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Residence hall floods, students expect to move back next week By Amanda Venable News Editor A flood displaced 12 students in San Jacinto Hall Saturday evening after a resident attempted to hang laundry on a sprinkler. The affected students are dis-

persed among San Jacinto and Tower halls until repairs are made. The water was traced back to a room on the third floor on the back half of the building. “Someone hung his plastic coat hanger on the sprinkler

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head inside the room while he was taking a shower,” said Captain Paul Chapa of the Univer University Police Department. “When they tried to take the hanger off of the sprinkler head, it hit the little vial that ignites the water.” Chapa said UPD responded to

the fire alarm at 8:50 p.m. “When the alarm sounded, everyone had to evacuate,” said Kyle Estes, associate director of Housing Facilities Services. “Because there was water and electricity, we held them until university electricians came and

we could verify it was safe to let them back in.” Residents of 15 suites in the affected area were unable to go back inside their rooms that night. “We gathered them and sat them down in the common area

and said ‘here’s what’s going on, you won’t be able to go back to your rooms tonight,’” Estes said. “’We will be happy to find you a place tonight.’” The students were allowed See FLOOD, page 2

‘Building a Better History’ MLK candlelight celebration inspires nostalgia, hope

By Teresa Wilburn News Reporter ASG Senators aim to address student concerns with City Council members, further bridging the gap between the San Marcos community and the university. New legislation passed at Monday night’s ASG meeting will make it easier for City Council Liaison Chris Covo to discuss university issues with local decision makers. “My main goal was that the liaison was the voice for the student body,” said Covo, ASG executive assistant. “His or her purpose is to serve as the channel through which the student body’s voice is heard, via the liaison committee.” According to the legislation, senate members will be appoint appointed to a committee serving the liaison. The members will establish a “formal line of communication between the City and the students.” “They (the committee) can take and review policy issues,” Covo said. “The liaison can then relay what side the committee takes.” ASG Sen. Tommy Luna said an amendment to the legislation will be made to write in six committee member positions. Luna, president of the Residence Hall Association, said in order to make progress, there must be consistency, which is what the legislation calls for. Covo said Texas State is being better represented with a student liaison present at City Council meetings. He said San Marcos residents have a misconception of Texas State students, thinking they are here for four years and thus, do not hold a permanent voice in the community. “I think the fact that a student is there gives the City Council a resource from the university they would not have otherwise,” See ASG, page 2

MEANINGFUL MARCH: students march from the steps of old main to the lBj student Center while honoring the famous Civil rights leader.

By Gabrielle Jarrett News Reporter He had a dream, but it would be up to future generations to realize it. Thursday marked the opening of the 24th annual MLK Commemoration Program and Celebration Week. The night’s march began with the bells ringing at Old Main and ended on the steps of the LBJ Student Center. Students held signs and sang hymns during the march to honor the Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. Participants stopped halfway through

the march and gathered at The Stallions to hear a reading of King’s speech “Free at Last” and to listen to members of Alpha Phi Alpha sing their fraternity hymn. Alumni Avin Jordan and Francisco Mendoza said they come back to the university to participate each year. Jordan and Mendoza were part of the fraternity hymn sung in honor of King, who was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha. Mendoza said he feels a sense of pride while singing. “The song was written by one of our members in the time of battle,” Jordan

said. “It was written because he was in a time of self-reflection and loneliness.” Amani Baha, political science freshman, said the march was inspiring and made her feel at home. “We all stood for one thing,” Baha said. The keynote program was given at the LBJ Teaching Theatre after the march. University President Denise Trauth gave the opening welcome for the program, reflecting on King’s partnership with Lyndon B. Johnson. Trauth questioned if society would see the type of leadership King and Johnson

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portrayed again. She also commented on the countries newly elected President Barack Obama. “King would be proud,” Trauth said. “He is smiling knowing how far we have come.” Students listened to a King-honoring prayer and took part in singing the Black National Anthem. Valerie Bridgeman, keynote speaker, began her speech with the question, “Where do we go from here?” Bridgeman mentioned the gap between the old See MLK, page 2

Group brainstorms tailgating at football games to improve attendance By Theron Brittain Senior News Reporter

Haley McMichael/Star file photo TAILGATE TROUBLES: University officials sought advice from the community hoping to bolster tailgating attendance, which in turn they hope will lead to more people attending the home games.

