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P re sident Trauth announce s sele ction of provost — Se e ne ws br ie fs, P ag e 3

This is so gay

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Rollin’ rocks

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Narvaiz sets sights toward mayoral post

TICKLING THE IVORIES

By Jennifer Warner Senior Reporter

Andrew Nenque/Star photo Rhonney Green, music education freshman, warms up in a sound booth before practicing Scriabin’s Etude in D Minor. Green is required to learn a number of pieces for his music seminar class.

Workshop focuses attention on protecting the Rio Grande By Christopher Boehm News Reporter The Rio Grande will be getting some muchneeded attention Saturday as experts on the river will gather in Laredo to discuss various problems it has faced since running dry in May 2001. Recent drought and population growth in the Rio Grande Valley were reasons the Rio Bravo/ Rio Grande Conference, held in El Paso, recently predicted water depletion by 2015. The workshop, titled “Protecting the Rio Grande,” will take place at 9 a.m. at the City of Laredo Public Works Service Center. The city of Laredo, Texas State-based Texas Watch, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, International Boundary and Water Commission and the United States Environmental Protection Agency are sponsoring the event. “The primary concern of the workshop is education about the issues,” said Wayne Belzer, Environmental Protection Specialist for the Texas Clean Rivers Program and member of the U.S. International Boundary and Water

Commission. Belzer will be in attendance at the meeting to give an overview of the middle Rio Grande basin. “The problems exist because of a lack of funding or a lack of knowledge,” Belzer said. “Hopefully we can increase the awareness and concern of the people.” Other Rio Grande problems include poor infrastructure, sewage facilities, chemical wastes, as well as drinking and health issues. Eric Mendelman, Texas Watch Contracts and Funding specialist, said the workshop would address just about any water quality problem. He is coordinating the workshop. “The area is growing as fast as the problems are, and we are working to educate the people on these problems,” he said. The meeting arose from a Texas Watch initiative in the fall called “United by the River” in which teachers from all levels of public schooling in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, went g See WORKSHOP, page 2

City Council member Susan Narvaiz will soon be abandoning her council seat in pursuit of a position with greater recognition and prestige — mayor of San Marcos. In an election year NARVAIZ filled with controversy and complaints aimed at City Council members, Narvaiz will run against incumbent Mayor Robert Habingreither for the city’s highest elected post in the May 15 election. If elected, Narvaiz will focus on jobs and unemployed residents. She said she would like to raise the per capita income of San Marcos resi-

Some members think motion is a national issue

By Katherine Eissler News Reporter

San Marcos City Council members voted Monday against a resolution criticizing the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 because of claims it degrades citizens’ civil rights. The USA PATRIOT Act, or Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act, allows federal agents to perform invasive acts to protect the public from ter-

rorist threats. “While much of the Act does go a long way in making the country safe, there are many provisions we’ve outlined that take away our civil liberties,” said Dan Kowal, member of the San Marcos Bill of Rights Defense Committee. According to the act, which has caused much controversy nationwide, officials can access citizens’ private records without informing them and without probable cause, and it allows for surveillance on all forms of communication, incoming as well as outgoing. However, the defense committee supports the SAFE Act, or Security and Freedom Ensured Act of 2003, which

Presentations share information on body image

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Programs aim to raise awareness about eating disorders

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By Julie Suenram News Reporter

Sports...........................9,10

In recognition of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the Counseling Center will host five presentations to raise student awareness on body image at different times today. The presentations will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and take place in the LBJ Student Center, Room. 3-14.1. Information related to the topics will be available for students in booths set up along the Paseo of the LBJSC. Students are encouraged to be on time to each of the presentations. Presenters will discuss topics such as conscious eating, what eating disorders are and information on fad diets. “As much as possible I try to avoid having another lecture, yet what we’re doing Wednesday hopefully is not so much a lecture, but something people

Comics/Crossword........7 Opinions...........................4 Trends...............................5

Today’s Weather

High: 57 Lo w : 33

AM Rain/PM Sun

Wind: From NW at 18 mph Precipitation: 30% Max. Humidity: 57% UV Index: 6 Moderate Thursday’s Forecast Mostly clear 62/34

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City Council votes against PATRIOT Act Resolution

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dents and the standard of living. “Every day I see individuals who are underemployed,” Narvaiz said. “The underemployed state of the community motivates me to bring my talents to the city.” Habingreither has yet to file for re-election but has said he is interested in serving again as mayor. He has less than a month left to file with the city clerk. Habingraither said he was surprised that Narvaiz filed to run for mayor, but she may do well in the election or else she would not have given up her seat on the City Council. He said it will be up to the voters to decide who will win the election. “I think of people running for office as a choice of the citizens,” Habingreither said. “If

can relate to and get something out of,” said Blanca Sanchez-Navarro, senior counselor. The presentation is not a diet and exercise lecture, rather an opportunity for more students to become familiar with eating disorders and how to prevent them. Eating disorders affect about 7 million women and as many as 1 million men. “It’s not a diet and exercise workshop or that we’re promoting a ‘successful’ diet,” Sanchez-Navarro said. “The presentation is really challenging those ideas about diets and (how) they work, and what is healthy and how do I feel about my body.” Presenters will include faculty, San Marcos physical therapist Joanne Applegate and The Network, a student organization focused on healthy attitudes and behaviors. The Network will be presenting information on fad diets and explore issues surrounding body image. Besides programs on body image, The Network provides students with peer education on other topics such as alco-

hol, relationships, stress and smoking. “The program that they are going to do on body image talks a lot about everyone’s own perception about their own body image,” said Julie Eckerd, peer education coordinator. “They define it and they also talk about media’s influence, peer influence and parental influence on your body image and how that affects self esteem, which could lead to issues of dieting, compulsiveness and how that could possibly lead to eating disorders.” Sanchez-Navarro said there are statistics to support nations that university students are a high-risk group for eating disorders. An eating disorder an illness is associated with disturbances of eating behavior, severe body distortions and an obsession with g See EATING, page 2

will clarify the provisions of the PATRIOT Act and will change the Constitutional violations found in the act. Kowal spoke at the meeting, informing others of the unwarranted provisions of the PATRIOT Act, which he says help destroy our way of life. Kowal and other concerned Defense Committee members and citizens have been attending meetings since the issue was first discussed by the council just before Christmas 2003, and attended Monday night’s meeting in hopes they could urge the council members to vote in favor of the resolution. g See COUNCIL, page 3

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Calendar of

EVENTS Care e r Se rvic e s hosts a seminar on how to build electronic portfolios at 11 a.m. in Old Main, Room 320.

S tude nt Volunte e r Conne ct ion meets at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-5.1.

Wednesday

Christ ians at Texas S tat e meets at noon in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-10.1. Cat holic St udent Ce nte r holds Mass and distributes ashes at 12:05 p.m. at the center. Cat holic St udent Ce nte r gives “Liturgy of the Word” and distributes ashes at 4 p.m. at the center.

Se xual A ssault & Abus e Ser vice s meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. For more information, call 245-2208.

Thursday

Care e r Se rvic es hosts a presentation that will outline the characteristics potential employers seek in successful applicants at 5 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 5-7.1. Te xas St ate wome n’s bas ke t ball t eam plays the University of Texas-San Antonio at 5:30 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum. Admission is free with student ID.

Publ ic R el at ions S tude nt Soci et y of A meri ca meets at 5 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 310.1. Care Ne t at Texas S tat e, a program dedicated to helping those with unplanned pregnancies, meets at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-3.1. Vict ory Ov er Vi ole nc e meets at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 312.1. Te xas S tat e Cru meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Academic Services Building-South, Room 315.

H igh er Gr ound meets at 5:30 p.m. at St. Marks Church.

The Rock meets at 7:30 p.m. at the CSC chapel.

