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Get out of The Quad

Waiting to win

Softball team focused on defeating Lady Indians in weekend play/Sports/Page 16

Changing its tune

Sundance Records to stop selling discounted vinyl/Trends/Page 9

Groups crowding passage ways need to let people get by/Opinions/Page 8

THURSDAY

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Parker defeats Fields ASG Election Winners

Environmental, bus fees pass student vote By Nikki Dawson News Reporter and David Doerr News Editor Students elected Jerry Parker by a margin of 18 percent to president of the Associated Student Government for 2004-2005 during this week’s student government elections. Parker defeated Chris Fields in a hotly contested campaign by 261 votes, bringing the total number of students who voted for president to 1,464. “We are really excited about the upcoming year,” Parker said. “My two top priorities I want to see accomplished are making Texas State UniversitySan Marcos the flagship institution of the Texas State University System and having monthly meetings with academic and social organizations.” Parker’s running mate Chris Jones was elected vice president by 97.3 percent of the vote. “I am really excited because it was a hard fought campaign and we worked really hard to win this election,” Jones said. Students overwhelmingly passed the referendums on this

Associated Student Government newly-elected President Jerry Parker is congratulated by his running mate and newlyelected ASG vice president Chris Jones Wednesday.

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Environmental Service Fee

Bus Service Fee Referendum

NO 17.1%

NO 24.6%

NO 31.2%

YES 82.9%

ASG Constitutional Amendments

YES 68.8%

YES 75.4%

President Jerry Parker 57.9% Chris Fields 40.4% Write-ins 1.7% Vice President Chris Jones Applied Arts Anna Westoff Heather Bolz Shelley Nottingham (tie-3)* Trey Smith (tie-3)* Business Administration Angela Proudfit Trey Rogers Tamar Dyess Kyle Morris Alexander Parker Elizabeth Harkey Liberal Arts Jermaine Jackson Charles Davis Nena Calvin Denise Wedderburn Jonna Kennie Joseph Gause Carlos Calle Education Vanessa Scott Cassie Holman Tenesha Johnson Fine Arts Nathan Embry Catherin Reed Mickey Morris Carley Gazic-Gibler Christina Kennedy Lisa Bothwell Science Ramon Silva-Reyes Health Professions Shawnta Johnson University College Whitney Perkins Christina Damm Graduate College Appointed by Senate* *Will be determined by Senate on Monday

Plan focuses on freshman interaction Senate looks Andy Ellis/Star photo

By Jennifer Warner Senior Reporter

After completion of core classes and progressing through their major, students become centered in one building on campus, a luxury most freshmen do not have. A committee has been formed to look into this problem and in the process, giv-

1,033 total Votes

ing freshmen more interaction with other freshmen and faculty. The plan being developed is for a building on campus where freshmen and lower division undergraduates can take the majority of classes until they advance into their individual majors. The committee, chaired by University College Dean Ron Brown, has been look-

Ready and wheelin’ Riders burn calories and help save the earth in ride from October, 2003. Konah Zebert/ Star photo

San Marcos declares Bike to School day By Dan Mottola News Reporter Rising fuel costs, summer energy shortages and oppressive traffic are unpleasantries people bear from San Marcos to Singapore. However, today, a day of action on

and off campus organized by Texas State students, presents bicycles as the solution. Bike to School, Bike to Work Day, organized and sponsored by the Texas State chapter of National Association of Environmental Professionals, is intended to promote alternative transportation in San Marcos, the safety of bicyclists and a sustainable future for g See BIKE, page 5

1,040 total Votes

ing into the idea at the request of President Denise Trauth and has found it to be feasible for the university. “The idea would be to create a building that would focus on undergraduate education, where lots of things would be happening and undergraduate students would g See FRESHMEN, page 4

Universities try to ‘can’ spam By Julie Daffern News Reporter

University students nationwide are being bombarded with unsolicited commercial e-mail at a growing rate, and universities are beginning to take action. On March 24, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks ruled that public universities have the right to block unsolicited commercial e-mail without violating a federal anti-spam law. The ruling was the result of a motion for summary judgment filed by the Texas Attorney General’s office, which defended the University of Texas in a lawsuit filed by White Buffalo Ventures for blocking its e-mail. The company sued UT for blocking its advertisements for longhornsingles.com from UT’s email accounts on the grounds that it was violating the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. The company also sends e-mail to Texas State accounts, advertising bobcatsingles.com. Texas State students often find these unsolicited e-mails bothersome. g See SPAM, page 6

971 total Votes

to resolve honor code, council bill By Julie Daffern News Reporter

A resolution, which passed unanimously by the Associated Student Government in Spring 2003 is still going through the works in the Faculty Senate after a year of disputing about its wording. The bill calls for a modified honor code that would implement an honor council to handle cases of academic honesty violations. The council would be composed of seven faculty members to be appointed by the Faculty Senate and seven students to be appointed by ASG. “All the research that we’ve conducted on this campus tell

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us that honor codes work and work best under shared governance of faculty and students,” said Mike Blanda, chemistry professor and former senator. A student accused of violating the honor code would have a choice of signing a statement of guilt or appealing to the honor council. The council would rule on the guilt or innocence of the student but would have no jurisdiction over the grade. The council could also recommend additional discipline for students with repeat or flagrant offenses. Senators debated the exact function of the honor council g See SENATE, page 5

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Cesar Chavez Week Events

PAGE TWO The University Star

Thursday, April 1, 2004

The Texas State community honors Cesar Chavez this week with Cesar Chavez Week. Chavez died in 1993 at the age of 66, but his memory lives on in the hearts of his followers. In honor of Chavez, the Lambda Theta Phi latino fraternity will hold a worker’s appreciation breakfast today for the maintenance and custodial workers on campus. From 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. these workers are invited to stop by for breakfast tacos, pan dulce, coffee and juice. On the final day of Cesar Chavez Week, Sigma Delta

Flute Choir Festival Concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the University Performing Arts Center.

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Campus

SWAT runs from 11 p.m.-3 a.m.

Calendar of

EVENTS Thursday

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 the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-15.1.

Saturday

Vaquero premieres at 9 a.m. on the 7th floor of the Alkek Library. SWAT runs from 11 p.m.-3 a.m.

Sunday

Higher Ground meets at 7 p.m. at St. Marks Church. Deck Support airs from 8-10 p.m. on 89.9 FM, KTSW.

Monday

Texas Literary Outlaws exhibit premieres at 8 a.m. on the 7th floor of the Alkek Library.

Dealing with Family meets at 5:15 p.m. at the counseling center.

Campus Christian Community meets at 12:30 p.m. at CCC.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets at 8 p.m. in the Bobcat Stadium Endzone Complex.

Relationship Concerns meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. Bike for the Right meets at 5 p.m. at the San Marcos Library. Victory Over Violence meets at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-12.1. 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. Rock meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Catholic Student Center. Chi Alpha meets at 8 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Christians on Campus meets at 9:30 p.m. at the McCarty Center.

Friday Lowriders & Raspas will perform from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in The Quad. NA Meeting is at noon. Relay For Life is from 6 p.m.-9 a.m. at Bobcat Stadium.

Tuesday

Catholic Student Center hosts a free lunch at 11 a.m. at the center. Christians at Texas State meets at noon in LBJSC, Room 3-10.1. Breaking Free From Dieting meets at 3 p.m. at the counseling center. Texas State Counseling Center presents “Personality Disorders” at 3:15 p.m. at the center. Environmental Professionals meets at 5 p.m. in the Evans Liberal Arts Building, Room 311. Collegiate Entrepreneurs meets at 5 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-5.1. Hispanic Business Students meet at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, 3-5.1.

Calendar Submission Policy Calendar submisions are free. Send submissions Calendar of Events Manager Paul Lopez at TexasStateCalendar@yahoo.com 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

ditional foods will highlight the inaugural Sakura Festival, a Japanese cultural expo April 7 at Texas State. Open to anyone interested in Japanese culture, the event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Admission is $2. The Sakura Festival is sponsored by the National Collegiate Network Institute and will feature the ConsulGeneral of the Japanese Consulate in Houston as a special guest. The festival will feature a kimono fashion show, origami demonstrations, shodo (calligraphy), suibokuga (ink painting) and taiko (drumming). Daniel Baker, health, physical education and recreation professor and the owner of 11 world karate titles, will perform demonstrations of breaking, a karate form. A Japanese chorus singing a variety of traditional songs, and Austin Taiko, a musical group specializing in Japanese song and music, will offer entertainment. Sakura festivals trace their roots back to ancient Japan, where the cherry blossom was considered to symbolize a life lived to the fullest, no matter how brief. The Sakura Festival is also a reminder of fresh beginnings and the renewal of the spirit that comes with spring. In the United States, the most famous Sakura observance is the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which began with a gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, D.C., in 1912. Since then, Sakura festivals have spread to such cities as Seattle, Detroit, San Francisco, Brooklyn and now San Marcos.

City

Fraternity, sorority to host annual Easter Egg Hunt at Crocket Elementary On Saturday, the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt. It will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Crocket Elementary School, and participants should show up 15 minutes early.

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Environmental Health Department revises food permit fees for clubs, organizations

The City of San Marcos Environmental Health Department has notified local clubs and organizations of revised temporary food permit fees and application deadlines for food sellers at special events. Mark Brinkley, environmental health director, has sent a letter to civic clubs and organizations to inform them about a $30-per-vendor fee for temporary food establishments. The fees were put into effect March 22. Organizations with IRS nonprofit status may have the fee waived if they can provide proof of nonprofit status. They still must obtain the temporary food establishment permit. The fee was adopted last year as part of City Councilapproved revisions to food service rules. A “temporary food establishment” is one that operates for no more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a special event or celebration. An application for a permit must be filed at least five business days before an event. Proof of nonprofit status must be submitted with the application for the fee waiver. For more information, contact the Environmental Health Department at (512) 393-8440. It is located in the Grant Harris Building at 401 E. Hopkins St.

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There will be an egg hunt, and the Easter Bunny will be in attendance. He will be happy to take pictures with all the children and parents. It is open to all elementary students or younger and will be fun for the entire family.

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Lambda sorority will host a Lowrider exhibit in The Quad and hand out free snow cones, known to Hispanics as “raspas.” The final event for the week will be the Relay for Life 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. at the Bobcat Stadium. The all-night relay will raise money to be donated to cancer research. The Texas State campus is not the only place celebrating Chavez’s life. March 31, his birthday, is considered an official holiday in California and in 2000 it was made an optional holiday by the Texas State Legislature.

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March 30, 1:40 p.m. Criminal mischief/North Interstate Highway 35 — Officer dispatched to 1600 Interstate Highway 35 East access for a criminal mischief report.

University Police Department

March 30, 9:30 a.m. Assault/State Street — A student reported she had been assaulted. This case is under investigation.

Correction

In Wednesday’s Main Point on the Opinions page, there was an inaccuracy about sign language courses. The sentence should have read, “ASG has worked to reinstate American Sign Language classes.” Also, the photo accompanying “Creative Summit awards recognition, scholarship” should have been credited to Star Art Director Christy Gray.

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Drug testing policy committee will present proposal Monday

Thursday, April 1, 2004

By Christopher Boehm News Reporter

On Monday, a committee, which was formed to produce a drug testing policy for extracurricular events, will present its proposal in an open forum at 7 p.m. in the San Marcos High School auditorium. Committee members range from school board members and principals in the high school and junior high level to the high school football team doctor and the junior class president. The proposal calls for mandatory random drug testing on students who participate in extracurricular activities in grades seven through 12. As these events are considered a privilege, the U.S. Supreme Court has determined this as a legal practice. Schools nationwide already have similar policies in practice. “We clearly have a problem, and this is something that is necessary and should help with that problem,” said Steven Van Nest, committee head and SMHS assistant principal. “This gives the fence sitters who fall victim to peer pressure a reason to say ‘no.’” Barrie Breed, San Marcos Consolodated Independent School District Board of Trustees president, is also supporting the proposal. “I’ve spoken with many parents and students, and there is definitely a lot of drug use

going on in schools,” Breed said. “Things are still being tweaked, such as where the funds will be coming from, but in general I agree with the testing.” Van Nest and his committee, which was formed in December, will outline their proposal to the public, followed by a session open to express opinions and ask ques-

2005 school year. The current revision calls for students to be given multiple chances to correct their behavior. “You don’t kick your kid out the first time he or she does something wrong,” Van Nest said. Breed emphasized the purpose of the plan was to aid students, not to punish them. “Zero tolerance sounds

“I think there is a problem, and if there is anything we can do to dissuade students from getting involved in drugs we should do it.”

