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UPD, SMPD investigating three recent robberies

Local hunters control hog population

By Taylor Tompkins News Editor

University and San Marcos police are investigating three robberies that occurred on and near campus early Aug. 30 and Sept. 1. An individual was robbed at gunpoint at about 3:25 a.m. Friday when he was sitting on a bench in front of Tower Hall, according to emergency alerts and an email disseminated by the university. The suspect is described as a black male wearing a black baseball hat, a long-sleeved gray shirt, jeans and a handkerchief covering his face. The suspect reportedly left on foot down Wood St. At 3:30 a.m., a suspect matching the same description robbed another male at gunpoint near Sanctuary Lofts on the southwest perimeter of campus. Penny Dunn, San Marcos Police Department commander, said the 5-foot-9-inch suspect asked the victims for their personal belongings during the robberies including wallets, cell phones and other property. Dunn could not confirm if either victim is a Texas State student. “The case is still fresh,” Dunn said. “We have officers in (the University Police Department and SMPD) in the field working on it right now.” Another robbery occurred at 9:40 a.m. Sunday near Bobcat Village, according to an email sent to students at 10:24 a.m. Sept. 1. A black male described as being 5-foot-11-inches and dressed in black robbed a woman. UPD could not be reached for comment on whether the incident and suspect is connected to the previous robberies or if the suspect was armed. Anyone with information regarding either incident is asked to call UPD at 512-245-2805, or remain anonymous by contacting Texas State Crimestoppers at 512-245-STOP (7867).

By Rebecca Banks Special to the Star


fter 41 years, Bubba Ortiz has learned hunting feral hogs is not as easy as it seems. “They are extremely intelligent,” Ortiz, director of operations at Ortiz Game Management and Wildlife Development, said. “I equate their intelligence to a threeyear-old child because they have rudimentary skills.” Ortiz said he has witnessed hogs who can tell whether or not his traps are set and are able to communicate between groups, warning each other off. Ortiz is one of many hunters and trappers helping with the effort to curb the feral hog population in Hays County. According to a press release issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture, the County Hog Abatement Matching Program (CHAMP) granted $30,000 to Hays and Caldwell counties for their partnership with the project.

“We need to step up our efforts to thwart these dangerous creatures and CHAMP does just that.” —Todd Staples, agriculture commissioner Starting Sept. 1, the Caldwell County Feral Hog Task Force and CHAMP will be offering a $5 bounty for each hog caught in Hays and Caldwell counties. Nick Dornak, coordinator of the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership, which is partnered with the Feral Hog Task Force, said evidence in the form of a tail will be required to collect the bounty.

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Bubba Ortiz holds a two-week-old hog born at a holding cell on his property. Ortiz removes hogs from areas of South Texas to eradicate property damage. “This is both an urban and rural problem that directly impacts our economy and the future of Texas agriculture,” said Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. “We need to step up our efforts to thwart these dangerous creatures and CHAMP does just that.” The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, a research group working with the partnership, estimates Texas currently has 2.6 million feral hogs. Feral hogs have little competition and very few predators, which allows the population to continually increase with limited population control, according to a report by the group. Staples said feral hogs are destroying yards, farmers’ fields, golf courses and other public and private properties all across Texas, resulting in millions of dollars in damage.The press release said feral hogs have caused an estimated amount of $500 million in damages to rural and urban areas in Texas each year. “I have had someone tell me they couldn’t cut my hay field and that (would have earned me) about $18,000,” said Stuart Carter, member of the Caldwell

County Feral Hog Task Force. “They (feral hogs) go into your hay fields and they turn them upside down.” Carter, a Caldwell County landowner, said he is no longer able to use his hay field due to the amount of damage sustained from the feral hogs. During the last 20 years, feral hogs have created a concern with the state and local landowners due to the damage they create, diseases they carry and destruction to creeks and wildlife, Dornak said. The AgriLife Extension Service said feral hogs are contributing bacteria and other diseases to creeks, ponds and streams. As a result, the partnership created the Feral Hog Project to bring awareness to the issue. The partnership is using aerial control from helicopters as well as creating methods to get landowners active in the Feral Hog Project, Dornak said. It is interested in using wireless traps to be leased to landowners through a sign-up sheet as a part of the project. The wireless trap is in the early stages of development, and Carter said he is test-

