VOLUME 103, ISSUE 29
OCTOBER 29, 2013
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Texas State students held a pumpkin carving contest in order to raise money for children as part of the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign.
Complex managers answer delayed move-in questions By Scott Allen
Students who were affected by apartment move-in delays at the beginning of the semester were able to address concerns with complex staff members during the Associated Student Government’s meeting Monday. During the meeting, representatives from The Avenue at San Marcos and Vistas San Marcos spoke about issues that caused delayed move-in dates for students at the beginning of the semester. Becky Bates, manager for Vistas, has been overseeing plans for the apartment complex since 2008 and attributed move-in delays to the construction company assigned to the project. The construction company is separate from the management of the complex and is a third party vendor. Vistas is not owned and operated by the same company. Bates said she had “no control” over the construction delay and that management staff members are only in charge of leasing. “(The construction company) told me the residents could move into a complete residence starting Sept. 15,” Bates said. “Or, they could move in Aug. 25 but have to deal
with ongoing construction.” The move-in date for Vistas was originally set for Aug.15, but was pushed back to the 25th due to material and labor shortages, she said. Bates said students who paid rent money upfront are going to be reimbursed. “We are in the process of reimbursing those who had to pay for a half month of rent when they only lived in their apartment for less than a week,” Bates said. “We are going to offer hotel reimbursements for those who had to be put up in hotels during the time waiting to move in.” The issues at the Vistas complex are being solved in order of importance, she said. “The location is great,” Bates said. “Once everything is operating smoothly, then residents will see how great of an apartment complex Vistas is.” Another new apartment complex, The Avenue at San Marcos, experienced similar construction delays. Stephanie O’White, a representative from The Avenue, answered questions about delayed move-in dates for students at the complex. Unlike Vistas, The Avenue is not managed by a third party vendor. O’White said The
Chris Motz | Staff Photographer Sophomore tight end Ryan Carden makes his first career touchdown Oct. 27 against Southern Alabama at Bobcat Stadium. The Bobcats claimed victory with four seconds left in the fourth quarter 33–31.
Bobcats win Homecoming game with four seconds remaining Texas State defeated South Alabama 33–31 on Homecoming Saturday night with a 41-yard field goal by junior kicker Jason Dann. See FOOTBALL, Page 5
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Union Pacific cites two Bobcat Tram drivers By Rebecca Banks News Reporter
By Taylor Tompkins News Editor
Thom Prentice City council Place 2 candidate Thom Prentice, candidate for Place 2 on the San Marcos City Council, sat down with The University Star to discuss his former campaigns for a San Marcos government position and his plans for this year’s race. TT: What made you want to run for city council? TP: Well, I ran last year, and I’m running this year for council. I didn’t run against Mayor Guerrero last year and I’m not running against Jude Prather this year. I’m running to raise the issues that have not been raised, and one of those is democracy. Democracy is comatose in the United States and I’m
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sorry to find that it’s a comatose ‘verboten’ word, the word not mentioned in the 2012 elections at all by anybody, and that’s capitalism. We need to talk about capitalism. You know, this growth and development is capitalist. The tentacles of Wall Street slither all the way here in San Marcos and are actually pushing growth that is not good for the neighborhoods. It’s making San Marcos into a bedroom community like Kyle or Buda, and I ask, “Do we want to be that way?” TT: You’re running against an incumbent Jude Prather,
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Two Bobcat trams received citations Oct. 23 during a special weeklong operation in San Marcos intended to remind the community of traffic safety regulations at railroad crossings. Alfredo Rodriguez, senior special agent with Union Pacific, was the officer in charge of the railroad crossing safety operations conducted from Oct. 21 to 25. Rodriguez said two Texas State buses failed to come to a complete stop Oct. 23 at the railroad crossing. An individual from First Transit, who wished to remain anonymous, said the situation was an issue between the drivers and the San Marcos Police Department. He said he would not give an official comment on the matter. Nancy Nusbaum, interim director of Transportation Services, said the Bobcat Tram drivers work for First Transit and not for the university itself. “The citation is a class C misdemeanor,” Rodriguez said. “It will cost between $50 to $200 depending on what the judge rules.” Rodriguez said if an individual
Austin Humphreys | Photo Editor Kathy Gibson, officer with the San Marcos Police Department, and Alfredo Rodriguez, senior special agent with Union Pacific Railroad, identify vehicles to receive citations after unsafe behavior at railroad crossings.
has a previous history regarding citations, tickets cost more compared to a first-time offense. The safety operation consisted of motorized officers stationed on either side of the designated railroad crossing with officers located on a Union Pacific train monitoring pedestrians and unsafe motorists breaking regulations, Rodriguez
said. Rodriguez said officers are constantly monitoring safety at railroad crossings on a daily basis. However, when there seems to be an increase of violations in specific areas he will conduct “spot checks” such as this, focusing on those specific areas.
