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A St. Mary’s Student Publication since 1925 • Vol. 97 Issue 8 • 02-24-10 • STMURATTLERNEWS.COM

Student holds block walk

White House official speaks on education

By Clayton Billadeau Staff Writer

Tyler Ingraham, junior political science major, hosted his first “block walk” to raise awareness about his campaign for the District 1 seat on the Alamo Community College Tyler Ingraham District’s board of trustees. Gathering near San Antonio College, Ingraham and co-campaign managers Robert Pohl and Jacob Segarra instructed the ins and outs of a safe and effective walk for the group of 22 supporters. Precautions included no trespassing, observing “no soliciting” and “beware of dog” signs, leaving any person who is angry or combative and to always travel in pairs. Generally, walkers should not do anything out of the ordinary or feel Cont. on PG. 5, SEE “INGRAHAM ”

Inside: Tasty Tacos

Neighborhood taco stands are an alternative for latenight taco runs. PG. 9

Energy + Alcohol

Mixing alcoholic beverages with stimulants has grown popular, but not safe. PG. 13

Tablet Talk

Computer tablets may all look similar, but read about differences among models. PG. 14

Going Greek

Fraternities and sororities prepare for Greek Week after completing recruitment. PG. 15

By Alonzo Mendoza Staff Writer

Bon Voyage! A new study abroad scholarship fund is created after approval of a Student Government Association proposal. By Sarah Mills Editor-In-Chief The university’s board of trustees officially approved a Student Government Association proposal to create a scholarship fund for students planning to study abroad on Feb. 12. Beginning in fall 2010, a $10 fee will be implemented each semester for all full-time undergraduate students. The fees will be used to create an International Educational Student Scholarship Fund that will give students hoping to study abroad the opportunity to receive a scholarship to help pay the costs. The fund will be maintained by having 75 percent of the fiscal resources available to students who enroll in an International Education Program; the remaining 25 percent will roll over each semester so that the fund can mature, according to the proposal. In spring 2007, a similar SGA proposal that called for the university to match all funds collected from a $4 fee

on full-time undergraduate students was declined. SGA president Tania Ramirez, senior political science major, said she decided to try to get a new proposal passed because she wanted to increase the amount of students who study abroad, which is also one of the university’s Vision 2012 strategic goals “This has been on SGA’s back burner for years,” said Ramirez who has studied abroad in China and Bolivia. “Studying abroad is a life changing experience; you appreciate your home more and get to see how people in other places live. So I thought ‘let me pick [the proposal] up to see what I can do.’” SGA worked on the proposal, which includes 200 student signatures in support, for nearly five months. Dean of Students Timothy Bessler, who is also the SGA advisor, and Minita Santizo, Director of International Educational Programs, advised the group through the process.

Bessler assisted by asking a lot of those questions. “We researched other universities who have scholarship funds for studying abroad, spoke to financial aid, talked to students who have studied abroad and to parents to get different perspectives,” Ramirez said. “There were some negatives and positives, but the positives are what drove me to continue the proposal.” Currently, students studying abroad can use their financial aid to help cover the cost, but work-study awards cannot be used because students must work on campus to use the award. Even though students can use financial aid to study abroad, it does not cover the entire cost. Santizo estimates that the London study abroad program totals $23,000 to $24,000 for one semester; the Spain program is an estimated $22,000 for one semester. “Because of the exchange rate and depending on where Cont. on PG. 3, SEE “SGA ”

The ¡Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund hosted the first of a three-part series of the State of Latino Education at the university with Juan Sepúlveda as the main speaker. Sepúlveda spoke about the significance of education on a national scale and how it impacts San Antonio. Sepúlveda is the director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans (which is housed under the U.S. Department of Education and the Domestic Policy Council) under President Barack Obama’s administration, and manages the White House’s involvement in Latino education in the U.S. During his speech on Feb. 19, Sepúlveda began the series by saying that education is one of the top priorities of the Obama administration. Sepúlveda introduced the administration’s goal of making the U.S. the leading country where the majority of the population has an undergraduate degree. The U.S. is currently No. 10 on that list, he said. People with no college education account for 15 to 20 percent of the currently unemployed population and those with some college education account for less than 5 percent of the currently unemployed, Sepúlveda said. He restated Obama’s challenge regarding education: “Every child needs to get at least a high school education and at least one year of college education.” The future of the U.S. is tied to the Latino community because of its increasing population. There are 47 million (51 million if you count the residents of Puerto Rico) Hispanics in the U.S., and it is the largest minority group in the country. About half of Latinos do not finish high school, and half of the students who do finish high school are not even ready for college. Thirteen percent of Latino high school graduates get an undergraduate degree and 4 percent get a degree beyond the undergraduate level, Sepúlveda said. He then laid out the Obama administration’s agenda regarding Latino education. The Obama administration plans to challenge programs such as “Head Start” and other programs in all states to increase the quality of their Cont. on PG. 3, SEE “SEPÚLVEDA”


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Calendar Feb. 25 to 28, Mar. 2 to 6 “Antigone” play by St. Mary’s Drama Department Reinbolt Theatre Feb. 26 to 28 Urban Plunge Retreat Off Campus March 3 7 p.m. Professional Etiquette Dinner University Center Conference Room A March 6 9 a.m. to 12.p.m. All-Hall Rattler Service Challenge - Graffiti Wipeout Off Campus

Police Blotter 2/8/10 Damaged property off campus. University bus damaged. 2/12/10 Criminal tresspass warning at Archbishop Flores Hall. Ex-boyfriend caused resident disturbance. He was given a warning and escorted back to his residence. 2/12/10 Burglary of vehicle in Lot R. Truck broken into. iPod and car radio stolen. 2/15/10 Criminal mischief at Archbishop Flores Hall. Lounge window broken. 2/17/10 Minor in possession of narcotics on Rattler Drive. Suspect found with narcotics. County Citation issued and released. 2/17/10 Driving While Intoxicated/Wanted Person on Rattler Drive. One suspect was arrested for DWI. Other suspect arrested for warrants. Suspect’s vehicle was towed and impounded. Both suspects were taken to Bexar County Jail. 2/17/10 Policy violation in Lot B. University employee falsified official university document. Referred to Human Resources department. 2/19/10 Theft at Moody Life Science building. Laptop stolen.

Rattler Awakening XI retreatants and staff pause from their spiritual exercising for a quick bite to eat at Camp Sionito in Bandera. The retreat aims to strengthen the participant’s faith lives through various activities. Photo by Hibelit Guillen

NEWS IN BRIEF Deranged man crashes into Austin IRS building Joseph Andrew Stack, 53, flew his Piper Cherokee PA-28 into an office building containing an IRS center in Austin, Texas. He posted a suicide note criticizing the U.S. government, in particular the IRS. Two from the building were injured, Stack was killed. Source:

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The diabetic drug Avandia has been accused of being linked to over 10,000 heart attacks, according to a U.S. Senate investigation. The report by the Senate Finance Committee accused GlaxoSmithKline and the FDA of keeping the heart attack links under wraps. The Senate also said that the FDA is “too cozy” with drug manufacturers.


Local driver ‘hit-and-runs’ a San Antonio home The resident of a home on the Northwest side of San Antonio woke up Friday morning to a Ford F-150 inside their kitchen. When the resident saw the driver, the F-150 backed out of the kitchen and drove away just in time for the resident to not catch the vandal’s license plate numbers. Homeowner’s insurance will cover the resident’s damage expenses.

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One hundred percent of the profits for T-shirt sales and 5k walk participation will benefit the aid in Haiti. American Red Cross Club of St. Mary’s University has raised $1,060 for Haiti aid (as of Feb. 19).

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American Red Cross Club hosts 5k walk for Haiti

The National Weather Service claims that South Texas’ drought has come to an end, crediting the El Niño rain patterns. The El Niño has brought about 25 inches of rainfall since October 2009. Source:

Man bulldozes home to avoid foreclosure Terry Hoskins in Ohio owed $160,000 to the IRS. His $350,000 home was about to be foreclosed on, until Hoskins bulldozed it to rubble. His debt was credited to his small business: a carpet store. Hoskins’ house was cross-collatoteral. He never missed a mortgage payment.


20th Annual International Woman’s Day March March 6 Grand Hyatt Downtown, 600 E. Market St. 10 a.m. March not only to commemorate women’s accomplishments for equality and freedom, but also for the issues women face in modern times.

Cockroaches could detect atomic weapons Researchers at Texas A&M have developed an electronic device that weighs three grams that can attach to a cockroach. The device will be able to detect radiation from atomic weapons so that the operator can determine if they are near nuclear material. Instead of sending a soldier over possible improvised explosive devices (IEDs), they can send a cockroach to determine the location of the weapon. Source:

Grecian taxi cab drivers go on strike Greek taxi cab drivers are on strike because of the government’s plan to raise taxes on gasoline prices. This is an effort by the country of Greece to decrease its debt, which is effecting the European Union.


Catholic League criticizes Elton John Elton John recently conducted a Parade celebrity news magazine interview, and stated that he believed Jesus was a “compassionate, super intelligent gay man.” The Catholic League condemned the comments because it portrayed Jesus as a “sexual deviant.”




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RAD teaches females self-protection techniques By Erica Leal Staff Writer The Rape Aggression Defense program (also known as The RAD program) is a worldwide program being offered exclusively to all female students here on campus, giving them the opportunity to educate themselves on self-defense tactics that could help improve their safety. The RAD program is a 12-hour course designed for women that focuses on awareness, prevention and certain tactics that teach how to defend themselves in any dangerous situation. Sgt. Kenneth Schmidtling of the university police department leads the class that is offered every semester. “I usually try to offer two classes per semester, but in the past I have taught a total of eight classes. I have learned a great deal [while] training for this course. I would like to see universities have this program as a required course because I think it would attract more students.” The RAD class covers a mix of lecture-based lessons and hands on physical contact techniques. According to Schmidtling, “after 12-hours of the class the students pretty much perfect the techniques they learn.” The class sizes range from 10 to 15 students. This semester there are three participants in the session being offered. Mercedes Mendoza, an alumna, signed up for the class. “I [have]always wanted to sign up for the program when I was in college, but being involved in extra-curricular activities held me back because I thought I did not have time. Now after signing up I wish I would have taken it earlier, I would highly recommend the program to female students to enroll now,” Mendoza said. The class has a $10 fee, but has a free lifetime return policy. That means the participants can attend any class in the nation to refresh their memory if needed. Maria Labrado, a junior criminal justice major, took the RAD class in fall 2008. “Even after taking [the course] the first time I signed up I have gone back several times to refresh my memory, so it has boosted my confidence. I think this class should be an obligation because if I were ever to be in a dangerous situation I would know what to do,” Labrado said. “I am now more aware of my surroundings even in casual situations. RAD has showed me how to handle dangerous situations with confidence now.”

