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Vol. 96 Issue 7

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Students find a fun way to stay fit and gain rhythm. Page 17

Hometown Hero

John QuiĂąones pays a visit to his alma mater. Page 20

Home Run

Rattler softball team prepares for tournament. Page 25

St. Mary’s University Student Newspaper


How safe is our campus? Recent criminal activity spurs police to increase patrolling. Page 14


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Police Blotter


1/19/09 Six instances of criminal mischief < $500 in Lot O. 1/20/09 Fire alarm in the field between construction materials staging area and VJ Keefe Field. SAFD was dispatched and put out the grass fire. 1/21/09 Sick/injured person in Charles Francis Hall. EMS was contacted for treatment and transport; transported for further medical treatment. 1/22/09 Theft was reported in the Raba Law Building. 1/24/09 Major accident in Lot M. Suspect was arrested for DUI and taken in by SAPD.

Photo by Robin Johnson

Tuesday, Jan. 27, the Foreign Language Club presented the Chinese Culture Performance Association of San Antonio to bring in the New Year. 2009 is the Year of the Ox in Chinese Tradition. Students were treated to live music, fortune cookies and the chance to win a gift card for Panda Express.

Minor accident in Lot Q. 1/25/09 Burglary of motor vehicle in Lot O. 1/28/09 Sick/injured person in Dougherty Hall. EMS was contacted for treatment and transport; transported for further medical treatment. Major accident on University Drive. An investigation is pending. Violation of Student Handbook in Leies Hall. Referred to Judicial Affairs.

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Contact Us: 210-436-3401 (office) 210-431-3407 (fax) Cover photo by Andrew Riley Cover design by Amanda Rodriguez

News in Brief Deans meet to discuss Catholic identity, law Friday, Feb. 6, 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Law Classroom Building Room 102 Deans from several Catholic law schools will come together to have a panel discussion on “Integrating Catholic Social Teaching into a Legal Education.” The panel will discuss how to bring together Catholic identity and law school missions. The goal is to bring change and offer solutions to other schools that find the integration difficult.

Guest Speaker to address national security

Urban Plunge Retreat begins next weekend

Monday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m. AT&T Center for Information Technology

Friday, Feb. 13–Saturday, Feb. 14

Lenora Gant, Ph.D., will offer a speech titled “The Intelligence Community for the 21st Century” discussing what the Intelligence Community is and how its members are important for the nation and its security. Contact Anne Ohlrich of the Graduate School for more information.

Students who have signed up for the two-day Urban Plunge Retreat will head off campus to witness poverty in San Antonio first hand. Sign up is on a first come, first served basis and there is a limit of 15 students. The program will cover homelessness, migration, criminal justice, gentrification and many other issues.

Hackers cause mischief with Austin road signs

More prison riots break out in West Texas

St. Jude’s Hospital needs bilingual volunteers

Digital warning signs on the side of Austin roads were tampered with on Monday, Jan. 26.

The second prison riot in less than two months broke out in a private federal prison in West Texas on Saturday Jan. 31.

Thursday, Feb. 5–Friday, Feb. 6 Univision Radio, 1777 NE Loop 410, Suite 400

Rather than the usual cautionary notes, drivers were told, “Zombie in area! Run.“ Hackers changed the signs and their passwords so workers had to wait for manufacturers to reset the signs before they could be used again.

The Department of Public Safety showed up to contain the situation. Authorities worked through the weekend to restore order.

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital is looking for bilingual volunteers to answer phones and take pledges for the St. Jude/Univision Promesa y Esperanza Radiothon. Volunteers can help from 6 a.m.–7 p.m.

Source: Associated Press





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Cafeteria offers healthier, smarter alternatives

By carina Jones Staff Writer

With the start of a new semester, the Diamondback Café, is debuting healthier food choices to give students opportunities to develop better eating habits. The café’s changes include new menu options such as whole-wheat pizza and calzones to black bean burgers, according to John Finerghty, director of food services. The café has also brought in a new cooler for fresh vegetables and fruits to give them greater visibility and easier access to students. Food vendors like Montague’s Deli and Bené Pizza & Pasta are also staying open until 10 on weekdays so students have more options for dinner. The café has also introduced a sushi night, a change that café operations manager Daniel Martinez says is extremely popular with students. Finerghty acknowledges the changes by themselves will not improve students’ eating habits. Fitness Coordinator Angela Donnelly agrees and said students

Photo by Roberto Dumke

In effort to be more environmental friendly, the Diamondback Café is providing students and faculty with silverware so that less plastic cutlery is used. There are three drop-off stations around the café for silverware that has been used. must consider the choices they make each day and must be willing to use all the resources available to them. “Some students believe they may be eating in a healthy way by

purchasing a salad every day, but adding a lot of dressing to a salad can be just as bad as eating a burger,” said Donnely. She suggests that students obtain nutrition information by

logging onto, a site which posts daily menu options with calorie content information. Though healthy eating is an area of concern for some students, others say there are too many

competing demands to really pay attention to it. Student Government Association (SGA) president and senior political science major James Escamia understands the desire students have to eat healthy, but admits that he does not eat as well as he could all of the time. “It’s common knowledge that fruit is good, but you forget about your body and the choices you make when you put food in your mouth,” said Escamia. The café is also offering silverware to cut down costs and to be more environmentally friendly. Those who wish to dine in have the option to use plates rather than to-go boxes. Reciepts no longer automatically print out, instead cashiers now ask if students would like a reciept. Martinez says that he has received positive responses from students and faculty about the café’s efforts to be healthier and greener. “It was time for a change,” said Martinez. “And we were willing to jump in and make those changes.”

Weisman addresses environmental future in new book By Ari Rivera News Editor The spring semester begins with the last presenter for this year’s Lin Great Speaker Series journalist and author Alan Weisman. At the presentation, Weisman spoke about his latest book, The World Without Us, a non-fiction piece that focuses on what would happen to the world if all of humanity suddenly vanished. Weisman had to hold interviews across the globe to develop his book. He spoke to city maintenance personnel in addition to engineers, architects and nuclear plant workers. All professionals told him that nature could wreck their structures. “Life is incredibly powerful; it will invade any place we’re not looking, and even where we are,” said Weisman. He also noted how nature would be quick in rebuilding itself if humans were to leave. For examples, Weisman explained how the

Korean Demilitarized Zone, established in 1953, is now grown over and that the island of Cypress, which is void of humans, is now a vibrant natural habitat. “I got into this book because I was very worried about the Earth,” he said. “Now, I’m not so worried.” However, since humanity will not be vanishing, there are sustainability issues that need to be addressed. There are several organizations attempting to alleviate the pressures of humanity on the Earth. Weisman spoke with people associated with the zero population growth idea and even the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT). “Phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed will allow Earth’s biosphere to return to good health,” says the VHEMT Web site. The world has long been unable to naturally maintain the population and its continuing expansion. As humans engineer new ways

to grow food, rather than ending hunger, the population grows to meet the food resources. “We end up with five times as many hungry,” said Weisman. Knowing this, Weisman was determined to establish a middle road between over-population and the end of reproduction altogether. He then focused on population control and slowing reproduction. By families only having one child, it would greatly ease the strain put on the Earth. Students expressed interest in Weisman’s discussion. “[The speech] was kind of controversial, but it is a problem we’re going to be facing,” said senior elementary education major Annie Alejos. “People don’t want to think about it.” Following the lecture, a question and answer session was offered where Weisman discussed topics from natural family planning and the economy, to alternative energy and global warming. Weisman was then on hand to sign books.

Photo by Analicia Perez

Weisman explains that voluntary human extinction is not the only solution to helping the earth rebuild. As a result, the university sold out of both The World Without Us and Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World. Weisman was the last

presenter for the topic “Green or Gone? What is our Environmental Future?” for the 2008-2009 Lin Great Speakers Series.

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Nurturing the “Roots of Change” On the morning of Jan. 24, students strayed from their normal routine of pressing the snooze button until noon. Instead, they put on their working gloves and ventured out into their community as servant leaders and emissaries of change. Sponsored by the Marianist Trust, the Marianist Leadership Program and the Service Learning Center, Continuinug the Heritage is a campus-wide service day that allows students to volunteer their time and efforts with a variety of local organiations, such as: the State Hospital, the Children’s Shelter and Catholic Charities. One of the many organizations respresented this year was the Roots of Change Community Garden. Located on San Antonio’s East Side, the garden provides the surrounding neighboorhood with the means to grow and harvest their own fruits and vegetables; as well as a ground for discussion of various developmental issues facing their community. Photos by Analicia Perez



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Archbishop discusses immigration with students By maxmillian sokoloff Staff Writer

Photo by Analicia Perez

Archbishop Agostino Marchetto spoke to students about the importance of better integrating international students into campus life and activities.

St. Mary’s University received a visit from Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, Apostolic Nuncio. Archbishop Marchetto is the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants and has been in the service of the Holy See, the Vatican’s diplomatic mission, since 1968. The Archbishop toured the United States and spoke at various member institutions of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. The tour finished on Feb. 1 in Washington, D.C. at the association’s annual meeting. The focus is to spread an understanding of the 2004 Instruction from the Pontifical Council entitled, “The Love of Christ towards Migrants.” Students were able to meet with the Archbishop during a luncheon held at the Marianist Residence. There, Archbishop Marchetto greeted and casually spoke with students, inquiring about their majors and hometowns. In doing so, he spoke to the students not only in English, but in Spanish, French, Italian and Russian. Following a prayer, Archbishop Marchetto got into the substance of his visit, to reveal the immigrant issue as more than just a debate. He said that there are different types of migrants, who typically

move for economic reasons. The migrants include those seeking work, fishermen, other seafarers and truck drivers. Economic migrants can move internationally, from country to country, or internally, from one part of the country to another. There are also internally displaced persons, who move intracountry, and refugees, who move internationally. These groups of people have usually been forced from their homes due to acts of war, persecution, political upheaval or natural disasters. Refugees receive protection due to international laws and treaties. Humans who are captured and sold as slaves are another category. This includes forced laborers, sex industry workers and child soldiers. They are also the focus of the pastoral care of the Church. Gypsies, tourists, pilgrims, people who live in the streets and stateless persons are also examples of who the Church wants to help. In addition, the Archbishop also reaches out to students studying abroad as he voiced how he would like to see more of an emphasis placed on the integration of life and faith. He went on to say international students need special attention because, though they are students, they can also be identified as a category of migrants. On the topic of immigration policy, Archbishop Marchetto fears

that with the recent tightening of immigration laws in Europe and the United States, many who are in need are being turned away. The practice of choosing which types of immigrants to be let in is becoming more rampant. With it recently being the greatest movement of people in human history, it is important that many of these people receive the pastoral care they need. According to the Archbishop, welcoming these people is much more than just providing hospitality. However, a burden falls not only on those welcoming, but on those being welcomed. The Archbishop explained that it is the duty of the migrant to learn the local customs and language, and to integrate their own culture with that of their new home. It is important to note that integration, as opposed to the assimilation, is ideal. Migrants should not forego their own culture when moving. Whether one is at home or abroad, the lessons taught by Archbishop Marchetto apply. Treating others with dignity, respect and acceptance are all values we would do well to follow and apply in our daily lives. To have empathy for those who are far from home is a virtue the Church wants to spread. More information on the Holy See, and the Vatican in general, can be found at phome_en.htm.

