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The San Marcos Police Department investigates an alleged shooting inside Gotta Habit Smoke Shop after an attempted robbery.

Attendant shot during attempted robbery at Gotta Habit Smoke Shop

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n attendant at Gotta Habit Smoke Shop was shot in the chest during an attempted robbery at approximately 6:20 p.m. Sunday on the 700 block of North LBJ Drive. The suspect, who is still unknown at this time, entered the smoke shop armed with a pistol. Upon entering the store, the suspect was confronted by the store attendant. The suspect then shot the attendant. It remains unknown if anything was stolen during the attempted robbery. The victim has been identi-

fied as Patrick William Reilly, a 25-year-old man from San Marcos. Reilly was shot once in the chest while struggling with the suspect. The gunshot wound was about two inches above Reilly’s heart. He was taken by San Marcos Hays County EMS to University Medical Center Brackenridge in critical condition. No new information is known on his condition. The suspected shooter is described as a Hispanic male, between 5’8” and 5’10,” wearing a black T-shirt and beanie cap. After hearing a loud “boom” or what he thought was a firecracker, Son Nguyen, construction worker at Shisha Zone, ran

to the front of the smoke shop. There he saw a male running from the store. Nguyen told his boss to call 911, and he then chased after the suspect. Police arrived shortly after, he said. Nguyen chased the man to the corner of the parking lot and ultimately decided to let him go. “I let him go because I have three little babies at home,” Nguyen said. “I didn’t want to be cornered. (I was) hoping I could be long distance from him. He could have run up and shot me.” Once Nguyen was back in

front of the smoke shop, he put his shoe on top of the bullet so it would not be lost. Employees of businesses within the 700 block of North LBJ Drive who witnessed the incident were contacted by police. Hannah Sears, Barefoot Campus Outfitter manager, said the store was closed when the shooting took place Sunday night. “I feel like he didn’t really have a reason to shoot whoever he shot, you know,” said Grace White, Barefoot Campus Outfitter employee. “I feel like it was just maybe someone being stupid because I felt like he

as well as a four percent merit pool shared by all employees. “Elected officials have had different pay increases than other employees have had in the past,” said Bert Cobb, Hays County judge. For the past two fiscal years, elected officials received a three

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Dan Patrick, Leticia Van De Putte speak at Texas Tribune Festival In back-to-back interviews, State Senators Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte discussed important topics and the upcoming election Saturday at the Texas Tribune Festival. Both senators are candidates for lieutenant governor—Patrick is the Republican candidate, and

Van de Putte is the Democratic. Touching on issues important to their campaigns, Patrick and Van de Putte talked about immigration reform, women’s health and education. “Obviously the Republicans are not anti-immigrants,” Patrick said. “We’re not anti-anyone.” Patrick spoke about the state’s “wide-open” border. ISIS and al-Qaeda are a “real, present

threat” to Texans. Securing the border is necessary to protect citizens from terrorists and criminals. “As lieutenant governor, my role is to secure the border and protect your lives and reduce your property taxes,” Patrick said. Van de Putte was asked about women’s health, having been vocal during State Senator Wendy

Davis’ 11-hour filibuster last year to delay a bill that would ultimately close half of the clinics that perform abortions in Texas. “I support local leaders who are desperate to make sure women get the local health services that were ripped from them,” Van de Putte said. Medicaid would be “great” for

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Commissioners court sets county budget for $157 million By Alexa Tavarez NEWS REPORTER Last Tuesday, the Hays County Commissioners Court approved its proposed budget of $157 million for the 2015 fiscal year. At the meeting, an increase in elected officials’ salaries was approved as a part of the 2015 fiscal year budget. Future proposals of

standardizing law enforcement vehicles were also discussed but not approved. Several citizens spoke in the public hearing concerning a proposal from the Salary Grievance Committee to raise pay for the county tax assessor-collector and Precinct 4 constable. William Taff, San Marcos resident, questioned why the

court needed to raise taxes. Each individual tax burden should go down as the population increases, he said. “Maybe instead of raising taxes, we should lower them and allow people to take care of themselves,” Taff said. For other elected officials, the salary proposal included a four percent cost-of-living raise

By Kelsey Bradshaw NEWS EDITOR Kicking off the second day of the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival, Evan Smith, CEO and editor in chief of the Tribune, welcomed an audience of over 300 people Saturday to what he called “Woodstock for Wonks.” Held at the University of Texas at Austin, the festival lasted a total of three days. During this time, 200 speakers discussed issues including education, immigration and health care. A full day of keynote sessions was held Saturday. One-on-one conversations were staged with Gov. Rick Perry and State Senators Dan Patrick, Leticia Van de Putte and Wendy Davis. U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, along with Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus also spoke at the keynote sessions. Patrick and Van de Putte were up first in 30-minute one-on-ones. Both candidates for lieutenant governor talked about education. “No child should be forced to go to a failing school,” Patrick said. He said he wanted to give school opportunities to every parent in Texas. Van de Putte talked about getting “high-stakes testing” off the backs of students. She said teachers should be able to go back to teaching instead of making sure students can pass a standardized test. “High-stakes testing is destroying the love of learning,” Van de Putte said. Perry said he still supports the Texas law that gives in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants. Perry said moving up in education is important. “We have now moved to the second highest (high school) graduation rate in America,” Perry said. Too much “turmoil” is going on at UT, and there is too much focus on the university, Straus said. He spoke of the continuing conflict with the House committee that voted to censure Wallace Hall, University of Texas System regent. Hall was conducting an investigation about lawmakers’ influence in the UT admissions process. Straus, who often writes recommendation letters for UT applicants he thinks are qualified, said he hopes the state isn’t headed toward a place where students don’t want letters from lawmakers. “Once upon a time” there were a lot of students who could get into UT, he said. College students often worry about finding jobs after graduation. However, more and more jobs are appearing in Texas, Cruz said. “I think there’s a reason 1,000 people a day are moving to Texas,” Cruz said. “It’s where the jobs are.” He said people think with their feet and move to the places with the jobs. By investing in education, the state would be investing in the future of the workforce, Davis said. There is “no question” that Texas schools need more funding. “If we want to make sure we have the workforce for the jobs of tomorrow, we’ve got to make sure we’re investing in our kids,” Davis said. Investing in young people makes sense,


