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Shuttle services to make route changes By Kasandra Garza NEWS REPORTER @KasGarza A flier plastered on walls across campus states students are not receiving quality shuttle service and encourages Bobcats to call Texas State’s transportation providers to demand longer hours, more summer routes and Sunday buses. Nancy Nusbaum, interim director of Transportation Services, said the flier was brought to her attention a couple of weeks ago and it came as a surprise. However, Nusbaum said it is not the first time she has seen the document. Nusbaum said the flier first appeared last summer, but complaints did not increase then and Transportation Services has not seen an influx of feedback since the document’s reappearance. She said the department plans to make several changes to bus loops by increasing the frequency of the routes, but they are at a disadvantage without cooperation from students. If students want change, Transportation Services needs more information in order to make adjustments to the problematic routes. Nusbaum said Transportation Services could preplan and adjust routes if they knew where majority of the students live. Instead, the department employees use the information available to them and make adjustments throughout the semester by monitoring the student population themselves. To monitor student

population, Transportation Services employees have to manually watch how many people board a bus and review feedback on social media. The department then makes changes for the following semester when it’s “too late,” she said. The quantity of shuttles puts Transportation Services at a disadvantage. A single bus costs approximately $400,000 annually, Nusbaum said. Construction in the city affects bus routes as well. The work on Loop 82 caused four routes to be detoured. Steven Herrera, shuttle manager, said services will add one more bus during the morning periods of the LBJ and Wonder World route. Campus loop operational periods will increase for the spring semester with services beginning at 7 a.m. Three buses run during peak periods, Nusbaum said. She said shuttle services will not be provided on Sundays because there is not even enough ridership on Saturdays. Nusbaum said Transportation Services is at a disadvantage because they use local addresses to determine where students live, but students don’t update their information. “We’d like to be able to do that under the information we get from our students, but we can’t get that,” Nusbaum said. “We tried.” Student addresses are used to determine where concentrations of student populations are and the in-

formation is used to determine continued use of a bus service. However, because more student complexes are being built, Bobcats will move to different areas, impacting other routes by increasing or decreasing ridership. The Wonder World bus route has a ridership so low that the route could be eliminated completely, Nusbaum said. This could only happen if student fees no longer covered the cost of the bus contract, diesel costs and other expenses. “When it becomes more to run the service than the value of it, then you have to make a business decision,” Nusbaum said. “We can extend hours during the day. We can extend service during (the) evening, but we would have to eliminate something else.” Sarah Halmon, communication design freshman, said she appreciates the bus service having an app to track buses in real time and believes there is quality shuttle service during the week. Halmon said she would like shuttles to run more frequently on the weekends so she could get to and from her car without having to contact Bobcat Bobbies. Brittany Robinson, public relations sophomore, believes Transportation Services officials could be making “smarter” decisions. “They should work out the timing better,” Robinson said. “There should never be two buses behind each other. They should have more night buses though.”


Diverse range of opinions displayed at open forum on campus carry

MADISON MORRISS STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Program specialist at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Sonja Mlenar, voices her opinion on Nov. 18 at the Campus Carry Task Force open-forum.

By Lesly De Leon SENIOR NEWS REPORTER @leslyd28 Members of the public had a chance to voice their opinions Wednesday evening on recommendations for the implementation of Senate Bill 11 at an event created by Texas State’s Campus Carry Task Force.

Students, faculty and community members attended the public forum to discuss their opinions on the draft recommendations for implementation of the legislation that were released last week. . The purpose of the event was for the task force to hear the community’s feedback on the draft. The final recommenda-

tions will eventually be shown to President Denise Trauth and then be submitted to the Texas State University Board of Regents for approval or denial. There were approximately 65 individuals present at the open forum, and less than 18 speakers. The speakers included Texas State students, faculty and city residents. Most of the faculty members who spoke said they had concerns about classrooms not being included in the carve-out zones—areas where guns will not be permitted— when SB 11 goes into effect next fall. “We shouldn’t be afraid to come to class, and staff and faculty shouldn’t be afraid to come to work,” said David Eisenberg, communication studies junior. He said campus carry could pressure students and faculty to feel censored by the knowledge that individuals in their classroom may have guns-. The meeting space of the Board of Regents is recommended to be a carve-out zone. Margaret Menninger, associate history professor, said this is because the board members sometimes make controversial decisions, such as tuition increases. “I find that to be a very disappointing statement about what is valued and what is not valued,” Menninger said. Menninger was not the only faculty member to express similar concerns. “There are many of us on this campus that make similar


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UNIVERSITY decisions that upset people,” said Ann Watkins, chair of the Department of Accounting. “And guns aren’t appropriate.” The Board of Regents is already protected by the Texas penal code, Watkins said. “I resent that we really haven’t had a voice or a say,” Watkins said. “We’ve been told that this is what’s going to happen.” C.J. Grisham, president and founder of Open Carry Texas, said the task force should reconsider making the regent’s meeting area a gun-free zone. Grisham said he has attended state legislative sessions as a licensed concealed gun holder. “If it’s good enough for our legislature and it’s good enough for city councils all over the country, then it’s good enough for the regents to trust concealed license handgun holders,” Grisham said. Some individuals said they support stronger regulations and the expansion of gun-free zones. Sonja Mlenar, instructional programs coordinator with the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, said the center should be recommended as a carve-out zone because children often visit on field trips. Allowing guns in resi-

