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Lorde performs Oct. 12 on the RetailMeNot stage at Austin City Limits.

old meets new at acl 2014 By Amanda Ross TRENDS EDITOR housands of festival-goers made their annual pilgrimage Friday from woefully overpriced parking garages downtown to Zilker Park’s grassy 48 acres, their Urban Outfitters-clad bodies signifying the kickoff of ACL’s second (and even bigger) weekend. Like 2013’s Weekend Two, rainstorms stopped the party temporarily, though, fortunately for festivalgoers, only until noon Saturday. Despite colder temperatures and mud puddles abound, patrons showed up in droves, excited for one of the biggest weekends in the festival’s 13-year history. Eminem, OutKast, Pearl Jam and Beck headlined this year’s festival, all of which played old classics and new favorites for the generations of fans attending the event. It seemed as though the unofficial theme of this year’s festival was oldmeets-new, with teenagers recycling fashions first popular as acts like Pearl Jam were just getting started. Twentysomethings in the OutKast crowd remarked that they danced to “Hey Ya!” at their middle school parties while the 30-somethings could say the same about “Hootie Hoo” 10 years earlier. Everything old is new again, and, as far as Austin City Limits goes, it just makes for that much bigger of a crowd.


FASHION Rapidly changing weather presented MADELYNNE SCALES PHOTO EDITOR

Mac DeMarco, St. Vincent and Icona Pop perform at Austin City Limits in Zilker Park.

something of a fashion challenge for festival-goers, though many combatted it by going “grunge lite” with plaid flannels open over tank tops and pairing combat boots with sky-high cutoffs. The festival’s fashion took a sharp turn away from the hippy-dippy flowery theme of

the past, seguing into a darker, more rocker mood usually reserved for November’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. Hair, usually down and styled, was twisted into more braid styles than Pinterest even has names for, and makeup was minimal. Altogether, things seemed more stripped down and natural, something that was reflected in the devil-maycare attitude of the hordes of people dancing the mud to Calvin Harris.

FOOD Austin is rapidly developing a reputa-

tion as a foodie town, and the seemingly never-ending row of eateries along the far end of the festival grounds only affirmed the sentiment. Forever favorites like Chil’antro were lined up next to artisanal dishes by this weekend’s chefs-in-residence, David Bull, Andrew Wiseheart and Alexis Chong. In partnership with the Texas Wine and Food festival, one specialty chef was on the premises each day of the festival, serving up signature dishes like vermicelli chicken salad and grilled portabella bahn mi. It’s a far cry from hot dogs and funnel cakes typically found at outdoor events, elevating the festival experience in a perfectly Austin way. This year also featured the debut of ACL Cashless, a feature that allows guests to link their credit cards and wristbands. With one swipe, guests can pay for their meal and leave a tip, ensuring hands are kept free to carry all that food.

MADELYNNE SCALES PHOTO EDITOR Childish Gambino performs Oct. 11 at Austin City Limits.

CULTURE As every bumper sticker in the 512

area has declared, Austin is weird. And Austin City Limits, a defining event in a city full of events, is nothing if not weird. Creating silly, clever or just inscrutable banners and t-shirts has turned sign-scouting into a spectator sport, with the best ones often spotted on news slideshows and Twitter feeds by the next day. The weekend ended just as strangely as it began when an unnamed woman scaled the neon orange Capitol building replica at the festival’s entrance, dancing suggestively and blowing kisses to hordes of fascinated onlookers. While groups of police officers held back a clearly adoring crowd, the woman smoked a cigarette and, eventually, tried to escape. She was caught, handcuffed and taken away, but not before the crowd could began a “let her free!” chant that she clearly loved.

