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Round Rock center to receive permanent home By Julie Suenram News Reporter After holding class in portable buildings on the Westwood High School campus for the past seven years, Texas State’s Round Rock based satellite program will have a permanent home in the near future. The Round Rock Higher Education Center will finally receive a permanent facility of its own, beginning with a groundbreaking ceremony on site March 22. In its last session, the Texas Legislature approved the university to issue tuition revenue bonds in order to construct the building, a $27 million construction project. The facility has been approved for 117,000 square feet and is estimated to house as many as 3,500 students. The center is expected to open in August 2005.

“We offer sixteen master’s programs and four bachelor’s degree programs,” said Edna Rehbein, Round Rock Higher Education program director. “We offer a pretty broad spectrum of courses, but freshmen and sophomore courses are only available through the community college.” The Round Rock program is a partnership between Texas State, Austin Community College and Temple College at Taylor. The program only offers courses at the junior or senior level. However, when the center is complete, ACC will offer courses within the facility. “The center intends to deliver all of the work that leads to completing a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree,” said Bob Gratz, Academic Affairs vice president. “The lower division work is completed through work at Austin Community

City Council considers usage rights for facility

By Ryan Coggin News Reporter

The San Marcos City Council considered the request of Kyev Tatum, Mitchell Center president, and representatives from the San Marcos Boys and Girls Club Monday to give each organization the exclusive right to use the facility. The Mitchell Center, which is located in the historic Dunbar neighborhood, serves as a community center. The building was once a wing of the “colored school” of San Marcos. The proposal would give a group consisting of Mitchell Center representatives, the San Marcos Boys and Girls Club and Texas Preparatory School, the city’s only charter school, the exclusive right to use the building. Tatum, who is also president of the Texas Preparatory School, originally requested that the City Council allow the Mitchell Center to use the school for classroom space about a month ago. His request came shortly after he announced his decision to move the school out of facilities owned by the San Marcos Baptist Academy, which had an employee arrested and charged with an improper relationship


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between an educator and student in January. “A lot of social and economic impact (in the area) is really not up to standard,” said Mark Kerry, an officer of the San Marcos Boys and Girls Club. “We’re asking (the City Council) to go into the center and provide programming for the children in that community, who so desperately need it.” Many community members oppose any one group monopolizing the use of the public community center, which would mainly be used as facilities for the charter school. Ollie Giles, neighborhood resident, said in an article in the San Marcos Daily Record that the Dunbar neighborhood is not a place for a school. “Not any of the children (attending the school) live in the neighborhood,” Giles said in the article. “I just don’t want to see the neighborhood have a school again — it’s residential.” City Manager Dan O’Leary acknowledged the concerns of Dunbar residents but said the supporters of the plan will counter that they will offer the neighborhood services. “I think (the proponents) will g See COUNCIL, page 5


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Chris Elley films the Sowpremes in Elgin as they take a break from singing their parodies of popular songs that relate to their favorite pork product — sausage.

exas State alumnus Chris Elley loves barbecue. In fact he loves it so much he made a documentary film in which he and his ragtag crew traveled more than 10,000 miles across Texas

searching out the stories behind the flavorful meats that help make up the state’s unique culinary culture. Elley’s film will debut at the South by Southwest Film Festival on Sunday. He hopes he can use

Panel discusses controversy of The Passion of the Christ By Kassia Micek Assistant News Editor Audience members were forced to stand in a packed lobby after the Centennial Teaching Theater was filled to capacity as a panel of scholars discussed Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ Tuesday. Jeffery Gordon, philosophy professor, moderated the panel, which included George Montague, Catholic priest and theology professor at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio; Randall Price, Grace Bible Church co-pastor; Rebecca Bell-Metereau, English professor and media studies interdisciplinary minor program director; Chris Frost, psychology professor; Rebecca Raphael, philosophy

assistant professor and religious studies minor director; and Maxine Cohen, Holocaust Memorial of San Antonio director. The most controversial issue discussed by the panel and audience members was if the film communicated feelings of anti-Semitic sentiment. “I think it was as much of anti-Semitic sentiment as Gibson thought he could get away with,” Bell-Metereau said. She added that Gibson’s father believes the Holocaust never happened and the “Jews just left Europe.” Gibson belongs to a branch of the Catholic Church that has not renounced anti-semitism, which the Catholic Church did renounce it in the 1960s. Montague said Gibson is

not anti-semitic, but a very conservative catholic. Bell-Metereau then explained that Gibson’s version of Christianity is a very antisemitic one and he wanted the controversy over the film so he could make more money. Price stated it was the system, not the Jews or the Romans, that killed Jesus and cited critics’ responses to the film. “Critics said it’s not antisemitic but it could lead to anti-Semitism,” he said. Cohen gave a rebuttal. “Gibson said in an interview ‘This is the film the Jews don’t want you to see,’” she said. She said that the gospels do not treat Jewish people kindly g See PASSION, page 3

SXSW as a launching pad to spread his film and the stories behind Texas’ favorite meat across the globe. Read more about Barbecue: A Texas Love Story on page 7.

Primary elections cement nominations for local, state offices, propositions

By Erin McGowan News Reporter

The adage “every vote counts” was proven in Tuesday’s primary elections, as Nick Icossipentarhos, R-San Marcos, was elected as the Republican candidate for the race for Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace by 14 votes. Icossipentarhos, a SWT alumus, said he was grateful for all of the votes knowing everyone worked hard on his campaign. “I hope to go on to win the election in November,” Icossipentarhos said. “The most important thing that people can do is get out and vote.” Lisa Hanks, Texas State College Republicans president, g See PRIMARY, page 5

Local Election Results Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3 Republican Primary

Nick Icossipentarhos 59%

Dave Bethancourt 49%

County Commissioner, Pct. 3 Republican Primary Ray Kotowski 20% Sam Davis 33%

Will Conley 47%

Data courtesy of Texas Secretary of State

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Health Careers Job Fair is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Battle of The Bands is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the LBJSC Amphitheater. Christians at Texas State meets at noon for Bible study in LBJSC, Room 3-10.1. Counseling Center offers Sexual Assault & Abuse Services at 4:30 p.m. If you are interested, contact the center at 245-2208. Counseling Center offers an Anxiety/Panic group at 5 p.m. Counseling Center offers a group for dealing with dysfunctional families at 5:15 p.m.

Thursday Vespers meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Campus Christian Community Center. American Marketing Association meets at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-14.1. Student Volunteer Connection meets at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-5.1. Higher Ground invites you to a free meal followed by evening prayer at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church. Science Fiction/Fantasy Society meets at 8 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-11.1.

National Association of Environmental Professionals meets at 5 p.m. in the Evans Liberal Arts Building, Room 311. Public Relations Student Society of America meets at 5 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-10.1. Hunger and Homelessness Week Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Campus Christian Community Center. Texas State Horsemen Club meets at 6 p.m. in the 2nd floor lobby of the Agriculture Building. AdClub hosts a presentation on Creative Circus, a two-year school for Advertising and Design, at 7 p.m. in Old Main, Room 201. College Democrats meets at 7 p.m. in the Evans Liberal Arts Building, Room 245. Student Association for Campus Activities hosts speakers on marijuana, both pro and con, at 7 p.m. at the LBJSC Ballroom. American Sign Language Club meets at 7 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-10.1. Texas State CRU meets at 7:30 in the Academic Services Building, Room 315. The Rock, a program for praise and worship, happens at 7:30 p.m. at the Catholic Student Center. Haunted Trails at Aquarena Screams opens from dark-midnight at the Trails at the Aquarena Center.

Calendar Submission Policy Calendar submisions are free. Send submissions Calendar of Events Manager Paul Lopez at or call 245-3476 for more information. Notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted once. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.

