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SPORTS | B4 & B5

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Council proposes downtown, residential parking plan By James Carneiro News Reporter

Crowded downtown parking issues may be alleviated under a proposed parking management district that would allow residents in neighborhoods to receive permits and require paid parking in certain areas. City councilmembers received a presentation from city staff on the proposed parking management district during their meeting Wednesday night. All parking-related decisions would go through the district’s committee, which would be overseen by residents

of parking regulations, management and public education. Under the proposal, neighborhoods would be allowed to petition for parking permits and downtown would become payto-park . John Foreman, city planning manager, said the goals of the parking initiative are to facilitate business downtown and promote the quality of life in San Marcos. The downtown area currently has 622 on-street spaces and lacks off-street parking options, Foreman said. In addition to this, most of the spaces limit the time people can park, keeping them from staying for Austin Humphreys | Photo Editor Buses were damaged in the parking area of Don’s Fish Camp along the San Marcos River Oct. 31 after heavy rains in the area.


Hays County provides assistance to flood victims By Traynor Swanson News Reporter

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living in the downtown area. Any profits garnered from the district would be reinvested in the downtown. The district would be responsible for the enforcement

extended periods of time, he said. “I’ll be blunt. (The solution is) paid on-street parking,”


iza Astran was asleep in her bed when she awoke to water splashing her feet. She sat up in confusion and noticed about three feet of water rising slowly throughout her home. Astran, who lives in San Marcos, is one of many Hays County residents who awoke on Halloween to discover water encroaching upon their homes. County officials estimate more than 100 houses sustained major damage from the Oct. 31 floodwaters, with at least 100 additional

houses seeing minor damage. Kharley Smith, emergency management coordinator for Hays County, San Marcos saw between 10 to 12 inches of rain Oct. 31, causing the Blanco and San Marcos Rivers to rise about 37 feet outside their banks. County Judge Bert Cobb signed a local disaster declaration Nov. 4 to begin the process of requesting state and federal disaster aid for those affected by the Oct. 31 flood. Smith said about $500,000 worth of damages were incurred on public roads. The places most affected by the flood in Hays County are along Cypress Creek in Wimberley, Onion Creek in

Buda and areas in San Marcos along the San Marcos River, Smith said. Local organizations including the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and the United Methodist Church came together Tuesday evening at an event held by the county where flood victims registered their contact information and the damages their houses received. After registering, residents visited with groups such as the Hays County Food Bank, the Texas WIC, the State Health Department, Barnabas Charities,



ITS officials to introduce wireless device printing program for spring By Autumn Bernhard News Reporter

Instructional Technologies Support (ITS) officials are gearing up to launch a new project this spring that will enable students to print wirelessly from their own devices on any floor throughout Alkek Library. Wireless printing from laptops is currently only permitted on the fourth floor of the library, according to Alkek’s webpage. ITS officials are working with the Information Technology Assistance Center (ITAC) to develop a program allowing students to print from any wireless device on all floors of the library, according to Brian Shanks, assistant director of ITS and project manager. “The project is called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and we hope to have it ready for use in the spring semester,” Shanks said. “Our number one goal is to allow students to bring their own laptop

onto campus and to print.” After the BYOD program is implemented this spring, students will be able to print throughout Alkek by using their laptops, tablets or phones in the library, emailing their printing jobs to the printers or uploading them to the library’s website, Shanks said. The program will also allow students to print something from their dorm rooms or potentially somewhere off campus, he said. “As of right now the biggest printing area is taking place on the second floor,” Shanks said. “We hope with the new program the computers in the library will be free to use for research like they are intended for.” The program is in the early software installation stages, and hopes to have all the bugs worked out in about a week, Shanks said. After implementing the program, ITS officials will monitor printing to figure out the average time it takes students to pick their papers up. From there, they will be able

John Casares | Staff Photographer Christina Bolden, sociology junior, checks her phone while waiting for materials to print at the Alkek Library. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) project will allow students to print from any wireless device.

to establish a “quit time” to delete the print job from the printer, Shanks said. “If rollout goes successful in the library, there is no reason to not put it in all the other labs on campus,” Shanks said. Austin Shewbart, a systems

programmer for the Academic Lab and server support, is carrying out 99 percent of the work on the program, Shanks said. “I feel important since I am doing so much work,” Shewbart said. “Everyone acts as one big happy family and as the project

progresses more people will be involved.” The initial project staff encompassed many different departments including the library technical staff, ITAC, IT security and ITS employees. “We piloted the program in the summer internally with the IT division,” Shanks said. “It was met with some success but had some problems. Currently we are installing it in a production environment and hope to have it up and running mid-November to do more internal testing.” Texas State is one of the only public universities that offers students free printing, Shanks said. This is partly because Van Wyatt, vice president for Information Technology is a strong advocate for keeping a financial burden off students, he said. Jasmine Brown, recreational administration junior, has gone to the library multiple times to



More students choosing graduate school at Texas State By Autumn Bernhard News Reporter

Texas State officials are experiencing significant growth in the Graduate College with a record number of PhDs awarded last year and the continued development of new doctoral and master’s degrees. Texas State’s Graduate College offers 100 degree programs—12 doctoral degrees and 88 master’s degrees. As of now there are a total of 3,949 students enrolled in graduate college. Of that number, 444 are doctoral students and 3,505 are master’s students, said Andrea Golato, dean of the Graduate College. In the 2012 academic school year, 1,415 degrees were given to

graduating students. Throughout the last academic year, 53 students received doctoral degrees, which was the highest-ever number for the college, Golato said. “The reason this is the highest number is because of the newness of the doctoral program,” Golato said. “The program has been around since 1996, but the first doctorates were awarded in 2000.” Graduate College officials are looking to increase enrollment numbers but want to ensure there are enough faculty members on hand to manage these students, Golato said. Officials are still looking for high quality students even with a larger admittance pool, she said. Golato said the college is looking to make some new degrees,

such as a Masters’ in Engineering and Dementia Studies, but these are still going through the development process. Terrica Watkins, communication studies graduate student, continued her education three months after receiving her bachelor’s degree at University of Houston in May 2012. “Graduate school allows you to engage in critical thinking, and professors actually ask you what you think instead of you having to listen to them as much,” Watkins said. “It challenges you to think for yourself by having discussions in class rather than being lectured, too.” Without graduate school, students are introduced to their fields but do not get the in-depth experi-

ences to be qualified for higher positions, said Sandy Rao, assistant dean of the Graduate College. Graduate programs allow students to become competitive in the market of their choice, she said. Rao said the Texas State Graduate College is not in competition with the University of Texas at Austin but instead serves to offer students another choice when looking to further their education. “We have small-school feel, and our faculty gives attention to students,” Rao said. “We also cater to students with jobs by having classes in the evening or classes online.” Professors have higher work expectations in the Graduate College, and they get to know students on a personal level, Watkins

said. “In the beginning I was afraid to go to graduate school due to certain expectations and the fear of change,” Watkins said. “I have now realized that change could be for the better and you should embrace it.” Golato said graduate school allows students to push boundaries through college research by aiding with interpreting the world as a whole and serving as both a scholarly and a creative opportunity. “It’s a challenge, but it’s a challenge that’s worth it,” Watkins said. “You learn what you are capable of at graduate school. You learn about yourself and about your field. You become a better person and realize how much you truly love the field.”

