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Center parking garage, they will also review the UPD policies and procedures and make With a contract signed be- recommendations based on tween the university and in- their findings. dependent investigators from Of the two bids the univerBrown Group International, sity received from the request final plans are being made so for proposals posted on the the group Texas Secrecan begin the tary of State process of Web site, BGI evaluating the was chosen conflict that based on their took place experience in between stusimilar types dents and nuof investigamerous local tions, Smith law enforcesaid. ment agencies “Their backat the African ground and American experience in Leadership these types of Conference investigations after-party. — university, BGI, a compolice, city pany based — was imin Houston, pressive to us,” could take up — Keemon Leonard Smith said. to 60 days to Smith said Black Student Alliance BGI consists investigate president of individuals the incident and will cost with expertise the University in police poliPolice Department $60,000. cies and criminal justice. “They will do their investigaThough Bradford is unsure tion, and they will give us a list of what specific student input of findings and recommenda- the investigators will be seektions,” said Joanne Smith, vice ing, he said they will definitely president of Student Affairs. be receiving student input in C.O. Bradford, BGI senior some way. associate, will work as the Keemon Leonard, pre-mass team leader in the investiga- communication senior and tion, overseeing four inves- Black Student Alliance presitigators from the company. dent, said he and other students The group of investigators will involved in the controversy will have an orientation meeting be fully cooperative with the in the next couple of weeks, investigators in giving them Bradford said, and the investi- the information about what gation will begin then. occurred in the early morning “Until we actually get there of Sept. 11. Leonard is hopeful and do the orientation meet- that the recollections of what ing and do a tour of the cam- took place are still fresh on the pus and the site where the minds of those involved. incident happened, we don’t “As far as the black student have a methodology set in population, we have just been place,” Bradford said. praying and seeking guidance Not only will the group in- as well as maintaining our edvestigate the incident that See INVESTIGATE, page 3 occurred in the LBJ Student

s far as “A the black student

population, we have just been praying and seeking guidance as well as maintaining our educational goals, and just pressing forward.”

Linda L. Smith/Star Photo Senior forward Tamara Thompson put up three 3-pointers with seven rebounds during Texas State’s 73-63 overtime victory over the Sam Houston State Bearkats.

By Nathan Brooks The University Star


he Texas State women’s basketball team got a sorely needed 73-63 overtime victory over conference rival Sam Houston State to push their record to 11-5 (3-2 SLC) on Saturday. The Bobcats were coming off an 84-49 loss at Stephen F. Austin on Thursday and lost their previous two coming into Saturday’s match up. “To get this win was big, after two losses in a row we needed to protect our home floor, and stay in the (confer-

ence) race. We got a good effort tonight,” said head coach Suzanne Fox. The Bobcats got out to a 32-19 lead with 3:19 remaining in the first half, but Texas State went cold, and the Bearkats went on a 9-0 run to finish the half, cutting the Bobcat lead to 32-28 at halftime. Texas State never trailed until a Jamie Barr jump shot put Sam Houston State up 37-35 with 14:07 left in the second half. Jeana Hoffman responded quickly by nailing a threepointer, stealing the ensuing inbound

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Colleagues will gather to remember late professor By Jason Buch The University Star

ing,” Caverly said. “We had very different philosophies about how to teach that.” Memorial services In December 2004, will be held for CynPeterson learned she thia Peterson, profeshad cancer. Caverly sor of curriculum and started going to San instruction, in the AlAntonio, and later kek Teaching Theater Houston, with her for on Thursday. treatment. Peterson died Jan. “We were just good 17 at The Methodist friends,” Caverly said. Hospital in Houston “And it built up into from complications Cynthia Peterson more.” related to renal cell Doctors had to recarcinoma, a form of kidney move Peterson’s right kidney. cancer. When doctor’s recommended Her husband David Caverly, that she begin chemotherapy, professor of curriculum and Caverly and Peterson decided instruction, said he met Peter- to move forward together. son in 1994, about a year after “She was healthy as she was she came to Texas State. They going to be, so we decided ‘what became friends, began teaching the hell?’” Caverly said. continuing education classes On Oct. 21, Caverly and Pein area high schools, and pub- terson were married at the Chalished together. pel Dulcinea outside of Austin. “We argued a lot about read“We were very optimistic,”

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wife when she died. “If you find the right person, it doesn’t matter how long it was,” Caverly said. “You have to take advantage of everything in life. We didn’t expect this, but you don’t give up on it. So what if I had to go out of my way or I had to drive a lot or that sort of thing? We grew in to more because of that. I didn’t intend that, but I relish it.” Peterson came to Texas State — David Caverly in 1993 as an assistant profeshusband of sor of curriculum and instrucCynthia Peterson tion. Earlier in her career, she worked as a high school teacher Caverly said. “We really thought and librarian in Louisiana, inwe could beat this. Our attitude cluding five years at Carver toward the whole thing was ‘it is High School in the 9th Ward of what it is.’ You do what you have New Orleans. to do, you find how you want to “It was there that she devellive your life and you find some- oped the interest for working one to do it with.” with older students who strugCaverly, along with his gled with literacy,” Caverly wrote daughter Cori Atkins and sonSee MEMORIAL, page 3 in-law J.R. Atkins, was with his


f you find the right person, it doesn’t matter how long it was. You have to take advantage of everything in life.”