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City uses goats to control overgrown brush in green spaces By Alexa Tavarez NEWS REPORTER In an effort to prevent brush fires, the City of San Marcos Parks Park and Recreation Department is considering using goats to control overgrown brush in green spaces. Bert Stratemann, city parks operation manager, has led the project and ran a pilot of the program Sept. 22 at Glover’s Island near Ramon Lucio Park. Stratemann said he partnered with James Dalros, owner of Happy Herd Landscaping, in addition to 20 goats that grazed the area in a weeklong experiment. “We found that (our pilot) worked very well,” Stratemann said. “Now we’re trying to put together a proposal where we’ll be asking vendors to give us a quote on doing this type

of work for us.” The parks and recreation trial program is part of a larger project to reduce fuel levels in the city’s green spaces, Stratemann said. Other alternatives were considered, however using goats is a cost-efficient method. Currently, the Parks and Recreation Department does not have a method of preventing brush fires, Stratemann said. “We’re trying to have less of an environmental impact and still help lessen the potential for a big fire,” Stratemann said. “This isn’t a new (method). The City of Austin and Victoria have used some contractors like this.” Others agree this method is one of the “least invasive” options when controlling brush as an opposed to contracting workers with lawnmowers and chainsaws, Stratemann said.

The Parks and Recreation Department has an obligation with the purchase of properties such as Spring Lake and Purgatory Creek to maintain meadow areas without damaging natural habitats, Stratemann said. “We’re also trying to pave accessible routes so if a fire were to occur, firemen can get through without bulldozing,” Stratemann said. “We have identified targeted areas, mainly at where there’s housing development along the Purgatory Creek area.” The goats have a “dramatic effect” in areas where there is solid brush five feet from the ground, Stratemann said. They create a clear line of vision under five feet. “If we’ve removed that material in between one and five feet from the ground, then we don’t have to worry so much about those flames

getting higher up into the canopy,” Stratemann said. Forest services are requesting an area of 300 feet wide for access in case of a forest fire, but that is not feasible, Stratemann said. Parks and recreation is trying to compromise with a reduction zone approximately 100 feet wide. “Goats are natural brush and bush eaters,” Dalros said. “In areas where people can’t get to without the extra cost of a machine, goats eat their way through it.” The goats will pick through and eat all the leafy plants first before they eat the grass, Stratemann said. The process is beneficial because it allows the grasses to hold the soil better and take root. “I know goats eat poison ivy and we have a very serious poison ivy problem in our parks along the river,”

said Dianne Wassenich, executive director of the San Marcos River Foundation. Wassenich expressed concern that the goats would eat many of the natural vegetation being planted by the River Foundation along the bank of the river. However, Stratemann said Wassenich’s concerns may be partially unsupported. “The concern Mrs. Wassenich has is unfounded because we aren’t killing the plants–the plants will come back,” Stratemann said. “Where her concern is valid is if those goats were out for long periods of time unmonitored.” The plants and root system would still be there, Stratemann said. “This isn’t a permanent fix,” Stratemann said. “Our goal is not to kill off these plants but to reduce.”



Texas State student dies after illegal drug use at ACL By Carlie Porterfield SENIOR NEWS REPORTER A service was held Saturday for a Texas State student who died Wednesday after taking ecstasy with friends at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Jessica Hunter, a junior, was hospitalized Oct. 5 after her friends said she was sweating profusely. She had a gray complexion and was flailing her limbs, police said in a statement Friday. Her friends sought help from a police officer, and Hunter was quickly hospitalized. However, her condition worsened and she died Wednesday. An official cause of death has yet to be determined by the medical examiner, according to the Austin

American-Statesman. Hunter’s friends, who also took the drug, told police they all experienced negative side effects. One other friend was hospitalized. A memorial service was held Saturday at Northwood Church in Keller, Texas. Hunter was from North Richland Hills, a suburb of Forth Worth. According to an online obituary, Hunter was chapter sweetheart for Tau Kappa Epsilon, a fraternity at the University of Texas. She was also a member of the Bobcat Ice Babes, an organization that supports and markets the Texas State hockey team. Hunter’s parents told the Austin AmericanStatesman they hope her death will serve as a message of the dangers of illegal drug use.

