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MARCH 9, 2004



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ASG elections drawing near Fee increases, positions up for vote in late March By Amelia Jackson News Reporter Students will have the opportunity to vote on several referendums during the upcoming Associated Student Government elections. The elections, slated for March 30-31, will give students the opportunity to vote on

Andrew Nenque/Star photo Melissa Stockman, elementary education graduate student and survivor of a drunken driving incident in March 2001, stands by and watches as the University Police Department, in conjunction with city emergency teams and Mothers Against Drunk Driving, conducted a mock DWI crash in The Quad Monday.

Mock car wreck scene displays effects of drunken driving


By Jennifer Warner Senior Reporter tudents planning their Spring Break vacations were given a reminder Monday in The Quad to not get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol. Two mangled vehicles were placed between Evans Liberal Arts Building and Flowers Hall to show students what a drunken driving accident could look like. The event, titled “Know Your Dreams, Know Your Limits, Know the Consequences,” was sponsored by the University Police Department along with the Student Affairs Civic Responsibility Team and the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. It provided information about drugs and alcohol

and included a mock crash scene. The mock scene was at 11 a.m. in front of a crowd gathered in The Quad. Videos of the stories of those who have been injured or killed by people who have chosen to drive while intoxicated were shown later. “I think we have a responsibility to the students, to inform them and make them aware of the dangers of drinking and driving,” said John Garza, UPD patrolman and event coordinator. “(We have a responsibility) to show that there are consequences to the decisions they make.” The scene, which featured students from the Drama Club, included real emergency service personnel performing tests and g See DWI, page 5

amendments to the ASG constitution and student fee increases for the Tram and an environmental service fee increase along with candidates for the Senate, including the vice president and president positions. The amendments to the constitution focus on requirements for presidential and vice presidential candidates and on representatives from each of the university’s colleges. Senators were divided on the wording of the referendum,

Panel attempts to answer questions about The Passion

By Kassia Micek Assistant News Editor

A panel discussion on the movie The Passion of the Christ will take place at 5:30 p.m. today in the Centennial Hall Teaching Theater. A panel made up of religious scholars and psychology and media professors will discuss the film and its consistency with biblical scholarship. According to a press release for the event, it hopes to answer questions such as the following: Does the film accurately portray what we know of the life and character of Jesus? Does the film

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communicate anti-Semitic sentiment? Does it subject its audience to such savage and unrelenting violence as to anesthetize us to any possible impact? Does it make a positive contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the central figure of the Christian faith? “(Mel) Gibson’s film has become a lighting rod for renewed interest in the suffering and death of Jesus, making a perennial theme in Western culture a very current one,” said Jeffery Gordon, panel moderator and philosophy professor. g See PANEL, page 5

Presidential candidate Kucinich brings campaign to San Antonio By Daniel Mottola News Reporter

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, rallied more than 150 supporters in San Antonio’s Milam Park Friday as he continued to campaign in order to influence the discourse of the presidential debate. Kucinich spoke on issues including his plans to end the war in Iraq, abolishing NAFTA and pulling out of the World Trade Organization, providing

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free kindergarten through college education and universal healthcare for all Americans. San Marcos resident Kay Taylor described Kucinich’s address as energetic and motivational. “People are grateful to hear about Kucinich more so than before,” Taylor said. “They sigh as if relieved to hear that there are still signs of life on planet (Democrat) after all.” Despite being numerically lockedout of the nomination, Kucinich

vowed to remain in the race through the July Democratic National Convention, campaigning on his key platform issues and gaining delegates in order to shape the Democraticparty platform as a whole. “We’re committed to continuing the fight because we have lost our democracy, we don’t have the freedoms we had two, four years ago,” said Fidel Acevedo, Kucinich’s Texas field coordinator. Acevedo said with someone like

Kucinich in office, who has the interests of hard-working Americans in mind, democracy would be won back from special corporate interests. “Kucinich’s progressive-issue platform is the future for young people,” Acevedo said. “If we can get his platform passed at the national level, we will have the opportunity to steer this party in the right direction on several basic levels.” Acevedo emphasized two directions in particular: education and

health care. He said Kucinich’s free pre-kindergarten through college education plan would foster a more educated society and not leave the masses behind like the current plan. “Universal health care is something that we are already paying for but not receiving,” Acevedo said. He said there is no reason why Americans should have to suffer the high payments of a for-profit health

SIFE aims to teach elementary students how to be savvy in Internet, business By Jennifer Warner Senior Reporter

Members of the Students in Free Enterprise class have teamed up with the College of Education in an attempt to help make elementary students Internet and business savvy. The team, which is designed to teach younger students the concepts of free enterprise, has developed a Web site called “The Study Spider” and a project called “Vocabulary Bingo” for use with students at Tobias Elementary in Kyle. SIFE members Brandi Askew, marketing senior; Jenny Mednick, marketing senior; and Claudia Perales, marketing senior, worked with student teachers in the College of Education to help them incorporate technology into the curriculum. “The connections with the

Internet helps the elementary students to better understand various aspects of the vocabulary,” said Barbara Davis, College of Education associate professor. “It’s just basically learning how to use the Internet as a resource in their learning. It’s a supplement to what happens with the teachers in the classroom.” The program is also designed to help students study vocabulary related to business and free enterprise. “When I came to school, I didn’t have much knowledge of a business background,” Askew said. “If you get the kids involved at a younger age, they’re more aware of it.” SIFE members have been instructing Davis and student teachers on how to use the Web site and to teach the elementary students about technology. In turn, the children learn

about technology and how to use a computer to search for things they would like to know. Askew is the SIFE vice president and serves as its liaison for the College of Education. In order to participate in SIFE, students enroll in a class taught by marketing lecturer Vikki West. They attend competitions across the country, including one in Phoenix, Ariz,. where they won third place. “It develops the students’ skills in communication, teamwork and leadership,” West said of the program. West said the SIFE team has nominated Davis to the national Best Business Adviser board for her work on the project. The SIFE organization is at more than 1,300 universities across the world. In 2000, the Texas State SIFE team was the

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SIFE photo Student teachers learn to use computer technology to help teach elementary students how to use the Internet and the concepts of free enterprise. international champion in a worldwide competition. They have placed in the top 20 national teams every year since 1996. In 1996-1997 the Texas State team won the International Competition. Askew said she believes projects like this to be very important to the community

because it is important for students to learn about free enterprise at a young age. “It’s just a fun way of learning,” Askew said. “We basically try to reach as many students as possible because the aspects of business are used in everyday life.”


March is Diversity Month at Texas State

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Events for Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Safer Spring Break Men Against Violence, The Network, Students With Alternative Transportation, Alcohol and Drug Resource Center, University Police Department and Hays County Mothers Against Drunk Driving will be on hand in The

Quad to educate students about the perils of driving drunk. 12:30 p.m. “The Margins of Womanhood: Michigan & Vancouver” Michael Hand, Texas A&M philosophy professor Psychology Building, Room 132.

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Student Volunteer Connection meets at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-5.1. Higher Ground meets at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church.

Calendar of

EVENTS Tuesday

Ceramic Art Student Association ceramic sale is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in The Quad. Catholic Student Center provides a free lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the center. Christians at Texas State meets at noon in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-10.1. Leonard Folgarait’s public lecture is at 12:30 p.m. on the 11th floor of the J.C. Kellam Administration Building. Breaking Free From Dieting support group meets at 3 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. For more information call 245-2208. Texas State Counseling Center hosts a seminar on anger and depression from 3:15-4:45 p.m. at the center. Gamma Theta Epsilon meets at 5 p.m. in the Evans Liberal Arts Building, Room 311.


Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization meets at 5 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-5.1. Ceramic Art Student Association ceramic sale is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in The Quad. Christians at Texas State meets at noon in the LBJSC, Room 3-10.1. Sexual Assault & Abuse Services meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center.

Bobcat Supper is at 5:30 p.m. at the Christian Community Center. Science Fiction/Fantasy Society meets at 8 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-11.1. Crosstalk meets at 8 p.m. in the Alkek Teaching Theater. Bible Study meets at 8 p.m. at the Catholic Student Center.


Relationship Concerns meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. Public Relations Student Society of America meets at 5 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-10.1. American Sign Language Club meets at 7 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-10.1. Victory Over Violence meets at 7 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-3.1. Texas State Cru meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Academic Services Building-South, Room 315. The Rock meets at 7:30 p.m. at the CSC chapel. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship meets at 8 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Christians on Campus meets at 9:30 p.m. at the McCarty Center.


