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BANKRUPTCY

leaves entertainment store in peril By Rae Glassford Senior News Reporter @rae_maybe

Hastings Entertainment Center is one of several locations in the city of San Marcos where students and residents alike can purchase books—but this may be subject to change in the months ahead. On June 13 Hastings filed Chapter 11 for bankruptcy. The tenets of the Internal Revenue Service’s tax code states if the business fails to find a buyer within 30 days of filing for bankruptcy, the business is slated for closure. Regional managers at the San Marcos Hastings location declined to comment, but an employee who prefers to remain anonymous said he is optimistic about the company’s future. “I have been told that we are not closing,” said the Hastings employee. “I hope we won’t close. I don’t ex-

pect it to happen, but that’s my personal opinion.” Jim Litwak, Hastings president and chief operating officer, said the company may be forced to close all of its stores, including the San Marcos location, in the event the business is unable to find a buyer in time. Another option, Litwak announced, entails Hastings closing its less-successful stores in an attempt to boost sales at its more lucrative locations. The company operates a total of 126 entertainment centers at present, and although this strategy is the lesser of two evils, the layoff resulting from either option would inevitably put thousands of Hastings employees out of work. “Hearing (the store) might close is heartbreaking,” said Elizabeth Hardy, management sophomore. “I have a lot of memories there—going late at night or making trips with my family.”

Hastings has filed a Chapter 11. The company will shut down if they can’t find a new buyer. PHOTO BY TYLER DUMAS | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Hardy frequents Hastings a few times a month when school is in session, and said she enjoys the store because its merchandise includes multimedia paraphernalia in addition to books and comics. In the weeks since the

company formally announced its financial situation, local Hastings locations have received hundreds of daily phone calls from curious customers. These calls are so great in volume Hastings has been forced to direct such inqui-

ries to an official hotline authorized to handle questions regarding the bankruptcy. “It’s really up in the air right now with the bankruptcy,” said one such hotline operator. “We are looking for potential buyers and talking to various interested

parties. The company is in the process of either closing or selling, but that’s all I can report currently.” The customer inquiry hotline can be reached at 877427-8464.

RESEARCH

Psych student uses SURF grant to investigate collegiate sports injuries By Rae Glassford Senior News Reporter @rae_maybe With the release of the 2015 movie Concussion and 2012 documentary Head Games, collegiate sports injuries have become a major topic of interest seemingly overnight. With increased interest comes increased scrutiny, concern and inevitable inquiry. Emily Lund, psychology senior, has chosen to investigate the impacts and causes of collegiate sports injuries for her thesis. “I received a concussion from playing lacrosse when I was still in high school,” Lund said. “At the time, I noticed there were differing opinions on reporting concussions amongst my teammates, as well as the sports community at large.” The frequency with which Lund and her fellow athletes received concussions throughout their sports careers is what initially in-

spired her to enter the psychology field. “I found the dynamics surrounding sports injuries interesting,” Lund said. Lund is a PACE peer mentor, Bobcat Build director and intern at Dell Children’s Medical Center. She is also a recent recipient of the Student Undergraduate Research Fund, available to all Texas State undergrads. “The application process is fairly extensive,” Lund said. “Applying for a grant is a really big deal and an amazing thing to be able to put on your resume. I am honored to have received it and thankful for the opportunity to apply while still in college.” Lund heard about the grant from Carmen Westerberg, psychology assistant professor and thesis mentor. She encouraged Lund to apply because credibility attached to receiving a grant could increase volunteer survey participation on the part of other students,

Lund said. “Any research that can contribute to making sports safer is relevant,” Lund said. “I think it’s relevant because it’s a relatively new issue in the world of sports. We are just now starting to understand what the consequences are—what the long term effects can have on people.” Lund said she believes her study will be of interest to Texas State students in particular due to the sheer volume of the many sports teams associated with the university, intramural and professional alike. Lund’s research team will include Krista Howard, psychology assistant professor, acting as second reader. Nathan Wofford, psychology junior, will be responsible for helping facilitate the research process. “We pulled from other surveys and compiled them all into one questionnaire, and launched it online,” Lund said. “We’ve also contacted sports clubs and

Texas State student Emily Lund is currently conducting studies on the effects of head injuries and concussions in collegiate sports. Her studies are focused primarily on Texas State student athletes.

