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Thursday, March 25, 2010

The show must go on

‘Chorpus Christi’ still scheduled for Saturday despite controversy By RACHEL DUDLEY Staff Writer

“Jesus was not gay” openly homosexual, Tarleton Student Director John Jordan Otte said. “The play isn’t saying that’s who He is because the Bible doesn’t say [that], and of course He wasn’t.” he stated. Terrence Mcnalley’s one-act play Corpus Christi, depicting Jesus as homosexual, remains the center of a heated debate through out the university and community. The play is scheduled for a one-time showing Sat., March 27 at 8 a.m. in the O.A. Grant Fine Arts Center Auditorium, open only to students enrolled in the advanced directing class producing the show and their invited family members. This is the same day as Texan Tour, a prominent recruiting day for prospective students; however, Otte insist on continuing with the controversial production. “I chose this play to direct and produce because I am passionate about it. I paid for the royalties and

for the scripts. I also chose this play because I am both gay and a Christian.” Otte said “We can’t pick and choose what’s in the scriptures, but I don’t believe in a God that hates me for who I am.” Otte’s cast of thirteen will take the stage in spite of the critics’ and Christian community’s reviews of this play calling it blasphemous, offensive, obscene, sacrilegious and heretical. Even though play continues to offend, Otte accepted the national coverage, including worldwide social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, in addition to blogs, radio, multiple newspapers and national television news. He is embracing the coverage in an effort to “help someone out there” he said. “It is certainly not a play I would choose to attend. I personally do find it offensive,” Tarleton President Dr. Dominic Dottavio said . He continued to say, “One of the things I would hope that most people would understand is that its: a student

selected play, not intended for the general public, it’s not part of the Tarleton series, the direct costs for the play are borne by the student that chose to produce it, and it is one of eight other plays, some of which are classics in literature.” As the local Christian community in “Cowboy Capital of the World”, Stephenville, Texas, ramp up their efforts for potential protest of the play, the Cowboy Church of Erath County will not be represented in the picket lines. “Even though we disagree with the play, we know Jesus still loves them and we extend that love also as a church” Associate Pastor Jerry Jones said. Cowboy Church of Erath County’s Pastor Werth Mayes echoed Jones’ statement and added, “My biggest concern is the others response to the very real eternal Jesus who loves them, who died for them, even though I may not fully understand their agenda, I don’t have to. I want them to experience the same wonderful Jesus that I have experienced.”

Three hit provisional marks at Tarleton Relays ters with a 32:38.94 time. Jared McNeil also won his event, the 5000 meter run, with a time of 15:01.86. Along with the five first-place finishes and the three provisional marks, there were six top three finishes. Top finishers included the women’s 1600 meter relay team which finished third with a time of 4:01.56, and Elizabeth Dominguez placing second in the women’s discus with a throw of 41.62 meters. Dominguez also finished second in the hammer throw with a throw of 38.92 meters while Leslie Jordan finished third with a 38.75 meter throw. Tyler Rushing finished Courtesy: Sports Information third in the men’s high jump with The track teams put on a show for the student body with four first place wins at the Tarleton Relays a 1.98 meters jump while Andrew on March 11. All-American Garrett Thomas placed first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 23.95 seconds. Grant finished third in the pole vault with a vault of 4.45 meters. by running a 14.37. Garrett Thomas, anBy JARON COVEY Tyler Stowell rounded out the top Staff Writer other All-American, also met the provi- finishers by placing third in the men’s sional mark in the men’s 110 hurdles by hammer throw with a 46.88 meter throw. The track teams hosted the Tar- running a time of 23.95 and finishing first. The Tarleton track teams were leton Relays on Thursday, March 11 at the Casey Keeter, an All-American in 2008, set to compete, March 20 at the Baylor/ Oscar Frazier Track in Stephenville. The won the men’s shot put and reached the Dr. Pepper Invitational in Waco, but inTarleton team brought home five first- provisional mark with a throw of 16.30 clement weather caused the meet to be place finishes, along with three athletes meters. cancelled. The track teams will now set that hit provisional marks. Chris Haerell had a first-place their sights on the UTA/Bobby Lane InviAll-American Kandis Brooks finish in the men’s 1500 meters with a tational in Arlington on Saturday, March finished third place in the women’s 100 time of 4:00.10 while Gerzain Valenzuela 27. meter hurdles and hit the provisional mark took first-place in the men’s 10,000 me-


Texan Tour welcomes future students By DREW EUBANK Staff Writer

Prospective students from across the country will be visiting campus Saturday for Texan Tour, a campus preview day for high school students and their families. Texan Reps, who are current Tarleton students, guide groups on tours and are available to answer questions from a student’s perspective throughout the day. “The reason we like to do Texan Tour is because it’s student-to-student recruiting,” said Director of School Relations Laurie Gaiser. “We hear over and over that they were deciding between two universities and the friendliness of the people here made the difference: the Reps, faculty and staff.” Guests will attend a student organization fair and get to spend time with faculty during the academic open-houses. “The academic open-houses really help,” Gaiser said. “They can actually speak one-on-one with faculty. A lot of university preview days don’t do that.” Gaiser said that she is excited about showing the growth of Tarleton, like the current construction projects and our more than 100 years of history and traditions. “Last fall’s Texan Tour was a record-breaking tour with 1,638,” Gaiser said. “The most we’d ever had before was 1,500.” Texan Rep and Student Body Vice President Ely Borrero said, “My favorite part of Texan Tour is probably lunch time because I really like interacting with students and that’s the most influential part of the day because it’s very laid-back.” Visitors will see the university first-hand through conversations with current students and sessions with representatives from financial aid, academic departments, admissions, scholarships and Residential Living and Learning. School Relations Coordinator Jessica Hendrickson said, “It’s just a great opportunity for them to see all of Tarleton in about a six-hour period.” So far, 762 students with more than 1,500 guests are registered to attend. Guests will travel from as far as Hawaii and Pennsylvania.

