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MARCH 21, 2007
VOLUME 96, ISSUE 66
Men injured, hospitalized after mudding accident
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By Scott Thomas The University Star Three members of Gary Job Corps were injured when two men drove oﬀroading vehicles through a campsite early Saturday morning. One man, 22, suﬀered serious internal injuries and was transported to Brackenridge Hospital. Another camper suﬀered an injured foot and the third sustained minor injuries. According to a city of San Marcos news release, no charges have been ﬁled against the two men driving the vehicles, ages 20 and 21, because “the incident occurred on private property and not on a public roadway.” “It’s considered to be private property in an area that the public generally does not have access to, so by the Department of Public Safety standards, it’s not considered a classiﬁed accident,” said Lisa Dvorak, assistant police chief of the San Marcos Police Department. “There are no criminal charges being ﬁled because there’s no criminal oﬀense.” Because no charges were ﬁled, police are withholding the names of the drivers and the victims. According to the news release, “the three corpsmen were located about 40 yards north of the river bank next to a mudding trail where they had put up a blue tarp …” When the two vehicles,
Cotton Miller/Star photo Casey Guest, senior second baseman, tags out Texas’ Chance Wheeless trying to steal second base during the Bobcats’ Tuesday night 5-3 loss to the Longhorns at Disch-Falk Field in Austin. Despite holding an early lead, the Bobcats fell for the second time this season to the No. 10-ranked Longhorns. For a full game recap, see SPORTS page 10.
Bobcat Tram in process of upgrading to new buses Jennifer Williams/ Star Photo UPGRADING: With numerous features to increase ease of use, comfort and Texas State’s modern image, the university’s 23 new buses will be phased into use through May.
By Chelsea Juarez The University Star Texas State will receive 23 new buses designed with features to provide security, comfort and a smoother ride for passengers. Robert Garza, general manager of First Transit at Texas State, the company that owns tram provider Cognisa, said he is excited about the innovative features the Texas State Bobcat Trams will provide and hopes drivers and passengers will be too. A couple buses have been delivered but the rest will be periodically dropped oﬀ until May, Garza said. “They’re a lot smoother because of the airbag suspension,” said bus driver Casey Hitchcock. “Better quality seat so it doesn’t bounce as much.” The new buses contain electric destination signs designed to increase bus stop visibility. This system allows drivers to punch in destinations from their seats versus manually changing them.
Drivers will also have their own microphones in every bus so patrons can hear inside and outside through separate speakers. “It’s a way to help passengers hear better and so the driver doesn’t have to yell out stuﬀ; he can announce it instead,” Garza said. “We may have a passenger who may have a disability, being blind for example — this way they’ll be able to hear the stops announced.” The cloth seats have high backs and are suited to provide comfort for both the driver and passengers. Up front with the bus driver is a personal cup holder. “I like them because they are just better overall,” Hitchcock, political science senior, said. The vehicles have the same length and capacity inside as the older version but now have improved security for wheelchairs. Garza said it was important to the university that students feel secure on the campus buses. Bike racks, which store up to
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e may have a passenger who may have a disability, being blind for example — this way they’ll be able to hear the stops announced.”
—Robert Garza general manager, First Transit
three bikes, are another feature available for passengers. Duct air is provided on the trams including separate ventilation for drivers and eliminates the need for systems inside where passengers can see them. Because careful maintenance See BUSES, page 3
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Department of Education Building given name of U.S. President, alumnus Lyndon B. Johnson By Philip Hadley The University Star U.S. Department of Education headquarters in Washington D.C. will soon bear the name of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the former Democratic president of the United States and one of Texas State’s most prominent alumni. On March 6, with extraordinary bipartisan support in Congress, the House of Representatives agreed in a voice vote with no opposition to name the Education Department near the U.S. Capitol the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building. The name change will be made oﬃcial Friday, when Pres-
ident George W. Bush signs the bill in the Oval oﬃce. The bill’s sponsors, who include State Reps. Gene Green, D-Houston; Solomon Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi; Joe Barton, R-Arlington and Mike McCaul, R-Austin, will be in attendance. The lack of a prominent Washington memorial to the 36th president bothered Democrats, especially Rep. Green, for years. “I am thrilled to ﬁnally see this bill on the ﬂoor and passed after my three terms,” Green said. “It has been opposed by a small group of republicans for years.” Jack Hirschﬁeld, director of communication for McCaul, said the representative did not
belong to the group of republicans. “Representative McCaul has been working very hard to whip the vote and build support for this bill since its inception and since he has been in Congress,” Hirschﬁeld said. Cathy Travis, spokeswoman for Ortiz, said he was honored to take part in the renaming, and was happy to see Johnson receive a prominent tribute in Washington D.C. “Johnson has never been fully appreciated for his accomplishments, speciﬁcally his accomplishments in education,” Travis said. “It has been a long battle but we are glad See LBJ BUILDING, page 3
Proposed liquor law created to ensure equal market among wholesalers, spur competition By Christina Kahlig The University Star A Texas house bill put a new spin on proposed liquor laws in Texas. In an eﬀort to promote competition and counter a previously ﬁled bill, this legislation requires any person who sells distilled spirits to oﬀer sales to all wholesalers on an equal basis. Republic Beverage Company and Glazer’s Distributors, two wholesale companies who sell to 95 percent of Texas package stores, currently sell only the brands of liquor they choose. The proposed legislation, House Bill 2525, ﬁled by State Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, will
require each wholesaler sell the same brands in order to have competing prices, giving package stores, bars and restaurants more choices. “If this (new) bill passes, every distillery would have to sell to any licensed wholesaler in Texas,” said Charles Sims, secretary and treasurer for the Texas Package Store Association. “There would be a lot more wholesalers open up.” House Bill 2266, introduced March 1 by State Rep. Pat Haggerty, R-El Paso, proposes wholesalers have the right to sell to bars, restaurants and package stores. “They’re calling (House Bill 2266) a dual system, but it’s
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not a dual system because 95 percent of the liquor we would have to buy from them,” said Elyse Yates, spokeswoman for the package stores. “What they have proposed is fake competition.” The issue is (wholesalers) have exclusive deals with distillers, Yates said. Sims agrees with Yates. He said liquor could be purchased from these two main wholesalers, giving package stores no alternative options. “The problem is that we have to buy from them,” Sims said. “We cannot compete with the people we buy from because See LIQUOR LAW, page 3
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March 21, 2007
starsof texas state Sandhya Rao, professor in the school of journalism and mass communication and associate director for graduate studies, has received a Fulbright Award to teach at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education in India during the 2008 Spring semester. The Fulbright Award is a competitive international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
At Manipal Academy, Rao will teach graduate mass communication courses, take part in collaborative research and assist the university in curriculum development. Rao said the Fulbright Award will contribute to her duties as professor of mass communication and that she hopes to enhance research collaboration between Texas State and her future colleagues in India.
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Sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in The Quad.
A student-led rosary will be prayed 6:25 p.m. in the chapel of the Catholic Student Center.
The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents, “Atlas Shrugged: 50th Anniversary,” with Andrew Bernstein, visiting philosophy professor from Marist College, 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132.
Texas State softball will play Texas A&M 6 p.m. at Bobcat Field.
An inquiry class about the Catholic faith will be 7 p.m. in the library of the CSC. The language of the ASG Referendum will be voted on. Sigma Tau Delta-English Honor Society will have its Spring Book Sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in The Quad. The Association of Information Technology Professionals will hold a chapter meeting 5:00 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 127. Eric Long, software engineer, will discuss his experiences at IBM. Pizza and soda will be provided. All majors are welcome. The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents “On Daniel Dennett’s Elbow Room and Freedom Evolves,” with philosophy professor Paul Wilson, 12 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. The Earth First Organization will meet 4 p.m. in Evan Liberal Arts, Room 314. For more information, e-mail Bogan Durr at email@example.com. The Tennis Club will meet 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, e-mail Chris Harris, tennis club president, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Alcohol and Drug Resource Center will hold “The Network” meeting 5 to 7 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-6.1.