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Live music, food and an extended drinking period are prominent suggestions among a list of ideas to improve tailgating participation and game attendance. Dreams of Texas State in the Football Bowl Subdivision brought students, campus leaders and San Marcos community members together Monday af afternoon to discuss partcipation. The school must increase home-game attendance to an average of 15,000 to move to FBS status, which will enable Texas State to play top-tier universities. Officials hope better tailgates will help increase home-game at attendance. Approximately 70 people gathered in the Sac-n-Pac room at Bobcat Stadium to discuss

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the strengths and weakness of tailgating parties at the stadium, and to suggest opportunities to turn the pre-game event into a major attraction. University officials will compile and review the suggestions and return for a second public meeting Feb. 9 with strategies based on input from Monday’s meeting. The event was part of “The Drive to FBS,” a university-wide endeavor to rise to the NCAA’s highest level of competition by 2012. Division 1 FBS status is regarded as a major recruiting tool and revenue generator for universities. Following a brief introduction by ASG President Brett Baker, attendees broke into four groups, each led by a moderator, to brainstorm and hold frank discussions about historically poor game attendance. The tailgat tailgat-

ing parties are viewed as a key ingredient to packing football stadiums. Alcohol consumption is at the heart of the issue. Students in attendance at the meeting felt more could be done to facilitate legal drinking by students 21 years of age and up without interference from police, though there was general uncertainty about how to accomplish it. Some suggested bracelets for both ofage and underage participants. Additionally, some suggested allowing night-before tailgating and longer drinking hours. Attendees agreed a better-produced live music event would be a major draw, with more adver advertising leading up to and after the games. An increased number of food vendors was suggested. The available space around Bobcat Stadium was foremost in the discussions. Students might

someday see a shuttle system linking the stadium to campus. An expansion of the existing tailgating area into the parking lot west of the stadium is another possibility. “We want to get as much input from students, staff, faculty and community about the experience of tailgating as we are moving toward the next level for athlet athletics,” said Joanne Smith, vice president of Student Affairs. She cautioned that tailgating attendance needed to translate into game attendance. “We need better participation at the games,” Smith said. “Part of that is the tailgating experience. We want to be sure whatever experience we are providing for people to come to the game, it is something that (also) stimulates them to support the

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By Megan Holt News Reporter Students now have an additional alternative to sleeping before dawn on weekdays — aquatic cardio at the Student Recreation Center’s new natatorium. The new facility includes two pools. The lap pool features six 25-yard lanes ranging from four to nine feet deep. The leisure pool includes water volleyball, basketball, a teaching area and two additional 15-yard lap lanes. Glenn Hanley, director of Student Recreation, said the new natatorium’s proposed cost is $4 million. The SRC’s construction began July 2007 and will end in April 2009. “The whole facility was funded by an increase in student tuition and fees with student’s prior approval,” said Julie Saldiva, program specialist of Campus Recreation.

Saldiva said the plans to expand the SRC were proposed in 2003 because of the growing trend of natatoriums on college campuses. “It’s different from the usual workout,” said Adam Mellen, economics sophomore. “I swim laps, shoot hoops and try to get some cardio in.” The SRC hired more staff to help manage the new addition. “I know that this staff has gone from about 20 to 40 students,” said Kyle Bjornaas, manager of the Recreation Center. Three lifeguards have recently been hired to work at the natatorium. Texas State offers physical fitness and wellness courses for students who want to become lifeguard certified. Students, faculty and staff, spouses, alumni and children of Texas State can use the natatorium for free with a Texas State ID. However, the building is not open to the San Marcos commu-


team.” She said reviewing the suggestions will be a joint effort among the heads of the Athletic Department, University Advancement and herself. SACA traditionally handles tailgating activities, but University Advancement will lend a hand this year in recognition of the importance of FBS status, said the department’s Vice President Becky Prince. The department deals extensively with alumni relations, including support and donations. Prince said this is the first time her department is taking an active role in the tailgat-

ing issue. “We all work as a team,” Prince said. “This is not just one division’s issue. It is very much a total university issue in how we can re-engage alumni and build pride among students. We are in a comprehensive fund-raising campaign and we are now starting student campaigns in terms of senior giving projects, so it was a perfect time for us to do this.” Community Relations Director Kim Porterfield moderated one of the groups with Baker. They agreed there might be some quick solutions to a few of the present tailgating headaches, particularly parking woes

nity. Guests of students and faculty are allowed to enter the SRC with a fee of $6. “It was proposed that we open up the SRC to the public, but our main priority is the students,” Saldiva said. “If we opened it up to the community, we would be liable for all sorts of things.” The natatorium staff provides swim lessons for $15 a session. Certified water safety instructors hold free Stroke and Water Safety clinics. “There will be lessons given in the new pools, from swim lessons to tips on how to improve your strokes,” Saldiva said. The natatorium is open 6 to 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday, 12 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. The new addition has increased student attendance at the SRC.

“By the time the natatorium closes, there have been about 250 students who have gone through just the natatorium alone,” Bjornaas said. The Texas State Aqua Sports Club team still practices in the Aqua Sports Center pool. The ASC pool, built in 1971, is scheduled to be renovated within the next five years. “I think the new pools are great,” said Samantha Dickson, lifeguard and nutrition and food sophomore. “It’s a new improvement from the ASC. I think that having the natatorium in the SRC allows easy access for students.” The ASC pool will remain open, but with reduced hours. It will now be open for swimming from 12 to 1 p.m. and in the evenings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. “It’s a great natatorium,” Dickson said. “Come check it out — even if you can’t swim.”

and the lack of activities for 18 to 21-year-olds. “Transportation from campus or from remote parking areas to the game could free up space,” said Porterfield, city councilmember place 1. “Another big one was something that will attract and make freshmen and sophomores who aren’t involved in student organizations yet feel comfortable and involved.” There were several suggestions for informal games, such as a washers competition, to address the problem. “What do I do if I am underage?” Baker asked. “What kind of atmosphere are we creating out here? Is it just a drinking

atmosphere? We need to create different activities to keep people interested and get them to tailgate.” Athletics Director Larry Teis circulated among the groups throughout the hour-long meeting and spoke with visitors. He said it was good to see members from the student, faculty and city populations present and he would take all of their suggestions into consideration. “These are the people I see tailgating at the games,” Teis said. “They have the input and the ideas so they are the ones who can give us better suggestions about what we need to do in the future.”

