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Black Water Gospel spreads the word and rocks out the Triple Crown

Women’s basketball goes one up, one down in trip to Louisiana





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A A LIFE CELEBRATED: More than 100 people gathered at a memorial service for Cynthia Peterson, curriculum and instruction professor, on Thursday evening at the Alkek Teaching Theater. After the service, mourners were asked to take an envelope of wildflower seeds with them to plant in honor of Peterson’s love for them.



ASG swears in new senators, questions judicial candidate By Clayton Medford The University Star The Associated Student Government quizzed a candidate for district judge and swore in a new senator at its second meeting of the semester on Monday. Anna Martinez Boling, candidate for judge in the newly created 428th District Court, gave a brief synopsis of her life and discussed how she came to be a candidate. Boling told the senators she decided to become an attorney while pursuing a degree in graphic design at then-Southwest Texas State University. Boling was enthusiastic about her campaign. “I’m excited and this is an exhilarating and exhausting process,” Boling said. “I am looking forward to talking to Chris Jones about his experience. I am proud to see a student on the City Council.” Boling said she valued the senators’ input and fielded questions from several of them. Sen. and applied sociology senior Ed Sinclair asked Boling

her opinion of the use of prosecution when rehabilitation might have been more appropriate. “I don’t think an 18-year-old should be sent to prison for a drug problem. I think he needs to go through rehabilitation first,” Boling said. After Boling addressed the concerns of several senators, English sophomore Reagan Pugh was sworn in as ASG’s newest senator. Pugh filled the vacant seat left by former Sen. Meredith Cowan. Also inducted into ASG on Monday was biology sophomore Jason Milleur. “I feel like I have good leadership skills and good qualities when it comes to getting things done for students,” Milleur said. During his weekly report, ASG President Jordan Anderson said he expects the spring semester to be one of the busiest he has seen while in ASG. “There are more contracts on my desk (for review by ASG) than I’ve ever seen at one time,” See ASG, page 3

Women’s center seeking volunteers to assist with domestic abuse victims By Eloise Martin The University Star The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center is seeking volunteers to answer calls on their 24-hour HELPline, serve on the Hospital Emergency Advocacy Response Team and fill other volunteer positions to help local victims of abuse. In many cases, these volunteers are the first to speak with the victims. The first of three yearly Advocate Training sessions will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the HCWC. Volunteers will learn information about dynamics of sexual assault, family violence and child abuse and its impact on the victims. They will also have the opportunity to shadow other volunteers. Amber Titus-Love, volunteer and public education coordinator, said many volunteers at the

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Memorial services held for influential professor By Magen Gray The University Star


ore than 100 colleagues, friends and family gathered Thursday evening at the Alkek Teaching Theater for Cynthia Peterson’s memorial service. Peterson, curriculum and instruction professor, died Jan. 17 from renal cell carcinoma. David Caverly, Peterson’s husband and fellow curriculum and instruction professor, received each mourner with

a handshake or hug as condolences were exchanged. Curriculum and Instruction Chair Patrice Werner opened the service at 5:30 p.m. “This is certainly not the last time we will talk about or remember Cindy, but it’s a time where we can talk about her in our grief,” Werner said. Werner introduced a slideshow prepared by Caverly, which included pictures from Peterson’s childhood, college years, special vacations, award ceremonies and wedding See MEMORIAL, page 3

First-generation college students find support, belonging in premier organization By Jacqueline Davis The University Star Texas State may be one of the first universities in the nation to provide an organization targeting issues specific to first-generation students. The First-Generation Student Organization offers students a place to express the ups and downs of being the first in their family to attend college. “We are the first in the nation to have a group like this,” said Israel Najera, FGSO adviser. “You won’t find anything like this if you look on Google or any other place online. Texas State is the first college to have a group like this.” The idea of FGSO was first conceived in 1999 by Najera, a supervising counselor at the

ou won’t find anything like this “Y if you look on Google or any other place online. Texas State is the

first college to have a group like this.”

— Israel Najera FGSO adviser

Texas State Counseling Center. Najera said that the FGSO started as a support group, where he talked with students whose parents had either never been to college or had not completed college. Soon Najera and the students in this support group began to talk about forming a student organization, which was founded in 2000. Najera serves as the organization’s advisor. FGSO is primarily a service

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group, which sets the organization apart from fraternities and sororities, Najera said. The group is usually small, consisting of about 20 to 25 students who Najera said are not typically used to being members of organizations. FGSO’s brochure said that it is a good starting point for first generation students to begin participating in campus activities. See GENERATION, page 3

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City gets feedback from community concerning San Marcos’ future By Anna Heffley The University Star

cil to achieve. “We try to look long term as we go into the About 40 citizens budget cycle,” Narvaiz attended “What’s said. “The information Your Vision for San gathered tonight will Marcos?” the second help direct the City annual Citizens’ SumCouncil to prepare the mit Town Hall Meetannual budget.” ing on Thursday in To remind residents Susan Narvaiz the San Marcos Activof the importance ity Center. of their involvement Mayor Susan Narvaiz and the in democracy, Narvaiz invited San Marcos City Council hosted former President Thomas Jefthe meeting as a chance for resi- ferson, as portrayed by Colonial dents to express their ideas in an Williamsburg Interpreter Bill open forum. Barker, to speak. Narvaiz said the City Council “The town meeting most diheld its annual budget meet- rectly represents the citizens,” ing the following day, and they “Jefferson” said. wanted feedback from the comAfter the presentation, the munity about what issues to floor was opened for comments focus on and what goals the resi- from citizens. dents would like the City CounMany issues were discussed,

