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Coordinating Board gives engineering school final mark of approval By Nick Georgiou The University Star The new Bruce and Gloria Ingram School of Engineering received the ﬁnal approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Feb. 9. The board’s decision will become eﬀective June 1. University oﬃcials say along with the new school will come research grants, internship and career opportunities and the recruitment of new students. They say these additional resources will bring Texas State more
prominence in the region. “This is obviously a very positive move,” said Debbie Thorne, associate vice president for academic aﬀairs. “It’s reﬂective of our academic plan and the successes we’ve had within curriculum and academic programs, and we know there is a need within the state of Texas to educate more engineers, so this enables Texas State to have a stronger presence in the engineering ﬁeld.” University President Denise Trauth said the school of engineering would have taken sev-
eral years to create had it not been for the Ingrams’ $5 million donation in November. “The problem any new program has, whether we’re talking about nursing or engineering, is given the way academic programs are funded in Texas through the formula,” Trauth said. “You’re always two years behind on your funding, and so when you’re introducing a new program like engineering you need to build a bridge and that’s what the Ingram gift does.” There is a high demand for engineers in Central Texas, par-
ticularly within the Austin area. However, the number of undergraduate engineering degrees in the U.S. declined by 20 percent between 1985 and 2004, according to the American Society for Engineering Education. “Engineers work in many different facets of our society and we recognize that as technology continues to improve and expand the need for engineers is always going to be there,” Thorne said. University oﬃcials hope the engineering school will attract businesses to the region in ad-
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dition to keeping students with engineering degrees in the state. “It will give the existing students more options and students often stay in the area where they go to college, and so I think we have a good chance of helping the greater Austin metro area recruit more engineers,” Trauth said. The engineering school will contain the two existing industrial and manufacturing programs, but faculty and administrators hope to add electrical engineering to that list.
Petition assumed to have sparked ASG student referendum legislation By Jason Buch and Paul Rangel The University Star
Jon Clark/ Star Photo DESIGNING WOMAN: Honoree Stephanie Ballard, interior design senior, chats with her boyfriend Taylor Gahm before the alumni awards ceremony Saturday on the fourth ﬂoor balcony of the LBJ Student Center.
By Alex Hering The University Star
Monty Marion/Star photo MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Texas State alumna Andrea Powell speaks Feb. 15 in the Centennial Hall teaching theater. She discussed human trafﬁcking which is often common in Eastern Europe.
very year more than one million women fall victims to human traﬃcking. Andrea Powell, activist and Texas State alumna, quoted that ﬁgure Friday during her address in Centennial Hall on the eﬀorts of FAIR Fund, an international organization she co-founded that works to end gender violence and human traﬃcking around the world. She arrived tired and jet lagged from the long ﬂight from Eastern Europe to the discussion. Yet, she was eager to introduce MTV’s Exit, a ﬁlm dealing with the estimated hundreds of thousands of people who are traﬃcked in Eastern Europe every year. During the ﬂight, Powell said, she thought about Nina, a young woman she befriended, who fell victim to the forced sexual labor that is common in Eastern Europe. Powell currently is helping Nina ﬁnd a way to the U.S., while working to get resources to individuals who are most vulnerable to becoming traﬃcked. “I was working to develop our orphanage program in Serbia and Bosnia to help children who are leaving orphan care to lead them to a successful adult life,” Powell, who spent a month at the orphanages, said. “Basically, to help them stay clear of sexual labor and exploitation by providing education about sexual violence as well as building a commuSee ALUMNI, page 4
Trauth said the electrical program, which is expected to be established in the fall, is central to any school of engineering. “We are creating new degree programs so we can attract additional students,” Thorne said. “The technology and engineering department is a very strong department currently, so we know there is a lot of expertise and a lot of interest.” Because engineering now has its own school, the department of engineering and technology has been renamed to the department of technology.
Amendments making more students eligible to run for Associated Student Government President along with expanding and reapportioning the Senate will go to a student referendum. The Senate passed legislation Monday calling for both amendments. The student body will vote on the items in March. The Senate’s move to change the qualiﬁcations for president was apparently spurred by the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council circulating a petition calling for a similar referendum. The legislation, authored by Sen. C. J. Morgan, calls for a student referendum to remove an amendment to the ASG Constitution requiring presidential candidates to serve two terms in student government before running. Meridith Pumphrey, Panhellenic Council President and healthcare administration senior, and Brett Baker, Interfraternity Council President and marketing sophomore, began collecting signatures Monday for the petition. Pumphrey and Baker said the amendment creating the eligibility requirements was packaged with a series of
constitutional amendments when the student body voted on it. They estimate only 40 people met the requirements to run for ASG last year and few, if any, presidents of the more than 300 student organizations on campus are eligible this year. “For us it seems like this is what’s best for the student body,” Baker said. “It’s something that’s been out there and we realized it’s something that needs to be changed and now, we’re coming forward with it and trying to propose a change.” ASG President Kyle Morris made an attempt to quash the petition. In an email sent just after midnight Monday to Dean of Students John Garrison and copied to The University Star as well as various students and administrators, including Pumphrey and Baker, Morris said he was invoking an item in the student aﬀairs policy addressing student referendums. The policy reads: “Students attempting to initiate a referendum will begin coordination with the Dean of Students at least 20 class days prior to the event. If the call for a referendum originates with the students, the Dean will review the request and explain the “Student Referendum Request” (Form 05.08 A) to the student group (Appendix I).” See REFERENDUM, page 4
ASG: Updated housing policy
will give students more options By Paul Rangel The University Star As student government members petitioned for the recently passed fair housing policy, they received news last week of changes made to the existing legislation. “This has been a very exciting week for us as we have found out about changes made to the policy,” said Sen. Alexis Dabney, “We have been working very hard to accomplish this.” The housing policy was changed to now allow student with 46 to 51 hours the opportunity to live in university-afﬁliated apartment complexes. It would also give students who are 21 years old or have 52 hours the option to live oﬀ campus without submitting an exemption form prior to the contract period.
In other business Vincent Luizzi, philosophy department chair, was appointed as the new faculty adviser to the Associated Student Government. His help and interest in ASG was greatly appreciated and he received compliments from senators and administration during their reports. Fire Marshal Ken Bell spoke to the Senate about single-family zoning and addressed questions about the enforcement of those rules. “This is a zoning eﬀort on behalf of the city of San Marcos,” Bell said. “There were 24 cases (of zoning violations) last semester and have been seven cases this semester so far.” He said that their goal was to engineer solutions to problems and educate See ASG, page 4
Accounting students, volunteers offer free tax preparation By Alex Hering The University Star Texas State accounting students have joined with a volunteer organization to oﬀer members of the university and community the opportunity, beginning Feb. 27, to get free tax assistance. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and student accounting volunteers will be available in McCoy Hall, Room 206 from 5 to 7 p.m. The groups have scheduled Feb. 27, March 6 and March 20 to assist in tax preparation. VITA has been performing the service for eight years.
Participants are asked to provide a form of identiﬁcation, social security number and W-2 forms. Bank information is not required unless the participant wants to use direct deposit. R.J. Salome, accounting graduate, helps with the preparations and said this year there has been a boom in the number of students and community members who have come in to e-ﬁle, a quick process used by VITA to ﬁle taxes. “There has been a huge amount of people who have come in, a lot from oﬀ campus,” Salome said. Roselyn Morris, accounting
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department chair, said the number of e-ﬁles made since the start of the program has not been stagnant. “Over the last three years, we have done more than 250 e-ﬁles, and last year the IRS said people who ﬁled at our site received $280,000 in refunds,” Morris said. “It’s a great opportunity for our accounting students to get hands-on experience with doing tax returns, and at the same time, they are helping their peers, students and the community in getting tax returns done by a tax professional in a timely manner.”
