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SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
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En Garde: The Texas State Fencing Club is an organization on campus that accepts anyone interested in learning how to compete in the sport.
Texas Tech Preview: The Bobcats will compete with the Red Raiders in Texas Tech’s ‘Celebrate Cotton Game’ Saturday.
Police investigate possible connections in area robberies By Megan Carthel News Reporter
University Police Department officers are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred Sept. 1 near the Bobcat
Village apartment complex. According to police officers, a male student was approached by an individual he described as a tall black male at about 9:40 a.m. Sgt. Alex Villalobos said the victim
felt he was in “imminent fear of harm.” Villalobos said he believes the victim addressed the suspect or was loud and caused attention to be drawn to the assailant to deter him. He said the victim felt the assailant was going to use a weapon, but it is unclear what weapon the suspect could have had or if he had one at all. No property was taken from the victim, Villalobos said. “The victim was lucky that no rob-
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Citizens Fire Academy “We want to educate the public on what we do. (They learn) what’s involved in being a firefighter.” —Howie Minor, San Marcos Fire Department captain See ACADEMY, Page 3
Fundraising campaign to end February 2014 By Autumn Bernhard News Reporter
Pride in Action, the university’s seven-year fundraising campaign, will end early next year in conjunction with the opening of the Performing Arts Center. The campaign, which will end Feb. 28, 2014, began in 2006 with a goal of earning $110 million. The goal was exceeded last August, and the campaign has raised $144 million. The campaign’s purpose is to provide resources that will promote student and professor excellence, said Barbara Breier, vice president of University Advancement. “The amazing thing about the campaign is that almost all of the money is cash,” Breier said. “The campaign has a total of 40,000 contributors, which acts as the base of support for the university’s future. This proves that our profile has increased in the nation, and we have raised the level of awareness of our potential as a university.” The money the campaign has raised is divided between the campaign’s five pillars of academic excellence, athletics, performing arts, library and alumni. According to Ted McKinnon, assistant vice president of University Advancement and Development, about 73 percent of the funds raised through Pride in Action are going toward academic excellence for endowed scholarships, professorships and chairs. Athletics will receive 16 percent. McKinnon said the money given to the university has helped improve the campus and education for students. “It makes me proud to be part of a university that has truly great people supporting it,” McKinnon said.
“No matter if it is friends or alumni of the university, it is truly amazing to see people who have such great feelings about Texas State to give money.” Texas State officials hired 27 students to call alumni and give them updates on how the university has grown to help raise more money. The students ask alumni for their support to help expand the membership of the Alumni Association, said Dan Perry, assistant vice president of University Advancement. Texas State has a total of 156,000 alumni, he said. The call center reached out to about 77,000 alumni and spoke to 17,000 last year. Perry said 1,000 alumni became new donors, bringing the total to 5,300. Alumni donations totaled $165,000 to 170,000, Perry said. He said University Advancement’s goal is to have 10,000 to 11,000 members in the Alumni Association. “Over 50 percent of the gifts we receive (in the Pride in Action Campaign) are from the alumni, which makes them enhance the experience of others,” Perry said. “But, beyond the campaign, only 4.2 percent of the alumni are contributing to Texas State. Our lifelong goal is 8 percent.” A newer part of Pride in Action is the Family Campaign, Brier said. It has taken place for the past two years and all the donations come from the faculty and staff. “To me, it’s not about how much we raise—it’s just the fact that we have the ability to make some,” Breier said. “What is special about this campaign is the money raised is strictly from the staff. It comes out of their paychecks to help students achieve all they can.”
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Tram collides into minivan at traffic light By Nicole Barrios News Reporter
TOP: Trey Hatt grabs a rope to rescue his wife, Cindy, during a Citizens Fire Academy exercise Sept. 14.
MIDDLE: Denise Molina rappels down the side of Fire Station 5 Saturday during the Citizens Fire Academy rappelling exercise.
BOTTOM LEFT: Captain Jay Horton instructs Cathy Kelly Saturday during the Citizens Fire Academy’s swift water rescue exercise at Rio Vista.
BOTTOM RIGHT: The Citizens Fire Academy aims to educate San Marcos residents on the duties of firefighters in a free 12-week program.
