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The Main Point: Social media can potentially open many doors for students, but one misstep can ruin both personal and professional lives.

Football Preview: Texas State is preparing to face preseason Sun Belt favorite Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday.

Parking guards ticket, patrol lots


Councilmembers cancel roundabout project By James Carneiro

Assistant News Editor

A controversial roundabout will no longer be built at the crossing of San Antonio Street and Hunter Road after councilmembers discussed the challenges of construction during their Oct. 3 meeting. Around 50 protesters stood inside the City Hall lobby in opposition to the construction of the proposed roundabout during the Oct. 3 San Marcos City Council meeting. The protesters’ matching red and white shirts depicted a crossed out roundabout design. Texas Department of Transportation officials at the meeting said the roundabout

could have improved safety for pedestrians, provided a safe pathway for bicyclists and eased traffic flow. The first challenge to the roundabout came from Councilman Shane Scott, Place 6, who said the “simplicity” of a regular intersection made more sense than a circular structure. Councilman John Thomaides, Place 3, said he was “very familiar” with the traffic patterns along San Antonio Street, as he had lived there for “a while.” He said a roundabout would send traffic through the intersection at a faster rate than a regular inter-



Homecoming tram offered for Round Rock Campus Ryan Jeanes | Star Illustrator

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a parking services guard, some of Sharon’s daily duties include patrolling lots, ticketing students parked illegally and helping those in need of car assistance. Sharon, who did not want to disclose her last name due to safety and privacy reasons, said she is one of 17 guards who work at the Texas State and Round Rock campuses. Guards, along with student workers, ticket students parked without permits and vehicles located in incorrect zones. Guards issued 35,180 tickets across campus in fiscal year 2012, according to numbers provided

by Stephen Prentice, assistant director of Parking Services. In fiscal year 2013, guards wrote 34,492 tickets, with 3,430 issued in August alone. The total revenue accrued from parking tickets for fiscal year 2013 was more than $4.3 million. So far, $373,000 has been collected for fiscal year 2014, which began Sept. 1. Prentice said parking ticket fees go toward paying off $4.5 million in bonds used to build new buildings and garages. The funding supports the repair and maintenance of the garages, as well as the maintenance and operation of Parking Services. “Parking is self-supporting, and everything we do gets paid for by permit fees, ticket fines and the money coming from pay garages,” Prentice said. “There is no outside support.” Sharon said there is no ticketwriting quota for guards to meet,

and some days she does not write any tickets. “I get paid whether I give tickets or not,” Sharon said. “I’m happy when I go a day and don’t write any tickets.” Sharon said guards often receive the brunt of the blame from students for performing their jobs and following the ticketing policy created by administrators. She said ticketing is a “necessary evil” to ensure students with permits have enough spaces to park. “I can’t imagine these kids paying what they pay and people without permits parking there,” Sharon said. Guard Sergeant Roy Serrano said most students he encounters are “positive and pleasant.” However, he said some disgruntled students have tried to confront guards. “It’s the nature of the beast,”

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Officials seek to increase graduate enrollment By Rebecca Banks News Reporter

The university is shifting focus to begin recruitment and increase the amount of students enrolled in graduate programs, according to officials. At Wednesday’s Faculty Senate meeting, University President Denise Trauth said graduate enrollment at the university is currently about 7 to 8 percent. Andrea Golato, dean of the Graduate College, discussed ways the university will reach out to potential graduate students. “The Graduate College has a Graduate Council meeting, and we are going to be meeting monthly,”

Golato said. “We have devoted the October meeting entirely to recruitment and mission practices.” During the October Graduate Council meeting, officials from specific programs will propose three ways to recruit future graduate students, Golato said. “We are also providing a recruitment toolkit,” Golato said. “We have compiled a handout with the best recruitment and admission practices as they are identified by the Council of Graduate Schools and graduate schools across the country.” The toolkit will include a onepage handout titled “Why Pursue Graduate Study at Texas State?” and chances for consultations with

graduate departments, Golato said. “The Graduate College will also make some funds available to the departments to help offset costs related to advertising and recruitment,” Golato said. Golato said she has worked with Joe Meyer, director of Institutional Research, to design a database specifically created for graduate advisors to access information about specific programs of study. “You basically only have to select your own program from a drop-down menu. Then, all the information is there,” Golato said. Golato said the graduate college


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Athletic Department officials will provide a complimentary round-trip ride from the Round Rock Campus to San Marcos for students, faculty and staff for the Texas State vs. South Alabama homecoming game Oct. 26. This is the third year the department is offering the tram for the homecoming game, said Jill Seidenberger, student development specialist. Seidenberger said the service is free, but a $10 returnable deposit is required to secure a seat. The deposit allows officials to estimate the number of students expected to ride the trams and permit enough time to fill the spaces of any who cancel ahead of time, Seidenberger said. The deposit payment is returned to students on the trip back to Round Rock, she said. About 30 students took the tram to the 2012 homecoming game, she said. Seidenberger said the success of last year’s homecoming game, paired with tram availability and a wide time frame to promote the rides, led Student Services to offer the service again this year. Donald Coryell, associate athletic director, said Round

Rock Student Services officials reached out, asking if the department could provide the tram and received a positive response. Coryell said the department foots the $1,000 bill for the tram service. The homecoming tram is open to all students, faculty and staff and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, Seidenberger said. Coryell said the idea behind providing the tram is to get students from the Round Rock Campus engaged on the main campus and with the football team. “We just really wanted to reach out to the Round Rock Campus and try to engage those students a little bit more and make them feel a part of the athletic department (and) our athletic events,” Coryell said. Coryell said Athletic Department officials are solely responsible for paying and providing the homecoming tram. Student Services officials are responsible for everything else, including choosing which games to provide services, Coryell said. “We basically provide the transportation,” Coryell said.

