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Who will you be voting for? James Jenkins: ‘For the students, by the students’ By Marie Leonard EDITOR IN CHIEF

Longview graduate student James Jenkins is running for SGA president in hopes of being the person who can represent the student body in front of the administration. “I think the voice of the students isn’t being heard,” Jenkins said. “They need someone who can represent them with an administration who sometimes isn’t on the same page.” Jenkins has been involved in SGA for three years, and he has held the positions of Junior and Senior Class Senator, as well as the Committee Chairman for Student Affairs. When he was an undergraduate at SFA, Jenkins was a member of Theta Chi fraternity, and he was also an honors graduate. Jenkins’ platform contains a few key issues regarding more student involvement on campus. Primarily, he wants to implement a student advocacy council to aide Peggy Scott’s judicial council. “It would be made up of students that would be an extra step in the process students go through before entering Scott’s office where things get very serious,” Jenkins said. Another idea he would work on would be to create a student advisory board made up with people from every sector of the student body in order to let every organization have an official say in things. Another key item on Jenkins’ agenda includes creating a program that would help bring the Greeks on campus into a bet-

ter light. “I want to work on a program that would revamp the Greek image,” Jenkins said. “We have some great people here involved with Greek life, but it seems like some reputations have been largely soured because of that connection.” His idea for Greek unity involves promoting volunteer work and huge endeavors that would involve all the fraternities and sororities at SFA. “I would like to have events including blood drives and campus clean-ups every semester with all the Greek organizations here on campus,” he said. Jenkins also wants to look into instituting an honor code as part of the SFA application process.“There are so many ways for students today to cheat because of all the new forms of technology we have now,” he said. “Everyone wants to come out of school and have a degree that is actually worth something.” Typically candidates can be seen outside the BPSC or near Surfin’ Steve giving out free T-shirts or buttons during the week of SGA elections, but Jenkins is relying 100 percent on a grassroots word-ofmouth campaign.“I’m not spending a single penny on dunk tanks,T -shirts or a cotton candy machine,” he said. Although he has not picked a vice president running-mate, Jenkins supports Clayton Sullivan, the running-mate of candidate David Isaac. “I want to make sure every voice is heard,” Jenkins said. “For the students, by the students.”


David Isaac: ‘Access, actions and results’ By Marie Leonard EDITOR IN CHIEF

SGA presidential candidate David Isaac, Baytown junior, is running on a platform aimed to improve campus life in regards to parking and food services. Isaac is a political science major and has been involved with student government for the last three years in general, and the past year at SFA. He has held the positions of Junior Class Senator and Chairman for Academic Affairs. In addition to SGA, Isaac is the vice president of the Hall 20 RHA, and is currently a candidate of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. “I believe I am the most credible candidate because I was student body president of my community college before I came to SFA, and I also ran for mayor of my hometown last year,” he said.

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to food services on campus,” he explained. “Some students don’t want to stand in line waiting for cold food, so we decided to give ramen away.” Isaac chose Clayton Sullivan, Austin sophomore and journalism major, as his vice presidential running-mate. Sullivan is president of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, and president of American Men and Women in Communication. His brother, Brian Sullivan, was also last spring’s SGA student body president. “Sullivan has been a credible member of Sigma Alpha Mu, and he has done good things for his fraternity this year,” Isaac said. “I think it is urgent that the students are heard,” Isaac said. “The university would not be as bountiful without student input.”

