Mathworks program close to raise $3 million endowment

Texas State’s Mathworks program is close to having an endowment amount of over $3 million dollars.

The RGK Foundation donated $400,000 today to help Mathworks in their ‘Legacy Campaign’ endowment and to achieve the Kodosky $1.2 million match challenge.

Mathworks Assistant Director Andrew Hsiao is glad that the RGK Foundation is helping them in their endowment campaign.

“We’re really honored that they are supporting the endowment campaign which will sustain the center for years to come,” Hsiao said.

The Kodosky match challenge started in 2010 when Jeff Kodosky, co-founder of National Instruments, and his wife, Gail, gave $300,000 to establish the Kodosky Foundation Mathworks Endowment and pledged a $1.2 million challenge match.

Kodosky want to encourage others to support the Mathwork’s endowment campaign. Once the challenge is fulfill, the Kodosky Foundation will match the amount donated.

The amount could result in $3 million. This will provide financial help to the Mathworks’ programs, such as summer math camps for students K-12, research for graduate students and teacher training.

Mathworks Director Max Warshauer knows this is money is important to provide help students who have financial problems.

“It supports our undergraduate and graduate students working with the program on research and it supports scholarships so that any student, even if they have need still can come to our program. So we’ll never be turning away students because of financial background,” Warshauer said.

Although the challenge ends on 2017, Warshauer believes that they will match the amount in one or two years.

To learn more about the Mathworks program, call (512) 245-3439 or e-mail mathworks@txstate.edu.

To donate to the endowment, you can visit their website at www.txstate.edu/mathworks.

THIRD THURSDAY

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(Photo by Dianne Zarate)

BY: Dianne Zarate

Students from around the Austin and San Marcos area gathered on Thursday for free music and pizza at Triple Crown.

KTSW’S first Third Thursday generated such a good turnout due to devoted fans, that local bands will continue to play around the area. 

"My friend got me into The Real Hands and I just had to come and see them.", said Flor Sanchez, Spanish Senior. "The free pizza was definitely a plus and the show was awesome. This won’t be my last Third Thursday."

KTSW is a radio station that is student run and college indie format that includes genres like rock, hip-hop and more.

"If it’s KTSW sponsored, they’re gonna play the deeper tracks.", said Taylor Zavala, International Relations Senior. "This being my first third Thursday, I know it’s going to be music to my frigging ears."

The station holds events like these in order to get more listeners and have students interested in the local music.

The bands that played this Thursday were:

  • Red Blue One Two 
  • The Coordinates
  • The Real Hands

KTSW’s next event will be their College Radio Day that will be all day original programming on October 3rd. 

Car Thefts on Texas State Campus

By: Matt Gurevitz

Ever since school began, car thefts have been reported. These car thefts have been happening on-campus, and mainly in parking garages.

University police have been on high alert, and they are doing what they can to stop car thieves. The University has also sent out multiple e-mails alerting students that these burglaries are going on.

Otto Glenewinkel, Texas State’s Crime Prevention Specialist, said “We are following up on one suspect, but no arrests have been made. The offenses have seemed to slow down, but they never stop.”

The university has sent out a picture of a suspect that could have been committing these crimes in the Wood Street garage, but he has not been in for questioning.

This is a picture of the suspect.

Students can take steps to prevent themselves from being victims to these crimes. Officer Glenewinkel has some suggestions. “You can protect yourself by remembering to always lock all of your doors, and also not leave any of your valuables in plain sight. Also, if you do get robbed, don’t hesitate to report it right away, so the police can do their best to retrieve your stolen items.”

Students have been informed about the burglaries. Some students, such as Jordan Greeley, are doing what they can to protect themselves.

“I’ve gotten the e-mails, and I know these robberies happen. The only think I can do is remember to lock all my doors all the time, and if I see these things happen, you can bet I’ll be calling 9-1-1.” Greeley said.

Even if your car is locked, thieves can still find a way to get into your car. They are known to pick your lock, or even break through the window. Thieves will also target cars that have valuable items lying around. They won’t waste their time going after cars that might not have valuables in them.

A Night of Honors

By: Nicole Weber

Honors College Students gathered at the Alkek Teaching Theatre on Thursday evening for Meet the Professor night, where students learned about the courses available to them for the spring semester.

Honors courses are unlike traditional Texas State courses, finding new and innovative ways to teach the essentials.