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San Marcos officials begin search for new city manager candidates By James Carneiro

Assistant News Editor

The City of San Marcos is searching for a new candidate to take the place of current City Manager Jim Nuse after he leaves the job within the next two months. Collette Jamison, assistant city manager, said the search for Nuse’s replacement is a 14-week process with various steps taken along the way to make sure the right candidate is chosen. The city is paying recruiting firm Strategic Government Resources $24,000 to find candidates who meet the requirements of the job. “We recruit the best,” Jamison said. Jamison said it is important for the city council to have a manager who provides “stability.” This person needs to be experienced in finances and be able to communicate well, Jamison said. Nuse said his job is similar to being the CEO of San Marcos. He said a city manag-

er has to be able to attract businesses and be someone who “truly understands” the community. The candidates should possess communication skills and be the kind of person “everybody and their mother wants to know.” Jamison said the city manager must manage the $167 million city budget. The ideal candidate should possess a bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, political science or a related field from an accredited college or university according to a recruitment brochure. The possession of a Master’s of Business Administration or master’s degree in public administration or a related field is preferred. The candidates should have seven to 10 years of experience with a prior job in government, preferably as a city manager or assistant to one. The brochure says the candidates must “possess a record of accomplishment and success in economic and community development projects.” The candidates must

“set a positive example of competence, professionalism, compassion, transparency, ethics, and integrity” for the community. The recruiting process begins with ads posted on government websites and announcements sent to the Texas City Management Association and the Texas Municipal League, Jamison said. Strategic Government Resources officials will try to “get the best match” as they look through the profiles of those who respond to ads and reach out to potential candidates they know and like, she said. The candidates will then answer written questions about their readiness for the job and be interviewed by the recruiters online. Jamison said the final candidates who are found best fit for the job will be brought to city council in about two months. There they will have background checks performed, take personality tests and tell the councilmembers about their personal philosophies and previous work in other cities. The councilmembers will set up a pub-

lic forum where San Marcos residents can meet the candidates in person at a yet to be determined date. The potential hires will be taken on a tour of the city and be asked what their plans for San Marcos are, Jamison said. Individual councilmembers will interview the candidates in public or private meetings and perform some final reference checks on them, Jamison said. Linda Spacek, director of human resources for the city, said she assists in the process of finding new candidates for the city manager position. She said the process involves gaining input from residents and interviewing key stakeholders who want to have a say in who becomes the new city manager. Jamison said students and long-time residents have an opportunity to be involved in the process along the way by attending public forums and stating what they would like to see in a future city manager through a survey on the City of San Marcos website.


Non-traditional student population increasing at Texas State By Juliette Moak News Reporter

The non-traditional student population is on the rise at Texas State, and with it comes the need for a community for these students. Non-traditional students account for 73 percent of college enrollment nationwide, according to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). At Texas State, the Non-Traditional Student Organization (NTSO) seeks to meet the needs of the expanding demographic by fostering a community for non-traditional students while encouraging them to make

an impact on campus, said NTSO President Julian Davalos. According to a Feb. 13 University Star article, Institutional Research showed 2,033 students at least 30 years old enrolled in fall 2012, compared to the 1,593 students in the same age group enrolled in fall 2007. The term “non-traditional student” has historically been defined as someone more than 25 years old, but the definition has expanded over the years. The term encompasses those who have had a delay in their education including military veterans, parents, returning or transfer students, fulltime workers and married students, according to the NCES.

The realities of such diverse life circumstances can make it difficult for non-traditional students to feel like they fit in at Texas State, said Andrew Alexander, graduate advisor for NTSO. “One of the things I feel that non-traditional students struggle with is really feeling an attachment to the campus and campus community and feeling part of the campus culture,” Alexander said. “Oftentimes they have other obligations such as a full timejob or family and children. So what NTSO does is gives the non-traditional student a more comfortable environment as well as a

1,593 Non-traditional students enrolled fall 2007


2,033 Enrolled fall 2012



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HOGS, continued from front ing and modifying the trap at his ranch. Landowners will be able to use the smartphone application “CellGate” to monitor the trap at anytime. The trap is motion censored and will alert the user with pictures in the form of a text. Ortiz recently partnered with the Plum Creek Partnership to provide services to local landowners and businesses that suffer from feral hogs. Ortiz captures feral hogs on private property and keeps them in a holding cell, and is selling the hogs for

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meat as a side project. Patrick Johnson, marketing senior, said he uses his love for the outdoors and his hog hunting dogs to remove a “large amount” of hogs in the Hays County area. Johnson works with Ortiz Game Management and Wildlife Development to trap and transport hogs. “I feel it is important to take control of the hog population,” Johnson said. “There is tremendous amount of damage being done to the agricultural industry.”

