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February 14, 2007

starsof texas state Vincent L. Luizzi, philosophy department chair, has received a Fulbright award to study in South Africa to assist with the creation of the Centre for Leadership Ethics in Africa, at the University of Fort Hare. Luizzi will spend six weeks at the university, the alma mater of former South African President Nelson Mandela and the oldest historically black university in southern Africa. Considered one of the continent’s

most prestigious institutions of higher education, the university draws students from many African nations. The Centre’s purpose will be to conduct strategic research in leadership ethics and to develop moral decision-making qualities in students who will become the next generation of Africa’s leaders. —Courtesy of Public Relations

News Contact — Nick Georgiou, Texas State University-San Marcos is a member of the Texas State University System

Keeping Level

WEDNESDAY The rosary will be prayed 6:25 p.m. in the chapel of the Catholic Student Center. Bobcat Build registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LBJ Student Center bus loop. Career Services will be conducting “A Virtual Internship Fair” online at Jobs4Cats. Fore more information, contact Jonathan Pliego at (512) 245-2645 or e-mail at The Earth First Organization will be having their weekly meeting at 4 p.m. in the Evan Liberal Arts, Room 314. Any questions can


be sent to Bogan Durr at

University Police Department

The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. Contact Chris Harris, Tennis Club President, at

Feb. 9, 11:09 a.m. Failure to Comply/Striking Unattended Vehicle/UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched to the lobby for a report from a student stating her vehicle had been hit by an unknown driver. This case is under investigation.

The Alcohol and Drug Resource center will be holding its weekly “The Network” meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-6.1.

Feb. 9, 12:13 p.m. Theft under $500/UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched for a theft report. A student stated items had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation.


Feb. 9, 2:55 p.m. Theft under $50/JCK An officer was dispatched for a theft report. A non-student reported items had been removed without consent. This case is under investigation.

The Texas State men’s basketball team play Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum.

Monty Marion/Star photo Brett Majni, construction technology junior, learns to operate a dumpy level, used to measure changes in elevation, for a land survey class Tuesday outside the Agriculture Building.

Staying healthy requires wrapping it up Valentine’s Day marks national recognition for condoms. Condom use remains a primary prevention strategy for this nation’s sexually transmitted infections (STIs) epidemic. According to the American Social Health Association, there are more than 18 million new cases of STIs reportered every year. How does this affect college students? One in two sexually active persons will contract an STI by age 25. Less than half of adults ages 18 to 44 have ever been tested for an STI other than HIV/AIDS. About half of all new STIs occur among ages 15 to 24. Abstaining from sexual intercourse or being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is not infected with any STIs is a good way to prevent STI transmission. However, these methods also have failure rates and may not be the choice for everyone. Therefore, we

need to offer education, support and resources for condom use. Here are a few important tips about condoms: Always buy latex condoms — natural membrane condoms will not protect you against STIs. Use condoms consistently and correctly every time you have sex — the No. 1 reason condoms fail is user error. Use water-based lubricants — oilbased products break down latex. Store them in a cool dry place — heat and light will break down latex. Communicate with your partner about using condoms. Condoms are available lubricated, non-lubricated, colored, scented, flavored and in different sizes — there should be one to fit everyone’s needs. There are numerous research studies showing that latex condoms are highly effective at preventing the transmission of HIV, as well as reducing the

risk of transmission of gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis. There is one caveat: condoms only cover what they cover. Genital ulcer diseases — genital herpes, genital warts and chancroid still have the potential for transmission since they could fall outside what the condom covers. There is one bonus: condoms also provide protection against unplanned pregnancy. The Network, Student Health Center and Community Health Services will provide condoms, brochures and other resources for students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in The Quad. Please call the Alcohol Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601 or e-mail Julie Eckert at if you have any questions. For more information about condoms or STIs please go to www. or -Courtesy of the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center

