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how SAFE is it? Oversharing personal information through social websites can lure in unwanted attention.

By Denice Hernandez Managing Editor In a world where sharing the most intimate details of one’s life via tweet or Facebook status update has become conventional human behavior, many do not realize the potential dangers that can arise from sharing too much information. Privacy settings might be able to keep some information hidden, but that does not always ensure safety. Something as simple as posting status updates or photos about newly purchased items can invite theft, said Armando Abney, associate professor and chair of the criminology department. “You are basically advertising what you have,” he said. “Criminals take note and are looking for easy targets.” Criminals are always looking for ways to take advantage of new technologies, said Abney, and students should never “broadcast” their personal information on social networking sites. Most Smartphones also embed the GPS coordinates of where a photo was taken into the actual photo, said Louisa Martin, executive director for technology resource management and planning. In other words, people should be cautious and disable geo-locations to avoid revealing their location. Facebook applications like “Places,” which allows users to let others know their exact location at


any given time, could also give criminals, or stalkers, another resource to find a target. Martin said too many personal or easily identifiable details can make someone a target for identity theft, harassment or property crime. “I think that there are people out there who may look at this feature and think that it is nice to use so that people know where you are, but at the same time, they know where you are not,” said junior history major Kari Gords. “To me, it is like an invitation for someone to go rob your house while they know you are at the library or the store.” The average Facebook user has more than 100 friends, and with more than 500 million users, it is more than just friends browsing through social sites wanting to learn more, according to . “You never know who is out there watching; you can monitor Facebook users from left to right: David Clark, Katie Beth, John Villalobos, Hector Mars, Andrea Riojas, Maria your privacy and what you share Smit, Marco Bass and Michael Rodriguez. Photos by Analicia Perez but there are people out there who can hack around it and read every- nerable,” Lehman-Meyer said. appropriate to post,” she said. have to use common sense.” thing,” Gords said. “Many people “You do not realize it because it is “Personal information about their After all, using sites like Facehave friends on Facebook that they part of your everyday life and you lives, or concerning other people, book can be an amazing tool when either barely know or do not know are used to telling everyone what would seem inappropriate.” used sensibly, according to Lehmat all. You never know who could you are up to, but it is all about The less information, the better, an-Meyer. be stalking your page or monitor- how you approach it.” “There is much to be learned seems to be the best approach. ing what you say.” “There are a lot of other social about social media, there are not Freshman psychology major The main thing, though, is Lucuro Alvarez said she posts norms that we know can also get any clear cut rules yet, but there controlling what you put out about two Facebook statuses and us into trouble if we aren’t careful,” certainly are guidelines,” she said. there, said Katherine Lehman- four tweets a day, but she only Lehman-Meyer said. “Drinking “If you are conservative, you canMeyer, director of the Academic likes to share things about her day, is an example, and it is the same not go wrong.” Media Center. thing with social media. There are not about personal matters. “Your information is very vul“Vague information would be some things we just do not do; we










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INDEX news 1-5 commentary 6-7 features 8-11 entertainment 12-13 sports 14-16

STAFF Editor-in-Chief

Entertainment Editor

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Copy Editor

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Layout/Design Editor

Assistant Photo Editor

Web Editor

Advertising Manager

News Editor

Staff Cartoonist

Commentary Editor

Faculty Adviser

Sarah Mills

Denice Hernandez Azhmir Acosta

Jasmine Garcia Sara Cornejo

Austin W. Newton Alex Salinas

Dania Pulido

Veronica Martinez Analicia Perez Felix Arroyo Leo Reyes

Oscar Maguregui

Brother Dennis, S.M., Ph.D.

Features Editor Amanda Cano

STAFF WRITERS Daniel Aguilar Jessica Carillo Jessica Corea Michael Cortez Chris Childree Chris Filoteo Robin Johnson Andrea Magallanez Alex Meyer Sean O’Kelley

Selena Rangel Brissa Renteria Ari Rivera Matthew Rodriguez Lena Scalercio Caitlin Skelton Danielle Torres Dana Traugott Daniel Trejo

Students socialize at UPC’s Fall Fest at the Bill Greehey Arena on Sept. 23. Activites and food ranged from ice cream to bull-riding. From left to right: Kyle Seymour, Rachel Alcocer, Kimberly Villapando and Robert Ramirez. Photo by Dana Robledo

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Café College opens to help both high school and college students


Man tracks lost iPad across the U.S. using app


President Barack Obama calls Iranian President Ahmedenejad’s speech ‘hateful’

STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Nicholas Campana Adam Casiano Alejandra Diaz Liliana Espinosa Paulina Fernandez Caitlyn Geraci

Robin Johnson Jerry Mendez Guadalupe Molina Jenn Sims Jenny Wendover

Café College on 131 El Paso St. intends to assist students as they make major decisions after their high school careers. College counselors are on staff to give free assistance to both students and college drop-outs who are interested in furthering their education. The 5,500 square foot building is equipped with computer labs, classrooms, and lounges with free Wi-Fi. The café cost $1.3 million in city and private funding. Further expansion could cost $1.5 million. Source:

Curtis Cogdill of Sacramento, CA misplaced his iPad when leaving Portland International Airport. He used his MobileMe application to track his iPad as it flew to Orlando. He called a Southwest Airlines supervisor as the iPad was tracked to an employee’s home. The supervisor went to the house with the police and sent the iPad back to Cogdill. Source:

President Mahmoud Ahmedenejad of Iran presented a controversial speech that rattled Thursday’s United Nations meeting in New York. He blamed the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. government. Obama said his speech, “was inexcusable...for him to make that statement in Manhattan, just a little north of Ground Zero.” Source:

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Criminal Trespass at St. Joseph’s Home. Suspect arrested and transported to Municipal Detention. Incident at Service Road. Student caught loading handgun magazine with orange tipped bullets. Handgun was a dummy; no real handgun found. Referred to Judicial Affairs


Welfare check at Lot D. Student found living in vehicle. Referred to Judicial Affairs.


Assault at Founder’s Hall. Student touched inappropriately by non-student visitor. Director on duty contacted. Criminal trespass warning issued. Visitor escorted off campus.


Student Handbook Violation at Marian Hall. Alcohol and visitation violations occurred. Citations issued. Referred to Judicial Affairs.


Assault at Quad. Two female students assaulted by a male student. Director on duty contacted. Pending investigation.


