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MARCH 3, 2004



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Certification plan passes first hurdle State Board of Education doesn’t veto ‘instant teacher’ rule By Kathi Bliss Special to The Star The State Board of Education elected not to veto an “instant certification” rule on Friday, which would allow college graduates with a bachelor’s degree to forgo training programs and learn on the job. The rule change, passed by the State Board of Educator Certification in November 2003,

has been pushed to help alleviate the teacher shortage problem across Texas. The board voted 8-7 to veto the rule, but did not achieve the two-thirds majority required for a veto. In the current State Board of Education rules, teachers are required to complete a bachelor’s degree in an academic field from an accredited university. Further, they are required to complete training classes prior to passing grade-level-specific certification exams. The emergency certification rule, which is expected to take effect in May 2004, gives school districts the right to train teachers on the job under a temporary


certificate, and then issue a permanent certificate at the end of the two-year training period. Potential teachers will have to pass certification tests before earning the right to teach in grades eight through 12. Opponents of the instant certification rule expressed uniform concern that such a rule will be detrimental to students and to the profession. “For the last 15 years we have been hard at work trying to increase standards for Texas teachers,” said Texas State Teachers’ Association President Donna Haschke at a press conference held Feb. 23. “With the

Habingreither seeks second term as mayor

By Jennifer Warner Senior Reporter

San Marcos Mayor Robert Habingreither filed for re-election Tuesday and is now campaigning for another two-year term in the city’s highest elected seat. Habingreither, also technology chair and a professor at Texas State, is running for his second term as mayor, originally sworn in June 4, 2002. He is running against current City Council member Susan Narvaiz, who will be giving up her Place 3 seat on the council HABINGREITHER in hopes of becoming mayor. “I feel like I’ve done good for the city and the university and I would like to continue that mission,” Habingreither said. Habingreither said he believes himself to be very qualified for the job, listing off more than 30

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years of teaching experience and involvement in numerous professional organizations. Originally from New Jersey, Habingreither received his bachelor’s degree in Technical Education in 1970 from Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. He received his master’s degree in 1971 from the same university and earned his doctorate in 1978 from West Virginia University. He began teaching at West Virginia University in 1976 and joined the faculty at SWT upon his graduation in 1978. He has been technology chair since 1984. Habingreither is a certified manufacturing engineer and belongs to many professional organizations including the American Society for Engineering Education, the National Association of Industrial Technology and the American Foundry Society, among others. g See MAYOR, page 4

Andrew Nenque/Star photo Yunhong Jiang, music performance graduate student, practices a piece by Beethoven in a soundproof booth in the Music Building. Jiang’s main instrument is the violin, but she also likes to play tunes on the piano.

Ad leads to unexpected situations Victims hope stories serve as warnings

By Amelia Jackson News Reporter

At least two women recently found themselves in uncomfortable situations after responding to a help wanted ad. The advertisement, which ran in The University Star classifieds Feb. 3-19, read the fol-

lowing: “Local housekeeper needed for light cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, laundry. 3-4 hrs./day paid $50 cash. One, possibly two days/week.” According to police reports, Jason Carter, a Texas State graduate student, was the employer. Several attempts to contact Carter by The University Star were unsuccessful. Although the women thought they were simply applying for a cleaning job, they soon found the job requirements included working while wearing a robe

with nothing underneath. An 18-year-old freshman, who requested anonymity and will be referred to as Sara Doe, responded to the ad. Because she and her family are currently in need of money, she was happy at first to find such a well-paying position in a field with which she had experience. During her first interview with Carter, conversation was more about Doe’s personal life than her experience, she said. They discussed Carter’s wealth and a home he claimed to own

in California. Doe thought Carter seemed like a genuinely nice person who was concerned with comfort levels. Doe said Carter repeatedly talked about how important it was for the two of them to feel comfortable with each other if she was to be working in his home. The day before Doe was to begin working for Carter, she said he called and asked her for a date.

Blood drive gives students chance to save lives

By Julie Suenram News Reporter

Those looking for a way to give back to the community by donating an essential substance for life will have the opportunity to participate in the Interfraternity Council’s fourth annual blood drive today. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will take place between Evans Liberal Arts Building and Flowers Hall. The Central Texas Blood and Tissue Center will administer the event. IFC members will help with set up, give blood and pass out refreshments to donors. “Our goal is to beat last year’s collection of 47 units,” said Noe Vela, IFC president, Omega Delta Phi member and exercise and sports science senior. “Blood is always a necessity; people are always looking for different blood types.” The procedure takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete and is open to all students, faculty and staff. In order to donate,

the Central Blood and Tissue Center requires a photo ID and Social Security number. It is also important to eat a nourishing meal before donating blood. Donors must be 17 years old or older and weigh at least 110 pounds. “I think it helps because a lot of people need transfusions, and this is a nice way of giving back in some way,” said Terence Parker, Greek Affairs coordinator. “They don’t know who it’s going to help but at least they’re helping in some way.” There is no sign-up in order to donate, and those interested are welcome to come throughout the day. However, the technicians will only be able to take six people per hour. Donors will go through counseling to make sure it is safe to give blood. Donors’ iron level will be measured, as well as their temperature, pulse and blood pressure. There will also be refreshments available after the donation. The blood drive began in Fall 2000 in order to benefit Carrie Giesler, Chi Omega

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member and former president of the Panhellenic council at the University of Texas who was diagnosed with cancer. “Our students felt like the way they could help her was to have a blood drive, and they had it in her name for a few years. It was very successful because she was a Chi Omega and our Chi Omega chapter was very instrumental in getting it started,” Parker said. “The IFC sponsored it and was very instrumental in building the foundation upon which it is now.” The blood drive is the IFC’s main sponsored event during the year. In the past three and a half years, it has collected more than 300 pints of blood and helped at least 1,200 families. “This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Vela said. “ We have got a lot of work to do. We do this every year and hopefully they’ll keep on doing it after I’ve finished my term and all our officers are gone.”

Annual project aims to raise funds for the university By Jennifer Warner Senior Reporter

On Feb. 24 Texas State began its 27th annual University Fund Drive to raise money from faculty and staff for scholarships, endowments, campus beautification and numerous other projects. The project began in 1977 to give faculty a way to give back to the campus community in which they work. Last year, they raised nearly $119,000. “The main purpose is to show a level of support for the university from the staff,” said Jen Beck, one of this year’s co-chairs for the fund drive, campus recreation assistant director and Texas State Golf Course manager. “We’re trying to encourage faculty and


staff to come together on this so that we can build that community here on campus.” All faculty and staff on campus working at least half time for the university received a packet with information on how they can participate. It is completely voluntary, and those who choose to give can request their money be put toward any campus department or organization. This year’s goal is for 62 percent of faculty and staff to donate. A monetary goal is not made because they choose not to focus on the amount each person gives. “We don’t want to push ‘if you can’t give 500 dollars, don’t give at all,’” Beck said. “That’s not what it’s about. It’s g See FUNDS page 4

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Wednesday, March 3, 2004 Cro ssta lk meets at 8 p.m. in the Alkek Teaching Theater. B ible St udy meets at 8 p.m. at the Catholic Student Center.

Calendar of


the AUSTIN WRANGLERS on Sunday, March 7 !h! th

The first 10 people to come by Old Main 102, with the THURSDAY, MARCH 4 AUSTIN WRANGLERS ad, will win 2 TICKETS AUSTIN WRANGLERS VS. CAROLINA COBRAS to this Sunday’s game! Sunday, March 7

(Give-away only available to currently enrolled Texas State students.)


2 pm Erwin Center

Chr ist ia ns o n Cam pus meets at 9:30 p.m. at the McCarty Student Center.