ASG Beat ASG prepares for Texas State University Systems Day The Associated Student Government is the official voice of the students at Texas State. The meetings are open to the public and held at 7 p.m. every Monday LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. To address the Senate come prepared to speak during our Public Forum. Any interest in being a guest speaker should be directed to Amanda Oskey, the vice president. ASG encourages all students to attend the Texas State University System Day slated for Feb. 14 at the Capitol. The activities will begin at 9 a.m. and end around noon. The system day was created as a way for students to communicate with legislators. ASG asks students to take advantage of the opportunity to speak with hometown rep-

resentatives on higher education issues. The ASG Scholarship applications are available in the ASG office, located in the LBJSC, Room 4-5.1. There is $280,000 to be awarded in scholarships to students who qualify. For more information, call the ASG office at (512) 245-1ASG. The scholarship deadline is March 1. ASG elections are approaching fast. If you are interested in running for office, contact the office for details. More information will be readily available as the filing date approaches. The ASG Graduate House of Representatives meets every other Friday at 1 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-12.1. Graduate students are encouraged to attend. The next meeting will be Feb. 23. —Courtesy of ASG


Pet of the Week For information on adopting this mackerel-coated female tabby cat, call the San Marcos Animal Shelter at (512) 393-8340. The animal shelter is open 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Friday. It is closed Sunday. A wide range of dogs and cats are available for adoption.

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Briggs debut album sets

artistic Spark

By Todd Schaaf The University Star

Photo courtesy of ON HER OWN: Texas State alumna Stephanie Briggs’ debut album Spark is her first foray into solo music.

Stephanie Briggs’ Web site describes her songs as ‘the music of your dreams’. Briggs, who released her debut album Spark Jan. 30, said she is trying to make a name for herself. The Texas State alumna said singing was not the career path she originally intended to pursue. “I was immersed in high school band—playing the clarinet—and when that ended, I decided to go to college for photography,” Briggs said. Although her studies did not involve music, Briggs said she surround herself with music. Briggs has been a full-time musician since 2001, beginning as a backup vocalist in a band. It was not long until she felt the need to expand creatively. “I still needed the music somewhere in my life so I went out and bought a guitar with my scholarship money, bought a book and taught myself. It wasn’t too hard seeing as I knew music pretty

well, but it was hell working up my calluses to play comfortably,” Briggs said. She played acoustic guitar, and eventually bass guitar for the Rodger Wilko band. After the members of Rodger Wilko parted ways in late 2005, Briggs began working on a solo project. The result was Spark. “I always try to keep my head open as I write. It keeps the music interesting and true,” she said. Freshman music major Shannon Oshea said she noticed Briggs’ attention to her song writing. “It sounds good, it kind of reminds me of Regina Spektor. Her lyrics are cool, it’s like a mix between that kind of music and what people call indie,” Oshea said. Before becoming serious about being a musician, Briggs lived the life of many other San Marcos college students. “Once I got to Southwest, I had a couple of jobs at the outlet mall and at a hotel. I was then in a band and we were playing

and making decent money. So I decided to quit my other jobs that just took up the time I could use to practice and write,” Briggs said. Briggs isn’t shy about promoting her music and getting it out to the masses. “It’s a fresh fruit waiting to be picked. The best reason I would say is to support your local music. Also to hear some new music, something you haven’t heard before. What can be more exciting than that?” Briggs said. Briggs has a show scheduled April 6 at Tantra Coffeehouse. If you can’t wait that long, you can listen to Briggs’ music at www., stephaniebriggs, www.tagworld. com/stephaniebriggs or her website,, TiVo join forces in new Former travel guide legacy on-demand movie-download service lives on in author’s daughter By Monica Soto Ouchi The Seattle Times

It’s suddenly getting cozy in the living room. said Wednesday it would soon offer TiVo subscribers the ability to play movies and television shows either rented or purchased on its Web site — a day after Wal-Mart muscled its way into the moviedownload business. Amazon’s service — Amazon Unbox on TiVo — will offer thousands of TV shows and movies from CBS, Fox Entertainment Group, Lions Gate, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios and Warner Bros to the more than 1.5 million TiVo subscribers with high-speed Internet connections. Amazon is testing the service with a select group of TiVo subscribers. The Web site asked customers to sign up for notification of the service. The major Hollywood film studios have faced increasing pressure to sell movies online, as box-office receipts decline and peer-to-peer networks offer ille-