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Jack Ransone tapped for Olympic medical staff

Jack Ransone, health, physical education and recreation professor, has been selected to be on the medical staff of the United States Track and Field Team during the 27th Olympic Games in Athens, Greece from Aug. 13-29. “This is one of my lifetime goals,” Ransone said. “It’s one of the things I’ve been working toward for many years and it finally came to pass. “That Athens is hosting it makes it special. They are going to actually have some of the track and field events in the original Olympic stadium,” he said. “The Olympics is something that happens only once every four years. It’s exciting. It’s on the world stage.” Selections to the medical staff are conducted over a fouryear period. Athletic trainers do two-week volunteer stints at various Olympic training centers around the country. Of these, 60 are selected to work either the World University Games or the Pan American Games. From this pool, the top 30 are invited to staff the Olympics. Ransone worked at the Pan American Games held last August in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. “I worked track and field at the Pan Am Games and will at the Olympics as well,” he said. “That’s one of the marquee sports at the Olympics.” Ransone will leave for Europe at the end of July, participating in two weeks of Olympic relay tryouts where perspective athletes will compete on the European Gran Prix circuit. After that, he will travel to the Greek island of Crete, which will serve as a staging area for the athletes competing in Athens. Most of the athletes plan to arrive on the island a few weeks before the start of the Olympics, in order to get over any jet lag and to acclimatize to the extreme summer heat in the region. Ransone earned his bachelors of science degree in athletic training from the then Southwest Texas State University in 1982 with a secondary teaching certificate, and earned his doctorate in exercise physiology at the University of New Mexico. He served as the athletic training program director and athletic trainer for the football team at Oklahoma State University before returning to Texas State in the fall of 2003.


Alcohol stings target convenience store clerks

Seven convenience store clerks in Hays County are facing misdemeanor charges for selling alcohol to minors after their arrest in a countywide “Alcohol Sting Operation” conducted by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office’s Alcohol Enforcement Unit on Friday. Deputies divided into three teams, went to 36 convenience and liquor stores between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. and arrested clerks at four San Marcos locations, two in the Kyle/Buda area and one in Dripping Springs. Each was charged with sale of alcoholic beverages to a minor, which is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by as much as a year in jail, a fine of as much as $4,000 and a probation of as many as two years. The operation was headed up by the Alcohol Enforcement Unit’s commander Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez, who said the effort was just the beginning of a process, which will include a follow-up by the Texas Alcoholic Beverages Commission. The Sheriff’s Office forwards arrest records and reports to TABC, which could levy administrative sanctions against the owners of the stores where the clerks were arrested. Depending on whether the store has had similar problems in the past, those sanctions could include fines and/or suspensions of liquor licenses. The timing of the operation just before the upcoming Spring Break time was intentional, officials said, because school breaks seem to go hand-in-hand with large parties where alcohol is often available to minors. “Sheriff Don Montague is determined to do everything possible to curb underage drinking in Hays County and encourages joint operations with the TABC,” said Sgt. Allen Bridges, departmental spokesman. Bridges said the sheriff “hopes that the sting will result in stores being more careful before selling any type of alcoholic beverage to a possible minor.” Sting operations are likely to continue in the coming weeks, he said, as will presentations by Gutierrez and other members of the AEU to area schools. Additionally, Bridges said, the sheriff encourages any citizen to call the Hays County Sheriff’s Office if they have knowledge of a party where there might be underage drinkers.


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PASSION: Panel discusses film’s impact Jeffery Gordon, philosophy professor, introduces the discussion panel at the Centennial Hall Teaching Theater Tuesday. The panel discussed the impact of The Passion of the Christ to an overflowing auditorium.

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and Gibson used that strongly. “The aftermath of this film will depend on future Christian leadership,” she said. Raphael said a student told her “the gospel is not anti-semitic because Jews are really like that” and that is the problem. She said Gibson added a lot of details such as the presence of Satan at the trial and in the crowd, which is not in the gospels, the high priest bribing the audience and how the men who beat Jesus seemed to enjoy it. However, Price said Satan was brought into the film to show spirituality and the struggle and conflict Jesus felt. Cohen said that since 1965 there has been an effort to bridge the gap, especially between Jews and Christians. “I think it has resulted in very good times,” she said. “With this film, that could come to a screeching halt. Is history the enemy of faith?” An audience member said he did not see the film as antisemitic and the media tries to blame violent movies and music for occurrences like Columbine, when those things come from inside a person, not from an outside influence. Bell-Metereau added her view on influence. “We’re all influenced by

what we see in the movies, to a certain degree,” she said. Gibson is not helping the anti-semitic dialogue with his film, Raphael said. we’re not “Obviously, responsible for what our ancestors did,” she said. Cohen said this film is a particular story and she is concerned about anti-sentism in Europe, because that’s where it could get out of hand. Another audience member said that we all killed Jesus with our sins. Jesus knew that and accepted that and it was the ultimate reconciliation. The audience responded by a round of applause. Another big topic of discussion was whether the film makes a positive contribution to our understandings and appreciation of the central figure to the Christian faith. “This depends very much on individual perception,” Montague said. “I think it did.” Montague said he thought the best scene in the film was in the beginning at the Garden of Gethsemene because it was a flashback to the Garden of Eden. “I think we have to remember this is a work of art,” Montague said. Bell-Metereau said the film didn’t contribute very much cinematically because the characters did not have much depth.

“As a film scholar, what interested me about the film is that it’s caused a lot of controversy and has made a lot of money,” she said. Frost said that after reading reviews of the film it almost seemed that critics were watching different movies, because people walk in with different backgrounds. “For me, it was hard to see the translation of love out of this brutality,” he said. Gibson had limited time to present his film, Montague said. “The reason, I think, Christians appreciated it is because they knew the story,” he said. Crufixication is brutal and has been done to many people, but watching people die is not positive psychologically, Frost said. Cohen added that she wanted to see more of what Jesus meant. Although there were flashbacks, it was not enough. “I didn’t see love,” she said. “To me there was so much blood and violence. I couldn’t get past that.” Audience members came for various reasons. “I came because I’m a Christian, I saw the film and I wanted to hear a bunch of diverse opinions on it,” said Ashley Cherry, photography senior. Greg Wentzel, business

administration junior, said he thought the discussion went well. He came to hear what the panelist had to say and to broaden his view. June Boston, Grace Bible Church member, said she has not seen the movie, but has seen many movies on cruxification. “I came because of all the things I’ve read about the movie,” she said. Panelists thought the discussion went well. Price said this is the first film on the life of Jesus that depicts things in a way that shows his passion and suffering the way it was. He said violence was necessary to show really what happened and to show the love Jesus had for others. Jesus was a sacrifice on the behalf of others to pay for their sins. He then quoted Jesus saying “No man takes my life from me. I lay it down for myself.” Cohen said she learned a lot. “I came expecting an informed discussion of the questions the film brings up,” she said. Gordon said he was also happy with the turn out. “One thing I did notice is that the audience was really into it,” he said. Gordon said his next event will be a debate on gay marriage on April 15.

Ceremony pays tribute to 20-year Air Force member

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Every four years, enlisted members of the United States Air Force make the decision of whether they want to once again pledge to serve their country in the military. The first time Master Sgt. Joseph Shaeffer, applied arts and sciences senior, enlisted was more than 20 years ago. He will be honored today by members of the Texas State Air Force ROTC with a re-enlistment ceremony, which pays tribute to his continuation of many years of service. “I wanted to stay in the Air Force until my degree was completed,” Shaeffer said. “I’m having a good time doing it.” The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at Hines Academic Center in front of about 75 uniformed cadets of the Texas State

Air Force ROTC. It will be performed by Shaeffer’s supervisor, Capt. Michael Riley, a 1996 geography graduate of Texas State. The ceremony will be short, lasting only a few minutes, with Shaeffer pledging his commitment to the Air Force. The oath he will recite will pledge his duty to the Air Force for the next four years until he is again up for re-enlistment. “It’s not a ceremony with music and a guest speaker and a cake at the end,” Riley said. “We’re just saying that your time is important to me as an officer so I’m going to take the time and perform this ceremony rather than just making it a process.” Riley said that he is honored Shaeffer asked him to perform the ceremony. “It’s a big deal for an enlisted

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have to be ceremonial. It can consist of simply stating the oath and not making a big deal out of it, but they often choose to make it ceremonial to show how big the commitment is. “It’s something we don’t take lightly,” Lefforge said. “The result of the ceremony is an individual committing their life to a higher calling and to the care and protection and defense of their nation. It has an emotional meaning to the individual and the service to the United States Air Force.”