The Stations of the Cross will take place 6 p.m. in the CSC chapel The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the CSC lounge. The Rock - Praise & Worship will be 7:30 p.m. in the CSC chapel. Sigma Tau Delta-English Honor Society will have its Spring Book
— Courtesy of Texas State Public Relations
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CRIME BL TTER
University Police Department March 7, 12:47 a.m. MIP/Possession of More Than One Valid License/ RR12 An oﬃcer initiated a traﬃc stop. Upon further investigation two students were found to be minors in possession of alcohol and were issued citations. Another student was found to be in possession of more than one valid driver’s license and was arrested and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.
The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents, “Human Freedom: Burden or Gift?” 11 a.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. Meditation and contemplation will be 4 to 5 p.m. at the Campus Christian Community Center. For more information, e-mail Micah Robbins at email@example.com or call (512) 878-2036. Overeaters Anonymous meets 5:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland St. Call (512) 357-2049 for more information. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. There will be contemporary worship, relevant teaching and prayer. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call (512) 557-7988 or e-mail mail@texasstatechialpha. com
Texas State tennis will play A&MCorpus Christi 10 a.m. at the Tennis Complex.
March 9, 5:01 p.m. Theft under $50/The Tower An oﬃcer was dispatched for a theft report. A student stated an item had been taken without consent.
Jon Clark/Star photo Whitney Hoy (left), theatre sophomore, Melissa Baez, theatre senior and Allison Gregory, theatre freshman, rehearse a scene in the play “Boys Next Door” for a directing 1 class Monday in the Theatre Center.
Senate structural changes, presidential qualiﬁcations up for vote
The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents, “Funny or Offensive? The Racially Charged Comedy of Dave Chappelle,” 1 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132.
The Associated Student Government is the oﬃcial voice of the students at Texas State. The meetings are open to the public and held 7 p.m. every Monday in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. To address the Senate, come prepared to speak during our Public Forum. Any interest in being a guest speaker should be directed to Amanda Oskey, the vice president. A student referendum will be held Tuesday and Wednesday. Issues on the ballot include expan-
Texas State tennis will play A&MCorpus Christi 12 p.m. at the Tennis Complex. An orientation and training session will teach attendees to use the Freeze-Framer biofeedback program to reduce the negative effects of stress. The session will be 1 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-11.1.
The Sexual Assault and Abuse Survivors Group will meet 5 to 6:15 p.m. For more information and a screening, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.
sion of the Student Senate from 40 to 60 members. Students will also vote on the reapportionment of the seats from the current representation based on academic college to being elected to an oncampus, oﬀ-campus, at-large or as an academic college representative. There is another item on the ballot that would remove a clause in the ASG Constitution changing the requirements to run for ASG President. As currently stated by the Constitution, the president must have been a member of ASG for two semesters prior to candidacy. The proposed referendum would remove the clause, opening the presidency to all student
leaders on campus. ASG ﬁling will begin Thursday. Forms will be available in the ASG oﬃce and online. The student body elections will then be held April 17 and 18. For more information, call ASG at 512-245-1ASG. ASG is currently looking for people interested in serving on the Election Commission. They are paid positions through the student government. In order to qualify you cannot be on the ballot for this coming election. Contact the ASG oﬃce if you are interested in applying. — Courtesy of ASG
March 11, 12:16 a.m. Warrant Service/No Drivers Liscense/Expired Registration/No Insurance An oﬃcer initiated a traﬃc stop. Upon further investigation a non-student was issued a citation for being an unlicensed driver, having no insurance and having an expired motor vehicle registration. The non-student was also arrested and transported to HCLEC for a warrant. March 12, 2:29 a.m. Passing Authorized Emergency Vehicle / Failure to Comply with Traﬃc Control Device / Failure to Display Drivers License /Aquarena at Sessom An oﬃcer made contact with a student who had ignored warnings from oﬃcers to stop. The student was arrested and transported to HCLEC to await magistration. March 13, 2:03 p.m. BMV/Blanco Parking Lot An oﬃcer was dispatched for a burglary of motor vehicle report. A non-student reported items had been taken without consent. This case is under investigation.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
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to see that Johnson is ﬁnally receiving the recognition he deserves.” Johnson signed more than 60 education bills into law during his term as president. The bills included the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which established Head Start, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and the Higher Education Act of 1965. The latter opened the doors of higher education to many who could not previously aﬀord it. The former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, said in a statement Johnson’s life was about teaching, and he would have wished to be remembered as the “education president.” Bill Line, spokesman for National Parks Service, said before the renaming, Johnson’s
only memorial in Washington, D.C. was his grove in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. Dana Dierkes, communications director for the George Washington Memorial Parkway park services, said the memorial, named the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on The Potomac, features a granite monument with quotes from Johnson engraved in its surface. “The granite used to construct the memorial came from Texas where Johnson is from,” Dierkes said. Johnson graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1930 with a permanent teaching certiﬁcate. After his graduation, Johnson returned to the San Marcos campus many times, both as president and in his retirement years.
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a white Chevy Blazer and a Ford-F250, drove through the campsite, one of the corpsmen ran and tried to ﬂag down the drivers to tell them they had run over his fellow campers.
The corpsman then went to a nearby convenience store to call the police. All three injured men were transported to Brackenridge Hospital for treatment. As of Monday, “one was still hospitalized and the others had been released.”
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they can manipulate the prices.” Neither Haggerty nor Alan Dreeben, executive vice president for Block Distribution, one of the largest wholesale suppliers of liquor to local stories in the San Antonio area, could be reached to explain the
wholesaler’s position on the new proposed law. “If they want to compete with us in the bar business, that’s ﬁne,” Sims said. “But we want them to have competition so we can buy Crown Royal from more than one person.” He said if the proposed law passes, there would be competition for the business of bars and restaurants.
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is demanded, 12 of the older buses will remain as switchouts when needed, Garza said. This ensures the availability of ready, running buses in the instance of mechanical failure. Other older buses will be sold or salvaged. The buses’ colors, maroon and gold, represent the true color of Texas State better and “make the buses look awesome,” Garza said. This is a change from the white and maroon scheme on the older buses. “I had a few friends come in from out of town who asked, ‘Ya’ll still ride school buses?’
(The new buses) make the university look better,” said Kati Fualkner, communications disorders senior. “They’re a lot roomier.” Some drivers were required to come in during Spring Break for additional training on the devices installed in the new trams. Garza said the university is also looking to recruit more drivers before next semester and increase service, allowing for routine maintenance. “(The buses) aren’t as noisy as other buses and passengers will enjoy the ride more,” Garza said. “It’s a well-equipped bus that will hopefully provide feelings of being more secure.”
