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Non-profit disability firm aids student in refund Out-of-court settlement awards sophomore thousands of dollars

By Philip Hadley The University Star

By Christine Mester The University Star Bailey Gosda knew she would face difficulties moving her wheelchair over the hilly Texas State campus, but she did not anticipate having to spend thousands of extra dollars for an accessible dorm room. Gosda’s two-year financial roadblock ended recently when Texas State agreed to refund nearly $6,000 collected from the undecided professional sophomore. The struggle began Gosda’s freshman year, when she was assigned to an inaccessible dorm room. Gosda, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair and walker for mobility, hoped to stay in a traditional style dorm room in order to save money on student loans. She was shocked to find out the only dorm that could accommodate her cost nearly $1,000 extra per semester. “The accessible dorm was more expensive to begin with,” Gosda said. “Then they added surcharge because the room was not large enough to hold me, my equipment and a roommate.” She spent months trying to resolve the issue before seeking assistance from the nonprofit disability law firm Advocacy, Inc. in fall 2005. “I first went to the Office of Disability Services and they threw their hands up, they didn’t know what to do,” Gosda said. “When I went to meet with Residence Life all they could say was that I owed them the money.” Advocacy Inc. assisted Gosda in negotiations with the school. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Gosda and her attorney, Lucy Wood, were able to convince Texas State authorities to refund the surcharge. “(Gosda) wanted the cheapest housing and she wanted a roommate to save money on student loans but she couldn’t have those things,” Wood said. “There should be accessible dorms in every price range.” University officials and Advocacy Inc. were able to reach a compromise that would refund Gosda the money she spent outside the costs of the traditional dorm. “We are delighted TSU has refunded the money without our having to go to court,” Wood said. “We hope this case will educate TSU and other schools on the need to respond to matters of accommodation and accessibility in keeping with the Americans with Disabilities Act.” University Attorney William Fly helped coordinate the settlement between Gosda and the university. “Initially, we read the regulations,” Fly said. “They say that a student with a disability has the right to accommodation at the same rate a student without a disability would have.” Wood has drafted a policy for university officials to adopt in order to prevent Gosda’s See DISABILITY, page 3

Self-involvement, narcissistic traits more common in college students

Jeannie Yamakawa/Star photo HARD WORK PAYS OFF: Bailey Gosda, undecided professional sophomore, works at the SLAC tutoring center Monday afternoon in Alkek Library. Gosda is being refunded thousands for dorm room accessibility problems she encountered on campus.

A new study says today’s college students are more narcissistic and self-involved than their predecessors, and psychologists worry the trend could be harmful to personal relationships. The study’s lead author, psychology professor Jean Twenge of San Diego State University, examined the responses of 16,475 college students who completed an evaluation called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory between 1982 and 2006. The researchers describe the study as the largest of its type. The evaluation asks for responses to statements such as “If I ruled the world, it would be a better place,” “I think I am a special person” and “I can live my life the way I want to.” Research shows that Narcissistic Personality Inventory scores have risen steadily since the test was first administered in 1982. By 2006, two-thirds of the students had above-average scores, the study said. The study claims narcissists are more likely to have romantic relationships that are short-lived, at risk for infidelity, lack emotional warmth and are dishonest. John Davis, psychology professor, had doubts about the results. He said it is important to look carefully at the measurements and methodology used in this study. “These claims should be taken with a grain of salt, and I would be very skeptical,” Davis said. “It is important to examine how narcissism and self-centeredness is defined in this study. In my 30 years of teaching I cannot say that I have observed a difference in the level of narcissistic behavior in my students.” Students admit to some truth to the findings but do not agree with their negative connotations. Kenny Whitehead, applied sociology senior, said the study was questionable and unobservable. “Students are worried about themselves, but I know most of my peers know when to put others first,” Whitehead said. “We may be self-centered at times, but we are still concerned about others and the rest of the world.” Asleigh Miller, pre-social work junior, had mixed feelings about the new study, but admitted it had some legitimacy. “I do think many college students are self-centered,” Miller said. “Even I can be self-centered See NARCISSISM, page 3

San Marcos purchases 680,000 Brain Awareness Week introduces kilowatt hours of green electricity public to workings of gray matter By Patrick Ygnacio The University Star Texas Utilities Company’s recent announcement of the construction of new coal-fired power plants in Texas has been met with concerns over how these new energy producing facilities could affect the air quality. San Marcos has already begun to invest in alternative sources of energy as the growing awareness of global warming has put pressure on legislators and officials nationwide to address environmental issues. The City of San Marcos recently issued a press release highlighting the city’s purchase

of “green” electricity from the Lower Colorado River Authority over the past 13 months that has resulted in citywide savings of nearly $78,000. The 680,000 kilowatt hours of “green” electricity purchased from the river authority each month are generated at wind farms in West Texas. The purchasing of renewable energy represents the city’s participation in the river authority’s “Choose-to-Renew” program. According to the Web site, “LCRA ranks as the largest publicly owned supplier of renewable energy in Texas.” Byron Augustin, geography professor, explained how in-

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vestments into renewable energy sources like wind energy are part of the effort to reduce the emissions that cause global warming. The general public is becoming more aware of its effects, Augustin said, and the public is realizing this issue deserves urgent attention. He said global warming not only poses an environmental threat, but also an economic threat. “Global warming can change climates,” Augustin said. “It can seriously impact agricultural production. It can change areas where we grow crops into deserts.” See GREEN, page 3

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By Ashley Gwilliam The University Star Hundreds of communities worldwide will be hosting public educational events addressing the progress and benefits of brain research. The 2007 Brain Awareness Week will be held Monday through March 18. “Obviously, our brains are central for everything we do,” said Kathleen Roina, Brain Awareness Week senior project manager. “Being aware of what is happening in brain research is important for our lives.” The effort is organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, a nonprofit organization of

more than 250 neuroscientists. “We know a lot about the brain, but we don’t know enough,” said John Byrne, professor of neurobiology and anatomy at The University of Texas’ Health Science Center at Houston. He said most of the knowledge of how the brain works was discovered within the last 20 years. “It is estimated that the brain sciences are the last frontier of the biological sciences,” he said. The human brain, weighing an average of 3 pounds, contains an estimated 100 billion neurons that control all movement, thought, sensation and emotion experienced. Scientists say there are as

many neurons in the human brain as there are stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. There is not a single person in the world that has not known someone with brain problems, said Reiko Graham, assistant psychology professor. “Every person knows at least five people who have had something wrong with their brain at one point,” she said. According to the Dana Alliance Web site, brain problems exist in many different forms, ranging from cocaine addiction to bipolar disorder to stroke and learning disabilities.

