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School bonds pass the vote
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Voters approve $122.7 million in school renovations By Jennifer Warner Senior Reporter The San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District now has numerous construction and renovation projects on the horizon after voters approved two out of three bond proposals during Saturday’s election. San Marcos voters approved $122.7 million for four new schools and campus renovations. The smallest bond of the three was a $2.9 million bond for improvements to the central office facilities, which was rejected. “It will allow us to address the age of our facilities and the need to provide new technology, meet current state standards of facilities and allow for grade reconfiguration,” said Ron Hart, Citizens for New Schools political action committee chair. The biggest proposition of the three, Proposition 1, called for $79.9 million to build a new high school to replace the existing campus. It passed with 2,776 votes in favor, equaling greater than 59 percent of the votes. Upon the completion of the new high school, the existing San Marcos High School will be converted into a middle school,
and several other campuses in the district will undergo such conversions. Goodnight Junior High and Hernandez Intermediate schools will both be converted into kindergarten-through-fifthgrade elementary schools. Currently the district has four kindergarten-through-fourthgrade elementary schools and one fifth-and-sixth-grade intermediate school. Hart and SMCISD Superintendent Sylvester Perez called these changes “grade reconfiguration.” This reconfiguration will eliminate the need for an intermediate school and replace the existing junior high schools with sixth-througheighth-grade middle schools. Also in Proposition 1 are renovations to be made to Doris Miller Junior High and the relocation of the district’s transportation and maintenance facilities. Proposition 2 passed by nearly 57 percent of the vote and will collect $42.8 million from taxpayers to build three new elementary schools. The new schools will replace Bowie, Crockett and Travis elementaries, and renovations will be made to DeZevala Elementary. Also in Proposition 2, the pre-kindergarten facilities will be expanded. This proposition passed with 2,686 votes. Proposition 3, requesting g See BOND, page 4
Brian Garcia/Star photo Johnnie M. Armstead is the founder and Director of The Calaboose African-American Museum. The museum is located at 200 Martin Luther King Drive; For more information, call (512) 393-8421.
Local museum displays designs for historic district’s renovation By Cris Skelton News Reporter The Calaboose African-American Museum, located in the Dunbar Historical District of San Marcos, is hosting a showcase of plans to renovate and refurbish the neighborhood for education and entertainment purposes by 35 Texas State interior design students. The Texas Historical Commission designated the Dunbar neighborhood a
historical district last year to protect its historically significant buildings that were in danger of demolition. Martin Luther King Street, Centre Street and a portion of Fredericksburg Street are included in the district. “I don’t really see Dunbar as a neighborhood,” said Johnnie Armstead, Calaboose founder and curator. “In my opinion, San Marcos is one giant neighborhood with different sections, and Dunbar is merely one of those sections.”
Citizens Police Academy begins at SMPD By Amelia Jackson News Reporter A bounty hunter, a police academy hopeful and a local doctor, among others, gathered in the training room of the San Marcos Police Department Tuesday night to learn about the inner-workings of the department. The Citizens Police Academy, which is free and open to San Marcos community members older than 18, works to promote understanding between the department and community members. Class members will meet for the next 12 weeks to learn the inner-workings of police, studying everything from driving techniques to crime scene investigation. “It’s easy to sit back and criticize officers when you don’t know how or why the officers do what they do,” said Chief Howard Williams. “I think you’ll have a greater appreciation for what officers do for you after taking this class.”
Bradley Sherman/Star photo Larry Sowards introduces himself to the 15th class of the San Marcos Citizen Police Academy. The class meets once a week, for 12 weeks at the San Marcos Police Headquarters. Many attendees said they came to not only gain a better understanding of police, but to help educate police on the ideas and views of the community as well. “I want to see how our police force works,” said James Bryant Jr., new academy member. “I would like to examine our
police department’s policy. (I like) the idea of seeing what they do and why they do it. I’m trying to avoid untoward things that are happening with police departments in other cities.” Officer Larry Sowards is in charge of the academy, and he said each class is different and contributes differently to the
education of the officers. Sowards said the program can be adopted for student groups and he would be happy to speak to any campus organization or do a mini-citizens police academy. In addition to being a vehicle for cooperation between citizens and police, the academy offers community members a chance to ask questions about the department and the way it operates. Bryant took advantage of this opportunity immediately and questioned Williams about the failure of the department to report the number of arrests made during traffic stops where citations were issued. Williams said the department scored high in the categories it did report; however, it “dropped the ball” and simply didn’t collect the required data on the arrests. The San Marcos Daily Record reported Tuesday the g See POLICE, page 2
Kerry claims victory in Tennessee and Virginia
By Steven Thomma Knight Ridder Newspapers
FAIRFAX STATION, Va.— Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts swept primaries in Virginia and Tennessee on Tuesday, decisively defeating two Southern rivals near their home turf and all but assuring that he will be the Democratic Party nominee for president. Kerry won easily in Virginia, taking
about 50 percent of the vote, followed by Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina with 26 percent and retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark of Arkansas with 9 percent. Kerry also breezed to victory in Tennessee. With three-quarters of the vote counted, he had 47 percent, Edwards 26 percent and Clark 23 percent. Kerry’s victories, his first in the South, gave him a new jolt of momentum as he heads into a showdown next week in
Wisconsin that could leave him the acknowledged nominee of his party. He enters the coming week having won five states in four days and 12 of the 14 that have voted so far. With Tuesday’s wins, he has shown political strength in every region of the country and among Democrats from all demographic, economic and racial groups. g See KERRY, page 3
Interior design students were given the 1884 Hays County Jail, the Calaboose museum, Cephas House and the adjacent property and the 1908 First Baptist Church as pieces for their work. Students proposed numerous ways of using these buildings. The plans of Tami Becker, interior design senior, transform the currently abandoned First Baptist Church into a theater and performing arts center. g See CALABOOSE, page 4
Law enforcement seminar raises crime awareness By Anna Lisa Moreno News Reporter
also some mechanisms that we will talk about that agencies can use to minimize the likeliThe Hays County Sheriff’s hood that people will fall into Department will hold a semi- these traps.” nar titled “Stranger Criminal Rossmo will speak at the Investigation” from 9 a.m. to 5 event. According to a Texas p.m. today at the Hays County State press release, Rossmo is Sheriff’s Office. a world-renowned criminoloThe seminar will gist and a leading explain the techauthority on geoniques used toward graphic profiling. solving a stranger Rossmo lent his assisviolent crime investance in the Wastigation, which are hington, D.C., sniper incidents involving case as well as a highvictims who do not profile serial killer know their assailant. case in Louisiana, ROSSMO The purpose of according to the this event is to raise release. awareness among law enforce“His work is cutting-edge, ment about how to efficiently unlike anyone else in the solve violent crimes. field,” said Criminal Justice “We need to be aware of Chair Quint Thurman in the these traps so you can avoid same press release. “That them,” said Kim Rossmo, research interest and focus criminal justice department g See CRIME, page 4 research professor. “There are
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results of the “Racial Profiling: Texas Stops and Searches” report. According to the report, blacks in San Marcos are 1.3 times more likely to be searched when stopped than whites, and Hispanics are 1 percent more likely. The statewide numbers say blacks are 1.6 times more likely to be searched and Hispanics 1.4 times more likely than whites. In the article, Williams is quoted saying the results of the report are misleading for the San Marcos area. “In our particular case the numbers indicate that there is no statistically significant difference in the populations and the way our numbers came out. What that’s saying is it’s pretty
even,” Williams said in the article. Sowards said the police department appreciated the tough questions because the questions make it possible for them to know what is on the mind of the community. “I’m from the old school, where I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong if no one tells me,” he said. Since Williams became chief seven months ago, he said he has focused on three primary issues: professionalism, accountability and customer service. “Those are my three big issues and we’ll be working on them as long as I am chief,” he said. “I am a public servant and I am accountable (to the community).” Graduates of the program
can continue to assist the police department by becoming active in the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. The association contributes by helping with the Blue Santa Program, Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, holiday house watch, issuing parking tickets and in numerous other ways, Sowards said. Alumni association president Linda Dietert was presented with a leather jacket from the department Tuesday in appreciation for 300 hours of service to the department. She spoke highly of the class and encouraged students to become active in the alumni association after graduation. “It’s a great program and the alumni association continues the learning process,” she said.