A sh We dne sday Se rvic e is at 5:30 p.m. at the Campus Christian Community Center.

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Te xas St ate me n’s bas ke t bal l t eam plays the University of Texas-San Antonio at 7:30 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum. Admission is free with student ID. Cross talk meets at 8 p.m. in the Alkek Teaching Theater. Bible St udy meets at 8 p.m. at the Catholic Student Center.

Chi Alph a Chr ist ian Fell ow ship meets to watch “The Passion of The Christ” at 7:30 p.m. at Starplex Theaters. Chris tians on Campus meets at 9:30 p.m. at the McCarty Student Center.

Calen da r Sub mission Policy Calendar submisions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events Manager Paul Lopez at TexasStateCalendar@yahoo.com or call 245-3487 for more information. Notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted once. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. D eadl ine: Three working days prior to publication.

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WORKSHOP: Water issues to be discussed at meeting g Cont. from page 1

through training to become Texas Watch members and promote water quality in the schools. There is no official agreement between the United States and Mexico about how to ensure the betterment of the Rio Grande, but Mendelman said he sees this as a starting point for working together and expanding their efforts beyond Laredo. The biggest problem is perhaps the river’s recent lack of water. Tom Miller, Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center director at the Laredo Community College, said the river naturally runs dry. However, he also said that as one of the fastest growing areas in North America, the middle Rio Grande Valley could be out of water within a decade unless

distribution changes. Mendelman agreed with Miller. “We’ve definitely had major flow issues,” he said. As an example, the Elephant Butte reservoir, which supplies water to New Mexico, Mexico and West Texas, received 10 percent of its normal flow from the river last year — one of the lowest years on record since 1985. This was the seventh time in nine years that flow has been below average. Mendelman cites invasive plant species that reproduce at high rates, and thus use large amounts of water, as causes of subpar flow data. Another issue is water quality, believed to have been degraded by non-point source pollution, Mendelman said. “That is basically chemical runoff from people’s yards, such as oil, that goes straight to the

river,” he said. “The good thing about that is it can be reduced simply by people becoming aware that it is detrimental to the river’s water quality.” The river serves as the primary source of drinking water for people living in its area, as well as providing valuable farming water. “The river is very important to all along it, and until recently was taken for granted, but is now being more appreciated,” Belzer said. “Hopefully this particular meeting will become an annual event depending on the response from the community.” In addition to the general public, the workshop is open to individuals as well as teachers, businesses and government representatives, according to a press release.

EATING: Talks cover disorders Texas State students, faculty, and staff...

Catch the Wave

Health Fair 2004 Wednesday, March 3rd 10:00 am - 3:00 pm LBJ Student Center Ballroom

Splash into free food, free health screenings, exciting activities, and over 30 health and wellness booths. (plus, some professors offer students extra credit for participating)

Blood Drive in room 3-15.1 from noon to 4 pm.

Sponsored by the Student Health Center, Campus Rec, and the Parent's Association

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weight. Two of the most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, in which one starves him/herself in order to be thin, and bulimia nervosa, in which one falls into the pattern of overeating and purging. “It is a high-risk age group, from 15 to 25, the traditional college age, and the stressors of college can exasperate that, so college students are definitely at a risk,” Sanchez-Navarro said. “The

stress of college doesn’t end when you leave class. It kind of permeates the entire week, and there really is not an end to it. A person can feel very out of control with that and eating disor-

eating disorders available at the present time, the Counseling Center is organizing a group called “Moving Beyond Dieting” which will begin a week after the presentation. “People can be very judgmental about eating disorders,” SanchezNavarro said. “We make jokes, we make statements about — Blanca Sanchez-Navarro either end of the Counseling Center senior counselor spectrum, too thin or too ders are going to be one more heavy. At the very least I hope manifestation of a person feel- that students can walk out of here and understand that those ing out of control.” Although there is not a sup- judgments are not useful or port group for students with healthy.”

“It is a high-risk age group, from 15 to 25, the traditional college age, and the stressors of college can exasperate that, so college students are definitely at a risk,”

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NARVAIZ: Brings Pet experience, ideas to mayoral race Wednesday, February 25, 2004

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they choose me, I will continue to provide my services appropriately as I have for two years. I would like to be the mayor again but it is up to them; that’s what the democratic process is all about.” Both Habingreither and Narvaiz said they believe themselves to be highly qualified for the position of mayor. Narvaiz said her City Council experience will help her, should she win the election. “I have been involved in all aspects of the city,” Narvaiz said. “Being an incumbent has allowed me to be aware of where we’re at. I believe we’re at a pinnacle point in the history of our city.” Narvaiz is president and CEO of Core Strategies, Inc. and Sedona Staffing, which she established to help residents find employment and training. She is active in numerous community service activities and volunteers with the San Marcos Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where she served as president, and the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. Gloria Salazer, chair of the Minority Economic Development and Minority Tourism Development Advisory Board for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said Narvaiz’s time as president was very important for the chamber. “She implemented a lot of new ideas,” Salazar said. “Her enthusiasm is contagious. She always makes it fun for you and you’re always doing it for a good cause.” Salazar is also a senior recruiter for Sedona Staffing. She has worked closely with Narvaiz and fully supports her campaign. Marla Johnson, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center executive director, said she was in no position to endorse Narvaiz, but she could speak for her as a person. “Susan’s done a lot for the community,” Johnson said. “She helps us and many others when she can.” Narvaiz serves on the board of the United Way of Hays County. Previously, she was on the boards of the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, the Salute to Educators Banquet and American’s Promise Youth Summit. She is the recipient of awards including the United Way Volunteer of the Year award, the Sam Walton Business Leader Award, the Citizen of the Year award from the San Marcos Area Board of Realtors and the Salute to Women Entrepreneurs award. “To have someone that you respect and you view as a mentor award this, a higher compliment cannot be paid,” Narvaiz said. The recent complaints about the City Council may cause problems for Narvaiz and Habingreither. A resident complained that Narvaiz did not properly report campaign funds from the 2002 election. She advertised for her campaign with Burkett Transit Advertising, the company that provides shelters and benches for bus stops around the city. When a vote took place to end the city’s agreement with Burkett, Narvaiz abstained from voting, but did not submit an affidavit explaining her conflict of interest as required by state law. A complaint was filed against her with the city’s Ethics Review Commission, but an investigation was dropped along with investigations of Habingreither and two other City Council members Feb. 18. Narvaiz said she agrees with the steps the commission took to ensure the legality of the issue and believes it to be an accountability feature to hold elected officials responsible for the actions they take. Habingreither believes the ethics commission strengthened his credibility because in the end, its decision was what he had been saying all along. Salazar does not believe Narvaiz’s reputation will be affected by the recent events and she said that her commitment, creativity and open-mindedness will help her win. “I think she’ll win big,” Salazar said. “I think our community has seen the strengths in her.”

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A pamphlet written by Lamar Hankins, former San Marcos city attorney and Defense Committee member, was presented to the City Council members that outlined the provisions of the act and included his criticisms. A portion of the pamphlet reads as follows: “A threat to our liberties is a direct attack on our security, for how can we be secure without the guarantees of the Bill of Rights. Our security is threatened as much by the USA PATRIOT Act as it is by terrorism.” Despite efforts to sway the council, the motion failed on a 4-3 vote. Some council members said they thought it to be a national issue, rather than municipal, and felt they were not qualified to vote on the matter. “I support the Bill of Rights, but there are parts of the resolution that bring me great concern and would be best addressed by state and federal courts,” said council member Bill Taylor. Taylor voted against the resolution. Council member Susan Narvaiz

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also voted against the resolution but said she would present the resolution to congressmen representing San Marcos. Narvaiz said the issue was something that should be handled at the national level. “I felt that not being a part of the body that passed the bill and not having all the information on the bill, other than what we’ve been able to gather and read, and not being involved in the conversations that took place by the people who wrote it, that it was not appropriate for me to support what (the Defense Committee was) asking,” Narvaiz said. Council member John Thomaides said he struggled with the decision. He read the resolution, agreeing with some parts and remaining unsure about others, and decided it was a national issue, but voted for the resolution. “I’m not sure that’s what I was elected to do,” he said. Other council members supported the idea of handing a draft of the resolution off to congressional representatives.

