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Hazlewood Act allows veterans to give education credits to spouses, children By Lena Price Daily Texan Staff While a new GI Bill will benefit veterans and their families from across the country this school year, Texas veterans can use an existing state law to expand their educational benefits to their children. The Hazlewood Act, a state law, previously granted educational benefits to the children of any Texas serviceman killed in the line of duty. Spouses did not qualify, but during this year’s 81st Legislative Session, the Texas Legislature expanded the law to allow any Texas veteran who has served 181 days in any branch of the military to transfer their benefits to their children and spouses. Starting in August, eligible Texas veterans were allowed to transfer their Hazlewood benefits. The fall semester is the first time military dependents can use the credits at Texas universities and community colleges. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides educational and housing benefits to any serviceman who has served 90 days in any branch of the military after Sept. 11, 2001. The amount of benefits depends on where a veteran goes to school and the type of degree he or she pursues. The new GI Bill is also the first that allows veterans to transfer benefits to dependents. Veterans with at least six years of service willing to serve at least four more can transfer their benefits. The Hazlewood Act only pays for tuition and will not cover any other costs such as housing or food, which the federal GI Bill may cover. “Until this semester, veterans had to use all of their Hazlewood credits themselves,” assistant
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Colin Goddard talks about his experience on April 16 during the shooting at Virginia Tech in Robert Welch Hall Monday night. Goddard was shot four times during the massacre.
Event focuses on confronting issues of safety on college campuses By Viviana Aldous Daily Texan Staff Colin Goddard says reliving the events of April 16, 2007 becomes easier each time he tells the story. Goddard was in French class at Virginia Tech when Seung-Hui Cho shot him four times and opened fire on other students on campus, killing 32, before turning the gun on himself. More than 50 UT students listened as
Goddard, 23, retold the story to a college audience Monday evening. “It’s not the easiest story to tell, but it gets easier the more times I tell it,” Goddard said. “There are some things that can be applied to general, tragic situations. I think having people listen to what I experienced not just in those 10 minutes, but afterwards as well, lets them think about how they would act in similar situations.” John Woods, a Student Government grad-
Director mixes scholarship, activism By Melissa Pan Daily Texan Staff Students interested in Latin American Studies may have more opportunities to supplement their coursework with social activism after the University named anthropology professor Charles Hale, the new director of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. His appointment begins today. “As the premier institute for the study of Latin America in the United States, we need to make sure our reputation is grounded not just in the size of the faculty and the library, but also in activities and programs we generate, support and conceptualize,” Hale said. The institute is an interdisciplinary center under the College of Liberal Arts that focuses on Latin American issues. Hale said his past tenure as president of the Latin American Studies Association from 2006 through 2007 provided the experience needed for leading a large organization.
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Dr. Charles R. Hale assumes his new position as director of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies today. The Latin American Studies Association holds an international congress every 18 months that brings together scholars who study the region. Neil Harvey, director of Center for Latin American and Border Studies at New Mexico State University, is a former program co-chair who has worked closely
with Hale in the Latin American Studies Association. “He has a great knowledge of Latin America and a strong commitment to the area he studies and its people,” Harvey said. Hale and Harvey collaborated on a project approved by the association called “Otros Saberes,” which focused on indigenous
and Afro-descendent people and is a favorite of Hale’s. “Sometimes Latin American studies has been focused on the elites, and it is important that voices at the margins of Latin American society are also brought to the center,” he said. Since the 1970s, Hale has studied indigenous peoples in Latin America, particularly their relationships with state government. UT anthropology professor Brian Stross has read Hale’s writings on Guatemala and Nicaragua. “It is really good for anthropology that Hale is director of the institute,” Stross said. “He is part of the new avant-garde movement of people who do not make assumptions about other cultures, but who are fully aware that there are multiple voices for almost any proposition.” Hale brought together activism and scholarship during his tenure as president of the Latin American Studies Association, according to Julia Mendez, a
uate representative who graduated from Virginia Tech three weeks after the massacre, organized the event to raise awareness of campus security issues and what the University is doing to improve safety. “[Events like this] take something folks mostly only see on television and make it real for them,” Woods said. “I remember when I heard about Columbine. The victims
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State fines increase for illegal handicap parking By Rachel Platis Daily Texan Staff Effective today, drivers who take the chance of parking in handicap parking spots without a proper permit will face double damages if they’re caught. Fines will jump from $250 to $500 in state parking spots like those at the Capitol. As the new state fines policy takes effect, the Austin City Council is only just beginning to discuss adopting a similar policy. City officials said the council will soon debate whether to raise fines for handicap parking violations, which now
costs a minimum of $250. Although fines have increased since the 1990s, people still choose to park illegally, said Travis County Constable Bruce Elfant. “This year we will write 1,500 tickets — more tickets than we ever have before,” Elfant said. “We want the community to know that the fine has doubled and to be mindful of this access law so that we can report in a year that the program has been shut down.” However, this will only happen
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APD training to receive enhancements with grants By Bobby Longoria Daily Texan Staff Training efforts for Austin Police Department officers will be more realistic and technologically advanced as the city is poised to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants aimed to improve training practices. APD will receive two grants to fund the purchase of a stateof-the-art mobile shooting range and to train officers to use modern techniques when conducting an investigation, as approved by city council members last week. It’s unknown
when the purchases will be made or training will begin. APD grant coordinator Kyran Fitzgerald, who filed the applications for each grant, said the range will be purchased by the end of October and will qualify for training up to 1,600 officers. Each officer will run through a scenario within the trailer at least four times per year. The unanimous consent by the council authorized the application of $53,000 in grants from the Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division. The funds will provide regional training in
crime scene investigation methodology as well as interview and interrogation techniques for cases involving child exploitation and abuse. The state also granted the city $410,000, which will go toward purchasing a 53-foot trailer-mounted mobile shooting range developed by Laser Shot, a Stafford, Texas, firearm training company. “The whole training academy is getting a new makeover, and they aren’t going to have a usable range for 24 months,” said Marti Bier, councilwoman Randi
Shade’s policy aide. “This [mobile shooting range] is to provide an opportunity to shoot in the interim and it also has some extra technology that makes it more realistic.” The forensic and violent crime training grant and the mobile shooting range grant each come from the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program, which is a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. APD Sgt. Robert Richman, who works within the training
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Bruno Morlan | Daily Texan Staff
Biochemistry junior Robert Boyd locks his bicycle to a parking sign. Fines for illegally parking cars in these spaces doubles as of today.
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whether to raise municipal fines From page 1 when drivers stop parking in handicap spots, he said. Studies in recent years have shown that Austin loses more than half a million dollars in meter revenue every year because people use borrowed handicap placards or park illegally, Elfant said. â€œEven as fines have increased, we still havenâ€™t achieved substantial compliance,â€? Elfant said. The constable faced skepticism regarding the idea of raising state parking fines during the last legislative session, so he decided to prove how problematic he felt the situation was. After gathering a couple of deputies, the officials issued 23 tickets around the Capitol in one morning to state employees, including two Texas Department of Transportation supervisors. â€œTo many of the employees, the citation was merely the cost of doing business,â€? Elfant said. Elfantâ€™s office writes the majority of tickets to those without handicap identification or those who are blocking a ramp. However, a recent city study showed 65 percent of handicap parking violations were written for drivers using other peopleâ€™s placards, he said. â€œI was very shocked by that,â€? Elfant said. â€œYouâ€™re stealing from the city and youâ€™re limiting access to those who need it.â€? The constableâ€™s office employs one deputy dedicated to full-time enforcement of handicap parking and has 30 volunteers trained to give tickets.
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â€œThe able-bodied need to envision themselves in a wheelchair,â€? Elfant said. â€œItâ€™s a logistical nightmare. Most of us arenâ€™t faced with those issues, and we need to take a little bit of time to consider those that are.â€? Whether or not the law is actually applicable to other law enforcement agencies depends on the way a city handles their parking citations. In Austin, parking citations are municipal fines, but cities who consider parking citations as criminal offenses will have to follow new state standards. City Council has been evaluating raising early parking fines by $5 but will also consider the new state law that raises the handicap parking citation during the budget process. However, some councilmembers have agreed to look into the plan in order to keep city policy consistent with the state and limit any confusion, Elfant said. Thus far, UT has no plans for increasing the fine for parking in a handicap zone because such changes must be approved by a committee of staff and students, as well as the Board of Regents. Class â€œDâ€? Permits for faculty and students are issued to those with valid disabled license identification placards. These permit holders may park in spaces around campus designated for the physically disabled. The fine for parking illegally in a signed handicap spot at UT is $150.
