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Above, Claudia Robinson, 39, from Fortaliza, Brazil, celebrates her new American citizenship. More than 740 aliens from 86 countries became citizens Tuesday afternoon at the Dr. Exalton & Wilhelmina Delco Activity Center. Below, Carlos Lobera, 36, from Mexico City, embraces his fiancee, Perla Sandoval, after receiving his certificate of citizenship. Lobera is the last of four siblings to gain United States citizenship.

Families watch more than 740 residents become citizens at ceremony By Shabab Siddiqui Daily Texan Staff A crowd packed Austin’s Dr. Exalton & Wilhelmina Delco Activity Center on Tuesday as if a much-anticipated basketball game was about to be played. Friends and family members of the people gathered on the main floor sat on the edge of their seats waiting for the defining moment as young children enthusiastically waved five-by-eight inch American flags. Mario Ortiz, district director for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, made an apology to the crowd. “I’m sorry we’re taking your green card away from you,” Ortiz said. “But most of you didn’t like the picture anyway.” A naturalization ceremony Tuesday afternoon honored 746 immigrants who came to Central Texas from 86 countries. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel presided over the ceremony, which was hosted by the Austin Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. “We think that it’s important that new United States citizens receive recognition for their decision,” said Paul Parsons, the former president of the chapter. “The members of the [bar]

are proud to help support these ceremonies to recognize the contributions of these immigrants and salute them to become U.S. citizens.” Parsons said the ceremony, which is held once a year, ties in with the bar association’s goal to “work with the federal courts to promote justice.” “They’ve struggled for years to legally enter the U.S. and many times had to be separated from their loved ones who are patiently waiting outside of the U.S.,” he said. “They’ve paid their taxes. They’ve learned English. They’ve displayed good, moral character. Many of them have excelled in our school systems. These are outstanding immigrants who have made a choice to go the additional step to qualify for U.S. citizenship.” Foreigners interested in becoming U.S. citizens often face years-long, uncertain waiting lines. Even after an individual is given permission to immigrate, he or she remains a registered alien and must wait years before applying for permanent residency, also known as a green card. Usually, green cards are not distributed unless an

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Friends hold ceremony for deceased UT student Members of university unite on campus to honor memory of Brianna Becker By Jordan Haeger Daily Texan Staff Friends of Brianna Becker, the UT student who was hit and killed by a car while jogging Friday, remember her as intelligent, funny and dedicated. More than 45 people, includ-

ing Becker’s fellow members of the Young Conservatives of Texas, teachers and friends gathered for a candlelight prayer vigil Tuesday night at the University Lutheran Center she attended for three years. “We’re here tonight to pray for her family and for their courage and their strength,” said the Rev. Jim Mueller. Mueller gave attendees the opportunity to share memories of Becker.

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Sarah Pfeffer and Lauren Kleinschmidt, friends of Brianna Becker through the Young Conservatives of Texas, talk together after the prayer vigil for her.

By Lena Price Daily Texan Staff The appointment of Jennifer Hammat, assistant vice president of student affairs, as interim Texas Student Media director was never officially ratified by the TSM Board, despite the board’s official announcement at last week’s meeting. Until the full board votes on the appointment, TSM does not have an interim director. TSM is the umbrella organization for all student publications at the University, including The Daily Texan and Texas Student Television. The director is in charge of making sure all forms of media at UT have enough resources to function. Juan Gonzalez, vice president of student affairs, recommended Hammat fill the vacant position after the resignation of Kathy Lawrence last Thursday. TSM falls under the oversight of the office of student affairs, and while Lawrence worked at the University, she reported to Gonzalez. Gonzalez said he met with board president Nicole Juneau and executive committee chair Wanda Cash immediately after Lawrence announced her retirement to get their approval on the selection of Hammat. According to the TSM Handbook, Gonzalez has the power to make recommendations, but the board needs to vote in order for the position to be officially filled. Gonzalez said he received a note from Juneau after Friday’s meeting saying Hammat had been positively received by the board. “I thought [the board] would bring it up to a vote,” Gonzalez said. “I thought they had approved it.” At the TSM meeting on Friday, Cash announced Lawrence’s retirement and Hammat’s appointment to the board. Cash said that Gonzalez had designated Hammat as the interim director and go-to person for TSM matters. Although nobody objected, Cash did not make a motion to bring the appointment to a vote. She said she was under the impression that the appointment had been put to a vote. “I thought there was a vote,” Cash said. “I’m the one who brought the message to the board from my meeting with Juan Gonzalez, and if we didn’t vote on it, I am surprised. It should have been ratified.” The Texas Open Meetings Act requires all public entities to post a meeting agenda 72 hours before the group meets. The appointment was not on the board’s

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Clothing resale attracts students By Israel Perez Daily Texan Staff Cheap clothing and free pizza attracted dozens of UT students to the Campus Environmental Center’s annual Trash to Treasure clothing sale and Earth Summit on Tuesday. Trash to Treasure, held on the patio of the Flawn Academic Center, sold all clothing, including sweaters, T-shirts and other items, for just $1. Shortly after the signs were posted and the clothing was spread across several tables, students crowded around to see what they could get for their pocket change. “Trash [to] Treasure is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said Rachel Aitkens, co-director of the Campus Environmental Center. “The week before classes start we have another sale which includes bigger items like furniture. Two years ago, we found that we had some extra clothing, so we decided to have a separate event. It was just easy to make it $1.” The money raised through the clothing sale will help support general projects for the organization. Any clothing left over from the sale will go to the Austin State Hospital.

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Seniors Kelly Turner and Miguel Lopez sift through piles of used clothing outside the FAC at the Campus Environmental Center’s annual Trash to Treasure fundraiser. The group focuses on environmental sustainability and recycling by encouraging students to reuse goods. “We want students to reduce their consumption and be aware of what they’re purchasing and not always go for the newest thing,” Aitkens said. “Everyone remembers recycle, but nobody remembers reduce and reuse, and those are arguably the most important.”

Radio-television-film sophomore Kayla Freeman stopped by and did some shopping with a friend. “I like that UT makes it very easy to be green,” Freeman said. “You can’t use the excuse that it isn’t convenient anymore.”

Freeman said she’s glad the event is held because it encourages students to reuse while buying inexpensive clothing. Last year, the group raised $2,000 and hopes to raise the same amount this year, said

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memories of her character From page 1 “Her beauty was both intellectual and physical, and certainly, we all know she was a beautiful person on the inside,� said Timothy Bradberry. Bradberry met Becker at a press conference for the Coalition of American Traditions and Ethics, of which he is a member. Becker was the most photographed speaker at the event, he said. Andy Jones, an American studies graduate student and member of University Democrats, said the last time he spoke with Becker they didn’t argue about politics, but instead talked about the passion they both felt for political activism. “I’ve always loved her passion,� Jones said. Government senior Nick Pre-

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several years for citizenship fredo Guzman, an Austin paint- due to a change in the political clier, said he came to watch his sis- mate in the U.S. individual has a job or has met ter become the first in his fami“None of us were really interother government prerequisites. ly to be naturalized after coming ested in it for a long time,� WilIndividuals then must wait a fredo said. “Now, the immigraminimum of five years before aption is so tough on people. [My plying for full citizenship. sister] had heard stories about David Weathers, an Austin immigration deporting people It’s a real big deal to electrician, said he and his two with resident’s cards. She has children came to the ceremony to three children, and she doesn’t [my wife]. It took us support his wife, one of two citiwant to risk that.� nine years just to get zens from Japan to be naturalized After the ceremony ended, to this process.� during Tuesday’s ceremony. friends and family congratulat“Oh, she’s ecstatic,� Weathers ed the new citizens on the main — David Weathers said of his wife. “She’s been wantfloor. Alfonso Perez from Mexiing this for a really long time. It’s co, who had been waiting for citiAustin resident a real big deal to her. It took us zenship since he was 5 years old, nine years just to get to this prostood with his 5-year-old daughcess.� ter on his arm. While Mr. Weathers is a citi- to America from Guatemala 22 “It feels great,� Perez said. “It zen himself, many of the support- years ago. Wilfredo said his sis- just feels great to be completely ers in the stands were not. Wil- ter’s decision to be naturalized is part of this country.�

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losky remembered Becker for the dedication she showed to everything she cared about, including Prelosky’s friend and Becker’s boyfriend Tony McDonald, a UT law student. “Brianna was the only girl in the world who could discuss Aristotle and fashion in the same sentence,� Prelosky said. Becker’s friends and fellow students recorded their memories of Becker, which Mueller said he will send to her family. In lieu of flowers, Becker’s family asked attendees to donate to the scholarship fund at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Houston, where her funeral will be held Saturday. A local memorial service will be held the same day at 11 a.m. in St. Paul Lutheran Church at 3501 Red River St., and is open to the public.

The Texas Advanced Computing Center received a $7 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a project that will equip UT with the largest remote visualization and data analysis system of its kind. The analysis system, named Longhorn, will allow scientists to translate large data sets from a numeric format to an image, said Kelly Gaither, the director of data and information analysis for the computing center. “There are large scientific data sets that people want to make pictures of, but they’re too big to move over networks in order to make sense of the data,� she said. “So we make pictures out of it.� The supercomputing cluster is not finished yet, Gaither said. The computing center plans to use the grant to build a resource to provide user support for the machine and do research and development in scaling up to this size, Gaither said. The supercomputer is the biggest that has ever been built and is also the first remote visualization data analysis system on TeraGrid, she said. TeraGrid is a collaboration of scientific resources at 11 partner sites to create an integrated computational resources, according to its Web site. Researchers across the nation in addition to those at UT will use the supercomputing cluster, Gaither said. — Jordan Haeger

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From page 1 Drucilla Tigner, co-director of the Campus Environmental Center. The group hosted the Earth Summit on Tuesday evening to create an action plan to reduce the University’s carbon footprint and environmental impact. “The goal is to work with the University in order to implement certain policies which will make the University more sustainable and greener,� Tigner said. Jim Walker, project manager for UT’s Office of Campus Planning and Facilities Management, was invited to speak about how UT can become a green and sustainable campus. He began by explaining the scope of the environmental problem. “All the issues we have now are global in nature,� Walker said. “The boundary of the conversation is the planet.�

Walker said six major greenhouse gases cause global warming. He added that UT has to work on reducing its environmental impact after the release of last year’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory report. “We’d love to mark this as the start of student involvement in UT’s carbon emissions, but everyone has to do their part,� Walker said. Tigner explained why students need to do their part before the students broke up into smaller groups to discuss what should be included in the University’s action plan. “It matters to students because whether or not you believe in global warming or climate change, it is going to affect everyone every day, whether it’s rising energy prices, changing global climates or, as we have experienced this past summer in Austin, potential water shortages,� Tigner said.