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Texas State selects Moore as provost

Texas State President Denise Trauth sent an e-mail to faculty Tuesday announcing the Provost Search Committee has selected Perry Moore as the provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Texas State. Moore has accepted the position. Moore earned his doctoral degree in government at the University of Texas in 1975, and has served as the senior vice president at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, since 2002. Moore began at Wright State in 1974 as an assistant professor of political science and gradually advanced in position to become provost in 1998. As provost, Moore acted as chief operating officer by supervising all vice presidents, deans, the university librarian and the athletics director. His current position as senior vice president focuses on the university’s external relations. Moore continues to oversee broad issues within the university that cross dividing lines. Wright University is a doctoral-granting institution that contains about 16,000 students with 2,200 full-time employees and a budget of about $300 million. It contains 11 colleges and schools, including a school of medicine. “My success rests on a capacity to lead numerous and sometimes conflicting constituencies to mutually acceptable solutions,” Moore said to the search committee in September. “This approach has worked well in maintaining effective relations with the university’s faculty senate and staff councils.” In her e-mail, Trauth said Moore will be visiting the campus during the spring, but will not officially assume his duties until July 1. “Rarely does a university have the ability to hire a person with Dr. Moore’s experience and talents as a provost,” Trauth wrote. “We are indeed fortunate that he will join our great university.”

Bush rekindles culture wars with divided issue

WASHINGTON — With President Bush’s embrace Tuesday of a gay-marriage amendment, the compassionate conservative of 2000 has shown he is willing, if necessary, to rekindle the culture wars in 2004. Bush’s plan was to run for a second term on the basis of his performance as a war leader and as a tax cutter, eschewing divisive social issues as he did in 2000 while campaigning as a “uniter, not a divider.” But in the end, Republican strategists said, Bush had no choice but to change course and add a highly charged cultural issue at the center of the campaign. Bush’s conservative base of support, despite three years of cultivation, had grown restless over the budget deficit, government spending and his plan to liberalize immigration. At the same time, he was on the defensive over the economy, Iraq and facing an uncharacteristically unified Democratic party. So when Massachusetts and San Francisco agreed to allow gay marriages, Bush felt a need to respond to the cries of social conservatives — even if it meant losing the support of some of the swing voters he needs in November. “Ultimately, I don’t think he had any choice,” said Gary Bauer, a religious conservative who challenged Bush for the Republican nomination in 2000. “The president has never really shown an enthusiasm about the wars over the culture,” Bauer said, but he added, “It would’ve been inconceivable that a president so associated with traditional values would have sat idly by while marriage was being redefined. He had to act.” As a result, Bush is turning with some reluctance to a technique his father used in 1988, when issues such as the Pledge of Allegiance, flag desecration, Willie Horton and the American Civil Liberties Union competed with the usual mix of national security and economic concerns. Such social issues — abortion, prayer, patriotism, homosexuality and popular culture — have often worked to the GOP’s advantage by mobilizing the partisans. Briefs are from wire and staff reports

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‘Instant teacher’ plan endangers impressionable minds

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plan easing teacher certification rights, which goes up for consideration by the Texas Board of Education today and Friday, has been meeting much criticism. Critics have dubbed the proposal the “instant teacher” plan because of what it stands for: The state would grant a two-year teaching certificate to college graduates who pass the state’s teaching exams and have a major in the subject they want to teach. The plan would eliminate the current requirement of having to complete a teacher

preparation program, which typically requires taking education classes at night while teaching during the day. This plan, in theory, would help ease the state’s teacher shortage. It also gives more power to school districts, which give recommendations to the teachers and would grant or deny them a five-year certificate after the two-year one expires. It also brings people who are experts on the subject into the classroom, which certainly beats getting taught history or Spanish by the school’s coach.

But there are also several flaws in this plan. First, with the lack of training in pedagogy and classroom management, we’d be sending teachers who can’t teach into a pool of impressionable minds. Second, what about the students majoring in education or taking education classes during college to help them become teachers? This plan basically devalues those who actually want to become teachers and would probably discourage people from that major. Third, while this plan puts sub-

ject experts in the classroom, what happens if this is only a temporary solution for them? What if these people simply planned to teach for a year while searching for a better job? Is it worth sacrificing our children’s education just to fill spots? In a time when ensuring no child is left behind, for a state to even consider a plan that would lower the bar on those who teach is a travesty. Let’s hope the state Board of Education sees these flaws and recognizes that in order to get better students, you need to have teachers who can teach.

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Who defines the sanctity of

MARRIAGE? sex, need not be married in order to kiss in public. Furthermore, unless we’re to believe in some sort of “right to not be offended,” those who object to this will just have to tolerate people kissing in view of strangers. 4. “A same-sex couple cannot have children, which undermines the purpose of marriage.” I had a difficult time coming up with an First, of course, the statement is false. idea for my column this week, as nothing Adoption is an ever-present option. For has really interested me. A friend recommended I write about gay marriage. Initially, women, there is artificial (or still natural) this seemed like a silly idea to me, because I insemination. Secondly, and what should be equally don’t consider the issue to be apparent to those who make particularly debatable. However, this is definitely a Richard Simmons this claim, is that it is legal for opposite-sex couples who canserious topic at the moment, Star Columnist not or choose not to have chilso let’s take a look at some dren to get married. In order of the common arguments to be consistent, the gay marriage opponent made against legally recognizing gay marwould advocate for the prohibition of these riage. marriages, as well. 1. “The Bible says homosexuality is 5. “Gay marriage will lead to gay adopimmoral, and having legally-sanctioned gay marriages would amount to forcing me tion.” This is not necessarily true (adoption by to reject my beliefs.” homosexuals can be banned itself, as is the Arguments with this premise are invalid for a few reasons. First and most simply, the case in Florida). But even if it does lead to this, it still does not mean that gay marriage assertion is false as stated. Legalizing gay marriage would have no effect on the ability should not be legally recognized. There is no evidence to suggest that a child raised by of someone to believe homosexuality to be two homosexual parents will turn out worse wrong. than a child in a traditional family (for those The person making this argument might who will respond to this by pointing to studrespond to this by saying, “While I may not ies showing that traditional families are, in be literally forced to believe something against my will, legally-sanctioned gay mar- fact, superior environments for children, note that these studies are only comparing riage would still constitute the government traditional families to single-parent housetelling me that my belief on the matter is holds). incorrect.” 6. “Marriage is defined as a union While this may be true in some sense, it does not render the argument valid. Suppose between a man and a woman.” This is true but also trivial, and it is easiI believe in a religion that has, as part of its ly worked around by the legal usage of doctrine, a tenet that holds the charging of “civil union” instead of “marriage.” Also, interest on a loan to be immoral. Our govdefinitions reflect common usages of words, ernment sanctions the charging of interest, and can change with the times. and so this would also amount to them The American Heritage Dictionary even implicitly holding my religious belief to be has recently updated the definition to its incorrect. Therefore, if there is such a thing entry on marriage, with a new one reading, as a right to not have one’s religious beliefs “A union between two persons having the be declared incorrect by the government customary but usually not the legal force of then anything anyone’s religion forbids marriage: a same-sex marriage” (emphasis should then be prohibited. Since this is not theirs). With this in mind, I am compelled to the case, the revised argument still fails. reject this argument as well. 2. “Marriage is an inherently JudeoTo conclude this week’s column, I think Christian practice, and so allowing sameit is appropriate to share my own, perhaps sex couples to marry will undermine this.” initially surprising, position on that matter: I This is clearly false; i.e., marriage is not also am against the legal recognition of gay an inherently Judeo-Christian practice. marriage. This is because I can find no reaToday in the United States, people of all son why governments should be involved in religions and of no religion can and do get legally married. In order to consistently hold the business of marriage in the first place. It would be straightforward enough to simply the view that marriage is inherently Judeoallow any two people living together to file Christian, one must also advocate the prohitheir taxes jointly or enter into contracts to bition of marriage by all heterosexual nongovern issues like child custody and division Jewish and non-Christian couples. of property (if the couple were to separate). If marriage is, in fact, an inherently If people still want to marry, they would still Judeo-Christian institution, then marriage be able to; the only difference is that govwould constitute a government-endorsed and -regulated religious practice. This would ernments would not be engaging in an unnecessary and even arbitrary interference. be a violation of the Constitutional separaAnd finally, the entire controversy of the tion of church and state. validity of gay marriage would cease to 3. “I don’t want my children to see exist. same-sex couples kissing in public.” I’ve actually heard this one several times, Simmons is a philosophy and so I’ll go ahead and state the obvious. Two mathematics junior. people, whether they are same- or opposite-