KERRY: Gains momentum for candidacy
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More importantly, he approaches next Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary without any clear threat to his nomination. Clark was teetering on the edge of political collapse Tuesday evening. Edwards lost back to back in the region that he boasted was his “backyard.” And former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, winless in 14 states, didn’t even contest Virginia or Tennessee and was hoping for a comeback in Wisconsin that showed no sign yet of materializing. “Once again the message rings out loud and clear,” Kerry told supporters in Fairfax, Virginia. “Americans are voting for change, East, West, North, and now, in the South.” The nomination virtually within his grasp, Kerry focused on President Bush rather than Democratic rivals as he ticked off states vital to a fall election victory. “From Missouri to Wisconsin to Ohio, from the heartland to both coasts, the wreckage of the Bush economy is all around us,” Kerry said. “To all of America we say tonight, get ready, a new day is on the way.” Kerry picked up the majority of the 151 delegates awarded Tuesday, ending the day with a total of 499. That’s about 23 percent of the 2,162 needed to secure the nomination. Through Tuesday, Dean had
182 delegates, Edwards had 146, Clark had 84, the Rev. Al Sharpton of New York had 12, and Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio had 2. Though it will take several more weeks of voting for Kerry to clinch the nomination mathematically, Tuesday’s voting confirmed that Democrats around the country are largely ratifying the choice made in the first two states to vote, Iowa and New Hampshire. And with an accelerated primary calendar set up by the party to wrap up the nomination quickly, voters in late-voting states could be left without a voice in the process. “Kerry is in like Flint,” said Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. “He can get started on a very tough campaign in the fall.” Sabato said Clark was “obliterated” with his distant third-place finishes. He also said Edwards “is out, too. When you get beat 2 to 1 in two states next to yours by a Massachusetts liberal and you’re the Southern candidate, it’s impossible to defend.” Kerry won strong support Tuesday among all types of voters and on all types of issues. He won just less than half the white votes in Virginia and nearly two-thirds of the black vote. He also led his rivals regardless of whether voters said their top concerns were jobs, health care, Iraq or overall experience.
And he built a large lead among those Democrats who said the main quality they looked for in candidates was the ability to defeat President Bush. Among those voters in Virginia, 3 out of 4 voted for Kerry, according to exit polls. Among those voters in Tennessee, Kerry edged Edwards by a margin of nearly 2-1 and Clark by a slightly larger margin. Aides speculated that Clark would quit the race as early as Wednesday. Speaking to supporters in Memphis, Tenn., Clark gave no hint of his immediate plans. “We may have lost this battle today,” he said. "But ... we are not going to lose the battle for America's future." Asked by a reporter if he would go on to Wisconsin, Clark said, “We’re going to talk about everything tomorrow.” Aides speculated privately that he might bow out Wednesday. He had considered quitting last week until his narrow victory in Oklahoma kept his hopes alive; since then, Clark had poured most of his effort into Tennessee, trying for another win close to his home state of Arkansas. Yet Clark never gave voters a compelling reason to back his late-starting campaign. On issues such as war and taxes, he resembled Kerry and Edwards. And on his claim that his record in uniform made him uniquely suited to lead a war on terrorism, voters
seemed to prefer Kerry’s record as a Vietnam War hero. Among veterans in Tennessee, 58 percent voted for Kerry, 23 percent voted for Edwards and 11 percent voted for Clark, according to exit polls. As the disappointing vote totals came in, Clark's senior staff traveled from their headquarters in Little Rock, Ark., to meet with him in Memphis, Tenn. Edwards, whose one victory came in South Carolina a week earlier, vowed to stay in the race despite his losses Tuesday. He flew to Milwaukee on Tuesday night to get a quick start courting Wisconsin voters. His aides speculated that Clark would withdraw, leaving Edwards alone to challenge Kerry — but they didn’t include Dean in their political calculus. “With a narrower field, we’ll get to Wisconsin, where we’ll be better able to distinguish ourselves,” said David Axelrod, an aide to Edwards. “We’ve always viewed this as kind of an elimination tournament. The field winnows down and then you'll get down to a final two. We anticipate being one of those final two.” He called Kerry’s momentum “pretty impressive.” But he said Kerry would be slowed as the field of candidate narrows and voters have fewer choices.
SAN DIEGO — A group of environmental organizations Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit aimed at blocking construction of the final 3.5 miles of a 14mile project to add two fences along the U.S.-Mexico border to thwart drug smuggling and illegal immigration. The lawsuit asserts that the project will needlessly destroy sensitive habitat in the region near the Tijuana Estuary, home to 87 plant and animal species. The plan calls for the two fences to be built parallel to an existing border fence from the ocean to Otay Mesa, and roads would be constructed for Border Patrol agents to use. “This is a bad idea and the federal government is going to cram it down our throats,” said Bruce Reznik, executive director of San Diego Baykeeper. Other groups in the lawsuit are the Sierra Club, the California Native Plant Society, the San Diego chapter of the Audubon Society and the Tucson, Ariz.-based Center for Biological Diversity.
Atkins’ fans fume at release of his medical report
Followers of diet guru Dr. Robert Atkins were in a stew Tuesday after learning that a Nebraska cardiologist who is selling his own nutrition book and an animal rights group opposed to meat consumption had made public a medical examiner's report stating that Atkins’ six-foot frame weighed 258 pounds at death. But it’s unclear whether Atkins’ weight ballooned because of poor eating habits or because of a heart condition that plagued him for several years. Atkins’ best-selling book Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution, which preached a diet rich in meat and dairy foods and low in bread and fruit, has sold 15 million copies. A spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner's office said it mistakenly released the death report for Atkins, who died April 17 at age 72 after slipping on ice and hitting his head on April 8, to the Nebraska doctor, who gave it to a physicians’ group that strongly advocates animal rights.
Tuesday, Jeanne McVey, a spokeswoman for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which is adamantly opposed to meat consumption and research on animals, said: “To us the significance is we’ve been saying for years and years that the Atkins diet is a diet that’s likely to cause heart disease.” Dr. Stuart Trager, chairman of the Atkins Physicians Council, Tuesday disputed the insinuations about Atkins’ eating habits. The information in the death report was first reported in The Wall Street Journal, which obtained it from the Washington, D.C.-based physicians group. Trager said cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle probably caused by a virus, caused Atkins to retain fluid.
Lawmakers vote to ban religious symbols in schools
PARIS — French legislators on Tuesday voted to ban Islamic head scarves, Jewish kippas, large Christian crosses and other religious symbols in public schools, all but ensuring passage of a proposed law intended to reaffirm the country's secular tradition. In a display of unity across ideological lines, 494 deputies in the National Assembly voted for the measure and 36 voted against it. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to pass next month. The ban would go into effect in September and prohibit “conspicuous” religious apparel and symbols while permitting smaller items such as Stars of David. French leaders called the vote a victory for the religious neutrality of the state and the rights of women against Islamicextremism and, in the words of Education Minister Luc Ferry on Tuesday, against “a spectacular rise in racism and anti-Semitism in the last three years” that troubles schools in ethnically mixed neighborhoods. “Such unanimity in the heart of the National Assembly is a very strong moment in the political life of the Republic because this is about stopping a drift and clearly defining things vis a vis fundamentalism,” said Bernard Accoyer, a parliamentary leader of the center-right ruling coalition of President Jacques Chirac. Briefs are from wire reports.