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Cocaine tainted with animal drug blamed for deaths By Jon Gambrell The Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Nearly a third of all cocaine seized in the United States is laced with a dangerous veterinary medicine — a livestock de-worming drug that might enhance cocaine’s effects but has been blamed in at least three deaths and scores of serious illnesses. The medication called levamisole has killed at least three people in the U.S. and Canada and sickened more than 100 others. It can be used in humans to treat colorectal cancer, but it severely weakens the body’s immune system, leaving patients vulnerable to fatal infections. Scientific studies suggest levamisole might give cocaine a more intense high, possibly by increasing levels of dopamine, the brain’s “feel-good” neurotransmitters. Drug Enforcement Administration documents reviewed by The Associated Press indicate that 30 percent of all U.S. cocaine seizures are tainted with the drug. And health officials told the AP that most physicians know virtually nothing about its risks. “I would think it would be fair to say the vast majority of doctors in the United States have no idea this is going on,” said Eric Lavonas, assistant director of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver, where as much as half of the cocaine is believed to contain levamisole. “You can’t diagnose a disease you’ve never heard of.” Authorities believe cocaine manufacturers are adding the levamisole in Colombia, before the cocaine is smuggled into the U.S. and Canada to be sold as white powder or crack.
Economic pressures may play a role. Decreased supply in the U.S. has raised cocaine prices and lowered street-level purity. Cocaine traffickers may believe levamisole adds an extra boost to an otherwise weakened product. Levamisole started showing up frequently in cocaine from Colombia in January 2008. By late last year, the DEA concluded that the spiked cocaine was in wide circulation. At the same time, hospitals around the country began noticing more cocaine users coming in with agranulocytosis, an illness that suppresses white blood cells necessary to fight off infections. In Spokane, Wash., a woman in her mid-40s who tested positive for cocaine turned up at a hospital suffering from rashes and other maladies. She eventually died, and the doctor who investigated suspected she had used cocaine laced with levamisole. Doctors suspect levamisole in at least three other illnesses in the Spokane area. “It’s hard to know where this contamination (is), in what part of the country it’s located, because there’s really no systematic testing for it,” said Dr. Joel McCullough, health officer for the Spokane area. “I don’t think it’s on the radar of a lot of people, so if there are some other symptoms, I don’t know if many clinicians would think to consider that.” Other suspected levamisole deaths occurred in New Mexico and in Alberta, Canada. Many other people have become gravely ill, including about a dozen patients in Denver and 10 more in Seattle. At least one patient in each city required intensive care or extensive surgery.
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Employees work in a blue jeans factory in Xintang township near Guangzhou, in South China’s Guangdong province on Aug. 27, 2009. The labor crunch is another sign that the Chinese economy is bouncing back from the global downturn.
Chinese factories lack workers
By William Foreman The Associated Press XINTANG, China — During the first half of this year, Yang Zongfu’s blue jean factory had few customers. Now, as his business picks up, he can’t find enough workers. Clutching a chalkboard with a long list of job openings, Yang joined about 30 other factory owners who have been spending their mornings at a street employment fair in the southern town of Xintang, the jeanmanufacturing hub of China. “I’ve been out here for two days and haven’t found anyone,” said Yang, as the scorch-
ing late morning sun beamed down on his sweaty, bald head. The dearth of workers is a surprising turn in an economy where millions were laid off just months ago, and the government worried the jobless would riot. Back then, it was the workers roaming the streets looking for jobs. The labor crunch is another sign that the Chinese economy — the world’s third largest — is bouncing back from the global downturn, invigorated by government stimulus spending and a flood of cheap bank loans. But experts say the shortage is also the result of a wari-
ness among migrant workers — whom the government discouraged from traveling to cities when jobs were scarce — of returning before they are sure the economy has fully recovered. China’s economy has certainly begun to heat up, contributing to the increased demand for labor. The nation’s economic growth hit 7.9 percent in the second quarter, up from 6.1 percent the previous quarter, the government said. Exports, retail sales and factory output also improved in July, according to official statistics. In Xintang, Yang said his business started improving in
August when domestic buyers started placing orders. His factory — which has received few overseas orders — is now ramping back up to its pre-slowdown headcount of 100 from around 60 earlier this year, he said. His chalkboard help-wanted sign advertises for one worker who can sew belt loops and another who can stitch pockets. He also needed a fabricstretcher, a pants-hemmer and a zipper-stitcher. Other factory bosses along the street displayed signs made out of red poster board or scraps of brown cardboard looking for textile workers.
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Raise a can to bureaucracy This fall, beer drinkers across Texas will have the opportunity to sip their booze from orange and white cans, thanks to a new Anheuser-Busch marketing campaign that features Bud Light cans in the team colors of prominent universities. “Show your true colors with Bud Light,” the company says, according to The Wall Street Journal. “This year, only Bud Light is delivering superior drinkability in 12-ounce cans that were made for gameday.” Given UT’s propensity for suing those who use anything from longhorns to the school seal without approval, we were surprised to find that UT is one of the few universities not complaining about the marketing scheme. More than 25 schools have requested that AnheuserBusch stop stocking their local liquor stores with university-themed alcohol. The University of Michigan has threatened legal action for trademark infringement, according to The Wall Street Journal, while The University of Colorado, Oklahoma State University, Boston College, Southern Methodist University and Texas A&M University have told the company to stop distribution near their campuses, citing trademark issues and concern that the campaign will promote underage drinking. We can see it now. An 18-year-old Aggie freshman walks in to his first college party, determined not to drink. Then he spots the fatal beer can. Decked out in maroon and white, Bud Light becomes irresistible, and another underage drinker is born. Seriously, though, why is UT uncharacteristically missing a chance to squeeze a few dollars out of a trademark infringement case? Chris Plonsky, who directs women’s athletics and also oversees licensing, says it’s because Anheuser-Busch has the wrong color orange. “You wouldn’t have thought it had anything to do with us,” she told The Journal. Our guess at the real reason UT is staying above the fray — Anheuser-Busch is a sponsor of UT athletics, and you don’t get to be the most profitable college athletics program in the country by suing your sponsors.
UTMB must invest in insurance The UT System Board of Regents recently approved a package that will provide $667 million worth of repairs to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. The sources of the funding vary, with $450 million coming from FEMA claims, $150 million from state funds and $67 million from private insurers. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, roughly 750,000 square feet of UTMB’s ground-floor facilities were flooded. This resulted in tremendous damage to the heating and air-conditioning systems as well as lost documents and demolished equipment. While the $667 million package is a necessary expenditure to keep the campus afloat, it is unfortunate that these repairs are being mostly funded by taxpayers rather than private insurance companies. UTMB was drastically under-insured. It will collect approximately $100 million in insurance proceeds, according to The Houston Business Journal — a drop in the bucket — as damages from the hurricane amounted to $710 million. Considering the facility was located in an area frequently threatened by hurricanes, one would think those in charge of setting up the insurance policy for the campus would have had the foresight to make certain that it was properly insured. If the administrators at the hospital planned to skimp on the insurance policy, perhaps they should not have put so much of the hospitals vital infrastructure on the ground floor where it was particularly susceptible to flood damage. It is absolutely necessary to restore UTMB, but we hope that in the future more care will be taken to properly insure it.
