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Sept. 23 marks the 25th anniversary of Alkek Library. By Kasandra Garza NEWS REPORTER @KasGarza

Students can look forward to a series of events hosted by the university this semester in celebration of Albert B. Alkek Library’s 25th anniversary, as well as renovations for the future. Alkek staff will kick off the event-filled semester with the Book Pass Reenactment on Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. in the Quad.

The event is intended to recreate the symbolic move that occurred on Alkek’s completion day when the library was moved from the JC Kellam building to the newly completed library in its current location, said Joan Heath, university librarian. During the original book pass event in 1990, a human chain was formed from the third floor of the JC Kellam building to the top steps of the newly completed Alkek


Coffee troubles brewing in the honors college By Lexy Garcia NEWS REPORTER @lexytg

An “existential coffee crisis” is brewing among those who rely on the honors college coffee shop for their daily dose of caffeine. The coffee shop, housed in Lampasas Hall, provides free caffeine for the university’s faculty and students. The honors college recommends consumers make a donation of 50 cents per cup of coffee, said Heather Galloway, dean of the honors college. Galloway said the 50-cent donation guideline has been in practice for a decade, but may now increase to 75 cents. “The coffee is here to promote interaction in the honors college,” Galloway said. “We hope we can continue to be able to offer that.” She said some of the funding issues derive from faculty members’ use of large thermoses to take coffee on the go as opposed to visiting the shop and enjoying a single cup of joe. “I think the crisis is people taking more than their share,” said Melanie Liddle, senior administrative assistant of the honors college.


Due to the looming threat of having to increase the suggested donation price or discontinue the coffee service all together, Galloway asks that students and faculty enjoy the coffee in “more reasonable” serving sizes. Galloway and Liddle said they both agree the goal of the coffee service is not to “break even” in monetary terms. “We’re providing a service (and) we would like to get some of it back,” Liddle said. “We use the funding to buy the sugar

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The honors college offers free coffee to all students on a voluntary donation basis.

library, according to university archives. Four books were passed along the human chain that began with Jerome H. Supple, former president of the university, Heath said. She said the book passing signified giving a new home to the university’s library collection. This year’s book passing reenactment will begin at the plaza in front of Old Main, where President Trauth will

begin the event and commemorate its significance, Heath said. Heath said the celebration of Alkek’s 25 years of existence is a milestone for the campus and the library as a whole. “What’s most important about the celebration of Alkek is it presents a good opportunity to focus on the library and how central it is to the campus community,” Heath said. According to university archives, the library was trans-

ferred to 4 different campus locations, including Old Main, the Chemistry building, Flowers Hall and the JC Kellam building. These shifts continued from 1903 on, until the collection found a permanent home following Alkek’s 1990 completion. University officials decided to construct a building solely dedicated to serving as

a library after the collection maxed out the allotted space in JCK, Heath said. John Martinez, library facilities assistant, said he was shocked by the enormity of Alkek. “When you walk into the library, everything is open—it’s huge,” said Martinez. “That’s never been the case with JCK. It had low ceilings and was

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Local poverty rates cause concerns amid growing student body, development By Kambiz Shabankare SPECIAL TO THE STAR @kambizshabankar

As San Marcos grows and continues to attract large corporations, some residents fear the economic disparity between the middle class and poverty will increase. Stephanie Foster, Texas State graduate student and researcher at the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center, said she foresees conflicting interests as development increases. “By growth in population, poor neighborhoods are starting to exhibit some sign of evolution,” Foster said. “The backlash of the development will make the

neighborhood expensive and then poor people have to move out.” According to U.S. Census Bureau, the average income per capita, in past 12 months of 2013, in San Marcos has been $15,916, while people in Austin have earned nearly twice their neighbor town ($31,990). In cities with comparable city populations, New Braunfels, with 66,394 people shows $25,584 for the average income per capita, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The percentage of individuals below poverty level in San Marcos from 2009-2013 was 37.3 percent, while 17.6 was the overall percentage for the state of Texas.

