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Texas State officials, students hire new dean of students By Teresa Wilburn News Reporter
The current senior associate dean of students at the University of Texas will replace John Garrison beginning in April. Margarita Arellano has been hired as Texas State’s associate vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students, serving as the leader of campus organizations. Arellano was one of four finalists for the position. University officials and students interviewed the
Faculty Senate discusses college, department budgets The associate provost of academic af affairs spoke to Faculty Senate members Wednesday about the role of campus governance. Members of the Faculty Senate expressed concern about their right to view their respective colleges’ budget. Members said the faculty has no say in where the money is being allocated, due in part to the department chairs. Faculty Sen. Nathan Bond said fear was the main reason he had not asked his chair to see the budget. “It’s like an unwritten code — ‘this is my territory, don’t ask,’” said Bond, associate professor in the department of curriculum and instruction. Faculty Sen. Jana Minifie, professor in the department of management, said she was afraid to contest and challenge the chair of her department for fear of confrontation. Bourgeois, the associate provost, said some department chairs do not like committees, but the budget ought to be based on faculty input. He said he recommends the department chairs share the budget with the faculty members. The required form for faculty authored teaching materials was debated. Faculty Sen. William Stone, professor in the department of criminal justice, said faculty authored teaching materials pertaining to each semester must be written on a form to be submitted once every fiscal year. Faculty Senate Chair Deborah Feakes, associate professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry, said textbooks used in a section within a department are chosen by a committee formed by house faculty members. The Piper Professor Award was discussed. Feakes said the Faculty Senate coordinates the nomination process, which takes place each November. The award is presented in May. The Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award Foundation honors ten professors in Texas colleges and universities for outstanding achievement in teaching, Feakes said. Seventeen faculty members have received this award.
finalists in December. “The dean has a role in training leaders in student government and Student Foundation,” said Joanne Smith, vice president of Student Affairs. “The dean is the primary resource for information about student or community rights and responsibilities.” Vincent Morton, associate dean of students, was one of the finalists inter interviewed for the position. Morton called it a “great experience.” “It was an extensive process,” said Morton, who is the ASG faculty adviser.
“Beginning on a Sunday evening with dinner and concluding on Tuesday after afternoon after a lunch. I met with numerous university committees, faculty, staff and students.” A nine-person committee selected the candidates, but ultimately Smith made the final selection for the new administration member. ASG President Brett Baker said the new dean of students will act as a liaison between the administration and the students. Baker served as one of the student
members on the selection committee. He said all of the candidates were qualified for the position, but he is confident in the committee’s decision to hire Arellano for the job. The position will supervise the Dean of Students Office, Housing and Residential Life, Campus Recreation and the LBJ Student Center. The role also calls for supervision of the Student Code of Conduct and Student Judicial process, Smith said. Arellano, who has more than 20 years of experience in student affairs, received
a bachelor’s degree in English at the National University of Nicaragua with a master’s degree in education and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas. “I only got to meet her for a short time,” Morton said. “She comes across as a very personable lady, which is an excellent quality to possess for someone stepping into the dean of students role.” Smith said the process involved inter interviews with the Search Committee, UniSee DEAN, page 3
CLASS Act higher education expenses credit taxpayers By Allen Reed Assistant News Editor
President Barack Obama’s economic recovery legislation might include a new tax credit for college students. Texas Congressman Lloyd Doggett proposed the College Learning Access, Simplicity, and Savings Act, which, if included in the legislation, could make it easier for taxpayers to claim larger tax credits on higher education expenses. Doggett said tax filers paying tuition for either themselves or on behalf of their children in the first four years of college would be eligible to claim the CLASS Act Tax Credit. The CLASS Act would consolidate two existing higher education relief programs, the Hope Tax Credit and the above-the-line tax deduction for qualified tuition and expenses. In their place would be a new $3,000 tax credit, which could be used for undergraduate education and the first two years of graduate school — up to a lifetime limit of $12,000. “The Hope Tax Credit is cur currently $1,800, and the Class Act Credit is $2,500,” Doggett said in an e-mail interview. “By combining these two confusing provisions into a single simple credit, we hope more students and parents will claim the credit. Additionally, we will be changing credit to include textbooks and other course materials, and we are making the credit refundable up to $1,000, which makes it available to more students.” Doggett said a tax credit was chosen rather than a deduction because it is more gener generous. A tax deduction reduces the income to be taxed whereas a credit reduces the actual amount. He said for every dollar a student spends
— Faculty Senate brief compiled by Jor Jordan Gass-Poore’
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Counseling Center offers grief assistance By Brigette Botkin News Reporter A safe place is available for students seeking an outlet. The Counseling Center will provide a support group this semester focusing specifically on grief. The group, Coping with Grief and Loss, intends to give students a safe place to share experiences. “This group is really important,” said Pamela Moore, supervising psychologist in the Counseling Center. “It is a place where students can be themselves and talk about their experiences with other people.” Stan Friedman, senior lecturer in the department of psychology, said loss is a part of life. “All relationships end — it’s a question of how,” he said.