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connection to Texas State.” Dan Shedd, electronic media senior, said he tried participating in other organizations, including a fraternity, before joining NTSO. “I felt like an outsider being married and not being a typical college student,” Shedd said. “I finally decided I had to find something else that was a better fit. NTSO is that fit.” Shedd said the organization’s culture of acceptance and flexible attendance policy are some of the reasons why he feels at home as a member. “The NTSO people are really open,” Shedd said. “There is no judging. We come from all different backgrounds, but we’re all the same. And you can go as much or as little as you want. They understand that you have other commitments in your life.” Among the benefits of membership is a private lounge in the LBJ Student Center, equipped with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee machine, Davalos said. There is a computer lab with unlimited printing and lockers available for rent. The amenities are available for a membership fee of $10 per semester, Davalos said. The organization provides networking and volunteer opportunities and offers at least one scholarship per semester. “NTSO holds social events

such as bowling and game nights and participates in homecoming activities,” Davalos said. “We volunteer with Bobcat Build and events sponsored by other organizations on campus. We are excited to recognize the non-traditional student graduates on campus with our first Non-Traditional Student Graduation Celebration in December.” Davalos said approximately 50 applications have been submitted at this point in the semester. They are also hoping to bring in new members through the campuswide events they plan to sponsor and by encouraging current members to tell their friends about the organization. With such an increase over the years in non-traditional student enrollment, Alexander said spreading the word about the existence of NTSO is a priority. “Based on some research we have done we actually know there is a very large portion of what could be considered the ‘nontraditional population’ that aren’t involved in NTSO, many of whom probably don’t even know about the organization,” Alexander said. “So our goal this year is to really reach out to the student body and try to find those students who haven’t heard of us yet or don’t know what we can offer to them.”

A feral hog lies in a pen on Ortiz’s property after capture. Feral hogs cause nearly $500 million in damage in Texas each year to agriculture and property.


Annual conference unites law enforcement officials

By Alice Vazquez

Special to the Star

A law enforcement training program that began at Texas State will unite officials from across the nation in San Marcos for its fourth annual conference in late October. The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Program (ALERRT) will hold its national conference “Forging the Warrior” Oct. 20 to 23 at the Embassy Suites San Marcos Conference Center. Training Director John Curnutt said the ALERRT conference aims to bring responders closer together as they talk about experiences in actual events. It features specialized training classes and hands-on sessions specially designed for police officers, military and other law enforcement officials. Curnutt said a training component will be held Oct. 20 for teachers and workers where survivors of shooting inci-

dents share their experiences. ALERRT was started at Texas State in 1999 as a response to the Columbine High School shootings with the objective to train local officers, said ALERRT Director Don Montague. The program expanded statewide in 2002 and went national the following year. ALERRT at Texas State has been designated to train FBI agents. Other law enforcement branches such as the San Antonio and New York City Police Departments have used Texas State ALERRT to train their officers. The Texas Governor’s Office and Bureau of Justice Assistance in Washington have provided financial support as ALERRT strives to meet vital demands, Montague said. Montague said recent shooting incidents made people aware individuals need to be prepared to handle such large-scale events. Trainees go through a two-day course, which begins with lecture but is predominantly practical, providing real-life experi-

ences, Montague said. Although ALERRT’s target is to educate and train first-responders, other people have benefitted from the program as it has expanded such as school employees, Curnutt said. ALERRT teaches skills like how to approach, breach and scan buildings, he said. “We live in a society where the only catalyst for change is a catastrophe, and that’s what draws attention,” Curnutt said. “Any place is as prepared as they train themselves to be, the key is in taking it seriously.” Every member of the University Police Department has gone through the program, said UPD Captain Daniel Benitez. The department attempts to send officers through training at least once every two years, so they can be up-to-date on these skills, he said. Buildings throughout San Marcos waiting to be demolished generally provide a training ground for individuals, Benitez said. In addition, officers get into the men-