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ROBBERY, from front didn’t have to shoot someone to rob the place.” White is a resident of Treehouse Apartments, located behind the smoke shop. “When I walked to the library at 6:30 p.m., there were cops with huge AK-47s, it looked like, and they were all outside on this corner,” White said. White said a friend coming to her apartment called asking how to walk to her building because police officers were in the way. When she walked by the scene, White asked an officer what happened, and he was hesitant to respond. White asked the officer if she should be worried because she lives in the apartment complex behind the shop. She said the officer told her “somebody did see him run in

that direction.” “(Treehouse Apartments) told us (Monday) that (the suspect) did go through our building and then up by the office and then toward Grin’s,” White said. Treehouse Apartments management put letters on residents’ doors notifying them of the incident and possible evidence that could have been left on the property by the suspect, White said. “They told us if we found a gun to call the cops, because they haven’t found his gun,” White said. “They told us to check our (truck) beds ‘cause he could have thrown (the weapon).” Treehouse Apartments’ management declined to comment. Larissa Faery, bartender at Bobcat Nation Sports Bar and Grill, was working when the shooting

happened. “It was really scary,” Faery said. “We just heard, like, a pop and didn’t really think too much of it. It just sounded like anything else you would hear on the streets or while there’s construction going on.” Faery said another bartender was in the parking lot after the shooting and turned around to see the suspect running away around the corner. “I didn’t know what happened until he came back in to Bobcat (Nation) and his face was just—you know, you knew there was something wrong,” Faery said. The other bartender told the manager about the shooting, and an emergency medical technician (EMT) who was in the bar at the time heard them and said he could help, Faery said.

and valued,” Van de Putte said. Both candidates discussed education. If elected lieutenant governor, Patrick said he would be hesitant to give more money to failing schools. “No child should be forced to go to a failing school,” Patrick said. Van de Putte said a one-time investment could change a generation of students, and she would give more money to education. “We would be the envy of the nation,” Van de Putte said. “We would have a workforce that’s young, diverse and educated.” Patrick said school isn’t always “about the money.” He said his job is to give school opportunities to every parent in Texas.

Patrick was greeted with questions regarding his so-called “invisible campaign.” Since Patrick won the runoff against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in May, claims have been made that Patrick hasn’t been seen in the public eye nearly enough. Patrick said he has been campaigning for 30 out of 40 days and the idea he has been hiding is wrong. “It’s ridiculous,” Patrick said. During her interview, Van de Putte noted that both she and Patrick know the responsibility of the lieutenant governor position is a “great one.” “I would love for the people of this state to be able to question both candidates on the issues,” Van de Putte said.

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They went outside, and the other bartender was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher talking the EMT through how to assist the victim who had just been shot, Faery said. “At first whoever got shot was (saying), ‘Oh my gosh, I got shot in the chest, I got shot in the chest,’” Faery said. A few minutes later, the victim started to calm down and sat upright, she said. Becca Swaim, barista at Mochas and Javas, said about 13 police officers holding assault weapons knocked on the coffee shop’s back door Sunday night after the shooting. The officers told her about the shooting and said they believed the suspect ran behind the shop. “I just saw the cops opening the dumpsters and pointing their guns down in there,” Swaim said. “He

had just run off, so they were looking for him.” Police also came in through the front door with their assault weapons and walked around the coffee shop while students were studying, Swaim said. Customers were looking to Swaim for guidance and information while the armed officers were in the shop, she said. According to the surveillance footage, the suspect may have come into Mochas and Javas, Swaim said. During the investigation, police discovered that the smoke shop was robbed at gunpoint twice before in the recent past, but the robberies were never reported to the authorities, according to a city press release. SMPD is now including these cases as part of the overall investigation.

EDUCATION, from front

the state of Texas, Van de Putte said. “(Leticia Van de Putte) wants to expand Obamacare,” Patrick said. “I do not.” Federal government should participate less in decisions that need to be made by the state, Patrick said. It should be up to the people of Texas to decide how best to structure healthcare. He also said that big government shouldn’t tell businesses how much to pay their employees. “I don’t think (equal pay) is a problem,” Patrick said. Van de Putte said she will try to bring people together and fight for what is right if elected. “We’ve got to get to a place in this state where women are respected

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Davis said. Students were offered a discounted rate to attend the festival. Given their own hashtag, #TTFstudents, students who attended the festival had the opportunity to meet with peers and speakers. Student journalists from Austin, San Antonio and San Marcos attended what Smith called “ACL for nerds.”

