Bush, Kerry & bones
Basketball player always wanted to come to Texas State/Sports/Page 10
Spoken word scene grows in tri-city area/Trends/Page 6
Presidential rivals both members of questionable secret society/Opinions/Page 5
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Narvaiz announces mayoral ambitions
T E X A S S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y- S A N M A R C O S
Child assault charges filed by academy By Kassia Micek Assistant News Editor
City Council member wants to unite city. By Jennifer Wisnoski News Reporter
A San Marcos City Council member has announced she will run for mayor during the May city elections. Susan Narvaiz, Place 3 City Council member and president and chief executive officer of Sedona Staffing, announced her plans last week. “I am focusing on bringing decorum to the Council and bringing the city together,” NARVAIZ Narvaiz said. Narvaiz has served on many boards, including the Youth Commission, Texas Association of Business Chambers of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity-San Marcos and the HaysCaldwell Women’s Center. She has also received recognitions and awards, including the Sam Walton Business Leader Award, Badge of Recognition-San Marcos Police Department and the Woman of Distinction Award from the Lone Star Girl Scout Council. Recently, she was named to the San Marcos Women’s Hall of Fame. The San Marcos Ethics Review Commission investigation of Mayor Bob Habingreither and City Council member
Andrew Nenque/Star photo Jeremy Moore, sound recording junior , and Will Manos, physics junior, make comparisons between measured frequencies and calculated frequencies for their Audio Frequencies Communications class. In this assignment, Moore hopes they can determine the margin of error between both frequencies.
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Annual survey gauges city quality, resident concerns Results show city officials what to work on
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By Amber Conrad News Reporter The results are in from the fourth annual city service survey conducted in 2003, which found, on the whole, that residents are satisfied with the quality of service provided by the city. According to the survey, the top concerns of San Marcos residents are solving traffic problems, repairing and maintaining of city streets, protecting the environment and lowering taxes, fees and charges. “This is a big contribution for the city and the residents of San Marcos to the present and future community,” said Hassan Tajalli, political science professor and
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survey supervisor. “It allows for grass roots communication with our officials about what residents’ priorities are and what needs to be done.” Tajalli said the survey is a scorecard of the performance of city officials. It is performed annually to ensure a more livable city. However, some of the residents’ primary concerns are out of
the city’s domain. Many of the traffic lights do not belong to the city; instead, the Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for them. Despite this, the city has begun to put pressure on TxDOT to change the faulty timing mechanisms within the traffic lights in response to the 2003 survey. In order to better represent the respondents of the study, subtle
changes were made within the framework of the survey. Results state that questions relating to bar hours and disannexation were replaced by a single question that asked people to list their top three priorities for the San Marcos community. A second variation was the introduction of two new questions g See SURVEY, page 4
The San Marcos Baptist Academy fired an employee after a complaint was filed Jan. 26 by a 17-year-old male student claiming he was sexually assaulted by the employee. Santiago “Jimmy” Morales, Jr., 25, was fired from the academy Jan. 27 and was arrested Friday at his Wonder World Drive apartment by the San Marcos Police Department. The arrest was a result of a new law passed by the 78th MORALES Legislature that took effect Sept. 1, 2003. It reads as follows: “An employee of a public or private primary or secondary school commits an offense if the employee engages in sexual contact, sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse with a person who is enrolled in a public or private primary or secondary school at which the employee works.” Morales is one of the first to be charged under this new law. Morales worked at the academy since August 2002 as a student activities/recreation assistant and a dormitory residential assistant. According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by SMPD Detective Scott Johnson, Morales also coordinated an alternative learning environment for students dealing with discipline issues. He was charged with a second-degree felony of “improper relationship between an educator and a student,” which is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000. Students at the academy knew Morales would give them alcohol when he invited them to his apartment, according to the affidavit. The incident took place Jan. 24 at Morales’ apartment. The student told a close friend about the incident and then his dorm parents and counselor. On Jan. 26 the student met with Johnson to file a complaint. According to the affidavit, the student went to Morales’ apartment and drank four cans of beer Jan. 24 causing him to pass out around midnight. The student awoke at approximately 2 a.m. while Morales performed oral sex on him. Another academy employee and friend of Morales was present in the room. Monty Lewis, the academy’s chief financial officer, said school officials had no prior knowledge that Morales was giving students alcohol when visiting his apartment. “We do background checks,” Lewis said. “We do it through a third-party company.” Lewis confirmed that this was not the first case of molestation at the academy. Bradley Wayne Dixon, former dormitory director for the academy, had similar offenses that occurred on the academy’s campus. “It’s hard to tell if this incident will make the school look bad since it was not school-related,” Lewis said. In 2001, Dixon was sentenced to 95 years in prison after he was tried on seven counts of sex crimes and two counts of assault against boys at the acaademy. The San Marcos Baptist Academy is a school for both males and females in grades 6-12. According to its Web site, a 1932 article from the San Marcos Daily Record said, “The academy is endorsed fully in educational and boarding school circles everywhere, and is distinctly and outstandingly a school of applied Christian training.” Morales was released Friday from the Hays County Law Enforcement Center. His bail was set at $20,000. Anyone with information about the incident or anyone who wants to report a non-related offense should call the San Marcos Criminal Investigation Division at (512) 753-2300, said SMPD Sgt. Penny Dunn.
Hispanic group urges participation in Relay for Life I N S I D E
By Julie Suenram News Reporter
The Hispanic Business Student Association invites student teams to join the San Marcos community in the Relay for Life to help raise money for the fight against cancer. The fund-raiser, sponsored by the American Cancer
Society, will take place April 2 at Bobcat Stadium. The event lasts through the night and consists of teams of eight to 15 people who take turns in laps around the track. Cancer survivors are honored with the opportunity to take the first lap around the track. “We just wanted to do a big walk with the San Marcos
community and raise money for cancer,” said Brian Weber, the association’s president and computer information systems junior. “It’s an overnight event because cancer never sleeps. The team members who aren’t walking the track are participating in activities.” The association has recruited about 12 organizations on campus, Weber said. About 25
teams are comprised of San Marcos community members. Those who don’t want to participate as a team have the option of volunteering for the relay. There is no cutoff date for the formation of teams. The association has set a goal for each team member to raise $100. Although that g See RELAY, page 4
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First Generation Students Organization Valentine fundraiser is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in The Quad. Christians at Texas State meets at noon in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-10.1. Sexual Assault & Abuse Services meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. For more information, call 2452208. Student Volunteer Connection meets at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-5.1. American Marketing Association meets at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3.1-4. Bobcat Supper, an informal wor-
Motivational Speaker Dr. Lee James presents “Black Men United” as part of Black History Month at 7 p.m. in the Evans Liberal Arts Building Auditorium. College Republicans meet at 7 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-13.1.
The Rock meets at 7:30 p.m. at the CSC chapel.
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Alpha Kappa Psi co-ed business fraternity rush meeting is at 8 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-14.1. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship meets for worship at 8 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Christians on Campus meets at 9:30 p.m. at the McCarty Student Center.
Crosstalk meets at 8 p.m. in the Alkek Teaching Theater.
Bible Study meets at 8 p.m. at the Catholic Student Center.
First Generation Students Organization Valentine fundraiser is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in The Quad.
F i r st G e n e r a t i on S t u d e n t s Organization Valentine fundraiser is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in The Quad. Texas Statesmen and BobcatSports.com provide free food and drinks before the Texas State basketball game at 5 p.m. in the Strahan Coliseum parking lot.
