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Lowering costs a recurring theme in ASG candidate debate By Clayton Medford The University Star The rising cost of tuition dominated the debate as candidates for Associated Student Government president and vice president vied for support in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom on Monday. Debate moderator and political science professor Ted Hindson quizzed the candidates about student referendums, what they want to accomplish if elected and how they see the future

of Texas State, but the cost of tuition persisted as a theme throughout the evening. Vice presidential candidate and Student Sen. Amanda Oskey referred throughout the debate to her running mate’s experience in student government. Oskey said presidential candidate Kyle Morris’ experience would give Texas State an advantage in dealing with the Texas Legislature, an advantage she said her opponents cannot provide. “What’s important when you’re

dealing with the Legislature is that you have people who know what’s going on and who have been there,” Oskey said. “Kyle Morris was actually there for the name change. He helped create the student regent position; we have experience dealing with the state legislature on a personal level, which also gives us a leg up.” When asked what issues she would take to the Legislature if elected, presidential hopeful and Sen. Katie Kasprzak referred to removing the sales tax from the cost of textbooks,

an idea recently endorsed in ASG by Oskey, who is running on the opposing ticket. “The plans we have are to keep the tuition where it is so it doesn’t increase and also to work with the Legislature to cut the tax from textbooks,” Kasprzak said. “I know that Kyle did also, but this is something we need to address here at Texas State University. I think by working closely with the student regent, Frank Bartley, and also by working with the state legislature, that we are going to be able to do that.”

RAKING UP EARLY: (Left) After an 8 a.m. rally at Bobcat Village, applied sociology junior Christy Copeland gathers rakes at the start of her Bobcat Build workday. SCRAPING THE SURFACE: (Below) Criminal justice freshman Samantha Mogab works alongside fellow Delta Gamma members on Saturday morning scraping paint off picnic tables so they can be repainted.

Bobcats Build constructs bond with community in city’s largest volunteer project


ore than 2,000 students gathered Saturday with one goal in mind for the fourth annual Bobcat Build: Bridge the gap between the university and the community. “We’re trying to put a face on the university. Students are real people; they want to help, they

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San Marcos on the road map for Great Race Texas

Renovating Relationships

By David Rauf The University Star

Morris said Texas State needed to “stop the bleeding” in order to keep tuition as low as possible. “I don’t claim to be an expert on state budgets, but I do believe there are some efficiency issues with the ways we spend money here at this university and how other universities spend their money, too,” Morris said. Vice presidential candidate and Sen. Israel Ruiz said gaining flagship status would help the image of Texas State.

want to give back to their temporary home,” said Kim Porterfield, director of Texas State community relations. “We want the students to see what San Marcos is really about. Sometimes we all get caught up in our own little worlds, and we’re just thinking in a vacuum. On this day we’re not thinking about ourselves. It’s not about us; it’s about See BUILD, page 5

By Eloise Martin The University Star Classic cars pulled into town this weekend for a chance to participate in the Great Race Texas 2006 and to be displayed at the local car show, Shine Time Classic Car Exhibition. San Marcos residents welcomed the participants, greeting them at each finish line during the three-day event. Great Race Texas is a regional car event that prepares drivers and navigators for the annual National Guard Great Race. The regional race is similar to its partner, but modern vehicles are invited to compete in addition to those 45 years or older, a requirement for the national race. This year marked the 16th Great Race Texas and the fourth year it has been in San Marcos, the national race headquarters. The regional race includes a three-day run in which winners are determined by the cumulative score of precision driving each day. The race ended on Friday evening at the Tanger Outlet Mall, on Saturday in downtown San Marcos and on Sunday at a private residence for awards and a banquet. The race is not for time, but for precision and accuracy. Each turn, stop and detail is provided, and teams must attempt to follow the route at a determined speed and time. Drivers must reach checkpoints at certain times and are penalized if they are late or early. Similar to golf, the lowest score wins. Larry Hanvey and Rob Scott won the race this year, with a time of 26.86 seconds. “In every sense of the word, it is a race,” said Wayne Stanfield, chief operating officer and fivetime Great Race winner. “There is so much communication going on between the driver and the navigator; it really is a precision driving event.” The drivers are not permitted to use odometers to calculate time and distance, so they must rely See RACE, page 4

Athletic service fee up for student referendum Root speaks on the man, the author and the philosopher that was C.S. Lewis By Clayton Medford The University Star