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Students feel effects of BTI cancellation

By Megan Carthel News Reporter

Danielle Charles | Staff Photographer Mercedes Resendez, psychology junior, said she finds it difficult to balance schoolwork and the part-time job she uses to pay for the car she bought after the BTI cancelation.

Mercedes Resendez, psychology sophomore, wakes up at 5:30 on Monday mornings in order to make it to her 8 a.m. class on time. Resendez, a commuter from a suburb in San Antonio, said she routinely drives about 35 to 45 minutes to reach the campus and begin her hunt for a parking spot. Resendez is a part of the estimated four percent of bus riders who were affected by the Aug. 26 elimination of the Bobcat Tram

Interurban services to and from Austin and San Antonio. A review published in February by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute deemed the interurban services a financial and safety issue. Almost 50 percent of surveyed passengers said they would drive to campus if the interurban routes were canceled. However, Resendez said she is having a hard time juggling schoolwork and a part-time job to pay for the car she purchased after the cancelation of the interurban services. “I could study on my way there

or if I had homework that I needed to do last minute, I could do it on the bus,” Resendez said. “Now I’m more stressed because I’m going to finish all my homework at night or I’m going to study all night so I can wake up in the morning, get to school early, get that parking spot and do what I have to do.” According to the same review, the interurban bus service was discontinued to reallocate resources to the San Marcos routes. Bill Nance, vice president of Finance and Support Services,

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PARKING, continued from front Serrano said. Sharon said she gives students the benefit of the doubt regarding ticket dispersal and tries to inform them of parking rules first. “People say ‘I bet you’re happy (for handing out tickets),’” Sharon said. Sharon recently responded to a call from the University Police Department to a lot near the Supple Science Building to investigate a car parked in a handicapped spot overnight. Upon arrival, Sharon found a disabled veteran’s car occupying the spot, which is permitted no matter the type of permit

displayed, she said. Sharon said she monitors handicapped spots fairly often to ensure those with disabilities have enough spaces to park. Prentice said the fine for illegally parking in a handicapped spot is $300. Sharon said she gives fewer tickets now than she did when she began as a guard 19 years ago. She said writing and giving tickets is only about 15 percent of her workday. Parking Services officials work with UPD officers for various occasions including special events, emergencies and

auto theft, in addition to handing out tickets, Serrano said. Sharon said the best part of her job is helping students unlock keys out of their vehicles, jumpstarting cars and filling up tires low on air. Sharon said she enjoys working events such as football games and Bobcat Days where she can give directions and show visitors where to park. “The majority (of a guard’s job) is helping people get to where they’re going and making sure they have a place to park when they get there,” Sharon said.

ROUNDABOUT, continued from front section. The mobility of emergency vehicles through the intersection was also a concern for some councilmembers. However, Mayor Daniel Guerrero said he rode in an engine with the San Marcos Fire Department through another San Marcos roundabout and experienced no traffic issues. SMFD Chief Les Stephens said the fire department had “no issues” with a roundabout and actually preferred the design to other types of roadways. The councilmembers did not agree on whether the removal of at least three or more century-old trees from the area was a sound idea. Councilwoman Kim Porterfield, Place 1, said she did not like the idea of removing the trees during the roundabout’s construction.

The TxDoT officials said the roundabout would remove three trees, while another intersection included in the project could have destroyed even more. Thomaides said while many of those opposed to the roundabout were his friends, he had to disagree with them. He said the issue has been discussed “time and time again” and the councilmembers already voted for the project at many steps in the past. “I will say (the roundabout) is the best possible option,” Thomaides said. “It provides a great entryway to a historic district.” Porterfield and Councilman Ryan Thomason, Place 5, said they are concerned about how those with visual and physical disabilities would be able to

cross a traditional intersection. Support for the roundabout began to dwindle after Councilman Jude Prather, Place 2, said he could not support the roundabout when many San Marcos residents opposed it. “I don’t see people showing up to the council with signs saying ‘no bridge,’” Prather said. Scott also opposed the roundabout. “I like roundabouts, but it looks like it’s in the wrong place,” Scott said. After these comments, every councilmember except for Guerrero said the roundabout section should not be constructed. The council decided to replace it with a three-lane intersection instead.

ROUND ROCK, continued from front “We set it up and pay for it and make sure it’s there for them.” Seidenberger said monthly student emails and bulletin boards are used to advertise the tram services to and from the Round Rock Campus for the homecoming football game. There are about 41 tram spaces available, Seidenberger said. If more than 41 students are interested, Student Services officials check the availability of an additional tram or other shuttle to accommodate the overflow. “That would be a great issue

to have,” Seidenberger said. “Each year we’re hoping to increase the number and fill the bus.” Karina Garcia, recreational administration senior, said the tram is the only reason she attended the homecoming football game, and she hopes to go again this year. “It was a really good experience,” Garcia said. “It was my first football game.” Garcia said the trip was “awesome,” people were excited for the game and prizes were dis-

tributed on the tram during the one-hour trip. The majority of the riders were students, Garcia said, but there were some faculty and staff members as well. Garcia said she would encourage other Round Rock students to utilize the free service for future homecoming games. Seidenberger said Student Services is open to seeing if a tram could be offered for more than one football game per year.

