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Texas State to offer computer forensics program in future

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By Ashley Richards The University Star Collaboration between the Texas State computer science department and ManTech International Corp. has brought on the development of a computer forensics program that will also lead to research partnerships with the information technology provider. In conjunction with ManTech, the computer science department is in the process of putting together a curriculum that will initially offer a graduate minor in forensic systems that, with success, could lead to additional computer forensics programs at the university. Wilbon Davis, computer science department chair, said the computer forensics program is expected to be on the books by September. Moonis Ali, computer science professor, and Davis said the range of capabilities within the computer forensics field is broad. Some of the duties begin with simple tasks such as retrieving a deleted e-mail to much more complex activities such as finding the origination of viruses and damaged software. “People who practice forensics never fix anything; what we do is we find out why it happened and who did it,” Davis said. The ManTech Web site defines computer forensics as “the art and science of identifying, locating, preserving and extracting digital data from a computer system for a specific purpose.” Because of the wide range of capabilities within computer forensics, the department has incorporated numerous other departments in the developing program, including criminal justice, political science, accounting and modern language. “The program is multidisciplinary. We need to have legal aspects, political aspects, financial aspects — we are looking into a comprehensive approach,” Ali said. An example of when computer forensics become involved in political, legal and financial areas, Ali said, is the Enron case when

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bout 200 Texas State students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the surrounding San Marcos community, gathered Wednesday evening to commemorate civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The 22nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration began in the LBJ Student Center at 6 p.m. A slide show with photos and quotes from the civil rights movement played while people gathered in the ballroom. Student artwork was displayed, and volunteers handed out free event T-shirts and colorful, handmade picket signs for the traditional march scheduled to follow. Jarad Davis, communication studies senior and president of Black Men United, expected the university response to be large. “Everyone respects his legacy no matter what color they are. Especially in light of the events last semester, I think people will want to come out and show that they’re not against AfricanAmericans,” Davis said, referring to the Sept. 11 confrontation between police and students exiting an afterparty at the LBJ Student Center following the African American Leadership Conference. “I think it’s wonderful. Without

Danny Rodriguez/Star photo TOP: Students gather in a prayer circle after a march from the LBJ Student Center to the Evans Liberal Arts Building on Wednesday evening as a part of the 22nd MLK Celebration. ABOVE: Texas State students watch video clips of Martin Luther King Jr. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.

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Tax form available to students may deduct certain educational expenses By Jason Buch The University Star Students who want online access to the form that allows them to claim their education expenses on their tax report must make a request for that access by Friday. By visiting, students and parents can gain online access to a tax form that is usually mailed out by Texas State Financial Services. “The 1098-T is the form that students and parents use to determine if they can deduct certain educational expenses,” said Carolyn Conn, associate vice president of financial services. The IRS makes the form available online, but students must request access to the form on an individual basis. Once a student requests the form, the IRS will make it available to them on Jan. 31. Friday will be the last day to request online access to the 1098-T tax form. Conn said on Wednesday that fewer than 900 students had filed requests. “I didn’t know about it,”

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said Andrew Bujnoch, business management junior. “No one I know even told me about it. They need to let people know.” In the past, the university has had problems making the forms available. “It’s very disheartening each year because the forms are returned because students did not leave accurate addresses,” Conn said. Bunjoch said that while the university’s attempts to make students aware of the form’s availability, such as taking out advertisements, more needs to be done. Conn said she plans to send a campus-wide e-mail on Friday to alert students of the deadline. This is the first year the university has made a major push to let students know about the 1098-T form. “Considering how plugged in most of our student body is, it seems like most students would want this form available online,” Conn said. “I would think their parents would want it to be available online too.”

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computer data must be retrieved to be used as evidence. The computer forensics program will also assist in developing a better means of retrieving and properly using all necessary data in court cases. As of now, courts are unsure of how to issue or carry out search warrants for computer databases, Davis said. Students in the computer forensics program will be taught a thorough background in computer and forensic technology, and they will also have options of classes to take from other departments involved. “Students will take courses in political science for legality and criminal justice for procedures, for example,” Davis said. Davis said combining the expertise emphasized in different professions will help to better solve the problems at hand as well as help each department develop new ideas for research and problem solving that might not have been thought of otherwise. “The computer science department has been (a believer) for a long time in interdisciplinary research,” Davis said. “We are the only department in the country that is taking an approach that is as interdisciplinary as us.” Some of the tools that will be developed in the computer forensics program are smart computers that will be used to analyze large amounts of information and make possible predictions for a particular situation. As the partnership with ManTech continues, the computer science department may receive subcontracts and joint proposals for research. Davis said the funding for that research will be used primarily to hire students as research assistants. The computer forensics curriculum will include guest lectures from Virigina-based ManTech employees. A ManTech research office scheduled to open in March will be based in San Antonio, a location Davis said is partly due to the corporation’s partnership with Texas State. Students will also benefit from

By Kirsten Crow The University Star “Councilman who?” “Councilman Jones!” The rallying cry from the Chris Jones for Council campaign staff reverberated in the Cafe on the Square on Dec. 6 when the votes for San Marcos City Council, Seat 4, were tallied and his victory over health, physical education and recreation professor Moe Johnson became clear. For the first time in 35 years, a Texas State student would sit on the council. Although Jones’ election to the council became official more than a month ago, the public administration senior and former Associated Student Government vice president’s message has remained the same. “The election is over, but the work now begins,” Jones said on Dec. 6. And he still stands by that message. “The work hasn’t stopped,” Jones said on Sunday. “Let’s make San Marcos a place we can live and further the betterment of San Marcos.”

Since taking office, Jones said he has been focusing on the very issues he used in his campaign platform, and one in particular — jobs. “Jobs are basically one of my major focuses,” he said. “One other thing I really want to look into per complaints from citizens, particularly younger citizens, is looking into some of the noise violations and looking into the policies of how they are issued.” In the three weeks Jones has been in office, he said he has had a high volume of complaints regarding noise violations and the procedures under which they are handled. His favorite part of the job, he said, is communicating with citizens and working to resolve their issues. As an extension of this communication, Jones has opened an office for the exclusive purpose of conducting City Council business. “Basically, I wanted to open the office to make myself more accessible to citizens and ensure that other citizens know that I am a person that is willing to listen to what they have to say,”

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After a runoff election, public administration senior and City Council member Chris Jones has opened an office in The Square, the only council member to do so.

Brynn Leggett/ Star photo Jones said. Jones, who will be graduating in May, is also in the process of creating a marketing plan for the city. “I’m trying to develop with some kind of marketing plan to



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help market San Marcos as a place to work and live, a place to shop, a place to raise children,” he said. “I really want to think outside the box.” See COUNCIL, page 3

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starsof texas state Texas State’s all-girl cheer squad won its third ever national championship Saturday at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. while competing in the 2006 College Cheerleading & Dance Team Championship. Texas State was the lone representative of the Southland Conference to reach either the finals or the semifinals in the competition, and the Bobcats beat out squads from the Big 12, Big Ten, Big East and Conference USA to win

the title. Finishing behind Texas State in the finals were San Diego State, Morehead State, Memphis, South Florida, New Mexico, Indiana and Cincinnati, and the Bobcats knocked out Kansas State and Colorado State in the semifinals. Texas State’s coed squad also placed in the competition, reaching the finals and finishing eighth. — Courtesy of Media Relations

For in-depth coverage of the championship cheer squad, see Tuesday’s Sports page.

News Contact — Kirsten Crow,

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STARS OF TEXAS STATE POLICY Do you know someone at Texas State who has recently celebrated a great achievement? Nominate your choice to appear in The Star as a “Star of Texas State.” Write an e-mail to with the subject line “Stars of Texas State,” and include your nominee’s name, his/her relationship to the university, contact information for yourself and your nominee, and a brief description of the achievement. Also include a photo of your nominee if available. Accepted nominees will be featured at the top of Page Two.