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Lovell Lecture highlights aspects in geospatial intelligence

Mark Schultz of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will deliver the Sixth Annual Lovell Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Texas State. Schultz will speak on “The Power of Geospatial Intelligence” in the Centennial Hall Teaching Theater. The Lovell Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by the James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research in the geography department. Geospatial intelligence is the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth. The goal of the agency is to provide information about any object, natural or manmade, that can be observed or referenced to the Earth and has national security implications. The Lovell Distinguished Lecture is an annual event that strives to deliver resourceful and fascinating programs that are open to students, faculty, staff and the general public. The goal is to incorporate different disciplinary perspectives as well as to enhance interest and knowledge of the geographical world. The James and Marilyn Lovell Center provides a focus for geographers with interests in environmental geography and natural and technological hazards. The center provides a locus of scholarship and activity emphasizing the importance of understanding the Earth environment, the analysis and reduction of natural and technological hazards and achieving sound policy formulation on these issues. For additional information on the Lovell Distinguished Lecture or the Lovell Center, contact Center Director Rich Dixon at (512) 245-7436 or


Transportation Master Plan slated for Thursday at City Hall

The Transportation Advisory Board and the San Marcos Department of Environment and Engineering will hold a public meeting on the draft Transportation Master Plan from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend. Wilbur Smith & Associates, a transportation, engineering and urban planning consulting firm, will present the highlights of the draft master plan and outline the recommended projects. An open house to view displays and exhibits will take place from 6 to 7 p.m., and a presentation of the draft Transportation Master Plan, including recommended roadway, bike and pedestrian improvements, will begin at 7 p.m. Immediately following the presentation, the Transportation Advisory Board will receive comments from the public. “This plan represents the culmination of a year-long process, including hundreds of comments from over 20 public meetings and hundreds of hours of computer modeling, to design a balanced transportation system that improves mobility and protects the character and feel of San Marcos for the next 20 years,” said Sabas Avila, assistant director of the Department of Environment and Engineering. Citizens will have an opportunity to voice their opinions, suggestions and thoughts at this televised meeting. The program will air live on Time Warner cable channel 10 and Grande Communications channel 16. For more information on the Transportation Master Plan, please call the Department of Environment and Engineering at 512-393-8130.


San Marcos Police Department

March 7, 11:53 a.m. Criminal mischief/N. LBJ Drive and Craddock Avenue — Unknown person(s) broke off driver mirror on victim’s vehicle.

March 6, 11:06 p.m. Theft/Gravel Street — Victim reported theft over $500 less than $1500 in the 800 block of Gravel Street. March 6, 3:11 p.m. Criminal mischief/Leah Avenue— Subject woke up to find that her front door had been kicked in. Nothing missing. March 5 11:43 p.m. Burglary motor vehicle/East Hopkins Street — Vehicle burglarized, passenger side window shattered. March 5, 9:38 p.m. Burglary motor vehicle/Highway 123 — A vehicle was burglarized at the high school. Entry made by shattered window.

Press releases courtesy of Media Relations and the City of San Marcos

University Police Department

March 7, 1:53 p.m. Theft under $500/Falls Hall Parking Lot — A non-student was found in possession of several items that had been reported stolen. The non-student was arrested and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. March 7, 1:19 a.m. Suspicious circumstances/Frio Building — A guard reported finding a noise maker that looked like a machine gun. This case is under investigation. March 6, 5:20 a.m. Criminal mischief substantial inconvenience/Falls Hall — An officer responded to a call of a dead animal in the restroom. This case is under investigation. March 3, 12:03 p.m. Criminal mischief under $1500/Blanco Garage — A student reported his vehicle had been damaged by an unknown person. This case is under investigation.

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Eisner sends upbeat e-mail to Disney employees

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Performance explores sex on college campuses The Student Association for Campus Activities advertises in The Quad for a live interactive performance, "Sex Signals," premiering Wednesday.

SACA brings intimate issue to Texas State for discussion By Erin McGowan News Reporter A live, free and interactive performance called “Sex Signals” will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater. The Student Association for Campus Activities and the office of Campus Activities and Student Organizations have teamed up to bring this show to students. “Sex Signals” is a humorous and honest look at sex. The show will also touch on the topic of date rape on college campuses. Robin Erben, SACA public relations vice president, said they were very excited about being able to contact Catharsis Productions, the production company for “Sex Signals,”

and convince them to perform at Texas State. “We saw the show at a National Association for Campus Activities event and knew that it would do well at Texas State,” Erben said. Val Rodriguez, SACA fine arts coordinator, organized this event. She will be putting a bed in The Quad to grab the attention of students to advertise the

“Sex Signals.” He and Gail Stern, the other co-founder of the company, committed Catharsis Productions to creating educational programs that address social issues through use of theatrical and artistic media. “We ultimately hope ‘Sex Signals’ creates an open environment where people can talk about sexual issues and com-

“We ultimately hope ‘Sex Signals’ creates an open environment where people can talk about sexual issues and communicate freely with us and with each other.” — Christian Murphy Catharsis Productions co-founder and artistic director performance. Rodriguez said two performers, one male and one female, put on “Sex Signals,” on campuses nationwide. Christian Murphy, Catharsis Productions co-founder and artistic director, will be performing in this production of

municate freely with us and with each other,” Murphy said. The performers prefer a small audience of no more than 400 students, Rodriguez said. She encourages audience members to arrive at the performance about 30 minutes early. “Because (Sex Signals) is so

interactive with the audience, they require only 400 people to be at the show,” Rodriguez said. “They don’t want any more than that because they feel that they will lose the integrity of the show. They want to have a dialogue with the audience, and they feel if it gets too big. If it gets too rowdy, people don’t focus on the issues.” The performers do a semiimprovised, humorous skit about sex and talk to the audience about experiences they have had or heard about. This leads into a more serious discussion about sex and sexrelated topics with the audience. After the performance they encourage stories and questions from the audience. Michelle Plante, SACA membership coordinator, will be at the show to talk to students about being a member of SACA. She said she feels being a member of SACA, which organizes campus events for the students, is a great thing to put on your résumé and a great way to give back to the school.


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Presidential legal reimbursements cause controversy

WASHINGTON — A littleknown Washington court that oversees the investigations of presidents has approved more than a million dollars in legalfee reimbursements for Republican administration officials caught up in the probes similar while rejecting requests from Clinton-era officials. The three-judge panel has in recent months rejected the bulk of five requests for reimbursements totaling $5.5 million from former President Bill Clinton and associates involved in the Whitewater independent counsel investigation. It has granted small parts of three requests worth $114,000, or about 2 percent of the total.

Acclaimed actor Spalding Gray found dead

Spalding Gray, 62, the celebrated performance artist whose one-man shows, such as “Swimming to Cambodia,” displayed wryly disconnected blends of irony, delight and fear, was pulled from the Brooklyn side of the East River on Sunday. Gray was reported missing by his family Jan. 11 after he walked out of his New York apartment without credit cards or any form of identification. A spokeswoman for the New York medical examiner said that Gray was identified through dental records and that the cause of death was still under investigation. Gray, whose mother killed herself, said he spent a lifetime contemplating death and his own suicide. A deeply literate man, he used words as a “healing” device for his own troubled upbringing and to make sense of his obsessions and curiosities during his career as an actor and writer. Known to a mass audience for character parts in movies including The Killing Fields (1984), The Paper (1994) and Kate & Leopold (2001), Gray was best known for a series of memorable staged monologues that drew from his restless imagination, maverick personality and political awareness. Briefs are from wire reports.

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LOS ANGELES — Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Michael Eisner, faced with sagging morale within the ranks, sent an e-mail Monday to 70,000 employees, saying current management is positioned to lead the company into an era of prosperity. Eisner, who last week was stripped of his chairmanship title because of shareholder discontent, wrote: “While a lot is being said about our company in the media, remember this one simple fact: Magic and imagination exist. They live and breathe and have a name, and that name is The Walt Disney Company.” Eisner had appeared on television and in newspaper interviews in response to the unprecedented 43 percent noconfidence vote for his re-election to the board. But until Monday, Disney employees had not heard from the man who has headed the company for nearly two decades. Senior executives had said in interviews with the Los Angeles Times that employees throughout the Burbank-based company were rattled and distracted by the controversy that culminated with Disney’s annual meeting Wednesday in Philadelphia.

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KUCINICH: Report says campaign lacked coverage


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care system, considering many poorer families are being forced to relinquish their hard earned assets to provide long-term health care to sick family members. Catlin Minnich, a Texas State public administration junior and Kucinich supporter, said Kucinich’s ideas make sense, especially for working-class people. She stressed the importance of students going to the poles and casting their ballot. “There is no other way to represent our young voice than for students to vote,” Minnich said. “Educate yourself about the candidates and go vote.” She added that she especially favors Kucinich’s plan to end the war and bring U.S. troops home by handing over all administrative and security responsibilities to the United Nations. “It is clear that the Iraqi war has caused more problems than it has solved,” Minnich said. The same national media that spoke volumes about the necessity for United States action in Iraq prior to the war is now being accused by Kucinich supporters of grossly under-covering his candidacy, often casting him as a long-shot or fringe candidate. A report compiled by Bill Crosier, Kucinich’s Houston area coordinator, cites several examples of lacking campaign coverage. A Yahoo news story following Kucinich’s second place finish in Hawaii, where he won 30 percent of the votes, more than twice that of Edwards, read that Kerry had won and Edwards had come in third, failing to mention Kucinich until the end of the article. An Associated Press article also following Kucinich’s success in Hawaii showed a bar graph with columns for Kerry, Edwards, Dean and 30 percent and under, neglecting to even state Kucinich’s name.