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Bush dubs use of hybrid vehicles patriotic By Scott Canon and Jason Noble McClatchy Newspapers KANSAS CITY — President Bush strolled through two hybridmaking Kansas City, Kan. auto plants Tuesday and declared technology the key to weaning the country from its oil addiction. The visit was Bush’s ﬁrst to American-owned auto assembly plants since he became president. He used the time to brieﬂy walk factory ﬂoors in Kansas City and Claycomo, Mo., eyeballing cutting-edge engine blocks, chatting up union members and listening to executives explain how they are overhauling the internal combustion engine. He capped his factory tours by declaring the changes in cars, trucks and SUVs as downright patriotic — a way to break the country free of dependence on oil from often hostile countries. “When you’re dependent on oil from parts of the world where people may not necessarily like us, that creates a national security problem,” Bush told about 300 autoworkers at the Ford Claycomo plant. “When you’re dependent on oil, and the objective of some of the terrorists is to destroy oil networks, it creates a national security problem for us.” His speech lasted about 20
“One thing we can do is to promote the idea of technology changing the way we live,” Bush said. “That’s what you’re doing at this plant.” His visit was greeted with skepticism by some who think the Bush administration has done too little to force the auto industry to improve fuel eﬃciency. “If the president wants to move more hybrids onto the road, save consumers money at the pump and reduce global warming tailpipe emissions, he needs to support a strong and enforceable mileage target,” said John Anthony, a spokesman for the National Environmental Trust. David Friedman, the research director for the clean vehicles David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said Bush has President George W. Bush listens to Paul Maar, right, during a tour taken signiﬁcant steps toward reand brieﬁng on hybrid engine technology Tuesday at General Moducing the nation’s gas guzzling. tors Fairfax Assembly Plant in Fairfax, Kan. The real measure of Bush’s supminutes and was received with Both plants produce hybrid and port for reducing oil dependence, polite applause. While looking at ﬂex-fuel automobiles. Friedman said, will be whether prepared remarks, he appeared Bush lauded the carmakers he ultimately backs pending legto improvise at times. At one for embracing hybrid technolo- islation that would put teeth into point he reminded the audience, gies and called on consumers his State of the Union promise “Remember, oil is the feedstock to recognize their beneﬁts. The to cut the country’s oil consumpfor gasoline.” government has oﬀered tax cred- tion by 8.5 billion barrels a year The president championed its of up to $3,500 for hybrid by 2017 — or 20 percent in 10 the Claycomo plant and GM’s vehicles. He also called for Con- years. Fairfax operation in Kansas City, gress to pass new energy legisla“He could really establish a legas examples of the technologi- tion encouraging fuel eﬃciency acy on the issue of oil addiction if cal innovators needed to edge — before the summer driving he were to support these bills in toward energy independence. season begins. Congress,” Friedman said.
Racial profiling not a problem for SMPD By Scott Thomas The University Star The San Marcos Police Department did not use racial proﬁling when making traﬃc stops or conducting searches in 2006, according to a report issued by the city. “The deﬁnition of racial proﬁling under penal code is basically a law enforcement action that is taken because of their race or ethnicity and not because of their complicity or action,” said Howard Williams, San Marcos chief of police. Hassan Tajalli, statistician and political science associate professor, gave an independent review and analysis of the data collected by the SMPD. “Every policeman, when they stop anybody, is required to ﬁle a report,” Tajalli said. “I received the raw data from the police department and simply
don’t think my oﬃcers care what your race or ethnicity is, they take their law enforcement actions based on the facts in front of them.”
—Howard Williams San Marcos chief of police
did the analysis for them.” The report is issued annually and is required by state law. The purpose of the study is to evaluate whether race, ethnicity or national origin play a role in traﬃc stops, searches and citations issued. “I think part of the problem
with racial proﬁling is that we don’t really know the extent to which it exists,” Williams said. “In the past four years, our proﬁling reports have looked really good, showing that we are not facing any action on race or ethnicity, so our numbers looked pretty sound.” Williams said he does not see racial proﬁling becoming more of a problem as San Marcos and its police department continues to grow. “I don’t think my oﬃcers care what your race or ethnicity is, they take their law enforcement actions based on the facts in front of them,” Williams said. However, he said behavior such as racial proﬁling could occur more in larger cities because of the greater anonymity in big police departments. The report showed no signiﬁcant diﬀerences across races or ethnicities in relation to search-
es. It stated there were small, yet signiﬁcant diﬀerences in the amount of additional charges ﬁled. Williams attributed the differences in arrests to random chance. He expressed skepticism as to the current state law’s ability to address the issue of racial proﬁling. “I’m not trying to argue it doesn’t exist, because I think that all of us can think of examples where clearly something like that happened,” Williams said. “Whether it’s running rampant through law enforcement or how extensive it may be is a serious question, I’m just not sure we’re prepared to answer it.” Williams attributed the use of cameras in police cars, which helps in day-to-day business and collecting evidence, to deterring racial proﬁling.
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Rockin’ the red dirt country: Music as independent as By Clara Cobb The University Star
Skulls, studs and speaker jumping make some mosh-pit weary music fans back up and turn the volume down. Unless those music fans are listening to alternative Texas country. Country, a music genre mainly associated with all things agricultural and conservative, has evolved in the Texas music scene. While red dirt country refers to Oklahoma and Texas, musicians who were raised on rock ‘n’ roll are taking the genre to a new level — even if only in volume. Mike McClure Band merchandise features a gun and the slogan “twice as loud, half as popular.” Jack Ingram recently covered “Lips of an Angel” — a song by the rock band Hinder. Both musicians are on www.lonestarmusic.com top ﬁve bestseller list. Katie Taylor, oﬃce manager of Austin Universal Entertainment, said Pat Green blazed the trail for Texas country artists by breaking into the mainstream Nashville country music scene. Taylor said Texas Country is unique because of how diﬀerent each independent artist sounds. He said Aaron Watson has a more honky-tonk sound, while Bleu Edmonson sounds rocking and gritty. “A lot of the guys in the industry have very distinctive sounds. They don’t like the idea of being called Texas country because they might not sound like Joe Bob or whoever,” she said. “Not to bash on Nashville, but they have more of a cookie-cutter sound, where everyone has the same sound. Texas country is more independent than that. It’s a little more rock and roots.” Outlaw country musicians of the 1960s, including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Billy Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash are inﬂuences many Texas country bands list. Unlike their predecessors, Texas country artist today are ﬁnding more acceptance in Nashville. Artists such as Randy Rogers, who started on the red dirt circuit, are now featured on Country Music Television and have national radio play. “I think the biggest thing, as far as evolving, is Texas country is becoming more main stream. Nashville is recognizing it as a marketable music genre. It’s not like everyone woke up one morning and said, ‘hey, let’s listen to this,’” Taylor said. “It’s been a hard row to hoe, but that’s just the music industry.” Brennen Leigh is a country music artist in the Austin area. She has been honored by the www.mytexasmusic.com Texas Music Awards. Leigh’s traditional sound is far from rock ‘n’ roll. “I feel like there are a lot of kids who listened to punk rock growing up and then saw Walk the Line and felt like it was their religious calling to immortalize Johnny Cash,” she said. “(They are like) Country music, that’s easy to play. Rock is hard, so they have these country punk bands.”
Jon Clark/ Star photos DEDRINGER SINGER: Sean Faires, front man of The Dedringers, rocks out Saturday night at the Cheatham Street Warehouse. NEW MEETS OLD: Modern Texas country often fuses the sounds of classic instruments such as the mandolin (left) with the harder sounds of the electric guitar, putting a modern twist on an older genre.
