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Men’s basketball gains momentum with win against Indians/Sports/Page 10

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Some jeans-buying advice from one heterosexual to others/Trends/Page 11

Right to bear arms is an amendment not to be forgotten/Opinions/Page 5



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New Chartwells plan includes meal rollovers By Amelia Jackson News Reporter

Andrew Nenque/Star Photo Cody Bayley, undecided freshman, pinches sand into a bowl and heats up a glass of water in order to remove all mustier from sand for his chemistry lab assignment. Bayley enjoys working at his own pace and at the same time having help from a lab instructor.

Students lose belongings in trailer fire

By Katherine Eissler News Reporter

Most people would have a hard time dealing with the loss of nearly all of their belongings, but two Texas State students are coping with help from the community. Skye DeZafra, recreational administration senior, and Bonnie York, Hays County resident, lost almost all their possessions Feb. 3 in a fire that consumed their rented trailer located at Don’s Fish Camp on

Nelle Road. All that is left are a few journals that York grabbed at the last minute and some heirlooms DeZafra said “miraculously survived.” The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. DeZafra suspects it was an electrical problem with a recent addition to the trailer. Both girls believe wires were improperly connected during the renovation, but the Martindale Fire Department has not officially filed a report. The only report filed was the one made by York at the scene

Internship fair provides potential for employment By Jennifer Warner Senior Reporter Career Services will be holding an Internship Fair Wednesday in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom for students looking to get their foot in the door of potential employment opportunities. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes representatives from 63 companies nation- and statewide. “There’s a very diverse cross-section of businesses

attending,” said Karen Julian, Career Services assistant director. “So it’s not just for one major.” Julian said that although not all majors require internships, it is an important experience for students who wish to enter the work force. “It provides students with a foundation to know what a career field is like when they enter it,” Julian said. “It gives them marketability and it really g See FAIR, page 3

of the incident. “More than likely the cause of the fire was an electrical short,” said Jerry Dickerson, Martindale Fire Chief. “No foul play is suspected.” Dickerson said that if the fire is deemed as “suspicious activity” then it is up to the state or county fire marshal to investigate, but without suspicion it is a civil matter between the occupants and the owner. DeZafra said Don Nelle, owner of the trailer, has not taken any action, but he is not

necessarily responsible. She said he has three empty trailers on the same lot, but offered them to the girls with no discounted rent. This leaves DeZafra and York considering the “frustrating legal route.” “I talked to the Texas State attorney for students to get legal advice, but unfortunately we did not have insurance,” DeZafra said. After a week of staying with family and friends, the girls are

Panel discusses affirmative action By Nikki Dawson News Reporter

Affirmative action took center stage with a symposium hosted by the Black Student Alliance titled “Affirmative Action: Now? Or Never?” Thursday evening. The symposium began with an introduction given by Texas State President Denise Trauth, who outlined the university’s goals on affirmative action. Following Trauth’s introduction, panelists discussed the positive and negative effects of affirmative action. Trauth began her speech by dismissing the idea that affirmative action is about quotas,

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but rather a way of correcting certain discrepancies. Trauth highlighted some of the most important initiatives the state of Texas is facing. Among them she mentioned the Closing the Gap initiative that has the goal of bringing 500,000 more Texans into higher education before 2015, which would bring Texas to the national average of students enrolled in higher education. Trauth said in order to meet this goal, the university would have to aim particularly toward Hispanics. By 2010, Anglos will no longer be the g See PANEL, page 4

Speaker to shed light on Middle Eastern affairs today

By Amber Conrad News reporter

The director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies will give a lecture titled “After Saddam, Then What?” today at 3:30 p.m. in Flowers Hall, Room 341.

Jon Alterman, who often appears on national television to discuss American foreign policy and the Middle East, will talk about the future of Iraq in the postALTERMAN Saddam era during the lecture. “I’m really looking forward

The Associated Student Government approved a resolution that would extend the Chartwells food service contract until the year 2013 and implement meal trade rollovers between semesters during Monday night’s meeting. The ASG’s debate during last week’s meeting resulted in the consensus that senators would not agree to renew Chartwells’ contract unless the company agreed to implement rollover meal trades between the fall and spring semesters. Catherine Reed, communication studies sophomore, was strongly against the contract extension last week, but this week voted for the resolution. “With roll-over meal trades, Chartwells is making wide strides to accommodate students’ needs,” Reed said. “The Senate will be working to extend the hours of meal trades, which Chartwells seems open to.” In response to requests from the Senate last week, Charles Blackwell, Chartwells representative, has agreed to post health inspection results and suggestion boxes in all dining areas. “You’re eating there and you should feel comfortable,” Blackwell said. ASG Vice President Justin McGarry was extremely pleased with the approval of the Chartwells contract renewal. “I think it’s great that we came to a consensus with

Chartwells, and students in Fall 2004 will begin to have roll-over meal trades,” he said. “We really appreciate the administration working with us on that.” In other business, Cassie Holman, interdisciplinary studies sophomore; Vanessa Scott, interdisciplinary studies sophomore; and Carley Gibler, sound recording and technology sophomore, were approved as new members of ASG. The Senate approved a resolution titled “Gateway to the Past,” which calls for Senate support for revival of The Pedagog, Texas State’s yearbook. Also, ASG President Ernie Dominguez announced the target enrollment for the fall is 27,400. The enrollment for spring is currently 24,980, which is 992 students more than Spring 2003. Enrollment at the Round Rock Higher Education Center is up by 28 percent, and graduation enrollment is up by 12 percent. The Senate will be concentrating efforts on rewording a resolution to implement an honor council at Texas State. ASG has been working on this for the past two years. The idea of an honor council was initially approved last year. However, when the document went to the Texas State University System Board of Regents, the wording had been changed from what ASG and Faculty Senate agreed upon. To avoid further problems with the resolution, Dominguez has presented the issue to the Senate’s Academic Affairs committee.

to this because you can get away with less on a college campus, because people are smarter and, in many ways, people are interested in trying out new ideas,” Alterman said. Alterman, who has lived in Egypt, speaks Arabic and travels to the Middle East several times a year. He believes his unique experiences will help

shed light on an otherwise difficult topic. “I think people are often looking to hear something they are learning about or can tie into something they already know,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll tell them some things they don’t learn in the papers that g See SPEAKER, page 4

Andy Ellis/Star Photo History professor Dwight Watson, joined by Barbara Lyman and many other distinguished faculty members, voices his opinions and concerns Thursday about affirmative action on a national level as well as here at Texas State.


