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“EXXON TACOS” – SAN MARCOS’ HIDDEN GEM Bobcat Quickie becomes popular By Trista Castillo Lifestyle Reporter @tristaaaaa Bobcat Quickie, a kitchen in a local gas station, has become some students’ favorite spot for satisfying late night cravings with “Exxon Tacos.” The 24-hour taco shop located in an Exxon gas station on Guadalupe Street has gained fame due to its exclusiveness and proximity to campus. However, what sets these tacos apart from the rest? Feras Abuhweij, manager of Bobcat Quickie, said the owners took a completely different approach when starting up the gas station. “At first, we started selling burgers and sub sandwiches and we actually had a chef that worked inside, but she moved away,” Abuhweij said. “So, we were kind of scrambling to find someone new and that’s when we hired our current chef Niko.” The small taco shop has been serving locals for five years. Abuhweij said the high quality service and fresh ingredients has set the establishment apart from other taco vendors

Bobcat Quickie tacos have become a late-night staple for Texas State students. PHOTO BY MELISSA UECKERT | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

in town. “We are starting with vegetables and we are cooking it down to a sauce,” Abuhweij said. “We are doing things our way and our own style and I think that’s the reason people like it so much.” Abuhweij said a majority of customers and college students visit Bobcat

Quickie to get a late night taco fix. “We honestly get a really big late night rush,” Abuhweij said. “Around 2 a.m. is probably when we get the most people.” Savannah Aguilera, fashion merchandising junior, said Bobcat Quickie’s looks can be deceiving. “Exxon tacos are different in the way

they don’t taste like plastic and their tortillas are always well cooked,” Aguilera said. “It’s like you’re eating tacos from an actual restaurant instead of a convenience store.”


Professor returns from Italy after research By Katie Burrell News Reporter @KatieNicole96 Dr. Joellen Coryell, associate professor in the College of Education at Texas State, has returned to the university for the spring semester after completing her research on cross-cultural and adult education in conjunction with faculty from the University of Padova. Texas State University and the Uni-

deciding to create a collaboration between the schools. “We looked at different types of learning methods, teaching methods,” Coryell said. “We looked at formal and informal processes for learning and teaching internationally diverse students. Additionally, Coryell said the research focused on ways faculty prepare to teach international students. Coryell said she looked at the use of

“If I hadn’t gone on the trip I would not have become so interested in other topics outside of my normal coursework, adult education is sort of a personal interest now.” - Brittany Davis versity of Padova, located in northern Italy’s Veneto region, signed a memorandum of understanding in effort to conduct collaborative scientific research on cross-cultural education, graduate and adult education. Coryell has spent over two years traveling between Padova and San Marcos. The partnership began between Coryell and Professor Monica Fedeli from the University of Padova. The partners had previously met at a conference before

learning contracts, interactive lecturing methods and a cross-national study on learning as an adult in a different culture. The overall goal of the research was to look at the current methods used in adult learning, measure the qualitative benefits of cross-cultural experiences and see what other methods can be applied.



Aqua Brew opened to the public March 2016 but is still undergoing construction to add an outdoor bar and stage. PHOTO BY BRANDON VALENCIA | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

A look into the explosive downtown business growth in 2016 By Alison Quisenberry News Reporter @aliquisenberry The heart of downtown San Marcos is ever growing with a variety of new businesses that were established in 2016, which has invited community members from all generations to enjoy the features of the area. Samantha Armbruster, Main Street program manager, says the downtown area gained 25 businesses in the past year. From retail and restaurants to tattoo parlors and art galleries, the array of appearances has diversified the area. Armbruster says the square contains a healthy business mix that includes a growing daytime economy and successful nighttime economy. The Main Street program expects more retail and

Valentine’s Day horror stories Valentine’s Day is meant for love and romance, but things don’t always go as planned. Bobcats and local businesses talk about unique Valentine’s Day experiences.


professional services to move in in the next year and has high hopes for a better daytime economy. One of the first businesses to emerge along downtown in March of 2016 was Aquabrew—a family-friendly brewery that serves upscale cuisine and craft beer. Carlos Russo, owner of Aquabrew, says the establishment’s greatest accomplishment is remaining successful and not closing within their first year. After being named “Downtown Business of the Year” by San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, Carlos says he was not expecting the success they received, but his 2017 plans are full of growth to maintain it.


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Joellen Coryell is an Associate Professor in Education at Texas State University and the Director of the Education Ph.D. Program. PHOTO BY REBECCA MENDOZA | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Coryell took some of her graduate students to Italy with her on one of her research trips to the University of Padova. The study abroad office assisted in finding grant funding for for these students with additional support from the CLAS department. Brittany Davis is a graduate student in adult education. Davis was one of about 10 students who participated in Coryell’s research abroad as apart of their course work. “If I hadn’t gone on the trip I would not have become so interested in other topics outside of my normal coursework, adult education is sort of a personal interest now,” Davis said. Davis intends to pursue a career in adult education within American prisons.

