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Culture Calendar Dinosaur George’s Ultimate Paleo-Adventure Oct. 15 - Nov. 30 In the heart of downtown San Antonio, this museum-like exhibition displays 25 full dinosaur skeletons in their natural settings. The Fantasticks Nov. 19 - Nov. 22 Visit the Reinbolt Theatre to view The Fantasticks, a musical about two neighbors who put up a wall between their two homes with the hope that their teenagers will fall in love. Peter Sowiski: Stealth Service Nov. 19 - Jan. 24 Visit the Southwest School of Art & Craft to view a room-sized work of printed images which make a life-size aircraft. The Ford Holiday River Parade Nov. 27 Celebrate the lighting of the San Antonio Riverwalk with a one-hour parade which features illuminated boats. Compiled by: Stephen Guzman

News of the Weird Invisibility cloaks not just for wizards Scientists are working to produce a real invisibility cloak after the Imperial College of London and University of Southampton were awarded a grant to research “metamaterials.” Scientists believe that invisibility could be a reality through metamaterials, bending light in a way to trick the human eye. A 51-year late fee debt repaid An anonymous alumni from Camelback High School returned two overdue library books that had been checked out 51 years prior. The two books were returned along with a check for a thousand dollars in order to cover the two cents a day fine which equaled $745.00 of accrued late fees. The school librarian, Georgette Bordine, says that the money will go towards new books for the students, while the returned books were restocked. Bugatti Blunder Just outside of Houston, Texas, a man driving a Bugatti Veyron claims that he was startled by a low flying pelican which caused him to drop his cell phone, which in turn caused him to careen off the interstate into a salt marsh. The car was found submerged in the corrosive salt water 20 feet from the interstate. The man declined to reveal his name perhaps due to a bruised ego. But it’s his wallet that might have taken the brunt of the accident, as a 2006 Bugatti’s offering price is around $1.25 million. 74-year-old vandal arrested In Los Angeles the oldest graffiti vandal ever was arrested for “slap tagging” stickers in the stairwells at local Metro stations. The 74-year-old man, John Scott, faces at least one felony charge for illegally displaying blue and orange stickers that read “Who is John Scott?” Deputies believe Scott committed the act to gain notoriety and fame. Scott runs a Web site displaying merchandise marked with the same message as the stickers. The previously recorded oldest tagger was 36. Compiled by: Katie O’Donnell

Celebrating 200 years of Poe By Denice Hernandez Managing Editor


lthough writer Edgar Allan Poe passed away over two centuries ago, he continues to be a great influence in the world of art and literature. In memory of Poe’s death, the Luis J. Blume Library is currently showcasing an art exhibit inspired by his poems and tall tales. The exhibit’s aesthetic appeal pulls spectators into the eerie and gloomy world of Poe. Three-dimensional mixed media, oil paintings and sculptures have never looked so ominous. Each unique piece depicts the artist’s interpretation of one of Poe’s poems or short stories, but the dominant theme throughout the exhibit was the notorious raven. Other art works portrayed “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Pit and the Pendulum.” Dark pieces hung side by side with colorful paintings and other abstract creations, allowing spectators to experience Poe in a whole new way. On Nov. 14, the artists mingled with students and faculty at the “Celebrating the Bicentennial of Edgar Allan Poe: Art, POEtry and PrOsE” reception. Kari Gords, sophomore history major, attended the reception and said she was impressed with how well the pieces depicted Poe’s stories. “I enjoyed seeing all the works come to life and I could easily relate them to the stories I read back in middle school,” Gords said. Gords recommends anyone w h o

is familiar with Poe’s work to check out the exhibit. San Antonio artist, Susan Oaks, has been creating fiber-based art for 37 years and was intrigued by the idea of creating something for the Poe exhibit. Her featured piece, “journey to the dark places,” is made of black wool and splattered with small drops of red paint. It took five months to create, Oaks said. “It looks this way because all of his work is very dark,” Oaks said, “and the paint is supposed to be blood.” This is the third time her work is showcased in the Blume Library and her work has been in several other exhibits in San Antonio. Faculty and staff also contributed some art pieces to the Poe exhibit. Brother Cletus Behlman, whose works are displayed all over campus, has two works of art featured in the exhibit. Eva Bueno, language department chair, decided to create some art work of her own. One of Bueno’s pieces, “Raven Magnet,” is a tray filled with bird seeds. Bueno said she enjoyed poking fun at the seriousness and somberness that is commonly associated with Poe’s work. “The raven is portrayed in such an abstract way, but no one remembers that the raven is just a bird, and birds like bird seeds,” Bueno said. A poetry reading followed the reception and the Pecan Grove Press published a small book of Poe inspired poetry and prose written by St. Mary’s professors and other writers. Many of the poems incorporated humor and were written to mimic Poe’s own style of writing. The art exhibit will be on display in the Blume Library until Nov. 30.