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ollege Republicans at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island are now taking applications for scholarships. It shouldn’t be too difficult; there’s only one requirement — white skin. The group is offering a $50 scholarship to protest affirmative action and parody minority scholarships. Jason Mattera, the group’s president, argues that “white kids are at a handicap” and “handing out scholarships based on someone’s color is absurd.” These com-

ments are extra funny as Mattera is of Puerto Rican descent. He also received a $5,000 scholarship offered only to minorities. No greater hypocrisy can be committed than to accept something and then denounce it directly afterward. Evidently his convictions only apply when the cash is flowing his way. Mattera should put his money where his mouth is and stop promoting merit-based scholarship opportunities when he participates in perpetuating the same system he denounces.

Mattera and his cronies should understand that many scholarships that are only provided to minorities seek to equalize the racial differences that have grown in our country throughout the past 300 to 400 years. Whites may be presently excluded from certain scholarships, but the unequal opportunities given to minorities, which have lessened only in the past few decades, have created the need to balance the scales. There are still plenty of scholar-


ships available to all, and in the end the arguments that whites are losing out are shoddy at best. Whites still dominate enrollments in higher education and whites still generally receive more opportunities. There are exceptions to every rule; some whites are not as fortunate as some minorities. Ultimately, we should strive toward a society that values accomplishments and focuses on equalizing racial tensions, thus ending the disproportionality among the races.

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Jackson’s nose not music’s only loss

A recent John Stossel special had interviews with convicts about their greatest fear when committing a crime. Their answer? They were afraid their potential target would be armed; they’re scared they might be shot! I always get a little unnerved when I walk into a business and notice the sign that says “No Firearms Allowed.” If this isn’t an announcement to criminals saying it is an easy target for robbery, I don’t know what is. When the government takes away your right to self-defense, you are helpless. From the common criminal to the criminal in Congress, you are at their mercy. But a population that is armed and remembers its heritage will not tolerate their God-given right to self-defense being trampled on; for they know, “when the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”

What the hell has happened to the Jacksons? The good old days of sweet-faced Janet from Diff’rent Strokes and Good Times and cute, Afro-puffed Michael rocking us with catchy melodies and dazzling moves are long gone. Now there are only lawsuits and boobies flying in our faces. Kimberley Hardin It’s sad that Janet has to rely on flashing her nipple ring to the nation to Star Columnist promote herself. In the ’80s, she created the ultimate female response to pushy jerks that you know you still use. There’s nothing like the feeling of female empowerment when you hear Janet spout, “No, my name ain’t baby, it’s Janet/Miss Jackson if you’re nasty!” Since then it didn’t take much more than a simple press release announcing a new Janet album for fans to flock to stores and clean out the Janet rack. Of course, that was years ago. Now we have (choke) Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake topping the charts. How ironic that Janet must stoop to having Justin rip her top to put her back in the news. Speaking of Justin Timberlake, how about the fall of Michael Jackson? The dethroned King of Pop went from being one of the best-selling artists of all time, breaking down racial barriers in music and music television and astonishing his adoring fans with his groundbreaking dancing to a creepy pedophile with a collapsed nose and no record sales. Sad, indeed. In my generation, Michael was the man. Children would practice his moves on the playground. He has won hundreds of awards, more than any other performer in history. His record sales are unbelievable: Off the Wall (1979) went platinum seven times, Thriller (1982) sold an incredible 26-times platinum, Bad (1987) went eight-times platinum and Dangerous (1991) went another seven-times platinum. And these figures are just in the United States. However, sales began to slide. Michael’s 2001 release, Invincible, sold a pitiful two million. We remember Michael as an innovator, a true artist, a dancer, a musician and an inspiration. We could sum him up in one word: bad. Then comes the lawsuits and off comes the face. This generation will also remember him in one word: weird. Throughout the years, Michael’s face got whiter and his nose and record sales deteriorated. I began to mourn the death of the King of Pop. Now instead of sold-out concerts and chart-topping albums, the only headlines next to Michael’s name contain the words “allegations” and “lawsuit.” Maybe after everyone gets over Janet’s Super Bowl boob and Michael’s current lawsuit we can remember that they were once best-selling artists. Maybe we’ll remember that Janet became the first musician in history to have seven top 5 singles from one album (Rhythm Nation) and has had quadruple platinum-selling albums. Maybe we’ll remember how much Michael influenced the music industry and how great a performer and an artist he was. Maybe we’ll even realize that Justin Timberlake is nothing more than a sad rip-off of a real genius. And if we don’t remember any of that, which I suspect we won’t, then Michael and Janet will just fade away into weirdness and scandal until our children barely know anything about them except the weirdness and scandal. It’s sad news for a brother and sister who could have been remembered for so much more.

Ball is a history senior.

Hardin is a mass communication junior.

It’s sad that Janet has to rely on flashing her nipple ring to the nation to promote herself.

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Right to bear arms should not be forgotten The attack on gun rights has had a tendency toward represabated since 9/11 as most gun sion and tyranny. The only bargrabbers understand the event rier blocking governments from reminds Americans of the need overreaching themselves and for defense, not destroying the peoonly on a national ple’s liberties is Aaron Ball level, but also on an through an armed individual level. But citizenry. Like this lull in the Patrick Henry so attacks shouldn’t eloquently put it, give real patriots a we must “guard false sense of secuwith jealous attenrity as politicians tion the public liberand their allies are ty. Suspect everyalways ready to one who approaches Star Columnist snatch up our arms that jewel. and make Americans slaves on Unfortunately, nothing will prethe global plantation. serve it but downright force. It should be obvious to all Whenever you give up that that government has a monopforce, you are inevitably oly on coercion. It has police, ruined.” I cannot think of a courts and military at its disclearer statement supporting the posal. In theory, the governright to keep and bear arms ment is supposed to use this than this one. force only to protect citizens Sadly, many Americans have from criminals and foreign forgotten this nugget of wisinvasion. The founding fathers dom and have been sucked in knew such a powerful instruby the fear-mongering of politiment in the hands of fallible cians and the media to give and corrupt men was bound to away the right of self-defense. cause trouble down the road. It The government has told us it is a natural course of history will protect the people, it will that governments have always provide the security and it will

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stop the terrorists. But the idea of handing our rights to the government is like, to use an old cliché, letting the wolves guard the henhouse. Corrupt governments must first disarm the populace to ensure resistance can never occur. Look at Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia or Mao’s China; private ownership of firearms is always prohibited because they pose a serious threat to tyrannical regimes. The second effect of banning guns is they do nothing to stem the tide of crime on the street level. More than 20,000 gun laws are on the books today and not one has any effect on the criminal, but rather they restrict ownership of law-abiding citizens. Newsflash politicians: Criminals don’t obey laws! No matter how many laws government passes to “stop gun violence,” criminals will always disregard them. The best way to handle crime would be by allowing individuals to use their right to keep and bear arms.