Texas State Alcohol and Drug Resource Center classes meet from noon-1 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 4-1.9. Pre-registration is required.
SWAT, the organization that provides free rides back to campus, operates from 11 p.m.-3 a.m.
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Opinions vary on emission testing By Ryan Coggin News Reporter San Marcos City Council members voted last week not to include emission testing among a list of proposals set to comply to an early action compact for improving air quality in the Central Texas area. The Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area Early Action Compact, which includes San Marcos, defers the effective date of a non-attainment designation as long as all terms of the agreement are met. The region must submit a plan and modeled demonstration on how the region will comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s eight-hour standard for ground-level ozone before 2008. Individual emission testing was the only element of the extensive plan deleted by the council, which approved 26 air quality proposals. More than half the members present voted against the yearly test, which would cost San Marcos drivers $16-$20 each year. Ed Mihalkanin, council member and Texas State political science associate professor, is in favor of emission testing and said he is concerned the decision could affect state and federal funding, making it detrimental to city government. “It’s very difficult to get various municipalities to agree on a set of policies,” Mihalkanin said. “The action that the majority of the city council took can threaten future cooperation the city needs for transportation and other issues.” Those apprehensive about the decision should understand that
only one fraction of the plan was removed, he said. “I understand the concern of people, but it’s not like they removed 15 elements of it; it’s just one,” Mihalkanin said. San Marcos Mayor Robert Habingreither, who voted against the testing, said actions to remove ozone should be implemented based on violations correlating directly with the city. “I’m still favorable toward measures to reduce ozone,” he said. “But we have to be able to look at the measures we’re adopting to get clean air and make sure they’re the most appropriate for the citizens of San Marcos.” Habingreither said pollution caused by the burning of sugarcane in Louisiana plays a role in San Marcos’ air quality. He also said the federal government should regulate commercial sources of pollution, such as diesel locomotives. “Why should the burden of responsibility fall on the individual citizen when these commercial sources should be dealt with,” Habingreither said. He proposed a plan for the university, the city and the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District to buy and operate propane vehicles, which would use a new propane filling system. Habingreither, who has been teaching applied thermo dynamics for 30 years, said the new technology would reduce nitrogen oxide levels by 30 to 50 percent. Cathy Stephens, air quality program manager with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, said it is doubtful this action will have as positive an effect as emissions
testing for all of Hays County. “I think the city of San Marcos would benefit from a future vote for emissions testing,” she said. “(It) would reduce citizens’ exposure to harmful pollutants, as well as reduce ground-level ozone, which can also negatively affect health, especially for the children and elderly.” She pointed out the lowincome waiver and repair assistance program available to lowincome vehicle owners who fail the test. “The cost of the program is spread throughout the vehicleowning population, so the cost per vehicle owner is reasonable, no more than $20 per year for the test,” Stephens said. “If a vehicle fails, it is emitting excessively and should be repaired.” She said on-road mobile emissions are the largest manmade source of emissions in the metropolitan statistical area. Laura Abbott, mass communication junior, said paying $20 a year would be worth helping the environment. “If all the bigger cities are doing it, it must be something right,” she said. Hays County’s position, as part of the compact regarding the San Marcos vote, will be discussed when representatives of the 12 governments meet Feb. 25, Stephens told the Austin American-Statesman. Other movements to improve air quality in San Marcos include implementing low-emissions gas cans for lawn and garden equipment and idling restrictions on heavy diesel devices and vehicles.
Kerry sweeps primaries, caucuses Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Edwards takes South Carolina, Dean ignoring Tuesday’s results By James Kuhnhenn and Steve Kraske Knight Ridder Newspapers KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts won Missouri’s primary on Tuesday, the top prize of the day for the Democratic presidential nomination, but Sen. John Edwards captured his native South Carolina, establishing himself as a dogged rival able to undercut Kerry at least in the South. Kerry also was declared the winner in Delaware and Arizona and North Dakota. Oklahoma remained a toss-up early Tuesday evening among Kerry, Edwards and retired Gen. Wesley Clark. Results were lagging from caucuses in New Mexico. Tuesday’s results dealt a crushing blow to Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, the 2000 vice presidential nominee, who had staked his campaign on the day’s contests announced he was bowing out. “After looking at the returns and speaking with my family and my campaign team, I have decided tonight to end my quest for the presidency of the United States of America,” Lieberman told supporters in Arlington, Va. “Am I disappointed? Naturally. But am I proud of what we stood for in this campaign? You bet I am.” Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean virtually ignored Tuesday’s primaries and caucuses and didn’t score well in any of them. Dean is staking the fate of his campaign on Saturday’s caucuses in Michigan and Washington state. But those states have become increasingly friendly to Kerry; he has the endorsements of both states’ Democratic governors and one Michigan poll shows him far ahead. A strong Kerry finish Saturday could break Dean’s campaign. “That’s fabulous,” Kerry exclaimed upon learning that TV networks had declared him the winner in Missouri with more than half of the votes. “I will take 50 percent anywhere, anytime.” Edwards, meanwhile, planned to parlay his South Carolina victory into an all-out effort in Tennessee and Virginia, which hold primaries next Tuesday. Both might be hospitable to a son of the South; Edwards is a senator from North Carolina. “Tonight we start at a crossroads,” he told a crowd in Columbia, S.C. “We’ll have a leader who actually understands the struggles of working people.” Still, Kerry proved Tuesday that he could win a border state such as Missouri — and win
ROBERT LAHSER/THE STATE Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) and his wife Elizabeth celebrate his victory in the South Carolina primary in Columbia, South Carolina, Tuesday.
big. He was already launching ads in Virginia and Tennessee, anticipating Edwards’ emergence as his main competitor there. Overall, 269 delegates were at stake Tuesday, with 74 of them in Missouri. Going into the elections, Kerry was ahead with an estimated 118 delegates. Dean was second with 111; Edwards had 39 and Clark had 32, according to an estimate by ABC News. The numbers aren’t fixed because they include so-called super delegates — party officials and members of Congress — who can switch their allegiances. “It’s the delegate count tonight, guys, it’s the delegate count,” Kerry told reporters, signaling with his hands that he was building his numbers at the
state while Kerry got by with $80,000 on advertising. “So many people here were for Gephardt until he pulled out,” said Jim Davis, a political scientist at Washington University in St. Louis. “So they decided late and the Democrats are really focused on, quote, electability, unquote.” Bob Sholar, an environmental engineer in the Kansas City suburb of Parkville said he hadn’t intensely studied the candidates’ various policy platforms but concluded that Kerry stood the best chance to win the general election. “I like the fact that he served in the war and then protested against the war,” said the 50year-old Democrat. “The fact that he was willing to do his
expense of others. Before the Iowa caucuses, the candidates had virtually ignored Missouri, assuming native son Dick Gephardt, the congressman from St. Louis, would have a clear shot at winning. But when Gephardt dropped out after coming in fourth in Iowa, the landscape changed. Kerry seized the lead in Missouri polls soon after. By the time he waltzed into St. Louis the day after his New Hampshire victory, his lead was widening dramatically. Only Kerry and Edwards bothered buying television commercials, a notoriously inefficient way to advertise because Kansas City and St. Louis also broadcast into Kansas and Illinois respectively. The Edwards campaign said it spent just $120,000 in the
duty, that takes a certain amount of courage. Then to come back and take a stand, that takes an additional amount of courage.” From his first campaign stop in Clinton, S.C., on Tuesday morning to his victory speech in Columbia on Tuesday night, Edwards cast the primary as a “head-to-head” test of which candidate — he or Kerry — could best attract Southerners, African-Americans and rural folks. “All three of which are critical for a Democrat to win in the fall,” said Edwards, who called South Carolina a “critical bellwether” state. “I’m the candidate who can beat George Bush everywhere in the country.” Edwards rejected suggestions that a win in South Carolina only proved that he was a regional, not a national
With the race developing into a likely Kerry-Edwards showdown, a group of 17 union leaders who had endorsed Gephardt began to cast about for a new candidate to support.
