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This year’s Strutters pose in their new uniforms at Bobcat Stadium.

Strutters don new uniforms after 17 years By Imani McGarrell MANAGING EDITOR @ImaniMcg


or the first time ever the Texas State Strutters will perform in maroon and gold uniforms this football season. The team has worn the same iconic uniforms for the past 17 years, but on Aug. 22, a brand-new look was debuted at their annual

hard because they were all so excited, but we told them they could only show their moms.” The uniforms have not always been maroon and gold. In fact, the Strutters started out wearing red, silver and white, eventually switching to the iconic maroon, silver and white uniforms. The new uniforms are

Some of the girls would wear rollers and curl their hair, but most of us wore wigs or clipped in falls.” ­—MARY MCBETH, BOARD PRESIDENT OF STRUTTERS ALWAYS

Meet the Strutters event. “We wanted Meet the Strutters to be a grand unveiling, so we made sure that none of the girls posted the uniforms on social media or anything before that day,” said Tammy Fife, Strutters director. “It was

the first to don the signature gold of the Bobcats’ maroon-and-gold color scheme. Fife said former Texas State president John Garland Flowers gave Strutters’ Founder Barbara Tidwell

permission in 1960 to establish a dance team at the university. Flowers told Tidwell she could pick whatever color she liked for the team’s uniforms, Fife said. “She picked red because she liked the bright color, and they stayed that way for a long time,” Fife said. The Str utters went through many variations of the red uniforms until the ‘90s when university officials mandated they switch to Texas State’s signature maroon color. Last year m a rke d t h e 55th anniversary of the dance team. To commemorate the occasion, the squad performed in recreations of the red uniforms worn by the original members. Mar y McBeth, board president of Strutters Always, said the original uniforms included a



Tammer Porter, Mary McBeth, Margo Mohnke and Mary Bradley Kureska pose together in 1969 before their Astrodome performance.

vest, waist cincher, skirt, slip, petticoat,

funding. For the last uniform change, the Strutters were able to get their funding from the Student Service Fee. This time around, Fife said the group was denied. “We just kept thinking, ‘Surely the university is going to pay for these,’ but they really

didn’t d o m u ch and so we just finally realized we’d have to find

bloomers and a specific hairdo. “While I was in Str utters, we had a signature f lip that our hair had to have,” McBeth said. “Some of the girls would wear rollers and curl their h a i r, b u t most of us wore wigs or clipped in falls.” McBeth said she wore the original red-and-white uniforms while she was attending the university. Katy Paulsen, Strutters head captain, said the team has relaxed their hair requirements in recent years. “A lot of us have varying lengths of hair on the team, so we just make sure everyone wears theirs curled—unless it’s really short and then they can wear it straight,” Paulsen said. Paulsen said it has been 17 years since the team had their last uniform change partly due to a hesitation to part with the “classy, traditional Texas style” the Strutters are known for, Paulsen said. “We also realized it was time for a change when we realized that the freshman girls coming into the squad this year were younger than the uniforms themselves,” Paulsen said. Fife said another reason for the delay in change was

the funding o u r s e l v e s ,” Fife said. In addition to donations from Strutters alumni, the athletic department donated $15,000 to the group to help fund the new uniforms. Without that donation, the group likely would not have made the money it needed, Fife said. The team has a reputation extending far past the reaches of Texas State As the first and largest precision dance team to be founded at a fouryear institution in the U.S., they are often imitated right down to their uniforms. Other universities and high school teams often copy the Strutters uniforms. Fife said she and the Strutters officers spent almost over a year designing and redesigning the new uniforms to get them right. “Part of the pressure of making new uniforms is making sure that we don’t look like a typical high school squad,” Paulsen said. “We are a collegiate precision dance team and we wanted to make sure and look like it.” Paulsen said she is hoping the team can keep up their tradition of being trendsetters with the new uniforms. “These skirts and uniforms really move with us when we dance,” Paulsen said. “They have a lot of sparkle and I can’t wait for the crowd to see what we can do with them.”

