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Bobcats look to score in conference play By Matt Perry Sports Reporter @Matt_Sperry17 After back-to-back losses against two top-25 teams, the Bobcats aim to get back on track before conference play starts Oct. 8. With three conference games fast approaching, the Bobcats have to put the last two games out of their minds with a win against University of the Incarnate Word. Texas State’s first conference opponent will be Georgia State. Currently, the Panthers are sitting at 0-1 in conference play. However, the Panthers are 0-4 on the season. In the matchup last year between Texas State and Georgia State, the Panthers beat the Bobcats

41-19 at Bobcat Stadium. This would go on to be one of nine losses of the season for the Bobcats. The Bobcats’ second opponent on the twogame conference road trip is ULM o n r o e. T h e Warhawks are 0-1 i n conference play this season and a r e currently sitting 9th i n the Sun Belt standings. Last season, Texas State got


one of its three are 1-1 i n wins against the Warhawks, as the Bobcats limited UL-Monroe to a field goal in a 16-3 home win. After back-to-back conference games on the road, the Bobcats will return for their homecoming game against ULLafayette.

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214 East Hutchison St. sits vacant Sept. 30. Plans are being discussed by city council to renovate an area of downtown with public bathrooms, flower seating and feature the work of local artists. PHOTO BY DARYL ONTIVEROS | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

conference play, 2-3 overall,

and a r e currently tied for fourth in the Sun Belt standings. Last season, the Ragin’ Cajuns beat the Bobcats 49-27. In order for the Bobcats to succeed in the Sun Belt this year, Tyler Jones, By Bri Watkins Assistant News Editor @briwatkins17 To accommodate for the rapidly growing population, San Marcos may receive a mobility hub in the heart of downtown. A mobility hub is a place of connectivity among students, residents and employers with multimodal transportation. As downtown becomes more populated, the city is determined to create more space and greenery for citizens. The city has ownership of a 6,000 square foot lot on 214 E. Hutchinson, adjacent to Showdown. The land was purchased to incorporate more parking in the future, but the council is now looking at alternative

senior quarterback, has to be able to hand l e the pressure. The second and third game this season he was knocked around and didn’t get much going. In addition, the Bobcats’ offensive line has to do a better job of keeping the pass rushers back and giving Jones enough time to make a play. After winning the home game against University of the Incarnate Word, the Bobcats will be heading into conference play at 2-2, giving Texas State a motivation boost to go options for the site. Kevin Burke, economic and development projects coordinator, refers to the hub as a “pocket park” with potential elements such as drinking fountains, benches, shaded seating, vegetation and a defined space for bicycle parking. “The council would like to see some of everything in there,” Burke said. “The challenge is that it’s still only 6,000 square feet.” The hub may contain a space to integrate local artwork or murals. Christine Terrell, local resident and artist, said she would enjoy a green space in this area. “A lot of people talk about how the school and town don’t really communicate much,” Terrell said. “I really

to Georgia State and get a much-needed first win in conference play. Texas State plays eight conference games this season: four on the road and four at home. If the Bobcats want any shot at a bowl appearance this season, they have to have a winning record in conference. Last season, Texas State was 2-6 in conference play. The remaining eight conference games will test coach Everett Withers and the Bobcats to see how much they have improved from last year. They will also set a precedent of what is expected in the following years of Withers being head coach.

feel a space like this could be one of those sorts of spaces where students are downtown and they stop and hang there for a minute.” As San Marcos becomes more urbanized, providing enough parking can be an issue. This land was originally purchased to include 13 parking spots for residents. Parking will still be included, but adding features for the mobility hub may result in fewer spaces. Councilman Scott Gregson, Place 5, said he wants to accommodate parking for the downtown work force so merchants can prevent taking away parking space from customers. See, CITY , pg. 3.

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Samantha Martinez By Bailey Buckingham News Editor @bcbuckingham What began as a way to serve her fellow high school students started a path in politics that led her to becoming the 2016-17 Texas State Student Government Vice President. Samantha Martinez, political science junior and vice president, grew up in Lewisville where she served her 900 student class as Student Body President. This sparked her interest in politics, and after coming to Texas State that interest kept growing. With the goal of continuing

to serve fellow students, Martinez joined Freshman Council. “Each year has been a great learning opportunity for me to grow as a leader and expand my passion to better the campus community at Texas State University,” Martinez said. Martinez said representing the student body and being able to see the changes being made through Freshman Council and now Student Government is a valuable reward. The LBJ Student Center expansion referendum came through Student Government for approval, and Martinez helped

facilitate the piece and get it approved. Although she feels all legislation passed in Student Government is important, she feels this is the piece she is most proud to have been a part of. “We have so many great organizations that utilize the building everyday, and with the growth of the university, it was definitely time to make a decision to expand the facility in order to serve the needs of everyone,” Martinez said. Making all students have a better quality of life on campus is a priority for Martinez this year. She hopes to accomplish this by focusing

Samantha Martinez, student government vice president, poses for a photo Sept. 28. PHOTO BY TYLER DUMASTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

on campus safety, student involvement and preservation of campus’ landscape. “Andrew (Homann) and I have been working hard this year to reach the needs of students in all

aspects around the university and the city of San Marcos,” Martinez said. With her major Martinez hopes to learn more about how to better the lives of others through public service. While

she’s not sure if she wants to be a politician, she does know her time left at Texas State will be focused making Bobcats’ lives better.