Foster said due to the surge in rent rates while average income remains stagnant, it is possible the town will start to attract people that can sustain a higher standard of living. So far, evidence supports her claim. According to a research by Eric Tang, assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin, the population of AfricanAmericans in Austin began declining in 2010. Frank Arredondo, Place 5 city council candidate, said he does not deny the possibility of a decline of minority populations. He said city officials can try to deflect it through policy change. “We drew some attention

to San Marcos,” Arredondo said. “Amazon is coming to San Marcos, and other companies as well, but we need to make sure that this kind of development will profit all of our neighbors in San Marcos.” He said the university has done a great job of bringing awareness about diversity and tolerance, but the council holds some responsibility regarding the issue. “I am a Latino candidate, but I am not going to be in the city council only for Latinos,” Arrendondo said. “I know we have had some difficulties in the past, but we had a great progress as well and I see the future so

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New policy for teaching theaters to be implemented By Autumn Wright NEWS REPORTER @autumnwright697

As freshman enrollment numbers rise, university professors increasingly seek out teaching theaters.. Univer sity of f icials formed a committee to determine which core curriculum courses will be scheduled to conduct class in the theater facilities in Alkek, Centennial Hall and the LBJ Student Center for the next two years. The committee is comprised of several department chairs from the university, said Mary Brennan, chairperson for the history department’s

council of chairs. Teaching theaters for core curriculum classes such as English, political science, math and natural science are in high demand since they are required classes for freshman and will inevitably have more students per class, said Sheri Mora, associate chair of the political science department. Brennan said the modification is a small change from the original policy for teaching theater utilization. “Before (scheduling) was just up to the registrar’s office, struggling to kind of deal with all the different departments coming in and

saying their needs for the theaters,” Brennan said. Brennan said in the past it has been difficult for the registrar’s office to determine which departments needed a teaching theater’s capacity for their courses. “We thought the simplest thing to do was to modify the policy so that we could get the people who are actually using the theaters to make the decisions,” Brennan said. Brennan said the committee made a joint decision about which courses will meet in the teaching theaters for the next two academic years. Mora said she believes

teaching smaller classes is ideal from an educational perspective. However, she said hosting teaching theater size classes is more efficient and cost effective for the university. Smaller classes require the employment of more faculties, Mora said. Brennan said the committee based its scheduling decisions on which courses have higher student registration numbers and which teachers can handle large classes. In order for a course to be designated to a teaching theater, student enrollment

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ALKEK, from front very compact.” Heath said that 25 years later, Alkek is now running into the same issue the JCK location encountered: not enough space. Starting this month, Alkek will be subject to renovations that will take several years to complete, Heath said. The renovation will happen in phases that begin with the first floor and proceed upwards from there. Heath says more space will be created through an infrastructure update. “In the last 25 years, the enrollment has grown too,” Heath said. “You put all of those things together and it

just puts us in the position where we really need to repurpose how the space and the building is used.” Heath said the renovation plan includes an increase in space where students can collaborate for group projects, as well as individual study rooms. “When Alkek was built, there were enough group study rooms,” Heath said. “But in the last 25 years, the types of assignments students have from their classes are not the same and Alkek doesn’t begin to have enough group spaces.” Heath said the university will build a storage space at

STAR Park to hold less-used materials rather than adding more floors to Alkek. “My wish is that every student looks at the library as their third home,” Heath said. “They feel comfortable, they feel safe and they feel that they can get support from all of the library staff.” Heath said university officials have worked to keep the library updated as Texas State shifts focus to becoming a research university. “I’m very proud of what Texas State has become,” Martinez said. “When you get older, you learn to appreciate and respect that history.” When Alkek first opened its

doors, the library only had 12 PCs to offer, according to university archives. Today there are more than 80 computers on the main floor alone. Despite all of the changes in Alkek over the past 25 years, the library’s mission has stayed the same, Heath said. “The library belongs to the entire campus, so (the celebration events are) a way for everyone to be tied into it,” Heath said. “The core of the mission is opportunities to learn, create and discover.” Melissa Bonano, student worker and biochemistry sophomore, said the silent floor of Alkek is her favorite part of the building because

it gives students the chance to study and focus without any distractions. “This is definitely the place everybody goes to so they can think about getting their life together and get things done,” Bonano said. “The library is the brain of campus.” Heath said as a testament to Alkek’s centrality on campus, people should know that the library had 11,980 people walk through its doors on the first class day of the semester. “I don’t know if some people realize just how many people use our services,” Heath said. “I was delighted to know that students know we’re here and that they are comfortable.”