Crosier also noted a National Public Radio broadcast reporting that Kucinich was no longer campaigning. Media for Democracy 2004, a non-partisan citizens’ initiative to monitor mainstream election coverage and advocate more democratic and issues-oriented standards of reporting, said that Kucinich was almost entirely excluded from nightly news coverage, capturing less than 0.94 percent of news coverage in the first month of 2004. As of Feb. 27, Kucinich had tied with the Rev. Al Sharpton receiving only 0.27 percent of cumulative coverage. David Swanson, Kucinich’s press secretary, said in a November Knight Ridder article “the media has a passion for covering elections like a horse race, saying who is ahead in the polls by an inch, rather than covering the issues, the candidates’ platforms and what they will mean for America if elected.” He said the media has donned the title of gatekeeper in deciding for their readers which candidates are electable. “NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN have picked a candidate for us. The beauty contest ends with the primary, the real fight is at the party convention,” Acevedo said. He said Kerry only has 1,557 of the 2162 delegates he needs to win the primary. “From here on it’s party politics, a totally different animal from what we’ve seen so far,” Acevedo said. “The most important thing Kucinich supporters can do to help shape the party platform is to attend the Democratic-party precinct conventions March 9 at 7 p.m. at their polling places,” Taylor said. “If you can do nothing else, attend the convention long enough to sign in for Kucinich, which is the first order of business.”

Tuesday, March 9, 2004

Andrew Nenque/Star photo Robert Sandefur, business junior, hits a soccer ball over a tennis net to his brother Jeffery Sandefur, undecided freshman, in a game of soccer tennis. They play to help improve their reaction time in controlling the ball for intramural soccer.

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT Editor-in-Chief The University Star

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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

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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.

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

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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 Message to Souki: While you’re home on spring break reserve a seat in one of our summer sessions or our three-week May mini-mester. Check out our summer classes

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.

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

DWI: UPD educates students Tuesday, March 9, 2004

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rescues, which would actually take place at an accident scene. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extract a person from one vehicle while field sobriety tests were performed on another. The most disturbing part for many people, Garza said, was when a person was removed from the vehicle, placed on a stretcher and a white sheet was draped across their body, simulating a fatality. “We got some people that were shocked,” Garza said of the scene. “A lot of people don’t really think about it so it’s kind of an in-your-face thing. I think that it kind of actually gives you a sense of what could occur or a reminder of what has occurred.” The crash scene will be on display until 2 p.m. today. Information will be available about drug and alcohol awareness. The idea for the event was developed last year as a way to teach college students of the

consequences of drinking and driving. It was based on a similar program used at the highschool level called Shattered Dreams. The program took place

“If we can get our message to one person, then we’ve done our job. If you’re going to drink, have a plan.”

— John Garza UPD patrolman and event coodinator again this year because of the good response the UPD had from last year’s event. Garza said the event was very successful and they hope that it will continue to be in the future. It was co-sponsored by the Civic Responsibility team in


Student Affairs and the UPD. Paul Chapa, UPD captain, is involved in the team and helped convince them to donate funds for the program. “Civic responsibility is pretty much creating initiatives to bring awareness to the community in reference to civic responsibility,” Chapa said. “It was so important because Spring Break is a time of the year where college students are out celebrating their break, obviously, and unfortunately in many instances, there’s alcohol. Accidents happen, whether they’re miniscule or large in scale.” Garza said he feels the program is very important to the community and that students can do their part simply by being safe. Bluebonnet Motors in New Braunfels donated the vehicles for the program. “If we can get our message to one person, then we’ve done our job,” Garza said. “If you’re going to drink, have a plan.”

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Gordon said the purpose of the discussion is to raise the level of awareness, thoughtfulness and dialogue about vital issues of our time. “This is the kind of movie it’s natural to want to talk about,” he said. This discussion is not a debate, so the panel will not come in with hardened stances, although some may have strong stands, Gordon said. He said he does not know what opinions the panel will express. Rebecca Raphael, philosophy assistant professor, said she is not representing any group or view. “Probably, I will try to explain the differences between the film and the biblical texts and also the issues that biblical scholars have raised about the film,” she said. However, Gordon said he did want certain fields of expertise represented within the panel and said students should attend because they can hear well-educated, intelligent and thoughtful people bring their diverse perspectives to the film and the questions it raises. The panel will consist of Rebecca Bell-

Metereau, English professor; Maxine Cohen, Holocaust Memorial of San Antonio director; Chris Frost, psychology professor; George Montague, catholic priest and professor at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio; Raphael, philosophy assistant professor of religion; and Randall Price, Grace Bible Church co-pastor. The idea for the panel discussion was brought to Gordon’s attention by Raphael days before the film opened. “I suggested the idea to Professor Gordon because students and others were asking me about the film before I could see it,” Raphael said. “It seemed there would be interest in such a discussion.” Gordon agreed with Raphael. “I thought it was a terrific idea and saw the movie on opening day,” Gordon said. Gordon said he has wanted to do an interdisciplinary symposium on the findings of the Jesus Seminar for more than a year and immediately put together a panel. “I hope people will come whether they’ve seen the movie or not,” Gordon said.

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with some expressing a desire to require presidential candidates serve in the Senate or as a cabinet member for one semester before running for the position. The Senate passed the referendum with the requirement that presidential candidates serve for two semesters. This is the same requirement currently in place for vice presidents. “Students should look at (the referendum) themselves and be aware of its meaning,” said Tamara Dyess, marketing junior. “If you are for or against it, please vote in the ASG elections.” Jerry Parker, political science and history senior and ASG presidential candidate, s a i d there are m a n y things a potential president needs to do to prove themselves to the student body. “I think (you) have to prove to the students that you are capable of representing 27,000 students while being knowledgeable on many issues,” he said. Vice President Justin McGarry said he feels it is important for candidates to have experience to increase their productivity. “A majority of the Senate and executive officers support this (legislation),” McGarry said. “We’re not trying to limit anyone but we want to make sure future administrations have experienced leaders.”

Last years’ elections had a voter turnout of 1,700, said Ernie Dominguez, ASG president. He encouraged Senators to “Rock the Vote” and spread the word about the upcoming elections. A debate for presidential and vice presidential candidates will take place at 7 p.m. March 24 in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. Dominguez updated the Senate on the status of negotiations for developing the official Texas State class ring. The plans will be finalized and announced in Fall 2004. Students graduating in spring or summer can purchase a ring from Balfour to be replaced once the official ring is chosen. Students will have 12 months to replace their old ring with the official one. The Senate — Jerry Parker heard from ASG presidential candidate D a i n o n Deviney, cowould fund a variety of envi- founder of Bobcat Build and ronmental programs including counseling and guidance bike trails, increased recy- graduate student. He said Bobcat Build cling and planting and maintedeveloped as a way for stunance of the campus. “This $1 per student fee is dents to say “thank you” and not very much,” said Mikaila give back to the San Marcos Bell, geography senior. “If we community. Deviney stressed the all pitch in $1 we can significantly improve the quality of importance of the event, our campus. We pay a lot of which began Spring 2003. The Second Annual Bobcat fees for things we never see or use and this fee is different Build will be held March 27. because every student will see The deadline for registration the impact and every student is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Registration forms can be will benefit.” According to provisions obtained from the Campus of Student passed by the Legislature, the Association fee increase must pass by a Organizations office or from majority of voting students, Participants can register as with at least 1,000 students a group or individually. voting in the election. The proposed Tram fee increase will boost the amount students pay from $42 to $52 per long semester and $21 to $26 per short semester. The increase would help to implement more bus routes and serve as a temporary solution until 2008 when the contract will be up for negotiation. Students have already approved the fee increase for the environmental service fee three times. Because the referendum also had to go to the Texas State Legislature for approval, students must once again vote on the issue. The increase would be $1 per semester and the fees

“I think (you) have to prove to the students that you are capable of representing 27,000 students while being knowledgeable on many issues.”

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Panelists will be Dr. Rebecca Bell-Metereau (English Department, Texas State), Maxine Cohen (Director of the Holocaust Museum of San Antonio), Dr. Chris Frost (Psychology, Texas State), Father George Montague (St. Mary’s University), Dr. Randall Price (Pastor, Grace Bible Church) and Dr. Rebecca Raphael (Religious Studies, Texas State). Moderator will be Dr. Jeffrey Gordon (Philosophy, Texas State.).


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edical malpractice is a touchy issue. Doctors pay high insurance rates to protect themselves against litigators and many doctors work hard to stay away from lawsuits by honing their skills. However, when a doctor does make a mistake and causes damage to a patient, a lawsuit will inevitably follow., which is run by an obscure Texas company, has been listing medical malpractice litigants — regardless of the validi-

ty and importance of their claims — to inform doctors of who has sued for medical malpractice. The names of the litigants are on public record, so the site has every right to post the information. However, such gross disregard and lack of distinguishing among cases punishes litigants who have filed for perfectly valid malpractice issues. The site says, “You may use the service to assess the risk of offering your services to clients or potential clients.”

For paying subscribers to the site, information is offered and has caused several care seekers to be rejected from some doctors. According to a New York Times article published March 5, Greg Dawson of Fort Worth has had trouble getting a doctor for his son since he filed for medical malpractice when his wife died from a botched brain tumor operation. The idea that one-time malpractice litigants should be blacklisted from treatment is ludicrous.