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Former Aquarena Springs performer forms punk group By Stacee Collins Assistant Lifestyle Editor @stvceer Local band Attic Ted is set to tour across Eastern Europe in October. However, the inspiration behind the post-theatrical punk group started in San Marcos. Grady Roper, the brains behind Attic Ted, moved to San Marcos in 1990 and pursued an art degree at Southwest Texas State University. Roper’s first job was spent swimming with mermaids at the Aquarena Springs underwater theater. He would dress as an Indian, ride bicycles underwater and feed Ralph the pig with a bottle of milk. Although Roper wasn’t born and raised in San Marcos, he feels like he grew up here. “The people I met in town were such remarkable individuals and artists that inspired me to stay here for good,” Roper said. “I love this town so much. It’s so easygoing to live here.” Roper graduated in 1995 and became immersed in the local art scene. For the first five years after graduation, he focused on visual art and design. “The traditional capitalist American way of life is not what I was interested in pursuing,” Roper said. “I was able to keep from getting trapped in that, so art kept me in check.” In the late ‘90s, Roper

San Marcos native Grady Roper is known for his visual and musical talents as Attic Ted. Attic Ted will be performing Oct. 5, at Valentino’s on the square. PHOTO BY BRANDON VALENCIA | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

found a Hammond organ from the ‘50s and began making music on it. The instrument set the tone for his band, Attic Ted. While making Halloween masks in 2002, Roper realized he could tie a microphone to the inside so both of his hands could be used on the organ. With masks, Roper now performs as characters Attic Ted and Virginia Black. “It made so much more sense to be some other character because it was a lot more interesting,” Roper said. “It’s a lot more fun for me to be a character—being able to step out of myself.” The band started off as a full band with drums, guitar, trumpet and the organ. Over time, it shrunk down to just Roper due to enhancements

in audio technology. Roper now pre-records the Hammond organ on a loop machine and performs other instruments live. As a one-man band, Roper does vocals and plays clarinet, guitar and Csio. Attic Ted can be identified as musical theater instead of a genre, Roper said. “I call it weirdo, gothic carnival music,” Roper said. “But really, it’s more of performance art. It’s visual and interactive. It’s not just music or images. It’s all theater and post-modernism as this point—it’s an experience.” Attic Ted performs at various local venues, such as Wake the Dead Coffee House. Julie Balkman, Wake the Dead owner, said she

has hosted the band on numerous occasions. “Roper has yearly art exhibits at Wake the Dead, and often with the reception he will play his music, filling the house with kooky, carnival vibes,” Balkman said. “His performances are insane. One can’t help but jump up and dance to his performances.” Attic Ted frequently performed at Triple Crown when it was still in business. Eric Shaw, Triple Crown co-owner, said Roper played at the venue around 30 times. “I booked Attic Ted because it’s interesting and you never knew what to expect,” Shaw said. “Varying members, creepy masks and often the same songs would be different depending on the show and lineup.”

Shaw said Roper would design flyers for the shows and once created one that depicted a church group picketing outside the venue in protest. “When my partner called me and asked if I’d seen the flyer, I have to admit I was worried,” Shaw said. “This is Texas, and something like that might actually happen. However, it ended up being a great show and good memory.” Roper said house parties are his favorite place to perform. He has also played at Gold Crown, Kiva and Valentino’s. In addition, Attic Ted often performs at Austin venues. Roper said the band’s performances are like a conversation and he feeds off of the energy of the crowd. “Performing is so fun,”

Roper said. “To play for people you don’t know is really interesting. It’s so surreal to be in another city and getting to play shows. It’s an intimate cultural exchange.” Attic Ted will headline an Eastern European tour Oct. 14-25. Traveling from Berlin to Istanbul, Roper will perform solo. “It’s such a different experience,” Roper said. “When you play a show in Europe, they feed you dinner. It almost always comes with an apartment or a place to stay. The appreciation level is incomparable to playing at bars in the U.S.” Attic Ted is signed with Pecan Crazy Records, and just released a new album “Parade Dust Mischief,” which is available for purchase.

nity to spice up their bobcat pride with easy Do-ItYourself projects. Amp up your tailgating experience, outfit and accessories with these fun

and creative ideas.

stencils and fabric paint, or get one professionally printed. Matthew Gryder, marketing sophomore, took his creation to a new level by designing a shirt specifically for tailgating. “I designed a shirt and ordered Polo’s from a place in Dallas,” Gryder said. “Once I got those in I had to take them to be screen printed, and then created a Tilt so people could buy them.”


How to DIY this tailgate season Miranda Ferris Lifestyle Reporter @mirandajferris

Football season is back, and with it comes tailgating. Students show their

pride by wearing school colors to games; however, people have the opportu-

1. Decorated Cups By personalizing a cup, everyone will know which one is yours. This is a popular and easy DIY project. Many students decorate their cups with school-colored monograms, designs, sorority or fraternity letters and Texas State themed stickers. 2. Buttons Another way to incorporate personalized Texas State gear into tailgating attire is to create your own button. People can pin their buttons onto shirts or hats to show off school spirit. Ashley White, biology sophomore, pins a button onto her outfit for game day. “I wear a school button that says ADPI loves the Bobcats,” White said. 3. Dresses This project leaves room for creativity with styles and patterns. Most commonly, students will use a plain colored top that says Texas State or Bobcats, and sew it together with a printed bottom—such as chevron or polka dots.

