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MARCH 28, 2006



Text-messaging on campus may now market to students


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By Clayton Medford The University Star Chris Wilson and Richard Lewis of Mobile Campus told senators at the Associate Student Government meeting on Monday about their company’s text-message-based, studentoriented marketing program. The company partners with local merchants as well as with student organizations on campus and the university to issue text-message based coupons and bulletins to students who chose to enroll in the program. The program is already in place at the University of Florida and at the University of Texas, which Wilson said has more than 2,500 students participating in the program. Lewis, the director of business development for Mobile Campus, said his company shares its profits with participating universities. “There is a direct monetary value to the university,” Lewis said. “Now, where this money goes is between the student government, the students and the university to decide. But, there is a profit sharing program from the revenues we realize from the merchant community and the profits we make off of them with you.” Lewis said if the program has 5,000 participants receiving two text-messages per day, the profit sharing program could generate $30,000 per year for the university. A student interested in signing up to the program should visit the Mobile Campus Web site, be validated as a student of Texas State and select certain categories of student groups or merchants from which to receive messages. The only cost to the student would stem from that student’s cell phone service package and the cost it charges for receiving text-messages. Wilson said Mobile Campus is working with cell phone pro-

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an Marcos residents were treated to free pizza Monday after the Little Caesars Love Kitchen rolled into City Park. The kitchen on wheels is housed in a 40-foot trailer and travels the country and Canada to provide free, hot pizza to communities. The Love Kitchen has provided food to approximately 1.6 million people since 1985. Doug Ruthven, Love Kitchen road manager, said the Love Kitchen started as a way for the founder of Little Caesars Pizza, Michael Ilitch, to give back to the communities where he owns businesses. The pizza at each stop is provided by local franchises and the labor is provided by local stores. Ruthven has traveled around the country in the Love Kitchen, including areas of disaster such as the World Trade Center, several flooded areas and most recently, he spent four months in Louisiana providing food to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Ruthven said he anticipated giving out 1,000 slices of pizza to San Marcos residents on Monday. He said he did not think about the price of 1,000 slices. “We don’t put a cost on the pizza; it is just about giving back,” he said. The Love Kitchen is a joint effort between the corporate level and also local franchises and stores. Cody Kubena, San Marcos Little Caesars store manager, said he anticipated providing at least 200 people with free pizza Monday, which would beat last year’s approximate 150 attendees. There is no limit to the number of slices of pizza each person may take from the Love Kitchen, and sodas and water were provided by Coca-Cola. “If we run out of pizza, we will run back to the store and get more supplies,” Kubena said. See SLICE, page 3

Stephanie Gage/Star photo WORTH THE WAIT: Free pizza and beverages are handed out to San Marcos residents on Monday in City Park. Marshall Cormeir, Little Caesars’ area manager, passed out the fresh pizzas to people waiting in line outside of the Little Caesars bus.

viders to lower or eliminate the costs incurred when a student participating in the program receives a message. “One of the initiatives we are working on today, and we already had very detailed discussion with Cingular and Sprint, is what’s called ‘free to the end user.’ That would be a program by which any local campus messages that go out would be in fact to you, in this case, the end user so that you would not be charged,” Wilson said. ASG presidential candidate and Senate Clerk Kyle Morris saw his legislation calling for the creation of a hospitality management program at Texas State pass unanimously. Morris addressed the importance of the program before the vote. “We’ve got the hotel-conference center coming in here. It’s going to provide a lot of jobs and a lot of economic growth,” Morris said. “As noted (in the legislation), Hays County is the seventh largest county in the state of Texas, and it’s only growing. Hotels are going to be popping up all up and down the (Interstate 35) corridor in the years to come.” Morris said a possible internship program with the conference center awarded through the hospitality management program could aid in keeping Texas State graduates in Central Texas. The senate adopted a resolution urging the Texas Legislature to remove sales tax assessed on textbooks. The bill’s author, Morris’s running mate and Sen. Amanda Oskey, said the removal of the tax would save all students money. “As graduates, we are going to contribute to the state’s economy, so it makes sense that the state legislature would give us a break on taxes as far as textbooks go,” Oskey said. The senate unanimously adopted Oskey’s referendum.

San Marcos residents walk to raise awareness about heart disease research By Marquita Griffin The University Star Despite the cold weather on Saturday morning, adults, children and even dogs met at the Bobcat Stadium parking lot to participate in the Hays County American Heart Association Heart Walk. The Heart Walk aims to raise

the awareness of “the No. 1 national killer of men and women and the cause of birth defects in children — heart disease,” said Elizabeth Muenzler, director of Heart Walk. The central goal of Heart Walk is to raise money that will fund research for heart disease. “Our goal is $55,000, and we have already raised $47,000,”

said Curtis Price, Heart Walk volunteer. “And we haven’t even counted today’s donations.” Heart Walk volunteer Steve Searle said 200 to 300 individuals were registered, but about 450 people participated. Families, couples, high school organizations, employees from various companies and Texas State students walked around

the parking lot drinking coffee, laughing and trying to get warm while they waited for the walk to begin. The entire Texas State women’s soccer team attended the event, as well as members of the men’s baseball team. Price was proud of the turnout for the event. “Sometimes people don’t realize their donation touches

many lives in ways they’ll never really understand,” Price said. “Great things happen because of research.” Muenzler said the Heart Walk is “a perfect opportunity for different companies and organizations to rally around the cause, have a good time and even reduce their own risk by becoming aware.”

Subway, the American Heart Association’s national sponsor, Central Texas Medical Center, Century Tel, Frost Bank, Curves, Mochas and Javas, Gary Job Corps and San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District were a few of the companies that participated. Radio See WALK, page 3

Texas State alumna shares plans for upcoming judicial election know that “Ithe real fight is coming up in By Leah Kirkwood The University Star

SWT alumna Anna Martinez Boling is hoping to become the next Hays County 428th District Judge. “I’m trying, and I think I’m being successful at running a grassroots campaign,” said Boling, who is a family lawyer in San Marcos. Boling grew up in Corpus Christi and waited 11 years before deciding to finish her degree at SWT in 1988. She worked as a sign artist during the day and attended classes at night. “I was honored to be there; it took me a long time to get there,” Boling said of her col-

lege experience. Boling was the first member of her family to attend college. She remembers growing up poor in a small, cramped house where college was never considered an option. She graduated with a degree in commercial art and graphic design in 1990, and then attended law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1991. Boling passed the bar exam in 1994 and worked briefly in Seguin and El Paso before returning to San Marcos in 1998. At the time, Boling practiced both criminal defense and family law, but decided to stick with family law, an area she is passionate about.

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“I try to get families to keep the family unit as close as possible for the sake of the kids,” Boling said. “That’s why I decided to train as a mediator. As a mediator, I help others resolve their problems.” Boling also co-founded the Hill Country Collaborative Law Group. The HCCLG is a group of like-minded lawyers who believe in a “different way of practicing law,” Boling said. “It’s more resolution-based, as opposed to litigation-based law.” Boling is a member of the board of directors for the Hays County Bar Association, and she was president and vicepresident of the association in


— Anna Martinez Boling 428th district judicial candidate

the past. Boling serves as the only community member on the Texas State Committee to Celebrate 100 Years of Hispanic Presence. The committee is planning a “Fiesta de Cien Anos” for Oct. 14 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Maria Elena Zamora See ELECTION, page 4

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Monty Marion/Star feature photo BOLING FOR A WIN: San Marcos attorney Anna Martinez Boling is seeking election to the Hays County 428th Judicial District Court. Martinez hopes to carry her wide-margin win over Michael Marcin in the March 7 primaries into the November elections.