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NEWS BRIEFLY SG honors deceased student, voices opinion on coal plant Tuesday’s Student Government meeting featured three unrelated points of business. Jimmy Talarico, a Universitywide representative and vice president of University Democrats, and other members of the organization proposed a statement honoring UT student Brianna Becker, who was

killed Friday when she was struck by a car while jogging. Becker was secretary of the Young Conservatives of Texas. “Even though we fought her tooth and nail, we felt compelled by her friendship and her kindness to come up here today,� Talarico said. The assembly voted unanimously in favor of Talarico’s statement honoring Becker. [Graduate student representative John Woods made internal adjustments to the responsibilities

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delays official authorization From page 1 Sept. 25 agenda. Cash said the board may need to schedule an emergency meeting to officially ratify Hammat as interim director. At press time, no date had been set for the meeting, and there is no acting interim director of TSM. Cash said the board needed to seek further clarification from Gonzalez, but because there is no official procedure for nominating an interim director, she is confident

that Gonzalez had the authority to recommend Hammat. “At the end of the day, the employees that work for TSM are employees of the University that are leased to TSM,� Gonzalez said. “Kathy reported to me for many, many years.� The president of the University would have to approve the permanent replacement for Lawrence after his or her appointment by the board, according to the TSM Handbook.

held by the Student Advocates for Non-Violence Agency. Woods said the agency had nothing to do because other campus safety organizations left it with no business to take care of.] “The big change for students is that our programs will run better and more efficiently because we will be more organized,� said SG spokeswoman Danielle Brown. SG also addressed UT’s opinion on the Fayette coal plant. Austin is in the process of deciding whether or not the plant should be shut

down. Melessa Rodriguez, president of University Democrats, said students should support the city’s divestiture from the plant. “It would reduce health problems,� Rodriguez said. “Students who suffer from asthma would benefit from this.� Talarico stood with Rodriguez and said it is important for the University to formally state an opinion in order to remain a major part of the city’s decision-making process. — Molly Triece


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Iranian Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, listens to questions posed by media in his office in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, where he said that Iran built its newly revealed uranium enrichment facility inside a mountain and next to a military site.

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By Ali Akbar Dareini The Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s nuclear chief said Tuesday his country built its newly revealed uranium enrichment facility inside a mountain next to a military site to ensure continuity of its nuclear activities in case of an attack — an unusually detailed disclosure that may be intended to defuse international pressure. But Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi, who also heads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, took a hard line over the country’s nuclear rights two days before the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany are scheduled to meet with Iran in Geneva. He said Iran is willing to have a general discussion about nuclear technology in Geneva but will not give up its right to uranium enrichment and conversion. “We will never bargain over our sovereign right,” said Salehi. The revelations of the site that had been secretly under construction brought increased international pressure on Iran to come clean on its nuclear program, which the U.S. and others suspect is aimed

at producing atomic bombs. Salehi reiterated that Iran is in talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency to set a timetable “soon” for an inspection of the site near the holy city of Qom. But he said the country did not feel bound by a U.S. demand to allow the inspection within a month. “We are working out the timetable,” said Salehi. “It could be sooner than a month or later.” He said the nuclear facility is next to a military compound of the Revolutionary Guard, Iran’s most powerful military force, equipped with an air defense system. Salehi also said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told him Tuesday he named the enrichment plant “Meshkat,” which translates to mean lantern. “This site is at the base of a mountain and was selected on purpose in a place that would be protected against aerial attack. That’s why the site was chosen adjacent to a military site,” Salehi told a news conference. “It was intended to safeguard our nuclear facilities and reduce the cost of active defense system. If we had chosen another site, we would have had to set up another aerial

defense system.” Details about the newly revealed site and the fact that Iran kept its construction secret have raised more suspicion among experts and Western governments that Iran’s nuclear program is aimed at producing weapons — something Tehran has long denied. The U.S. and its allies have strongly condemned Iran over the site and demanded it immediately make a full disclosure of its nuclear activities or face harsher international sanctions. President Barack Obama’s administration is planning to push for new sanctions against Iran, targeting its energy, financial and telecommunications sectors if it does not comply with international demands to come clean about its nuclear program, according to U.S. officials. Iran’s decision to disclose details about its hidden nuclear site and allow the IAEA to inspect it could be an attempt to defuse international anger that the U.S. could harness in pushing through stronger sanctions. Iran also offered the U.S. a conciliatory gesture Tuesday, allowing Swiss diplomats to meet with

three American hikers who were arrested by Iran for illegal entry in late July, according to Swiss Foreign Ministry spokesman Adrian Sollberger. The Swiss represent U.S. diplomatic interests in Iran. Israel has trumpeted the disclosure of the hidden facility as proof of its long-held assertion that Iran seeks to build nuclear weapons. Israel considers Iran’s nuclear program a strategic threat and has not ruled out a pre-emptive military strike on Iranian nuclear development facilities. But some Israeli analysts believe the disclosure of the new nuclear facility could actually put off an Israeli strike because it increases the chances that the international community will impose significantly harsher sanctions. “If there ever was a thought of going with a military option, it’s been put off,” said Ephraim Kam, the deputy director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute of National Security Studies. “Iran was caught lying again, it’s clearly moving toward becoming a nuclear power. “Now the Americans are better able to try to persuade the Europeans, and even the Russians, to go for tougher sanctions,” he said.

By Tom Hays The Associated Press NEW YORK — An Afghan immigrant pleaded not guilty Tuesday to plotting a New York City terrorist attack with bombs made from beauty-supply chemicals and was ordered held without bail. A lawyer for 24-year-old Denver airport shuttle driver Najibullah Zazi entered the plea in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn. Officials say he and co-conspirators bought products in Colorado containing hydrogen peroxide and acetone — key ingredients for homemade bombs. Prosecutors believe Zazi received explosives training from al-Qaida in Pakistan and may have planned to target mass transit in the New York City area. “I’d like to stop this rush to judgment because what I’ve seen so far does not amount to a conspiracy,” said Zazi’s attorney, J. Michael Dowling. A law enforcement official confirmed Monday that investigators had identified three people believed to have been in on the scheme. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation continues. The accomplices are suspected of traveling from New York City to suburban Denver this summer and using stolen credit cards to help Zazi stockpile bomb ingredients, authorities have said. “I don’t know the names of anybody else that allegedly conspired with Mr. Zazi,” Dowling said Tuesday. “Those names have not been produced.” Before authorities made a series of raids in the case, police detectives showed a source — a Queens imam at a mosque where Zazi had once worshipped —

photographs of him and three people considered possible suspects, court papers say. It was unclear whether those three were the same ones suspected of traveling to Denver. Prosecutors allege that Zazi has admitted that while living in Queens, he traveled last year to Pakistan and received explosives training from al-Qaida. Security videos and store receipts show that when he returned and moved to Aurora, Colo., he and three others bought several bottles of beauty products over the course of several weeks, court papers said. On Sept. 6, Zazi took some of his products into a Colorado hotel room outfitted with a stove on which he later left acetone residue, authorities said. He repeatedly sought another person’s help cooking up the bomb, “each communication more urgent in tone than the last,” the papers said. The FBI was listening to Zazi and becoming increasingly concerned as the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and a New York visit by President Barack Obama approached, officials said. They decided to track him on Sept. 9 when he rented a car and drove to New York. On Sept. 10, Zazi told the Queens imam in an intercepted phone call that he feared he was being watched, court papers said. The imam later tipped Zazi off, saying police had come around and asked questions, the papers said. He was arrested the week of Sept. 12 and was initially charged with lying to investigators. A letter filed by Brooklyn prosecutors last week argued that Zazi should be jailed indefinitely. Zazi’s next court date has been set for Dec. 3.

Roadside bomb kills US troops in Philippines By Jim Gomez The Associated Press MANILA, Philippines — Two U.S. soldiers were killed Tuesday in a roadside bomb believed to have been planted by al-Qaida-linked militants, U.S. officials said. They were the first American troops to die in an attack in the Philippines in seven years. A Filipino marine also was killed and two others were wounded in the blast on Jolo island, a poor, predominantly Muslim region where the Americans have been providing combat training and weapons to Filipino troops battling the Abu Sayyaf militants. The Philippine military suspects the group was behind the attack. A senior Filipino commander said he did not think the assault would shake the Americans’ resolve to fight Muslim extremists in the country. “I don’t think they’ll contemplate leaving,” said Maj. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino, a regional military commander who oversees counterterrorism assaults in Jolo and nearby regions. “Terrorism threats are transnational, and the U.S. has a very strong commitment to fight it here.” The U.S. embassy said in a statement that the soldiers’ vehicle hit an improvised explosive device

NATION BRIEFLY US, allies will demand open access to Iranian nuclear facility WASHINGTON — A senior Obama administration official says the U.S. and its five allies trying to stop Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program plan to tell Iran on Thursday that it must provide with-

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The still-smoldering remains of a humvee vehicle that struck a roadside bomb is seen following a blast Tuesday that killed three people. while they were conducting a resupply mission for a school construction project on Jolo. TV footage showed the stillsmoldering wreck of the Humvee, which flipped over in a grassy area in a coconut grove, apparently because of the impact of the powerful blast. U.S. Maj. Bradley Gordon said two U.S. Army soldiers, who were members of the Joint Special Op-

erations Task Force, were killed in the attack. Their names were not released until their families could be notified. Earlier, Philippine Maj. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino said the Americans were from the Naval Construction Battalions, or Seabees, which gather skilled craftsmen like electricians and carpenters into special military units. According to U.S. Pacific Com-

in a matter of weeks unfettered access to Iran’s previously secret enrichment facility. The official says that the allies also will present a so-called transparency package covering all of Iran’s nuclear activities. The official says that the allies will not give Iran a specific deadline to provide the information about its overall program. Thursday’s meeting with Iran is

scheduled for Thursday in Geneva Obama says kids need longer school days, shorter summers WASHINGTON — Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe. “Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas,” the president said. “But the challenges of a new century de-

mand, the Seabees were working on a school project where this convoy originated from but no Seabees were involved in the attack. Philippine military spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner said the troops were on their way to Kagay village in Jolo’s Indanan township. Troops are building two school buildings and digging artesian wells in Indanan, where militants have jungle strongholds. “They were not in combat,” Brawner said. “These U.S. soldiers were there in the area to supervise the developmental projects in Indanan.” The Philippine government offered its condolences to the relatives of the slain troops and praised them for helping undertake civic projects and secure peace on Jolo, about 590 miles (950 kilometers) south of Manila, the capital. Brawner said no suspects were immediately identified, but Dolorfino told the AP that Abu Sayyaf, who often attempts to sabatoge U.S. projects, had likely planted the explosive. The wellarmed group is blamed for numerous bombings, beheadings and kidnappings of Filipinos and foreigners in the south in recent years. He said that U.S troops are often targets for militants in the south. mand more time in the classroom.” The president wants schools to add time to classes, to stay open late and to let kids in on weekends. “Our school calendar is based upon the agrarian economy and not too many of our kids are working the fields today,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a recent interview with the Associated Press. Compiled from Associated Press reports

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Najibullah Zazi, center, is escorted off an NYPD helicopter by U.S Marshals after being extradited from Denver, Colo., Friday.

