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Former athletic director honored with laughter, tears

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LeRoy Miller and his wife Catherine of Goldthwaite; brotherin-law Jerry Hopkins and his Walking into the dimly lit wife Jackie of Roosevelt; along Evans Auditorium for Bill “Bil- with many nieces and nephews. ly” Miller’s memorial service, Miller enrolled in what was friends and family of the former then-Southwest Texas State ColTexas State football coach and lege in 1954, playing fullback athletic director might have ex- for the Bobcats. He went on to pected a time solely of sadness receive his bachelor’s degree in and somber reflection. health and physical education While the nearly 300 people in in 1957 and master’s degree in attendance at the Thursday ser- educational administration in vice mourned 1959. In 1964, the loss of the Miller became beloved alumhead football nus, the mecoach, a posimorial was also tion he held for full of laugher. 13 years. Miller Friends, famled the Bobcats ily and fellow to more victoalumni were ries than any cheered in their other coach in grief by the huthe university’s morous and history. His 94colorful anec53-3 record is dotes of Miller’s still unequaled. life retold by Miller became four of his closathletic direc— Margaret LaRue Miller tor in 1975, est friends. Two of the speakwife of Bill Miller serving in that ers had worked position until closely with his retirement Miller and built a friendship in 1992. with him, while the others knew “He was heart and bodily him best from playing Bobcat committed to this university,” football under Miller’s coach- said his wife of 53 years, Margaing. ret LaRue Miller. “He gave more It was with humor and appre- than 100 percent. There was ciation that the memorial hon- nothing that he wouldn’t do for ored the memory of a man who the university.” invested so many years of his life Larry Teis, Texas State’s direcinto Texas State. tor of athletics, also praised MillBill Max Miller died the morn- er as a great leader overall. He ing of Feb. 20 at St. David’s Hos- said many former athletes under pital in Austin as a reaction or his coaching and influence had side affect to a heart medication, gone on to become successful in causing his lungs to fail. He was their careers. 74. His three sons, Danny Mill“I’ll miss his thoughtful iner, Mark Miller and E. Michael sight and the pointers he’s given Miller preceded him in death. me over the last few years,” Teis He is survived by his wife, Mar- said. garet LaRue Hopkins Miller; his His memorial began with a brothers, James C. Miller and his See HONORED, page 4 wife Billie Jean of Burnet, and

e was heart “H and bodily committed to this university. He gave more than 100 percent. There was nothing that he wouldn’t do for the university.”

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Texas State AFROTC completes mock deployment with flying colors

Fire Teams: Above: Monica Belcher (second from left) leads the Air Force ROTC in to rescue a downed pilot in their first field drill this year. AFROTC cadets learned tactical skills they can use later in combat training. Left: ReShard Wagstaff takes the point and enters a wooded area. Each team had a selected person to advance first.

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nvision a group of cadets trekking through the woods: dense trees, rocks and cacti. Weapons in hand, they are navigating through enemy territory, searching for an F-16 that was shot down by hostile fire. The mission: Rescue the downed pilot. All of the sudden, the team leader screams “incoming.” The entire unit hits the deck. Faces in the dirt, crawling through the muck, they have encountered an ambush: hostile enemy fire in the form of grenades and mortar rounds. Texas State’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 840 found out firsthand what this experience is like as they conducted a mock military deployment and simulated field-training exercise this weekend at the Freeman Ranch. “Nowadays, on a moment’s notice you can be deployed anywhere in the world within 24 hours to prosecute the war on terrorism,” said Col. Daryl W. Hausmann, commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 840 and chairman of the Aerospace See AFROTC, page 3

VIP parking pass up for grabs in student raffle By Magen Gray The University Star

By Zandria Avila The University Star

“Parking has been better this semester,” Denison said. “Now I park either in the Tower Parking Garage One Texas State student’s search or by San Jacinto Hall with my for a campus parking spot will end residence parking permit.” Thursday. Bright said the proceeds from The Student Foundation of Tex- the raffle help seed money for sevas State is sponsoring a VIP park- eral scholarships and events. ing pass raffle He said the at 5:30 p.m. in Student FounRoom 3-13.1 of dation hopes to the LBJ Student give out larger Center. student scholRaffle tickets arships with a are selling for $25,000 base $1 Wednesday scholarship budin The Quad get. Rather than and from Stusmall scholardent Foundation ships worth members. hundreds of dolCarl Bright, lars, the foundamanagement tion would like senior and comto give student mittee chair for — Kandice Denison s c h o l a r s h i p s the raffle, said thoumanagement sophomore worth this is the first sands. year for the parkBright said the ing pass drawing. Student Foundation acts as liaison “The VIP parking pass is a $100 between university President Dedebit card for the LBJ parking ga- nise Trauth and the students. Sturage,” Bright said. dent Foundation members attend Kandice Denison, manage- and coordinate functions at the ment sophomore, said that park- president’s call, such as the opening in the valley, the area between ing of the McCoy Business Buildthe Theatre Center and Rother’s ing. Bookstore, was a horrible experiThe Student Foundation is part ence for her. of the Dean of Students Office Denison lived in Lantana Hall along with the Associated Student last year and constantly searched Government and other student orfor a place to park. ganizations.

arking has “P been better this semester. Now I park either in the Tower Parking Garage or by San Jacinto Hall with my residence parking permit.”

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Sign swiped from Open Air evangelists was standing in the middle of the “I crowd waiting to see if they caught the guy who took the sign when one After almost a week of tension between Open Air Outreach ministers and Texas State students, an unidentified man attempted to steal a sign belonging to the ministry and one student alleged a member of the ministry assaulted him in the scramble to recover the sign on Thursday. Jeff Olver and Jesse Morrell, members of Open Air Outreach, followed the man in pursuit of the sign. Though onlookers cheered the student on, the preachers returned to the free speech area by The Stallions with the sign in hand. Witnesses

of the preachers pushed me, saying: ‘Excuse me, brother’.”

