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Students face charges after early-morning water rescue By Molly Berkenhoff The University Star An intoxicated Texas State student, Britt Walker, along with his three passengers, reinforced the importance of the slogan “Don’t drown, turn around,” after his truck was swept into the Blanco River early Sunday morning. The other passengers were Kati Walker, 18, and Texas State

students Mustafa Shahid, management junior, and Matthew Belisle, biochemistry freshman. After leaving a party earlier that evening, Britt Walker, marketing freshman, ignored warning signs and circumvented the barricade at the Uhland Road low water crossing at the Blanco River near River Road. After attempting to cross, Walker’s truck was swept from the bridge by 6 to 8 inches

of rushing water. Emergency response workers received the call at about 3:30 a.m. Approximately 25 emergency personnel responded to the scene including Hays County Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and San Marcos Police Department officers. “All of our people are swift water rescue technicians,” said Fire Chief Mike Baker. “From

an operational standpoint, everything was textbook. As far as the outcome of the incident, everything was just perfect.” The rescue procedure faced obstacles with overhead power lines and rapid water movement, Baker said. Firefighters were placed downriver in case one of the passengers were swept away, and upriver to watch for dangerous debris. The rescue

workers used a new 100-foot ladder, which was extended to help the passengers two at a time from the truck. They were given life jackets while they waited for help during the approximately two-hour-long rescue. They were arrested after their retrieval. Walker was charged with driving while intoxicated, which entails a possible fine and up to six months in jail, and

Bobcats building a better community By Christina Kahlig The University Star A river of Bobcat Build volunteers flowed into Strahan Coliseum 7:30 a.m. Saturday to participate in the city’s largest community service project. Volunteers were treated with free Bobcat Build T-shirts, coffee and breakfast. A record-setting 2,700 volunteers showed up for the fifth annual Bobcat Build. “A day like this is letting people know what we have here in San Marcos,” said San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, who spoke at the opening ceremony along with University President Denise Trauth and State Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs. City councilmen Chris Jones and John Thomaides were on hand. Rows of tools were lined up in the Strahan Coliseum parking lot for volunteers to take to their job sites. “The tool section was well planned out,” said Nancy Tunell, Bobcat Build Student Planning Organization student director. There were 105 designated job sites throughout San Marcos. Linda Contreras, a member of First United Methodist Church of San Marcos, participated in Bobcat Build by doing yard work and cleaning up See COMMUNITY, page 3

deadly conduct for which he could serve up to a year. Walker declined comment. “I think we’ve gotten enough attention,” said Walker in an electronic message. For ignoring the barricade during a time of high risk, he additionally faces up to 180 days in jail and up to $2,000 in See CHARGES, page 3

ASG discusses general property deposit refund By Paul Rangel The University Star

Jon Clark/Star photo GEORGE’S CHORES: Stacey George, public administration senior, helps the H-E-B Bobcat Build group paint a house near Bishop Street during the annual community service project Saturday afternoon.

Associated Student Government Sen. Daniel Browning, College of Business, presented legislation to the ASG Senate Monday regarding the refund of the general property deposit students pay when they enroll at the university. “As of now the money is not refunded automatically to students,” Browning said. “According to Chapter 54 of the Education Code it rolls into scholarship funds which are dispersed.” The resolution would support a bill proposed by State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo. The bill, SB 1233, would require public universities to automatically refund the money no later than 180 days after a student were to graduate or withdraw. Students can request the money be refunded after applying to have a check written at J.C. Kellam. In the event a student was to damage university property, that deposit would be used to cover all or a portion of the damage costs. “Honestly that’s what should happen,” Browning said. “There’s no reason that the university should take a deposit and not give it back to you.” See ASG, page 4

ASG presidential candidates address greeks, IFC Endorses Pugh By Bill Lancaster The University Star The Interfraternity Council endorsed Reagan Pugh in his bid for Associated Student Government president after he and opponent Chris Anderson presented their platforms Monday. The council includes in its purpose, according to its Web site, promoting and maintaining fraternal ideals, spirit and leadership and ensuring cooperation among fraternities. “I think that in the end the choice that we made will be

the best choice for the student body,” management sophomore Kyle Tilley said. “He’s best for the communications between student organizations.” Pugh, along with vice-presidential running mate Alex Steimle presented a three-point plan of embracing heritage, pride and future. “We want to leave ASG better than we found it,” Pugh, English junior, said. “We want to communicate with organizations to increase involvement by the student body.” Anderson, marketing sopho-

more, and his running mate Rebecca Quillin, microbiology senior, will run on a three-point plan as well; moving the football program to Division I, holding administration accountable for the Campus Master Plan and ensuring student representation. Both candidates worked the room prior to the meeting and exchanged a handshake when they greeted one another. The format included a fourminute speech by the candidates before the floor opened for questions. The candidates

did not address one another directly. “I want to enable the students to move forward along with the faculty to make this a better place to be,” Pugh said in a telephone interview. “It’s a good place; I want to make it better.” Pride is a huge issue, Pugh said. He said everyone wants Division I football, but he wants students to focus on pride and winning. During the speech, Pugh said he wanted to increase the level of communication with alumni

in order to assist growth in the university. “Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat,” Pugh said. “We are in this family together.” Steimle spoke on the pride section of their platform. The university is already recognized for its academics and as one of the best value educations, she said. “We think moving toward Division I football is the next step in that process,” Steimle, international studies senior, said. Anderson focused on moving to Division I football by having

it as a single issue in his platform. “One of the most important issues is to move football to Division I,” Anderson said. “We can go to Division I right now pending two signatures, Larry Teis, (athletics director), and Denise Trauth, (university president).” Anderson said other requirements included increased ticket sales and 22 additional scholarships for both men and women. Anderson and Quillin want See DEBATE, page 4

Student Islamic group seeks to ease tensions University hosts Native American conference By Molly Berkenhoff The University Star The Muslim Student Association of Texas State will host an event with guest speaker Imam Siraj Wahaj, an activist of Islamic faith, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Evans Liberal Arts building, Room 116. The event, entitled “Jesus: What did he actually say?” will feature Wahaj in a discussion of how Jesus is portrayed in the Quran, and how he and his teachings are viewed in the Muslim faith. The answer might be surprising, said Samer Morad,

the association’s president and manufacturing engineering senior. “A pretty common criticism of our faith is that we over-praise the prophet Mohammed,” Morad said. “Jesus is actually mentioned even more than our own prophet in the Quran. There are over 40 references to (Jesus) and only about two of Muhammad. I think people are often surprised by that. I don’t think it is very well known how respected Jesus is in our religion.” According to an Oct. 24, 2003 article in The Wall Street Journal, Wahaj was born Jeffrey Kearse and raised as a Baptist

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in Brooklyn. He converted to Islam in the 1970s. The article says since then, he has served as a dynamic force in the Islamic North American movement as a widely traveled speaker whose lectures and speeches are highly popular with the Muslim community. Wahaj gained media attention in 1988 with his anti-drug efforts in the New York neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, an area close to his mosque. The efforts put a significant dent in the area of crack trade, and earned Wahaj praise from the NYPD. In See MSA, page 5

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By Karen Little The University Star Texas State will host the first annual Native American Cultural Awareness Conference from 8 a.m. to 6 pm. Wednesday in the LBJ Student Center. “Reflections and Hope on Native America” is the theme of the symposium. “(Texas State) is the first in the area to have an educational conference on Native American issues,” said Stella Silva, associate director of multicultural student affairs. “(We) found that pow-wows and other activities go on, but no conferences.”

The office of multicultural student affairs is one of the hosts in Wednesday’s conference. Lecturers will discuss topics ranging from American Indian civilizations and myths to writers, art and health. Silva said San Marcos and the surrounding areas are some of the oldest in the nation to be continually inhabited by American Indians. Supporting the American Indian community at the university is a priority, she said. Networking from the November National American Indian Heritage Month’s “Celebration of the People” helped create many contacts for the

speakers in the upcoming conference. Philip Havice, adviser for the Texas State Intertribal Council, helped plan and host the conference. “These people want to speak from the heart,” Havice said. “(They) are open to continuing the knowledge they hold inside themselves to share.” Havice said Ray Duncan would be one of the many guest speakers. Duncan, a full-blooded Cherokee, Vietnam veteran and chairman of the Keetowah, will discuss growing up in an

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starsof texas state Bob Pankey traded in his administrative position last fall as chair of the health, physical education and recreation department to research biomechanics at the Gait Analysis and Innovative Technologies Laboratory in San Antonio. After six years as department chair, Pankey was drawn back to teaching in order to concentrate on research. As a result, the university granted him a one-semester developmental leave to conduct further study in gait

analysis, helping patients relearn to walk safely and efficiently. Pankey’s research helps patients improve their mobility by providing analysis for physical therapy treatment, enabling amputees to be fit with proper prosthetic devices for use in walking and recreation. Pankey says he looks forward to helping veterans pick up their lives.

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There will be a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center lobby. The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents, “Opposing Views on Famine Relief as a Moral Duty,” 11 a.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. Lambda Omega Alpha will sponsor Night Prayer 9 p.m. at the CSC chapel. Ceasar Ricci will speak on the ongoing genocide in Darfur and measures that can be taken to stop it, 7 p.m. in the LBJ Teaching Theater.

An inquiry class about the Catholic faith will be 7 p.m. in the CSC library.

Every Nation Campus Ministries will meet 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G-02. There will be free food, fellowship and a relevant message.

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

There will be a CEO Meeting 5 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 127.

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

San Marcos Toastmasters Club will meet 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lone Star Café at the Prime Outlet Mall. Visitors and guests are welcome. For additional information, call Ren Linér at (512) 353-0217; email smtoastmasters@yahoo. com or visit www.sanmarcos. Students in Free Enterprise will meet 4:15 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 113. Students interested in becoming involved with the community, making business connections and learning leadership skills are encouraged to attend.