HONORS, from front and stuff like that. We’re not here for profit.” Jessie Moreno, criminal justice freshman, said she refills the coffee dispensers and has noticed they need to be refilled more frequently than in the past. “Everyone loves the pecanflavored (coffee),” Moreno said. “We ran out, and we’ve been out for about a week now.”

The hall provides ceramic mugs at the coffee station and has three roasts to choose from. Katherine Polone, biology student, said she fills up her mug with coffee from the shop every morning before her classes. She doesn’t make a donation every time she takes a caffeinated beverage. “Usually, I put in a bunch at the beginning of the year,

anytime I have change,” Polone said. Galloway said the faculty has been responsive to the strong “no thermoses” suggestion. “We’ve had faculty coming in here and drinking the coffee instead of bringing to-go cups, and that’s wonderful,” Galloway said.

increased the San Marcos locals’ tolerance as well. Derrick said the gay pride celebration was a good opportunity for Texas State to educate people about tolerance and minorities. “I cannot say the city entirely supports the presence of minorities, especially gay

or lesbians, but most people in San Marcos have no problem having a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender neighbor,” Derrick said. “We are a growing town, of course, there are some issues we are going to be faced with, but we will pass all of these.”

derutilization of the facility. The committee will continue to schedule utilization of the teaching theaters in the future, Brennan said. Richard Henderson, senior political science lecturer, said he doesn’t mind the great amount of students he has to teach, being in a teaching theater.

Henderson said history classes went from using only four teaching theaters to 12-13 due to an increase in freshman enrollment numbers from year to year. “This is Texas State University, so you’ve got to deal with (teaching large classes),”Henderson said.

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THEATER, from front in that class must fill up 90-95 percent of the facility, Mora said. “The disciplines teaching (required core classes) need to have access to these teaching theaters,” Mora said. She said in the past, professors have capped enrollment for a course taught in a teaching theater and that is un-


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Tucked away between the rolling hills of the Wimberley countryside lies a unique studio specializing in custom glass creations. Tim DeJong, owner of Wimberley Glassworks, discovered the art of glassblowing while studying pottery at Alfred University in New York. DeJong visited Wimberley on vacation after graduating from Tyler’s School of Art at Temple University and

decided it was the perfect place to set up shop. In 1992, he moved to the Hill Country and started Wimberley Glassworks. “You know how you go on vacation and it’s like, ‘Oh, I could live here, this is such a cool place,’—that is what I did here,” DeJong said. “I came down from Philadelphia and I saw Wimberley, and it was just like, ‘Oh man, what in God’s name am I doing in Philadelphia?’” When DeJong initially started the shop, he kept the store closed weekdays to fix houses in Austin. On

weekends, he would spend all of his time blowing glass for customers. “That worked well, but then I had someone come in and help me and the place took off,” DeJong said. “I would prefer to try and fail than never try because I don’t want to be getting along later in life with regrets.” Vanessa Horodecky-DeJong, marketing manager, said Wimberley Glassworks now has a full staff to create custom glass for both personal and commercial purposes. “We have four glassblow-


Wimberley Glassworks specializes in premier hand-blown glass and offers live glassblowing demonstrations.

ers who m a ke their own pieces too, which are on display in the gallery as well,” Horodecky-DeJong said. HorodeckyDeJong said lighting is currently one of the store’s biggest sellers. Customers can choose the shade and fixture they want from 26 different glass patterns and 10 different shade shapes. Horodecky-DeJong said one of the most interesting parts of glassblowing is the ability to pull many of the color elements from the earth, such as silver, gold, copper and cobalt. “When (the glass) is exposed to the heat of the furnace, the element has a chemical reaction and turns into

the color you see,” Horodecky-DeJong said. “So that’s like a lifelong color that doesn’t fade over time.” Ashley Main, Wimberley Glassworks employee, said the studio will release their newest collection Sept. 20, which features an exterior dragon scale design. “The guys are going to be doing fire tricks with glass,

which will be very exciting, so we’ll be doing fun demonstrations with that,” Main said. Horodecky-DeJong said the store hosts free glassblowing demonstrations Tuesday through Sunday during store hours for individuals interested in seeing how the process works. “We love having people come in and watch what we do,” Horodecky-DeJong said. “We give you a little history and tell you about how we do what we do.”