Students connect with potential employers By Joshua dunn Staff Writer On Jan. 28, the Career Service Center hosted its semiannual Job and Internship Fair in the University Center. The job fair, held on a Wednesday in Conference Room A, ran from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Career Services hosts this event every semester and has been doing so for years. Many students from all majors and classifications attended this event with some searching for fulltime positions and others coming to look for internships. Also, there were those who stopped by just to take a peek at what they

could find. “I don’t really know exactly what I was looking for,” said senior criminal justice major Crystal Ceballos. “I just tried to look around and see exactly what there was available.” Around 45 employers showed up, including such companies as Ion Broadcasting, Valero, Univision Radio and Walgreens. While some business representatives declined being interviewed due to company policy, most of them said that there were plenty of opportunities for students and alumni. Many of the employers provided that their companies had open full- and part-time positions.

The majority of the organizations also stated that they had many internships open for willing students, with most of them being paid positions. Whether the need is for a summer job or a full-time, entry-level position, students can use the resources that the campus and Career Services make available to them. A good step towards that is attending the job, internship, and volunteer fairs or stopping by the Career Services Center to ask for any opportunities throughout the year. For more information about local job opportunites contact the Career Services Center at 210-436-3102.

Photo by Robin Johnson

Over 40 companies from the local and national job network were available to students to provide information, job opportunites and internships.

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MLK dream has yet to be fulfilled STAFF EDITORIAL The Rattler The election of President Barack Obama has drawn comparisons to the civil rights leader and activist Martin Luther King, Jr., arguably the most influential American of the 20th century. The connection most people make between the two is a racial one, and centers on whether Obama’s election is fulfilling King’s dream of equality amongst all. Yet a much more important question surfaces: Was Martin Luther King’s work focused only on achieving greater African American political representation or was it a much more encompassing goal? A careful examination of Dr. King’s speeches, writings and activism points to the fact that, while political representation was indeed a very important element

of the civil rights struggle, it was by no means its only piece. Martin Luther King talked about the dream he had that one day his children “will not be judged by the color of his skin but by the content of their character”; that he had “the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits” and that we should “develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness.” How can we make echo of those words with a country submerged in greater income inequality, a poverty-stricken world and a violent social order? We believe that Obama’s presidency, while of monumental importance for the civil rights movement, does not completely fulfill Dr. King’s mission. Barack Obama’s election shows the greatness of a country that is able to take

the darkest chapter of its recent history and turn it over its head, a greatness in which Dr. King’s dream was rooted. But those who treasure that dream still point to the overwhelming majority of HIV cases involving African Americans, the fact that the people on death row are in most cases minorities, the de facto segregation in public schools and neighborhoods or that the average educational attainment is still much lower for minorities. But perhaps the greatest urgency we have of listening to Dr. King’s message today arises from the growing poverty that exists in both the United States and the world. Dr. King has awoken us to the fact that the love ethic was meant to be lived beyond personal relationships and should constitute an essential feature of the social order. That, amidst bailouts, wars and politics, is the greatest challenge facing our world today.

what they said An American Dream

We reject the false choice between our safety and our ideals.

President Barack Obama Inaugural Speech, Jan. 20

I find it very sad that people applaud what you said. You killed people. And I think that’s wrong.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan

to Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Davos World Economic Forum, Jan. 29

I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgments.

Michael Phelps

after UK newspaper published pictures showing him apparently smoking cannabis, Feb. 1

Illustration by Jaymee Baxley

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Mappa Mundi A just war in Gaza?

BY ALFONSO DE LA TORRE If there is such a thing as a just war (which is a concept I am extremely skeptic of) the Israeli offensive on Gaza is certainly an example of its opposite. More than 1300 Palestinians and 14 Israelis dead and widespread destruction along the Gaza strip is the final balance of a conflict that was the massacre of an innocent population whose only fault was electing Hamas. One of the key elements of a just war is its ‘proportionality.’ The numbers speak for themselves. Israel usually argues to be in the middle of a hostile neighborhood, but the truth is that the rest perceive Israel as the ‘bully’ of the block. There is no justification for the bombing of mosques, no matter how many Hamas leaders were hiding in them, or for the killing of 30 people with a bomb simply because one was a Muslim extremist. Are the other 29 not important enough? For a government that claims to be seeking peace, Israel’s leadership has a lot of things to explain. Hamas, on the other hand, has proved to be something difficult to describe with civilized words. Perhaps the most appropriate word is “disgusting.” How can it claim “a great victory” after seeing its people die, its children go hungry and its hospitals collapse? How many lives can their self-proclaimed “cause” be worth? Hamas is responsible for bringing its own people into the greatest humanitarian catastrophe it has seen in many years. What kind of leadership is that? The recent conflict between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas has not only destroyed the Gaza strip but has also debilitated the longterm security of Israel. By killing the innocent men and women who have never attacked Israel, Prime Minister Ehmud Olmert and his cabinet have given birth to future Islamic extremists: the men and women who have seen their loved ones die are now developing frustration and hate for Israel. These are the future militants of Hamas, Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda. The power of Hamas does not stem from its weapons or its leaders, but from the support of the people and the willingness of some to sacrifice their lives for its ‘cause.’ It is true that Hamas had been launching rockets into Israel for a long time. It is true that Hamas was warned by Israel of retaliation. It is also true that the international community should have addressed these issues before a conflict started. But I must reject the notion that the full-scale attack on Gaza was needed and that the children who died can simply be classified as ‘collateral damage.’ If an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind, then things cannot be more obscure than they are now.

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St. Mary’s & Campus Life

SGA’s new recycling program helps Rattlers “go green” This semester, the Student Government Association at St. Mary’s decided to implement a new recycling program for our campus. Lorna Cruz Within the first weeks, there has been a measurable, positive response from the student, staff and faculty body. The first and probably the most obvious change presented was

the option of using silverware at the café instead of plastic spoons, knives and forks that were the only choice available. With the option of using silverware, the use and disposal of plastics can significantly be reduced by being replaced with a more practical system of washing and reusing. Of course, the campus still has the option of using plastic utensils, but for many, the decision to use silverware is obvious, as it would a great, easy way to contribute towards yielding fewer pollutants.

San Antonio & the Community

The second change that has been noticeably implemented is the presence of a number of recycling containers for paper, plastic and cans. The bins and their location make it much easier for anyone who wants to recycle some of these items. The large containers with slots shaped accordingly can be seen at the entrance of the UC. The fact that there are so many recyclables by the end of the day is a measurement of how environmentally aware our campus is. If there were additional containers,

there would probably also be filled up. Having more eco-friendly options available and being informed about how our choices can impact the community we live in can be a huge step towards becoming an example for other institutions to implement similar recycling programs. Many thanks to SGA for taking the initiative of helping St. Mary’s become a more conscious campus—our environment definitely deserves a break.

Faith & the Marianists

San Antonio economy will Celebrating the life of Fr. feel the effects of recession William Joseph Chaminade With the economy continuing its downward spiral, its no wonder San Antonio employees have seen a significant number of layDana Traugott offs in the past few months. According to Dr. Steve Nivin, an economics professor here at St. Mary’s, we should see unemployment continuing to increase as a result of the global recession. However, it is not expected to be as bad in San Antonio as we will most likely fall within the 7-8% range of unemployment while the national average will probably reach two digits. We are due to see a large increase in unemployment at the national level, but since San Antonio has been insulated from the national recession, layoffs will not increase as much in 2009. The reason for this is that San Antonio, like any major city, is specialized in certain areas. In our case, it is medicine and health care, which are acyclical industries. In other words, such areas of employment do relatively the same regardless of the overall state of the macro-economy. In addition, San Antonio did not experience a “housing bubble,” or overpricing of houses over the

last years. As a result, house prices have not declined as much as, say, Florida or California. San Antonio’s economy has proven to be much more resilient than the rest of the country. Despite Toyota temporarily shutting down its plant here, economic activity has not decreased greatly in the past year. Moreover, some experts like Dr. Nivin consider that growth will continue, albeit at a much slower rate. For example, San Antonio continues to be an important tourist area that might even get a boost by the recession as people living in Texas prefer to spend their vacations at the home of the Alamo rather than making expensive trips out of state. Also, the stimulus package that the federal government will put into action is very likely to involve several public works in San Antonio, which will also contribute to generate growth for the city. In that sense, the coming elections for the city are of primary importance since it will be the winner who manages an enhanced budget and makes decisions about the allocation of those funds. Thus, while things are likely to get a little worse for the city before they get better, the picture for San Antonio will still be brighter than that of the rest of the country.

As I walk amongst the Marianist men and women on Campus, I can’t help but feel great admiration towards them. We Francesca Garcia all recognize the great gifts they have given the St. Mary’s community. When I begin to reflect on their actions towards everyone, I consider the man who created it all: Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. Father Chaminade once said, “The object of the vow of teaching being to carry out the recommendation of Mary, ‘Do whatever he tells you,’ it extends to all classes of society of both sexes and of every age, but especially to the young and the poor.” This is seen everyday through the Marianist community on campus through the guidance of Father Chaminade. As the Marianist heritage of doing “Whatever he tells you” runs deep in the roots of St. Mary’s University, it is nice stop for a moment to recognize the man who is responsible for implanting these qualities in our presence. Father Chaminade’s life could be seen as a sequence of overturns that led to victories over any obstacle. He once said, “I am like a

brook that makes no effort to overcome obstacles in its way. All the obstacles can do is hold me up for a while as a brook is held up; but doing that time it grows deeper, and after a while it overflows the obstruction and flows along again.” Looking back on his life these words remain true. He served the people of Bordeaux during the French revolution by providing them with different types of ministry, knowing that his head could face the terror of the guillotine. However, he remained a man of courage, faith, discipline, and compassion who created a foundation that led to the formation of the Society of Mary and the ideals to which they hold so dear. These ideals are to spread the good news to anyone in need, but like Mary, in the way of making Christ more present among us. Father Chaminade to me is an example of true humility and faith that helps to advance any person who comes across these established ideals. As we come across opportunities to which doors of community and service open to us here at St. Mary’s, let us consider Blessed Father William Joseph Chaminade and his message that holds to be evident today amongst us. “The spirit of faith will become a spirit of zeal, a spirit of courage and generosity.”



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Student protests School of Americas for world peace I awoke suddenly from my heavy slumber and lazily stared out the window. Today was the beginning of a new journey, I thought. Brissa I was on my way Renteria to Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia, a fifteen-hour drive to world peace. Not only was I about to be part of a world movement, I was also about to make more sense of who I am. Twelve of us stepped out of the large van and immediately shivered as the wind took over our warmth from our bodies. It was a foreign place to me, but it definitely felt like I belonged. “Close the SOA!” people shouted as we passed by. Already, thousands of international and national people of all ages had beguan to gather around the long strip along the gate of the School of Americas, now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC.).