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FLOOD, continued from front the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. Displaced residents were provided with supplies, assisted with ways to clean up their houses and offered temporary housing. For now, Astran and other flood victims are being housed in hotels thanks to charity efforts from local groups. Salvation Army officials and volunteers have cut drywall to stop mold from growing in Astran’s house and have been helping her clean up flood damage since last Friday. Smith said the Halloween storms hit heavily in areas that are not built to sustain high levels of rainfall. For instance, Astran’s home on Uhland Road is in an area that does not usually flood. “Streets that don’t typically

flood were flooded, which hurt residents that don’t typically sustain that damage,” Smith said. “Hays County has made great efforts in addressing low-water crossing areas that usually see flash flooding, but this time was much different.” This is the first time in four years of living in San Marcos that Astran has been affected by a flash flood. “It’s so dangerous when it happens at night,” Astran said. “I went to sleep and it was barely raining, then I woke up to waistdeep water.” Astran said she called 9-1-1 once she awoke, and emergency responders arrived within minutes. In the meantime, she made sure her 4-year-old and 10-month-

old sons were safe. “I could only hold one of them at a time, so I picked up my 4-year-old and moved him to safer, higher ground, which for him was the top of the refrigerator,” Astran said. “Then I went to my 10-month-old son, who was floating around in his bouncy (crib) on top of the water. He swallowed a little bit of water, so I had to start reviving him—and right then is when the police arrived.” The first responders helped Astran move her sons and two dogs safely out of the house to higher ground. Her car, however, was not as fortunate. “My car was almost completely submerged,” Astran said. “It’s been four days since the flood, and my car seats are still soaked.”

According to Astran, she lost her car, and more importantly, her job. “I couldn’t get to my job (at IHOP) the next day because my car didn’t work, and my uniform was ruined when my house flooded,” she said. “When I wasn’t there for my shift, they fired me.” A manager at IHOP confirmed Astran’s termination, but had no comment. Like Astran, Charlie Smith, a graduate of Southwest Texas State College in 1962, also experienced flooding in his house on Uhland Road. He saw the Blanco River overflow and approach his

16-acre property last week. “I measured 28 inches of water in my house,” Charlie Smith said. “By the time all the water receded, there had to be at least 100 dead perch all over my front yard.” Charlie Smith has lived on Uhland Road just outside of the city limits since 1994. While the Oct. 31 flood affected him significantly, it ranks behind the flood of 1998 in his opinion. “This one ain’t near as bad as the one in 1998,” Smith said. “But I will say this—flood mud is flood mud. It smells the same in your house every time.”


Performing Arts Center features historical work from Hispanic sculptor By Maggie Montes Special to the Star

The new Performing Arts Center will feature a piece of art from Spanish artist Miguel Zapata that depicts conditions of the Treaty of Velasco and “captures the people and events that shaped the history of our state,” according to Timothy Mottet, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications. The piece was commissioned as part of the percent-for-art policy, which requires construction projects costing more than $250,000 to put aside a percentage that does not exceed one percent for artwork projects, according to the Texas Commission on the Arts website. The sculpture, titled “The Texas Door,” was installed outside of the center and is an engraved, door-shaped piece. Zapata, who speaks fluent Spanish and little English, was chosen to create the door, which he described as “a clear representation of the story of Texas.”

“He is a very famous sculptor, and we heard about him and since we were looking for something in the southwestern flavor, his style seemed to fit,” said Bill Nance, vice president for Finance and Support Services. The piece depicts scenes and parts of the treaty, including Santa Anna’s agreement to not take actions upon Texas natives and his promise that the Mexican army would not come back to the state armed. “Half of the piece is based on the Treaty of Velasco which involved General Santa Anna and the quarrel between the two regions, Mexico and the Texas Union,” Zapata said. “The treaty contained many conditions, but I only needed to portray three to properly explain them all.” Zapata said he chose to depict the stop to hostility between the two regions, and Santa Anna’s promise to cross the Rio Grande River because of their importance. The second half of the asymmetrically divided piece, which is larger and taller, was made to

Madelynne Scales | Staff Photographer The new Performing Arts Center features a sculpture titled “The Texas Door” by artist Miguel Zapata. The piece was purchased in compliance with the percent-for-art policy.

show different aspects involving conquistadors from the Alamo, Zapata said. He said it symbolizes the fight between the two unions. Although this is the first piece of artwork at Texas State created by Zapata, “The Texas Door” is not the first or only art installa-


SMTX Talks to feature live streaming, citizen feedback 1944

Passage of a referendum made Colorado the first state to grant women the right to vote.

Marie Curie became the first multuple Nobel Prize winner

President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey




Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt died at 78 years old

President Richard M. Nixon was re-elected in a landslide over Democrat George McGovern

Basketball star Magic Johnson announced he had tested positive for the AIDS virus and was retiring




Hillary R. Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York, becoming the first first lady to win public office.

Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota, became the first Muslim elected to Congress.

Gaillardia and Chautauqua Hall. “It is not a new trend, having public art on campus has been around for a number of years,” Mottet said on the advancements in public art through the past few years at Texas State. “I think we now have a better idea of displaying public art and promoting it.”


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tion on campus. Texas State has been including art projects, such as paintings, sculptures and murals in newer buildings for the past several years. A few recent artworks have been installed inside residential halls, specifically on the western edge of campus, such as in

The Democraticcontrolled House narrowly passed landmark health care legislation to expand coverage. —Courtesy of The New York Times

San Marcos residents are invited to share their ideas and hear from fellow citizens regarding growth in their city at SMTX Talks: A Constructive Conversation about Growth. This event takes place in San Marcos Nov. 12 at the San Marcos Activity Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SMTX Talks will feature rapidfire speeches by community members, as well as a luncheon with a panel of subject matter experts. Space is still available for community members to present 5-minute presentations on a topic pertaining to growth in San Marcos. Those interested may sign up on the event website at The presentations will also be streamed live at www. beginning at 9 a.m. Viewers are encouraged to give live feedback via Twitter using the hashtag #smtxtalks or texting their feedback to

512.763.5013. The event is free. Following a brief wrap-up session, a panel of subject matter experts will discuss ideas in depth at a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Panelists include: Dr. Jim Gaines, Texas A&M Real Estate Center; Dr. Andy Sansom, Executive Director of The Meadows Center; Pam Guettner, SMCISD Director of Career and Technology Education; Doug Farr, Urbanist/Architect/Author; and Terry Mitchell, Momark Development. The luncheon will be catered by the Root Cellar, and tickets are $10 each. Tickets may be purchased on the event website, and a limited number of tickets also will be available at the door. For more information about the event, visit www.SMTXtalks. com or call 512.393.8430 —Courtesy of City of San Marcos