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shelter have personal experience or have a loved one who has personal experience with domestic violence and want to give back to the shelter. One main goal of the volunteers is to find ways for the victims to start focusing on the healing process. “For so long they have been focusing on being alive,” TitusLove said. “It is time to focus on them, to be an individual working on themselves.” Titus-Love said one of the main challenges of her job is breaking the myths and stereotypes of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse. “What I heard growing up was ‘stranger danger,’” she said. “It sets up a false sense of security that people we know would never hurt us. In reality, the majority of sex offenders are



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including the construction of a 360-space parking garage on Hutchinson Street between North LBJ Drive and North Guadalupe Street where the fire department is located. Scott Gregson, a member of the Main Street Advisory Board, said since Proposition 3 was passed approving relocation of the fire department, the city can combine its land and some of the land of Texas State to build a parking garage to alleviate some of the difficulty of finding parking downtown. “The benefits of finding a convenient, accessible and secure parking space downtown are obvious,” Gregson said. Annette Paulin, a resident of San Marcos for four years, said See CITY, page 3

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starsof texas state If you’ve attended one of the Texas Music History Unplugged concerts held each year on campus since 2000, then you’re acquainted with one of the exciting programs offered by Texas State’s Center for Texas Music History. The Center was founded in 1999 by Gary Hartman, associate professor of history, who saw the need to help students, scholars and the public to understand and preserve Texas’ musical heritage. In seven years, Dr. Hartman has raised more than $300,000 to support the Center’s pro-

grams, including undergraduate and graduate courses in Texas music history, exhibits and performances throughout the state, and publication of historical resources such as the Travelin’ Texas CD collection and the Handbook of Texas Music. Dr. Hartman also plays guitar with the band The Texas Swing Kings. Center for Texas Music History online

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EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Tuesday The Cycling Club will meet at 6 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 4-1.9. The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ organization meeting will be held at 5 p.m. in the Academic Services Building, Room 315. There will be a Night Prayer at 9 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center. The Bobcat Build Planning Committee interest meeting will meet at 6 p.m. in the LBJ Dining Room 2. The Hispanic Business Student Association meets at 5 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-5.1. Wednesday ACOA/Dysfunctional Families Group meets from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. Facing the Fear: An Anxiety/ Panic Group will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the Counseling Center. There will be a student-led Bible study in the CSC lounge. The Student Chapter of Association of Information Technology Professionals is holding its first meeting at 5 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-3.1.

Events Tuesday Feminist Majority presents a free screening of Never Go

Back to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade and discuss events for the upcoming semester at 6 p.m. in Evans Liberal Arts Building, Room 114.

The Life & Times of J. Frank Dobie: “Mr. Texas” will begin to display in the Southwestern Writers Collection on the 7th floor of Alkek Library.



The Study Abroad Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Academic Services Building Breezeway. For more information, contact the Office of Study Abroad Programs at (512) 245-2322. A celebration for Criminal Justice Career Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the LBJSC Ballroom. Numerous federal, state and local criminal justice agencies will be present. Students of all majors are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit www. Career Services will be holding job-shadowing registration in the LBJSC, Room 5-7.1. For more information, please contact Career Services at (512) 245-2465. The Society of Professional Journalists will host an internship event with Drew Marcks, assistant managing editor for the Austin-American Statesman, at 6:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 201.

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

Arts & Entertainment Wednesday

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

Daily Beat


Monthly drug tests continue in San Marcos secondary schools

Applications are due for the Latin American Business Certificate Export Fellows Program, which teaches hands-on training in the basics of exporting. For more information, please contact Marlene Silcocks at (512) 245-9962, or e-mail her at ms41@txstate. edu. The Writing Center will be holding a GSP review from 1 to 2 p.m. in Flowers Hall, Room G09. For more information, please call The Writing Center at (512) 245-3018. Wednesday The Writing Center will be holding a grammar and mechanics workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. in Flowers Hall, Room G09. No appointment required. For more information, please contact The Writing Center. CALENDAR SUBMISSION POLICY Calendar submissions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events at or call (512) 245-3487 for more information. E-mailed press releases will not be accepted. If using e-mail, please submit as a simple bulleted list of essential information. Submissions are on a first come, first served basis and notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted every week they will take place. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.

A. D. Brown/Star photo Members of the Texas State softball team practice Monday afternoon in preparation for the upcoming season. Look for The Star’s Baseball/ Softball Guide special insert in Thursday’s paper.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department Jan. 26, 1:48 p.m. Driving While License Invalid/Russell Circle A police officer made contact with a vehicle for a traffic stop. Upon further investigation, a student was arrested for driving while license invalid and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. Jan 27, 8:53 a.m. Information Report: Medical Emergency/N. LBJ A student reported to a police officer that he had fallen off his skateboard, injuring his hand and mouth. The student refused medical transportation. Crime stoppers: UPD 245-7867

Jan. 27, 1:43 p.m. Welfare Concern/Highland Drive A student reported to a police officer that she received an email stating that another student may injure herself. The police officer made contact with the student of concern and the student stated everything was fine. A report was made of the incident. Jan 28, 3:29 a.m. Information Report: Medical Emergency/San Jacinto Hall A student reported to a police officer that another student was unresponsive because of alcohol. The student was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for medical evaluation. SMPD 353-TIPS

In early 2004, a committee of parents and teachers studied the policies of other Texas school districts pertaining to random drug testing of secondary students and submitted their recommendations to the San Marcos CISD School Board. By spring of 2004, the school board had studied the committee’s research and recommendations and voted to implement random drug testing for seventh through twelfth grade students involved in extracurricular activities. The program was put into action in August 2004. Steve Van Nest serves as the SMCISD Drug Testing Administrator. Van Nest met with secondary school principals, campus drug testing liaisons and sponsors of extracurricular programs on Jan. 27 to make sure that all the program directors were working collaboratively to maintain an active list of students enrolled in extracurricular programs and were uniformly following policy procedure. If a parent has a question about a drug test result or the SMCISD program, they should first contact their child’s extracurricular sponsor, the campus Drug Testing Liaison and the campus principal. — Courtesy of San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District