BTI, continued from front said there has been pressure on the tram system for a couple of years due to record enrollment growth for the 16th consecutive year. “We were sort of going above and beyond the call of duty,” Nance said. “We really wanted to devote that equipment to helping the (transportation) need in San Marcos.” Resendez said she understands why the bus service was eliminated, but it “stinks.” Paul Hamilton, manager of shuttle services, said it is “unfortunate” the service was canceled, but it was “very fortunate” alternative forms of transportation were identified to cater to students in the Austin and San Antonio areas. CARTS provides six routes a day to and from Austin, according to

the Transportation Services webpage. MyShuttleHome provides a subscription service to students living in Austin as well. Vanpools from San Antonio and Austin are offered and a ride-share database is available on the webpage, among other transportation alternatives. Resendez said she experienced financial issues as a result of the cancelation, and spends more than $600 per month on her car and has to work on days off from school. Resendez said she does not have the money to purchase a parking permit. “It’s a lot of money just for a college student,” Resendez said. “I totally understand (the cancelation), but I wish they would bring it back because that would help me a lot.”


Reynaldo Leaños | Staff Photographer Dia Miskovitz, pre-nursing sophomore, and Josh Dahle practice acroyoga techniques Oct. 2 at Sewell Park.

GRAD SCHOOL, continued from front administrators plan to reach out to undergraduate advisors to get them involved in the recruitment push. “An undergraduate student will more likely talk to a undergraduate advisor,” Golato said. At least one-third of graduate students at Texas State attended the university for their undergraduate degrees, Golato said. Golato said she created a pilot advertising project to be used on sites such as Pandora and LinkedIn and will establish targeted advertising on search engines. The advertisements will be for the graduate business and education programs, she said. “We are going to try to see if this is a valuable way of advertising,” Golato said. “Then in the

future we can expand it to other disciplines as well.” Rebecca Bell-Metereau, faculty senator for the Department of English, expressed concern regarding limiting recruitment to LinkedIn instead of using social media outlets such as Facebook. Bell-Metereau said the cost of advertising with Facebook is minimal. Graduate students respond to business websites, and LinkedIn allows individuals to update information, Golato said. Golato said the university will attend graduate and professional fairs at other universities such as the University of North Texas, Texas A&M University and the University of Texas. According to Golato, the Graduate College will also provide information on campus during the Honors College’s graduate school recruitment event and Bobcat Days in Round Rock. “Just in the last eight or nine months we’ve identified $2 million philanthropically that’s going into an endowment to support graduate students,” Trauth said. Eugene Bourgeois, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said the university’s goal is to increase graduate enrollment to 12 to 15 percent of the overall population.

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City Events Calendar

Sat, Oct 5, 2013

Thurs, Oct 3, 2013 Historic Preservation Commission, 5:45 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins St.

Fire Department Open House, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Fire Station 5, 100 Carlson Circle. Free, kid-friendly event promoting fire safety education. Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., San Antonio Street on south side of the courthouse. Fresh produce, plants, arts and crafts every Saturday downtown.

Tues, Oct 8, 2013 Planning & Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., City Council Chambers, City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins St. (Televised live on Time Warner Channel 10 and Grande Channel 16 and video streamed.)

Fri, Oct 10, 2013

City Council, packet meeting, 12 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins St. Workshop to review agenda for Oct. 15 regular City Council meeting. (Televised live on Time Warner Ch. 10 and Grande Ch. 16 and video streamed.)

Sat, Oct 12, 2013

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Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., San Antonio Street on south side of the courthouse. Fresh produce, arts and crafts every Saturday downtown. Art Unhitched, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., behind The Hitch Mobile Eatery, 312 E. Hopkins St. at C.M. Allen Parkway. Outdoor market of local artists’ paintings, sculpture, yard art, pottery, crafts, jewelry, culinary arts from The Hitch and live music. Annual Rabies Clinic, 1 – 4 p.m., San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, 740 River Rd. All pets must be restrained by leash or carrier.

City Council, 4:30 p.m.: Proclamations; 5:30 p.m.: Presentations/ Discussions; 6 p.m.: Regular Session, Council Chambers, City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins (Televised live on Time Warner Ch. 10 and Grande Ch. 16 and video streamed.) Fair Housing 101 Workshop, 9 a.m., San Marcos Activity Center Room 1, 501 E. Hopkins St.

Wed, Oct 16, 2013 Arts Commission, 5:30 p.m. Grant Harris Jr. Building, 401 E. Hopkins. Main Street Advisory Board, 5:30 p.m., Hays County Courthouse, 111 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos. Neighborhood Commission, 6 p.m., City Hall Conference Room, 630 E. Hopkins.

Thursday, October 17, 2013 Zoning Board of Adjustments & Appeals, 5:45 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins St.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., San Antonio Street on south side of the courthouse. Fresh produce, arts and crafts every Saturday downtown.

Monday, October 21, 2013 EMS Board, 5:15 p.m., 2061 Clovis Barker Dr.

—Courtesy of the City of San Marcos

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#SocialMediaEtiquette Ryan Jeanes | Star Illustrator


ocial media can potentially open many doors for students, but one misstep can ruin both personal and professional lives. When we remove the context that comes with face-to-face interactions, we also remove our filters. Therein lies the pitfall of social media. However, sites like Twitter and Facebook can be great ways to make connections and interact with others if students keep the following tips in mind.