“The material is so intriguing,” said Josue Plaza, Honors College Student and Senior. “You do a lot of work but you don’t even realize it.”

The credits earned from honors courses can substitute for most prerequisites required by all majors.

There are over thirty courses offered to cater to the diverse student population within the honors college with a wide range of majors and interests.

Several of the unique courses offered include:

  • The Shaping of the Modern Mind
  • Nature and the Quest for Meaning
  • How we Decide: Making Decisions from the Inside Out
  • The Death Plot

Professor Monroe, the instructor for “The Death Plot”, understands some students may find the content of her class off-putting.

“There is a fear of death,” said Monroe. “You live a better life if you are not living in fear and you face death head on.”

Space is extremely limited in honors courses, but those who attended meet the professor night have a better chance of enrolling in their class of choice.

Each attendee was entered into a lottery that will allow the lucky winners to register for one honors class of their choice.

Enrollment for honors courses becomes available to all members of the honors college on October 7th, when early registration begins. 

A Simply Smashing Tournament

By: Brent Johnson

Dozens of people gathered at Gamerz Galaxy in Austin to battle in a Super Smash Brothers Melee tournament on Saturday.

Over 40 entrants participated in the event while many others watched on.  When it was all over, the usual top 3 came out on top:

  1. AG|ARC (Austin Conley)
  2. MT (Matt Chan)
  3. Tirno (Edgar Handal)

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This tournament marked a first in a new tournament series called Gamerz of the Galaxy. Every month Gamerz Galaxy hosts a Smash Bros. Melee tournament that attracts many players from all across Texas.  Players enter and play competitively for a prize pot. 

“I come to these tournaments to compete and win, but I also come to see good friends that I don’t always get to see and play a game we all love,” said Doug Gann also known as “Element” in the Smash community.

Smash Bros. Melee is a fighting game developed by Nintendo that was released in 2001 and is still being played by thousands of people 13 years later.  Very few games have a competitive scene that has lasted that long, and it appears to be still evolving.

“There’s a really high ceiling for how good you can be,” said Matt Chan, the second place winner.  “We haven’t even pushed it to its limit yet after 13 years of this freakin’ game.”

If you’re interested in participating in the next tournament or in meeting up with the UT Smash Club, join the Facebook group and keep up to date with all of the Melee events.

DONT FORGET ABOUT RENT

By Ryan Love

The rock musical RENT is expected to amaze the Texas State University audience October seventh through the twelve.

RENT is set in east village New York and tells the story of eight friends struggling with modern day problems. They battle sex, love, friendship, debt, and even aids. The show is best known for its emotional music numbers; two of which are “seasons of love,” and “Will I?”  

“I would say my favorite number in the show is ‘Will I?’”  BFA actor Glenn DeVar said, “It’s a song that asks three simple questions about death: ‘Will I lose my dignity? Will someone care? Will I wake up tomorrow from this nightmare?’” …”this number [Will I?] comes during one of the support group meetings. I think it’s a wonderful way to sum up the turmoil that many of the characters are feeling, and it’s a number that truly makes you feel your humanity.”

It takes more than just the vision of a director and the talent of skilled actors to put on a show such as RENT. Rehearsals started back in the beginning of August, production and the design team started their process back in the end of the spring semester of 2014. Texas State student scene designers, costume designers, sound producers, technical directors, stage managers, etc. have been working non-stop every night for four hours a day Monday through Friday.

“The hardest job is understanding the views of the rest of your team, which includes directors, actors, technicians and many more,” Assistant Stage Manager Kim Deleon said,” Stage management is a pinnacle point of communication and sometimes teams have different opinions of process for the production”… “We [stage managers] collaborate with multiple opinions in one day and it can be overbearing at times, fortunately we have a great support system within our department that helps guide us.”

Tickets will range from eight to $18: eight dollars for students, $15 for general admission on weekdays, and $18 for general admission on weekends. Make sure to catch the spectacular performances come October seventh.

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Texas State Association for Women in Communications now has new affiliation

By Jenna Coleman

The Texas State chapter of The Association for Women in Communications, along with the Austin chapter, has decided to cut ties with the national organization and become the Women Communicators of Austin.

The Austin chapter, which also had one of  the largest memberships in AWC, decided to go their own way and create their own brand and group of professionals, taking with them the Texas State chapter.