Art supplies that come in handy when you make a DIY project. PHOTO BY CASSANDRIA ALVARADO | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

4. Personalized Shirts Students can start with a cheap Texas State tshirt and customize it in a variety of ways. One way is to cut strips of fringe into the bottom half of the shirt, or to make a homemade Vneck or a shirt that hangs off of the shoulder. Students can also create their own t-shirt with

5. Nail Art Students can spice up their hands by adding some glamor to their nails. Aside from plain, school-colored nails, you can add footballs, designs and words. From glitter accent nails, to the full-on spelling of Texas State on each nail, the possibilities are endless. Taylor Byrd, interdisciplinary studies junior, said she uses nail art to show off her school pride. “I like maroon with a gold glitter [accent] nail,” Byrd said. “I also try to do cute designs.” 6. Coolers Coolers are a popular tailgate item among students and alumni, which can spice up any parking lot party. It’s simple; all you need is a cooler and some school-colored paint. Coolers include names, fraternity letters, the American flag, the Texas State flag and bobcat pride.

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Theatre and Dance Department strives to incorporate diversity Vivian Medina Lifestyle Reporter @vivianjmedina The show must always go on for the Department of Theatre and Dance, even if it means having to deal with a lack of minority students in the program. In fall 2015, the Theatre and Dance Department produced the musical “Evita.” It follows the story of Argentinian’s first lady, Eva Perón. However, the part was given to white actress Michaela Bois-sonneault instead of a Latina woman. Robert Moore, “Evita” director, said he cast a white actor because there was a limited amount of peo-ple auditioning who racially fit the part. “It is true that we did not have a Latino actress audition who was qualified to play the role,” Moore said. “If a Latino actress had auditioned for the role and had she possessed the gifts that Boissonneault does, I would certainly have considered her for the part.” Moore said he was fo-

cused on an actresses’ ability to play the part rather than her ethnicity. “We chose to cast Boissonneault [because she] most possessed the charisma, professionalism, acting chops and vocal ability to pull off the challenging role of Eva,” Moore said. “In our circumstances, it would have been an injustice not to cast Michaela simply because of her differing heritage.” Kaitlin Hopkins, head of the musical theatre program, said cutting the show would have been unfair for the other actors. “The only Latina female in the program who could actually sing the part was Julia Estrada, but she was already cast in the lead of the Latino play ‘Marisol’ at the same time of ‘Evita,’”Hopkins said. According to Hopkins, ethnicity and diversity were present through the rest of the “Evita” cast. Julia Estrada, musical theatre senior, said limited minorities in musical theatre programs is an is-

The Performing Arts Center Sept. 30. The Theatre Department’s lack of diversity was questioned at this year’s Black and Latino Playwrights Conference. PHOTO BY DARYL ONTIVEROS | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

sue at many universities. “I think any program in the country would have trouble filling a cast entirely with Latinos,” Estrada said. “It’s a tricky show for any college program to put on.” Estrada said minority actors are hard to find in the theater profession because of the lack of funding for programs in low-income communities. “Theater is a luxury that a lot of people are not able to afford or have access to,” Estrada said. “I think that most of the

expected to have about 3,200 people living within a five-minute walk from downtown over the next 24 months. As a resident who lives downtown, he has noticed how downtown has changed over the years. “The character of our downtown is changing,” Gregson said. “With the many new people moving downtown, it is going to change the character of the kind of shopping

In 1,899 minutes, Texas State received the largest donation sum in its history after students, faculty and alumni came together for a day of giving. The first Step Up for State campaign raised $187,648 from 2,409 donors, which will be used to sup-port specific initiatives for 26 different projects from 15 colleges. The Texas State community came together for this online fundraising event on the morning of Sept. 21, lasting until the

dience that is diverse, so we are actively recruiting ethnici-ty, but so is every program in the country,” Hopkins said. “We are all competing for them.” Hopkins said five out of the six shows this fall have roles of ethnicity. “Sometimes we won’t have enough ethnic actors and that is okay,” Hopkins said. “However, we will never stop recruiting ethnicity and producing shows that have diverse content.”

we have [or] the density of the number of people. There will be more people on foot—more people on bikes.” The city had previously budgeted $85,000 for the parking lot project, but adding more features will exceed that amount. Council directed staff to set up an array of options to determine what will best suit the community’s needs and prepare for the future.