— Joe Castillo vice president, SMCISD Board of Trustees tions. Also in attendance will be an expert whose private company does drug testing for Dell. “It’s the future,” Van Nest said. “Many companies are already bidding on doing the testing for us.” The committee, having received this feedback, will revise the proposal for its vote on April 19 by the SMCISD Board of Trustees. “I think there is a problem, and if there is anything we can do to dissuade students from getting involved in drugs we should do it,” said Joe Castillo, SMCISD Board of Trustees vice president. If passed, the new policy will take effect in late August or September, sometime during the beginning of the 2004-

good, but one mistake and a kid is on the streets,” she said. “We want to help these kids, and sometimes they need our help.” Opposition has been expressed, mostly by those feeling the policy is unconstitutional, such as Castillo. “A lot of people have concerns about infringing on privacy issues and that is driving the opposition,” Castillo said. In regard to the legal issues, Van Nest stated the Supreme Court has already given the OK on the subject, making it a moot point. The process of testing will be one of total confidentiality. “No law enforcement agencies are informed of the results and it doesn’t go on students’ permanent records,” he said.

“It’s only between the students, their parents and any coaches or teachers in charge of extracurricular activities.” In preparation for the open forum and subsequent vote, the committee has been putting together a survey on the public’s view of the drug problem among students. Teachers at the high school completed surveys on campus, with 83 percent feeling the school has an extremely serious or pretty serious drug problem. Parents filled out surveys at March 23’s parent community day, voting 77 percent “extremely or pretty serious.” On the issue of drug testing, 75 percent of teachers and 68 percent of parents were in favor of it. Student survey results are not yet compiled. “The (high) school took 10 minutes out of English classes on Tuesday so students could complete the surveys,” Van Nest said. “We are currently working on getting the results to those.” The committee is taking a proactive approach to the problem. Van Nest cites athletes getting caught up in drugs and being unable to beat the problem as reasons for taking this direction. “We’ve never had a student come back to the (football) team after a drug suspension,” he said. “The committee wanted to stop it before it starts and we kept coming back to drug testing as the answer.”

ELECTION: Some ASG Senate seats head for special election during its next meeting g Cont. from page 1

year’s ballot. The bus service fee increase won by 68.8 percent, the environmental fee won by 82.9 percent and the amendments to ASG constitution won by 75.4 percent. However, the night did not bring good news to everyone. The Graduate College was unable to elect anyone to the Senate because the candidates did not obtain the five vote minimum requirement necessary to win a plurality of the vote. The College of Applied Arts only filled three of four available Senate seats. Applied Arts candidates Shelly Nottingham and Trey Smith tied with 15.2 percent of the vote, but will have to wait until next week to learn the results. According to the ASG Election Code, a special election must be held to decide the contested seat through secret ballot by ASG Senators on Monday night. “I am really looking ahead to the positive changes that will happen next year,” said Jordan Anderson, public administration senior. “I know that Jerry and Chris will do a great job and Texas State made the right decision by electing them.” George Restivo, history senior, who distributed fliers against Parker and ran an

“I am really looking ahead to the positive changes that will happen next year. I know that Jerry and Chris will do a great job and Texas State made the right decision by electing them.”

— Jordan Anderson Public administration senior ad in The University Star that read “Just Say No to Jerry Parker for ASG President,” congratulated Parker on his win after the results were announced. “I am glad Mr. Parker won because he was the one with the experience,” Restivo said. “He and his supporters won a hard fought campaign and they deserved it.” Restivo said he campaigned against Parker because of a bad experience he had while working with Parker and other stu-

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dents concerned with bringing back an American Sign Language program back to campus after it was canceled in the summer of 2001. Parker said he wanted to bring the ASL program back, but he did not agree with Restivo’s methods. Restivo said he and Parker could not agree on the methods to use to reinstate the program. “I am abrasive sometimes, but it is how I get things done,” Restivo said. “If things don’t happen, I start using a carrot and stick approach.” Restivo said he campaigned against Parker to help bring awareness to the ASL issue. “There was mud slinging (in the campaign), but I was just trying to get the issue out any way I could,” he said. “I hope we can burry the hatchet and continue to work to bring back ASL classes.” Parker said he wants to move past the negativity and welcomes the opportunity to work with Restivo in finding ways to bring ASL back to Texas State. “In my newly-elected position, I would like to work with people like Mr. Restivo and move past this,” he said. “The ASG needs to work with all students to address their concerns. We want to work on bringing ASL back. We just need to find some alternative ways to implement it.”

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Lawmakers pass amendment banning same-sex marriage

Nuclear companies seek license to build more plants

ATLANTA — Georgia’s House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, ensuring the question will be put before voters on the November ballot. The 122-52 vote came after weeks of tension in the state Legislature. In its first consideration of the ban, the majority of the Democrat-controlled House voted in favor of the measure, but it fell three votes short of the two-thirds required for passage. On Wednesday, four Democratic members of the Legislature’s Black Caucus provided the additional votes needed to pass the amendment, putting their social conservative beliefs ahead of party loyalty. “We’ve very gratified that in the final analysis, the members of the Black Caucus broke away and voted their conscience,” said Sadie Fields, state chairwoman of the Christian Coalition of Georgia. “They had time to reflect on the impact of this vote. If Georgia could not hold the line, being a Southern state, I think we could have seen homosexual unions around the country.”

A coalition of nuclearindustry companies plans to commit more than $35 million to apply jointly for the first new nuclear power plant license in decades. With electricity demand on the rise, natural gas prices soaring and concern growing over the environmental effects of carbon emissions from coal and natural gas, utilities are trying to pave the way to eventually replace aging nuclear plants with new nuclear facilities. Energy experts and utility executives say advanced designs of nuclear plants offer promising potential for nuclear energy — improved safety, stable fuel prices, lower production costs and less of an environmental impact than other fuels that generate electricity. “We all have a common goal in that we want to preserve the nuclear option,” said Marilyn Kray, vice president of project development for Exelon Nuclear, a subsidiary of one of the consortium’s members and the company taking the lead for the consortium.

Kerry’s surgery goes smoothly

BOSTON — John F. Kerry sailed smoothly through surgery to repair his injured right shoulder Wednesday afternoon, the first of four days he will spend away from the presidential campaign trail. Kerry plans to meet with aides and advisers over the next three days to plot strategy. The Massachusetts senator’s surgeon told reporters that Kerry will be ready to resume campaigning almost immediately, although he may have to go easy on pumping hands for a time and won’t be ready “for months” to engage in a favorite pastime — tossing a football or baseball with his aides. Kerry carried on as usual in the hours before the surgery to repair a torn tendon. He flew into Boston overnight after a gala fund-raiser in Beverly Hills, Calif., spoke to building trade workers by satellite Wednesday morning and then met with unemployed workers in Brighton.

FDA to allow ‘qualified’ health claims on labels

WASHINGTON — For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has formally allowed producers of a food to advertise health claims that are based on promising, but not conclusive, scientific testing. The recipient of the agency’s first approval of a “qualified” health claim is the walnut, which can now be promoted as helpful in warding off heart disease. Similar health claims for others nuts are being reviewed, and FDA officials said they will be acted on soon. Lester Crawford, acting FDA commissioner, said the “qualified” health claims will allow consumers to learn about possible health and nutrition benefits from foods as the science unfolds. “By putting credible, science-based information in the hands of consumers, FDA hopes to foster competition based on the real nutritional values of the foods, rather than on portion size or bogus and unreliable claims,” Crawford said. Briefs are from wire reports.

Catholic Bobcats

You are invited to our Lenten Penance Service (Confession) All priests are from different campus ministries

7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 1, 2004

At The Catholic Student Center (Next to Rother’s Bookstore) Any Questions call: 512-392-5925


NEWS

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San Marcos citizens give back through civil service By Nikki Dawson News Reporter “I have always been one of those people (who) has thought it is better to give than to receive.” Although Ernie Dominguez is a full-time communication studies senior, he still found the time to serve the student body by becoming the president of the Associated Student Government. While anyone can live in a community, making the stay valuable requires doing something for the community, Dominguez said. Civil service requires dedication, determination, creativity and the opportunity to do something extraordin a r y . Political figures, social workers, volunteers and civil rights activists are all titles that belong to people who are willing to make an attempt at having an influence on society. Some of those citizens serve the heart of San Marcos, while others focus more on the state of Texas. State Rep. Talmadge Heflin, R-Houston, has served in the Texas State Legislature for 11 sessions. He is currently the chair of the Appropriations Committee and has worked extensively on the budget crisis to help Texas citizens. “Public service is very rewarding, knowing that you have contributed toward the progress of society,” Heflin said. “Most people feel at their core a need to leave their world in a better shape than they

anything I would rather do than work for the river foundation or volunteer for the Neighborhood Council.” Other civil servants view their work as something that encourages the democratic process. Bill DeSoto is a member of the Parks and Recreation Board and has served on the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Citizens Review Commission, the Library Board and the Charter Review Commission. “Civil service helps create a democratic citizenry that has experience with discussing issues that the country may be facing, from the trivial to the profound,” DeSoto said. “It can be very rewarding. In order to preserve a democratic — Bill DeSoto life, it is Parks and Recreation Board member important to g e t involved.” “We lived in San Marcos Between classes, work and and the river was important to extracurricular activities, it is us,” Dianne Wassenich said. “We wanted it to remain clean hard for most students to find for swimming and beautiful for the time to give back to their boating. We have had a lot of community. But like Dosuccess cleaning up the river.” minguez, sometimes giving is Four years ago, the better than receiving. Wassenichs also became “I just have a heart for peoinvolved with the Neigh- ple and I have a tendency to borhood Council, which strives stop what I am doing to help to keep San Marcos neighbor- others,” Dominguez said. hoods safe and clean. “Public service motivates me “We have worked hard and to want to do more for my after a lot of lobbying, we are finally getting sidewalks on community. You would want to Craddock Street and Holland be a part of the heart walks and Drive,” Wassenich said. “We the food drives to make the are very excited about what is lives of the people in the comhappening. I cannot imagine munity better.” found it. Public service is a great way to answer that call.” Reaching a wider and diverse population is one advantage for serving in public office, but everyday citizens can also contribute to the betterment of society. Dianne and Tom Wassenich are San Marcos residents who have dedicated themselves to public service. The two began working for the San Marcos River Foundation 18 years ago. Throughout the years, they have committed themselves, as well as their professional lives, to the preservation of the river. Many of the long-term projects they have been involved with have helped clean up the river.

“Civil service helps create a democratic citizenry that has experience with discussing issues that the country may be facing, from the trivial to the profound.”

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Thursday, April 1, 2004

Andy Ellis/Star photo Debbie Dishongh, recent Texas State history and music graduate, receives information on non-commissioned, or civilian positions, from Trooper J.R. Martinez of the Texas Department of Public Safety Wednesday at the Multicultural Job Fair at Strahan Coliseum.

