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MARCH 31, 2004

Donations, volunteering help shape community T E X A S

Organizations give back to city with their service

By Katherine Eissler News Reporter

The San Marcos River Foundation, the Animal Shelter and the Greater San Marcos Youth council are just a few of the many organi-


zations in San Marcos that rely on volunteers and monetary donations to exist. Texas State is also on the list of groups that rely on independent funding to grow. The philanthropic work of Emmett McCoy, former CEO of McCoy’s Building and Supply Centers, and Miriam McCoy will have a direct impact on the lives of students at Texas State. Their $20 million contribution will fund scholarships, university development,

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endowed chairs and distinguished professorships. “The McCoys are very generous people who are trying to make things better,” said Mark Hendricks, Texas State media relations assistant director. “They are so humble and unassuming.” Gerald Hill, University Advancement vice president, said the ethical decisions the McCoys made while operating their business are what made them successful.


Along with the McCoy family donation, there are other families of the San Marcos area that give back to the community. Roy and Joann Mitte donated $12.5 million, which established the Mitte Foundation Scholarship program that awards 125 scholarships of $5,050 annually to Texas State students who meet application requirements. Albert and Margaret Alkek, whom the university library is named after,


Unrecognized honor society causes student confusion

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By Carmen Sawyer-Brandt Special to The Star

Linda L. Smith/Star photo Harold, a local tattoo artist and Texas State psychology major, gives communication design sophomore Stephanie Vinson a henna tattoo at the Multicultural Festival Tuesday.

Creative Summit awards recognition, scholarship By Rickey Purdin News Reporter

Competitive communication design students flooded into San Marcos last weekend from all over the country for the 19th annual Creative Summit. The event allows college students to view professional work while contending for scholarships and cash prizes for the best submitted student pieces. “It’s important for students to enter into competition and see work from other schools,” said Chris Hill, founder of the summit and former Texas State professor. “The summit is about raising the bar and inspiring with the use of judges and speakers.” On Friday and Saturday, students attended seminars from guest speakers including J.W. Burkey of Creative Jump Start, Jim Sherraden of Hatch Show Prints, photographer Rosanne Olson, interactive designer

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Festival showcases various cultures, nations

By Jennifer Warner Senior Reporter Hardworking students with a 3.0 GPA and a minimum of one college semester completed may be eligible to join a prestigious national honor society, according to application letters recently mailed out to students. However, the Office of Campus Activities and Student Organizations and the Association of College Honor Societies does not recognize Phi Sigma Theta, according to a recent campuswide e-mail, alerting students of possible confusion with another organization, Phi Eta Sigma. The letters, emblazoned with the purple, green and gold Phi Sigma Theta coat of arms, ask for $50 from qualified students to become lifetime members. Phi Sigma Theta is believed to be a Web-based organization while Phi Eta Sigma is an honor society on campus recognized by both CASO and ACHS. “We haven’t at any time said this group was a scam,” said Lanita Hanson, LBJ Student Center associate director. “We have just said that this is not an organization recognized by the ACHS.” ACHS is the only certifying organization for honor societies. It follows a number of criteria to determine if an organization should be recognized. “They have a set of standards that kind of guide people to determine as to whether or not an honor society is worth their time and money,” said Krystal Peralez, CASO graduate research assistant and graduate adviser for Phi Eta Sigma. There are 33 organizations on campus registered as official honor societies through the CASO office. Phi Sigma Theta is not one of them, nor is it one of the nearly 70 organizations recognized by ACHS.

also made the decision to engage in philanthropy as a means of giving back and investing in the future of other generations. Albert Alkek left a gift to the state in his will that gives $200,000 a year to Texas State projects funded through the foundation, which is equivalent to a $4 million endowment. Other corporations, such as

Don Anders/Media Relations and Publications Sara Wells, communication design junior, looks at the items on display at the silent auction at the 19th annual Creative Summit. Participants entered portfolios of their works to be judged by professional designers and artists. Hillman Curtis, designer Stefan Sagmeister, illustrator Marshall Arisman and Disney’s Gary Baseman and Kim Roberson of the film Teacher’s Pet. The speakers presented exam-

ples of their work and discussed influences that helped them design. “If you stay true to your message, don’t fear any medium,” said Baseman, who started out as

an illustrator and made the jump to TV and film. Each student was allowed to submit eight pieces in a portfolio ranging in content from advertisements, illustrations and photography to Web pages and television commercials. The summit included awards such as the Coveted Memorial Ralph Award, named after Aquarena Springs’ famous swimming pig, and the Singing Cow Award. The 120 submissions garnered a $50 excellence prize while 23 others won Ralph awards. Of the Ralph winners, 19 earned scholarships ranging from $250 to $600. Ralph awards were also given to each speaker at the summit to acknowledge their achievements. This year also marked the first Gary Baseman Award, given to a student who showed excellence in illustration. The award was a $5 bill with drawings and an

The soft murmur of foreign languages filled the air as the students introduced themselves and their native countries during Tuesday night’s International Student Festival. The event, held in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom, gave attendees an opportunity to sample the cultures of 70 different countries and mingle with Texas State students from around the world. The fifth annual event was filled with music, dancing, food, exotic costumes and entertaining facts about the native lands of the foreign students. Throughout the night, a line of 10 people waited for a Henna tattoo artist from Sharp Things Tattoo & Body Piercing. Others swarmed the various other student organization booths consuming the different cultures and purchasing handmade crafts. Bob Habingreither, San Marcos Mayor, attended the event and presented the International Student Association with a proclamation and a key to the city. “I am proud to award this proclamation to such a deserving student organization and I am excited to be here tonight,” he said.

autograph by Baseman. The largest scholarship award of the night was the Lyle Metzdorf Memorial Singing Cow Award, named after Metzdorf’s Blue Bell Ice Cream ad campaigns. The winners were communication design seniors Gram Garner, Julie Wilhelm and Matthieu Brajot along with junior Greg Brady-Greene. They received $1,000 for their student commercial. Next year’s summit is already in the planning stages with Hill anticipating more attention and awards. “We hope to have $20,000 worth of scholarships and possibly extend the conference to three days,” Hill said. “It’s the event’s 20th anniversary and we have some exciting things planned, so you don’t want to miss out.” Christy Gray contributed to this article.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

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Calendar of

EVENTS Wednesday

Latino Coalition celebrates Cesar Chavez’s birthday with free cake at 11 a.m. in The Quad. Christians at Texas State meets at noon in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-10.1. Chicano Documentary showing is from 3-6 p.m. at Boko’s Living Room. Sexual Assault & Abuse Services meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. For more information, call 245-2208. Student Volunteer Connection meets at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-5.1. Higher Ground meets at 5:30 p.m. at St. Marks Church. Bobcat Supper is at 5:30 p.m. at the Christian Community Center. College Republicans meet at 7 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-13.1. Science Fiction/Fantasy Society meets at 8 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-11.1. Crosstalk meets at 8 p.m. in the Alkek Teaching Theater. Bible Study meets at 8 p.m. at the Catholic Student Center.


Campus Christian Community meets for free lunch and study at 12:30 p.m. at CCC. Relationship Concerns meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. For more information, call 245-2208. Bike for the Right meets at 5 p.m. at the San Marcos Library. Victory Over Violence meets from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at LBJSC, Room 3-12.1. American Sign Language Club meets at 7 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-10.1. Texas State Cru meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Academic Services Building-South, Room 315. The Rock meets at 7:30 p.m. at the CSC chapel. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship meets at 8 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Christians on Campus meets at 9:30 p.m. at the McCarty Center.


Lowriders & Raspas will perform from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in The Quad. NA Meeting is at noon. For more information, call 245-3601. Relay For Life is from 6 p.m.-9 a.m. at Bobcat Stadium. Students With Alternative Transportation, the organization that provides free rides home for Texas State students, operates from 11 p.m.-3 a.m.

Calendar Submission Policy Bicycle To Work and School Day is all day in the city of San Marcos. Worker Appreciation Breakfast is from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-15.1.

Calendar submisions are free. Send submissions Calendar of Events Manager Paul Lopez at or call 245-3476 for more information. Notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted once. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.

Hours of Operation

Albert B. Alkek Library Monday -Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 1 a.m. Thursday 7:30 a.m. - midnight Friday 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Student Recreation Center Monday - Thursday 6 a.m. - midnight Friday 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday noon - midnight

The Associated Student Government is hosting the 2004 Student Body Elections online, which end at 5 p.m. today. Vote online in The Quad or the LBJ Student Center for the 2004-2005 ASG president, vice president and representatives. Check out Thursday’s edition of The University Star for information on presidential and vice presidential candidates

or log on to the ASG Web site at ASG encourages every student to vote so their voice can be heard. Students can vote online at For more information, contact ASG President Ernie Dominguez or ASG Vice President Justin McGarry at 245-2196.