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The Associated Student Government discussed plans for the spring semester at a brief first meeting Monday. ASG President Jordan Anderson outlined new requirements for the senators and updated them on legislation that carried over from the fall. One new standard for the student senate requires committee chairs to meet with Anderson and discuss their work with him. Senators will also meet with Anderson personally. Anderson briefly mentioned his Monday meeting with healthcare administration senior Andrae Turner, president of the Student Organizations Council, about the development of the Council of Student Organization Presidents. The legislation creating that organization was tabled at ASG’s Nov. 29 meeting and will be



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addressed at the third meeting this semester, Anderson said. ASG Vice President Cassie Holman discussed early voting for the primary elections in the LBJ Student Center on Feb. 28 and March 1. “Texas State has really set a precedent across the state with the number of voters that come out for early voting,” Holman said. “We’d like that to continue.” Public relations committee chair and business management senior Samantha Watson discussed the hosting of student grievance sessions in The Quad. These sessions, Watson said, are designed for students who “maybe don’t feel comfortable coming to an ASG meeting, or have class (during the meeting).” Watson said her committee is working out the staffing of the sessions and plans to have four meetings in The Quad throughout the semester.

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Tuesday in Brief

January 24, 2006

Michael Perez, pre-communication design freshman, and other members of the Texas State Students in Free Enterprise team have been helping recent immigrants in San Marcos learn basic English skills. From Oct. 12 until the end of the fall semester, Michael spent two hours every Monday and

Wednesday at the San Marcos Public Library assisting library instructors to teach local immigrants, mostly from Mexico and Korea, how to introduce themselves, read time, identify foods and holidays and perform other tasks in English. SIFE will be helping the library teach the free class again this spring.

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EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Tuesday Alumni Association Student Chapter meets at 5 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 310.1. The Texas State Cycling Club holds its first meeting at 6 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 4-1.9. Wednesday Alumni Association Student Chapter meets at 5 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-10.1. There will be an American Marketing Association informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-14.1. Free food and drinks.

Events Wednesday The Texas State Faith Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LBJSC Ballroom. Come and learn about the many faithbased organizations on campus. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Interfaith Chaplains Association. Thursday The Texas State Faith Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LBJSC Ballroom. Come and learn about the many faith-based organizations on campus.

Campus Sports

Wednesday The equestrian team meets at 7 p.m. in the Agriculture Building, Room 204.


Arts & Entertainment Wednesday

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Guest artists Larry Wiley and John Solomons, pianists, will be playing at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 for students. Friday “Mozart for Horn,” a musical celebration of Mozart’s birth on this date 250 years ago, will be performed by faculty artist Stephen Hager at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 for students.

Miscellaneous Tuesday Information meeting regarding RA positions from current staff members at 4 p.m. in Tower Hall and 7 p.m. in Blanco Hall. Career Services will be having its Job Shadowing registration in the LBJSC, Room 5-7.1. For more information, please call (512) 245-2465. Wednesday Information meeting regarding RA positions from current staff members at 4 p.m. in Falls Hall and 7 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Applications are due on Feb. 6 at noon.

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Hoping to avoid the long lines that plague Parking Services at the beginning of each semester, students show up the second week of school to receive permits and pay parking tickets.

Health Beat Campus Rec mixes up ways to break a sweat Welcome back Bobcats. Campus Recreation wants to remind students that staying fit and involved is the easiest way to have a stress-free semester. There are new recreational activity classes to join, as well as the free Student Recreation Center fit tour. The Fitness and Wellness program is offering a free Zumba class beginning Jan. 30, and adult swim lessons are being offered along with continuing programs. The classes are reasonably priced and a great way to get your work out in with a group of people with similar interests and goals. Intramural sports open this semester with basketball,

which begins Feb. 5. Students who think they’ve got game, should not miss the deadline for sign-ups Jan. 26. Other intramural league sports this semester include outdoor soccer, softball and dodgeball. For the first time, the Adventure Trip Program will be venturing to Taos, N.M., for the Rio Grande whitewater rafting trip. The trip includes two days on the river in class III and IV rapids and one day of camping and exploring the historic city. As always, the Texas State nine-hole golf course is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until dusk and is available for students and the community to get a round of golf in at an amazing price. Basketball Bonanza is back by popular demand and began

Jan. 23. Those who are interested need to make sure to submit their picks at the SRC to win great prizes and to keep track of their basketball teams. The Sport Club program is geared up for another semester as well. The practice and game schedule is online along with any other Campus Recreation information. Visit or call (512) 245-2392 for more details. Students who spend some free time with Campus Recreation can choose which sport, exercise class, trip, cardio machine, field, court or day to golf is right for them. SRC registration dates are Jan. 25-26.

