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SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
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A non-student has been identified as the suspect in a case of attempted robbery Sept. 1 on campus. The University Police Department is reviewing data in connection with the robbery, which occurred at Bobcat Village Apartments around 10:21 a.m. Sunday, according
Residents voice opinion on proposed citywide public smoking ban By James Carneiro
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Above: Gabriel Gise and his daughter Cassia Gise make signs protesting the roundabout at Wonder World Drive and Hunter Road.
Roundabout causes unrest among some San Marcos residents By Katharina Guttenberg News Reporter
esidents held brightly colored signs and spoke during the citizen’s comment portion of the San Marcos City Council meeting Tuesday to protest a roundabout near San Antonio Street and Hunter Road. Construction on the roundabout is expected to begin March 2014, according to the project proposal on the city’s website. The roundabout will expand FM 2439, also known as Hunter Road, and add a left turn lane in the center of the two-way road between Wonder World Drive and Bishop Street, according to the proposal. Dixon Street will be realigned with San Antonio Street, and the roundabout will be built where the streets will intersect
The San Marcos City Council held a public hearing for a proposed anti-smoking ordinance at a meeting Tuesday night. The ordinance’s intent is to reduce second-hand smoke in public and has been renamed the “Smoking in Public Places Act.” The ordinance will ban smoking in any public place or park, in enclosed areas owned by the city, enclosed workplaces, and will make it a violation if an owner of an establishment fails to keep customers from smoking. It will also require the placement of anti-smoking signage, removal of ashtrays from
Residents gathered at city hall Tuesday to talk to councilmembers about reassessing the future roundabout between Wonder World Drive and Hunter Road.
with Hunter Road. The roundabout is projected to be completed by September 2014, according to the project’s webpage.
“We are hoping to come to some kind of resolution. If we don’t have to sell, we don’t want to.” —Catalina Lara, resident According to residents who spoke during the meeting, the roundabout will require the removal of historic trees, create congestion, be dangerous for bicyclists and cost more than a traditional intersection. Bill Taylor, owner of Bill’s Trading Place Inc., said the council did not take residents’ opin-
to a University News Service email sent to students. A black male described as being 5-foot11-inches and dressed in black robbed a woman at the apartment complex, according to the same email. The case is still under investigation, and UPD officers request students call the department at 512-245-2805 with any information concerning the incident.
ions into consideration when adopting the plan in place of a traditional intersection. Taylor said his business will suffer from congestion caused by the roundabout. “I think the tail wagged the dog in this case,” Taylor said. The roundabout will require about $6 million in state funds and $4.2 million in Wonder World Drive improvement funds, according to the original presentation given to city councilmembers May 15, 2012. Gary Schatz, chair of the roundabout committee for the Institute of Transportation Engineers, gave a presentation on May 15 and said roundabouts are safer than traditional inter-
buildings, and will ensure those who report smoking violations will be protected from retaliation. Students in San Marcos Public schools will receive comprehensive tobacco education as well under the ordinance. The city council discussed the possibility of “grandfathering” some businesses, or letting important businesses with a history of allowing smoking to keep on doing so. John Thomaides, Place 3, said grandfathering would pit some establishments against others and “create an uneven playing field”. Mayor Daniel Guerrero said a bar owner on the Square said he was opposed to grandfather-
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San Marcos city councilmembers held a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in public places.