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Senior chemistry and biology major, Anna M. Plote reads the Prayers of the Faithful at the Sunday morning liturgy in the Assumption Chapel on Sept. 26. Photo by Analicia Perez

UMin petitions for Spanish Sunday Mass By Ari Rivera Senior Staff Writer A petition is making its way through campus to persuade the university to create a Sunday Mass in Spanish, in addition to services currently offered. While church-goers can attend Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. in the Assumption Chapel and at 9 p.m. in the Guadalupe Chapel, these services are provided only in English. Bilingual students who wish to hear sermons given in Spanish must go to Sunday Mass at 8 p.m. at Holy Rosary, located next to the university at 159 Camino Santa Maria, or must find another local church with Spanish masses. “A petition has begun on campus with the intent of raising interest in having Mass given in Spanish,” said Maria A. Smith, the university’s minister for liturgy and music. “First and foremost, we would need to know how many of our St. Mary’s students would in fact attend mass given in Spanish if it were to be offered here.” Smith said that she was enlightened two years ago when several students involved in the University’s Chapel Choir inquired about a Spanish service. “Many of those [Chapel Choir] members are accustomed to praying in Spanish because they did so in their home parishes,” she said.

Smith also said a Spanish Mass would bring cultural richness to the community. Marcela Camarena, senior international relations major, agrees with Smith. “Especially now that things are so hard in México, many of us long for that feeling of peace we used to have at home,” Camarena said. “I believe some members of the community would attend, and many would at least appreciate the option.” The students who started the petition are still looking for support for the Spanish language Mass. Although not all students are Spanish speakers, they would be welcome to attend. Junior theology major Luis Jose Barajas said that while he is not fluent in Spanish, he would regularly attend a Spanish-speaking Mass if it was offered. “Spanish Mass would nourish the faith of the many Hispanic Catholics on campus. When we pray, we pray in the language that we know best, and that is closest to our hearts,” Barajas said. “A Spanish Mass would most definitely address the spiritual needs of a large number of students at St. Mary’s.” Students that would like to sign the petition can find a copy at University Ministry or are welcome to contact Maria Camarena to offer their signature as support.

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Kappa Sigma works to regain organization status By Mary Neal Staff Writer After three years of being a dormant chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, the Lambda Psi chapter on campus hopes to make its return as a Registered Student Organization. Since the chapter was put on probation in November 2007, San Antonio Kappa Sigma alumni have been working with the university administration and the Kappa Sigma fraternity headquarters to bring the organization back on campus. “The new dean, Dean [Timothy] Bessler, has been very helpful,” said Chris Olivares, a 2001 St. Mary’s and Kappa Sigma alumnus. Bessler has been working with Olivares and the other brothers of Kappa Sigma since the beginning of the semester, he said. “I have been in conversation personally with the national office, and we are excited about the possibility of Kappa Sigma coming back as an active chapter at St. Mary’s,”

Bessler said. Olivares said he has spent hours on the phone and meeting with fraternity headquarter representatives, as well as university representatives. He was able to get their previous probationary period reduced to one year from the original two-year sentence given in 2007. As a result of administration changes in the university, the timing was never right for the men to return to campus, according to Olivares. This fall, however, the work seems to be paying off. Kappa Sigma members senior electrical engineering major Richard Ledesma, senior English-communication major Mike Cortez and senior corporate finance major Ramon Gallegos were motivated to create an interest group for those men who would like to help the Lambda Psi chapter become a RSO. Currently, the group is only allowed to notify potential new members through word of mouth. Once the group becomes a registered

student organization, it will begin hosting events. The group has turned in the paperwork necessary to begin the process, according to Gallegos. “We are trying to come back to the St. Mary’s community in the right way; first as a RSO, then as a colony in the spring,” Gallegos said. “We are going to try to hold community service events to get Kappa Sigma’s name back out there.” The group has tentatively set the spring semester as its first recruiting semester, but that depends on communication between Olivares, university officials, the RSO’s office, the Interfraternity Council and Kappa Sigma headquarters. “This process is new to us, re-colonizing a fraternity,” said Olivares. “We are hoping to create a process at St. Mary’s so that this would be easier if it ever happens to another Greek organization.” For now, the alumni and the three initiated men on campus are looking forward to seeing their letters back in the Quad.

Kappa Sigma was once a RSO. This photo from Fall 2007 shows (from left to right): Jonathan Martinez, Mike Cortez, Gabriel Hernandez, Ben Avila, Ravi Raj and Rene Muñoz. Photo courtesy of Mike Cortez.


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Controversial speakers can be beneficial College should be the experience of a lifetime, and a chance to broaden one’s mind. It is meant to give students a chance to sample the real world, learn what is out there and let them decide for themselves Briana Perez what they want to be. It is an opportunity for students to shape themselves as individuals and solidify views and ideals by opening up to a variety of ideas. However, some alumni of the University of Wyoming seem to disagree, and are criticizing their alma mater for inviting “controversial” speakers to host forums for the student body. Among speakers recently hosted on the Wyoming campus was former vice-president Dick Cheney and left-wing radical opponent of the Vietnam War, Bill Ayers. While it is understandable that people might disagree with the views of Cheney and Ayers, no one can disagree that they were and continue to be influential figures in our country’s history. The University of Wyoming was within its rights in fulfilling its duties to its students while hosting these two speakers. College students do not need to be sheltered from the reality of the outside world. Rather, they need to be prepared for it. What better way is there to serve students than by hosting speakers who have world experience, and who have been in the spotlight of admiration and disdain? But in retaliation for hosting these speakers, university donors threatened to cut off monetary funds. Ayers is a controversial figure in the eyes of many, but the university can host a speaker without condoning or supporting his radical and controversial past. Cheney, if anything, should be respected for being elected into such a major role in our government.

“College students do not need to be sheltered from the reality of the world. Rather, they need to be prepared for it.” - Briana Perez

It is unclear exactly how much money the university lost as a result of allowing these men to speak on campus, but prime donor John Martin considered pulling out from supporting a project for the university’s Wildcatter Stadium, according to the StarTribune. Overall, this would cost the university approximately $4 million in funding. While this might be extremely detrimental to the university, I believe the university should stand by their notion of neutrality. Universities should present as many speakers to their students and faculty as long as they remain balanced in their variety.

Cartoon by Oscar Maguregui

Non-Christian groups cause stir Religious tolerance should be practiced and would shift nation in postive direction. “In God we trust,” is a phrase our nation has adopted, but does everyone believe it? Alex Meyer There has been much d e b a t e recently about religious diversity in America, most commonly toward Muslims and Christians. But now, the attention is on those who choose to believe in nothing at all. Discussion has shifted from Islamic community centers being built by Ground Zero to pro-atheism billboards in Oklahoma City. The debate is focused on a local atheist group that recently erected a billboard that read, “Don’t believe in God? Join the club.” The billboard has caused quite a stir. The Oklahoma Coalition of Reason, the group responsible for the billboard, said that their goal is to increase the acceptance of secular Americans. That seems pretty reasonable to me. In straight-laced Oklahoma, however, it appears that tolerance of dissimilarities may be an overly ambitious goal. This is, after all, a deeply red state where John McCain won nearly two-thirds of the electorate in the last presidential election and popular political leaders have been known to publicly castigate minority groups. “Diversity” seems to be little more than a word that appears in that

Groups will disturb religious majority; they should not be in Oklahoma.

