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Bobcats’ weekend action includes victory over previously impervious Texas-San Antonio SEE SPORTS PAGE 12


Annual event brings community, Texas State together for service, fun SEE TRENDS PAGE 5




MARCH 27, 2007

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Texas State only university to offer bachelor’s in highly competitive field

By Molly Berkenhoff The University Star The sound recording technology program at Texas State, now in its 15th year, continues to see success in both its students and graduates. “Getting into (the program) and doing this for the past two years has really begun to shape me into the person that I want to be,” Jan Nowicki, sound recording technology sophomore, said in an e-mail. “If it wasn’t for this program, it would have been way harder learning all of these things that we learn and getting the experience that we get while we are here.” Texas State provides the only available baccalaureate degree in sound recording technology both in Texas and the entire Southwestern U.S. Because the program is such a rarity in the region, majors must meet rigorous stipulations to become a part of the highly selective and demanding program. About 15 candidates are accepted each year from the applicant pool. “I was honestly a little worried,” Nowicki said. “I knew that this program was well-known for being really good and I also knew that it was very selective. I See SOUND, page 4

ASG reviews Grad House decision By Paul Rangel The University Star

Jon Clark/Star photo TECH CHECK: Sound recording technology students Ashley Stone, junior, Charlie Kramsky, senior, and Alex Loughborough, sophomore, work in class March 19 in the Fire Station Studios as part of Texas State’s sound recording technology program.

CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED BY LATINO STUDENT ASSOCIATION By Karen Little The University Star The Texas State Latino Student Association will host an event to commemorate the leadership and accomplishments of civil rights activist César Chávez, 5 p.m. Wednesday in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-15. Chávez was a Hispanic labor leader and farm worker who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962. “We want to highlight the achievements in his life, especially his work in the Farm Workers’ Union,” said Erica Rodriguez, advertising junior and president of the Latino Student Association. Rodriguez said the association is one of the few organizations on campus participating in events for Chávez’s birthday Saturday. “(The event) is important because Texas State is pushing to be a HispanicServing Institution,” she said.


ésar Chávez fought for fair working conditions and living conditions for farm workers. He was a very kind, humble person who believed everyone should be treated equal.”

—Gloria Martinez assistant professor, sociology


Special guests include Joanne Smith, vice president of student affairs, who will introduce the event, and Gloria Martinez, assistant professor of sociology. Martinez will show a film entitled In The Land of Plenty, which depicts the life of strawberry field workers in Watsonville, Calif. “I will talk about (Chávez’s) life, leadership and his contribution to farm workers and American society as a whole,” Martinez said.

Martinez will share some of her experiences growing up in the Salinas Valley, located on the California coast. Her father was a bracero, or a Mexican laborer, admitted into the United States to work for a short period of time. She said her parents were part of the United Farm Workers of America, formerly known as the National Farm Workers Association. Martinez said because many poor white farm workers were called to action during World War II, the U.S. and

Mexico signed a treaty to recruit and employ Mexican citizens to help maintain the agricultural fields. This was called the Bracero Program. The program was created to bring experienced Mexican workers to harvest crops temporarily, but the program continued for almost 22 years. Martinez said Chávez was an environmentalist and strove to reduce the amount of pesticide in fields for workers. “Cesar Chávez fought for fair working conditions and living conditions for farm workers,” Martinez said. “He was a very kind, humble person who believed everyone should be treated equal.” Chávez’s birthday is currently recognized in four states, but not as a holiday. Martinez said the association wants to make his birthday a national holiday. “We’re trying to get people involved in a petition for a national holiday,” Martinez said. “It’s going to be a day of action, too.”

Regular business could not be conducted Monday at the Associated Student Government meeting because quorum was not met. Because of the attendance, new legislation could not be presented and old legislation was not voted on. During his report, ASG President Kyle Morris introduced the nominees for the Election Commission. Ryan Galloway, communication studies senior, was nominated for chairman of the commission and Austin Shelton, biology sophomore, as a committee member. The commission will be reviewing and regulating different aspects of the upcoming ASG elections. Morris then went on to address issues concerning the recent ASG Supreme Court case that reversed ASG Vice President Amanda Oskey’s decision to dissolve the Graduate House of Representatives. “…They never sought out opinions of the various sides that may have had an interest (in) communicating that to the court before a decision was made,” Morris said. He soon called for senators to address the issue by creating reform and regulations for the Supreme Court. Morris said problems that concerned him were that public hearings were not conducted and the case was not disclosed to the student body. “These were four gentlemen in the Supreme Court who went into a room and they made their decision without listening to the opinions of individuals,” Morris said. When questioned by Student Sen. Megan Titus, college of liberal arts, about whether the Senate could make a decision on what the Supreme Court could or could not do, Morris made it clear he was only trying to address the structural issues of the court. “(The court justices) looked at situations before and after the issue at hand,” Morris said. “Well I hoped that the people we selected would have given See ASG, page 4

New Braunfels City Council UT has Watergate reporters discuss govt. corruption votes to relax its river rules By Kiah Collier Daily Texan (U. Texas)

By Alysha Mendez The University Star After recently passing four river ordinances regarding cooler sizes, tubes and life jackets, the New Braunfels City Council decided March 14 to relax those rules. Previously, tubers were limited to six-pack coolers on the Comal River and 12-pack coolers on the Guadalupe River, as decided by the council at their Feb. 19 meeting. Now, while on both rivers within the city limits, tubers are allowed to carry up to a 16-quart cooler, which holds approximately 20 cans. “I think we made a big stride going from a six-pack cooler to 16-quart sized,” said district 3 councilwoman Gale Pospisil. “I still would have liked that size to be larger, but more people find this compromise reasonable.” The council revised the requirement that children under 8 years old wear a life jacket.

“Some people on the River Activities Committee thought it’d be a good idea for young children to wear life jackets,” said Bruce Boyer, New Braunfels mayor. “But it’s a short river and it’s not particularly dangerous.” They instead recommended young children and poor swimmers wear life jackets while tubing. “The consensus after hearing the public input was that we wanted to encourage safety, but it comes down to what the children’s parents think is best,” Boyer said. “Hopefully, parents will intervene when necessary.” The council amended the proposed limit of only allowing tubes up to four feet in diameter, changing it to five feet. “The tube chute is five feet and eight inches I think, so I agreed that if a five foot tube can fit through the chute, it should be allowed,” Pospisil said. The council voted to allow floaters

Today’s Weather

AM Showers 79˚/62˚

Precipitation: 30% Humidity: 77% UV: 9 Very High Wind: SSW 11 mph

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Two-day Forecast Wednesday Partly Cloudy Temp: 81°/ 65° Precip: 10%

Thursday Scattered T-Storms Temp: 69°/ 57° Precip: 40%

(U-WIRE) AUSTIN, Texas — Every year, journalism students learn about the Watergate scandal as one of the most important events in the history of their future profession. On Friday, the two Washington Post journalists who tore down the Nixon administration with their investigative reporting in the 1970s, put the historic lessons learned during the infamous scandal into context with what they see as the failings of the current presidency. In front of a packed McCullough Theater on the University of Texas Campus, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward made comparisons between Richard Nixon and President Bush. Bernstein said both presidents share a fundamental “psychological unfitness for the presidency” during a three-hour, two-part panel discussion titled “The Legacy of Watergate: Why It Still Matters.” Watergate was a turning point in American history that made citizens conscious of the possibility for corrup-

tion and abuse of power in the White House. A generation later, the result of the recent mid-term elections show Americans recognize that the current administration has withheld information from its citizens about the war in Iraq, Woodward said. “What we see today is an abuse of power that is even more egregious than in the Nixon administration,” Bernstein said to an applauding audience. The largely Watergate-era-aged crowd laughed and applauded at many of the statements made, mostly by Bernstein, about the far-reaching consequences of a dishonest and secretive president. “It’s better to have a criminal president than an incompetent president,” Woodward said. Nixon was impeached because his actions were criminal, while the actions of many incompetent presidents do far worse damage, but aren’t grounds for legal action, he said. Topics during the first discussion included the questions of why presidents abuse power, the federal government’s neglect of Hurricane Katrina victims

and specific stories about the political climate during the Watergate scandal, namely the Vietnam War. “Vietnam and Watergate together caused millions of Americans to lose their trust in government,” UT government professor Bruce Buchanan said in an e-mail. Buchanan moderated the first part of Friday’s discussion. “People now tell pollsters that what they consider most important in presidential candidates is honesty, reflecting the hope (though no longer the expectation) of being able to trust the president.” During the panel, Woodward and Bernstein’s banter was characteristic of two old friends, and personified their yin-and-yang dynamic, which is described in many introductory journalism textbooks. “We’ll never agree,” Woodward said laughing after he and Bernstein argued about the reason for the original break-in at the Watergate Hotel during a question and answer session before the official discussion. At The Washington Post, Woodward was known as more conservative in his reporting style and See WATERGATE, page 4

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Alysha Hernández, print journalism senior, is now an intern at the merged Capitol bureau for heavyweight newspapers, the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle. Hernández’s inquisitive nature was apparent from an early age, when she was caught thumbing through copies of National Geographic and scribbling notations. When her family relocated to San Antonio, Hernández

was able to get her first glimpse of professional writing at work. She said that when peeking through the glass of the Express-News offices, she became fascinated by the journalistic process. Hernández’s current internship at the Capitol bureau allows her to shadow politically specialized journalists and write weekly feature articles that put a face on legislation. — Courtesy of Texas State Public Relations

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will meet 4 p.m. in Evan Liberal Arts, Room 314. For more information, e-mail Bogan Durr at

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be from 6 to 9 p.m. in the CSC chapel.

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

There will be a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center lobby.

