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Texas State secures research grant

Bill supports death penalty for repeat sex offenders

By Philip Hadley The University Star Research funded by a new grant will explore the secrets of aging and possibly find ways to preserve youth and combat cancer. U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-TX, announced March 20 Texas State would receive a $217,000 grant over a 3-year period from the National Institute on Aging at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. “This grant is proof that cutting edge research is about to be underway at Texas State,” said Wyeth Ruthven, spokesperson for Doggett. The federal grant will be used to fund research under the direction of Kevin Lewis, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry. The project will examine the ends of chromosomes within cells in the human body and identify genetic and environmental factors that may alter cellular aging. “Inside our bodies, our cells change as we get older,” Lewis said. “One of the ways our cells change is that the ends of our long chromosomes start to get shorter.” Lewis compares the shortening of chromosomes to a candle being burned at both ends. This shortening has been linked to increased risk for cancer and other age-associated diseases. “The research will help us understand why this erosion process ultimately leads to cell death, and will also identify factors that cause shortening to be faster in some individuals than in others,” Lewis said. Sandra Becerra, biochemistry graduate student and assistant for the project, said the research would involve growing yeast cells in a Petri dish to mimic those of human cells. “The yeast cells will mimic what goes on in our bodies,” Becerra said. “In our bodies, the process takes 70 years, but in cultured cells it takes a matter of months.” By manipulating an enzyme present in our cells called telomere, the researchers will be able to manipulate yeast chromosome length.

By Chelsea Juarez The University Star The Texas House and Senate are currently reviewing a bill that could be the difference between life and death for repeat sex offenders. House Bill 8, authored by State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, is framed after Florida’s Jessica’s Law, which includes a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and lifetime monitoring of adults convicted of sexual acts against a victim younger than 12 years old. The main difference between that law and the proposed House Bill is a possible death sentence. Jon English, Riddle’s chief of staff, said the purpose of the bill is to pinpoint criminals involved in severe cases of repeated sex offenses against minors under the age of 14. New provisions in the bill include a minimum of 25 years to life in prison for a first conviction. Second offenders may face the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole. Katryn Hubert, founder and president of the student organization Bobcats for Life, said she does not support the death penalty, but because the victim is a child, “it’s better than nothing.” Bobcats For Life is a campus organization against abortion, the death penalty, euthanasia and infanticide. “Anyone who takes a pro-life perspective will tell you they don’t condone it,” Hubert, history sophomore, said. An important aspect of the bill is adding a seventh type of sexual assault offense, the “continuous sexual assault of a young child,” English said. “This is an indication of dealing with a habitual pedophile,” English said. “There is a basic concern on whether or not people are wrongfully committed. There are Romeo and Juliet cases where the boyfriend may be 17 and he’s dating a 13 year old in high school; the bill isn’t aimed at them. The idea is to cut such situations out to deal with the habitual pedophiles.”

See GRANT, page 4 Monty Marion/Star photo YEAST SCIENCE: Jennifer Summers, biochemistry graduate student, prepares yeast cells for a gene mutation experiment Tuesday afternoon during a lab with Kevin Lewis, associate chemistry professor.

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Student organization hosts rally to inform, spread awareness about campus violence By Patrick Ygnacio The University Star The Texas State chapter of the Men Against Violence organization conducted a “Be Part of the Solution” rally Tuesday in The Quad. The rally was part of Men Against Violence Awareness Week, aimed at educating students on the impact of sexual assault and other forms of violence on college campuses. The weeklong campaign precedes Sexual Assault Awareness Month and other educational functions to be conducted by the student organization in April.

According to their mission statement, Men Against Violence is an organization designed to “reduce the frequency of violent acts among students, faculty and staff at Texas State and surrounding communities through education and awareness campaigns.” Members conduct educational programs throughout the year in classrooms and residence halls. Nick Clarke, finance senior and Men Against Violence member, said they travel to different locations around the city and educate students on violence and its impact on the community as well. In addition to programs related to sexual assault, educational programs

provided by the organization include presentations on hate crime, alcohol, violence and anger management. Clarke said the organization works to confront instances when victims fail to report a violent act because of fear or self-blame. He described how men who have been victims of sexual assault are often hesitant to report such incidents. “That goes unreported a lot more because they feel that by reporting it, they fear that their masculinity is at risk,” Clarke said. He said these victims should not fear See VIOLENCE, page 4

Jon Clark/Star photo CHANGING WAYS: Christopher Watson, English alumnus, calls for a change of the stereotype in our society of the violent man during the Men Against Violence event held Tuesday in The Quad.

Former deputy convicted of sexual assault, gets three years probation By Alex Hering The University Star Former Hays County Deputy John Pastrano, who was convicted of improper sexual conduct with a Texas State student in 2004, was sentenced March 15 to two years in state jail. Guadalupe County District Judge Gary Steel suspended the sentence and placed Pastrano on probation for three years. “The defendant will pay a $1,500 fine, attend counseling and pay the standard probation fees and court costs,” Sherri Tibbe, Hays County district at-

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he victim in this case and her family were pleased with the outcome.”

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torney, said in an e-mail. ”He will also perform community service.” Pastrano was found guilty February for groping Holly Cagle, a fashion merchandising student, in September 2004 during a routine traffic stop on Ranch Road 12.

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According to affidavits, Pastrano forced Cagle, who was 20 at the time, to expose herself. Court records further revealed Pastrano touched Cagle with his hand “with the intent to arouse and gratify (his) sexual desire.” Joe Turner, one of Pastrano’s lawyers, said the decision was

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beneficial to Cagle and taxpayers. “I think the judge made the right decision, but we made it easy for him because we had pretty much an agreement between the prosecutor and the defense that he had to get probation,” Turner said. “We saved the taxpayers a lot of money and effort and of course the victim from having to go through trial.” Turner said the argument in court was Cagle was not an adult offender; therefore Pastrano’s actions did not constitute official oppression or a felony offense. “Our interpretation of the statute was that she was not at

that time an adult offender, and that is what the statute requires for her to be,” Turner said. “But she wasn’t in custody (so) she was not an adult offender. Therefore whatever he may have done with her was wrong; it was not a felony.” Tibbe said Cagle and her family were satisfied with the final decision. “The victim in this case and her family were pleased with the outcome,” Tibbe said in an e-mail. ”They were involved with the process and feel comfortable with the resolution.” Turner said Pastrano should

be successful with the probation period and the fine. “He has community service that he had no problem with and some counseling was recommended, but he’s already doing that,” Turner said. “They probated most of it. He had a $5,000 fine, but he won’t have to pay all of it if he doesn’t get in trouble. He’ll handle it fine, he is used to taking care of his business, showing up and making sure he doesn’t do anything else wrong.” Cagle is suing Pastrano for his actions. The civil suit filed against Pastrano is slated to go to court this fall.