tality the trainings are more than practice sessions, building skills that will one day be necessary for their survival, he said. “If you’re never put in a situation you never know how you’re going to respond,” Benitez said. “(This) is as real as it gets.” Benitez said having all the agencies training by the same standard allows for universal work and coordination that “runs smoother.” Apart from being a learning experience, going through ALERRT also helps build confidence and creates a sense of urgency for officers in case any emergency occurs at Texas State, Benitez said. “Times have changed, we used to wait for SWAT to come in and take over the situation, now with the training we can actually go in and put our life before anybody else,” Benitez said. “I am confident in every officer we have, that they can go in and respond to any shooter situation, if it ever occurs here.”

WILD ART CRIME BLOTTER August 30, 5:17 a.m. Criminal mischief under $500 Moon Street University property had been intentionally damaged. This case is under investigation. August 30, 3:30 a.m. Aggravated robbery Tower Hall A student reported their personal property had been taken from them by threat. This case is under investigation. August 30, 2:40 a.m. Possession of marijuana Woods Street Parking Garage A student and three nonstudents were arrested for possession of marijuana and transported to Harris County Law Enforcement Center. This case is under judicial review. August 30, 1:17 a.m. Warrant service Moon Street A student was arrested for a warrant and transported to HCLEC. This case is under judicial review.

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Ronnie Liles, exercise sports science junior, balances on a slackline Aug. 28 at Sewell Park. PRESS RELEASE

Org Fair becomes Student Involvement Fair this year The Student Organizations Council hosts the Student Involvement Fair (previously known as the Org Fair) each semester. This year SOC will collaborate with the Vice President for Student Affairs Office’s Resource Fair and Student Volunteer Connection’s Volunteer Fair to bring you the Student Involvement Fair. The Student Involvement Fair will be held Sept. 4 in the LBJ Student Center Mall area and The Quad from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Last year, the Org Fair hosted over 160 student

organizations in The Quad and Mall. This year more student organizations, university offices and off-campus groups are expected. The Involvement Fair will allow thousands of students to connect organizations, campus and community events and activities in a one-stop shop. Please call the SOC office at 512.245.1635 or email for any questions.. —Courtesy of the Student Organizations Council

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After-hours parking enforcement unneeded T

here are a multitude of practical applications for Parking Services employees’ time and effort that can make the campus a safer, more navigable place. Ticketing cars after hours is not one of them. Though students and faculty grumble about permit pricing, basic principles of supply and demand show high-demand commodities such as daytime parking spaces will have high prices. These prices, along with strict daily enforcement, help to regulate traffic on campus and prevent disputes over spaces. As frustrating as paying three figures each year can be, the system maintains general order in parking lots and is cheaper than its counterparts at many other universities the same size as Texas State. However, despite the fact that demand plummets at 5 p.m. each night, the price to park remains the same. Enforcing parking permits after hours affects only a small subset of students and faculty, but of those included in that group, many have obligations beyond the minimum of showing up to class. Many of the students still on campus after 5 p.m. are the ones studying late in Alkek Library or working on assignments that require campus resources. They may be involved in extracurricular clubs, honor societies or greek life. Some of them have no other time in the day to practice their instruments in the Music Building, and a handful are up all night producing this particular newspaper. The practice of continuing to ticket these students without permits, even when most of the campus is empty, effectively punishes them for going beyond expectations and being involved on campus. Many of the non-resident students around campus at night do have perimeter permits and are certainly getting their money’s worth. However, those who do not have permits but still manage to get to class during the day clearly have a solution figured out—most likely either walking or taking the bus, for which they have already paid the necessary fees via tuition. There is no reason for parking services to be making money off these students’ extracurricular obligations when parking spaces are readily available. Safety is a serious concern as well. The recent string of armed robberies near campus shows the area can become dangerous at night. When buses have stopped running, students involved in after-hours extracurricular activities should not be forced to