Smith closed the last day of the festival after his one-on-one keynote session with Governor Perry. He called the festival a “journalism church” and thanked everyone for attending. After Perry exited the stage, the Longhorn Band arrived played songs including “The Eyes of Texas are Upon You.”

BUDGET, from front percent pay increase, Cobb said. “Some people just don’t believe anybody should get a pay increase,” said Commissioner Mark Jones, Precinct 2. “The employees worked really hard in the past year, and there have been several years they didn’t receive any increases.” The county has been in good shape, Jones said. Yet, no matter what the court decides, not everyone will be pleased. “Hays County has an admirable financial standing among all the counties surrounding us,” Cobb said. Ultimately, the court voted and approved a salary of $83,549 for the county tax assessor-collector and $63,500 for the Precinct 4 constable. Tax rates from the prior fiscal year remained unchanged in the 2015 budget. In addition, $35,000 was approved and allotted for law enforcement to purchase a new fully equipped vehicle, said Constable Darrell Ayres, Precinct 3. However, the allotted amount will not suffice in purchasing and equip-

ping the vehicle, he said. “We’re eager to get the new vehicles because we are in need of them,” Ayres said. “We’ve got a ‘01 Crown Victoria that we drove until it died. It is literally sitting in the parking lot, waiting to go to auction this year.” Ayres said he supports the standardization for fleet vehicles used by law enforcement but asked the court if the commissioners could increase the budget to afford standardizing Chevy Tahoes. If the vehicles are standardized, parts can be interchangeable and the mechanics can develop expertise on the model, Jones said. No final determinations have been made. “If we can’t standardized after this budget round, I’m sure we can put together some opportunities to do that,” said Commissioner Ray Whisenant, Precinct 4. “It’s not going to happen in a single budget period. I think it will be a comprehensive period of three to five years.” The FY 2015 County Budget will go into effect Oct. 1.


Information stolen from two victims in phishing scam By Jon Wilcox SPECIAL TO THE STAR The Texas State Information Security Office is investigating a recent rash of email phishing scams targeting 51 faculty inboxes. The emails, sent in early August, posed as salary review documents inviting Texas State faculty to check their eligibility for pay increases. Clicking on the email’s portal landed victims on a site purporting to be the university’s Systems Applications Products (SAP) site, an online resource where faculty and

staff manage their online financial information. Faculty who attempted to log into the site forfeited sensitive personal information to what Daniel Owen, Texas State Information Security officer, said is an “organized and sophisticated cyber-criminal group.” Email phishing aims to acquire personal information such as usernames, passwords and credit card numbers by posing as a trusted source. In specialized scams known as “spear phishing,” an attacker does research on specific targets and then sends out highly tailored emails.

Owen said this attack is a typical case of spear phishing. “This was a pretty well-crafted phishing attack,” Owen said. “They knew we were coming up on the annual merit raises for the university at the end of September. It was timely and well targeted.” After receiving reports of the attack, the Information Security Office responded promptly. Owen and other members of the information security team administratively removed the emails from the email servers and blocked access to the counterfeit SAP site. “Luckily, we only had two people

who fell for it,” Owen said. The two victims could not comment at this time, as the investigation is ongoing. The Information Security Office was formed in 2007 to combat cyber threats. In the mid-2000s, major universities across the world, including Texas State, began seeing an increase in malicious emails, from practical jokes and Nigerian princes to more sophisticated, destructive malware, said Carl Van Wyatt, vice president of Information Technology. “Today, literally, our campus receives millions of emails each

month, and of those over 90 percent are malware,” Wyatt said. “That kind of criticality drives this organization. We have to be proactive.” On a day-to-day basis, the information security office monitors the university’s firewall, email servers and virtual private network (VPN), watching and waiting for possible threats. “We have equipment here at the perimeter of our university network that is constantly blocking emails,” Owen said. “Probably 90 percent of the traffic coming into the university gets blocked by these devices because it deems it as malicious.”


Student Government passes emergency parking legislation By Anna Herod NEWS REPORTER Student Government passed emergency legislation Monday based on the student body’s opinion on upcoming parking policy changes to give to Nancy Nusbaum, interim director of transportation services. The legislation reads that based on surveys of the student body, Student Government endorses the recommendation to change the Speck Street and Academy Street parking garages from all-zone to perimeter parking. Reducing the twoweek “permit-free” parking period at the beginning of the fall semester to only one week, as well as implementing a lottery system for parking permit purchases, is also included in the legislation. Nusbaum will present the information to President Denise Trauth during a meeting early next week. “Texas State Student Government strives to promote

student opinion and feedback on university policies and issues,” said Senator Anthony Galo, the author of the legislation. The survey sample only consists of 225 students, but some feedback is better than none, Galo said. “We did everything we could to survey as many people as possible,” Galo said. “We put the surveys out on social media, our website and handed them out during our classes.” Senator Domonique Gray-Berroa said he did not believe student government should pass legislation that was based on such a small sample size. “With the sample size being as small as it is, I believe that we cannot ignore that it isn’t representative of the student body,” Gray-Berroa said. “We shouldn’t totally base legislation off of information that is shaky. It should be based off of what our constituents want.” The legislation was passed 20 to 5. Senator Austin An-

derson said she believes Student Government did all it could to gather data within the allotted time. “I feel that despite the circumstances, it is important that we give this feedback because we do understand the parking issues,” Anderson said. “Every member of the senate has been in the freshmen class here at some point, and we understand the struggles with parking on campus. Along with the data we collected, I feel that the recommendations we’re making are solid.” COLLEGE SKI & BOARD WEEK br e c k e n r i dge

