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Senators vote on their choice for provost Merit data accessibility also discussed By Julie Daffern News Reporter Faculty Senators voted for their recommendation for the first Texas State provost in an executive session during Wednesday night’s meeting, and in the same meeting, discuss limiting departmental advisers’ power to allow students without sufficient hours to walk at graduation. Senate members met Wednesday with provost candidate Zulma Toro-Ramos, who is currently School of Engineering and Applied Sciences dean at the University of New Haven. Toro-Ramos is in San Marcos for two days, meeting with many branches of Texas

State including vice presidents, deans and Texas State President Denise Trauth. She is the last of five provost candidates to visit the university. Senators later took a vote on their recommendation to the Provost Search Committee. “The recommendation is not a matter of public record,” said Senate Chair Bill Stone, criminal justice professor. “We will give our recommendation to the Provost Search Committee, who will give their recommendation to President Trauth. What if we were to recommend someone the university didn’t hire?” Toro-Ramos will give a public presentation titled “Role of a Provost in Enhancing Texas State as a Doctoral Intensive University” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. g See SENATE, page 6

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Tiffany Searcy/Star Photo Kathryn Janicek, communication disorders senior, practices deep breathing techniques in her yoga class. The yoga class is offered as a physical education credit through the university.

Internship fair opens students’ eyes

By Jennifer Warner Senior Reporter

Students who attended Career Services’ internship fair Wednesday now have a leg up on those looking to break into the job market. Sixty-three businesses from around the state and country were on hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ball-

room to represent their companies and scout for new recruits. The fair was designed to help students get internships and make contacts with professionals in the field they would like to enter. “We’ve had about 600 students come through so far,” said LaTonya Croskey, Career Services career adviser. “Students are picking up information and filling out

applications for internships. From what I can tell, it’s going pretty well.” Some of the larger organizations represented were Target, Brylane, a number of city governments from across the state and several television and radio stations. Ellen Stephens, Austin AmericanStatesman Human Resources manager, was g See FAIR, page 5

Presentation gives importance of portfolio By Christopher Boehm News Reporter Those looking to open themselves up to the world of portfolios need to look no further than Texas State, itself. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Career Services adviser LaTonya Croskey will present on the intricacies of creating

one’s portfolio for job interviews and advancement opportunities. Tuesday’s presentation will focus on paper portfolios, while Wednesday’s presentation dives headfirst into the 21st century with instruction on electronic versions. Each will take place at 11 a.m. in Old Main, Room 320. “I will focus on the types of

information that is included in a portfolio, how to organize it and the materials needed to make one,” Croskey said. “The electronic portfolio session will focus on resources, programs and equipment needed to make a personal Web site, highlighting the same types of things that a paper portfolio does.” The sessions are open to any-

one and arose from the mass communication department finding that it has many students clueless on the process of building a portfolio. “Portfolios are something you hear is needed, but no one ever tells you how to make one,” Croskey said. “I want to discuss g See PORTFOLIO, page 6

Reality Bar Crawl tour misleads local hopefuls By Amelia Jackson News Reporter

Andy Ellis/Star Photo Texas Events Center hosted Reality Bar Crawl Jan. 30. In attendance were previous cast members from MTV’s The Real World and Road Rules.

A Texas Events Center spokesman said Wednesday that it was never the company’s intention to mislead reality television hopefuls at a local event last month. Brian Olson, Texas State management senior and events coordinator for Texas Events Center and Nephew’s, said they didn’t expect this confusion, because there was no confusion at a previous “bar crawl” tour at Nephew’s during the fall. “When we did the previous event with the casting call, everyone liked the casting call, so that’s why we promoted it this time,” Olson said. On Jan. 30, the Texas Events Center was the first stop for the second tour of filming for a DVD called Reality Bar Crawl.

The DVD is a party documentary with former The Real World and Road Rules cast members traveling to university towns and getting crazy with their fans while video cameras are rolling. Alongside the video footage, casting directors conduct interviews with those hoping to win a spot on one of 40 new reality television shows. Olson said the Texas Events Center made more than 25,000 fliers, and they were not all the same. Some fliers highlighted meeting Real World and Road Rules stars, some focused on the open casting call and others addressed both aspects of the event, Olson said. David Graham, co founder of the Reality Bar Crawl tour, said the two shows being specifically g See CRAWL, page 4

County increases recycling budget Commissions question local facilities By Natalie Trevino Special to The Star

Hays County commissioners voted to approve a budget increase for the county’s recycling program after they clashed on whether or not to continue funding a recycling program during their Tuesday meeting. Jerry Pinnix, who runs the recycling Transfer Station in Wimberley, spoke about the programs dwindling budget and lack of volunteer support. He explained to the commissioners that the program was not bringing in money because mixed materials that are being bailed together that cannot be sold for profit. He said the recycling program began initially by recycling newspapers, which brought in enough revenue to expand the program to include aluminum and glass. Browning-Ferris Industries, who the county contracts with, later decided to stop accepting glass. The program


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then began sending their materials to Austin at the request of the commissioners. Commissioner Susie Carter questioned Pinnix about the capabilities of the facilities available in San Marcos. “It just can’t be done here,” Pinnix said. “We don’t have the bails ... or the volunteers to separate the materials.” However, Kyle Hahn, owner of Green Guy Recycling in San Marcos, said Wednesday that he would like to partner with the county to meet their recycling needs. Hahn said Carter has approached him in the past about the county contracting with Green Guy. “I’ve been fighting for years to be able to partner up with the county,” Hahn said. “(Pinnix) didn’t know we had bailers out here when he asked me.” During the meeting, Pinnix said the county is currently not making any money from the recycling because the materials are being mixed together. Aluminum, plastic and three different types of glass are being combined in a g See COURT, page 6

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Caree r S ervi ces hosts a seminar on deciding a major at 10 a.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 5-7.1.

Busi nes s Le ade rshi p Forum is from 4-9 p.m. at LBJSC and the J.C. Kellam Administration Building. P ubli c Re lati ons S tude nt Soc ie ty of Am eric a meets at 5 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-10.1.

Chi A lpha Christi an Fel low ship meets for worship at 8 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Chris tians on Cam pus meets at 9:30 p.m. at the McCarty Student Center.

Friday Te xas State base ball te am plays the University of Louisiana-Lafayette at 3 p.m. at the Bobcat Baseball Field. Admission is free with student ID. SWAT , the organization that provides free rides home for Texas State students, operates from 11 p.m.-3 a.m.


Inte rnational Inte ri or De si gn Ass oc iati on meets at 5 p.m. in the Family and Consumer Sciences Building, Room 123.

Te xas State base ball te am plays the University of Louisiana at Lafayette at 3 p.m. at the Bobcat Baseball Field. Admission is free with student ID.

Te xas State Cru meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Academic Services

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Tex as State base bal l te am plays the University of Louisiana-Lafayette at 1 p.m. at the Bobcat Baseball Field. Admission is free with student ID.

Hig her Ground meets at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church.

Monday De ali ng wi th Dysfunc tional Fam il ie s meets at 5:15 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. For more information, call 245-2208. Fel low ship of Ch ri sti an Athl et es meets at 8 p.m. in the Bobcat Stadium Endzone Complex.

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CAMPUS UPDATES Texas State student wins top debating honor The debate team at Texas State UniversitySan Marcos has an undeniably rich history. Feb. 28 marks the 100th anniversary of academic debate at Texas State, and the many distinguished debaters produced by the university includes former United States president Lyndon Baines Johnson. Now, add one of the top two debaters in the United States to that list. Matthew Tiffee, communication studies junior from Buda, beat out hundreds of other students from across the country to land one of two coveted spots on the U.S. National Debate Team and ensuing international tour. “We’re very excited. There are only two students on the tour, and this is the first time Texas State has had a student selected for the tour,” said Wayne Kraemer, LBJ Debate Society director. “He will be all over England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Portugal. He’ll be overseas a total of about eight weeks.” Tiffee is teamed with Benjamin Krupicka of Willamette University in Salem, Ore., who recently earned his bachelor’s in philosophy and politics. The duo is currently in Great Britain, participating in the 79th annual U.S. Debate Dour of Britain and Portugal sponsored by the National Communication Association’s Committee on International Debate and Discussion. The debaters will return to the United States Mar. 23, after completing an itinerary that includes stops in Britain’s historic education centers of Oxford and Cambridge, as well as Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Portugal. “We think it’s a wonderful experience and opportunity for these students,” said Marilyn Young, Ph.D., of Florida State University and Committee on International Debate and Discussion chair. “They get to experience British culture and British-style debating firsthand--the British style of debate is unique and interesting.” “They also get to spend an extended time in Britain and Portugal, interacting with university students there--not your typical tourist stuff,” she said. “It’s a broadening and educational experience.”

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Juried by Austin-based photographer, screenwriter, film producer and gallery founder Bill Wittliff, this year’s exciting Members’ Only Show from the Texas Photographic Society features 60 images, in black-and-white and color, by over 40 artists. This is the Wittliff Gallery’s first time hosting a TPS members’ show and one of the few instances where it has exhibited color prints, being primarily a collector of black-and-white photography. “We're delighted to present such a varied field of photographers and to encourage and honor them with this exhibit of their excellent images,” said Wittliff Gallery curator Connie Todd. “It's an added treat in our 2004 schedule for students and the community at large.” After viewing more than 1,000 entries by 193 photographers, Bill Wittliff selected three place winners and five honorable mentions from among the 60 images he chose for the show. Wittliff awarded first place to “Paper Airplanes,” a print of boys at play by Wimberley

photographer Robin Renee Hix. Second place went to Philadelphia’s Laura Jean Zito for “Sandstorm in the Duna, Nueba, Sinai” and Tara C. Patty from Minneapolis won third place for “Maria and Her Grandniece.” Winners, honorable mentions and exhibitors will be fêted at the opening reception, which will begin in the Wittliff Gallery at 7p.m. Saturday Also during the reception, vintage camera enthusiasts will have an opportunity to view and purchase over three dozen antique and toy cameras for sale by the Wittliff Gallery. Prints appearing in the exhibit may be purchased at any time through D. Clarke Evans, TPS president. Reception and exhibit admission is free. The Wittliff Gallery is open daily during regular semester sessions and closed breaks and holidays and located on the 7th Floor of the Alkek Library. Call for hours at 245-2313. Directions are available at

Federal employment workshop aids students Find how to get a job with the feds. Career Services is hosting “Federal Government Employment Workshop” from 5:30-6:30p.m. on Tuesday at the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theatre. Students will find out where, when and how to start a career with the federal government. The government has a multitude of fields that suffice any majors. Majors include accounting, finance and economics. This workshop will give students the information they need to get a prominent career with one of the largest conglomerates in the United States. Presenting the workshop is Eddie Villarreal, IRS National Recruiter.