Jan. 15, 4:05 a.m. Public Intoxication, Fictitious Driver’s License/Comanche Hill Apartments A police officer made contact with a non-student who appeared intoxicated. Upon further investigation, a non-student was arrested for public intoxication and fictitious drivers license and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. Jan. 16, 2:43 a.m. Possession of Marijuana, Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon/ N. LBJ Drive A police officer made contact with a vehicle for a traffic stop. Upon further investigation, three non-students were arrested for possession of marijuana and the unlawful carrying of a weapon. The three non-students were transported to HCLEC to await magistration. Jan. 21, 12:08 a.m. Evading Detention/ Blanco Hall A police officer made contact with three students and one non-student engaged in a verbal dispute. One student and one non-student fled the scene and were arrested for evading detention; both were transported to HCLEC to await magistration.

— Courtesy of Campus Recreation

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Ford feels the heat as profits Powerful weight-loss drug could become available over the counter drop from previous year By Joe Guy Collier Detroit Free Press DETROIT — A few hours before announcing the Way Forward restructuring plan, Ford Motor Co. reported Monday that its 2005 profits dropped more than 40 percent from the year before. Ford earned $124 million in the fourth quarter of 2005, or 8 cents a share, for full-year earnings of $2 billion, or $1.04 per share, which was well below the $3.5 billion, or $1.71 per share, the company made in 2004. Ford was able to make a profit thanks largely to earnings from Ford Motor Credit, a unit that provides vehicle financing. But Ford’s core business — making and selling cars — continued to struggle. In the key North American market, Ford’s automotive operations lost $1.6 billion in 2005, a $3 billion decline from 2004. Ford executives vowed Monday that its North American auto business would become profitable no later than 2008. “We are ready to reclaim our place as America’s car company,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s executive vice president and president of the Americas during a news conference Monday. Ford, though, has a tough road ahead. U.S. sales dropped 5 percent in 2005, according to Autodata Corp. Sales of newer models, such as the Five Hun-

of newer Ssuchales models, as the Five

Hundred, Fusion and redesigned Mustang, couldn’t make up for dramatic declines in sales for large SUVs such as the Ford Explorer and Expedition.

dred, Fusion and redesigned Mustang, couldn’t make up for dramatic declines in sales for large SUVs such as the Ford Explorer and Expedition, once highly profitable lines for the company. Ford’s stock closed Monday at $8.32, up 42 cents. Although Ford’s profits were down from a year ago, the company beat analysts’ expectations of a penny per share for the fourth quarter and $1.02 per share for the year, excluding onetime costs. Several analysts viewed Ford’s earnings favorably, but they weren’t impressed by Way Forward. Ford failed to give enough

details, said Craig Hutson, a senior bond analyst with Gimme Credit, a corporate bond research firm. Ford officials didn’t reveal all the plants slated for idling or closure and also declined to give guidance on future earnings. “It’s basically ‘take us on our word,’” Hutson said. Ford acknowledged some of its key problems, said George Magliano, director of automotive research for the Americas for Global Insight Inc., a Massachusetts-based research and forecasting firm. Way Forward aggressively cuts capacity, Magliano said. The executive comments Monday also indicated Ford is trying to focus more on the car and crossover markets, he said. The company relied for too long on profits from trucks and large SUVs. It’s unclear, though, how Ford’s products will do in the car and crossover markets. The Five Hundred sedan is a nice car but hasn’t been a home run, Magliano said. The Fusion, released this year, is still too new to the market to tell and the Edge crossover isn’t due for release until later this year. Ford’s slide in sales likely isn’t over, Magliano said. “It’s going to take another couple of years,” he said. “And we won’t know if it’s going to stop until they get the product out there.”

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ucational goals, and just pressing forward,” Leonard said. Leonard said he hopes the truth will prevail and the charges against the three students arrested will be dropped upon the conclusion of the investigation.

The early morning incident ended with three students arrested, at least one of who was stunned by a police Taser. Accounts from police and students contradict each other. Bradford said in his initial meetings with Smith and university President Denise Trauth, it was made very

clear to him how serious they wanted this investigation to be taken. “I’d like to commend the president for stepping forward,” Bradford said. “She said a number of students asked for an independent investigation and she yielded to that, and I think that is very important.”

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in an obituary for his wife. Peterson graduated from the University of San Diego in 1973 with a bachelor’s in English. She received her master’s of library and information science from Louisiana State University in 1975 and her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas in 1993. Peterson served until 1996 in the Naval Reserves, where she reached the rank of lieutenant commander. She also edited the Journal of College Reading and Learning. Patrice Werner, department curriculum and instruction chair, said she and Peterson

worked together since Peterson arrived at Texas State. “She was very accomplished,” Werner said. “She was very thoughtful, always thinking about the greater good, what needs to be done for struggling readers.” Caverly and Peterson both worked as mentors for the Technology Institute for Developmental Educators. “Her students loved her,” Werner said. “She was beloved by faculty members. She was a very hard professor, very rigorous. When students said, ‘I loved her, she’s great,’ you know they learned a lot.” The memorial service will begin at 5:30 p.m. Peterson’s family

has set up a scholarship fund in her honor and asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers. Peterson is also survived by her mother Ruth Peterson Palmer, step-father Pete Palmer, sister Nancy Kral and brothers Mark and Steve Little.

