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OCTOBER 10, 2013
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Out of State 722
FINANCES Dallas–Fort Worth 4,039
Killeen/Temple 589 Enrollment by location, fall 2013
El Paso 433
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Austin/Round Rock 11,388 Houston 6,470
San Antonio/New Braunfels 5,311
Middle/Lower Rio Grande 1,412
Coastal Bend 687
Elsewhere in Texas 4,268
Recruiting attracts students from metropolitan areas By Nicole Barrios News Reporter
he number of students from several metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) has risen as a result of the overall enrollment increase this fall. Four of 11 measured MSAs had more than a 10 percent enrollment increase since last fall, according to preliminary figures from Michael Heintze, associate vice president for Enrollment Management. Students from 227 Texas counties, 50 states and 65 nations enrolled in Texas State this fall. Provost Eugene Bourgeois said with the addition of this fall’s students, the university’s demographics reflect the population of the state even more than last year. “We’re probably one of maybe two or three other large public institutions in the state of Texas that really do reflect the population and a popularity and a market that we can attract students from these distinct areas,” Bourgeois said. Heintze said the number of applications to the university from the AustinRound Rock MSA increased this year, yet the total enrollment from that area decreased slightly by 1.94 percent. He said this may indicate that a few more students chose other institutions over Texas State than they did last year, although the numbers are close. However, with 11,388 students from
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the Austin-Round Rock MSA enrolled this year, students from that area are “our primary market,” Heintze said. He said most universities draw a large percentage of their enrollment from the immediate geographic area around them. Heintze said the Houston, DallasFt. Worth and Rio Grande Valley areas are other major places that draw large populations of students to Texas State. Those areas have seen increases in enrollment by 6.10 percent, 10.57 percent and 12.42 percent respectively. Heintze said more than five years ago, the university placed regional admissions officers in the areas of Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio to have an ongoing presence. “We don’t just go into those areas and do college night programs in high schools,” Heintze said. “We have someone who lives in those areas, and they’re visiting high schools and community colleges regularly. They’re engaging families with phone calls.” Regional officers work with college counselors to build relationships with high schools and students, Heintze said. He said this is an “ongoing effort” and has helped project the university’s name and reputation more effectively to students who are further away from Central Texas. “(The numbers are saying) the uni-
versity is rapidly becoming one of the favorite destinations for students to pursue their undergraduate and graduate degree programs,” Heintze said. “And these major metropolitan areas that have millions of people in them continue to grow, and as they grow that means there are more prospective students available to consider schools like Texas State.” Heintze said large numbers of highability students have come from the Rio Grande Valley. “The Valley has been very good to Texas State,” Heintze said. Amanda Garcia, psychology junior, is from McAllen in the Rio Grande Valley area. Garcia said about 30 students from her graduating class attended Texas State, but she has noticed many enrolling from the entire Rio Grande Valley area. She said her high school counselor did not promote any specific college but urged students to research ones that suited their interests. Enrollment from the El Paso MSA has grown from 381 to 433, an increase of 13.65 percent since last fall, the numbers said. Jesus Peña, construction science and management senior, said he knows of about 30 students from his hometown of El Paso who attend Texas State. He said a Texas State recruiter
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Pending approval from the board of regents in November, Texas State officials will begin to offer a four-year fixed tuition plan starting fall 2014. The Texas State University System Board of Regents will vote on the tuition plan next month. The plan will lock in tuition rates throughout a student’s four-year duration at the university, which is required by the state under House Bill 29 passed in the last legislative session. The bill requires public institutions to offer a fixed four-year rate for incoming freshmen in 2014, said Daniel Harper, deputy vice chancellor for Finance. HB 29 was an initiative enacted by Governor Rick Perry. Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis said guaranteed four-year tuition rates are “a very good idea” at the Texas Tribune Festival in September. Bill Nance, vice president for Finance and Support Services, said the main reason for the plan is predictability. Students and families will have an easier time with financial planning because tuition cannot change or jump under the plan, Nance said. Nance said students will have the convenience of knowing exactly what they have to pay each semester. “It is strictly for the knowledge of what costs are going to be for four years,” Nance said. Nance said the plan will only be available for newly enrolled students in 2014, meaning those currently enrolled at Texas State will not be able to participate in the program. HB 29 does not apply to students who are past their first year at the institution, Nance said. Transfer students and the freshman class of 2014 will be the first recipients of the four-year fixed tuition rate. Tuition will continue to increase each year for students who are not in the fixed-rate program because of inflation, Nance said. The cost of the fixed-rate plan will account for inflation throughout a student’s four-year tenure at the university, Nance said. The freshman year of a student on a fixed-rate program will cost more than that of someone on the tradition payment plan. Nance said prices for the 2014 fixed-rate tuition plan has not yet been determined, but can be covered by financial aid for those who apply. “Students who opted for the four-year fixed rate will end up paying the same amount as the student who doesn’t opt for the plan,” Nance said. Harper said administrators have yet to determine preliminary numbers of students who will participate in the program. Nance said administrators realized the fixedrate plan will help students “self-police” academic progress and number of credit hours per semester. He said students will need to do this to benefit from the plan and be able to graduate in four years. Nance said administrators are setting up new components on CatsWeb for the fixed-rate plan. Web pages with FAQs are being created and new programming is being made to assist students. He said it takes much work to implement this plan, but it will be worth it to help benefit Texas State students. Future students will have the choice of whether to use the program, but Harper said it is not something they will want to decline. “(The fixed-rate tuition plan) will be the opportunity to opt into the program,” Harper said.