Texas State students show children importance of banking system

On Thursday, members of the Texas State Students In Free Enterprise team, including Stephanie Halter, marketing senior; Tiffany Genz, management junior; Kyle Sanguinet, marketing junior; and Ericka Martinez, management senior, taught children at the Greater San Marcos Youth Council about the principles of financial management skills. The event gave an opportunity for the children to learn how to use checks and the details of the banking system at an early age. The project titled “Life of a Check” taught the children several concepts including math, business ethics, personal responsibility, time management and financial planning. The lesson provides children with an interactive way of learning the origins of check writing. Students learned the necessary vocabulary associated with check writing, the process of writing checks and the math concepts involved in keeping a proper checking account balance. “Life of a Check” teaches the personal entrepreneurial, communications, technological and financial management skills needed to successfully compete, a requirement given by SIFE headquarters. SIFE is a global, nonprofit organization that is literally changing the world through highly dedicated student teams on more than 1600 university campuses in 40 countries. SIFE offers these students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise, thereby improving the standard of living for millions in the process. Texas State SIFE is a leading team by placing within the Top 20 teams or higher each year at national competitions since 1997 as well as being the International Champion in 2000. For more information, contact Vicki West by phone at (512) 245-3224 or by e-mail at


San Marcos Parks and Recreation promotes Summer Fun

Registration for the 2004 Summer Fun Program for elementary school children will begin Monday for in-city residents and May 3 for non-city residents. The annual summer program operates from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday from June 7 until August 5. It is sponsored by the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department. Summer Fun provides organized recreational activities for children age seven to 12. Six-year-olds may enroll if they have completed the first grade. Parents should register their children at the Parks and Recreation Department Office located in the Grant Harris Building at 401 East Hopkins St. They must provide a report card or birth certificate and proof of residency, such as a utility bill, when they register their children. Fees per child are $50 for in-city residents and $100 for non-city residents who live within the San Marcos school district boundaries. The fee for children outside the school district is $200 per child. Participants will enjoy a variety of games, activities and field trips. Free lunches will be provided by the San Marcos School District. Weekly activities include bowling and movie viewings. Daily field trips will cost approximately $10 per week. Throughout the summer, participants are encouraged to plan and practice a performance for the annual talent show. Summer Fun is a recreational program, not a licensed daycare program. For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (512) 393-8400.


University Police Department

March 29, 5:15 p.m. False alarm or report/Jowers Center — An officer responded to a fire alarm. The officer found the alarm had been pulled unnecessarily. This case is under investigation. March 29, 10:55 a.m. Telephone harassment/Butler Hall — A student reported being harassed on the telephone. This case is under investigation. March 29, 7:43 a.m. Criminal mischief under $500/McCoy Business Building — A non-student reported that a crane had been damaged. This case is under investigation.

San Marcos Crime Stoppers: 353-TIPS(8477) Campus Crime Stoppers: 245-7867

Press releases courtesy of SIFE and City of San Marcos

San Marcos Police Department

March 29, 8:35 p.m. Burglary of a motor vehicle/South I-35 — A vehicle was burglarized. March 29, 2:21 p.m. Burglary of a motor vehicle/West Avenue — Occurred in the 100 block of West Ave. March 29, 1:45 p.m. Burglary of a habitation/Linda Drive — A vehicle was burglarized. March 29, 9:37 a.m. Burglary of a motor vehicle/South I-35 — Subject was in San Marcos during the weekend visiting a friend when his truck toolbox was broken into. Approximately $500 in tools was stolen.

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‘Clean room’ offers hands-on experience

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

By Julie Suenram News Reporter

Tucked away on the bottom floor of the Mitte Complex, a new “clean room” is providing graduate and undergraduate science students educational opportunities that did not exist a year ago. Completed and opened in August, the clean room is primarily a lab for teaching semiconductor processes to undergraduate and graduate students. The technology, chemistry and physics departments share the clean room. “It’s an area where a complex breadth of technologies can be taught: chemistry, physics, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering,” said Gene Stouder, endowed Mitte chair and science professor who teaches microelectronics manufacturing and research. “The clean room is a very complex collection of technologies.” Texas State is the only university to have a clean room

devices,” said Shi Cheng Dong, industrial technology graduate student. “So when we make them, we have to have a very clean environment and it has a very strict particle control; otherwise what you made is really just a scrap. That’s why we call it a clean room.” The clean room contains equipment to produce four-inch diameter silicon wafers. Currently, the clean room is not a research facility but more of a hands-on educational process. The first functional metal oxide silicon and bipolar transistors here were completed on the Texas State campus in November. “The students can have a hands-on skill to make the semi-conductor themselves,” Shi said. “Not only just sitting in a classroom, listening to professors lecture. That’s only one part, the other part, the most important part, is they really do get to do it by themselves. They have knowledge of how a semiconductor is manufactured and later on in life if they have an

accessible to undergraduate students. Unlike many universities, where often times a clean room will be reconstructed from a laboratory, it is also one of the few clean rooms to be designed and built from the ground up as a clean room. “Primarily, it is an educational factory,” Stouder said. “It’s not supposed to be the highest technology because universities aren’t capable of producing a technology that exists in that industry.” The new clean room is a certified class 10,000 clean room, or 10,000 particles of dirt or dust per cubic foot of airspace. However, it has rarely exceeded a class 1,000. The air in the room is changed every two minutes, constantly filtered and circulated by 22 high-efficiency particulate air filters in order to prevent any dust particles from interfering with the microelectronic devices being made. “Any kind of particle in a regular environment can contaminate or destroy the

opportunity to work in this industry, those things can help and be very beneficial for them.” The clean room itself is a one-floor room built separate from the Mitte Complex. Of the entire space that was constructed, only half is currently in use. The clean room is an isolated box in which the air pressure inside is always greater than the outside air so when a door is opened, air is pushed out instead of sucked in, in order to prevent particles from coming in. Although there is room for research within the clean room, Strouder’s top priority is to provide undergraduate students with hands-on experience “I think Texas State does not intend to be a research university. Texas State intends to be an educational university, and students are number one.” Stouder said. “I’m proud of the attitude of this university and I don’t think it’s going to change very soon because our top priority is students.”

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Not being recognized by ACHS does not necessarily reflect the quality of the organization. Dorothy Mitsteifer, ACHS executive director, said some groups qualify and simply do not wish to be bothered, while others have not been in existence for a minimum of five years. According to the ACHS Web site, undergraduate honor societies require students to rank in at least the top 35 percent of the class, which would be a 3.2 or 3.3 GPA at most universities. Many organizations have higher standards than this, but anything lower would be classified as a recognition society rather than an honor society. “They absolutely do not meet the ACHS standards,” Mitsteifer said. “One thing that should be very clear is that an honor society should be recognized by a campus and formed on a campus to be legitimate.” The Phi Sigma Theta Web site and paperwork do not list the percentage students must

be ranked, which is required for acceptance into ACHS. According to the Phi Sigma Theta constitution, local chapters are run on campuses around the country, but Mitsteifer said she doesn’t believe there are any local chapters. The constitution also says a national council exists with elected officers but no information could be found about current or former officers of the national council. No phone numbers were available to contact Phi Sigma Theta for comment and an email requesting information received no reply. Hanson said several students have sent money and paperwork in to Phi Sigma Theta and have received the key or lapel pin they ordered. But she said it still does not hurt to check into the organization. “If they get a letter, it doesn’t hurt to check with some people to see if in fact they know about it,” Hanson said. “It never hurts to get a reference and it’s always good to find out a little bit more information before you spend your money.”

Invitations to join the organization were mailed at approximately the same time as letters from other organizations, causing confusion for students who were also asked to join the Phi Eta Sigma honor society. Peralez said what makes Phi Eta Sigma different is its campus chapter, which is something Phi Sigma Theta does not have. Each year the Texas State chapter of Phi Eta Sigma inducts more than 200 members. It has a small group of more than 20 active members. Membership in Phi Eta Sigma is open to students who have a 3.5 GPA after their first full-time semester at Texas State. Mitsteifer said she recommends students look into honor societies within their own majors. She said these groups are good for meeting professors and other students within the department. For more information about which organizations are recognized by Texas State, visit CASO’s Web site at and click on the student organizations link, or visit the ACHS Web site at

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Bush relents, will allow Rice to testify

WASHINGTON — Bowing to intense political pressure, President Bush agreed Tuesday that White House national security adviser Condoleezza Rice will testify under oath and in public to the commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Bush also agreed to be questioned by the full 10-member commission, rather than just its chairman and vice chairman. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney will meet jointly with the panel behind closed doors to answer its questions. These concessions were offered to quell a controversy that had grown more intense by the day after former White House counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke publicly accused Bush and Rice of failing to treat terrorism as an urgent threat before Sept. 11. Commission members, relatives of victims and Bush’s political adversaries all were demanding that Rice testify publicly. But while Bush’s move extricated him from that immediate problem, it will expose Rice to a high-profile grilling under oath about the many conflicts between her account of the period before Sept. 11 and Clarke’s — as well as Rice statements that have been called into question by documents that surfaced later.