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Counseling services discuss Round Rock campus, new appointment system By Weldon McKenzie News Reporter
Counseling Center representatives unveiled a revamped consultation systemaimed at improving student wait times to the Faculty Senate Aug. 28, and are looking to offer formal counseling services at the Round Rock Campus in the future. The Counseling Center’s new appointment system consists of a concise three-level categorization
hierarchy intended to determine the severity of each student’s case, according the center’s website. Level one denotes emergency consultations and is intended for life-threatening situations such as thoughts of suicide or self-inflicted pain. Level two is an urgent consultation reserved for dealing with cases of traumatic nature, and level three, or initial consultations, is for non-immediate cases such as stress or anxiety. Gregory Snodgrass, recently
retired director of the Counseling Center, said many factors played a part in the decision to redesign the appointment system. He said there were concerns the scope of the initial consultations were too narrow, and counselors might accidentally overlook someone who needs help. “(The new system is) a formal triage system that will help better recognize more serious issues,” Snodgrass said. Additionally, the recent in-
Prewitt’s campaign to focus on city’s potential By Megan Carthel News Reporter
Lisa Prewitt, City Council Place 1 candidate, says she has a “good grasp” on what the San Marcos community wants, and hopes to harness San Marcos’ potential. “One thing that I’ve learned in the last 17 years, the last two years, the last several weeks is that we all pretty much have the same vision,” Prewitt said. Prewitt said she believes the tax base in San Marcos could be wider with “economic drivers” for graduating students, especially since many progressive students and residents are leaving for
larger cities., She said community officials need to utilize housing opportunities to attract more middle-class single-families, even though there may not be enough jobs available to retain new alumni in San Marcos. Prewitt said she wants to expand opportunities for middleclass residents and families. She said she is nervous about the largest sales taxes coming from the outlet mall, and wants to expand and diversify the tax base to make San Marcos more economically stable. “I understand fully that we are going to grow,” Prewitt said. “I just want to make sure we drive
the growth where all the different characteristics of our community are still flourishing well and still have identity.” Prewitt said she supports the city’s new master plan, which she helped develop. The recent master plan update was the first in nearly seven years, resulting in a type of crossroads for San Marcos, Prewitt said. “I think that if we don’t take care of the river and make sure all of the developments are done around the river and Purgatory Creek, we will have lost something huge here,” Prewitt said. “I think the river and the environment are very special to San
crease in student population has created a need for categorizing initial consultations, Snodgrass said. Before, initial consultations required students to tell their stories at the beginning of the process and again during an assigned counseling appointment. Snodgrass said the new tiered system will streamline the counseling process and help students more quickly. Snodgrass said a preliminary screening of the system con-
ducted over the summer proved its integrity through increased numbers of consultations and decreased delays. “(The new system) has already and will continue to increase access to allow a quicker response and give appropriate attention to those with more urgent needs,” Snodgrass said. Barbara Covington, faculty senator and associate professor
Marcos.” Environmental and economic stability can be done hand-inhand, Prewitt said.
Marcos grows, that it’s growing in the right direction.” Strahm said San Marcos has been headed in the wrong direction for about five years because city officials have not been adequately promoting San Marcos’ business industry, single-family housing or the retention of students after graduation. Prewitt said the city as a whole has changed significantly since her opponent Bill Taylor served on the city council in the early 2000s. “I think Lisa has been more involved with developing the master plan (than Bill Taylor),” Strahm said. “I think she has more comprehension of the inner workings of the here and now in our community. I think she also has a fresher take and fresher ideas.”
“One thing that I’ve learned in the last 17 years, the last two years, the last several weeks is that we all pretty much have the same vision.” —Lisa Prewitt, city council candidate “She definitely understands the challenges of a small town going through very rapid growth,” said Meaghen Strahm, Prewitt’s business partner. “She’s been pivotal in making sure that as San
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COUNSELING, continued from front at St. David’s School of Nursing at the Round Rock campus, said there is a neglect in counseling services at the institution. She said the nursing programs entail highintensity work for students, and the lack of formal counseling services raises concern about mental health. “I am not hearing this as a priority,” Covington said. “(The Round Rock Campus) is expanding, and I feel as if we are being treated as second-class citizens.” Snodgrass said in the Round Rock Campus’ earlier days, the Division of Student Affairs worked with representatives at the adjoining campus to determine what services were needed. The projected population was used to determine the necessary services such as counseling and health programs. The population could not be adequately estimated at the time, and thus no further action was taken. Now, the issue of creating adequate student services in Round Rock is a matter of resource allocation, Snodgrass said. “Most of the students there (at the time) were adults and graduate students who more than likely had outside services of their own,” Snodgrass said. “We decided
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not to put services up there that weren’t going to be used, seeing as we were having enough trouble with staffing here.” A practicum clinic at the Round Rock Campus was opened to act as a “one-stop shop” for all student service needs because of the ever-increasing population, Snodgrass said. However, the practicum clinic has since proven to be ineffective, which helped inspire the current push to install formal counseling services there, he said. “The results of the practicum clinic were dismal,” Covington said. “If this issue is not addressed, I’m really concerned that one of our students is going to end up dead.” Snodgrass said the lack of counseling resources at the Round Rock Campus is being treated as a priority, and he would be more than happy to see an increase in student services there. This task would be relatively easy given the appropriate staffing and resources, he said. “We need to address this,” said Joanne Smith, vice president for Student Affairs. “This is my first time hearing about it, but we will work towards a solution.”