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Reform financial aid Under the current plan, Sallie Mae and other student loan companies are getting rich from wasteful — but totally legal — government subsidies. A A college degree is practically a necessity these few weeks before the start of this semester’s classdays, but rising costs and the sour economy are es, the U.S. Department of Education’s inspector making it harder to afford. The recession has hit general released a report claiming that Nellie Mae, state budgets hard, leading to big cuts at colleges a subsidiary of loan giant Sallie Mae, improperly and universities. Many schools have also seen their received $22.3 million in taxpayer subsidies. endowments lose millions of dollars and are havLuckily, there is now a plan in Congress, origing a hard time raising money in an inally proposed by Obama, that effort to replenish them. would end wasteful subsidies to stuThis has led to tuition hikes across dent loan companies by lending dithe country, including at our campus. rectly to students, which the ConThe rise in tuition is problematic for gressional Budget Office estimates Student loan the many families that are currently will save taxpayers $87 billion over companies unable to help students with college 10 years. The loan companies have costs because many state student aid already spent millions of dollars lobare getting programs are facing budget cuts. bying against this reform. Recentrich from In February, President Barack ly, Citibank sent an e-mail to its milObama proposed a dramatic reinlions of student loan borrowers urgwasteful vestment in the financial aid sysing them to contact their legislators government tem that we rely on to pay for colin opposition of Obama’s higher-edsubsidies. lege. His proposal would significantucation policies. ly boost college grant aid so students With so much at stake financially, could graduate without a mountain it is important that Congress hears of debt. At least 400,000 students in from students on this issue. Call Sen. Texas use Pell Grants to assist in payJohn Cornyn (512-469-6034) and Sen. ing for college. Obama’s plan would help qualify Kay Bailey Hutchison (512-916-5834) and ask them hundreds of thousands of more students national- to vote for Students Over Banks. To learn more, visly for Pell Grants. it studentsoverbanks.org or join the Facebook group The president’s proposal would also increase the “Texas Students For More College Aid.” maximum amount awarded each year, meaning that instead of the value of the award left a mys- Hooman Hedayati is a government and Middle Eastern studies senior and a member of Campus Progress at the Center for tery, students could actually count on a set amount American Progress. and plan to pay for school accordingly. By Hooman Hedayati Daily Texan Guest Columnist
THE FIRING LINE Bad call on National Merit Regarding, the Aug. 31 article, Oct. 17 is marked on my calendar as the day that UT will once again embarrass the University of Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, barring any bad calls by referees. And while I’m confident that the Longhorn football team will cruise past the Sooners in a few months, an article in yesterday’s edition of The Daily Texan (“UT’s National Merit Scholarship Canceled Next Fall”) left me disheartened and embarrassed by another bad call — the discontinuation of UT’s National Merit Scholarship program. In the spirit of full disclosure, I am very lucky to receive money from this program each year. And while current National Merit Scholars like me will not be directly affected by this decision, the negative results of this choice not only hurt future freshman classes but also hinder the success and growth of the University itself. Sure, $13,000 isn’t much money. It didn’t sway my decision, and it probably won’t sway future ones. But putting an $87,000 check from OU or any other school in the shredder is a big step — one that truly tested the burnt-orange blood in my veins. I very much admire the administration’s dedication to academic excellence, but this is clearly a step in the wrong direction. I strongly urge President William Powers to reconsider this decision — one that shouldn’t be just about dollars and cents. Our university must
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— Michael Daehne Business honors and mathematics sophomore
An incomplete article Regarding Derek Lewis’ front-page Aug. 28 article “City Council bans texting while driving,” the City Council did not pass the ordinance. An ordinance resolution was passed, which means that the City Council will now write an ordinance regarding texting while driving and then vote on it at a later date. It’d be nice to see an accurate article on the front page when that article pertains to legislation in and around the city. Additionally, why is there no mention of the ordinance resolution for a local version of the safe-passing law that also passed through the City Council in this article? It seems that the safepassing law is just as pertinent, if not more, to the members of the UT community who commute by bicycle. The only place in this issue with accurate information about either of these issues is in an editorial by Jeremy Burchard, and even then, the safe-passing law is only briefly mentioned.
— Jessica Plata Radio-television-film senior
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
UNIVERSITY BRIEFLY Students no longer able to add/drop via Registrar’s site The University’s Office of the Registrar closed electronic add/ drop 5 p.m. Monday, restricting students from manually adding or dropping their classes for the fall semester. Students will no longer be able to register for classes this se-
mester without the permission of the department of their designated major. Students must meet with their academic advisor in order to remove classes from their course schedule. Peter Telck, senior administrative associate in the University’s Office of the Registrar, discussed the necessary procedures for adding or dropping courses after Aug. 31. “[Monday was] the last day of the official period where students can go into the system to
register and do it themselves,” Telck said. “Starting [Tuesday], it [had] to be done by permission. The department has to agree.” From Sept. 3 through Sept. 12, students will be able to register for classes only through their academic advisors and the department of their designated major. The deadline to pay for late registration will be Sept. 12 by 5 p.m. Students who fail to pay for registration by this deadline will incur a $200 fee. — Priscilla Pelli
Student Government reconvenes
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Student Government will hold its first meeting of the semester in the Spanish Oaks Terrace at Jester Center.
Student Government will hold its first meeting of the school year tonight at 7 p.m. on the Spanish Oaks Terrace at Jester Center. The organization will hold an agency fair from 6-7p.m. on the terrace before the meeting in order to showcase its executive branch, which includes different agencies that represent special interests of the student body. Students attending the fair can learn who the directors of those agencies are and how to get involved. This event is part of Student Government Welcome Week, which the organization started last year. The fair will welcome newcomers and update students on what Student Government has been up to this summer, SG president Liam O’Rourke said. The entire executive board stayed in Austin for the summer and participated in committee work. Juan Gonzales, Vice President for Student Affairs, will start off the regular assembly as a featured speaker. Shara Ma, SG vice president, will walk attendees through the meeting and help them get a taste of Student Government, O’Rourke said. In addition, a mystery speaker, will be present at the assembly. SG is serving free barbecue, handing out free T-shirts and playing music during the agency fair.
— Melissa Pan
Director: Professor wants to create opportunities From page 1 sociology professor at the College of William and Mary who knew Hale at the University of California Davis. “Hale has devoted his career to indigenous peoples in Central America and Mexico and has also contributed his career to their struggles of autonomy and self-determination,” Mendez said.
Hale said one of the most exciting things in his field of study is creating partnerships between scholars and social actors. “Collaboration between indigenous intellectuals trying to achieve their rights and academic scholars shows you that academic work can address real problems,” Hale said. During Hale’s four years as director, he hopes the institute creates more opportunities
for students to combine studies with practical experience in Latin America. Hale sees collaboration as a key principle for his tenure as director of Latin American Studies, which employs 14 permanent staff members and a faculty team. “I see myself as coordinating and leading but not doing it myself,” he said. “This is not a one-person show at all.”
Bruno Morlan | Daily Texan Staff
State Senators Kirk Watson, second from left, and Jeff Wentworth, third from left, sit down to begin a panel discussion put on by Envision Central Texas.
Bills urge water conservation
By Beth Waldman Daily Texan Staff Texas legislators stressed the importance of pursuing bills that would plan for population increases in counties and for more transportation funding during the next legislative session in 2011 at an Envision Central Texas luncheon Monday. The non-profit organization‘s goal is to convene Central Texas leaders to plan for growth in their region. The meeting also gave the organization, three senators and three representatives the chance to review the organization’s efforts to encourage the passage of water and trafficrelated bills during this year’s 81st Legislative Session. During session, the organization advocated expanding the authority of Central Texas counties to manage population growth outside of city jurisdictions. Although this bill was not voted into law, the organization considers it an important stepping stone to garner more attention for county official’s governing rights during the next legislative session. Rep. Valinda Bolton, D-Houston, said 80 percent of the Texas population lives in five counties. Because
there is less local control of storm runoff and drainage systems, people who live outside of the city limits may not have as much accessibility to water as those who live in urban areas. Bolton went on to explain how some people do not understand the disadvantages of living outside city limits in terms of water management. “ Wa t e r i s u l t i m a t e l y g o ing to trump everything else because water is life-sustaining,” Bolton said. Not even lower property tax rates in suburbs that may be more attractive to homeowners can trump the lack of sufficient water planning in the city’s surrounding neighborhoods, she said. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, stressed the importance of addressing water planning during the upcoming legislative session, particularly because of a drought that has ravaged Central Texas this summer. In a drought, the Lower Colorado River Authority, which manages the water supply and environment of the lower Colorado River basin, follows the Water Management Plan approved by the state government. The plan is de-
signed to ensure an adequate source of water for customers even during the worst droughts. It requires a reduction in water supply for customers who can do without and monitoring the water levels of local lakes. These conditions are part of the reason Rodriguez advocates better water planning. “We have to get really creative with water conservation,” Rodriguez said. However, a bill did pass allowing some Texas counties, including Travis, Harris and Bexar to prepare and implement a storm water management plan under the federal Water Pollution Control Act, which gives local governments more control over run-off water after a storm. Another one of the group’s legislative goals for 2009 was to ensure its local-option funding program becomes law. This proposed legislation that did not ultimately pass suggested that counties should be able to call an election to vote on imposing a list of pre-defined taxes to fund transportation improvement projects for local roadways, railways and public transportation. Watson advocated allowing local communities to make transportation decisions.