Faculty Senate discusses campus carry carve-out zones

dence halls can lead to an increase in suicides, said Emma Brockway, English sophomore. “All the draft recommendations to SB 11 are crucial, but we need more restrictions to ensure the safety of this campus,” Brockway said. Board members were seated among audience to observe the open forum and some community members said they are concerned about the safety of gun-free zones. David Huffman, biology professor, said the majority of mass shootings in the country occur in gun-free zones. “We have an illusion that making gun-free zones is going to mean that there’s no guns allowed,” Huffman said. “It just means there are no legal guns allowed.” The lack of licensed individuals with guns means people will be unprotected in the case of an incident, said Naomi Narvaiz, president of the San Marcos Area Republicans Texans Group. “It bothers me a lot to know that there are some places that are going to be carved out and are going to be gun-free,” Narvaiz said. “Those people there aren’t going to have the safety they need.”

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Members of Faculty Senate discussed the prospect of classifying the president’s house as a carve-out zone— an area where guns are not permitted—after Senate Bill 11 goes into effect next fall. Texas State’s campus carry task force sent an email to faculty and students regarding draft recommendations for the implementation of SB 11, otherwise known as the campus carry bill. The recommendations included areas on campus that would be considered carveout zones if the Texas State University System Board of Regents ultimately approves the draft. One of the recommendations is that the president’s house should be a carve-out zone because it is where many university events are hosted, according to the president’s website. Michel Conroy, Faculty Senate chair, said there has been a lot of controversy among faculty about this

particular recommendation. “The question is if (President Denise Trauth) would want that,” Conroy said. “Because then it would be something a future president would have to worry about.” Barbara Covington, health professions associate professor and senator, proposed the idea that the Faculty Senate should ask Trauth about the prospect of her house being a carveout zone. “You don’t have to have a concealed license to have a gun in your house,” said Dana Garcia, biology senator. “So maybe that’s the deal here…it wouldn’t necessarily infringe on a future president’s rights.” Alex White, Faculty Senate vice chair, said there may be public relations consequences if the house were to be issued as a carve-out zone. White said he would personally like every location on campus to be gun free, and was stricken upon discovering the president’s house would be a carve-out zone. “I am not in support

of questioning within the board’s decision,” said Vedaraman Sriraman, engineering technology professor and senator. “I think the reasoning behind this is well…all of us are not compelled to live on campus, but she is.” Garcia said no one in the senate is in favor of questioning the decision to make the president’s house a carve-out zone. “The question should be: do you support this recommendation and how do you feel about it,” Conroy said. Sriraman said the president’s house is easily accessible. He said a few years ago, a Christmas party was held at the president’s house, and a student walked up to the door ranting about construction on campus. “I think it’s very difficult to look at this objectively,” Sriraman said. “We don’t get knocks on our door about construction issues.” Conroy said the only thing Trauth could say is that the process is not complete and the task force still has revisions to make on the recommendations before they are

complete. “I think it is an appropriate question to ask her how she feels about her house being a carve-out zone,” Garcia said. “I don’t think it sounds aggressive. And it’s a good point to note that none of us have to live on campus like she does.” Concealed carry for someone who is comfortable with the practice is a routine part of life, Covington said. For people who have a concealed carry license, Covington said it is as second nature as putting on a boot. Faculty Senate meets with the provost once a month, and their next meeting with him will be Dec. 2, Conroy said. The senate voted on the proposal to ask the president at the next meeting about her thoughts on a carve-out zone being implemented at her house. With the vote failing to reach a majority, the question regarding the carveout zone did not meet the amount of votes to reach the agenda for the Dec. 2 meeting.


City officials declare Transgender Day of Remembrance By Lesly De Leon SENIOR NEWS REPORTER @leslyd28

A day to honor and affirm the lives of transgender individuals in the San Marcos community and to remember the victims of violence has been declared by the city government. Mayor Daniel Guerrero passed a proclamation at city council Tuesday nightdeclaring Nov. 19 Transgender Day of Remembrance in San Marcos.

“(This proclamation) is an amazing thing for a small town like San Marcos,” said Scottie McIntyre Johnson, minister of San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. “I think it shows how welcoming and progressive our community is and makes me really happy to live here.” The proclamation recognizes the transgender inclusion and equity advocation of Transcend at Texas State, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays San Marcos

and the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Johnson, Ryan Kessinger, president of Transcend, Jeannie Lewis, member of SMUUF, and Jim Pendergast, member of PFLAG, were present at the council meeting. PFLAG San Marcos, SMUUF and Transcend are sponsoring a vigil at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at UCM Wesley to remember lost transgender lives. “Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time to re-

member always the people who were murdered in the past year because of their gender identity and their gender expression,” Johnson said. In the last year, 23 transgender women of color were killed, Johnson said. “It’s a terrible, terrible tragedy,” Johnson said. “We sometimes don’t realize how difficult it is for most people to live out their gender identity.” The event will bring attention to the number of transgender lives lost, Johnson said.