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In order to focus on making changes to food services and parking around campus, Isaac is focusing on three main points, which include access, actions and results. “We need to get more students to become engaged with SGA, especially after last year’s low voter turnout in the election,” he explained when referring to his first point. Isaac’s second point, action, deals with showing students the results they have asked for. “Actions speak louder than words,” he said when discussing his plan. The third and final point is results, which will include the achievements that Isaac and other members of SGA would be able to implement with help from the student body. In order to campaign for the election this week, Isaac has toured the sorority houses, and spent time out by Surfin’ Steve giving awayT-shirtsandramennoodles.“Theramen coincides with the platform idea of changes

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Hughes Spring senior Andy Teel has been a member of SGA for two years, and has held the positions of Associate Justice and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Teel is a hospitality administration major, and is also the president of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. Teel was approached last fall about running for president, and after giving it some thought he decided it was something he really wanted to do. Some of the main ideas on his platform include trying to keep tuition low, improving campus security, campus wellness and student retention rates. “I want to try and work with the administration to keep tuition low even though it is not an easy thing to address since most of it is state funded,” Teel said. He also wants to work on improving campus security by getting

more lights, call boxes and some extra patrol officers on duty. “I also want to work with faculty and staff members to fix the current parking problems,” Teel said. He has been out in front of Surfin’ Steve and the BPSC all week giving out T-shirts, koozies and food like ramen noodles, popcorn and soda.Teel is also a disc jockey at the Anex, and today he will be giving out free wristbands that will get students in with no cover tonight. Teel picked Sarah Feye, The Woodlands sophomore, as his vice presidential running-mate. “One of the reasons I picked Sarah is because all of the other candidates are members of the Greek community, and she isn’t,” he said. “I chose her because we wanted to reach nonGreeks and other organizations, and help unify other organizations as well.” THOMAS MOTYKA/THE PINE LOG

Where do they stand on the issues? By Marie Leonard EDITOR IN CHIEF

Omicron Delta Kappa hosted a debate Tuesday evening in the Spirit Lounge for the three SGA presidential candidates and their running-mates. The candidates were asked questions by four students representing different organizations on campus throughout the debate, as well as questions from students for the last few minutes. The majority of the questions revolved around the image of Greeks on campus, what the candidates would try to accomplish in their first few months in office and how SGA and other organizations could try to work better together in the future. “I don’t have an agenda,” James Jenkins, Longview graduate student, said when asked what he would do for the student body after being elected. “All of you are my agenda, and I want to make

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your voice heard.” AndyTeel, Hughes Spring senior, wants to focus on things that are realistic, and things that can be improved, like campus safety.“I also want to work to increase student retention rates so that students will have a concrete tie to the University,” he said. David Isaac, Baytown junior, wants to stick with promises made when campaigning that most candidates fall away from after being elected.“I will bring about results, and my actions will demonstrate that after I’m elected,” Isaac said. Since all five candidates except one are involved with Greek life on campus, many of the questions were directed in that general area. One of the main questions dealt with what each candidate thinks the perception of Greeks is like at SFA. “It’s hard for me to see it from the other side, but that’s why I picked my running-mate, Sarah Feye, because she isn’t a member of a Greek organization,” he said. “If we can unify ourselves, then we can start to unify Greeks and non-Greeks at SFA.” Jenkins is a Theta Chi alum, but he was not involved

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in Greek life until his last undergraduate year at SFA. “It seems like there is an overwhelming perception that the Greeks on campus only care about partying, sex, etc, but that’s just not true,” he said. Isaac is currently a candidate of Sigma Alpha Mu, and he believes he would be able to preserve the sanctity of Greek life on campus if elected. Another big issue most of the candidates are including in their platform deals with getting more first-year students involved on campus and helping students who are on academic probation. “I think utilizing the Jacks Back on Track organization is a good step in helping students who are on probation or suspension, but I want to take it one step further, and that begins with things like housing forums and online book swaps,” Isaac said. DEBATE continued on page 3

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Writing, digital media collaborate By Audrey Spencer STAFF WRITER