By Paul Livengood SENIOR SPORTS REPORTER @IamLivengood

The most anticipated game in Texas State football history is just two days away. The Bobcats will face the 10th ranked Florida State Seminoles, which was eliminated in the College Football Playoff by Oregon last year. The spread of the game is no secret. Florida State is a 29-point favorite at home for the season opener. “Well, its game week,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “I feel like everybody is excited. We’re ready to go. I think we’re where we need to play a game and we will at least find out where we are.” Texas State was in a similar situation three years ago. As a first year FBS-school, the Bobcats entered their season opener with the Houston Cougars as a 30-point underdog. The team left the stadium with a 30-13 victory. Florida State, however, is on a different level than Houston. “We aren’t quite playing the New England Patriots but sometimes it feels like it or a little bit close to it,” Franchione said. Florida State is returning four players on offense, including Dalvin Cook, sophomore running back, who faced allegations of punching a woman in a bar. Cook was suspended pending the trial decision. When he was acquitted, Cook was reinstated almost immediately and returned to practice this week. Whether or not Cook will play remains a mystery, but Franchione feels it doesn’t matter what running back starts for the Seminoles. Cook rushed for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman. “The running back is good, Cook is really really fast,” Franchione said. “Even if he doesn’t play, the others are really good too. We will see how it all turns out.” Florida State named Everett Golson, senior quarterback as their starter for the first week of the season. Golson transferred from Notre Dame for his fifth and final year of collegiate eligibility. In a new offense, some would think it would be difficult to pick up a new offense in just one fall camp. In Golson’s case, Franchione doesn’t think it will be a factor. “I have heard about the complexity of Jimbo’s offense, which can be a challenge for any quarterback,” Franchione said. “He’s been back there for a lot of snaps in college football. The guy is talented. He throws a great ball. He’s a great quarterback.” The lack of experience on the Seminoles offensive line is something that defensive coordinator John Thompson can possibly take advantage of. Roderick Johnson, sophomore offensive tackle, is the only returning lineman from last season. Johnson is on the watch list for the Rotary Lombardi award, which goes to the most outstanding lineman – offensive or defensive – or linebacker. As for the rest of the offensive line, there will be new faces. Two of the remaining

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SAT entrance exam to be redesigned to future scholars By Clayton Kelley NEWS REPORTER @Claytonkelley

High school students looking to pursue a college degree will now have the option to take the redesigned SAT exam when it makes its debut this spring. According to College Board, the revised test will return to a 1600-point scale for scoring and will include some major changes. “The redesigned SAT is more focused, useful and clear for students, parents and educators than ever before,” said Katherine Levin, media representative of College Board. College Board officials collected feedback from educators and students about the SAT when they were considering what changes to make, Levin said. College Board made changes to the exam after careful examination of what students need to know about reading, writing and mathematics. Stephanie Anderson, director of undergraduate admissions at Texas State, said her office is working with College Board to make sure Texas State is ready for the changes. Anderson said the writing portion on the new SAT will

be optional for students. She said Texas State admissions will not require students to submit their score on the SAT essay section. “We do not anticipate that these changes will impact Texas State’s ability to make good admission decisions,” Anderson said. “College Board has done extensive research on the new SAT and the results show a strong link between the new SAT and college curricula and instructional practice.” Anderson said the new version of the test will not limit but enhance a student’s ability to think critically. She is glad the SAT is removing difficult and obscure vocabulary words from the exam. “I think the College Board’s movement away from what is known as ‘SAT words’ to placing more emphasis on vocabulary within context is a positive move for testtakers and the validity of the test for college admissions,” Anderson said. Debbie Smith, testing coordinator at San Marcos High School, said last May that San Marcos High School implemented a new practice SAT to give students an idea of what to expect on the revised version. She said students had mixed opinions about the