— William Taylor undecided freshman

said they believed the theft to be a display of protest. “The first thing I said to the student who stole our sign was, ‘God bless you,’ the second was, ‘I pray that God does not treat you as you have treated me,’” Morrell said. William Taylor, undecided

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Cognisa contract finalized, up for student approval in April By Clayton Medford The University Star The Associated Student Government adopted a resolution to increase the student transportation fee by $26 per long semester, a 50 percent increase, at their meeting on Monday. The increase is part of a possible contract extension with the current provider of student bus service, Cognisa Transportation. Students will vote on the increase during ASG elections on April 4 and 5. If the student

referendum passes, Cognisa will purchase 23 new Blue Bird XCEL buses for the Texas State bus service. The XCEL buses have the ability to run on the environmentally friendly ultralow sulfur diesel and are quieter than the aging fleet of maroon buses, which were purchased in 1997. The new buses will begin running in fall 2005, pending the passage of the referendum. Rick Henderson, San Marcos Main Street Program chair and political science lecturer, presented a plan to build a large

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freshman, initially accused Olver of assaulting him during the scramble to retrieve the sign. “I was standing in the middle of the crowd waiting to see if they caught the guy who took the sign when one of the preachers pushed me, saying: ‘Excuse

me, brother.’ I then fell to the ground,” Taylor said. Several students, as well as a political science lecturer Rick Holtzman, discussed the incident with University Police Department Officer Susan Stewart, who arrived on the scene subsequent to the alleged assault. “I saw a dime-store preacher that drew this crowd, and his hired security (goons of salvation?), engage in something that bordered on the physical assault of students,” Holtzman wrote in an e-mail. “Yes, freedom of speech makes the exchange of ideas possible; it is the motor that drives education, but a

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parking garage in place of a soon-to-be vacant fire station on the corner of Comanche and Hutchison streets. The fourstory, 360-space garage would stretch from that corner to the back of a retail strip on S. LBJ Drive and toward the entrance to the Tap Room, a parcel of land that is currently owned by Texas State. Henderson described the aesthetics of the facility. “This parking garage would have what’s called a four-story light well, a giant atrium,” Hen-

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derson said. “It would be very well-lit, and there would be video cameras. There would be security.” Henderson said the garage would cost between $3.5 and $3.6 million to construct, would be open 24 hours a day and parking would cost $5 per day. Henderson said the city hopes the school will donate the land. Communication studies senior and Sen. Cat Reed authored legislation supporting See ASG, page 4

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Tuesday in Brief

February 28, 2006

starsof texas state Richard A. Morris, executive vice president of engineering design and facility for consulting firm Smith Seckman Reid, Inc., has been selected to serve on the Texas State College of Science’s Technical Board of Advisers. The board’s objective is to provide the College of Science with vital technical input and insight for future program planning purposes from industry, business

and community leaders. The board meets quarterly to assist the college with the planning and direction of its goals and projects. Morris, who joined SSR in 1990, leads the firm’s Southwestern Division with offices in Houston, Phoenix and Dallas.

—Courtesy of Katcher Vaughn and Bailey Public Relations

News Contact — Kirsten Crow, starnews@txstate.edu

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STARS OF TEXAS STATE POLICY Do you know someone at Texas State who has recently celebrated a great achievement? Nominate your choice to appear in The Star as a “Star of Texas State.” Write an e-mail to starletters@txstate.edu with the subject line “Stars of Texas State,” and include your nominee’s name, his/her relationship to the university, contact information for yourself and your nominee, and a brief description of the achievement. Also include a photo of your nominee if available. Accepted nominees will be featured at the top of Page Two.

Liz at ek1035@txstate.edu. Wednesday

Tuesday A night prayer will be held at 9 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center chapel. Hip-Hop Congress will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center in the fourth floor lobby.

There will be a ceramics sale in The Quad today and tomorrow. For more information, contact.

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Miscellaneous

In the Feb. 21, issue the article “Rain doesn’t quench Brother Jed’s fiery sermon,” a member of Open Air Outreach was identified as Christopher New of San Antonio. His real name is David New.

Tuesday Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization will hold a meeting at 5 p.m. in the Academic Services Building, Room 315. The Society of Professional Journalists will host Matt Flores, criminal justice editor of the San Antonio Express-News at 6 p.m. in Old Main, Room 232.

Free tax/FAFSA preparation from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Alkek Library. Students will receive help filing their 2005 income tax and renewing their FAFSA. Please bring photo ID, W-2 form and bank information if you want your refund by direct deposit. Wednesday

Events Tuesday The CSC will have a Shrove Tuesday fundraiser Pancake & Sausage Supper in the lobby from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Financial aid applications are available online or in the J.C. Kellam building, Suite 240. If you are interested in attending summer school and want financial aid, applications must be submitted by today.

Campus Sports

Wednesday Higher Ground (Lutheran-Episcopal campus ministry) will hold its Ash Wednesday service, with Holy Communion, at 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church. The CSC will have Ash Wednesday services at 12:05 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. A presentation by Ron Lenamon Jr., Lewis & Clark: Then and Now, will take place at 7 p.m. in the San Marcos Library.

Arts & Entertainment Tuesday There will be a ceramics sale in The Mall. For more information, contact

Kappa Sigma Fite Nite registration will continue through this week in The Quad. Everyone is welcome to enter.

CALENDAR SUBMISSION POLICY Calendar submissions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events at starcalendar@txstate.edu or call (512) 245-3487 for more information. E-mailed press releases will not be accepted. If using e-mail, please submit as a simple bulleted list of essential information. Submissions are on a first come, first served basis and notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted every week they will take place. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.

David Racino/Star photo Children practice during a simulated escape from a burning building in the fire department’s “Safety House” trailer, which was filled with smoke on Saturday at the Safety and Fun Expo.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department

Texas Medical Center for medical evaluation.

Feb. 24, 12:01 p.m. Possession of Marijuana/ The Den A student reported to a police officer that personal property had been located with marijuana in it. The owner of the bag, a student, was contacted and interviewed about the contents of the bag. This case is under investigation.

Feb. 25, 4:59 a.m. Assault: Causes Bodily Injury/ Bobcat Village Apartments A student reported to a police officer that another student had assaulted her. The student was arrested for assault: causes bodily injury and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.

Feb. 25, 4:24 a.m. Information Report: Medical Emergency/Blanco Hall A student reported to a police officer that another student was incoherent because of a heart condition. The student was transported to Central

San Marcos Police Department Feb. 24, 12:57 p.m. Forgery/2300 S. Interstate 35 Victim’s check was stolen from her residence and then forged at Sac N Pac Centerpoint.

Crime stoppers: UPD: 245-7867, SMPD: 353-TIPS

In Thursday’s issue, a jumpline for a story about the university facing a surcharge for the level of chemical oxygen demand in campus wastewater read: “Surcharge applied if university COD level not lowered.” The university contests the results of early COD testing, so the university will only face surcharges if further tests to be conducted this spring yield similar results.