Pen and Pigment, a collaborative project between advanced digital media and intermediate fiction creative writing students, was held last Tuesday in the Griffith Art Gallery. The exhibit will be on display through Saturday. The show features visual art inspired by flash fiction stories and flash fiction stories inspired by visual art. It was organized by digital media professor Christopher Talbot and intermediate fiction professor John McDermott. Flash fiction stories are stories written with 500 words or less. The first round of stories and artwork was a “totally open� assignment, according to McDermott. Fiction students and art students started to write v at the beginning of the semester, and around mid-February they switched. “I let my students choose the picture that spoke to them,� McDermott said, while Talbot said he “printed the stories, passed them out to the students and told them they couldn’t exchange.� After trading, media students created a visual piece inspired by the story they were given and fiction students wrote a story based on the art they chose; pen to pigment, and pigment to pen. “Some students took it literally and some just used the story as a starting point,� Talbot said. Pen and Pigment was the “big project students worked on this semester,� Talbot said. “It definitely wasn’t an option.� The idea of collaboration between art and English students is in its third year of “forcing them out of their comfort zone,� McDermott said. Pen and Pigment is intended to remind audiences “of the lively exchange between art forms and the unexpected places it can take craft and imagination.� Fiction and art students had no contact with each other during the project. The whole goal is to“instill a spirit of collaboration� between students in different departments, according to Talbot. “I got a sense from students that it’s something they really enjoy,� he said. All 20 students in McDermott’s fiction class

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read at the event Tuesday. “Reading in front of people is something you don’t get to do often,â€? Brady Rice, Splendora junior who wrote “New Arrivalâ€? and “Superman in Traction,â€? said. “Both tasks (of writing) were equally difficult, but it was fun to base a flash fiction on a piece of art.â€? Donald Loving, Tennessee Colony junior, illustrated Rice’s “Superman in Traction.â€? “It took me two weeks,â€? he said. “It kind of got difficult to think of ideas, but I had fun doing it.â€? Loving also created the piece that inspired The Price of Prayer by Becca Smith. Adam Dodds, League City junior, wrote “Lost Gardenâ€? and “Just a Fish.â€? “It was a surprise for the fiction students and the art students,â€? he said. “We had no idea what the art looks like that matches the stories.â€? Most writers and artists agreed that Pen and Pigment was a fun assignment and wished there were more opportunities to collaborate with different departments. “I really liked the collaborative aspect of it,â€? Dustin Parrish, Pineland senior, said. “I think that the artists can only benefit from working together.â€? Parrish wroteâ€?Dollar Burgerâ€? andâ€?Stay Away from Jazz and Liquor.â€? Kat Goins, Austin junior, created artwork for “White Elephantâ€? by Justin Davis, “DustLaden Photographâ€? by Kathryn Watson, and “To Be Five Againâ€? by Suzanne R. Tarlow. “We should do more stuff like this‌ communicate as artists in different mediums,â€? she said. “I couldn’t tell if it was a guy or a girl‌ It’s really cool because you’re taking someone’s totally different concept and making it your own. I like the anonymity of it. You get to meet people you probably never would have met.â€? Esther McClure, Nacogdoches junior, wrote “The Red-finned Fishâ€? and “the Gold Oneâ€? and “Bullet-hole in the Window.â€? “I really wish the university did more of this type of thing. It’s a big challenge,â€? she said. “I had to tweak my story four times to do the art justice.â€? The exhibit runs through Saturday in the Griffith Gallery, room 208 of the Fine Arts Building. Hours are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Board of Regents elects new board officers, establishes Lifetime Cultural Achievement Award By Marie Leonard EDITOR IN CHIEF

The SFA Board of Regents met Tuesday morning in their regular general session to discuss the election of new board officers and to draw attention to the new regents professor and board committees. One of the first orders of business involved recognizing the new board chairman, Melvin White. “I’ve been a part of sports teams my whole life, and the good teams are ones where everybody knows their role. I can see it is already going to be like that here,� he said. The board members also established the Stephen F. Austin State

University Lifetime Cultural Achievement Award, which will be presented to each speaker at the Archie McDonald speaker series beginning this week. The regents approved a $760,000 construction budget for improvements to the Juanita Curry Boynton House, which increased originally from $640,000. A textbook rental program with Barnes and Noble is also in the works, which will be aimed at reducing the cost of classroom materials. The new Regents Professor for 2010-2011, Dr. Hans Williams of the College of Forestry, was also announced at the meeting. Williams has been teaching at SFA since 1993. This May’s commence-

ment speaker, Sen. Kevin Eltife, was also announced at the meeting. Eltife represents the citizens of Senate District 1 in Tyler. ceremony on May 7. The regents heard from current SGA president Courtney Harvey, Plano senior, about what SGA has been up to this semester. One of the main things Harvey discussed was a possible community service project in the works for SFA and Sam Houston students to do together before the Battle of the Pineywoods in Houston this fall. Harvey also let the regents know the SFA iPhone app is in the final stages of development, and will be ready in the next few weeks.

