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ASG brings presidency requirements to vote T E X A S S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y- S A N M A R C O S

Inconsistencies with office are reason for legislation By Cris Skelton News Reporter

Students will soon be able to vote on legislation passed by the Associated Student Government last semester that would amend its constitution to require that

candidates have one year of experience to run for the ASG presidency. As the ASG constitution now stands, the vice president is required to have one year of experience as an ASG senator in order to run for office. However, the president currently has no such restriction. Citing this as unfair, ASG passed a bill to put the same restriction on a student running for president. “We were going through the constitution in order to update it to reflect the name change,”

said ASG Vice President Justin McGarry. “Going through the document, we began to notice several other inconsistencies as well. We had talked for years about changing these inconsistencies, and with the changing of the name we decided that now was a good time to make these revisions.” ASG President Ernie Dominguez added his support for the bill. “The main point of this bill is to create consistency between the requirements of the presi-

dent and vice president,” Dominguez said. “There have always been certain qualifications to be ASG president, but they’ve been somewhat loose in their restrictions on who can and cannot hold the position.” He said there have been previous presidents who proved ineffective because they had no prior knowledge of student government or how it works. ASG Senator Jeromy Boucher, who authored the legislation, said after the bill passed, he was open to making

an amendment to it that would allow those with experience in parliamentary procedure and government to run for the office. However, because the bill had already been passed, Dominguez as president was the only one who could veto the legislation to allow for a revision. Dominguez said he decided not to veto the legislation because it passed by such a wide margin. “The legislation had so much support by the senators I

thought I should let the voters decide,” he said. However, not all agree that the proposed requirement would have a positive effect on the presidency. “To make this a requirement would be undemocratic and elitist,” said Jude Prather, vice president of management for the Inter-fraternity Council. “It excludes the majority of their constituents from being able to become president and is not a g See ASG, page 4

District seeks new funds for campuses Bond money to go to make new schools, renovations By Jennifer Warner Senior Reporter

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The courthouse Monday morning was the site for gatherers supporting MLK Jr., and signs depicting Dr. King were used during the march.

Community comes together to celebrate King’s life By Anna Lisa Moreno News Reporter

Texas State’s 20th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration took place last night at the LBJ Student Center Ballroom and continued at Evans Auditorium. Members from the Multicultural Committee, Alpha Phi

Alpha, local San Marcos elementary schools and others came together to pay tribute to the legacy of King. “This event is a way to celebrate Martin Luther King, what he stood for and to acknowledge that there are still things that need to be done,” said Jonnie Wilson, assistant director of Multicultural Student Affairs and coordinator of the commemoration committee. Dwight Watson, assistant history professor, began the event with a brief history of the civil rights movement. “The importance of this event is recognizing that the

“This celebration is important because it reminds us to remember where we came from.” — Chris Collins President Alpha Phi Alpha

struggle continues,” Watson said. “We as people have to strive to become better and if we don’t learn to live together than we will perish.” Following Watson’s speech, Lamot Ross, former national member of the NAACP and youth minister of the Eastside Church of Christ in Austin, gave

his rendition of King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top” speech. “The reason I chose this speech was because it was so prophetic,” Ross said. “Dr. King gave a speech about not being concerned about how long he g See MLK, page 3

Kerry and Edwards face trials at the Coffers By Paul Farhi and Thomas B. Edsall The Washington Post WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Howard Dean struggles to regain momentum after his disappointing third-place finish in the Iowa caucus Monday, he can take solace in the fact that he is still, by far, the best-funded candidate among the seven contenders jockeying for the Democratic presidential nomination. The former Vermont governor has raised $41 million, a record for a Democratic presidential candidate, in the past nine months, according to the

nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute in Washington. Monday’s big winners in Iowa — Sen. John Kerry, Mass., and John Edwards, N.C. — trailed him with $26.1 million and $22.9 million, respectively. It’s not known how much each campaign has left after the unusually expensive Iowa contest, but Dean was far better positioned than his rivals going in, said Steve Weissman, associate director of the Campaign Finance Institute. Dean’s huge bankroll assures that his campaign will be solvent through Tuesday's New Hampshire primary and the two seven-state contests on Feb. 3 and Feb. 14.

The money picture for Kerry and Edwards is less certain. Both hope that their first- and second-place finishes in Iowa will help them reverse the near collapse in fund-raising they experienced at the end of last year. Thrust abruptly into the top ranks of the race, Kerry and Edwards need a quick and large infusion of cash to take on Dean and Wesley Clark in New Hampshire and beyond. New Hampshire will also be the first contest for Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Conn., who joined Clark in sitting out Iowa. Kerry can bank on his Iowa victory and his large direct-mail

donor base built through his last two Senate elections. And, because he decided to pass up public financing, Kerry can put more of his own money into the campaign, according to aides. He has already given $6.4 million to the effort. Edwards must substantially expand his donor base if he is to capitalize on his runner-up showing in Iowa. The North Carolina senator has received a higher percentage of large donations than any other major candidate — 83 percent were between $1,000 and $2,000, the maximum allowed by law. g See CAMPAIGN, page 4

The San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District is working to persuade residents to vote “yes” on the three bond issues that have been put up for a vote by city residents. The district has hosted several events this month to educate voters on the issues concerning the bond proposals. The three standalone proposals are asking taxpayers of San Marcos for $125.6 million to build four new campuses and to make improvements on existing schools. “I’m not so much looking at soliciting ‘yes’ votes,” said Sylvester Perez, SMCISD Superintendent. “The meetings are not to debate; they are just to provide facts.” Proposition 1 is requesting $79.9 million to build a new high school to replace the current San Marcos High School. Under this proposition, the existing high school would be converted into a middle school, Goodnight Junior High School, and Hernandez Intermediate School would be converted into elementary schools. “The infrastructure doesn’t exist to afford the technology of a newer school,” said Ron Hart, Citizens for New Schools political action committee chair. The oldest school in the district is 54 years old, and several others are at least 40 years old. The high school was built in 1958 and is housed in a dozen buildings. “At some of the campuses, the students are exposed to the outdoor elements when changing classes or activities,” Hart said. “That’s like us walking through the rain then going to a meeting.” Currently, the district has one high school, two junior high schools, one fifth- and sixthgrade intermediate school and four elementary schools. After the

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conversions take place, the elementary schools would be from kindergarten through fifth grade and the junior high schools will become sixth-through-eighthgrade middle schools. Also in the first proposition, the transportation and maintenance facilities for the district will be relocated and renovations will be made to Doris Miller Middle School. Proposition 2 calls for $42.8 million to build three new elementary schools to replace Bowie, Crockett and Travis Elementary Schools. Renovations will be done to De Zevala Elementary, and the pre-kindergarten facilities for SMCISD will be expanded. Proposition 3 is requesting $2.9 million to expand or relocate the district’s central administration. SMCISD held a district open house Jan. 10 at all 10 campuses and at the central office, Lamar Annex and the maintenance facilities. Tours of the campuses were given, and principals and directors were on hand to answer any questions. The district and Pfluger and Associates architectural firm held a field trip on Saturday of other campuses the architectural firm has built, including Hoffman Lane Elementary in New Braunfels and Reagan High School in San Antonio. Pfluger and Associates has also built Miller, Hernandez and De Zevala Elementary Schools in San Marcos. The school board chose the firm based on the quality of its past work. A town meeting was held Tuesday at the San Marcos High School cafeteria to discuss the three propositions. Perez gave a presentation of the facts that the district is facing. This was the 31st time Perez has given the presentation. “I think that we are not able to provide the necessary teaching aids and technological equipment,” Perez said. “Our teachers are doing a super job but we would like to provide them with teaching aids.” More information is available to voters who subscribe to Time Warner Cable through informag See BONDS, page 4

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Texas State men’s basketball plays Lamar University at 6:30 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum. Admission is free with student ID. SWAT operates from 11 p.m.-3 a.m.