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candidate. “We have run a national campaign,” he said. “We started in Iowa, I surged and finished second there. I competed in New Hampshire. ... I’m competing in South Carolina, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Missouri. ... I’ve not walked away from any place.” Kerry’s ability to win in the South has been questioned by some of his competitors, because Kerry could be portrayed as a Northeastern liberal out of touch with the concerns of Southern voters. But Kerry said he didn’t have to win South Carolina or Oklahoma to demonstrate his nationwide viability. “Absolutely not,” Kerry said. “Not in the least. ... I'm running a national campaign and I’ve been in all the states, and I haven’t therefore been able to be everywhere as much.” With the race developing into a likely Kerry-Edwards showdown, a group of 17 union leaders who had endorsed Gephardt began to cast about for a new candidate to support. On Tuesday they met with Edwards and planned to meet with Kerry soon. Calling themselves the Alliance for Economic Justice, group members said they would not publicly back a candidate until after the Michigan caucuses Saturday. Kerry, meanwhile, was expected to get the endorsement of the 1.3 million strong American Federation of Teachers on Wednesday. With Lieberman out, the field continued to winnow. But Dean, once the front-runner with the money and Internet savvy, indicated Tuesday that he wouldn't fold easily and said he planned to stay in the race until the Florida primaries March 9. “This is a long haul,” he told Larry King on CNN. “This is going to go on for a long time.”
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U.S.: Letters were sent with Ricin
WASHINGTON — A letter addressed to the White House containing low-grade ricin was intercepted in November and is being investigated by the FBI along with two other attempts to send the deadly poison to federal agencies, federal officials said Tuesday. The revelation about the White House letter came one day after ricin turned up in the office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and follows by four months the interception of a ricin-laden letter to the Department of Transportation in October. Federal law enforcement officials said Tuesday that investigators are looking into whether the three letters are connected and whether they can match the ricin samples. The focus of the investigation appears to be on a domestic source, rather than an international terrorist group like al-Qaida. Frist said the powder sent to his office was identified in several preliminary tests as “active” ricin. “Preliminary tests are that it is active. How active? We don't know at this juncture,” he said. More tests were being done, he said.
Greek Orthodox leaders sue church A group of Greek Orthodox lay leaders in the United States sued the church Tuesday, charging that it had violated its own charter by allowing the Istanbul, Turkeybased ecumenical patriarch to exercise too much power over the American church. The civil suit, filed in New York, is the latest development in a controversy stemming from attempts by some lay leaders of the 1.6-million Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to assert more independence from the mother church, led by His All Holiness Bartholomew I, who presides over the historic see of Constantinople, now Istanbul. Those who have followed the developments said the tension was a classic example of a once-immigrant church coming of age in America. Though not mentioned in the suit, the underlying issue is how bishops are chosen for the U.S. church, which was founded in 1922. Currently,
they are all appointed by Bartholomew. Leaders of Orthodox Christian Laity, in comments to reporters Tuesday, repeated their call for all U.S. metropolitan bishops to be elected by the American church, without involvement by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul. They also want to require the patriarchate to choose the American archbishop, when the time comes, from a list of three individuals approved by the U.S. church.
Fraud allegations in election spur probe
SAN FRANCISCO — Mayor Gavin Newsom has earned praise from some critics for key appointments and calls for reform, but the contentious and surprisingly close election that brought him to power last month may have been marred by voter fraud, according to allegations that are now the subject of three separate investigations. Inquiries by the city attorney and California's secretary of state are under way to determine whether city street cleaners participating in a welfare-to-work program were coerced to campaign and vote for Newsom in December. And newly elected District Attorney Kamala Harris opened her own investigation after a group of activists who had worked for Newsom's opponent alleged that minority residents had been intimidated and prevented from voting, and that some ballots may have been cast for Newsom in the names of dead people. Charges of voter fraud are nothing new for San Francisco, which has seen a stream of similar allegations of machine-style politics, particularly under former Mayor Willie Brown. That residue of alleged corruption is precisely what Newsom's administration has vowed to eliminate. But, as one supervisor noted, political cultures don't change overnight. “There seems to be kind of a hangover effect after the election,” said Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, who backed Newsom's opponent — of Supervisors Board President and Green Party member Matt Gonzalez — but gave Newsom good grades so far. Briefs are from wire reports.
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replacing those concerning methods the city could use to reach the people. Tajalli said the last three surveys have given city officials a concrete answer to this question, and he saw no neexd for its return on the current survey. Several new questions inquire about resident’s use of the city’s Web site and their likelihood of using e-government services. About 77 percent of respondents indicated they have access to the Internet at home. Respondents answered that they preferred to use e-government services to expand the communication channels between city officials and the public. The new survey includes a demographic question that was added to the final section of the 2003 survey. This question asks respondents to indicate whether they are students at Texas State University. About 27.7 percent indicated they were university students living within the San Marcos community. Tajalli hopes this will enable city officials to be cognizant of the needs and concerns of university students. “I have been in contact with almost all the city officials almost constantly, and it is amazing how much these people are concerned with the city to perform well
Percentage of Student/Non-student Responses to City Survey
and do good things. They are looking for avenues and ways to improve the city,” he said. Residents have also noticed the city’s dedication in keeping the city running smoothly. “I wasn’t too pleased with the San Marcos utilities, but my issue was resolved rather quickly,” said Mario Rios, San Marcos resident. “They were quick to respond to my problem, and that’s important to me in any city I live in.” A special city council workshop was held to discuss strategic planning and visioning Jan. 30-31 at the Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch and Pavilion. The survey was analyzed at this time, providing city officials with
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‘Body Farm’ yields secrets
extensive insight on the services or lack of services their constituents were receiving. “Really, the whole purpose of this survey is to use the results to come up with an agenda and list of priorities that the City Council can address,” said Mellissa Millecam, San Marcos communications manager. “We want it to help us improve our service to the community. That’s the bottom line. If we’re reaching one group but not another, we need to know that.” Opinions within the survey were compared with the resident’s background such as age, income, race and size of household. Utility concerns were more prevalent in the age groups of 25-40 and older, while parks and recreational areas were important to every age group. Those of “ethnic” origin considered nutrition programs more important than those of “white” origin, whereas those of “white” origin were more concerned with police and electric services. Utility customers randomly chosen from the city’s four utility cycles were asked to partake in the survey, with 431 surveys returned out of the 2,525 sent, for a 17.1 percent return rate. The survey results are accessible at www.ci.san-marcos.tx.us.