test’s difficulty level. “Some students scored really well and some students felt that the math portion of the section was a bit more difficult than expected,” Smith said. She said the test seems like it’s been designed, particularly in the math portion, to encourage critical thinking. “This new SAT test sounds like a critical thinking hotbed,” Smith said. “I believe this test will definitely help these young students develop and become more prepared for college-level classes.” Smith said she values the importance of critical thinking because it helps students become better citizens in the real world. “Especially in regards to the political world, if there’s a candidate that puts some sort of press release out or any type of release, it is important that students learn to analyze and not accept everything at face value,” Smith said. Delsia Maldonado, high school senior from Gonzales High School, said she plans on applying to Texas State, but has yet to take the SAT. She said her teachers have informed students in her class that the new exam will be easier than the current test. “I’m apprehensive about

these changes,” Maldonado said. “The entrance exam is supposed to be a reflection of college material and if they ease up on this, that doesn’t necessarily mean that professors will be as easy.” Levin said colleges will accept scores from both the current and redesigned SAT exams until 2018. She said the board redesigned the test to better accommodate students’ existing academic knowledge and better measure their collegereadiness. Smith said faculty members received training over the summer to learn how to prepare students for the rebooted exam. “I know all about these changes happening with the SAT test, and one of the best parts that myself and students here at San Marcos High School like about this change is that they will no longer (deduct points) for guessing,” Smith said.


Hooters looking to relocate after denied liquor permit By Darcy Sprague SENIOR REPORTER @darcy_days Hooters officials are looking to relocate after their restaurant was denied a conditional liquor permit at the July 7 city council meeting. The restaurant’s proposed San Marcos location is at the intersection of IH-35 and Luciano Flores Street, across the road from Luby’s, said Kristy Stark, assistant director of planning and development services, in an email. Hooters’ request to sell alcohol at the proposed location will be discussed at the Sept. 8 Planning and Zoning (P&Z) meeting. A group of residents of a neighborhood near the proposed location, led by Robert Jett, San Marcos citizen, filed a petition

with city council and succeeded in getting P&Z’s approval of the permit overturned. Councilmember Jude Prather, Place 2, was the only council member to vote against overturning P&Z’s approval of the conditional liquor permit. Prather said that in the past, other Hooters locations have been known to distribute free liquor at their restaurants when alcohol permits were denied. He said this was the chain’s way of circumventing the need for a permit until they eventually received approval in other locations. “Hooters will do quite well in San Marcos,” Jett said at the July 7 city council meeting. “But they shouldn’t do so at the cost of our neighborhoods.”


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four spots are filled by redshirt freshman, Alec Eberle, Corey Martinez, and Derrick Kelly. Thompson’s system encompasses an abundance of different looks and blitz packages with the intent to confuse the opponent’s offense. As a whole, the Texas State’s defense is young. They are many underclassmen contributing on the defensive line in Jeff Banks, sophomore defensive end, Karee Berry, sophomore defensive end, Landon Beck, freshman defensive tackle, as well as the secondary. Brandon McDowell, sophomore cornerback, is starting. Dila Rosemund, sophomore safety, will be a significant factor. Easy Anyama, sophomore safety, will be in the mix as well. However, this is the second year for these players in Thompson’s defensive scheme. Last year the players had to learn the defense. Now,they have a grasp of it and can work on perfecting it. Texas State’s two selections in the NFL – Craig Mager and David Mayo – came from the defense. This year’s defense is also set to have a star of its own. David Mims II, senior cornerback, was named the Preseason Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He will head the Bobcat defense after recording five interceptions last season. Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher acknowledged the talent level of Texas State at his weekly

press conference. “They are very diverse on offense and very diverse on defense,” Fisher said. “They present a lot of problems. They are aggressive and very well-coached. They have good players. I know I sounds cliché, but this is a good program.”



Franchione is taking a sports cliché to another level this season. Franchione carries a poker chip, inscribed with the words “Texas State football” and the Bobcats logo, to remind him of last season. Texas State defeated Arkansas State by 18 points on national television and failed to play in a bowl game. The Bobcats, with a literal chip sewn on to their shoulder, were the only 7-5 team in the country that didn’t receive an invitation to a bowl game. “I think you always try to find ways to motivate and get a buy in and get a commitment and join your team together in the union of closeness,” Franchione said. “I thought that was the idea that would resonate with our guys.” The chip is there to remind the team of the work that still needs to be done to earn a bowl invitation this season. “If they don’t have that (chip) on their shoulder after what happened to them last year, they shouldn’t probably be here. It’s just a reminder of that. I don’t


The Bobcats practice Sept. 2, as the countdown continues for the battle against FSU Sept. 5, in Florida.