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March 28, 2006

starsof texas state Texas State basketball signee Antoine Sam, who led his high school team to a pair of Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools Class 4A state championships, has been named first-team all-state by the TAAPS. Sam, who averaged 14.3 points, 5.8 assists and 5.2 rebounds at Cypress Community Christian School, was also named first-team all-district as well as selected his high

school team’s offensive player of the year. He was named to the TAAPS State All-Tournament Team and will play in TAAPS All-Star Game in San Antonio on June 3. Sam was the Bobcats’ lone signee during the early signing period in November. — Courtesy of Media Relations

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form at 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 for students.

Events Tuesday Tracy Hamilton will host “Oh La La!: How Queen Marie de Brabant (1261-1322) Played with Paris in her Bedroom” from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Mitte Complex, Room 2121. Thursday Career Services will host the National Multicultural Job Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum. Friday The McCoy College of Business Administration will present “Infusion of Multiculturalism in the Business Curriculum” from 2 to 3 p.m. in Derrick Hall, Room 329.

Arts & Entertainment

The Texas State Flute Choir will perform at 8 p.m. in the recital hall. Opera Workshop will present Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites at 8 p.m. in the University Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students.

Financial Aid will host a tax/ FAFSA session from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Alkek Library. Wednesday Financial Aid will host Senior Sendoff loan consolidation workshop from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center.

Adam Booker’s junior bass recital will take place at 8 p.m. in the recital hall.

The Financial Aid deadline for submitting a FAFSA.

Thursday The Orchesis Dance Company will host Dancers In Flight Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Jowers Center, Room B178. Proceeds from the $5 minimum donations for admission will go to the American Cancer Society.

CALENDAR SUBMISSION POLICY Calendar submissions are free. Send submissions to Calendar of Events at or call (512) 245-3487 for more information. E-mailed press releases will not be accepted. If using e-mail, please submit as a simple bulleted list of essential information. Submissions are on a first come, first served basis and notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted every week they will take place. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.

Texas State Mariachi will per-

Vintage Car Race speeds through San Marcos

around the Hays County Courthouse. Local individuals, families and businesses are invited to welcome racers as special hosts for $50 per team. Signs with the race team, car number, driver, navigator and host will be posted around the square. For information about the Host-A-Racer program, call Main Street Program Manager Kelly Franks at (512) 3938430. Between 70 and 75 competitors in the Great Race Texas are expected. The classic vehicles will be on display until 7 p.m. on Saturday. Shine Time, a local car show, will be set up from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday on San Antonio Street, with judging and exhibition from 4 to 7 p.m. Trophies will be awarded in seven categories and best of show.

Spencer Millsap/Star photo From left, management freshman Michael Neely, undecided freshman Reid Williams and marketing senior Sam Jones, members of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, raise donations in The Quad on Monday afternoon for their Push America fundraiser, which benefits those with disabilities.

CRIME BL TTER March 23, unknown hour Theft: Under $500/ Outside Arnold Hall A student reported to a police officer that her personal property had been stolen. This case is under investigation. March 23, 11:28 a.m. Harassment/Blanco Hall A student reported to a police officer that she received a harassing phone call. This case is under investigation. March 23, 9:10 p.m. Alcohol: MIP/ San Jacinto Garage A police officer made contact with four students engaging in suspicious activity. Upon further investigation, the four students were issued citations for alcohol: MIP.

March 24, 2 a.m. Alcohol: MIP/Bexar Garage A police officer made contact with a student who had an alcoholic beverage in her possession. The student was issued a MIP. March 24, 2:47 a.m. Information Report: Medical Emergency/Smith Hall A student reported to a police officer that she was feeling ill because of alcohol. The student was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for medical evaluation. March 24, 2:51 a.m. Information Report: Medical Emergency/Butler Hall A police officer made contact with a student who was incoherent and unresponsive. The student was transported to CTMC for medical evaluation.

Crime stoppers: UPD: 245-7867, SMPD: 353-TIPS

The Great Race Texas competition will follow a cloverleaf route through Central Texas, with the hub based in San Marcos. Entrants can practice their rally-racing skills in a time-speed-endurance competition, based on the National Great Race event. Registration, vehicle inspection and rally school will be held on Thursday. The competition will take place Friday through Sunday. Those wishing additional assistance preparing for the National event can request a Performance Chart, created by fivetime Great Race Champion Wayne Bell. Great Race Texas is a regional event similar to its two-week long sibling, the National Guard Great Race. The race is a modern-day version of an around-the-world event that took place al-

most 100 years ago. Created to test man and machine in a transcontinental rally-race, the Great Race emphasizes the ultimate adventure in motor sports. It’s a challenge in modern cars, but made especially difficult driving automobiles manufactured at least 45 years ago. Regional rallies are a great way to get started competing in the Great Race. The three-day events are inexpensive and follow the same rules as the national event, with a little more flexibility where rookies get to learn the game. Regional rallies are held across the United States throughout the year. For 23 years the Great Race has delivered family entertainment and community events in more than 900 cities in North America. Rally Partners, Inc., the event organiz-

1900 - The Russian army mobilized 250,000 troops for active duty. 1901 - Filipino rebel leader Emilio Aguinaldo was captured by the United States.

Health Beat Healthy relationships have healthy communication skills Most of us consider communication one of the highest priorities in a relationship. The problem we encounter is that we don’t know how to effectively communicate in a relationship nor have we ever really been taught about it. Healthy communication and effective conflict resolution in a relationship involve not only being able to express ourselves clearly, but also being able to really listen to what our partner is saying to us. Healthy communication is critical at this stage in our lives when decisions such as marriage, sex, career and family are to be made. Understanding is one of the major parts of any conflict resolution. Learning how your partner’s family dealt with conflict as well as educating them about your own experiences may help to identify solutions. Families have very dif-

ferent ways of discussing anger and resolving problems. Timing is another one of the main components in resolving a conflict. The best time to discuss a conflict is after both you have “cooled off” and can clearly note the problem and possible solutions. Also, it is important to solve one issue at a time. Finding the core problem and overcoming it is the big step and, as most people find, after that everything else falls into place. For more information on healthy relationships visit the Texas State Counseling Center or the Health Education Resource Center. Also, be sure to check out the Healthy Relationship events occurring this week, including a panel discussion about overcoming a violent relationship at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. — Courtesy of the Student Health Center

er, focuses on bringing experiential automotive events to consumers both nationally and internationally through Great Race events. Jack Roush, one of NASCAR’s leading team owners, and Corky Coker, CEO of Coker Tire, are two members of the Rally Partners organization. Parking spaces around the Courthouse will be blocked off at 7 a.m. on Saturday. The Square will be closed off from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m., with traffic diverted a block 1932 FORD RACER-David Lykins Jr. of Flemingsburg, Ky., crossin all directions. Right es the finish line in the 2005 Great Race Texas in historic downturns at the corner intersections will be allowed. town San Marcos. The 2006 race is coming to town on Friday. San Marcos Police Department will assist with traffic control. For more information about the Great Race Texas, log on to www.

Courtesy of the City of San Marcos

The Great Race Texas will rally in San Marcos this weekend with stops at the Tanger Outlet Mall on Friday and the Courthouse Square on Saturday. Sponsored by Rally Partners, Inc. of San Marcos, the Great Race Texas is a regional time and endurance competition for classic cars. The first car will arrive at 4:40 p.m. on Friday at the Tanger Outlet Mall at and at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday in Downtown San Marcos. The Main Street Program and Downtown Association are hosting the Great Race as competitors arrive in downtown San Marcos on Saturday. The finish line will be on LBJ Drive. Racers will park their classic vehicles in the parking area

1900 - The London Parliament passed the War Loan Act that gave 35 million pounds to the Boer War cause in South Africa.



Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds will perform at 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for general admission and $1 for students.

1899 - The first international radio transmission between England and France was achieved by the Italian inventor G. Marconi.




On This Day...

— Courtesy of the City of San Marcos


Tuesday, March 28, 2006 FRESH AIR AND FRESH FOOD: On Monday, Little Caesars pizza provided free pizza and drinks to those who needed it most at City Park. Maria and Max Toejo parked along the curb and enjoyed their meal while watching the long line of people who wanted to grab a slice as well.

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For Kubena, it was a day about community awareness. “We want to be a part of the community,” he said. “We want to give back when we can.” Rosemary Campos, San Marcos resident, received pizza from the Love Kitchen last year and returned again for more Monday. She was invited by her neighbor who had received a flier announcing the event. “This is a real treat for me. I am low income so I do not get to go out and eat pizza much,” Campos said Campos hopes the Love

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personalities J.B. and Sandy from Austin’s 94.7 the MIX provided musical entertainment. Running throughout the crowd of participants, sponsors and staff was an unavoidable red motif. Some participants wore red sweat suits, shirts, bandanas, shoes and hats. The tables were covered with red tablecloths, dogs were walked with red leashes and volunteers were identifiable by their red shirts. Red would be the most logical and obvious color to use in representing the passion of the Heart Walk, but it signified more. Red represented survival. Iris Campbell, SMCISD public relations communication assistant, said individuals with red hats were “survivors of the tragedies of heart disease.” Campbell said one of the survivors has a son, who, at 123 days old, was diagnosed with heart disease and was not expected to live long. The survivor’s son is currently 11 years old, physically active and plans to play football. “It’s a miracle he’s doing so well,” Campbell said. “But I will say this, without the research, he may not have lived.” Campbell attended the event

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with the San Marcos High School’s dance team, cheerleaders and students participating in the walk. She said she feels the American Heart Association, and the Heart Walk in particular, is a wholesome entity to inspire San Marcos High School’s students. “There are just so many uplifting stories walking around here,” she said. “It makes me feel good to see people working together.” Muenzler said the walk was success. “We had a lot of participation from teams and volunteers,” she said. The walk netted approximately $53,500, and Muenzler said this year’s walk was “an increase over last year of about four percent, which, in a year with so many tragedies, such as the hurricanes, is a good nonprofit increase.” The five-mile walk began at 9 a.m. at Bobcat Stadium. Some participants ran or walked with their companies, organizations, families, children or dogs. The walk ended at various times depending upon the walker. “Those that ran were back within about 20 to 25 minutes. Those that walked took any-

where from 40 to 60 minutes,” Muenzler said. Children also contributed to the day’s events. Skiptastix, a jump rope demonstration team from Seguin, performed a jump rope routine. “They did a fabulous job and were a lot of fun to watch,” Muenzler said. She said it is important to increase the physical activities among children, because childhood obesity is one of the major causes of heart disease. Jump Rope for Heart is the most recognized organization to promote health among children. The American Heart Association partnered with former president Bill Clinton in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to battle childhood obesity. The Heart Walk’s motivation is to provide hope for those who are or were battling the effects of heart disease and to inform everyone of “the fact that cardiovascular disease can happen to anyone, even someone you know right here in your community,” Muenzler said. “The money raised is going to go to help people, whose lives will be saved due to research and procedures developed by the American Heart Association.”


know it is a cliché to say we want to give back to the community, but this is actually a way we can give back in a tangible form.”

— Jerry Odom Little Caesars franchise owner

Kitchen will visit San Marcos next year and said if it does, she will be in line to receive Little Caesars’ pizza, one of her favorites. “I’m just sorry I did not bring a camera so I could get my picture taken with the mascot,” Campos said. The Hays County Food Bank arrived at City Park at

noon, and Little Caesars franchise owner, Jerry Odom, said he hoped the addition would bring more people to take advantage of the giveaway. “We have a specific audience, those who can’t afford our $5 pizza,” Odom said. “But, we treat everybody as if they were paying customers.” The Love Kitchen provides

pizza to anyone who attends the event, although it was only publicized at local shelters and food banks. Odom, like Kubena, said his main goal was to provide for the community. “I know it is a cliché to say we want to give back to the community, but this is actually a way we can give back in a tangible form,” he said. There is only one Love Kitchen, and it will continue to travel around Texas in the upcoming weeks. The kitchen was in Seguin on Friday and will be providing pizza to residents of Bastrop today. This is the second year it has stopped in San Marcos.


Spencer Millsap/Star photo (From left) Management freshman Michael Neely, undecided freshman Reid Williams and marketing senior Sam Jones, members of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, raise donations in The Quad on Monday afternoon for their Push America fundraiser, which benefits those with disabilities.

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O’Shea’s enrollment at SWT as the first Hispanic student. “The whole point (of the fiesta) is to educate the public and try to get local families to send their kids to Texas State and feel comfortable about doing it,” Boling said. Boling is also a member of Texas State’s Arts Resource Team. The team is made up of three university representatives, three members of the San Marcos community and three representatives of the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District. The team’s goal is to promote the arts in the community. “I like the idea of having visual art in the community,” Boling said. Boling spoke of bringing murals or modern sculpture to public areas of the city. “I don’t think they have that many art programs (in SMCISD),” Boling said. Richard Cheatham, Dean of Fine Arts and Mass Communication, is also a member of the Arts Resource Team. “She’s wonderful,” Cheatham said. “She’s got all kinds of ideas, and she’s been so helpful to us as we’ve been adopting our bylaws with her legal background.” Cheatham said Boling’s perspective is going to be helpful in applying for grants and federal funding for the program. Cheatham explained that budget cuts caused San Marcos schools to cut many of their art programs. The Arts Resource Team is bringing the arts back to schools. It sponsors several art and essay contests, founded the Hill Country Children’s Choir and taught Hamlet to Hernandez Junior High School’s sixth graders. Boling beat out Mike Marcin with 8.3 percent of the vote in the March 7 Democratic primary election, and she will face the 428th District Court incumbent, Republican Bill Henry, in November. Henry has tried cases of murder, sexual assault, aggravated robbery and medical malprac-

men (judges), and now four. I think it’d be a plus to have a woman as a district judge.”

— Anna Martinez Boling 428th district court judicial candidate

tice for the 428th District Court, and has judicial experience. “I feel it is important to have (a judge) who is fair to all the citizens,” Henry said. Although Henry ran unopposed in the Republican primary election, he received many votes. “It’s important to understand how many votes each person got in the primaries,” Henry said. “I got more votes than the two Democratic candidates combined, and about 1,000 more than my closest competitor.” “I felt good about (the election results), it was very exciting,” Boling said. “I know that the numbers were low of Democrats who voted as opposed to Republicans, but I know for a fact there were Democrats who voted in that Republican primary.” Boling said other issues, such as the close race between Christie Pogue and Susie Carter for county commissioner, brought out Republican voters in greater numbers than Democrats. Overall, Boling is pleased with her success; and she stressed the fact that 20 percent of the voters did not vote for Henry, even though he ran unopposed. “I know that the real fight is coming up in November,” Boling said. Boling said judicial positions shouldn’t be a partisan decision. “This position shouldn’t be Democrat or Republican because this position doesn’t make law; we just follow law,” Boling said. Although she said the campaign doesn’t require a platform, Boling said hers is “Family First.” Boling said it sums up her legal philosophy

and is a large part of her community work, legal practice and life. This year’s election will be the first for the 428th District Judge position. “Make no mistake, (Henry) was not elected by the people of Hays County,” Boling said of the Republican candidate. Gov. Rick Perry appointed Bill Henry to the 428th District Court when the position was created in September 2005. Henry said his appointment required an extensive investigation into his background, reputation and legal skills. “In November, the voters can choose a judge who, No. 1, has been thoroughly investigated and, No. 2, has judicial experience, and No. 3, has received the support of voters,” Henry said. Boling thinks it’s important to realize that early voters can vote at any location regardless of where they live. “I’m trying to push the early vote; elections are won and lost in early voting,” Boling said. Boling is thankful for all of her supporters, especially the students. Twice the number of student Democrats voted in the primaries as student Republicans. If Boling is elected, she will be the first female and first Hispanic district judge in the county. “I have ideas on how to make (Hays County) better,” Boling said. “It’s a great responsibility being the judge for Hays County,” Boling said. “We need a different perspective. We had three men (judges), and now four. I think it’d be a plus to have a woman as a district judge.”