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Sgt. Kenneth Schmidtling said he wishes that RAD program was required for all St. Mary’s female students. Currently, the class is not required and he usually instructs it up to twice a semester. Photo by Felix Arroyo

students go, programs are expensive,” Santizo said. “They have to put out quite a bit of money out of their pockets as well.” The amount a student pays to study abroad will cover tuition, round trip airfare, lodging, insurance, air port transportation and some public transportation. The cost of a passport, visa processing, books or personal travel and personal expenses are not included. “When the student pays for the program to study abroad they are paying only for their participation; the university is not getting any money besides the tuition,” Santizo said. “All the other expenses related to studying abroad – which includes the staff, the staff benefits, their insurance and the International Education Programs office – are all paid for by the university.” Ultimately, students are the beneficiaries of studying abroad and can gain a lot from the investment, including the chance to get better jobs, experience, a better vision of the world, personal transformation, an enhanced résumé and possibly learning a foreign language, said Santizo. She also said that she is excited for the university to have its own scholarship fund.

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education. Each of the 50 states could set their own standards of education under the No Child Left Behind Act, but the Obama administration wants to reform this program and make educational standards universal for all states. Another crucial part of Obama’s agenda is to ensure that parents of Latino students fully understand academic standards for them to know whether or not their children are succeeding at school. Another change under the president’s agenda is to make a 67 percent decrease in the number of the questions that appear on the FAFSA application, according to Sepúlveda. Regarding Sepúlveda’s office, he said, “When President Obama and I started to collaborate we told each other, ‘Either we do this right or we do not do it at all.’ We are here

to help and we need to know what your needs are and we need you to help us. We are connecting different communities to each other and allowing them to learn from one another. Our main goal is to promote innovation and creativity, sharing and learning from each other. We do not want Washington to tell Texans how to educate their children.” Sepúlveda said that office officials have visited 19 states and have had 90 conversations to communicate their plans. President Charles Cotrell, Ph. D., attended the lecture and was pleased to hear “very welcomed remarks regarding higher education.” Sepúlveda said that he also wants students to know that, “President Obama wants to congratulate you for being here and that it is critical that you finish college for the

Juan Sepúlveda, director of White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanic Americans. File Photo future of the United States of America.”


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Production halts in city plant after Toyota recall By Karl Hayes

While Texas voters are primarily focused on the gubernatorial primary on March 2, Congressional primaries are also currently Chris taking place. Childree In the localarea races for the House, Congressmen Charlie Gonzalez, Lamar Smith and Henry Cuellar are virtually unopposed for their respective party’s nominations, and the opposing parties’ candidates will likely do little damage in November. It is a different story for Democrat Ciro Rodriguez in the 23rd district. He is facing a challenge from St. Mary’s alumnus Miguel Ortiz, whose campaign is focused on veterans’ issues. Despite the opposition, Rodriguez is projected to win the nomination. The real fight will likely occur during the general campaign. For now, the Republican primary should be the most interesting battle in town. In the race, there are two physicians, two attorneys and a former CIA agent. I sought out these candidates to gauge their responsiveness. First, I reached Will Hurd, the former CIA agent who resembles the fictitious CFO David Wallace from the TV show “The Office.” While Hurd expressed interest in an interview, he did not follow through. Last week, Hurd earned the endorsement of the San Antonio Express-News. Next, I contacted Mike Kueber, a retired USAA attorney. Casting himself as a moderate, he seemed down to earth and reasonable, highlighting his admiration for Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. However, he feels “marginalized” by the media, especially the Express-News. I tried to contact Dr. Robert Lowry but instead reached his campaign manager. He notified me that his candidate, who idolizes congressman Ron Paul, has a “great chance to win.” Quico Canseco, the race’s millionaire, who lost in the 2008 primary, is nearly impossible to contact through his Web site. I also attempted to reach podiatrist Doc Gould, but did not receive a response to my query. Hopefully, these instances are not reflective of the above candidates’ responsiveness to constituent concerns. Only the voters can decide.

Staff Writer Many Toyota automobiles have been voluntary recalled for unsubstantial parts affecting the local Toyota plant, numerous residents across the city and some St. Mary’s students. The U.S. Transportation Department has been cracking down on some of Toyota’s 2010 models, including the Camry, Corrolla and Prius, because of poor braking systems, sticky accelerator pedals, distracting warning labels and faulty drive-shafts. Many Toyota drivers are explaining that when they drive over potholes the brake pedal falls to the floor, which makes it difficult for the vehicle to come to a stop. In the U.S., over 270,000 Toyota Prius’ were recalled to have the problem fixed, according to Business Week. Other models like the

Highlander, Corolla, Venza and Matrix (also known as the Pontiac Vibe) were discovered to have braking problems. Sticky accelerator pedals were found in models such as the RAV4, Corolla, Matrix, Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Tundra and Sequoia. When a car has a sticky accelerator pedal, the pedal gets stuck in position when it is pressed down to full open position. The most recent recall for the 2010 Toyota models was for the air bag warning found on the passenger sun visor. According to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, the air bag warning easily falls from the visor. In many cases this is not considered a “dangerous” recall, but illustrates the various causes for automotive recalls. The issue that affected San Antonio was the faulty drive-shafts found in the Toyota Tundra. The

local Toyota plant faced a short halt in production since the recall, putting 1,850 employees out of work temporarily, according to Yahoo! news. The San Antonio plant plans on taking a production break for the weeks of March 15 through April 12. This means that the employees here in San Antonio will be out of work for some this period of time. Additionally, the plant will experience a reduction in the plants due to a drop in sales in the city. Since the recall, the Toyota car lots are overstocked with unsold Toyotas. Roy Robbins, Ph.D, and economics department chair said, “Ultimately, the recall will hurt Toyota in the short run, but I think it is possible that they can recover. It is up to [the] Japanese government to help Toyota if sales decline.” Surprised and concerned about the recall, sophomore English communications major Chrystalla

Georghiou, a owner of a 2007 Toyota Camry said, “When I heard about the recall I felt unsafe because I did not know if my and friends and I were in danger. I always thought Toyota was safe.” Hanz Kriechighmer, sophomore business major believes Toyota officials must now answer to concerned customers like Georghiou to reestablish the company’s reputation. “The recall is a reflection of their product; many automobile companies have recalls besides Toyota. The main obstacle I think Toyota faces is their problem to satisfy customer service. They must continue to engage in the making of their products, despite their worldwide 8.5 million recalled cars.”

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PBS host discusses problems in economy, journalism By Sarah Mills Editor-In-Chief David Brancaccio, host of “NOW” on PBS, visited the university to speak to students, staff and community members about the economy, the role of the media in democracy, the increasing presence of partisanship in politics and he called for a nation-wide discussion about what the U.S. should be. “What are we working for? What kind of country would we like to have?” Brancaccio asked the audience. “Maybe it is a good time to engage in a conversation about a world we would like to live in.” To have this discussion, Brancaccio advised the audience to join a gang. Not a gang of criminals, but rather a gang of individuals who would like to be involved in positive thinking, collaboration and conversation. Once people join this “gang,” then solutions to the bad economy, to the decline of print journalism and to other problems, including the student loan industry and the education system, will emerge. Brancaccio offered some possible jump starts to this conversation by presenting various ideas of his own to begin solving these problems. Working on the U.S.’s foundational education system was one of them. “Teaching has to be an attractive position and it needs support because the challenges of schools can be daunting,” Brancaccio said. He suggested to raise the salaries for teachers and to restructure what is being taught in schools. “Our education system now is what we needed for the nineteenth

Brancaccio encourages students to “show up on time, shower every now and then, do not drink to excess and learn a foreign language” to become successful. Photo by Michelle Katie century,” Brancaccio said. “For the modern American workforce, we need a system that teaches collaboration, critical thinking skills, writing skills and good communication.” These are some good skills that humanities or social sciences majors typically learn, he pointed out. Brancaccio said the best solution to solving political partisanship is redistricting, which is the realignment of electoral districts to reflect the results of a census. Redistricting would prevent only extreme Democrats and extreme Republicans from being elected into Congress, according to Brancaccio. Brancaccio, who has been a

broadcaster for 33 years, also discussed the problems that could result if print journalism were to be replaced by new media. He said that journalism is integral to maintaining a democracy, and that the new media, such as news blogging, is not enough to sustain the demand for accurate, immediate information. To help newspapers survive the bad economy – which has affected the advertising revenue that print journalism relies on – Brancaccio brought up the idea of having government funded networks like the BBC. Most Americans do not list journalism as one of their top concerns,

so this option would probably receive little support, he said. In addition to discussing current issues, Brancaccio talked about recent failures in the economy – the housing bubble and government bailouts for large banks – but did not point the finger at anyone. “We had an economy of buying things we did not need, with money we did not have and bought things that were being made somewhere else,” he said. “We want instant gratification and we often do not have a sense of shared responsibility.” Brancaccio also addressed the importance of taking risks. “If you do not wait for it to be A-okay, and if you just act on your passion instead, that is when you stand the best chance of getting something done.” Brancaccio’s lecture on Feb.16 was titled “Adventures in Economic Disaster: What the Financial Crisis Means for Justice and Jobs in the Next Generation.” Before becoming the host of “NOW,” which is a program that features in-depth interviews and investigative reporting, Brancaccio was the host of the Peabody-winning public radio show, “Marketplace.” His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun and Psychology Today. He has also appeared on CNBC, CNN and MSNBC. In 2009, he received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Coverage. Brancaccio was the last speaker for this year’s Lin Great Speakers Series.



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INGRAHAM and followers go door-to-door for ACCD Cont. from PG. 1 uncomfortable about their situation, Ingraham said. Candidate information, compiled the weekend prior, had been arranged into boxes, classified into precincts of ACCD board of trustees District 1. “I put myself in the shoes of a walker,” said Segarra, key organizer of the walk. Each box comprised of a bag containing pamphlets from 10 Democrats who have voted in the last two primaries who responded to Ingraham’s block walking enterprise. Also included were a map of each precinct and a list of addresses of voters previously associated with local voting. After the walk, Ingraham reiterated the message of his platform: “The whole reason why we are doing this is because community colleges are important. Community colleges allow people to go to school that otherwise would not get to go to college. Every time tuition goes up a dollar, one more person has to decide: ‘can I still go to school?’” One clear advantage of door-to-door block walking is candidateto-constituent interaction. Although ACCD board of trustees election is not until May, Ingraham’s campaign adopted an early participatory approach, advancing knowledge to the public of his intention to run against former city council member Joe Alderete Jr. and former San Antonio College Vice President Thomas Hoy. “People are more prone to talk to their neighbors,” said Segarra. Participating block walkers paired up, picked a box and drove toward their venture for the day. The walk, which had been put together within three weeks, lasted for four to six hours. Overall walker response was positive. With the exception of a few disgruntled houses visited, many people were excited about political activism and especially youthful participation. “Not a lot of people shut us out,” Pohl said. “There is plenty of work ahead of the campaign,” said Segarra. Campaign organizers will be holding several more block walks until election day. For more information or to learn how you can participate in Tyler Ingraham’s campaign, contact him on facebook or Remember to wear good walking shoes.