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ceremony. Co-worker Lucy McDonald spoke about Peterson’s professional work. McDonald said that Peterson had the gift of teaching and the gift to inspire. Peterson received her bachelor’s in English from the University of San Diego, her master’s in Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and her doctorate at the University of Texas. Peterson began her career in education as a high school English teacher and librarian in Louisiana. Peterson was an associate professor at Texas State since 1993. McDonald said that Peterson authored and co-authored more than 30 national and international scholarly publications. “But statistics alone don’t celebrate a life,” McDonald said. McDonald spoke about celebrating life on the horizon and related it to Peterson’s legacy at Texas State. McDonald said that Peterson especially helped “struggling students persevere to attain excellence.” Werner introduced Adrienne Whitehurst as Peterson’s “infamous best friend.” Whitehurst said she met Peterson at the University of San

In honor of Dr. Cynthia Peterson, a scholarship fund has been created. Contributions can be mailed to: Dr. Peterson Memorial Scholarship Texas State University 601 University Drive ED 3045 San Marcos, Texas 78666

Diego. “Most friendships burn brightly through circumstance and then whither naturally on the winds of change, but not with Cindy and me,” Whitehurst said. “We just clicked.” After Peterson moved to Louisiana, Whitehurst said many of their best memories were made during trips to New Orleans, especially for Mardi Gras. Despite the physical distance between the two, they remained best friends. “Cindy kept every letter and card that I ever sent to her. I think it’s safe to tell you that there’s no one else in my life who has done that,” Whitehurst said. Shortly after Peterson was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, Whitehurst was diagnosed with breast cancer. “We prayed together, expressed our fears together, but most often, we laughed,” Whitehurst said. “Cindy never lost her quirky and endearing sense of

humor.” Whitehurst said that Peterson achieved her personal and professional goals. “All of her life she was focused, determined and just plain stubborn,” Whitehurst said. Whitehurst said that Caverly was more beloved to her than anything. “She found her soul mate at last, the love of her life. No one could have been more supportive, loving or present than that man in this past year. He never gave up,” Whitehurst said. Whitehurst thanked Caverly from the bottom of her heart. Werner opened the floor to family and audience members. Ruth Little, Peterson’s mother, shared stories about Peterson’s way of doing things during her childhood. “She used to iron her shoelaces,” Little said. One of Peterson’s nontraditional students said that without Peterson, he wouldn’t be a teacher.

Nathan Bond, curriculum and instruction professor, said that Peterson was his mentor in the department. “She taught me to remain calm in the storms of life. She had a special way of making people feel comfortable and confident,” Bond said. “Cindy embodied what it meant to be a professor.” Bond told about how elegant and composed Peterson was on the surface and how much fun she was as a person. “Cindy’s life forced me to stop and examine my life and my legacy,” Bond said. Werner closed the service by asking the audience to take wildflower seeds from the baskets at the theater’s exit. “Peterson loved wildflowers,” Werner said. Following the service, audience members continued to reflect on Peterson’s life. “As a family member, I was aware of Cindy’s academic accomplishments, but I’m discovering more here,” said John Kral, Peterson’s brother-in-law. Margie Montana ordered books for Peterson in the curriculum and instruction department. “She was very neat. Even her books had to be a certain way. And she was always smiling. Always smiling,” Montana said.

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Anderson said. One of those contracts is the new transportation contract with Cognisa Transportation. The contract is slated to be reviewed by ASG during the next two meetings and will then be voted on by the student body, Anderson said. Anderson called the contract renewal “probably the biggest issue this semester.” Management junior and Sen. Israel Ruiz presented legislation that would bring the USA Today Collegiate Readership Program to Texas State. The program, according to the legislation, addresses the declining state of the current choices of news media that are

presented to students by offering three national or statewide newspapers at no up front cost to the students. The three newspapers will be chosen based on campus-wide surveys conducted by program representatives. The legislation offered suggestions for the use of the program. “This collegiate readership program could be introduced to the university seminar classes in order to allow freshman and transfer students to be involved in the knowledge of current events outside the university,” stated the legislation. Representatives from the program will attend next Monday’s ASG meeting to give details about the program before senators vote on the legislation.

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Najera said the FGSO is helping to sponsor a conference open to all students on April 18. Alfred Lubrano, author of Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams, is expected to be the keynote speaker. FGSO also offers opportunities for mentoring. Najera said that besides offering student guidance, the group works to put together panel discussions with high school students. The purpose of these panels is to encourage students toward higher education and to encourage them to form clubs of their own in their high schools. Michelle Uballe, public relations senior and first-generation student, said she wished she would have known about the group when she first came to Texas State. Uballe, the youngest of

seven children, said she is the only one of her family going to college, and that neither of her parents graduated high school. Uballe said that a difficult part of being a first-generation student is not feeling able to talk about what she is going through to people back at home who have always helped her in other areas of her life. “It’s really awesome, because you’re the first, and it’s an overwhelming pressure to succeed,” Uballe said. “It’s like it’s supposed to be the door to money, and that’s just not always the case.” For more information about FGSO, contact Israel Najera at (512) 2452208 or contact the organization’s president, Denise Garza, at (512) 396-8413.