National eating disorder awareness week As part of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, the Texas State Counciling Center is presenting “Love Somebody; Your Body” Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1.: 10-10:50 a.m. Conscious Eating - Joanne Applegate, licensed professional counselor, will address the criteria, causes and approach to managing emotional eating. 11-11:50 a.m. Just What Is an Eating Disorder? - Blanca Sanchez-Navarro, LPC, will provide a description of eating disorders and clarify the differences between these and what many call “disordered eating”. 1-1:50 p.m. What’s the Skinny on Fad Diets? - The Network, a peer education organization, will discuss the pros and cons of several popular diets, positive alternatives for effective weight loss strategies and reasons why people fall prey to false weight loss claims. 2-2:50 p.m. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Body Image - The Network will explore the issues that surround dieting, media and particularly the emphasis placed on women and men to achieve a “perfect” body. 3-3:50 p.m. Eating (a good diet) Makes You Strong: the Case Against Restricted Eating Sylvia Crixell, PhD, RD, will present the facts about the importance of nutrition for the demands of college life and beyond. Briefs are from press releases

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Dean ends campaign Ex-governor to retain his name on ballots By Thomas Fitzgerald Knight Ridder Newspapers

Andrew Nenque/Star Photo The Texas State band plays during a Women’s basketball time out. During breaks, the band cheers for the Bobcats and taunts their opponents.

U. Texas group seeks political, religious tolerance in the classroom By Alejandro Martinez Daily Texan AUSTIN — The Austin chapter of a national organization founded by conservative activist David Horowitz has begun documenting abuses by liberal professors with the intent to present its evidence to the state Legislature. Officials for Students for Academic Freedom, which opened on the University of Texas-Austin campus earlier this month, say they are determined to secure political and religious tolerance through the approval of an Academic Bill of Rights effective within the campus, and ultimately, nationwide. “The Academic Bill of Rights is necessary, because the university has become something of a political battleground when the purpose of higher education ought to be the pursuit of pure, unadulterated truth,” said Katherine Thorne, local SAF president. Horowitz has started chapters at universities across the nation. The movement has led to resolutions proposed in

Colorado and in the U.S. Congress guaranteeing the intellectual independence of a university’s population, preventing political or religious orthodoxy biases from being imposed on them whether inside the classroom or in deciding to hire or fire faculty or staff based on their inclinations. Although Student Government President Brian Haley understands the importance of an environment of academic freedom and discussion, he said it needs to be clarified whether the SAF is fighting intolerance or discussion itself. “My understanding,” Haley said, “is that they are more interested in creating a neutral environment and not one where students can challenge what is being taught in classes. They don’t provide the academic freedom they are trying to provide, but actually constrain it.” The Academic Bill of Rights is not affiliated with the Student Bill of Rights being discussed by Student Government, although they both intend to protect academic freedom.

The views of conservative students are often ignored or denounced by professors fixated on their liberal beliefs, said Brendan Steinhauser, SAF’s spokesman. “I have had a number of teachers who used the classroom as a political bully pulpit,” Steinhauser said. “One particular teacher silenced my own point of view and humiliated me in front of 250 students. He didn’t even ask me to wrap up my point, he just turned on a video and raised the volume.” Formed two weeks ago, the local chapter of Students for Academic Freedom has already begun documenting abuses by professors, political doctrinations and recruitment of students for political rallies organized by faculty. The group plans to meet with UT President Larry Faulkner and the UT System Board of Regents in three-tofive weeks and to consult state Reps. Bryan Hughes, RMineola, and Bill Zedler, RArlington, and members of the education committee for sponsorship.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Howard Dean, who just six weeks ago seemed to have the Democratic presidential nomination in his grasp, dropped out of the race Wednesday, declaring that he would convert his Internet-built campaign into a permanent movement to “take back our country for ordinary Americans.” As a candidate, Dean lost 17 straight primaries and caucuses during the past four weeks after leading in the polls for much of last year and in early January. “I am no longer actively pursuing the presidency,” he told 250 hushed supporters in a hotel ballroom. But Dean suggested he still would like to win votes and accumulate delegates in the coming primaries in order to have a voice in the party’s direction. Noting that his name will remain on primary ballots, he urged backers to “participate” in the rest of the nomination process. “Use your network to send progressive delegates to the convention in Boston,” he said. “We are not going away.” On the other hand, Dean said he wouldn’t offer a thirdparty bid for the White House and urged his followers not to be “tempted” into supporting an independent candidate. “The bottom line is we must beat George Bush,” he said. Dean has won 202 delegates so far. The 104 who were chosen in primaries or caucuses

are pledged to vote for him on the first ballot in Boston, but the 98 who are “super-delegates” — party leaders and elected officials who had only to declare that they would support Dean — are free to change their allegiance at any time. In bowing out, Dean sought to frame his campaign’s accomplishments for posterity. He said his message — confronting President Bush — had emboldened the other Democrats to assail the “special interests” in Washington. “We have demonstrated to other Democrats that it is a far better thing to stand up to the right-wing agenda of George W. Bush than to cooperate with it,” Dean said. “We have led this party back to considering what its heart and soul is.” Aides said Dean had no immediate plans to endorse another candidate, though he has had kind words recently for Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, and the two have talked since Sunday. Edwards and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, a particular target of Dean’s barbs on the campaign trail, praised the former Vermont governor Wednesday for energizing the Democratic base. “He has done an extraordinary job of invigorating a whole group of people who were divorced from the political process,” Kerry said in Dayton, Ohio, calling Dean’s campaign innovative. Kerry said he was unconcerned about his rival’s attacks, saying he often regretted things he said in the heat of the moment. “That’s the way life is,” Kerry said. “We’re going to be unified.” Edwards, in a statement, said Dean “has energized and revolutionized this race, and excited a whole new genera-

tion of young Americans. He deserves our thanks.” Dean had staked his diminishing hopes on Wisconsin’s fabled independent streak, thinking a miracle victory there would keep him alive. Instead, he finished a distant third Tuesday, behind the victorious Kerry and a surging Edwards. It remains unclear what form Dean’s new organization would take, whether it would be a political action committee or a so-called “527” organization able to spend unlimited money independently on behalf of candidates. Campaign CEO Roy Neel said details would be drawn up over the next several weeks. “There are a lot of ways to make change,” Dean said. “We are leaving one track but taking off on another.” Dean’s campaign, linked in cyberspace and through informal “meet-ups,” has an e-mail bank of 640,000 professed supporters, and was able to raise a Democratic record of $50 million. In the audience, staffers and supporters wept openly Wednesday and hugged one another, as a two-year enterprise that took off and rose to the top rapidly, then crashed to earth just as fast, came to an end. “It will be good to have an outlet for the grassroots support we’ve built up,” said Marc Chadwick, a computer-systems technician for the Dean campaign who wants to stay and work for the new organization. “We’ve energized a lot of people.” Near the middle of Dean’s speech, a woman shouted, “We believe in you, Howard!” He paused, looked up from the podium and said, “Believe in yourself.”

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Bush won’t endorse jobs WASHINGTON — President Bush distanced himself Wednesday from a forecast made by his economic advisers predicting the U.S. economy will add 2.6 million jobs this year. A Feb. 9 report by the White House Council of Economic Advisers predicted payrolls would grow to an average of 132.7 million in 2004 from 130.1 million in 2003, an exceptionally rapid employment gain for an economy that has shed 2.3 million jobs during Bush’s tenure. Facing the prospect that Democrats would make a campaign issue of Bush’s failure to meet his own projections, Bush and top administration officials declined to endorse the 2.6 million jobs forecast. Asked Wednesday if he agreed with the prediction, Bush would not endorse the figure, saying, “I think the economy is growing, and I think it’s going to get stronger.” Treasury Secretary

have stockpiles of most Pfizer drugs and will look for other distributors. But they and others said that the increasingly tense relations between drug companies and Canadian retailers could make it harder for patients in both countries to purchase lifesaving prescription medications. Despite enactment of a Medicare prescription drug package last year, the fight over drug Pfizer Inc., the world’s largest importation by American condrug manufacturer, has cut off sumers has not abated. Many supplies to a number of seniors, saying they cannot wait Canadian mail-order pharmacies for the benefits to begin in 2006, as part of the escalating battle purchase medicines from between the industry and Canada, where prices can be 30American consumers hunting for 75 percent lower than in the bargains across the border. United States. Pfizer sent a letter Feb. 12 toQL32166A_R1 The Food and 2/05/04 Drug Winnipeg-based Universal MCCANN Drug Administration maintains that 133 Store and a half dozen other drug importation, sometimes Carol Scafati companies informing them that called reimportation, is illegal. “effective immediately, your But the agency has never prosepharmacy is no longer approved cuted individual customers, and to purchase Pfizer products from now several state governments Pfizer Canada's authorized dis- are pursuing Canadian supplies tributors.” as an option that could save mil9.625" Officials at Universal said they lions. John Snow and Commerce Secretary Don Evans were similarly reluctant to back the forecast, which was made by staff from the CEA, Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget.

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Gay rights info taken off federal worker site

WASHINGTON — A newly arrived Republican appointee has pulled references to sexual orientation discrimination off of an agency Internet site where government employees can learn about their rights in the workplace. The Web pages at the Office of Special Counsel, an independent agency whose mission is to protect whistleblowers and other federal employees from retribution, has removed references to sexual orientation from a discrimination complaint form, training slides, a brochure titled “Your Rights as a Federal Employee” and other documents. Scott Bloch, the agency head, said he ordered the material removed because of uncertainty over whether a provision of civil service law applies to federal workers who claim unfair treatment because they are gay, bisexual or


heterosexual. “It is wrong to discriminate against any federal employee, or any employee, based on discrimination,” Bloch said. But, he added, “it is wrong for me, as a federal government official, to extend my jurisdiction beyond what Congress gives me in the actual interpretation of the statutes.” At issue is the meaning of a few lines of a civil service law that bans discrimination against employees and job applicants “on the basis of conduct which does not adversely affect the performance of the employee or applicant.” Bloch said he took the references to sexual orientation bias off the agency Web site because he was not clear about the office’s policy and legal interpretation of the provision. He said he did not think it appropriate to leave the references on the site — “to have my stamp of approval” — while he reviews the matter. Briefs are from wire reports.