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Shiites demand Hussein be tried, executed in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq — For the second day in a row, Shiite Muslim demonstrators took to the streets Tuesday, this time demanding that U.S. officials allow ousted president Saddam Hussein to be tried and executed in Iraq rather than treated as a prisoner of war. About 5,000 protesters, mostly followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr, staged a peaceful, highly disciplined rally in central Baghdad. They also called on U.S. officials to resist efforts by Iraqi Kurds to divide the country with an ethnically oriented federal system. “Saddam is a criminal who killed many thousands of people. All Iraqis want him to hang,” said Karim Darani, 43, a marcher from the large, impoverished Shiite community in northeastern Baghdad known as Sadr City. “We want Iraqi to be a peaceful, united nation for all ethnic groups — Shiites and Sunnis, Kurds and Christians and Turks.” Tuesday night, a rocket landed inside the so-called Green Zone, an area of central Baghdad controlled by U.S. forces. A loud explosion was heard in the area at about 9:40 p.m., followed by sirens, and one person may have been injured in the attack, which occurred near the al-Rashid Hotel. A powerful car bomb exploded Sunday on the perimeter of the Green Zone, outside the main U.S. compound, killing 31 people and

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wounding 120. During the day, smaller protests were held in the southern, largely Shiite cities of Najaf, Karbala and Basra in what appeared to be a coordinated series of demonstrations. Elsewhere, the protesters demanded that Saddam be executed and rejected his being treated as a prisoner of war.

New drug tests weighed for Fed employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal workers who submit to drug screening soon may have their saliva, sweat or hair tested as the Bush Administration increases efforts to deter and detect illegal drug use among 1.6 million civilian employees. Officials have relied on urine samples alone in the federal government’s nearly twodecade-old drug-testing program that began in 1986 when President Ronald Reagan issued an executive order declaring that the federal workplace be drug-free. Bush Administration officials want to give agencies the option of using alternative tests to catch drug use that urine tests may miss because of masking agents or because an employee took the drugs weeks earlier. The main goal is to drive home the message that it isn’t worth risking your job to take drugs, officials said. “This isn’t a ‘gotcha’ kind of system,” said Robert L. Stephenson II, director of the division of workplace pro-

grams in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The agency, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, sets guidelines and oversees drug-testing programs at federal agencies. “This is a fair, objective, scientifically defensible program that is aimed at deterrence and in having everybody believe that if you actually use (drugs), we’ll be able to detect it,” he said. The division plans to publish proposed revisions to federal mandatory drug-testing guidelines in the Federal Register as soon as this month, Stephenson said. The public will have 90 days to comment. After a final rule is adopted, it will take at least six months to implement in most federal workplaces, Stephenson said. The screening labs that work by contract to federal agencies must demonstrate they can perform the new tests.

Hawaiian Gardens deal with casino controversy

LOS ANGELES — A long-simmering battle regarding a casino in Los Angeles County’s tiniest city has reached a critical phase as the state Gambling Control Commission weighs whether to grant the card club’s controversial owner, Dr. Irving I. Moskowitz, a permanent gaming license. Moskowitz, a reclusive Miami Beach multimillionaire, runs a gaming empire in

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the 1-square-mile city of Hawaiian Gardens. He bankrolls local charities, and his gambling revenues help keep the city solvent. But critics say he has co-opted city hall and funneled bingo and poker winnings to rightwing groups in Israel. Moskowitz’s application, state officials say, has generated the strongest opposition in the commission’s threeyear history. While hearings for pornographer Larry Flynt’s Hustler Casino in Gardena drew nary a peep of protest, the Moskowitz hearings have been contentious affairs, with critics and supporters clashing in emotional exchanges that veered from gaming and local issues to debates regarding biblical teachings and Middle East politics. “I want you to be on the side of God,” said Max Kessler to the three commissioners, echoing some Moskowitz supporters’ views that the issue transcends local politics. “The return of the Jewish people is above and beyond history.” Actor Ed Asner said residents had lost control of the city to the physician-turneddeveloper. “I ask the commission to let Hawaiian Gardens go free,” said Asner, who is part of a coalition of activists contending that Moskowitz’s application should be denied because he has broken disclosure laws and is undermining the Israeli peace process.

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MLK: A life remembered

The San Marcos High School ROTC participated in ceremonies to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Monday morning in front of the courthouse.

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would live and then the next day he was assassinated. I also chose this speech because it talks about the same economic empowerment for people and the need to come together.” Ross chose the speech instead of King’s “I Have a Dream” because it is a speech that isn’t as familiar. “We’ve all heard the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, so I wanted to do something a little different to make people aware that Martin Luther King said more than ‘I have a dream,’ but that he was

concerned with his people, economic reciprocity and real issues that affect real people,” he said. Everyone in the ballroom then marched to Evans Auditorium holding glow sticks and singing freedom songs such as “Soon Very Soon” and “This Little Light of Mine.” Alpha Phi Alpha, a group that King was once a part of, headed the procession. “This celebration is important because it reminds us to remember where we came from,” said Chris Collins, president of Alpha Phi Alpha. “It’s

very important that we as college students remember our rights and privileges.” A ceremony held at the auditorium included a musical performance from the Gospel Expressions Association and Texas Preparatory School. An award ceremony was also held to recognize winners of the “I have a Dream” speech essay contest. Alvin Curette of Black Men United won first place, Andre Siebert, English senior, won second and Emily Mckeever, pre-mass communication sophomore, won third.

ple, seemed not to register Bill Clinton's attacks on his economic policies until fairly late in the 1992 campaign. Clearly, the current president's ears have been burning. Bush has heard what the Democrats have been saying about him in Iowa, New Hampshire and elsewhere: That the war on terrorism is lagging, that he has squandered international goodwill with his actions in Iraq, that he misled the public into war, that his tax cuts have plunged the country into deficit, that he has failed to deliver education reform, that he has put millions out of work, and so on. These charges, and other campaign imperatives, gave shape to a speech that was otherwise rather loosely tied together, where it was tied at all.