Sexual assault victims unable to find kit locally By COURTNEY COPE Staff Writer

Due to the absence of a local Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program, sexual assault victims living in Stephenville and surrounding areas must travel to Ft. Worth in order to receive the medical examination required to obtain forensic evidence of their assault. The city of Stephenville is currently considering adopting the SANE program. The SANE programs were created to provide specially trained forensic nurses and physicians 24-hours-a-day, of-

fering first response care to sexual assault victims, according to the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women. These examinations, commonly known as rape kits, can be performed in hospital or non-hospital settings. Although Cross Timbers Family Services in Stephenville was capable of performing this rape kit years ago, there are currently no local SANE programs available and sexual assault victims who wish to receive a sexual assault medical examination must travel to Ft. Worth. Adults who are victims of sexual assault can seek a medical exam at John Peter

Smith Hospital, while children can be treated at Cooks Children’s Hospital, both located in Ft. Worth. In addition to the trauma of sexual assault, the medical examination given by a SANE nurse can also be distressing. SANE nurses are trained in forensic evidence collection and are required to conduct an extensive physical assessment collecting specimens of skin, hair, blood, and foreign body fluids and specimens if needed. Many times STD treatment and pregnancy evaluation are also required during a sexual assault medi-

cal examination. These medical professionals are also trained to respond to sexual assault patients’ emotional needs and provide immediate crisis intervention, as well as offer evidentiary needs for prosecution. In the event of a sexual assault, it may be hours before a victim is examined due to the distance of the nearest SANE program. Unless a victim calls the emergency room prior to their arrival, the wait could be extended exponentially once they arrive at the hospital. states that emergency department personnel often regard the needs of the

rape victims as less urgent than other patients, and as a result, it is not uncommon for sexual assault victims to wait four to ten hours for the exam to be preformed. The website goes on to say that while awaiting the medical exam, victims are not allowed to eat, drink or urinate so as not to destroy physical evidence of the assault. Jodee Lucero, executive director of Cross Timbers Family Services, believes that such a delay in medical attention can cause additional stress and trauma to a sexual assault victim. “One of the first things most survivors want to do after

a sexual assault is cleanse their body,” Lucero said “however, if the sexual assault is reported soon after the crime occurred this is delayed due to the time it takes to travel to and from the metroplex. This delay can increase the amount of trauma experienced by the sexual assault survivor.” Lucero believes that it would benefit Stephenville and surrounding areas to implement a SANE program, but a lack of qualified personnel could cause delays in doing so. SEE S.A.N.E, PAGE 6



March 25, 2010


Senate Brief

HEALTH CARE REFORM FACTS March 23, President Obama signed his name to the largest health care reform bill since the creation of Medicare in 1965. All that stands in the way of the bill being enacted is the passing of a package of changes that will settle the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The bill outlines how the entire system will be reformed over the course of eight years starting the moment it officially goes into law. Below you will find some of the key changes that will affect most Americans.

• Young adults will be able stay on their parents’ insurance until their 27th birthday. • Insurers will be barred from imposing exclusions on children with pre-existing conditions. Pools will cover those with pre-existing health conditions until health care coverage exchanges are operational. • Insurers will not be able to rescind policies to avoid paying medical bills when a person becomes ill. • Lifetime limits on benefits and restrictive annual limits will be prohibited. • Businesses with fewer than 50 employees will get tax credits covering 35 percent of their health care premiums. This will increase to 50 percent by 2014. • A 50 percent discount will be provided on brand-name drugs for Prescription Drug Plan or Medicare Advantage enrollees. Additional discounts on brand name and generic drugs will be phased in to completely close the “doughnut hole” by 2020. • Citizens will be required to have acceptable coverage or pay a penalty of $95 in 2014, $325 in 2015, $695 (or up to 2.5 percent of income) in 2016. Families will pay half the amount for children, up to a cap of $2,250 per family. After 2016, penalties are indexed to Consumer Price Index. • Insurers can no longer refuse to sell or renew policies because of an individual’s health status. Health plans can no longer exclude coverage for pre-existing conditions. Insurers can’t charge higher rates because of heath status, gender or other factors. The bill plans to help cover over 32 million Americans who currently do not have health insurance. It also aims to reduce the deficit by 100 billion over the next ten years, and another one trillion in the following decade by reducing waste, fraud and abuse under the current health care conditions. All above information was derived from and the CNN Politics website.

By DANE HARBOUR Staff Writer

Student Government Association student body election applications are now open for eligible candidates. President, vice president, college senator and class senator are the positions that will be elected. The applications are available in the spotlight section of the Tarleton website home page. SGA will be having a presidential dinner April 6 from 6-7:30 P.M. in the dining hall room 218. The Freshmen Representative Council will be hosting a sixth Grade Day Away this Friday in Thompson Student Center Room 130. Nancy Gaither and Bridget Bednarz, who work at the Tarleton Health Center, answered questions at the Monday meeting from students regarding the Health Center. They answered questions concerning prescriptions and procedures they provide. SGA Senate meetings are held on Mondays at 5:15 p.m. in room 219 of the Barry B. Thompson Student Center.

House Brief

Tarleton’s super scientists compete By DANE HARBOUR StafWriter

The Texas Academy of Science hosted its 113th annual meeting at Tarleton State University campus March 4-6. An estimated 500 students, faculty and professionals from more than 100 universities and government institutions attended the meeting that focused on undergraduate and graduate research presentations and posters. Tarleton student Jordan Sparkman won the award for Best Abstract in systematics and biology. She titled her presentation “Development of microsatellite markers for studying population genetics of the cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus).”