There will be a Lenten penance service 7 p.m. in the CSC chapel. The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents “Talking Dirty and the Offense Principle,” 11 a.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. Facing the Fear: Anxiety and Panic Group will meet 3:30 to 5 p.m. and offer a supportive way to cope. For more information or to register, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. Every Nation Campus Ministries will meet 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G-02. There will be free food, fellowship and a relevant message. There will be a CEO Meeting 5 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 127. Overeaters Anonymous will meet 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland St. For more information, call (512) 357-2049. 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 San Marcos Toastmasters Club will meet 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lone Star Café at the Prime Outlet Mall. Visitors and guests are welcome. For additional information, call Ren Linér at (512) 353-0217; e-mail or visit Students in Free Enterprise will meet 4:15 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 113. Students interested in becoming involved with the community, making business connections and learning leadership skills are encouraged to attend.


A student-led rosary will be prayed 6:25 p.m. in the CSC chapel. An inquiry class about the Catholic faith will be 7 p.m. in the library of the CSC. The American Marketing Association presents guest speaker John Hampton, Group Corporate Sales Manager for Enterprise RentA-Car, 5:30 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-14.1. Food and drinks will be provided at 5:15 p.m. All majors are welcome. Business-casual attire is suggested. For more information, visit The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents “The Comedian’s Manifesto: How The Subjugation of the Comic Spirit Could Spell the Downfall For Academia,” 1 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. The Earth First Organization

Puddle Jumper


The subhead in the article “84Years Young” said Roberto Galván has taught for 40 years. Galván has taught for 50 years including his 40 years at Texas State.


The Alcohol and Drug Resource Center will hold “The Network” meeting 5 to 7 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 3-6.1.

University Police Department March 21, 12:50 a.m. Possession of Marijuana/ Minor in Possession/Bexar Garage An officer came in contact with two students who were found to be in possession of marijuana and alcohol. The students were issued citations for MIP, arrested and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.


The Stations of the Cross will be 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. The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents, “A Good Joke Ruined? Analyzing Humor,” 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 or call (512) 878-2036. Overeaters Anonymous will meet 5:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland St. For more information, call (512) 3572049. 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


Texas State softball will play TexasSan Antonio 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Bobcat Field.


Texas State softball will play TexasSan Antonio 1 p.m. at Bobcat Field.


The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents “Teague Lecture: Rights and Health Care Services,” with Jim Summers, health administration professor, 11 a.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. 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. An on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601. The Alcohol and Drug Resource Center will hold the Men Against Violence meeting 5 to 7 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 3-6.1.

Monty Marion/Star photo A student avoids the black puddles Monday afternoon in The Quad bus stop while running to catch a departing tram. After early morning rain, sporadic light drizzle delivered just enough moisture to keep the campus slick throughout the day.

Campus memorial service honors lost loved ones Each year, the Texas State Student Foundation sponsors the Bobcat Pause Memorial Service. Bobcat Pause provides the Texas State community a time to remember and honor Texas State faculty, staff, students and alumni who have passed away during the preceding year. The Student Foundation would like to invite everyone to come and be part of this year’s ceremony.

Please join us 6 p.m. Tuesday at the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater, Room 4-16.1 to honor and remember our fellow Texas State family members. The memorial service will include a short introduction and words of comfort, a roll call of those we have lost during the year, a moment of silence (during which family members

Health Beat Practice safe tanning this summer

With the summer months approaching, most students will probably take part in outdoor activities such as swimming or volleyball at Sewell Park. While these activities are fun, it is important to protect skin from overexposure to UV rays. Constant exposure to the sun can cause premature aging as well as skin cancer. Application of a sunscreen with an SPF of

15 or higher at least thirty minutes before going out can help protect skin, especially when followed by reapplication every two hours and upon sweating or entering water. Remember the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and exposure should be avoided during these hours if possible. It may also be wise to cover up with clothing. This can include wearing a widebrimmed hat or a baseball cap that protects the scalp, ears, and nose and UV-blocking sun-

and friends can bring forward flowers or other mementos in honor of their loved ones) and will close with the playing of Taps by a Student Foundation member. For questions or concerns, please contact the Dean of Students Office at (512) 245-2124. — Courtesy of The Dean of Students Office

glasses. Drinking plenty of water can keep you from becoming dehydrated. Finally, be aware of your skin’s changes. If skin begins to burn, cover up or find shade. Tanning beds contain UV rays, which can damage skin under continued, frequent exposure. If using a tanning bed, consider the following: severe burning of the eyelids and internal eye damage can result if you do not wear proper eye protection; possible drug interactions can increase the skin’s reaction to UV rays; and many states do not require training for tanningbed operators. Be sure to ask a tanning salon about its cleaning procedures and exposure times. The best way to acquire a tan is to use a “sunless” lotion. Not only do sunless lotions have a minimal risk of irritation and al-

March 21, 1:28 a.m. MIP/Moon Street & University Drive An officer initiated a traffic stop. Upon further investigation a student was found to be a minor in possession of alcohol and was issued a citation. March 21, 12:49 p.m. Theft under $1500/UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched to the lobby for a theft report. A student stated property had been taken without consent from the Chemistry Building. This case is under investigation. March 21, 4:01 p.m. BMV/UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched to the lobby for a theft report. A non-student reported an item being taken without consent from a vehicle at Alkek Garage. This case is under investigation.

lergic reaction, but they can also give the look you desire without the associated risks of tanning beds and sun exposure. Be aware of products purchased; if the lotion is labeled as a tanning amplifier, accelerator, enhancer, or promoter, the lotion is not “sunless.” Instead, it increases the skin’s reaction to the sun. If burning occurs, apply aloe vera ointment or other moisturizers to help prevent peeling and avoid the sun for a few days while your skin heals. By considering other options and strategizing UV-ray exposure risk, one can have a fun and safe summer while protecting skin and health. For more information, contact the Health Education Resource Center at or call (512) 245-2309. — Courtesy of Texas State Health Center


Tuesday, March 26, 2007

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Texas Monthly editor: Texas attorney criticized for Print is ‘SO not dead’ prosecuting border agents By Philip Hadley The University Star Evan Smith, editor of Texas Monthly, said one of his favorite responses to the publication was when a reader nailed a recent cover of Dick Cheney to a tree, fired a shotgun at it and then mailed the glossy image to Smith to express his disapproval. The January cover read “If You Don’t Buy this Magazine, Dick Cheney Will Shoot You in the Face” under the photo illustration of a scowling vice president holding a smoking shotgun. Smith said the magazine’s decision was met with angry responses. “Dick Cheney only has an approval rating of 18 percent, and we heard from all 18 percent,” Smith said. Smith was on campus Monday to discuss the future of print journalism. In his presen tation Print is SO not d e a d , Smith outlined what he believes are the key elements sustaining magazines now and in the future. “You must have the nerve to say things no one else will say and report on the issues that deserve at- t e n t i o n , ” Smith said. “Most importantly, report on stories that are useful to people and applicable to their lives.” Smith said the destroyed magazine cover of Cheney is now displayed in the Southwestern Writers Collection, located in the Alkek Library. Arousing readers with a compelling central image and controversial stories is exactly what Smith believes will save the face of print journalism. “There will always be readers, the printed word is a place where people will continue to go,” Smith said. Smith expressed several

challenges to print, including an increase in the number of magazines on newsstands and appealing to the ever-changing audience. “ T e x a s Monthly was first written for the Anglo population,” Smith said. “As Texas begins to become a Hispanic majority, it is an ongoing challenge to readjust our focus. We will always be a magazine for Texans.” Smith addressed the challenge arising from the comp e t i t i o n for people’s attention on the Internet. The magazine plans to tackle this challenge by adding more Web logs, audio and video content to its Web site. “We are cur rently planning a major ove rh a u l of our site to expand on our content in the magazine,” Smith said. He said the Internet would affect newspapers more than magazines. Newspapers need to take a stance on issues and abandon the notion of complete objectivity, he said. “Newspapers face issues of immediacy. When I want news that is recent, I use the Internet instead of a day-old newspaper,” Smith said. “Newspapers must adjust their idea

that complete objectivity is desirable, and embrace the immediacy of the Internet.” M a t t Norman, mass communication graduate, disagreed with Smith’s ideas regarding newspapers. “I don’t believe that newspapers should abandon objectivity,” Norman said. “Objectivity is what makes newspapers credible and reliable sources of information.” Emily Newby, print journalism senior and former Texas Monthly intern, agreed with Smith. “Newspapers are going to have to change their practices,” Newby said. “It is important for all future journalists to consider the ideas of such a knowledgeable journalist as Smith.” Smith offered information for journalists seeking to break into the industry. “Go off the beaten path, start at small magazines,” Smith said. “Intern and become an expert in something, knowing a lot about a little is better than knowing a little about a lot.” Smith’s career is composed of working for several magazines including Oprah Winfrey’s O, The New Republic and GQ. While under Smith’s direction, Texas Monthly has been nominated for 14 National Magazine Awards. In April 2003, Texas Monthly was awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence for the third time in its history.