Artists, top to bottom: Vicki Vields, “Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe” Henry Stein, “Fragmants from the House of Usher” Janice Joplin, “Poe Pouri” Joyce Berthelson, “Message in the Mask” Enrique Gutierrez, “Untitled”



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Gap purple silk blouse $25 Dillard’s black pencil skirt $30 Khol’s black heels $30 Necklace and earrings: $85 Delta Zeta gift Second-hand bracelets $1

Sophomore Noel Shaheen works her winter colored wardrobe. Photo by Analicia Perez

By Stephen Guzman Features Editor Winter (should) be coming along with the holidays, yet how does one transform their warm Texas wardrobe to fit the upcoming cooler weather? Over the years the fashion world has found different ways to transform itself to fit those colder months of the year. From the heavy blazers of the 80’s to the baggy grunge clothes of the 90’s, fashion has and will survive the winter chill. Recently, stylish fashionistas have found a new way to transform their wardrobe. Thicker leggings and variously styled jackets add variety and versatility to current winter wardrobes. Whether you’re attire is bohochic or more classic, it is important to invest in a fabulous coat that matches your look. You don’t necessarily have to get yourself a new $600 designer jacket, but you should get one that you feel comfortable in and you know will match your style. Dark and neutral colors are always a safe way to go for winter fashions, but if you’re looking to for your wardrobe to pop, try

some plaids or colored patterns. For accessories, the bigger the better! Don’t be shy with your necklaces, rings, earrings and scarves. Coverage is what winter is all about, so pile on to those scarves, giant earrings and pearl necklaces . If you’re into the bigger is better look, don’t just stop with accessories. Recently, winter boots have become longer and larger. On this years runway, knee-high boots have stomped their way back into the picture. If you’re brave enough to try some, be sure to complement them with a skirt or even over some skinny jeans. For winter social events, stick to the basics. Neutral colors and simple accessories. This issue’s style stalkee is sophomore biology major Noel Shaheen. Noel was working her chic wardrobe in the cafè. Her neutral-colored top, light use of accessories and black heels make a quintessential classic winter look. Congrats Noel! Whether you have a classic look like Noel or you have a more experimental style, it is most important to just be you! If you don’t feel comfortable in that oversized plaid peacoat, try a leather biker jacket. If those knee-high boots just aren’t for you, work your wardrobe with some classic riding boots. Fashion isn’t so much about fitting the mold of the runway, but about making those trends fit you. Be yourself, where what you like and your wardrobe will shine! TTYL: Style Stalker

A student soldier shares his experiences spent overseas.

By Jaime Perez

Layout and Design Editor When Cadet Jonathan Ray had his Silver Star pinned by his commanding officer he felt both proud and somber. He admitted that it was hard for him to listen to the citation. “It was a good ceremony,” Ray said. “It paid tribute to the soldiers who lost their Cadet Jonathan Ray lives and congratulated soldiers for doing their job and going above and beyond the call of duty.” Ray, who was a sergeant while he was enlisted, won the award in 2004 along with four other soldiers for valor and bravery in combat while stationed in Afghanistan. Though he and his family were proud, the casualties of war were noticeable during the ceremony. The military honored these men for their actions during a mission that came under heavy fire. Four people were killed in action that day and one had been Cadet Dennis (last name was omitted for privacy). Dennis was a new private. He and Ray had met while stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C., and they quickly became friends. It was friends like Dennis that made Ray “love serving in the military.” “We get to know certain people and certain things and the main thing I miss about it is having someone know you like the back of their hand and having someone who is willing to take a bullet for you,” Ray said. Ray said it was difficult to adjust to civilian life after he returned to the university. “It was hard. It probably took me six months to readjust. I looked at pretty much everybody as fake because I had been in such a real situation with the attack. I had that type of mentality for awhile,” Ray said. However, through much counseling, Ray was able to combat his struggle and gained an appreciation for the civilians who felt gratitude for soldiers like Ray and Dennis.