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Get out of town | AUSTIN By Jonathan Hamilton TRENDS REPORTER Both the capital and liberal mecca of the State of Texas, Austin stands alone with its open-minded identity. Originally a small village named Waterloo, the town became the capital and took up the name Austin in 1839. Over the years, the city has been a bastion of individuality. With a legendary music scene and a passion for everything eclectic, there is a certain vibe that even the most unfamiliar of tourists recognize. Paige Johnson, a realtor from the small town of Bentonville, Arkansas had this to say about her time so far in Austin: “It’s really artsy and free. It’s like anything goes.” With individuals from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, "Hippie Haven" is truly a spot where anybody is accepted. Mitchell Soukup, a resident of the city, said, "It's a really diverse city, probably the most diverse city in Texas. There is literally something here for everyone." Austin serves as the perfect spot for a student’s weekend getaway with its carefree demeanor and artistic hot spots.



Hungry for a decent bowl of crawfish Étouffée? Look no further than the French Quarter Grille, a seafood restaurant known for its exceptional Cajun cooking. Don't forget your wallet, as these entrees lean a little to the expensive side. But with their gifted chefs and highclass atmosphere, French Quarter Grille proves you get what you pay for. 1300 N. Interstate Hwy 35 #600 Austin, TX 78753 512-832-9040

BEEHIVE BOUTIQUE For the ladies, Beehive Boutique is a women’s store that offers a variety of trendy tops, bottoms and accessories that are sure to get a couple of fellas to do a double-take. Different styles and looks travel all throughout the store. This is definitely the place to get that dress for Saturday night's party. 3300 Dee Caves Rd. #400 Austin, TX 512-347-0800



While not the largest store, Service Men's Wear is a shop that is confident that its quality of clothing will keep customers coming back for more. From familiar brands like Vans and Levis to labels on the underground level, Service has excellent taste for all of the 20-somethings looking to improve their closets. 1400 S. Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78746


Peacefully living in the backyard of Vince Hannemann's south Austin home, the Cathedral of Junk boasts over 60 tons of trash. Since starting on the kingdom in 1988, Hannemann has added an enormous amount of junk ranging from clocks to bicycles. This house of hoarding is an interesting sight to experience as you chill out in the city. 4422 Lariena Dr. Austin, TX 78745 512-299-7413

PRESLIE COX STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER PRESLIE COX STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER An unassuming food truck holds what are known to be some of the best donuts in Texas. With donuts like the Fat Elvis, Granny's Pie and the Son of a Peach, Gourdough's customizes each glazed sweet roll with dozens of toppings sure to cause cavities. Bacon can even be found on top of a pastry or two. Gourdough's is the perfect place to make a snack pit stop while journeying through the city. 1503 South 1st St. Austin, TX 78704 512-707-1050

AUSTIN BEERWORKS Austin Beerworks is a brewery that hosts a number of tours, festivals and tastings. Known for its homegrown lager and ecofriendly approach to packaging beer, Austin Beerworks is a place that everyone should give a shot at least once. A brewery tour would be the perfect weekend activity while in Austin. 3009 Industrial Terrace Austin, TX 78758 512-821-2494



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Bobcats should not be embarrassed by homesickness in college


omesickness is a serious aspect of college life that is overlooked by many. For most students, going away to college is their first time leaving the safety and comfort of home. It is common to experience homesickness and a bit of culture shock during the first years of college. However, what many fail to acknowledge is the fact that the homesickness often stays long after the culture shock fades away. Homesickness happens to everyone and is a natural part of growing up. There is comfort in home, and going long periods of time without seeing the familiar faces of family and pets can wear anyone down. In some cases, you don’t even realize how homesick you were until you actually go back home. Texas State has an orientation program for its new students that includes discussions on everything from STDs to registration guidelines. However, one topic that is missing from the discussion is homesickness

and how that can affect a person’s college experience. Explaining that homesickness is real, happens to everyone and is nothing to be embarrassed about could go a long way towards helping incoming students feel comfortable in their new home. One way Texas State does attempt to address the hometown blues is training the Residential Assistants (RAs) on how to help their residents through it. Although it is up to individual RAs to make themselves available for students to talk to, all RAs go through homesickness training and seminars, so they are hopefully well equipped when the situation arises. Being homesick can hinder a person’s college experience. Of course, an easy fix to homesickness is to simply go home. However, going home all the time can also hinder the experience. It is easy to go home and stay in the comfort zone, but there should be some sort of moderation. If homesick students feel disconnected from campus life, they should try staying

in town for a few weekends. Sometimes forcing yourself out of your comfort zone is healthy for growth. Staying in town and getting to know neighbors or a classroom acquaintance is a good way to start forging those lifetime college friendships depicted in Hallmark movies. On the flip side, there are students that come to college and never look back. Those students should not forget where they came from and at least call their parents every now and then. If it’s been more than a month since the last contact with parental units, students should make an effort to call mom or dad. Even a five-minute call to let them know you’re still alive would probably brighten their day immensely. The editorial board is comprised of a range of ages and maturity levels, and each person on it admits to having been homesick before. For those dealing with the weight of homesickness right now, know that it will get better and easier to mange, and that you are not the only one.