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she was fearful of losing places to raise a family. “As a family that’s just starting out, we’re having a very hard time finding places to live that aren’t getting saturated by the student population,” Paulin said. “I enjoy students, but I’m in a different phase of my life than a lot of my neighbors.” Paulin suggested a clear designation of student residential areas and family residential areas. Jim Cunningham, long-time resident, said he felt like the City Council should focus on creating well-paying jobs for young people who wanted to stay here and earn a living. “We need to put a very strong emphasis on the creation of more jobs that will sustain a higher level of income for the younger people of our community who want to stay and make a good living,” Cunningham said. Other ideas were the creation of bikeways and walkways, the addition of an Austin Community College campus in San Marcos, repairs to the Heavenly Way Cemetery, the creation of more parks and renovations to the animal shelter. “The City Council will use these notes at the visioning workshop and budget meeting,” said Collette Jamison, director of administrative services. “Before they got together, the City Council wanted to know how citizens feel and what their ideas were.”

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walking with a broken arm and her baby. Titus-Love said a people victims know.” situation such as this can hapTitus-Love said the shel- pen no matter where a victim ter has more family violence lives. reports than sexual assault “It can happen in a small reports annually, but she said town, a highly educated town, this may not be an actual rep- it doesn’t matter,” she said. “It resentation of the numbers. crosses the line of race, educa“People who tion level and have been vicgender.” tims of sexual For victims assault or under the age sexual vioof 17, HCWC lence are often provides serashamed and vices at Roxsometimes anne’s House. believe it is The counseltheir fault,” —Amber Titus-Love ing center is Titus-Love a place for Hays-Caldwell Women’s said. “They children to Center volunteer explain, feel it is their on fault if alcohol camera, any was involved or if they were at abuse they have suffered or someone else’s apartment or witnessed. were on a date.” Cindy “Robbie” Roberson, She said victims should nev- administrative assistant at er be ashamed. Roxanne’s House, said the in“It is not ever a victim’s fault, terview process at the counselno matter what happened,” Ti- ing center is done to prevent tus-Love said. the children from having to Titus-Love said victims may repeat details of the incialso fear they will have to face dent more than necessary. It the perpetrator, a step they also allows emotions to come may not be ready to take. At through that may not be apthe shelter, victims do not have parent in a written statement. to file a report, but instead “It captures demeanor,” they may use the shelter as a Roberson said. place to discuss their feelings Roberson said the interview and explore options. is also important because it “We would be taking on the takes the children away from role of an abuser if we told anyone they may be afraid to them what to do,” she said. talk to. The shelter began in 1978 “For kids, it is easier to talk as a center for women who to a stranger than a parent who wanted to support each other they think they might upset,” personally and professionally. Roberson said. “Even if it is The women wanted to share not their fault, they don’t like ideas about being indepen- to see their parents upset.” dent. The center then began In addition to Roxanne’s receiving calls from rape and House and victim assistance, violence victims who needed the center also provides counshelter and a place to stay. The seling for victims, a donation women realized there was not center and volunteers to speak a place for these victims in the to schools about various toparea and opened the shelter. ics, such as healthy relationOne of the first calls came ships and personal boundaries. from a woman who had es- Their services are free. caped her abusive husband Advocate training for volunin Kyle. She was picked up by teers will also be held in June the police when she was seen and October.


t is not ever the victim’s fault, no matter what happened.”


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SPREADING THE WORD: Juan Gutierrez, seen here, from the band Black Water Gospel rocks the Triple Crown Thursday with his amazing vocals.


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churn out beautiful, tight compositions, and it sure doesn’t lie within a particular genre. It comes from the brutal fact of being one act among the thousands that grace the greater Austin area. History has shown

that good acts often, unfortunately, fall between the cracks, and this happens to far too many in the Live Music Capital. Hours of work gone into compositions and intense gigging often lead to only a modicum

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of success. For some musicians, this level of recognition is fine, but for those that truly excel and don’t get the recognition they deserve, it can be a devastating disappointment. Thursday night, the smoky

confines of San Marcos’ The Triple Crown played host to the sounds of Black Water Gospel There is a certain stigma as— a band birthed out of the signed to up-and-coming bands “church of non-conforming in this area. It doesn’t lie within rockers,” according to the bio the group’s style and ability to posted on its Web site. Having only formed a little more than two years ago, this San Marcos/Austin outfit — vocalist Juan Gutierrez, bassist Dan White, guitarist Jesse Duke and drummer Andy Morris — serves up raucous Americana in the form of catchy, melodic fits of passion that remind one instantly of Tom Petty and Uncle Tupelo. One might be quick to call it alt-country, but that would be limiting this multiinfluenced group’s sound. “I’m into Pearl Jam; if you’re from El Paso or San Antonio, that’s the band,” Gutierrez said. “I’ve always liked that style of music, but this guy Jesse (Duke) brought it to my attention. Stuff like Ryan Adams, Uncle Tupelo, the Jayhawks.” And Black Water Gospel has been receiving a lot of attention in the past two years. The boys have made their rounds in some of Austin’s more popular venues and seem to be creating a response overseas. Though conquest of Austin’s competitive music scene may be in their future, Gutierrez said San Marcos provides a much more welcoming environment. “We’ve talked about that,” Gutierrez said. “There’s so many bands in Austin. It’s hard. I’ve just moved back over here (to San Marcos), and as much as I Mark Decker/Star photo love the live music and even as ROCK FUSION: Black Water Gospel performs at the Triple Crown. The band has become a favorite amongst locals with its mix of unique much as I go out to see it, I just hard rock sound and “alt country fusion.” don’t want to see another band.