Dr. Allan D. Nelson, associate professor of Biological Science at Tarleton, was elected as a “Fellow” of the Texas Academy of Sciences. Nelson graduated from Tarleton in 1988 receiving a bachelors in science and a masters in biology. He then attended the University of Oklahoma and received a Ph.D. in botany. He has served as chair and vice chair of the botany section of the Texas Academy of Science. Competition was organized into three categories. One was for students conducting Ph.D. research, one for students conducting master’s research and one for students conducting undergraduate research. The top three places were recognized in each category. First place was awarded $2,000, second place $1,500, and third place $1,000. Any student enrolled in a math, science or science education curriculum in any U.S. state or Mexico that conducted a research project in Texas was eligible for the awards. Kate Caballero, administrative assistant in Chemistry, Geosciences and Environmental Science explained how administrators had been planning and working on this event for six months. The event “promotes academic leadership so we try to give students who excel scholarships” Caballero said. Key administrators included in bringing the event to Tarleton were Russell Pfau and Alan Nelson, associate professors of Biological Sciences, Carol Thompson, associate professor of Geology, Arthur Low, associate professor of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Science and Harold Rathburn, associate professor of Biological Sciences. The 2011 Texas Academy of Science meeting will be held at St. Edwards University in Austin.

Student Government Association Resolution 10 – 03, which proposed Tarleton to be a smoke free campus was amended at the House of Representatives meeting Wednesday. It was amended to read that designated smoking be set up around campus. The amended proposition will now be given to school officials, where it will await approval. New smoking rules will not be in effect until receiving final approval. Vice President of Student Life Dr. Wanda Mercer spoke at the Student Government Association House of Representatives meeting Wednesday concerning a student fee raise. The proposal was approved in both the House and Senate for a raise of $1 in student tuition. Library representative Donna Savage will be a guest speaker at both House and Senate meetings on April 12 and 14. SGA House approved a funding request of $500 for the Block and Bridle Club to hold its annual banquet April 30 at City Limits. The House also approved a funding request of $225 for the Minority Student Leaders to hold a fashion show April 13 from 8 – 10 p.m. in the Thompson Student Center. SGA House meetings are held Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. in Science Room 102.

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sity, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin University, West Texas A&M University, Clarendon Community College, New Mexico State University and Laramie County Community College. In addition to competing on a team, SHOT team members competed against almost 200 other entries for placings in the competition. Individually for the team, Nicole Kneal from Tomball, Texas, finished second in the novice allaround, third in working cow horse, second in trail, 12th in pleasure and 13th in reining on her horse Doc Hickory Dickory. Also in the novice division, Stephanie Dickson from

Bringing home national championships is second nature to Tarleton State University’s rodeo teams, but another equine-related team on campus is also making a name for itself in the competitive arena. Tarleton’s Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT) team is building their reputation as tough competitors in the collegiate and non-pro divisions. The team recently returned from competing in Abilene on March 5-7, where they finished fourth in the collegiate division. Other universities in attendance included Texas Tech University, Texas A&M Univer-

Bells, Texas, finished 10th in pleasure on a horse her parents bred and she trained. In the limited non-pro division, Laura Pearson from Arlington, Texas, finished 10th in the working cow horse on her house TSU Highbrow Sonita. Pearson purchased the Tarleton-bred horse through the university’s annual horse sale and has trained the gelding. Prior to the Abilene show, the SHOT team competed at an even in Stephenville at the Lone Star Arena. There, Pearson won the all-around in the limited non-pro division. Also in the non-pro, Brandy Brown from Austin, Texas, was fifth in the all-around on Docs Dakota

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“I do not think that this play is right at all. It totally contradicts what I believe and definitely am offended by it. It frustrates me to see that our society has come to this.”

“I think it’s not right, but hey Jesus loves everybody. It is wrong to represent Jesus like that.”

“As a Christian, I understand how it can offend. However, I think it’s a well-written, respectful work.”

Luis Cifuentes Sophomore, Undecided

Emily Vankirk Freshman, English “I’m in full support of the play . . . majority of the people I’ve spoken too have only heard that it’s all about gay Jesus [and] have no idea what it’s really about.”

Destiny Brooks Freshman, Education “It’s just frustrating to hear people speak so negatively, that have not even read it. It’s a little silly how riled up people are getting, but you can’t reason with the unreasonable.”

“I don’t believe it’s the right way to show Christ, but God loves them. Hate the sin not the sinner, but I still love them.” John Latham Freshman, Communications

Jocelyn Thompson Freshman, Music “I believe that people have the right to practice their first amendment right. If you personally have a problem with the play don’t talk or think about it.”

Alle Bird Junior, Theater

“It is extremely blasphemous and I think it should be shut down and banned. I support the Tarleton theatre group, but I can’t support this decision.”

“I support this because theatre is art, no matter how controversial it may be. I remain neutral on the topic.” Randy Humphrey Freshman, Engineering/Physics

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‘Chorpus Christi’: protected by academic freedom?

Tarleton professors voice their opinions on campus controversy



Assistant Professor of English Special to The J-TAC

Recently, I responded to emails that had been sent campus-wide protesting the performing of a Terrence McNally play, Corpus Christi. One of those emails was written by a Christian who asserted that the timing of the performance of the play was politically motivated, and the other was written by a Muslim who objected to the play’s gay depiction of one of Islam’s revered prophets, Jesus (in the play, named Joshua). As a professor who teaches controversial texts, I found myself asking if either of the two protesters had seen or read the play, and my hunch was no. Yet, they felt compelled to protest the play and the characters/characterizations within it, attribute motivations and offended by that of which they probably have not engaged with other than to judge from a distance. But my greater point was, regardless of whether they had seen the play or not: if not in the secular academy, then where are students and their professors to ask questions and critically probe controversial and non-controversial thought, without fear of harm—political, physical or otherwise? To be offended, or not to be, I stated that I am grateful to work at an institution that is about education opposed to indoctrination. I am grateful to have a president here at Tarleton, who stands firm for academic freedom in the marketplace of ideas. Especially as a Salman Rushdie scholar and postcolonial critic, I cheer and cherish academic freedom. And, thankfully, at Tarleton State University, I am not afraid of recrimination for teaching controversial, yet thought-provoking works, regardless of which group or religion may protest. Some have asked me, why is this different from the Martin Luther King, Jr. party controversy a few years