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Texas State, Taiwanese university sign initial exchange agreement By James Carneiro
Assistant News Editor
Representatives from the National Penghu University of Science and Technology in Taiwan signed an initial student exchange agreement with Texas State officials Monday. The agreement, signed by YingWei Wang, president of Penghu University, among others, will begin laying the foundation for
Bobcats to spend the summer at Penghu while Taiwanese students study at Texas State. According to Rosario Davis, a learning specialist with the Intensive English program., said the agreement states the two colleges will cooperate together. She said the Penghu students will most likely attend Texas State between July 1 and Sep. 26, 2014, primarily during the university’s summer break.
Jon Ahlberg, associate director for the International Office at Texas State, said the Taiwanese university is on a small island off the coast of the mainland, about four hours away by ferry ride. Ahlberg said the island would be a nice place for Bobcats to spend the summer. The Penghu University representatives said the students studying in Taiwan will enjoy the island’s nice beaches. Ahlberg said there are currently
400 international students attending the university, and Taiwan is ranked in the top 10 countries regarding the number of exchange students enrolled at Texas State. There are more foreign graduate students than foreign undergraduates, Ahlberg said. Davis said the focus of bringing Penghu students to Texas State is to improve their language and international business skills. Ahlberg said he is working to
make sure the program is in compliance with federal law. Texas State has a history of programming events to help foreign students learn more about state and American culture, Ahlberg said. He said department officials have organized trips to rodeos in San Antonio in the past and are planning other kinds of trips for the future. Ahlberg, Davis and the Penghu
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TRAINS, continued from front The Texas State bus drivers were two of more than 67 individuals who officers cited throughout the week of Oct. 21 to 25, according to Rodriguez. Most of the citations were given to drivers, but about 16 of the citations were given to pedestrians, he said. Rodriguez said legally, drivers have to stop at the solid white line in front of the railroad crossing when the red lights are flashing, even if the arms are not completely down yet. It is illegal for a driver to disregard the flashing lights and continue to drive across the railroad crossing. “What they tend do to when the lights are activated, they will speed up and try to get through the crossing before the arms come down,” Rodriguez said. “They forget that flashing red lights means stop. It doesn’t mean speed up.” Kathryn Gibson, SMPD officer, said one of the biggest concerns for the department is bus drivers who do not abide by the railroad crossing laws. Gibson said the possibility of tram railroad crossing violations is unfavorable because students on the buses have no control. Gibson said in addition to buses, pedestrians wearing headphones is another con-
cern, because oftentimes they are not able to hear the train or their surroundings. Rodriguez said he has witnessed several instances of pedestrians walking along the railroad or crossing areas unaware of the train horn. Steve Winston, engineer at Union Pacific, said he frequently witnesses more motorists crossing illegally than pedestrians while on the job. During the week of Oct. 21 through 25, Winston drove a train that weighed 416,000 pounds and traveled at a maximum of 15 miles per hour, Rodriguez said. Rodriguez said trains traveling down the railroad are often double their typical weight because of heavy cargo. He said the freight trains have a brake system that takes several minutes before the train comes to a complete stop. As a result, Rodriguez said train drivers are not able to stop immediately if a vehicle is on the train tracks. A 2012 report from the Federal Railroad Association states Texas and 15 other states contribute to 63 percent of the total amount of highway-rail crossing collisions that occurred last year. According to the report, a total of 1,967 incidents occurred in 2012, and Texas ranked number one with 227.
HOUSING, continued from front Avenue is operated and owned by the same company. She attributed delayed move-in dates to construction supplies arriving late and contractors not meeting deadlines. “The construction was slowed down because of the delay of supply,” O’White said. “We found out the same day that we sent out emails and had no way of knowing ahead of time.” The move-in date for The Avenue was originally set for Aug. 9, but was pushed back to the 28th because of the supply delay. O’White said the people living there will be reimbursed for the days they were not allowed to move into their apartments. Sean Beck, a resident at Vistas, said at the meeting he was not pleased about his apartment and has not yet seen any reimbursement. “After leaving a four-foot-bythree-foot hole in my ceiling for
two weeks and ruining $800 worth of MCAT books, they finally fixed the leak in my room,” Beck said. “Management is terrible and never in the office. (I) don’t see any type of compensation in my future, even though my room looked like it was under quarantine for two weeks.” Overall, more than 1,000 students were affected during movein because of both apartments’ construction delays, according to discussion during the meeting. The process is slow, but things are being resolved and structures are being fixed, Beck said. Megan Trexler, ASG Senate Pro Tempore, said it was important for students to be able talk to the apartment representatives. “It was a small way for ASG to show the student body that we hear them when they tell us their concerns,” Trexler said. “And we will make sure their concerns are voiced.”