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cast at the event were Urban Jungle and Global Extreme, upcoming adventure shows. However, many people who came to the event were hoping to be the next MTV star and show off their stuff on The Real World or Road Rules. Many attendees at the Jan. 30 event assumed they were auditioning for an MTV show,, despite the fact it was never intended to be advertised as such. Olson said that when some people called him asking if the casting was for an MTV show, he clarified that it was not. Graham and Olson both said the misunderstandings could have resulted from the natural assumptions people may have made when hearing the words casting call next to The Real World and Road Rules television stars. The casting directors were not from Bunim-Murray, the creator of Road Rules and The Real World, and according to the production company’s Web site, they are not currently casting for either show. Graham said although they try to make it clear they are not affiliated with MTV or BunimMurray, having former cast members from MTV shows sometimes leads to confusion as to which shows are being cast. Graham also said “a tape out in the business is a tape out in the business” and anything can happen once you get your tape out there. “In my opinion, a tape out there can end up anywhere, that’s the situation for reality TV,” Graham said. Graham will be at Bar Austin Thursday night with his tour and said anyone who attended the show in January and did not get a chance to submit paperwork will be able to do so there. Texas Events Center is a relatively new venue in Kyle that has been purchased by the owner of Nephew’s in San Marcos. The center is currently B.Y.O.B. because the town of Kyle is dry, Olson said. The company purchased the events center to provide a large venue for students and young people in the area. “This is something new to San Marcos,” Olson said. “If we have the money to get a big name like Pat Green, Dave Matthews Band or whoever your favorite band might be, they’re not going to play a small venue in San Marcos, they’re going to want something bigger.” Olson said they have received support from the town of Kyle and would like to work to bring more shows to the establishment. Upcoming shows include a foam party in the beginning of March and a low-rider show put on by Coast 2 Coast Productions in April. Anyone who did not fill out an information packet at the casting call in January can stop by Nephew’s to pick up a packet, Olson said. 14"

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City of San Marcos Press Release Police in three cities are looking for two men in their late teens or early 20s who are suspected of committing multiple crimes including aggravated assault, robbery and carjacking in San Antonio, New Braunfels and San Marcos. They are described as two black males, 1920 years old. One man was wearing black pants and a black, hooded sweatshirt. This suspect also had several gold-capped teeth. No description was available of the second suspect. Two black males approached a 22-year-old San Marcos woman at 5:25 p.m. Feb. 14 at the San Marcos High School track. One man pointed a pistol at her and demanded money. When she told him she didn’t have any money, he then demanded her car keys. She gave up the keys and one man left in her vehicle, a black 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. San Antonio police recovered the car at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday. The other man drove off in a gold Mitsubishi Galant, which was later found abandoned at

Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos. The Mitsubishi had been stolen Friday during an aggravated robbery at Windsor Park Mall in San Antonio. The victim in that robbery said she was approached by a black male with a gun who demanded her vehicle. As San Marcos processed the Mitsubishi for evidence, they found a purse belonging to a woman in New Braunfels. Police learned that she had been robbed and beaten by the same suspects between 4:30 and 5 p.m. on Saturday. The suspects approached the woman near her home on Churchill Drive in New Braunfels, pointed a gun at her and grabbed her purse and keys. One man struck her in the head with the gun and the two suspects fled. Anyone with information about these suspects or any of the crimes is asked to contact the San Marcos Police, Criminal Investigations Division, at 512-753-2300; the New Braunfels Police, CID, at 830-608-2175 or the San Antonio Police, North Division Robbery Unit, at 210-207-7601.

Bush biding time on marriage amendment be involved with this decision. Marriage ought to be defined by the people, not by the courts.” Earlier, Bush held an offthe-record meeting with 13 conservative Roman Catholic leaders and commentators. Bush told GOP lawmakers last month that if he determined an amendment was necessary, he would support the Federal Marriage Amendment introduced by Rep. Marilyn

The Family Research Council, a public policy group that promotes “the Judeo-Christian worldview,” told supporters in an e-mail Wednesday that “the silence from Washington has been deafening. ... There is no better time than now for our elected members of Congress to rise up and pass a federal marriage amendment.” Mark Mead, political director of Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s largest gay Republican organization, said he believes Bush will wait until “after current events shake out” to make an announcem e n t . — George W. Bush Massachusetts President of the United States of America l e g i s l a t o r s deadlocked last week on how to counMusgrave, R-Colo. But some teract a court ruling requiring administration officials fret that legal recognition of gay marits wording is ambiguous, and riages in that state. They are they cannot be sure what its scheduled to resume a constitueffect would be. Officials of tional convention March 11. several Christian conservative “I believe White House groups said White House aides folks are worried about him assured them Bush will endorse being perceived as intolerant,” an amendment. Some of the Mead said of Bush. “Our mesofficials are expressing increas- sage is that amending the coning impatience with the delay. stitution isn’t conservative.”

WA S H I N G T O N — President Bush said Wednesday that he was troubled by the issuance of marriage licenses to gay couples in San Francisco, but he again stopped short of endorsing a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Bush plans to make such an endorsement, but the announcement’s timing is being debated in the White House. Bush said during a brief question-andanswer session in the Oval Office that he has “watched carefully what’s happened in San Francisco, where licenses were being issued even though the law states otherwise.” More than 2,600 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples since Thursday. “Obviously, these events are influencing my decision,” the president said. “I’m troubled by what I’ve seen. People need to

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looking for interns to work in the company’s marketing division, among others. “This is not the newsroom or the journalism, it’s the business side,” Stephens said. Stephens said the Austin American-Statesman is offering five, 10-week long internships designed exclusively for college students. The internships will be paid and will also provide students with a $2,000 scholarship. However, many of the internships are not paid, like the one being offered by the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center but most will provide academic credit towards the internship requirement of many majors. Students of all different majors came to speak with potential employers. Some of the jobs being offered were for specific majors while others were designed based on the person and their talents, not their degree plan.

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“The bottom line is we’re looking for people we can grow (with), who would love to work at the Statesman,” Stephens said. “I don’t have any preconceived ideas of what their major has to be.” Stephens previously taught at St. Edward’s University in Austin and said she can see the importance of the internship process. “I think it’s really important for students to get an opportunity to work in an environment where they’re thinking about going,” Stephens said. “I think it’s a really great opportunity to be in the workforce and see what it’s like. It helps students narrow their career choices and make contacts, people who could mentor them for years to come.” Kyle Loeper, marketing junior, came to the fair in search of an internship in marketing, management or sales. “I think this is good because it puts it all out in the open right here,” Loeper said. “It makes it a lot easer to get an

internship, rather than to go on your own to a company and just try to get one through them.” Croskey said she thought the fair was going very well, with several students who were asked by potential employers to interview for an internship position. “I did have one student come to me and tell me that she did get some interest in doing an internship from one of the employers that she talked to,” Croskey said. “She said she saw them put a big star on her resume.” Stephens said the Statesman sometimes likes to hire interns full-time, so an internship can often lead to other offers in the future. “We would love to create those associations, stay in touch with people and find opportunities for them later,” Stephens said. “Once you get out there, looking for a job, it can be kind of lonely and scary. It’s nice to have this experience behind you.”

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a portfolio’s specific issues and give students resources that they can use to build their own portfolios.” Croskey went on to explain the astounding number of variations needed to make an efficient and quality portfolio that delivers the necessary amount of “punch” for the desired profession. “Preferences for résumés, interviews and portfolios change across industries. They often do,” Croskey said. “For example, an accomplishment for an interior design student should showcase creativity and design abilities. Accounting accomplishments might include analytical and concrete examples of skills gained or learned that are quantifiable using numbers and percentages. It’s the same concept, but different presentation.” Another example Croskey pointed out is the size of an organization.


“A person seeking an internship at a small publication may need to have a wide variety of skills. A larger publication would need more specific skills and experiences,” Croskey said. “Would your résumé be different for both jobs? Yes. Would the portfolio change? Not necessarily.” On the subject of résumés, Croskey noted some key differences.

tion. “Its just another way to demonstrate your abilities and skills,” Croskey said. Susan Weill, mass communication assistant professor, said a portfolio is the tool a student will use to get a job when they graduate. However, an electronic portfolio may have an advantage over a paper version. “The advantage to the electronic one is people all over the world can see it,” Weill said. “I think both should be avail-LaTonya Croskey able.” Candice Career Services adviser Francy, mass com“A résumé is a brief snapshot munication senior, said she didof your qualifications,” Croskey n’t know how to make a portfosaid. “Portfolios would expound lio until her adviser explained it or compliment on those assets. to her, but she thinks they are They give supporting detail or vital. documentation to a claim that “I think they’re important you make about yourself.” because it gives potentional Portfolios are used mainly in employers a chance to assess occupations such as education, you’re potential and you a creative fields (designers, pho- chance to display your skills,” tographers, etc.) and publica- Francy said.

“A résumé is a brief snapshot of your qualifications. Portfolios would expand or compliment on those assets. They give supporting detail or documentation to a claim that you make about yourself.”

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1-ton box, which is taken to Austin. This mix produces a mangled result that cannot be resold for a profit. Hahn said Hays County has problems because it does not have a landfill and has to haul its solid waste to Travis County for dumping. He said the landfill can charge between $350 to $400 in dumping fees. The commission has approved $14,500 for this fiscal year to go toward the recycling program. The first attempt to increase the recycling budget was rejected, but the issue was brought back because the county expects the program to run a deficit by mid-year. For each month after the mid-year mark expenses are estimated around $3,000 a month. The proposed budget increase was for $21,000 for the duration of the fiscal year.

After this year, the budget will have to be reconsidered again. Pinnix said the facilities and budget in San Marcos are not adequate enough to divide the materials to be recycled sepa-

Hahn said Hays County has problems because it does not have a landfill and has to haul its solid waste to Travis County for dumping. rately in different bails. He also said the program’s volunteer support has significantly dropped off. Attempts by certain commissioners to cut the program in the past have not gone with-

out resistance. Commissioner Susie Carter, who said she has been an avid recycler since college, said she feels the program is not making the money that it could be. One solution she proposed, in regards to the lack of volunteers, is to implement the Comal County practice of using prisoners to separate materials. Carter does not feel the program is being handled the correct way and so was the only commissioner to vote against the budget request. However, Commissioner Russ Molenaar said the program is not a business to make money and that he was willing to spend the extra money to keep the program funded. The measure was approved 4-1 in favor of the budget increase. David Doerr contributed to this article.

Andrew Nenque/Star Photo TJ Hilton, sculpture junior, cuts a rod iron with a miter saw. Hilton’s project will show ascending and descending concepts.

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The Senate also discussed the allowance of student participation during graduation. Students are allowed to walk with an adviser’s approval, even if they are short credit hours. Senators expressed concern about advisers having this authority. “If there’s no policy, someone could walk with minus 12 hours,” said Sen. Bill Peeler, theatre and dance professor. “I don’t think the advisers should have the option to waive this.” All colleges, with the exception of health profes-

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sions, now allow students to walk if they are within six hours of completing their degree at the advisers’ discretion. The College of Health Professions requires evidence of eligibility. In other business, the Senate added discussion of a policy concerning faculty participation in graduation ceremonies to next week’s agenda. Senate members also decided on a course of action regarding merit data becoming more accessible. Merit raises are based on individual faculty performance at the dean’s discretion.