Marines are targeted in Iraqi attacks

RAMADI, Iraq — One Marine was killed and five others wounded in three separate explosives attacks in this Sunni Trianglearea city on Tuesday. Meanwhile, south of Baghdad near the town of Hillah, a suicide bomber blew up his car outside the house of a police chief, killing himself and wounding seven others, officials said. And nearby, in the holy city of Najaf, there were riots Tuesday as unemployed workers demanded faster action in the processing of job applications. The three attacks on Marines in various neighborhoods of

Ramadi involved the detonation of improvised explosive devices, one of which killed a Marine patrolling on foot and severely injuring a second Marine. The Marines took over from the Army in this city of 400,000 about two weeks ago. While the Army preferred patrolling in vehicles, the Marine Corps began foot patrols soon after taking control of the region in an effort to reach out to the citizenry.

Justice allows holding Foster photos — The WASHINGTON Supreme Court barred the release of police photographs of former deputy White House counsel Vincent Foster Jr.’s body Tuesday, ruling unanimously that the privacy of Foster’s family outweighs an effort to find out if his July 1993 death by gunshot was not a suicide. Setting forth a new test to govern release of post-mortem pictures and documents held by the government, the court said surviving family members are covered by a provision of the Freedom of Information Act that exempts from disclosure law enforcement records that could invade personal privacy. Officials can withhold information to protect a grieving family, the court ruled, unless the requester has good evidence that disclosure might help uncover official wrongdoing. In this case, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court that Allan Favish, a lawyer in California who believes the government covered up the true circumstances of Foster’s death, has no such evidence. “It would be quite extraordinary to say that we must ignore the fact that five different inquiries into the Foster matter reached the same conclusion,” Kennedy wrote. Kennedy was referring to investigations by the FBI, a Senate committee, a House committee and independent counsels Robert Fiske and Kenneth Starr. Each confirmed the U.S. Park Police’s finding that Foster, who served former President Bill Clinton, killed himself in Fort Marcy Park. Briefs are from wire reports.

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Exxon-Mobil, have started campaigns that match Texas State alumni donations three to one. “These major gifts create long-term endowments,” Hill said. “We ask a lot of our corporate community and they are responsive.” Not everyone has the money to make these kinds of donations, but many people have something else they can donate — time. According to the Student Volunteer Connection, there are approximately 260 registered organizations on campus that have given more than 36,000 hours of service back to the community during the 20022003 academic year, benefiting more than 200 community agencies. These numbers include only registered student organization hours, not hours done by individuals outside of the university or by students on their own time. This year’s Bobcat Build alone drew more than 1,300 students and faculty members, included more than 90 campus organizations and outnumbered

the University of Texas’ volunteer programs, said Kim Porterfield, Texas State Community Relations coordinator. “Students who get involved are usually better students and their lives are more enriched,” Porterfield said. “People who volunteer are happier people.” Porterfield said she hopes participation in volunteer events will build leaders of tomorrow and will be something students take with them wherever they go. “Volunteers here might later become our school board members, council members or legislators,” Porterfield said. As well as participating in Bobcat Build, Community Relations sponsors “Pack It Up and Pass It On,” a recycling program for residence halls that benefits lower-income citizens of San Marcos. Without civic engagement, these ideas and events might never come to fruition, said Amy Kirwin, Council of Neighborhood Associations in San Marcos president. CONA is an umbrella organization that works to improve neighborhoods by sectioning

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them and assigning representatives to each area. Its goal is to strengthen the association between neighborhood representatives and the university so when there are problems in the community or on campus, the friendship already exists, making them easier to solve. Kirwin said the program does two things for students. It makes them aware of what is happening within the community outside the university. Students who do get involved get to see the community on a different level. It also makes students wellrounded individuals and helps them understand why the residents think or act a certain way. “Without civic engagement not a lot would change in the world and that would be a very sad thing,” said Amber Waring, education senior. “There’s a lot that has to be worked on, and people have to work from the heart, which includes volunteering. It also gives people meaning in life and connects them with the world and people around them.” Kirwin and Porterfield are also working on an unnamed


project for the fall semester that would involve campus organizations and the neighborhoods associated with CONA. The program would be similar to Bobcat Build in that it would team up organizations with members of the community. The students would help out around the neighborhoods doing various jobs for the duration of two semesters rather than a single day. “The purpose would be for the students to see the process of helping within the community,” Kirwin said. Currently underway on campus, the 27th annual University Fund Drive is focusing on getting its “family” involved. The participation of the faculty and staff help to generate funds that will benefit them as well as the students and is an indication of support to the university’s external audience, Hill said. In order to make the drive exciting and bring attention to its end on April 16, there will be a dunking booth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 7 in The Quad. Students will have the chance to make donations and dunk faculty and other staff members.

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The International Festival is an annual event to celebrate the international students and the diverse cultures they bring to the university. There are currently more than 500 international students representing 70 different countries from all around the world, which accounts for 2 percent of our student body, said ISA president Nawal El Harim.

“Having the mayor here tonight is really special to ISA because his presence shows us just how much San Marcos supports us,” El Harim said, who is Moroccan-American. The festival featured booths staffed by various foreign student organizations and belly dancers that danced to various Turkish, Lebanese and Arabic music. Eric Kiragua, Nairobi, Kenya native and business graduate

student, worked a booth and sold hand made African jewelry while teaching his customers bits of his native language, Swahili. “It’s great to see such a variety of students, dances, and clothes,” Kiragu said. “We take it for granted and forget sometimes that not everyone is as different as we are.” Kiragu is one of four Kenyan students at Texas State. As the festival went on, the

audience was further introduced to more culture by observing different dances including Indian, Malagasy, African and Salsa. The students also gave a fashion show in which they wore clothes from their native countries and explained the outfits in detail. “I hope everyone enjoys tonight because you can learn things from these international students that you can not get from a text book,” El Harim

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Quit your complaining; vote in ASG election THE MAIN POINT


ssociated Student Government elections began Tuesday and end today at 5 p.m. So why should Texas State students care about this? Well, for one, ASG represents the student body in so many ways, such as passing legislation and resolutions that aim to improve the quality of life for the student body. These are the people who got Chartwells to start rolling over

meal plans (a miracle in itself). They resurrected the university’s yearbook, Pedagog. They got some American Sign Language classes added back to the curriculum. They got teachers to not lock their classroom doors until 15 minutes after class has started. So do you really want someone unqualified to make these decisions for you? The main platform ASG

presidential candidates are taking is whether to make Texas State the flagship university of the Texas State University System. Who we vote into office will determine whether this becomes something ASG spends time on or not, not to mention if it is a feasible goal. On Thursday, The University Star published a voting guide to help inform the student body about the

choices available on who represents the college community. But that’s about all we can do. The fate of who represents the student body is in the hands of every student on campus. It’s up to you whether we have people in office who know what they are doing. So after reading this, go vote for ASG president, vice president and representatives. It’s cheesy to say, but every vote really does count.

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Republicans responsible for conservative label


Enough with the ‘liberal bias’ comments

This semester seems to have been one in which there are an unusual number of complaints about the alleged “liberal slant” of the opinions section. I am not surprised at these complaints but am left unsure as to what objectors wish to see. I certainly agree there has been a massive amount of criticisms made against President Bush found on the opinions pages. To call this necessarily a “liberal slant,” though, is rather presumptive and arbitrarily dismissive of the Richard Simmons criticisms being made. In order to understand this, let’s begin by looking at part of a letter to the editor published last week describing the differences between a conservative and a liberal. The section of it Star Columnist describing what the Republican Party’s conservative ideals are: “The Republican Party ideology is that of ‘less is more’ when it comes to government regulations. The belief is that industry will regulate itself by the will of the consumer. The other side of this is also that the consumer knows best what to do with his or her money. Lower taxes leave more money in the hands of the consumer, and that in turn stimulates the economy through spending and investing.” 1. Does Bush believe “less is more” when it comes to government regulations? During the 2000 presidential campaign, a reporter asked for his comment on a Web site parodying him. His response: “There ought to be limits to freedom.” While most people would find this agreeable as a general statement, Bush seems to think that one limit on freedom should be a prohibition of the lampooning of a candidate (or at least a prohibition on the ridiculing of Bush).