By Wanda J. Demarzo Knight Ridder Newspapers KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — There are bones in the bushes and corpses under trees. Decaying cadavers recline in shallow graves, awaiting discovery, exhumation and reburial, an endless cycle of death. Rest in peace? Not these weary bones. The Anthropology Research Facility at the University of Tennessee is almost surely America's most unusual graveyard. Most people who know it at all know it by its nickname: the Body Farm. Here, overlooking the scenic, winding Tennessee River, forensic science meets old-fashioned, shoe-leather police work in an outdoor classroom. Teams of police officers, FBI agents and crime-scene investigators from around the nation, including South Florida, gather to be trained in how to locate human remains — and how to read the telltale signs that may ultimately reveal how, when and where a person was killed. It's part science, part scavenger hunt. Officers wear sterile
white suits and booties. White masks cover their faces, but in the summertime, the sweet, cloying smell of death is a constant reminder of what lurks. On her first day at the Body Farm — so dubbed by crime novelist Patricia Cornwell, who named a book after it — Hollywood crime-scene technician Dale Allison traipsed around the property with a gaggle of classmates. The next day, they broke into smaller groups, each assigned to find the body concealed at a designated location. “Our body was easy to find because an animal had dragged a large bone out of the ground,” Allison said. “I thought there would be a lot of flies and bugs, but all there was around was bees.” The Body Farm — secured by a tall, barbed-wire fence and monitored by video cameras because students were making midnight forays into the macabre setting — is but a part of the National Forensic Academy at UT-Knoxville. William Bass III, a forensic anthropologist, founded the center.
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amount is not required, it is encouraged. “We’d like at least 20 or 30 (teams), that’s our goal,” Weber said. “Last year they had an average of 60 teams; this year we’re trying to get 70 teams for the American Cancer Society. They raised $100,000 last year, and we’re trying to push $425,000 this year.” While team members take turns in completing their laps around the track, entertain-
ment will be provided by the association all night long. Participants can take part in the festivities with games, a dance contest, a talent show, as well as a live DJ who will be on-hand. “It’s nonstop,” Weber said. “One person (walks) and the rest campout, and when that person is done walking, they pass the baton on to the next team member.” Teams will camp out in the middle of the track. A $75 commitment fee is required, which will go toward T-shirts
and guarantee a campsite on the field. Teams will also receive free breakfast and have the option to purchase luminaries for $5, which often have the name of someone who has passed away from cancer, a survivor or someone who is still fighting the disease. “(It’s) an indescribable event,” Weber said. “You have to be there to see it. They shut off the lights at Bobcat Stadium and you see all those luminaries lining the track. It’s just indescribable.”
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Bill Taylor’s decision to vote to disannex the southern part of town has cast Narvaiz and the rest of the City Council into the spotlight recently. Both Habingreither and Taylor own property in the disputed area but claim residency inside the city. The commission’s hearing on the case has been delayed until further notice. Initially, the commission did not have enough members to hold hearings on the allegations a g a i n s t Habingreither and Taylor. A quorum of four members is required in order for the commission to conduct business. Susan Tilka, former commission chair and Texas State English lecturer; Mary Cauble, commissioner and Texas State Assistant Director for Information Systems and Services; and Commissioner Regina Henderson have resigned their positions. Commission Vice Chair David Sergi has also recused himself from the hearing because of a claim by Habingreither that Sergi could not be objective about the matter. Sergi has previously expressed
hearing; however, Narvaiz and other City Council members voted to have outside legal council on the matter on Jan. 26. Taylor had said the cost of an outside attorney would be upward of $100 an hour. Habingreither said he would be “happy” with Taylor providing counsel. The hearing was televised Tuesday night. Habingreither said he is running for re-election but respects Narvaiz’ right to run for office. — Robert Habingreither “I think Mayor of San Marcos e v e r y o n e has a right to run for Clendennen was unavailpublic office. If that’s what able for comment on the issue. (Narvaiz) wants to do, then she The complaint said Narvaiz should do it,” he said. violated conflict-of-interest Habingreither said that one laws by not reporting contributions including advertisements thing he will focus on is the on park benches and bus stops ozone issue. around the city. “I have a technical backNarvaiz has maintained that ground,” he said. “I’m conshe received legal counsel con- cerned with economic develcerning the issue soon after her opment and looking after the election in 2002. rights and welfare of all the “I was present at the meetings and discussions but did citizens. Students make a big difference. I hope that they not vote,” she said. City Attorney Mark Taylor vote for me, but the most was scheduled to serve as legal important thing is that they counsel for the disannexation vote.” his displeasure with city leaders pushing for disannexation in a letter to the editor published by the San Marcos Daily Record. Narvaiz is not participating on votes affecting the commission because of an ethics complaint that was filed against her Jan. 16. Tom Clendennen filed the complaint against Narvaiz claiming she did not report contributions to her campaign from Burkett Transit Advertising, Inc.
“Students make a big difference. I hope that they vote for me, but the most important thing is that they vote.”
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he “digital divide” is expanding, especially with the notion of paying to send an e-mail moving closer to the tips of the tongues of Internet service providers. Electronic stamps were one of the topics discussed recently at the World Economic Forum, where Bill Gates said spam would be just a memory in two years because of systems that would make people pay to send an email. One such system, being developed by Silicon Valley-based Goodmail, proposes to only make high-volume mailers pay the recipient’s ISP a penny per e-mail. That’s just one system, but with terms such as
stamp systems, user identifiers, encrypted codes and other jargon getting lost in translation, how soon will it be before good ol’ Joe E-mailer gets lost as well? What these systems developers fail to see, and what critics are catching on to, is that many non-spammers will be affected by these systems. People who have huge mailing lists, such as magazines, newspapers, professional organizations and even universities, would have to pay to send newsletters and other such non-spam e-mail that the recipient has already agreed to receive. While only one plan so far says it will only make high-volume mailers pay,
there are bound to be more systems that would make everyone pay, which would make it even harder for those who can barely afford to be online to be there. Not to mention that spammers would more than likely pay the huge fees to send out their spam because more of them have big pockets. But no one has said if this would be a federal deal or just between ISPs, because in all likelihood, a plan like this wouldn’t work without backing from the federal government. However, in the name of good business, ISPs could benefit from these systems. With stocks going down and people constantly switching providers,
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ISPs that wouldn’t make their users pay for e-mail would gain more users. If all ISPs had to charge, then ISPs that offer lower e-mail rates would more than likely profit from the new revenue. With the Goodmail system, there’s nothing that says the ISP has to share the wealth with its users, such as lowered rates or rebates. E-mail postage is a confusing slippery slope that should be avoided at all costs. Even though some systems might charge only high-volume mailers, how long would it be before they began charging all mailers? Sorry, but right now emptying junk mail folders seems like the best route to go.
It’s up to you to voice your vote
Voters lose out if Kerry goes against Bush
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The Aaron Ball 2004 election is rapidly approaching and the media is doing its best to try to Star Columnist give the system some legitimacy. The jockeying front-runners — Howard Dean and John Kerry — are just theatre to keep Americans believing that “democracy” is still alive. It appears Kerry will become the eventual Democratic nominee, which is no surprise considering he is an establishment hack with one very important quality that sets him apart from the rest of the pack. Like his “rival” George W. Bush, Kerry is a member of the secret society Skull and Bones. What is this secret society that has produced this extraordinary situation? What implications does this have for Americans hoping for true change? First, a little background into the Skull and Bones society. In an interview with the radio program Democracy Now! Alexandra Robbins — The New York Times best-selling author of Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, The Ivy League and the Hidden Paths of Power — explained what the order was all about. “Skull and Bones is a powerful alumni network, perhaps the most elite network in the country,” Robbins said on the program. “It is based at Yale, where it’s headquartered in a building called the Tomb … (It) includes presidents, congressmen, businessmen and CIA officials.” She states further that “one of the purposes is to get members into positions of power and have those members hire others into prestigious positions.” It is a very elite group allowing 15 members each year to be “tapped” and has 800 living members. A few questions should arise in our mind: Where do their loyalties lie? Is this group’s agenda in step with the democratic principles of this country? I think we can look at the Bush presidency for those
answers. What is even more disturbing about Skull and Bones is its beliefs and rituals. Robbins explained that members “worship” the goddess Eulogia, sing sacred anthems and “meet twice weekly by unveiling a sort of guilt shrine.” The members are encouraged to steal valuables and bring them back as offerings to Eulogia. Legend has it that George W.’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, and other members ransacked the grave of Geronimo and carried back his skull to the tomb.