B ike f or t he R ight meets at 5 p.m. at the San Marcos Library. Public R ela tio ns St ude nt So cie ty o f Am eric a meets at 5 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-10.1.

NA Me e ti ng is at noon. For more information, call 2453601.

Christia ns at Texas St a te meets at noon in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-10.1.

Vict or y Ove r Vio le nc e meets at 5:30 p.m. at LBJSC, Room 313.1.

Se xua l Assa ult & Abuse Ser vic es meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. For more information, call 245-2208.

I ma ge s of Wom en , an event that celebrates diversity among women of color, is from 6-9 p.m. in the LBJSC Teaching Theater.

Te xa s St a t e wo m e n’s bas ke tba ll te am plays Stephen F. Austin State University at 5:30 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum. Admission is free with student ID.


Alisa Pekar/Star photo This cat's name is BB. If you are interested in giving BB a good home, please contact the San Marcos Animal Shelter at (512) 393-8340. The animal control number is 21058.


Dec k Suppo rt : Unde rgr ound hosts a techno show from 8:3011 p.m. at The Basement, on the 1st floor of LBJSC.

Am erica n Ma rke ting As soc iat ion meets at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-14.1. St ude nt Volunt ee r Co nnec tio n meets at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-5.1.

Am er ican Sig n L a nguag e Club meets at 7 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-10.1.

St ude nt s W ith Alt er nat ive Tr ans por ta t io n, the organization that provides free rides home for Texas State students, operates from 11 p.m.-3 a.m.

Texa s Sta t e Cru meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Academic Services Building-South, Room 315.

Hig he r Ground meets at 5:30 p.m. at St. Marks Church. B obca t Supper is at 5:30 p.m. at the Campus Christian Community Center. Colle ge Republica ns meets at 7 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-13.1.

Te xa s St a t e m e n’s bas ke tba ll te am plays Stephen F. Austin State University at 7:30 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum. Admission is free with student ID.

The Ro ck meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Catholic Student Center chapel.

Ca lend ar Su b mission Policy Calendar submisions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events Manager Paul Lopez at 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. Deadli ne: Three working days prior to publication.

Chi Alpha Christia n Fe llo wship meets at 8 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320.

Hours of Operation

Albert B. Alkek Library Monday -Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 1 a.m. Thursday 7:30 a.m. - midnight Friday 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Student Recreation Center Monday - Thursday 6 a.m. - midnight Friday 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday noon - midnight

Golf Course Open daily 7 a.m. - dusk

Texas State students, faculty, and staff...

Catch the Wave Health Fair 2004


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


Greek organizations raise money for St. Jude’s Wednesday, March 3, 2004

By Matt Isam News Reporter

Members of the Texas State greek community mixed work with play Friday to raise money for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, which treats children with cancer and other diseases. Marivel Villanueva, St. Jude’s Four-Square Tournament executive director, organized the event to take the place of the Up Till Dawn event in which greeks would stay up four to 12 hours raising money for charity. In order to enter the tournament, each team wrote 200 letters asking people for donations to the hospital. More than 5,000 letters were written and sent out nationwide to chapter alumni bases, friends and families involved with the programs. “(During) the past four years, greeks have raised (more than) $40,000,” Villanueva said. “We hope this will be an on-going event in the future.” The Texas State Tournament has been the largest in the nation with the Northern Interfraternity Council, which is partnered with St. Jude’s in this event. There were 12 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams, with four players on each.

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The tournament consisted of three rounds, with double elimination during the last round. In the end, the men’s Kappa Sigma team and the women’s Chi Omega team were victorious. They will represent Texas State in an all-expense-paid trip to the National Championship in Memphis, Tenn., April 17 and 18. More than 75 campuses nationwide have both greek and non-greek student organizations involved in both Up Till Dawn and Four-Square Tournaments. However, this is the inaugural year for the Four-Square Tournament at Texas State, which has been piloted on 40 campuses. The program seeks to encourage non-greek student organizations to get involved with greeks to help this program become more successful in the spring. St. Jude’s prides itself for being an internation-

WASHINGTON — Internet sites that offer sexually explicit material may soon face their first real threat of criminal prosecution, judging from the friendly reception the Supreme Court gave Tuesday to a disputed and never-enforced federal law. The Child Online Protection Act would impose fines and jail terms on those who post explicit text or images on a commercial Web site that can be tapped by minors. Though passed by Congress in 1998, it has been blocked by federal judges who cited free-speech concerns. But the Supreme Court took up the government’s appeal Tuesday, and several justices said it made sense to create a type of barrier on the Internet that would prevent children from having access to pornography. To comply with the law, for example, pornographic Web sites might require viewers to give credit card numbers or other evidence that the users are adults. These and other requirements would re-create the restrictions on pornography that are familiar to earlier generations, supporters of the federal law say. Where adults were free to enter X-rated theaters or bookstores, minors were not. And retail stores typically have opaque racks or other means of preventing minors from perusing sexually oriented magazines.

Circuit court tosses NASA finds proof of martian water phone lease rule The Mars rover Opportunity has discovered that potentially life-sustaining waters once soaked the surface of Mars, providing an answer to one of the most provocative questions of modern planetary science. At a news conference Tuesday in Washington, National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists said that an analysis of rock samples showed that saltladen sediments were shaped by percolating or flowing water — and may even have been formed by a great Martian sea. “Opportunity has landed on an area of Mars where liquid water once drenched the surface,” said Ed Weiler, NASA’s associate administrator of space science. “This area would have been a good, habitable environment for some period of time.” He called the findings “a giant leap” toward determining whether life may have existed on Mars during a warmer and wetter time in the now frigid planet’s past. Steve Squyres, a Cornell University geologist and chief scientist for the mission, said one of the key pieces of evidence was the discovery of dense deposits of sulfates — similar to Epsom salts — in an outcropping of bedrock near its landing site. The mineral is typically left behind by receding groundwater or the evaporation of a salty lake or ocean. Briefs are from wire reports.

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ally recognized research hospital for treating cancer and other diseases. Its mission is to make its patients’ experiences as soothing as possible and even go so far as having murals painted in all the rooms. The money raised goes toward research and all medical bills not covered by a patient’s insurance. No one is refused from St. Jude’s because of a lack of money. St. Jude’s programs offer free tra—Katie Dahn nsportation, travel expensMother of cancer patient es, facilities for families of patients and money for groceries. Some family members of St. Jude’s patients attended the tournament and gave testimonials on how thankful they were for the hospital. Patty Cunningham said her son Jonathan was diagnosed with choroid plexus carcinoma at the age of 4. CPC is a very rare brain tumor that not many hospitals have experience with — except for St.

“It’s awesome to see these college students taking time out of their lives to raise money for these children, and it shows these kids that people are behind them in their fight to get well,”

News Briefs A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down regulations that required local phone companies to lease their network to competitors at discounted rates, potentially jeopardizing the competition that saved local phone subscribers an estimated $10 billion a year. A three-judge panel from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Federal Communications Commission did not provide adequate justification for the regulations it adopted in August. The ruling was a victory not only for local phone companies such as SBC Communications Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., but also for FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell, who last year blasted the rules as legally unsustainable after failing to persuade his fellow commissioners to free the Bells from regulated prices. “I dissented from the majority’s decision on local telephone competition because it was inconsistent with the law and would result in years of regulatory uncertainty and unrealized consumer promise,” Powell said Tuesday. “Today, the court agreed and restored the opportunity to bring about new advanced services and true competition that will bring consumers choice and innovation.”