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In what Bush considered an effort to have churches participate in what is normally a function of the federal, state and local government, he pushed for his “faith-based” initiative of allowing churches and other religious charities to receive funding for the welfare services they provide. The result of this is that any of these religiously-oriented charities find themselves saddled with a slew of regulations of their everyday practices. A church tends to prefer its staff consist of likeminded people. It also prefers to persuade those it provides food, clothing and other aid to their religious ideas will be equally or even more helpful in their lives. None of this tends to be regarded as unusual practices (it’s what churches do), but these and other activities would be prohibited to them if they were to participate in Bush’s program. Attorney General John Ashcroft, in his effort to combat terrorism, considers it justifiable to indefinitely incarcerate suspected terrorists without levying charges against them or allowing them to seek legal counsel. Jose Padilla, a United States citizen accused (i.e. suspected — not convicted or even tried) of being at least an indirect accomplice in terrorist acts, is one person affected through the first applications of this new policy. Ashcroft has also stated that anyone who criticizes these and other actions of the Justice and Homeland Security departments to be abettors of terrorism themselves. What we have now — among other things — is the occasional surprise appearance of Secret Service agents showing up at university conferences discussing Islam and/or terrorism, demanding a list of names of all in attendance. If suspicion is grounds for arrest and indefinite incarceration, we are all at risk. 2. Does Bush believe industry will regulate itself by the will of the consumer? In March 2002, Bush enacted a prohibitive tariff on imported steel. His justification for this was that while Bush supported free trade, he always wanted “fair (i.e. protectionist; i.e. unfree) trade.” As a result of this experiment, Bush, who claims to be a capitalist, learned some things from the dismal science of economics, such as “other countries don’t like it when the

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United States engages in protectionism,” and “protecting domestic steelmakers injures domestic automakers, who were importing the cheaper foreign steel.” Bush has also tried similar things with other goods, such as working with U.S. catfish farmers and Congress to have Vietnamese catfish declared to not be catfish after all. This was done — and I am not making this up — in order to circumvent a bilateral trade agreement between the two countries that included a concurrence on the safety and fairness of the Vietnamese catfish market. 3. Is Bush a tax-cutter? Bush’s image as a taxcutter is considered by most to be the most solid marketing tool he has for his reelection campaign. And it is true, of course, that he has signed into law two tax-cut packages. Both of these, however, are deficit-financed — they must and will be paid eventually. Additionally, Bush has expanded the size of the federal government more than any other president in history. The net result of this is what amounts to a tax-hike time bomb, waiting to go off — presumably after Bush has completed his second term and is thus no longer politically accountable. The $300-plus checks many Americans have received will invariably turn into an incomparably larger addition to their tax bills. To conclude, I would like to preemptively counter those who may accuse me of being yet another example of this paper’s liberal bias. Identify any regulation (personal or economic) engaged in by any level of the government that does not merely involve stopping others from attempting to physically attack or steal another’s body or property, and you will find me opposing it. I have nothing but contempt for those who would tell me what I can and cannot do and also for those who would forcibly take what is mine, via taxation or eminent domain. This is precisely why I would never be caught dead voting for a fascist, socialist Republican such as Bush or a fascist, socialist Democrat such as John Kerry when there is a libertarian who opposes him.

This letter is a direct response to the letter by James Fleischman (March 25). He decries the fascist label as being a misnomer when applied to his Republican Party. Also, Flieishman takes the time to enlighten readers as to what a “liberal” is. According to Fleischman, a Republican is a conservative. Of course, this term as defined by Fleishman is only a reference to economic policy. He feels that corporate America will regulate itself based on consumer actions. I suppose an easy argument to refute this naïve logic would be merely to point out the fact that even corporations operating in areas under strict government control run amok and place fiscal well-being over potential detrimental effects. It is also self-evident that areas with few or no corporate regulations often find their land and people raped and destroyed, dead and humiliated by big business’ need to maintain a rising profit margin. But these arguments are too easy and obvious to make. Instead, I will deviate a little and call into question why James chose to defend the conservative mantle based on economics and not morality — which is the primary reason why many (if not most) Republicans have defined themselves as such. It’s also the reason why many others label them as fascists. For example, let’s take Republican Party leader George W. Bush’s push for a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage. Without arguing the morality of homosexuality, it is impossible to overlook the simple fact that this is only the second time in United States history that there has been a proposed amendment to limit our personal freedoms. The first resulted in prohibition, and we know how that turned out. Laws on a smaller level are enacted on a regular basis limiting our actions, but these laws are subject to nullification if deemed unconstitutional through our elaborate checks and balances system. Sorry James, but because of space constraints, I am limited to just that one example of fascist control by the “conservatives.” So perhaps, with my severe limitation, you may still find yourself able to say that conservatives do not seek to control all aspects of our lives, so I suggest a modified term. Do you feel that “moral fascists” is more appropriate? I’d like you to consider another quick point in regard to your labeling of liberals. Contrary to the often-held belief, liberals are financial sponges rewarding the poor by punishing the rich, most of us “liberals” are merely seeking governmental responsibility. We only want our elected officials to uphold their duty to maintain a government by, of and for the people. Why is it unfair for wealthy Americans and corporations to contribute a greater percentage than those less fortunate? Is it unreasonable to ask for a greater contribution from those who our free-market economy has benefited the most? On top of that, by saying this system punishes the rich, you imply we are rewarding the poor. Poverty is no reward, and the meager subsistence we call welfare isn’t either.

Simmons is a mathematics and philosophy junior.

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Censors bleep Janet on Late Show appearance Knight Ridder Newspapers In a stunner, Janet Jackson revealed to David Letterman that her infamous Feb. 1 Super Bowl stunt — the overly written-about and overly angsted-over Nipplegate — was, in fact, caused by an accident. And in saying what she’s been repeating for two months, J.J., who appeared on The Late Show Monday night, managed to get herself bleeped by CBS censors anyway. J.J. said she’s tired of talking about the “wardrobe malfunction.” “You’re going to make me relive this?” she asked Letterman. “I want to put all that behind me. I truly do.” But Dave pressed her for more details, and she said, “Oh, Jesus,” in exasperation, which was bleeped out. J.J. is making the rounds to hawk her first album in three years, Damita Jo, which came out Tuesday. After the Late Show, she hit Manhattan hot spot Spice Market with boyfriend Jermaine Dupri — and a pack of reporters. Dupri, whom many of J.J.’s die-hard fans refer to as “that rat,” gushed about his gal, saying the pair “do romantic things together every day.” Alas, he got all coy when asked if he was going to marry the 37-year-old. But a picture’s worth a thousand words: Viewers of Late Night got to see J.J. show off a big ring on her left ring finger.

Let’s hear it for the boys (who know the middle ground) Christina Gomez The Fashion Assassin

Alamo Drafthouse

serves up fun alternative for movie buffs BY CHRIS ROBINSON SENIOR REPORTER

In the ongoing war between movie theaters to attract the largest crowd, the most effective weapon on the battlefield has been the increasingly gargantuan size of a movie house and the degree to which its speakers can rumble and, presumably, “wow” the audience. Outside of this quality, only geographic convenience remains to differentiate one big-name theater from the next. As with movies, a theater that invests more in flashy effects than in love for its subject is destined to produce a forgettable experience. The brilliant minds at the Alamo Drafthouse are aware of this and efficiently utilize their kinetic devotion for cinema to the theater’s advantage. Though the Drafthouse has since branched out with multiple locations in Austin, the one-screen, downtown theater remains the creative heart of the chain and is where the majority of its signature screenings are held. Food The most distinguishable of the Drafthouse’s many unique traits is also the most obvious: Full meals can be ordered to accompany the film. Its colorful menu includes pizzas — “The Godfather,” “Enter the Dragon” and “Blue Hawaii” to name a few — salads, sandwiches, desserts and, of course, alcohol. Certain dishes are tacked onto the menu (and are sometimes complimentary) to correspond with the feature film. Free crème brule is offered during the Amelie showings, for example, and full spaghetti feasts are served during Spaghetti Western features.

Foleyvision! Oh, for the underdogs of cinema. As though cinematic nuggets of fool’s gold such as Santo vs. the Martians or Turkish Star Wars really needed any more of a bizarre pick-me-up, here is Foleyvision! to give these strange films just a little more “umph.” Foleyvision! provides live sound effects, live music and live dialogue to accompany the films. In an Austin Chronicle article, Buzz Moran, founder of Foleyvision!, elaborated on the difficulties of live dialogue when there are limited voice actors on hand. “You assign somebody this character and that character, and then you realize they have to fight each other. That happens several times in the film and there’s no way around it: You have to fight yourself,” Moran said. Anime at the Alamo Every Tuesday, the Drafthouse screens a feature-length animated episode. Previous showings have included Blackjack: Infection, Robot Carnival (with a live score by DJ Nick Nack) and Angel’s Egg. The animation isn’t restricted to Japanese films, though; there will be films from Korean animators (Oseam) as well as French (Arzak Rhapsody). Japanese cuisine and Bubble Tea are added to the menu for these showings. There are also door prizes. Mr. Sinus Theater 3000 Jerm Pollet, Owen Egerton and John Erler’s ambitious comedy project shares more in common with Mystery Science Theater 3000 than a similar name. They pick up where Mystery Science

leaves off, slinging verbal comic gold at less-than spectacular films. A significant difference between the two shows, aside from the absence of puppets, is the movies chosen to lambaste; Mr. Sinus picks out movies that are generally more recognizable to the audience, such as The Karate Kid and Footloose. Mr. Sinus performances are held on Friday nights.