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Gregg Andrews, history professor and songwriter, will perform on Brigitte London’s “Spirit of the Outlaws AllStar Showdown” held at the legendary Douglas Corner Cafe April 5 in Nashville, Tenn. The “Spirit of the Outlaws” is a monthly show that features up and coming artists whose music embodies the outlaw spirit associated with artists such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. Andrews will perform two of his songs and three songs recorded by the

aforementioned artists. Known as Doctor G in the music scene, Andrews has performed in Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio and Hill Country region as a solo artist or with the Doctor G and the Mudcats band. He describes his music style as “swampytonk,” a combination of swampy blues and hard-driving Texas honky tonk. — Courtesy of Texas State Public Relations

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WEDNESDAY

A student-led rosary will be prayed 6:25 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center chapel. An inquiry class about the Catholic faith will be 7 p.m. in the library of the CSC.

Arts Center. General admission $10, students and seniors $5. To reserve tickets, call (512) 245-2651.

The American Marketing Association will present guest speaker John Hampton, Group Corporate Sales Manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 5:30 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-14.1. All majors are welcome. Businesscasual attire is suggested. For more information, visit www. business.txstate.edu/AMA.

MONDAY

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

THURSDAY

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 mr1235@txstate.edu 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. 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 Scott Schoenmakers, tennis club president, at SS1485@txstate.edu. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. There will be contemporary worship, relevant teaching and prayer. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call (512) 557-7988 or e-mail mail@texasstatechialpha.com

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Texas State softball will play Texas-San Antonio 5 and 7 p.m. at Bobcat Field. The Texas State Opera Theatre presents Die Fledermaus sung in English by Johann Strauss, Jr., at 8 p.m. in the University Performing

1774 — Britain passed the Coercive Act against Massachusetts. 1797 — Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine.

Texas State softball will play Texas- San Antonio 1 p.m. at Bobcat Field. The Texas State Opera Theatre presents Die Fledermaus (sung in English) by Johann Strauss, Jr., at 8 p.m. in the University Performing Arts Center. General admission $10, students and seniors $5. To reserve tickets call (512) 245-2651.

The Earth First Organization will meet 4 p.m. in Evan Liberal Arts, Room 314. For more information, e-mail Bogan Durr at bd1132@txstate.edu.

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SATURDAY

Latino Student Association will be hosting the Si Se Puede! Latino Meet and Greet Social, at 5 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-15.1. For more information about the event or regarding LSA visit www. studentorgs.txstate.edu/LSA\ or email us at lsa_txstate@yahoo.com.

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.

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1834 — The U.S. Senate voted to censure President Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States. 1854 — The Crimean War began with Britain and France declaring war on Russia.

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 LBJSC, Room 3-6.1. Alpha Lambda Omega Christian Sorority will hold its weekly Bible study 8 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-13.1. Everyone is welcome to attend. Rise ‘N Shine Toastmasters Club will meet 7 to 8 a.m. at Cabela’s in Buda. Visitors and guests are always welcome. For additional information, call Clark Lyman at (512) 295-7777, e-mail clyman2059@aol.com or visit risenshine.freetoasthost.info.

TUESDAY

There will be a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center lobby. The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents, “Opposing Views on Famine Relief as a Moral Duty,” at 11 a.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. Lambda Omega Alpha will sponsor Night Prayer 9 p.m. in the CSC chapel. 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. 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 Scott Schoenmakers, tennis club president, at SS1485@txstate.edu. Overeaters Anonymous will meet 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland St. For more information, call (512) 3572049.

1864 — A group of Copperheads attack Federal soldiers in Charleston, IL. Five were killed and twenty were wounded. 1865 — Outdoor advertising legislation was enacted in New York. The law banned “painting on stones, rocks and trees.” Monty Marion/Star photo Hunter Shelburne, undecided sophomore, signs up for a $1 raffle to win a used Texas State football game jersey in The Quad Tuesday afternoon. The raffle is being held by the Kappa Kappa Psi national honorary band fraternity.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department March 21, 10:27 a.m. Driving without license - Joe’s Crab Shack An officer initiated a traffic stop. Upon further investigation, a student was found to be driving without a valid license. The student was arrested and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.

March 21, 5:19 p.m. Information Report/Supple Science An officer was dispatched for a report of a suspicious person. A non-student reported a suspicious person was wandering the hallways. The officer was unable to locate the reported person and a report was generated for this case.

March 22, 1:07 a.m. Possession of Marijuana/ PODP/Wood St Garage An officer came in contact with students in a vehicle. Two students were found to be possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The students were issued citations and arrested and transported to HCLEC to await magistration.

directed to ASG Vice President Amanda Oskey. Students interested in running for Senate or the Graduate House should stop by the ASG office and pick up a filing form. The deadline to file is April 4. Senators may run in one of four categories: on-campus, off-campus, at-large or their prospective college. Graduate students running for House Representative are elected by college. For more

information, call ASG at (512)245-1ASG. All students need to mark April 11 as student day at the Capitol. ASG, along with other student governments, from across the state will be in Austin visiting with legislators about higher education issues. If you are interested in attending and are in need of a ride, contact the ASG office. — Courtesy of ASG

ASG Beat Senate structure changes seen in next election The Associated Student Government is the official voice for students at Texas State. Meetings are open to the public and held 7 p.m. Monday at the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. Anyone wishing to address the Senate is welcome to speak during public forum. Interest in being a guest speaker should be

1885 — The Salvation Army was officially organized in the U.S. 1898 — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a child born in the U.S. to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen. This meant that they could not be deported under the Chinese Exclusion Act. 1903 — Anatole France’s “Crainquebille” premiered in Paris. 1905 - The U.S. took full control over Dominican revenues. 1908 — Automobile owners lobbied the U.S. Congress, supporting a bill that called for vehicle licensing and federal registration. 1910 — The first seaplane took off from water at Martinques, France. The pilot was Henri Fabre. 1911 — In New York, suffragists performed the political play “Pageant of Protest.” 1917 — During World War I the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was founded.

McCoy College of Business announces new master’s program The McCoy College of Business Administration has announced the launch of the Master of Science in Accounting and Information Technology program. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the degree last May and after careful consideration of course requirements, the program is now accepting applicants for the summer. The curriculum is designed to meet the growing demand for accountants and concern for information security in modern business settings. “Most information systems in any kind of business have al-

ways been tied to accounting and budgeting,” said Rosie Morris, chair of the department of accounting. “In a company setting, the inventory and billing all ties back to (information technology) for auditing purposes.” Students who are preparing to become auditors, information technology auditors, information security specialists and information systems consultants can benefit from the degree. In addition, many students are able to gain the 30 upper-level accounting hours required to qualify to take the certified public accountant exam in Texas.