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posted flyers around campus.” Lund’s research team is using an online survey to gather data, and have disseminated information about how students can take the survey via email. The survey is entirely anonymous, but the research team has been able to share it widely amongst college students across the country through Facebook. “The data collection period closes at the end of

August, which is when I’ll begin writing the thesis,” Lund said. “I hope to have it published by the end of the semester.” As for her hypothesis, Lund is anticipating she will be able to observe and identify specific social factors which influence an athlete’s willingness to report a concussion. “I do anticipate that many changes will be made to how we play sports in the future,” Lund said. “I am

honored to participate in something that means so much to athletes.” Students who complete a brief survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of twenty $50 Amazon gift cards. The survey is short and should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

PARKING

Limited shuttle hours causes concern for students By JeriLynn Thorpe News Reporter @jerilynnthorpe With summer in full swing, many students have had to change the way they commute to class. The Bobcat Shuttle, a bus system operated for students, faculty, staff and visitors at Texas State, stops operating in the afternoon, nearly five hours before the last class of the evening dismisses. Transportation Services begins the development process for the shuttle in early spring, and is evaluated based on customer feedback, productivity of the routes and student enrollment numbers. The Transportation Services Advisory Council reviews the recommendations and then gives advice on the policies presented. “Summer shuttle services operate on a reduced sched-

ule compared to the fall and spring semesters, however the summer 2016 schedule included a 9.3 percent increase in service compared to summer 2015,” said Steven Herrera, Transportation Services assistant director. During the summer session, Texas State charges an automatic fee of $95 included in tuition for the shuttle. A student can pay upwards of $133 when combining the shuttle service fee and the minimum fee of $38 for a parking permit. For Fernanda Cabrera, a mass communication senior, class lets out after the shuttle operating hours. She was forced to ask her parents for help in paying for a parking permit. “I’m doing an internship that is unpaid. It’s not like I can afford to pay that,” Cabrera said. “I’m paying the school with my tuition to get the bus, and I can’t even ride it back home because

they stop. So now I’m having to pay more money for the (parking) sticker.” Jarrett Moehn, a mass communication and electronic arts senior, said he walks 25 minutes to and from class because the shuttle doesn’t operate when his class ends. “I don’t have a parking pass, never did, never will. So I’m just walking,” Moehn said. “It sucks, but there’s nothing I can really do about it. People have this problem every summer semester.” Gilbert Martinez, School of Journalism and Mass Communication assistant director and senior lecturer, emailed Transportation Services after his students informed him the shuttle stops operating before his class ends. In response, Transportation Services encouraged Martinez’ students to purchase a summer parking permit.

Texas State parking ticket from the Sessom lot Wednesday June 29. PHOTO BY SAM KING | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Gabrielle Herrera, a public relations junior, was very upset after she found out the times the shuttle ran. She didn’t know what to do or where to park. “I was crying because I was so frustrated. I was already calculating, like I did the whole google maps, like how long it was going to take me to walk home,” Herrera said. Roommate to Herrera, Joseph Losoya, public relations senior, said he was prepared to walk to and from school every day from his apartment complex at the end of Aquarena Springs.

“If you provide (the shuttle) through the other semesters, why not now?” Losoya said. “It seems like Texas State is just trying to get money off this to pay for more parking.” The roommates said this also poses a concern for the safety of students. Losoya said some finals are scheduled late at night, which will cause some students to walk home as late as 10 p.m. “Do they want us to walk at 7:30 and then walk back at 10:00 at night?” Losoya said. “You can easily get jumped on finals week. Es-

pecially if they know that there’s no bus.” For students who cannot take advantage of the shuttle services, Herrera said there are other transportation options available. Students may purchase a valid parking permit, rent a ZipCar for use on campus, make use of the municipal bus system, and employ CARTS, which is free for students with a Texas State student ID. The Texas State Bike Cave also offers rental programs and sales on bicycles.