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starsof texas state Maureen Keeley, associate professor of communication studies, has co-authored a book with Julie Yingling, Humboldt State University communication professor, entitled Final Conversations: Helping the Living and the Dying Talk to Each Other. The book explores fears surrounding death that are further complicated and magnified behind closed doors, resulting in private journeys individuals take with dying

loved ones. The book was released Thursday at bookstores nationwide and is the first book written for the public by Keeley. The book includes a four-year compilation of interviews on the subject and weaving information from her six academic publications. —Courtesy of Texas State Public Relations

News Contact — Nick Georgiou, starnews@txstate.edu Texas State University-San Marcos is a member of the Texas State University System

WEDNESDAY Texas State softball will play St. Johns 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Bobcat Field. The Freethought Society of Texas State will host a panel discussion, “The Individual and the State” 7 p.m. in the LBJ Ballroom. A one-hour orientation and training session will teach attendees to use the Freeze-Framer biofeedback program to reduce the negative effects of stress. The session will be at 12 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-11.1. For more information, call Annie at (512) 245-2208. The Philosophy Dialgoue Series presents “Gina Weatherhead Dialogue: Writing Women Back into Modern Philosophy,” with Lynne Fulmer, philosophy professor, 12 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. American Marketing Association and Ad Club presents guest speaker Candace Clarkson, account manager for GSD&M Advertising , 5:30 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-14.1. Free food and drinks will be available at 5:15 p.m. All majors are welcome. Business-casual dress is suggested. For more information, visit www.business.txstate.edu/ AMA

The Earth First Organization will have its weekly meeting 4 p.m. in Evan Liberal Arts, Room 314. For more information, e-mail Bogan Durr at bd1132@txstate.edu.

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University Police Department March 2, 3:22 p.m. Medical Emergency/ Child Development Center An officer was dispatched for a report of a medical emergency. A non-student was reported to have been choking. The non-student was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for further evaluation.

The Tennis Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, e-mail Chris Harris, tennis club president, at ch1282@txstate.edu. The Alcohol and Drug Resource center will hold “The Network” meeting 5 to 7 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-6.1. Members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity will be in The Quad this week collecting donations for PUSH America. PUSH America is an organization dedicated to children disability awareness. Pi Kappa Phi will have a tent set up and have someone on a ceiling scaffold in The Quad at all times throughout the week. This does include at night and early in the morning, so members of the fraternity will volunteer to sleep on the scaffold. Any amount of money is welcomed and information about PUSH America will be available for anyone who would like to inquire as to where donation money goes.

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The Association of Information Technology Professionals will have a chapter meeting 5 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 127. Mark Aschenbeck will discuss working at the USAA bank. Pizza and soda will be provided. All majors are welcome.

Protest and Dissent: Juilliard Joins Texas State for A Common Experience at 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium Performing artists from the Juilliard School, directed by Wayne Oquin, will perform with the Texas State Symphony under the direction of Howard Hudiburg. This is a free event.

The Hays County Republican Club will meet at Stone Brook Seniors Community, located at 300 S. Stagecoach Trail. Speaker Michael Sullivan, with Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, will give a speech entitled “Are Conservatives being heard in Austin?” with an emphasis on tax and spending issues. Social time starts at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins promptly at 7 p.m.

The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents “International Women’s Day: Jane Addams at the Hague,” 11 a.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents “Women and Politics in Latin America,” with Magda Hinojosa, political science professor, 2 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132.

The rosary will be prayed at 6:25 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center chapel.

The Rock - Praise & Worship will be at 7:30 p.m. in the CSC chapel. The Stations of the Cross will be at 6 p.m. in the CSC chapel.

March 3, 1:29 a.m. Minor in Consumption/ Lindsey Street An officer observed a suspicious individual. Upon further investigation a student was found to have been consuming alcohol and was issued a citation for minor in consumption.

Monty Marion/Star photo Mike McGuinness, digital and photographic imaging senior, hunts for an example of a naturally occurring letter M Tuesday afternoon outside the music building.

March 3, 7:54 a.m. AOA/Multiple An officer assisted a city enforcement officer in servicing warrants. A report was generated of this case.

Endowment funds faculty seat in cast metals engineering

Violence against women prevention topic of lecture

The Texas chapter of the American Foundry Society and officials from the College of Science and Department of Engineering and Technology have signed a memorandum establishing an endowed professorship in cast metals engineering. The formal presentation was held Feb. 22 in the Roy F. Mitte Technology and Physics Building. The post is the first of its kind set up by any chapter affiliated with a Foundry Educational Foundation accredited program. Texas State’s is one of only 25 programs nationwide accredited by the foundation. The endowment currently amounts to $230,000. The goal is to raise another $70,000 for a total endowment of $300,000. Woody Peavy, chapter chairperson for the American Foundry Society, said he was proud to sign the memorandum, crediting the accomplishment to all people in the room and many more who were unable to attend. Metal casting is a manufacturing process by which a molten metal material is introduced into a mold, allowed to solidify, then ejected or broken out to make a fabricated piece. Casting is used for mak-