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Jude’s. “I’m shocked because when I was in school we didn’t do charity events like this,” Cunningham said. “To see the passion the greeks have for these children shows a big unselfish act of charity. It’s a lesson in compassion which can’t be taught in the classroom.” Katie Dahn’s son Drake was diagnosed with medulloblastoma 15 days before his 6th birthday. Medulloblastoma is a malignant brain tumor formed from poorly developed cells at a very early stage of a child’s life. “It’s awesome to see these college students taking time out of their lives to raise money for these children, and it shows these kids that people are behind them in their fight to get well,” Dahn said. Maria Saucedo, St. Jude’s event marketing representative, said the program was a great success and everyone who was involved had a good time at the tournament. “We expect to have raised around $30,000 from the tournament and for the children of St. Jude’s,” Saucedo said. Those interested in donating to St. Jude’s should contact Saucedo at 1-800-531-5174 or


ELECTIONS HAS BEGUN! If representing the student body as the

PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, OR AS A SENATOR for your college is something you would like to do, go to the ASG Office (LBJSC 4-5.1) and file today!

Filing ends March 12 at 5:00 p.m. Elections will be March 30 and March 31. Please consult the ASG Constitution and Election Code for candidate qualifications and the election process. Call the ASG Office at 245-2196 for more information.

ASG FILING FORM Name: Texas State ID: Classification: GPA*: Local Phone No: Permanent Phone No.: Email: Local Address: Permanent Address: *GPA requirements: President and Vice President nominees must have a 2.75 Texas State GPA at the time of candidacy. Senate nominees must have a 2.50 Texas State GPA at the time of candidacy. Please circle the position as to which you wish to run. Y o u ma y o nly se le ct one . Be sure to read the requirements for each position to know if you qualify. Consult the ASG Constitution and Election Code for rules concerning other eligibility requirements and the election process. Call the ASG Office for any concerns or questions. PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT SENATOR for College of: APPLIED ARTS EDUCATION LIBERAL ARTS SCIENCE BUSINESS FINE ARTS & COMM. HEALTH PROF. UNIVERSITY COLLEGE GRADUATE Statement of Understanding By signing this form I agree that the preceding information provided by myself is true. I agree that I have read and understand the guidelines specified in the ASG Election Code. I agree to campaign within the guidelines specified therein. I understand that a copy of the ASG Election Code is located in the ASG Office in the LBJSC 4-5.1 and at I additionally understand that failure to abide by the ASG Election Code rules and falsification of this document will result in my disqualification from the Associated Student Government election. Signature:





MAYOR: Habingreither faces off with Narvaiz for post 4 - The University Star

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He said he has done numerous things for the city and he intends to continue doing the things that need to be done. “I would like to continue with my efforts to make the relationship between the university and the city strong,” Habingreither said. “I think we need to work hard on making that relationship better all the time and that’s something I plan on doing.” He takes credit for bringing order to City Council meetings and said with his more than 30 years of experience managing budgets, he has never spent more money than the amount he has been allotted. Narvaiz said she is leaving it up to

the voters to decide who the mayor will be, but she brings to the city valuable experience in business leadership. She said she believes the job of mayor would be an expanded role of her current council position. “The voters will decide on the performance of the mayor and I believe that the community should have and deserves a choice in leadership,” Narvaiz said. “I believe I’m providing that choice.” The year leading up to the election has been riddled with controversy for both Habingreither and Narvaiz. Ethics complaints were filed against both concerning separate issues they voted

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on in which it was alleged they had a conflict of interest. Habingreither originally lived in a neighborhood annexed by the city in 2000. He ran for mayor saying he would vote to disannex if the issue

the plan. Shortly after the vote, a complaint was filed alleging he should have abstained from the vote because he had a conflict of interest. Habingreither established a permanent residence within the city limits so he could remain in office shortly before he voted for disannexation. The Ethics Review Commi—Robert Habingreither ssion was called to San Marcos Mayor investigate whether or not the disannexation of the area would cause a significant came across his desk. When the City Council voted on increase in value to the council memthe area’s disannexation in November bers’ properties. The commission 2003, Habingreither voted in favor of dropped the investigations for all

“I would like to continue with my efforts to make the relationship between the university and the city strong,”

council members when they found that a major increase in property value would not occur. Habingreither said he feels he handled the situation very well and he would vote for a candidate who handled the situation the way he did. “I feel like the ethics commission strengthened my credibility,” he said. “What I said from the beginning is exactly what they decided in the end.” Both candidates feel they are best for the job, but Habingreither said he feels like it should be an easy decision for the residents to make. “I think I’m the best person for the job,” he said. “If you compare the two people running, I think you’ll see a significant difference between them.”

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about participating; that’s really the important part.” Chris Frost, psychology professor and honors program coordinator, is a co-chair with Beck for the fund drive. Last year, the effort received donations from 56 percent of full, three-fourths or half-time faculty and staff. Beck and Elizabeth Frisbey, development officer for annual giving programs, said they would take donations of any amount, even if it’s for $1. Part-time faculty and graduate students were not solicited for the drive but they are still welcome to participate. This year, they are encouraging gifts to the Jerome H. and

Catherine Supple Professorship of Southwestern Studies, the Memorial Scholarship Endowment and campus beautification. Frisbey said this program has been a success in previous years because it has taken place for such a long time. “When you combine this long held tradition and then you add faculty and staff volunteer leadership, you can’t help but have a formula for success,” Frisbey said. “All the generosity is what makes the program successful. They respond to the message.” Because of the success of the program, Frisbey said she hopes students are aware of what the program is doing and show thanks to faculty for their

hard work. “More than anything, students can show their appreciation to faculty and staff because (they) do benefit from projects, programs and scholarships being funded,” she said. “The mission of the university is to develop fine young people and these dollars do just that because they are enhancing projects on campus.” Beck said she and Frost want to make certain they are doing everything possible to support students and their organizations. “If we reach the 62-percent mark, it’s a testament,” Beck said. “It shows that faculty and staff are committed to the new direction that the university is taking.”

City of San Marcos PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT Posted - March 1, 200 The City of San Marcos needs qualified individuals to fill the following vacancies:

Summer Aquatics Program: May 17-August 14, 2004 Employees MUST be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends. More information is available through the Parks and Recreation Department, Activity Center, 393-8280. * Employees returning to the same position will be given an additional 3% pay increase per year up to 3 years.


$7.40 per hour

Performs lifeguard duties; instructs swimming lessons; ability to learn and administer first aid and CPR; enforces safety rules; cashiers; and maintains pool area. Must be at least 16 years of age and possess both Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor Certificates. Red Cross Certification preferred, (YMCA Lifeguard and Ellis & Associates certifications may be considered.) Must attach current certifications to application.

Job #22226 LIFEGUARD: 2 positions

$6.75 per hour

Performs lifeguard duties; ability to learn and administer first aid and CPR; enforces safety rules; cashiers; maintains pool area. Must be at least 16 years of age and possess a Lifeguard Certificate. Red Cross Certification preferred, (YMCA Lifeguard and Ellis & Associates certifications may be considered.) Must attach current certification to application.

Summer Fun Program: June 7 – August 5, 2004 (Orientation: June 1 - June 4, 2004) All summer program staff must obtain certification of completion of the Red Cross First Aid/CPR Course prior to the first day of the program. Classes will be available for applicants interested in obtaining this certification. The work schedule for all summer positions is Mon.-Th., 7:30-4:30; 8:30-5:30, for nine weeks. May be required to work overtime. More information is available through the Parks and Recreation Department, 393-8400. * Employees returning to the same position will be given an additional 3% pay increase per year up to 3 years.


$11.19 per hour

Management and administration of summer youth program. Plans, develops, and administers program recreational activities for approximately 700 school aged children at three sites; training, orientation, and supervision of approximately 25 summer employees. A bachelor’s degree plus two years related experience and a valid Texas Driver’s License with acceptable driving record required.