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WASHINGTON — Using the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers have taken the deepest snapshot of the visible universe, peering far back in time to galaxies that formed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang. Steven Beckwith, director of the Space Telescope Science

Senate poised to take tough line on taxes WASHINGTON — The Senate appears ready to adopt strict new budget rules this week that would make it more difficult to permanently extend President Bush’s tax cuts, a potential blow to the centerpiece of the president’s election-year economic agenda. Bush has repeatedly called on Congress to make permanent the $1.7 trillion in tax cuts approved since he came to office. Those tax cuts would expire over the next six years, with all of them disappearing by 2011. But rising voter concerns over record budget deficits have made some Republicans skeptical about Bush’s request. A bipartisan bill written by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., would allow those tax cuts to be extended only if they are offset by equivalent spending cuts or other tax increases. That mandate could be overridden only by a 60-vote majority in the 100seat Senate. The measure would exempt three tax cuts aimed at moderate income households that expire this year: the expanded 10-percent income tax bracket, the $1,000-per-child tax credit and the “marriage penalty” cut. “We’re saying we want to be modest on tax cuts now, but after that, you’ve got to start paying for it,” said Domenici, a former Senate Budget Committee chairman who has remained influential on tax-and-spending matters. Briefs are from wire reports.

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Students looking to give back to the San Marcos community by participating in Bobcat Build have until 5 p.m. today to sign up. “(Bobcat Build) is a way for us to bridge the gap between (students) and the San Marcos said Dainon community,” Deviney, co-founder of Bobcat Build and counseling and guidance graduate student. Volunteers will meet at the Bobcat Village parking lot at 8:30 a.m. March 27 for breakfast. They will be given a T-shirt and dispatched to their job site until their task is complete. Most jobs will last until 1 p.m. but some will finish earlier, Deviney said. Deviney said last year’s Bobcat Build, which was its first, had 23 greek organizations, 15 student organizations and 100 individuals working to clear lots for Habitat for Humanity, clean trash in local parks and work on playgrounds. “I think Bobcat Build is a great feat that the students do here because we’re helping out so many schools and families and businesses,” said Noe Vela, Interfraternity Council president and exercise and sports science senior. “Philanthropy is a big part of greek organizations, and I feel if we didn’t do it we would be being hypocritical.” This year volunteers will wash school buses, paint fences and with neighborhood assist cleanups, along with other jobs similar to last year’s. Registration forms for Bobcat Build can be picked up at the Student Volunteer Connection office in the LBJ Student Center or downloaded from Those with further questions can contact Deviney at 245-1687 or e-mail him at For full version of this story, visit

Institute in Baltimore, said Tuesday the new image takes astronomers “within a stone’s throw of the beginning of the universe.” During four months, scientists used the Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys to take a cumulative million-second exposure of a small slice of night sky in the constellation Fornax. The image has about 10,000 galaxies, including some that may be among the first to emerge from the so-called dark ages, shortly after the Big Bang when the expanding cosmos was a cold, opaque place. The image shows objects as they appeared when the universe was less than 5 percent of its current estimated age of 13.7 billion years, Beckwith said at a briefing.

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argue that they will provide a lot of different community services themselves,” O’Leary said. “But there’s a lot of opposition in the community and in the Dunbar neighborhood.” Robert Habingreither, San Marcos mayor, said many residents of the community have approached the Council voicing opposition to the group’s request to have the exclusive right to use the center. “I personally think the persuasion of the council will follow these people’s concerns,” Habingreither said. “That does not mean I don’t think we should help the Mitchell Center,

either.” Habingreither said the proposal to give control of the center exclusively to the group has been the only one thus far, and other solutions, he said, should be examined. The issue will be added to the next City Council agenda for discussion on March 22. The Council also agreed to a partnership with Hays County to commit $92,000 to a $1 million plan to clean natural brush dams deposited by past floods along the Blanco River. According to the Council agenda, the debris creates fire hazards and increases the potential for future flooding. The county will be responsi-

ble for project management, which will clean a 7-mile stretch from Dudley Johnson Park, to the confluence of the Blanco and San Marcos rivers. A grant application to the Federal Natural Resources Conservation Service was approved in July 2003 for $750,000. The county will commit more than $200,000 to the project, provided by grant funds from the Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs. “A lot of the time we don’t get to talk about things that are very good that happen,” Habingreither said. “It’s a good project, and I’m very proud of it.”

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said she was very happy that Icossipentarhos was elected. She said earlier in the day that the College Republicans were on the side of the road holding up signs, and passing out fliers for Icossipentarhos and Will Conley’s campaigns. Hanks said to have Icossipentarhos win by such a small margin made her feel good the effort made a difference in the race. The College Republicans were in The Quad Tuesday passing out registration forms and encouraging people to vote. Eighty people voted in early registration on campus. Hanks said she heard most people say that college students do not vote because there are so many elections, and they feel their vote is not important. “This primary shows that everyone’s vote does count,

and every election is important,” Hanks said. election “Icossipentarhos’s proves just how important each vote is. My vote could have been one of the 14 that nominated him.” In other Hays County elections, Republicans Conley and Sam Davis will have a run-off election for the Precinct 3 County Commissioner nomination. Larry Meyers won the nomination Place 2 in the Criminal Appeals Court, Cheryl Johnson won the nomination for Place 5 and Mike Keasler won the nomination for Place 6. JoAnne Prado, D-San Marcos, was nominated for Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace. Also on the Democratic primary ballot were two propositions. In Hays County, voters decided against a proposition to privatize Social Security by an overwhelming majority and

in favor of a proposition prohibiting state mandates that required tax increases. In other Republican primaries, Alan Askew was elected as the nominee for the 45th District of the State House and Paul Green, of San Antonio, was nominated for Place 5 in the state Supreme Court. Bill Green, of Austin, was nominated for the Place 4 in the 3rd Appeals Court, and Bill Davidson, of Austin, was nominated for Place 6. At press time, Ciro Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, and Jim Hopson, R-Seguin, the 28th Congressional District race in Hays County. Meanwhile, John Kerry was dominating the Democratic presidential primary with 67 percent of the votes, and President George W. Bush wrapped up the nomination as the Republican candidate. BC wants to be your college of choice.

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College or at Temple College at Taylor, so our part is offering junior and senior work or graduate work. “The new facility will house all the classrooms, lecture halls, computer labs and media, technology support and administrative offices.” “This building will do everything,” Rehbein said. “As we continue to grow, the classrooms will hopefully move out to more classroomappropriate buildings. (The new building) is projected to be the administration building in the future.” Texas State is the lead institution of the RRHEC and acts as primary coordinator for the center. All courses and degrees offered at the center are those offered by the university. “These are Texas State programs,” Gratz said. “It’s our degrees, our set of programs. So when a student graduates after completing coursework at the Round Rock Higher Education Center, they are a ‘Texas State graduate.’” Classes are scheduled for late afternoon and evening to accommodate working students. As well as having the same programs, Texas State also shares its faculty with the RRHEC.

“We have one faculty and one set of programs,” Gratz said. “ Our faculty has worked very hard to deliver programs and to make this center a real possibility. The faculty has really done a great deal of work and made sacrifices to deliver courses closer to where our students live.” The building received legislative funding as well as a donation of 101 acres of land for the site by the Avery family of Round Rock. In addition, the facility received additional support from the federal government as well as the local community. “The Round Rock Chamber of Commerce has been very supportive,” Rehbein said. “The city of Round Rock has been donating improvements such as fixing up the roads out there. They really see the Round Rock Higher Education Center as a focal point, as a boost to attracting more businesses to the community.” With a permanent facility in the works, as well as plenty of acreage, there is room to accommodate 15,000 students on the site. “We have a hundred-acre site and this building that is approved is the first building on that site,” Gratz said. “It’s the one building we have legislative funding for, but depending on growth, there is room for expansion and then some.”


