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Dave Grohl, lead singer for the Foo Fighters, performs atop his throne Friday, Oct. 2, in Zilker Park at Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Rock n’ roll culture collides with EDM at this year’s festival By Mariah Simank LIFESTYLE EDITOR @MariahSimank

Cloudless skies graced audience members at Zilker Park Oct. 2-4 during weekend one of the Austin City Limits music festival. Up-and-coming artists performed alongside veteran musicians in a weekend that featured music as lively and diverse as the city of Austin itself. The festival opened Oct. 2 with bands such as Run the Jewels, Royal Blood and

Gary Clark Jr. performing throughout the day and headliners Disclosure and Foo Fighters each eliciting electrifying reactions from the audience that night. Run the Jewels ran onto the Miller Lite stage with Queen’s “We Are the Champions” echoing in the background. The duo proceeded to laugh with the audience about a run-in with law enforcement that almost kept them from performing. “We were sitting in a border patrol office about 27 hours ago with two ounces of

PRESLIE COX MULTIMEDIA EDITOR Halsey performs Sunday, Oct. 4, in Zilker Park at ACL.

PRESLIE COX MULTIMEDIA EDITOR Festgoers enjoy a performance by G-Eazy Saturday, Oct. 3, in Zilker Park at ACL.

PRESLIE COX MULTIMEDIA EDITOR A$AP Rocky reviews footage with an ACL videographer Saturday, Oct. 3, in Zilker Park at ACL.

PRESLIE COX MULTIMEDIA EDITOR Eryn Irby enjoys a performance by Bass Nectar Saturday, Oct. 3, in Zilker Park at ACL.

marijuana and no excuses,” Killer Mike said. “But we made it.” Dave Grohl, lead singer of the Foo Fighters, was limited to his throne during the band’s performance due to a leg injury, but that didn’t stop him from creating an energy in the audience that had not been matched all day. “I usually thank the road crew because they’re big and hairy, but tonight I’m thanking you, Austin,” Grohl said to the thousands of fans in the audience. “I am going to thank you guys for letting us to come to your city and spend a week here recording a song from our record.” Mandi Madrid, Austin resident, said this was her third time seeing the band perform. Madrid said she enjoys seeing the band live because of the attention they give to their fans. “The Foo Fighters’ performance is going to be a hard one to top this weekend for me,” Madrid said. “The energy (Dave Grohl) sends into the audience really can’t be matched by anyone else I have seen.” Meanwhile, Disclosure took the stage on the other side of the park with a 90-minute performance that seemed to hypnotize audience members. While the millennials in the crowd definitely proved there is room for electronic music at the festival, Friday’s lineup, which was heavy with guitar solos, drum kits and live vocals, made it clear that rock and roll bands are here to stay. Festivalgoers showed up in droves to take advantage of Saturday’s lineup, which featured performances by Drake, deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson and many more. During a day that seemed to be dominated by rap and electronic dance music, Sturgill Simpson’s deep vocals served as a gentle reminder that country music is very much alive at these festivals. Simpson’s show didn’t feature many interactions with the thousands of people in the crowd, but that didn’t stop several couples from two-stepping along to each song. A$AP Rocky performed on the Samsung stage Saturday evening to a slightly confused crowd. The rapper was 20 minutes

PRESLIE COX MULTIMEDIA EDITOR Mandy Lee, lead singer of MisterWives, performs Saturday, Oct. 3, in Zilker Park at ACL.

late, which cut his set almost in half. When he did finally walk onto the stage, he failed to address his lateness and instead hammered out a handful of songs before his time was up. While there were a few high points in the show, many people in the crowd seemed to feel like they should have gone to Alabama Shakes. Drake closed out Saturday night of the festival with a guest performance from Future. The two rappers performed several songs from collaborations on “Dirty Sprite 2” and “What a Time to Be Alive.” “I think we both got two No. 1s this year,” Drake said to the massive audience. “So y’all make some noise for Future one time, for real.” The Canadian-born rapper made sure the audience knew he considered Texas to be his second home before he left the stage. He finished off the night by saying his time was up 10 minutes before the set was supposed to be over and exiting the stage, only to reappear seconds later to perform “Legend.” Fireworks ignited the sky from behind the stage as Drake sang his final notes, signaling the end to the second day of music. Sunday’s big performances included Vance Joy, Of Monsters and Men, alt-J, Hozier, The Weeknd and

The Strokes. Halsey took to the HomeAway stage Sunday afternoon for a shadowy electro-pop performance baring a strik-

with enough musical variety to appeal to almost every member of the audience. Although each of the bands that played over the course of the weekend featured a very different sound, Madrid said they seemed to represent

We were sitting in a border patrol office about 27 hours ago with two ounces of marijuana and no excuses, but we made it.” –KILLER MIKE, RUN THE JEWELS ing resemblance to that of Lana Del Rey and Lorde. Indie pop performer Vance Joy showed up to the same stage an hour later with his ukulele in tow to perform hits such as “Riptide” from his album Dream Your Life Away and EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing. The Weeknd and The Strokes closed out the night

the festival’s unique ability to please multiple age demographics. “The reason why I keep coming back each year is because I know there will always be something that appeals to my music taste,” Madrid said. “The festival does a great job of representing multiple genres.”