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The learning experience with VITA, Morris said, is priceless. “It’s been fun to see this thing grow,” Morris said. “When you are teaching students about taxes they’re reading from a textbook. The book says ‘oh, well you take the W-2s and the W-4 and get this information and that information.’ But the book doesn’t show what the forms look like or how it’s going be detailed. With VITA, students who’ve taken the class say ‘oh that’s what the book was talking about.’” Salome said a large turnout could mean a wait of 20 to 30 minutes. There will be eight peo-
ple preparing tax forms. Estimated time of preparing tax forms is between 15 and 20 minutes. Chelsea Coverly, criminal justice freshman who plans to have her taxes prepared through VITA Tuesday, said she appreciates the convenient opportunity. “It is really great that they offer this, with all the stuﬀ we as students have going on in our lives,” Coverly said. “It’s good to have an option to go somewhere nearby that’s fast and free. Besides, we need that information to renew our FAFSA application.” Morris said the VITA program
provides help with tax preparation to future Texas State students. “The students will help at the college fair at San Marcos High School,” Morris said. “Admissions, ﬁnancial aid and the VITA students go out to the high schools and seniors from any of the area high schools.” Morris said VITA tries to reach out to future students. “We help with the tax returns, because students and their parents need their tax returns to ﬁll out the FAFSA, and ﬁnancial aid is there to help with FAFSA,” she said. “So, we try to reach out to future students as well.”
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starsof texas state Gary Hartman is the director of the Center for Texas Music History and runs the Texas Music History Unplugged concerts that have been held each year on campus since 2000. The concerts have featured performances and lectures by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, Flaco Jimenez, Marcia Ball and Ruthie Foster. Hartman, history professor, founded the center in 1999 in hopes of helping students, scholars and the public to
understand and preserve Texas’ rich musical heritage. In seven years, he has raised more than $300,000 to support the center’s programs. The center collaborates with the college of ﬁne arts and communication, oﬀering the Stars of Texas Music Legacy series on campus and working in collaboration with the Southwestern Writers Collection to archive historical materials.
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There will be a free lunch for all students from noon to 2 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center lobby. Night Prayer will be at 9 p.m. in the CSC chapel. Women’s Personal Growth Group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The group offers an opportunity to receive feedback and afﬁrmation from other women while exploring common experiences women face. For more information and screening, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.
The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents “Shakespeare’s Othello and the Problem of Other Minds,” with student presenters Leanne Greene and Jason Talton will be 11 a.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. Facing the Fear – An Anxiety Group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m., offering a supportive way to cope better. For more information or to register, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. There will be a Shrove Tuesday Pancake & Sausage fundraiser supper from 5 to 8 p.m. at the CSC. There will be a CEO meeting at 5 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 127. Bobcat Build registration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LBJ Mall. Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland St. For more information, call (512) 357-2049. The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, contact Chris Harris, Tennis Club President at ch1282@txstate. edu. San Marcos Toastmasters Club will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lone Star Café at the
Prime Outlet Mall (Interstate-35 exit 200 at Centerpoint Rd.). Optional dinner at 6:30 p.m. Visitors and guests are always welcome. Practice speaking, listening and thinking skills; boost self-conﬁdence and develop leadership skills. For additional information, call Ren Linér at (512) 353-0217; e-mail smtoastmasters@yahoo. com or visit www.sanmarcos. freetoasthost.org
On page 11 of the Feb. 15 issue of The Star, a women’s basketball photo taken by Cotton Miller was incorrectly attributed to Austin Byrd. The Thursday Main Point, “Inform Yourself,” incorrectly stated that Gov. Perry passed a law requiring all girls have an HPV inoculation before entering eighth grade. The inoculation is required for girls entering sixth grade.
Students in Free Enterprise will meet at 4:15 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 113. Students interested in becoming involved with the community, making business connections and learning leadership skills can attend.
On this day... 1792 — U.S. President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act thereby creating the U.S. Post Oﬃce.
The Association of Information Technology Professionals will hold a chapter meeting at 5 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 127. Scott Foster, president of the Austin Association of Information Technology Professional Chapter, will discuss social networking. Pizza and soda will be provided. All majors are welcome. The American Marketing Association presents Paul Branch, guest speaker and general manager for Bredero Shaw’s U.S. onshore sales, 5:50 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-14.1. Refreshments will be provided. All majors are welcome. For more information, visit www. business.txstate.edu/AMA The Texas State Housing Fair, sponsored by Off Campus Student Services, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LBJ Ballroom. This is event is free for all students. The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents “The Observable Beginnings of Human Consciousness: A Neurophysiological, Pragmatic Criterion” with Richard Hull, executive director of the Text and Academic Authors Association, 1 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. A rosary will be prayed at 6:25 p.m. in the CSC chapel.
1809 — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government was greater than that of any individual state. Jon Clark/Star photo Forest VanDyke, theatre senior, grooves to the rhymes of Vincent Martinez, fellow Fambly member and Texas State alumnus, at The Triple Crown Saturday night.
1873 — The University of California got its ﬁrst Medical School.
CRIME BL TTER University Police Department Feb. 11, 3:36 p.m. Property Damage/N LBJ & Sessom An oﬃcer was dispatched for a report of damaged property. A nonstudent reported having driven through the gate. Feb. 12, 12:44 p.m. PODP/Brogdon An oﬃcer was dispatched for a report of possession of drug paraphernalia. Upon further investigation, a student was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and was issued a citation. Feb. 12, 2:49 p.m. BMV/Tower Garage An oﬃcer was dispatched for a
report of a burglary of motor vehicle. A student stated items had been removed from the vehicle without consent. This case is under investigation. Feb. 12, 4:17 p.m. Criminal mischief under $500/ Falls Hall An oﬃcer was dispatched for a report of criminal mischief. A student stated damage to a vehicle. This case is under investigation. Feb. 13, 9:50 a.m. Harassment/Blanco Hall An oﬃcer was dispatched for a report of harassment. A student reported being harassed by other students. This case is under investigation. Feb. 13, 11:42 a.m. Harassment/UPD Lobby An oﬃcer was dispatched to UPD lobby for a report of harassment. A student reported being harassed by other students. Feb. 13, 5:21 p.m. Medical Emergency/Student Recreation Center An oﬃcer was dispatched for a report of a medical emergency. A student reported having diﬃculty breathing. The student was transported to
1839 — The U.S. Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
the Central Texas Medical Center for treatment. Feb. 15, 11:40 a.m. Property Damaged/Physical Plant An oﬃcer was dispatched for a report of damaged property. Upon further investigation, the non-student responsible for the damage was contacted and helped repair the damage. Feb. 15, 2:34 p.m. Failure to Comply/Striking Unattended Vehicle/UPD Lobby An oﬃcer was dispatched to the lobby for a report of a hit-and-run. A student reported his vehicle had been struck by an unknown person. This case is under investigation. Feb. 15, 11:16 p.m. MIP/Blanco Hall An oﬃcer was dispatched for a report of disorderly conduct. Upon further investigation, six students were found to be minors in possession of alcohol and were issued citations. Feb. 16, 12:34 a.m. Theft under $500/UPD Lobby An oﬃcer was dispatched to the lobby to report a theft. A student stated an item had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation.
1880 — The American Bell Company was incorporated. 1933 — The House of Representatives completed congressional action on the amendment to repeal Prohibition. 1944 — “Big Week” began as U.S. bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers during World War II. 1952 — Emmett L. Ashford became the ﬁrst black umpire in organized baseball. He was authorized to be a substitute in the Southwestern International League. 1952 — The African Queen opened at the Capitol Theatre in New York City. 1962 — John Glenn made space history when he orbited the world three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. He was the ﬁrst American to orbit the Earth. 1965 — Ranger 8 crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of its surface. 1993 — Two ten-year-old boys were charged by police in Liverpool, England, in the abduction and death of a toddler. The two boys were later convicted.