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Legality trumps religiosity in Kim Davis controversy Much like drinking and driving, politics and religion should never mix. But as with drunk driving, the two often collide into a shattered display of ignorance, leaving others to pick up the ill-fated pieces. Kim Davis, the county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, has been recently making the rounds for boycotting the legalization of same-sex marriage by refusing to issue marriage licenses to both same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples. As a county clerk, Davis is responsible for issuing marriage licenses to those who meet the legal and procedural requirements. Davis is refusing to do her job, so she should face repercussions. Like all incompetent employees, she should be reprimanded and replaced

for being inept. If a person’s views contradict the position they hold, it would probably be wise to resign from the job. A Muslim server cannot refuse to serve patrons alcohol because their religion forbids it—they would be fired. A Hindu deli worker cannot refuse to cut beef patties for customers due to the divinity of cows in his religion— they would be reprimanded. Kim Davis is no different than the individuals described above. As of June 2015, same-sex marriage is legal. As an elected government official, Davis swore to uphold the laws of the land. There is no clause that states, “Unless my religion says otherwise.” That is not a thing. Unfortunately, elected officials have special privileges and exemptions in the job

department. Unless Davis’ constituents have a problem, she is there to stay. It is nigh impossible to fire an elected official. Unless they’re impeached or resign by their own accord, their jobs are fairly secure—illustrating insurmountable odds for her opponents and victims. If people want to mingle personal religion into their job, they should steer clear of government offices and positions. Davis is not a martyr, nor is she fighting for religious freedom. She is an ironically obtuse woman advocating for Christian privilege in a society built on the separation of church and state. This entire Kim Davis fiasco mirrors the classic story of David and Goliath. Contrary to what Davis believes, however, she’s actually Goliath. Davis is block-

ing the path of David with her eclipsing power through governmental authority and dominance. The couples simply wanting to legitimize and legally solidify their love are the metaphorical Davids going up against the political power of an entitled theocrat. While Davis prides herself as a born-again Christian trying to protect the sanctity of marriage, she boasts four marriages and three divorces under her deceitful Bible belt. In light of the controversies, supporters of Davis have taken to equating her with the great Rosa Parks. Comparing Parks with Davis is an offensively inaccurate portrayal of Parks’ courage and commitment to justice and equality. Davis is fighting to discriminate against same-sex

couples who want to exercise their right to marriage and the pursuit of happiness. Parks was fighting to be seen as a full, equal human being—something that African-Americans were not granted at the time. To suggest Davis’ actions are synonymous with the fight and struggle of the activists of the Civil Rights Movement is beyond offensive. It is a disgusting display of co-opting a movement for political gain and undue fame. Parks stood up against inequality and discrimination. Davis is perpetuating the very ideas and attitudes Parks fought against. Davis is not a freedom fighter—she is an authoritarian and a liberty bomber leaving the lives and rights of people who do not conform to her religious philosophy demolished in

her wake. Extremist views and religious dogma are the demolition crew of liberty and freedom—just ask theocracies in the Middle East and Vatican City how “free” their societies are. The moment America lends credence and legitimacy to the fledgling ramblings of a theocratic authoritarian is the day this country becomes the very thing the founders fought against— intolerance and religious absolution. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. If the noble deeds of a country fighting for all of its citizens to be seen as equal players is something to be condemned by a random county clerk, we will gladly track through the fire to get to the other side.