Texas State baseball will play Sam Houston State 6:30 p.m. at Bobcat Field. The last Lenten Stations of the Cross will take place 5 p.m. at the CSC chapel. The Catholic Student Organization will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the CSC lounge. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be offered 7 p.m. in the CSC chapel. Career Services will host “Careers with the Federal Government,” 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the LBJ Teaching Theater. For more information, call Jonathan Pliego at (512)245-2645 or e-mail Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical will speak on poverty, American consumerism and how to live a simple life, 7 p.m. at the Centennial Teaching Theater.

A student-led rosary will be prayed 6:25 p.m. in the CSC chapel.

The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents “John Kenneth Galbraith and LBJ’s War on Poverty,” 11 a.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132.

Texas State Blood Drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in J.C. Kellam, Room 1100. Walk-ins will be accepted, but those with appointments will be taken first. To schedule an appointment, visit

The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents, “The Simple Way: Another Way of Doing Life,” with Shane Claiborne, cofounder of The Simple Way Community, Philadelphia, Pa., 2 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132.

Texas State University’s Native American Students Association will hold the first Native American Cultural Awareness Conference, titled “Reflections and Hope on Native America: Past, Present and Future” 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the LBJSC.

Meditation and Contemplation will be 4 to 5 p.m. at the Campus Christian Community Center. For more information, e-mail Micah Robbins at or call (512) 878-2036.

Texas State softball will play Texas 6 p.m. at Bobcat Field.

Career Services will host the Teacher Job Fair in Strahan Coliseum. Browsing session will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and interviews will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Students must attend the browsing session to schedule an interview. For more information, call Jonathan Pliego (512)-2452645 or e-mail

1776 — Harvard College conferred the first honorary Doctor of Laws degree to George Washington. 1862 — Slavery was abolished in Washington, DC.

The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents “Women and Girl Child Issues in India,” featuring Fatima Fasanth, principal of Madras School of Social Work in Chennai, Tamil Nadu India, 1 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132.

Facing the Fear: Anxiety and Panic Group will meet 3:30 to 5 p.m. and offer a supportive way to cope. For more information or to register, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.

Overeaters Anonymous will meet 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland St. For more information, call (512) 3572049.

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A one-hour orientation and training session will teach attendees to use the Freeze-Framer biofeedback program to reduce the negative effects of stress. Session will be 1 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-11.1.

The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents “Recovery from the Tsunami in Tamil Nadu India,” featuring Nalini Rao, senior lecturer of Madras School of Social Work in Chennai, Tamil Nadu India, 2 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132.

The Tennis Club will meet 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, e-mail Scott Schoenmakers, tennis club president, at

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Overeaters Anonymous will meet 5:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland St. For more information, call (512) 3572049. The Tennis Club will meet 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, e-mail Scott Schoenmakers, tennis club president, at

1882 — The American outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward. There was later controversy over whether it was actually Jesse James that had been killed. 1933 — First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt informed newspaper reporters that beer would be served at the White House. This followed the March 22 legislation that legalized “3.2” beer. Jeannie Yamakawa/Star photo Barney Cockburn, undecided sophomore (right) and Adam Contreras of Austin perform with their band, Ethereal Architect, Saturday at Triple Crown.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department

March 23, 7:41 a.m. Property Damage/Parking Services An officer was dispatched for a report of property damage. A non-student reported a gate arm had been damaged. This case is under investigation. March 25, 6:08 a.m. Alcohol: Public Intoxication/ San Jacinto Parking Lot An officer came in contact

with an intoxicated student. The student was arrested for public intoxication and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. March 25, 2:18 p.m. Driving Without License/ Wood St. Garage An officer initiated a traffic stop. Upon further investigation a student was found be driving without a valid license.

The student was arrested and transported to HCLEC to await magistration. March 26, 1:26 a.m. Property Lost/Stolen/UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched for a report from a student with a lost wallet. The wallet was recovered but with items missing. A report was generated for this case.

1953 — “TV Guide” was published for the first time. 1968 — Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “mountaintop” speech just 24 hours before he was assassinated. 1968 — North Vietnam agreed to meet with U.S. representatives to set up preliminary peace talks. 1972 — Charlie Chaplin returned to the U.S. after a twenty-year absence. 1979 — Jane Byrne became the first female mayor in Chicago.

Common Experience hosts Chilean author Renowned Chilean author Isabel Allende will visit Texas State April 11 in an event highlighting the 2006-2007 Common Experience theme “Protest and Dissent.” Allende will read excerpts from her acclaimed novels and short stories 7 p.m. at the LBJ Mall. Pam Wuestenberg, co-chair of the Common Experience, said Allende’s visit complements university events celebrating Hispanic heritage and Latino presence on campus as well as the “Protest and Dissent”

theme. “Allende’s writings have a strong female presence, and in her culture women are usually subjugated by the male presence,” she said. “In a sense it is a type of protest and dissent against Hispanic cultural norms that place women on a secondary status.” Allende began her career as a journalist in Chile and Venezuela, where she alternated writing genres varying from children’s short stories to comedy to theatre plays. Her novels have been translated in 27 languages and

are bestsellers in Latin America, the United States, Europe and Australia. The list includes The House of Spirits (1982), Eva Luna (1985), Daughter of Fortune (1999) and Zorro (2005). Allende is also known for her short story collections, including The Stories of Eva Luna (1989) and Aphrodite (1997). Among her publications are several young adult novels including The City of Beasts (2002) and Forest of the Pygmies (2005). The celebrated Chilean writer has received numerous awards in various countries. She has

published articles in newspapers and magazines in the Americas and Europe, where she also partakes in lecture and speech tours. Allende has taught literature at the University of VirginiaCharlottesville, at Montclair College in New Jersey and at the University of CaliforniaBerkley. For more information, e-mail Wuestenberg at commonexperi — Courtesy of Texas State Public Relations

National Geographic Society president gives Grosvenor lecture John M. Fahey, Jr., president and CEO of the National Geographic Society, will deliver the 9th Annual Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the LBJ Teaching Theater. The event is co-sponsored by the Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education, the department of geography and the College of Liberal Arts. During the course of his tenure at the National Geographic

Society, Fahey has led an evolution of the organization, including its entry into cable television with the National Geographic Channel, which airs in 27 languages and reaches over 230 million homes in 151 countries; the international expansion of National Geographic magazine, now published in 24 languages; the launch of National Geographic Adventure magazine and the National Geographic Explorer classroom magazine; and the re-launch of

National Geographic Expeditions travel program. From 1989 until joining National Geographic, Fahey was chairman, president and CEO of Time Life Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. Prior to that he was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Time Life Books for three years. Born in New York City, Fahey received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Manhattan Col-

lege and his master’s in business administration from the University of Michigan. The Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture is free and open to the general public. For more information or to reserve lecture tickets in advance, call Judy Behrens in the Grosvenor Center at (512) 245-1823 or e-mail jb42@txstate. edu. — Courtesy of Texas State Public Relations


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around the church. “The ceremony in the Coliseum was excellent and (Bobcat Build) was wellorganized,” Contreras said. “Everyone was so pumped up for the day.” Contreras said youth members from First United Methodist Church who ranged from seventh to tenth-grade helped hand out tools at the church. “It was impressive seeing so many kids up on a Saturday morning,” she said. “Everyone has an opportunity to serve.” Veronica Ramirez who volunteered for Mu Epsilon Theta, cleaned out trashcans around The Square. “This is my first time to participate in Bobcat Build and I am getting some fun community service hours from it,” said Ramirez, political science freshman. “The students are probably the ones trashing The Square so it’s good we’re cleaning it up.” San Marcos resident Suzanne Bose had volunteers come to her home to clean up a pile of trash from the backyard. “This is a wonderful program and it’s exciting to see young people working hard and doing something for the community,” Bose said. “There are a lot of older people here in San Marcos that wouldn’t be able to do these things alone.” Jim Wooldridge, Texas State basketball coach from 1990 to 1994, cleaned and organized the shelves at the Hays County Area Food Bank. “This is my first year to do this and

I will definitely do it again next year,” said Wooldridge, team leader for University Advancement, an organization dedicated to raising funds and building relationships with alumni, parents, corporations, the media and the general public. “We have a lot of great volunteers and this is a lending hand for everyone to assist each other.” He said this is a good way for students, the university president and community members to come together. “Everyone is coming together to make our community a better place,” Wooldridge said. “We all need each other.” As the event came to a close at 1 p.m., Tunell, international studies senior, said she thought everything went really well. “We were able to fix most of the problems that came up,” she said. “We really want to thank the students that volunteered.” Tunell offered apologies for anything that may have gone wrong at any of the sites and encourages all of the students to fill out volunteer evaluations so they know what they should work on. For any jobs that could not be completed, the volunteers are asked to make arrangements to finish those within three weeks. If there are any questions, volunteers can contact the office of community relations at (512) 245-9645. “It’s not about giving to the poor or Jon Clark/Star photo elderly,” Tunell said, “But more about giving back to the entire community H-E-BOBCATS: Valerie Perez (top) and Audrey Turner, history freshman, for everything they give to the univer- paint a local house Saturday morning. The women were members of the sity.” H-E-B Bobcat Build group.