Warrant roundup begins next week San Marcos Police and City Marshal’s oﬃces are joining over 150 law enforcement agencies across Texas for a warrant roundup beginning March 3. People wanted for failure to comply with court orders or appear in court will have charges ﬁled against them. Defendants with outstanding warrants for trafﬁc and parking violations, city ordinance violations and other violations ﬁled at Municipal Court are urged to contact the court immediately to avoid arrest at home, work or school. The Municipal Court has a list of 3,718 people with outstanding warrants in San Marcos. “We urge anyone who has delinquent cases in San Marcos Municipal Court to contact the court to take care of the matter immediately,” said Rusty Grice, deputy marshal with the San Marcos Marshal’s oﬃce. The warrant roundup was announced Friday at several press conferences across the state. Postcards will be sent to thousands of defendants in the coming week encouraging them to contact the appropriate court to avoid arrest and possibly lose their driver’s license. “People who fail to address tickets at court or fail to comply with court orders are reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety for non-re-
newal of their driver’s licenses,” said Susie Garcia, municipal court administrator. Defendants with charges pending in the San Marcos Municipal Court may come during regular court hours to pay ﬁnes or post bond to schedule a court appearance. The court is located on the second ﬂoor of the Municipal Building, 630 E. Hopkins St. The Municipal Court accepts cash, checks, money orders, cashier’s checks, Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover. Residents may make credit card payments by phone during regular court hours by calling (512) 393-8190. Those who mail in payments should include their driver’s license number and case or ticket number to ensure proper credit. Payments may be mailed to Municipal Court, City of San Marcos, 630 E. Hopkins St. The Municipal Court customer service window is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The court will hold special docket sessions from 9 a.m. to noon March 2 and March 3 to give people an opportunity to appear before the municipal judge. —Courtesy of the city of San Marcos
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Austin NAACP president, bishop address protest and dissent theme By Karen Little The University Star The NAACP Austin chapter president and Austin Diocese bishop emeritus were on campus Thursday in a forum addressing protest and dissent in the black community. More than 30 people were in attendance at the forum hosted by the H.L. Grant Catholic Student Center and Texas State’s Common Experience. John McCarthy, Austin Diocese bishop emeritus, was a member of the civil rights movement and remains active about issues of social justice. McCarthy said people feel they need to protest because their government is ineﬀective. “If your particular economic segment feels as if (they’re) not getting a square deal, all you have to do is write your congressman or (have someone) talk to a senator on your behalf,” McCarthy said. “I say this sarcastically.” He said in the 1950s, black parents wanted their children in suitable schools, but were cut oﬀ from educational freedom and had no medium to deal with school districts. “There was an enthusiasm and hope in the black community that someone like (King) would help drive people together,” McCarthy said. “Those demonstrations were an important tool to speak to America as a body.” Nelson Linder, NAACP Austin chapter president said King’s concern was the country not being dedicated to structural changes. Linder was born in Makin, Ga. during the civil rights movement. This was one of the many elements that encouraged him to join the ﬁght for social justice. The question is how people address these issues, Linder said. “For example, the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) talks about employment discrimination in this country,” Linder said. “We have an increasing wage gap between the rich and the poor. We have a privilege to accomplish,
but yet we live in a so-called free society.” Linder said the challenge is how to talk about issues such as basic human rights and social equality. America has become a passive society, and that was King’s nightmare, he said. “(We) need to put more emphasis on cultural understanding,” Linder said. “That is until we deﬁne our own reality.” Dan Lochman, associate dean and English professor, said King worked diligently for oppressed citizens nationwide. He cited an excerpt from the 1963 letter written by King in a Birmingham city jail to eight Alabama clergymen. “You may ask: ‘Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches and so forth? Isn’t negotiation a better path?’” King wrote. “You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action.” Lochman said the campus has discussed the protest and dissent theme in light of religion and civil rights. “(The theme) is designed to cultivate a college intellectual conversation across campus to enhance student participation in the intellectual life on campus and to foster a sense of community on and oﬀ campus,” he said. Douglas Beckett, library assistant II, was one of the audience members to voice his experience at the end of the forum. Beckett said he was attending San Diego Mesa College when he heard about the 1971 Kent State shootings in which the Ohio National Guard shot and killed four Vietnam War protestors. “I remember the shootings took place and they cancelled our classes for three days,” Beckett said. Today he is a member of the Texas State Employment Union, which will protest state wage increase and lobby state congressmen for increases. “Even doing nothing is a decision,” Beckett said. “For me, that is one of the toughest problems.”
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Monty Marion/Star photo Bryan Joy, civil engineering junior, readies to return the ball during an evening game of racquetball at the Student Recreation Center. Students can call up to 24 hours in advance to reserve a court for free for a one-hour period.
Students receive job interviewing tips from the experts By Molly Berkenhoﬀ The University Star A forum hosted by Career Services Thursday gave students a chance to hear what potential employers might expect from those seeking a job. The presentation, titled “Beyond the First Interview,” featured speakers Mike Peterson of ExxonMobil, Roselyn Morris, accounting department chair and Curt Schafer, director of Career Services. Each gave tips to students on the details of preparing a successful interview, and what employers look
for in a prospective employee. The speakers suggested considering all aspects, from attire to what to order for dinner and how to ensure the grammatical correctness of written responses to potential employers. One tip oﬀered was that students should delete memberships to social networking Web sites such as MySpace or Facebook, which may cause employers to harbor bias against would-be employees. “Employers don’t want to see pictures of you partying all over the Internet,” Schafer said. “They want to know they’re
hiring someone they can count on to be sober and prepared to work on Monday morning.” In addition to learning preparative steps for the pre-interview process, students were given comprehensive information on what skills and characteristics interviewers seek to ﬁnd during the interview itself. “The most noticeable positive attribute I look for is good communication skills,” Peterson said. “It’s important for students to remember everyone you compete against has good grades, otherwise they wouldn’t have been called in for the interview. It’s
the interpersonal skills that have to shine through to make an impact, and that separates you from the pack.” The presentation covered information not always available in the classroom setting. “They brought up some points that I wouldn’t have normally considered on my own,” Travis Deming, marketing senior said. Jonathan Pliego, a Career Services adviser who helped host the event, said the presentation achieved its desired eﬀect. “It was a great success. There was great interaction and ques-
tions from the students which will assist them in their career planning,” said Pliego. Panelists said that interview preparation is not only a necessity for those entering into the business world, but for students of all majors. “Practicing for an interview is hugely important,” Schafer said. “It’s just like being a part of a basketball team. Students seem to think that they can give a great interview on command without realizing that an interview is much diﬀerent than carrying on a normal conversation.”
✯FYI Career Services suggests preparing for an interview through both practice and conducting informational interviews. The department offers mock-interviews in both one-on-one and group interview format. To arrange a mock-interview, contact career services at (512) 245-2645, or to stop by in person. Career Services is located in the LBJ Student Center, Room 5-7.1.
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New parking garage, more land for KTSW radio tower approved Bill Lancaster University Star Texas State received approval Friday to begin construction of a new parking garage. The Texas State University System Board of Regents approved the major campus construction project in their quarterly meeting in Austin. Bill Nance, vice president of Finance and Support Services, said approval of the Speck Street parking garage construction means the school will immediately begin replacing parking next to the LBJ Student Center.
“It is probably going to be mostly student parking with some restricted parking for faculty who work on the west side of campus,” Nance said. Another project approved was the renovation of Commons Hall. Both projects are part of the campus master plan. The board also approved proceeding with plans to purchase land for a new radio tower for KTSW. University President Denise Trauth said obtaining land for the tower was a two-step process and the approval only starts the process. “We have permission to plan
the process but we need to go forward and make sure we have the appraisal and that this is the right piece of land,” Trauth said. The meeting also marked the start of Student Regent Magdalena Manzano’s term of oﬃce. “There are over 70,000 students in the system” said Manzano, Sam Houston State international business senior. “(My job is) just to have the perspective of the students in the meetings…to have input of what I think my fellow classmates think. Kyle Morris, Associated Student Government President, and Vice President Amanda Oskey
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nity network of individuals who can support them.” Powell, an honors program graduate, received the Walter Richter Humanitarian Award from Alumni Aﬀairs Saturday. When Powell became aware of being the recipient of the prestigious award, she wanted to thank her inﬂuential professors. “I was really shocked and honored,” she said. “I don’t feel I’m quite there yet in terms of deserving, but I’m really ﬂattered. I had some really, really amazing professors like Dr. Robert Gorman and some really great people who have supported me along the way.” Powell’s work with FAIR Fund came after working various other world organizations like Green Peace, World Cancer Research, Youth Against AIDS, and the Center for Youth Integration. It all began, Powell said, with a women’s shelter in Germany where she learned of a women she believed to be a mail order bride. Powell said the MTV ﬁlm was effective in Eastern Europe, but was not widely circulated in the United States. The ﬁlm follows the paths of several women who are trapped in the traﬃcking life and others who are clients. “It really it shows the European perspective of the traﬃcking situation,” Powell said. “It shows the other sides, like the clientele of the girls.” Programs like Campus Coalition, a FAIR Fund Project, is an eﬀort to raise awareness of traﬃcking among college campuses and the Link system, a method of safe security for individuals traveling to and from all parts of Europe. “Say we have a girl in Moldova, and she says she has a job in New
York. Then, we can hook her up with a someone in New York to check on her to verify the job opportunity,” Powell said. Jeﬀ Turner, electronic media junior, said the ﬁlm brought a high level of awareness. “Of course (human traﬃcking), touches all parts of the world,” Turner said. It was a good documentary that was focused right on the Eastern European life trade. I don’t think people understand how much it goes on even in America.” Powell’s accomplishments with FAIR Fund, Turner said, are the start of more to come. “It makes me feel better about my potential coming here,” Turner said. “I’m really impressed with everything that she has done, and I think that there is a lot of potential at Texas State…. It is a rising star. She’s done a great job. I’m sure there are a lot of ‘diamonds in the rough’ here.” Turner, who plans to join the coalition, wants to talk about the injustices occurring and what students can do to help. “Campus Coalition sounds like a good step in the right direction,” he said. “Although this isn’t exactly polite conversation, it’s really important for people to talk about to spread the awareness.” Diann McCabe, assistant director of the Mitte Honors Program, said Powell’s presentation, which is part of the Common Experience initiative, is meant to inform students and have them inquire about solutions. “I knew about human traﬃcking before but I learned a lot more tonight… I think a lot of students feel the same way,” McCabe said. “I think events like these open a lot of doors. For example, Andrea, she volunteered at a women’s shelter, and that’s how she got into this work.”