PRENTICE, continued from front and Mason Murphy, who has never held office here. How do you think that has affected your campaign and how do you think this will affect the election? TP: I have great respect for councilmember Jude Prather who I find to be a thoughtful councilmember, and I have great respect for Mason Murphy who does such excellent work here at Texas State to counsel students with respect to careers. I think Mason Murphy has already, by his presence at city council and other places, certainly served the public interest. Mr. Prather has certainly served. So, I am not running against them. I am just simply running for council. TT: You mentioned that you ran for mayor last year. Do you think that has affected your campaign for Place 2? TP: I have no way of knowing because this year and last year I am running on less than $500 (for my campaign). In fact, so far I have spent $38 this year. I am not doing
polling. I am not block-walking. I am not doing phone banking. I don’t have signs polluting the urban atmosphere and the suburban atmosphere. I am not doing a conventional campaign. This is an unconventional campaign to raise awkward issues, to ask awkward and inconvenient questions and to try and get people to think more broadly. TT: You’ve been very vocal in city government and there have been some instances where you’ve been removed from meetings. How do you feel about that, and how do you that think voters will feel about it? TP: Well, I don’t know what the voters will feel, but I will tell you that a lot more of people recognize me at the H-E-B than they did before. For the entire uncut interview, listen to The University Star’s “Spotlight Series” podcast featuring Thom Prentice at universitystar. com.
TAIWAN, continued from front representatives then discussed and explained more specific areas of the agreement. Davis said it is essential for the two universities to exchange an equal number of students. “It’s important to have reciprocity,” Davis said. Texas State students will be fairly independent in Taiwan, since they will be responsible for their own housing and travel costs, she said. “(This will be) a true mutual arrangement, because that’s the best way,” Davis said. Penghu students attending Texas State will have an opportunity to take an Intensive English program with three full sessions of instruction, Davis said. Texas State and Penghu representatives discussed the possibility of allowing high school students to attend either university, but Davis said “it would take a lot more work” before that could happen. Both sets
Madelynne Scales | Staff Photographer Texas State representatives give the National Penghu University visitors a tour Oct. 28 of the Freeman Aquatic Biology building.
of representatives agreed to share their exchange plans in the future. Shui-Liang Yu, secretary general of Penghu University, said he had a “good impression” of Texas State. He was impressed by the size of the campus and Bobcat Stadium. “Everything is big,” Yu said.
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By Ernest Macias Trends Reporter
From budget-friendly beer to never-ending pizza, local San Marcos eateries offer a variety of specials every day of the week.
Taproom Pub & Grub
Cedar’s Mediterranean Restaurant
Sean Patrick’s Irish Pub and Texas Grub
Gil’s Broiler and Manske Roll Bakery
Besides a wide selection of beers, Taproom offers traditional and unique hamburgers and sandwiches that can make any manic Monday worth surviving. This “pub and grub” has a lunch special that runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additionally, from 3 to 8 p.m. students can score a half-priced appetizer including fried pickles, cheesy broccoli and chicken cordon bleu bites to name a few. Of course, a visit to Taproom would not be complete without beer. The pub features a special from 8 to 11 p.m. offering happy hour prices on all German imports. “(Taproom) has an interesting and upbeat vibe and the food has a unique taste that you can’t find just anywhere,” said Patricia Overton, marketing senior.
Pizza, the dietary mainstay of nearly every American college student, is always appreciated by Bobcats looking to beat the Tuesday blues. Valentino’s, locally owned and operated downtown, offers just that. Featuring a warm and inviting atmosphere, the restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $4.95. “Every time I walk into Valentino’s I see a familiar face and a smile, they have great service,” said Saul Hernandez, English junior, adding, “every bite is orgasmic.”
For those who crave a more foreign experience, Cedar’s is the place to visit on Wednesdays. It is the only place in the city that offers authentic Mediterranean dishes and drinks. The lunch buffet, offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., boasts a variety of dishes including gyros, hummus, tabbouleh (salad), shish kebabs and falafels. If a few foreign delicacies are not enough, students can end hump day with a relaxing, half-priced Hookah session, with tobacco available in a variety of flavors.