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Grieving parents encourage safety at ACL By Clayton Kelley NEWS REPORTER @Claytonkelley For festivalgoers, the beginning of October presents the chance to enjoy live performances at Austin City Limits Music Festival. But for Alan and Debbie Hunter, the festival brings back memories of their daughter’s death. Last year, Texas State student Jessica Hunter died of a drug overdose at ACL. Her parents, now a year after losing Jessica, said they want to encourage students to be careful about the choices they make at the event this year. “Jessica had a real sweet heart,” Alan Hunter said. “She was my favorite person in the world.” Alan Hunter said young people should realize “how much of an impact” their lives have on others. “This not only impacted Jessica’s life, but everyone else’s as well,” he said.

Jessica Hunter collapsed and began convulsing on the ground at ACL after taking MDMA or ecstasy, a popular festival drug referred to as “molly,” Alan Hunter said. Jessica Hunter was taken to Seton Medical Center, he said.

like this because the more information (doctors) have, the better.” Alan Hunter said although Jessica’s friends didn’t accompany her to the hospital, they did give her a lot of water before medical care arrived. The doctors believed the drug combined with so much wa-

I don’t want to see students gamble away everything in their future just for a maybe. It’s not worth it.” -ALAN HUNTER The drug caused Jessica Hunter to have a “massive” heart attack. Alan Hunter said Jessica’s friends called an ambulance, but sent her off as an unidentified “Jane Doe” because they were afraid of getting in trouble. “That’s one of the biggest lessons of this whole thing— you cannot be scared,” Alan Hunter said. “You have to be by their side in an instance

ter could have caused Jessica’s heart attack. “Her friends were trying to take care of her by giving her a lot of water, but that’s the worst thing that could have happened,” Alan Hunter said. “When you’re dehydrated and start drinking a lot of water at one time, it lowers your potassium and all other electrolytes.” Alan Hunter said he does not understand what allure


SJMC officials prepare for News Engagement Day By Autumn Wright NEWS REPORTER @autumnwright697 Students may find themselves participating in Texas State’s version of the game show Cash Cab outside of the LBJ Student Center Tuesday in celebration of News Engagement Day. News Engagement Day is an annual initiative led by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The goal of the AEJMC is to encourage people of all ages to engage in news and to recognize the importance of being informed, said Kelly Kaufhold, committee executive of News Engagement Day at Texas State. Kaufhold will lead the activity and quiz students on news in entertainment, sports, politics, economics and music. Participation in the game could pay off for students who consider themselves news junkies. “Prizes will include items like car phone chargers or

maybe even some cash money to pay off those tuition bills you got,” Kaufhold said. “Free stuff is nice for any broke college student. The whole idea is to challenge students in a fun way to know current events.” He hopes by encouraging people to be more involved in reading the news for just one day, they will develop better news consumption habits in the future. Dan Seed, mass communications grant specialist, believes there are reasons why young adults are considered “unaware” of current events. Young people often believe current events do not affect them due to the absence of an immediately noticeable change in their lives. “Most people don’t see how what happens in a foreign country can trickle down and affect us,” Seed said. Seed said he quizzes his students on both national and global current events. He said News Engagement Day is essential in re-

minding people to become better educated on what is happening in the world. “We should know who our speaker of the house is, whether he resigned or not, who our vice president is, or who our senators are,” Seed said. Judy Oskam, School of Journalism and Mass Communication director, said being engaged in the news is essential for any active member of society, no matter what job they may have. “The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is very supportive of News Engagement Day because we really think everyone should connect with news and information,” Oskam said. She said young adults should take advantage of using social media as a resource for news. “Students need to know that social media apps like Twitter or Tumblr are also used as news sources,” Oskam said.

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people see in drugs. However, he knows the consequences now that Jessica is gone. Sandee Fenton, ACL spokesperson, said 75,000 people attend ACL each day of its duration. Fenton said there are multiple medical stations at the festival to ensure care is available to anyone who may need it. Festivalgoer Hector Blanco said when he went to ACL last year, there was an abundance of first responders for those in need of medical care. “There were a good amount of staff willing to help others at the festival,” Blanco said. “Because of it being so crowded, I could understand how difficult it would be to assist everyone.” Fenton said it is important to shed light on safety risks associated with taking drugs, especially after Jessica Hunter’s death. “Our first priority is the safety of our fans,” Fenton said. “We urge all festivalgoers