Health Beat Looking perfect not as important as being healthy New Years resolutions and the approach of Spring Break both bring with them renewed efforts to diet in order to have the “perfect” body. Bookstores have all the latest fad diets and gym attendance rises — for a while. The pressure all around us to be thin or to have “six pack abs” is enormous. It’s no wonder that both women and men struggle with body image. But the struggle to be thin that is part of an eating disorder is much more than that; it is an internal struggle that can be debilitating. Both body image problems and eating disorders, however, are influenced by the same societal pressures to “have it all” and to be “perfect.” When we as individuals and as a society can begin to accept variations in beauty and healthy

bodies in many shapes, then perhaps we can steer away from what child psychiatrist Hilde Bruche 30 years ago called “the misuse of the eating function to deal with problems in living”. Learning to use eating for what it is intended, a way to fuel all the things our body does for us — walking, talking, reading, learning, running and dancing, to name a few — can be one of the most important things we ever do for ourselves. Learning to cope with “problems in living” through changing thoughts, feelings and actions is more important than looking “perfect.” For more information on body image, eating disorders and self esteem, go to the Counseling Center Web site at www.counseling. txstate.edu. — Courtesy of the Texas State Counseling Center


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ROTC: Cadets ‘can’t put a price’ on training TAKE COVER!: ReShard Wagstaff and Brandon Tlaff use a yucca plant as concealment. During the Air Force ROTC training exercises at the Freeman Ranch. During the weekend, cadets learned the differences between cover and concealment.

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“If I hide behind a bush, you’re not going to see me; but you’re Studies Program. bullets will still hurt me,” AtHausmann said that the 24- tinger said. “If I’m hiding behind hour simulated field training ex- a stone wall, it’s going to give me ercise was designed to give cadets some cover and concealment. an opportunity to see what it’s You always want cover if you can like to prepare to deploy and ar- find it.” rive in an inhospitable location. He elaborated on different The cadets were deployed methods used for concealment on Friday evening to Freeman in the woods: Face paint, clothRanch. The simulated field ing and using the natural terrain, training exercise began when such as branches and leafs. You the cadets split into two factions: don’t want to contrast with your Eight junior-level cadets filed setting, Attinger said. Attinger into one group, which was later also emphasized the importance dubbed “Whiskey Chalk,” while of personal protection cover — the other group was composed Kevlar, flak vest, helmet or body of 12 senior-level cadets. The ju- armor — during combat. He said nior-level cadets were briefed on he has woken up in the middle of basic tactics the night in Iraq and defense to alarms and and then had mortars going to set up their off. base camp. “You don’t They estabknow when lished defense you’re going to positions, set get mortared. up patrols, loYou can’t congistics and fortrol where that mulated a plan mortar lands. for the evening A 10 mm morexercise, said tar can mess Cadet Capt. up your day,” Dane RobAttinger said. berson, mass “Since we’ve communicabeen in Iraq and tion senior. Operation En“Throughduring Freedom, out the night, thoracic injuries at intervals, are way down in we would send comparison to either friendly — Capt. Chris Victoria previous conor combatant flict because assistant professor of sources, and everybody’s got Aerospace Studies body armor.” they had to figure out how Moving in to deal with it,” Robberson said. tactical formations was next on “After each encounter, the upper the agenda. Attinger explained level cadets would critique the how to deal with enemy contact cadets and their performance.” from the front and the rear and The night ended with a multi- gave details on the three different directional attack and one last types of tactical movements: file, “de-briefing” before the senior- line and wedge. The basic differlevel cadets returned to their ence between the three is how base camp to eat barbeque, while the troops are positioned. the junior-level cadets stayed After tactical formations, at their base camp and resorted Attinger briefly talked about to Meals-Ready-To-Eat. At 6:30 weapons. He pointed out the difa.m., the younger cadets were ferences between an M-16 and provided with a wake-up call: the M-4. The M-16, he said, is Blank 12-guage shotgun shells good for long range situations rang through the air, intended to because of its 20-inch barrel. simulate mortar rounds. “People think that smaller At approximately 8:30 a.m., weapons are cooler and sexier U.S. Air Force Special Forces and more accurate. The longer Pararescumen provided a wealth the barrel, the more accurate,” of knowledge in different tactical Attinger said. and survival areas. The cadets were then broken Jason Attinger, staff sgt. and up into two groups and sent into Indoctrination School instruc- the field with the Special Forces tor, who has served in combat Pararescuemen to conduct an or rescue missions in 23 coun- immediate action drill. The imtries, including Afghanistan and mediate action drill consisted Iraq, discussed small-unit tacti- of having the cadets move in cal movements, weapons and all three tactical formations, survival skills. Attinger clarified while finding cover or clearance the difference between “cover” from incoming enemy contact. and “concealment,” emphasizing Throughout the drill, Attinger that cover can stop or reduce fire. led the cadets and provided hand Concealment, he said, is disguis- signals, screamed different coming yourself from the enemy by mands and corrected mistakes. hiding in the grass. Cadets who moved into the

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verall, there were some hiccups here, which is to be expected. These guys aren’t expecting to be perfect; otherwise, there would be no need for our program. This is a learning opportunity for them.”

line of fire or made some other fatal mistake were instructed to do push-ups. At one point, Cadet Colonel Kim Schaerdel, communication senior, positioned herself in the line of fire and had to balance her mock M-16 on her hands while she did 25 pushups. “If you do a lot of pushups today, you’re chances of getting killed are high,” Attinger said. The Special Operations personnel finished up their presentation by instructing the cadets on how to breach a door and clear a room. Cadets practiced prescribed methods for entering and clearing rooms, including a “man down” situation that resulted in a cadet being evacuated in a stretcher to an imaginary rescue helicopter. Cadet Major Kevin Murphy, criminal justice junior, said that the Pararescuemen are a unique group of people who have a lot of knowledge to share. “Everybody’s got respect for those guys because there are only 480 of them total. That was prob-

ably the best experience we could offer these guys,” Murphy said. By 1:30 p.m., the cadets were fed and rested, and the main field training exercise was ready to begin. Murphy briefed the junior-level cadets with the classified information for the simulated exercise: An F-16C was shot down by enemy fire over hostile airspace, he said. The pilot ejected and landed safely behind enemy lines. The mission was to follow the wreckage of the aircraft and evacuate the pilot. After the briefing, the “Whiskey Chalk” unit returned to their base camp to assess the situation

