Final Story Group 1 (Bach, Collins, Flores, Ibarra)

Small University, Big Growing Pains

In the wake of St. Edward’s University’s growth and development, neighboring residents have felt growing pains. Without any plans to stop, St. Edward’s is facing the rising tensions head-on to make peace with its neighbors.

When President George R. Martin was inducted in 1999, he began to plan drastic changes for St. Edward’s University’s future with a ten-year master plan in mind; he saw a potential for growth. Since 1885, St. Edward’s University has taken on a variety of different roles: a state charter, a university, a progressive co-educational college, a college for adult learners, and what it is today — a university with 23 international partners that seeks to serve students from all walks of life.

Recently, the operations building on St. Edward’s Drive has been a hot topic for Sherwood Oaks residents. Many residents have protested its construction with stroller protests, signs on their fences, and other demonstrations. One resident shares the general feeling of the neighborhood.

“Well it just kinda felt like they were making this street into a back alley, so it just felt a little dis-respectful,” said Joe Farley,  who’s lived on the corner of St. Edward’s and East Side Dr for over 20 years. Farley also stated that they had previously seen versions of the Master Plan that included the entrance to the operations building coming from South Congress Avenue.

Some St. Edward’s athletes have been targeted by angry neighbors, especially those who practice close to the street where the university is building the new operations building. This includes St. Edward’s baseball players, who have begun to experience repercussions from local residents regarding the increased traffic on St. Edward’s Drive.

He [a disgruntled neighbor] vandalized a guy on the team’s car when he kept parking in front of his gate, and [he] had a huge argument with the coaches when he thought too many baseballs were ending up in his yard. Last year, he actually shot water balloons at me while I was walking to my car,” Gable Whitacre said. Whitacre is a catcher for the St. Edward’s University baseball team.

The nature of university development, at least at St. Edward’s, means a flexible master plan that accommodates changes that are relevant to the campus community, according to Mischelle Diaz.

The growing student population, expected to soon reach 5,000 students, has pushed the university to work on its latest campus master plan that will guide the next 10-20 years. The planning team in charge of the master plan held meetings throughout March where students, faculty and neighborhood residents were able to gain insight on the incoming development.

Kit Johnson, the university architect, said the campus administration wants the Master Plan to meet the growing challenges facing the university. Along with the new operations building, the plan includes a new apartment complex, and renovations to Main Building and Holy Cross Hall.

Some members of the community felt mislead, due to a previous version of the Master Plan showing the entrance to the Operations Building being on South Congress Ave. That master plan is no longer available. Since St. Edward’s is a private institution, under city code, it is not required to notify residents of new building plans nor is it subject to public information requests.

With a master plan that could take up to 20 years to complete, it is likely the Master Plan will be subject to change again, but, hopefully, St. Edward’s University can devise a system of informing residents to prevent future confusion and anger.


Final Story Pitch Group 1–Ibarra

I copy-pasted this from Ana’s post because we are in the same group:

“CHANGE-Our group is going to look at the expansion of the school and how it is affecting the surrounding neighborhood residents. One man in particular who lives across the street from the school has been a particularly loud protestor to the school’s construction. This story will have the underlying story of change across Austin and the fear it brings many long-term residents. This is a small look into a larger issue.”

We will be looking at the town v. gown theme in Austin and at St. Edward’s role in the community.


Headlines Ibarra

1. A fire in a classroom at Mallory College last night left two students with minor injuries.

Authorities said the fire began just after 6:30 p.m. in a fifth floor classroom at the College. Firefighters extinguished the blaze by 7 p.m. The students suffered slight burns when they tried to put out the fire.

The fire began in a trash basket and spread to several desks and chairs. Damage  was estimated at $1,500.

Headline: Fire at Mallory College Burns Two Students

Subheading: A fire broke out in a fifth floor classroom at Mallory College just after 6:30 pm. Thirty minutes later, firefighters had extinguished the blaze. Two students who tried to put out the fire suffered slight burns. 

Fred R. Thornton, 32, was sentenced to nine months in jail yesterday for taking part in a cross burning at the home of a racially mixed couple two months ago.