#theprivacyoptionisreal If behaving like a mature and professional adult is too tall of an order, you should protect your Twitter account. When using Twitter’s privacy option, only ap-

#thinkbeforeyoutweet Sarcasm and satire are already difficult for some people to pick up on in normal conversation and are even harder to convey in 140 characters or less. You should carefully consider whether any humorous or sarcastic posts could be misinterpreted as serious. Do not be so foolish as to assume your followers will “get” the humor.

proved followers are able to see your tweets, and posts will not be available publicly. This is a great option for those who have a hard time determining what is and is not appropriate to post on social media. If you choose to protect your personal Twitter, creating an additional, more professional account is a good idea.

#beprofessional Like it or not, potential employers will be looking at your social media accounts and evaluating you based on your posts. This does not mean you should limit yourself to Foursquare check-ins at Alkek Library and musings about how much studying you hope to accomplish this weekend. However, it is important to think about whether or not your social media pres-

#maketwittermeaningful Students should use social media to communicate with friends, network with professionals and entertain with (appropriate) personal musings. However, many people have made it their goal on sites like Twitter to amass as many followers as possible. While it is human nature to want to be liked and accepted, having thousands of Twitter followers does not equate to having thousands of friends, so it is time

to hop off the follow train, literally. Using hashtags like #TXSTFollowTrain and #TXSTFollowingSpree may make your follower count increase, but accomplishes little else. Your tweets may be seen by a larger audience, but making meaningful connections is of greater importance. Having 10,000 people scroll past your tweet about wanting a pumpkin spice latte may be appealing, but having a conversation with a friend or a professional in the industry you wish to enter is more worthwhile.

#tweetitanddeleteit It is often tempting to use social media as an outlet to vent about life’s troubles. Everyone is guilty of occasionally tweeting about how tired they are or whining about the their tram ride on the way to class.

#socialmediahasimpact Social media has the potential to wield a great amount of power in students’ personal and professional lives. For example, according to an Aug. 14 Daily Mail article, Apple’s shares rocketed by $17

ence is a good reflection of you as a person. A good rule of thumb is to think of how your parents, favorite professor or someone else of high esteem would react to something you want to put on social media. If it might offend them, do not post it. If it is harmless and appropriate, go for it. Do not forget, while college students do swear, and most people do not find it “professional.” Keep cursing to a minimum. Additionally, keep that hilarious Vine of your friend doing a keg stand to yourself.

However, social media should not be used as a platform for negativity. Every few hours or so, or at the end of the day, students should scroll through their accounts and delete any negative posts. This goes for any inappropriate tweets that may have been made during a lapse in judgment.

billion in less than two hours after U.S. investor Carl Icahn tweeted he bought a large stake in the company. While a tweet from a Texas State student would probably not cause a company’s stock prices to rise or drop, it could still potentially make or break someone’s career.

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.

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Transgendered students deserve accommodation

he transgendered community of Texas State T continues to be targeted on both an institutional and personal level—a problem students should work together to remedy. “Transgender” is an umbrella term encompassing various appearances, orientations, identities and behaviors that blur and cross gender lines. Now that everyone is on the same page, I can get to the issue at hand—the Texas State Brandon Sams transgendered community continues to Opinions Columnist face discrimination. Journalism freshman Lax housing policies, few gender-neutral bathrooms and even fewer resources are part of the problem. Having at least one floor of gender-neutral housing somewhere on campus is one way Texas State officials could help alleviate the stress and anxiety transgendered individuals face. As a gender non-conforming individual myself, I know a bit about the transgender community. While I do in fact consider myself a guy, the way I express my gender says the opposite. Being misgendered as a woman or “ma’am” is a common occurrence for me. I can only imagine the experiences transsexual students go through on a daily basis, especially if they are not “stealth,” i.e. indistinguishable from the gender they are expressing. Often transgendered students go by something other than their legal names, especially before or during their transitions. This can be a challenge for students who enroll in classes and need professors to adjust their names on rosters. Professors may or may not be understanding about the trans community. Imagine living as a man and being called a woman or “miss” every day by professors. From personal experience, I can say it becomes tiring very quickly. Then there is the issue of bathrooms. Going to the bathroom is a benign experience that requires no forethought for the vast majority of people. However, it can be a nerve-wracking and anxiety-inducing experience for people

within the transgender community. Going into the “wrong” bathroom can cause uncomfortable stares, comments, harassment and full-on assaults. A transgender student here told me about his experience of being jumped when he went into the men’s bathroom during the early stages of his transition from female to male. This kind of experience is all too common across the nation and at Texas State. The ignorance and irrational fear of the trans community existent within the student body needs to be recognized and addressed by university officials. The Texas State transgender community is not a large one, but that does not make its struggles any less real. Just because the community is small does not mean we should ignore its perceptions and experiences. According to a 2011 National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs study, those who identify as transgender are 28 percent more likely to experience physical violence than those who are gender normative. Students must know these statistics if they ever want to dispel ignorance surrounding the trans community. Furthermore, these statistics show the real need for safe zones for the often-ignored transgender community. Learning to coexist with and accept people who do not fit within the gender binary is not asking for too much. The “Golden Rule” states to treat others how one would want to be treated. People who cannot coexist peacefully have two options. They can either become informed and open their minds and hearts to the struggles of other people or they can fall by the wayside and be dismissed as ignorant and hateful. Those types of closed-minded individuals are not the kind of people I associate with and are not the kind of people who need to represent the university. If some people refuse to move forward and be tolerant, others need not be tolerant of them. Transgender individuals often go through hell and become social pariahs in their journey toward expressing their true identities. The last thing these individuals need is more hate from their peers and professors. Everyone, especially Texas State students and faculty, should make an effort to make transgender students feel comfortable, accepted and accommodated.