WORLD BRIEFLY Pope Benedict XVI visits Czech Republic, emphasizes religion PRAGUE — Pope Benedict XVI sought to reach out to the heavily secular people of the Czech Republic on Saturday, decrying the “wounds” left by atheistic communism and urging them to rediscover their Christian roots. As he began a three-day pilgrimage coinciding with the fall of communism in this area 20 years ago, Benedict said Christianity has an “irreplaceable role” to play in their lives. The Czech Republic is one of the most secular countries in Europe, with nearly half the country professing to be non-believers. The atmosphere surrounding the visit appeared to reflect that. Few people turned out for the formal welcoming ceremony and there were no crowds or welcoming billboards at the event.

Honduras limits civil liberties, issues ultimatum to Brazil TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Interim government leaders have suspended constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties in a pre-emp-

tive strike against widespread rebellion Monday, three months to the day since they ousted President Manuel Zelaya in a militarybacked coup. Zelaya supporters said they would ignore the decree issued late Sunday and march in the streets as planned. Some already had arrived in the capital, Tegucigalpa, from outlying provinces. The measures — announced just hours after Zelaya called on his backers to stage mass protest marches in what he called a “final offensive” against the government — are likely to draw harsh criticism from the international community, which has condemned the June 28 coup and urged that Zelaya be reinstated to the presidency and allowed to serve out his term, which ends in January. Officials also issued an ultimatum to Brazil on Sunday, giving the South American country 10 days to decide whether to turn Zelaya over for arrest or grant him asylum and, presumably, take him out of Honduras. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva responded, saying that his government “doesn’t accept ultimatums from coup-plotters.” Compiled from Associated Press reports


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Confusion reigns Confusion and uncertainty abound after the sudden resignation of Kathy Lawrence, former director of Texas Student Media, and the subsequent appointment of Jennifer Hammat, assistant vice president of student affairs, as the interim director. The issue is close to us, as The Daily Texan is a property of TSM and is governed — along with the Cactus Yearbook, KVRX 97.1 FM, Texas Student Television and the Texas Travesty — by the Texas Student Media Board of Operating Trustees. As such, we have raised several questions about the process of and authority over Hammat’s appointment. On Thursday, Lawrence announced her unexpected resignation from her position as TSM director. The next day, Wanda Cash, chairwoman of the Texas Student Media executive committee, reported to the TSM Board that Juan Gonzalez, vice president of student affairs, had appointed Hammat as interim director. Gonzalez was quoted in the Texan saying, “I have administrative authority over the organization in the event of something like this.” But the Texas Student Media Declaration of Trust does not give any official within student affairs the power of appointment, especially the very day after a position is vacated. Rather, it states that the TSM Board of Operating Trustees has the power to select and employ all TSM employees, as long as the appointments are approved by the president of the University or his representative. In this case, Gonzalez claims to be the representative. But because Lawrence resigned a day before the board meeting, the topic didn’t appear on any agenda, and board members at the meeting were told of Hammat’s appointment without being given a chance to vote. When asked later about the absence of a vote, Cash said, “I thought there was a vote. … If we didn’t vote on it, I’m surprised, because it should have been ratified.” Now Gonzalez says that the appointment was not official because the board failed to take a vote. “I thought they would bring it up for a vote,” he said. “I received a note from Nicole [Juneau, president of the TSM Board] saying that the board reacted positively.” It is stunningly apparent that Hammat’s appointment violated the Declaration of Trust. We recommend that the board reconvene to discuss the appointment and take appropriate action. We also recommend that the members of the board read the organization’s trust and handbook to ensure that they proceed according to established procedure. It is also imperative that the board evaluate its own role and authority over TSM and begin to take its role as protector and guider of the organization more seriously. It cannot look out for the interests of the Texan and TSM as a whole if it is unaware of and unconcerned about its rights. The hasty and sloppy decision to accept what board members interpreted as the appointment of Hammat is also a peculiar, and troubling, move by the board. While Hammat has worked in a limited capacity with Lawrence during her tenure as director, Hammat comes from an extremely limited media background. Her position within Gonzalez’s office in the Division of Student Affairs would also jeopardize her ability to advocate for TSM’s independence and would establish a troubling form of University control over TSM. Much like the University, TSM is undergoing a crucial transition this year. Like newspapers throughout the country, the Texan is tightening its belt and preparing for more tough times ahead. Important decisions may be made in the near future, before a permanent replacement for Lawrence is appointed. The TSM Board must recognize the gravity of this appointment, keeping in mind the vital distinction between TSM and the University. — The editorial board

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By Anna Russo Daily Texan Columnist

It has happened. I have officially reached the age of old. With the passing of my 22nd birthday on Thursday, I have ventured into the inglorious territory of life after 21. The gray hairs have begun to sprout, my back aches constantly, and I watch CNN nonstop to feed my growing cynicism. My age and cynicism have left me feeling helpless, to say the least. I look at issues in our society and begin to feel depressed knowing that I can’t solve them. The spread of the Tucker Max culture, the status of the women’s rights movement and growing violence among youth are the streams of thought that have most recently occupied my mind and have served to perpetuate my feelings of powerlessness. I am slowly giving up hope as my small efforts against these problems continue to yield unsatisying results. I know I am not the only young activist who falls on times of doubt, who wonders whether her work has benefitted her cause or loses a little confidence every time someone attacks what she is fighting for. But sometimes knowing this isn’t enough. Sometimes I need a little encouragement that my hard work is helping or that it is worth continuing. This weekend, just when those cynical thoughts began to burden my mind again, I found encouragement in the most unlikely of places. On Friday, as many of you know, the UT community lost a great student, friend and activist. Brianna Becker, a government and philosophy senior, was hit and killed by a car as she was jogging downtown. Brianna was known on campus for her passion for politics and gregarious personality. Her passion not only affected the Austin community, but also the state and the nation. As a grassroots campaign intern for the Friends of Susan Combs Committee, vice chairwoman of chapter development in

Young Conservatives of Texas and an intern for the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., Brianna practiced what she preached. She truly embodied the spirit of activism by working for the change she wished to see in the world. I was never fortunate enough to know Brianna, but I do know many people who did, and I wish to extend my sincerest condolences to them. From the stories of those who knew Brianna, it seems that it would have been a privilege to have her as a friend. I know that if we were friends, we would have disagreed on many fundamental issues and would have probably spent most of our time together arguing. But I can gather from Brianna’s life that we could agree on one thing: the importance of not giving up hope in one’s activist work. Brianna was not giving up hope. She was to take the LSAT on Saturday morning, the next step in furthering her activism, when her life was tragically cut short on Friday evening. If I had come to her as a friend with my disillusionment, I imagine she would have told me to suck it up — that we can’t give up hope that easily. Even though I was not blessed enough to be touched by Brianna’s passion in life, through her death, her passion has given me encouragement at just the right time. Right when my age and cynicism had just about gotten the best of me, Brianna’s passion lifted me out of my slump and has instilled in me a sense of hope once again — hope that the activist work I take part in will make a difference, as did the activist work Brianna undertook in her lifetime. So thank you, Brianna, for your continuing legacy. A memorial service for Brianna Becker will be held this Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church on 3501 Red River St. Russo is a government and women’s and gender studies senior.

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Aesop and the UT budget 1 public institution of higher education in the country. We are no closer now than we were 20 years ago. There is an Aesop’s Fable about a dog carrying a bone These are troubled economic times for our country across a log over a stream. He sees a big bone reflected in and our University. We heard in President William Pow- the water and goes to grab it. In doing so he loses the bone ers’ State of the University address of a severe downturn he has. This is the situation I see here now. Our president and in Permanent University Fund investments. This will affect the spendable endowment in the Available University deans are so keen on taking advantage of a dire situation at our competitor institutions that they are making our Fund for at least the next three years. The Texas Legislature has tried to provide relief to fi- own situation worse than it should be. You have read in The Daily Texan about the Cockrell nancially strapped students and their families by capping tuition increases in the immediate future at 3.95 percent. School of Engineering cutting info tech and student serBut that, too, was a major blow to the University budget, vices and the Department of Mathematics potentially cutwhich was counting on 4.95 percent increases rising per- ting back on graduate assistantships. Some of the money will be reallocated toward prestigious faculty hires. The haps as high as 6.5 percent. College of Liberal Arts is in the process Tuition would not be the most imporof cutting about 10 percent of its operatant factor that it is if the Legislature had tional budget to pay for a banner year allocated more than a 2-percent average of new faculty hires and a new buildannual increase in appropriations to UT ing that will entice prominent faculover the last 20 years. This is well below ty who need major laboratory space. the rate of inflation for the basic operaOur president Again, major cuts will come from gradtion of the University. and deans are so uate assistantships, lectureships, staff Since 1994, as first a departmental positions and administrative reconfigchair and then at times a member of the keen on taking urations. Faculty members have been Faculty Council Executive and Budget advantage of a advised that most will receive no salary Advisory committees, I have seen again increases for the next five years. and again how the University has ingedire situation at Recall that the president in his annuniously weathered these shortfalls by our competitor al address proudly declared that $1 milcutting excess and playing shell games lion dollars was being added centrally with tuition, endowments and donated institutions that to graduate support. This works out to funds. UT staff have been falling behind they are making about $60 per graduate student on camfor years. General faculty, too, have reour own situation pus. Meanwhile, at the college and deceived less annually than even the anpartmental levels across the universinounced below-inflation percentage inworse than it ty, deep cuts in assistantships and sticreases. A good portion of the “average” should be. pends for travel, research and sumincreases goes into college war chests to mer study will dwarf this central alloretain targeted faculty. cation. We were also told that we will Simply put, the University was runpress forward with 10 additional faculning a trim and tight budgetary ship ty hires this year. But what kind of dent before the current economic crisis hit. will this make in student-to-faculty raWhat now? In the latest US News & World Report rankings issued tios if cuts within colleges increase class sizes? Are a few star hires and a new building worth the trauon Sept. 23, UT is ranked 47th nationally and is well behind not only such major public universities as the Uni- ma inflicted on all of the staff and a majority of faculversity of California, Berkeley and the University of Mich- ty members over the next five years? Are these changes igan, but even UCLA, UC San Diego, the University of Il- worth the cuts in student services (e.g., study abroad and linois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Wis- advising) and the negative impact on student-to-faculty consin-Madison. What hurts us most in these comparative ratios? One final question: If you had a choice between hiring rankings is the allocation of resources per student and our student-to-faculty ratios. What counterbalances those neg- one new liberal arts assistant professor at $120,000 (salary and benefits) or using that money yearly to provide 20 sumatives year-in year-out is the overall strength of faculty. US News & World Report is not talking here about the mer stipends to top graduate students to help them comrelatively small percentage of superstar faculty any of the plete their degrees more quickly (and with enhanced pertop public institutions will have: Nobel and Pulitzer Prize formance) and to send 20 needy undergraduates to study winners, national academy members, Guggenheim Fellow- abroad for three weeks, what would you choose to do? Bottom line: We ignore Aesop at our peril. ship recipients, MacArthur fellows and Fulbright scholars. UC Berkeley far outstrips UT in most of these categories, and it is tiresome to have heard for 20 years now a succes- Tom Palaima is a classics professor and member of the Faculty Council Executive and Budget Advisory committees. sion of UT presidents declare that we will become the No. By Tom Palaima Daily Texan Guest Columnist