Department Head of Communications Studies Special to The J-TAC

QUAZI back? The implication is that apparently it is not okay to be a racist, but it is okay to slur Jesus. I understand the question, though personally, I do not agree with that rhetorical framing of the current situation. Rather, I believe that, in both situations, bigotry (intended or unintended) was and is being discouraged. Tolerance, love and grace were and are being encouraged. MLK dreamed of a day when people would not be judged by the “color of their skin, but the content of their character.” A similar plea is being made in the academy today regarding the discourse about Corpus Christi. Dr. Dottavio’s call for civility was in that vein. While I may not fear recrimination, I should not also have to worry, at a secular institution of higher learning, about being judged or labeled as a questionable figure in opposition to Christianity just because I engage in a dialogue about the play. Encouraging people not to judge a book by its cover is what I do for a living and what MLK, in his own way and words, wished for the US in the 60’s. I have found that reading the contents of a book is much more informative than merely skimming its superficial wrapping. And that is why I ask not to be judged for cherishing my right to read, research, engage with, view and/or teach controversial texts.

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In recent weeks the controversy over the play Corpus Christi has included references to “academic freedom.” What exactly is that and where does it come from? Unfortunately many of our leading academics and legal scholars disagree. Legally, academic freedom is a very slippery eel. Without a definitive Supreme Court case to examine, we are left with a wide range of lower court decisions that take a variety of viewpoints. In the Supreme Court’s most definitive statement, in a case titled Sweezy v. New Hampshire (1957), Justice Felix Frankfurter said that each institution had “four essential freedoms, . . .to determine for itself on academic grounds who may teach, what may be taught, how it shall be taught and who may be admitted to study.” But Sweezy emphasized the right of the institution to be free of political pressure from legislatures or Congress. In Connick v. Meyers the Court said that public employees had the right to speak on matters of public concern but not on personnel matters. So, academic freedom as an individual right associated with the First Amendment is far less grounded in law. When it comes to students, the guarantees of free speech are even more suspect. In several cases involving high schools, courts have ruled that students have very limited First Amendment rights (Hazelwood

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School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988), Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser (1986), and Morse v. Frederick (2007)). This week, the Supreme Court turned down an appeal from a Washington state high school student concerning the right to perform “Ava Maria” at a high school graduation. Would a federal court see a college environment as different from a high school? It is difficult to say since there have been few cases related to a college student’s claim of First Amendment rights. In 2001 in a case Dan Linnemeir, et al. v. Board of Trustees of Purdue University, et al., a federal appeals court ruled that Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne had the right to stage the play Corpus Christi despite claims that it was blasphemous and a violation of the separation of church and state. Well known conservative judge Richard Posner wrote in the majority opinion “The contention that the First Amendment forbids a state university to provide a venue for the expression of views antagonistic to conventional Christian beliefs is absurd.” But again this was protecting an institution from outside pressure. So, if the First Amendment is as shaky ground for academic freedom as an individual right, what is academic freedom? Academic Freedom is an ethic: a body of moral principles and values that govern a particular culture. In this case, the culture is that of academia. Dr. Dottavio, in his email, stated the ethic quite well; “Fundamental to the academic community are

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HOWARD freedom of thought, speech and expression, issues we see publically debated from time to time particularly in the arts.” In furtherance of education or discovering the truth, everything can and should be debated. Students should be able to present Corpus Christi, attend the play, not attend it, critique it and protest it. All of these are a part of the clash of ideas that is the best way to uncover the truth. Academic freedom is a standard so high that sometimes those of us in the academy fail to live up to it. Would Tarleton be as protective of a student that wanted to present a play showing a gay Muhammad or present a play that could be perceived as racist or homophobic? We have set a precedent that will require strength of conviction to live up to. Hopefully, we always will.

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March 25, 2010




The body in question: the reasons for ‘Corpus Christi’ By RACHEL DUDLEY Staff Writer

“Jesus was not gay” openly homosexual, Tarleton Student Director John Jordan Otte said. “The play isn’t saying that’s who He is because the Bible doesn’t say [that], and of course He wasn’t.” he stated. Terrence Mcnalley’s one-act play Corpus Christi, depicting Jesus as homosexual, remains the center of a heated debate through out the uni-

versity and community. The play is scheduled for a one-time showing Sat., March 27 at 8 a.m. in the O.A. Grant Fine Arts Center Auditorium, open only to students enrolled in the advanced directing class producing the show and their invited family members. This is the same day as Texan Tour, a prominent recruiting day for prospective students; however, Otte insist on continuing with the controversial production. “I chose this play to direct and produce because I am passionate about it. I paid for the

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royalties and for the scripts. I also chose this play because I am both gay and a Christian.” Otte said “We can’t pick and choose what’s in the scriptures, but I don’t believe in a God that hates me for who I am.” Otte’s cast of thirteen will take the stage in spite of the critics’ and Christian community’s reviews of this play calling it blasphemous, offensive, obscene, sacrilegious and heretical. Even though play continues to offend, Otte accepted the national coverage, including worldwide social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, in addition to blogs, radio, multiple newspapers and national television news. He is embracing the coverage in an effort to “help someone out there” he said. “It is certainly not a play I would choose to attend. I personally do find it offensive,” Tarleton President Dr. Dominic Dottavio said . He continued to say, “One of the things I would hope that most people would understand is that its: a student selected play, not intended for the general

public, it’s not part of the Tarleton series, the direct costs for the play are borne by the student that chose to produce it, and it is one of eight other plays, some of which are classics in literature.” As the local Christian community in “Cowboy Capital of the World”, Stephenville, Texas, ramp up their efforts for potential protest of the play, the Cowboy Church of Erath County will not be represented in the picket lines. “Even though we disagree with the play, we know Jesus still loves them and we extend that love also as a church” Associate Pastor Jerry Jones said. Cowboy Church of Erath County’s Pastor Werth Mayes echoed Jones’ statement and added, “My biggest concern is the others response to the very real eternal Jesus who loves them, who died for them, even though I may not fully understand their agenda, I don’t have to. I want them to experience the same wonderful Jesus that I have experienced.”