The induction ritual is even more bizarre. As Robbins explains: “It takes place in the tomb’s inner temple with somebody dressed as the devil, somebody dressed as Don Quixote and somebody dressed as a pope who has one foot sheathed in a monogrammed white slipper resting on a skull … the neophytes must kiss the pope’s foot and drink ‘blood’ from a skull container … Quixote taps the initiator on the shoulder with a sword and says, ‘By order of our Order, I dub you the Knight of Eulogia.’”
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Remember, these individuals go into high positions in our society, including the president of the United States! This would be the first Bonesman v. Bonesman presidential election ever. It’s safe to say the prospects for true change in this country will yet again elude us. A tiny elite with ties to a bizarre secret society and questionable loyalty bodes ill for a country that values freedom and democratic institutions. Ball is a history senior.
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It’s an election year, and the and loan access. For the economy, there are tax cuts all campaigning for a democratic around, leaving a deficit that candidate is in full swing. This will have to be paid eventually. year, George W. Bush will be And, oh yeah, he loves his war running for a second term for in Iraq. the Republican Democrat and party against the Megan Kinkade Iowa and Delaware chosen Star Columnist Caucus-winner John Democratic candiKerry — He supdate. So what does ports abortion rights, even parthis mean for you, the young, tial-birth abortions. This means bright, untapped resource of votes? For many of you, appar- women’s choice gets a huge boost. Kerry also supports ently nothing. After many casual conversa- affirmative action policies. This can be a good or bad tions with people, it has thing, depending on what you become clear that many colwant. He does support gay lege-aged people do not care rights, at least as far as gay about this year’s presidential marriage is concerned. For election. Those who seem to education, Kerry seems to show some interest don’t even have a tighter reign on the know who is running. There money and where it goes. He are some individuals who are also wants to standardize pubpolitically knowledgeable. lic education. As for the econoHowever, those individuals my, Kerry would selectively appear to be the only exceprepeal tax cuts that Bush tion. In the Jan. 28 edition of The implemented. It’s not fair if taxes are for some and not othUniversity Star, a very clear ers, right? As for the war, he and helpful article titled “Vote feels duped into supporting it 2004” listed the Democratic because of bad U.S. intellicandidates and their stand on gence. Sure, Kerry. important issues, as well as Democrat Howard Dean — Bush’s position on the issues. This article was incredibly ben- He’s the screaming guy you probably heard about. He eficial to get a base knowledge favors abortion rights, stem cell of who will possibly be govresearch and affirmative action. erning the most important aspects of our lives for the next He also believes in the principles embodied in the Equal four years. “Oh please,” one Rights Amendment. Dean says might say. “The president’s gay rights are a “matter of prindecisions don’t affect me that ciple,” or maybe they’ll just be much. Why should I vote?” ignored for a while. As for eduEveryone should vote cation, he wants to create high because our nation was built standards and give the schools and based on this one simple money to help reach them. No freedom. The current trend is the only people who are voting child really will be left behind. He supports the middle class are the business, upper class and wants to give tax relief to whose main concern is profit. them. He doesn’t support the In essence, you let others conwar, but stresses nation buildtrol what you want from your ing. government. Democrat Gen. Wesley K. So for you, the young peoClark — He favors abortion ple of Texas State, here it is, rights as well as affirmative short and sweet: Who will do action. As for gays, he supports what and why it should matter them by leaving gay marriage to you? up to the states. That’s not Republican George exactly a whole lot of support. “Dubya” Bush — He opposes He wants to implement better abortion. That means possible teacher training with more pay. future anti-abortion bans and Finally. And for the economy, the end of women’s choice. like Kerry, Clark would selecThe ladies will be sent back to the Stone Age as far as strength tively repeal tax cuts. And surprisingly for a military man, he of equality. He opposes the is not terribly supportive of the quotas that can be set for affirwar in Iraq. mative action. He’s sort of These are the three top dogs “wishy-washy” on this issue. right now in the democratic He obviously supports the races. There are few men who death penalty, so don’t do anyhave fallen behind — John thing that could possibly land you in prison. On gay rights he Edwards, Joe Lieberman, Al is wishy-washy, also. Gays will Sharpton and Dennis Kucinich. For more information on these be “tolerated” but essentially treated as second-class citizens. candidates and the others, visit www.issues2000.org. Bush offers many solutions for education. For the college student, he offers up more money Kinkade is a psychology freshman.
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Outkast’s Andre 3000 takes a stab at acting Knight Ridder Newspapers
It’s movie time for Andre 3000, the flamboyant half of the rap/hip-hop duo Outkast. The 28-year-old musician will star alongside John Travolta and Christina
Milian in Be Cool, the sequel to the 1995 comedy Get Shorty, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It won’t be a dramatic challenge: He’ll play the leader of a rap group. Of course, with a cast loaded with tal-
ent, it won’t matter whether the singer can actually act. Harvey Keitel, Uma Thurman, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Danny DeVito, Vince Vaughn, James Gandolfini and Cedric the Entertainer can bail him out.