By Dave Montgomery McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — Throughout his rise from a rookie prosecutor’s job in Houston to a position as a U.S. attorney pursuing criminals across much of Texas, Johnny Sutton said he was bound by an unwavering ethic: Do the right thing and follow the facts, even when they lead to “unhappy places” such as errant public servants. Sutton’s adherence to that credo has transformed him from a relatively low-profile federal prosecutor to a punching bag on conservative talk shows and Web sites, where he’s been vilified for weeks for prosecuting two Border Patrol agents who now are imprisoned for shooting a Mexican drug courier. Another prosecution, involving a Texas sheriff’s deputy who fired at a vehicle loaded with illegal immigrants, has heightened the outcry. T.J. Bonner, president of the national Border Patrol agents’ union, calls Sutton “public enemy No. 1.” Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, a former Harris County judge who remembers Sutton as an able young prosecutor, now accuses him of choosing “the wrong side” in the border war. In an hour-long interview at the Justice Department last week during a trip to Washington, D.C., Sutton defended the cases as what he called factbased prosecutions of lawmen who abused their authority. He said he had no misgivings about prosecuting Border Patrol agents Ignacio “Nacho” Ramos and Jose Compean and former Edwards County deputy Guillermo “Gilmer” Hernandez. “Thanks to a few voices in the media, the narrative in the public is that these are two American heroes doing their job and they’re going to prison while drug dealers are going free,” he said of Ramos and Compean. “And, of course, if those were the facts, I’d be outraged as well. But those aren’t the facts.” The assault by critics runs counter to the reputation Sutton forged during two decades in state and federal courtrooms, that of a straight-shooting legal tactician who appears equally respected by defense attorneys and fellow prosecutors. Sutton left the Harris County

e’s getting a raw deal, “H and every one of these congressmen ought to be ashamed.”

—Rusty Hardin Houston trial lawyer, former Harris County prosecutor

District Attorney’s Office in 1995 to become Gov. George W. Bush’s criminal-justice policy director. After Bush won the 2000 presidential election, Sutton followed him to Washington as part of his transition team. He remained there as an associate deputy under former Attorney General John Ashcroft until October 2001, when Bush named him U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas. The district, one of the largest in the country, covers 93,000 square miles, 68 counties and three metropolitan areas: Austin, El Paso and San Antonio. From his San Antonio base, Sutton, 46, helps shape Justice Department policy as the chairman of an advisory committee for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who’s known Sutton since their days in the governor’s office. Sutton’s post hasn’t been reported as a potential target in what some charge was political ousting of several U.S. attorneys late last year. Conversely, Kyle Sampson, who resigned recently as Gonzales’ chief of staff, said in an e-mail discussing “the replacement plan” that it was important to keep Sutton “in the loop” about potential changes because of his role as the advisory committee head. The e-mail was among thousands the House Judiciary Committee released last week. Sutton acknowledged he was “given a heads up” about the changes but said he wasn’t involved in the discussions. He said he couldn’t discuss the case further because it was being dealt with at the top levels of the Justice Department. While the criticism continues, Sutton’s supporters back home — particularly within the legal arena — are rallying to his defense. “He’s getting a raw deal, and every one of these congressmen ought to be ashamed,” said Rusty Hardin, a former Harris County prosecutor who’s been a high-profile Houston trial law-

yer since 1990. “No prosecutor worth his salt would have done anything different than Johnny did.” Sutton started out as an intern at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and later joined the office full time, eventually becoming one of 22 chief prosecutors handling capital murder cases and other major felonies. One of his most sensational cases was prosecuting gang members who’d raped and killed two teenage girls who’d stumbled into a gang initiation on their way home from a party. Sutton oversees 260 employees, including 118 assistant U.S. attorneys, whose cases range from urban white-collar crime to drug smuggling and illegal immigration in a district that includes 660 miles of U.S.-Mexico border. The district’s 1,729 drug cases involving 2,615 defendants led the nation in 2006. Sutton generally stayed below the radar outside his district until the backlash over Ramos and Compean, each of whom was sentenced to at least a decade in prison for shooting Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila after he abandoned a van loaded with marijuana and ran back toward Mexico. “He has done more to demoralize the Border Patrol than any one person in the history of the United States, in our view,” said Bonner, the president of the National Border Patrol Council. The two agents said they thought Aldrete-Davila had a gun, but the jury found they’d fired at an unarmed man 15 times, hitting him once in the buttocks, then had tried to cover up the shooting. The backlash has prompted Sutton, in a move unusual for federal attorneys, to post a defense of the prosecution on his office’s Web site. Sutton said he sympathized with law enforcement officers, who had dangerous jobs. But, he said, “We don’t allow police officers or federal agents to become judge, jury and executioner.”


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just tried my hardest on my auditions, sent in my application and hoped that when the mail came, there would be an acceptance letter in it.” The program exists as a part of the school of music. It requires a live audition, as applicants must play a musical instrument or be apt in vocal performance to gain admission to the program.

Strong musical capacity and aural skills are strongly recommended. “We’re looking for strong musicians and folks who can handle the academics, especially the math and science, in our curriculum,” said Mark Erickson, sound recording studio associate professor. “We prefer recording, or related experience, and a strong background in computers, but it’s not always mandatory.”


to bring up to two tubes per person — one to hold a cooler. This new vote relaxed the council’s Feb. 26 decision to only allow one tube per person. “Me and my family always go to the river and we need more than one tube because we always have coolers of drinks for our whole giant family,” said English Hinojosa, pre-theatre junior. “They were going to limit it to where we wouldn’t have enough water.” Despite the relaxation, one

debated ordinance not addressed was the banning of open containers in several parks along the rivers, including the last tubers’ exit. “All of the relaxations have gone through the final reading and are therefore law,” Pospisil said. “However, there are still alcohol bans in some of the park areas and there are also still plans to start fencing around the parks.” Boyer said it is not his intent to change any of the new relaxations. “I would hope that we see a positive effect this year,” he said. “We’ll see how the summer goes.”

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the principles of a transparent government, and since they decided not to then we have to.” Guest speaker Gerald Hill, Southwest Texas State University alumnus and former president of university advancement, discussed the importance in the school’s name change. He said when meeting with

businesses who recruited students, many liked the quality, preparedness and social skills the university produces. Hill recalled issues that faced the administration when the decision was made to change the name. He noted the changes the school was going through at the time, such as the purchase of Aquarena Springs by the university for $7 million. It added nine acres to the campus.

Students practice the skills they learn in lecture at Fire Station Studios. The studio is a historic building, which served formerly as a fire station and a city hall. It is now in use both as a versatile recording facility and a sound stage for television and film. The studio, which houses a large amount of advanced equipment, serves as the sound recording technology program’s

classroom and laboratory, in addition to continuing to operate commercially. Some of the studio’s clients include Lloyd Maines, Texas Tornados, Fred Sanders and Terri Hendrix. Students are given the opportunity to work in the studio to complete a variety of semester projects, and participate in commercial work. Students are given opportunities to work with the theatre department for produc-

tions requiring the use of live sound. “The program was very well rounded as far as its approach,” said Steven Orsak, sound recording technology alumnus who graduated in 2002. “It taught me not only the skills I would need but also the importance of taking every aspect into consideration before attempting a project.” Graduates from the program have a variety of career options

including composing, producing, mastering, broadcasting and gaming. Texas State alumni have worked with such artists as Sting, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, Harry Connick Jr. and Prince. “This program, as well as the careers that may follow, take a lot of dedication and commitment,” said Erickson. “Energy and passion are pretty much mandatory.”

Chlorine-gas attack kills, injuries children outside Fallujah By Leila Fadel McClatchy Newspapers BAGHDAD — Gunmen in black hoods came to Albuaifan, a town south of Fallujah, four months ago and demanded that the sheiks of the Albu Issa tribe pledge loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq, the insurgent “nation” that the group al-Qaida in Iraq had proclaimed last October. The tribal leaders said no. Since then, the tribe has been at war. Its men have stopped going to work, and they carry weapons routinely now. They’ve even issued a password and closely question anyone they encounter who doesn’t know it. The battle entered a frightening new stage 10 days ago when insurgents blew up a chlorine tank in the middle of Albuaifan. The heavy, poisonous gas sank near the ground and seeped into the garden of Irsan Majid Alisawy, where a dozen children were playing. “I couldn’t breathe,” Alisawy recalled Monday. “I wanted to open my mouth but there was no air.” It was even worse for the children, who quickly passed out. “We were terrified,” Alisawy said. At least eight people have died from the attack. Two of Alisawy’s nieces lingered at the U.S.-run Ibn Seena Hospital in Baghdad’s Green Zone until Sunday, when they succumbed to burns to their lungs. One was 8, the other 2. Alisawy’s 18-month-old son remained hospitalized, breathing through an oxygen mask. Tubes snaked from his

body. A blanket decorated with turtles covered him. Another niece, Malak — “Angel” in Arabic — gasped for air through a ventilator tube in her nose and sipped from a juice box that her uncle offered. Malak, 3, doesn’t know her parents are dead. Ferial, Malak’s 14-year-old cousin, lost both her parents and a sister; the sister was one of the girls who died Sunday. Ferial stopped going to school a year ago because of al-Qaida kidnappings and killings. On Monday, she rasped, “I’m fine,” as her chest heaved with each word. Nurses admit initially they didn’t know they were treating chlorine-gas victims when the first such attack took place in January in Ramadi. Nineteen people died in that attack, and the 69 who were injured were taken to Ibn Seena. “It was a whole new ballgame for us,” said Maj. William White of the 28th Combat Support Hospital unit, who’s from Griffith, Ind., and is the nurse manager for Ibn Seena’s emergency room. Once chlorine gas burns the lungs, little can be done to reverse the damage. Patients are given supplemental oxygen, said Maj. David Cassella of 28th Combat Support Hospital, who’s from Savannah, Ga., and is a head nurse in one of the hospital’s intensive care units. The toll is especially serious for children. The gas is “very heavy and lies low to the ground,” Cassella said. That’s why the most seriously injured from the March 17 attack were children, he said.

Handout/William White/MCT CHLORINE-GAS ATTACK: Irsan Majid Alisawy, 28, appears with his niece, Malak, in a photo taken by a U.S. military nurse Sunday. Malak was poisoned by chlorine gas March 17, outside Fallujah. She remained alive Monday.