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PARKING, continued from front Foreman said. The councilmembers expressed mixed feelings about paid downtown parking. Councilwoman Kim Porterfield, Place 1, supported the proposal. “I’ll pay two bucks so I can shop at Paper Bear,” Porterfield said. Porterfield said the change is a “philosophical thing” the community will have to come to grips with. Councilman Jude Prather, Place 2, said he is concerned about paying money just to park for two hours downtown. Rates for certain parking spaces would vary, ensuring a fair pricing system, said City Manager Jim Nuse in response to Prather’s concern. Councilman Ryan Thomason, Place 5, said paid on-street parking in San Marcos would not be a problem since the city’s downtown area is relatively small and easy to walk around. People could simply park a block or two away from the place they want to enter and walk the rest of the way, Thomason said. Foreman said he is confident about the paid parking proposal’s success because similar plans have been enacted in college towns like Boulder and College Station. He used College Station’s Northgate District as a case study. The Northgate District is a several hundredacre neighborhood containing a downtown area with restaurants and bars just like San Marcos. “Northgate is a good example of potential here,” Foreman said. The second part of the proposed district’s plan would introduce permit parking in certain neighborhoods. Councilman John Thomaides, Place

3, said he is concerned with the process behind turning neighborhoods into permit-only areas. He said the city should help guide the process to make it run smoothly. A residential permit parking program rose out of concern for the character and integrity of San Marcos neighborhoods, said City Fire Marshal Ken Bell. Bell said residents will have to get a significant number of their neighbors to sign a petition in support of the initiative in order for permits to be implemented in their area. Enough residents had complained about students parking in neighborhoods for him to consider the program, Bell said. “Everyone’s singing from the same song,” Bell said. “That’s why we’ll send out petitions.” Porterfield said she is worried about the enforcement of different parking permit rules, since each neighborhood would have the ability to tailor the rules to their own needs, potentially causing confusion. Thomaides said everyone should have a say in the decision to avoid “another roundabout” controversy. “How many times do we hear ‘we never were told (about this project?),’” Thomaides said. Mayor Daniel Guerrero said the creation of a parking district has been in the works for some time, but additional time will be needed to discuss the issue. There will be a “Coffee Talk” outreach event residents can discuss the potential district at the Main Street office Nov. 13.

PRINTING, continued from front print documents. Often she finds all of the computers on the second floor are occupied and has to wait for students to leave before printing her documents. “I did not buy a printer due to the fact that there was free printing on campus,” Brown said. “Sometimes I regret that decision when all the computers are full.” If the program is successful, ITS will add the program in other labs and the Round Rock campus, Shanks said.

According to Shanks, after the program is up and running, it will be able to engage other groups to have a larger support staff. “We are not happy with the way (Round Rock campus printing) works now, especially for the nursing program which is strictly laptop based,” Shanks said. “As of now, each student has to work with ITAC to get printing installed on laptops.”

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Unpaid internships unethical, perpetuate cycles of privilege

he business behind offering unpaid internships is as clear as the ethics are hazy. Employers are always looking to hire cheap labor, and college students looking for experience are often willing to negotiate their wages down to zero. Internships can obviously be beneficial to both employers and young workers. They give students and recent graduates opportunities to gain experience working in various areas before diving blindly into a career. Offering

internships allows companies to bring in new talent who may potentially be hired on as entry-level employees. That being said, interns are providing companies with their labor, and should be paid just like any other employee. There is a pervasive attitude that college students should be willing to pay their dues by working unpaid internships if they want to have a prayer at gaining employment in their prospective fields after graduation. It is an idea about labor that seems to have become ingrained in the American psyche—young people should be working for the experience, not for money. However, that entrenchment does not make the practice of making interns work for free an ethical one. Even if interns are gaining valuable experience while working for a company, they are still providing labor and deserve to be compensated accordingly, at minimum wage if nothing more. Unpaid internships are not a new development, but the way in which lines have been blurred between internships and true entry-level Breanna Baker| Star Illustrator positions is a fairly

recent phenomenon. It is unsurprising that unpaid internships have sparked a flurry of lawsuits in recent months. According to a June 11 New York Times article, a federal district court judge in Manhattan ruled Fox Searchlight Pictures violated federal and New York minimum wage laws by not paying its production interns. More recently, Condé Nast closed its highly-competitive internship program after former interns sued the company, claiming they were paid below minimum wage for their work, according to an Oct. 23 New York Times article. Even more troubling, a New York district judge recently ruled unpaid interns are not protected from sexual harassment by the New York Human Rights Law because they are not “real” employees, according to an Oct. 8 USA Today article. Being that this is a country with minimum wage laws in place and there is a general agreement that work deserves equal pay and rights, this should strike all employers as completely unacceptable. Unpaid internship programs perpetuate a cycle of privilege. People with wealthy parents or other benefactors may be able to afford working for free while attending school, but that is highly impractical for most, and likely unheard of for some low-income students. Between the costs of college and the money it takes to commute to and from work, unpaid internships exclude students who simply cannot afford to work for free. This effectively eliminates thousands of low-income students from internships that are essentially required to gain future employment of graduation, which is terrible for all parties involved. It is obviously unfair to low-income students who cannot afford to compete, but it is also bad for companies,


Ashley Trumps Opinions Columnist Journalism senior

ad diets are a waste of time and Fstudents’ energy, and are harmful to health.

A common struggle amongst many college students is the shock of suddenly learning how to take care of themselves. I can still recall the second or third week of living on my own—sitting among piles of laundry, staring morosely at my soggy Ramen noodles and missing my mama’s home-cooked spaghetti. After a few months of partying and eating tons of pizza, the weight gain became impossible to ignore. It hit me then that I was solely responsible for my own health. I wanted to lose weight, get healthy and manage my classwork to prove to myself and the world I was a real, honest-to-God adult. I needed to accomplish this goal as soon as possible. I browsed the Internet and saturated my brain with crash-dieting information. I researched everything from lemon-cayenne cleanses to veganism to some kind of weird food called quinoa. I tried on every pair of dieting pants, but none of them fit, and my belly refused to shrink. It took me a lot of trial-and-error to realize this, but the truth finally dawned on me—dieting is bullshit. While dieting, my weight constantly fluctuated, dragging my mood along with it. I never felt satisfied. I spent all of my time thinking about food, how much to eat and when to eat it. Happiness eluded

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Positive body image possible despite media influence

