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Matt Schultz, vocalist of Cage the Elephant, performs Oct. 8 at Austin City Limits Music Festival. The band performed at ACL both weekends this year. PHOTO BY LARA DIETRICH | MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

By Bailey Buckingham News Editor @bcbuckingham An idea that stemmed from a weekly, musical television program has turned into one of the biggest music festivals in the country. Austin City Limits Festival began in 2002, but the concept grew out of the ACL television series that began in 1975. The TV show has hosted several of the biggest names in music across the entire genre spectrum such as the Eagles and The Weeknd. ACL veterans can remember a time when the festival was one weekend in the Fall and hosted several thousand native Texans as bands from all over the world serenaded them with a variety of

genres. The company that hosts the popular gathering, C-3, also puts on Lollapalooza in Chicago so the company backs its already legitimized credibility with a unforgettable show year after year. Lindsey Carmichael, first time ACL attendee and Louisiana native, said she has always wanted to attend the festival but the price and growing number of people kept her away. “Honestly, it has always been something I’ve wanted to do but every year there seems to be thousands more people and the price goes up,” Carmichael said. “I only came this year because I got the wristband as a gift. The crowd has been pretty intimidating but everyone has been so nice, it’s not what I’m


used to at festivals.” Leah Cromwell, Texas State alumna and ACL veteran, said she continues to come back to ACL because there are better acts as the years go by. “I am surprised every year when the lineup comes out,” Cromwell said. “I remember being young and coming to ACL when it was more of a local Austin thing but now that it is known around the world I have the opportunity to see great artists and come together with such a variety of my friends.” This year marked the 15th anniversary for ACL. The spectrum of artists ranged from rapper Kendrick Lamar to Texas legend Willie Nelson. Whether dancing in the field with your significant other or jumping to the

hard bass of DJs, every age group was able to find a place where they felt in sync. In 2012, Austin’s city council unanimously approved the expansion of one weekend to two. This changed the game for the history of ACL. The humble beginnings of a weekly PBS program quickly transformed into a mega-force. In its beginning stages thousands of people gathered to celebrate their love for music. No one could have imagined the number of people the festival brings in today. Both weekends of ACL continuously sell out, drawing in crowds of approximately 75,000 people each weekend. From its start, ACL has brought a diverse crowd of age, race and sex.

“Yeah, of course it keeps growing and sometimes that is sad for us veterans but, how could you be upset about some-thing like this?” Cromwell said. “I’m proud of my city for hosting such an incredible festival. I don’t have to fly to Cali-fornia or New York to see some of the best artists in the world.” ACL continues to surprise its patrons with the artists, layout of the festival and the continual innovations they bring to the table ever year. One innovation that attendees are thankful for is the cashless option. Once you have received your wristband pass, you can register online with your credit or debit card so you can leave your wallet at home and your pass becomes your source of

money. Julie Stevenson, ACL veteran and mom of three, said she is thankful for Austin Kiddie Limits, which is a special section of the festival designed for children. “My husband and I have come every year for as long as I can remember and now that my kids are a little older it is so in-credibly convenient to have something like the kiddie area for them to have just as much (fun) as we do,” Stevens said. As the years have gone by the popularity of ACL continues to increase but a few things are for sure, the good vibes, quality of artists and overall peaceful atmosphere of the festival remains the same.


Kygo stole the City and Colour woos ACL with serenading voice show at ACL By Bailey Buckingham News Editor @bcbuckingham One of the biggest crowds at Austin City Limits Festival joined forces to rock in sync to the hard bass and sweet melodies of Kygo Saturday night. An hour before Kygo was set to go on, fans were impatiently waiting for the man they came to see. “One of the main reasons I even came to both weekends of ACL was to see Kygo,” said Michael Yanez, ACL veteran. “He was incredible [at] weekend one, but totally blew me away tonight.” The sun was already down, but Kygo lit up the

sky with his music and stage presence. As one of his most popular songs started playing, it was as if the thousands of bodies watching him froze in time. “We light up the world,” came out of every individual’s mouth as Kygo played his hit “Firestone.” A sense of community fell over the masses as his last song, “Stole the Show,” began to play. Strangers, friends and families were holding hands swaying to the music. Kygo exceeded the expectations of fans and transformed new listeners into life-long proponents of his craft.

By Bailey Buckingham News Editor @bcbuckingham In the heat of the day, the sun pointing directly at the thousands watching City and Colour, no one noticed anything but the angelic voice of front man Dallas Green. The crowd was transfixed with Green’s melodic, self-written love ballads. The start of the show marked the temperature’s peak for the day but the crowd seemed unfazed as Green sang for the audience. While some songs were fit for romantic dances with your partner, others made the crowd get up

on their feet and dance. From child to elderly, the entire crowd found something they could enjoy with Green’s music. Whether it was his sweet music or his tatted up, nonchalant attitude, he was a man for any decade. As sweat dripped down thousands of foreheads and Green began his last song, it was as if time and heat had stopped altogether. The motion of the crowd synchronized into one sea of hands flowing together. Green’s lyrics, band and vocals made you close your eyes and feel at home. Dallas Green of City and Colour performs Oct. 8 at ACl Music Festival PHOTO BY LARA DIETRICH | MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

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Controversial Confederate marker moved without a sound


Texas State student’s art gains popularity within rap culture By Miranda Ferris Lifestyle Reporter @mirandajferris

The Jefferson Davis monument, previously located on campus, has been moved by Texas State. The roadside marker has been moved to land dedicated to the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Hunter. PHOTO BY LARISA RODRIGUEZ | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

By JeriLynn Thorpe Senior News Reporter @jerilynnthorpe The highly debated highway marker honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis was silently relocated off campus Sept. 30. The removal comes after a year of public uproar from students and faculty who saw the Confederate remnant as offensive. The marker was moved onto land donated to the Texas Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Hunter, but without announcement. Now Texas State faculty and students are left wondering why they had to find out through third parties. Dr. Susan Weill, faculty senate liaison from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, motioned for the marker to be relocated last September. “As a person who initiated this to the faculty senate, it took me off guard to find out that I wasn’t informed that it was relocated,” Weill said. Student organizations also contributed to the removal of the historical marker, namely the PanAfrican Action Committee and San Marcos Socialist Collective. Tafari Robertson, founder of

the PAAC, was also left in the dark when the marker was finally relocated. “That’s what was really confusing about it, because last semester we brought a lot more attention to it,” Robertson said. “It was kind of a general consensus on our side that the university really just wanted to get rid of it quietly.” The monument was initially placed in its former location by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in the 1930s. In subsequent years, Texas State acquired the property and the monument came with it, but it was upheld by the Texas Department of Transportation right-of-way. “This wasn’t Texas State University’s monument,” said Jayme Blaschke, director of the office of media relations. “The university’s position was that this marker was not appropriate for the campus, and the most effective and judicious way to getting it relocated from the campus, was the way it was done.” Blaschke said the relocation of the marker was funded by the university’s discretionary funds, which cost approximately $1,700. Eric Algoe, vice president for finance and support services, said the

process took much longer than anticipated. When the faculty senate voted last September in favor of relocating the marker, many months of conversation followed between the university, TxDOT and Daughters of the Confederacy. Algoe said the organization wanted the marker moved onto property they owned, as to keep the history visible, while also protecting the marker from the defacement it experienced a year ago on campus. The vandalism of the marker came after the widespread discussions across campus regarding the marker. Weill said she figured the campus was split on whether the marker should stay or go. “I think that the descendants of slaves and people who just are African American, felt like that monument was rubbing that in their faces,” Weill said. “But it is a historical document and a lot of people do believe in it in a different way than I do.” President Trauth said the university and the Texas Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy are pleased the relocation of the marker serves the interests of Texas State and the organization.