That’s why I like San Marcos, because it’s more like an event.” Newly established Fat Caddy Records, out of Austin, picked up the band and released its self-titled debut in September. The label currently holds just one other act on its roster. “We met a bunch of people that believe in us (at Fat Caddy),” Gutierrez said. “They treat us well there.” Grammy-nominated producer Michael Ramos (whose résumé includes acts from John Mellencamp to the BoDeans, produced the band’s raw debut. Thanks largely to Ramos’ work, the album, most of whose songs were completed in just a few takes, offers an energy similar that of the band’s live shows. “(Ramos) happened to see one of our shows in Austin,” Gutierrez said. “I’ve always been a Patty Griffith and Mellencamp fan. He’s the guy I envisioned would be the one for us at that time. He did a hell of a job.” As energetic as the CD is, the live show is where Black Water Gospel thrives. There is a certain intensity that is evident in the foursome’s performance. Gutierrez exhibits the vocal sustain of Van Morrison and the graveled nuance of a punk rocker sounding off his most disillusioned admissions. “That’s the fun part, dude,” Gutierrez claims. “We’re working out a bunch of different songs, and it’s just cool to play live. We’re constantly writing.” Black Water Gospel’s self-titled album is available at www. or at Waterloo Records in Austin.

Oscars likely to follow box office popularity with Brokeback Mountain, Capote By Terry Lawson Detroit Free Press One critic to another in a Sundance Film Festival lineup: Critic No. 1: “So, I guess this will be the gay Academy

Awards.” Critic No. 2: “I thought all the Academy Awards were gay.” Before you conclude critic No. 2 is homophobic or employed by Maxim or Spike TV, stand down; she is of the gay

demographic. In fact, she was using the word the way a lot of high-schoolers, and morning DJs do, to indicate that an activity is something less than truly manly. Critic No. 1 was simply pointing out that when the Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday, the film likely to take the lion’s share of nominations are Brokeback Mountain, a movie about two men in love, and Capote, a film about one man in love — with himself. Critic No. 2 was also making a point, though somewhat more flippantly. On the rare occasions when art and popular entertainment merge, as they so happily did with The Lord of the Rings: Return of the

King, Oscar voters are thrilled to second a public that votes at the box office. They will do this even when a film simply aspires to greatness, as did Titanic. But faced with rewarding well-intentioned yet seriously flawed Hollywood films like this year’s Munich or King Kong, they will go with the independent film every time. That noted, it is impossible to deny what’s implied by the faceoff between Brokeback Mountain — almost certain to earn nominations for best picture, actor, adapted screenplay, supporting actress, cinematography and other technical awards — and Capote, with expected nominations for picture, actor, supporting actress and adapted

screenplay. The Academy Awards show will devote much of its time honoring films that directly address a subject that could once only be addressed indirectly, in films like Midnight Cowboy. Even Tom Hanks’ Oscar for Philadelphia seemed more like a show of social responsibility — and moviegoers’ love for Hanks — than a true belief that his was the outstanding achievement in acting by a male performer in that particular year. Likely nominees Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck would not have been made had Warner Brothers not wanted to remain in the good graces of successful producers Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney. That does not negate the fact that they made Oscar-worthy movies, with equal parts craftsmanship and art. By contrast, few would argue Felicity Huffman, playing a pre-op transsexual in Trans-

america, is being nominated because of the film’s negligible political content. It’s because Huffman effectively, touchingly convinced us she was a woman trapped in man’s machinery, just as Reese Witherspoon was convincing as hillbilly royalty. There is no end to the movies and performances that will be overlooked because Academy members, and the public, failed to notice them. I’ll be sad if Shirley MacLaine and Toni Colette aren’t recognized for In Her Shoes, or Jeff Daniels for The Squid and the Whale. And it will be an equally sad oversight if A History of Violence or The Constant Gardener are slighted because their box office didn’t approach their critical acclaim. Yet if Oscar nominations for Brokeback Mountain and Capote and dark horse Crash inspire a few people to see them on screen or on DVD, then an American tradition has performed a worthwhile duty.


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New Year’s resolutions can come later than Jan. 1 VESTA RODRIGUEZ Entertainment Columnist On my trip back to San Marcos from the break, I thought a lot about the events that occurred during the break and my future endeavors I would encounter during this spring semester. Feelings of excitement filled me, yet there was still a slight feeling of emptiness. I realized I was still in need of a job, I was still going 18 years strong without a boyfriend and I was still in the exact same trivial place with my family. Then I realized I had yet to form a New Year’s resolution. While these thoughts filled my head, I realized something even bigger, and I had

an epiphany. We are all living here on this earth dreaming, living, breathing, hoping, stressing, laughing and crying. When it comes down to it, we are all just living our days on this earth together as people. Almost all of us worry about such unimportant, tedious things of drudgery for no reason. I am obviously guilty of this, and sometimes I get so caught up in these worries that I forget about the important things in life. Many people I’ve known have died recently. Many of them were elderly, but one was a young, beautiful girl. My friend was killed recently in my hometown. She was a great person, so full of life — and she was taken so early. During the break, my mother and I stopped by my

grandmother’s grave, and the anguish and pain within my mother broke my heart. I also realized that I will more than likely be in that situation one day. I can’t bare the thought. So amongst these thoughts and with the beginning of a new year as well as a new semester, I have my New Year’s resolution. It is to make the best out of every day and to tell my loved ones how much I appreciate them. Though it is late in January and many have already blew off their resolutions, go ahead and try it out again. To all who have stuck with their resolutions — congratulations! And to those who have not even thought of the subject — it is not too late to gather up your thoughts and have an epiphany of your own.


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quotesof the day “Butcher of Washington, you are not only defeated and a liar, but also a failure. You are a curse on your own nation,” — Ayman al-Zawahiri, second in command of Al-Qaeda, to President Bush in a videotaped message broadcast Monday.