Local political action committees raise money for elections By Traynor Swanson Special to the Star
Local law enforcement and fire fighters are forming Political Action Committees to help fund the campaigns of candidates who reflect their interests this election season. PACs raise private funds to influence the government, whether through regulations or elections, by donating to candidates or lobbyists. The San Marcos Police Officers Association and the San Marcos Professional Fire Fighters Association were both formed in 2007 to raise money for local elections and causes. While the San Marcos Police Officers Association PAC has been inactive, according to
Texas Ethics Commision filings, the San Marcos Professional Fire Fighters Association has raised at least $9,000 Jude Prather every year from 2009 to 2012, with 2010 being its highest grossing year, with approximately $25,000 in donations. PACs donate money to politicians running for office, whether it is at the local, state or federal level. For the upcoming city council election in November, the San Marcos Professional Fire Fighters Association PAC supported incumbent Jude Prather
for City Council Place 2, donating $1,000 towards his campaign. “Before each election, we sit down with all the candidates to understand their views and desired policies,” Pakula said. “Then we decide which candidate best reflects our interests and needs and endorse him.” Money not spent on campaign contributions is placed in the PAC’s general fund. According to a finance report filed with the Texas Ethics Commission Oct. 7, the San Marcos Professional Fire Fighters Association PAC has more than $29,000 in its general fund. “The fund money comes from fundraisers and contributions of individual members of the PAC,” said Jon Pakula, Fire Fighters
Association PAC president. “It allows us to be politically active. Whatever political agenda city council has, we have a voice in what happens. We want to look out for everybody in the city.” Most Texas PACs involving firefighters exist in cities with a much higher population than San Marcos, according to political science professor Richard Henderson. While it is not rare for the firefighters of a town with approximately 50,000 people to form a PAC, it is also not the norm, he said. Of the 58 firefighter PACs in Texas, only seven are in cities with a population equal to or less than that of San Marcos. “One of the key things to look at from their perspective is how
the city’s firefighters rank among other cities in Texas,” Henderson said. “In terms of pay, benefits, health insurance, and job security, perhaps they felt compelled to form a PAC.” During the upcoming election, the San Marcos Professional Fire Fighters Association PAC members will be seen advertising in support, and sometimes in dissent, of local candidates. “In the last election, (the San Marcos Professional Fire Fighters Association) did not support (Place 3 Councilman John) Thomaides,” Henderson said. “I even received a mailer denouncing him in the same fashion you would see similar statewide election and federal election campaign advertising.”
