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Chancellor steps down after 25 years By Jennifer Warner Senior Reporter After a 25-year career as chancellor of the Texas State University System, Lamar Urbanovsky has decided to step down from his position. Urbanovsky has been with the system for 31 years, but at the last TSUS Board of Regents meeting he was granted permission to resign from his seat. “We just felt like it might be time to let someone else take the lead,” Urbanovsky said. “I’m getting up in my age.” The Board of Regents grant-

Andrew Nenque/Star photo The newest addition to safe driving rode into town with TX Safe Ride, a 35-ft., 60-passenger nightclub on wheels. TX Safe Ride provides safe transportation round trip from San Marcos to Sixth Street in Austin Thursday through Saturday for $12.

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By Ryan Coggin News Reporter

TX Safe Ride Shedule and Locations

an Marcos residents wishing to partake in the Austin nightlife but worried about driving home after a few drinks now have an alternative. TX Safe Ride, a full-service charter operation, offers patrons a ride to and from Sixth Street on a 60-passenger bus, which has been stripped and redesigned to provide a “night club” atmosphere. Eric Bramlett, company president, previously worked at a Sixth Street bar, and began pursuing the business last fall with g See RIDE, page 6

Ru ns Thu rsdays through Sat urday Night s P ick up ti mes: 9:00 at The Zone Apartments 9:10 at Hillside Ranch Apartments 9:20 at Bishop Square Apartments 9:30 at Jefferson Commons Apartments 9:40 at The Exchange (rear entrance) Return trip picks up at Sixth and Brazos streets at 2:00 a.m. and leaves Austin by 2:15 a.m. Drop of f point s ar e in t he same or de r as t he pick-u ps.

ed his request at its quarterly meeting two weeks ago at Lamar University in Beaumont. Urbanovsky URBANOVSKY will continue to stay involved in the system but will concentrate on other projects. Urbanovsky, a licensed architect, will continue to be involved with planning and construction for the system. He will also

Grant money tops Senate meeting Funds split for tenure, tenure-track

By Julie Daffern News Reporter

Tenured professors may get a larger percentage of grant money provided by the Texas State University Research Enhancement Program if the Faculty Senate approves a proposal the next time it meets.

g See CHANCELLOR, page 5

The Program gives faculty the opportunity to compete for as much as $16,000 in grant money for faculty research and creative services. In the past, tenure-track faculty, those hired on a permanent basis but without tenure, received a 10-point bonus. “I propose that in lieu of bonuses, create two pots of money — a pot of money for tenured faculty and a pot of money for tenure-track faculty,” g See SENATE, page 5

Parking violation fee increases now in effect in San Marcos By Katherine Eissler News Reporter

Texans will soon feel the effects of recently passed legislation. The San Marcos Police Department is now enforcing a bill passed in 2003 that tacks a $30 state-mandated fee onto some parking violations and requires three-year repeat offenders to pay a $100 fine. This bill, along with other legislation, was brought about in response to an almost $10 billion lack of revenue for the next two-year budget period.



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The bill has started some controversy within the State House of Representatives, where Democrats are accusing Republicans of misleading voters by saying they have spared them taxes but are raising revenue with hidden fees. “(The parking violation fee) is not a tax paid involuntarily, it’s just a fee for flouting the law,” said Willard Stouffer, political science professor. Stouffer said he is more concerned with social programs that are taking the brunt of the budget cuts, not with people who get parking tickets.

House Bill 3588 was introduced by Rep. Mike Krusee, R-Round Rock, into the Texas Legislature in April 2003 and was enrolled two months later, but was not implemented until Sept. 1. The bill is also a broad promotion of Gov. Rick Perry’s Trans Texas Corridor plan, which would position highways, rails, utility lines and pipes in corridors across the state. According to a May 2003 San Antonio Express-News article, Krusee, House Transportation Committee chairman and author of the bill, said the bill is projected to raise more than $200

Weather proves major concern for Spring Break vacations

million a year for the Texas Mobility Fund. The bill also gives regional mobility authorities power to condemn land to build toll roads just as the state can, Krusee said in the article. The SMPD and the municipal court is now applying the fee. “We didn’t start collecting it here because no one knew about it,” said Howard Williams, San Marcos police chief. People have not been happy with the newly applied fee because the fee schedule printed on the citation they

receive is different from what the courthouse is charging, Williams said. “It is something that is totally out of our control,” he said. The parking fee is an addition to the existing moving violation fees that have been in effect for years. Those fees pay for things such as law enforcement training, Williams said. Municipal courts establish the fines, limited by law to $200, which can make the amount different for individual cities, but the $30 fee is required by g See FEE, page 6

By Kassia Micek Assistant News Editor

ered by bad weather during past breaks. Jordan Edwards, undecided freshman, made plans to go to the beach and Many students go to the beach dur- shop while in Los Angeles a few years ing Spring Break to relax from classes ago but was discouraged by the cold, and lectures, where clear skies and rainy weather. warm weather make “The weather made for an enjoyable vacait just like you didn’t tion. feel much like doing However, weather anything,” she said. could prevent such Rain during the blissful experiences break is a disappointfrom happening. ment to many. Even A few years ago, worse, it could happen Amy Friedrick, fami— Ken Widelski this year. ly and consumer sciKen Widelski, NaNational Weather Service ence senior, and tional Weather Service Meteorologist Michelle Carey, famimeteorologist for the ly and consumer sciAustin/San Antonio ence junior, had a bad region, said there is a Spring Break experience at Eagle Lake, 50 percent chance for periods of rain an hour outside of Houston, but didn’t and thunderstorms for San Marcos, a 20 let it bother them. percent chance of thunderstorms and “It was freezing, and we still went to isolated showers for South Padre Island the lake, anyway,” Friedrich said. and a 30 to 40 percent chance of showHowever, other students were both- ers for the Corpus Christi/Port Aransas

“It looks okay. It doesn’t look like any major systems are in the area.”

Louis LaSassier/Star illustration area for Saturday and Sunday. During the week in SPI, temperatures could range from the upper 60s to the low 80s; it should be sunny Monday and Tuesday. However, further in the week, fog and drizzle is expected at mornings. “That usually moves off by 10 or 11 in the morning,” Widelski said.

The forecast for the rest of the week looks optimistic for the Island. On Wednesday and Thursday, partly cloudy skies are expected to lead into a mostly cloudy Friday with highs in the low 80s. Many businesses depend on clear g See WEATHER, page 5


March is Diversity Month at Texas State

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Today’s Events: 2 p.m. “The History of Homosexuality” Jay Jennings, Theatre and Dance professor Psychology Building, Room 132



EVENTS Thursday

Relationship Concerns meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. For more information, call 245-2208. Public Relations Student Society of America meets for an ice cream social at 5 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-10.1. Victory Over Violence meets from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at LBJSC, Room 3-12.1. American Sign Language Club meets at 7 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-10.1. Victory Over Violence holds a discussion Nichiren Buddhism 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 Catholic Student Center chapel. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship meets at 8 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320.

CSC provides a free lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the center. Christians at Texas State meets at noon in LBJSC, Room 3-10.1. Breaking Free From Dieting support group meets at 3 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization meets at 5 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-5.1.


Christians at Texas State meets at noon in the LBJSC, Room 3-10.1.



Higher Ground meets at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church. Deck Support airs from 8-10 p.m.

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Friday 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Working Group conference will meet on campus March 17-21, attracting anthropologists nationwide interested in ancient Native American symbolism.

The conference focuses on recovering meaning from the

ceremonial iconography of the native people of the eastern woodlands (Mississippian), including the Caddo. It is sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Symbolism of Ancient

America in the anthropology department and supported by a grant from the Lannan Foundation.

“The group of symbols carried by the pottery, statuary and

costume of the Mississippian peoples has been essentially mis-

understood until the last decade,” said Kent Reilly, conference director, associate anthropology professor and center director.

“The symbols are expressions of ancient Native American

belief systems still alive today. Our goal is to return the Native Americans’ past to them.”

This year, conferees will try to ascertain whether two

Sexual Assault & Abuse Services meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center.

groups — the Caddo of East Texas and the Cahokia in

Student Volunteer Connection meets at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-5.1.

a corpus of approximately 20 symbols they can understand

Higher Ground meets at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church. Bobcat Supper is at 5:30 p.m. at the Christian Community Center.

Crosstalk meets at 8 p.m. in the Alkek Teaching Theater.

Missouri and Oklahoma — are sharing and manipulating the same sets of symbols. In the past, conferees have put together with some certainty. Their findings will be published soon in

two volumes — Studies in Mississippian Iconography, Vols. 1 and 2.

Among the anthropologists scheduled to present at the con-

ference are James Brown, Northwestern University; James Knight, University of Alabama; David Dye, University of Memphis; Carol Diaz-Granados, Washington University of St.

Louis; Deeann Story, University of Texas faculty emerita; Vincas Steponaitis, University of North Carolina; and George Lanford, Lyons College, Arkansas.

For more information on the conference, contact Reilly at

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Report shows no evidence of racial profiling in San Marcos

San Marcos police do not use “racial profiling” or discriminate when they stop motorists for traffic violations or conduct searches during traffic stops, the 2003 Racial Profiling report has disclosed. SMPD has released its 2003 numbers and an independent analysis stating, “the probability of the ‘Traffic Stop Citations’ being discriminatory is less than one in several million.” The racial profiling analysis is required each year by state law to evaluate whether traffic stops and searches are disproportionate to the number of ethnic minorities in the community. The department must tabulate the number of traffic stops, the ethnicity of those stopped, the number of searches and the percentage of stops and searches by ethnicity. Hassan Tajalli, a statistician and Texas State political science assistant professor, reviewed the data collected for the SMPD and answered two questions related to this report. He concluded that the probability of traffic stop citations being discriminatory “is less than one in several million.” He also concluded that the ethnic distribution of searches “is the same as the ethnic distribution of citations.” Racial profiling is defined in the department’s policy as “a law enforcement initiated action based on an individual’s race, ethnicity or national origin rather than on the individual’s behavior or on information identifying the individual as having engaged in criminal activity.” SMPD Chief Howard Williams noted that this year’s report lacks required information about arrests arising from traffic stops. “We have not captured that data in the past,” Williams said. “We have corrected the oversight and we will include arrest data in next year’s report.” The 2003 Racial Profiling Report is available on the City of San Marcos Web site at


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The 10th Annual Southeastern Ceremonial Complex

Bible Study meets at 8 p.m. at the CSC.

NA Meeting is at noon. For more information, call 245-3601.


Anthropologists visit campus for Native American conference

Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets at 8 p.m. in the Bobcat Stadium Endzone Complex.

Science Fiction/Fantasy Society meets at 8 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-11.1.

Christians on Campus meets at 9:30 p.m. at the McCarty Student Center.


Dealing with Dysfunctional Families meets at 5:15 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center.


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March 9, 7:50 a.m. Burglary of a building/Nueces Building — An employee reported two computers were stolen. This case is under investigation.

March 9, 11:00 a.m. Burglary of a building/Evans Liberal Arts Building — An employee reported a computer was stolen. This case is under investigation. March 9, 9:18 a.m. Criminal attempt burglary of a building/Evans Liberal Arts Building — An employee reported an unknown individual attempted to break into his office. This case is under investigation.

March 8, 7:12 p.m. Theft under $20,000/Commons Hall — An employee reported a computer was stolen. This case is under investigation. March 8, 3:55 p.m. Criminal mischief substantial inconvience/Academy Street Garage — A student reported someone had written on her vehicle in shoe polish. This case is under investigation.

Correction A pie chart in the March 10 issue of The University Star inaccurately displayed the election results of the race for the Republican nomination for the San Marcos Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace. It should have displayed Nick Icossipentarhos receiving 51 percent of the vote and Dave Bethancourt 49 percent of the vote.