The state of Texas should begin a Web site in response to this Web site that will include the same basic information; however, the state-sanctioned site should distinguish between repeat litigators and one-time litigators to provide balanced, objective information. The bottom line is litigants should not be blanketed; some will abuse the legal system. But, when a doctor amputates the wrong leg, you should not be blacklisted for suing for justified medical malpractice.

Thhe Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State UniversitySan Marcos Student Media, the department of mass communication or Texas State University-San Marcos. Letters policy: E-mail letters to Letters must be no longer than 350 words. No anonymous letters will be printed. We reserve the right to edit for grammar, spelling, space and libel. We reserve the right to refuse obscene, irrelevant and malicious letters. All e-mails must include the name and phone number of the letter writer. Students should also include their classifications and majors.


Bobcat softball deserves much respect, support This letter is in response to Jason Orts’ article “Softball gets the shaft in national rankings” (March 4). I am ashamed to say I was unaware of how magnificent a record our softball team has maintained. I knew we had a great team, but I really had no clue just how great. I was appalled to find out that despite our phenomenal record this season (not to mention the past three years) our team hasn’t received the respect or position it has earned. More amazing is the fact that this horrible disappointment hasn’t dampened the players’ spirits or made them give up. I want to offer a request, a challenge perhaps, to the pollsters and to our students: Let us show the pollsters and the ranking teams just how high our softball team ranks in our eyes. It is easily the best team in Texas and working up the ranks to be one of the best in the nation. I will personally be attending any and all games I can and urge all students to do the same. Our girls deserve to be ranked in the top, if not by the national pollsters then by their own peers. See you at the games! — Can dice Brown bus ines s s en ior


to spend that bonus when you’re dead. Here are some general ideas that might have eluded you whilst you marveled at the glistening Army carnival. Did you stop to wonder If you came to school two why they were targeting a state uniFridays ago, you were subject to the versity campus as opposed to, say, same visual assault that I was. This the outlet mall? Or why they offer eyesore came in the form of a monso much money? They understand strous black Army caravan, replete that most college students are in an with strolling recruiters impoverished period and civilian gofers. I of their lives, and they Jeff Miller felt sorry for those indiseek to capitalize on viduals who were lured that. This is known in Star Columnist in by the gravitation and military jargon as psydisplay of military commercial chological operations. Simply put, appeal. this means finding your target For their sake, I will momentarigroup’s weakness and exploiting it ly play devil’s advocate. Yes, the to your advantage. Army will take care of you, provide Then there is the slogan, “An a steady paycheck, offer opportuniArmy of One.” What the hell is the ties for advancement and instruct meaning of “An Army of One”? It you in the ways of self-discipline was “Be All You Can Be” when I and respect. On top of that, you joined. Now the Army is pushing receive free medical and dental the independence ticket and downinsurance, paid rent, paid tuition playing the importance of team play and you can eat three meals a day at and unity among the soldiers. This the chow hall. Plus, it is willing to is in total accordance with the provide money for college or repay American corporate piracy trend of your student loans, or even give you bettering the individual, as opposed signing bonuses of thousands of to any contribution to a community. dollars. The focus is on how you can get I can hear it now: “Holy smokes, ahead as an individual. Screw the what am I waiting for? That sounds team. As in any corporation, low, like a great deal!” Hold your patriconniving backstabbers abound who otic horses right there. I served are ready to sell anyone out who three and a half years in the 82nd stands in their way of success or Airborne Infantry, so I know what it advancement. means to sell yourself to the govFor some individuals with a ernment for money. Also, keep in mighty sense of ambition and the mind that, should you decide to join willingness to cash in your morals, now, there’s a fair chance of getting this may be the route for you. True deployed to the Middle Eastern enough, there are some incredible mess and getting shot. It’s difficult benefits that no other corporation

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can offer. But bear in mind the Army is a corporation, with you at the bottom and the majority of your existence dominated by an entity that you will doubtfully see in the flesh. The sad fact is that you are just another camouflaged monkey penned up with a thousand others just like you. There’s your community; soldiers just as miserable as yourself surround you. Sure, they take care of their own, provided you play by the rules and keep your mouth shut. Make no mistake; once you sign that dotted line, you are government property, subject to its rules and standards for the duration of your enlistment. Your life, personality and basic freedoms are put on hold. The financial benefits that one might reap are barely worth the sacrifices of self and indignities you are forced to endure. But the recruiter is certainly not going to tell you this. He can’t fill his quota by telling the truth. By portraying the Army as a pleasurable and exciting experience, via video games, a neat simulator ride and a rock wall, they presented themselves as a form of circus with lots of cool things to do and good times to be had. It broke my heart to watch the innocents laughing it up, while the recruiters skulked about in the background, akin to the proverbial wolves in sheep’s clothing. They bide their time and just wait for the chance to pounce upon the most gullible of the herd, smiling and shaking hands like the Army politicians they’re paid to be. Miller is an English freshman.

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Tram driver addresses students’ concerns, etiquette tips

First of all, let me assure all of you that your bus drivers have been trained the appropriate amount and have to take a test with the Department of Transportation to receive licenses. We are evaluated each semester to make sure that we are still skillful drivers. That being said, we are all human and we make mistakes. Please let me meet the person that has not sped down a road, braked a little hard or ran a yellow light. As far as the LBJ Student Center circle goes, we are not allowed to drive more than 10 miles per hour there. We do not usually get close to that speed because of all of the pedestrian traffic. When I pull out of the circle and there is a mass of people moving across the circle (and not the provided sidewalk) I do roll forward. I use this as a polite way to say, “Here comes a very large vehicle that would hurt if you walked into it. Please move out of the way.” Not that this is ever taken into account by all of the students talking on their cell phones and blindly walking around. But I digress. While I have your attention, let me address a couple of other things. We do not just sit around at a stop until we just feel like going again. We do not go to work in the mornings and think of ways to inconvenience our passengers by making them late to class. We have things called “timing points.” We have a schedule that we have to follow. So, when you are sitting for five minutes on a Bobcat Stadium bus in the stadium parking lot it is because we are following our schedule. The other point that I would love to make is that we (surprisingly enough) are not mind readers. When you want to get on a bus, especially in a high-traffic area like The Quad, it would be in your best interest to show it a little bit. Now, I am not asking you to break into a full sprint. But come on guys, a brisk walk, a hand gesture, a little eye contact (or all three) wouldn’t kill you. Let’s refer back to the lesson on timing points — I cannot sit around waiting 10 minutes at every stop just in case that guy strolling toward the bus 25 feet away wants to catch my bus. Sorry. Here’s a little pointer: It is easier to hurry for the bus when you are not talking on your phone and smoking a cigarette. That brings me to another point. Do you really think everyone on the bus wants to hear your cell phone conversations? If you really can’t wait the five minutes that it will take to get to your stop to talk on the phone, please use your inside voice. It is obnoxious, granted, but more than that you are embarrassing yourself. And if you don’t see this, may I suggest a couple of lessons in social awareness. Having said all of that, I really do like my job. I start in the mornings in a good mood because I think that it is fun to drive a bus. There are days, however, that I can only take so many stupid questions (“Does Bobcat Stadium go to Bobcat Stadium?”), and so many people who are rude to me for whatever reason and, yes, so many people who just walk out in front of the bus without looking. After five or so hours of a day like this, I may not greet you with a cheerful “good morning,” and I may be a little more impatient as you step in front of me in the circle without looking, but I will still get you to school. But if you think that you can do a better job at it than me, by all means put in an application. I can promise that you will receive extensive training on how to make those “stationary buses” work properly. Until then, I will see you on route. — Shan non Waters graduate stu dent and TxTr am driver

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“The Passion of Christ is what they want to believe this time. In another 100 years they’ll tell us what we need to know then, too.” — Tony Montana psychology freshman

“No, I saw it and I didn’t think it was as good as everyone said it was. It was played up too much.” — Kyle Maze undecided freshman

“I don’t know because I don’t want to see it. I think it’s manipulation for people to go back to the church.” — Norma Sanchez communication design sophomore

Was The Passion of The Christ worth the hype?