Opportunity struck a Texas State student after his self-promoted art gained popularity within local and national rap culture. Kristopher Tondre, electronic media senior, started drawing at a young age. With time and practice, Tondre discovered which styles, subjects and mediums he preferred. Now, he creates his unique art with markers—usually a Crayola variety pack. His style reflects Japanese aesthetics. Tondre credits most of his artistic success to North Carolina rapper Deniro Farrar, who showed him the potential he had as an artist. It all started when Tondre created a small thumbnail and tagged Farrar in the post on Instagram. When Farrar saw the post, he commented on the photo and reposted it to his own Instagram account. “I would not be doing this if it wasn’t for him,” Tondre said. Farrar was instantly attracted to Tondre’s creative style. “I just felt connected to his art,” Farrar said. “It was the unique element of it. I could feel the passion.” Over the past three years, Tondre has created family portraits for Farrar. He also designed album art pieces for Farrar’s “Mind of a Gemini” EP. Tondre creates Snapchat geofilters for all of Farrar’s tours and performances. “We have a pretty set layout for it,” Farrar said. “With the Cult

Rap movement that I have, I have everyone doing prayer hands in the crowd, so he’ll make a geofilter of me with a big crowd with their hands up behind me.” As his popularity increased throughout rap culture, opportunities continued to fall into Tondre’s lap. He discovered San Antonio rapper Milli Mars when he was a high school senior, and has been a fan ever since. Tondre wanted to do something significant for Mars. “I thought, maybe if I make him a picture, I can talk to him and meet up with him,” Tondre said. “And that’s exactly what happened.” Mars, who speaks highly of Tondre in terms of talent and friendship, appreciates everything he has done for him. “I met him at a show,”

Mars said. “He came as a fan, but ended up becoming a friend—like family.” Since then, Tondre has made multiple cover art pieces for Mars’ singles. “He’s a very unique artist,” Mars said. “Whenever we’ve given him a single, he’s done exactly what we ask, which helps bring the art alive.” Tondre’s art has been featured in XXL Magazine, a major hip-hop publication that highlights hip-hop news, rap videos, music reviews and interviews. When asked about his success, Tondre said he views his art as a passion, not a job opportunity. “I’m nothing special. I’m just a person,” Tondre said. “I’m just trying to leave a positive influence while I’m here.”

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Four things to in October By Vivian Medina Lifestyle Reporter @vivianjmedina Dig out the leggings from the back of the closet and load up on pumpkinscented candles because October is finally here. Enjoy the sweater weather by doing some of the activities listed below:

Go to a pumpkin patch

Taking selfies with a pumpkin is a great activity to do with family or friends in the Fall. First United Methodist Church in San Marcos will have a pumpkin patch every day from 12-8 p.m. with hundreds of jack-o’lanterns to choose from. Desiree Arce, animal science junior and volunteer at First United Methodist Church, said she looks forward to visiting a pumpkin patch. “I always have a great time volunteering because people are always so excited to come and pick out their pumpkin, and it makes me happy to see that,” Arce said. “It

is also great because the church uses some of the proceeds to go to a charity in need.” This year, buying a pumpkin will help benefit Roxanne’s House at Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, which serves victims of abuse.

Watch scary movies

Get with a group of friends and eat popcorn during a night of screams and horror. Currently available to stream on Netflix is “The Amityville Horror,” “The Babadook,” “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death” and many more. Out in the movie theaters is “Blair Witch,” the sequel to 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project.” Coming out Oct. 21 is “Ouija: Origin of Evil.” Mariela Rebolledo, anthropology sophomore, said she likes to spend her October weekends watching horror classics. “My favorite scary movie has to be “The Shining,” Rebolledo said. “No matter how many times I watch it, I still get creeped out.”

Visit a local pumpkin patch this Fall with friends and family. Picking out a pumpkin at United Methodist Church is fun for all and the pumpkins can be great for fall decorations and even fun to carve. PHOTO BY CASSANDRIA ALVARADO | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

If watching scary movies isn’t your thing, take a trip down memory lane and enjoy classic Disney movies such as “Halloweentown,” “Hocus Pocus” or “Twitches.”

Make Halloween decorations

Get crafty this season and create some fall decorations to spice up a room. For all of the “Harry Potter” fans still waiting for their acceptance

letters to Hogwarts, this DIY will make a home feel like the school of witchcraft and wizardry. First, get an abundance of thin, long candles from the dollar store. Tie a piece of string to one candle and secure it with clear tape. Wrap the other end of the string several times around a thumb tack and then push it into the ceiling. After all the candles are finished and hung, a plain ceiling will be trans-

formed into Hogwarts’ grand dining hall.

Ghost Scouting

Gather a group of brave friends this October and go to one of the many ghost tours offered in San Antonio or Austin. Kayla Cruz, exercise and sports science freshman, visited Jefferson, one of the most haunted towns in Texas. “I went on the ghost walk and it was one of the coolest things I have

done,” Cruz said. “I recommend recording the whole tour on your phone because there was one girl who did and when she was looking over it, there was a faint voice telling us to go away.” San Marcos even has a few locations that anyone can visit, such as the Thompson Island Bridge, which is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a confederate soldier.

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San Marcos population growth has produced a hike in real estate By Andrew Turner News Reporter @AndrewTurner27 San Marcos’ explosive population growth has affected the housing market, causing challenges for students and residents. According to Zillow, the median home price in San Marcos has increased from $206,000 to $256,000 over the last five years. “San Marcos has really been the epicenter of growth, and a lot of that has to do with the ready availability of affordable land,” said Kevin Burke, economic development and downtown administrator. The affordability of land and job growth in central Texas has led to

an increase in demand for housing in San Marcos. Burke said businesses, including Epic Piping and Amazon, have created job opportunities for citizens with good wages and benefits. “We have really seen broad-based economic growth in San Marcos, especially in high-tech manufacturing,” Burke said. “We are also seeing growth in our traditional employers like the university and retail. In fact, around 3,500 people work at the San Marcos outlets every day.” However, growth has led to challenges in the city, as it creates competition between students and residents for scarce housing. One of the points of contention is the singlefamily zoning ordinance,

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

a city statute prohibiting a certain number of homes and neighborhoods from leasing to groups of people who are not related to one another. This ordinance bars students from living in certain parts of the city, as most cannot afford to rent a house on their own. Mark Villanueva, English senior, said he would like to live in a house but can’t afford it. “If I could find friends who all wanted to live in the same living situation,

I would want to live in a house, probably in San Marcos,” Villanueva said. “I get why the ordinance was implemented, but it’s kind of a sweeping generalization about students, and a lot of students would like to have that option.” Villanueva said other seniors are searching for a house to live in after graduation, but have struggled to find an affordable home. The rapid growth is not only making it harder to

find houses and apartments, but contributes to a higher expense for those who live here. “San Marcos has changed a lot since I got here. My rent has gone up $20 since I moved here two semesters ago,” Villanueva said. The city has taken measures to reduce the challenges both students and residents face, and encourages citizens to make their voices heard in government. “I think there are chal-

lenges—not so much conflict. (The city has encouraged) more development downtown and closer to campus—the Ella lofts for example. They might be a little more expensive, but they provide housing closer to downtown and away from residential neighborhoods and help expand downtown,” Burke said.