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A little luck, a lot of skill helps Wittliff create his latest book, exhibit By Kyle Bradshaw The University Star Bill Wittliff was on hand at the Alkek Library on Saturday night to celebrate the release of his new photography book, La Vida Brinca. On the seventh floor of Alkek, Wittliff, along with Stephen Harrigan and Elizabeth Ferrer, who wrote essays for the book, took part in a question and answer session to talk about the book and its inspiration. More than 10 years in the making, Brinca is a collection of photographs of Hispanic life and culture. More than 60 of the photographs have been on display at the library since February and will remain there until September. After Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy, Brinca is his second photography book to be released with the University of Texas Press. Founder of the Southwestern Writers Collection and the Wittliff Gallery, Wittliff is a renowned writer and photographer who started the Encino Press with his wife, Sally, and wrote screenplays for films like The Perfect Storm and Legends of the Fall and the script for the television mini-series Lonesome Dove. For all of the photographs, Wittliff replaced the lenses in his cameras with pinholes. He calls them “tragaluz” cameras, which means “light swallowers.” For two years, Wittliff experimented with the lensless cameras before he started producing images that he liked. Because of the process involved

with using cameras like these, Wittliff said he has a hard time feeling totally responsible for the images he produces, as it is a process that leaves Wittliff with very little control over how the images turn out. “One of the wonderful things about using these cameras is that I can’t truly envision what the picture is going to look like,” Wittliff said. “I started this (project) so I would not have control. I wanted to get away from the whole intellectual process of thinking about it. I just wanted an instrument where you could go from a feeling to an exposure.” To use these cameras, Wittliff had to set the exposure time on the camera for longer than a normal camera, with exposure times varying from 12 seconds Danny Rodriguez / Star Photo to two hours. “My mind cannot accumu- LIVIN’ LA VIDA BRINCA: Bill Wiltliff (left) holds a discussion Saturday evening at Alkek Library with contributing writers Elizabeth Ferrer late what the film is seeing in and Stephen Harrigan on Wiltliff’s new photography book La Vida Brinca. that amount of time,” Wittliff said. “So it’s always a happy to me was to see how an art- doing with these cameras, and Wittliff ’s office and saw some of Harrigan said Wittliff ’s use circumstance sometimes when ist can use a technology that is he is able to control quite a bit the tragaluz photographs. of the tragaluz cameras allows “I said, ‘I want to write the viewers to see the pictures from I develop the proofs, and I see almost by intention imperfect with them. But, there’s a certain what the film saw. And my eye to create something very seri- part of it that’s left to chance,” introduction for your book,’” an almost human-like viewHarrigan said, “because there point. never really saw what the film ous,” Ferrer said. “What Bill Ferrer said. “We’re seeing (the pictures) Ferrer also said there was a was something so powerful saw. It’s not really so much an has done is he’s almost given image that is being collected up control. It’s almost a willful story element in the pictures and weird to me. It was like I’d not through somebody’s aperlooked at these photographs, ture, but through somebody’s that drew her to them. at all but a body of time. The surrender.” “He’s allowing his intel“His roots are in written and I felt like I had just woken eye,” Harrigan said. “They are world moves an enormous distance (in 10 seconds).” lectual side to merge with the words and telling stories,” Fer- up and had been sleepwalking registering in our minds the It was Wittliff ’s photograph- intuition. And I think that’s rer said. “So, what’s happening and had seen all of these im- same way they registered in the ic process that intrigued Ferrer, where the images are able to with these photographs is that ages in my sleep.” camera.” who in her career has worked gain such dramatic power,” we have these little intimate “We’re so used to taking To create the pictures for Brinas a museum consultant, lec- Ferrer said. stories. They’re almost like photography for granted. ca, Wittliff relied a little on luck turer and curatorial consulWhat I think Bill has done to get his images, but to him, Ferrer also said, while he brief histories.” tant, in addition to her work as does control some aspects of Harrigan, whose new book is, both in a real sense, in the that’s the reason for doing it. an essayist and writer, when he his photographic process, Wit- Challenger Park will be released kind of cameras he uses, and “Luck is just being ready for asked her to write an essay for tliff must also rely a little on on April 4, was not asked to write a metaphorical sense, he has the chance,” Wittliff said. “That luck. the book. for the book, but became inter- taken us back to the roots of was the whole idea of doing this “He does know what he’s ested about it when he visited photography,” Harrigan said. “What became so interesting kind of photography.”

Stereolab sends out Fab sound waves at La Zona Rosa By Sam Ladach-Bark The University Star The lights were dimmed low, Laetitia Sadier’s soft, ✯✯✯✯ yet powerful Stereolab voice penLa Zona Rosa etrated the Friday, March 24 crowd’s ears, while the rest of the band belted out dreamy electronic sound waves. Most people turned to face the stage, witnessing some of the most talented artists of the last decade reproduce their music justly, but not without a unique live twist. Other fans erupted into uninhibited dancing fits in small pockets dispersed throughout the crowd. Everyone’s attention was zoned in on Stereolab at La Zona Rosa on Friday night for the band’s Fab Four Suture tour. The band pioneered a musical style more than a decade ago, which has brought them and their underground fan base a long way since. Fab is merely a faithful extension of this irreproducible sound that

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has individualized this U.K. indie group. La Zona Rosa was most definitely populated with Stereolab fans. As it has been their luck financially throughout their career, the venue failed to sell out. But this did not stop them from rocking out a large number of lucky Central Texans. With such an extensive career to draw on, they played a very long set for new and old fans alike. “Vodiak,” from their latest CD, inspired the robot dance in the crowd. The scattered electronic sounds in the background were especially effective at whipping the frenzied dance pockets into animated acts of jumping and cheering. For the long-time followers, “Miss Modular” from Dots and Loops and “Cybele’s Reverie” from Emperor Tomato Ketchup received the most powerful reaction. In addition to the band’s crisp and concise composition for each number, they offered a digitally projected video backdrop, which was tailored for each song. The exploding popcorn for “Whisper Pitch” was especially fun to watch, while

scenes of rushing white-collar workers played the perfect partner to “Interlock” and its lyrical portrait of urban conformity. The only drawback to this show was Sadier’s vocal introduction of each song’s title. Sometimes the best part of a live performance is recognizing the intro to your favorite track and being the first to shout approval. Their closing song had the crowd going nuts and demanding more. They faked a brief ending and wasted no time in taking the stage for a two-song encore. The band ended the night with an extended version of “I Was a Sunny Rainphase.” Although the core members of this group are closing in on their late-30s, Stereolab had no trouble keeping a young energetic Austin crowd entertained. They played and sounded like they haven’t aged a day since their debut in ’92. Courtesy of Too Pure Records FABULOUS: Stereolab performed at La Zona Rosa on Friday night for their Fab Four Suture tour.