Safety training to be required for organizations selling food on campus By Katharina Guttenburg News Reporter
Beginning Oct. 1, organizations selling food on campus will need at least one member with special training on site while food is present. The requirement is part of a new University Policy and Procedure Statement, the official set of rules and policies governing Texas State.
If a student organization plans to give away or sell food in The Quad or at a program or event, at least one member must have attended a food safety training session. The Office of Campus Activities and the Office of Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management are holding the sessions to prevent food poisoning outbreaks, said Heather Campbell, student development specialist.
Campbell said an outbreak is defined as two or more students becoming ill from food poisoning. No students will be allowed to distribute food if an outbreak is caused on campus. She said the school is being “proactive” by preventing outbreaks before they happen. Campbell said 100 people have received the training over the last six weeks. “There are a variety of universities in Texas that don’t allow any food on campus and that’s because of the hazard of people getting sick,” Campbell
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A Texas State tram collided with a minivan at the intersection of Holland Street and Old Ranch Road 12 at approximately 5 p.m. Wednesday. The tram was turning right onto Old Ranch Road 12 when it sideswiped a green minivan stopped at the traffic light. The tram appeared to scrape the minivan with the bike rack on the front of the bus. No one was hurt in the incident. Two adults and one child were in the minivan. The tram pulled over into the parking lot of Chepo’s Mexican Restaurant to converse with the passengers of the minivan and wait for assistance. The driver pulled into the parking lot and waited for approximately 15 minutes after the collision. About half of the passengers who chose to walk to the Highcrest Apartments stop were then let off the bus. About seven of the approximately 12 remaining pas-
sengers were given papers by the driver and asked to write down information regarding the accident. “The green minivan was in the way, but there was nothing the minivan could do,” said Vilma Quintanilla, undeclared sophomore. “I guess the bus driver thought he could make (the turn), so he went ahead and took it, but he didn’t.” Carson Spann, communication design sophomore, said the incident was “unfortunate for the bus driver and for myself.” He said the incident was not bad, but there was “a pretty bad scratch on the minivan.” Spann said he saw the bike rack scrape the minivan above the driver’s side front tire and leave “a foot and a half long” scratch. A San Marcos Police Department officer was sent to the scene but no report will be filed, according to SMPD officials. Both parties were issued a “blue form,” which is a self-reporting accident in which both parties agree to exchange insurance information.
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FOOD, continued from front said. “We wanted to be proactive so no one would get sick. We want to provide a safe environment for our students.” Campbell said she and Elsie Romano, environmental health and safety specialist, have been preparing the food handling classes for almost two years. In addition to student organization members, people in charge of open events and fundraisers are required to take the training, Romano said. Dining hall employees are recommended to take a session to raise their awareness as well. “The purpose is to raise awareness and to prevent sicknesses,” Romano said. “People doing fundraisers are included in that as well. We are recommending employees go to the training session. We’re trying to take small steps.” Campbell said the purpose is not to shut down organizations or become the “food police,” but to make sure people know how to handle the food preparation correctly. She said students have been responsive to the food handling training. “We’re getting a very receptive reaction,” Campbell said. “People stay after class and ask questions. They are thinking more about what they didn’t think was impor-
tant before.” Romano said the training sessions are similar to an actual class. It includes a lecture with some hands-on demonstrations, such as how to properly wash hands. The training includes information about the people affected by food poisoning, and covers cross-contamination, storage, cooking and equipment. Romano and Campbell said they are not aware of any food poisoning incidents that have occurred at Texas State. However, psychology junior Blake Mc Clintic said he has seen enough from student organizations and how they handle food to know improper procedures can make students sick. Mc Clintic is in charge of the football club’s food booth. He once heard students complaining they could taste lighter fluid on their hot dogs from another food stand. “Nobody’s washing their hands,” Mc Clintic said. “Most people that are out here aren’t even aware of how to cook food. I’ve complained about it.” Mc Clintic said he might be the reason for the new UPPS requirement because he has voiced his thoughts to others. Mc Clintic said he would not have been surprised
John Casares | Staff photographer Blake Mc Clintic, psychology junior, prepares hot dogs for a fundraiser Sept. 2 in The Quad. Starting Oct. 1, Texas State will require at least one member of every organization selling food on campus to receive food handling training. if students have gotten sick from an organization’s food. “It’s good for the organization because it’s awareness for other people, but also gives us an understanding of the responsibilities,”
Mc Clintic said. “I serve good food, and the only complaint I’ve had is my attitude.” There will be two more training sessions this fall. After this semester, Campbell said the sessions will
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ROBBERY, continued from front bery did take place and that no one was injured,” Villalobos said. Investigators are looking into connections between this attempt and a recent string of armed robberies that have occurred around campus. Villalobos said the other robberies occurred during dark hours of the night, but this one was in the morning—a possible reason no robbery actually took place.