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political beliefs than Bernstein. “This is why we were able to work well with each other,” Bernstein said. “Because we had such different approaches.” In the first part of the discussion, Woodward joked about

Bernstein’s relationship with a Washington Post copy-girl, and told the audience that he and Bernstein still listen to the Nixon cassettes in their cars. Bernstein added that the tapes are “better than hip-hop,” which elicited laughter from younger audience members.

The second half of the discussion included a heated discussion about confidential sources, in which Austin American-Statesman editor Rich Oppel found himself pitted against the duo in his negative opinion on the use of unnamed sources. Woodward and Bernstein agreed that con-

fidential sources often result in the best stories, and that sometimes they are the only way to know that officials on the record aren’t being truthful. “You’re naive if you think people are going to go on the record,” Woodward said. “We need more unnamed sources,

because people who are on the record are lying.” Woodward and Bernstein’s views on the current state and future of quality journalism are optimistic, in comparison to some other accomplished journalists. The press should be given credit for uncovering what we

now know about Iraq, because the government has been so secretive, Bernstein said. “People have a reason to keep secrets,” he said. “But that’s not only what journalism is about. It’s about context and trying to find out what real existing life is all about.”


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based on the year before and the success of each activity. Greek Week is an opportunity for fraternities and sororities to come toSince the early 1980s, Greek Week has gether to have fun and work on community been exhibiting greek pride by holding social service. and altruistic activities throughout the week. Fraternities and sororities selected repGreek Week, which began Monday and resentatives to attend bi-weekly meetings to runs through Friday, is an event a year in the plan for the activities of Greek Week. making. The honor society Order of Omega, “We have been having these meetings along with other organizations, helped plan since the beginning of February, but we have Greek Week. been planning since the fall,” Guerra said. “The purpose of Greek Week is to try and Each greek organization was paired bring the whole greek community together,” with another fraternity or sorority to make said Michael Guerra, Order of Omega vice teams. president of pro“We were assigned a grams. fraternity to work with Each day of Greek during Greek Week,” Week will have a said Elizabeth Powell, different activity, Zeta Tau Alpha memranging from a four ber. square tournament An all-greek picture to a lip sync contest was taken Monday, at Gordo’s. which featured the surThe four square prise speaker Travis tournament at JowApgar. Apgar is an assoers Center began ciate dean of students at Greek Week SunCornell University and — Michael Guerra day, and the tournaon the board of direcvice president of programs, ment was open to tors of the Northeast all students. The Greek Leadership AsOrder of Omega tournament raised sociation. money for St. Jude The greeks were Children’s Research asked to bring school Hospital. Each member of the 48 teams was supplies to their meetings this week as a part asked to write 50 personal letters to friends of community service. and family asking for a donation. Guerra said the lip sync contest Thursday “We put a post-it note in each letter so at Gordo’s is one of the most entertaining that they would be more personalized,” said and successful events. Martha Bitar, executive director of the tour“We always have a good turn out for the lip nament. sync contest,” Guerra said. Each participating team received one hour The Friday volleyball tournament is only of community service. While most teams were open to greeks. Greek Week ends with Bobgreek, at least four were not, Bitar said. cat Build, the campus-wide community serThe activities for Greek Week are planned vice event.

e have been “W having these meetings since the beginning of February, but we have been planning since the fall”

Mark Decker/Star photo GREEK WEEK: Texas State fraternity and sorority members sign in during Greek Week festivities Monday at the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Greek Week is an annual event focusing on social and altruistic events.

Panel debates Chappelle’s offensiveness Roundtable will discuss art By Jeffery D. Hooten The University Star

sors from the philosophy and English departments, and a Having produced sketches involving premises such as a student of philosophy. blind white supremacist who “Race is an is unaware he is black, the humor of comedian Dave Chapissue most Chappelle pelle has been the source of people prefer controversy and criticism. to avoid,” said As a part of the ongoing Elvin Holt English professor Philosophy Dialogue Series, and panelist. a panel discussed Chappelle’s Holt said he felt Chappelle’s racially charged comedy Mon- humor is directed at a black day in a panel “Funny or Of- audience with whites intenfensive?: The Racially Charged tionally “overhearing” the conversation. Comedy of Dave Chappelle.” “It’s considered to be sort of “I think the purpose is to a taboo subject,” said Paul Wil- satirize the white perception son, philosophy professor and of black America,” Holt said. moderator of the dialogue. Holt said he felt although During the dialogue, two blacks and whites may laugh at sketches from Chappelle’s the same sketches, it could be television program were for different reasons. He said screened, followed by a discus- Chappelle’s comedy was much sion of the intent of the humor more allusive and multifaceted and whether than he had it indicates expected. progress in “I have a racial relamuch greater think the tions or is respect for purpose is to instead inDave Chapsatirize the white pelle than I herently offensive. did before,” perception of Holt said. The sketchblack America.” es involved Philosophy profesa theoretical sor Jeffrey outcome of — Elvin Holt monetar y Gordon, a English professor panelist, said slave reparations and a he thinks depiction of Chappelle’s a 1950’s family with the last sketches are funny because name “Niggar” done in the they attack the environment of style of Leave it to Beaver. political correctness in AmeriPanelists included profes- can society.


“Freud said humor is our way of being released of certain social pressures,” Gordon said. “I don’t think (that perspective) covers all possible instances of humor, but it covers this.” Panelist Audrey McKinney, professor of philosophy, said she was struck by the way Chappelle inserted truths into his sketches without always making them obvious. “It’s really clever linguistically,” McKinney said. Panelist Sean Guillory, philosophy junior, said it is important to consider the intended audience of Chappelle’s television show. Guillory Pointed out Chappelle’s Show occupied a time slot wedged between South Park and self-proclaimed “fake news” program The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Guillory also noted the controversial nature of Chappelle’s comedy certainly helped bolster ratings, whether intentionally or not. “If it’s controversial you have (both) the people who like you and don’t like you buying it.”

as vehicle for protest, dissent By Clara Cobb The University Star When King Arthur first proposed a round table, he never imagined it like this. Mary Mikel Stump, Joanne Cole Mitte gallery director, said it was historical figures, such as the Egyptians and Alexander the Great, who first realized the power of artistic images. The Common Experience’s roundtable Tuesday on “Art as a Vehicle for Protest and Dissent,” takes the impact of images and roundtable discussion to the next level. “A picture is worth a thousand words,” Stump said. “I think that the exhibition itself brings up a variety of questions, any of which would be worth discussion.” She said identifying the goal of artistic protest can be difficult. Artists protest through

a personal artistic theme or statement, against or calling for, social change and against artistic styles or movements. “Certainly in an academic setting, we have the luxury of discussion, talking. Hopefully, this discussion will bring more questions students will take up in their own minds,” Stump said. “We’re just going to sit around and chew on it. Hopefully, at the end, there will be more questions at the end than answers.” The works of over 20 artists made up LOYAL OPPOSITION:

an exhibit of protest and dissent. The exhibit was part of the Common Experience, which is designed to promote ‘common intellectual conversation,’ according to the program’s Web site. The roundtable discussion “Art as a Vehicle for Protest and Dissent,” is 11 a.m. Tuesday in JCM, Room 2121. Several artists with works in the exhibit will participate in the discussion. The JCM galleries are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


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On-screen chemistry keeps Sci-Fi hit soaring By Ethan Sacks New York Daily News NEW YORK — On her first day on the set of the Battlestar Galactica miniseries, model Tricia Helfer, then new to acting, was thrown into an intense sex scene with costar James Callis in front of a 50-man crew. After three full seasons of scenes in which her character, a very human-looking robot named Number Six, continually seduces Callis’ Dr. Gaius Baltar. However, Helfer has found a comfort zone. Now, the 32-year-old beauty has no qualms about draping her arms all over her cast-mate during a recent interview at the Sci-Fi Channel’s offices in Manhattan. “It’s sort of kind of second nature now,” Helfer said. “I’m always sort of hanging over him (on the set).” “If you’re shooting late at night and they have ‘second meal,’ they bring out burgers or pizza or whatever, we can eat it and ‘go, oh we’ve got to kiss — I’ve onion breath, you’ve got onion breath, cool.’” “Red hot” would be a better description of the onscreen romance between Baltar, the scientist turned president, and Number Six, who seduces him into betraying the human race. As Battlestar Galactica orbits toward this Sunday’s third-season-finale, the fire has yet to go out for television’s oddest couple. “I was utterly stunned that I could be cast against someone so gorgeous,” Callis said. “Genuinely, I thought I had been spectacularly miscast.” Callis said he is more surprised that a larger audience hasn’t picked up on the critically acclaimed series about a caravan of spaceships carrying human survivors evading the Cylons — as the robots are called — who are bent on either mankind’s destruction or enslavement. He said he’s grown

frustrated with trying to convince industry peers to watch the thought-provoking show, with its allegories to religious fundamentalism and the war on terror. While the show, starring Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, has developed a loyal following and enjoys robust sales on iTunes, it has yet to enjoy the mainstream success of contemporaries like NBC’s Heroes. Helfer said when she nabbed her role, she was just thrilled to get a high-profile acting gig and didn’t mind that the scripts had her vamp it up in a skimpy red dress. She had come a long way since the day when the then-17-year-old was discovered in line outside a movie theater in Donalda, Alberta, an agricultural village with a population of less than 300. Within a month, the Canadian farm girl moved to New York to start her modeling career. But Helfer doesn’t seem to believe in fate like her character does. “I probably would’ve got into psychology — oddly enough animal psychology — which would have put me in L.A. anyway,” she said. Where else, she added, would people be willing to shell out money to analyze their dog? However she got there, Helfer has landed a meaty role. Since there are numerous copies of Number Six, she gets to play different variations of her “base model,” including a turn as a battered rape victim. By season three, her character now desires to be more human, while Baltar has hoped at times he was really a Cylon sleeper agent. The actors credit good scripts, but it’s clear the two share an onscreen chemistry and an off-screen camaraderie. Even the actors’ spouses — both lawyers — get along. Plus there are other perks. Photo courtesy of “There’s a bit of liberty derived from the BATTLE SIREN: After three seasons as Battlestar Galactica’s Number Six, Tricia Helfer has settled into her role fact that 50 people are watching you make as a sultry robot in human. out in a way you can’t believe,” Callis said.