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fines, said Sgt. Leroy Opiela of the Hays County Sheriff’s office. The remaining three were charged with public intoxication, which bears a fine of up to $200. The car made it about midway over the crossing before the water swept the vehicle away, Shahid said. “The water was up to our noses,” Shahid said. “We were basically drowning inside the truck. Luckily, the windows were manual. We couldn’t open the doors because of the water pressure, so we were able to crank them down and get out through the windows.” Shahid said Belisle was the first to make the escape through the window into the bed of the truck. “We all just held on to each other and climbed on top of the truck,” Shahid said. “We wanted to make sure we all stayed together. The car still felt like it was moving, and somehow one of our phones was still working so we called 911.” Kati Walker, Shadid and Belisle were released from Hays County jail early Sunday afternoon and Britt Walker was released on bail. None of the four passengers or rescue workers were injured during the incident. “As much as we say it, I think we just have to keep repeating it over and over again,” Baker said. “If there is water moving across a roadway, and especially if there is another way to go, don’t drive through it. It’s very, very dangerous and there is always another way.”

University of Washington campus shooting leaves two dead By Nick Perry The Seattle Times SEATTLE — The woman shot dead Monday on the campus of the University of Washington had a protection order against the man who shot her and then himself in what police are saying was an apparent murder-suicide. At about 9:30 a.m., police received reports of six shots fired, said Ray Wittmier, assistant chief of the University of Washington Police. When police arrived at the fourth-floor office in Gould Hall, they found two people dead:

a woman, identified by family members as Rebecca Jane Griego, and Jonathan Rowan. A six-shot revolver was found in the office. Witnesses said Griego, a 26year-old program coordinator in the Department of Urban Design & Planning, had taken out a domestic-violence protection order against Rowan, 41, in King County Superior Court on March 6. While not immediately revealing the motive for the killing, police said they were not looking for any other suspects. A witness saw the man fum-

bling with something in a bag before he entered the woman’s office. Wittmier said Rowan made telephone threats to the woman at her campus office on March 7 and March 14. Officers were told about this, but she was not placed under surveillance or escort. Griego did not want to press charges at the time, but if she had, police might have been able to arrest him and charge him with violating a protection order, Wittmier said. In the protection-order documents, Griego said Rowan

threatened to always be in contact with her. In January this year, she came home and he was drunk, according to court documents. The two were living together at the time. Griego said Rowan threw candlestick holders at her, tackled her to the floor and punched her. “I forgave him because he was drunk, but now I see that he was wrong and he threatened to hurt me again,” she said, according to the court papers. Griego said that in February, Rowan called her and threatened suicide because he couldn’t see her.

In early March, she said in the court papers that “I cannot find him, but he can find me and knows my place of work.” Co-workers said Griego had taken steps to avoid Rowan, who called the office so much she would no longer answer the phone. He then left messages including threats to kill her, one co-worker said. Authorities had been unable to serve the protection order because they couldn’t find him. The paperwork was left at Griego’s office in case he showed up there. Griego described Rowan as

a former boyfriend — “a psycho from the past,” said Lance Nguyen, who worked in the office. She was so frightened he might attack her that she moved a couple of times, changed her home phone number and worked from home for a month so he couldn’t find her at work, Nguyen said. Nguyen said he was in the building at the time of the shooting, in a first-floor class. He heard the shots but didn’t realize it was gunfire at first. When he heard someone had been killed, he said, “I pretty much knew right away. I feel terrible.”


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He said it is a victory for ASG and the student body because it is another example of how the university worked with its legislators to bring aid back to the students. The legislation will be voted on during Monday’s meeting. Texas universities were mandated to decrease their degree plan to 120 hours. The Senate passed legislation recommending the school remove the University Seminar course and a science lab so as to comply with the 120hour degree plan mandated by the Texas Legislature. The removal of these two hours would make the courses optional for students instead of required. The resolution also recommends the University Seminar’s Common Experience theme be integrated into other core curriculum such as English 1310 and 1320. “Something that we are trying to get across is that (the) University Seminar program has a negative view so let’s work on it,” said


here’s no reason that the university should take a deposit and not give it back to you.”

—Daniel Browning ASG senator, College of Business

co-author of the resolution ASG Sen. Eileen Galvez, College of Liberal Arts. Andrew Sansom, former director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, informed the ASG Senate of important issues facing the future of Texas’ river systems and wildlife. “We put out more carbon than any other place,” Sansom said. “The parks and wildlife are suffering, its been poorly funded over the past 15 or so years.” Sansom works at the Texas State River Systems Institute at the old Aquarena Hotel. The

hotel, which was recently remodeled, now helps support and educate on many issues regarding research for environmental preservation. Sansom said the Center helps sponsor research on rivers and natural water resources, not just in Texas but worldwide. It is the foremost environmental center for aquatic marine research and houses a service program of more than 2,000 people who monitor the water quality of rivers that report data which can detect changes in the water. Currently a piece of legislation is being brought to the Texas Legislature to guarantee freshwater resources for the future. He said it is the most important piece of legislation in this session because there is no protection for environmental flows of rivers. After water is withdrawn from rivers for industry, there is no assurance freshwater will be returned. Sansom said it is a major issue facing Texas residents, as research forecasts that many of the rivers, such as the San Mar-

cos and Guadalupe, will dry up in the future. “It takes people who care and are willing to get involved to make things happen,” Sansom said. Other legislation introduced at Monday’s meeting was “ASG Promotion of School Spirit,” a resolution requesting funds of no less than $5,000 allocated to the promotion of school spirit and Bobcat athletics. “Enhanced Mentoring” legislation was passed to provide a budget increase of $10,000 to the Mentoring Program. A resolution was passed in support of the National Association of Environmental Professionals’ and other organizations’ campaign to declare the first Thursday of April as “San Marcos Bicycle To School And Work Day.” The “Club Account Flexibility” resolution presented to ASG Senators would recommend options be explored to equip the university with a debit card system for student organizations. This would provide a more efficient utilization of club accounts and accessibility.

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students to be in charge of the money coming into the university through student fees. “We pay over $22 million in student service fees,” Quillin said. “We want to ensure a majority of students (are) on those committees and not just students appointed by the advisers.” Anderson and Quillin want to hold the administration accountable for the Campus Master Plan. Anderson pointed out several projects, such as the green area and the parking garages that were supposed to have already begun but have not. Quillin said they want to make sure the student voice is the most important one the administration hears. Anderson said he would not allow anything to influence his representation of students in ASG. “There are two types of student body presidents, those


want to enable the students to move forward along with the faculty to make this a better place to be.”

—Reagan Pugh ASG presidential candidate

that get Christmas cards from Denise Trauth and those that don’t,” he said. Both candidates handled themselves well, and both had convincing platforms, Tilley said. It made Tilley want to become more involved with ASG. “I think (Pugh) is a very qualified candidate in his contacts with different campus organizations and administration,” Tony Pena, psychology junior, said. The ASG election is scheduled for April 17 and 18.

ASG election commissioner’s relationship with candidate not an issue By Nick Georgiou The University Star Reagan Pugh, Associated Student Government presidential candidate, said he is not bothered by the fact his opponent Chris Anderson is rooming with ASG’s Election Commissioner. “I think that this is, more than anything else, a pretty fantastic way to keep the Election Commissioner accountable because he’s going to be even under more heat than he would be originally,” Pugh, English junior, said. “If he was just a regular guy as Election Commissioner, well he wouldn’t be under the microscope as much as he would be now. So I think that if anything does go awry,

people would be there to point it out, without (hesitation).” Eyebrows were initially raised at the Associated Student Government meeting March 26 when President Kyle Morris nominated Ryan Galloway as Election Commissioner. Pugh said he trusts Galloway and has no qualms about him serving as commissioner. The two have known each other for a couple years and have been in some of the same classes. “The more I thought about it, and the more we discussed it as a ticket, we came to the conclusion that he’s an ethical guy, and he’s a pretty standup guy, and I know him and his desire here is to just stay out of it and make

sure that everything goes right,” Pugh said. During the March 26 meeting, Morris discussed the issue with both sides. The parties agreed the nomination was OK with them. Anderson, marketing sophomore, said he has known Galloway for a year and a half and had no prior knowledge before last week’s ASG meeting that he had an interest in the position. Anderson said he thinks the situation presents no ethical concern. “I don’t think it would have any difference at all,” he said. As Election Commissioner, Galloway serves as a watchdog. He oversees the general election process and has such duties

as enforcing campaign spending laws, choosing people to run voting booths and making sure no campaign paraphernalia or propaganda is within 50 feet of voting locations. The Election Commissioner is nominated by the ASG president, in this case Morris, and is confirmed by a majority vote in the Senate. Galloway was confirmed at Monday’s ASG meeting. “There really isn’t any chance for me to put any emotional display or sway to any individual candidate,” said Galloway, communication studies senior. “The guidelines set by ASG are real straightforward and very simple to understand.” Before he made the decision

to run as Election Commissioner, both Anderson and Pugh were trying to recruit Galloway to work for their campaigns. But Galloway said he did not want to get between friends. “I know Chris Anderson and he’s a good friend of mine, but dealing with politics, the whole reason I took this position was so that I didn’t have to get in between two good friends, and I feel that I could do a pretty well and balanced job with it,” Galloway said. Pugh agreed with Galloway’s decision. “Obviously this is two pretty big sides, and we had been trying to recruit him over to be with us and to help run our campaign,”

Pugh said. “Of course they’ve been trying to have him run with them, and so this is a good way for him to stay in the middle and just make sure everyone shoots straight.” Galloway is well known between the parties. He said he is friends with Sam McCabe, Anderson’s campaign manager, and Pugh’s volunteer coordinator Jude Prather and field manager Joe DeLaCerda. Psychology senior DeLaCerda is also President of the College Republicans. Galloway became acquainted with McCabe, mathematics sophomore, and Jude Prather, public administration junior, through the political consulting firm MAP and Associates.


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FAITH: Members answer questions in The Quad Tuesdays, Wednesdays

Play Days

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Jon Clark/Star photo A small group of theatre students perform a piece from playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays in The Quad Monday afternoon.