An atheist seldom-used dictionary. group called And the cohesiveness of the Coalition Oklahomans extends beyond of Reason their race, politics and love of has shaken Sooner football. Nearly eight the religious out of every 10 Oklahomans foundation self-identifies as Christian, of Oklahoma Alex making this state one of the Salinas City where most God-fearing in the about 85 nation, according to a report percent of by the Associated Press. people living there identify So what makes this debate themselves as Christian, so interesting? This group has according to an analysis the right to use the billboard, conducted by the Pew but the question remains, in a Research Center. Billboards state so pious, should they? have been erected along the Many citizens in the area do highway that read, “Don’t not believe the group should believe in God? Join the club.” have erected this billboard. The city has also seen the Religious leaders a n d formation of a Satanist group regular Joes alike h a v e called the Church loudly voiced of the IV Majesties. their disdain. James Hale, a Recent news reports POINT founding member of on local TV stations have featured COUNTER- this group has assisted interviews with POINT in renting out a room in the Oklahoma City Civic residents offering Center for meetings their opinions. and bizarre events One of the such as “blasphemy rituals,” reports aired on Oklahoma according to a report by City’s Fox affiliate, KOKH, Fox news. included a gentleman who While one group denies said, “If you have your own the existence of God and beliefs, keep ‘em to yourself.” the other group relishes the Undoubtedly any atheist “fallen angel,” it is confusing living in the Bible belt would as to what the groups hope to share that sentiment. accomplish. Demographically The debate is not about they are not in an area censorship, but rather just receptive to their beliefs, and about acceptance. Our nation should consider taking their prides itself on its religious activities elsewhere, for the freedom. But do we embrace good of the city and the good that diversity, or is this all of the people. simply empty rhetoric? As much as political It is time to stop talking advocates may argue that about embracing differences these groups have a right to and time to start actually worship (or lack thereof), accepting them — even in they are simply posing a commonplace Oklahoma, a threat to the status quo of the state that is well-versed in the region. Nick Singer, founding infinite love of God.

member of the Coalition of Reason, and Hale have stated that they hope to find likeminded people. In a state where powerful majorities have a religious and spiritual identity, Singer and Hale are absolutely missing their mark. One does not look for silver in a gold mine. Additionally, the groups must consider their own safety when conducting their activities. Because Oklahoma is a Christian state, the potential for the groups to stir up sentiments of bitterness toward them is significant. When emotions enter any equation, people have the tendency to commit acts of violence, and this should be avoided. If the groups can peacefully coexist with everyone outside their beliefs then perhaps this would not be an issue. In the case of the Coalition of Reason, however, they are making it loud and clear what they are about, even to those just passing by on the highway. This is now a public issue and they will have to be willing to take any criticism they may receive without feeling ostracized. While the groups hope to spread awareness of their messages, they may experience difficulty as a legitimate organization amidst a religious community. If violence escalates because of this, actions will need to be taken. For the benefit of children in and around Oklahoma City, we should not encourage such religious freedom to undermine their religious education.


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Church donations should not decline despite recession As our economic recession unfolds, the importance of maintaining a budget and saving money has topped our list of priorities. When considering an economic model that relies heavily on consumerism, businesses are rethinking how to sell their products. But unlike businesses, religious congregations have limited monetary resources — although it is easy to mistakenly believe that the church runs on faith alone. However, recent examples have shown that this is

not the case. Beyond the pedagogy and rules of procession lays a basic concept: many churches need an operating budget. Ontologically, when the pockets of members suffer, the church suffers as well. The National Cathedral in Washington D.C., has experienced the crunch of the recession and has laid off many employees since 2008, according to the New York Times. This scenario has been replicated throughout the country.

Offerings and donations given by church members are traditionally responsible for a huge percentage of a church’s livelihood. A direct need for contribution has had some churches experience increases in donations, but in other cases, the situation has become so severe that people are beginning to fear that if they do not donate, their place of worship may disappear. Another contributing factor to the decrease in congregational donations is the prominence of electronic banking and the rise in

debit card usage. According to a 2002 report by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, 60 percent of Americans wrote checks that year. Eight years later, we can speculate that the percentage has decreased as technology has improved. But since cash and checks are what are accepted during times of worship, there has been a decrease in donations. Generational differences can also explain the decrease in donations. Statistically, baby boomers have donated less

money to a place of worship in their middle and senior years than the previous generation did, according to a report in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. The trend may continue with the coming of age of the current generation. Although it seems that the cost of living is greater than the cost of giving, one should keep in mind that it is important to pay for the services that one receives, and that faith sometimes can only go so far, no matter how unfortunate.

Burqa ban in France exemplifies improvements in modern society

Student Government Association President Alex McCoy closes out her day by working on flyers on Sept. 24. Photo by Analicia Perez

Behind the scenes of SGA

By Alex McCoy

Contributing Writer Last academic year, nearly half of the Student Government Association’s veteran members graduated, including most of the executive branch. This left the current executive branch with a challenge: finding new members committed to dedicating their time to SGA. Although vacancies were advertised, elections were held without a full slate in Spring 2010. At the beginning of this school year, I appointed 13 new members in the legislative branch alone. In addition, three freshmen senators have been added. This means that roughly half of our SGA members are new to the organization. However, this has turned out to be a fresh start for us. Just as our new members are learning about what it means to be in SGA, I am learning about what it means to be a president. After planning the following events, I have learned quite a few lessons. SGA continued our annual event, Burgers with the Brothers, on the first day of school. The event was a success, despite the untimely rain. Fortunately, I think the rain was partially responsible for the success

of the event, as all the students took shelter in Casa Maria, where the brothers welcomed all the students with open arms. Lesson learned: plan an alternate location for outdoor events. Our other major event, Pub Night, took place Sept. 16. The turnout for this event was pleasantly surprising. I contribute the success of this event to the surplus of advertising and the DJs who created an energetic, appealing ambiance for the students. I ran into a couple of challenges, including a lack of the advertised food and beverage specials. I assumed the specials would automatically be provided. I was wrong. Lesson learned: double check that everything advertised will actually be at the event. SGA planned a “Constitution Day” event with the Service Learning Center. This small, but important event takes place annually in Pecan Grove. I learned the importance of communicating with those around me, especially my executive team. Delegating duties is particularly important for having a successful organization. Lesson learned: delegate duties and communicate well with your team at all times.

After a ban on burqas, a face-covering garment worn publicly by some Muslim women, was overwhelming Chris Childree passed with a 335 to one vote in July from France’s lower parliament, a wave of criticism arose from human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International. The groups argued that the ban hindered the religious practices of Muslims, and desperately hoped that the French Senate would not approve it. However, the ban was again overwhelmingly passed by a

246 to one vote by the French Senate two weeks ago. President Nicolas Sarkozy, who described burqas as a “sign of enslavement and debasement,” full-heartedly supports the measure along with 82 percent of the French public according to CNN. Significant majorities in Germany, Great Britain and Spain also support the ban, while only one third of Americans are in favor of it. What the opponents of this measure fail to see are the two main reasons why a ban on burqas is good policy, and why nations such as Belgium and Spain are proposing similar legislation. First, the ban prevents the possibility of citizens covering

their face to avoid public scrutiny if they are involved in committing a crime. The government, as well as a victimized citizen of a crime, has a legitimate necessity to be able to note facial features of the perpetrator for identification and safety purposes. Second, the ban eliminates a public display of the subjugation of women. The measure aims to target the Muslim men who force their wives to hide themselves to the public because of their “ownership” of the women, whose faces may only be viewed by their own eyes. This behavior should be unacceptable in modern society, and it should not be condoned publicly.