“After a while, it was really great to receive letters from people saying thank you and when I was told that I was getting the Silver Star I felt really happy. It’s an honor,” Ray said. While stationed in Afghanistan, Ray served as squad leader for eight men, including Dennis, while they performed presence patrol. The procedure is a customary military maneuver that let the neighboring people know that soldiers were stationed nearby. According to Ray, the four months of military life in Afghanistan was uneventful. “You get up and, depending on the cycle, you do a mission cycle, support cycle or rest cycle. If you are on a mission cycle you do whatever mission they have lined up for you that day,” Ray said. However, one day when Ray and his squad came back from presence patrol they got word that 10 to 12 enemies were traveling across the Pakistan border and setting up roadside bombs and rockets aimed at the base. Ray’s squad and another squad along with four gun trucks rolled out to check the situation. However, Ray and the two squads were met with a challenge. “Basically one squad’s truck breaks down, so two gun trucks stay with them, then my squad and two gun trucks come to investigate what happened,” Ray said. When Ray and his squad reached the top of a hill they came under heavy fire. “I told my guys to dismount.” Ray said. “It was a huge fire fight right then and there on top of that ridge. I had three grenades blow up within five feet of me. My colonel was struck five times and in that case I maneuvered two personal hit squads while getting [surrounded] in fire. Meantime I threw a couple of grenades to blow up [an enemy’s] position...” Ray survived the attack and helped save the lives of other soldiers on the hill. However, six soldiers were killed in combat, including Dennis. Dennis was one of the men awarded the Silver Star. His family flew to the ceremony to receive the medal and they, along with Ray, were able to see the ways in which the military honored the fallen soldier. “When I went there for the award ceremony we all took a tour. They have a memorial at Fort Bragg with his picture in bronze memorializing him,” Ray said. “It was hard to see it, but I was proud.”

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When: Nov. 19-21 @ 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. Where: Reinbolt Theatre



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Organize a frugal feast for friends

Feed you and your friends for under $15! TURKEY - $2.99 Go to your local grocery store and pick up some sliced deli meats for just $3 . HAM - $2.99 If you are interested in making your meats more authentic, warm them up for 10 seconds.

By Stephen Guzman Features Editor Looking to do something special with your friends this Thanksgiving, but don’t have the budget for a feast? Well have no fear, turkey lovers. You do not need a bulging wallet to prepare your own Thanksgiving meal. With a do-it-yourself approach to Thanksgiving, you can cook your entire meal right from your microwave with under $15. The first step to your microwavable meal is setting a shopping limit. Typically, a Thanksgiving feast can cost $50-$100. Yet with some frugal shopping, you can slice that Thanksgiving budget in half, if not more. When shopping for your Thanksgiving foods try to set a spending limit for each item. If an item is a little pricy, think frugal. While packaged or frozen vegetables can run for $2-$3, canned vegetables can be found

MASHED POTATOES - $2.79 A four pack of potatoes can make a family serving of mashed. Microwave for 8 minutes and mash away! Season for flavor.

With a microwave, this entire Thanksgiving feast was cooked in under an hour. Photo by Robin Johnson

for under $1. For your turkey or ham, there are plenty of alternatives to the 20lb. monster of a bird you’ll never be able to finish. Your local deli will have top quality sliced meats for less than $5. Additionally, try and purchase items in less quantity. Unless you’re feeding a family of 10, you do not need to purchase that three pound bag of stuffing.

Before you finalize any purchases, make sure all of your items are microwavable. Some foods are strictly for the oven or stove, so read those labels. Now that you are ready for your magnificent meal, gather some friends, turn that nob and be sure to refrain from the usage of aluminum foil. Wait for the beep and you’ll be feasting in no time!