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Web friends

Interactive festival offers Online journals, services grow in popularity insight into virtual world Within the past few years, friend services and online journals have grown to mammoth popularity proportions, fueled by the petrol of voyeurism and the fad of reality television. With this fact being the case and there being so many outlets to choose from, which ones are the best and which ones are just wasting your time? Ratings are on a five star scale. «««« Some would argue that LiveJournal is the best thing to happen to cyberspace since the computer, while others would rightfully corner it as evil. Whatever opinions may exist on the masochistic trend of displaying one’s life in a perpetual state of voyeurism, one cannot deny the sheer intrigue of reading another’s journal and peeking into someone’s life. This fact alone has hurtled LiveJournal into being the most widely used online journal service, with more than 2 million users internationally, since its creation in 1998. Because of its wild popularity, LiveJournal has necessitated its users by becoming extremely accommodating and user-friendly. The Web site is in a constant state of upgrade, constantly seeking new ways to lure new members while keeping its faithful constituents satisfied. Users exist in microcosmic communities, sharing their writing prowess and keeping their friends updated on the intricacies of their lives. Setting up an account is pie, but weighing the features of a paid membership versus a free one may tug at the gluttonous indulgence section of your brain. Honestly, all an online journalist really needs is a box to type in, a mood to set and a “current music” square with which to impress all their friends. And, guess what? LiveJournal offers all that free. It also allows you to set up a profile, post pictures, keep journals private, collect a friends list, set journal style and colors and reference backdated entries with childlike simplicity. However, if you are really into hightech graphics and tend to shy away from super public journal spaces, LiveJournal may not be the forum for you. «««« It’s Summer 2003; do you know where your Friendster is? Actually, it is Spring 2004 and the Friendster phase is rapidly dying out. Never before have so many hipsters taken to the Internet with such friend-collecting fury while simultaneously keeping it, oddly enough, kind of on the down low. Friendster is the original friend service. Banking off of the intrigue behind “six degrees of separation” and flourishing through word of mouth, Friendster has become the most popular of all friend/dating services in the United States. But what exactly is the ambiguous title of “friend service”? According to, it’s “an online community that connects people through net-

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works of friends,” but basically, it’s a club. Friendster allows you to network with friends, friends of friends and so on while keeping a profile, sending/receiving messages and writing/receiving testimonials from friends you’ve collected. Friendster is the figurative beta form of friend services and has turned into a template for other HTML hipster hangouts such as MySpace. However, Friendster lacks the graphics and creative control that MySpace offers. «««« MySpace picks up where Friendster leaves off and is only a quarter as trendy. Many users appreciate the cavernous qualities of this friend service as it is more specialized in uniting the youth of modern subculture. MySpace offers the classic question of preference, though. SPIN or Rolling Stone? Vanilla or chocolate? Siegfried or Roy? Friendster or MySpace? Depending on what you like, MySpace offers services to users wishing to chat, e-mail, meet new people, reunite with long lost friends, check how many times your profile has been viewed and form online interest communities. It is a great alternative to Friendster for all those desperately disillusioned with the fad of friend services and all who cringe at the sometimesrestrictive guidelines of the overpopulated predecessor. «« Orkut, like any other Web-based friend service, bills itself as “an online community that connects people through a network of trusted friends.” What is perplexing about Orkut billing itself as a friend service is, however, that it’s completely non-user friendly. Unlike its predecessor Friendster, users must initially know someone on Orkut in order to register for the service. This is an admirable quality for a friend service to aspire to but offers no incentive to persist in searching out an Orkut member as an in. Orkut offers some information for the potential user to work with but lends nothing special to woo users away from services such as Friendster or MySpace. The online market is innately competitive, and when trends like friend services are thrown into the mix, statistics skyrocket with competition. Web sites must remain on top of the proverbial game with a constant flow of new and improved features, special graphics and user-friendly software. The fact that Orkut is somewhat exclusive and privacy protective offers allure to the service, but the fact that no one can utilize the secret club is just plain frustrating. With competitors such as Friendster, Orkut needs to amp up its approach a bit and branch into being a less-exclusive, less privacy-paranoid, club-like endeavor and into more of a user-friendly and user-welcoming service. ««««« Upon first glance, most people would assume that all online journals

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are the same, and most of those peop l e would be r i g h t . However, Blogpod has found the loophole and turned into a sort of “off the beaten path,” hipster hybrid of LiveJournal and Friendster, proving itself to be the coolest innovation in the online journal market to date. Users can post pictures, browse user pictures and blogs, create personalized profiles and join online communities of specialized interests. Blogpod is simple but really effective. Its templates and layouts aren’t complicated but are ultimately endearing with most of the users being educated and well-read writers. Blogpod is a forum for writers and opinionists, with the teenybopper tendencies of LiveJournal conveniently left absent. «« Diaryland boasts itself as a “place where you can get a free, fun online diary that you can update through your Web browser,” going on to state that, “you don’t need to know anything more than how to type and use the Web,” to use its service. Free, Fun, yes. maybe. A little weird, oh yeah. first At glimpse of Diaryland, it seems a s though its target audience would be the same people subscribing to Delia’s (which, essentially equates to young girls). The flower and frills of the main page is a bit distracting as it bears an inaccurate representation of what a potential user should expect from Diaryland. Aside from the froo-froo Web site, the membership process proves to be a non-user friendly one. It takes the would-be subscriber through a labyrinth of pages and by the time you begin writing, the user doesn’t know what link to click or box to fill in. Besides, with journal services such as LiveJournal and Blogpod, who needs Diaryland anyway?

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For you tech-geeks, here are our picks for the SXSW Interactive Festival March 12 through 16. For more information, check out

Friday, March 12 Today’s Gaming, Tomorrow’s Virtual World Gaming gurus Richard Garriott and Warren Spector open SXSW’s Interactive Festival with Friday’s pre-event presentation titled “Today’s Gaming, Tomorrow’s Virtual World.” The philosophical discussion will explore the future of virtual markets and new platforms as well as the impact of wireless technology on the industry. Garriott, an executive producer at Ncsoft and author of the bestselling Ultima game series, published his first game in 1980 and has been at the forefront of gaming culture ever since. Spector is the creator of the popular Deux Ex title and has worked on gaming classics such as Wing Commander; Ultima I, VI and VII; Underworld I and II; Serpent Isle; System Shock; Wings of Glory; Crusader; No Remorse; Cyber Mage: Dark Awakening; Bad Blood; and Martian Dreams. Brad King, author of Dungeons and Dreamers: The Rise of Computer Game Culture from Geek to Chic, will moderate the dialogue.

Saturday, March 13 Designing Entertainment: Making Movies Movies such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Matrix owe a great deal of their visual appeal to the evolution of computer graphic art. This panel will discuss cutting-edge special effect designs from classically trained artists to filmmakers and animators. Panelists will explore the creative process of merging of traditional art techniques with digital technology and its effect on the filmmaking, advertising and print industries.

How To Get A Job In The Entertainment Industry Industry leaders from film, television and computer gaming will discuss their personal experiences that led them to their respective careers and answer questions from audience members curious about breaking into the often-enigmatic creative entertainment field. Panelists include Brandon Oldenberg, executive director of ReelFX Creative Studios, and Robin McShaffry, founder and director of Sunday, March 14 Sunday Keynote: Eli Parsier and Zack Exley The Internet has finally come of age where politics is concerned. The year 2004 will certainly be remembered for the stunning, albeit brief, success of Howard Dean’s presidential campaign that utilized fundraising and mobilization strategies executed via the Internet. This electronic revolution in politics is being spearheaded by organizations such as, which provide a counter balance to the apathetic and homogenized message of the large media corporations. The company’s organizing director and campaigns director along with columnist Molly Ivins will discuss the enormous impact of technology on the political realm as well as the promise of increased political involvement through electronic media. Edutainment: Consoles in the Classroom Does the future of education rest in the hands of the computer gaming industry? As children’s attention spans decline, educators must explore new and innovative methods for reaching students. Experts on education and media studies will explore the possible role for computer games in the classroom.

Monday, March 15 Legal Music Promotion: File-Sharing, Sampling or Both With giant record companies pitting musicians against their fans, it’s hard to decide who the real victim is in this hot-button issue. How can musicians utilize the infinite distribution power of the Web without fear of being taken advantage of? How can fans appreciate the enormous volume of music on the Web without having to look over their shoulders for men in black suits? Panelists will explore this debate about file-sharing and discuss the Stanford-based Creative Commons approach to copyright and its effect on music making and distribution. Neal Pollack Explains It All To You With a self-applied moniker, “world’s greatest living writer,” Neal Pollack brings his rock-star bravado to this reading of his new novel, Never Mind the Pollacks. Fresh from a 20-city tour promoting this book, Pollack is joined by Ben Brown of So New Media who will deliver an introduction.

Tuesday, March 16 The Future of Wireless Devices Panelists from the cutting edge of technology will discuss the future for wireless devices such as cell phones and computers as well as the specific application devices now emerging. New wireless devices will be previewed as well as a look into the future of wireless technology.

Tuesday Keynote: Jonathan Abrams The immense popularity of sites such as and reveal a new paradigm in interpersonal communications that is taking shape on the electronic landscape. Friendster founder and CEO, Jonathan Abrams, is proof-positive that creating a successful online company in the wake of the dot-com implosion is still possible. Abrams will explore the opportunities for networking and dating that his company provides as an alternative to the myriad of seedy Internet dating sites that populate the Web.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2004

By Chris Robinson


Title: Trading Places Director: John Landis Yr. Released: 1983 Starring: Don Ameche, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Eddie Murphy

Long gone are the gloriously naïve days when the sinister intent of a character was directly correlated to the fatness of his wallet. This principle of feel-good ’80s cinema is the keystone of Trading Places, which switches a pampered stockbroker (Aykroyd) with a tenant of skid row (Murphy), all at the behest of a bet by Aykroyd’s multimillionaire stock tycoon employers, the Duke Brothers. Though the film was originally pitched as another Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor duet, Aykroyd and Murphy slip neatly into their respective roles. Murphy shines in his pre-Disney combination of wit and vulgarity, complete with his requisite chuckle. With his overwhelming star power, Trading Places easily could have become another vehicle solely for Murphy, but Aykroyd holds his own with a character that is as endearing as he is snobbishly simple. Ironically, the movie is rife with mixed messages concerning the morality of insider trading. Are the good guys still good if they win using the same underhanded tactics as the villains? Landis paves over these questions of ethics with a steady pace of gags and oneliners, resulting in a comedic high-water mark for every party involved. Most Memorable Scene: Murphy’s first appearance as a phony disabled Vietnam vet. Quote: “When I was growing up, if we wanted a Jacuzzi, we had to fart in the tub.”