Tyler Ingraham, junior political science major, (far right) prepares his Saturday morning block walk on Feb. 13. This effort is an outreach to District 1 neighbors to make them aware of single accreditation and Ingraham’s campaign. Photo by Miriam Cruz


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Hint of truth behind Austin IRS attack Joseph Andrew Stack crashed a small engine plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, due to grievances with our nation’s government on Feb. 18. Stack explains in a seven page manifesto that he has “had enough” of the government using finances for corporate bailouts rather than providing the country with a feasible healthcare system. On one hand, Stack can be dismissed as a crazy domestic terrorist plot. However, sometimes the worst kind of crazy has some sense in it. The “insanity” that Stack speaks toward the end of his letter was not just his own, but also the continuous problems that plague our country’s middle class: a failed economy, an unjust healthcare system and a partial

legal system. People all over the country are feeling the effects of these seemingly insolvable problems, and Stack wanted to speak for them. His actions cannot be justified, but there is no doubt that there are others like him who feel betrayed. Joseph Stack was lost in a country he felt had betrayed him, so much that he concluded “violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer.” Hopefully, politicians will realize the importance of tackling such abominable issues, and hopefully those hoping to make political changes will opt for an education and career that allows them to do so, rather than putting innocent people in harm or burning down their house while others have no shelter.

Excerpt from manifesto: “I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well...” - Joseph Stack

Iran develops nuclear program, threat to country Secretary of State Hilary Clinton recently proclaimed that Iran is moving toward becoming a full-fledged military dictatorship. The implications of this revelation are startling; this means that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are now in complete control of Iran. The current administration’s policy of Max Sokoloff engagement should immediately be abandoned. In favor of what though? There are a few options that have been discussed, and there are a few which I believe should be put forth for debate. As far as non-military options go, sanctions are out of the question due to China. The only other option is to pursue a policy of containment. This could be achieved by deploying a large number of PAC-3 (Patriot) missiles to the area in order to counter any theater ballistic missiles originating from Iran. However, this would be extremely costly and would not address the threat of long range and intercontinental ballistic missiles. I am an advocate of covert operations. I believe that these can be effectively conducted. Cyber attacks should be heavily utilized. Military, financial, infrastructure and communications systems that are vital to Iran should be relentlessly disrupted. Covert support for insurgents inside Iran should also be undertaken. Sabotage of Iranian assets would also have an impact; a couple of “industrial accidents” should make Ahmadinejad a little more

receptive to negotiations. There is also the option of a naval blockade of the Strait of Hormuz. This is a terrible idea and should be disregarded. Iran is armed with a large number of HY-2, “Seersucker” (surfaceto-surface) missiles which are more than capable of destroying our navy. As seen with the sinking of the HMS Sheffield in the Falklands War of 1982, one quality anti-ship missile is all you really need. A full out invasion of Iran is out of the question given the terrain and the massive loss of life it would entail. A massive aerial campaign coupled with sea-based cruise missile strikes is the most plausible option. This would only work if our naval and stealth strikes are able to take out the majority of Iran’s surface to air missiles. Then there is the nuclear option. Many people will not seriously consider this option, but it is in our arsenal and should be discussed. A few tactical nuclear weapons deployed on key IRGC military installations should bring about change the Iranians can believe in with minimal loss of American life. When considering these options bear in mind that we are dealing with a sociopath and self-proclaimed religious fanatic in Ahmadinejad, whose goal, according to his own statements, is the complete destruction of Israel. It is imperative that this man does not acquire nuclear weapons and that we act in a timely manner to prevent it.

Texan nurses stand trial for reporting doctor’s malpractice information Has anyone ever heard of the saying, “no good deed goes unpunished?” Nurses Anne Mitchell and Vickilyn Galle might not have thought about this as they were writing a Dana Traugott letter to the Texas Medical Board complaining of malpractice by Dr. Rolando G. Arafiles Jr. in April. The nurses said they had a moral and professional duty to protect patients from what they saw as a blatant misuse of surgical and prescribing procedures from the doctor. However, for what may appear to be a good deed to most of us, was found to be otherwise from the state. Mitchell was persecuted in a state court for “misuse of official information,” which is a third-degree felony in Texas.

Among Dr. Arafiles’ malpractice procedures are a failed skin graft he performed in the emergency room without clearance from the hospital and he also sutured a rubber tip to a patient’s crushed finger, which is an unconventional remedy and was later flagged as inappropriate by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Galle wondered if she could also be persecuted for doing something she had been told to do her entire career. The answer is: of course you can. I entirely agree with what the two women did because they were just doing their jobs. It clearly states in the American Nurses’ Association’s Code of Ethics that the nurse promotes, advocates for and strives to protect the health, safety and rights of the patient. Mitchell was, however, acquitted from all charges. I am striving to become a surgeon

one day to do the most I can to help the most people, and if that means taking the long road to get there, I will be more than obliged to do so because everything I do is for the patient’s best interest. I agree with this code of ethics and I believe that any doctor who is not upholding it should not be allowed to practice. I would not feel safe at all if a doctor abused his practices and no one stepped forward. Patients need to know what they are getting into when they visit the doctor’s office because they are not omniscient to what goes on behind closed doors. Try to get the most information possible before making that next appointment, and ask yourself if the doctor is working for you, or are they really working for themselves. Consider if these medical practitioners are taking short-cuts to get the job done, or not trying to do anything at all.



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‘Let’s Move’ for health First lady Michelle Obama has launched a nation-wide campaign in an attempt to fight childhood obesity, by raising exercise levels and nutritional awareness about school meals. Plan is feasible and could help reverse obesity levels in the U.S.

First lady Michelle Obama has launched the “Let’s Move” campaign, a nationwide effort to fight child obesity. Dania Pulido Obesity has become a growing epidemic in the U.S. and the campaign will try to raise the nutritional level of school meals and give more low-income areas access to healthier foods. Also, it will encourage parents to teach their children to be active. Although Obama’s plan may not sound feasible to everyone, the first lady’s campaign seems to have a lot of potential. It is no secret that the Obamas have appealed to the younger generation, and this epidemic is a generational problem. President Obama has achieved this through extensive skill as an orator which in turn has attracted the attention of celebrities. First lady Michelle Obama made her connection with the younger crowds (especially young girls, who seem to have the most weight related issues) through her stylish self-portrayal that has allowed her to collaborate with high-end fashion designers. Because of these connections to the media world that caters to young people, Mrs. Obama has enlisted the help of politicians, entertainers and sports personalities to communicate her message. There is no doubt that through the use of celebrity influence, children and teenagers will want to take part in her campaign. Aside from the media influence, Obama has stressed that parents, businesses, schools and local governments should also be involved as much as possible in the health of their children. She is acknowledging the challenges that busy working families face, especially poorer Americans, and she has also said that the epidemic has even affected her own daughters. As a working mother who found it easy to serve fast food and microwave meals to her daughters, Obama did not realize how harmful this was to her daughters’ heath until a doctor warned her of its side effects. I think other working mothers will be able to relate to her experience. She has faced this issue and found a way to work around it, so other families will be able to follow in her steps. It is easy to grab fast food and sugary drinks because the average American working family is usually on the run, but Obama’s plan will provide new ways to eat healthier on the run, for a reasonable cost. Also in regard to the cost of the campaign, President Obama called for an additional $1 billion to fund child nutrition programs in support of his wife’s campaign. By teaching children to eat healthier at a young age, Obama could help reverse the growing U.S. obesity rates over the past few years, which are significantly higher than other developed countries. One in three children in the U.S. are overweight or obese and children today are actually expected to live shorter lives than their parents, according to BBC News. Not only will her plan be able to stabilize these numbers and the health of children across the nation, but encouraging children to join leisure activities will also benefit them and their self-esteem. Being active in sports and other organizations can only help children develop a healthier sense of self and teach them useful social skills that go hand in hand with minding their appearance. The fact that parents should get involved will also create a closer relationship with their children. By combining the media with parental influence, as well as changing nutrition regulations in schools, Obama seems well on her way to creating a healthier generation of American children.

Campaign does not apply realistically to children’s lifestyles at home.

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Michelle Obama’s effort to fight obesity in children is commendable, as we are all aware of the rising rates of obesity in Jessica Carrillo children and the health problem it poses to the nation. Obama’s proposed plan will focus on encouraging an increase in exercise, education and healthy food options among children. Unfortunately, there are a few issues that can inhibit the success of her plan. First, Obama’s strategy seems to be based on the assumption that obesity in children is caused solely on the content of fat in the food that these children eat. She neglects, however, to take into consideration that most children overeat because of psychological issues, not just because they are hungry. If they are being bullied around in school, abused at home or put in constant stressful situations, the chances of these children losing weight are slim as stress can also affect weight gain. Unless they are taken out of these situations or taught effective coping mechanisms, this large group of children may remain overweight and continue to be ridiculed by society. People who support Obama’s plan may fail to realize that educators can teach parents all they want but positive results depend on each individual parent to comprehend and actually apply what they have learned. Also, we must take into consideration that parents are role models for their children. If a parent loves to eat high fat foods, has a pantry full of junk food and lacks motivation to be physically active or sleeps constantly while the children are at home, the chances of children losing weight are low. Not to mention, children usually eat only one meal at school; the other two meals depend not only on the parent’s education in nutrition, annual salary and time, but also the parent’s willingness to cooperate in enforcing this new routine. Obama’s plan also stresses more work-out routines for children. While increasing a child’s exercise activity is a good thing, it has been suggested that increased playtime would be more effective than forced work-out routines. Here, children are less likely to dread exercise and may even go above and beyond the minimum required in physical education classes. When considering Obama’s plan we should recall our own experiences in grade school with regard to activity. Recess is generally greatly looked forward to in comparison to physical education classes. Here children climb, swing, run, hide and play enthusiastically without care. Their performance is not measured and compared with others, they are not yelled at and they are not embarrassed. This is not to say that we should not stress conscious exercise, but rather that at such a young age it would be more productive if exercise was made fun and enjoyable, even for those who are overweight. Finally, for Obama’s plan to be a success, parents and children would need more resources such as counseling for the children who have been overexposed to stressful situations and money for the parents to cook home meals and pay their bills. Overall, childhood obesity is a method we, as a nation, need to address. These children are the future of our nation and we want the future to be bright, without worry of the numerous health problems that result from obesity. However, Michelle’s proposed project will need more research, cooperation and funding if it is to succeed.