Fad-dieting not effective me. I could not let loose at parties because each shot of vodka is approximately 60 calories—for that many calories, I could eat a semi-satisfying meal. I jumped from diet to diet, but none of them made me feel happy and satisfied. Dieting is a word that lingers on many women’s lips—it is a common bonding experience for females. For those attending college, it can feel like one of the few areas in life that can truly be controlled. Nonetheless, restricting foods and calories is not healthy behavior. It typically leads to unhealthy obsessions with numbers that have little to do with actual well-being. According to a Nov. 1 Gallup poll, 17 percent of Americans aged 18-29 are considered obese. In addition, an Oct. 4 Post and Courier article stated 91 percent of women on a surveyed campus attempted to control their weight through dieting. On a different campus, 44 percent of women who dieted for weight loss were already considered a normal and healthy weight. For males, the percentages are lower, but the issue still exists. According to the same article, 35 percent of normal dieters transform into pathological dieters and 20-25 percent progress to partial or full-syndrome eating disorders. Clearly something is not adding up here. If dieting actually worked, obesity would be on the decline, according to statistics. Young college students already have a great deal of stress and life changes to maneuver without the added pressures of constantly worrying about food and appearances. No matter what commercials and magazines say, good health is the most attractive trait a person can have, and what qualifies as good health is different for every individual. Life is stressful enough without counting calories, restricting carbs or forcing down protein shakes. Listening to and honoring the body’s needs is the only diet anyone should follow. It is time women and men alike enjoy that deliciously “sinful” chocolate cake without the guilt.

who are overlooking a pool of prospective employees who could be great assets but cannot give their time to an internship without compensation. To make matters worse, students are being further financially disadvantaged by unpaid internships at the university level. Under the Fair Labor Standards act, unpaid interns must receive “similar training which would be given in an education environment.” As a result, many internship coordinators will not accept interns who cannot receive course credit for their internship at a university. This means students often end up paying for their internships—they are not compensated by the company they are performing labor for, and have to pay tuition costs in order to fulfill course credit requirements. Financial concerns aside, unpaid internships are systemically problematic. Thousands of young people become financially trapped each year and work without pay because they are called “interns” rather than “employees.” This reduces unpaid interns to little more than glorified slave labor. Though employers can legally put interns to work without compensation, they should put serious consideration into finding ways to compensate the people who so desperately want to be part of their companies.

Imani McGarrell Opinions Columnist Journalism sophomore

body image messages are Psinceositive increasingly important, especially the “perfection” ideals por-

trayed in today’s media are far from realistic. Unfortunately, reaching the point of being comfortable in one’s own skin is often a long process. Modern technology has advanced to allow photographers, advertising agencies and media companies to completely alter images to appear however they wish. In some advertisements, the models do not even look like the same person in the finished product. I recently saw a video in my visual communications class that showed exactly how much goes into producing the images printed in magazines. The model went through extensive hair and makeup application before being photographed and enhanced in Photoshop into the airbrushed masterpiece seen in the magazines. In my experience, the first step I needed to take to improve my body image was realizing that nobody looks like the people in the magazines, including those posed in them. I was bullied a lot in middle school because of my weight, and I often turned to the glossy pages of J-14 to soothe my wounds. I did not realize the four-

page Hilary Duff spread I lavished my affection on and styled my clothing after would not solve my problems. Even now, older and much wiser, it is still a challenge to not compare my thighs to the tucked, tightened and tanned ones gracing every Gillette commercial there ever was. Loving what is reflected back in the mirror is a struggle that everyone faces. Even the most fabulous of people (those like Beyoncé) have days where they feel like a sack of potatoes rolling down a flight of stairs. It happens. The trick to getting back up after being knocked down is simpler than most people would think. Because I am internally an old woman, I watch a lot of Oprah. There is a saying on one of her shows that applies to this topic. According to her show, to have a banging body image you have to “do the work.” Doing the work involves a multitude of self-reflective activities that seem simple but are actually important and not as easy as they appear. Students should find out what they like, and do those things. They should figure out what makes them feel awful about themselves and stop doing those things. They should embrace their body for exactly how it is, instead of how they wish it was. Getting undressed and spending some time each day in front of a mirror pointing out things that are awesome about them and their body can help students build self-esteem. Eating food that makes the soul happy, regardless of its caloric content, is another positive step. Being comfortable in one’s own skin is often perceived as a state of mind that suddenly clicks into place one day. However, the truth of the matter is that loving oneself is a journey, not a destination.


Males struggle with idealized masculinity, stereotypes

en face intense pressure to look and act M the part of the ideal “masculine male” set by society. Men learn early on what is expected of them as far as masculinity goes. Playing outside and being rough is acceptable while staying inside and helping with the dishes is not. As boys get older, playing James Soto sports is a way to embrace maleness Opinions Columnist and to be “strong” English senior instead of “weak.” The old line of “play through the pain” is not just a sports cliché, but a way of life for many males growing up. Males learn feelings and emotions are better left deep down inside. Instead of sharing fears and anxieties, males are taught to “tough it out” and move on. Crying is for girls, wimps and boys who are not “right.” But acting the part is not good enough.

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To complete the look, strength on the outside is needed as well. The ideal of physical strength is wrapped tightly around the idea of maleness in our society. Cultivating a muscular body is acceptable and encouraged for men, and muscles are associated with strength. By focusing on a “strong” outward appearance, the media helps sell the ideal of male masculinity to boys and young men. Films are full of males who have ripped muscular physiques and are larger than life. And men are not necessarily the only targets of the shameless plug traditional masculinity enjoys in mass media. For instance, many men may have noticed how their dates reacted when Thor conveniently could not seem to find a shirt during his many Marvel action flick appearances. Women do not flock to theaters to see “Twilight” films solely for Kristen Stewart’s wide array of facial expressions. Taylor Lautner’s abs may have had something to do with the series’ uncanny popularity among women. Clothing models and guys in fitness magazines are attractive facially and have the bodies to match. This idea of what a man should look like is pushed aggressively

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to male and female consumers alike. The pressure to look “perfect” has never been greater than right now. This goal for perfection can quickly turn to obsession. Muscles can easily be overworked in the pursuit of perfection, often leading to injury. Muscle pulls are not the most serious injury, but tearing ligaments and ruptured joints can lead to lengthy rehabilitation and psychological stress. Sadly, damage done during the pursuit of strength and idealized masculinity does not end there. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America describes body dysmorphic disorder as “a body image disorder characterized by persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one’s appearance.” Even with all the time spent engaging in strenuous activity, many males still feel inadequate when they look into the mirror. The ADAA states “research shows that it affects men and women almost equally.” Like females, males can develop eating disorders or even opt to commit suicide when they are disappointed by their appearances. However, unlike women, many males

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are less likely to ask for help or admit they have a problem. Keeping fears and shame hidden is a skill many males have been developing since they could walk. What is lost with the obsession and celebration of rugged masculinity is all the ways a male can be masculine without picking up a weight. A man holding a baby to his chest shows strength and protection. Two males talking about their feelings and embracing is a sign of powerful support. A male student attending class while personal problems mound up shows perseverance through adversity. These are just a few of the many examples of masculinity that do not involve a dumbbell. Male masculinity is not just about body fat percentage or a max on the bench press. If males were taught it was okay to talk about feelings and emotions, they would be better off. The pressure to be fearless and macho would lessen, and boys could be more comfortable in their own skin. They would learn to accept themselves how they are—even if it means not resembling a man who can kill animals with his bare hands and get women just by walking into a room.