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CAMPUS UPDATES Organization hosts affirmative action symposium The Black Student Alliance at Texas State University will present “Affirmative Action: Now? Or Never?,” an interdisciplinary symposium, at 6 p.m. Thursday in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater. The program will feature an opening address by Texas State President Denise Trauth and a distinguished interdisciplinary panel, discussing affirmative action in concept and delivery and its future at Texas State. Panelists include Shannon Fitzpatrick, attorney for students; Gilda Garcia, Equity and Access director; Christie Kangas, admissions director; Barbara Lyman, Graduate College professor; James Studer, vice president of Student Affairs; Jorge Valadez, Our Lady of the Lake University philosophy professor; Kenneth Ward, political science assistant professor; and Dwight Watson, history assistant professor. The panel will be moderated by Jeffrey Gordon, philosophy professor and National Endowment for the Humanities distinguished teaching professor in the humanities. Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions during the summer of 2003 in the University of Michigan cases, the debate about affirmative action has loomed on the national landscape. The symposium will attempt to address such questions as: What is affirmative action in 2004? Is affirmative action a sound ideal, aiming to redress the crippling effects of generations of inequity, or is it reverse discrimination, destined to create and intensify racial hostility? Has it been successful in advancing its national goals? Does it and should it have a role in our university’s commitment to diversity? For further information, contact BSA president Christopher Jones II at (512) 408-6940.
Internship fair hopes to jumpstart careers
Start getting valuable work experience now. Career Services is hosting the Internship Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 18 in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Participating in an internship gives students the opportunity to brush up on their leadership and communication skills while learning more about their career. “Students benefit from internships regardless if they are paid or unpaid because it gives them an edge,” said Karen Julian, Career Services assistant director. In addition to a college education, internships provide work experience and skills that make graduates more marketable. Students get the chance to connect with professionals in a working environment, while developing important employment contacts. If students are undecided on their career path, an internship is a great way to help
reshape or confirm career goals. Students are encouraged to start the search early to assure success in the job market. Companies offer internships in the spring, summer and fall to give students every possibility to join their staff. In addition, some companies may provide scholarships, academic credit and salaries to benefit their interns. All classifications are welcome, but seniors and juniors are strongly encouraged to attend. All majors will be represented at the fair. Students are advised to dress in business casual and bring along numerous resumes. For express registration students should bring their Texas State identification card. For more information, call Career Services at (512) 245-2645 or visit www.careerservices.txstate.edu for a list of tentative employers attending the fair.
Guest lecturer will discuss future of Middle East The history department will host a talk with Jon B. Alterman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies based in Washington, D.C., titled “After Saddam, What? The Middle East in Troubled Times.” The lecture will be held at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in Flowers Hall, Room 341. Alterman joined CSIS in November 2002 as the Middle East Program director. Previously, he served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. State Department and as a special assistant to the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. Prior to entering government, he was a scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace and at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. From 1993 to 1997, Alterman taught at Harvard University, where he received his doctoral degree in history. He also worked as a legislative aide to Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan (D-N.Y.), responsible for foreign policy and defense. Alterman has lectured in the United States and abroad. He is the author of 2002’s Hopes Dashed: Egypt and American Foreign Assistance 1952-1956, 1998’s New Media, New Politics? From satellite television to the Internet in the Arab World, and the editor of 1998’s Sadat and His Legacy: Egypt and the World, 1977-1997. In addition to his academic work, he is a frequent commentator on U.S. policy and the Middle East in print and on radio and television. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Asharq al-Awsat and other major publications. Alterman is on the Board of Advisory Editors of the Middle East Journal, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Transnational Broadcasting Studies and a former international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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CALABOOSE: History redesigned g Cont. from page 1
“I loved this project,” Becker said in a San Marcos Daily Record article. “It’s been one of my favorite classes. And because something is actually going to happen with this neighborhood and we really had something to do with what might be the outcome — it’s just really exciting. I love learning about history and, like I said, I had no idea about any of this part of the neighborhood.” Crystal Lazo, interior design senior, turned the church into a community center with an art gallery and mentoring area for local youth. “All of the proposals are very well done,” Armstead said. “I would love to see one of them actually take shape.” On the show’s opening
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night, Marsha Durham, daughter of jazz legend Eddie Durham, was in attendance and displayed original pictures of her father and related images of historic San Marcos. Eddie Durham grew up in the Dunbar neighborhood and rose to become a member of the Grammy Hall of Fame for his arrangement of “In the Mood” for the Glen Miller Band. Aside from that, Durham also worked with other well-known musicians such as Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Jan Savitt. Cephas House and its adjacent piece of property has been proposed as the location for a new Eddie Durham Music Museum and Heritage Park by the San Marcos Historical Commission. The residents of the Dunbar
neighborhood, at the time of Durham’s youth, were predominantly black and Hispanic, with “the beat,” an area that has since been demolished, being the commercial center of the San Marcos black community. The building that houses the Calaboose African-American Museum was the Hays County Jail from 1873-1884. “I started the museum in 1991,” Armstead said. “I’ve always been a junker and I just ran out of space to put all my stuff. It is a part of San Marcos history. There is no way you can tell a story without telling all of its parts. Even though the museum has an AfricanAmerican focus, it really has exhibits from people of all races and backgrounds. I believe it is important to see all the parts.”
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makes him someone we really want to have at this university. He is a great asset for our criminal justice program.” Other attendees will include members from the Texas Austin Police Rangers, Department, University Police Department, Hays County Sheriff’s Department, San Marcos Police Department as well as other agencies. According to the press release, violent crimes are often difficult to solve and result in unsuccessful prosecutions and unpunished offenders. The seminar will be divided into two sections. The first section will discuss the technique of geographic profiling, the analysis of the geography surrounding a crime scene, a technique created by Rossmo. According to Rossmo’s report, researchers, practitioners and the developers in this field must recognize certain things regarding their techniques and methods, including the following: 1. They are only mathemati-
cal representations of things regarding their techniques and methods. 2. They must be theoretically based. 3. They must be empirically tested. 4. Their theoretical assumptions and methodological limitations must be articulated and observed. 5. The rules of probability must be followed. 6. The final product has a customer — the patrol officer, investigator or manager — who needs to use the analysis within the realities of his own world. “These cases often suffer from information overload, where hundreds of thousands of suspects come to the attention of the police, so this is a way to help manage them,” Rossmo said. The second part of the presentation will address criminal investigative failures caused by cognitive biases and psychological optical illusions. Crime investigations go wrong because of cognitive tunnels, probability errors and organizational traps, Rossmo
said. “Cognitive tunnels are when any individual doesn’t necessarily see all the facts because they get caught up with all the optical illusions,” Rossmo said. “Probability errors occur because people don’t understand things done in forensic science, and another problem occurs when you have things like group think and organizational factors that hold back an investigation.” According to his report, other topics at the seminar will include mind sets, memory limitations, evaluation of evidence, probability errors, prosecutor’s fallacy, defense attorney’s fallacy, case examples and suggested remedies. Rossmo said he hopes raising awareness about these factors will help law enforcement agencies in conducting criminal investigation. “Our goal as a university is to pass on information from the latest research and experiences to the law enforcement community here in Central Texas,” Rossmo said.
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$2.9 million, failed with 43 percent of the vote. If it had passed the funds would have been used to expand the district’s central office facilities. “I think people put a priority on classrooms and instruction instead of administration,” Perez said. “They looked at the priorities and voted accordingly.” The election experienced a very high voter turnout, with
more than 4,500 people voting on each proposition. “This is probably one of the largest voter turnouts in San Marcos history, in any election,” Perez said. Hart said he believes the Citizens for New Schools committee helped spread the word to voters and helped with the voter turnout. “A good bit of time and energy went into getting the word out,” he said. “We did the best we could to get the infor-
mation to as many people as possible.” Hart, a parent of three children attending San Marcos schools, said he believes his own children will benefit from the changes that are being made. He has children in the fourth, seventh and 10th grades. “Probably one and a half of my kids will benefit from this,” Hart said. “I’m excited for our district as well as our community.”
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‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ should hit the road nity and camaraderie are aspects that attract many people to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Unfortunately, it doesn’t extend to those soldiers that happen to be homosexual. The decade-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” law has become a subject of debate again, particularly with the war in Iraq. Officials with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network in Washington, D.C., have started lobbying to get the law repealed, which would allow gays to be open and serve in the military.