Meatless Mondays President Clinton, once known for his love of fast food, has been making headlines for his recent dietary change. He’s swapped the Big Macs, chicken nuggets and fried shrimp for veggie burgers, beans and fresh fruits and vegetables. After years of battling heart problems—even undergoing quadruple bypass surgery—Clinton took his doctor’s advice to reduce his meat consumption and increase his intake of plant-based foods. He reports the results have been tremendous: losing 24 pounds, feeling more energetic and seeing a welcome drop in cholesterol levels. President Clinton isn’t the only one turning over a new leaf. From Usher,to Oprah Winfrey to Ellen DeGeneres to Kristen Bell, people everywhere are eating less meat. Even Mike Tyson, once known for biting off a human ear, is now limiting his ear consumption to those of the corn variety. The movement toward more plantbased meals is also taking root on college campuses, with more than 200 universities leading the charge with “Meatless Monday” campaigns in their dining halls. Nationally acclaimed food writers such as The New York Times’ Mark Bittman and The Washington Post’s Joe Yonan are helping the nation discover meat-free dishes that will leave you impatient for the next meal. Eating your vegetables? If you don’t know the possibilities that phrase encompasses in 2013, you are missing out. There has never been a more exciting time to expand our dining horizons. Skipping meat one day a week is not a sacrifice but an adventure, and this is reflected in the choices students are making. According to a study conducted by Technomic, more than 20 percent of college students are reducing their meat consumption, and for good reasons. One of those reasons is concern for the nine billion chickens, pigs and other animals raised for food each year, most of whom suffer in factory farms. For example, mother pigs in the pork industry are typically confined in tiny crates barely larger than their own bodies for virtually their entire lives. Unable to even

turn around, these sensitive, intelligent animals—all of whom have their own personalities and preferences—experience tremendous physical and psychological pain. Most egg-laying hens suffer a similar fate as they’re crammed into tiny cages, each bird granted less space than the screen of an iPad on which to live for her entire life. By choosing meat-free options just one day a week, we can all help prevent an enormous amount of cruelty to animals. Human health and the health of the planet also benefit. A report issued by Environmental Working Group put it simply: “Producing all this meat and dairy requires large amounts of pesticides, chemical fertilizer, fuel, feed and water. It also generates greenhouse gases and large amounts of toxic manure and wastewater that pollute groundwater, rivers, streams and, ultimately, the ocean.” Increasing numbers of family farmers are also voicing their support for Meatless Monday as a means to achieve a more sustainable, community-based agricultural system before it’s too late. Our current rate of meat consumption is simply unsustainable. By reducing the total number of animals raised for food, we place greater value on humane sustainable agriculture in which animals’ welfare is a priority. Thankfully, eating meatless doesn’t mean “less” at all. It means “more,” as in more choices. It means “better,” as in better living—both for us and for animals. From chain restaurants like Chipotle and Denny’s serving up hearty vegetarian fare to Indian, Thai, Chinese and Mexican cuisines, which regularly incorporate delicious meat-free items—the options are endless. Bon appetit! Visit for easy and delicious meat-free recipes and meal tips. —Kenny Torrella is the food policy coordinator for the Humane Society of the United States and can be reached at


Getting inked can limit job opportunities

Ashley Trumps Opinions Columnist Journalism senior

students should abstain from getting CIollege visible tattoos until they have a stable career. know it is tempting to ink up and join the

tatted babes and hunks populating the San Marcos River on weekends. Nothing is dreamier than a muscular, shirtless hottie sporting a sprawling tribal mark accentuating his perfect biceps. It is easy to get sucked into the glamour of the “bad” look. Nothing screams individuality quite so much as vivid colors splashed across somebody’s legs or collarbone. In a fit of self-expression, I myself fell into the trap and paid a stranger to doodle on the inside of my wrist. I considered it a beautiful representation of myself for the entire world to see—until I had to job hunt. Tattoos cost money, and money requires employment. Fortunately, San Marcos is crawling with college kids and hiring-establishments are a little more lenient when it comes to ink. Still, a few places shut me down solely because of the smudge of blue on my wrist. Many people may rally against this, claiming that a person’s appearance does not symbolize their qualifications. Maybe this is true, but as of right now, it is how the world works—tattoos are unprofessional. An April 13 New York Times article reported that 61 percent of human resource managers said tattoos hurt job applicants’ chances. This is a high price to pay for the sake of a pretty picture on someone’s body. Of course, covering visible symbols up is always an option. However, wearing long sleeves or particular styles of clothing can get irritating and defeats the purpose of the tattoo. Constantly wearing long sleeves, few people will actually see the product of the money, time and pain it took to acquire the piece of art. It is understandable why tattoos are desirable amongst college students. They can be seen as a pursuit of control in a time of a young person’s life when it is mostly lacking. Seizing control by having discipline and securing a prosperous future is a more efficient way of going about it, however. Keeping as many doorways open as possible should be a priority for students and like it or not, obvious tattoos can limit opportunities for the future. Artistic self-expression can be achieved in countless other ways. Clothing choices, hobbies, hairstyles and many other non-permanent methods project individuality without closing doorways to potential careers. Although many tattoos are beautiful, I have seen my fair share of cringe-worthy pieces. Chinese characters, tribal pieces with no real meaning, phrases and quotes repeated a thousand times to the point of ineffectuality—these are not something to be proud of. Young people are expected to make bad decisions because it is easy to bounce back, but this is not the case with ink. It is better to be rich and covered in beautiful custom art pieces at 40 than a 20-year-old with no cash and an ex’s name scribbled as a chest piece.