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choose between paying parking services $115 for a perimeter permit, being ticketed or risking a dangerous walk home. A half-price nighttime-only permit for parking from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. would be a reasonable option for all parties and would help ensure the safety of students heading home at night. Alternatively, parking services could simply send nighttime employees home and save the yearly cost of a shift that does not help control traffic during the crowded hours of the day. Given parking services’ poor financial


tudents, residents and visitors of San Marcos ought to start seeing the city as a history-rich destination rather than just a hub of collegiate activity. There is a stigma attached to the home of the Bobcats. I will never forget graduating high school and proudly telling friends and family that I would be attending Texas Alex Pernice State. This was Opinions Columnist almost always Mass communication junior responded to with a comment about how the university was a party school, and San Marcos was a town full of trouble. This was frustrating to say the least. People have to get past seeing San Marcos as a college town alone. This is a city where residents live first and foremost. It is a place with real stories behind its people and businesses. Looking beyond the university is important for those who would like to change the common perceptions of the area. There is much more to San Marcos than the river and outlet malls. This city has been a remarkable place for decades, and the view many have of San Marcos as nothing more than a “college town” is not only erroneous but insulting. San Marcos’ history in popular locations such as The Square goes deeper than what happened last Thursday night. Years ago, this city was centered on community and small businesses. San Marcos’ culture is still focused on that to this day, you just have to look close enough. If you have passed the Main Street building on East Hopkins Street, you have seen the office where workers tirelessly labor to maintain the image and history of the city. The Main Street Program, a part of the National Trust for Historic

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track record—resident permit costs nearly doubled this year to cover debt—it is unreasonable to expect them to let go of an easy source of money by allowing students to park completely free of charge after hours. However, pricing should always be proportionate to what the customer is receiving, and students who only use their permits at night should be given a break for working within the system without contributing to daytime traffic.

Preservation, is a nationwide effort to preserve and protect places like San Marcos. People like city-native Samantha Armbruster, program manager for Main Street San Marcos, are committed to telling the stories of our city and keeping its history alive. These are the people who help put on iconic annual events like the Sights and Sounds of Christmas. Main Street revives and restores past San Marcos traditions such as the daily ringing of the Great Old Bell that sits outside the courthouse. However, although history is important to San Marcos so is Bobcat culture. Texas State is a huge part of San Marcos too, and Bobcats are the future and lifeblood of this city, not a detriment. Texas State is an integral part of San Marcos history. From the early days in 1899 as Southwest Texas State Normal School to today’s Texas State, Bobcats have been aiding San Marcos in writing its past, present and future. Former President Lyndon B. Johnson and singer songwriter George Strait, both past students of the university, have helped create that story. All of the students who have attended in the past, all who are attending now and all who will attend in the future are helping write the ongoing story of San Marcos. The town’s culture is built by students, residents and businesses—from the student who does four years and moves away to Ralph the Swimming Pig from the Aquarena Springs theme park days, everyone who passes through leaves their mark on the city’s history. The maroon and gold have played a significant role in the history and culture of San Marcos. I do not think it is possible to fully change the commonly held ideas about this area. San Marcos will probably always be seen as a college town, its history clouded by frat parties and tailgate fame. However, this fact does not mean we should not try to maintain and protect San Marcos history. Not only is this history important to the city, it is vital to the culture of Bobcats themselves.

College athletes should not receive payment for playing C

ollege athletes who already receive scholarship money should not be paid by the university to play sports. It would be unfair to other students if the university paid athletes to play college sports, although many may disagree. Scholarships granted to student athletes Molly Block cover tuition, Opinions Columnist fees, room, Mass communication senior board and textbooks, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association website. Some athletes receive scholarships that cover only a portion of these expenses, but many still receive exceedingly more aid than the average student. The average value of a full, in-state public school scholarship is $15,000 a year, according to the website. The scholarships awarded to outstanding student athletes are valuable in countless ways. Without them, many would not be able to pursue their academic or athletic goals. The individuals who receive these scholarships are exceptionally talented and work very hard to earn the money awarded to them. Despite this, the fact still remains many student athletes have everything provided for them in college, giving them a distinct advantage over their peers. The experience of playing on a college team itself is valuable, working much like an unpaid internship for other students. For non-athlete students, however, the experiences of unpaid internships do not come along with a full-ride scholarship. In a way,