American Indian school. “He never knew anything about prejudice until he got out in the real world,” Havice said. The guests coming to the university are honorarians, participants in pow-wows and ceremonies who have intertribal dancing and traditional flute playing. Performers are paid by the state to honor these talents. Universities such as Baylor have expressed an interest in having similar events on their campus, Havice said. “(The honorarians) told their university, ‘Come down here if you want to see how it’s done right,’” Havice said. “There’s no pressure to compete here at Texas State.” Contrary to other hosts who treat the performances as a contest, Texas State pays all the participants. “On April 4, (the honorarians) will be volunteering their time,

and that’s incredible,” he said. “Almost every native woman and man is excited about their life and what they want to share with the students.” Havice said in between lectures, the guests want to talk with students to answer questions and make connections. William Harjo LoneFight, president of LoneFight and Associates, a consulting firm in Bismarck, N.D. will speak Wednesday. “He was honored by the Smithsonian Institute as one of the premier flute players,” Havice said. “He doesn’t act like he is famous.” Havice said the majority of the speakers contacted for the conference were found in the Central Texas area. Next year, they hope to attract other honorarians nationwide. This year they are focusing on local history, he said. “This isn’t just about native people,” Havice said. “It’s about humanity.”

1991, he was the first Muslim to lead prayer before the start of a House of Representatives session. More fame was gained for his invitation to end the fasting of Ramadan with a feast hosted by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. The Muslim Student Association hopes through its presence on campus, misconceptions of Islamic faith will be clarified. The organization seeks to be a valid source of information about Muslims for students, and to rectify false impressions Muslims receive due to extremists. “People tend to blame the religion and the faith for the mistakes that have been made by people,” Morad said. “Some people feel that they are taking extreme action for the sake of God when it is really for the sake of their own ignorance.” Members are available to answer questions every Tuesday and Wednesday in The Quad, where they distribute pamphlets and English translations of the Quran. This effort is intended

for the purpose of spreading knowledge about the religion. Through their campus presence, the organization hopes to provide a place for people of the Islamic faith to grow in their own beliefs and find a sense of belonging. “Our main purpose is just to have a brother and sisterhood among Muslims of Texas State, to become stronger in our faith, and to inform the other students about our faith,” said Ahmad Zaidan, exercise and sports science senior and association member. People of all faiths are invited to attend the event, which seeks not to be a means of conversion but to inform the audience about the beliefs of Muslims. Members of the Muslim Student Association strongly hope for a turnout of all faiths, Morad said. “Hopefully (the event) will just increase knowledge of different faiths and help people to have a greater respect for our religion,” Zaidan said. “Hopefully people will be able to respect it in the same way that we respect it, and they won’t have a negative bias towards it.”


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English department brings magical author for reading, lecture

SILENT STAGE: The San Marcos River Pub and Grill’s summer concert series has come under fire from nearby residents upset by subsequent noise and crowds. The restaurant is working with city officials to resolve problems and keep its free Sunday concerts a San Marcos staple.

By Tug Ledermann The University Star

Monty Marion/Star photo

River Pub given second chance after complaints By Lauren Davis The University Star Every Sunday in the summer, one can find San Marcos River Pub and Grill crowded with people around the gazebo and lawn enjoying the river and live music. But with recent complaints from neighbors living near the restaurant, the concert series was threatened. Monte Sheffield, general manager at San Marcos River Pub and Grill said he only has good intentions. “Over the last 10 years, we have had only two official complaints,” Sheffield said. “We are in the hospitality industry and our goal is not to make people mad, but to show good faith to the community.” Mache Canchola, event coordinator at San Marcos River Pub and Grill has worked at the restaurant for the past seven years, and takes pride in the summer concert series. “We have provided free concerts for the community,” Canchola said. “It’s out on the gazebo and lawn, and it is just beautiful. Kids run around chasing fireflies and people enjoy themselves. It is a small town USA thing.” Canchola said the San Marcos River Pub and Grill provides entertainment for the community’s enjoyment and hosts different benefits to raise money for charities and organizations like the San Marcos Animal Shelter, Hays County Women’s Center and Tour to Cure. Residents living near San Marcos River Pub and Grill have discussed their concerns with the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission.

said the meter has never reached above the recommended measurement of 85 decibels. Sheffield said 30 minutes before every concert ends, the available staff watches the parking lot to censor people bringing alcohol off the premises. When the concert is over, and on Mondays, the staff picks up loose trash around the property. Sheffield said he has made plans to reserve three off-site remote parking lots for concertgoers. The parking lots will be at Gary’s Katy Station, The Meeting Place and A-1 Starter and Alternator. Sheffield has offered patrons a bus ride to carry people from the lots to the restaurant. He plans on meeting the required conditions so the community can continue enjoying the outdoor concerts at no charge. “We are 25 miles south of the live music capital of the world. We just want to offer the public a free event,” Sheffield said. “It is a good thing for the community and there is nothing else like this in town.”

Ray Stone, who lives at 314 Riverside Dr. said he complained because of the parking and the inebriated patrons littering and walking through gardens to get to their cars, according to documents from the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission. Residents who complained stated becoming weary of the “noise, dust, litter, headlights, fighting and dogs yelping in cars.” Carol Barrett, the director of San Marcos’ Planning and Development Services, said the concert series would continue as long as San Marcos River Pub and Grill follows some procedural conditions outlined by the zoning board of adjustment. “This is strictly in their control. There is plenty of time to follow the conditions and they know the deadlines,” Barrett said. At a hearing Tuesday, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a Conditional Use Permit to the San Marcos River Pub and Grill, allowing them to hold the summer concert series on Sundays. San Marcos River Pub and Grill must have final approval and construction during the next year of on-site parking improvements, receipt of special exceptions for off-site parking associated with use of outdoor entertainment venues within two months and reduce littering. The restaurant must adhere to limitations on volume, days, time and frequency of live events. “We go through all kinds of measures to make this happen,” Sheffield said. To measure volume and frequency, Sheffield said he uses a decibel meter 400 yards around the property to monitor live performances. He

✯ FYI The concerts hosted by the San Marcos River Pub and Grill are presented at no charge, and run May 1 through Labor Day weekend. The concerts take place 7 to 10 p.m. every Sunday. Some artists that have played at the concert series include Los Lonely Boys, Chris Robinson, Reckless Kelley, Terry Hendrix and Jimmy Lafe.

Magical realism isn’t all fantasy according to Wendy Faris. The English department’s Therese Kaiser Lindsey Reading Series sponsored a lecture and reading by Faris concerning magical realism. A question-and-answer session followed the lecture and Faris, English and comparative literature professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, was available for book signings. She explores the subject in her 2004 book, Ordinary Enchantments: Magical Realism and the Remystification of Narrative. Teya Rosenberg, associate English professor, introduced Faris and assisted in the question and answer session along with several of her students. Rosenberg focused on magical realism in contemporary fiction, which is taught in a graduate course at Texas State. “The lecture and readings by Faris are for literature students and people interested in magical realism,” Rosenberg said. Rosenberg said Texas State has been planning the lecture and reading since fall of 2005. Faris began explaining the different definitions of magical realism to ensure a better


understanding of the concept. She discussed the differences between the genres of realism, surrealism and magical realism. “(The genre) is a realistic setting of our world,” she said. “Magical realism is spiritual fiction for a computer age. It’s basically realism with a touch of magic.” Anika Samples, pre-international studies freshman, said she enjoyed the lecture and reading portion of Faris’ visit. “I thought it was really interesting because I like Gabriel García Márquez and that type of writing,” she said. Samples — Wendy Faris attended the author lecture for extra credit in an English class, but said she enjoyed the experience. “I didn’t realize there were so many categories and branches of magical realism,” Samples said. Faris took time to explain the ideas and concepts apparent in the genre, such as an intersection of two worlds and confusing moral relations of space and identity. The question-and-answer session helped students gain a better understanding of the subject. Rosenberg said Faris’ session gave an opportunity for her students to discuss magical realism. “The lecture and discussion is the whole idea of bringing different perspectives of the literature,” Rosenberg said.

agical realism is spiritual fiction for a computer age. It’s basically realism with a touch of magic.”

Basic awareness, lifestyle changes can help environment By Hayley Kappes The University Star

nificantly,” Nalle said. She said it is important to unplug appliances that are not being used because they Living “green” has a significant meaning still use energy, even when turned off. when it comes to the environment. Brock Brown, associate professor of geThere are many things college students ography, serves as the faculty advisor for can do to change their lifestyle to fit a more Earth First!, an organization that promotes earth-friendly outlook. environmental activities such as river cleanKelly Nalle, agricultural business senior, ups and the campaign to eradicate cigarette is president of Hortus Colebutts in The Quad. re, the horticulture club at A self-proclaimed Texas State. The club pro“wildscaper,” Brown motes green living and raises transformed his own environmental awareness. front lawn in San “Definitely, recycling is Marcos from a barone of the best ways to help ren yard into an envithe environment,” Nalle said. ronmentally friendly “It’s such a big deal and it’s habitat through natuso easy to recycle. There are ral means of growing bins all over campus.” native plants. Nalle said in order to “In my opinion, one lessen greenhouse gas emisof the major things sions and save a few bucks, we’re doing with the she carpools to campus with environment is we’re several people from her urbanizing more — Brock Brown home in Austin. She has also land, so we’re turning associate professor of replaced all the light bulbs in whatever the habitat geography her home with energy saving is into a monoculture bulbs. of lawn and often in“They last longer, I think vasive species that on average five years, and they reduce the don’t have a lot of benefits,” Brown said. utility bill,” she said. “I know it’s true beBrown said not enough people are aware cause about two months after I installed the of the consequences over-consumption posenergy saving bulbs, my landlord asked me es to the environment. what I had been doing differently because “We’re all trained to be consumers, so we the cost of my electric bill had dropped sig- use more than we need to,” Brown said. “I

e’re all “W trained to be consumers,

so we use more than we need to. I try to think about how big my footprint is on the planet.”