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Curriculum committee approves physics, English, statistics courses By Rebecca Banks News Reporter
University Curriculum Committee members approved 62 new Texas State courses Oct. 4 to be implemented this spring in departments such as physics, English and statistics. Faculty Senate members received a report of the approved curriculum courses during their meeting Wednesday. Michael Supancic, assistant professor at the School of Criminal Justice, said the University Curriculum Committee approved 133 total courses, of which 62 were new to Texas State. “Many of the courses were somewhat house cleaning courses,” Supancic said. “The departments were now at the point where they wanted to make those courses part of the permanent inventory.” According to Supancic, the committee rejected four courses proposed by
the Physics Department. “They proposed their courses as an independent studies course but (were) talking about it as a lecture course,” Supancic said. Susan Weill, mass communication senator, addressed a concern at the meeting regarding the University Curriculum Committee’s role in the course approval process. Each individual Texas State department has a committee that meets to determine course recommendations, which are then sent to the University Curriculum Committee for final approval. Weill said she wanted to know if the individual department committees could approve the courses themselves to bypass the extra step in the process. “Our role is to primarily make sure that the course being proposed qualitatively improves the program within that program’s school,” Supancic said. Emily Payne, curriculum and instruction senator, asked at the meeting if the University Curriculum Committee
monitors whether similar courses are duplicating content. “That’s come up a number of times in the past two to three years in terms of statistics courses,” Supancic said Supancic said master and doctorate programs often have their own specific statistic courses. The committee members will discuss whether a department needs a specific course if other similar courses are being offered in different colleges, Supancic said. Rebecca Bell-Metereau, English senator, said she was concerned about how faculty members who are not a part of the curriculum committee could better explain course information to students. “We are in the process of conducting workshops across campus for various individuals involved,” Supancic said. Supancic said the University Curriculum Committee members encourage involvement with different deans and committees within the colleges and departments to help with the course approval process.
CRIME BLOTTER Oct. 8, 1:45 a.m.
Bobcat Village Apartments Three students reported that their personal property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation. Oct. 7, 1:00 p.m.
Theft under $500
LBJ Student & Visitor Center A student reported that their personal property had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation. Oct. 7, 9:47 a.m.
Flowers Hall University property had been vandalized with graffiti. This case is under investigation. Oct. 6, 11:18 p.m.
Arnold Hall C Officers extinguished a small fire that had been caused by a cigarette. A report was made of the incident. Oct. 6, 2:50 p.m.
Bobcat Village Apartments A student was assaulted by a non-student. The non-student received a criminal trespass warning.
Enactus students volunteer at Pecan Street Festival Stephanie Macke, a Texas State University Enactus member, volunteered her time Sept. 28 at Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ booth at the annual Pecan Street Festival. Macke and other Enactus members used their sales skills to sell handcrafted goods for the organization. Mobile Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit organization designed to offer local homeless people in Austin an opportunity to earn a dignified income. The program provides a workshop for these men and women to make handcrafted goods that are sold at craft shows, farmers’ markets and festivals. All profits go directly to the individuals who made the products. Texas State Enactus members sold over $2,000 worth of products during the weekend of the festival. Members volunteer to sell and distribute products, and offer insight on marketing strategies for the organization. Enactus students actively practice and teach free enterprise to Mobile Loaves & Fishes in order to better individuals and the community. Enactus is a global, nonprofit organization that is literally changing the world through highly
dedicated student teams on more than 1600 university campuses in 40 countries. Enactus offers students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise. The organization is improving the standard of living for millions in the process. Texas State Enactus is one of the leading collegiate teams within the U.S. Enactus has been helping others achieve their dreams through free enterprise education for more than 25 years. Today, Enactus is the world’s prominent and largest university-based free enterprise organization. If you would like to learn more about Enactus please visit, http://www.business.txstate.edu/, or contact Sam Walton Fellow, Vicki West at vw03@ txstate.edu or 512-245-3224, Enactus President Zachary Goss at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-7859189, or Stephanie Macke at email@example.com or 281-686-2237.
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Christian Gusman, communications sophomore, tends the garden Oct. 8 outside the Agriculture Building.
Oct. 5, 2:30 a.m.
Criminal mischief under $500
Bobcat Village Apartments University property was intentionally damaged. This case is under investigation.