City Council addresses disputed animal microchip ordinance By Theron Brittain Senior News Reporter The City Council wrestled with ways to address public concern about the controversial new animal control ordinance Thursday, acknowledging additional steps are needed to educate residents on the issue. The ordinance, which will go into effect April 1, establishes a mandatory microchip program to provide one-time registration of pets. The decision has generated criticism. Mayor Susan Narvaiz cited e-mails received by the council indicating sizable opposition to the idea, despite efforts by the Animal Services Advisory Board to engage the public during a meeting Jan. 8. Concerns about health risks associated with chip implantation, privacy issues and questions about the plausibility of enforcement continue to be roadblocks to the new rule. The council heard from the advisory board, who recommended the microchip in December. The chip would act as a replacement

for the traditional tags worn on pet collars. “What we have found in the past, because of tags being lost or people not updating their licenses on a regular basis, that information is not available and we can’t track the animal back to the owner,” said Bert Stratemann, animal services manager. “We have found animals with microchips have a far better chance of being returned to their owners, therefore reducing the number of animals that we have to euthanize every year.” Representatives of The Texas Federation of Animal Care Services and Pet Prevent a Litter of Central Texas attended the meeting in support of the ordinance. Sharri Boyett, member of a nonprofit corporation dedicated to ending pet overpopulation and homelessness, said the San Marcos shelter euthanized 70 percent of the animals taken in last year. Owners reclaimed less than 12 percent of the animals, Boyett said. City Veterinarian Jeff Jorgenson addressed a popular concern

voiced by citizens about a link between implantation of microchips and cancer. “Less than one percent of documented cases we’ve seen (result in cancer),” said Jorgenson. “I don’t think these e-mails carry enough weight when you consider the aspect of risk versus the benefit. If it were to cause problems, I think we would see documentation from it, and we just don’t see that documentation anywhere.” Mark Brinkley, assistant director of Community Services, said the board conducted several interviews with the media and scheduled two more public meetings informing residents of the new ordinance. How officials intend to enforce the ordinance when it goes into effect in April remains unclear. The council remained dubious about establishing further requirements when the current registration system is not rigorously enforced. “I’m trying to understand how we are going to enforce this when we haven’t enforced licensing,” said Councilmember

Pam Couch. “The microchipping is a good thing, but that is my concern — that we will have something else that we are not enforcing.” The members briefly discussed setting compensation for council service, a power granted to them by voters in 2008. Narvaiz sought to reassure citizens that compensation would not come in terms of a salary, saying the voters overwhelmingly approved the idea. “A citizen on a tight budget that had an interest in sitting in these chairs would not be able to fulfill the obligations that go far beyond these meetings,” Narvaiz said. “We have to really think about what we can have under what is considered fair and reasonable reimbursement for service right now. The job and the requirements have changed and the expectation to do more will also be expected now that we are being paid.” The council directed staff members to begin researching compensation for council service in cities of like size and demographics to San Marcos.

Covo said. “Now with this new committee being set up, the liaison has the voice of the student body behind them.” Covo cited the example of noise control as an impending concern during a council meeting. “The police feel like they are wasting their time with noise control,” Covo said. “They are trying to issue the power to discern on whether or not an unruly gathering is taking place.” Covo said noise control is directed at students.

“If the senate or people in the committee do feel as if they are being attacked they can then act on it,” Covo said. “The committee can then figure out what stance to take on it.” Senate members also have the power to remove the liaison from office, based on committee member testimony. The liaison can then be removed from their post with a two-thirds senate vote for actions ruled incompetent, unethical or unrepresentative of ASG, according to the legislature. “It is not just Chris up there,” Luna said. “It is a committee of students standing behind him.”