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Star party lights up the night By KENNETH BRISENDINE Staff Writer

Tarleton State University hosted it’s spring 2010 Star Party on Friday, March 12 at the Tarleton Observatory at Hunewell Ranch. The Observatory, a $150,000 building, was completed in Feb. 2006. It has a $250,000 telescope which was fully operational in April 2006 after being manufactured and installed by Astronomical Consultants and Equipment, Inc. The Star Party allowed students and guests to view the night sky clearly and tour the facilities.

The observatory houses a fully robotic Research-Grade, Ritchey-Chretien 32inch telescope. The telescope, according to Dr. Shaukat Goderya, director of the Program for Astronomy Education and Research, weighs as much as five adult elephants and is housed in the 840-square-foot observatory specially designed to support its weight. Below the telescope is the control room, which housed three monitors actively viewing the data retrieved from the telescope. Mars, Saturn, and the remains of an exploded star were among the celestial objects visible in the March sky.

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Seniors ring in their final semester HIV activist lectures at Greek By COURTNEY COPE Staff Writer

Students looking to show their support of military members stationed overseas can participate in the ROTC’s and Paintball Coalition’s “Support our Soldiers” drive taking place this month. The organizations have joined together, placing donation boxes both in front of the Dick Smith library and at the Tarleton police station on campus. The organizations encourage donors to contribute anything that will make the troops’ lives a bit easier, said Greg Donham, former president of the Paintball Coalition. The drop box in front of the library will be accessible Monday through Friday, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. All donations are welcome, excluding pork items, alcohol, chocolate, aerosol cans and liquid hand sanitizer, as these items tend to be hard to transfer. New or gently used clothing donations are highly encouraged, as well as portable snacks, cell phones no longer in service and calling cards.

Monetary donations are also welcomed at the police station drop box. Donham said the organizations are also collecting thank-you cards for the troops. “Every little thanks means something,” Donham added. This is the second semester the organizations have participated in “Support our Soldiers”, and the collections will take place for the entire month of March. Donham said the goal of the drive is to help participants show their appreciation for the efforts of troops overseas. “I’ve always had a very strong respect for the people involved in the military, and the members of the Paintball Coalition and ROTC share that respect,” Donham said. “We’re all in this together, really.” Donham said that at this point, the organizations are in the collecting phase of the donation, and will figure out details of transportation after all of the materials have been gathered. A representative from ROTC was not available for comment.

S.A.N.E: Stephenville unable to conduct sexual assult examinations Continued from page 1 “The S.A.N.E. program is definitely something our community needs although it will take some time working out all of the logistics, as well as identifying physicians or nurses that would like to be certified and involved in the community, it will be a benefit to our residents.” Lucero said. While rape kits cannot be conducted in Stephenville, local services are available to victims of sexual assault. Cross Timbers Family Services in Stephenville provides emotional support, counseling and advice to victims. The medical needs of victims can be treated at the local Stephenville hospital, although in the best interest of the victim, sexual assault survivors are referred to Ft. Worth hospitals or other SANE programs. Tarleton students can also seek counseling at the university’s Student Counseling Center located in the upper level of the Thompson Student Center. Dr. Gilbert Hinga, assistant vice president of Wellness and Career Development, describes how the Student Counseling Center can support sexual assault victims during the very delicate stage of shock, anger and emotional turmoil that occurs after such an incident. “I would highly encourage anyone who has been sexually assaulted and has not told anyone to speak with someone they trust or a counselor,” Hinga said.

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Greek Week attendees experienced a “roller-coaster ride” in former Playboy Playmate Rebekka Armstrong’s presentation Tuesday, March 23. Armstrong, who in 1986 was named Miss September, believes she contracted HIV at age 16 but was not diagnosed until the age of 22. Armstrong now serves as an AIDS activist and safer-sex educator, traveling the country to share her story and hopefully prevent her story from becoming another young person’s reality. Armstrong’s glamorous life as a successful model and Playboy Playmate came crashing down when an HIV test, part of a routine physical, came back positive. For five years Armstrong kept her diagnosis a secret, telling friends, neighbors and even Hugh Hephner that she instead had been diagnosed with Leukemia. “When you tell people you have Leukemia, the response is always sympathetic, loving and nurturing,” Armstrong said, “with HIV- not so much.” Upon being diagnosed with HIV, Armstrong was given a prospective life span of two years. In order to survive those full two years, however, she would have to regularly medicate with HIV cocktails that caused serious and painful side effects such as vomiting, loss of control of bowel movements and nerve damage.

“The medicine I was prescribed during my first two years of treatment was almost unbearable,” Armstrong said. “My fingers and feet felt as if they were on fire, as if the tips of my appendages had been sliced off. The pain was severe enough to cause me to refuse to take my cocktail completely.” Armstrong did indeed begin refusing her medication, and instead, medicated with drugs and excessive amounts of alcohol. Armstrong would spend the majority of her time in clubs, drinking enough to black out or getting high enough to forget the horrors of HIV. Armstrong could not face what HIV had taken away from her, including the chance of having a baby, intimate relationships and her health. Armstrong admitted that, at this point, she had given up the fight against HIV and welcomed the release that would come due to a drug overdose or alcohol poisoning. The fight was almost over when Armstrong was rushed to a hospital due to seizures and convulsions after a night of violent partying at a club in Texas. Her doctors discovered that Armstrong was suffering from two severe brain infections, one of which was diagnosed as meningitis. Armstrong had to endure 12 spinal taps the following week, and at this point decided her life was worth fighting for. While Armstrong had a new lease on life and was determined to fight for