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Rights should apply to every sex, race, age If you are married, then the time marriage in this country. I’m sure many may have come that you start strongly of our grandparents would find it considering divorce. After all, with appalling that a lowly Negro is allowed thousands of gay marto marry a sweet, innoriages now taking place cent white girl. Just by daily in America, cerallowing them to marry Rugh Cline tainly your heterosexual makes all marriages Star Columnist union has lost all meanbetween members of the ing, value or worth. Or same race somehow lessat least that is what many Christian er in value. So, if and when the fundamentalists and conservative antiConstitution is amended to include a American hate mongers would have hatred and bigotry clause, we should go you believe. With these gay marriages ahead and define marriage as being a taking place, all heterosexual unions union between a man and woman of are certainly now meaningless and the same race, so as not to offend or worthless. Faced with the current degrade the sanctity of other people’s predicament, divorce is the only option unions who may be offended by interleft for people involved in a now racial marriages. worthless heterosexual union. But what about when a 60-year-old The Massachusetts Supreme Court man marries a 25-year-old trophy has ruled a ban on gay marriage to be bride? This practice degrades the value unconstitutional. What? You mean that of marriage, and goes wholly against it is unconstitutional for the governGod’s plan. So, if and when we add a ment to discriminate against people? hatred and bigotry amendment to the For some reason, gay marriage has Constitution, we should go ahead and become a hotly debated issue. Several define marriage as being a union states, including Massachusetts, New between a man and a woman, of the Hampshire, Hawaii and California, are same race, and having no more than, all now allowing, to some degree, lets say, a five-year difference in age. same-sex marriages. However, some As you sit reading this, hundreds of people can’t handle other people being couples are lined up in San Francisco in love, and are pushing for a to join the thousands of homosexual Constitutional amendment that will couples who have already joined in the truly make hatred and bigotry a sanctity of marriage. All I have to say Constitutional American value. is, “Bravo!” Homosexuals are the only As long as anti-American hate mon- people in the United States it is still gers are attempting to add a hatred and socially acceptable to discriminate bigotry amendment to the Constitution, against. It is time we made equality a we might want to go ahead and take it truly American value. Even talking a step further. Why do we allow people about amending the Constitution to of different races to get married? If include a hatred and bigotry clause God had wanted whites to marry blacks brings to mind things like the “3/5 he would have made us all the same compromise.” Apparently these hate color. Allowing interracial marriages mongers are under the impression that shakes the foundation of the sanctity of homosexuals are lesser humans, not

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deserving of the same rights as other humans in society. Now, some self-proclaimed Christians are quick to take the moral high ground. Many Christians find it all too convenient to wave their Bibles in your face without having any knowledge of the teachings they are professing to stand for. When Jesus was confronted with a case that the public viewed as sexual indecency, Jesus said in John 8:7, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” So before you e-mail me or the editor screaming and foaming at the mouth about God, please tell us that you are without sin, otherwise tell us that you are a true hypocrite. Many people claiming to be Christians find it convenient to ignore Biblical teachings that go against their own antiAmerican, anti-Christian, hate mongering views. The thought that our society is even toying with the idea of adding a hatred and bigotry amendment to the Constitution is disheartening to say the least. So if you decide to e-mail the editor to tell us just how wrong I am, please enlighten us as to why you are deserving of American rights and equality while other people are not. Who are you to judge someone else’s love and commitment? And before you start hypocritically talking about God, let me just ask, don’t we still have a separation of church and state in this country? Like it or not, we have equality of rights in America. We don’t need a Constitutional amendment based on hatred and bigotry to declare some people less than equal. Cline is a political science senior.

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BY JENNY LINDSEY TRENDS REPORTER usually abounds and scores are rarely disputed. Bowling can be enjoyed now just as much (or probably even more) as when you were a child. Minus the beer, add the bumpers and it’s pretty much the same as it was when you were in elementary school. The simplicity of the rules also adds to its appeal. One needs only to know how to count. Bowling can break the monotony of the average weekend and while it’s not quite comparable to a bar, the San Marcos bowling alley, Sunset Lanes, serves beer. With hours that rival those of the bars on The Square, the bowling a l l e y might just turn out to be the place to be on the weekend. OK, well, that probably won’t happen, but once in a while no one can deny the fun of bowling. Not getting dressed up on a Saturday night can be a refreshing change. There is absolutely no point in wearing cool clothes to bowl because everyone is put on an equal-fashion playing field thanks to the mandatory bowling shoes. Please don’t imitate The Dude; socks are highly appreciated when wearing these community shoes. Bowling is also surprisingly athletic. It works about 134 muscles but is considered by most to be more entertaining than hitting the gym. It’s so athletic that most universities, including Texas State, offer it as a kinesiology credit. In fact, Texas State offers classes for beginners and intermediate bowlers. It’s also fairly cheap to bowl, which can be another welcome change. For less than $10, including shoes, you can bowl, and for less than $3 you can drink a beer. So why not substitute the bowling alley for the bar

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With his large gut and beach garb, the uber-relaxed star of The Big Lebowski, The Dude, reminded us how cool bowling can be. The Dude had German gangsters, a millionaire porn producer and an annoying buddy constantly harassing him, yet one thing remained: his love for bowling. Bowling has that ability to remain. Who would have thought lobbing a heavy ball toward odd-shaped objects would have such a distinct place in history? This is your grandfather’s game. The game of bowling is believed to have been invented about 5200 B.C. when the ancient Egyptians practiced an early form of the game. From then on, bowling has had an interesting journey to becoming one of America’s favorite pastimes. Before Columbus even reached United States’ shores, the first enclosed bowling green was built in London in 1455. With the Europeans came their beloved sport. In 1611, Capt. James Smith returned to the colony in Jamestown, Va., to find the colonist starving, but still bowling. This distraction would not be tolerated. The game was quickly declared illegal, punishable by as long as three weeks in the stocks. King Charles of England, a compulsive gambler, standardized the rules of the game in 1670 in order to even the odds during play. A 10th pin was added to the American version of the game, some say in order to circumvent an 1840s law once again banning the game, this time because of the gambling associated with it. Bowling became more efficient and less tedious in the 20th century. In the 1940s and 1950s bowling gained mass appeal, partly because of the advent of automatic pin-setting machines. By 1963 Americans were spending more than $43 million each year on bowling balls. The game has continued to grow in popularity as more than 72 million Americans are active bowlers. In addition to its rebellious history, there are many reasons to keep the old sport alive, namely fun. This probably has something to do with its staying power. Bowling has always been an amusing group activity. It is played by amateurs, professionals and, of course, amateurs who act as though they are professionals (we’ve all seen that guy at the bowling alley). For the most part, though, bowling is a pretty relaxed sport. Friendly competition

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one night? It’s highly entertaining and offers something different to do with your time. And it’s well lit, making those pesky beer goggles less worrisome!

The Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio’s 3rd Annual Jewish Film Festival has quite a lot to offer beginning Saturday. Four of the films on this year’s roster are San Antonio premieres, and the festival provides a great opportunity to view a wide array of quality work unavailable at Blockbuster or on television, including dramas, documentaries and comedies. “The different kinds of film give a broad expression to the Jewish life experience,” said Lynn Zalcberg of the JCC. “We try to touch on everything. We try to expose people to films that can help people connect.” In the case of the Hebrew Hammer, a “Jewsploitation” film produced by Comedy Central, they are helping people connect through humor. James’ Journey to Jerusalem, a road trip movie about a pilgrimage to Jerusalem gone wrong, should also put smiles on faces. Other films are going to be tougher to watch, but still rewarding. The documentary Shanghai Ghetto explores the fate of German Jewish refugees in late 1930s Shanghai. Taking Sides, starring Harvey Keitel and Stellan Skarsgard, asks whether it is an artist’s duty to flee a totalitarian regime — in this case, the Third Reich — or stay and serve one’s own people. Whether one visits the festival to make new friends, learn about the Jewish experience or simply be entertained by great movies, the festival promises to be an eyeopener. The films chosen by the JCC are known for being high-quality and controversial. Theirs was the first Jewish film festival to show the Believer, a hotly debated movie about a self-loathing young Jewish New Yorker who becomes a powerful figure in the white supremacy movement. For those mature enough to handle the sensitive subject matter inherent in a Jewish film festival, there is something for everyone, Jew and gentile alike. “Film crosses all boundaries,” Zalcberg said. “Film knows no race, no color, no gender. It is the great equalizer.” The festival runs from Saturday through Tuesday. Tickets are $6 each or six for $30, and each film admission gets a complimentary small popcorn. For information on movies and schedules, visit www.jccsanantonio.org or call (210) 3026820.

Cinema Club introduces more diverse selection of films Outlets yield good deals The Cinema Club, formerly known as the Spanish Film Club, is expanding its horizons this semester through a more diverse selection of international films. This semester’s lineup, titled “World Cinema,” will offer students a broader range of cultural narrative. “Cinema is not only French and Spanish,” said Alberto Mendez, Spanish professor, founder of the Cinema Club and avid film buff. Many of the films shown will come directly from his personal library. Aside from providing a larger international selection, there is no central theme for the showings. However, each of the films chosen has been nominated for an Academy Award. “I thought that showing only Mexican films may be

too narrow,” Mendez said. The nations represented this semester include China, France, Denmark, Brazil and Italy. Mendez believes that cinema is a reflection of the society that creates it; therefore, watching international films is beneficial in understanding other cultures. “American films are more commercial. (International films) are independent and many are real stories,” he said. For the fall, Mendez is considering returning to a Latin emphasis on the films. This may include the works of surrealist Spanish director Louis Buñuel (Diary of a Chambermaid), Argentinean actress Norma Aleandro (The Official Story) or Mexican actress María Félix (French Cancan). All movies shown for World Cinema are supplied with subtitles. Mendez expressed that aside from scheduling conflicts, there

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and strangely catchy rhythms, which is yet another feature distinctive to the music of AUSTIN — You know that Mates of State. cute couple you see at just For the most part, the rest of about every indie-pop concert, the song line-up was composed rocking their hardest by out-of-sequence near the stage: the tall, tracks from Team skinny, scraggly haired Boo, which has been concert guy and his short babydesignated by many T-shirted-with-bangs R E V I E W as the most spirited accomplice? Feb. 17 at and energetic of the Mates of State The Parish, that recurband’s three albums. The Parish rent cutie couple was The highlight of Feb. 17, 2004 the performance. my evening surYou don’t have to be a long- faced mid-performance during time fan of Mates of State to “Fluke,” which has to be the appreciate its music for what it audible equivalent to any preis — a set of drums, a keyboard scribed anti-depressant. and two happy people playing Before I knew it, we had their asses off because they reached the point of the encore love it. This animated husband- in which a beamy Gardner gave wife duo, drummer Jason the audience two options as to Hammel and newly pregnant what the band would play last. keyboardist Kori Gardner, is To our chagrin what we known for its extraordinarily believed to be the last song was upbeat live performances, the a pretty cool cover of Bowie’s ability to harmonize rapturous- “Starman.” ly within three keys of one Alas, the song ended. Yet another and the sweet love gaze the lights remained dim, and intermittently exchanged be- the couple didn’t leave the tween the two throughout their stage. Instead, Gardner laid a performances. hard hand onto the keys and After a somewhat spastic blared the intro for “The opening act by Hawnay Troof Kissaway,” another Team Boo of the Retard Disco record gem. The concert concluded label (enough said), Gardner with a dreamy music-box renand Hammel assumed their dition of Nico’s “These Days” position onstage and blasted off with a rather exciting and noisy with the first track “Ha Ha” twist. Hammel unleashed himfrom their latest album released self onto his drums one last in 2003. After nearly three time, as Gardner transitioned measures, most individuals in from pretty music-box twinthe crowd couldn’t resist the kling into the raspy drone of an dynamism and energy emanat- organ which bombinated inside ing from the stage speakers and my chest, and I imagined Nico found themselves involuntarily rolling in her grave with a bouncing to the unpredictable smile.

Eurotrip puts funny spin on ‘foreign relations’ Eurotrip is another movie with gritty sexual and alcoholic humor. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the laughs that came with the movie film were enough REVIEW for me to «««« have a newEurotrip found appreDir.: Jeff Schaffer ciation for Stars: Jacob Pitts, how sickScott Mechlowicz, minded some Kristin Kreuk Rated R producers can get. As I sat down at the Regal Metropolitan in Austin, I noticed a group of six people next to me speaking with heavy European accents. I asked the cute little fraulein next to me where they were from. She responded that they were European exchange students from various countries: Russia, Germany, France and so forth. I thought this to be rather ironic: a European sitting in an American movie theater watching a movie about Americans in Europe. I wondered if they might get angry with the “ignorant American” take on Europeans, but by mid-movie, they were laughing as hard as I was. Regarding the movie, I had already decided not to set my expectations too high, as the base humor (re: American Pie and Old School) that surrounds this type of movie had already worn thin. I was pleasantly surprised when the opening scene — some crude spinoff animation of airline safety — had me laughing so hard it hurt. The real movie hadn’t even begun and I was already glad to be there. Quick plot outline: Scott, Cooper, Jenny and Chris decide to head to Europe to find Scott’s überlove, a German bombshell named Miche, whom Scott had blown off because he assumed that Miche was a man named Mike. The character lineup: Scott is the “hero,” as it was, in pursuit of his one true Internet love. Cooper is Scott’s friend, undersexed and full of raging hormones. Jenny and Chris are fraternal twins who meet up with Scott and Cooper later in the film. And then it was off. I have seen quite a few raunchy comedies in my day, but this one presented sce-

Courtesy photo Jacob Pitts and Scott Mechlowicz in a scene from Eurotrip. narios that were way beyond anything I had ever experienced. A couple of quick scene outlays, aside from the junk you already saw in the trailers: boy gets robbed while receiving fellatio, a nude beach with some nasty “little” surprises and Cooper’s attempt to fulfill his dream of “Hot European Sex” at Club Vandersexxx that has some painful repercussions. The majority of the humor is derived from sex and breasts and sex and drinking and sex, but the results are damn funny. Should you decide to spend the $7 to check it out, you won’t be disappointed. My friend and I, the exchange students and everyone else in the theater spent the majority of the film holding our stomachs and trying not to pee in our seats. Like I said, damn funny. But even if you’re a little faint of heart or a guy unaccustomed to multiple male full-frontal shots, you should still see it. Just close your eyes and await the female breast shots: Trust me, there are plenty. — Jeff Miller