FRESHMEN: Building to bring unity g Cont. from page 1

be able to get the services they need with a minimal amount of moving around,” Brown said. The building would almost exclusively be an academic building, with the majority of its space devoted to classrooms but things will be included such as academic departments, advising centers, academic support services and student learning assistance.” Bob Gratz, Academic Affairs vice president, said he believes this type of building would promote the friendly atmosphere the university already has. “It would be a building that in an intentional way would be a place where freshmen and undergraduate students would have more than one of their classes in the same building,” Gratz said. Gratz said currently, freshmen might take five classes but have them in five different buildings. The idea of a building for lower division students would make their first few

same time, so there is nobody really guiding them through their problems,” Bell-Metereau said. “There is nobody that is upper class to tell them they’ll live through their freshman year. The sophomore students give it a little bit of variety and it gives them someone to go to for advice.” Bell-Meterau worked as special assistant to the president under former President Jerome Supple. She said she looked at numerous studies that indicated freshmen have a lower GPA, a lower retention rate and a lower feeling of satisfaction if they are in a freshmen only environment. Brown said the committee is in the process of compiling a report, which will be complete by Friday, and it will present its proposal to the president. Once the report is filed, a decision will be made to continue with the plan or not. A timeline is not yet known, but Brown said he does not expect anything to take place sooner than Fall 2005.

semesters more like later semesters. Brown said the committee would recommend the building be located near the LBJ Student Center and Alkek Library to create easy access for students. “In general, it is fair to say that upper division students tend to take several classes in one place and see their colleagues more often,” Gratz said. “(The question is), can you translate that same kind of interaction to other parts of the undergraduate experience?” Lamar Urbanovsky, Texas State University System chancellor emeritus, has proposed a requirement for all universities in the system to have freshmanonly residence halls. Rebecca Bell-Meterau, English professor, said she disagrees that a freshman-only residence hall would help the university and has reservations about a freshman-only building. But if the building is aimed at sophomores as well, some of the problems will be fixed. “(The freshmen) are all having the same problems at the

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and when it would be called into session during their meeting on Wednesday. Blanda’s goal was to get the bill passed immediately. His original plan was to change the Texas State University Systems Regent’s Rules, which would mean getting the proposal to the President’s Cabinet before the agenda was made for the Board of Regent’s meeting in May. Senators, after reading the Regent’s Rules, decided that in order to implement the honor council, the rules did not need to be amended. Faculty Senate Chair Bill Stone brought up a model that put the honor council at the end of the appellation process to which Blanda was opposed. “It’s a very complicated mechanism to put first in the process,” Stone said. Blanda maintained the more students involved in the process, the better the results. The primary concern of the senators was with the honor council having the ability to change a student’s grade, which is why the senate has voted the bill down in the past. Blanda affirmed that it was not the case and said he would alter words to

convey the only aspect the honor council could rule on was the guilt or innocence of the student. Blanda also confirmed that only Academic Affairs would be brought before the council. Stone appointed a sub-committee to amend the bill to the Senate’s desires and report back on April 7. Prior to meeting with the senators, Blanda met with two ASG representatives who had their own concerns but were very supportive of the bill. “I think that it’s a great option because it allows for students to have some control over disciplinary actions,” said Yvette Morris, communications studies junior and ASG senator. Senators also discussed an update on a policy presented by Bob Gratz, Academic Affairs vice president. The policy changes adjunct or part-time faculty to count as one-fifth of a full faculty member. Adjuncts currently count as one-eighth of a faculty member. “They’re turning toward what appears to me a better accounting system,” Stone said. The senators agreed the change would be for the best because so many adjuncts are hired instead of full-time professors.

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Tiffany Searcy/Star photo Members of the Saxton Independent Church in Williamsburg, Ky., expressed their religious views at the Stallions in The Quad Wednesday afternoon. The group was on campus encouraging repentance of sin.

Exercising regularly reduces risk of breast cancer, study shows By Marilynn Marchione Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. — Should exercise be prescribed the way Tamoxifen is to improve a woman’s chances of surviving breast cancer and keep it from coming back? The first large study to look at the exercise habits of breast cancer survivors suggests that the answer might be yes. Women in the study cut their risk of dying of the disease in half by walking at an average

pace for three to five hours a week. Lower amounts of exercise also helped, although less. “We saw a survival benefit for women who walked as little as one to three hours per week,” said Michelle Holmes, a physician at Harvard University-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital who presented the study Monday to the American Association for Cancer Research, a conference of 13,500 cancer experts. Exercise has long been known to prevent the risk of

developing breast cancer and a host of other diseases. The new data suggests it promotes survival, too. It came from the Nurses’ Health Study, which enrolled 122,000 nurses from around the country in 1976 and has been following their health ever since. The exercise habits of 2,167 breast cancer survivors were compared at least two years after their diagnosis so that results wouldn’t be biased by the effects of cancer treatment.

Women with cancer that had spread to other organs weren’t included in the study, and results were adjusted for age, weight and stage of cancer so that the effects of exercise could be isolated. There were 346 deaths, 209 of them from breast cancer. Those who did the equivalent of one to three hours of walking a week cut their risk of dying of breast cancer by 23 percent compared with breast cancer survivors who didn’t exercise. Three to five hours a week cut

risk by 54 percent, and five to eight hours reduced it 51 percent. But more than eight hours of exercise cut risk only 27 percent. Holmes said the lower benefit might be because this group of women included more heavy smokers and women with more advanced breast cancers. Information wasn’t presented on the (degree) to which exercise reduced the risk of breast cancer recurrence, but “the magnitude of benefit is

about the same,” Holmes said. If other studies confirm these findings, it would put exercise on par with certain drugs as a tool for preventing recurrence. Tamoxifen, which is widely recommended for women with certain types of breast cancer, cuts the risk of recurrence in half, and a large study of another drug, letrozole, was stopped in fall after researchers found that using it after the standard five years of Tamoxifen treatment cut the recurrence risk in half.

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our community, according to event literature. Today’s activities include free breakfast tacos from 8-11a.m. in The Quad to those riding bikes, tables by local bike shops and an information booth hosted by Yellow Bike Project, an outreach group that refurbishes and donates bikes in 15 cities across the country. Later in the day, the monthly Bike for the Right ride, which students and community bikers hit the streets en masse, will begin at the San Marcos Public Library at 5 p.m. Organizers are encouraging new riders to attend. Signs across campus read “It ain’t no joke,” but the event really is official. At its March 22 meeting, the San Marcos City Council officially proclaimed Thursday April 1, 2004 as Bike to

cling. School, Bike to “ N o t Work Day. only can “It’s imporyou save tant to consider money, but alternative you can ways of living — Noah Hopkins experience and alternative NAEP president and anthropology/geography senior the commumodes of transnity in a portation, ways completely to promote sustainability and ways to promote positive change different way,” Hopkins said. Gordon Sabin, health, physical education and for future generations,” said Noah Hopkins, NAEP president and anthropology and geography recreation instructor who teaches bicycling, said senior. students waste time driving to campus. Hopkins points to the Organization of the “It’s discouraging to me to see university stuPetroleum Exporting Countries’ recent decision dents drive five minutes to school, then drive to cut oil production and the inevitable increases around 25 minutes to find a place to park their car in fuel prices as one prime justification for bicy- when they could’ve been there 10 minutes ago if

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WASHINGTON — In the bar, at the dinner table or over coffee, they are the two topics most polite company tries to avoid. But politics and religion now dominate discussion in many quarters of American life, fueled by election-year politics and aggressive lobbying by religious and secular groups. Increasingly, the debate has been over the interplay between the two: How far government can go to recognize or endorse religious belief. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court jumps into the fray to answer a complex legal question over two simple words: Can public schools lead children in recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance, which declares fidelity to one nation, under God? It’s one of the biggest cases this term, plunging the justices into a contentious social struggle that could be a centerpiece of this year’s presidential elec-

Amendment couldn’t be plainer tions. Gay marriage and Ten when it says government shall Commandments monuments observe no establishment of won’t be on the table when the religion, he said. He’s backed justices debate the pledge by more than a dozen churchWednesday, but they form an state separation activist groups important backdrop for the dis- and atheist organizations. The cussion and the justices’ ruling 9th U.S. Circuit Court of could shape the future of those Appeals, widely viewed as the arguments. nation’s most liberal, issued a “They could draw some stunning opinion in his favor bright line rules here about last year. But the Elk Grove school church and state separation, and that would help people think district in Sacramento, Calif., about some of the other issues says there’s nothing religious more clearly,” said Doug about the pledge, so it’s OK to Laycock, a University of Texas have children recite it. The law professor and First words “under God” are a patriAmendment expert. “They are otic expression, the district all related in some way, and argues. A broad coalition of they’re definitely connected religious groups, all 50 states 2/05/04 and the federal government also politically in people’s minds. QL32166A_R1 defend the pledge with diverse The court has not really set MCCANN argudown clear rules about estab- and sometimes conflicting 133 Carol Scafati lishment-clause violations, and ments: It’s an explicit acknowlif they did, it could keep a lot of edgment of the country’s relithe litigation over these issues gious founding; it’s a harmless ceremonial sop to religious out of court.” For Michael Newdow, the foundations; the Constitution California doctor who chal- doesn’t call for explicit church9.625" lenged the pledge on behalf of state separation. The inconsistencies in the his school-age daughter, the case is clear. The First argument for the pledge suggest

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to some scholars that Newdow has a strong case. Legally speaking, he probably does. While the court has been increasingly tolerant of more neutral associations between government and religion, it’s ordered a backing away from explicit endorsements of religious belief in public life. It’s fine, for example, for government to give parents public money that they can choose to spend on religious education, but school-led graduation prayers are off-limits. “If they hold against the pledge, it will change the whole dynamic of how government can acknowledge religious heritage,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel to the American Center for Law and Justice, a nonprofit law firm devoted to religious and civil liberties. He’s a frequent high-court advocate for religious interests. “It would call into question many traditions, like the national motto,” which is “In God we trust.” Still, Sekulow and others said the justices seemed unlikely to make a bold statement for

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separation on this issue. This court isn’t known for clear line drawing on most issues, and on high-profile social issues such as this, it tends to duck controversy. It also has an out available: Because of a custody battle over Newdow’s daughter, his standing to bring the case has been challenged. The justices could rule against him without even reaching the issue of the pledge. For Newdow, that would be the ultimate low. Strident but personable, he’s looking forward to an intense back-andforth with the justices, whom he sees as open to his arguments. “They all know that the threshold for this stuff should be pretty low,” Newdow said in Washington last week. “The pledge fails any principle of the establishment clause, especially in the context of a school.” Newdow, an atheist, said his point was to protect religious students as well as nonreligious ones. “Because if atheists were a majority, we wouldn’t be able to impose our views on the religious minority, either,” he said.

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“It slows the Internet, slowing down speed around the world,” said Ryan Henry, computer information systems senior. “It’s the primary way for viruses to spread. I get about 100 a day and it doesn’t slow me down so much as make me miss e-mails.” White Buffalo Ventures is an Austin-based company that operates over 100 Web sites targeting university students for its online dating services. UT argued the computer system and e-mail services are provided for the university-related use and not a public forum, even if the university is public. “Not every publicly owned building is open to the public,” said William Fly, Texas State attorney. “The argument that if something is funded by taxpayers, it is open to the public isn’t reasonable.” White Buffalo Ventures contended that it should not be blocked because it conformed to all the parameters of the Controlling the Assault of NonSolicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003. The CAN-SPAM Act guards consumers against the deception of online marketers. UT also argued that if spam went unmanaged, it would take up bandwidth and memory space on their servers. The university also maintained that it did not single out White Buffalo Ventures, but seeks to eliminate all spam. Texas State’s division of Technology Resources does not plan to block unfiltered e-mails from its user’s accounts. The university introduced the Proofpoint Protection Server in November, which puts unsolicited e-mails into digests for the user to decide what should be kept. Since the addition of Proofpoint, complaints of unsolicited commercial e-mail are down said Robert Goss, Technology Resources assistant vice president. However, spam has not threatened Texas State’s bandwidth or memory space. During the summer, an upgrade of Proofpoint will be added to the system, giving Texas State users more options for blocking e-mail, Goss said. 14"

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Newdow predicts a win in the Supreme Court, but on narrow grounds. “I think they’ll say you can’t do this in schools, where people send their kids expecting not to encounter religious indoctrination,” he said. The vote? He said it will be 8-0. Justice Antonin Scalia, who probably would have been one of Newdow’s most aggressive questioners, will sit out the case because he gave a speech supporting the pledge last year. Laycock said that whatever the court did, it wouldn’t quash the rising popularity of arguments over church and state. “Both sides have gotten more aggressive in the claims they stake,” Laycock said. “The conservative religious movements are bigger and more powerful, and they’re exercising that muscle in many different arenas. On the other side, those pushing for a more secular society are not nearly as visible, but are also growing and they’re winning a lot of cases in courts. I don’t see anyone backing down soon.”