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Matt Chamber/Special to The Star Ashley Colpaart, nutrition senior, stands by the garden while the other four occupants of the Commune House do their part to maintain the house. This close-knit group of five wake up around 7:30 every morning to a fresh cooked meal.

Whole Life brings co-op housing to San Marcos By Amber Conrad News Reporter In an old house on Hutchison Street lives a new group with an alternative way of living. Whole Life, an organization originally founded as a Texas State student organization, has diversified to include a student-housing coop to benefit from a small supportive community of housemates. “I grew up as an only child, and I wanted to live with other people,” said Holly Huebner, theatre junior. “I got sick of the dorms, and this place really had a sense of camaraderie to it. It appealed to me because it seemed like the house was filled with conscious people who were aware of their actions and environment. “The feeling rubs off on me. We support everyone in whatever they do, and it really reflects in our lives,” she said. In its charter year, the group has five members, each with their own spacious living quarters. Not one of them owns a television. “It’s just not something we thought of,” said Ashley Colpaart, nutrition senior. “Really, everyone has better things to do. No one really would get much use out of one anyway,” she said. In addition to sharing a

house, the Whole Life group also owns a community garden plot off of Hopkins Street and tends a garden in their backyard. “Pretty soon we’ll never have to buy our own produce,” Colpaart said. The group is, for the most part, a vegetarian house, cooking five nights a week while hosting the occasional barbecue. Chores, or what the group calls “love,” are divided into weekly, biweekly and monthly schedules, which include the mundane but necessary tasks of taking out the trash and window washing.

making things how you want them anyway.” On Wednesday, Annie Curtis, anthropology senior, flipped homemade pancakes while migas cooked next to an apple-raisin topping that sautéed on the stove and filled the air with flavor while people wander about getting ready for the day. Breakfast might also include orange-carrot juice freshly juiced that morning. Everyone typically plods downstairs for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on a weekday, Curtis said. Meal times, like most times, are filled with joking and laughing heard throughout the

“I grew up as an only child, and I wanted to live with other people. I got sick of the dorms, and this place really had a sense of camaraderie to it.” — Holly Huebner Theatre junior and Whole Life resident A typical day begins with the sun hitting their makeshift greenhouse, which is made of windows that were used in the Whole Life house before it was remodeled. The group has made use of a variety of items that others might take for granted, such as refurbished appliances and broken glass that they used to decorate stucco tiles in the yard. “Who needs to buy it if it’s already there and still good?” said Nathan Davis, nutrition senior. “Most of the fun is

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extra people over most of the time,” Curtis said. “It’s really great.” The group originally made plans with the International Co-operational Community in Austin for support and funding of their project. “We had wanted to work with them, and they told us to get organized and then hook back up with them,” Colpaart said. “We’ve been really busy, and the year has gone by so fast that even though we’re really on target with our plans, we’ve yet to get back in-touch with them, but will soon.” The International Co-operational Community has been providing University of Texas students with affordable closeto-campus housing within a co-op lifestyle for 74 years. The Whole Life group of San Marcos hopes to extend this to the Texas State community. “There was a dorm that lived in a co-op lifestyle a number of years ago, and groups have come and gone, but we hope to stay and make a positive difference,” Colpaart said. “Our success depends on the underclassman that hopefully will come after us,” she said. All the house members are upperclassmen, with one leaving at the end of the current semester. The group will be looking for a male housemate for the fall semester with more spots to open as the program expands. Those interested in joining the co-op can call 353-2985.

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Spanish economist handcuffed in security snafu WASHINGTON — In a case of mistaken identity that has sent a shudder through the capital’s large corps of foreign professionals, U.S. agents handcuffed a Spanish economist and took him off an international flight here because his name matched that of an individual on a watch list, officials said Wednesday. Alex Segura-Ubiergo, who works at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund, was returning from a business trip Saturday when



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cerned about non-science related faculty members finding said Michael Blanda, funding through other grants. University Research Co- Blanda suggested going to the mmittee chair and chemistry National Endowment for the professor, to Faculty Senate Arts to gain grant money for faculty that do not receive it members Wednesday night. When the faculty members from the Research Enhasubmit proposals, the College ncement Program. Conroy disagreed. Research Committee reviews “They are project grants. the proposal and gives it a score. Funding is awarded to They are not individual creative arts the proposals grants,” with the highConroy said. est scores “They fund until the allotorganizated funding is tions.” depleted. The senaBlanda tors will vote said, last year, on approval three out of 27 of the REP proposals submitted by — Sen. Bill Peeler changes in tenured faculFacilities Committee member their next ty were fundand theatre professor m e e t i n g March 24. ed while 31 The future out of 48 actions of the tenure-track faculty proposals were funded. Facilities Planning Committee Blanda said his fear was if the were also discussed during the number of tenure-track faculty meeting. “The major thing going on proposals grew large enough, the program could end up right now is the interviews for awarding them 100 percent of the master planning consultant,” Sen. Bill Peeler, member the available funds. Blanda proposed the of the Facilities Committee amount of money awarded and theatre professor. Peeler said the Facilities would depend on the percentage each group requests. The Committee has narrowed the committee would add the total consultant choices to four requested funds together, fig- finalists. They met with two on ure the percentage requested Wednesday and will meet with by each group, then apply that the final two Friday. Conroy informed the Senate percentage to the available that the petition to amend the funds. Working with last year’s Faculty Senate Constitution numbers, Blanda figured that submitted by Robert Earl, sen11 of the 27 proposals submit- ate liaison and geography proted by tenured faculty would fessor, to expand the Faculty have been funded, with 21 out Senate to one senator for each of 48 tenure-track faculty pro- department might be invalidated. The petition the faculty posals funded. Senators also expressed members signed states that the concern that the 10-point newly formed Senate will bonus for tenure-track faculty begin Fall 2004. However, that is impossible kept many tenured faculty members from submitting pro- given that the voting faculty members will not be able to posals. “I think that tenured faculty elect more senators until the deserve a shot at it,” said Sen. next term. Faculty Senate Chair Bill Sandhya Rao, mass communiStone, criminal justice profescation professor. Sen. Michel Conroy, art and sor, will investigate the status design professor, was also con- of the petition.

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serve as the executive director of the TSUS Foundation, which operates dorm systems on several campuses, including San Marcos Hall at Texas State. “I am very glad that he has elected to remain with the system,” said Kent Adams, TSUS vice chair. “He has so much expertise and he is a very valuable part of the system.” Urbanovsky will not officially leave his position until a successor is found as his replacement. The national search will begin soon. He estimates it will take anywhere

from three to nine months. The Board of Regents, who will appoint a committee to aid in the selection process, will choose the new chancellor. Urbanovsky will not be involved with the decision of his successor but he said he will help facilitate the regents with any information they may need. Adams said he was not sure when the search would officially begin but he expects chairman Alan Dreeben to announce the details soon. “We will find the best possible candidate who will help us move the system forward,” Adams said.

The regents will award Urbanovsky with the title of chancellor emeritus upon his retirement to recognize his service to the system. He said he considers the title to be an honor. As chancellor, Urbanovsky said he does many things for the system, including taking care of legal issues and government relations and selling bonds to raise money. “I’m pleased with what we have accomplished over the years,” Urbanovsky said. “We provide (students) the opportunity to get a better education at a lower cost.”

Adams said he has worked very closely with Urbanovsky, as have all of the other regents, and during his time as a chancellor he has been very focused on two things: being involved in the higher education of Texans and being careful with taxpayers money. “He is a very easy person to work with,” Adams said. “He is and has been a model public servant and he is focused on the two most important things he should focus on. In my opinion, he’s done an excellent job with both of these.”

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weather to bring in customers during Spring Break. “The only time we could shut down is for thundering or raining hard,” said Tomasa Gonzalez, clerk at Three Flags over Padre, a miniature golf and go-cart family park. Vicky Rodriguez, Ben’s Fun and Sun cashier, said rain would affect the Spring Break business they depend on.

The Corpus Christi/Port Aransas area is expected to have temperatures ranging from the high 60s to the upper 70s. Widelski expects partly cloudy skies on Monday with a 20 percent chance of showers in the morning leading into a sunny afternoon and partly cloudy Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Drizzle is anticipated on Friday morning with mostly cloudy skies expected for the rest of the day. “It looks okay,” Widelski said. “It

doesn’t look like any major systems are in the area.” For those who are staying in San Marcos for Spring Break, temperatures will range from the upper 50s on the weekend to the mid-70s towards the end of the week. A chance of slight showers will continue on Monday with a 30 percent chance in the morning. Weather Tuesday through Friday is expected to be partly cloudy.

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RIDE: New charter bus offers Austin-goers safe alternative

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Corey Daigle, company vice president, after noticing the high number of San Marcos residents frequenting the downtown Austin bars. “We started noticing how many of our patrons were students living in San Marcos and how many of them were driving home intoxicated at the end of the night,” Bramlett said. “I guess it was ingenuity born from necessity when we realized that there wasn’t already a service like this.” The two business partners each retain 30 percent ownership in the business while the remaining percentage was sold to investors for their signatures as guarantors on the $70,000 loan needed to start the company. A business plan was offered to Randy Grissom, a family friend, who then approached two of Bramlett’s family members, who privately made the guarantee on the loan. Customers of TX Safe Ride will receive discounts at designated clubs on Sixth Street by wearing a special bracelet issued during the $12 ride. “We’re doing a pretty big service to these clubs,” Bramlett said. “We feel like they’re going

to want these people in their bars because they’re not liable for them when they leave.” Under state Dram Shop laws, individuals are allowed to sue any person who provides alcohol to them when they are visibly intoxicated and are injured as a result. Texas ranks first among states in driving-whileintoxicated charges. According to the National Centers for Statistics and Analysis, Hays County had between five and 15 alcoholrelated fatalities, and more than 55 were reported in Travis County in 2002. A 2003 Core Institute survey of Texas State students revealed more than 50 percent of those 21 and older who were surveyed admitted to driving a car while under the influence of alcohol within the last year. Tara Young, marketing senior, said she plans to use TX Safe Ride to go to Austin, which she frequents once a week on average. “I think it’s a good idea to have a safe ride back and forth from San Marcos to Austin in a really neat bus,” Young said. “You don’t have to worry about parking or driving, and for me it’s a guaranteed ride back.” Young participated in a test

run by the company Saturday, which Bramlett said was intended to “work the bugs out” of the bus and create exposure for the company. The bus transported 50 people free-of-charge, from a club in Wimberley to their homes. Bramlett said he hopes to expand the project to towns such as Austin and Killeen, and would like to add another bus to the company’s lineup. “San Marcos might need more than one bus,” Bramlett said. “We feel we can test these (other) markets to see if more vehicles are warranted.” The company’s current bus, which houses an 8,000-watt stereo system, a horseshoeshaped bench and 30 feet of neon lights, will make five stops in San Marcos, starting at 9 p.m., before heading to Austin, where it will leave at the intersection of Sixth and Brazos streets by 2:15 a.m. The bus can be charted Sunday through Wednesday for distances within a 300-mile radius of San Marcos. For more information about TX Safe Ride, go to or call (512) 447-7233.

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the state of Texas. The city will also retain a small portion of the collections for the cost of forwarding the money to the state. The fee will more than double the cost of some parking tickets, said Christopher Gerstner, SMPD parking coordinator. “It will certainly pay for residents to obey parking regulations,” Gerstner said. The additional fee will now cost offenders $50 for parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, for parking more than 18 inches from the curb or for parking on the left side of the street facing traffic.

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It will cost $60 for parking in a no-parking zone, blocking an alley, crosswalk or driveway and parking on a sidewalk. Other violations that will result in a $60 fine include double parking, parking in a loading zone, parking in a lane of traffic, parking in an intersection or parking within 30 feet of a traffic control device. It will cost $80 for parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. However, not everyone is upset with the fee hike. “Don’t park illegally, and it doesn’t effect you,” said Kevin Jennings, criminal justice junior.