Against The Ropes proves no knockout There are some real savvy movie lovers behind The Alamo Drafthouse. Often they sneak in

stock previews from older films with the recent clips as a reminder of other equally great movies. At Against The Ropes the preview was film for Rocky IV. Though R E V I E W undeniably «« clever, the Against The Ropes problem with Dir.: Charles Dutton The Alamo Stars: Charles Dutton, Meg Ryan, Omar Epps, Draf thouse Tony Shalhoub using this Rated PG-13 preview is that the hardy American can-do spirit of Rocky IV immediately eclipses whatever Erin Brockovichisms Against The Ropes has to offer. There is no way for the feature film to compete, except maybe through the unbelievably gaudy hooker clothes Ryan is stuffed into. Costume design has truly outdone itself here in adapting the horrific, yet mystifying, spectacle of a train wreck to the needs of a fashion-conscious modern woman. In Against The Ropes, Ryan doubles up on the hoochie sauce in her role as the against-all-odds boxing promoter Jackie Kallen. Ryan lays the sass on thick in her portrayal of Kallen, but the persona is an awkward fit for someone so clearly accustomed to

romantic comedies. Unsatisfied with her job running secretarial errands for her inept boxing promoter boss, Kallen seeks to make a name for herself in the business. She begins by nabbing a boxer’s contract for cheap from sinister Mafioso sports mogul, Larocca, who is played by a distinctly unthreatening Shalhoub. The contract points her to the ghetto, where she instead finds Luther Shaw (Epps), a street brawler with real boxing potential. After enlisting the help of former trainer Felix Reynolds (Dutton) to polish Shaw’s raw talent, Kallen cuts ties with her boss and dives headfirst into the business. From there, Against is a by-the-numbers underdog boxing film, all the way to the laughably chipper denouement. The movie is loosely based on the true story of Kallen, whose rough struggle to the top of boxing was paved with significantly less clever, little musical segues. The Hollywood gloss is unavoidable here, and, more often than not, it weakens the integrity of the original story. Against The Ropes is pretty bad, but it may be your only chance to ever hear Ryan say, “Where’s mah rock, bitches?!” — Ch ris Rob in son

Opera Workshop class brings two operas to life on campus BY ARMANDO FLORES SENIOR REPORTER

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dents and the stories are appealing to audiences,” said Cina Crisara, director of opera for the School of Music. The Telephone features just two characters: Lucy and her boyfriend Ben. The plot consists of Ben trying to propose marriage to Lucy while a ringing telephone constantly interrupts the conversation. This opera is double cast, with Sara Jacobi and Jon-Michael Wallace performing Friday night and Sarah Griffin and Matt Lynch performing Saturday night. The Medium deals with a weekly séance where clients are tricked into believing they are communicating with the spirits of their dead children. The medium, Madame Flora (Casey Ford) is assisted in the séances by her daughter Monica (Abby Dawson) and an adopted mute boy named Toby (David Aguilar). The clients are played by Michael Johnston, Tricy Rodriguez, Tynan Davis and Rebecca Martin. The plot unravels around Flora, who begins to lose her mind after something takes a hold of her during one of the séances. Both operas feature piano

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TEACHERS: Dynamic child development center needs quality teachers. FT/PT positions available. Lead, Assistant, Aid. Experience needed. Degree/ CDA. Bi-lingual, ASL preferred. Also accepting applications for bus driver, kitchen staff, and front office manager. Rocking Horse Academy, Kyle, 512-405-3700 or fax 512-405-3701. (2/26) ____________________________ Help wanted: The San Marcos Parks & Recreation Dept. needs energetic individuals to work spring break madness camp (March 15-19, 2004.) Hours are 7:30 a.m-5:30pm, call LisAnne Foster at 393-8283 for more information or to set up an interview. (2/26) ____________________________ Tutor needed for organization, History 1320, Political science 2320, Bio 1310, MC Visual. $7.00/hr, 6 hrs/week. 512-289-3563. (2/26) ____________________________ Hiring experienced sales people. 353-0789 Health Club. (2/26) ____________________________ Soccer coaches wanted for youth soccer league. Great experience, resume builder! Contact Tony tlashley@aegistg.com ____________________________ Webmaster wanted for local youth soccer organization. Volunteer only. Great resume builder. Contact Tony at tlashley@aegistg.com ____________________________ Wimberly Eye Associates. Parttime office help, fax resume (512)847-2072. (2/26) ____________________________ The City of New Braunfels is accepting applications for seasonal positions in the park and Recreation Department: park rangers, lifeguards, cashiers, attendants, asst. managers, river spotters, laborers, counselors and swim instructors. Positions open until filled. Must be at least 16 YOA. 15 - 40hrs/wk, including weekends, holidays, and evenings. Starting pay range is $6.91 - $10.00 depending upon position. For more info. call 830-608-2160 or on the city website: www.ci.new-braunfels.tx.us (4/1) ____________________________ FITNESS MINDED. Exploding health & wellness company seeks sharp, motivated individual to help with sales marketing. Call 512-206-0620. (2/26) ____________________________ Part-time work. Great starting pay, flexible schedules around class, sales/service, training provided, perm/temp conditions apply, work in San Marcos, apply in Austin 512-458-6894. collegeincome.com (3/4) ____________________________ MODELS WANTED-All Sizes-All Shapes. Teens/College Students/Parents/Grandparents. Footed pajama internet business-. Please NO CALLS Apply online: http://www.kozykomfy.com/ modelapp.htm (2/25) ____________________________ Athletic, outgoing students for calendar greeting cards, etc. $50 - 150/hr no exp needed. 512-684-8296. (4/29)

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Sports Briefs Ba se ba ll Tuesday night’s game between Texas State and Baylor University was postponed because of heavy rain in Waco. The teams will make up the game May 12. The Bobcats are 8-3 on the year and will be traveling to Baton Rouge to take on the top-ranked Louisiana State University Tigers in a three-game set this weekend. Friday’s opener will begin at 6:30 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday’s games starting at 2 p.m. and noon, respectively. The Bobcats and Bears will face off for

the first time on Mar. 16, also at Baylor Ballpark in Waco. So ftb all Texas State will be on the road today, facing the 13th-ranked University of Texas. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since last year’s regional finals, which UT won 6-0. The Bobcats are ranked 25th in the country and are being led by a duo of seniors. Center fielder Kristen Zaleski, a 2003 All-American, is off to a tremendous start, hitting .515 with an on-base percentage of .603. Zaleski was named the MVP of the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M., after hitting

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.706 with two home runs and five RBIs in five games during the weekend. Pitcher Nicole Neuerburg, a historically slow starter, is 7-2 thus far with a 1.94 ERA. Neuerburg was 2-4 in her first six starts last season before finishing with a school record of 34 wins. Texas is without its greatest weapon from a year ago, as pitcher Cat Osterman, the 2003 National Player of the Year, is taking a year away from UT to play for the United States Olympic team. The doubleheader will begin at 5 p.m. at McCombs Field.

of the season last weekend, taking a 7-0 win against Texas Lutheran University Thursday before beating Trinity University, 6-1, Friday at home. The Bobcats are now 2-4 on the season and have finished non-conference play. The Bobcats dominated TLU, as no Bulldog was able to win more than two games in any set. Trinity fared better, winning one singles match and splitting four doubles matches, but the Bobcats were able to take the rest. After two weeks off, Texas State will face Sam Houston State University to open Southland Conference play Mar. 6 in Huntsville.