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TRENDS Vortex Theatre hosts hot Valentine’s ball Page 6 — Tuesday, February 17, 2004

AUSTIN — I strapped on my decadent feather Venetian mask, adjusted my restrictive Asian negligee and took a final glance in the visor mirror. My Valentine’s date rolled out of the driver’s seat in his sports jacket and white silken half-mask into a cold puddle in The Vortex Theatre parking lot. The Vortex, located on Manor Road in Austin, hosted its first Venetian Masked Ball: A Carnival of Carousal Saturday night, a fund-raiser intended to promote publicity and growth of the Vortex community. The advertisement read: “Join us for a decadent evening of beauty and artifice, fire and fantasy, feasting and dancing … fire performers, and wandering troubadours, a wild evening of debauchery.” It didn’t seem too terrible of a thing in which to devote mine and my date’s Valentine’s evening. After a $10 cover, we would have all the free booze any young couple could ever hope for, provided by Austin’s own Draught Horse Pub and Brewery, and appetizers by Vivo Cocina Texicana. The path that led to the entrance was a lonely one, and I wondered if we were too early, because it was nearly midnight. The theater resembled an abandoned warehouse, except for the dwindling bonfire that glowed in the lawn and an occasional masked smoker. We were given the warmest of welcomes by two delightful doorwomen decked out in their finest Carnival apparel. Inside, the café was bustling with creatures of all ages, who had apparently been “promoting the growth” of the theater by consuming as much alcohol as possible since the early evening hours. They stammered and stumbled about the room behind glittering disguises. Conversation and mingling were a challenge because the masks seemed to obstruct everyone’s peripheral vision, inadvertently affecting their ability to walk from one end of the room to the other without showering each other with beer. Bare shoulders, tipsy buxom (middle-aged) women and pink corsets with sheer petticoats were everywhere, while The Vortex’s Jo Beth Henderson entertained the crowd by wailing sweet falsetto melodies a cappella. Conveniently positioned adjacent to the bar was a silent auction providing such rarities as a Beatles Let it Be record, two coupons for Amy’s Ice cream, an El Chile gift certificate for two and a copy of the novel How to Breath Underwater signed by author Julie Orringer. My date

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downed his Guinness and placed a bid of $6 on Amy’s Ice Cream. Masks secured in case anyone should recognize us, we deviated from the café to the actual theater segment of the building once the crowd became stale. Inside, a screen was ablaze with digital art by Doctor Strangevibe. The air was thick with fake fog and a resonance that can only be described as “dance” music. We grabbed two plush red seats in the midsection of the theater, watched and waited. Eventually an interesting fellow, resembling Robert Smith from The Cure, took the microphone and graced the audience with his most accredited musical endowment, “The Greatest Thing is to Love and Be Loved.” His name was Johnny Rey. As entertaining as it really was, the sounds his piano cabaret produced can (only) be and is most accurately described as a mix between Boy George and Prince, turned lounge. I suddenly realized I had no cigarettes when the token party drunkard, adorned in nothing but a stained, fitted-sheet cape and star-framed glitter glasses, stole Rey’s thunder by simply entering the room. Outside in the yard the crowd around the bonfire roared. My date and I made it out in time to receive complimentary sparklers, which we all relentlessly waved in each other’s faces. I silently wondered if this was what was meant by a fire performance, but that thought was repressed by the sudden appearance of a svelte, masked man juggling fire-lit batons. The lawn spectators gawked as this brave man nonchalantly danced with what seemed like four balls of flame revolving around his head and torso. Cupid, or rather a monkishly dressed bald man with tiny wings and an archery bow, tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I’d like a picture of him. I declined while reaching for my nonexistent cigarettes, simultaneously realizing that my date and I had miraculously managed to stick out this soiree for more than an hour. From behind The Vortex walls I could hear Henderson and Rey’s cover of Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” thumping and decided this was our best opportunity to make an exit, just as a fresh crop of Masqueraders approached the doors. As we de-masked and were leaving the party, my date and I agreed this definitely made for an interesting Valentine’s Day date and regretted that there wasn’t enough time to have made an appearance at the Burlesque for Peace downtown — what a wild night of debauchery that would have been!

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“No, they don’t. They go with CD sales. I don’t always go with what’s popular, just what I like.” — Tr avi s Brewer bi ology s en ior

“I would say no, because I didn’t watch the Grammy’s. It doesn’t really matter who won or didn’t win. I’ll continue listening to what I’ve always listened to.” — A ndr e Tur ner healt h adm i nis tr ati on sophom ore

“I really don’t listen to music all that much. When I do it’s usually the same people I know I like. The people who won are probably good artists, though.” — Hi r om i H os ak o bi oc hemi st ry s enior

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A straight man’s journey into the world of buying pants BY IAN RAGSDALE TRENDS REPORTER If you are like me, then you are a guy who has only enough fashion sense to dress himself in the morning, often in the same pants as the day before. Most of the time you can tell clothes when you see them, although you aren’t always sure exactly what color they are. If you are like me, you subtly pine for the gold rush days when Levi’s jeans were made out of tents and their main purpose was to save your butt, not to show it off. And, just maybe, if you are like me, then you have gone clothes shopping at Tractor Supply Company. To hell with metrosexuality, we say! You, like me, rarely require an outfit that says, “I may or may not be heterosexual.” But you and I don’t want to be single, so we have to cope in this new fashion paradigm as best we can. Fourteenth century gentlemen wore dresses, had long hair and used makeup, among other emasculating habits. We should be able to cope with — or at least acknowledge the existence of — low-rise jeans for men and tight shirts that are, for reasons unknown, shiny. To begin my investigation of this trend, I headed to the trustworthy outlet malls to decide, once and for all, what’s the big deal about having eight kinds of pants to choose from. Levi’s Outlet OK, so buying blue jeans isn’t very metro, but not knowing the difference between any of the cuts is definitely hetero. Being a dumb macho man, I decided to stay away from any

commentary on style and stuck with three questions I could answer: Are the jeans comfortable, what do they do at my ankles and what will girls think of my butt when I wear these? The regular fit was a little close for my comfort, but I’m used to slightly baggy jeans. I thank God I got over my JNCO phase about six years ago, but I never liked Wranglers, either. They also made my butt look flat. The relaxed fit made it into my incinerate category. They were loose in the legs but tight in the crotch, and had no ass definition. Instead, go for the comforts — not much definition but loose and comfortable, with a slight taper at the ankles. Next I tried on the low-rise straight jeans, my first experience with the low-rise phenomenon. They gave a good shape to the butt. Note to self: less curls, more crunches. The iconic straights are pretty much everything the name says, except looser in the waist than I expected, and they have that annoying button fly. My choice is the carpenter cut: no definition, even leg width all the way down, slight-

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Title: Eat to the Beat Artist: Blondie Yr. Released: 1980 Label: Chrysalis