$8.80 perhour

Assists with the management and administration of summer youth program including supervision and training of approximately 25 summer employees. Assists in preparing and scheduling on and off campus site activities. A high school diploma or equivalent plus two years related experience, and a valid Texas Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record required.


$10.56 per hour

Administration of summer youth challenge program involving planning and implementation of programming recreational activities for school aged children with physical/mental disabilities including swimming and field trips. Supervises, trains, and schedules employees. A bachelor’s degree in special populations or a related field plus two years related experience. Two years of directly related experience may substitute for 30 hours of college with a maximum substitution of 60 hours and a valid Texas Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record required.


$6.61 per hour

Assists with the administration of the summer youth challenge program including supervising and scheduling of summer employees. Organizes recreational activities for school aged children with physical/mental disabilities; enforces safety rules; ability to learn and administer first aid. A high school diploma or equivalent plus one-year related experience, and a valid Texas Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record required.

Job #22221 CHALLENGE PROGRAM AIDE: 2 positions

$6.24 per hour

Child supervision on campus sites and during transportation and field trips. Administration of recreational activities for school aged children with physical/mental disabilities including swimming and field trips; maintenance of campus site area; ability to learn and administer first aid. A high school diploma or equivalent plus experience working with physically and/or mentally challenged children required.

Job #22222 PLAYGROUND SITE SUPERVISOR: 3 positions

$7.42 per hour

Performs supervisory duties for Playground Leader positions. Supervises children, develops, and administers program recreational activities on playground campus sites for over 300 children. Maintains campus records; enforces safety rules; ability to learn and administer first aid. A high school diploma or equivalent plus two years related experience and a valid Texas Driver’s License with acceptable driving record required. Extensive experience working with children preferred.


$6.61per hour

Assists with the supervision of the playground leaders. Supervises children and administers program recreational activities on playground campus sites. Maintains campus sites; enforces safety rules; ability to learn and administer first aid. A high school diploma or equivalent, and a valid Texas Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record required. Experience working with young children preferred.

Job #22224 PLAYGROUND LEADER: 12 positions

$6.24 per hour

Child supervision on campus sites and during transportation and field trips. Administration of program recreational activities; maintenance of campus site area; ability to learn and administer first aid. Must be at least 16 years of age. Experience working with young children preferred.

All positions close March 29, 2004. An application must be completed for each position and the job number stated. APPLY TO: Human Resources Department, City Hall Building, 630 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 78666 Phone: 512-393-8066 Fax: 512-396-4656 Job Line: 512-393-8290 Web site: Email: *EOE/AA/Drug Free Workplace* Successful completion of pre-employment drug testing required.

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adoption of one rule, we would be eliminating the need for any knowledge on how to teach in order to become a certified teacher.” Haschke said the board was trying to eliminate Texas’ teacher shortage without addressing the underlying issues, which she cited as low salaries, bad working conditions and poor benefits. A June 2002 study released by the State Board of Education estimates the shortage of teachers in public schools at between 37,000 and 40,000. John Beck, Texas State College of Education dean, who was appointed to the certification board by former Gov. George W. Bush, said the supporters of the plan claim it will ease the teacher shortage in “high-need areas,” such as the inner-cities and in rural school districts. “I have little appreciation for this plan,” Beck said. “Research evidence shows that successful teachers require more than knowledge in the areas they teach — they require training as teachers.

“Assuming the plan passes, the department will try to find ways to work with the districts to provide teachers with the training they need,” Beck said. “We also need to find ways to reassure the people in the program that they are doing the right thing, and to keep them from dropping out.” Beck said it is possible the College of Education will see dropouts as a result of the “instant certification” plan, but he is more concerned the college will lose new students because a faster way to become a teacher will be available. “The proof will happen when they take the tests,” Beck said. “It is probable that not as many people will pass as the supporters think.” Local administrators also disagree with the certification plan. Mark Stedman, vice principal of Lockhart High School in Lockhart, said during his time with the Lockhart Independent School District, which is a rural district, he has not seen a problem with teacher shortages. “Even when we do have a shortage, we’re able to get teachers from somewhere else,” Stedman said. “I listened to the

new commissioner of education tell us how this plan is going to empower us, but I think that it could potentially cause more problems than it solves.” Stedman said within the current rules, administrators either see teachers at work, or are able to obtain references from other sources. The new plan means teachers will be applying for jobs without administrators having any prior knowledge of whether they are good teachers, he said. Board members are divided along party lines on the issue. The five Democrats on the board, along with three of the 10 Republicans, voted to veto the plan. The remaining Republicans voted against rejecting the rule change, which has been supported by Gov. Rick Perry and Education Commissioner Shirley Neeley. Perry appointed her in January. Perry appointees also dominate the voting membership of the certification board, which will vote on the plan’s final approval during an April 2 meeting.

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT Editor-in-Chief The University Star Application Packets Available: 10 a.m.; Monday, March 22 ; Old Main 102 Deadline: Noon; Friday, April 2; Old Main 102 Meet with Advisory Committee: Week of April 5 The Student Publications Board of the Texas State Department of Mass Communication is conducting an all-campus open petitioning process to select students to serve as Editor of The University Star beginning the Fall Semester. Each applicant is asked to complete a written petition which is subsequently screened by the board. Qualified candidates for the position are then interviewed by the board.

M inimu m Qu alifications: To qualify, applicants must be a full-time student at Texas State

and must carry at least 12 hours during the term of office. Students must have worked in a professional editorial environment, or have served as a section editor at a university student newspaper. Students of all majors and classifications, including graduate students, may petition for the position. Applicants must be in good academic standing with the university with a minimum grade point average of 2.25.

The Univ ersi ty Star Missi on: It is the official student laboratory newspaper of Texas State University. Its mission is to inform, educate and entertain readers, while serving as a forum for the free exchange of ideas and as a marketplace for the sale of goods and services in an instructional environment characterized by dedication to freedom of expression, to cultural diversity and to the highest professional standards in both editorial and business practices.

Ed itor's Jo b Descr iption : The Editor is the primary student editorial administrator for the

Star and has authority over news, feature and opinion content. The editor also recommends guidelines for daily operation, provides a role model for professional behavior, delegates operational authority and fulfills policies and procedures as determined by the Advisory Committee and faculty adviser. All copy and artwork for each publication is evaluated by the Editor, who also oversees staff meetings and handles personnel problems. Each editor carefully recruits and properly trains new staff members and effectively supervises them. The editor also promotes relations between the publication and campus organizations.

Term of Offi ce and Sal ary : The editor’s term of service is for the Fall 2004-Summer 2005 semesters. A salary is paid to the editor.

P eti tioning P rocess: A written petition is to be filed by each applicant. This petition consists

of questions to determine the applicant's qualifications in journalism, academics and management, and also seeks information designed to elicit the applicant's interest in the position and personal characteristics. Those applicants determined to be qualified will be interviewed by the Advisory Committee which will make the final selection.

P eti tion Dead lines: Petitions for the position will be due by Noon, Friday, April 2 to the

Director of Student Publications, Old Main 102. Persons interested in petitioning should sign a candidacy list in Old Main 102 and pick up a petition packet. Qualified applicants will be notified by Monday, April 5 and scheduled for an interview with the Student Publications Board during that week. Following interviews, selection and notification will be made as soon as possible thereafter. The formal assumption of duties is Monday, August 2.

Application packets will be available at 10 a.m., Monday, March 22, 2004 in Old Main 102.