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Think twice before enlisting robots into battlefields The last few years have been host to a technological revolution with a plethora of gadgets and gizmos, created Chanell Garcia to make human life easier, appearing on the consumer market every day. However, there is one new wave of technology that has been booming under wraps, marketed with the promise of saving lives and changing the way wars are fought: military robots. Since the early 1990s, the U.S. military has been developing these new mechanical soldiers to

replace troops on the battlefield to prevent the needless loss of human life. Soon enough, Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robots and other remote viewing machines will be the cousins to the intelligent fighting droids that are currently being created. Though these mechanized soldiers could be the saving grace for many human lives that would be lost on the battlefield, the choice to allow a machine to analyze a target to kill is not something I find particularly appealing. A computer is only capable of doing what it is programmed to do and in this case, that program is to get rid of the enemy. Robots are not capable of what is known as the “warrior ethos,” the balance of

logic and emotional rationality in the heat of battle. Is it right to leave the power of life and death at war in the hands of a machine? For all we know, our distant future could become the substance of science fiction movies like “Terminator.” However, many still overlook the possible consequences of creating destructive new technology in favor of saving a human life. This could be considered a selfish act because creating robots to replace soldiers goes against the many men and women who have proudly enlisted into the armed forces to protect all that they and their loved ones have worked for. Our human soldiers fight because they have pride and honor – replacing them with

machines makes them obsolete, crushing not only their careers but maybe their dreams. For those who have lost loved ones, an inhuman soldier might sound like a blessing because no longer would a family have to experience the suffering and pain of knowing that their son, daughter, husband, father, sister or other loved one could perish in war. One thing to keep in mind is that those people who gave their lives knew that death was a possibility, yet they chose the profession so that they could protect something dear to them. Replacing flesh and blood with steel and silicon chips could become a reality.

Obama attempts to erase partisan lines on healthcare bill On Super Bowl Sunday, President Barack Obama declared on CBS that he will host a summit-like meeting on healthcare reformation on Feb. 25. He invites both Democratic and Republican lawmakers to attend the Alex Salinas half-day event, in hope that they will offer ideas and work together for a united healthcare bill reformation. The House and Senate released their own versions of a new healthcare bill, H.R. 3962 and H.R. 3590 respectively, late in 2009. Both versions aim to make current healthcare treatment affordable to those affected while expanding access to healthcare for the approximate 36 million citizens who are uninsured. Judging from President Obama’s interview on CBS, as well as numerous other interviews he has had about this heated issue, it is clear that he realizes our national deficit owes much to our current healthcare system and the excessive amount of spending the U.S. makes because of it. The United States ranks No. 1 in the world in healthcare related spending after all. He stated that our recent recession worsened the standard of living as

related to the healthcare system, has damaged multitudes of small businesses as well as a few large corporations and has hurt millions of families financially. A lot of people’s money is going into healthcare, whether they use it or not, need it or not, and insurance companies are deemed the only business thriving from the pain of others, figuratively and literally. With the U.S.’s financial fragility, President Obama is making the right decision to further the debate on the issue of healthcare reform. An assessment is that at this point, we have nothing to lose but time, time that will certainly determine the future of this country. Some Republican leaders have openly supported President Obama’s open summit, citing a change in his otherwise purported partisan and closed-door policies. This is a stepping-stone to breaking a trend in modern American politics where party loyalties are fiercely contended over creating pure, relevant legislation. For this very reason, we must be obliged to place the pressure not on our president, but on our Congress. President Obama realistically can only go as far as his Congress allows him. A similar assumption is that a president is only as effective as the actions of his Congress, no matter how well spoken or good-intentioned

they are. On the matter of how effective President Obama has been in office, it is questionable, but from how he wants to pursue his goals, the means to his end, it is hard to prove that he has not tried to be cooperative. In the political court, he wants to pass the ball to everyone, and that shows that our president is a team player. What President Obama wants to accomplish is the involvement of all lawmakers to “stepby-step” provide ideas to push the idea of healthcare reform as a real possibility, one that strives to save billions of dollars and open up our economy in the long run. A concern that has been brought up is that Obama refuses to scrap the proposed bills created by the House and Senate, which were voted along party lines. This discourages many Republican lawmakers to take Obama’s upcoming summit seriously. On the other hand, former Democratic chairman Howard Dean recently stated that no reform on healthcare is better than “phony” reform. However, because Obama anticipates the active participation of both parties from both houses in Congress, these quarrels must rest for the time being. Stay tuned for Feb. 25 – it might be huge.

TSA, the Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n S e c u r i t y Administration, has decided to begin taking chemical swab samples from Lorna Cruz passengers and their luggage for the first time, as a way to continue the process of implementing stricter security measures after December’s failed airplane terrorist attack. As part of the method, screeners will push carts with bomb-detection machines in various airport gates and checkpoint lines to inspect random passengers’ hands and carry-on baggage in the hope of uncovering explosive material. The swab-technique is being implemented in hopes of reducing the controversy over having complete body scans that can give an image of what is under passengers’ clothes — this has stirred up a lot of controversy, because many think that it gives too exact of an image and is not a dignified way of searching for potential bomb threats. Even though this might be a good idea as an attempt to prevent potential bombings or terrorist attacks, I think that it can only be viewed as a supplement to what should really be done. The question is, should more focus be put on increasing safety measures within airport gates and counter lines, or should potential-terrorist intelligence be used strategically? The latter would probably be a much more effective method, because time and effort could be geared towards connecting the dots between information provided for certain individuals and the risk of them flying. During the Dec. 25 incident, for example, a lot of information had been received about the accused terrorist, much of which would have been very helpful in catching him beforehand, if it had been used effectively. As a frequent flyer, I am not very excited about possibly running into tighter security measures that might make my airport experience slower than it already is, but I do understand that TSA is doing so with our best interest in mind. I definitely think that the intelligence information that they receive, though, should be used in a better and more effective way. By doing so, not only will airport officials be more able to keep closer tabs on individuals who are potentially dangerous, but they will also be able to keep passengers content with security measures that are not too extreme and overcompensating.



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Culture Calendar "Alma De Mujer" dance production Feb. 25 - Feb. 28 Travel to the historic Guadalupe Theater to view this traditional flamenco dance production featuring the Guadalupe Dance Company. Productions begin at 8 p.m. An Evening with Heroes Feb. 26 Take a trip to the Alamo in the heart of downtown San Antonio to view this educational reenactment tour of the events preceding the Battle of the Alamo. TAO: The Martial Art of Drumming Feb. 28 Visit the Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University to view this young and vibrant group of Japanese drum performers. "Dearly Departed" March 6 - March 21 This humorous production located at the Cameo Theatre contains a colorful cast of dysfunctional family members struggling to keep themselves together for their father's funeral. Compiled by: Caitlin Skelton

News of the Weird Power of Prayer In Frisco, Texas, the power of Christ compelled a robber to stop in his tracks. Marian Chadwick, a boutique owner was held, at gunpoint by a robber when she pointed at him and said, “In the name of Jesus, you get out of my store. I bind you by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Appearing dazed, the robber turned on his heel and left the store cursing. Dallas Morning News Psychoanalyze THIS Speculation is swirling that famous Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud owned a painting by the infamous Adolf Hitler. Hitler was an amateur painter in Vienna, prior to his days as a mass murderer and often sold his wares on street corners. The painting is of a church and mountains. It is believed to have hung on the waiting room wall in Freud’s practice and is dated 1910. Love sees with the heart Jackie Molen, a one-legged acrobat, and Josh Bladzick, a fire-eating, juggling, unicyclist, found love at work. Molen, also known as the 3-foot-9inch tall “Human Tripod” and the 5-foot-9-inch tall Bladzick met when they worked at a circus in Austin, Texas. Not dissuaded by the height difference, they appreciate each other’s unique talents. The odd couple has been dating two years and recently started their own show called, “The Strange and Deranged Showcase.” Tastes like Chicken? Giuseppe “Beppe” Bigazzi, a famed Italian chef, fell into disfavor with the culinary world after lauding “gatto in umido,” or cat stew, as a delicacy. Bigazzi regularly consumes cat meat and claims that it is better tasting than chicken. He went into further detail on his cooking show of how to prepare and tenderize the meat causing the popular show to be suspended from state TV.

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Tour de taco Our editors review neighborhood taco stands.

By Stephen Guzman Features Editor It's midnight, maybe 1 a.m. You're coming home from that party; that awesome party. You're driving down Culebra, careful to stay below the speed limit. That's when you see it: those lights. Those beaming flashing lights in the distance indicating to you one thing and one thing only: TACOS. Sure, there are plenty of taquerías and tiny Mexican restaurants in the San Antonio area, but there is something quite refreshing about the authentic feel of buying taquitos from a large white truck. Each of these taco stands has it's own story, with owners coming from far and wide to spread the taco joy, catering to any late night taco appetite. Yet with several taco stands down Culebra alone, how does one choose where to replenish their taco craving? Have no fear, taco lovers. Several editors put these tasty venues to the taco truck test, and reviewed them based on variety and taste.

Photos by Luis Miguel Macías

Taquería Alma #2

Mario's Tacos

Tacos Rio Grande

Taqueria Alma #2, located on the corner of Culebra and Hamilton, is a Mayan owned establishment which offers a variety of taco choices to satisfy your late night taco needs. Mayan owner, Arnold, originated from Cancún, Quintana Roo, and arrived in San Antonio in 2004. He previously was enlisted in the Mexican Army and served in intelligence operations against the guerillas in Oaxaca. Talk about a taco maker with a history! In addition to your typical carne asada and pastor tacos, this taco stand offers tripas, gorditas, tortas and quesadillas. If you purchase two or more tacos, Taqueria Alma provides a complementary side off borracho beans. For $2 a taco, that is quite a deal. Be sure to grab two napkins with these tacos, they are filled to full capacity with a tasty meat, attributed to a secret recipe. For it's affordable prices and delicious taco taste, Taqueria Alma #2 gets a perfect 5 jalapeños.