Dr. Ryan Buck, assistant vice president of International Affairs at Texas State, said some of the grant money that helps students study abroad is paid for by small student fees every semester. About $300,000 a year is given to students to study abroad, internship abroad and research abroad. “I think Dr. Coryell’s work is exceptionally good,” Buck said. “We are working with a group that runs a special survey called the BEVI survey. She is one of the only scholars working on the BEVI with us right now.” BEVI stands for Beliefs, Events and Values Inventory. According to Buck, the best way to understand the value of research and study abroad is through this survey. The survey focuses on what the student’s life was before versus after

the experience. Alyssa Wakefield, English sophomore, participated in faculty-led study abroad during Summer 2016. She stayed among other Texas State students at Canterbury Christ Church University where she took two political science courses. “I have a much better hold on how the world is now,” Wakefield said. “It affected the way I decided what I wanted to do with my life.” With aspirations to become an English teacher, Wakefield said her study abroad has affected the way she will teach in the future. Each semester, the Study Abroad Office organizes several Study Abroad Fairs and invites students to learn about different programs.


Texas State receives $2.3 million grant for mussel research study By Ashley Skinner Senior News Reporter @Ash_Marie54 Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced funding for a $2.3 million research proposal by Texas State University. An study will begin by the end of January. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is contemplating whether or not to place several species of freshwater mussels found in Texas on the federal endangered species list. Hegar provided funding for Texas State to conduct this research—a plan that has been in the making for quite some time. “I’ve been working with the comptroller for several years on various projects,” said Timothy Bonner, lead investigator for the study and biology professor. “We have been talking about this research study for over four years, and now it is just beginning.” Mussels contribute tremendously to aquatic systems’ food webs. Mussels consume small particles and nutrients from the water column and sediments and convert it into biomass, which is then available to other consumers like raccoons. “Loss of this service, the transfer of nutrients, is not well understood but could reduce function of aquatic ecosystems,” Bonner said. “Related to this, federal and state agencies have the obligation to protect and manage rare animals.” Many mussels in Texas might be “rare” because of historical factors. According to Bonner, it is thought that this rarity is due to the species evolving within the area from ancestral forms. Consequently, this fewness comes from other reasons than human causes. The five species of freshwater mussels being examined are the false spike, smooth pimpleback, texas fatmucket, texas fawnsfoot and the texas pimpleback. The research will evaluate the amount of mussels in the Brazos, Colorado and Guadalupe River Basins, as well as consider the conditions needed to maintain the mussels’ habitat, what stressors the mussels react to and what they can tolerate. The study is expected to be the most comprehensive of its kind in the southwest region, and will address key questions about freshwater mussels in Texas. The study will fill important data gaps in determining their need for protection. The partnership will address voluntary conservation measures that, if needed, will protect the mussels while managing the impact to the state’s economy, according to Hegar. “As we move forward, we must have contemporary science able to us in order to develop collaborative approaches for the conservation of this research,” said Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Southwest

Texas Wild Rice in the San Marcos River Jan. 25. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed Texas Wild Rice an endangered species in 1978. PHOTO BY NATHALIE COHETERO | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Regional Director of the USFWS. Bonner and his team of graduate and undergraduate students will be working with the San Marcos Aquatic Resources Center to evaluate methods for deliberate breeding of mussels in hatcheries to increase their numbers, and reintroduction of those mussels to their native habitats. “This research is the most expansive of its kind in Texas, and we at Texas State University are looking forward to working with Comptroller Hegar and our team of experts to gain greater understanding of freshwater mussels,” Bonner said. Texas State will be working with other organizations such as the BIO-WEST, Inc., the USFWS and Auburn University located in Alabama. “I’m thrilled about this opportunity,” Bonner said. “It’s a chance to get our students and the students of Auburn involved with hands-on research, and it’s good for the resource. We will be filling in many gaps of information that exist and that will allow us and the (US)FWS to know more about the mussels.” The USFWS will make four of the proposed listing decisions by September 2018, as well as a fifth listing decision by September 2020.

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Tax-free textbooks might become available for Texas students By Mark Otte News Reporter @markotte30 With the 85th session of the Texas Legislature in full swing, it’s not all bathroom and budget talk at the Texas Capitol. Three bills in the House and one in the Senate would exempt textbooks purchased by college students from sales tax for limited periods of time. The bills, all authored by Democrats, would give students a short period in the spring and fall when they will be able to purchase their textbooks tax-free. The amount of time students would get to make those discounted purchases varies from bill to bill. It could be anywhere from seven to 15 days in each of the two tax-free periods. With an already contentious session developing between Democrats and Republicans, Rep. Ana Hernandez, DHouston, said she hopes her bill HB 242 will be met with bi-partisan support. “It’s in our state’s best interest to have a well-educated and well-trained workforce,” Hernandez said. “We need to do what we can facilitate that.” While some of the proposed bills have fixed dates for the tax-free period, Hernandez’s bill would ask the comptroller to survey universities and assign dates after determining when the most books could be purchased. Hernandez said this measure is just a start and that the legislature will eventually need to tackle the rising cost of tuition in Texas. Tuition in Texas has risen by over 100 percent since the passage of a 2003 state law that allowed universities and colleges to set their own tuition rates, according to Hernandez. Just three states currently exempt college textbooks from state sales taxes, according to the website Taxjar, which covers state sales taxes: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon.

Johnny Rochell, exercise sports and physical therapy junior, and Tyler Cantrell, history junior, look at textbooks Jan. 25 at the University Bookstore. PHOTO BY JAMIE DORSEY | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The proposed bills will have to work

student participation in the process will help ensure the measure becomes law.