gal movie downloads free. But the studios have been slow to loosen licensing restrictions that would give consumers the ability to unshackle content from desktop computers. When Amazon unveiled Amazon Unbox in September, technology analysts widely panned the movie-download service for not offering the ability to burn movies to DVD for play on a television set — an issue they said would prohibit mass adoption. With Wednesday’s announcement, Amazon has solved part of that dilemma — hot-to-play digital content on television sets — but only for TiVo subscribers. TiVo, which charges $69.99 or more for a TiVo box, plus a $12.95 and up monthly subscription fee to digitally record TV shows, will compete with other high-profile devices. Apple Computer recently introduced Apple TV, a $299 device that wirelessly receives movies from a PC or Mac. But the device centers on movies purchased through Apple’s iTunes video store, which fea-

tures limited titles from Disney’s movie arm, Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Microsoft, meanwhile, launched a video-download service for its Xbox 360 game console Nov. 22, allowing users with a broadband Internet connection to download content from Xbox Live Marketplace and store it on the console’s hard drive. If all these services allow users to play content, Amazon faces fierce competition when it comes to selling movies and TV shows online. Wal-Mart on Tuesday announced its own movie-download service, the first backed by all the major film studios and featuring more than 3,000 movies and television shows. At Wal-Mart, most new releases cost between $14.88 and $19.88. Amazon’s service charges between $9.99 and $14.99 for most movies. Rentals start at $1.99. The downloads are priced from $1.96 for episodes of television shows, to up to $19.88 for new movies.

By Ellen Creager Detroit Free Press Fifty years ago, only the rich vacationed in Europe. Then along came the guidebook Europe on $5 a Day. Traveling was changed forever. “There had been guidebooks about traveling in Europe, but most of them followed the message that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and that you should not go unless you had a lot of money,” said Arthur Frommer, 78, founder of Frommer’s Travel Guides. “They also had the point that Europe was still a war-torn country, and you had to go first class. I knew it was all nonsense.” It is hard to believe now, but in 1957 riding the London Underground was 1 1/2 cents. All over Europe, you could eat a meal for less than $1 and stay at a nice hotel for $3. Frommer, an Army intelligence lawyer posted to Berlin, found all these deals while spending his weekends wander-

ing Europe with hardly a penny in his pocket. He found bargains never listed in other travel guides. So he decided to write one, first for GIs, then for the public. Instead of insisting on the snootiest hotels and restaurants, his goal was to tell travelers how to spend $5 or less on a hotel and 3 daily meals. They could do it by eating and sleeping like Europeans. His approach — now a template for virtually every travel guide written — was to include details, lots of details: “Traveling within Venice is cheap — provided you stay away from gondolas. They cost as much as $3 an hour.” “Lunch at the National costs 70 cents for tomato juice, roast lamb with mint sauce, creamed carrots, Victoria pudding and coffee.” The book had no editor, publicist, legion of fact checkers or foot soldiers. It was just Frommer and his worn-out shoes. After publishing a small version for GIs in Europe, Frommer returned to the States, finished writing the 110-page book, found a printer and ordered 5,000 copies. He hired a guy with a truck to distribute the books in the metro New York-New Jersey area. It sold out the first afternoon. Within a couple years, millions of Americans were headed for European vacations, inspired both by Europe on $5 a Day and the advent of trans-Atlantic jet service in 1958, which cut flight time in half. “It was said at the time that 1 in 10 Americans going to Europe had a copy of the book in their hands,” Frommer said. “It’s sometimes credited with giving people the confidence to go.” Frommer now is semi-retired, though he still writes travel columns, and living in New York. His daughter, Pauline, launched her own imprint last year, Pauline Frommer Guides that takes over where the dollar books left off. They are written for budgetconscious adult travelers “who don’t want to stay in hostels and eat ramen noodles but who still want to enjoy travel,” she said. Sadly, Arthur Frommer admits, there is no way to visit Europe on $5 a day anymore. That $3 hotel room now runs about $200. The 1 1/2-cent tube ride in London? As of this month,