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Forum clarifies modified budget plan for students College of Liberal Arts informs students how tuition is really spent By Shabab Siddiqui Daily Texan Staff Students in the College of Liberal Arts got a better idea of how their tuition dollars were being spent during an open forum at Mezes Hall on Tuesday. The event, hosted by the Liberal Arts Council and the Senate of College Councils, featured the college’s dean of academic affairs, Richard Flores. “At first, it sounds like and looks like a dire picture,� Flores said. “But we actually see some real rays of hope and possibility which will move the college forward.� The budget cuts primarily affect non-tenured faculty and graduate students, Flores said. While the proposition was “unfair� to those in the two groups, it was a necessary measure and might actually benefit some undergraduate students, he said. “Some undergraduate classes are taught by graduate students,� he said. “But with less graduate students available, many of those classes will have to be taught by a professor.� Flores also said UT is in bet-

ter shape than many universities both within and outside of the state. “A lot of the universities that depend on endowments more than we do are really suffering,� he said. “We aren’t losing money; we just don’t have new money. That’s not the case with a lot of other institutions.� Carl Thorne-Thomsen, vice president of the Liberal Arts Council, said while the majority of the funding-related decisions have already been made, the purpose of the forum was to give students a better idea of what is going on. “We’re trying to get the student leadership at the college active and talking about the situation,� Thorne-Thomsen said. “It’s also about letting the administration know that the students care about their education.� Thorne-Thomsen said the evening also gave students a different perspective on their education. “I think many students were surprised to see that the situation wasn’t as bad as they thought it was,� he said. “I think they realized that they can potentially influence where their money goes to and influence their own education here at UT.�

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Natalie Butler, Plan II senior, listens to Richard Flores, an associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, speak during the Liberal Arts Council meeting Tuesday evening. Flores discussed the effects of tuition changes on students.

‘Friday Night Lights’ did not fulfill city deal munity College, the UT camBy Hannah Jones pus, Texas State University and Daily Texan Staff Northern Entertainment Inc., St. Edward’s University. Some of the subsidiary of NBC Universal the students cast in the show did that produces the “Friday Night not use their local address and Lights� television show, failed to therefore were not counted tocomply with the city of Austin’s ward the requirements. Because economic development agree- of the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike, the show did not ment for seasons one and two. The City Council formed an complete all 21 episodes of the agreement with the corporation second season. “Friday Night Lights,� a series in March 2007 that if the show was renewed for a second season loosely based on a high school and filmed in the Austin area, it football team in Odessa, was ratwould receive an economic de- ed as one of the top 10 shows of velopment grant of $40,000. If, 2006 by Time magazine and Enat the end of season two, the tertainment Weekly. “I think havre q u i re m e n t s ing ‘Friday had been met, Night Lights’ the corporation production is a would receive tremendous ecoan additional There is no question nomic benefit $40,000. for the city and For each seathat the city of the film indusson filmed in Austin appreciates try in Austin,� the Austin area, grant totals are having [Friday Night s a i d R o d n e y Gonzales, acting based on a forLights] here.� director of the mula calculat— Bob Hudgins, city’s Economed based on city sales, taxes paid, Texas Film Commission ic Growth and Redevelopment city fees paid and director Services Office. a set amount for “It is worthwhile each employee. for us to continA memo sent ue an agreement from the redevelopment office to the council for production of FNL.� After speaking with both parsays that the number of submitted addresses of cast, crew and ties, Bob Hudgins, director of the extras living in the Austin met- Texas Film Commission, said ropolitan statistical area did not he hopes that City Council will meet the 75 percent requirement. work with the show to keep it in During season one, the enter- Austin. “The council should look at tainment corporation attained only 72.3 percent, and for sea- the overall impact on the area,� son two, 70.2 percent of the 75 he said. City Councilwoman Randi percent requirement. The show filmed 15 episodes for the second Shade said she is “anxious to see season while the requirement for what the staff provides.� “There is no question that the a “season� is defined as 21 episodes. Also, the “Filmed on lo- city of Austin appreciates having cation in Austin, Texas, U.S.A.� them here,� Shade said. The City Council has not yet credit did not appear in second received the proposal, and the season episodes. Recruiting was done at local issue has been postponed until schools, including Austin Com- Oct. 15.

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Maliki Ghossainy, a graduate psychology research assistant, looks at a visual display of red flags in the Gregory Gymnasium concourse. The flags are on display to raise awareness about unhealthy relationships.

Display targets domestic violence By Molly Triece Daily Texan Staff Red flags and speech bubbles featured behaviors and quotes representing the telltale signs of bad relationships and dating violence at a display in Gregory Gymnasium on Tuesday. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Voices Against Violence, a domestic violence education group, will host several events in addition to the red flag display in an effort to alert students to the threat of violence in relationships. According to a statewide Texas Council on Family Violence survey, 75 percent of 16- to 24-yearolds have experienced, or know someone who has experienced, dating violence. “I don’t think [college students] are aware enough at all,� said Lynn Hoare, a Theatre for Dialogue specialist with the group. Hoare said college is an important relationship-building

period of people’s lives. She said many students are just learning what healthy relationships should look like, making it difficult to recognize potentially dangerous partners. “As friends, we can affect that a lot. When we see someone is controlling their partner, it’s important that we speak to them,� Hoare said. “That’s really where the change happens.� The red flag display also listed types of unhealthy relationships, which Hoare said do not always involve violence and can be hard to recognize. “In a college relationship, some common warning signs include jealousy, worrying your partner is spending too much time with other people, being very controlling, wanting to know where they are all the time,� Hoare said. Hoare said many people experiencing dating violence or an unhealthy relationship fail to rec-

ognize it or don’t know how to cut ties. “There are a lot of messages about ‘if she hadn’t done this’ or ‘if she had stuck up for herself,’� she said. “There’s a lot of blame on the victim.� This notion minimizes the threat to many students because many assume that they would never get themselves into such a situation, Hoare said. “It’s important to remember any of us could end up like this,� said Stan Friedman, a psychology clinical assistant professor. “Sometimes, these things build slowly in a relationship — it’s always a possibility for people to find themselves eventually in an unhealthy relationship.� Friedman said many behaviors that warn of future violent behavior are normalized by society. “Sometimes, it feels good when someone acts jealous; you say, ‘Wow, this person really likes me.’ It really sneaks up on peo-

ple,� Friedman said. The red flag display and all of Voices Against Violence’s efforts are part of a contemporary movement to abolish the centuries-old threat of controlling or violent relationships, said Jane Bost, assistant director of the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center. “[In] the last 20 years, there has been more of a consciousness,� Bost said. “We brought to light something that was really not talked about.� Bost said that over the centuries, men have asserted power over women, but the issue of relationship violence feels contemporary because movements are just recently forming to address it. “It’s a cultural change,� Bost said. “We feel optimistic and hopeful that there are conversations happening, and things are looking different from 30 or 40 years ago.�

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Despite a projected five percent decrease in tax revenue, Capitol Metro’s new budget does not include major disruptions to service, said Capitol Metro spokeswoman Erica McKewen. “We’ve taken great measures to preserve the service that riders depend upon. The ‘Dillos will be suspended, but no other major service

cuts have occurred,� McKewen said. “Improvements to bus stops and progress on Capital MetroRapid are also included in the [fiscal year] 2010 budget.� Capitol Metro balanced its budget by using $2.6 million in federal stimulus funds. The board recommended increasing fares to raise money for other projects sooner

than the originally planned August 2010 fare increase. Local sales tax revenue accounts for 70 percent of Capitol Metro’s funding, which is expected to decline again this year, McKewan said. “We anticipate another $9.9 million drop in [fiscal year] 2010,� McKewan said. — Israel Perez

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Physics students launch watermelons out of a ninth floor window in the Robert Lee Moore Hall at the conclusion of the physics open house.

Physics dept. holds open house By Israel Perez Daily Texan Staff The UT Department of Physics held its first open house showcasing student projects and research laboratories, including tours of the Texas Petawatt Laser at Robert Lee Moore Hall on Tuesday afternoon. Physics associate professor Sacha Kopp, who organized the open house, said the main purpose of the event was to highlight the possibilities of physics in hopes of attracting undeclared majors and students unsure about their current degree plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to make people aware of the wide area of opportunities available to students with physics degrees,â&#x20AC;? Kopp said. Kopp said things students rely on every day, such as the use of the Internet and cell phones, are made possible through the study

of physics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Physics] is a major that teaches you to think and ask why things work the way they do. Once you start asking why, there are a lot of things possible,â&#x20AC;? Kopp said. Kopp joked that when electricity was invented in the 1800s, a senator asked a scientist what the big deal was. The scientist was said to have remarked that electricity was so good that one day it would be taxed. Physics honors junior Zachary Stone, who displayed his work at the open house, said physics doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the attention it deserves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the 21st century, biology is the emergent science â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it gets a lot of press,â&#x20AC;? Stone said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean physics is dead. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of research going on, and we want to show that anyone can get involved in physics.â&#x20AC;?

Stone constructed and tested a conventional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer over the summer in order to collaborate results obtained by a Magnetic Resonance Force Microscope apparatus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new technology â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the MRFM â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was tested against something we knew was reliable to make sure the results [from the new machine] are right,â&#x20AC;? Stone said. He said the apparatus provides a high-resolution image up to one million times clearer than that of an MRI machine. The new machine might replace MRIs in hospitals in the near future. After attendees explored student work, they were encouraged to visit the Texas Petawatt laser for group tours. Ted Borger, a laser electro-optic technician from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, gave

tours of the facility that houses the most powerful laser in the world. According to the University, the power output of the laser is more than 2,000 times the output of all power plants in the United States. Borger guided visitors to the large electronic components, which take in and store energy until they can be discharged during a full-laser test, as well as to the actual laser room. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually see the real laser. We use computers to see what the laser is doing,â&#x20AC;? Borger said. Because of the deadly radiation produced by the laser, visitors were protected by 1 1/4 tons of concrete around the laser room, Borger said. As visitors exited the open house, they were encouraged to pick up free ice cream created by using liquid nitrogen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; another example of physics in action.