“This is not an organization that is ever going to sit down and sign a truce. I think you have to destroy them. It’s the only way to deal with them.”

—Vice President Dick Cheney in response to Osama bin Laden’s audiotaped call for a truce with the United States. (Source: Al-Jazeera)

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Hamas victory illustrates dilemma of ‘spreading democracy’ in Mideast Wednesday saw one of the most impressive displays to date of democracy in the Arab world as the Palestinian people went to the polls in numbers that shame any U.S. election in recent memory. With more than 75 percent voter turnout and no reports of major election code violations, the Palestinian elections appear to be an unvarnished success. Not only were the numbers impressive, but Palestinian voters gave only 45 of the 132 Palestinian Legislative Council seats to the Fatah faction that has controlled the Palestinian Authority since the last parliamentary elections, 10 years ago. In voting out Fatah, Palestinians have taken out of power a party that is accused of widespread corruption and has demonstrated gross incompetence. Outgoing President Mahmoud Abbas is said to have ties with the Black September Organization that carried out the Munich Olympics hostage taking. The late President Yasser Arafat has been accused of endorsing and tolerating years of terrorist attacks against Israel. The winning party in this month’s elections is the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, which took 76 parliamentary seats. Hamas was originally supported by Israel in the 1970s in an attempt to weaken Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization. More recently they have provided healthcare and human services to Palestinian refugees that the corrupt, Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority could not offer. Palestinians overwhelmingly chose to replace a corrupt and inefficient government with terrorist ties with a grassroots organization that provided social services long before it could even hope to be in power. What’s the problem? As you may know, Hamas is an Islamic militant organization pledged to the destruction of Israel. The United States, European Union and Israel recognize Hamas as a terrorist organization. We are now seeing what democracy in the Middle East may bring. After 100 years of claims of Western imperialism in the Middle East and repeated claims by political and religious leaders that the Western powers support Israel in an attempt to undermine Islam and its people, the denizens of the Middle East are not likely to elect officials friendly to the Unites States or our allies. The Bush administration pointed to the success of its Middle East policy after Lebanon moved toward a Syrian withdrawal from its territories. Even now, the pro-Syrian Islamic fundamentalist group Hezbollah holds significant sway in Lebanon. How are we going to handle a Lebanese election where Hezbollah gains control of the government? It’s very possible that what happened in the Palestinian territories last week is indicative of what will happen if democracy really does come to the Middle East. Islamic fundamentalists have launched open attacks against the oppressive and corrupt regime of Saudi Arabia. Afghan President Pervez Musharraf, a close ally of the United States, took power during a military coup. Now religious leaders in that country are calling for his ouster. Once we remove our military might from Iraq and Afghanistan, why should we assume the democratic processes we set up there will empower leaders friendly to our interests in the region? More than likely they will choose, as the Palestinians did, to vote for religious fanatics hostile to the United States. Democracy in the Middle East, as admirable a goal as it may be, is not necessarily compatible with peace and stability in the region, or in the interests of the Unites States and our allies. 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.

Ahmad Khateib/KRT Palestinian schoolchildren after a national education lesson at the Dar Al-Arqam school, founded by the late leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas in Gaza City. Around the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinians are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst as Hamas leaders lay out their social agenda, which so far includes segregating boys and girls at school and requiring all women to wear conservative Muslim head-coverings.

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Coulter speaks, but America shouldn’t listen I’ve often nitwit seriously? I thought it would be can’t figure it out. easier to be a coFor example, here median rather than are some of her a columnist. It’s previous greatest basically the same hits. job when you think On May 17, about it. When a 2003, in GuardSEAN WARDWELL comedian runs out ian, speaking Star Columnist of material, though, about Sept. 11, he can always revert Coulter said, “If to d**k jokes to get a laugh. Chicago had been hit, I assure There’s not a lot for us to you New Yorkers would not revert to because once a place have cared. What was stunor person has been sucked ning when New York was hit dry, there tends to be no gowas how the rest of America ing back. In short, it’s hard to rushed to New York’s defense. stay fresh. New Yorkers would have been However, there are people like, ‘It’s tough for them; now who seem to have no end of let’s go back to our Calvin riches and places where the Klein fashion shows.’” land is always fertile. I have Or, on Feb. 6, 2001, on “Poa love/hate relationship with litically Incorrect,” Coulter these places because, unforsaid, “I think women should tunately, they’re usually utter be armed but should not vote vortexes of stupidity. It’s nice … women have no capacity to have such riches to work to understand how money with, yet sad that civilization is earned. They have a lot must pay such a high karmic of ideas on how to spend it. price for having them around It’s always more money on in the first place. education, more money on Ann Coulter is such a perchild care, more money on son. day care.” On Friday, Coulter, speakMy personal favorite comes ing at Philander Smith Colfrom an Oct. 20, 2005, speech lege in Little Rock, Ark., said, to the University of Florida. “We need somebody to put Coulter said, “Frankly, I’m rat poisoning in Justice (John not a big fan of the First Paul) Stevens’ crème brûlée,” Amendment.” further adding, “That’s just a That’s just a delicious study joke, for you in the media.” in irony there. Ann Coulter Curse those stiffs in the makes her living as a politimedia! Don’t they know that cal observer, albeit not a very murder is hilarious? Why do good one, but does not think so many people still take this women should be allowed