The School of the Americas (SOA) had been established in 1946, originally in Panama, and has now gained its reputation for torturing and killing thousands of innocent lives in Latin America. The graduates of this school are sent back to the Latin American countries and kill thousands with skills they learned from the SOA. Our group was called the SOAWThe School of the Americas Watch. It amazed me how many gathered for this event. More than twenty thousand people came to Fort Benning and showed their support for world peace. I was ecstatic. Not only did I become a “hippie” of our generation, but I was doing something that I loved, and that was saving numerous others who were helpless. If we could shut this school down then there would be no SOA death related headlines. I longed for peace. All ages gathered for this event: Young and old, teenagers and seniors. The important thing was that your cultural background did not matter, as long as we all had

Courtesy of Brissa Renteria

the same mission. We stood at the gates outside of the fort all weekend long for hours, protesting our rights as Christian Catholics and demanding peace. We did not do this in a disorderly manner. Rather, we gathered together and prayed for each person that had been murdered. I felt tortured when I would hear the name of a two-year-old be called out, helplessly killed on the streets of Latin America. Or when I would hear of seventy-year-olds who had no chance to speak their mind and died. Or of thirty-yearolds, reminding me of my mother. Or of eighteen-year olds who were just like me. World peace is not about who you are as a person, but as a true activist of what you believe in. I could still hear the John Lennon impersonators at the event, and all of those in the early 1970s who cried out for peace in our nation. I want this to be over and I want it to end now.

Students and staff joined more than 20,000 people last November to protest the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.

Bolivia expells US Ambassador, generating controversy

One of the countries that has caused controversy in 2008 and continues to do so is Bolivia, led by its indigenous president, Lorna Evo Morales. Cruz The increasingly leftist president has been known to concur with his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez about foreign policy, as well as their keen dislike and distrust towards the United States. In September 2008, Morales sent out a powerful message to the international community by expelling the U.S. Ambassador, Philip Goldberg from the country—the embassy was located in Bolivia’s capital city, La Paz. The alleged reasons for this sudden expulsion were that Goldberg was “conspiring against democracy and seeking to divide the country”. In response to this measure, the United States expelled

the Bolivian ambassador from the country, Gustavo Guzman, a day after Goldberg’s expulsion. Another issue occurred in Nov. 2008, when the Bolivian president suspended the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration in the country and ordered its agents to leave within three months. The DEA is a U.S. agency that deals with issues such as drug control and providing resources to rehabilitate addicts, among other things. When it comes to international affairs, one of its responsibilities includes “liaison with the United Nations, Interpol, and other organizations on matters relating to international drug control programs.” Morales said that the government would take control of its activities in regards to the war on drugs. As of January 2009, Brazil’s president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has agreed to help the country combat drug trafficking in response to Bolivia turning to them for help.

Even though it is no country’s obligation to be strong allies with the United States nor to accept help from its agencies, it is Evo Morales’ stubbornness and incapacity to put his country’s interests first that has made Bolivia blacklisted and disapproved by much of the international community. There is a spark of hope, though, as Morales has said that he is willing to improve the Bolivia-U.S. relationship once president Barack Obama steps up. His approach is that they can relate to each other because Morales was Bolivia’s first indigenous president, much as Obama is the first African American president that the United States has had. Morales insists that the DEA will not return as long as he holds his place as president. It is in Bolivians’ best interest that their president makes more of an effort to relate to foreign administrations and collaborate for the benefit of all countries involved.


Evo Morales recently expelled the U.S. ambassador to La Paz, Philip Goldberg.


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In the middle of two wars, economic recession and high expectations, Obama “plays it cool”

In one of Saturday Night Live’s most recent episodes, comedian Fred Armisen portrayed President Barack Obama in a sketch entitled James Hopkins “Obama Plays it Cool.” In this sketch, Armisen, as Obama, states, “My only rule is to keep it cool.” He then goes on to cite examples from his political campaign and his personal life that illustrate his coolness in the face of conflict and drama. Even though this was a humorous depiction of the new President, as with all humor, there is an element of truth present. I think the most astounding aspect of the days surrounding the Inaugural celebration was President Obama’s apparent calmness. Whenever television cameras focused on President Obama, he either had a relaxed smile on his face or a look of intrepid determination. Especially on the day of Inauguration when he may have delivered one of the most important speeches in recent history, Obama appeared calm, collected, and resolute. In his Inaugural speech, the

President addressed many of the unprecedented challenges that he, his cabinet, and the people in the United States have to face in the present and in the very near future. His tone was commanding, confident, and humble. The speech was very well-crafted and an excellent example of a rhetorical argument. The President declared, “Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time, but know this America—they will be met.” This declaration came as a clear response to Americans who hold expectations that the new President can easily solve the obstacles America must confront. However large these challenges are, I think Obama’s oratory and demeanor are reassuring. Obama seems to impart a sense of confidence and inclusiveness to the American people. Through his Inaugural speech, President Obama projected himself as a competent and strong leader. Clearly, many Americans, especially the youth, see President Obama as an inspirational leader. I believe that he has great potential to help this country in the difficult situations with which we

River City Update

touched me deep inside and brought about a profound shame. I started on On the San Antonio River the pathway and felt as BY CHRIS CHILDREE though I was going deep into time. However A few weeks ago I began a trip that feeling soon subsided as I in search of the slightest glimmer reached the “mighty” San Antonio of enlightenment that our great River. I saw before me a stagnant river city had to offer. At first I breeding ground for mosquitoes, believed that I had found what complete with beer cans, plastic I sought as I stumbled upon the bags and other objects suitable four missions located in our city’s for a landfill. There were no fish south side. But when I reached in the water. the Mission, San Juan CapistraI decided that I wanted to get no, something that I discovered some answers. First, I contacted

Photo courtesy of Vivian Esparza

Can President Barack Obama mantain his calmn demeanor in the midst of so many challenges? are presented. However, while I am excited for the future, I am also equally concerned. While President Obama appears confident and collected now, can he maintain this demeanor throughout his presidency? I wonder if Obama can continue to maintain

his “cool” as he deals with contentious domestic and foreign adversaries. Will his “cool” be viewed as a strength or a weakness in the international community? Finally, I question the extent to which I will be able to participate in the current and oncoming issues

the Project Manager from the Office of the City of San Antonio for the San Antonio River Improvements Project via e-mail. A few days later an e-mail was returned in which the project manager notified me that he did not know why the river was in this condition and proceeded to contact a member of the San Antonio River Authority whom he believed could answer my concerns. After waiting a few days I did not receive an e-mail from this individual. Next, I called the San Antonio River Authority who informed me that the river was not stagnant despite what I saw, and that perhaps it was flowing extremely slow. In regards to the trash, the River Authority official stated that

cleaning the river was a responsibility of the city of San Antonio, and that they completed this task every two months. He did not explain the lack of fish in the river. The state of the river has been a concern of the city since 1998. Why then is the river in such a deplorable condition? In June 2008 Mayor Hardberger attended the groundbreaking for a new “Mission Reach” project aimed at improving the ecosystem and development of the river along the San Antonio Missions. The city is spending $126.6 million on this project. Why then, with all these millions of taxpayer dollars being allotted, can the city only manage to clean trash from the river “every two months?”

of the United States—can Obama incite real change, through his charisma and confidence, that will value the opinions of all American citizens or will we still be subject to politics as usual?

This is an enormously simple but essential task; they should never allow the river to be in the condition that I viewed it in. For one it is disrespectful to our city and its rich history, and secondly it hurts tourism, an essential part of our economy. People will visit places like Mission San Juan Capistrano, view how we treat our river, and be disgusted. During the groundbreaking Mayor Hardberger described this part of our city as “beautiful.” I wonder if he would make that same assessment if he visited the river when I did. I wonder how many people have become so disillusioned by this site that they will never visit our city again.



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Flipp-side of Reason

Beliefs and Society BY CRISTINA GONZALEZ


The terrorist attacks in Mumbai last December have increased the tensions along the India-Pakitan border.

Mumbai attacks show Pakistan’s importance in the war on terror

Following the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, the United States went into Afghanistan with a clear purpose that has remained unfulfilled. The terrorists we’ve been hunting, Kenneth Howell including Osama Bin Laden, now hide in the hilly regions along the northern Pakistan-Afghan border. That’s where our goal is now – a frustratingly short trip across the border and we could apprehend the people responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Instead, we rely on Pakistan and that relationship is a particularly problematic one. Their failures to make significant progress only draws out and frustrates NATO efforts in Afghanistan. The United States could send troops across the border, but that is an option drowning in complications and consequences. The American stance remains one of cooperating with and depending on Pakistan to take control of the chaotic situation along the border. To complicate the situation further, in late November of last year a terrorist organization linked to Pakistan attacked Mumbai. The city of 20 million people is the financial center of India’s economy and has endured several terrorist attacks in the past decade, but nothing like

November’s sophisticated assault. Ten terrorists armed with AK-47’s, hand grenades, and a clear knowledge of the city’s layout attacked sites across Mumbai with surgical precision. According to the BBC News Online, 173 died and 308 suffered injuries in three days of violence in the southern part of the city. Among the targets, all of which were civilian, were two high-end hotels, a Jewish community center and a major train station. Only one terrorist involved in the attacks survived. His interrogation combined with information gathered from other sources, including the United States, indicated that the culprit for the attacks was a terrorist group from within Pakistan. This possibility, combined with accusations of elements of the Pakistani government giving support to this terrorist group, has severely strained the foreign and diplomatic relations between India and Pakistan. The military forces of both countries have engaged in a continual build up along their borders beginning in December. Some of the forces dedicated to fighting against terrorists in Pakistan are now being redeployed in case of a war with India. Bloodied, beaten up army units are being taken from the fight along the border to be patched up. Not only is Pakistan using the strain with India to bail units out of the fight along the border, but also a possible war with India is clearly more

popular with Pakistani civilians than the fruitless situation along the border with Afghanistan. The saber rattling between India and Pakistan is alarming as the two nations have been at war multiple times since gaining independence. For the United States, a war between the two would be disastrous. Beyond the nightmare of the war itself, the fallout would do nothing but distract from our goals in the war on terror. The instability along the border of Pakistan does not need anything more to stoke the flames of radical Islam. If diplomacy fails and the two countries go to war, the United States will have another reason to seriously examine its options. The policy of cooperating with Pakistan has given us nothing but grief, but sending our troops across the border into Pakistan cannot be considered to hold too many positive outcomes. Whatever President Obama decides, the focus of the War on Terror is clearly shifting to Afghanistan as we deploy troops there to maintain the downward spiral. As the spotlight shines brighter on Afghanistan, so too will it shine on Pakistan. To fix Afghanistan completely someone will have to step up and clean up the remnants of the Taliban hiding along Pakistan’s border. It is ultimately up to the Pakistani government as to who does the cleaning.