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THE UNIVERSITY STAR Defending the First Amendment since 1911

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nfunded what? That’s the reaction you can expect most nonpolitical science majors to give when you ask them about unfunded mandates. Simply put, they are the costs associated with implementing initiatives handed down from a higher level of government to a lower level. Why anyone should care about unfunded mandates is even a murkier question to answer. What might perk some ears up is that, according to a National Conference of State Legislatures’ report released Wednesday, unfunded mandates will cost states $29 billion this

year. This is because the federal government has required states to spend specified amounts of money on issues ranging from education to homeland security while failing to fully fund the laws it passes. “It’s quite easy to define a need and then push it down to local governments to pay for it,” said Pennsylvania state Rep. David J. Steil, a Republican who helped authored the report according to an Associated Press article. By and large most people think spending money on such worthy programs is a good thing. However, government and governmental services must be paid for. When states are

required to spend money on federal programs in years when states are struggling to balance their budgets, it forces state lawmakers to make harsh decisions to raise revenue to pay for programs states might not normally be able to afford. For example, the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature — in its attempts to make up for a $10 billion budget deficit during the last regular session without raising taxes — turned to such measures as increasing various state parking fines from $30 to $80. It could be called a tax on the unobservant or illegally parked Texas State student who refuses to pay for a parking permit.


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equality mean nothing. If such racism is allowed to exist, those who gave their lives, whether during the Civil Rights movement or in any war to protect our nation, died protecting nothing but hypocrisy. If such racism is allowed to exist, the war against racism in all forms I’m sure the readers of The University has been for naught. Unfortunately, anothStar remember the outrage about Trent er member of Congress recently showed Lott’s comments in late 2002. After all, for several weeks it was nearly impossible that racism does still exist in the United States. to turn on the television Last week, during a meetwithout seeing someone Josh Weber ing of Bush administration lambasting the senator. officials and members of However, for those who Guest Columnist Congress, a House Representare a bit fuzzy, here is a ative from Florida railed refresher: At Strom against the Bush administration, calling Thurmond’s birthday party, Lott praised them racists. Rep. Corrine Brown conthe aging senator, who once advocated demned the Bush administration for not segregation, saying, “When Strom immediately sending American Marines Thurmond ran for president we (in Haiti to help bring peace to the troubled Mississippi) voted for him. We’re proud nation. of it. And if the rest of the country had Whether Bush’s reluctance to send followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had more Marines into harm’s way comes all these problems over all these years from the lessons of Somalia or the months either.” A public outcry was heard immeof condemnation from the Americans left diately. of the war in Iraq, I do not claim to know. Talking heads from the left and the Brown blasted the Bush administration for right appeared on television denouncing refusing refugee status for those involved Lott. Organizations such as the in the mass exodus from Haiti. She conCongressional Black Caucus expressed demned President Bush for sending “a outrage. Outgoing CBC chair Eddie Johnson of Texas contacted Lott, demand- bunch of white men” to a conference on Haiti, a nation whose population is 95 ing that he explain himself. The NAACP percent black. The representatives of the went further, calling for Lott to resign his Bush administration were obviously taken majority leader seat. NAACP president aback by such a comment. Assistant and CEO Kweisi Mfume asserted that, Secretary of State Roger Noriega, a man “Senator Lott’s statement is the kind of of Hispanic descent, responded that he callous, calculated, hateful bigotry that has no place in the halls of Congress.” He resented Brown’s comments. Now, normally at such a point in conversation, the was exactly right. If such racism and bigguilty party would apologize, stating that otry is allowed to exist in the halls of Congress, what hope do we have in elimi- their comments were made merely out of frustration and anger. Did Brown apolonating it in the rest of the country? gize? Not hardly. Instead, she simply If such racism and bigotry is allowed looked at Noriega and said, “You all look to exist, the sacrifices of all of the men alike to me.” and women of all races who fought for

Past efforts to fight racism still ignored in today’s Congress

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When Lott was forced to resign from his leadership role, the CBC and NAACP said that his statements “could have been” seen in a racist light. Now, unless I am merely ignorant of what the meaning of “is” is, it seems that Brown’s comments were blatantly racist. With that established, there should have been a firestorm of protest in the media. People should be demanding Brown’s resignation. Mfume should be stating “Brown’s statement is the kind of callous, calculated, hateful bigotry that has no place in the halls of Congress.” If there has been such a firestorm, I haven’t seen it. In fact, the only station on which I’ve seen this story reported was Fox News. Oh yeah, and there was that passing reference to it on a San Antonio station at about 2:30 a.m. So, that being said, I have a question. Where is the outrage? When Lott finally admitted that his statement might have been offensive and hurtful, he appeared on BET to issue an apology. Because there is no White Entertainment Television, I suppose Brown will have to appear on an episode of Friends or Will & Grace to issue an apology of her own. That is, of course, assuming the American public, the NAACP and the ACLU actually want to fight racism. Until the United States is ready to fight racism in all forms, it cannot be successful in the battle against racism in any of its forms. When Americans really want to get past racism, we will. However, we cannot wait for the NAACP, the CBC, the ACLU or any other organization to do it for us. To use an overused cliché, the battle starts at home. So, if you are really ready to fight this battle, call your representative and your senator and ask them a simple question: Where is the outrage?

Unfunded mandates hamper states from spending their tax revenues in ways they themselves see fit. Before Congress makes the Bush tax cuts permanent or passes any more legislation, which forces state legislators to find creative ways to hide taxes, they should consider the cuts unfunded mandates cause legislators to make in essential services such as health and human services. Texas legislators have a hard enough time raising state revenue as it is. The federal government should not pass the burden of paying for essential services on to state taxpayers by not paying for the legislation it passes.

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Sex ed sure to push level of sexual activity on campus

Various groups on campus spend on a banana? Now there’s somemillions of dollars each year on sex- thing every lady should know how to do. ual awareness proIt’s pointless that grams. However, I Amber Conrad sleeping around is wonder about the Star Columnist encouraged and even validity of most of taught in comical tours them that simply toss such as the Sex Signals presentation a plastic package at a student. It put on by our school. It’s billed as would seem that the general “an educational and provocative assumption is that by handing out look into the issues of sex,” advercondoms to everyone in The Quad, tised by a bed in The Quad with all our nation’s teen pregnancies writing on it. and STDs can be prevented. With all this publicity, one With almost every day on camwould assume that sexual interpus, a free contraceptive is invaricourse was about as important as ably involved. Are you buying getting a good books at the grade on a beginning of the midterm … and semester? Here’s a if you’re lookgift box of shaming to please, poo, magazine then it probably subscriptions and is. So, learn the the latest in latex. tricks of the Are you walktrade and study ing to class the hard. week before But what did Spring Break? you come to Student Assocollege for anyciation of Campus way? Learning Activities memthe finer points of how to give oral bers will hand you a baggie with condoms and candy for a better hol- sex without spreading your case of chlamydia to your new friend? If iday. so, you could have saved money on Do you need a program credit your day classes and just rented a for residential college? Skip the dorm. CPR and study technique programs Are we really meant to believe and catch an informational session on how to properly put on and wear the majority of us are the nymphomaniac frat mattress types? I think assorted colors of sexy apparel. not. Health fairs are gold, according Meanwhile, the vast population to the girl down the hall who found of college students who don’t para cache of flavored insurance that take in or need to be told the finer she used to make balloon animals. points of intercourse are finding it There hasn’t been a better time increasingly pointless to turn down to be a savvy yet frugal sex partner those smiling faces handing out on campus. A couple can accrue thousands of dollars in donated about 10 free condoms in a few latex. days if they know what groups are I say let people and their lifestyle advocating safe sex that week. choices support themselves without My roommate has more conthe help of school funding. doms than she’ll ever use, collecting dust in a jar by our fridge. What Conrad is a geography resource and else is she going to do with them? environmental studies freshman. Practice her “necessary life skills”

With almost every day on campus, a free contraceptive is invariably involved.

Weber is a political science graduate.

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Jayson Blair deserves no sympathy

Thursday, March 11, 2004

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Jayson Blair is, in a word, disgraceful. He is also graceless, and his time in the spotlight has gone on way beyond the 15 minutes it deserved when he was outed for committing the ultimate sin of journalists: fabricating and plagiarizing stories. Blair is not likely to be a household name to anyone not in journalism or not a news junkie, but he’s all over TV promoting his book, Burning Down My Masters’ House: My Life at The New York Times. This memoir of a 27-year-old black man is not only not good, but its title implies that he actually had a life while he worked at The Times for a bit more than four years. What he did in his self-delusional state had very real consequences: He fabricated stories about families of soldiers lost in Iraq and about the Washingtonarea sniper suspects. An abuser of cocaine and alcohol — Johnny Walker Black was his favorite — he claims that his worst journalistic abuses took place while he was clean and sober but suffering from what he says he now knows to have been an “undiagnosed mental illness”: manic depression. “I lied and I lied — and then I lied some more,” he writes. “I lied about where I had been, I lied about where I had found information, I lied about how I wrote the story. And these were no everyday little lies — they were complete fabrications.” That he’s a creative liar is evident in the lengthy dialogues he recreates in the book. But given what we know about him, why should we believe he got all those quotes, right? The upshot was that The Times was humiliated and forced to take drastic measures to win the trust of not just its newsroom staff, but also the public. Its two top editors were forced to leave. Blair makes himself the victim, however, alluding to his purported sexual abuse as a kid — and even the impact of slavery — for the demons that plagued him. Yeah. The Devil made him do it. He shows no sympathy for Howell Raines, the executive editor forced to leave The Times, nor for people at the paper who stuck by him at the end, like Lena Williams, his union rep. Not telling us his story, he says, “would be a disservice.” That is part of his delusion. Going away and getting on with his life would be the best service he could perform. Don’t cry for him, America.


Position on equal marriage rights remains shaky

Mr. Cline, first of all, if you do not believe the Bible, then the rest of this article will do no good. I am sick and tired of people stating that homosexuality is OK. You can believe an action, such as homosexuality, is wrong and not hate the actor, such as a homosexual. Homosexuality is a sin like all other sins; no better, no worse. I do not hate homosexuals and I am not judging them. You have a right to live your life any way you see fit. However, marriage is a Christian institution. God refers to Adam and Eve as husband and wife, therefore making them the first married couple. Our society and laws were based on Christianity and morals, and it is not right to marry a couple into a sin. By that same token, I do not believe that an individual who has cheated on his or her spouse should be allowed to marry the adulterer who he or she is cheating with, as this is also a sin. I don’t have a problem with the “civil unions” we keep hearing about. However, they should not be allowed to marry. I am not ready to say that I support a Constitutional amendment defining marriage, since it is already defined. However, if we didn’t have activist judges making their own laws, the issue wouldn’t even come up. Also, nowhere does it state in the Constitution that anyone has a right to be married. The 9th and 10th Amendments grant us rights that were already given at the time and states that the government cannot take away those rights. Heterosexual couples could be legally married at the time, therefore allowed according to the Constitution. However, homosexuality was forbidden; therefore, the Constitution doesn’t grant them the right to marriage. According to the way you’re interpreting the equal protection clause, I should be able to marry whoever and however I want. Do you think that incest, bigamy and bestiality are also granted by the equal protection clause? Where does it end? — Clint Pulpan criminal justice alum