CORN - .99¢ Heat a bag of frozen corn for 6 minutes. To flavor, add salt and pepper. STUFFING - $2.50 With instant stuffing, add microwaved water and mix! ROLLS - $1.09 A small pack of rolls can be the highlight of your Thanksgiving feast! TOTAL: $13.35


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The Flip Side The ancient Greeks were given the story of King Sisyphus, a man who attempted to Cristina cheat death Gonzalez twice, as an example of what life might really be about. Since attempting to cheat death even once was very much frowned upon by the gods, Sisyphus was forced to push a boulder up a hill for the rest of eternity, only to watch it roll back down once he gets near the top. In a lot of ways, Sisyphus’s punishment seems to sum up life quite nicely, especially when you are so radically different from everybody else. You learn very quickly that the world was not made for you. It does not want to make room for you. If it must, it will be as difficult as possible in as many areas of life as possible. Others seem to have rivers of money while you’re barely making by. Elevators are crammed with too many people going up one floor, making us take stairs for granted. You find yourself giving up things you love because the world makes it seem impossible for you. You give up acting because you cannot access the stage. You stop going out because you feel as though you do not fit in anywhere that you go. You repeatedly try giving up dating because no one you show an interest in shows an interest in you. You stop trying to honestly feel because it just becomes easier to tell everyone you are fine. Even when you reach success, it feels tainted at the very edges. Doubt over its authenticity is raised in your mind. “Did I get this based on merit,” your mind questions, “or from pity?” You wonder, “Is it because I stand out or because I fit in?” You ruin your ability to be happy about your accomplishments. But somehow, for some reason, you continue. Sometimes the boulder gets lighter, easier to push. Sometimes the hill levels out. But what is it that keeps us going? What motivates us to continue when things get difficult? While I cannot say for sure, I believe that anyone who figures it out will become rich beyond their dreams. Until that day comes, we are all stuck with our boulders to push.

These user-friendly Facebook applications are becoming an increasingly addicting part of the networking site. Photo Illustration by Analicia Perez

Appsolutely Addicting Apps By Lexy Kapetanakis Staff Writer Facebook, the five-year-old social networking Web site, continues to find new ways to keep its users occupied, sometimes to the point of addiction. This can be a problem, especially when students are supposed to be studying. “I’ll study and have Facebook [on], but not be doing anything,” said Pete Rivero, sophomore computer science major. Rivero admitted that he would get more work done if he were not logged into Facebook. He said “Flair”, a Facebook application which users are able to

SAY what?

What’s the most addicting Facebook application? Compiled by Emily Scruggs

add buttons to their profiles and send these “pieces of flair” to their friends, is most addicting. Farmville is the most played application on Facebook, according to This application allows users to make a digitized replica of themselves, also known as an avatar. With this application, users enter a virtual world that resembles a real life farm and are able to grow trees, plant vegetables and even harvest crops. Freshman international relations major Mariah Villarreal said she is on Facebook “all day, everyday” playing on Farmville. She said she spends hours at a time harvesting her trees and plants.

Robert Ramirez, pol. science sophomore

“Bumper Stickers because you can spend hours reading them and they enhance your facebook page.”

The best thing about Farmville is the ability to “collect ribbons,” Villarreal said. Ribbons are earned by users so they can “level up” and purchase more valuable items for their farms. Another addictive Facebook application is the “School of Wizardry,” a favorite of freshman English major Emily Mundschau. She is so addicted, that sometimes she must turn off her laptop to focus, otherwise all the wizardry get distracting. “I just love Harry Potter,” said Mundshau. “It’s so fun. I’m like at Level 70, taking my O.W.L. Exams!” Facebook has also allowed students to support various issues

Kristina Barcinas, psychology freshman

“Farmville because it’s the new thing and it’s a social application, which gets people addicted.”

through applications. “Causes,” an application in which users are allowed to raise awareness about issues they advocate is one of them. Some issues include the environment, education, endangered animal protection and many more. Despite all the new applications, some students still prefer to use Facebook for what it was initially made for keeping in contact with friends and family. For example, sophomore engineering major Sofie Hepburn talks via Facebook chat two to three times a week with her mother in Honduras.