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North LBJ, Chestnut to be converted into one-way streets Two roads north of the university will be converted to one-way streets when construction begins Monday. Portions of North LBJ Drive and Chestnut Street will both be one-way beginning Oct. 14 as a part of a $6.5 million construction project, according to a press release from the city. The project will improve sidewalks, streets, drainage, water and wastewater mains in the area. The project is expected to be completed Austin Humphreys | Star File Photo by spring 2015. According Renovations to North LBJ Drive are expected to take approximately to a Sept. 18 University Star article, a right turn lane will 18 months and will reduce the street down to one lane. be added to Sessom Drive press release said. They According to the as well. A northbound detour will will vary in width, being University Star article, resibe set up for drivers run- anywhere from five to eight dents and business owners in the area expressed conning up North LBJ Drive feet. Lanes on the road will be cern over the project during from Forest to Holland Streets. Chestnut Street will expanded to include room this meeting. Residents are worried be used as an alternative for bicycles, measuring 14 feet in width, but no bike more accidents will happen southbound route. City contractor Capital lane will be constructed, on North LBJ Drive because of the “shared lanes” Excavation of Austin will the press release said. Drainage, water and that will increase bicyclist begin setting up methods of traffic and erosion con- wastewater mains will be attention, the article said. trol Monday. Construction replaced with larger ones, Speed on the improved and crews will begin the first the release said. The exist- newly-paved road is also a phase of work on the struc- ing mains are undersized to concern after construction, residents said during the ture that allows water to accommodate the usage. The project’s engineering meeting. run under the northwest corner of LBJ and Sessom manager and staff held a —Report compiled by Drive shortly afterward, ac- meeting Sept. 16 to update James Carneiro, assistant cording to the press release. the neighborhood about the news editor Sidewalks will be con- construction. Area business structed on both sides of owners and residents have the closed roadway, the been notified of the detour.
ENROLLMENT, continued from front came to his high school on three different occasions to help students with applications and information. He said after students were accepted to the university, the recruiter came again to tell them what to expect at Texas State. Heintze said the uni-
versity markets to international students, and the majority of international students are enrolled in the Graduate College. Andrea Golato, dean of the Graduate College, said the university markets to international students and works with two recruitment
companies that organize recruiting events. She said representatives from the university go abroad to attend these events in countries where they know graduate students are interested in pursuing degrees in the United States.
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THE MAIN POINT
Game Day Etiquette
don’t get sloppy. Having a few beers and pre-gaming in the most literal sense of the term in the company of your fellow Bobcats is a ubiquitous part of tailgate. However, make sure to manage your alcohol intake, and at least make an attempt at behaving. Cops are patrolling tailgate at all times, and if you are stumbling around, getting sick or generally acting like an idiot, you could find yourself in trouble. Also, it should go without saying that minors should not drink at tailgate. Anyone under the age of 21 who feels like being has been warned.
pirit and excitement is what often leads people to break some cardinal rules of being a good fan. For anyone who want to cheer on the Bobcats, here are a few simple rules for tailgate and in the stands that will ensure the experience is positive for all involved.
Wear Texas State attire. It does not matter how much of a fan you are of Johnny Manziel, leave the Texas A&M shirt at home when going to tailgate and the game. Every student should wear Texas State colors on gameday, forming a sea of maroon and gold in the stands. If you are feeling particularly fanatic, paint your face or body, bring signs or wear those plush Boko hats. Showing school spirit can pay off in many ways. Groups of students sporting school spirit at the football games have a chance to earn $1,000 for their organizations, so it’s a win-win.
don’t litter. There is no excuse for collegeeducated individuals to throw trash on the ground. Not having anywhere to put it is not an excuse, because trash bags are provided. Littering makes Texas State look trashy (pun intended) and reflects poorly on the entire campus. In the wake of the Texas Tech game last year, heaps of trash and filth covered the band practice fields and the parking lots around Strahan Coliseum. Make an effort to not contribute to a repeat of that incident.
Be courteous. If you want to throw footballs around at tailgate, make an effort not to hit any innocent bystanders. If you do peg someone, apologize. Also, remember that fans drive through the tailgating area to find parking spots, so do not be “that guy” who stands in the middle of the road shotgunning a beer while a car is trying to drive through. Once you get to the game, be a good sportsman. If the other team is losing, there is no need to kick them while they are down. Conversely, if the Bobcats get whooped by the opposing team, do not be a sore loser.
DON’T CHEER AT INAPPROPRIATE TIMES
Root for your team. Just make sure you do it in a smart way. Yelling expletives may be fun, but it does not make you look smart or classy. Be educated on Bobcat football and have statistical knowledge to back up your comments if you want to boast about our team and criticize the other. If you do not have an interest in studying up before the game, you should be fine if you stick to cheering when the rest of the crowd does.
While it is awesome to cheer and be supportive, do not do it while your team is on offense. They have plays to concentrate on, and it is hard to do that with noise, even if they are chants of support. However, fans are encouraged to cheer their lungs out when the Bobcat defense is on the field or when our team has a good or scoring play.
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go to away games.
don’t just tailgate
Road trips are always fun, and we could all use a getaway from time to time after a hard week of classes. Drive out to an away game, cheer on the Bobcats and see the sights of a different city. It’s also important to make the effort to attend away games because fans must prove they can fill a stadium in order for the Bobcats to go to a bowl game. Away game attendance shows solid commitment to the team.