Die Antwoord brings the weird and the energy By Bailey Buckingham News Editor @bcbuckingham Thousands ran towards the stage as Die Antwoord, the musical group from South Africa, hit their first note while parents simultaneously shielded their children’s eyes.

Die Antwoord’s set was not for the prude or the weary. Between their high pitched rapping and their rated-R graphics, DA set the night off with a dose of energy that the crowd seemed to be prepared for. The South African rap-rave group was a combination of derogatory language and ener-

gizing beats. Exactly what the thousands of people watching were after. As leads of the group Ninja and Yolandi Visser, husband and wife, moved around the stage with onesie wearing dancers, the crowd never ran out of juice. The view yards away accurately depicted the amount of get down

the crowd displayed. Die Antwoord was featured both weekends of Austin City Limits festival this year and did not disappoint the thousands that were there for them, and the hundreds who were intrigued by their eclectic, unusual and captivating sound. While the graphics

were on the 18 and up side, such as Casper the friendly ghost with genitals on the big screen, the crowd ranged anywhere from 15 to 65 with high energy not claimed by one age group or another. “That was the weirdest, most fun and confusing show I’ve ever seen,” said one festival goer as

he walked away from the show. Die Antwoord brought the weird, the fantastic and the wild to their hour long set which left fans dancing until their feet hurt and yelling for an encore.


Do employers really look at Dean’s List honors?

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

By Stacee Collins Assistant Lifestyle Editor @stvcee Students are encouraged to make the Dean’s List, but some may think employers overlook that accomplishment when sifting through piles of applications. To be eligible for the Dean’s List at Texas State, an undergraduate student must have a minimum

GPA of 3.5 in at least 12 credit hours. Once Bobcats meet those requirements, their names will be included in a printed list on the third floor of the LBJ Student Center. In addition, recipients can receive a certificate noting their distinction. Students are then invited to attend the Dean’s List reception, where they can celebrate their academic accomplishments.

Melissa Trevino, career case manager at San Marcos Job Help Center, said employers take academic honors into consideration when hiring applicants. “If you’re a recent graduate and don’t have much experience on the job, the Dean’s List would be good to put,” Trevino said. Trevino said applicants who aren’t recent gradu-

ates probably shouldn’t include a Dean’s List honor, because grades aren’t as important a few years after graduation. Ralph Leal, associate director of Career Services, said it’s important for students to strive for a Dean’s List honor. “Ultimately, it helps student focus on grades,” Leal said. “Some employers receive a lot of applications from recent

college graduates. The thing they do to help balance the load is to look at the GPA cutoff, which is 3.0. The Dean’s List that you’re striving for is a 3.5.” Leal said making the Dean’s List is beneficial, but students should also get hands-on experience. Getting involved in student organizations, internships, related jobs and leadership positions can amp up a resume. Employers want to see that students can take lessons from the classroom and apply them to reallife situations. Matthew McCabe, marketing freshman, wants to make the Dean’s List because gaining academic honors is one of his goals. “It was pretty well advertised to me at orientation, and they showed us that huge wall of all the names,” McCabe said. “I thought it would be cool to have my name there.” Having that distinction would be beneficial if he were to transfer to another university. “The Dean’s List kind of just says you’re successful,” McCabe said. “I’d like to think employers would hire someone who made the Dean’s List over someone who didn’t.” McCabe said he didn’t

strive academically in high school, so making good grades in college is his priority. “If you aren’t striving to get a good GPA, then I don’t know why you’re in college,” McCabe said. “I never wanted to be mediocre, so I feel like just passing is something that you don’t have to put a lot of effort into.” McCabe said he is determined to succeed in college so he can have a comfortable life. He lives by a Leonard Fournette quote: “Work hard for four years and have fun the rest of your life, or have fun for four years and work hard the rest of your life.” Elizabeth Collett, theatre sophomore, made the Dean’s List two semesters in a row. “I didn’t set out to make the Dean’s List, but it kind of just happened,” Collett said. “I feel honored. Being able to put that on my resume is something I enjoy.” Collett said including the Dean’s List honor on applications will show the employer work ethic. “If an employer can see that you strive for academic excellence, then they will infer that you will put motivation and effort into the job,” Collett said.

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Texas State University hits record setting student enrollment By Daryan Jones News Reporter @DaryanJoness With the 19th consecutive year of record setting student enrollment, Texas State University continues to expand with the help of the Campus Master Plan. The Campus Master Plan is a document that

faculty, staff and residents collaborate on. It shows what projects people want the university to pursue over the next 10 years. The university also consults with professionals to undertake each project. The Campus Master Plan takes about 18 months to be completed, and is the guide for where the new buildings, sidewalks, transportation, dining, parking and many more features will be constructed. To give feedback about the campus, visit www.txstate. COLLEGE SKI & BOARD WEEK Breckenridge • Vail • Keystone Beaver Creek • Arapahoe Basin



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resources that could accommodate the growing student population. “I really stress that this is our university, especially our students, and such an important part of your life is spent here at the university. So I really encourage folks to go to the master plan website and give their input,” Algoe said. Dalton Head, music freshman, enjoys the large classrooms and large number of students that attend Texas State. “I like big classes because it’s easier to keep to yourself, and you can just sit and listen, but in small classes the professors try to get you more involved instead of just lecturing, and it’s good to have more people on campus,” Head said. “It opens opportunity to meet a lot of different types of people.” Luke Johnson, biology junior, thinks there are pros and cons to the growth of the university. “I think it’s cool we are turning into a bigger campus because having more people is a good thing, but it’s also bad because it means more traffic and construction,” Johnson said. “I’m not sure if Texas State has the capacity to grow that

much more.” Johnson thinks that class sizes are appropriate, but would like each class to have more than one time when the class is offered. “I think we need more options because a lot of my classes only have one available time, and I think that if you need these classes to graduate then they should offer more than one time, because if your schedule conflicts, then that’s a big issue,” Johnson said. Changes that happen at the university not only affect students, but also professors. Dr. Shirley Ogletree, psychology professor, has been teaching at Texas State University for forty years, and said she has seen a significant increase in class size throughout the years. “When I first started, we didn’t have any lecture hall classes I think our biggest class was maybe 70 students, and now, sometimes, we have close to 400 in a class,” Ogletree said. One thing that has negatively affected her as a professor, in terms of student population growth, is that she misses out on the personal conversations.

