Issue #11 Fall 2012

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Nov. 28, 2012


<ul><li><p>Construction projects on campus are moving forward. The old library building has been partially demolished, and the future expansion to the science building, John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center South, is progressing.</p><p>Everything is on sched-ule, university spokesperson Mischelle Diaz said.</p><p>Construction on the new science building started eight months ago, and the library </p><p>renovation started in Sept. Both buildings will be avail-able for use in fall 2013.</p><p>Nothing out of the normal construction practices hap-pened, Associate Vice Presi-dent of Facilities Michael Pe-terson said.</p><p>Although demolition had already begun, groundbreak-ing for the renovated library, which will be called the Mun-day Library, took place on Nov. 1. </p><p>Peterson said the first two concrete floors of the new science building have been poured, and the site utilities have been set.</p><p>The two construction sites show that St. Edwards Uni-versity is growing, but Diaz said what students can see now is not everything.</p><p>The constructions are the second phase of our mas-ter plan, Diaz said.</p><p>This Master Plan leads uni-versity growth through 2015. The library project and the science buildings expansion are only the Master Plans first steps.</p><p>The Master Plan also proposes several impor-tant changes for the coming years. Beginning next fall, the</p><p>HILLTOP VIEWSSt. Edwards University Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Volume 32 Issue 11</p><p>7 | LIFE &amp; ARTS</p><p>Shoppers waited in line for as long as 19 hours to shop at the new H&amp;M.</p><p>The founder of the newly established Club Tennis team is ranked nationally.</p><p>Op-ed piece nostalgic for cancelled TV shows like Arrested Development.</p><p>10 | SPORTS 14 | VIEWPOINTS</p><p>Theft increases, police recover stolen property</p><p>LIBRARY | 4</p><p>During the month of No-vember, the St. Edwards University Police Depart-ment [UPD] recovered about $10,000 worth of property, according to Alice Gilroy, crime prevention officer at UPD.</p><p>[Theft] has been happen-ing in different places around campus. Theres always an uptick in the holiday season, </p><p>as bad as that sounds, Gilroy said.</p><p>One student recently ob-served a suspi-cious person walking near a dorm in the early morning. UPD detained the man and found he was riding a stolen bike. The man later admitted to cutting the </p><p>locks of several other bikes. On Nov. 14, UPD found </p><p>three cut bike locks and bikes </p><p>hidden among some trees. Officers suspect these bikes were placed to be picked up later by thieves.</p><p>Gilroy attributes these re-coveries to the joint efforts of students and UPD officers.</p><p>That was just quick ac-tion on the part of the stu-dent, and the officers follow-ing their leads, Gilroy said. They didnt just sit on it and think about it, they took di-rect action and called us.</p><p> However, officers can not </p><p>recover all stolen objects. In November, a student was walking through the parking lot between East Hall and Theresa Hall when a woman ran up behind her and stole the students bag off her shoulder.</p><p>She was just walking around minding her own business, and this girl ran up behind her ... and grabbed her purse with her laptop and stuff in it, Gilroy said.</p><p>Since the victim was unable </p><p>to read the license plate num-ber on the car the thief used to get away, UPD was unable to retrieve the students bag. Gilroy said this kind of crime on campus is rare.</p><p>Ive worked [with UPD] four years, and I think thats the first time weve had some-one physically assaulted and robbed on campus, Gilroy said.</p><p>Gilroy said preventative </p><p>AWARENESS | 3</p><p>Jenna</p><p>Jacques Mercier</p><p>Construction projects moving forward to completion next fall</p><p>She was just walking and this girl ran up behind her... and grabbed her purse with her laptop and stuff in it.-Alice Gilroy, UPD</p><p>Photo by Renee CornueConstruction progress on the new science building includes recently poured concrete floors.</p></li><li><p>2NEWS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2012 HILLTOP VIEWS </p><p>This semester, Jos coffee shop on campus has made punch cards available to stu-dents. The Customer Appre-ciation Cards enable students to get a free drink from the coffee bar after purchasing 10 bar drinks.</p><p>Students agree that this development brings an incen-tive to purchasing coffee at the store. But as of right now, the level of awareness seems relatively low.</p><p>"It needs to be more pub-licized, for sure," junior Mi-chael Darling said.</p><p>Darling also said that this punch card system provides a definite incentive for stu-dents to purchase coffee, but since it does not currently apply to products other than bar drinks, he thinks that the punch card system should be expanded to include all coffee shop products.</p><p>For students who regularly indulge in caffeine fixes, the punch card system is a wel-</p><p>come addition."For people like me who </p><p>drink coffee religiously, it's a </p><p>definite incentive to purchase more coffee," senior Andrew Weber said. "I didn't know about it at all, though. At the very least, they should put up flyers or posters, or a small flyer at the register about [the cards]."