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This World We Live In can’t get Radney Foster down By Maira Garcia The University Star Radney Foster is hopeful. He sings about love, mistakes and always ends it with a shot of whiskey. Even though music things go review wrong, Foster ✯✯✯ is a believer in Radney Foster things getting This World We better. Live In His latDualtone Music est release Group on Dualtone Music Group, This World We Live In, has all the essentials for a classic country album. The difference between him and the rest of the country catalog is he knows how to turn things up with a bit of rock. Foster begins the album with “Drunk on Love,” a rocking song with licks of blues guitars. Love and alcohol play a recurring theme on This World, not to mention how they seem to work against one another. “The Kindness of Strangers” takes a different approach on love, illustrating a chat between a man down on his luck and a hooker willing to listen. The acoustic ballad is soft, sweet and

channels a country-folk sound. The song is made complete with the backup vocals of Emily West, whose alluring vocals complement Foster’s well. The album takes a break from somber subjects and shifts to pop-country with the song “Big Idea.” Complete with an organ in the background, courtesy of Rami Jeffe of the Wallflowers, the song is hyper, cheerful and a bit silly with lyrics about P.T. Barnum and Buffalo Bill. However, Foster goes back to being downright depressing, especially with one of the last tracks, “Fools that Dream.” Even if it is “a love that’s doomed right from the start,” Foster still believes that it is true love. He is a dreamer. He is full of hope, which he sings about with passion. The album ends with “Never Gonna Fly,” the final testament to Foster’s ethos of believing in hope. Foster sings, “You better dream big/if you want to touch the sky.” Foster’s music that speaks of hope, determination and love gives a good prescription of what we need to survive in this world. He matches these themes with country music attitude, a great rock guitar and a bit of blues. Together it makes for a good album in a genre cluttered with artists with less substance.

FREE LOADING: Along with Plinko and Jackson Parten, Cruiserweight played a free show a George’s on Thursday night.

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Cruiserweight headlines local lineup at George’s By Stephen Lloyd The University Star George’s, in the LBJ Student Center, free live ✯✯✯✯ has music every Cruiserweight week, and George’s Thursday feaThursday, March tured a show 23 headlined by Austin poppunk band Cruiserweight. San Antonio-based Jackson Parten opened and with his band played some good, solid rock music that can only be described as “Americana,” one part Steve Earle (because of Parten’s singing voice) and one part Pearl Jam. Despite some technical difficulties, the band put on a good show with some great bluesy guitar solos. San Marcos-based Plinko followed with their largely instru-

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mental wall of sound. The band’s music is reminiscent of The Smashing Pumpkins at their most psychedelic. It’s a good thing the music’s so good because singer/ guitarist Jordan Berry’s vocals left something to be desired. When Cruiserweight hit the stage, singer Stella Maxwell urged everybody in the crowd, who had been largely sitting in chairs, to come up to the front. It didn’t take at first, but before long, much of the crowd gathered around the stage and was rocking out. As said, Cruiserweight is a pop-punk band, but that certainly doesn’t mean the music is wimpy. The band has a great sense of melody, and it would be surprising if this alone didn’t appeal to even those who don’t like punk rock. The band played the energetic, driving “Vermont” and followed with the similar “This Ain’t No Beach Party,” the hook-filled

“Dearest Drew,” the bouncy “I’m Back” and the standard but infectious verse/chorus/verse of “Yellow Lights.” The hard guitar strumming of “Permanent Things” all but willed people to jump up in the air. Cruiserweight does have a few low-key songs, but they’re still infused with infectious melodies. The emotional, earnest “Phantom Rider” has come a long way from the sparse acoustic number it was on the band’s This Will Undoubtedly Come Out Wrong EP. They also played the political “Operation Eyes Closed,” with its quiet verses and bombastic chorus. Mid-set, the band played an untitled new song it is working on, which sounded just like a Cruiserweight song should. But because of that, while good, wasn’t very distinctive. Toward the end of the set, the rhythm went slightly behind the

beat during one song. The basketball game between West Virginia State and The University of Texas was playing on a couple of TVs in George’s. Or at least the score was being broadcast, which is what drummer Yogi Maxwell was trying to pay attention to. The slight slip behind the beat didn’t really hurt the music at all, and it’s a testament to a musician’s talent that they can multitask like that. Cruiserweight closed with “Goodbye Daily Sadness,” a driving minor key song that features some of Maxwell’s most powerful playing. When a free concert includes music of this caliber, it’s almost too good to be true. And it shows how much bands like Cruiserweight appreciate their fans. Sure they may rock, but they aren’t rock stars. There’s no diva element here. If they do make it big, here’s hoping they stay punk rock.

John Rich takes a solo stab with Underneath the Same Moon By Vanessa Lau The University Star John Rich, the more mild-mannered of the two members of Big and Rich, takes a stab at a solo career with music his twelvereview track album, ✯✯✯ Underneath John Rich the Same Underneath the Moon. Same Moon I m m e BNA/Legacy diately, a Recordings dist inc t ion between Rich’s two personas — solo

Courtesy of William Morris Agency WORLD CLASS: Radney Foster’s latest album, This World We Live In, will be released on Tuesday, April 4.

and as part of Big and Rich — can be heard. Rather than the slightly raucous songs Big and Rich made their first impressions with (“Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)”), this album reflects Rich’s more sensitive side, as well as influences from gospel, jazz and soft rock. These influences can be heard most clearly on the first two tracks of the album, “I Pray for You” and “Underneath the Same Moon,” which don’t sound like country songs at all, and track six, a cover of Bryan Adams’ “When You Love Someone.” While the cover includes elements essential to and associated with country music, listeners will recognize the song as the classic version from a new perspective.

No matter how well he adapts to the styles that have influenced him, Rich doesn’t turn his back on the genre that made him a star either. Every track, with the exception of the first two, has the familiar twangs of the B-3 organ and the mandolin to remind the listener where this man has come from and why he’s where he is today. Rich’s talents as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist are the centerpiece of this record. Rich holds nothing back, for the sake of authenticity in his lyrics, writing songs about topics that may leave him vulnerable to criticism, like the belief in true love and the wanting for love above just physical intimacy, showcased in “Someday.” According

to the liner notes, the ten original songs on this album were written in 1998, a time before Rich knew fame and fortune as he does now. By using these older songs, Rich keeps his credibility as a bona fide musician and songwriter, rather than selling out to record a bunch of songs that have no personal meaning to him. The highlight of the record is the final track, “New Jerusalem,” in which Rich and other vocalists take an a cappella approach to the lyrics that express the joy that awaits them in the afterlife. Although it takes a different path than Big and Rich fans might be used to, this album goes a long way to provide insight to the man behind the image.