Send contributions to: 601 University Drive, ED 3045 c/o Dr. Cynthia Peterson Memorial Scholarship San Marcos, TX 78666

By Thomas Ginsberg Knight Ridder Newspapers

PHILADELPHIA — Americans’ battle against obesity took a significant turn Monday when a federal scientific panel endorsed the first-ever sale of a powerful weight-loss drug without a prescription. If federal regulators agree, the drug orlistat, currently sold by prescription as Xenical, would be marketed as Alli by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health, a division of the London-based drug giant with U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia and North Carolina. An estimated two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, with the problem worsening each year. Patients, health experts and the drug industry have chased the tantalizing prospect of a safe and effective diet pill for years, despite false starts and recalls. Alli (pronounced “ally”) is not new. What is new is its possible distribution over-the-counter, not by prescription, which experts hope will translate into broader use against a condition they call an epidemic. Two advisory boards to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, after a daylong hearing, put aside concerns about orlistat’s unpleasant side-effects — incontinence and diarrhea — and voted 11-3 to recommend non-prescription sale to people 18 and older. The advisory committees’ votes are nonbinding but tend to carry great weight with FDA officials. It was not clear when the FDA would make a final decision. Orlistat works by blocking the body’s absorption of dietary fat by up to 30 percent, resulting in average weight loss of 5 percent for almost all users over about six months, the recommended regimen. At the same time, however, orlistat causes incontinence or oily, loose stools in at least half its users. The problem stops when people stop using the drug, with no lingering serious

side effects. The drug also blocks the absorption of fat-soluable vitamins, leading to nutritional concerns. It has potentially dangerous interactions with the blood-thinner warfarin and the transplant drug cyclosporine. And some experts feared normal-weight people obsessed with losing weight may abuse or misuse the drug, which will be relatively easy to buy at pharmacies. But Caroline Apovian, a Boston University School of Medicine professor speaking on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline, played down the concerns by noting that orlistat needs several weeks to take effect. “This is not something a teenage bulimic is going to continue using, because the day after they take it, they’re still not going to get their desired weight loss,” Apovian said. Concerns about the defecation side effects apparently were one reason orlistat’s prescription sales lagged behind hopes after Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., of Nutley, N.J., launched the drug in 1999. Both drug-makers are optimistic, however, that orlistat will prove more popular as an over-the-counter product. Their studies found cost and effectiveness, not side effects, were the main reasons people may stop taking it. Indeed, the chairman of one FDA panel, Alastair Wood, a Vanderbilt University medical school chancellor, voted for Alli despite what he dubbed its “underwear issue.” GlaxoSmithKline told FDA advisers they predict between five million and six million Americans would buy over-thecounter Alli, at between $12 to $25 per week. If the sales predictions hold true, Alli would reach annual sales of between $1.5 billion and $3.9 billion, making it a blockbuster drug, which is considered unusual for over-thecounter products. GlaxoSmithKline, the world’s No. 2 drug-maker, told the FDA

panels it will make only modest claims about the drug — to avoid abuse — and mount an extensive education campaign, including setting up a Web site where users can track their weight. “Our message will not be, ‘Simply pop a pill and the weight will fall off,’” Steve Burton, GlaxoSmithKline’s vice president for weight control, told the panel meeting in Bethesda, Md. “The message will be, you can do it and orlistat will help.” GlaxoSmithKline said it invented the name Alli to emphasize users must ally the drug with exercise and healthier eating. It said Alli’s package will include six pocket-size pamphlets on proper nutrition, exercise habits and a weight-loss chart. It will include detailed instructions and side effects warnings. It said people seeking to take the drug again after six months should, instead, contact a doctor about other treatments. “They show that orlistat is not a magic weight loss pill,” said John Dent, GlaxoSmithKline’s senior vice president of research and development. Users “have to make lifestyle changes too.” GlaxoSmithKline emphasized there is no other genuine weight-loss drug sold without a prescription in the United States. Americans spend an estimated $1 billion a year on dietary supplements and unapproved treatments, but none has FDA approval. Health experts said the addition of a tested, FDA-approved medication could help counteract the frenzied and often futile search for obesity remedies. A half-dozen people, including one patient brought to the meeting by GlaxoSmithKline, rose to urge approval. “We need all the help we can get,” said Valentine Burroughs, chief medical officer of North General Hospital in East Harlem, speaking on behalf of the National Medical Association, an African-American advocacy group.


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Flightplan — (PG-13) Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard The Aristocrats — (Unrated) George Carlin, Bob Saget

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Thumbsucker — (R) Lou Taylor Pucci, Vince Vaughn Oliver Twist — (PG) Ben Kingsley, Barney Clark