By Quixem Ramirez SPORTS EDITOR @quixem

The Texas State football team’s season opener against Florida State is the equivalent of David vs. Goliath. Only in this instance, David is not equipped with a slingshot and a rock. So how can David— Texas State in this metaphor—topple Goliath in the season opener? Spoiler: It won’t. But that’s not the point. The Bobcats are not playing the Seminoles to get a victory. The season opener is designed to put the Texas State football program on the national map. Nothing more. The only way Texas State loses is by turning in a poor performance. A win puts Texas State in the national headlines. The more realistic goal is a competitive loss, which would go a long way to establishing Texas State’s football legitimacy. These are the kind of games the program needs to schedule if building a

reputation is important. Sure, the team’s overall win-loss record takes a hit, but the trade-off is far more valuable. Texas State, snubbed from a bowl game in two consecutive seasons, needs people to know that it exists. What better way to accomplish that goal then scheduling a game against one of the best football teams in the country on national television? Besides, starting from the ground up and building a program is what drew Coach Dennis Franchione to Texas State for a second stint in the first place. The good news? There is some precedent for Texas State. It wasn’t quite David vs. Goliath, but the Bobcats were heavy underdogs on the road against Houston in 2012. Texas State turned in an unexpected 30-13 road victory in its first game of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). “ Things happen,” Franchione said. “We’re not going to discount that fact. Hopefully, by

the time the fourth quarter rolls around, we can get them to say, ‘Oh my, what’s going on here?’” Franchione can only do so much. On Saturday night, it’s up to the players to rise to the occasion. “This is a game that I think the players relish,” Franchione said. “They want to go see how they stack up. I think you enjoy it, you embrace it, you get to have some fun with it.” For Franchione, coaching Texas State is a bit of a role reversal. At his stops with Texas A&M and Alabama, he was used to being on the other side—the heavy favorites. Now he’s coaching a team entering its season opener as a 29-point underdog. “With my teams, I always preached, ‘It’s about us,’ or, ‘It’s about us more than them,’” Franchione said. It doesn’t matter what color helmets are on the other side, we have to play.” The season opener against Florida State will come and go, but the team can’t let the result sink the entire season. “Whatever the first game is, you can’t let it impact the next game negatively or positively,” Franchione said. “You’ve got to put it to bed eventually, and I’ve had teams where we would embrace

all the good things people were saying to us about winning the game too long. We try to put them to sleep on Sunday.” The players are saying the right things. Florida State is human. We believe in the process. We are just focusing on ourselves. The process is important, especially when the goal of the season is to play in a bowl game. Florida State amounts to just one matchup on the 12-game schedule, even though it feels like a much bigger spectacle. “It’s the most important game on our schedule because it’s next right now,” Franchione said. “Next Tuesday I’ll be up here (at the podium) telling you the same thing.” And there is perhaps no better way for the Bobcats to prepare themselves for the grind of the season than with a tuneup against Florida State. In football, it’s about the journey and the destination. “It’s just the beginning of the journey,” Franchione said. “They understand it’s a challenge, I think they want to go see where it all stacks up. Give it their shot and I think that should be their attitude.”