You will find Mario's Tacos on the corner of Cincinatti and Zarzamora. Mario and his familiy originally came from the city of Colima in the Mexican state with the same name. With a seating area made of cut tree trunks, this taco stand offers an originality unlike others. Additionally, this dinery provides a Mexican dish we did not find at other stands: menudo, perfect for late night refueling. If you are in the mood for some American dining, this taco stand offers mexican style hot dogs that have the wiener wrapped in bacon with a wide variety of condiments including green and red salsa, onion, and tomato. Hamburgers and nachos are also available. Since the truck has been running for nine years, owners of this establishment plan to expand their business, with hopes of starting their own restaurant in the area. With perfectly made fluffy flour tortillas and a diverse menu, Mario's Tacos gets 4 ½ jalapeños.

Also located on the corner of Cincinatti and Zarzamora, this taco stand was custom made in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Not only can you get the regular tacos at this stand, but Tacos Rio Grande sells bundles of minitacos for $5. This dinery offers quite a different variety of taco, with lengua, barbacoa and molleja as well as the usual asada and pastor. Taco meat is cooked and cut perfectly. Quite different from other taco stands, Tacos Rio Grande provides a homey atmosphere due to original owner, Haydé De los Santos, who takes special care of her taco stand. If you're in the mood for some sweets, try some of De los Santos' special tres leches cake. The De los Santos family began their taco business at a flea market but soon had their taco stand made and moved to it's present location. The hard work and care the De los Santos put into their tacos gives Rio Grande Tacos 4 jalapeños. But the cake alone is 5 jalapeños!

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get your greek on By Nancy Perez Staff Writer As mid-semester approaches most students are scurrying about trying to catch up with school and various organizations. But for Greek letter organizations, mid-semester means two things: recruitment and Greek Week. Recruitment, or rush, is when social Greek letter organizations introduce their chapter to new potential members, according to stmarytx. edu/Greek. Through a series of social events, potential new members have the opportunity to mingle with members before pledging. This semester’s recruitment for Greek life has already passed, and recruitment results have been collected. The results are as follows: Alpha Sigma Tau had 10 new recruits; Alpha Phi , 14; Sigma Sigma Sigma, 11; Delta Zeta, 11; Omega Delta Phi, 7; Sigma Phi Epsilon, 20; Lambda Chi Alpha, 12 and Chi Phi, 2. Sabina Ramirez, the associate director of Registered Student Organizations, spoke on how the team of student Sigma Rho Chi’s were able to better educate potential members and successfully implement better communication in the College Pan-Hellenic Council’s formal recruitment. “We maintained our numbers

[of people who fill out the formal recruitment application], but we are doing a better job of retaining,” Ramirez said. “Our goal was to keep people in the system long enough so they could be placed in the right sorority. Intra-Fraternal Council did an amazing job, got the word out and did the leg work. I am real proud of everybody and their effort was seen in the numbers.” Now that recruitment has taken place, posters with the names of new members are hung along the walls of the cafeteria and Greeks are focusing on their next big event: Greek Week. Greek Week is an event that is held to unite and support the Greek community through several events promoting the four tenets of Greek life: scholarship, leadership, service and brotherhood/sisterhood, according to “It gives us the opportunity to show pride in our organization, to be unified and besides [being in the] quad [we can all] be together,” said Kyle Seymour, a junior English major who is President of Chi Phi. “[Greek Week] is to show the school we can work as one unit; it is not just about being in a club, [it also lets us] see who has the most pride and spirit between the organizations.” Senior biology major Jaymee

Baxley compared it to an event music fans might be familiar with. “It is like Warped Tour for Greeks, you do a lot of events and get to see a lot of different sororities and fraternities,” Baxley said. This year’s Greek Week theme is “Greek Week World Cup.” Events include a talent show, obstacle course, volleyball tournament and a game show. A popular favorite among Greeks is the Greek talent show which showcases the talent that is sometimes hidden within the individuals of each organization. Baxley also said she will get to have the best of both worlds since she is a part of both the social sorority Alpha Sigma Tau and the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, which are two groups that will be competing against each other. To ensure that the events are organized and safe, Greek Week co-chairs disaffiliate with their organizations. Junior criminology major Adriana Jimenez and senior sociology major Garrett Guerra shared their familiarity with Greek Week rules. “A lot of rules we have now have been building up. We have referees for the events and keep in mind the Marianist traditions,” they said. “For example we cannot have a food

eating contest because that is seen as wasting food.” Ramirez who organizes this event explained her collaborative efforts with other groups on campus as a way to make the event safe. “We are asking ROTC to help since they have the required equipment and training for the obstacle course; we are looking to campus recreation for dodge ball, leaving the activities [to the] experts in a sense,” Ramirez said. As an alumna, Ramirez also reminisced her own first Greek Week experience as a newly initiated sister “Greek Week is my first big memory of being Greek. I joined right before spring break and my first big activity was Greek Week. I got to see my ‘big’ do the obstacle course and it was my first real bonding experience with my sisters,” Ramirez said. Greek Week has been a St. Mary’s tradition for a while, although the first year it started is unknown, but there is evidence that Greek Week has been around since the 70s. Greek Week is held from March 7 to March 12 and defending champions Alpha Sigma Tau and Lambda Chi Alpha will be defending their winning titles or relinquishing it to the next group.

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Junior business major Sheelin Weed splurge on. It allows anyone who sports her floral bag and plaid peacoat. does not want to invest into a lifePhotos by Analicia Perez style brand to find their own per-

By Joe Guerra Staff Writer The bag is the all-important accessory for your daily routine, and is essential to your outfit. If you are going to be carrying something all day, why not make it stylish and chic? For casual and student usage, the first thing that comes to mind is the standard backpack or messenger bag. JanSport has a range of solid color canvas backpacks and messenger bags. If you would like something a little more unique, YesStyle has a wide assortment of men's and women's totes and messenger bags. A woman's purse is her best friend. Often times her best friend is... really big. I have seen women carry oversized bags that are either filled with unnecessary items (one carried her own ceramic coffee mug and full size stapler) or utterly devoid of anything, making the bag's size useless. It is important to remember which type of bag to have for which occasion: a small leather purse for a night out on the town, a large canvas bag for summer outings or a clutch for more formal dinners. Designer bags are also something anyone (even guys!) can

sonal luxury. It is a good idea to find a balance between unique and classic. For women, Kooba bags make a great start since they mostly come in neutral colors. Gustto bags are unique because of their shape and form. Want to splurge even more? Lanvin bags are also fabulous since they keep the neutral and basic color but remain bold looking. Men, do not be put off by the word “murse” (man purse) and realize that you have the right to carry a stylish bag as well. Leather satchels and messenger bags are great for a more mature look. Let us not forget a man's briefcase. Be it hard or quilted soft leather, black or cognac colored, designer or not – a briefcase makes any suited gentlemen look better. Junior business major Sheelin Weed shows just how easy it is to find a unique bag at any shop, even right here on campus. With her red plaid coat from Nordstrom and white necklace from Forever 21, her outfit has a touch of class while still showing her youth. Until next time: May your closet be full and your mirror full of smiles. See you! Style Stalker

Members of the San Antonio Chinese Association perform in the Diamondback Café on Feb. 15. Photo by Robin Johnson

Chinese association visits Café By Robin Johnson Senior Staff Writer The Diamondback Café became a platform for cultural learning and intrigue as the third annual Chinese New Year celebration cracked its fortune cookie. The Foreign Language Club, the Language Department, the Dean of Students and the Student Government Association partnered to treat students with traditional Chinese music and dance while they chomped away at lunch. Students also had the opportunity to have their names written in Chinese calligraphy. Eva Bueno, Ph.D., head of the language department, has hopes for celebrating the Chinese New Year every spring semester and said “it is important for us to know how different cultures celebrate and at what times.” Feb. 15 marked the second day of the Chinese New Year as The Year of the Tiger. Traditional music from the San Antonio Chinese Association orchestra featuring one-of-a-kind Chinese instruments set the background for three dance performances including the Lion Dance and a solo of western China’s version of a cowgirl shin-dig. For junior psychology major Omar Castorena, the event was a new stepping stone in cultural interest. “[The event] was very authentic. I really liked the dancing and the music was very serene. It is just the tip of the iceberg of Chinese culture.” A member of the San Antonio Chinese Association orchestra and the St. Mary’s community, Michael Chen, Ph.D., reflects on the purpose of demonstrating the Chinese New Year celebration to the Rattlers. “We’re trying to promote Chinese culture awareness. [The event] definitely helps students become more cultured,” Chen said. Bueno agrees that the celebration “make[s] students realize how big China is and its different cultures.” For students like junior general business major

Computer science professor, Michael Chen, Ph.D, plays a traditional Chinese gourd flute. Photo by Robin Johnson

Weiyuan Chen, it is nice to see a taste of home. “There are a lot of students in the Chinese culture [at St. Mary’s] and a lot of students who want to know about the Chinese culture. My friends always ask me about [it],” Chen said. Through fortune cookies, green tea, calligraphy, Chinese drums and dancers, an outlet for students to become more culturally sound has been provided in the demonstration of the Chinese New Year. “I would like to do something like this again,” Castorena said.

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botched booze blend Mixing alcoholic beverages and energy drinks proves problematic for consumer's health. By Alonzo Mendoza Staff Writer Have you ever been to a party and had some of your friends offer you a Jägerbomb? Or have you ever just flat out mixed vodka with Red Bull because you heard it would allow you to drink more than usual? Before you do that again or contemplate on trying it out, think twice. Mixing alcohol and energy drinks is a lot more dangerous than it is fun. One in four college students consume alcohol mixed with energy drinks, according to Director of the Student Health Center, Dr. Sandra Vasquez. Consuming energy drinks (which are stimulants) will wear off the effects of alcohol (which are depressants) for a brief amount of time, said Vasquez. In other words, mixing the two will allow people to drink more alcohol and stay awake for a longer period of time. David Aguilar, a junior psychology

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major says that he has mixed vodka and Red Bull and has also drunk Joose, a beverage pre-mixed with ginseng, taurine, caffeine and alcohol. “They should be consumed slowly because the energy drink kicks up the alcohol and makes it quicker to get intoxicated,” said Aguilar. “These drinks make you still feel drunk and increase your heart rate if they’re consumed quickly.” Vasquez calls this, “a false security that is short lived.” “The energy drink [part of the mix] will wear off before the alcohol and the person will feel more drunk than they first realized. They will have mental awareness and not motor awareness, thus leading some of them to drive while unknowingly being drunk,” Vasquez said. While some may think that there is nothing wrong with drinking energy drinks, there is actually no proof that they are healthy,” Vasquez said. “Energy drinks have a lot more caffeine [than

coffee] and are more dangerous because people drink them more quickly and feel a rush and run the risk of getting caffeine intoxication.” Some symptoms of caffeine intoxication are, according to Vasquez, “breaking out with sweat, anxiety, palpitations, chest pains, high blood pressure, insomnia, high stomach acids and seizures.” Alcohol companies, such as Miller Brewing Company and Anheuser-Busch, are starting to take advantage of the popularity of energy drinks to sell alcoholic drinks that are pre-mixed with energy drinks. These companies are also selling these mixed beverages in cans similar to those of non-alcoholic energy drinks. A popular example of this marketing can be seen with the Rockstar Energy Drink, which is non-alcoholic, and Rock Star 21, which is alcoholic. The almost identical appearance between the drinks is very problematic because convenience store clerks often sell alcohol

The College Crossword Lent By: Elizabeth Michelle Rubi, Sophomore undecided major My brothers gave up Candy because they are young and not so Contaminated, not so Creative. My mother gave up Gossip — “I should give up dish-washing!” An exclamation that starts with a smile and ends in a wink — but I do that most nights anyway. My father gave up Nothing — he grunts and switches his crossed leg. Our eyes meet and almost smile —but without saying anything, he turns from me, turns the page of the newspaper.