Again, part of whether or not the Bobcats are invited to a bowl game is based on attendance. The stadium has seen record-breaking attendance at home games this year, and fans should keep up that support throughout the season. Walk (or stumble) over to the stadium and take a seat.
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Fashion helps students to express themselves
lthough some view putting stock A in one’s physical appearance as shallow, students should value fash-
ion as a fun, unique and important form of self-expression. The way a person dresses is one of the first things others notice when meeting someone new. Fashion choices are a clear and easy method Imani McGarrell for students Special to the Star to broadcast Journalism sophomore messages about themselves to the world. I am not saying people should stereotype others
based on how they dress or that the way someone dresses is indicative of his or her character as a whole, but it is often an easy way to piece out the interests and personality of someone new. Some people might associate being fashionable with things like snobby boutiques and unrealistic trends, but this is an oversimplified stereotype. Being fashionable does not have to limit clothing options to whatever trend magazines are raving about at that given time. Fashion is as simple as wearing whatever makes individuals look and feel their best. The fact of the matter is when someone looks good, they feel good too—even if looking good is just finding a clean shirt to wear. Finding a unique personal style does not have to be expensive either. San Marcos has a lot to offer in all
price ranges and styles. Students who want to see examples of the variety of clothing stores in San Marcos without running all over the city will have a chance Oct. 16 at the Bra Night and Fashion Show hosted by Texas State’s very own FashioNation. Bra Night is a Victoria’s Secret-style fashion show put on by FashioNation, a studentrun organization that hosts regular on-campus fashion shows. This will be the organization’s fourth annual show. The show will feature models walking the runway in various types of bras in hopes of raising awareness and creating a dialogue on campus about breast cancer in a fun and fashionable way. In addition to the main show, an intermission show will feature models wearing looks from various clothing stores throughout San Marcos.
At a school as unique and colorful as Texas State, fashion plays as much of a role in the diversity on campus as anything else. Fashion does not have to be strict and boring unless that is the style goal. Ultimately, fashion is what students make of it. Fashion can be fun, weird, bold, classic, chic, edgy and so much more. I think students should take as many risks with their clothing as they want. In the end, the best thing anyone can wear is confidence. The next time students go shopping on The Square or at the outlet malls, I encourage them to try on those leather shorts or cheetah print flats they feel nervous about. Fashion represents individuality, and Texas State students should own whatever style they choose to wear.
Students have opportunities to earn money in school exas State Tshould students be aware
of untraditional ways they can make money while simultaneously benefitting themselves and others in the community. Ryan Pittman There is no Opinions Columnist debating that Journalism freshman many students go through a period of financial crisis while attending college. Between overpriced books and cheap beer, student money is stretched thin. Life is simply less stressful with a wallet full of disposable income. One of the more popular ways to earn a quick buck is donating plasma. Plasma has a shelf life of only a few days, so it is always high in demand. Those who
donate receive cash as compensation and can donate about twice a week. It may not seem like much, but those who donate are performing a great service to the community while filling their wallets at the same time. DCI Biologicals in San Marcos is right off Interstate Highway 35 and accepts students who meet donation standards. Making money is not always about giving up something in exchange for compensation. Simply taking surveys online can earn students enough to buy a pair of shoes they want so badly or finish up their tuition payments. Students should keep an eye out for ads in local papers for research studies or medical trials offering compensation. Students should also consider selling objects they no longer use. Most students are quick to sell their textbooks back to the bookstore for a small fraction of the original cost. By selling used textbooks on Amazon or eBay, students
can easily make almost four times what the bookstore offers for old books. Another way students can make easy cash is by donating sperm or eggs. I personally went through the screening process, hoping to take advantage of the $150 compensation. After a twoday medical screening and a week of waiting for results, I was unfortunately dismissed as a candidate. It turns out having a beautiful blue-eyed child with a great sense of humor is not “in” this year. Still, other students may have more luck selling off their genetic material. Although students could use extra money, the future should always be the main focus and investing is a smart choice. Playing the stock market is not recommended for students with little cash to play around with. Buying government bonds, however, is an excellent way for students to make money. Students can buy bonds with their excess cash and wait for their funds to
grow over time. Students should examine their day-today lives and adapt in order to become more cost efficient. For example, frequently eating out can be a huge drain on the bank account. Students should take advantage of on-campus dining if they have a meal plan, and cook meals at home if they do not. Eating homecooked meals is significantly cheaper than going out, and students should utilize the meal plans they paid for. Other money-draining habits include smoking or drinking. By cutting down on the amount one smokes or goes out, students could save enough to get through the month and make rent. In no way does this mean students need to quit their indulgences completely, but simply reducing the frequency could make a major difference.