Joe Flores, bereavement coordinator for the Central Texas Medical Center, said during grief individuals can experience physical symptoms such as headaches, butterflies of the stomach, fatigue, nervousness, depression and an overall feeling of being unwell. A model of grief designed by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross details five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. A different five-stage, along with a seven-stage and a threestage, are some of the other existing grief models. Each claims to plot the exact course of grief. However, Flores said grief is something unique to the individual and is not often predictable. “Everyone grieves in a different way,” Flores said. “Everyone’s relationship with the person they lost is different, so their grief for that per per-
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son will not be the same as someone else’s.” Friedman said diverse religious and moral backgrounds, and different life experiences, cause grief to differ amoung individuals. He said people must grieve in the way they see fit. “The trick is to do what each person needs to get through the process,” Friedman said. “Everyone needs to do what works for them. People do it differently. The important thing is to do what you feel is best.” The Counseling Center held 909 personal sessions last semester. James Beckham, case manager for the Counseling Center, said the sessions are free, but limited. Seven counseling sessions per student are permitted each semester. Students are directed to resources outside of the university once the
limit is met. Beckham works with students to find outside resources that will compliment the individual’s financial and personal needs. The Counseling Center offers per personal or group sessions for students and faculty. One-on-one counseling is a closed-door session between a patient and counselor. Group counseling sessions are designed to be a safe place for students to discuss experiences with others and are over-seen by a facilitator from the Center. Students must first complete a consultation to set up a counseling session, which will help the center understand the student’s needs and aid in matching the individual with the appropriate counselor. Beckham said it is important to make a good match between student and counselor. “A client-student relationship is
very important,” Beckham said. “That relationship determines and sets the tone for counseling. It’s important for people to feel comfortable.” Consultation sessions with the Counseling Center can be made by phone. Beckham said students should call early in the morning and expect to be seen the same day. The student and counselor arrange sessions accordingly after the consultation is complete. Students interested in joining Coping with Grief and Loss must first be screened to assure it suits their needs. Students can call the Counseling Center to set up a screening. Friedman said support from others can help, but is not a cure for grief. “In the end, it’s something we must decide and do ourselves,” Friedman said.
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starsof texas state Brock Brown, associate professor in the department of geography, is Texas State’s 17th Piper Professor. The title, given annually to Texas college teachers by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, recog-
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nizes excellence in teaching, research and mentoring. Brown is the university’s eighth Piper Foundation honoree in a row. Of the award, Brown expressed humility, saying that
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University officials to SUN discuss tailgating ideas Texas State officials are seeking public input on ways they can expand and improve the tailgating experience at Bobcat football games beginning this fall. University officials will hold a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday in the Sac-N-Pac Room at Bobcat Stadium. They will begin gathering ideas and suggestions regarding the future of tailgating at Texas State. The meeting is open to the public and attendance is encouraged. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the local community and Bobcat fans are encouraged to attend. “Over the past few years, we have seen tailgating grow in popularity at Texas State. It is a valuable part of the game-day experience, but we think it is time to take that experience to the next level,” said Kim Porterfield, Texas State’s director of community relations. “We know we have large numbers of students, faculty, staff, alumni and San Marcos and Central Texas citizens who are passionate Bobcat fans, and we want to see those numbers grow. We also want their help and their ideas as we move forward.” Texas State officials recently announced plans to elevate the football program from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS — formerly Division IAA) to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS — formerly Division IA, and the highest level of collegiate football competition). University officials have dubbed this initiative “The Drive to FBS.” Porterfield said the goal is to use tailgating parties to create and promote an atmosphere that will turn football game days into festive events that will generate enthusiasm throughout the community and beyond. Activities currently under consideration include concerts, cook-offs, games and children’s play areas. The growth of tailgating may mean the need to consider expanding to new locations and options for future tailgating venues will also be a topic of discussion at the Jan. 26 meeting. “Our primary goal at this meeting will be to build the vision of Texas State tailgating. We seek good ideas and big ideas. We want Texas State tailgating to become better, but we also want it to become the best. All stakeholders in Bobcat athletics are encouraged to attend, and anyone who wishes to become a stakeholder in Bobcat athletics should attend,” she said. Following the meeting, university officials will compile suggestions and ideas and use them to develop a plan for the future of tailgating at Texas State. —Courtesy of University News Service
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Jan. 1, 3 a.m. Assault - Family Violence / Clear Springs Apts A student reported to a police officer he and a nonstudent had an argument and the nonstudent assaulted him. A report was taken of the incident. Jan. 3, 1:10 a.m. Public Intoxication - Other A police officer made contact with a nonstudent who was engaging in suspicious activity. Upon further investigation, the nonstudent was arrested for public intoxication and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center and is awaiting a court date. Bridgette Cyr/ Star Photo Students relax in the sun between classes Wednesday at the ampitheater, located in the bottom floor of the LBJ Student Center.
Wittliff Collection features students, award-winning authors
The Wittliff Collections are featuring a line-up of award-winning authors reading from their work and signing books. The following are all co-sponsored by English department, are free and open to the public, and will be held on the Alkek Library’s fifth floor. Books will be for sale by the University Bookstore. On Feb. 5, at 3:30 p.m., critically acclaimed poet Li-Young Lee will read from his fourth collection, Behind My Eyes (Norton, 2008), and other work. This is the second event with Lee, who is currently serving as the Texas State University Chair in Creative Writing. The Therese Kayser Lindsey / Katherine Anne Porter Series
readings on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. will be Feb. 26 — James Young, Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; March 5 — Alexander Theroux, whose second novel, Darconville’s Cat (1981), has been hailed as one of the best 99 novels written in English since 1939; March 26 — celebrated poet Brigit Pegeen Kelly; and April 9—William Vollmann, named by The New Yorker in 1999 as “one of the twenty best writers in America under 40.” The Master of Fine Arts students read from their poetry and fiction at 5 p.m. on Feb. 12, March 12, and April 16. These MFA readings will be held on the first floor of Alkek,
room 105/106 and are also free. Also on the library’s first floor is a public exhibition from the Wittliff’s Lonesome Dove Collection. The costumes of Woodrow F. Call and Augustus “Gus” McCrae (played by Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall) are just a few of the “making of” materials on display from the popular miniseries based on Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. See exhibits and events calendar online at www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu, or call the office at 512-245-2313 for more information, including extended bios of the authors and an update on construction at the Wittliff Collections.
