Daryl Ontiveros | Staff Photographer

Veteran hopes to educate community after service dog incident

An Iraqi veteran is accusing Texas State of implementing an illegal policy after an event regarding his service dog happened earlier this year.

Jeremy Kennard, social work senior, contacted a lawyer when he discovered the university enforced a policy he felt violated the federal American Disability Act.

Kennard entered the classroom of Raphael Travis, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, on the first day of the fall semester with his service dog, Athena. He said Travis asked him to produce paperwork proving Athena was a certified service dog.

Travis said after he requested the dog’s certification, and then Kennard left the class in a “clearly frustrated” manner.

Exhibition showcases alumni talent


Corn husks, brass, silver and corn silk can be seen throughout The University Galleries during the 15th Annual Alumni Invitational exhibition.

A group of six Texas State Alumni from the School of Art and Design are currently displaying their work Sept. 9-Oct. 7 at the galleries. Chad Dawkins, interim gallery director, said the group utilized several different materials, including paintings, ceramics, metal photography, printmaking, sculpture, performance and video.

Dawkins said exhibition participants were chosen based on faculty input.

Bobcats escape double overtime game with 2-1 victory

The Texas State soccer team seemed poised to continue its winning streak after taking a 1-0 lead in the first half.

But an injury to Elizabeth Havenhill, sophomore defender, in the second half gave the Little Rock Trojans hope. The Trojans tied the game shortly after Havenhill exited.

The Bobcats weren’t as sharp defensively but eventually regained momentum and defeated the Little Rock Trojans 2-1 in overtime. The game-winning goal wasn't scored by Texas State, though.

Little Rock's misstep in the 103rd minute led to the game-winning goal.

Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said he was pleased with the win but knows the team can improve decision-making.

Analyzing the win: Texas State 2, Little Rock 1

What the win means: With the 2-1 victory, the Texas State soccer now has a (3-0) series lead over Little Rock. More importantly, the win means the Bobcats are undefeated in the Sun Belt Conference and extends their wining streak to six games.

Turning point: The injury to Elizabeth Havenhill, sophomore defender. Following the injury, Little Rock gained some traction against the Bobcats defense. The injury resulted when Havenhill collided with a Trojans’ player inside the penalty box.

Pick of the Week

For the undecided major

Texas State will host its 7th annual Majors Fair Sept. 23 from 12 p.m.-3:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. The event gives undergrads the opportunity to speak with faculty, staff and other students about the different degree programs the university has to offer.  The event is free and open to students with a valid Texas State ID.

For the literature fan

Bobcats outpaced 56-50 against Golden Eagles

Coach Dennis Franchione expected a high scoring game heading into the matchup against Southern Mississippi.

Well, he got that in spades.

“I’m not sure I foresaw this many points,” Franchione said. “I did think that it would be in the thirties or forties.”

Tonight’s total score (106) is the second highest that Texas State has ever had in a game since joining FBS in 2012. The highest was a 62-55 loss to Louisiana Tech in 2012.

Franchione and Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, shared the same thought, but the other team made a couple more plays during the game.

Five key plays from Texas State's 56-50 loss to Southern Mississippi

The Texas State football team scored 50 points but it was not enough to topple the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. Here are the five key plays from the loss.

1. Whoops, the referees did it again

Southern Mississippi’s first drive in the third quarter started after Texas State went 3-and-out on their first drive. Texas State led the game 25-21 and the game was still anybody’s for the taking.

Local band headlines at Cheatham Street Warehouse

When Cody Bryan performed in front of his high school graduating class, he never imagined it would be the start of his music career.  

The Cody Bryan Band, a Texas country group based in Austin, headlined at Cheatham Street Warehouse Sept. 18 to celebrate the release of their new album, Small Town Noise.

Cody Bryan, the lead vocalist of the band, said he fell in love with performing after he was asked to sing in front of the 500-600 members of his graduating class.

“My best friend held the microphone up for me, and I’ve been playing ever since,” Bryan said.

Bryan said the band has been touring on the road for almost a year and a half in cities around Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Analyzing the loss: Southern Mississippi 56, Texas State 50

What the loss means: The Texas State football teams' season is in trouble. Losing this game leaves some points of emphasis leading into the conference schedule.

First, Texas State is now going to have to beat at least one of Sun Belt Conference's Big Three: Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, and Louisiana-Lafayette. The Bobcats went 1-2 against them last season at home and now they have to play all three on the road this season. If Texas State loses to Houston, which is certainly possible or even likely since the Bobcats lost to Southern Mississippi, then the Bobcats will need a near perfect conference record to even think about bowl eligibility.

First half analysis: Texas State 25, Southern Mississippi 21

Responding to adversity: Southern Mississippi scored a touchdown on its first three possessions of the game, but eventually Texas State settled in on both sides of the ball. The Golden Eagles went scoreless for the last 14 minutes of the game. The deficit, which was at once 18 points, was eliminated in less than one quarter.

Second time is the charm: The second quarter belonged to Texas State, which scored 22 of its 25 first-half points in the quarter.  

Missed tackles: Texas State seems to have recorded more missed tackles than points in the first quarter. Jordan Mitchell, Golden Eagles freshman wide receiver, had four defenders touch him on his 19-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.


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