and after-party participants to be safe and act responsibly.” Alan Hunter said students who go to ACL should have a “buddy system” and make a commitment to abstain from drug use. He said students should not be afraid to intervene when they see a friend trying to take drugs. “Jessica wanted to travel and see the world,” Alan Hunter said. “I don’t want to see students gamble away everything in their future just for a maybe. It’s not worth it.” Blanco said he could smell marijuana and alcohol in the air at ACL. He said attendees tend to get “caught in the moment” and make impulsive decisions. “ACL is supposed to be a fun experience for all, but it’s important for people to realize their surroundings,” Blanco said. “If you see someone passed out, help them.” Jenn Starkey, family friend of the Hunters, said those who knew Jessica Hunter are working on an awareness campaign

in an effort to prevent drug use by students in the future. “We are almost ready to put out content and share stories from students,” Starkey said. “Within the next month, we plan on having a video series that helps students and parents.” Starkey said students suffering depression or drug addiction should not hesitate to ask for help from a parent or mentor. “Many students understand the risks involved when taking a drug they aren’t supposed to,” Starkey said. “However, their brain is chemically inclined to process this information to where the temporary benefits of the drug outweigh what is the risk.” Starkey said the ultimate goal of the campaign is to educate young adults. “Surround yourself with people you know you can trust and take full responsibility to what you put inside your body,” Starkey said.


Community members reflect on history of minority representation in local government By Lesly De Leon NEWS REPORTER @leslyd28 Although the population of San Marcos continues to diversify as it grows, representation of the Hispanic community in city government has declined in recent years, according to city archives. Frank T. Arredondo, Place 5 city council candidate, said more Hispanics served on the council when the population was smaller. There has only been a couple of Hispanic council members in the last 30 to 40 years. Residents saw the city’s first Mexican-American councilman take office in 1961 upon Ruben Ruiz Sr.’s election, according to the archives. Eleven years later, Luciano H. Flores was appointed the first Hispanic mayor of San Marcos. Arredondo was appointed San Marcos’ second Hispanic mayor in 1977. “That itself dictates we should have more Hispanics on the city council,” Arredondo said. Daniel Guerrero, current mayor of San Marcos, said he is the city’s first and youngest Hispanic mayor to be elected by popular vote rather than to be appointed by city council. It was not until 1980 that San Marcos began the practice of popularly electing the mayor, according to the archives. During the last two election cycles, Guerrero has been the only Hispanic to serve in city government, Arredondo said. “Diversity is important because within different races, within different cultures, there’s leaders among


us,” Arredondo said. “We just have to rise up and show that we can do just as well as anyone else.” San Marcos became the first city in Texas to have an Asian-American Mayor in 2000 when residents voted David Chiu into office, according to the archives. “That was monumental for our community,” Guerrero said. “That’s something I feel very proud of and try to share with others.” The first African-American councilman, Earl Moseley Jr., was elected into office in 1998 and was followed by Martha Castex Tatum in 2000, who became the first African-American woman to serve on the council. In general, women were not represented in the local government until 1967 when Emmie Craddock secured a seat in city council and became the city’s first female mayor seven years later. Guerrero said although he has had the opportunity to serve alongside three women on city council, it has been “a long time” since San Marcos has seen that degree of female representation. “San Marcos has been

blessed by having a number of female mayors,” Guerrero said. “I hope one day we will have more women that are serving on the city council.” Arredondo said when he worked with former Texas Governor Ann Richards, she always reminded him the conversation changes when women and minorities join. Guerrero said he sees diversity as more than just ethnicity. He said diversity is inclusive of gender, socioeconomic positions and sexual orientation as well. Councilwomen Lisa Prewitt, Place 1 and Jane Hughson, Place 4, are currently representing women on city council. “The societal perspective has changed and I’m grateful for that change, but to my knowledge I’m not certain we’ve had a gay or lesbian council member,” Guerrero said. “I would certainly hope that in the future we would.” COLLEGE SKI & BOARD WEEK breckenridge

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Flight training program to land in San Marcos By Clayton Kelley NEWS REPORTER @Claytonkelley Coast Flight, a Californiabased flight training program, is set to arrive in San Marcos this February.. The company will bring its Airline Career Training (ACT) school to parts of the city in an attempt to help veterans put their military skills to use in the civilian world. The cost of ACT is fully covered for those who have a GI bill or other veterans’ benefits. The company’s focus for recruitment is to find those with a background in military service, according to the website. “We’re not only selling flight training, we are selling a career,” said Bryan Simmons, Coast Flight president. Although Coast Flight is in the exploratory phase of bringing its services to San Marcos, the company has already garnered the city’s attention by holding seminars, he said. “Last week we had a seminar in Texas to generate interest and put our toe in the water to feel if the temperature was fine,” Simmons said. “We received a very good reception and energy from students at the university and partners with the city during this seminar.” Simmons said San Marcos is “perfect” because there is a “good amount” of military bases in the area. He said the people of San Marcos are great and have proven to be “business-friendly.” Coast Flight representatives have found there is a high shortage of pilots in the flight industry, Simmons said. “What we started to find was that there were a lot of