represented Texas State in the Student Advisory Board, supporting four legislative items. The advisory board supports a tax-free holiday on textbooks proposed by State Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, and an athletic service fee proposed by State Sen. Jeﬀ Wentworth, R-San Antonio, Morris said. The advisory board also supported bills that would protect the names of some universities and keep universities aﬀordable. “(The regents) were very receptive,” Morris said. “We don’t always agree, but they respect our ideas.”
Leslie Huling, grant director for the Education Policy Implementation Center, presented examples of the work Texas State University System is doing to provide better teacher training in the state through training and retention initiatives. The Education Policy Implementation Center, based at the Round Rock Higher Education Center, partners Texas State University System schools with the Texas Education Agency to improve education in Texas using the Math for English Language Learners program and the No Child Left Behind initiative.
Chancellor Charles Matthews said he would make a report to the Legislature on the impact Texas State has on education in the state primarily in the area of math and science. The state recently mandated that high school students take four years of math and four of science, and Texas State University System educates more math and science teachers than anyone else in the state, Mathews said. “Let’s let the Legislature and Texas know that when you think of who is doing the work in that area, they should think of Texas State” Matthews said.
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on how to solve the ones that rise. “Zoning is always changeable, we have some ideas in play, where properties are in good shape and we just have to present this to our elected oﬃcials,” Bell said. Similar city issues that have presented themselves to senators have been issues pertaining to the practices of certain towing companies.
“We are going to try and get testimony, as well as written aﬃdavits,” said Sen. C.J. Morgan, who authored the legislation. The legislation will be up for vote at the Feb. 26 ASG meeting. It states that some towing companies are charging higher fees than others and have been acting in a predatory manner. The senate aﬃrmed appointments for ASG representatives to various councils and committees. The nominations require
approval by those organizations. Representative for the Council of Neighborhood Associations will be David Brown. Eric Heggie will be nominee for the assistant Legislative Relations director and ASG Sen. Bogan Durr will be the nominee for the representative to the Transportation and Parking Committee. Executive Assistant Rachel Fletcher will be the nominee for the Tuition and Appeals Refund Committee representative.
where they were standing. “What I was doing was utilizing what I had experienced in prior interaction with the university administration on the issue of petitions and testing it within the context of university policy,” Morris said. Morris said he voted for the 2004 legislation changing the qualiﬁcations for president, but said he thinks it’s time to make a change. “That was three years ago,” Morris said. “That was a lot of time and we’ve had the ability to change. I think we’re more established. I think that evolution of ASG is still occurring, but I think we’re a little more systematic. I think it’s not as accelerated and unpredictable as it once was.” Before 6 p.m. Monday, Morris said he would ask the Senate to call for a referendum amending the constitution. By the 7 p.m. Senate meeting, the legislation had been written. The Senate passed a motion to accept it as an emergency agenda item. The legislation then received the 2/3 majority required to send it to the student body. Morgan said the issue has been discussed for some time. He expects the amendment to pass referendum. “This has been in the works for the last couple of weeks,” Morgan said. “It’s not that they went behind our backs. What they did is part of the democratic process.” Baker said the Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils are tentatively planning to cancel the petition. “We are very pleased that the senators of the Associated Student Government have voted and approved that this issue be taken to referendum for a student vote,” Pumphrey and Baker said in a written statement. “We would hope that we may work collaboratively in conjunction with Kyle (Morris), (ASG Vice President) Amanda (Oskey), and the senators in making sure students have the opportunity to voice their opinions in time to be in eﬀect
for this year’s ASG elections.” The other amendment slated for referendum is Senate reformation. If passed, it will reapportion the Senate to include on-campus, oﬀ-campus and at large seats. It will add 20 seats to the Senate as well. The legislation failed last semester. It was tabled last week after a prolonged debate, and senators agreed to rewrite the bill in a way that would satisfy both sides of the issue. Sen. Rebecca Quillin, who gave up authorship of the bill last week, resumed the role this week and it passed in its original form. Students will vote on Senate reformation in March, along with the presidential requirements. Both amendments will take eﬀect before April’s ASG elections. Also on the agenda was the ‘Progressive Reformation’ that would have allowed qualiﬁcations for Senate seats to be lowered if passed in student referendum. “Grades are not an accurate reﬂection of their leadership abilities,” Morgan said. “This should go to referendum and let the students decide.” The legislation originally called for the required grade point average to be lowered to 2.35 and the vice presidential qualiﬁcation be lowered to 2.50. However, an amendment was made to raise the senator requirement to 2.40 and the vice president requirement to 2.60. “This is lowering the requirement to less than a C plus,” Sen. Daniel Browning said. “This is just ridiculous and just doesn’t make sense.” Opposition revolved around statements that students who are not making the current requirement should focus their time on their grades rather than ASG. “I’m really disappointed the Senate sets this standard,” Morgan said. “What makes us have the right to not pass this to where the student body couldn’t vote on it?” The legislation failed to receive the 2/3 majority required to send it to referendum.
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Morris said the policy prevents students from collecting signatures on the petition until March 21. Garrison disagreed, saying the word “event” in the policy refers to the referendum, not the collection of signatures. Morris said in the e-mail ASG and his administration would not certify signatures collected before March 21. After learning the Dean of Students’ Oﬃce gave Pumphrey and Baker the go-ahead on collecting signatures, Morris said he would accept signatures collected before March 21. “If the signatures come in today they’re valid,” Morris said. “Beginning today, they’re totally valid. They have until next Friday (March 2) at 5 p.m. to get the necessary 10 percent. And that has yet to be determined, we have to go down to the twelfth day roster to ﬁgure that out.” Morris said he does not think Pumphrey and Baker would have gathered the necessary signatures. In the ﬁnal part of the e-mail, Morris said he expected Student Justice to prosecute any students collecting signatures for the petition before March 21. “Clearly that’s a constitutional right that’s at the highest level,” Garrison said. “Whatever the university policy is going to be about (the issue) is going to mirror the constitution. That’s a basic right. The last thing we would do is discipline a student who is trying to address some ills, some issues they think are inappropriate through a petition.” Morris said the issue was dead after the dean of students ruled the petition may begin. He said he was basing his understanding of university policy involving petitions on an incident that occurred at the beginning of the semester, when administrators asked that ASG members collecting petition signatures move to another part of the LBJ Student Center from
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Lucy’s celebrates its short journey from generic bar to live music venue By Maira Garcia The University Star
Five years ago, Lucy’s San Marcos was Cocktails and Dreams — a name inspired by a 1988 ﬁlm starring Tom Cruise — a bar that was more of a hangout versus a live music venue. Brian Scoﬁeld, the owner of Lucy’s, said he never thought he would own a bar. “I went to business school at (University of Texas) and afterward I worked for a guy who owned a few Subways and convenience stores and handled all the paperwork for him,” Scoﬁeld said. “The guy went into business with Lucy’s in Austin and I did paperwork and bartending for the club as well. I realized it was something I wanted to do.” Lucy’s was born in February 2002, when Scoﬁeld purchased Cocktails and Dreams. The bar and venue is celebrating its ﬁveyear anniversary with shows all week long. The name of the club stems from the original Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar located in Syracuse, N.Y. Austin and New Orleans are also home to clubs of the same name. “I saw an opportunity to expand the name from Austin to San Marcos. I said, ‘there needs to be a club like it in San Marcos,’” Scoﬁeld said. In the beginning, Scoﬁeld said Lucy’s was a full-time job where he did the work of several people. “The ﬁrst year was tough. For the ﬁrst 18 months I was at Lucy’s everyday. Even now I’m there usually from Tuesday through Thursday,” he said. “It was exhausting. I didn’t have the money to hire as much staﬀ then so I would be doing the clean up after the show, bartending, all the scheduling and booking bands.”