Open Screen Night There are rumblings that say Austin is fast becoming the next Hollywood. Regardless of the validity of that idea, it’s safe to say Austin is brimming with amateur filmmakers. Which leads to Open Screen Night: it’s like The Gong Show meets open mic night at a coffee house. The audience brings in VHS or DVDs of their short films (eight minutes, tops) that are then selected at random to play. The entrant gets a minimal of two minutes to prove its worth before it can be booed off the screen. The winner receives $100 and is offered the opportunity to make the next commercial for Open Screen Night. Tickets are $4 and the proceeds go to support Two Note Solo, an Austin literary magazine. These screenings are held on Saturday nights. Like any dynamic theater, the Drafthouse’s schedule is constantly changing, which means that many of the events are on display for only a limited time in order to make room for new ones. The Alamo Drafthouse Downtown is located on 409 Colorado St. in Austin. Movie schedules are available on its Web site at

Apparently, I missed the memo when a “metrosexual” was deemed the must-have item for today’s women. Must-have? Only if you like having to share your moisturizing gloves and under-eye cream. The last thing a high maintenance fashionista like myself needs is someone to compete for mirror time. Plus, the concept of a metrosexual is just laughable. It is a straight male who isn’t afraid to embrace his feminine side by doing traditionally girly things such as exfoliate and microderm. News flash: That isn’t attractive. Now, I am all for a man being well kept and lovely, but I don’t need an entirely new word in Webster’s to define it. Part of the mystique of men is that they aren’t dainty. I would rather see a guy with grease under his fingernails from changing my tire than sitting with me drinking mimosas and having our nails buffed, or grimy from playing soccer with his boys than “glistening” from Pilates. Of course, there are the few who can exist as a happy medium between wuss-cake and mountain man. And if you want to be one of them, there are a lot of primping options that won’t leave you smelling like coconut lime verbena. Grooming: Every major hair care and skincare label is working on or has launched products specifically designed for men. They target issues specific to men such as coverage for thinning hair, coarse beards and unruly mops-o-hair. As far as skincare goes, the best new line designed exclusively for men comes from Nivea. It has created an entire product line to target everything from sensitive skin to exfoliation. It comes in sporty bottles you can throw in the shower for uber convenience. Be warned: If you have never exfoliated before, be careful. The stuff is designed to buff off skin cells. Don’t give yourself a major carpet burn by rubbing too hard. Fashion: Men have it made. No push up this or minimize that. That being said, don’t ruin your laid-back appeal by trying to emulate the silly mannequins you see at Express Men. Less is more when it comes to looking good. I’ve put together some easy ways to look put together without making a fool of yourself or dropping a lot of bank. Iron. Iron. Iron. It’s your best friend, and it’s easy to do. Just ironing your khakis and shirts can make a huge difference in the presentation of your clothing. Also, wear clothes that fit. I am so tired of the swimmingin-your-pants trend for men. And if you are a larger guy, even more reason not to upsize the clothing. It only makes you look bulkier. Very few guys can pull of the rock star look. Black on black on black topped with black rarely looks nice, and most of the time it’s for a funeral. Lose the tortured soul routine, even if it is just a different colored shirt. And by all means, wear what makes you comfortable. Chances are if you feel like a dope with what you have on, people will probably think you are one. If all else fails, denim is always hot. Shoes: I can just say this: every man should own about seven pairs, minimum. The running shoes, the running shoes you don’t run in, leather sandals, flip flops, hiking-type boots, brown dress shoes and black dress shoes are the bare minimum. Just keep your dress shoes clean and scuff-free, clean the mud off your sneakers and you’re set. If you can swing it, remember that your belt and shoes should always match. And a man without a belt might as well just be in sweatpants. Black pants and brown shoes rarely match, and always wear dress socks with dress shoes. That wasn’t so painful, was it? Being “well-kept” is light years away from turning in your man-card and it’s a hell of a lot easier than being a girl. For the most part, I like you the way you are — sweaty, mismatched, sometimes obnoxious but otherwise fabulous. See, the Fashion Assassin doesn’t always have a heart of stone. Besides, I’d never try to change you. I’ll leave that to your girlfriend.

Hanks slays ’em in Ladykillers

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Courtesy photo Tom Hanks concocts the plot for a perfect heist when he rents a room from church lady Irma P. Hall in Touchstone Pictures’ The Ladykillers.


Take the twang of criminal from the South, Joe Dirt’s hillbilly film responds to a local accent, refine it with a woman’s advertisement college degree then R E V I E W for a tenant, bringing give it a twist of crimi«««« with him his crew of nal mischief and slap a Using the The Ladykillers criminals. Dir.: Joel basement of this house, satirical stamp on the and Ethan Coen they plan to tunnel into whole package. That’s Stars: Irma P. Hall, the role Academy Tom hanks, Marlon the nearby casino’s Award-winner Hanks Wayans underground vault and Rated R make off with millions. accepted, though only Of course, they run into halfway through readroadblocks along the way, but the ing his part in the script. The Ladykillers opens in a way these obstacles are tackled is quiet southern Missouri town- what really sets this film apart as scape flourishing with gospel surprisingly fun to watch. churches and traditional Bible g See HANKS, page 7 Belt values. Hanks, a crafty

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The ’70s A time when women stand taller (literally) BY PORSHA THOMAS FASHION REPORTER

Hellboy lacks originality, but achieves superhero success

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through. With blockbuster Jump forward 60 franchises such as film X-Men and Spideryears and the baby, man saturating the R E V I E W now a hulking man«««« child with all the demand for superHellboy unhealthy vices of a hero films, Hellboy Dir.: Guillermo is going to be a del Toro teenager, has grown to tough sell. Its dark Stars: Selma Blair, become the flagship Ron Perlman, “detective” of a secret content lacks an outJeffrey Tamboy wardly marketable Rated PG-13 branch of the FBI “human” feel that focused strictly on the prior two strongly relied investigating supernatural on. occurrences. More brute musThis is nothing to say of the cle than an actual detective, actual quality of Hellboy, Hellboy rumbles with plenty though. of the gnashing, slow-witted The story begins in 1944, monsters that have become a when, in a bid to permanently standard fixture in modern turn the tide in his favor, sci-fi. Hitler commissioned the notoYet it’s Hellboy’s appealing rious Russian sorcerer combination of sardonic wit, Rasputin (Karel Roden) to snappy comebacks and childsummon the apocalypse. A like sensitivity, all guided troop of American soldiers expertly by a top-of-his-game and one benevolent paranor- Perlman, that maintains a mal specialist, Professor sense of freshness throughout Bruttenholm (John Hurt), the otherwise tedium of uninintercepted the evil ceremony spired fight sequences. in time to stop it, but not Perlman’s amiable presentabefore a baby demon slipped tion is instantly more likable

than the plasticity of Daredevil or Spiderman. Del Toro (who also penned the screenplay) skillfully manages the tenuous balance between comedy and action. His history of successful presentation of dark material, as in Blade 2 and The Devil’s Backbone, lend to the grim undertones that run deep within Hellboy’s story. Even with its action-oriented angle, del Toro’s emphasis on character accuracy should appease most fans, particularly with the vocal inclusion of Hellboy’s favorite food: “pamcakes.” More than just another blip on Hollywood’s superhero binge, Hellboy blends elements that are rarely seen from other comic-turnedmovies. The drive of the story may not smack with originality, but at the very least the Hellboy’s attractive characters will sustain the film and, hopefully, secure a sequel. — Chris Robinson

and Soul” on that giant keyboard we all remember so vividly. The Ladykillers, a not-socliché remake of the 1955 original, is the third effort by the Academy Award-winning directors of O Brother, Where Art Thou and Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen. Their original take on an already riotous script proved right on with the modernized spin the brothers put on the work, much like their styling of O Brother. On screen, the cast’s chemistry feels like a match made in

the lab. J.K. Simmons also delivers a cunning interpretation of Garth Pancake, the rednecked, fix-it-all handyman of the bunch. Among others, Tzi Ma and Ryan Hurst grace this clever comedy with their roles. All in all, talented acting and clever direction make good on critical speculation that The Ladykillers will be quite the surprise hit. Indeed, audiences are sure to leave their seats feeling more intelligent and, if nothing else, thoroughly entertained. — Jonny Wyall

HANKS: Talented acting, directing make The Ladykillers remake a hit

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For his role as Dr. Goldwait Higginson Dorr, Hanks makes an unexpected return to his comedic roots. His first big screen blockbusters were all comedies (Big and Splash), but as he progressed as an actor, he moved on to more serious roles in Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump and Cast Away. Hanks nails his role as a southern gentleman/criminal. This proves he hasn’t lost that touch he had all those years back while dancing out “Heart