And it’s about time. The law is outdated and doesn’t do much at improving how our country is being protected, especially in this time of war. Critics said in an article in Monday’s Austin AmericanStatesman that gays in the military cause disruption, “breed mistrust among the ranks” and that they are “fundamentally incompatible with good order and discipline.” Opponents also say gays would be largely distracted from their mission with all the people of the same sex around. The article featured an Austin
soldier, U.S. Army Spc. John Badger, who was booted for being gay. While he was not openly gay, records show that he was harassed by other soldiers who accused him of having sexual interest in them and refused to receive shots from him (Badger was a medic) because they thought he would get aroused by it. So, according to the records, blame it on the gay? Some of the biggest supporters for gays in the military are gay veterans, many of whom have
earned medals for their service. Basically, this country is in need of soldiers and we shouldn’t be kicking people out of the military just because of their sexual preference when they are as willing and dedicated to giving their lives for this country as much as any heterosexual. Perhaps it’s the juvenile attitudes of the heterosexual soldiers that should be put into question. If they can’t handle serving with a gay soldier who has the same purpose as them, then maybe they are the ones who shouldn’t be in the military.
GOING TO CHART-HELLS On-campus dining options leave students’ pockets empty Rugh Cline Star Columnist The freshman student body at this school is getting the shaft. As you may already know, students have no choice but to live in overpriced dorms during their freshman year. Along with being forced to live in the dorms, students are forced to purchase highpriced, low-quality meal plans. There are four basic meal plans the incoming student body can “choose” between. The first is a 100-block plan with 125 Paw Points. The second is a 150-block plan with 100 Paw Points. The third is a 200-block meal plan with 75 Paw Points. The fourth meal plan is a 250block plan. If you break down the numbers, with the 100-block meal plan, students are paying $7.70 a meal after taxes. That is $7.70 that will get you, for example, one slice of pizza and a 22-ounce fountain drink that you can’t refill. Let’s say you decide you want two pieces of pizza and one refill. Now you are looking at more than $15. For the same $15 you could get a whole pizza from Pizza Classics and a two liter of soda and still have money left in your pocket. Or let’s say you are in the mood for a hamburger. You can either get one tiny, lowquality burger at Jones Diner Food Court and a 22-ounce fountain drink with no refills, or you could take that same $7.70 to Grins and get a burger that actually tastes good, get all the free refills your heart desires and in the end have money left in your pocket. Of course, there are other meal plans that, in theory, make the price of meal trades slightly less exorbitant. With the 150-block plan you end up paying $5.51 per meal, with the 200-block plan, you end up paying $4.51 per meal, and with the 250-block plan you end up paying $4.17 per meal. All these prices assume you actually finish all the meals you purchase because, as many of us
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James Apel/ Star illustration have learned the hard way, the meals don’t roll over to the next semester. God forbid we actually get the meals for which we have paid. According to Auxiliary Services Director John Roots, last semester students only used about 85 percent of the meals for which we have paid. What happened to the unused 15 percent of the meals, you ask? Sorry, but you lost those. Many of us have seen the mad dash at the end of the semester to use up remaining meal plans and paw points before they are lost. At the end of one of my semesters in the dorm I was left with so many meal trades that I took about eight people out to eat. We all had two or three slices of pizza and even got to refill our drinks at least once. We felt like we were living like kings for a day, actually getting two whole slices of pizza and one refill on our drinks. In the end, it cost about $150 for us to each have a couple of slices of pizza. This is price gouging at its worst. Chartwells is a private, for-profit company that handles the food service for more than 500 school districts and more than 260 colleges and universities in the United
States, and it reaches sales close to $6 billion annually. When I called to ask about the financial rape of our student body, Chartwells quickly pointed its finger at Auxiliary Services. Auxiliary Services gave me a whole line about expanding our facilities and building new ones. I do realize that as a growing university we need to build new facilities as well as maintain our existing ones. I just wonder how it is that CiCi’s Pizza can sell all-you-can-eat pizza and allow free refills on their drinks while still maintaining its facilities and make a profit large enough to allow it to expand to other locations. Many fast food places have 99-cent menus. Where is the 99-cent menu on campus? Why does a burger and drink at the Burger King in the LBJ Student Center cost $7.70 and at the Burger King off campus I could get three or four burgers, a drink with unlimited refills and still have left over money? Somehow the off-campus Burger King is able to maintain itself, make a profit and even expand to other locations. If Chartwells and Auxiliary Services aren’t price gouging our captive freshman student body, I
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would like to know how they justify these exorbitant prices. Personally, I think our upperclassmen who aren’t held captive by Chartwells and Auxiliary Services should outright boycott these vampires who are sucking the blood out of our vulnerable freshmen. Don’t give these people any of your money. San Marcos offers several awesome non-price gouging restaurants in less than a five-minute walk from campus. I am writing this column at the request of, and on behalf of friends living in the dorms to show how they are getting the shaft financially. I personally don’t eat in the dining halls. I don’t have that kind of money. My weekly food budget is more like $15, unlike the freshmen who are forced to accommodate prices five or 10 times as much. This column dealt with the overpriced meal plans the people in the dorms have no choice but to buy. Next week’s column will question why dormitories cost much more than $500 a month per student. Maybe it is the clean bathrooms and fully functioning air-conditioning. Cline is a political science senior.
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Examine the issues before casting a vote The typical primary and presiit looked as though former dential candidate has become that Vermont Gov. Howard Dean digitally re-mastered and rewould be unbeatable, raising released greatest hits CD, with its record-setting amounts early in his two badly recorded, unreleased campaign. After seeing Dean give demo tracks you got tired of four a powerful speech in San Antonio, years ago. Some are satisfied with and noting the praise he had the same old political sales pitch, received from several wellwhile others — includrespected peers of ing myself — yearn mine, I became a supTre Miner for something more porter. I felt that his than a marionette with environment-friendly a nice smile and a policies, gay rights catchy campaign slosupport and campaign gan. This year seems finance stance would to be no exception finally give Americans though; corporate the opportunity to vote America is still pulling their hopes instead of the strings while big compromising yet Star Columnist media directs the spotagain. I was not light. impressed with his gun-control After a startling victory in stance and perhaps his abandonIowa, Sen. John Kerry instantly ment of public financing which became the Democratic primary was a decision that brought him front-runner as well as the media’s contributions from big businesses sweetheart. Kerry talks about like Microsoft and IBM (although “(standing) up to the special inter- I will give him credit for putting ests” without taking “a dime of his campaign financing decision (Political Action Committee) up to a vote by his supporters). money,” but PACs aren’t the only After much thought and interway to cater to special interests. nal debate, however, I finally Kerry’s 527 soft-money commitchose to support Ohio tee Citizen Soldier Fund raised Congressman Dennis Kucinich. more than $1.3 million in 2002 Because of his campaign finance from contributors such as AT&T ethics, Kucinich quickly became and Time Warner. The Citizen one of the obvious underdogs of Soldier Fund was formed and the primary, but it is these ethics operated shortly before the pasthat make him the best candidate. sage of the campaign finance His solutions to the topics reform bill, McCain-Feingold, for addressed have become eloquent which Kerry voted. reiterations of my own beliefs: Trial lawyer and Sen. John universal healthcare, publicly Edwards touts his refusal to accept funded education, a healthy envidonations from Washington lobby- ronment and labor rights, just to ists while his 527 committee New name a few. He has the necessary American Optimists receives concongressional experience as a state tributions from big law firms like representative; he is funded almost Goldman Sachs and Stephen entirely by American worker and Bing’s Shangri-la Entertainment trade unions — unlike his politi(the later alone contributed an cally paid-off competitors; — and unprecedented $907,000 to the he is the only clear anti-war candiEdwards Campaign). date where most of his opponents Retired four-star Gen. Wesley have been dodgy on the subject Clark seems to be one of the few until the primaries. candidates in the clear of corpoMost Americans are relying on rate payoff, though much skeptithe media spotlight to guide them cism still looms over his party to Bush’s most formidable adveraffiliation and his previous stance sary, and it does seem that on the war in Iraq. Clark simply Kucinich stands in the dark. But, lacks the experience necessary to we simply can’t afford to sacrifice lead this country, much less to pull our beliefs and integrity by conus out of the quagmire left behind fusing the “best” candidate with by the Bush administration’s the “most likely to win” candidomestic policy. Despite the title, date. being commander-in-chief If you have a candidate in mind requires much more than military that you pledge 100 percent supexpertise. port to, then by all means go out The reverend and civil rights and vote for him in November. activist Al Sharpton is sending the But, if you are on the fence about right message. But, like Clark, which candidate to choose, then I Sharpton lacks the know-how to highly recommend the website run this country. The inalienable www.presidentmatch.com to gain rights of man alone will not boost some insight into the various canthe economy. didates and their solutions to the In the prologue of this year’s problems our country faces. play, long before CNN’s overMiner is a political science sophomore. played clip of emotional intensity,
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VocaLibre’s singing valentines sure to heat things up this year BY BRANDON COBB ARTS REPORTER There you are, on bended knee, outside your sweetheart’s door with a dozen red roses and a box of chocolates under your arm, reciting Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 from memory. “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May.” However, instead of a shower of sloppy kisses from your sweetheart, you are greeted with a cold door slamming in your face. The
jolt rips you right out of this hellish nightmare and you sit upright in bed, relieved that although Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, you still have time to whip up something a bit more creative for that special someone. VocaLibre, Texas State’s premiere jazz choir, has just what you need to surprise your sweetheart, friends and family — a singing valentine. Nothing conveys emotion like song, and what better way to express your emotions than through a unique and customized
singing valentine. Best of all, you won’t have to spend hours in the card aisle at 2 a.m. sifting through sentimental leftovers. Your message will be delivered promptly and professionally by VocaLibre’s talented troupe of performers. Solo performances start at $10 — a wise investment guaranteed to make your Valentine’s Day hotter than July. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Tiffany Stone at (512) 2453397.