Cotton Miller/Star photo LIFE SPAN: Mixed media artist Linnea Glatt will hold a lecture and opening ceremony of her exhibit titled Split Second Tuesday at the JCM art gallery.
Danny Rodriguez/Star file photo HIGH ENERGY: Doug Hanshaw, University of Texas alumnus and member of Clap!Clap! entertains a packed crowd Nov. 11 at Lucy’s San Marcos. Clap!Clap!Clap! will play Friday as as part of Lucy’s ﬁve-year anniversary.
eople that didn’t normally go to The Square would have a place to go instead of Austin and have a really good time.” —Brian Scoﬁeld owner, Lucy’s San Marcos
Despite the time and work it took for Scoﬁeld to startup Lucy’s, he said he knew there needed to be a place for live music lovers to go. “It went from being a frat hangout to music club charging a cover every night,” he said. “The turnover in the club clientele was toward the rock or music kid. People that didn’t normally go to The Square would have a place to go instead of Austin and have a really good
time.” In the process, Lucy’s developed a steady lineup of bands that play to this day. Robbie Doyen, lead singer for Robbie and the Robots and host of Open Mic Night at Lucy’s, said Lucy’s has been a contributor to the San Marcos live music scene. “Robbie and the Robots have been there the whole ﬁve years. Lucy’s has done a good job of showcasing local artists and bigger bands as well,” Doyen said.
Scoﬁeld said he likes the fact that Lucy’s hosts bands from all kinds of genres. “We’ve prided ourselves on the diversity of music. We feature all types of music from country like Ryan Bales Band to punk shows,” he said. For the future, Scoﬁeld said he hopes Lucy’s will continue to be a place for local musicians and also attract more big name artists. “I’d really like to continue Lucy’s being the place where younger bands can get their start,” Scoﬁeld said. “There are lots of bands you see grow up, like Clap!Clap!, who had their ﬁrst show here on a Sunday at 9 p.m. Now they’re playing Emo’s in Austin and bigger places like that.”
By Ashley Wilrich Special to the Star Art is a form of expression, which describes mixed media artist, Linnea Glatt. Glatt, of Dallas, will be holding a lecture and opening ceremony of her exhibit, Split Second, Tuesday. Many of her pieces are stitched drawings, including one large drawing, “Split Second,” and a long series of drawings as one piece, entitled “Life Span.” “I like the idea of using the hand craft of stitching, all done on mulberry paper. It’s something that we are not used to seeing,” Glatt said. Glatt is known for her mixed media sculptures, but wanted to make a change with the stitched drawings. These colorful stitched drawings are previously hand drawn then either hand stitched or machine stitched. “I like the interconnection of the lines, it’s a diﬀerent way of making a line. I love the process. The kind of materials speak to
me,” Glatt said. Her lecture will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Joanne Cole Mitte Art Building, Room 2121. She will be covering the diﬀerent pieces displayed in the exhibit and touch on the many diﬀerent public pieces she has done in the past, including sculpture, drawings and installations. Glatt said she has been an artist since she was a small child. She has always known art was her passion. “Art is really fulﬁlling to me, I think it chose me,” Glatt said. The exhibit will be on display through March 20 in Gallery II of JCM. The exhibit may be viewed 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. JCM Gallery Director Mary Mikel Stump is excited about the opening of the exhibit. “I admire the work that Linnea Glatt has done over the years,” Stump said. “She has been a central ﬁgure in Texas Arts for many years.”
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McNeal returns undaunted from Hollywood run with American Idol By Clara Cobb The University Star Jimmy McNeal laughs with his whole being — a response that could be considered appropriate for someone who has no regrets. McNeal, sound recording senior, is back home after an American Idol audition process led him to Hollywood. McNeal did not make the ﬁnal cut for the competition-reality show, and he laughed as he said he is not giving up on his dreams. “I am not going to quit,” he said. “I am deﬁnitely not a quitter.” McNeal’s interest in music performance began in his hometown, Waxahachie. Gail Stutts Harrell was his high school choir director. “His singing exudes his personality exactly,” she said. “It’s almost like you’re singing with him.” Harrell said McNeal is always upbeat, happy and positive — a person who is neither frivolous about friendship, nor short of friends. Comments and support from friends during the audition process proved they are his biggest fans, McNeal said. “That’s just my personality,” he said. “I love people, getting to know them. I was very, very sur-
t kinda broke me down, I’m “I not gonna lie to you.
I got all teary-eyed, like ‘this is really happening.’ Even now when I read the comments, it keeps me motivated.” —Jimmy McNeal performer, American Idol
prised at the amount of support I was getting.” McNeal said because of his campus involvement, which includes being a resident assistant and president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he said he is “well-known” on campus and thankful for the response. “It kinda broke me down, I’m not gonna lie to you,” he said. “I got all teary-eyed, like ‘this is really happening.’ Even now when I read the comments, it keeps me motivated.” In addition to studying music, McNeal hopes to pursue vocal performance as both a career and a passion. “I feel like this passion God has
given me to sing, I want that to be heard,” McNeal said. “Not just at Texas State, not just in Waxahachie, but the whole world. I know if I work hard, I can accomplish my goals.” This was his fourth audition for the show. Since McNeal placed in the top 40 before being eliminated, he is no longer eligible to compete on American Idol. “I’m very thankful for American Idol showing my audition. I have no regrets,” he said. “I have learned to go for my dreams and keep trying. It is not an easy road, but if you just stand ﬁrm and don’t live your life through regrets basically, you can fulﬁll your dreams.” Harrell said McNeal is still well known at his high school and various communities where he performed. She has a picture of McNeal on her wall among photos of former students, to remind herself and others to believe in dreams. “He’s been there nine years and he’ll be there forever,” she said. “That’s how he is. Once he’s with you, he’s with you forever.” McNeal plans to keep laughing and keep singing. “Everything happens for a reason. I am glad to be home,” McNeal said. “Home is where the heart is, home is a good place to be.”
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he Lone Star State has critical needs, and this university is responding. As career ﬁelds expand and technology advances, the need for nurses and engineers in Central Texas has grown.
PROMINENCE Engineering, nursing schools will boost university’s image
Texas State has moved forward with plans for both a nursing and an engineering school. Not only will this move make Texas State more competitive as a university and increase funding, but it will attend to needs in Texas as well. The prestige brought by these additions is the beginning of raising Texas State’s image to a Tier 1 status. Adding these programs should attract more students and bring a higher level of prominence to the university. With more students attending, Texas State will receive more funding and more national recognition. Currently, nursing by the numbers looks bleak. Employment for registered nurses will grow faster than any other occupation through 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2020, more than 808,400 jobs for full-time registered nurses are expected to go unﬁlled nationwide, according to the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, the national average is 825 registered nurses per 100,000 people in a population, according to the St. David’s Community Health Foundation Web site. Texas has only 646 registered nurses per 100,000 people. But the major issue in the shortage of nurses is hiring a ready workforce. The lack of spots for students in nursing schools is a main contributor to this problem. In 2004, nursing schools were forced to turn away 4,200 qualiﬁed applicants. With another school in a critical location, more students will have the opportunity to become qualiﬁed and put a dent in the nursing shortage. Nursing is not alone in the problem. In order for the state to remain competitive for business and economic development, it is imperative to have an educated engineering workforce. By 2010, the number of jobs for engineers and computer scientists is expected to grow by 36 percent. However, from 1985 to 2004 the number of undergraduate engineering degrees in the U.S. dropped by 20 percent, according to the American Society for Engineering Education. In order to keep and attract new industry to Central Texas, engineers must be trained and ready to hire locally. Central Texas has one of the lowest-aged work forces in the nation. With the opening of the engineering school, this statistic for development will only become more attractive for economic growth and industry. When there is a need, there are two courses of action: to ignore or to respond with results. Central Texas is one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. Kudos to Texas State for growing with it. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reﬂect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.