London Transport raised prices to create the most expensive public transport system in the world — $7.80 for a single ride (a 51,900 percent price increase over 1957 rates). The only comparative bargain is airfare. It’s less than double what it was 50 years ago. The actual title Europe on $5 a Day lasted for seven years. Frommer went back to Europe annually, updating the entire book himself each time. “It was my baby,” he said. “The first 25 to 30 editions were never written by anyone else.” In 1965, prices in Europe started rising. The title had to change. “We had to change it to Europe on $5 and $10 a Day,” he said. “It was like someone had plunged a knife in my heart. I didn’t think anyone would buy it.” But of course, they did, even when the theme changed to $25 a day, then $50 a day, and most recently 2004’s Europe From $85 a Day, which had 1,069 pages and 15 contributing writers. Now the series has ended just before cracking the $100 ceiling. “The idea of travel on $100 a day is so different from $5,” said Michael Spring, publisher of Frommer’s Travel Guides. “We decided it was time to end it.” Not to worry. Frommer’s, now an imprint of Wiley Publishing, has 330 titles and sells about 25 percent of all travel books on the market. New in the line are MTV travel books, “day-by-day” full-color guides and the Pauline Frommer guides. But even 50 years later, the spirit of Europe on $5 Day lives. Its vivid message? You too can travel, even if you’re not rich.

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When couples get together, the issue of how to deal with one another’s friends arises. We’ve all heard the old adage, “bros before hoes,” but what happens if a guy’s “bros” are, in fact, women? Adversely, what do you do when your new girlfriend has nothing but guy friends, not girlfriends? Issues of jealousy and trust can arise around these innocent, platonic friendships. First off, take a look at the bond between them. Are they truly platonic? Classmates, coworkers, childhood friends and such are usually safe relationships. The last thing you want to do is falsely accuse your significant other of illicit activity. When it’s time to introduce your new bed cozy to your

friends — and you do have to — arrange a group gathering. Have him or her bring their friends along and keep things upbeat. A group dinner, a trip to the bar or any place where there are others around is best. When the time comes for oneon-one introductions, be polite and resist the urge to one up the friends. Girls, be friendly and laidback, not catty. Guys, open up and be talkative. Let her guy friends know that you genuinely care about their friend and you’ll always have them on your side. As the new girlfriend or boyfriend, watch how your significant other interacts with their platonic friends. Do they lean in close to talk or touch each other a lot? Red flags! If they truly see each other as just friends, you’ll be able to tell. Keep in mind that these

friendships are like what would develop between a brother and sister. Though fiercely protective, your friends should be happy you’ve found someone to share time with. Which brings me to my next point. Do not, under any circumstances, forget who came first. Remember that your friends — male or female — are the ones who saw you through the best and worst times of your life. They know you better than anyone else. Turning your back on them for the sake of some new plaything is the worst betrayal. Above all else, remember that personal assurance can keep these natural jealous feelings at bay. Have confidence in yourself and your new relationship and you won’t have to worry about his or her friends, male or female.

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Do you agree with Provost Perry Moore’s recommendation to remove philosophy from the core curriculum but keep university seminar and speech communication exempt from consideration? Go to to vote in our online poll. Results will be published in Thursday’s issue of The University Star.

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Letters to the Editor


he New Braunfels City Council passed a reactionary ordinance Monday limiting the size of coolers on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers.

Still up for consideration is an ordinance that would limit the number of tubes one person can have on the river and another that requires children to wear life jackets. The council was too busy arguing about alcohol in public parks and the size of coolers to pass a safety ordinance. Alcohol is banned in San Marcos’ Children’s Park, next to Rio Vista, and in the university-owned Sewell Park. It isn’t new to prohibit bringing alcohol into a public park, and that doesn’t really affect Texas State students anyway. We’re usually floating with our beer, not on the riverbanks. The limit on cooler sizes is stupid. So is the potential limit on tubes. It’s bad business for a city that relies on tourism to make tubing less convenient. Now we have to worry about similar ordinances coming to San Marcos. We’re fortunate that an issue such as this could make or break a city council member’s career. Students would flock to the polls and ruin re-election hopes for anyone who supported such measures. But let’s not push our luck. These laws are a response to people showing no respect to our rivers. Last year, New Braunfels banned alcohol containers under a certain size. This was an attempt to keep people from bringing Jell-O shots onto the river. You can’t really blame the city for wanting that practice to stop. Flotillas of Dixie Cups are pretty disgusting. Even more disgusting is the behavior of people who have been drinking beer and Everclear in the sun all afternoon. This is where Texas State students need to not push our luck. Acting like animals on the river is not acceptable. Incidents involving drunkenness on the San Marcos River dominated the headlines this summer. One man got so drunk he wandered away from the river and became lost in the surrounding woods. A man who had allegedly been drinking on the river was involved in a car wreck that killed a city employee. Most of the people involved in the incidents reported this summer were not Texas State students. We can still set an example. By behaving like civilized humans on the river, we can show others that getting so drunk that we injure ourselves, lose control of bodily functions or harm others is wrong. We can let people know how important it is to take care of our rivers. Otherwise, we might have some city council members who are willing to brave the backlash and pass their own reactionary measures.