Jackson Katz is one of America’s leading anti-sexist activists. An educator, author and filmmaker, he is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender-violence prevention-education with men and boys, particularly in the sports culture and the military. He will be on campus at 6 p.m. March 28 in the LBJ Ballroom to present “More Than a Few Good Men: A Lecture on American Manhood and Violence Against Women.” This acclaimed program inspires people to confront one of the most serious and persistent problems facing college students: violence against women. Jackson will illustrate how the sports culture, comedy, advertising and other media depictions

ing parts of complex shapes that would be difficult or uneconomical to create by other methods, such as cutting from solid material. The metal casting industry produces everything from valves and engine blocks to road markers and manhole covers. Manufacturers incorporate castings into almost everything we buy or use. The field of metal casting has high graduation and employment rates. Signers included Hector Flores, dean of the college of science, Robert Habingreither, associate dean of the college of science and Vedaraman Sriraman, chair of the department of engineering and technology. Any companies or individuals interested in helping to complete the remaining $70,000 of this endowment may send contributions to Melinda Braun, development officer, College of Science. Checks should be made payable to Texas State University-AFS-Texas Chapter Endowed Professorship Fund. For more information, e-mail Robert Habingreither, associate dean of the college of science at rh03@txstate.edu. —Courtesy of Texas State Public Relations

of men, women, sex and violence contribute to pandemic levels of gender violence. For more information, please call Julie Eckert at (512) 245-3601 e-mail je12@txstate. edu or visit Katz’s Web site www.jacksonkatz.com. This program is sponsored by the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center, the vice president for student affairs, the department of professional development, the Student Affairs Wellness Team, Texas State University Athletics, The Counseling Center, University Police Department, Diamond Divas, Men Against Violence, The Network, HaysCaldwell Women’s Center and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. —Courtesy of the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center

ASG Beat ASG presidential requirements, Senate reconstruction put to vote The Associated Student Government is the official voice of the students at Texas State University. The meetings are open to the public and held at 7 p.m. every Monday night in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. To address the Senate, come prepared to speak during our Public Forum. Any interest in being a guest speaker should be directed to Amanda Oskey, the vice president. A student referendum will be held March 20 and 21. Issues on the ballot include expansion of the Student Senate from 40 to 60 members. Students will vote on the reapportionment of the seats from the current representation, based on academic college, to being elected as on-campus, off-campus, atlarge or as an academic college representative. There is another item on the ballot

that would remove a clause in the ASG Constitution changing the requirements to run for ASG President. As currently stated by the Constitution, the president must have been a member of ASG for two semesters prior to candidacy. The proposed referendum would remove the clause, opening the presidency to all students. ASG is currently looking for people interested in serving on the Election Commission. The commission openings are paid positions through the student government. In order to qualify, one must not be on the ballot for this coming election. For more information, contact the ASG office. Filing to run for an elected office will begin March 22. The student body elections will be held April 17 and 18. For more information, call the ASG office at 512-2451ASG. —Courtesy of ASG


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Texas State Coastal Conservation Association chapter raises $17,000 By Molly Berkenhoff The University Star The Texas State chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association held its first annual banquet Thursday with guests such as Mark Ray, the organization’s vice president of the Texas chapter and Southwest Texas State alumnus. The banquet raised over $17,000 for the national chapter. “We raised double what we thought would be possible,” said Garret Menefee, association member. “Everything for the year has gone very well. We’ve exceeded our own goals.”

While most major Texas universities have well-established chapters of the organization, Texas State’s branch was opened in the fall of 2006, which marked the 50th chapter of the association, said Matt Richter, Texas State chapter president. The chapter opening was met with immediate popularity, Richter said, and the group now has more than 100 members. He said the chapter is a great addition to the list of student organizations on campus. “I’ve been a member of this organization for six years now, so I’m really glad to have helped open up the Texas State chap-

ter,” Menefee, communication studies senior, said. The non-profit organization is dedicated to raising funds and increasing public awareness for the conservation of coastal resources and the environment. Funding comes primarily from outdoor affiliated organizations, businesses and corporations, fundraising banquets and government grants. “Our main focus is to raise funds for the national chapter, who use the money for conservation projects, and to provide lobbyists who help us change rules and regulations concerning the coastal environment in Washing-

ton,” said Richter, management junior. The largest conservation group of its kind, the association seeks to slow the problem of over-fishing in coastal regions. Other accomplishments include the creation of two of the world’s largest saltwater hatcheries. These facilities provide educational outreach through marine science work, and produce millions of fish to restock depleted fish species in Texas bays. “I think that an important part of what we do is raising awareness about coastal problems,” Menefee said. “Most people who fish on a regular basis know

about the problems, but the general public tends to be unaware.” In addition to working toward conservation and research, several fishing tournaments are held throughout the year. The largest of these is the summerlong STAR, State of Texas Anglers Rodeo, Tournament, which gives away nearly $1 million in scholarships in maximum increments of $50,000 to its youth division for catching specific types of fish. All money raised in the tournament returns to the organization’s research, preservation and scholarship efforts the following year. Entry in the tour-

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Initial federal support for “green” energy was minimal, Augustin said, but has grown with the intensified public awareness of the effects of global warming. He said the development of technologies necessary to create renewable energy sources still requires much more support in order for it to become a substantial energy source. “The resources of green energy are relatively limited and it’s going to take enormous investments to bring those online,” Augustin said. He said the act of conservation should first be emphasized as a means to energy efficiency. Educating people on the responsibility of conserving energy should go hand-in-hand with the public support for energy alternatives, he said. “We can have a bigger impact through conservation than we can through creating green energy if we would all just contribute; there’s so many different ways,” he said. Augustin said the mass consumption of energy in this coun-