Never mentioned by name, the Democrats nonetheless populated and propelled the speech, appearing as “some people,” “some critics” and “defenders” of “the status quo.” The specter of the challengers lent some credence to the frequent statements by Bush and his advisers that they expect a very close election this fall. There was a caution to it that Bush has not displayed in recent years, the caution, perhaps, of a man who has seen public opinion — as in the most recent Washington Post poll — souring on many of his policies, even as his job approval rides high. The man who told Congress a year ago he was headed to war arrived this year with a proposal for halfway houses for released inmates, and an appeal

Courney Addison/Star photo Minister James C. Scott spoke of Martin Luthrer King Jr.’s powerful influence and legacy during the DunbarHeritage Association’s MLK ceremony Monday. Minister Scott said, “Martin Luther King was not the starry-eyed dreamer he is portrayed as .... he was a true visionary.”

Reactive speech shows Bush has been listening to criticisms By David Von Drehle The Washington Post

WASHINGTON, D.C — President Bush's State of the Union speech showed just how closely he and his staff have been following the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination, and how conscious they are of the opposition's emerging campaign themes 10 long months before Election Day. From Iraq to taxes, from the USA Patriot Act to school funding, from foreign policy to deficit spending, Bush responded to criticisms that his wouldbe challengers are still working to formulate. Sometimes, incumbents act as if they have not heard what their critics are saying about them. Bush's father, for exam-

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to athletes to stop popping steroids. The big plan floated a week ago — to settle the moon and strike out for Mars — never came up, having bombed in the polls and on both sides of the congressional aisle. The hovering Democrats also gave Bush's speech a distinctly reactive tone. A White House strategist acknowledged as much after reading the final draft. “To an extent rare for him in a speech, he took the arguments of the critics and dealt with them,” the aide said. “Most of the time, a president makes assertions, not arguments. But this speech, more than most, takes on the arguments of the critics.” “Some people question” the war on terrorism, Bush noted, before answering that “nearly

two-thirds of (al-Qaida's) known leaders have now been captured or killed.” “Some critics have said” U.S. foreign policy is too unilateral, Bush allowed, before ticking off a list of 17 countries with troops in Iraq and citing his teamwork with “the international community” to contain threats in North Korea and Iran. Battered by charges that he hyped the issue of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, Bush tried a bit of rhetorical judo. Because he made good on the ultimatum to Saddam Hussein, he asserted, “no one can now doubt the word of America.” On the tax issue, Bush

argued that economic growth, new home construction, low inflation and interest rates prove that “the American people are using their money far better than government would have.” He dismissed critics of his education budgets, saying that “the status quo always has its defenders.” Although the main criticism of the president is that he is not spending enough to raise standards, Bush charged that his detractors “want to weaken the No Child Left Behind Act by weakening standards and accountability.” On the jobs issue, Bush parried with a mixed bag of training initiatives that he called “Jobs for the 21st Century.”


BONDS: School improvements to be justified by Citizens for New Schools

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tional shows airing at 7 p.m. Mondays on channel 22, noon on Wednesdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays. Citizens for New Schools was formed with the goal of getting all three proposals passed. “Like any other issue, an informed voter is one who can make good decisions based on the facts,” Hart said. “They can make better decisions on any issue over an uninformed one.” Citizens for New Schools has sent out three direct mail pieces to voters to educate them on the issues, and a fourth one is being prepared. They have even taken advantage of television and newspaper advertising to get the word out to members of the community. However, not all San Marcos residents want the propositions to

be passed. Former school board member Jim Neuhaus doesn’t feel that it is necessary to spend the taxpayer’s money to build new schools at this time. “The only reasons I can imagine spending $125.6 million is if there was a growth problem, a safety problem or a health problem,” Neuhaus said. “We’ve actually decreased enrollment during the last few years. If in fact we had growth, we would obviously need expansion, but that’s a far cry from knocking down the whole building.” Neuhaus compared the age of the schools to buildings like Old Main. He said that their age does not necessarily mean they aren’t functional. “Just because somebody said they were old doesn’t mean they aren’t usable,” he said. “Our schools are in fairly good shape; we just don’t have ‘curb appeal.’

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I can’t justify spending $125.6 million just because our schools don’t look good. It’s a waste of taxpayers’ money.” If any of the bonds pass, the tax rates will go up for the 20042005 school year. They will be raised from $0.10 to $0.23 per $100 of assessed value. Taxes on an average home in the district valued at $90,615 would raise $185 during the next two years if all three propositions pass. San Marcos voters have rejected four of the last five bond proposals, but Hart is hopeful citizens will at least voice their opinions involving themselves in the voting process. “It’s important that everyone participates in the process,” Hart said. “I encourage everyone to turn out and vote.” Early voting begins today and runs through Feb. 3 at City Hall or at the San Marcos CISD cen-

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Many of these donations came from plaintiffs attorneys, which was Edwards' former profession. This means that many of Edwards' donors can give no more money. For Edwards to become fully competitive in the race for cash, he must find new contributors beyond his triallawyer base. Even then, Edwards may face a new problem: federal campaign spending limits. Unlike Kerry and Dean, who also declined to take matching federal campaign funds, Edwards has agreed to live within the law's $45 million spending limit. “If he continues to do well, he could be facing a real crunch,” said Weissman. Spokesmen for both Kerry and Edwards claimed that their candidates experienced a burst of support as the results of Iowa caucuses became known. Roger Salazar, national spokesman for Edwards, said that from midnight to 5 a.m. Tuesday, roughly $100,000 was donated through the internet and there was a surge of donors seeking to attend Edwards' fund-raisers in New York and

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Boston on Tuesday night. Kerry had raised more than $250,000 over the Internet as of 5 p.m. Tuesday in a daylong fund-raiser. Both Salazar and Kerry spokesman Michael Meehan said their campaigns have enough money to get through the next few weeks, but both declined to say how much money they had on hand. A strong showing in the early races usually attracts support, but the real test is how long a candidate can sustain such an early “bounce.” Weissman points out that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., attracted $2 million in contributions in the four days after winning the New Hampshire Republican primary over George W. Bush in 2000. But McCain couldn't keep pace with Bush's fund-raising machine and was finished by the end of March. Clark's and Lieberman's campaigns sounded equally bullish Tuesday in conference calls with reporters. Both campaigns tried to suggest that they were flush after their no-show in Iowa. Both said they were now spending about $1 million per week on ads in New Hampshire and early primary

states. Eli Segal, Clark's campaign chairman, said the former general had raised $14 million so far, with nearly $5 million arriving in both private donations and matching funds in January alone. Without providing specific figures, he added: “We have a healthy amount of cash on hand. But the trick is not having cash on hand but in how you use your resources going forward.” The Democratic race is turning out to be the most expensive primary in history, and figures to get even more so with the arrival of Clark and Lieberman. The Democratic candidates spent $6.2 million on TV ads during the first nine days of January alone, and more than $21 million collectively since last year, according to the Wisconsin AdvertisingProject. Despite a disappointing finish in his first political test of the year, Dean has recent history on his side. Since 1984, the candidate who led in fund-raising the year before the election won the nomination in both the Democratic and Republican parties.

mined. “I don’t believe it leaves anybody out of the running for president,” McGarry said. “We just want experienced people to have this position. If a person wants to run for president, most chances are he or she will decide well more than a year before running, giving him or her the chance to join ASG and learn what we’re all about.