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Graphic novels opening new pages for Hollywood By Randy Myers Knight Ridder Newspapers Once viewed as junk that could rot impressionable brains, comics are now considered hip, hot and smart. Even critics at the buttonedup New York Times are singing the praises of high-profile, longformat books, called graphic novels, such as Art Spiegelman’s disturbing take on Sept. 11, In the Shadow of No Towers, or Charles Burns’ chilling AIDS parable, Black Hole. West Point has made it mandatory for the graduating class of 2006 to read one of these works. If recruits can be required to study Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis — a poignant, well-reviewed work that depicts family life during the Iranian Revolution — then there’s something surely afoot. Perhaps most significantly, Hollywood has propelled graphic novels to the front ranks of pop culture, adapting many into movies, including the just-released V for Vendetta along with critical darlings Sin City and A History of Violence. “What we’re seeing is some sort of tipping point that has been a long process in coming,” said Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly’s editor for comic coverage. “Really, for the first time, many people are seeing graphic novels in bookstores, and more people are seeing that there is more variety than superhero comics. Not that there’s anything wrong with superhero comics. There’s a lot of creativity in them, too.” If you still assume today’s “funnies” focus on the antics of surly ducks or muscled guys and gals clad in Lycra, you need but browse through comic emporiums such as Berkeley’s Comic Relief or Concord’s Flying Colors. Sure, exploits of the usual suspects — Superman, Spider-Man, Batman — line the shelves, but now they’re sharing prime real estate with ambitious fare that tackles complex topics ranging from genocide to

ven critics at the buttoned-up New E York Times are singing the praises of high-profile, long-format books, called

graphic novels, such as Art Spiegelman’s disturbing take on Sept. 11, In the Shadow of No Towers, or Charles Burns’ chilling AIDS parable, Black Hole. a son’s painful feelings during his mother’s terminal cancer. Even chain stores such as Barnes & Noble realize there’s gold to be mined here, and have expanded comics sections. The numbers say it all. In 2001, graphic novels rang up $75 million in American sales. By 2005, sales in Canada and America amounted to $250 million, according to ICv2, a pop-culture-monitoring Web site. And while recent moves by the New York Times and Entertainment Weekly to review graphic novels have increased their profile, perhaps more important is the movie industry’s love affair with the format. “Hollywood is obsessed with them,” Reid said. V for Vendetta marks the latest in a flood of “based-ona-graphic-novel” movies. Produced and written by Matrix creators the Wachowski brothers, it’s the first big-buzz movie this year. Moviemakers have borrowed liberally from the action genre of graphic novels, but they’ve also adapted quirky charactercentric dramas, such as those in Daniel Clowes’ Ghost World or Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor collection, which was turned into a movie starring Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti. The Hollywood partnership hasn’t always been foolproof; however, pumping out duds such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and From Hell, along with winners such as A History of Violence or Sin City. V for Vendetta arrived after a string of delays, having been yanked just after the London subway bombings. (Vendetta

finds a mysterious masked man in a totalitarian future seeking to blow up Parliament.) Created by Alan Moore, who has attained a Stephen King-like reverence in the comic world, Vendetta demonstrates how the graphic novel can fearlessly tackle a weighty subject such as terrorism while managing to be both entertaining and prescient. Within the prose world, numerous award-winning writers have expressed their admiration for the form, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon, whose The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay focuses on the early years of comics, and indie author Dave Eggers. Other highly regarded novelists such as Paul Auster (Oracle Night) and Jonathan Lethem (The Fortress of Solitude) have had works turned into graphic novels. Popular fiction authors have climbed aboard as well, with thriller writer Brad Meltzer (The Zero Game) and black romance writer Eric Jerome Dickey (Genevieve) having released graphic novels. But will all this heightened visibility amount to anything? Can it erase Americans’ stereotypical notions that comics are suited only for boys or socially challenged men? Perhaps it could, especially when glancing at sophisticated future titles. Upcoming topics range from one based on The 9/11 Commission Report, another on the musings of a journalist covering the Iraq war called War Fix (set for a June release) and biographies on Malcolm X, Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra and J. Edgar Hoover.

Courtesy of Warner Brothers GRAPHIC CHARACTER: Hugo Weaving stars as V in the big screen adaptation of the graphic novel V for Vendetta.

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A radio talk show host in St. Louis was fired for using a racial epithet on the air in reference to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice last Wednesday. Dave Lenihan, who at the time was a recent addition the lineup at 550 KTRS, was talking about the resignation of NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and how perfect it would be for Rice, who has previously mentioned that she aspires to one day run the football league, used the word “coon.” “She’s been chancellor of Stanford. She’s got the patent resume of somebody that has serious skill. She loves football. She’s African-American, which would kind of be a big coon. A big coon … Oh, my God, I am totally, totally, totally, totally, totally sorry for that,” Lenihan said. Lenihan immediately apologized on the air for what he later called a slip of the tongue in an attempt to say the word “coup.” Twenty minutes later, KTRS’s general manager Tim Dorsey, went on-air to apologize for Lenihan’s words and subsequently fired him. “There were excuses made for it, that it was a slip of the tongue; there is no excuse for what was said,” Dorsey said on-air. Not only did Lenihan lose his job at the radio station, he has also been suspended from his teaching position at an area chiropractic college. It has been said by many broadcasting instructors across the country, as well as taught in Texas State’s own electronic media courses, that if you make a mistake on the air, you move on without drawing more attention to it. Lenihan’s attempt to apologize as well as show his immediate remorse for the comment might have been his downfall. While the racial tension displayed during this incident brings up numerous questions with many fewer answers, the political correctness — when you listen to the clip from Lenihan’s show, his verbal gaffe is obvious — when it comes to race relations, is becoming an exercise in perfection that nobody can ever win. The host wasn’t trying to bring Rice down; in fact, he was singing her praises for much longer than the quote in question. It also should be noted that the tone of the show is decidedly leaning to the right of the political spectrum, as can be heard in the voice of a caller on his show immediately prior to Lenihan’s statement. This certainly wasn’t politically motivated. We’ve long been a country that has been ready to jump down the throats of those who offend us. We should also be a country that realizes none of us are perfect and that we must look at the whole situation before jumping to unnecessary conclusions — like the conclusions that brought about the death of Dave Lenihan’s livelihood. Information from The Associated Press and the St. Louis PostDispatch was used in this editorial. Audio clips of both Lenihan’s statement and Dorsey’s on-air apology can be heard at The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State UniversitySan Marcos.

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— Zacarias Moussaoui, Al-Qaeda co-conspirator, during his direct examination in his trial about his role in concealing the terrorist attacks of September 11. Moussaoui had been asked why he signed his previous plea agreement as “the 20th hijacker.” (Source: MSNBC) Opinions Contact — Joe Ruiz,

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Bush may be inept, but he’s not a liar “No one died lost. Now, it looks when Clinton lied” as if Hillary Clinton is one of the favorwill be their canite sound bites that didate for the 2008 lefties like to use election. I wonder in their completely how that will turn fruitless attack on out. The RepubPresident George licans must feel a SHAWN A. W. Bush. First of little like the fans of FREEMAN all, it’s President the five other colStar Columnist Clinton. If they are lege football teams not even going to that made the Bowl respect their own guy, what Championship Series ever else can you expect from these since Vince Young announced people? he would leave college for the I’m not one for taunting, NFL. It’s going to be easy to but I’d like to point out that beat them now. no matter what you think Now, I don’t know about happened in the election of you, but for me it seems a lit2000, the left had four years of tle silly that those who would screaming at the top of their purport to be smarter than lungs that Bush is an idiot, our current president seem a liar, a criminal and a thief; to have such a slow learning and for it, they got Bush recurve. Even I only need to get elected with a larger margin. shot down twice by a woman That means less people voted before I go home and “watch” against him in 2004 than in reruns of Howard Stern on 2000. And let’s be honest, the E! channel. I was so proud people weren’t voting for Al of Sen. Bill Frist when he Gore or especially John Kerry, straight up challenged Sen. they were voting against Bush. Harry Reid to censure the The left spent two years telling President, and Reid backed us how “not that bad” Saddam down because he knew he was Hussein was and how evil wrong to even bring it up. Bush was, and they lost. They Russ Feingold hasn’t backed cheered when Kerry supposdown; but notice he doesn’t edly won the debates against have the support of very many Bush, and they lost. They of his colleagues. I’m sure rushed crappy documentaries once Ted Kennedy gets a few chock full of lies to the screen high balls in him, he might before the election, and they join the fray; but if he’s that