AD: UPD urges caution with replies New York to Edwards: Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Doe, who felt uncomfortable with this request, told him she “guessed so.” The next day, Doe said Carter phoned and told her that she seemed uncomfortable, and perhaps she shouldn’t work for him. Doe called her mother after the conversation. Her mother suggested she report the incident to the police. Two weeks after being told by Carter her services would not be needed, Doe said she received a phone call from him asking if she was still interested in the job. According to Doe, Carter said they should put the uncomfortable vibes behind them and have a professional relationship. Once again, Doe went to Carter’s home. Carter asked Doe if she would be willing to wear a bathrobe while cleaning his house, as he would be wearing his. Carter was persuasive in convincing her to wear the bathrobe, Doe said. He spoke of his upbringing and how he and his siblings were open with each other. Doe said she denied the request at first, but consented after being told it was the only way she could keep the job. After donning the robe over her bra and underwear, Doe said she was told by Carter that because he was naked under his bathrobe, she should be, too. Doe admits she removed her undergarments and went on cleaning the apartment. Once she finished cleaning, Doe said Carter asked for the robe back so he could put it away. “He tried to make me feel like we knew each other really well, and it didn’t matter if he saw me naked,” Doe said. Doe said she denied the request to remove her bathrobe in front of Carter, and left the apartment immediately after dressing in private. She never returned and was never paid for the day she cleaned. Doe regrets she didn’t use

common sense in the situation. If Doe could turn back time, she would never have returned to Carter’s apartment nor have worn the robe. “Safety and emotional health are more important than money,” Doe said. Meanwhile, a 21-year-old senior, who also requested anonymity and will be referred to as Jane Smith, also responded to the ad. Smith said something did not seem right after leaving her initial interview. “His house was really clean,” Smith said. “(During the interview) he talked about himself a lot, said he was wealthy, drove a Porsche and had a house in California. He asked me about my commitments, whether I was in a (sorority) or had a boyfriend, but I thought it was just part of the interview.”

said although Carter’s actions were inappropriate, they were not illegal. “We all recognize this behavior as concerning, but there isn’t a criminal offense we can apply,” he said. Thomas explained that sexual assault has specific guidelines, which include oral or genital contact or penetration. After eight years with UPD, Thomas said these are the first cases he can recall of this nature. There was nothing in the ad to suggest impropriety, Thomas said, with the exception of the high pay. Thomas said when women feel uncomfortable in a situation, they should leave. “A pair of legs is one of the best crime prevention tools available,” he said. Thomas suggested students

“I’d like to have (my story) out there as a warning. I don’t want him to get to anyone else who he could hurt.” — Jane Smith Classified ad victim

Smith said she left contact information with her friends before reporting for work at Carter’s home. “Before I left (to go clean) I had a feeling; something seemed too good to be true, so I left the apartment number on the fridge for my roommates,” she said. Smith’s instincts proved correct. Smith did not let the situation get out of hand. After being asked to wear a bathrobe, she left. Smith said she is coming forward with her story, because she wants to make sure other women are not put in the same situation. “It made me feel so nauseous inside to think of what could have happened,” Smith said. “I’d like to have (my story) out there as a warning. I don’t want him to get to anyone else who he could hurt.” Jeb Thomas, University Police Department investigator,

be cautious when responding to any advertisement or help wanted ad. “Listen to what is being said, not just what you want to hear,” he said. “Don’t be shy about asking your own questions, and if the person you are talking to isn’t addressing issues you have about safety, address them yourself.” One clue that an employer may not be credible is lack of references, Thomas said. However, Thomas cautioned there is no formula for determining if someone is dangerous. “You have to make your own judgment based on what you observe,” Thomas said. He hailed the cell phone as an excellent tool for checking in with roommates or friends. Thomas said although there have been no charges filed in the cases involving Carter, it is still important for those who feel they have been taken advantage of to file a report. “Anytime anybody feels they

may have encountered someone who might be a danger to the community, please contact UPD,” he said. Thomas said anonymity can be arranged in sexual assault cases. Crime Stoppers is an anonymous tip line that victims can call any time. The number at the university is 245-2851. Marla Johnson, HaysCaldwell Women’s Shelter executive director, said although Carter’s actions may not qualify as sexual assault, his status as an employer could classify his actions as sexual harassment. Johnson echoed Thomas’ advice about not going in to situations alone. She said it was important for the women who came in contact with Carter to realize they did nothing wrong. “It’s not the women’s fault he did that,” she said. “It’s his fault, and he should be held responsible for inappropriate actions. (The women) are the victims; he is the perpetrator.” Johnson encouraged students to call the shelter’s helpline at (512) 396-HELP or contact the campus counseling center in situations such as these for guidance, free of charge. “If something happens, get help right away,” she said. “Even in a situation where nothing (illegal) happened and they feel uncomfortable.” Christopher Guadiano, The University Star classifieds manager, said although it is not in his job description, he does check out some ads placed in the paper, particularly those with companies that have Web sites. “In (Carter’s housekeeping ad) there was nothing that would have made it seem he was looking for something else,” Guadiano said. He cautioned that students take care in replying to ads and try to research companies (and individuals when possible) before going to work or buying something from them. “I recommend never going to someone’s house and always meeting in a public place,” Guadiano said.


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Sen. John Edwards may have charmed Carolina juries with his words, impressed Wisconsin independents with his son-of-a-mill-worker tough talk on trade, and turned the national press weak in the knees with his good looks, sunny optimism and “message discipline.” But in hard-boiled New York Tuesday, the magic went missing, as North Carolina senator Edwards’ underdog candidacy was swamped by Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kerry in virtually every demographic category — men and women, rich and poor, white and black and Hispanic, upstate and down, cities and suburbs, former Howard Deaniacs and non-Deaniacs. Behind Kerry’s 3-1 ratio: Half of New York’s Democrats listed the ability to defeat President Bush or “the right experience” as the single most important quality for their presidential candidate, according to the NEP Exit Poll of voters conducted by Edison Media and Mitofsky International. Among those voters, Kerry — with the wind of victories in 18 earlier presidential primaries and caucuses at his back, and four Senate terms to Edwards’ one — was the overwhelming pick. He won support from 83 percent of those who chose electability, and 82 percent of those who were looking for experience. In interviews at a half a dozen polling stations in the New York metropolitan area Tuesday, most Kerry supporters had little hostility to Edwards — many said he could make a good vice president — but suggested the youthful magnetism that was

the hallmark of his campaign made him seem a little callow. “He was an attractive candidate without sufficient depth or experience to warrant being considered,” said David Dicker, a retired high school principal voting in Farmingdale, N.Y. “Edwards has the pretty face,” said Nancy Adler, a pilates instructor from Irvington, in Westchester County, N.Y. “But we need someone who has that strong sense of international politics.” “I like Edwards,” said Kerry voter Jacob Weisbold, 90, a retiree in Queens. “But we need someone to beat Bush.” Exit polls and interviews both painted a picture of a Democratic primary electorate consumed by the prospect of defeating the incumbent — 57 percent of the voters said they were “angry” about the Bush administration. “Flatten the guy,” Kerry voter Michael Dimen said of Bush after voting in New York. “Do whatever it takes to run him out of there.” And the dissatisfaction went well beyond the president’s handling of the Iraq war. For 37 percent of voters, jobs and the economy ranked as the No. 1 issue. Just 18 percent cited the war, and a remarkably low 4 percent cited national security and terrorism as their primary concern. For Edwards, who pitched a tougher line than Kerry on trade deals that allow U.S. jobs to move overseas, those economic concerns should have provided an opportunity. But in a state where advertising is costly and geography daunting, on a day when nine other states were voting, his campaign didn’t have the resources to take full advantage.