EVENTS Events Sunday Higher Ground LutheranEpiscopal Campus Ministry offers a free meal at 6:15 p.m., followed by Holy Communion at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Tuesday

Information meeting regarding RA positions from current staff members at 4 p.m. in Tower Hall and 7 p.m. in Blanco Hall. Wednesday Information meeting regarding RA positions from current staff members at 4 p.m. in Falls Hall and 7 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Applications are due on Feb. 6 at noon.

Campus Sports Wednesday Equestrian team meeting at 7 p.m. in the Agriculture Building, Room 204.

Arts & Entertainment

Christopher Neel’s junior bass recital begins at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Guest artists Larry Wiley and John Solomons, pianists, will be playing at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 for students.

Miscellaneous Thursday Free Week of Fitness & Wellness Group Exercise Classes continues through Sunday at the Student Recreation Center. CALENDAR SUBMISSION POLICY Calendar submissions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events at or call (512) 245-3487 for more information. E-mailed press releases will not be accepted. If using e-mail, please submit as a simple bulleted list of essential information. Submissions are on a first come, first served basis and notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted every week they will take place. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.

CRIME BL TTER San Marcos Police Department

Jan. 17, 10:36 a.m. Forgery/2300 S. Interstate 35 Victim had two “homemade” checks forged with her information on them at H-E-B. Jan. 17, 4:50 p.m. Theft Under $500/202 N. LBJ Drive Female subject stole clothes. Jan. 18, 12:05 a.m. Public Intoxication/1951 Aquarena Springs Drive One female was arrested for public intoxication. Jan. 18, 5:58 a.m. Burglary/Vehice/1640 Aquarena Springs Drive Officer investigated a report of a burglary of a motor vehicle. University Police Department Jan. 15, 9:34 p.m. Information Report/Bobcat Village Apartments A nonstudent reported to a poCrime stoppers: UPD 245-7867

lice officer that another nonstudent had been assaulted by a student. This case is under investigation. Jan. 16, 10:15 p.m. Driving Under the Influence, Failure to Comply: Striking Highway Fixture/Lindsey Street A police officer made contact with a vehicle that had been involved in a hit and run. Upon further investigation, a student was arrested for driving under the influence and failure to comply: striking highway fixture. The student was transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center awaiting magistration. Jan. 18, 1:29 a.m. Possession of Marijuana/ Woods Street Garage A police officer made contact with a vehicle for a traffic stop. Upon further investigation, two students were arrested for possession of marijuana and transported to HCLEC awaiting magistration. SMPD 353-TIPS

WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES In the cutline for the top right photo on Wednesday’s Sports page, the record for the Texas

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Alumni Association Student Chapter meets at 5 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 310.1.


State men’s basketball team was incorrectly given as 11-2. Their record is actually 2-11.

Bobcat tennis player and pre-theater sophomore Sumarie Muller rallies with a partner Wednesday in preparation for the team’s first matches Jan. 29 against Southern Methodist University in San Marcos.

Sallie Mae Fund gives scholarships to deserving students Nearly 1,000 low income and minority students will be closer to achieving their college dreams this year, thanks to $2.3 million in scholarships from The Sallie Mae Fund. The charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae announced today that applications for all of its scholarship programs are now available at Statistics show that high school graduation, college enrollment and degree completion are influenced by socioeconomic status and ethnicity. Numerous studies have revealed that more than onethird of Caucasians have at least a bachelor’s degree, but only 18 percent of African Americans and 10 percent of Hispanics have attained degrees. A child from a family in the top income quartile is also five times more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree by age 24 than a child from the bottom income quartile. “Underserved students will become an increasingly larger part of the college demographic in the years ahead,” said J. Fernando Barrueta, president of the Hispanic College Fund. “Students who have reached their federal assistance caps are now relying more on private scholarship sources which literally mean the difference between staying in school or deferring their

dreams indefinitely.” The Sallie Mae Fund scholarships are designed to mitigate the current access gap by helping to increase access to higher education for low income and minority students. In addition, The Sallie Mae Fund awards $500 to $1,000 scholarships to future college students at each of its nationwide “Paying for College” workshops. In 2005, nearly 30,000 people attended some 231 workshops across the United States as part of The Sallie Mae Fund’s Paying for College tour. Approximately $103,000 in scholarships was awarded to future college students who attended the workshops. To be eligible for The Sallie Mae Fund scholarship programs, students must be accepted and enrolled at a Title IV eligible, accredited post secondary two- or four-year college or university, vocational or technical school in the United States or Puerto Rico and meet program-specific eligibility requirements. The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae, achieves its mission — to increase access to a postsecondary education for America’s students — by supporting programs and initiatives that help open doors to higher education, prepare families for their investment and bridge the gap when no one else can. — Courtesy of the Sallie Mae Fund

Your friendly neighborhood watchdog.

1825 - Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett of New York City patented a canning process to preserve salmon, oysters and lobsters. 1966 - Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India. 1993 - IBM announced a loss of $4.97 billion for 1992. It was the largest single-year loss in U.S. corporate history. 1997 - Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron for the first time in more than 30 years.

Library Beat The year 2006 is one to celebrate on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library, as the Southwestern Writers Collection and the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography salute their 20th and 10th anniversaries, respectively. People are encouraged to stop by and view one of several engaging exhibits, or attend a few of the many readings and special events planned for this spring semester and beyond. Here are a few exhibit highlights: At the Wittliff Gallery, there is still time to take in the popular exhibit Testigos de la historia/Witnesses to History: Modern & Contemporary Documentary Photographers of Mexico. The last day to see this powerful show of more than 60 revolutionary, religious and other transcendent documentary images is Feb. 12. Don’t miss the closing reception and talk by photo historian Estela Treviño on Feb. 7. Call 245-2313 for details. Learn more about this show and its featured photographers at wg/exhibits/default.html. In addition to the rotating Lonesome Dove displays, a new exhibit is in the works at the

Southwestern Writers Collection: J. Frank Dobie, Mr. Texas: A Major Retrospective from the Dobie Archives. Doors are scheduled to open on Feb. 1. Dobie was the state’s dominant literary and cultural figure for almost half of the 20th century, and it was the gift of his archives by Bill and Sally Wittliff that established the Southwestern Writers Collection at Texas State. Plans for an informative program are also underway. Exhibits and events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. The galleries and the Special Collections Office are on the library’s seventh floor. Exhibits are usually open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday sand Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays, but it’s recommended that those interested call ahead: (512) 245-2313. — Courtesy of Alkek Library Calendar of events online: spec-coll. “Guerrilleros en la niebla” (“Guerilla Fighters in the Mist”), by Rodrigo Moya, is one of more than 60 documentary photos running at the Wittliff’s Gallery’s “Testigos de la historia” (“Witnesses to History”) exhibit, running until Feb. 12.