Texas State participates in RecycleMania contest BUS STOP COMPLETE
Texas State students, faculty and staff will participate in the National Recycling Coalition’s RecycleMania competition. Texas State will join more than 400 colleges and universities in the 10-week contest. It will take place from Jan. 18 to March 28. Participating schools turn in weekly results to the RecycleMania Web site in hopes of being crowned champion. The National Recycling Coalition reports the contest collected 58.6 million pounds of recyclable material during the 2008 competition. The contest began in 2001 as a friendly competition between two school recycling coordinators in Ohio. According to the National Recycling Coalition, the number of participating schools has almost doubled each year since then, and now represents more than
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four million students. Texas State will submit a weight for paper, cardboard, plastics and aluminum during this year’s contest. There are outdoor receptacles for plastic bottles and aluminum cans located throughout the campus. There are also a number of indoor receptacles for plastic bottles, aluminum cans and paper. The campus recycling center currently accepts a wide variety of recyclable materials including textbooks. A complete list of accepted materials can be found on their Web site at recycling. facilities.txstate.edu. Contact the Recycling Center at 512-245-7733 for more information on how to get involved in the campus contest, or to request a pick up for a large amount of paper or cardboard. —Courtesy of University News Service
Jan. 5, 6:42 a.m. Criminal Mischief-under $500 / Math Computer Science Bldg A staff member reported to a police officer university property had been damaged. The case is under investigation. Jan. 6, 6:07 p.m. False Alarm / LBJ Student & Visitor Center A police office was dispatched to the location for a fire alarm report. Upon further investigation, the pull station had been activated. There was no emergency found and a report was made of the incident. Jan. 7, 4:30 p.m. Theft-Under $500 / Baseball Field A nonstudent reported to a police officer university property had been taken without consent. The case is under investigation. Jan. 8, 2:59 p.m. Fraud / J.C. Kellam Administration Building A staff member reported to a police officer a student was engaging in suspicious activity. The case is under investigation. Jan. 8, 8:21 p.m. Criminal Trespass Warning / Sewell Park A nonstudent was engaging in suspicious activity. The nonstudent was issued a criminal trespass warning and told to leave the property. Jan. 9, 1:30 a.m. Information Report - Bobcat Village Apartments A student reported to a police officer he and another student got into an argument. A report was made of the incident. Jan. 9, 7:45 p.m. Graffiti - Loss under $500 / Wood Street While on patrol, an officer noticed university property had been vandalized. The case is under investigation.
Lindsey Leverett/Star photo Brittni Taylor, family and consumer sciences senior, waits at the recently completed bus stop on N. LBJ Drive bus loop.
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on tuition and textbooks, one dollar would be deducted from their tax bill, and up to $1,000 of the tax credit would be refundable. “Without refundability, credits only reduce the amount of tax a taxpayer owes, meaning that if the taxpayer has no tax liability, they cannot take advantage of the credit,” Doggett said. “With this refundable credit, taxpayers will receive the credit in the form of a refund, even if they have zero tax liability for the year.” The Act recently picked up the endorsement of Provost Perry Moore. “I believe it’s a good thing because college education is a private good as well as a public good,” Moore said. “It’s good for the individual receiving the education and it is good for our society to have more educated citizens. (The bill) is similar to building a road where the government
would make an expenditure for doing other things that are in the public’s interest. Supporting students in getting an education is in the public’s best interest and should be supported by tax policy.” He said it is important students get relief during the economic crisis. “I think families across the state of Texas will be encountering more economic problems in weeks to come and thus, this legislation is timely and it will help students attend universities where they otherwise might not be able to do so,” Moore said. If passed, textbook expenses would be included for the first time within the definition of higher education expenses used by the state, and therefore be tax-deductable. “I have heard many concerns from students about the high cost of textbooks,” Doggett said. “This bill provides some relief on the tax bill for the pain students endure at the bookstore. Textbook costs are a serious financial barrier
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versity President Denise Trauth and her cabinet, Student Affairs directors, student leaders, the academic deans and chairs, the Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff, Hispanic Policy Network and Alliance staff and the university attorney. An open forum was held with a presentation to the campus community about the role of the dean of students in the 21st century. Smith said she chose Arellano for the position based on her breadth of experience in student affairs, and because she will “bring a student-centered philosophy and experience in leadership, strategic planning and assessment.” “When you interview candidates,” Smith said. “You look for someone who brings the most depth and experience to the posi-
tion based on what the needs are. With the feedback received for Dr. Arellano, she was the best fit for the position.” Baker said he expects Arellano will bring plenty of different programs and new ideas to the university. “She is coming from a different school,” Baker said. “It will be interesting to see what areas she feels we can improve in. She is a great individual, and I look forward to her representing the students.” Baker said Arellano will help move Texas State’s growing community forward. Rosanne Proite, director of Housing and Residential Life, has been serving as interim dean of student since Garrison, who created the Student Foundation in 1978, left the position in late September after 32 years at Texas State.
for many students seeking a college degree.” The recovery bill is expected to be approved this month. Whether or not Doggett’s CLASS Act will be included is still unclear. “Since Congressman Doggett returned to D.C. from Texas for the New Year, he has been working closely with the Obama administration, the House Democratic Leadership and the Ways and Means Committee, which has primary jurisdiction on this matter,” said Wyeth Ruthven, Doggett’s Press Secretary. “He has received a positive response from all of these, which is essential to approval.” Doggett said students need all the help they can get in covering higher education expenses. “Investing in American students is an investment in America’s future,” he said. “Putting Americans to work means ensuring they have access to all the education for which each is willing to work.”