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Diwali celebration comes to Texas State By Lindsey Bedford Trends Reporter

Featuring a variety of food, traditional songs and colorful clothing, Diwali will come to Texas State thanks to the university’s Indian Student Association. Diwali is a Hindu celebration known as the Festival of Lights. The Nov. 9 celebration will take place in the Alkek Teaching Theater at 6 p.m. “It symbolizes the victory of good over evil,� said Kanika Verma, president of ISA. Diwali is a free event open to all Texas State students, and an estimated 500 people attend the event each year. The festival is expected to last

around three hours. “We invite all cultures to join and learn about the celebration,� Verma said. “Although it is an Indian tradition, it is very open to anyone. We love to have all cultures.� Verma said the Festival of Lights nickname comes from celebrators who illuminate their houses with candles and lanterns. Candles are placed on the ground in unique designs and sometimes surrounded with colorful Indian art. Fireworks are shot in the air in celebration. Everything from the sky to the ground is surrounded in light to signify everything that is positive, Verma said. “People wear new clothes, go shopping and give gifts. It’s just

like celebrating Christmas here,� said Verma. Arya Singh, vice president of ISA, said Diwali is all about sharing happiness with loved ones. Among the gifts exchanged between family and friends, sweets rank as the most popular. Bringing Diwali to Texas State is a fun and easy way for students to experience a new culture. “It is a great way to show the diversity at the school,� said Lisa Damron, coordinator at the Texas State International Office. “I am really excited about Diwali this year because they are trying to get all cultures and students involved.� While many cities feature some kind of Diwali celebration, San Antonio holds the only city-

sanctioned event in the nation. “Finally, almost everyone celebrates Diwali,� Singh said. The San Antonio event typically brings in more than 15,000 people from all over the state. “We share a Sister City with Chennai, India,� said Mark Henderson, specialist at the City of San Antonio International Relations office. The goal of a sister city is to help develop economic, technical and cultural exchanges between the two communities and, on a larger scale, the two nations. Henderson wants to involve San Antonio residents in cultural events, and creating relationships through community gatherings helps fuel the city-sanctioned official Diwali celebration.

Upcoming events in the School of Music Nov. 8 Guest Artist: Albert Tiu, piano 7:30 p.m. Evans Auditorium $12 general admission/$7 students, senior citizens and military (with ID) Nov. 11 Percussion Ensemble and Panorama Steel Band 7:30 p.m. Evans Auditorium $12 general admission/$7 students, senior citizens and military (with ID) Nov. 12 Percussion Ensemble 7:30 p.m. Evans Auditorium Free admission Nov. 13 Jazz Ensemble 7:30 p.m. Evans Auditorium $12 general admission/$7 students, senior citizens and military (with ID) Nov. 14 Texas State Concert Band 7:30 p.m. Evans Auditorium Free admission Nov. 15 Texas State Opera Theatre with McCallum Fine Arts Academy: Children of the Sun 7 p.m.

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Nov. 19 Encore Series: Scrap Arts Music 7:30 p.m. Evans Auditorium $25 reserved seating; $15 general admission; Students, children tickets discounted by $10

“Mayor Julian Castro largely supports the Diwali festival,� Henderson said. While one of the goals of Texas State’s Diwali is to help students experience other cultures, it is very important for Indian students to have a celebration to attend away from home. “At the festival, we try to portray our culture for everyone,� Singh said. Keeping important traditions may ease everyday pressures and make the university feel a little more like home for students who traveled long distances to attend Texas State. “Celebrating traditional festivals are very important for homesick international students,� Verma said.


Nov. 20 Texas State Saxophone Ensembles 6 p.m. Music Building Recital Hall Free admission Nov. 22 Salsa Tribute Night 7 p.m. San Marcos High School Performing Arts Center, 2601 McCarty Lane, San Marcos Admission: TBA Nov. 24 Texas State Horn Ensemble 6 p.m. Music Building Recital Hall Free admission Nov. 25 Texas State Symphony Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Evans Auditorium $12 general admission/$7 students, senior citizens and military (with ID) —Courtesy of the Texas State Music Department

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The Square offers unique local businesses, dining By Madison Smith Trends Reporter

The Root Cellar Opened in 2005, the Root Cellar Café and Gallery offers a unique blend of cuisine and culture. The restaurant advertises a “vacation-like” experience with a mid-priced dinner menu and local artists’ work on display. The restaurant is the first and only brew-pub in San Marcos. Thanks to brewer Robert Brushaber, the Root Cellar offers home brews including a glutenfree IPA for health-con-

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Root Cellar provides a variety of fare including entrees, desserts and beverages.

scious drinkers. The walls are covered with art from many different local artists with a rotating gallery for featured works. “Their food is always fresh, very reasonably priced, and even though I’m not a beer-drinker, I enjoyed the homebrew there,” said Isabella Vinceslio, international studies junior. “It’s like a house, I sat by a windowsill, and the staff is very friendly and welcoming.”

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Paper Bear offers a wide variety of gifts including bracelets, necklaces and clothing accessories.

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Paper Bear

“You deserve a Rhea’s” is a thought running through many minds while driving past this local favorite. Rhea Ortamond is known for creating ice cream flavors unique to her shop and has provided an unusual parlor for San Marcos to fall in love with. Opening in January 2010, Rhea’s homemade flavors blend classics like caramel with interesting add-ins such as sea salt to create a

The Heartworks Company, better known as Paper Bear, is the go-to gift shop in San Marcos. The self-proclaimed “world famous” shop caters to patrons looking for unique and personal gifts for their loved ones. Paper Bear accommodates consumer demands by providing unusual products large retail stores do not offer.

combination that delights the taste buds. Everyone is sure to find something they like with interesting flavors like avocado coconut, goat cheese and raspberry jam. “I take suggestions throughout the month and I pick my favorite and make a new flavor every month, so it’s always changing,” said Rhea Ortamond, owner and Texas State alumna.

As a result, Paper Bear has now become a onestop shop for alternative items. The shop is perfect for any tourist or resident looking for the perfect holiday present. “It’s a great place for last minute gift shopping. It is hard to find such unique items and the Paper Bear has them all,” said Carly Robinett, anthropology junior.