Thursday signals the beginning of the weekend for many Bobcats, and Sean Patrick’s is ready to help kick off the celebration. The pub’s fusion of Irish and Texan cultures is reflected in its menu. Sean Patrick’s $6 to $8 express lunch is served from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features dishes such as shepherd’s pie, carnita tacos and boxty, a traditional Irish potato pancake. For those who are looking to quench the thirst that comes with Thursday, the pub has a “Pint Night.” Purchase a Sean Patrick logo pint glass and fill up every Thursday.
Guacamole Queso Burger
Known for its Manske rolls, Gil’s Broiler is the perfect way to kick off the free-for-all frenzy that is the weekend. Hand-formed, fresh burgers are served daily, but it is Gil’s “Finally Friday” special that really draws Texas State students in. Offering a hamburger, fries and a drink for $3.95, it is ideal for the budgetconscious Bobcat. The eatery also has beer specials, including $1.85 domestic long necks and $5.95 pitchers from 5 to 10 p.m. “I really like Gil’s because of the handmade Bluebell shakes, cheeseburgers and the atmosphere,” said Danielle Drummond, communication design sophomore. “It’s a great feel of San Marcos’ history.”
Taproom Pub & Grub
$3 Texas Beer
Sean Patrick’s Irish Pub and Texas Grub
By Jordan Gass-Poore’ Trends Reporter
Breanna Burton & Zac Kruger Homecoming Royalty It was like an episode of “The Twilight Zone,” said Breanna Burton, social work junior, recalling the moment her name was announced Saturday at Bobcat Stadium, crowning her this year’s Texas State Homecoming queen. Burton, who was nominated for the first time this year, represented the on-campus Ritmo Latino Dance Company. Zac Kruger, microbiology senior, said he felt similarly when his name was announced as this year’s Homecoming king. The Renaissance man, who has been involved in on-campus activities ranging from orientation leader to resident assistant at San Jacinto Hall, was nominated by the men’s club volleyball team. Fresh on their minds, the shock of winning the title has provided both Burton and Kruger with an opportunity to express their gratitude toward Texas State and to represent and reflect on its
diverse community. What were some of the reasons you wanted to be nominated? Burton: I just wanted to represent my organization well and I’m a complete Bobcat, Texas State fan, and it would just be the utmost honor for me to represent the student body. I can’t even think of the words—it’s just a true honor. Kruger: I think I represent not just the volleyball or athletic community, but I represent multiple communities as well (including) the gay and science communities. Basically, from what I see in these types of competitions, however trivial it may be, you only get one type of student representing the school, and I didn’t want that. I didn’t want the typical ASG member, fraternity or sorority member to represent the school. It’s not that being in a fraternity, sorority or ASG is bad or any-
thing, I just thought it would be nice to represent a bigger population, rather than just one or two groups of people. Did any of your friends or family members come out to support you? Burton: Yes, I actually had both of my parents, my mom and dad, my boyfriend was in the stands and my two foster siblings were in the stands as well. They were so excited. I’m pretty sure they were the loudest five people in that stadium at that moment. Kruger: Yeah, actually, my family didn’t even know I was running until they announced the final four (last) Wednesday. My mom and her boyfriend came down and my boyfriend, Jordan, came down from University of Texas-Austin and they were all sitting in the stands and they recorded it. You can see on the video when I won, my mom’s flipping out, she’s
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so happy and excited. Did anyone ask to wear your crown after you won? Burton: Oh, yes. Actually, my foster sibling, the little girl, she’s big into the Disney princesses, so when I came up to go greet them
all she did was stare at my crown, and she whispered into my mom’s ear, and my mom told me she wanted to wear my crown. I was like, “Of course.” I gave her the flowers, the sash, the crown and we took lots of pictures, and she’s just glowing.