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Hispanic-media research becoming more available By Hayley Kappes The University Star Federico Subervi, journalism professor, is leading the way to make more research on Hispanics in the media available to the public. Subervi directs the Latinos and Media Project, a research compilation Web site designed to spread cultural and professional awareness of a group he says is vastly growing. “I see more Latinos getting involved in the media,” Subervi said. “They’re seeing they can have a voice and make a positive diﬀerence in the media industries.” Because his research regarding Hispanics in the media is mostly in the form of theses or papers, it is has not been readily available to the public. “The main reason for the development of this project is so that the information that was in my head and the research I had done could be more available to anyone who was interested in studying Latinos in media issues,” he said. Subervi is compiling his ﬁndings and adding them to the project’s site to make them available to anyone. “There is a lot of work that hasn’t been done, and by posting the information on the Web site, we hope to generate more interest in the ﬁeld,” Subervi said. He said an understanding of the growing Hispanic population has become increasingly necessary for people in mass media. “At all levels, there will be more people that have to be knowledgeable on the demographics in this changing society,” Subervi said. “I see more people of any ethnic background being more informed on the Latino population and reaching out to them in English and Spanish. For anyone involved in professional communication, that information is indispensable.” The American Advertising Federation awarded Antonio Baños, advertising junior, one of 50 Most
Promising Minority Awards, out of college students nationwide. Baños said to him, the award signiﬁed increased recognition of minorities. “There are a lot of stereotypes about Latinos in the media,” Baños said. “When people involved in media have more insight about the Latino community, that’s when these stereotypes will be broken.” Baños has interned at several ad agencies, including San Antonio-based Bromley Communications, a leading Hispanic ﬁrm. “The thing I’ve learned from working there is that you have to be able to get into someone else’s shoes,” Baños said. “That is how to best get an insight into the Hispanic community.” Erica Rodriguez, president of the Latino Student Association at Texas State, has worked with Subervi on a similar project sponsored by her organization about Latinos in the media. She said she wanted to become involved in Hispanic advertising because it is a group increasing in number. “I really have a passion for this wonderful culture,” Rodriguez, advertising junior, said. “There are a lot of aspects of Hispanic culture that I was not raised in and it’s a huge market that is constantly growing.” Rodriguez also said in order for the Hispanic culture to be portrayed more positively in the media, there must be culturally educated people in the executive positions of major media outlets. “I deﬁnitely think there has been progress made,” Rodriguez said. “It’s not as substantial as it should be, but things are going on the right track in terms of Latino involvement in media.”
✯FYI For more information about the Latinos and Media Project, visit www. latinosandmedia.org.
Outstanding Women of Texas State ‘World musicians’ try to shake label
Delfia Chavarria faces everyday with a pious optimism By Lauren Davis The University Star Editor’s note: Women have come a long way throughout history and Women’s History Month celebrates their contributions. The University Star throughout March will feature women making an impact at Texas State. Delﬁa Chavarria, a custodian at Old Main, said she understands how it feels to struggle in life. Chavarria has four kids, twins Joey and Joel, daughter Vanessa and her youngest daughter, 6-year-old Desiree. Thirteen years ago, she was a single mom raising her sons and oldest daughter. “Being a single parent and trying to raise three children with no education can be hard,” Chavarria said. Chavarria said her biggest accomplishment is raising her children and seeing how well they have succeeded. Vanessa is attending Austin Community College and is planning on becoming a neonatal nurse. Joey plans on becoming a computer technician and Joel has dreams of becoming a ﬁreﬁghter. “It is important to be close to my kids to have a closer eye on who they are hanging out with and to keep them away from being inﬂuenced by negative things,” Chavarria said. Religion is a major aspect of Chavarria’s life. She said she attends Saint John The Evangelist Catholic Church regularly. Chavarria said religion is very important for a family to acknowledge and have your children follow. “It is important to have God’s values in
your life, to guide you in the right direction,” Chavarria said. She has been married for 13 years to Jesse Chavarria, now has one child with her husband, and another on the way. She said her husband is a huge part of her and her children’s lives. Delﬁa Chavarria said Jesse is a good husband and provider. Delﬁa Chavarria is expecting a baby girl, Jessalyn Jade, May 30 and she hopes to work until the due date. “I am very excited and my health is good,” Chavarria said. Chavarria has worked at Texas State for six years. She once worked the night shift at Alkek Library, but now works full-time, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Old Main. “I love working at Old Main, there are wonderful people here,” she said. Shelley Holmes, administrative assistant for the school of journalism, said Chavarria is an instrumental employee. “Delﬁa is a great team player who will always lift your spirits,” Holmes said. Chavarria said she loves working for people who are very appreciate and who are always praising her. She loves being around students, and has become close to them. Danielle Madsen, mass communication senior, said Chavarria is an asset of the Danielle in the Morning Show at KTSW. She said Chavarria is the oﬃcial show greeter for all her guests and always helps Madsen when needed. “Delﬁa is the most fantastic, encouraging and sensational woman I know. She always has a smile on her face and is ready to help
By Jeﬀery D. Hooten The University Star
Jon Clark/ Star feature photo DISTINGUISHED WOMAN: Delﬁa Chavarria, Old Main custodian, says she loves working around students, helping anyone who needs assistance in addition to raising four children at home.
out any way she can,” Madsen said. Chavarria oﬀers advice for young women. “It is very important to push to get an education, to accomplish whatever you want out of life and to make dreams come true, never putting them aside,” Chavarria said.
For many of the groups at South by Southwest last week, the struggle for name recognition was equaled by a desire to be understood. This is especially true for groups with a sound based in what is often referred to by a blanket term – world music. “I personally feel (the term) ‘world music’ is something I don’t particularly care for,” said Victor Axelrod, keyboard player of Brooklyn-based Antibalas. “It’s a category that’s created for people who don’t really want to get into the speciﬁcs of ‘this kind of African music or that kind of African music.’” Guitar player Luke O’Malley agreed. “I hear ‘world music’ and I imagine guys with bad hats and dashikis smiling and dancing around onstage,” O’Malley said. Antibalas, along with other groups at South by Southwest including the Ann Arbor, Mich.based group Nomo, more accurately fall under the term afrobeat, although both bands suggest that this category isn’t entirely correct either. “I usually try to avoid things like ‘afrobeat’ or ‘world music’ because it can give someone a quick idea of what they might experience at a show,” said Elliott Bergman, keyboard, saxophone player and leader of Nomo. “It’s sort of absurd that it all gets lumped together, and I think that’s deﬁnitely indicative of the
Western mentality of looking at the other and just seeing sort of a blur.” Despite being from Michigan, Nomo was billed along with acts from Spain, Brazil and the United Kingdom on a world music showcase during South by Southwest. “It’s always funny when we get on the world music showcase although we’re American,” said trumpet player Ingrid Racine. “It’s like, ‘world music? What makes us world music?’” Nomo, Antibalas and other groups billed under the more speciﬁc umbrella of afrobeat music trace their stylistic origins back to Nigerian musician Fela Kuti whose distinct sound and political message set the tone for the genre. Many groups, including Nomo and Antibalas, are now having a diﬃcult time escaping the comparison to Kuti. Antibalas — whose music is also political in nature — recently abridged its name, formerly The Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra. O’Malley said the band made the switch for the same reason Apple Computers changed its name. “We felt that the Afrobeat Orchestra would have been too misleading the same way Apple Computers knocked the ‘Computers’ oﬀ so they could make whatever they want,” O’Malley said. Bergman said the comparisons within the genre are unfounded. See LABEL, page 5
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SXSW features changing face of Latin genre with alternative music acts By Maira Garcia The University Star
The Latin music movement To hear an interview with Allison and The Pinker isn’t ending with pop stars such Tones, go to www.UniversityStar.com. as Ricky Martin, but expanding toward rock and other alternative genres. The band’s self-titled debut DJ duo The Pinker Tones from South By Southwest featured album has earned platinum sta- Barcelona, Spain are moving international acts throughout the tus according to their record into the American music scene. music conference, particularly label Sony BMG. The group has Salvador Rey and Alex Llovet, those with Latin backgrounds. rapidly become one of the most known by their stage names Mr. Mexico City-based Allison, popular acts in Mexico, but bass- Furia and Professor Manso, rewho describe themselves as ist Manuel “Manolín” Ávila said spectively, are distributing their “happy punk,” played showcases it has not changed them. latest album The Million Colour at SXSW Wednesday, Friday and “Our attitude continues to be Revolution through the AmeriSaturday. The band’s music is the same. We do this because can label Nacional Records. fast-paced pop-punk with under- we love music and love the art,” The Pinker Tones mix a collectones of metal, and Spanish-lan- Ávila said. “We’re not doing it tive of sounds with turntables, guage songs about relationships, for fame or money. Being in the beat boxes and synthesizers. love and humility. While the Mexico City underground scene Rey said the majority of beats band played shows in San Anto- for four years, we got that men- and sounds are original. nio and McAllen in the past, it tality — to be humble, down to “Ninety percent of the stuﬀ was their ﬁrst time in Austin and earth and know that it took a lot you hear is our own songs, but at SXSW. of work to get here.” remixed from (The Million Co“We are one of the most popuThe group will be the ﬁrst lour Revolution),” Rey said. “The lar bands in Mexico right now,” Mexican band to be featured album is more acoustic. It has said lead singer and guitarist throughout the 2007 Warped electronics, all kinds of styles Erik Allison. “Therefore, com- Tour. Mexican bands have been — pop, rock, soul, funky Hawaiing to play at South by South- a part of Warped Tour in the ian music — lots of things. Then west is an honor for us because past, but never as regular acts. for the live shows, we invented we are representing our coun“It’s like a dream come true,” that mixture between a DJ set try with the music we make. We Allison said. “We would say ‘oh and rock concert.” think it is really important and that’s impossible,’ but now we Maintaining the energy of a we’re happy to do it.” are doing it.” rock band, The Pinker Tones
Maira Garcia/Star photo TWEAKING SOUNDS: DJ Niño works to spin together a song as Salvador Rey, known as Mr. Furia, cheers him on during The Pinker Tones’ March 17 show at Emo’s in Austin as part of the Vans Warped Tour International Showcase during the SXSW Music Festival.