biology sophomore, served as the navigator during the field training exercise. His primary responsibility was making sure that everyone was headed in the right direction. “You have to make sure that your point man and team leader are aware of the direction that you’re heading, and that they know where the objective is and the relative position of the objective,” Glass said. Cadet 3rd Class Monica Belcher, criminal justice junior, was assigned the role of team leader during the field training exercise. As team leader, it was her job to make the decisions on how to overcome the enemy and how to meet the objective. Belcher said the experience was “intimidating,” but overall she was able to acquire new leadership skills through the process. “I learned not to hesitate. The pressure in that kind of situation makes you more aware, much more attentive,” she said. As “Whiskey Chalk” pressed on with the rescue mission, they encountered more hostile forces in the form of “Afghan rebel fire” and a “suicide bomber.” When the cadets encountered forces on the field, they would instruct them to “halt” and “identify themselves.” One cadet then approached the individual, while another provided rear security. By 3:30 p.m., “Whiskey Chalk” reached their destination and rescued the pilot. After the field training exercise, Capt. Chris Victoria, commander of cadets and assistant professor of Aerospace Studies, gathered up the junior-level caMark Decker/ dets and assessed their perforStar photo mance. “Overall, there were some and distribute job details. The hiccups here, which is to be excadets were provided with co- pected. That’s why we do these ordinates to locate the pieces of things. These guys aren’t exwreckage and find the pilot. pected to be perfect; otherwise, Employing hand signals and there would be no need for our tactics that the Special Forces program. This is a learning ophad taught them earlier in the portunity for them,” Victoria day, “Whiskey Chalk” set out in said. tactical formation to recover the Cadet 3rd Class ReShard wreckage and the pilot. Wagstaff, criminal justice sophNear the second piece of omore, served as point man wreckage, “Whiskey Chalk” en- during the exercise and was countered contact with hostile blown up on three separate ocforces. Sporadic fire broke out casions. Even though he made a between the junior- and senior- few errors, he said he learned a level cadets through the entire lot of from the exercise. mission. “You can’t put a price on this Cadet 3rd Class Brandon Glass, type of experience,” he said.


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the construction of the garage. The senate will vote on her legislation on March 6. Congressional candidate and former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez spoke briefly to senators. The Democrat commented on the national debt and urged students to vote. Early voting for the primaries will take place today and Wednesday in the LBJ Student Center. Interfraternity Council President Andrae Turner took advantage of ASG’s public forum to voice his opposition to a resolution presented for first reading on Monday. The resolution, authored by Senate Clerk Kyle Morris, seeks to reinstate suspended fraternities Pi Kappa Alpha, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The resolution states “these fraternities are a part of a long standing tradition at Texas State” and alleges the fraternities were suspended as a result of “irresponsibility on behalf of the University.” Turner read an emergency

resolution adopted by the IFC that claims the organization has “the responsibility and duty … in conjunction with the Greek Life staff to address any concerns” related to fraternities. The IFC resolution implies that Morris’s legislation goes beyond the power of ASG. The resolution will be voted on at next week’s meeting, and Morris believes a compromise between ASG and the IFC will be made. “I expect IFC to be receptive to any changes that may occur to the legislation over the next week,” Morris said. “I know that IFC is a respectful, honest and open organization.” Turner declined to comment. The senate approved the nomination of pre-mass communication freshman Lauren Walbridge to fill an empty senate seat. Walbridge said she hopes to bring a new perspective to ASG. “Hopefully, I will bring new ideas,” Walbridge said. “Since every person’s different, I’m sure I can bring different ideas than everyone in here.”

processional and brief readings of the Bible, read by the Rev. Theodore E. Hervey, Jr. from Miller’s church, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Burnet, Texas. “Just last week when I was speaking with Billy, he told me, ‘I’m giving it my all,’” Hervey said. That could have been the theme for Miller’s life, according to his friends that spoke next, who continuously emphasized his passion and his commitment to anything entrusted to his care. Don Forester, who coached with Miller, began by reading a brief summary of Miller’s life, from his birth on April 17, 1931 in Goldthwaite, Texas, to his death.

“He was able to bring about success in a very demanding job and make it fun,” Forester said. “The most fun I ever had was coaching with Coach Miller.” Gordon McCullough, who was a sports information officer when Miller was coach, spoke next under the theme “The Friend I Knew.” McCullough said that he had been Miller’s friend for the past 36 years and worked with him for 16 years. McCullough said that Miller had helped baptize him into the Bobcat family, and that he’s been a convert ever since. “He felt responsible for each and every student athlete,” McCullough said. “Chances are, if you met him, you became a friend.” McCullough had fond memories of golfing with Miller, and smiled, shook his head and said

that Miller’s “worthless” fiberglass putter should be buried with him. He expressed a regret at missing a golf game with Miller and urged the audience to take advantage of any opportunity to spend time with friends and loved ones. A former Bobcat football player, James Duncan, spoke next under the theme “The Coach I Knew.” Duncan praised Miller’s coaching and called him one of the few coaches who “gets it.” Duncan told several loving and humorous stories of what it was like to have Miller as a coach. “My favorite memory is his little pirate grin,” Duncan said. “Anytime I saw that grin, I knew things were good in the universe.” Bill Thornton spoke next under the theme “The Man I Knew.” As football coach, Miller

had recruited Thornton to play football for him. Thornton had persuaded the other three men on stage with him that he would be the one to tell what seemed to be an anecdotal golf story among Miller’s friends. Miller apparently was thrown from a speeding golf cart, knocked unconscious and afterward had to go home and humbly explain the grass stain on his forehead to his wife. Thornton laughed at this story, but tears rose to his eyes as he described Miller. “I viewed him as a second father,” Thornton said, later describing Miller as a “servantleader.” The day after the memorial, his wife, Margaret LaRue Miller, had words to share. “‘Wow’ is a very good word to describe him,” she said. “He was a ‘wow’ individual.”