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THE MAIN POINT
Fallen Bobcats deserve increased recognition from campus community W hen tragedy strikes and a member of the Bobcat family passes away, the Texas State community needs to do more to commemorate the lives of students, faculty and staff members. While university officials host an annual ceremony for the deceased called Bobcat Pause, there are several other commemorative events that could be held at any time with relative simplicity. Bobcats owe it to each other to take the time to properly honor those who pass away. Several Bobcats have already passed away this year with little recognition by the university. The fact that the student body and university as a whole have not done much to honor them is disappointing. When university officials fail to publicly recognize fallen students in a timely fashion, it can be interpreted as uncaring. Small acts of honor can make a large difference to the friends, family and classmates of fallen Bobcats, assuring them their loved ones will be forever missed by the campus community. Bobcat Pause is an extremely wellplanned, thoughtful and touching event put on by the university, but it is likely too large and expensive of a ceremony to host more than once a year. Unfortunately, an annual event simply is not enough. However, things done at the ceremony—friends and family giving speeches, memorials for those lost, musical tributes—can be easily
performed throughout the year. Students would most likely be willing to attend if the university orchestrated and organized more events. Memorials are a crucial part of the grieving process, allowing those left behind to reflect and express their feelings. At Texas A&M, a monthly candlelight vigil known as Silver Taps is held in honor of fallen students or faculty members. This is a very inexpensive and simple ceremony that could be easily replicated at Texas State to commemorate lives. All it would require of a student would be a candle and the willingness to reflect on the person who has died by gathering at a meaningful location like the Stallions. If a school as large as A&M can orchestrate such an event, so can Texas State. Such a ceremony would be meaningful and welcomed by the family and friends of the deceased, and, as a whole, would be a great display of how tight-knit the campus is. Another incredibly simple but effective method of commemoration that could be observed at Texas State is a moment of silence, as well as flying on-campus flags at half-staff. Particularly at large functions such as athletic events and theatre productions, a call for a moment of reflection would greatly resonate with most patrons. There are dozens of simple, respectful ways to honor Bobcats who have passed away, and the university needs to imple-
The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University.
ment more events to commemorate them. The community deserves more outlets in which to remember the lives of their Texas State family members.
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Colorism in black community still prevalent, unacceptable
Imani McGarrell Opinions Columnist Journalism sophomore
he distinction of individuals based on T the fairness of their complexion is a ridiculous and outdated mode of thought
that, unfortunately, still exists within many minority communities today. It is common within the black community to distinguish members based on whether they are dark or light-skinned. This distinction came to be during the days of slavery—light-skinned slaves were offspring of the white master and one
of his serving women. The light-skinned slaves were shown preferential treatment. They were given easier roles such as being a kitchen maid or a delivery driver. To this day, the distinction between light and dark skin continues to be a source of resentment and tension within the black community. Colorism affects us today in different ways than it did back then. Slavery is over, but the problems colorism causes still remain. Social media can provide a clear example of the colorism that still exists within our society. Typing “dark-skinned girls” into the search bar of Twitter will result in pages of comments from people of all races and genders. Not all of the comments are derogatory, but many of the statements that are offensive are written by other African-Americans. The mindset that dark skin is negative is something those inside and outside these communities should work together to abolish. As a direct result of the mindset that lighter is better, some African-American males prefer to date women that are light-
Changing culture makes tattoos more acceptable in workplaces
tattoos have become more Sdentsince mainstream in popular culture, stushould realize getting inked may
not necessarily harm their chances for gainful employment after graduation. An Oct. 3 University Star column dissuaded students from getting tattoos as it could limit job opportunities. The column encouraged students to wait until they have stable careers before getting inked. As someone who has had two visible tattoos on my forearms for around seven years, I can understand why some students are wary of getting them. Being judged negatively because of a tattoo is not fun, but here is the thing— everyone gets judged for something. People are judged every day based on their skin color, name, sexuality and a variety of other characteristics. If I am going to be judged by people anyway, then I at least can have some control over what I am being judged for. Nowadays, visible tattoos do not necessarily garner negative attention. Tattoos are more mainstream and accepted now than ever. Athletes and celebrities are just some of the public figures who are getting tattoos today. I would not even be surprised to find out some of the professors here at Texas State have tattoos hidden under their work attire. The days where only greasers and troublemakers got tattoos are long over. If that stereotype were still true, maybe more ladies would think I was a “bad” boy. Sadly, it does not work out that way. I get questions and compliments on my tattoos, but no ladies throwing themselves at me. The bad boy or bad girl stereotype is as dead as disco. As students get closer to getting their degrees, there is pressure to have a solid resume to practically ooze professionalism. That said, I do not think getting a tattoo hurts students’ chances at landing an awesome post-graduation
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skinned or non-black altogether. Everyone is perfectly entitled to their individual preferences, however, it is worth noting many males go after women of certain colors to produce children that have “favorable characteristics” such as a lighter skin tone and eye color. In addition, many of these males seem to have the mindset that black girls are nothing but attitude and trouble. In my own life, I have encountered many such black males who feel perfectly justified in bashing women for their skin color before even knowing them. They seemingly forget the women who raised him are oftentimes black as well. Regardless of color, everyone deserves to be treated with respect and decency and those who bash darkerskinned individuals should try to get to know them before casting judgment. The color complex affects the black community, particularly its females, through the ideals of what is considered “good hair.” Many light-skinned girls tend to have wavy or easily manageable hair types, while darker girls often tend to have
Self-defense classes a worthwhile investment in light of recent crimes
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job. If a graduate has a great resume and positive can-do attitude, I do not think tattoos will detract from their employability. Some students may be worried interviewers will see their tattoo and immediately write them off. There is a simple solution—cover that stuff up. It is a job interview, after all. Showing off inked skin may be fine when hanging at The Square and drinking a cold one, but not in an interview. Students should always wear business attire for job interviews no matter what. Students need only look the part and let their credentials do the talking. Getting a tattoo can be a positive, life-changing event. It can convey a person’s religious or philosophical beliefs, or even symbolize a memorial for someone who passed away. A student should not wait until they are 30 or in a “stable” career to get one if they are ready now. Judgment may come, but that is a part of life. Going for something important like a tattoo can be worth it, believe me on that one. Tattoos are not the scary, troublemaker signifiers they once were. If students are qualified and professional, having a piece of skin with ink will not be an issue. College students are capable of making mature, thought-out decisions and getting a tattoo can easily be one of them.