Department of Criminal Justice awarded $389,690 grant By Frank Campos Jr. NEWS REPORTER The Department of Criminal Justice at Texas State received a $389,690 grant Sept. 15 from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to study the causes of wrongful convictions and criminal investigative failure. The grant will start Jan. 1 2015. Kim Rossmo, university endowed chair in criminology, and Christine Sellers, director of the School of Criminal Justice, are in charge of research, and they plan to make the most out of the funding the school has received, Rossmo said. Rossmo submitted the proposal for the grant and is now the principle investigator. As a 20-year veteran of the police force, Rossmo saw many signs of possible criminal investigative failures and hopes he can help make a difference with the grant. Wrongfully convicting someone is a major flaw in the justice system and can be prevented by ensuring those who investigate the crime do it properly by ultimately arresting and convicting the right person, he said. “It is fundamental to our concept of justice to arrest the right person,“ Rossmo said. “We must seek the truth, and figure out how and why these investigations have gone so wrong.” Texas led the charge in convictions over

turned last year by a large margin, which is a topic that continues to be a focus for Rossmo, he said. “We should realize this is happening very close to our school,” Rossmo said. “Michael Morton lived in Round Rock and was wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife in 1987. He spent nearly 25 years in prison before his conviction was overturned, this is such a tragedy and it is happening all over the United States.” The research for the grant is expected to begin in Jan. 2015. Kara McCarthy, public relations representative of NIJ, said a criminal investigative failure is more than just a cop who is bad at his job. It is an institutional failure at all levels and must be prevented, she said. “A criminal investigative failure is a significant negative outcome that may signal an underlying structural problem,” McCarthy said. “It usually happens not just by one big mistake but by many failures within the department.” Many different factors can lead to a wrongful conviction, but the most common include mistaken witness identification, perjury or official misconduct, according to National Registry of Exonerations website. Grants like the one awarded to the university are given in hopes of discovering not only what the causes of wrongful convic-

tions are but also ways to prevent them from happening all together, McCarthy said. Organizations like the Innocence Project and the Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC) have used methods like DNA testing and retracing evidence of a case to help innocent people get out of prison. Shannon Cunningham, doctoral teaching assistant for the School of Criminal Justice, said she hopes the research she will be doing with Rossmo in January will help innocent people get their sentences overturned. “One of the biggest failures in our society is a wrongful conviction,” Cunningham said. “I hope the work we do leads to our school being a leader in research of criminal justice and more importantly leads to the reduction of wrongful convictions.”

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Tobacco sales remain constant Texas State athletics after city prohibits public smoking travel costs increase as program grows By Karen Munoz NEWS REPORTER

Despite the city- and campus-wide smoking ban, Marvelous Smoke and High Life Glass Works, the smoke shops closest to campus, haven’t seen a difference in tobacco sales since either policy was instated. Texas State has been a tobacco-free campus since fall 2011. As of Jan. 1 this year, San Marcos denounced public smoking. Smoking on cityowned property is now a Class C Misdemeanor. Ray Rabie, manager at Marvelous Smoke, said though tobacco purchases haven’t decreased, he has noticed an increase in the sale of e-cigarettes, which aren’t allowed by either policy. “(We) have seen an increase in the sale of e-cigs,” Rabie said. “Those are illegal in public places too now, but the demand has increased.” High Life Glass Works has also experienced a rise in the number of people who come in to buy e-cigarettes. “It’s one of those things,” Rabie said. “More and more people are going to be doing it. Year after year more

people are doing it” E-cigarettes don’t create smoke, which makes them harder to track down or report. “I’ve heard more people complimenting the smell than people complaining about it,” a Marvelous Smoke employee said. The university’s decision to become tobacco-free was based on scientific evidence regarding the health risks associated with smoking, according to President Denise Trauth’s statement released April 2011. Violators of the city’s ordinance are subject to a fine not to exceed $200 for the first offense, $500 for the second and $2,000 for further infractions. Students in violation of the university’s policy are given a warning upon the first offense, UPD officer Sue Taylor said. “Initially we just gave warnings, and as people realized we were serious about it, they started finding places to hide,” Taylor said. “They smoke in places we don’t normally walk by. What they don’t realize is that other people can see them, and those people are calling us saying, ‘We’ve got people smoking back here.’”