“(The event is) to say we notice that these people were living, breathing human beings and their lives have been taken from them,” Johnson said. The vigil will educate the community about transgender issues and Texas State students will have the opportunity to speak about their experiences, Johnson said. Dee Dee Watters, a woman of color in the transgender community from Houston, will be reading a dialogue. The names of transgender

people killed at the hands of transphobic individuals will also be read. Guerrero said his close friend Brandon Beck, advisor of Transcend and instructor of Allies of Texas State, asked him to consider the proclamation. “I just hope a lot of people will come,” Johnson said. “It’ll be a moving tribute and a wonderful opportunity for all of us to get together and hopefully change some attitudes.”

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Evita cast delivers commanding performance THEATER

By Juliana Adame LIFESTYLE REPORTER @kate_monster04 Texas State’s production of Evita opened Nov. 17 to a packed auditorium of Bobcats and San Marcos residents in the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre. The musicalized story of former first lady of Argentina, Eva Perón, begins with the announcement of Eva’s death to the cries of thousands who adored her— all but one. Enter Ché, our guide and Devil’s advocate through Eva’s life and eventual rise to power. After being taken to Buenos Aires by tango singer Magaldi, Eva begins to rise through the ranks on her own terms, eventually becoming a socialite and an actress. During that time she meets Perón, who was then working as an army colonel. The two are smitten and proceed to take Argentina by storm. Under the direction of J. Robert Moore, the cast soars in every aspect of their roles. Moore clearly did his homework and has put on an incredible show. The vocals are top notch— a must for this rock opera. The performance verges on Broadway quality and the work of Cassie Abate, head of dance, and Ty Taylor, associate choreographer, is a glorious spectacle and whirlwind of song and dance. The scenic design and work of Cheri Prough DeVol is reminiscent of old Hollywood and 1940s Argentina. DeVol’s work is a sight to behold and perfectly sets the scene for the events as they unfold throughout the musical. The lights, which were designed by Sarah Maines,


are a show in themselves, setting the mood in key scenes, such as “The Art of the Possible” and the pivotal waltz between Eva and Ché. Needless to say, Kaitlin Hopkins’ students sparkle, bringing down the house with killer vocals, and—most importantly—bringing Eva back to life. The cast stars Michaela Boissonneault in the title role, Ryne Nardecchia as Ché, Michael Burrell as Perón, Grayson Yockey as Magaldi, and Chandler

Lovelle as the Mistress. As Eva, Boissonneault is unbreakable. She transforms from a diva to a saint in the blink of an eye, and has no problem belting to the far back of the auditorium in some parts of the show. The actress is lovely in the number of the outfits she sports, and will leave the audience with chills during the balcony scene. You won’t cry for her—hr maybe you will, but in a good way. As Ché, Nardecchia flat out steals the show. Though

the audience can’t help but love Eva, we relish Ché’h cheeky nature and rejoice when he returns to the stage. There could not be a better storyteller. His crystal-clear voice conveys the story flawlessly and creates a lovely balance to the powerful eeriness of the show. Burrell’s Perón is a perfect compliment to Boissonneault’s Eva. He is stoic, powerful, commanding and definitely reminiscent of Mi-

chael Cerveris—iroadway’s latest Perón. Meanwhile, Yockey is a perfect fit for Magaldi—eencil mustache and all—and Lovelle brings a new light to the Mistress, giving a lovely rendition of “Another Suitcase In Another Hall.” The ensemble is a strong support system, and the little girls who perform “Santa Evita” and certain ensemble numbers are completely loveable. The cast is a spec-


Krav Maga classes offered in San Marcos By Lauren Friesenhahn LIFESTYLE REPORTER @laurenf1122 Krav Maga is one of the newer forms of self-defense that has become popular among college students and the general public. Otto Glenewinkel, Krav Maga Force-Law Enforcement instructor, said many students have taken the classes offered by the University Police Department. Glenewinkel said UPD teaches the basics of selfprotection, not including any advanced moves. Glenewinkel said the program is certified by the Krav Maga Alliance, meaning what students learn is uniform with any other class in the country. “We work off the premise that if you get really efficient off just the basics, that’s all you ever really need to know to defend yourself,” Glenewinkel said. Rachel Emry, co-owner of Just Results San Marcos, said Texas State is a great place for students to start learning how to protect themselves. Emry said Imi Lichtenfeld, martial artist, created Krav Maga after noticing the natural reaction people have to put their arms up when being attacked. She said Krav Maga is a very easy form of self-defense for students and members of the community to learn. Justice Quintana, co-owner of Just Results San Marcos, said he has heard many stories from students who are learning Krav Maga after experiencing trauma. “We’ve had women come in here with stories of things they just shouldn’t have gone through,” Emry said. Quintana said a Just Results instructor had the chance to teach one woman who came late to her first class and only had the time to learn the Hammer Fist Punch. Quintana said the woman was mugged at the bus stop on her way home from the class and used the move that

SAM KING STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Owners Rachel Emry and Justice Quintana in the middle of a demonstration for a class on Krav Maga Nov. 14.

she had just learned minutes before to defend herself. Emry said anyone is capable of learning how to defend themselves. She said the studio’s oldest student is over 90, and the youngest is only four years old. Emry said she frequently sees families come in to teach their children how to be prepared to defend themselves when their parents aren’t around to protect them. Quintana said he had firsthand experience with selfdefense after he noticed a young woman being pushed around by a group of men one night. Once Quintana was able to get the woman safely in his car, he noticed the men coming towards him. “I could’ve tried to close the door as fast as possible or I could’ve gotten up and been ready to defend myself,” Quintana said. Quintana said he chose to defend himself, and the others quickly noticed they were no match. Both Quintana and Emry said their goal as Krav Maga instructors is to teach people in the community how important it is to be able to easily defend themselves. Glenewinkel said Texas State offers Krav Maga classes not only to students and faculty, but also the general public in an effort to spread awareness in the community. Texas State Krav Maga classes are offered twice a month and cover basic

personal safety, basic fighting stance, movement and a variety of simple strikes and kicks. Students can even attend open gym time to practice much more closely with personal Krav Maga trainers. For the more advanced students, Emry said Just Results offers classes that span a few months for those who want to learn more advanced moves.