“It’s in our state’s best interest to have a well-educated and well-trained workforce. We need to do what we can facilitate that.” - Ana Hernandez their way through the legislative process the same as the rest, but Hernandez said

Students can call their representatives and go to committee meetings where

brother were also involved in the tattoo

starting a family of his own at the time,

the bills will be discussed. The bills will get a first reading, and then be assigned to a committee. Details such as cost and implementation will be discussed and reports will be produced. If committee members see fit, the bill will then come up for a floor vote in the full House or Senate. It will then require the governor’s signature to become law. The Star will have ongoing coverage of this and other bills during the rest of the 85th session of the Texas Legislature.

FROM FRONT CITY Aquabrew is currently under construction for additions such as a rooftop bar, beer garden, and concert stage. Carlos says he wants to put Aquabrew on the map as “the live music venue of downtown” and to expect “big names” on the Aquabrew stage once construction is complete. Along with restaurants, the downtown area is also populated with tattoo shops. Bubba Ward, owner of Bubba’s Family Tattoo, says business was good last year, but he wants to focus on getting his name out in the months approaching. Bubba opened his shop in 2010 before moving it downtown in 2016. When it opened, Bubba’s mother and

After all my years at Texas State and living near the square, I have never seen more variety in what it has to offer than right now. - Sarah Rule

business with him, which is what he says gives his parlor the family aspect. That, along with the fact that he was also

led him to open a business with family in mind and to make that an important aspect of the environment.

Dahlia Woods, owner of Dahlia Woods Gallery, gives artists a home for their work. The gallery displays and sells art work produced by artists from all over the state of Texas—seven of them being Texas State students and alumni. Dahlia’s gallery is also home to Bad Boy Books bookstore and Pinky’s Wine Bar. With these additions, she hopes to have at least three nights of live music a week. Dahlia Woods Gallery also hosts plays, book readings and private parties. “After all my years at Texas State and living near the square, I have never seen more variety in what it has to offer than right now,” said Sarah Rule, fashion merchandising junior.





31 01 02 03 WOW - A - PALOOZA WHAT: Fun activites for all students WHEN: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM WHERE: LBJ Student Center COST: Free

LAUGH TRACKS WHAT: Comedy show WHEN: 8:10 PM - 10:00 PM WHERE: LBJ Student Center at George's COST: Free



WHAT: Conferences discussing the Obama administration WHEN: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM WHERE: LBJ Student Center and Alkek Teaching Theater COST: Free

WHAT: Concert celebrating Eddie Durham WHEN: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM WHERE: Evans Auditorium COST: Free





WHAT: Showing of Moana WHEN: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM WHERE: LBJ Student Center at George's COST: Free

WHAT: Panel discussions over the impacts of cancer WHEN: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM WHERE: LBJ Student Center Room 3-13.1 COST: Free

WHAT: Showing of Harry Potter movies WHEN: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM WHERE: LBJ Student Center at George's COST: Free

WHAT: Dance concert WHEN: 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM WHERE: Evans Auditorium COST: $8 for students

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Vegan Eats in San Marcos St. Pita’s

By Paola Esquivel-Oliveros Lifestyle Reporter @paolaoliveros

Pieology is another restaurant located walking distance from campus. Customers can custom build their own pizza, so vegan students can create a pizza that accommodates their needs. “Pieology offers daiya cheese which is a common vegan cheese that can replace dairy cheese,” Garza said. “You can also add chickpeas and other vegetables to your pizza for more protein.” Students can also order a pizza without cheese. Salazar suggests loading the pizza with different vegetables to substitute cheese.

San Marcos is known for its unique dining, and is starting to include vegan options. When it comes to eating out, it can be a challenge finding restaurants that offer various vegan options. Vegetarians are a hardy minority with about 37 million Americans claiming to be one, according to a 2012 survey by the Vegeterian Times. Vegans are a much smaller, even more hard-core subset. Just .5 percent of Americans – only about 1 million people participate in the lifestyle. Dining halls on campus, for example, do offer salad and soup bars but Jones Dining Hall, refurbished just last year, is heavy with cheeseburgers, Chinese food and deli sandwiches.

Torchy’s Tacos This restaurant is conveniently located close to campus where vegan students can eat. This restaurant is known for its odd, but delicious ingredient tacos. Karina Garza, psychology junior, said it’s possible to order vegan at Torchy’s Tacos by substituting ingredients for others.

Pieology Tantra Coffee House features a variety of foods and drinks including vegan and vegetarian options. The black bean and broccoli taco is a popular vegan item on the menu. PHOTO BY JENNIFER CHACON | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

“Students can order The Independent without cheese,” Garza said. “These tacos are really good and loaded with fried Portobello mushrooms and corn.”

Tantra Coffeehouse

Aside from its music venue and art gallery , Tantra is also known for having a varied menu including vegan options. Eddie Baty, Tantra Coffeehouse manager, says vegan customers have the option of ordering the Tantric Banh Mi sandwich, Tacos del Cielo, the Hummus Plate or build their own dish. “Our most popular vegan item is Tacos del Cielo,” Baty said. “I would recommend first time vegan visitors to order Tacos del Cielo because it’s not to big or too small, and it’s cheap.”

Nostimo Mediterranean Café

Black bean vegan tacos found at Tantra Coffee House off west Hopkins street Jan. 24. PHOTO BY JENNIFER

This Mediterranean café on San Antonio Street is well-known for it’s fresh handmade foods. Jessica Salazar, family and consumer sciences lecturer, said the café is a small restaurant, but their food items are incredibly delicious. “Nostimo offers vegetables, hummus and different mixes of foods,” Salazar said. “They also have specific vegan dishes, which is an aspect that I really enjoy from them.”