college athletes are already getting paid. Universities should never have to shell out even more finances just to satisfy their athletes. Many athletes argue that because they do not have time to get a job, they should be paid by the university and have extra money to go out with friends or afford new clothes. However, many college students are broke and deal with these inconveniences on a daily basis. Not being able to afford things is a way of life in college. Furthermore, the jobs most students do find pay minimum wage and cannot sustain constant trips to the mall. The average college student eats frozen dinners and Ramen noodles for breakfast, lunch and dinner, not expensive restaurant food. The wages average students earn from their low-income jobs mostly go towards rent, tuition and groceries— expenses many college athletes on full-ride scholarships never have to worry about. Additionally, if universities paid college athletes, it would make the disparity between large and small university athletic teams even greater. Larger schools with more revenue such like University of Texas would essentially be able to buy out the best players for their teams, putting smaller universities at a greater disadvantage. College sports and the athletes who participate in them should not be centered on money. Athletes should focus on their passion for whatever sport they play, and be grateful they can receive the aid they do. If universities started paying college athletes, it would be grossly unfair to the peers who work hard just to make ends meet. Student athletes who are already awarded scholarship money to attend college should not be paid any additional amount on the side.

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Farmers market continues Texas vendor traditions By Jordan Gass-Poore’ Trends Reporter

Benjamin Rauls | Staff photographer Celina Ruyle, wildlife biology freshman, shops for bell peppers Aug. 27 at the San Marcos Farmers Market. The farmers market is held twice a week and features locally grown produce.

Farm-to-market roads traditionally served to connect rural areas to towns where farmers and ranchers could transport their products for sale, and vendors in Central Texas look to keep the tradition alive today. Since about 1979, vendors in Central Texas have crossed similar rural roads to reach their final destination of The Square. The nonprofit San Marcos/New Braunfels Farmers Market Association now operates farmers markets on campus at Texas State. The San Marcos Farmers Market takes place every Tuesday and Saturday year-round, providing locally grown and fresh produce to the town’s residents. Granola is what brought Susan Warren, secretary/treasurer of the San Marcos Farmers Market, to the weekly event. Warren retired in 2008 after working at Texas State for 28 years, and looked for an outlet to sell her homemade granola that had proven to be a hit with co-workers. “I liked it so much (and) didn’t want to work that hard to do a commercial business,” she said. Warren continues to make granola and maintain her vegetable garden. She is utilizing the skills she learned from other farmers market vendors, like Cliff Caskey, by helping recent additions to the event’s lineup prosper. Caskey, president of the San Marcos/New Braunfels Farmers Market Association, has carried on his family’s farming and ranching tradition through his participation in the event since its inception. As Caskey’s children were growing older in the late 1970s, he found his property did not require as much space as it once needed for animals raised through the family’s 4-H Youth Development projects. So, in the winter of 1978, he began



planting peach trees. With a change in the soil and each move of the fence line, Caskey watched as hundreds of peach trees slowly grew. Caskey said he now sells his peaches exclusively at Central Texas farmers markets, including the one at Barton Creek Square Mall in Austin on Saturdays, because of a resistance to wholesalers. Baskets of the fuzzy fruit are a temporary commodity at the farmers markets. The season for multiple peach varieties grown in Texas ends this month, depending on the type and where they are in the state. “I like fruit,” the Texas native said about why he continues to grow and maintain his more than 1,000 peach trees along with figs, plums, apples, pears and persimmons. “I can’t quit until they grow old.” In addition to fresh produce, the market offers a variety of handcrafted goods including jewelry and wooden pieces. Shawn Graham knows woodworking but does not consider himself a “professional” at the trade. Instead, Graham began marketing his idea of a San Marcos-based woodworking school at the farmers markets about two months ago. “We build stuff out here. We’re demonstrating, and we just introduce people to woodwork,” Graham said while shaping a piece of lumber into a toolbox handle. The former high school computer science teacher began his foray into hand tool woodworking by restoring old homes. “These old skills, nobody can teach it anymore,” Graham said, who is scheduled to be at on-campus farmers markets this year. “You find a few people who know a little bit of something, and you just kind of pilfer all the information you can from all of them.”