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SPORTS Football // Louisiana-Lafayette preview

Samuel Rubbelke, B3

BEYOND THE GAME Damion McMiller, junior linebacker

Gabby Tropea, B3

Get to Know Molly Ahrens, senior middle blocker

Carlos Marquez III, B5

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Texas State prepares to face preseason conference favorite Louisiana-Lafayette By Samuel Rubbelke Sports Reporter @SamuelRubbelke

The Texas State defense will be tasked with containing junior quarterback Terrance Broadway for the start of Sun Belt Conference play against Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday. After starting the season 0-2, Broadway and the Ragin’ Cajuns have rebounded, capturing victories in their past two games. The back-to-back New Orleans Bowl champions look to continue their conference success against Texas State’s nationally ranked defense. “The second season starts now (with) conference play. It will be a new venue and experience for us,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “Thanks to the powers that be, we get to start conference play with the two best teams in the league, according to the preseason polls. We’ll find out a lot about ourselves, because both Lafayette and Monroe were picked to win the conference.” Texas State leads the Sun Belt in rush defense, holding opponents to an average of 62.5 yards this season. The Bobcats lead the conference in turnover margin, averaging 1.5 per game, forced fumbles and red-zone defense. The team has forced 11 turnovers this season. “I attribute our defensive success to the coaches,” said senior linebacker Damion McMiller. “They push us everyday to get better, and just being able to be there for us, teach us and help us get better at the things we need to get better at. This week, I think we’ve got some good answers for them.” Containing the Cajun offense will be a collective effort for Texas State, including the offense and its collection of running backs. Last week against Wyoming, the Bobcats controlled the time possession with 37:54 of offense

and accumulated 12 rushing first in both career kickoff returns with 112 downs. and kickoff return yards with 2,471. He “We have so many running backs needs 172 yards and three returns to that have different styles that help con- break a combined record in place since tribute to the team,” said sophomore 1988. running back Chris Nutall. “It’s good to have people talking In 48 rushing attempts, the running about us,” Franchione said. “We’re 3-1 backs averaged 5.3 yards per posses- at this time, and had we played a little sion and tallied five touchdowns. Total- bit better, we would have had a chance ing 264 yards for the game, the Bob- in the fourth one. I think beating Wyocats lost 8 yards. ming gets people’s attention because of Three running backs have led the what they’ve been able to accomplish. Bobcats in rushing for their first four We’re going to stay focused on just trygames of the season. Both Nutall and ing to win number four.” sophomore running back Robert Lowe have recorded 100 yard-plus games for career highs this year. Senior punter Zach Robinson was named the Sun Belt Special Teams Player of the Week against Wyoming. Robinson averaged 48.1 yards per punt for a total of 337 yards. He punted three times within the opposing red zone and had three punts over 50 yards. Robinson held the Cowboys’ punt returners to 28 yards on three attempts. For kick-off, junior kicker Will Johnson booted six touchbacks out of seven attempts, averaging 64 yards. The kicking crew will have to contain return specialist senior Darryl Surgent to win the special teams battle. Surgent Star file photo enters the conference opener ranked second Texas State football will hit the road this weekend to take on in Lafayette history Louisiana-Lafayette in the first conference game of the season.


Damion McMiller, senior linebacker

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Senior linebacker Damion McMiller thinks graduating from Texas State this December will be his greatest life accomplishment. While he is a senior, this is McMiller’s second year to play football at Texas State. Previously, he played one season at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif., and ranked second on the team with 76 recorded tackles, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions. In Stockton at Lincoln High School, McMiller earned All-State Second-Team honors in 2008. He was named All-Conference his junior and senior years while playing outside linebacker. Recruited in early 2012 as a linebacker, McMiller’s job is to protect the Bobcats from being scored on. In his first season at Texas State, McMiller was ranked eighth on the team with 36 tackles and registered five stops against San Jose State, UTSA and New Mexico State. He was a member of the “100 percent Club” during workouts, with perfect attendance in the spring. “I probably derive my inspiration from my parents and my three-year-old daughter, Isabella. She’s definitely my biggest inspiration,” McMiller said. As a father, McMiller’s job is to protect his young daughter. The 6-foot-3-inch, 236 lb. linebacker is a family man who prides himself in his loved ones and what he can do to support them. Other than football, McMiller’s hobbies include spending time with his family. He is known on the team for being a smart player and for his leadership ability. “He’s brought leadership, he’s brought toughness, he’s a very smart football player, and he’s made a lot of plays for us this season,” said Craig Naivar, defensive coordinator and safeties coach. “This past February and January at 6 a.m. workouts he was the guy that exhibited leadership early, and he’s done a real good job in that leadership role.” McMiller will graduate in December and hopes have a career coaching college football. McMiller will be getting his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice but wants to pursue a career involving his love of football. “I’d say my greatest accomplishment will be this year, getting my bachelor’s degree in December and being able to play college football at this level,” McMiller said. “If I don’t pursue coaching, I’d probably want to get my master’s and go somewhere in the lines of probation and working with juveniles.” As a family-oriented young man, McMiller wants to work with kids, whether at the college level playing football or helping those who may have gone down wrong paths in life. McMiller became interested in the criminal justice field as a backup plan, but has always wanted to stay involved in football since discovering his love of the game playing Pop Warner in California. Beyond the game, McMiller wants to help others be the best they can be. He is capable of leading others as a football coach, a mentor to juveniles and in the role of a father.