The history of these raises can only be found on hard copy, but the Senate now has plans to put them on the Internet. There was some concern among Senators about whether the information would be inflammatory. “If the department is in good shape, it’s not a problem, and if the department is in bad shape, it needs to be inflammatory,” Peeler said. The Senate voted to post the information on their Web site and to send it to all the Academic Affairs office staff members.

Undercover officers at UT anti-war meetings By Clay Reddick Daily Texan

AUSTIN — Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas prove undercover Austin police officers attended anti-war meetings in March. The Texas ACLU obtained two memos in November discussing undercover police protest planning meetings. One of the documents details a detective’s observations at a March 23 direct-action training where protesters practiced civil disobedience. On March 24, about 40 people were arrested while protesting against the war in Iraq. “In an attempt to gather intelligence information regarding mass civil disobedience, members of the Organized Crime Division were requested to participate in training sessions and actual protests in an undercover capacity,” the memo says. Texas ACLU lawyer Ann Del Llano said police waste resources when investigating nonviolent protesters, and such police activities may be uncon-

stitutional. “These people intended to commit a Class C misdemeanor,” said Del Llano. “Police should focus on violent crimes (instead).” APD Assistant Chief Robert Dahlstrom said the department uses undercover police to better protect both demonstrators and police. “If they’re using dragon sleeves or tripods, we may not have the equipment there (so) that we don’t hurt people,” Dahlstrom said. “That’s our goal.” He said protesters usually cooperate with police when planning events. “We have always and will continue to work with the organizers,” Dahlstrom said. “We are not against protesters.” Missy Bolbecker, who attended the March 23 meeting and was arrested at the protest, said it was not surprising that police attended the meeting. “What we were doing was very public,” Bolbecker said. “That’s part of what protects us — we’re not doing anything secret.”


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Drug testing in schools discourages, not helps


an Marcos high school and middle school students who participate in extracurricular activities may be subject to drug tests in the near future. The Austin-American Statesman reported that the San Marcos school board instructed Superintendent Sylvester Perez to appoint a committee of parents, students and school employees who will work to create a policy to test students in extracurricular activities for all illegal substances, excluding performance-

enhancing drugs such as steroids. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2002, by a 5-4 vote, that random drug testing in public schools did not violate students’ rights, saying these activities were privileges, not rights. By doing this, students on the cusp, who use drugs occasionally, may be discouraged from joining groups, thus pushing away possible support networks that might help them avoid drugs. The school board is overstepping its boundaries by trying

to force these tests on students involved in all extracurricular activities instead of just athletes. Instead of picking on recreational drug users and wasting taxpayers’ money (it will cost an estimated $10,000 per year if approved), the district should work on improving facilities and raising teachers’ salaries — things that will actually affect the students’ learning environment. On the other hand, schools do have the right to know if stu-

dents, representing them through clubs, groups and other activities, are staying off drugs. The state should take the responsibility of helping its minors stay off drugs, but this is not the way. Students will always use drugs, and the ones who do will disregard extracurricular activities. These activities are designed to help students find their place in the world; singling out the ones who use drugs will discourage them from participating, not discourage them from “using.”

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here is a lot of talk lately out, so some tend to do more than about passing new amendothers. But what about politicians ments to the U.S. appointed for life? Constitution. One amendment What we have here are two being discussed would recognize problems. Our federal courts are marriage as being empty and our current exclusively between a federal justices, who Brett Bousman rule as they please, give man and a woman. Another amendment is us the middle finger Star Columnist for religious protecbecause we cannot vote tion, keeping the free them out and they have exercise of religion from being no term limit. Our Texas justices taken to court. While we are on are a different story because the the subject of passing new amend- people vote on them. No vacanments to the Constitution, I have a cies here. Like every other elected few of my own to add to the list. official, they are held accountable During the past year, many fed- for what they do. Therefore, I proeral courts have been empty pose an amendment that would because Tom Daschle and others state: The people of the United filibustering President Bush’s States will elect for themselves appointees. The Democrats feel justices who will rule according to Bush’s appointees are too conserthe Federal Constitution in their vative and are trying everything in respective circuits and every pertheir power to keep the courts full son of the United States, if he/she of liberal judges that will grovel at chooses, will elect those who rule the existence of an American Civil in the U.S. Supreme Court. Liberty Union’s lawyer. (It’s This will make our nation a funny that the Republicans did not Democratic Republic when it put up a fight with Clinton when comes to our executive, legislative he appointed Ruth Ginsburg to the and judicial branches instead of Supreme Court). the current oligarchy with our We all know that many of our courts. There will be no more representatives and senators from vacancies regardless of the party both sides of the aisle poorly repaffiliation of our president. resent us and are only there to Remember, it was not until 1913 serve their best interests. Though that we could elect our senators. many of them do not care about Before 1913, presidents appointed what their constituents think, there members to the Senate. is always the threat of being voted What’s sad about it all is that

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our money we work hard for is going to pay for these clowns doing their acts in the three-ring circus we call Washington, D.C. What is even worse is that money is taken out of our paychecks. There is much debate about different tax plans between the two parties. Democrats claim Bush’s tax plan favors the rich while Republicans claim Democrats consider everyone rich and wish to raise everyone’s taxes. My opinion? The Republicans, Democrats and Bush’s tax plan bite. They bite because they are all a tax on a person’s income. Before 1913, we did not even have an income tax (except during the Civil War). This is why I would propose two more amendments. First, I propose that: Neither the federal government nor any state shall tax a citizen’s income. However, no back pay will be offered to anyone while the 16th Amendment is in effect. How are we going to pay for the roads, military, the poor, etc. you ask? The next amendment I would propose is what the states do right now: The federal government shall tax a person on what he/she purchases unless the item purchased is a necessity, i.e. nutritional food and drink, affordable clothing, generic sanitary products, etc. The first tax amendment pro-

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posal must pass before the second one so the government will not be able to tax what we purchase and tax our income at the same time. If this happens, Republicans and Democrats will have less to whine about when it comes to who isn’t paying their fair share in taxes or how high taxes are. It will be up to us when we go to WalMart to contribute to the economy and to government. Will prices be higher? Yes, but at least it was a choice that we made to buy that taxable luxury item. Who buys more luxury items? The rich. So it will be the rich who wind up paying more taxes while the poor, who buy only necessities, will pay very little. As for the religious protection and marriage protection amendments, I do believe they serve a good purpose but are too targeted. If an amendment to elect our own federal court justices gets passed, I believe courts will begin to move back to interpreting laws instead of unconstitutionally making laws, hence the reason behind the religious and marriage protection amendments in the first place. If we have a federal sales tax instead of an income tax, it’s guaranteed that we will get something out of it, even if it is a Tickle Me Janet Reno doll.

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Bus drivers do their best for students To begin with, I am not making any excuse for drivers who do not show courtesy, but there are some things which need to be said in response to your recent letter to the editor titled “Hey bus drivers ... pedestrians have the right of way” (Feb. 17). I was outraged at the suggestion that drivers need more training. I dedicated two weeks to being trained for my job during the summer … unpaid. It had become too expensive to pay AND train a potential driver. My training consisted of 20 hours behind the wheel and 20 hours “off-road” (i.e. videos, etc.). All this is documented and on file at our office. The Texas Department of Public Safety gives extensive written and road tests to potential drivers before a commercial license is issued. So, in short, there is no lack of training or need for a “longer, more comprehensive training” program. Also, the point made about pedestrians having the right of way needs some further examination. Most pedestrians do not apply this law correctly; some drivers don’t, either. Obviously, confusion can occur when two or more cars arrive at the intersection at the same time. Right of way dictates priority should be given to the vehicle furthest on the right or whichever vehicle will impede the flow of traffic for the shortest period of time (i.e. going straight vs. turning). The pedestrian right of way law includes a lot about crosswalks, and unfortunately there is not one painted in the LBJ Student Center bus loop. In your situation, it’s difficult to tell if you, in fact, had the right of way or not because of the lack of crosswalk, but I agree that bus drivers need to be more observant and courteous. The parking situation at Texas State has been a problem since Henry Ford’s Model-T came off the assembly line. It won’t ever be perfect with growing student populations. In the meantime, we have commuter parking lots and shuttle buses. The reason buses wait at some stops for several minutes is because we have timing points. These are supposed to be strictly adhered to because they are designed to prevent buses from “log-jamming” at places like Commons and the LBJSC bus loop. Traffic, trains, heavy passenger loads and inclement weather all combine to slow us down and we may, from time to time, run behind. If you truly “will do anything (you) can to make it to class on time,” may I suggest one or more of the following: 1. Learn the timing points of the buses you ride; 2. Wake up earlier (mornings are pleasant in San Marcos); 3. Leave your home earlier. If you take my advice and continue to be late for class, please contact the City of San Marcos and ask them to reprogram their stoplights, or the Texas Railroad Commission and ask them to schedule trains around your class schedule (or move the tracks if you like). Also, please don’t hesitate to contact our management if you have a complaint about a specific driver or incident. They can be reached at (512) 754-8993 or 222 Wonder World Drive. — Sean Rackley geography senior and Tram driver

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Thursday, February 19, 2004

Intellectual property a privilege, not a right

Teachers: Society’s unsung heroes call our parents and ruin that precious I really don’t like to give you opinweekend of partying. Yet, not all our ions; I just like to make you think. That teachers will seem like Satan incarnate said, I wonder why athletes, famous in a district-mandated dress code. It’s actors/actresses and various other supertrue; some of us will actually stars in our society get paid the big bucks. Why are these grow to form strong bonds Robert Lopez people celebrated while othwith a few of those more Star Columnist ers, who provide so much friendly educators — the more to society, never get ones who give a little leeway near the respect or recognition? Instead, realizing they were once teens. they teach in poorly-funded schools with Endure the four years and be rewardout-dated materials, trying desperately to ed with a fancy ballroom dance and a get through to minds distracted by that glorious graduation. The big day where consumer-driven drivel box. they give you a piece of paper, a handSimply put, educators are the unsung shake, a smile then, tell you another four heroes of our society. But, do they more years awaits you far, far, far away. choose to stay out of the spotlight or, is “Huh! What? It’s not over?!” Enter it an imposed position? the four-year university. They instruct us from our youth Now, instead of those content and onward and maybe even get to know a upbeat faces of so long ago, our profesfew of our bright young faces before sors are staring at sleepy eyes, tops of passing us on to another group. Each heads, or in some cases, purely disinterinstructor will follow suit and give us ested young adults. We are the cell away like their peers before them. Then phone rings, late attendees and trivial eventually, we end up in high school. chatter that plague the educational enviNow our faces have become eager, ronment. Incidentally, these doctors of ambitious and surprisingly all knowing. this or masters of that have become even We’ll boast flashy clothes to gothic attire less important to know on any basis and believe that the world revolves other than inside a classroom. around us or completely ignores us. They also acquire an almost twoEither way, our educators have now faced persona and can either be our best turned into our enemies. friend or worst enemy. However, proTardy slips, detentions, a few bad fessors no longer threaten detention or grades and all of sudden teachers are any other form of after school sentencbreathing down our necks threatening to ing; rather, they leave the punishment of

failure up to your parents or governmental sponsor. They are still up there jabbering away at something that you may need to know or have to know. The university is also the only atmosphere of higher education that our educators have given their entire life to become the person who stands before you — the person attempting to teach you the fundamentals of how the world works and to provide you with the tools to run it someday. They have dedicated their lives to guide and show the minds of tomorrow the many things, as an educator, he or she has come to learn, retain and repeat to a group of random students day after day, semester after semester. If anyone, besides your parents, doesn’t live long enough to receive all the credit they deserve; indeed, it is that matured face that stands there in front of you. Passing on the knowledge of yesterday, they strive to see that future generations will function in some coherent manner that staves off chaos that comes with no education. All do this with the expected return of nothing compared to what athletes, famous actors/actresses and various other superstars of our society get paid. “Why?” you say. I don’t know. Go ask a teacher. Lopez is an English sophomore.