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Season opens with victory over Conference USA opponent By Samuel Rubbelke

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ix forced turnovers and a late 17-yard touchdown scramble by senior quarterback Tyler Arndt helped the Bobcats rally over Southern Miss Aug. 31 with a score of 22-15. This marked the second-straight season Texas State has opened with a win on the road against a Conference USA team. After trailing the whole game, the Golden Eagles took their first lead with a 36-yard field goal by kicker Corey Acosta. Southern Miss seized a 15-14 lead with 5:43 remaining in the 4th quarter. After giving up 12 unanswered points, Arndt led a 75-yard drive that included a 3rd and 19 conversion to senior wide receiver Andy Erickson to continue the late surge by the Bobcats. “Coach Mike Schultz had some good calls in that drive,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “The 3rd and 19 was a great call, the next few calls we went no huddle for a brief period and hit a couple. We executed well, and (Arndt) executed well. We had one drive in each half. Fortunately, it came at a good time for us. Really to come from behind and win on the road in the fourth quarter is something we haven’t done yet.” None of the late game action would have been possible without

the six forced turnovers by the Bobcats’ defense. The first two possessions by the Golden Eagles each resulted in fumbles including an untouched 44-yard touchdown by junior cornerback Craig Mager, who wrestled the ball away from Tyre’oune Holmes to give Texas State an early 7-0 lead. Southern Miss had three fumbles in the first eight minutes of the game. “Man it feels (really) good,” Mager said. “I’m happy to claim the one on defense first (touchdown). I’m happy with how everyone played. We played tremendous on the defensive side, and its nice to see all the hard work paying off.” The defense finished with four forced fumbles and two interceptions by junior linebacker David Mayo. The Texas State defensive unit held Southern Miss’ running game to an average of 1-yard per rush. The collective pressure helped the Bobcats accumulate three sacks for a loss of 26-yards and eight tackles for losses for a total of 37-yards. Southern Miss was 5 out of 20 on 3rd down conversions and 0 out of 4 for 4th down. “With takeaways we preach that from the word go,” said defensive coordinator Craig Naivar. “That’s one of our things, we talk about ‘my ball,’ creating takeaways through a bunch of different drills. When you stress those things and work hard, good things happen to those who work hard. We’re fortunate those happened, and we’ll continue to stress that. We set the bar pretty high now.”

Finishing with 215 total yards of offense, Texas State was not emphasizing offensive production but rather efficient and timely opportunistic plays. Arndt completed 13 out of 19 passing attempts for 111 yards with no interceptions. Riding Erickson’s momentum after a 29-yard punt return, redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Moore found sophomore running back Robert Lowe in the flats and broke multiple tackles for a 23-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Texas State’s final touchdown was a 17-yard read option in the 4th quarter by Arndt who kept the ball up the middle. “From an offensive perspective things didn’t really go our way all night,” Arndt said. “I think if you hang in there, (we have) a chance at the end of the game. We have playmakers all over the offensive side of the ball. Unfortunately, the offense struggled all night and we knew something was due, it took all 11 of us to drive down there and get that last score to go ahead.” Senior punter Zach Robinson ended with nine punts for an average of 45.1 yards and a long of 60. Robinson finished with 406 total punting yards, more than either team’s total offensive yards.

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Senior quarterback Tyler Arndt rushed for 17 yards for the game-winning touchdown against Southern Miss. Star file photo


Texas State sweeps Delta Zeta Classic By Bert Santibanez Sports Reporter @BertSantibanez

The Texas State volleyball team played a total of 13 sets this weekend and lost one, claiming the Delta Zeta Classic title, starting the beginning of the season 4-0. The Bobcats held Lamar Aug. 31 to less than 20 points per set in their first victory against the Cardinals. Senior right-side hitter Amari Deardorff led the team in kills, amassing 12, with a .391 hitting percentage from the court. Junior setter Caylin Mahoney tallied 22 assists in the game in addition to 10 digs. Texas State committed 14 fewer errors than the Cardinals. During the second set against Lamar, the team committed one error, the Bobcats’ fewest total in the contest. The Cardinals committed 11 in the set, their highest total of errors during the game. “It was a great opportunity to get our first win,” Mahoney said. “Our team is now really confident going into the game against SMU. If we

play like we did, not committing a lot of errors, we’ll be perfect.” Later that day, the Bobcats faced their most challenging opponent, SMU, with 1,839 fans in attendance, the largest crowd in Strahan Coliseum during the tournament. There were nine lead changes during the match, and the score was tied 23 times. Texas State defeated the Mustangs in four sets. Deardorff continued to lead the team in kills with 20 during the contest, totaling 23.5 points during the game, including a .471 hitting percentage. In the fourth set, during match-point, Deardorff delivered the final kill, ensuring the win. Sophomore defensive specialist Sierra Smith had 15 digs in the game, leading the team in the category. Mahoney added to her assists total, serving up 40 in the match. The Bobcats scored nine serving aces during the game, their highest total during the tournament. “We definitely had times where everything was going well for us,” Deardorff said. “There were