Demonstartions People’s choice: Church, state must are backbone of foreign politics remain separate This letter is in response to the article “Rights should apply to every sex, race, age” published Feb. 25, and to all the responses made to it since. I agree with most of what the author had to say. I am a member of the Church of Christ and believe wholeheartedly in the words of the Bible. However, I also understand our Constitution allows for the separation of church and state by choice of the people. I have the right to my beliefs, as do the rest of the country, and our rights as a country are chosen by the people. The Bible states clearly that the act of homosexuality is a sin (Romans 1:27). Likewise, also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due, and for this I personally find the act to be sinful, but it is not for me to condemn. God alone can condemn. However, Marisa McCormick was right to point out that the passage used by the author was incomplete and the woman was not condemned by Jesus because she was to go and “sin no more.” However, we must follow the laws of our land as well, and in that, allow the people to decide the law. We do not have to agree, but church and state are separate. As for the other two replies, Brian Gloor: the term homosexuality may not have existed until 1869, but read your history books. The act of sodomy and homosexual acts have existed long before 1869, and the Bible clearly states the acts in description and God’s displeasure in those acts. Derrick Chinn: as far as commenting that no one chooses homosexuality, try asking a few people. I, for one, have a roommate and friend who is bisexual and it is by choice. She was slightly insulted by your comment. She believes it is not a will of God and knows she made that choice and has made the choice since to live her life with one man. I just wanted to clarify some points you missed. — Candice Brown business senior

CAMPUS QUOTES “Yeah, I think she should be treated like anyone else, and she probably won’t go to jail because she’s a celebrity.” — Haley King psychology sophomore

This letter is in response to Sean Wardell’s atrocious opinion piece about Ralph Nader in the Feb. 24 edition of The University Star. It is true; George Bush is one of the worst presidents ever. The sheer thought that he could have four more years to further desecrate the world with his buffoonery, unadulterated by the political mechanizations that he needed to stay in the race for 2004, sends cold Popsicles down my spine. But you want to know what’s worse than his little 10-year-old Mad Magazine face asking then-Brazilian president, Fernando Cardosa, “Do you have blacks, too?” (Nov. 8, 2001) I would have to say that would be you dismissing the heart and soul of political activism — demonstrations — as futile acts of masturbation. I hate to tell you this Sean, (you being a veteran activist and all) but political demonstrations have played a vital role in civil rights struggles, labor struggles and yes, they have even been known to gain enough momentum to influence foreign policy. I think you missed the point of Nader’s 2000 race. It wasn’t just Gore, it was the entire Democratic party that had bought into the “welfare queen” legend, passed and signed the Defense of Marriage Act and blessed NAFTA (every Republican’s wet dream). Go ahead and put your Kerry/Edwards bumper sticker on. If you write real activism off as “masturbation,” you should go ahead and execute the last radical making camp in the halls of your mind. As far as Nader is concerned, the “liberals” are blowing this whole thing out of proportion. He would be extremely lucky if he made it on the ballot of five states considering all the hurdles that have been erected to dissuade real change. – James Goerke anthropology senior

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“I want to say yes, just because I don’t like her. I think she has too much money to go to jail.” — Daniel Ortiz marketing senior

“She’s just as guilty as anyone else. I think she’ll get fined and most success will be taken away from her because of her greed.” — David Russell philosophy junior

To begin, I would like to introduce myself. As you can read, my name is Bruce and I am an English senior with an extreme itch to voice my opinions regarding greeks at our great institution. After nearly four years as a Bruce Kalmick greek at Texas Guest Columnist State, I have come to several conclusions about my decisions to go greek. In my years here I have always had the urge to write my own column about whatever the editors wanted, but I was consistently denied the opportunity for some reason. So, with all the recent activity surrounding the greeks — specifically the fraternities — I was given the opportunity to become the positive voice for them. I do realize most of the student population is not greek, and a large percentage of them does not care one ounce about the positive things we do around the campus and the community. Yet, it seems as soon as we do something “wrong” all of a sudden we tend to get a lot of attention. I would like to de-construct the stereotypes of greeks on campus. I understand that my beliefs alone will not cause 80 percent of the student population to suddenly recreate their long-standing criticisms of greeks, but I will do my best. In an attempt to step outside of my own affiliation with the greek system, I will try to put myself in the shoes of a non-greek student. So, you’re walking through The Quad during the first few weeks of school and there are tents lining both sides. You make an assumption that these tents are fraternities because of the large standing letters, composite pictures and scores of guys around and under each tent. So right from the beginning you are upset with the fraternities because we cause you to spend 10 minutes walking through The Quad, in effect making you late once again to your noon literature class that is hard enough without giving a first impression that you are perpetually tardy. Then you read some ludicrous claims in the paper about some members of a fraternity that assaulted a police officer and your haste for greeks only becomes stronger. And with — what you think — is good reason. Would it surprise you to know that there is a greek organization on campus that not only raises money for people with disabilities, but also works hands-on at camps all across the nation building accessible ramps, docks, forest trails, lifts and much more? What is even more impressive is how the same group sends 80 members from across the nation to ride on a bicycle from California to Washington, D.C., during the summer. The riders all have to raise $4,000 to simply participate in the ride. After riding 80-100 miles a day, the 80 men stop at various places to interact with adults and children with disabilities. These are the same men that many non-greeks on campus do not support and do not appreciate. I would like for you to ask yourself, “What do I do to help a good cause and rejuvenate the less-fortunate?” If you can honestly say that you do something, then I applaud you. However, if you don’t, it’s OK. We are already doing it for you.

“I think she should go to jail, but I don’t think she will because she is too much of a star.” — Vernon Smith mass communication junior

“I don’t think she deserves to go to jail. Aside from lying to the police, she didn’t do anything wrong. I do think she will go to jail to be set as an example.” — Sarah Pounds mass communication junior

“I don’t think she should go to jail. If the people involved in Enron didn’t get any time, she shouldn’t. I don’t think she will, but get big fines. What celebrity has gone to jail besides Mike Tyson?” — Elizabeth Peterson chemistry graduate student

Do you think Martha Stewart deserves to go to jail? Do you think she will? Why?

Aural pleasures

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Music festival offers plethora of bands to keep listeners satisfied

BY SHANNON MCGARVEY SENIOR REPORTER These are picks for the music portion of South By Southwest. The festival begins March 17 and runs to March 21. For more information, check out

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The Von Bondies: If ever there were a show labeled under the category “whatever you do, do not miss this show,” it is The Von Bondies/International Noise Conspiracy/Joan Jett performance on March 17. Combining a classic indie-rock sound with a wailing voice screaming sincerity, The Von Bondies is the figurative little black dress to the music world that doesn’t know what to wear. (Stubbs, 10 p.m.) The Paybacks: Hailing from Detroit, The Paybacks is a throwback to when rock ’n’ roll was a kick in the head and burning beer in your eye. With the release of its debut album Knock Loud in 2002 and relentless U.S. touring, The Paybacks, with lead singer Wendy Case, has established itself as the ultimate hybrid of savage oldschool punk rock and Joan Jett-like feminism. (The Jackalope, midnight) MF Doom: MF Doom, otherwise known as “Metal Face,” is hip-hop’s answer to pop metal’s Andrew W.K. Though the metal getup is a gimmick (yeah, he wears metal on his face), there’s nothing artificial about Doom’s intricately organized beat production and lyricism. (Emo’s Main, midnight) The (International) Noise Conspiracy: The best import from Sweden since The Hives, The (International) Noise Conspiracy was formed after lead singer Phil Ochs read that, “the perfect rock outfit would be a combination of Elvis and Che Guevara.” If revolution and rock ’n’ roll is what The Conspiracy is striving for, it has

found it, combing punk-rock March 19 chords with convicted vocals in musical harmony. alaska!: Think Ryan Adams taking (Stubbs, 11 p.m.) flight on sporadic interludes of Radiohead, splashing about in pools of Jello Biafra, March 18 and something like Los Angeles’ alaska! should result. This is a definite show to see, Birdman Records Show- as this up-and-coming group is performing case: Los Angeles’ Birdman with rock ’n’ roll geniuses and legends, Big Records has defined itself as the figu- Star. (Austin Music Hall, 9 p.m.) rative West Point of up-and-coming Big Star: Although, ex-singer/guitar underground/experimental bands since 1995, player Chris Bell committed alleged suicultivating its sound and preparing an explod- cide in 1978, Big Star has reassembled and ing microcosm of just that for the March 18 added to its family of genius. Its 1972 SXSW showcase. Artists such as Brooklyn’s debut release, #1 Record, was an explosion comedia/noise experimentation PFFR, of time-displaced melody and musical Berkeley’s art house early ’70s rock revival- cohesion. A legend even before it was a ists The Cuts, Pittsburgh’s ever-touring spas- legend, Big Star is perhaps one of the tic playboys The Modey Lemon and D.C.’s greatest bands of all time. (Austin Music conglomerate hoarse rock The Apes make the Hall, 12:30 a.m.) Birdman Records Showcase a little too weird Rhett Miller: Ex-Old 97’s frontman to miss. (Beerland, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.) and Dallas native, Rhett Miller has become The Stills: Even though the “the” prefix is the figurative stepchild of folk-rock in the enough to turn any self-respecting hipster’s past few years. Although, doomed to exist stomach to nausea, Montreal’s The Stills is in the perpetual shadow of Ryan Adams, still gold with or with it. Banking off of rich don’t let Rhett Miller’s ill recognition disinfluences such as Joy Division and The suade you, because some of the best music Cure, The Stills combines subtle electrocomes from under-appreciated pretty clash dance ability with boys such as himself. new wave, moaning (Cactus Café, 10 emotion on its p.m.) Moving new album Units: A Logic Will threeB re a k piece, Y o u r genreHeart. ( E m o ’s labeling Main, 1 fiasco a.m.) from Los Pretty Angeles, Girls Make Moving Units Graves: Hailing is one part electrofrom Seattle, Pretty Girls clash, two parts Make Graves is an ultra-hyper punk subRocksteady rhythm and all parts rock stitution equipped with heavy guitars, Sleater (“Unpersuaded”). Although, a little too Kinney-esque vocals and sporadic musical poppy to fit into a punk rock box, Moving orgasm. (La Zona Rosa, 11 p.m.) Units still manages to incorporate the disThe Walkmen: Formerly The Recoys sonance and discord that makes the underthat was formerly Jonathan Fire*eater, ground what it is. (Elysium, 1 a.m.) Brooklyn’s The Walkmen is a clumsy drumThe Datsuns: New Zealand has never dripped lounge rock mission to bliss (“We’ve sounded (or looked) so good as when The Been Had”). Hailing from Brooklyn but for- Datsuns is in all its fashionable glory, feiting the sound of its Williamsburg con- pounding away at guitars and climbing the stituents, The Walkmen is guaranteed to com- rafters onstage. With a sound that’s a cross pel thriller-like lazy dance moves you didn’t between Deep Purple and Metallica (circa even know you had. (Exodus, midnight) Master of Puppets) but still combining The Rapture: What is there not to love hard rock hipster attitude, The Datsuns about the electroclash/neo-disco revivalists is the best thing to happen to New The Rapture? With its 2003 sleeper dance hit Zealand since the kiwi. (La Zona “House of Jealous Lovers,” Luke Jenner and Rosa, midnight) the rest of The Rapture gang cowbelled their way into the hearts of hipsters everywhere. March 20 (La Zona Rosa, 11 p.m.) Junior Senior: When did dance Handsome Boy Momusic suddenly become so cool deling School and again? When Denmark’s Junior Head Automatica Senior popped onto the scene Sound System: What with the beat-heavy, Euro- more could a music pean disco throwback lover expect from a “Move Your Feet,” that’s group whose members when. This duo’s Wan- include such famed artists derlust-esque energy and as Mike D, DJ Shadow, Del kitsch draws audiences in, The Funky Homosapien, captivates them and en- Grand Puba, De La Soul, Prince slaves them through dance. Paul, Dan The Automator, El-P, (Stubbs Jr., 12:30 a.m.) Brand Nubian and Sean Lennon but

sheer a n d utter excellence? (AMH 10 p.m.-1 a.m.) The Decemberists: Though The Decemberists may sound a bit Scottish, don’t be fooled; it’s just three guys from Portland drawing off of their intense admiration of Neutral Milk Hotel. With a sound embodying folk introspection, The Decemberists offers epic stories of lowly chimney sweeps and love on its two 2003 releases, Cast Aways and Cutouts and Her Majesty The Decemberists. (Buffalo Billiards, 1 a.m.). The Wildhearts: Great Britain’s version of The Strokes, formed while The Strokes was still in prep school, The Wildhearts is one of the most electrifying rock groups in the world. Combining vocal distortion and whiny guitars, The Wildhearts recently released its first album in more than 10 years to coincide with its first national tour. (Emo’s Jr., 11 p.m.) The Riverboat Gamblers: Imagine, if you will, a gangly group of rock stars with greasy long hair, sporting Adidas tracksuits and screaming — that is The Riverboat Gamblers. A legend among the Denton rock scene, The Gamblers offers high-energy rock ’n’ roll and neo-speed metal reminiscent of Turbo Negro and The Datsuns. (Emo’s Main, 1 a.m.) The Hives: Lead singer Pelle Almqvist asks, “Who do you love?” and the audience enthusiastically screams “The Hives!” Billed as one of “the most exuberant and powerful rock and roll (bands) in recent memory” by The New Yorker, The Hives is a Swedish, caffeinated 1960s mod revival personified. (Emo’s Main, midnight)