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Bobcats experience true MTV culture for a night By Zandria Avila The University Star A Texas State student and Texas State alumnus who made their television debuts on the popular MTV show Room Raiders said the reality show was more planned than fans may expect. The episode aired on Jan. 5 and featured Kourtney Richard, mass communication senior, and Ernst Bernard, a Texas State graduate. The program lets participants “raid” Brynn Leggett/Star photo three potential dates’ bedrooms, allowing them to find the good, the bad and of- Kourtney Richard, mass communication seten, the ugly of each date’s personal lives. nior, was chosen to appear on MTV’s Room Among other antics, most shows include Raiders along with two of her sorority sisters. scenes where the “raider” finds his or her potential dates’ most private belongings, leadership in the Hip Hop Congress. Berincluding journals, photographs and un- nard was one of five founders of Hip Hop derwear. Based off the contents of the Congress, a national organization that aids room, the raider chooses their date with- blossoming hip-hop artists. out ever meeting any of the contestants. “(Ernst and I) are members of Hip Hop Richard said her television appearance Congress. Because of that, Ernst was inwas “one of many more to come.” structed not to ‘choose’ me for the second “As a mass (communication) major, I date,” Richard said. aspire to be in front of the camera as an ocBernard, however, said he was never cupation in the near future,” Richard said. explicitly instructed by producers not to Not one to be camera shy, Richard show- select Richard. Instead, he told producers cased her dance talent as part of her intro- he might have known the occupant of the duction to Room Raiders. With more than bedroom based on some of its contents. 18 years of experience in ballet, jazz and While raiding Richard’s room, some of hip-hop, Richard has built an extensive her own unmentionables were discovered. repertoire. Though this might normally be cause “I have danced since I was four years for embarrassment, Richard considers her old. It began as a pleasant pastime and collection a source of pride. since has grown into a passion of mine,” “I wasn’t embarrassed when he found Richard said. them,” Richard said. “I collect lingerie, so Dance is no longer child’s play for Rich- it isn’t embarrassing for others to see it.” ard, who once retained a professional job After raiding the rooms, the time came as a Comic View dancer for Black Enter- to choose his date, and Bernard did not tainment Television and also as a paid choose Richard. choreographer for Lamar UniversityDespite not advancing to the next level, Beaumont. Richard relished in other perks. “Being a Comic View dancer trained me “We were treated like stars, our every for the camera, so to speak. You learn to be whim was catered to. It is a life I could yourself. I didn’t worry about the camera, I definitely get used to,” Richard said. “ just let it work for me,” Richard said. All participants received a shirt that said Unlike other TV dating shows, Room ‘You’ve been raided’ and a DVD copy of Raiders does not allow the suitor to meet the show.” his or her contestants. Instead, the conRichard’s planned road to stardom may testants are “kidnapped” while the suitor soon begin as she is scheduled to graduate is allowed to pillage the bedrooms of the from Texas State this May. three contestants. “I am moving to Atlanta in June to pe“I hate to ruin the illusion for some of ruse any and all revenues of entertainment, the fans, but the show is rehearsed,” Rich- so look for me on TV soon,” she said. ard said. ”Of course you know that you are Currently Bernard is pursuing his dream going to be kidnapped. Don’t you notice to produce music. how every time they show up that person “I would love to produce music for some is always home?” of the big artists like Kanye (West),” BerIn this particular episode, Richard was nard said. accompanied by two of her Alpha Kappa Adding to the other calculated exchangAlpha, Inc. sorority sisters from the Uni- es is a scene at the end of the episode that versity of Texas. shows Bernard having hot wax poured on “After several interviews, I and two of his arm by the chosen date. my (sorority sisters) were selected, which “The whole wax scene at the end of the was a coincidence at first; but when MTV show was something we debated over for a realized, the emphasis of the show was our while,” Bernard said. “At first (the producgreek affiliation,” Richard said. ers) wanted (my date) to drip wax on my To the dismay of the show’s producers, chest, I was like (no),” Bernard said. Richard and the suitor happened to be acAnd just because Richard was not choquainted. sen for the date doesn’t mean she is free Bernard, who graduated from Texas for other suitors — she is currently in a State in December with a bachelor’s de- relationship. gree in mass communication, received Bernard won’t be raiding anyone else’s merits as an undergraduate student such room anytime soon, either. as the Outstanding Man of the Year Award “I don’t have a girlfriend, but I could be from Black Student Alliance for Bernard’s dating someone,” Bernard said.


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prominent figures such as Martin Luther King, we might not be here today in college. Because of him, we don’t have to struggle as much.” Pre-biology freshman Ray Hunter said the event was a new experience for him as a transfer student. His previous university had nothing similar to Texas State’s annual MLK celebration, calling the event an “eye-opener” for some students. Ashley Weaver, interdisciplinary studies senior and a member of the MLK planning committee, handled the public relations for the event. Weaver said she and other members of the committee had been working on the celebration since October. “I think it’s (important) just taking time to set aside for this great man,” Weaver said. “I feel very important being a part of this. He did a great

many things for African-Americans and minorities in general.” Texas State President Denise Trauth also attended the event. “Personally, I think the United States is a better place because of Martin Luther King Jr. My life is a richer life because of Martin Luther King Jr.,” Trauth said. “We can get so busy in our daily schedules that we don’t take time to reflect. This is a moment of reflection.” Student members of the Gospel Expression Association led the crowd in songs such as “Lean On Me” and “We Shall Overcome” as they marched from the LBJ Student Center to Evans Auditorium, re-enacting the famous March 21, 1965, march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. The marchers paused as they reached the Evans Liberal Arts building and joined hands to form

a large prayer circle. Many wore colored glowsticks around their necks to represent candles. Members of Alpha Phi Alpha, a traditionally black fraternity of which King was a member, sang their fraternity’s anthem in his honor. The crowd then moved into Evans Auditorium, where Trauth gave a welcoming address, and various groups performed dances and sang gospel music in honor of King. Texas State alumnus and radio personality Derwin “Deuce” Malone acted as master of ceremonies. History senior Jermaine Jackson, summed up the night’s theme: “Reflecting on our Legacy to Achieve our Destiny.” “We must always honor, celebrate and remember our past,” Jackson said. “Rejoice on this day to remember Dr. King’s dreams, actions and accomplishments.”

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the new program in the internship and job opportunities that will be offered by ManTech. The faculty, Davis said, will benefit from the new program in the means of developing relationships between faculties of different departments. “We’re involving the whole university,” Ali said. The initial contact between the computer science department, and ManTech was made by the ManTech Corporation. “We have very similar ideas. It’s

such a match of our objectives,” Ali said. ManTech is an international corporation that provides technological solutions for the security and intelligence communities. Of the 3,000 computer science programs nationwide, the Texas State program is one of 196 programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Ali said the accreditation means no more than 30 students are allowed in the upper level computer science courses, and numerous highly qualified faculty and staff members

are required to keep the program at that prestigious level. Ali and Davis said the collaboration with ManTech will bring on multiple research opportunities and they have numerous goals in mind for the computer forensics program. “Almost every place you look there’s a connection that can be made between departments that involves forensics,” Davis said. For information on ManTech computer forensics, services visit

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He did not express any concerns about pulling double duty as a student with a job in addition to work on the council. “This is something of a lighter load than other things I’ve had to juggle, so I think that I’ll be OK,” Jones said. He was sworn into office on Dec. 14 after reining in 1,169 votes, 281 more than Johnson in the runoff election. The turnout was much smaller than in the general election, which pitted Jones and Johnson against incumbent Bill Taylor. In the previous election, held on Nov. 8, 4,140 voters turned out to cast their votes for the Place 4 seat. Only 2,057 voters showed up at the polls for the runoff. Jones worked a grassroots campaign composed mostly of student workers who sent out fliers, blockwalked, hung signs, e-mailed the Texas State student body and campaigned in The Quad to get the word out about the runoff election. Bill Cunningham, the last and, until now, the only student to sit on the council, attended the Dec. 6 celebration.

“It feels great to no longer be the only student (on the council),” Cunningham said, “especially considering who the new successor is.” Cunningham, who served as a councilman from 1972 to 1975, said his and Jones’ campaigns were similar. “He didn’t just get the student vote; he got votes throughout the community,” Cunningham said. Garnering not only the student vote, but voters throughout the community may have been key, as the runoff was billed by media outlets as “professor versus student” early in the election. “I saw it as two different members of the same community,” Jones said. Jones said he was dismayed by the divisive tone of his opponent’s campaign. Responding to hundreds of cards mailed by Johnson’s campaign to residents referencing a San Marcos Daily Record article regarding a high student early vote, Jones said it was inappropriate and a perpetuation of division between the city and the university. In a Nov. 27 Daily Record article, Johnson said the purpose of the cards was to “alert townspeople that a large number of students were voting, and they needed to

be aware of it.” He also said, “Some people took it the wrong way, as if we were against students voting. That wasn’t the message we intended to send.” Johnson campaigned briefly on campus during early voting, but said it was just a “token appearance,” since Jones was bound to win the student vote. “This is kind of new territory,” Johnson said of Jones’ win. “Now we know about students running in future elections. There are three seats opening up next time. We have a lot to learn from this.” Johnson said he did not plan to run again. Jones said he wasn’t sure if his success would start a trend for students running for office. “If students spend the amount of time I did in the community and get as involved as I did in the community, I think they would have a sense of obligation to serve the community,” he said. To contact Jones, call (512) 6180982, or e-mail jones_chris@ci. Citizens are also invited to visit his office at 215 W. San Antonio St., Suite 2102. Jason Buch contributed to this article.