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a thicker, more tightly coiled hair patterns. I personally have very thick and curly hair naturally. I recall with vivid detail the many times my afro-puffs or thick braids garnered the negative attention of my black classmates. The effortless wavy curls of my lighter counterparts were met with nothing but admiration. Colorism does not only affect the African-American community. Skin-brightening creams and bleaching treatments are often marketed to Indian, Asian and Hispanic groups who want to lighten their complexions. In some cases, the excessive use of these creams and treatments can lead to serious and permanent health issues. The idea that someone is better because of the lightness of their skin is ridiculous. Many do not even realize they contribute to this system. The color complex is still ingrained in the psyche of many racial groups without much acknowledgement. I encourage students to take a closer peek at the interactions around them and call out colorism any time they see it.
exas State students need to be more T cautious while on campus late at night and should learn skills to defend them-
selves in case of an attack. Unless it is absolutely necessary, there is no reason for anybody to walk around campus late at night, especially on their own. Although some people naively believe San Marcos is completely safe and no one would ever harm them, recent events have unfortunately proven otherwise. The truth is, there are some people in the San Marcos community who wish to harm others and engage in illegal activities. These people have more than likely been in trouble with the law before and do not care if their actions negatively affect someone else. Though it is sometimes hard to distinguish these criminals from others in society, students should always be vigilant and prepare to defend themselves in case the unthinkable were to happen. Recently, there have been some concerning incidents on campus. According to a University News Service alert, a Texas State student was sexually assaulted on campus between the late hours of Oct. 11 and the early morning hours of Oct. 12. Additionally, another university press release reported a robbery the same night on the third floor of the LBJ Student Center Garage. In addition, the same suspect robbed two different people at gunpoint near the beginning of the semester during the early
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morning hours of Aug. 30, according to emergency alerts and an email sent by the university. The first incident took place on campus and the other occurred near Sanctuary Lofts. These criminal acts are just a few of the many violent occurrences that take place on and around campus. Students need to take these reports seriously. No one believes something bad could happen to them until it actually does. If students must be on campus late at night, they should never be alone. Attackers are far less likely to prey on people in large groups or even with just one other person. It is easy to forget about safety at times, but students should make efforts to be more aware of what could happen if they choose to be alone on campus at night. The consequences could be severe. In addition to walking with large groups, it is important to avoid poorly illuminated places on campus. A person with bad intentions could be lurking in the shadows somewhere on campus, just waiting for an unsuspecting victim who might not be able to see them in the dark. Although precautionary and observant students have lower chances of being attacked, sometimes it is still not enough. If a student is ever in a situation where another individual wants to harm them, they should be able to defend themselves. Texas State needs to offer more selfdefense classes for students who want to learn how to be better protected in case of an emergency. There are already some resources available to students, but it could not hurt to offer more. The safety and well being of students should be the number one priority for university officials. Campus crime will probably continue to be an issue in the future, so students need to take necessary safety precautions to avoid becoming a victim. People who are more observant while on campus late at night, walk in large groups and know how to defend themselves will be less likely to encounter problems.