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yesteryear graces of cheesy rock ’n’ roll, is fashioned after Kansas’ Music Columnist “Dust in the Wind,” containing resonance resembling Queen’s epic It is 6 a.m., the sun is peeking “Bicycle Song” (but lacking the through the slits of my cheap inspired lyricism). There’s nothing Venetian blinds, and I’m dreaming new about The Darkness, but everyof The Darkness. Although the thing about its efforts are still, morning has always found ways of nonetheless, oddly intriguing. arriving sooner than it should, the The neo rock ’n’ roll boom began aforementioned sentence is not just with The Strokes, with some sort of another pretty way of saying I bratty, hipster coven of Lower East would’ve liked nighttime to last a Side Manhattan dwellers creating bit longer. No, I’m talking about the overused title “neo-garage.” The fantasy metal, people. band played Jesus to rock’s long I’m dreaming of David Lee Roth dead Lazarus, conjuring in its music disciples (circa “Panama”), kicking bands such as Tom Petty and The and howling. Lycra locked tightly to Heartbreakers, The Velvet Undergenitals. ground, The Stooges and The Clash. I’m fantasizing about Freddie The Strokes weren’t alone in this Mercury wannabes, writhing around new category: The Hives, The ridiculously in amplified versions of Walkman, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and sexuality, daring anyone with a The Mooney Suzuki all surfaced libido to partake in the cult of around the same time. But it was androgynous ambiguity. The Strokes’ success that paved the Justin Hawkins dressed in white, way for future bands, like The his neckline a sequin-laced road sign Darkness, to revive past sounds. directing all drivers toward testosBut The Strokes isn’t doing anyterone, a V-shaped advertisement thing different than any other band proudly pronouncing the word that sprung from the late ’60s and “penis” with every Mic Jagger-like ’70s, and The Darkness isn’t doing purse of his lips or flick of his anything that any band in the late wrists. ’70s and early ’80s didn’t do. So Yes, I’m dissertating England’s why has The Strokes been canonized latest and greatest addition to rock as modern-day rock gods and why is ’n’ roll resurrection, reveling in the The Darkness rapidly gaining the rapid eye movement induced by the same appeal? outlandishly glamorous and perpetuThe answer is as complicated as ally amorous The Darkness. the nature of any trend. Surely any Now, if you’re scratching your music critic could pin the musical head, asking yourself what this mys- vintage revival to the Girbaud jacket terious hermaphroditic band is, lapel of whatever scenester subterdon’t worry; you’ve only just missed ranean they choose, reducing the the potentially last trend-riddled movement to fashion irony and husboat sailing on a flash in the pan- tling the explanation to be born from musical movement that began about lack of anything better he chooses four years ago. from at the time. This justification is But chances are if you’re young factorable but proves cynical. or somewhat in the know (or both), Honestly, the move toward musical you’ve heard of The Darkness, or at “generational copycatting” was least seen its melodramatic exploita- birthed from ultimate admiration. tion of smoke machines and fantasti- The intent is not malicious but cal space-aged phalluses in the proves suspicious when sounds are video for the group’s first U.S. sin- so similar and change is avoided. gle, “I Believe in a Thing Called But when is enough enough? Love.” Granted, The Darkness is a great 03STFR129C 3/4/04 Pagesource 1 The video,UniversityStar a modern-day v4 ode to band 3:36 and aPMgenius of nostal-

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gic entertainment, but when will the proverbial musical grave robbing cease? The core of really good music is revolution and evolution. Ask yourself what a band like The Darkness is really doing and achieving. I’m not saying I need to be compelled to philanthropy or driven to perform humanitarian deeds, I just want to be excited about music again. Sure, Justin Hawkins’ sequins are seductively silly and his high-pitched falsettos are nevertheless numbing. True, Permission to Land has been on sporadic rotation in my car and “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” consistently provoking drunken fits of spontaneous karaoke from me in public, but still I don’t feel changed because beneath it all every neo-garage/neo-disco/neo-glam band is a biter. The bands that influenced The Darkness and its predecessors are bands that have incited millions to music loving and changed even more lives through sole drumbeats, guitar riffs and genius rebellion. The Darkness’ most obvious influence, Queen, was a tremendous source of tidal change in the late

’70s/early ’80s, bringing issues of suicide, homosexuality, Freudian latency and unity to the social taboo table through glamorous balladry and heavy guitars. Queen revolutionized the rock ’n’ roll world in a time when it was still figuratively limping from the infirmity that was the age of the disco. The Darkness has mastered the task of fantasy metal kitsch combined with Queen-esque balladry, but is cheapened by the fact it seems to be scraping the bottom of the barrel with blatant unoriginality. Granted, I’d take one thousand bands like The Darkness over one Nelly. I’ve come to expect more from modern pseudo-subterranean bands. It is by expecting more that I have found a move away from revolution. It seems as though bands don’t make revolution anymore,

don’t strive toward evolution; they merely copy a formula of revolution that worked in the past — banking off personal inspirations and perpetuating ultimate musical stagnation, making it possible for things such as Britney Spears to still exist instead of rightfully being squashed under the weight of music that speaks compellingly, with a voice bearing generational representation. Music revivals prove trying and desperate, as would-be innovators seemingly claw at the faces of isolated periods of time that should be left the way they are — in the past. Even though Permission to Land is fun and The Darkness videos are amusing; it would be nice to see a band banking on internal impulses instead of sifting through the ashes of the dead-and-gone for some morsel of leftover fame.



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Metal bands turn toward religious natures BY IAN RAGSDALE SENIOR REPORTER In most of the music industry, the motto that has taken over is “sex sells.” Rappers wax endlessly about getting their mack on while their videos feature an unlimited supply of bootylicious babes. Britney Spears wears fewer clothes every day. Janet Jackson, well, nevermind. Although it seems that music is doing its best to corrupt society, an unsuspecting player is working on cleaning it up. That player is heavy metal. That’s right. Christian undertones in bands such as Silverchair and Jars of Clay are nothing compared to the upfront spirituality of punk, hardcore and metal bands that have taken their message of “metal and ministry” on the road. It appears that despite the bellowing of religious lyrics, people of all faiths can unite behind heavy music in a single mosh pit. One of the fallen heroes of Christian hardcore is No Innocent Victim, a former thug-core heavyweight, complete with sing-a-longs and massive amounts of tattoos. No Innocent Victim was never afraid to play along with all kinds of bands, including the anti-religious group Hatebreed, and openly confronted the hardcore scene’s vicious antipathy toward religion in its song “My Beliefs”: “Some say that we should not be/part of this hardcore scene … I thought hardcore was about/standing up for what you believe in/’cause I would die tonight for my beliefs.” Not all bands are as outspoken about its theology. “We pray before we play, and we talk to kids at shows about Christianity,” said Jason Bowden, guitarist for Bloodlined Calligraphy. “But we don’t preach on stage.” Bloodlined Calligraphy is part of the new-school hardcore wave, juxtaposing metal riffs with emo melodies and heartfelt lyrics about spirituality. But it’s still hardcore, and the members are just as pissed off about the world as any other band. As Bowden joked, his band represents “love, friendship and killing.” Its first album will debut this summer. Even though melody and emo tendencies are all the rage in hardcore today, there is at least one Christian band tearing it up without tissues in hand. If you like hardcore and have never heard of

xDisciplex A.D. (formerly just Disciple), it’s time to learn. These fellows from Erie, Pa., have been Lake Effect Hardcore all-stars since 1995 and continue to produce metallic, mosh-friendly music today. Killer vocals, breakdowns that sound like slamming hammers and crazy circle-pit-inspiring verses keep this band tough and raw in a scene full of earnest crooners. Time hasn’t been as good to Zao, a Christian metal-core favorite that has headlined at hardcore mega-shows such as Furnace Fest in Birmingham, Ala. Fans would love to know if the Bible code has any insights into the future of this Godfearing band that always has a shaky lineup and is going into the studio this month. Despite past problems, few bands can tear it up like Zao. On the lighter side of hardcore, a few punk bands are also cutting the rug to lyrics that try to spread the Gospel. The Deal is a high-energy punk band from Southern California that combines the sound of street punk with a spirit-filled attitude. The band’s February release from Facedown Records, CutThroat, is a high-energy romp reminiscent of ’80s British punk and TSOL, only with peppy guitar solos a la Strung Out. Speaking of the United Kingdom — fans of Oi Polloi and various other Brit punk acts will get a kick out of the Jesus Skins, an Oi band out of Germany. One would be hard-pressed to find a song with more “Oi”s than “Die besten Freunde” (more than 50), not to mention all the lyrics are in German. It seems the Europeans do crust punk a lot better than they do dance music. And then there is the metal. Ever since Ozzy bit the head off of a bat, heavy metal has been associated with evil, and rightfully so, but times might be a-changin’. In 2002, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine converted to Christianity and has since penned the foreword to Faith, God, and Rock+Roll, a book about the Christian presence in rock music. Similarly, Metallica has gone soft. Well, maybe that doesn’t count. Still, there are plenty of bands out there producing what can be called “undeath” metal. One of the kings in the Christian metal scene is Living Sacrifice, a thrash band that has been around forever and is currently on hiatus and may or may not be putting out a “best of” album anytime


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soon. Preacher and devil alike should check out the band’s self-titled album to see how great metal is played. As a side note for fans of Living Sacrifice, guitarist Rocky Gray is currently beating the skins in that faux-metal thing that won a Grammy called Evanescence. A couple thousand miles away, the same Northern European countries that have for years been churning out death metal bands by the dozen are host to some Christians who can wield the electric axe just as well as the satanists. The status of Indwelling is unknown at this point, but one hopes they can spit out an album. Like definitely-not-Christian band Lust of Decay, Indwelling has guttural vocals, hyper drumming and spiny guitar riffs and should be cajoled into an LP. If you are a nutcase who lusts for the symphonies of Dimmu Borgir, you should consider Arvinger. Even more musical than Dimmu Borgir, Arvinger employs traditional instruments and choral segments to fulfill its designation as “folk metal.” However, if you are more interested in something straightforward, Sacrificium delivers all the crashes and slashes of a perfect fast black metal act, with a dash of Jesus. Last but not least, one cannot forget to mention Ultimatum, a band that falls somewhere between metal butt-kicker and guilty pleasure. In the musical vein of Exodus on speed with unique and devilish vocals, Ultimatum has all the oldschool credibility of Iron Maiden with the exuberance of an overzealous church choir. “We play what we like, popular or not,” said Robert Gutierrez, a guitarist for Ultimatum. “We play the most extreme type of music for the most extreme message.” And that’s what heavy metal, hardcore and punk is all about — having something to say and saying it as loud as possible, with as many guitar solos as necessary. These bands may have ministry in mind, but music is the reason they are selling CDs. It would be a shame to see metalheads and hardcore scenesters pass up on Living Sacrifice or Zao out of fear of being preached to. Of course, everybody is screaming and grunting the lyrics, so it’s not hard to miss the message in a Christian metal anthem. But it would really be a shame to pass up some excellent moshing.