By Audrey White Daily Texan Staff For most students, the biggest threat on Facebook is a potential addiction to FarmVille. But with the Internet comes the specter of cyberbullying, a viral form of social intimidation that could have a greater impact than some users suspect. Last week, the Chicago SunTimes reported an incident in which four teens were sued for creating a fake Facebook profile of a classmate. On the page, they represented him as gay and racist and accumulated around 580 friends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are two forms of bullying. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the physical aggression where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re physically hurting somebody, and then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relational aggression, more social aggression, like name-calling, posting unflattering photos,â&#x20AC;? said Vincent Cicchirillo, a UT assistant professor of advertising and public relations who has done research on cyberbullying. He wrote a chapter on the topic for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication.â&#x20AC;? Cicchirilloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s study and others like it have found that relational aggression and social bullying have a longer-lasting effect on a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state of mind than physical abuse. Cyberbullying is a new form of social abuse, but it has the same kinds of traumatizing effects as older forms of teasing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the main differences between traditional bullying and online [bullying] is the anonymity of it,â&#x20AC;? Cicchirillo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can post random stuff on Web sites about a person, and no one will know who is doing it.â&#x20AC;? UT is aware of the potential threat of cyberbullying among college students. Campus housing resident assistants are trained to handle instances of online threats. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During RA training, we have

behind-closed-door sessions where they put us in scenarios and we have to act out what we would do,â&#x20AC;? said Allee Bennett, a public relations junior and Kinsolving resident assistant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They prepare us for stalking on Facebook or if people are being harassed. Another thing we are supposed to look out for are iffy behaviors like weird statuses that indicate people might be depressed.â&#x20AC;? The Texas Department of Information Resources published a newsletter in March 2008 that included a series of tips on how to deal with situations of Internet harassment and bullying. The document suggests that users â&#x20AC;&#x153;be careful where you post personal information, avoid escalating the situation, document the activity and report cyberbullying to the appropriate authorities.â&#x20AC;? The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communicationâ&#x20AC;? cites that around 19 percent of Internet users ages 12-17 have experienced cyberbullying. Cicchirillo said the act is even easier in college, when young people are not under their parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and school administratorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; direct supervision. Laura Ohata, a representative from the Office of the Dean of Students, said Student Judicial Services has dealt with issues of cyberstalking in the past. Ohata said it is usually seen in conjunction with other forms of stalking and is an issue they take seriously. Cicchorillo said he believes the state of Texas must do more to protect students from cyberbullying. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You really have to get into schools at the younger ages and address the issue,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about teaching kids media literacy, how to use the Internet wisely. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teaching them they have to be careful with what they post because people will see it.â&#x20AC;?

            

 

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Strong Texas Horns to face threatening Aggies teams battle as if still in the old SWC By David R. Henry Daily Texan Columnist

The Southwest Conference has risen again. No, it hasn’t re-formed, but if it were still around today, it may have been the strongest conference in all of college football. No . 2 Texas, No. 11 TCU and No. 12 Houston are all ranked in the Associated Press poll. The SWC hasn’t seen days this good since the 1990 season when Houston, Texas and Texas A&M were all in the Top 15. What’s interesting though is that when the Southwest Conference broke apart after the 1995 season, people thought it would bring eternal doom to the teams that didn’t make it into the Big 12. TCU, SMU and Rice went to the WAC, while Houston went to Conference USA. TCU struggled in the mid-90s before hiring Dennis Franchione in 1998, and Houston was a shell of what it was in the early ‘90s. “TCU wasn’t much of a factor when the Southwest Conference ended,” said Bill Little, a Texas sports spokesman. Franchione’s hire and LaDainian Tomlinson coming to Ft. Worth led to TCU becoming a dominant midmajor conference school. Franchione left in 2000, and the team has since switched from the WAC to C-USA to the Mountain West, but little has changed. TCU hasn’t missed a beat under Franchione’s successor, Gary Patterson. Since 1998, the team has gone 98-37, won five conference championships and has gone to a bowl every year except for the 2004 season. This season, the Horned Frogs (3-0) appear to be a potential BCS-buster, defeating Virginia and Clemson out of the ACC. The only thing standing between TCU and an undefeated season is No. 20 BYU. Houston, unlike TCU, didn’t make the right decisions after leaving the SWC. TCU made smart-coaching hires and kept stability in the program. The Cougar program struggled in the Dana Dimel era, or error rather, going 8-26 from 2000-2002, including an 0-11 record in 2001. Dimel was a typical example of a coach who could recruit well but couldn’t do much else beside that. Then-newly hired UH athletic director Dave Maggard made a risky decision in 2003 when he hired Texas Tech assistant and former Stephenville High School head coach Art Briles to be Dimel’s successor. Briles, a former Cougar player, had just two years experience at the collegiate level and brought in an unorthodox offense to Houston without a playbook. Briles was able to lure Stephenville quarterback Kevin Kolb to Houston, and together, the two hit Conference USA by storm. The Cougars went 7-5 in Briles’ first season and went to their first bowl since 1996. In Kolb’s final season, 2006, the Briles era hit its peak, when the Cougars won the Conference USA championship and finished the season 10-4. Briles stayed around for one more season before leaving for the greener pastures of the Big 12 to become Baylor’s head coach. He finished his five seasons at Houston with a 34-28 record, leaving the team in a much better position than he found it. Houston could have slipped after Briles’ departure, but it hasn’t. Second-year head coach Kevin Sumlin has made sure of that. Things weren’t all rosy in the Briles era. The team made several penalties and didn’t make a serious commitment to defense or special teams. Briles hired a lot of his cronies from the high school ranks to be his assistants. Sumlin, the former Texas A&M and Oklahoma offensive coordinator, came in, took what Briles built and made it better. The Cougars are more of a complete team and have shown discipline and maturity in wins over Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. Sumlin has surrounded himself with knowledgeable assistants, such as former Texas Tech offensive coordinator Dana Holgerson, former Purdue head coach Leon Burtnett and former Dallas Cowboys defensive ends coach Jim Jeffcoat. If Sumlin can resist the temptation to bolt for a bigger school and stick around, the Cougars can sustain the same type of success as TCU. Thirteen years later, it appears that breaking away from the Southwest Conference could be the best thing to ever happen for these three schools. Instead of beating up on each other, they are beating up on schools from three different conferences. There’s plenty of talent in the state of Texas to go around. Twenty-four of the starting quarterbacks in Division I FBS are from Texas. Some may view the SWC as the good old days, but Texas, TCU and Houston are probably all glad those days are passed. In the final years of the SWC, these schools only mattered in the state of Texas, but now, all three are the talk of the national landscape.

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Houston quarterback Case Keenum celebrates with fans after defeating Texas Tech on Saturday in Houston. Houston beat Texas Tech 29-28.

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Sophomore Rachael Adams waits to jump for a block in the Texas versus Italy game. Adams and the No. 2 Longhorns eagerly await tonight’s match against Texas A&M in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown.

Texas ready to battle experienced A&M team in annual heated rivalry By Jordan Godwin Daily Texan Staff Putting aside Texas’ recent dominance over the assumed villain, Texas A&M, volleyball head coach Jerritt Elliott insists they’re still rivals. “A&M is always a threat,” Elliott said. “It’s a rivalry, so you throw records and all that stuff out the door. This is a good conference, and we have to be prepared for every matchup.” By records, Elliott means his 11-5 record against A&M over eight seasons. After a rocky start, Elliott hasn’t lost to A&M since 2004, and over that nine-game win streak, Texas has swept the Aggies in four of the matches. But with an experienced team that beat sixth-ranked Nebraska the weekend before Texas did, A&M poses a more serious threat than ever. The Aggies enter Austin with a 9-2 record and average more kills, assists, digs and aces per game than Texas. Although unranked, they’re just outside of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll. “This is the best team they’ve had in a few years,” said Elliott. “They’ve got a very good and experienced team that can beat us.” But sometimes, the numbers can be deceiving. While second-ranked Texas played and beat ranked opponents in each of their first eight matches,

A&M was busy beating teams like Hofstra and Texas Southern. Elliott said Texas’ tough non-conference schedule better prepared them for Big 12 play. Unlike football’s BCS circumstances, volleyball has a playoff system, and a strong schedule can better prepare a team for the playoffs. But like Texas football, A&M usually takes a backseat to another, tougher conference foe. For football, it’s Oklahoma, but for volleyball, it’s Nebraska. Finally overcoming the Nebraska road game after 21 years of struggles in Lincoln, the Longhorns have their sights set on the more local team. “Everyone knows about the Texas Lone Star Showdown, and we want to make sure we do our part in the rivalry,” said sophomore Rachael Adams. “We’re excited about the game, and they’re playing really well right now — that makes it all the better.” Texas outside hitter Destinee Hooker said Elliott has worked the team particularly hard this week to prepare for A&M’s speed and athleticism. “No matter what we’ve done in the past, we have to respect them as an opponent,” Hooker said. “We don’t go into a match thinking we’re going to win.” Elliott is excited about the match because of the typical crowd that shows up for the rivalry game, in-

Miguel De Jesus | Daily Texan file photo

Longhorn teammates Ashley Engle (No. 10), Michelle Kocher (No. 4) and Jennifer Doris (No. 8) give each other high fives during their win over Texas A&M last season. “We don’t know what the outcluding the swimming and diving team that gets down to its Speedos come will be,” Hooker said. “But I’m pretty sure it’s going to be all after the second set. “It’s still a huge rivalry,” Elliott Longhorns.” said. “It’s one of the great things WHAT: No. 2 Texas (9-0, 4-0 about Texas, and our girls know that Big 12) vs. Texas A&M (9-2, this is the one we have to win.” 2-1 Big 12) As big as the rivalry is, the Longhorns are confident in their abilities WHERE: Gregory Gym and expect a big victory in front of a WHEN: 7:30 p.m. packed Gregory Gymnasium.

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Houston’s Keenum earns spot on Heisman watch list night game. Snead only completed seven By Dan Hurwitz passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. It Daily Texan Staff What a difference one week can make. looks as if Snead was unable to handle all Saturday (and Thursday) ruined some of the preseason hype. Javhid Best followed a five-touchdown of the Heisman candidates’ chances of acperformance against Minnesota with 55 tually taking home the trophy. While many players hurt their case, yards and no touchdowns. Best’s streak only one significantly helped his status. of consecutive 100-yard games ended as Cal was booted out of the Houston quarterback Top 10 in an embarrassing Case Keenum took ad42-3 loss against Oregon. vantage of the national Miami quarterback JaTV spotlight Saturday as Houston quarterback cory Harris was the talk his Cougars handed Texof the college-football as Tech its second consecCase Keenum took world last week. After utive loss. advantage of the leading the Hurricanes Keenum threw for 4 3 5 y a r d s a n d o n e national TV spotlight to back-to-back wins against Top 25 teams, touchdown as well as on Saturday as his Harris threw for only 150 the game-winning fourCougars handed yards and one intercepyard touchdown run Texas Tech its second tion in the rain against with less than a minute Virginia Tech. remaining. He picked consecutive loss. Also hurting-literalapart the Red Raider dely-is Tim Tebow. The forfense, enabling the Coumer Heisman winner left gars to continue their Saturday’s romping of run against teams from the Big 12 South in their journey to bust Kentucky in the third quarter after suffering a concussion from probably the the BCS. The one name that is completely absent biggest hit he has ever taken. The Gators David J. Phillip | Associated Press from last week’s performance is Mississip- have this week off, but keep an eye open pi’s Jevan Snead. The South Carolina de- to see if Tebow is able to take another hit Houston quarterback Case Keenum celebrates his game-winning fense shut him and the previously fourth- like that when Florida takes on LSU on touchdown with teammates Chaz Rodriguez and Chris Thompson during the game against Texas Tech on Saturday. ranked Rebels down on ESPN’s Thursday Oct. 10.