Take everything you thought you knew about Deborah Harry, from mid-’80s hits such as “Rapture,” crumple it into a ball and shove it right down your throat because Blondie’s fourth studio album, Eat to the Beat, defies all prior stereotypes. With its popularity peaking in 1980, Eat to the Beat was Blondie’s response to its 1978 blockbuster release, Parallel Lines. Blondie’s roots originally lay in the art-house New York City punk rock scene of the mid- to late ’70s, but its integration of disco and rock is what gave the band its sudden success. “Dreaming” is a corporately-slick ode to the benefits of appreciating the free things in life. It manages to satiate the discotheque’s call for another “Heart of Glass,” while remaining true to the band’s era-indigenous sound. However, “Dreaming” can be deceiving because the rest of the album is a high-NRG, new wave/no wave, power-pop conglomerate of influence and pioneering sound. Eat to the Beat explores the dirty, under-produced sound of oldschool punk rock on its title track and “Victor” but leaves room for its subversive rock-steady influence on “Die Young Stay Pretty.” “Atomic” is the nucleus of Eat to the Beat’s true diversity, with instantly recognizable surf guitar riffs and impeccably time-transcending dance beats to accompany Harry’s schizoid voice. Eat to the Beat is a macrocosm of the early ’80s art house CBGB’s punk rock scene. Though most of the bands that compelled the scene to trend status were already famous by 1980, Blondie managed to keep the vogue alive.

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ly baggy with a few useless pockets hiding along the thighs and heaven to wear. Unfortunately, I was already wearing these pants when I walked into the store. I didn’t buy anything new, so I gave another store a chance. Banana Republic Leave it to me to have no idea what they sell here. I walked in and decided I would try on khaki casuals. After all, the store carries at least four different cuts. Two of the cuts were low-rise, which astounded me. When is the next time you are going to be somewhere that requires khakis and feel a sudden urge to lift your shirt and display your abs? Well, if that happens to you a lot, go with the Gavin or the Dawson cut. The former tapers while the latter is for wearing boots and is a little looser in the waist. The Smithfield fit, which comes in pleated and regular, has jeanlike seams and a heavier material perfect for playing polo. I walked out of the store with a pair of Emersons, Banaba Republic’s relaxed cut of khaki. When I slid my

legs into them, it was immediate heaven. They felt like sweatpants. I imagined wearing them to bed. I stuck my hands in their pockets and my butt sprang to life. Note to self: Don’t wear a wallet in these. Old Navy I made a mistake coming into Old Navy. It’s not metrosexual at all. In fact, it seems more likely that if gay men were to shop here, it would be only if they felt the need to buy macho clothes in a safe, pastel-and-pop-music environment. Old Navy stocks mechanic jackets so you can appear to be a disaffected blue-collar citizen, and if you wear just about any of their graphic shirts you are pretending that you play baseball in the minors. Who are you kidding? You’re from Plano! Anyway, these folks are shooting for a younger audience. I tried on a pair of cargo pants and thought them a watered-down version of raver digs. The lightweight material would probably tear on somebody’s spinning glow stick. The tan shorts were made of similarly flimsy cloth, although they show off the booty when you scooty. I tried on a Pawtucket Southpaws shirt and looked ridiculous. I couldn’t even tell what color it was — peach, yellow, salmon? Has anyone actually seen something salmon-colored not made by Crayola? In conclusion, I learned more about pants, but discovered little explicitly metrosexual clothing. That might be the result of a subconscious defense mechanism.

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Title: The Stunt Man Director: Richard Rush Yr. Released: 1980 Starring: Peter O’Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey

Great successes in Hollywood are quite fond of lampooning their source of fame and fortune. State and Main, The Player and The Big Picture all featured name actors destroying and being destroyed in the name of the picture, and they can all trace their roots back to The Stunt Man. This twisted comedy follows Cameron (Railsback), a mysterious fugitive who stumbles onto a movie location where flamboyant director Eli Cross (O’Toole) is creating a World War I action epic. Cameron is hired as a stunt man and begins to survey the film industry from the perspective of a simpleton outsider. Although the corruption torments and sickens him, the influence of Eli and leading lady Nina (Hershey) keeps him performing death-defying stunts. O’Toole works wonders as the philosopher-auteur Eli, spouting pompous and hyper-intelligent dialogue — mostly from his mobile throne, suspended from a crane — yet he remains a tangible human being. Director Rush toys with the audience just as Eli does with Cameron, inventively cutting scenes so that it is difficult to immediately discern between reality and Cameron’s stunts. Generally, Rush’s style is left over from the 1970s Golden Age, but he strays enough so its form does not immediately date the movie. The Stunt Man does a long stretch for a higher purpose than entertainment, which will be an annoyance for some, but it promises a good ride for the lover of satire. Most Memorable Scene: Cameron drinks champagne and does the Charleston on the wing of an airborne biplane. Quote: “Do you not know that King Kong the First was just 3 foot 6 inches tall? If God could do the tricks that we can do, he’d be a happy man!”

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Printing error produces black SpongeBob BY JIM SCHAEFER KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS

DETROIT — American Greetings Corp. calls it a regrettable printing error. Somehow, boxes of SpongeBob SquarePants Valentine’s Day cards are popping up in Detroit Wal-Mart stores — but the popular cartoon character found inside isn’t his traditional yellow color. He’s black. And with his trademark big teeth and wide eyes, this SpongeBob seems similar to offensive images of blacks portrayed in minstrel shows decades ago. American Greetings officials said Thursday they were surprised and puzzled when the Detroit Free Press made them aware of a complaint about the product. “We absolutely fell out of our chairs when we saw it,” said Carol Miller, director of business development for the Clevelandbased company. “We’re obviously going to be talking to WalMart as well as Nickelodeon ... to offer our sincere apologies for

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this product making it to market.” Miller said the cards, which were printed and packaged in China, are mistakes, but she and other officials said they were trying to determine how it happened. David Blinderman, director of global product development for the company, said the printing facility is one of the company’s most reliable. “Culturally, the guys on press in China wouldn’t have the faintest idea of who a SpongeBob was or who a black SpongeBob was,” he said. Jemeka Garcia of Flint Township, Mich., was skeptical of the mistake, in part because the cards appear to be well made. Garcia and her husband, Scott, complained to the Detroit Free Press earlier this week after their 6-year-old daughter discovered the different SpongeBob. The family purchased the cards at a Wal-Mart near their home so their child could hand them out to her first-grade classmates. “I want to know why the person did it,” Jemeka Garcia said Thursday. “That’s kind of a horriBy Nick Tracy...

ble prank. And what if some kid gets it” as a valentine?” A Wal-Mart official said customers who want refunds can have them, but there were no plans to take the boxes off shelves. “It was a very popular item and there aren’t very many left out there,” said corporate spokeswoman Danette Thompson. She said the company had received no other complaints. The cards — branded as “Nickelodeon 34 Foil Valentines” and selling for $2.74 — are exclusive to Wal-Mart. Officials said they were widely distributed across the country, but they would not say how many had been produced. The Free Press checked a Wal-Mart in Roseville, Mich., and found the cards. There are 68 Wal-Mart stores in the state. SpongeBob stars on the Nickelodeon cable channel. Jemeka Garcia said she’s already gone out and replaced the offensive SpongeBobs for her daughter. “I went and bought her some Scooby-Doos,” she said.