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change after they dry. Jaworski and Weeks agreed back in their room Sunday eve- the San Jacinto resident assisning, with exception of twelve tants did a “great job” helping residents who lived in or under the students. the dorm where the sprinkler “Its not the RAs fault, there’s no reason to be angry,” Jawoskri went off. The water from the sprinkler said. “I didn’t have anything senseeped down to the second and timental in there or anything.” Estes said approximately three first floor dorms directly underinches of water flooded the third neath, Estes said. Cassie Weeks, exercise and floor room. “We have dehumidifiers and sports science sophomore, lives in the first floor dorm underneath fans running and we have opened up some walls where the sprinto have some kler was set off. air in there,” he “I was just getsaid. “We are usting off of work ing a moisture when my roomtester to make mate called me,” sure the water Weeks said. “She is out. Once told me ‘there’s that is done, kind of a problem we’ll do the rewith our room.’ pairs where we We went back to put some holes our room later that night and —Cassie Weeks in the room to sloshed through exercise and sports science allow the air the water and got sophomore to go through and then repair what we could.” Weeks, whose floor had a half- those holes and that’s when they inch of water, said none of her can go back.” Chapa said students respondbelongings were damaged. “Right now we’re separated, ed correctly by evacuating the living with other people in San building immediately, stressing Jacinto,” Weeks said. “They told “seconds count” when an emerus a week. It’s an inconvenience, gency situation is going on Estes said the residents will but we’re getting through.” Joseph Jaworski, finance be able to move back in after the sophomore who lives in the af- water dries, which could be next fected second floor room, said week. UPD is conducting an he bought new electrical cords investigation regarding responto replace others ruined by the sibility of the incident, he said. water. Jaworski said the screen The incident is thought to be an to his desktop is not working and accident and no fines or tickets his laptop’s keyboard is malfunc- have been issued as of press tioning, but he hopes that will time.


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by answering her opening question. and new generations. “The answer is tied to our “It’s time for young people to ability to dream,” Bridgeman take their place in the world,” said, quoting President Barack Bridgeman said. “This work is Obama. “It’s time to put our not the job of one generation. hands to work and build a betWe rise together or we fall to- ter history.” gether.” Jonnie Wilson, assistant diBridgeman rector of Multidrew the conneccultural Student tions between the Affairs, said she generations by is proud of the showing similarievent’s turn ties. Bridgeman out. said Hurricane “We have Katrina is the come a long younger generaway,” Wilson tion’s Birmingsaid. “I’m glad ham and Vietnam to see it was —Valerie Bridgeman important is the older peoto keynote speaker all students to ple’s Iraq. Bridgeman said young celebrate this people hold the ability to bridge event.” the gap. Bridgeman said 47 volunteers “You are the dream genera- assisted in putting the event tion,” Bridgeman said. “You are together, which is an increase the products of King’s strug- from the previous years. gles, and it is your job to con“I think the students are elattinue the work.” ed,” Wilson said. “I think they Bridgeman ended her speech have more hope with Obama.”

ou are the products of “Y King’s struggles, and it is your job to continue the work.”

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e take the little things for granted: such as showering with hot water, flipping a switch and seeing light parking in front of where we live and, at the very least, getting what we paid for. Yes, it is those everyday simplicities we fail to appreciate until they are gone.

Residents of Arnold, Jackson, Hornsby and Burleson halls are learning the lesson of appreciation all too well this semester. The students were greeted with a ‘no parking sign’ when returning to their dorms from winter break. No warning was given. The Matthews Street garage, which will be erected in the parking lot surrounding the dorms, is part of the Campus Master Plan. The plan, which is a guide of university improvements to be made throughout campus until 2015, lists buildings such as the new parking garage that will provide 933 much needed spaces. Administration officials had time to inform residents their usual parking spots would be gone when they returned. Unfortunately, officials failed to act. This is not the first time campus residents have been kept in the dark regarding parking. Students living in Falls, Sterry, Butler and Lantana halls were met with the same surprise when returning from winter break last spring semester: 133 parking spaces had been taken away. Students reported to The University Star that they were told construction on the parking lot — now home to a green space — would be finished in a few weeks, others thought a couple months. However, those individuals did not know their parking had been taken away indefinitely. They were, understandably, frustrated because they had not been told these parking spaces would be gone. Could someone have given a little bit of warning, or at the very least communicated the projected timeline for completion? One year and several resident complaints later, the same situation is taking place up the hill. Students should have been told prior to leaving for the break residential parking near their dorms would be taken away. Perhaps if they had been informed, students would not be as frustrated. It is up to the administration to let students know what they would be getting for their money when buying their resident parking stickers. Parking in front of the dorm is one thing, parking half a mile away from their hall is another. Though there is nothing the students can do now, the lesson learned from this frustrating exercise will stick in students’ minds for a long time. If alerted earlier they could have prepared. Texas State is a growing university with just under 30,000 students. We need the new parking garage, and it was inevitable residents of the area would need to take one for the team at some point. However, it would not hurt to let those affected by the construction know what they thought they paid for is gone. As for now, one word of advice for those lucky few able to find parking near their dorm: if you move it, you lose it. 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.