Courses are jointly developed and delivered by the accounting and the computer information systems and quantitative methods departments. “This cross trains the accountant and the (information technology) person to understand each other’s needs,” said Morris. Major issues are addressed such as fraud detection, forensic auditing, regulatory reporting, information security, business intelligence, data mining, enterprise resource planning systems, e-commerce and data warehouses. Course work may be completed in as little as 36 hours depending on a person’s undergraduate academic record. Some individuals may be re-

quired to take additional leveling coursework. Courses included in the graduate core include cost and managerial accounting theory, accounting information systems, fraud detection and prevention, business information consulting, database management systems, information technology systems project management, information security and enterprise resource planning. For more information about this graduate program call the Department of Accounting in the McCoy College of Business at (512) 245-2566, e-mail at accounting@txstate.edu or visit www.mait.mccoy.txstate.edu. — Courtesy of Public Relations


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Family, friends gather to honor fallen Bobcats In the past year, Texas State has lost many talented and admired individuals:

Students Jose Alvarado Robert “Bob” Beck Courtney A. Efland Aubrey C. Fariss Daniel T. Golston Megan Hamid Thomas “Tommy” Harmeyer Michael Minter Christopher Nelson Kevin Susil

Faculty/staff/friends James H. Cochran Sr. Jerry F. Dawson William D. Gangel Ralph Harrel Evelyn Denise Harris Patricia A. Knox Norwin E. Linnartz Jon Clark/Star photo IN MEMORIAM: Students hold bouquets of roses during the Bobcat Pause Memorial Service held Tuesday evening in the LBJ Student Center in remembrance of Texas State students, friends of the university, faculty and staff who have passed away in the past year.

By Molly Berkenhoff The University Star

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cattered sniffling could be heard as Chaplain Abe Jaquez led the grieving family and friends of Bobcats who passed away during the past year in a prayer for understanding and comfort. “I think it’s a great thing to be able to look back,” Jaquez said. “Even though its hard to move on, it is important to remember that the memories we have are precious.” Tuesday marked the annual Bobcat Pause ceremony, held in the LBJ Teaching Theatre. The ceremony is a time to honor students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university who have passed away in the preceding year. “We at the university talk of the future, where we would

“W

e at the university talk of the future, where we would like to be in the five years or in 10 years. Equally important, I think, is to give tribute to those who have made us successful in the past.”

—Perry Moore provost

like to be in the five years or in 10 years,” said Provost Perry Moore. “Equally important, I think, is to give tribute to those who have made us successful in the past.” The ceremony began with the presentation of the colors by members of the Army ROTC. This was followed by the pledge of allegiance, the singing of the national anthem and a welcom-

ing speech. The ceremony’s primary focus was the role call. During this portion of the ceremony, names were read one by one by alternating members of the Student Foundation, which hosted the event. Family and friends of each name rose to accept long stemmed red roses before the audience. Those who came to represent their loved ones were

then invited to place mementos or commemorative gifts on a table placed at the front of the theatre. The table was laden with flower arrangements and other souvenirs at the conclusion of role call. Those who attended to honor their loved ones were encouraged to sign the guestbook and to share memories or stories in order to help Texas State remember as well. Among those present were Eddie and Julie Fariss, who lost their son Aubrey Fariss in the spring of 2006 in an automobile accident. “It’s difficult to be reminded of the loss,” Eddie Farris said. “At the same time though, I’m grateful that the university has a ceremony like this and to be able to share this experience.” Dana Murray, a friend and coworker for 27 years of Martha

Nipps, who worked in accounting for Texas State, agreed. “I wasn’t even able to attend her funeral, so I was very grateful that I was able to attend this ceremony,” Murray said. “I think its good for the families. I think it helps with healing.” Texas State saw the loss of 10 students, 27 faculty, staff and friends and 108 alumni over the past year. Included in this total were benefactor Roy F. Mitte, and former Texas Gov. Ann Richards. Upon completion of the list, Michael Welch, marketing junior, provided finality to the ceremony with the playing of Taps. “We pause today to give thanks for their lives, their hopes, and their dreams which have in turn become our lives, hopes and dreams,” Moore said. “We are who we are today because their paths crossed ours.”

Madeleine Chace Maddox Rod Metzler Minerva G. Miles Darrel Minifie Roy F. Mitte Louis C. Moloney Howard E. Moon Harold S. Nelson Martha Nipps Ron Patterson Former Gov. Ann Richards Norma A. Rudolph Jacquelyn Anders Satcher George Schubert Walter Buckner Staudt Arleigh B. Templeton Jospeh E. Wesp Jean Shrider Wilkinson Miriam York Empress Y. Zedler


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“This manipulation will allow for future longevity in humans and has a direct correlation with cancer cells,” Becerra said. “Turning off this enzyme

does not allow cancer cells to live. I am grateful for the opportunity that (the National Institutes of Health) has provided us so that we can conduct this important research that could save lives.”

The institute is a major source of funding of biomedical research in America and the world. “Every scientist who works in biology, chemistry, medicine and related fields wants to get

grants from (this organization) because they can be very substantial and helpful for conducting this kind of research,” Lewis said. “I think that this new grant is representative of a larger shift at Texas State that

involves an increased emphasis on high-level research.” Lewis’ 50-page proposal was brought before a panel of reviewers and ranked in terms of the quality of the document and the significance of the research.

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Jon Clark/Star photo MAKING A STAND: Alumnus Orlando Quiroz performs a rap about womanhood Tuesday in The Quad during a daylong event held by the Men Against Violence organization.

reporting an incident because there are others like them who have gone through the same experience. Christopher Watson, Southwest Texas State University alumnus and co-director of Men Against Violence, said only 17 percent of all sexual assaults are reported. As part of the rally, Watson spoke before the crowd in an effort to educate students on the statistics of violence and urge them to become more actively involved in reducing violence on campus “The violence that we see on a regular basis plagues our campus on a daily basis,” Watson said. Watson spoke about the misconceptions people have on the occurrence of sexual assault on and off campus. The majority of sexual assaults, Watson said, are incidents when the victim knows the perpetrator. He addressed the notion that sexual assault victims bare some responsibility because of the kinds of clothes they wear. “Keep in mind that that’s a myth,” Watson said. “The reality is that 41 percent of women who are sexually assaulted are actually wearing jeans and a t-shirt at the time they are sexually assaulted.” In recognizing the steps necessary to confront the issue of violence committed by men, Watson said there needs to be an evaluation of cultural ideas that are commonly accepted in the upbringing of young men. “We need to rethink the way that we affirm manhood, the way we traditionally view manhood that men have to stick to that general defining box,” Watson said. “Its time for men to open