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LIFESTYLE

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RADIO

San Marcos welcomes new radio station By Vanessa Bell Lifestyle Reporter @vanessayvebell

community, including new locals, students and permanent residents. 104.1 KZSM welcomes input from the community to provide a diverse station to properly represent the residents of San Marcos, according to Roark. Roark said they are moving rapidly to get on air as soon as possible. “We want to get this going by the time everyone gets back into town for the fall,” Roark said. Roark said KZSM will run by its “three Es”: entertain, engage and enlighten in order to reach all of its goals. “We want you knowing about what’s going on,” Roark said. “And want you

San Marcos’ new radio station 104.1 FM KZSM plans to heat up airwaves this summer. Rob Roark, treasurer and member of the KZSM board has paired up with Griffin Spell, Parliamentarian of the San Marcos Texas Community Radio Association and local volunteers to introduce a new local radio station by next month. “The radio station will be run for the community, by the community,” Roark said. Roark said the radio station will have a variety of interests and music to target all of the San Marcos

to realize that you are part of a community and you can make a difference.” Locals have volunteered to host their own shows for the station, sharing stories about the history and lifestyle of San Marcos. Lauren Hoffman, San Marcos resident, said she is preparing and excited to host her own unique “Each month will have a different theme,” Hoffman said. “October is paranormal and November is kindness and friends.” Rebecca Doll, Wimber- A car radio station is tuned into 104.1 FM. This will be the station that San Marcos Radio will air on. ley resident, will be hosting PHOTO BY VANESSA BELL | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER a nature themed segment kind,” Doll said. “It’s a local by sponsorships rather than GoFundMe account is soon Rainbow Flower Power roots show but will be really playing advertisements, ac- on the way to help bring Hour. global.” cording to Roark. KZSM’s antenna up. “It would be about how KZSM will be a nonprofit The first fundraiser profnature interacts with man- radio station geared funded ited $4,000 dollars and a

STUDENT AFFAIRS

SACA plans to bring the fun this year By Trista Castillo Lifestyle Reporter @Tristaaaaa

that we are having for sure during Bobcat Preview are mainly for the freshman students, but any student is welcome to come,” Gutierrez said. “There will be a comedian/juggler coming into the LBJ ballroom during that week.” SACA’s goal is to make school a time for engagement and enrichment, said Gutierrez. Gutierrez said students can sometimes walk away with a life lesson at these events. “One time, a transgender comedian told students to ask her anything they have ever wanted to ask a trans person at the end of the show,” Gutierrez said. “It

Student Association for Career Activities will be hosting a series of free events for Bobcats to enjoy this upcoming fall semester. Take advantage of these events to learn something, be entertained and meet new people. Rigoberto Gutierrez, SACA advisor, said in the beginning of the fall, there will be events specifically targeting freshmen. Gutierrez said SACA plans to bring in comedians, special guests and a hypnotist. “The upcoming events

was a cool experience to hear and learn from.” Zeeba Zarei, Pride and Traditions coordinator, said Bobcats can show their pride by participating in events during homecoming week. “I am especially excited about the traditions that take place during Homecoming week such as the soapbox derby and powderpuff,” Zarei said. “I think it is great how everyone gets together during this event.” Zarei said homecoming is a long-time favorite tradition of the university. “Homecoming is probably the most stable event we have,” Zarei said. “It consists of a powder-puff

game, talent show and other events that are posted all around campus.” Jonathan Boyles, exploratory sophomore, said he is looking forward to this year’s talent show. “Last year’s talent show was awesome, and I was happy that it was free,” Boyles said. “It’s cool to see how much talent there is at Texas State.” Gutierrez said the talent show is one of SACA’s biggest and best events. “Last year the acts showed a lot of diversity which is what Texas State is all about,” Gutierrez said. “We hold auditions and we, as SACA, don’t have to go out and find the talent and

The LBJ Student Center is where SACA holds most of their events such as homecoming events and other entertaining programs and events. The SACA office is located on the fourth floor in the LBJ Student Center. PHOTO BYVANESSA BELL | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

I think that is really cool for people to see.” Here are SACA’s finalized events for the fall:

September 15th – Sailesh: World’s Greatest Hypnotist LBJSC Ballroom 8:00pm

August 23rd – Entertainer Ivan Pecel LBJSC Ballroom 8:00pm

October 15th – 22nd – Homecoming Week Various Times & Locations

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TREATS

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ENTERTAINMENT

The “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” spin-off is a curse By Maria Tahir @sapstomarz Opinions Columnist and Illustrator WARNING: Contains spoilers.

Harry Potter fans agree on few things as a whole. One, Minerva McGonagall was and will always be the greatest OG. Two, everyone detests Umbridge. Lastly, the new spin-off play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, is an enormous and frankly overwhelming disappointment. The Harry Potter series brought us a boy who stood as a shining beacon of good in opposition to every challenge, and introduced an entirely new and whimsical world filled with realistic issues and race metaphors. A quick synopsis of the play illustrates how out of sight the original purpose of the series really is.