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Presidential election seen as key for promoting democracy in Mexico By Hugh Dellios Chicago Tribune MEXICO CITY — None of the three main candidates launching their all-out campaigns for the Mexican presidency Thursday offers the high-riding, boot-wearing cowboy image that President Vicente Fox rode to his historic victory in 2000. But some believe the race for the presidency in July may be even more important than Fox’s breakthrough in keeping Mexico on a true democratic course and empowering it to adopt badly needed reforms, tackle drug violence and create jobs so its workers don’t flee to the United States. Mexican voters must choose whether to follow much of Latin America to the left with former Mexico City Mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador, whose social programs, frugal image and popularity in the capital have made him the frontrunner for nearly two years. But gaining on him is Felipe Calderón, a former energy secretary and scion of one of the

founders of Fox’s right-wing National Action Party who promises to broker the crucial reform deals that Fox could not. And few have ruled out Roberto Madrazo, a veteran political boss from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, a vote-generating machine that stayed in power for 71 years before Fox came along. While the main issues will be crime, jobs and how to manage Mexico’s oil money, another key could be whether one candidate rekindles the hopes that Mexicans invested in Fox before his proposed reforms fizzled into disappointment and disillusionment with the country’s partisan politics. “People already bet on Fox. Now they don’t know if they want to bet again on (Lopez Obrador) or return to the bad that they know,” said Carlos Montemayor, an author and political commentator. Fox has been a staunch advocate of democratic freedoms, and has touted his efforts at keeping Mexico’s economy stable. But after five years in

exican voters must choose whether M to follow much of Latin America to the left with former Mexico City Mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador, whose social programs, frugal image and popularity in the capital have made him the frontrunner for nearly two years. which his government caved in to protests, the opposition-led Congress refused to cooperate with him and violent crime continued to plague the cities and U.S. border, many Mexicans now may be searching for more order. “People may want a harder hand now,” said Ernesto Villanueva, an academic and freedomof-information campaigner. “Fox stands for freedom, but maybe they want security now more than freedom. Even the U.S. wants that.” The United States will be watching the campaign closely. An often-asked question is how U.S. officials would deal with a

true left-wing president on its southern border. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other officials have assured that the United States will work with whomever is elected. How the United States handles the pressing issues of illegal immigration and border security also may have an impact. For five years, Fox has pleaded and pressured for easier immigration rules for Mexican workers. If the U.S. Congress adopts such reforms after a debate scheduled to begin in February, it could be a boost for Calderon, the candidate from Fox’s National Action Party. “Calderon largely is going to

sink or swim on Fox’s record,” said Jorge Castaneda, a former foreign minister under Fox. “The more (President) Bush makes Fox look like he got nothing from this stronger relationship he wanted with the U.S., the harder it will be for Calderon.” Analysts are calling the campaign Mexico’s first wide-open, truly democratic contest, because for the first time in seven decades there is no entrenched PRI. Fox cannot run for reelection. Each of the candidates has a serious challenge to overcome if he is to fill Fox’s boots. Lopez Obrador, 52, is a former PRI-ista who later joined the leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party and led anti-government demonstrations on the oil platforms of his native Tabasco state. As Mexico City mayor from 2000 to 2005, he had 80 percent approval ratings. But he won’t be able to win unless he also builds support outside the capital. Calderon, 43, is a lawyer with a master’s degree from Harvard

and served as his party’s president at the age of 34. He was the Fox appointee in charge of pushing the president’s reforms to Mexico’s outdated energy sector, which ultimately stalled, but supporters say he would be a better deal-broker than Fox. Madrazo, 53, is an avid marathoner and son of a PRI stalwart. He defeated Lopez Obrador in a bitter, protest-marred contest to be Tabasco state governor in 1994, so this year’s race has elements of a personal feud between the two. He has a reputation as a backroom maneuverer, and he carries baggage from his party’s corrupt and authoritarian past. But he says that the PRI has turned a new page under his leadership, and that only it has the experience to break the government’s lack of momentum. Two other candidates from far smaller parties are in the race. One is Patricia Mercado, a feminist running with the Alternative Party, and the other is Roberto Campa, a former PRI leader running with the New Alliance Party.

Study examines victims in teen drivers’ fatal crashes By Iris Kuo Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON — Nearly two-thirds of the victims in fatal crashes involving young drivers are their passengers, pedestrians or victims in other cars, according to an analysis released Wednesday. “We need to focus on the effects teen-driver crashes have on others, in addition to the teen drivers themselves,” said Robert Darbelnet, president of the motorist group AAA, which sponsored the study. AAA and other driving safety groups want states to pass tougher driver’s licensing laws to curb the carnage. Darbelnet wants every state to require: Six- to 12-month probationary licenses for teens. A minimum midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew for teens with provisional licenses. A ban on their carrying teen passengers. Fifty hours of adult-supervised driving during the learner’s permit stage. The study found that drivers aged 15 to 17 were involved in crashes that killed 30,917 people in the past decade. About a third of those killed were teen drivers. Another third were their passengers. A quarter were occupants of other vehicles. The rest — about 8 percent — were nonmotorists. In recent years, every state has introduced some new restrictions on new licensees’ driving. Few are as tough, however, as AAA and two allied groups —

e need “W to focus on the effects of teen-driver crashes have on others, in addition to the teen drivers themselves.”

— Robert Darbelnet AAA president

the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety — would like. Russ Rader, spokesman for the insurance industry’s safety promotion group, said the new laws are working. “We know that crashes involving 16-year-olds have declined significantly, and it’s because 16year-olds just aren’t getting their driver’s licenses,” Rader said. The two most important safety measures, according to the insurance institute and Darbelnet’s group, are curbs on nighttime driving by new, young licensees and six-month bans on their carrying teen passengers. According to AAA, six states have no restrictions on driving hours or teen passengers: Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico and North Dakota. Another 11 restrict only nighttime driving: Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan,

Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Dakota. Vermont only restricts teen passengers. Other states curb driving hours and teen passengers at least to a degree. Darbelnet sees large gains from the restriction on teen passengers. He said risks for young drivers increase by 50 percent with one teen passenger in the car, and quintuple with two or more. Jennifer Reeves, 31, was a victim of a car crash involving young drivers six years ago, when a 16-year-old who was distracted by a conversation with friends crashed into Reeves’ car just outside San Antonio. Reeves’ 18-month-old child, Hanna, was instantly killed. Struggling with tears and standing by a photo of her daughter at a news conference, Reeves said, “Every day I wish the laws in Texas were different at the time.” Whether states have passed tougher licensing laws or not, Darbelnet said parents need to take a stand against teens who dream of driving their friends to movies and hangouts, “even if it means playing chauffeur for a year or more.” AAA offers a drivers education forum for teens and their parents. Go to publicaffairs and click on Teen Drivers. The Governors Highway Safety Association offers an online learning program for crash prevention at


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Roth-Tarantino collaboration a bountiful bloodfest By Nixon Guerrero The University Star

Hostel is the best slap-inthe-face, kick✯✯✯ in-the-crotch tour de gore Hostel that any horDir.: Eli Roth ror fan could Stars: Jay Herwant. nandez, Derek Director Eli Richardson, EyRoth brings thor Gudjonsson back the hardRated: R edged and gritty essence of horror’s glory days. Sincerely, after viewing this film, horror fans will be in deep euphoric nausea, or will regress into the fetal position and have no escape from the images presented. This is a great movie. Some of you might remember Roth’s horror debut, Cabin Fever. It was shot for about $1 million and was distributed by Lions Gate, grossing an impressive $22 Courtesy of Lions Gate Films million. And with that, Roth was in the Jay Hernandez plays Paxton, a young American backpacker in Europe who gets a little more than he position to do almost any film he bargained for when he visits a Slovakian hostel, in Eli Roth’s sophomore horror film.