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Monday, April 22, 2010

Paintball team attends championship By Samuel Acholem CONTRIBUTING WRITER

On April 10, the SFA paintball team attended the National College Paintball Championship, which took place at Central Florida Paintball Stadium in Lakewood, Fla. Forty five teams participated. CaseyThompson, team captain, said, “Paintball is a shooting game where balls of paint are shot through a rifle. Any member of the team that

is hit is eliminated until the winner is decided. The winner takes a flag at the center of the field to the opponent’s post.” The SFA team was eliminated in the first round. “Our team is a new team and we played against more talented and experienced teams,” Thompson said. The East Tennessee State University team was the champion of this year’s tournament.

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On 4-20-2010 an officer was dispatched to Hall 20 in reference to burglary of a habitation. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the complainant, who advised on 4-202010 numerous items were removed from his unsecure residence at Hall 20. There are no suspects. On 4-20-2010 an officer was dispatched to Mays Hall in reference to burglary of habitation. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with complainants, who advised on 4-20-2010 numerous items were removed from their residence at Mays Hall. There are three suspects. On 4-20-2010 an officer was dispatched to the lobby of UPD in reference to criminal mischief. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the complainant, who advised on 4-17-2010 her vehicle was damaged in the Village Parking Garage. There are no suspects. On 4-20-2010 an officer was dispatched to the UC Parking Garage in reference to a hit-and-run. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with a witness who advised she observed a vehicle strike an unattended vehicle and leave the scene in the UC Parking Garage. There is one suspect.

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Students run for chance to win Mentor Ring By Holley Gaskill

This Saturday, students stuck on the college budget have an opportunity to catch a break. The SFA Traditions Council will be hosting its first ever Run for the Ring 5K, a short race that will kick off the fun events of SpringFest. All participants who complete the race will be entered in a raffle to win a voucher for a free Mentor Ring. These rings, which can cost students upwards of $500, are considered by some to be something worth running 16,404 feet for. Inspired by a desire to promote the eminent University tradition of the Mentor Ring, the 5K seeks not only to preserve this time-honored custom, but to give students an enjoyable way to get excited about it. Participants do not need to win the race to be eligible for the raffle, they need only to complete the course, which will begin in the Commuter Lot at 8 a.m. Saturday and wind throughout the campus. In fact, participants do not even need to run at all. Those who wish may sign up and designate a “pinch-hitter,” or someone else to complete the race for them. “We wanted to make sure that this could be an event open to anyone,” said Plano sophomore Meagan Reed, of the Traditions Council. Even freshmen and sophomores, though they cannot actually place an order for a ring until they have

completed 60 hours, are encouraged to participate, because should they win, their credit will be kept on file until they are eligible to receive a Mentor Ring. “When you’re trying to win something that expensive,” Reed said, “a race just seems appropriate. It really inspires people to get involved.” Besides the opportunity to win the Mentor Ring, there will also be a number of other prizes and giveaways available to win. Several local businesses, including Marble Slab ice creams and Terrific Teachers have contributed prizes that will be raffled off along with the Mentor Ring. There will be free ring pops and water given to all participants as well. The race will be an exciting way to get students’ blood pumping for the other events the University has lined-up for SpringFest that day, including Mud Bugs N’ Mud Balls. “This idea has been in the works for about two years,” said Traditions Council Vice President and Woodlands junior, Blake Horn. “We’re excited about finally doing it, and we hope it’s something that can catch on and continue for the years to come.” Students can pre-register for the Run for the Ring in the Involvement Center, located on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center (BPSC) near the main entrance. Registration is $5. For more information call the Traditions Council at (936)468-6721.