Harry Potter, once a perfect blend of an authentic person with genuine shortcomings and strengths, has become one dimensional, confused and a sad excuse for a father. His main purpose in this play is to pass judgment on his son for not doing things the “Harry Potter” way. In the play, Harry Potter wishes Albus was not his son. Later, Potter tries to retract his statement and blame his current actions on his “lack of a father figure.” This cop-out is a complete mischaracterization of Potter and exceedingly annoying because Harry Potter has had several father figures. Rubeus Hagrid, Sirius Black and Arthur Weasley offered Potter guidance, love and acceptance at any given moment in the original series. Besides numerous offenses of mischaracterization, the entire plot

of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” reads like a fan-fiction written by a 12 year old. Potter’s childhood bully, but now begrudging friend is greeted with a rumor that his child is not in fact his but—in accordance with none of the timelines of the original story— Voldemort’s. Instead of creating a new villain for the next generation, the plot recycles the old villain and not in a refreshing way. By creating a secret love child that travels back in time to re-instate a psychopathic father the kid never knew, the plot takes on a perspective no one ever wanted to experience. There was no reason for Voldemort to ever want a child because he was unable to feel love. Having a child means accepting your mortality—as most people raise their children to take up their parent’s mantles.

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Voldemort split his soul into seven parts for immortality, not because he was thinking of Junior. The entire synopsis was —Tom—riddled with blatantly poor characterizations and rip-off plot maneuvers. To take a wholesome and fulfilling series and corrupt it into some-

thing ugly and half-hearted seems like a sad piggyback off of a beautiful franchise. The play turns a beautiful story into a cheap trick and a weak attempt at a spin-off. Taking a magical world that could have been explored in-depth in a thousand different ways, and cheapening its value with something as petty as

not being able to accept your child for who they are is saddening. Harry Potter fans have every right to be disappointed because we have, in fact, been cursed.

meant to amplify the UV light’s effect on the body instead of protecting it from burning or creating cancerous. Regular advertising of these dangers, similar to the smoking’s Truth campaign—especially for teens—should already be

airing. Signs should be displayed in front of tanning beds warning the consumers what they are about to put their bodies through. It is easy to ignore the health concerns when young, but youth will be a shield forever. The deci-

sions made at an early age will come back to bite. Wouldn’t you rather have healthy skin for your entire life, than have bronze skin for a few years? - Cris Rivera is a computer science freshman

Young, black men want black women to take care of them, yet they do not reciprocate. The truth of the matter is, young black women uphold their men to a certain standard and the reason black men do not want to date them is be-

cause they do not want to be held to those standards. They wish to do whatever they want and not have to take responsibility for their actions. The reason young, black men are not dating young, black women is as simple

as this—these black boys are too immature for these black women. - ToVachea Nealy is a mass communications sophomore

- Maria Tahir is a psychology junior

HEALTH

Tanning Beds— the easy skin cancer suppliers By Cris Rivera @cris_rivera13 Opinions Columnist Tanning beds have been around since the early twentieth century, ironically created in the form of lamps to help people with a vitamin D deficiency. Commercialized in the 1970s, tanning beds have become a gateway for increased skin cancer chances. The story of the tanning bed is almost parallel to the cigarette. Tanning beds were exploited and quickly seen as a safe and normal way to become beautifully tan. However, time passed and there was a spike in skin cancer. Medical research concludes tanning beds are a huge cause of this spike, but people still use them regularly despite the hazards.

After the negative effects of cigarettes were found, organizations and legislation arose to combat the societal norm of smoking in an attempt to produce a healthier population. Companies were banned from airing commercials. Anti-smoking campaigns were launched in schools and cigarette companies were forced to warn individuals about the dangers of smoking right on the box. The parallels between cigarettes and tanning beds promptly end here. Massive campaigns have not been launched to warn about the health hazards associated with tanning beds, and there are no warning labels on the machines. With the definite risks proven to be associated with tanning beds, there should be massive cam-

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paigns against it. Legislation should be enacted not to take away the option from the public, but to fully warn of the serious risks lurking behind the perfectly bronzed body. People should be aware as to how tanning lotion is