people talking about the problem, but not a lot of people trying to find a solution,” Simmons said. “We wanted to bring value to an airline by taking our brand of flight training and bring it to an academy-style flight training.” Simmons said the aftermath of 9/11 left a shortage in the flight industry because airlines laid off a considerable amount of people. With standard economic growth, the demand for flight pilots has “accelerated in an upward fashion” over time, Simmons said. “The paradigm of flight pilots being unemployed has shifted and turned the corner,” Simmons said. “There’s definitely employment opportunities in the airline industry now compared to 10 years ago.” Coast Flight is located in San Diego, which is one of the busiest airspaces in the world, Simmons said. The air traffic in San Diego makes it challenging to teach students how to fly. “San Marcos is a very unique location because they have a great operating space that isn’t as particularly busy,” Simmons said. “They also have a control tower, which is something that is essential for flight training.” Simmons said students with former military experience have the skills to independently operate a “tremendous amount” of responsibility at a young age. Kurt Cantrell, Texas State alumnus, said there is a process of transition for veterans readjusting to the civilian sector. “I think the biggest struggle they have is translating what they did in the military to something of value in the

corporate world,” Cantrell said. “It’s almost like a foreign language to civilians when they read a resume packed with military jargon.” Simmons said the skill sets of someone who has served in the military may seem normal to them, but can be “completely fascinating” to the average citizen. “I can’t imagine a better story than this,” Simmons said. “What we are trying to do is change the lives of these veterans who feel like their worth is next to none in the civilian world by taking into account their leadership and independent capabilities and giving them a great career.” Nicholas Davenport, twoterm veteran of the Iraq war and administrative assistant for the Veterans Affairs Office, said a stable support system is important in transitioning to civilian life. “I moved in with a friend of mine right after I got out of the army and it was great to have someone there to help me in this new life as a civilian,” Davenport said. Yolanda Hendrix, coordinator at the Veterans Affairs Office, said there are students on campus using service benefits from different generations. She said there is even an 80-year-old veteran of the Korean War who attends Texas State using veterans’ benefits. “There’s a culture gap between the civilian industry and the military industry world,” Simmons said. “One of the great things about our program is that we show these servicemen how to go from zero to hero by bridging the gap between both of these worlds.”


Students explore safety of party buses Lexy Garcia NEWS REPORTER @lexytg Party buses are a popular choice of transportation among students going out for a night on the town. These high-energy limousines come equipped with club-like amenities, such as dance floors and enhanced audio systems, but no formal regulations for its passengers. . Despite the popularity of this form of transportation, the state of Texas does not have any formal regulations for passengers on party buses. Passengers in a bus, taxicab, or limousine are permitted to consume alcohol while the vehicle is in motion, according to the Texas Legislature’s penal code for offenses against public health, safety and morals. The latest study conducted by the state of Washington’s Utilities and Transportation Commission shows that between 2009 and 2013, there have been 21 fatalities and 48 injuries in party buses in the United States, British Columbia and Canada. Passengers falling out of party buses caused nearly half of the recorded fatalities, and most documented injuries were caused by traffic collisions, according to the study. However, some students feel as though party buses provide a “safe and convenient” mode of transportation for young adults

looking to enjoy a night of bar hopping, said Emily Brown, public relations junior. Brown said Five Star Entourage, a local party bus company, often picks up students from her apartment complex. The service is “dependable” and makes her “feel safe” when going out. "It's a smarter choice, of course, (when) we're all going to Sixth Street (in Austin),” Brown said. “We're all going to be drinking, and we didn't want to have to worry about who's going to be the 'DD.'" Sacred Thomas, Texas State alumnus and part owner of Five Star Entourage, said his bus service is one of the "most dynamic” companies in the city. "San Marcos is the fastest growing city and (Five Star Entourage is) growing along with the city," Thomas said. Vincent Jurado, coowner of the company, said Five Star Entourage services events ranging from bachelorette parties to prom. He said the company often offers buses that transport San Martians to Sixth Street in Austin and to the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio. Five Star does not provide alcohol to passengers, but allows them to bring their own alcohol along for the ride, Thomas said. According to the Texas

Alcoholic Beverage code, as long as the party bus company does not provide alcohol to passengers, the business cannot be held liable for underage drinking in the vehicle. Andrea Ramirez, mass communications junior, said even though she has never seen any passengers asked to show their ID when boarding a bus, using the service is a smart choice when going to multiple bars in one night. "It's a lot safer than driving yourself,” Ramirez said. “You'd have to pay attention there and back, especially if you're drinking. (Party buses) are a good way to have fun.” Rossary Cisneros, English junior and service manager for Five Star Entourage, said the company does not have the power to ID passengers, but enforces the law by displaying warning signs on the bus. "Whether or not people follow them, we take the initiative (to monitor passengers)," Cisneros said. Cisneros said drivers are trained to provide passengers with a safe experience. All drivers have to pass various exams and must possess positive endorsements on a commercial license. "Sometimes you're (the passenger’s) counselor, sometimes you're security,” Cisneros said. “There's a lot of control you have to take."