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wanted. As the years passed, many highdollar studio projects were handed to Roth, but none of them jumped out and snatched his interest. He could’ve shot a hollow and expensive PG-13 teen slasher movie. Instead, he waited. In that waiting period, inspiration — as deeply disturbing as it was — struck Roth. It was during a late night conversation with Ain’t It Cool News’ Harry Knowles that the central theme for Hostel was born. So, the two horror fans were just talking. You know, loose, simple conversation — that sort of thing. Somehow the conversation began to revolve around what the sickest and most twisted things they’ve heard of and seen on the Internet. Knowles, of course, brought the conversation to its height when he mentioned he had heard of a Thai Web site that would allow rich people the chance to anonymously torture and kill people for a very high price. Roth, through a sick, serendip-

itous turn of events, had an idea, but wasn’t too sure that that’s what his new movie should feature … until he talked to Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino invited Roth to watch some movies. They started talking about horror movies, and Roth mentioned that he’s in sort of a tough spot because he knows that a director’s second movie can either reinforce everyone’s faith in him and his talent and creativity, or can give him a reputation as an over-praised fluke of a director and string his career by the neck. Roth mentioned to Tarantino the Thai torture Web site and that he wanted to set the story in Europe and have Americans as the central characters. Tarantino flipped out. According to, he told Roth that was “the sickest s**t” he’d ever heard and that Roth needed to “pen that sucker” as soon as he could. He also advised that it should be shot See HOSTEL, page 8

Terrence Malick scalps actors’ roles in The New World By Daniel Fienberg LOS ANGELES — As he debated taking a co-starring role in Terrence Malick’s new epic The New World, Christian Bale raised an issue with mutual friend Werner Herzog. “Werner’s first comment to me was, ‘Oh wonderful, Terry’s a wonderful man. You’ll have a fascinating time working with him. Just don’t expect to be in the movie,’” Bale said. The Batman Begins leading man can afford to joke. His character, tobacco baron John Rolfe, features prominently in the final third of The New World, wooing Pocahontas (newcomer Q’Orianka

Kilcher) after the departure of her first love, Colin Farrell’s John Smith. Bale knew he was signing on for a supporting part, and so it remains, even if much was trimmed. The same can’t be said of a legion of other thespians, who have dealt in varying ways — don’t ask Adrien Brody about his disappearing Thin Red Line profile — with being excised to some degree from a Malick masterpiece. “Terry likes a lot of choices, and he overshoots and he overwrites and there’s lots and lots of material,” said producer Sarah Green, who had the responsibility of informing several cast members that their months of shooting in rural

Virginia had yielded only sec- want to be a part of the whole onds of actual exposure. thing,” said Studi, occasionBen Chaplin (The Truth ally visible as Native American About Cats and Dogs) and Noah warrior Opechancanough. “In Taylor (Charlie and the Choco- fact, I had to ask myself after late Factory) are just two of the seeing the film, ‘Is there really familiar faces whose parts have any reason for me to be doing become reduced to that — rec- press on this? Why should I be ognizable but dialogue-free talking about it? You can barely mugshots playing second fiddle see me, for crying out loud. Do to sunsets and glorious nature I have any effect on anything? photography. Nothing.’” Of course, Since breaking in with PowChaplin and had to ask Highway Taylor weren’t myself after wow and Dances With invited to talk seeing the film, Wolves, Studi to the press has been a goabout their ‘Is there really Hollywood involvement any reason for me to actor for Nain The New tive American World. doing press on Wes Studi projects. With this? ... You can was. New World, he barely see me, for signed on, in“You work by the for months crying out loud.’” trigued film’s scripted and months depth, includand months — Wes Studi ing a created and you do actor (but carefully things over researched) Naand over and tive language. over again, and you want to see them be a part of the story and you See MALICK, page 9



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Mayer’s new Trio worth a Try! By Stephen Lloyd The University Star Un l e s s you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve at least heard the name John Mayer. music He’s a multireview ple Grammy ✯✯✯ winner whose John Mayer music is usuTry! ally a style of Aware/Columbia folky popRecords rock, Dave Matthewslike in many ways. He has garnered a large fan base that often seems comprised of mostly young women. But he’s also a phenomenal blues guitarist, having shared the stage and recording studio with such greats as B.B. King and Buddy Guy. But this side of him has never surfaced in his own material … until now. The 11 live tracks that make up the John Mayer Trio’s debut album,

Try!, are a welcome change. The lyrics to “Who Did You Think I Was” comment on Mayer’s position as a pop star and heartthrob in sort of a defensive way, like everything he’s done up until now hasn’t been the real John Mayer. But it’s hard to sympathize with this because he chose that path. The song is still enjoyable, reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan, even in the vocals. “Wait Until Tomorrow,” a Jimi Hendrix cover, features a lot of guitar strumming before Mayer launches into a raucous solo that would do Hendrix proud. It’s also the first song on the album that really shows off the talent of the other two in the trio, bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan. Together they could easily be called the next Double Trouble. This rhythm section ups the ante on “I Got A Woman,” which might have more drums than guitar. The guitar only comes in bursts until the solo. Both the bass and drums are metronome solid here, but not robotic in any way. “Gravity” is the first of the slow, soulful numbers on the

The album Try! is John Mayer’s first release with his new band, John Mayer Trio, which features bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan.

album. It showcases Mayer’s vocals in full SRV mode. Halfway through, Mayer plays a smooth yet bluesy solo in the vein of Eric Clapton. “Out of My Mind” is slow blues Chicago style, with Mayer’s guitar playing echoing the style of Buddy Guy, right down to screaming, singing solos. It’s a long song with almost the exact same rhythm and melody throughout, but somehow, the blues can get away with this without sounding dull. Then there’s a reworked, extended version of Mayer’s megahit “Daughters.” Unfortunately, like the original, this song could put you to sleep. But Mayer’s fans seemed to enjoy it as they cheered when the song began and sang along as it progressed. Aside from a couple lackluster songs, like the goofy souldisco of “Vultures” and the ’80s new wave-tinged “Something’s Missing,” this is definitely one of the best blues albums since Vaughan’s death. Hopefully, Mayer continues producing music as good as this. And with his pop star status, he could help to bring the blues to a new generation of listeners.

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New album by The Black Angels ‘psychs’ listeners out By Stephen Lloyd The University Star

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The Black Angels The Black Angels Light In The Attic Records

Judging by their selftitled debut EP, Austin’s The Black Angels could start another psyche de lic revolution, just like fellow Austinite Roky Erickson did in the ’60s with his band, The 13th Floor

Elevators. While many bands struggle with sounding either too polished and modern or too rough and retro, The Black Angels manage to straddle both with enjoyable results, a sound that recalls the psychedelic drone of The Velvet Underground with the driving, repetitive rhythms of Joy Division and Interpol. “Black Grease” begins with an energetic, fuzz-heavy guitar riff, reminiscent of ’60s psych bands like The Electric Prunes and the aforementioned Elevators, that shuffles toward the background when the rest of the band comes in. This solidifies the song’s trance-like rhythm and melody.