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Bus stops get new look with ‘Adopt’ program By Priscilla Pelli Daily Texan Staff Austin bus stops received a face lift Monday when hundreds of elementary school children renovated 60 bus stops across town as part of Capital Metro’s Adopt-aStop program. Capital Metro Transit Services and other community organizations partnered to create the Adopta-Stop program, a new partnership between members of the community and Capital Metro to make riding the bus safer and more enjoyable in their areas. Members of the community have personalized their stops to reflect their personal identities with unique elements. One bus stop is beautified with a flower garden, while another is painted with colorful graffiti art. A Central Austin community member displays a sculpture of modern art beside her bus stop. Alissa Schram, coordinator of the Adopt-a-Stop program, said anyone can adopt a bus stop under the program, which began three years ago. Of the 3,000 bus stops throughout the city, only 60 have been adopted. “The program forces the community to take more responsibility for the area around their neighborhood and encourages them to take a more environmentally-friendly
source of transportation,” she said. The cost for adopting a stop is $40, which reimburses Capital Metro services for creating the sign. Responsibilities for adopting a bus stop include making sure that the stop remains clean and well-maintained. Participants have the option to upgrade their stop only if they qualify, which depends on the number of people who use the stop daily for their personal transportation. Adopting organizations need 15 daily public riders to adopt a stop and 50 daily public riders to upgrade to an enclosed shelter. Many participants have added gardens or pieces of art to their stop. The UT School of Architecture’s Graduate Landscape Architecture Program, Primavera Montessori School and several other community organizations participated in the event. Dean Almy, director of the graduate programs in urban design and landscape architecture, said the event fit the program’s priority for constructing local projects to prepare students for global practice. Almy also discussed the program’s main focus and prior learning for constructing local projects. “We focus on regional, local and national issues,” Almy said. “While we train them locally and look at local issues, we are preparing them for a global practice.”
Bruno Morlan | Daily Texan Staff
Miguel Matias waits for a bus at a stop that was adopted by Primavera Montessori School as part of Capital Metro’s Adopt-a-Stop Program.
Rob Gould argues for Bull Creek District Park to remain leash-less at the Mexican American Cultural Center during a hearing regarding the future of the park. Citizens from all over Austin debated whether or not to allow dogs to be without leashes and how to preserve the park for future generations.
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Proposed leash rule stirs debate By Lara P. Lawrence Daily Texan Staff Dog-loving park patrons and other concerned citizens turned out to oppose the proposed switch to on-leash enforcement for dogs at Bull Creek District Park during a public hearing regarding the park’s restoration plan. No final decision on leash laws was made during the hearing, which took place at the Mexican American Cultural Center .Monday’s meeting was the last of three meetings concerning the park, where contamination from dog waste and creek swimmers have been causing problems since 2007. The first two meetings, which took place at City Hall, were briefings on the most recent water quality results from the creek, preliminary discussions of the restoration plan and announcement of the public hearing. According to Chris Herrington, environmental engineer for the Watershed Protection Department, the main goal of the meeting was to hear feedback
from Northwest Austin residents on the proposals that would put an end to the off-leash freedom dogs have enjoyed at the park. The restoration project is slated to begin in November, but issues of future leash rules for dogs and swimming by park visitors, both of which contribute to unhealthy bacteria levels in the creek, remain unresolved. Main aspects of the staff proposal for cleaning up the park included a restoration plan involving soil importation, re-vegetation, and irrigation to be implemented from November until April — during which time the park will remain closed — as well as restricting dogs to leashes upon the park’s reopening in the spring. The city hopes additional offleash areas will be established before the park’s short-term closure. The looming loss of one of Austin’s 12 off-leash dog parks has raised opposition from dog owners who insist the Watershed Protection Department’s data insufficiently attributes el-
evated bacteria levels to their canine friends. The plan’s preliminary cost estimate of $200,000 also has residents wary of the proposed solution, which they believe oversimplifies this complicated problem involving multiple sources of water pollution. The Bull Creek Dog OffLeash Group adopted the park in April 2008, performing “poop patrols,” installing and restocking “mutt mit” stations and working to clean the park up, group member Debra Bailey said. “We feel like we’ve made an impact, and we just need more help from the city,” she said. The group suggested increasing dog licensing fees from $4 to $9, generating an estimated $1.1 million, which could be used to hire park rangers to enforce current off-leash policies. Northwest Austin resident Francine Vandygriff has lived in the Bull Creek area for 37 years and rejected the switch. “I want to keep the park the way it is,” she said. She de-
scribed Bull Creek fondly as “a place that exemplifies what Austin is about.” According to resident Camille Lyons, “It is the owner of the offending dog that needs to be leashed.” Ron Coldiron, the Northwest Austin Civics Association Parks Committee chair, sided with the committee and said he believes the park is being overused. “Our board has voted to support the Parks and Recreation Board’s plan to close the park over the winter and rehabilitate it,” he said. “There’s more than one group of users for the park ,and it’s not appropriate for any one group to commandeer it.” The staff will continue monitoring water quality in the creek to gauge the plan’s effectiveness and to develop a more permanent, long-term strategy to keep the park clean. Future plans for the park’s maintenance will not be made until after its reopening in April 2010, according to Herrington. The board’s next meeting will be Sept. 16.
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Austin set to break ground on downtown courthouse New building plans aim to incorporate energy-conscious design, natural light
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Chris Riley, a member of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors, asks Todd Hemingson, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development for Cap Metro, a question during the board of directors’ meeting at Cap Metro’s office Monday afternoon. The board is considering suspending service for the Congress Avenue and Sixth Street ‘Dillo routes.
Capital Metro scraps two bus routes Officials report decrease in ‘Dillo ridership to blame despite 2008 restructuring By Israel Perez Daily Texan Staff Because of declining ridership over the last few years, the Capital Metro Board proposed Monday that two ‘Dillo bus routes serving downtown be cut in October. “It was hoped that restructuring and marketing in 2008 would boost ‘Dillo ridership,” said Meredith Highsmith, Capital Metro transportation planner. “However, ridership has unfortunately continued to de-
cline on ‘Dillo routes.” The proposal would cut the 450 on Congress Avenue and 451 on Sixth Street. The board will make a decision on Sept. 28 to allow for more input from the public. The routes are the last two remaining after the board eliminated three other ‘Dillo routes last year. Highsmith said Capital Metro is disappointed about the bus service changes, but added that they are necessary given current economic conditions. “Generally what we’ve heard from the public is that they are disappointed, but given the budget they are understanding,” she said.
Capital Metro projects a 5 percent decline in sales-tax revenue for next year’s budget, a loss of about $10 million from last year, said Randy Hume, Capital Metro financial officer. Under a proposed budget that could take effect in January, Capital Metro bus fares would increase to $1.25 for senior citizens to help offset the decline in revenue. Ninety percent of transit systems across the country have had to cut back on service this year, according to the American Public Transportation Association. Mike Manor, secretary of the Capital Metro Board, said he was concerned about the ‘Dillo cuts and Capital Metro’s “2020” long-term plan
for transportation in Austin over the next decade. “We thought that the ‘Dillo would be part of this equation and that we would leave the ‘Dillo on the table until the rail system was in place for downtown routes,” Manor said. Hume said the ‘Dillo suspension will be reevaluated every year and that downtown service by the new light rail will also make up for the loss of the ‘Dillo service. “When we open the rail, we will have dedicated routes that serve [downtown] and those [bus] routes,” he said. “Greater circulation in downtown will be a part of that 2020 plan.”