University officials wish to ‘enhance academic profile’ GPA,” Bourgeois said. The assured scholarship program is another resource used to enhance Texas State’s academic profile, he said. Although many have long “The university expanded perceived Texas State as its assured scholarship proa party school, President gram this year and nearly Denise Trauth and Provost twice as many students were Eugene Bourgeois are workawarded those scholarships ing to create a reputation of compared to last year,” Bourstrong education for the geois said. “We want to (conuniversity. tinue) to increase the number of endowed scholarships for students.” Emily Gibson, nursing freshman, said she doesn’t feel these actions will make a difference in Texas State’s reputation. “I think that students are going to party whether they’re in the top 10 or in the top 20 (percent),” Gibson said. Paul Doughty, nutrition senior, said he thinks Texas State’s “party image” is perpetuated by social media accounts broadcasting the locations of parties near the university. He said the party culture attracts students who think underage drinking is okay. Ambree Dinges, exercise and sports science senior, said MADISON MORRISS STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER she thinks the best way to enhance Texas State’s image Brittney Sanders, agriculture sophomore, Angela Villegas, communications studies junior, and Cassie Shipp, busiis to advertise the university’s ness management freshman study in Alkek on Sept. 28 for their upcoming midterms. “strong academic programs.” By Madison Morriss NEWS REPORTER @themorrisscode

Bourgeois said his ultimate goal is to admit more students who graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school classes. He said university officials hope to make these students more than 50 percent of the freshman class. “Texas State will continue to enhance its academic reputation by admitting more

highly qualified students,” Bourgeois said. Bourgeois said he expects to increase the university’s graduation rate by “continuing to improve” first-year student retention. “The message is (to) take more courses because you will be more engaged in the university and your studies and therefore earn a higher

It makes you smarter.

“Exercise and sports science is one of the best (programs) in the country and currently gaining notoriety,” Dinges said. “(We should promote) our business school because graduates are more likely to find a job after graduating from here than those graduating from (the University of Texas’s) business school.” Allen Hawes, computer science and English senior, said he chose Texas State based off of its party reputation. “I went to UT Dallas for a year, but the whole atmosphere was just far too rigid,” Hawes said. “Once I realized how sparse the social envi-

ronment was, I fell into this funk of missing that human element.” Hawes said Texas State’s “party reputation” promotes the university because it portrays experiences college students want. “I definitely see Texas State as a party school, but not in a negative way,” Hawes said. “The social aspect helps me with experience in adult life dilemmas.” He said the availability of parties at the university doesn’t “detract from the college experience” because he feels it is the college experience.

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The University Star stands with Planned Parenthood


lanned Parenthood is not a monster—it is a beacon of hope for millions of impoverished and disenfranchised women and men who do not have access to medical and health resources. The University Star stands proud with Planned Parenthood and affirms the program for the good it does and will undoubtedly continue to do. Conservatives and general detractors are attempting to defund the health service program under the guise of protecting the fetuses and zygotes removed due to the abortions the service provides. It should go without saying, but abortion is legal. Abortion was legalized in 1973 as a result of the historic and controversial Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, due to the right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment. In a country that prides itself on the “law of the land,” legality trumps moral relativism every time. The argument to defund Planned Parenthood rests

on the assertion that abortion is a cruel and unethical act, but this has no basis in reality. In fact, even if supporters were to concede to the statement against abortion, that service makes up such a minute portion of their overall purpose it’s nearly inconsequential. According to FactCheck. org, approximately 26 percent of Planned Parenthood’s patient care in 2009 went toward cancer prevention as well as other women’s health services. A whopping 70 percent of their services went toward STD testing and treatment as well as providing various forms of contraception to both women and men. Meanwhile, a measly 3 percent of total services provided by Planned Parenthood that year were abortions. It is a bad decision to defund a government program just because 3 percent of the organization’s services can, arguably, be considered unethical to a specific type of person. Many people do not want their tax dollars to

fund something they deem immoral, which is understandable. However, that is another claim based not in reality, but the minds of right-wing rhetoric. The Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision that bars the use of federal funds for abortion, except in extreme circumstances. This provision has been in effect, to varying degrees, for the past 39 years. Tax dollars have never gone toward funding abortions unless those procedures were due to incest, rape or securing the life of the mother. There should be space for people to have worthwhile discussions and disputes on abortion and the work of Planned Parenthood. However, it is important not to base these arguments on misinformation and regurgitated talking points. Then again, doctoring videos and manufacturing faux outrages is a favored pastime of some conservative activists. Back in 2010, conservative activists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles successfully de-

funded the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now due to videos that were later found to be deceptively falsified and selectively edited. Unfortunately, the controversy had already led Congress to haphazardly defund the program which advocated for lower and moderate-income families in areas of voter registration, safety, affordable housing, healthcare and other social issues. Regardless of the fact that the videos were later proven to be false after several independent investigations, the damage was already done and millions were left disenfranchised. This situation exactly mirrors what the ironically named Center for Medical Progress sought to do after releasing videos seeking to shift the public’s perception of Planned Parenthood. The videos, which were proven to be deceptively edited, have led many to believe the health organization is selling the “body parts” of aborted fetuses for profit, but that is demonstrably false.