sections. According to the presentation, roundabouts are more efficient, allowing for 1,200 vehicles per hour per lane as opposed to an all way stop, which allows 400, and a traffic signal, which allows 600. Resident Catalina Lara said about 10,380 square feet of her family’s land will be used for the roundabout. She said her family had initially agreed to have some of their land used for an intersection instead of a roundabout. When the roundabout plans were approved, the family was surprised when they found more of their land would be used and several of their historic trees dating back at least 150 years would be removed. Lara said the family has decided not to sell their land to the city, but it still could be taken from them under eminent domain. “We love those trees and have never wanted to tear them down,” Lara said. “We are hoping to come to some kind of resolution. If we don’t have to sell, we don’t want to.” Residents supporting the Laras, such as Rodney van Oudekerke and Lisa Marie Coppoletta, said the
roundabout is dangerous for cyclists and will be the end of historic trees. Coppoletta and van Oudekerke agreed it is important officials are taking away land from a family who has owned it for more than 50 years. “I’m not so much opposed to the roundabout in theory, what I’m opposed to is eminent domain,” van Oudekerke said. “That’s legalized, but just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right. I don’t know them, but they have been a part of the town for so long. If the city can steal their property then they can steal my property eminently.” According to Coppoletta, people who are opposed to the roundabout outnumber people who are defending it. “The city manager keeps reporting there is a 50-50 pro and con, but in fact there was a strong poll that 72 were against the roundabout and only four were for it,” Copoletta said. “The city manager promised that we would have an opportunity to speak at the public hearing and then he shut the meeting down, and that’s why we’re here tonight.”
SMOKING, continued from front ing when asked about it in a survey earlier this year. The councilmembers also pointed out that some businesses had never even heard of the ordinance. Assistant City Manager Collette Jamison said a postcard had been mailed to businesses who allowed smoking, warning them about the ordinance. Owners of Triple Crown and Chance’s Bar said they had never received a post card in the mail. Thomaides said he sent out many postcards for his business and he would always have people saying they never got one. Thomaides said the San Marcos City Council had the responsibility to make these sorts of decisions and the
council should vote with its conscience. Matt Nolan, a clinical manager at the Central Texas Medical Center spoke in favor of the act. Nolan said a smoking ordinance was “good for everyone’s health” and would give the opportunity to make “beautiful” San Marcos more attractive. Nolan said it would lead to lower health care costs and less absenteeism at workplaces. Alan Manning, the owner of Triple Crown, was against the act. Manning said his music venue had hosted 6,058 shows since 1997 and a smoking ban would threaten that long-running history. 40 percent of his business
comes from smokers and there would be a 30 percent reduction in sales, Manning said. Manning said Triple Crown only makes money on 3 to 4 nights of the week and the majority of the business’s profits come from people who smoke there during the day. He said he was representing his customers and they were “very happy” he had come to city council. Phillip Wong, a doctor representing Austin and Travis County, said tobacco kills more people than heroin and cocaine combined. He said 30 states now have smoke-free ordinances. With regard to economic impact, Wong said according to data
from Austin businesses, there was no drop in sales after a similar ban was passed. He said other studies had come to the same conclusion. People thought the Austin ban would run restaurants out of business, but that never happened, Wong said. Wong said less than 20 percent of adults use tobacco and 70 percent of smokers want to quit. Johnny Finch, the owner of Chance’s Bar, spoke out against the act. He said San Marcos’s bar industry would be affected by the act. He said there was already an ordinance that has worked since 1995. Finch said bar owners had not
been asked for input on the matter and he had only found out about the ordinance two weeks ago. Finch said he was a veteran from the Vietnam War and came back with a “belief in freedom,” and the act was not representative of that freedom. The ordinance would hurt him and his customers economically as well, Finch said. He said people who don’t smoke already have plenty of places to go where smoking was banned. “If you do not like what you see, you can go somewhere else,” Finch said.