Jenkins mentioned the Freshman Success Center, which will open in 2011 inside the new freshman dorm currently being built. “I think this new Success Center will have a huge impact, and I also think the AARC and SI programs are critical, especially for those first-time college students whose parents aren’t able to give them advice,” he said. Since one of the main points in Teel’s platform deals with the student retention rate, he mentioned that it was discussed at the Board of Regents meeting earlier

also want to really promote the idea of SFA Spirit Fridays, where all the students, faculty and staff wear purple each Friday,” Clayton Sullivan, Austin sophomore, said. “As far as making sure traditions continue at SFA, I want to work with multiple organizations in order to make students and incoming freshmen aware of all the great things Lumberjacks do,” Feye said. Both vice presidential candidates were asked about their opinions on unifying Greek life on campus. “SGA is supposed to be


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Tuesday morning. “They were talking about retention and the strategic plan at the meeting today, which is one of my main goals as well,” Teel said. “If we can lay a good foundation, we can get these students to stay here all four years.” The vice presidential candidates were also asked a few questions during the debate regarding Greek unity and how they would make sure SFA traditions will be continued. “We had to figure out how to replace the purple Garner light this year in SGA, and I

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Desire to tarnish relationships exposes deeper problems Jennifer Patterson Staff Writer jpatterson@

Most people have small things that bother them; typically these small annoyances are otherwise known as pet peeves. One of the biggest pet peeves I have over the years continually noticed is the lack of respect that people hold for others, especially for those that are in relationships. I’ve recently been dealing with this annoyance first hand. I expect a certain amount of respect from other people when I am involved in a relationship with someone. But it never fails that I continually encounter people who are bent on breaking a relationship up. It’s not an uncommon thing for people to “hit” on someone not knowing they’re unavailable. However, after a certain point once that relationship status information has been divulged, it’s time to move on. With my growing annoyance and lingering impatience, I embarked on a journey to figure out what exactly it is that causes people to desperately attempt ruining a relationship for their

own vices. While both men and women can be responsible for attempting to break up relationships, I’ve chosen to focus this article on the reasons behind why women attempt this (especially considering most people focus on the male aspect of this equation). I came across an interesting Huffington Post article that startled and offended me, yet at the same time made perfect sense. One of the top reasons women often allow themselves to participate in affairs is because of the desire to feel power over, ironically, other women. The catty nature that so many women resented in high school apparently won’t stop even after a college education. Women for some off-the-wall reason derive power from taking a partner from another woman. Feeling a lack of passion, insecurity, and attention are all credited in many of the articles I sifted through. Feeling lonely and insecure is not a reason to reach out in such a negative way. There are so many positive ways to solve for insecurities that one may face. So what is it about human nature that makes us derive pleasure from bringing another human being some form of pain? This is the same thought process that can be seen with the typical bully. Feeling inadequate about himself or herself this person reaches out to make another person feel just as inadequate and worthless. According to studies performed by Rene Veenstra a sociologist featured in several articles such as an MSNBC article cover-

ing bullies, states that despite having aggressive behaviors bullies generally are after affection. Breaking up a relationship and hurting some unknown bystander in the equation gives some kind of self-satisfaction because it’s someone else hurting. It’s taking pain away from one’s self and channeling it to another person. So many actions fall under this equation whether it be cheating, lying or bullying. The root of the problem delves farther into a self-conscious area of people as a whole, both men and women. This is something I neither expected, nor wanted to hear. It goes deeper than just wanting something you can’t have. Frankly, this type of thinking can’t be fixed. I feel a twinge of sadness for people that provide such negativity in their life. Regardless of how lonely, and upset a person may feel it’s never OK to do such negative things as lying, cheating, and bullying. A key thing to remember in situations such as this is you may be lonely and insecure today, but once you’ve found that person that makes you happy what is to stop someone else who is lonely from starting up the same process in your life? It’s a vicious cycle occurring within so many people. Learning how to respect someone else’s happiness and choices is an important part to ending horrendous cycles like this.