Obama perfect candidate for first black president It seems very ﬁtting for Black History Month that we may witness the start of black history being made. On February 10, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama made BRANDON SIMMONS his oﬃcial announceStar Columnist ment that he will run for the presidency. There has been a huge buzz for Obama to run for the Oval Oﬃce. He has even generated more attention than his rival for the Democratic nomination, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. Yet with all the attention he has garnered, is the United States really ready to vote in Obama as its ﬁrst black president? Our society has made improvements in race relations over the years, but there is still progress that needs to be made. Today, racism is an issue — even in national politics. While making his announcement for a presidential run Jan. 31, Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden made some questionably oﬀensive comments about Obama. Biden said that Obama was “the ﬁrst mainstream African-American (presidential candidate) who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean that’s a storybook, man.” Sometimes it can be amazing how even top public oﬃcials are so ignorant. What does he mean by “storybook?” Joseph Biden must live in a storybook if he thinks Obama was supposed to come out tap dancing and saying “I’s a gon be president.” Biden needs to recognize that there have been other highproﬁle African-Americans who have ran for president, such as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Alan Keyes. These men may not have had the same publicity as Obama, but they are all respected individuals for their articulation and perspectives. So what does this mean for Obama’s political future? People have apprehensions about him. They feel that Obama would only help out African-Americans, who make up only 13 percent of the country. That is approximately 34 million people out of 300 million. Obama won’t just have to appeal to AfricanAmericans. He will have to appeal to all of America. Obama needs to make sure he seals the Democratic nomination. Despite his current spotlight time, he is second in the polls behind Clinton. As a U.S. senator since 2000, Clinton has more national experience in politics. Obama was just elected to the U.S. Senate two years ago, but has worked in the Illinois state senate for roughly eight years. Women makeup more than half of the country and it could be possible that they would like to see another woman in charge. Then there is the extra detail that she was First Lady to former President Bill Clinton, who served an eight-year term in the White House. It’s highly possible Hillary Clinton learned something during that time. Obama deserves to not only win the nomination; he deserves to be president. America should get ready for a changing of the guard; because just like the Sam Cooke song says, “A change is gonna come.”
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Population growth often not considered factor in global warming By Jack Z. Smith McClatchy Newspapers (MCT) When it comes to the redhot issue of global warming, there’s a 10,000-pound elephant in the room that the news media and politicians are largely ignoring: The world’s unremitting population growth. The top authority on global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released a major report Feb. 2. It concluded for the ﬁrst time that the evidence for global warming is “unequivocal.” This group of hundreds of leading scientists also said it is more than 90 percent certain that the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) and other human activity such as the destruction of rain forests is the cause of most emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping “greenhouse
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he U.S. and other nations should put much more emphasis on reining in global population growth. gases” that are warming up the earth. Researchers say global warming could potentially produce disastrous results ranging from ﬂooding of heavily populated coastal cities to the expansion of deserts in Africa. If the panel proves correct about the role of human activity, we obviously should be troubled by the fact that the world is gaining about 75 million more people each year. That’s more than three times the population of Texas. The more humans there are, the more human activity there will be (such as operating power plants and driving cars)
that increases greenhouse-gas emissions contributing to global warming. Population growth also contributes to other major global ills. Earth’s population is approaching 6.6 billion, more than double the 3 billion people inhabiting the third rock from the sun when John F. Kennedy was elected president in 1960. Substantial population growth is expected for many decades to come, even if birth rates continue declining somewhat. The world could hold more than 9 billion people before we reach mid-century. In the wake of the panel’s report on global warming, I
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read about 20 news stories and commentaries on the topic. I don’t recall a single one citing Earth’s nonstop population growth as a primary concern in terms of global warming. Politicians and the media talk and write incessantly of the need to embrace measures to slow global warming: reduce consumption of fossil fuels, expand reliance on renewable energy such as wind power and biofuels, raise fuel economy standards for vehicles and increase the energy eﬃciency of everything from light bulbs to computer chips. Those are all worthy goals, but the crucial issue of population growth usually gets short shrift. Population growth is also aggravating other global problems: poverty, air pollution, water pollution, water shortages, loss of arable land, destruction of forests, the decline of many
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plant and animal species and the spread of diseases such as cholera, tuberculosis and AIDS. In much of poverty-plagued Africa and other backward areas of the world, many poor women who have minimal schooling and live in male-dominated societies bear more children than they actually want and often begin having them at an early age. Their children bear more children, continuing the poverty cycle. The U.S. and other nations should put much more emphasis on reining in global population growth. More strong family-planning programs are needed worldwide to reduce the number of unwanted children (and, correspondingly, reduce the number of abortions. Just as important, education systems throughout the world should teach students about
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the negative impacts of continued heavy population growth and the many stresses it puts on the planet. It’s an increasing concern in the fast-growing DallasFort Worth area and Texas as a whole. Our quality of life and peace of mind are being threatened by air and water pollution, transportation gridlock, the loss of open space and wildlife habitat, and other headaches that are the product of an increasingly congested and urbanized society. Adding more people doesn’t necessarily equate to a better quality of life. We’ll increasingly realize that if we keep adding 75 million people to the planet each year. Jack Z. Smith is an editorial writer for the Fort Worth StarTelegram. Readers may write to him via e-mail at email@example.com. The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a distribution of 8,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright February 20, 2007. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.
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Bobcat softball leaves tournament 3-2 By Carl Harper The University Star The Bobcat softball team took its game on the road for the ﬁrst time this season, coming away with a 3-2 weekend record at the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston. Texas State faced the University of Houston Thursday, losing 2-0. Pitcher Ragan Blake cruised through ﬁve innings, but gave up a two-run homer to Angel Shamblin in the sixth frame. Blake took the loss, giving up four hits and striking out six Cougars. Texas State recorded just one hit in the game, an Alex Newton single in the sixth inning. Bobcat coach Ricci Woodard’s club rebounded Friday with victories over Southern Illinois and Centenary 1-0 and 5-3, respectively. Sophomore Jetta Weinheimer provided offense oﬀ the bench, scoring the winning run against Southern Illinois and hitting a clutch twoRBI single against Centenary.
straight walks to pull within a run. Weinheimer’s two-RBI single to right capped the rally. The team concluded its weekend in Houston Saturday — Ricci Woodard with a 7-1 loss to No. 5 LSU and a 3-0 shutout against Missoftball coach souri State. Sophomore Karen Taylor ﬁnished with three hits on the day, including an RBI Sarah Lancour was perfect double against Missouri State. through four innings against “The sophomore class is a Southern Illinois before giv- great group of talent,” Wooding up a leadoﬀ double in the ard said. “To see Karen come ﬁfth. She went on to retire the oﬀ the bench like she did just remaining 12 batters and cap- tells you this team is capable of tured her ﬁrst win as a senior, being great. Jetta is on ﬁre and striking out 11. is hitting the ball well for us in Blake allowed three runs on the games and in practice.” six hits and a walk en route to Lancour had her shortest beating Centenary 5-3. The outing of the season against the Bobcats found themselves Tigers, relieved by freshman down 3-1 until the ﬁfth frame, Elizabeth Dennis in the third when they rallied for four inning. Leslie Klein of the Tiruns. gers hit a home run to give her Lacey Duncan led oﬀ the club a 2-0 lead. The Tigers kept inning with a single, followed up the oﬀense against Dennis. by a sacriﬁce bunt from New- The Bobcat freshman gave up ton. After Ali McCormack was ﬁve runs in 2.2 innings. called out on batter’s interferChelsea Giroux picked up ence, Texas State drew three the only Bobcats’ RBI, with a
he sophomore class is a great group of talent.”
single in the sixth inning. But LSU pitcher Tiﬀany Garcia retired three straight Bobcats in the next inning to record her second win. Garcia gave up one run on four hits and nine strikeouts. A sacriﬁce ﬂy from McCormack and back-to-back RBI doubles by Taylor and Leah Boatright in the ﬁrst inning provided all the oﬀense Blake needed to close out the weekend with a win over Missouri State. The pitcher allowed no runs on two hits and seven strikeouts for the complete game shutout. “The team is really starting to come together,” Woodard said. “The more teams we play the better we get.” Woodard’s team will head to Miami Thursday to wrap up the regular season tournament at the Golden Panther Invitational, hosted by Florida International University. The Bobcats are set to play Stanford, Marist College, Syracuse and Florida International. Tournament play begins Friday.