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Clinton takes place as secretary of state, despite speculation By William Douglas McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., to be President Barack Obama’s secretary of state by a 94-2 vote Wednesday after nearly a half a day of debate for an outcome that was never really in doubt. Some Senate Republicans, including several who voted for her confirmation, raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest stemming from the international activities of former President Bill Clinton’s William J. Clinton Foundation. The foundation, which works on HIV/AIDS, climate change and poverty, has accepted more than $131 million from foreign governments, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Norway. Bill Clinton released a list of donors to his foundation, shortly after her nomination. Hillary Clinton agreed at the start of her confirmation hearing last week to measures designed to monitor
the Clinton Foundation and assure transparency in the foundation’s fundraising. That was not enough to satisfy Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. “I remain concerned that Senator, soon-to-be Secretary of State Clinton’s diplomatic work will be encumbered by the global activities of the Clinton Foundation under these circumstances,” Cornyn said. Still, in the end, Cornyn voted for Clinton. Sens. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and David Vitter, R-La., were the lone “no” votes. Clinton did not vote, nor did Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., who was still recovering from a seizure he suffered Tuesday. Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, said Republicans voiced objections earlier to send a message to Hillary and Bill Clinton. “She has to know, and so does former President Clinton, that the big light will shine on them forever and ever,” he said. “And so, if she doesn’t do what she said, it’s going to interfere with her ability to be a good secretary
of state. And if she doesn’t do it, every time she comes up here, she’s going to get kicked in the shins.” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., urged his Republican colleagues earlier in the day to drop their objections. “I pay attention to the president’s approval ratings. Very high,” McCain said. “But more importantly, I think the message that the American people are sending us now is they want us to work together and get to work. I think we ought to let Sen. Clinton, who obviously is qualified, and obviously will serve, to get to work immediately.” Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., said GOP concerns about Clinton’s nomination smacked of partisan politics. “They may be trying to rally their base,” said Bayh, who endorsed Clinton in the Democratic primaries. “Bashing Bill and Hillary Clinton is something of a cottage industry for the far right. I believe it’s out of step with the times.”
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The Main PoinT here are many things that are not a cornerstone of our democracy; flying, driving cars, getting drunk on martinis and gambling your life savings away are some of them.
Therefore, it is perfectly legitimate for a photo ID to be required to do these things. However, voting is a cornerstone of our democracy, and therefore should not require a photo ID. But apparently the Texas Legislature has not read the constitution. In what is described as an attempt to curtail voter fraud, the legislature will debate a bill requiring a photo ID be shown at polling locations. The blatant problem with this is many people do not have a photo ID, especially the elderly, those with a lower income, or those who live in the inner city. The most common form of photo ID is the driver’s license, but these aforementioned people often times do not own cars. The second most common form of photo ID is a passport, but those same groups are less likely to travel internationally. So the only option open to these people is to go get a photo ID from the DPS. However, this is just another voting hur hurdle and will make less people show up on Election Day. Legislators in favor of the bill said this would help reduce voter fraud, but that is the reason people are required to register to vote in this country. A voter registration card is sent to their home address and that card should be all that is required to cast your vote on Election Day. But some Texas Legislators feel making people go through an extra step was justified to stop a problem that could hardly be called rampant in our society. This is the very definition of the cure being worse than the poison. Proponents would also ar argue most other states have a similar rule, but they should remember what their parents told them about bridges and all the other kids. In Texas, we should do our own thing, for better or worse. Our state has laws that are, to outsiders, unusual or downright puzzling. Our lieutenant governor has as much power as the governor, and we elect our own judges, which no other state does. So why follow suit on something that has the potential to disenfranchise voters? We like freedom in Texas, and we realize it comes with a certain degree of ambiguity. Might ne’er do wells get away with voter fraud? Maybe, but there’s certainly no guarantee that a photo ID is going to stop them from commit committing the crime anyway. What the Texas legislature did is worse than restrictive, it’s downright un-Texan.