“ASG has senators from many different majors, clubs and organizations. We have about six to seven Greeks in ASG right now, just to mention a few. If anyone wants to run for president at any date, there’s nothing stopping him or her from applying to the senate. It’s like working for a company; you don’t become the CEO on the first day. You have to work

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true representation of the whole school. Because of the specific role of the vice president, such a requirement is needed. The president is a different matter.” ASG passed the bill in a meeting last semester but for the changes to be made in the constitution, the bill will go to a student referendum to be voted on at a later date that is undeter-


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San Marcos residents question motives of mayor

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hat do conflict of interests, ethics and hypocrisy have in

common? San Marcos Mayor Robert Habingreither requested two members of the San Marcos Ethics Review Commission recuse themselves from discussions on disannexation because of a conflict of interest. The mayor claims that Commission Chair Susan Tilka and Vice Chair David Sergi have “pre-

disposed” opinions about the mayor and disannexation, respectively. Habingreither has the right to ask that they disqualify themselves because, unlike Tilka and Sergi, he is an elected official. As he says in a letter to the ethics commission and city attorney, he sees a conflict of interest on the parts of these commissioners and he’s just trying to do what he thinks is good for the city.

On the other hand, Habingreither is being accused of having a conflict of interest himself. He’s had an ethics violation complaint filed against him. He also owns land in the disannexed area in question. He has even served as president of the area’s homeowners association. While Habingreither says he doesn’t have a conflict of interest, the fact that it appears so to at least some citizens should put

his decisions in question. If he does have the best interests of the city in mind, he should have recused himself from voting on the issue. The chaos the commission is in would never have occurred if Habingreither had just not voted on disannexation. It would have avoided the hypocrisy that has been shown in his subsequent decisions, and maybe Tilka and Sergi may have not resigned from their positions.

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Stop putting off your work and get to it MUNCIE, Ind. — Ranking right up there with rent, bills and insensitive professors, procrastination is one of every college student’s worst enemies. It allows us to do what we want to Cole McGrath do, but then forces us to put in hurried, less-thanU-Wire Columnist spectacular performances Ball State on assignments and projects that we are avoiding. Every day, it seems like some sort of sacrifice has to be made to fit everything into our schedules. This means that more often than not something we had planned on checking off the ever-growing list of things to do gets pushed to the back burner. For many college students, that something is frequently an assignment or project that has a deadline quickly approaching. “I’ll just do that tomorrow.” It is a phrase that we have all uttered when we get a call from a friend who wants to go get a drink or when we have to spend the night at work. For some reason, we always seem to think that tomorrow will, for some reason, have endless amounts of time for us to catch up on whatever we’ve put off. Here’s a shocker, though: No one has ever seen a tomorrow. Tomorrow is an impossibility. Sure, we all know it means the day after the day that we are currently in, but by the time it rolls around, it isn’t tomorrow anymore. It is today. Think about it. The clock ticks down constantly. It goes from 11:59:59 p.m. to 12:00:00 a.m. in the blink of an eye. All of a sudden, Sunday is Monday, Monday is Tuesday and so on. When we wake up in the morning, we don’t wake up in a tomorrow. We wake up in a today, and once again our plates are more full than a starving man’s at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet. The problem is, most of the time our day looks far less appealing than a mound of fried rice, half a dozen crab rangoon and an egg roll. So what do we do? We become selective and once again use the imaginary tomorrow to keep ourselves from feeling overwhelmed. What usually ends up happening, though, is our obligations and commitments continue to pile up until we have to sacrifice doing something that is either extremely important or something we really wanted to do. There is really only one way to prevent procrastination: Don’t do it. It seems so simple, but it is true. Let’s face it, there are going to be tons of times this semester that we are asked to do things that we aren’t going to want to do. It is so easy to put it off for a day, but that just ends up pushing back more stuff. Eventually, we are in a hole we can’t climb out of and an opportunity to have some fun comes that we have to pass up because we are “too busy.” Procrastination has had a stranglehold on our lives for far too long. I say it is time we fight back and show procrastination that it doesn’t control us. The revolution starts today, not tomorrow.

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wand, a device that continues to ike most rational and sane get nods of approval from even people, I would like peace the most skeptical onlookers. to be the outcome of our actions taken in Iraq, but the vioHow exactly do you win a war against a country-less entity such lent methods we have employed as terrorism? The usual answers are by no means a pragmatic approach to solving the problem are within the confines of increasing defense spending, homeland of terrorism. When taking a look at the short security, soldiers in Iraq, soldiers in Afghanistan, covert history of the current Tre Miner war in Iraq, we find that operations, bombings, our initial reason for coalition training, ally going to war was to participation, etc. But all these solutions are uncover those infamous absurd and will simply weapons of mass perpetuate the violence destruction, but as the search crawled on, we and hostility on all sides. found ourselves emptyCapturing the handed and searching for Star Columnist leader, as we have seen a quick and dirty soluwith Saddam Hussein, simply tion to justify the billions of dollars and hundreds of lives spent. won’t work. The “war on terrorism” must be fought with diploThe obvious quip loomed — to free the Iraqi people from tyranny macy, despite the belief that such efforts were “exhausted” when and bring democracy to the making the decision to invade Middle East. This simple and seemingly moral answer raises Iraq (diplomacy, by the way, several important questions. Does doesn’t mean drumming up supbringing democracy to an port for an invasion). Just as with oppressed people justify a prepersonal relationships, communiemptive attack? Do we need to cation is a necessity and must be spend more on security? Who is established with these terrorist next? The Bush administration, groups in order to understand the with the support of big business goals and ambitions that underlie media outlets like CNN, Fox their violent methods. News and MSNBC, answers such Negotiations and compromise imperative questions by waving must ensue to make all parties the magical “war on terrorism” happy. This doesn’t mean we

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must compromise our civil rights or liberties (the Patriot Act is more of a threat to our freedom than any terrorist could ever be); but instead we must compromise some of those decisions that continue to be left solely to the Pentagon. Seeing as a “holy war” has been declared on the United States, a reasonable first step would be to stop supplying Israel, or any other country, with millions of dollars in weapons to use against Palestinians, militant or not. By funding such initiatives, we invite, or even provoke, terrorist groups such as al Qaeda to retaliate against us. Why not wash our hands clean of such bloodshed, save some money and perhaps, most importantly, prevent the arming of what could be our future enemies? Another idea, possibly what should be first on our agenda, is pulling our troops out of Iraq and out of harm’s way while using what is left of that $87 billion dollars in troop support to start an international good deeds program (I believe Michael Moore mentions something about mass water-purifying for poor countries in his new book Dude, Where’s My Country?). We could finally start attacking some of those domestic issues

we’re always complaining about, such as providing better healthcare and education. We could reinstate those veterans’ benefits that were so eagerly removed for war. We could even begin paying off that big, ugly heartache known as the national debt. By negotiating and thus removing the reasons for being targeted by terrorist groups, we remove any motivation for their attacks. The destruction of the World Trade Center did not occur out of hate for Americans or our democratic values (such as suggested by bumper stickers that start with “Freedom was attacked…”), but more likely in retaliation to U.S foreign policy and, dare I say, U.S. imperialism. If terrorists and the governments that sponsored the attacks were jealous of freedom and democracy, they would make the necessary changes to their regimes to promote such causes. Terrorist attacks are outcries for communication, not indiscernible echoes of bugs in need of extermination. We cannot expect anything peaceful to come about in Iraq when U.S. foreign policy dictates that we cover our ears and return fire. Miner is a political science sophomore.