rarely keep their feet on the ground as they spin sounds. “If you want people to have a good time there’s no way you are going to achieve that without having a good time yourself,” Llovet said. “You better do something you’ll have fun doing.” The band gained momentum
around the world with the album out internationally, Rey said. “We are traveling around the world and the album is out in more than 50 countries,” Rey said. “So we’re busy trying to keep everybody happy, so we’re doing our best to try and be everywhere.”
✯FYI To hear music from Allison and The Pinker Tones visit: www.myspace.com/allison www.myspace.com/ thepinkertones
San Marcos band DESTROYS South by Southwest LABEL: Antibalas By Jessica Sinn The University Star Instrumental post-rock band THIS WILL DESTROY YOU performed their ﬁrst South by Southwest gig at Maggie Mae’s, where they showcased new music from their debut album Young Mountain. The San Marcos-based band formed two years ago, and is currently signed to Magic Bullets Records. Guitarist Chris King said the band’s diverse musical inﬂuences contribute to their success. “We all listen to diﬀerent kinds of music, so it’s kind of eclectic,” King said. “I listen to a lot of electronic, ambient music and the drummer listens to a lot of heavier music, so it’s kind of all over the place.” King said ﬁlms provide inspiration for writing ambient soundscapes; complete with guitars, bass, drums and electronics. “I think much can be said without singing,” King said. “I kind of like the idea of it being cinematic, where it can be almost like a movie soundtrack. It’s kind of organic; it reﬂects being alive and the ups and downs that come naturally in life.”
King said he picks up songwriting ideas from unusual news articles. He recently sent an article to Magic Bullets Director Brent Eyestone. “He would send me some links to different news articles and say ‘I want to do a song about this,’” Eyestone said. “There was this one about a hummingbird that would suck the tears out of sleeping birds.” According to Eyestone, the band’s popularity grew at a rapid pace as they traveled on tour. He said the band’s six-track demo Young Mountain impressed label producers, so they convinced the band to change it to an EP. “We put it out and had them do a twoweek tour with one of the other bands on the label and everything picked up ever since, which has been really exciting to watch,” Eyestone said. “Before that, they haven’t really been out of Texas with this band.” Steve Hoad, music fan from the United Kingdom, traveled across the pond to sample new music at SXSW. He said he discovered THIS WILL DESTROY YOU on the
social networking site MySpace, and was impressed by them. “I just feel much more for instrumental music,” Hoad said. “I never know if words are truthful, but the music is truthful. Their music just reminds me of Texas; it’s such a large sound from such a large area.” Currently, the band is working on their next full-length album at a famous recording studio in Austin. King said the album would be released in July. “We’re actually going into the studio the ﬁrst couple weeks in April, and we’re recording at Pedernales, which is Willie Nelson’s studio,” King said. “The guy that’s producing it is John Congleton, he just ﬁnished working with Explosions in the Sky.” Austin resident Seni Ramathambra said the band delivers high quality sounds. He said the theatrical songs are reminiscent to Texas instrumental band Explosions in the Sky. “It’s hard to ﬁnd a band that doesn’t sound like any other band, but when they do they’re pretty special,” Ramathambra said. “Next to Explosions in the Sky, this is the second best instrumental band.”
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“I think that anybody that would see our show or carefully listen to our record (would see) there’s some overlap, but there’s also a lot of stuﬀ that would never happen in Fela’s band or in Antibalas,” Bergman said. “We’re just trying to be more of ourselves and put what we’re interested in now in this moment into what we’re doing and make it something we can own, not something we can appropriate.” Axelrod said even the politics of Antibalas ties less directly to
the inﬂuence of Fela Kuti and more to the need for a message to be related to the public. “It’s just naturally what comes out of us,” Axelrod said. O’Malley said the political aspect derives from a need for the group to extend their music beyond individual perspectives. “I guess it’s something bigger than the self,” O’Malley said. “People get sort of boxed inside the cage of their own bodies, and they don’t see the world outside … and every single footstep they make on the earth and everything they do has effects on things.”
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While a lot of people have listened to Cash for a long time, his more recent albums and the fame before his death helped contribute to the emergence of rock ‘n’ roll in country music, she said. Leigh said the same thing happened with bluegrass music following the success of O Brother Where Art Thou? Leigh said she feels the inﬁltration of rock ‘n’ roll into red dirt country is diﬀerent from traditional music. Bands like Sunny Sweeney and Kevin Fowler stay with a more traditional country sound. “I don’t feel it (rock ‘n’ roll) really impacts country,” Leigh said. “I feel people who were raised on that have their own thing. If you want to call it traditional and alternative country, then I think that is more alternative.” Larry Moﬂe is the vice president of business development and co-founder of www.ourtracks.com, an independent music download Web site, and a moderator on www.countrytabs.com, a forum for country fans and bands. He said the evolution of Texas country sound depends on how far back you trace the genre historically. “Jerry Jeﬀ Walker and Guy Clark began with a more traditional sound,” Moﬂe said.
“Now I am hearing more of a rock sound. There is more distortion in the guitar sound and more lead guitar solos.” He said Texas country blends classic and southern, with artist inﬂuences such as Molly Hatchet and Led Zeppelin, while Nashville country radio follows the demographics of selling. “(Rock ‘n’ roll in country music) is not a bad thing, because it is a blending of the blues inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughan, folk from Woodie Guthrie and classic country — If you talk to these Texas country artists, they are all inﬂuenced by them.” Moﬂe said he believes production and honesty are two major diﬀerences between Nashville and Texas. He said Nashville is more over the top and tends to follow trends in popular and rock ‘n’ roll music, as well as following sales numbers. Moﬂe prefers a more stripped-down sound. “Keith Urban is a great example of this, he’s phenomenal, but when he became popular, every new artist that came out after him had the same sound,” he said. “It became more that one guy’s success changes the sound around him. “Honesty is a very invasive term. It is just the way the business is done,” he said. “How can you look someone in the eye and know you’re screwing them when they sign their agreement?” As a music industry professional, he
said one of his greatest joys is being able to cut checks to independent musicians when they sell their songs through www. ourtracks.com. Moﬂe said the best advice for musicians to maintain the independent sound of Texas country has less to do with jumping oﬀ speakers and more to do with believing in a sound. “It is important to be true to yourself,” he said. “If you have a speciﬁc sound and it is diﬀerent from everybody else, instead of changing yourself to sound like everybody else, stay true to that sound. Willie Nelson did not become popular on his voice. He did what he needed to do without compromising in his mind what he needed to do.” Moﬂe is one to take his own advice. He loves to play guitar and write music — and as a self-described old-style country performer, he felt he stuck out. “As I continued to do it, I realized, this is me,” he said. “This is my style. It’s for the song and if you do it for yourself and if you stay true to yourself, you don’t lose the value.” Leigh said she appreciates the diﬀerences in country and Texas country music as the genre continues to expand and evolve. “That’s the beauty of creativity,” Leigh said. “It’s not going to be bad for kids to start liking country music.”