up that box.” Julie Eckert, peer education coordinator at the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center, said there needs to be a shift in those cultural messages put forth concerning alcohol and sex, especially when it comes to the occurrence of date rape. Eckert said alcohol is involved in 90 percent of date rape cases and that it is the No. 1 date rape drug. She said the culturally accepted practice of combining alcohol and sex only adds to the problem in which many college men already have a serious misconception of what is and isn’t consensual. “The use of alcohol is a problem because it interferes with judgment and it interferes with the ability to communicate consent,” Eckert said. Many resources are available, Eckert said, to those victims afraid to come forth and report an incident of sexual assault. Victims may contact the on-campus resource and counseling centers for assistance in communicating with authorities. Alternatively, they can contact the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center for support. “We understand the fear, but yet we do have a concerned campus community and a concerned San Marcos community,” Eckert said. Anyone wanting to report an incident of sexual assault or other act of violence can go to the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center located in the LBJ Student Center, Room 5-4.1 or call the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center at (512) 396-4357. Students interested in the Men Against Violence organization can attend its meetings 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-6.1.

Lewis’ proposal was one of only 10 percent submitted that received the Academic Research Enhancement Award. The project will begin in April and will conclude in April 2010.

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English said the bill’s contents, in sequence with the penal code, must be complex in order to make room for such hypothetical scenarios and because human lives are at stake. “I do think that the state is trying to correct a problem — the sexual assault of a child,” Hubert said. “I’m not convinced that sentencing someone to death is the right way. If for no other reason, removing someone from this life does not force them to face the evils they have committed, it is simply a relief for them to never have to look the demon they have become in the eye.” Maria Frederick, an intern with the Texas Catholic Conference, said the organization does not favor a death sentence but does not want people to think their support is geared toward the offender. “I believe that the criminal justice should help them get back into rehabilitation and a state where they can come back into society,” Frederick, public relations senior at the University of Texas at Austin, said. Gilbert Martinez, assistant journalism professor, who teaches a course in media law, said the process in which a bill is passed back and forth from the House and Senate is a “democratic process that allows for deliberate examination for a bill” as a check on each committee. It also allows for a decision to be made that is “best for society.” The probability of the bill passing into a law depends on several meetings of deliberation and Senate sponsorship. “That doesn’t mean they will pass it, but it increases their chance,” Martinez said.


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petof the week Sassy, a female Russian blue cat, needs a new home and is great with dogs. Contact the San Marcos Animal Shelter at (512) 393-8340 for adoption information.

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narchy in the U.S.:

Punk rocks political scene

By Clara Cobb The University Star A Ramones T-shirt may not be considered a big political statement in mainstream society, but any punk rock fan knows better. Punk rock, which began as an anti-establishment movement, left a lasting legacy on the political influences of the young. Joe Strummer, former front man of the Clash, was a political activist. Mark Andersen, a member of the Washington, D.C. punk scene for years, cofounded Positive Force DC, an organization that sets up benefit concerts and aims for fundamental social change in the area. The Web site, www.punkvoter. com, continues the legacy of punk rock’s role in politics. Marc Boyd, employee of Sundance Records, a local music store, has always been a punk rock fan. He said some early bands, such as the Clash, had several politically charged songs like “White Riot,” “I’m So Bored With the USA” and “London’s Burning.” However, bands like

the Sex Pistols are less noted for their lyrics. “A lot of what punk did was just breaking down boundaries,” Boyd said. “(The Clash) came out of such object poverty. The Sex Pistols didn’t have a specific political message, but they stirred things up. Sometimes that can be enough.” He said punk trends in the ‘80s were epitomized by social responsibility, and the music sometimes came across as ultra conservative. He said it was a forceful message, but more straight edge. Currently, punk’s political message is more leftist. “It is pretty polarized right now,” he said. “I don’t see a lot of ‘rock for Bush’ stickers.” One aspect is the issue of selling out in punk by signing to a major label, according to Boyd. “People were up in arms because they were on a major label,” Boyd said. “They’re singing ‘fight the system, fight the system,’ and they are a part of the system. Green Day is on the biggest label in America. So, it’s interesting.” Anderson has attributed his

life of social activism to punk rock, through which he “found a reason to live.” He said rage alone, however, is not enough to spark social change. “I pick up the newspaper and I get pissed off, I get pissed off we have a capital that is embarrassing to the rest of the nation.” He said community is the key for inciting social change. Boon Graham, a local musician and Texas State alumnus, agrees with Anderson. Graham is frustrated by current political issues. “I don’t like politics, I don’t understand it,” he said. “I think art and community are much better at creating positive social change.” “If I could figure out how to make (politics) help people, I would, but it’s easier to do music, so I do that instead.” He said he believes punk has become a buzzword, and a selling tool. To Graham, punk rock embodies a lifestyle as well as a musical genre. “I think someone (in music)

who is really creative, they wouldn’t use the word ‘punk,’” he said. “There have been plenty of words used before for breaking the rules, and there will be plenty more after.” Jenny Patel, political science senior, she said she believes music affects culture as far as political climate and public opinion go. However, she does not believe music has any impact on legislation. Patel believes the music’s impact on politics mainly affects a younger generation. “I definitely think music has an effect on culture and political culture,” she said. “Even Fall Out Boy has a lot of songs with a political message.” Patel, president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honors society, said culture, in every form, is important to the politics.

1964 — Beatles hit America. 1965 — First punk bands form in the U.S. and Great Britain. 1968 — MC5 plays Democratic National Convention. 1971 — Writer David Marsh, writer, first uses the term “punk rock” in describing the Mysterians. 1974 — Television begins performing at CBGB. 1977 — The Roxy opens in London. Sex Pistols album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols reaches No. 1 on British charts. 1978 — Rough Trade Records, a music store, begins working as a punk record label. 1980 — The Decline of Western Civilization, a cult film classic, documents the L.A. punk scene. 1987 — Epitaph Records releases its first record as an official label. 1994 — Green Day plays Woodstock 1994. 2006 — The film American Hardcore opens. Boyd said some people have a misconception that Fall Out Boy, and more popular punk rock has a political statement or agenda. He said he believes the “do it yourself” or DIY ethic that comes out of punk music is the most important cultural contribution. “There are a lot of groups out there who you may not associate

with punk, but wouldn’t make it without DIY indie labels,” he said. “They’re not mohawked or in leather jackets, but it’s punk that made (indie music) possible. A lot of people’s idea of punk is that — Mohawks and leather jackets — but that went out in ‘82. It’s more about the ethic and less about the sound.”