to vote. She’s a published and, for reasons beyond understanding, a successful editorialist who is not a fan of the First Amendment. For that matter she claims to love America yet disdains the most primary and necessary of amendments, the one that defines our freedom and therefore our personality. Given all that, I don’t see how people can read her writing and not notice that overpowering stench that can only be explained by the presence of pure, seething evil. Making jokes about the premeditated murder of a Supreme Court justice is not funny. If anything, Coulter should fall on her knees and thank the dark lord she worships for the First Amendment, because it really is the only thing saving her. People in other countries have been made to vanish for saying less. But perhaps that’s the country she wants anyway. Let’s peruse the Ann Coulter America where women don’t get to vote, the press is subject to violence, people can’t say what they want and the country is of one mandatory faith. Sounds a lot like Afghanistan under the Taliban, doesn’t it? This becomes even funnier, though, because in 2001 Ann Coulter wrote after the Sept. 11 attacks that we should invade the countries that were celebrating the de-

struction — such as Afghanistan — kill their leaders and forcibly convert their populations to Christianity. That makes a lot of sense. I think it was in the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus commanded his followers to go forth and spread the word, but only after they busted a cap in the local leader’s ass. It’s too bad that the media is so interested in money these days. It used to be the truth, but it wasn’t cost effective, so they switched. Ultimately, that’s why Coulter continues to have an audience. Of course, there are those who honestly believe her — the clinically insane — and those like me who just can’t believe what they are hearing. Either way, it moves copy. So, if she’s beneath contempt, why devote a column to her? Why give her unneeded publicity? Because as repellant as she is, some people believe she represents mainstream America, and that’s truly frightening. Sure, it’s obvious and ultimately pointless opposition, but sometimes opposing something is its own reward. Oh, I just thought of a little joke of my own. Perhaps we should drop Ms. Coulter in the middle of Iraq with nothing but a Bush campaign T-shirt and a pair of sneakers. That’s a funny joke, right? No. It isn’t at all.

Google abandons American principles

Letter to the Editor

LOS ANGELES — It used ate in the world’s fastest-growing STAFF EDITORIAL market. to be that Google, the popular Daily Trojan (USC) search engine-cum internaOf course, Google’s reason for tional advertising juggernaut, coalescing to the authoritarian considered itself a responsible government is understandable: corporation. And by most measures, it suc- China currently has 100 million Internet ceeded. users and is expected to have the world’s Shortly after its incorporation, the uplargest Internet audience in as little as five start adopted the quirky motto, “Don’t Be years. Evil,” as a recognition of the sometimes But it’s close to inevitable that the Chideplorable manner in which multinational nese government will soon ask Google for corporations can operate. the identity of a citizen who searches for And so it was: Employees enjoyed gener- such subversive words as “democracy.” ous health insurance, copious savings plans Competitors Yahoo! and Microsoft, and stock options, expanded vacation time to name just two offenders, long ago caand all the other hallmarks of an enlightpitulated to the authoritarian regime’s ened employer at a time when their ranks demands. Just last year, for instance, Yahoo! are fading fast. gave the Chinese government information And sacrificing short-term gains for that led to the arrest, conviction and problong-term credibility, Google refused to able torture of journalist and democracy blur the line between advertising and activist Shi Tao. editorial content as their competitors’ It’s a sad sign of the times when Americompanies did. The site clearly marked all can companies abandon the cardinal valadvertising on its site as such and ordered ues that made our country’s business and employees to adhere to journalistic ethical political climate so strong in the first place, standards of clarity even though the only to pursue business with a government that argument for doing so was moral. rejects freedom. Then something happened. Executives Especially because, “Don’t Be Evil” be who said they wouldn’t sacrifice principle damned, Google told the world it was diffor profit did exactly that, reaching an ferent. agreement with the Chinese government to censor search results in return for the This editorial originally appeared in the easing of restrictions on its right to operJan. 30 Daily Trojan.

“It’s the exact same star that’s on the Lone Star beer bottle,” said Senate Chair Bill Stone, criminal justice professor, noting the official university logo is an image of Old Main. (The University Star, Jan. 26) Are you kidding me? A professor who’s been nominated for a presidential award for teaching makes a bonehead comment like this and the rest of the senate is supposed to be convinced? Last I checked, this logo wasn’t designed with beer in mind, but rather it’s long-standing symbol in naval history as guidance and protection. Later associations use it as a personal symbol for “finding your way” in life. God forbid a billion-dollar name change and complete branding and identity for this university includes a symbol of such power for college students searching for their own path. And while we’re at trashing school logos, I propose to the senate that the bearded-eagle “Supercat” logo go into the chipper and let the professors with real school spirit up in the Mitte Building give us our own unique cat … maybe one similar to the Fat Cat Brewery mascot? — John Tullis communication design senior

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HELP NEEDED for a Specialty Tree Care Company. Candidates should be detail-oriented and appreciate demanding outdoor work. Job Location- Wimberley. OAK WILT SPECIALISTS OF TEXAS 888-453-1593 OUTGOING STUDENT NEEDED to distribute fliers on Feb. 13-14 flexible hours $10 per hour. 1-800-927-9194.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2005 - Page 8

(Source: ESPN News)

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Effort not enough for Bobcats to garner win Men’s basketball now 2-15 after weekend game By Chris Boehm The University Star Back-to-back Charles Dotson career scoring nights could not save the Bobcats, as Texas State dropped its sixth and seventh consecutive loses over the weekend. The junior forward notched 24 points against both the University of Louisiana-Monroe and Northwestern State, but Texas State remains winless in Southland Conference play with 10 games left in the regular season. “We’re still looking at it one game at a time,” said Coach Dennis Nutt. “We mentioned once to the guys how our league works, as far as the tournament goes.” Texas State, 2-15, could not take advantage of an early first half lead Saturday, as Northwestern used an 18-3 run to go up big before intermission en route to a 89-71 shellacking. Senior Clifton Lee led the way on offense with 16 points. “Lee can do it all,” Nutt said before the weekend’s games. “He can go inside and out. I’ve seen those seniors grow up together, and they do a great job.” Lee did do it all, contributing six boards, four assists and a steal in NSU head coach Mike McConathy’s 100th career win. Texas State put together a 6GUARDED: Freshman center Trevor Cook (0), seen here guarded by Byron Allen (2), put forth a strong effort in the Bobcats’ 89-71 loss to Northwestern State, scoring 11 points to go along with five rebounds, two blocks, two assists and one steal.