By Priscilla Totiyapungprasert Daily Texan Staff Construction begins Wednesday on Austin’s new federal courthouse, a block west of Republic Square Park downtown. A ground-breaking ceremony will take place that morning at the site to inaugurate the construction. The seven-story courthouse will be built where the Intel building was demolished a few years ago. Once construction begins, San Antonio Street between Fourth and Fifth streets will be closed off to vehicles, said Michael Knox, a downtown officer with the city’s Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office. “There’s been a delay in construction, but as with most buildings, it was just a matter of getting funding secured,” Knox said. The new courthouse is expected to cost $63 million. The U.S. General Services Administration awarded a $102 million contract to White Construction Company of Austin in late July to oversee construction, said Shala Geer-Smith, an administration spokeswoman. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as part of the economic stimulus package. The architecture of the building will follow a contemporary, cubic structure designed by the Atlanta-based Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects. “The cube is a very stable form,” said Merrill Elam, partner of the architecture firm. “In relation to the court system and law, we felt the solidity of the structure was appropriate.” Elam said she and her work partner Mack Scogin spoke to several federal judges in Austin before planning the design. The judges expressed a desire to have the “transparency of law” manifest itself in the building’s structure, she said. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program gave the courthouse plan a silver certification for its energy-conscious design. The public spaces, offices and all eight courtrooms will have natural light, Elam said. Geer-Smith said she expects construction to be completed the near fall of 2012.
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Season ticket sales on the rise for the Cowboys in 2009 Under-recruited Reesing plans to lead Jayhawks to record third bowl game By Austin Ries Daily Texan Staff
Oklahoma State The Oklahoma State Cowboys are gaining national attention in almost every aspect of their game this preseason, and now they can add another category to the list — ticket sales. For the second year in a row, OSU will set a new national record for season ticket sales as well as sales in membership for the fundraising program in the athletic department, the OSU POSSE. “Sales continue to be strong for both the general public and the student body,” said Tom Johnson, OSU’s director of Ticket Operations. “It is quite an accomplishment, and a testament to our fan base, to have record sales during turbulent economic times. Many schools across the country are seeing declines in their sales numbers.” In 2008, Oklahoma State sold a record-setting 39,976 football season tickets, and according to tallies last Thursday, 2009 ticket sales have already passed the 40,000 mark. Thanks to extreme preseason hype labeling the Cowboys as this season’s Texas Tech in the Big 12, students, alumni and
fans are gearing up for an exciting season. The 16,000-seat west end zone at Boone Pickens Stadium has been sold out for over three weeks as the football public sales have passed the 32,000 mark, almost 3,000 more tickets than last season.
Kansas There must be something in the water at Lake Travis High School. We all have heard of freshman quarterback Garrett Gilbert who will back up Colt McCoy this season, but he is certainly not alone when it comes to talented quarterbacks from Lake Travis. Before Gilbert there was 2006 graduate Todd Reesing, who enters his senior season at the University of Kansas ready to improve on his already impressive career as a Jayhawk. Reesing, the once under-recruited and often forgotten Big 12 quarterback, enters his senior season as the Jayhawks’ career total-offense leader with 8,105 total yards complete with 77 touchdown passes in his twoplus seasons. “He’s an exciting guy to be around, an exciting player to watch,” said Kerry Meier, former quarterback and converted wide receiver for the Jayhawks. “He makes things fun.” After leading his team to two consecutive bowl games, the Jayhawks have no doubt that
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Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing is looking to finish his college career in a BCS bowl game.
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Sophomore wide receiver Dan Bucker has caught the coaches’ attention during training camp and is looking to team up with senior Jordan Shipley to fill in the gaps at tight end.
Texas’ offense readies for ULM By Michael Sherfield Daily Texan Staff Get ready to see some big hits and big plays. Louisiana Monroe and new defensive coordinator Troy Reffett, who came from New Mexico in the offseason, make a living off blitzing from their three-man defensive front, a strategy that has the Texas offense both concerned and excited. “It’s a mental challenge for a quarterback — they bring blitzes on every play [and] you have to know who is coming,” said Texas quarterback Colt McCoy. “We just have to do what we do.” And that is to execute perfectly in the short range passing game, the usual recipe to beating the blitz. With the most accurate quarterback in college football history and a plethora of receiving options, the Longhorns’ short passing attack should be tailor-made to unlock the mysteries of Monroe’s defense if McCoy can get the ball out of his hands. “[They are] very aggressive,” said offensive coordinator Greg Davis. “Looking at the New Mexico film — and that’s what we base everything schematically — they blitz 76 percent of the time, which is an enormous number in the Big 12. The picture is it’s kind of a mental gymnastics game that you have to be buttoned up on where they’re coming from. When they get off the bus, they’re bringing somebody.”
However, the cushioned man coverage that often accompanies Monroe’s blitz package and is designed to prevent big plays over the top, should play into the Longhorns’ hands. Texas favors a controlled passing game centered on short, precise routes over explosive throws downfield. “A lot of man, more man than zone,” Davis said. “In this style of defense ‘the man’ is a cushioned man, trying not to give up the big play, that’s what we anticipate — we’ll see.” The end result should be some dirt on McCoy’s uniform but plenty of points on the board.
Monroe mania As the battle for the No.1 running back spot faded with the injury to Foswhitt Whittaker, enabling Vondrell McGee to stake his claim for the starting job, another spot in the crowded Texas backfield is up for grabs. Talented freshman speedster D.J. Monroe has been making waves on the practice field, impressing coaches with his playmaking ability and physical talents. Although still considered raw and splitting time between receiver and running back, Monroe is expected to become part of the Texas backfield rotation to some extent this season. “He brings speed to the table,” Davis
said. “Spark would be a good term I would use think about with him because he’s so quick. He’s strong too. I would say he’s been one of the surprises of camp.” However, the already-crowded backfield and a lack of pass-protection skills will hamper Monroe’s snaps, at least early in the year. “He’ll see use in limited situations,” Davis said. “You can’t use him in too many protection situations because he’d be outmanned.”
Buckner continues to shine Another camp surprise this offseason has been the emergence of wide receiver Dan Buckner as the heir-apparent to Jordan Shipley in the flex position. With injuries still plaguing the tight end position for the second year in a row, the tall and athletic Buckner has been doing his part to fill the void, playing in the gap between a true wide out and conventional tight end. “Dan’s come a long way,” Shipley said. “He knows what’s going on now.” Head coach Mack Brown was full of praise for the sophomore, comparing his athletic ability to former Texas tight end Jermichael Finley’s. “We’re really excited about Dan. He’s confident, faster and he’s catching the ball so well,” Brown said. “He made some Jermichael Finley-type plays with one-handed catches down the middle.”
Oklahoma State ready for the “big time” SEC is loaded from top to bottom By Jeff Latzke The Associated Press STILLWATER, Okla. — After a full offseason of buildup, coach Mike Gundy emerged from Oklahoma State’s last season-opening clash with Georgia two years ago and made a sobering proclamation that his Cowboys were “not ready for the big time.” So much has changed since Oklahoma State was manhandled in a 35-14 loss between the Hedges, marring its bid for the first marquee road win of the Gundy era. This time around, Gundy’s team will take a top-10 ranking into the season for the first time ever and be favored at home against the 13th-ranked Bulldogs, who’ve lost quarterback Matthew Stafford and tailback Knowshon Moreno to the NFL. Still, Gundy knew the question
was coming: are the No. 9 Cowboys ready for the big time now? “I hope so. My only answer would be that we’ve played some pretty good football teams in the last couple of years since then and either beat ‘em or stood toeto-toe and fought ‘til the end,” Gundy said Monday. “Standing toe-to-toe and fighting to the end is not what we’re looking for.” Since that loss to Georgia, Oklahoma State has emerged on the national scene — primarily because of a 28-23 win at No. 3 Missouri last season. There have been other close calls in big games along the way — two against Texas, one against No. 5 Kansas in 2007 and one against rival Oklahoma last year. Road games against Texas Tech and the Sooners resulted in lop-
sided losses in that stretch, too. So, there’s still the question of whether Gundy’s squad — with its loaded offense and an improving defense coached by new coordinator Bill Young — can take down a traditional SEC powerhouse like the Bulldogs. “Everything that we’ve done since we played Georgia has just helped us get more prepared for this game coming up,” linebacker Andre Sexton said. “We’ve been put in a lot of situations that we weren’t used to in the past, before we played Georgia. Now we’ve learned from them and we’ve grown a lot as a team.” Players admit that Gundy’s criticism was appropriate back in 2007. Perrish Cox, who returned kicks against Georgia before
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In Texas’ first weekend of the season, senior outside hitter Destinee Hooker racked up 43 kills.