By Jeﬀery D. Hooten The University Star The Student Association for Campus Activities will screen The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle Tuesday night as a part of the Common Experience series. The movie is the ﬁrst complete depiction of the life of Cesar Chavez and his involvement in the organization of farm workers’ unions throughout the twentieth century. Chavez was co-founder of the union, which eventually became the United Farm Workers. He was also an outspoken defendant of migrant workers in America. “(Fight in the Fields) talks about the farm workers’ struggle and also about (Chavez’s) life,” said Earl Moseley, student development specialist and coordinator of campus activities. “Chavez was a major leader and an outspoken Mexican-American voice.” Moseley said Chavez’s struggle for workers’ rights is exemplary
of the Common Experience theme “Protest and Dissent.” Moseley also said it is important people see the relationship between the treatment of the Mexican-American migrant farm worker in the 1960s and immigrant rights issues of today. “(There’s a parallel between) the plight we have now of say, ‘No more people’ and ‘Build a wall’ and what was going on then,” Moseley said. “Essentially (Chavez) is a ﬁxture of the Chicano movement,” said Jesus DeLaTeja, history department chair. “He became the face for hundreds of thousands of Mexican farm workers.” DeLaTeja said Chavez, who used hunger strikes and boycotts among other nonviolent measures, often endured arrest and abuse in the struggle for fair working conditions and adequate wages for migrant farm workers. “What he did was in many respects courageous.” DeLaTeja said. The Fight in the Fields will be shown 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall.
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✯ DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE, DOUBLE YOUR FUN
I recently received a letter from one of my friends addressing an issue she is having with her boyfriend. I am always willing to help people with their love lives, so should any of you have a question or issue that needs answering, feel free to write.
not or do not go down on a girl. It seems unfair, but there are several possible reasons for it. First, and the most likely cause, is that he is intimidated. He could be worried that he won’t be as good as your previous ANNA TAUZIN lovers, and so he doesn’t Star Columnist even try. At the risk of being humiliated in front of his girlfriend, he’d rather avoid the She writes: situation. Let’s face it, a lot of guys don’t know what’s going on I’ve been with my boyfriend down there, where everything for four months now. We’ve had is, what feels good and what sex lots of times, and I can’t comdoesn’t. plain. However, he won’t go down The easiest way to overcome on me unless I ask, and even then that is to just show him. Keep I have to convince him. I go down the lights on (gasp), let him see on him all the time. I have a hard where you like to be touched time having an orgasm unless he and encourage him to mimic stimulates me, and I don’t know you, hopefully with his tongue. what to do to change his mind. Give plenty of praise, but don’t Do you have any advice? talk down to him. People like to know they are doing a good job. Emily, 20 He may also have had a bad Emily, experience with another girl and isn’t looking for a repeat. At the risk of generalizing, Just as some men aren’t as I’ve found that a lot of men will squeaky clean as we would like,
some girls have a problem with cleanliness, too. Keep things trim, dry and sparkling and he’ll eventually see not all vaginas are the same. Of course, your boyfriend could just be a selﬁsh schmuck and only looking out for his own orgasms. Does he ever get you oﬀ or do you have to take that into your own hands? Ask yourself why you go down on him. It’s likely because you know it makes him feel good. He should be giving you the same consideration. Otherwise, it may not be worth being with him. Selﬁsh people exhibit selﬁsh behavior, and this could be a warning sign of things to come. If he just doesn’t have much experience in the subject, give him the beneﬁt of the doubt and spend time teaching him. You could have a world-class oral aﬁcionado on your hands or just a world-class jerk. —Anna Tauzin is a mass communication junior. Send your sex and relationship questions to email@example.com.
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Documentary spotlights migrant workers’ poor living conditions
Photo courtesy of Bobcat Promotions THE INVISIBLE: John Carlos Frey’s documentary, The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon, shows how undocumented workers have been living in makeshift homes in the San Diego area. Frey will show and speak about his ﬁlm Wednesday and Thursday.
By Clara Cobb The University Star John Carlos Frey is giving a voice to people who otherwise would be nearly invisible. After reading a brief news report about residents of Deer Canyon in a small online publication, Frey contacted the reporter who wrote it. He said he wanted to learn more about the migrants living outdoors in shacks constructed of plastic tarps, cardboard and scrap lumber. “I went down with the reporter,” he said. “I was just astounded when I saw it. I thought I should bring my camera down there as well.” Frey documented the residents of Deer Canyon, located in San Diego, from September 2005 to August 2006. While he did not live in the canyon, he spent extensive periods of time with the residents there. The
longest time he spent was 19 days. Frey’s documentary, The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon, provides an in-depth view of the lives of undocumented immigrants living in the shadows of American society, according to the Web site www.invisiblemexicans.com. The ﬁlm portrays intimate details of several day laborers: Raul, Jose, Jesus, Pedro and Carlos live in sub-human conditions amongst multi-million dollar homes. “I had a really hard time gaining their trust,” Frey said. Once he gained the trust of residents, he began his journey of telling the story of Deer Canyon. “I had no idea what the story was going to be,” he said. “It is hard to go in cold. The story is much simpler than I ever thought it would be — it is a slice of life for those people. There is no compelling victory, no under-
dog hero.” Frey will present the screening 6 p.m. Wednesday in the LBJ Teaching Theater. This is a free event. He will join photojournalist Alicia Wagner Calzada at the Texas State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Spring Symposium 10 a.m. Thursday in Old Main, Room 320. “I have been doing this for a long time and I have found audience members love my work or they protest it,” Frey said. “It is such a volatile issue, but I think the ﬁlm is a vehicle to raise awareness of the plight of undocumented immigrants in the United States. I think that most people are never going to a migrant camp; most people are never going to a poor border town. Most people get information about immigration from the news. Here is an opportunity for people to get a very in-depth look at what we call illegal aliens.”
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THE MAIN POINT
caling the endless hills and steps of Texas State should be the only concern to a disabled prospective student. Or it should have been until the case of Bailey Gosda. One of Texas State’s students who has cerebral palsy was charged $6,000 for special accommodations she needed in the required on-campus dorms. The university discriminated against the student for her disability. Gosda was eventually refunded her monetary loss, but only after the university completely embarrassed itself. The university could not have handled Gosda’s situation any worse than it did. Not only did it break laws, but Texas State broke its own Oﬃce of Disability Services’ guidelines as well. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 “prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs or activities receiving federal ﬁnancial assistance.” Texas State is a public institution that receives federal funding, and Residence Life is a program within that institution. The Rehabilitation Act has protected the disabled for 34 years; this is hardly a new concept. Texas State clearly undermined the letter and spirit of that law. According to the Disability Services for Students Policy Statements, “We provide students the opportunity to reach their full potential by: …providing information and referral to appropriate resources.” Gosda told The University Star the Oﬃce of Disability Services provided no assistance in her nearly two-year ordeal. According to The Service Procedures for Housing Requests Based on Disability Related Needs, “Residence Life is responsible for providing and coordinating any special housing requests from students with disabilities.” This is the procedure Texas State completely disregarded throughout the situation. To add insult to injury, after spending so much time writing letters and making phone calls, Gosda was only refunded what she was unjustly charged. The university was not punished monetarily, or in any other way, for the injustices it committed. Texas State’s behavior only nurtured the discrimination against the disabled. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 37.5 million people over the age of 5 have some sort of disability. This comprises roughly 14 percent of the population. It would be unfair to say Texas State is the only guilty party when it comes to the discrimination of the disabled. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in the 2005 ﬁscal year, the commission received 14,893 charges of disability discrimination, resulting in $44.8 million in recovered monetary beneﬁts. According to the Disability Services for Students Policy Statements, the ofﬁce must “conduct an annual evaluation of the ODS services.” It is pretty evident Texas State will fail this year.