“Medal of Honor” videogame disrespects United States military M a n y violent video games have c r e a t e d c o n t ro v e r s y throughout the years. Games such Steven Garcia as “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” have had their 15 seconds in the spotlight. Now, “Medal of Honor” (to be released in October) is at the forefront. Forty-nine GameStop locations on military bases are banning the sale of “Medal of Honor” because gamers can play as Taliban forces in the multiplayer segment of the game. I strongly support the

military’s decision on the ban. To play as the Taliban, this allows players to see the American military as enemies, which is disrespectful. Although this is merely a game, those who have access to the military bases should not have to be reminded of what has happened or what could happen to their loved ones. The timing of the game’s release is not tasteful either. It may have been less repercussive if the game’s release were to be postponed for the time being. It is insensitive of the game’s developers to release the game when many have lost their beloved in the battlefield, or to those still out there. If the developers were to

rename the Taliban opposition under a fictional name, there would likely be less debate. For example, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” features the Navy SEALS team against a team called “OpFor” (Opposing Forces). MW2 is set in about the same time period as MoH, and has been sold on military bases. American players able to kill depictions of American soldiers as the Taliban is outrageous. Games like this can also cause people to incorrectly depict the entire Muslim population as dangerous and as a target for violence. While the First Amendment protects the game, one should not have to pass by this product while on a military base.

COLLEGE LIFE ON A As if paying tuition and rent wasn’t enough, college students have to spend cash on things that really matter — partying every possible minute, taking out the cutest girl, late-night nacho runs, and, of course, having a closet that makes models jealous. After a few weeks of repeating the cycle, one can be left with an empty wallet. Don’t become the one friend that can never go out because he/she is always dead broke. Instead, take some tips from us and start saving some money while still having fun.

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Keep your student ID in your wallet, it can save you money at certain places. Take a look at which companies participate in student discounts. Peter Piper Pizza 4811 E Commerce St. 10% discount Taco Cabana 4723 Commerce St. 20% discount Lisa’s Mexican Restaurant 815 Bandera Rd. 10% discount Exclusively for St. Mary’s Porky’s Burgers and More 2426 Culebra Rd. 10% discount Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 614 NW Loop 410 $2 off all tickets The Apple Store Northstar Mall Up to 10% off T-Mobile 950 Bandera Rd. Up to 12% off on plans Banana Republic Northstar Mall 15% off

Hilary Kristynik, freshman Sociology major, purchases dinner from the Diamondback Café on Sept. 25. Even though you can pay for food using a meal plan, budgeting is important to prevent running out of money by the end of the semester. Photo by Analicia Perez

GIVE THIS UP, GAIN A BUCK (OR TWO) Java City Cappuccino, Grande, $2.99 If you grab a cappuccino four times a week, it comes out to more than $10 a week. Sure, you may be paying for it with your meal plan, but you don’t want to end up without a balance during the last few weeks of the semester. Opt for a regular coffee instead, which is cheaper, or just cut down on your intake. Function Water: Distilled with Electrolytes, $3.09 As if buying bottled water wasn’t wasteful enough, this fancy bottle will cost you. Choose a regular bottle of Aquafina for $1.49 if you MUST drink bottled water. Better yet, buy yourself a refillable water container you can always carry with you and refill when you need to. Don’t buy bottled water for a week and use that money saved to buy that reusable water bottle! Single-serving size cereal, $1.29 OK, we are not saying to go without eating breakfast, but if you buy an individual pack of cereal a day, you could spend up to $9 a week. Save some money and head to the grocery store to buy a full-size box; it will be cheaper and will surely last longer Prices from Diamondback Café and Java City

J Crew Northstar Mall 15% off regular priced items Regal Theatres 2828 Cinema Ridge Sunday-Thursday $8.50 at night Morning Showings Everyday $7.50 Sea World & Six Flags Tickets Available for reduced price in St. Mary’s Bookstore

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a guide to saving money GROUP GETAWAY Want to go to Hawaii for a hundred bucks? We do, too. When you find out how, write us a letter and share your secret plan. In the meantime, get a group of friends together and plan to spend a day together at a nearby small town. It may not be the most glamorous mini-vacation, but with some creativity it can be fun. Pack sandwiches and journey to Fredericksburg where your crew can climb Enchanted Rock and enjoy lunch with a spectacular view, then browse the kitschy boutiques on Main Street. Or head over to Gruene mid-afternoon to relax under the shade by the river, and then grab dinner at Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar while enjoying some live music. Carpool and split gas costs to soften the biggest cash blow.


TOUR SAN ANTONIO Get to know San Antonio a little better and take advantage of the events going on around the city. Pile up in a car, and take a trip downtown, it is only 10 minutes away! Walk through the streets of downtown San Antonio, see the Alamo and the Missions. Take cameras to see who can take the best photos. Stroll along the River Walk, which was recently extended. There you will find hidden waterfalls, interesting shops, public art installments and music. If music is what you seek, the Main Plaza has musicians and concerts available, free of cost, to everyone on the weekends. A few blocks from the River Walk, you can head to Market Square, to watch working artists paint, blow glass or work with metals.

FUN WITH FRIENDS Buy some movie tickets at the Rattler Bookstore for $7 to $7.50 each (yes, you can use your bookstore account) and plan a night at the movies. Catch an indie flick or documentary at the Santikos Bijou theatre for movies that aren’t screened anywhere else. Afterward, head over to Starbucks or an ice cream shop to discuss the movie, or just to catch up with friends. The good thing with going to the movies with friends is that you can still experience all the fun without pressure to pay for your date. Arrange a “Madden” or “FIFA” video game tournament with a group of friends. Ask everyone to bring munchies (some can be bought at the café) so that the costs of food can be split. If your crew needs something a little bit more filling, pitch in to order pizza or Chinese. Don’t forget to ask for specials or student discounts.


Take your lover to a poetry slam for some fresh entertainment. Poetry slams are not just hippies strumming guitars and reading sappy poems. They are often funny and exploding with emotion. Check out Puroslam’s poetry night at On the Half Shell Oyster Bar, 202 Navarro St., at 10 p.m. every Tuesday. Admission is $5 for minors, and free for those 21 and up. For music and words, check out the Jazz Poets Society at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the High Wire Art Gallery, located at 326 W. Josephine St. Music ends at 9 p.m. Take your date to University Bowl and enjoy student discounts almost daily. From 9 p.m. to midnight from Sunday to Thursday, students who take their college ID can bowl for $1.79 a game and can rent shoes for $2.25. In the mood for a little competition? Make it a double date and couples can play against each other. Losers have to treat everyone to ice cream. Don’t worry; the snack bar also has great deals.