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udging from the barbecue sauce smeared on his face and the scent of mesquite smoke emanating from his clothes, one can tell Texas State alumus and documentary filmmaker Chris Elley is in love. Actually, he has several loves, but somehow he has managed to combine all of them into a single film titled Barbecue: A Texas Love Story, which will debut Sunday during the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin. Elley’s first love, chronologically speaking, is filmmaking. He made his first films at the age of 15 as part of a broadcast journalism class at Seguin High School. From Elley this he discovered his passion for making films and the truth behind the maxim that if one asks for something there is a good chance one might get it. “I’ve never been shy about asking,” Elley said. “My only self-produced series was a show called C-TV that ran on the local cable network in Seguin. That show was short-lived, but it was basically a way to experiment with video and see what we could pull off. “We were able to get credentials from the NBA for All-Star Weekend and to be on the red carpet for the opening of Planet Hollywood in San Antonio. That started a life of ‘Oh, well if I ask, maybe they will give it to me.’” Elley, 26, graduated from Texas Lutheran University with a bachelor’s degree in 1998 and completed work on his master’s degree in mass communication in 2000 at then-SWT. While attending SWT, he worked on his film titled In the Shadow of the Moon: People of the American Space Program, which is still in use today by NASA for public exposition. The film was a collaboration between SWT, NASA and Elley’s production company, Electro-Fish Media, which told the stories of those who developed the technologies that enabled man to reach the moon and create those space-age household products we take for granted, such as Velcro. Elley worked with history department graduate students to conduct oral-history type interviews of a cross-section of Apollo Project retirees. “In the end, these people changed the world by developing technologies that

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not only got us to the moon but became the foundation for countless new products and ideas,” he said. “We will forever be indebted to them and their ingenuity.” After Elley graduated from SWT, he went on to work as a senior producer and on-air marketing director at KEYE News in Austin. He currently works at Outreach Health Services as a senior producer in its communications division. He works fervently on his documentary in his spare time. He said there are two sources of inspiration for his latest opus, which reveals another love of his — barbecue pork ribs. One was a 48 Hours segment from 1999 that featured the sibling rivalry of the heirs of Lockhart-based Kreuz Market, which has been serving up its famous barbecue since 1900. Edgar “Smitty” Schmidt, who bought the acclaimed meat market from Alvin Kreuz in 1948, had sold the business to his sons by the time he passed away in 1990, but left the historic building to his daughter, Nina Sells, in his will. In 1997, Sells and her brother, Rick Schmidt, began negotiating a new lease. The siblings began squabbling when Sells decided she wanted to raise the rent, which resulted in Rick deciding to open his own barbecue joint across town. “The image that stuck in my mind was when they were officially moving Kreuz Market down the street,” Elley said. “They were dragging the ceremonial embers of the pits because the fire hasn’t gone out in over 100 years so they wanted to keep the fire burning. They put it in a large metal tub and pulled it by hand with chains over the railroad tracks on the way to the new location and they had a police escort. I just loved that scene because that tells you how much passion Texans have about anything really, but especially barbecue. That always stuck with me.” Elley’s second source of inspiration was listening to Robert Earl Keen’s song “Barbecue” while driving through the Hill Country in December 2002. “That image came back to me from Lockhart and I thought that would be a really great story — small towns and barbecue,” he said. Soon thereafter, Elley enlisted the help of a few of his co-workers, filmmaker friends and Texas State and University of Texas students who were willing to work for complimentary barbecue meals and the prospect of adding to their demo reels. “We had an amazing group of 39 people who had to work for free under difficult circumstances,” he said. “You just can’t do anything with the budget we had without a crew like that.” He initially focused the film on barbecue joints in Central Texas. However,

once word got out about the project, he decided to widen the scope to include locales across the state because of the many tips he received about places he had to check out. Elley and his Austin/San Marcosbased crew logged about 10,000 miles driving across the state during a six-month period as they traveled to places as far away as La Kiva, just west of Big Bend National Park in Terlingua, and as close as Smitty’s in Lockhart, which some consider to be the barbecue capital of Texas — and even the world. The film is partly shot in a road-trip format following members of the University of Texas Student Barbecue Club as they hold their “meetings” at various barbecue establishments across the state. Occasionally, Elley and his crew veer off the course to capture some interesting ways barbecue helps make up Texas’ unique cultural fabric. The film is full of colorful stories explaining how barbecue makes a unique impact on the everyday lives of those who eat it. In Huntsville, the filmmakers get a taste of the New Zionist Baptist Church’s “holy barbecue” and find out how it has helped bridge racial divides. In Elgin, Texas’ official sausage capital, they experience the city’s annual Hogeye Festival and the vocal stylings of the Sowpremes, a group of women who wear pink boas and re-word popular songs to relate in some form or fashion to Texas’favorite pork product. In Denton, Elley interviews Steve Logan, whose barbecue joint burned down after 23 years of service to the community. A teary-eyed Logan tells the camera about how members of that community are coming together to help rebuild his business. Throughout the film Elley explores the ways barbecue serves as a vehicle for bringing communities, families and even those who never seem to get along — namely politicians — together. In fact, the film is narrated by former Gov. Ann Richards and features interviews g See BBQ, page 9

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP — John Fullilove cooks up some barbecue at Smitty’s Market, located in Lockhart; The Sowpremes do a little number in Elgin, the Sausage Capital of Texas. The women re-work popular songs so they relate to pork or sausage (like “The Little Old Lady from Porksadena”) and perform them at community events; Elgin resident Ernest Bracewell talks about the city being the official Sausage Capital of Texas in an interview at Southside Market; Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards poses with a piece of barbecue. Richards narrates Barbecue: A Texas Love Story; Lockhart resident Chuck Bryan is interviewed in front of Smitty’s Market.

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Soul-crushing admission prices notwithstanding, South By Southwest, Austin’s premiere festival for music and film, should be the No. 1 vacation spot for any cinema fan this Spring Break. The 2004 lineup maintains the high standards of independent and unique lo-fi movies that SXSW has developed since its inception of a film category in 1993. The most notable speaker on the ticket is Gary Ross (screenwriter of Big, Dave, Pleasantville and Seabiscuit), who will discuss his success in Hollywood as both a writer and a director. Other unique panels include “Let’s All Go to the Lobby: Modern Movie Exhibition,” which will take a look at the destructive path the behemoth DVD market has cut through the traditional American theater experience, and “Use The Web Before The Web Uses You,” a discussion on how to harness the explosion of Internet movie piracy to the advantage of filmmakers. There is no theme to the film schedule, though there seems to be a slant toward political-minded documentaries, like Bush’s Brain, which pointedly spotlights Karl Rove’s involvement in polishing up George W. for presidential material. SXSW’s film festival runs from Friday through March 20. Ticket price for viewing all films is $250. Gozu Dir.: Takashi Miike Narrative Feature, Regional Premiere Yakuza, the corpse of a missing brother and breastmilk. Themes like this are not so out-ofplace for Miike, director of 2001’s gruesome, masochistic gangster saga Ichi the Killer. Miike has since burrowed out a niche for himself in the ranks of disturbing cinema. Though perhaps not as gory, the chances are

good that Gozu will remain in step with Miike’s previous works. (March 12, midnight-Alamo Drafthouse) Cosmopolitan Dir.: Nishi Ganatra Narrative Feature, Regional Premiere Gantra (Drown Soda) and Sabrina Dhawan, the screenwriter of Monsoon Wedding, combined to create a selfdescribed modern love story about rediscovered love. Gopal (Roshan Seth), recently single, has begun to fall for his oddly attractive neighbor, Mrs. Shaw (Carol Kane). Cosmopolitan is based on a short story by Akhil Sharma and will premiere on PBS in June on the series Independent Lens. (March 12, 9:30 p.m.-Dobie; March 17, 12:30 p.m.-Dobie; March 19, 7:15 p.m.-Dobie) Code 46 Dir.: Michael Winterbottom Narrative Special Screening Tim Robbins (Mystic River) helms this futuristic love story. Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People) paints a bleak future in which humanity is restricted to tightly monitored cities. One must buy special travel insurance in order to leave the city, which is a service provided by Robbins’ character, William. When William’s company sends him out to investigate insurance forgeries, he meets a woman that causes second thoughts about family life and commitment to his job. (March 12, 9 p.m.-Paramount) The Hunting of The President Dir.: Harry Thomason, Nickolas Perry Documentary Feature,