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Super Bowl needs more modern, relevant performers for half-time By Brian Washburn Arkansas Traveler, U. Arkansas We are less than a week from Super Bowl Sunday. The showdown offers answers to all of those who pay attention to several questions concerning the game. But the real question is not how the hell did the Arizona Cardinals get into the Super Bowl (the answer is 74-year-old Kurt Warner). No, the question is why the hell is Bruce Springsteen playing the half-time show? Don’t get me wrong: He is still the boss, but this is the most watched television event of the year. Can we not at least try to get somebody who is still relevant to

young and old sports fans alike? Former Super Bowl half-time performers include: The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Tom Petty. These bands are not pertinent to the growing young audience, and none of their songs are usually played in stadiums across the nation. Therefore, here are my top five performance suggestions for Super Bowl 44. Survivor — which might be bet better suited for a boxing match, or at least stay in the Rocky III era, they would be a well-rounded choice to perform next year. Technically, no teams are the tigers. So when Survivor dons their leather jackets and berets and blast into “Eye of

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the Tiger,” both teams vying for a championship can be pumped up. Guns N’ Roses — Not only would “Welcome to the Jungle” bring to life a game as bad as the last time the Steelers were in the Super Bowl, but it would include a relevance factor because their album Chinese Democracy was actually released last year. Hank Williams Jr. — He sings the Monday Night Football theme song, so why shouldn’t he be invited to sing at the Super Bowl? Hank Jr. could play the MNF theme, the “Hog Wild” song, an original tune, and down a bottle of whiskey at half-time. Europe — Because who doesn’t

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want to hear “The Final Count Countdown” four times over during Super Bowl half-time? Lil’ Wayne — The man sold a million copies of Tha Carter III in the first week of its release. Why shouldn’t we lend him our ears at the Superbowl? He can make us dance and the athletes love him. America made history with the first black president being inaugurated last week. But is this nation really ready for a rap halftime show at the Super Bowl? I think so. Then again, we aren’t ready to nominate The Dark Knight for Best Picture at the Academy Awards either, so I really have no idea.

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New bailout creates more debt for Americans By Nathan Seltzer Opinions Columnist Students, your president is mortgaging your future. A primary theme in Obama’s campaign was his call for change. He would be a different kind of president and would usher in a new kind of politics. Well, he’s doing that. The new bailout has a price tag of more than $850 billion to date, which makes it larger than the last one. And, like Bush’s bailout, we are being threatened with dire consequences if the president’s demands are not met. Doom, gloom and Armageddon if we don’t borrow, print or steal $850 billion. Soon after, the economy will be destroyed forever and your lives will be over. Or something like that. We are in the same situation we were before, except slightly worse, which is perhaps why we need a larger bailout — because the last one worked so well. Top economists were against the first package. They said it wouldn’t help and that we are the problem, not big corporations or predatory lenders. According to prominent economist George Will on ABC’s “This Week” before the last bailout was passed, “...the sainted American people are the problem here. That is, they have 105 billion credit cards, nine per cardholder. Self-reporting, they have about $12,000 credit-card debt per household. Household debt is 139 percent of household income.” We spent ourselves into this mess. We buy things we can’t afford and borrow more than we can pay back, and all of that is catching up with us. Eventually, people couldn’t even pay the mortgage so they lost their homes and the banks collapsed. Everyone lost. And the package is designed to get the economy moving again by granting bailouts so that people can borrow more, spend more and increase their debt more. On what planet does this make sense? We should tighten our belts when times get tough and learn to live within our means. We’ll lose some jobs in the short term, but this bailout is keeping our over-leveraged economy propped up for a little while longer, until the collapse is inevitable again. And every time it happens it will get worse. This bailout won’t solve the problem any more than the last one. There will always be another bailout. The economic stimulus plan is boldly going where no economic stimulus package has gone before. We’re no longer just bailing out banks and automakers. The money is going all sorts of places, much of which has absolutely nothing to do with jump-starting the economy. Economic Stimulus Package seems to be a codename for the most egregious governmentspending program in history. We’re sending money to under underprivileged schools, funding grants for renewable energy research and giving out birth control. In short, we’re doing things that are not economic stimulus, so much as big government clawing its way into every facet of our lives. If President Obama can justify this spending as part of a bailout, he can justify any and all government spending the same way. Apparently, every dollar spent will create jobs and save the economy. But wait, didn’t every dollar we spend during the past 30 years contribute to the cur current problem? Let’s not let common sense cloud the issue. It’s our country Obama wants to mortgage to give temporary relief. That’s a debt that we young voters will inherit. Enough is enough. It’s time to tighten our belts and close our wallets. Let this economic pain be the catalyst for changing our behavior. Otherwise, the next bailout is just around the corner. 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 Tuesday, January 27, 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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Broadway is about to get a kick from the King of Pop. Michael Jackson’s monumental music video for the song “Thriller” from his 1982 album of the same name is going to be made into a musical theater production. The production will follow a story similar to the original music video. A couple’s date will be interrupted when, in a display of lycanthropy not seen since the movie Teen Wolf, the boy, played by Jackson, will turn into a werewolf. The Nederland Organization, which bought the rights to the musical, said Jackson would be involved in every aspect of the production. The Organization has not announced when the production would be ready for public viewing.