MISTREATMENT Texas State handled the case of a disabled student in shameful, hypocritical way
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First oﬀ let me say, I enjoy reading William Ward’s articles on sports, and the story printed on March 7, (“Mavericks yet to lose bad reputation,”) about the bad reputation of the Mavericks was well written. However, I have a different view on the issue. I am not only an avid Mavericks fan from Dallas, but also an NBA fanatic. In the article it is stated that the historic season that the Mavericks are having is being overlooked and shadowed by other NBA teams who aren’t doing as well as the Mavs. To begin, this isn’t true. On the front page of www.espn.com, it reads, “Sweet 16 In Big D.” How about that recognition? Or what about www.sportsillustrated.com? They also have an article about the Mavs’ winning streak on their front page. The truth is, the Mavericks get plenty of credit, but what is holding them back is a championship? A team’s reputation is set by winning the big one. And the Mavericks haven’t accomplished that yet, but both the Spurs and Rockets have. The reason the Celtics’ terrible streak of losses got more attention than the Mavericks is because of the Celtics’ past, which includes many championships. We don’t see the press all over the Atlanta Hawks, who currently have the second-worst record in the NBA. That is because the Hawks don’t have a winning past. In the article, William stated that every Lakers home game seems to be of national importance, but let’s take into account that teams that get publicity are teams in marketable cities, with marketable players. The Lakers have one of the most marketable players in the NBA, Kobe Bryant. Los Angeles is one of the most marketable cities not only in the NBA, but in the United States. Also, once again, they have won championships. I am not so sure either that ESPN loves east coast teams. Last month they had an article on the front page of their Web site, nick-naming the entire conference “The Leastern Conference,” however, once again they do have more marketable players, and more marketable cities. All in all, the Mavericks do have respect, but it takes a championship to get over the hump of a bad past.
School pride needs to be pumped up
That may work if the knowledge people were obtaining from the Web site was supported by fact and submitted by professionals. In the Web site’s defense, most of Wikipedia’s information holds some truth, but the possibility of the research being inaccurate is not worth the risk. Wikipedia may be a good place to start research, but alternative Web sites and other materials, such as peerreviewed journals that are proven to be legitimate, should be used ﬁrst and foremost. Going to the library or using its online databases can save you from looking like a fool, or worse, receiving a failing grade.
As an alumnus and current graduate student of Texas State, I have to admit I am on the fence about “Trading Up.” I assure you there is nothing that bothers me more than to walk around and see other university shirts and ﬂags in dorm windows or even the TRAM drivers that wear other university hats and shirts. Seriously, if you do not want to be here, I would strongly suggest applying elsewhere. If you work for the university, represent it. I do not understand why students tolerate this and do not make it a point to discourage this on an individual level. So, I understand why the university wants to do this, but I do not agree with the method they have used to go about it. I think trading shirts is a good start, but how about putting a diﬀerent slogan on the shirts, like the “Bobcat Pride” ones that Colloquium Bookstore sells? I am open to any new ideas for this. And could we pick a diﬀerent slogan? We are not rising. We are already there. Granted there are kinks we are still trying to work out, but it’s all a part of the growing process. I think we need to embrace to good things and promote them instead. (And I don’t mean with just billboards and t-shirts.) This university has given me opportunities and experiences that I cannot even begin to express gratitude for with words, and I know many others who can say the same thing. Lets start doing our part as students to infuse Bobcat pride into the university, San Marcos and throughout Texas.
Stephanie Silvas is a mass communication senior
Adele Walajtys sociology graduate
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Wikipedia’s inaccuracies harm more than grades membership. Memberships only require a username, password and e-mail address. STEPHANIE SILVAS The lack Star Columnist in security creates a probability that the information is ﬂawed or at least compiled by an amateur. An anonymous Wikipedia contributor, who went by the screen name Essjay and has edited about 16,000 entries, claimed to be a tenured professor at a private university, according to ABC News. However, ABC News reported Essjay is actually a 24-year-old college dropout. Researchers on the Web site not only risk the chance of receiving information that is
Mavericks do receive media recognition
Ryan Karpel Pre-healthcare administration sophomore
The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reﬂect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.
Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, may be a convenient tool in researching, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s accurate. The popular Web site recently claimed actor and comedian David Adkins, widely known as Sinbad, was dead, according to The Associated Press. AP reported rumors of the actor’s death began circulating March 10 after a posting was made on Wikipedia, declaring Adkins died after suﬀering a heart attack. Wikipedia is the self-proclaimed “free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.” But its critics say such autonomy leaves too much room for mistakes. And those mistakes can remain posted for as little as a few hours or up to several months. The Web site allows for such inaccuracies. To edit an entry is easy and does not require a
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not from a reliable source, but they run the risk editors may not correct the misinformation on the Web site before it is accessed. This is a risk students cannot aﬀord. Many students, including me, have fallen victim to the ease of Wikipedia as a resource. Often, it is a naïve mistake. “I get an e-mail every week from some college student who says, ‘Help me; I cited you and I got an F on my paper,’” said Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. To prevent such situations, universities and colleges nationwide have banned the use of Wikipedia as a citation in research. The history department at Middlebury College in Vermont banned citing Wikipedia after many students answered
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diamonddominance InsidePitching.com, an online magazine, awarded its Midwest Regional Performance of the Week to Texas State pitcher Justin Fiske, after he struck out 17 batters in an 8-1 win Sunday against Nicholls State. The 17 strikeouts is the most this season for Division I baseball. Fiske, 2-1, was also named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week, earning the award in his third start of the season after leading the 2006 club with six saves as the closer. — Compiled from other news sources.