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Amnesty members raise human rights awareness By Austin W. Newton News Editor Although Amnesty International, a student organization that focuses on raising awareness about human rights issues, has been on campus for less than five years, it has been experiencing a steadily growing membership. There were 60 students at the first Amnesty International meeting in the University Center, but only five male students were in attendance at the meeting. Ryan Mchutchion, a sophomore political science and philosophy major, heard about the meeting through friends and decided to attend because of his interest in social justice. “I guess it is not a ‘macho’ thing for guys to come in and stand up for human rights,” he said. Although Amnesty International appears to draw the attention of many students, the group’s president, senior international relations and political science major Kristin

Sepulveda said that there are many misconceptions about the organization’s diversity. “There is this perception that if you are in Amnesty International, people think that you are a Democrat — that you lean toward the left,” Sepulveda said. “The members all have different majors and interests. Some members are religious; some are not. Some are very conservative. It is a huge variety of people.” This fall, the group hopes to raise awareness on four issues through different campaigns. The campaigns are titled “Counter Terror with Justice,” an effort to end torturing suspects; “Demand Dignity,” which aims to raise awareness about maternal mortality and corporate accountability; “Individuals at Risk,” which focuses on bringing justice to individual prisoners with unique cases; and “Death Penalty,” which calls for an end of capital punishment. “At the meeting, we just spread the word and told them what Amnesty does, so we can

get people inspired to do good things,” said Sepulveda. “The demand dignity campaign is full right now.” Amnesty International has several events planned for the academic school year, according to the events coordinator, Amira Kalifa, a senior marketing and entrepreneurship major. “We are going to have a global write-a-thon on Dec. 10, which is Human Rights Day, and it addresses the Individuals at Risk campaign,” said Kalifa. “The global write-a-thon campaign is the largest letter writing event in the nation.” Other events are scheduled for the spring semester. The “Counter Terror with Justice” campaign will have a poetry and music event. The death penalty campaign will have a demonstration in the spring as well. Finally, in April, the university chapter of Amnesty International plans to go to San Francisco to attend a national conference for all the Amnesty International chapters.

Kyle Seymour and Bikalpa Raj Timilsina listen to event coordinator of Amnesty International Amira Kalifa speak about the Individuals at Risk Campaign. Photo by Robin Johnson


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For Paws helps cats on campus and in neighborhood By Denice Hernandez Managing Editor It is not an unusual sight to see a cat sleeping in the library or one stretched out on a picnic table in the Quad. However, many students do not know that these cats, along with 10 others on campus, are part of the university’s For Paws program, which provides care management for stray cats found on campus as an alternative to euthanasia. In 2003, before the program, more than 30 cats roamed on campus. Cats were captured by the physical plant department and sent to animal shelters, where most were euthanized. Because of this, a group of students and faculty members came forward with the idea of creating a system for caring for the cats and limiting reproduction rates. “It is important that we set an example by spaying and neutering the cats because this is such a big issue in the city,” said Caroline Byrd, co-director of the For Paws program and library associate director. “San Antonio shelters have such a high kill rate.” Through the program, cats that are found on campus are sterilized, vaccinated and released. Cats that stay on campus are also fed and given special names, while the “friendly” ones wear personalized collars. A clipped ear can distinguish cats that have been through the For Paws program. Freshman exercise and sports science major Waylen Baumgartener said he was shocked when he saw Spice, a campus cat, in the library. However, this changed his

perception about cats, he said. "I like him because he is a nice cat, not a stuck up cat that just goes where he wants and expects people not to pet him," said Baumgartener. For Paws reaches out beyond campus grounds, too. This summer, the For Paws program helped capture and sterilize 155 cats in the surrounding community after the San Antonio Area Foundation awarded the program more than $9,000 in grant money. “We not only give service to the campus, but we are also helping with a problem our neighbors have,” said Byrd. Byrd said program members walked through the Neighborhood Association area around campus in search for cat owners that could not afford to have their felines spayed or neutered. With funding from the grant, and help from local anmal clinics, the For Paws program was able to capture cats and take them to receive these services at no cost to the cat owners. "The people were so thankful," she said. Also this summer, a litter of kittens was born on campus. One kitten was adopted by a student while three remain in foster care awaiting a new home. The mother went to PetSmart. Graduate student Stephanie Hopkins adopted her cat Flaco, later renamed Jasper, a year ago after she joined the For Paws mailing list. “I received an e-mail from Caroline about a kitten they found behind the library that

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Freshman exercise and sports science major Waylen Baugartener stops by to keep Spice company during his afternoon nap. Photo by Denice Hernandez needed a home,” Hopkins said. “He was just too cute to pass up.” Trinity University has a similar program to For Paws. Dogs, however, are not part of programs like this because city laws do not allow dogs to roam loose without leashes.

For Paws is entirely funded by donations, so even a bag of cat food helps makes a difference, said Byrd. “Or pet a friendly cat on your way to class, that is a good thing too,” Byrd said.

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Tips to making your summer clothes work this fall 1. Make summer shorts work this season by pairing leggings underneath them. Leggings come in lace, funky neon colors or even denim, and they are sold at almost every department store. 2. Summer shorts can also be worn with some classic 80’s style leg warmers over your tights during cooler temperatures. Leg warmers are sold at many department stores including Target, Kmart and American Apparel. 3. Tank tops, tube tops and spaghetti strap shirts can be topped with a light cardigan or vest. Cardigans can be found in clothing stores like Forever 21, The Gap and Pacsun.

4. Wear a spring dress paired with cowboy boots and a light sweater. Nothing says ‘fashionista’ like a pair of boots and a dress. 5. Gentlemen, it is never too late to pick up a scarf to add to that favorite v-neck or t-shirt. Men’s scarves can be found at many department stores like The Gap, Nieman Marcus and Target. 6. Add some style to your shorts and t-shirt on a chilly, fall day with a beanie or newsboy cap. Beanies and newsboy caps can be found at Target, The Gap and Forever 21Men. Compiled by Pamela Avarado

Top RIght: Freshmen Liliana Gutierrez makes her summer floral dress work by adding fall boots and a long layering vest. Bottom Left: Sophomore Rachel Vallejo tops her floral blouse with a cute cardigan and matching floral heels. Photos by Felix Arroyo


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Coming Soon ALBUMS Bruno Mars “Doo-wops & Hooligans ”

Ciara “Bubblegum” 10/5


By Jessica Valles Staff Writer

Sugarland “The Incredible Machine”

Taylor Swift “Speak Now” 10/26


Kings of Leon “Come Around Sundown”