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Bobcats defeat Jaguars in last four seconds of Homecoming game By Samuel Rubbelke Sports Reporter @SamuelRubbelke
Texas State defeated South Alabama 33-31 on Homecoming Saturday night with a 41-yard field goal by junior kicker Jason Dann with four seconds remaining in the game. The Bobcats now have an overall record of 5-3 and stand at .500 in the Sun Belt Conference. The team is one game away from becoming bowl-eligible. “I told the team during the pre-game meal the outcome of this game would come down to the last drive,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “We made the play needed at the end. This is such a great win for our team. I’m really proud how they all battled.” Dann’s game-winning field goal was set up after Texas State converted on a 4th and 24 play with under a minute remaining in the game. Scrambling on the play, freshman quarterback Tyler Jones connected with junior wide receiver Ben Ijah for a 51yard gain. “(The) coaches told me to
go out and do what I’ve been coached to do,” Jones said. “That was the approach I took to it. I didn’t want to force anything, and I wanted to make the right decision—a lot of it was instinct. I got outside and saw Ben (Ijah) got behind the defense, and I got him the ball.” On the final Texas State drive, Jones completed four of six passes for a total of 77 yards. Junior tight end Bradley Miller committed offensive pass interference after a first down near the 46-yard line, costing the Bobcats 15 yards. Two plays later, Miller jumped offsides to tack on an additional 5-yard penalty, setting up the 4th and 24. “His face doesn’t change,” Franchione said. “I’d hate to play poker with (Tyler Jones). He had his job to do. He knew it. He did it, and that’s what makes him a quarterback.” In the fourth quarter, senior safety Justin Iwuji intercepted a pass by Jaguars’ quarterback Ross Metheny and returned the ball for a 29-yard touchdown. Iwuji’s interception for the second straight week gave the Bobcats a 27-17 lead with 7:39 left in the game.
South Alabama scored two bined to rush for 165 yards on touchdowns including a 43-yard the ground. Texas State tied a pass to receiver Danny Wood- season-high 452 yards of total son. Junior cornerback Craig offense. equaling the 452 yards Mager was on the coverage, but against Wyoming. the over-the-shoulder catch by Jaguars’ Woodson tallied five Woodson gave the Jaguars a 31- catches for 118 yards receiving 30 lead with 1:32 remaining in and two touchdowns. Metheny the game. threw for 300 yards and comTexas State South Alabama “As a defense, we just try to pleted three touchdown passes make plays,” Iwuji said. “We’re for South Alabama. always learning each game, and we’re trying to build on our mistakes and get better. Younger players stepped up and made big plays today. As a defense, we were able to play pretty well tonight.” Sophomore tight end Ryan Carden marked the first score of the night and his first career touchdown with a misdirection rollout by Jones, connecting on a 10-yard touchdown pass. The Bobcats’ second touchdown connection came in the back left corner of the end zone where sophomore receiver Brandon Smith caught the ball. This was Smith’s first receiving touchdown of the season. Jones threw for a careerhigh 218 yards, and a career Chris Motz | Staff Photographer long 51 yards to Ijah. Sopho- Junior cornerback Craig Mager makes a run Oct. 26 against South Alabama during Texas more running backs Robert State’s Homecoming football game at Bobcat Stadium. Lowe and Chris Nutall com-
Texas State splits road games over weekend against South Alabama, Troy By Bert Santibanez
Assistant Sports Editor @BertSantibanez
The Texas State volleyball team ended its two-game road trip Sunday by defeating Troy in a four-set match, but lost to South Alabama Friday in a five-set contest, moving to 6-5 in the Sun Belt Conference. Texas State totaled 13 service errors against the Jaguars Friday, which is the second time in the previous three games the team has combined for that many errors in the category. Senior right-side hitter Amari Deardorff finished the match with a team-high 17 kills,
hitting .326 from the court. “We had too many errors (Friday),” said Coach Karen Chisum. “We can’t expect to win by doing that.” Deardorff has combined for 35 kills against South Alabama during the season, recording 18 kills in the prior matchup against the Jaguars. Junior setter Caylin Mahoney recorded a game-high 44 assists in the match, adding four kills. Freshman outside hitter Jessica Lewis led South Alabama with 18 kills in the game, finishing with a .149 hitting percentage from the floor. Mechell Daniel, freshman outside hitter for the Jaguars, tal-
lied 15 kills in the match. Lewis and Daniel totaled 71 kills against the Bobcats during the course of the season. South Alabama improved to 4-4 at home, while Texas State dropped to 3-5 on the road before taking on Troy Sunday. Mahoney and freshman outside hitter Kelsey Weynand registered a double-double against Troy. Weynand led the Bobcats with a career-best 12 kills and 17 digs, finishing the game with a .243 hitting percentage from the court. Mahoney recorded 32 assists and 14 digs in the match. Mahoney provided eight kills, ending with a .400 hitting percentage.
“The team really talked a lot after the loss against South Alabama. We don’t want our season to reflect how we played in that game,” Weynand said. “We played a lot more like a team against Troy, having fun and putting all our effort on the court. We relaxed a lot more, not wanting to overanalyze our play.” Senior middle blocker Ashlee Hilbun had 10 kills and five assisted blocks in the game against Troy. Hilbun finished with a .304 hitting percentage, which is the third consecutive game with a hitting percentage above .200. Hilbun has averaged 9.75 kills over the previous four games.