Philosophy Dialogue Series focuses on gun control By Kara Dornes Trends Reporter

Students have an opportunity to attend a variety of weekly dialogue series events hosted by the Department of Philosophy, featuring different political and social happenings around the world. This week’s events spotlight gun control and the right to bear arms—a controversial subject discussed and brought to light through political events of the past year. The speeches began Monday and will run

through Friday. “The Philosophy Dialogue Series is not just a way for people to have presentations, but a way for students to get involved with people who are giving presentations and actually partake in the dialogue,” said Riley Inks, lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. Anyone who attends the dialogue series can contribute to the conversations happening around them. The events are a positive way for experts to speak to Texas State students about the specifics of their fields and allow for open discussions, Inks said. The weekly speakers range

from senators, lawyers and professors to undergraduate and graduate students who want to be part of a discussion they usually might not be able to partake in, Inks said. This week’s series includes seven speakers, and one session will be offered at the public library. “For each dialogue series, we are having one night a week where the session will be held at the San Marcos Public Library,” said Vincent Luizzi, chair of the Department of Philosophy. “Dr. Wayman Mullins, criminal justice professor, will be discussing the topic that night for the gun


control and fire arms.” For this week’s dialogue series, Timothy Cruz and Caitlyn Gorzell, dialogue students who discussed their opinions on the right to bear arms, struck up much debate and controversy, Luizzi said. Members from the National Honor Society in Philosophy Phi Sigma Tau will discuss “Talk of the Times” Friday in an open forum on current events and issues by the campus American Democracy Project, and offer their own take on gun control. Officials from the Department of Philosophy have come up with a way to narrow down event topic

choices and offer a number of new subjects each week. “For gun control, this was chosen because it is a important issue right now,” Luizzi said. “Another reason this dialogue series is so important is to get people to think about the scope of things and how things can break out of the political boundaries.” With the growth of the dialogue series, more students are showing up to the meetings. “I enjoy all of the different theories they talk about and the different way to see people’s opinions,” said Stephanie Hernandez, business finance sophomore. x

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Soccer claimed its first Sun Belt tournament victory against Troy Wednesday night. Page 2

Volleyball will face Louisiana— Lafayette and Louisiana—Monroe on the road this weekend. Page 2

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An in-depth look at the upcoming schedule for the Texas State men’s and women’s basketball teams Pages 4 & 5

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Bobcats advance in tournament after victory over Troy

Freshman midfielder Ali Jones prepares to kick against Troy Nov. 6 at the Bobcat Soccer complex. Texas State claimed its first tournament victory 2–0. Alabama, forced a tie in double overtime. “It felt great to score this goal,” Nichols said. “When everyone came rushing at me, it was one of the best feelings ever.” The Bobcats started the first 15 minutes of the game without getting a shot. “I thought we started off a little slow,” Connor said. “Troy really came out after us and kind of put us on our heels a little bit. It took us a while to get our composure, and in the second half, we saw the Cats come out.” At the beginning of the second half, senior forward Gabbi Cottee scored the tie-breaking goal to give the team a 1-0 lead. This was Cottee’s third goal in three games,

Madelynne Scales | Staff Photographer Senior midfielder Sydney Curry attempts to gain possesion of the ball against Troy Nov. 6 at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.

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Freshman midfielder Maddie Nichols scored a game-winning goal in the 94th minute to give the soccer team its first Sun Belt conference tournament victory Wednesday against Troy 2-1.

The Bobcats captured their first overtime win this season against Troy. The team was previously 0-31 in regular season overtime games before Wednesday’s matchup. “You’re hoping it didn’t hurt you going into extra minutes,” said Coach Kat Conner. “Luckily we finished it off quickly, so that was better for us.”

The overtime period lasted three minutes after Nichols scored off a deflected corner. “I was just standing at the right place at the right time,” Nichols said. “It could have been anyone. I was just lucky enough to get a foot on it.” This was Nichols’ second career goal. Her first goal, against South

as she only had two goals in the first 16 games. Texas State had the edge in shots, going into the first overtime with a mark of 10-8. “(Troy) went back in the 18 yard box and scored a goal,” Conner said. “As a coach, with the goal being under 10 minutes in the second half, it’s frustrating because as a coach, you’re wondering if you just lost that lead. The girls are resilient and worked their tails off.” Texas State now heads to the semifinals to take on top seed Western Kentucky Friday at 7 p.m. “Western Kentucky is a differentcaliber team,” Conner said. “They have some different looks that we will have to go back and look at and explore the film tomorrow.”


Texas State to take on Louisiana teams on the road

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Texas State volleyball will take on Louisiana—Monroe and Louisiana—Lafayette this weekend on the road. The Bobcats are 4–5 for away games.

By Bert Santibanez Sports Reporter @BertSantibanez

The Texas State volleyball team will begin the remainder of its season this weekend on the road facing Louisiana—Monroe and Louisiana—Lafayette — two teams

the Bobcats were able to defeat earlier in the year in straight sets at home. Texas State will first encounter ULM, a team coming off a five-set victory against Troy Friday The Warhawks are currently ranked last in Sun Belt Conference standings with a home record of 1–4

on the season. In the Warhawks’ match against the Trojans, freshman outside hitter Hadley Swartz totaled a career-best 29 kills in the contest. Hope Pawlik, another freshman outside hitter for the Warhawks, registered a career-high 22 kills in the match. Monroe was able

to rally back from a 2–0 deficit in the game for the win. “We have four critical matches on the road for the remainder of the season,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “We want to go 4–0 and want second or third seed in the tournament. We got a plan to do it.” The Bobcats will finish their weekend road trip against the Ragin’ Cajuns, a team currently on a two-game winning streak after defeating Troy and Arkansas State in straight sets Sunday. Louisiana—Lafayette ranks fifth in conference standings with a home record of 6–2 on the season. Senior middle blocker Tonice White totaled 22 kills in the previous two games. White ranks second on the team in kills with a total of 229 on the year, averaging 2.46 per set. “We know every game from here on out is building for the conference tournament,” said senior right-side hitter Amari Deardorff. “This is not the time in the season to have a disappointing game or go through a lull. We just have to keep pushing, so we’re even better going into the tournament.” In the previous matchup against Louisiana-Lafayette, Deardorff finished the game with a teambest 13 kills, ending the match with a hitting average of .440 from the court. Freshman outside hitter Shelby Vas Matt generated 11 kills in the game, with a hitting percentage of .375.

Vas Matt is coming off a doubledouble performance in the team’s previous game against Georgia State, finishing the match with 11 kills and 13 digs. “We’re going to continue to take every game one step at a time,” said senior middle blocker Ashlee Hilbun. “What has really been helpful lately is we’re passing better, giving me wide open shots on the court, especially by Caylin (Mahoney).” Junior setter Caylin Mahoney recorded a double-double in the previous match against ULM, finishing with 31 assists and 12 digs. Mahoney calculated a team-best .500 hitting percentage from the court, contributing six kills. Mahoney ranks sixth in conference standings in assists, averaging 8.77 per set and with a total of 974 for the season. Mahoney has averaged 30.75 assists in the team’s previous four games. The Bobcats are currently ranked third in conference standings with an away record of 4–5 on the year. Texas State has lost three of its five previous games on the road. The squad’s previous road victory was against Troy. The Bobcats defeated the Trojans in four sets. Freshman outside hitter Kelsey Weynand recorded a doubledouble in the match against Troy, hitting a career-best 12 kills and 17 digs. Weynand has averaged 5 kills and 10.5 digs in the team’s four previous matches.