Texas State makes donation record By JeriLynn Thorpe Senior News Reporter @jerilynnthorpe

“The Black and Latino Playwrights Conference really exposed me to the type of work that I am going to be doing in the future, and it’s really cool to find different materials that cater towards my wheel-house as an artist,” Toomer said. Hopkins only accepts 14 actors into the musical theatre program each year. A total of five African-American actors were invited into the program last year, but only two made the cut. “We are producing shows that cater to an au-


CITY, from front. “Let’s make certain that we just don’t abandon the efforts for our merchants downtown by not providing them some additional parking,” Gregson said. Parking can become complex as more people converge to the downtown area, but Burke said the city will come up with strategies to address those issues. With a population that is rapidly growing, Gregson said the city is

areas that have striving theatre departments are primarily in white, upperclass neigh-borhoods.” Department officials make it their mission to accept nonwhite students in the programs so they are able to produce shows with diverse content, according to Hopkins. The Black and Latino Playwrights Conference is held every year through the department. Benjamin Toomer, musical theatre sophomore, said being a minority in the department does not affect him.

afternoon of Sept. 22. “We saw a tremendous success in it being our first ‘day of giving’ campaign at the university,” said Andrew Henley, coordinator of the annual giving. “It really blew us out of the water—the amount of support we got from the Bobcat community as a whole.” Henley said the idea came into creation after seeing many other universities across the nation partici-pating in a day of giving. The department then decided the time frame for giving would be exactly 1,899 minutes, which signifies the year

Texas State was founded. After reaching out to the deans of all the colleges, priority projects were proposed. “The funds that people supported were very unique. Any member of the community would be able to find something that they could back,” Henley said. The College of Fine Arts and Communication saw the most support, raising nearly $60,000 by 859 donors. John Fleming, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, said the Jeremy Torres Memorial Scholarship, which is

Ari Amador, international business sophomore, viewing the contributions made to the university on the “Step Up For State” website. Over $187,000 was raised in over 24 hours through the virtual campaign. PHOTO BY JOSHUA CASTELLANO | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

meant to remember the legacy of Professor Torres, was a particularly special project that gained the most in donors and funds out of all of the projects across the board. “Our main goal was to win the total number of donors, and then I also threw in that if we also won the total number of dollar amount, I would be doing the graduation river jump this December,” Fleming said. Fleming said the majority of donations came from students who were currently paying for school, or alumni who are still paying off stu-

dent loans. Kim Gannon, executive director of the Alumni Associa-tion, said this was the most notable impact. “I think the dollars raised are definitely beneficial, but I think what’s really heartwarming about the whole Step Up for State effort is the number of people who participated,” Gannon said. “Having that many people, giving any dollar amount whatsoever, really speaks to the pride that they have for their alma mater.” The Alumni Association ran a special membership rate of $18.99

instead of the usual $50, and saw the most increase in membership in one day than they ever had. With 471 new members, the associa-tion will use the majority of their membership dollars to support student scholarships. With the success of coming together as Bobcats, Henley said the day of giving exceeded their expec-tations and they are planning to continue the campaign annually.


Bringing Democracy to Texas State By Andrew Turner News Reporter The Discourse in Democracy series was initiated by Dr. Kenneth Grasso, political science professor, with the goal to get students more politically involved. The program, organized by the Political Science Department, brings guest speakers to Texas

State from across world. The first of these events took place Sept. 15 when Dr. William E. Forbath from the University of Texas School of Law was invited to give a speech on anti-oligarchy persuasion in the U.S. Constitution. Students had the opportunity to have a oneon-one with Dr. Forbath and seminar discussions

with him to talk about ideas. “We really think this a great opportunity for students to get involved and get to meet political experts,” said Dr. Don Inbody, political science senior lecturer. Students enjoy the personal setting these events create and find it engaging. It gives students and faculty the chance to get

close and personal with these political figures. It allows room to delve deeper into topics and ideas, as well as make personal connections with some of the guests. “These events seem especially pertinent given the upcoming election and the public’s increased interest in politics,” says Dr. Inbody. “It is an especially valuable oppor-

tunity for students of all majors and backgrounds to increase their political understanding.” The next guest scheduled is Texas State alumna and U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos based in Corpus Christi who recently ruled on Texas Voter ID Laws. This can be especially important to students who want to pursue a career in

law or politics and want an inside perspective. She will be talking about the American Judiciary from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Oct. 11 in Alkek’s teaching theater. Election season or not, Discourse in Democracy offers students a yearround look into the political realm which can help prepare and educate them to be informed voters and citizens.

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Your Opinion Matters, What is your opinion of the “creepy clowns” in San Marcos and across the states? “I think they should be more cautious the further south that they go, because the further south they come, the closer to being shot are they.” -Sydney Sivy, communication studies sophomore “It’s so creepy, but it would be cool to actually see one on Halloween. I just think people are trying to scare everyone, but if they hurt anyone then it all depends.” -Jordan Davis, health information management junior “They freak me out, oh my goodness, I don’t care, they need to stop.” -Michael Kramm, art sophomore Sydney Sivy, communication studies sophomore. PHOTO BY HOLLY WALLNER | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

What do you think of the BLM sit in that happened at the UH game? “I disagree with the protest because standing up for the flag is a way to honor those people who have sacrificed their lives, its not for making a protest. Not standing is not honoring, its disrespectful.” -Matthew Hill, construction science and management freshman “I find it to be agreeable, I was part of the protest. We’re not trying to discredit anyone, all we’re trying to do is have a voice and help raise awareness to the injustice in the nation. There is a problem that needs to be solved in the society and all we’re trying to do is draw attention to the problem.” -Jordan Davis, health information management junior “It’s a hard topic to speak on because the movement itself is great for sure, but at some point it started only focusing on African Americans. What it should be promoting is all lives matter, because it is raising awareness but it would be better if it was about all races, instead of just one.” -Joy Davis, anthropology sophomore