smashed, I don’t think he’ll be able to pronounce the word censure correctly enough times to get a motion passed. Look, the case can be made that Bush has mishandled things, but there is no evidence that he lied about anything. He may have been wrong about a link between Iraq and terrorism, though it is looking less and less like he was now that there is evidence of a link between Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein going back to at least 1995, when by the way, a Democrat was in office; but he hasn’t lied. He certainly has not had the best plan for rebuilding Iraq, but that does not constitute a lie. Bush may have appointed the wrong people in the wrong places that resulted in the poor handling of the Katrina disaster, though he didn’t appoint the governor of Louisiana or the mayor of New Orleans, both of whom had more control then the President over say, an entire parking lot of school buses that could have been used to evacuate people from the city; but he didn’t lie. He may be wrong to think that there are some good Arabs out there that are worth doing business with, though I thought Democrats were the ones against racial profiling, but he hasn’t

lied about it. The fact of the matter is the left hasn’t been able to sell the American people on the idea that he is incompetent so now, after Bush has become a lame duck and it is basically a moot point, they are trying to sell to the people that he is a liar. The left is grasping at straws yet again, because they know that there is not one single Democrat capable of winning the 2008 presidential election. As for no one dying when Clinton’s lying — he was actually caught lying under oath, and during the worst parts of the Lewinski scandal launched attacks on Bosnia in order to get the news away from his penis. Not to mention the fact that he consistently bombed Iraq while he was in office, and not one leftie complained that he was killing innocent Iraqi women and children. Maybe cheating on your wife and getting a BJ in the Oval Office is not that big of a deal, but I’d like to see anybody try to get away with that at home, and see if you don’t get impeached as your wife’s husband. Well, honey, it depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is. I honestly don’t know how the left can keep a straight face sometimes.

Nothing gained from placing blame on Republicans Upon reading a waking up one few articles with day and saying to headlines that read themselves, “Hey! like “Republican I’m going to do budget cuts will everything in my drive college stupower to be more dents deeper into like Jesus today,” BRYNN LEGGETT debt and deny child then we will find Star Columnist support to poor ourselves at a level kids — all to pay for of complacency more tax cuts for that would make the rich,” I find myself more our country’s founding fafrustrated with the media thers roll over in their graves. than the Republicans. College can be difficult, It is ridiculous to say that especially when you have to all our country’s problems juggle more than just your can be stuffed into a nutshell books. Keeping the work called “tax cuts for the rich” schedule of one or two jobs or solved by pointing fingers and school and homework at the Republican Party. It and some semblance of a is ludicrous to say that all social life is a cumbersome Republicans are white-collar lifestyle. Maybe our parents “kleptocrats” trying to rip off didn’t save up enough to pay the poor and unassuming. for school because it was a Pumping generalized statelot cheaper back when they ments that oversimplify and opened a college fund for us. under-inform into our media Maybe they couldn’t afford is only encouraging the move- to open an account at all, and ment in our youth culture just sent us out to fend for toward apathy and doing just ourselves. Life is hard. School enough to get by. is pricey. But I don’t think If we truly believe that that either of those things can nothing can be improved be changed by whining about without our elected officials how rich and fat Republicans

are, and how useless their tax reform policies are. If you can’t afford to go to an expensive private institution, then don’t go. Instead, save up money while attending junior college for a couple of years first, and then go to a state school that is often just as good of an education as a private institution. Too many people rely too heavily on some form of credit and expect to be able to pay off debt later. Loans may sound good, and may make life a little easier now, but if we depended more on real money we have right now, debt from paying for things with money we don’t have wouldn’t get so out of control later down the road. In the words of Joyce Brothers, a famous family psychologist and advice columnist, “Credit buying is much like being drunk. The buzz happens immediately and gives you a lift … The hangover comes the day after.” We have to be logical and proactive instead of sitting around, moping about the big

bad government and all the rich people and Republicans who do us wrong. Nobody ever solved anything by grumbling about injustices from their couch. If people really cared about fixing the corruption in the government, there would be more voter participation in elections other than the presidential one. If people really wanted to avoid debt, they would find a way to get either get scholarships or grants or just plan ahead. Choose to give your children a life that you may never have been given a chance at by your parents, and start saving 20 bucks a month now for your kids’ college fund to be used later. Sell your textbooks on Amazon and get 50 dollars for each of them, instead of letting the local bookstores rip you off. Use public transportation whenever possible to save gas money, and cut back on frivolous expenses like nail polish and hair gel. A little bit goes a long way; and changing the way we live starts at home.

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Bobcat relay team qualifies for for regionals at Texas Invitational By Carl Harper The University Star At the Texas Invitational in Austin on Saturday, the Texas State men’s 4x400 meter relay team along with Katya Kostetskaya and Robert Melin all qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regionals. As Texas State brought 60 competitors to this event, they battled against schools such as UT, Texas A&M, UT-San Antonio, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas A&M-Kingsville. Kostetskaya placed second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.63 seconds. This was her first attempt this spring. She had reached the NCAA Finals last year as a freshman. With the qualifying time for this event being 1 minute and .82 seconds, senior Courtney Fischer found fourth place with the time of 1:03.49, falling just short of qualifying. Melin came in second in the hammer throw with a final mark of 58.68 meters and officially qualified for regionals with this performance. “I was happy with my performance, but I hope to throw further in the next competition. Right now my goal is to do whatever it takes to make it to Nationals,” Melin said. In the last few weeks, he has found himself a lot more comfortable with the hammer rather than the discus. “My hammer is going better than discus right now, so I am focusing more on the hammer. Even though I’m having my ups and downs with the discus, I’m confident I will start throwing better again.” Sarah Stultz picked up another win this outdoor season by throwing the hammer 51.61 meters, but will need a throw of 54.15 meters in order to qualify for regionals. The men’s 4x400 relay team also qualified for the regional by placing second with a time of 3:09.91, while the men’s 4x100 team clocked in with a time of 40.97; just shy of the 40.66 qualifying mark. The women’s 4x100 meter team finished with

By Chris Boehm The University Star

In the bottom of the seventh inning with the score tied, Tamara Keller stepped to the plate looking to deliver the knockout blow in Sunday’s series finale to a stingy McNeese State team that refused to go down easy. Keller launched a Jessica Denham fastball over the left field fence for a walk-off three-run home run, sealing a 9-6 comeback victory for the Bobcats. “I am really proud of the team,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “They never quit fighting.” The victory marked the eighth straight for the Bobcats after defeating McNeese State 3-0 and 9-1 in Saturday’s doubleheader. The win capped the threegame series sweep for the Bobcats (8-1, 21-11), but with five lead changes and three Cowgirl rallies during the final three innings on Sunday, it didn’t come easy. Texas State first jumped on the board in the bottom of third inning after a Kristen Gunter double down the left field line scored Ryan Kos for the first run of the game. Katie Ann Trahan followed with an RBI single to center field scoring Gunter from second. Alex Newton followed her, lacing a triple down the right field line and scoring Trahan all the way from first. The Bobcats took the 3-0 lead into the fifth inning before the Cowgirls’ Jana Jones hammered a three-run double off the center field wall to tie the game at 3-3. Texas State recaptured a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth frame when Gunter delivered again with an RBI double off the left center field wall, scoring