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ROADRUNNER SHOWDOWN

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Bobcats prepare to defend 3-0 record against UTSA By Lindsey Roberts Sports Reporter

For the first time in almost a month, Texas State (8-6, 3-0) will be playing on the road, taking its perfect Southland Conference record into the University of Texas-San Antonio Convocation Center Wednesday in search of its eighth win in the last nine games. The Roadrunners come into Wednesday’s matchup with a 610 record, 1-2 in the SLC. UTSA was 3.6 seconds away from going 0-3 in conference before Anthony Fuqua’s tip-in sent it into overtime Saturday at Nicholls State University, where the Roadrunners pulled out an 83-79 win. Last season’s series was split as both teams won on their home courts. UTSA has won its last three games at home, but tomorrow will be its first SLC game at the Convocation Center this season. Forward Leroy Hurd is without question UTSA’s leader on the floor. He is coming off a 25point performance in the win against the Colonels and is averaging 21 points per game in the Roadrunners’ first three conference games. The Bobcats are well aware of Hurd’s capabilities, as he put up 23 points and 10 rebounds in

the Roadrunner win in San Antonio last year. Last year’s SLC leading scorer and newcomer of the year after transferring from the University of Miami, Hurd is one of the favorites for SLC Player of the Year honor. Standing at 6 feet 7 inches, 215 lbs. with a 35-inch vertical, he can play every position, but will spend most of his minutes at the forward spot. Justin Harbert, junior transfer from Colorado, brings quickness, ball handling and an outside shot to the table for the Roadrunners. Harbert scored his career high at UTSA against Nicholls State with 22 and is averaging 13 ppg in conference games. He is shooting more than 40 percent from the three-point line. Alongside Hurd at the forward spot, John Millsap, 6-foot6-inch transfer from Navarro Junior College, averages 12 ppg thus far in the SLC. Guard Sammie Cole returns with UTSA in his senior year after transferring a year ago from his hometown Meridian Community College in Mississippi. Cole was sidelined for the first eight games last season with a broken left hand but bounced back to average 9 ppg for the Roadrunners. He is an explosive 6-foot-3-inch guard

who displayed his ability to score in the UTSA’s loss in San Marcos a season ago by matching his career high of 21 points, 18 of which came from behind the three-point arc. UTSA’s ability to spread the floor with both an inside and outside game should make for an exciting matchup for the Bobcats. Texas State guard and SLC Player of the Week Josh Naylor, after scorching the nets for 25 points on 9-10 shooting in last Thursday’s 14-point win against the University of TexasArlington, said that “rebounding and defense” would definitely be key for the Bobcats against UTSA. If Wednesday’s game goes down to the wire, Texas State has the clear advantage. The Bobcats are now the best free throw shooting team in the entire nation at 78.6 percent, closely followed by the Wolfpack of North Carolina State University out of the Atlantic Coast Conference at 78.2 percent. Guard Roosevelt Brown has done his part to uphold that consistency, having made 34-36 from the line for 94.4 percent, fourth best in the country. The I-35 rivalry is set to tip off at 8 p.m. and will broadcast on KTSW 89.9 FM and on the Internet at Boostercast.com.

Ashley A. Horton/Star photo Zack Allison, junior forward, shoots over Derrick Obasohan of University of Texas-Arlington Thursday at Strahan Coliseum. The Bobcats defeated the Mavericks, 82-68. Allison added eight points to the Bobcats’ final score.

Texas State, UTSA meet again after fight for title in SLC By Jason Orts Sports Editor The last time the Bobcats faced the University of Texas-San Antonio, the two were meeting for the Southland Conference’s ultimate prize — the league’s tournament championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. Texas State won that game, played in San Antonio, 68-56, and will attempt to do the same Wednesday at the Convocation Center in a near must-win for the Bobcats. Though selected to win the SLC regular season title, the Bobcats have stumbled out of the gate this season. Texas State is 1-12 overall, and the conference schedule has produced only one win in three tries, all at home. The Roadrunners, defending their SLC regular season championship, will be at home for the first time in conference play, finishing their conference-opening road trip with a 2-1 record. UTSA is 6-8 overall this season. After falling to the University of TexasArlington, 55-47, to open SLC action, the Roadrunners have claimed wins against Southeastern Louisiana University and Nicholls State University.

In the win against Southeastern, the Roadrunners trailed by one point with just one second remaining when senior guard Tijwana Collins sank both free throws, allowing UTSA to escape with a 52-51 win. UTSA plays a slow and deliberate game, preferring to keep scores in the 50s. This has led to it being the top-scoring defense in the SLC, allowing opponents an average of 60.6 points per game. One area the Bobcats would like to exploit is the Roadrunners’ lack of ability to rebound the basketball since the opening of conference play. UTSA is 10th in the league in that category during SLC action, grabbing 6.3 fewer boards per game than its opponents. If Texas State is able to do so, it could allow the Bobcats to play a faster-paced game, something UTSA is uncomfortable with. But the Bobcats will also have to be more protective of the ball, as they are last in the SLC in turnover margin. UTSA is a team with two solid inside players, senior forwards Nikki Hendrix and Dewella Holliday. Hendrix, First-Team All-SLC performer a year ago, is leading the team in scoring, averaging

14.7 ppg, and her 6.3 rebounds per game is good for second. Holliday, SLC Newcomer of the Year in 2002-03, is the team’s leading rebounder, grabbing 6.3 per outing and adds 14.7 ppg. Sophomore center Katie Sandefur has blocked a teamhigh six shots in three conference games and will likely have the task of guarding Texas State center Tori Talbert. Talbert, reigning SLC Player of the Year, is third in the league in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg. She also ranks in the top 15 in free throw percentage. In her last outing, Talbert put up 21 points, seven rebounds and three steals in 27 minutes in the loss to UTA despite being saddled with foul trouble and eventually fouling out with just less than seven minutes remaining. The Bobcats will need to keep Talbert in the game if they are to beat the Roadrunners because seniors Julie Brooks (7.7 ppg) and Aleise Johnson (7.5 ppg), the team’s second and third leading

Ashley Perkins, junior guard, dodges a University of TexasArlington player Thursday night at Strahan Coliseum. The Bobcats fell to the Lady Mavs, 67-54.

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scorers, combine to average 15.2 ppg. Only one other player, guard Ally Kelly, adds more than six ppg. Texas State will return home Saturday to face the Lamar University Cardinals, a team that has yet to win a conference game. Tuesday’s game is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Convocation Center in San Antonio and will be broadcast on KTSW 89.9 FM and on the Internet at Boostercast.com.