In 1972, the State of California repealed the death penalty. A reporter at the time covering the story tried to get an opinion from the infamous Charles Manson, who, by fortune of the repeal, had his sentence commuted to life in prison for the murders of seven people in the Hollywood area. The reporter asked Manson his thoughts on the matter; he asked whether or not Manson believed the acts of certain people merited the death penalty. From behind the barred door of his cell, Manson rather casually responded with, “I believe what I’m told to believe. Don’t you?” These are rather ironic words coming from a man who managed to convince a group of young hippies to believe some pretty outrageous things. And yet, how thought-provoking, no? Though Charles Manson may have meant it sarcastically, the question is and has been investigated for ages now. If our identity comes from our experiences, then where does individuality come into play? How many of our thoughts or expressed ideals are truly ours? So many of us thrive on the idea that we are unique--our thoughts and mannerisms are so much our own that they are impossible to replicate--without realizing that, for all our originality, we are the result of our influences. Take, for instance, high school and the cliques that organized the social scene. There were the jocks and the cheerleaders, the theatre kids, the rich kids (who were usually friends with the jocks and cheerleaders); in short, the usual bunch. They were easy to spot because of the way they dressed or the music they professed to listen to. No matter which clique it was, they all said the same thing: If you want to hang out with us, you have to be like us. Like what we like, dress the way we dress, believe what we believe--without question-and we may just accept you. However...avoiding the traditional cliques of organized society does not exempt other people from being a clique all their own. Their beliefs of “be unique” and “be an individual” didn’t just spring spontaneous in their minds. They are influenced, They believe what they are exposed to believe until something comes along to undermine and change their view. So what does that mean for us, exactly? Is it really as bleak as it sounds? Are we really little more than empty vessels waiting to be filled with the juice of someone else’s mental fruit? Or am I being too critical of the human spirit, unique despite all the world’s influences bearing down upon it? It all depends. What do you believe?


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How to be a


Getting your polished look for less Melody shows you how she fueled up on fab for only dollars.

Smart shopper shares her advice on snagging fashion-foward deals By melody Mejia Staff Writer With college students spending most of their time in class or at work, it is common that they find themselves not quite looking their best. Personally, when it comes to early classes and getting out of work late, the only thing I want to wear are jeans and shirts. However, future fashionistas need not worry about looking drab. Comfort and affordability can still be chic— and easy. Upon walking into a store, my first instinct is to find items on sale. When you’re shopping, it makes sense that you would want the latest trends which, unfortunately, tend to be the most recent items on the floor with a hefty price tag to boot. What should be noted is that those coveted fashion-forward items can be found on clearance. While the overstuffed shelves may seem like a headache and a hassle to look through, do not be afraid to rummage through the clearance racks. Half-priced Jimmy Choo heels require some sweat! You do not have to sacrifice your style to spend less. When it comes to your own fashion, a little can go a long way.

Kohl’s Candie’s Clutch Purse $2 Accessories make the outfit. When shopping for a purse, look for one that is versatile enough for your day and evening outfits. Avoid large, voluminous bags. Instead, opt for convenience with a cute leather clutch.

Express White Ruffled Tank $6 The ruffle shirt will add dimension to your outfit. Apart from being impossibly chic, this top is versatile and comfortable.

Charlotte Russe Studded Belt $5 The studded belt provides edge to any outfit. Utilize it if you need to add some spark that basic tee.

Charlotte Russe High- waisted Pants $7 The high-waisted slacks are great for hugging the hips and cinching the waist. The pant is ideal for those who are looking to avoid the dreaded muffin top or “coin slot.”

Payless Fedni Peep-toes $5 When dressing up during the day, avoid overdone stiletto heels. Instead, try choosing a shoe with a thicker and smaller heel that allows for more comfortable walking.

Garage Sale Jacket $6 Layer your clothes for a more unique combination. Try a cropped jacket over a silk top or blouse to add class and sophistication to any outfit.




FASHION IN ART:1870s TO 1920s


Southwest School of Art and Crafts (SSAC) and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will present paintings by San Antonio native Marcia Gygli King.

In an interactive, kid-friendly exhibit, the Genome will attempt to answer frequently asked questions and misconceptions about DNA and the human anatomy.

A bilingual play produced by Horwath Productions presents the life of famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her turbulent life with husband and artist Diego Rivera.

An exhibit of paintings by Robert Onderdonk and his daughter, Eleanor Onderdonk, will be displayed with lifesize reproductions of the historical fashion used in the artwork.

Organized by AT&T and the McNay Art Museum, the exhibit provides a look into 20th and 21st century art. Some artists include Andy Warhol and Robert Lango.

Jan. 29–April 12 San Antonio Museum of Art

Feb. 7–May 25 Witte Museum

Jan. 23–Feb. 8 Josephine Theatre

Jan. 15–Feb. 15 Witte Museum

Feb. 11–May 17 McNay Art Museum

Features Suprise your sweetheart with these creative alternatives 02.04.09

Fool-proof gifts for your Valentine By Christine Le Managing Editor Whether you are one to embrace the day of mutual love and commercialism or not, it cannot be denied that Feb. 14 is an ideal time of year to buy your sweetheart an outrageously large stuffed bear holding boxes of candy wrapped in too much cellophane. Sadly, not every Valentine’s gift is a homerun. If you’re trying to think outside the box in attempt to move away from the typical hugs-and-kisses-themed boxers for the boyfriend or the dozen red roses for the gal, consider the following Valentine’s Day gifts that are just as sweet as they are functional.

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For the girlfriend...

For the penny-pincher...

Stock Ownership ($50-$150 at Nurture his entrepreneurial spirit by giving the gift of stocks. OneShare makes it easy to buy a single trade in America’s hottest publicly-traded companies.

Magazine Subscription (approx. $30 for 12 issues at Give her something to look forward to every month in her mailbox. Be it the latest in fashion, the best in music, or tips in health and fitness, this gift will keep on giving.

Make a card You do not necessarily have to spend $5 on a Hallmark. Instead, pull out your Crayolas and get to work on an art project that’s sure to please.

Starbucks Gift Card (Values of $25, $50, $75, or $100) Give him what every guy needs: a boost of energy. Give what every man wants!

Cut-Out Handle Clutch ($34.50 at Express) Get her this chic purse for her going-out essentials. It’ll be a perfect gift she can use the next time you take her out to dinner. And right before you think that she already has plenty of those, remember: A girl can never have too many purses.

J. Crew Cambridge Tie ($29.50 at J. Crew) From a brand that features classic styles with a twist, be the one to get him his favorite formal-wear accessory at a reasonable price. Full-Body Massage ($65 at Sergio Salon) A deep tissue or Swedish will be exactly what your stressed man needs for some serious relaxation.

Sephora Scent Sampler ($50 at Sephora) Sephora offers 10 samples of top-selling women’s fragrances, including Marc Jacob’s Daisy and Vera Wang Princess. Once she’s tried out the samples, your girl can visit any Sephora store with the included gift voucher to redeemed a full-size bottle of her choice.

Make her dinner You do not need to go to a five-star restraunt to have a great meal. Read a cook book, find out his or her favorite meal and suprise them with a gesture that is truly romantic. Say “I love you” If you are ready to move to the next level in your relationship, show him or her how you feel with just a simple, “I love you.” Those three words alone can make your Valantine’s day date into one to remember. Enjoy the weather Make memories with your loved one by skipping the movies and going outdoors. A picnic at the local park to get away from the usual drudgery of school and work.



Campus increases residence hall patrolling, urges students to keep a vigilant eye By SARAH MILLS Editor-In-Chief Students often hold the idea that because St. Mary’s is a small campus, it is almost completely safe. This idea was interrupted in January when several incidents had students analyzing their efforts to be safe on campus. On Jan.19, there were nine cars vandalized in Lot O and on Jan. 24 a drunk driver from off-campus destroyed part of the school’s fence and two parked cars in Lot M. The incident that is garnering the most shock, however, occurred on Jan. 20 when there was an attempted sexual assault in Lourdes Hall, an incident so rare that James Villarreal, director of residence life, said he has never once heard of happening on campus since he has worked here. “I know that, being in a small community, our residents sometimes feel a false sense of community, like its one big family. That’s a false sense of security because we are close and we know each other, but if you go into the real world and live in an apartment you are more vigilant of who is coming and going,” said Villarreal. “You don’t just go along thinking everything is going to be okay.” A day after the incident, police from the University Police Department (UPD) and Resident Assistants (RA) from Lourdes met with residents from Lourdes to inform them about the event and to remind them to take safety precautions. “We reminded [residents] not to let anyone behind them in, and that if they didn’t feel comfortable telling [the other person] that they can’t let [that person] in, then they need to report to an RA or UPD,” said Villarreal. Srgt. Ken Schmidtling, who also attended the meeting, said he hopes that students keep an eye out for people who do not fit in with the college setting and to report those who appear suspicious. “For the most part, our campus is pretty safe; a lot of it has to do with the people that our residents choose to bring back to campus that cause a lot of problems,” said Schmidtling. Since the incident in Lourdes, Schmidtling said that the UPD has increased patrolling around resident areas and is also beginning to go

though 10 walkthroughs a day in residence halls. RAs are also doing more walkthroughs during visitor hours. Lourdes resident and freshman elementary education major Paulina Hernandez said that despite the incident, she feels safe because of the police and RA efforts to monitor the halls. “The police immediately responded to the assault,” said Hernandez. “One came knocking on our door to check if all of my roommates were there.” Locking her dorm room frequently and looking through the peephole before answering the door are some of the things Hernandez does to keep safe. She said that her fellow residents are generally safe, but acknowledges that some of them are not as careful. “I have seen some of the girls see someone outside and they will ask ‘Do you need in?’” said Hernandez. “They do let some people slip in.” Hernandez suggests that Residence Life should consider installing security cameras in some of the halls in case something else like this happens again. “Because this [Lourdes Hall] is an all-girls dorm hall, I think it has more potential for an assault like this.” Senior psychology major and Outback resident Manuel Vasquez would also like to see more police patrolling in the Outback. “Anybody can go in and out. I’ve seen people who don’t go to campus here all the time,” Vasquez said. “The cops should be heavily circulating this area.” Villarreal say that increased patrolling is one of the most effective ways to control crime. “I think the reason we don’t have too many problems is because we have a good police department that’s visible and active community members that report suspicious people,” said Villarreal. Schmidtling said that the campus is safe despite the recent events and points out that this is the last incident of its type to occur in a year an a half. Villarreal agrees that the university is safer than others. “I can’t say we’re 100% because nobody is, but I would say that we are one of the safer campuses in South Texas.”

Class prepares women for real life situations

Chief addresses Lourdes incident


Families for decades have entrusted St. Mary’s University with the safety and well being of their students. I know I speak for the entire University Police Department when I say that we take this stewardship seriously and work very hard to maintain a safe campus for everyone. The safety of students, faculty and staff is our paramount responsibility. The incident which occurred in Lourdes Hall reminds us that precaution and self-defense measures that we teach do work. The female student used her best judgment, accessed the situation and was successfully able to get away. This incident is under investigation and I am asking if anyone has any information to immediately bring it to the attention of the University Police Department by calling our non-emergency number (436-3330). In light of what happened and what could have happened, I think it is a good time to remind the entire St. Mary’s community of some general precautionary measures that we can all use. It’s important to remember that every circumstance is different and you need to not only access the situation, but also know your own capabilities. The most important thing is to always be alert of your surroundings. If someone approaches you, be defensive; don’t let someone violate your personal space. Try to read the other person’s motivation and what tactics might work to get away from them if you feel threatened. Then look for a window of opportunity to escape. I would also recommend programming the University’s Police Department’s emergency number (431-1911) into your cell phone as a speed dial option under the number nine. Also, our officers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as safety escorts. If you need a safety escort, please call our non- emergency number 436-3330 to make a request. University Police Officers are here for your protection and please do not ever hesitate to call us if you ever need a safety escort, feel threatened or to report a suspicious person or activity.