Pieology is another restaurant located walking distance from campus. Customers can custom build their own pizza, so vegan students can create a pizza that accommodates their needs. “Pieology offers daiya cheese which is a common vegan cheese that can replace dairy cheese,” Garza said. “You can also add chickpeas and other vegetables to your pizza for more protein.” Students can also order a pizza without cheese. Salazar suggests loading the pizza with different vegetables to substitute cheese.

The Patty Wagon The Patty Wagon, located at The Hitch is another place students can order vegan. The owners of this popular food truck pride themselves in having fresh homemade food. Salazar said the veggie burger offered is 100 percent vegan if it is ordered by itself. “It can get tricky with veggie burgers because a lot of times they can have egg or cheese ingredients, but here they don’t which is amazing,” Salazar said.



Valentine’s Day horror stories ward but we got through it and it ended up being a nice dinner,” said Carter Valentine’s Day isn’t all awkward moments.“We’ve had proposals on Valentine’s Day—really sweet moments,” said Carter. Monte Sheffield, the owner and chef at Palmer’s, said he has seen proposals take place at his restaurant. “It’s really cool because the staff knows what’s going on and they’ll tell a few tables around, and those tables will hang out wanting to watch the whole thing go down,” said Sheffield. “It’s usually a huge roaring standing ovation.” One Bobcat had his own horror story happen on Valentine’s Day.

Valentines chocolates on display Jan. 26 at H-E-B in San Marcos. Many stores around town are already selling merchandise for the big day. PHOTO BY FLOR BARAJAS | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Love stories gone wrong By Amanda Heileman Lifestyle Reporter @busybeeamanda Valentine’s Day is meant for love and romance, but things don’t always go as planned. Valentino’s Pizza is the oldest pizzeria in San Marcos, and its very name attracts customers for Valentine’s Day. Three years ago, Daniel Moreland, general manager of Valentino’s Pizza, made a big mistake in preparation for the busy day.

Moreland and his crew stayed up until 3:00 a.m. making heart shaped pizza crusts, but almost all of those crusts had to be thrown away. They forgot to season the pizza pans which resulted in heart shaped pizza shells to stick and go to waste. Moreland knew he needed to season the pans, but he and his crew were so tired they didn’t think about it. “Every single one of those shells stuck to the bottom of that pan so that you couldn’t get the pizza off,” said Moreland. “It was a broken hearted day for pizzas.” Chris Carter, general manager of Root Cellar Cafe, said the cafe has also had uncomfortable moments on Valentine’s Day. The tables in Root Cellar are long, so most couples have to share a table. “One of the parties at the table broke up in the middle of dinner. It was awk-

Marshall Suniga, agriculture business and management major, said his worst Valentine’s Day was when his car died on the way to a movie. “It was raining and we were hanging out for about 20 minutes, waiting for a train to cross the street, so I turned my car off while we were sitting there,” said Suniga. “I tried to turn it on and my car battery died.” His car was the first one in line and there was a long line of cars behind. Suniga’s parents had to pick him and his girlfriend up and bring the romance to an end.

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FROM FRONT FOOD Abuhweij said the taco shop being located in a gas station can prevent people from trying the food. “The fact that we are in a gas station kind of gives us a bad rep,” Abuhweij said. “However, once they try us they are back the next day.” Elise Pfister, health and fitness management senior, said she likes the price and the quality of Bobcat Quickie’s tacos. “I went three years ago when I lived in my dorm, and I liked that it was such

“I went three years ago when I lived in my dorm, and I liked that it was such a hole in the wall.” - Elise Pfister a hole in the wall,” Pfister said. “Also, for the price I remember getting a pretty big taco.” Customers can get a meal for $2 to $8, not including extra toppings. Bobcat Quickie sells quesadillas, tortas, gorditas and tacos for breakfast or

Bobcat Quickie tacos have become a late-night staple for Texas State students. PHOTO BY MELISSA UECKERT | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

lunch. The menu has different prices for tacos with up to five toppings. “Although there is usually a long line to wait for the tacos, they are always worth it in the end,” Pfister said. “I think

it would be really cool if they expanded outside of the convenience store.” Abuhweij said management has been looking into different trailers near Aquarena Springs to expand Bobcat Quickie.

“That is still kind of in the works, but as of right now we are happy where we are,” Abuhweij said. “It doesn’t mean we (won’t) expand in the near future.”


How to combat Texas’ indecisive weather “We have a bunch of racerbacks for girls that sell a lot ‘cause girls will layer with that,” Rowell said. “I’ll throw a bandeau underneath those just ‘cause the way they sit. They are so much cuter with a bandeau.”

4 Leggings are your best friend

Kendra Scott accessories Jan. 28 at Two P’s & Calli’s Boutique. The boutique is the only shop in San Marcos where Kendra Scott items are sold. PHOTO BY NATHALIE COHETERO | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Top 5 fashion tips

By Dalia Moreno Lifestyle Reporter @dalyazmor

Texas natives know better than to store away their entire wardrobes when it seems like a new season is coming in. Here a list of tips to help combat Texas’ moody weather.