Popular role-playing game creators offer cash prizes to collegiate clubs By Sally Dadisman McClatchy-Tribune While some only dream about stepping outside of themselves for a day, others play Dungeons and Dragons, a game that allows players to transform into a unique character and become part of a different world. Dedicated dungeon masters on campuses across the country are getting a chance to better guide their lead rogues, clerics and halflings on a mystical journey. Wizards of the Coast Inc., the company behind the popular role-playing game, is sponsoring the Expand Your Role grant

program, which offers grants to college clubs that focus on the fantasy-based D&D. “Playing D&D is about getting together with friends and having a good time,” said Kevin Wilson, the Associate Brand Manager for role-playing games at Wizards of the Coast Inc. in an e-mail interview. “In an age of video games, MP3 players and other solo activities, we hope to further the time-tested activity of face-to-face human contact in a fun and engaging way.” Clubs are urged to apply to earn stipends from $50-$1,000. Up to 20 stipends will be rewarded, and the money must go to improving the workings of

the club, such as building a Web site, getting a better location for meetings, sending members to conventions or providing food and other items for gatherings. Wilson, describes D&D as “the undisputed flagship of global geek culture.” D&D was established in 1974 and is now a staple in the role-playing genre. Rachael Gillman, a junior at the University of Minnesota Morris, runs the D&D club at her school and sees this as an “awesome” opportunity to purchase items to improve the members’ game play. Currently working on writing her “attention-grabbing” essay, she says the scholarship money would be

used to buy the club new D&D game play-focused books. As to why the company is choosing to recognize clubs instead of individual players, Wilson said it’s because of the game’s team focus. “Dungeons & Dragons provides a unique, socially interactive experience,” he said. “We felt it was appropriate that our grants helped further the social nature of that experience rather than highlight individuals.” Gillman’s club is no different as she describes the club meetings as part of the only time during the week she gets to relax and hang out with friends. “My friends and I all have

busy schedules during the week so (the club meetings) are a

good time to laugh and have fun with them,” she said.

✯ HOW TO ENTER Clubs have until May 15 to submit an essay of 500 words or less on why their club would benefit from this grant. They must send four photos and provide a brief history of the club and how D&D has affected them. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and be able to prove the club is affiliated with their college

or university. The winners will be announced in August. The grand prize-winning club will have a D& D game designer come to a club meeting and run a game as a special guest dungeon master. For more information, go to www. and look under the news section for “What’s Your Role?”


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Spears’ cash will keep her afloat indefinitely ✯ By Jane Ridley New York Daily News Britney Spears may well have found her stint in rehab taxing, but her biggest challenge lies ahead: Settling her divorce from Kevin Federline and fighting the complex custody battle over their sons. There’s good news for the troubled pop tart. With an estimated net worth of $100 million, Britney can easily afford the $48,000 bill for her month-long stay at one of the nation’s most posh rehab centers. Though her fortune will be slightly dented by an expected seven-figure payoff to Federline, she’ll still have enough to cover almost a lifetime of treatment at the $1,600-a-night Promises Center in Malibu, Calif. But the star — who not too long ago was on top of the music world — would be wise not to hang up her microphone for too long. “The best thing Britney can do right now is take some time away for herself and make a great record,” said Joe Levy, executive editor of Rolling Stone magazine. The drop in sales of her previous albums doesn’t necessarily mean she has fallen from favor, because record sales have declined across the board, said Levy. “I think it is still possible for her to run her business,” he said.


he campaign isn’t working because the gorgeous advertisements of a blond, thin Britney are completely out of sync with the tired, out-ofshape mess we are seeing in the tabloids.”

—Lea Goldman associate editor, Forbes

And what a business it is. Divided into a string of separate companies, such as Britney Touring, One More Time Music, Fairy Zone Productions and Britney Online, it’s more of a corporation. “She’s a very wealthy woman and protected by an ironclad prenuptial agreement,” said financial expert Lea Goldman, associate editor of Forbes magazine, which recently ranked Spears the 12th-richest woman in entertainment. Fortunately for Spears, her income will continue to grow, whether she goes back to work

or sits on her butt. Under the terms of her 2005 perfume contract with Elizabeth Arden, she gets a guaranteed sum of $2.54 million this year, even if, as Goldman predicts, sales fail to meet expectations. “Midnight Fantasy, the latest perfume in the range, looks like it’s going to be a bomb,” Goldman said. “It came out at Christmas around the time she started spiraling out of control.” Goldman said Spears’ public persona conflicts with her appearance in advertisements. “The campaign isn’t working because the gorgeous advertisements of a blond, thin Britney are completely out of sync with the tired, out-of-shape mess we are seeing in the tabloids.” The headache won’t be the Spears’, however. Even if it were, the hundreds of thousands of dollars she’ll collect from other sources make the perfect tonic. Royalties, merchandising, past endorsement deals and revenue from properties produce hefty annual handouts and, wisely invested, will earn large amounts of interest. Britney’s finances are supervised by an elite group of bankers and accountants who have skillfully managed her funds for a number of years. Sources say she follows their advice to the letter. What a shame they don’t have as much influence over their wayward client’s private life.

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onlineconnection Do you think binge drinking is a problem at Texas State? Go to www. to vote in our online poll. Results will be published in Thursday’s issue of The University Star. *This is not a scientific poll

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iling for Associated Student Government elections began last week and The University Star encourages dedicated, hardworking students interested in becoming leaders on this campus to run for office.


CANDIDATES More choices in ASG election will ensure better officers

ASG acts as the voice of Texas State students. The people we elect to student government represent us to the administration, the city of San Marcos and the Texas Legislature. Student government is a training ground for our future leaders. The people who represent us on campus may some day represent us in municipal, county, state and federal government. We need the people we vote into ASG to be dedicated and morally strong. It is important we have a wide range of candidates to choose from so we can pick those best suited to represent us. The more people who file, the better. The Star would like to see every race contested. More than two-thirds of offices this year for The University of Texas’s student government went uncontested. This is a problem for many student governments and is not a recipe for effective representation. One of the biggest issues ASG faced this year is apathy. Many student senators had to be removed from office because they failed to meet mandatory attendance requirements. Students who run for office this year must be able to not only attend meetings — that’s a bare minimum — but to take the time to learn parliamentary procedure, understand the issues they are addressing and write legislation of value to their constituents. The Star would like to see a change in ASG’s culture. Texas State is trying to shake our party school image. We don’t need to see, as we have this year, pictures posted on the Internet of the ASG city council liaison using a beer bong. We certainly don’t need to see Senate candidates who have pictures posted of them in the driver’s seat of a car holding an alcoholic beverage. ASG is not a tool for networking and favors. It is not a forum for promoting employers or ingratiating oneself with politicians. Students involved in ASG have the opportunity to show future employers how they took the time to be more active in the school. It is an opportunity to meet the leaders of this community and this state. Students who involve themselves in ASG are opening up a world of opportunity that people who leave college with a degree and nothing more miss out on. Student government is an important part of the college experience. It teaches the student body how to interact with its leaders. It teaches student leaders how to interact with their constituents. The Star would love to see those who can bring dedication and integrity to ASG running for office this year.

Letters to the Editor Film rescheduled after inconvenient mishap University Seminar and the entire Common Experience team owe you an apology. On March 20, we were supposed to show the documentary film, The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle in Centennial Hall. Because of a miscommunication within the team, no one was present from our group to show the film. The Common Experience will reschedule the viewing of this film for sometime in April. For an updated schedule, please visit the Common Experience calendar on the Web site at We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. Pam Wuestenberg, asst. dean, University College

Bill enables stifling government control On Wednesday, The University Star ran an article describing recently proposed legislation, House Bill 2525. In short, this bill, “in an effort to promote competition” forces wholesalers of liquor to sell liquor they do not want to sell, and to sell it to people they do not want to sell to. But this bill doesn’t promote competition. It sends the message that instead of competing fairly one need only whine to “Big Brother” and have their way. Ayn Rand has demonstrated in her monumental novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged that the American people still value individual rights and the freedom our founding fathers had in mind. But there can be no freedom when the government tells people when, where and how to dispose of their own property. The fact that Marxist legislation such as HB 2525 can be considered by our lawmakers with little or no public opposition serves to show the intellectual vacuum in which our society now operates. Cody Warren, philosophy sophomore

Texas State gladly opens its arms to diversity

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My name is Tyler Ferguson, organizer of the “Gay? Fine By Me” T-shirt campaign. On behalf of the gay and lesbian community here at Texas State, I would like to take this time to thank the Associated Student Government, Residence Life, the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center and many others who made this event possible. But most importantly, I would like to thank the thousands of students who came out this week and showed their support for equal rights by wearing a T-shirt. You are all making a difference here at Texas State, and we are very grateful to you for that. Furthermore, you have made a huge statement to San Marcos, and the rest of Texas that being gay is ‘fine by Texas State.’ I knew this campus was accepting, but this week blew my mind and has made me and many others realize just how wonderful being a Bobcat really is. Once again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you all for your continued support for equality. Tyler Ferguson, political science sophomore