Regional Premiere With great power comes great vendettas. The Hunting of The President, based on the best-selling book by Gene Lyons and Joe Conason, elaborates on the 10-year grudge formed against President Clinton that haunted him throughout his campaign for presidency all the way to his impeachment trial. (March 13, 2:15 p.m.-Alamo Drafthouse; March 19, 12:30 p.m.-Paramount) Napoleon Dynamite Dir.: Jared Hess Narrative Feature, Regional Premiere This is a comedy about life in the small town of Preston, Idaho, and, more specifically, as it is seen by the eccentric Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder). This is Hess’ first feature film, though he did make his breakthrough with 2003’s Peluca, which is also set in Preston, Idaho. (March 13, 7 p.m.-Alamo Drafthouse; March 15, 7 p.m.Millennium) Dear Pillow Dir.: Bryan Poyser Narrative Feature, Regional Premiere Dear Pillow is the film at SXSW that has the least amount of star power but, in terms of potential, the most amount of firepower. It’s the story of 17year-old Wes (Rusty Kelly), who is tired of his job as a supermarket sacker, so he decides to take up writing scripts for pornographic films. The scenes from the trailer, with Wes murmuring about the trouble and the girls in his life, gave

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the film a rough edge that is reminiscent of a more gentle Kids, assuming such a feat is possible. (March 13, 7:30 p.m.-Convention Center; March 17, 2:30 p.m.-Convention Center; March 19, 7:20 p.m.-Alamo Drafthouse) Still Doing It Dir.: Deirdre Fishel Documentary Feature, World Premiere The success of Oxygen, Lifetime and WE must be indicative of something. More specifically, with the increasing female independence comes an inescapable crumbling of antiquated social codes. To put it more simply: some Grandmas still like having sex. Is this subject matter that most audiences are prepared to handle? Maybe not, but it must take some guts to make a documentary about it. (March 13, 10 p.m.-Convention Center; March 15, 1 p.m.Alamo Drafthouse; March 19, 10 p.m.- Alamo Drafthouse) Super Size Me Dir.: Morgan Spurlock Documentary Feature, Regional Premiere The fattening of America is no new subject for documentaries, but few filmmakers have gone so far as to include themselves in the study. Spurlock’s decision to take the fast food challenge and engage in the McDonald’s “diet” for 30 days should be enough to put this documentary on the map. Ironically, though, just recently has McDonald’s decided to downsize their “super size” order. (March 13, 9:30 p.m.-Paramount; March 19, 9:45 p.m.-

Paramount) Dead and Breakfast Dir.: Matthew Leutwyler Narrative Feature, World Premiere The world can’t get enough zombie movies. Dead and Breakfast is like a nice appetizer in preparation for Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Dawn of the Dead. Dead and Breakfast, starring David Carradine, is about six friends who stop at a bed and breakfast in the open country while on their way to Galveston. It looks dark enough to satisfy horror fans and lighthearted enough to please anyone else that might mistakenly walk in. (March 14, midnight-Alamo Drafthouse; March 17, 9:45 p.m.-Millennium; March 19, 9:30 p.m.-Millennium) This Land Is Your Land Dir.: Lori Cheatle, Daisy Wright Documentary Feature, World Premiere As told through radio commentator Jim Hightower, artist Ron English, author Naomi Klein and veteran journalist Jack Newfield, This Land is Your Land is a look at the effects of corporations on the character of American society. Commentary from The Raging Grannies is also included. (March 14, 5 p.m.-Convention Center; March 17, 4:45 p.m.Paramount; March 19, 1 p.m.Alamo Drafthouse)

Eddie Murphy’s career was built on slick-witted vulgarity, but since becoming a family man that entire image has changed (though there is no denying that Disney had a glove in it). Jersey Girl may be Smith’s equivalent in maturation; the lack of Jason Mewes’ name in the credits may be a testament to that already. In Jersey Girl, Ben Affleck plays a N.Y. publicist who suddenly becomes unemployed, single and is left with the responsibility of raising a child. More or less, Jersey Girl is a wildcard. (March 14, 8:30 p.m.Paramount) Intermission Dir.: John Crowley Narrative Feature, Regional Premiere Colin Farrell stars in this self-styled “urban love story.” His character, John, decides to separate from his girlfriend, Deirdre (Shirley Henderson), in order to relieve tensions between them. The solitude, disputes and miscommunications that follow are a little slice of something that anyone who has been in a relationship can attest to. (March 13, 7 p.m.-Millennium; March 15, 9:30 p.m.-Millennium)

Jersey Girl Dir.: Kevin Smith Narrative Feature, Screening in Special Screenings They say that when you have a child your whole life changes.

I Am Stamos Dir.: Rob Meltzer Narrative Short With a subject matter so distinctly unusual, there is no avoiding the possibility of Malkovichian inspiration. I Am Stamos grafts the handsome face of 10-10-987’s posterboy and Full House cultural icon, John Stamos, to the reflection of a hopeless character actor Andy Shrub (Robert Peters). Though it’s a couple years behind Being John Malkovich, I Am Stamos has the potential to stand its ground as a dark comedy. (March 13, 7 p.m.-Oslo)

mother so forcefully that the audience’s weeping was open and unashamed. With a solid supporting cast and brilliant cinematography, this film is unlike anything released in years. The Passion beautifully blends the cruel realities of Jesus’ capture, suffering and crucifixion with hopeful displays of forgiveness and love. As the entire script is spoken in Aramaic and Latin, with subtitles, Gibson adds an extra degree of realism to the film’s historical accuracy. The acting is heart-wrenching and inspiring, and there were very few dry eyes in the theater. Despite controversy and debate by some Jewish organizations that see the film as antiSemitic, The Passion surpasses

any racial or religious boundary. The message is simple and honest. One of the most amazing aspects of this film comes at the end, when the credits begin and the lights come up. Other films tend to have the din of a post-film buzz, voicing disagreement or approval. After The Passion ended, there was absolute silence afterward, which remained as the audience departed. Whether Jewish, gentile or just a conventional moviegoer, anyone willing to see The Passion will be moved. No matter how strong your convictions are, you will think long and hard when it ends. — Jeff Miller

The Passion moves audience with painfully heartfelt performances The Passion of the Christ, directed by Mel Gibson and released Feb. 25, is one of the most powerful and gripping cine- film matic ac- R E V I E W complish«««« ments in film The Passion history. The of the Christ hardest thing Dir.: Mel Gibson to do is write Stars: James Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, a review for Claudia Gerini, this film, as Maia Morgenstern words fall Rated R short of the experience itself. Caviezel portrays Jesus, and his performance is painfully heartfelt. Morgenstern, who plays his mother Mary, delivers the torment of the agonized

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with Liz Carpenter, President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s chiefof-staff, and Cactus Pryor, who worked for Johnson on his ranch. In the film, Carpenter and Pryor recall how barbecue played a part in the hospitality provided to heads of state visiting the Johnson Ranch. Other high profile figures featured in the film include native Texan Dan Rather, the multifaceted Kinky Friedman and Art Alexakis, Everclear frontman and non-Texan barbecue aficionado, who met Elley and his crew at the Salt Lick in Driftwood to talk about his passion for barbecue before a gig later that night in Austin. Eating barbecue and meeting famous people are only a couple of reasons Elley and his crew signed up to work on the selffinanced (besides a few sponsorships), independent film. Bob Boucher, associate producer and one of Elley’s day-job co-workers, said he was interest-

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ed in working in film for awhile before Elley proposed the idea for a documentary about barbecue. “Chris and I had become friends from working together and when he said he thought making a documentary about barbecue would be cool I said ‘Let’s go,’” Boucher said. “We didn’t really have any clue how we were going to this. We were just going to go around and talk to people about barbecue and it just snowballed.” Boucher said when he told people they were working on a film about barbecue they would immediately open up and begin telling stories. “With every place we stopped at and everyone we talked to we had fun,” Boucher said. “We put a lot of work into it, but there was a story everywhere we went. We were very fortunate in that respect.” The “love story” would not be complete without mentioning that Elley met his girlfriend while shooting the film.