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What’s happenin’ disco divas? Give the ’70s a big hug and embrace a new America. Women of the ’70s, no longer bound by old-fashioned beliefs, chose who they wanted to be and wore whatever they wanted. If one felt like wearing a short miniskirt one day, a maxi dress the next and hot pants after that, that’s just what she did. For eveningwear, women often wore full-length maxi dresses, evening trousers or glamorous halter neck cat suits (which have recently become popular again). Some of the dresses oozed Motown glamour, others less so. In contrast to the reveal-all mini, women would confound men by completely covering their legs and retort that mini dresses were the exploitation rather than the liberation of women. Trousers and trouser suits were serious fashions in the ’70s. They began gently flared and reached wide bell-bottom proportions by about 1975, after which they slowly reduced to straight and wide, until the latter part of the ’70s when they finally became narrow again. Popular fabrics include heavy crepes, wool jersey knits, Courtelle jersey and

woven Polyester suiting such as Trevira. Farrah Fawcett and her actress colleagues of Charlie’s Angels helped popularize not only flared trousers but also a rough-cut hairstyle that demanded constant use of tongs or heated rollers to make the hair flicks. Remember how popular tights were in the ’60s? Sales plummeted when some women chose to wear pop socks beneath trousers. They were worn with small knitted short vests or scoop neck tank tops. Waistcoats were popular in any length, from traditional to hip length to maxi. In the early ’70s, platform shoes began with a slim sole, which moved from 1 inch up to about 4 inches at the peak of popularity. When they were high soles, individuals frequently got friendly cobblers or handy men to hollow out cheese holes from the sole base. A platform shoe with a 1inch sole was quite comfortable to wear, stopping the development of hard skin and feeling small stones through the soles. By the mid-’70s, the most ordinary people were wearing 2-inch deep platforms without a second thought. But accidents did happen, and many men and women twisted on a pair of platform shoes. At about the same time, clogs became popular, as they followed the trend for chunkiness

of sole. For those who still liked to show a little leg, it became tasteful in the early ’70s to wear creamy white tights with black patent shoes. The tank top of the ’70s was a forerunner to the scoopnecked camisole top of the 1980s and the shell of the 1990s. Disco looks began in the 1970s and were memorable for the hot pants look and Spandex tops. Gold lame, leopard skin, stretch halter jumpsuits and white clothes that glowed in Ultra Violet lights capture the era perfectly. Hate the dress code policy at clubs? This began in the ’70s. People tried to look right to gain entry into clubs. Satin jackets that reflected the light and a medallion resting on a tanned chest in an open-neck shirt with the collar turned up were the trends, although this seems horrid today. Let’s recap! Although the ’70s are known for the awful bell-bottom, big-collar fashions of which we love to make fun, this decade actually brought fashion into a world of modernization. The hot pants, the miniskirt and short dress, all styles of the ’60s, got shorter and were worn more frequently in this decade. The women of the ’70s made it possible for today’s woman to wear all of the provocative things we wear that are now acceptable.


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froyo, hocho

Originating in England, this term means a confused state. Example: I’ve been walking around in a puddle all day because I’ve only had around six hours of sleep during the past three days.

These terms are abbreviated forms for frozen yogurt and hot chocolate, respectively. They originated on Gilmore Girls (thanks to that darn Lorelai). Example: I like to drink some hocho when it’s cold out, but froyo is my fave summer treat.

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Summer sublease available May 1st. Female roommate needed. $345/month plus electric and water. Private bath. (512)644-7641. (4/8) ____________________________ 3 bd/ 2.5 bth duplex $1,050/ month. Available June 1st. (512)587-7559. (4/14) ____________________________ 2 bedroom / 1 bath apartment $450-575 (512)757-4513. (4/29) ____________________________ Need someone to take over lease in late May to mid-August. $355/month + electricity. Fully furnished. Get one month free. Call Norma @ (210)685-9725. (4/1) ____________________________ Huge 2/1.5 beautiful location, onsite laundry, free cable and water, pets welcome, quiet complex. $595/month. 393-3300. (4/1) ____________________________ 3/2, W/D, pets welcome, free cable. Awesome downtown location $750/month. Available 5/8. 393-3300. (4/1) ____________________________ NEXT TO TXSTATE. Beautiful 2 br/ 1 bth, wooden floors, ethernet, water, cable, PAID. 353-3564, 903-748-2400 - James. (4/1) ____________________________ 22 year old Tx State student looking to rent out a room in new 3/2 home. Good place for students who want to excel in school. Cable/ high speed internet. Move in ASAP, call Cody (512)878-0409. (4/8) ____________________________ Female roommate. Next to SWT, don’t worry about parking or shuttle, own bedroom. $300 range. 392-2700. (4/29) ____________________________ Quiet male student. Live next to SWT. Don’t worry about parking or shuttle, own bedroom, $300 range. 392-2700. (4/29) ____________________________ American Classic - Ranch style home for rent. 3/2 on acres, quiet, deck, 5 min to town. $1,300.00/mo. 357-1235 or 557-8356. (4/8) ____________________________ 2/1, 1/1 near TSU, pleasant yard. Pets OK. 353-3971. (4/29) ____________________________ I’LL PAY YOU $300 to take over my 1 bed/ 1 bath lease at Bobcat Village for the summer. All amenities included, fully furnished. Call Jenny at 408-8006. (4/1) ____________________________ Take over my lease from MayAugust. 1/1 at the Verandah. $380 per month + utilities. Call Lindsey 787-1718. (4/8) ____________________________ Sublease 1 bed/ 1 bath. nice and roomy. $420/month. Available for summer. 878-1980. (4/8) ____________________________ Large & private. 2b/1b duplex. W/d, near campus, trees, yard & pool. $650/month. Call CD 787-5156. (4/29)

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SPRING BREAK AFTERMATH. Efficiencies $480. Water and electric paid. 4 bdrms/2.5 baths $1250. Water paid and w/d included. Call April @ 512-754-6701. (4/29) ____________________________ PRELESE NOW for the best apartment selection for Summer and Fall. We offer one-stop shopping for free floorplans & info on specials, availability and amenities. Call or come by APARTMENTS TO GO by “The Square”. 112 W. Hopkins at Guadalupe/ 353-FREE/Licensed Real Estate Broker. (4/29) ____________________________ Country setting 2/1 ceiling fans, close to town & TSU ce/ch, no smoking $500 + deposit. 557-4054. (4/1) ____________________________ 3/2.5 Huge Duplex! $1100, on Tx State shuttle, Move in 8/20/04. 1600 sq ft. Large closets. W/D, 2 garage, no pets, or Mike 665-2772. (4/29) ____________________________ Two people needed to sublease 2 bed/ 2 bath apartment. Available immediately through August. (512)805-4163. (3/31) ____________________________ Pre-lease Today. 8/20/04 3 blocks from TxState. $735/mo. 2br/2.5ba TH. $300/dep., Full size w/d, FREE ROADRUNNER & HBO. No dogs 396-4181 or (4/29) ____________________________ Duplex-Preleasing for 8/20. 3 blocks from Tx State. 2 br/2 ba, $785. Full-size w/d, FREE ROADRUNNER & HBO, 396-4181 or (4/24) ____________________________ Sublease room at THE Zone for low price of $345 a month, June & July only. Free internet, cable and phone, w/d. Low monthly utility bills. Female roommate wanted. Call Melody 210-394-9150. e-mail (4/1) ____________________________ $380 per mo., all bills paid, fully furnished, on bus route. 512-878-0777. (4/6) ____________________________ Trailer for rent. $600/month or $300.month w/ roommate + utilities. Sharon 754-9039 or 353-8985. (4/1) ____________________________ 1 br/ 1ba HOUSE. 8/21/04 MOVE IN, Huge yard. $695 + $300 dep. 900sf, 2 blocks from SWT. 396-4181. (4/24) ____________________________ $735 Preleasing for 5/20/04. 3 blocks from Tx State. 2 br/2.5 ba townhouse 1050 sf. Full-size w/d, FREE ROADRUNNER & HBO, 396-4181 or (4/24) ____________________________ Sublease my large on e bedroom 1 1/2 bathroom apartment in April. Cheap rent: Call Crystal for details. 557-3406. (4/1) ____________________________ 2/1 house. Historic District. Hardwood floors. Fenced yard. Pet’s OK. $700/month. 557-0961. (3/31) ____________________________ 2/2 Condo, Washer/Dryer, Walking distance to TX State. $675 (512) 784-6598. (3/31) ____________________________ Available now. 2 brand new homes for lease or purchase in Kyle. 3/2/2 w/ all appliances including washer and dryer. 1 month free w/ one year lease. Call Norman (512)268-6325 or (512)699-1587. (4/1) ____________________________ Roommate wanted, $200/month + utilities, call Nathan (512)878-1846. (3/31) ____________________________ Live rent free! Buy my big, near new 3/2 mobile home. Sell when graduate. I’ll finance/ good credit. Payments $165/mo. ($18,500) After 5 p.m. 512-868-3900/ 738-0652. (4/29)