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Title: Power, Corruption & Lies Artist: New Order Yr. Released: 1983 Label: Factory

Rising from the ashes of Joy Division, New Order was resurrected. Through reinventing its gothic style into an artistic array of electronica and rock, its sophomore album, Power, Corruption & Lies, gave the ’80s a distinguished signature sound. It not only captured the essence of Joy Division but also raised the bar for musical innovation. Power, Corruption & Lies is driven by New Order’s unique blend of experimental, electronica, clean guitars and goth. But the brilliance of this album is how its experimental tone created a defining illustrious sound. “Leave Me Alone” and “Age of Consent” capture this essence through echoing guitar riffs, subtle atmosphere and vocal simplicity. But it was the track “Blue Monday” that made New Order’s sound widely recognized for its talent and artistry. The combination of a disco beat and gothic melody created a sound ahead of its time. The originality and talent of New Order is unparalleled. Power, Corruption & Lies pioneered a revolution in listening, making it one hell of a classic. Superlative songs: “Leave Me Alone,” “Age of Consent,” “Blue Monday”


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Hey time-travelin’ fashionistas, you’ve managed to waltz your way into the ’50s. Now, previous time periods may have more or less or altogether not had much to do with current fashion trends, but this one does, although not as much as the ’80s. OK, so maybe the Leave it to Beaver look is popping up in your heads — pretty mom in a dress with an apron, some child always saying words such as “swell” and “golly,” mom and dad having separate beds — but the ’50s actually marked the beginning of a new kind of young person: wild and rebellious. Before this time period, the word “teenager” didn’t even exist. Before we get into young dress, we have to recognize the popular styles for women of the time. The Christian Dior “New Look” mentioned last week is still popular during this decade. The look consisted of a fitted jacket with a nippedin waist and full calf-length skirt (an extremely formfitting ensemble). It was a

dramatic change from wartime austerity styles. Dior’s “New Look” dominated the fashion scene for about 10 years, but was not the only silhouette of the time. In order for the full skirts to look good, nylon was used extensively to create bouffant net petticoats or paper nylon petticoats. For those women who didn’t want their clothes hugging their waist, Coco Chanel, who reopened her fashion house in 1954, began to produce boxy, classic suit jackets and slim skirts in highly textured tweeds. The look was easy to copy and very wearable. Accessorized with strings of pearls, the style has frequently been revived throughout the seasons and collarless jackets are now called Chanel line. Designers biting styles also happened in the ’50s. Dior created the H-line of 1954, a slender tunic suit with a slim skirt that later became more of a 1920s-style dress. The dress featured a dropped waist and a hemline that was creeping upward. Teenagers suddenly dominated style in clothing and haircuts. A generation gap began to emerge between parents and offspring. Teens were deemed unholy

and rebellious. Remember the book The Outsiders? You know, the Greasers, the Socs? Well, the book didn’t stray far from reality, as the main looks for teenagers followed the greasers and preppies. Greasers followed the standard black leather, denim jeans look set by Marlon Brando. They raced around town on motorbikes and were considered outrageous. Preppie qualities were neatness and tidiness. Girls wore full dirndl or circular skirts with large appliqués. Bouffant paper nylon or net petticoats supported the skirts. On top they wore scoop neck blouses, back-to-front cardigans, tight polo necks or three-quarter sleeve white shirts, often with a knotted scarf at the side of the neck. Grease is the word! So what have we learned from the ’50s? Women still loved to show their figures, teen stereotypes were coined in this age and Leave it to Beaver left out the part about the outrageous teens. Television is always messing up our perception of things. OK, so remember, respect your elders. You are, after all, biting their style.

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’Cats sneak past NSU Demons

two batters before an infield single moved pinch runner Malorie Thornton to third as the potential tying run, but Neuerburg dropped the hammer and struck out the side to end the game. Trahan was dominant in Game 2 of the series, hurling a complete game, three-hit shutout, helping her own cause with a solo home run as the ’Cats took a 3-0 win. Texas State was in danger of its first conference loss in the series opener, falling behind 41 after five innings. But the bats came alive in the sixth for a four-run rally, as the ’Cats loaded the bases with two outs. Zaleski cleared the bases with a triple. After the NSU pitcher got the ball back and began to walk back to the circle, Zaleski broke for the plate and scored the game-winner. The ’Cats will take on the University of Houston in a doubleheader tonight, followed by a Wednesday night showdown with Baylor University. All three games are at home and Wednesday’s game can be heard on KTSW 89.9 FM and

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Rice answered Cooper’s blast with one of its own as Paul Janish smashed his second homer of the game. The Janish homer would be the last score of the day, as Rice would cruise easily to the victory, 8-2. “Obviously, when you get a team that can change the score of the game with just one swing of the bat you need to be careful,” said Texas State coach Ty Harrington. “(Rice) was able to do that, and we weren’t.” With the series wrapped up, all Rice had to play for was the series sweep and did so with the familiar long bomb strategy that worked so well Saturday. With senior Paul Schappert starting for the Bobcats, Pendleton hit his second home run of the season to get Rice on the scoreboard in the second. The Owls would follow the solo shot as sophomore second baseman Matt Moake was driven in with a Janish sacrifice fly. Schappert then started the third inning by plunking Adam Rogers in the back on his second pitch. Harrington had seen enough of Schappert and brought in freshman Patrick Colgan, who followed by only allowing Rogers to score, and then keeping the Owls scoreless through the next 3 two-thirds

innings. Harrington ran out four consecutive pitchers, none of whom recorded more than two outs to finish the game. In the process, Rice scored three runs in the seventh as Hale celebrated his 19th birthday with a three-run home run in the seventh off senior Michael Gultz, giving the score its final look at 6-0. “We were unable to score people once we had them in scoring position,” Harrington said. “We knew going in we were not a very good offensive team, and they were a very good pitching team and that’s the way it ended up being.” The last pitcher Texas State used was Ramos, who pitched two-thirds scoreless innings, bringing the closer’s season total to 11.1 scoreless innings. “I just didn’t know they would show the type of power they did this weekend,” Harrington said. “But they certainly did, and we have to go to work and do some things on the mound, tweak some things offensively and get them straightened out.” Texas State now prepares to host the Round Rock College Classic at the Dell Diamond, bringing in opponents Pennsylvania State University, University of Illinois and Texas Tech University for the tournament next weekend. The first game for the Bobcats will be at 7 p.m. Friday against Penn State.


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No. 4 Stephen F. Austin 85 vs. Sam Houston 53 NACOGDOCHES, Texas — In a rematch of last year’s Southland Conference tournament championship, Stephen F. Austin State University got its revenge on Sam Houston State University, beating the Bearkats 85-53 The win extends the nation-leading Lumberjacks’ home-winning streak to 30 as SFA led with forward Derrick Sanders, who finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. SFA jumped out to a doubledigit lead less than seven minutes into the game and by halftime it had grown to 19. The second half was no kinder to the Bearkats, as the Lumberjacks continued to build their lead. The Lumberjacks advance to face the University of TexasArlington 7 p.m. Wednesday at Texas Hall in Arlington.


Southeastern Louisiana Univ-ersity Lions took advantage of playing at home and beat the seventhseeded Northwestern State University, 72-64. Both teams shot 40 percent from the floor and NSU outrebounded SLU, 43-34, but the Demons turned the ball over 17 times to just six for the Lions. SLU led by 12 at halftime and 13 just less than five minutes into the second half, but that was when NSU came back at the Lions. It took the Demons 11 minutes, but they finally came all the way back, taking a brief lead on a 3-pointer from forward Jermaine Wallace, 60-58. But the Lions would not be denied, and took the lead back for good on Gardener’s 3-point basket with 1:19 to go. . The Lions will host the University of Texas-San Antonio at 7 p.m. Wednesday.


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No. 1 University of TexasArlington 77 vs. No. 8 Louisiana-Monroe 62 ARLINGTON, Texas — The top-seeded University of TexasArlington had no problem in its Southland Conference tournament opener, dominating the University of Louisiana-Mon-roe Indians, 77-62. The Indians swept the season series against the Mavericks, but were unable to make it three in a row, as UTA won its ninth straight game, a school record. At halftime, the Mavericks led 42-22 after making 56 percent of its first half shots, including 6-7 from 3-point range and put it on cruise control from there. Guard Tony Helton led ULM with 14 points off the bench. No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana 72 vs. No. 7 Northwestern State 64 HAMMOND, La. — The

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Bradley Sherman/Star photo Ashley Wilson hits an RBI during Friday’s game against the Northwestern State University Demons. The Bobcats dominated the weekend with three wins and no losses.