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real exchange of ideas does not demand the presence of goons, in fact it demands the very opposite.” Stewart questioned Olver. After several minutes of debate as to whether or not Olver actually assaulted Taylor, Olver settled the dispute by offering Taylor an apology. Taylor, who described himself as “the bigger man,” accepted. Stewart then thanked Taylor for accepting Olver’s apology. Despite the friendly gesture, Taylor remained unsatisfied with Olver’s response. “He didn’t even look me in the eye when we shook hands,” Taylor said. Olver claimed the incident to be a mere precaution against in-

jury. “The young man was in the path that I was running; and in order to keep myself from crashing into him, I put my hands onto his arm and moved him and myself in opposite directions so not to injure him. I did not initially try to harm him or push him. I profusely apologize for his falling,” Olver said. Open Air Outreach travels to college campuses to preach the Christian gospel of Jesus Christ. On Thursday, Open Air Outreach was preaching against hypocrisy and sin. “Many people are opposed to our message because they do not want to be told they are required to leave their sin. Understandably so, sin is pleasurable,” Olver said. Some in the crowd did not oppose Open Air Outreach’s message, but disapproved of the

approach. “I am opposed to their delivery. Me being a Christian, I feel that it is a message of grace, not one of hatred and repentance and all those things that project a negative image of Christianity,” said Nathan Smith, music freshman. Smith described how he would deliver the Gospel, if given the opportunity. “Their method is one of repulsion and turning everyone away from them. The way that I was raised to spread the message of God is one of inclusion, not one of exclusion,” Smith said. Steve Stevenson, music graduate student, also disagreed with Open Air Outreach’s approach. “When I was a young Christian, a lasting message I received was: ‘We screw up every day, but there is always hope for us because God will forgive us if we

ask him.’ I do not see them offering any grace or forgiveness; they are labeling us as sinners, sports freaks and scourers and tell us we are going to hell,” Stevenson said. John Garrison, associate vice president of Student Affairs, had not received any official report of an alleged assault between Taylor and Olver as of Monday. “The free speech area is open to anyone on campus; the occasion where we would get involved were if a P.A. system were in use disrupting classes,” Garrison said. “I am glad they got it worked out without law enforcement’s involvement. The manner in which it was resolved was good for each side.” Garrison said he will investigate the incident further with UPD to inquire if it is necessary to bring it up with the Student Justice Department.


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fundraising with playground-style tournament By Vanessa Lau The University Star

For a few hours on Saturday, the Jowers Center was filled with sounds and images one might expect to find on an elementary school playground. Laughter, applause, shouts of cheering and jeering and the familiar bounce of rubber balls echoed from the walls. Students may have regressed to a younger age while participating in the third annual four-square tournament, but it was all for a worthy cause. The tournament, which featured 55 teams from 23 campus organizations, was held to raise money for children’s cancer research at the world-famous St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. The hospital treats children who have all types and all stages of cancer, hoping to find a cure for the illnesses someday soon. St. Jude’s is also concerned with taking care of every child that comes through the doors, regardless of the family’s ability to pay for the expensive, cutting-edge therapies, according to the hospital’s advertising campaigns. The mother of a St. Jude’s patient said on Saturday that providing care and housing for many of its young patients and their families costs the hospital about $1 million per day. So fundraising events, like the four-square tournament, aim to keep the institution on the path to finding a cure for various types of cancers, especially those that affect the lives of children. Members of the St. Jude’s four-square executive board said the tournament first got its start at Texas State three years ago, when St. Jude’s approached the National Fraternity Council and asked them to find schools to conduct this tournament event for the first time. Texas State was one of the pilot schools chosen by the

National Fraternity Council, and the anAside from the action of the tournanual tournament has been a success each ment, competitors also heard a message year since. The Texas State tournament from the mother of 10-year-old Jonadoubled in size from than Cunningham, the first year to the a local child who second, and expandhas experienced the ed even further this benefits of St. Jude’s year. Members of healthcare firsthand. the executive board, Diagnosed with brain who are all Texas cancer, Cunningham State students, were and his family relied excited to see their on the care St. Jude’s efforts contribute provides for patients to such a valuable nationwide, as well as charity, as well as to internationally. Cunsee the enjoyment of ningham’s mother all the participants spoke of the difference during the tournaSt. Jude’s made in her ment action. son’s battle with the When discussing disease. The strongest why the tournament testimony she spoke centers on fourof was his willingness, square, a game most even joy, at going to college students St. Jude’s to receive — Kelly Schneidewind haven’t played in his treatment. After publicity chair for the more than a decade, months of care at St. four-square executive board Kelly Schneidewind, Jude’s, Cunningham publicity chair for is now cancer-free. He the executive board, was supposed to visit said, “It’s such a fun, child-centered ac- the tournament himself, but his mother tivity.” proudly informed the participants and The participants’ zeal for the task at organizers that he was preparing himself hand makes this event a profitable one, to become a full-fledged Boy Scout in a both for Texas State and for St. Jude’s ceremony Saturday night. Hospital. Schneidewind also said that Schneidewind has been involved with at least $2,000 had already been raised this event all three years, as a player and a from this two-part event. member of the executive board. Student participants, a majority be“It’s all about helping people, even ing from fraternities and sororities, also without seeing the outcome,” Schneidetook part in a letter-writing campaign wind said of the experience. “Even one this past fall, asking for pledges and school helps a lot. We’re taking time out donations from at least 50 sources per of our lives to help children with cataDeleigh Hermes/Star photo person. Schneidewind said these letters strophic diseases. The game is just for FOUR-SQUARE FOR CHARITY: On Saturday, students came out to Jowers solidify the participants’ commitment to fun. We’re not in it for anything other Center to compete in grueling games of four-square benefiting St. Jude’s Hosmaking as much money as possible for than helping. It feels good, and it makes pital, which has raised more than $2,000. At the end of the day, it came down to St. Jude’s research. a difference in all of our lives.”

t’s all about “I helping people, even

without seeing the outcome. Even one school helps a lot. We’re taking time out of our lives to help children with catastrophic diseases.”

two winning teams: Pi Kappa Phi for the men and Alpha Xi Delta for the women.

Deleigh Hermes/Star photo THE WINNER’S CIRCLE: Members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pose with their trophy after winning the men’s division during the St. Jude’s Hospital’s charitable four-square tournament which raised more than $2,000.