Singer Alex Maas’ vocal style shared by a good number of complements the music well. Americans. The song’s jagged, It’s earnest, almost fragile, and semi-staccato rhythm compleinterestingly similar to that of ments the lyrics well. Both conformer Jane’s Addiction singer jure images of soldiers marching Perry Ferrell. toward an unclear goal. At first listen, “The First VietIn many ways, “Winter ’68” namese War” appears to be a is a departure from the rest of protest song the album. 40 years too It begins late. The with echosong appears ing guitar to compare Be sure to check the band out h a r m o n the Vietnam at its next show on Jan. 21 at The ics before War with Parish in Austin. launching the current 214 E. Sixth St. into more Iraq war, reecho, this flecting an For more information, time emopinion that visit p l o y e d seems to be with slide

guitar. Also, the vocals are buried somewhere in the middle of the mix, which adds to the overall ethereal nature of the song. It has an up in the clouds feel, similar to The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony.” The sitar-like drone, subdued guitar fuzz and backwards echo drive of “Manipulation” make the song very psychedelic. The vocals in the chorus are as deadpan as you can get, reflecting the Joy Division and Interpol side of The Angels’ sound. Also, the contrast of these vocals with the “normal” vocals of the verse is reminiscent of the Roger Waters/David Gilmour vocal exchange present in the

bulk of Pink Floyd’s music. This is good music to zone out to. That’s not to say it doesn’t rock. It does. But, like any good psychedelic music, it takes you on a trip, whether you listen to it while — as Jimi Hendrix sings — “experienced” or not. Texas has a history filled with great music, and The Black Angels could easily help write the next chapter. How We Rate CDs No Stars - as bad as it gets ✯ - poor quality, don’t bother ✯✯ - ask a friend to burn it ✯✯✯ - good quality, few flaws ✯✯✯✯ - great CD, a must-buy


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Reggae on a mainstay in hip-hop, Latin genres By Dan DeLuca Knight Ridder Newspapers From the Lambada to “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” American pop music is dotted with hotly hyped Latin crossover successes that were supposed to remake the mainstream in their multicultural image. Is reggaeton any different? Fired up by Daddy Yankee’s addictive hit single “Gasolina,” reggaeton had a breakthrough year in 2005. The mix of hip-hop, reggae dancehall and salsa has roots in 1980s Panama, where descendants of Jamaican immigrants working on the canal began rapping over reggae rhythms in Spanish. After building in popularity over the last decade in Puerto Rico, its home base, reggaeton has become the linchpin of a radio format often called “hurban”: Hispanic-urban. All-Spanish FM stations in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Denver and Washington gave U.S. exposure to longtime Puerto Rican stars like Tego Calderon, who became the first reggaeton artist signed by the pop division of a U.S. major label (Atlantic), and Ivy Queen, the foremost female diva in the male-dominated genre. With 42 million Spanish speakers in the United States, signs abound of reggaeton’s growing influence. Amid an industry-wide slump, Latin CD sales grew 8 percent last year. Reebok will launch a Daddy Yankee sneaker in March. Latin pop stars like Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias have hopped on the reggaeton train, as have R&B acts such as R. Kelly, who col-

laborated on “Burn It Up” with Wisin & Yandell, the up-andcomers whose grabby “Rakata” is the heavy-rotation reggaeton hit of the moment. “This is not a fad, this is a movement,” said Daddy Yankee by phone Thursday on his way to perform on MTV’s Total Request Live. Born Raymond Ayala, Yankee, 28, grew up in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan listening to hip-hop pioneers NWA and Rakim. Rap stars Snoop Dogg and Paul Wall are guests on his new live album Barrio Fino en Directo, the follow-up to 2004’s Barrio Fino, which has sold 1.5 million copies stateside. “When you see kids dressing like us and rhyming like us, you can see that it’s not a fad, it’s a subculture,” he said. “I compare reggaeton’s momentum to hiphop in the late ’80s and early ’90s.” He believes reggaeton, like hip-hop, will succeed because the sexually charged music “comes from the street. We didn’t go looking for the pop music business. It found us. It’s not manufactured. It grew by itself, natural.” Old-school fans give props to trailblazers like El General and Vico-C, but reggaeton began to pick up steam in recent years thanks in large part to the production skills of Luny Tunes, the music’s leading knob-twiddlers. They’ve produced all the major artists, and scored a U.S. breakthrough in 2004 with rapper NORE’s Spanglish “Oye Mi Canto,” which featured Daddy Yankee. That song set the table for “Gasolina,” whose success on hip-hop and pop stations con-

vinced radio programmers that the time was right for reggaeton. The first key to the music’s success, said Leila Cobo, Billboard magazine’s Miami-based Latin music editor, is that “it has a rhythm you can dance to, which is very important in Latin culture.” Reggaeton’s hard synthesizer hooks and salsa- and merengueflavored rhythms make the hips move — as opposed to hip-hop’s insistent beat, which makes the head nod. The reggaeton dance of choice is “el perreo,” the name derived from the Spanish word for dog, and which involves hipgrinding after the manner of copulating canines. The second key, Cobo says, is that reggaeton is a true hybrid. “It doesn’t sound like anything else. It does not sound like a copy of hip-hop. And then, with ‘Gasolina’ you had a really great song.” Carl Juste/Miami Herald “Gasolina” rides a hammering groove as Yankee hollers lyr- Reggaeton rapper Daddy Yankee’s song “Gasolina” from the album Barrio Fino en Directo was a ics that translate as “She loves breakthrough hit in 2005. gasoline,” to which enthusiastic women shout, “¡Dame mas dio’s Rumbon channel, which has been percolating for more future. gasolina!” (Give me more gaso- dropped its former moniker, than a decade, the rush to build The way Daddy Yankee sees it, line!). Tropical, after making reggae- a radio format around it has reggaeton’s good fortunes will Yankee denies that there’s sex- ton almost half of its pan-Latin meant that stations have had continue as long as it doesn’t get ual innuendo in the song, which play list. Reyes notes that salsa to lean heavily on artists’ back watered down in search of an he said “is just about girls who artists such as Tito Nieves and catalogs, a risk when trying to Anglo audience. love to drive their cars up and India have adopted reggaeton’s court teenage fans hungry for “It’s grown over the years and down the street in Puerto Rico, signature boom-ch boom-ch fresh hits. it’s getting bigger every day,” said and love to party.” The song’s beat. “For a while, there was a lack the rapper and singer, whose success has led to other crossSean Ross, a music analyst for of new material,” said Billboard’s recent arena tour took him to over triumphs such as Omar’s Edison Media Research, calls Cobo, though in the last few New York, Los Angeles and Pan“Reggaeton Latino,” a rallying reggaeton “the most exciting months, artists of promise like ama. “People get into the music cry of Latin pride whose video new genre of music in radio in Wisin & Yandell, Alexis & Fido, whether they can speak Spanshows Roberto Clemente, Frida 2005. And it’s the only signifi- and Calle 13 have emerged. And ish or not. We need a balance of Kahlo and Fidel Castro. cant one based on a new body reggaeton watchers are await- party songs, club songs, songs Reggaeton is “the big wheel of music rather than a new way ing the arrival of the oft-delayed from the street. You can mess in the Latin music market,” to program old music.” The Underdog by Calderon, con- around with English a little bit. said Gino “Latino” Reyes, who As it expands, reggaeton faces sidered the leading artist of sub- But you have to be real, you have programs Sirius satellite ra- challenges. Though the genre stance, as a gauge of the music’s to keep it in Spanish.”

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for about $3 million overseas. Thankfully, Roth took the advice. Before you consider watching Hostel, consider the following: First off, if you are one of those who protest the use of a woman’s nude body for entertainment, stay away. Trust me. Roth put the “T” and “A” back in, well, T&A.

The first 20 to 30 minutes are nothing but a trio of men diving face first in the most hedonistic of activities. Second is the violence — it’s very graphic. I won’t go into detail recounting the splendid nastiness of the darkest of scenes, but be warned: You should probably not eat a big meal before you watch this movie. Third, if you can’t take a joke,

just stay away. This film was not intended for you. As a matter of fact, someone fainted at the same screening I attended. Central to the movie are Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson), two freshout-of-college, debauchery-seeking, hormone-driven American backpackers in Europe. The two meet Oli (Eythor Gudjonsson), a middle-aged, hornier-than-hell

Icelandic traveler who tags along for the rest of the trip. Gudjonsoon is just hilarious in this, his first role. The three are living it up in Amsterdam and realize they’ve experienced all there is. By an eerie coincidence, a man appears and informs them of a Slovakian hostel where the women are drop-dead beautiful and are dying for some American love. Of

course, the three are enticed and go to Slovakia in search of the welcoming women. They finally arrive at the hostel and are instantly slammed by the bare, heaving breasts of the local tenants. “We are going to the spa. You should come,” a disrobed harlot suggests to the turned-on trio. And, wouldn’t you know it, they go.