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A special screening of the film “Shepard & Dark” will be held today at 7 p.m. on the seventh floor of Alkek Library. The film is being screened in conjunction with the library’s collection of writer Sam Shepard’s work and notes, many of which describe his close, personal friendship with Johnny Dark. Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark met in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and, despite leading very different lives, have remained close friends ever since. Sam Shepard became a prolific and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (“Buried Child”) and actor who has appeared in more than 60 films, including “Mud” with Matthew McConaughey and “The Right Stuff,” which won him an Oscar nomination for his role as Chuck Yeager. Johnny Dark is a self-described homebody who has always supported himself with odd jobs, works in a supermarket, spends time with his dogs, and has now settled into what he calls a solitary life. Through the decades, Johnny and Sam stayed bonded by family ties.
18 months and captures a complex male friendship rarely depicted on screen. Coproduced by Joanne Woodward, the film “Shepard & Dark”— which screened at the Cannes International Film Festival this year and counts among its wins the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival awards for both Best Feature Documentary and Best Editing—continues to gather accolades as it appears across Canada and the United States. Admission to this special Wittliff screening of the film is free. A dialogue with director Treva Wurmfeld will immediately follow the screening. -Courtesy of Alkek Library’s Wittliff Collections
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Dark married an older woman named Scarlett, and Shepard married her daughter, actress O-lan Jones. For years the two couples lived together until Shepard broke away for a relationship with Jessica Lange in 1983, leaving Johnny to help raise his first son with Jones. Nevertheless, he and Dark continued writing to each other, amassing hundreds of letters. Director Treva Wurmfeld began filming the two friends in 2010 during a period of transition and reflection for Shepard. At the time, he had quietly ended his relationship with Lange and agreed to publish his correspondence with Dark in a book called “Two Prospectors,” part of the Wittliff Collections’ literary series. The task required them to meet and sift through years of their shared history, stirring up memories both good and bad. Wurmfeld’s documentary follows the two men over a period of
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Get to Know Maddie Nichols
By Kirk Jones
Sports Reporter @kirk_jones11
KJ: What is your favorite candy? MN: Snickers. KJ: What type of music you listen to? MN: I like to listen to country music. KJ: Who is your favorite singer? MN: The king of country, George Strait. KJ: What is your favorite movie? MN: I like the Harry Potter series. KJ: Who is your favorite actor? MN: My favorite actor is Ryan Gosling. KJ: What soccer team do you like to watch? MN: I like Barcelona. They are fun to watch.
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KJ: Who is your favorite soccer player? MN: Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué.
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Texas State to face Monroe in SBC home opener By Samuel Rubbelke Sports Reporter @SamuelRubbelke
The Texas State offense hopes to control time of possession and keep the defense rested as it prepares for an inexperienced quarterback Saturday night when the Bobcats host Louisiana-Monroe. Freshman quarterback Tyler Jones will make his second collegiate start at home. In his first two starts, Jones, completed 24 of 33 attempts for 262 yards. The freshman quarterback accounted for 114 yards on the ground, third most on the team during that span. “We’re facing a quarterback who is a very athletic young man,” said Louisiana-Monroe Coach Todd Berry. “He’s got a very live ball, in the sense that he can throw the football, but you can tell he enjoys running with it. He enjoys pulling the ball off the read and taking off, we need to play very discipline from a defensive perspective.” With the help from a collection of proven running backs, Texas State leads the Sun Belt Conference and is currently sixth in the nation for time of possession at 33:51. The Bobcats have rushed for 12 touchdowns, 798 yards, with a 4.0 average yard per rush and 40 first downs. “Back to work now. We have to get ready for Monroe,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “It doesn't get any easier for us. We now play the second preseason favorite of the
year. They've got a good solid defense. They're aggressive, kind of a blitz team. A lot of man coverage to a degree.” The Bobcats will look to utilize their two tight ends against the Warhawks’ blitz packages and man coverage. Junior tight ends Bradley Miller and David Lewis have contributed to setting the edge, creating holes for the backs. Combined, the tandem has caught 12 passes for 191 yards. Miller has nine of the catches for 147 yards, which leads the Bobcats. “We just need to execute better,” said sophomore wide receiver Brandon Smith. “We shot ourselves in the foot last game. We let Texas State beat Texas State more then Louisiana. We need to get the ball in space, allow the receivers and the tight ends to play our game. Showcase our athleticism to the world.” The emergence of Texas State’s nationally ranked defense, particularly in the run defense, can be attributed to the linebackers. Junior linebacker David Mayo enters the three-game homestretch leading the Bobcats with 42 tackles. Mayo had a career high of 13 tackles against Louisiana-Lafayette. “I think his biggest improvement is experience,” Franchione said. “I think the more confidence a player has, the faster and better he plays. David has some good instincts, but you could see last year the wheels were grinding a little bit. This year it's reaction and go.”