Chelsea Cua, President of the Texas State chapter of what is now WCA, said, “It’s still the exact same people and still the same concept, just a little different.”

Cua said there was also a local factor when deciding whether or not the Texas State chapter should stay with the national AWC or branch off with WCA.

“Austin has a lot of things that relate to communications, PR and Electronic Media and there are all kinds of women in professional careers that are always lending a helping hand,” Cua said.

However, some members are not completely convinced that this transition is all for the better.

WCA member Victoria Lopez said, “Not being a part of the national organization is kind of a big deal because you can’t make connections with people outside of Austin.”

WCA will move forward with mentoring programs and encourage young women entering communication professions to network and get involved.

San Marcos Hip Hop Takeover

By Jade Lewis

 A San Marcos Psychology student plans to take the San Marcos Hip Hop Scene to the next level.

The first ever Hip Hop showcase under, “Sindicate Enterprises”, an artist management company founded by Antonio Miller, is ready for action on Thursday. Texas State Senior, Antonio Miller, 23, has been planning to execute a Hip Hop event in San Marcos for some time now, and is finally getting to see his plans unravel.

“It’s really a dream come true to execute this event. San Marcos has been missing a strong Hip Hop Scene for some time, and I feel now is the perfect time to change that.” says Antonio Miller. Tony describes the event as an experience of live music, creativity, and innovation from local San Marcos talent.

Local San Marcos artists have been rehearsing and preparing for this event since last month, and are ready to take over San Marcos like never before.

“I’ve known Tony for some time, and it’s a pleasure to be performing at one of his events” says local artist, Aye Cue. “It’s time to shake some things up for the crowd.”

Tony was also the previous Activity Coordinator for Texas State orginazation, Hip Hop Congress, and plans on using all of his resources and knowledge from the past position to build his company Sindicate Enterprises. The Hip Hop showcase takes place this Thursday at a house on LBJ Dr., and is expected to have more than 50 people in attendance.

For more information, contact Tony Miller on Twitter

Local Reading

A native San Marcos author signed and read from her latest novel at her childhood home earlier today.

Elizabeth Crook, a genre novelist who writes westerns, recently published her fourth book, “Monday, Monday”. At an event organized by the Friends of the Library, she discussed the novel, it’s inspiration, it’s story, and signed copies for attending readers.

"Monday, Monday" is focused on the lives of three character over the course of 40 years, beginning with the 1966 UT Tower shooting.

"What I did was try to deal with the idea of what happens to people after a tragic event like this, and how do they go on for the next 30, 40, 50 years." Ms. Crook said. "It begins with the event, and then there’s a lot about the event throughout the book…because that is the inciting incident at the beginning."

The book signing lasted several hours, including Ms. Crook reading selected excerpts from the first chapter and and discussing the work with those present. The event was well attended, with dozens of attendees filling the house, both during the reading itself and while socializing before and after.

"A lot of the people I see here today are people I see at the library a lot, so those are aficionados of the written word. So it’s a lovely event." said one reader, Camille Phillip.

Ms. Crook has been researching and writing “Monday, Monday” since 2006, and has been writing since 1991.

Gay Pride week in Austin

By Courtney Pitkin

Downtown Austin was alive and full of color this Saturday, as gay pride week ended with a parade through the streets.

The annual celebration of gay pride consisted of several events that carried out the week. From fashion shows to concerts, the entertainment was through the roof.

The festival was held all day on Saturday at Fiesta Gardens in Austin. Booths were set up all over for fundraising from non-profit organizations. Entertainment was provided by various pop artists including another stage for DJs.

The parade began at 8 pm on Saturday near the Stephen F. Austin hotel. Thousands of people walked and cheered through the streets. Hand in hand, participants held signs and shouted with pride.                      

Hannah Owen, a woman that attended both the festival and parade, said she had the time of her life.

“Everyone was super happy at the parade… I was with my girlfriend who I love and that’s why it was so fun for me,” said Owen.

The amount of people and energy in the crowd gave the opportunity for everyone who attended to have an incredible time. 

Nick Gomez said that it was his first year attending a gay pride celebration.

“The atmosphere was fun-filled and liberating. Everyone was incredibly welcoming, and I didn’t have a single bad experience that night,” said Gomez.

 Austin’s Gay Pride week will be returning this time next year with more celebrations, pride and supporters.