TRACK: Kostetskaya takes 800 meter, advances to NCAA indoor meet
Jason Brown/Texas State Media Relations PULLING AHEAD: Katya Kostetskaya, junior, brings home the baton during the Bobcats’ ﬁrst place ﬁnish in the women’s 4x400 meter relay over the weekend.
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eclipsed the old mark of 16.00 meters, held by former Bobcat Tiﬀany Bunton. Ruston also earned a provisional qualifying mark for the March 9 and 10 NCAA Indoor Championships. “I was glad I actually did it because it wasn’t my best meet,” Ruston said. “I was too excited but I was able to salvage it.” With a provisional mark ensuring nothing, Abby will compete this weekend in an attempt to solidify her qualiﬁcation into the national indoor championships. “It is a little irritating that I didn’t take care of business, but I usually save my best for last,” Ruston said. “I would love to make it to indoor nationals, especially since this is my last year of NCAA eligibility.” Liudmila Litvinova and Kostetskaya each won individual championships, capturing the 400-meter and the 800-meter titles, respectively. It was Litvinova’s ﬁrst event of the season. “I haven’t run any events before this,” Litninova said. “This is my ﬁrst win since freshman year. I just wanted to see results. I accomplished certain goals and this gives me more motivation.” Kostetskaya’s win came a week after running the fastest Austin Byrd/Star Photo UNDER WRAPS: Bobcats guard Antwoine Blanchard gets held up on the way to the basket Thursday night against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Bobcats fell to the Islanders 99-89.
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15, 2005. Texas State improved to 9-17 overall and 4-9 in the Southland Conference. But the win didn’t come easy for the Bobcats, who had to rally from an eight-point deﬁcit with 14 minutes and 12 seconds remaining in the second half. Senior guard Antwoine Blanchard sparked a 20-6 run over the next six minutes, giving the Bobcats a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the night. Blanchard ignited the run by feeding Matt Fullenwider a layup, cutting the UTSA lead to 51-45. He then capped oﬀ the game-changing run, over
six minutes later, with a threepointer that gave the Bobcats a 63-57 lead with 7:48 remaining in regulation. Blanchard scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half, and ﬁnished the game with a teamhigh ﬁve assists and two steals. Junior forward Chris Agwumaro continued his tremendous play of late, leading all scorers with 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the ﬂoor, including 9of-10 on free throws. “He’s becoming the player we thought he would be,” Davalos said. “He’s being aggressive and attacking the basket, and not over-analyzing when the ball is in his hands. I love to see that because we’ve needed him to step up and he certainly has.” Agwumaro’s performance fol-
lowed a career-high 22 points against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Thursday, in a wild 99-89 loss to the visiting Islanders. Early turnovers and hot shooting from Josh Washington plagued Texas State, as the Bobcats fell behind 38-19 with 6:33 left in the ﬁrst half. The Bobcats responded by closing out the ﬁrst half on a 22-12 run, and headed into the locker room trailing 50-41 at halftime. Junior forward Brent Holder helped spark the Bobcats, scoring eight of his 17 points in the ﬁnal minutes of the ﬁrst half. But the Islanders answered with an 18-point lead with 11:21 remaining in regulation. Texas State cut the lead to eight points twice down the stretch,
at the 6:17 and 4:42 marks of the second half. Each time the Islanders responded, proving why they are the best team in the Southland Conference this season with a 19-5 record overall and a 10-1 record in league play. “They did a good job of handling our pressure,” Davalos said. “And I thought that was as good as we could pressure them. They made the plays when we put the heat on them, and they got the win because of it.” Up next for the Bobcats is Stephen F. Austin 7 p.m. Thursday in Nacogdoches. Texas State plays its ﬁnal home game of the season at 4 p.m. Saturday at Strahan Coliseum, against Sam Houston State.
800 meters in womens’ competition this season, at the Tyson Invitation in Arkansas. “It felt good to win, but it’s more important to win (the NCAA Indoor Championships),” Kostetskaya said. Both women were members of the conference championship 4x400-meter relay team, which includes Iris Darrington and team captain Camilla Davis. The team turned in a time of three minutes, 47.27 seconds, outpacing SHSU, which ﬁnished second at 3:47.65. “We are always concerned and tried to concentrate,” Litvinova said. “We have never lost (the relay) since I’ve been here. It is a tradition for us to win it.” Freshman Sonetriya Mayﬁeld also earned a league title in the women’s triple jump, with a distance of 12.03 meters. Her performance did not go unnoticed by Bukharina. “She competed with such a high desire to win and with such passion, that I have never seen before.” Bukharina said. “I wish everybody could be so conﬁdent. She just raised the bar. Texas-San Antonio won the men’s competition. “Coach expected us to step up,” Melin said. “We will perform better at the (SLC Outdoor Championships). It was good for everyone’s conﬁdence to see that we can step up.”
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tennistrouble Texas State tennis dropped a 7-0 match to SMU Monday, its second consecutive defeat after beating North Texas 5-2 Saturday. The Bobcats, 3-3, also lost 6-1 to TexasArlington. Ashley Ellis provided the team’s best chance for points Monday, but lost in three sets to Natalia Bubien, 2-6, 6-2, and 14-12. The Bobcats’ road trip concludes 11 a.m. Tuesday against TCU, ranked 16th in the nation. TCU last played Texas State in 2005, and holds a 5-0 advantage all-time. — Compiled from other news services
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Baseball team nabs weekend sweep By Jacob Mustafa The University Star Recovery must be a quick process for Texas State baseball. The Bobcats swept three games over the weekend, beating Texas A&M-Prairie View and Notre Dame after Tuesday’s 10-4 loss to Baylor. Texas State’s wins hit both ends of the spectrum, from an offense-heavy 22-6 victory over the Panthers Friday night to a tense, 2-1 Saturday win against the Fighting Irish. The team ended the weekend with a 6-0 shutout of Notre Dame Sunday, in which the Bobcats collected no extrabase hits. Sophomore pitcher Mike Hart prevented the Fighting Irish from scoring after the fourth inning of Saturday’s game. Hart received a no-decision despite pitching six innings of on-hit baseball. Jason Baca, 3-0, threw two innings of no-hit baseball in relief for the win. “I just get the opportunities and I get in there,” Baca said. “Some have been tight, some have been some rough ones.” Coach Ty Harrington said the team’s wins this weekend were the product of good defense and a strong oﬀense, but mostly dominant pitching performances. “I’m prouder of the pitching than probably anything else this weekend,” Harrington said. Kyle Gembler combined with closer Justin Fiske for a two-hit shutout of the Irish Sunday afternoon, helping tie the all-time series at 3-3. “It’s good to have them come down here and lose two games to us,” Gembler said. “To beat a school as well-known as them,
it’s good for our conﬁdence.” Harrington said while he may be seeing great things out of Hart and Gembler at the top of the rotation currently, he takes their success with a grain of salt. “I feel them growing,” Harrington said. “My only comfort level with them is that I know they’re still getting better.” Sunday’s dominance lacked all of the drama associated with a controversial game Saturday, in which ﬁrst baseman David Wood hit his third home run of the season to tie the score at 11. The Bobcats scored the ﬁnal run of the game due in part to a catcher’s interference call in the eighth inning. Wood also contributed a home run in Friday night’s blowout of A&M-Prairie View, leaving him with two homers, four RBIs and six runs, batting .500 over the three games. “I’m just seeing the ball real well right now,” said Wood. “But it seems like the whole team is seeing the ball well.” Included in that group is leadoﬀ man Thomas Field, who hit his ﬁrst college grand-slam Friday night. The shortstop’s home run in the bottom of the seventh was his only hit of the night, despite the fact he was on base four times. “That’s what they ask of the leadoﬀ guy, to get on base any way possible,” said Field. “I feel like I’ve ﬁlled that role.” Third baseman Adam Witek follows Field in the lineup, and in strategy. Witek was 2-for-3 Sunday, yet was on base ﬁve times due to two errors and a hit-bypitch from Fighting Irish pitcher Dan Kapala. “I’m supposed to do a lot of
Austin Byrd/Star Photo THE BAD LUCK OF THE IRISH: Freshman outﬁelder Laurn Randell prepares to slide into third base Saturday afternoon at Nelson Wolff Stadium in San Antonio. The Bobcats defeated the Fighting Irish 2-1 Saturday and 6-0 in game two Sunday afternoon.