Leslie Lu, int. business sophomore

“I would say that even status updates are addicting because people like to tell what they’re doing and people like to find out what their friends are up to”



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November is a busy month for the Service Learning Center By Alonzo Mendoza Staff Writer How often do students stop and reflect about how lucky they are to have shelter and food every day? The answer is probably “not very often,” but that is what Homelessness Awareness Month intends to change. This special month of events is coordinated by the Service Learning Center and serves to remind the St. Mary’s community of all of its blessings. These various service events call on students to reach out to those who have not been quite as blessed. While most of the events are on the third week of November, Homelessness Awareness Week, there are events throughout the entire month. Homelessness Awareness Month commenced with a showing of “Wendy and Lucy,” the last film of the Fr. Ferree Film Series on Nov. 3 in the Media Viewing Room in the Louis J. Blume library.

The film addressed the issues of human generosity and sympathy. The Oxfam Hunger Banquet, held on Nov. 10, raised awareness of global issues and world hunger. At the banquet, students portrayed people in different social classes and ate a meal based on their class. “Box City,” is a unique activity on Nov. 16 in which participants get cardboard boxes and sleep in them for a whole night on Chaminade field. The purpose of the event is to give students the opportunity to experience what countless people without homes experience every night of their lives. Next in the chain of events for Homelessness Awareness Month is the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving. Those who wish to sign up for this dinner will serve food from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Registration for this event began on Nov. 2, but students are still encouraged to sign up.

The San Antonio Food Bank’s first annual 5K run, named the Great Turkey Challenge will also be taking place on Thanksgiving. The purpose of the run is to raise money to buy families dinner for Thanksgiving. Registration can be done online through safoodbank. org, at the Service Learning Center or on Thanksgiving Day at the actual site of the run starting at 7:30 a.m. There are options to register individually or in groups. The Great Turkey Challenge will take place at 8:30 a.m. on 646 S. Main Ave. All of the on-campus events and the partnerships with the offcampus events have been coordinated by Interim Service Learning Coordinator Tina Irvin. Irvin said what she likes most about Thanksgiving is that “it calls us to help others more and bless those who have not been as blessed as we have been. Doing this [community service] requires us to be aware of how lucky we are.”

Members of the "low income group" serve their allotted portions of rice at the Oxfam food banquet. Photo by Analicia Perez

Kahlo photos capture her history By Anysa Gonzalez Contributing Writer Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most renowned artists, was no stranger to hardship or pain. Due to a terrible trolley accident she was left with several severe injuries and lost her ability to have children. In turn, Frida Kahlo turned her pain into dramatic, daring and innovative paintings, giving birth to what is known today as Mexican Surrealism. In her paintings she used brightly colored paints, Mexican mythological figures and Christian and European realism to depict her reality. Like her paintings, Nickolas Muray captured the essence of Frida Kahlo in his photographic portraits. Nickolas Muray, a Hungarian born, American photographer, sailed to New York in 1913, to escape the turbulent atmosphere in Europe. In 1920 he opened his own portrait studio in Greenwich Village in New York City and in 1921 he had his first artistic breakthrough in Harpers Bazaar. Soon after he was featured in Vanity Fair,

Vogue, The Ladies Home Journal and the New York Times. In 1931 Nickolas Muray and Frida Kahlo embarked on an affair that would last a decade. From 1937 to 1941 Muray photographed Frida in the most objective light. In his photographs Frida is shown in her brightly colored outfits, adorned with floral ornaments in her hair, against vivid backgrounds of green and the strong blue hues of her La Casa Azul. Muray also captured Frida’s proud attachment to her culture photographing her with an Olmec figure. His photographs consistently show her love for her friends and family, her pride in her culture and most importantly the strength of Frida Kahlo, who molded her pain into beauty. Muray became Frida’s friend, lover and confidant, allowing him to capture Frida through his lens as if Frida had painted herself on a canvas. “Frida Kahlo: Through The Lens of Nickolas Muray” is displayed at the Museo Alameda downtown. The exhibit will be up until Dec. 6.

Fun Frida Facts • Frida Kahlo was born as Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon in 1907. • Frida Kahlo contracted polio at the age of six, making her right leg much smaller than her left. • Kahlo did not originally intent to be an artist. At the age of 15 she entered a premedical program at the national preparatory school in Mexico City. • Fifty-five of Kahlo’s 143 paintings are self-portraits. • The night before she died, Kahlo wrote in her diary, "I hope the exit is joyful - and I hope never to return."

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