Thornton, 456 Graceland St., was sentenced by District Court Judge Richard Franks, who said the crime was “despicable.” Thornton had pleaded guilty to a charge of bias harassment.

He and two other men ignited two planks arranged to form a cross in the couple’s driveway, prosecutors said. The men had spent the night drinking in Thornton’s home. The two other men have entered not guilty pleas and will be tried next month.

Headline: “Despicable”: Man Pleads Guilty in Cross Burning Case 

Subheading:  District Court Judge Richard Franks sentenced local man to nine months in jail for his part in a cross burning at the home of a racially mixed couple. After a night of drinking, Fred R. Thornton and two other men arranged a wooden cross on the couple’s driveway and ignited it. 

A fourth-grade student has caused a company to recall pencils with an anti-drug message.

The message on the pencils read, “Too Cool to Do Drugs.” But 10-year-old Arthur Metzler of 98 Arden Way pointed out that when the pencil is sharpened it can read, “Cool to Do Drugs,” and, as it is sharpened still more, “Do Drugs.”

The Britton Pencil Co. pencil will now read, “Too Cool to Do.”

Headline: Not too sharp: Pencils Say “Cool to Do Drugs”

Subheading: The Britton Pencil Co. released pencils with the message, “Too Cool to Do Drugs.” Inevitably, a sharp fourth-grader pointed out that the pencils would read “Cool to Do Drugs” and, as they were sharpened more, “Do Drugs.” New pencils will now read, “Too Cool to Do.”

A single-engine plane crash-landed near Stinson Airport yesterday, damaging a few cars but leaving the pilot and passenger with only minor injuries.

The single-engine Beechcraft Sierra propeller plane struck three cars parked near a Little League baseball game. No one on the ground was injured.

The pilot, Herbert Young, 25, of Atherton, suffered cuts and bruises. The passenger, Sarah Shields, 19, of Clovia, was held at Memorial Hospital for check of a possible concussion. Young said the plane lost power while he was practicing taking off and landing.

Headline: Plane Crash-Landed near Stinson Airport 

Subheading: A single-engine plane carrying two people crash-landed near Stinson Airport yesterday. The crash-landing damaged a few cars, and the pilot and passenger only sustained minor injuries. The pilot said the plane lost power while he was practicing taking off and landing. 

The long-delayed winter weather is on its way.

The metropolitan area is expected to have sleet, snow and freezing rain this weekend. After weeks of balmy weather, winter is expected to hit with below-freezing temperatures for several days.

The weather alert put Freeport highways crews to work salting down highways and roads. Utility company employees were told to stand by in case of emergencies.

Headline: Weather Alert: Winter is Coming
Subheading: After a long delay, the metropolitan area is expecting winter in the form of sleet, snow and freezing rain this weekend. Residents can expect below-freezing temperatures for several days. Freeport highway crews are salting down highways and roads, and utility company employees will be on standby in case of emergencies. 

Midterm Final Ibarra

CABRA: SEU Students bring Art to Campus with No Funding

Learn about CABRA’s beginning and where the magazine is planned to go:

CABRA is a student-led fashion magazine founded by St. Edward’s University students in 2015. The aptly named magazine (cabra means goat in Spanish, Portuguese, and Galacian) features fashion articles written by St. Edward’s students. However, unlike other student publications on campus, like Hilltop Views, CABRA is not housed in the School of Humanities; it is housed in Student Life.

“At the time of our formation we were formed as a student organization, so it’s just the same as any other common interest group,” Ethan Cummins, Editor-in-Chief of CABRA, said. “Like if we were going to put together a puppy club we’re on the same par as the puppy club,” Cummins continued.

CABRA’s status as a student organization means it relies on Student Life for funding. If they were housed in the School of the Humanities,  they would receive funding from the school. Because of the lack of funding coming from Student Life, CABRA has pop-up shops and other fundraisers to fund its print-runs. Of the three issues CABRA has created, only the first went to print.

“I can assure you all the money flowing into our account came from us,” Cummins said.