Te nn is Texas State claimed its first two victories

Briefs compiled from staff reports.

NBA has gone global and Women: Local rivals UTSA visits there’s no turning back Texas State

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and are coming off a six-day break. Their last game resulted in a 55-43 win against UTA Feb. 18. Senior forward Nikki Hendrix and sophomore center Lacy Mingee, who each had 16 points, have been major scoring threats lately. For the second consecutive game, the Roadrunner defense has been dominant holding their opponents to less than 30 percent shooting. The Roadrunners, 11-12 overall and 7-5 SLC, will be looking to avenge their one-point loss to the Bobcats Jan. 21 in San Antonio. The ’Cats lead the all-time series with UTSA by the count of 24-19 and have won the last two meetings. Hendrix is currently ninth all-time on the UTSA scoring

S c o r e b o ar d SLC Men’s BBall Standings Teams

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

W 10 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 4 3 1

L 3 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 8 9 12

Overall PCT W .769 18 .616 13 .583 16 .583 12 .583 12 .583 12 .583 10 .538 11 .333 10 .250 7 .077 6

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PCT .750 .542 .696 .522 .522 .480 .435 .407 .400 .304 .250

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Louis Deluca/Dallas Morning News Dallas Mavericks’ forward Dirk Nowitzki drives by San Antonio's Bruce Bowen May 23, 2003. Johnson and Larry Bird for autographs before games. Reporters would scramble to get closer to them in the frenzy of the Olympic mixed-zone interview area. Fans surrounded their hotel rooms, where security was tight. America’s game had touched the world, beckoning everyone to take a peek. “People saw it, and they wanted more,” Stern said. “And we hope that we’ll reprise that in Athens, the modern version. We won’t call it the Dream Team. Team USA, with the great players we have, are going to show people how great it is.” The U.S. team competing in the 2004 Summer Olympics this summer will face significant competition from a world no longer intimidated or looking for autographs. Although the United States has won all three Olympic competitions since the inception of the Dream Team, there have been issues in other international events. Team USA finished sixth at the 2002 World Basketball Championship in Indianapolis, losing to Argentina, Yugoslavia and Spain. Humbled and humiliated, the United States had to qualify for an Olympic berth in the Tournament of the Americas in Puerto Rico last summer, which it did easily with a roster of shooting stars including McGrady and Iverson. Stern, visiting Orlando in January, said then that he and other league officials recently met with a potential group of investors to chat about expanding to Europe. “They’re commissioning a study with a consulting firm to analyze the media, the sports and the stadium situation in

Europe,” Stern said. The league will continue to give overseas fans a sneak peek with exhibition games in Europe, Latin America and Asia, including an inaugural game in China in 2004. Recent exhibitions have been staged between the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs in France, the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz in Mexico City and the Grizzlies vs. FC Barcelona in Spain. The Los Angeles Clippers and Seattle SuperSonics opened this regular season with two games in Tokyo. “I was sitting with a fan in Tokyo who was from Mexico,” Stern said. “She was visiting from Guadalajara and was taping, using an inch-thick minicamcorder. I was scratching my head. On the other side of me were folks from Shanghai and Beijing because they’re going to host the Rockets and Sacramento Kings next October. There really is a coming together of the world.”

Justin Youngblood and Sam Houston State’s Courtney Boston for individual high point total with 20.5 each. Travis brought home the gold in the 400-meters, crossing the finish line in 48.28 seconds and placed second in the 200 with a time of 22.00 seconds flat. Travis, along with John Akinloye, Blake Childress and Robert Gill, clocked in at 3:18.47 for the best 4x400meter relay team. The provisional national qualifying mark for the men’s mile-relay is 3:12.00. Senior Randy Arias finished right behind SHSU’s Raul Villareal in the 3000-meter run finishing in 8:30.22 as Villareal crossed the line with the winning time of 8:30.21. Field events continued to prevail as senior Byron Tate provisionally qualified for the national meet in the shot put (17.75 m). In an event that has seen an Olympic champion in Charles Austin, who represented San Marcos, junior Virgil Brock finished second in the high jump with a leap of 6-09.50, and Caroline Wolf, a national qualifier and tied for 12th in the nation, won in the women’s division with a jump of 5-11.25. Lajuana Lovett was named

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list with 933 points. She also leads the team in scoring this season with 16.4 points per game and is tied for first in rebounding with 6.5 per game. UTSA’s second leading scorer senior Dewella Holliday, at 14 points per game, has scored in double figures in 16 of the 23 games played this season. The ‘Cats will have their hands full trying to contain these two Roadrunners. “With Nikki we have to be physical in the box, and Holliday really posted us up last game, so we’re going to work with our guards on fronting her and try to get some help behind her,” Fox said. Today’s game is set to tip off at 5:30 p.m. and can be heard on the radio at KTSW 89.9 FM and on the Internet at Boostercast.com.

March

1 Host Nicholls St..........7:30 p.m. 5 Host S.F.. Austin......... 7:30 p.m. SLC WOMen’s BBall Standings Teams

SLC

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

W L 11 1 10 3 9 4 7 5 7 5 6 6 6 6 5 7 5 8 1 11 1 12

Overall PCT .917 .769 .692 .583 .583 .500 .500 .417 .385 .083 .077

W 18 14 15 11 7 6 6 7 12 4 2

L 5 10 10 12 15 17 17 16 11 18 22

PCT .783 .583 .600 .478 .318 .261 .261 .304 .522 .182 .083

PF 74.3 68.5 64.5 57.1 57.0 61.8 58.0 57.2 62.8 55.0 57.4

SLC Female Athlete of the Year and most outstanding track athlete Tuesday for the second straight year and was also high point scorer at the championships with 38.5 points, an SLC meet record. Lovett, a national qualifier, is the 22nd-ranked triple jumper in the country and finished second this year in the SLC with a jump of 42-01.25. She also came away with a second-place finish in the long jump (1906.00). The senior from Hephzibah, Ga., won the 60-meter dash in 7.47 seconds and the 200 in 24.52. Lovett, along with Courtney Fischer, Octavia Porter and anchor leg Liudmilla Litvinova set another meet record in their 4x400-meter relay win with a time of 3:47.60. UTSA’s relay team made it a photo finish as it placed second in 3:47.62. Litvinova’s 55.52-second finish in the open quarter earned her the gold and is not far behind the national provisional qualifying mark of 54.80 sec-

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onds. Jaque Iwucheukwa and Yvette Green came in third and fifth, respectively, in the triple jump to provide another boost for the women’s side. The solid team showing in the triple jump put the team on a roll and it never looked back. Senior Tiffany Bunton, a national qualifier in the shot put, dominated her event with a put of 16.00 meters. Track and field coach Galina Bukharina also was honored as the men’s and women’s coach of the year for the second straight season. Bobcat athletes will have one more shot to qualify for the national meet during the weekend of March 5-6 at the Last Chance Meet at Baton Rouge’s Louisiana State University Field House. Green is close to qualifying in the long and triple jumps, Lovett in the 60-meter dash and 200, and Travis in the 200 and 400-meter dashes. The NCAA Indoor Meet will be held March 12-13 at Randall Tyson Track in Fayetville, Ark.