Post-graduation career nerves can be avoided with preparation It would be tertions that offer jobs relative rific if every degree to your career aspirations. came along with a While many people rely job we loved, but on the more formal methods then we wouldn’t of job searching, such as be living in the through newspapers and em“real world.” In the ployment agencies, the best real world, a great way to secure a job is by usCHAZ KYSER job is a prized posing both formal and informal Guest Columnist session, and what’s strategies. Informal s tratemore, it’s something that the gies, which include job searching average college graduate has through networking and contactto work hard to get. Nearly 1.5 ing employers directly, will take million bachelor’s degrees are more time on your behalf but conferred every year in America, are worth the effort. Studies according to the National Center have shown that approximately for Education Statistics. Roughtwo-thirds of jobs are found and ly all college graduates look for secured by using informal search some type of employment upon strategies, while only around graduation, which means you one-third of jobs are obtained have some pretty tough competi- through formal methods. tion. Newspaper Ads: Studies You should take calculated show that as few as five percent steps to secure a job and jumpof jobs are ever advertised in a start your career. Once you’ve newspaper, so don’t rely solely decided on the career you want, on newspapers to find a job. your goal should be to seek out When you do find a listing that those companies or organizainterests you, apply for the posi-

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tion immediately. Employment/Staffing Agencies: Many employment agencies get paid by companies to find employees, so they can be extremely helpful in finding you a position that interests you, or to at least get you working somewhere while you’re still job searching. Some employment agencies are very industry-specific, so look for an agency that specializes in placing people within your field before you go with one that works on a broader scale. Internet Ads: You can search sites like that have listings for nearly every field in every city, city-specific sites like those for city government jobs, and field-specific sites like ones for counselors. If you find a great listing that doesn’t show the date it was posted, call the company to see if they are still hiring for the position and if they have any other positions open that fit your interests.

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Job Fairs: Job fairs offer a convenient way for you to market yourself and learn more about companies hiring for positions you might be interested in. Always dress like you are going to an interview, and bring plenty of résumés and business cards. Direct Mail Campaigns: This is a “wait and see” strategy. After identifying companies that offer (but may not be hiring for) positions in your field, you mail the hiring manager a customized cover letter and résumé and hope you get a response. To make the most of this approach you’ll need to be quick about following up on all the mail you send out. Alumni Associations: Check with your alma mater to see if they offer placement services for their graduates. If the alumni association provides a list of alumni and the fields they work in, take the initiative to call those working in your field for

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job leads. Your Personal Network: Tell all your friends and relatives about the type of jobs you are searching for so they can also be on the lookout for you. If you have certain relatives or friends who have a knack for networking, give them a couple of copies of your résumé — you never know who they’ll meet. Cold Calling: If you learn of a company that seems interesting, but don’t know if it is hiring, there’s nothing wrong with calling the hiring manager to find out. Just make sure you talk to the manager. Unannounced Visits: You’re harder for managers to brush off if you’re in their face trying to get a job. The downside is you could also be annoying. Before making an unannounced visit, do a little investigating to find out when the person you’ll need to see will be in. Dress like you’re expecting an interview and bring

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more than one résumé. Professional Organizations: Joining an organization relative to your career is a great way to network with people who can give you leads on job openings within your field. Many organizations provide members with lists on who’s hiring or have companies constantly recruiting people specifically within their organization. Volunteerism: Volunteering is an excellent way to network with people working in different fields. The people you meet may open you up to job opportunities you never considered. Chaz Kyser is the author of Embracing the Real World: The Black Woman’s Guide to Life After College and a Southwest Texas State University alumna. For more information, go to www. or contact Kyser at column@embraci

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NIGHT PROCTOR-Female night proctor needed to supervise girls’ dorm at San Marcos Academy, a private Christian school. Must enjoy working with 7th-12th grade students in a Christian environment. Needed 3-4 nights per week with shifts every other weekend. Contact Mrs. Paul at (512) 753-8098 or e-mail Kris Spillers at SEMEN DONORS NEEDED! $150 per specimen, healthy college students age 18-39. For application go to EARN $250+MONTHLY AND MORE to type simple ads online. SUMMER CAMP COUNSELORS POSITIONS-ON CAMPUS INTERVIEWS APRIL 3RD Camp Counselor positions available at Camp Weequahic, a co-ed children’s sleepaway camp in northeastern PA, about 21/2 hours from New York City. WE WILL BE AT THE UNIVERSITY ON TUESDAY, APRIL 3 TO CONDUCT INTERVIEWS AT THE LBJ STUDENT CENTER; PLEASE CALL (512) 245-2645 FOR INFORMATION. YOU CAN SIGN UP ON LINE AT JOBS4CATS, THROUGH CAREER SERVICES. WALK INS ALSO WELCOME. Positions are available for all areas of sports, including tennis, gymnastics, baseball, softball, roller hockey, golf, basketball, soccer, lacrosse and others, as well as waterfront, including swimming, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing. We will pay for training and certifications where required. Other positions may be available in hobby areas such as archery, dance, aerobics, theater, piano accompanist, rocketry, woodworking and ceramics. Salaries start at $200 per week, plus room, board and travel expenses. Please visit our website at: for more information and to FILL OUT AN ONLINE APPLICATION. We will get back to you as soon as we have received your application and look forward to meeting with you on the 3rd of April. You may also email us at to set up an appointment or with any questions. OVERHEAD LINE WORK! Line Tech is now hiring all positions including A, B, and C lineman as well as foremans and operators. Employer providing new equipment, new tools and excellent pay and benefits. Employment opportunities available for complete crews. All inquiries please call (512) 321-6655. UPSCALE RESTAURANT IN KYLE hiring experienced server, dishwasher and busboy. Call (512) 268-3463, TEXAS HEALTH & RACQUET CLUB Now Hiring FT/PT. (512) 353-0789.

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SEEKING OUTGOING INDIVIDUALS for PT $9.50/hr recreation advisor positions. Duties include facilitating various recreational activities at the Gary Job Corps recreation department, which offers youth 16-24 enrolled in the centers education program numerous leisure time activities similar to those found at the university setting. Music rm/dance/ aerobics (fitness) advisor positions also available. Afternoon/Evening/wkend hrs. Contact Joe @ (512) 738-1748 or fax resume to (512) 396-6413. LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENTS WANTED for the #1 apartment locating service in San Marcos, Apartment Experts. Full and Part time available. Call Greg at (512) 805-0123. CORRECTIONAL OFFICER $9/HR. Lockhart Correctional Facility has immediate openings for persons seeking a career in corrections. Paid benefits and training. Must have a high school diploma or GED and a valid TDL. Must pass drug screening, physical, and background check. Apply in person at: 1400 Industrial Blvd. Lockhart, TX EOE/m/f/d/v.

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CLASSIFIEDS HELP WANTED CONTINUED from page 9 OMA’S HAUS RESTAURANT. Hiring all positions. Apply within between 2-5pm. 541 Hwy 46 South, New Braunfels. DIRECT CARE OPPORTUNITIES: CORE Health Care is looking for individuals that want to work along side caring professionals and skilled supportive supervisory staff. Our treatment facility is a non-aversive, active and individualized approach in pleasant, home-like surroundings. Work with psychiatric or brain injury individuals. Opportunities in Dripping Springs. Looking to fill weekend and overnight shifts. Candidate must be 21 years of age, have satisfactory driving record. Drug screening and criminal background check required. Pay begins at $8.50, but commensurate with experience and education. If eligible there is a sign on bonus of $200. May also qualify for health insurance, PTO, 401K and monthly gas reimbursements. Please fax resume to (512) 858-5104 or call Kerri (512) 894-0701 ext. 219, or e-mail Please visit our website at MAKE UP TO $75 each taking online surveys. UNCLE BILLY’S SMOKE HOUSE AND BREWERY is the newest addition to Barton Spring’s restaurant row. Uncle Billy’s is now accepting applications for all positions. No exp. required. Please apply in person at 1530 Barton Springs (next to Austin Java), Monday through Friday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. WIENERCHNITZEL NOW HIRING. Immediate openings for all areas. Must have food handlers card. FT/PT. Will work around schedule for students. (512) 392-7077. LOOKING FOR LEAD CARETAKER. Must have medical experience, seeking female with trusting and respectable disposition. M-F possibly some weekends. $9/hr., 20-30 hr. weekly. Please call Melissa at (512) 557-6113. ONLY SERIOUS APPLICANTS NEED APPLY.

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save lives,” King said. “Since I’ve started (using the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device), I’ve been able to get better grades. I am able to stay awake in class. I have a lot more energy, I’m happier, I have a better attitude. I think it’s had a very good impact (on my life).” So far, the university study mirrors NFL results, according to Marshall. “It has completely lined up with the NFL findings,” he said. “Thirty-four percent of the football team (at Texas State) has a sleep issue. It makes sense because about one-third of the football team is (made up of) linemen.” David Gish, head athletic trainer and football trainer at Texas State, was the first the first to adorn the CPAP device. “I was the first one to wear the monitor,” Gish said. “I was the guinea pig.” Gish agreed with King’s assessment and took the sleep lab’s value to Texas State a step further. “It’s a great resource to have, and it’s just another example of how many resources there are available on campus to students,” Gish said. “It’s so unique.” Gish said it is still difficult to gauge the impact the breathing device has on an athlete’s performance on the football field, but that it is fairly obvious the device has a positive influence on daily life. “If it’s improving their quality of life, including alertness, energy, health, sleep, improving classroom performance, then you’ve got to think it’s going to help them be more alert on the football field,” Gish said. The goal is to advance the testing and make it available to all athletic programs affiliated


was always kind of sluggish. I really didn’t know why. I thought I might not be getting enough sleep”