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Sexual assault policies must be made more clear Olivia Garcia OPINIONS COLUMNIST Public relations senior

Teffective exas State must adhere to an stance against sexual

assault through a firm policy and education on that policy. Many universities across the nation have been recently criticized for mishandling sexual assault cases. A big component to these criticisms is the lack of an updated, transparent zero-tolerance sexual assault policy.

The online student handbook for Texas State University under Appendix H is supposed to document the policy on sexual misconduct. However, when opening that page under the Dean of Students website, a message is posted saying the policy is currently under review. There is no link to any sort of policy for students or any sort of instructions on how to file a sexual assault complaint. All that is said is to contact the Title IX director of the Office of Equity and Access for further assistance. The optimist in me is hoping that our policy is under review for a transparent, zero-tolerance revision. Still, students have to jump through hoops to find what to do if they were sexually assaulted. This is unacceptable. Students should have total, unrestricted access to this type of information. Students should be educated at least once a semester on the

university’s policy in order to prevent Texas State from becoming yet another institution sweeping sexual assault under the rug. The Office of Equity and Access website recommends that if a student feels violated by faculty, staff, or contractor, he or she must report it to that office, but students who believe they have been harassed by another student must go to the Dean of Students. Hopefully, the personnel dealing with these cases have been properly trained to handle victims’ emotions and prevent misuse of information regarding the incident. University of Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz was a victim of the Dean’s office’s misuse of information that led to a failed investigation of her sexual assault. This ultimately led to her alleged attacker being unpunished, still roaming the campus after two other women also testified against


Student workers deserve higher minimum wage on campus

Xzaviar Allen OPINIONS COLUMNIST Electronic media junior


he jobs that pay the least usually require a specific set of skills or the completion of various tasks that are not fit for such low pay. Although some of these jobs can give students excellent hands-on experience in multiple fields, the monetary payout is not always sufficient. For many student workers, the job may be their only source of steady income. Leftover funds from a students’ financial aid award are usually disbursed around the beginning of each semester but may not completely cover their budget until their next refund check. Refund checks are certainly splendid, but they are not always reliable. Occasionally, students receive refunds that are not what they had hoped for or expected. In worse cases, the money they do receive

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is already accounted for in terms of the ways it needs to be stretched or split up to pay for various items or fees. In the end, the student may have very little or no money left from their refund. When financial issues start to pile up, students may be forced to look for other jobs to cover expenses their initial job does not. In comparison, the minimum wage for on-campus jobs does not add up to the cost of living, let alone attending school. Although many students receive financial aid, it may not cover expenses like books, supplies or food. Depending on how much financial aid the student receives and where they live, they may not be able to cover even these basic essentials. If the student actually lands another job, however, it takes up much time that could be used for studying and other academic necessities, which could be problematic. To add insult to injury, the minimum wage generally does not add up to the amount of work done and the nature of said work. At my previous on-campus job, I was a senior writer and event coordinator, delving into areas like philanthropy, community service and social work. A meager $7.25 per hour was my bread and butter, but it did not match the

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long hours I worked during the 2014 spring semester and the summer. Although I gained valuable life experiences, I found it difficult to stay afloat with the little money I was earning. Ultimately, a higher minimum wage would greatly ease the plight of the independent student. There are so many diligent students who completely cover their own expenses. General school supplies are not usually too far from reach, but things like rent, utilities and phone bills prove to be staggering debts on such little pay. At a certain point in my college career, my living arrangements became shaky and uncertain after I was unable to fully pay my rent. Problems like these put students under much physical and mental duress. The stress from sleeping on a couch for months at a time would take its toll on any college student. Overall, students working on-campus minimum wage jobs deserve more for their tedious hard work. When that job is their only source of steady income, students rely heavily on every dollar they could possibly earn to survive on their own. To those who incessantly file papers, sit in toll booths or wash dishes at Commons: you have not been forgotten. Multimedia Editor............................Liann Shannon, Assistant News Editor........................Nicole Barrios, Account Executive..................................Stephanie Macke, Account Executive.................................Morgan Knowles, Account Executive.....................................Jamie Beckham, Media Specialist............................................ Chris Salazar, Advertising Coordinator..............................Kelsey Nuckolls, Publications Coordinator.......................................Linda Allen, Publications Director...........................Bob Bajackson,

him. Sulkowicz carries a mattress around campus, like the one in her dorm where she allegedly was raped, to raise awareness of Columbia’s injustice regarding sexual assault. According to a Sep. 12 Huffington Post article, a coalition of 31 Columbia student groups gathered to demand that the school begin implementing consent education programming for all returning students. They also want the university to require annual bystander intervention training for all fraternity and sorority members in addition to creating a new way for sexual assault victims to file appeals of their adjudication to someone besides the Dean’s office. Student groups also suggested officials conduct regular surveys of students on how the school is doing handling sexual assault complaints and release data on how students found responsible of sexual violence

were punished. These are the types of demands Texas State University students should be advocating. Clarity and education on sexual assault policies is of utmost importance. School officials should be following these stories closely to prevent incidents like that of Sulkowicz. Additionally, when an administration fails its students, demonstrations like Sulkowicz ‘s are needed throughout campus to educate victims of their rights. Sexual assault is a corruption corroding universities’ integrity and dignity. A stronger stance against sexual assault starts with the effectiveness of its policy. There was only one policy found under the Office of Equity and Access website, and that was for faculty, staff and contractors. Texas State must be willing to have a transparent, zero-tolerance student policy for better student life experience.