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Coach Kaspar challenges Bobcats to compete in Sun Belt By Samuel Rubbelke Sports Reporter @SamuelRubbelke

It is a new era for Bobcat basketball with a new coach, a different conference and heightened expectations. This past year with Stephen F. Austin, Coach Danny Kaspar led the Lumberjacks to a 27-5 overall record. SFA ranked fourth amongst NCAA Division I teams with an 84.4 winning percentage entering the Final Four. Kaspar and the Lumberjacks led the nation in defensive scoring last year, allowing 51.2 points per game. Kaspar accomplished this feat in 2010-11 as well, giving up 56.7 points per contest. Kaspar was honored with the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award, which is given annually to the most outstanding mid-major men’s basketball coach in NCAA Division I competition. Once Kaspar arrived at Texas State, he wasted no time implementing defensive schemes with the Bobcats, forcing 21 turnovers Monday during their exhibition game against Sul Ross. Texas State recorded 21-plus forced turnovers three times all of last year. “It’s a work in progress,” Kaspar said. “It’s a bit different from what they’ve been used to. I have to remember that and try to maintain patience

with their decision making that isn’t conducive to winning.” The Bobcats are returning four starters and bringing in six newcomers to a team that advanced to the Western Athletic Conference semi-finals last season. Among the returning starters are senior forward Joel Wright and senior guard Phil Hawkins. Both players highlighted Doug Davalos’ high tempo style offense where Wright averaged a WAC-best 17.9 points per game last year. Hawkins totaled a team-high 90 assists and ranked third in the WAC in assist to turnover ratio. “We’ve got to raise our standards,” Kaspar said. “We’ve got to raise our expectations within ourselves. We cannot be tolerant of mediocre performances or mediocre practices.” Texas State’s offense translated to 2,398 total points last season, ranking second in the WAC despite the Bobcats placing last in scoring defense, allowing an average of 75.2 points per game. “I’m really throwing a lot at them,” Kaspar said. “At times I feel sorry for the players, for how simple it was at one time, versus how complex it might be at this point in time.” Kaspar said he has challenged Wright to become an all-around basketball player. In the WAC last season, Wright ranked seventh in rebounding

with 6.9 and 13th in field goal percentage, shooting .459 from the floor. Wright accounted for 123 turnovers to 57 assists and tallied 143 defensive rebounds along with 20 blocks. “I feel my defense is getting pretty good,” Wright said. “I know I can facilitate better to my teammates and work on turnovers. I finally feel comfortable

Against Sul Ross, freshman forward Kavin Gilder-Tilbury and sophomore forward Emani Gant marked identical stat lines of 13 points, four rebounds and two assists. Overall, they both led the team in scoring followed by Wright’s 12 points. “I’m just trying to mentor the little freshman (Gilder-Tilbury), make sure

“At times I feel sorry for the players, for how simple it was at one time, versus how complex it might be at this point.” —Coach Danny Kaspar in my all-around game, and I’ve gotten better because of it. I’m just trying to lead on the defense end this year.” Kaspar has challenged Wright to be a leader and a more efficient basketball player. For Texas State to be successful, Kaspar wants Wright to become an all-around force on the court. “I’m trying to get Joel (Wright) more efficient,” Kaspar said. “He led the league in scoring, but his efficiency wasn’t where it should be. Let’s still get 17 points, but on fewer shots. Become a better rebounder, get his assist average up and become a leader for this team. Joel has a chance to play for money somewhere, but he has to improve his overall game.”

he’s on the right path (and) work hard myself so I can set that example,” Wright said. “I know Kavin and these other kids can play.” Gant averaged 14.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game at Barstow Community College last year. Gilder-Tilbury averaged 18.8 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks at Cypress Falls High School his senior year. “It felt great to play and get that experience in our first game,” GilderTilbury said. “Like coaches said, we can be the best team in the conference or we can be the worst. As long as we buy into the system, we’ll compete in the Sun Belt (Conference).”

Texas State Men’s Basketball Record last year: 12–22 2 NCAA Tournament Appearances Key Players:

Joel Wright (17.8 PPG and 6.9 RPG) Corey Stern (6.8 PPG and 4.2 RPG) Phil Hawkins (6.4 PPG and 2.5 APG) Having gone a decade without a record above .500, Texas State hired Coach Danny Kaspar to change the culture and identity of the Bobcats. Kaspar is currently ranked 16th amongst NCAA coaches with 465 overall wins. In his 31 years as a collegiate coach, Kaspar has been affiliated with only six teams possessing a losing record. During two seasons, Kaspar’s teams were only one victory away from having a record of .500 or better.



Louisiana Lafayette

Western Kentucky

Nov. 8

Nov. 20

Jan. 13 and Feb. 8

Feb. 1 and Feb. 27

Record last year: 20–13

Record last year: 15–17

Record last year: 13–20

Record last year: 20–16

19 NCAA Tournament Appearances

10 NCAA Tournament Appearances

9 NCAA Tournament Appearances

23 NCAA Tournament Appearances

Key players: TaShawn Thomas (16.9 PPG and 9.8 RPG last season), Daniel House (12.4 PPG and 4.9 RPG) and L.J. Rose (Baylor transfer)

Key players*: Nick Russell (25 points and 6 rebounds), Jalen Jones (24 points and 8 rebounds) and Ryan Manuel (14 points and 7 rebounds)

Key players: Shawn Long (15.5 PPG and 10.2 RPG), Elfrid Payton (15.9 PPG and 5.5 APG) and Bryant Mbamalu (13.8 PPG).

Key players: T.J. Price (15.2 PPG and 4.5 RPG), George Fant (12.8 PPG and 6.6 RPG) and Brandon Harris (8.2 PPG and 5.6 RPG).

With transfers coming in and out of the basketball program, the Cougars will look to Baylor transfer Rose to take over as point guard. Houston’s leading scorer from last year, Joseph Young, heads off to Oregon. Despite losing their leading scorer, the Cougars have a solidified front court headed by Thomas.

Another year of play, another year of experience for Coach Larry Brown’s collection of guards. The Mustangs begin their first season in the American Athletic Conference with five returning starters and the No. 14-ranked recruiting class. Brown’s recruiting class features McDonald’s AllAmerican Keith Frazier.

Long, Payton and Mbamalu helped the Ragin’ Cajuns lead the Sun Belt Conference in scoring with 75.8 points per game last year. Once again the Bobcats will face a team that has all five returning starters in its lineup from last year. Long recorded 18 doubledoubles last year, tied for sixth in the nation.