State park enchants visitors
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BY JEFF GREER ASSISTANT ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
The car glides smoothly around the rolling hills on Ranch Road 965 just north of Fredericksburg. On the last turn, the great red monolith reveals itself like the palm of God’s hand from the center of the earth. It’s easy to understand why the Tonkawa, Apache and Comanche tribes all expressed a divine reverence for the billion-year-old giant known as Enchanted Rock. It is actually a partially exposed section of a large chunk of granite known as the Enchanted Rock Batholith, which stretches across 90 square miles of the Llano Basin. Enchanted Rock has had human visitors for at least 10,000 years, and many stories about the mystical properties of the Rock have arisen during that time. Written records date back to the 16th century to the Tonkawa, who told of phantom warriors of an extinct tribe that defended the Rock against hostile tribes. At night the Tonkawa reported mysterious noises emanating from the Rock that were attributed to the souls of improperly buried corpses. More is written on the belief systems of the Apache, who displaced the Tonkawa sometime in the early 1700s. The Giver of Life sent the Gan, the mountain spirits, to instruct and guide the people on how to live a more spiritual and productive life. The spirits live in the mountain for eternity and can be summoned for guidance or protection. The sun-worshipping Comanche also paid homage to the Rock, leaving tiny stone sepultures at the 325foot summit. Stories of human sacrifice abound from European explorers, many of whom believed the Llano region held vast amounts of silver and gold hidden within the granite. One such tale involves an American Indian chief who is called upon by the mountain spirits to sacrifice his daughter. At the last minute the chief substituted a sheep instead, spilling the blood of the animal and torching the sacrifice to cover his deceit. The mountain god was not fooled and it shook the rocky summit, enveloping the chief and imprisoning him in the mountain. Trapped in the Rock by day, the chief is only set free at nightfall to walk across the rocky summit. Many scientists and scholars have come up with less supernatural causes for the Rock’s reputation. The abundance of reflective material in the granite including quartz and various feldspars can give the Rock a shiny appearance in the moonlight. During the day, the Rock will heat up and as it cools at night it can shift and crack, accounting for the strange noises within the mountain. Besides ghost stories, the region has a rich history. One story from 1841 involves Texas Ranger Capt. Jack Hays, for which the county is named, who fled up the Rock to avoid the pursuit of angry Comanches. Hays hid in one of the cracks and killed many of them and,
with the help from his rallying troops, drove off the Comanches. A plaque commemorates this battle at the park. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area was purchased by the state of Texas in 1984 but has been designated as a National Natural Landmark since 1970. The 1,643.5 acres of land are home to more than 500 species of plants and animals. The land is kept relatively untouched and it is not unlikely to see a rabbit or a white-tailed deer milling about. Birdwatchers will not be disappointed and a bird checklist is available upon request. Visitors to the park are offered a variety of landscapes and trails to choose from. Besides hiking and camping, mountain climbing has become an ever-popular staple of the park. The highest point of Enchanted Rock reaches 1,825-feet above sea level and freeclimbers can often be seen scaling the cracks of the cliff faces. Climbers must check in and sign a release form before heading out on the Rock. The park also offers a rare opportunity to see granite caves. The caves were formed when water eroded the stone away millions of years ago. Large boulders fell in the cracks and wedged up against the sides, creating a roof for the cave. On a hot day the smooth walls of the caves can offer a cool retreat from the sun. Massive updrafts from the heating of the rocks help to cool off the weary traveler. Visitors are encouraged to bring flashlights because many of the caves can be perilously dark Enchanted Rock is a geologist’s Shangri-La. Examples of almost every type of weathering and erosional features can be observed and the exfoliation dome is the second largest of its kind in the United States. Enchanted Rock is part of the Llano Uplift that by some accounts shifted vast amounts of igneous and metamorphic material toward the surface. Erosion exposed the surface of the granite and weathering has transformed the appearance of the Rock to its current state. The park is open nearly year round, with the exception of January when it closes for deer hunting. There is a lottery to determine who gets the honor of gracing these ancient hunting grounds. More than 100 regular and primitive campsites are available, but the park receives more than 300,000 visitors a year, so reservations are recommended. For more information, visit the Enchanted Rock Web site at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/enchantd or call 1-800-792-1112. Reservations can be made by calling (512) 3898900, although RV camping is not available. The park will have a trail project to combat erosion and rebuild the park trails on Feb. 21 and March 20. Admission to the park is free for volunteers. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is protected by Texas Parks and Wildlife, so remember to take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, as seen in these photos, offers a variety of landscapes and trails. The 1,643.5 acres is home to 500 species of plants and animals. Jeff Greer/Star photos
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SACA hosts poetry slam competition BY SHANNON MCGARVEY SENIOR REPORTER
The Student Association for Campus Activities, with the help of its previous entertainment coordinator Ernst Bernard, organized a poetry slam team in January 2003 to represent Texas State at the Association of College Unions Southern Slam Regionals. Auditions for the team were kept pitilessly informal, as poets were arbitrarily contacted by Bernard and set to independently strategize through meetings and regular rehearsal times. After a month of preparations, the neophyte slam team found itself competing against seven other student teams from Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. The winning team would later go on to compete nationally in Fayetteville, Ark. After a three-round, intensely spirited competition, Texas State invariably lost to Rice University and the University of Arkansas. Discouraged by the loss, the grassroots slam team showed SACA that Texas State, given the proper atmosphere and dedication, has a genuine thirst and need for the art of slam. This year, however, the idea of the novice grassroots team is being tossed to the wayside as SACA is making tryouts a bit more legitimate through good old fashioned head-to-head, dog-eat-dog competition. Writers and performers are being called to literary arms Wednesday to showcase their abilities in a battle of talent. Participating poets should come prepared with three of their own pieces on any subject and in any style. This means anyone from the soloplaywright monologist to the psuedo-urban freestyle emcee, and everyone in between, are welcomed and encouraged to participate as long as their rant doesn’t exceed the threeminute-10-second time stipulations. If, however, the poet should exceed the time constraints, don’t fear disqualification; a half-point deduction will ensue for every 10 seconds overtime. In fact, disqualification is extremely hard to come by in the poetry slam game. The only situations in which debarment would occur is if the poet uses props, costumes or musical accompaniment or if the poem recited is not of original character. Wednesday’s Because event will be an official poetry slam, there will be judges. All efforts in the arbitrary selection of judges are fair, as they are not allowed to have any personal connections or
biases to the performing poets or their works. Judges are given score cards and prompted to score each poem fairly on a scale from 0.0 to 10.0. A score of 0.0 signals the poem as the worst piece of performance art the judges have ever seen or heard; a score of 10.0 being a call to the ghost of Joseph Pulitzer and his heirs at the Pulitzer prize commission. So, after original poems are properly executed, time constraints abided by, judges ecstatic with discrimination and total scores tallied into shaping the 2004 Texas State University Slam Team, what comes next? First comes the obligatory scrimmage between Southern teams, this year being held Feb. 20 and 21 at the University of Houston. The outcome of the scrimmage generally holds no bearing on who goes to nationals and who stays home, but acts almost solely as a sort of team ego affirmation to the winner. After scrimmages, competing teams will have a month and a half of preparations before the 2004 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in Berkeley, Calif. The invitational will take place from April 7 to 11. Texas State can send as many as three teams, but SACA has agreed to only pay for one. SACA will bestow the travel funds to the four primary winners of Wednesday’s poetry slam. The April voyage will include transportation to nationals, as well as lodging during the event. Emily Kagan, the tournament chair and University of California-Berkeley’s “Slamminatrix,” has organized the entire event with “welcome parties,” “5th wheel slams” that incorporate each team’s alternate player, “guerilla poetry” around the UCBerkeley campus, “freestyle/dance battles” and sightseeing explorations around the San Francisco area. With the 2004 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational looming in the near future and the filler space in between tentatively laid out on the proverbial poetry table, SACA’s Wednesday Poetry Slam promises to be packed with plenty of punchy pressure. The heat is on as prospective Texas State teammates brush up on their performance poetry skills, write new pieces and size up their potential competition. Now, only fate’s hand can tell who will rise to the occasion and who will sink under the pressure of poetry.