Jennifer is a public relations senior from Rice.

Axes up to the impending final exams as the end of the semester approaches. For those graduating, it can’t come soon enough.

Axes down to the impending finals right around the corner. More studying and more stress is never enjoyable.

Axes up to the upcoming summer movie season.

Controversy from fashion show oblivious to real issue By Bianca Patterson Contributing Writer

As I eased through the crowds of students on campus, I heard the sound of disappointment and anger through the voices and body language of students about the negative comments over the Project Red fashion show last week. Many SFA students felt that the negative comments about the show were blown out of proportion. Even though some students were speaking about the good aspects of the fashion show, many students felt that it was a “cover up” to defend what was said that was negative. Though I agree at times that the crowd went out of control and took the message more as a joke than as a reality check, I still felt that Fashion ‘n Motion Society did a great job in developing a unique and different way of getting

the word about HIV and AIDs across. Though the topic is advertised in our everyday lives, somehow we always seem to look past the message said because of the attitude that “It can’t happen to us”. When speaking with some students at SFA, I wasn’t amazed nor was I shocked knowing the part that bothered people the most was that others said there were only African American actors on the video clips. The way it was worded made it seem as though the organization was not about diversity, or that there was one ethnic group the organization was trying to reach out to. Anyone who watched the videos, focusing more on what ethnic group the actors were rather than on the message, was focusing on and thinking about the wrong thing. That person also missed a big part of the message the organization was trying to get across.

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I strongly agree HIV crosses cultural and socioeconomic boundaries, so why does it matter who is speaking on the social issues as long as someone is out there trying to get the message across? At times, people want to hear a message coming from not only their peers but also from their own ethic group, feeling they can relate more to their “own kind.” Well, I say it is time for us to break out of our stubborn ways, jump out of our comfort zones and stop always trying to find a reason to involve race in every little thing. I heard in a movie a man say, “There is only one kind of race, and that’s the human race”. The point of sending an important message is not about who is saying it, but the best way to reach out to the audience or age group so that the attention is kept more on the message rather than who is saying it. I don’t feel that it would it have made a difference if there was a different

ethnic group besides African- Americans delivering that message. There was also a message on stage being given. The models on stage were very diverse not only in their ethnic group but also in their shapes and sizes. People tend to only look at the things causing trouble or conflict, and sometimes it is because of publicity. What could be a reason that the actors were brought up? I don’t know exactly why, but I do know that HIV does not have a face or a color, it is an identified threat to all human beings.

Bianca is a journalism freshman from Spring.

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In 2007, two movies were scheduled to release that had both done principal photography in the small town of Marfa, Texas. One of the films was No Country for Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coen’s adaptation of the celebrated Cormac McCarthy novel; the other was Paul Thomas Anderson’s eagerly anticipated oil epic, There Will Be Blood. For their work on No Country, the Coen brothers received Oscars for Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay. As for Paul Thomas Anderson, he received nominations for his writing and directing on Blood and wrote a part for Daniel Day-Lewis that would lead to the actor’s second Oscar for Best Actor. The same year, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez shot their 4 hour sleaze opus Grindhouse at Rodriguez’s studios in Austin, Texas. Though it didn’t win awards and its box office returns were disappointing, Grindhouse will more than likely earn a place in the cult canon and solidify Austin’s reputation as a film-friendly town. And that was just in 2007. Before Rodriguez ever went to film school at the University of Texas at Austin or became a bona fide Hollywood player, the Coen brothers had already staked their ground on the Austin scene in their directorial debut, Blood Simple. Their tale of a love triangle and a private detective mixed up in sordid affairs in the Texas heat won them critical acclaim and established the brothers as major new voices in American cinema. Years later, in 1993, Richard Linklater, an aspiring Austinite filmmaker, would set his seminal coming-of-age film, Dazed and Confused, in the state capital as well, following a group of seniors on their last day of school as they smoke weed, party, and try to keep L-I-V-I-N. Not only did it put both Linklater and Matthew McConaughey on the map (“That’s what I love about these high school girls”), it’s found its way into the pop