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A little history, venues and rules

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BY JEFF GREER ASSISTANT ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

he origin of poker is a bit of a mystery. There seems to be no direct ancestor to poker, but the simplicity of the game might indicate that the game is rather old. Some claim that poker is a variation of a game played with Chinese dominoes. Others insist it came from a 17th century Persian game called “as nas,” which used a deck of 25 cards with five suits. Still, others say the game came from the French game “Poque” that dates back to the late 15th century. The first reference to a betting game called “poker” came from a gambler named Jonathan H. Green in 1834. The game he played involved a deck of 25 cards consisting of 10s, jacks, queens, kings and aces, with two to four players receiving five cards each. Green first referred to the game as the “cheating game,” but when he realized the game was not mentioned in the current American Hoyle, he quickly

Ranking the cards Ranks of hands highest to lowest: Five of a kind (Only possible with wildcards) Straight flush Four of a kind Full house Flush Straight Three of a kind Two pair Pair High card

Usually in the event of a tie, there is no ranking of suits and the pot is split between the winners. There is also variance when dealing with ties that involve wild cards versus natural cards.

dubbed the game “poker,” or so his story goes. The origin of playing cards themselves comes with some discrepancy. It most likely originated in China, based upon the idea that they invented paper and therefore must have invented playing cards. It wasn’t until the 1300s that playing cards arrived in Europe. The four suits were most likely adopted from Muslim traditions and varied among European countries. The decks used in poker today are English-style playing cards with the exception of the jokers, which are an American invention. Poker has come a long way since the early days of Mississippi riverboats. It is played in casinos, online, on television and in basements and garages worldwide. Movies like The Sting and Maverick have immortalized the game and given it a glorified and somewhat historical view. Bravo has its show Celebrity Poker Showdown in a steady rotation, which involves, in many cases, semi-famous celebrities playing for charities. Given the hour time limit and constant commercial interruptions, skill levels and strategy are somewhat in question. One does not have to look far to find both friendly and not-sofriendly poker games on the Internet. Sometimes online champions make their way into the professional circuit, though often times they are considered inferior by traditionally established players. For a more professional glimpse into the world of poker, the World Series of Poker airs in steady rotation on ESPN 2. Both Fox Sports and the Travel Channel offer similar shows with professional tournaments. Special cameras show what each player is holding, giving the audience and the announcers an omniscient view of the game. Many professional players wear sunglasses and caps to conceal movements and unconscious signa-

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tures other players might pick up on called “tells.” The version of poker that is most commonly played in these tournaments is Texas Hold ’em. Each player is given two cards facedown called “pocket cards.” After a round of betting, three community cards are dealt faceup in the middle called the “flop.” Two more rounds of betting ensue when the fourth and fifth community cards are dealt faceup, called the “turn” card and the “river” card, respectively. Whoever can make the best hand using both the pocket cards and the community cards wins. The strategy of poker may seem pretty basic at first. When you can identify the best hand made out of the cards dealt, you have mastered one of the most important parts of the game. But that is just the beginning when it comes to the more complicated games. Bluffing is an integral part of poker involving a complex strategy of betting, reading your opponents and not giving yourself away. Another thing to keep in mind, whether you’re playing online, at a casino or just in some dirty old room, is poker etiquette. Though atmospheres may be different, there are some rules of thumb one should think about before entering a game. First of all, it is important to know the minimum and maximum bets in a game, regardless of the level. In casinos, these and other rules are usually posted somewhere for players to view in advance. When betting, it is important that you bet all at once and do it in an orderly fashion. Nothing is more upsetting to the order of a game than a messy pile of chips that keeps other players knowing how much you are betting. Also, it is a nuisance when a player continuously holds up a game by talking too much or taking too much time when betting. Most etiquette is common sense: Don’t swear; don’t bad mouth other players; never insult the dealer; and keep your cards and your opinions to yourself. But the most important rule in poker is this: If you don’t know who the sucker is at the table, it’s probably you.


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Music is a lot like a good scious Rapper”/spoken word Bolognese sauce. Given the prop- artist Mos Def and incorporates er ingredients, procedure and the urban dancehall emcee styling patience, taste buds rejoice like of one half of Floetry, Natalie eardrums do upon first hearing an Stewart. The other half, Marsha Ambrosia, complealbum like Floetry’s new ments Stewart’s hiprelease, Floacism. hop with her songRecorded live last music summer in New Orleans, R E V I E W stress, staccato-like and melodic R&B. Floacism is an al«««« Aside from the bum/DVD package that Floetry unnecessary and intenboasts live versions of Floacism tional misspelling of the nine songs from Floetry’s DreamWorks title, “Wanna B Where debut album, Floetic, and U R (Thisizzaluvong)” is three newly recorded studio tracks. Also included in the an accurate representation of package are behind-the-scenes what the listener can expect from footage and interviews, plus the the rest of the album. Lyrically videos for Floetry’s first singles sound as a result of Floetry’s spoken word background, Floacism is “Floetic” and “Say Yes.” The album’s bouncy first track musical poetry personified. The and single, “Wanna B Where U R album permits the listener to play (Thisizzaluvsong),” features “Con- the fly-on-the-wall role as the duo

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shines in all of the spoken-word spontaneity that only a live show can provide. Its interesting mix of hip-hop with R&B and dancehall with spoken word makes Floetry’s figurative Bolognese sauce one of the best to date. Floetry has found all the necessary ingredients; now it’s just a matter of the music lover tasting it. — Shannon McGarvey

DVD ‘uncovers’ the truth about WMDs Before you are lulled by the sary, just news footage of Bush, Bush Administration into believing Cheney, Condi and Rumy making the capture of Saddam Hussein is the case for war paired against what you didn’t see, some kind of touchhear or read in the stone on the way to disnews: Expert intelligence covering those elusive film analysis. The disparity weapons of mass destruction, have a sip R E V I E W proves a startling of reality to clear your «««« reminder that the propaUncovered: The ganda model is alive palate. Truth about The elixir? Uncov- Whole the Iraq War and well in the United ered: The Whole Truth Dir.: Robert States, relegating the Greenwald mass media to little about the Iraq War — a Not rated more than a White scathing documentary House parrot. from director Robert If the weapons of mass destrucGreenwald and those Bushwhackers at Moveon.org. The film tion argument seems stale today in (available only on DVD) is a the wake of new and increasingly scathing blow-by-blow analysis of ambiguous moral arguments like the Administration’s reasoning for “liberation,” you will see it’s all war through the minds of some 20 part of the script. The idea of an experts within the corridors of imminent threat is really the only power. This sobering cast of char- argument that supported the use acters includes weapons inspec- of preemptive strike after all. tors, anti-terrorism experts, ambas- Neither alleged terrorism links nor sadors, CIA analysts and opera- “a free Iraq” are sufficient to justitives who present what we knew fy such a war. That’s why they were about Iraq, what we didn’t know never marshaled out alone. and what was invented to meet for- Without WMDs, the whole thing folds like a house of cards. In true eign policy objectives. Republican, Democrat, Green Orwellian fashion and with the or Independent: Prepare to be slickness of a used car salesman, enraged. No fancy editing neces- it becomes obvious; Bush has