“There’s a lot more opportunity for people to see what happened (in the morning)—a lot more opportunity for witnesses,” Villalobos said. “So those types of things come into play.” Police officers said investigators are looking into a person of interest in connection with the recent robberies around campus. Villalobos said officials are not comfortable with closing the
Sept. 1 case and are still looking for more information. Villalobos said citizens and students should stay in groups, well-lit areas and have a plan in case an emergency happens. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for the identification of the individual responsible for the attempted robbery.
Police issue fewer citations in home opener than previous games News Reporter
Fewer police citations were handed out at the Sept. 7 home opening football tailgate and game than the total at the first home matchup against Texas Tech University last year. During the tailgate and game against Prairie View A&M University, San Marcos Police Department officers handed out 10 minor in possession citations, seven public intoxication incidents and four misrepresentation of age by a minor citations. University Police Department officers issued seven minor in possession citations and four public intoxication incidents at the tailgate and game. “Tailgate was smooth with minor problems, and the football game went smooth with minor problems,” said Adam Rodriguez, UPD sergeant. “We had most of our violations occur during tailgate and then we had some that spilled over into the
stadium.” There were fewer violations at the first home game this year in comparison to last year’s home opening game against Texas Tech. SMPD reported four suspicious persons arrests, one harassment ticket, nine public intoxication incidents and five minor in possession citations last year. Chase Stapp, SMPD assistant chief of operations, said there was nothing out of the ordinary during the first home football game. “It was a busy weekend, but nothing that could be attributed to the game,” Stapp said. “It was just overall a busy weekend for us, but nothing extraordinary occurred.” Stapp said they planned in advance for last year’s first home game because they knew the crowds expected from Tech would be a large number. “We did of course learn some lessons from that, but just on your normal game weekend we don’t have to put on too much
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extra stuff,” Stapp said. UPD Officer Otto Glenewinkel said this was the second largest crowd in the stadium, but did not see an increase in citations given out as a result. According to the Athletics Department, the game against Prairie View was the second most attended game in Texas State history with 20,135 in attendance. The Bobcats had 33,006 in attendance for the Texas Tech game, the largest ever. “Usually the biggest drop off you see from one game to another is the opening weekend of when hunting season starts,” Glenewinkel said. “That game is usually really dead, other than that they are all pretty much consistent—unless you have a really large game like the Texas Tech game.” Rodriguez said there were approximately 33 officers working the football game and about six officers working tailgate, which is the standard number of cops on duty.