ALEXANDRA WHITE STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Students take a smoke break Oct. 2 off campus. As of Jan. 1, smoking in public on city property is considered a misdemeanor.

Staff pose less of a problem than students, Taylor said. “When you’re on a smoke-free campus, smelling one cigarette is obvious,” Taylor said. Officers give the offender a warning, take down information and turn it over to the dean of students. The offender is called in to meet with Kathryn Weiser, assistant dean of students, if further complaints occur. “We send out an email reminding (violators) that we have a tobacco policy,” Weiser said. “As it is kind of a new policy, we’re starting off with a little more education.” Once a student has two violation reports, Weiser sends an email requesting that he or she come in for a meeting. “I sit down with the student, and we talk about the tobacco policy and why we have it, what some resources we have are if they want to quit smoking, and we talk about further consequences,” Weiser said. After three or more violations, the student has to go through the university disciplinary process. Gerardo Galeana, graduate research assistant, came to Texas State fall 2013 as a smoker and had a few issues adjusting to a tobacco-free campus. “It did bother me (initially), seeing as I was staff, that I couldn’t just smoke,” Galeana said. “But what kind of example would I be setting if I broke the rules?” Galeana used to smoke off-campus where the policy didn’t apply, but since the city ordinance was passed he can only do so at home. The university can serve as a catalyst for a smoker to quit, Taylor said. Students and staff can’t smoke as often as they’d like, which might help them quit. “I have noticed that it has cut down on how much I smoke, though I still do,” Galeana said.

Initially we just gave warnings, and as people realized we were serious about it, they started finding places to hide. They smoke in places we don’t normally walk by. What they don’t realize is that other people can see them, and those people are calling us saying, ‘We’ve got people smoking back here.’”

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By Elizabeth Barrera NEWS REPORTER As the Texas State football team continues to gain recognition, the cost of travel climbs as well. Bill Nance, vice president for Finance and Support Services, said since joining the Sun Belt Conference last year, costs for charter buses and planes have increased due to competitive bidding for prices of travel resources. “(The funding) would come from the athletic department, which receives money from the athletic fee in student tuition,” Nance said. “Athletics gets ticket revenue and contributions and all kinds of different revenues. All the funding gets dumped into one budget, but the fee that you pay for in tuition partly goes to the football team.” The athletic fee each student pays in tuition is $300 for 15 course hours. This equals roughly 6.3 percent of tuition or $20 per semester credit hour, according to fall 2014 tuition and fee data. Travel funding for the football team is not running low, said Anthony Crespino, director of football operations. When the team has extra seats on charter planes, President Denise Trauth travels with the Bobcats to away games. This year, Trauth has been to two away games with the team, Crespino said. “There’s six away games this year, and I have to say, the most expensive aspect of traveling is flying on the plane,” Crespino said. About 150 people, including trainers and equipment managers, travel with the team of 70 players, he said. “When there is an extra seat, it’s open to President Trauth, but she doesn’t go every trip,” Crespino said. Although flying that many people can prove to be a very expensive part of traveling, Trauth does not use funding from the athletic

department when she flies with the team, said Rick Poulter, sports information director. The team charter bus usually has empty seats, and Trauth pays for her own hotel room, so this expenditure does not come out of the athletic budget, Poulter said. The university is gaining national exposure on television as it becomes a more competitive, well-known school, Poulter said. Over the last three weeks, Texas State football games were broadcast on ESPN2 for the first time since the 2005 semifinals. “With all this traveling we have been doing, we’re still on that TV,” Poulter said. “We will also be playing on ESPNU, so we’re going to be on a national network TV station this year.” Poulter said he thinks the travel and costs are worthwhile because they bring Texas State attention and help the university become established. He said traveling and playing universities further away from home is helping the team become more competitive and increase performance expectations. University officials gave no exact numbers for the cost of planes, buses and hotels. Before each football season, competitive bidding for the best prices of travel packages takes place so the athletic department uses the least possible amount of the budget, Nance said. The charter planes are the greatest expenditure, he said. “It may seem as if 6.3 percent of our tuition is not a big portion, but it surely generates enough to have nice, updated athletic facilities and venues,” Nance said. The Texas State football team is doing well this year with travel expenses, tailgates and competitive bidding negotiations, Crespino said. The most hectic part of traveling is getting a large group of people together, Crespino said. The funding helps the football team function efficiently.