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THE UNIVERSITY STAR Defending the First Amendment since 1911

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he Freedom of Information Act should apply absolutely. Information should not be kept from the public, especially 11 years after an incident occurred. This week the Supreme Court ruled that photographs from the suicide of Vincent Foster, White House lawyer during the Clinton administration, should not be released because of the pain it might cause the family, according to an article published on Salon.com Tuesday. It has been 11 years since the incident

occurred, and Allen Favish, a California attorney, claims the photos could help prove that Foster was murdered “as a part of a White House cover-up,” the article claimed. According to the article, the Bush administration is claiming if this information was released it could lead to the release of photos such as autopsy photos of U.S. soldiers killed overseas and pictures of unidentified remains of victims of Sept. 11 attacks. If this is not turning some heads, there is a problem. The

justices’ argument for the withholding of the photos is a complete slippery slope argument. This is a serious blow to the people’s right to know. If the justices claim there is no reason to believe that Favish’s claims would be proven by the photos, what do they have to hide? This is the exact reason the Freedom of Information Act exists in the first place. It is understandable that seeing their loved one’s pictures of his suicide anywhere (not to say they would be seen anywhere) might

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When questioned about the U.S. Though U.S.-Cuban relations may blockade on Cuba, most Americans have been permanently tainted by the often conjure up a mental effigy of old 1962 Cuban missile crisis — a Soviet bearded Fidel Castro in full power play in which Cuba military regalia, smoking a became the unfortunate Tre Miner fat cigar while his henchmen political middleman — hosexecute innocent, starving tility toward Cuba continues civilians for entertainment. to reach new and harrowing Some will reiterate their heights. The blockade favorite news sources’ talks placed on Cuba by the about the struggle for freeUnited States forced Castro dom in an oppressed nation. to rely heavily on Soviet Others will comment on John help for the nation’s ecoF. Kennedy’s extraordinary nomic survival. But, with Star Columnist diplomacy during unprethe fall of the Soviet Union dictable times of nuclear in 1990, Cuba plunged into buildup. further poverty, forcing it to become Our lack of knowledge continues to more self-sufficient. Soon after, to put paint a dreary picture of the island an end to the Castro revolution, the nation. However, the free-spirited United States passed the Torricelli Act Cubans remain determined to prevent which physically barred shipping to the tampering and dismantling of their Cuban ports as well as disallowing political and economic sovereignty, American-based third world subsidiaries which they deserve regardless of their to sell food or medical supplies to the Communist tendencies. Cuban government, a spiteful act that is The initial existence of hostility often construed as terrorist in nature. between Cuba and the United States As Castro successfully maneuvered arguably arose from the pride and arrohis way through the hurdles of economgance of many American businesses at ic sanctions, the Clinton administration the time. When Castro began importing took another legislative stab at the dieSoviet oil into his country, U.S.-based hard Communist leader, enacting the Cuban oil refineries refused to work Helms-Burton Act in 1996 that preventwith the Soviet resources, forcing Cuba ed all foreign investment in Cuba. to expropriate all of the oil refineries on With Cuba on complete economic the island. lockdown, U.S. businesses continue to The Kennedy administration soon add insult to injury. During Cuba’s retaliated, resulting in an embarrassing expropriation of property, American failed attempt to start a popular uprising businesses were compensated based on against Castro and his infant Socialist the value of property tax, which was regime. After several CIA-sponsored often kept artificially low by the assassination attempts against the American-based companies. One such Cuban leader, the U.S. government gave company, United Fruit, a powerful entiup its more direct efforts to destroy ty responsible for countless human Cuba’s sovereignty, instead waging a rights violations throughout Latin long and unrelenting economic war America, had several close ties with the against it that continues to this day. CIA, causing an uprising in anti-Castro

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activities. Rum producer Bacardi, despite removing its businesses from Cuba early after the revolution, continues to use the Havana Club trademark in violation of copyright law, labeling itself a Cuban rum exporter. Bacardi also helped author the Helms-Burton Act and continues to back the Cuban-American National Foundation, which has organized terror campaigns against Cuba. Regardless of its numerous economic hardships during the years, Cuba has shown amazing vitality. Contrary to popular belief, several non-partisan nongovernmental organizations have concluded that there is no indication of human rights violations by the Castro regime. In fact, Cuba is quickly becoming the model third-world nation with its advanced health care system, which received the World Health Organization’s “Health for All by the Year 2000” award (the only country to meet the requirements for the award). Castro, through rigorous educational programs, has also managed to reduce the literacy (maybe illiteracy) rate from 20 to 4 percent within years of his taking office. It is time for us to swallow our pride, admit that we were wrong and accept the communist island as an ally. We must put an end to the decades of genocidal policy (which has resulted in $72 billion worth of damage) and terrorism against our Caribbean neighbors. Whether you feel sympathetic toward the plight of the Cuban people or you simply want to smoke a Cuban cigar, urge your support for the Cuban solidarity movement and speak out against the falsehoods and stereotypes of an independent nation. Miner is a political science sophomore.

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be difficult for the family members. That makes sense, but that does not keep accident photos and records from being released to local newspapers nationwide. So why does the White House have a different standard? Additionally, one would think the family would want to find out whether the claims were true. Possibly, it could bring some closure to the family. American people have liberties such as the FOI Act to keep people in check, including the government, not excluding them.

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Elitist power seeks to destroy freedoms

Events in this world are movterror was already being pushed ing toward a dramatic crescendo. by the Elite’s representatives in We are all witnesses to what is the form of the neo-conservapossibly one of the tives at the Project most exciting and for the New Aaron Ball frightening points in American Century mankind’s history. It and former National may appear to us that Security Adviser these events are ranZbigniew dom and chaotic, but Brzezinski’s book in reality they form a The Grand pattern. Chessboard, both of which called for such They are part and an event as Sept. 11 parcel of a plan impleStar Columnist to be the catalyst for mented long ago by war to remold the what is collectively Middle East. Coincidence? Not known as the “Global Elite” or likely. the “New World Order.” There is The key to seeing the Elite’s one method in particular used to plan is to first ask yourself, execute their agenda, exposed by “Who benefits?” Certainly, the those truth researchers for the American people and the Muslim rest of us to see. nations do not, as our rights have These elites are all interconnected by birth or marriage. They been eviscerate and they have regard themselves as the masters been bombed into the Stone Age. of this world, mankind’s natural But the one entity that always leaders. They disdain the masses benefits from these types of and to them we are nothing but events is the government run by “useless feeders” as the elite rep- Elite figureheads like President resentative Ted Turner so eloGeorge Bush and his cronies. quently put it. Their goals are Spectacular events such as Pearl varied, but can be summed up in Harbor and Sept. 11 further cona few words: power and the centrate power in the hands of maintenance of control. They the Elite and strengthen their machinery — the State — tenseek for one world government where the U.S. Constitution is fold. The other important part in null and void and rights are given waking up to this deception is to to people by the government, not pay more attention to current events. A great way to do this is God. How can they achieve this without raising suspicions? to take a look at Web sites of Simple, by a technique that has some great researchers such as proven itself successful many Alex Jones (infowars.com) or times throughout history. Paul Joseph Watson (propaganThis technique is called the damatrix.com) who have done an Hegelian dialectic (thesis vs. excellent job bringing the numerantithesis=synthesis), or as ous documents of the Elite’s researcher David Icke puts it, drive for global domination to “problem, reaction, solution.” the average person. This is by far the most effective This kind of talk will probably means the Elite use to engineer be seen as indulging in conspiramass approval of their unpopular cy theories that have no bearing agenda. History is replete with on reality. Many individuals who this kind of technique, but the hold that opinion are understandclearest case for its usage would ably uncomfortable with the have to be Sept. 11. truth. It is unnerving to know that It was a textbook “problem, this government is being used by reaction, solution” case with all the Elite to further a hideous the events coming together in agenda that seeks to destroy our startling fashion. Mainstream freedom. But we must remember news reports, congressional hear- what the great Patrick Henry said ings and intelligence community in his defense of liberty, “…we memos all point to government are apt to shut our eyes against a complicity in the attacks. Various painful truth ...” Is this the part of parts of the government funded, wise men engaged in a great and trained and sheltered the “terrorarduous struggle for liberty? Are ists” and allowed the attack to we disposed to be of the number occur. This is the “problem.” of those who, having eyes, see Next, the United States and not, and, having ears, hear not, the world were understandably the things which so nearly conhorrified and shocked. Action cern their temporal salvation? For was demanded, many shouted for my part, whatever anguish of something to be done. This was spirit it may cost, I am willing to the desired reaction the Elite know the whole truth; to know were looking for because the the worst and to provide for it. “solution” was already at hand Ball is a history senior. — a war on terror. This war on Advertising Rep..........................Mindy Gieselman, mg1188@txstate.edu Advertising Rep.................................Adam Herman, ah1179@txstate.edu Advertising Rep.............................Richard Para, Jr., rp1060@txstate.edu Classifieds Manager........Chris Guadiano, starclassifieds@txstate.edu Publications Coor..............Linda Allen, starbusinessoffice@txstate.edu Publications Director.............Bob Bajackson, stardirector@txstate.edu Visit The Star online at www.UniversityStar.com

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Hippies, God make students late for class

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one of the blue Saturn shirts given away, I want to go up to him and thank him for encouraging our Quad being used as a car dealership. Not only do you have people in The Quad selling food, cars, religion, jewWelcome to the Texas State Flea elry and clothing, but you always have Market. Did I say flea market? I meant the credit card vultures preying on our to say the Texas State Quad. Of course student body. Then you have the girls it is easy to understand handing out condoms. I how a person could misgot one of those free Rugh Cline take The Quad for packs of condoms a few Traders Village. After all, weeks ago complete with Star Columnist it seems with every passa set of safety instrucing day there are more tions. The No. 1 instrucvendors peddling their knick-knacks tion was, “Only use condoms manuto the captive student body. It is a factured in the United States.” But shame some students have to take the then I look at the condoms, and they long route around Evans Liberal Arts say “Made in Thailand” on the wrapBuilding to avoid the traffic jam per. Is this some kind of psychological caused by our own little flea market. experiment? The Collegiate Entrepreneurs The most annoying aspect of the Organization Grill might as well build Texas State Flea Market is when they a permanent structure on the corner of have frat day. Just because you guys The Quad. Is it safe to assume these have to pay money to hire friends guys are always going to be located while you are in college doesn’t give directly in the middle of the most you the right to set up dozens of high-traffic area on campus? How couches, recliners and foosball tables many students have felt like cattle right in the middle of the highest trafbeing corralled as they take the five- fic area on campus. So your only minute walk past the pedestrian traffic friends are people you pay to hang out jam created by the CEO Grill? I know with? That’s fine. Some people pay for I get to experience this least a couple sex, others pay for friends; either way of times a week, and it pisses me off it is pretty sad. But that doesn’t mean every time. Why am I waiting in a you need to set up right in the middle traffic jam so these guys can sell of The Quad just to show the rest of sausage wraps? the student body your only friends are But it wouldn’t be fair to just talk people with which you make regular about the CEO Grill, considering there payments to hang out. I got a deal for are dozens of other vendors who erect you frat boys: Bring me a copy of your their shops in the middle of The payment receipt from your current Quad. frat, and I will give you a 30 percent There is a hippie in The Quad sell- discount on being friends. Also, I ing crappy jewelry almost daily. won’t make you sit in the middle of Although I am pro-hippie, I am The Quad and show the rest of the stuagainst hippies making me late for dent body you need to hire friends. class. Couldn’t this guy put his booth And if you like, I will even throw in between the Alkek Library and the the hazing free of charge. LBJ Student Center, or perhaps on the It seems nobody cares about the other side of Evans so we aren’t appearance of our beautiful campus. forced to push our way through the As anyone who has ever walked crowd like we are at some kind of through The Quad in the late afterpacked rock concert? noon can tell you, people simply trash Then, of course, there are the tables it. Empty soda cans and bottles, cigarepresenting various religions. rette butts, newspapers, leaflets and Although I don’t really have a prob- God knows what else is strewn about. lem with these guys, they never seem If we didn’t use our Quad as a flea to have anyone talking to them any- market, a lot of the trash wouldn’t be way. It still would be nice if they there. The trash problem seems to be could move their tables somewhere so at its worst during frat day. When they they aren’t in thousands of people’s go home with their couches and foosway. But I guess that would go against ball tables, they simply leave the trash the whole principle of the Texas State for others to worry about. Flea Market. It’s time to take the flea market out Let us not forget how every now of The Quad. These people could set and again Texas State decides to trans- up their stands in lots of other areas of form The Quad into a car dealership. campus that won’t cause such traffic Apparently, the powers that be at congestion. It would be no problem to Texas State would rather have us have frat day on the other side of spend our time shopping for a new car Evans. We could move the CEO Grill, instead of making it to class on time. the God tables and the hippie with the Do you remember when Saturn set up jewelry to the area between Alkek and a giant display that went from one side the LBJSC. This would clear up a lot of in The Quad to the other and literal- of walking space in The Quad, and ly blocked all foot traffic? That is the then maybe some of us would stand a most inconveniencing roadblock that chance of making it to class on time. has been The Quad to date. Every time I see one of my colleagues wearing Cline is a political science senior.