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neutral and accepting place of safety for all minority groups including those with disabilities, different nationalities, and genders, as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students. The members of the organization, alongside its founders, hope to create an accepting and tolerant atmosphere in which we can further educate those around us, as education is the key that leads to success and understanding. Minorities are pervasive in every community and diversity is the key to success; as the nation in which we reside is growing quickly and has always prided itself in being a â&#x20AC;&#x153;melting potâ&#x20AC;? of contrasting yet harmonious cultures. It begins with understanding, then tolerance, and finally appreciation; at the end of the day everyone wants to be accepted. Texans Promoting Tolerance stands behind our mission statement; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our mission is to foster a tolerant accepting environment in both our college and surrounding communities, re-

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Catholic Campus Ministry, a new organization on campus, hosted their first organizational event this past week. The goal for this event was to raise awareness of the services offered by the Cross Timbers Pregnancy Care Center, located next to the Tarleton tennis courts. Catholic Campus Ministry turned the event into a competition between organizations on campus. Any organization that wanted to be represented was given a large baby bottle with their organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name on it. A bottle labeled â&#x20AC;&#x153;otherâ&#x20AC;? was also available for other students and community members not representing an organization on campus. Over a three day period, participants put money in the large bottles, and all the money collected was given to CTPCC to help with the services that they provide. The organization that had the most money won a 6 foot Subway sandwich to use at their discretion. This was the first time for this event, and the results were a success. The total amount raised was $1,513.99. The organization that collected the most money, and winners of the Subway sandwich, is Phi Mu. Catholic Campus Ministry would like to thank everyone that helped make this a huge success.



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Street Sweeper Social Club More than a band; a social club By DREW SLATTERY Special to The J-TAC

It was around nine in the evening Fri., March 19 at The Belmont on Austin’s Sixth Street when Boots Riley of The Coup and Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against The Machine, took the stage together in their new project, the Street Sweeper Social Club. “This brick which is gripped by my fingers, which shoot out from my hand, which is fastened to my arm, that meets up with my shoulder, that sits well below my head, that surrounds my brain, which is tied up with thoughts of resentment, fear and loathing because of your using me on your road to wealth and power- will crash through your picture window and kill you.” Boots said, setting the mood for the night, followed by Tom and the rest of the band exploding to life with a resoundingly high-octane rock and roll swagger. SSSC has released one self-titled album, and have played very few select shows around the nation, so playing for free at a small club in the live-music capitol of Amer-

ica is something that draws a lot of attention. The house was packed full with a mixed crowd of rowdy college kids with their fists in the air, and jaded music industry veterans. Boots and Tom are both known all over the world for being in high profile, anti-establishment musical and political groups. By coming together to form SSSC they show that the message of the rebellion and resistance of injustice knows no musical boundaries. This album is without a doubt the “funkiest” rock and roll album you will find in any record store. This indeed is a bold statement, but as you look at their album trackfor-track compared to any of the other funk/ hip-hop rock albums, even Rage Against The Machine, Boots and Tom bring more bootyshaking funk and hip hop, combined with more face-melting, head-nodding rock and roll than any other group has. Boots carries on that radical 1960’s look, sporting a huge, round afro and mutton chop side burns. With a single fist in the air and the other gripping the mic, Boots embodies a modern day version of Huey P. Newton, but a groovier version. Tom proves that not

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Repossessing organs? Take the part of my brain that saw Repo Men By KENNETH BRISENDINE Staff Writer

Repo Men, a film that takes place in a world where transplanted organs can be repossessed by the finance company, is the worst movie I have paid to see in recent memory. Unsympathetic characters, cramped cinematography, a terrible soundtrack and score and cliches galore plague this movie. It has some fairly decent gore, which I can appreciate, but that in no way makes up for the many faults of this film. Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain) plays Remy, one of the titular repo men. When he is electrocuted by a faulty defibrillator, he himself must get a financed heart. Remy then has a sudden change of heart (no pun intended) and is unable to keep doing his job. His partner, Jake, played by Forrest Whitaker (Bird, Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai), is his childhood friend and tries to help Remy when he comes up short on money. Later, he is the one who must hunt Remy down to retrieve the organs. Both of these men are accomplished actors who are strangely out-shone by their boss, played by Liev Shreiber (Scream, X-Men Or-

igins: Wolverine), who makes a convincing villain. But the fact remains, there is not a single likable character in the film. The characters’ motivations are unconvincing and the dialog is atrocious. The film drew some controversy over it’s similarities to the film Repo! The Genetic Opera. While the basic premise is similar, that is where the similarities end. This film is more like warmed over Logan’s Run, covered in blood, with a really stupid ending. Much of the film takes place in hallways or other cramped areas. Unfortunately, the parts of the film that take place in larger areas are shot like they take place in hallways. There is a lot of padding in the first half of the film with poorly written dialog and what I suspect were supposed to be artsy shots. If you can get past the way it was shot, you still have to deal with the strange editing, horribly mismatched soundtrack and score and finally the awful ending, which is hinted at early in the movie. I hoped when I noticed this foreshadowing that there was no way they would end the movie like that, but lo and behold, they did. This will be the first time I’ve given a movie an F. It deserves it. See Repo Men at your own risk.