“Part of the reason you do a project like this is to forget about other things like a social scene and dating and getting your mind on something else,” Elley said. “So this is my escape from the rest of the world and to end up meeting my girlfriend was definitely unexpected.” The film will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Sunday during the SXSW Film Festival at the Austin Convention Center and again at the same time on Tuesday at the Dobie Theater. Elley said he hopes to get a big crowd at the Austin Convention Center because viewers at that showing will have an opportunity to vote on the festival’s Audience Favorite award. “We just want to be seen at (SXSW),” he said. “We’re most interested in sharing our work with the world and (SXSW) is a great way to meet the people that can make that happen. Even before the festival, we’re seeing that (SXSW) is a terrific springboard, exposing our work to people across the globe.”

Hidalgo requires suspension of belief Even with his involvefilm ment in more than 40 films, R E V I E W the real ques««« tion answered Hidalgo Dir.: Joe Johnston by Hidalgo is Stars: Viggo whether MorMortensen, Omar tensen can Sharif, Zuleikha pry himself Robinson, J.K. away from the Simmons Rated PG-13 Tolkienology that has made him a star. In Hidalgo, Mortensen’s soft-spoken yet stoic cowboy persona is a dead ringer for the classic Western hero. His transition from a warrior king is seamless and, hopefully, will carry his career to greater heights than a soggy Indiana Jones and Seabiscuit combination. Hidalgo is ostensibly based on the “true story” of Frank Hopkins, a half-white, half-American Indian U.S. postal courier who may have championed a few long-distance horse races

circa 1890. After unwittingly delivering the message that led to the American Indian slaughter at Wounded Knee Creek, Frank’s ambition collapses and he finds himself bumbling around piss-drunk at the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. Out of the blue, Frank receives notice from a wealthy Sheikh (Sharif), who challenges Frank’s declaration that his mixed-breed mustang, Hidalgo, is the greatest racing horse in the world. The open invitation to join the grueling Arabian race, the “Ocean of Fire,” is enough for Frank to climb out of the bottle and put himself, as well as Hidalgo, to a final test. During the race, Johnston (Jurassic Park III) wrings every picturesque drop the Middle East has to offer. There is no shortage of impressive bleeding sunsets or of wide, sweeping shots of limitless golden sand. The events entwined with these necessary montages, unfortunately, are handled with less care. Outside of surviving exhaustion,

Frank has little personally vested in the success of the race. The private demons he brings to the desert are restricted to the Wounded Knee tragedy, which leaves him little room for involvement. Because of this, the conflict becomes painfully episodic and gradually loses cohesiveness altogether. A race that prides itself on its epic nature cannot logically be put on hold because Frank needs to rescue the princess. The optimistic way to approach Hidalgo is to see it through the lens of old-school Hollywood cinematics; undoubtedly the angle Johnston was shooting at. From this perspective, one wouldn’t give a double-take when the mob of previously hostile and xenophobic Arabs waiting at the finish line are now cheering Frank on instead of preparing to lynch him. Hidalgo requires this willing suspension of belief if it is to compete with the ranks of other popcorn-munching adventure films. — Chris Robinson

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Mavericks: Ratliff could have been strong addition g Cont. from page 12

Celtics and Detroit Pistons. Rasheed and Boston’s Mike James went to Detroit while Boston received Chucky Atkins and Lindsey Hunter. Atlanta received Zeljko Rebraca, Bob Sura and Chris Mills. Give me a break. It’s obvious Atlanta was trying to create cap space, but they essentially traded Abdur-Rahim and Ratliff for nothing. This leads to how the Mavericks could have capitalized on this. If they were smart, they would have offered a package involving Antoine Walker and another player — perhaps Danny Fortson — to Atlanta for Abdur-Rahim and Ratliff. The Hawks would likely have taken it because Walker’s contract was up at the end of the year and they could’ve dumped him at the end of the season. Right now, some of you Walker supporters may think I’m crazy. Given, Walker has fit into the Mavericks’ scheme so far this year, but he’s still a ball hog and is still in it for himself. As for Fortson, he’s expendable and also a jerk. If Mark Cuban was smart, he would have realized the Hawks were shedding their high contracts and the Mavericks could have put themselves in a very viable position to make a run at the championship. With those additions, the Mavericks would have gotten a great allaround post player and a true team player in Abdur-Rahim and would have also received a true defensive center and the league’s leading shot blocker in Ratliff. From there, the Mavericks would have had a starting lineup of Steve Nash at point guard, Michael Finley at shooting guard, Dirk Nowitzki at small forward (his natural position), Abdur-Rahim at power forward and Theo Ratliff at center. That would still leave Antawn Jamison, Josh Howard, Marquis Daniels and Eduardo Najera coming off the bench. This lineup would have most assuredly led the Mavs to the championship. As it is, it looks like the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings will be duking it out in the Western Conference Finals. Minnesota just got Michael Olowokandi, Wally Szczerbiak and Troy Hudson back from injuries and Sacramento just got Chris Webber back. The Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers will all be in contention for the title, but in the end, it will most likely come down to Sacramento and Minnesota fighting to play Crappy Eastern Conference Team X (probably Indiana, Detroit or New Jersey). Of course the Mavericks’ trade hope is all a “what if” scenario, but what’s the harm in that? A fan can always dream.

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Women’s SLC Recaps UTSA 61, McNeese St. 42 SAN ANTONIO — University of Texas-San Antonio senior Nikki Hendrix tied a career-high with 28 points to help the Roadrunners into the second round of the SLC Tournament with a 61-42 steamrolling of the McNeese State University Cowgirls Tuesday night. The Roadrunners trailed only once when the Cowgirls scored in the opening minutes to take a 20 lead. With 12:44 left to play in the game, Hendrix single-handedly went on an 11-0 run that lasted six minutes to put McNeese out of contention. UTSA advances to play Northwestern State University at 7 p.m. Thursday in Natchitoches, La. UT-Arlington 69, Stephen F. Austin 51 ARLINGTON, Texas — Rolo Oguneye led the University of Texas-Arlington with 22 points, while Tara Wallace added 13 off the bench and the Mavericks made 5-8 free throws in the final minutes to dispose of Stephen F. Austin State University, 69-61, Tuesday night at Texas Hall in the first round of the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament. SFA shot only 57 percent from the free throw line and could not make up ground late in the second half. Nikki Carr led SFA

with 12 points and was joined in double figures by Alex Bowman and Stacy Szymanksi with 10 points each. Carr was 4-6 from the field, including 2-2 on three point attempts in the game. Tiffany Perkins added six points for SFA. Northwestern St. 69, Sam Houston St. 61 NATCHITOCHES, La. — SLC Player of the Year La’Terrica Dobin scored a game-high 22 points and had seven assists and seven rebounds Tuesday to lead the Northwestern State Demons past Sam Houston State University 60-61 in the first round of the SLC Tournament. Ashley Sparkman just missed a triple-double with nine points, a school and tournamentrecord blocked shots and a career-best 17 rebounds to send to the regular season champs into the second round against UTSA. Sam Houston was the only team to beat Northwestern in Prather Coliseum this year and got 17 points from Stacy Allen. However, the Bearkats couldn’t replicate its SLC-record 15 3-point baskets made in their 84-65 upset of NSU last month. Sam Houston was a ghastly 6-24 on 3-pointers Tuesday and was limited to 30 percent shooting overall. Compiled from staff reports

Softball: Cougars defeat Bobcats in doubleheader g Cont. from page 12

The Cougars took the lead in the top of the eighth, as third baseman Kristen Glowacz sent a frozen rope over the left-field wall for a two-run shot, making it 4-2. Houston added another run on a double from first baseman Michelle Keith, plating designated hitter Jenilee Skender, who had reached base on a strikeout. Texas State was unable to score in the bottom of the inning, as Trahan’s line drive was stabbed by Johnson with Bonetti on third base, sending the Bobcats to their first loss in seven games at home this season. Neuerburg suffered her first loss in her last nine decisions, falling to 13-3 on the year. Johnson got the win after throwing 7 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing five hits. “Johnson came in and threw hard,” said Texas State coach Ricci Woodard. “And it’s been a while since we’ve faced someone that does that.