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Austin offers video rental alternative BY IAN RAGSDALE SENIOR REPORTER It’s not easy being picky. Film buffs craving artistic motion pictures commonly face barren selections at video store chains and outrageous rental fees at independent renters. Fortunately for movie lovers in San Marcos, Austin has a few stores that are well worth the drive, in addition to online video rental services that are taking the home theater experience by storm. Waterloo Video on West Sixth Street at Lamar has a selection of current mainstream releases along with a very eclectic selection of classic, artistic and foreign movies. Make this your destination for discovering new titles, as hand-written notes decorate the shelves next to employee suggestions. All VHS catalog titles are $2 for

five days. While Waterloo presents cozy surroundings for the curious, Vulcan Video is meatand-potatoes for film fanatics (and also provides a place for them to be employed). Vulcan has martial arts movies, anime and standard foreign and American fare along with every filmmaker’s wet dream, the Director’s Wall, where great directors have all their titles grouped together for easy access. Catalog rentals at Vulcan are $2.50 for five days, and every Tuesday and Wednesday rentals are two for one. Vulcan has two locations: one on 29th Street on the west side of Guadalupe and one on Elizabeth between Congress and S. First Street, just below the river. If trekking to Austin isn’t something you are willing or able to do, an incredible selection of DVDs is available for

home delivery from at only $20 per month. Once you’ve paid your dues — or signed up for the free trial — Netflix will send you the top three DVDs on a wish list you create from a selection of more than 15,000 DVDs. That is just about every DVD available. Once you are finished with a DVD, mail it back in their pre-paid envelope and the next DVD on your wish list will be whisked on its way to you. Despite the convenience of Netflix, nothing beats the thrill of browsing diverse video stores, which, like independent music stores, are under threat of extinction from chain stores. For a unique moviewatching experience, grab a video at Waterloo or Vulcan on your way to Sixth Street. It is sure to open up new worlds of cinema in your home or dorm room.

Delivery options offer remedy for nights at home

Thursday, March 11, 2004


Tony Bourdain, an esteemed New York City chef and writer, once said you can judge a city by its delivery options. San Marcos is hardly a big city, but we do have some restaurants that deliver and one fairly wide-ranging delivery service for those days we just can’t bear to leave the house. Delivery options are rated according to ease of use and delivery minimums and charges. « = OK «« = pretty good ««« = life saver

Alvin Ord’s «« Alvin Ord’s is the home of incredibly rich and cheesy broiled sandwiches. It offers delivery anywhere in town, but your tab goes exponentially according to how far away you are. For example, on-campus deliveries have a minimum of $5.75 and a delivery to Jefferson Commons has a mini-

mum of about $7.75. Cash and checks are accepted when receiving a delivery. Checks require a fee of about a dollar, so your best bet would be to use cash. Alvin Ord’s is open until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 353-8042.

Jason’s Deli « Jason’s Deli specializes in sandwiches and soups, but also offers salads, wraps and baked potatoes. There is a $12 minimum plus a $1 delivery charge. Dorm deliveries are a $10 minimum with no delivery charge. Jason’s Deli accepts cash, checks and credit cards. They are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 393-3554. Bobcat Delivery ««« This delivery service offers by far the most extensive service available for our area. Bobcat Delivery offers restaurant deliv-

eries from Imperial Garden, Rose Garden, Subway, Taco Cabana and Gil’s Boiler. It also offers a limited amount of grocery and toiletry products for delivery. Online orders have no order minimum, but phone orders require a $15 minimum. Bobcat Delivery does not accept checks. Call 353-TOGO or use

Sonny’s Pizza ««« In addition to pizza, Sonny’s delivers all kinds of foods, from hot sandwiches to ribs. It has no delivery minimum and accepts cash, checks and credit cards. You can bypass a delivery charge by using a coupon located on the Sonny’s Pizza menu. Call 392-PIES. Sonny’s is open every day until midnight.

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JOURNALS: Providing venue for writer, poet community

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DMQ Review Moody poetry about nature and emotions

Oyster Boy Review Art, poetry, fiction, essays and book and poetry reviews fiction with a very personal touch. On the other hand, the Blue Moon Review, among its traditional material, “publishes” works that can only be shown on the Internet, which it calls “hypermedia.” Take the socalled touch poem of T. Dunn, “Close Cover Before Striking.” Using Flash, it incorporates a number of Photoshop-manipulated images on a Web page which, when the cursor is dragged over them, instantly reveals a line of a poem. The poem — about dark events in childhood — and the dirty, sepia-toned pictures dually contribute to a sense of despair and negativity. Mudlark ( is an electronic poetry journal from the University of Northern Florida. Check out the current issue (No. 24) for Michael Ruby’s poem “First names.” Find your name and see if his definition of you matches your own. Snakeskin poetry Webzine (

/~simmers/) has an amateurish URL but is serious about poetry. It has longevity — the March issue is its 100th — and it has a credo, written by Wayne Carvosso and published in Snakeskin’s first issue: “A poet should not hope to gain/Approval from the good or sane. As bad as Byron, mad as Blake/Are the kindred of the snake.” These literary journals are not only the birthplaces of writing careers, but also written records of the American experience. Families, memories, baseball and coffee shops permeate their spines and spill onto the covers (or the home pages, for the ezines). They are also testimonials to the possibilities of the English language at a time when the Urban Dictionary has become more useful than Webster’s. They are a sustaining source of empowerment and community for writers and poets across the United States, and just might have something important to say to you.


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magazine, Zoetrope: All Story, publishes short fiction and oneact plays from new young voices (and Coppola himself), as well as secrets and stories from film biz insiders. The magazine’s Web site ( features a virtual studio, where writers can submit fiction to be read and reviewed by peers and considered for publication in the magazine. With just as much character as others but having far less ambition, Ontario-based Lichen revels in its suburban roots and biannually publishes works of words and art. Like many small journals, Lichen was created to support its local community and derives all its material from nearby residents, but through the Internet has assumed an international presence. Other magazines are completely electronic or publish a yearly anthology of online works. Slow Trains is an outstanding journal published quarterly on the day that the seasons change, which should tell you something about its spirit and the submissions desired. “Slow Trains (reflects) the spirit of adventure, the exploration of the soul, the energies of imagination and the experience of big fun,” wrote Susannah Indigo, editor of the e-zine. Slow Trains explores nature, travel, life and baseball in lighthearted pieces and is continually updated between issues with poems, quotes and pictures in a column called “Rave On: Postcards from Slow Trains.” Two e-zines, and Blue Moon Review, appear less literary than most journals but are no less innovative. has a high-tech, even coldly futuristic aesthetic, but seeks out poetry and short


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Classified ads are accepted by phone or email only if payment is made by credit card or if the client has established billing status. The deadline for all classified ads is noon two business days prior to publication. No physical addresses or names will be printed in ads placed under the heading of “Personals.” All classified ads must be paid in advance unless credit has been established. There are no refunds on classified ads. There is no charge for “Lost call call 245-3487 245-3487 or or email email and Found” ads. Check your classified ad for accuracy. Any changes must be made by the second day of publication. To change or cancel your ad, please call 512-245-3487 or email The University Use the following formula when determining the cost Star reserves the right to refuse, edit, discontinue or classify ads under appropriate headings. Please remember it HOW TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD: for your ad: 1. Provide your name, address, and phone number to us by is always in your best interest to research or investigate any company from which you plan to purchase a good or fax, e-mail, mail or phone. Number of words x appropriate rate per word service. University/Non-Profit Classified Rates apply to campus departments, official student organizations of Texas 2.. Provide the written text of your ad. Certain conditions + 5¢ per bolded words State University-San Marcos and recognized non-profit organizations. This rate includes classified ads placed by apply. Please read all policies and terms. + 5¢ per italicized words students, faculty and staff under the headers of “Personals,” “For Rent” and “Roommates.” Ads placed by stu+ $10 typing fee for ads over 50 words University/Non-Profit Classified Rate is 15¢ per word. dents, faculty and staff for personal profit will be charged the Local Classified Rate.The Local Classified Rate + $10 for ads not run consecutive days Local Classified Rate is 25¢ per word. Take number form above and x by the number of applies to all advertising that does not fall under the area of University/Non-Profit Rate or is for straight profit. days you would like your ad to run to determine the “For Rent” and “Help Wanted” ads placed by businesses will be charged the Local Classified Rate. Extra services that are offered: TOTAL COST. 5¢ per bolded or italicized word. Please indicate.

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Tavern all Spring Break! Friday March 12-21. $2 you call it all day long! (3/11) ____________________________ GET TRULY EXCELLENT TUTORING FROM THE STUDY NOOK! * Only 2 blocks from campus! * Only $30/hr. * Discounts Available Stop stressing and start addressing YOUR study needs! To call for an appointment: 512-665-1230. (3/23)


Honda, Chevy, Jeep, Toyota, etc. From $500. Police Impound. For listing: (800)719-3001, ext. 7462. (3/2)

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Trailer for rent. $600/month or $300.month w/ roommate + utilities. Sharon 754-9039 or 353-8985. (4/1) ____________________________ 1 br/ 1ba HOUSE. 8/21/04 MOVE IN, Huge yard. $695 + $300 dep. 900sf, 2 blocks from SWT. 396-4181. (4/24) ____________________________ $735 Preleasing for 5/20/04. 3 blocks from Tx State. 2 br/2.5 ba townhouse 1050 sf. Full-size w/d, FREE ROADRUNNER & HBO, 396-4181 or (4/24) ____________________________ Sublease my large on e bedroom 1 1/2 bathroom apartment in April. Cheap rent: Call Crystal for details. 557-3406. (4/1) ____________________________ Duplex-Preleasing for 5/20 or 8/20. 3 blocks from Tx State. 2 br/2 ba, $735. Full-size w/d, FREE ROADRUNNER & HBO, 396-4181 or (4/24) ____________________________ 2/1 house. Historic Distric. Hardwood floors. Fenced yard. Pet’s OK. $700/month. 557-0961. (3/31) ____________________________ 2/2 Condo, Washer/Dryer, Walking distance to TX State. $675 (512) 784-6598. (3/31) ____________________________ Female roommate Next to SWT, don’t worry about parking or shuttle, own bedroom. $320. 757-1943. (3/11) ____________________________ Two people needed to sublease 2 bed/ 2 bath apartment. Available immediately through August. (512)805-4163. (3/11) ____________________________ 2 bedroom/ 1 bath. 788 square feet. Washer, dryer, free cable. $640/month. Contact Mike at (210)373-7676. (3/11) ____________________________ Downstairs 1 bedroom apartment. $400/monthly, $200 deposit. 754-0954. (3/11) ____________________________ Large upstairs apartment. $550/month. $200 deposit. 754-0954. (3/11)