TRENDS/FILM Miracle keeps viewers on ice
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In an opening montage narrated by somber news bulletins, Miracle carefully pinpoints the worries that faced the U n i t e d film States in the late 1960s R E V I E W and 1970s ««« Miracle — rising gas Dir: Gavin O’Connor prices, Stars: Eddie Cahill, Soviet agKurt Russell, gression in Michael Mantenuto Rated PG Eastern Europe, hostage crises, political scandals and the growing popularity of disco. To counter this rising national anxiety, we are given the story of legendary coach Herb Brooks (Russell) and how he drove a ragtag team of college hockey players to victory against the Russians in the 1980 Winter Olympics. It is difficult to imagine that a narrow 4-3 victory at the Olympics would be enough to galvanize a sagging American morale, but Miracle would have it no other way. The film is glossed up and down with the spirit of patriotism, as though the amazing story is without merit unless packaged as a triumph for Americana. During a time when the United States had suffered multiple defeats in political and athletic competition with the Soviets, Brooks received the task of assembling a team that was expected only to save the United States from further Olympic embarrassment. Considering that the Russians had a 16-year-long winning streak, the odds were entirely in their favor, but Brooks’ administration of new game play dynamics and countless hours of practice lend Miracle that Rockyesque formula of hope for the American underdogs. With so many characters to manage, the movie focuses on only a select few of Brooks’ 20 handpicked players: There is a subplot involving the goalie (Cahill) and his mother’s dying wish for him to play in the Olympics and there is Brooks’ own conflict between his responsibilities as a father and his commitment to the team. However,
Courtesy photo Kurt Russell goes over game strategy with his hockey team in this scene from Miracle. most of the emotional subplots take a backseat to the action on the ice. O’Connor precisely manages the hockey games, squeezing just enough tension out of each second his characters are playing. Even with the final outcome of the movie clearly defined, the film never oversteps its bounds by rewarding itself too soon. The characters on Brooks’ team truly look as if they work for every bit of their astonishing victory. Armed with the idealism of rewards coming to those who work hard, the strength of Miracle’s against-all-odds story is too much for the film to fall victim as generic patriotic rhetoric. — Chris Robinson
New Kid flick lacks plots W h e n considering film this movie, many peo- R E V I E W ple might «« make the Catch That Kid o b v i o u s Dir.: Bart Freundlich Stars: Kristin comparStewart, Corbin isons with Bleu, Max Thierot, Agent Cody Jennifer Beals Rated PG Banks or Spy Kids. Though these movies have chil-
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dren using high-tech equipment and have supernatural physical abilities, this one is sadly different. Stewart plays Maddy, a budding teenage girl with a knack for climbing. Her father attempted to climb Mount Everest but injured himself severely just before he reached the summit. In an emotional turn of events he has a delayed reaction to the injury and loses the use of his body. The revolutionary surgery to correct the problem costs $250,000 and isn’t covered by insurance. This sets up the bank heist. Maddy and her two male companions Austin (Bleu) and Gus (Thierot) set out to rob the bank that Maddy’s workaholic mom Molly (Beals) works for. Molly designed the intricate security system for the bank, but the untested vault is easily breached by the ingenious children. This leads to the climactic chase scene involving the children riding go-carts in and out of traffic while the police desperately try to keep up. Suspension of disbelief is a given, but at many times parents should probably suspend their gag functions as well. Interspersed with a sappy subplot involving Austin and Gus pining for Maddy’s love
are gut-wrenching family crisis crescendos and baseless, comedic vignettes. The movie doesn’t know what it wants to be, but carelessly pounds along to the wheel-spinning climax. Though many might say, “It’s only a movie,” the morals of the film are highly questionable. Maddy lies to the feuding Gus and Austin to get them to go along with the plot, telling them each in private that she loves them exclusively. She takes her baby brother along for the heist, throwing him around like a sack of potatoes. And though the children are robbing a bank for a noble cause, they’re still robbing a bank! The conclusion is too ridiculous to give away, but like most of the film it is completely lacking in intelligence, unless you view the film from a Freudian perspective: A rebellious girl who idolizes her father and is trying to break into her mother’s bank to restore his vitality. By the way, the code to the vault was Maddy’s name. This film was based upon a Danish movie titled Klatretosen, with the English working title Catch That Girl. Like most adaptations of foreign films, something was undoubtedly lost in the translation. — Jeff Greer
Chavez documentary illustrates the power of the mass media
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Hugo Chavez must have known he would be in for a fight when the basis of his 1999 presidential campaign was to redistribute the wealth of Venezuela’s film abundant oil R E V I E W production «««« into the The Revolution Will hands of the Not Be Televised poor. Dirs.: Kim Bartley, H o w - Donnacha O’Briain ever, there is Stars: Pedro Carmona, Hugo Chavez, Jesse no way Cha- Helms, Colin Powell vez, who Not rated won by a landslide, could have foreseen that it would be a fight conducted with his hands tied. Chavez posed the question of why the world’s fourth largest producer of oil should have such a radical difference in income, with 80 percent of the nation lodged at poverty level, and suggested that a breakdown of the state-owned oil company might yield a solution. Venezuela’s wealthy elite retaliated by tightening the reins of their privately owned television channels, effectively drawing Chavez in a communications chokehold by decrying him as a Communist sympathizer.