“In a way, one of the sad things I guess, is that I don’t get to meet students individually because my class sizes are bigger, and they come by less often so I learn less names,” Ogletree said. Even though she has less personal time with students, Ogletree said the growth has sparked more diversity within the student body. “We’ve become a more diverse student body, and I think it’s wonderful,” Ogletree said. “I think it’s boring if we are all the same. You learn more about the world and more about people, so I think that exposure to more diversity is a really good thing.” Algoe said the changes people should expect to see throughout the next ten years will consist mostly of fine-tuning rather than big changes. “I don’t think you’ll see a significant departure but you will see refinement,” Algoe said. “What we knew going into this master plan is that it wasn’t going to be as obvious as the last master plan.”


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October is here and Bobcats have started to get into the Halloween spirit by planning out their costumes for this Hallows’ Eve. Jacquelin Garza, exploratory junior, said Harley Quinn is definitely the most popular costume this year. “I’ve heard a lot of people say they want to be Harley Quinn or the Joker this Halloween. (‘Suicide Squad’) really influenced that this year,” Garza said. Terra Hyde, spirit Halloween sales associate and mathematics graduate student, said costumes inspired by movies have shown the most popularity this year. “Harley Quinn is one of the biggest ones this season,” Hyde said. “Because of the new ‘Sui-

cide Squad’ movie. I have had about 30 girls and a couple of guys saying they want to do Harley Quinn.” Hyde said the Joker costume is selling out fast alongside Harley Quinn. Hyde said anti-hero Deadpool costume has also been popular because of the movie release last February. “The ones that are usually a big hit are the generic costumes such as the cop costume,” Hyde said. “For adults it varies a lot on taste and what you want to go for.” Christian Esparza, finance junior, said he feels popular costumes don’t exist on Halloween. “In my opinion there really isn’t a particular costume that shoots out as ‘popular,’” Esparza said, “I feel like every year there is a good diversity in costumes and I see a costume I’ve never seen before, so I’m excited for that.”

Location could also influence the popularity of your costume of choice, said Hyde. “College students have come in here for parties asking for a very specific theme such as safari or Barbie at one point,” Hyde said. “So being in a college town really sways the costume variations.” However, some costumes that were popular last year are now unpopular due to special circumstances. “One big problem that we have been having, especially in the last week or two, is clowns,” Hyde said. “People had been buying them but since the clown incident started to come to Texas, they are less popular.” Esparza said Halloween is an exciting time for everyone, not only college students. “I think everyone gets excited for Halloween because Halloween is a thrilling, spontaneous

day where people go out, dress up, and have fun,” Esparza Said. Esparza said Halloween in college is an experience. “I feel like being in a college town makes people want to dress up, because it’s part of the experience,” Esparza said. “I feel students get a different experience of Halloween being in a college town than Halloween back at home.” Esparza said everyone should take advantage of the one night in the year you’re allowed to dress up. “The idea of going out with friends in a costume is what Halloween is all about and it’s exciting because it’s something you don’t do every day,” Esparza said. “It’s a day you just go out and dress as someone you’re not for a night.”

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Black Lives Matter: Effects on campus and off By Rae Glassford Senior News Reporter @rae_maybe In recent years, few ethical issues have been as divisive or uniquely American as police brutality, particularly in regard to racial prejudice. An increase in documented accounts of abuses of power on the part of law enforcement has resulted in increased public scrutiny of police officials, on both national and local scales—and San Marcos is no exception. “I think we need to frame this whole dialogue,” said Texas State University President Denise Trauth. “Texas State University is a very diverse environment and is an institution where we value the diversity of our environment—and that diversity manifests itself in many, many ways.” One type of diversity under the microscope is ethnicity, but another way diversity manifests itself is in points of view and speech, Trauth said. “I think it’s important to stress the fact that at this university, we not only allow a diversity of viewpoints, but we encourage a diversity of viewpoints,” Trauth said. “Because, first of all,

that’s what a university should be all about, and secondly, because speech is protected by the First Amendment.” In the past, the university has acted to facilitate open dialogue on the subject by hosting events aimed to further educate the student body. Opal Tometi, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, delivered an address last semester in the LBJ Ballroom to a crowd of several hundred students, faculty and other interested parties. “We have any number of speakers visiting campus all the time, and it’s really important that we have speakers who are talking about current issues, current topics, current relationships, how people are relating to each other and what impact we can have as a university community of students,” said Dr. Joanne Smith, vice president for the Division of Student Affairs. “What impact can students have on national conversation?” Tometi’s speech in particular introduced onlookers to the history of the movement, as well as its central issues. “People have a variety of ways to get different information on differ-

The Talented Tenth organization hosts “Barbershop Talk” Sept. 17 at Moe Better Cuts barbershops for a BLM event. The group of young men shared conversations from personal issues to issues occurring in today’s society. PHOTO BY RUSSELL REED | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

ent topics,” Smith said. “But when you have the opportunity to have the founders of movements come and give you the details, then it’s educational and helpful for our students…to know how they can react and what they can do from there.” On July 17, Texas State students and San Marcos residents gathered in a march to support Black Lives Matter. The march was coordinated by Black Lives Movement San Marcos, which has worked closely with the NAACP to coordinate local events. “A lot of people misunderstand what Black Lives Matter means,” Trauth said. “It doesn’t mean that other lives don’t matter. We are living at a time when some

really horrible things are going on, both in this country and across the world. We have global strife that is rooted in ethnicity. I believe it’s really important that a university talk about these things, and to understand the origin of this movement (and) where it came from.” Last week, the university provided an opportunity for students to voice their thoughts at the Open Door in the LBJ Student Center. During this two-hour event, Smith and President Trauth spoke one-on-one with students about their concerns regarding university policy. “It’s important that there is equality and equity in how things are done across the board,” Smith

said. “In a lot of cases, black lives aren’t viewed as equally or as equitably as others.” Many of the students who attended the Open Door on Oct. 4 came specifically to inquire about the university’s stance regarding Black Lives Matter and other issues of interest to students of color. “The reason I came to the President’s Open Door is because I am a black student, and I feel that she does not address black student issues as often as she addresses nonblack student issues,” said Alexus Barree, Black Lives Movement San Marcos co-founder. Barree said she believes the university could do more to stand up against the systemic marginaliza-

tion of black Americans. Although there is no Black Lives Matter chapter officially active in San Marcos, students and residents have not been deterred from showing support. In a display of solidarity coordinated by Black Lives Movement San Marcos and several black student organizations, over 150 people stood in silence with their fists raised to the sky during the National Anthem at the home football game Sept. 24. “All lives are valuable, including black lives,” Trauth said. “But we seem to be in a time when, in some sectors, black lives don’t seem as valuable as other lives.”