Outstanding Women of Texas State Anthropology professor paving the way for women in science

By Lauren Davis The University Star When she first began at the University of Texas, Elizabeth Erhart had no idea she would end up among lemurs. Originally a liberal arts major, the assistant professor of anthropology found a passion for the subject she couldn’t let go of. “I love being an anthropologist because I like the intersection of understanding biology and culture,” Erhart said. Erhart specializes in the study of physical anthropology with a sub-specialization in primate behavior and ecology. She said she is particularly interested in studying lemurs. Every summer from 1996 to 2003, Erhart traveled to Madagascar with students and took part of intensive studies on lemurs. “I really like to take students with me because whenever you take a student to a field like that is like experiencing everything again for the first time,” Erhart said. “The rainforests are spectacular. The first time people see it from the outside it is really very emotional. It is amazing how beautiful it is.”

Her studies in Madagascar mainly focus on female dominance and why some lemur species acquire the trait and others do not. Erhart studies black and white ruff lemurs, sifaka lemurs and red-fronted lemurs. Erhart said Madagascar is an ecological hotspot. Lemurs who live there are endemic, which means they live nowhere else on the planet. Madagascar is a third-world country, and Erhart said living in the rainforest for months in a bush camp with no electricity, running water or any kind of modern convenience can be quite an experience. “Living in a third-world country you see a lot of poverty,” Erhart said. “On the other hand, you get to go to a place in the world where very few people get to go to. It makes you get down to basics and think about a lot of things you don’t have time to think about in your daily life. It’s fun to get to know people and other cultures and it makes you appreciate what you have.” Erhart has been working with the anthropology department since 1997. She said she loves teaching students and seeing them learn and experience the field.

“The thing I most enjoy the about my job is teaching,” Erhart said. “Not only in the classroom, but in the field because there is nothing more exciting than telling somebody about something and they get excited and feel passionate about it.” In 2004, Erhart wrote a proposal for a Bachelor of Science degree program for anthropology, which is currently in effect. The program has added more writing-intensive courses and Erhart said she wants to better prepare students for the job market. “I am really happy how it turned out and I hope that it offers students who would like to get a B.S. an option in anthropology,” Erhart said. Erhart has also been participating for the past for years at a field school in Chiapas, Mexico with R. Jon McGee, professor of anthropology and department chair at Texas State. “I admire her work,” McGee said of Erhart. “She can pack a granola bar and a bottle of water and go all day. She has a great deal of wilderness experience and is fearless in the forest.” In Chiapas, Erhart teaches rainforest ecology and field

methods in primate behavior. She said it is a great trip because students get to experience both cultural and physical anthropology, living in a Mayan community and rainforest. “Students get to go into people’s houses and see them make bread and then we go into the rainforest and look for monkeys,” Erhart said. “You get that all around experience as an anthropologist.” Erhart said she recommends women seek mentors and mentor others as well. Erhart currently is part of an organization for women and science headed by Dana Garcia, associate dean for research in the college of science. Erhart said the organization mentors junior faculty. Erhart said in science, gender equity is still very unbalanced. She said she believes we are raised in a culture in which boys tend to be more associated with math and science. “Although today women are more on equal footing with men, it is still not 100 percent,” Erhart said. “Women shouldn’t be shocked by that. The harder that women push in various careers the easier it will be for girls behind them.”

Monty Marion/Star photo PREOCCUPIED WITH PRIMATES: Elizabeth Erhart, physical anthropology associate professor, focuses her studies on primate behavior and has helped sculpt the anthropology Bachelor of Science degree to better prepare students for future jobs.


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Baylor alumnus finds success in novels, film By Kate Boswell The Lariat (Baylor U.) WACO — Christian novelist and screenwriter Mark Andrew Olsen returned to Baylor University Monday to speak to a screenwriting class about his experiences as a published author. Olsen, a 1989 Baylor graduate in English and professional writing, said he understood where the students were coming from — he had once been an aspiring writer hoping to make it big. “I’ve been where you’re sitting,” he said. In Olsen’s case, it’s literal. During his time at Baylor, he took a writing class with Robert Darden, associate professor of journalism. Olsen, who has published several novels and recently released a movie, said he does not identify himself primarily as a novelist or as a screenwriter. “I’m really trying to be a storyteller, but that just sounds pretentious,” he said. “I find novel writing a little more meaty and satisfying for some reason, but really I’m just a writer.” Olsen’s novels include The Watchers, Rescued, The Assignment and Hadassah: One Night with the King, a retelling of the biblical story of Esther. Olsen co-wrote the novel with Tommy Tenney, and it was the basis for the 2006 film One Night with the King. Olsen said it’s always a bittersweet experience to see his

work on the screen. Because of the commonality of bringing in other writers to rewrite parts of scripts, the finished product is always different from Olsen’s original draft. He said One Night with the King is very different from the novel. “The dramatic ending of the movie is not even Scriptural and it certainly wasn’t what was in my book,” he said. Olsen’s most recent novel, which has not yet been published, is called The Road Home and is an adaptation of the story of Ruth. “The biblical story, if you’ll remember, starts out in Moab and goes to Jerusalem,” Olsen said. “My characters start out in Moab, Utah, and wind up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.” He said faith was important to him at an early age and he sees his writing as a ministry. “I’ve grown up in church — my parents were missionaries — and I’m familiar with the ways (conversion) is described,” Olsen said. “I try to use new ways to look at that. I try to keep the awe of the supernatural in my writings.” He said readers have contacted him and told him his novel Rescued, which he describes as having “a strong spiritual theme,” changed their lives. “That’s more important to me now than even getting good reviews,” he said. “It’s more important for someone to say, ‘This changed my spiritual life’ than,

‘I couldn’t put this down and stayed up until 3 a.m. reading it’ — though that’s my second-favorite reaction.” Music Within, Olsen’s latest film, opened last weekend at the American Film Institute in Dallas. Buddy Steele, Baylor junior, said he found Olsen’s visit encouraging. “He’s the first actually-published screenplay writer that I’ve ever talked to,” Steele said. “I was really interested in knowing how you get something published when you have a finished screenplay in your hand. He was really helpful.” Olsen named Darden and Ann Miller, professor of English, as two professors who had an impact on him at Baylor. “Bob Darden was an awesome support to me,” he said. “He’s been there every step of the way with feedback and encouragement on books.” Darden remembers Olsen as an especially gifted student. “I’ve had some extraordinary students, all who went on to do great things. Mark was the very first,” he said. “My job as a writing teacher was not to screw him up.” Darden added one of the things that set Olsen apart was

t’s more “I important for someone to say,

‘This changed my spiritual life’ than, ‘I couldn’t put this down and stayed up until 3 a.m. reading it’ — though that’s my second-favorite reaction.”