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Congestion in The Quad leads to unneeded traffic

Pledge recitation not necessity in American schools

This letter is a response to Rugh Cline’s article titled “One nation under whom?” in the March 30 edition of The University Star involving the contrast between the pledge of allegiance and the First Amendment. Cline makes some alarming misrepresentations which need mentioning. First, the First Amendment is not designed to remove God (that’s a job reserved exclusively for what the author calls “Lucifer” and/or Tom Daschle), and it is designed to make sure there is never a specific church established. Just like most things in the Constitution, this was designed to oppose the way things were done in Great Britain. Hopefully we have all heard of the Church of England. Thus, the pledge of allegiance does not violate this because it does not claim we are one nation under a Christian God or under Jehovah. It simply states that we as a nation believe — as the founders of our country did — that as the United States of America, we are united under a god. Second, despite what Cline argues, not every instance of the word “God” makes that object a prayer. The oath of honesty given in a courtroom may use the term “so help me God,” yet that is affirming your honesty to a court, not to God. The same holds true to the pledge of allegiance. It is an affirmation to your country and its citizens that you believe in and support the principles by which this country is founded. It states that you do see this country as a land that promotes liberty and justice. It also states that we are a country united by God, and like it or not, most Americans (90 percent according to a Gallup Poll) believe this to be the case. It seems as though the side that should really be worried about freedom of speech is the side being told, “You should not be saying God in the pledge because I don’t believe in it.” However, the overzealous minority doesn’t realize this. Truth be known, there is no reason you should be required to say the pledge — and if Cline was — that is something

CAMPUS QUOTES “Yes, I used to work at the Texas School for the Deaf, one of the largest concentrations of hearing impared in the nation, and I use sign language every week.” — Clay Roup communication design sophmore

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that needs to be taken up with the school. That aside, there is nothing that states one is required by law to recite the whole pledge of allegiance in its entirety to be an American. If the author is convinced “God” makes it a prayer, certainly the personal omission of the word would remove such a context. It isn’t as though someone is going to put a gun to your head as a reminder. You see, that is the beauty of this country. If you don’t believe something, as a government, we will not make you profess to. However, it is out of line for the 10 percent of people to expect to change the protocol of the 90 percent who truly believe this fine country of ours to be one nation, under God. — Lee Hunt criminal justice junior

Bush’s fireworks display lowers student’s opinion

Dear George Bush or G-Unit or whatever your name is: I like fireworks. Come on, who doesn’t like fireworks? I’m sure you have spent several hundreds of dollars during the course of your life on fireworks, either to throw at people or to celebrate some sort of holiday. But never have I heard of spending hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars on fireworks as you propose to do. So we have a war in Afghanistan which gives you joy of watching glorified M-60s drop all across that country. To the joy of all people and like-minded apes and weasels who like shiny and flashy things, another war was started in Iraq, which, to all our pleasure, had bigger and better things to blow up. These conflicts are fine and dandy (it’s not like those are Americans getting bombed, so it shouldn’t matter right?). But now you want to develop more nuclear weapons?

Bush, you are a true American hero like William Custer or Gen. Sherman. If there is any weapon that can give off the ultimate bang, it would have to be a nuke, the greatest firework of all. But wait. Now I hear you are going to try to get NASA back on the moon! That’s so awesome! So what if it will cost billions of dollars the government doesn’t have. It’s not like schools, hospitals and workers are under-funded in this country, right? Why not spend it all on a first-class ticket to the moon. I’ll tell you what, Bush, I have it all worked out on how you can get us back to the moon at almost no cost. As you know, in Houston they have that Saturn V rocket just lying around at the Johnson Space Center. Just gas that sum’ bitch up and send it to the moon. Hell, that shouldn’t cost too much, and besides, wasn’t it the greatest bottle rocket ever built? Just think about it, you could get a front-row seat, close enough to blow the cowboy hat off of your head, the beer can out of your hand and the empty ones out from under your chair! Hell, what if you got to drive the rocket to the moon? You could have the moon all to yourself. I hear there’s oil up there. I’m sure living up there would beat Crawford or the White House or wherever it is you call home these days. I hope all these plans for bigger and better fireworks can be taken advantage of this July 4. I’d truly and deeply be shocked and ashamed if you didn’t get re-elected for whatever reason. Honestly, what is gross incompetence or criminal negligence anyway? — Travis Upchurch history senior and optimistic voter

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“I’m looking to take a class; it’s such an important form of communication.” — Jessica Spangler international studies freshman

“Yes, if it would count for foreign language credit. It’s also needed for any special education work.” — James Taylor English graduate student

If the author is convinced “God” makes it a prayer, certainly the personal omission of the word would remove such a context.

“Some people take what they have for granted, they should try stepping into someone else’s shoes.” — Memo Espinoza criminal justice senior

“Yes, having people to communicate and relate with is something I never had in my life.” — Lisa Bothwell public relations/ mass communication junior and ASL president

“Absolutely, it’s like a whole nother culture and it’s more functional than Latin.” — Meredith Martin elementary education/ theatre sophmore

Do you think American Sign Language classes should be offered at Texas State?


Sundance Records changes its tune

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Store to stop carrying discounted vinyl BY IAN RAGSDALE SENIOR REPORTER Sundance Records is undergoing a major change. It will still be San Marcos’ destination for hard-to-find compact discs by underground and local artists, but beginning today it will no longer be carrying the discounted vinyl that wax junkies have been sifting through for so long. But have no fear; the used rock ’n’ roll and dollar jazz records will be replaced by more than 7,000 high-quality, collectible discs that are a feast for the eyes as well as an exhibit of rock ’n’ roll history. “You name an important classic rock artist, and I’ve probably got it,” said Sundance owner Bobby Barnard. From rock’s roots in Richie Valens, Freddie King and Buddy Holly to cult rock from the ’70s and ’80s such as the Butthole Surfers and Talking Heads, there is something for every music lover and collector. Barnard has had a long history with rock ’n’ roll. “I was a music fan at six,” he said. “My older brother brought home the first rock records, which were 45s.” Rock has always been the centerpiece of his store. “When you are young, rock’s what you buy” he said. “Then, when you grow up, you expand your tastes.” Or maybe not. Some of the collectible vinyl will be selling for hundreds of dollars — not exactly within a lowly college student’s budget. Among the more expensive items is the VeeJay release of Introducing the Beatles and the Beatles’ Yesterday and Today album with the original “butcher” cover. Barnard admits that he might be alienating buyers who live in the dorms across the street with the new vinyl selection. “We’re moving on to become a collector’s store,” he said.

Musicians give audience a true taste of the state BY IAN RAGSDALE SENIOR REPORTER When you’re down in the dumps, country music seems to be the perfect thing for you. It can let you wallow in your misery while you remember old times. It can help you get more mad at your object of anger and support putting a fist through drywall. It can also help you forget, whether advertising copious amounts of Jack Daniels or distracting you with a raspy steel guitar and a kinetic accordion. The Texas Music History Unplugged 4 concert held Sunday evening had all of this and more, catering to every mood under the hot Texas sun. Just as Texas is a melting pot of people and a melting pot of climates — many of them hot enough to melt a person — this performance featured a mixture of all that makes Texas music what it is. Tejano and soul musicians flanked country western singers on the LBJ Student Center Ballroom stage, creating a Lone Star-style sonic assault with seven guitars, fiddle, accordion and percussion. How did all these styles and all these musicians come to be in Texas? Maybe it’s because the state is so big. Maybe it’s the American love affair with the romantic notion of the cowboy. Maybe it’s the Alamo. Master of ceremonies and performer Ray Benson feels so strongly about the Alamo that he and a buddy wrote a song denouncing Ozzy Osbourne for relieving himself on the little church in San Antonio. “It’s a symbol of our state/Not a place to urinate!” goes part of the chorus to “Don’t Go There.” It might not get much radio play, but it sure does come from the heart. Anyway, this group didn’t seem to care a whole

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lot about being famous or having the radio spinning their records twice an hour. Backstage after the show, Benson and the family duo Sisters Morales swapped complaints about the recording business, bemoaning the purchase of another smaller record label by one of the giants. Onstage, however, they’ve got a great humor about their condition as musicians respected for their music and not for their record sales. Chris Wall, introducing “I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight,” which he penned for Jerry Jeff Walker, said, “I hate to brag, but this song made me popular in the laundry room of my apartment complex for about six months.” On the other hand, soul singer Ruthie Foster did seem a little concerned about her popularity — not with listeners, though, but with a higher power. “I mix my blues with gospel,” she said, “and try not to get struck by lightning in the process.” It’s obvious that music is in the blood of these performers, but what is it about Texas that draws such a

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Triple Crown TONIGHT: Phil Stevens (6 p.m.), Word Association (9 p.m.) FRIDAY: Eric Hisaw (6 p.m.), Unified Feel Theory (9 p.m.) SATURDAY: Grupo Fanstasma (10 p.m.) CD RELEASE Lucy’s on The Square TONIGHT: Johnny Gobbs, Amplified Heat FRIDAY: Big Orange, Ad Lib SATURDAY: Turbo Dwarf, mur, Shake Radio, $5 Friend University Performing Arts Center FRIDAY: Flute Choir Festival Concert (7:30 p.m.)

Ashley A. Horton/Star file photo The Jills perform at Sundance Records during its 25th anniversary celebration Sept. 7, 2002. Starting today, Sundance Records is no longer carrying discounted vinyl in an effort to carry more collectible merchandise.

The Murdocks

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NEW BRAUNFELS Saengerhalle TONIGHT: Open Mic hosted by Gerald (8 p.m.) FRIDAY: Ryan Turner & Live Wire Down SATURDAY: Micky and the Motorcars

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mainstream humdrum characterized by acts such as The Strokes, The Thrills and other similarly stale, watered down, commercial rubbish. With bassist Robert Houghton and drummer Ryan Cano, this power trio has come a long way in a very short time. The group agreed to sit, talk and answer my questions but, no doubt, seemed more interested in watching fellow rockers, The Fragilistics, as the group took the stage. Cano seemed eager to begin the session, yet the talented frontman Morris seemed at best bored and uninterested. It might be because the backstage area is a bazaar of bodies going back and forth, alcohol flowing continu-

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Within the span of thirty magical days, you and your senses have a unique opportunity for enrichment and enjoyment. Beginning April 1st, Texas State is delighted to present an original showcase of talent from every walk of the university’s artistic life. Students and educators alike will be represented by their outstanding contributions to dance, music, theatre and the visual arts. Each day, Artworks will feature something different, something unusual and everything remarkable. Catch a glimpse of Art and Design in The University Art Gallery. Explore the theories of dance or experience the romance of a classic musical or theatre production. From a multitude of choir voices to the singular notes of a concert soloist, the eyes and ears will have it all. Please join us at this, our annual Artworks, as we celebrate the Fine Arts through our programs and our people. It’s an event that promises to enrapture, enlighten and entertain, all in just one month only at Texas State!

March 22nd - April 9th

Sunday, April 18th

Rachelle Thiewes & Susan Davidoff: Veils (A collaborative installation) & Rachel Thiewes: Metals Susan Davidoff: Paintings (Individual works)

Women’s Chorus & Madrigal Singers

Gallery located in the Joann Cole Mitte Complex/ 2nd Floor Atrium Corner of Sessom Drive & Comanche Street 245.2611

April 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, & 24th at 7:30 pm April 25th at 2:00 pm

April 1st & 2nd

3 pm • Evans Auditorium Tickets: $2 General / $1 Students School of Music 245.2651

Foxtales

Dancers in Flight

Featuring adjudicated choreographies by students and alumni and special performances by Orchesis Dance Company. 7:30 pm • Evans Auditorium Tickets: $5 - General Seating Information call 245.2949

April 2nd

Texas State Chorale presents Rautavaara’s “Vigilia” a Finish setting of the St. John Vigil matins and vespers. 8 pm • School of Music Building Lobby Tickets: $2 General / $1 Students School of Music 245.2651

Written and Directed by Charles Pascoe

This favorite children’s musical play has received wide critical acclaim. It has been produced at the International Children’s Festival held at Wolftrap in Fairfax, Virginia and Texas State students performed it on a twelve-show tour of Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia in 1995. FOXTALES also won first place in The Festival of Anglophone Theatrical Societies (F.E.A.T.S.) last year in Brussels, Belgium. It’s all about Sonny Fox who wants to find out about the rest of the world. He meets up with other animals along the way that teach him a valuable lesson about the importance of friendship and working together. Each fable has a moral and each moral is presented in song. The episodes and the morals in the musical are drawn freely from the fox fables of Aesop. It is wholesome entertainment for the entire family.