Editor-In-Chief For women looking to defend themselves against an attacker, the University Police Department (UPD) offers a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training program. Sergaent Ken Schmidtling instructs the class, which will be held Feb. 17, 24 and March 3 and hopes that any female students looking to learn escape techniques will sign up. Schmidlting will also be holding two sixhour classes for the women in Lourdes. RAD is a 12-hour course that covers awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance and also teaches women defense strategies. The first 2 to 3 hours teaches awareness and the last 8 hours of the class are physical. “The class is basically a confidence builder. It will drill all of these techniques into you,” said Schmidtling. “Its like police training and military training, you do it so often that when you are put into this situation you basically react.” At the end of the class, Schmidtling puts on a full-body padded suit and allows the girls to use different techniques that they learned on him. “The girls use all the different techniques: the strikes, the kicks, the verbal commands, and they basically get to kick my butt. That’s the best part of the classes, seeing what they learned and how they react.” During this session, the girls are put into real life situations that will require them to defend themselves, such as being threatened at an ATM machine. “The key is to escape. We create space in order to escape, that’s the whole purpose of the class. Not to learn how to fight, but to learn how to escape,” said Schmidtling. There is a $10 fee to participate in the RAD program and once students pay that fee they will receive a lifetime membership which is good to use for any other RAD classes throughout the country.

Contributed by Chief Paul F. Glowacki Director, St. Mary’s University Police

To sign up for the classes register at the Police Department.

Campus Crime Statistics Number of Reported Offenses Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter Negligent manslaughter Sex Offenses: Forcible Sex Offenses: Non-forcible Robbery Aggravated assault Burglary (Includes: building or habitation/residence hall) Motor Vehicle Theft (Includes attempts) Arson

2005 0 0 2 0 0 2

2006 0 0 0 0 1 0

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2 0

2 1

2 0

Arrests and Disciplinary Referrals for Selected Offenses 2005 2006 Liquor law violations 122 87 Drug law violations 13 5 Illegal weapons possession 0 1


Campus Safety Tips • Be aware of your surroundings, including people, visualize potential exit routes from an event or location in case of ER. Know safe and direct routes to campus destinations. • Try not to walk alone after dark. If you do, try to utilize well-lit and populated routes on campus. • Keep ER numbers in cell phone or by your landline phone, including that of your RA, campus safety, and health services.

• Trust your instincts, especially when you feel that something is “not right.” • Do not prop open campus building doors, especially residential buildings. Remove props and report the problem to an RA or campus safety. 2007 82 17 3

• Try to avoid being alone in areas of campus that can often be empty or isolated such as basement laundry rooms, study lounges, etc.

• If you notice another person in danger, follow your school’s safety and security procedures and call 911. Do not engage another person who has a weapon or involve yourself in a fight. Source: Photo by Andrew Riley Design by Amanda Rodriguez

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Organization discusses cultural diversity By Hamilton Martin and Steven Brooks Contributing Writers

As Americans begin to reflect and celebrate National Black History Month, the Black Student Union prepares to provide a unique view of black culture to the surrounding community. The BSU hopes to accomplish this by answering questions and disproving modern stereotypes about the black culture. President and senior criminal justice major Shanik Pipkin has begun to schedule events for the community. “We wanted to bring recognition to the black community and spread cultural awareness,” said Pipkin. “I want to work with other groups on campus and do more charity work.” These events will also highlight various issues important to the black community: politics, education, health, religion, entertainment and African-American Greek life. Pipkin hopes that this education will encourage students to get involved with the group. “I hope to have more African Americans and minorities involved. I just hope the organization gets bigger,” said Pipkin. Health will be an important focus in the coming month. Tables of educational material will be set up in the University Center as well as medical screenings for diabetes and hypertension, which are leading causes of death in African Americans. Parliamentarian and senior sports science major Latez Williams believes such information should not only be heeded by African-Americans, but by all ethnicities on campus. “It’s not just about one race. A lot of people don’t know what we do and what we face,” said Williams. He also stressed how, while there are things that are not always applicable to others, it is important to at least be aware of them. “So if [students] want to know, they should join.”

the lighter side of... Why you should embrace the hurt BY JAIME PEREZ I was taking pictures the other day while slacking at work when I noticed how strange I looked while grinning. Yes, I know I always look strange or, as Tyra would say, “fierce,” in my pictures. But when I force a smile for MySpace or Facebook, they always seem unnatural and goofy. It’s odd when one is forced into an action, how difficult that action may be to perform. While waiting for the picture, my mouth began to twitch. Don’t get me wrong, the pictures turned out great (total default potential), but the effort to take it was agonizing. However, painful moments like these are the spices to life. Struggling and facing challenges make the days more interesting and life more unique. On the other hand, life is not always made up of excruciatingly painful moments like taking a picture. When we all fall on our faces, though, I would like to think we are investing some exciting karma into the universe. Getting up in the morning, working late, or doing homework all seem like miserable, pointless chores, but, in fact, they are all adding that special flavor to the gumbo of life, even though you would rather have your face three inches in your pillow. I suppose the saying “too much of a good thing is bad for you” is true, but, perhaps, a more accurate expression is needed. “Too little of a bad thing is horrible.” It is sweet, short and ohso much more accurate.

Members of the Black Student Union participated with other students in a Martin Luther King March in San Antonio on Jan. 19. Photo by Analicia Perez


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New dance classes provide students with groovy new ways to lose some extra baggage By Robin johnson Photo Editor

The recreation center has brought back the funk with Salsa and Hip Hop classes, which offer students a new, unique way to work off the pounds. According to Fitness Coordinator Angela Donnelly, the class was created in spring 2008 because she “wanted more variety.” Donnelly said the classes offer a range of benefits for those looking to get toned. “The class is not only dance, but kicks [and] leg exercises, which are good for toning and core muscles,” said Donnelly. The Jazz/Hip Hop class, which is instructed by communication arts graduate Stephanie Romero, starts with a short cardio workout followed by a long stretch, which enables the dancers to remain limber. Romero has noticed the increased popularity of the class. “There has definitely been an increase since last year,” said Romero. “There are girls who come consistently.” Junior psychology major Cathy Griego began taking the Jazz/Hip

Hop class when she noticed that the different classes cater to different needs. “[I] really wanted to start the semester off [in a] mode to exercise,” said Griego. “Since the classes are located on campus, it gives incentive for students to go,” In addition to the Jazz/Hip Hop class, students can join the Salsa class, instructed by junior international relations Joshua Resendiz, which incorporates single and partnered dancing. According to Resendiz, the reason he began teaching the class was to help young people to dance. “It feels joyful,” said Resendiz. “I’m constantly laughing and I have a lot of fun,” Junior international relations major Adriana Marruto, who takes both classes, has already suggested the classes to others as a great way to get in shape. “I used to work out at Curves and Spectrum, but they’re not as fun. Here, you work out with other people. It’s more motivating,” said Marruto. “Initially, I went to the classes to lose holiday weight, but in the long run, to stay in shape.”

Outside the classroom:

Teressa Van Hoy, Ph. D. A spotlight on faculty who are changing the world

Courtesy Teressa Van Hoy, Ph. D.

Q: What are the origins of your name? Does it have any meaning to it? A: It’s a Dutch name and it just means ‘from this particular area in Hoje, a region of Holland. But in Spanish it means ‘they are going today’, like “’Van Hoy a la tienda.’” Q: Where are you from? A: I’m originally from the Appalachian Mountains. I’m from North Carolina. We have orchards, apples and cherries. It’s like our own little piece of paradise. I’m from an old, orchard-farming family. Q: What do you teach? A: Most of my courses are U.S. History. I also teach Latin History here. I taught for

Photos by Robin Johnson

the Graduate International Relations Program here at St. Mary’s. [I’ve also] taught for the Freshmen Critical Studies, so I’ve taught in several disciplines, but History is my passion. St. Mary’s has the finest atmosphere in terms of supporting the faculty and the students for real, meaningful interactions. Q: I also understand you have written a book? A: The title is “A Social History of Mexico’s Railroads” and is about railroads in Latin America. In Mexico, really. It came out a year ago in February. I guess you could say it’s the secret history of railroad development and what happens to

Top: Junior international relations major Joshua Resendiz demonstrates with partner proper salsa moves. Bottom: At the beginning of the Jazz/Hip Hop class, dancers perform yoga moves to become more agile. Right: Junior international relations major Adriana Marrutp stretches so to stay limber for her class.

ordinary people living in little towns, in villages and rural stretches of southern Mexico. Its the under-belly of development and what happens when something major comes to town. Q: You bike to work, so you don’t live too far from St. Mary’s? A: I live five miles away. I’m actually training for the Century Ride and I am starting Saturday (Jan. 31). This one’s actually my second. The first one was to raise money for Breast Cancer. Sometimes it’s not such a good thing [to bike ride]. A car hit me about 18 months ago and my neck got broken. Now I’m relaxing.

Q: Do you spend a lot of time on campus? A: Yes, I do. I get here at 8:30 sometimes and don’t leave until 5:30. I’m here many days, but not all days. Q: How long have you been teaching at St. Mary’s University? A: Oh, I love it here. I’m really happy to be here and this is my fourth semester as a regular full-time faculty member. But I started my career here 10 years ago as a visiting assistant professor and I’m very happy to be back.

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Witnessing history in the making Student shares her day at the Presidential Inauguration By NICOLE MERRITT Contributing Writer We left the apartment at about 7 a.m. to catch the metro downtown. After three packed trains passed us by, we gave up and decided to walk. About a mile later, we arrived at the Capitol where we found a sea of people standing in various intersecting lines that had no apparent beginning or end. We decided to break from the mess and enter at a different gate. All of the street entrances south of the Capitol were closed, so the misinformation about alternative street openings fed to us by police rendered useless. Somewhere around 10th Street, several people in our group began to fall into despair, refusing to believe we would make it into the national mall in time to hear Obama make his speech. But upon reaching 19th Street around the Lincoln Memorial, we found our entrance. Waiting for about an hour in the unsympathetic cold, we watched as former presidents filed in to celebrate and witness this historic moment. From where we stood, it was not easy to hear the speakers, but the crowd was respectful. When Obama gave his inaugural address, the crowd would cheer briefly, then turn silent.

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According to Nielson Media Research, the inauguration reached over 37 million viewers throughout the day, making it the most-watched inauguration since Ronald Reagan, so The Rattler wants to know:

What did the Inaguration mean to you?

The most moving aspect of the speech for me was Obama’s call to Americans to make sacrifices and be to involved. I appreciated that he admitted that neither he nor the government alone can solve all our problems. I hoped that the collective atmosphere I felt as part of that crowd translated across the country and inspired other people to work together in solving the myriad of daunting predicaments we find ourselves in as a nation. My friend was lucky enough to purchase two parade tickets and we were convinced that we could make it to both the swearing in and the parade, but this was far more difficult than we anticipated. There were roadblocks and military police everywhere, forcing us to make a loop all the way around the city to go back down to the entrance gate to the parade. When we arrived, about an hour before the parade was to start, they had already closed the entrance for ticket holders. We were stuck waiting in the line with people just trying to get onto the street of the parade. I have never spent a more uncomfortable 45 minutes in my life. We were packed shoulder-toshoulder, front to back, with about 200 strangers trying to get through two slow-moving security gates. People concerned about Obama walking during the parade need not have worried. When we did get to security, we walked through metal detectors, were scanned by a

wand, and had our purses emptied and swiped. They would not let us into our seats because it was too late to cross the street, so we were once again stuck in the packed crowd. We were lucky, though, because Obama passed our section at 11th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. At that time, there were about seven rows of people in front of me. When Obama walked by, I just held my camera up while I wove around in attempt to catch a glimpse of Barack and Michelle through a window of elbows, iPhones and waving arms. I’m sure that the rest of the parade was awesome, but I had seen all that I had wanted to see. On top of that, my cold face couldn’t take anymore of the freezing cold. Instead of remaining with the crowds, we decided to get a table at a restaurant. Even then, we were told that the wait was “indefinite.” So we shopped our way back to the apartment, collecting hats, tshirts, buttons, and shopping bags to commemorate the day and its memorable event (and do our part to stimulate the economy). We found ourselves not making it back to the apartment until 7 p.m. It had been 12 straight hours of walking miles and withstanding freezing temperatures among busy, almost aggressive crowds. Thinking about it now, it was definitely a hardship, but one that was worth it.