culture lexicon and spawned countless parodies (see Family Guy). What is it about Texas that, probably next to Los Angeles or New York, continues to attract filmmakers dating back to George Stevens’s 1956 classic Giant? Perhaps it’s the atmosphere, the mirages hovering above a lone highway sweltering in the Texas heat. Watching a reptile slither across the scorching road in the opening of Blood Simple is enough to make sweat beads pop out on your forehead. The vast, open canyons of No Country can make you feel as alone and vulnerable as Josh Brolin is hunting for antelope. Watch the scene in Dazed when the gang sits high above Austin on a hill pondering little mysteries and you’ll feel as relaxed and contemplative as they are. In particular, it seems the crime film has found a home in the Lone Star state. At the beginning of Blood Simple, a character narrates in voice-over that “down here, you’re on your own.” While that may be overstating the case somewhat, when you’re driving through a place as desolate as say, Marfa, it certainly feels that way. There is a wide-open sense of recklessness that anything, at any time, could happen. The suspense is inherent in the location. In 1996, John Sayles, perhaps the great unsung writer-director of his generation, turned his formidable talents toward a small bordertown in Texas called Rio County in the film Lone Star in which he spun a masterful narrative centered around a murder that leads Sheriff Sam Deeds, played by the great Chris Cooper, to uncover a history of disputes that date back a generation. In this case, a crime is the catalyst that kicks off a story of interpersonal and interracial tensions that ring true in a state with a large Hispanic population. In this case, Texas serves as a backdrop to the story because of the opportunities it allows filmmakers to critically explore social issues such as racism, class, and poverty. But Lone Star is no boring history lesson; it’s a gripping whodunit that has smart yet subtly told things to say about ourselves. As we speak, the Coen brothers are in Granger, Texas, shooting their remake of the John Wayne western True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon. The set has been built to reconstruct the town of Fort Smith, Arkansas, where the original True Grit took place. In the film, a 14-year-old girl hires Marshall Reuben J. Cogburn to help her track down her father’s killer. It seems the crew could have just gone to Fort Smith and shot the movie there. But who wants to shoot a movie in Arkansas?

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Schneider named SFA Women’s Basketball head coach

Texas native led ESU to 11/12 NCAA Division II National Championship appearances, 2010 title By Shelley Trevino Sports Editor

SFA announced Brandon Schneider as the new women’s basketball coach on Tuesday afternoon. The Canyon, Texas, native who hails from a family of basketball coaches, is the second all-time winningest head coach at the NCAA Division II level. Schneider comes to SFA after coaching at Emporia State for 12 seasons where his team went 306-72. The Lady Hornets made 11 NCAA tournament appearances under Schneider, and they made it to the Division II South Central Region Championships four times while making two Final Four appearances. ESU racked up six regular-season conference titles and three league tournament titles in the past 12 seasons. After three and a half weeks of hard recruiting, SFA Director of Athletics Robert Hill received an e-mail from Schneider that showed interest in the position, and it was an easy decision from there. “We exceeded our expectations for a head coach with Brandon,” Hill said in a recent interview. “His record proves his ability to coach and we expect him to reignite the community in support of our women’s program.” The Ladyjacks are known for their high-energy and fast-paced games. “My philosophy is to try to win,” Schneider said. “We will remain an up-tempo team.” A lot of Schneider’s job will be recruiting players from all over Texas and surrounding states to join the Ladyjack team. “I plan to recruit, coach and teach at a high level,” Schneider said. “Recruiting at a high level will make us capable to play at a high level.” During his time at ESU, Schneider signed four high school All-Americans and six NJCAA All-Americans. “We are going to be a coaching team,” Schneider said. “We are going to practice, teach, coach and learn.”