Kid Cudi “Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager ” 10/26


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SHOWS “Daniel Tosh: Twenty Ten Tour” at The Majestic 10/3

Source: “Beauty and the Beast” at The Majestic 10/12-10/17


“Dr. ‘S’ Battles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies” at Overtime Theater 10/8-11/6


Whether you are new to town or have lived in Texas all your life (but have been living under a rock), the Austin City Limits festival is the perfect getaway to an original music experience. ACL is a three-day event at Zilker Park in Austin. The event attracts over 65,000 people per day and brings 130 bands to eight stages, according to Genres include rock, indie, country, hip-hop, reggae and everything in between, so you will find a suitable sound for every personality. Unfortunately, tickets from the official website are completely sold out, but you can dish out the high bills for VIP tickets. For the rest of us average broke college students, amazing deals for tickets can be found on Craigslist (be careful though). The festival runs from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, so try to find tickets fast. Thus, a perfect day at ACL would be: FRIDAY There is no rush to get to ACL early on the first day. The first set starts at 2:45 p.m., so you have some time to get breakfast or go shopping around the city. Miike Snow will get the party started, and then The Black Keys will

hit the stage at 4 p.m. Beach House will follow at 5 p.m. All three performances are located at different stages, so get moving quick to catch different acts. Getting hungry? Grab dinner, but return by 7 p.m. to catch Vampire Weekend. While you are rocking out, ask yourself, “Would you rather see The Strokes or Phish?” Both bands start their performances at 8 p.m. These two American bands are great, but if you want more of a jam scene, you better go with Phish. SATURDAY This day is going to be wild. You will have to make decisions, decisions and more decisions. Two Door Cinema will be your opener at 2:20 p.m., followed by Manchester Orchestra at 3:30 p.m. Then, it gets tricky and some running might be involved as you have to choose between the indie band Broken Bells or the alternative shoegaze Silversun Pickups at 4:30 p.m. Regardless of what you choose, you will have to leave early if you want to see The Local Natives at 4:45 p.m. These guys are the epitome of indie rock and are a definite must see. Your next choice will be between catching The Temper Trap or The

xx, which both start at 5:30 p.m. Go with The Temper Trap for an Australian-esque indie rock feel, or The xx for a new London sound. Whomever you decide on, they end at 6:30 p.m., so you can stay the entire performance and get to see the Monsters of Folk who will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Make an early exit if you want to see Matt & Kim at 7:30 p.m. Your last pick of the day should be between M.I.A. or Muse, both at 8 p.m. Muse’s performance will last longer than M.I.A. by half an hour so you can catch all of M.I.A. and 30 minutes of Muse, but that’s just a suggestion. SUNDAY Don’t party too much Saturday night, because Sunday is one busy day starting bright and early at 12:30 p.m. with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. At 1:15 p.m., Foals will reach your ears before Portugal The Man at 2 p.m. The Morning Benders at 3 p.m. would be a top choice, followed by Yeasayer at 4 p.m. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will play at 5 p.m. and then you must call the shots between which you prefer more: psychedelic, Cali rock or indie. The Flaming Lips, Switchfoot and Band of Horses all start at 6 p.m. After you get through that conundrum, you’ll be thrown

into another tough choice of either The National, Cage the Elephant or Norah Jones, all playing at 7 p.m. End the day chilling out with The Eagles —no competition on that choice.

Top 25 bands to see at ACL •The Eagles •Muse •Phish •The Strokes •M.I.A. •The Flaming Lips •Vampire Weekend •Norah Jones •Band of Horses •Monsters of Folk •The Black Keys •Broken Bells •The xx •Silversun Pickups •Beach House •The Temper Trap •Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros •Miike Snow •Local Natives •Manchester Orchestra •Foals •Switchfoot •Cage the Elephant •The Morning Benders •Ted Leo and the Pharmacists


“The Social Network” 10/1

“Red” 10/15

“Jackass 3D” 10/15

“Paranormal Activity 2” 10/22

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Blue Star Art Center exhibits provide two emotional trips By Dania Pulido Entertainment Editor Fotoseptiembre, an international photography festival held every September, is soon coming to an end. To celebrate the festival before all the photography fun ends, visit the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, which is displaying exhibits that feature both emotionally charged and absurdly fun pieces. The first exhibit, “You Appear to Me to Be Someone Whose Life is Meaningless,” pays homage to women who have experienced domestic abuse. The title was inspired by the words spoken by a judge to the photographer, Kathy Coiner, in front of her son. Using this sign of disrespect as inspiration, Coiner set out to take portraits of women who had endured and survived domestic violence. A poem on a papier-mâché heart in the exhibit speaks about the abuse women endure from the men they love until they are strong enough to move on without them. “It takes courage to let go of the past and walk through the pain into a new future,” reads another quote above portraits of women from different ethnicities. Their eyes say, “I survived.”

The portraits of the women show all their beauty, including their tattoos and bold make-up, while the bravest ones wear their scars from domestic abuse proudly. These portraits establish a connection to the viewer and bind them to the same experience, no matter their culture or gender, which is exactly what the photographer was trying to accomplish. The final quote on the last wall of portraits proves to be the most suitable. It reads, “We can get so beat down that we think we are not anybody anymore. Look at me. I am someone.” The next exhibit strays away from a deep emotional experience and provides the viewer with a more playful experience. The name itself, “This is Not a Photo Show” sparks curiosity and ironic humor. The collection pays homage to photographer Rene Magritte and is a collaboration of seven different artists. Its purpose is to make the viewer rethink the tradition of art and go beyond those limits with different media including photography, video, painting and sculpture. Some of the photographs feature up-close shots of multicolored acrylic nails that clash

with the abstract and dreamlike human portraits of another artist (who also doubles as a DJ). A small room in the corner of the gallery projects a 15-minute high definition video, “Pop Up!” on a bare white wall. The video features images of people flashing in repetitive shots while upbeat techno music plays, sending the viewer on an energy trip. In the center of the room stands a road barrier covered in mirrored glass, properly named the “Disco Barrier.” A picture of an ordinary officer standing behind the Disco Barrier not only provides a few giggles, but also shows the artist’s goal in taking mediocre every day objects and pairing them with glamorous materials. Think Andy Warhol’s mentality minus the celebrities or colorful print job. Although the exhibits offer two completely different sets of emotions for the viewer, each do an excellent job in making a profound point. Whether you feel like commemorating the strength of abused women or deciphering through funky works of art and their meaning, the photo exhibits at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Gallery are worth a visit, so stop by — the exhibits are on display until Nov. 6.