things — bunt when I need to — and I just hope to execute well,” Witek said. “I just take what I can get, and someone once told me you’re supposed to stay in there when they give you a free base.” The Bobcats face the Texas
Longhorns for the ﬁrst time this season 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Austin. The Longhorns, currently ranked No. 14 in the nation by Baseball America, will begin a two-week home stand against Texas State. The Longhorns
defeated Texas State twice in 2006. The 6-5 Longhorns will look to continue momentum they gained this weekend, winning two of three against Stanford in Round Rock. Their game against
the Bobcats will be their ﬁrst in Austin this season. “I think we’re oﬀ to a courageous start,” said Harrington. “(Texas is) without three of their starters and they just keep plodding along.”
Track and field take home seven titles at league championships t is a little “I irritating that I didn’t take care By Scott Strickman The University Star
Jason Brown/Texas State Media Relations READY TO LAUNCH: Robert Melin, sophomore, took ﬁrst place in the men’s shot put competition during the Southland Conference Indoor Championships, held at the University of Houston.
Two Bobcats broke records on consecutive days over the weekend in Houston, as the track and ﬁeld team took home seven titles at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships. The women’s squad ﬁnished second in the overall team competition, behind ﬁrstplace Sam Houston State. “We have a lot of freshmen,” said Katya Kostetskaya. “Our team is gaining experience and I expect that we will be stronger in outdoors. Sam Houston is a really good team and they just performed better. They deserved to win.” The men’s squad improved over last year’s results, placing seventh in the overall competition amidst a controversial ruling in the 4x400 meter relay. The team was disqualiﬁed upon conclusion of the race for shoving members of other teams while jockeying for position in the race. Head coach Galina Bukharina said the men’s relay team was in fourth place before the disqualiﬁcation. “I feel sorry for the guys. I think it’s
of business, but I usually save my best for last.”
— Abby Ruston Bobcat track and ﬁeld member
completely unfair because in this facility you can’t avoid any ﬁght on the tight curves,” Bukharina said. “If no head coaches protested about this ﬁght, I don’t think the oﬃcial has to make the decision to disqualify our team. “It was a chain reaction. “(The oﬃcial) has to disqualify all of them or not choose any team to disqualify.” Friday, sophomore Robert Melin established an SLC Indoor Championship record en route to winning the men’s weight throw title during the ﬁrst day. “I’m happy the indoor season is over
and I was able to ﬁnish it oﬀ good,” Melin said. His third and ﬁnal throw of 18.67 meters vaulted him into the lead, breaking the record previously held by Stephen F. Austin’s Darwin Johnson at 18.37 meters, set just last season. Melin earned ﬁrstplace in the men’s shot put on the second day of competition with a mark of 17.23 meters, besting teammate Kemuel Morales, who ﬁnished second. “It was good to take ﬁrst and second place,” Melin said. “It gives a lot of points to the team and I want to see my teammates perform well.” Melin said he has his eyes set ultimately on the Olympic Games, but is still focused on the road directly ahead. “It has always been a goal of mine,” Melin said. “For now though, I just want to go to (the NCAA Outdoor Championships). I expect to perform well.” Saturday, Abby Ruston followed Melin’s lead and took ﬁrst-place in the women’s shot put, breaking a conference record with her throw of 16.06 meters. She See TRACK, page 9
Bobcats earn second victory over Roadrunners this season Men’s By Carl Harper The University Star The Bobcats pushed their winning streak to four games Saturday at Strahan Coliseum, beating Texas-San Antonio for the second time this season. Vivian Ewalefo’s jump shot at the top of the key put UTSA on top 60-59 late in the game, but a two-pointer from Texas State’s Ryann Bradford posted the sixth and ﬁnal lead change of the second half. Brooke DeGrate hit two free throws for the Bobcats, clenching a 63-60 win. UTSA’s Terrie Davis missed a desperation three-pointer with three seconds left in the game to seal the win. Erica Putnam was the only Bobcat to score 10 points in the game, scoring 17 to go with 15 rebounds, a career high. Victoria Davis provided a personal-best eight points oﬀ the bench to help spark the win. “Victoria is going to be a fantastic player,” Coach Suzanne Fox said. “Learning our system has been a challenge this year and she has adapted to it. I think she is going to be a big contributor in Bobcat history.” The Bobcats’ 17th win of the season also marked the fourth time in Fox’s tenure as coach that Texas State won at least 10
Southland Conference games. The Bobcats are now guaranteed at least the ﬁfth spot in the league tournament. “This is exciting for our kids because they have put so much into this season,” Fox said. “We’re looking at this one game at a time. We want to try and get the best seed we can and we have three extremely tough ballgames left.” Texas State sits in second place slot in the SLC West at 103, while UTSA dropped to 5-7 in league competition and 9-15 overall. UTSA opened with an early 10-5 run, building a 22-14 lead in the ﬁrst half. Davis then started to heat up, nailing a three-pointer and layup to bring the Bobcats within four points of the lead. After multiple turnovers by UTSA, Putnam hit a wide-open three, followed by an Aimee Hilburn layup to give the Bobcats their ﬁrst lead of the day at 29-28. “Erica had a phenomenal game for us,” Fox said. “I think the biggest thing today was she made really good choices on offense. She didn’t force the issue, but when they left her open she was able to take advantage of it and score. We have to have that inside-outside presence and she gave us the inside presence.”
The Bobcats closed out the ﬁrst half on a 13-4 run to claim a 37-32 advantage heading into the locker room. The game remained close throughout the second half. With the score tied at 42-42, Davis hit a three to give her team the lead with 10 minutes and 59 seconds remaining in the game. UTSA was able to tie it up once again at 49-49, on an Ashley Freeman fast break. Putnam and Bradford led the Bobcat offense, scoring 12 of the team’s 14 points over the next six minutes. “They came out with so much intensity, and to match their intensity is exactly what we needed to do,” Putnam said. “It just felt good because when they came at us, we just came right back at them. It made for a good game.” DeGrate went down hard earlier in the second half after being fouled, grabbing her knee as she stood up. DeGrate was able to walk oﬀ the court own her own, and returned later in the game to score the ﬁnal points of the night on a pair of free throws with 20 seconds remaining. “It was huge that she hit her shots,” Fox said. “She’s got ice in her veins and has been really good down the stretch hitting free throws for us.”
basketball ends road losing streak By Nathan Brooks The University Star
Cotton Miller/Star photo GOING ALL OUT: Senior forward Erica Putnam attempts to block a Texas-San Antonio shot during the Bobcats’ 63-60 victory Saturday afternoon at Strahan Coliseum.
A loud and collective sigh of relief could be heard Saturday from the Texas State bench after the ﬁnal buzzer sounded from the Texas-San Antonio Convocation Center. The Bobcats walked oﬀ the court with a 77-65 victory over Texas-San Antonio, its ﬁrst in nearly a month. The win snapped a six-game losing streak, and marked the Bobcats’ ﬁrst road win of the season. “I don’t know if you would call it relief,” Coach Doug Davalos said. “But we deﬁnitely took a lot of pride in (the win). We had ﬁve guys on the same page for the ﬁrst time in a long time.” In fact, it was the ﬁrst road win for the Texas State basketball program since defeating Texas-Pan American 58-57 Dec. See BASKETBALL, page 9