—Donovan King Bobcats defensive lineman

with the university. “Hopefully we can expand this,” Gish said. “Right now we’re focusing on football, but we’re hoping to expand it to other sports, both male and female.” The program has been able to provide diagnostic care to the athletes free of charge, but could not provide treatment due to NCAA regulations. Sleep apnea is not treated as an injury sustained as a member of a given program. Enter donor Respironics, Inc., which gives Texas State the ability to provide treatment suitable to the athlete’s needs, specifically for those without health insurance. “We had taken (athletes) all the way through diagnostics but we couldn’t help treat them,” Marshall said. “That’s awful. We found the pathway that is legal to offer treatment so when the football player has that need, we are able to take care of that need. That’s awesome to me.” The sleep lab opened in January 2005, devised to have the look and feel of a bed and breakfast, according to the department’s Web site. The lab consists of two separate bedrooms, each accommodated with bathrooms, and a recliner and television to take the patient’s mind off testing instruments. The subject answers a set

of questions asking about the likelihood of falling asleep during daily activities, determining sleep apnea risk. If he or she scores high enough on the test, the subject is brought in for overnight observation. Following the experimental observatory period, the subject is fitted for a CPAP breathing device. The device allows for uninterrupted sleep throughout the night by regulating airflow through the nasal cavity, maintaining essential oxygen levels to the body. “Unless (people) deal with this issue, it will cause irreversible cardiac issues and they don’t need to deal with that because you can correct it,” Marshall said. Without the generous donations given by an original private benefactor, the lab would not have had the funding to come to fruition. “I came into contact with a gentleman,” Marshall said. “He said ‘This is really interesting to me because I played college football and I have sleep apnea.’ I told him what it would cost, and he gave us that donation. That really began the program.” As a result of his extensive research and his unbridled passion, the NFL approached Marshall to assist in the league’s efforts to control sleep apnea. “(The) NFL was so intrigued, they called me and felt they would like to collaborate,” Marshall said. As for Texas State, Gish and Marshall’s purpose is aimed at providing service to the entire Bobcat community. “Ideally, we want to see this whole sleep wellness program for athletes trickle down through all the athletic groups,” Marshall said. “Let’s find everybody who has an issue and let’s take them out of risk.” Gish added, “It’s about saving lives.”

Determining sleep apnea

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Postponing coaching changes would improve March Madness By John McGrath McClatchy Newspapers On the morning of March 15, there were 64 NCAA Division I teams eligible to win the men’s basketball tournament. Monday there were four. The field of 64 included five teams from Texas, five teams representing schools beginning with the letter V, and four teams whose names were a derivative of either ‘George’ or ‘Washington.’ In a span of 250 hours, the lilies of the field were systematically uprooted — here’s looking at you, Niagara, Albany, Holy Cross and Old Dominion — and the survivors were pared to a quartet. The Texas teams didn’t make it, and neither did the Vs, but Georgetown will go to Atlanta on behalf of the other Washington. It’s easy to knock the NCAA suits in Indianapolis for their bureaucratic bumbling and tone-deaf obliviousness to the real world, which doesn’t particularly care if somebody at a postgame interview session violates a sacrosanct policy by taking a sip of water out of a cup that’s not adorned with the official NCAA logo. But facts are facts: The NCAA men’s basketball tournament has evolved into the sports-world model for how to determine a champion. It’s close to perfect. Not everybody is on board with that analysis. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, taking a cue from none other than John Wooden, has long campaigned for scrapping the selection committee and opening up the tournament to the masses. Boeheim’s premise is steeped in the belief that while an expanded format might require another week or two of games, subjective opinions about who belongs and who doesn’t would be removed from the equation. Dumb idea. A tournament

open to all would diminish the significance of the regular season so it’d be nothing more than a three-month seeding process. Fans enjoy the intrigue that always precedes Selection Sunday, and besides, why perform radical repairs on the most efficient, precisely conceived operation in organized sports? But there is a tweak I’d make to the NCAA tournament rule book: I’d put an embargo on announcements of coaching firings and hirings during the 22 days between Selection Sunday and the Tuesday morning after the champions cut down the nets. Enough, already, with revolving-door coaches. Since the end of the regular season, jobs have opened on both coasts and several states in between. The reverberations have been significant. Why, the Florida Gators barely had a moment to change into their street clothes Sunday when rumors had Coach Billy Donovan deliberating about the Kentucky job opening created when Tubby Smith was hired at Minnesota. The dots connect: Kentucky boasts a college basketball tradition second to none, and Donovan, a Providence College product schooled in fast-break philosophy by ex-Wildcats coach Rick Pitino, returns Florida to the Final Four as the defending champion. Kentucky has the prestige, wherewithal and muscle to woo the best coach money can buy. That’d be Donovan. But can’t the Great Shark Hunt wait another week? I’ve got no allegiance to Florida. To the contrary, I’m tired of the Gators. They won the 2006 national championship in basketball, won the 2006 Bowl Championship Series title game in football, and after their victory over Oregon in St. Louis Sunday, they swaggered about the court as if another

national championship was their destiny. And yet, as difficult as it is to work up sympathy for Florida, there’s no good reason for Donovan’s team to be addressing rumors their head coach has emerged as a leading candidate at Kentucky. I’m happy for Smith, who made a gracious, painless exit from a program he wasn’t destined to oversee much longer. He’s got his hands full at Minnesota, the place that transformed Dan Monson from one of America’s most coveted coaches at Gonzaga to one of dozens of job-seekers figuring to hang out in an Atlanta hotel lobby this week. Smith evaded a potentially clumsy showdown with the Kentucky administration and landed on his feet. Good for him. Again, though, the question persists: Couldn’t the news of Smith’s change of coaching scenery have been put on hold for a few days? Major League Baseball is not often cited as a beacon of wisdom, especially when the discussion pertains to marketing. But baseball has developed a policy that seems to work: No major job-related announcements during the playoffs or World Series. The emphasis, as baseball sees it, ought to be on the games and the players. That doesn’t prevent clubs from working behind the scenes and doesn’t prevent rumors from circulating — but at least the World Series isn’t forced to share the stage with managers playing musical chairs. If baseball can put a muzzle on the shoptalk that distracts fans during its big-ticket event, so can the NCAA. Let’s watch the games on the floor, and save the coaching conjecture for the off-season. Could Billy Donovan succeed at Kentucky? Wrong question at the wrong time. He coaches Florida.

Before being tested for sleep apnea, the department of respiratory care asks subjects to fill out a questionnaire that is used in determining the risk of sleep apnea. Patients are asked to provide answers, ranging from no chance to a high chance of dozing, when considering the following situations: Sitting and reading Watching TV

cough! SNORE! hack!

Sitting, inactive in a public place (e.g. a theater or a meeting) As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break

Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit Sitting and talking to someone Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic Source: Department of Respiratory Care

Sports Briefs Bobcats slam Mavs baseball Five from track and field team in weekend series on the road qualify for NCAA Regional The Bobcats stayed undefeated in conference play with a 6-0 record after their weekend sweep of UT-Arlington. Texas State baseball rebounded from its Tuesday-night loss to the Texas Longhorns with 8-1, 7-3 and 7-6 wins during the weekend series in Arlington, a trip that raised the Bobcats’ road record to 4-6. Sunday’s game was a battle for the Bobcats, who allowed three runs in each of the final three innings, almost giving up 4-3 and 7-5 leads to the Mavericks. Texas State’s sweep was once again powered by performances from both sophomore pitcher Mike Hart and senior pitcher Justin Fiske. Hart allowed no runs and three hits in seven innings pitched Friday night, a showing that has lowered his year-long ERA to 1.80 and overall record to 61, the most wins for any pitcher in the Southland Conference. Fiske, 3-1, followed his 17-strikeout effort against Nicholls State last weekend with a solid eight-inning outing, in which he gave up six hits and three runs. Texas State’s offense was led by a masterful weekend for freshman centerfielder Laurn Randell, who single-handedly counted for five of the team’s runs in the sweep after moving to the fifth spot in the batting order for the first time this season. The losses knocked the Mavericks down to a 9-18 overall record, without a single win in conference play. The weekend also extended their losing streak to eight. The Bobcats will next face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, a team the Bobcats have not seen since the 2005 season, in which they split the season series 2-2. The three games will be played Friday and Saturday, the latter date including a doubleheader.

Five Bobcat track and field members qualified for the NCAA Regional meet following Saturday’s Texas Invitational in Austin. In all, eight Bobcats recorded first-place finishes, with the men’s relay squad stealing the show. The Texas State men’s 4x400-meter relay team won the event, defeating the University of Texas by more than a second, with a time of three minutes, 13.01 seconds. Junior Robert Melin qualified for regionals in two events. He qualified in the men’s hammer throw with a of 57.61 meters, good enough for second place, and also in the discus throw, finishing fourth with a toss of 53.44 meters. Among the other regional qualifiers was freshman Valerie Hancock, who recorded a jump of 1.75 meters in the women’s high jump, equaling the best performance so far in the Southland Conference this season and also the third-best in school history. Senior Abby Ruston registered a season best in qualifying for regionals with her first-place throw of 16.80m in the women’s shot put while freshman Katie Hanie earned a spot as well with her secondplace mark of 48.13m in the women’s discus throw. Junior Gatis Spunde earned his place in Regional competition as well by finishing second in the men’s 400-meter hurdles at 51.55 seconds. Other notable performances include junior Erroll Harris, who took home the gold in the men’s 400-meter event, setting the pace at 48.33 seconds. Senior Camilla Davis and freshman Iris Darrington finished first and second in the women’s 100-meter dash, clocking in at a time of 11.84s and 11.99s, respectively. Darrington and Davis also crossed the line one after the other in the women’s 200meter dash, with Darrington earning second place with a time of :24.06 and Davis coming in third at :24.41. Freshman Sonetriya Mayfield also won the women’s triple jump with her mark of 11.85m.