The drama quotient is mostly irrelevant I like hearing stories about how men we’d be if a person described how she and women meet. found religion or if another told how he My eyes glisten with anticipation caught that game-winning touchdown because I know that the person telling pass to win the state championship. the story thinks it’s the best It’s true that we’d all like ever. And if they’re excited, I to inject a little more fantasy Eric Edward try to get excited for them. into our tales of “how we Each dating story is differcame to be.” It simply sounds The Orlando Sentinel ent, and each is to be accordmore interesting to say that I ed the appropriate chorus of saved my girlfriend from a “ooohs” and “aaahs.” pack of ravenous lions while I was at the That’s because they are life-changing zoo than to say we were fixed up by an moments. acquaintance. It’s the moment when thoughts of “I When two people, who have never known each other or who never thought and me” change to “we and us.” It’s the about each other in “that” way, come time when “she” has a full-time name attached to it. together, things change for them. Women more than men attach symSo we must be properly amazed … as

bolism to the moment of meeting. They’ll take that moment and sculpt it into the most shining possible scenario. In each of their minds, no other story compares with the one they picture when they recall meeting the men of their dreams. So when we lock eyes with a person we sense we could grow to love, that moment is special. It’s life-changing and it doesn’t matter whether it happens while scaling a mountain or standing in line for movie tickets because neither situation would be as sweet without the spark of romance. For the record, I met my girl at the zoo where I saved her from a pack of ravenous lions. Try to top that.

CAMPUS QUOTES “I think it’s fine. I think everybody should be able to do what they want and marry who they love.”

Last week I explored the con- speech and the ownership of tradiction held by those who physical things.” believe in the validity of intelHolding this view underlectual property and simultane- mines the special definition of ously believe the rights of illegal the term “right.” If the governmusic and movie ment can take away downloaders are Richard Simmons any of the rights of being violated. At someone under cerStar Columnist the end of that coltain circumstances, umn, I proposed the then what we are question, “Is intellectual proper- dealing with are not rights at all, ty really a right?” I think the cor- but rather permissions. A right is rect answer to the question is no, not something that can be grantintellectual property is not a ed or revoked at the will of a right, and therefore is nothing government, but instead is more than a government-grant- something that can either be reced, coercive monopoly on pro- ognized and protected by a govduction. ernment or violated by it. For The first argument comes example, note that the from the fact that an instance of Declaration of Independence intellectual property is an accuses King George III of vioabstract concept. As an illustra- lating the rights of the American tion, suppose I was the inventor colonists, not unjustly taking of the wheel, and upon patenting away the graciously given perthe idea, I claimed ownership of missions. These rights being the rights to the wheel. What referred to were not made offiexactly would I own? I certainly cial or genuine by being recordwouldn’t own every instance of ed on any legal document. the wheel, for this is not how Therefore, if intellectual patents work. What I supposedly property is to have an expiration own is “The Wheel.” This is not date, then there is no reason in something I can point to; it’s an calling it a right. It is clearly a idea, which only exists in mine type of government permission, and others’ minds. I obviously as said above, to maintain a don’t own the portion of every- monopoly on the production of a one’s brain that stores the idea of good. the wheel. Again, one is comWe can now turn to the possipelled to ask, “What is owned?” bility that copyrights and patents This type of ownership is in shouldn’t be thought to have the difficult position of not expiration dates. This would applying itself to the sentence, resolve the right versus permis“I own X,” where X is a real sion issue, but gives rise to a difentity in space. Unless we’re to ferent problem. To examine this, believe in Platonic Forms — let’s go back to the wheel. ideas-as-entities existing in Suppose there was the social some supernatural, non-spatial structure available at the time of realm — we cannot say an idea the invention of the wheel that exists. One cannot claim owner- allowed the inventor to pass on ship of what does not exist, and the patent rights to successive yet, this is precisely the presup- generations of family members position on which intellectual all the way to modern time. If this property relies. were to happen, it would amount The second argument comes to the functional ownership of from a unique characteristic of every invention following the intellectual property — its expi- wheel that makes use of it. This ration date. Neither a copyright would be the case whether or not nor a patent can be owned for an the modern wheel patent owner indefinite length of time; all have has had anything to do with the expiration dates. This is counter- subsequent discoveries and intuitive when one thinks of insights. The wheel patent owner property rights or, for that mat- would also own everything he ter, any type of right. What kind cannot possibly be able to imagof genuine right expires? Our ine that will come in the future. right to free speech and the ownOne cannot own what one ership of physical things doesn’t hasn’t earned. The act of “earnend until we die, so why does ing” is the very notion that gives intellectual property? rise to the idea of property rights This counter-intuition is on to in general. Thus, there are fatal the other fatal of intellectual problems even if expirations property. There cannot be a non- dates are thrown out. arbitrary expiration date for any Therefore, I believe there is type of intellectual property. no avoiding the conclusion that What this means is that an intellectual property cannot be essential aspect of intellectual considered a right. Whether it property has its basis in, not should be preserved as a governreality, but in subjective govern- ment-granted permission is ment fiat. another issue. It is an unchecked One might say to this, “So assumption to think that the abowhat if the government is decid- lition of intellectual property ing how long a copyright or would result in the end of all patent lasts? What makes this artistic and technological any less of a right? Governments progress. throughout history do this and also restrict people’s other Simmons is a philosophy and rights, including the right to free mathematics junior.

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— John Rambo sociology senior

— Becky Foss psychology junior

“I really don’t have any feeling about it; it’s their own decision and only God can judge them. It’s not my place to say they’re wrong for doing it.” — Traniecia Ballurd health administration sophomore

“I think it brings up the question of whether we’re going to stick to the Constitution or our own personal values.” — Dana Comstock public relations freshman


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serves up more than veggies BY TERRY MARTINEZ SENIOR REPORTER Walking into Suzie’s Vegetarian is like getting a big hug. The warm walls decorated with eclectic art envelop you while Suzie herself greets you with a wide smile and a, “May I take your order?” Although I’m not a big fan of vegetarianism, I’ve heard great things about Suzie’s and decided to take my chances with the restaurant. As I entered, I glanced at the menu and told my friend I had no idea what to order. Then, a regular who was sitting at a corner table exclaimed, “I never know what to get, either!” I took my time perusing the menu and Suzie’s “Side Board,” where a varied selection of soups, desserts and entrees are featured, until I finally decided on a raw, veggie-less option: the black bean chili burrito. This hearty meal consists of a large sun-dried tomato wrap stuffed with black bean chili, white rice, cheese, onion and a green salsa. “Would you like anything to drink with that?” Suzie asked me. When I refused, she added, “How about some ice water? I don’t charge for ice water!” I decided against the water because I took my food to go. When I got home, I split the burrito in

half and inspected it. There was quite a good amount of chili in it, which appeared to be black beans and diced tomato in a spiced sauce. The beans seemed to be a bit too firm for my taste, but I decided it was probably done to help make the chili heartier. Overall, the burrito was pretty good. The salsa had a tiny bit of heat to it, and a good amount of rice was inside. The cheese was sparse, which I didn’t mind so much because it just reminded me this was supposed to be healthy, not the Taco Bell concoctions that so many of us are used to. Suzie’s has all kinds of great foods, especially if you are vegetarian or vegan. You might want to try the curried potato pocket, filled with curried potatoes, cream cheese, tomatoes, peas, sprouts and onions. The mandarin orange salad is also a tasty-looking option. It has mixed field greens, cashews, mandarin oranges with an orange honey mustard dressing. Suzie offers vegan options for all her menu items. She also will substitute or remove any veggies you’d like. Suzie’s Vegetarian is open 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and from 4 to 10 p.m. Sundays, and is located at 423 N. LBJ Drive. Prices range from $1.25 to $5.50. Delivery is available; phone ahead 396-3999 for details.