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Austin fixture mocks R. Kelly’s Closet series While making my way to the Alamo Drafthouse, it occurred to me that attending an R. Kelly singalong chronicling his Trapped in the Closet volumes was probably the last thing I wanted to be doing on a cold, rainy CHRISTINA GOMEZ Sunday. Not being a Entertainment fan of the R&B crooner Editor turned alleged kiddie fiddler, I had no idea what would be in store. A sort of R&B soap opera, the Trapped in the Closet volumes center around a love triangle gone all out of whack, a midget and some of the world’s worst rhyming (the midget is having an affair with a woman named Bridget, no less). Playing the part of Sylvester, Kelly spends time in the closet of Cathy while attempting to avoid her husband Rufus. Rufus, is cheating on her with Chuck who, well, from there it gets involved. Shown everywhere from Chappelle’s Show to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Closet series is something of a suburban white kid cult phenomenon. The Original Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is situated in the Warehouse District in downtown Austin. If you’ve never been, the best feature of the Drafthouse, and perhaps my only motivation for attendance, was the ability to order a chicken Parmesan sandwich (off the full menu) and a bucket of Schlitz malt liquor upon arrival. To my surprise, the line just for standby tickets wound out the door. Though not surprisingly, the line was made up of

primarily Caucasian hipsters and high school kids. Inside the theater, throngs of patrons were abuzz over the condom party favors and South Park episodes being screened before the show. As an icebreaker, the host of the singalong, Drafthouse’s creative director, Henri Mazza, stepped on stage to showcase his vocal range a la Kelly and to prod some unwitting audience members to join him. As we followed the bouncing ball to party favorites like “Bump and Grind” and “Ignition: the Remix,” the true humor of the evening began to emerge. Namely, that Kelly can wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and seem to be a serious music artist. The smirk, the dance moves (if that’s what you call gyrating in a Zorro suit), and the leather-clad fly-girls were hilarious to the attendees, as was the inevitable floating condom balloon. As we made our way through the “closet” volumes, tears were streaming down the faces of the audience as Kelly ends the scene with, “He walks up to the closet (closet)/He’s close up to the closet (closet)/Now he’s at the closet (closet)/Now he’s opening the closet (closet, closet, closet).” Subtlety is not a strong point of Kelly’s. The Drafthouse, famous for its interactive shows, is planning to add a few more screenings to accommodate the massive response. For even more bouncing ball fun they will be hosting the “Love Bites: ’80s Power Ballad Singalong” starting on Valentine’s Day. The show was surprisingly funny, the chicken Parmesan was tasty and the condoms were a nice touch — an event so quirky that only the Drafthouse could put it on.

Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press R. Kelly, shown at a Nov. 2003 performance, released the Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 1-12 DVD in November.

Wal-Mart film reveals allegations about major corporation By Maira Garcia The University Star No matter where you are from, there is a Wal-Mart in your hometown, or one within close driving distance. The store has become a major American corporation, leaving many to question the effect of its sprawl. The San Marcos Public Library screened Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price Friday

night to an audience of about 50 people. One of the event’s organizers, Michelle Bussemey, said, “We felt it was important to get the word out about this movie. It applies to a broad audience, and every part speaks to a different person.” The independently produced and directed documentary by Robert Greenwald has been stirring controversy since its release in November. From


n fact, the film lists all the murders and rapes that took place in Wal-Mart parking lots during a seven-month period, which studies showed could have been prevented with a roving patrol and perhaps the use of cameras for security.

allegations of poor health care plans to anti-union sentiments to discrimination, the film attempts to uncover the ugly side of the billion-dollar corporation. According the film’s Web site,, instead of going the traditional route of showing Wal-Mart at film festivals, Greenwood chose to release the movie on DVD first. His goal was to have more diverse audiences view the film, which would result in a better chance at social change.

The film includes testimonials from employees, former employees, small business owners and their families on the effect Wal-Mart has had on them. Jon Hunter, owner of a family-run hardware store in Middlefield, Ohio, is featured in the film. The main impacts of Wal-Mart on his community were falling land values and a rapid disappearance of small businesses almost immediately after the store set up shop. The film states that, according to a

study conducted by the University of California at Berkeley Labor Center, Wal-Mart drives down retail wages by $3 billion every year. Shots of small towns with empty buildings combined with Bruce Springsteen’s rendition of “This Land is Your Land” drive home the feeling of loss created by the inability to compete with Wal-Mart. The film also reveals WalMart’s alleged opposition to unions. Employees and former employees claimed managers threatened to fire anyone who tried to form a union. WalMart’s opposition to unions goes so far as using cameras to observe attempts at unionization instead of for security purposes. In fact, the film lists all the murders and rapes that took place in Wal-Mart parking lots during a seven-month period, which studies showed could have been prevented with a roving patrol and perhaps the use of cameras for security. Not only does the film focus on Wal-Mart’s effects on America, but around the world as well. One testimonial followed a Chinese Wal-Mart factory worker, Princess, and the brutal working and living conditions she had to sustain for little pay.

Speaking into the camera, Princess asked the owners of Wal-Mart, “Why do so many work for nothing while a few have everything?” Despite the enormous and growing influence Wal-Mart has had on the American and world economy, grassroots campaigns are growing to stop the spread of Wal-Mart stores. The film focuses on campaigns in Inglewood, Calif. and Chandler, Ariz. that took a vote on whether or not to allow Wal-Mart in their cities and voted against the store building in their communities. Other campaigns throughout the country have had the same result, including nearby Helotes, located northwest of San Antonio. After viewing the film, San Marcos resident Marin Cowles said, “It’s disgusting. Although shopping at 3 a.m. may be convenient, I don’t think it is something I will be doing anymore.” Overall, the message of the film is that Wal-Mart is a monopoly that will use its power to get its way unless people mobilize to protect their rights. Whether or not you like WalMart in the first place, this film unveils some surprising and scary allegations.