Joy Davis, anthropology sophomore. PHOTO BY HOLLY WALLNER | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

How do you feel about the new HEB being constructed by the river? “I think its great, everyone should have access to good food, and the more the merrier.” -Michael Kramm, art sophomore


“I honestly think it’s dumb, we don’t need another HE--B in San Marcos. While I don’t really care for Walmart either, at least Walmart has a better selection than HEB does.” -Joy Davis, anthropology sophomore Michael Kramm, art sophomore. PHOTO BY HOLLY WALLNER | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


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Witches of San Marcos By Denise Cervantes Lifestyle Editor @cervantesdenise Throughout the years, folklore sightings of a witch mother and daughter duo haunting the San Marcos River have been seen. Genevieve Gery and daughter Isabelle have been named the witches of San Marcos. Their graves lay between old Hays county jail and Eddie Durham, according to local lore. Genevieve Gery, the supposed daughter of French colonist Ronald J. Gery traveled with her father in the late 1600’s alongside settlers Rene-Robert Cavelier and Sieur de La Salle to establish a trading port in Fort Saint Louis. Fort Saint Louis disappeared similar to the lost colony of North Carolina. The only survivors found by Spanish explorer Alonso De Leon were Genevieve and her father, according to thesanmarcoswitchsociety. Their new mission alongside De Leon and his men became to protect France monks but were raided by natives and fled to San Marcos, according to thesanmarcoswitchsociety. Isabelle Gery’s birth took place during their time in San Marcos, according to the catholic church documentation.

Men from the mission were rumored to rape Genevive Gery during her time in San Marcos, leaving the question of Isabelle’s father unanswered. Satan has been thought to be the father of Isabelle Gery as well, according to San Marcos Area Paranormal Society. The Gery’s were labeled as Satan worshippers by the catholic church and were hung and stripped naked, according to Franciscan Friar Juan-Philip Xavier de Ortiz. The Gery’s pleaded for their innocence through trail. Findings of Genevieve Gery and Isabelle Gery at the San Marcos river have been reported through the years, according to the San Marcos Area Paranormal Society.

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Ahyana Riley, communication design sophomore, stops in the Quad for a photo while walking to class Sept. 28.

James Berryhill, exploratory professional sophomore, said his outfit inspirations come from the trends he follows. “I follow a lot of street style and rappers to get my outfit ideas,” Berryhill said. “I also like to look at a lot of unknown place(s) and people such as ‘hood by air.’” Berryhill is a men’s fashion Instagram user by name of @ Exxalt.

Ahyana Riley, communication design sophomore, said she turns to social media to help with her fashion personality. “I don’t really follow trends. Usually I like to just scroll on Tumblr to find outfit inspiration,” Riley said. “Fall is my favorite season, so I always try to go for things that are fall-ish. Especially denim—it is always something I am interested in.”

James Thompson, graduate student professor, stops while on his way to class Sept. 28.

James Thompson, professor and agriculture graduate student, said this season makes him excited to wear fall attire. “Since the temperature is dropping, I (can) finally wear my favorite boots,” Thompson said Thompson said he isn’t a trend follower, but likes to make different outfits from his existing wardrobe. “I used to follow fashion trends a lot, but now I am more economical,” Thompson said. “I like to mix and match whatever that’s in my closet, and it is nice to know a good tailor that could make ‘something old’ new.”

Jonette Bilbao, biochemistry freshman, said she likes to stay true to herself when dressing for school. “I construct my outfits through my mood. Usually I will wear dark colors, but today I was feeling a band tee and printed pants,” Bilbao said. “I like to rebel against trends, because I feel like my style is really individual.”

Jonette Bilbao, Bio Chem freshman, enjoys the cool weather while walking to class Sept. 28.

By Trista Castillo Lifestyle Reporter @tristaaaaa The Quad had some fashionable Bobcats this week. Five students were selected for showing unique personality through their clothes. Whether these Bobcats follow trends or not, their fashion personalities popped this week. Stay tuned for more Quad Fashion finds. Christina Vance, biology sophomore, poses for a picture on her way to class Sept 28.

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Christina Vance, biology sophomore, said she likes being prepared for the transition into fall. “I had like 15 minutes to get ready today,” Vance said. “My outfit is purposely in between too hot and too cold, so if it gets hot I can take my cardigan off, and if it’s too cold, I (can) put it back on.”