What follows is for you to discover. While this is definitely the horror flick with which to kick off the new year, it is much more. The discerning viewer, who takes a step back from the violence and looks past the gore and macabre, will realize that, although set in Slovakia, Hostel hits really close to home. This film is about us.


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a language other than English,” Studi said. “So I felt like this would be That sounds hopeful, but he a good tool; especially if this continues. is an entertaining movie and “I feel like this could have it can capture the interest of been good, but my son is 12 years old. He was at the premiere. He went to sleep.” The sad reality is that as much as Studi felt marginalized by the 150-minute New World cut that was shown at the premiere and screened for critics, he may be even more concerned by the theatrical cut set to go wide this Friday, a print reported to be some 15 or 20 minutes shorter. “Of course, we went into the whole thing knowing that that was the case,” Studi says of Malick’s penchant for refocusing his films in the editing room. “But I’m just talking personally. You can forget about that. You can just erase all of that now, and I’ll begin flogging the movie now, if you like. (Shifts into a wide-eyed innocent, enMerie Wallace, SMPSP/New Line Productions tirely insincere voice.) I think it’s wonderful. It’s a piece of Christian Bale plays John Rolfe in the upcoming film The New cinematic magic. It takes you World, an adventure story set amid the encounter of European and back in time and it embraces Native American cultures during the founding of the Jamestown, and rolls you around in the ... Va., settlement in 1607. grass.”

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quoteof the day “I said some things that were totally inappropriate. It shouldn’t have happened.”

Ray Nagin — mayor of New Orleans, in an apology for his comments Monday about making the new city a “chocolate” city. (Source: The Associated Press)

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Jill Carroll, a freelance American journalist working for the Christian Science Monitor, the Jordan Times and other media outlets in Iraq, was kidnapped on Jan. 7 by a group calling themselves the Vengeance Brigade. Allan Enwiyah, Carroll’s interpreter, was killed in the ambush. Carroll’s abductors have threatened to kill her by the end of the week if all women who were being held by Coalition forces were not immediately released. First and foremost, The University Star calls for Carroll’s immediate and safe release as she is simply performing her job duties by reporting what is happening in an area most of us will never see. In a seemingly unrelated note, Iraq’s Ministry of Justice told the British Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday that six of the eight women being held by the coalition were being released because of insufficient evidence against them. According to the same BBC article, a group of Iraqi and coalition representatives review the cases of those being held twice a week. The question begs answering, though, what exactly changed in the last week in these six cases to call for their release that wasn’t available before? The timing of the prisoners’ release and the demands of Carroll’s captors coming so close together can’t just be a coincidence. In fairness, U.S. officials have refused to confirm the release of the Iraqi prisoners and claim that the process in determining the charges against the prisoners is long and detailed. The White House addressed Carroll’s captivity during Press Secretary Scott McClellan on Wednesday media briefing. “Well, anytime there is an American held hostage, it is a priority for the administration. Her safe return is a priority, and that’s what we all want to see. But I don’t think it’s helpful to get into talking about it further than that because of the sensitivity of the situation,” McClellan said. President Bush’s administration has also said many times that they refuse to negotiate with terrorists. It remains to be seen as of press time whether the prisoner’s release will lead to Carroll’s return, but with the timing of the findings of insufficient evidence, it makes one wonder if there has possibly been an indirect negotiation seeking the safe return of the 28-year-old journalist. By even allowing an inkling of hope that the United States and coalition forces might meet the demands of those who would kidnap anybody, be them journalist or citizen, Iraqi or American, means that others will seek the same route of accomplishing what they want and, in turn, leading to the deaths of more innocents. We wish for the safe return of Carroll and any other hostages to their family and friends; we can only hope that the lives of the rest of those still in harm’s way are not endangered by these untimely actions. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State UniversitySan Marcos.

How does Strayhorn’s decision to run as an independent instead of a Republican affect your opinion of her candidancy? “I think it’s better she’s running as an independent. We need more independents running because the Republicans have such a stranglehold on Texas. It’s good that they’re dissatisfied with Rick Perry.” Jeff Lambert history senior

“It makes me think she wants to get into office any way she can, taking any route she thinks gives her the best chance. In her mind it’s probably good, but in other people’s eyes it might be bad because she didn’t stick with her original party.” Cassandra Cordingly interdisciplinary studies freshman

“I really don’t know her views, but to make that move seems to me she’s pretty confident in her stand, to not need a big party backing her.” Byron Austin marketing senior

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Party swap ‘one tough’ political dilemma When I saw that better-than-deCarol Keeton Straycent comptrolhorn decided to run ler, but because for governor as an ambition is what independent, my makes politics so heart leapt up into darn fun, she’s set my throat. I thought her sights on the I was dreaming. Two governor’s manSEAN WARDWELL independent cansion. Star Columnist didates in a stateTo get there wide race with huge though, she had name recognition was more to get by current Gov. Rick than I could have hoped. Perry, who isn’t quite the postThen I saw Strayhorn’s first er boy for competent governcampaign ad. All the time she ment, but knows how to raise spent pontificating about the dump truck loads of money. need for a strong independent It should also be pointed out voice, the word “Republican” that Strayhorn never was the was directly under her name. most beloved name in the I feel a little stupid for Texas GOP. So much in the pointing this out, but I don’t same way a death row convict think it’s possible to be both suddenly decides to get relia republican and an inde- gion, Strayhorn decided that pendent at the same time. So best way to beat Rick Perry which is she? What side is she in a primary was not to fight on? I think the logical answer him at all, but to become an is also the obvious one. Stray- independent … sort of. horn is on her own side, and Strayhorn is trying to play she’s made an impressive ca- both sides of the fence and I reer out of it. don’t think it’s going to work. Strayhorn is a former Independence is a binary state. Democrat turned Republican You either are, or you aren’t. If turned pseudo-Independent you want to be seen as a legitiand used to be the mayor of mate reformer you have to be Austin. After serving on the willing to burn a few bridges. Railroad Commission, she Claiming independence while ascended to the position of figuratively riding an elephant comptroller of public ac- does not get you credibility or counts, which is possibly the votes. second most powerful posiI’m saddened by this betion in Texas government af- cause I wanted to see her ter the lieutenant governor. run in the GOP primary. By all accounts, she’s been a She would have gotten her

hat handed to her, but I had hoped it would have sparked a much-needed dialogue in the GOP, namely one regarding the virtues of moderation. The GOP is still in deep trouble. They are losing the moderates because they are tripping all over themselves to appease the radicals. Strayhorn is no exception. While comptroller, she sought to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Unitatian-Universalist Church, a denomination that emphasizes a personal spiritual exploration across many kinds of teachings, because they “do not have one system of belief.” If that isn’t pandering to the Christian right, then I don’t know what is. For the record though, her efforts failed. Economically, Strayhorn is running a smart game. Rather than spending millions of dollars in a primary battle she would ultimately lose, she pulls out of the party (sort of), keeps the cash she has, raises more worry the of an expensive primary and coasts to Election Day if she can get enough signatures to get on the ballot. I’m going to make a few predictions. They might be wrong, but I’ll go with my gut. I think Strayhorn is going to have a difficult time getting all the signatures she needs. Kinky Friedman, the actual

independent in the race, has been working since early last year getting signatures, and you can’t sign for two different people. She’s going to have to double her efforts, for starters, and she can expect no support from mainline GOP sources. These people have deep pockets, long memories and don’t like turncoats. However she gets on the ballot is going to be a nigh impossible task because, once again, you can’t have it both ways. She can’t be an independent while claiming (unofficially) party affiliation, especially if it’s a party that no longer wants anything to do with her. She’s going to get beat if for no other reason than people don’t like phonies, and they don’t like being played. Given the recent lobby scandals in Congress and the partisan redistricting debacle a few years ago, the time has never been better for a serious discussion about political reform in this country and in this state. When politicians like Strayhorn pull a head fake toward independence while keeping one foot behind a partisan line, it hurts the process and sets us back. Any way it turns out, I think Strayhorn is finished in the GOP. It looks like “one tough grandma” is heading for the political rest home.