BEST IN SHOW: The Explorers, winners of the 2007 Battle of the Bands held Thursday at George’s, swayed the crowd with music crafted from a wide variety of influences. Photo courtesy of exploersband

try to think about how big my footprint is on the planet.” Dan Smith, senior lecturer of biology, said when it comes to the environment, the most important thing is to be aware of the impact that coincides with everyday habits. “For people to be aware of the implications of their actions is one of the most important things when it comes to the environment,” Smith said. “People don’t realize that their grocery bags can end up in the Gulf of Mexico where a sea turtle may eat it. It all comes down to awareness.” Smith said that one of the biggest problems is students drive too much and should walk or bike instead to places within a reasonable distance. “If you go up on the seventh floor of Alkek and look out the windows, you can see a haze over I-35,” Smith said. He said that the best ways for students to help the environment include taking short showers, turning off lights when not in a room, buying organic foods and not purchasing products with excess packaging. “A lot of people don’t realize that their computers draw about 60 percent of their power, even when they are turned off,” Smith said. Essentially, it all comes down to people’s attitudes toward the environment. “A lot of it is about conserving,” Smith said. “We as Americans need to relearn that lesson: what does it mean to conserve? Everybody needs to understand that we can all do better.”

Battle of the Bands names Explorers the winner By Clara Cobb The University Star In the LBJ Student Center basement, bands blasted out original tunes as they battled Thursday. Battle of the Bands, held each semester, features Texas State musical talent. Natalie Diaz, psychology junior, organized the event for the Student Association for Campus Activities. She said it was a twomonth planning process. “I also did it last year, so it didn’t take as long,” she said.

Approximately 200 students and music supporters filled George’s bar to watch bands Anderson, Explorers, Them Snakes, The Jam, The Egress and Manus Manifesto. “It was a really good turn out,” Diaz said. “It’s a good opportunity for Texas State bands to come out and expose their music to their peers.” It was a successful event for the bands. Diaz said the crowd went wild for the music. “I thought every band was really good and the crowd participation and feedback was really good, so I

know they appreciated that,” she said. Explorers won the event. The band closed the show and also received the largest crowd response. Diaz said she had no idea Explorers would win. “I had no pre-judgment,” she said. “I thought they were all good when we chose them.” The grand prize for front man John Nichols, pre-mass communication freshman, and company was $200 and a gig a Riverfest. Other members include: drum-

mer Brad Mitchell and guitarist Alexander Beggins, both pre-mass communication freshmen, and bassist Foster Farmer. The band plays indie pop-rock. Nichols, Farmer and Alexander have been playing together for five years, according to the band’s page on Myspace, the social networking site. However, the band was formed in October 2006. The musicians released five songs four months afterwards, and according to their Myspace page, they hope to continue touring and recording.


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Gere takes con-man role in The Hoax By Joe Neumaier New York Daily News NEW YORK — In his new film The Hoax, Richard Gere does a lot of fast-talking. As Clifford Irving, one of the most notorious scam artists the last century ever produced, Gere — wearing a bit of putty on his nose — shmoozes, cajoles, insinuates and babbles. As fast as the actor’s feet moved in Chicago, his mouth moves in this movie. And when Gere-as-Irving isn’t talking, you can still see him thinking about what lie he’ll concoct next. Who is this guy, and what has he done with the real Richard Gere? Not so fast. “It was Richard’s idea to make this guy very manic,” said director Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat). “He has a very playful attitude toward acting, and by getting into the head Handout/MCT of Irving and others (in the film), he fleshed out the whole movie.” SHADY WRITER: Richard Gere does a lot of lying in his upcoming movie The Hoax while portraying Gere recalled discussing his Clifford Irving, writer of the 1971 “authorized autobiography” of Howard Hughes. The book was later character with Hallstrom. exposed as a fraud. “(Irving)’s a shark, and I like it that we designed the film so that American Gigolo (1980), An Of- ied Donald Trump with Michael that Irving was going for. I honhe’s always moving. So when he ficer and a Gentleman (1982), The Jackson’s secrecy) had decided estly don’t think this was a money does stop, it’s dramatic.” Cotton Club (1984), Pretty Woman Irving was the man who should gig for him. It was more about the But of late, Gere’s done the (1990), Primal Fear (1996), Un- write the shaggy former aviator’s prank.” reverse: He has in fact stopped faithful (2002) — in all of these “as told to” autobiography. Hughes is a shadowy figure in doing quieter roles and is now films and quite a few lesser ones, But it was all a sham, a ‘70s the film, but his fame heats evplaying guys who move — which Gere’s strength was to let the story like those of D.B. Cooper erything in it. The early career has also been dramatic. energy in the room bounce off of and Patty Hearst, which helped high of Gigolo and Gentleman “Every character is a way of him. spin the decade’s skewed pop-cul- may have had a similar effect for expressing yourself,” Gere said. Still, the guy who played a tural compass. Irving was merely Gere, providing cover for mis“None of us is just one thing. dangerously wild club kid in his a shyster who forged notes from steps King David (1985) and No And hopefully, we are able to pick breakthrough 1977 role, Looking Hughes and kept telling more Mercy (1986). But it didn’t make and choose what we want to be for Mr. Goodbar, had to be in there outrageous lies — and, amaz- things easier when, a decade af— so there’s a time for mania, and somewhere. Which is why Gere’s ingly, kept getting more outra- ter earning leading-man status there’s a time for quiet. But ac- singing, tap-dancing charm ma- geous amounts of money — until and several years into a slump, tors love doing showy roles. It’s chine Billy Flynn in 2002’s Best Hughes himself denounced it all he tried romantic comedy with what we’re built for.” Picture-winning Chicago was a in his first live public proclama- Pretty Woman. This acting mania seems to revelation to many. tion in 14 years (and his last ever; Gere admits he was uncomhave been, as Hallstrom said, “libYet Gere didn’t enter Chicago he died in 1976). fortable with it all, but took the erating” for the 57-year-old Gere; until a half hour into the movie. “Irving wasn’t malevolent — his gamble. it’s like a monk who’d taken a vow He’s all over the inspired-by-real- personal demons were what was “Pretty Woman was a chance for of silence is finally speaking. life Hoax as a middling writer involved,” said Gere of the still- me to get back in the business, Since Gere first became a ma- who, in the film, has no follow-up living author. “He’s really not a but I had to be talked into it,” jor film actor — 1978’s Days of to a best seller about an art forg- grownup. He’s a Peter Pan per- he said. “It was a period where I Heaven was his first starring role er. So he spins impromptu lies to sonality, which allowed him the had done a lot of different things, — tense and coiled and maybe his publisher about how the her- ability to not see the impossibility I’d traveled ... and I suddenly reeven sullen have been more his mit billionaire Howard Hughes of it all … There was a prankster alized I hadn’t taken care of my calling card. (whose image at the time embod- thing toward authority figures career.”

Beyond Borders may open eyes to global issues By Jeffery Hooten The University Star The United Nations Student Alliance will be showing the movie Beyond Borders Wednesday in order to increase consciousness of global issues on campus. The 2003 film, which stars Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen, is a love story set in the midst of international disaster relief efforts in Ethiopia, Cambodia and Chechnya. According to Martha Bitar, founder and president of the U.N. Student Alliance, the film depicts the living conditions of impoverished countries throughout the world. “It really opens your eyes to the situation going on in underdeveloped communities,” Bitar, pre-international studies freshman, said. She said the U.N. Student Alliance is intended to be a forum for the discussion and propagation of information about world concerns. In addition to screening Be-

yond Borders, the group is organizing the upcoming Fast for Darfur Campaign on campus. Bitar said the group hopes the film will raise interest in global issues that are often less than tangible to many Texas State students. “We want to create awareness, but a lot of people are just not interested,” Bitar said. In addition to the U.N. Student Alliance, the Beyond Borders Service on campus – no relation to the title of the film – and Student Association for Campus Activities are involved in organizing the screening. Ana Banos, vice president of finance for the U.N. Student Alliance, said SACA provided the funding which allowed the movie to be purchased for screening at Texas State. “(SACA is) helping us a lot because we’re a new club and don’t have any funds,” said Banos, pre-mass communication freshman. Beyond Borders will be screened at 8 p.m. in the LBJ Amphitheater, weather permitting.

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures MOVIE TIME: Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen star in Beyond Borders, a story about international aide workers, to be screened by the United Nations Student Alliance 8 p.m. Wednesday at the LBJ Amphitheater.