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Edgy fashions for fall 2013 By Lindsey Bedford
more fun prints and bold colors,” Garza said. “The power suit is making a dynamic comeback this season as well as tailored and slightly masculine suits.” he fashions for fall 2013 are bold Garza said taking the edgier route is and ready to make a statement. always a good idea this season, especially Eye-catching colors, punky metals with fabrics. Buck boring denim, linen and and edgy leather patterns are work- cotton in favor of luxe materials that stand ing their way into even the most out. “Leather is basically the new black. It’s conservative pieces, amping up basics and all about leather,” Garza said. standing out. Leather will be worked into everyday attire including blazers, T-shirts and accessoPauline Sullivan, associate professor ries. in the School of Family and Consumer “In our store you will see leather skirts Sciences, said students can expect to see and tailored leather,” said Helen Tang, exdeep jewel tones cropecutive team leader ping up in stores for fall, of replenishment at showcasing a variety of Target. “colored but muted For men, a sleek tones” like cobalt blue trench coat or blazer and mustard yellow. adds a touch of class This fall, plaids of all to any outfit, Sullivan colors and variations said. For a more reare being used in coats, laxed look, Sullivan shoes and accessories recommends denim as a classic cold weather on denim, with mixed Dominique Garza, JCPenney employee look that is easy to work washes to break up into simpler outfits. the look. For colder months, Sullivan recomAlthough men traditionally do not use mends a cape as an alternative to a basic as many accessories as women, scarves of coat, adding that ideally it will be made of all shapes and sizes are the go-to accessowool. ries for fall, Garza said. The infinity scarf Summer styles are also being repur- is masculine, trendy and most importantly, posed into fall-friendly ensembles, bucking warm. tradition. Target is debuting a new collaboration “The rule for wearing white after Labor with Phillip Lim that will offer clothing and Day is out. Wear all white,” said Dominique accessories for men and women, catering Garza, employee at JCPenney. to the fashionable and budget-conscious Garza said the ever-popular tall riding shopper. The line will arrive Sept.15 online boot will now have metal adornments. and in select stores. Studs, buckles and metal plates will be used Though trends from previous seasons to create an edgier look, she said. and years will be seen this fall, they will all For a more conservative look, shorter an- be tweaked to perfection. Add personality kle booties pair well with structured skinny and flair to any garment or accessory to jeans and office attire. take an ensemble to a new level. “Women’s work wear is incorporating Special to the Star
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Alcohol could boost gameday revenue T exas State athletics officials are searching for new ways to increase attendance at football games, and the answer appears to be relatively simple—selling alcohol at Bobcat Stadium. It is a new season, the football team is shaping up to be better than ever and the first games of the season are sure to attract more fans than ever before. However, university officials should not stop there. One way to fill the stadium to capacity with Bobcat fans every home game would be to sell alcohol at the event. It appears as though more people attend tailgate than they do football games, which is a major issue university and athletic administrators need to solve. One may argue the football team has not given fans something to cheer about in recent years, but part of the problem may be that a major aspect of sporting events has been absent at Bobcat Stadium—alcohol. The editorial board does not think it is impossible to have fun at a sporting event without alcohol, but does believe the option to drink a beer or two throughout a game would make the experience much more enjoyable. Becoming dangerously intoxicated, drinking and driving or being a menace to society would obviously not be acceptable, but alcohol would be an overall positive addition to the stadium. Being able to drink at the stadium would completely change the experience of Bobcat football games, appealing to the 21 and up crowd and drawing in fresh alumni support. George’s in the LBJ Student Center features a bar where students can buy alcohol. If a high-traffic location in the heart of campus can sell beer to students, a venue traditionally associated with the sale of alcoholic beverages should be able
to as well. If alcohol was sold at Bobcat Stadium, the university would surely see an increase in attendance and revenue. According to the West Virginia Gazette, West Virginia University first sold alcohol at its football games during the 20112012 season. The school made $520,000 from alcohol sales alone, and a total of $1.26 million in concession sales that year. Considering those figures, imagine selling alcohol at Texas State football games to a fan base and culture that embraces drinking. Concerns about maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere and regulating underage drinking can be resolved by following the example of the University of Louisville. The University of Louisville designates sections in its athletic venues specifically for fans planning to consume alcohol. This separates them from non-drinkers who may not want to interact with fans who have had too much to drink. The school cuts off alcohol sales at a certain point during each game and hires security, both uniformed and undercover, to monitor overindulgence and underage drinking. Centerplate Concessions, which partners with the university, has a training program in place for anyone selling alcohol at sporting events. The university security officials stage sweeps in which officers randomly ask to see identification of those with alcohol in their possession. With more than 30,000 fans gathered in one space, no system could guarantee each person in attendance would be pleased with the sale of alcohol at the stadium. However, if the university took the proper precautionary measures to ensure the safety of everyone attending, the increase in game attendance and profit alcohol would bring in would be worth any unhappy feelings from certain fans.