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“It’s amazing that people say to me, ‘Well, he’s just breaking the law.’ If I wanted to break the law, why was I briefing Congress?”

President George W. Bush — defending his administration’s program of domestic eavesdropping during an appearance at Kansas State University Monday. (Source: The Associated Press) Opinions Contact — Joe Ruiz,

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The city of San Marcos will hold its second annual Citizen’s Summit Town Hall Meeting Thursday evening, and this is the perfect opportunity for Texas State students to show their commitment to the city in which they reside. During the past year-and-a-half, students have shown that they are a vocal part of this community. As far as showing up in sheer numbers, nearly 2,000 people voted during the last presidential election on campus, and enough people voted in the last City Council election to prompt one of the candidates to send out a flyer imploring citizens to vote since the students were making a big dent in the race. It’s time we show that we’re not just Bobcats, but San Marcus residents as well. The meeting will serve as guidance toward the development of the city’s upcoming budget; and for those who complain about the city’s policy, its attitude toward students or the use of city tax money, the chance to make yourselves heard is now. Last fall, during the university’s decision-making process toward the Campus Master Plan, an edition of The Main Point similar to the one you hold in your hands implored students who might be upset at the university’s plan to raze a number of residence halls to make their thoughts known and provide feedback so that future students could truly benefit from the decisions made before their time. Another The Main Point asked students to fill the City Council chambers when talk of zoning ordinances would make a large impact on those living off campus and people in the city realized that this seemingly-apathetic student body would not stand down as rules affecting us were passed. While your views may not be taken into effect, and you may continue to be frustrated by what goes on throughout this city, it is imperative that we begin to bridge the gap between the university and city communities. The frustration that may arise from grounded citizens of the city may be sparked in their thoughts that the students are only out for themselves and don’t really care about what’s left behind after they leave Texas State. Another way for people to make the city better and prove that we care is to join a number of committees the city has created or volunteer some of your time to necessary improvements. People are needed to help review the application of the city’s Code of Ethics in city business, to help beautify the city, to help with promotion of the city to tourists and in other areas. Those who can and are interested should contact the city to find out more and help bring the two entities closer together. Those students who do wish to leave this city better than they found it should be at the San Marcos Activity Center at 6 p.m. Thursday to speak their minds. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State UniversitySan Marcos.

Following the Jack Abramoff scandal, do you feel most Congress members are corrupt?

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It is a known charmany positive asacteristic of human pects had come nature that we prefer out of the war. to hear positive or There are a lot of beneficial informapeople out there tion about anything who don’t watch useless and negative. the news very This characterisoften, and those KELSEY VOELKEL tic plays out in the who are able to way we obtain most end up watching Star Columnist of our knowledge it maybe every about various topics, other day. such as the war in Iraq. As students, we have enough Over the Christmas holiday, on our plates with school and I received an e-mail from one the long hours of homework of my relatives concerning the that go into it all, so the spare war in Iraq; and after reading time we do get is divided up it, I felt like I wasn’t getting all between things we need to the information about the war take care of and the things we in Iraq correctly. The e-mail want to do. When we do get consisted of a list of positive the chance to watch or read attributes that have resulted the news, does anyone else noin President George W. Bush tice how the timing is a bit off, sending our troops to Iraq, like we have missed something and the funny part is that I that is crucial to the present had no idea that such things news? were happening and already There are so many things existed in that country. that happen everyday and evThe entire e-mail was a “did erywhere around the world, you know … ” type of list; and and when we try to put stories it provided facts about the Iraqi together, we miss certain asschools, the increase in police pects and events of the news, officers and teachers in Iraq, and we end up getting the the increase in the children’s whole story wrong. education and health and how I don’t know which side I Iraqi’s government is develop- am on when it comes to the ing rather well. What’s amaz- war in Iraq. I agree with Presiing is, I showed this e-mail to dent Bush about sending our a couple of friends, who were troops to Iraq; but then again, as surprised as I was at how I don’t like the fact that my

DANIELA CARPIO The Dailey Cougar U. Houston


These results are based on telephone interviews with a randomly selected national sample of 1,003 adults, aged 18 and older, conducted Jan. 6-8, 2006. For results on this sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum error attributable to sampling and other random effects is ± percentage points.

SOURCE: Gallup Poll released Jan. 11

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Is the war in Iraq worth the trouble? two cousins are over there now. I don’t really have the time to watch the news every moment of every day; but in a way, I feel obligated to watch the news. During Sept. 11, whenever I watched the news, I felt like I was watching the same thing over and over again. It was about as much as I could take, and I just didn’t want to hear about it anymore. But my viewpoints about the war changed drastically when two of my cousins out to Iraq in the past year. What I do know is that everything I do watch on the news that concerns the war in Iraq tends to be rather negative in that we are constantly told what we have not accomplished, instead of what we have accomplished already. The truth is we have accomplished a lot while we have been fighting for freedom. According to the Department of Defense via the Web site of The White House, the United States has helped Iraqis conduct nearly 3,000 renovation projects at schools; there are more than 120 Iraqi army and police combat battalions in the fight; Iraq has six basic police academies, and one in Jordan, that together produce more than 3,500 new police officers every 10 weeks; the