The two protest marches that followed — one in favor of Chavez, the other demanding he step down — were beginning to descend on the presidential palace when concealed gunmen opened fire on the proChavez group. The crowd scattered and the Chavez supporters began to fire back at the snipers. In the most gripping moment of the documentary, we see footage aired that day which implies that the Chavez supporters had been firing on the anti-Chavez protesters. A second camera angle that never made it on private television reveals that the shots were actually aimed at an empty street. That the media would deliberately falsify this vital information, and that the brief coup that followed could find justification through this bunk information, should have sounded the alarm for foreign news correspondents. Yet Bartley and O’Briain reveal that American coverage of the coup was in step with the views of the private Venezuelan networks, resolving that the overthrow of Chavez was dem-
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ocratic and would see beneficial results. Coupled with the fact that the two primary organizers of the revolt were welcomed into the White House for discussions mere days before the coup occurred should, according to Bartley and O’Briain, leave little to the imagination in regard to CIA involvement. Unbelievably, Chavez loyalists managed to oust the coup only two days after the new “democratic” regime had been instituted and Chavez was restored as president. It can be difficult to completely swallow the pleasant image given to Chavez because undoubtedly the filmmakers have a message they want to get across. In light of the foul disposition of his opposition, however, Chavez and his cabinet could easily pass for saints. Shot from an all-access perspective with equal emphasis on the streets and on the discussion table, Revolution is an astonishing display of the power of mass media. Bartley and O’Briain’s frank political probe may leave even the optimist second-guessing about the legitimacy of media conglomerates. — Chris Robinson
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Big Dogs Okay! Walk or shuttle to class. most bills pd. w/cable. 1/1 $450+, 2/2 $595 + Apt. Experts. 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Small Community, 1/1 $450, 2/2 $650, with free wireless internet. Pet’s o.k Apt. Experts 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Sublease 1b/1ba in 4bdr townhome, w/d, free cable and internet. $410/mo. 1st month free. 512-294-1168. (2/12) ____________________________ Take over my lease. Looking for female at Windmill Townhomes. Walking distance from school. Rent $367.50, no deposit, move in immediately. Contact April 972-342-0468. (2/12) ____________________________ 1 bd/1.5 bth. Shalamar Townhome, available for 7 month sublease in Jan, $495/m. Call Derrell @ 512-619-6115. (2/12) ____________________________ Pre-lease Today For 5/20 or 8/20/04 MOVE-IN!!! 3 blocks from TxState. $785/mo. 2br/2.5ba TH. $300/dep., Full size w/d, FREE ROADRUNNER & HBO. No dogs 396-4181 or windmilltownhomes.com (4/29) ____________________________ ON A BUDGET? So am I. That’s why we have Langtry Apartments. 205 Craddock Ave., Waiting for you. 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment homes with washer/dryer ready for you to move-in today. Only $650 per month. Who said living in San Marcos had to be expensive? Langtry Apartments 396-2673. (4/29) ____________________________ TWO BEDROOM FOR THE PRICE OF A ONE! That's right! Rent a two bedroom for the price of a one bedroom. You pay only $575.00 a month. Move in today to West End Condominium # 3. 1221 West Hopkins. VJE Realty Group 353-3002. (4/29) ____________________________ Skinny Dippin! In the middle of Winter! Our Skinny prices are dippin even lower! One bedroom now only $575.00. Washer/Dryer, microwave, free high speed internet with no dial-up and resort style amenities. Call the Metropolitan 393-6000. (4/29) ____________________________ Privacy, Privacy and More Privacy! A place of your own! Stadium view apartments has a few 1 bedroom 1 bath homes for you. Fireplaces, ceiling fans, PRIVATE outside storage and covered parking await you. On-Site laundry, pool, and spa are only one call away. VJE Realty 353-3002. (4/29) ____________________________ Wide Open Spaces. 3 bedroom 2 bath home with carport, features hardwood floors and a large backyard 1002 Earle St. No maintenance headaches or problems, we guarantee it! Call VJE Realty 353-3002. (4/29) ____________________________ Ready & Waiting! Nice, 1 bedroom , 1 bath studio home. 1642 Post Road. lot’s of storage and yard area. VJE Realty 353-3002. ____________________________ Spacious and private 2 bedroom 1 bath duplex w/ pool near campus and bus route. Call 787-5156. (1/29) ____________________________ 1 bd APT. $395/mo. 353-5051. (4/29) ____________________________ 3/2 condo, practically on campus. Beautiful wooded area, small yard, washer/dryer, paid cable and trash, pets welcome. Available February 7th $999/month 393-3300. (2/5)
Sterilized queen mattres set, $65, sterilized twin mattress set, $28, Four full-queen headboards $45$65. Oak entertainment center $45, lane round coffee table, $58, oak 5 piece dinette w/leaf, $85, oak triple mirror dresser, $98. Partin Furniture 2108 Ranch Road 12. 396-4684. Free delivery. (2/12)
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Looking for a part-time carpenter helper, days based on your availability. Experience preferred, but not essential. Call JD at 392-1577. (2/17) ____________________________ ObGyn Office needs help Monday through Thursday afternoons working with patients, paperwork, office cleaning. 396-4837. (2/12) ____________________________ Extend-A-Care for Kids. Children are our future. Be a positive role model working with elementary age children. Apply today to be a role model working with elementary age children. Starting pay $8.75/hr. Sites at 63 elementary schools. Hours 2:15 - 5:45/ 6:30 pm Monday-Friday. Extend-A-Care for kids. 55 North IH 35, 472-9929 x 264. www.eakids.org (2/12) ____________________________ Wimberly Eye Associates. Part-time office help, fax resume (512)847-2072. (2/26) ____________________________ The City of New Braunfels is accepting applications for seasonal positions in the park and Recreation Department: park rangers, lifeguards, cashiers, attendants, asst. managers, river spotters, laborers, counselors and swim instructors. Positions open until filled. Must be at least 16 YOA. 15 - 40hrs/wk, including weekends, holidays, and evenings. Starting pay range is $6.91 - $10.00 depending upon position. For more info. call 830-608-2160 or on the city website: www.ci.new-braunfels.tx.us (4/1) ____________________________ FITNESS MINDED. Exploding health & wellness company seeks sharp, motivated individual to help with sales marketing. Call 512-206-0620. (2/26) ____________________________ Part-time work. Great starting pay, flexible schedules around class, sales/service, training provided, perm/temp conditions apply, work in San Marcos, apply in Austin 512-458-6894. collegeincome.com (3/4) ____________________________ Local cattle ranch needs help with show cattle. Experience with feeding and grooming cattle desired. Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 830-625-1099. (2/12) ____________________________ Housekeeper Needed. Local house keeper needed for light cleaning: dusting, vacuuming, laundry. 3-4 hrs./day paid $50 cash. One Possibly two days/week. Call (512)557-6502. (2/19) ____________________________ Wanted: 4th year or graduate photography student needed to take some pictures. Great money. Please contact 557-2542 for info.
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MEN’S BASKETBALL: BOBCATS VISIT LAMAR CARDINALS AT 7 P.M.TODAY
Spo r t s
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
The University Star — Page 10
S coreboard SLC Men’s BBall Standings Teams
Southeastern La. TEXAS STATE Northwestern St. Stephen F. Austin Louisiana-Monroe Texas-San Antonio Sam Houston Texas-Arlington Lamar McNeese State Nicholls State
W 7 6 6 6 6 5 4 4 3 1 0
L 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 7 9
PCT .778 .750 .667 .667 .600 .556 .500 .444 .375 .125 .000
W 15 11 9 15 10 10 9 9 9 5 5
L 5 8 11 5 14 12 10 11 12 14 15
PCT .750 .579 .450 .750 .417 .455 .474 .450 .429 .263 .250
PF 68.7 71.8 74.1 71.8 69.0 71.1 77.3 70.2 81.1 73.7 66.3
PA 68.1 64.4 76.0 58.4 71.6 71.2 76.7 71.8 79.4 77.1 75.8
SLC WOMen’s BBall Standings Teams
Northwestern St. Louisiana-Monroe Texas-Arlington Sam Houston Texas-San Antonio Stephen F. Austin TEXAS STATE McNeese State Southeastern La. Lamar Nicholls State
W 9 8 6 5 5 5 4 3 2 1 0
L PCT 0 1.000 2 .800 3 .667 3 .625 4 .556 4 .556 4 .500 5 .375 7 .222 7 .125 9 .000
W 16 12 12 5 9 5 4 5 9 4 1
L 4 9 9 14 11 14 14 14 10 14 19
PCT .800 .571 .571 .263 .450 .263 .222 .263 .474 .222 .050
PF 74.6 68.2 64.8 57.8 57.2 60.7 55.9 55.6 61.3 54.5 55.5
PA 68.2 64.3 58.4 67.6 59.5 77.1 73.5 66.5 66.4 70.3 73.1
Tx State Women’s bBall Schedule
12 14 19 21 25
at Lamar............................ 7 p.m. Host LA-Monroe............... 4 p.m. at Sam Houston St.... 5:15 p.m. at UT-Arlington............1:30 p.m. Host UT-San Antonio..5:30 p.m.