try has proven to be a big factor in the ongoing debate over what sources of energy cities choose to employ. “We’ve just become so used to being energy pigs,” Augustin said. “This country only accounts for about 5 percent of the world’s population and we use 25 percent of its energy.” Susan Macey, geography professor, stressed the importance of energy conservation. She said even without the fast-tracking, establishing coal-fired energy facilities is still one of the quickest routes toward meeting that consistent energy demand. She said those opposed to the production of new energy from coal-fired plants should be actively involved in the conservation effort to reduce energy consumption. “Unless we’re going to reduce our energy consumption, we’re going to need new energy sources, whatever they may be.” Macey said. She said many things can be done to help reduce the overall consumption of energy. Among these is recycling, which reduces the amount of energy needed

to produce various types of containers. Macey used the example of sun-lit rooms to conserve energy. In addition to cutting back on energy consumption, Augustin said consumers can participate on a democratic level as a way to initiate change. Augustin said he was especially pleased with the recent public response to Governor Rick Perry’s initiative to speed up Texas Utilities Company’s initial proposal to build 11 new coal-fired plants in Texas. He said that the strong opposition displayed in demonstrations sent a clear message about the public’s concern for the environment. “I think it shows that public participation can affect public policy.” Augustin said. He applauded those students in his class who were eager to participate in the demonstrations against the executive order to fast-track the permitting of the new coal-fired plants, and told them, “If you went up there, congratulations. You’re learning how democracy works, you participated in the process and you had an impact.”

research conducted by UCLA last month found that nearly three-quarters of college freshmen thought it was important to be “wealthy” and “very welloff financially,” the study said. In the book Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive,

Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before, Twenge said narcissists tend to lack empathy, react aggressively to criticism and favor self-promotion over helping others. Twenge and Keith Campbell, the authors of the study, were unavailable for comment.

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at times, but I will never forget where I came from or about the issues of the world around me. Many of my friends are involved in the community and are very politically active.” The new report comes after

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Graham said brain-related disorders seem more prevalent in modern times because of a doctor’s increased ability to diagnose them, and society’s increased openness to discuss these health issues. Byrne said 100 years ago, people who had mental disorders were locked up and considered crazy. “Society has gone a long way,” he said. Recent technological developments have made it possible to understand how many prevalent mental disorders are related to the brain. Scientists are becoming increasingly optimistic of better treatment options for mental disorders in the future. “There is a tremendous amount of research being done to come up with treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, schizophrenia and depression,” Byrne said. He said some of the biggest developments for diagnosis are the imaging techniques. New imaging techniques, such as functional magnetic residence imaging and diffusion tensor imaging, are allowing scientists to study the relationship between areas of the brain and their functions. Imaging techniques provide neuroscientists with pictures of the different components of the brain, including brain activity. Before the availability of this technology, scientists had

nament is free for all members. “I think the organization is great because it not only allows us to come together with a common love of fishing, but it gives us a way to give back to the sport in a very significant way,” said Joe Webb, pre-geographic resource and environmental studies sophomore. “It’s good for the campus to have organizations where people with a common interest can come together and work towards a common cause.” Meetings are open to the public and are held at 6 p.m. every other Monday at Grin’s Restaurant. No fees are required to join.

DISABILITY to wait until something was wrong with a person to look into their brain. Graham said one exciting imaging development is transcranial magnetic stimulation. This method stimulates the brain by employing a strong outside magnetic force. This stimulation allows scientists to look at what areas of the brain are involved in language and processing visual stimuli, she said. According to the Dana Alliance Web site, new research has advanced the progress in the development of more effective drugs. “Because of the human genome project, we now know all of the approximately 30,000 genes in the human body,” Byrne said. “Now we have to figure out what those genes are doing in the brain.” The knowledge of these genes has opened up a wide field of research seeking to answer questions about the genetic bases of brain disorders, he said. “Within the next 20 years, what we know about the brain will probably double,” Graham said. “Our understanding with neuron-imaging and the physics of it will continue to improve. We are really on the cutting edge with all of these new techniques.” Byrne said in as early as five or 10 years, brain scans could become a normal part of doctor’s checkups. “I think the future looks very bright,” he said.

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situation from occurring again. The purpose of the policy is to handle future requests for accommodation and protect other students with disabilities. “There needs to be a comprehensive policy in place for all university officials to refer to,” Wood said. “They are a wonderful university and did the right thing but the right policy will help all the departments be able to better analyze future requests like Bailey’s.” Gosda said she believes the policy would be a beneficial addition. “I wish they would adopt (Wood’s policy) because it prevents this from happening to someone else,” she said. “There would be someone to ask ‘how is this happening?,’ ‘why is this happening?’ I didn’t have that.” Gosda said she is relieved to have the financial struggle behind her and is satisfied overall with the agreement Advocacy Inc. and the university reached. “I wish I was paid a little for all the time I spent writing letters, waiting and working with Advocacy Inc.,” Gosda said. “It took almost two years. I wish I was refunded a tiny bit for the time, energy and emotional stress it caused me.” She said she is thankful for the help Advocacy Inc. provided to her. “(Advocacy Inc.) was my voice,” she said. “No one wanted to listen to me because I am a student. There was a more forceful voice behind my claims and feelings.”


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Outstanding Women of Texas State By Lauren Davis The University Star Editors note: Women have come a long way throughout history and Women’s History Month celebrates their contributions. The University Star throughout March will feature women making an impact at Texas State.

Karen Wang/Star feature photo HONORABLE WOMAN: Diann McCabe, assistant director of the Mitte Honors Program, discusses the benefits of the program to a student in the Lampasas Building. McCabe is one of the outstanding women featured at Texas State for Women’s History Month.