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Students must be wary of cultural appropriation


his Halloween, students should be cautious not to don any racially or culturally insensitive costumes during the weekend festivities. The word Halloween brings to mind images of candy, haunted houses and most importantly, costumes. Some people go all out for Halloween and work on their costumes months in advance, while many others wait until the last minute to throw something

together. Regardless of the preparation time that goes into making a costume, there is no excuse for wearing something racially or culturally insensitive. Today’s society is more socially aware than ever before. Long gone are the days when someone could post something problematic online without having to answer for it. The editorial board can admit that social justice bloggers

and the like can be too sensitive at times, but Halloween costumes are not one of those instances. Halloween is supposed to be a fun and harmless occasion. There is nothing fun or harmless about borrowing the culture of a people in order to dress up for a night. Wearing costumes like geishas, sugar skulls and Hindu bindis is offensive cultural appropriation. When called on the carpet for

this problematic behavior, some offenders simply shrug and say they are showing respect for the culture they’re dressed up as. This is a slap in the face to the people represented by that costume. Some college student wearing a “sexy Indian” costume complete with feathers and felt spears makes a mockery of everything that Native Americans in this country have been through. Another outrageously offensive aspect of Halloween costumes that many still perpetrate is blackface. The history of blackface has origins as far back as the 1830s. Blackface was used in minstrel shows to portray racist stereotypes of black people for entertainment. Blackface stemmed from the deep seated belief that

blacks were inferior in every way and was used as a tool to further tear down blacks in America. Those who believe there is no harm in donning a caricature of some other culture need to reexamine that culture and its history. Applying the argument that you’re not a cat when you dress up as one for Halloween to wearing a sari is a fallacy. Dressing up as a cat does not mock the plight of cats and their suffering in this country. If it did, it would fall under the same rules as blackface and “sexy gypsy” costumes. We currently live in a world where Halloween costumes can be anything from a “sexy pizza” to writing “book” on your face. People are held responsible for everything they do thanks to the visibility of social media platforms. There is no excuse for being racially or culturally obtuse when the vast knowledge of the Internet is readily available to most. This year, when planning out costumes, Halloween participants should simply ask themselves if there is anything anyone could possibly be offended by. If the answer is yes, take it off.

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Men’s rights movement makes some valid points

Brandon Sams ASSISTANT OPINIONS EDITOR Public relations sophomore


any people laugh in the face of the idea of “men’s rights,” and those that advocate for it are known as men’s rights activists or MRAs. In most feminist circles, these are the bane of their existence. However, aside from the sexism many preach, legitimate

concerns are actually wrapped up in the movement. I am a self-identified feminist, and a very outspoken one at that. I wholeheartedly believe in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes. I preach this and I fight for this. Yet, throughout my literal hundreds of, not always civil, debates and arguments with MRAs I have found that some actually have reasonable opinions. One of the most convincing concerns, at least in my opinion, is men opting to be parents. Women have all the power, given the way biology works. Women can choose to be parents in every sense of the word. However, men do not have this choice. If a woman chooses not to become a parent and have an abortion, the man is out of luck.

If a woman chooses to become a parent and have a baby, then, again, the man is out of luck. Unfortunately, men have little to no say in when and if they become parents, unlike women. Granted, men do have the option to not be there physically for their children, but a man’s financial responsibility for a child is at the mercy of the woman’s expectations. How exactly can something like this be changed is an obvious question that I have personally wondered. I do not know. Though, I have heard many MRAs say there should be some kind of binding contract that opts a man in or out of parenthood upon finding out a woman is pregnant. If a man does not want to be a parent, he should have options, just like women do.