Dining halls do not offer adequate vegan, vegetarian friendly meals

Kirsten Peek OPINIONS COLUMNIST Journalism senior


he campus dining halls should reflect a recent trend towards vegan and vegetarian lifestyles by adding a larger variety of vegan options to better accommodate all students. It is estimated that about five percent of the United States population identifies as vegan or vegetarian. In recent years, this percentage has climbed and will likely continue to. A vegan diet is free from all animal products, while a vegetarian abstains from meat but may still eat eggs or dairy. People choose to eliminate meat from their diets for a number of reasons, including ethical, health and environmental conflicts. According to the American Dietetic Association, “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.” While anyone can eat vegan food, vegans obviously are more limited in their options than the average person. The dining halls on campus seriously underrepresent this lifestyle. There are a lot of grilled cheese, French fry and cheese pizza options that the vegetarians could

partake in, although it is not healthy or viable to live off of any of these items for long stretches of time. Hello, freshman 15. The main vegan options I see are the salad bar, and there is usually a very small section of vegan-friendly food in Harris and Commons. One of my friends referred to this area as “the leftover scraps” as we examined the vegan offering of the day: triangular pieces of tortillas with black beans and sweet potatoes stuck on top. We concluded that this was an unappetizing attempt at quesadillas. Vegans rely on more than salad and carbs to stay healthy and energized, and with a little research and effort, there is an entire world of delicious and nutritious vegan dishes that everyone could enjoy. Commons and Harris are where vegans usually have the most luck finding something to eat, but they close in the early evening. Many students do not have time to grab dinner before then due to class and meeting schedules, so their options are reduced to Jones or The Lair. The Lair has no salad bar, and Jones only does sometimes. Vegans are forced to scavenge around, trying to come up with animal product-free items that still are considered a meal trade, with varying degrees of success. Everyone pays the same price for the meal plans, though meat-free diets tend to be less expensive. Vegans deserve to enjoy the same convenience and variety as their meat-eating friends. In addition to continuing to serve meat, Chartwells should exert the effort to incorporate a variety of satisfying vegan options into the existing menu. No one should have to compromise his or her beliefs in order to stay healthy while dining on campus.

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Bobcats fall short against Illinois on the road 42-35 By Quixem Ramirez SPORTS EDITOR @QUIXEM

As the football deflected into Illinois junior defensive back V'Angelo Bentley's hands, the Bobcats' fourth quarter comeback attempt was derailed before it even started. Tyler Jones, sophomore quarterback, misread the defense, and Bentley veered towards the ball, corralling the pass intended for Ben Ijah, senior wide receiver. Bentley ran unimpeded for 45 yards, giving the Fighting Illini their largest lead of the game, 14 points, with 2:41 remaining in the fourth quarter. "I think the corner just made a great play," Coach Dennis Franchione said. "He just made a good guess. He made a good break on the ball, made a good play, and he deserves a lot of credit for that." Jones led a nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in 89 seconds following his only interception of the game, but the damage was done. Illinois recovered the onside kick, defeating Texas State 42-35. "I don't want to take any moral victories just because we came to a power-five team and played well," Franchione said. "That's not what we came here for. We didn't come here to lay up. We came here to go for it and win." Jones set a career-high in passing yards (336) and total touchdowns (5) in the loss. His fourth touchdown—a 12-yard strike to Ijah in the back of the end zone as the Illinois defense sagged in after the run fake—gave Texas State its last lead of the game. Colby Targun, senior safety, plucked Illinois sophomore quarterback Wes Lunt's wayward pass from the air, returning it 48 yards to set up Ijah's career-high second touchdown. "We'll find some plays we wish he'd done a little better, but he gave his offense a chance," Franchione said. "He's handling what we are doing with the tempo and executing the offense pretty well. The guys played well around him tonight, so I'm glad we got him." Then Illinois stormed back. Lunt orchestrated a 10-play, 78-yard touchdown drive that bled four min-