1 Keep your staple items handy

Keeping a consistent wardrobe is a timesaver because it helps avoid scrambling to find an outfit in the morning. Staple items like T-shirts, tank tops and cardigans make layering simple. Morgan Rowell, sales associate at San Marvelous and radiation therapy senior, said she combats the indecisive weather with her favorite long-sleeved T-shirts. “A lot of the long sleeves that we have are thin, so it’s really great cause once that weather transitions within a day, you’re perfectly fine,” Rowell said.

2 Workout wear is completely understandable on campus Tennis shoes and other workoutfriendly clothing are easy to match and

are completely acceptable for the daily workout campus has in store. Rachel Ramsower, sales associate at River Rose Clothing and fashion merchandising junior, said she prefers a comfortable and simple look. “I’m a big fan of the ‘athleisure’ type trend, like I’ll wear Nike shoes and then I’ll wear leggings and a cute sweater,” Ramsower said.

3 Don’t be afraid to add several layers Adding layers can change the look of an outfit and provide extra warmth during cool mornings. Rowell said racer back shirts are popular at San Marvelous. The shirts come in different colors and in a variety of prints.

Desiree Garza, fashion merchandising freshman, said she is a big fan of wearing leggings because they are easy and it is hard to go wrong with a pair. “When you have morning classes, just slip them on,” Garza said. “I also own some torn ones. They’re really cute.” Cut-out and printed patterns have been popular among casual and workout leggings. Garza said she pairs her ripped leggings with dark-colored, grungy band T-shirts and chokers with boots to create an edgier look. If staying warm is a priority, a pair of fleece-lined leggings are perfect for cold days because they provide an extra layer of warmth.

5 Dress it up with accessories Adding a piece of jewelry can give a simple outfit a spiffy upgrade. Garza said there are some accessories she always pairs with her outfits. “I always have to have a watch on. I think it dresses up an outfit too. I always have to have a necklace on too,” said Garza. When it comes to adding jewelry, Ramsower said keeping it simple is the best way to go. “I like long necklaces like the ones that have stones or a crystal. Those are my favorite because they can go with just a regular V-neck,” Ramsower said. “It just dresses it up a little bit.”

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Angela Davis’ Texas State visit is invaluable to students By May Olvera Opinions Columnist @yungfollowill Texas State is a university filled with bold and valiant spirits willing to fight for justice. I came to this university to simply and quietly earn a degree, only to unexpectedly become deeply enamored with the community of activists that reside here. Together, we can change the world—but not without direction. Activism is often hard emotional and physical labor, and young activists could use an example of a steadfast revolutionary. Now is the time to find inspiration, hope and strategy in a mentor who has dedicated her life to justice. Lucky for us, revolutionary icon, Angela Davis, will be visiting Texas State on March 31. In the 1960s, Davis rose to prominence as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and involvement in the Black Panther Party. Ronald Reagan, governor of California at the time, fired Davis from her faculty post with the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1970, Davis found herself on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list on false charges for conspiracy in the armed takeover of a California courtroom, which resulted in four deaths. Davis fled California but eventually turned herself in. She was acquitted at trial in 1972 after an international “Free Angela Davis” campaign demanded she was innocent. Davis’ activism has ranged widely: from communism to feminism to prisoners’ rights from which she has developed influential critiques of racism in our criminal justice system. Although she is largely viewed as one of the most iconic activists of the 1960s and 1970s, her work is just as significant today. Faced with massive tension between police and communities of color, our generation has now taken up the same fights Davis has led for decades. “Although black individuals have entered economic, social and political hierarchies, the overwhelming number of black people are subject to economic, educational and carceral racism (imprisonment motivated by racism) to a far greater extent than during the pre-civilrights era,” Davis told to The Nation in 2014. “In many ways, the demands of the Black Panther Party’s ten-point program are just as relevant—perhaps even more relevant—as during the 1960s.” Figures like Davis have also helped give rise to intersection of various movements, which is now a tremendous part of contemporary activism. In many cases, for example, women of color were forced to pick between the importance of the women’s movement


and the civil rights movement. Today, research found in studies such as Davis’ “Women, Race, & Class” have led us to better understand the ways that gender identity, sexuality, race and class are all intertwined in systems of oppression. For many students, Angela Davis has already been directly influential. “When I first heard that Angela Davis would be making a visit to Texas State I was ecstatic to say the least,” says recent Texas State graduate, Mariah Brown. “Because of her influ-

ence I became a more critical thinker and a better scholar. Angela Davis gave me the will to break the chains that my mind had been shackled in for so long. She woke me up.” Though Brown graduated in 2016, she is currently pursuing her teaching certification, and credits Davis with introducing her to what the expression “People Power” truly means and providing her with a different perspective on communism and the way radical movements are taught in school.