I still thought we swung the bats decent with seven hits, we just weren’t able to get any runs across.” The back end of the doubleheader remained scoreless until Trahan lined a double to left field, bringing home Wolter, who had reached on a one-out bunt single, and advanced to second after Houston pitcher Crystal Briscoe turned her back. In the sixth, Cougar center fielder Kim Neslony led off with an infield single. Second baseman Jamie Adams followed with a ground ball to Hodge, who’s throw to second base was off the mark, allowing Neslony to move to third. Glowacz took advantage of the runners on base, blasting a Trahan pitch over the wall in left field for a 3-run home run, giving the Cougars a 3-1 lead. “The defense didn’t make routine plays,” Woodard said. “And Glowacz swings the bat as well as anyone in the country. She’s definitely not someone you want to face with

Something has to give Wednesday when the University of Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners and Southeastern Louisiana University Lions square off in the Southland Conference tournament Semifinals in Hammond, La. UTSA enters the matchup as one of the hottest teams in the

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This is a matchup of similar teams, as both possess strong inside-outside games offensively. For UTSA, forward LeRoy Hurd, the SLC Player of the Year, gives the Roadrunners the ability to score from anywhere on the floor. Hurd led the league in scoring for the second consecutive season, with 19.6 points per game. Guard Raphael Posey is red hot after scoring 27 points on 911 shooting in their quarterfinal win against Texas State. SLU has its fair share of firepower as well and is led by First-

S coreboard SOFTBALL vs Houston (GM 1) 3/9/04 R H E

Score by inning

Houston.......................0..0..0...0 ..2...0...0...3 5 8 2 TEXAS STATE..............2...0..0...0...0...0...0...0 2 7 2 TEXAS STATE (19-6)

Houston (20-8)

Players cf 2b 3b dh pr c 1b ss lf ph rf ph

AB Nesloney 4 Adams 4 Glowacz 3 Skender 4 Baker 0 Ferreris 4 Keith 4 Gonzalez 4 Johnson 3 Davis 1 Durham 2 Clark 1 TOTALS 34

R H RBI 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 8 5

Players cf Zaleski rf Wolter c Bonetti 1b Snow 2b Wilson dh Trahan 3b Hodge ss Vice lf Krueger

AB 4 4 3 3 3 4 3 3 3

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

Team All-SLC selections guard Amir Abdur-Rahim and center Nate Lofton, the SLC’s Newcomer of the Year. Guard Michael Gardener also garnered postseason accolades, being named Second-Team All-SLC, and led the Lions to their quarterfinal win against Northwestern State University with 28 points, including a clutch 3pointer with just more than a minute to play. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the University Center. Compiled from staff reports


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FG M-A Perkins 0-3 Alp. Johnson 0-2 Ale. Johnson 1-6 Brooks 6-12 Talbert 5-8 Burrow 2-6 Kelly 1-2 Riley 0-0 West 3-9 Hinton 4-7 Putnam 0-1 TOTALS 22-56


Falco Johnson

S. Williams Livaudais Biley LaCour Randle O’Neal Guillaume Dorsey M. Williams Pantallion J. Brown C. Brown Totals

TOTALS 30 2 7 1

IP H R ER BB SO AB BF 0.1 2 2 2 1 0 2 5 7.2 5 0 0 0 9 28 28


Neuerburg 8.0 8 5 3 0 10 34 35 Win - Jenny Johnson (8-4), Loss -Nicole Neuerburg (13-3) Save - None Time - 2:30, Attendance - 220


Houston.......................0..0..0...0 ..0...3...0 TEXAS STATE..............0...0..1...0...0...0...0

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R H RBI 1 10 1 00 1 13 0 00 0 10 0 00 0 00 0 00 0 10 3 43

Players cf rf c p 2b 1b ss 3b lf

Zaleski Wolter Bonetti Trahan Wilson Snow Vice Hodge Griffith TOTALS

AB 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 1 3 26

R H RBI 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1

IP H R ER BB SO AB BF 5.0 5 1 1 2 7 20 22 2.0 0 0 0 1 4 6 7



M-A 3-6 5-5 0-4 2-5 4-10 0-3 5-11 0-1 0-0 2-3 1-4 1-3 23-55

FT Rbnd M-A M-A Of-T A TO B S Pt 2-4 2-2 1-4 3 2 0 1 10 0-0 3-6 2-3 2 1 2 3 13 0-0 2-4 0-3 1 0 0 0 2 0-0 6-9 0-2 2 3 0 0 10 0-1 1-3 5-11 0 3 4 2 9 0-1 2-3 0-0 0 1 2 0 2 2-6 0-0 2-4 0 2 0 0 12 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 0 0 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 0 4 0-0 1-4 2-5 1 0 2 2 3 0-0 3-4 1-2 0 1 0 0 5 4-13 22-37 15-41 11 16 10 8 72

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

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

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

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Houston Pitching

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B S Pt 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 18 0 1 12 0 2 6 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 8 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 10 59

Technical Fouls: Texas State — None Louisiana-Monroe — None Attendance: 648

Score by inning

AB Nesloney 3 Adams 3 Glowacz 3 Skender 3 Ferreris 3 Keith 3 Gonzalez 2 Johnson 2 Durham 3 TOTALS 25

TO 1 1 3 4 4 2 0 0 7 1 0 24

FG 3Pt


IP H R ER BB SO AB BF 7.0 4 3 2 1 7 25 27

Win - Crystal Briscoe (6-2), Loss -Katie Ann Trahan (6-3) Save - Jenny Johnson (7) Time - 2:15, Attendance - 176

SLC SOFTBALL Standings Teams


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

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

T 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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

W 19 13 12 9 7 11 3 10 7 3

L 7 7 11 11 12 17 10 12 13 16

T 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

PCT .731 .650 .522 .450 .375 .393 .231 .455 .350 .158

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

UCLA (19) Arizona (1) California Florida State LSU Georgia Oklahoma Alabama Stanford Louisiana-Lafayette Florida State Michigan Tennessee Pacific South Carolina Oregon Fresno State Oregon State Nebraska South Florida Florida Texas Arizona State Georgia Tech Long Beach State

21-0 25-0 23-2 21-3 22-4 17-4 18-5-1 19-3 18-5 6-1 24-2 12-5 19-5 15-3 13-3 17-5 13-5 19-7 11-8 22-5 12-5-1 12-9 18-9 19-5 17-4

Others receiving votes : Northwestern (36), TEXAS STATE (31), Notre Dame (23), Cal State-Northridge, Baylor (15), Illinois (15), Auburn (13), Iowa (12), Texas A&M (12), Michigan State (5), Central Michigan (3), Cal State-Fullerton (2)

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runners on base. I thought Katie Ann pitched a great game, but we have to make routine plays and that’s the bottom line.” Trahan led off the bottom of the inning with a single, bringing Johnson in to pitch for Houston. Katie Bard came in and pinch ran for Trahan, moving to second on a passed ball and to third on a groundout. With two outs, shortstop Danielle Vice sent a long fly ball to right-center field, but it hung up long enough for Neslony to track it down, maintaining the 2-run Houston lead. Texas State put its leadoff runner on in the seventh when Hodge walked, but Johnson slammed the door shut, striking out the side to earn her seventh save of the year. The Bobcats will close their six-game homestand with a single game against Baylor University at 6 p.m. today, before stepping back into conference play with a three-game set against Southeastern Louisiana University this weekend.

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SLC, having won nine of its last 10 games, while SLU is 14-0 on its home court this season. The Lions and Roadrunners split the season series, with each winning on its home floor. SLU claimed a 78-68 win on Jan. 15, while UTSA evened the score with a 106-86 blowout of the Lions on the regular season’s final night. That game gave UTSA a share of the conference championship with SLU and the University of Texas-Arlington, while the 106 points for the Roadrunners was a season high.