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Bobcats drop 5-3 decision to Longhorns By Jacob Mustafa The University Star
in the nation, Coach Ty Harrington was ejected in the eight inning of Tuesday’s game after arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire. “We just didn’t see things the same way,” Harrington said of the incident. Texas State, 16-8, began the game with two runs in the top of the ﬁrst, thanks to a two-RBI
Despite an early lead for the Bobcats, Texas State baseball lost its fourth consecutive game, falling to the Texas Longhorns Tuesday night at Disch-Falk Field by a score of 5-3. Along with the losing the season series to Texas, ranked 10th TEXAS STATE Field ss Randell cf Wood 1b Garza rf Bunn lf Babcock dh Fuller ph Cervantez c Theriot ph Guest 2b Baca p Gembler p Weaver p
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double by senior ﬁrst baseman David Wood. The start was a far cry from the seven runs scored by Texas, 20-7, in the last meeting between the two teams. “It’s always good to score at the beginning of the game, especially against a team of this caliber,” Wood said. “We came in here hoping to win.” The Bobcats soon squandered
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the early advantage, though, as the Longhorns scored all ﬁve of their runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Their rally was led by freshman Russell Moldenhauer’s solo home run in the second inning, which was soon followed by RBI singles from Chance Wheeless and Kyle Russell. Senior starter B.J. Boen-
ing once again collected a loss against the Longhorns, giving up three earned runs in two and two-thirds innings, putting his total ERA this year against Texas at 21.95 in two games pitched. The Bobcats have gone 1-4 in their Tuesday games against Texas, Baylor and Rice, giving a strong argument to those who doubt the Bobcats’ ability to defeat stiﬀ competition. “I don’t think we’re really having problems on Tuesday night, (so much as) our competition in those games (was) really good,” Harrington said. “I thought it was important to elevate our play tonight and I thought we did.” The Bobcats made a later rally in the seventh inning, as junior designated hitter Elliott Babcock scored on a balk from Texas reliever Randy Boone. But the chance was squashed when sophomore shortstop Thomas Field was caught stealing and freshman outﬁelder Laurn Randell struck out in consecutive plays. “They did a great job pitching and keeping us oﬀ-balance for the rest of the game,” Wood said. The team is now 6-8 on the road, which is in strong opposition to its unblemished 100 home record. According to Wood, the Bobcats’ losses to some of these nationally competitive teams come with the territory of playing great teams. “Every one of these games is going to be tough with all of the great competition we have
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—David Wood senior ﬁrst baseman
on the road and Tuesday night,” Wood said. “But we still expect to win every game we play. This time, we just didn’t come out on top.” Despite the loss of their coach in the eighth inning, Wood said Harrington’s ejection did nothing to dampen the team’s spirit. “(The ejection) ﬁred us up. It just gave us more motivation,” Wood said. “The umpires are tough when you come to Texas, and they usually don’t go our way. It’s something you have to ﬁght through.” Harrington agreed the team played with emotion against a good team, even in a losing effort. “I think they played competitively at the level we wanted them to tonight,” Harrington said. “There’s a ﬁne line when you’re playing a good team, but I thought we performed well and did a good job of keeping ourselves in the game. We need to build oﬀ of that motivation and keep it up.”
March Madness represents flaws of college basketball system Every March, a curious event takes over America. It takes up time on ESPN, ﬁlls our newspapers and gives Web loggers something to drool over. It even invades work and school. It’s March Madness, and it gives me a gigantic headache every year. The event is largely a celebration of what a true playoﬀ system would be like in collegiate athletics. It is supposed to represent a triumph over college football’s unfair Bowl Championship Series. It is supposed to be the paramount event in amateur athletics. Yet I remain uninterested. For me, the event represents everything I dislike about college basketball. Too many teams, a meaningless regular season, worthless conference tournaments and fake amateurism are shoved in my face. For many people, March Madness is just like Christmas. If that’s the case, then consider me Scrooge. Every year, 65 teams participate in the tournament. The casual fan will have seen two or three teams in a few games — their local team(s) and various opponents they played. Yet somehow, people enjoy ﬁlling out a bracket for all these teams they have never and maybe will never see play. Schools that before March didn’t even exist
to some fans are suddenly important and seen as potential ‘bracket busters’ or WILLIAM WARD ‘upset speStar Columnist cials.’ It’s an exercise in futility, and I am proud to say I have never once ﬁlled out a bracket. Another problem I have with the tournament is it largely negates the regular season. Yes, a team must have enough wins and a hard-enough schedule. But all that hard work and sweat means absolutely nothing as soon as the tournament starts. Everyone is back to zero. Ohio State stands on the same ground as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Both must either win or go home. It’s sports communism. Ohio State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi are not equals; they’re far from it. In what world is it fair that either team is placed side by side and told they must win as many games as the other to get a National Championship? The other problem I have is the conference tournaments, while exciting at the time, become meaningless in March. Say your team was blown out in the
conference tournament, but still received a bid to the Big Dance. Would you as a fan consider the season a failure? Of course not, your favorite team is still eligible to go to the National Championship and potentially outperform conference opponents who may have beaten you in the conference tournament. So essentially, unless you are from a small conference whose bid depends on winning the tourney, you can take the league tournament oﬀ and rest players. Why break your backs for the title of conference champ when you start again at zero come March? The issue of fake amateurism is one college basketball deals with on a year-round basis, but becomes magniﬁed (like everything else about the sport) when March arrives. The problem is, because of the NBA’s eligibility rules, young men who normally would never consider for a moment wasting a year in college are forced to sit out a season and pretend they want to be in school. March Madness is bad for college sports. It is an oversaturated, regular season-trumping hype-fest with little substance until the ﬁnal rounds. William Ward is a politica science junior and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cotton Miller/Star photos GOING UP (ABOVE LEFT): B.J. Boening, senior pitcher, watches as Jared Bunn, senior left ﬁelder, leaps against the Disch-Falk wall to catch a long ﬂy ball during the Bobcats’ Tuesday night loss to the Longhorns. WHAT TO DO (ABOVE): Assistant Coach John Maley (21) talks with senior pitcher B.J. Boening (33) and the rest of the Texas State inﬁeld about their strategy on the mound at Disch-Falk Field after a rough beginning to Tuesday’s third inning.
Bobcats host Aggie softball By Carl Harper The University Star
Cotton Miller/Star file photo THROWN OUT: Leah Boatright, freshman ﬁrst baseman, prepares for the throw to ﬁrst base during Texas State’s Feb. 10 game. The Bobcats’ next game is against Texas A&M 6 p.m. Wednesday at home.
Texas State softball gets its ﬁrst crack at Texas A&M this year when the two teams face oﬀ Wednesday at Bobcat Field. Game time is 6 p.m. Since 2003, Texas State has gone 3-2 in games against the Aggies and has lost the last two meetings. A&M, 25-3, has won ﬁve of its last six games. The Bobcats will be looking to end their threegame skid after being swept by Nicholls State over the weekend and falling to eighth place in the Southland Conference. Coach Jo Evans is in her 11th year at A&M and has claimed the Big 12 Coach of the Year Award twice during that tenure. “A&M is a great ball club,” Coach Ricci Woodard said. “Jo Evans has done a great job over there putting together that program. She has a group of kids that have been good since they were freshman and now are juniors and seniors.” Megan Gibson, junior pitcher and ﬁrst baseman for the Aggies, is arguably the best all-around player in the Big 12. She leads the team on oﬀense, hitting .413 with eight homeruns and 20 RBIs. Gibson also holds a .984 ﬁelding percentage, which is second-best for A&M starters. Amanda Scarborough, pitcher and ﬁrst baseman, has not missed a beat in the ﬁeld, with a perfect 1.000 ﬁelding percentage. She is batting .295 with ﬁve homers and paces the team with 25 RBIs. Scarborough has a 1.31 ERA to go along with a 12-
2 record in 15 starts, while Gibson holds a 1.84 ERA with a 10-1 record. Although the pitchers have helped themselves with persistence at the plate, they have also received oﬀensive insurance from senior outﬁelder Sharonda McDonald and junior third baseman Jamie Hinshaw. Neither player has missed a start and is batting .347 and .308, respectively. Texas State senior outﬁelder Amy Krueger continues to lead the Bobcats in batting with a .320 batting average and has recorded 11 RBIs. Sophomore catcher Karen Taylor, who has started 21 of the 31 games thus far, is batting .271 with one homerun and seven RBIs. Taylor picked up the homerun at the beginning of Spring Break against Central Arkansas and said she is optimistic to face A&M. “I’m very conﬁdent in getting this win,” Taylor said. “When we come together, we are a great ball team and there is no doubt in my mind we’ll show up to play.” Junior pitcher Ragan Blake now stands at 118 after four starts for the Bobcats during Spring Break. She holds a 2.59 ERA and leads all Texas State pitchers with 109 strikeouts. Senior pitcher Sarah Lancour is 4-7 with a 3.04 ERA. Woodard said she was uncertain who would start on the mound against the Aggies Wednesday. “For us, its not who we are playing, but how we are playing,” Woodard said. “We’ve got to focus on ourselves in this game. This game will be based on our pitchers keeping us in the ballgame and our oﬀense getting key hits and executing when we have to.”