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tacular aspect of a wonderful show. Evita is a tough nut to crack for a collegiate group, but Texas State’s version is an unbelievable spectacle that is not to be missed., Evita is a theater favorite, for history buffs and theatergoers alike, and this rendition definitely lives up to the hype and brings something new to the table that is fascinating to watch.

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$10 Makeover: From Alexander Hamilton to Wilma Mankiller


ay bye-bye to everyone’s favorite $10 figurehead Andrew Hamilton, and hello to his female replacement. In early July, United States Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced redesign plans for the $10 entering circulation in 2020. Lew further stated that in order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the bill would be redesigned to feature a woman proven to be a “champion for our inclusive democracy.” Since a woman will be seizing Hamilton’s spot, it’s only right to speculate on who it should be, and we at The University Star support Wilma Mankiller. Mankiller was the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation and the first woman chief of a native nation in modern history. During her time as principal chief, Mankiller revitalized her clan. Mankiller tripled her tribe’s enrollment to over 150,000 people and doubled employment. Her administration built new housing, health centers and implemented programs for the children of the tribe to ensure their future. She was, by all accounts, a revolutionary leader and an honored chief. The accomplishments of Wilma Mankiller as the first female principal chief of a native tribe in modern times are unparalleled, by any of her male predecessors or successors. Most importantly, to represent

the suppressed history and presence of America’s original, indigenous roots is to tell the unheard story of those truest to this continent. The woman on the $10 bill should not just be any woman, but one of color. Mankiller is so much more than simply a woman of color filling a slot, she has proven herself and her accomplishments are vast. However, she is symbolic of a greater cause and an even more significant depiction. Long gone is the notion that America is some European-adjacent utopia of infallible men who have done no wrong. It’s time to represent a more broad, truer image of America. Having a woman of color on the bill would effectively kill two birds with one stone—a double dose of inclusivity and diversity. After all, there are women and non-white people in this country, and quite frankly, Americans shouldn’t be so proud of the “founding” fathers. For those who haven’t heard, most of them were not the most upstanding people. For the inevitable naysayers, do not fret. No one is trying to change history or tarnish the revisionism of some of its beloved American founders. The entire campaign is simply an attempt to acknowledge the untold histories, experiences and contributions made by the other half of the population: women. Representation is important. It helps people


see the full possibilities and realize that nothing is out of reach. Trying to rationalize the effects of representation to those who have been fully and thoroughly represented is like trying to explain water to fish. When people are surrounded by something their whole lives, it becomes a part of their identity and hard to objectively understand. Women and people of color have helped shaped America just as much as any overly represented white men. It’s unfortunate that this sentiment must still be reiterated in 2015 because everyday American objects do not

illustrate this truth. To help with this, the grassroots nonprofit organization Women on 20s held an open online election this spring to find out who should replace disgraceful president Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Everyone is in agreement that Jackson should get the boot due to his horrific native removal policy known as the Trail of Tears. Unfortunately, the $20 is not in redesign circulation. Replacing Jackson with an indigenous woman, one who’s great-grandfather survived his deadly forced migration, would be the

greatest sense of poetic justice. But Jackson has been saved by time—for now. Then again, there are enough men occupying American currency. Can women not be afforded the same kind of multi-representation? Women should not be relegated to only one bill. A woman should grace the $10 bill in 2020 and also the $20 when it comes into rotation. Americans see money every day—at least those fortunate enough to have some sense of stability in their lives. When the things people hold dearest paint a very white and exclusively male image, it

unconsciously reinforces beliefs of importance and inadequacy for those who do not fit that mold. America should continue on an upward, progressive path as a nation. Indigenous Americans have been silenced for far too long, and women have been waiting for their turn for millennia. It’s about time America truly honored them for their grace and undue sacrifice. Wilma Mankiller was an icon, a symbol and a revolutionary for women and people of color. She deserves to be on the $10 bill. It’s only right, and it’s about time.

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Ben Carson is the change Americans can believe in

Jeffrey Bradshaw ASSISTANT OPINIONS EDITOR @jeffbrad12


merica is in a serious pickle, and only a neurosurgeon has what it takes to fix it. The middle of primary season is upon us and, thankfully, Ben Carson is inching ahead in the race for the Republican nomination. In 2010, the Republicans took back the House and, in 2012, the Senate. Now, as 2016 approaches they are poised to take the final house: The White House. There have recently been some divisions within the Republican Party, but only one leader can rise to heal these open wounds. No, it’s not the 16-year Republican congressman and newly-elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Have a seat, Paul. The obvious choice is the neurosurgeon with the mostest, meaning absolutely zero political experience; Ben Carson. While many voters are concerned over the new Republican frontrunner who dethroned the mighty Donald Trump, even if only for a moment, this is little cause for concern. Carson is just like Trump. Neither has political experience, nor are they too humble, but that’s exactly what America needs. A person who has no idea how to run a country, and whose ego is larger than the current nuclear stockpile, could shed a new light on the most important issues. Future president Carson has a rev-