By Marquita Griffin The University Star Jerry Root’s charisma captivated the audience as he gave his lecture on C.S. Lewis on Thursday in the Centennial Hall Teaching Theater. Root, a universally renowned C.S. Lewis scholar and lecturer at Wheaton College in Illinois, was invited to Texas State to lecture on C.S. Lewis, acclaimed author, theorist, poet and critic. Lewis has been dead for 43 years, but his work still remains a source of inspiration, knowledge and motivation for elevated thinking. Although Lewis is typically remembered for The Chronicles of Narnia series, Root’s lecture introduced some of Lewis’s personal and complex theories and philosophies about life. Christine Pike, communication studies senior, attended the lecture because she is taking the honors course, C.S. Lewis: Chronicles of a Master Communicator, from Steven Beebe, chair of the department of communication studies. Pike said she had been looking forward to the lecture and enjoyed the content of Root’s speech.


an you imagine the amount of dedication it took to complete such an in depth task such as that book? That is just one of the things that makes Lewis so intriguing.”

— Jerry Root C.S. Lewis scholar

“(Root’s) focus on some of Lewis’s complex ideas was very interesting,” Pike said. “He explained some extremely difficult and heavy material very well.” Root guided the audience through themes such as “The Concept of Reality,” “The Warning Against Subjectivism” and “The Connection of Mind and Soul.” Root took the audience on a mental journey of Lewis’s experiences and transformations. He used metaphors, personal experiences and common ex-

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amples to explain the research he has conducted on Lewis in such a way that anyone could understand Lewis’s ideas. Anne Macdonald, the youngest member in the audience who was accompanied by her grandparents, had no problem relating to Root’s lecture. Eleven-yearold Macdonald said she read and liked Lewis’s The Abolition of Man as well as The Chronicles of Narnia. Macdonald is home-schooled by her grandparents and since all three of them are fans of Lewis’s work, Anne has read many of his books. “It’s really great that the university has events such as these,” said Jamie Macdonald, Anne’s grandfather. Kay Macdonald, Anne’s grandmother, said attending Root’s lecture is “one form of extra credit for Anne,” as well as a chance to hear about one of her favorite authors. Root said Macdonald “must be a very intelligent young woman if she understands some of Lewis’s more complex books.” Root made Lewis his life’s study when pursuing his gradu-

Texas State students will vote whether or not to remove the athletic department funding from the student service fee and create an intercollegiate athletic service fee on Tuesday and Wednesday. The athletic department currently receives about 40 percent, or $4 million, of the money collected through the student service fee. The remainder of the

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dent service fee will be the exact amount by which the student service fee is decreased. The ASG legislation, authored by ASG President Jordan Anderson, puts pressure on the football program to move to Division 1-A by suggesting a 50 percent cut in the new fee after five years if the entire athletic department is not at that level. The only program in the department not currently competing at the


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money is allocated to student services and organizations. The change was spurred by an emergency resolution passed by the Associated Student Government on March 20 and is supported by the student service fee committee and the athletic department. If approved by students, and subsequently by the Texas Legislature in 2007, the change will initially be dollar-for-dollar — meaning the amount the athletic department currently receives from the stu-



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TURNAROUND TIME: Texas State Athletic Director Larry Teis and President Denise Trauth announced that Doug Davalos, whose father is a Texas State alumnus, will take over the reins of Texas State basketball after a disappointing season under former coach Dennis Nutt. See story on page 14.

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Tuesday in Brief

April 4, 2006

The Texas State chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals took home several awards at the 2006 National Collegiate Conference. The conference, held in Dallas last week, had more than 800 attendees from across the country. Ryan Johnson, Web administrator for The University Star and Patrick Griffin won second-place in the Web Design contest. Brian Smith and Patrick Griffin each re-

ceived awards for the PC Troubleshooting contest. AITP is a professional organization that offers opportunities for information technology leadership and education through partnerships with industry, government and academia. AITP provides IT-related education, information on relevant IT issues and forums for networking with experienced peers and other IT professionals.

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Tuesday The Catholic Student Center will host a Night Prayer in the CSC Chapel at 9 p.m. Wednesday CSC will have student-led Bible study in CSC lounge at 8 p.m. Thursday There will be a Communications Club Meeting at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room 318. Guest speaker Michael Burns, intern with the Today Show for the Olympics, will be present.


CSC’s Rock Praise & Worship in the CSC Chapel will follow the interfaith volleyball tournament.

Thursday The Disney College Internship Program Presentation will be held in the LBJSC Teaching Theater at 6 p.m. Bike to School and Work Day & Spring Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in The Quad. There will be a job expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum., a new job site for created specifically for college students, will be giving demonstrations. The National Team Poetry Slam will come to Texas State. Twenty to 25 schools will compete on April 6 to 8 in the LBJSC. There will be performances by Saul Williams and Big

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Tuesday The Horn Cats will play at 8 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. Admission is free.


Wednesday The Disney College Internship Program Presentation will be held in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater, Room 4-16.1 at 6 p.m.