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Scene receives much-needed recognition BY SHANNON MCGARVEY TRENDS REPORTER
ken word has existed for 10 years, surviving almost solely within the confines of the poetry slam world. Prior to December 2001, the poetry The Austin Poetry Slam, founded in community was abuzz with flighty 1994 by a poet named WAMMO, was rumors of spoken word on HBO with the first weekly slam established in the potential of Russell Simmons’ Def Central Texas and has received nationJam Records even sponsoring the proj- al recognition from the spoken word ect. world. The Austin poetry scene breeds Most of the spoken word communi- the intellectually hip Central Texas flaty dismissed the rumors as yet another vor with an invariably non-intimidatcharlatan’s scheme to pump gallons of ing and friendly appeal. The Austin false hope into a scene that seldomly slam has changed venues four times, receives recognition. finally finding its rest at Ego’s bar on Cynics resented the fact that South Congress Avenue Wednesday Simmons wanted to make spoken word nights. into what he had made hip-hop, taking The San Antonio “Puro Slam” has it off the streets, cleaning it up and dealt with the same amount of adversiselling it back to the very people he ty but is, oddly, only half of Austin’s stole it from in the first place. age. “Puro Slam” was founded in 1999 Others felt the potential of spoken by Benjamin Ortiz, and has become word artists on television was a monu- both the whipping boy and underdog of mental opportunity for struggling per- the national spoken word scene. formers, giving their voices a podium In 2000, San Antonio sent four to speak from and their art form a slammers to the national poetry slam in national venue to embrace. Providence, R.I., and placed second When the first episodes of Russell behind New York City’s team Union Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam Square, losing by one tenth of a point. aired in late 2001, the spoken word That minor and much-disputed loss scene skyrocketed into the mainstream managed to secure San Antonio as a market. Little did the Def Poetry Jam nationally represented poetic force to enthusiasts know, but spoken word had be reckoned with. Amalia Ortiz, a San Antonio poet, been a mainstay of the national subterranean art scene for years before was the first Central Texan Xicana to Simmons had probably even heard of be featured on HBO and is in the process of taping her third show. Her it. In Central Texas specifically, spo- spoken-word style is completely indicative of the area from which she hails. San Antonio, known for its raucous and irreverently dominating weekly crowds, often conditions the performing poet to a point of artistic perfection. “Puro Slam” takes place Tuesday nights at Sam’s Burger Joint on Broadway and Grayson streets. Most spoken word poets are quick to make the distinction between poetry slammers and spoken word artists, likening the dissimilarity to the difference between hiphop and rap. Slammers focus more on the competitive aspects of the poetry game, pumping performance up and shrinking poems down Courtesy photo to fit into the threeMatthew John Conely at the Austin Poetry Slam. minute time constraints
James Apel/Star illustration that are enforced by the poetry slam timekeepers. On the contrary, spoken word artists are generally more socially conscious than slammers and shy away from the limits imposed on their art by the event. Many poets who do not like the often-unfriendly competition found with slam poetry frequently choose to attend weekly spoken word events instead. International Verse in Austin is a “conscious, safe space that showcases a kaleidoscope of individuals and introduces the global voice,” said the reading’s founder “Poet On Watch.” As boring as most open-mic poetry readings can be, International Verse finds time to integrate the national voice of spoken word to keep things interesting. However, spoken word has never had an individual or national venue outside of the annual National Poetry
Slams. Until Def Poetry Jam, most spoken-word artists only had slam to flex their proverbial poetry muscles and to hone their talents as performers. This fact led to more spoken-word artists starting more slams in smaller cities around the country. The poets of smaller and less metropolitan cities, like Corpus Christi, grew tired of looking toward Austin and San Antonio for a spoken-word scene and decided to start their own. Stefan Sencerz, founder of Corpus Christi’s “Ballabajoomba,” began a slam at the Lotus Cup coffee shop in December 2001. Initially a Saturday bi-weekly slam, “Ballabajoomba” completes the tri-city trifecta of spoken word that Austin, San Antonio and Corpus Christi poets have created. This trifecta is a must for poets on tour, as all three venues are steadily and regularly well-attended.
Where to go Visit the following Web sites for more information on area poetry slams: www.austinslam.com • www.puroslam.com www.poetonwatch.com • www.ballabajoomba.tripod.com
Duo satisfies listeners with bold statements, beats “People make sure their hair looks good before they walk in a room.” We have all thought this might be the case, but now it is official. This is only one of the many bold statements made by Jonothan Wolf (aka Why? of Anticon fame) in his signature “singsong suicide” style on the track “Ben and Joey.” But let’s not forget the other half of Hymie’s Basement, Andrew Broder, the driving force of The Fog (Ninjatune). Unlike Broder’s previous projects as The Fog, he takes the backseat to Why? and sings mainly the chorus, backup vocals and the occa-
sional one-liner in classic P-Diddy fashion (“uh-huh, yeah”). Maintaining the same attitude of both their prior projects, the two mesh almost too well to create a mid-length album full of the quirky lyrics and abrupt conclusions you have come to know and expect. Though Broder is not the lead singer, his presence is obvious in the piano and guitar playing. Imagine a down-tempo piano with the reverberations of Jim James (My Morning Jacket) with a slight heroin addiction, yet somehow still maintaining an optimistic
view on life, after being influ“Pretty Colours (smile enced by Portishead in the your brains out)” is a perfect formative years. Roughly half music example of the outlandishness the album has a somber down- R E V I E W these scruffy-headed rapscaltempo feel; the rest is pure lions are willing to jump on: «««« Droning monotonous vocals “Indie-hop” crunkness. Because of the lengths of Hymie’s Basement throughout, over a soothing the songs and the continuity of Hymie’s Basement piano and bass line suddenly Lex halting, allowing Why? to the album, I would call this one of Why?’s most substantial projexpress his grandfather’s opinects, but do not fret; there are still plenty of ion of the “creepy wide-eyed silly lyrics to keep your face in shape. While youngsters/looping four notes from some often stating the painfully obvious, Why? TV jingle/entire afternoon.” calls out the United States on certain vaniThe album is full of ridiculously clever ties and commonplace mannerisms of the observations and American ridicule. What world’s only super power left: “Someone’s more could you ask for? If you are an splitting atoms and inventing new breakfast adamant patriot, I would encourage you to cereals in the shape of their nation’s bor- listen to this album with a completely literal ders discreetly expanding their nation’s bor- interpretation. If you are not, go to town. — Kyle Dixon ders.”
MUSIC/TRENDS KTSW serves up mix of music Comedian brings
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BY IAN RAGSDALE MUSIC REPORTER
For everyone sick and tired of commercial radio, KTSW is here to save the day. The Texas State student radio station serves up all genres of music (including some you might not have known existed) at all times of the day. When DJs aren’t mixing it live or the request line isn’t up, a rotation of the best independent and underground music is transmitted to stereos all around town. This semester, KTSW has totally new production equipment, a fresh rotation of jams and plenty of new shows to supplement the old standards. And, like always, student DJs will continue to bring you sound waves that mainstream radio ignores. “I want people to be able to hear music they don’t normally hear,” said Casey Chilton of The Big Rock. “Most people don’t know what progressive rock is. This is my chance to show people how great it is.” Chilton isn’t alone in his love of music. “I want to help the student body know what funk music is all about,” said Matt Kuhles, DJ of Sweaty Funk Cracker. “It’s not just Puff Daddy.” But Kuhles isn’t all about music education, however. “Ya’ll will sweat,” he said, to his Motown beats. Check out KTSW on 89.9 FM. The phone number for the request line is 245-FIRE.
KTSW Top 10 Here’s what topped the charts at the student radio station last week.
1. Kid Koala Some Of My Best Friends Are DJs 2. Kid606 Kill Sound Before Sound Kills You 3. Telefon Tel Aviv Map Of What Is Effortless 4. Matmos Civil War 5. Cex Maryland Mansions 6. Matthew Dear Leave Luck To Heaven 7. Plaid Spokes 8. Mice Parade Obrigado Saudade 9. Plastikman Closer 10. Octavius Audio Noir
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back high school humor, horror BY CHRIS ROBINSON SENIOR REPORTER
For some college students, it takes a lot of liquor to put the horror of high school behind them. Now, thanks to comedian Rob Nash, those memories are all coming back. Nash will be presenting scenes from his collected works at Texas State on Monday, courtesy of the Student Association for Campus Activities. Though he began his career touring comedy clubs, Nash is most renowned for his high school drama Holy Cross Sucks! The coming-of-age series is loosely based on the experiences of Nash and his friends during their enrollment at a Catholic high school in Houston. The presentation focuses on three characters — Johnny the punk, George the loser and Ben the homosexual — during their stay at the semi-fictitious Houston Jesuit Catholic School. Holy Cross Sucks! is split into four installments, each set during separate decades where the current social conditions are elaborated through the popular music of the time. “Freshman Year Sucks!” is set in 1981 and sees new wave as it overpowers disco and the coining of the term AIDS. “Sophomore Slump” introduces grunge and Democratic power in the
White House in 1992. Rap falls second to fag rock and the United States fights with the Axis powers in the Persian Gulf in the 2013 of “Junior Blues.” “Senioritis” brings it all back to the heyday of moral America in 1954. Nash will present excerpts from this drama during his performance. Nash’s has been featured on VH1 Stand-up Spotlight with Rosie O’Donnell and Comedy Central’s Out There in Hollywood. He is known for his command of body language and wild facial expressions. “If the humor isn’t in the words but how you endow the words or the physical expression on your face or body, the comic who can act has more opportunities for laughs,” Nash said in an interview with the Daily Princetonian. Not strictly stand-up comedy and not quite a theatrical performance either, Nash describes his stage presentation as a “serial ensemble theatre performed solo.” “A college audience ain’t a club date, so I can do standup, scenes from ‘Freshman Year Sucks!,’ Q and A and all kinds of fun stuff. I don’t get to do a little bit of everything everywhere else,” Nash said in the same interview. SACA presents Nash at 8 p.m. Monday in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Admission is free.