2- Sigourney Weaver sci-fi flick 4- who you are 5- make again 8- single-eared artist 9- to savor 13- drop the ball 14- capricious; fanciful 14- Godly love 18- familial 20- abnormal 22- to call 24- spend thoughtlessly 26- the yellow Care Bear 27- perfect example 29- fried spiral confection 31- irritatingly bothersome 33- sidewalk edge 34- not a commuter 36- abundant measure 38- short moral tale

to minors without knowing it due to the similar packaging. The mixed drink industry, which makes $2.3 billion a year, targets mainly younger drinkers by using rebellious slogans such as “party like a rock star” and by promoting these alcoholic products during extreme sports events, acording to The Marlin Institute. The pre-mixed drinks are also popular because they are often cheaper than buying both alcohol and energy drinks separately. Mixing alcohol with energy drinks is a serious health hazard and increases the likelihood of motorized vehicle accidents, which is the number one killer of adolescents in the U.S., according to The National Center for Health Statistics. Combining these products can also result in caffeine and/or alcohol overdoses, and even dehydration.

Sophia, my friend, who thinks herself wise, gave up 'Fear', and in forty days I found out how stupid she can be.

Compiled by: Annie Swenson

And, I think, the man next door, gave up Smoking — Bam! Bam! Bam! He slams the doors of his house and the windows rattle— But not Anger.

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The Flip Side It occurred to me while watching VH1's ‘Tool Academy” that every step Western Cristina society makes Gonzalez towards gender equality is taken in cement shoes. The reality show, in its third season, is rooted in a similar premise as the “Rock of Love Charm School” and “Flavor of Love Charm School.” Instead of casting rowdy reality rejects, the show is marketed toward "average" women who want to reform their machismo boyfriends. Unlike the “Charm School” series, “Tool Academy” lures contestants with some sort of contest ploy. This keeps the boys behaving as they would at home, which ranges from embarrassing to appalling behavior. This season, the “Academy” has enrolled two women, dubbed "Toolettes" on the show. VH1 gets points here for acknowledging that women can be jerks, too, and anyone who has seen the second season of the Oxygen channel’s reality show “The Bad Girls Club” probably believes Toolette Jennavecia Russo belongs on this show just as much as the men do. But here is where I lay my grief: upon learning they were on "tool Academy," Jennavecia went from “hottie” to “harlot” in about three seconds flat. The fact that she makes no illusions about who she is and the confidence she exudes make the Tools' open disrespect of her and her boyfriend even worse. Frankly, it's appalling. It is 2010 and as a society, we are still operating under the old program that a girl can be Susie Q homemaker or Angelina Jolie, but not both. And do not think men are immune. At last check, it seems like the perfect man is either the cute nerd in English class or one of the “Jersey Shore” guys. I did consider the possibility that the women are on the show to make the men seem worse by comparison. If so, then it is another brilliant move by VH1. This might just be the kind of wake up call for discussion needed by the genders. Personally, I hope Jennavecia and her boyfriend win. If this season turns into a battle of the sexes, women might as well be in it to win it.

New tablets cause stir in technology world From compatibility to product uses, read everything you need to know about the new touch-screen By Joe Guerra Staff Writer With the recent introduction of Apple's iPad on Jan. 27, tablet computers have catapulted into the mainstream as one of this year's musthave-pieces of technology. While the idea of a personal tablet is not a new one (tablets have been around since the mid-90s), the advancement of technology has given the market lighter, sleeker, faster and more beautiful tablets. Tablets like the Apple iPad, the HP Slate, the JooJoo, the Lenovo U1, the Archos 7 Android and others will be released in upcoming months, but which one is for you? It is important to know the specifications of each of these tablets to make sure you get your money's worth rather than having buyer's remorse due to hype. The first thing buyers will notice is the tablet’s screen. After all, this is how slates make their first impression. Apple iPad's LCD, surprisingly, is not a widescreen but rather a 9.7 inch 4-3 ratio screen. While the HP Slate's aspect ratio is currently unknown, it is rumored to have anywhere from an 8.9-inch to a 10-inch screen. The top two contenders on screen size seem to be the Lenovo U1 boasting with an 11.6-inch LCD and the JooJoo with a busting 12-inch LCD screen. A special feature of the Lenovo U1 is that it is actually a laptop and tablet combined. The tablet section can be slipped into a clamshelllike body with an attached full keyboard that can be removed at any time – think of a laptop that has a removable top half and can be used as a tablet. So it is up to you whether you need a simple slate or a powerful notebook for a task. The ability to switch between both at any time without needing to power down the system is this slate's trump card. As we dive deeper into these tablets' capabilities, you must know how these tablets work and what they can do. As far as operating systems go, the HP Slate can run a full version of Windows 7. If you own an iPhone, using an iPad will feel natural since the iPhone runs the iPhone 3.2 OS which is the same system used by the tablet. The JooJoo will run a Linux based operating system while the Archos 7 Android will run an Android OS. Again, the special case falls on the Lenovo U1 as it can run Windows 7 when in “notebook mode” and a customizable Linux OS while in “slate mode”. All of the above mentioned tablets do feature multi-touch capabilities so you do not have to worry about having to peck around the tablet to navigate. Now, get to know more about the different tablets’ software. What kind of programs will these tablets use and will you be able to use more than one for a certain task? Apple's iPad is locked to using Mobile Safari, which is used on the iTouch and iPhone as well, so if that happens to be your browser of choice then you need not worry. However, if you are accustomed to using Mac OS X with Firefox or Opera then you will have some adjusting to do. The JooJoo is rumored to have a WebKit based browser (which is the basis of Safari) and other OS X applications. The tablets that run Android (which if you remember include the Archos 7 Android) will use the Android Browser while the HP Slate can run whichever software you desire. One problem posed to potential customers of the iPad and Archos 7 is that these particular tablets lack Adobe Flash support. This means that games and Web sites that need Flash to work (like YouTube and most other video streaming sites) will not work on these devices. If YouTube is a site you visit frequently, you may want to avoid purchasing the iPad since you will not be able to see access any Flash based Web sites. Other features that the iPad lacks are a camera as well as ports to use USB drives and other devices. All of the other slates, except the iPad, come with a built in camera of varying sizes and USB ports. The only port the iPad comes with out of the box is the proprietary port that allows you to plug apple devices in – but nothing else.

SAY what?

What's the most useless technological invention? Compiled by: Felix Arroyo

Eduardo Rodriguez, soph. business major

“Cop radar [detector]. It is supposed to warn you about cops, but you start to look around and can get into an accident.”

The iPad, however, will have the ability to run all iPhone applications at launch and will allow you to re-download Apps you have already purchased. It can also be used as an e-book reader and it has the ability to use the iWork Suite. So remember, despite the lack of most hardware features the other slates have, Apple is hoping that its App support (and brand loyal fans) will allow it to be successful in the market. Price is also one of the major components of a major purchase. The iPad has a base price ranging from $500 to $830, depending on storage size. The iPad come in 16, 32 or 64 GB, and users can utilize 3G internet anytime by using AT&T's mobile system. HP Slate is rumored to have a price of $500 to $600, while the JooJoo is set at a flat $500. Since the Archos 7 Android is one of the less-powerful slates and only comes with 8GB of storage, its price averages at $240.The shape-shifting Lenovo U1 (with WiFi, 3G capability and 16GB storage) will run at about $1000. Keep in mind that these slates are only the tip of the iceberg and that there are many more tablets not mentioned and still under development. Take a look around tech blogs and news Web sites to find the best fit for you if none of these piqued your interest. Whether you feel as if this new market that lies between the laptop and smartphone markets is for you or not, expect to see technology pushed further and turned into something that can fit in your hands more conveniently as a student and computer user.

5 things the Apple iPad cannot do Multitask Want to run two apps at once? Sorry, but the iPad can only handle one at a time. Run Flash The new iPad is not Adobe Flash compatible. This means no games, no Flash video and no Farmville. Store more than 64GB of data Good luck fitting your iTunes playlist to fit in this tablet's limited 64GB of data. Upload from a USB port With no USB port, you cannot upload photos, videos or even memory without a special adapter. Video Chat If you're looking to Skype or video conference, no luck with the iPad. This tablet does not have a connected webcam. Source:

Itzel Morales, freshman I.R. major

“Electronic keys. It is too expensive and more of a thing of fashion.”

Rafael Realyvazquez, junior political science

“The [voice] sync allows you to connect your phone to the car but sometimes it does not recognize your voice.”