The only time Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood, mentioned payment during the video was in regards to the handling and transportation of the fetal tissue for medical research. Experts from Harvard University as well as the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research all confirmed the costs Planned Parenthood discussed, $30-100 for transportation, there would be no profit made period. Not only would there be no gain from the costs of shipping the tissue, but the fee would not have even recovered the costs of providing the specimens in

the first place. The entire Planned Parenthood controversy and attempts to defund and discredit the 99-year-old organization comprise an over-glorified 21st-century witch-hunt. After the fires from the witch-hunt have dissipated and the embers have set, the condemned under the stake will rise from the ashes like a phoenix—stronger, better and more fearsome than before. For the sake of the over five million women and men who depend on the organization, let everyone hope Planned Parenthood will rise above this manufactured media hoax and continue to provide services to this country’s most vulnerable.

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Hip-Hop is not a free pass to say the n-word




hen I attended Austin City Limits Music Festival this weekend, a white boy in a floral tank top and a cross necklace called me a nigger when I tried to squeeze past him in the packed crowd. It was after A$AP Rocky had finished playing. My friends and I were trying to get out of the dense crowd for some air and sodas before Drake came on. It was hot, we were exhausted and getting very irritated by all of the shoving and stank that goes hand in hand with an outdoor concert in 90-degree weather. Let me just say that I’m 21 years old and I have never been called the n-word by anyone outside of my family. I always wondered how I would react when the time came. Would I cry? Would I yell at them? Would I be so shocked I couldn’t even say anything? It’s sad that I’ve had to mentally prepare myself for being called something as harsh and hurtful as that, but that is the nature of being black in America. It’s just as harsh and hurtful as the word nigger. Here’s the thing: No amount of preparation can ever ready you for that feel-

ing. It is despair and anger and violence and privilege tied up in one word and packaged like a dart— sharp and with purpose. It’s amazing that a word that seemed to roll off his tongue as light as a feather is the same one that hit me like a ton of bricks. As a black woman, I decided in my teens that I do not personally believe in reclaiming the n-word. I understand the value in the act of taking that power back for us. I don’t by any means believe black people need to stop saying it in order for white people to. I just know I personally don’t like how it sounds or makes me feel and I’d rather not use it, period. I love rap. I’m not a hip-hop head but I do see, appreciate and enjoy the space rap music has in black culture. Music in general is colorless and rap is no different except for one thing: Classical music isn’t full of lyrics containing the n-word the way rap is. This does not mean you cannot be a rap fan unless you’re black. However, it does mean you cannot yell “nigga” at the top of your lungs at a Drake concert if you’re not black. Being a rap fan and saying the n-word because it is part of the lyrics and you’re “just singing along” is not okay. No one gets a special pass to say it because they appreciate a culture that doesn’t even belong to them. If you wouldn’t be called a nigger, you can’t say it. Drake is not a free pass to say it and that isn’t going to change.


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hile some fraternity and sorority chapters across the nation are closing their doors, Texas State’s Greek community is attracting attention from national headquarters. Other universities want to gain insight about the continued growth and success within Texas State’s Greek community. When looking to gain the full college experience, challenge yourself to form an opinion of Texas State’s Greek community using facts and the relationships you create, rather than looking to the negative behaviors of a few Greek chapters at other universities and colleges being broadcast by biased news outlets. Many people seem to believe Greek organizations, specifically the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, are friend-buying social clubs filled with the egotistical offspring of “relatively wealthy” Caucasian parents. However, our institution is fortunate enough to have moved away from recruiting men who resemble the fictional 1967 Delta Tau Chi Fraternity of Faber College found in the movie Animal House. Instead, our community is full of hardworking and dedicated individuals who embody the values held dear to their respective affiliations. Being a member of a Greek organization is possible for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds, and many find being a member is very affordable by working while attending classes. Each of our four Greek governing councils are ac-

cepting of all walks of life and offer men and women a diverse environment to grow here at Texas State. If joining a fraternity or sorority governed by one of the four Greek councils does not appeal to you, Texas State does have a variety of organizations eligible for membership. In fact, many members of our Greek community are part of other organizations. However, keep in mind the presence of Greek letters on an organization does not reflect one of the four Greek councils recognized by the university. Greek organizations host and attend numerous social events, but date parties, mixers and formals are all considered incentives—not a substitute for fulfilling community service, philanthropy, campus leadership or academic endeavors. Members of fraternities and sororities must complete requirements for eligibility to be able to attend the organization’s social events. The responsibility of supporting a philanthropic cause may be mandatory for membership, but the overwhelming amount of gratitude received from those being helped makes all the sweat and hard work worthwhile. The ladies of the Panhellenic sorority Zeta Tau Alpha raised over $22,000 to aid in breast cancer education and awareness. Our Greek community collected over 1,000 lbs. of canned food for the San Marcos Food Bank within a 24-hour period during the Greek Week celebration last April.