olutionary theory on the pyramids in Egypt. Apparently the biblical Joseph built the Pyramids as storage containers for grain. While Carson may have never been to Egypt, or visited any pyramids, it’s clear the liberal media is just trying to spread propaganda by having renowned scientists dispute his so called “baseless” claims. There may not be any sources to support Carson’s claim, but, as a brain surgeon, his word is truth. With his anti-reality claims, Carson can shift America into a totally new dimension. America doesn’t need facts and figures—not when we have imagination and irresponsibility. Carson may have zero political experience, but he does have credentials. He got a full scholarship to West Point, for crying out loud. West Point is the top army school in the nation, and last time I checked, Hillary Clinton didn’t get a scholarship there. Yes, West Point doesn’t offer full scholarships. Yes, Carson’s camp admitted it was a fabricated story, big whoop. Now ask yourself: does this story even sound true? If the answer is no, then you have obviously been brainwashed. Ben Carson said it, so it is true—no question. Out of the entire field of Republican candidates, only one stands out above the rest and his name is Ben. The office of the presidency needs some revamping. For too long the president has been forced to have a basic political knowledge and only say things supported by facts, but no more. No longer shall the POTUS be held to such ridiculous standards. If you care about this nation, Ben Carson is the only choice. Because why pick someone with experience? –Jeffrey Bradshaw is a political science junior

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Popular black TV shows perpetuate negative stereotypes

By Sterling Wilmer OPINIONS COLUMNIST @nycbornnraised


ear black people: What is wrong with sitting down in front of the television or laptop with a cozy blanket to watch a little Empire? Everything. It seems like every time we as a community take two steps forward, we have to take eight steps back. With the progression of the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the heated arguments against it, we often draw our attentions away from the important duties at home. Well, it’s time to tidy up our own house. Too often the community forgets that meetings and non-violent protests will mean nothing if, in the end, we are too blind to see the psychological slaughter of our people pervading media. Shows that continue to dominate contemporary black entertainment, such as Empire contribute to the never-ending stereotypical trash that rots the brains of everyone. You would think Empire would try to help get the message out there that we must not turn to law-breaking and violence,

but no. The show’s writers and creators continue to feed themselves their own hypocrisy on silver spoons and then convince us to similarly shove our duplicity down our throats. Empire glorifies the stereotypical hood, drug-slinging, murderous immoral couple who somehow dig themselves out of the gutters through music and climb up the corporate ladder to build an empire. While the white executives smile and wave at the fact that these new hit shows are bringing in the dough, the fantasies of the homophobic, soulless, black thug-turned-businessman is not something for young men to idolize. African Americans have the highest poverty rate at 27.4 percent. We know unfortunate circumstances such as racial profiling, discrimination, higher arrest rates and lack of funding for programs in minoritydense areas prohibit the progression from one class to another. Our people do not need another uneducated, previously incarcerated main character to show us a failing plan to make it out of an already unjust system. What we do need is someone who is going to stand up to the injustices that actually affect our community. Black media should do all it can to help change lingering stereotypes without bowing down to popular culture. This depiction of a “hood” turned illegally successful hustler speaks

volumes of how we think of successful people who came from less fortunate circumstances. On one episode of Empire there were shirts reading “Black Lives Matter,” which must be a publicity stunt. We cannot really care about our own black lives when we allow programs to infiltrate the media and depict us as yet another “ghetto fairytale.” The spicy affairs and love interests, crooked black professionals and insensitive manipulative CEOs such as Lucious Lyon are all tired, dried tropes. Empire undermines the hardworking African-American business moguls with companies legitimately established through education, training and hard work. As African Americans, I know we can overcome the odds and make a change, but it starts with putting down the Empire-beaming laptop, getting off of Twitter and picking up a newspaper for once. Getting involved in an organization like the NAACP is a good start. People can voice opinions, share experiences and commune together to come up with solutions to real world problems. Reaching out to your community can do a lot more good than chasing behind Cookie, Lucious and Empire. Sincerely, A frustrated black woman

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STONEWALL, from front By Taylor Thompson LIFESTYLE REPORTER @taylormegon One of the most popular bars in San Marcos is about to receive even more attention from San Martians as it celebrates its one-year anniversary. On Dec. 5 Stonewall Warehouse, San Marcos’ first and only LGBT bar, will celebrate its first birthday. Brian Scofield, owner of Stonewall and several other bars on the square, said he would be giving San Martians a chance to enjoy several different festivities—just in time for finals. For the one-year mark, Scofield said that Stonewall will be hosting a Studio 54-themed party. “It’s a disco-themed party. We’re going to have a drag show,” Scofield said. “We may or may not have a costume contest, and we’ll have performances throughout the night from drag queens.” Scofield said he’s just as excited for the anniversary as he has been for everything else since the idea for Stonewall was born. “In 2001, I had the opportunity to buy the building where Stonewall is now located, so I took it,” Scofield said. At the time he purchased the property for what would become Stonewall, Scofield said he was working on Sixth Street in Austin. He said it only made sense to bring a new type of bar to San Marcos. “I looked at it two different ways,” Scofield said. “It was an opportunity, but it was also something I personally believed in.” He said the year since he opened the bar has been one