Letters to the Editor Americans protected by Fourth Amendment In her column defending President Bush’s unauthorized NSA wiretaps, Ms. Fletcher fails to mention that FISA was altered — at the administration’s request, and by a bipartisan Congress equally dedicated to our safety — to accommodate the very exigencies of the war on terror that the president claims justifies his circumvention of the courts. The law was changed so that in the event a wiretap needs to be executed swiftly, the president has the authority to first initiate the eavesdropping and then, within 72 hours, file for a warrant with the FISA court, whose very purpose is to see that no abuses occur. Bush chose to ignore this lawful option. Contrary to the author’s contention, asking the president to comply with the law is not about giving rights to terrorists, it’s about preserving ours, ones specifically outlined by the Fourth Amendment.

Nor is it, as she claims, an affront either to those who died on Sept. 11 or to those serving bravely in our armed forces. Rather, the affront to all Americans occurred when our Constitution was disregarded. Finally, Ms. Fletcher laments the waning of our post-Sept. 11 fervor, but look where that dissent-stifling fervor got us. That’s also where you’ll find our lost fervor. It is indeed time for Americans to reevaluate our increasingly lax stance on civil liberties. And while we’re at it, it may be wise to ponder the words of one of our most esteemed founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

All people innocent until proven guilty Ms. Fletcher should reevaluate her stand on giving up civil liberties to aid in the capture of terrorists. They are only terrorists after proven to be, and I believe we are all innocent until proven guilty — or at least it used to be that way. A court order to wiretap is just one safeguard against abuse. Would it be that difficult to convince a judge that you need a wiretap if you had reason to believe you needed one? Bob Thompson Construction Contract Administrator, Residence Life

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Bobcats set to host conference doubleheader Men at home, women on the road Thursday before Saturday’s matchups By Carl Harper The University Star Both men’s and women’s basketball are coming off tough losses going into Saturday’s highly anticipated double-header in San Marcos. The men’s team (0-2, 2-11) will host the fired-up Bearkats from Sam Houston State (1-2, 10-5) who are coming off a big upset win against Southland Conference leader Northwestern State. But before this weekend’s bash at Strahan Coliseum, the men will play their second of a three-game home stand against Antuane Miller and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (1-3, 8-6) at 7 p.m. On Thursday, the women’s team will be headed to Nacogdoches to face off against SFA before Saturday’s home game. Miller, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, is currently leading the Lumberjacks with 14.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Trevor Cook, a true freshman from Coppell High School, blocked a Texas State record of seven shots versus UT-Pan American Monday night on the Bobcats’ home court. Charles Dotson, who leads the Bobcats with 9.4 points per game, added to his scoring percentage with a 16-point performance against the UTPA Broncs, but it wasn’t enough to come out with the win. Sam Houston’s 6-foot-1 sophomore guard, Shamir McDaniel, scored a career-high 18 points Saturday night at Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville to help the CATEGORY: SPORTS Bearkats pick up the win. He also SUBJECT: Logo Denver Broncos

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hit five of six shots behind the arc in the 80-73 victory. This was SHSU’s first conference win, and it was a big one coming up against SLC 2006 preseason favorite Northwestern State. The Bearkats’ head coach, Bob Marlin, had his team play in full court press for the majority of the game, something the Bobcats will have to be in preparation for this weekend. Dennis Nutt, in his sixth season as the Bobcats’ head coach, is still looking for signs of life for his downtrodden team. A win on Saturday against rival SHSU could be a momentum shifter as the Bobcats look forward to playing Louisiana-Monroe and NSU away next week. The women’s team (2-1, 10-4) is also hoping to jump back on track in Saturday’s double-header, starting off the night’s event at 4 p.m. against SHSU (1-3, 6-9). The ’Cats’ lost in their SLC home opener Jan. 12 against UT-Arlington, 88-54. Sophomore guard/forward Joyce Ekworomadu led the ’Cats’ with 17 points, while senior Tamara Thompson leads the women’s team with 14.3 ppg. Sophomore Jenna Hoffman, with a team high 3.6 assists per game, will take the point putting the ball in rotation against the slumping Bearkats, who are also coming off a loss against NSU. Adah Wells, SHSU’s 6-foot-2 forward averaging 9.8 ppg, and senior Jamie Dawson, who is second behind her at 8.5, will look to get the Bearkats closer to a .500 record on Saturday at Strahan. Knight-Ridder

Track and Field Indoor season opener The men’s and women’s track and field teams will open their 2006 season on Friday in Lubbock at the Wes Kittley Invitational hosted by Texas Tech University. The afternoon event is scheduled to start with the men’s and women’s long jump and weight throw at 3:30 p.m. The Bobcats did not compete at last year’s Wes Kittley but had already earned a provisional national qualifying mark, as high jumper Caroline Wolf topped out at 1.79 meters at the Leonard Hilton Memorial hosted by the University of Houston. At last year’s event, Tech finished the meet with 16 firstplace finishes, eight provisional qualifying marks, two school records and five Texas Tech Athletic Training Center records.

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Against the league’s best defensive team, the Chicago Bears (ranked first in total defense during the regular season), the quarterback and wide receiver combination of Jake Delhomme and Steve Smith dismantled the Bears secondary as the Panthers triumphed 29-21 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Delhomme passed for 319 yards and three touchdowns, two of which to Smith, who caught 218 of those yards. Seattle has home field advantage in the upcoming game, and Carolina will be without consistent running back DeShaun Foster, who left the Chicago game with a broken right leg. Despite these facts, Smith and Delhomme are dangerous and the Panthers’ defense is more impressive than Seattle’s. Carolina will defeat the top-seeded Seahawks and advance to their second Super Bowl in three years. In the AFC Championship Game the Pittsburgh Steelers, fresh off a stunning 21-18 win against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, will march into Denver to battle the Denver Broncos. Controversy swirled in the PittsburghIndianapolis game because of sketchy officiating and a heart-attack-inducing final five minutes. The Steelers befuddled the Colts with rampant defensive pressure and surprising passing efficiency, dominating the touted Super Bowl favorites from first possession to last. Manning’s Colts roared back in the fourth quarter, however, after Pittsburgh running

back Jerome Bettis’ uncharacteristic fumble on the goal line, Indy cornerback Nick Harper’s courageous return and Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s game saving tackle at midfield. Indy kicker Mike Vanderjagt missed a 46yard field goal attempt to send the game into overtime, and the Steelers held on to win one of the most nail-biting games in NFL playoff history. The New England Patriots-Denver Broncos game was less intense but just as significant. The Broncos held off Tom Brady, and the Patriots and won 27-13, presenting the former Super Bowl MVP with his first playoff loss in 11 games. The Broncos’ defense forced New England to turn the ball over five times, including a 100-yard interception return by cornerback Champ Bailey to the 1-yard line. Akin to their strategy all season long, the Broncos ran the ball efficiently with their arsenal of backs. Mike Anderson led the way with 69 yards and two touchdowns. With the defending champs and the seasonal favorites knocked off, either of the two AFC teams have a legit shot at reaching the pinnacle of pro football. While the Steelers were extremely convincing in defeating the Colts, the Broncos seem like a more determined and poised football team. Execution and the turnover factor will be imperative, and the Broncos will narrowly defeat Pittsburgh to make it to their third Super Bowl under head coach Mike Shanahan.

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