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Bobcats can take advantage of free dumpster items
ollege life is not cheap. Between Cgeously tuition, parking permits, outraoverpriced textbooks and booze
money, students are often left scrambling to make ends meet between paychecks or allowances. Buying brand-new school supplies every semester only adds to the financial stress. Ashley Trumps What many Opinions Columnist students are not Mass communication senior aware of is the fact that many of these supplies are readily available to them—for free. Students should consider dumpster diving as a way to find free school and housing materials. A city wide purge takes place in San
Marcos at the beginning of each semester. Students often adjust living situations at these times, moving out of old dorms and apartments in favor of fresh accommodations. This means the lazy and the rich sometimes toss out gently used or even brand new items. These perfectly functional objects sit abandoned outside the dumpster, waiting for a loving pair of hands to grab and haul them to a home that will appreciate their value. The useful things I have found dumpster diving include a brand new hair dryer, several storage drawers, heaps of unused or barely-used notebooks, Ethernet cables and dry-erase calendars. All of these now have a cozy place in my own home, where they are put to good use. I am not the only one who participates in dumpster diving. I have seen many other students rummaging in the “dumpster depot,” snatching up every-
thing from desks to notepads. It may seem gross, but there is not much a little disinfectant cannot fix. Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash in 2011, of which only 34.7 percent was recycled, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Nomadic college culture is wasteful by nature, and students contribute more than their fair share to the great American trash heap. It is impossible to completely curb every wasteful person’s bad trash habits. However, those who are conscientious of such things can easily pick up some of the slack. Searching through the garbage to salvage tossed items is a good way to start recyling. For creative types, there are many interesting artifacts and supplies that can be found in trash to be repurposed for art pieces. Items that are worse-for-wear may be up-cycled to something more useful, and sometimes even sold for a profit. Any of these
options are preferable to tossing out objects that are far from their true expiration dates. The dumpster can be a good place for students to volunteer their time and reduce trash output while earning relatively new supplies and fresh décor. Bobcats can easily gather up functional furniture or supplies from dumpsters and curbsides and redistribute them to those in need. Students who are partial to brand-new school supplies but lack the funds can recover dumpster goodies and sell them to gather cash for that One Direction backpack they want so badly. One man’s trash may not always be another’s treasure, but much of it is functional and free. Bobcats should swallow their pride and dive right in—the pickings are far from slim.
E-cigarettes, designated smoking areas alternatives to possible tobacco ban f officials establish a citywide public Iareas smoking ban, designated smoking should be created and residents
and students could use e-cigarettes as an outlet instead of having their rights unfairly infringing upon. Multiple public areas have already chosen to limit tobacco use even though the ban has yet to be passed in San Robert Núñez Marcos. School Opinions Columnist zones and public Mass communication senior playgrounds are tobacco-free in addition to many bars and restaurants that prohibit smoking in certain areas. This is, in part, an effort to phase out smoking among the younger generation.
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A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covering the fiscal years from 2005 to 2010 showed the rate of both male and female smokers between the ages 18-24 has decreased in the past years. Until tobacco use is completely eliminated, however, smokers still have certain rights they should not be denied. Many of the illnesses in the U.S. today stem from tobacco use. Regardless, all adults have the right to make their own health decisions. The only problem with tobacco use is the health complications it may unfairly bring upon non-smokers breathing in secondhand smoke. Adults should have the right to smoke uninhibited by restrictive laws as long as secondhand smoke is restricted to areas that can be easily avoided. Bar owners who choose to allow smoking at their establishments should not have to follow any restrictive smoking bans potentially passed by city councilmembers.