</p><p>With this new develop-ment in mind, it is impor-tant to note what makes the on-campus Jos different from the other locations on South Congress Avenue and Sec-ond Street.</p><p>Jos is another in a line of coffee franchises that have occupied the room at the cor-ner of the Ragsdale building. It replaced Texenza in 2010, and with the new ownership came new features.</p><p>The most striking differ-ence [from Texenza] to me is quality, Kara Casteel, manag-er of the on-campus Jos and former Texenza employee, said. We have a higher qual-ity of product in general, and this year were now doing the </p><p>customer appreciation cards. Hopefully we can order some site-specific ones soon.</p><p>At the other Jos locations, customers can get 10 per-cent discounts by using an Austin goLocal card. The St. Edwards University location equivalent is a 10 percent dis-count if students use Topper Tender. </p><p>Another difference between the St. Edwards Jos and oth-er Austin locations is that the Jos on campus is a college lo-cation. Therefore, it has a bit less freedom than the other Jos locations in Austin. </p><p>The South Congress Jos is different because its not on campus, Casteel said. They host a lot of events such as open mic nights and Hot Rod rallies. We want to in-corporate some of what they do so that students can enjoy what they have on campus.</p><p>To this end, the St. Ed-wards Jos makes itself open to any student organization </p><p>that wants to host an event.I want to bring some of </p><p>the atmosphere of the South Congress Jos to St. Edwards, Casteel said. This campus is so conducive to the arts. I want students to feel like this is their coffee shop I would love to support events." </p><p>The coffee shop is a popular place for the Penniless Poets event, an opportunity for stu-dents to share their poetry with others. </p><p>Occasional open mic nights also find a home at Jos. Cur-rently, there are about three to six events hosted at the coffee shop per month, ac-cording to Casteel.</p><p>Casteel urges any student who wants to host an event to talk to the University Pro-gramming Board to arrange logistics. </p><p>For students interested in attending an event, the next open mic night is on Nov. 29.</p><p>While there is no French language prerequisite for students to participate in the study abroad programs in Angers, France, students and faculty said language barriers were largely a non-issue in their experience.</p><p>Although students are not required to take a language before studying abroad in Angers, all students take French language classes dur-ing the program, whether for the summer or for a semester at the Catholic University of the West, UCO.</p><p>The summer program dif-fers from semester-long pro-grams in that any student may study in Angers with </p><p>no previous background in French. Students studying in the fall or spring semes-ters are required to at least take French I while living and studying in Angers. </p><p>Since 2010, three students from St. Edwards Univer-sity have participated in the semester-long exchange pro-gram, meaning they were enrolled at the host univer-sity taking courses alongside UCO students. More stu-dents study abroad in Angers through faculty-led programs that enables participants to take classes taught by St. Edwards professors with a group of fellow Hilltoppers.</p><p>Although it was harder to understand the locals, many people in our group were familiar with the language, </p><p>senior Missy Christman said. Christman studied in An-</p><p>gers last summer without any previous formal French lan-guage instruction.</p><p>It may be considered rude to the locals if you dont speak French, but I got to learn about the French cul-ture while taking a CULF class and visiting local mar-kets," Christman said.</p><p>William Nichols, a global studies professor, has taught courses in Sevilla, Spain each semester since 2005. Because of his experience living in other countries, he was asked to help lead the program in Angers during the fall semes-ter of 2009. Though fluent in Spanish, Nichols does not speak French.</p><p>Of course the more lan-</p><p>guage you have, the more you are able to interact. Id apolo-gize for not speaking French and theyd apologize for not speaking Eng-lish, Nichols said of his interaction with people in Angers.</p><p>Nichols be-lieves that be-cause Angers is a smaller city, the locals may be more forgiv-ing of foreigners who do not speak French.</p><p>We do not want to create barriers for students to study abroad in Angers, Nichols said.</p><p>Avoiding barriers is the reason for the absence of a </p><p>French language requirement said Esmeralda Hoang, an international education coor-dinator for the Office of In-</p><p>ternational Education.We want to give the op-</p><p>portunity to any student. We dont want to hinder the possibility for a student to </p><p>experience studying abroad, Hoang said.</p><p>Hoang also believes that by studying in another country, a student can learn the lan-guage much more quickly.