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Citizens Fire Academy provides perspective on duties of firefighters By Kathryn Parker Special to the Star
A firefighter throws a bag into the cascading water of the San Marcos River as a group of participants are roped to shore. This and other rescue drills are performed as part of the Citizens Fire Academy, which began its third annual 12-week program in August. The academy is intended to educate San Marcos residents on jobs firefighters perform in the community, according to the San Marcos Fire Department’s website. The academy is free to San Marcos residents 18 or older who “meet program criteria, including a criminal background check,” according to the SMFD website. Cadets range from city officials to university employees who meet 6 to 9 p.m. every
Monday and four Saturdays during the course of the program. The Citizens Fire Academy runs from August to November with a graduation ceremony honoring the cadets’ hard work. “We want to educate the public on what we do,” said Capt. Howie Minor, who has been with SMFD for 23 years. “(They learn) what’s involved in being a firefighter.” Previous classes had a capacity of 15, but this class is the largest in all three years of the program’s history, Minor said. “There are a few on the waitlist for next year,” Minor said. Minor said Fire Chief Les Stephens has shown interest in adding a second class in the future. The focus of the Sept. 9 class was to bring attention to the dangerous job of swift water rescue, a type of saving that is not taught in the fire
academy, Horton said. The lesson was then put into action Saturday at the Rio Vista Dam. “I have two days to squeeze in about two weeks’ worth of training,” said Capt. Jay Horton during the meeting. Horton has been with SMFD for more than 31 years. He has been a swift water rescue instructor for 27 years. Trey Hatt, communiKathryn Parker | Staff photographer cation specialist for the Captain Jay Horton checks Cheryl Pantermuehl’s helmet Saturday at the Citizens Fire city and participant in the Citizens Fire Academy, Academy’s rappelling exercise Saturday. said cadets would be “more Horton stressed to the cadets that of the human body 20 times faster than prepared” for the water rescue Texas is the leader of flash flood than air, causing hypothermia to set exercise. events in the nation. The Greater in faster. “I learn something every time I Austin-San Antonio Corridor leads “Match your rescue with your show up,” Hatt said. “Jay Horton is the state in flash flooding. victim,” Horton said. a thorough instructor and very pasHorton said water takes heat out sionate.”
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THE MAIN POINT
Steps can be taken to improve bus system efficiency
t is no secret the bus situation at Texas State is frustrating. Crowding, lack of air conditioning, weird schedules and delays are all annoying problems that have become a daily
struggle for most Bobcats. Despite these frustrations, there are a few things both Bobcats and Transportation Services officials can do to improve the bus situation for everyone involved.
Create an alert system. Tram riders would benefit from the creation of a system letting Bobcats know when major delays will cause the buses to run late. The existing tram arrival time estimator on the Texas State app is helpful, but it would be nice to have a text message alert system to notify students when there are unforeseen circumstances such as heavy traffic due to trains or accidents. The new system could work much like the Texas State Alert System used for emergencies, with students signing up to receive text messages when there is a major delay on their route.
Be patient with the arrival of new buses. According to an April 24 University Star article, Veolia Transportation will be the university’s new bus provider beginning August 2014. Veolia will provide a brand new fleet of buses. With new models on the way, it is understandable Transportation Services officials do not want to spend money to improve the current buses. They are not going to waste money repairing and upgrading the old models in the meantime, and students should understand that. In the meantime, it is important students have a good attitude and be patient, because complaining is not productive. New buses are coming next year.
Allow trams from outside companies to use university bus loops. If nonTexas State buses could utilize the bus loops on campus, apartment complex managers would likely be willing to operate private trams for residents, greatly alleviating the burden currently placed on Transportation Services.
Do not be unruly. There are many reported incidents of students pushing, shoving and practically clawing their way onto the buses for fear of having to stand or not getting on at all. Everyone is dealing with the same crowding issue, and there is no excuse to be rude or rough with fellow students. Additionally, it is proper bus etiquette to allow riders on the bus to disembark before shoving onto the tram. Be patient, and allow everyone on the bus to exit before boarding the tram.
Run more buses at night. There are not enough buses running in the evening to accommodate the number of students wanting to ride at night. In light of the recent crime spike in the area, it is unsafe for students to walk home or wait 30 minutes for a bus at night. Buses should run just as frequently at night as in the daytime, even if it costs Transportation Services a little more money. Student safety is more important than saving money.
Be kind and courteous to each other. Oftentimes there is such a frenzy to get a seat on the bus that the people who actually need one are completely overlooked. Many Bobcats are too short to reach the bar to hold themselves up. If you are tall enough, allow shorter Bobcats to take your seat. This courtesy applies even more so to elderly travelers and people with disabilities, who are often not able to stand for extended periods of time. It is disrespectful and rude to force these people to stand in agony for an entire bus ride when many Bobcats could easily manage the ride without being seated.