R IGH T — Suzie Mallen, owner of Suzie’s Vegetarian restaurant, opened her first business in San Marcos on April 2, 2003. Among serving authentic vegetarian food, Suzie’s Vegetarian restuarant also offers many activities for the community, such as book discussions and artist gatherings. Andrew Nenque/Star photo illustration

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Thursday, February 19, 2004

Pianist leaves listeners inspired Gallery exhibits ark-y art BY BRANDON COBB ARTS REPORTER

“Certainly a chair can be just as interesting as a human being. But first the chair must be perceived by a human being … You should not paint the chair, but only what someone has felt about it.” This is Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s description of the emotional expressiveness in certain paintings that transcends the mere rendering of an object and transforms paint and lines into gut-wrenching screams or invitingly supple limbs. This ability to overcome the limitations of medium and breathe life into an artwork applies to music arts, as well. This was brilliantly demonstrated by Texas State’s acclaimed pianist Timothy Woolsey Monday evening during an inspired performance of Romantic piano music. After a quiet introduction to the evening’s program, Woolsey led the audience into the uncharacteristically reserved Rondo in G Major from Beethoven’s Opus 51. Woolsey accented the fluid runs of the piece’s main theme with dynamic articulation that, at times, bellowed the profound and grandiose, and at others whispered serenely to the audience. During the following

p i e c e , Polonaise in C Major (Op. 89), Wo o l s e y demonstrated the great range of the p i a n o , Woolsey crafting the long, melodic lines of the busy folk dance with an upbeat festiveness. In stark contrast, several darker sections added a touch of severity to the pleasantly buoyant piece, ending with a resounding tonic chord that dissipated under the weight of thunderous applause. In a thoughtful gesture, Woolsey provided the audience with an emotional “roadmap” to the following piece: Robert Schumann’s Humoresque – a manic-depressive rant by romantic music’s most tormented composer. Written in exile from his beloved Clara, Schumann’s 1838 composition reveals the great elation of love and the vacuous space its absence leaves. Woolsey’s burning, frenetic playing conveyed every bit of the anxiety, suffering and bewildering joy Schumann transcribed. The violent torrent of musical expression coaxed waves of empathy from the captivated crowd. As Schumann called out in vain to

his love, Woolsey’s own heart must have broken at that very moment to play with such amount of sincere conviction. Thick, heaving sobs veiled in lush chords faded under Woolsey’s delicate touch into quiet, solitary tears. The intermission gave both audience and performer the chance to recompose. The evening also featured Woolsey’s incredible skills during several Chopin etudes. Chopin’s Polonaise in F-sharp Minor (Op.84) was masterfully performed; Woolsey solidly grabbed hold of every grumbling, triple forte by the collar as if to show it the door, only to release it gently like a mother putting her sleeping child to bed. Breathing ceased as the last note hung in the air, waiting for the precise moment to resolve. After a magnificent closing with Strauss-Tausig’s waltz, Man Lives But Once, the audience was brought to their feet with sincere applause. With a masterful performance, Woolsey demonstrated that, like the master expressionist painters, he too could convey the gamut of human experience through his art. The surest evidence of the evening’s inspiring performance, though, were the streams of music students heading into the practice rooms.

What are The Star staffers listening to? Matt R. — Nas Mando F. — Cooler Kids Scooter H. — The Birthday Party Kassia M. — Led Zeppelin Laura V. — Chevelle

Brad S. — Tool John B. — Simon and Garfunkel Terry O. — Pete Krebs and the Gozzamer Wings Victor A. — Jack Johnson


Setup for “Build and Fly Your Own Electric Ark,” an exhibit by the Fine Arts Student Association, began Monday at The Arcade. The gallery features 34 works ranging in style from painting to new media. FASA President Niall MacRae believes that galleries like this are a good opportunity for art students to expose their work in an off-campus setting. “Central Texas is pretty thin for showing works directly out of art school,” MacRae said. “There aren’t many places in San Marcos for a gallery.” MacRae said the process of setting up the exhibit could give

art students necessary life experiences that are left out of the classroom. This includes how to properly hang pieces, set up the lighting and make film slides of pieces for submissions to future galleries. “(These are) experiences that you don’t learn in art class but need to survive after school,” MacRae said. Closing reception for “Build and Fly Your Own Electric Ark” will be Saturday. Food, drinks and music will be provided. Following the conclusion of FASA’s showing will be an exhibit by InFocus, an organization for photography students. The photography exhibit will be in the same building and run from Sunday to Feb. 27.

Once the InFocus exhibit has closed, a third exhibit will open and feature works from four Texas State artists. The artists include Laura Latimer, Emilio Villrruel, Michael Furr and Dustin Smith. This gallery will lean toward an environmental theme, such as art presented through light projections and sound. “(The third exhibit) will be pushing the envelope more than anyone else in the art department, and in a tight and organized way,” McRae said. “Build and Fly Your Own Electric Ark” is located at 212 San Antonio St. at The Arcade. The gallery is open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Jealous Sound provides genius pop effort Pop in the new release music from The Jealous Sound, R E V I E W Kill Them With ««««« Kindness, and Jealous Sound Kill Them you’ll be inWith Kindness stantly accostBetter Looking ed by the Records sheer substance of this budding Indie pop group from Los Angeles. Built upon the ashes of the mid to late ’90s hipster sweetheart band Knapsack and other lesser-known groups like Jawbox, Sunday’s Best and Neither Trumpets Nor Drums, The Jealous Sound is a band unto itself that almost didn’t happen. Though adversity in the music industry is normalcy, being able to overcome and succeed is not. Kill Them With Kindness was originally set to debut back in 2001, but after signing to a major label and then being shuffled about to a subsidiary, The Jealous Sound had to put its LP dreams on the backburner. Eventually, the band landed flat on the firm foundation of Indie label Better Looking Records and innovative producer Tim

O’Heir (Sebadoh, Morphine, Superdrag, All-American Rejects). “Hope For Us,” the album’s impulsively emotional first track, is a showcase of lead singer Blair Shehan’s charmingly aqueous voice. He coos about the concurrent demise of a relationship with the bandage that a kiss can bring. With the demand to “kiss (him) on the mouth,” Shehan promises to launch listeners, both sexes included, into spontaneous coronary palpitations and uncontrollable seismic tremors. Epileptic seizing included, Kill Them With Kindness is proving to be a genius pop effort from a brilliant indie band that a major label almost destroyed. — Sh an no n McG arvey

Govi tunes inspire soul New Age aficionados (I’m sure there are some out there) will probably be familiar with Govi. His sixth album, No Strings Attached, was on Billboard’s New Age Chart for more than a year. Needless to say, he is a day spa and yuppie-coffee house

heavyweight. If Deep Forest music and Afro-Celt Sound System R E V I E W rings your syn««« thesizer Govi Saffron and Silk chimes, Govi’s High Octave new Saffron and Silk will make it into your candle-and-incense relaxation music rotation. As the album title suggests, Govi’s influences are worldwide, but his instrument of choice is the acoustic guitar as well as its many international cousins. Synthesized moods aerate Latin classical guitar grooves, sitar meditations and Middle Eastern experiments. However, Govi is best known for his Flamenco picking, and his music can double as a subtle dance track if one finds kicking up heels a better relaxant than aromatherapy and a stereo at low volume. If you can’t make an hour or so to be by yourself (or with someone close) to let life slip away, Govi will gather dust on your shelf. His music was made for lazy nights, quiet times and those who enjoy them. — Ia n Rag sdale

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Thomasovitch stimulates deep thoughts on life BY IAN RAGSDALE ARTS REPORTER “The point is that professions define people. I don’t want to be a goddamn profession.” Thomas, the protagonist and namesake of Travis Muir’s first novel, embodies the archetype of the beautiful rebel, a James Dean gone Princeton. He has problems many others would love to have: Should he dine tonight at one of Princeton’s elite eating clubs, or should he eat at the Thai restaurant? Which of the many Manhattan firms courting his employment will he join? But as a beautiful rebel, Thomas, between bouts of football playing and drunken flirtations, is rather concerned about life as a banker. College posed little challenge to him. Will the rest of his life follow suit? Muir has perfect credentials to write a college novel – he’s still a college student, and at Princeton, no less. But he swears the book has nothing to do with his own experiences. “I wasn’t at all writing about my life, or people I knew or Princeton,” Muir wrote in an e-mail. “I wasn’t writing to convince everyone not to be investment bankers or businessmen or whatever. In fact, I think Wall Street can be a great achievement. What I was really looking at was the broader question of what constitutes individual success in the context of your past.” In Thomas’ case, that past is three generations of money. But when he looks into faces and sees “the etched lines of office pain and the protruding gut of inexertion,” he finds himself confronted with an awful truth. His reaction to that truth is a mixture of con-

Thomasovitch By Travis Muir American Book Publishing 268 pgs. templation and stasis. Thomas deliberately finalizes no job offers upon graduation, but embarks on a search to find a more fulfilling mission. When his father steps in and Thomas feels the pressures of expectation, he is easily wooed into any action desired by his family. Thomasovtich has no simple, action-driven story to wash over the reader with a variety of detailed characters and locales. In fact, one will find many long deposits of introspection and metaphor that can sponsor some contemplation on the part of the reader, but may also cause a bit of skip-reading. Muir has a mature style but is still possessed by a young person’s fascination with the minutiae that color life. Those not so curious about the little thoughts and little actions that dominate people’s lives may find Muir’s insights rather meddlesome, although others will enjoy seeing themselves and their mates in the details of this work.

Eisley proves not Marvelous S o m e w h e r e music between lullabies and indie R E V I E W rock lies the «« music of Eisley Eisley. The Marvelous Things Warner Bros. group’s latest EP Marvelous Things is unfortunately a catchy blend of nothing new. The only thread that holds attention together is its defining ambience. This four-track EP projects an array of whimsical songs about butterflies, starry nights and blissful memories. Sound cheesy? Just a little. This EP could easily be an indie theme of a Lisa Frank folder. “Oh lying in the sun everyday/feeling all of the magic in life and the wonder,” sings Sherri Dupree on title track “Marvelous Things.” Eisley may sound like a bunch of fairies, but it does so in an indie sort of way. The vocals of lead singer Dupree sound a lot like Belly singer Tanya Donnelly’s. In

fact, Eisley’s music seems like an attempt toward a Coldplay-meetsBelly tone but finds itself in the midst of yawns. However, Marvelous Things shouldn’t be completely mistaken for a cheese puff. Eisley has a defining atmospheric element. The track “Memories” has a Radiohead-meets-Anathema ambience, making it the strongest track on the EP. Despite their attempt toward a magical, innovative sound, Marvelous Things comes off as being too redundant in melody, as well as bringing the indie art form of simplicity to a bore. — Ann a Lisa More no

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Magazines bring joy into getting mail BY NATE HENDRIX TRENDS REPORTER

I remember how I used to pester my mom every day when she went out to get the mail, wondering if something had come for me. Nobody had any reason to send an 8-yearold much of anything, but the thought of getting something in the mail was always entertaining and oddly thrilling. Almost every day my mom would say, “One day, you’re going to start getting bills in the mail and you won’t look forward to the mail half as much.” Well, it’s true. I did start getting bills in the mail and, between them and junk mail from credit card companies, the excitement of actually getting something in the mail has gradually died out. Still, every month I can count on my assortment of periodicals arriving and am always duly exuberant when they do. So, I’d like to present a few titles I’d recommend that exactly common aren’t knowledge, but can certainly bring back the simple joy of receiving something fun in the mail.

