61 yards and two scores. “I thought we played a good, solid football game,” Franchione said. “They made us work hard for our rushing yards. Tyler Jones threw the ball well and did the things we needed him to do. Idaho played a good game, but our guys were hungry and wanted to get win number six.” Franchione has told the team that “November defines (them).” Franchione said the defense has been “very consistent” all season, he is happy to see the offense improving, and he is pleased with the special teams. “Game in and game out we’ve gotten solid play from our kicking game,” Franchione said. “You probably can’t find another team in the country that has had three specialists become Conference Players of the Week like our guys Zach (Robinson), Will (Johnson) and Jason (Dann).” Senior punter Madelynne Scales | Star File Photo Zach Robinson and Coach Dennis Franchione said he has been pleased with defense throughout the season, but the Bobcats junior kickers Jason must keep a winning mentality. Texas State will not play this weekend.
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