— Mark Andrew Olsen Author, The Road Home

Monty Marion/Star photo ART REVIEW: A panel of art critics and experts discusses LOYAL OPPOSITION as they relate to this year’s Common Experience theme of protest and dissent Tuesday in the Joann Cole Mitte Art Building with a large gathering of students.

his work ethic. “The thing that separated Mark from other gifted writers is just dogged persistence,” he said. Olsen remains humble about his success and claims he is a procrastinator. “I don’t know why I’m not one of those people (who never finishes a novel). I’m a pathological procrastinator,” he said. “But something made me finish, and I fell in love with finishing.”

You are what you drink By Kathy Flanigan Milwaukee Journal Sentinel You’re used to getting advice from all sorts of places, but the Aluminum Can Council might be the most unlikely. A recent survey the council funded reveals what your favorite beverage says about you.

friendly and open Canned beer drinkers energy drinks/mix of alcohol

super sexy energy drinks

smooth as silk energy drinks

life of the party canned beer drinker energy drink drinker wine drinker

77% 70% 11% 12% 36% 38% 34%

Here’s what the council found might happen should romance occur: • Bottled beer drinkers tend to be more open to the idea of committed relationships and have the personality of a bartender. They talk to everyone. • The average canned beer drinker is single, friendly and open and is most often a hard-working, younger professional. • Those who prefer canned energy drinks consider themselves the sexy Casanovas of the 21st century. • Wine drinkers most often are white-collar women who are considered the “ultimate hostess.” • Suave and sophisticated folks who like drinking alcohols such as scotch are typically white-collar divorcees. • Those who like non-alcoholic beverages are often widows or widowers with teenage children.


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LABELS STUNT SEXUAL GROWTH Anna, I’ve been in several serious relationships with men throughout my life. I haven’t ANNA TAUZIN been in one in a Star Columnist year or so, and I’ve enjoyed the time off. But I’ve noticed something else, too. I think I am attracted to women more so than men. I’m really attracted to this one girl I know through a friend. Does that make me bisexual? Am I a lesbian? — Angie, 21 Angie, As young people, we are often afforded the luxury of being able to experiment sexually with little to no repercussions, assuming we’re honest and safe with our partners. As part of the need to fit in, we push labels onto

ourselves based on our experiences: homosexual, pansexual and/or heterosexual. Ultimately, these labels are inhibiting to our growth and experimentation. When you are trying to decide what attracts you and turns you on, a label is the last thing you need. Don’t concern yourself with that for now. Do you fantasize about this girl only when you’re masturbating, or do you think about her in your day-today life? Some sexual feelings are simply about sex, but others could tell you more about yourself. The issue is not over what you call yourself, but what you do about your feelings. The best advice I could give is to get out there. Explore what you like. If you like having sex with women, that’s great. If you don’t, stop doing it. Do you like sex with both genders? You have the best of both worlds. Same thing goes for men fantasizing about other men. You’re never going to know

for sure unless you try it. Luckily, you already have someone in mind to experiment with. Find out if she’s single. Compliment her. See her outside your normal group of friends. Be flirtatious. See where it goes. I would advise you to turn to your closest friends and relatives, if you have that available to you. Your friends are your biggest support group and opening up to them will make you feel less insecure and lonely. If you have more questions, Texas State has great resources for questioning people. LAMBDA is a group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. Their weekly meetings are on 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-13.1. Anna Tauzin is a mass communication junior. Send your sex and relationship questions to at1195@txstate.edu.

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s long as people separate themselves by race, there will be racecentered comedy. Monday’s Philosophy Dialogue, “Funny or Offensive? The Racially Charged Comedy of Dave Chappelle,” argued whether such comedy promoted race relations or if it was just offensive. This issue is important because comedians who talk about race, such as Chappelle, have become popular among college students. Diversity is an integral part of college, and Chappelle has helped college-aged people speak more openly about the sensitive issue of race. However, there are comedians pushing the limits of humor by magnifying racial issues and stereotypes as illustrated in race-focused comedy. The best example is Carlos Mencia, who joined Comedy Central shortly after Chappelle’s departure from the cable network. Mencia’s comedy, which focuses on race as well, has been more abrasive than Chappelle’s. Comedy Central’s motives are questionable. By losing Chappelle, it appears the network was trying to replace him with someone who did not have the same comedic genius, but could cover it up by being louder and more extreme. Contrasting Chappelle from other comedians is his tenacity to realize he made a mistake and willingness to admit it publicly. In a February 2006 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Chappelle said he left his hit show after filming a sketch featuring him as a pixie in blackface. Chappelle said in the interview he felt he was being socially irresponsible, the sketch was a “visual personification of the ‘n-word,’” and people were no longer laughing with him, but at him. Does shouting louder and poking fun at whatever race more than the last person mean a comedian’s message is more humorous? No. There is a line between funny and racially insensitive. However, defining that line is the problem. Comedians have to police themselves when it comes to knowing what is funny and what is inappropriate. Students must handle themselves accordingly. They can’t walk around trying to copy comedians like Mencia who perpetuate negative stereotypes for the sake of a cheap laugh. Using derogatory terms to describe people is not funny. Comedians are players in the marketplace of ideas where the good ones will stay and eventually the bad ones will be filtered out. If people don’t like the message, all they have to do is turn off the television. Then comedians won’t have an audience. In The University Star story on the dialogue, philosophy professor Jeffrey Gordon, who participated in the panel, said humor plays an integral part in our lives. “Freud said humor is our way of being released of certain social pressures.” This is certainly true, but with race-centered comedy comes social responsibility and having the intuition of knowing when enough is enough.

With race, some comedians push limits of humor

Letters to the Editor Facebook pages not indication of character My name is Kristi Detweiler, and I am the Senate member who had the picture with the alcoholic beverage. I am extremely offended by your opinion implying that I do not deserve to be on the Associated Student Government Senate. May I remind you that I was confirmed, barely, by the Senate, and am currently holding a senate seat? It’s unethical to state that any student, regardless of their extra curricular activities, does not deserve to sit on the ASG Senate. I apparently need to reiterate how dedicated I am to Texas State and making it a better university system. I can assure you that I am not, by any means, using ASG as a method of networking or promoting myself to employers. I think it’s unfair to say that I lack dedication and integrity when Texas State is my number one prerogative. Let me also explain that I have never been in trouble with anything. I have a good GPA, and I work part time. I have great work ethic and can multitask very well. I have made it to every ASG meeting since I was confirmed, and I do not intend to miss any meetings unless there is an emergency. I want to leave Texas State with a good experience other than good social skills and a diploma, and by implying that I don’t deserve a spot on the senate limits me on my experiences. Facebook should also not be a judgment of character. Many students have pictures much worse than the use of a beer bong or holding an alcoholic beverage in a parked car in a parking garage. You really need to rethink how you talk about students on campus, because my ONE picture is not nearly as bad as the many students who are on academic probation, or get kicked out of school for getting caught with marijuana twice in one month. Kristi Detweiler ASG Senator, political science junior