SOCIETY

Black men are not ready to date Black women By ToVachea Nealy @vachea_ Opinions Columnist Black men dating outside of their race is not a new concept. It is widely believed black men are more likely to date women outside of their race. For many years, it has been said black men are not interested in dating black women for a variety of reasons. Black men, black women, blue people and purple folks have every right to date outside of their race, as long as they do not put down the members of their community. As marriage rates decrease, black men still marry and date outside of their nationality, but not as much as people believe. Statistics show marriage amongst black men is higher among black men and women than with other nationalities. As of 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau showed that 86 percent of black married men are married to black women, 7 percent have a white spouse, 4 percent have a Hispanic spouse and 3 percent are married to

another nationality. A common misconception states that black men are not marrying black women, but that is not true. OkCupid, a well-known online dating website, showed black men look outside of their own nationality when looking for a significant other. From match scores in 2014, black men are 2 percent more likely to look for an Asian mate, 1 percent more likely to look for a black mate, 2 percent more likely to look for a Hispanic mate and -6 percent less likely to choose a white mate. Now if these statistics tell us anything, it is that black men are dating black women even if they are not dating them as much as other races. This brings us to the real question: Why is it black men will date outside of their race but marry within their own? If you ask young black men why they date outside of their race, there are a few popular answers: “Black girls are loud, they’re too ghetto, too controlling, they have too much attitude and they do not cater to

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their man.” To say these reasons are ludicrous would be an understatement. These overgeneralized asides can be attached to any race of women. Basing dating criteria on how loud someone talks is childish. Everyone speaks at different volumes. Some people are quiet while others are able to throw their voices with greater ease. The whole “too ghetto” statement is ridiculous to say the least. The concept of acting ghetto can apply to any race and not every black woman acts “ghetto.” The notion that many black men choose to date outside of their race because they feel as though women of other races are less controlling is a stereotype. Once again, generalizing people is wrong and not all black women are controlling. It is widely believed that black women have more attitude than women of other races, but that is a cultural opinion based on the fact that black women are known to be very opinionated on matters that concern them.

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ATHLETICS

Bobcats hopeful for the 2016-2017 season Matt Perry Sports Reporter @Matt_Sperry17 With the recent success of some of the Texas State sports this past season, a sort of standard has been set for the upcoming 20162017 season for all Bobcat sports. From football to golf, there have been changes made that will excite students and fans eager to see their Bobcats in action in the upcoming year. With several new additions to the football team,

most noticeably the signing of Head Coach Everett Withers, the Bobcats are hoping for a turnaround season after a dreadful performance last season, which left the Bobcats with a 3-9 record. The Bobcats have also redone the turf inside Bobcats Stadium this season, with the hopes of attracting more fans to the stadium for home games. The Bobcats first home game this season will be their home opener on September 24, at six o’clock. With the foot-

ball team making most of the offseason headlines this year, the Texas State women’s golf team has also made some additions of their own. The Bobcats recently hired Lisa Storm as the new Head Coach of the women’s golf team at Texas State. Storm came in with an impressive resume, including 10 years as a professional on the LPGA tour, and five and a half years as an assistant coach at The Ohio State University. The recent success of the golf team included winning the

Sun Belt Championship as a team, and making it to the NCAA Regionals, where the Bobcats would finish 14th. Storm hopes to continue the recent success of the women’s golf team this upcoming season as she brings her knowledge about the game and about coaching with her. The Texas State softball team joined the trio of teams to be successful this season. The Bobcats had a record of 40-29 this past season, which was good enough to get them into the

Sun Belt tournament, where they finished second and were beaten by the number one ranked team in the conference, Louisiana-Lafayette. Despite finishing second, the Bobcats got their bid to the NCAA Regionals, where the face the Cal and Samford. After a win and a loss, Texas State faced the Golden Bears a second time, and suffered the same fate as in their first meeting. Losing the Cal meant that the Bobcats were out of Regionals, but the success of the team has made them

hopeful and excited for next season. With all of the new for the Bobcats this offseason, it’s exciting to see how all of the teams will do in the upcoming season. Students, Alumni, and fans of Texas State sports will have plenty to look forward to and will hopefully fill up the seats at the home games.