At heart, Diann McCabe, assistant director of the Mitte Honors Program, said she wants to give back to others. With her husband, Terry McCabe, math assistant professor, Diann McCabe lived in Indonesia for several years doing volunteer work. Along with a staff, they helped develop new rice programs, preschool programs, health training, leadership training and other village improvements. “In Indonesia there was a wonderful person named Tajuddin who told me ‘If I’m not doing this, I would just be sleeping,’” Diann McCabe said. That philosophy is the mainstay of her work at Texas State. McCabe has been the assistant director of

Diann McCabe spends her free time helping underprivileged

Mitte Honors for 13 years, teaching a variety of courses and bringing renowned speakers. McCabe has helped bring speakers such as Morris Dees, lawyer, author, civil rights activist and chief trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center. “It was a big accomplishment to bring Morris Dees to Texas State in 2002,” McCabe said. Terry McCabe said his wife’s work in bringing Dees was recognized by university officials. “Her gift is she can work with people and get things done, especially special projects,” he said. “Our former vice president at Texas State told me that when Morris Dees came, it was the finest event he had ever been to.” Terry McCabe said his wife operates under the philosophy, “if you don’t care about who gets the credit, you can do anything.” In her work with Mitte Honors, Diann McCabe said it is a way to keep her involved and give back. “I love working with the Mitte Honors Program. I’ve

had amazing students,” McCabe said. Annette Walker, nutrition senior, said she is working with McCabe to raise awareness and fundraising for the Common Experience. Walker said McCabe has a passion for the students and projects she works with. “She is one person who really cares and she always gives 100 percent,” Walker said. “She is a great role model for many students.” A major aspect of her work at Mitte Honors has been the Common Experience. The program was founded by former Mitte Honors Director Christopher Frost as an effort to create dialogue across the university and San Marcos community on a common theme. McCabe said she has a personal connection to this year’s Common Experience theme, “Protest and Dissent.” She became involved in a town meeting program designed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs while living in Mississippi, 10 years after the Voting Rights Act was passed. The program provided citizens with support and help in discussing their

future, building proposals and overcoming obstacles, according to McCabe. “The experience was incredible, leading those meetings,” she said. “Many times, the meetings provided the first time that African Americans and whites sat down together to talk about the future of their communities.” She said the Common Experience is instrumental in promoting diversity. “Different programs that bring lots of different peo-

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ple together,” McCabe said. “That is what a university is all about, being exposed to ideas and images that you may have not been exposed to.” When she isn’t teaching or working on projects for Mitte Honors, McCabe said she spends her free time providing art opportunities for children in San Marcos and spreading awareness of children with dyslexia. “I love working with children. It keeps me fresh,” McCabe said.

Women in education Of women 25 to 29 who had attained a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2005, which exceeded that of men in this age range (12%)

26.1 million of women 25 or older with a bachelor’s degree or more education in 2005 , more then double the number 20 years earlier.

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The projected number of bachelor’s degrees that will be awarded to women in the 200607 school year. Women also are projected to earn 369,000 master’s degrees during this period. Women would, therefore, earn 58% of the bachelor’s and 61% of the master’s degrees awarded during this school year.

Biofeedback participants learn to ‘manage their emotional response to stress’ ✯ Biofeedback Schedule of Workshops By Ashley Wilrich The University Star

Midterms, paying for tuition and achieving the perfect GPA can cause college students one huge problem: stress. The Biofeedback for Stress Reduction is a program sponsored by the Counseling Center to help students understand and reduce stress. Students participating are required to attend an orientation to learn about the basics of the program. It uses the FreezeFramer Biofeedback equipment, an interactive software program that displays heart rhythms in real time and shows how stress

is affecting someone, according to the Web site of the program’s maker, Institute of HeartMath. “This program helps students manage their emotional response to stress,” said Gregory Snodgrass, director of the Counseling Center. Students are initially taught a technique to help regulate their heart rate while using the equipment. The program is an attempt to provide students with a healthier way to handle stress, teaching them to stay calm and think their way through stressful situations. Scott Janke, senior psychologist at the Counseling Center,

facilitates the orientations with other staff members. “Students are taught to feel more confident with dealing with stressful situations,” Janke said. “Most students expressed feeling negative emotions when dealing with stress.” The equipment, a finger censor, shows the pattern of a student’s heart rate. The key to the program is learning how to generate positive emotions, Janke said. “Each time students use the equipment, they progress in regulating their heart rate and feeling positive emotions,” he said. “Students’ success with the pro-

gram correlates with how long they’ve been doing it.” After the orientation, students can make an appointment and are allowed to go to the Counseling Center at anytime they would prefer to use the equipment. The program was started after students expressed that stress was one of their No. 1 problems, Janke said. He said the staff at the Counseling Center continued searching for ways to give students an easy and fun way to learn how to control their

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✯Star Comics DROPPING THE L-BOMB BEFORE YOU MEAN IT COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS REPERCUSSIONS A brand new relaally feel it. tionship brings with Now, he feels horit new excitement, rible. He doesn’t want adventures and emoto hurt this woman. tions. After all, he does care Hearts palpitate and about her; he just hasn’t palms sweat. It’s hard reached the “love stage” not to get caught up in yet. And who could ANNA TAUZIN the thrill, and tongues blame him? After just Star Columnist can often slip words three weeks, it’s absothat perhaps are not truly felt. lutely foolish to talk about love. One of my closest guy friends Understandably, this is a very recently fell victim to his own touchy circumstance. As with tongue. He just began a new most situations, it’s best to talk relationship with a woman. So to the other person as soon as far, things are going well. The possible. Honesty can be crushtwo of them talk constantly and ing, but in the end, it’s the best spend plenty of time together. option. They’re disgustingly adorable. Tell her you really care about After only three weeks of being her, and you’re sorry if you together, she dropped the Lgave her false hope, but you bomb. That is, she told him she don’t love her yet. Compliment was in love with him. Elated, he like crazy. Tell her how beautisaid it back. Only, he didn’t reful of a person she is and you

like where the relationship is headed. Apologize for leading her on. That is, after all, what you’ve done. If she insists on still saying she loves you, so be it. Keep your response simple. A hand squeeze, kiss or smile will suffice. In our culture, it’s so simple to say, “I love you, too.” Don’t give in to that natural response. Love is a very heavy subject and can mean take on different meanings. To some, it can mean getting married and having babies as soon as possible. To others, it could be they enjoy having sex with you and that thing you do with your tongue. Tread carefully around the Lword. Keep your mouth shut if you’re not ready for the repercussions.