Domestic Violence Awareness Month on campus after sexual assault incidents By Vanessa Bell Lifestyle Reporter @vanessayvebell October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; however, there doesn’t seem to be much awareness on campus. Students are calling for more awareness of domestic violence in light of recent sexual assaults on campus. In 2015, 157 women were killed in Texas due to domestic violence. This was the highest recorded number in over 10 years, according to a CBS Austin report. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have reported being physically abused by an intimate partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence statistics. Students believe domestic violence is not talked about enough on campus. “It’s one of the most increasingly underreported crimes,” said Samantha Smothermon, applied sociology sophomore. “I think it’s important to continue to have ongoing discussions about the victims and perpetrators, so we remember that sexual assault happens on a daily basis—and Texas State is not prone to that.” Domestic violence is any physical, sexual and mental abuse that comes from an intimate partner. Verbal abuse falls under the umbrella of domestic violence as it may psychologically abuse the victim. Victims can experience emotional stress such as depression. Taking a stand against domestic violence and letting victims

know they are not alone may help those who are afraid to open up about it. “Communication from both parties can be interpreted in a different way than what was really intended, and that is how arguments are started,” said Arika DeHoyos, interdisciplinary studies junior. “Some things are taken out of proportion when in reality it was nothing serious at all, and someone always ends up getting hurt, whether mentally or physically.” Recognizing early signs may be difficult if there is not awareness about the issue. Being properly educated about what is considered to be domestic violence can help spread awareness. Signs of domestic violence can be threats to family or friends, pressuring the victim to have sex or the victim feeling trapped in a relationship. For instance, a person could make his or her spouse feel as though they have no control over his or her own life. Domestic violence affects victims, family members and friends. Bystanders may feel just as helpless and avoid speaking up about what has happened. Some students believe having educational panels or training sessions on campus explaining the dangers of domestic violence can help students. Travis Moore, aquatic biology sophomore, said Texas State should make it a priority to inform incoming students about domestic violence and sexual assault. “Perhaps even having a

new part of Bobcat Preview devoted to awareness of sexual assault,” Moore said. To be a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in San Marcos, students can participate in various events or simply speak up about the issue on campus. The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center will host the Family Violence Task Force Conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14. “Every Voice Matters: A Call to Action” will feature presentations focused on spreading awareness and offering help for victims of domestic violence. In addition, the HCWC will hold the Caldwell County Domestic Violence Awareness Walk 9-11 a.m. Oct. 15 in downtown Lockhart. Texas State’s sociology department has partnered with the HCWC to put on “Coaching a Culture to End Violence.” The panel discussion will feature various speakers, including members of Men Against Violence. Stop by 12:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the philosophy dialogue room in the Comal Building to become more aware of domestic violence in college life. Oct. 20 is Go Purple Day, and people are encouraged to wear and share purple using the hashtag #Stopthehurt or #TxDVAM to spread domestic violence awareness on social media.

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Clown Lives Matter is not a funny joke With the recent creepy clown sightings , San Marcos is beginning to look like a freak show and definitely not in a good way. These terrifying clowns are dangerous and steal students’ sense of security at night. Theories range from a mass marketing ploy to a social media fad, but no one knows why clowns are popping up in towns like circus tents. Clowns have spread to more than a dozen states, forcing residents to play a game of dare every time they are out at night. The month of October is supposed to bring promises of cool breezes

and pumpkin spice lattes, not the possibility of being assaulted by a crazed clown on Texas State property. Clowns have been spotted all over San Marcos, from a demonic jokester near CM Allen Parkway to a chainsaw-carrying fool by the Sanctuary Lofts apartment complex. Clown sightings are draining police resources and mirroring the anxiety and tension brewing in our country—and no one gets the joke. It is idiotic and sick to dress up as a clown to scare people—especially in Texas. Texans believe in guns. Guns provide

self-defense. Guns kill creepy clowns that attack females in the night. Students at Pennsylvania State University gathered together to partake in “clown hunts,” and some Texas State students have a similar frame of mind. All one has to do is scroll through #TXST tweets to see how students would handle a clown attack. The various attacks across the country have understandably struck panic and fear in the hearts of Americans. Because of this, professional clowns felt the need to start a movement

of their own—Clown Lives Matter. Jordan Jones, a professional performer by the name of Snuggles the Clown, is not pleased with how his fellow actors are being portrayed. “At the end of the day, people look at me like I’m a clown trying to hurt them,” Jones said. The “Clown Lives Matter” movement picked up speed in order to quell the nation’s burgeoning fear, but that name and platform were not the way to do it. It is awful that people are losing money and work because of a few, but that does not compare to

the fear the black community faces daily—not just in October. This “movement” demeans and belittles the Black Lives Matter protest on the same level of “All Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter.” It makes a mockery of an institutional struggle faced by a substantial amount of America’s population. Just as a police uniform can be taken off at the end of a hard day of work, so can clown makeup and a squeaky red nose. Black people cannot scrub off their blackness or return to a life where the police do

not prosecute them. Yes, creepy attacks are negatively affecting professional clowns. However, that does not excuse the mockery they are making out of BLM. Clown attacks are no better than an awful circus sideshow, but it will most likely end with the culmination of Halloween. Professional clowns will find whatever work they had previously, and the police will still murder black people.


The fracking issue can shake up Texas votes


By Katie Burrell Opinions Columnist @KatieNicole96 In the current presideIn the current presidential election it seems as though the candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, will say anything to get votes. However, when dealing with fracking and other environmental issues, the campaigners have nothing to say. Fracking contaminates air, water and soil in many states including

Texas and is responsible for thousands of seismic issues in Texas for the last 100 years Texas has voted republican for decades and if it votes Trump in this election, the state will be supporting a candidate that favors the oil and gas industry along with fracking as a means to boost the economy. Unfortunately, if Texas manages to vote Clinton in the 2016 election, voters might not know if the results will be much different when it comes

to saving Texas from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as it is more commonly known. According to a research article by Jill E. Johnston, Emily Werder and Daniel Sebastian, three accredited voices in environmental science and health, approximately 100,000 fracking wells have been drilled into United States soil over the years as of 2012. Each fracking well requires about 11 to 19 million liters of water for drilling purposes. This

water breaks rock beneath the earth’s surface to allow gasses and oil to be farmed. The wells also contain a myriad of sand and toxic chemical additives. In addition, for every well, an average of 5.2 million liters of fracking fluid returns to the earth’s surface as wastewater effectively creating a major public health issue. Clinton has admitted in many places across the country, fracking is largely under regulated and still completely legal as a means of obtaining fuel. She addressed this concern in her debate against former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on CNN March 6. Although Clinton acknowledged the dangers of fracking, the democratic nominee managed to appoint Ken Salazar as the head of her transition team. Salazar is a former senator from Colorado who has consistently been a proponent of fracking and a major supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline, an oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada. The “wastewater from

oil and gas operations is not considered a hazardous material under federal law and is therefore allowed to be disposed of in class II injection wells” according to the research of Johnston, Werder and Sebastian. These Class II wells are subject to few restrictions and safety requirements. The United States is an oil and petroleum addict that will do anything to get its next fix as it has been doing for years. From war to the destruction of the U.S. environment, the country will do anything for oil. On May 17, Anna Kuchment, staff writer for The Dallas Morning News, published an article on the University of Texas’s new study of fracking. According to the study, fracking and its related activities are “almost certainly” or “probably” responsible for 59% of earthquakes in Texas between 1975 and 2015. In addition, the article reports that another 28% of Texas earthquakes were possibly triggered by other oil and gas activities. Texans know how to

deal with hurricanes and a couple of tornados. However, unlike states like California, Texas is not built to withstand an earthquake. A substantial earthquake in Dallas could destroy a number of important businesses, major buildings and millions of homes. A major environmental blow to Dallas, Houston or Austin could be disastrous. If a large earthquake hit one of these massive cities, none of which are built to withstand seismic ground shaking disasters, the consequences would affect all of Texas and the rest of the nation. The U.S. does not need more hazardous waste in the water. Texas does not need an earthquake issue and the U.S. definitely does not need a candidate that sees fracking as a money-making, jobcreating institution. Voters should hit the polls and choose a candidate that considers fracking an issue. -Katie Burrell is a mass communications sophomore