Main Stage, Theatre Center $10 & $5 for Students Box Office 245.2204

Monday, April 5th Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, April 22nd

8 pm • Evans Auditorium Tickets: $2 General / $1 Students School of Music 245.2651

Wind Ensemble

April 7th, 8th, 9th & 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman Directed by Michael Costello

Featuring dance works by Advanced Choreography students. 7:30 pm • Jowers Studio 178 Tickets $5 Seating is limited Information call 245.2949

Earthling encompasses musician’s style Somewhere between Nine Inch Nails, “Battle for Britain” opens with fast-paced KMFDM and the Beatles lies David Bowie’s dance beats reminiscent of KMFDM and music then settles down and savors drawling, Earthling. Combining Bowie’s pop sensibillackadaisical vocals and light, silvery guitar ities with the electronic music that came R E V I E W in closer relation to the Fab Four than the into its own in the late ’90s (partly because «««« German industrial rockers. The following of Bowie’s influence), this album is cut David Bowie track, “Seven Years In Tibet,” is backed by through with hypnotic rhythms, flurries of Earthling dark, chunky synthetic beats as in Nine noise and the working-class British accent Columbia Inch Nail’s “At The Heart Of It All” from of the vocalist. Sometimes Bowie’s lazy and thoughtful Further Down the Spiral. In true Bowie lyrics seem to be only background for the blaring fashion, a horn section brings a little funk to the industrial beat box and distorted electric guitar, but, scheme, and a guitar is oddly yet unassumingly absent his unique voice, the album would be just a strummed. hollow background track for disc jockeys, not the rich These are just tastes of the whimsy to be had on and melancholy matte that it is. this album. It’s a little prog-rock, a little techno, a little Anyone versed only in Bowie classics will be sur- disco and 100 percent Bowie. — Ian Ragsdale prised by the electronic component of Earthling.

Friday, April 23rd Guest Artists: “American Chamber Trio” 8 pm • Recital Hall Tickets: $2 General / $1 Students School of Music 245.2651

Saturday, April 24th VocaLibre

Thursday, April 8th

8 pm • Evans Auditorium Tickets: $2 General / $1 Students School of Music 245.2651

Faculty Chamber Music 6:30 pm • Recital Hall Tickets: $2 general / $1 students School of Music 245.2651

Sunday, April 25th University Singers

Thursday, April 8th

3 pm • Evans Auditorium Tickets: $2 General / $1 Students School of Music 245.2651

Trombone Ensemble 8 pm • Evans Auditorium Free Admission School of Music 245.2651

Sunday, April 25th

April 12th - 23rd

Jazz Concert

Senior Thesis Exhibitions I & II Opening Reception: Monday April 12th 5-7 pm

Gallery located in the Joann Cole Mitte Complex/ 2nd Floor Atrium Corner of Sessom Drive & Comanche Street 245.2611

8 pm • Evans Auditorium Tickets: $2 General / $1 Students School of Music 245.2651

April 26th - May 7th Senior Thesis Exhibitions III & IV

Opening Reception: Monday April 26th 5-7 pm Gallery located in the Joann Cole Mitte Complex/ 2nd Floor Atrium Corner of Sessom Drive & Comanche Street 245.2611

Monday, April 12th Jazz Lab Band 8 pm • Evans Auditorium Tickets: $2 General / $1 Students School of Music 245.2651

Tuesday, April 27th

Thursday, April 15th

Percussion Ensemble & Steel Drum Band

Texas State Symphony Orchestra

8 pm • Evans Auditorium Tickets: $2 General / $1 Students School of Music 245.2651

8 pm • Evans Auditorium Tickets: $2 General / $1 Students School of Music 245.2651

Saturday, April 17th Guest Artists: Heart of Texas Chorus “Beyond The Call: A Tribute To Our Armed Forces”

Art and Design 245.2611 School of Music 245.2651 Theatre 245.2147 Dance 245.2949

April 22nd & 23rd Choreographer’s Showcase

Nominated last year for a Tony award in the Best Play and Best Director category, this play won the award for Best Director, who happened also to be the writer. This is a beautiful, touching, and funny adaptation of Ovid’s tales and blends mythic stories of love, loss, and transformation with a modern sensibility. Visually stunning, imaginative, thrilling, and magical in its theatrical telling of these ancient tales which are as moving and as profound as ever. Performed in and around a pool of water, this production will be produced at Texas State, under the night sky, surrounded by trees, in our beautiful outdoor Glade Theatre. Metamorphoses will be a special theatrical event that is not to be missed. 8:00 pm • Glade Theatre (The Glade is located on Moore Street on the Texas State Campus, across from Blanco Hall and the University Performing Arts Center) Tickets: $10 & $5 for Students / Box Office 245.2204

7:30 pm • Evans Auditorium Tickets: Toll Free 877.220.7596 www.HOTchorus.org

8 pm • Evans Auditorium Tickets: $2 General / $1 Students School of Music 245.2651

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Earthling seems like an industrial fantasy for David Bowie, and Hours is a matura- music tion of that earlier electronic R E V I E W exploration. Whereas on the «««« former album the synthetic David Bowie component dominates by Hours brute force, the artificial backColumbia ground noise on the latter is soft and angelic and supplemented by far more guitar, horns and vocals. Hours speaks to an older generation — at least to an older mentality. Bowie expresses the frustrations of adulthood and the results of the contemplation of a life thus far. He sings softly, throws jazz into the mix and holds the pace at a speed with which most anyone could be comfortable. Somewhat in the other direction, though, is the guitar of co-writer and co-producer Reeves Gabrels. While Bowie appears to be acting like an adult with a sad voice that can draw tears out of the fragile in “Thursday,” Gabrels’ guitar swirls and squeals like a teenager’s bad ’80s metal song in “The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell” and others. By Hours, Bowie had learned lessons in ambiance from Brian Eno and melded them with the guitar-lickcentered rock energy of Gabrels to create something incredible. But what did we expect, conventionality? This is David Bowie! — Ian Ragsdale

Wednesday, April 28th Symphonic Band 8 pm • Evans Auditorium Tickets: $2 General / $1 Students School of Music 245.2651

FOR MORE INFORMATION Communication Studies 245.2165 Mass Communication 245.2656 Events Coordinator 245.3501 Fine Arts Hotline 245.2030 (recording) www.finearts.txstate.edu

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Thursday, April 1, 2004

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Find the perfect rock magazine ... for you BY TERRY MARTINEZ SENIOR REPORTER

Finding a great rock magazine is like finding a great lover; it can’t look cheap, it has to be full of good things and, above all, it needs to be there for you when you are depending on it. No one wants to cuddle up with a lame magazine or a lame lover. For this reason, I have scoured the racks of Hastings, the only store in our city with a comprehensive collection of rock magazines, in search of the one, because we all need help sometime.

Q, «««« Q, which bills itself as “The Ultimate Rock Magazine,” is a British import. Features include “The Worst Haircuts in Rock” and a Melissa Auf Der Mar (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) profile. This issue is Q’s “Sex Issue.” Department pages, which are called “NOW,” include a “This or That” page featuring former Spice Girl Emma Bunton. Questions included “Drinking or Smoking,” “Sofa or Gym” and “Pants or Thong.” A lawnmower racing how-to and “20 things you didn’t know about rock ’n’ roll art” rounded out the department pages. CD reviews in Q were an impressive 15 pages, in alphabetical order. Some confusing things about this magazine were some of the layouts in the departments section and the table of contents’ layout. Pictures were used for reference with page numbers in the lower left-hand corner instead of an inclusive list of articles and features.

Revolver, «« Revolver, “The World’s Loudest Rock Magazine,” on the other hand, has an easy-to-read table of contents. Its department’s pages include Q&As, bands to watch and columns. Features include a special feature called “Sludge Factory,” which chronicled the grunge movement’s beginnings, a feature on The Darkness and “The Real O.C.,” where members of The Offspring gave a guide to their native Orange County for readers to enjoy. One setback of Revolver was the six paltry pages of CD reviews that were jam-packed with confusing and distracting advertisements.

Ratings « lame «« so-so ««« better than most «««« niiiice ««««« phenomenal Classic Rock, «« Classic Rock magazine contained mostly hair band articles and interviews, but mixed in a nice amount of new rock that could one day be billed as classic. The departments section, called “UpFront,” included Web sites that rock, “Where Are They Now” and an on-the-road section that told of classic rock bands’ current touring schedules. The features section had an article titled “The Gripes of Roth.” Yes. They are talking about David Lee. CD reviews were 15 pages long and were extensive. Reviews included Incubus, Deep Purple, Stereolab and The Cure. Many of Classic Rock’s features were hard to read because they had white type on a dark blue or a black background. Also, most of the photography was poor. The overall feeling I got from this magazine was a dirty venue for an old rock band. Not so much love.

Tiffany Searcy/Star photo Jared Berger, advertising senior and member of the Student association of Campus Activities, promotes the organization’s free viewing of Pirates of the Caribbean. watch out for other free movie viewings being presented by SACA.

Muse returns with typical CD Absolution is Muse’s third album released on Warner Bros. Anyone music unfamiliar with this rock R E V I E W UK trio might remember ««« its debut album in 1999. Muse Rock critics hailed its first Absolution release, Showbiz, as one Warner Bros. of the most significant debuts in years. Riding on word of mouth and a vigorous promotional campaign, Showbiz was an international success. Yet, not much was seen or heard in the United States. A sophomore album was released in 2001; however, it was distributed only as import. Now, here we are in 2004 and Muse is hoping to eradicate the contumacious factor that has kept its music silent in the suburbs of the United States. Absolution is a 14-track disc held together by strong, bombastic tracks ranging from mammothsized anthems and melancholic ballads to a couple of straight-forward rock tracks that are undoubtedly some of the hardest tunes it has penned. “Apocalypse Please” was obviously inspired by the recent political, social and economic happen-

Circus, « Circus, America’s Rock Magazine, boasted it was named No. 1 rock magazine, and I maintain it received that rank from its insane subscribers. The department section spanned two pages with three columns and two bad pictures at the top of each page. This poorly written section included gossip about a Sevendust/Coal Chamber feud. Features in this magazine included Ill Niño and Sevendust profiles. Full-page pictures with members of bands abound in this incredibly poorly made magazine. It seems that Circus is the rock ’n’ roll equivalent to teenybopper magazines such as Tiger Beat and J-14. Maybe finding the perfect lover isn’t supposed to be easy, but finding the perfect rock magazine can be a little less taxing — especially with a guide like The Star’s in hand when you head to the store.

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ings of the past two years. “And it’s time we saw a miracle/come on, it’s time for something biblical to pull us through,” vocalist Matthew Bellamy shouts in his best Thom Yorke, pre-Kid A impression. “Sing For Absolution,” a definite standout track, flows with the sort of rhythmic strength that evokes almost definite emotion. The band tends to stick with a typical rock form. You won’t hear much experimentation or revolution-sized gems. “Hysteria,” “Blackout” and “The Small Print” begin and end with the same melodious fashion as the other tracks. “Ruled by Secrecy,” the most Radiohead-sounding track, is actually pretty good. “Repress and restrain/still the pressure and the pain/wash the blood off your hands/this time she won’t understand,” Bellamy sings under the backing of an unnerving piano riff. Altogether the album is enduring. You may need to take in a few listens before you begin to appreciate the record. Of course, you may get the sense that this is a lost, long-forgotten Radiohead album from the days before its ungodly transformation into an electronic hip bunch. However, don’t be strayed. Absolution is probably one of the most honest records you’ll listen to in a long time. — Jonathan Marin

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Von Bondies set up album with diversity Forget Jim Beam — every music party needs a shot of the new R E V I E W major-label ««««« debut from the The Von Bondies Von Bondies, Pawn Shoppe Heart Warner Bros. Pawn Shoppe Heart. Granted, every hipster has convictions concerning indie Benedict Arnolds, but no matter how staunch the opinion or how hip the scene, Jason Stollsteimer’s voice is bound to make every ear in the room upturn and every toe tap. The Von Bondies, hailing from the same Detroit scene that birthed the White Stripes and the Detroit Cobras, is an art-rock foursome of childhood friends. Combining epicly catchy guitar riffs and a sound straight off the bottom of your shoe, the Von Bondies is a band of burgeoning prowess on Pawn Shoppe Heart. Following the 2001 Lack of Communication release on Sympathy for the Record Industry, Pawn Shoppe Heart is a cleverly diverse group of 12 songs that’s subject matter ranges from simple party rock anthems (“C’mon, C’mon”), to alternating pop female vocalist/bassist Carrie Smith (“Not That Social”), to complex bluesy articulations of a lover’s lament (“Mairead”). Pawn Shoppe Heart is full of contradictions, as any honest art-rock collaboration would be. Produced by Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads and Modern Lover fame, Pawn Shoppe Heart is a slight step away from the rougher, Jack White co-produced material of the Von Bondies’ past and a move toward a hybrid of the band’s influences. And hybrid it is indeed, as evidence of Otis Redding, The Cramps, Eric Burden and the Animals, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins can be found on this the untypical and collective garage punk/pop-rock/soul-infused new release from the Von Bondies. — Shannon McGarvey

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Reed offers sweet Serenade

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The production of live music albums often springs from R E V I E W one of two rea««««« sons — either Lou Reed the artist is Animal Serenade Reprise stuck in a quagmire of creative stagnation and needs to make a quick buck or the artist is a living legend and, frankly, just needs to make a quick buck. Though the image is bleak, thankfully Animal Serenade, Lou Reed’s newest two-disc live venture, passes over preconceived notions of what a live album should be and carves an individual path through sheer ingenuity. Recorded June 2003 in Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre and standing in the shadow of his two previous live albums (Rock & Roll Animal and Take No Prisoners, dubbed “the best (live albums) ever made” by Reed’s press release), Animal Serenade is a mix of “songs ranging from early Velvet Underground classics to several selections from his most recent release The Raven.”