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Fair helps students find their place on campus By Morgan Wilson Features Reporter Texas State hosts a Student Organizations Fair each semester in order to get the word out about the variety of groups on campus. “The Student Organization Fair is held at the beginning of each semester,” said Gabriella Rosales, president of Student Organizations Council. “It is a good way to recruit and help people find their place here on campus.” A group of students within the Student Organizations Council collaborate every year to decide what the logistics of each Student Organizations Fair will be. “The planning and everything has taken pretty much the whole fall semester and I am sure we will still be adding and doing things up until the day,” Rosales said. “We are constantly asking ourselves ‘What else can you add for students to participate and actually go?’” Rosales said much of the time was spent deciding the theme. “We did not want to do Mardi Gras, or the Circus because everyone always does those,”

Rosales said. “You can not go wrong with your school colors. The theme this year is Bobcat Spirit, also known as Texas State Spirit and Pride.” The majority of students recognize the maroon and gold of Texas State, and the planners of the event hope to use this fact to their advantage. “To support the theme, we will have tons of maroon and gold everywhere at the event,” Rosales said. “What better way to show your school pride than to spotlight the school colors?” Texas State has 13 different types of organizations, including academic, religious, political, special interest and discussion groups. “There’s 100 organizations present, plus vendors such as Texas Roadhouse, C.C Creations and Great Locations,” Rosales said. “We have a nice little mix of organizations.” Rosales said one of the goals of the Fair was inclusion for as many organizations as possible. “We really want all the organizations to participate in the Fair,” Rosales said. “Different Organizations lead to a different

insight of things, and we want everyone to be a part of that.” Rosales said the purpose of the fair is to get the students interested in becoming a part of organizations on and off campus. “I’m excited that this fair means more students can become involved and find their niche,” Rosales said. “It’s one of those things you want other students to feel — finding their niche that is. Being involved is like a domino effect — once you participate in one, you want to do so much more.” Rosales said she would love to see the organizations mingle and come together to expand into something greater. “You become proud of your university when you get involved and watch the different organizations come together into a community,” Rosales said. “If a person honestly and truly can not find something that interests them in the organizations in the fair someone could always create their own.” The Student Organization Fair is being held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 27 in the LBJ Student Center.

Inaugural hat gains international praise By Bill McGraw Detroit Free Press

Tina Phan/Star photo MODEL WEDDING: Models show off wedding attire from Megan’s Bridal Corner during a fashion show at the Hill Country Bridal Spectacular in New Braunfels on Sunday.

By Leigh Morgan Features Reporter Brides buzzed with excitement Sunday at the fourth annual Hill Country Bridal Spectacular at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The event was held by A Touch of Style, a company in New Braunfels that designs wedding invitations and stationary. Kathy Hughes, owner of A Touch of Style, urged prospective brides to attend this and similar events. “Our show is different from the larger shows in the bigger cities because the brides are not overwhelmed,” Hughes said. “Our show is limited to only 70 booth spaces, which means that the brides have the opportunity to actually visit with each vendor. New Braunfels has all the talent and professionalism of the larger cities with the friendliness that accompanies small towns.” The vendors represented services a bride and groom

may need for their wedding, including florists, photographers, caterers, venues, invitations, dance lessons, a fashion show and cake samples. “The most important part (of a wedding) is that a couple has decided to get married and want to share that day with all of their friends and family,” Hughes said. “They want the day to be memorable and fun for all. The couple wants a great dress that makes the bride feel beautiful, they want their guests to remember the delicious cake and they want people to be in awe as they enter the reception and see all of the beautiful décor.” The average cost of a wedding today is $20,000, which makes the wedding industry about $72 billion dollars per year. Companies have experienced a decline in sales figures during the past year, because of the economic decline. A new question is then introduced: Is the wedding industry feeling the wrath of the economic slump as substantially as other

industries? Are couples scaling back on their weddings, or will they be as extravagant as ever? “People are still going to get married and view this day as a once in a lifetime event, so (they) justify spending more money on it,” Hughes said. Chris Howard, regional manager of Photography Shoppe, agreed with Hughes. “We have not noticed a decline in the slightest. People are still getting married and still need photographers.” Howard said the wedding industry is a market based on supply and an infinite demand. Allyson Farrimound, wedding planner and owner of Celebrate, disagreed with Howard. “I have taken a hit because I am a luxury,” Farrimound said. “People who are trying to save money go to a relative to help them and replace the need for (my assistance). A couple can make due with the basic wedding requirements, but a wedding planner is something that can be omitted from the budget.”

Aretha Franklin’s now-famous bow-tied, gift-wrapped, jewelstudded, $179 inaugural hat was designed, produced and sold to the Queen of Soul by Mr. Song Millinery, a family-owned business in Detroit. Starting minutes after Franklin finished her distinctive rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” Tuesday, the store’s phones started ringing. They had sold hundreds of hats by Wednesday afternoon. A store they work with in Dallas had sold 500 more, and the material was running out. “People are calling from England, asking for the hat,” said Luke Song, who designed Franklin’s chapeau. “I’m shocked. I had no idea. We did not expect this.”