Like other student-led publications, CABRA publishes their magazine on Issuu.  Issuu allows for free online publications. Magazine editors and writers can create documents on Adobe Suite and import it to the site. However, Cummins and other CABRA members would like to see the magazine in print.

“Our ultimate goal is to distribute it physically to the community. It’s made by students for students. It’s so much more meaningful when you can hold it in your hands and flip through the pages,” Cummins said. “It’s really important for me philosophically for a fashion magazine to be printed.”

It takes at least a whole semester for an issue to come to fruition.

“From the end of the release of the last issue to the release of the new issue, it’s down to the wire,” Cummins said.

CABRA is one of the only arts publications on campus, joining Literati and Sorin Oak Review. At a liberal arts university like St. Edward’s, it’s surprising that there isn’t more funding for student-led art publications. CABRA editors and staff weren’t aware that they could be housed out of student life, and are now seeking a place where they can receive funding.

For CABRA’s future, Cummins says we can expect to see political issues covered–they didn’t cover the election this past year–because “it’s something [CABRA] can no longer ignore.”

CABRA’s latest issue:

Data Mapping Exercise Ibarra

How Children in Poverty in Travis County has Changed from 2014-2015

TRAVIS COUNTY– Fourteen Travis County school districts saw a decrease of children in poverty from 2014 to 2015, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

With fifteen total districts represented in the county, only Coupland ISD experienced an increase of children in poverty. Coupland ISD saw an increase from 10% of children in poverty ages five to 17 in their schools to 13% of children in poverty in their schools — a 34% increase.

In contrast, Lake Travis ISD experienced a 30% decrease of children in poverty. Following closely behind are Eanes ISD and Hays Consolidated ISD with 25% and 29% decreases, respectively.

Travis County school districts comprise: Austin Independent School District, Coupland ISD, Del Valle ISD, Dripping Springs ISD, Eans ISD, Elgin ISD, Hays Consolidated ISD, Johnson City ISD, Lago Vista ISD, Lake Travis ISD, Leander ISD, Manor ISD, Marble Falls ISD, Pflugerville ISD and Round Rock ISD.


Midterm Story Draft Ibarra

Ok. What is the story? Ideally, your story would follow the editors as they put an issue together. That would have a natural narrative arc, beginning, middle and end (sort of like what Raffi did last year in 4305).

CABRA is a student-led fashion magazine founded by St. Edward’s University students. The aptly named magazine (cabra means goat in Spanish, Portuguese, and Galacian) features fashion articles written by St. Edward’s students. However, unlike other student publications on campus, like Hilltop Views, CABRA is not housed in the School of Humanities; it is housed in Student Life. Why? ____find out why____

Whose idea was the magazine? and why?

Like other student-led publications, CABRA publishes their magazine on Issuu. ___why choose Issuu over other online publication site? why not print; does it have to do with funding or environmental reasons or another reason?___

Since its inception in fall 2015, CABRA has published three issues — one per semester. ___find out why there is only one per semester____ There is no uniformity in the artistic, high-fashion style of the magazine’s cover. (is there? ask if there’s a goal to be achieved with each cover)


Photo Slideshow: It might be fun to join at a photo shoot for the magazine; I could take photos of the photographers taking photos or something like that…. maybe not.

Audio: If I could convince the interviewees to meet me at the digital media center sometime during the week, it would be cool to give them the chance to insert their voice into the story.

Video: The video would be similar to the audio; however, it might be too big of an undertaking given that audio is already a challenge for me. Perhaps if I could take a video of a photo shoot, that could give the reader/viewer insight into what it takes to produce a magazine.


Midterm Story Pitch LAUREN IBARRA

CABRA SEU–CABRA is the incredibly successful St. Edward’s fashion magazine that is housed in Student Life. I would like to discuss CABRA in the context of the growing media-oriented student population and the obstacles they’ve faced trying to start their magazine at school. Who’s idea was this? What was the initial plan? Where are they taking it from here?


I know this isn’t silhouette, but as you were playing around with shadow, here’s an interesting article:
I think this one would look even better if you were down farther (for more of an angle) and we saw, for instance, just her arm from the elbow…