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As a loyal reader, I am surprised by last Wednesday’s Trends column “Hedonism 101.” Usually the content in the newspaper is worth reading, but I found the column neither educational nor entertaining. Is there no better subject matter to report on than a woman and her friend’s sex problems? I hope this was a one-time thing because surely a newspaper of your status wouldn’t make a habit of publishing such filth. To Anna, the writer, and her friend Emily: Please find time on your own to discuss personal issues. And, Emily, I hope you find a solution to your orgasm problems. I don’t necessarily know if I’d want my personal issues printed in a newspaper though, but that’s just me. I have always held The University Star in high esteem, and I truly enjoy the majority of the content published. Keep up the good work, and congratulations on your recent awards. Gabriel Orduna criminal justice junior

Binge drinkers may encounter bigger problems than a hangover Over Spring Break, I Columbia University, visited the District Court detailed the connecin Bee County and wittion between college nessed several people students and binge who felt the utmost drinking. It also listed remorse for crimes reshocking consequences lated to drinking. It was that most students fail shocking to see people STEPHANIE SILVAS to consider. don’t realize the severity Star Columnist Among the more of their actions until it is known effects of alcohol too late. abuse are academic repercusA recent survey on the effects sions. Julie Eckert, peer educaof binge drinking confirms that tion coordinator for the Alcohol college students often need to and Drug Resource Center, said reexamine their willingness to about one-fourth of students forfeit their careers and reputadrop out of college because of tion to get drunk. The study, alcohol abuse. The study conwhich was reported in The Unifirms this, listing problems such versity Star Thursday, claimed as lower grade-point averages, that about half of full-time colfalling behind in schoolwork and lege students binge drink or missing classes when students abuse drugs, which is too appall- drink too much. ing of a figure. To risk a future that you work The study, which was released so hard for in college is absurd. by The National Center on AdStudents are paying thousands diction and Substance Abuse at of dollars for an education that

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is hindered by a few hours of delight. I don’t expect my peers to give up drinking until after graduation, but it is important to know exactly what you face after a night of inebriation. Academic failure is the least of a binge drinker’s concerns. Most drinkers can expect usual sideeffects like hangovers, vomiting and impaired memory, learning and perceptual motor skills, according to the study. Heavy drinkers may also suffer from immunological, gastrointestinal and upper respiratory problems, while women specifically should be concerned with menstrual disorders and infertility, according to the study. Long-term effects hold more serious illnesses such as liver disease, stroke, heart disease, cancer and brain damage. And if the long-term effects aren’t enough for a student to

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reconsider this weekend’s plans, immediate results often occur while drinking. People run the risk of physically injuring themselves while under the influence of alcohol. And even worse than just falling down and twisting an ankle, students who drink may die before they get a chance to experience a hangover. Alcohol is involved in up to half of accidental drowning deaths among teens and adults, according to the study. This is especially important to Texas State students who chose to float down the river with a cooler of beer at their side. And although you may be able to live with yourself after injuring your own body, you may find it hard to cope with hurting someone else. “Binge drinking doesn’t just affect the drinker. It affects our

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entire campus,” Eckert said. Alcohol users may justify their actions as a victimless crime, which it can be if done responsibly. Use alcohol moderately, and always designate a sober driver. The Columbia University study showed half of male drinkers and 35 percent of female drinkers drink and drive. Although some drivers may be able to make it home after drinking all night, there are some drivers who do not. Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes kill a person every 32 minutes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Know exactly what you face as a result of your drinking. Be very aware that arrests can result in a $500 fine for a public intoxication ticket, a six-hour class costing $50, the loss of your license, community service

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and a blemished record. The results can also impair your ability to find a job after graduation, Eckert said. And while some consequences may consist of community service or fines, others affect you for the rest of your life. The study showed that 21.3 percent of student drinkers engage in unplanned sexual activities. This can lead to unplanned pregnancies. College students are more likely to report having sex with someone they just met if they are drunk or high, the study reports. Protect yourself when you go out by knowing the gravity of what you do. Don’t allow yourself to be a victim, or worse, a culprit. Stephanie Silvas is a mass communication senior The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a distribution of 8,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright March 28, 2007. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.


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SPORTS THE UNIVERSITY STAR

texanstalk Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday the team may select a left tackle in the first round of next month’s NFL Draft, despite signing Jordan Black and Ephraim Salaam. Kubiak said the team is considering this action because it is questionable whether offensive tackle Charles Spencer will be ready to play in the season opener next fall after suffering a leg injury Sept. 17. The Texans have the 10th pick in the first round after swapping with Atlanta in a trade for quarterback Matt Schaub.

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— Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

Sports Contact —Chris Boehm, starsports@txstate.edu

Cornerback returns to Texas after Washington State stint By Nathan Brooks The University Star

It didn’t take long for Kerry Maddox to realize he was out of place at Washington State last fall. The redshirt freshman cornerback was more than 2,100 miles away from his hometown of Tyler, and his thick, quiet southern accent must have sounded like a foreign language in the chilly, mountainous town of Pullman, Wash. Maddox felt uncomfortable being one of only six players from the state of Texas on Washington State’s 100-man roster. He cited broken promises from the Cougars coaching staff as a factor in his decision to transfer. “It was too far away from home,” Maddox said. “I stayed there for about a month, and I just didn’t like it. So four or five weeks after school started, I transferred to Texas State.” The highly recruited defensive back from John Tyler High School chose Washington State last spring over Baylor, Houston, Utah and Texas State, because of promises of stepping in right away and making an impact. It was difficult to turn down the opportunity to step in and compete in a power conference such as the Pac-10, but once Maddox arrived Washington State quickly changed its tune concerning his role. “During your senior recruitMonty Marion/Star photo ing, you are going to believe everything your recruiter is telling you,” Maddox said. “They told me COUGAR TO BOBCAT: After getting little playing time at Washington State last fall, Tyler native I was going to be up there startKerry Maddox transferred to Texas State in order to compete for a starting job close to home. ing. But when I got up there, they wanted me to just play special

teams. So I told them I’d rather be closer to home.” When Maddox made the decision to transfer back home, he remembered what former Texas State head coach David Bailiff told him after he made his decision to attend Washington State. “When I told (Coach) Bailiff about my decision to go to Washington State he said ‘I know you’re going to Washington State, but if you come back home we’ll have a place for you at Texas State,’” Maddox said. He remembered Bailiff’s sentiments and was convinced that San Marcos was the best choice for him after talking to staffs at Texas State and Stephen F. Austin during the transfer process. “I gave Coach Bailiff and (former SFA coach Robert) McFarland a call to see who had the best situation to offer me if I came back home,” Maddox said. “Bailiff told me he would take care of me.” And Maddox is still happy to be a Bobcat even though Bailiff left to take the head coaching position at Rice in January “I like Coach (Brad) Wright a lot,” Maddox said. “He’s a good person. Even when Bailiff was here, he would stay on my case when I did something wrong. I think he brings a lot of discipline to the program.” Maddox focused on academics after transferring during the fall, but this spring he’s back on the football field practicing in the Bobcats’ new defensive scheme, which has added emphasis on the secondary. Wright has stated he plans on changing the scheme from strictly man coverage to one that incorporates a player