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rading up day is like a chance to wear a scarlet letter. Sure, wearing that University of Texas T-shirt on campus isn’t kosher, but exchanging it for a mark of infidelity to Texas State is a bit silly. While the idea behind trading up day is nice, the T-shirts lack any real creativity and brand students as traitorous. Don’t mess with Texas State? Don’t worry. Why would someone go for a shirt portraying a message of exclusion and shame? It appears the standards that qualify a shirt as an official university product are pretty low. Simply because something has Texas State printed on it doesn’t make it pretty. Texas State has talent, that’s for sure. Take a walk through the Joann Cole Mitte Art Building any day and one can see creativity at its apex. Perhaps in an effort to promote Texas State, students could be asked to submit designs demonstrating Texas State pride and why others should feel the same. Besides, a T-shirt alone can’t change minds, only the institution and the people who promote it can really do that. And they have plenty to report. Last week, The University Star reported Texas State is becoming increasingly competitive. A recent study showed the school to be the third-most selective public university in Texas. Even retention rates are among the highest, placing our school in the top 10 percent of Texas universities. We have a rich history. We are the only university in this state to graduate a president. This week, George Strait, country music star and university alumnus, received the most Academy of Country Music Award nominations. Our university has increasingly supported faculty research with grant funding. Our athletics department is gaining more and more notoriety. We even had a student on Fox’s American Idol. That’s a sure sign of accomplishment. These are all things to be proud of, but you wouldn’t know it from the way the university acts. Instead, it desperately tries to convince students this campus isn’t as bad as they think. Slogans like Trading Up and the Rising Star of Texas marketing campaigns are evidence of this. We’re not saying the idea of swapping other university’s clothing for Bobcat apparel is a bad one. Showing our support for this university is good. Free T-shirts for college students isn’t a bad idea. And we can always use more Bobcat pride in our diet, and more free shirts. So why not just hand out a Texas State shirt, such as those available at the University Bookstore, that doesn’t say “Trading Up” on it. Just make sure it’s actually gold and maroon.

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Libby’s little fibby will always smell fishy I, Lewis “Scooter” on 24. More than a Libby Jr., the former dramatic reenactment, chief of staff to Vice the Libby trial has President Dick Cheney, been like a cartoon was convicted Tuesday show with the main on four of five counts of character portrayed as perjury. a fish named Red HerAnd, for some reason, ring. Libby’s little fibby something still smells a CLARA COBB has made him nothing little fishy. Asst. Trends Editor more than Cheney’s Libby first came to fall boy. public light by being the favorite Oh, how the mighty have source of Washington journalists fallen. Libby had no reaction who wanted to stay up to date on upon hearing the verdict, as he Saddam Hussein’s weapons of already knew the steps he was mass destruction. However, the taking to protect his former case against Libby — which be- boss. Libby and his trial have figan after the FBI investigation nally shown the public how the regarding the leaking of under- office of the vice president led cover CIA agent Valerie Plame’s the Bush administration straight identity — made him the center to war in Iraq. of attention on 24-hour news staThis is why we have a smoketions for weeks on end. screen, red-herring, blameNow, at the trial’s end, there pointing trial in the first place are “instant book” deals with — we need to divert attention real-life plot twists more intrigu- from the truth. The truth about ing than anything Jack Bauer Libby and the war in Iraq would could have ever saved us from cause the public to ask far too

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many questions. While no one has actually answered the question: “Why is this guy in trial?” The new question is whether or not the public is willing to buy into one last dog-and-pony show. The last question for Libby now that he is off the stand is whether or not he is willing to go to jail for Cheney. I suppose it is interesting to ponder how Libby can stand in the line of fire without even embarking on a Cheneysponsored hunting expedition. The role of the vice president? Cheney has a few little fibs of his own and any lie under oath is serious. The truth is what drives our judicial system. It is how our administrators make important decisions. When a high-level official lies in a national security investigation it is a bad, bad thing. If what you don’t know can’t hurt you, then not knowing the truth about Cheney or any of the

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other players should not matter now that we have prosecuted Libby, who in a cesspool of lies and obstructed justice may never have the right answers to get out. Maybe that’s OK — “L The Liar” is going to look great next to the “W The President” bumper stickers. So why was Libby on trial? Robert Novak was the first person to “out” Plame’s secret identity in his column. Novak never took the stand. However, post-trial he did expand on the question by naming his sources: Richard Armitage, Ari Fleischer and Karl Rove. After all, it was Armitage, the former State Department official, who first leaked Plame’s identity. It was Fleischer, the former White House press secretary, who told reporters about Plame. And it was Rove, the top White House aide, who discussed her with journalists.

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So what does Scooter Libby have to do with anything? Simply put, he’s the Bush administration’s red-headed, red-herring stepchild and the symbol of public doubt as a majority sentiment. While the guilty verdict only applies to Libby, the guilt extends to the Bush administration, the most secretive one in decades. Super-hunky, super-sleuth investigator Patrick Fitzgerald is going back to his day job. The questions, the investigation, the blame, the trial, it’s all over. All the public has left is the lingering smell of fish. The Bush administration’s attempt to mislead the American public is an ironic twist of fate and the most insightful on why we’re at war at all. Even now, we still do not know the truth. Clara Cobb is a public administration graduate student