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Donald Trump: rewarded for harmful rhetoric towards women

Most of us can remember a few people we’ve encountered by the hateful rhetoric they used because it resonated. Women all over the United States are experiencing derogatory comments but, instead of from an acquaintance—it’s our potential next president. With no remorse, no penalties and an obvious lack of empathy, Trump has become the Republican nominee despite using misogynistic rhetoric towards women. It seems our could-be president hasn’t learned by the year 2016 that commenting on women’s looks and disregarding their talents

is frowned upon. But, the bigger issue here isn’t Trump’s verbiage, it’s the fact that people are willing to overlook it without holding him accountable. The list of degrading commentary is extensive, but Trump continues to rise in the polls. “26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military— only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together?” Trump said in a tweet on May 3, 2013. This not only does a disservice to women, but it should be alarming for men as well. Does our

future commander-inchief believe that men and women cannot work together without a sexual assault occurring? That doesn’t put much faith into the people he supposedly wants to lead and it doesn’t even begin to address the epidemic of sexual assault in this country. Trump publicly telling the world on The View in 2006 he would probably be dating his daughter if she weren’t, in fact, his daughter. Trump consistently mocks women for their looks and implies they have no place in the business world. Is this the kind of message you want the women in our country,

especially our daughters, hearing? “The look obviously matters,” Trump said to a female reporter for Last Week Tonight. “Like you wouldn’t have your job if you weren’t beautiful.” No woman should feel her worth comes from her looks. Trump continues to turn the conversation away from the policies and plans because the media has to cover the chauvinistic behavior he repeatedly displays. No matter what side you align with, this year is supposed to be a monumental election. Instead of taking a step

forward for feminism, we’re taking giant leaps backwards by not standing up against Trump’s speech toward women. Regardless of his policies and plans to make America great again, his speech towards women will not be great for anyone. It’s time for the public to take a stand against repeating history and hold Trump accountable for his harmful rhetoric. This isn’t an attack on just Trump. This issue stems from people letting this kind of language permeate their homes. It is unacceptable as a professional and it is not the behavior a potential president should display or

be allowed to display. This election is about a lot more than policy. In the eyes of many, it is a fight against sexism. It is a fight against discrimination. We have an opportunity before us to say no to men who think they can continue to degrade women and get away with it. If you love the women in your life, you won’t sit by silently while our integrity, confidence and worth are chopped down by an insecure man, candidate or not.

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Donald Trump’s promotion of rape culture in the military is unacceptable Bridgett Reneau Opinions Columnist @bridgelynnn Donald Trump has proven, once again, he is a shameless sexist who has no ability to think critically about realworld problems. Trump defended a tweet he posted three years ago after the Pentagon released data proving sexual assault in the military is on the rise. The tweet stated: “26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military—only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together?” The tweet resurfaced during NBC News’ Commander-in-Chief Forum when moderator Matt Lauer questioned Trump about the tweet. This was a clear opportunity for any sane person to attempt redemption, by utilizing the only salvageable part of the tweet: most sexual assaults in the military go

unreported, just as many sexual assaults in the real world do. It is an appalling problem, one that should be addressed and resolved. Trump’s colossal ego is bigger than his brain, and it did not cross his mind to rectify the situation. The man could not let it go. “It is a correct tweet,” Trump stated matter-offactly. “There are many people who think that’s absolutely correct,” Trump said to support his misogynistic viewpoint. When Lauer asked Trump if he truly believed “the only way to end sexual assault in the military is to kick women out,” Trump attempted to backtrack. “No, not to take them out, but something has to happen,” Trump said. What this “something” might be is up for question, but Trump continued his efforts to dig a way out of the social media blunder. “Right now part of

the problem is nobody gets prosecuted,” Trump said.“When you have somebody that does something so evil, so bad as that, there has to be consequences for that person. You have to go after that person. Right now, nobody’s doing anything. Look at the small number of results. I mean, that’s part of the problem.” The lack of administrative action is an issue, but the real, gargantuan problem is sexual assault itself. The patriarchal attitude men like Donald Trump display about the issue of sexual assault is part of the problem. The presence of women should not dictate the actions of men. The notion of blaming women for sexual assault is ludicrous, but it is important to remember women are not the only ones sexually assaulted in the military—or in everyday society. Because men report sexual assault in fewer


numbers than women, the data is skewed when examined. The Government Accountability Report examined sexual assault in the military and found, “at most 13 percent of males reported their assaults, whereas at least 40 percent of females reported.” Clearly, the problem is not the presence of women in the armed forces. A woman in attendance does not in any way suggest sexual assault is an option. Morally it is not, and according to the facts, it does not. Sexual assault in the military would still be problematic if women were not involved. So the issue at hand becomes our nation’s attitude regarding rape. Why do we continue to blame the victim? Why do we attempt to sugarcoat the abominable and barbaric act? Trump is unsuitable for any leadership position because he personifies this lack of responsibility. According to his campaign,


Trump is a figurehead representing what “many people” really think, and that is why he is a danger to both men and women. There are 214,098 brave women serving in the military and 1,853,690 female veterans. The suggestion that the presence of these women in the armed forces is anything less

than an incredible sacrifice made for our country is atrocious. To have the idea implied by someone aspiring to be the leader of our nation is a disgrace to what America stands for. - Bridgett Reneau is a psychology junior


You do not need a college degree to change the world By Mikala Everett Opinions Editor @mikala_maquella