Kristopher Alvarado, AKA "STUDD", working and dancing Nov. 7 at Stonewall Warehouse

of the best of his life. Scofield said he had great anticipations going into the project, but never expected it to become a community staple in only a year. “I had high expectations (for Stonewall) going in, and it pretty much met them,” Scofield said. “I saw kids driving from San Marcos to Austin for the bars and the bands and thought, ‘Why not take it to them?’” Scof ield said he was never nervous about opening Stonewall and has been constantly excited since the doors opened. “My only concern was making sure it was nice

enough for the vision I had,” Scofield said. Erin Bostick, undeclared freshman, said she first went to the bar during this year’s Pride celebration. “A few of my friends were interested in going to Stonewall because we knew it would be an exciting night to go since there would be a lot of people there,” Bostick said. Bostick said one of her favorite things about Stonewall is the welcoming atmosphere it provides to every member of the community. “Normally, Stonewall has a 21-and-over policy, but on Tuesdays and Thursdays—as

well as other special events like Pride, Halloween, or other fun holidays—they allow people 18 and over to get in,” Bostick said. Scofield said they try not to pigeonhole themselves when it comes to the events and other activities held at the bar. “It’s a bar, it’s a meeting place,” Scofield said. “We’ll have DJs one night and another night we could have a fashion show.” Scofield said he has always prided himself on having a bar that welcomes everyone. “It’s a place that everybody can come and have a good time,” Scofield said. “You’re

going to have a good time if you go.” Bostick said she plans to go back to Stonewall in the future to view more of its shows. “The stage puts on interesting shows like drag races, for example,” Bostick said. Bostick said she knows whatever event the bar puts on for their one-year anniversary will be one for the books. “I’m sure Stonewall will put on a big celebration for their anniversary,” Bostick said. “I wouldn’t want to miss out.” Stonewall has weekly events, such as Karaoke on the Catwalk and Lip Sync

Battles, and that’s part of what makes it great, Scofield said. “We didn’t just want to open a gay bar in San Marcos, we wanted to open the best new bar,” Scofield said. “It just happens to be a gay bar.” Scofield said the bar has grown a lot due to the support from the community, and he can only see it growing further here in San Marcos. “Not that I expected any kind of backlash, but it’s been a really great experience,” Scofield said. “I’m excited for what the future is going to be.”


FOR THE MUSICAL FAN The Texas State Theatre and Dance Department will host Evita, the first Mainstage musical of the season through Nov. 22. Evita tells the exhilarating story of real-life Argentinian First Lady and socialite Eva Perón. Tickets to the show, which features a small cast of around 20 students, are $18 for adults and $8 for students.

FOR THE 5K FANATIC The 13th annual Thankful Turkey 5K Run and Walk will take place Nov. 21 beginning on Fulton Ranch Road at the Freeman Ranch in San Marcos. According to the race’s website, participants can expect a charming course that climbs 100 feet to the eventual turnaround point. Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age divisions. According to the website, first place receives a turkey, second place receives a ham

and third receives a pie. The race begins at 8 a.m and has a $30 entry fee.

FOR THE BOBCAT GLADIATOR Looking to burn some calories before going home for Thanksgiving? The Student Association for Campus Activities has a solution. The organization partnered with the LBJ Student Center to bring Bobcats Camp Gladiator, a 45-minute cardio session in the LBJ Student Center Amphitheater. The event will provide students with the opportunity to burn some calories before eating their Thanksgiving meal. SACA will be offering two 45-minute cardio sessions on Nov. 23 between 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

FOR THE HOLIDAY OBSESSED Sights and Sounds of Christmas, one of San Marcos’s favorite holiday traditions, will take place Dec. 2 though Dec. 5. According to Tour


San Marcos, each of the four evenings will include carnival rides, artistries, recitals from area schools, opportunities to take pictures with Santa, a live nativity scene and food. Tickets to

the event, which opens at 5 p.m. every night, are $5 for one night and $7 for a

presale four-day wristband or $10 at the gate. Kids 12 and under get in free. For

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The Bobcats are looking forward to hosting North Texas this Saturday after their home opener win against St. Edwards. North Texas is a tough team. The Mean Green defeated No. 17 Oklahoma this past Monday on the road. Texas State will be coming into this game ready to compete with defense in mind. “For us, it’s going to be really important that we do a better job defensively—this is a different team,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “North Texas is coming off a tough loss at home to a very good San Francisco team and then an amazing win on the road at Oklahoma, so we need to do a better job defending with our guard play.” Last home game Texas State’s junior forward Amber Jones, a transfer from Florida State College at Jacksonville, took a fall and is not expected to play this weekend. Fortunately the Bobcats don’t have a rotation set in stone just yet. Antoine is utilizing the first few games to figure

out the best possible rotation for the team. “I don’t have a set rotation yet, and obviously with Amber not being in the game this weekend, it’s going to change as well,” Antoine said. “That’s what the first couple games for us are—just really trying to figure out which group is going to be able to best help our team get the win. They’re all aware of that.” Jones injured her leg early on in the game, which her statistics reflected. Jones put up three points and two boards in the first game of the season against A&M. Lacking Jones’ defensive presence on the court will require other players to step up in her place. North Texas is ranked 328th on the NCAA Women’s Basketball RPI, but the team will still be a challenge. “They do what they do well,” Antoine said. “They’re really good off the bounce. They’re really aggressive. They come out kind of inyour-face right away defensively. They really try to be disruptive. They force you to take quick shots.” The Bobcats will lean on their defense and persistence Saturday to overcome the


Mean Green. “I think one of the things we need to continue to work on is our ability to be able to follow the game plan defen-

sively and our ability to be able to stick with that regardless of who’s in the game,” Antoine said. “One thing we do well is—it’s a team that

their identity over the past has always been that they continue to fight and they don’t give up and they keep going. I think that’s been

exciting to see.” Texas State will face off against North Texas this Saturday at 2 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum.