T oday’s slang cu e the crickets Used when someone says something in an attempt to be witty or funny, but it goes sour, this cues people in on the fact that it sucked. Example: “So I said I’d love to be inside the Paris Hilton ...” “Cue the crickets.”

crop du sting (verb ) To put in simple terms, farting while walking. Example: “So I as I was crop dusting at H-E-B, I found out this hot girl was behind me.” “Rex, you still hungry boy? Where’d you go Rex?”

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Help wanted: The San Marcos Parks & Recreation Dept. needs energetic individuals to work spring break madness camp (March 15-19, 2004.) Hours are 7:30 a.m-5:30pm, call LisAnne Foster at 393-8283 for more information or to set up an interview. (2/26) ____________________________ Buda based company seeking person with accounting experience and Quickbooks, general office skills. Fax resume to 512-295-2603 or PO Box 308. (2/19) ____________________________ Tutor needed for organization, History 1320, Political science 2320, Bio 1310, MC Visual. $7.00/hr, 6 hrs/week. 512-289-3563. (2/26) ____________________________ Hiring experienced sales people. 353-0789 Health Club. (2/26) ____________________________ Soccer coaches wanted for youth soccer league. Great experience, resume builder! Contact Tony ____________________________ Webmaster wanted for local youth soccer organization. Volunteer only. Great resume builder. Contact Tony at ____________________________ Sales people needed, 805-9074. (2/19) ____________________________ Computer people for technical support, call center 805-9074. (2/19) ____________________________ Experienced sales person needed. Bring resume to Audio Outlet. 392-2886. (2/19) ____________________________ Looking for a part-time carpenter helper, days based on your availability. Experience preferred, but not essential. Call JD at 392-1577. (2/17) ____________________________ Wimberly Eye Associates. Part-time office help, fax resume (512)847-2072. (2/26) ____________________________ 350 N. Guadalupe St. Ste. 140 San Marcos, TX


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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: (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. ____________________________ 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. ____________________________ MODELS WANTED-All Sizes-All Shapes. Teens/College Students/Parents/Grandparents. Footed pajama internet business-. Please NO CALLS Apply online: modelapp.htm ____________________________ Athletic, outgoing students for calendar greeting cards, etc. $50 - 150/hr no exp needed. 512-684-8296. (4/29) ____________________________ Camp Counselor positions available at camp Weequahic, a co-ed children’s camp in northeastern Pennsylvania. We will be at the University Camp Day Thursday, February 12th to conduct on-campus interview. Positions available for all areas of sports, waterfront, and hobby specialists. Salary starts at $200/week plus room, board, and travel expenses. Please visit our website at for information and online application, e-mail us at, or call and leave a message at 1 (866) 206-3323, PIN # 7944. We will contact you prior to the 12th to set up an appointment. (2/11) ____________________________ Web-Site Designer WANTED. JavaScript knowledge preferred. Footed pajama internet business-. Part-Time-Ideal job for a Student CALL 512-585-9100-Ask for Mark . ____________________________ SUMMER CAMP JOBS IN COLORADO --- Make a difference in the life of a girl at Girl Scout overnight camps in the mountains SW of Denver. General Counselors, Program Specialists (Western horseback riding, backpacking, crafts, nature, sports/archery, challenge course, farm, dance & drama) and Administrative Positions. Late May – early August. Competitive salary, housing, meals, health insurance, travel and end-of-season bonuses. For an application, e-mail or call 303-607-4819. (4/29) #1 Choice for over 20 years!



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The University Star - 9 SLC WOMen’s BBall Standings


S c o re bo a rd SLC Men’s BBall Standings Teams


Southeastern La. TEXAS STATE Northwestern St. Texas-San Antonio Stephen F. Austin Texas-Arlington Sam Houston Louisiana-Monroe Lamar McNeese State Nicholls State

W 8 7 7 7 6 6 5 6 4 2 0

L 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 8 11

Overall PCT .727 .700 .700 .636 .600 .545 .500 .500 .400 .200 .000

W 16 12 10 12 15 11 10 10 10 6 5

L 6 9 11 12 6 11 11 16 13 15 17

PCT .727 .571 .476 .500 .714 .500 .476 .385 .435 .286 .227

PA 65.3 68.5 77.9 70.5 60.3 71.8 75.7 72.5 79.2 77.4 76.1

PF 71.2 70.1 76.2 71.2 71.9 71.0 76.3 68.5 80.8 74.0 67.0

Men’s BBall VS ULM 2/14/04 1st Half

2nd Half


Louisiana-Monroe (10-16, SLC 6-6)

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inning. However, it was in the fourth that the ’Cats would put four on the board and that would stand up in their 6-2 victory. Junior Brian Hurley scattered six hits during seven solid innings of pitching, allowing only one earned run. Junior Chris Jean then provided effective relief, giving up only one unearned run in

two innings. Scoring in the fourth began with Ramos reaching on error, which set up Tierce’s one-out RBI triple. Right fielder Richard Martinez then added a run by knocking in Tierce on a sacrifice, followed by a two-out, two-run home run from third baseman Kyle Anson after first baseman Mark Cooper walked. The home run was Anson’s second of the year, and he also doubled his season RBI total to eight, with two RBIs in each game of

the doubleheader. Third-team All-American Clayton Jerome of TCU got his first loss of the season. Pitching was a big factor for the ’Cats on Sunday, and they hope to continue that success on Tuesday against the undefeated University of Texas baseball team at 2:30 p.m., at Disch-Falk Field in Austin. Senior Tom Robbins will take his 1-0 record to the mound for Texas State, which has won five of its last six meetings with the Longhorns.