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“I feel it is about time. A change of regime for the country. I think he would do good so I have high hopes for the future.”

“I was really touched to be a part of that and see that. I will be able to tell my kids about it. I was proud that I was there to witness it. “

“It means change. I am hopeful that he would come through with his promises and I’m happy that we have someone new to lead the country. “

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Listen to your heart: the Valentine’s Day playlist “Don’t spend your Valentine’s Day the same way everyone else is. So why listen to all those cliche love songs when you can drive around listening to songs your date is totally going to love? This isn’t your ordinary valentine’s playlist. It is the perfect combination of sweet and meaningful lyrics with a range of steady to upbeat tunes. These songs are sure to melt your heart, and can be listened to all year round.” -Freshman English-Communication Arts major Denice Hernandez

• “Strawberry Swing” Coldyplay • “Angel” Jack Johnson • “Maps” Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“All of these songs speak of unity and of love for another. These songs describe how we feel better than how we can say. It is kind of sad, but it still is the truth.” -Sophomore history major Jonathon Trillo

• “Buddy Holly” Weezer

• “Superman” by Eminem • “Heartless” by Kanye West • “Love Love, Kiss Kiss” by Alkaline Trio

• “Somehow” Citizen Cope • “The Beggar” Mos Def • “This Modern Love” Bloc Party • “Oh” Dave Matthews Band • “Roulette” System of a Down • “Swing Life Away” Rise Against

“It is a known (though not, unfortunately, scientific) fact that for every happy couple celebrating the virtues of love and romance on Valentine’s Day, there is a least one person scorning them. To those people we say, “Never fear!” When in doubt, sit back, bust out the iPod and treat yourself to a healthy dose of music therapy with these ten songs to help kick those Valentine’s Day blues.” -Junior English major Cristina Gonzalez

• “Somebody Else’s Arms” by Armor for Sleep • “Driftwood: A Fairy Tale” by Cursive • “Grace Kelly” by Mika • “I Know You Don’t Love Me” by Tony Yayo

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FAN BOYS Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette FEB. 6


Teenage buddies make the journey of a lifetime: to steal a copy of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace before its release. It is all for a good cause, proving they are true Star Wars fans.

The ninth album from Morrissey, these 12 tracks assemble what is being called the “strongest” of his solo career. The album, released five months after its original date, includes a special edition DVD.


CONCERT BAND UIL CONCERT St. Mary’s Concert Band FEB. 9, 7:30 p.m. LOCATION TBA The university’s music department hosts a UIL Concert where St. Mary’s Concert Band is joined by area middle schools for a night of harmony.


SAN ANTONIO STOCK SHOW & RODEO Pat Green, Gary Allan, Alan Jackson, Push Play, Reba McEntire & more FEB. 5-22 TIMES VARY Enjoy hours of live country entertainment daily from major recording artists.


SAY NO TO NEON TOUR Valencia, Houston Calls, Artist vs. Poet FEB. 11, 7 p.m. Emo’s, Austin, TX Columbia Records is sending the five-year-old group on a cross-country tour. The bandwagon hits the music capitol with a new record and genuine heart.

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Alumnus is hero among us By Amanda guerra Senior Staff Writer St. Mary’s and the San Antonio community welcomed home its own hero, John Quiñones, at a reception for his new book Heroes Among Us on Jan. 29. About 400 people packed in the University Center’s Conference Room A for Thursday night’s event, which was no surprise to senior political science major Oscar Peña, President of Lambda Chi. According to Peña, Quiñones, a fellow fraternity brother, “is a big role model in San Antonio.” As a local who grew up on the west side, Quiñones said he never felt deprived, and he has his parents to thank for that. Quiñones states in his book: “My mom was definitely my first hero. She taught me to be open enough to believe in the world’s goodness, to believe in people.” As he read from his book, his voice was warm and comforting. People of all ages had questions for the ABC network newscaster. Many asked for advice, others about his travels and life. He told one young girl, “People told me I was not college material. Never take no for an answer. Dream big dreams.” President Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D., said he was proud to have Quiñones back on campus because “he addresses young people and their aspirations in a powerful message.” Quiñones spoke about growing up in San Antonio and all the heroes he met along the way to success.

Senior biochemistry major Gabriel Hernandez said he was interested in how connected Quiñones is to his roots. “He still remembers where he came from even after he made it,” said Hernandez. Senior international business and corporate finance major Monica Macias said she knows Quiñones is not the only success story. “It’s comforting, in a sense, knowing where he started to where he is now,” said Macias. Quiñones said he remembers his friend and colleague Peter Jennings telling him, “Don’t worry about not talking to the movers and shakers; talk to the moved and the shaken.” He said this helped motivate him to find the stories that no one was telling, the stories that were “in the darkness.” Quiñones’ new show, “What would you do?” inspired his book, Heroes Among Us. His show depicts the good Samaritans we meet everyday and makes people think twice about how they would handle difficult situations. “I hope people are starting to realize what a global community we are,” said Macias. “What we do here on this side affects the other side.” Since all the copies in the city had been sold, some people just waited in line to meet the St. Mary’s alumnus. Quiñones stayed until every book was signed, every picture was taken and all memories were told. And while the lights in Conference Room A had finally been turned off around 11:45 p.m., Quiñones’ message continues to echo in the air as his San Antonio and St. Mary’s community returned to their homes.


Top: An estimated 400 people from the surrounding San Antonio community and St. Mary’s came to see ABC Network News anchor John Quinones speak on Jan. 29. Left: At the event, Quinones read from his new book Heroes Among Us, which features stories about real individuals performing extraordinary, heroic feats. Bottom: Quinones stayed at the event until he signed every last book and took every last picture.

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The Tour Guide

Houston Calls calling all fans BY STEPHANIE SANDERS


The Killers, whose newest album Day and Age received several New Musical Express Award nominations, have started the year off on top.

Proving early success isn’t a ‘killer’ By Bridgette Sturts Staff Writer The Killers give an electric and satisfying performance with their new album Day and Age, which released Nov. 24, 2008 following a tough act after their successful release of 2004’s Hot Fuss. Produced by the famous British musician and songwriter, Stuart Price, Day and Age depicts the emotional tensions of 2008, giving the album a “Bohemian Rhapsody” sound according to Rolling Stone Magazine. From the sparkly keyboard clicks, bouncy saxophone beats and Brandon Flower’s smooth, supple, David Bowie-

like voice in the opener, “Losing Touch,” to the jazzy beatnik punches, throbbing bass and uplifting charm in “Joy Ride,” the album is sure to enliven you on any given day. The kicker dominating the radio waves currently is “Human” with the lyrics, “Are we human/Or are we dancers” will have you questioning yourself and double-checking your chosen path. It is no surprise that The Killers are reaching international superstardom with Day and Age. The band has been nominated for seven New Musical Express (NME) Awards including: Best International Band, Best Live Band, Best Album, Hero of the Year and Best Dressed (Flowers), Best Album

Artwork and not to mention two Brit Awards: Best International Album and Best International Group. NME is a popular music magazine published weekly in the United Kingdom. The Killers offer a majestic groove with a tart and terrific sassiness that can go from the gym to the dance floor to the lounge. They are on tour for the next several months throughout the United States, making two stops in Texas: Houston on Feb. 2 and Austin the following day. You can find out more about the band on their Web site,, or pick up Day and Age at Best Buy for about 10 bucks. The price is well worth it, ‘killer’ fan or not.

New Jersey native Houston Calls embarks on yet another musical journey with a countrywide tour of the United States and a visit to the live entertainment capitol of the world. Performing at Emo’s Austin, Houston Calls, along with Artist vs. Poet, fuels the stage for headliners Valencia on Feb. 11 in support of the “Say No to Neon” tour. The last time they visited the great state, they were a major component on the “Ridin’ Dirty” tour for A Change of Pace and fellow-opening acts We Shot the Moon. Unfortunately, the tour went from a stint in Houston to a couple of stops in the Rio Grande Valley; San Antonio and Austin missed out, but not this time around. Austin and Houston Calls are going to get a dose of each other’s vibrant attitudes and energetic sensations all in one night. Nothing will stand in the way of this Drive Thru Records artist. Members of the band quitting became a concern for the new tour of the year, but the problem was short-lived. This past December, bassist Jarett Seltzer put the life of a musician behind him; interesting enough, Jose Lopez left two weeks later for the same reasons he replaced original guitarist Kenny Ryan back in November 2006. There are no worries. Friends and fellow-statesmen Dan Diaz of Red Light Green Light and Jason Jaksetic of Drive Thru Records’ The Pilot quickly stepped in. Houston Calls has yet to headline their own tour, but their list of credentials overshadows that fact. Formed in 2003, the five-year-old band has undergone extensive makeovers and changes. What started off as a four-man ska punk band, has transformed into a strong, energetic pop/ punk trio consisting of only two of the original, founding members. In their early days of 2004 Houston Calls became one of two bands to sign to the newly created, at the time, Rushmore Records, a subsidiary of Drive Thru-Records. The long road ahead was looking in their favor. In April 2005, Houston Calls toured with Rushmore Record label mates Self Against City with “The Sound of More” tour. Shortly thereafter, A Collection of Short Stories, their first full-length, was released under the label in August 2005. By 2007 the band witnessed its record label hitting rock bottom and officially became a part of the Drive Thru Records family. Their second full-length album dropped in Oct. 2008 under Drive Thru records. Vocalist and guitarist Tom Keiger, keyboardist “Okie” Okamoto and drummer Josh Grigsby are starting off the new year just like the rest of us, and they’re touring it one day at a time.


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Red carpet heating up from Oscar race By miguel garcia Staff Writer This statement of unparalleled triumph once again makes its debut for the 81st Academy Awards. For 81 years, the coveted Oscar statuette has been awarded to hundreds of people, all of whom are being recognized for their magnificent performances in a number of categories including the popular best actor/actress and best picture awards. This year, the glitz and glamour of Hollywood is back for another majestic night of movie magic. Movies like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Milk, Frost/Nixon and Slumdog Millionaire make 2008 a well-rounded and balanced year for nominated films. Also, a mix of brilliantly adapted and original screenplays broke through after receiving wide critical acclaim. People everywhere are going to the theatre just to see what all the Oscar hype is about. The Academy Awards has usually been known for putting films on the map. In fact, some of the best films did not necessarily do well in theatres in terms of ticket sales but became classics after being nominated and winning an Oscar, or several Oscars. This year, the movie that holds the underdog position is Slumdog Millionaire, the story of a poor Indian boy living in the slums of Mumbai, India and his rise to fame after becoming a contestant in the country’s version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” Starting out as a film shown in a few film festivals, Slumdog Millionaire proceeded to a limited American release, and has now reached the highest pinnacle of movie nominations.