Ladyjack Head Coach, Brandon Schneider is the second all-time winningest NCAA Division II head coach.

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Thomas Motyka/The Pine Log Brandon Schneider accepts congratulations after being announced as SFA’s Women’s Basketball head coach on Tuesday during a press conference in the SFA Fieldhouse.

SFA Golf takes 8th at Championship The SFA Ladyjack golf team recorded a 325-326328 - 979 to finish eighth at the Southland Conference C h a m p i o n s h i p s Wednesday afternoon in Huntsville, Texas. The Ladyjacks were unable to overcome an early deficit at the par 71 Ravens Nest Golf Club to close out the program's inaugural season. Junior Noelle Willcoxon, Conroe junior, recorded the team's lowest round of the day carding a six-over 77 to finish the tournament 29th overall. Kerrville freshman, Wallis Spears posted the team's lowest three-round score firing a 73-81-79 233 to finish tied for 21st overall. Chelsea Simmons, Austin freshman, finished with a three-round score of 250 to place 36th overall.

SFA Baseball has 19 hits, grand slam in Tuesday’s 17-7 win over HBU After surrendering a six-run lead in the sixth inning, the Lumberjack baseball team exploded for 11 unanswered runs to run away with a 17-7 midweek win over Houston Baptist on Tuesday at Husky Field. The Jacks managed to get 19 players in the game, spreading out 19 hits on the afternoon and led by Houston junior, Riley Huble and Garrett Smith, Carthage junior, who each finished with three hits on the day. Ryan Priest, Houston senior, had a pair of hits as well, including a grand slam in a six-run seventh inning for SFA (24-11) who has won eight of its last 10 games overall. Brett Rogers, Wichita Falls sophomore, allowed five runs one earned - in 4.1 innings, but it was Zachary Taylor, Houston sophomore, that ran his record to 2-0 with the win as he tossed 1.2 innings of relief. The first SFA run of the day was a double-play ball from Jarid Scarafiotti, Shreveport sophomore, which plated Smith from third for an early 1-0 lead. One inning later Sugar Land junior, Michael Haynes made it 2-0 with a short sacrifice fly that scored another junior from Sugar Land, Darren Crabtree. Rogers set down the first six Huskies that he faced and was rewarded with even more of a cushion as the offense strung together four consecutive hits in the top of the third to chase Reese from the mound for HBU. Bobby Loveless, Friendswood junior, and Priest got the rally going with back-to-back, one-out singles before Bo Coffman, Anna senior, lined a double down the first-base line that got a run in. Crabtree followed that hit with a

two-run single of his own to give Rogers a comfortable 5-0 lead. Haynes made sure the Jacks were not quite done as two batters later he doubled off of reliever Matt Warren to score Crabtree and cap the four-run frame. It stayed that way until the bottom of the fifth when the Lumberjacks committed a pair of errors that led to five unearned runs and helped the Huskies tie the ballgame which brought Taylor to the mound. Huble, Haynes and Smith opened up the sixth inning with three straight hits, including Smith's RBI single that gave SFA a 7-6 lead. Dallas freshman, Jordan Lewis got another run home a batter later with a ground out and Scarafiotti pushed one more home with an RBI single that scored Smith from second, putting SFA out in front by a 9-6 margin. Coffman then picked up his third RBI of the day when he singled to score Scarafiotti and give SFA its second four-run inning of the day. An inning later the Jacks broke it wide open in a hurry, sending 11 hitters to the plate and pushing six runs across. Priest delivered the biggest blow of them all with his team-leading seventh home run, a grand slam that pushed SFA's lead to 10 runs at 16-6. Patrick Gratzke, Euless junior, added a sacrifice fly in the eighth for the Jacks while Buller picked up his third RBI of the night with a single in the ninth off of Houston freshman, Cody Priest. SFA next takes on McNeese State in a three-game series at Jaycees Field beginning Friday at 3 p.m.


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