Sterotyping, discrimination resist change By Tristan Watson Opinions Columnist
Nothing is wrong with having a new outlook and advancing like America has. Unfortunately, as we undergo change, some people fail to do so, and they hold to their perceptions of society, whether they’re right or wrong. Stereotypes are generalizations about the characteristics of all members of a group based on an image. I view stereotyping as judging others, which no one has the right to do. Gender can also play a factor in stereotyping: Only men are supposed to be cops and only women can be nurses. The previous perceptions about race and gender come from narrow-minded individuals who lack the capacity to think beyond what only they can see or have been told. Changing Minds, an online publication at changingminds.org, published a belief that stereotyping can be subconscious and subtly bias our decisions and actions, even in people who do not want to be biased. Another reason for stereotyping comes from the home. Discriminatory views of parents can instill pessimistic thoughts about others in the minds of children. These af affected kids may grow up with stereotypes about others. The media also affects how people perceive different groups and cultures in society, and people sometimes believe what they see and hear. Stereotyping is borderline prejudice and outright judgmental. It’s wrong to assign characteristics or to label a particular gender, race or culture. Tolerance, an online publication group dedicated to reducing prejudices, said once stereotypes are learned, they resist change, even if evidence fails to support them or if it points to the contrary. The Web site states people will embrace anecdotes that reinforce their biases but disregard their contradictory experiences. These types of individuals rely on their ignorance to guide them in society. People who are unwilling to shed their previous thoughts about others and who rely solely on their perceptions are dim individuals. Classifying all people from the Middle East as terrorists, all Italians as a part of the Mafia or all homosexuals as HIV/AIDS positive are some of the most extreme forms of stereotyping. Labeling jocks as stupid, sorority girls as stuck-up or elderly people as defenseless are a few of the less extreme stereotypes. However, any form of stereotyping is wrong. People are entitled to their opinions, but if you don’t want someone to make assertions about you then don’t make them about someone else. It’s easy to draw conclusions about who we think people are. but it takes a strong-minded per person to look past what they see and actually change their way of thinking. I don’t believe there are good stereotypes, because it’s a form of prejudice, which can lead to discrimination. Stereotyping is wrong. We should all be more open to the Anthony Reynolds/ Star Illustrator idea of evolving.
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Obama’s choices dismiss hearty promises By Max Avery Oklahoma Daily
“Change” and “hope” are words of little meaning because of their flippant use throughout Barrack Obama’s campaign. I hoped Obama’s cabinet would be the first sign of “change I can believe in” when I voted for him. I haven’t seen anything but the rhetoric of change and an administration George W. Bush can believe in. The current conflict in Gaza could be an opportunity to remind the international community that America can be a positive force in the world. Real progress could be
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made and lasting peace would become a viable possibility if Obama acts as an unbiased moderator by abandoning America’s absolutist support of Israel. An effort toward lasting peace will continue to be a fantasy until both Israel and Palestine’s grievances are given consideration. Unfortunately, it is unlikely Obama will take advantage of the situation. Hillary Clinton, our new secretary of state, committed the new administration to supporting Israel and not negotiating with Hamas in a speech to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
last week. No “change” is in sight, just Bush-like promises of work working for peace while supporting Israel unequivocally. Clinton is not the only one on Bush’s path. Robert Gates, despite serving on Bush’s staff for the past two years, will retain his position as Secretary of Defense in the new administration. Change is hard to believe in when we are not even receiving a new secretary of defense, which is a department that was a major focus of the promised change in Obama’s campaign. Take a look at Obama’s national security adviser, James Jones, if you agree that
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keeping Gates on board is a bad decision. The only advantage Jones has is he didn’t work for the Bush administration. His qualifications include serving on the Board of Directors at Chevron — like Condoleezza Rice — and Boeing. Jones’ history in oil and the military industrial complex is the sort of conflict of interest that was rampant in the Bush administration. The conflict of inter interest may be a policy destined to continue into the infrastructure friendly Obama administration. A key issue for Obama supporters has been global warming and protecting the environment.
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Our new energy secretary, physicist Steven Chu, seems to be someone who doesn’t hate American soil, air and water like the previous administration’s actions suggested they did. Chu encourag encourages us to be more efficient with our fuels and said those blessed words “coal is my worst nightmare.” However, Chu then dampened our hopes by mentioning clean coal, which, despite the multimillion dollar advertising and public relations campaign, does not exist. Chu even mentioned the futility of transitioning from coal power because China and India will continue their use of the carbon emitting energy source.
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How can we support someone like Chu in environmental protection? Do we really want to abstain from doing the right thing because others are not doing it? Obama’s campaign promised to protect our resources, but Chu is already beginning to justify future actions that aren’t so different from Bush’s — he just has different rhetoric behind it. Obama’s words aren’t the only change we can believe in. Actions speak louder than words, and Obama’s cabinet has shown more of “the same” in key ar areas where “hope” and “change” were promised. The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a distribution of 8,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright Thursday, January 20, 2009. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.
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Bobcats and San Marcos community members will gather tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Old Main to honor one of the heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. The march will begin at Texas State’s historic Old Main building and end at the LBJ Teaching Theater. The event will conclude with a speech by Valerie Bridgeman Davis, a poet from rural Alabama. The festivities will have only just begun. The weekend will also include a community service project at Hernandez Intermediate School, a Saturday dinner in the LBJ Ballroom, a Sunday prayer breakfast and church service.
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Bamboo-U offers ‘comfortable’, ‘eco-friendly’ clothing line Downtown Master Plan rejuvenates San Marcos By Erica Rodriguez Senior Features Reporter
Photo courtesy of Microsoft Jungle Dress: Bamboo-U, a new company aimed toward college students, offers environmentally friendly garments made from bamboo.
By Brittany Bemis Features Reporter Ecological-conscious consumers make an effort to purchase organic fruits and vegetables, reduce their use of plastic goods, and find ways to diminish their carbon footprint. Now one can do all of those activities in style, maybe. Bamboo-U launched its Web site in April 2008, which produces ecologically friendly T-shirts. The 70 percent bamboo material and 30 percent organic cotton blend creates a shirt that is environmentally friendly and comfortable, according to the company. Jeff Fulmer, owner of Bamboo-U, said the differences between a Bamboo-U shirt and a regular cotton T-shirt are numerous. The fabric is very soft, similar to silk. It is highly absorbent and aids in keeping the wearer cool and comfortable in the warmer months. Fulmer said he created the clothing line with the hope of changing a generation. “My goal was to increase awareness of environmental issues and reach people like college students,” Fulmer said. “And provide them with an alternative to conventional clothing.” Fulmer hopes to help the natural world by appealing to a younger demographic.