Texas State should teach on-hand cultural awareness As a recent Texas State graduate and former Star photojournalist, I took today’s Main Point to heart. I walked away from school with a great deal of cultural awareness, which I have been able to implement since I began working in Washington, D.C. Sadly, I feel I picked up my cultural awareness mostly before I came to college by living around large, diverse cities my whole life and not from day-to-day interaction with Texas State students. Now, this isn’t because I never tried to reach out; I simply feel that Texas State has done a poor job in creating a culturally diverse student body. Frankly, Texas State’s idea of diversity seems to reach as far as bringing in African-American and Hispanic (see Texas State as Hispanic-Serving Institution) students; and this isn’t good enough. While these students represent diversity in Texas, we need to be more diverse than Texas. Texas State needs to send students into the workforce having had interactions with cultures they might never even encounter again. Learning about a different culture firsthand is priceless and while lectures and speakers may introduce students to a culture, you truly do not learn about it. As for The Star covering events of different cultures, I think a great job has been done with what we were given, and hopefully culture will abound at Texas State in the future so reporters won’t have to go hunting for that story about a different culture. Adam Brown Washington, D.C.

New Braunfels laws a response to irresponsible behaviors

Minimum wage increase may help many Americans This is in response to Zachary Royal’s Feb. 1 letter to the editor on the minimum wage increase. Of all his ideas about the minimum wage increase, raising the cost of labor and increasing unemployment are just wrong. Several states have passed minimum wage increases on their own and have found that it in fact increases employment and leads to higher worker morale and therefore productivity. Maybe Doggett’s comments were encouraging class warfare, but you know what? It’s already happening; the top 1 percent is trying to squeeze the middle class and drive them into the poorhouse. The only reason employers would have to raise the cost of their products is so that they can maintain their extravagant lifestyles. It’s pure greed, not economics. As for letting “market forces” deicide how much someone’s services are worth, we tried that back in the 80’s with Reagan. Invest more in big business rather than working people and it helps the economy, right? Wrong. Instead of hiring more workers, the businesses invested in foreign markets, creating more poor people here. Now if you reverse that and invest in working people then those people will use their money here in this country, pumping it into the market place. All in all, the increase is still not good enough; it won’t even reach $7.25 until 2009 and by then inflation will set in and $7.25 will seem like $5.15 and the whole debate will start over again.

The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.

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Daily Texan’s newly gained independence is no small accomplishment Since 1971, the University of Texas’ student newspaper, The Daily Texan, has been missing one very imporCLARA COBB tant word: Asst. Trends Editor Independent. Since that time, the Texas Board of Regents has held complete liability for anything published in the student-run publication, which easily explains why the board and the UT system would be interested in reviewing articles and content before publication. The review by regents or a UT system employee intended to prevent libel. However, any review prior to publication also gags student opinion and controversial news coverage. A newspaper that can only function under the restraint of prior review is not functioning

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to provide its university and surrounding community with validated and transparent facts. It fails to practice journalism and rather, practices public relations, a reality that makes journalists around the world shudder. As long as The Texan remains under prior review, it is nothing more than a promotional arm for the university. Thus, independent press was far from fact on the UT campus. After a decade of trying to repeal the censorship rules in place at UT, a proposal has shifted control from the regents to an 11-member board — Texas Student Publications Board of Operating Trustees. While six students sit on the publication’s board, UT student media has finally gained its independence. Barely. College students and student publications are void of these rights, according to the U.S. Supreme Court. Most recently in 2005, the 7th U.S.

Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 1988 Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier decision, which significantly limited free expression rights in high schools, and more discouragingly, applied those limitations to college universities and campuses in the 2005 Hosty v. Carter decision. Hazelwood was the first decision in 15 years to not uphold the rights of student press and since then, courts have maintained student press does not receive the same legal rights and liberties as professional media. Four states have passed legislation to protect college and university media from restraint —Texas is not one of them, although courts have also said educational institutions cannot be held liable in student media law suits. So much for First Amendment rights. Prior review might as well be a synonym for censorship.

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Interesting, when taking into account the reason the regents had any hold over the publication is to prevent regent responsibility in the event of a libel suit. The bottom line, legally, is students — college, high school or otherwise — are subject to censorship when it is “reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical (educational) concerns,” a definition so vague the courts have held up the prevention of poor grammar in defense of the court decision, or when a publication is not considered a public forum. Even more interesting, The Texan is believed to be the last major daily college paper to practice any sort of prior review — an unusual practice for a university with a world-class journalism school, and an even more interesting precedent for a law generally applied to places not considered to be a public forum. How does a university not

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qualify as a public forum, if a public forum is place with a long-standing tradition of being used for or associated with free speech, public debate, assembly and the exchange of ideas? Is it not a founding principle of higher education to challenge and be challenged? Furthermore, like The University Star, The Texan is available for pick up around the UT community. If bad grammar is a defense, then perhaps all error-free papers should stop the presses. Or, perhaps if this were the case, the newspaper would cease to exist. What is the point of having a student-run publication, if the students are not allowed to run it? If students are simply the work force behind production, the absence of exchanging ideas, the real-world experience, the essence of what makes student journalism raw and ideal and unbiased ceases to exist.

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For UT, and freedom of the press the absence of prior review is more than a small victory. The Texan is now pushing for a revised agreement, which includes a provision to become a non-profit entity, and therefore, separates the newspaper from any prior restraint board. According to The Austin AmericanStatesman, for the publication board to go non-profit, the board would have to first raise $5 million. Congratulations to the University of Texas System for finally letting The Daily Texan join other major college daily newspapers by allowing its student run publication actually run as intended, with students in control. Let freedom ring and independence print. Clara Cobb is a public administration graduate student. The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a distribution of 8,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright February 14, 2007. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.

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The women’s golf team came away with two top-10 finishes Tuesday at the conclusion of the McNeese State Cowgirl Invitational. Anessa Thompson and Jennifer Crawford both shot 78 in the final of the threeround event, held over two days. The Bobcats finished as a team in sixth place, after ending day one in third. South Alabama won the tournament with a team score of 932, good for a one-stroke win over Southland Conference rival Lamar. Amy Glazier withdrew after shooting an 82 in round one. — Courtesy of Media Relations

Thursday, February 14, 2007 - Page 8

Sports Contact — Chris Boehm,

Safe at home

Former baseball players reunite after stints in pros By Jacob Mustafa The University Star Scott Moore is glad to see a familiar face these days — in this case, two. As a member of the Single-A Vancouver Canadians, Cannon spent more money than he would have preferred above the U.S.’s northern border. The Canadian dollar is estimated to be worth slightly less than 85 cents of an American dollar, causing the former Bobcat pitcher to lose 15 cents on every transaction during his first season of professional baseball. “You can pay with American dollars, but our money is worth more than (the Canadian dollar),” Moore said. “They would take your money and not give you the exchange rate, so I was paying extra for everything until I got my money converted.” After experiencing monetary troubles Moore was relieved at the sight of an old friend last season: outfielder Luke Cannon, whose Single-A Eugene, Ore. Emeralds faced the Canadians twice as rivals in the Northwest League. The two games led to on showdown between the former teammates. “He gave me a fastball to hit and I fouled it back,” said Cannon. “And then he knew, and I knew, I’d chase a slider in the dirt. And I did. I’ll get him next time.” A year ago Cannon, Moore and former Texas State first baseman Cody Merrell were practicing at Bobcat Field with the rest of the university’s team, preparing for the upcoming season. All three can be now found at that same field at the same time this year, once again practicing with the Bobcats. Cannon and Moore were both selected in the Major League Baseball Draft in June, by the San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics’ organizations, respectively. Merrell later signed as a free agent