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Courtesy photo Christina Ricci and Charlize Theron in a scene from Monster.
Theron masterful in Monster She meets Selby (Ricci) at a bar, and, As much as people might say we have though Wuornos is not a lesbian, she choices in life and each human being is film quickly takes to the needy young woman. responsible for his own destiny, stories like During this period Wuornos enters the this one makes this kind of thinking a sad R E V I E W myth. ««««« world of murder. Wuornos’s first victim Monster was about to kill her. After a brutal beatFor the most part, children have no Dir.: Patty Jenkins ing and sexual assault, she manages to choice in their destinies. Once they survive Stars: Charlize get free and shoots the man until she their own birth they still have to contend Theron, Christina with the world they have been born into. Ricci, Bruce Dern runs out of bullets. Rated R She steals the man’s money and car Sometimes people have decent childand proceeds to take Selby away from her hoods, meaning they weren’t necessarily happy, but they didn’t get beaten, raped or punished suburban, closet-lesbian life into her own world. The two finally find love with each other, and for for being alive. Aileen Carol Wuornos was not one of the lucky Wuornos, the thought that someone finds her beauones. She was molested and beaten at a very young tiful is enough to get her out of “the business” for age, and, though someone might want to come in good. But as the money quickly runs out, Wuornos sets and say this is no excuse for her decisions in life, the out to get a real job. She finds this more difficult outcome is still the same. If Wuornos had remained a prostitute and died than she expects, and, as anxiety turns to desperaon the streets, no one would have known who she tion, she goes back to the streets. But as she finds out, murder has become easier was. They wouldn’t have made a movie about her and she would have faded into obscurity like any than sex. As the money comes in, Selby suspects foul play but gladly goes along with it as long as she other woman on the street. But she didn’t. She fought back. And for a brief is taken care of. Eventually, the authorities catch up with the sloptime, she was no longer a victim in life. Theron plays Wuornos, one of the only known py murders, one of which was a police officer, and they move in to arrest Wuornos. female serial killers who acted alone. Theron is incredible in this movie. Her portrayal Wuornos killed seven men in Florida during the of Wuornos is honest and convincing, and if I hadn’t ’80s and was later executed for her crimes. Theron’s Wuornos is the narrator of the film, been told it was Theron, I wouldn’t have suspected telling the sad beginnings of her life. She became a it. Her chemistry with Ricci is sincere and the love prostitute at age 13 and never really knew any other story of the two women is a movie in itself. life. If Theron doesn’t get the Oscar then the prize As an adult, she became a cheap highway prostitute livingin a storage unit. Her past is just a blur doesn’t mean a thing. — Jeff Greer and her future is only relevant until tomorrow.
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By Nick Tracy...
Today’s slang Fat Girl Friday (noun): A day when you decide to stay at home, perhaps rent a movie, eat some ice cream and just get cozy on your couch or bed. Does not have to happen on a Friday. Example: I didn’t feel like going to my night class on Tuesday, so I had a Fat Girl Friday instead. Are you lying to me about not wanting to go out on Saturday, or is it just an excuse for you have a Fat Girl Friday?
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MEN’S BASKETBALL: 7 P.M. TODAY, BOBCATS PLAY HOST FOR EXHIBITION GAME
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UNSTOPPABLE TALBERT where. I wanted to go somewhere that my onship University of Texas-San Antonio. family could come to the games and be there Talbert scored 22 points and 11 rebounds in for me, because that is so important to me and that game as the Bobcats claimed their second-ever tournament championship and the I wouldn’t be anything without them.” Talbert wasted no time making herself at league’s automatic NCAA tournament berth. “It is absolutely the most awesome expehome as Texas State’s center, earning SLC Freshman of the Year accolades in 2001-02, rience I’ve had playing basketball,” Talbert after averaging 14.2 points and 9.8 rebounds said of winning the SLC tournament and per contest and converting on 59 percent of making the NCAA tournament. “It was like finally everything paid off. All her shots from the floor. the hard work, all the sacrifices “She came here and imme2001-2002 I’ve made as a basketball player diately was just dominant • SLC Player and all I’ve gone through paid inside,” said senior guard Julie of the Year off because it was such an unbeBrooks. “And after her, we’ve • 14.2 ppg, 9.8 rpg lievable experience.” gotten more and more posts, 2002-2003 The Bobcats are now back in and I’m not saying we haven’t • SLC Player the middle of conference play, gotten good posts, but of the Year Talbert’s role has been a litbut (Talbert’s) the type of player • SLC Tournament this year, despite tle different you don’t get very often.” MVP her averaging 15.1 points and Her sophomore year was • No. 5 Nationally 9.4 rebounds per game. This even better. She averaged 16 in Rebounding year’s Texas State team has ppg and her 12 rpg was SLC’s • 16 ppg, 12 rpg young players at the center posibest and placed her fifth in the 2003-2004 Talbert has taken on tions, and country. That was enough for • 2 time First more of a leadership role. Talbert to earn SLC Player of Team All Star “The thing about (Talbert) the Year honors after leading • 15.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg that I’ve heard from two or three the Bobcats to a 14-6 record in of the freshman posts is they conference play, good for like her because she’s a straight shooter,” said fourth place. coach Suzanne Fox. “She doesn’t sugarcoat But Talbert was far from finished. After going for 17 points and 13 rebounds stuff and it may make them mad sometimes, in the SLC Tournament opener at home but they appreciate it because she’s going to against the University of Texas-Arlington, tell them how it is, and I think that helps our Talbert set a school record with 25 rebounds young (players).” Although the Bobcats haven’t gotten off and 20 points in a semifinal road win against to the start they would have liked to in SLC Stephen F. Austin State University. Two days later, she was named the SLC play, Talbert has a message for any team that Tournament MVP after leading Texas State to thinks they can’t repeat as tournament chama road win against regular season champi- pions and go back to the NCAAs this season.