“We felt like (college students) would be more open to trying new things,” he said. “And for the most part, they are more conscious of the environmental concerns we are facing.” Gwendolyn Hustvedt, assistant professor in the department of family and consumer sciences, said she was wary of Bamboo-U, fearing the products are not as safe as the company claims. “One of the common misconceptions of bamboo products is that there is no such thing as bamboo fiber,” Hustvedt said. “It is technically considered to be rayon, which is created through a chemical and toxic process. There are ways to make bamboo without toxins, in a way similar to creating linen. But when made that way it would have the same kind of rough feel as linen.” Fulmer was eager to assure that the creation of the bamboo into a workable fabric was done as safely as possible. “We get our bamboo from an American company in China,” Fulmer said. “I did a lot of research to make sure we were partnering with a company that, I felt, was trying to do the right thing. While no chemical process is benign, we feel really good about the process we are using, as well as the factory standards.” Fulmer further explained the proce-
dure of breaking down the bamboo. “The process is completely closed, meaning we do not release any byproducts into the environment,” Fulmer said. “Sodium hydroxide [the chemical used to break down the bamboo] is reactive, but it is not toxic, so it has no environmental impact and is certified by the Global Organic Textile standards.” Kinzey Patton, mass communications sophomore, is excited about fashion choices being ecologically friendly. “I very much appreciate what Bamboo-U is doing,” Patton said. “I am glad they are using a more sustainable resource, instead of chopping down 100 acres of the rainforest.” Patton explained her favorite characteristics of the bamboo shirts. “I really like the fact that the fabric is anti-bacterial and allergy free, as well as being very soft,” Patton said. “The shirts are kind of expensive, but in the long run it is a good investment.” Fulmer said there are good reasons for purchasing a bamboo shirt. “Bamboo is more sustainable and doesn’t need pesticides or insecticides,” Fulmer said. “From a consumer standpoint, it is just really soft and comfortable, and it feels good.”
A downtown that’s alive after midnight with a sound infrastructure and an economy offering professional local jobs to university talent might not sound like something on this side of the I-35 corridor, but it could happen in the coming years. The Downtown Master Plan, a spinoff of the University Campus Master Plan, is a 93-page mystery to most students. The plan, which involves more than 400 community members and nearly two years to finalize, was created to help centralize and revitalize the city’s downtown district and branding identity. The plan includes paving crumbling downtown sidewalks, making Guadalupe Street and S. LBJ Drive two-way streets, and tasteful signage and markers to distinguish downtown areas. The Master Plan is something in which university students and graduates will play a key role. “We want to bring more jobs downtown, (and attract) more young adults by giving them something to do, but also giving them a place to live,” said Brian Montgomery, president of the Downtown Association. “The ideal resident can spend more quality time downtown, as opposed to going to Austin or San Antonio to live their lives.” The idea of calling San Marcos a permanent home is a fine line, which may separate students and residents. “You end up with a kind of competing population there,” said Chance Sparks, city development planning manager. He believes in college towns, like San Marcos, students can be
seen as transient residents who do not take ownership of the town. “The idea is getting everybody to play nice together, and some cities are better at that than others,” he said. “We’re somewhere in the middle.” Sparks said the plan serves to retain university talent and may help wash away the stigma of transient students. Jeff McCrary, history sophomore and four-year resident, said he could find work in his profession here, but believes the job market is slim for others. “I am a history major to be a teacher, but what if I was a marketing major? Really, is there a lot of opportunity here? No,” McCrary said. “Everything is just so limited. I’d have to move somewhere where I’ve got opportunity.” Erika Gaitan, music junior, said the plan will serve to coincide with the change the university is bringing. “Unlike Gruene that says it’s been resisting change since 1872, I think San Marcos should change along with the university,” Gaitan said. “I think changing the downtown area to give it an uplift would encourage the students to unify more, because they’re seeing change to help everyone more.” The city hopes to attract a creative class of citizens, such as artists, teachers and doctors — but one does not need to look too far. “San Marcos is actually very lucky in that we have all the things to make a successful downtown,” Sparks said. “So many cities are trying to attract the creative class, and we have it right next door at the university.”
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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Band with local start performs on Late Show with David Letterman By Christian Wallace Features Reporter
Public relations senior Randy Rogers walked into Cheatham Street Warehouse in 2000 on one of the weekly songwriter circle nights, scribbled his name on the sign-up sheet, uncased his guitar and strummed his way into the heart of the honkytonk’s owner, Kent Finlay. Finlay recognized a strong talent in the songwriting ability of the young aspiring artist. “I had a meeting with Randy and I told him I would give him the Stevie Ray night if he was able to put a band together. He went to work right away,” Finlay said. Live at Cheatham Street was released a few short months later and the Randy Rogers Band was formed. Rogers is still playing music nine years later, and on Jan 14, the Randy Rogers Band travelled to Manhattan to perform on the Late Show with David Letterman. The feat exemplifies how far the Southwest Texas State graduate has come from his first performance in San Marcos.