Angela Davis has already hugely impacted the way in which we approach and analyze repressive structures, and to see her speak in person will be an invaluable experience for the students of this university. We must follow her example and no longer accept the things we cannot change, but change the things that we cannot accept. - May Olvera is a journalism junior


Students should value communication skills regardless of major By Katie Burrell Opinions Columnist @KatieNicole96 Conflict can be seen across the globe, and much of this conflict is fruitless, destructive and divisive. If the next generation of students can educate themselves on the power of effective conflict and communication, the world could be a more productive place. Communication skills are invaluable, especially with the rise of social media, political tension and cross-cultural interaction. Students in any major should be focused on learning to communicate with integrity and accuracy. It is also vital that students obtain the ability to learn from conflict. Students will see conflict in everything they do, especially in the work place. However, knowing how to grow from strife will better them and their businesses. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, around 70 percent of employers surveyed said effective communication is one of the most valuable skills an applicant can have. Having effective communication skills involves the ability to handle conflict. With the election of President Donald Trump, the United States has seen a rise of conflict nationally. Some people may look at this conflict as negative, while others look at it in a more positive light. People sharing ideas and fighting for what they believe in can be great, but it needs to be productive. Particularly in this election, Trump has contributed greatly to negative con-

flict. Mocking a handicapped reporter and referring to a race of people as rapists and murderers are attacks on peoples’ characters. On the other side, there are violent protesters. In some instances, violence is arguably necessary to protect civil rights. On the other hand, it can cause people to become ineffective in their quest for justice. It is important to learn that all conflict is good conflict until one side tries to discredit the other side personally— something that has happened consistently throughout the election process on both conservative and liberal sides. Many people try to avoid conflict, negating the ability to learn from it. Many people unwittingly turn good conflict into bad conflict—this is done when insults are thrown, voices are raised and avoidance tactics are used. Giving in is not an option either, as it is completely unproductive. When people debate, solve interpersonal issues and raise questions on both personal and world scales, their relationships with each other can benefit and grow. Conflict can literally bring people closer together, rather than farther apart. According to Thought Hub, the main causes of negative conflict are poor communication skills, a lack of understanding and the abuse of power. If students can fine-tune their communication skills while studying art, business, science and more, they can improve their likelihood to find a job on top of making the world a more tolerant and knowledgeable place.


Conflict is a collective responsibility, so show some respect.

-Katie Burrell is a journalism sophomore

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Replace before repeal, distrust before trust By John Lee Opinions Columnist @ leeeeyonce The United States was founded on the idea of unalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. However, denying people easy access to universal health care robs them of their rights. The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare,” was implemented in order to try to meet a threshold of universal health care. Although the plan has its flaws, there is no question it has provided health care to 20 million people who once did not have access to medical services. It also established certain guidelines for insurers and clinics that gave power to health care recipients. Now, with the presidential baton passed to Donald Trump, efforts end the “Obamacare” program have already begun. If Trump’s administration and the Republicans in Congress continue to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act without providing an alternative, disaster is sure to ensue. Trump cannot be trusted when he promises to replace the health care law post-repeal, especially when considering his contradictions and faltering integrity. In his short political career, President Trump has flip-flopped on several issues: immigration, gun laws, abortion and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict––to name a few on the never-ending list of fabrications. Politicians often change their views, but Trump takes it to a whole new level. Many of his advocates and followers support him because he is not the


typical politician. He has stated several times that his office will drastically differ from how Washington was previously run. “It is time to drain the swamp of corruption in Washington, DC,” Trump said for a rally in Colorado Springs. The very foundation of his campaign was built on this “drain the swamp mentality.” However, his cabinet choices favor the very people he vowed to displace. Lobbyist Rex Tillerson, corporate banking board member Elaine Chao, billionaire Betsy DeVos are the type of people he vowed to rid in federal government. If Trump has turned his back on the foundations of his campaign, how can anyone trust him or the Republican party when they vow to “repeal and replace” the health care law? Even members of his own party are unaware of such replacements plans. The simple answer to the question is that Americans cannot entrust their own health to a non-transparent system. The repeal and replacement of a major healthcare program so drastically and quickly will produce skepticism among already skeptical Americans. The decision to end “Obamacare” will affect tens of millions of lives, and has the capacity to kill Americans if the current system is not swiftly and effectively replaced. Instead of completely taking away the health care law, representatives on Capitol Hill should consider taking the logical option actually having a replacement before they repeal. -John Lee is a marketing freshman


American Identity: The Possible Impossibility By Adrian Tullock Guest Contributer The American people make up one of the most culturally diverse populations in the world. The influence of foreign cuisine, music, language, values, and infrastructure can be found all across the United States. Even so, the array of differences between any groups, communities, or individuals has not served to undercut the notion of an established American identity. Certain values and norms permeate every aspect of daily life; freedom of speech, a strong work ethic, consumerism and fast food. However, there exists a layer of identity above this that captures how the country has come to define itself throughout history. On this level, America is labeled as a primarily Christian capitalist democratic nation. Each of these attributes are strong characteristics in their own right and it is no small statement to be a champion of all of them simultaneously. To this point, I pose a challenging question: are we truly fitting of such a description? Further, is it even possible for us to encompass all of these traits at once? I believe we will need to dig beneath the surface to determine the answer. Let’s start with being a capitalist nation; the easiest label to justify. As a social and economic system respectively, capitalism is rooted in the principles of individualism and private ownership. By allowing groups or individuals to determine their best way to bring value to the market and population, the citizens of a community are tasked with and rewarded for solving the problems of production and resource distribution within their economy. More concisely, capitalism promotes the ideal of capitalizing on gaps and opportunities for the sake of profit. Americans laud the benefits of “pure competition” that stem from businesses vying for prime market position, withstanding the abuses people have endured for the sake of “winning”. The populace is all too familiar with the reality of unscrupulous business practices from companies like Wells Fargo last year to Enron back in 2001 and even further beyond. While capitalism is attributable to a significant amount of economic growth in America, it has certainly been party to more than its fair share of damage as well. I bring this to attention not to spur on a debate about capitalism, but to highlight the fact that greed, ambition, and shamelessness are capitalism’s most rewarded traits. At the most exalted levels of economic prosperity, these traits supersede hard work, honesty and diligence. The successes