The Hilltoppers have gained four of the past six NCAA Tournament bids by winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, including the last two. Western Kentucky has recorded seven 20 gamewinning seasons in the past nine years. Last year’s starting point guard Jamal Crook, with his outside shooting and contribution of 12.1 PPG and 4 APG, will be missed.

*from last year’s game against SMU at home

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Coach Antoine introduces new defensive strategy to team By Quixem Ramirez Sports Reporter @quixem

Texas State women’s basketball coach Zenarae Antoine wants to return to her roots this season— strengthening the team’s defense. Antoine, a three-year starter for Colorado State in 1994-98, finished her collegiate career third in blocked shots and seventh in rebounding. Antoine deviated from her roots when she was hired by Texas State two years ago. She incorporated a high-octane offense predicated on creating points in transition. Antoine’s experience in this type of offense dates back to 2005. “I understand that guards control the game,” Antoine said. “I absolutely love offense, and I wanted to figure out a way to design a system that is fun to play and for the fans to enjoy. That’s the style I ultimately wanted to find.” Antoine shortened her rotation to compensate for the injuries plaguing several key rotation players, including then-junior center Ashley Ezeh, who missed nine games last

season. Ezeh averaged 15.2 points and a team-high nine rebounds per game in 21 games. Texas State finished seventh defensively in the conference last season despite allowing their opponents to convert on 29.7 percent of their 3-pointers. “Defense really held us back,” said senior guard Kaylan Martin. “We are near the bottom in defense. If we get that down, we could be a great team.” Antoine broke defense into four component parts: sliding, identifying the correct angles, boxing out and making decisive close-outs to perimeter shooters. She ingrained these habits by focusing on defensive fundamentals every day. “Defense is all about heart and want,” Antoine said. “We can teach you technique, but you have to put forth the effort. A lot of these offensive-minded players get burned a few times before they realize what it takes to be successful.” Diamond Ford, last year’s leading scorer, has graduated, and the Bobcats are looking to others to replace her. Texas State is incorporating four freshmen, redshirt junior forward Jacqueline Jeffcoat and

redshirt sophomore center Kileah Mays into the rotation this season. “Jacqueline and Kileah are going to help inside with rebounding and scoring in the paint,” Martin said. “They are two huge additions to the team, and our freshmen provide a lot of energy and hustle.”

the Sun Belt after finishing ninth out of 10 in the Western Athletic Conference last year. Only UTA received fewer votes than Texas State in the Sun Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll. “It makes sense on paper,”

“I wanted to figure out a way to design a system that is fun to play and for the fans to enjoy.” —Coach Zenarae Antoine

The NCAA has passed legislation granting Division I coaches two hours of basketball practice a week with their freshmen during the summer in addition to eight weight training hours. The regulation allowed Antoine to mend the transition to Division I for her younger players. Antoine is expecting Martin, one of three seniors, to assume a larger leadership role this season. “I know her vision and her expectations,” Martin said. “I’m the floor general. I relay whatever she wants to the team, and she wants us to play with heart and intensity.” Texas State is transitioning to

Antoine said. “We struggled. I can’t be worried about what pundits say. I just need to take care of my team and have them prepared for the regular season.” Antoine said the Sun Belt will provide tougher competition. Arkansas-Little Rock, the conference’s best team last year, allowed the second lowest field goal. “This is a relentless conference,” Antoine said. “That’s the expectation level. Everyone is going to fight the entire time. It’s harder for us to schedule non-conference games because people know Sun Belt conference teams are tough opponents.”

Texas State Women’s Basketball Record last year: 10–20 2 NCAA Tournament Appearances Key Players:

Senior center Ashley Ezeh, senior guard Kaylan Martin, sophomore guard Erin Peoples Texas State coach Zenarae Antoine said she is prioritizing defense prior to Texas State’s first season in the Sun Belt conference. The Bobcats allowed 70.7 points per game last season, seventh out of 10 in the Western Athletic Conference. They struggled to protect the rim, because injuries to several key rotation players limited their frontcourt depth. Antoine shortened her rotation to compensate, relying on center Ezeh, guard Martin and leading scorer Diamond Ford, who graduated last year. The Bobcats will have seven newcomers to integrate into the rotation this season, which should help with depth this season.

Texas Nov. 13

Record last year: 12–18

Arkansas Little Rock

UT Arlington

Jan. 2 and Jan. 22

Jan. 15 and Feb. 15

Record last year: 24–9

Record last year: 7–23

Western Kentucky Feb. 1 and Feb. 26

Record last year: 22–11

26 NCAA Tournament Appearances

3 NCAA Tournament Appearances

2 NCAA Tournament Appearances

16 NCAA Tournament Appearances

Key players: Junior forward Nneka Enemkpali, sophomore center Imani McGee-Stafford

Key players: : Junior guard Taylor Gault, junior forward Hannah Fohne, senior guard Taylor Ford

The University of Texas lost 18 games last season, including eight of nine on the road. They finished under .500 last season, snapping their five consecutive winning seasons streak. UT outrebounded their opponents by 9.2 rebounds per game, the ninth highest mark in Division I. Junior forward Enemkpali and sophomore center McGee-Stafford combined for 18.8 rebounds per game. Texas received seven votes in this year’s preseason Associated Press poll.

The Arkansas—Little Rock Trojans surpassed 20 wins for the fourth consecutive season. They outscored their opponents by 9.8 points per game. Though junior guard Gault was their lone player scoring in double-figures last season, the Trojans’ defense excelled at closing out to the 3-point line and protecting the rim. Their opponents converted on 24 percent of 3-pointers, the second lowest mark in Division I. The Trojans averaged 4.9 blocks per game, 26th in the country. Junior forward Fohne and Gault accounted for 50.3 percent of their total blocks last season.

Key players: Senior guard Laila Suleiman, senior center Desherra Nwanguma, senior guard Malaika Green

Key players: Junior forward Chastity Gooch, junior guard Alexis Govan, senior guard Bianca McGee

The UT-Arlington Mavericks finished last in the Western Athletic Conference last year, primarily because their opposition outscored them by 13 points per game. The Sun Belt conference is their third conference in three years. The Mavericks split the head-tohead matchup against Texas State last year, winning a 73-72 overtime game in San Marcos. UT-Arlington generated 44 of their 73 points in the paint, as they erased the Bobcats’ 10-point lead at halftime. The Mavericks totaled 103 rebounds in two matchups.

Western Kentucky improved from nine to 22 wins last season, finishing second in the Sun Belt conference. Reigning Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year Gooch is the primary interior option on both ends of the floor. Gooch tallied 26 double-doubles last season, while also finishing in the top-50 in rebounds per game, blocks per game and field goal percentage. Govan, the nation’s 15th leading scorer last year, earned the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year award.

B6 | The University Star | Advertisement | Thursday November 7, 2013

November 7 2013  
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