“They did a really good job on Letterman. Usually on TV they don’t know how to mix country, but they did a great job of mixing it together — it was just amazing,” Finlay said. “They made a lot of new fans that night and probably solidified some Texas fans.” Rogers was born in Cleburne, Texas, where he was raised on music. “His father was a Baptist preacher and Randy grew up singing and writing Jesus songs,” explained Finlay. Rogers also listened to everything from traditional country artists like Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson to classic rock icons like The Beatles and Pearl Jam. The wide variety in Rogers’ musical upbringing is evident in the music he plays today which is often described as an ‘edgy’ or ‘raw’ alternativecountry sound. Lauren Meckel, criminal justice junior, said the honesty of Rogers’ music was the biggest appeal. “He writes music that is true to who he is. He doesn’t care about mainstream popularity,”
Meckel said. The band’s live shows have been critically acclaimed by both their large college audience and sources such as Rolling Stone magazine, who ranked the band as one of the top 10 artists to see in summer 2007. Seth Petross, physical therapy junior, has been going to Randy Rogers Band concerts since he was in high school. “Going to a Randy Rogers show is like getting on a rollercoaster of rock’n’roll and steel guitars,” Petross said. Much of the band’s on-stage chemistry stems from the fact that Rogers puts a large amount of emphasis on the “equality and togetherness” of each band member. “They’re all individuals, but each one is very committed to the future of the band. They make sure to let you know, it’s not Randy Rogers — it’s the Randy Rogers Band,” Finlay said. The current line-up has been together since 2003 and now boasts a discography including four studio albums and two live albums. Just a Matter of
Photo courtesy of RandyRogersBand.com ALUMNI ON THE TUBE: The Randy Rogers Band from San Marcos made their national debut on the David Letterman Show last week.
Time, the band’s third studio effort, was the most downloaded country album on iTunes. Their 2008 self-titled release was ranked No. 3 on the Billboard US Country charts. The
band made their debut on network television this month, and the Randy Rogers Band made its Grand Ole Opry debut in December 2008. The Randy Rogers band has
not forgotten their roots in spite of all their success. The Randy Rogers Band returns at each of the its major milestones to celebrate at Cheatham Street, the place of origin for the group.
First Lady supporters publish advice letters By Bonnie Miller Rubin Chicago Tribune
Two upstate New York women think Michelle Obama could use some advice. Consequently, they have compiled a book of letters from about 100 women offering love, encouragement and wisdom to the woman who is moving into the White House. Barbara Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram, educators at University at Buffalo, State University of New York, solicited letters of advice and compiled the best in “Go, Tell Michelle: African-American Women Write to the New First Lady.” The compilation was scheduled to appear in stores last week. The co-editors said their objective was not just to offer soothing words, but to also dispel the persistent and hurtful stereotype of “the angry black woman.” Their inspiration: The New Yorker cover portraying the Obamas as fistbumping militants. “That was the spark, but the idea had been growing for awhile,” explained Nevergold. “We knew that Michelle would be held to a higher level of scrutiny than previous first ladies.” The editors rolled up their sleeves after the election and solicited supportive messages for the future first lady as she prepared for the fishbowl life of Washington. The two are co-founders of the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women, housed on the university campus. The infrastructure
was already in place through a Web site that honors the contributions of forgotten AfricanAmerican women. “We already had some credibility because they’ve already entrusted us with their biographies ... and know they’ll be treated with dignity,” said Brooks-Bertram, who shares an office with Nevergold. What happened amazed them both. Some 200 letters poured in from California to Cameroon and from Kentucky to Kenya. Eventually, the collaborators winnowed the mail down to 100 letters for the book. Some conveyed prayers, some sent requests like “Please ... bridge the gap between working and stay-at-home mothers” and one Mississippi contributor sent her recipe for pecan pie. The secret ingredient? Bourbon. The book was fast-tracked by SUNY Press. Manuscript to completion was 34 days — far speedier than the typical production schedule of a year. “We felt this was so timely and important ... that everyone worked together to make it happen,” said Fran Keneston, director of marketing. The co-editors were focused on the project and determined to make the inaugural deadline. Contributors like Amanda Williams, who also grew up on Chicago’s South Side, helped spur the editor’s on when they wavered. “So as you begin your tenure as my first, First Lady, go freely and without burden or expectation,” Williams wrote. “You can do no wrong ...”
Thursday, January 22, 2009
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Aaron Jones, accounting junior, broke a nine-year-old school record Jan. 17 at the Leonard Hilton Invitational in Houston. He won the men’s 60-meter event with a time of 6.85. The men’s and women’s track teams will return to Houston Friday to compete at the University of Houston Combined Events and Houston Invite tournaments.