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Services available to off-campus students By Hayley Kappes The University Star Off Campus Student Services offers help for the commuters of Texas State. Sarah Bloomquist, president of the organization, said it provides many important services for those living off campus or who want to live off campus. “I want everyone to know that they can live off campus. There is help and a lot of students don’t know that our office exists,” Bloomquist said. Nearly 85 percent of Texas State students live off campus and the service provides assistance based on each individual’s situation. Bloomquist said if Off Campus Student Services is unable to provide certain help, it can refer students to the right party. One of the biggest events the services sponsors annually is the housing fair, which brings numerous real estate agents, apartment and town home representatives to campus so students can browse rent specials. About 1,800 students attended this year’s fair. Students can visit the Off Campus Student Services office in the LBJ Student Center to receive individual assistance with an apartment hunt. “We want to help students do a good housing search by themselves rather than just relying on their parents or an apartment locator. That’s what the goal of our office is,” Bloomquist said. Its Web site offers an array of valuable services including a free apartment search, roommate finder and the Off Campus Survival Guide which provides tips for living off campus, apartment listings and amenities. Bloomquist was once in the shoes of students who are preparing to move out of the

dorms. “I had a lot of anxiety moving off campus for the first time and I wanted to help other students who were in my situation,” she said. The organization offers a commuter breakfast periodically throughout the semester. Coffee and donuts are served in the LBJ Ballroom, easily accessible for those using bus services at the Student Center. “It’s our way of giving commuters a pat on the back,” Bloomquist said. Maria Escobar, advertising senior, has gone to several of the commuter breakfasts. “It’s nice to get off the bus and grab some coffee and a donut before class,” Escobar said. “It’s just really nice that they reach out to commuter students.” Escobar said she found her apartment through the housing fair. “I think they take into consideration the people who live off campus and they keep older students in mind, not just students who live on campus and are moving into an apartment for the first time,” Escobar said. Bloomquist said taking advantage of services offered on campus helps alleviate stress associated with finding a new place to live. “There are a lot of services in San Marcos that students aren’t aware of that can help them,” she said. “If you simply go to the office before you sign a lease or drop by the housing fair, you would be surprised at the specials you can get.” The next commuter breakfast will be from 8 to 10 a.m. April 25 and 26 in the LBJ Ballroom. For more information, visit the Off Campus Student Services Web site at


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Mousy Office actress comfortable ✯ being portrayed as wallflower By Rachel Leibrock McClatchy Newspapers Maybe it’s the face. At least that’s how Jenna Fischer sees it. “There just must be something about my face that says ‘doormat,’” Fischer said, only halfjoking, on the phone from Los Angeles. That would explain, the 33year-old actress reasons, the roles she’s cast in: Pam Beesly, the mousy, sweet receptionist in NBC’s The Office; and now Katie, the mousy, sweet sister to Amy Poehler’s scheming skate diva in Blades of Glory. And that’s fine — that whole sweet and mousy shtick — because it nabbed Fischer the Blades part and a chance to work with the likes of Poehler, Will Ferrell and Jon Heder. “They sent me the script and told me who was in the film, and I said, ‘Sign me up already,’” Fischer said. “I just jumped at the chance to work with Will Ferrell.” A scene where Katie, really in love with Heder’s simple-hearted Jimmy, reluctantly seduces Ferrell’s macho Chazz helped seal the deal. You won’t see her famous TV alter ego try anything like that, Fischer said.

“Pam is a lot like Katie, but she’s way more extreme,” Fischer said. “When she breaks out of her shell, she breaks out big time.” Blades is Fischer’s first major film role and it helped, she said, that she felt so comfortable playing opposite her onscreen affection. “Jon and I had such great chemistry — we just clicked,” Fischer said. “I’ve only had that experience one other time, when I read with (The Office’s) John Krasinski.” It’s virtually impossible to explain that vibe, she said. “It’s like when you’re on a date and you either like someone or you don’t. You just know it when it happens,” she said. Fischer said sharing screen time with Ferrell was great, but she didn’t even try to match wits with the comedian. “I didn’t improv that much — I’m not going to try and out-funny Will Ferrell,” Fischer said. “My job was to be the good catcher and not break down laughing, and I’m completely happy in that role.” I just learned a lot by watching Will,” she said. “He comes to work with lines memorized, and he uses that as a springboard for improv. It really is pretty cool to watch.” Fischer saves her biggest praise, however, for Poehler.

The Saturday Night Live vet, she says, pretty much ruled the set — no mean feat, as Blades is considered part of Ferrell’s socalled “Frat Pack” stable of comedies including Old School and Talladega Nights. “Amy Poehler is a force to be reckoned with,” Fischer said. “She was the ringleader, the organizer of outings and the instigator of jokes. She’s a big personality — very cool.” OK, so speaking of girl power (kind of) — wasn’t Fischer disappointed she didn’t get to don a sparkly spandex suit and skates? After all, what girl hasn’t craved her own Dorothy Hamill moment? “I was so jealous — at first,” Fischer said, laughing. “But then on day 55 of shooting, when everyone had been skating and wearing those costumes for 15 hours a day and they were aching, tired, bruised and couldn’t go to the bathroom without being helped out of their unitards, well ...” Jealous? Yeah, not so much. Next up for Fischer is the lead in Walk Hard, a fictional biopic costarring John C. Reilly. The role, she said, is 100 percent not Pam Beesly. “This is my chance to break out from that wallflower role and be someone else,” Fischer said. © Pappocom

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onlineconnection The Texas House and Senate are currently reviewing House Bill 8, which includes a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and lifetime monitoring of adults convicted of sexual acts against a victim younger than 12 years old. What do you think? Go to to vote in our online poll. Results will be published in Thursday’s issue of The University Star.


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exas State students and U.S. citizens in general have a chance to pay tribute to a man who stood for peaceful protest against poor conditions of migrant farm workers.

April 23 marks the 14th anniversary of the day 50,000 stood to say “Thank you” to Cesar Chavez at his funeral in Arizona. His birthday was Saturday, bringing to light all he did in his time defending the right to proper wage and work conditions. Chavez has inspired others after him for his efforts, which included the formation of the United Farm Workers and three separate hunger strikes of at least 24 days. The third, in 1988, he endured for 36 days in protest of the harmful effects pesticides have on children. The effort was adopted by Jesse Jackson and other public figures once Chavez had finished his strike, providing a clear symbol of how he moved people from all walks of life, indifferent to race, age and social background. The civil rights leaders of the 1960s have made way for others to continue their work, and this mindset must prevail. Chavez was a second-generation American. With the ongoing immigration issue and the racial undertones involved, second-generation citizens and others face similar problems in a new era. It is up to everyone to stand up for the right to live and work, just as people everywhere stood in support of Chavez decades ago. The University Star reported last week the average migrant farm worker earns less than $10,000 a year — clearly not enough to live on in our economy, let alone support a family. Workers average a sixth-grade education. There is still room for improvement in regards to providing a decent living for these people. This difference in lifestyle obviously causes a sense of disconnection between these issues and students at Texas State, far removed from the halls of sixth-grade classrooms and now on their way to college degrees. But one can still respect what was done to change the way things were. Just as with any changes for the betterment of society, Chavez’s work called for the sacrifices of many, and to think this type of devotion and service is no longer needed is a mistake. In 1994 Chavez’s widow Helen accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Bill Clinton for her husband. The honor is the highest an American civilian can receive, and provides some direction for citizens today. Everyone does not grow up to become a reformer, but we can at least respectfully honor and pay tribute to those who do.


Late activist’s life provides beacon for concerned citizens

Letters to the Editor Article touches heart of Student Foundation I just wanted to take a moment and give my sincere thanks, on behalf of Student Foundation, for publicizing our March 27 Bobcat Pause Memorial Service. The article that Star reporter Molly Berkenhoff wrote was a beautiful overplay of the memorial service, and we were pleased to have such wonderful coverage. We not only thank Ms. Berkenhoff, but the photographer, and any other reporters who attended the event. Bobcat Pause is growing each year, with more and more families in attendance, at times coming from out of state to remember their loved ones. Student Foundation, along with the faculty and staff here at Texas State, feel it is truly important to remember those deceased Bobcat students, friends, faculty, staff and alumni. Thank you for helping make this year’s program even more meaningful than the last, and we look forward to working with you again in the future. Ashley K. Krejci Student Foundation president

Senator makes even worse name for herself I did a double take when I saw the title of Ms. Detweiler’s letter. She could not have chosen a more painfully contradictory title. A Facebook page is an obvious indication of character. That’s what it’s for. You fill information in about yourself and you post pictures of yourself. There is no possible way that what Ms. Detweiler says can be true. Even if she was to put up false information, she would still be the one putting it up. Therefore, it is still a reflection of her character. Let’s pretend for a minute that what Ms. Detweiler says is true. Let’s assume she has, “never been in trouble with anything.” Why would such a straight edge girl be masquerading as an alcoholic partier on a social networking Web site? Is someone who posts misleading information about herself on the Internet really that much better than what she claims she’s not? That, to me, is unethical. I was also unaware that having beer funneled down your throat was an “extracurricular activity.” After listing to her brag about herself for a paragraph I didn’t think her argument could get any weaker, but I was wrong. She cements her point by comparing herself to students on academic probation and druggies. Congratulations senator, you’re one step above drug users. I hope it makes you feel better, because that kind of logic doesn’t do anything for me. Ms. Detweiler, you could have handled this situation much more gracefully. Instead of accepting responsibility for your actions, you wrote a poorly thought-through letter that dodged accountability and made excuses. I never vote in ASG elections, but I’m going to make it a point to the next chance I get. It’s only going to be one vote, whoever is running against Kristi Detweiler. Jesse Reed undecided sophomore

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Human resources department sometimes harmful in hiring process Sometimes it seems being seriously rethe most you can do is viewed when you send wish your résumé well it to these well-meanafter sending it off. But ing, but career-blocking there is something else people. you can do: Make sure To overcome this it ends up in the hands barrier, you can find of the right person. The who your résumé really CHAZ KYSER right hands are the ones Guest Columnist needs to go to and send that belong to the pera copy to them and the son who can say, “you’re hired.” human resources department. Sending your materials to the Discovering who the real deciright person is easy when the sion-maker is may take a little job advertisement directs you time and snooping, but it’s worth to send it to a specific person, it. The most direct approach is but trickier when you are asked by just calling the company and to send it to human resources. asking. If that doesn’t suit you, Most large organizations and browse their Web site. companies now have human Once you know whom the resources departments, which résumé should be directed to, serve as the middleman between you’re one step closer to getpotential employees and the ting materials into their hands. employers. The people working Keep in mind that just because in human resources are the ones you sent the résumé off doesn’t who decide if your résumé mermean that it was received and its the consideration of the perreviewed. Some employers get son hiring for the position. You hundreds of applications every take the gamble of your résumé week, and you don’t want yours