Fresh off her stellar performance in the season opener and second-ranked Texas’ sweep of No. 15 San Diego, senior outside hitter Destinee Hooker was named Big 12 Volleyball Player of the Week. In the Longhorns’ first two matches of the season as part of the Long Beach State Baden Classic, Hooker had a combined 43 kills. “I was asking myself, ‘How do we want to start this season off?’” Hooker said. The award is Hooker’s eighth Big 12 weekly honor. “She has the capability at any time to take over a match,” said head coach Jerritt Elliott. — Chris Tavarez
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In an effort to figure out which conference would be next on my BCS tour, I did what any other college kid would do: search Wikipedia. According to “The free encyclopedia,” Fayetteville, Ark. — home of the Razorbacks — lies on the 94th meridian, while Minneapolis, home of the Big Ten’s Minnesota, lies on the 93rd. Since the further west you go, the smaller the numbers get, the SEC beat the Big Ten (again) to be next on the chopping block. And that’s why I chose the SEC. The SEC has a reputation for consistently having a lot of speed, playing hard-nosed defense, and always being the best conference in the nation. With four of the past six, including the last three, national champions coming from the SEC; half, or six, of the conference’s teams ranking in the top 25 in total defense; and highly-touted speedsters like Percy Harvin and Knowshon Moreno, it’s easy to see why the SEC has that reputation. There is no doubt that the SEC is stacked as usual - they’re tied with the Big 12 with the most teams ranked in the preseason top 25 with six, they have the defending national champs back in Florida, three of the best coaches in the game with Urban Meyer, Steve Spurrier, and Houston Nutt, and they lay claim to the golden child of college football, Tim Tebow. But the bottom of the confer-
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Florida quarterback Tim Tebow carries the ball during the BCS Championship NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Miami. ence is where it shows what its But in the SEC, the worst team made of. Most major conferenc- could contend for a bowl in nearly es have bottom feeders that even any other conference. Last year’s the MAC wouldn’t take. In the Big 12, that team is Texas A&M. SEC continues on page 9
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on offense, will still be one of the best From page 8 Auburn squad was abysmal; so bad that the powers that be felt Tommy Tuberville should be fired (whether he was fired or resigned is a whole other story). But any other year, Auburn and Tuberville would be hot commodities. Even Vanderbilt, the old doormat of the SEC, went bowling last year. People are even expecting Mississippi State to start making a push towards relevancy now that they have Florida’s old offense coordinator, Dan Mullen. But where the conference is weakest, and where everyone is afraid to go because no one likes to talk bad about the SEC, is its offense. While the conference may have had 11 teams in the top 50 in total defense, it only had four teams in the top 50 in total offense in 2008. Even last
SPORTS BRIEFLY Betting in Delaware sees changes in football gambling DOVER, Del. — A federal appeals court on Monday dealt another body blow to Delaware’s plans for a new sports betting lottery, saying it must be limited to parlay bets on professional football games. A three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared last week that Delaware’s sports betting plan, which included single-game bets and wagering on a variety of professional and collegiate sports, violated federal law but it did not expressly say why. On Monday, the panel outlined its reasoning in a 23-page opinion. The court said it interpreted language that exempted Delaware from a 1992 federal ban on sports gambling — known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act — as precluding any type of betting beyond what it had of-
year, with 2009’s top NFL draft pick, Matthew Stafford, and the 12th overall pick, Knowshon Moreno, Georgia barely broke the top 25 in total offense. Florida was the league’s highestranked team, coming in at 15, but the conference still couldn’t hold a candle to the offensive firepower of the Big 12. But even as a relatively weak offensive conference, the SEC won the battle last year for the best conference by winning the National Championship and the Cotton Bowl against two of the top three finishers in the Big 12, and by going 6-2 in bowl games. This year’s race for the title of best conference will once again come down to the Big 12 and the SEC, but if the saying, “offense wins games; defense wins championships,” holds true, it may be the SEC that reigns supreme yet again. fered in a failed National Football League lottery in 1976. That lottery allowed only parlay bets, which means bettors had to pick the winners of at least three separate NFL games in a single wager. “Thus, any effort by Delaware to allow wagering on athletic contests involving sports beyond the NFL would violate PASPA,” Judge Thomas Hardiman wrote for the court. “It is also undisputed that no single-game betting was ‘conducted’ by Delaware in 1976, or at any other time during the time period that triggers the PASPA exception.” The news came as another disappointment to state officials, who seemed to accept that single-game wagering was disallowed, but hoped that betting would not be limited to professional football. A spokesman for Gov. Jack Markell issued a statement saying state attorneys were reviewing the opinion and officials would discuss their legal options. — The Associated Press
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Senior linebacker Sean Weatherspoon looks to fill the leadership void left by the departures of quarterback Chase Daniel and tight end Chase Coffman. Weatherspoon is the nation’s top returning tackler with 149.
BIG 12: Leadership abounds in Big 12 Tebow, who already has two something to prove. National Championships along And for the Missouri Tigers, Reesing can take this team to a with a Heisman Trophy, and their messiah is senior linebacker third, with a shot to play in the Bradford, who collected his Sean “Spoon” Weatherspoon. Big 12 Championship game. “We absolutely have extremely high expectations this season,” Reesing said. “We know that if we work hard during [August] We absolutely have extremely and prepare hard during the high expectations this season.” week, there’s not a game on our schedule we can’t win.”
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Missouri Leaving early for the NFL Draft was so last season. Need proof? Take a look at this season’s Heisman Trophy frontrunners: Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford.
OSU: Cowboys focusing on Georgia From page 8 becoming a starting cornerback later that season, said the Cowboys weren’t focused enough and didn’t have enough vocal leaders before facing the Bulldogs the last time. “After we went into that game, I kind of agree with him. But now, I don’t think he would say that right about now,” Cox said. “We’re well-prepared. We work hard every day. We’re just ready for that time to get here.” Receiver Dez Bryant, said he thought he and his teammates were ready to make a splash. The Biletnikoff Award finalist realizes how the Cowboys have grown. “Now I know not only me but the whole team, we’re ready. We feel very confident going into this game,” Bryant said. “We’ve busted our butts each and every day in the
summer. We’ve been focused and looking forward to this game.” In an attempt to get his players more focused on the game, Gundy closed off interviews with the media for 12 days prior to Monday. He said he thought questions were getting repetitive and players were getting fatigued by the attention, which included the first Sports Illustrated cover in school history. Gundy acknowledged noticing how excitement is building in the community before the Cowboys play a Top 25 opponent at home in their season opener for only the second time in school history. The other was a 64-21 loss to No. 2 Nebraska in 1995. In that kind of atmosphere, Gundy wants to make sure his players are keeping the right mind-set. “At some point, you may put too much pressure on yourself as a player or a coach and you’re not
going to be any good anyway. You can’t do anything because you’re so tight. You can’t think and have fun,” Gundy said. “TV and money and BCS games and bowl games and everything has gotten so big in this profession. I think there’s probably too much pressure put on the players and then it trickles over to the coaches.” That doesn’t mean Gundy is trying to downplay what’s at stake, considering that a win Saturday would rank among the most significant ever for OSU. “Tradition takes a long time, but it has to start somewhere and I think that this group of seniors has started that,” Gundy said. “I think over the last few years that most of the teams that we’ve played realize that if we take care of the football and play hard, we can beat them. Doesn’t make any difference who it is, or where.”
have to find some way to replace the presence of Chase Daniel and Chase Coffman. Last season, “Spoon” ranked fifth in the NCAA and led the Big 12 with 155 tackles — 17 of which came in the Tigers’ 30-23 overtime win against Northwestern in the 2008 Alamo Bowl. ESPN has already named Weatherspoon a 1st-team preseason All-American, and he’s — Todd Reesing, quarterback on the watch list for the Walter Camp, Butkus, Nagurski, Lombardi, Bednarik and Lott awards in 2009. By retracting his name from the 2009 NFL Draft, hardware last December, are A native of Jasper, Texas, “Spoon” has a chance to set the among the many players re- Weatherspoon is the obvious school record for career tackles turning their senior season with season leader for the Tigers, who this season.