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Available now. 2 brand new homes for lease or purchase in Kyle. 3/2/2 w/ all appliances including washer and dryer. 1 month free w/ one year lease. Call Norman (512)268-6325 or (512)699-1587. (4/1) ____________________________ Roommate wanted, $200/month + utilities, call Nathan (512)878-1846. (3/31) ____________________________ 2 bedroom/ 1 bath house. Carport, fenced yard, and central AC/ Heat. Pets ok. $650/month. (512)754-7716. (3/10) ____________________________ 1/1 at 1630 Post Road. Very clean. $435 + DEPOSIT. 589-6535. (3/10) ____________________________ The bad news: old house with window unit. The good news: cheap! Right by campus - never fight for parking. Spacious 2/1 with storage room (or small 3rd bedroom), big kitchen, w/d, pets ok. Available 3/10. $795/month. 393-3300. (2/26) ____________________________ Live rent free! Buy my big, near new 3/2 mobile home. Sell when graduate. I’ll finance/ good credit. Payments $165/mo. ($18,500) After 5 p.m. 512-868-3900/ 738-0652. (4/29) ____________________________ 1b, 2b, 3b & rooms, next to Tx State. Good prices. Why shuttle or commute? Large pool, upgraded apartments, wooden or tile floors, preleasing May & August. Call 392-2700, or 757-1943. (3/31) ____________________________ Part of the drama. Female roommate ISO to male roommates. $250 per person. 210-387-8831. ____________________________ Awesome Deal 1/1, $395, gas, water, trash incld. Now pre-leasing Apt. Experts 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Townhome Community 1/1.5, $436, 2/1.5, $545 w/ dryer incl. $0 app. & 1/2 off dep. Now preleasing. Apt. Experts 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Great views of Tx State. 1/1 $435 +, 2/1 $550+, Now pre-leasing for Fall ‘04. Pet friendly. Apt. Experts. 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Brand New Community. Fully furn., most bills pd. Ethernet, local ph, w/d incl. $399 +, AE 8050123. (4/29) ____________________________ Texas Size Townhomes. 1 & 2 bdrms $495, most bills paid w/cable. Pets ok. Apartment Experts 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Industrial Modern Living. $375 +, cable, ethernet, phone & w/d incl. AE 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Downstairs 1 bedroom apartment. $400/monthly, $200 deposit. 754-0954. (3/26) ____________________________ Great Community. 1/1 $460 +, 2/1 $480+, on shuttle, pets ok. Now preleasing for May ‘04!!! Apartment Experts 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ $100 prelease + bonus offer, 3 bedroom 3 bathrooms w/d 396-1520. (2/3?) ____________________________ NO RENT TILL APRIL!! 1/1 $495+, 2/2 $685+, 3/2 $699+, w/dryer included (rest. apply) Apt. Experts 805-0123. (4/29)


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Big Dogs Okay! Walk or shuttle to class. most bills pd. w/cable. 1/1 $450+, 2/2 $595 + Apt. Experts. 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Small Community, 1/1 $450, 2/2 $650, with free wireless internet. Pet’s o.k Apt. Experts 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Pre-lease Today For 5/20 or 8/20/04 MOVE-IN!!! 3 blocks from TxState. $785/mo. 2br/2.5ba TH. $300/dep., Full size w/d, FREE ROADRUNNER & HBO. No dogs 396-4181 or (4/29) ____________________________ ON A BUDGET? So am I. That’s why we have Langtry Apartments. 205 Craddock Ave., Waiting for you. 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment homes with washer/dryer ready for you to move-in today. Only $650 per month. Who said living in San Marcos had to be expensive? Langtry Apartments 396-2673. (4/29) ____________________________ TWO BEDROOM FOR THE PRICE OF A ONE! That's right! Rent a two bedroom for the price of a one bedroom. You pay only $575.00 a month. Move in today to West End Condominium # 3. 1221 West Hopkins. VJE Realty Group 353-3002. (4/29) ____________________________ Skinny Dippin! In the middle of Winter! Our Skinny prices are dippin even lower! One bedroom now only $575.00. Washer/Dryer, microwave, free high speed internet with no dial-up and resort style amenities. Call the Metropolitan 393-6000. (4/29) ____________________________ Privacy, Privacy and More Privacy! A place of your own! Stadium view apartments has a few 1 bedroom 1 bath homes for you. Fireplaces, ceiling fans, PRIVATE outside storage and covered parking await you. On-Site laundry, pool, and spa are only one call away. VJE Realty 353-3002. (4/29) ____________________________ Ready & Waiting! Nice, 1 bedroom , 1 bath studio home. 1642 Post Road. lot’s of storage and yard area. VJE Realty 353-3002. (4/29) ____________________________ 1 bd APT. $395/mo. 353-5051. (4/29)

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Lazyboy recliner, $65, Burl walnut wardrobe, $158, oak sofa table, $65, pretty oak 4-drawer vanity dresser, $125, southwest colored couch, $75, 5-drawer solid pine chest, $65, 3-piece white-natural dinette, $75. Partin’s used Furniture. 2108 Ranch Road 12. Free delivery. 396-4684. (3/11) ____________________________ Own. chaeper than rent. $91,000. Great north side Canyon Lake condo. 20 min. from campus, 5 min. from marina. 2/2/2 plus covered deck w/ beautiful sunset views and pool. Excellent condition. owner/ Agent 830-964-5064. (3/11s) ____________________________ Buy now, sell when you graduate. 3/2 mh under $250/month. Large appliances and 10x8 shed FREE! 392-7955. (3/11) ____________________________ Punching bag dip station, pull up bar for sale. Call Kirk. 396-8421. (3/11)

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Must sell 2/2 mh in nice park near campus, great condition, $14k, price negotiable. 787-7277. (3/10)

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The Tavern now taking applications. Needed: 2 females for bar staff. no experience necessary. We will train. Apply between 1-4 p.m daily. Absolutely no phone calls. 21 and up preferred. (3/23) ____________________________ Health Club hiring experienced sales people. 353-0789. (2/26) ____________________________ Tavern all Spring Break! Friday March 12-21. $2 you call it all day long! (3/11) ____________________________ Needed: waiters/waitresses/cooks at Papa Docks Restaurant in Canyon Lake. Possible $300-700 weekly. Apply in person. Tues-Fri between 2-5. FM 306 at Canyon Lake Marina. (4/8) ____________________________ THE GRAPEVINE is looking for part-time help in its tasting room. Must be 21 and able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends. Apply 1612 Hunter Rd., Gruene. (3/11) ____________________________ COTTON EYED JOE’S is looking for part-time sales people. Fun atmosphere in Gruene historic District. must be able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends. Appply 1608 Hunter Rd., Gruene. (3/11) ____________________________ !Bartending! $300 a day potential, no exp. necessary, training provided 800-965-6520 x157. (4/29) ____________________________ Ofice assistant / Receptionist for medical office, part-time. Fax resume: 353-7607. (3/11) ____________________________ Personal Care Assistant needed for quadrplegic man. Applicants must be able to lift 150 lbs. They must also have a good driving record. Full-time and part-time positions available. Experience is not necessary. Please call 512-280-5402 or 512-589-7327, if there is no answer leave voicemail and your call will be returened. (?) ____________________________ Make money taking Online surveys. Earn $10-$125 for surveys. Earn $25-$250 for focus groups. Visit (3/31) ____________________________ Clear Springs is now hiring grill/saute cooks and line cooks. Full-time including weekends. Starting pay $10/hour. Insurance and vacation available. High-volume exprience necessary. Apply in person at 1692 Hwy 46 South, New Braunfels. (3/11) ____________________________ Juan Enrique’s Restaurant in Wimberly now accepting applications for waitstaff. Are you happy, energetic, responsible, and entertaining? Come join our super staff and enjoy making great money, and a happy environment. Staff receives free breakfast and discounted meals. Apply in person 2-4 p.m. M-F. 500 River Road. (3/11) ____________________________ Bartender trainees needed. $250 a day potential. Local positions. 1-800-293-3985 ext 316. (4/26)

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Soccer coaches wanted for youth soccer league. Great experience, resume builder! Contact Tony (3/11) ____________________________ Webmaster wanted for local youth soccer organization. Volunteer only. Great resume builder. Contact Tony at (3/11) ____________________________ The City of New Braunfels is accepting applications for seasonal positions in the park and Recreation Department: park rangers, lifeguards, cashiers, attendants, asst. managers, river spotters, laborers, counselors and swim instructors. Positions open until filled. Must be at least 16 YOA. 15 - 40hrs/wk, including weekends, holidays, and evenings. Starting pay range is $6.91 $10.00 depending upon position. For more info. call 830-608-2160 or on the city website: ____________________________ Athletic, outgoing students for calendar greeting cards, etc. $50 - 150/hr no exp needed. 512-684-8296. (4/29) ____________________________ SUMMER CAMP JOBS IN COLORADO --- Make a difference in the life of a girl at Girl Scout overnight camps in the mountains SW of Denver. General Counselors, Program Specialists (Western horseback riding, backpacking, crafts, nature, sports/archery, challenge course, farm, dance & drama) and Administrative Positions. Late May – early August. Competitive salary, housing, meals, health insurance, travel and end-of-season bonuses. For an application, e-mail or call 303-607-4819. (4/29) ____________________________ Get paid for your opinions! Earn $15-$125 and more per survey! ____________________________ Arabian Horses: several open positions:Ranch in SM, close to campus, flex hrs. 1.hoof trimmer hrly $ or trade. 2.temp ranch hand $6hr. 3.serious/exp trainers--negot pay. 4.good riders who love to ride-$open! 5.attractive models who ride well-trade photos. 6.secretary--coordinate, manage, research--open$ *Riding lessons available. Project: Got 14 horses and more foaling. And a website ( working on photos/text to showcase, market, and sell 11 horses in 6 months. Experience and time are negotiable commodities. Pay you in cash when possible or trade when agreeable ..! Email resume , aspirations, services to: However, if imperative my cell 210-367-7842 and 353-3477 ranch. (4/29) ____________________________ Are you a dynamic, compassionate, motivated individual looking for the EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME? If so then Horizon Camps is the place for you. Horizon Camps is made up of three OUTSTANDING co-ed summer camps, seeking AMAZING staff to work with INCREDIBLE kids ranging in age from 7 to 15. Located in NY, PA, and WV, positions are available in the areas of group leading, athletics, theatre-arts, water sports, outdoor education, and so much more. For more information and to complete an application please contact us... 1-800-544-5448. (4/29)


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Need honest roommate (male or female.) 2 bedroom/ 1 bath, 788 sq. ft. Washer, dryer, free cable. $320/month + half bills. Call Mike at (210)373-7676. (3/11) ____________________________ Sublease room at Jefferson Commons. 393-8500 or 361-275-3872, 800-828-8947. (3/11) ____________________________ Roommate(s) needed to share quiet house within short drive of TX State. 360 sq. ft. bdr. w/ vaulted ceiling, private bath, two closets, and view of woods. Appliances provided. Cable TV/ Internet available. Pets/parties/smokers okay. $450(600)/mo. + share utilities. Call 353-3020. (3/11) ____________________________ Green-minded female. Bedrooms. $325+ 1/3 bills, $200/deposit. No pets, no tobacco. Available April 1st. Big house on campus. Call (512)754-8434. (3/25)


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Texas State clawed by Baylor, 7-0


S coreboard SOFTBALL vs Baylor 3/10/04 Score by inning


Baylor...........................3..1..1...0 ..2...0...0 TEXAS STATE..............0...0..0...0...0...0...0

7 10 1 0 5 2


Baylor (22-6)


AB df Levesque 3 rf Schwethelm 3 lf Osburn 3 1b Luce 3 1b Lake 1 dh Maler 3 pr Daniel 0 2b Leerberg 4 ss Wilmoth 3 3b Pomes 4 c Arnold 4 TOTALS 31

R H RBI 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 7 10 5


AB 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2

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

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

TOTALS 25 0 5 0

Baylor Pitching


IP H R ER BB SO AB BF 7.0 5 0 0 1 2 25 26


Ashley A. Horton/Star photo Danielle Vice, freshman shortstop, unsuccessfully dives to catch the ball to tag a runner for the out against Baylor University Wednesday. The Bobcats fell to the Bears, 7-0. By Chris Galligher Sports Reporter The Texas State softball team finished up their home stand last night. Overall, it was a split with three wins and three straight losses to tough opponents, ending with a 7-0 loss to the Baylor University Bears Wednesday. The Bobcats dropped a doubleheader to the University of Houston Tuesday, 5-2 in Game 1 and 3-1 in the nightcap. The Bears came out of the gate swinging, putting together a three-run first inning, thanks to big hits from second baseman Carrie Leerberg and shortstop Kim Wilmolth, who both drove in runs to make the score 3-0 in the first. Texas State tried to get something going in the first inning, when center fielder Kristen Zaleski walked to lead off the inning and right fielder Jannelle

Wolter singled to give the ’Cats runners on first and second, with no outs. But the threat was stifled when catcher Rachel Bonetti popped up a bunt attempt for the first out. Pitcher Katie Ann Trahan then grounded into a fielder’s choice, as the Bears forced Zaleski at third. First baseman Hannah Snow popped out to shortstop to end the threat. Baylor pitcher Lisa Ferguson took over, retiring 14 straight batters, beginning in the first and ending with a single from left fielder Amy Krueger to lead off the sixth inning. “I thought she threw the ball well,” Texas State coach Ricci Woodward said of Ferguson’s performance. “But she wasn’t over-dominating; when you get down 3-0 then you let them pile on runs, it doesn’t work out.” The ’Cats struggles were not limited

UTSA, SFA advance to championship Stephen F. Austin 69, Texas-Arlington 68

ARLINGTON, Texas — Trailing by five with 41 seconds remaining Wednesday, Stephen F. Austin State University scored the game’s final six points, shocking top-seeded University of Texas-Arlington on its home floor in the semifinals of the Southland Conference tournament, 69-68. SFA guard Marcus Clark hit a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left to bring the Lumberjacks within two, 68-66. SFA guard B. J. Banks fouled guard Jarrett Howell, sending him to the line for a one-and-one opportunity. Howell missed the front end and SFA grabbed the rebound. With just four seconds remaining, First-Team All-SLC forward Antonio Burks nailed a 3point basket off an assist from Clark to give the Lumberjacks a 1-point lead. UTA had one last chance, but when forward Derrick Obosahan, a First-Team All-SLC pick, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, the Lumberjacks had advanced to the SLC championship game for the second straight season. SFA lost to Sam Houston State University, 69-66, in last year’s SLC championship.