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Texas: On a hot afternoon in Austin, the Longhorns finally showed why they deserve to be the second-ranked team in the nation with a 64-7 blowout win over UTEP. This was Texas’ biggest margin of victory since the 2005 Big 12 championship game. Colt McCoy lived up to his hype as he led the Horns to score on eight of their nine possessions, and the defense did not allow any touchdowns as they held UTEP to 53 yards on 51 snaps.

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Oklahoma State: The Cowboys finally looked like the team Sports Illustrated portrayed them as with an easy victory over Grambling State on Saturday. Even without Dez Bryant, Kendall Hunter and Perrish Cox, Zac Robinson pieced together a 587-yard offensive attack with only a mere 23 passes. The defense was equally as impressive, forcing five straight three-and-out Tiger possessions.

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Texas Tech: After losing to Texas, the Red Raiders needed to come out strong against nationally ranked Houston that defeated Oklahoma State earlier in the season. Unfortunately, Tech let the humidity and poor play calling result in their second-straight loss. Their running game, however, was impressive as Baron Batch rushed a career-best 114 yards, and four Tech defenders had double-digit tackles. But the team could not keep Case Keenum out of the end zone with 49 seconds left to give the Cougars the win. Baylor: Baylor’s hopes of reaching its first bowl game since 1994 are torn like

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Bears’ quarterback Robert Griffin’s ACL. Griffin will miss the rest of the season after going down in Baylor’s first drive of the game. Jared Salubi had a big game, rushing for 137 yards, and the defense only gave up six points after surrendering an opening-drive touchdown against Northwestern State on Saturday.

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to junior quarterback Jerrod Johnson’s six touchdowns. The Aggies looked strong offensively, converting 14 of 17 third downs, and the defense held The University of Alabama to a season-low 74 passing yards. The Aggies will face their toughest opponent this Saturday in Arlington at the new Cowboys Stadium against the University of Arkansas.

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Nebraska: After a heart-breaking loss to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, the Cornhuskers had no trouble against Louisiana-Lafayette, winning 55-0 in front of an NCAA record 300th consecutive sellout in Lincoln. The Huskers scored 27 points in the first 19 minutes of the game with Zac Lee completing 15 of 18 passes for 228 yards. The defense forced three turnovers to record the Huskers’ first shutout since Sept. 23, 2006.

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Missouri: Recording their 14th straight non-conference victory, Blaine Gabbert threw for a career-high 414 yards as Mizzou defeated Nevada 31-21. Danario Alexander had a career-high 170 receiving yards, and the Tigers defense had two interceptions despite giving up 218 yards on the ground.

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Iowa State: After defeating Army 31-10, head coach Paul Rhoads became the first Cyclone coach since George Veenker in 1931 to start 3-1 in its rookie season. Alexander Robinson led the Cyclones with 178 yards of total offense with three touchdowns. The defense looked solid against the Black Knights, limiting them to only 186 rushing yards. The Cyclones begin conference play in Kansas City this Saturday against Kansas State.

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Kansas State: Senior Brandon Banks helped Kansas State crush Tennessee Tech 49-7 as he became the 12th player in NCAA history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game. Banks also recorded 303 all-purpose yards and his first return broke a 7-7 tie with 2:28 left in the first quarter. The Wildcat defense also stepped up, as they limited Tech to minus 19 yards rushing and 107 total offense yards.

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pare for their trip to West Virginia this Saturday. The Buffaloes defeated the Mountaineers last season, but they will face a tougher West Virginia defense this year, plus offensive troublemakers in quarterback Jarrett Brown and receiver Jock Sanders.

SPORTS BRIEFLY Longhorns expect fans to come early, be loud and stay late The second-ranked Texas Volleyball team will face Texas A&M tonight in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown. Tonight’s game is one of the biggest matches of the season in Gregory Gymnasium. Although the game starts at 7:30 p.m., all LASP holders are encouraged to get there early to claim a spot in line and a seat inside the student section. There are approximately 270 student seats in the lower level, and the remaining students will be seated in the mezzanine. At the Longhorns last home game, more than 1,000 UT students witnessed the Horns sweep Iowa State. Head coach Jerritt Elliott wants ev-

ery UT student to help make Gregory Gym the finest volleyball environment in the country. “We want everyone to come out early,” Elliott said. “There are only 270 seats on the floor and the remainder are in the mezzanine, so get to the gym early and claim your spot. We encourage you to be loud, and really make Gregory a fun atmosphere for everyone in the gym. Bring signs with you or dress up in a costume, and help make this a really fun sporting event for you and everyone involved.” In the Longhorns last conference home game against Iowa State, senior Ashley Engle said the crowd was wild. “The crowd was unreal,” she said. “That is why we come to Texas. They were so supportive. When you get a kill it’s great, but when the crowd just erupts and you can’t even hear your-

self think, it’s the best feeling. I don’t know if it’s the same anywhere else.” — Laken Litman

Cowboys RB Felix Jones’ MRI shows a sprained left knee Cowboys running back Felix Jones has a sprained ligament in his left knee, and his status for the upcoming game at Denver will depend on how he feels this week. Jones had an MRI on Tuesday after getting hurt during Dallas’ 21-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Monday night. He ran eight times for 94 yards and had another 20 yards on a reception while making his first career start, replacing the injured Marion Barber. Barber has a strained thigh and has a good chance of playing Sunday against the Broncos. — The Associated Press

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Angels win emotional victory over Rangers By Greg Beacham The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — With a departed teammate in their thoughts and celebrations, the Los Angeles Angels ended the AL West race with one emphatic win — followed by one cathartic party. Ervin Santana pitched a sevenhitter for his fourth-career shutout, and Kendry Morales’ early two-run homer propelled the Angels to an 11-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night, clinching Los Angeles’ fifth division title in six seasons. With fewer wins and more scars than last season’s 100-victory club, the Angels are back in the playoffs for the sixth time in eight years. Outfielder Torii Hunter believes everything the Angels have endured in the past year, particularly pitcher Nick Adenhart’s tragic death, only made them stronger for this October. “We overcame a lot of obstacles, a lot more than anybody expected,” said Hunter. “I definitely feel we haven’t played our best yet, and this year is different. But if you want to put your money on Boston, go ahead, do it. We believe in ourselves.” Los Angeles (92-64) will open at home in the best-of-five first round next week — most likely against Boston, a familiar neme-

sis. The Red Sox, who have won all four of the clubs’ playoff series, need one win or a Texas loss to earn the AL wild card. After spending the past two months desperately fending off challenges from second-place Texas, the Angels refused to let the Rangers hang around the AL West race for even one more day. Texas arrived at Angel Stadium needing a four-game sweep to stay in contention for the division title, but that suspense lasted about as long as the first inning. Kendry Morales hit a tworun homer, and Vladimir Guerrero started the rally with an RBI double off Rangers rookie Tommy Hunter (7-9), who stumbled to his shortest start of the season. Maicer Izturis had three hits and two RBIs for the Angels, while Erick Aybar and Guerrero also drove in two runs — yet Santana (8-8) scarcely needed the help in his first victory in seven starts, allowing just one runner to reach third base. In the postgame mob on the field, Santana’s teammates slapped his shoulders and rubbed his head. About 10 minutes into their clubhouse celebration, the players grabbed Adenhart’s No. 34 jersey and gave it a joyous group dousing in champagne and beer.

The Angels have taken Adenhart’s jersey on every road trip and kept his locker intact in memory of the 22-year-old who died in a car accident hours after his promising season debut in April. “We remembered Nick before we started,” said manager Mike Scioscia. “We’ve played the whole year with heavy hearts. But it was never about us, and it isn’t about us. It’s all about supporting Nick’s family in any small way, and we’re going to bring Nick’s memory forward.” The Angels later posed for a group photo in front of the tribute to Adenhart on Angel Stadium’s center field wall. Michael Young had two hits in his return from a hamstring injury for the Rangers, on the verge of elimination from the pennant race after impressively staying in contention all summer despite several major injuries. Texas (8571) trails Boston (91-65), which lost to Toronto, by six games with six to play. “We didn’t get it done, and that’s not a good feeling,” said Young. “The Angels had a great year and overcame a tremendous amount of adversity, and they deserve a lot of credit. But from our side, it’s not a good feeling. We’ve got to get better. It’s as simple as that.”

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Vikings anticipate Monday night spot against Packers By Dave Campbell The Associated Press EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — For the Minnesota Vikings, a Monday night matchup against the Green Bay Packers is about as big as a regular season game gets. “All you’ve got to do around here is say Packer week, and everybody gets excited,” said cornerback Antoine Winfield. When they’re playing for first place in the NFC North at the quarter mark on the schedule, well, the intensity will only increase. When Brett Favre happens to be the Vikings’ new quarterback, the public interest in this rivalry is on the verge of explosion. “I have no idea what you’re talking about. It’s just a regular game to me,” said linebacker Ben Leber. He kept his straight face for, oh, a few seconds. “This is probably the most anticipated game I think, for a regular season game, that I’ve ever been a part of,” Leber said. Winfield claimed he heard ABC was considering postponing the popular “Dancing with the Stars” show this Monday to avoid losing too many viewers to partner network ESPN. “Everyone will be watching the Monday night game,” Winfield said.

This is NFL-style hype at its highest form. “It will be ridiculous. I love it,” said guard Anthony Herrera, adding: “It’s personal for Brett. It’s personal for us. They’re going to come after him.” Coach Brad Childress often acknowledges his players aren’t living “in a vacuum” when he’s asked about the importance of maintaining focus in the face of adversity or distraction. He’s right: They live — at least during the season — in Minnesota, where during a crowded weekend of notable sporting events there’s no question what game is on every fan’s mind. With Favre’s 16 prolific years throwing passes for the Packers and departure on bad terms last summer, the intrigue has ratcheted up. It stretches well beyond the Upper Midwest, too. “It’s a Monday game and obviously people are going to be excited for that,” said linebacker Chad Greenway. “Obviously Brett playing Green Bay is going to be the biggest headline. We’re aware of all those things that go on. We hear about it every day. We’ve just got to maintain a level of consistency as far as the way we practice and prepare. We have a pretty veteran locker room here, and I think that’s going to help us out this week.”