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managed to sell us power windows without the car. Hear the experts explain how intelligence was manipulated to: a) invent mobile weapons labs out of discredited defector testimony, b) exploit 9-11 outrage toward an imaginary terrorism partnership between Hussein and Bin Laden (they were stark enemies) and finally, c) conquer and occupy Iraq in the name of freedom and democracy while countless oppressive regimes (North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Israel) remain on our OK list. Vile and murderous he may be, but a weapon of mass destruction Hussein is not. Manipulation of evidence lies by omission, illogical conclusions, document forgery — it’s all here. Uncovered is mandatory voter viewing in this election year, especially as the cost of war continues to swell in death and debt beyond even the White House’s most fertile imaginings. The DVD Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War is available only at the Web site truthuncovered.com. — Murlin Evans

The ’80s were a simpler time: Gaming was free from virtual carjackings, bloody violence and fancy-schmancy analog joysticks. And while the decade brought us big-hair bands, parachute pants, Cabbage Patch Kids and the Super Bowl Shuffle, it also birthed many of today’s gaming stars. Now, game publishers are opening up their vaults to let gamers who were born in the 1980s or — gasp! — the 1990s learn where their favorite video game characters came from. Nintendo, one of the kings of 1980s gaming, recently launched a promotion giving away The Legend of Zelda: The Collector’s Edition, a disc containing the first two games in this acclaimed series that debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987. By registering purchased games on Nintendo’s Web site (www.nintendo.com), subscribing to Nintendo Power magazine or by buying speciallymarked GameCube bundles, you can experience 8-bit adventure-gaming heaven. Two strong Nintendo 64 Zelda entries “The Ocarina of Time” and “Majora’s Mask” round out the disc. Not enough nostalgia for you? Then you’ll have to, like, totally check these games out, too: The three classic NES Ninja Gaiden games are stealthily tucked away in the upcoming Xbox Ninja Gaiden title. Mega Man lovers will get a chance to relive the little blue dude’s exploits in the Mega Man Anniversary Collection for console systems and Mega Man Mania for Game Boy Advance. Nearly every big-name ’80s

Why did The Star staffers sprain their thumbs in the ’80s? Terry O. — Qbert; “Boing Boing Boing.” Brad S. — Excitebike; “I built the best track, ever.” Scooter H — Super Mario Bros. II; “Two words: Princess Toadstool.” Jason O. — Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!!; “Left Right Left Right Up Uppercut!” Matt R. — The Legend of Zelda; “The shooting sword.” Genevieve K. — Duck Hunt; “It was the first one I ever played & I got to shoot stuff.” David D. — Contra; “You got 30 men if you did the Konami code: Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A B A Select Start.” Jeff G. — Pitfall; “You got to join Harry’s Explorers’ club if you scored 20,000 points. I never got that far though.” Ben S. — Tecmo Super Bowl; “Down, Set, hut hut hut hut hut hut hut hut…” game company is pouring its two-decades-old coin-op and console winners into collections for modern-day gamers, such as Midway Arcade Treasures and Intellivision Lives. Three big-name cartoons/toy lines from the ’80s have found new life on game consoles: Robotech, The Transformers and Masters of the Universe will take a shot at video game glory. Can Thundercats and G.I. Joe be far behind? The crazy bigwigs at Nintendo have thumbed their noses at gamers’ desires to play on the Internet. Instead, they’ve pumped mucho effort into dreaming up creative ways to connect a Game Boy Advance with a GameCube. Though I often curse them for spurning the online realm, I can’t resist their latest crossover concoction, an ingenious spin on an all-time classic called Pac-Man vs. Here’s how it works: It’s a

four-player battle. After your Game Boy is connected to the Cube (via a $7 cable), one player steps into the role of our yellow dot-gobbling star, and the other three play the part of the ghosts. Pac-Man tries to eat dots and the ghosts; ghosts try to eat Pac-Man. Nab Pac-Man and it’s your turn to be PacMan. The catch here is that the Pac-Man player can see the whole board — courtesy of the Game Boy. The ghosts, playing on the TV screen, only see tiny sections of the map, making the hunt for Pac-Man much more tension-filled and entertaining. What makes this one-trick wonder so fierce is that anyone who has ever played a Pac-Man game is already an expert at the controls, so there is no learning curve to picking up and competitively playing this party title. Even better, the game is only $20 and comes with Pac-Man World 2.

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These Web sites cover the gamut of vintage video games and are run by the people who love them. Downloads are available for emulators (Google definition: A program that emulates the functions of some device or other program), roms, and all sorts of nifty tools that will turn your PC into Colecovision, Atari, Arcadia 2001 and old school Nintendo heaven. If you’re a diehard fan who lost your beloved Joust cartridge, these websites will point you in the right direction for a replacement. Surf the discussion boards and virtual museums for a trip down memory lane in 8-bit goodness.

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1b/1b next to Tx State. no parking or shuttle hassles. Low price, includes all bills paid. 757-1943. (2/5) ____________________________ Female roommate. Next to SWT, don't worry about parking or shuttle, own bedroom , $320. 757-1943. (2/5) ____________________________ Quiet male student. Live next to SWT. Don’t worry about parking or shuttle, own bedroom, $800. 757-1943. (2/5) ____________________________ 2/2-Mosscliff Apts. Avail. Dec/Jan $595. No deposit. Matt 512-392-5978. (1/22) ____________________________ ON A BUDGET? So am I. That’s why we have Langtry Apartments. 205 Craddock Ave., Waiting for you. 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment homes with washer/dryer ready for you to move-in today. Only $650 per month. Who said living in San Marcos had to be expensive? Langtry Apartments 396-2673. (4/29) ____________________________ TWO BEDROOM FOR THE PRICE OF A ONE! That's right! Rent a two bedroom for the price of a one bedroom. You pay only $575.00 a month. Move in today to West End Condominium # 3. 1221 West Hopkins. VJE Realty Group 353-3002. (4/29) ____________________________ Skinny Dippin! In the middle of Winter! Our Skinny prices are dippin even lower! One bedroom now only $575.00. Washer/Dryer, microwave, free high speed internet with no dial-up and resort style amenities. Call the Metropolitan 393-6000. (4/29) ____________________________ Privacy, Privacy and More Privacy! A place of your own! Stadium view apartments has a few 1 bedroom 1 bath homes for you. Fireplaces, ceiling fans, PRIVATE outside storage and covered parking await you. On-Site laundry, pool, and spa are only one call away. VJE Realty 353-3002. (4/29)