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The Veronicas tell all on The Secret Life Of… By Vanessa Lau The University Star Identical twin sisters Jessica and Lisa Origliasso, known to trendsetters in the music industry as The Veronicas, try music to find the review elusive bal✯✯ ance between The Veronicas girls who rock The Secret Life and girls who Of... are feminine. Sire Records While their 12-track debut album, The Secret Life Of…, is heavily concentrated with electric guitars and rock-tinged melodies, these young women reach farther to their peers than predecessors like Avril Lavigne or Fefe Dobson. The twins, who share lead vocal duties and serve as co-writers on nine of the 12 tracks, use their 15 years of live performance experience to give strong vocals to each song. The remarkable thing about the Origliasso twins’ vast experience is the fact that the sisters are only 20 years old. Wheth-

AUSSIE ROCK: Known as The Veronicas, Australian rockers Lisa and Jessica Origliasso’s debut album, The Secret Life Of…, was released on Feb. 14.

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er the lyrics are happy or sad, and there is an equal amount of both, the twins’ voices give the arrangements a depth and breadth that a lesser performer might not be able to achieve. Born in Brisbane, Australia, Jessica and Lisa first made their way to the United States last year, opening for Ryan Cabrera on tour. They were also the subjects of a feature segment of MTV’s You Hear It First. Their first single, “4Ever,” featured on this album, is currently climbing up the charts, thanks to repeated exposure on The WB’s drama, Related. The strengths of this album are the twins’ powerful and haunting vocals, along with strong and inventive lyrics. The girls’ input into the songs can be felt through

the lyrics in “Everything I’m Not,” “When It All Falls Apart” and “Speechless,” which address emotions habitually felt by young women of the same age as The Veronicas. “4Ever” is a catchy, light-hearted tune that will give new fans a good taste of what the Veronicas’ sound and philosophy is all about. The album is an enjoyable listen from start to finish, but there are several tracks that are weaker than others. As a debut album, The Veronicas’ The Secret Life Of… gives unacquainted listeners a good sense of the balance between rocker chicks and sensitive girls, but when weighed and measured against other albums, The Veronicas definitely have room for improvements in the future.

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quoteof the day “They did tell us it was nothing related to anything dangerous or biological or anything that could hurt anybody.”

—FBI Special Agent Rene Salinas following further testing of a powdery substance found in a dormitory at the University of Texas-Austin. Initial reports claimed it was the biological agent Ricin, but were later retracted following extra testing. (Source: the Associated Press)

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Supreme Court ruling demoralizing for student journalists

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The United States Supreme Court announced they would not hear the appeal in the case of Hosty v. Carter last Tuesday. For those who are unaware of the case, here’s a primer. Three former student journalists at Governors State University in Illinois filed suit against their dean attempted to hold issues of the campus newspaper, the Innovator, for prior review after articles critical of faculty and administration were run. The dean, Patricia Carter, attempted to review the newspaper prior to printing despite a university policy that allowed those students who worked on the paper to “determine content and format of their respective publications without censorship or advance approval.” After a ruling from a lower court that the dean went outside her bounds, an appeals court reversed the decision and the Supreme Court refused to hear the case. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the Supreme Court, in its 1988 Hazlewood v. Kuhlmeier ruling that high school students did not enjoy the same freedom from prior review by administration, also allowed for the same ability for review for newspapers at public colleges and universities. While you might believe this case matters only to employees of The University Star and those in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, it actually presents problems for all college students at any public institution. Aside from the alphabet soup of journalism and media organizations with issues about these rulings, the court’s decisions about public forum and their designation could remove the ideals of the free exchange of ideas. But you know what’s different about Texas State University, The Star and our friends at KTSW-FM have already been guaranteed the freedoms of the press by both the First Amendment and the University Policy and Procedure Statement. While the university is our publisher and the license holder at KTSW, the student editors retain complete control of the content and for as long as we can remember, it’s always been that way. We can’t be thankful enough for those boundaries and appreciate the university for continuing to respect the First Amendment and the policy established in the UPPS. What makes us different from our colleagues at the Innovator is that even though we share the same type of funding from student service fees and through our own advertising, we have been clearly designated a public forum with editorial control to be held by the student editors. Below, you will see a poll which shows that a third of high school students surveyed believe the First Amendment delivers too much freedom to newspapers and media outlets. What makes this non-decision by the Supreme Court even more disheartening is that they have started a process of solidifying the wishes of that one-third.

Pros, cons of ACC annexation tax (EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a three-part series of columns from Nicole Hernandez about the Austin Community College and a possible election on a new tax for the residents of San Marcos.)

economic stability in the future. Andrew Gary is the representative for a group of San Marcos residents and businesses that oppose annexation for a number of NICOLE HERNANDEZ reasons. Although Star Columnist the ACC tax would be the smallest of all collective taxes in San Marcos, The Austin Community Col- costing the average resident lege Board is expected to call $75 per year, many residents for an election on the issue of cannot afford what taxes alannexation of the San Marcos ready exist. Gary told Bobcat area on March 6. In May, San Update there is a large group of Marcos residents will be able to people in the community that approve a small tax that would currently “have trouble paying generate more than $2.4 miltheir utilities,” much less an lion for ACC. In reality, the tax additional tax for ACC. would support San Marcos and The deal offered by ACC is its future residents and econoa legal contract, from which my. By approving annexation, there is no turning back. Once which would permanently San Marcos votes itself into make San Marcos part of the the taxing district, it can never in-district area, local ACC stude-annex itself or otherwise dents would be able to attend secede from the ACC taxing a fully functioning campus in district. Furthermore, ACC San Marcos, with extensive does not become accountdegree programs and training able to San Marcos after anoptions for students. Local nexation. San Marcos residents students will enjoy a guaranwould gain the ability to vote teed 54 percent decrease in the in ACC board elections and cost of attending, according gain representation on the to information from the ACC board through public elecBoard of Trustees. More San tions. However, state law would Marcos residents, a largely have to change in order for San Hispanic population, would be Marcos to pull itself out of the able to afford a college educadistrict. The ACC taxes would tion, improving our commugo to the ACC regional district, nity locally and ensuring more and, as Gary points out, ACC

is not obligated to spend San Marcos tax money on the San Marcos campus, services or students. To accept the current deal from ACC would be entering a legal agreement “with no guarantees,” Gary said. Gary and his group bring valid concern to the issue. Any deal without guarantee is almost always a bad idea. However, ACC has raised its taxes only once in the history of the college. There is no precedent to assume that the college would attempt to increase the tax at all once this one is approved. Even if ACC proposed a higher tax after annexation, a majority of voters in the district would be needed to actually impose a new tax rate. ACC strongly contends that the college “has honored all commitments made in all of its annexation elections.” Another point of interest for the group affiliated with Gary is the high school dropout rate and the perception that San Marcos has less than quality public education. Gary said in a Feb. 7 article in The University Star that “expanding higher education prospects in San Marcos isn’t even in the top 10” on the list of priorities. He says the focus of our community should be on the children in our public schools. The 2004 report card for San Marcos High School listed a completion rate of 95.3 per-