The Muslim Student Association will present Educational Lecture on Islam Uncovered in the LBJ Mall area at 4 p.m.

The International Education Fee scholarship application deadline for Fall 2006 study abroad students is April 14. For more information, contact the Office of Study Abroad Programs at (512) 245-1967 or stop by the office at the Academic Services Building North, Room 302.

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

Aaron Smith/Star photo Students take advantage of a hot day by sunbathing and tubing at Sewell Park on Monday afternoon.

CRIME BL TTER San Marcos Police Department

cue. Two students were rescued without harm.

March 31, 10:10 a.m. Criminal Mischief Under $1,500/500 W. Hutchison St. Victim advised their vehicle was keyed.

March 30, unknown hour Burglary: Vehicle/ Strahan Coliseum Parking Lot A student reported to a police officer that his personal property had been stolen. This case is under investigation.

March 31, 10:12 a.m. Warrant Service/ 204 S. Interstate 35 Subject was arrested for a warrant out of Travis County. University Police Department March 30, 10:32 a.m. Information Report: Elevator Rescue/Alkek Library A police officer was dispatched to Alkek Library for an elevator res-

March 31, 1:53 a.m. Theft: Under $500, Possession of Marijuana/Tower Garage A police officer made contact with a vehicle that was reported to be involved with a theft of university property. Upon further investigation, five students were arrested for theft under $500 and possession of marijuana and transported to HCLEC to await magistration.

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

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Health Beat Students can evaluate their alcohol use online or on campus College is supposed to be a time of learning, growth and self-discovery. Many students feel that in order to attain the full college experience, they must experiment with alcohol. But some students are indulging in more than the occasional drink. Alcohol abuse and at-risk drinking can cause more than just a nagging hangover. The college drinking study, released by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Task Force on College Drinking (http://www/ snapshot.aspx), reported excessive drinking affects all students, whether they choose to drink or not. Some of the findings from this study include information on academic problems, health problems, suicide attempts, drunken driving and vandalism. In an effort to address drinking on

campus, the Texas State Alcohol and Drug Resource Center is participating in National Alcohol Screening Day on April 6. This event is a oneday education and screening event designed to raise awareness of how alcohol affects health and academic performance. Individuals can evaluate their alcohol use through an online link from the ADRC Web site at, or they can take an anonymous, written self-test on Thursday, pick up some brochures on the dangers of alcohol abuse and make an appointment to talk oneon-one with a health professional. These screenings are anonymous, informational and not diagnostic. You can find the National Alcohol Screening Day table and information on the Paseo, on the second floor of the LBJ Student Center, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday. —Courtesy of the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center


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‘State of the Students’ is broke, ASG pres says By Leah Kirkwood The University Star

Monty Marion/Star Photo ASG HOPEFULS: (From left to right, background) Israel Ruiz, Katherine Kasprzak, Kyle Morris and Amanda Oskey listen closely to questions from the crowd while Ted Hindson (foreground) moderates the Monday night ASG presidential debate.

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Oskey disagreed with making flagship status a priority. “Of course, I do support that and think that would be beneficial, but of course, we’re talking way, way in the future. There’s a few things that me and Kyle believe need to be settled first, such as lowering tuition,” Oskey said. “There’s no sense making Texas State a flagship school if students cannot afford to go there.” Morris, Oskey and Ruiz spoke about the importance of the ASG legislation titled “Fairness for All,” which urged the Interfraternity Council to review the suspension of five fraternities including Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Tau Kappa Epsilon.


orris, Oskey and Ruiz spoke about the importance of the ASG legislation titled “Fairness for All.”

“When students come to us addressing a concern, it is our job as the voice of the students to convey this message to the groups to which it pertains,” Oskey said. “We just want to be sure that this legislation gets followed through, because it is important that fairness occurs for all groups at Texas State — not just the greeks or non-greeks — but everyone.” Morris, who authored the legislation, agreed with Oskey. “It is important to reassess situations when new informa-

tion comes to light,” Morris said. “I think that’s just a matter of fairness — to open up dialogue.” Ruiz, a member of Pi Kappa Phi, stressed the importance of the IFC in the reinstatement of the suspended fraternities. “IFC is going to have to be the last guys that tell us what to do. ASG, we started the communication with them, but it is ultimately their decision, and I stand strongly by what IFC decides, and I know they will make the right decision,” Ruiz said.