Leber was asked if he anticipated a pep talk from Childress about the importance of maintaining focus. “I don’t really think he needs to,” said Leber. “I think everybody knows what’s at stake, and more importantly we’re on a roll right now. I know that we want to go out and fight for Brett and get a win for him, but at the same time we want to be 4-0. It’s been a huge motivation for us to be 4-0 and just keep this streak going. That’s our main concern.” Childress, ever the low-key leader, did his usual downplay routine. “I know it won’t be crazy in here,” said the coach. “The place won’t be vibrating or anything like that. We just kind of go about our business and see what they’re doing schematically and what we can play off of. I’m sure they’re going to do the very, very same thing. Playing somebody in your division, obviously you know those games count like two. And then we’re going to see them here in a short period of time in another month. So all the rivalry stuff, that will take care of itself. I know there is some mitigating circumstances, but for us it will be a good week of preparation.”


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ENTERTAINMENT BRIEFLY CBS showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crew survives Pacific earthquake, tsunami LOS ANGELES â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Survivorâ&#x20AC;? is safe in Samoa. A spokeswoman for the CBS reality show says no crew members were harmed by the powerful earthquake that struck the South Pacific between Samoa and American Samoa around dawn Tuesday, sending large tsunami waves ashore. The earthquake, with a magnitude between 8.0 and 8.3, had no effect on the production of the 20th season, which the spokeswoman said was not being filmed at the time. The 19th season was also filmed in Samoa.

Video company asks for millions in Lennon, Ono case BOSTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Massachusetts company that claims rare film footage of the late John Lennon was stolen and sold to Yoko Ono without its permission asked a federal judge Tuesday to award it $6.3 million in damages. Earlier this year, a judge found that Ono was the rightful copyright owner of the footage, which shows Lennon smoking marijuana and joking about putting LSD in President Richard Nixonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tea. Lawrence, Mass.-based World Wide Video LLC had filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Ono and Anthony Pagola, a broker who sold Ono the footage. In court Tuesday, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawyer, Joseph Doyle, said a memorabilia expert estimated the film was worth $4 million to $6 million when Pagola sold it to Ono for $300,000 in 2002. Doyle asked the judge to order Pagola to pay the company $6.3 million. Doyle said it is doubtful World Wide Video will be able to collect the damages.

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CORKBOARD By Frazier Moore The Associated Press NEW YORK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jon & Kate Plus 8â&#x20AC;? will soon be simply â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kate Plus Eight.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the word from the TLC network, who announced Tuesday that its hit reality show is adapting to changes in the Gosselin household, which has been disrupted by the split up of Kate and Jon. The renamed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kate Plus Eight,â&#x20AC;? which begins Nov. 2, will continue to chronicle the lives of the Gosselin kids (5-year-old sextuplets and 8-year-old twins) but will also focus on Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role as a single mother.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a huge shift, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reflective of where the show was already going,â&#x20AC;? said Eileen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill, TLCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president and general manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be involved in the show,â&#x20AC;? she said, adding that he will be seen less often than before. TLC retains an exclusive arrangement with him, as well as the rest of the family, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill said. The couple made their separation official on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jon & Kateâ&#x20AC;? episode that aired in June and was seen by 10.6 million viewers. The rupture came after weeks of tabloid reports of marital strains and infidelities, which

both spouses denied. On the show, the parental co-stars barely spoke to each other. Since then, media coverage of the squabbling exes has continued full-bore, and both Jon and Kate have made separate he-said-shesaid talk-show rounds. They are in divorce proceedings. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite a change since the series clicked with viewers two years ago for its heartwarming look at the challenges of raising eight young children. Going forward, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope for the sake of the family that things are more manageable. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think anyone asked

She spoke hopefully of a bright future for the series and dismissed a report circulating Tuesday that Kate Gosselin had posted a tweet that this season might be the last: Kate doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a Twitter account, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill said. Although the audience for recent â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jon & Kateâ&#x20AC;? airings has dropped below two million viewers, the current season has averaged a robust 3.2 million (even omitting its two record-setting â&#x20AC;&#x153;eventâ&#x20AC;? episodes), which represents an increase of 300,000 viewers over last season. Discussions are under way

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series that might debut in 2010, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity for Kate beyond her role as a supermom to explore her other interests,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill said. Meanwhile, with reality-based programming that also includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little People, Big World,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;What Not to Wearâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;LA Ink,â&#x20AC;? the network is boasting a year of consecutive month-to-month audience gains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not a one-hit wonder,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill said. The series airs Mondays at 9 p.m. EDT.

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his songs in relatable sentiments, like the heavily repeated refrain of the track, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say: youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re life is over, your life is overâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? After a long absence from the city, the group has finally returned to Austin alongside Brooklyn punk band The So So Glos. Currently on a North American tour together, Titus Andronicus and The So So Glos complement one another in vigor and an underlying punk aesthetic, yet each band offers a unique experience for the listener. Titus tangles with philosophy while The So So Glos call out our political system; Titus toys with a harmonica, while The So So Glos prefer getting their kicks from a variety of other instruments, including the ukulele. Fortunately, neither band ever loses sight of the point of music: fun, be it screaming and flailing around (Titus) or dancing and singing along (The So So Glos). While the most popular indie bands today like Grizzly Bear, Spoon and even Animal Collective each offer creative and talented new voices to the community of music fans, an ever-widening crag has formed where good â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ole crescendo-having, backbeatdriven, guitar-loving bands used to be. But this chasm has effectively been filled by tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stacked bill at Mohawk, where Titus Andronicus, The So So Glos and Austinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golden Boys will play the outside stage before an inside show with local bands Wine and Revolution and The Gospel Truth.

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By Mary Lingwall Daily Texan Staff â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have guilty pleasures,â&#x20AC;? said Patrick Stickles, lead singer of New Jersey indie band Titus Andronicus, when asked about his unabashed disclosure about jamming to a Lou Bega tape while on tour sans a CD player last spring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That term is oxymoronic as far as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re concerned, because anything that gives you pleasure, why would that be guilty?â&#x20AC;? This honesty and sincerity that Stickles exudes is by no means a show. The music that Titus Andronicus creates never fails to embody this rouge loyalty to self-actualization and an unashamed pursuit of happiness and satisfaction. Titus Andronicusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; latest LP, The Airing Of Grievances, is an experience both musically and lyrically. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound is somewhere between shoegaze and punk â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an odd combination as the genres seem to reside at opposite sides of the sound spectrum. Nonetheless, Titus Andronicus makes the combination work for a high-energy, effective end. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big, giant, swirling walls of guitars and stuffâ&#x20AC;Ś [those are the] best sounding guitars, to our ears,â&#x20AC;? Stickles said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it can get â&#x20AC;Ś dinosaur-ish, in its being quite slow-moving, while also massive. We attempt to take some of the elements [of shoegaze music] that we like, mainly the enormous guitars, and apply them to punk music, which is more traditionally exciting.â&#x20AC;? The lyrical content of The Airing of Grievances is similarly concocted out of seemingly mutually exclusive sentiments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Titus Andronicus,â&#x20AC;? the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth track, is an anthem against naysayers and trash-talkers. Though it makes a somewhat serious indictment of the music industry, Stickles never forgets to ground

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Actors From the London Stage’s production of Shakespeare’s play “King Lear” will be performed tonight through Saturday on campus in the B. Iden Payne Theatre.

LEAR: Play features universal themes From page 12 The cast features five experienced actors from various major English theaters with extensive experience in Shakespearean acting. With such a small cast, the performers must learn to work together, adapt to play multiple roles consecutively and even direct themselves. “We have to become real character actors,” Davies said. “It’s what makes us unique. The five actors really just show up at the beginning of rehearsals, meet and say ‘Shall we get started?’ Here, there’s no ‘director’ but rather five ‘directors.’” Another challenge for the company is selecting material that can be adapted to its style. Many of Shakespeare’s historical plays have far too many

characters to be covered by the actors, Davies said. “‘Richard III’ has 53 named characters and various assorted officers and such,” Davies said. “You have to know the history; there are many different names...that would just become a nightmare. Two of the big tragedies we do are ‘Hamlet’ and ‘King Lear.’ Every five or six years, when we feel we have the right actors in place, we take on one of those. ‘King Lear ’ hasn’t been one for at least 10-15 years now, so we’re very excited.” Putting on any production can be strenuous work, but the company has to endure particularly mentally and physically draining performances on tour. The American Tour hits colleg-

es in eight different cities across the nation in a 10-week span, eventually returning to London on Nov. 26. “This is a very demanding tour,” Davies said. “You’re not pampered, and you’re not looked after. You’re traveling from state to state, trying to avoid swine flu.” Although the play is an old one — it’s believed to have been written over 400 years ago — Davies stressed that the message of the play holds true today. “Shakespeare writes in a very universal manner, and those themes simply never go away,” he said. “It’s about growing old, caring for those who are losing their wit and it’s about regeneration, forgiveness and the

MATES: Duo glad to be back in Austin From page 12 working on a new album and a possible cover album. “We’re writing right now, so we’re mostly at home, but then, usually once or twice a month, we’ll fly somewhere and have a show, “ Hammel said. “Things are pretty busy, but that’s kind of the way we like it. You start to worry when you have nothing to do and you’re like, ‘Wait a minute, this is how we pay our bills, so we better start doing something.’“ He said cover songs serve as an exercise to allow the duo to play songs that meant something to them at some point in their lives. The band has a list of 20 to 25 possible cover songs. “We’re doing a Daniel Johnston song, Belle and Sebastian, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and we may do “Walk on the Wild Side” [by Lou Reed] if we can make it sound cool enough and not wanky,” he said. As for the new original album, Hammel has been playing around with beats and said the group’s goal is to expand on what they’ve

done in the past. “If you listen to all of our albums chronologically, you can see there’s some sort of growth,” Hammel said. “Sometimes it’s sideways and sometimes it’s backwards, but it’s always growing in some direction.” For past records, the couple wrote songs together, but recently they have been working both together and individually and then merging the results. This balance, Hammel said, allows them to have their individual creativity. “Because we’re a band and we’re married, people always refer to us as one thing,” Hammel said. “But there’s two people, and people are individuals, and sometimes they need their own identity. It’s important to get that out in whatever ways we can.” Now that there are four people in the family, their two daughters, Magnolia and June, often tag along on tour. This has created a rock ‘n roll family band image that seems to stick in peoples heads, Hammel said. “When I was a kid and fantasized about being in a rock ‘n

roll band, I never in my wildest dreams would have thought we would be some sort of poster children for a domestic rock band with kids,” Hammel said. “But am I bummed that that’s what we’re known for? No, not at all; it’s fact, and if that’s the thing that people hold on to, and it’s positive, which it is, then we can’t complain.” Though each record and tour is a new adjustment for the band, they are worthwhile because their family doesn’t “have to give up anything.” “We’re kind of our own boss,” Hammel said. “We want to continue to be happy, so we want to work even harder to make better music. Maybe we are living the dream, but the dream ain’t over yet.” WHAT: Mates of State WHERE: Texas Union Ballroom WHEN: Today, 7 p.m. TICKETS: UNB 3.400