cent for the class of 2004, up from 93.6 percent in 2003, and 90.5 in 2002. These numbers do not indicate a dropout problem. Although the district has a dropout rate higher than the state’s average, which is 3.3, the number of students permanently leaving high school has also been decreasing during the last few years. “We feel we have a handle on dropout intervention with home visits and follow-ups,” said Rosina Valle, San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District Attendance Coordinator. Reports on the school district published every year confirm a declining high school dropout rate among ninth through 12th graders. The community cannot ignore the opportunity to offer higher education to those high school students who do graduate. Gary, whose father attended San Marcos High School, where Gary and his three children graduated from, said San Marcos’ main priority should be the children in grades K12, of whom not enough are graduating and not enough are college-ready. Valle says although one child dropping out of school is too many SMCISD does not have a dropout problem. Nor do the reports filed indicate an out of control problem with dropouts.

Letters to the Editor Minister’s version not reflective of Jesus’ teachings Texas State students, I’m sure you all saw, heard, or heard about the “evangelists” who were in The Quad last week. I want to apologize for the things that these guys were saying. If you felt offended by their browbeating tactics or harsh rhetoric, I’m sorry. Some pretty nasty things were said in the name of Jesus Christ. I want to tell you that it was wrong. That is not what Christianity is about. I know that they used a lot of scripture to justify their tactics, but most of it was used out of context. I won’t deny that the Bible does outline the way we are supposed to behave. I can’t tell you that what was written on their banner were not sins. But the way they go about presenting that informa-

tion is what was wrong with their “ministry.” Jesus is all about love. Yelling and screaming and browbeating is not the way Jesus meant for his message to be spread. God loves you, and he desires to enter into a relationship with you. The job of Christians is to show this love of Christ to others. The men from “open air ministry” are not showing the love of Christ. Once you’ve experienced the love God wants to show you, then through that love comes repentance of sin. The guys in The Quad are skipping this very important step. Again, I want to apologize if you were hurt by anything “Brother Jed” or his friends said. I also want to let you know that there are people on this campus who love God and want to show you his love. There are students who care about this campus and are committed to bringing God’s true word to the students. If you really want to experience the love of God, I encour-

age you to ask someone you know that has a relationship with him, or visit one of several organizations on campus (BSM, CRU, Crosstalk) that would love to tell you more. Again, I’m very sorry for the way you were treated by those people. I pray God’s blessings on you. —Daniel Gray business management sophomore

Student apologizes for scene at The Stallions My picture was published in the Thursday issue of The University Star arguing with a man preaching at The Stallions on Wednesday. I would like to apologize once again for my actions toward him. He sparked my anger with his harsh words about minority

groups such as homosexuals, and my emotions overrode my mind and I got completely out of control. I was mad because he stoops down to insults to prove his point, yet all I did was stoop down to insults of my own. I was no better than the person I was criticizing. I have no right to judge whether or not his actions were moral, but I do have a right and obligation to judge whether mine were, and they definitely were not. I later went back to The Stallions and apologized to him and the people watching, but I believe that was not enough. I would like to once again apologize to the group, and the people watching. Also, I would like to make clear that my actions and words do not represent the majority of the gay and lesbian community, nor my own thoughts. —Tyler Ferguson political science freshman

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Weekend split knocks Texas State into Southland’s sixth By Nathan Brooks The University Star Five minutes is all that separated Texas State from defeating first-place Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, and more importantly, finishing their latest home stand undefeated and still alive in the race for a top-four finish in the Southland Conference. However, the Lady Lumberjacks had different plans, going on a 13-4 run to finish the game, handing the Bobcats a 60-54 loss. After handling Southeastern Louisiana easily on Thursday, winning 67-52, Texas State was just a short of completing an important two-game sweep at home against two of the conference’s top teams. Texas State trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half against the Lady Jacks, but with just 5 minutes and 20 seconds remaining, the Bobcats took a three-point lead after a Jenna Hoffman free throw. Unfortunately, the Bobcats offense came up empty down the stretch missing eight of their final 10 shots, leaving the door open for SFA and Anitria Mosley who scored eight of her team high 12 points during the final 5 minutes and 20 seconds to shut the door on the ’Cats. Joyce Ekworomadu led the charge for the Cats scoring a game high 22 points to go along with a team-leading eight rebounds. Tamara Thompson Monty Marion/Star photo added 15 points and seven reEYES ON THE PRIZE: Senior forward Tamara Thompson drives to the line during the Bobcats’ Thurs- bounds, but turned the ball more than 10 times in the loss. day game against Southeastern Louisiana. Scoring 18 points, Thompson led Texas State to a 15-point It was a disappointing way victory over the Lions.

Men’s basketball preps for last home game of the 2006 season By Erika Hailey The University Star

field goals and three for 18 in three-point shots against the Bearkats. After a weekend on the road, On Saturday, Bush led the the Texas State men’s basket- Bobcats with a career-high 18 ball team added two points, beating his more losses to their previous record of record after falling to 17, which he earned Sam Houston State against the LumUniversity 75-61 on berjacks earlier this Thursday and then season. to Stephen F. Austin Rockett pulled State University 70-59 down 10 rebounds on Saturday. and made two Both teams exploitsteals to go along ed the long-range dewith Dotson, who fenses of the Bobcats, was the only other Chris Langhorne with SHS shooting 14 Texas State player in goals from beyond the double digits with arch and SFA racking 11 points and five up nine to send Texrebounds. But the as State back to San Bobcats were unMarcos for their final able to come away home game of the with a win over the season on Wednesday. Lumberjacks. On Thursday, Fans are encourChris Langhorne aged to come out led the Bobcats with and support the 17 points, shooting Bobcats on WednesBrandon Bush 50 percent in field day for their final goals, and three assists. Bran- home game against the Southdon Bush helped out with 13 land Conference s No. 1 ranked points, while Charles Dotson team Northwestern State. Lance added seven points and eight Burroughs and Langhorne will rebounds. be recognized during the SeTrevor Cook, JuShay Rockett nior Night ceremony. and Langhorne all had three assists. Rockett also hustled to make four steals for the BobFor full length story check the cats. www.UniversityStar.com The Bobcats were 20-55 in