One of the many abstract art works displayed in the “This is Not A Photo Show” exhibit. Photo by Felix Arroyo

La Gloria Ice House gives Mexican food a fresh twist By Alex Meyer Staff Writer The city is not in short supply of Mexican eateries, but the La Gloria Ice House is a refreshing and authentic twist on an all too familiar cuisine. Located in the heart of the city, La Gloria takes its midtown location to heart, providing a vibrant atmosphere without overwhelming its guests. Diners can choose from indoor and outdoor patio seating, and with authentic décor, guests can feel as though they have been transported to a taquería on a cozy side street of Mexico City. Owner and chef Johnny Hernandez, a native San Antonian, is the man who wanted to bring a taste of authentic street foods found in central Mexico to the River city. Uniquely, this Mexican restaurant strays from the usual complimentary chips and salsa and other Tex-Mex trademarks, and instead offers a menu that is straightforward. Those with an appetite can find everything from tacos to tlayudas, a traditional Mexican dish served on a large crispy tortilla. The ordering process is slightly complicated though. Diners are expected to order at the front of the restaurant upon entry and then find seating on their own.

Most diners might also want to order two or three plates since dishes are served in small proportions to stay true to street food roots. The food at La Gloria is crisp and light, owing to Hernandez’s commitment to keeping ingredients fresh and local. The main staples, the tacos and quesadillas, vary in flavor because of many different options. Still, the best part about La Gloria is the prices. On a college student’s budget, this restaurant has affordable price ranges. La Gloria is the perfect place for a quick, fun and authentic Mexican meal that offers a little something for everyone. La Gloria Ice House

Location: 100 E. Grayson St. Cuisine: Mexican Hours: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.; Closed on Tuesdays Price Range: $3-$10 Extras: Take-out; Outdoor Seating Serving: Lunch and Dinner

‘Hellcats’ brings the drama and scandal of college cheerleading. Photo courtesy of

‘Hellcats’: another predictable drama

By Anissa Bravo Staff Writer

The crazy world of college cheerleading has been brought to the TV screen with the new comedy drama series “Hellcats.” The cast, starring former Disney Channel actresses Alyson Michalka and Ashley Tisdale, bring a fun, edgy twist to the show. The plot, which will inevitably be compared to the memorable cheerleading “Bring It On” films, has its own unique twists and turns. This new addition to the CW lineup promises all the cattiness, romance and drama one expects from a TV show centered around cheerleaders. Based on the book “Cheer: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders,” the television pilot episode opened up an interesting storyline between Marti Perkins (Michalka) and the head captain Savannah (Tisdale) who is the stereotypical preppy cheerleader. Marti is an aspiring law student at Lancer University who resorts to becoming a “football groupie” by accepting a cheerleading scholarship to salvage her education. Tension between Marti and Savannah is amplified as Marti proves that she has what it takes to be a Hellcat and help

the squad win the cheerleading championship. The drama intensifies with her move into Cheertown, which is a co-ed dorm reserved exclusively to the Hellcat cheerleaders. Despite her repulsion of the sport, Marti discovers that she is a natural performer as she earns the coveted spot on the squad and the scholarship that will keep her in school. “Hellcats” may be a little predictable, but it delivers what was promised — a satisfying amount of drama and scandal. The relationships between the characters promises to bring more tension and leave viewers hooked on what is going to happen in upcoming episodes. Hellcats

Starring: Aly Michalka, Ashley Tisdale Genre: Comedy-drama Length: 1 hour Showing on: The CW Time: Wednesdays at 9/8c


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Game Results

Highlight Reel

Calendar Men’s soccer 10/1 University of Texas 3:30 p.m. Permian Basin 10/3 Midwestern State Univ. 1 p.m. 10/8 Texas A&M International 8 p.m. University 10/15 West Texas A&M University 7 p.m. 10/17 Eastern New Mexico Univ. 11:30 a.m. 10/22 Univ. of Texas Permian Basin 2 p.m. Women’s soccer 9/29 Texas A&M International University 10/1 University of Texas Permian Basin 10/7 Dallas Baptist University 10/9 Newman University 10/14 St. Edward’s University 10/16 University of Texas Permian Basin 10/22 Texas A&M International University

3 p.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 1 p.m. 4 p.m. 2 p.m. 8 p.m.

Women’s volleyball 9/29 Texas A&M International 7 p.m. University 10/1 Southeastern Oklahoma 7 p.m. State University 10/2 Oklahoma Baptist University 11 a.m. 10/7 St. Edward’s University 7 p.m. 10/9 Dallas Baptist University 12 p.m. 10/12 University of the Incarnate 7 p.m. Word 10/14 University of Texas 7 p.m. Permian Basin 10/16 Oklahoma Panhandle 12 p.m. State Home games in bold

Sports Around the World NFL Brett Favre swears this is his final season in the NFL. His performance so far includes four picks, two losses, one touchdown and zero victories. Favre has said many times in the past that he will not be coming back, yet he is still seen on the field every weekend. Source: NBA One of the final significant hurdles for a blockbuster four-team trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to the New Jersey Nets hinges on the All-Star forward’s willingness to agree to a contract extension with the Nets. Under the proposal, league sources said the Nets would also send point guard Devin Harris to the Charlotte Bobcats, who would move forward Boris Diaw to the Utah Jazz, who would send forward Andrei Kirilenko to the Denver Nuggets to complete what one front-office source described as a “very complicated” deal. Source: MLB Tampa Bay All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria will miss a three-game weekend series against Seattle because of a left quadriceps strain. Sean Rodriguez replaced Longoria, making his first start of the year at third base. Source:

The men’s rugby football club will play Sul Ross State University on Oct. 9 on campus.

Women’s volleyball

Men’s soccer

Women’s soccer

Sept. 23: University of Texas-Permian Basin. WIN, score 3-1.

Sept. 19: Northeastern State University. LOST, score 1-2.

Sept. 19: East Central University. WIN, score 2-0.

Sept. 24: St. Edward’s University. WIN, score 1-0.

Sept. 24: Lubbock Christian University. WIN, score 2-1

Sept. 25: Oklahoma Panhandle State University. LOST score 2-3.

Marczewski defeats ranked opponents although I did not know what to expect from him. During the second set, he broke me early due to stupid mistakes on my part. I needed to remain focused because if I did not bounce back, he could have won his serve and the set would have been over.”

By Chris Filoteo Senior Staff Writer After recently winning Top Flight honors in men’s singles at Trinity University’s Tennis Quad Tournament, junior engineering and marketing major Marcin Marczewski is focused on team cohesion for the tennis season looming ahead. In a recent interview, Marcin said that he has high hopes for the upcoming season. He also emphasized the importance of team unity and how the team is expected to play well by the coaches. During the tournament, Marcin, who is from Poland, faced nationallyranked players. In the semi-final Marcin defeated Trinity’s Max Frey. This victory led him to face another skilled player, Rafael Coutinho from Laredo Community College. I had a chance to sit down with Marcin to reflect on his performance and his outlook for the season.

Junior engineering and marketing major Marcin Marczewski is excited for the upcoming tennis season and hopes for more team cohesion. Photo by Robin Johnson

Which competition are you the most worried about this season? “Since Incarnate Word has left the conference, it is going to be St. Edward’s. They have a strong team and they have always performed well. They have a lot of experience and a lot of tradition in tennis. St. Edward’s is a good school, but I think we can take them this year even though they beat us last season.”