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family coming together. The Wednesday night performance is already sold out, and it will sell out Thursday and Friday too, so get your tickets. Expect to see Shakespeare in a style with an empty stage, minimal sets and props and incredibly versatile actors telling a great story with great skill — it really is what we do.” WHAT: King Lear WHERE: B. Iden Payne Theatre, Winship Building WHEN: Today-Friday TICKETS: Performing Arts Center, Erwin Center Box office, Bass Concert Hall Ticket Office

they tend to dissipate in severity and frequency with time. Tracie Egan, an outspoken blogger at Jezebel.com who contracted herpes more than a decade ago (without ever experiencing a second outbreak) has even said, “Contrary to popular belief, herpes is so whatevs.” And despite my disdain for the word “whatevs,” I think Egan is right on the money. The popularized misinformation about the risks of certain STDs like herpes is not only untrue, it can also be dangerous. Faulty information can skew a person’s ability to make proper risk assessments when engaging in sexual activity. By popularizing the ideas that herpes is a) the most dangerous STD and b) that all herpes infections are visible to the naked eye, many young people then assume that condoms aren’t necessary when having sex with a visibly “clean” partner. The reality is much different. While a genital herpes outbreak may be detectable to the human eye, a bacterial infection like gonorrhea or chlamydia is invisible and usually asymptomatic. And unlike herpes, which can

be left untreated for a lifetime without damaging internal organs, an untreated bacterial STD infection can lead to painful conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease and long-term damage like infertility. And while many of us are concerned with over-stigmatized diseases like herpes, chlamydia has silently become the most prevalent diagnosed STD on the UT campus. Taking into consideration that only 26 percent of the UT population consistently and correctly use condoms during sexual activity, according to the latest National College Health Assessment data on UT’s Web site, the reasons for chlamydia’s overwhelming presence are easy to identify. While fearing herpes is by no means completely irrational, the financial burden of treatments to suppress outbreaks may be unmanageable for some, especially the uninsured, and the emotional burden associated with the intolerance of potential partners may also weigh heavily on your conscience. But the popular idea that herpes is a disease with great medical morbidity for the average sexually active person is false.

PUMP: Pumpkin beer doesn’t

fulfill need for seasonal spice From page 12 Christmas lights, friends and ‘60s pop — but I warmed up to the ale quickly. It definitely provided a fix, just not the seasonal fix I was craving. The idea of a pumpkin is nothing compared to the taste of a pumpkin, and that seemed to be the disconnect between the label on the bottle and

liquid inside. Like Starbucks, Blue Moon Brewery did not comment. I knew my search would have to continue, but not until the morning, because that night, autumn was blowing in from outside my windows, and the search for the pumpkin apparition somewhere inside the ale was satisfying enough.


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Gallery features ‘Front Row’ photos PUMP IT UP

By Ben Wermund

Search continues as pumpkin brew fails to truly satisfy Editor’s Note: This is the second part in a series about society’s autumn obsession with pumpkins. With a light breeze blowing after a day cooled by rain showers, the pumpkin patch outside of HEB actually looked timely Monday night. Gourds of various shapes and colors mingled as I passed through on my way inside. After a recent falling out with the Pumpkin Spice Latte, I had heard talk among friends and acquaintances of another pumpkin-themed beverage that could potentially provide a seasonal rebound — pumpkin ale. Blue Moon Brewing Company, which makes a pumpkin beer, features a pumpkin-shaped Venn diagram on its Web site intended to illustrate the “Flavor Profile” of the ale. The left side of the diagram is labeled “sweet,” the right is labeled “spicy.” The center is shaded slightly and labeled “Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale,” as if to indicate that the ale is both. This profile seemed clearly that of an ideal pumpkin fix, easily filling the latte void. Still, I had some reservations going into this one — namely, I don’t like the taste of beer. But being that it is the time of the season when pumpkin love begins to bloom, and I was out my usual beverage, my interests were piqued. I found pumpkins far less ubiquitous in the HEB beer aisle than they had suddenly become outside the store, but there, hidden among the Budweiser, Coors Light and Keystone was a lone orange box. “Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale” was emblazoned across the cubic gourd. In my dimly lit apartment, under a Christmaslight web of warm blues, reds, greens and yellows, a small number of my friends gathered to break into the orange box. To the shiny sound of The Zombies, the first round of pumpkin ales was opened. And they tasted like ale. Sure the box claimed the liquid inside these bottles was flavored with pumpkin, but there wasn’t any pumpkin my tongue could find. The closest I could imagine to tasting pumpkin upon first sip was licking the outside of one. Blue Moon’s “Flavor Profile” seemed a bit off. The ale definitely had some hints of sweetness, maybe even a tad bit of spice, but mostly it was just bitter. Still, I was determined to find the pumpkin in the ale. Searching for some flavored apparition, I drank one after another. As rain beat down on the windows and the wind began to pick up, it slowly became easier to pretend to taste the gourd in the bottle. Maybe it was the setting — blanketed by

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Photos by Erik Reyna | Daily Texan Staff

Above,The Front Row exhibit’s photography showcases five local photographers including resident artist Marc Zuazua. Zuazua is works with design, custom apparel, photography and murals. Below, The Fifth Gallery’s Marc Zuazua stands outside of the Fifth Gallery on Monday.

Up-close-and-personal images capture unique moments, raw emotions By Sarah Pressley Daily Texan Staff Situated in the heart of downtown Austin, The Fifth Gallery delivers appropriately themed art to the “live music capital of the world.” Its latest exhibit, “Front Row,” is a collection of photographs from various concerts and music festivals; many are from local events. “If you get a good photo, chances are you were in the front row,” said gallery owner Marc Zuazua about the exhibit theme. The photographs that make up “Front Row” feature close and personal images of performing artists like David Banner, Chamillionaire, Lil Wayne and Flavor Flav. Each photograph in the collection portrays a different sense of energy than its subject. Most of the performers are shown swinging their hair and dripping with sweat mid-scream into their microphones. But one particular picture of Janelle Monae from a South by Southwest Music Festival concert captures a moment right after she has fallen to her knees on stage, staring straight up at the camera and not speaking at all. Many of the photos are also unique in that they show the energy of the crowd at the concert. A picture from Austin-based photographer

OG shows Chamillionaire on stage in front of 20,000 people, just after he told the entire crowd to look at OG while he took the photo. “That’s even better than front row,” Zuazua said. “Photographers have to fight their way to the front. You meet other photographers in the front row; it’s a camaraderie.” Many of the featured artists are, in fact, friends; Zuazua, his girlfriend and two other Austin natives are among the six artists featured in the exhibit. For many of the artists, this is also their first time being shown in a gallery. Kris Krug, a festival photographer from Canada, is one of the few who have had their work featured before. Every Friday night The Fifth Gallery hosts Open Jams, when musicians can stop by and play, and Zuazua agrees that this particular exhibit creates a great atmosphere for musicians. “Art feeds them,” he said. “They catch vibes. There is inspiration in what’s around you.” Zuazua hopes that people who see the exhibit leave looking at photographers a little differently. “It takes so much to do this,” he said. “They spend 1 1/2 to two hours in the front, waiting [and] fighting dehydration. That’s what they go out for. They want to leave knowing, ‘That’s the shot.’” “Front Row” will be on display through October 15 at The Fifth Gallery. Admission is free.

Herpes breaks out of normal stigma HUMP DAY By Mary Lingwall

In my experience, discussions about sexual health almost always veer off into a debate over which STDs are “the most harmful.” And the students that I have come in contact with almost always identify HIV and herpes among these “most harmful” diseases. Concerns over the emotional and physical burdens of an HIV infection are rational enough, due to the mortality rates associated with untreated HIV infec-

Illustration by Carolynn Calabrese | Daily Texan Staff

tions that progress to an AIDS diagnosis. But, putting aside a concern for cosmetic perfection, the realities of a herpes infection pale in comparison to the pox-like reputation that the virus carries in our culture. Common conceptions about the results of a herpes infection

run the gamut of fear-mongering propaganda, including concerns that herpes leads to longterm damage to the reproductive organs or that it is a chronically painful condition. Contrary to these popular opinions, the majority of herpes infections are not associated with

any deleterious medical ailment. An important caveat here is the recognition that in people with existing immune deficiencies and babies who are born to mothers who experience an outbreak during labor (i.e. the mother is not on Valtrex, a medication that suppresses herpes outbreaks), herpes can pose a serious health problem. But most UT students are neither extremely immune-compromised nor newborn babies. So the stigma around herpes is largely unsubstantiated. Genital herpes infections, although currently incurable, are most often latent infections in those that contract the virus, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Some people with herpes experience an initial outbreak of sores that are indeed painful, but even without treatment,

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Music ‘mates’ make touring a family affair By Courtney Sevener Daily Texan Staff Before indie-rock duos like She & Him and Matt and Kim, there were Mates of State. The husband-and-wife music-making duo Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner are living the dream. They have it all: each other, two daughters and five successful albums under their belts. They also have a gig tonight on the UT campus. In the past, the Student Event Center has brought acts like Broken Social Scene, Ben Folds and Method Man to play free shows on campus. Tonight, Mates of State will take the stage in the Texas Union Ballroom at 7 p.m. But what gives Mates of State that wide appeal? “You know, it’s hard to tell,” said Hammel. “I’ve definitely noticed the crowd changing over the last couple records. I don’t know

what that’s from, but now, it seems like more regular people — if I can use that term — are coming to our shows.” This isn’t the band’s first time playing for a university crowd. “We have actually done a fair amount of college shows, and they’re always super fun,” Hammel said. “It’s laid back and the students are excited to have you, whereas at club shows [you’re] always dealing with the promoters, ticket sales and all that. With this, you can just show up and play.” The band recorded its third album, Team Boo, in Austin. “We just have a lot of good friends there, and I love the weather,” he said. “Everyone is just super cool.” After playing the show, Hammel said he and Gardner will return to the studio to continue

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The London Stage meets the UT stage in ‘King Lear’ Five-actor theatre troupe set to perform classic Shakespearean tragedy By Alexa Hart Daily Texan Staff The British are coming. Actually, they’re already here. Hailing from across the pond, traveling Shakespeare company Actors From the London Stage will perform Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear”

in the B. Iden Payne Theatre. Performances will run today through Saturday. Matt Davies, an English graduate student, three-time company performer and current associate director for this week’s performances, spoke about the company and the trials of adapting “King Lear” to the unique style of the actors from London. “Actors from the London Stage developed around the

idea of what they wanted in a play,” Davies said. “They asked ‘How many actors could manage doing a whole play?’, and they came up with five.” Five actors play all the parts in the production. “Sometimes they have to double up on parts and even talk to themselves on stage. We focus on the text,” Davies said. “We use a minimal amount of props and have only one prop case because the actors are traveling

about on a plane and have minimal costume changes. These actors are literally traveling out of a suitcase.” Formed in 1975 by British actor Patrick Stewart and University of California-Santa Barbara professor Homer Swander, the company embarks on an American Tour which includes week-long residencies at various colleges.

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Courtesy of Mates of State

Husband and wife music-making duo Mates of State come to UT tonight to play at the Texas Union Ballroom.


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