Bobcats attempting to bounce back from two-game losing streak By Garrett Caywood SPORTS REPORTER @polo__garre Coach Kat Conner is stressing the importance of getting back on the winning track this weekend against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Texas State soccer team comes into Friday’s matchup at Dugan Stadium having lost the previous two games. “I’m just going to throw this last weekend away,” Conner said. “Start fresh and not worry about it. Get back to business of getting them back in to sync and rhythm. And get back on the winning track with Corpus Christi.” Even though these teams aren’t familiar with each other, they find themselves in familiar territory. Islanders Coach Shanna Caldwell will have a similar plan against the Bobcats, after starting the season 0-3. Conner is focused on the importance of this week in practice and getting her players in a groove. “(I’ll) get in to some sessions that I know they really enjoy,” Conner said. The only meeting between these teams took place last year in San Marcos. Kassi Hormuth, sophomore forward, scored her second career goal in the Bobcats’ 2-0 win. “Yeah it’s always nice to know that you’ve done it

once, you can do it again,” Hormuth said. Lynsey Curry, senior forward, leads the Bobcats in scoring this season with two goals. Conner knows Curry’s prolific goal scoring hasn’t gone unnoticed. “When you are a senior, everybody knows about (Curry) by this time,” Conner said. “They know (Curry leads) the Bobcats in scoring multiple times. They know not to let (Curry) get out of their sights and they know to at least double team her.” Conner said the team needs to defend better against set pieces and corner kicks. These situations hurt the Bobcats in the 2-1 loss Aug. 31 to UTEP. “We just made silly mistakes on set pieces and not defending well,” Conner said. “And not making good clearances to give away corner kicks and throw-ins. For them, we’re set up like corner kicks. So we got to be smarter about that and learn to clear LARA DIETRICH STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER better.” Brooke Ramsey, sophomore midfielder, receives the ball Aug. 30 in the Bobcats’ 2-1 loss against UTEP at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. The Islanders’ last victory was Oct. 17, 2014 against Abilene Christian. Texas A&M Corpus Christi has lost seven consecutive games since with only three goals. Following the game, Texas State returns home Sunday to play the Prairie View A&M Panthers. In their last two meetings, the Bobcats have outscored the Panthers by Green Rush Texas and Errba LLC present seven goals. Buds in Business A legal cannabis business Education and information seminar

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Kanye West for President 2020 W

ashington, Lincoln, Obama— West? Kanye West announced his intention to run for president in 2020 during his acceptance speech for the Vanguard Award from the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 30, and we could not be more excited. The proclamation caused America to breathe a collective sigh of relief, filled with hope for the future. Unlike the failures that have come before him, continually letting the American public down and leaving much to be desired in this once-great nation, West will not let America stray from its manifest destiny. It is time we usher in the genius of a musical icon, world-class producer, paparazzo brawler and self-proclaimed god—enter President Kanye West. To be frank, West is the change America needs! Far too often we as a country have betted on the minds of Ivy League graduates and renowned intellectuals, but no more. President Obama’s degrees from Columbia University and Harvard Law School pale in comparison to Kanye’s intellectual accomplishments—it is not every day that a celebrity gets an honorary doctorate degree from the Art Institute. No other president has 21 Grammys, no other president has 11 B.E.T. Hip-Hop Awards, no other president has performed at the VMAs and no other president has violently attacked the press like West has. That list alone sets him far above the fray of supposedly “accomplished” men that have held the lowly position of president of the United States. If everyone is being honest, no one even watches

the State of the Union address. However, if it were the Rap of the Union Battle Cypher where President West is forced to battle rap his positions against Speaker of the House John Boehner, then it would be something finally worth watching. Policies are not important and agenda-setting is boring—what America has been longing for is an expletive-laden freestyle battle right on Capitol Hill. Even better, who says the beef has to stop on Capitol Hill? Newsflash—it does not. If America has an international dispute with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, West can drop a diss track to silence all the haters and put al-Assad in his place instead of giving speeches or having diplomatic meetings. Changing the stage of international politics into one of urban rap battles is something the whole world would applaud. Say goodbye to the bully pulpit and say hello to good oldfashioned ‘90s rap beef. Now, everyone is excited about West because they all know he will be a great president—that is a given. However, what people seem to forget is the woman beside him: the beloved and famed candid-camera actress and future First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Kim Kardashian-West. Keeping Up with the Kardashians has led her family to success and fortune, but Kim and Kris Take the White House will be revolutionary. Kim will set a precedent for all future First Ladies. Publicity exploits, undue raunch and a slew of plastic surgeries will be the new normal. No one cares


about the elite schooling, philanthropy or presidential run of a First Lady— Michelle, Eleanor, Hillary, we’re talking about you. This is the 21st century, and sometimes the old has to be forced out in order

to escort in the new— Kim and Kanye. There should be no question that West will leave America better than he has found it once he wins the presidency. West will usher in a new wave of American excep-

tionalism and be the greatest president the world has ever seen. Move over Lincoln and Washington, I think we need more room on Mount Rushmore come 2020. A king among peasants, a god among mortals

and a president for the ages, West is what America deserves and what Americans need. Kanye West for president—make America great again, Yeezus!