U.S has trained more than 30,000 Iraqi teachers; irrigation infrastructure has been rebuilt in order to help more than 400,000 rural Iraqis and improve drinking water for more than 3 million people; more than 30,000 new Iraqi businesses have registered since liberation, and according to a recent survey, more than three-fourths of Iraqi business owners anticipate growth in the economy over the next two years. We all ask ourselves if this war is worth it; to find out that many soldiers were killed in combat, is the cause worth it? To have so many good things, and so much progress in a country that has been overrun with evil for so long, I think it is worth it. We must always look at the positive in every situation, or at least try to, and when we take a step back and look at the big picture, we see the main goal which is to provide freedom for those who have not had it for a long time. It may not seem like it now, but I think it will get to a point where the sacrifice will be worth the cause. We should support our troops, and we should support the cause that they fight for, which is growing much stronger.

Claims in bin Laden tape aim to divide thought Congress was NOT corrupt

In October 1994: 50% thought Congress WAS corrupt

Kelly Simmons/Star illustration

Students should be actively involved in community

(U-WIRE) — On Thursday, news spread through the airwaves of the world of the appearance of a new tape by Osama bin Laden. In the tape, bin Laden renewed his threat of attacks on American soil and offers a truce to the American government and American people. Bin Laden warned that any attacks of his doing are a direct result of our continuing involvement in the fate of Afghanistan and Iraq. He also warned that American soldiers would continue to lose their lives in vain. Analysts of tape agree that the tape is no more than a message of survival; showing that bin Laden is still alive, in an effort to contra-

dict recent intelligence reports that stated he had been cornered. However, the tape holds a more important and dangerous purpose: To demoralize the American people. With the growing discontent of our current administration and the growing lack of support for military efforts in Iraq, bin Laden wants to further divide us by appealing to our wishes for a quick resolution of the conflicts in the Middle East. Like the Viet Cong before them, al Qaeda knows American’s lack the commitment for causes that have no real direct effect on us — especially when the price is the blood of countrymen. Therefore, they hope to tug at our heartstrings by trying to make us believe that if we withdraw from Afghanistan, and more importantly Iraq, their attacks will cease,

American lives will be spared and the conflict will end. But history has taught us differently — human conflicts are never so easily resolved. Not to mention that these promises come from a mass murderer who enjoys making the world suffer, a man who is no head of state in any nation, who has no land to protect and who has no real plan aside from our destruction. Further, his previous attacks on Western civilization have been the result of hatred — not of Americans or American culture, but hatred of anything and anyone different from himself. A character such as this cannot be trusted with promises of truce. As a result, to think that bin Laden’s remarks are by any means reasonable is inconceivable. He hopes to destroy us, and by accept-

ing his words as truth we are destroying ourselves. More than anger, this development should re-ignite the need for justice that was so prevalent in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Regardless of your opinion on the involvement in the Iraqi war, I urge you to ignore the allegations made by a man of bin Laden’s stature, especially because it has no other purpose than to derail us from the fact that he murdered our people. Even when I understand and feel the resonance the conflict in the Middle East has on all American families, it is my sincere hope that this tape has no impact on our commitment to seek justice for the lives of all who have been victims of evil. This story was originally published in The Daily Cougar on Jan. 23.

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sports snortsquotes from the sports world “I’m full-speed ahead. We’re disappointed with how the season ended. We’ve got some things to fix and some personnel issues, but we’re getting started on them.” —Tony Dungy, on his recent decision to stay on as the head coach for the Indianapolis Colts, despite expectations of him stepping down to spend more time with his family. (Source: ESPN News)

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Sports Contact — Miguel Peña,

Bearkats express no sympathy for Bobcats BOUNCE: Women’s team defeats Texas State men’s basketball drop to more at home after Saturday’s loss to SHS Southland rivals Sam Houston State, By Chris Boehm The University Star

Costly late turnovers prevented the Bobcats from winning Saturday night, as Sam Houston State came to town and snatched an 80-70 victory at Strahan Coliseum. It was the second straight game that Texas State felt the heartbreak of a narrow defeat. The Bobcats, 2-13, lost at home 59-54 to Stephen F. Austin Thursday night, after coming back from a nine-point deficit halfway through the final period. Texas State sealed its fate when both Chris Langhorne and Lance Burroughs missed potential game-tying shots, the latter with 3 seconds on the clock. A loose-ball foul on Charles Dotson sent the Lumberjack’s Antuane Miller to the free-throw line for two final points. “It’s a thin line, (between winning and losing),” said Coach Dennis Nutt. “Our effort’s been there, and I wish they could just get one to get that (winning) feeling. I don’t know what to tell them to feel any better about this one.” The Bobcats remain winless in the Southland Conference, sitting at the bottom of the cellar with a 0-4 mark. The close games of late have provided the team room for optimism. “I don’t get down, and as a team we just keep learning from these games,” Dotson said. “I know we’re getting better, and we just need to keep our heads up.” Saturday, Texas State again wasted a late comeback and a game-high 23 points from Dotson, turning the ball over six times after getting the score to 62-60 in favor of the Bearkats. Texas State could not tie the game, committing defensive fouls on contested shots to send SHSU’s shooters to the line for easy points. “You’ve just got to be able to make plays and get stops when you have to,” Nutt said. “(The