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to be the one that gets lost on the way to their desks. The following are simple rules to follow when sending your application materials via mail, fax, e-mail or when delivering them in person. By mail: When applying by

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mail, print your résumé and cover letter on matching paper. If your line of work requires samples that can be sent (such as photographs, graphics or news stories), send the samples that reflect the best work and fully label contact information on them. Send your materials in an envelope matching the résumé and cover letter or a paper-sized envelope so materials will be neat when received. Call the employer two to three days after they should have received your materials to make sure they got them, to inquire if they have any questions, and to ask any questions about the company (unless specifically directed not to contact the employer). By fax: When sending your résumé and cover letter via fax, make doubly sure the cover sheet is directed to the right person. Wait a few minutes after sending the package to call and verify that it was received and

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that your materials are in the process of being given to the correct person. It won’t hurt to call later in the day to make sure the materials got into the right person’s hands, to inquire if they have any questions, and to ask any questions about the company. By e-mail: If you’re directed to e-mail your résumé to a specific person, call the person to verify that it was received, to inquire if they have any questions, and to ask any questions of the company. If you are applying online or have no idea who will receive your résumé, call the human resources office and ask someone to check to make sure all materials were received. In person: Applying in person gives you the chance to present yourself to a potential employer and to take a look at a potential workplace. Call the company and ask when the owner or manager

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will be in, and plan the visit accordingly. It is a good idea to dress business casual or in an actual suit. Ask for the manager once you get there, and if they are not present, ask for the next person in charge. Your goal is to introduce yourself to someone who has some decision-making authority when it comes to getting a job with the company. If you have to turn materials in to someone in human resources, inquire about their hiring process and how long it usually takes for résumés to be reviewed. Always be extra nice to everyone you meet while visiting the company. Chaz Kyser is the author of Embracing the Real World: The Black Woman’s Guide to Life After College and a Southwest Texas State University alumna. For more information, go to www. or email Kyser at column@embracing

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Bobcat baseball prepares SOFTBALL: Texas State for a very maroon game hosts Aggies Wednesday CONTINUED from page 12

By Jacob Mustafa The University Star Texas State baseball will ride on to Round Rock to face nationally ranked Texas A&M after a mixed bag of a weekend. The Bobcats dropped their first Southland Conference game Friday to Texas A&MCorpus Christi, but followed the 9-8 loss by winning both games of the double header Saturday, with scores of 6-2 and 9-1, respectively. Coach Ty Harrington said the weekend was a success, despite the Islanders’ one-run victory Friday. “I thought it was incredibly courageous for us to come back and win two games in a doubleheader on the road,” Harrington said. According to senior first baseman David Wood, the weekend’s rocky start was avoidable. “It was obviously a disappointment, because we know how we play and we know how we do,” Wood said. “We rebounded well, though, on Saturday.” Wood helped power the offense in Saturday’s games, with his sixth home run of the year coming in the final game of the weekend. However, the biggest boost to the lineup was freshman Paul Goldschmidt, who hadn’t seen the field since February. Goldschmidt returned and played third base in place of injured infielder Adam Witek. He marked his return with a 3-for4 night Friday, in only the fifth


e obviously want to win and we know we can win. It’s going to be a tough game, but we’re going to be ready.”

—David Wood senior first baseman

game of his collegiate career. “It’s good to get back and get a hit in my first at-bat,” Goldschmidt said. “When I play, I don’t see myself as a freshman, but just as another part of the team.” Pitcher Steven Siers turned in his best start of the year Saturday night, closing the doubleheader with a seven-inning performance that led to his third win of the year. The junior had seven strikeouts and allowed only one run. Siers said the Friday-night loss helped the team prepare for the long day Saturday. “I think it just pumped us up more and then we all knew we were going to win both of them,” Siers said. “We just came in there with that mindset.” Siers, like fellow Saturday starter Justin Fiske, has worked out of the bullpen often this year and has had to readjust his approach to pitching. “When I was in high school, I was a starter and I pitched a lot

of seven-inning games,” Siers said. “I’ve done it before, but what is different is I’d only been pitching two or three innings at a time earlier this year. But on Saturday, I felt really good about pitching seven.” The team must now forget about the small blemish to its 8-1 conference record and prepare for an A&M team ranked 16th in the nation by Baseball America. The 25-6 Aggies look to continue their streak of slicing through SLC opponents, with wins this year over McNeese State, Texas-Arlington and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Bobcats themselves fell out of the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s Top 30 rankings this week, but Harrington said the team was never distracted by the polls in the first place. “We talked about the responsibility that comes with it and what it means,” Harrington said. “But they had a pretty blue-collar approach to it.” The Aggies are currently ranked 14th on that very poll. “We obviously want to win and we know we can win,” Wood said. “It’s going to be a tough game, but we’re going to be ready.” The game will be Goldschmidt’s first in a while against a ranked team. In fact, it will be his first since the day of his injury. “I’m not really worried about it,” Goldschmidt said. “It’s just baseball. I’ve been playing it all my life.”

resting her shoulder over the weekend, junior Ragan Blake was called upon to start all three games. She pitched 16 total innings, the first 14 of them coming in games one and two as she picked up a pair of wins. The effort earned Blake the title of Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week. In game three Blake left after pitching one and one-third innings, having given up home runs to Leanne Risberg and Catherine Garza of UTSA. Freshman pitcher Megan Mikeska relieved Blake and did not allow a run for one and two-thirds innings. The Roadrunners were up 3-1 on the Bobcats in game three until sophomore third baseman Tamara Keller slapped a two-RBI single to left field that scored junior pinch runner Jill Kloesel and sophomore shortstop Alex Newton to tie the game. The bottom of the fourth inning began with three consecutive singles from sophomore outfielder Jetta Weinheimer, Newton and junior catcher Ashton Peters. “It’s a huge confidence booster when you can get a two-run hit at that time in the game, so it helped us out a lot, especially since I have been struggling at the plate,” Keller said. “It gave me confidence to come back out and get another hit.” Keller and Peters both went 2-for-3 in the game, combining for three RBIs. After Mikeska walked UTSA’s Kourtney Jones to lead off the fourth frame, freshman pitcher Elizabeth Dennis relieved Mikeska and only allowed one run on three hits with two strikeouts. She pitched three and one-third innings and claimed her first win as a Bobcat, after Blake finished off

the remaining two outs in the seventh inning. “It was great to get this win; we needed it to pick up our team,” Dennis said. “I know my team was behind me with everything, so I felt great when I was out there.” UTSA added one late run to hand Texas State a 6-3 win. Blake delivered the best performance of the series Saturday, pitching a complete game shutout 4-0 while giving up four hits with 10 strikeouts. “You feel more confident when the team is behind you,” Blake said Saturday. “Everyone’s bats were on fire today so it helped out a lot.” Texas State combined to score four runs on six hits, including sophomore shortstop Alex Newton’s first homerun of the season. On her first at-bat of the series she hit an inside delivery that went over the left-field wall to put the Bobcats on top 1-0. “I’ve been working a lot on getting my elbow through and finally did it and it felt great,” Newton said. “I saw the pitch right out of her release point.” The Bobcats attacked again an inning later when senior outfielder Amy Krueger and freshman center fielder Kristina Tello reached base on a double and bunt single, respectively. Taylor then stepped up to the plate and drilled a two-RBI double down the left field line to give her team a 3-0 advantage. Weinheimer added an RBI double of her own to right-center later in the inning that scored Taylor from third base. Texas State now stands at 18-17 overall and 8-7 in conference play, while UTSA dropped to 1823 and 12-6. The Bobcats will host No. 9 Texas 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bobcat Field.

Coach cites providing for his family as reason for leaving By Chris Boehm The University Star Bill Woodley’s departure as the men’s golf coach will mean little to the team. Just ask Woodley himself. Woodley resigned March 26 after five straight years with Texas State. The golf team completes the MTSU/Aldila Intercollegiate Tuesday before heading to Kerrville April 16 to18 for the Southland Conference championship. “We train all year to be totally independent,” Woodley said. “In a golf tournament the coach is the least significant person on the team. It’s not like basketball where the coach can call a timeout, design plays and make substitutions.” The former NCAA national champion accepted a position in Fayetteville, Ark. working with RS Medical, a company that specializes in treating pain and muscle conditions without the use of narcotics or procedures. “They supply back braces and medical equipment for people who are just well enough so they don’t need back surgery,” Woodley said. Woodley previously worked in Fayetteville for 15 years as the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. He led the team to a pair of conference championships and nine top-10 finishes in the NCAA tournament. “I’m going to miss having him

here,” said Don Coryell, associate athletic director. “When I first got this job I didn’t have any experience overseeing any sports teams, but he helped me a lot and I appreciate what he’s done for me personally.” Coryell, who oversees both men’s and women’s golf, said the search for a men’s coach will start no later than April 9, but the individual will not be available for the conference tournament. Women’s coach Mike Akers will travel with the men for the league tournament while serving as the interim coach. Woodley said he guessed his team wasn’t happy with the news when he told them Monday, but felt they understood the situation that came before him. “They knew as soon as anybody,” Woodley said of his players. “They probably weren’t too joyful, but they know it was something I couldn’t turn down. It comes down to financial situations and providing for your family.” The team has completed three tournaments this semester, finishing 11th its last time out, at the Border Olympics March 16 and 17 in Laredo. Woodley won a Division II national championship in 1983 at Southwest Texas State, after becoming coach in 1980, the first of two five-year stints at his alma mater. “He’s one of the only coaches

to win a national championship here,” Coryell said. “He has a lot of history with this school.” Woodley graduated from SWT in 1978 and earned his master’s two years later. During his time as a collegiate golfer he was a four-year letter winner and in 1978 was the runner-up in the Lone Star Conference tournament. The Tulsa, Okla. native did not play professionally, qualifying for the 1976 U.S. Open but not participating. As an amateur Woodley has won over 100 tournament titles. After a two-year coaching stop at TCU and his job with the Razorbacks, Woodley returned to Texas State but has not been able to match the success of his past. “There are nice people here and hopefully they can continue to grow,” Woodley said. “Expanding the golf facilities is important to that and to being successful.” Coryell said when looking for a coach the department would stress the importance of experience and energy. “I definitely would want someone with enthusiasm,” Coryell said. “We want someone to come in and hit the ground running and be able to win championships.” Woodley said he will not take part in finding a replacement, but will be available should the department ask his opinion.