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Segregation prominent today, not a thing of the past




egregation is a problem continuing to plague America and isa very tangible and unfortunate reality for many today. There have been multiple attempts to combat

the problem of segregation, but none have seemed to have lasting results. With the modern mentality most citizens claim to have acquired today, it is almost impossible for them to even imagine segregation still exists today. For some, it is easier to believe that segregation today is more of a myth than a reality. To those who choose to believe the problem is nonexistent and pay no mind to the effects this has around them, I say segregation is real and it is happening whether we acknowledge it or not. The truth hides from no one. In recent news, victims of segregation were

compensated for the harassment they suffered in Los Angeles. Detailed information regarding this case includes the Los Angeles County housing agency agreeing to pay $2 million dollars to all those who were proven to be victims of segregation in the Antelope Valley area. To begin with, if segregation were not real there would be no need for Los Angeles County housing agency to agree or compensate their victims. This compensation is proof of the segregation our fellow citizens face today. It is a terrifying thought that crosses my mind when I think segrega-

tion is happening, even with all the implemented policies and laws that exist today to protect equality. Contrary to American idealism, segregation has never ceased to exist in this country. In fact, it has only been exacerbated since it was brought to the forefront decades ago. According to a Washington Post article, schools are more segregated now than they were 40 years ago. I do not see how a person can side with education and furthering intellectual understanding, while actively seeking to discriminate against students of color by isolating them from the general populace.

Today, people have sought to hide their intentions in a more sinister way. Since racism and othering have become a relatively recent taboo of polite society, overt segregation based on race and color is a thing of the past. However, the new segregation operates through separating students based on scores, access to resources and disparities caused by the oppression and destruction of people of color. Segregation in schools is affecting children’s education and keeping them from a better, more promising future. This effectively strengthens the status quo

that has led to the inequity in the first place, disguising inequality as a solution for better and more effective education. Segregation existed, exists and will continue to exist—unless society decides to fight it. There is no more time to ignore this problem. There are people suffering at the hands of a historically and contemporarily unequal society. Once society acknowledges the prevalence of the problem, then we can work toward treating the symptoms and finally destroying the virus. —Evelin Garcia is a journalism junior


Victory for women, FDA approves female sex pill

Haley Smutzer OPINIONS COLUMNIST @awkward_adverbs


omen want to have sex—satisfying sex. This may be a surprising revelation for some people, given the social climate and old adages saying otherwise, but women actually do enjoy sex. In some cases, they just need a little help-

ing hand. Addyi, the first female sexual enhancement prescription pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), aims to increase the sexual drive of women and is a certain victory, granting numerous women both physical and emotional liberation. Unfortunately, far too many women are often dissuaded, through societal pressures, from expressing their sexual desires. Adamant individuals opposed to sexually gratifying explorations might sternly maintain that it is shameful for a woman to have a healthy sex life. Those individuals may see getting a helping hand from a medical supplement as unnatural, thus intrinsically