For the second straight day the Texas State Bobcats (19-5, 6-0 SLC) staged a sixth-inning rally to sneak out a one-run victory against the Northwestern State University Demons (1012, 0-3 SLC) Sunday at Bobcat Field. The 3-2 win gave the ’Cats the series sweep and they remain unbeaten in six conference games. “I feel great about coming out of this series with three wins,” said Texas State coach Ricci Woodard. “It is a big rivalry. We knew Northwestern was going to come in here and get after it.” With the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the sixth, second baseman Ashley Wilson launched a sacrifice fly to right-center field that scored right fielder Janelle Wolter from third. Wilson’s rocket appeared to be leaving the park for her second grand slam in a less than a week, but the wind blowing in from right field allowed Demon right fielder Lindsey Danzy to

make the catch with her back against the wall. Pinch runner Lauren Griffith then stole home on a double steal as the Demons threw out Hannah Snow at second base, giving the Bobcats a 3-1 lead. Texas State took a 1-0 lead in the third when center fielder Kristen Zaleski singled, stole second and later scored after Danzy dropped a fly ball in right. Katie Ann Trahan started in the circle and pitched four perfect innings, retiring 10 of the first 11 NSU batters she faced and had her bid for a no-hitter shut down with a single up the middle in the top of the fifth. “I felt more like myself than I have in a long time (this weekend),” Trahan said. “It’s all about coming out and playing my game and just play like I know how.” Nicole Neuerburg came in relief and struck out six batters in 2.1 innings with no earned runs to pick up the win and improve to 13-2 on the season. Danzy singled to lead off the seventh inning and scored on an error to move the Demons to within one. Neuerburg struck out


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Stephen F. Austin...............44.................47.......................91 TEXAS STATE.......................35.................33.......................68

Stephen F. Austin (9-18, 9-7 SLC ) Players Bowman Mills Smith Killingsworth Carr Muhammad Simpson Vinson Butler Perkins Edwards Szymanski TOTALS

FG M-A 3-6 12-18 5-8 1-2 1-3 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 5-10 1-1 4-7 32-57

3Pt FT Rbnd M-A M-A Of-T A 2-2 4-4 1-4 2 0-0 6-7 1-11 1 0-0 3-3 1-4 1 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 0-0 1-2 0-3 8 0-0 2-2 1-2 3 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0-1 0-0 0-0 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1-4 2-2 1-3 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 6-8 1-2 1 3-8 24-28 11-39 25

TO 5 3 0 1 2 2 1 1 0 3 0 3 21

B S Pt 0 1 12 0 3 30 1 0 13 0 2 2 1 2 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 13 1 0 2 0 1 14 3 13 91

Ale. Johnson Talbert Perkins Alp. Johnson Brooks McGruder Burrow Kelly Riley West Carter Pink Cook Hinton Putnam Totals

Andrew Nenque/Star photo Ashley Perkins, junior forward, finds the gap in the defense during the Bobcats’ 91-68 loss to Stephen F. Austin University Friday. The Bobcats play today in the Southland Conference Tournament against the University of Louisiana-Monroe. g Cont. from page 14

sixth in the SLC in field goal percentage at 48 percent (138-288). Senior Julie Brooks, a 5foot-8-inch guard, is the Bobcats’ second leading scorer at 9.3 a game. The Honorable Mention All-SLC player also leads the team in 3-point shooting at 31 percent on the season. ULM finished the season with a 17-10 mark overall and 13-3 in SLC action, including a perfect 11-0 on its home court. The Lady Indians are second in the SLC in scoring offense, averaging 68.7 ppg and are third in scoring defense, allowing only 63.4 points a contest. The Lady Indians sport a balanced scoring attack, with six players averaging at least five points and only one in double figures. They also utilize a deep bench with 12 players playing at least seven minutes per game. Guard Nina Randle, a FirstTeam All-SLC selection for

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(1) Northwestern St.

(8) Sam Houston

(4) San Antonio

(5) McNeese State

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(6) Stephen F. Austin

(2) Louisiana-Monroe


this year, leads the way for ULM, scoring 13.3 ppg. The 5foot-11-inch junior guard also leads the team in rebounding (7.5 per game) and is the conference leader in steals, averaging 3.44 per game. Sophomore Michelle Biley, a 5-foot-10-inch forward, is the Lady Indians’ second leading scorer at 9.2 per game, followed by 5-foot-10-inch senior post Christy Brown (8.1 ppg). If the Bobcats are to be successful today, they will need to take care of the ball. In the loss to ULM earlier this season,

Texas State turned the ball over 31 times, a season high. Texas State will also have to find a way to control Randle, who was two assists shy of a triple double in ULM’s win in the first meeting, with 20 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and five steals. But in the second meeting, a Bobcat win, Randle was saddled with foul trouble early and only played 17 minutes, scoring 12 points. But most of her production came after the Bobcats had the game under wraps.

FT Rbnd M-A M-A Of-T A TO B S Pt 0-0 3-4 0-1 1 2 0 0 7 0-0 1-2 3-7 5 3 1 1 13 0-0 2-2 2-3 2 4 0 1 8 0-2 1-2 1-3 2 1 1 2 1 2-7 4-4 1-2 1 4 0 2 16 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0-1 3-5 2-5 2 2 1 4 5 1-2 2-2 0-0 0 2 0 0 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0-2 0-0 1-1 3 2 0 1 2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 0 3 0-0 2-3 1-2 0 0 0 0 8 4-17 18-24 14-29 17 21 3 11 68

Technical Fouls: Stephen F. Austin — None Texas State — None Attendance: 1,212

final woMen’s Standings Teams


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

W 14 13 11 10 9 9 8 7 5 1 1

L 2 3 5 6 7 7 8 9 11 15 15


TEXAS STATE............... ......39.................34.......................73 Texas- San Antonio.............37.................41.......................78

Northwestern St......0..0..0...0 ..1...0...1 TEXAS STATE..............0...0..1...0...0...2...X

2 4 2 3 6 2

No. 6 TEXAS STATE (13-15 , SLC 8-9)

NW State (10-12, SLC 0-3) TEXAS STATE (19-5, SLC 6-0)

FG Players M-A Brown 5-9 Allison 1-7 Naylor 4-6 Conerway 1-9 Dill 4-9 Blanchard 0-0 Ponder 3-7 Burroughs 0-1 N. Goellner 2-2 J. Goellner 2-2 Patterson 0-1 Totals 22-53

W 21 17 17 14 11 9 8 7 12 4 2

L 6 10 11 13 16 18 18 20 15 22 25

PCT .778 .630 .607 .519 .407 .333 .308 .259 .444 .154 .074

3Pt FT M-A M-A 2-5 1-1 1-6 2-2 1-3 6-6 0-6 7-7 0-0 6-6 0-0 0-0 3-6 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 7-27 22-22



Of-T A 0-3 1 0-2 1 0-5 5 0-5 3 5-7 1 0-0 0 0-3 0 0-3 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 7-30 11

TO 2 3 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 12

B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

S 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

Pt 13 5 15 9 14 0 9 0 4 4 0 73

AB 4 2 3 3 3 1 1 3 2 3 TOTALS 25

CF Martin SS Hunt 3B Leftwich 1B Glenn RF Danzy DH Patterson PH Scott 2B Thompson C Nichols LF Noack

Players Hurd Harbert Attaway President Millsap Ivy Posey Fuqua Hall Totals

FG M-A 6-10 3-8 0-5 5-8 3-6 1-3 9-11 1-1 1-1 29-53

3Pt FT Rbnd M-A M-A Of-T A TO B S Pt 2-5 5-7 1-8 3 4 0 1 19 0-4 0-0 0-1 2 1 0 1 6 0-1 2-4 0-2 5 1 0 0 2 1-3 0-0 2-3 3 0 0 1 11 0-0 0-1 1-1 1 0 0 1 6 0-0 0-0 0-3 1 0 0 0 2 5-7 4-6 0-4 0 1 0 1 27 0-0 1-4 1-4 1 1 1 0 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 2 8-20 12-22 5-28 16 9 1 5 78

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

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

L 5 5 5 6 8 8 8 8 9 11 15

W 16 19 16 19 13 13 12 11 11 11 6


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

W 6 5 5 2 3 1 1 0 0 0

T 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PCT 1.000 .833 .833 .667 .600 .200 .167 .000 .000 .000

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IP H R ER BB SO AB BF 5.0 5 3 2 0 1 21 21 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3

IP H R ER BB SO AB BF 4.2 1 1 1 2 2 14 17 2.1 3 1 0 0 6 11 11

Win - Nicole Neuerburg (13-2), Loss -Crista Miller (2-7) Save - None Time - 2:08, Attendance - 194.