Terrible politicians are a symptom of our apathy By Bridgett Reneau Opinions Columnist @bridgelynnn

The 2016 presidential election is a humiliating testament to the state of the nation. On Sept. 26, Americans from coast to coast tuned in to watch what should have been a debate concerning our country’s most important affairs. We should have watched two wise and rational individuals speak passionately and intelligently about what the next four years may hold. We should have turned off the television feeling enlightened and hopeful, with sentiments of patriotism in our hearts. Instead of an informative discussion of any sort, we watched 90 minutes of garbage painted in political colors. We, as a nation, deserve better than the two presidential nominees who stood on the debate stage this year. But how do we demand improvement in a realm many of us believe we have no control over? We must begin by realizing that we, the people, actually have quite a bit of jurisdiction regarding politics. “Our intricate, infor-

mal system of political intermediation, which took many decades to build, did not commit suicide or die of old age,” said Jonathan Rauch of The Atlantic, “We reformed it to death.” “Americans have been busy demonizing and disempowering political professionals and parties,” Rauch said. “Which is like spending decades abusing and attacking your own immune system. Eventually, you will get sick.” Rauch calls this sickness “chaos syndrome”—a term he defines as “a chronic decline in the political system’s capacity for self-organization.” The syndrome “causes governmental dysfunction, which fuels public anger, which incites political disruption, which causes yet more governmental dysfunction.” “Our most pressing political problem today is that the country abandoned the establishment, not the other way around,” Rauch said. I could not agree more. We deserve better, but in order to appoint more adept leaders, we must become more sophis-

ticated, informed and perceptive voters. Rather than observe politics with a sour attitude of apathy and angst, the American people—especially young voters— must approach the issue of electing government officials with a spirit of hope and a demand for excellence. We have the duty of setting the example for our leaders, but not necessarily vice-versa. The political mess that is the 2016 election is not the product of a complete “crisis of leadership” but rather “a crisis of followership.” In order for a government to be effective, it must have the backing of the people it serves. When the people do not see their government as a service, but rather a cumbersome obstruction to their livelihoods, no one wins. When we begin to view our government as a system “by the people, for the people,” we will be able to demand better leadership. The people have given up, and the two individuals standing on the stage personify our collective abandonment of the American spirit. The atrocious entities


who represent the parties are not the problem— they are merely walking, talking symptoms of the insidious disease plaguing our society. The disease is apathy and an attitude of hopelessness, neither of which exemplifies what it truly means to be an American. We have the ultimate responsibility to do better. We must act and think with purpose and hope,

not with despondency and indifference. We must remain informed, involved and continue to have faith in our nation—even when it is difficult to do so. It comes down to the old rule: we get out what we put in. We would all benefit from complaining a little less and being a little more active, optimistic and trustworthy in the system that has yet to truly fail us. In regard to the

abomination that is the 2016 election, we have to remain cognizant of this truth: we have chosen these candidates, consciously or not, and now must reap what we have sown. Americans ought to view this pressing time as the warning it is—there is a lot of work to do, and we cannot scapegoat the responsibility. - Bridgett Reneau is a psychology sophomore

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Coach Karen Chisum’s success defined by her passion, hard work and her student athletes By Brooke Phillips Sports Reporter @brookephillips_ Being a head coach for 36 years takes dedication. Having a career victory of over 800 wins is not easy and holding the title of the sixth winningest active head coach in NCAA Division 1 volleyball stands for passion. All three statistics can be used to describe just one person: Head Coach Karen Chisum. Chisum graduated from Southwest Texas State University, where she obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degree. Throughout her college career, Chisum was both a student and college athlete. Although the past 38 years have been centered around volleyball, Chisum played softball and tennis in college. It was not until after graduation volleyball started to become a part of her life. After graduation, Chisum began her coaching career at Goodnight Middle School in San Marcos. It was there Chisum had a mentor who sparked her interest in volleyball. From there, Chisum was pro-

moted to assistant coach at San Marcos High School. Shortly after, she was named head coach at New Braunfels High School. Chisum’s success at New Braunfels High School inevitably led to her career at Texas State University. After being assistant coach for two years, Chisum has since then held the title of Head Coach of the Texas State volleyball team. Despite the statistics, Chisum credits the achievements to her team. “Having over 800 wins at Texas State means that I’ve been around a lot of great people and a lot of great student athletes,” Chisum said. “I did not play one point of those—it was all about what the student athletes did, and I’ve had great assistant coaches around me forever.” Through all of her milestones and championships, one title that particularly sticks out to Chisum is being the first female to be inducted into the Southwest Texas State “T” Association’s Hall of Honor in 1994. While this honor is centered around Chisum and

her career, Chisum reflects on the aspects that are behind her recognition. “It’s not so much the rings or the trophies, but it’s more about looking at the kids themselves and the personal relationships that I’ve formed,” Chisum said. “It’s all about the student athletes and all the relationships and friendships that I’ve established and maintained throughout the years.” Chisum formed a strong volleyball program for the Bobcats, and makes sure to encourage and motivate her players both on and off the court “We relate everything to what you do on the court to what goes on outside of the coliseum,” Chisum said. “We really stress on doing things right, being a good person, surrounding yourself with good people and working hard. There is so much in athletics that correlates to life and having a real job. This is their job, and I’m just molding them for the future.” Chisum makes it clear her players mean the most and make her career worthwhile. “The student athletes


are the most rewarding part—watching them graduate, watching them complete their career, watching them get championships rings and seeing them as they build relationships with each other,” Chisum said. “It’s all about the memories that they make here and the relationships that they build with their teammates and coaches. That’s the greatest thing of all.” Chisum is not only head coach, but “author.” After a former Bobcat volleyball player, Stephenie Scott Jordan, asked Chisum to collaborate, Chisum co-authored Jordan’s book: “Developing

a Successful Volleyball Program.” The book includes basic fundamentals and knowledge about the game of volleyball—something Chisum knows well. From being a student to coaching a team and writing a book, Chisum has done it all as a part of Texas State. “Being a Bobcat alumna means pride,” Chisum said. “It means compassion with Texas State University. My life has been surrounded and involved with Texas State University since I was 18 years old. Texas State is the greatest place in the world.”