“Venus in Furs,” the last track on Serenade and a Velvet Underground tune, proves to be a haunting rendition of its former self, with the omission of the original East-Indian sound of the late ’60s and the new overtake introduction of a live cellist. Though most of the Velvet Underground covers on Serenade are shadows of their former selves (“Heroin” and “All Tomorrow’s Parties), Reed manages to remain as captivating as ever on Animal Serenade, incorporating all the wonderfully creative idiosyncrasies that make him a living legend and forfeiting all supposed expectation of what a 60year-old singer/songwriter should be. — Shannon McGarvey

Living End pumps punk into new CD You’re too late to see The Living End, who passed through Houston March 11, headlining at the Engine Room supported by fellow Australian acts The Vines, Jet and Neon. But you can still pick up its new, solid album, MODERN ARTillery, if you feel the ’70s rock revival acts are a little too plain for your tastes. The Living End has mellowed a lot since its punkrockabilly debut EP, 1995’s Hellbound, but the stadium punk this trio pumps out is energetic enough for rockers yet radio-friendly for the Top 40 crowd. It feels like betrayal to use the word “punk” to describe the music of any band that went five times platinum with its debut album, that had a

song in the N a t i o n a l music Lampoon’s Van Wilder R E V I E W s o u n d t r a ck ««« and that has The Living End toured Aus- MODERN ARTillery Reprise tralia with AC/DC, but The Living End retains the edge so apparent in its early music. Given, MODERN ARTillery has ballads reminiscent of sappy Third Eye Blind tunes, but the band gets in a few good punches in the form of short, fast songs with anthem titles and hopeless lyrics. When guitarist Chris Cheney and upright bassist Scott Owen sing choruses together, it’s easy to imagine a crowd of rebellious youths raising their fists and chanting along. What sets The Living End apart from other acts in the same vein is that even when the tempo slows, the band’s musical ability and snappy lyrics shine through. You probably won’t be listening to this record with your sweetie, and there certainly is a shortage of such records today. — Ian Ragsdale

Thursday, April 1, 2004

UNPLUGGED: Musicians strum their stuff at fourth annual event

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crowd to its small-town honkytonks and world-famous Austin venues? Lisa and Roberta Morales said that, in Texas, musicians are able to talk about the business of real people. Wall sure had this down, waxing on whiskey, ex-wives, motel rooms, and a favorite bar gone out of business. Music in Texas has deep roots in soul, in Tejano, in the music of the cowboys and pioneers. The Morales Sisters also said that Texans just love music. It

was pretty easy to love a twohour jam session with some of the best musicians in Texas. That is for sure. It’s a rare opportunity, and anyone who missed this concert should be on the lookout a year from now or head out to one of the many music festivals happening around the state. As final words, it must be said that Texas musicians love not only the music of the state, but Texas itself. Toward the end of the concert, Benson broke from the loose format and gave a plug to Kinky Friedman,

musician and candidate for Texas governor in 2006. Benson wasn’t interested in Friedman’s ideas on taxes or education. Instead, Benson wants you to “Vote Kinky” because Friedman pledges to change the state song from “Texas, Our Texas” — about as exciting as a Baptist hymn — to “Miles and Miles of Texas,” which he and the other performers on stage proceeded to play with gusto. Benson sure does think that it would inspire a little more pride in a state that can hardly be any more proud.

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“It’s not really geared to a college buyer, but it will give you a good education if you come in here and look around.” It is part of an education that the store has long been doing. Rock history is already on Sundance’s walls — practically every square inch is covered with music memorabilia — and now it will be on view in the shelves. Be on the lookout for white label pro-

mos (records sent to radio stations and store owners) and bootleg items (discs that were not available to the public yet say a lot about the development of the music business). Do expect to pay for a piece of music history; promos and bootlegs from the likes of Bruce Springsteen will be had for $50-75. Part of the charm of vinyl is the artwork associated with the records, and there’s an eyeful hanging from Sundance’s ceiling. More than 50 picture discs sway in the air above the

CD racks, and they are all for sale. The catch is that they are not priced. “Make me an offer,” Barnard said, “and I’ll tell you yes or no. I know what they are worth.” For those on a budget who want to participate in the wax grab, there are plenty of what Barnard calls “commons” — albums by solid performers such as AC/DC and Black Sabbath and reissues of classic artists such as Bob Dylan. These records would fetch a dollar or two if in poor condition,

but the mint or near-mint records to be sold at Sundance are harder to find and will go for $8-12. There will also be a lot of jazz records priced at $10 or less. “Every collector has holes to fill,” Barnard said. Whether it’s Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley or the Beastie Boys, you’ll find it at Sundance. Not to mention between 50 and 100 Grateful Dead albums and more than 50 boxed sets. It is a collec-

tor’s dream come true. Speaking of collectors, this weekend is the Austin Record Convention, the largest sale of music and music memorabilia in the United States. Big buyers will be making the trip down to San Marcos and walking away with stacks of classics. Come get a look at rock’s past before some of its glory is gone. Sundance Records is located at 202-B University Drive, across the street from Sterry Hall.

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MURDOCKS: Band looks back on accomplishments, toward future

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clubs of Austin. Perhaps it’s the band’s drive and determination or its collective decision to just not care so much about the marketed hype and trends swarming Austin’s streets. “I think the Austin scene is the most diluted, perverted, disgusting pile of sh*t,” Morris said. “The only good thing about Austin is that, because there are so many bands, it forces you to get your sh*t together from the get go,” Cano said. “The reason that people think that Austin bands are good is because they are tight but, if you actually listen to their songs, most of these bands f**king suck. And they listen to Stevie Ray Vaughn way too much. We don’t care about Austin. We’re a touring band.” Few bands would have the tenacity to criticize the scene that has been dubbed the “live musical capital of the world,” but the Murdocks seem to be cut from a different cloth. As its press bio states, “East of the interstate is quite a different world; it is here in the most underprivileged district of the city that Murdocks set up shop.” But I suppose the Murdocks have much to be proud of. In the last year, it has accomplished more than most bands will ever see in a career. The trio recorded its debut EP on Surprise Truck Entertainment for $300. The four tracks include “Death of a French Whore,” “My Scarlet Purpose,” “Dance the Vomit Shakes” and “Maidenhead.” Whatever the cost, the tunes resonate with the sort of raw aggression and sincerity that has been lacking in the current music scene. “The EP is basically an introduction to the band,” Cano said. “Tim (Dittmar), the guy who recorded it, only agrees to record bands he likes. His whole personality is good for bands because

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he’s very relaxed and not stressed. We’d record for maybe 20 minutes then take an hour break and record for another 20 minutes.” The relaxed nature of the recording is felt throughout the disc. Each track flows with a natural progression. There’s no forced feeling in the emotion Morris tries to convey. The disc gives a good example of the essence that is the band’s live show: loud, raw and uncompromising. And it’s obvious Austin isn’t the only town listening to the Murdocks. This 13-minute EP has generated a huge hype within the underground scene. Within the first week of its radio campaign, the Murdocks EP took the No. 2 spot on the CMJ Top 200 Radio Adds beating out several well-established acts. It received airplay in more than 200 stations and received rave reviews in dozens of indie fanzines and miscellaneous publications. When asked if the band was prepared for the kind of reaction it received after the release of the EP, there was a definite shared reaction within the group. “It was f**king weird, bizarre; I didn’t see it coming,” Morris said. “I met (Morris) and we practiced three times and then recorded it,” Cano said. “The day we found out, we played a show in Austin and there were only two or three people there and yet there are hundreds of radio stations playing our record. We owe in large part to Hilary from the Planetary Group. She worked our record, and she’s really good. She genuinely likes us. She happens to work for a big radio promotional firm that helped work our record.” The group then embarked on a tour across Texas with stops in Kansas, Tennessee, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi,

North Carolina, Colorado and Missouri. “It was pretty good at every single show except maybe two,” Cano said. “One was packed, but the crowd was indifferent because they’re that kind of indie-hipster, ‘I buy expensive clothes to look like I’m a f**king thrift store junkie but I’m not’ crowd.” The band also shared interesting thoughts on Austin’s recent South By Southwest showcase. “We didn’t play the South By Southwest sponsor showcase but played some shows during (the event),” Morris said. “It’s like selling cars. It’s just a bunch of bands on a meat market, and you pick which one you like. It basically helps out bands that already have hype going for them.” The future looks busy for the guys who hope to release a split 7-inch with The Tah Dah Dahs. In July, the band hopes to be in a studio recording tracks for its debut LP. There is a definite anticipation amongst the scene to hear and see what the Murdocks have planned next. “We’re gonna record every song we have,” Morris said. “We’ve got tons of sh*t going back years. We’re going to record all of it and spend two or three weeks in the studio. There’s going to be a lot of experimentation.” When asked if they welcomed possible mainstream exposure in the future, Cano offered some admirable words. “I think as a whole we’re more interested in having more people listen us. I think if we ever went on a so-called mainstream-sellout major label we’d still be the same f**king band; we’d just have a lot more money behind us,” he said. “It is what it is. People can call you a sellout if you’re on f**king Interscope, but if you’re still making the same music you were before then, it doesn’t matter.”


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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. (4/29) ____________________________ 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. (4/29) ____________________________ 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. (4/29) ____________________________ Ready & Waiting! Nice, 1 bedroom , 1 bath studio home. 1642 Post Road. lot’s of storage and yard area. VJE Realty 353-3002. (4/29) ____________________________ 1 bd APT. $395/mo. 353-5051. (4/29)

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Pool table for sale. Low price. Call 361-215-5574. (4/14) ____________________________ Own. cheaper than rent. $91,000. Great north side Canyon Lake condo. 20 min. from campus, 5 min. from marina. 2/2/2 plus covered deck w/ beautiful sunset views and pool. Excellent condition. owner/ Agent 830-964-5064. (4/1s) ____________________________ ‘97 Explorer, Sport, $4,000 neg. Call 512-353-3966. (4/14) ____________________________ Computer desk, $85, full size & queen headboards, from $48, Grey couch, 3 pillows, $65, white vanity desk, $58, Army box w/ tray, $45, oak entertainment center, $65. Partins’ Furniture. 2108 Ranch Road 12. 396-4684. Free Delivery. (4/1) ____________________________ Full-size mattress set w/frame $125. Futon mattress $45. 353-4451. (4/8) ____________________________ PRICE REDUCED. 3/2 in San Marcos Mobile Home Park. Excellent condition! All appliances, storage shed, large covered porch, brand new air conditioner and water heater. Utilities already set up! $21,500. 210-213-7700. (4/8) ____________________________ Priced below market. 2/2 condo. New tile, carpet. Includes appliances with w/d. 512-246-9979. (4/1) ____________________________ 3/2 DW in Saddlebrok, a gated manufactured home community (IH-35 Frontage, north of Blanco River) 116 North Fork Road, 2 car garage with covered decks. $47,500 (Lease/Own option) 512-787-1581. (4/8)

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P/T self storage manager, flexible hours. E-mail resume to trulockstorage@yahoo.com 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. (4/29) ____________________________ 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) ____________________________ Law firm needs part-time help. Please fax resume to Monica. 800-920-3529. (4/1) ____________________________ Health Club hiring experienced sales people. 353-0789. (4/1) ____________________________ 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) ____________________________ 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. ____________________________ 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: www.ci.new-braunfels.tx.us ____________________________ Athletic, outgoing students for calendar greeting cards, etc. $50 - 150/hr no exp needed. 512-684-8296. (4/29)

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Christian female roommate needed, non-smoker, no pets. 2 b/1.5b duplex. $300 plus half elect. $75 deposit. Available now. 512-787-5948. (4/8) ____________________________ 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)

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hits, nine doubles, five home runs and 22 RBIs. The Indians also got good production from their pitching staff by using four pitchers combining for 14 strikeouts. The Indians lead the SLC in pitching with a 3.65 ERA. They are led by senior pitcher Ryan Schwabe who is the overall leader in innings pitched with 44.2, and in strikeouts with 40.