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Electronic voting leaves us hanging like a chad

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Wednesday, March 3, 2004



ith Super Tuesday just around the corner, several states are opting for what could be the answer to the accurate casting of ballots — electronic voting machines. On Tuesday, voters in states such as Georgia, Maryland and California went to the e-polls manufactured by Diebold Election Systems. And although proponents suggest these machines will ensure that the term “hanging chad” remains a thing of the past, there are some issues with the

system that could be remedied to ensure more accurate results. First, technology is not infallible. While Diebold says it has fixed all security issues with the machines, hackers do have a way of worming into any system, as several computer security experts have pointed out. Second, a paper record of every vote is not being made. Several voting officials oppose adding printers to the e-polls because of the maintenance they require, while some precincts print out

flaw — and as stated earlier, no hanging chads. But ultimately, the pros don’t outweigh the cons. If these machines are to ever be implemented on a national scale, they need to be a bit more reliable and not warranting of conspiracy theories. A printout of each vote would be nice, because let’s face it, a hacked voting booth seems too reminiscent of the voting debacle in 2000. Votes count, so voting machines should be as reliable as they can be.

paper summaries for each machine … after the polls close. Sorry, but the best way to ensure that voting fraud is not happening would be for there to be a print out of every vote so voters can verify their vote and so there is a paper trail. Sounds complicated, but no one said an election was a simple thing. Conversely, the electronic voting machines could help decrease undervoting — when people go into a voting booth but don’t cast a ballot because of a mistake or

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Misquoting Bible doesn’t make gay marriage OK

This is in response to Rugh Cline’s article “Rights should apply to every sex, race, age” (Feb. 25). I am appalled The University Star would print such a hateful article directed toward Christianity. Cline illogically misquotes the Bible, saying that people can’t discuss moral issues because they have sinned. Cline quoted John 8:7, “He who is without sin cast the first stone.” He failed to mention the rest of the story in John, Chapter 8. In verses 8-10, Jesus says to the woman, “Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?” She replied, “No one, Lord.” Jesus responded, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” You wouldn’t suddenly lose the right to discuss moral issues because you aren’t perfect. Does that mean if I steal money from you, you can’t tell me I am wrong because you have made other mistakes? Of course not! This verse does not forbid people from taking a stand on something they believe in. You said that gays have the right to get married. I strongly disagree with that because God did not make man to have sexual relations with his own sex. Our bodies are created to fit with the opposite sex. God calls homosexuality a sin as well as other lifestyles in 1 Corinthians 6:9. In verse 11, Paul says, “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” The Bible says that these people were living as homosexuals, but changed. A person can change if he decides to because God has given us free will to choose to follow him or not. I know it can be challenging to change, but you can do it if you want to. Lastly, legalizing gay marriages and having all Americans accept this lifestyle as right is not good for our country. So, if you’re with me, fight for Bush’s marriage amendment. It’s our right to have something as valuable as marriage kept between man and woman. — Marisa McCo rmick En glish jun io r

A person can change if he decides to because God has given us free will to choose to follow him or not. I know it can be challenging to change, but you can do it if you want to.

Anti-drug ads insult viewers’ intelligence

Recently, one of my friends sent me a interpretation that follows from this is picture via the Internet spoofing the latest merely the agreeable advice that one line of TV advertisements put out by the should not consume illegal drugs if it federal government’s Office of National comes at the expense of fulfilling obligaDrug Control Policy. I tions to others. I doubt, laughed for several Richard Simmons however, that this is the moments upon seeing it, interpretation the National Star Columnist but then began to ponder Drug Control Policy had in the real commercials. mind. Thinking of them reminded me of one of Second, and on the flip side of the first the many reasons I hate our government. point, note that there are also means of To illustrate this reason, let’s take a look not fulfilling one’s responsibilities aside at some of the more recent ads by the from choosing to get high. The competioffice. tive swimmer could just as easily let The advertisements in the series, down her teammates by means of going spoofed by the aforementioned picture, for a bicycle ride (instead of showing up have a set of common elements. Each for the swim meet). The interpretation begins by depicting someone failing to given rise to this is also doubtful. That is, meet a responsibility. In one ad, for examit is safe to assume that the office did not ple, a member of a swim team is conspicu- intend to merely inform viewers, rather ously missing right before a match (her that they should refrain from purposely teammates stand behind the empty diving neglecting their responsibilities. board, looking for her). In another one, Not all of the Office of National Drug intended to be more serious, a small child Control Policy’s commercials run along is playing unsupervised near a swimming these same lines, but most of the rest bear pool. In each of the ads a narrator eventusimilar problems. One, for example, ally interjects, saying some variant of “Just depicts a man smoking in his car while tell (the people you let down) that you sitting at a restaurant drive-thru. After were getting high. They’ll understand.” placing his order, he speeds off, hitting a Finally, we are presented with the “antichild on a bicycle. drug” of the situation, “responsibility.” Similar questions beg to be answered Because the essential message of these here: If the Office of National Drug commercials is never explicitly stated, it Control Policy is only making the unconis difficult to discern what that message troversial point that one should avoid is. There are a few potential interpretadriving while under the influence, why is tions, though. One impossible interpretathe organization telling viewers to avoid tion is probably also what the office actuillegal drugs in general? Also, alcohol and ally intended; i.e., that illegal drug usage some prescription medications can impair leads to the user failing to meet his or her one’s driving abilities at least as much as obligations to others. There are a couple any illegal drug, but there is no mention reasons for this. of this. Why are illegal drugs being arbiFirst, consuming an illegal drug does trarily selected? not always take away someone’s ability to The commercials that don’t suffer do things. It is quite possible for someone problems along the lines of the aforemento do a number of things perfectly well tioned are no better. One peculiarly probunder the influence of illegal drugs. The lematic ad depicts Native Americans tak-

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ing part in activities, with one saying, “It’s about not doing drugs. It’s about knowing where you’ve come from. What you do. And who you are,” and a final self-reassurance, “It’s about not doing drugs.” Then superimposed text appears, reading, “Native Pride. My Anti-Drug.” Let us ignore the borderline unintelligibility of the spoken portion of the ad and just concentrate on the final part. Advocating ethnic pride as a means of avoiding drug usage for a Native American is somewhat amusing when coupled with the fact that some Native American tribes’ cultural rituals include the consumption of the illegal (in most states) hallucinogen peyote. Perhaps there will eventually be a “Jamaican pride” version of this as well. There is one more ad I feel compelled to call out because it’s more than ridiculous. This one depicts concertgoers smoking marijuana in public restroom stalls. They goof around for a bit until a police officer comes in and arrests them. Superimposed text follows, this time reading, “Marijuana can get you busted. Harmless? Facts: The anti-drug.” While I can’t rightfully accuse the federal government of not being innovative in its novel “doing this is bad for your health because I’ll kick the crap out of you” approach to persuasion, I think I am justified in taking issue with the government forcing me to finance the threats the government makes against me. The fact that it tells me what I can and can’t put in my own body is one reason why I hate our government. The fact that it then tells me this is for my own good by means of intelligence-insulting and subtly threatening propaganda is another, perhaps greater, reason why I hate it.

Colu mn ist respo nse Marisa, it is pleasing to know that you are completely virtuous and without sin and so enlightened God has tasked you with carrying out judgment upon mankind. I’m sure God is pleased that you would aid hatred, bigotry and inequality being carried out in his name. If that is how you view Christ’s message, then I see you as the person being hateful toward Christianity. But, contrary to the main point of your argument, the gay marriage issue is not about religion. We have a separation of church and state in this country. This protects us from hate-mongers who would legislate their own warped values in order to deem certain members of society as second-class citizens less deserving of equality and equal protection under the law. It is beyond my ability to comprehend, Marisa, how anyone could hold such utter contempt for equality in the United States. — Ru gh Cline

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Seasonal brews

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Winter beers are still on the market, but supplies are running out fast. Senior Reporter IAN RAGSDA LE shows us the ropes on the hops.