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More parks please San Marcos officials should consider building additional spaces for local pet owners to take their animals to for walks. Many college students have some sort of pet, and more often than not, that pet is a dog. With so many dog owners in the area, the lack of dog parks in town is surprising. For a city that prides itself on outdoor attractions, San Marcos does not provide much in the way of pet-friendly outdoor venues. In a perfect world, dog owners would pick up pet waste, but we all know that just does not happen. This is why we need dog parks. San Marcos pet owners need a place to take their animal and have fun, while not having to deal with piles of crap everywhere. The city could hire an employee to pick up leftover waste every few hours. This would not cost the city much money and would do a lot for local pet owners. Adding pet parks would help improve the look of our town. As beautiful as San Marcos already is, exchanging a few rundown lots for some gated green space would drastically improve the concrete landscape of downtown. Parks serve as social hubs, providing an alternative to the bar and club-dominated Square. There is nothing more rewarding as a pet owner than interacting with fellow animal lovers, and additional public pet parks will enable San Marcos residents to do just that. At the very least, San Marcos officials should consider outfitting existing recreational areas with cleanup stations and pet hygiene areas. Many places currently off limits to pet owners can easily be modified to allow outdoor companions while keeping the area clean and free of litter.
Travis Surprenant Opinions columnist Public relations senior
TALK IT OUT
city dog parks
Dog parks are a waste Providing grass for dogs to crap on is not the City of San Marcos’s duty—students who choose to own pets should take responsibility for their animals. San Marcos’ priorities do not lie in providing more territory than necessary for its citizens’ pets. The amount of space available now is adequate, and any more would be a waste of money. The city should focus on issues such as parking and housing long before thinking about dog parks. Furthermore, a rise in the student population should not equal a rise in pets. College students who are squashed inside dorms or apartments have no business owning a pet on or near campus in the first place. Before choosing a pet, potential owners should be ready to accept the responsibilities that come along with owning an animal. This includes recognizing that an animal’s owner is literally its entire world—pets rely on their owners to feed, bathe, play with, nurture and clean up after them. Dorm and apartment residents should already know these tiny spaces are not adequate for the proper care of an animal. Dogs are not temporary cures for homesickness, they are not cute accessories or toys, and they are not ploys for buff men to attract attention from the ladies. They are companions requiring much more time, space and money than college students can typically provide. Those who do choose to own a pet in such limited quarters should accept their obligations and tend whole-heartedly to that animal. San Marcos does not owe pet owners any more space than what they have allotted for themselves already. Everything from a pet’s obedience to its well-being is under the care of the owner who voluntarily acquired the animal. Owners are responsible for everything that goes into and comes out of that pet. City of San Marcos officials should have no obligation to pet owners.
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Natural beauty of San Marcos keeps locals around, draws new residents By Jordan Gass-Poore’ Trends Reporter
What may attract people most to San Marcos is its natural beauty and career opportunities, which are reasons why Texas State alumna Mary Van Zant and resident Lindsey Frisbie continue to live in town. Van Zant accepted a communication and research position with The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, formerly the River Systems Institute, after graduating in 2006 with a geography degree. Van Zant previously interned there. “It’s great to work on the river in my office and then go swim in it,” Van Zant said. The Connecticut native went with the flow when her family relocated to Texas. Van Zant said her mother’s side of the family is
originally from the Lone Star state. They had friends who lived in Martindale, just outside of San Marcos. Van Zant is one of a few hundred students each year who choose to find a career in San Marcos after graduation. According to the Texas State Office of Institutional Research, 70 out of 686 university graduates surveyed last year indicated their zip code as 78666 or 78667, both of which lie in San Marcos. For Frisbie, living in San Marcos was a natural choice. Frisbie made a recent decision to continue to live in the city where she was born and raised. She spent her formative years along the banks of the San Marcos River, even when she was supposed to be in school. “The river’s the best part about San Marcos,” she said. “That’s why I’m still here.” Frisbie is now a hairdresser at the local
Salon MINK. The salon provides opportunities to put her passion in action and be almost completely self-sufficient. She said her mother still pays for her cell phone bill and health insurance. “I’m a very successful 19-year-old, and it’s very weird,” Frisbie said. However, not all San Marcos residents experience the same financial success as Frisbie. The city’s unemployment rate in July was at 5.6 percent, having dropped from 5.8 percent the month prior, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Success and independence for Frisbie did not include a bachelor’s degree, although her parents both attended Texas State, known then as Southwest Texas. Her mother, Amy McAllister, was the only one to graduate. McAllister is a senior administrative assistant in the Texas State College of Education.
titled Stand up for Diversity. It will be hosted in the LBJ Center Ballroom. Next will be “Alice in Bobcatland,” a special version of “Alice in Wonderland” in the George’s Amphitheater. Finally there is the Homecoming Talent Show, which will be announced as the date for Homecoming gets closer.