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about the changes to the gameplay. Gone are the towns and townspeople from previous games. Also the ilStaff Writer lusion of choice is missing. Final Fantasy Final Fantasy XIII, the latest in- XIII follows an extremely linear path. This stallment in a legacy of video games, has takes a bit of fun out of the game for me. While the new battle system arrived. Although beautiful and fast-paced, it is different from what I am used to in a makes the game more exciting, it also feels as if it takes a lot of strategy out of Final Fantasy game. The characters are interesting the game as you play through most battles both visually and as individuals. The main on auto, changing roles (similar to classes from similar games) when you need to heal. character, Lightning, You now control one is a tough but likcharacter, while the able female lead. others are controlled Vanille and Fang, by the computer, and the other two female queued actions to go characters, stand out off when your attack with interesting cosbar is full. tumes, back-story The summons, and accents that help which essentially separate them from are gods who fight the other characters. along side you and Sazh, however, is can transform into the only cool male vehicles to combine character. He is the attacks with the playoldest of the bunch er’s, are beautiful and and keeps a diminufun to use in combat. tive chocobo (a bird Source: Each of the characters prominent in the Final Fantasy games) Lightning, the primary protagonist, has been has one summon. compared to Cloud from Final Fantasy VII. For those of in his afro. Snow’s you that have never personality is offputting, and Hope is extremely whiny. played a Final Fantasy game, keep in mind Their theatrics can reach soap opera lev- that this game is extremely long. It will take els of melodrama, but I immediately liked about 40-60 hours to complete and takes about 15 hours before it starts getting fun. Vanille. The plot is as esoteric as usual. It is worth it once it gets rolling, but be Long ago the fal’Cie, strange biomechani- prepared to clear your entertainment schedcal creatures, created a paradise for hu- ule if you hope to finish the game anytime mans. The fal’Cie sometimes mark a per- soon. Final Fantasy XIII gets a B. It’s son, giving them a focus (a mission of sorts) and magic. The game stays away from the a good game, and certainly any fan of Fiusual trappings of the RPG genre and the nal Fantasy will want to play it. I was not a style of the world is sort of a blend between fan of the new battle system and the bizarre previous Final Fantasy games (primar- meandering story. Normally, I would recily VII and X), the Star Wars prequels and ommend it for a first RPG if it did not take Tron. The game is probably the best looking so long to get going. It’s a solid entry in the game available, but I have mixed feelings series, but I don’t think it will be bringing in

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How does it feel to be victorious and to be voted best out of so many talented bands? First of all, we thank everyone for coming out and supporting us. We are going to the semi-finals next and hope everyone comes out and helps us get to the finals and win. The semifinals are April 1 and Finals are April 3. It feels awesome considering the talent and awesome music coming from these great bands. It was great to meet new friends as well.

What does this victory mean for the future of your band? We are very proud and excited to have the chance of getting to move on for a chance to win, but are staying focused on making good music our way.

Is it true that some of your band members are Tarleton Alumni? Which ones and when did they graduate? Yes, John and I just graduated in December.

What does the near future hold for Southern Crossing? I don’t know what the future holds for the band. I have a saying I live by; “Only God knows why and only time will tell.” I will say, things are going great.

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Directing Class One Act Plays All Day Workshop Theater Texan Tour – Campus Preview Day 8 a.m. Campus Wide

Tuesday, March 30

Rifle Match Fundraiser 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. TAC Pro Shooting Center

Tau Beta Sigma – Membership Candidate Class Bake Sale 8 a.m. – 12:30 pm. Front of Library

Sunday, March 28 Duck Camp – Group Interviews 5:30 – 9:30 a.m. TSC Lower Level BSM More Than Sex 7 – 9 p.m. 303 Cactus Valley

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Luncheon: Alumni Academic Forum and O.A. Grant Recipients 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. TSC Ballrooms

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Library Multipurpose Room BSM Greek Lunch 12 – 1 pm TSC 22D

Saturday, March 27 Tarleton Jazz Festival All Day Fine Arts Center Auditorium

BSM – Elevate 7 – 8:30 p.m. BSM

Block and Bridle Show Team – Little I 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Agriculture Farm Teaching Pavilion

Friday March 26

Tarleton Psychology Club – Bake Sale All Day Front of Library

Paradigm – Talent Video Filming 3:30 – 5 p.m. TSC

United Methodist Center/ Wesley Foundation – Monday Free Lunch 11:45 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. United Methodist Student Center Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in the USMexican Relations: Facing a Common Threat 12 – 5:30 p.m. Fain Auditorium Criminal Justice Association – NRA Sanctioned Pistol Safety and Instruction Course 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. TAC Pro Shooting Center

Presidential Honors Society Bake Sale 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Front of Library

Stephanie Hammond Senior Recital 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Fine Arts Center Auditorium

International Spring Festival 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. TSC Ballrooms

Paradigm – Thursday Nights 8 – 10 p.m.

BSM – Free Lunch 12 – 12:40 p.m. BSM

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United Methodist Center – Listening Post 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. TSC

Coffee House Night: Tarleton’s Got Talent 7 – 9 p.m. TSC Ballrooms

Presidential Honors Society Bake Sale 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Front of Library

BSM – Passion of the Christ 7 – 9 p.m. TSC

Mock Interviews 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. TSC 218 Women’s Leadership Program 6 p.m. TSC Ballrooms BSM – I Agree With Stephen 7 – 8 p.m. Science 102 Percussion Concert 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Fine Arts Center Auditorium Chi Alpha Fellowship – Break 7:30 – 10 p.m. TSC 22D

Wednesday, March 31 Tau Beta Sigma – Membership Candidate Class Bake Sale 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Front of Library

Thursday, April 1 Tau Beta Sigma – Membership Candidate Class Bake Sale 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Front of Library SPA – Joe and Lefty Spray Paint Artist 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. TSC Amphitheater

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SGA/Junior Class Senators – Know Your Senator Event Phone Number: 11:50 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dining Hall Patio Email Address:

Tuesday, April 6 Teacher job Fair 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. TSC Ballrooms United Methodist Center – Listening Post 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. TSC Tennis Singles 6 p.m. Recreational Sports Center Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship – Break 7:30 – 10 p.m. TSC 22D Tarleton State Strings Recital 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Workshop Theater

Wednesday, April 7 BSM – Free Lunch 12 – 12:40 p.m. BSM Presidential Honors Society: Brown Bag Lunch Series Dr. Robert Anderson: Seeing Isn’t Believing 12:15 – 12:50 p.m. Library Multipurpose Room Driver Safety Training 1 – 3:30 p.m. TSC 219 Dr. Mark Taylor – Generation NeXt Comes to College 1 – 4 p.m. TSC Ballrooms

Paradigm – Talent Video Filming 3:30 – 5 p.m. TSC

Speaker Symposium 7:30 p.m. Fine Arts Center Theater

BSM – Elevate 7 – 8:30 p.m. BSM

Everyday: Colleges Against Cancer Larry Joe Taylor Raffle 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Library Multipurpose Room

Contact Information Tarleton Honors Recital 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Fine Arts Center Auditorium

By completing this form, you are expected to be at the Visitor’s parking lot of Memorial Stadium at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday April 10th to participate in the Tarleton Round Up. Return by Friday April 2nd to the Office of Student Engagement, TSC 201, or by mail to PO Box T-0670.