Rogue Ales If this is what Santa drinks after a hard day of delivering presents to the world’s snotty little brats, I feel sorry for Mrs. Claus. This beer is dark and super-hoppy, practically to the exclusion of any other taste. Light beer and Smirnoff devotees should stay far away from this one; only hops enthusiasts will be able to stomach it.


Boston Beer Company Only slightly bitter, this is one drinkable winter beer. It tastes sweet, although with too much of citrus and not enough expected “winter spices.” Winter beers are not made for binging, but two or three of these could be downed in a night before the user begins to see reindeer in the sky.


Saint Arnold Brewing Company This brew’s pungent aroma alone could cause a Christmas tree to wilt. A nip will give a swift kick in the throat, causing all sorts of embarrassing faces. As sour as it is hoppy, there is little to love in this beer for the uninitiated. Whip-In has six packs of it on sale, but try a single first to see if you have the stomach for it.


The Ram Brewery You can get comfortable with this seasonal dark ale. Hops and malt are balanced, giving the beer a distinct bite, yet a smooth ride. It doesn’t seem to take risks — it is devoid of showy spices — but is a solid pint for calm nights.


Pyramid Breweries Of the beers surveyed here, this one comes second in hops, sourness and spices, making it a roundly potent brew but mediocre nonetheless, and doesn’t go down as smoothly as the label proclaims. Use this as a taste test or a last resort.

Conservatism, patriotism are focus of ’40s fashion BY PORSHA THOMAS TRENDS REPORTER

Ready to embrace the ’40s? Say hello to a time period raging with war and credited with the arrival of the true workingwoman. Brothers and husbands were shipped overseas, women laboring were the norm, and the world survived on a meager living. The war had a brutal impact on everyday life, and rationing even extended its dreadful arm to the world of fashion. While Paris, the fashion capital of the world, was overrun by Nazi forces, American designers, not able to copy Parisian ideas, were forced to come up with a blueprint that fit ration guidelines (clothing had a restricted amount of cloth) but was in someway stylish. The look of the ’40s was a conservative look, which would remain fashionable through many seasons. To wear the extravagant clothing of the ’30s was thought to be in bad taste. Simplification became essential if women wanted to appear patriotic. The general wartime scene was one of drabness and uniformity. The silhouette became refined, unadorned and consisted of a boxy, square-shoulder

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WINTER BREWS ARE HOP-HEAVY, DARK BEERS made for meditative nights spent hiding from the cold beside a fire or under a comforter with a loved one. Although the weather outside isn’t so frightful anymore, winter beers are still in stock at suppliers, some now at reduced rates. All our beers were purchased at the Whip-In in South Austin, where you can buy them in singles or packs, depending on the beer, and where rations were running low. You’ll have to hurry to catch the tail end of this season’s Christmas spirits.



padded jacket and a short straight skirt. In order to comply with ration guidelines, skirts featured hemlines raised 19 inches above the ankle. Cardigans matched skirts and sheath evening gowns replaced the long, flowing gowns of the ’30s. American designers lead the way in work and leisurewear combining stylishness and practicality. Clothes had to be restrained, be manageable in all situations and give free movement. Designers such as Claire McCardell produced clothes for the workingwomen, which stood for “freedom, democracy and casualness.” Women were encouraged to make do and mend. Feminine magazines were abundant with articles about proper care of garments for maximum wear. Especially creative women turned pillowcases into shorts, ’30s wedding gowns were turned into nightgowns, and underwear and skirts were made from men’s old trousers (seems like pretty nifty ideas broke college students could utilize today). Bobby Sockers, the younger generation of girls, wore casual boyish clothes, short cotton socks, flat-soled loafers, sloppy Joe sweaters and blue jeans.

Women’s hair was often worn in a turban or knitted stood, which kept it from being caught in the factory machines. To improve women’s longterm attendance, some factories installed hair salons. Makeup was scarce, and Max Factor officials visited factories passing out base and lipstick to laborers. At the war’s end, women grew tired of the severely tailored garments they were forced to wear during the hostilities. In 1947, designer Christian Dior introduced the “New Look,” featuring longer lengths and fuller skirts. Many criticized Dior’s new line, as the use of many yards of fabric in garments was seen as lavish and opulent. Women’s fashion was back to its soft, feminine and romantic image. Unfortunately, styles of the ’40s didn’t quite make it the modern generation’s idea of “fashionable.” Dresses with matching jacket suits appear to be more associated with the older, professional or church-going women of this decade. Those who are not quite ready to exhibit this form of conservative class can take your cue from the next generation to come; you know, when teenagers got wild and free love was in the air.

Guitarist brings ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and other original arrangements to Texas State BY BRANDON COBB ARTS REPORTER

In the future, when a buried time capsule from the ’90s is unearthed, people are sure to find a copy of Mike Myers’ smash comedy Wayne’s World amidst the clutter of Marky Mark parephenalia. Who can forget the notorious singalong in Garth’s AMC Pacer (the “Mirthmobile”) featuring the cast lip-syncing to Queen’s 1975 opus “Bohemian Rhapsody”? The song pays homage to its historical roots in epic Greek poetry with its grandiose vocal harmonies and theatrical bravado. Rhapsody music evolved to encompass idiosynchratic pieces that expressed an inspired and “rapturous” character, becoming a showcase for virtuoso musicians such as Liszt, who took the sometimes improvisatory artform to new heights with a synthesis of flawless technical ability and sincere emotional expression. Flawless musical expression is no stranger to Oklahoma native and threetime winner of Oklahoma’s Best

Club Dread comedic attempts prove to be unsuccessful

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Bobcats clobber Aggies


S c o re bo a r d SOFTBALL at nO. 23 TAMU 3/2/04 Score by inning


TEXAS STATE ............0..4..1...4 ..0...0...0 .....3..0..0...3...0...0...0 Texas A&M..................

9 5 3 6 9 1

TEXAS ST. (16-5) Players AB R Zaleski Wolters Bonetti Snow Wilson Trahan Hodge Krueger Vice

2 4 3 2 3 3 3 2 3

1 0 1 2 2 1 1 0 1

H RBI 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0

cf McDonald 2b Atkins ss Gregory lf James 1b Gunter 3b Durham c Robinson pr Hebert dh Wilhelmson rf Spencer

TOTALS 25 9 5 7


4 4 4 4 3 3 3 0 4 4 33

1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 6

H RBI 1 1 1 1 0 2 2 0 0 1 9



IP H R ER BB SO AB BF 7.0 9 6 3 0 7 33 36

Texas A&M Pitching IP H R ER BB SO 3 1 3 6 0 3

Weynand 2.0 3 5 4 Wilhelmson 2.0 2 4 4 3.0 0 0 0 Smith

AB BF 8 13 8 11 9 9

Win - Nicole Neuerburg (11-2), Loss - Jill Weynand (5-3) Save - None Time - 2:23, Attendance - 643.