of John D. Rockefeller (oil monopoly, shady business practices), Bill Gates (software industry oppression), and ExxonMobil (climate change scandal) are shining examples to this point. All are successes that contributed to the American economy and identity, but not without faults that resulted in dire consequences for others. A democratic government is granted sovereignty by the people, and thus, should prioritize their will and needs. A democratic society is one that favors the rule of the majority yet protects the rights of individuals and the minority. Interestingly, the shared value of individual rights creates some synergy between capitalism and democratic government. Thriving businesses help the economy prosper and our government pushes policies and agendas that further capitalism and benefit business. This even goes as far to influence our state and federally elected representatives, which pleads to question if there is a conflict of interest here. If elections are not truly fair because people must compete with governmentsupported corporations, then we do not truly have a democracy. We clearly understand that government is meant to flow from the people, but the fervor behind the success of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign is a testament to how many feel disenfranchised by corporate interests, lobbyists, super PACs and even the two-party system we operate under. Arguably, this is a result of how we practice capitalism by continuously giving people with less means the proverbial short end of the stick. We will swiftly adapt policies, fund bailouts, and even go to war for corporate interests but will defund programs that help those in poverty and justify the use of force to oppress citizens’ constitutional rights. It isn’t far-fetched for people to feel as if there is some favoritism going on. On the people’s behalf, I wonder: is capitalism undermining our democratic efficacy? Or, is it possible we are simply deluded as a society? In spite of our stance on religious tolerance, Christianity cannot be separated from the formation and history of the United States. Starting with the Declaration of Independence, “the protection of Divine Providence” was cited as a supporting element in their decision to separate from Great Britain. Continuing the country’s religious narrative, manifest destiny was based on the idea that our past deeds and accomplishments were proof of our divinity, and that we were destined to remake the free world in our image.


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Baseball adds 12 new freshmen to roster By Brooke Phillips Sports Reporter @brookephillips_ With the 2017 season approaching, the Texas State men’s baseball team is preparing for the new year by combining both returning players with new ones. At the end of every season, there are players who leave the team to graduate, get drafted and/or leave their collegiate athlete days behind. However, at the beginning of each season, it also brings along new faces for the team. The 2017 baseball roster has been set, and this year the team has welcomed on 12 aspiring freshmen athletes. Many of the new players proved their spot on the team after success this past fall season. Head baseball coach Ty Harrington said he is looking forward to a great season with the new guys. “What we’re looking for is guys who are going to be incredibly competitive, unbelievable teammates,” Harrington said. “I think the new guys that were here in the fall showed signs that that’s what kind of guys they were going to be.” Although the new players will bring new talent to the team, a mixture of diverse skills will be beneficial for the team overall. “I thought they matched in great with the team of our current players,” Harrington said. “It’s always nice in transition because then they start to believe in what the returning players have and it just makes everything move a lot smoother.” New players are not automatically going to be superstars on the team, but the Bobcats’ baseball staff does their best to work with all of the players to better their abilities. “The challenge is getting to know somebody new and learning what their needs are and learning how to coach them,” Harrington said. “And then vice versa—them trying to get to know you and what my expectations are.” The team gained 10 pitchers, lefthanded and right-handed, one infield-


er/outfielder and one outfielder. Harrington said that all of them have stepped their game up, and he is hoping for great things to help his team get better. “There’s going to be some guys on the mound that are going to have to really really step up,” Harrington said. “We’re looking for big things from all of them.” While the new players prepare to step onto the baseball field for the first time as college athletes, the entire team is hoping for a successful season. “As always, we’re trying to win championships,” Harrington said. “We have to overachieve. It’s certainly inspiring all of us right now. So far I think they’ve overachieved in their work.” Baseball season kicks off on Feb. 17 with the Bobcats hosting their first game-series against Purdue University.

Meet the freshmen Outfield

Jack Woodland

Infield/Outfield Cole Coffey

Left-handed pitchers Adam Ivey Brock Bosse Kevin Graff

Right-handed pitcher Alex Klitsas Nicholas Fraze Noah Walker Peyton Reich Shane Daughtey Weston Seay Zachary Leigh


Texas State shows off new recruits on signing day By Lisette Lopez Sports Editor @Lisette_1023 National Signing Day is on Feb. 1 and athletes across the nation will sign a Letter of Intent to the college of their choice. Head coach Everett Withers will hold a showcase at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Embassy Suites—San Marcos. There, Withers and his staff will preview the 2017 recruiting class and highlight their standouts and achievements as high school athletes. The Bobcats recruited players from across Texas to add fresh faces and new talent to the 2017 roster. Caeveon Patton, defensive tackle, has played football for as long as he can remember and is ready to sign a Letter of Intent for his new team. “I am looking forward to starting a new journey with a lot of guys that want to do the same thing as me: to win a

ring,” Patton said. Patton is coming from Cuero High School in Cuero, which is about 75 miles from Bobcat Stadium. He helped his team reach the 4A Division II semifinals his junior year after recovering from a knee injury. During his time playing for the Gobblers, Patton was an All-District 15-4A, Division I first-team selection at tight end and on the defensive line. He was also a second-team all-area pick on the defensive line. Patton said he cannot wait to play for his new family. “I am super excited because I am the first one in the family to go into Division I football,” Patton said. “I hope to play as a freshman, and show everyone that has doubted me what I am made of.” Last season the Bobcats had a 2-10 overall record, and were 0-8 in the conference. It was Withers’ first season as the