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Children feel effects of obesity, parents punished By Alexander Comisar Daily Trojan (USC) LOS ANGELES — America is too fat. The health community has been conveying this message with increasing urgency for a number of years. More recently, health officials — and perhaps more importantly the media — have narrowed the spotlight to a more specific demographic: American kids. The issue of childhood obesity is grabbing huge attention in this country, and justifiably so. According to the American Heart Association, 15.2 percent of white-male children between ninth and 12th grade were overweight in 2005. The percentage was greater for blacks and Hispanics at 15.9 and 21.3, respectively. So whom do we blame? Adults can only blame their eating habits and their genes for their obesity. No moral questions there. Children, however, are their parents’ responsibility. If a kid gets fat, it is his parents’ fault. In America, for the most part, the conversation ends there. But our neighbors across the pond seem to be pushing the envelope a little bit further. England has a problem with childhood obesity as well. Published data from 2001 by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology reported that 8.5 percent of 6-year-olds and 15 percent of 15-year-olds were obese. Last week, British officials were deliberating whether to take action against the mother of Connor McCreaddie, an 8year-old boy weighing in at 218 pounds. The proposed plan was to consider the mother, Nicola McKeown, a perpetrator of child abuse. Although this concept might warrant some initial skepticism, it is clearly plausible. Granted, the mother claims she is not normally aware of Connor’s snack breaks, but letting a child eat whatever food in unlimited quantities is a fatal form of neglect. The issue is not whether the mother deserves to be punished. She clearly does. But at what expense? Punishing McKeown for child abuse would mean removing the boy from her custody. Typical children his age lament moving to new elementary schools and finding new friends. Connor would have to win the love of a new mom and new siblings. In addition, there is reason to say he would continue to eat poorly in his mother’s absence. This change would be especially painful considering that he does not think there is anything wrong with his mom. McKeown might be negligent, but Connor obviously does not see that since he acknowledges his fault in becoming obese. This situation brings certain emotional scarring, which could lead to psychological and medical conditions much worse than obesity. On the other hand, the potential for positive change is negligible. So what if he eats fewer Twinkies every day? His family is gone. Decisions about child abuse should be made for the benefit of the child, not to punish the abuser. In most cases, addressing one of these issues means solving the other as well. The government has a choice. It can either punish McKeown at the expense of her boy’s emotional stability or refrain from punishment and pursue other methods of addressing Connor’s weight problem. Of course, neglecting to punish McKeown might create unnecessary confusion about the motives of British child-abuse law. Protecting people is more important than protecting legislation. After all, legislation is designed to preserve quality of life. If it does not do that in a particular instance, we should be using something that does. The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a distribution of 8,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright March 7, 2007. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.


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crackingdown A bill to be filed in the Senate Wednesday would allow mandatory steroid testing of high school athletes. Sponsored by Sen. Kyle Janek, R-Houston, the program would select 30 percent of the approximate 1,300 public schools in the state. About three percent of the athletes at a school would then be randomly chosen and required to participate in the test before being allowed to play a given sport. The University Interscholastic League, the governing body for the state’s public school sports, would be required to outline the program’s rules. Middle and high school coaches would also be required to complete a training program detailing the dangers of steroid use.

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No. 3 Texas State enters Southland Conference Tournament By Gabe Mendoza The University Star

2007 Southland Conference Tournament Women’s Basketball

Texas State women’s basketball team will enter the Southland Conference Tournament as the No. 3 seed, and will square off against the sixth-seeded Islanders of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Wednesday in first-round Quarterfinals action at the Campbell Center in Houston. #2 Stephen F. Austin The Bobcats finished the regular season with an 11-5 record Wednesday in conference play and an 18-11 12 p.m. mark overall, having lost two of #7 Lamar their last three contests of the regular season. The Islanders enter Wednesday’s game with a #3 TEXAS STATE 9-7 conference record, also havWednesday ing dropped two of three games 2:30 p.m. down the stretch. #6 A&M-Corpus Christi The seeding for the tournament reflects the difference in the #1 Texas-Arlington level of play between the East and West divisions. Five of the top six Wednesday teams in the bracket came out of 6 p.m. the West, which means Coach Su#8 Northwestern St. zanne Fox and her squad should know their opponents well. Texas State and A&M-Corpus Christi #4 Southeastern La. faced off twice this year, with the Wednesday maroon and gold coming out on 8:30 p.m. top in both contests. But as tour#5 UTSA naments of the past have shown, it isn’t about one opponent or one game. Austin Byrd/Star file photo “You have to go out there and play somebody, and everybody is GOOD FOR TWO: Freshman Victoria Davis drives into the lane for two of her good,” Fox said. “In all actuality, 10 points during the Bobcats’ 81-60 loss to Texas-Arlington. The Bobcats players have been a huge we’re going to have to beat three take on the Islanders 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Houston. part of the team’s sucteams and we’re going to be playcess, and with Janesha ing three good ones.” would be a challenge, considering second-fewest points per game at Washington no longer an option, Texas State is led by All South- the Ladyjacks swept the season 60, and have the third-most steals it will be up to other guards to land Conference Second Team series against the Bobcats, in- in the Southland Conference. come off the bench to contribmember Joyce Ekworomadu, cluding a 73-70 road win Feb. 22 And nobody has defended better ute. Freshman Victoria Davis and scoring 13.3 points per game, at Strahan Coliseum. against the three-point shot. If sophomore Ashley Leffingwell and senior Erica Putnam, whose The finals will be held 2 p.m. Texas State can continue to wear will have an increased role on the seven double-doubles led the Saturday, and will be televised on opponents down on the defensive court, as will Ryann Bradford and team this season. Fox Sports Southwest. side of the ball, it will create fast Elyse Wright. How far the BobShould the Bobcats defeat the breaks and easy scoring opportu- cats advance in the post season Islanders for the third time this Five Keys for the ‘Cats nities at the other end. will ultimately depend on how efseason, they would move on to fective the bench plays. face the winner of Stephen F. Defense. The Bobcat defense The Bench. Coach Suzanne Austin vs. Lamar in the semifinals has been among the conference’s Fox’s system relies on the play Turnovers. The Bobcats have noon Friday. A rematch with SFA best all year. They give up the of her entire roster. The bench to control their possessions and