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Stephen F. Austin State University (20-8, 11-6 SLC) at University of Texas-Arlington (18-11, 12-5 SLC) When the top-seeded University of Texas-Arlington Mavericks face the No. 4 Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjacks today, it will be a matchup of teams that had easy quarterfinal wins, as UTA beat the University of Louisiana-Monroe, 77-62, while SFA pasted Sam Houston State University, 86-53. This game is figured to be a little tighter than either one of those, as neither UTA nor SFA is flashy, but both are fundamentally solid teams that do not beat themselves. Both teams won their home games in the season series, as SFA blew out the Mavericks, 7144, at Johnson Coliseum Jan. 24, but UTA got its revenge with a 71-67 win Feb. 14. After struggling early in the SLC season with the expectations of being named the preseason favorite to win the league, the Mavericks won their last nine games to claim a share of their first-ever regular season title and the No. 1 seed. Much of that credit goes to First-Team All-SLC forward Derrick Obasohan, who has led the team in scoring in eight of the last 11 games, and Third-Team All-SLC forward Donnie Beacham, who paced the Mavericks with 23 points in their quarterfinal win against ULM. SFA will have to find a way to match UTA’s aggressiveness, as the Mavericks shot 40 free throws in the last meeting between the two teams to just 10 for the Lumberjacks. Part of that responsibility will fall on the shoulders of FirstTeam All-SLC forward Antonio Burks. But the SFA guards will also be crucial in closing down the penetration lanes, and will need Marcus Clark, one of the better on-the-ball defenders in the league to lead that charge. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. today at Texas Hall in Arlington. BIO191-867_5.75x5Logo.qxd

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An old-fashioned ’Cat fight Texas State takes two tough losses to U. of Houston By Jason Orts Sports Editor The University of Houston came into Bobcat Field Tuesday night and used the long ball and the pitching of Jenny Johnson to take both ends of a doubleheader from Texas State. Houston took the early game 5-2 on the strength of home runs from catcher Arelis Ferreris and third baseman Kristen Glowacz, who also went deep in the second game, providing all three Cougar runs in the 3-1 win. The Cougars threatened in the first, as second baseman Jamie Adams singled with one out. Glowacz reached when Texas State pitcher Nicole Neuerburg airmailed a throw to first, allowing the runners to advance to second and third. But Neuerburg got out of the Ashley A. Horton/Star photo jam on a ground ball to third and pop up to second. The Bobcats Kristen Zaleski, senior center fielder, safely slides into third against University of Houston Tuesday night. The then took advantage in the botBobcats lost both games to the Cougars, 5-2 in the first game and 3-1 in the second game.

tom of the inning, as center fielder Kristen Zaleski led off with a triple to the left-center field gap. Right fielder Janelle Wolter scored Zaleski with a slap single up the middle to open the scoring Zaleski. Catcher Rachel Bonetti followed with a walk, moving Wolter to second. Both runners moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by first baseman Hannah Snow and second baseman Ashley Wilson was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. The Cougars brought in Jenny Johnson to pitch for starter Jamie Falco, and she induced a ground ball to shortstop from designated hitter Katie Ann Trahan. But Cougar shortstop Jaci Gonzalez’s throw home was high and Ferreris was unable to control it, allowing Wolter to score and giving the Bobcats a 2-0 lead. Neither team had another chance to score until the top of the sixth, when Ferreris lined a 2-run home run over the leftfield wall, tying the game. Both teams went in order in the seventh, forcing extra innings. g See SOFTBALL, page 11

Despite effort, Bobcats fall short to Lady Indians By Rick Breland Sports Reporter

trouble early on, finished the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds — team highs in both categories. The game began on a promising note as Aleise Johnson scored the opening basket after the Lady Indians committed a turnover before getting a shot off. The Bobcats followed up that score, jumping out to a 102 lead early in the first half. However, that lead quickly disappeared as the Bobcats found themselves trailing 32-27 at halftime despite solid defense and a great deal of hustle. The Bobcats tried to keep the score close for much of the second half, largely in part to a great effort from Heather Burrow. Early in the second half, Burrow scored on an acrobatic drive along the baseline. Burrow was fouled on the play, which cut the lead to two points. She then followed up the basket by missing the freethrow, but tipped the ball to a teammate. Burrow’s scrappy effort was in vain as the Bobcats proceeded to turn the ball over and were never able to bring the game any closer than a two-point margin. Burrow will not be returning to the team next season, citing chronic knee problems as the cause for her retirement.

The Texas State women’s basketball team failed in its attempt to defend their Southland Conference tournament title Tuesday night, losing to the University of LouisianaMonroe Lady Indians in the first round of the conference tournament, 72-59. “We’ve been able to get an excellent effort out of our team all year long,” said coach Suzanne Fox. “Unfortunately we were just unable to take advantage of some opportunities in the second half.” The loss capped off what has been a disappointing season for the Bobcats, who finished the season 8-19, after winning the conference title last year. The loss was the second defeat handed to the Bobcats by the Lady Indians this season. The teams split the regular season series, each coming at home for the respective teams. The Bobcats’ victory on Feb. 14 was one of only three conference losses for the Lady Indians who finished the regular season 13-3 in conference play. Leading the Bobcats in their defeat senior 1/22/04 was 9:00 AM Julie PageBrooks, 1 who despite getting into foul

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She finished the game with 4 assists and 5 rebounds. Perpetuating the Bobcats’ woes was the foul trouble of several members of the Bobcats starting lineup. Bobcat guard Julie Brown got into trouble early by picking up two fouls in the first two minutes of play. She later redeemed herself by scoring all of her game-high 18 points in the second half. Though the season ended on a sour note, the Bobcats have reason to look forward to next season with the return of regular season scoring and rebounding leader Tori Talbert. Last year as a sophomore, Talbert was the SLC tournament MVP, averaging 15.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Talbert, who became the school’s second all-time leading rebounder, fouled out with a little more than five minutes remaining in the second half. She finished the game with 12 points and 6 rebounds after averaging 16 points and 9.9 rebounds per game coming into the contest. After the game, coach Fox stated that the team hopes to focus on recruiting in an effort to upgrade their guard play and to fill the void left by departing seniors Aleise Johnson and Julie Brooks.

Andrew Nenque/Star photo Ashley Perkins, junior guard, dribbles against a Stephen F. Austin State University opponent during the Bobcats’ 91-68 loss Friday. The Bobcats were eliminated from the Southland Conference tournament Tuesday with a loss to the University of Louisiana-Monroe Lady Indians, 72-59.

Mavericks should have used a little ingenuity in Hawks trades The Dallas Mavericks have All Mavs fans can agree that become a great team to root for a defensive presence — espeand watch. The massive scoring cially in the post — is crucial to edge they bring makes for excit- a Maverick championship. ing games and gives fans a In viewing the trades a few “never count them weeks ago involving out” spirit. several teams, the With that said, Scooter Hendon Rasheed Wallace the Mavericks play shuffle that occurred terrible defense. could’ve turned out to Dirk Nowitzki is a be something the small forward at Mavs had the potenheart, Michael tial to capitalize on if Finley is a scorer they had done some and Steve Nash is a planning and conscorer and distribuvincing. Managing Editor tor. Antoine Walker Once the Atlanta is a decent defendHawks realized they er, but is more of an offensive hadn’t the faintest chance in hell player just like the rest of his at even breaking .500 for the teammates. And let’s not even season, their management mention the Mavs’ situation at decided to jump ship and start the center position. building for the future — with

complete disregard for the remainder of the 2003-2004 season. If the Mavericks had paid attention to this inevitability, they could have pulled off an offer similar to the Portland Trail Blazers/Atlanta trade. For those that don’t know of the Rasheed shuffle, Portland finally got rid of him and threw in Wesley Person for Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Theo Ratliff and Dan Dickau. Rasheed is a great player, but Portland was understandably tired of Rasheed’s bad behavior and was ready to get rid of him. Atlanta then turned around and traded Rasheed in a threeway deal involving the Boston g See MAVERICKS, page 11

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