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Coming Soon ALBUMS Jaime Foxx “Body” 3/02

Gorillaz “Plastic Beach” 3/09


The Morning Benders “Big Echo” 3/02


“The Pursuit” 3/02

Natalie Merchant “Leave Your Sleep” 3/02

Peter Gabriel “Scratch My Back” 3/02 Sources:,,,,,

SHOWS Willie Nelson at the Majestic Theatre 2/28 Source:

South Pacific at the Majestic Theatre 3/02 - 3/07


Bugambilia (Showing) at the Instituto Cultural de México 3/06 - 3/21 Source:


Bourbon St. serves up Lenten meals with a sinful flavor By Luis Miguel Macías Entertainment Editor Lenten is a time when Catholics all over the world live the 40 days Jesus Christ resisted the temptations of evil in the desert by giving up certain luxuries or burdening oneself with additional work or sacrifice. One of the most common practices during Lent is not eating meat on Fridays and eating seafood instead. Well if one is sacrificing a succulent t-bone steak, why not make the best of it? Bourbon St. Seafood Kitchen offers a very large and college-student-friendly menu complete with appetizers, soups & salads, cajun specialties, steaks, chops poultry and plenty of seafood which will make lenten sacrifice more pleasurable. The lunch menu offers the very hearty traditional New Orleanian dishes such as the flavorful jambalaya and the exquisite shrimp and crawfish etouffe which includes

a side and a salad. The salad dressings that make the salads so unique are the smoked pepper ranch, lemon lime cilantro, dill vinaigrette, creole mustard and raspberry vinaigrette. The deserts at Bourbon St. Seafood Kitchen are a must!.The brownie mudslide topped with a towering amount of vanilla ice cream and whip cream, and the baked Alaska dessert which had a caramelized bottom, an ice cream layer and lemon filling topped with torched meringue. Perhaps the most unique dessert at this excellent restaurant is the bread pudding dessert which maintains the nostalgia and simplicity of the old recipe, but is upgraded by the talented chef’s touch. Bourbon St. Seafood Kitchen captures the pure essence of a good restaurant on the real Bourbon Street. During the day, the business flows steadily but it is usually at night when the restaurant

Graphic Illustration by Amanda Rodríguez, Photos by Felix Arroyo

The Crazies 2/26

Prodigal Sons 2/26

Cop Out 2/26

Alice in Wonderland 3/05


comes to life with the lull of very satisfied customers. The jazz music played in the background evokes the charming and romantic ambience of the bayou which makes this the perfect place to have dinner with a special someone as well as with friends. Service at Bourbon St. is more than efficient. Your glass will not even be half empty when the waiters will come and fill it right back up. The friendly staff will attend your every need making your visit even more enjoyable. Whether it be a place to dine before a night out on the town with your friends or a special place to go on a date, Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen will make yours a perfect night from the moment you go “marching in” to the second you leave contemplating “what a beautiful life” it is and how places like these make it so much better.


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Support the arts in San Antonio!

Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) holds Poseidon’s trident . Source:

The St. Mary’s University community is invited to theFund Kickoff Celebration! Wednesday, March 3, 2010 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m University Center Rattler Den, Foyer and Conference Room A Stop in to enjoy performances, exhibits and presentations by St. Mary’s own faculty and student artists, musicians, actors and singers as we celebrated the arts! Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Tim Bessler, Dean of Students at

Eat In Order To Go Plan now for:

· Easter

enchiladas verdes

· Fiesta · Finals · Graduation

See you at Lisa’s!

815 Bandera Road

(corner of Bandera & Woodlawn)

(210) 433-2531

One Percy, two stories “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning thief”  Dir. by Chris Columbus Starring Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson and Alexandra Daddario

By Caitlin Skelton Staff Writer When I first heard about the film “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” I thought to myself that it sounded like a great movie since I am a huge fan of Greek mythology. The film is based on a series of five adventure books written by Rick Riordian and features children who are sons and daughters of Greek gods and goddesses. I did not read the books before I saw the movie, so this might be why the film

was so new and entertaining for me. However, those who are fans of the series said the plot of the story completely changed. The movie and the book are complete different stories, and the particular book itself is not as long as it seems in the film. The director could have at least stuck to the storyline somewhat. The main plot in the movie, which includes a quest for three “pearls,” is not even a main part of the book’s plot. Also, a series of characters were excluded to my dismay including Ares, Dionysus and Cerberus, who are all characters in Greek mythology. In addition to sparing some significant characters, the film also added characters that are not even in the book, such as Persephone. One of the most important characters in the book

was not even mentioned or shown at all either. In my opinion, this outright butchering of the book is even worse than what they did to the “Harry Potter” series. Despite the big gaps between the book and the film, I enjoyed the movie thoroughly and would recommend it to anyone who loves Greek mythology, fantasy and adventure. However, for those who have actually read the books, take caution because you will be very disappointed to know that the film seems to be a different story, so much that it might as well have been titled something else entirely. Overall, the movie was just a little rough around the edges with its fair share of cheesy moments and over the top graphics, but it still made for an entertaining watch.

Comic clichés love capture audience friendship family dinner dancing dessert

accent to a dominatrix-style German woman too afraid to love. Although various parts of the play seem to be unconnected, the true It is a common misconception that the- meaning of the play is tied together in the atre is a dying art, one that is becoming out- first and last scenes. dated and boring. The play, “Five Course Another thing that really drew me into Love,” renewed my faith in amusing and in- the action of the play was the audience interteractive theatre. Not only was it entertain- action. The actors would sometimes break ing, but it was a new outlook on the concept character and converse or make jokes with of love. the audience, which made the experience “Five Course Love,” which is playing at much more inclusive. This is much different the Cameo Theatre until Feb. 28, was a com- than any of the plays I have been to, where position of thrilling and comical tales about there is a strict fourth wall and the audience the ups and downs of true, if often unre- does not exist. The style of this play was quited, love. The truly unique aspect of this quite enjoyable and the small theatre space play was that there were only three actors created even more intimacy. to play fifteen different characters. The play Anyone looking for a cute, crazy and consisted of five different scenes, all portray- comical masterpiece can look no further ing different cultural stereotypes such as than this work of theatrical art. The comcowboys, mobsters, Mexicans and Germans. of crazy Therebination are lots of characters, costumes and Each scene was more hilarious than the last. cultures had my sides splitting with unconreasons to visit us The play featured diverse and lovable char- trollable laughter throughout the night. acters which ranged from a Zorro-wannabe this Valentine’s Day. named Guierrmo with an Antonio Banderas

By Caitlin Skelton Staff Writer



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Indie Review


AT ARTSY FILMS “My Name is Kahn”  Dir. by Karan Johar Starring: Shahrukh Kahn, Kajol, and Yuvaan Makaar

A politically charged and ambitious storyline balances its tension through the innocence Robin of an autistic Johnson Indian man trying to meet the president in order to win back his love in “My Name is Khan.” Rizwan Khan (Shahrukh Khan) moves to America after the death of his mother to live with his once-jealous brother who has already made a name for himself in sales. Khan finds an understanding and strong love in his future wife Mandira, however, after the attacks of 9/11, their love is tried under the social tension concerning the Muslim faith. Written, directed and produced by filmmakers of Indian descent, the message is clear that the film was made to express the struggle of identity that Muslims felt after 9/11, evident in the lackluster performances of its actors. The film is a long journey, with a built-in intermission, of overpowered celestial music and an elaborate storyline that veers off track from the main plot at length. The filmmakers compensate a racy subject by adding a loveable character and lucid plot instead of getting to the heart of the matter. While the isolation of Muslims after 9/11 is expressed genuinely throughout the film, a more powerful and moving impact would have been to use testimonies of real people instead of portraying the social struggle Muslims faced that was in fact, quite real. “My Name is Khan” provides a much needed perspective from the viewpoints of people on the other side of the World Trade Center tragedy and that could have engaged a greater audience as a documentary. However, the film style and writing achieves the desired message of the filmmakers.

Special effects dominate ‘Wolfman’ “The Wolfman”  Dir. by Joe Johnston Starring Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt

By Robin Johnson Senior Staff Writer Heavy special effects result in an underdeveloped plot in the Hollywood sensation “Wolfman,” making the anticipation of an epic movie fall short despite the city’s famous line-up including Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins. While the transformation of man-to-wolf and the grotesqueness of his victim’s deaths, such as the ripping out of mass amounts of intestines and a pancreas from the stomach of a villager, are quite incredible,

these spectacular effects overrun the movie to the point of cheesiness. The movie’s low point consisted of a computerized bear and deer that could have easily been replaced with the real thing; however, to remain consistent with the rest of the movie, the animals had to be digitalized, making its seriousness and screenwriters Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self and director Joe Johnston’s level of creativity highly doubted. If the writers and director had not been so focused on trying to make a good movie by relying on special effects, then the characters, or the backbone of any storyline, would actually have a place in the plot instead of being props until a full moon began the bloodshed again. While the actors who played Lawrence Talbot (Del

Toro) and Sir John Talbot (Hopkins) delivered praised performances in other films, “Wolfman” compliments neither one. Evaluating the movie as a whole, both actors seem to be trying too hard to make something out of nothing (the nothing being the lack of an interesting plot that has no substance). The only believable performance comes from Emily Blunt who plays Gwen Conliffe, the wife of Del Toro’s brother who is killed at the start of the movie and falls for Del Toro shortly thereafter, becoming her only solace from misery. The attempt to recreate the classic “American Werewolf in London” proves to be unattainable using modern technologies of filmmaking because in the case of “Wolfman,” bigger is not better.

Other ‘Wolf’ flicks ‘The Werewolf’ (1913) The first werewolf movie ever made based on the 1898 novel by H. Beaugrand. ‘The Werewolf’ (1956) A man turns into a blood thirsty werewolf as a result of a scientific experiment. ‘American Werewolf in London’ (1997) Two college students unknowingly wander into wolf territory where one becomes a werewolf.


Alan Jackson re-lives biggest hits with rodeo audience By Chris Childree Staff Writer

Country music superstar Alan Jackson entertained his fans at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo for the 15th time on Feb. 17, with an excellent set that showcased 14 of his greatest hits. Jackson started the performance with the Tom T. Hall-penned classic “Little Bitty,” which Jackson recorded on his 1996 album “Everything I Love.” He followed this with the 1994 hit “Livin’ on Love,” after which the singer addressed the fans, stating that he would showcase a collection of songs about “living and love.” He proceeded to give a heartfelt performance of “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” which he wrote in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. At this moment, the

atmosphere was reminiscent of Jackson’s first presentation of the song at the CMA Awards in November 2001. Next, he gave a rowdy rendition of his 1991 hit “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” which was Jackson’s oldest song in the set. It was followed by his 2008 chart topper “Small Town Southern Man.” No tracks were performed from his breakthrough 1990 album “Here in the Real World,” however he did sing one lesser-known song: “A Woman’s Love,” which the musician actually recorded twice, first on his 1998 album “High Mileage” and then on the 2006 album “Like Red on a Rose.” One of the most entertaining highlights was Jackson’s cover of the 1949 anthem “Mercury Blues,” which complimented his earlier entrance into the arena in the backseat of a Ford pickup truck.

After singing “Remember When” and “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” Jackson’s “Good Time” caused fans to rise to their feet, some of whom began dancing. This was followed with his latest No. 1 hit, “Country Boy,” featured in the 2008 album “Good Time.” The biggest fan reaction occurred during the performance of the crossover smash hit “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere,” although Jimmy Buffett did not make an appearance. He closed the show with his signature song “Chattahoochee,” and exited in the bed of the same Ford pickup truck he arrived in. Surprisingly, Jackson did not sing any tracks from his upcoming album “Freight Train,” including the current single “It’s Just That Way,” which is No. 22 on Country Charts.