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San Marcos and Texas State officials should consider the rights of smokers and create designated sections to accompany the tobacco ban if it passes. These zones could be non-centrally located and easily avoided by those fearing health complications that can arise from secondhand smoke exposure. E-cigarettes could be a potential loophole for smokers on-campus or in town if the Clean Air Ordinance passes and if administrators refuse to establish designated zones. E-cigarettes have already begun to carve out a niche amongst smokers. They pose fewer secondhand smoking risks, although habitual users still run the risk of damaging their health. This is a plus for those who want to smoke in public places without putting people around them at risk. In the event of a citywide smoking ban, e-cigarettes may become a safe, legal alternative for those who want to enjoy a smoke on The
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Square. The chemicals contained within a replaceable nicotine cartridge are converted to vapor when a user inhales with an e-cigarette. This vapor still contains toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze, and carcinogens, according to a July 22, 2009 US Food and Drug Administration safety alert. E-cigarettes are safer than conventional cigarettes and pose less secondhand smoke risks, but smokers should recognize the devices are not without danger. Smokers are aware of some of the health risks that accompany tobacco use and should be allowed to smoke freely in designated areas. If city officials choose to ban tobacco use in public places altogether, smokers should consider e-cigarettes as a possible alternative to traditional cigarettes.
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Bobcats defeat SHSU in first road game By Bert Santibanez Sports Reporter @BertSantibanez
Texas State traveled to Huntsville Tuesday to battle Sam Houston State, a former Southland Conference foe, and defeated the Bearkats 3-0 during the first road game of the season. Texas State started the game off slow in the first set and was down
by six points. With the score at 1712 and the Bearkats in the lead, the Bobcats mounted a comeback, with senior middle blocker Ashlee Hilbun accounting for three kills. Texas State went on an 11-0 run before SHSU scored another point in the set. The Bobcats took the first set 25-19 and continued to push forward. “I was first disappointed in our slow start,” said Coach Karen
Chisum. “But our resiliency, confidence, leadership, especially from (senior right-side hitter) Amari (Deardorff) and Ashlee (Hilbun), really helped with the win. We gave (SHSU) more points than we should’ve given them, but we’re going to clean that up. It’s been a good start. We’ve really needed this.” Deardorff led the team in kills for the game with 11, hitting .500 from the court on 18 attack attempts. This is Deardorff’s fourth time leading the team in kills out of five games this season. Junior setter Caylin Mahoney gathered 26 assists in the game, giving her 142 on the season. Texas State committed 11 less errors than Sam Houston in the
contest. During the third and final set of the game, the Bobcats committed one error, their lowest of the match. “Our confidence level is very high, especially beating an old Southland Conference rival,” said junior outside hitter Alexandra Simms. “During our timeouts, we told each other to stay calm and not freak out. We needed to stay composed and calm, and that’s what we did. It’s a good feeling that I can sub-in for the team when they need (it) and contribute.” Freshman outside hitter Shelby Vas Matt, who had seven kills, nine digs and one ace, discussed the early success the team has had and her contributions to the team
thus far. “My success on the team really goes to my coaches and teammates,” Vas Matt said. “They all have my back, and when there’s people behind you that are giving you support, it’s really easy to get the job done. Right now, as the team moves forward, we’re just trying to focus on keeping our momentum going, just keeping intact our serving, going after ball, just the fundamentals.” Texas State will be back in action when they travel to Denton for the North Texas Invitational Tournament. The ball club will take on Northwestern State, Utah, Prairie View A&M and North Texas during the weekend tournament.
The Texas State volleyball team went 4-0 to capture the Delta Zeta Classic title. The 4-0 beginning to the year marks the best start for the Bobcats since the 2000 season.
The Texas State soccer team lost to Oklahoma on Sunday, 4-0. The last time the ball club lost a match by a margin of 4-plus goals was when it played at Utah State on Oct. 7, 2012.