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Rainbows and bleach do not mix America needs to be Berned



Hollywood has once again taken a historical movie and inserted an unnecessary white person. Stonewall, in theaters Sept. 25, tells the story of a young man in the months leading up to the historic riots. For those not in the know, the Stonewall Riots were the beginning of the gay rights movement or, more broadly, the start of the LGBTQIA equality movement in 1969. The first pride parade was held following these riots, and people of the LGBTQIA community were no longer forced to live in the closet. In the 20th century, being gay or trans was basically illegal. The only safe places for them were bars, which were often raided by the police. One of these raids did not go as planned, and the people at

the Stonewall Inn fought back that night. The main character of this movie is a gay white cisgender man who moves to New York City. In the trailer he is shown literally throwing the first brick that started the Stonewall Riots. That is a pretty legendary thing, and I am glad we learn about this hero and all he has done for the LGBTQIA community. The thing is, he never existed. This man is a fictional character, and the real person who threw the first brick was Marsha P. Johnson. This woman was a black drag queen and trans activist, but apparently a fictional dude from Kansas is a more interesting character than a real-life woman of color. Some would think a marginalized group such as the LGBTQIA community would be immune to this bleaching, but they would be wrong. I am not saying that the movie needs to be centered on Johnson—they could easily make a movie about Stormé DeLaverie, a lesbian woman of color who shouted to the crowd for help after being clubbed on the head. They could even focus on Sylvia Rae Rivera, a Latina trans

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woman who is credited with throwing the first bottle at the police. Any one of these women would be a better main character than the jar of mayonnaise they have now. Stonewall illustrates this country’s cyclical trend of whitewashing and erasing the history of cisgender women, trans women and people of color. The really sad thing is, judging from the trailers, at least two of the women mentioned above are in the movie. The makers of Stonewall knew about these women and cast people in their roles but did not make them the focus of the film. The LGBTQIA community encompasses every walk of life and every ethnicity, yet media portrayals mostly consist of white cisgender males. Even though gender identity and sexual orientation are not the same thing, I have always thought of us as a family and it is about time we act like it. The pride flag is not white—it is a rainbow, like the community. It is about time the media began to represent the whole LGBTQIA community, not just a privileged fraction. —Jeffrey Bradshaw is a political science sophomore



At first glance, Bernie Sanders looks like the old man who plays chess by himself in the Pixar short. However, behind those wire-rimmed glasses is a man who is quickly catching political ground and giving Hillary Clinton and the rest of the Democrats in the presidential election a run for their money. Sanders, a seemingly backburner candidate for the elections, quickly generated heat after Tumblr users rallied around him by “signal boosting” Sanders as a perfect selection for president in 2016. This time around, millennials are actually on the right page regarding what to bring attention to rather than what the latest crazy celebrity stunt—and rightfully so. Bernie Sanders’ plan to bring America back to the

great nation it once was is hard to not fall in love with. In fact, it is causing most people to want to “Feel the Bern” come election time. Aside from wanting to create more jobs for Americans, Sanders has mostly garnered attention for his radically different viewpoints. For example, he supports things like lowered college tuition and Wall Street reform. Sanders continues to make headlines for his Democratic socialist platform, something that sets him apart from a traditional Democrat. His growing attraction among the social media generation is changing the conversation about voting. With Sanders’ viewpoints mirroring the younger generation’s opinions, millenials feel their voices are finally being heard and want to ensure that they will not be lost again amongst the white noise. Our generation is desperate for a candidate that will actually stick to their word, and Bernie Sanders seems like the perfect fit for the job. According to a Sept. 1 Huffington Post article, Sanders is coming up on the heels of the Clinton campaign and is quickly blazing a trail towards the Oval Office. Clinton would be a viable candidate for the presi-

dency in 2016, but most of her support comes solely from the fact that people want a woman in the White House. Besides that, her campaign has been marred by her ongoing e-mail scandal shifting attention away from her platform. This negative media attention has people asking if she actually is a worthy contender, causing her to slip in the polls. The focus for Clinton has shifted from her platform to scandalous server details. Meanwhile, Sanders is able to focus on the items he wants to change. Lowering college tuition, stopping large corporations from sending jobs overseas to increase employment rates here in America and expanding government assistance programs are just a few of the issues Sanders touches on when speaking at his rallies. Sanders is a force to be reckoned with, and is predicted to win the 2016 Democratic nomination. America needs to be Berned and rise from the ashes in order to form a more perfect union. Sanders is the only one worth watching. He’s got my vote. —Rivers Wright is a communication studies and journalism senior 601 University Drive Trinity Building, Room 101 San Marcos, TX 78666