A man does not have a say in the autonomy of the woman’s body and what she decides to do with it. No one has sovereignty over anyone else’s body. However, the man should have some kind of control over his finances and where he chooses to spread them. Concerns of parenthood are just the tip of the iceberg. MRAs rally against inequalities present in other institutions such as the sexist military conscription service. The fact that men are the only ones that are all but forced to sign up to be drafted is the definition of inequality. Combine these issues with others such as the illegality of female circumcision juxtaposed with the sanctioning of male circumcision, and prison sentencing disparities for equal crimes, and there exist



‘Feminism’ unrightfully given bad reputation, negative connotation

Hannah Foster OPINIONS COLUMNIST Journalism junior


an-hater, extremist and sexist are all terms inaccurately associated with the word feminist. Often, when a woman describes herself as a feminist to her peers she is met with scorn and disgust. Men mock her and call her names, while many women look at her like she is crazy. Often times in both scenarios she will receive questions about why she hates men or what man hurt her to make her this way. Feminism is not about bra burning and man hating, like many people seem think it is. As a matter of fact, the whole bra-burning thing never actually happened and is actually just a widely accepted myth. Somehow, misandry, too, became part of the feminist stereotype. Misandry is the hatred of men. Feminism, on the other hand, is the ideology that all genders should be treated equally politically, economically, socially and culturally. Nowhere in the definition of feminism does it say, “aiming for equality while hating men.” Yet much of society is under the impression that misandry and feminism, two very different ideologies, share the same meaning. I have always been curious about where

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this misunderstanding came from. My best guess is that it stemmed from all the women who mislabel themselves by calling themselves feminists when, in reality, they are misandrists. I have personally witnessed this. It is impossible to be a feminist if one hates men, particularly since feminism also includes men’s liberation and other social issues that surround men and transgendered people. Initially, feminism primarily focused on women, but it has grown to include so much more than that. Feminism is not the extreme and radical movement that it is perceived to be. Yes, there is often activism involved. Yes, people are striving for change. And yes, people, not just women, are angry. All of these are perfectly reasonable. Yet, women still feel uncomfortable calling themselves feminists. Women are ashamed to stand up for their own human rights, as well as the rights of others, simply because of the stigma associated with the term. It is 2014, and it is just now becoming relatively common for women to be unafraid to call themselves feminists. Beyoncé, Emma Watson, Patrick Stewart and Mark Ruffalo are just a few of the celebrities that have recently spoken up for gender equality. Feminism is slowly losing its negative connotation and will hopefully lose its shared reputation with misandry in the near future. My best advice for eliminating this misunderstanding is to take that label and own it. Own the term “feminism” until a person can use it without receiving mockery, threats or looks of contempt. Own the term “feminism” until everyone knows that it is synonymous with the term “equality.” Own the term “feminism” until it becomes the phrase “common sense.” Own it until female students no longer feel the need to carry pepper spray on their keychains.

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very real and inequitable concerns. Unfortunately, despite the apparent activist moniker, the MRA movement is in fact considered by the Southern Poverty Law Center to be an identified hate group. Instead of actually advocating for change, a lot of the more popular MRA networks parrot ridiculous, misogynistic claims against women and feminists, effectively shooting themselves in the foot. Even with that, as the saying goes, a broken clock is right twice a day. I appeal to logic and reason and even though we may have very clear ideological differences, I have to give credence where it is due. Some concerns of men’s rights activist are in fact sound and dare I say, should be seriously considered.