Deardorff recorded 12 kills in the contest, which is the fourth straight game with double-digit kills, averaging 15 kills during the span of games. Deardorff has 304 kills during the season, which ranks her seventh in the Sun Belt. Defensive-specialist Sierra Smith tallied a team-high 21 digs during the match. Smith ranks seventh in the conference in digs, averaging 4.02 digs per set. “We definitely had a different mentality coming into this match against Troy,” Smith said. “I think we’re just a different team now. It helps that we’re all close friends and our effort carries out on to the court.”
Season closes with two wins against Arkansas teams at home By Kirk Jones
Sports Reporter @kirk_jones11
The Texas State soccer team snapped its three-game losing streak Friday with a 4–0 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock and defeated Arkansas State Sunday on Senior Day 3-0. Texas State averaged 18.5 shots per game in eight conference games entering the matchup against the Trojans, the highest mark in the Sun Belt. The team averaged 12.3 shots in non-conference play during that same time span. The Bobcats finished with 22 shots against the Trojans, their third-highest shot total this season. “It is a huge win, just to gain our confidence back,” said Coach Kat Conner. “We worked really hard during this week to get back into rhythm. It paid off. We just returned to playing Bobcat soccer.” Senior midfielder Sydney Curry notched her fourth goal of the season 20:02 into
the first half when the Trojans failed to clear her corner kick. Senior midfielder Kelsie Townsend secured a deflection before tacking on the Bobcats’ second goal of the half. “We’ve just tried to simplify the game, so they can understand when they are shooting with confidence,” Conner said. “Sometimes we were just shooting out of frustration, and sometimes we shot because we were confident. We’ve tried to do it all season, but it’s starting to click.” Senior forward Gabbi Cottee finished with six shots, one goal and one assist in 46 minutes coming off of the bench. Cottee said she tried to exploit the Trojans’ defense, which was not collapsing on outside runs to the goal. “Offense has been weird this year,” Cottee said. “Our offense has been a little individual and forced. We really focused on the two forwards connecting and running wide. Our offensive unit was
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10 times better tonight.” Texas State’s final conference matchup was Sunday against Arkansas State. The Red Wolves were the Sun Belt’s second highest goalscoring offense entering the game, averaging 2.12 goals. Texas State outshot the Red Wolves, 15–10. Nine of the Bobcats’ shots came in the second half along with their two goals. “We always talk about a mental battle,” Conner said. “When it’s this close, players start thinking about postseason. You start to see the players become more mentally in tune with themselves and become dedicated to the game.” Cottee scored two goals in two games this weekend, matching her season total. Cottee was happy to get a goal on Senior Day. “I had been on a dry spell for goals—to get two in my last home games was unbelievable, and I couldn’t imagine a better way to do it,” Cottee said. Sophomore forward Lyn-
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Ali Myers, junior forward, runs for the ball Oct. 27 at Bobcat Soccer Complex. Texas State won 3–0 against Arkansas State. sey Curry scored her teamleading seventh goal of the season in the 69th minute. Curry received a pass from junior forward Tori Hale just out the 18-yard box, which she immediately shot into the back of the net. With both victories, Texas State clinched the fourth seed in the conference tournament, which it will host at the Bobcat Soccer Complex beginning Nov. 6.
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Get to Know Brandon Smith
sophomore wide receiver By Gabby Tropea Sports Reporter @gabbytropea
GT: If you could be on any NFL team, which would it be and why? BS: The Atlanta Falcons. Alabama doesn’t have a professional team, and that’s where I’m from, so that’s the team I (would) go for. Who is your future celebrity wife? Everyone says Meagan Good, but I got to say Stacey Dash from “Clueless.” What are your other hobbies outside of football? Well basketball is actually my favorite sport, so I like to play that. I like to fish and play golf with my uncle. I like a lot of outdoorsy stuff. Who is the most listened to artist on your iPod right now? Any Kanye West album.
What has been your most memorable moment at Texas State? Probably the Navy game, it was my best game last year. Or the UTSA game because I had my first touchdown. Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions? Probably listening to Kanye West’s Graduation album, and I wear the same thing every game. I tape my wrists, wear a wristband and a towel and that’s it. What’s your favorite part about Texas State? I like the people here. The people here are really involved, and easy to get to know. What are your plans after Texas State? I’m in school for industrial engineering, so we’ll see where that takes me.
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