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wrong. However, these assertions are not only wrong, but also ignorant. It is nothing more than a way to degrade a woman’s natural sexual appetite in hopes of suppressing her quest to satiate that hunger, often putting a sour taste for sex in many women’s mouths. Thankfully, women now have Addyi to help them out—should they need it, of course. This significant step forward in women’s sexual health is the largest taken since the creation and subsequent FDA approval of the birth control pill. Bombarded by social media, the public arena can be an intimidating platform for women to seek out sexual guidance

or counsel. Disapproving bloggers lurk behind the safety of their computer screens, seeking the opportune moment to crucify such harlots, leaving no thread left unturned. This slut-shaming often leaves many women feeling discouraged and attacked, opting to leave the worldwide conversation altogether rather than face an onslaught of gender norms and aggressive combatants. Yet with the approval of Addyi, comes a distinct and powerful voice for many women. The FDA maintains that the drug was approved specifically for women whose loss of sexual appetite causes distinct distress or difficulty. So long as the distress the women feel is

not the result of a natural phenomenon such as illness, relationship problems or the potential side effects of other medicines, then use of the drug is acceptable. Interpersonal difficulty and distress shapes the lives of many women, impacting them widely and often severely. In numerous cases, such distress escalates to sexual dissatisfaction, leading to intimate withdrawal entirely. The drug’s availability should encourage many women to approach doctors with their sexual problems for the first time. Initiating this dialogue is a critical step to discussing women’s sexual health. Improving the quality of women’s sex lives is long

overdue. Men have had access to 24 pharmaceutical aides for male sexual dysfunction—meanwhile, women have had a shocking total of zero available to them. Women should be granted the same opportunities as men, both in and outside the bedroom. No woman should ever be judged for her simple pursuit of equality, or shamed for her sexuality. After all, it takes two to play, and both parties should leave the game thoroughly satisfied.

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Alumni reunite to make music By Sarah Bradley LIFESTYLE REPORTER @sarah_bradskies

When the members of Blue Healer met at Texas State in 2009, none of them imagined they would be performing on stage together six years later. Dees Stribling, drummer and vocalist for Blue Healer, said he, David Beck and Bryan Mammel started the indie rock band in January. “I met David on Palm Sunday at the First Methodist Church in San Marcos after I had moved there in 2009,” Stribling said. “Shortly after, we met Bryan when he was playing with HalleyAnna Finlay’s band.” Stribling said the band members worked on themselves individually as artists before coming together to perform. He said the sound they developed when they were apart is directly related to how the band sounds as a whole. “It took us quite a bit to officially become Blue Healer,” Stribling said. “In that duration of time we were all going to school and developing our own individual sound on instruments and personal taste.” Beck, who plays upright bass and guitar in addition to singing vocals, said a variety of artists inspired him to make music. “I was around a ton of Beatles and Bob Dylan growing up,” Beck said. “My mother listened to Earth Wind and Fire, which later got me into weird punk music and early hip-hop around high school.” Mammel, who plays the analog synthesizers and sings vocals, said listening to the Beatles as a child motivated him to become a singer.

David Beck, guitarist for Blue Healer, performs Aug. 27 at Stubb’s. “When I got turned “Our sound is someon to the Beatles—which where between Bob Dylan was way too late in my and Tears for Fears,” Beck childhood—everything said. “Like, if they had a changed,” Mammel said. baby, and but they couldn’t “It all started there.” raise it so the funky uncle Stribling said his love raised it—very fun and for performing came from unique.” the desire to experience all Stribling said the band genres of music. is constantly searching for “I was raised on classinew ways to reinvent their cal music until I was about sound. 12,” Stribling said. “That’s “I think that finding a when I started listening to sound is an ongoing and the radio, jazz, rock, and everlasting process for just about everything I any artist,” Stribling said. could find.” “However, one of our Beck said the band’s main goals is ensuring that ability to blend three differ- everyone is having fun in ent sounds into one unique hopes that will transfer melody sets them apart into being entertaining for from other artists. an audience.”


Beck said the band hopes every audience member walks away from one of their shows feeling empowered. “The overall message Blue Healer typically wants to put out there is ‘Go be you, and be you hard,’” Beck said. Stribling said the band recently performed at The Granada Theater in Dallas, Stubbs and The Mohawk in Austin and Acme in Nashville. He said they would return to San Marcos Sept. 5 for a show at Cheatham Street Warehouse. Stribling said the venue holds a special place in

each member’s heart. “Being a part of the Cheatham Street Warehouse family is a colossal part of our lives as musicians,” Stribling said.

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