LARA DIETRICH STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Ojai Black, junior guard, takes the ball up court Nov. 16.

By Jose Campos SPORTS REPORTER @josewithaj After opening the season with a win against UT Tyler, the Texas State men's basketball team will now go on to the road to play the University of Texas at El Paso. UTEP recorded 22 wins last season and were one game away from participating in the Conference USA tournament championship game. The Miners were upset by six-seed Middle Tennessee in the semi-final round., The Miners played in the NIT tournament, and were eliminated in the first round, despite being eliminated from the conference tournament. Texas State advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Sun Belt conference tournament, but did not qualify for postseason play like UTEP did. Coach Danny Kaspar said in order to keep pace with UTEP, the Bobcats must withstand their defensive pressure and be able to matchup with the Miners’ height. Kaspar said the height the Bobcats have on their team makes them formidable when it comes to rebounding. "If you hit a decent percentage of your shots that also helps," Kaspar said. The Bobcats might be down two key players when

they travel for the game Saturday night against UTEP. Emani Gant, senior forward, who didn't play in the home opener, may miss another game. Kaspar saidif Gant does play, he wouldn’t be 100 percent healthy. Gant led the team in points and

rebounds last season. Anthony Roberson, sophomore guard, who had seven points and eight rebounds in the opener, may also miss the game due to the flu. "Anytime you get on the road, you handle some adversity," Kaspar said. "I tell the team that you have to show maturity and handle adversity." In the first game of the season, the Bobcat's defense was able to produce 35 points due to turnovers. Kaspar said man-to-man defense allows the team to shut down the opposing team’s passing lanes. Texas State scored 40 points off the bench as well, but Kaspar said that it's too early to start thinking that his team will be able to produce like that every night. He said UT Tyler wasn't one of the strongest team on the Bobcats’ schedule. Should Gant and Roberson miss the game, Texas State may look again to junior forwards Maljhum McCrea and Kavin GilderTilbury, to replace Gant’s production. Gilder-Tilbury had a team-high of 15 points and eight rebounds. McCrea contributed 11 points and a team-high of nine rebounds. Kaspar was pleased with Gilder-Tilbury’s performance, but the coach was hesitant to comment on it

much further. "To ask how I feel about that, I'm going to tell you to come back and ask me how I feel about that 10 games into the season," Kaspar said. Kendell Ramlal, junior forward, provided a defensive presence for the Bobcats with four blocks and five points in the game. Kaspar believes that this early season test against the Miners will help the Bobcats in the long run. Texas State will play UTEP Saturday Nov. 21 in El Paso at 8:30 p.m.





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Walla ready to come back strong after injury By Autumn Anderson SPORTS REPORTER @aaautumn_

Georgetown High School alum and red-shirt sophomore guard Kaitlin Walla has a strong love for the sport of basketball and is returning this season after taking a year off due to an ACL injury. “It was definitely a long road,” Walla said. “I like to get things done, but with an ACL injury it takes time. I think it definitely taught me to set small goals for myself and to understand the value of progress and that you don’t always need results right away.” Walla spent her high school career in Georgetown, where she played un-

really tough, so I think I owe a lot of my success to that.” Walla and her team went to the state championships in the athlete’s sophomore year and won in her senior year. Walla said that was her biggest high school achievement. Family is a big aspect in Walla’s life. The athlete’s parents and four sisters help keep her motivated in basketball. “I always call (my sisters) my four extra moms,” Walla –COURTESY OF TEXAS STATE ATHLETICS said. “They were posts, so they don't know anything der Coach Rhonda Farney. about guards. They’re like, “Georgetown is an amaz- ‘I don't care about dribbling ing program, (and) Coach but you better box out next Farney—her accolades say game—I want at least six it all,” Walla said. “From boards.’ They tell me about strength and conditioning to rebounding all the time.” the physical part of it, it’s all Basketball for Walla start-

ed with her dad. She gives him the credit for sparking her interest in the sport. “My dad has been my coach since I grew up—my parents both motivate me, but for basketball specifically it’s definitely my dad.” Walla said. “He’s the one who motivated me to even pick up a basketball. He’s been there ever since.” Last season, Walla played eight games before the ACL injury sidelined her for the rest of the season. Walla averaged 7.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game and made 48.8 percent of goals from the court after 21 shots taken. Walla played 28 games in her freshman season and started in three. She averaged 6.2 points per game,

shot 28.6 percent from the three-point line and dished a career-high nine assists. Texas State wasn’t a sure shot for Walla in the beginning. She was recruited by Yale and Harvard. Despite the Ivy League prestige, Texas State proved to be the place Walla belongs. “I came on my visit and didn't think I would choose Texas State—honestly, I was just going to check it out,” Walla said. “I came here and I just loved the environment. I loved the people. I loved the team. I loved being so close to home, and when the time came for me to choose a school, I realized how big of a homebody I was.” The ability for Walla’s family to attend her games is one of the guard’s favorite parts

about attending Texas State. “My family comes to every game,” Walla said. “It’s kind of cool to still be so close enough to have that relationship and talk to my high school coach or have them come to my games.” Playing basketball at Texas State has been nothing but a good decision for Walla and the rest of her team. She’s a Bobcat and all-around team player who loves being with her teammates. “I’ve always been a team person,” Walla said. “I love the interaction. I love the team aspect of basketball— having another person rely on me and me rely on them, the support and even the drama, everything. I just love that someone always has your back.”