Nudity, public breastfeeding basic rights of women

Trevor Neely OPINIONS COLUMNIST Journalism junior

America, the land of the free and the home of the brave. At least, that’s what it’s supposed to be. These two phrases have many questioning their validity today. Sometimes people wonder how far “free” really goes. The past 100 years have seen major improvements in women’s rights, and there has been a significant rise on the amount of freedom they have. In six years it will be the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote. Women now have a better chance of getting high paying jobs. Many are even paid more than some men. Women can purchase whatever they want and protest whenever they want. With all of these improvements, one may question what’s

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missing. These improvements are great for an evolving society, but the problem of sexual objectification still exists. Women have it rough in a culture that portrays them as objects rather than human beings. We live in a world where a woman cannot walk around topless, but a man can be nearly nude. The system has placed people in a brainwashed state of mind. Most people see women’s nipples as sexual objects, when, in reality, they are just the same as men. Sure, women’s have nurturing capabilities, but that does not change the hypocrisy of nipple censorship. A strong feminist movement is taking place today in our generation. There are women and men all over America taking a stand against these sexist views of women. Their fight is not just on a moral level, but also on a judicial level. As noted by a June 10 Huffington Post article, only 45 states are mildly protecting mothers who need to breastfeed their children. The city and local laws still cause these mothers to hide out in bathroom stalls like fugitives to give their child nourishment.

Grasping this concept is almost impossible. A mother cannot feed her child in public, but the advertising campaign of a store can have as much cleavage as a “not safe for work” (NSFW) film. This society has gotten its values completely mixed up. Women are not objects to be sold in this capitalist market. They should not be caged like animals and fear the act of self-expression. The feminists see these facts and have a strong argument to back up their fight for equality. They have a strong backing system from many young adults. There are many feminists at Texas State who see oppression in their everyday lives. They have seen their mothers treated like objects by their fathers, and some have even been the victim of inequality in their past relationships. This way of thinking by our people has got to stop. These are not the religious, misogynistic days of the past. This is the 21st century where a woman should fully get the same rights of selfexpression like a man and not have to worry about being arrested. America, I think it is time to for a little change. Free the nipple.

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Team to face conference champion in first Tuesday night game By Quixem Ramirez SPORTS EDITOR @QUIXEM

The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns exposed the Texas State football team in their meeting last year. The final score, 48-24, was indicative of two teams that didn’t belong in the same tier. “We didn’t know what we were getting into, and we got a rude awakening to how tough the conference is,” Coach Dennis Franchione said. “We didn’t physically hold up at all. Our guys will have to watch the film of last year’s game against Lafayette and they will be very embarrassed.” A year removed from the loss, Franchione’s team is averaging 171.3 more yards per game than last season, the biggest improvement in Division I. “We’ve come a long way,” Franchione said. “The numbers reinforce that. I know we are a bet-

ter football team. Whether we’ve moved into the front seat with them remains to be seen. We are anxious to prove we are better.” Through five games, Texas State is outscoring opponents by 10.4 points per game. LouisianaLafayette, returning 19 starters this season, has been outscored by 10.4 points per game. “This team is a little different,” Franchione said. “This team has handled everything really well. I was a little worried after the PineBluff game that we’d get a little out of kilter. But they’ve kept perspective and continued to prepare and work hard. The margin for winning is pretty fine.” The difference between last year’s team is the freedom Tyler Jones, sophomore quarterback, has to orchestrate the offense. Jones, in his second collegiate game, threw for 66 yards on 15 attempts in the loss to LouisianaLafayette. Jones, seasoned by his freshman year and the ensuing offsea-

son, is more capable of attacking the defense. Prior to Jones’ game against Idaho, he was averaging 268.3 yards and 3.5 total touchdowns per game. “He’ll bounce back,” Franchione said. “Tyler has shown us what he can do. I’m not worried about that. Everything that happened offensively, you have to take with a grain of salt. I think the first four games are more of an indication of Tyler. He’s proven himself. He’ll play better.” Jones’ counterpart, senior Terrance Broadway, is mired in a five-game funk. Broadway, last year’s conference leader in quarterback rating, is averaging fewer yards per attempt along with an uptick in turnovers. Secondary Coach Jason Washington isn’t taking Broadway lightly, even though his metrics suggest he’s regressed. “You always hate going up against those dual threats,” Washington said. “He can throw