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of motivating factors coming into this game. The Lady Indians had embarrassed the ’Cats in Monroe, 84-58. Also, with ULM being the second place team in the SLC, the Bobcats saw this as an opportunity to make a statement — and they did. Texas State played suffocating defense from the beginning, not allowing a Lady Indian field goal for the first four minutes. But ULM answered with a 13-0 run to take a 4-point lead. The Bobcats regained control and took a 36-28 lead into halftime, thanks to 56percent shooting from the floor. Both teams went back and forth throughout the opening minutes of the second half with the lead changing five times. With 6:09 to play, Talbert drew a foul in the paint and hit both free throws to give the ’Cats the lead back for the third time, and they never looked back in the

70-62 win. The Bobcats took advantage of the early foul trouble for Lady Indian star guard Nina Randle, whose 20 points and 10 rebounds had led the charge in the ULM win earlier this year in Monroe. This time she was only able to put in 12 points and two rebounds. Texas State put together what may have been their most dominating performance in the paint to date, outscoring ULM 40-12 from inside and holding a 4131 edge in rebounding. Guard Julie Brooks led Texas State in scoring with 19 points on 6-11 from the field. Talbert continued to be a presence on the inside, posting another double double with 16 points and 15 rebounds. The Bobcats will most likely need all the momentum they can muster for this next stretch of games, with three out of their next four on the road. They will next be in action on at 7 p.m. Thursday, when they travel to Huntsville to take on Sam Houston State University.

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both of his three-point attempts and all six of his free throws. Conerway gave the Texas State team and fans a scare midway through the second half when he fell to the floor holding his ankle. He did not return to the game but preliminary reports are that the injury is not serious. Texas State dominated from the opening tip, building a 41-16 lead with 4:17 remaining in the first half. But the Indians went on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 41-26 at the break. But at no time in the second half were the Indians ever closer than the 15-point deficit they entered the break with, and the Bobcat lead swelled to 30 three different times late in the second half. Texas State will play four of its next five on the road, beginning Thursday at Sam Houston State University.

Softball: Heads for New Mexico tournament

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field and advanced to second on the throw home. Bonnetti’s single ended Bulldog pitcher Laura Ferreira’s day, as Fresno called on junior Amanda Wolf. With runners on second and third, first baseman Hannah Snow hit a bleeder up the middle, scoring Zaleski and Bonneti to win the game. Texas State faced its biggest challenge of the tournament in Friday’s nightcap against Arizona in a matchup of two undefeated teams. Katie Ann Trahan took the loss in the circle for Texas State, falling to 2-1 after allowing five runs in four innings. Sarah Lancour replaced Trahan in the fifth and hurled two innings of shutout ball in her Bobcat debut. Texas State rebounded Saturday morning, using a 10run third inning to destroy the Dayton University Flyers 11-1 in just five frames. Bonetti and Snow connected for home runs that combined to drive in five of the Bobcats’ 11 runs. The roundtrippers were Bonetti’s second and Snow’s first of the season. In the afternoon, the Bobcats claimed their second win against a ranked team in as many days, scoring three runs in the eighth inning to take out No. 13 Cal State-Fullerton. Fullerton catcher Jennifer

Ashley A. Horton/Star photo Katie Bard, senior second baseman, catches a fly ball for the third out in in the inning against the University of Tulsa Feb. 7. The Bobcats defeated the Golden Hurricanes, 1-0.

Holt slammed a solo home run in the bottom of the third to open the scoring, before Bobcat shortstop Leslie Sharp knocked an RBI double in the top of the fifth to tie the game at one apiece. Neither team could score in the next two innings, sending the game to extra frames. It was then when the wheels fell off for Fullerton, as it allowed Texas State three runs without giving up a single hit. The Bobcats took advantage of a hit batsman, an error and three consecutive walks to take

a 4-1 lead. The Titans got one in the bottom of the inning, but it was not enough, as Texas State won 4-2.

Texas State dropped a hardfought 5-4 contest to Cal StateNorthridge Sunday in the final game of the weekend. The two teams were locked in a 3-3 standstill for much of the game until freshman Laura Hovestreydt roped a two-run double to the gap in left-centerfield in the top of the sixth to give the Matadors a 5-3 lead. The ’Cats added a run on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the inning, but Sharp flew out to right to end the Bobcats’ rally. Texas State had jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first off a three-run blast from Snow, but Hovestreydt again killed the momentum with a three-RBI triple in the top of the second. Next up for the ’Cats is a trip to the New Mexico State Tournament Friday-Sunday, where they will face Colorado State University, New Mexico State University, Portland State University and the University of Illinois-Chicago.

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Players Parker 3 Gay 33 42 Thompson 1 Andrews 20 Horn 5 Branch 10 Helton 21 Bransom 23 Keith 25 Ciszkiewics 31 Jacobs 40 Alexander TOTALS

FG 3Pt FT Rbnd M-A M-A M-A Of-T 2-6 0-0 5-5 2-4 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 9-14 0-0 5-5 5-11 0-7 0-3 3-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 0-2 3-4 0-3 1-9 1-7 2-2 1-2 1-2 0-1 3-6 2-5 3-5 2-3 0-0 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-4 0-3 1-2 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 2-5 19-52 4-21 22-28 21-34

A 2 0 0 2 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 9

TO 1 0 4 5 0 3 3 1 1 0 3 0 21

B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2

S Pt 2 9 0 0 0 23 1 3 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 5 0 8 0 3 0 3 0 2 3 64

TEXAS STATE (12-9, 7-3 SLC) Players Allison 4 Dill 25 Brown 2 Naylor 15 23 Conerway 1 Blanchard 10 Ponder 11 Burroughs 24 Pfeiffer 30 N. Goellner 33 J. Goellner 34 Patterson TOTALS

FG M-A 3-5 3-3 3-7 7-8 4-12 1-1 2-8 2-2 0-1 4-5 2-5 2-3 33-60

3Pt FT Rbnd M-A M-A Of-T A TO B S P 2-3 0-0 1-5 1 1 0 1 8 0-0 0-0 1-4 2 4 0 0 6 0-1 2-2 0-2 3 1 0 2 8 2-2 6-6 0-2 2 0 0 1 22 1-5 6-8 2-4 1 0 0 1 15 0-0 0-0 0-1 5 1 0 0 2 1-4 1-2 1-4 3 0 0 1 6 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 2-3 1-3 1 2 0 1 10 0-0 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 1 4 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 1 4 7-17 17-23 8-31 19 10 0 9 90

Technical Fouls: Louisiana-Monroe — None Texas State — None Attendance: 3,021

Northwestern St. Louisiana-Monroe Texas-Arlington TEXAS STATE Stephen F. Austin Texas-San Antonio Sam Houston McNeese State Southeastern La. Lamar Nicholls State

W 10 9 7 6 5 6 5 4 4 1 0


L PCT 0 1.000 3 .750 3 .700 4 .600 4 .556 5 .545 5 .500 6 .400 7 .364 9 .100 11 .000

W 17 13 13 6 5 10 5 6 11 4 1

L 4 10 9 14 15 12 16 15 10 16 21

PCT .810 .565 .591 .300 .250 .455 .238 .286 .524 .200 .045

PF 75.0 68.0 64.7 56.5 61.2 57.2 57.0 56.0 62.4 54.2 55.5

PA 67.2 64.5 58.2 71.8 76.8 59.0 66.9 65.7 66.0 69.2 73.9

WOMen’s BBall VS ULM 2/14/04 1st Half 2nd Half


Louisiana-Monroe.............. ........... ........... ..28................34........................62 TEXAS STATE.......................36.................34........................70