Mavericks yet to lose bad reputation

William Ward Star Columnist

The Dallas Mavericks are in the middle of the greatest regular season since 1996, when the Bulls finished 72-10. Dallas has won at least 12 games straight three times, something not even those Bulls did. The Mavs have whipped the league’s powers. They are in a class of their own. Yet sports punditry has skipped over all of this. The Suns are still the darlings of ESPN. Steve Nash is the leading candidate for MVP. The Spurs are the team to watch in Texas, and the Rockets are the pick to do damage in the playoffs. The reason is the Mavs have yet to break out of their mold. There’s an image when it comes

to the Mavs, and it isn’t pretty. It’s one that harkens back to the early ’80s, when Dallas sported some of the worst Maverick teams in NBA history. The most recent memory many have of Dallas is embarrassing: the 2006 Finals. An inferior Heat team overcame a 2-0 series deficit to win four straight games, the last in Dallas. People remember Dallas looking scared and lacking heart. They remember Dwayne Wade doing his best Jordan impression, with no resistance from Dallas. ESPN loves East coast teams. When it doesn’t have one to love, it looks to the West coast. The Celtics’ terrible run has at times gotten more attention than Dallas’ brilliance. The Lakers might be the worst team from the West with a winning record, but every home game seems to be of national importance. For some reason the Suns have managed to escape from the East-West fixation. It blows my mind that Nash is the reigning MVP. The Suns play exciting

March 7, 9, 10 Campbell Center • Houston, Texas Semifinal

Championship

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Southland Conference Tournament Champion NCAA Tournament

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not give up too many unforced errors. Particularly in the later rounds against the top teams, the Bobcats have to be careful. They averaged just over 18 turnovers a game, but in their two losses against Stephen F. Austin, they turned the ball over 22 and 27 times. That could be important should the two teams meet in the second round. Composure. The Bobcats have been known to get sloppy and force bad shots when things aren’t going their way this season. It will be important to maintain their

composure and make good decisions on the floor, staying in their offensive rhythm. This is where the seniors and squad leaders can step up and guide the team. Neutral site. While Texas State was successful on its home court going 10-3, the team struggled at times away from Strahan Coliseum, finishing with an 8-8 mark. The Bobcats did, however, win their last three road games. The neutral site for this year’s tournament could impact how they fare in the tournament, for better or worse.

Softball works to calm St. John’s Red Storm

ball – lots of running, scoring and three-pointers – but not much defense. This is the socalled future of basketball. The Mavericks already tried that and it didn’t work. Why do you think owner Mark Cuban dumped coach Don Nelson? It wasn’t because Nelly couldn’t win regular season games. It was because the attitude to score 140 points doesn’t fly come playoff time. The whole reason Avery Johnson was hired was to move from that style. The truest cliché in sports says defense wins championships. In the defensive-minded Johnson’s first year in control, Dallas reached the finals. Not a coincidence. The Suns are the old Mavericks. Don’t be fooled. The Spurs are still the same boring Spurs, and the Rockets can’t stay healthy. Yao Ming has been hurt and looks terribly conditioned when healthy. Dallas hasn’t done enough to deserve respect – yet. After the Austin Byrd/Star file photo Mavs destroy teams in the playoffs, we’ll know it wasn’t a fluke. COVERING THE HOLES: Leah Boatright (left) fields a ground ball hit by Southeastern Louisiana’s Amber Gentry as Ryan Kos runs to cover first base during the Bobcats’ 5-4 loss Sunday to the Lions. Texas State takes on St. John’s 5 p.m. Wednesday.

By Carl Harper The University Star Bobcat softball will catch a short break from conference play when it hosts St. John’s Wednesday at Bobcat Field for a doubleheader. Game one is slated for 5 p.m., with the second to start 7 p.m. St. John’s, located in New York, will end a six-day road trip in Texas with its visit to Bobcat Field. The team hasn’t had any luck yet, getting swept at the University of Texas Tournament to Drake University, Texas and Sam Houston State. The Bobcats are coming off a weekend series against Southeastern Louisiana, picking up just one win in three tries against the Lions. Coach Ricci Woodard, now in her seventh year with the Bobcats, has never faced the Red Storm. “We have to play better than what we did over the weekend,” Woodard said. “We’ve got to get back on track with offense and defense.” Despite the two losses, Texas State, 10-11, still outscored Southeastern Louisiana 16-7

for the series, including freshman Lacey Duncan’s first career homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday. Duncan was hitting in the clean-up spot and could see more at-bats against St. John’s. “She hits the ball down the line as well as anybody on the team and that’s why she is seeing playing time,” Woodard said. “She has done great coming through for us.” Duncan is batting .333 with four RBIs in nine appearances. Senior Amy Krueger also holds a .333 batting average in 16 starts, and was standing on second when Duncan connected for the long ball. “Amy has been doing this for four years and she has got to do better for us,” Woodard said. Starting third baseman Ali McCormack has attacked the batters box with a .320 average and seven RBIs, while center fielder Jetta Weinheimer is hitting .286 with a team-leading nine RBIs. Freshman first baseman Leah Boatright, who has not missed a game, has struggled at the plate with a .211 batting average, but

leads all starters with a .983 fielding percentage. “Leah is going to be a great ball player for us,” Woodard said. “She swings the bat well and has been great for us in the defense spot.” Sarah Lancour leads the pitching staff with a 2.73 ERA but holds a 2-6 record; fellow starting pitcher Ragan Blake is 8-5 with a 2.96 ERA. The Red Storm, 2-13, will look to salvage its Texas road trip on the strength of freshman Brandy Reyes and junior second baseman Bionka King. Reyes, from Valley View High School in California, has started every game for the Red Storm this season and leads the club with a .333 batting average. King is second on the squad at .292, while senior Loren Anguiano paces St. John’s with two homeruns and seven RBIs. Pitching has not been strong for St. John’s as the club sports a team ERA of 6.36. Pitchers Kimberly Lerch and Lisa Geer have allowed opponents to bat .338 and .278, respectively, against the team to start the season.

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