The old saying goes, “If it isn’t one thing it’s another.” And the Bobcats are finding out how true that can be. After solving the riddle of a stagnant offense, Texas State’s defense has taken a turn for the worse, stumbling at key moments and contributing to a 1-4 skid. The Bobcats dropped their first Southland Conference series of the season, going 1-2 versus McNeese State during the weekend. Texas State, 8-4 in SLC, was outscored by just two combined runs in the series, further emphasizing the need for sound defense. “It’s frustrating, but in baseball you go through different phases,” said Coach Ty Harrington. “It’s always disappointing when you lose conference games. We’re still in the process of understanding what it takes to win games, but we’ll get there.” Texas State picked up its lone win of the series Saturday, a 54 victory that saw the Bobcats hold off a ninth-inning Cowboy rally, thanks to a clutch performance from junior reliever Justin Fiske. “He did a great job,” Harrington said. “That was probably the toughest situation he’s been in this year, and he was able to come back after giving up the game-winning hit Friday.” Leading 5-1, starter Dan Donaldson (W, 3-2) quickly got into trouble in the final frame, walking Taylor Faul and Shon Landry on nine pitches. Chris Hill relieved Donaldson, but loaded the bases with a full-count walk to David Leatherwood. A Bryan Cartie double cleared the bases, and just like that, MSU was down by a run. Harrington then called on Fiske, who struck out all three batters he faced to earn his first save of the season. The southpaw now has 24 punch-outs in 23.2 innings to lead the bullpen. “He responded and pitched well for us,” Harrington said. “Justin pitched strongly for us Saturday as well.” Cassidy Dresch led the way offensively for the Bobcats, driving in two runs on 3-3 hitting, including the game-winner. The center fielder gave Texas State its crucial four-run lead in the top of the ninth when he knocked a bloop single into shallow center field,

scoring Dawid Bednarek. The Bobcats’ catcher also finished with a pair of RBIs. “Every run is crucial, and I thought that would be the one to get us the win,” Harrington said. Down 0-1 at the start of the seventh, Texas State scored four runs in the inning, on hits from Bednarek, Dresch and Kyle Jones. Jones pushed his hitting streak to 10 games during the weekend, going 2-4 in a 5-4 loss Sunday. — Ty Harrington The Bobbaseball coach cats dropped a 2-1 decision Friday, one where starter Scott Moore (3-3) struck out a career-best 13 hitters, but still took the loss. In Sunday’s rubber match, the Bobcats committed six errors, with five coming in the sixth and ninth innings alone, where Texas State twice relinquished leads. After a pair of errors amounted to a 3-1 deficit in the sixth, Texas State posted three runs in the next two frames to take back the lead. But it would not be enough, as the Cowboys mounted a comeback of their own, aided by the Bobcats’ defense, which had been solid until recently. The loss came just a few days after falling 5-4 at home to UT-Pan American. Texas State led 4-2 before three eighth-inning errors doomed the Bobcats. “It was just a bad week for us defensively,” Harrington said. “And the problems have been concentrated at a few positions; we’ve just got to work now at getting better.” Sunday, Texas State entered the bottom of the ninth up 43, but started things off with a Cody Merrell error at third, allowing Landry to reach base safely. Leatherwood followed with a bunt to the hot corner, but Merrell’s throw to second for the force-out went into center field. A Dresch error out in center scored Landry and moved Leatherwood to third, setting up MSU’s Chris Fontenot for the game-winning hit. Texas State next plays at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at home versus Rice, which enters the week, ranked third in the nation by Baseball America. Texas State narrowly missed an upset in the teams’ first meeting of the season, a 3-2 loss in the Rice Invitational. “It is important to get a win (versus Rice), but we’ve also a lot of pitchers that need to get work in,” Harrington said. “That’s very important for us, so these guys are ready to go down the road.”

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a time of 46.47, which was not enough for the regional-qualifying time of 45.70. Additionally, the women’s 4x400 will hope to knock off a couple of seconds of its current time of 3:44.37 in the month of April as their goal is to reach the regional-qualifying time of 3:42.00. In the jumping events, Chris Demerson won the men’s long jump with an effort of 7.24 meters, but came up short of the regional-qualifying mark of 7.34 meters. Jacque Iwuchukwu’s triple jump of 12.14 meters was also good for a first-place spot. Still on the track, Eric Williams pole-vaulted 4.90 meters and came in third place behind senior Paul Turner who vaulted unattached. With the qualifying mark being 5.05 meters, they both came up shy. In the women’s pole vault, Britni Lawrence, who claimed first-place at both the Bobcat Open and the UTSA/ Whataburger Invitational, had a frustrating day as she came in tied for second with Rebekah Vickers at 3.65 meters. “I had a good warm-up and felt really good. I should have brought my standards in, but

TO THE FRONT: (Above) Freshman Eric Pedrosa takes an early lead in the men’s 1500-meter run at the Texas Invitational track meet held at UT. (Left) Freshman Ashton Baldwin makes an attempt to clear the cross bar during the women’s pole vault on Saturday afternoon in Austin. Baldwin went on to place sixth in the competition, while Britni Lawrence tied for second.

Monty Marion/Star photos I was questioning myself and left them where they were,” Lawrence said. “The height was there, but it was a matter of getting into the pit further.” Ashley Laughlin of UT placed

first at 3.97 meters in the pole vault. The Bobcats continue the Outdoor season on April 1 in Houston at the Rice Bayou Classic.

Texas State softball topples McNeese State 3-0 in weekend home series By Nathan Brooks The University Star

Cowboys ride off with victory over Bobcats after late inning errors

VICTORY DANCE: Kristen Gunter and Tamara Keller jump in the air, twirling two fingers as the Bobcats strike out another Cowgirl during Saturday’s game vs. McNeese. The women swept the series and improved their streak.

Mark Decker /Star Photo Kos from first base. However, in the top of the sixth inning McNeese State answered after pinch hitter Jenny Clay took Katie Ann Trahan deep to right center field for a two-run homerun, handing the Cowgirls a 5-4 lead. Texas State tied the game at 55 in the bottom half of the sixth after a Cowgirl throwing error scored a Bobcat run. In the top of the seventh, Jones delivered again for McNeese State with an RBI single to center field, giving the Cowgirls a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom half of the inning. In the final frame, the Bobcats showed their resiliency once again. Despite struggling in the circle, Trahan led off the Texas State seventh with a single into center field. Jil Kloesel came into run for Trahan and advanced

to second base after a successful sacrifice bunt from Newton. Karen Taylor followed by reaching first base safely on a Cowgirl throwing error, which advanced Kloesel to third base. Texas State tied the game at 6-6 after a Denham errant pitch squirted by McNeese State catcher Courtney Parks, scoring Kloesel from third base. After Chelsea Giroux walked and stole second base, freshman Keller stepped in the box and provided the heroics with the walk-off 3-run blast. “I’m very pleased (with our play this weekend). I thought we were hungry and looking for a win in all three games,” Woodard said. In the series opener on Saturday, Trahan one-hit the Cowgirls in a complete game 3-0 shutout. However, on Sunday she la-

bored through all seven innings of work, allowing six runs (four earned) on 10 hits. “I thought (both Trahan and Denham) struggled today,” Woodard said. “They are going to struggle on Sunday because they’ve already thrown a lot of pitches.” Fortunately, the Texas State offense picked up the slack, remaining poised and confident, answering McNeese State’s late inning rallies. “They are very confident because they just play the game,” Woodard said. “They play hard every pitch, and that is a big reason why we are playing consistent right now.” Texas State is now looking ahead to the road when they will travel to College Station to take on No. 16 Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Monty Marion/Star photo DOWN THE PIPE: Freshman pitcher Chris Armijo delivers a fastball during the Bobcats’ March 22 game against UT- PanAmerican. The Bobcats lost two games and won one, all by a one-point margin, during their trip to Lake Charles La. to face off against McNeese State during the weekend.

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