Following trends is not trendy By Sterling Wilmer Opinions Columnist @nycbornnraised People believe they are setting trends, but in reality they are only following them. Pop culture junkies around the world—and on campus—are raving over subpar fashion trends. It seems every Jack and Jill is rocking dad hats with 6-god embroidered on the front and bomber jackets in every color of the rainbow. The trend-following population is more concerned with looking like the inside of a Skittles bag, when it should be trying to comprehend the messages the fashion industry is sending consumers about being trendy. When ads showcase designer clothes, they are usually followed by big, bold text reading “be an individual.” Those words are then trailed by smaller words urging consumers to “get this exact look.” People no longer buy clothes to reflect themselves. Eager consumers often see the same looks worn by the same stars, which are then cheaply replicated and

worn by the general public. Because of this, people come to the conclusion a look is true style simply because it is trendy. Do not let the excitement of style replication fool you—there is nothing new under the sun. All the trends that are in right now have been trends before, and will be trends later. Converse sneakers were cool in the ‘90s, bellbottoms were hip in the ‘60s and bodysuits were all the rage in the ‘70s—yet they are also in now. When you follow crazes, you become lumped with the Kim Kardashian followers, Kylie Jenner groupies and the Urban Outfitter fiends. The everyday fashion guru believes they are individualistic with their trendy and common “personal style.” Congratulations, you have managed to become a collective of similar individuals. The Oxford Dictionary defines trends as “a general direction in which something is developing or changing.” The trend of following trends steadily increases while using artistic capability and personal style to put together unique

outfits continues to stagnate. Being a trendsetter used to imply someone was going against the grain and wearing what made them feel good. Fashion was about creating art through clothing and allowing individuals to become walking works of art. Now, a trendsetter is someone who wears the same outfits as everyone else, but happens to have 1 million followers on Instagram. It is a shame young adults are incapable of picking out an outfit without looking on Pinterest, Tumblr or in a magazine for an exact look. If people no longer looked to Instagram for fashion inspiration, they would be forced to pick out an outfit tailored to their personality and feelings—not what society has projected every tiresome fashion season. Do not conform to every trend that blows in on the breeze. Pick pieces because you love them and they make you feel unique—be a true individual.

College is a tool to discover interests and help students decide what career path they would like to take in life. However, it is not necessary to pledge your soul to student loans to find out you want to spend the rest of your life playing hackysack or building computers. When many 18-year-olds near high school graduation, they are faced with the daunting task of deciding what they want to do for the rest of their lives, and may have no idea. Subject to pressure from parents and high school guidance counselors, around 20.5 million students will decide to go to college. America’s pre-collegiate education system is faulty at best. Standardized tests teach students how to test well, but not how to apply knowledge to the world around them. American colleges and universities seem to be following a similar pattern. Students are required to take either one or two standardized tests before they even enter college. The SAT and ACT “determine” if a student is fit for university—never mind students who are brilliant,

but not when it comes to taking tests. Instead of focusing on creating wellrounded and educated individuals who can reinvent the work industry, students are focused on making the grades. Some young adults enter their freshman year of college unsure of what corporate hell they would like to submit to for the rest of their lives, and continue to not know all the way up to graduation. The original intent of secondary-education was to provide an opportunity to see the world creatively and imaginatively. When students aren’t learning, they have no reason to be in school—especially when paying thousands of dollars for lessons they do not care about. Throughout a student’s career, the importance of obtaining a college degree is emphasized. People would have you believe the only way to be successful is by sticking it out through four, six or even ten years of schooling to find a job. Yet, the lack of jobs upon graduation sends you back home with Mom and Dad. You do not have to go to college to learn about the world around you. You do not have to go to college to make an impact or to get a job. You are not promised

a job with a college degree, and you are not promised a job without one. Sure, you will most likely have an entry-level position in a lovely cubicle at some office park if you get a degree, but not everyone wants to live that aweinspiring lifestyle. Not to imply that you will become the next millionaire if you drop out of school, but take a look at the vastly successful people who either dropped out of college or did not attend: Oprah Winfrey reinvented the media industry after she dropped out of Tennessee State University. Bill Gates revolutionized the computer industry after leaving Harvard. Steve Jobs became responsible for a tidal wave of life-changing technology after spending one semester at Reed College. College is not for everyone, and that is exactly how it should be. The world is filled with vastly different people who can fill a variety of niches and services. Do not succumb to the pressure of getting a degree if you do not want one. If you do not love what you are learning in school, it may be time to ask yourself: “Is this what I really want?” -Mikala Everett is a mass communications junior

-Sterling Wilmer is a psychology junior


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Tuesday, October 3, 2016 | 7 Autumn Anderson, Sports Editor @aaautumn_ @universitystar


She’s the Man By Kier Rouse Sports reporter @KierRouse To most people, the thought of a female hockey player is still a relatively new concept to grasp. In fact, seeing any woman playing a male dominated sport on a collegiate or professional level is still seen as taboo to some. Despite social norms, Kelsi Byrd, sophomore goalie, has not let a few head turns and looks from strangers affect her love for ice hockey. What most don’t know, is that Texas State University has its own ice hockey team, and in addition, it’s very first female ice hockey goalie. The Texas State ice hockey team was first organized in 2011. Since then the boys have made a name for themselves not just on our own Texas State campus, but on other campuses as well. Byrd first saw Texas State last season when they played University of Texas El Paso in her hometown. “I thought Texas State would be a really cool place to go to school,” says Byrd. “So I talked to the coach while he was in El Paso.” Byrd asked about earning a spot on the team if she tried out.