SLC SOFTBALL Standings Teams


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

W 3 3 3 2 0 0 1 0 1 0

Overall L 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 4 3

T 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PCT 1.000 1.000 1.000 1.000 .000 .000 .500 .000 .250 .000

W 16 11 10 6 8 8 7 5 3 2

L 5 6 10 10 5 13 11 10 9 13

T 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

PCT .762 .647 .500 .382 .615 .381 .389 .333 .250 .133

Tx State softball Schedule


16 Northwestern St. (2)...1/3 p.m. 19 Northwestern St..............1 p.m. 20 U of Houston.................6/8 p.m. SLC woMen’s Bball Standings Teams


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

W 14 12 10 8 8 8 7 6 5 1 1

L 1 3 5 6 7 7 7 8 9 13 14

Overall PCT .933 .800 .667 .571 .533 .533 .500 .429 .357 .071 .067

W 21 16 16 12 8 8 9 6 12 4 2

L 5 10 11 13 18 17 16 19 13 20 24

PCT .808 .615 .593 .480 .308 .320 .360 .240 .480 .167 .080

SLC Men’s BBall Standings Teams


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

W 11 10 9 9 8 8 7 7 5 5 1

L 3 5 5 6 7 7 7 8 9 9 14

Overall PCT .786 .667 .643 .600 .533 .533 .500 .467 .357 .357 .067

W 19 15 14 18 12 13 12 10 11 9 6

L 6 11 13 8 17 13 13 16 16 16 20

PCT .760 .577 .519 .692 .414 .500 .480 .385 .407 .306 .231

By Chris Galligher Sports Reporter COLLEGE STATION — The Texas State softball team extended its impressive run Tuesday night, scoring their fourth straight win and seventh in their last eight games with a wild, 9-6, win against the Texas A&M University Aggies. The Bobcats were outhit, 9-5, committed three errors, and pitcher Nicole Neuerburg hit three batters, but the Bobcats were able to overcome all of this, thanks to home runs from designated hitter Katie Ann Trahan and second baseman Ashley Wilson. “The great thing about our team is, no matter how difficult the situation, everyone always steps up,” said Texas State coach Ricci Woodard. It was the Aggies who struck first in this slugfest, taking advantage of an error from third baseman Brittany Hodge and putting up three runs in the first inning to take an early advantage. Bobcat first baseman Hannah Snow led off the second inning with a double. Wilson was then hit by a pitch to put two runners on for Trahan, who responded with her second homerun of the season, a massive blast to center field that tied the game at three. Later that inning, Hodge gave the ’Cats the lead by scoring on a wild pitch. The third inning saw Texas State tack on another run when catcher Rachel Bonnetti scored on an Aggie throwing error to stretch the Bobcat lead to 5-3. The Bobcats were attempting a squeeze play with Bonetti on third, but were unable to get the bunt down. Shortstop Danielle Vice hit a leadoff single to start the fourth inning. Snow and center fielder Kristen Zaleski then recorded back-to-back to load the bases. That’s when Wilson broke the game wide open with a grand slam home run to give the ‘Cats a commanding 9-3 lead. The Aggies were able to cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth by posting three runs. However, after that point, Neuerburg silenced the Aggie bats, giving

up no runs for the remaining three innings, scoring a complete game victory and improving her record to 112 on the season. She is now 3-0 against A&M in her career. Jill Weynand took the loss for the Aggies, to move her record to 5-3 on the season. Her outing was brief, lasting only two innings. Trahan, whose 3-run homer was a major cog in the Bobcats’ offensive machine, was surprised by the high scoring.

Every year the Super Bowl. Jason Orts around Christmas, I I’m as big of a see a bunch of comsports fan as there is, mercials on TV and am not going to telling me it is the say that I don’t enjoy best time of the year. some regular-season Maybe for some this college basketball is true, but if you’re games, but they just anything like me, the don’t seem to matter holiday season ain’t until March. Sports with Orts got nothing on a little Same with the thing I like to call NBA. Yeah, the All“March Madness.” Star game is fun sometimes, but That’s right, the NCAA who really cares about the averTournament will soon be upon age Orlando Magic-Golden us, giving 65 teams (or 64 in the State Warrior game in the middle women’s bracket) the chance of of February, knowing neither a lifetime — to go on a six-game team is going to the playoffs. winning streak and win the So thank God for March. To national championship. me, only one thing could be betNot only is the NCAA ter than the NCAA basketball Tournament so great because of tournament, and that’s a college what’s at stake in every game, football playoff. But there isn’t a but also the timing of it couldn’t horse that’s as dead as that one, be better. It’s in March, and is the so I’m not going to beat it anyofficial ending of the “dead more. zone” in sports that begins with But before the tournament begins, it’s important to note that we know some of the teams that will be there, such as the Duke and Stanford universities of the world, but some will have to fight their way to conference tournament titles for a chance to dance with the big boys (or girls).

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And while I believe being in a so-called “one-bid” conference cheapens the regular season because the tournament champion goes to the NCAAs, it does add drama for sure. And since Texas State happens to be in one of those onebid conferences, it’s time to handicap the Southland Conference tournament. Yes, I know there are still some regular-season games to be played, but the field on the men and women’s sides are set. About the only thing left to decide is the women’s eighth seed, which will likely be either Southeastern Louisiana University or Sam Houston State University. So here we go.

Favorite (Men’s) Top-seeded Southeastern Louisiana (11-3 SLC) The Lions are the only team in the conference with the combination of stellar guard play, with Michael Gardener and Amir Abdur-Rahim, the conference’s fourth-leading scorer, and a legitimate big man. Junior Nate Lofton, who would be my pick for Newcomer of the Year, is the only player in the SLC to


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“I was expecting a pitching duel by both teams, but everyone showed up offensively,” she said. The win moves Texas State to 16-5 on the season, with a 4-2 record against ranked opponents, and drops the 23rd-ranked Aggies to 11-9. The Bobcats will be in action next in a three game set against Northwestern State University. The action starts with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday and wraps up with a 1 p.m. game Sunday at Bobcat Field.

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Ashley A. Horton/Star photo Leslie Sharp, junior shortstop, lays down a sacrifice bunt which scored the Bobcats’ first run of the game against Nicholls State University on Sunday. The Bobcats defeated the Colonels, 4-2.

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Team Nobody Wants to Play (Men’s) University of Texas-San Antonio (9-5 SLC, third place) The reason can be summed up in two words: LeRoy Hurd. The senior forward will likely be named the SLC Player of the Year and with good reason. Hurd is the league’s leading scorer for the second consecutive season, averaging 20.6 points per game and is second in rebounding, grabbing 8.2 per outing. My Sleeper Pick (Men’s) Texas State (8-7 SLC, fifth place) This could change if the Bobcats get a first round home game, because a true sleeper will have to play on the road for all three games. Texas State doesn’t have a good road team overall, but did begin the SLC 6-1 with solid road wins against UTSA and Northwestern State University. A 64-63 home loss to SLU sent Texas State into a tailspin, but if the Bobcats can refocus, they will be a tough out because when they play well, they are as good as any team in the conference. Favorite (Women’s) Top-seeded Northwestern State (13-1 SLC) The Demons are the league’s highest scoring team and it’s easy to see why. NSU boasts three of the league’s top seven

scorers including guard Amanda Bennett, who is tops in the category at 17.4 ppg. Point guard La’Terrica Dobin could easily be the SLC Player of the Year, averaging 16.1 points, 10.7 assists and 3.1 steals per game. Forward Diamond Cosby also tosses in 13.9 ppg.

Team Nobody Wants to Play (Women’s) Texas State (8-7 SLC, fifth place) It’s true the Bobcats haven’t played up to expectations and have been the league’s most disappointing team, but they get the nod on experience. Texas State is the defending SLC Tournament champion, winning it as the fourth seed last year. The Bobcats also have the MVP from that tournament still on the roster in center Tori Talbert. If guard Julie Brooks shoots as well as she is capable, the Bobcats will be difficult to beat because of the inside-outside game. My Sleeper Pick (Women’s) Stephen F. Austin State University (8-6 SLC, Tied for fourth place with UTSA) Again, could have a firstround home game, which would change this. But SFA’s selection is based on tradition. Having won 14 of the last 17 SLC Tournaments means something this time of the year, especially since the Ladyjacks didn’t win it last year and have had that hanging over their heads since.

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