dropped back in zone. Maddox has been impressive in drills, making good reads on the ball and routinely breaking up passes. Greg Walls, first-year defensive backs coach, is excited about what he’s seen so far from the defensive back. “He’s made a great amount of progress,” Walls said. “He has good feet and a knack for the game. He really understands the position and plays physical, and you always want a physical corner.” Maddox is getting an opportunity to make the immediate impact he desperately wanted at Washington State, but now with the Bobcats. Seniors Jervoress Crenshaw and Morgan Taylor are currently practicing as starters, but if Maddox continues to progress the way he has so far this spring, he could be thrown into the mix of corners who will see time off the bench or in three and four-cornerback situations. Maddox’s progress has impressed Wright as well, who sees a bright future from a young man still learning to smile after his ordeal last fall. “He’s looked good, except he won’t smile,” Wright joked. Maddox, standing just feet away, cracked a faint grin and shook his head toward his new head coach. “Except now,” Wright said. It also appears Maddox is slowly finding his other wish for a place where he feels comfortable. “I like Texas State a lot,” Maddox said. “It’s got a good academic program, good environment (and a) great coaching staff. And the players, we’re all like family.”

Men’s lacrosse to play final home game of regular season By Gabe Mendoza The University Star For Texas State lacrosse, the regular season is winding down to its final games, and the Bobcats are looking to put final touches on a squad poised to make a push through the playoffs. The club team will host its final regular season home game 7 p.m. Wednesday against Santa Clara University in non-conference play. “We’ve never played these guys, but we’ve played against West Coast teams this season,”

said junior Bryan Gates. “We went to Oregon and played the number-one team in the nation at the time. Those teams really know how to play, so we want to win but we’re not too worried about it.” The Bobcats come into this game on the heels of a tough 136 road loss to Texas Saturday. Still, even with the loss, Texas State is in a position to qualify for the Lone Star Alliance playoffs and if things go as planned, will host a first-round game. “We are probably the most talented team in the division — we just have had some trouble

putting a whole game together,” said John Westmoreland, midfielder and club president. “I don’t think anyone has more talented players than us, it’s just a matter of us executing out there.” Texas State has had a good showing from its newcomers this season, and none have had as big an impact as freshman attacker Matt Malcolm. His 36 points lead the team, as does his average of 3.22 goals per game. Malcolm has helped his team climb the ladder of the alliance. “I think the season has played

out very well so far,” Gates said. “A couple of years ago it got more organized here, and we now have a coach with a lot of experience. This year the rookies and our coach have been the biggest additions.” The Bobcats have had an upand-down season and hold an overall record of 4-5 heading into Wednesday’s match-up. With an early-season loss to Texas A&M, they could use a strong finish going into the playoffs. This week’s contest against the Broncos will allow Texas State to see where it stands on the national scene.

“The non-conference games are great for raising our national recognition,” Gates said. “If you look at the top-25 ranked teams, they play a lot of games out of conference, so these games really help the recognition of our program.” Santa Clara is making a swing through Texas during the school’s Spring Break. On Sunday, the Broncos dropped a 14-12 decision to the Aggies in College Station, and played the Longhorns late Tuesday night before stopping off in San Marcos. The Broncos are 3-7 overall and sit in fourth place

in the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League Central Division. The Bobcats hope this game will round the team into playoff form. “We’re just trying to stay crisp at this point,” Westmoreland said. “We’ve said all along that we want to play our best lacrosse in April, and as long as we make it to the playoffs and play our best, we’ll be alright.” Texas State will follow Santa Clara by finishing up the regular season with a rescheduled game April 7 at Tulane. The Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association nationals begin May 8 in Dallas.

Lone Star State basketball rivalries are saving sports fanaticism

When sports fans ply affirming this is the enter college, particumost important rivalry in larly in Texas, it’s the Texas, because it’s pretty first time any of them much single-handedly get to look the devil controlling the interest square in the face. for a sport. By the devil, I The NBA always floats mean fans of opposin those murky Texas ing teams. And here I JACOB MUSTAFA waters that encompass mean the only rivalries Star Columnist every sport not named that still mean something in this football. For years, it was simply state: the Mavericks, Rockets “that other sport that had some and Spurs. good Texas teams.” I am not insinuating these It was not until a few years rivalries run deeper than Texas ago when the Mavericks fiA&M and Texas or some other nally started to succeed (and stupid grudge match you were in consecutive years defeated going to write a letter to the the Rockets and Spurs in seveneditor about after you read that game playoff series) when this sentence. No, I am quite simactually became something. And

it’s something that is currently at the heart of why the NBA is so good. For a few years (specifically in the absence of Michael Jordan and the more recent demolitions of both the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings), the league has been trying to create false rivalries. The greatest example of this has been the past three Christmas mornings, when every child has awakened to get their presents, eat their glazed ham and watch another terrible Lakers vs. Heat game. What this glorious Texas hate-fest has done is created a world in which fans are allowed to be angry again and have

some passion about the game of basketball. Only three or four years ago, regular season games between these teams meant little to everyone who doesn’t paint their faces to watch their team’s televised games. These are events now. I can do something I would have dreamed of as a 10-year-old kid with a life-sized Hakeem Olajuwon poster on his wall; almost any day of the week, I can go to a bar (well, due to my age, let’s hypothetically say an oxygen bar) and argue about the merits of these teams. We have what anyone who is a fan of any sports should want: a genuine blood rivalry where no

one really likes each other. It was earlier this year when Rockets swingman Tracy McGrady spoke out about both his frustration and admiration for the Mavericks’ style of play, which he called “dirty.” And that is the crux of this thing: When even the superstars are involved, you have something. This will all come to a head this postseason, where it appears that these teams could meet in two separate rounds. If the seedings hold as they are today, there is a great chance Houston and Dallas will face off in round two, while the winner could meet the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

This could be the greatest postseason for Texas in any sport, much less basketball. It’s simply what the game needs. Dirk needs to be called a choker by Houstonians. Yao and McGrady need to be called soft. I need to scream obscenities at Bruce Bowen because, seriously, that guy’s a jerk. So the next time some drunken idiot raises his hand and says, “f**k the Mavs and the Spurs, right?” give that moron a high five. He’s helping save the game of basketball. But seriously, screw those guys. Jacob Mustafa is a mass communication senior

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