The hat has gone crazy in the media and cyberspace. Everyone from Jon Stewart on the “Daily Show” to the women on “The View” were talking about it last week. (Stewart poked fun at it, while the women seemed more appreciative.) Ellen DeGeneres wore an exaggerated hat on her show similar to Franklin’s. People have created dozens of Web sites devoted to the hat and, using software, have placed it on mug shots of Dick Cheney, assorted dogs and the heads of Mt. Rushmore, among many others. On the Los Angeles Times blog page last week, a poster named Sarah Hart wrote: “Loved that hat! She is the Queen and she rocked that hat and made that old staid anthem new and powerful!” Song said Franklin, a longtime customer, came to him and wanted something to go with a coat she

had picked out for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. “She had in mind what she wanted,” Song said. “She said, ‘I want it altered this way.’ That’s what we do most of the time with the client. We meet them half way.” The heather-gray hat was done in wool felt. The sparkly things are Swarovski crystals. The hat Song is selling to avid customers now is not the precise customized hat Franklin wore, but it is very close. The hat store was started by Song’s mother, Jin, an immigrant from South Korea, in 1982. Luke Song, who graduated from Birmingham Seaholm High School and the Parsons The New School for Design in New York, does the designing. “It’s an art form for me,” Song said. “For me, hats define a culture.”

Fine Arts Calendar Tuesday Jan. 27 Faculty Exhibition Opening Reception, 5 to7 p.m., Mitte Gallery I & II

Saturday Jan 31 Faculty Exhibition, 5 to 7 p.m., Mitte Gallery I & II

Wednesday Jan 28 Faculty Exhibition, 5 to 7 p.m., Mitte Gallery I & II

Sunday Feb 1 Faculty Exhibition, 5 to 7 p.m., Mitte Gallery I & II

Thursday Jan 29 Faculty Exhibition, 5 to 7 p.m., Mitte Gallery I & II

Monday Feb 2 Faculty Exhibition, 5 to 7 p.m., Mitte Gallery I & II Music Lecture Series: Dr. Ditmar Ninov, 6 p.m., Music Building, room 236

Friday Jan 30 Faculty Exhibition, 5 to 7 p.m., Mitte Gallery I & II


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Fifty-five Texas State student-athletes were named to the 2009 Capital One Southland Conference Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll released Monday. Twenty-seven of these athletes are on the football team. Nine women from the soccer team, seven women from the volleyball team and seven women and five men from the cross-country teams were named to the roll as well. These 55 athletes all hold a GPA of at least 3.0.

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Sports Contact — Lisa Carter,

Cardinals beat men’s basketball, adds to losing streak The Texas State men’s basketball team suffered its fourth straight loss of the season to Lamar at home Saturday. The Bobcats held a lead for nearly four minutes into the game, but came up short in the end with a final score of 75-61. Jay Brown, Lamar forward, opened scoring with a layup for the Cardinals. Brandon Bush, senior guard, assisted Cameron Johnson, sophomore forward, with a layup to answer back. John Bowman, freshman guard, hit John Rybak, junior forward, seconds later for a 3-pointer. Fouls, missed shots and three turnovers by the Bobcats allowed the Cardinals to take the lead at 11-10 with 15:24 left in the first half. Brent Benson, senior guard, and Jonathan Sloan, sophomore forward, were put in for Rybak and Dylan Moseley, senior forward. Benson fouled and missed a layup, but Johnson took the rebound and made a basket to put the Bobcats to within one point 13-12. Charlie Harper, Lamar guard, answered back with a 3-pointer. Lamar scored another three points before Ryan White, sophomore guard, assisted Johnson in a layup to put the score at 18-14. Ty Gough, sophomore center, sunk a layup to make the score 18-16. Brown made a 2-point basket, but teammate Tristan Worrell, Lamar forward, fouled Rybak, who made his free throw to put the score at 20-17 in favor of the Cardinals. Lamar continued to score and led the remainder of the half, despite scores by Bush, Johnson and Corey Jefferson, senior guard. The Cardinals led 38-28 going into halftime.

Jefferson opened scoring in the second half with a jumper for two points. Ashton Hall, Lamar forward, answered back eight seconds later with a layup. Texas State allowed two fouls and two turnovers within the next three minutes to let the Cardinals lead 46-39 with 15:57 left in the game. Rybak, Bowman and Benson missed shots to allow Lamar to extend its lead 53-42 over the next two minutes. Bush allowed one foul and forced one turnover. The Bobcats got the opportunity to score when Worrell turned the ball over, but missed two shots before Rybak hit Johnson for a 2-point basket, putting the score at 5549. More fouls and missed shots by Texas State gave Lamar opportunities to score. Texas State was able to pull within four points of Lamar with a jumper by Rybak at 67-64. However, Benson fouled Brown 20 seconds after and Brown made both of his free throws to put the Cardinals up 69-63. Benson and Rybak missed a 3-pointer and a layup. Rybak fouled Hall, who made both of his free throws, after Johnson made the final basket for the Bobcats with four seconds left in the game. He finished the game with 19 points and a career-best 13 rebounds. Jefferson posted a game-high six assists. Texas State is now 1-4 in Southland Conference play, 8-10 overall. The Bobcats will play on the road Wednesday against Texas-San Antonio at 7 p.m. in the I-35 Rivalry Series game. UTSA is 2-2 in SLC play and 11-6 overall. —Report compiled by Lisa Carter