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1b, 2b, 3b & rooms, next to Tx State. Good prices. Why shuttle or commute? Large pool, upgraded apartments, wooden or tile floors, preleasing May & August. Call 392-2700, or 757-1943. (3/31) ____________________________ Part of the drama. Female roommate ISO to male roommates. $250 per person. 210-387-8831. ____________________________ Awesome Deal 1/1, $395, gas, water, trash incld. Now pre-leasing Apt. Experts 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Townhome Community 1/1.5, $436, 2/1.5, $545 w/ dryer incl. $0 app. & 1/2 off dep. Now preleasing. Apt. Experts 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Great views of Tx State. 1/1 $435 +, 2/1 $550+, Now pre-leasing for Fall ‘04. Pet friendly. Apt. Experts. 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Brand New Community. Fully furn., most bills pd. Ethernet, local ph, w/d incl. $399 +, AE 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Texas Size Townhomes. 1 & 2 bdrms $495, most bills paid w/cable. Pets ok. Apartment Experts 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Industrial Modern Living. $375 +, cable, ethernet, phone & w/d incl. AE 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Great Community. 1/1 $460 +, 2/1 $480+, on shuttle, pets ok. Now preleasing for May ‘04!!! Apartment Experts 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ $100 prelease + bonus offer, 3 bedroom 3 bathrooms w/d 396-1520. (2/3?) ____________________________ NO RENT TILL APRIL!! 1/1 $495+, 2/2 $685+, 3/2 $699+, w/dryer included (rest. apply) Apt. Experts 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Big Dogs Okay! Walk or shuttle to class. most bills pd. w/cable. 1/1 $450+, 2/2 $595 + Apt. Experts. 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Small Community, 1/1 $450, 2/2 $650, with free wireless internet. Pet’s o.k Apt. Experts 805-0123. ____________________________ ON A BUDGET? So am I. That’s why we have Langtry Apartments. 205 Craddock Ave., Waiting for you. 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment homes with washer/dryer ready for you to move-in today. Only $650 per month. Who said living in San Marcos had to be expensive? Langtry Apartments 396-2673. ____________________________ Skinny Dippin! In the middle of Winter! Our Skinny prices are dippin even lower! One bedroom now only $575.00. Washer/Dryer, microwave, free high speed internet with no dial-up and resort style amenities. Call the Metropolitan 393-6000. (4/29) ____________________________ Privacy, Privacy and More Privacy! A place of your own! Stadium view apartments has a few 1 bedroom 1 bath homes for you. Fireplaces, ceiling fans, PRIVATE outside storage and covered parking await you. On-Site laundry, pool, and spa are only one call away. VJE Realty 353-3002. ____________________________ Ready & Waiting! Nice, 1 bedroom , 1 bath studio home. 1642 Post Road. lot’s of storage and yard area. VJE Realty 353-3002. ____________________________ 1 bd APT. $395/mo. 353-5051. (4/29)

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P/T self storage manager, flexible hours. E-mail resume to or send to Tru Lock self storage. P.O Box 1374. Buda, Tx 78610. (4/8) ____________________________ Responsible, dependable female, personal attendant for 13 yr old bedridden handicapped boy. Every other weekend 9 a.m to 8 p.m. $8.00 an hour, Need by 5/1. Family will train. Call 392-9737, leave message. (4/8) ____________________________ INO’z where you should work. INO’z. Restaurant, located on the square in Wimberly. Now interviewing for all positions. apply in person 1-5 p.m weekdays. Call (512)847-6060 for directions. ____________________________ Student Worker: 20 hours per week. Develop marketing materials, gain administrative experience, and help staff health education outreach programs. Flexible hours to fit class schedule. Available May 2004. Be familiar with Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop. $6 per hour. Call Teresa at the Student Health Center, 245-2161. (4/1) ____________________________ Graduate Assistantship: 20 hours per week. Gain experience working in college health by presenting on health topics, organizing outreach programs, and researching and developing educational materials. Flexible hours to fit class schedule. Available Fall 2004. Call Teresa at the Student Health Center, 245-2161. (4/1) ____________________________ BASS PLAYER WANTED. Band with major record deal. Call (512)408-2649. (3/31) ____________________________ Law firm needs part-time help. Please fax resume to Monica. 800-920-3529. (4/1) ____________________________ Health Club hiring experienced sales people. 353-0789. (4/29) ____________________________ New Braunfels Smoke House now hiring waitstaff and cooks. Apply at restaurant. 146 Hwy 46 East. 830-625-2416. (4/1) ____________________________ Nanny needed for 3 boys ages 7, 5, 3. This position is for much more then a “babysitter”. you will be responsible for planning activities, throughout the day, preparing meals and some light housekeeping. Must be English speaking and have own transportation. Hours full-time in summer and part-time in Fall. Excellent references required. Please call 754-8659 for more information. (4/8)

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Needed: waiters/waitresses/cooks at Papa Docks Restaurant in Canyon Lake. Possible $300-700 weekly. Apply in person. Tues-Fri between 2-5. FM 306 at Canyon Lake Marina. (4/8) ____________________________ !Bartending! $300 a day potential, no exp. necessary, training provided 800-965-6520 x157. (4/29) ____________________________ Make money taking Online surveys. Earn $10-$125 for surveys. Earn $25-$250 for focus groups. Visit ____________________________ Bartender trainees needed. $250 a day potential. Local positions. 1-800-293-3985 ext 316. (4/26) ____________________________ The City of New Braunfels is accepting applications for seasonal positions in the park and Recreation Department: park rangers, lifeguards, cashiers, attendants, asst. managers, river spotters, laborers, counselors and swim instructors. Positions open until filled. Must be at least 16 YOA. 15 - 40hrs/wk, including weekends, holidays, and evenings. Starting pay range is $6.91 $10.00 depending upon position. For more info. call 830-608-2160 or on the city website: (4/1) ____________________________ Athletic, outgoing students for calendar greeting cards, etc. $50 150/hr no exp needed. 512-684-8296. (4/29) ____________________________ SUMMER CAMP JOBS IN COLORADO --- Make a difference in the life of a girl at Girl Scout overnight camps in the mountains SW of Denver. General Counselors, Program Specialists (Western horseback riding, backpacking, crafts, nature, sports/archery, challenge course, farm, dance & drama) and Administrative Positions. Late May – early August. Competitive salary, housing, meals, health insurance, travel and end-of-season bonuses. For an application, e-mail or call 303-607-4819. (4/29) ____________________________ Get paid for your opinions! Earn $15-$125 and more per survey! ____________________________ Arabian Horses: several open positions:Ranch in SM, close to campus, flex hrs. 1.hoof trimmer hrly $ or trade. 2.temp ranch hand $6hr. 3.serious/exp trainers--negot pay. 4.good riders who love to ride$open! 5.attractive models who ride well--trade photos. 6.secretary--coordinate, manage, research--open$ *Riding lessons available. Project: Got 14 horses and more foaling. And a website ( working on photos/text to showcase, market, and sell 11 horses in 6 months. Experience and time are negotiable commodities. Pay you in cash when possible or trade when agreeable ..! E-mail resume , aspirations, services to: However, if imperative my cell 210-367-7842 and 353-3477 ranch. (4/29) ____________________________ Are you a dynamic, compassionate, motivated individual looking for the EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME? If so then Horizon Camps is the place for you. Horizon Camps is made up of three OUTSTANDING co-ed summer camps, seeking AMAZING staff to work with INCREDIBLE kids ranging in age from 7 to 15. Located in NY, PA, and WV, positions are available in the areas of group leading, athletics, theatrearts, water sports, outdoor education, and so much more. For more information and to complete an application please contact us... 1-800-544-5448. (4/29)

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Roommate needed. 3 bedroom house close to campus. $400/month + 1/3 bills. 787-9996. (4/29) ____________________________ Sublease my room in a 4 bd/ 4 ba, all bills paid except electricity. Girl only. $330/month. 361-564-8476, 361-275-9183, or 361-275-3872. (4/8) ____________________________ Roommate needed. Move in May 25 to Windmill Townhomes. Rent $365/month + 1/3 bills. Call Jessica at 281-350-1320. (4/1) ____________________________ Need roommate. Move in May 1st. 2 bed/2 bath nice condo. Washer/dryer. 1 block from campus. $335/month + half bills. Call Steven at (512)353-3381. (4/1) ____________________________ Sublease in a 4 bd/4ba, all bills paid except electricity. $355/month. 361-564-8476. (4/1) ____________________________ 2 F Clean roommates needed. Furnished, nice house $375/mo. + 1/3 utilities. 805-0299. (4/1)


Is money your obstacle? We have your loans today! We’re close to campus and here for you. Stereo’s, DVD’s, Jewelry and more. San Marcos Pawn. 164 S. Guadalupe, 396-7296. (4/24) ____________________________ Typing etc! Audio transcription, resumes, notary public, applications, binding, editing, bumper stickers, tables, etc. 392-9880. (4/29) ____________________________ Professional Photographer Specializes in weddings, portraits & modeling. Visit my website @ For Additional info. Please contact me via e-mail @ (4/29) ____________________________ why waste time when you can shop online! Or stop in at 325 E. Hopkins. (4/29) ____________________________ 866.290.3030. (4/22)


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Woodard feeds Bobcats’ hunger with unity as main ingredient By Jim Bob Breazeale Sports Reporter

Ashley A. Horton/Star photo Kyle Anson, junior third baseman, slides safely into second base against Texas A&M in Round Rock Tuesday night. The Bobcats were defeated by the Aggies, 10-5.