FROM PAGE 7 OP-ED Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense, compared the mission of manifest destiny to the work of the Biblical Patriarch Noah and had no qualms about inciting the Christian God throughout his persuasive efforts to establish an American identity. The name of God has been invoked regularly from national speeches to federal oaths. In all likelihood, Donald Trump will complete his oath of office statement with “So help me God” later this week. To uphold our position as a Christian nation beyond hollow lip service means, within constitutional limits, adhering to its seven virtues faithfully. Prudence, charity, and justice are three of the seven I will cover. Prudence leads to wiser decisionmaking. It would naturally reduce corruption and the occurrence of scandals in business and politics. Unfortunately, this contradicts the reward system for capitalism when pushing political corporate agendas becomes a method for edging past the competition. Similarly with charity, government favoring business over people naturally translates to inequality between the capitalist class (the few) and the working class (the many). This helps

contextualize our growing wealth gap, the neglected plight of our poor, and a perception that we may be more oligarchic than democratic. Lastly, while a Christian sense of Justice would forgive and better integrate our rehabilitated sinners and criminals, and secure our elderly who have contributed to our society, a capitalist bent society appears to see less value in these people. Perhaps there are more potent reasons for the existence of these issues, but does that then make it unfair to question if we walk our almighty talk? This inquiry into the American identity, the heart of our country could not have come a moment too soon. With the evolving political landscape and growing awareness to social issues, we may very well be in for a reckon ing of our collective conscience. I do not claim to have the answer to the question of what may be our possible impossibility, work-in-progress, or mistaken identity. In any case, let’s be honest about who we are and where we are headed; for if we don’t know who we are or where we’re going, we will be in for a rude awakening when we get there.

Bobcats’ head coach, and he is looking to improve next season with recruiting young talent and holding open tryouts

“I am looking forward to starting a new journey with a lot of guys that want to do the same thing as me: to win a ring.” – Caeveon Patton for students. The tentative non-conference 2017 schedule for Texas State is up.The first

tentative matchup for the Bobcats will be against the Houston Baptist Huskies on Sept. 2. Another tentative match up to look forward to will be against the UTSA Roadrunners on Sept. 23. The Roadrunners have been successful with their new football program. With the start of his Bobcat career and start of a new journey, Patton has some other goals in mind. Patton said he hopes to become a better man on and off the field. “I hope to become a better leader than I am now, and become a way better football player,” Patton said. “I want to become a better student of the game, a better man and a better student in the classroom.” Patton is excited for what the future brings for him as an athlete, and is counting down the hours until he can sign his Letter of Intent to become an official Texas State Bobcat.

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Starting off the season right By Lisette Lopez Sports Editor Lisette_1023


The Texas State men’s track and field indoor season is underway, and individuals are already stepping up. In just the third week of the season, T’Mond Johnson, sophomore thrower, has already made a name for himself. Johnson was named the Sun Belt Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week after two strong opening meets. Johnson said he was excited, and is ready for what this season throws at him. “I actually didn’t find out until our team meeting and I was pretty excited when our coach announced it to the team,” Johnson said. “It was nice all the hard work was paying off and being recognized by others so it was definitely a proud moment.” In the span of just two weeks, Johnson posted a new personal best in shot put with a throw of 17.44 meters. With that throw, he claimed second at the Texas A&M Invitational. The throw also ranks first in the conference and is the fourth-best in school history. One thing all athletes, including Johnson, have a hard time with is consistency. He knows he needs to pick it up, and is something that he is working on this season. Johnson will have a couple bad throws first, before he starts to pick it up. It is something he hopes to work on this season. “I just want to be more consistent in meets,” Johnson said. “I usually start slow, and then pick it up heading into the final three rounds. I would really like to have big throws in the first three rounds and pick it up from there.” Johnson is competing in his second year as a Bobcat, and already has one ring under his belt. Last season, the men’s team put up enough points together to take home the title of the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Champions.

Texas State’s championship win was one for the books. It was not expected that the Bobcats would take home the title. Johnson said the team knows they have a huge target on their backs, and are known as the team to beat. He was a part of getting his team that championship ring as he competed in the shot put and weight throw.

“Personally I feel that I still have a lot left in me to do better. I just want to make sure I am doing everything necessary to compete at the highest level when the time comes.”

– T’Mond Johnson In the weight throw event, Johnson set his personal record as a Bobcat with a throw of 15.00 meters. “Personally I feel that I still have a lot left in me to do better,” Johnson said. “I just want to make sure I am doing everything necessary to compete at the highest level when the time comes.” Johnson also set new personal bests in the hammer and discus throw in the outdoor season. In the hammer throw, Johnson recorded a personal best with a throw of 44.41 meters. For the discus throw, he recorded 46.64 meters. “As the season progresses, I just want to do as best I can and try to reach goals I set at the beginning of the season.” Johnson said. This is only the beginning of the season for Johnson, and he is going to do everything he can to make sure that he stays at his best.

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