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Bobcats travel to face Hilltoppers, Panthers By Bert Santibanez

Assistant Sports Editor @BertSantibanez

Texas State volleyball is on a threegame winning streak as the team travels to face top-ranked Western Kentucky Friday and 10th place Georgia State Sunday. Western Kentucky is on a six-game winning streak, beating its previous five opponents on the road. The Hilltoppers have defeated seven teams in straight sets this season, with three of their previous victories ending in three-set sweeps. Western Kentucky ranks first in team hitting percentage in Sun Belt Conference standings, calculating a .303 average for the season. The team is ranked ninth nationally. Senior outside hitter Paige Wessel leads in kills on the Western Kentucky team with 155. Wessel sits atop the Sun Belt Conference standings with a .452 hitting percentage, ranking her 10th nationally. “We’ve done a lot of work pursuing loose balls on the floor. We know that it’s going to be a match with a lot of long rallies,” said senior right-side hitter Amari Deardorff. “I would like to think we could use our size as an advantage, but it always hasn’t necessarily worked out that way against other teams. Even though (Western Kentucky) isn’t the biggest team on the court, they definitely make up for it because they’re really feisty and competitive.” Texas State ranks third in kills according to conference standings, averaging 13.00 per set. Deardorff leads the team in the category with 195 kills for the year. Deardorff became the 16th player in Bobcat history to accumulate more than 1,000 kills after the team’s win against LouisianaLafayette. She received the game ball in an honoring ceremony prior to the

match against ULM. Texas State heads into play this weekend coming off two wins that ended in straight sets against Louisiana-Lafayette and LouisianaMonroe. The Bobcats have defeated eight opponents during the season in straight sets, which is tied for most in the SBC. Freshman outside hitter Shelby Vas Matt comes into the game with Freshman of the Week honors for the second week in a row. Vas Matt has averaged 12.25 kills in the previous four games recording double-doubles in both kills and digs within each of those games. Vas Matt said she feels “excited” to be honored for her game play. “I think my individual performance is more of a reflection of the team,” Vas Matt said. “I’m still going to play my game, continuing to take the same approach with how I did. So, if they’re going to put pressure on me, then that just means that I have to continue to hit high and take good shots.” Texas State will finish the weekend against Georgia State, a team that has lost seven out of its previous eight matches. The Panthers rank second to last in team hitting percentage, averaging a combined .169 from the court. Sophomore outside hitter Dede Bohannon leads Georgia State in kills with a .141 hitting percentage, which places her eighth in conference standings. “The key is finding a way to plan defensively for a team like (Western Kentucky),” said Coach Karen Chisum. “The team has been able to watch a lot of video of them, and they’re a very competitive team. They’re huge, like Baylor and Arkansas we played, but they aggressive and tend not to make a lot of errors. The team really has to keep the ball of the floor and look for the right shot to terminate.”

Star file photo Bobcat volleyball will play two conference games against Western Kentucky and Georgia State this weekend on the road.


Texas State up against Western Kentucky, Georgia State By Kirk Jones

Sports Reporter @kirk_jones11

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Texas State soccer will take on Georgia State Oct. 4 and Western Kentucky Oct. 6 at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.

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The Texas State soccer team continues Sun Belt play heading into the weekend, playing its first set of home games in two weeks. The Bobcats first take on the Georgia State Panthers Friday. The night game is the first meeting between the two teams, and Coach Kat Conner looks to capitalize on the team’s momentum going into the matchup. “We feel confident that we came out with four points last weekend,” Conner said. “We need to get two wins to stay in the race for the championship.” The Panthers are currently fifth in the Sun Belt standings coming off a split weekend of conference games. Georgia State is 3-6-1 this season and 2-3 in its last five games. The Panthers are 2-3-1 in away games, and the Bobcats are 3-1-1 at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. “It’s definitely more comforting to be at our own field,” said sophomore midfielder Landry Lowe. “With our own fans, our own field and our own parents, it is nice. With my parents coming up this weekend, it always




makes me feel more at home and more comfortable.” The Bobcats are second in the conference with a 1-0-1 record and 2-2-1 in their past five games. The team is looking to improve the defense and force more shutouts. “Defensively we need to stay solid,” Conner said. “We have to get some shutouts going here and offensively look to spring newer ways to attack and not just Lynsey (Curry).” Sophomore forward Lynsey Curry has led the attack in the past two games with 14 shots, topping the team with five goals for the season. The Bobcats are 4-2 while playing night games this season and are working throughout the week to prepare for Friday’s game. “My teammates and I really focusing on keeping the momentum going and trying to stay focused,” Lowe said. “We need to keeping pulling out wins and build the momentum we have going. We don’t want to stop that.” Looking to bring the same drive from the Georgia State matchup, the Bobcats take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Sunday.