</p><p>Taelor Russel, a global studies major, resided in apartments while living in Angers. Russell experienced the French way of life by im-mersing herself in the culture with other French and bilin-gual students.</p><p>I dont feel like I was cheat-ed because Im not fluent in French, Russell said.</p><p>For more information on studying in Angers, visit the Office of International Edu-cation. </p><p>Bridget</p><p>Language barriers not problematic for some in Angers program</p><p>Adam</p><p>Campus coffee shop introduces punch card discount incentive</p><p>Photo by Amy BarrientosStudent organizations can host events in Jos coffee shop.</p><p>We dont want to hinder the possibility for a student to experience studying abroad.</p><p>- Esmerelda Hoang, international education coordinator</p></li><li><p>3NEWSWEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2012 HILLTOP VIEWS </p><p>Gilroy said preventative measures against theft can include anything from lock-ing room doors to walking in groups at night.</p><p>[The victim] was alone. If shed been with somebody it probably wouldnt have hap-pened, but she was just walk-ing by her dorm and felt per-fectly safe, Gilroy said.</p><p>Jana Soares, a resident as-sistant for LeMans Hall, said security awareness is impor-tant inside resident halls.</p><p>As soon as you notice someone in the building thats not a resident of the building, report it to your RA or RD, Soares said. </p><p>Gilroy said theft can still occur without people physi-cally breaking into a building.</p><p>Some of the thefts occur when people let somebody piggyback in on the front door ... Weve had people wake up with people in their room. Weve had people walk in and see people in their room, Gilroy said.</p><p>Soares said common sense can be the best tool to pro-mote safety in the residence halls.</p><p>Keep your doors locked, keep your keys with you, dont leave your things out in the lobby, Soares said.</p><p>Students can take further action to protect their pos-sessions. Gilroy said engrav-ing items and knowing serial numbers can help recover the item should theft occur.</p><p>We cant prove that its not their property unless we know what the stolen prop-erty number is. We have to let people go with stolen property sometimes because theres no way to identify it, Gilroy said.</p><p>Gilroy said the most effec-tive defense against crime on campus is awareness and prompt action.</p><p>The best thing weve got going for us ... is the student and faculty and staff help, keeping their eyes open and calling us when they see sus-picious stuff, Gilroy said.</p><p>Students can call UPD to report suspicious activity or a crime.</p><p>We have such a nice cam-pus, Gilroy said. Its rela-tively safe because everybody works together to keep it that way.</p><p>KNOWINGYOUR SGA</p><p>Meal plan prices will increase next year, said a speaker at a recent Stu-dent Government Asso-ciation forum.</p><p>A guest speaker attend-ed the SGA public forum in which several new acts of legislation were passed. Additionally, several new acts of legislation were passed.</p><p>The Nov. 22 event began with the director of auxil-iary services, Mike Stone, who presented about the upcoming increases in meal plan rates for 2012-2013. Due to a projected increase in food and drink prices for the year, students meal plan rates will increase by a small amount.</p><p>We changed the meal plan structure in 2011-2012 in order to ensure sufficient funds to sustain a campus cafeteria, Stone said. This will take the burden off of on-campus residents to sustain our cafeterias. There are fore-casts for food and drink price increases which means that operation prices are going to in-crease.</p><p>The school will continue to require all enrolled stu-dents to purchase a meal plan. The commuter plan will be the smallest. </p><p>This plan is a way to minimally change the plan </p><p>due to food price increase pressures and take the burden off of on-campus residents, who have to purchase the meal plans in order to sustain opera-tion, Stone said. </p><p>St. Edwards meal plan is cheaper than most schools, said Stone.</p><p>Most schools have a much higher cost for their meal plans, and we believe that we have found a way to revise our meal plan to fit with these new food p r i c e s , Stone said.</p><p>A f t e r this pre-sentation, v a r i o u s new acts of legislation were brought to the table. The first act was to estab-lish a committee for an of-ficial class ring tradition.</p><p>This will be the final step in this process and solidifying our position in regards to the develop-ment a unified class ring tradition. This develop-ment of an official class ring will create a new tradition for St. Edwards campus and increase the symbolic and social capital of the Universitys community, SGA senator Harrison Hadland said. It looks like we will be doing a partnership with Balfour and have a com-</p><p>mittee to help with de-signing the class ring. The eventual goal is to have this implemented soon.</p><p>The vote for this act was passed unanimously.</p><p>Another act introduced was named Student Tem-porary Area for Testing Excellence or STATE. This act would aim to cre-ate a study area for stu-dents during finals week.</p><p>This bill would help </p><p>with the general planning of a...</p></li></ul>