Senior Justin Lensch and freshman Matt Green will likely join Schwabe in the starting rotation this weekend. The Bobcats are coming off a 105, extra-inning loss to the ninthranked Aggies of Texas A&M University Tuesday night at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. The teams fought hard until the 11th inning, when the Aggies exploded for five runs after loading the bases and smashing a two-run double, two-run

single and plated the final run on another single. The Bobcats had 14 hits in the loss and five players recorded multihit games, with left fielder Matt Miller and second baseman Nolan Mast finishing with three hits apiece. Senior pitcher Paul Schappert pitched six solid innings in a nodecision, and junior pitcher Dominic Ramos took the mound in the bottom of the eighth and shut the Aggies out until he was replaced in the 11th.

Junior Chris Jean took the loss after he was tagged for the five 11th inning runs. The Bobcats are right behind ULM in the SLC with a 3.84 ERA this season. Senior pitcher Tom Robbins leads the staff with four wins, 55.1 innings pitched and 34 strikeouts. Robbins was nearly flawless his last time out, allowing only a third-inning single and an eighthinning walk of a complete-game shutout win against McNeese State

University Friday. Junior outfielder Matt Miller is the team’s offensive leader, with a .393 average, 30 runs scored, six home runs and 27 RBI. The probable starting pitchers for Texas State will be Robbins, Schappert and freshman Patrick Colgan. The games will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Sunday’s game, which is slated for 1 p.m. will be available on KTSW 89.9 FM and on BoosterCast.com.

Final Four: Let Howard-mania under control the games begin By Marc Narducci Knight Ridder Newspapers

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basket. His defense and hustle, aside from the inspiration he provides for his teammates, might give UConn more than it can handle. Plus, Duke has Luol Deng. Oh yeah, and J.J. Redick. And Sheldon Williams. Oh, and they’ve got Mike Krzyzewski for a coach. Not a bad situation if I do say so myself. UConn Huskies Connecticut appears to be the team to beat in the Final Four. The Huskies have beaten their opponents in the tournament by an average of 17.5 points per game. But on the flip side, their toughest competition was glorified Vanderbilt and Alabama, and those two teams weren’t nearly as good as one might have been led to believe. And if Okafor is 100 percent by Saturday (which the Huskies expect he will be), with Ben

Gordon and Rashad Anderson continuing to play as they have of late, UConn could conceivably be a lock to win this thing. But this is the Final Four. There are no locks. Buzzer-Beaters Look for at least one of the final three games to be a thriller. This year’s tournament hasn’t seen a game that sets it apart from years past. Where’s the Brice Drew-esque shot like the one that sent Valparaiso into the second round a few years ago? Where’s the fullcourt pass to Christian Laettner for a turnaround jumper at the buzzer like the one that sent Duke into the Final Four in 1992? The March Madness gods have to be cooking up something incredible if they deprived us of one of these moments for the first four rounds. And yes, this tournament has caused me to go insane.

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Dangerfield complex — they can’t get any respect. They currently are hovering just outside of a Top 25 ranking with 15 votes received on the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll. A chance to prove themselves against the best teams in the country this post season is also something the players are looking forward to. “It would be nice to get to the World Series just to top it all off. The team has worked so hard and getting deep there would be a nice way for myself and the other seniors to go out,” Zaleski said. But for now, the Bobcats will focus their attention to ULM in a three-game series that will begin with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

OKLAHOMA CITY — In a year in which some NBA executives say that as many as 10 high school players could bypass college and declare for the NBA draft, Dwight Howard of Atlanta stands above the rest. Lean and lanky, Howard, a 6-foot-10, 225-pounder, could be this year’s LeBron James — drafted first, and drafted right out of high school. On Wednesday night, Howard’s game will be under the national microscope. He will be one of the marquee players competing in the McDonald’s All-American Game at the Ford Center. The versatile Howard, who is listed as a center but considers himself a forward, has made at least one official college visit, to North Carolina. But it would be a shock if he doesn’t enter the draft. That has spurred the inevitable comparisons to James, the sensational 19-year-old whose production this season as a Cleveland Cavaliers rookie has surpassed even the considerable hype he received a year ago as a high school senior. But the similarities between the players end there. Last season, James’ entourage often outnumbered the number of students at Howard’s high school, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, where the total enrollment is 70. James is a product of the video-game era. Howard’s preference is chess.

early as ninth grade, Howard looks like and acts like a high school student, albeit a big one. It is hard for scouts not to envision Howard in the NBA next season. The NBA prevents scouts from commenting publicly on high school players or college underclassmen. But Howard’s workmanlike attitude and character are known to have earned him high grades. Unlike James, who had an NBA game in high school, Howard is more of a work in progress. “I see him in the same light of Kwame Brown or Jermaine O’Neal, two NBA players who came from high school and needed some time to adjust,” said Bob Gibbons, publisher of the high school publication AllStar Sports, based in Lenoir, N.C. Brown plays for the Washington Wizards, and O’Neal for the Indiana Pacers. “He’s not ready right now, but will be tremendous in the future,” Gibbons said of Howard. Another NBA talent evaluator said teams liked Howard’s potential. “The Atlanta Hawks desperately want him and think he can save their franchise,” he said. By this time next year, Howard could be making in excess of $3 million a year, traveling around the country and playing against the best competition. That, he said, is hard for him to fathom. “I remember when I was in ninth grade and I couldn’t wait to be a senior,” he said. “Now it’s almost over and I wish I could go back to ninth grade because it’s been so much fun.”

James drove the infamous Hummer last season. Howard’s ride is a 1984 Crown Victoria his father, Dwight, bought for $900. James created theater everywhere he went last season. Howard prefers to perform in the theater. He has acted in school plays and does impersonations. James, who never considered college an option, entered the NBA with a sculpted 6foot-8, 245-pound body. Howard has plenty of bulking up to do. James is a flamboyant dunker. Howard’s game has little flash and dash. He averaged 25 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks this season while leading Southwest Atlanta Christian to the Georgia 1-A state title. “A lot of people want me to be spectacular,” Howard said. “I just focus on the fundamentals, because that is what my game is about.” Both players have endured constant media scrutiny. But the attention he has received this season — “a circus,” Howard said — is nothing compared to what James went through. “My parents have set it up so things haven’t gotten out of hand,” Howard said. His father is a state patrolman. His mother, Sheryl, is a physical education teacher. Both have kept Howardmania from getting out of hand. That has meant strict curfews and attention to academics. Howard, who carries a 3.2 grade point average, is a copresident of the Student Government Association and a member of Future Business Leaders of America. And while James had the look of a pro as

Female dunker beats out opposite sex By Marc Narducci Knight Ridder Newspapers

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — Candace Parker had the crowd on its feet Monday night at the McDonald’s All-American Jamfest. And that was before she attempted her first dunk. Considered by many to be the best high school girls’ basketball player in the nation, the 6-foot-3 Parker brought some spice to Monday night’s event at Carl Albert High School. The Jamfest was part of the buildup to Wednesday night’s McDonald’s All-American

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LOOKING PAYBACK Texas State hosts ULM Indians in weekend series By Matt Isam Sports Reporter exas State will be looking for payback this weekend when it plays host to the University of Louisiana-Monroe in a three-game series at Bobcat Field. The Indians beat the Bobcats twice in three days in last year’s Southland Conference tournament, including rallying for five runs in the second meeting to Baseball hosts win 6-5, ending Texas State’s season. The Indians, who enter the weekend with a record of 13- (13-15), SLC (2-4) 15 and 2-4 in the SLC, are 6:30 p.m. Friday, coming off an 18-7 win against Grambling State 3 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday University on Tuesday night. ULM pounded the Tigers in that game for three home runs, three doubles and two triples. Junior outfielder Glenn Jackson hit for the cycle, going 4 for 4 with two RBIs, and hot-hitting junior first baseman Ben Jones added six RBI. Jones leads the team this season with 34

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Ashley A. Horton/Star photo Dominic Ramos, junior shortstop, catches a line drive in the first inning against Texas A&M University Tuesday at the Dell Diamond. The Bobcats fell to the Aggies 10-5. The Bobcats take on the University of Louisiana-Monroe at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Bobcat Field.

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Softball keeps composure, awaits Lady Indians By Rick Breland Sports Reporter After dropping their first loss in conference play this year, the Bobcats cannot wait to get back on the field and start another winning streak. The team got back to practice on Wednesday after having two days to recoup from playing four games in three days. “I just wanted the girls to step away for a day, focus on school and get ready to take care of business this weekend,” said coach Ricci Woodard. The time off, however brief, seems to have given the players time to reflect on the team’s recent loss to Stephen Softball visits F. Austin State University. And the result is a team poised to bounce back in a big way. “I cannot seem to keep the (9-35), SLC (1-11) girls away from the field,” 1 & 3 p.m. Woodard said. “They had a Saturday, day off and some of them 1 p.m. Sunday were out here holding batting practice yesterday. So, yeah, we are ready to get back on the field.” The tone with the players is the same as with Woodard. “I think the loss Sunday is helping us keep focused,” said senior center fielder and returning Southland Conference Player of the Year Kristen Zaleski. Prior to Sunday’s loss to SFA, the Bobcats were holding onto a 12-game winning streak.

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Ashley A. Horton/Star photo Ashley Wilson, junior second baseman, safely slides into third base against the University of Missouri. The Bobcats defeated the Tigers, 9-3. The Bobcats take on the University of LouisianaMonroe in three games this weekend in Lousiaiana. This weekend, the Bobcats will get back into action against the Lady Indians of the University of Louisiana-Monroe, a team desperate to get only its second win in 13 conference games. It may be an easy matchup for the Bobcats, but they remain focused on getting back on the winning track. “You know, last Sunday we really came out a little flat,” Woodard said. “But I think this is the type of situation which can lead our team to really do well down the final stretch. We just have to keep focused on our goals and keep winning games.”

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One of those goals includes winning a third conference title in four years and a berth into this May’s College World Series. “That’s been our goal from the start of the season, and that started from the top down. We really want to show what we can do,” Woodard said. “We feel like we can play with any team in the country and if given the chance, I think we’ll do well.” Despite three wins against ranked opponents since Feb. 25, the Bobcats have a Rodney g See SOFTBALL, page 15

Patrick Schneider/Charlotte Observer Duke’s Shelden Williams and Loul Deng work to stop a shot by Xavier’s Romain Sato during the Blue Devils’ 66-62 victory against the Musketeers in the NCAA Atlanta Regional Sunday to advance to the Final Four.

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get my life back on Tuesday. But until then, here’s a preview of this year’s Final Four just down the road in San Antonio. Oklahoma State Jim Bob Breazeale U n i v e r s i t y Cowboys “Win one for the Gipper” might be the Cowboys’ battle cry heading into this year’s Final Four. Let’s face it: OSU coach Eddie Sutton Sports Columnist is old (68 to be exact) and his coaching days are numbered. Couple that with the fact that the Cowboys will lose Big 12 Player of the Year Tony Allen to graduation and it becomes clear that this is Sutton’s best chance to win it all. Plus, it’s his third trip to the Final Four and you know what they say — third time’s a charm. But perhaps the most important factor for OSU is that it is the only team entering this weekend without a key player battling injury. Emeka Okafor (University of Connecticut), Chris Duhon (Duke University) and B.J. Elder (Georgia Tech University) are all suffering from injuries that have seriously limited their playing time and production. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Junior guard Elder’s sprained ankle may very well prove to be the Achilles’ heel for Georgia Tech. Granted, the Yellow Jackets have Jarrett Jack to pick up the slack, but what are the odds that he’ll come through with two more performances like the 29point outburst he had against Kansas on Sunday? The Yellow Jackets don’t match up well with a much more physical OSU team to begin with, and without Elder’s 15.3 points per game, they don’t stand a chance. But then again, my bracket is wadded up at the bottom of my trashcan. Duke Blue Devils Chris Duhon reminds me an awful lot of Mateen Cleaves in 2000 when Michigan State won the title. Duhon, who has battled through severely bruised ribs and incredible pain the past two games, has found ways to help his team without putting the ball in the g See FINAL FOUR, page 15

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