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Game Results

Highlight Reel

Calendar Men’s basketball: 2/25 at Dallas Baptist 2/27 at Arkansas-Fort Smith 3/4 Heartland Conference

7 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball 2/27 Arkansas-Fort Smith 3/4 Heartland Conference

2 p.m. 1 p.m.

Women’s Softball 2/26 at Tarleton State (DH) 2/27 Abilene Christian (DH)

1 p.m. 3 p.m.

Men’s Baseball 2/26 Incarnate Word (DH) 2/27 Incarnate Word (DH) 3/3 Arkansas-Fort Smith

2 p.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m.

Tennis 2/27

3 p.m.

Abilene Christian

Men’s Golf 3/1 Crawford Wade

Women’s Golf 3/1 St. Edward’s University

1 p.m. 1 p.m.

Home games in bold

Sports Around the World Swimming: While visiting Vancouver for the Winter Olympics, 27 year old Michael Phelps announced that the 2012 London Olympics will be his last. “I told myself I will not swim over the age of 30, and I will not swim over the age of 30,” he said. Source: Rugby: It is speculated that Rob Kearney, Ireland fullback, may have played his last game in the 2010 Six Nations Tournament due to a knee injury. Kearney limped off the field mid-game against France and it is said that he will be out for three to five weeks. Source: NASCAR: Though she finished in 35th place after crashing into a wall in the 68th lap, Danica Patrick is still getting boatloads of attention. The winner of the Daytona 500, Jamie McMurray, on the other hand is not getting anywhere near the media coverage he deserves. McMurray is 15 points ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is in second place, making it hard for anyone to catch up to him this season. Source: Golf: In his first public appearance and interview since his infamous car crash, Tiger Woods apologized for cheating on his wife and stated he is not sure when he will be returning to golf. “I do plan to return to golf one day,” Woods said. “I just do not know when that day will be. I do not rule out that it will be this year. When I do return, I need to make my behavior more respectful of the game.” Source:

The women’s basketball team defeated Texas A&M International University on Feb. 13 with a score of 75-67.

Men’s Baseball

Women’s Basketball

Men’s Basketball

Feb 13: St Edward’s (Game 1) WIN score 11-1

Feb 13: A&M International WIN score 68-42

Feb 13: A&M International WIN score 75-67

Feb 14: St Edward’s (Game 2) WIN score 3-1

Feb 20: Univ. Incarnate Word LOSS score 50-60

Feb 20: Univ. Incarnate Word LOSS score 75-78

Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 By Veronica Martinez Sports Editor The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver has been given plenty of media attention in the past year. Now that the games are upon us, they have already had their fair share of ups and downs. The tragic death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili during a practice run on the Whistler track caused much controversy at the start of the games and resulted in a shortening of the track. The men’s luge was moved to the women’s normal starting point and the women’s luge to the junior’s. Alterations were also made to the track including a raise in the wall around the 16th turn where Kumaritashvili flew off his luge. Additionally, men’s and paired figure skating were given a lot of media coverage, but not for their athleticism or scores. Instead, their outrageous costumes are the center of attention. Among the fashion victims was Russian Evgeni Plushenko who is no stranger to the limelight or the Olympic medal podium. He recently came out of retirement to make his third appearance at the Olympic games and is the reigning gold medalist in the men’s short program figure-skating competition. American Lindsey Vonn won the gold medal in women’s downhill skiing, beating her teammate Julia Mancuso. Not only was Vonn the first American to win the gold in this sport, but she also did it with a bruised right shin which was so painful that she could not walk on it prior to the competition. Vonn stuck it out and refused to let a bruise get the best of her, incredibly ending the race on one ski. Fellow American Shaun White defended his title as the best snowboarder alive as well as the 2006 gold medal in the men’s snowboarding half-pipe competition on Feb. 17 by completing a Double McTwist 1260 which is three and a half spins with two flips. The McTwist also gained White an almost perfect score of 48.4 out of 50 giving him a huge lead that was impossible to beat. Comic/political talk show host Stephen Colbert, who happens to be the U.S. men’s speed skating team’s sponsor, was by no means let down when Shani Davis won the gold medal in the men’s 1000 meters race on Feb. 17. Thus far, the U.S. has dominated the medal podium in Vancouver, winning gold medals in a wide array of sports and it is expected that the U.S. teams will continue placing in the upcoming competitions.

Source: and

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Schedule of sporting events Wednesday Feb. 24 Men’s cross country skiing Women’s speedskating Women’s alpine skiing Women’s bobsled Women’s freestyle skiing

Friday Feb. 26 Men’s biathlon Men’s short track speedskating finals Women’s PGS snowboard finals Women’s curling finals Women’s short track speedskating finals

Thursday Feb. 25 Men’s freestyle skiing Women’s curling semifinal Women’s cross-country skiing Women’s ice hockey final Women’s free skating figure skating

Saturday Feb. 27 Men’s team speedskating finals Men’s curling finals Women’s cross country skiing Women’s team speedskating finals

Sunday Feb. 28 Men’s cross country skiing finals Men’s ice hockey finals March 3 Opening of Vancouver Paralympic games Closing ceremonies for the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic games will be held on March 21.



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Voting process for All-Star players merits questioning By Alex Salinas Staff Writer As another season of the NBA AllStar game action passes, we are left with the impression that the venues in Dallas are grander than other venues that have previously hosted the game. R&B artist Usher’s heavily advertised song “More,” perfectly described the hype that everything really is bigger in Texas. However, beyond the fanfare and the cheers, there has been a growing concern that has already arguably threatened the integrity of the best players from the world’s most prolific league: the fans. The multitude of events that define NBA All-Star weekend every February is considered more than a celebration of the game; it is a celebration and event held exclusively for the fans. Since the commercialization of the Internet, the fans have been allowed to cast their votes on for whom they wish to see compete months before the event. The fans select two guards, two forwards and one center from both the Eastern and Western Conferences, and they are allowed to cast one vote every day until the cutoff period. When the starting five lineups are announced, the coaches around the league then select the remaining seven reserve players for their

respective conference. This has been the selection system for years, and for years there has been doubts among fans, coaches and even players on the decision-making process on the part of the fans. The concern is that players who may be worthy of participating are not being voted in every year, statistically speaking. The eligibility and likelihood of any player making it to the All-Star game rests largely on the opinion of the fans, and one can argue that many players are grandfathered into the game either because they have been a regular at the event or that their popularity precedes their statistics. Suggestions have been made to improve the current process. The extreme measure being talked about is the possibility of eliminating fan voting altogether. This, however, is highly unlikely because it would completely undo decades of tradition. Another suggestion, recently popularized by Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen, would be to count the fan votes as 50 percent of the selection and the other 50 percent would be split between votes from the media and the players. This is a clever suggestion because who better understands the players that deserve to make the trip to the All-Star game than the players themselves? For the time being, the selection process

should remain the same. The NBA exists as a business and form of entertainment that gains millions of dollars in revenue due to ticket sales, merchandise and television viewership from the fans. As such, any opportunity in which the league directly encourages fan participation should be taken in stride. While the voting process may be flawed, please do not blame the fans. Blame the system they use.

West All-Star Starters

Carmelo Anthony Denver Nuggets Small Forward Average 29.3 pts/g

Kobe Bryant LA Lakers Shooting Guard Average 28.0 pts/g

Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs Forward Center Averages 18.9 pts/g

Amar’e Stoudemire Phoenix Suns Forward Center Average 21.4 pts/g

Steve Nash Phoenix Suns Point Guard Average 17.7 pts/g

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Featuring: Rayshaw Gandara Classification: Senior Major: Biology How long have you been dancing? I have been dancing since I was a freshman in high school. What is it about dance that you like so much? I like to entertain the crowd. Do you plan on dancing after graduation? Well my whole life I have always wanted to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Has being on Code Blue made your St. Mary’s experience more enjoyable? [College] has definitely been a more enjoyable experience. I get to go to practice and not think or worry about school. What is your favorite type of dance? Hip-hop. It definitely gets the crowd going, especially at the collegiate level.”

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Rattler fans support the St. Mary’s men’s and women’s basketball teams on Saturday Feb. 20 as they played against the University of Incarnate Word Cardinals. Photo by Robin Johnson

Rattlers prepare to compete for conference title By Danielle Torres Staff Writer Basketball playoffs are just around the corner and the men’s and women’s basketball teams have proven that they are ready. This season, both teams plan to make a huge impact not only in the Heartland Conference, but also in the tournament itself. The Rattler teams believe their hard work and time put in the gym will pay off. “Our level of play raises up from the regular season; our practices are more competitive,” said junior guard Nicole James. The players have a fresh perspective and optimistic outlook on the playoffs. They are all performing as if it is their last game, especially the seniors on the teams. The men’s team has three seniors and the women’s team has two. James said the most important thing to know when heading into the playoffs is “[knowing that it is] one and done, every game could be your last.” The competition the Rattlers have to face is serious business. Opponents include Incarnate Word’s senior guard Pierce Caldwell with an average of 17.3 points per game and senior guard Nia Torru with an average of 14.3 points per game. If the Rattlers had to pick someone they would rather not meet up with in the first round of conference play, James said it would be Incarnate Word, while the men’s sophomore guard Jeff Campbell said University of Newman. “[You] just have to say focused, stay

together as a team, and stay mentally ready,” Campbell said. This season the men’s team has racked up a 10-5 record with a 6-2 home record in conference play. The women’s team has done equally as good with an 11-3 record with a 6-1 home record in conference play. The fact that the Heartland Conference playoffs will be held at St Mary’s gives both teams an amazing home advantage in all their games. Having the support from packed stands at every game helps both teams get inspired and make it through the game. To draw a larger crowd for the teams’ crucial games against Incarnate Word, the athletics department hosted a “Blue Out” which was a pep rally of sorts prior to the men’s basketball game. “Blue Out” included face and body painting, a car decorating contest, and a tail gate in the AACC parking lot between games. The Bill Greehey Arena was full of fans who showed up to the games to support both teams. Although the brackets are not set in stone, whichever team the Rattlers draw up first will be a game no basketball fan will want to miss. So fans, get your blue and gold gear ready, t h e playoffs are c o m i n g soon. The playoffs begin March 4.

Rattler women’s basketball Coach Jason Martins (left) and men’s Coach Jim Zeleznak (right) shouting plays at the athletes as they play against the Incarnate Word Cardinals on Saturday Feb. 20. Both teams made an amazing effort Saturday as they prepare for the Heartland Conference Playoffs. Photos by Robin Johnson

Vol. 97, No. 8 - 02/24/2010  

The Rattler | St. Mary’s University

Vol. 97, No. 8 - 02/24/2010  

The Rattler | St. Mary’s University