Senior punter Zach Robinson ended Saturday’s matchup 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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Kristen Champion sophomore defender By Quixem Ramirez Sports Reporter @quixem
QR: What separates soccer from other sports? KC: I like soccer because it’s an underdog sport. I’ve always loved soccer since I was little. I’ve just grown up playing it, my little brother played it and I never played any other sport. It’s so enjoyable to have everyone on the team just connect so well and get the ball into the back of the net. It’s a feeling you have to understand. QR: Who is your favorite soccer player and why? KC: David Beckham, just because he has grown from a young player and brought soccer to the United States, so he’s a big idol in my eyes. QR: If you had to pick one professional soccer team to save the world in a match against aliens, which team would you pick? KC: If it came down to that situation, I’d have to go with Barcelona. They are incredible and we kind of play like them. QR: What is your favorite TV show? KC: MTV’s Catfish. QR: Who is your celebrity crush? KC: Tom Hardy. He played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. QR: Where is the best place to grab a bite in San Marcos? KC: Definitely Garcia’s. I’m in love with their food. It’s well priced, not too expensive, it’s really good for college kids and the food tastes great. QR: Pick three people (dead or alive) to share a meal with. KC: Michael Jackson, Pele (Edison Arantes do Nascimento) and David Beckham. QR: Would you rather have a dragon or be a dragon? KC: I would rather be
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a dragon, because you can fly around and catch stuff on fire. QR: Would you rather have legs as long as your fingers or fingers as long as your legs? KC: I guess fingers as long as my legs. I don’t want tiny, little stubby legs. I don’t even know how it would work.
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6 | The University Star | Sports | Wednesday September 4, 2013
AC BOBCAT TIC FOO E R T B AL EP L OR T
By Samuel Rubbelke
Assistant Sports Editor @SamuelRubbelke
The Bobcats defeated Southern Miss Aug. 31 with six forced turnovers, but Texas State’s coaching staff believes the team still needs to progress in the most fundamental aspects of football for better execution in the home opener. “We’re a long way from where we want to be,” said Defensive Coordinator Craig Naivar. “We had a lot of mistakes and have a lot of things to clean up. We are by no means where we need to be or can be. We’re looking for a lot of things to improve on this week, we played a pretty good game but we still have a long, long way to go.” The Bobcats succeeded in shutting down the Golden Eagles rushing attack, holding them to an average rush of one yard and accumulated 34 total yards lost rushing, despite Texas State allowing 377 yards through the air. Two Southern Miss receivers recorded 96 yards or more. “As far as the secondary, we gave up way too many deep passes,” said junior cornerback Craig Mager. “Our technique got a little lazy at times. It’s
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the first game, but as long as we keep working on those fundamentals and the execution of our calls we’ll be good.” As far as the offensive side of the ball, the running game averaged two yards per carry despite the offensive line not giving up any sacks. Senior quarterback Tyler Arndt and redshirt freshman Jordan Moore combined for 14 of 22 passing for 134 yards and a touchdown. “We’ve got to block better first, we’ve got to execute better,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “Our young linemen (have) got to play better. We went against a good defensive front last game, so I think we found a lot of things to work on. Mainly blocking, our line blocking, our backs blocking, our kickoff return team blocking, those things I think are huge for us to work on.” Every miscue or mistake the Bobcats encountered offensively or defensively can be easily corrected, according to the coaches. They say improvements can be made, especially if the players in the film room are held accountable and see what they can improve on individually for the good of the team. “Individual improvement, fundamentals and technique—everybody (is) doing their 1/11th (worth of effort for the
team),” Naivar said. “So then if you do your job, then 11 guys are doing their job, and we’re doing good things. We have a lot of technical and fundamental things to get a lot better at. We have to focus on those two things to improve.” Arndt said he was pleased with the team’s recent win, but was dissatisfied with the production of the offense. Having all summer, spring and preseason for preparation against Southern Miss, the Bobcats and Arndt understand they have a quick turnaround period to prepare for Prairie View A&M. “We can’t take them lightly,” Arndt said. “We’re not going to have as long to prepare for Prairie View (A&M) as we did for Southern Miss. The coaches will have a good game plan for us, I would like to see a lot more offensive production this game. I think that is one of our main goals. I felt like we let the defense down a lot. They really won the last game for us.” Junior linebacker David Mayo was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week after his performance of six tackles, two interceptions and a quarterback sack against Southern Miss.
Coach Dennis Franchione said work needs to be done before the season’s home opener against Prairie View A&M.