What was first taken as a simple independent film with fantastic performances by its actors and exceptional editing ended up winning several major awards, including the Critics Choice Award and four Golden Globe Awards. While Slumdog Millionaire is considered a forerunner for best picture, the movie that holds the most nominations is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with 13 nominations in all. This film is the story of a man whose life runs backwards after being born a crippled 80-year-old baby with heart disease and arthritis. This was truly an interesting movie with a concept that not many had ever imagined. The only issue with this film, is its length, which many considered a bit long with unnecessary overextended scenes that added little to the whole dramatic performance. Another interesting factor about the 81st Academy Awards is the number of nominations given to the best picture-nominated films. They extend over many of the categories, which tell us that these films contain phenomenal substance on a number of levels from acting performances to cinematography production. Pressure like this surely caused other movies to be released at later dates in order to clear the cluttered 2008 award season and make it to 2009’s. Feb. 22 marks the premiere of the 81st Academy Awards. It will be a night to remember as some of the year’s best films compete time and time again in many different nomination categories. If you still have not seen these films, there is still time before the big night as personally experiencing each will make the Academy Awards just that much more exciting.

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SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE Graphic Illustration by Amanda Rodriguez



Uninvited welcomes twisting plot and thrills o o o o o By CHRIS KONNEKER Staff Writer The Uninvited stars Emily Browning, Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel and David Strathairn. With this movie having the same producers as The Ring and Disturbia, moviegoers can expect scenes that will make them jump right from the beginning. Interestingly, this film is actually based on a 2003 Korean motion picture Janghwa, Hongryeon, written and directed by Ji-woon Kim. Though, I have to be honest. I did not expect much from a suspense thriller with only a PG-13 rating. And while it usually takes an R-rated movie to get me white-knuckled and glued to my seat, I actually felt my heart pounding throughout much of this movie. Starting off at a lake party hosted by the main character, Anna, the film goes from normal to creepy in less than a minute of the movie’s commencement. The plot involves Anna (Browning) who returns home from psychiatric care after a prior tragic event involving her mother. Anna, greeted by her father Steven (Strathairn) and her sister Alex (Kebbel), is quite dismayed upon learning that her mother’s former nurse, Rachel (Banks) has become her father’s new fiancé. The situation becomes worse when Anna learns from

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her mother’s ghost that Rachel may not be who she appears to be. Much of the movie takes place at a lake house, the same one where Anna’s mother was killed. This setting, utilized in a predictable way, is probably the only part of the movie that is foreseeable. What was done well throughout the movie was the imagery and symbolism, with a great example being Rachel’s introduction; you see a silhouette of her, completely dark and approaching Anna, in what looks like a menacing way. Scenes such as this and others are given great care to convey a sense of apprehensiveness and terror, both in Anna’s view as well as the audiences’. The film also does a good job in making sure that the audience is placed into Anna’s perspective; one quickly sympathizes with this young girl’s problems, both familial and mental in nature. To a certain extent, this movie hits close to home for those dealing with a “new parent.” People can also sympathize with Anna in that her apparent delusions are both real and frightening. I made the mistake of thinking that I knew exactly what was going to happen in the end. It was humbling to see the truth behind everything in the storyline; my jaw figuratively hit the floor. This movie easily lulls the audience into a sense that everything can be figured out early on in the film, when that

New ‘chick flick’ in town By elizabeth paz Staff Writer New in Town, a story of a city-oriented business woman who moves out to the country, can only mean one thing: PROBLEMS. Spicy and saucy, the film makes for one good love story. But if you are looking for these romantic comedy characteristics, maybe New in Town is not the movie for you. From Miami to Minnesota, can you say “predictable storyline”? Although main character Jill Hill is played by Renee Zellweger, high expectations from the actress and the movie were not met. Unlike her roles in other movies such as Chicago & Bridget Jones’ Diary, Zellweger

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didn’t seem to bring the same charisma she usually does to the silver screen. As a result, the performance from the three-time Golden Globe winner proves she’s capable of a flop in New in Town. On the other hand, Ted Mitchell, played by Harry Connick Jr. is the “dreamy” man in town. His role is average, with his relatively striking appearance being what makes him memorable, and that’s not saying much. Other than the occasional comedic line or flash of pearly whites, there is seemingly not much else to his character. Though there are a few laughs and a couple of tender moments, this isn’t exactly the movie that anyone would rush to the theatres to see.


Anne (Emily Browning) and Alex (Arielle Kebbell) venture up the stairs of their lake house in the surprisingly thrilling Uninvited. is quite the contrary. Similarities to Disturbia arise in this aspect, where the main character essentially had a suspicion about his neighbor. That aspect of suspicion creates a moral dilemma in both main characters’ minds: to

trust, or not to trust. I assure you that the twist in this film is not lame or typical. No one will see it coming. Watch The Uninvited if you want a good thrill.


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The Outdoor Corner Series By chris filoteo Sports Editor With the whitetail deer season finishing up on Feb. 1 for the southern counties in Texas, hunters reflect on what happened in the field. Time spent with friends and family is one of the reasons many people hunt. Observing wildlife is another motive for hunters; therefore, harvesting a majestic animal such as the whitetail is huge in this state. Texas is acknowledged as one of the top hunting destinations in North America. The rough terrain and abundance of wildlife are reasons why people flock to the Lone Star State. There is an area in Texas that many seasoned hunters know as “The Golden Triangle.” This “special place” ranges from Eagle Pass east to Cotulla, then south to Laredo, with the Rio Grande River representing its western border. There are five counties connected to the triangle: Dimmit, LaSalle, Maverick, Zavala and Webb. These counties are nationally recognized for their big buckproducing potential, so the opportunity to hunt in the area is highly sought after. In fact, according to the Boone and Crockett Club, Webb and Dimmit counties are known as the all-time number one and two record-book buck-producing counties throughout the United States. The annual Los Cazadores whitetail contest is one of the biggest events in the country. Based in Pearsall, TX, the competition tallies all the entries provided by hunters throughout the state. Many hunters travel to South Texas for an opportunity of harvesting a recordbook buck. The Los Cazadores contest finished its 23rd competition, and the amount of people entering increases every year. Although Texas experienced a horrible drought last year, the quality of bucks produced in the golden triangle did not diminish. Officials for the contest are currently tallying the scores and dividing the hunters into different divisions. Results of the scores will be posted on the Los Cazadores Web site. Source:,

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Coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs draw up a play during a timeout in Saturday night’s home win over the New Orleans Hornets.

Spurs look good at halfway point By Chris childree Senior Staff Writer It seems the silver and black are back to their old ways. The team’s age is slowly starting to take its toll. However, the toll is not being taken on the Spurs, but rather on their opponents who are feeling the wrath of an experienced team that is beginning to use their age as an advantage during their quest for a fifth championship. The Spurs’ rise was unexpected and believed to be nearly impossible when the season started.  They struggled to achieve an early 2-5 record, and were barraged with injuries to Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. They were deemed too old to be viable contenders for the NBA crown, but the team stuck together and newcomers were able to shine as the star players’ injuries healed.  George Hill and Roger Mason give the team exactly what they lacked from last season: a respectable back-up point guard and a swingman to take some of the load off of Ginobili and Michael Finley.  Perhaps because of injuries and extended play of the newcomers, the Spurs have immense depth and recently discovered a cohesiveness that has not been witnessed since the last championship. This chemistry has been demonstrated by their ability to stick through tough times,

evident in their 8-2 record in games with a three-point or less margin of victory. The closeness and competitive nature of games has made this one of the most entertaining first-halves in Spurs history. We’ve seen countless buzzer beaters, including Parker’s fadeaway to defeat the Sixers, and Mason’s Christmas Day miracle three-point shot claiming victory over the Suns. However, the most entertaining moment came against the Heat, when Miami megastar Dwayne Wade headed to the basket for a layup following a steal, but had the ball swatted away as Manu Ginobili came out of nowhere to block the shot, leading to a three-pointer by Mason. Despite these electrifying highlights, the key to the Spurs’ success has been a player who has willfully stepped out of the spotlight: Tim Duncan.  He has thwarted the injury bug so far this season, playing and starting in every game for the first time since 2002, averaging the most points per game (20.4) of his career since the 2004 season and the most assists per game (3.5) since the MVP and championship season of 2003.  At this point, he is arguably the team’s most valuable and consistent player, but the possibility remains likely that Duncan or any other Spur could get hurt in the season’s second half, endangering the team’s chances of winning another title. Defense is another weakness that could

haunt the team later in the season. They are averaging 93 points a game, up three from the previous year, likely a result of Bruce Bowen’s lackluster play and his protégé Ime Udoka’s lack of playing time. Even if the Spurs continue to roll and hold on to their title as leaders of the Midwest division, even if they stark off all their defects before they reach the playoffs, and even if they become the greatest Spurs team of all-time , they will be met with fierce competition from four elite teams who would be write-ins for the championship any other season. The Spurs will have trouble getting past the Lakers in the west, and even more trouble getting past the Magic, Cavaliers or Celtics if they make it to the Finals. The second half of this season will be extraordinarily interesting, but the old Spurs do have a chance.

NBA Scores January 31st at the AT&T Center Spurs 106 Hornets 93 • The Spurs have won three straight and finish with the best record in the NBA in the month of January (12-3). San Antonio takes to the road for eight straight because of the rodeo. Source:,,



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Rattlers are ready to win By brissA RENTERIA Senior Staff Writer A century ago, the campus used to be an all-male school, with basketball and baseball as the main sports attractions. But that didn’t stop the women from stealing the spotlight when female sports programs were introduced to the university in 1968. Softball, while not the first sport introduced to the university, has managed to set its personal records within the institution. In 1986, they won the NAIA Championship, and in 2002 they were the NCAA Division II National Champions. Upon winning the tournament in 1986, MVP Leticia Morales-Bissaro, known as the first female of the St. Mary’s Athletics Hall of Fame, caused the university to stand out in the city of San Antonio. However, it wasn’t until 14 years later in 2000 that she entered the NAIA Hall of Fame. With the new season approaching, fans may be wondering what the softball team is going to achieve next.

It was not too long ago that they won the championship title, but with new members and small changes throughout the fall and spring season, are they able to beat the next defender? Freshman education major and shortstop Kristy Candelaria says they did well in the fall season and she hopes to do even better in the spring season. “There is not a doubt in my mind that we will keep the tradition going and have a successful season,” Candelaria said. “We have a great coach who I know will take us far.” She also says that softball has become a way of life for her and has helped transform her from a highschool player to a college student athlete. Teammates have also learned how to work together to achieve victory. “When I’m on the field, nothing else matters. We have an awesome team with amazing players.” Their next tournament is on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. at the SAISD Springs Sports Complex vs. Eastern New Mexico.

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Left: The team prepares for another quest to retain their Heartland Conference championship. Top: Practicing the fundametals, like base running, will sharpen the Rattler’s skills. Bottom: Players stretch and laugh before practice.