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Safety: SG aims to increase awareness From page 1 might as well have been characters in a story, not real people. To actually meet someone who was there, though, forces us to really confront some of the problems our society faces.” SG representatives are working to create an on-campus violence prevention group, Woods said. “I spent a lot of time doing research on how various tragedies could have been prevented,” Woods said. “Honestly, UT is doing incredibly well with these things. I feel far safer here than at Virginia Tech.” One of SG President Liam O’Rourke’s five priorities this year is improving campus safety. He said he is reaching out to various campus organizations and pushing to move the annual safety week from March to October to educate students earlier in the year. “[Monday’s] event [raised] awareness of campus safety and security, what the University is doing and what individual students can do,” O’Rourke said. “Events like this are important because they are planned by student leaders who are passionate and want to educate their fellow students. If it is important to one student, other students day, month day, 2008
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Katy Eyberg listens as Colin Goddard, survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting speaks on campus Monday evening. will most likely benefit.” After Goddard shared his story, assistant dean of students Latoya Hill, UTPD Chief Robert Dahlstrom, Counseling and Mental Health Center Director Chris Brownson and Campus Safety and Security Director David Cronk participated in a panel discusaing safety measures at the University. “A lot of efforts were under way before [the Virginia Tech shooting] happened,” Dahlstrom said. “We’ve constantly improved. And we’re constantly looking for new ways. As technology gets better, there are
always better ways to do it.” The Behavior Concerns Advice Line was created in response to the shooting. During the last school year, the line received more than 300 calls, compared to 240 the year before. “We reach out to about 70 percent of the people [about whom] we receive calls,” Hill said. Brownson said shooters like Cho do not necessarily have a specific personality but have behavioral characteristics that should receive close attention. “Drastic behavior changes,
such as being withdrawn or making certain kinds of threats — anytime there’s somebody in your life who’s talking in such a way — it’s something to pay attention to,” Brownson said. Some state legislators attempted to address campus security issues during the legislative session with a controversial bill to allow concealed handguns on college campuses. After passing the House, the bill died before it reached the Senate floor for a vote. Goddard said despite his experience, he does not support concealed-weapon carry on college campuses with the current laws. The best thing students can do is be aware of their surroundings and voice their concerns when they arise, he said. “There are some responsible people who have great intentions and would do great things if the moment [called] for it,” Goddard said. “I know you have to react immediately when something like that happens. If someone’s coming to class with the intention to kill people, there’s not much you can do. If he knew there were people with guns around, 1 would it have deterred him? I doubt it. It’s not something that should be done. It’s a reaction, not an active prevention.”
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Sunset Rubdown Dragonslayer For some artists, work is a slow process. For most artists, work is neither slow nor fast, but simply dependable. But for a select few artists, creation is an all-encompassing, never-ending engulfment of ideas. Spencer Krug is one of the few artists with the impetus to prolifically create. Even more uniquely, Krug’s incredible rate of output is almost always welcomed with praise from even the toughest of critics. A founding member of three concurrently successful touring bands, Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown and Swan Lake, Krug hasn’t set both feet on the ground since 2005, when Wolf Parade released its first LP, Apologies to the Queen Mary. Sunset Rubdown, Krug’s side-project-come-full-time-gig, has released six albums in the last four years, and its creative stream doesn’t look to be drying out anytime in the near future. Dragonslayer, the fourth fulllength Sunset Rubdown LP, is no exception to the band’s and Spencer Krug’s impeccable musical reputations. Complete with Krug’s initially off-putting yet instantly recognizable and captivating crooning, a strange freak-folk underbelly, and the catchy melodies and keyboard detailing that have made Sunset Rubdown’s earlier work so acclaimed, Dragonslayer is one of the summer’s standout albums. Addictive gem of a song “You Go On Ahead” takes electronic underpinning to a wonderfullybalanced new plane. Where most bands with a keyboard become defined by twee-ish jingling, Sunset Rubdown has found a way to keep the jingles to an understated level, never overshadowing the rock music basis of the band. “Paper Lace,” “Silver Moons,” and “Idiot Heart” all carry a similar aesthetic styling, but each utilizes Krug and company’s knack for meaningful songwriting. While each song is an undeniable piece of the Dragonslayer puzzle, none of the tracks bleed together; each stands distinct. At the dawn of yet another U.S. tour, Sunset Rubdown’s latest album proves that the group is nowhere near fading out. — Mary Lingwall
Whitney Houston I Look to You The fact that The Daily Texan received a promotional copy of Whitney Houston’s latest album, I Look to You, can mean only one of two things. Either the record is so insanely fantastic that, no matter the outlet, it’ll receive rave reviews, or her publicity staff is so desperate for press that they’ll send the record anywhere, even to college papers prone to tear it
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to shreds. From the opening bass line of the album’s first song, “Million Dollar Bill,” it becomes painfully obvious that the reason isn’t the former. The most striking aspect of Houston’s latest work is the age that has crept into the legendary singer’s voice. She sounds raspier, her range has diminished and the ethereal quality of her vocals have degenerated into something more along the lines of Tina Turner. That’s by no means a bad thing, and is simply evidence of time’s effect on singers (see: Bob Dylan), but it is noticeable. The biggest problem with the record is that it’s so explicitly commercial. The album unapologetically attempts to force its way into the mainstream radio sector by offering structurally-formulaic, three and half minute pop songs. The verses don’t mean a thing, all focus is put on the hook, and many stylistic tendencies are lifted directly from other artists. Unfortunately, a lot of the plagiarism also sounds like it came from the 1980s. Doubletracked vocals battle with archaic R&B beats, synthesizers repeat tired musical clichés and call-andresponse themes feature so prominently throughout the record it’s often impossible to know when you’ve switched to a new song. The title track is undoubtedly supposed to be this generation’s “I Will Always Love You.” A light piano melody flutters in the background as Houston continuously builds tension until it crescendos into a chorus full of so many sustained notes you’d think Adam Lambert’s making a cameo. He doesn’t, but unfortunately Akon does on the utterly horrendous “Like I Never Left.” It may be promoted as a comeback album, an attempt to return to form for a once-prolific singer, but Whitney Houston’s I Look to You is nothing more than a contrived, desperately mainstream money grab. — Robert Rich
The Arctic Monkeys Humbug After the success of their first two albums, The Arctic Monkeys set out to do something bold and epic with their third album, Humbug. Enlisting the help of Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, the result is dark, brooding and whimsical, taking much of its inspiration from grunge aesthetics and applying psychedelic overtones. There are hints of Mudhoney and a major helping of 60’s British psych. The opening track, “My Propeller,” sets the tone of the album, letting the listener know they are about to take a journey into the minds of four mad British musicians. What makes the album good is the fact that, despite its divergent influences, the Arctic Monkeys don’t venture off on various tangents that would otherwise deter from the constant theme that keeps the album flowing. Alex Turner’s vocals are haunting, dynamic and fitting for the style they decided to pursue. While the album keeps a somber, yet upbeat tone for the most part, certain tracks wind down the album with a different feel, reminiscent of 90’s Brit alternative. Among these tracks is “Cornerstone,” which brings the haunt-
ing, romantic ecstasy The Smiths used to conjure. The Arctic Monkeys have made an album that is stoic, yet vibrant. It leaves much to the imagination, while invoking certain feelings that the average listener might not be accustomed to. It should certainly be interesting to see where they will go next. — Mark Lopez
Eyedea and Abilities By the Throat Indie hip-hop innovators Eyedea and Abilities became famous in the underground rap scene for the duo’s preternatural freestyle and battling skills. Now, after over a decade of performing, Eyedea and Abilities have finally released their much-anticipated third album, By the Throat. Signed with the same label — Rhymesayers Entertainment — that launched Atmosphere into superstardom Eyedea and Abilities displays a similar mastery of fusing biting political and cultural commentary with hilarious double entendres (see tracks “Time Flies When You Have a Gun” and “Bum Fetish”) and genre-bending backbeats. I’m not going to lie — I don’t know much about the aesthetics of popular hip-hop or the history of the genre, but I do know one thing: how this album makes me feel. The battlefield lyricism flowing out of the Eyedea and Abilities duo is mesmerizing. By the Throat has a chokehold ability to get its message across to listeners. There is absolutely no attempt to hide the pervasively unsettling imagery of the album. Instead, the frustrations, disappointments, self-hatred, disgust, love and prophetic commentary on American social politics are displayed at the foreground of each of the album’s songs. By the Throat’s best tracks, “Hay Fever,” “Forgive Me My Synapses,” and “Factory” are each high energy in every direction: tone, rhythm, and intellect. But to say that this album is emotionally powerful and politically astute is still missing something equally important to the work captured on By the Throat. While every line is indeed a play on words, rife with the entendres of two historically knowledgeable craftsman, the beats are playful court jesters that keep the album accessible for even the most casual of listeners. By sampling riffs from disparate genres, Eyedea and Abilities create songs that aren’t just hiphop and aren’t just rock songs. What Eyedea and Abilities does is speak to a moment. By the Throat is an ode to a moment that is angry, hurting and desperately looking for a way to put the idea of American life together with the meager tools that are available to the majority of Americans. “I can only build if I tear the walls down,” a line from album’s second to last track “Smile,” is a sentiment that speaks to people far beyond the scope of hip-hop. By attracting people to a genre that many people think is in a decline with words that are fresh and without pretention, Eyedea and Abilities has created an album to celebrate. — Mary Lingwall