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Under the lights of Doak Campbell Stadium, with the “Tomahawk Chop” being yelled into his ears by 80,000 Seminole fans, Lumi Kaba, junior kicker, became the legend of San Marcos. The ESPN broadcast tagged Kaba with the nickname during his performance that concluded with seven punts for 326 yards. His journey to that point was an unusual one, however. Kaba was born and raised in Europe, where soccer is the main sport among the youth. The young European boy learned to love the game from his father, Ziber Kaba. Lumi Kaba played forward throughout his soccer career. While Lumi shared the same love for the game with his father, they disagreed on which teams to root for. Lumi Kaba has always loved Real Madrid, and Ziber Kaba is a die-hard Barcelona fan. It was a classic case of Ronaldo against Messi. “Whenever Real Madrid and Barcelona play each other, the house is definitely divided,” Lumi Kaba said. Then, one day when Lumi Kaba was seven years old, his family moved to Tyler, Texas, where they currently reside. Some say football is a religion in Texas. The Texas culture grabbed ahold of Lumi Kaba and eventually molded him into the player he is today. With a soccer background, Lumi Kaba unsurprisingly found his niche as a kicker. The athlete had to work mostly on his own to perfect the craft of kicking a football because he didn’t receive much play time with his high school team. There were not many opportunities to showcase his skill. Despite low opportunity, Lumi Kaba made a local AllStar football game as a kicker, where he was credited with the longest field goal he’s ever converted in an actual game—61 yards., His career-long in practice is 68 yards, according to Lumi Kaba. Texas State recruited Lumi Kaba out of high school, but he said that he didn’t feel like it was the right move for him to come to San Marcos directly following graduation. Instead, he decided to stay local and attend Tyler Junior College, where he played kicker for the Apaches. After a distinguished career in Tyler, Texas State was still interested in Kaba after losing Will Johnson. At this point, Lumi Kaba decided to transfer to the school that had expressed interest in him two years prior. There were some growing pains during fall camp. Brad Franchione, special-teams coordinator, and Lumi Kaba have bumped heads from time to time, but the two have a good relationship. Franchione said one of the biggest adjustments for Lumi Kaba was the timing of his punting. He simply wasn’t getting the ball off quick enough. “We had a punt that got blocked in fall camp, and Lumi blamed it on the protection and I blamed it on him,” Franchione said. “We had an argument about it and I told him there was no argument. I’m right and you’re wrong. You have to speed up.” The growing pains spent working on Lumi Kaba’s timing brought him and Franchione closer together as player and coach. The two have a positive relationship off the field, but on the field, Franchione is all business. He wants great punts and kicks, and if Franchione doesn’t get that from Lumi Kaba, they work on the problem until it is no longer a problem. Franchione wanted Lumi Kaba to understand that special teams have a key role. He has credited the junior kicker


Lumi Kaba, junior kicker, kicks the football during practice Sept. 15 at Bobcat Stadium to understanding and owning that role on the team. Throughout fall camp, Lumi Kaba refined the little details in his punting and kicking with his coach, and that brings us back to the first game of the season. This game was the highest profile matchup in Texas State football history against the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles. The Bobcats played in front of 80,000 fans of Doak Campbell stadium. This was the biggest stage of Lumi Kaba’s career, and he delivered. The athlete’s first two punts exceeded 50 yards. The hang time on the punts was what wowed the commentators and

Franchione. Kaba’s punts had so much hang time that it allowed the punt coverage players time to get downfield and swarm the punt returner. “We were real pleased with the hang time on the punts,” Franchione said. “When you net what we did, that’s a positive in field positioning.” The Florida State punt returner fumbled the punts, one of which Texas State recovered in Florida State territory. The recovery led to the Bobcats’ only touchdown of the first half. And so the legend of San Marcos was born. The stage was set and Lumi Kaba took advantage of his opportunity.

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