moments when the team was becoming a little too hyped up and nervous, but we were able to stay composed. One big thing that has helped us this year is remaining confident, knowing that if our opponents get a few points on us, we have everything it takes to battle back.” The next day, the Bobcats beat Quinnipiac in three straight sets during the third match of the tournament. The Bobcats led in all major statistical categories against their opponent. Texas State scored 14 more kills than Quinnipiac, Benjamin Rauls | Staff photographer which accounted for the second highest differential in the classic. Texas State volleyball celebrates after defeating SMU 3-1 Aug. 30 at the Delta Zeta The Bobcats’ final opponent Classic at Strahan Coliseum. The Bobcats won all four matchups last weekend. was the Houston Cougars. Texas State has lost 25 of 29 previous Houston’s .111 team hitting per- Karen Chisum. “Since 2000, we encounters against the club. The centage. During the tournament, haven’t had a 4-0 start. I told the ball club defeated the Cougars in Deardorff accumulated 46 kills team, ‘let’s get back into the record three straight sets to clinch the ti- with an overall hitting-percentage books.’ We deserved the wins this tle. The Bobcats managed to score of .459 and was named MVP . weekend. The players really came six more kills than the Cougars Mahoney ended the tournament out and played well. This team with 11 fewer attack-attempts in with 115 assists. Smith currently isn’t a one-man show and even the game than Houston. Deardorff leads to team in digs with 42 over- though a lot of balls are going to accounted for 12 of the kills. all. Amari (Deardorff), the whole Collectively, the Bobcats hit “This tournament has just been team brought it.” .309 from the court compared to a good overall start,” said Coach


Bobcats, Coach Conner take 150th win By Kirk Jones

Sports Reporter @kirk_jones11

Coach Kat Conner and the Texas State soccer team won their 150th game Aug. 30, keeping the shutout streak alive with a 5-0 win against Prairie View A&M. Texas State was committed to taking as many shots as possible. The team got two shots on goal within the first five minutes and 17 shots in the first half. Senior forward Gabbi Cottee was the first to strike. Her header from the corner kick by junior forward Tori Hale was the first goal of the game and her second of the season. Minutes later sophomore midfielder Landry Lowe assisted Lynsey Curry to her second goal of the season. Lynsey Curry did not waste much time after the first goal as she scored her second of the night and third of the year with eight minutes left before the half to put the Bobcats ahead, 3-0. “Knowing the previous record does give us some motivation and adrenaline to come out and keep that shutout,” said sophomore forward Lynsey Curry. “I think that’s what fueled us today. They’re a good opponent, but we knew we might have the upper hand.” Coming out of the break, Texas State showed the same aggressiveness as it did in the first half, shooting the ball 16 times. Senior midfielder Sydney Curry got in on the action by scoring an unassisted goal. The Bobcats kept their scoring momentum as junior midfielder Jourdan Brown scored her first goal of the season coming from a pass by freshman forward Jamie Couch. Conner was pleased with the outcome of the game, but saw room for improvement as Texas State headed to Norman Sept. 1 to face Big 12 opponent Oklahoma. “We were aggressive on the attack, and that’s something we didn’t do against SFA, so we got a chance do that this game,” Conner said. “We do need to work on getting better looks instead of shooting the ball so far.” Looking to use the momentum from their performance against the Panthers, the Bobcats headed to

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Gabbi Cottee, senior forward, hurdles her opponent Aug. 30 to reach the ball. Oklahoma Sunday for an afternoon game against the Sooners. The ball club started off slow, not getting a shot for the entire first half. The Bobcats held the Sooners to one goal until junior forward Daisy Cardona scored in the 72nd minute of the match. Cardona started a scoring trend for Oklahoma as the Sooners scored three goals within a 17-minute span winning 4-0. “We tried to keep OU in front of us as much as possible,” Conner said. “(We were) frustrating them as much as we could.” Next up for Texas State is a rematch against McNeese State, which the Bobcats lost to last year 1-0 in San Marcos. The only goal of the contest came in the 35th minute by now Cowgirls senior midfielder Johna Germany. The match will be held in Lake Charles Sept. 6.

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