Austin Byrd/Star file photo POWERFUL PITCHING: Junior pitcher Ragan Blake delivers a fastball during the Bobcats’ March 21 game against Texas A&M. Blake was named Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week Monday with two wins and a save during the Bobcats’ weekend sweep of Texas-San Antonio.


teetime Texas State sits in sixth place after day two of the CenturyTel Bobcat Classic, at the Plum Creek Golf Club in Kyle. Freshman Amy Glazier paces the team after two of three rounds, sitting in eighth place with a score of 154. Senior Anessa Thompson and sophomore Sarah Glass are tied for 15th with a two-round score of 156. The two-day event concludes Tuesday with round three. Texas State finishes its season with the Southland Conference Championship Monday through Wednesday at the Horseshoe Bay Resort. — Courtesy of Media Relations

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Sports Contact — Chris Boehm,

Scrimmage focuses on ground game By Nathan Brooks The University Star Coach Brad Wright has been telling anyone willing to listen that team discipline and commitment to the offensive running game will be the two important staples of his football program at Texas State. Therefore, it is no surprise those were two standout areas in Texas State’s first spring scrimmage Saturday at Bobcat Stadium. The Bobcats ran the ball nearly 60 percent of the time, and were flagged only a few times by an officiating crew during the 104-play scrimmage. The scrimmage was originally slated to run between 70 and 80 plays, but the coaching staff decided to take full advantage of the gorgeous weather after being forced to cancel one practice earlier last week due to rain. “The guys went through a strange week of practice because of the rain,” Wright said. “But all-in-all, we had a heck of an effort.” Redshirt freshman Karrington Bush played well Saturday, amassing 118 yards of total offense. The running back carried the ball 10 times for 60 yards and caught a pair of passes for 58 yards. Bush spent the fall practicing at wide receiver, but his performance Saturday solidified his spot in a deep and talented group of running backs. “He was one of the guys we were expecting to step up,” Wright said. “At this point, we literally think we have a threeheaded monster at tailback.” Bush had to leave the scrimmage early after injuring his shoulder, but it isn’t believed to be a major concern despite being a minor issue for him this spring. “It’s a little sore but I don’t think it’s anything too serious,” Bush said. Junior Stan Zwinggi and sophomore Alvin Canady both had solid offensive performanc-


e’re going to be less predictable on offense. The reverses and jet sweeps are not trick plays; they’re part of our offense.”

—Brad Wright coach, Bobcat football

es at running back. Zwinggi carried the ball 10 times for 25 yards, and Canady carried the ball nine times for 25 yards. Junior Brandon Arrington had a productive day on the ground as well; the Texas A&M transfer carried the ball 10 times for 33 yards and scoring one touchdown, in addition to a pair of receptions for 16 yards. The scrimmage allowed the Bobcats’ running game to display additions to the offensive scheme with several wide receiver reverses and quick sweeps. “We’re going to be less predictable on offense,” Wright said. “The reverses and jet sweeps are not trick plays; they’re part of our offense.” Returning starting quarterback Bradley George showed glimpses of a more explosive passing attack, completing four passes for at least 20 yards, including a 40-yard toss to freshman receiver Alex Darley to start the scrimmage. The sophomore completed 11-of-20 passes for 180 yards and one touchdown. The majority of the repetitions went to a new group of backup quarterbacks, in order to get them acclimated to the offense. When sophomore Clint Walraven left the program after the first week of spring practice, the team was left with

only one quarterback other than George who played with the Bobcats last season. Other reserves Chase Wasson and David Ramirez left the program before the start of spring drills. “We didn’t give (Bradley) a lot of reps because we are pretty sure he can do what we need him to do. We know he can play,” Wright said. “We were able to get (Clint) Toon and (Eric) Johnson a lot of reps today. They did some good things.” Toon, a junior transfer from Kilgore College, was the most impressive of the group, completing five of nine passes for 60 yards and one touchdown. He rushed three times for over 60 yards. “From what I saw, I though Clint Toon had a very good day,” George said. “He moved the ball as good if not better than I did.” On defense, injuries to several projected starters limited what the new 4-3 scheme will eventually look like. Sophomore defensive end Donovan King (sprained ankle) and junior linebacker Chase Pulliam (dislocated shoulder) were injured in Tuesday’s practice, and didn’t take part in Saturday’s scrimmage. While neither is expected to be back this spring, they both are expected to be ready for the fall. Senior safety Daniel Varvel was limited in spring drills due to an injury, and did not play Saturday. Junior defensive lineman Wellington Deshield was out all spring recovering from a knee injury suffered last season. Freshman defensive tackle Orlando Toldson did not play Saturday. “We’re getting better,” Wright said. “None of (the players) have seen anything like this before. I’m 47 yearsold and I’ve never seen this until two years ago against Cal Poly.” Practices continue this week leading up to the Maroon and Gold Game April 14.

Jon Clark/Star photo HARD CUT: Junior running back Brandon Arrington cuts to the line of scrimmage during Texas State’s first scrimmage of the year Saturday at Bobcat Field.

New baseball, softball complex approaches funding phase Softball By Chris Boehm The University Star The Texas State athletic department released renderings of a future baseball and softball complex Friday, prepared by the architecture firm Jones Studio, Inc. of Phoenix. The project is expected to cost around $6 million, and will take approximately five years to garner all necessary funds. “The silent phase will take place from September to October, when we’ll be looking at major prospects,” said Becky Prince, vice president for university advancement. “We’ll approach two donors for lead gifts. Once we have those we’ll go to the $120 to $5,000 contributors.” Prince said construction of the facility can begin once 60 to 70 percent of funds are secured. The university will go through a 24-month period to accumulate such funds, then spend three years accepting donations from others to account for remaining costs.

“The donors that are giving $500,000 want to know that without their gift, it’s not possible,” Prince said. Athletic Director Larry Teis addressed the issue of funding at an open forum to discuss the university’s strategic planning, held Wednesday in the Reed Parr Room at J.C. Kellam. Teis said the department looked to first secure major funds in an effort to properly approach smaller donors hoping to help. “We don’t want to go after the small fish until we get the big fish,” Teis said. “They will wonder where the money went.” Approximately 35 people attended the open forum, where Teis spoke about the complex and other issues surrounding his department. The new complex will feature staff offices, locker rooms and training facilities for both programs, new concession areas and patio seating inside the gates. The renderings released on the athletic department’s Web site are not fi-

nalized. One change thus far concerns the canopy over the grandstands. The rendering depicts the canopy covering seats along first and third base and behind home plate. Jim Wooldridge, major gifts developer for athletics in University Advancement, said the canopy would be scaled back to only cover seats behind home plate. A press release from the university cited the change as an effort to allow more natural light into the grandstand area. Jones Studio was founded in 1979, and has undertaken projects such as soccer and softball stadiums for Arizona State University and the Arizona Cardinals training facility. Teis said the department envisions many upgrades, including new scoreboards for the various athletic facilities on campus. First on the schedule is Bobcat Stadium, which he said would be completed this summer. The department also looks to upgrade the exterior light display signs at Bobcat Stadium and in front of Strahan Coliseum. Teis said the university is currently

putting a new roof on the coliseum, after it leaked on multiple occasions during the basketball season. “It’s not a major addition because no one gets to see it, but the players will be able to practice on a rainy day without getting rain on their heads,” Teis said. Teis said he is considering adding a scoreboard on the back wall at the coliseum; a JumboTron would be too taxing for the current strength of the roof, and require additional funds to be reinforced before such a project could take place. Teis said he is also considering expanding the seating at the Texas State Soccer Complex, upgrading the golf teams’ practice facilities and raising funds for summer scholarships. The athletic director said no plans are currently in place for the facility upgrades. “We don’t even have a driving range that is a good distance from campus,” Teis said. “We have a deal with Horseshoe Bay, but that is one-and-a-half hours away.”

Image courtesy of Media Relations GROWING UP: The planned Texas State baseball and softball complex, as designed by Jones Studio, Inc. of Phoenix, will incorporate a scaled-back grandstand canopy rather than the one shown in this rendering.

conquers rivals in three-game series By Carl Harper The University Star

The Bobcat softball team came from behind to win both games Sunday, after winning Saturday night’s match against Texas-San Antonio to claim a three-game sweep of the Roadrunners at Bobcat Field. The Bobcats were ranked eighth in the Southland Conference coming into the weekend, while the Roadrunners were sitting in first. Texas State has now moved up one spot. The Roadrunners dropped into second behind Texas-Arlington. “This team has done a great job of believing in themselves and not giving up,” Coach Ricci Woodard said. “That’s what I love about this group. Thank goodness their hard work is paying off.” Freshman first baseman Leah Boatright went 2-for-5 with two walks and two RBIs in the doubleheader. In the second game of the series, the Roadrunners were clinging to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Boatright hit a booming shot to left field for her fourth career homerun. Boatright’s two-run homer proved to be the game-winner as the Bobcats held on to win 2-1. “After I hit it I felt confident,” Boatright said. “It just felt really good to come through for the team and get some runs on the board to win the game.” With senior pitcher Sarah Lancour See SOFTBALL, page 11

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