Kathryn Parker

Legislators discuss current issues at Texas Tribune event

State legislators representing the San Marcos area discussed topics including water, healthcare, education and the Republican Party during a Hot Seat session hosted by the Texas Tribune on campus Tuesday.

The discussion featured State Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) and State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs), who answered hot button questions posed by Evan Smith, editor-in-chief and CEO of the Texas Tribune.

Team gears up for final home game against Western Kentucky


Texas State’s defense is gearing up to face a top-five rusher in the nation after the Bobcats gave up a season-high 328 rushing yards against Arkansas State.

The Bobcats gave up 200-plus rushing yards one previous time this season against the current first place team in the Sun Belt Conference, Louisiana—Lafayette, before Saturday’s loss to Arkansas State.

“We have to work on our fundamentals,” said senior safety Justin Iwuji. “We need to make sure we are gap-sound and doing the little things right. As a defense, we’ll come together and make stops.”

The Bobcats are now preparing to go up against Western Kentucky running back Antonio Andrews, who currently leads the conference in all-purpose yards with 2,192.

Lambda hosts biannual, theme-oriented drag show

Multicolored lights zigzagged across Bobcat Ball Saturday as some attendees clad in bustiers and stockings for the event’s burlesque theme danced to electronic music at Bar One 41.

The biannual event, hosted by Lambda at Texas State, raised funds for the on-campus lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied community group. Members of the Texas State and San Marcos communities came out to show their support for Lambda. Attendees included Bobcat Ball emcee Kelly Stone, family and consumer science lecturer, and Thom Prentice, former city council and mayoral candidate.

“(Lambda) provides a safe space and an outlet to socialize,” said Lambda president Terena Cloud as she checked to make sure her stick-on mustache
was in place.

Football prepares to face Arkansas State, hope to move up in Sun Belt


Freshman Quarterback Tyler Jones getting ready to throw the ball

With three games left in the season and a bowl game on the line, the Bobcats will face second- place Arkansas State Saturday for a chance to move up in the Sun Belt Conference.

The Red Wolves have won back-to-back Sun Belt championships and have been to the GoDaddy.com Bowl for two consecutive seasons. Arkansas State won last year’s bowl game against Kent State 17–13.

The Red Wolves will come into the game 5–4 after beating Louisiana-Monroe 42–14 last weekend. The team has averaged 30.4 points per game while the Bobcats have averaged 28.8 points. Texas State lost 14–21 Oct. 12 to Louisiana-Monroe.

Get to know: Michael Odiari

Odiari posing with his arms crossed.

CC: Whom do you cheer for every Sunday?
MO: I go for the Cowboys. I also go for Denver (Broncos), the Steelers and the Ravens.

CC: Have you always played defensive end, or have you played other positions in the past?
MO: I’ve played middle linebacker, outside linebacker and believe it or not, a little bit of cornerback.

CC: Has there been a favorite memory since you’ve been at Texas State?
MO: I think everything, you know. I would say my first game probably against Southern Miss.

CC: Growing up, was football your only sport or did you play multiple sports?
MO: I played soccer.

Beyond the game: Jason Dann


Portrait photo of Jason Dann

One kicking and punting position shared between three men has brought a competitive yet friendly nature to the Texas State football program this year.

Junior Jason Dann, placekicker and punter, has recently competed with his teammate Will Johnson, junior kicker, for the same position on the team. At the time Johnson was replaced, he was 0 for 5 on field goals and 13 for 13 on extra points.

“I’ve had my struggles,” Johnson said. “Jason (Dann) stepped up and filled my spot, and he’s done a great job. It’s a competition every week to see who will be punting and kicking.”

Council Place 2 incumbent Jude Prather wins re-election

Incumbent Jude Prather defeated opponents Mason Murphy and Thom Prentice for the San Marcos City Council Place 2 seat Tuesday night.

Prather finished with 68.75 percent of the votes. Murphy followed with 19.28 percent, and Prentice earned 11.67 percent. Prather claimed his victory in the election before all eight precincts reported polling results and addressed the crowd, which included his father, wife and childhood best friend.

“I think the campaign went well, but three months of campaigning is nothing like three years of governing,” Prather said. “The hard work comes next.”

City, county elections see anticipated low voter turnout

Pablo Palmonio standing at a voters booth

While less than 10 percent of registered voters in Hays County cast ballots in this year’s local elections, officials say the low turnout was expected.

According to polling results, 8,490 Hays County voters headed to the polls Tuesday to choose city councilmembers and approve charter amendments and statewide policies. Joyce Cowan, Hays County elections administrator, said the county has 98,000 registered voters. About 3,100 voters in Hays County cast ballots during early voting and by “personal appearance,” and 3,000 more had voted on Election Day as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Cowan said.

Chisum, Volleyball prepares for final home appearances

The Texas State volleyball team will host its final two home games of the season against
Western Kentucky and Georgia State at Strahan Coliseum this week, two teams the Bobcats split in wins and losses earlier in the year.

The Hilltoppers defeated Texas State 3–0 in their previous encounter, which was the first and last time the Bobcats have lost to an opponent in straight sets so far. Senior outside hitter Paige Wessel led Western Kentucky in the match, finishing with a team-high 10 kills and a .625 hitting percentage from the court. Wessel ranks first in the Sun Belt Conference in hitting percentage, averaging .441 percent on the year.

Texas State to face future Sun Belt opponent

Texas State will encounter soon-to-be Sun Belt Conference member Idaho for its sixth possible win of the season, the most for the Bobcats since joining the FBS.

Coach Dennis Franchione and the Bobcats are 0-2 on the road against the Vandals. Idaho currently holds a 1-7 record, and the team is allowing 45.13 points per game on defense. The one time the Vandals’ defense limited an opposing offense to less than 40 points was in their homecoming game against Temple. Idaho registered a 26-24 victory over the Owls.

“They got thrown into the conference realignment phase without a place to go,” Franchione said. “As a result, their record is a little deceiving. They’ve played a tough schedule.”


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