Renee Jones Schneider/Minneapolis Star Tribune CALLING ALL COACHES: Tubby Smith speaks to the High School Basketball Association at the Target Center Friday in Minneapolis, Minn. Coaches making major job announcements, such as Smiths move to Minnesota, often distract public attention from the championship tournament.


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coachresigns Bill Woodley resigned Monday as coach of the men’s golf team after serving in the position for the past five years, his second stint at Texas State. Woodley coached the Bobcats for five years in the early ‘80s, winning a Division II national championship in 1983. The former coach is leaving to pursue private business endeavors concerning the medical equipment industry. “I know it was a tough decision for Bill … but he felt it was the right time to move on and we wish him the very best,” said Larry Teis, athletic director. Women’s coach Mike Akers will serve as the interim coach until a replacement is hired. — Courtesy of Media Relations

Sports Contact — Chris Boehm,

NFL going overboard with sanctions The hypocritical bureaucrats from the NFL’s front office and league owners have done it again. This week we will find out if the NFL PlayWILLIAM WARD ers Association Star Columnist personal conduct policy will be changed to become stricter on players who are charged with criminal activity off the field. The changes are in response to a 2006 season headlined by seemingly every Cincinnati Bengal being arrested at least once, and Adam “Pacman” Jones having run-ins with the law from Atlanta all the way to Las Vegas. The image of the NFL has been under attack by mainstream media, portrayed as a lawless league of thugs. Who knew that athletes, just like regular citizens, sometimes make mistakes and commit crimes? What will the children think? The worst part of this is that instead of making the focus on-the-field behavior, such as the incident with Albert Haynesworth, the league has chosen to pick its fight with off-the-field hijinks. Haynesworth infamously cleated the face of Andre Gurode, whose helmet had come off as he lay helpless on the ground. Haynesworth was suspended four games without pay. The league is considering suspending Jones for an entire season, despite not being convicted of a single crime since being drafted by the Titans. The NFL doesn’t talk about ste-

he outside “T world could care less about these values; it just wants to make sure these monster athletes are behind bars.”

roids, so it remains a non-issue. The NFL has no test for Human Growth Hormone, so it remains a non-issue. The NFL doesn’t want to put in the massive amount of effort it would take to stop this subversive evil from poisoning the integrity of the game. It’s easy to suspend a player for getting in off-the-field trouble. The league doesn’t need to be concerned with guilty or not guilty, or do any actual work. It can just say, ‘you can’t play this season.’ End of story. It’s the easy way out, and the NFL wants fans to think it’s also the moral high ground. It isn’t, and no one should be fooled. I can only assume this fake moral stand the NFL is taking has something to do with the perception of players as role models. Fair enough. However, whatever lesson the NFL thinks it is teaching children has been lost along the way. By suspending Jones, the NFL is sending the message that people who are charged with crimes, or make criminal mistakes, have no place among regular members of society. The NFL could instead focus on punishing players for how they behave on the field; teaching lessons such as team-work, fair play, and sportsmanship. The outside world could care less about these values; it just wants to make sure these monster athletes are behind bars. The NFL has no right to police these young men. That’s what the justice system does. Local law enforcement has it under control. The NFL has no right to punish players for crimes they commit on their own time. We pay taxes for the legal system and the men in blue to handle any citizens who allegedly commit crimes. This is really nothing new for the NFL — judging players not by what they accomplish on the gridiron but by how clean their rap sheet is. Michael Irvin was suspended for five games after pleading no contest (not the same as guilty) to cocaine charges, despite testing negative for drugs. Irvin went on to be involved in other off-the-field controversies, and was once again convicted of nothing. Irvin’s career statistics and importance to NFL history speaks for itself, but it took three years of eligibility to be finally elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. For some reason playing the game as a good teammate, good sport, entertainer, fan favorite and one of the most prolific wide receivers on one of the greatest teams of all time wasn’t enough to be a first-ballot selection. So remember children, part of being a good football player means being an angel off the field. No one will remember the thousands of hours of physical and mental sacrifice if you happen to get a ticket for speeding. Now go play.

Tennis celebrates rare win over UTSA By Travis Atkins The University Star The tennis team conquered its demons Sunday at the Texas State Tennis Complex, defeating TexasSan Antonio 4-3 to earn its first win against the Roadrunners since moving to Division I. The team congratulated Coach Tory Plunkett by dumping a bucket of water over her. “That was the first drenching I’ve ever had,” Plunkett said. “To be honest, it felt good.” The Bobcats kicked off the contest by sweeping all three doubles matches. After Rabea Hartmann beat Tanya Hasking 6-2, 6-2 in singles competition, the team still needed two more victories to secure the match. Then, No.1 seed Ashley Ellis defeated Nathalie Wallin in a tiebreaker 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). Ellis has a long history with her opponent and was able to get her first-ever win against Wallin. “I think my transition game was really good today,” Ellis said. “I tried to be aggressive and come to the net a lot and I think that is what won me the match. In the past, I have been known to be kind of weak under pressure, but today I just relaxed and had fun.” Within minutes of Ellis’ win, Ali Gulida beat Holly Phillips 7-5, 6-3. The victory gave Texas State four points and triggered a tearful reaction from Plunkett. “After Ali won, everybody was looking at me because they knew how I was going to react to the match,” Plunkett said. “I have been the one here that has gone through those losses more so than they have. To finally pull it off and win, it’s unbelievable.” Gulida had just dropped two games in a row when she saw Ellis win her match. Gulida knew a victory on her part would mean a victory for the team. “When I saw Ashley (Ellis) win, it made me really motivated to pull through and finish it off,” Gulida said. This is Gulida’s first year at Texas

State, but she still has a grasp of what the win meant for the team and Plunkett. “I’m really happy for (Plunkett),” Gulida said. “We work hard, but she works three times as hard. She works 10 thousand hours a day and always has time for us.” Once the match was clinched, both teams gathered around court four to watch the conclusion of the one remaining match. Second-seeded Andrea Giraldo won the first set 64 against Sandra Kukla and lost the second 3-6. The third went down to the wire, with one physically grueling point after another. Kukla was able to outlast Giraldo 7-6 (7-5), making the final team score 4-3. “That’s what’s tough about tennis,” Plunkett said. “We had already won, and then she comes out and plays a hard-fought battle and ends up losing and we all feel bad about it, but at the same time we have already won the match.” Texas State is now 8-5 overall and 4-2 in the Southland Conference. The Bobcats are a perfect 6-0 at home, but will go on the road this weekend for their next two matches. They travel to Natchitoches, La. Saturday to play Northwestern State and Conway, Ark. Sunday to take on Central Arkansas. Plunkett feels the team has a good chance to win both matches and improve upon its 2-5 road record. “Neither of the teams will be so tough,” Plunkett said. “Northwestern State will be the tougher of the two, but we play them on Saturday and we always do better in Saturday matches. We’ve been winning enough road matches to give us enough confidence and I think we will be all right.” Saturday the team beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6-1. Much like the UTSA match, the Bobcats started off by sweeping the doubles matches and went on to lose only one singles match. “We dominated,” Plunkett said. “It’s the Sunday matches that we’ve never done well on. I think Saturday’s win really pumped them up.”

Travis Atkins/Star photo DRENCHED IN CELEBRATION: Sophomore Lainy Chafitz dumps a cooler of water over the head of tennis coach Tory Plunkett after the Bobcats’ 4-3 victory Sunday over Texas-San Antonio at the Texas State Tennis Complex.

Travis Atkins/Star photo HARD HITTER: Sophomore Ashley Ellis slams the ball back towards Texas-San Antonio’s Nathalie Wallin during the Bobcats’ first win over UTSA since moving to Division I in the 1980s.

Studies show sleep apnea prevalent in football players By Scott Strickman The University Star Reggie White is a name that echoes through football lore and now reverberates across the campus of Texas State. White, a former NFL defensive lineman now enshrined in the Hall of Fame, suffered a premature death at the age of 43 in December 2004. Autopsy reports revealed sleep apnea may have been the cause of White’s death. Soon after, Dr. Greg Marshall, department chair and associate professor of respiratory care, took the initiative to set up a screening program testing Bobcat football players for this potentially life-threatening disorder. “It was Christmas 2005,” Marshall said. “I thought ‘I’m going to look up

the NFL stats about sleep apnea and football athletes.’” The results were alarming. An estimated 14 percent of NFL players overall, and 34 percent of linemen, suffered from sleep apnea. In comparison, only four percent of the general populace is afflicted by sleep apnea. “That really intrigued me,” Marshall said. “Some of our college guys go on to the NFL. I wondered what’s being done out there (at the collegiate level). We just kind of started the ball rolling that way.” Marshall was concerned with ensuring the health of the players, but believed Texas State deserved the national spotlight for setting an example of how to take care of athletes. Ultimately, Texas State set the precedent

by becoming the first university in the nation to publish a report on its sleep apnea lab. “As far as we know, we’re the first collegiate team to take a serious look at this,” Marshall said. When he presented the idea of testing the football players to the coaches, it was welcomed with open arms. “I was planning to do a 30-minute sell-job,” Marshall said. “After five minutes, (Coach David Bailiff) stood up and put his hands up in the air and said ‘We’re in, we’re in.’” Upon meeting with the team, Marshall approached the athletes with a sobering tone. “I started out by saying ‘Guys, Reggie White,’” Marshall said. “They were all leaning forward and listening. Ev-

eryone knew exactly where I was going with it.” Among those who took great interest in Marshall’s words was Donovan King. King, a sophomore defensive lineman for the Bobcats, viewed this as an opportunity to finally receive some answers. “I was always kind of sluggish,” King said. “I really didn’t know why. I thought I might not be getting enough sleep.” King believes the program at Texas State has provided a boon not only to himself, but to the reputation of the school as well. “I think it is something that can See TREATMENT, page 11

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