Texas teams may try, but there’s no stopping Tori By Jason Orts Sports Editor
sk any coach in the Southland Conference how to beat Texas State and it’s likely that it won’t take long before you hear the words, “Stop Tori Talbert.” Talbert has been the focal point of opposing defenses for a long time. But even drawing double and triple teams most of the time, Talbert’s numbers suggest those coaches need to go back to the drawing board. “(Talbert) is an amazing player,” said senior forward Kristie Hinton, who is also Talbert’s roommate. “I’ve played against a lot of really great players in my life, in (Amateur Athletic Union) and in high school being from Dallas, and she is by far the best basketball player I’ve ever played with or against.” She left Boerne High School as the alltime leading scorer in Texas 4A history, finishing with 3,231 points, averaging 32 points and 14 rebounds per game as a senior. Because of those numbers, Talbert could have gone anywhere in the state to play college basketball, but Texas State was the only place she really wanted to go, largely because it is close to home, allowing her family to attend her games. “I signed early, before my senior year, but pretty much every school in Texas had shown an interest in me,” Talbert said. “If I had waited, I probably could’ve gone just about any-
Softball searches for wins this season
S coreboard SLC WOMen’s BBall Standings Teams
Northwestern St. Louisiana-Monroe Texas-Arlington Texas-San Antonio Sam Houston McNeese State Stephen F. Austin TEXAS STATE Southeastern La. Lamar Nicholls State
W 7 7 5 4 4 3 3 3 2 1 0
L PCT 0 1.000 1 .875 2 .714 3 .571 3 .571 3 .500 4 .429 4 .429 5 .286 6 .143 8 .000
W 14 11 11 8 4 5 3 3 9 4 1
L 4 8 8 10 14 12 14 14 8 13 18
PCT .778 .579 .579 .444 .222 .294 .176 .176 .529 .235 .053
PF 74.1 69.6 64.5 56.7 55.9 55.2 60.1 54.8 62.4 53.5 54.3
PA 68.4 64.9 59.4 59.4 67.0 66.0 79.6 74.1 64.9 69.7 72.2
Southl and Conference Preseason Baseball Polls Coaches Poll 1-Lamar (5) 2-UT-Arlington (3) 3-Northwestern St. 4-LA-Monroe 5-TEXAS STATE (1) 6-McNeese St. (1) 7-Sam Houston St. 8-UT-San Antonio 9-Southeastern La. 10-Nicholls St.
74 71 62 56 53 40 34 24 23 13
SIDs Poll 1-Lamar (6) 93 2-UT-Arlington (2) 86 T3-Northwestern St. (1) 69 T3-TEXAS STATE 69 5-LA-Monroe (1) 62 6-McNeese St. 52 7-UT-San Antonio 45 8-Sam Houston St. 38 9-Southeastern La. 25 10-Nicholls St. 15
Tx State baseball Schedule
By Jim Bob Breazeale Sports Reporter
SLC Men’s BBall Standings Teams
TEXAS STATE Southeastern La. Northwestern St. Stephen F. Austin Louisiana-Monroe Texas-San Antonio Sam Houston Texas-Arlington Lamar McNeese State Nicholls State
W 6 5 5 4 5 4 3 3 2 1 0
L 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 8
Overall PCT .857 .833 .714 .667 .625 .571 .429 .429 .286 .167 .000
W 11 13 8 13 9 9 8 8 8 5 5
L 7 4 10 4 13 11 10 10 11 12 14
PCT .611 .765 .444 .765 .409 .450 .444 .444 .421 .294 .263
PF 69.1 71.8 74.1 71.8 68.4 70.6 77.7 70.4 79.8 72.8 66.5
PA 68.3 64.4 76.0 58.4 71.4 70.8 77.5 71.6 77.9 75.2 76.1
Southl and Conference Preseason SOFTBALl Polls Coaches Poll 1-TEXAS STATE (8) 2-McNeese St. (1) 3-Sam Houston St. T4-UT-Arlington (1) Nicholls St. 6-Northwestern St. 7-UT-San Antonio 8-Southeastern La. 9-Stephen F. Austin 10-LA-Monroe
89 65 58 57 57 56 53 24 19 17
SIDs Poll 1-TEXAS STATE (8) 2-Northwestern St. 3-UT-Arlington (1) T4-Sam Houston St. 5-McNeese St. 6-Nicholls St. 7-UT-San Antonio 8-Southeastern La. 9-Stephen F. Austin 10-LA-Monroe
95 67 66 63 62 55 48 38 34 22
Tx State softball Schedule
31 at UT-Pan American...7 p.m.
6-8 Texas State Tourn........TBA at Baylor.................... 6 p.m. 11 13-15 at Fiesta Bowl..............TBA 20-22 at NM St. Tourn............TBA 25 at Texas (2).......... 5/7 p.m.
1 at UT-Pan American... noon 6 Host A&M-Corpus..6:30 p.m. 7 Host A&M-Corpus......3 p.m.
Ashley A. Horton/Star photo Tori Talbert, junior center, goes up for two against Lamar University Jan. 24. The Bobcats will take on Southeastern Louisiana University at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Strahan Coliseum.
Nearly nine months ago, coach Ricci Woodard and her Texas State Bobcats stood in the dugout at McCombs Field in Austin and watched as the University of Texas Longhorns celebrated their NCAA Region 3 championship. In just more than 48 hours, they will begin their season, trying to do it all over again with the hope that this time they will be the team celebrating a berth in the Women’s College World Series. The Bobcats will open the 2004 season at 3 p.m. Friday against New Mexico State University as hosts of the sixteam Bobcat/CenturyTel Classic. Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the University of Texas-San Antonio and the University of Tulsa round out the teams competing at Bobcat Field. “We’re ready to play against someone other than ourselves,” Woodard said. “We’re hungry and I think this will be a good test to see where we’re at and where we need to go from here.” Texas State returns six of 10 lettermen from last season’s Regional Finalist team, most
Ashley A. Horton/Star file photo Nicole Neuerberg, junior pitcher, pitches against Nicholls State University last season. The Bobcats’ first game in a three-day tournament begins at 3 p.m. Friday against New Mexico State University.
notably senior centerfielder Kristen Zaleski and senior pitcher Nicole Neuerberg. Zaleski, the reigning Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year, led the SLC in hits (77), runs scored (49), doubles (18), triples (8), stolen bases (39) and total bases (132) last season while hitting a school record.381 with seven home runs and 28 RBI. Neuerberg has solidified herself as one the best pitchers in the history of the SLC. She led the team and the conference last season with 34 wins and a 1.39 ERA,
striking out 321 batters in 296.1 innings with 38 complete games and 16 shutouts. Against conference opponents, Neuerberg was nearly unstoppable, posting a 162 record with a 0.92 ERA. Texas State received eight of 10 votes in both the SLC pre-season coaches’ and Sports Information Directors’ poll and is the favorite to win the 2004 conference championship. Being the hunted is something the Bobcats have come accustomed to since Woodard’s arrival in 2001, and she says they love to be in that
position. “We want the target on our back,” Woodard said. “That’s the spot we put ourselves in and that’s what we pride ourselves on.” As two of the three seniors on this season’s squad, Neuerberg and Zaleski know that much of the team’s success this season rests squarely on their shoulders. “They know they’re going to have to go out and get the job done,” Woodard said. “And that’s not a problem for them. That’s something they’ve done here for three years and they’re ready.” Texas State’s 2004 schedule promises to be one of the toughest in the nation and February will be especially brutal. The ’Cats will play 12 games in as many days as part of a road trip that includes two tournaments and a doubleheader against UT. Five of those games are against teams ranked in the top 25. The tough schedule, however, is valuable when looking to receive an at-large bid to the NCAATournament as the Bobcats did last season, and Woodard welcomes the competition. “If you don’t play against the best teams and succeed against them, you’re not going to get an at-large bid at the end of the season,” Woodard said. “We don’t want our season to come down to one game in the conference tournament to determine whether we make it to post-season play.” The Bobcats have a way to go before post-season play. Their schedule contains 56 games, only 21 of which are in San Marcos. And even though the Bobcats embark on a new season Friday, the goal remains the same.