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By completing this form, you are expected to be at the Visitor’s parking lot of Memorial Stadium at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday April 10th to participate in the Tarleton Round Up. Return by Friday April 2nd to the Office of Student Engagement, TSC 201, or by mail to PO Box T-0670.

March 25, 2010



TexAnns fall in first Texans lose to Mustangs again in second round round of regionals By JARON COVEY

By JARON COVEY Staff Writer

The Tarleton TexAnn basketball team was unable to overcome a 22 point run by the Emporia State Lady Hornets as they traveled to Canyon last Friday for the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament. The TexAnns were able to cut the lead to 12 in the second half, but the Lady Hornets eventually won by the final score of 9071. Tarleton started the game with a jump by JoAnne Jones, and after a three pointer by Emporia Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jamie Augustyn, Sonya Sundberg hit another jumper to give Tarleton their last lead of the ball game. The Lady Hornets took over from the 17:10 mark. They soon went on their 22 point tear that lasted for nearly 10 minutes of the first half. At the end of the first period the Lady Hornets had a 49-26 lead and appeared to be in complete control of the ball game. The TexAnns were not able to get much done in the first half as they were outscored by the Lady Hornets in almost every category. Emporia State won points in the paint 18-8, points off of turnovers 19-5, second chance points 11-4 and bench points 23-10. The TexAnns shot just .323 from the field and .400 from behind the arc while the Lady Hornets went .515 from field goal range and .778 from three-point land. The second half started

differently as the TexAnns started to play their game. A layup by Morgan Stehling got things going in the second period, followed by layups by Tara Towns. Shelby Adamson then scored 5 points for the TexAnns before JoAnne Jones added 4 more of her own. At the 17:52 mark Tarleton started their own run by ripping off nine points to cut the lead to 57-45. Unfortunately for the TexAnns, 12 points was as close as they could come to closing the gap. The Lady Hornets were able to take control of the game once again before finally settling on the final score of 90-71. The TexAnns did a much better job in the second half as they won points in the paint 2822 and points off of turnovers 1710. Adamson was the high scorer for the TexAnns as she put in 21 points, while Stehling added 12 and Jones tacked on 10 more. Lisa Parker led the team in rebounds with 6, with Adamson dishing out the most assists at 5. Shooting from the field was much better in the second half for Tarleton as they shot .432; however in their attempt to get back in the ball game, their three-point percentage suffered as they shot just .182. JoAnne Jones added to her career at Tarleton by blocking 4 shots in the game, moving her into second place in school history for blocks in a career. The TexAnns ended the season with a record of 23-7, giving them the most wins in school history since becoming a member of NCAA Division II.

Tarleton once again owned the paint, outscoring Nebraska-Omaha 16-12 down low, but were outscored in every other category in the second half. The field

regional semifinal matchup would be a tough one as they were set to play the Mustangs for the fourth time this season. After moving to the second round Tarleton had lost the previous three matchof the NCAA Division II tournaups on the year but were lookment for the sixth time in seven ing to get revenge this time attempts, the Tarleton Texan basaround. ketball team fell once again to the The first half was very Midwestern State Mustangs, this close as they Mustangs took time ending their season. a close eight point advantage The Texans traveled to into the locker room at half Wichita Falls, where the Midtime, despite outscoring the western State University MusTexans in every statistical cattangs were hosting the South Cenegory. The Texans were able tral Regional tournament. As the to shoot a better percentage four-seed in the tournament, the from three-point land (.333) Texans were matched up with the and the free-throw line (.750). five-seed Mavericks of NebraskaIn the second half, the Omaha. Texans started out with a little The Texans started out bit of urgency. The Mustangs slow in the ball game as they went increased their lead to nine down by five early. They soon got with over six minutes gone their game together and were able in the first half. The Texans to move ahead at the 7:28 mark then started to battle back as and keep the lead for the rest of they went on a seven point the first half. The Texans domirun to cut the lead to 43-41 nated the paint in the first half, at the 10:03 mark. It looked outscoring the Mavericks 16-4. like Tarleton would finally They also took advantage of secpull ahead, but a three-pointer ond chance points 6-0 and fast by Midwesternâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jason Ebie break points 7-0 on their way to started a scoring run for the building the 38-30 halftime lead, Mustangs that would eventudespite shooting worse than their ally lead to their 71-56 vicopponents from the field and from tory. behind the arc. The Texans did better in The second half proved the second half as they outto be difficult for the Texans. scored the Mustangs in the Source: Sports Information Tarleton led for much of the paint 14-12 and in second second half until the 1:54 mark Number 41, Jeremiah Wilson faces down Tarletonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough competition. chance points 5-2. Tarleton when Nebraska-Omaha was able was led by Henryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15 points to tie the game up at 67-67. Corin Henry goal percentage increased in the second and three assists, while Wilson added 10 and Jeremiah Wilson then took over as period to .455, while the Texans also shot points and five rebounds. they scored the next seven points for the .400 from the three-point line. Tarleton Tarleton was led this season by Texans to give them a 74-71 advantage. was led by Wilson with 17 points and 12 just two seniors in Bryant and Wilson and Effran Bryant tacked on another free throw rebounds, giving him his ninth double- will look to continue their success next to give the Texans the 75-71 first round double on the season. year as they return most of their team. victory. The Texans understood that their Staff Writer


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