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#FIREFRAN BEGINS After the 31-21 loss to New Mexico State Nov. 7, a game in which Texas State was an 82.6 percent favorite to win according to the ESPN football power index, the hashtag “#FireFran” started to pop up on Twitter. Now, fast forward one week. Texas State is playing its second of three straight home games—this time against the Georgia State Panthers, who were 6-2 overall at the time. Texas State had just been exposed by one of the more potent rushing offenses of the Sun Belt conference in New Mexico State. Georgia State holds the best passing offense in the Sun Belt, statistically, throwing for over 348.2 passing yards per game. Texas State was yet again favored to win the game, with a -2.0 point spread in their favor. Nick Arbuckle, senior quarterback for the Panthers, lit up the Bobcats in the air, throwing for a school-high record of 471 passing yards and four touchdowns. The Panthers defeated the Bobcats 41-19. The #FireFran tweets started up again, instilling an odd sense of déjà vu. For the first time since the social media trend started a week ago, Coach Dennis Franchione was asked if he was worried about his job security. Franchione was confident in his answer. “Heavens no,” Franchione

said. “If they get tired of me, that’s fine. I’m not worried about that a bit. My only concern is for the kids.” It seems that Franchione feels no pressure from those above him, such as Athletics Director Larry Teis or University President Denise Trauth, that he should be looking elsewhere for a job. The question is, should he feel so protected?


cord, Franchione’s coaching career is impressive. In his 23-year Division-I head coaching career, Franchione has been bowl eligible 13 times and coached in seven bowl games. The other six years occurred as follows: two, sixwin New Mexico teams that were not selected, two Texas State teams (6-6, 7-5) that were not selected, the 2000 Texas Christian team, and the 2002 Alabama team. In 2000, Franchione led Texas Christian for a 10-1 record. However he accepted the University of Alabama job before the bowl game and was not allowed to coach the Texas Christian squad for their bowl game. In 2002, Franchione led Alabama to a 10-3 record, but the team was ineligible for postseason play due to NCAA probation sanctions placed on the Crimson Tide. But if you go through all his stints as a Divison I head coach, Franchione transformed the 3-9 New Mexico Lobos into a team

that was bowl eligible three out of his six years with the university. After leading the New Mexico Lobos to a 9-4 record in 1997, Franchione moved to Texas to take the Texas Christian head coaching job. TCU posted a 1-10 record in 1997. In his first year, Franchione improved their record to 7-5, followed by 8-4 in 1999 and 10-1 in 2000. Those three years at TCU rode on the legs of future NFL Hall of Fame running back, LaDainian Tomlinson, but the fact remains that Franchione was at the head of the program turnaround. From 1997 to 2007, Franchione-led football teams were bowl eligible in nine of those 11 seasons.


Even Texas State has shown gradual signs of improvement with exception to this year, which I will get to in a minute. Since returning to Texas State as head coach in 2011, Franchione and the Bobcats made the leap from FCS to FBS in 2012, with an improved record year-to-year until this season. In their first season as a FBS school, Texas State finished 4-8. I’d say that’s normal for a team that was a 6-6 FCS team the season before. Since then, the Bobcats improved their record and achieved bowl eligibility the following two years. That leads us into this year’s football season. Texas State was the only 7-5 team in the nation to not get a bowl invitation last year. Even the 7-5 Arkansas State Red

Wolves, whom the Bobcats beat face-to-face in San Marcos, got a bowl bid. The motto entering this season was “leave no doubt.” Leave no doubt in the bowl selection committees’ minds that Texas State belongs in bowl consideration. Well, with three games left, Texas State is 2-7 and already eliminated any chance at bowl eligibility. What happened to this team that was supposed to leave no doubt? A multitude of things—injuries, front end heavy schedule, resignation of the defensive coordinator, etc. It’s easy to say that this season has not gone how Franchione and the Bobcats would have hoped. If you take any team and remove 13 players to season-ending injuries, have a change in leadership midseason and get on the wrong side of the win-loss column early, it is going to be hard to be competitive. Ultimately I think the #FireFran tweets are a little too harsh, a little too early. Sports fans in today’s society are consumed with the “what have you done for me lately?” mindset, and I think that is a mistake. You can’t ignore the fact that Franchione took over a team that had nothing but FCS talent on it, and then make the players competitive on a FBS level. That doesn’t happen overnight. You can’t ignore the fact that Franchione led two bowl-eligible teams before this season, in which Murphy’s Law seems to apply. With that being said, Franchione should be allowed at least another season of the two remaining years left on his contract—if not both—to lead Texas State to its first ever bowl game appearance in school history.

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