to follow up Thursday night’s 67-52 thumping of SELA, who entered the contest as the hottest team in conference, riding a six-game winning streak, beating the likes of UT-San Antonio, Louisiana-Monroe and their first meeting with the Bobcats back on Feb. 2. “This was a big win for us because they were absolutely on fire,” said head coach Suzanne Fox. “They had beaten a lot of good teams and got some tough road wins.” Texas State led throughout most of the night, after exchanging baskets in the early going. The Bobcats took a 25-21 lead into halftime only to extend on it as the second half got underway. A running baby hook shot from Thompson followed by a Thompson lay-up gave the Bobcats a 31-21 lead just 4 minutes into the second half. Carmen Labat hit a threepointer for the Lady Lions to slice the Bobcat lead to five points at the 12:25 mark of the second half. However, during the next nine minutes, Texas State rolled off a 20-9 run to take a 59-43 lead, squashing any hope Lions comeback. Ally Kelly and Ashley Leffingwell provided a spark off the Bobcat bench, scoring 12 of their 17 combined points during the last 11 minutes of play. The Bobcats were led behind 18 points and 10 rebounds from Thompson. Hoffman added eight points, six assists and six rebounds, while Ekworomadu contributed 10 points and nine rebounds. Thompson is one of just two

seniors on the Texas State team and has been dependable for the Bobcats all season. Of late, Thompson has been playing her best basketball as a Bobcat, averaging 20.4 points and 8.8 rebounds a game during the last five contests. “I m happy to be playing well late in conference,” Thompson said. “It’s very important for us to get to the top of the conference, and I m just glad to be a help.” Despite the loss to SFA on Saturday, Texas State is playing their best basketball since their 7-0 start of the season. “It’s important not to peak too early,” Fox said. “You don’t want to be playing your best basketball in January or early February, and we for sure didn’t do that. You want to be at your best in March.” The loss the lady Jacks eliminated any chances of the ’Cats hosting a game during the SLC tournament this March. Texas State currently sits alone in sixth place at 7-7 in league play, but even if fifth place SELA and fourth place Louisiana-Monroe lose their remaining games and the Bobcats win their two remaining games, the Bobcats would not get the opportunity to host because of their 69-63 loss to LouisianaMonroe earlier this year. With March right around the corner, the Bobcats look to hit full stride in their last two games of the regular season against struggling Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La., and at home against Nicholls State.

Bobcats foul up at Rice Invitational By Chris Boehm The University Star Texas State concluded its weekend with a little bit of everything: untimely base running, errors and a glare delay. The Bobcats went 0-3 in the Rice Invitational, dropping the finale Sunday 3-2 at Reckling Park to the host Owls. “We played much more inspired baseball on Sunday,” said head coach Ty Harrington. “The guys played like they wanted to win, and everybody poured a lot into the game.” Texas State, 3-9, fell 10-3 Friday to Nebraska, then 10-5 to St. John’s a day later in a game delayed by rain. The club has now lost four straight. Sunday, the Bobcats squandered their best chance for victory, stranding nine base runners against Rice and failing to take advantage of an opportunity in the top of the ninth inning. “One big swing and hit can change a game,” Harrington said. “We’ve got to get going on offense; we’re hitting .239 as a team. We’ve faced some decent pitching, but we’re better at the plate than what we’ve showed.” The Owls took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI-single from Josh Rodriguez off of pitcher Mike Hart (0-1). It was the freshman’s first start of the season, allowing a pair of unearned

runs on a walk and five hits. The New York-native struck out two Owls on his way to the loss. “Mike did some great things Sunday,” Harrington said. “He’s going to be a strong starter for us.” Dawid Bednarek responded for Texas State in the second frame, scoring David Wood on a sac-fly to center field. It would not be enough, as Rice answered in the fourth and then added the deciding run in the seventh, on an RBI-single by Greg Buchanan. The hit came off reliever Chris Hill, who had just entered to relieve freshman Chris Armijo. Play halted for 14 minutes in the seventh inning when Rice Coach Wayne Graham asked for a glare delay. Graham successfully argued that the setting sun, reflecting off of a Hilton building behind the center field wall, was blinding his hitters. Nothing came of it, though, as Texas State got out the next three hitters once play resumed. Cannon led the way on offense, going 3-3 with a walk, stolen base and home run in the eighth inning off St. Clair. Rice starter Joe Savery picked up the win, allowing one unearned run in seven innings while striking out nine Bobcats. A day earlier Cannon blasted a ninth-inning grand slam, but it would not be enough to beat St. John’s. The Bobcats’ only other

run came on a third-inning, twoout homer by Aaron Garza. The Red Storm opened the game with three runs in the first inning, on a two-RBI single from Gil Zayas. Eddie Shultz scored the third run of the inning on a passed ball thrown by Scott Moore (2-1), who lasted four innings in the loss. “We got off to a bad start, and we walked way too many people,” Harrington said. “St. John’s is usually a tough team, but that was still very disappointing.” St. John’s put the game away in the fifth, scoring twice on a pair of sac-flies that made the score 61 following Garza’s shot. In the Bobcats’ opener versus the Cornhuskers, Nebraska broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning; and a frame later, added six to take a seven-run victory. Texas State tied the game at three runs a piece in the fourth inning, loading the bases on a field double and walks by Kyle Jones and Garza. A Merrell sacfly scored the first Bobcat run, with Jones and Garza reaching home on singles by Heath Keel and Babcock, respectively. “That was a good game for seven innings; then we didn’t pitch well in the eighth,” Harrington said. “This is why we play tough competition — so you can raise your level of play. And that’s what we did after the first two days. We played much better Sunday.”

A.D. Brown/Star photo IF THEY DON’T WIN, IT’S A SHAME: Junior outfielder Aaron Garza takes a pitch during the Bobcats’ Feb. 19 win over Prairie View A&M.

Nebraska used seven hits and two Bobcat errors to run away with the game, as Texas State’s Jarod Garza and Jason Baca each gave up three runs in the eighth inning. Starter Dan Donaldson (0-2) went 6.1 innings, striking out five Cornhuskers but allowing four runs on five hits and two walks. Texas State plays at Baylor at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Southland Conference competition begins Friday at Stephan F. Austin.

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