Utne This magazine, started in 1984 by husband and wife team Leif and Nina Utne, is debatably the greatest force in American alternative monthlies at this point in time. Perhaps the easiest way to think of it is as a Reader’s Digest for those who haven’t completely sold their soul to Hallmark or Touched by an Angel. Instead of bland, sentimental stories, you’ll find stories of people who have found ways of living that make them happy and make a difference in the lives of others. Community and genuineness are the values most often touted by this monthly, and their tales are aimed at those who are frustrated by the lack of

humanity in so much of life today. Each issue is loosely themed around a certain topic and has a diverse array of articles on the subject. The most recent issue is themed around the importance of relaxation and has articles exalting the joys of napping or reclaiming Sunday as a day of rest. The whole magazine isn’t filled with light, smiling fare, though; in every issue, there’s at least one article about ongoing injustice or some political issue that’s shudderinducing and ridiculous. Such articles often focus on the injustice of the developed world toward less-advantaged nations. Still, even when they’re railing in high style against some situation, the writers never leave hope out of the equation, and that is what makes Utne unique and important in a time when cynicism dominates most of the media. (

Harper’s If you’ve ever dreamed of living the academic high life, full of think tanks and journal publication soirees, Harper’s is just the thing for you. As a monthly focused largely on current events, it doesn’t have the advantage of getting the “scoop” on breaking stories like weeklies do. It more than makes up for this by the level of insight it brings to issues both current and ongoing. Each month’s centerpiece is a fairly lengthy essay on a problem facing the world, usually the United States in particular. Recent topics for this centerpiece article include media consolidation (especially focused on the threat Clearchannel Communications poses to media integrity) and how dependent farms in the United States are using fossil fuels. Also, every month’s issue has its famous Harper’s Index, which is a cut-and-dry recitation of facts that usually

paints quite an unsettling picture, and the Notebook section, which collects snippets of other documents (e.g., a transcript from Langston Hughes’ testimony in front of the McCarthy commission). The best thing about this magazine is the quality of thought that obviously goes into each issue. I’m never disappointed by the light it manages to shed on issues that face us today. (



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McSweeney’s McSweeney’s is the pet project of famous young author Dave Eggers (A Work of Heartbreaking Staggering Genius and You Shall Know Our Velocity) and the eponymous periodical of his publishing house. Every issue is filled with short pieces by the literary geniuses of our time, and Eggers seems to take a particular fancy to exposing previously unpublished writers to the joys of publication. In addition to the stories in this quarterly, the presentation of the magazine is worthy of note in and of itself. In a recent issue, the magazine was bound like an old, embossed, gilded book and included a DVD of various authors reading the worksof in that issue. Also of note is its Web site, which features shorter, lighter fare, such as an imaginary Super Bowl halftime production of the life of painter Francis Bacon as put on by Laurie Anderson and Robert Wilson. The whole McSweeney’s empire reeks of genius and innovation, but the magazine is perhaps the most accessible part of the whole thing. (


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Thursday, February 19, 2004

From producer to stellar artist, West debuts with first-class CD

K a n y e West, pre- music miere up-andcoming pro- R E V I E W ducer of such ««««« hits as Jay-Z’s Kanye West “H to The College Dropout Roc-A-Fella Izzo,” Scarface’s “Guess Who’s Back” and Twista’s smash hit “Slow Jamz,” has finally released his much-anticipated debut album, College Dropout. College Dropout, which is entirely self-produced, features a number of remarkable innovations in production including songs such as the gospelinfluenced “School Spirit,” the bluesinfluenced “Spaceship” and the square dance-influenced “The New Workout Plan.” West enlists the support of fellow Roc-A-Fella Records artist Jay-Z for “Never Let Me Down,” one of the better songs on the album because of the guitar, piano and sitar-blended loop. One of my personal favorites among many is the heartfelt “Family Business.” The innovative blending of samples, and the use of what sounds like an emo singer for the hook, creates a perfect mix with the reminiscent song about growing up

genre standards. music But nobody changes R E V I E W station the ««« when an oldVarious Artists Thug Nation school jam gets played. For those who lack a hip-hop library, Thug Nation will be a reunion with the rap songs that put them through middle school but have heard little of since. Naughty by Nature’s “Hip-Hop Hooray,” Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s “Tha Crossroads” and The Luniz’ “I Got 5 On It” remind us of days not too far gone when rap needed fewer high-concept samples to sell records and when elementary school kids could sing lots of the hits without getting smacked for extreme cursing. Yeah, the songs aren’t exactly about growing watermelons, but I can remember singing some of these songs on elementary school trips and not getting in trouble for it. Thug Nation is for the nostalgic hip-hop precursor who would like a 17-song overview of 1990s rap without the cost of 17 albums, but waiting until it shows up in some used section wouldn’t hurt. — Ia n Rag sdale

in poverty. The only song I really wasn’t feeling on College Dropout was “All Falls Down” featuring Sylena Johnson. The beat and samples are too different from the rest of the album, and the hook gets on my nerves right away. One thing about this album that I feel is a bit of a drawback at times is the overwhelming push of religion from West throughout many of the songs, such as “Jesus Walks” and “I’ll Fly Away.” This is most likely something brought on from the car wreck West was in at the end of 2002, which is vividly depicted in his first single from the album, “Through the Wire.” There’s nothing wrong with having a positive message, but, more often than not, not everyone is looking for religious messages from a mainstream hip-hop album. Overall, this is a stellar album from what by industry standards is a rookie to the hip-hop game. This is absolutely one album everyone should listen to. — Pau l L op ez

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Thursday, February 19, 2004

Softball: Faces 4 teams in tournament g Cont. from page 16

Antonio, 4-2. Texas State will then face off with UIC, a team that has struggled to a 1-7 record this season largely in part to allowing opposing hitters to bat .314 thus far. The Flames have been put out at the plate as well, scoring just 1.8 runs per game, despite a .265 team batting average. The Bobcats will see a familiar foe at 10 a.m. Saturday when they take on the tournament host. This is the fifth straight season in which the Bobcats and Aggies have played each other, with the Bobcats holding a 6-4 edge in the all-time series. This year, NMSU has started 1-10, scoring just 21 runs in 11 games. Senior outfielder Veronica Owens has been the team’s lone bright spot, hitting .314. But as bad as the Aggies have been at the plate, they have been even worse in the circle, with a team ERA of 6.72 and an opposing batting average of .324. No Aggie pitcher has an ERA of less than four.

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S c o r e bo a rd SLC WOMen’s BBall Standings

The Bobcats and Rams have squared off six times, with (Rams) taking each meeting.

Jennelle Wolters, freshman right fiedler, hits the ball in the top of the fifth inning against New Mexico State University. The Bobcats defeated the Aggies 4-0.

PSU also comes in with just one win (1-4), but it was a 6-0 decision against the University of Hawaii, which was a participant in the NCAA Regionals last season. The Vikings have hit .208 as a team, but three players are batting better than .300. In the circle, PSU has a team ERA of 3.27 led by sophomore Michelle Hext, who has a 1.98 ERA and a 1-1 record in 17.2 innings pitched. After this weekend’s tournament, the Bobcats will return to face a Wednesday doubleheader with the No. 14 University of Texas Longhorns at McCombs Field in Austin. The opener is scheduled for 5 p.m. with the nightcap to begin shortly after the completion of the first game.

Ashley A. Horton/ Star photo

Men: Looking to improve 2-2 away record g Cont. from page 16

After a rocky start in league play, the Bearkats came back from 11 down last Feb. 12 to knock off first-place SLU, 6964, but LeRoy Hurd’s last second 3-point dagger left them with their fifth loss Saturday at the University of Texas-San Antonio. SHSU is a team that likes to up the tempo of the game, and it will be imperative for the Bobcats to pace under control. “Our success all year is usually based on how well we handle the basketball and limit turnovers,” Nutt said. While height is not necessarily the Bearkats’ forte, they

do rebound well, averaging about 40 a game. SHSU also knows how to spread the wealth and is the second best at doing so in the SLC, dishing out almost 18 a game. Great passer, sophomore guard, Marcus Ebow averages close to 5 dimes per contest. Junior transfer Wilder August is the SLC’s fifth best rebounder, averaging 6.8 a game. He is also one of three Bearkats consistently scoring in double-figures, with 12.2 points per game and shooting 56 percent from the field. Joe Thompson, another junior college transfer, is leading the team in scoring during

SLC action with 15.4 points and 6.1 boards per game. The Bobcats will then head to Arlington for what will be an absolute war zone inside Texas Hall Saturday afternoon where the tip is set for 4 p.m. The Mavericks were picked by the league coaches to win the conference but have struggled to a 6-5 record so far in SLC action. University of TexasArlington is enjoying a threegame winning streak and used a 25-5 run to give Stephen F. Austin State University its sixth straight road loss, 71-67, Saturday. After what was a rough start, one that included an 82-

68 loss in San Marcos, the Mavericks are starting to play well at the right time. Just over a month ago, Texas State was behind Josh Naylor’s 25-point near perfect shooting display. The turning point came with just under eight minutes remaining when UTA coach Eddie McCarter was whistled for a technical foul, and Bobcat guards Roosevelt Brown and Antwoine Blanchard hit four crucial free throws to give Texas State a 59-52 lead. After the game, Naylor said he and his teammates took the pre-season predictions personally and wanted to make sure

UTA left San Marcos with a lasting message. This time UTA will have forward Donny Beacham and his 6.1 rebounds in the line-up, back from injury. Guard Derrick Obasahan provides an inside presence in the paint along with center Roy Johnson for the Mavs. Oba-sahan is the sixth leading scorer in the SLC with 15.8 ppg and is the seventh best rebounder with 6.5 rpg. In what is anticipated to be round two of a very heated battle, “I’m sure they will give us their best shot,” Nutt said. The games can be heard on KTSW 89.9 or on the Internet at



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

W 9 8 6 5 5 5 4 3 2 1 0


L PCT 0 1.000 2 .800 3 .667 3 .625 4 .556 4 .556 4 .500 5 .375 7 .222 7 .125 9 .000

W 16 12 12 5 9 5 4 5 9 4 1

L 4 9 9 14 11 14 14 14 10 14 19

PCT .800 .571 .571 .263 .450 .263 .222 .263 .474 .222 .050

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PA 68.2 64.3 58.4 67.6 59.5 77.1 73.5 66.5 66.4 70.3 73.1

SLC Men’s BBall Standings Teams


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

W 7 6 6 6 6 5 4 4 3 1 0

L 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 7 9

Overall PCT .778 .750 .667 .667 .600 .556 .500 .444 .375 .125 .000

W 15 11 9 15 10 10 9 9 9 5 5

L 5 8 11 5 14 12 10 11 12 14 15

PCT .750 .579 .450 .750 .417 .455 .474 .450 .429 .263 .250

PF 68.7 71.8 74.1 71.8 69.0 71.1 77.3 70.2 81.1 73.7 66.3

PA 68.1 64.4 76.0 58.4 71.6 71.2 76.7 71.8 79.4 77.1 75.8

NFCA Top 25 (Week of Feb. 18) 1 UCLA (24)...........................................................................9-0 2 Arizona..............................................................................11-0 3 California (1)....................................................................11-0 4 Oklahoma........................................................................6-0-1 4 Washington......................................................................10-1 6 Georgia...............................................................................7-0 7 Alabama..............................................................................8-1 8 Stanford.............................................................................8-1 9 Michigan.............................................................................3-2 10 Louisiana-Lafayette.........................................................6-1 11 Florida State......................................................................8-0 12 Nebraska............................................................................2-3 13 LSU......................................................................................6-3 14 Texas...................................................................................6-4 15 Texas A&M.........................................................................5-3 16 Fresno State......................................................................4-1 17 Cal State Fullerton...........................................................2-3 18 Iowa.....................................................................................0-0 18 Tennessee........................................................................11-1 20 Oregon................................................................................4-5 21 DePaul.................................................................................1-4 22 Arizona State..................................................................10-5 23 South Carolina..................................................................4-0 24 Oregon State...................................................................13-4 25 Texas State.......................................................................8-2

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Thursday, February 19, 2004

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Women: SHSU, New Mexico looks to change athletics UTA games ahead for ’Cats By Audra Meiklejohn Daily Lobo

g Cont. from page 16

Andrew Nenque/Star photo Tori Talbert, junior center, brakes through her opponent for two during the Bobcats’ 70-62 win over the University of Louisiana-Monroe Feb. 14. The Bobcats take on Sam Houston State University Feb. 19 in Huntsville.