Louisiana-Monroe (13-10, 9-3 SLC) FG 3Pt

Biley 20 45 C. Brown O’Neal 10 LaCour 25 Randle 30 12 Williams 13 Livaudais 14 Guillaume Dorsey 21 24 Williams 32 Pantallion 44 J. Brown TOTALS

FT Rbnd M-A M-A M-A Of-T A TO B S Pt 2-8 0-0 2-6 1-4 1 2 0 3 6 2-6 0-0 0-2 1-6 0 3 0 2 4 1-5 1-4 0-0 0-0 5 3 0 1 3 0-4 0-1 0-0 2-2 1 2 0 0 0 3-7 1-5 5-6 0-2 0 1 0 4 12 1-2 1-1 0-2 0-0 0 2 0 1 3 0-3 0-0 0-0 2-5 1 3 0 0 0 4-6 1-2 0-0 1-3 1 5 0 0 9 5-6 5-6 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 17 0-2 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 2 0 1-3 0-0 4-4 1-3 1 0 0 1 6 1-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 1 2 20-55 9-20 13-23 12-31 13 23 3 15 62

TEXAS STATE (4-14, SLC 4-4) FG M-A 15 Ale. Johnson 6-10 Talbert 6-10 33 Perkins 1-3 3 10 Alp. Johnson 1-3 30 Brooks 6-11 1 McGruder 1-5 12 Burrow 3-5 13 Kelly 0-0 22 West 0-1 45 Hinton 2-6 50 Putnam 0-0 TOTALS 26-54


3Pt FT Rbnd M-A M-A Of-T A TO B S Pt 0-0 0-2 2-4 1 5 0 1 12 0-0 4-9 6-15 5 1 2 1 16 0-1 0-2 2-4 2 2 0 0 2 0-1 2-2 0-0 3 3 1 1 4 4-4 3-4 0-3 1 4 0 3 19 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 1 0 1 4 0-1 0-2 2-6 0 1 0 1 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 4 1 0 2 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 4 0 1 0 1-2 0-0 1-4 1 1 0 0 5 0-0 2-2 0-2 0 0 1 0 2 5-9 13-25 14-41 17 23 4 11 70

Technical Fouls:Louisiana-Monroe — None Texas State — None Attendance: 747

Tx State Women’s bBall Schedule


19 21 25 28

at Sam Houston St.....7:45 p.m. at UT-Arlington..................4 p.m. Host UT-San Antonio..7:30 p.m. at McNeese St................. 3 p.m.


Tx State men’s bBall Schedule

1 Host Nicholls St..........7:30 p.m. 5 Host S.F.. Austin......... 7:30 p.m.


19 21 25 28



Louisiana-Monroe................26.................38.......................64 TEXAS STATE........................41.................49.......................90

Ashley A. Horton/Star photo Richard Martinez, senior right fielder, dives for the ball to prevent a score against the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Feb. 7. The Bobcats defeated the Islanders, 6-5, in 13 innings.


at Sam Houston St.... 5:15 p.m. at UT-Arlington............1:30 p.m. SOFTBALL VS NO. 13 Fullerton 2/14/04 R H E Host UT-San Antonio..5:30 p.m. Score by inning TEXAS STATE. ............0..0..0...0..1..0...0...3 at McNeese St............5:15 p.m. Cal State-Fullerton.....0..0..1...0..0..0...0...1 42 35 13


TEXAS STATE (8-2) No. 13 Cal St-Fullerton 1 Host Nicholls St......... 5:15 p.m. Players AB R H RBI Players AB R H RB 5 Host S.F.. Austin......... 5:30 p.m. cf Zaleski 4 0 2 0 RF Watson 4 1 0 2

Baseball VS. tcu 2/15/04 R H E

Score by inning

TEXAS STATE.............0..0..0...4..0.0...0..2..0 6 8 2 Texas State................0..0..0...0..0..1...0..1..0 2 7 1

TEXAS STATE (6-1) Players SS Ramos CF Tierce RF Martinez LF Miller 1B Cooper 3B Anson DH Chavez C Williams 2B Crumpton

AB 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3

R 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0

H 2 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0

Texas Christian (1-3) RBI

0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0

TOTALS 35 6 8 6 TEXAS STATE Pitching



2B Moses 3B Ford 1B Huffman DH Neuman SS Duran LF Cogbill RF Estrada C Dahlberg CF Buttell PH Thomas

5 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 3 1 TOTALS 35

0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2

Texas Christian Pitching

Jerome Weems Allar Duncan

0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2

Bard Bonetti Vice Trahan Snow Hodge Sharp Krueger Wolters TOTALS

3 3 0 3 3 2 3 3 4 28

0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3

0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 4

0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3

LF Hughes 4 0 0 0 CF Bashor 4 0 0 0 SS Baker 3 0 0 0 DH Campbell 3 0 1 0 SS Wheeler 2 0 0 0 1B Holt 2 1 1 1 C Bullard 3 1 0 0 2B Tantlinger 3 0 1 0

TOTALS 28 2 5 2



H R ER BB SO AB BF 1 1 10 28 30

8.0 5 2

Cal State-Fullerton Pitching IP

Baker Weekley

H R ER BB SO AB BF 1 8 5 25 25 0 0 1 3 3

7.0 3 4 1.0 0 0

Win - Nicole Neuerburg, Loss - Candice Baker, Save - None Time - 2:40, Attendance - 100.

IP H R ER BB SO AB BF 7.0 6 1 1 2 6 26 28 2.0 1 1 0 0 2 9 10

Hurley Jean

0 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 1 7

2b c pr dh 1b 3b ss lf rf

IP H R ER BB SO AB BF 5.0 5 4 1 1 5 20 21 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 6 6 1.0 3 2 2 0 1 6 6 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 3 4

Win - Brian Hurley, Loss - Clayton Jerome, Save - None Umpires - RDale Luker, Andy Eaves, Kelly Nutt Time - 2:10, Attendance - 1051

Tx State softball Schedule


20-22 New Mexico St. Tourn....TBA 25 at Texas (2).............5/7 p.m. 28 Host Nicholls (2).....1/3 p.m. 29 Host Nicholls.................noon March

2 at Texas A&M........6:30 p.m. 6 Host NW St..............1/3 p.m.