Texas State implodes in 11th, fall to Aggies 10-5 ROUND ROCK — Texas State faced its fifth nationally ranked team Tuesday, when it took on the No. 9 Texas A&M University Aggies at the Dell Diamond, dropping a hardfought 10-5 decision in 11 innings. The loss breaks a four-game winning streak and leaves the Bobcats at 15-13 on the season, while the Aggies improved to 246. Texas State starter Paul Schappert started on the mound for the Bobcats and threw six innings, allowing three runs in a no-decision. Schappert’s defense struggled early with two errors in the first but the Bobcat starter managed to survive the inning without any runs. However, Schappert’s luck did not continue through the second frame, when he ran into trouble with runners at the corners and no outs. First baseman Eric Scheidt hit a rocket that bounced off Bobcat third baseman Kyle Anson’s chest, rolling enough in front of the junior to allow designated hitter Brian Bowe to score from third. Anson recovered though and got the out at first, but right fielder Cory Patton advanced to second on the play. The next Aggie batter, catcher Kevin Whelan, took a pitch to the left field wall that drove in Patton from second, giving A&M a 2-0 lead. “It took us three tries to get that leadoff hitter out in the first,” said Harrington. “I felt like we were a little uneasy. But sometimes you can kick them in the rear to get their motors started.” Texas State responded in the bottom of the inning, cutting the lead in half with a run off an Anson bloop single to short left

field that curved around and gave A&M left fielder Andrew Baldwin trouble against the wall, allowing junior left fielder Matt Miller to score. The 2-1 lead would remain with the Aggies until the top of the fifth, when the Texas State defense gave up another critical run. Second baseman Erik Schindewolf started things with a bunt single. Two batters later, with Schindewolf on first, shortstop Cliff Pennington then slapped a grounder to Schappert, who fielded the ball and proceeded to throw the ball into center field, allowing both runners to advance into scoring position. Third baseman Austin Boggs followed with a grounder to short that managed to score Schindewolf. Once again, the Bobcats followed an Aggie score with some of their own, this time exploding for three runs to take the lead, 4-3. Second baseman Nolan Mast doubled to the base of the left field wall and advanced to third as center fielder Evan Tierce grounded to second. That set up Matt Miller, who hit a RBI single to right. Anson followed that with an RBI double to right field. At that point, Aggie coach Mark Johnson made a switch on the mound in favor of Austin Creps. Right fielder Richard Martinez hit a Creps pitch for a single scoring Anson, before Creps settled down and managed to record the last out on a strikeout to Jarrett Williams. The next inning was beneficial to the Bobcat offense as well, as Mast, standing on third, scored on a Creps wild pitch, giving Texas State a two-run cushion, 53. However, A&M had a response of its own in the seventh, cutting the lead in half when Texas State pitcher Brian

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Hurley had control problems. Schindewolf led things off with a double off the leftfield wall and would not need any help from his Aggie offense, as Hurley allowed Schindewolf to advance to third and score with a wild pitch and passed ball. Then in the eighth, A&M tied things up when Brian Bowe sent a shot to shallow right. Martinez dove for the ball and came up a few inches short, allowing the ball to bounce around behind him on the warning track and Bowe to record a triple. Patton follwed with a single through a drawn-in Bobcat defense, which was playing the man at third. With two out in the eighth, Dominic Ramos moved from short to his more dominating position of staff closer. Ramos promptly got Whelan to fly to second to end the inning. Then, in the top of the ninth Ramos battled through the top of their lineup, spotless. Ramos stayed for the 10th as well, as both teams went scoreless through the frame. But in the top of the 11th, Ty Harrington brought in Chris Jean, who gave up a single to Schindewolf. The next batter, center fielder Travis Bartek, laid down a sacrifice bunt that Jean misplayed off the turf, allowing both Schindewolf and Bartek to reach safely. After another sac bunt to move the two runners into scoring position, Harrington ordered an intentional walk to Boggs, setting the stage for Baldwin, with the bases loaded. Baldwin took the first pitch he saw from Jean and laced it over Anson’s glove at third for a tworun double. Jean continued to struggle allowing the next batter, designated hitter John Infante to rope a liner up the middle to clear the two runners in scoring position, putting the Aggies up 9-5. Harrington had seen enough from Jean and brought in Jason

baseball vs. Texas A&M 3/31/04 R H E

Score by inning

Texas A&M ........0...2...0...0...1...0...1...1...0...0...5 10 14 0 TEXAS STATE ...0....1...0...0...3...1..0...0...0...0..0 5 14 4

Texas A&M (24-6) Players AB R H RBI Cf Bartek 3 1 0 0 ss Penning. 5 0 0 0 3b Boggs 5 1 0 1 lf Baldwin 6 1 1 2 dh Bowe 4 1 2 0 dh Infante 2 2 2 2 rf Patton 6 1 3 1 1b Scheidt 2 0 1 1 1b Mavroul. 1 0 0 1 c Whelan 6 0 1 1 2b Schind. 5 3 4 0 TOTALS 45 10 14 9

TEXAS STATE (15-13) Players AB R H RBI SS/p Ramos 6 0 1 0 2b Mast 6 2 3 0 cf Tierce 6 0 2 0 lf Miller 6 2 3 1 1b Cooper 5 0 1 0 3b Anson 5 1 2 2 rf Martinez 5 0 2 1 c Bednarek 3 0 0 0 ss Williams 3 0 0 0 Crumpton 2 0 0 0 TOTALS 47 5 14 4


Schappert 6.0 5 1.0 1 Hurley 0.1 2 Gultz Wisneski 0.1 0 2.1 2 Ramos 0.1 3 Jean 0.2 1 Baca Texas A&M Pitching Ray Creps Rampy

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Win - Rampy (2-0), Loss - Jean Save - None Time - 3:40, Attendance - 2,495

Baca. The freshman continued the Bobcat meltdown giving up a double to Patton and allowing a sac fly that scored Infante. The 11th inning was the first in which the Bobcats did not have a response to an Aggie explosion, giving the game its final look of 10-5. “We are better,” said Harrington. “Than what we showed in the first few innings. And we’re also a better baseball team than what we showed at the end of the game. We had our chances. We just need to get our guys producing.” Texas State will look to put this one behind it when it plays host to the University of Louisiana-Monroe FridaySunday.


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relax and enjoy playing a game they love. “She definitely brought some fun to the game,” said assistant coach Haley Gaddis, a senior during Woodard’s first year. “Earlier in my career we weren’t very successful and we weren’t having fun. Every situation was a pressure situation for us and she loosened us up and taught us her philosophy of, ‘We’re going to go out, we’re going to have fun, we’re going to love what we do and we’re going to be successful’.” To say the softball team has fun might be an understatement. Go to a game and glimpse into the dugout during warm-ups and you will catch the Bobcats doing choreographed dances, acting like monkeys (yes, monkeys) and posing like ballerinas. Practical jokes are also a common occurrence within the softball program. A couple of weeks prior to the beginning of this season, Woodard stole junior catcher Rachael Bonetti’s practice pants and ran them up the flagpole at Bobcat Field. The pants got stuck and ended up swaying in the breeze above the centerfield wall for a week. “She’s a lot of fun,” said senior center fielder Kristen Zaleski. “She’s kind of like a big kid sometimes.” So far in 2004, the big kid has her team running full steam at a conference regular season championship. The ’Cats are 31-9 overall and 14-1 in the SLC, while posting a 5-2 record against teams from the Big 12 and have posted the same mark against teams ranked in the Top 25. Thanks to Woodard’s relaxed and fun approach to softball and her team’s unity, Texas State has a sport that is quickly becoming a national power. “She can be a friend, she can be a coach, she can be a teacher,” said freshman infielder Danielle Vice. “She’s just a neat lady and she’s fun to be around.

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By Travis Summers Sports Reporter

Three years ago, the Bobcat softball team found itself one win away from a conference tournament championship in its first season guided by coach Ricci Woodard. Pitted against a Northwestern State University squad that needed to beat the ’Cats twice to win the crown, Texas State pounded out eight hits without scoring a run and lost 1-0. With 30 minutes before the start of the decisive Game 2, most coaches would have had their team focusing on the task at hand and preparing themselves mentally to win a championship. Not Woodard. She had her team play a football game in the outfield. “We just went out there and starting playing and people in the stands were going, ‘What are they doing? They just lost and they have to win this next game’,” Woodard said. But she knew exactly what she was doing. The ’Cats came back and defeated the Demons in Game 2 to win the school’s third SLC Tournament crown. Including that season, in which the Bobcats posted a 5412 record, including a 26-1 mark in the SLC and a regional finals appearance, Woodard’s team is an astounding 84-11-1 in conference games. But behind all the fanfare and accolades is a soft-spoken, easy-going coach who attributes her success to the foundation that was built before she arrived and preaches unity as the main ingredient to a successful softball team. “I got lucky because I came into a group of young ladies that was hungry,” Woodard said. “That senior class that I had was 15-40 as freshmen and 54-12 as seniors. So somebody inbetween there taught them a little about the mental side of things and I was able to come in and teach them about team unity. To me that’s the difference between a great team and an average team.” Aside from team unity, Woodard teaches her team to

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03 31 2004  
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