the ball and also run the ball. You have to make sure that you know where he’s at all times. He’s tough to handle. He does a good job managing the offense. He’s a good ballplayer.” Broadway’s safety valve, senior wide receiver Jamal Robinson, returned to the lineup against Georgia State after missing two games with a knee injury. Robinson accounted for 119 of Broadway’s 216 passing yards in the 34-31 win over the Panthers. The key to stop Robinson, Washington says, is physicality at the line of scrimmage. The team has to mix up coverages, occasionally utilizing double-teams to keep the Louisiana-Lafayette offense off balance. “He’s a big play guy,” Franchione said. “He’s 6-foot-4. He’s got great speed. He makes you think about double-teaming him. If you don’t double him, he’s a force to be reckoned out there. It’s a challenge to defend their entire offense across the board.”

The Ragin’ Cajuns offense is hamstrung by a glaring negative in turnover differential. Louisiana-Lafayette has committed 10 turnovers and created one turnover. “It matters who starts fast and finishes fast,” Washington said. “They have a very good ball club. They are coached well and they believe in what they do. We have to come out and play our ball game. Across the board, they’re good. It’s going to be a four quarter fight.” The matchup will be televised on ESPN2. All eyes will be on Texas State and Franchione, who has never coached on Tuesday night in his 29-year coaching tenure. “It means a lot for this program,” Washington said. “It means a lot for Texas State University, the community, the student body. Hopefully, it opens up some eyes. Being on national television, you gotta love it.”



Bobcats split weekend games against South Alabama, Troy By Devin Tyler

SPORTS REPORTER @DEVINNOONECARES The Texas State soccer team improved to 9-4-1 overall after splitting its matchups with South Alabama and Troy. Texas State received its first loss in Sun Belt play against defending conference champion South Alabama. The Bobcats and Jaguars started the game pressuring each other. The high pressure and physical play in the first half set the tone for the remainder of the game. “Both teams were trying to high pressure each other so it was really hard to get good ball control,” Coach Kat Conner said. “They tried to take us out of our style by pressing as we did to them in the first half.” At the end of the first half, the stats reflected a clear difference in shot selection. The Jaguars attempted 11 shots with two on goal, as the Bobcats attempted five shots with three on goal. The Bobcats approach was more patient and strategic as they tried to create more precise and accurate looks. The teams were tied at zero after two halves, taking the Bobcats into their third overtime of the season. South Alabama’s aggressive play led to freshman forward Charde Hannah’s game-winning goal in the 98th minute. South Alabama attempted 24 shots, while the Bobcats attempted 10. “We have to have to make those timely adjustments,” Conner said. “Tonight we needed extra effort from the forward line. And for them to have a stronger defensive effort and everyone pressed. We need to work better as a unit.” Following the overtime loss, the Bobcats

bounced back with a 2-0 victory over Troy. “We are learning to realize that if teams are going to play us their way, we have the fire power to do that too,” Conner said. For the first 18 minutes of the game, Troy pressured Texas State by attacking and trying to force the Bobcats to play their style of game. The improvement in effort of the forward line and defensive team play started to take effect with 20 minutes remaining in the first half for the Bobcats. During the Bobcats attack Rachel Grout, freshman midfielder, scored the first goal of the game in the 31st minute assisted by Brooke Ramsey, freshman midfielder. “I saw a huge difference from our forward line this game,” Conner said. “Our forward primary gave good effort to press it. I saw extreme effort on the forward part especially from Rachel and Lynsey (Curry).” Lynsey Curry, junior forward, helped the Bobcats continue the momentum in the second half as she scored her fifth goal of the season. Curry scored in the 46th minute on an unassisted breakaway. “Coming off the bench in halftime, coach told us to keep up the work ethic,” Curry said. “Coach told us to keep attacking the ball and we need to be first to the ball so that’s what we did.” Caitlynn Rinehart, junior goalkeeper, played a pivotal part of the game once against with nine saves. “Caitylnn made some great saves but she did even more by controlling the box,” Conner said. “There were times she directed and gave good help in the corner and helped take away options that did not turn in to shots.” The Bobcats, 4-1 in the Sun Belt, have four conference games before the postseason tournament.


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