Mark Decker/Star photo ‘ROCKETT’ MAN: Junior forward JuShay Rockett shot a perfect 55, including a 3-pointer, playing 22 minutes during a disappointing 80-70 loss against Sam Houston State. The Bobcats dropped to 2-13 and remain winless in conference play with four losses.

late fouls) go back to us leaving our man to block shots. We’re leaving that back side wide open, and it’s costing us.” SHSU opened the second half with a 41-36 lead, but quickly stretched it to 14 within the first 3 minutes of the period. Texas State then went to work, as Burroughs ignited a 22-10 rally with a three-pointer. Out of an official’s timeout, Dotson got the crowd of 2,551 behind him with two free throws and a soaring slam dunk courtesy of

Antwoine Blanchard. “I just do what coach tells me to,” Dotson said. “The guards are doing a good job getting me the ball, and I’m confident in their ability to knock down the open shots.” Blanchard finished the night with 10 points and five assists off the bench, as senior Langhorne made his second straight start after returning from an early-season injury. “It wasn’t one of Chris’s better games, but Antwoine came

in and played really well,” Nutt said. “He kept up the tempo of the game and hit shots when he was open. Hopefully, he can keep that up later on in the season.” Texas State led early, up 2116 after a three-pointer from Blanchard 9 minutes into the game. The Bobcats were helped by a lack-luster Bearkat shooting performance. SHSU shot just 40.6 percent in the first half, missing many second-chance possessions and failing to capitalize on a dominating board performance. The Bearkats out-rebounded Texas State 22-13 in the first period, including 12 on offense. “We did a better job (rebounding) in the second half, but you get them to miss a shot, you do all that work and then we don’t complete the stop,” Nutt said. “That’s just another area that’s keeping us from the winning side of games.” Dotson shone through again for the Bobcats, pacing the team in points for the fourth time in five games. The junior forward hit eight of 12 shots from the field, seven of eight at the line and pulled down six boards. “I thought Charles was outstanding. He started early on working into position, and that got us to the free-throw line in the first half,” Nutt said. “We did a good job getting the ball down low, and if he continues to work, we’ll be a good team.” JuShay Rockett poured in 11 points, and center Trevor Cook finished the three-game home stand with 12 blocks (four vs. SFA). “I like our tone the last couple of games, being able to get to the line,” Nutt said. “JuShay and Trevor played well for us, and we’ve been able to do some good things.”

Bobcat bounce

The Bobcats go back into action at 7 p.m. on Thursday, when they hit the road to face the University of LouisianaMonroe.

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get her really good touches, and she’s been hitting the shots,” said ensuing inbound and dishing Coach Fox. the ball off to Tamara ThompThompson scored the Bobson for an easy lay-up. The Bob- cats’ first four points in overtime, cats scored five points in under after connecting on one of two 11 seconds to retake the lead at free throws at the 3:58 mark in 40-37 with just more than 13:30 over time. remaining in the contest. On the afternoon, Thompson The game remained close until led the Bobcats with 24 points SHSU’s Brittney Harris convert- on nine of 15 shooting and added a three-point play off a lay-up ed seven rebounds to her credit. and a Bobcat foul with 4:47 left Also coming up big for Texas in regulation, giving State in overtime was the Bearkats a 52-53 Leffingwell; the freshlead. man scored six of her 15 This time reserve points after regulation. guard Ashley Leffin“Leffingwell stepped gwell responded for up, and we need help Texas State by hitting outside of the starting a three- pointer just lineup to be good. She seconds later to give took really good shots Texas State a 55-53 and hit them,” Fox said. lead with just under Texas State went on 4 minutes remainto outscore SHSU 16-6 Ashley Leffingwell ing in the second in overtime, stopping half. Both teams would exchange their two game slide and putting buckets in the last minute to tie them right back in the thick of the game up at 57-57 at the end the Southland Conference race. of regulation. With two home games against The Bobcats started off over- Louisiana-Monroe and Northtime with a big three-pointer western State scheduled for later from Tamara Thompson to gain this week, the Bobcats can move the early 60-57 advantage. their way up the conference “Tamara hit a huge shot to standings before hitting the road start overtime. We’re starting to in the beginning of February.

In memory of ... Lee and Elaine Harrington of Kingsland, the parents of Texas State head baseball coach Ty Harrington, were tragically killed in an automobile accident outside of Hutto on Thursday morning. A memorial service was held yesterday at First Baptist Church in Waco under the direction of Wilkirson-Hatch Funeral Home. There was a reception and fellowship after the service at the church. The graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. today at Brookside Cemetery in Humble at 13401 Eastex Freeway. In lieu of flowers, there will be a memorial scholarship fund set up through the Baylor Lettermen’s Association in the Harringtons’ name. “My family and I appreciate — more than words can express — the outpouring of support and prayers during this difficult time. My sister Leah and I were fortunate to have two incredibly loving parents, who touched the lives of so many people, both in their personal and professional endeavors. We feel very blessed to know that there are so many people who care about the Harrington family,” Harrington said.

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01 24 2006