Following the Memorial Day weekend floods, the Greek community selflessly rushed to aid in the disaster relief rather than focusing their time on “picking up women or buying enough booze to last a lifetime.” To be Greek is to surround yourself with a group of men and women who challenge and motivate each other to become well-rounded individuals. Many students often do not realize the impact Greeks have made to help better the futures of Bobcats at Texas State. Jerry and Linda Fields, Sigma Nu and Chi Omega alumni, respectively, are self-made millionaires who have funded a variety of programs in the McCoy College of Business and an addition to Bobcat Stadium. While many may never understand the merits and opportunities a fraternity or sorority has to offer, some will decide to take that oath of membership to become the future leaders of this fine institution. Each fraternity and sorority embodies its own individual Code of Ethics and values in its daily routines. Explore your options and ignore the negatively biased views of those who choose to degrade the fraternity and sorority experience without any insight. Sincerely, Martin Gutierrez Sigma Nu Fraternity Philanthropy Chairman, Interfraternity Council Vice President of Public Relations

—Imani McGarrell is a journalism senior

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RINEHART FINDS CAREER PATH, MOTIVATION FROM OLDER SISTER By Garrett Caywood SPORTS REPORTER @polo_garre Every day after elementary school, Caitlynn Rinehart, senior goalkeeper, would wait to get picked up. Other kids’ parents would drive by the bus circle and eventually find their child. But Rinehart wasn’t like every child. Instead, she would wait to be picked up by her oldest sister, Courtney Rinehart. “I remember she always used to pick me up from elementary school in her soccer cleats,” Caitlynn Rinehart said. “I kind of always followed in her footsteps. That’s my biggest memory from elementary school.” A 10-year age difference separates the girls, and like any younger sibling, Caitlynn Rinehart strived to be just

like her sister. As a sophomore in high school, Courtney Rinehart had the responsibility of picking up her little sister every day. “I would come straight from soccer practice and pick her up from school,” Courtney Rinehart said. “I probably wasn’t supposed to have my cleats on, but probably did because I was rushing.” After leaving the elementary school, the sisters often went to visit the dry cleaner, a family-owned business where both of their parents worked. The busy schedule of running a business provided the Rinehart children with a unique opportunity for maturity. “(Courtney) kind of kept me in check when I was younger,” Caitlynn Rinehart said. “She was basically my



Elizabeth Havenhill SOPHOMORE DEFENDER By Donavan Jackson SPORTS REPORTER @djack_02 DONAVAN JACKSON: I read that you played for and graduated from Nolan Catholic, can you talk about the success and experience you had while in high school? ELIZABETH HAVENHILL: High school was a good experi-

ence because of the level of intensity that we had. It wasn’t just some joke team. We went to state a couple times and it was a plus to share those times with your friends. DJ: I graduated from Richland, so I’m familiar with the Fort Worth area and loved growing up there. Is Fort Worth

second mom growing up and she would get on to me.” Courtney Rinehart is now a registered labor and delivery nurse in San Antonio. Caitlynn Rinehart said the influence from her older sister inspired her decision to study respiratory care at Texas State. “My sister played a really big role in me wanting to be in health care,” Caitlynn Rinehart said. “I always knew I wanted to be there because I truly love people. I have a passion for people and helping.” Like her sister, Caitlynn Rinehart hopes to work with children, which could potentially set up an opportunity for the sisters to work with each other. “I get to work with NICU (respiratory therapists) every day,” Courtney Rinehart said. “So it is very possible that one day we will get to

work together and be in deliveries together, and that would make my day.” The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a special area of the hospital for newborn babies who require increased medical attention. Babies who are admitted to the NICU are commonly premature, sick or are underweight. Caitlynn Rinehart initially wanted to be in the nursing program, but knew she faced challenges. She eventually developed a liking for the hands-on nature of respiratory care. “At first I wanted to do nursing,” the athlete said. “But playing soccer, I couldn’t do the nursing program because the program is in Round Rock.” As a registered nurse and former soccer player, Courtney Rinehart remains the biggest role model in her

somewhere you’d like to return post-college? EH: For sure. I love it there. That’s where my family is and it’s where I grew up. DJ: We’re both a good threeand-a-half to four-hour drive away from home. Can you talk about the support you get from your family and sibling while away from home? EH: Well, my mom comes down to most of the home games and if we’re ever back in the Fort Worth area she’ll make it to those games as well. I also have some family in Austin, so they come out and support me every chance they get. DJ: I saw that you’re a biology major. What drew your interest in that field of study?