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the avengers Bobcats scalp Indians, 90-64, reaching season high

By Jim Bob Breazeale Sports Reporter

TEMPE, Ariz. — There was much love for the Texas State Bobcats this Valentine’s Day weekend. The ’Cats won three of five games in the Fiesta Bowl Tournament in Tempe to improve to 8-2 in the season, taking down 13th-ranked California State University-Fullerton and 19th-ranked Fresno State University in the process. Texas State, ranked 29th in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association preseason poll, will likely move into the top 25 when the new poll comes out Wednesday. Their two losses came at the hands of the second-ranked University of Arizona Wildcats and California State UniversityNorthridge to close out the weekend. Texas State opened the weekend in style with a come-from-behind 5-4 victory against the Fresno State Bulldogs Friday night. The Bobcats fell behind the Bulldogs 2-0 in the first inning on back-to-back home runs from right fielder Jamie Southern and shortstop Christina Clark. Texas State got one back in the bottom of the inning on second baseman Katie Bard’s first career home run. In the third, Texas State took the lead on a two-RBI double from third baseman Brittany Hodge. But Fresno took the lead back in the top of the sixth with two runs of its own. Trailing 4-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, center fielder Kristen Zaleski started the Bobcat comeback with a lead-off single. After Bard’s pop-up, catcher Rachael Bonetti connected on a single to right-center g See SOFTBALL, page 9

By Kevin Washburn Sports Reporter


Andrew Nenque/Star photo Josh Goellner, senior center, fades back for 2 points over Chavis Thompson, University of Louisiana-Monroe center. The Bobcats won, 90-64, against ULM Indians Saturday. The Bobcats’ next opponents are Sam Houston State University Feb. 19 in Huntsville.

exas State avenged a loss earlier in the season and snapped a two-game losing streak Saturday night, throttling the University of Louisiana-Monroe, 90-64. In possibly their best game of the year, the Bobcats reached a season high in points and had their largest margin of victory in conference play. Texas State is now 12-9 overall, 7-3 in Southland Conference play (good for a tie with Northwestern State University for second place) and just a half-game behind Southeastern Louisiana University (8-3 SLC). If the SLC tournament began today, the Bobcats would hold the edge on NSU for the second seed thanks to a 67-64 road win earlier in the season. Texas State set the tone with its defense, pressuring ULM in the backcourt early and often. “Our focus was defense today,” said junior guard Josh Naylor. “We wanted to get out on them as quick as we could. They were turning the ball over so we (stayed with the pressure) and it worked for us.” The Bobcats’ pressure led to 21 ULM turnovers, with 15 coming in the first half. The turnovers led to 26 Texas State points. “It was just an attitude we wanted to come in with, being more aggressive on the defensive end,” said coach Dennis Nutt. “(In our loss to Lamar last game) we were just really soft on the defensive end and it hurt us in our total game, but tonight we turned the tables and that’s what we had to do.” The win was important for conference standings, as well as giving some confidence back to a team that had lost four out of its last five games. “(This win) was real big,” said senior guard Roosevelt Brown. “(It was important to) get a little bit of our confidence back and get us back on the same page with each other.” Naylor was Texas State’s hot hand on the offensive end. He had a team-high 22 points on 7-8 shooting, including hitting

Women tear into competition By Chris Galligher Sports Reporter The Bobcats are a 6-4 team with new confidence after beating Lamar University 5452 on the road before coming home for a 70-62 win against the University of LouisianaMonroe. The Bobcats struggled to find their mark early in the game, allowing the underdog Lady Cardinals to take a brief 12-10 lead. This led to a 9-0 Bobcat run, capped off by a Talbert lay-up to go up 19-12 with 6:42 to go in the first half. But Lamar remained persistent and narrowed the Bobcat lead to 25-22 at halftime. The second half saw the ’Cats come out on another run, as they opened their lead back up to seven. But the game once again tightened and as the competition grew more heated, so did some of the players’ tempers. All of this came to a head with 40 seconds to go in the game and Texas State leading 52-50. Talbert and Lamar guard Rashikii Howard got into a scuffle under the basket,

Andrew Nenque/Star photo Aleise Johnson, senior forward, drives her opponent during the Bobcats’ 70-62 win against the University of Louisiana-Monroe Saturday. The Bobcats will take on Sam Houston State University on the road Thursday in Huntsville.

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which ended with Talbert being called for a technical foul and Howard receiving a loose ball foul. Lamar sunk both free throws to tie the game at 52. Next it was Talbert’s turn to go to the line for the Bobcats, and she gave the Bobcats the lead with her first free throw. Although she could not make the second, Talbert was able to hustle, get her own rebound and draw another foul. This time Talbert missed both free throws, but forward Heather Burrow was able to grab the offensive rebound. Burrow was fouled and made one of two free throws to give Texas State a 54-52 lead with only seconds remaining in the game. Lamar tried to force overtime but missed a last-second lay-up, and Texas State escaped with the victory. Talbert turned in a dominating performance, finishing with 21 points and 17 rebounds, leading the team in both categories. The Bobcats then returned home Saturday to face the ULM, and there was no lack g See WOMEN, page 9

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Texas State squashes TCU Horned Frogs in doubleheader By Bruce Kalmick Sports Reporter

FORT WORTH — The Texas State baseball team traveled north to Forth Worth to take on the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs this weekend. However, play did not begin until Sunday because of the dramatically cold weather in the area. The ’Cats used their anxiety to sweep the Frogs in a doubleheader 7-4 and 6-2, improving their record to 6-1 and stretching their winning streak to four games. “Luckily for us, the guys were antsy and ready to play on Sunday,” said coach Ty Harrington. In the opening game of the doubleheader, the ’Cats won in the 10th inning with a pair of two-out, run-producing hits from Southland Conference Hitter of the Week Matt Miller and third baseman Kyle Anson. Dominic Ramos came on in the bottom of the eighth to seal the deal for the ’Cats and earn his first win of the season. He extended his scoreless innings streak to 8 2/3 innings, giving up two hits in that span. Along with the win, Ramos also contributed on the offensive side, going 3 for 5, including three runs and two RBIs from the lead-off spot. The Bobcats took an early lead with steady production from the top of the lineup. Senior Evan Tierce drove in Ramos in the first and second innings, and Ramos did his job by getting on base and added an extra punch with a two-run double in the second inning. Starting pitcher Paul Schappert utilized his early lead by controlling the TCU lineup, giving up just two earned runs and striking out four in 5 1/3 innings of baseball. Michael Gultz and Patrick Colgan combined to pitch 2 1/3 innings of relief before giving it up to Ramos in the bottom of the eighth. Chad Underwood took the loss for TCU. “Ramos had one of the best weekends you could ask for, both on the mound and at short,” Harrington said. “But the pride, resiliency and extreme competitiveness is what has pushed us to victories this season.” Pitching would prove to be the theme early in the second game as neither team scored until the fourth g See BASEBALL, page 9

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