Men’s Basketball Review Date Nov. 14 Nov. 16 Nov. 19 Nov. 26 Nov. 29 Dec. 3 Dec. 6 Dec. 13 Dec. 15 Dec. 21 Dec. 30 Jan. 3 Jan. 6 Jan. 10 Jan. 14 Jan. 17 Jan. 21 Jan. 24

Opponent Cal State Fullerton San Francisco Huston-Tillotson Wyoming Northern Colorado SW Assemblies of God Rice Texas New Orleans Prairie View A&M McMurry Schreiner Northern Colorado Texas-Arlington Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Central Arkansas Sam Houston State Lamar

Location Honolulu, Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii San Marcos, Texas Laramie, Wyo. Greeley, Colo. San Marcos, Texas Houston, Texas Austin, Texas San Marcos, Texas San Marcos, Texas San Marcos, Texas San Marcos, Texas San Marcos, Texas San Marcos, Texas Corpus Christi, Texas Conway, Ark. San Marcos, Texas San Marcos, Texas

Score 76-66 88-74 104-81 97-96 105-93 110-65 100-94 81-73 85-81 82-68 112-70 98-57 82-59 87-76 89-64 77-72 79-75 71-65


Austin Byrd/Star photo CRUNCH TIME: The Bobcats are at the bottom of the Southland Conference standings with a four-game losing streak following a 71-65 loss against the Lamar Cardinals Saturday at Strahan Coliseum.

Women’s basketball loses close game to Cardinals The Texas State women’s basketball team looked for its first Southland Conference road win Saturday against Lamar. The Bobcats came up short 64-61 against the Cardinals. Texas State opened scoring with a 2-point shot by Aimee Hilburn, junior forward. The Bobcats took the lead until Danika Hill, Lamar forward, scored one point to tie the game at 4. The Cardinals maintained their lead for the remainder of the first half, despite allowing six turnovers. Lamar led 35-20 at halftime. Texas State was first to score in the second half with two free throws by Gabriell Mattox, sophomore forward. The Cardinals were leading 44-29

when Verinus Kalu, freshman guard, grabbed the rebound. Mattox made two free throws to put the Bobcats up 44-31. Neither team scored for nearly two minutes until Mattox made a 2-point basket. Kelsey Krupa, freshman guard, made two free throws to put the score at 44-35. Emily Spickler, Lamar guard, sunk a 3-pointer for the Cardinals. Chika Ofoegbu, sophomore forward, made a free throw to put the score at 47-37, but fouled. This allowed Brittney Williams, Lamar forward, to sink both her free throws, putting the score at 4937 in favor of the Cardinals. Lamar maintained its lead for the remainder of the half, despite scores by Mattox, Kalu,

Ofoegbu, Kim Cessna, senior center, Victoria Davis, junior guard, and Hilburn. Texas State came to within one point at 60-59 when Williams fouled Hilburn, who made her free throw. Williams answered right back with a layup to put the Cardinals up 62-59. Davis grabbed a steal with 31 seconds left in the game but missed the layup. Mattox made the rebound and sunk a 2-point basket to put the Bobcats within one point again at 62-61. Scores by Spickler and Nikki Williams, Lamar guard, put the Cardinals up 64-61. David attempted a jumper with nine seconds left, but missed. She missed a 3-pointer in the final three seconds of the game.

Mattox led the Bobcats in scoring with 13 points and 4-for11 field goal range. Davis scored 12 points and was 5-for-17 from the field. Texas State is now 2-3 in Southland Conference play and 8-9 overall. Lamar moves to 4-1, 13-5 overall. The Cardinals are atop the SLC West division standings. The Bobcats will play TexasSan Antonio in the I-35 Rivalry game Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum. UTSA is 3-1 in SLC play and 10-7 overall. The teams are currently tied at five points in the series for the season. —Report compiled by Lisa Carter

Women’s Basketball Review

Bridgette Cyr/Star file photo BOUNCING BACK: Victoria Davis, junior guard, and the Bobcats defend their home court during their Jan. 14 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Bobcats hope to bounce back after a road loss to the Cardinals Saturday.

Date Nov. 14 Nov. 16 Nov. 21 Nov. 22 Nov. 28 Nov. 29 Dec. 3 Dec. 9 Dec. 13 Dec. 21 Dec. 30 Jan. 3 Jan. 10 Jan. 14 Jan. 17 Jan. 21 Jan. 24

Opponent Drake University Iowa Navy Long Island Utah State Texas-El Paso Paul Quinn Huston-Tillotson Texas A&M Concordia Texas-Dallas Baylor Texas-Arlington Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Central Arkansas Sam Houston State Lamar

Location Des Moines, Iowa Iowa City, Iowa New York City, New York New York City, New York El Paso, Texas El Paso, Texas San Marcos, Texas San Marcos, Texas College Station, Texas San Marcos, Texas San Marcos, Texas Waco, Texas Arlington, Texas San Marcos, Texas San Marcos, Texas Huntsville, Texas Beaumont, Texas

Score 72-54 87-45 77-58 63-61 50-47 85-74 96-60 92-55 94-45 68-58 68-45 95-55 67-53 69-65 75-61 78-63 64-61


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