What skill will you work on to better prepare yourself for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association regionals later this year? “To stay focused throughout practices and to prepare myself, from warm-ups to the end of practices. I also want to work on

closing points and closing sets no matter if it is the first serve or match point.” Is there anything you would change about your match in the final against Laredo’s Rafael Coutinho? “Overall, I was happy with my result,

How did you feel after beating a couple of nationally ranked players? “I felt good because I accomplished my goal. Before the tournament I did not know what to expect. I am excited to be part of the team and I am looking forward for the upcoming season.”

How much have you developed in skill since your freshman year? “I hope I have improved a little bit. I have gotten a little bigger since we have early workouts during the week. I am conditioned more and I feel better about having collegiate experience.”

Students choose the ideal fantasy football team By Brissa Renteria Staff Writer Though the football season is still fresh, several unexpected turns have already occurred. Because of this, you may have heard die-hard fans screaming, “I should have known better than to have picked him for my team,” or “My fantasy football team is going to dominate!” Fantasy football is a game in which participants, aptly named “owners” are arranged into a competitive league. They then construct fantasy football teams, which, earn owners points based on the actual player’s statistics. Owners pick their players through an online draft available on various web sites like espn. com and Fantasy football has risen in popularity over the years and has become a hot topic on campus for numerous students. An informal survey was taken of 30 student owners to determine what they thought would be an ideal 2010 fantasy football team.

Students pick their top fantasy team (as of Sept.25) Quaterback Picks Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans Fantasy points: 31.08 Aaron Rogers of the Green Bay Packers Fantasy points: 26.20 Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears Fantasy points: 23.83 Wide Receiver Picks Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans Fantasy points: 21.80 Kevin Walter of the Houston Texans Fantasy points: 20.40 Running Back Picks Jahvid Best of the Detroit Lions Fantasy points: 41.20 Jason Snelling of the Atlanta Falcons Fantasy points: 36.60 LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles Fantasy points: 30.80

Tight End Picks Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers Fantasy points: 17.70 Dustin Keller of the New York Jets Fantasy points: 17.50 Kicker Picks Mike Nugent of the Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy points: 16.00 Neil Rackers of the Houston Texans Fantasy points: 14.00 These are just a few of the positions that make up a fantasy football team. The rankings listed will not remain consistent, as players’ statistics change throughout the season. There is no such thing as a perfect fantasy football team, but the fun is in trying to make one and succeeding.


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Volleyball team welcomes four new players, two coaches By Danielle Torres Senior Staff Writer Volleyball season is in full swing, and the Rattlers have been spiking and serving to their opponents while adjusting to a new team. This year, the volleyball team has a different look, with four new freshmen and only three returning seniors. Fans will notice that there are two new faces cheering on the team as well. Jenny Warmack-Chipman, a Texas native and former Longhorn volleyball player, is the new volleyball head coach. Coach Warmack–Chipman works alongside new assistant coach Gary Payne, who after 14 years

of coaching various levels of play, finds himself bringing a fresh aspect to the team. “They bring new energy,” junior outside hitter and middle blocker Stephanie Proske said. The 2010 team is made up of 14 student athletes, and they are filling up the stat sheets with multiple honors. On Sept. 9, Stephanie Flores was named to the all-tournament team after leading the stat sheets with 77 digs over 17 games in the tournament that weekend. Along with Flores, Kori McCarver, senior setter, was also named the Heartland Conference’s Hitter of the Week on Sept. 18 As of Sept. 25, the current record for the volleyball team

is 5-8-0, with wins against Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Maryville UniversitySt. Louis, Cameron University and the University of ArkansasFort Smith. The team said practices are focused on various drills from previous years. However, the mentality and goals are the same. “We hope to be able to advance in the conference tournament and come out on top,” said Murray. Although the University of the Incarnate Word is no longer in the Heartland Conference, the team said the Cardinals are more of a rival than St. Edwards. “St. Edwards will never replace Incarnate Word as the school’s rival,” said Murray.

Students Chris Rivas, Joseph Chavez and Gabriel Aaron Gonzalez compete in the Tri-Sigma Spikefest Sand Volleyball Tournament on Sept. 24 at Fatso’s Sports Garden. Photo by Dionicio Perez.

The women’s volleyball team currently holds a record of 5-8-0 as of Sept. 25. Photo by Brittany Horack.


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Rattler 2010 Volleyball Team Roster

Nicole Canales, junior, setter/ right side. First team all Conference in 2009 at Hill College.

Kristen Chapman, junior, middle blocker. Averaged 2.2 kills and 0.63 blocks

Melissa Dahle, freshman, defensive specialist. MVP of Seguin Tournament in high school.

Kelsey Davis, freshman, outside hitter/middle blocker. Earned all-district honors in high school.

Stephanie Flores, junior, libero/ defensive specialist. Named libero of the week on Sept. 13.

Julie Kells,freshman, right side. MVP her senior year of high school.

Kate Kershner, senior, outside hitter / defensive specialist. Averaged 2.43 digs per set last season.

Adrianna Keys, junior, outside hitter. Averaged 1.18 kills and 0.45 blocks last season.

Kori McCarver, senior, setter/ right side. Averaged 1.71 kills and 1.10 digs per set last season.

Mallory Moeller, junior, middle blocker. Averaged 1.53 kills and 0.87 blocks per set last season.

Allie Murray, sophomore, setter. Averaged 2.14 digs and 4.64 assists per set last season.

Karlie Ortega, freshman, hitter/ defensive specialist. Was an MVP her junior year of high school.

Stephanie Proske, junior, middle blocker. Had a total of 51 kills last season.

Luisa Rodrigues, senior, outside hitter. Averaged 1.79 kills and 2.21 digs per game last season.

Gary Payne, Assistant Coach

Jenny Warmack-Chipman, Head Coach

Photo by Mary Neal

Featuring: Nicole Canales Classification: Junior Position: Setter, right side Major: English, with teacher certification What are your plans after graduation? “To become a literature teacher, a professor for a college and maybe coach volleyball, too.” After a successful season last year at Hill College, what are your goals for playing your first season at St. Mary’s? “To go far in the tournaments and win a championship. I want to connect with my hitters because I have big shoes to fill. This is Kori McCarver’s last year and she has set a great example of being a great allaround player.” How long have you been playing volleyball? “For 10 years. My high school coach made me choose between basketball and volleyball, so I chose volleyball because I was better at it than basketball.” What have you learned from Coach Jenny Warmack-Chitman thus far? “How to be a better setter by playing better defense and communicating with the hitters, and to work on fundamentals how to be an allaround good setter.” If you could play any sport in any country, which sport would it be and where would you play? “Volleyball, in Italy, because it is the most beautiful place I have ever been to in my life.” Compiled by Chris Filoteo

Photos Courtosy of: St. Mary’s Sports Information Office

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