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The Hilltoppers are currently on top of the Sun Belt standings with a 2-0 conference record and a 4-3-4 record overall. “They have a great attack,” Conner said. “They can quickly get forward, so number one is getting our defenders to know where the runs are and tracking them better.” Western Kentucky is on a three-game winning streak heading into San Marcos. They lead the Sun Belt in points with six and outscore their opponents 10-9. “We are definitely looking forward at that competition,” Lowe said. “Seeing how well we play going up against someone we know is already ranked higher than us makes us more willing to beat them.” Though undefeated in conference play, Western Kentucky is last in the Sun Belt in goals scored with 10 and is third to last in shots attempted with 160. The Bobcats will be facing senior goalkeeper Nora Abolins, who leads the conference in save percentage and shutouts. The defense of the Hilltoppers is the best in the Sun Belt, allowing only nine goals this season and is second in shutouts with four.



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CM: If your life had a theme song, which would you want it to be? MA: That’s a hard one, but I would have to say that song that says, “she’s my cherry pie” (Cherry Pie by Warrant). It gets me pumped up. CM: If you could be a Disney Princess, which would you be? MA: Obviously Cinderella, because I look like her. CM: If you could run any magazine, which would you choose and why? MA: Sports Illustrated because I

CM: What’s the most exciting thing you’ve done? MA: Honestly, playing a collegiate sport for a Division I school. Not a lot of people can say that they’ve done that. CM: What is your ideal vacation spot? MA: Anywhere in the Caribbean. Honestly, I love to be out in the sun and crystal clear water would be awesome. CM: If you could live in another time period, which would it be? MA: I would have to live in the 1920s. Why not be a flapper? I would like to skip the 1930s, so I don’t have to experience the (Great) Depression. CM: Would you choose fame or riches? MA: Riches, for sure. CM: What’s your favorite type of name-brand clothes? MA: Honestly, I don’t wear a lot of name brands, but I would say Ray-Ban because I love sunglasses.

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Conference. As the schedule turns to conference play starting with Louisiana-Lafayette this upcoming weekend, the Bobcats have their sights set on a Sun Belt Conference championship. Louisiana-Monroe was the pre-season favorite to finish first in the Sun Belt Conference. However, things are starting to look grim for the Warhawks with the loss of senior quarterback Kolton Browning to a season-ending torn quad and an underperforming record five games into the season. Browning was the 2012 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year and was predicted to take home the award again in 2013. Needless to say, the loss of Browning will be critical when it comes to final standings at the end of the season. Western Kentucky is still adjusting to new coach Bobby Petrino and his style of play. Arkansas State was picked to finish third in the conference by the coaches but has been outscored in its last three nonconference games, 110–35. This leads us to what could be Texas State’s true test—an away game against LouisianaLafayette this Saturday. The Ragin’ Cajuns, along with Louisiana-Monroe, were picked by the Sun Belt coaches

to share the conference title. Louisiana-Lafayette is led by junior quarterback Terrance Broadway, who recently won the Manning Award “Star of the Week” and the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week after a 373-yard and five-touchdown performance against Akron. The Cajuns will be a tough test for the Bobcats. Louisiana-Lafayette is 11–1 at home the past three seasons, coming into the matchup against Texas State winning two in a row. For the first time in years, the Bobcats are poised to make a statement with their football program. With an improvement in recruiting the past couple of seasons, the Bobcats might have all of the tools in the toolbox to take home a Sun Belt Conference championship this season. The biggest tool the Bobcats have is their defense. Texas State’s defense, recently nicknamed “Doom Squad,” ranks third in the nation and leads the Sun Belt Conference in rushing defense. Last week, the defense held Wyoming to 64 yards rushing, taking away the run game that makes the Cowboys’ passing game efficient. Defensive coordinator Craig Naivar likes his defense to play with their “hair on fire.” In recent games the defense has been reacting instead of thinking, which is a complete contrast with last year. The pass rush has been getting to the quarterback. The secondary has been flying everywhere on the field, breaking up passes and creating turnovers. The linebacking core is tackling everything in sight, and the defense is playing as a unit. Another tool in the early season success of the Bobcats is the steady running game from sophomore running backs Chris Nutall and Robert Lowe. Combined, the two running

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backs have nine touchdowns on the season and together average 129 yards a game. Nutall gains 7.4 yards a carry, placing him 19th in the FBS. The running game has been a constant for the Bobcat offense and fits the read-option scheme Coach Dennis Franchione wants to execute on a week-by-week basis. The missing tool in Texas State’s toolbox made his collegiate debut Saturday against Wyoming—freshman quarterback Tyler Jones. Previously, the Bobcats had been running a two-quarterback offense with senior quarterback Tyler Arndt and freshman quarterback Jordan Moore. Arndt and Moore together had a lower efficiency than Jones in one game as a true freshman. Jones threw for 196 yards Saturday against the Cowboys, the most a quarterback has thrown against a team this season. Franchione stated after the game against Wyoming that Jones will be the starting quarterback moving forward throughout the season. Jones brings excitement and energy to a team that had been lacking it. The freshman quarterback had a 38-yard run in his first drive of the game that immediately created a buzz around the stadium and on campus. Later in the game Jones showed us his throwing ability, completing a perfectly thrown touchdown pass near the end of the second quarter. The last tool remaining is the fans. Attendance at both home games this year has exceeded 20,000 fans, and Saturday’s game ranked as having the second-highest attendance in school history. If the Bobcats’ success continues past this week with Lafayette and the attendance for the home games continues to rise, we could be building something that lasts for years to come.

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