Playwrights Durang and Augustine to visit campus Playwright Christopher Durang, who recently won a Tony Award for Best Play, and celebrated playwright John Augustine have been announced as Playwrights in Residence at Texas State University for the 2013-14 season as part of the Bowman Guest Artist Series. “We are thrilled to have Chris and John spend some time with our students and share their expertise, especially at a time when we are producing one of Durang’s musicals,” said Kaitlin Hopkins, head of Musical Theatre at Texas State. “It’s a great opportunity for all our students in the theatre department to learn from two of the great minds in playwriting today.” Durang won a 2013 Tony Award for Best Play for his “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” It won Best Play from the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama League Award and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award. “Chris’ visit comes at the perfect time. In October we are producing his musical Adrift in Macao, a wonderfully clever parody of film noir movies. It is a very funny show, with a wonderful score [by Peter Melnick] that audiences will love,” said Department Chair John Fleming. “Then to have Chris available for Q&As after the Friday and Saturday performances is the kind of event that typically only happens in New York,” said Fleming. “To have it here, for our students and
the community, is an incredible opportunity.” Durang has a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College, and an Master of Fine Arts. in playwriting from Yale School of Drama. He worked with talented fellow students like Sigourney Weaver, Albert Innaurato, Meryl Streep and Wendy Wasserstein. Durang has won various grants and honors including a Rockefeller, a Guggenheim, a Lila Wallace Playwriting award, the Sidney Kingsley playwriting award, the Harvard Arts Medal and the 2008 William Inge Distinguished Achievement Award. Since 1994 he and Marsha Norman have been co-chairs of the Playwriting Program at the Juilliard School. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild’s council and lives in Pennsylvania. He has taught playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, the 42nd Street Collective and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. He is a Revson Fellow in Playwriting, and a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatists Guild, SAG and AEA. “John Augustine is one of the funniest writers and performers I know,” said Hopkins. ”The students are going to learn so much from working on his plays.” —Courtesy of Texas State news service
Even though her father did not graduate, Frisbie said he has worked for years with Texas Parks and Wildlife. This inspired her childhood friend and current roommate to work toward a wildlife biology degree at the university. Frisbie said both of her parents encourage and support her career decision and are pleased she has stayed in San Marcos. However, it took more effort to convince her mother at first. “My mom was for it the first time I cut her hair,” she said. Frisbie said her grandparents have a college fund set aside for her in case she changes her mind or until her teenage sister enrolls. “I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” she said.
By Abel Melghem Trends Reporter
Lindsey Medina SACA marketing coordinator The Student Association for Campus Activities is Texas State’s main source for free entertainment on campus. Responsible for both Homecoming and Riverfest, the organization works year-round to make each semester an enjoyable one. Lindsey Medina, SACA marketing coordinator, discusses the on-campus organization’s upcoming events, triumphs and possibilities. AM: What kind of events does SACA put on every year? LM: We handle a wide variety of things, mostly weekend bits like comedians and movie screenings. Most of the events are student coordinated, so they are suggested to us by members of the student body, and we are always asking for new ideas. AM: What are some of the smaller events that SACA is hosting this year? LM: This month we’ve got quite a few events planned. First off, NBCU (NBCUniversal) will be hosting a comedy show on the 23rd
AM: Are there many events geared mainly towards freshmen this year? LM: Oh, yes. Most of our events encourage a wide base of student involvement, so we encourage incoming freshmen to participate in as much as they can. There are no events geared specifically toward them, but all events are non-inclusive so they are encouraged to take part. AM: What kind of work takes place for Riverfest? LM: A lot. We have to plan and book entertainment for the day, and then it’s usually a huge deal trying to keep it secret. After that we have to make sure that the student body is aware of the event and make preparations to ensure that it will be the best time of the year. Thankfully, Riverfest is a long way away, but that doesn’t mean we still don’t plan accordingly. AM: Can anyone join SACA? LM: Yes. We accept anyone who is looking to join. They just need to stop by the SACA offices and say they are interested in applying. It is a great way to meet new people and experience something new while having fun and getting involved in the community. Plus, if anyone is new to the school, it is also a great way to learn about some of the events and what takes place on campus. Anyone willing to join is certainly encouraged to.