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Men’s basketball loses close game to Bearkats By Keff Ciardello Sports Reporter Despite a large crowd of 2,851, the Texas State men’s basketball team would disappoint the home fans as it fell to the Sam Houston State Bearkats, 79-75. “We just couldn’t get any stops on defense,” said Brent Benson, senior guard. “They were shooting lights out on us tonight. We came into the game the number three point shooting team in the conference. The ball was just falling their way and not ours.” Texas State obtained a 7-2 lead early in the first half. It did not take long for the Bearkats to get on pace with the Bobcats after several free throws. Lance Pevehouse, Sam Houston State guard, converted on a 4-point play after being fouled while sinking a 3-pointer and then converting on the ensuing. The score gave Sam Houston State its first lead with an 18-17 advantage with 10 minutes left in the game. The Bobcats missed the presence of Emanuel Bidias a Moute, junior forward, as they were bullied inside the paint by Preston Brown and Barkley Falkner, Sam Houston State forwards, who combined for 14 points in the first half. Bidias a Moute did not dress out for the contest because of an academic ineligibility. Falkner made a baseline slam dunk to give the Bearkats a 29-20 lead with just under six minutes left to play. Sam Houston State would take a 37-32 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Bobcats’ fouls continued in the second half. Corey Jefferson and Brandon Bush, senior guards, each found themselves with four fouls within the first ten minutes of the half. John Rybak, junior forward, nailed his second 3-pointer of the game to tie it at 40 with fewer than 17 minutes left. However, Corey Allmond, Sam Houston State guard, countered with a 3-pointer of his own — his second of the game. Bush almost made a third consecutive 3-point play but missed the ensuing free throw after he made a shot while fouled. The Bobcats regained the lead when Jefferson passed the ball half court to John Bowman, freshman guard, for a fast-break lay-up, giving the Bobcats a 44-43 lead. The Bearkats took the lead again 47-46 off a Falkner slam dunk. Falkner converted a 3-pointer and Ashton Mitchell, Sam Houston State guard, broke away for a lay-up to help give the Bearkats a 54-48 lead. Back-to-back field goals by Bowman reduced
the Bearkats lead to one at 54-53 with 11 minutes left to play. Sam Houston State would increase its lead to five 59-54 with 9:14 left in the game when Pevehouse nailed an uncontested 3-pointer. The Bobcats showed their resolve when Dylan Moseley, senior forward, hit a trey to make the score 61-59 in favor of Sam Houston State. Allmond answered right back with a 3-pointer of his own on the Bearkats next possession, his third of the game. Bush fouled out of the game with 4:06 left in regulation to play after Benson stole the ball and converted a break-away lay-up to reduce the Sam Houston lead to two, 6567. Bush would finish with 16 points and Benson with 13 points. Allmond hit his fifth 3-pointer of the night with 3:01 left in the game to give the Bearkats a 72-65 lead. Allmond would finish with 17 points. Mosley rebounded and put back a missed free throw by Benson to inch the Bobcats to within four. However, foul trouble hurt the Bobcats as Cameron Johnson, sophomore forward, fouled Falkner, who would convert both the free throws for a Sam Houston State six-point lead. Falkner would finish with 16 points and seven rebounds, despite fouling out with 1:38 left to play. Benson waited until the last minute to hit his first 3-pointer when he brought the Bobcats to within three points, 74-71 with 42 seconds left to play. Benson was fouled and made both his free throws with 27 seconds left to reduce the Bearkats lead, 75-73 after allowing one Bearkat free throw. Sam Houston State took control of the ball for the remaining 11 seconds before Moseley was able to foul Drae Murray, Sam Houston State guard. It would all but seal the game when Murray sank both his free throws. Benson was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer with the score at 77-73 and five seconds left on the clock. However, Benson could only convert on two of the three free throws but still reduced the Bearkats’ lead to two points. Two Bearkat free throws and a missed 3-pointer by Benson would end the game at 79-75. This game marks the Bobcats’ third straight loss since their five game-winning streak. The Bobcats are now 8-9 overall and 1-3 in Southland Conference play. They will battle Lamar Saturday at 4 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum.
Austin Byrd/Star photo HARD TIMES: Brandon Bush, senior guard, defends a Bearkat player during the 79-75 loss to Sam Houston State Wednesday at Strahan Coliseum.
Economy affects professional athletics’ income By Andrea Adelson The Orlando Sentinel
Budgeting has been confronting Americans as the recession drags on. The sports world was impacted over the course of the last year with companies canceling sponsorships, teams laying off workers, leagues cutting their seasons and fans having trouble affording to buy tickets. The Arena Football League, for example, canceled its upcoming season, and the future of the league is in doubt. NASCAR banned testing at its sanctioned tracks so it could save teams millions of dollars. The NFL cut 10 percent of its work force, and the NBA cut nine percent. The NBA also closed its Los Angeles office. The LPGA cut $5 million from its prize money and eliminated three tournaments and lost five title sponsors. Tiger Woods has even lost out with General Motors ending its nine-year endorsement deal,
which was believed to be worth $7 million a year. NFL attendance is down. The NBA is using some pricing techniques and marketing to hold its attendance. The Magic, for example, have tickets priced as low as $10 in addition to several other money-saving offers. But fan behavior has already changed. Take Magic fan Patrick Wright, for instance. The tax consultant reduced his seasonticket package from a full season to weekends only. Wright had two full-season tickets but had a tough time going to every game, especially on weekdays. The declining economy influenced his decision to buy three tickets to go to weekend games. Wright ended up saving nearly $4,000 with the reduced package. “Everything has a direct or indirect effect from the direction the economy is going in,” Wright said. “It may not be the total factor, but it motivates one to do something different.
Everything is put back on the table,” Wright said. Teams in all sports have started to reduce their ticket prices. The University of Central Florida offered discounted tickets, including slashing prices from $35 to $15 for the football season finale against University of Alabama at Birmingham. The NFL lowered its playoff ticket prices. The Daytona 500 also cut prices on its backstretch of 4,000 seats from $99 to $55. The Magic have 7,569 seats priced $25 or under and a $27 lower-bowl ticket in addition to the $10 tickets offered. They also have a $20 “All You Can Eat” ticket and started $1 Magic Mondays, where hot dogs, Pepsi and popcorn are offered for $1. Sports have become increasingly the domain of the wealthy, and teams have become reliant on corporate cash from luxury suites. As ticket prices have increased, many average fans have decided against going to games. Sports are entertainment, and entertainment is not a necessity.