Photo courtesy of Northwestern State Media Relations

0 run to take a 25-24 lead with five minutes and 52 seconds to go in the first half before NSU showed why it sits atop the conference standings. Texas State managed just three more points in the half, left staring at a 14-point deficit going into intermission. “They put something together in the last three minutes, and NSU has a great defense. They forced us into some quick possessions and turnovers,” Nutt said. “We fought back to within four a couple of times, but they just pulled away in the end.” The game marked the end of a stellar January for Dotson, who paced the team offensively in six of seven games. The transfer from Tennessee scored at least 23 points in his last three games, and Saturday he picked up his second doubledouble of the season with 11 rebounds. “He’s that force we’ve needed for some time,” Nutt said. “He’s been more confident of late, and he’s done a better job working hard in transition to get into position.” Two nights earlier, the Bobcats fell in an 80-75 thriller against the sixth-place Indians, who sit at 4-3 following a trouncing of Texas-San Antonio Saturday. The game came down to a missed-three pointer from center Trevor Cook with 13 seconds on the clock. The

freshman knocked down a trey 12 seconds earlier to get his team within two. “That’s just part of the struggle we’ve got to overcome,” Nutt said. “We’ve got to find a way to get this turned around.” Down 74-65 with 1:42 left, Dotson scored a put-back after rebounding a missed free throw from Cook. Antwoine Blanchard then hit one of two free throws, the latter corralled by Dotson for a second late bucket that made the score 7572. A pair of free throws from the Indian’s Lance Brasher set the stage for Cook’s two desperation shots. “It’s sort of a catch-22,” Nutt said. “You’ve got to win to get confidence, but you need enough confidence to pick up that first win.” Texas State overcame a 20point deficit in the second half to get back in the game. The Bobcats went on an 110 run with 16 minutes in the game, ignited by a lay-up from Dotson and three-pointer by Brandon Bush (10 points). A JuShay Rockett slam punctuated the offensive explosion. In addition to Dotson, Cook, Bush and Blanchard, all scored in double-figures for Texas State. The Bobcats return to action at home Thursday against Southeastern Louisiana University. Game time is 7 p.m.

Monty Marion/Star photo SIZING IT UP: Sophomore forward Joyce Ekworomadu (22), sizes up her competition from Louisiana-Monroe’s Melanie Williams during the Bobcats’ Thusday loss. Ekworomadu was later named the Southland Conference’s Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the games played from Jan. 23 through the 29.

Overtime heroics lead to weekend split By Nathan Brooks The University Star The 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 115 (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 (conference) race. We got a good effort tonight,” said head coach Suzanne Fox. The Bobcats got out to a 3219 lead with 3 minutes and 19 seconds 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 and dishing the ball off to Tamara Thompson for an easy lay-up. The Bobcats scored five points in under 11 seconds to retake the lead at 40-37 with just more than 13:30 remaining in the contest. The game remained close un-


o get this win was big. After two losses in a row we needed to protect our home floor, and stay in the [conference] race. We got a good effort tonight.”

—Suzanne Fox women’s basketball coach

til SHSU’s Brittney Harris converted a three-point play off a lay-up and a Bobcat foul with 4:47 left in regulation, giving the Bearkats a 52-53 lead. Time reserve guard Ashley Leffingwell responded for the Bobcats by hitting a threepointer just seconds later to give Texas State a 55-53 lead with just under 4 minutes remaining in the second half. Both teams would exchange buckets in the last minute to tie the game up at 57-57 at the end of regulation. The Bobcats started off overtime with a big three-pointer from Tamara Thompson to gain the early 60-57 advantage. “Tamara hit a huge shot to start overtime. We’re starting to get her really good touches, and she’s been hitting the shots,” Fox said. Thompson scored the Bobcats’ first four points in overtime, after connecting on one of

two free throws at the 3:58 mark in over time. On the afternoon, Thompson led the Bobcats with 24 points on nine of 15 shooting and added seven rebounds to her credit. Also coming up big for Texas State in overtime was Leffingwell; the freshman scored six of her 15 points after regulation. “Leffingwell stepped up, and we need help outside of the starting lineup to be good. She took really good shots and hit them,” Fox said. Texas State went on to outscore SHSU 16-6 in overtime, stopping their two game slide and putting them right back in the thick of the Southland Conference race. With two home games against Louisiana-Monroe and Northwestern State scheduled for later this week, the Bobcats can move their way up the conference standings before hitting the road in the beginning of February.


W 77-69

12/10 vs. UTPA

W 67-65

01/07 @ Lamar

W 73-67

11/22 vs. UT-PB

W 85-40

12/16 @ SDS

L 67-51

01/12 vs. UT-A

L 88-54

11/25 vs. TAMPV

W 78-46

12/20 @ Nebraska L 96-47

01/19 @ SFA

L 82-49

11/26 vs. MVS

W 85-81

12/29 @ UTPA

W 59-47

01/21 vs. SHS

W 73-63

11/30 vs. HT

W 95-61

12/30 @ UTEP

L 76-63

01/26 vs. ULM

L 69-63

01/05 @ SHS

W 68-59

01/28 vs. NSU

W 76-71

12/06 vs. Schreiner W 102-43

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