with the Cleveland Indians’ organization, leaving three important parts of last year’s Bobcats team in major league organizations for shortened seasons in the minor leagues last fall. Still, their affiliation with the team continues as Moore and Cannon prepare to begin spring training for minor league ball in March. The two have been practicing with their former team during what can only be described as their first true offseason. “It’s the first one (offseason) ever for me,” Moore said. “It was a lot of fun until I realized I had to get a job (in San Marcos).” As Cannon and Moore both get ready for their first spring training in minor league ball, Merrell now works as a student assistant with the Bobcats and plans to graduate in December. Merrell played 36 games for the Rookie League Indians of Burlington, N.C., hitting .136 in 98 at-bats. Despite the short stay, Merrell said he still considered it a dream come true. “It’s what I always wanted to do,” Merrell said. “I was just thankful I got the opportunity to do it.” Merrell now lives San Marcos while working with the team and eyeing graduation, while Cannon resides with his girlfriend and Moore lives with current Bobcats starter Mike Hart. The three were enthused about being back in a familiar place. “You feel way more comfortable than you do in the summer, while you’re with 40 guys who you don’t have a clue about, halfway across the country,” Cannon said. Cannon hit .213 with five home runs and 14 RBIs for the Emeralds, while Moore played in 18 minor league games combined for the Canadians and Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League. Moore and Cannon both finished their careers at Texas as members of the All-Southland

Conference teams, leading the league in strikeouts and home runs, respectively. Merrell hit .299 with 41 RBIs, the latter good for second on the team. Merrell’s return to Texas State will last longer than either of his former teammates,’ but he believes his current position with the team can help him attain a different role in the dugout. “I think coaching is what I might want to do,” Merrell said. “It’d be great if I could get a job here, but hopefully this will springboard me into my first job, wherever it is.” Merrell said he learned many things in his time in Burlington, noting that Texas weather complaints garner no sympathy in the Tar Heel State. “It’s humid here, but so much more up there,” Merrell said. “I would never want to go back there in the summer time.” According to Cannon, Eugene was full of nice people who made him feel somewhat at home. “It was like Austin, with a lot of hippies and a hippie festival,” he said. Moore and Cannon also said these days they have more free time than before. While Moore may have embraced the chance to finally relax, Cannon describes the experience as awkward and ill-fitting. “At first, I asked, ‘what do I do with myself?’ and I felt like a deadbeat,” Cannon said. “But you get in a rhythm and a routine when you come back on the field and have something to do.” The question of what to do with their time has given the three a better appreciation for what their time in the minors means to so many others. “You go to some small town and all they have is the baseball team,” Moore said. “Going up there, the adrenaline’s so much more intense with all of those fans excited to see you.”

Cotton Miller/Star photo A NEW ROLE: Cody Merrell, former Texas State first baseman, watches the Bobcats bat during the weekend’s sweep of Texas A&M-Prairie View at Bobcat Field. He is now working as a student assistant with the Bobcats team and plans to graduate in December with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science

Mark Decker/Star file photos CALIFORNIA OR BUST: Scott Moore (left), former Bobcat pitcher, spends his down time practicing with Texas State while waiting for spring training to start for the Oakland Athletics organization. SAN DIEGO BOUND: After a minor league face-off with former teammate Scott Moore, Luke Cannon keeps busy in San Marcos with his old team before the start of spring training with the San Diego Padres organization.