reggae: Legend created sound From page 14 like The Heptones, Junior Byles and The Congos, and continued to shape the genre as it further developed. He built his own recording studio in Jamaica named the Black Ark, which was legendary for the quality and quantity of music produced there. Perry is well-known for turning music production into an art, or an instrument of its own. On many classic reggae albums, his effects are regarded as equally important to the music as the songwriting itself. However, in the early 1980s, Perry became stressed and increasingly paranoid about the spiritual effects of his music, and burned his studio to the ground in a fit of rage. Aside from his work as a producer, Perry has been extremely prolific as a performer. He has more than 50 albums under his name, with his band The Upsetters or under the pseudonym “Pipecock Jackxon.” Many of these albums, especially his 1970s work such as Super Ape and Roast Fish Collie Weed and Corn Bread are themselves among reggae’s best. Beyond reggae, Perry’s influence has spread far and wide — his recording techniques are considered to be a vital contribution to all modern music production, cited by artists such as Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead
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Lee “Scratch” Perry makes his way back to Austin tonight for his first show in the capital city since spring 2008. as vital to their sound. He may be old, but his presence is still powerful, as he proved in his last stop in Aus-
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met with good, bad reviews From page 14 Secret, Profane and Sugarcane is a compilation of songs by Costello and producer T-Bone Burnett, who last worked together on Costello’s 1989 album Spike. The new album, which was recorded over the course of just three days in Nashville, Tenn., was met by critics with mixed reviews. While the Houston Chronicle insisted that Costello’s latest album sounded “like a B-sides and rarities compilation... slapped together.” Rolling Stone highlight-
ed the album’s “spectacular results” as “tight and uncluttered,” and iTunes users gave it an average of 4 1/2 stars. Costello’s international tour, which began in Japan, made a stop in New York yesterday. The tour will continue through the United States in Dallas, Tulsa, Okla., and Snomass, Colo., before heading overseas for an Australian tour in October. WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m. TICKETS: Start at $39
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their home and, at the same time, those things are not ridiculously expensive,” he said. Brimberry’s work is founded in self-motivation and discipline, at times requiring him to keep the midnight oil burning in order to meet the demands of clients and deadlines. “I respect any potter that makes their living,” said Clau-
dia Reese, another local potter and Brimberry’s neighbor. “It takes a lot of ‘stick-to-it-tiveness’ and perseverance, and he’s been doing it for a lot of years, so it’s very commendable.” Instead of primarily selling his work through galleries, Brimberry has opted for a more personal relationship with clients, attending arts festivals and hosting kiln openings at his home throughout the year. “One of the neatest things about
selling the way I’ve done it is the friendships that I’ve made over the years,” he said. Brimberry has considered the prospect of retiring from full-time work, but not from pottery. As he spoke, he finished the pot and placed it on a tall shelf to dry. “I’d like to think that I’ll always try to do something like this,” he said. “At the end of the day, you can always look back and see what you’ve accomplished.”
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Influential artist Potter masters functional style brings reggae beat to local audiences By John Meller Daily Texan Staff In reggae music, one man stands out as the genre’s founding father. One man shaped the recognizable sound that would spread across the world and live for generations, providing the soundtrack for everything from Caribbean political uprisings to your last pool party. No, it’s not Bob Marley – it’s Lee “Scratch” Perry, legendary 73-year-old Jamaican producer and artist and the man essentially responsible for the creation of reggae. Perry started his career in Jamaica in the late 1950s as a seller for a local record label, Studio One. This gave him his first experience in the recording studio. Eventually he split to form his
Local man uses ‘impeccable technique’ to create works of art three-dimensional canvases in what the artist refers to as a “spontaneous style.” “I’m known more for the way I put colors together than the shapes of things, but I enjoy both sides,” he said. Brimberry’s work has been sought after throughout the Central Texas area, making appearances at the Texas Clay Festival, Septemberfest and Austin’s annual Pecan Street Festival. “Pottery wasn’t something I ever planned to do,” he said. “I went to Harding not knowing what to major in, and I ended up signing up for a pottery course. Something about it really captivated me. It was kind of an accident that I found it.” Brimberry’s life seems to be an experi-
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Potter Don Brimberry uses his hands to shape the clay at his studio on North Tumbleweed Trail.
By Audrey Campbell Daily Texan Staff Entering local potter Don Brimberry’s studio is instantly relaxing — the dry, cool air and the fresh smell of clay are reminiscent of after-school art classes taught by soft-voiced, hippy-ish teachers. Brimberry works diligently on his wheel, creating a pot out of what had been a slab of clay only a few moments earlier. Watching him work, the atmosphere of his studio very much reflects his personality — calm and quiet, but with lots of character. Well known in Austin for his impeccable technique and daring use of color, Brimberry’s pieces are a lesson in creativity, placing two-dimensional abstract designs onto
own label, Upsetter, in 1968. Around this time, a local ska and rocksteady group named the Wailers, featuring a young Bob Marley, approached Perry to help them produce a record. Perry taught the group the sound of reggae, a newly developing Jamaican music form, and the rest is history. The Wailers would split with Perry before their major-label debut Catch a Fire in 1973, but his influence carried on with them as they climbed to international success and spread reggae and the Rastafarian movement to the entire world. Through the 1970s, Perry produced albums for countless reggae musicians, including artists
ment in discovery, having lived throughout the United States as well as a brief stint in Ethiopia. But his humble beginnings ring true to the spirit of Austin. “I actually got my start selling down on the Drag at the Renaissance Market,” he said. “I would go there every Saturday, and that would make me enough to live on.” For the past 32 years, Brimberry has worked as a full-time potter, creating vessels and other functional pieces including sets of dishes, platters, vases, lamp bases, pitchers, pots and olive oil dispensers. “I think what has defined my work is that I enjoy making things that people can use in
Concert celebrates album debut with wide range of genres, instruments By Eliana Ramirez Daily Texan Staff When the lights at Bass Concert Hall dim tonight, there will be no mistaking the trademark thick eyeglasses and dark suit. Austin will play host to the musical talents of Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes for one night as they celebrate the June release of their new album, Secret, Profane and Sugarcane.
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Costello, who Rolling Stone dubbed to be “as old as rock & roll itself,” arose as a musician in the midst of the punk era during the 1970s and 1980s. The singer/ songwriter has become almost as notorious for his stage attire as for his jumping of genres, which range from jazz to new wave to classical. Tonight, Costello will bring a bluegrass feel to the stage with mandolin, accordion, double bass and fiddle accompanying the usual guitar and vocals.
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Recipe provides simple game day snack
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By Lisa Holung Daily Texan Staff With football season quickly approaching, I am beginning to brainstorm ideas for fun snacks to bring to tailgates or TV-watching parties. It is a challenge because I want to make something that doesn’t require utensils, isn’t too messy and doesn’t include a plastic tray and hundreds of carrot sticks. Not that there’s anything wrong with carrot sticks. After daydreaming
about buffalo wings and cheese balls for a bit, I came to the conclusion that a lovely addition to any party would be a dip. Dip is versatile, quick and doesn’t require a stove. It travels with ease in the confines of its bowl, and the combinations of things that can be served with it are endless. Crispy potato chips, thinly sliced baguettes, crackers and celery sticks are just a few suggestions.
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This avocado dip is simple, only requiring four main ingredients: avocado, sour cream, tomatoes and green onions. Blend it all together and you’ll have a refreshing crowd-pleaser that will be an excellent addition to any get-together. It can be eaten neatly for the most part, but if Texas scores a touchdown there are no guarantees that it won’t end up on the floor.
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Lisa Holung put ingredients into the blender for a quick avocado dip. This dip can be made in about 10 minutes.