utes from the clock following Ijah's touchdown. The Bobcats wiped away a 33-yard field goal attempt when David Mims II, junior cornerback, ran into Illinois sophomore kicker David Reisner. Mims' penalty turned a 4th-and-5 into a first down in Texas State's red zone. Lunt capitalized on the extra opportunity, lofting a pass in the back of the end zone to freshman wide receiver Mike Dudek, whose leaping grab gave the Fighting Illini a lead they would never relinquish. The loss snaps Franchione’s 16game winning streak when leading after three quarters. "They've come from behind against three of the non-power-five teams," Franchione said. "Let's see if they can do it against the big boys. I'm sure that gives them confidence to keep playing. It's a 60-minute game. There was nothing settled early, and then they came out early and changed the momentum of the game." Texas State's momentum was undercut early in the second quarter when a one-hour and 56-minute weather delay interrupted a stretch during which the team scored two touchdowns and forced four consecutive Illinois punts. Illinois junior running back Josh Ferguson scored on the first play of the game. Lunt did not waste a beat, releasing the ball to Ferguson in the backfield. Ferguson then ran up the right sideline for a 75-yard touchdown. The Fighting Illini, with six first downs in the first half, wilted under the pressure of defensive coordinator John Thompson's defense until the second half resumed. "It was surreal," Ferguson said. "It happened so quick. I got a great block from a freshman, and I applaud him for that. Starting fast with that long run was great." After the initial offensive possession ended in three plays, the Bobcats' up-tempo momentum gelled in a 55-yard drive ending with Ijah's first touchdown. Jones' run fake to Rob Lowe, junior running back, drew in the Fighting Illini defensive back covering Ijah. As Jones maneuvered to his right on a designed quarterback run, three defenders collapsed, leaving Ijah wide

open in the back of the end zone. In a bit of improvisation, Jones stopped, stepped forward and unfurled his first touchdown under duress. On the team's third possession of the game, Jones evaded a defensive lineman on 3rd-and-12 just long enough to set up a screen pass for Lowe. Jones fell flat on his stomach with a Illinois defender draped over him. The extra second of time bought Lowe enough time to turn the corner for a 24-yard gain. Lowe ran for 117 yards on a seasonhigh 26 carries. "Rob does it week in and week out," Franchione said. "We've just come to expect it. The offensive line deserves a little credit. They did some good things tonight. Rob is very good at seeing things, and his awareness of where to take the football is good. He did a great job." Jafus Gaines, junior wide receiver, beat the defensive back to the spot on the next play, simplifying Jones' decision-making process to one objective: give him enough time to haul in the pass while remaining inbounds. Gaines dragged both of his feet in the end zone for his third touchdown reception this year, a team-high. Jones capped the first half with the team's longest drive of the season: a 13-play, 90-yard maneuver ending with a lunging one-yard touchdown from the sophomore quarterback. Lunt, held in check by the defense in the first half, completed four passes for 60 yards to quickly create a scoring opportunity at the end of the half. Ferguson scored on a twoyard touchdown with 1:14 remaining in the half after Mims' 13-yard pass interference penalty in the end zone. The Bobcats held the ball for 22 minutes in the first half. Eventually, the game evened out, with the Fighting Illini outgaining the Bobcats by 111 total yards in the second half. Texas State begins the season 1-2 through three games for the first time since 2011, while Illinois improves to 5-0 all-time against Sun Belt opponents. Texas State will play a second consecutive road game against the 1-2 Tulsa Golden Hurricanes Sept. 27 before opening Sun Belt conference play.



Notebook: Texas State vs. University of Illinois defenders simply took a bad angle. Texas State gave up 42 points in the game, but the Orakpo-less defense held up for most of the game.



The Texas State football team begins the season 1-2 to begin. This is undeniably the team’s worst start since 2011. The Bobcats lost two consecutive games against Navy and Illinois, both of them double-digit favorites, although they held their own for the majority of both games. Results notwithstanding, the Bobcats executed well in six consecutive quarters after coughing up 28 points during the first half against Navy. The defense lost Michael Orakpo, senior linebacker, for the season and still forced a punt on five of Illinois’ seven offensive possessions in the first half. Meanwhile, the team’s up-tempo offense is averaging 43 points and 538 total yards per game. This is not a team that is getting severely outplayed.


With the exception of Jones’ interception to V’Angelo Bentley in the fourth quarter, Jones outplayed his sophomore quarterback counterpart. He compiled career-highs in passing yards (335) and total touchdowns (5) while still completing 67.4 percent of his passes. Even when he was surrounded by defenders, Jones scampered for positive gains with his arm and running ability. He completed a pass to nine different Bobcat receivers, which is indicative of the confidence he has in Coach Dennis Franchione’s offense. The defense without Orakpo: Defensive coordinator John Thompson compensated for losing, arguably, his best athlete on the defense by upping the pressure and disguising his blitz packages. Lunt, one of the most prolific passers in the FBS, was held to 63 yards in the first half. Illinois junior running back Josh Ferguson accounted for 190 total yards, but most of his yardage occurred on his 75yard touchdown reception, a play in which several Bobcat


Texas State’s offense. Heading into the game, Jones was fourth in the nation in completion percentage. While his percentages took a small hit, there were almost no blemishes in his game. He facilitated the running game with his dual threat presence. His run fakes in particular helped Robert Lowe, junior running back, run for 117 yards on a season-high 26 carries. Lowe is averaging 119.7 rushing yards per game, due in part to Jones’ comfort level in the offense.


Fourth quarter execution. Holding a lead after the third quarter has generally boded well for the Bobcats during Franchione’s coaching tenure. They won 16 straight games prior to their loss against Illinois. The offense punted twice, and Jones’ interception to Bentley resulted in a touchdown. When the offense returned to the form, it was too late. The Bobcats resorted to an onside kick attempt to try and salvage the game, but Illinois recovered to clinch the victory. Illinois outscored Texas State by 10 points in the decisive fourth quarter as Lunt led two scoring drives in the quarter.


Run defense. Illinois ran for a season-high 219 yards— more than the previous three games combined—with Ferguson finding several holes in the Bobcat defense. What seemed like Texas State’s strength has turned into a concern after 571 rushing yards were allowed in the last two games. It is especially egregious considering the strength of the Fighting Illini offense is in its passing offense.