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Wide Open Spaces. 3 bedroom 2 bath home with carport, features hardwood floors and a large backyard 1002 Earle St. No maintenance headaches or problems, we guarantee it! Call VJE Realty 353-3002. (4/29) ____________________________ Seeking the perfect match! 3 bedroom 2 bath home 308 Keystone Loop. Kyle, Texas. Features full size washer/dryer, fenced yard, hardwood floors asking $1095. It only takes a call. Too good to be true!!! VJE Realty 353-3002. (4/29) ____________________________ Ready & Waiting! Nice, 1 bedroom , 1 bath studio home. 1642 Post Road. lot’s of storage and yard area. VJE Realty 353-3002. (4/29) ____________________________ 3/3 parking, w/d, short or long term, 396-1250. (1/29) ____________________________ Spacious and private 2 bedroom 1 bath duplex w/ pool near campus and bus route. Call 787-5156. (1/29) ____________________________ Duplex $550 a month 1308 Columbia. Close to campus, fenced yard 754-0823. (1/22) ____________________________ 1 bd APT. $395/mo. 353-5051. (4/29) ____________________________ 3/2 condo, practically on campus. Beautiful wooded area, small yard, washer/dryer, paid cable and trash, pets welcome. Available February 7th $999/month 393-3300. (2/5) ____________________________ Sublease January to May $500 negotiable, efficiency all bills paid. This apartment is a must go! Please call 512-731-3202. (1/22) ____________________________ Sub-lease at University Club Apartments will pay deposit and possibly other incentives, Call Shannon or Brooke 903-737-9171. (1/22) ____________________________ Seeking Christian female, nonsmoking to share 4/2 home. Furnished bedroom ABP $375/mo./dep. /REF. 392-9010 evenings. (1/22)

for sale

16x60 2b/2b, clean, deck, storage unit, $13,900 o.b.o. 512-751-6104, 817-249-7592. (1/29)

for rent

Mobile Home For Sale 1983 Fleetwood, 14x80, 3/2 gas heat, A/C, full appliances. Good Condition, $5000 (830)303-2354. (1/29) ____________________________ Moving sale- bed, desk, lamp, etc. please call 512-731-3202. (1/22) ____________________________ HP Monitor with speakers. Great condition. $40. 754-6893. (1/29) ____________________________ Mtn. Bike. Full Suspension, black, Gary Fisher Joshua 1. Perfect high-end bike! Rarely ridden. Asking $500. New it costs $1,300. Call Kirk 353-4575. (1/22) ____________________________ Student Parking. $100 per month @ Eskimo Hut Call 512-392-6693. (1/22)

help wanted

ATTN EDUCATION MAJORS: Now Hiring part-time employees Saturdays with possible weekdays Apply at education station 512-353-2527. (1/27) ____________________________ Math tutoring. San Marcos Academy. $8.50/hr. Contact Margo. 753-8062. (1/29) ____________________________ MOVIE EXTRAS/MODELS NEEDED, Local And Statewide Productions, No Experience Required, All Looks, Minor And Major Rolls. UP TO $300/DAY, 1-800-818-7520. (1/29) ____________________________ TEKA Marketing Inc. is now expanding and looking to fill several full and part-time positions, very flexible hours and casual work environment. For more information call 805-0020. (1/22) ____________________________ The Fragrance Outlet p/t sales needed evenings and weekends. Call 805-0525. (1/22) ____________________________ CS major wanted P/T Contract labor. HTML/PHP/SQL Knowledge required. Apply on line www.cedsn.com/apply (1/28) ____________________________ Clear Springs is now accepting applications for daytime servers and hostesses. Experience necessary, apply in person at 1692 Hwy 46 South in New Braunfels. (1/29)

help wanted

Arabian Horses: several open positions:Ranch in SM, close to campus, flex hrs. 1.hoof trimmer hrly $ or trade. 2.temp ranch hand $6hr. 3.serious/exp trainers--negot pay. 4.good riders who love to ride-$open! 5.attractive models who ride well--trade photos. 6.secretary--coordinate, manage, research--open$ *Riding lessons available. Project: Got 14 horses and more foaling. And a website (texasarabianhorses.com).. working on photos/text to showcase, market, and sell 11 horses in 6 months. Experience and time are negotiable commodities. Pay you in cash when possible or trade when agreeable ..! Email resume , aspirations, services to: Nabil@Haysco.net. However, if imperative my cell 210-367-7842 and 353-3477 ranch. ____________________________ Bartending $300 a day potential, no exp. necessary, training provided 800-965-6520 x157. (4/29) ____________________________ Extend-A-Care for Kids. People shouldn’t be paid to have so much fun, but you could! Apply today to be a role model working with elementary age children. Starting pay $8.75/hr. Sites at 63 elementary schools. hours 2:15- 5:45/6:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. Extend-A-Care for Kids. 55 North IH 35, 472-9929 x264. www.eackids.org (1/22s) ____________________________ Make Money taking Online Surveys. Earn $10-$125 for surveys. Earn $25-$250 for Focus Groups. Visit www.cash4students.com/swtxsu (2/26) ____________________________ Are you a dynamic, compassionate, motivated individual looking for the EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME? If so then Horizon Camps is the place for you. Horizon Camps is made up of three OUTSTANDING co-ed summer camps, seeking AMAZING staff to work with INCREDIBLE kids ranging in age from 7 to 15. Located in NY, PA, and WV, positions are available in the areas of group leading, athletics, theatrearts, water sports, outdoor education, and so much more. For more information and to complete an application please contact us... www.horizoncamps.com 1-800-544-5448. (4/29)

help wanted

Bartender trainees needed. $250 a day potential. Local positions. 1-800-293-3985 ext. 316. (2/19)

personal

Texas State University Master of Education grad and husband want to adopt and raise a baby in Christian atmosphere with teddy bears, laughter, love, and lots of Texas family tradition. Listed with an accredited adoption agency. Please consider and call 1-877-299-2466. (1/22)

roommates

One female roommate needed. $233/mo. plus 1/3 bills. Call 512-557-3992. (1/29) ____________________________ Roommate needed: new 3/2 home call or come by and check it out $380 for a 12 month lease. Call Cody @512-923-9472. (1/27) ____________________________ Sublease room at University Club $365 a month. Call Kristen 210-269-5899. (1/29) ____________________________ Female roommate wanted ASAP, personal bathroom $350. 512-577-6074. (1/22) ____________________________ Take over my lease! January to August no deposit! $315 and 1/3 utilities. Rent 1 room in a 3 bedroom apartment. Contact Matthew (512)392-7346. (1/22)

travel

Spring Break 2004! Travel with STS, America's #1 Student Tour Operator to Cancun, Acapulco, and Florida. BIGGEST PARTIES, BEST CLUBS! Call for group discounts.Information/Reservations 1-800-648- 4849 or www.ststravel.com (3/4) ____________________________ SPRING BREAK Beach and Ski Trips on sale now! Call 1-800-SUNCHASE today! Or visit www.sunchase.com (3/5)

services

Do you need dependable, efficient, affordable housekeeper. Call Lacey 512-557-0860. (1/29) ____________________________ myGOLDresume.com 866.290.3030. (4/22)

wanted

Athletic Males wanted for photography. $25-$100/hour. Call Wu in Austin at (512)927-2226. (4/29) **************************** **************************** **************************** ****************************

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