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L 11 8 13 8 14 14 18 16 16 18 21

CF Tierce SS Ramos 1b Cooper lf Miller rf Martinez 3b Anson dh Williams ss Mast c Pearce ph Alaniz 2b Rodriguez

PCT .593 .704 .552 .704 .481 .481 .400 .407 .407 .379 .222


W 19 13 12 9 7 10 3 10 7 3

L 5 7 11 11 12 16 10 12 13 16

AB 4 4 2 3 4 3 3 1 3 1 4 32

R 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

H 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 7


T 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

No. 2 Rice (11-3) RBI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Players CF Kolkhorst SS Janish 3b Morris c Rogers dh Townsend rf Rodriguez rf Hale lf Pendleton 2b Moake 1b Gunderson 1b Uekert


AB 4 3 4 3 3 3 1 3 3 2 2 31

R H RBI 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 6 9 6


Overall L 0 1 1 1 2 4 5 3 3 3

TOTALS 23 3 6 2



SLC SOFTBALL Standings Teams

Miller Ford


Overall PCT .688 .688 .688 .625 .500 .500 .500 .500 .438 .312 .062


cf Zaleski 3 1 2 0 rf Wolter 3 1 2 0 c Bonetti 3 0 0 0 pr Griffith 0 1 0 0 1b Snow 3 0 1 1 2b Wilson 2 0 0 1 dh Trahan 3 0 0 0 3b Hodge 2 0 0 0 ss Sharp 2 0 1 0 lf Krueger 2 0 0 0

TEXAS STATE ............0..0..0...0...0..0...0..0...0 0 7 2 Rice......................... .....0..2...1...0...0..0...3..0..X 6 9 4

final Men’s Standings SLC


Score by inning

Technical Fouls: Texas State — None Texas-San Antonio — None


R H RBI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 4 2

Northwestern State Pitching

No. 3 Texas-San Antonio (17-13, SLC 11-5)

Overall PCT .875 .812 .688 .625 .562 .562 .500 .438 .312 .062 .062


Score by inning

FG 3Pt M-A 2-5 6-14 3-4 0-3 5-13 0-0 1-6 1-3 0-0 1-5 0-0 0-0 0-1 1-4 3-3 23-61

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TEXAS STATE (8-18, SLC 8-8) Players

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Schappert 2.0 3 3 3.2 4 0 Colgan 0.2 1 1 Jean 0.1 1 2 Gultz Gonzalez 0.2 0 0 0.2 0 0 Ramos Louisiana State Pitching

3 0 1 2 0 0

3 0 0 1 0 0

1 3 0 1 1 1

8 14 3 2 2 2

13 15 3 4 2 2

PCT .792 .650 .522 .450 IP H R ER BB SO AB BF .375 8.0 7 0 0 3 5 29 33 .385 Baker 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 Pennington .231 .455 Win - Josh Baker (3-0), Loss - Paul Schappert (1-3) .350 Save - None Time - 2:35, Attendance - 2,834 .158

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Women’s basketball vies to defend its SLC title

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Tuesday, March 9, 2004

The University Star — Page 14

By Geoff Eneman Sports Reporter

The Texas State women’s basketball team will begin defense of its Southland Conference tournament title in hopes of returning to the NCAA Tournament against the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The Bobcats, who ended the season with a 91-68 loss to Stephen F. Austin State University on Friday, enter the tournament as the seventh seed and will likely be forced to win three games on the road in order to earn the conference tournament crown. The only way the Bobcats can host a tournament game is if they make the finals and Sam Houston State University, the No. 8 seed, can pull off two major upsets. The two teams split their meetings this year, with each side winning its game at home. The Lady Indians, who knocked off regular season champion Northwestern State in their final game 74-63, took the first contest, 84-58, on Jan. 23, while Texas State evened things up on Feb. 14, 70-62. The Bobcats fell to 8-18 on the season and 8-8 in conference play after their loss to SFA. But despite its record, Texas State could be a dangerous team in the tournament, simply because of its experience from last season. After finishing the regular season in fourth place, the Bobcats won their tournament opener at home before winning on the road in the semifinals against second-seeded SFA and then taking out regular season champion University of Texas-San Antonio on its home floor. Center Tori Talbert, last year’s SLC tournament MVP, leads the way for Texas State and was named Second Team All-SLC after averaging 15.2 points per game (fifth in the SLC) and a conference-leading 9.9 rebounds per contest. The 6-foot 2-inch junior center is also g See WOMEN, page 13

End of the road

Texas State finishes in first round of SLC tournament

By Kevin Washburn Sports Reporter SAN ANTONIO — In one of the most exciting games of the season, Texas State pushed rival University of Texas-San Antonio to the brink of elimination before dropping a 78-73 decision in the first round of the Southland Conference tournament. The loss ended an up-and-down season for the Bobcats. It was a season that saw Texas State on top of the SLC early, only to falter and, ultimately, end the year 13-15 overall and 8-9 in conference play. The thorn in Texas State’s side, as in all three games against the Bobcats this season, was UTSA guard Rapheal Posey. After the sixth-seeded Bobcats had cut third-seeded UTSA’s lead to two, Posey ended up with the ball with time running down and hit a jumper as the shot clock expired, icing the game for UTSA. Midway through the second half, UTSA went on a 9-0 run, which pushed their lead to 11 points. Showing great poise and character, Texas State was able to battle back, largely because of guard Josh Naylor and forward Anthony Dill. The two juniors led Texas State with 15 and 14 points, respectively. The first half saw UTSA go on a 13-0 run to give them a 10-point lead midway through the first half. As they would all game, the Bobcats answered back with a run of their own. Texas State was able to hit four 3-point shots, including two straight from forward Nick Ponder, along with a couple 3point plays by Dill, en route to taking a 39-37 lead at halftime. The Bobcats were able to ride senior guard Roosevelt Brown to a hot start, going up 13-5 early. Brown paced the Bobcats with 11 of his 13 points early, but seemed to lose his stroke after taking a rest midway through the first-half. UTSA shot the ball much better than Texas State, hitting 55 percent of their shots compared to the Bobcats 42 percent. Texas State was able to counter that by going an amazing 2222 from the free throw line, compared to UTSA’s 12-22 from the charity stripe. Texas State star senior guard Terry Conerway, a SecondTeam All-SLC selection, and Ponder each added nine points for Texas State. This meeting was the fifth time in the past six years that Texas State and UTSA have met in the conference tournament, with UTSA winning four times. The Roadrunners will now advance to face second-seeded Southeastern Louisiana University Wednesday in Hammond, La. UTSA and SLU faced off in the regular season finale, with the Roadrunners taking a 106-86 win in San Antonio.

HOUSTON — The Texas State baseball team is fighting through its schedule’s toughest stretch of the year while, in the process, extending its losing streak to six games. However, losing streaks are easy to obtain when three of your last four opponents are nationally ranked in the top five. The last half of the Bobcats’ Ashley A. Horton/Star photo losing streak occurred this weekMark Cooper, senior first baseman, is forced out at third for the end, when they took on No. 2 final out of the inning against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Rice University, which promptly on Feb. 21. The Bobcats were defeated by the Ragin’ Cajuns, 6-3. swept Texas State in the threegame series. The three losses to Rice give the Texas State record its first sub .500 look of the season, 8-9, Show your Student ID or GPA of 2.8 (or higher) while the defending national and get a FREE LOCK! champions improved to 11-3. The three loses were mainly caused by FREE use of our truck to move in!! Rice’s ability to hit home runs, State of the Art Security System while Texas State was lucky to


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Monday (1) UT-Arlington

(8) Louisiana-Monroe

(4) Stephen F. Austin (5) Sam Houston

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Ashley A. Horton/Star photo Roosevelt Brown, senior guard, goes up for two against the University of Texas-San Antonio at the Convocation Center in San Antonio on Jan. 21.

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get runners on base. The first game of the series was the closest with Bobcat senior starter Tom Robbins and junior relief pitcher Chris Jean being able to keep the Rice offense inside the ballpark. The first inning saw Rice get the lead early when senior left fielder Austin Davis singled up the middle to score the leadoff hitter, senior center fielder Chris Kolkhorst. The next four innings would be scoreless until the Owls loaded the bases for junior shortstop Paul Janish. Janish took the first pitch and drove it down the left-field foul line for a three-run double and then scored two batters later when he tagged up after junior catcher Adam Rogers flied out to Texas State junior left fielder Matt Miller, giving Rice its final run total and the lead, 5-0. In the eighth, Texas State fell just short of tying the game when

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it scored four runs, two of which came when senior right fielder Richard Martinez doubled down the right-field line, scoring junior shortstop Dominic Ramos and Miller. In the ninth, the Bobcats almost completed the comeback when junior pinch runner Jose Rodriguez stole second with two outs to get in scoring position. But Rice closer Phillip Humber ended the scoring threat with a strikeout of senior center fielder Evan Tierce, ending the game with the 5-4 final. Game 2 of the series illustrated Texas State’s problem of giving up the home run, as all but one of the Owls’ eight runs came off homers. In the first inning, Bobcat starter junior Brian Hurley gave up a two-run bomb to sophomore Matt Ueckert, giving the Owls an early lead. Texas State was able to post a

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run in the second when Martinez drove in Miller, cutting the lead to 2-1. Hurley kept Rice off the board in the next two innings but gave up another homer on the third pitch of the fourth to sophomore left fielder Lance Pendleton. Hurley would face one more batter, giving up a single before getting the hook in favor of senior Gabe Wisneski, who ended the inning by inducing a groundout to third. Wisneski held Rice scoreless until the sixth when Adam Hale walked and was driven in by a Kolkhorst triple that bounced off of the right-field wall. Janish followed Kolkhorst with a homer over the left-field wall. Bobcat senior first baseman Mark Cooper slammed a solo home run in the eighth for the Bobcats’ last score of the game. g See BASEBALL, page 12

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