Although all of Chisum’s accomplishments are impressive, the answer to how she achieved it all is simple. “I don’t think there is a secret to my success,” Chisum said. “I think it’s loving what you do and having a passion. I have a passion for Texas State University, for competition and for the Bobcats: my student athletes. I think number one has to be that passion and high energy.” While Chisum’s success has been built over many years, she still has more to offer in her future of coaching.


What senior year really means By Lisette Lopez Assistant sports editor @Lisette_1023 Senior year can be a big deal for everybody, but for two athletes, it is everything. Lauren Kirch, senior volleyball middle blocker and Lauren Prater, senior soccer forward, are giving it everything they have for the last time this season. “Senior year is kind of a big deal, it is your last everything,” Kirch said. “I try and keep in mind to enjoy it while you can because I know I am going to miss it.” Kirch prides herself on doing the best she can, because it will all be over soon. Playing a sport not only helps Kirch better herself on the court, but off the court as well. “It has taught me how to work with people, and how to be patient,” Kirch said. “It has given me an advantage over other people who don’t have that kind of discipline, hard times and time management that I have learned over the years.” Playing a sport for four years can take a lot of time out of your day. Teammates aren’t just acquaintances, they are lifelong friends. The biggest impact for Prater, is her team. “I consider all these girls my best friends, and I am so blessed to have been

able to play alongside them for this long,” Prater said. The chance to win a championship ring, is a big goal for both women. Prater said winning a ring for her last year would be an amazing feeling. Besides winning a ring, Kirch wants her team to have other goals in mind. “There is always that team goal of getting a ring, and that’s definitely a big deal for me,” Kirch said. “But I also hope we have team goals like GPA, and multiple people on First-Team, Second-Team Conference, so I hope some of our girls can show out and represent Texas State in conference.” There is a different mindset that goes along with playing for the last time. Doing the best for the team is always a big goal every year, but senior year means so much more. “I really try to play my hardest in every game I have played,” Prater said. “Just knowing this is my last year, and last year to win a championship really does make this year mean so much more to me.” Kirch and Prater have both grown into leaders through the challenges they faced. After years of playing the sport, they know what it’s like starting out as a freshman. “Don’t be afraid to compete just because you’re

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a freshman, if you want playing time go out and prove you deserve it,” Prater said. Kirch believes being timid will hurt in the long run. “When I came in as a freshman, I did not speak, I was scared to step on anyone’s toes and I didn’t want to rub anyone the wrong way,” Kirch said. “I would tell the freshmen to screw that. Play how you play, be the boss if you need to be and know when to turn it on.” Kirch and Prater both want to be remembered. They want to make a lasting memory for their team, coaches and even the fans. “I hope to be remembered as someone always ready to compete, someone who always worked hard and someone they could always look up to, not just as a teammate, but as a friend,” Prater said. Kirch wants people to think of her in the way she thinks of herself. “I would love for them to say that I left it all on the court, and that I turned it on when I needed to,” Kirch said. “I want them to know that I was able to help the team when I needed to, and that I wasn’t just there moving through the motions.” For Kirch and Prater, they will give it their all until the last whistle blows.



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ACL Weekend Two Wrap Up By Denise Cervantes Lifestyle Editor @cervantesdenise Baby boomers and millennials danced during this weekend’s Austin City Limits Music Festival Oct. 7-9. in Zilker Park. Friday The festival kicked off Friday with an electronic beat and head banging rock n’ roll. Awolnation, a rock band, took over one of the eight stages. Aaron Bruno, Awolnation lead singer, instructed the crowd to throw its hands up to the guitar riffs as the intro song streamed through the park. “I remember thinking this is a lot of people who like a lot of different type of music,” Bruno said. “And have a lot of different hobbies and now we all get to come together at ACL.” Awolnation ended with the crowd pleaser “Sail”. “This song changed our life,” Bruno said. “Thank you for listening for the first time or the last time. We’re sharing this moment and I’ll never forget.” Flume, Australian DJ, was one of the many electronic dance musicians who proved DJs have a place at music festivals. Janice Trevino, Austin resident, said she brought her two daughters to ACL to share her love of music with them. “I know it seems crazy,” Trevino said. “But I grew up going to concerts with my parents and I want to give them the

(same) experience. We’re just music lovers.” Trevino said music has no age limit. “There (are) all types of people here,” Trevino said. “I have an eightyear-old and a 13-yearold and we’re all super excited for Flume.” Radiohead, an English rock band, was the stir of the night as the crowd started to build up an hour before the band hit the stage. Austin Coles, McAllen resident, said Radiohead was a highlight of a lifetime as a longtime fan. “They really don’t play as much as they used to,” Coles said. “This is a big deal.” Coles said Radiohead attracts a variety of audience members because of the relatability of their music. “I don’t think it matters if you grew up listening to Radiohead or just heard of them today,” Coles said. “They’re the best.” Saturday As the Texas heat beat down on Zilker park, festival goers were in for a day of hip-hop and RnB. LL Cool J, hip hop artist and DJ Z-Trip took a walk down memory lane as they opened their set with sing-alongs such as Beastie Boys’ “Paul Revere” and Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.” DJ Z-Trip threw in “Deep in the Heart of Texas” for Texas natives before LL Cool J joined the stage with the fan favorite “Mama Said Knock You Out.” “Last week was crazy,” LL Cool J said. “They had their hands in the air

but I think we can beat them this weekend.” Audience members sang along to LL Cool J’s set as stage fire served as a backdrop for the verses. “You can do anything you put your mind to,” LL Cool J said. “The future is yours. Make some noise for the future.” Cage the Elephant, alternative band, took over the Honda stage as the

first time seeing them live. They’re wild and you can tell everyone was really into it as much as they were.” The Chainsmokers, DJ duo, attracted one of the largest crowds of the evening as their stage’s lights beamed onto electronic dance music lovers. Dancing circles formed as The Chainsmokers played their summer hit

audience to his concert. Lamar announced a disclaimer after his first intro song. “If you’re in the way please get out of the way,” Lamar said. “Can y’all handle this?” Audience members stirred as hip-hop artist ScHoolboy Q joined Lamar during “My Way” halfway through the set. Corina Gomez, Austin

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sun began to set over the hills of Zilker park. Matt Schultz, Cage the Elephant lead singer, kept crowd members shouting and dancing as his energy took over ACL. Schultz joined audience members by jumping into the crowd as guitar riffs and bass followed his electric voice. Taylor Johnson, Houston resident, said Cage the Elephant’s set was the most energetic she’d seen all Saturday. “They’re so fun,” Johnson said. “I love their music but this was my

“Closer.” Lea Humbert, Austin native, said being a part of The Chainsmokers audience was an experience she won’t forget. “You get awesome vibes from the people around you,” Humbert said. “I’ve danced with so many strangers today.” Festival attendees started to make their way to hip-hop artist and headliner Kendrick Lamar’s set. Lamar made his stage presence known by walking side to side on the stage as he welcomed his

native, said Lamar deserved to be a headliner at this year’s festival. “He put on a show,” Gomez said. “I could barely get out of the crowd. He’s a true artist and performer.” Sunday Guitar riffs and drums took over Zilker Park’s hills on the last day of ACL. Miike Snow, Swedish band, attracted festival goers as their clash of pop and rock music drew from speakers. Laura Maine, San Antonio resident, said she