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Another disappointing season comes to an end By Francisco vasquez Staff Writer The team who most experts picked as their Super bowl favorite didn’t even make the postseason. Instead, the Dallas Cowboys did what they do best, meltdown in the clutch. Once known as the best offenses in the league, the Cowboys could not find the end zone in the most important game of the year as Brian Dawkins and the Eagles defense dominated the game. This was only one of many lows the franchise experienced this year. One of their first lows was Adam “Pacman” Jones getting into a fistfight with a bodyguard, whose purpose was to keep him out of trouble. Another low was sending the Cowboy Stadium out in style, by allowing the Ravens to make history by running the two longest runs in Cowboy Stadium history (77, 82 yds). It seemed as if the Cowboys stayed in the news for all the wrong reasons.

The Cowboys have many issues to address this season, letting go of both Adam Jones and Tank Johnson might be a step in the right direction. So what’s next for the Cowboys? Scouting for the upcoming draft? Addressing the weak secondary play? Finding a head coach that can control the team? Addressing the lack of offensive talent despite possessing some of the most talented players on the offensive side of the ball? Of course not, because doing so would actually make some sense. Instead, the Cowboys have decided to pursue two reality TV shows. The star of one of the shows, Terrell Owens, the outspoken receiver, is sure to provide some quotes that will keep ESPN talking. The second reality show features another outspoken Cowboy receiver, Michael Irving, as he focuses on finding the last man to fill the training camp spot. The team, which has not won a playoff game since 1996, seems more concerned with being on TV rather than winning a

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The Cowboys should consider focusing less on the glitz and glamour and more on game strategy. playoff game. “America’s Team” has become a reality show, featuring a crazy owner, a diva receiver, and a quarterback with a celebrity girlfriend. There is hope, however, that perhaps the winner of Irving’s show can be the second coming of Troy Aikman. Or not.

There are too many issues inside the Cowboy organization that need to be addressed. They should put as much effort into preventing another underachieving year as they put into being on TV. “America’s Team” should keep something in mind; America doesn’t like losers and its about time they live up to their potential.

Mexico and U.S. renew rivalry By ivonne aguilar Senior Staff Writer Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio will be the host of a much-anticipated game between Mexico and the United States National soccer teams. These rivals will face each other as they begin the final round of the Confederation of North Central America and CaribbeanAssociation Football (CONCACAF), World Cup qualifying. For a long time, the Mexican team dominated the CONCACAF with victories over the United States, but in the last decade the U.S. has become a fierce opponent. The U.S. team has held a favorable record when playing on American soil. They hold an 8-0-2 home record, which fuels the Mexican team to take a victory. Pride is on the line each time they play, and while the intense rivalry increases, it sometimes

comes to the point of contempt between fans and violence in the tribunes. Fans of both teams, like undeclared sophomore and player for the Rattler soccer team Luis Gonzalez, can be found throughout St. Mary’s campus. Gonzalez’s parents are from Mexico and he lived in Juarez for two years. Gonzalez’s background represents many of Mexico’s fans that are U.S. citizens, but grew up cheering for the Mexico national team due their culture where the passion of fútbol is shared among many Mexicans. However, it was the lack of popularity for soccer in the U.S. that kept soccer fans distant in earlier years. According to Gonzalez, the rivalry has grown in the last six or seven years. “They are the two biggest teams in their region,” said Gonzalez. “They are fighting to be the better team, and pride for their jersey is a big factor.”

Freshman biology major Vivian Canales from Corpus Christi has played soccer her entire life and is a United States fan. “Personally, I favor the U.S. because I’m from here and it’s nice to see them win.” Canales agrees that the rivalry has become more intense as both sides have improved dramatically. “The majority of the U.S. players used to just play in the Major League Soccer (MLS), but now they have young talent that is playing abroad like Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore,” she said. In regard to the recent fan violence, Canales thinks that it’s unnecessary. “You don’t need to be violent. It gives a bad perception of both Mexico and the United States.” Although Mexico’s performance is under pressure from a shaky start in the past qualifying round, the team members will rely on their young talent and experienced players to help them pull through.



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Upcoming Rattler games MEN’S BASKETBALL Feb. 5 @ Dallas Baptist, 7 p.m. Feb. 7 @ St. Edward’s, 4:30 p.m. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Feb. 7 @ St. Edward’s, 2 p.m. Feb. 12 Oklahoma Panhandle State, 5:30 p.m. BASEBALL Feb. 6 Oklahoma Panhandle State (DH), 2 p.m. Feb. 7 Oklahoma Panhandle State (DH), 12 p.m.

Courtesy of Derek Smolik

These Rattler fans, at the Jan. 24 women’s basketball game, are some of the few students who choose to show off their Rattler pride.

SOFTBALL Feb. 5 Eastern New Mexico (St. Mary’s Invitational), 3 p.m. Feb. 5 Midwestern State (St. Mary’s Invitational), 5 p.m.

Rattler games draw small number of fans By paul saldaña Staff Writer As the students return to campus for the spring semester, they reunite with friends and get acquainted with their professors. However, only few know our baseball, softball and basketball teams are already hosting games. Rattler pride: Where is it at? There must be a Rattler Fanatics, or “Fangatics” (as some students say) group around campus. Students should be encouraged to attend home games. After all, the softball and women’s basketball team won the Heartland Conference title last season. Both softball head coach Dona Fields and women’s basketball head coach Jason Martens earned the Heartland Conference Coach of the Year award last season. As for Jim Zeleznak, the men’s basketball head coach, his fourth season was his best one. The team won the Heartland Conference Tournament title and posted a 17–13 record. The baseball team, under the direction of head coach Charlie Migl, finished the 2008 regular season 39–17 and 35– 14 in the Heartland Conference, earning them second place. In 2000 the campus university built the Bill Greehey Arena. The gym seats 3,800 people, which is enough for the student body and other Rattler fans. Junior Christina Aleman,

a dancer for Code Blue, attends the basketball home games to perform during game breaks. “I usually see 100 people at the game, maybe more. But not a lot of people attend the games,” said Aleman. “It’s usually just the band, the dance team and the cheerleaders, with a little bit of fans sitting around.” Sophomore sports science major Kelly Zamora, a softball player, also notices the student body doesn’t support the teams as much as it could. “Its usually just family and a few friends that show up,” said Zamora. “Overall, the games average about 50–60 people in the bleachers.” “I don’t know why more people don’t show up to the games? It’s free,” added Zamora. “At the games, the students that usually show up are other athletes because they’re the ones who usually know the schedules.” Students that attend games sometimes feel the same disappointment. Junior business marketing major Sean Palacio, a regular spectator at home games, agrees that students need to show some more school pride. “I love sports; I try to go to the games whenever I don’t have to work. At some of the games I’ve attended, I’ve painted my body,” said Palacio. “This is the way I like to show off my Rattler Pride.” “I think that it’s also the athletes’ fault that the attendance is low” said junior finane marketing major Ashley Jones. “I attend some of the games, but only the ones my friends tell

me about. I think that the athletes and cheerleaders should do some better promoting on game-day,” said Jones. Senior sports science major Mike Villarreal, a baseball player, agrees that something needs to be done to help boost attendance. “Attendance at the baseball games is not good. The most I’ve ever seen at a game was when we had a tailgate with $1 beer before the game,” said Villarreal. “Maybe they should just do something like that at every game.” University Programming Counsel (UPC) is trying to help spread the word about Rattler home games. Junior computer engineering major Richard Molina, a member of UPC, wants every student to become a “Fangatic.” “[UPC] tries to get students more involved with our athletic teams,” said Molina. “We have hosted events like Double the Madness and tail-gates, which help bring more people to the games.” Before you begin to think that not much is being done to help fill stadium seats, St. Mary’s already does things to help increase home game attendance. For one, students get in free with their student I.D. Also, the fields are within walking distance, so there’s no commute necessary and UPC will continue to be there to bring in more “Fangatics.” This spring semester, take the time to ask the athletes when their next game is, or check online for a list of sports events.


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HOT Televised game results in Rattler triumph



By michelle tello Staff Writer

Photo by Andrew Riley

Featuring: Lorenzo Anthony Men’s Basketball Player Classification: Senior Major: Exercise and Sports Science Who was your role model growing up? “Throughout my life it’s been my parents, especially my dad. They’ve been together for 32 years and they’ve taught me to never give up.” Who is the best rapper alive? “Lil Wayne (he has lyrics that make you think) straight up. He’s just different and can flow on any beat he wants to.” What are your goals? “I want to coach basketball; preferably at the collegiate level. I feel that I have a great understanding of the game from first-hand experience to coach at that level; but I am open to any level of coaching.” What gets you pumped up for a game? “One song that really gets me pumped up is by E-40 and Shawty Lo ‘Break Ya Ankles.’” What’s your most memorable moment playing basketball? “I’d have to say there are two; one is winning the Junior College National Championship while I was at Northlake Junior College and the other is when we won our conference tournament last year.” Compiled by Jonathan Trillo

With all of their dedication and effort, there is no question why the Rattler women’s basketball team continues to win in the spring season. The ladies have put in endless hours of hard work and they have a lot to show for it. This is the fourth season that number 42, senior English/communication arts major Natalie Gamez, a shooting guard, has played for the Rattlers. Gamez said that she believes that the team’s chemistry on the court and the players’ overall ability to work together is why they are doing so well this season. Senior mathematics major Jessie Smith, a senior shooting guard, said the team has “worked its butt off” for this season and loves the system that coach Jason Martens and assistant coach April Ponds implemented. With this system, half of the team’s practice time is focused on defense, according to junior accounting major point guard and shooting guard Chastity Noble. Their overall school record is 16-2 and 5-0 in the Hartland Conference as of Jan. 24. Due to the team’s record, the Rattlers were offered to play on the CBS College Sports Network at 2 p.m. on Jan. 24 in the Bill Greehey Arena. At this event, they faced their rivals: the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals. Determined to claim the win, the Rattlers found themselves walking away with victory. From the beginning of the first half down to the last second, the team did what they had to in order to dominate the court, making the Cardinals play “their game.” On offense, finance major and point guard Rachel Jones took the ball down court with a sharp eye, looking left and right for an open teammate to pass the ball and score. There were a few mistakes along the way, but that could defeat the women’s spirit. With 20 seconds left in the first half, St. Mary’s turned over the ball and the Rattlers’ English/communication arts major Farren Fox sprinted across the court as a Cardinal player ran for a layup; Fox blocked the shot ending the first half St. Mary’s up 33 to 22. The lead scorer was Gamez with 25 points. The team has goals they want to reach and because of their high level of performance on the court, it is likely that they will achieve them.

Courtesy of Derek Smolik

Senior forward Ashton Benford runs past a Cardinal for two of her nine points at the women’s basketball game Jan. 24.

Recent game results WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Jan. 29 @ Texas-Permian Basin W, 57-48 (17-2)

Jan. 24 Incarnate Word W, 60-38 (16-2) Jan. 22 Texas A&M-International W, 79-70 (15-2)

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Jan. 31 @ Oklahoma Panhandle State W, 86-59 (10-9)

Jan. 29 @ Texas-Permian Basin W, 84-65 (9-9) Jan. 24 Incarnate Word L, 59-69 (8-9)

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