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Texas State heads to Lubbock for ‘Celebrate Cotton Game’
By Samuel Rubbelke
Assistant Sports Editor @SamuelRubbelke
The ball club will look to upset Texas Tech Saturday in a battle of the undefeated at the second annual “Celebrate Cotton Game.” The last time Texas State entered the third game of the season with a 2-0 record, the Bobcats reached the semifinals of the FCS playoffs as a member of the Lone Star Conference. “Going to Lubbock is always a challenge,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “It’s a tough place to play. I see they’re pretty close to a sellout for this game, so they’re anxious for us to come I guess. We’ve been in this situation before.” The Bobcats are ranked 110th in the nation in passing yards per game with 150. The running game has accumulated more yards, averaging 157.5 yards a game. “We’re still finding ourselves offensively,” Franchione said. “We’re pretty young, especially up front. You wouldn’t characterize us going into this game, thinking we could win 40-38. It probably needs to be more like Southern Miss.” Through two games, senior quarterback Tyler Arndt has completed 69.2 percent of his passes for 258 yards. Shaun Rutherford set a Bobcat record last year with a passing
Chris Motz | Staff photographer Coach Dennis Franchione addresses the Bobcats at practice Sept. 13 in preparation for this weekend’s game against Texas Tech. Texas State has a record of 2–0. percentage of 64.5, for 2,138 yards and 15 touchdowns. The Bobcats are one of 22 other schools that are currently 1.000 percent when converting for points in the red zone. Texas State is the only team that has not required a field goal or receiving touchdown, all four conversions have been from the ground.
“We’ve been working hard, watching film and looking for leaks in their formations,” said sophomore running back Chris Nutall. “We’ve been studying a lot of film to find weaknesses in their game and take advantage. I think we got better as a team during the open week—we worked out like it was a game week, and it’s almost here.”
The Red Raider offense is managed by walk-on freshman Baker Mayfield. Mayfield is ranked fifth in the nation with 996 total passing yards, just in front of former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel with 984. In his most recent game against Texas Christian, Mayfield threw three interceptions and converted just over 50 percent of his passes completing 21-40 attempts for 216 yards. “I think the biggest thing TCU did was make him move around in the pocket and throw off rhythm,” Franchione said. “They had a great run of stops. They went eight possessions in a row holding them to 11 yards during that span. TCU has a great defense. We’ll see where we match up with them. We’ve had two good games.” Texas State’s rushing defense has held opponents to 34 yards per game, ranked number two in the nation. The Bobcat defense has allowed two touchdowns in two games thus far into the season. Texas State is ranked number one in turnover margins in the NCAA. “It’s more of a scheme game now,” said junior linebacker Mike Orakpo. “We’ve seen what (Mayfield and Tech as a whole) can do. We kind of know their tendencies up until what we can watch. A lot of guys out here are screaming game week, it’s good to finally be putting in practice in game week. We’re antsy—we’re itching until Saturday’s kickoff.”