Baseball VS. A&M-Corpus 2/8/04 R H E
Score by inning
TAMU-CC......... ............0..0..0...2..2.0....0..1..0 5 11 2 Texas State................0..3..2...0..0..5...1..6..x 17 22 1
TAMU-Corpus Christi (1-2) Players
SS Landin LF Schlekewy C Rodriguez CF Carter 1B Hulin DH Garner RF Hubble PH Perez RF Mora 3B Sedillo 2B Buaas
5 5 5 4 4 2 2 1 1 4 3 36
R H RBI BB SO PO A 1 2 1 0 1 1 4 1 1 1 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 1 3 1 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 10 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 3 3 5 11 5 2 5 24 14
Huerta Garcia Burdine Greer Boerjan
3.0 2.1 0.0 2.0 0.2
8 5 3 3 3
5 4 1 3 4
ER BB SO 5 3 0 4 0 1 1 1 0 3 2 1 3 1 0
AB BF 16 19 12 13 3 4 8 10 6 8
TEXAS STATE (4-1) Players 2B Ramos 2B Rodriguez CF Rierce RF Martinez LF Miller 1B Cooper 3B Anson DH Pawelek C Bednarek SS Crumpton
6 0 5 4 4 5 5 6 6 4
3 0 2 2 3 2 3 0 1 1
H RBI BB SO 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 3 1 0 2 1 2 0 3 4 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 5 1 2 1 2 1
TOTALS 45 17 22 15
PO A 0 1 1 2 2 13 2 0 5 0
2 27 13
TEXAS STATE Pitching
Hurley Wisneski Baca Abschneider
4.0 2.0 2.0 1.0
6 0 4 1
4 0 1 0
4 0 0 1 0 3 0 2 0 3
ER BB SO AB BF 3 0 3 18 19 0 1 0 6 8 1 1 2 9 11 0 0 0 3 3
Win - Gabe Wisneski, Loss - Jorge Huerta, Save - None Umpires - Rodney Langford, Jerry Johnson, Darren Stiers Time - 3:05, Attendance - 339
Bobcats hope to
BOUNCE BACK Texas State looks to sweep season series By Kevin Washburn Sports Reporter ooking for their first season sweep of the year, the Texas State Bobcats head to Beaumont to take on Lamar University tonight. Perhaps a bigger challenge for the Bobcats will be getting over their heartbreaking 64-63 loss to Southeastern Louisiana University Thursday. With the loss, the Bobcats relinquished the Southland Conference lead to SLU. “The team was disappointed after (SLU) game,” said Texas State coach Dennis Nutt. “It always hurts to lose like that at home. I liked our attitude and our effort; I just thought we ran out of gas a little at the end. But the players know what’s at stake and I think they’ll come out and play hard (today).” The Bobcats are at 6-2 in SLC play, 11-8 overall and, thanks to an SLU loss to the University of Texas-Arlington Saturday, can tie the Lions at the top of the standings with a win today. The Bobcats hope to rebound against the Cardinals who played them tough for a half in their first matchup. Lamar actually led that game by three at halftime, but the Bobcats blew the game open in the second half en route to an 82-66 win. “That game never opened up until right there at the end,” Nutt said. “We were able to get some turnovers in the first couple of minutes of the second half and that sparked us a
little.” Offensively, the Bobcats were balanced, with all five starters scoring in double figures. Senior guards Terry Conerway and Roosevelt Brown lead Texas State with 17 points apiece. Defensively, Texas State was even more impressive. The Bobcats held Lamar’s conference-leading scoring offense to 15 points below their season average. The Cardinals shot just 35.9 percent from the field, including only 20 percent from three-point range. Lamar boasts four of the top 15 SLC scorers in senior forward Terrell Petteway (14.7 points per game) and junior guards Raymond Anthony (15.8 ppg), Gil Goodrich (12.7 ppg) and Teddy Davis (15.6 ppg). “Lamar’s a team that likes to speed up the tempo of the game,” Nutt said. “They try to get you to play their style and they have some weapons.” But of these four, only Davis did most of the damage in the first meeting with the Bobcats. He scored 25 points on 10-15 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds, both team highs. Davis has continued his standout play and was named the SLC Player of the Week Monday. He averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds in two games last week, including career highs of 37 points and 17 rebounds in Lamar’s 110-97 win against Northwestern State University on Saturday. Anthony added 15 points in the first meeting with Texas State, but was held to 516 shooting. Goodrich also scored in double figures with 11, but hit just four of his 15 shots. The game at Lamar begins at 7 p.m. in the Montagne Center and can be heard on the radio at KTSW 89.9 FM or on the Internet at Boostercast.com.
Softball team heads west to Fiesta Bowl tournament
Texas State’s game that was scheduled for today in Waco against Baylor University has been postponed until April 20 because of inclement weather conditions. After beginning the season with its first-ever sweep of the CenturyTel Bobcat Classic (5-0), the Bobcats will now face some of the best teams the nation has to offer this weekend in the Fiesta Bowl tournament in Tempe, Ariz. Texas State will begin with a showdown against second-ranked University of Arizona, a team that is 9-0 alltime against the Bobcats. The ’Cats will also face two other ranked teams in California State UniversityFullerton, No. 15, and No. 23 Fresno State University. The Bobcats will not be home until Feb. 28, when they open conference play against Nicholls State University.
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Lance Burroughs, sophomore guard, goes for a lay-up against Southeastern Louisiana University Thursday. The Bobcats fell to the Lions, 64-63.
UNT. Sophomore Margaret Potyrala gave Texas State its best chance in the No. 3 singles flight, claiming the first set, 6-2, before falling 7-6 in the second set and 10-4 in the super tiebreaker to decide the match. Texas State made a better showing Sunday, despite the loss to UTEP. Potyrala and sophomore Leja Sirola claimed a 9-7 win in the No. 1 doubles spot, with Sirola adding another win in No. 2 singles. But that was the only point Texas State would claim, as
Texas State tennis falls 0-3 with weekend home losses
Texas State tennis fell to 0-3 on the season with weekend home losses to the University of North Texas, 7-0, Saturday, and 6-1 to the University of Texas-El Paso Sunday. Texas State opened the season with a 5-l1 loss to the University of Houston Feb. 4. The Bobcats failed to win a match Saturday against
Ashley A. Horton/Star photo
Sophomore Margaret Potyrala teamed up with sophomore Leja Sirola in No. 1 seeded doubles victory Sunday against the University of Texas-El Paso.
UTEP took the other two doubles matches and all the other singles matches. The Bobcats will be back on the road this weekend, facing Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi at 2 p.m. Saturday and will return home to face Trinity University at 3 p.m. Feb. 20.
Track teams break records at meet in Houston
Texas State competed in the University of Houston Indoor Invite last weekend, with the men finishing ninth as a team and the women finishing fourth, but were just four points shy of second place. Senior Tiffany Bunton led the charge for the women’s team, winning the shot put event by more than four feet and setting an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 53-09.25. The throw broke her own school record and places her ninth in the nation. Freshman Catherine Wolf won the high jump, with a leap of 1.78 meters, the second best in school history. On the men’s side, junior Brian Veal won the triple jump for the third consecutive meet he has entered, while senior Raheem Travis finished fourth in the 400-meter dash, but his time of 49.05 seconds is the best in the Southland Conference this season. Texas State will compete in the University of HoustonRunsport Open this weekend, the final preparation for the SLC Indoor Championship. The SLC Indoor Championship will begin Feb. 21 in Houston. Briefs are from staff reports.