EH: Well, I’m really drawn towards the medical field and the sciences have always had my interest, so that’s kind of why I chose to go with biology DJ: You’ve been playing soccer for a while now. Can you talk about the benefits of the relationships you’ve created over the years? EH: I think it’s important to make those types of connections because later it could help with jobs or the next step after college. Then it’s fun to see different people you played club with that you end up playing against in college. DJ: Has soccer aided you through anything off the field you’ve struggled with? EH: I mean, it’s always been an outlet. Especially af-


Lewis finding success in first season at Texas State


younger sister’s life. “It is very heartwarming and touching to me,” Courtney Rinehart said. “It makes me feel very proud to be a nurse. And it makes me proud that (Caitlynn) wants to follow in my footsteps and be a part of the (obstetrics) world.” Caitlynn Rinehart would agree that she learned a thing

or two from her older sister— most importantly, how to be responsible and dependable. As a goalkeeper, the team depends on Caitlynn Rinehart to play well, and the responsibility of organizing her defenders is something she relishes. “I love it,” Caitlynn Rinehart said. “I feel like I thrive under pressure.”

ter a long day at school or whatever. You always look forward to coming out to work and hang out with your friends. DJ: I read that playing the piano is one of your hobbies. Is that just something you like to do on the side, or something you really have a passion for? EH: It’s really just something on the side. My grandma was super good at it and she taught me when I was little. I stopped playing for a while but then picked it back up a little bit in high school. DJ: You’re in the middle of your sophomore season right now. You had a successful freshman season with all-conference honors and 18 shutouts. Can you talk about how the transition into this sea-

son has been? EH: Well, so far we’re off to a good start, I think. I’m still in the same position and it’s going similarly to last year, so hopefully we’ll have a good turnout this season as well. DJ: Going back to your freshman season, what was it about Texas State that drew you here? EH: I really just loved the campus. I liked the coaches when I first met them when they first were showing me everything. I really enjoyed Coach Kat (Conner), Link (Scoggins) and Warren along with the program. I just thought I fit better here compared to the other schools I looked into.

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By Matt Gurevitz SENIOR SPORTS REPORTER @Matt_Gurevitz The Texas State volleyball team developed an interest in Morgan Lewis, junior middle blocker, because they saw a player who knows what it takes to be successful. Lewis transferred from Tyler Junior College and is in her first season on the team. She is off to a fast start this season, placing third in kills (106) and first on the team in blocks (66). Lewis recorded 13 kills in the team’s first Sun Belt Conference match against Georgia State. Coach Karen Chisum said Lewis was unstoppable in the match. It’s no surprise Lewis is already playing well because that’s all she knows how to do. Lewis was named Player of the Year last season while in Tyler and Newcomer of the Year in 2013. Her history of athletic excellence even dates back to her days at Holliday High School, near Wichita Falls. “She was three-time allstate in volleyball, two-time all-state in cross country and first-team all-district in basketball,” said Larry Lewis, her father. “She has always been very athletic since she was little and was always successful.” Morgan Lewis ran track in high school, participating in the state championship race and finishing fourth. “I finished in fourth, but this girl from Spearman High School stepped on the back of my leg which caused me to fall down in the middle of the race,” Morgan Lewis said. “I was able to get up and finish the race, but she rolled all the way into the infield. I always wonder what would have happened

if that didn’t happen.” She didn’t win state, but not many athletes have the type of success she encountered in high school. Morgan Lewis was proud of her accomplishments, but did not let herself become complacent. She took it as motivation to become even better and her father said her work ethic exceeded that of her competition. Liza Lewis, her mother, preached hard work, which helped her develop the habit of giving 100 percent to whatever she is doing. Liza Lewis was a successful athlete in her youth. The second-generation athlete’s goal was to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Morgan Lewis’ work ethic and diligence proves to be contagious for her teammates. “Morgan led by example by showing the results hard work comes with,” Larry Lewis said. “A lot of coaches, from little league to select, always wanted to have girls on Morgan’s team play for them because they would also listen to the coaches and do exactly what they say.” She was given plenty of opportunities to leave and go play at a bigger school near Wichita Falls, where she might have received more attention against better competition.


She declined and stayed at Holliday for high school. Her dad says volleyball is her true love but she was forced to be without it for a while during her junior season. The athlete underwent knee surgery on both of her knees in order to repair her patella tendon. “It was really hard on Morgan and she became really impatient,” Larry Lewis said. “She also had problems with her ankles during her freshman and sophomore year. She practically lived in the physical therapist’s office.” She watched her team play from the sidelines that season, but found a new interest during her time out. “I became really close with my physical therapist, and she taught me so much about it,” Morgan Lewis said. “The more we talked and became closer, the more I wanted to get into physical therapy.” The athlete said Texas State’s physical therapy program is a huge reason why she transferred here from Tyler Junior College. Physical therapy is her dream after volleyball, but the competition will be stiff. “I know it’s super competitive, but I live for competition,” Morgan Lewis said. “My love for competition has helped me become who I am.”





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