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When the defense desperately needed to hold Illinois to three points, David Mims II, junior cornerback, mistimed his route to the kicker. His error turned what would have been a 33-yard field goal in to another touchdown. That swing of four points put the Bobcats in comeback mode rather than in a tie game. The team committed eight penalties for 63 yards in the game.

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Team splits final nonconference games at home By Sabrina Flores SPORTS REPORTER @SABRINAFLORESTX The Texas State soccer team split its final non-conference games of the season with a 2-0 win against Prairie View A&M and a 2-0 loss to Texas. Texas State controlled offensively in the opening minutes of the game against Texas but remained scoreless in the first half. Jasmine Hart, Texas forward, scored in the 13th minute of the game, and UT led 1-0 through halftime. With 30 minutes remaining in the second half, the Bobcats surrendered a goal on a corner kick from Chantale Campbell, Texas midfielder, to Sharis Lachappelle, senior forward. The Longhorns executed five more corner kicks than Texas State. The Longhorns continued attacking the Texas State defense in the second half, as Caitlyn Rine-

hart, junior goalkeeper, tallied a season-high nine saves. “(Rinehart) made a lot of saves that kept us in the ball game for a long time,” said Coach Kat Conner. “All you can expect from a goal keeper is to do her very best and keep us in the game.” Texas State maintained pressure and coverage, but the Bobcats could not stop Texas from generating scoring opportunities. “We have to take a good lesson from this,” Conner said. “We have to do better as a whole team defending.” Offensively, the Bobcats were unable to score. The Longhorns finished with 26 shots, while the Bobcats only completed 14. “We have to have the mentality that we are going to beat the keeper to the ball,” Conner said. “When the ball is being put into the net, you have to be thinking, ‘I’m going to be in front of the goal keeper, I’m not going to let the goal keeper have an easy way

at it.’” tonight to put two away.” season before Sun Belt play beAs the game wore on, Maddie Conner said she is proud of the gins Sept. 26, when the Bobcats Nichols, sophomore midfielder, team’s effort. will match up against the 3-6 Arattempted a shot that was saved Texas State’s loss marked the kansas State Red Wolves. by a Longhorn defender. last non-conference game of the Tori Hale, senior forward, was able to bring Abby Smith, Texas goalkeeper, out of her goal area, creating a shot opportunity that Nichols failed to convert. “A group like Texas only helps us get better for conference,” Conner said. “That’s the whole idea, is for us to get better for conference so we can compete from a championship. It hurts to have a loss, but it also helps to know what we have to work on.” Texas State defeated Prairie View A&M in the first game of the weekend 2-0. Texas State outshot the Panthers 36-6. Rachel Grout, freshman midfielder, scored both goals in the victory. Grout is tied for the HARON SAENZ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER team lead in goals with three. “It’s very exciting,” Grout Said. Ali Jones, sophomore midfielder and defense, fights for the ball Sept. 21 against “I’m just glad I got the opportunity Texas at Bobocat Soccer Complex.


Texas State wins two conference games over weekend By Derrick Holland SPORTS REPORTER @DHOLLAND23 The Texas State volleyball team won two conference games this weekend on the road. The Bobcats only dropped one set in a strong start to conference play, improving their season record to 8-7. The Bobcats are now on a three-game win streak. Texas State defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves in three sets in their second game of Sun Belt conference play on Sept. 19. Texas State scored 75 points, outscoring Arkansas State by 12 points. Kelsey Weynand, sophomore outside hitter, recorded a double-double with 15 kills and 15 points. Shelby Vas Matt,

sophomore outside hitter, also had a double-double with 12 kills and 13 points. “We’re feeling really good coming home 3-0 in conference play,” Coach Karen Chisum said. “Anytime you can get two wins on the road, it’s major.” The team defeated Louisiana-Monroe in four sets in their third game of Sun Belt conference play, Sept. 21. Texas State scored 100 points, outscoring the Warhawks by 14 points. Weynand recorded her second straight doubledouble with 13 kills and 14 points. Weynand also added 17 digs and one service ace. Vas Matt also had a second straight double-double with 11 kills and 12 points. Jordan Kohl, freshman

right side, had a team-high 15 kills and 15.5 points. Kohl said the team really focused on bouncing back from last weekend’s winless trip in the Texas Tech Invitational. “Losing three games in Lubbock really gave the team an eye-opening experience,” Kohl said. “We knew that we had to get better and work harder. We focused on getting better in practice and that’s why we’re 3-0 in conference play.” Chisum said she is also impressed with how the team bounced back and grabbed three straight wins at the beginning of conference play. “These three wins in conference play are much more important than those three

losses in Lubbock,” Chisum said. “I am extremely pleased with how we have come back from that weekend. On Monday, after we got back from Lubbock, we worked as a staff to implement character and confidence builders to get the team focused. The team really bought into those things.” The Bobcats are one of three undefeated teams in conference play. At 3-0, Texas State is second behind Appalachian State in the conference standings. “The win against UTArlington was huge for us,” Chisum said. “That win gave us the confidence we needed. Our job now is to make sure and get ready for South Alabama on Thursday night.” ALEXANDRA WHITE STAR FILE PHOTO




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