Austin Humphreys | Star File Photo Texas State football will take on Louisiana-Monroe Saturday at Bobcat Stadium. The Bobcats have a 3–2 record this season.
Junior linebacker Mike Orakpo leads the conference and is ranked 37th nationally with 6.5 tackles for a loss of 23 yards and 3.5 sacks for 17 yards. Orakpo is fourth in the nation in forced fumbles with .60 per game. He is the team leader in tackles for loss. Senior linebacker Damion McMiller is tied for second amongst tackle leaders with 31. “I think Texas State is playing
very good on defense,” Berry said. “They obviously didn’t play as well this past week, some of that can be attributed to how well they played against Wyoming. I’m sure after the Wyoming game, they were feeling really good about where they were at, and they didn’t play as
well against Lafayette as they would have liked to.” The Bobcats are averaging 2.0 sacks per game, totaling 10 thus far. Texas State registered 12 sacks all of last year.
Bobcats defeated by Mavericks, move on to face Arkansas State, Arkanas–Little Rock By Bert Santibanez
Assistant Sports Editor @BertSantibanez
The volleyball team will return to Strahan Coliseum this weekend to face Arkansas State and ArkansasLittle Rock after a five set defeat against UT-Arlington Wednesday, dropping to 13-7 on the season. Junior setter Caylin Mahoney registered 58 assists in Wednesday’s game, compared to 49 team assists by the Mavericks. Freshman outsider hitter Shelby Vas Matt recorded a double-double in the contest, with 16 kills and 13 assists. Senior middle-blocker Molly Ahrens contributed 12 kills in the game, a season-high. Junior outsider hitter Alexandra Simms recorded 13 kills in the contest, contributing 15 points. Simms ended the game with a .276 hitting percentage, a team-best. On the Mavericks’ side of the net, senior outside hitter Shelby Dickson recorded a team-high 13 kills and 18
digs in the game. Dickson has 188 kills on the year, averaging 2.76 per set. “We made an adjustment on how they were blocking,” Dickson said. “It gave us an opportunity to get good touches. We have depth to where we can trust everyone on the court.” Texas State begins its sixth conference game of the year facing Arkansas State Friday. The Red Wolves are 7-12 on the season, placing fifth in Sun Belt Conference standings. Arkansas State has a road record of 1-5 on the year, last in conference competition. The Red Wolves are coming off a loss against Louisiana-Lafayette, a team the Bobcats defeated in three sets earlier this season. Arkansas State is second to last in digs, averaging 13.10 per set. Senior defensive specialist Megan Baska leads the team in digs, totaling 328 on the season, with an average 4.49 per set. Baska places second in the category within conference standings. The Bobcats will finish their week-
end playing Arkansas-Little Rock, a team that is currently on an 11-game winning streak. UALR is undefeated in conference competition, coming off a five-set victory against Troy. The Trojans are ranked second in conference standings behind Western Kentucky. Junior outsider hitter Edina Begic ranks second in the nation in kills, averaging 5.50 per set. Begic has amassed 374 kills on the season, 151 more than senior right-side hitter and team-kill leader Amari Deardorff who has 223. Begic recorded 22 kills in the team’s previous game against Troy. Junior setter Marleen De Zoete accounted for 50 assists against Troy. Zoete ranks first in SBC standings in the statistical category, averaging 11.34 per set. Zoete has accumulated 771 assists on the year. Sophomore outsider hitter Sonja Milanovic places second on the team in kills, averaging 3.81 per set with a total of 259 on the season.
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