Tennis topples St. Ed’s Hilltoppers By Travis Atkins The University Star

The Texas State tennis team improved to 2-1 with a 6-1 victory over St. Edward’s Tuesday. The Bobcats swept all three doubles matches to win the pairs point. Lainy Chafitz and Andrea Giraldo beat Allison Paris and Regina Del Bosque 8-3, Sumarie Muller and Ali Gulida beat Giselle Lopez and Caryn McGraw 8-2 and Ashley Ellis and Mackenzie Farmer defeated Andrea Adamson and Janelle Otero 8-4. “St. Edwards is a very scrappy team and I thought we played smart,” Coach Tory Plunkett said. “We played (St. Edwards) in the fall and we didn’t do as well, but we were also trying to learn some strategies and tactics. Players went out and played their games today and they knew they had something to fall back on.” Texas State won five of the six singles matches. Ellis beat Adamson 7-5, 6-1, Chafitz beat Liz Jacobi 6-3, 6-1, Gulida defeated Paris 4-6, 7-5 and 12-10, Muller beat Lopez 6-4, 7-5 and Farmer beat McGraw 6-1, 6-0. The Bobcats lone loss came when Giraldo lost a close match to Del Bosque 7-6, 6-4. “She was really trying to get Monty Marion/Star photo a lot of balls back and make me INCOMING: Sophomore Lainy Chafitz serves the ball to a St. come up with big shots,” Giraldo Edward’s player while freshman Andrea Giraldo prepares for the said. return during a doubles matches Tuesday afternoon at the Texas The top-seed, Ellis, found her State Tennis Complex. The Bobcats defeated the Hilltoppers 6-1. rhythm in the second set after

winning the first set by a close margin. “I have a mental thing against this girl,” Ellis said. “I had to pull myself out of my comfort zone and play like I don’t like to play just to get her out of her game. I started off a little slow, but I got it together and found a way to win.” The Bobcats next play North Texas Saturday for the opener of a big weekend road trip. Sunday they take on Texas-Arlington for their first conference match. Monday the Bobcats play SMU and finish off with a match against TCU Tuesday. Plunkett said Texas State has had numerous nagging injuries, but should be completely healthy going into this weekend. “Our athletic trainers are doing an exceptionally great job keeping them on the court,” Plunkett said. “Overall, we have had some aches and pains, but nothing major, so, right now, we are good to go.” Rabea Hartmann is the only player not to have played yet, due to injury. Friday, Texas State got its first win of the season when it beat Texas-Pan American 4-3 at home. The Bobcats kicked off the match by winning the doubles point, taking two of the three matches. Ellis and Farmer narrowly lost 8-6 against Megan Bedeau and Silke Buksik. “The cool thing about Friday was everyone contributed in the match,” Farmer said. “If you didn’t win in doubles then you won in singles and I think that is how we are going to win matches in the future.” Five of the six singles matches went three sets, with the Bobcats taking two of them. Ellis’ 6-1, 6-1 victory over Giana Oliveira gave Texas State the necessary four points to win the match. “The girls fought hard and played very well,” Plunkett said. “To be honest, I was expecting (UTPA) to come out so strong, but they are well-coached, so it was a great win for us.” After their four-match road trip, the Bobcats are off until March 2, when they return home to play Trinity University.

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Baylor takes Bobcats

Texas State dropped its first game in five tries and second of the season Wednesday night, losing 10-4 to Baylor despite leading after six innings. Up 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Baylor opened the floodgates with a five-run frame, highlighted by a threeRBI double from Tim Jackson. Jackson entered the game as a pinch hitter with the bases loaded, and sent a Justin Fiske pitch down the left field line to give the Bears a 4-2 advantage. Baylor tacked on two more runs before the inning was over, and added four in the bottom of the eighth to cap the night’s scoring output. Baylor’s Matt Sodolak scored the first run of the game, on an RBI single from Dustin Dickerson in the bottom of the third inning. But Texas State returned the favor in the fifth and sixth

frames, picking up one run in each of the next two innings. Jared Bunn scored from third base in the fifth on a ground-out to second by Pat Crumpton tying the game at one run apiece. In the next inning Thomas Field led off with a hit-by-pitch, scoring later on a single from Aaron Garza. Texas State, 5-2, returns home Friday for a game against Texas A&M-Prairie View. The Bobcats swept the Panthers over the weekend, winning 9-4 and 7-2 at Bobcat Field. Texas State then heads to San Antonio for a two-game series Saturday and Sunday against Notre Dame at Nelson Wolff Stadium. The ballpark is the home of the Double-A San Antonio Missions, a San Diego Padres farm team. —Compiled from other sources

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