BASEBALL

Texas State alumni Kyle Kubitza’s major league journey brings him back home Ryder Burke Sports reporter @RyderBurke After a very successful career at Texas State, Kyle Kubitza was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2011. During his time as a Bobcat,

Kubitza earned All-Southland Conference First Team and Southland Conference All-Tournament Team accolades while batting .354 and hitting a team-high of 11 homeruns. Four years after being drafted into the league, Ku-

bitza was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim where he was believed to be their third baseman of the future. However in a recent cash deal, Kubitza was dealt to the Texas Rangers, putting him back in his hometown

of Arlington, Texas. After chasing the professional baseball dream all across the United States, over five teams and five years later he finds himself with the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate, the Round Rock Express, in Round Rock,.

Kubitza is now only fiftymiles north of his alma mater. Playing right up the road from Texas State in front of his home crowd again may be the boost Kubitza needs to succeed at the next level and stake his claim in the

major league for good. The Round Rock Express team schedule can be found online for anyone in the area wanting to support a fellow Bobcat in his return home.

Georgia State capitalized early in the game, going into halftime with a 2-0 lead over the Bobcats. There were just as many shots on goal for both teams, but the Bobcats could not finish. Texas State graduated four players this year including: Lynsey Curry, forward, Landry Lowe, midfielder,

and two-year starting goalkeeper, Caitlynn Rinehart, who recorded 90 saves in her career. The Bobcats have big shoes to fill. This season there will be

a total of nine juniors and five sophomores. This team is young and fresh, but the Bobcats are ready for redemption and are heading to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship.

SOCCER

A look at the 2016 Soccer season By: Lisette Lopez Sports reporter @Lisette_1023 The 2016 Women’s soccer schedule has been released by Head Coach Kat Conner. Texas State will have nine home games, with five being Sun Belt Conference matchups. The Bobcats start their season on the road against Incarnate Word in an exhibition match. The regular season kicks off at Lamar followed by the home opener two days later against Prairie View A&M. The Bobcats welcome the Houston Cougars to a home game Aug. 28. Last year, the Bobcats took a 2-0 win at Houston. The Bobcats took the first goal in the 39th minute of the first half from Lauren Prater, senior forward. The second goal was in the second half and

came in the 89th minute by former Bobcat Lynsey Curry. The Cougars played with a man down in the second half due to a red card. The Cougars are hungry for revenge. This is a game to watch. Starting off in September, the Bobcats are heading west for a match against New Mexico State and UTEP. The Bobcats will play the next four games at home, beginning Sept. 9 against Stephen F. Austin and two days later against Northwestern State. Texas State starts the Sun Belt Conference the weekend of Sept. 16 against Little Rock and Georgia State. The Bobcats took home comfortable wins against both teams last season. The team took a 2-1 win over Little Rock and a 4-1 win against Georgia State. The next three games in

the SBC will be on the road. On Oct. 2, Texas State takes on Coastal Carolina, the newest member of the SBC, at home. In the final games of the season, the Bobcats will travel to Alabama Oct. 14 to take on South Alabama and two days later, Troy. Texas State lost both games last season. The Bobcats took a loss against South Alabama 1-2. Against Troy, the Bobcats took another loss with a score of 1-4. Louisiana-Monroe heads to Bobcat territory Oct. 23 to play the last game of the season. This will also be the Bobcat’s Senior Day. The Sun Belt Tournament will take place November 2-6 in Foley, Alabama. Last season, the Bobcats lost in the first round 1-2 against Georgia State, a team Texas State beat 3-1 at home earlier in the season.

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The 2016 Women’s Soccer Schedule is as follows: Aug. 13, 2016 – at Incarnate Word Aug. 19, 2016 – at Lamar Aug. 21, 2016 – vs Prairie View A&M Aug. 26, 2016 – at McNeese State Aug. 28, 2016 – vs Houston Sept. 2, 2016 – at New Mexico State Sept. 4, 2016 – at UTEP Sept. 9, 2016 – vs Stephen F. Austin Sept. 11, 2016 – vs Northwestern State Sept. 16, 2016 – vs Little Rock* Sept. 18, 2016 – vs Georgia State* Sept. 23, 2016 – at Appalachian State* Sept. 25, 2016 – at Georgia Southern* Sept. 30, 2016 – at UL Lafayette* Oct. 2, 2016 – vs Coastal Carolina* Oct. 9, 2016 – vs Arkansas State* Oct. 14, 2016 – at South Alabama* Oct. 16, 2016 – at Troy* Oct. 23, 2016 – vs UL Monroe* Nov. 2-6, 2016 – at Sun Belt Tournament *Sun Belt Conference matchups

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