SFA will advance to face the University of Texas-San Antonio at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The game will be televised on ESPN2. Texas-San Antonio 87, Southeastern Louisiana 85 HAMMOND, La. — The Texas-San University of Antonio had five players score in double figures, led by SLC Freshman of the Year Kurt Attaway’s 24 on 8-10 shooting as the Roadrunners upset the Southeastern Louisiana University Lions, 87-85. SLC Player of the Year LeRoy Hurd added 17 points and nine rebounds. Hurd was 12-12 from the free throw line. Guard Justin Harbert scored the Roadrunners’ final four points from the foul line, giving them the lead with 16 seconds remaining. UTSA tied the game on a 3pointer from guard David President with 8:49 to go and the lead went back and forth from there. SLU guard Michael Gardener led all scorers with 25 points on 10-20 shooting. The Roadrunners will now travel back home to face SFA for the right to represent the SLC in the NCAA Tournament, which will begin March 18.

to offense; they also gave up unearned runs in both the second and third innings because of throwing errors, which dug them into a 5-0 hole. The Bears continued to pile on the runs in the fifth inning, when third baseman Stephanie Pomes hit a two run double to make the score 7-0. One of the few bright spots in the game for the Bobcats was the relief effort of Nicole Neuerburg, who allowed no runs in 2 1/3 innings and retired her last six batters. The loss drops the Bobcats to 19-8 overall, while the Bears move to 22-6. The Bobcats will now try and regroup in prepare for conference action. They have a three game set with Southeastern Louisiana State University starting Saturday. “We have to go back to the drawing board,” Woodard said. “This is March

and you can’t let one bad week dictate the rest of your season.” SLU is riding the momentum of a marathon 11-inning victory over Nicholls State University, led by a dominating complete game shutout pitching effort by Summer Delaneuville. SLU is currently 9-11 overall with a 2-1 SLC record, good for fourth place, while Texas State sits in first place with a perfect 6-0 conference mark. The Bobcats will likely see history made during this series, with Neuerburg needing only five strikeouts to reach 900 for her career. Zaleski also has a chance at history, needing just three stolen bases to enter the top 30 on the NCAA career list. The series begins Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. and concludes with a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Baseball: Heads into three game weekend g Cont. from page 16

The pitching staff also sports a pair of twin brothers in sophomores Alan and Sean Stidfole. The brothers have a combined ERA of 0.63 in 14.2 innings of relief work. Illinois will fill the role of Texas State’s opponent on Saturday. Like the Bobcats, the Fighting Illini are one game under .500, with a 3-4 record. Illinois defeated the University of South Florida in its last game, with senior starter Joe Ziemba taking a nohitter into the ninth inning Sunday. The Illinois offense has been rolling along nicely, recording 10 or more hits in all but one of its seven games so far. Senior right fielder Vince DiMaria has been the major force behind this leading the team in hits (14) and RBI (7) while being the Fighting Illini’s lead-off hitter. The last game for Texas State will be Sunday when it hosts in-state rival Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are 12-4 after sweeping the U.S. Air Force Academy and Harvard

University in a four-game round robin. The Red Raiders played in the Round Rock tournament in 2002 and defeated thenSouthwest Texas 2-1 in the tournament finale. The offense is red hot after torching Harvard last Saturday in a doubleheader by a combined score of 48-14. In the process of lighting up the scoreboard, junior outfielder Michael Mask hit .571 with three homers and 12 RBI to earn the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week award, Junior Michael McGowan will make only his second start of the season Sunday when he hits the mound to face the Bobcats. McGowan is one of Tech’s most heralded pitching prospects but has seen limited action this spring because of a sore shoulder. McGowan pitched five shutout innings but was pulled early because of a predetermined pitch count. Following the tournament Texas State will return home to start Southland Conference action against the University of Lamar at 6:30 p.m. March 19 at Bobcat Field.

Trahan Neuerburg

IP H R ER BB SO AB BF 4.1 9 7 6 1 1 22 26 2.2 1 0 0 0 3 9 10

Win - Lisa Ferguson (9-1), Loss - Katie Ann Trahan (6-4) Save - None Time - 1:48, Attendance - 213

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

W 19 13 12 9 7 11 5 10 7 3

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

T 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

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

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

final Men’s Standings

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Texas State names new athletic director Star Staff Texas State began a search two months ago for a new athletic director after the removal of Greg LaFleur from that position amidst allegations of NCAA violations within the football program. The search is over as the Bobcats have found their man to replace LaFleur, and he is Larry Teis, who has

at 10 a.m. today in the Sac-Nserved as the associate athPac Room of the Endzone letic director for external Complex. affairs since 1998. Teis’ duties in that position includTeis was one of five candied marketing and promotion, dates interviewed for the athgame management and letic director position in 2001 budgeting for the departwhen LaFleur was selected to ment. take over for Jim Wacker, who TEIS An official announcement retired from the post. of Teis as Texas State’s Teis came to Texas State eighth athletic director will take place from Texas Christian University, his

Bobcats to host Round Rock classic

alma mater, where he served in the marketing department. On the same day LaFleur was removed from his positon, Texas State did the same with football coach Manny Matsakis and Associate Athletic Director for Internal Affairs Dana Craft, removing them of their duties. LaFleur hired Matsakis to run the football program in Dec. 2002 after the

SLC women gear up for semifinals By Jason Orts Sports Editor

Junior Chris Jean pitches to University of Louisiana-Lafayette Feb. 22 at Bobcat Field. The Bobcats next home game is at 6:30 p.m. March 19 at Bobcat Field. Ashley A. Horton/Star photo

By Travis Summers Sports Reporter For the first time all season the Texas State baseball team has a sub .500 record at 8-9. The Bobcats will try to return to the land of successful records as they prepare for three games this weekend hosting the Round Rock College Classic. The round robin tournament, which will be played at the Dell Diamond, the summer home of the Round Rock Express, features seven college teams, including Texas State’s opponents, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Illinois and Texas Tech University. Other teams in the tournament include Texas Christian


University, Notre Dame University and the University of Arizona. Texas State is carrying a six-game losing streak after back-to-back weekend series sweeps at the hands of No. 4 Louisiana State University and No. 2 Rice University. Both Rice and LSU have elite programs with stellar lineups and pitching staffs. Because of this, no Texas State player is heading into the weekend with much recent success. However, junior shortstop/closer Dominic Ramos has still been spotless on the mound in relief and continues to hold a 0.00 ERA while pitching 11.2 innings, picking up a couple of saves. The first opponent for the Bobcats will be PSU. The Nittany Lions are


arriving in Round Rock today to square off against Notre Dame. PSU comes in with a 5-3 mark, having lost its last two games. Sophomore cleanup hitter Aaron Greenfield leads the Nittany Lion offensive attack, leading all PSU hitters with a .500 batting average and a .650 slugging percentage. While Greenfield leads the offense, he is also responsible for directing the pitchers as the team’s catcher. With Greenfield calling most of the pitches, the PSU staff has a 4.44 ERA, with senior Clayton Hamilton being its best starter with a 2-0 record with 16 strikeouts in 12.2 innings. g See BASEBALL, page 15


dismissal of Bob DeBesse, but after a 13 month period in which 12 NCAA violations were found, both were let go. David Bailiff, Texas State graduate and former defensive coordinator, was named football coach while volleyball coach Karen Chisum was named as the interim replacement for Craft. Neither Teis nor James Studer, Student Affairs vice president, could be reached for comment at press time.


was the SLC’s leading scorer in the regular season, averaging 17.8 ppg. Tip-off is set for 7 tonight.

(4) University of TexasSan Antonio at (1) Northwestern State University After surviving their first round game against the only Southland Conference team that beat them at home in the regular season, the top-seeded Northwestern State University Demons now turn their attention to the fourth-seeded Texas-San University of Antonio Roadrunners. NSU swept the season series from UTSA, winning 71-64 in San Antonio Jan. 24 before claiming a 62-56 win in Natchitoches, La., Feb. 28. The Demons defeated Sam Houston State University, 6961, at Prather Coliseum in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round behind 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists from SLC Player of the Year, point guard LaTerrica Dobin. NSU never trailed in the game, but the Bearkats cut the Demon lead to as little as three with 3:24 to go. But thanks to a defense led by center Ashley Sparkman, who had a tournament-record nine blocks, SHSU could not get the scores it needed down the stretch. The Demons feature three players in the top five in scoring in Dobin, guard Diamond Cosby and forward Amanda Bennett, a First-Team All-SLC selection, who leads the team at 16 points per game. UTSA advanced to the semifinal round by virtue of a dominating defensive performance in a 69-42 win against McNeese State University in San Antonio. The Roadrunners held the Cowgirls to just 30 percent shooting and 19 second-half points. First-Team All-Conference forward Nikki Hendrix paced all scorers points 1/22/04 9:00with AM 28 Page 1 and added nine rebounds. Hendrix

(3) University of TexasArlington at (2) University of Louisiana-Monroe There will be a new champion of the Southland Conference women’s tournament after the University of LouisianaMonroe Indians defeated the Texas State Bobcats in the quarterfinals. Now the Indians, winners of 12 straight home games, will look to advance to the SLC championship game when they face off with the University of Texas-Arlington Mavericks at 7 p.m. today at Fant-Ewing Coliseum. ULM got 13 points on 5-5 shooting from forward Mindy Livaudais and 10 points from guard Stephanie Williams, both of whom were surprise starters. The performances of Livaudais and Williams overshadowed those of more heralded Indians, namely guard Nina Randle, a First-Team All-SLC pick. UTA got to the semifinals with a 69-61 home win against the Ladyjacks of Stephen F. Austin State University. The Mavericks were outshot in that game, 44-39 percent, but a 4229 advantage on the boards gave UTA seven more shot attempts. First-Team All-SLC forward Rola Ogunoye paced the Mavericks with 23 points, her 21st consecutive game in double figures, while center Sheena Johnson added 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Guard Terra Wallace scored 12 points off the bench for the Mavericks, hitting 8-10 from the free-throw line. ULM swept the season series against UTA, taking a 70-66 win at Texas Hall Jan. 7, and a 57-49 decision on its home floor Feb. 5.

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