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found herself in Miike Snow’s crowd after hearing the music from a distance. “I had to come check them out,” Maine said. “That’s the cool thing about ACL, you should always see a band you’re not that familiar with because you never know.” Young the Giant, alternative band, also welcomed a large audience. Young the Giant opened with hits such as “Cough Syrup” and tracks from the 2016 album “Home of the Strange.” Anne Lawrence, Austin native, said she appreciates having the opportunity to see multiple genres at ACL. “Young the Giant is one of the many I get to see tonight,” Lawrence said. “There is something for everyone.” Mumford and Sons, indie band, capped off the night as the closing headliners of ACL. “This might be my favorite festival in the world,” said Marcus Mumford, lead singer of Mumford and Sons. Mumford and Sons treated audiences with songs from their new EP Johannesburg and radio hits such as “I Will Wait.” June Boron, Pflugerville resident, said seeing Mumford and Sons live was the perfect way to end her weekend. “They’re just so cool,” Boron said. “It was worth the money and they are just so positive. Listening to them just makes me want to love everyone.”

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ACL Fashion Finds: Fanny Packs takeover

ACL Food Finds: Food Trucks By Denise Cervantes Lifestyle Editor @cervantesdenise Austin City Limits festival attendees had an array of food to choose from after listening to musicians this past weekend. Better known as “ACL Eats”, the ACL food court had over thirty food trucks offering drinks, sweets, tacos, barbeque and more. Amy’s Ice Creams, Lambas Indian Kitchen, Micklethwait Barbecue, mmmpanadas and Torchy’s Tacos were a few of the food trucks included, A longtime festival favorite, The Mighty Cone, had one of the longest lines in the food court. Mighty Cone, an Austin based festival food vendor, began working at ACL in 2002. A ‘Mighty Cone’ is a

Whitney Lewis, Dallas resident, poses for a photo Oct. 7 at ACL Music Festival. Lewis wore a trendy romper and hat to the festival.


taco wrapped inside of a cone, making it an easy travel food. Drew Collins, Mighty Cone employee, said the uniqueness of the Mighty Cone is what draws in festival goers. “We’re one of the oldest ACL eats,” Collins said. “It has crazy popularity every year.” To cool down, ACL attendees indulged in Snowie snow cones and GoodPop ice pops. Snowie, Austin based shaved ice company, is exclusive to ACL attendees. Root beer and peach are a couple of shaved ice syrups to choose from. GoodPop went fast as their natural fruit flavors watermelon agave, coconut lime and hibiscus mint kept festival attendees refreshed. Aubrey Odom, Austin resident, said she wanted

to try the sweet Goodpop ice pops after seeing her friends raving about them. “My friends kept talking about it,” Odom said. “I thought I would give it a try.” Classic festival foods such as pizza and barbeque were among the food trucks in ‘ACL Eats.’ Micklethwait Barbecue drew in festival goers with hot dogs and brisket sandwiches. Nichole Schertz, Austin resident, said Austin’s pizza food truck caught her eye while debating food options. “I saw it down the side,” Schertz said. “I wanted to try it since pizza is such an easy thing to grab.”

Becca Young, Amarillo resident, and Meagan Ivy, Amarillo resident, pose for a photo Oct. 7 at ACL Music Festival. Both girls thrifted their outifts for the gestival. PHOTO BY LARA DIETRICH | MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

Festival goers enjoy food Oct. 9 at ACL Music Festival. ACL Eats is the section of the festical where vendors sell their food to people attending ACL. PHOTO BY LARA DIETRICH | MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

Michelle Ortiz, California resident, poses for a photo Oct. 7 at ACL Music Festival. Ortiz sported a bold lip and long floral cardigan at the festival. PHOTO BY LARA DIETRICH | MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

By Denise Cervantes Lifestyle Editor @cervantesdenise Fanny packs and floppy hats took over the Austin City Limits festival scene this past weekend. Whitney Lewis, Dallas resident, sported a floral romper and large hat. Lewis said fitting in a hat to her outfit was an afterthought but worked out perfectly for the sunny day. “It’s actually a funny story,” Lewis said. “It was raining really hard where I live this morning and our power went out so I couldn’t do anything with my hair. I just brushed it

out and stuck the hat on.” Festival goers should have fun and be confident in their style, Lewis said. “Have fun with it,” Lewis said. “Everyone here is kind of just doing their own thing.” Dusty Manning, Houston resident, paired a fanny pack with her crop top. Manning said she choose a style that was both stylish and convenient. “It’s really comfortable,” Manning said. “The fanny pack is a good idea for the day.” Michelle Ortiz, California resident, expressed

her style through a bold lip color, a sheer floral cardigan and sun hat. Ortiz said ACL is a festival of expression – not just through music but fashion too. “It makes for good pictures,” Ortiz said. “I think I planned out my outfits because I wanted to fit the environment here.” Hats are a fashion statement and protective, Ortiz said. “I love big hats,” Ortiz said. “They make you stand out but keep you covered from the hot sun.”

Bridget Lancaster and Aubrey Odem pose for a photo Oct. 9 with their tasty treats at ACL Music Festival. Popsicles ans snowcones kept festival goers cool this weekend. PHOTO BY LARA DIETRICH | MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

Mary Wells and Elizabeth Grownoski pose for a photo Oct. 9 with their Mighty Cones at ACL Music Festival. Mighty Cones is one of the original vendors at ACL Eats. PHOTO BY LARA DIETRICH | MULTIMEDIA EDITOR


Willie Nelson proves age doesn’t mean a thing By Bailey Buckingham News Editor @bcbuckingham As the sun set on the last day of the Austin City Limits music festival, Matthew McConaughey, a Texas legend himself, walked on stage to ask the audience to give Willie Nelson a “big, badass rowdy hello and welcome.”

The exhausted and overheated crowd that had been sitting, waiting for Nelson for over an hour, jumped to its feet and let all of Austin know that Nelson was back on stage. As the Texas king walked on stage with his normal getup of long braided hair and a cowboy hat, fans young and old began to marvel at

his presence before he even played one chord. As the band began playing one of Nelson’s many classics, “Whiskey River”, the skunk-like smell one can expect from a Willie Nelson concert slowly began creeping through the crowd of thousands. Nelson’s aged, silvery voice rang through Zilker Park as couples danced together to “Georgia On

My Mind” and children marveled at the sight. This legendary return was felt with every note and every word as the audience sang in unison. Nelson’s lyrics and music seep into Texan’s blood and stay there for a lifetime. As the show was coming to its end, Nelson introduced the next song as “a new gospel song,”

which turned out to be “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” The words weren’t spiritual but the experience seemed religious as Nelson’s smile grew from ear-to-ear as he put the microphone to the crowd and let the audience take the lead. In that moment, I knew this was as special for him as it was for all of us.

The 83-year-old Native Texan and legend put on a romantic, rocking and unforgettable show that left thousands with tears and smiles as he said goodbye, tipped his cowboy hat and walked off stage.

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