65-45, Saturday, bringing their record to 14-9 overall, and 8-3 in SLC play. The Lady Mavs are led by scoring machine junior Rola Ogunoye, who tied a seasonhigh 25-point game while moving into 10th place on the schools all-time scoring list. UTA is currently in third place, 1 1/2 games up on the Bobcats. The Lady Mavs are third in scoring offense and first in scoring defense in the SLC. Texas State and UTA faced off on Jan. 15, in San Marcos, with the Lady Mavs taking a 67-54 win. The ’Cats began this season with a disappointing 11 straight losses, but have rebounded lately winning six out of their last nine to ignite a strong season ending finish. They need to come up big on the road and can possibly move into third place going with a strong showing this weekend.

With the play from Brooks and Talbert, the ’Cats have a betterthan-average chance to come off the road trip with two wins. After struggling for much of the season, Brooks has come on strong lately, scoring at least 19 points in three of her last six games. Talbert is averaging a double double on the season with 15.4 points and 10 rebounds, to bring the Bobcats back to an elite SLC contender. Also, if forward Heather Burrow can stay healthy, her defensive presence and experience of being named to the SLC All-Tournament team will give an added boost off the bench. The ’Cats have a tough road ahead but they also have the momentum to be successful. After being on the road this week, the ’Cats come home to face the University of Texas-San Antonio at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. All of these games can be heard on the radio at KTSW 89.9 FM or on the Internet at

Baseball: Ragin’ against the Cajuns g Cont. from page 16

hitting with a .299 batting average. The pitching staff’s nucleus is made up of the Ragin’ Cajuns two top returning pitchers, sophomore Kevin Andoin and senior Kraig Schambough. Androin was the staff’s closer his freshman season, before stepping into the starting rotation last year, where he finished with a 5-5 overall record

with three saves and a 4.03 ERA. Schambough led ULL during the 2003 season with a 3.79 ERA and recorded four saves for a tie of the team lead. The Bobcats will probably use a starting rotation of senior Paul Schappert, junior Brian Hurley and senior Tom Robbins, who picked up the hard loss in Tuesday’s meeting against UT. Also look for junior Dominic Ramos to

spend some on the mound in relief. Ramos, the team’s starting shortstop, has been sensational this year as a reliever. With one win in three appearances, Ramos has not given up a single run in 8 1/3 innings while fanning eight. The three-game set will begin with a 3 p.m. first pitch Friday. Saturday’s game is also scheduled for 3 p.m., while the Sunday finale is set for 1 p.m.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — On Jan. 27, the New Mexico Faculty Senate voted to make some changes in Lobo sports by supporting resolutions proposed by the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics. “The whole intercollegiate sports program is out of control,” said Hugh Witemeyer, the faculty senate operations committee president. “Athletics is becoming a community outside of the university.” Witemeyer said the coalition’s purpose is to promote improvements in academic standards, student welfare, finances and governance on college campuses. But Witemeyer said the two biggest concerns are athletic budgets and academics. UNM President Louis Caldera said he believes that UNM has a healthy sports program and that it

plays an important role in the community. “A lot of people love Lobo athletics,” Caldera said. “We've got to celebrate that. Then they are likely to support the community in other ways.” Athletics Director Rudy Davalos said Lobo athletes are doing fine academically and they're not looking to change anything. The COIA started in 2000 at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Faculty members formed the coalition when education budgets were being cut and plans were being made to expand the multi-million dollar football stadium. The coalition passed resolutions that called for more restraint on spending in sports and requested professors be given more influence over spending decisions at their universities. Witemeyer said the proposals are now in the hands of Caldera and the regents.

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Softball team heads to five game matchup this weekend

CRUCIAL POINTS Men’s basketball faces two games on the road

By Jason Orts Sports Editor Texas State softball travels to New Mexico this weekend to face five games in the Troy Cox Classic hosted by New Mexico State University. Texas State, ranked 25th in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll, will face two games with the Colorado State University Rams and single meetings with the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames, Portland State University Vikings and New Mexico State University Aggies. The Bobcats and Rams are the only teams that enter this tournament with winning records and are a combined 18-6. The rest of the field has combined to post a 3-21 mark, including a 4-0 Aggie loss to Texas State in San Marcos. Texas State will open and close the tournament with match ups against CSU, which has posted an 84 record thus far. The Bobcats and Rams have squared off six times, with CSU taking each meeting. The Rams are batting .287 this season, led by first baseman Ricki Walker, who is hitting .436 with a team-high 10 RBIs. Overall, six Rams are hitting better than .300 this season. But CSU has also been solid in the circle, with four pitchers with at least one win and three of those posting an ERA of less than three. The Rams are 11 against the Southland Conference this season, having beaten the University of Texas-Arlington, 5-2, before falling to the University of Texas-San g See SOFTBALL, page 14

By Lindsey Roberts Sports Reporter

Andrew Nenque/Star photo Josh Naylor, junior guard, shoots over his opponent forward Wayne Bransom from the University of Louisiana-Monroe Feb. 14. The Bobcats took the 90-64 win over the ULM Indians and take on Sam Houston State University Feb. 19 in Huntsville.

Baseball to face Cajuns in three-game series By Travis Summers Sports Reporter After falling to the topranked University of Texas Longhorns Tuesday, the Bobcats now look to return to their winning ways, welcoming the University of LouisianaLafayette to San Marcos for a three-game series at Bobcat Field, Friday through Sunday. The schedule for the Ragin’ Cajuns said Friday’s Texas State game should be the school’s fifth game of the year, and their first on the road. However, rain has soaked southern Louisiana for much of the past two weeks, forcing ULL to postpone a series against Southland Conference members Sam Houston State University and the University of Louisiana-Monroe. The Ragin’ Cajuns had scheduled 21 of their first 27 games this year to be played at home, but with the first four postponed, ULL will see its season originate in the unfriendly confines of Bobcat

Ashley A. Horton/Star photo Kyle Annson, junior first baseman, throws the ball to first for the out against Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Feb. 8. The Bobcats defeated the Islanders 17-5. Field. ULL stumbled at the beginning of last year, going 7-20 in non-conference action. Injuries

to their lineup damaged the Ragin’ Cajuns chances at a successful record. However, once ULL

reached Sun Belt Conference action, the team began to get healthy and found a winning team chemistry that saw the Ragin’ Cajuns finish 30-30 after the team won 23 of its final 33 games. ULL coach Tony Robichaux brings in a veteran offense and an inexperienced pitching staff to San Marcos for the threegame set this weekend. The Ragin’ Cajuns lineup is led by junior first baseman Phillip Hawke, who is the only player to return that batting above .300 last season, with a .305 average. Senior catcher Ryan Core also returns and was a second team all-Sun Belt selection. Core ended last year hitting .297. Junior Dallas Morris will again split time between third base and shortstop after starting all 60 games last year for ULL at both those positions. Despite having to play two positions, Morris was able to finish third on the team in g See BASEBALL, page 15


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The Southland Conference season has been cut down to 16 games instead of last year’s 20 which makes each game even more crucial. “You can(’t) afford to take any games for granted anymore. I like the format and I hope we stay with it,” said coach Dennis Nutt. Coming off the Valentine’s Day blowout win over the University of Louisiana-Monroe, 90-64, the Bobcats now face two games on the road. Texas State is 2-2 away from home in the SLC and will be taking on the Sam Houston State University Bearkats Thursday and the University of Texas-Arlington Mavericks on Saturday. Texas State is now 12-9 overall and tied for second place with Northwestern State University at 7-3 in the SLC, only a half-game behind the league-leading Southeastern Louisiana University. Thursday night at Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville will be the only time the Bearkats and Bobcats face each other in the SLC regular season this year. The reigning 2003 SLC Tournament champion, SHSU returns only three lettermen from last year’s squad and now holds the seventh spot in the league at 5-5. In three games early in the conference schedule, SHSU mounted double-digit halftime leads only to lose them in the last minutes of a game. g See MEN, page 14

Women’s basketball looks to improve fourth place ranking

By Matt Isam Sports Reporter

and center Tori Talbert were simply unstoppable and led the team in scoring. Last season, the Bobcats finThe Bobcats are on the road ished fourth in the regular sea- this week starting with Sam son and had to win two road Houston State University on at games in the 5:15 p.m. ThursS o u t h l a n d day and finishing at Conference tour1:30 p.m. Saturday “The ’Cats nament to claim at the University of began this the title. Texas-Arlington. season with a This year, they SHSU is comdisappointing are in a similar siting off a 42-25 loss uation, as they are to the University of 11 straight in fourth place losses, but have Texas-San Antonio with a 6-4 record last Saturday, which rebounded in SLC play, 6-14 dropped the Bearlately winning kats dropped to 5-5 overall. But the six out of their in SLC play and 5Bobcats have won three straight and 16 overall. last nine to are beginning to The Bearkats are ignite a strong resemble last year’s led by senior guards season ending Stacey Allen and team, which won finish.” its last four regular Kelly Kramer, who season games bescored a team high fore sweeping the 10 points during the tournament. loss last Saturday. The Texas State women’s Thursday will be the only basketball team came up with its meeting between the ’Cats and most convincing win of the sea- SHSU this year. son, a 70-62 win against the secOn Saturday, the Bobcats ond place University of Loui- are headed to take on the Lady siana-Monroe Lady Indians Mavs of UTA, who had and Saturday. impressive win against Stephen The ’Cats dominated in the F. Austin State University, paint, scoring 40 points to Lady g See WOMEN, page 15 Indians’ 12. Guard Julie Brooks

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