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LOS ANGELES — The NBA executives are talking shop in the back seat of a taxicab in Shanghai, China. The cab driver eavesdrops and, as cab drivers often do, offers an unsolicited opinion. “Steve Francis pass ball to Yao Ming!” he says in fractured English. As Andrew Messick and his colleagues piece the information together, they figure out that the cab driver is upset that Jeff Van Gundy’s offense in Houston doesn’t include more plays with Yao as the primary option. “It’s pretty bizarre when you think about it,” said Messick, the NBA’s international senior vice president. “This taxi driver is watching games early in the morning and has a view on how Coach Van Gundy is running the offense. It’s a small world we live in. It expresses the notion that sports allow people from widely divergent places to communicate in a language that’s compelling and wonderful. I didn’t know what to say.” The NBA is no longer our game. It belongs to the world. You heard it last Sunday night during the glitzy introductions for the NBA All-Star Game, when six international players will be in the mix of 24 stars on two conference teams. Fans voted in ballots printed in 17 languages. More than half of the traffic on nba.com (51 percent) is outside the United States. A spike that began with the inclusion of the Dream Team _ basketball’s version of rock `n’ roll stars _ in the 1992 Olympics continues to rise dramatically, with the likelihood of the league expanding to several European cities within the next decade. Opening night, NBA rosters featured a record 73 international players from 34 countries. Six of them Yao, Nowitzki, Stojakovic, Jamaal Magloire (Canada), Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands) and Andrei Kirilenko (Russia) played in the All-Star Game last weekend. An increasing interest in recruiting international players with a better feel for fundamentals and up-tempo team style, coupled with the NBA steadily improving its global outreach through television broadcasts and the Internet, allows both sides to come together without a glitch. That wasn’t possible a decade ago, when children overseas had a limited vision of the NBA. A foreign invasion that started inconspicuously with the arrival of Hakeem Olajuwon from Nigeria has risen dramatically, with nine foreign players taken in the opening round of the 2003 NBA Draft. NBA teams now employ scouts on three or four continents. The year 1992 is significant. The NBA’s reach grew dramatically that year in Barcelona, Spain, when the original Dream Team came to town and captivated the world. Opposing players would ask Jordan, Magic

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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

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Bobcats spike competition at SLC Indoor Meet By Lindsey Roberts Sports Reporter HOUSTON — Texas State brought home the hardware and shattered meet records as the men’s and women’s track and field teams won their third Southland Conference indoor championship in a row this weekend. The University of Houston held the SLC meet where Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of Texas-Arlington and Sam Houston State University all posed a tough fight, as each team competed with more athletes than did the Bobcats. Winning the 2004 crown makes four all-time for the men’s team and six for the women, all since the

Senior LaJuana Lovett raced in the 4x400 meter relay last season Feb. 21. Lovet was named SLC Female Athlete of the Year Tuesday.

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1998 season. “We feel we are the premier program in our conference and we expect to win,” said assistant coach Blaine Wiley. The women’s team racked up 128 points to second place SFA’s 95.67. The University of Texas-San Antonio came in third with 84 points and SHSU and UTA scored 81.5 and 68.5, respectively. The Lumberjacks came up short on the men’s side as well scoring 95 to Texas State’s 119.5. SHSU fell two points shy of second place with 93, and UTA finished with 69 while Northwestern State University scored 68.5 for fifth place. Success during the indoor season provides momentum coming out of the blocks headed into the

outdoor season and couldn’t come at a better time for recruiting as national signing day is just around the corner in April. “Our athletes stepped up in a big way and exceeded even our expectations, and in the end the meet wasn’t even close,” Wiley said. As for the men, several highly ranked long jumpers in the conference came up short and missed the mark needed to make it into the finals, thus the Bobcats found themselves behind early. Junior Will Heyward, also a defensive back on the football team, wasn’t projected to make the 60-meter dash finals, but stepped up and pulled out a silver-medal in the event, providing an unexpected seven points for the team.

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Chris Demerson came in as the second-ranked long jumper in the SLC behind his teammate, junior Brain Veal, but failed to make the finals in that event. He bounced back and finished strong in fourth place in the 60-meter hurdles to add five points. Veal, a junior from Galveston and last year’s athlete of the year, won the long jump with a mark of 24-04.50 and the triple jump (5111.75). His performances earned him the honor of most outstanding field performer for the second year in a row. He is also qualified nationally in both jumping events as he is ranked seventh in both events. Raheem Travis tied with UTSA’s g See TRACK, page 9

Women’s hoops need win to break tie with UTSA

Bobcats go for season sweep against UTSA

By Matt Isam Sports Reporter

After losing two games on the road last week, the Texas State men’s basketball team hopes to rebound at home against rival University of Texas-San Antonio today at Strahan Coliseum. The Bobcats and Roadrunners are part of a five-way tie for third place in the Southland Conference at 7-5, a half-game out of second. The ’Cats are 12-11 overall, while the Roadrunners are 12-13 on the season. Texas State has struggled as of late and lost its second game in a row Saturday, falling to the University of Texas-Arlington, 73-64. The loss was Texas State’s fifth in its last seven games after a 5-0 start to the conference season. Guard Terry Conerway led the Bobcats in scoring with 20 points, while forward Anthony Dill added 14. However, it was not enough to stop UTA guard Derrick Obasohan’s game-leading 21 points, and the Mavericks earned a season split with the Bobcats. Texas State returns to its home court this week, where it is 9-1. The only loss was to the conference-leading Southeastern Louisiana University Lions, 64-63, Feb. 5. This will be the 38th all-time meeting between the Bobcats and Roadrunners, with UTSA leading the series, 24-13. The ’Cats won the last meeting, 74-73, Jan. 21, in San Antonio, as Roadrunner forward Leroy Hurd’s 15-foot jumper rimmed out with one second left on the clock. Hurd had 18 points in that game, all in the second half, while Texas State guard Josh Naylor had a game-high 19. If Texas State is going to sweep the season series, it will have to find a way to slow Hurd down. Hurd is leading the conference in scoring, averaging 19.3 points per game and is second in rebounding with eight per contest. He is a dominant force with the ability to play with his back to the basket in the low post as well as the shooting touch to knock down threepoint shots. Despite playing for the Roadrunners for only two years after transferring from the University of

Andrew Nenque/Star photo Christen West, sophomore guard, dribbles past a University of Louisiana-Monroe Indian opponent during the Bobcats’ 70-62 win Feb. 14. The Bobcats will take on The University of Texas-San Antonio at 5:30 p.m. today. By Matt Isam Sports Reporter

Andrew Nenque/Star photo Josh Naylor, junior guard, drives through his opponent in the University of Louisiana-Monroe game Feb. 14. The Bobcats won 90-64 against the Indians and will host the University of Texas-San Antonio at 7:30 p.m. Miami, Hurd is 16th on UTSA’s alltime scoring list and needs only 13 points to move into 14th. He is also 13th in rebounding on that list. UTSA is coming off a home loss to UTA, 79-73, Feb. 18, which ended the Roadrunners’ three-game winning streak. The game was decided on the glass, with UTA outrebounding UTSA, 45-21. Guard Raphael Posey

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The Texas State women’s basketball team came off the road last weekend with a 1-1 split and needs a big win this week against the University of Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners, with whom the Bobcats are tied for fourth place in the Southland Conference. After a nice four-game SLC winning streak, the ’Cats lost to the University of Texas-Arlington, 79-64, and fell to 7-5 in SLC and 7-15 overall. They struggled as a team from the three-point line, shooting 5-19 in that game. A good note about the loss is the fact that Texas State had five players in double figures led by center Tori Talbert, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds to accomplish her 10th double double of the season. The other players who scored in double figures were forward Aleise Johnson, and guards Ashley McGruder and Ally Kelly, who each scored 12 points. Also, shooting guard Julie Brooks contributed 11 points to the pot. “We’re getting better,” said coach Suzanne Fox. “We had five players in double figures against UTA, but the problem was everyone else was an 0-fer. We can’t have that many players not at least getting a bucket or two.” With the win, the Lady Mavericks swept the season series against the Bobcats, thanks to the inside game of forward Rola Ogunoye, who scored a gamehigh 30 points and was 10-11 from the free-throw line. Now the Roadrunners come to town g See WOMEN, page 9

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