“He said, ‘as long as you’re good enough to play, I don’t see a problem with a girl being on the team.’” With that said, joining the team is just what Byrd set out to do. She describes the start of her hockey career beginning as early as age five. “I grew up in El Paso so hockey wasn’t a big program there,” Byrd said. Byrd’s friend played hockey and encouraged Byrd and her sister to do the same. Byrd spent most of her time skating around the ice as she watched her sister play alongside her friend. It wasn’t until the hockey coach caught wind of the young skater that her hockey career really began. “I was skating around the ice when the coach approached me and asked if I wanted to try to play as well,” Byrd said, “Naturally, as a five year old I said sure, why not?” She continued her hockey career throughout high school, playing in many leagues and traveling regularly to New Mexico for games. She accomplished many personal goals for herself throughout her high school years, including

Photo courtesy of the Texas State club hockey team.

being the only woman chosen for the leagues All-Star game her senior year. “I decided to go to Texas State because of its aquatic biology program,” describes Byrd. “It was around that time I found out about the hockey team at Texas State, so that ended up being a major factor in my decision as well.” Byrd entered Texas State as a sophomore and didn’t hesitate trying out for the hockey team once


The Texas State softball team had a historic 2016 season, and hopes to achieve that again this year. The Bobcats played the Longhorns twice in the 2016 season. In the first match off, the Bobcats beat the Longhorns 9-5 at home. In the second match, Texas took the close win 3-2 in Austin. Texas State is the team to watch in the 2016-17 season due to last year’s success. The team was 40-22 overall, and 15-9 in the conference. Toward the end of the season, the team was placed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament for the first time since 2014 with a runner-up finish. Texas State played five games in the 2016 championship, and played No.1 Louisiana-Lafayette twice. In the opening round against Troy, Texas State took a 3-2 win over the Trojans. In the second round, the Bobcats faced South Alabama and took a 5-0 sweep in the match. In the first game against the Ragin’ Cajuns, the Bobcats fell short and lost 9-7. However, they were still allowed to go on into the elimination round against Georgia State. Texas State beat the Panthers 9-1, staying strong to go into the championship game against the Ragin’ Cajuns. In the final, the Bobcats were unsuccessful in their quest for the Sun Belt Conference title.

Byrd’s teammates have been supportive and welcoming since she made her debut on the team. Connor Roche, sophomore center, sees Byrd bringing a positive impact to the team this season. “I think she will get our defense more motivated to play harder when she is in the net,” Roche said. “[Byrd] works hard and does everything we do,” said Matthew Hill, freshman defender. “She is a part of the team.”

Since joining Texas State hockey, Byrd has been treated like one of the guys and she wouldn’t have it any other way. “I feel like I can give them all I have,” Byrd said. “I will always give them my best and I expect them to give me their best as well as the season progresses.”


A recap of the historic 2016 softball season By Lisette Lopez Assistant Sports Editor @Lisette_1023

she got to San Marcos, earning her spot on the team as goalie. Just because Byrd is a woman, doesn’t mean she can’t hang with the guys. She has enjoyed getting to know her teammates these past few weeks. “I have always played men’s hockey,” Byrd said. “I don’t mind being treated like one of the guys, because when I’m up against other teams in the league I know they aren’t going to take it easy on me.”

Louisiana-Lafayette beat the Bobcats 12-0 in the final match of the tournament. Along with a historic season play, the team made it to the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional for the first time since 2012. The Bobcats made it to round three before being eliminated. The team played California in the first round, losing 1-0. In the second game against Samford, Texas State beat the Bulldogs 2-0. Winning that game pushed them on to the third round. Texas State was up against California again, where the Bears took a 4-3 win and eliminated the Bobcats from the tournament. At the beginning of the season, the Bobcats were off to a solid start. Texas State dominated in three of the four tournaments during preseason. In the Century Link Classic, Texas State beat Oklahoma State, Depaul and Abilene Christian twice in the tournament. Out of six games played, the team lost one against Northwestern State. In the Louisiana Tech Spring Tournament, Texas State won four out of the five games played. They beat Houston Baptist, Mississippi Valley State, Abilene Christian and Belmont. In the last tournament of the season, the Bobcats won all five games in the USF-Under Armour Invitational. They beat Purdue, South Florida, Penn, Detroit and IPFW. The Bobcats swept three series in the Sun Belt Conference. In the game series

against South Alabama, Texas State took all three wins. They beat the Jaguars 3-1, 3-0 and 1-0 in the conference. The Bobcats took huge leads over Appalachian State with 12-0, 5-2 and 14-5 wins in the conference series. The last sweep of the conference and the final series of the season was against UT-Arlington. Texas State took 2-0, 6-3 and 8-0 wins in the last game of the season. Two of the three sweeps happened at home, where the Bobcats had a 16-6 home record in the season. Along with Texas State having a standout season, so did junior pitcher Randi Rupp. The starting pitcher finished the season with a 30-14 record and 335 strikeouts, which put her second in the NCAA. She also became the second pitcher in school history to reach 30 wins in a season. The 2016-17 softball season is right around the corner, with the fall schedule already released. The Bobcats will get things started in Spring at noon Oct. 8 against Houston and at 4 p.m. against West Texas A&M. There will be six home games this fall, starting Oct. 15 with Texas A&M International at 10 a.m. and Howard College at 3 p.m. Texas State will play against Texas at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in Austin. With a historic season behind them, there is no telling what the Bobcats are capable of achieving this upcoming year.

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