Bobcats prepare to face former Southland rival By Bert Santibanez Sports Reporter @BertSantibanez
After enduring its first home loss of the season in a five-setter against Texas Tech Tuesday, Texas State will travel to San Antonio Friday to face former Southland-rival UTSA. The Bobcats have not defeated the Roadrunners at home since Nov. 10, 2011. UTSA is 7-11 on the season, coming off wins against Mississippi Valley State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in three straight sets. During the match, the Roadrunners held Mississippi Valley under 10
points in each set. UTSA senior outside hitter Mckenzie Adams led the team with a .632 hitting percentage from the court. There was not one player on the MVSU squad that registered a hitting percentage above .0 percent. The team hit a combined -.152 in the game. UTSA is currently on a four-game winning streak, with three of the previous victories coming at home. The Roadrunners are tied for fifth in the Conference USA standings. UTSA has the fourth best team hitting percentage in conference, with a collective .246 average. The team is third in assists, averaging 12.73 per set. The Roadrunners have 15 more combined assists against their
opponents, with 112 less attempts than their competitors for the season. “With our loss against (Texas Tech), it’s going to motivate us to want to win against UTSA,” said senior right-side hitter Amari Deardorff. “I know the team is going to respond to the loss and go into the game with the right mindset. We’re just going to have to continue to work super hard to get every win in the season” Deardorff ranks third in kills for the Sun Belt Conference, amassing 158 on the season and places third in the seasonal hitting percentage, averaging .355 for the year. Texas State comes into the match
9-5 for the season, currently ranked second in the SBC behind Louisiana-Lafayette. The Bobcats led in most statistical categories in the game against Texas Tech, with the exception of digs. Sophomore defensive specialist Sierra Smith provided 14 digs in the game. Smith leads the team in digs, with 174 on the year, averaging 3.48 per set. “We’re going to do a lot of positional training coming into the game,” Smith said. “We’re going to focus on serving and passing, really working hard to control our serves and getting our opponent out of system. Blocking and executing our outside attack will be other primary concerns of ours too.”
Texas State ranks third in conference standings in serving aces. Junior outside hitter Alexandra Simms is ninth in conference, averaging 0.31 aces per set, with a total of 13 on the season. Simms failed to record an ace during the loss against Texas Tech, which was the first time in the previous six games Simms finished a match without a recorded ace. “We’re really not thinking about UTSA on Friday,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “We’re thinking about getting back into practice and making some changes. We have to get serious about our play, and they better start making some changes.”
Team to play UT in firstever regular season game By Quixem Ramirez Sports Reporter @quixem
The Texas State soccer team has dropped three consecutive away games by a six-goal margin since its 1–0 road victory against Northwestern State. The Bobcats will be looking to change this when they travel to Austin Friday to take on the Texas Longhorns. This will be the first regular season matchup between the two clubs. Texas is coming off a 0-2 loss to Colorado College last week. Texas enters Friday’s match with a 4-3-1 record, including a perfect 3–0–1 home record. The Longhorns have not lost at home since Oct. 26, 2012, outscoring their opponents by 1.2 goals per game in that span. “We are looking to go up there and start to make ourselves known in the soccer world,” said Coach Kat Conner. “They are a top 50 program, and of course you want a chance to go up there and show everybody that you are playing at the same caliber they
are.” Texas State’s defense has allowed eight of 10 goals in four road games this season. “We are trying to prepare better,” Conner said. “I think they are doing it, but it’s not going to come overnight. They need to train their brain to prepare for a road game, take ownership, and care about their performance and enhance (it), whether we are on the road and at home.” Conner enlisted the help of her friend, a sports psychologist, to diagnose the team’s road woes. The Bobcats’ roster is filled with many players who have not had much experience in college soccer, and adjusting to different environments takes time. Conner implemented a consistent practice regimen, tactical drills and nutritional beverages to make the transition easier. “I’ve seen a little (improvement),” Conner said. “It’s not like a pill where you can take it overnight and magically get better. It’s about training mentally, along with training technically. They don’t have a lot of experience, so they’re getting better.” Senior goalkeeper Natalie Gar-
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dini attributes issues on defense to unfamiliarity. After coughing up six goals in her first four games, she has stopped 49 of 53 shots, dropping her goals against average to 1.27. “We were just getting on the same page in the beginning of the year,” Gardini said. “I don’t do it on my own. The backline and midfield help me. They’re just making it easier for me to make the save, rather than face difficult shots.” Texas defeated Texas State in a 1-0 exhibition last year. The two programs will begin a home-and-home arrangement this season, with the Longhorns traveling to San Marcos in September 2014. The Longhorns retain eight starters from last year’s fourth place Big 12 team. Texas nearly upended second place Baylor, but the Bears converted on a game-winning goal with five minutes and eight seconds remaining in double overtime. Junior defender Brooke Gilbert, sophomore forward Kelsey Shimmick and freshman forward Jasmine Hart account for seven of Texas’ 11 goals thus far. “We are really excited,” Gardini said. “It’s a good opportunity to show where the program is going, and what we want to do. If we pull off the win, it’s a big win for us. It would send a message to other teams. We are here to make an impact.”
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