Before Monday night’s Associated Student Government Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates, current ASG president Jordan Anderson gave a short speech he called the “State of the Students Address.” Although Anderson said he was unsure if former presidents gave this sort of speech, he felt the need to address a few issues important to Texas State students. Anderson began by speaking on the recent growth of Texas State, both statewide and nationally. He called this the most instrumental decade in the history of the university before turning his attention to important student issues. Anderson said the most pressing issue Texas State students face is the same issue facing all students in the state of Texas. “The No. 1 concern of students is the cost to attend college; higher education must be funded,” Anderson said. “For more and more students, financial aid does not cover the cost of tuition.” Anderson addressed the everrising cost of living and the growing number of students who must work while they attend college. “The government has not been holding public universities accountable for irresponsible spending,” Anderson said. Anderson said the Texas government holds students accountable for not graduating college in four years and called the demand unreasonable. He said the current legislation rewarding students who finish school in four years benefits only those students who could afford college in the first place. “I believe it is in our best interest not to support the Be On Time bill,” Anderson said. Anderson said the Texas government continuously balances the budget and places the burden of higher education costs on the backs of students. He said Texas

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ate degree. When the time arrived for Root to choose someone to study, a friend told Root, “pick an author who will take you places.” And Lewis was just the man. Root’s interest in Lewis was initiated by a discussion with his sister about The Chronicles of Narnia, a book she was teaching in her class. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the first book Root read by Lewis, and after reading an autobiography, Root “recalls reading Lewis vivaciously.” Root has been reading Lewis for 36 years and teaching about him for 26 years, but he said, “I feel as though I have not even begun to scratch the surface of Lewis.” Root said he does not think anyone could ever reach the bottom of Lewis because the man accomplished more than many individuals do in their lifetime. To compose English Literature in the Sixteenth Century: Excluding Drama, Lewis read every book in the English language written in the 16th century and even the ones that were translated into the English language. Lewis took 14 years to complete English Literature in the Sixteenth Century: Excluding Drama. “Can you imagine the amount of dedication it took to complete such an in depth task such as that book? That is just one of the things that makes Lewis so intriguing,” Root said.

Root also had his opinions about the newest movie version of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He said he noticed only five major changes, two of those changes he felt were expressed better in the movie than in the book; he referred to the scene depicting the bombing of London. “In the book, the bombing was one line. Those who did not know the history of that event will understand it better by seeing it in the movie,” said Root. “I think the movie communicated the emotions of that event very well.” The members of the audience were not the only people who felt they were treated by having the opportunity to hear Root speak. Root said he felt honored as well. Before he even began his lecture, Root turned to Beebe, who was sitting the audience and said, “I owe you a great debt and publicly, before these people, I want to thank you.” Root told the audience he had the great fortune of having Beebe as one of his advisers, and that on the “darkest days of (his) life, Beebe gave (him) hope.” Root said he was thrilled at the “academic depth of (Beebe’s) students” and their interest in Lewis. “These students are bright and I enjoyed talking with them,” Root said. Most of all, Root “appreciated meeting with (his) old friend,

Beebe” and interacting with the staff of the communication studies department. He said that any student at Texas State who is interested in Lewis and studying his work should take Beebe’s course. Pike agreed. “If the person is open to reading new things, they will end up loving all the course material,” she said. Pike said she does not think the course is any harder or easier than any other Texas State course in any department. “It’s just like any other class.

It can be easy or hard,” she said. “You get out what you put in.” Pike said Root’s lecture further enhanced her desire to learn more about Lewis. “Logic, emotions, heavy philosophical topics — I loved it,” she said. Root said there was one main thing he wanted to leave with the audience on Thursday. “To quote Lewis from Experiment in Criticism, ‘In coming to understand anything, we must reject the facts as they are for us, in favor of the facts as they are,’” Root said.

bus. Anderson thanked San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz for creating the ASG student liaison position to the City Council and mentioned the importance of extending student representation to all levels of government. He mentioned several past successes of ASG, such as the university’s name change, the implementation of Bobcat Bucks and the initiation of early voting on campus. Anderson urged ASG to pursue the four-year tuition guarantee, defend student rights and raise awareness of local elections — Jordan Anderson in the upcoming legislative term. ASG president He also expressed the importance of initiating an intercolleshould do more to lower the cost giate athletic service fee to ensure of higher education and said it a strong, competitive athletic dewill only happen if students, ad- partment at Texas State. ministrators and legislators work “I am confident that ASG will together. continue to serve what is in the “I believe Texas State is the ris- best interest of students at Texas ing star in Texas and will lead on State,” Anderson said. this initiative,” Anderson said. Anderson’s advice for the next Anderson said since tuition ASG president is to “be a leader, deregulation in 2003, tuition be strong and make sure you can has continued to rise. He recom- represent the students to the best mended a tuition guarantee that of your ability and not ignore the would allow incoming freshmen pressing issue of funding higher to know the cost of their educa- education.” tion for the next four years before Anderson concluded his adentering the university. dress by thanking previous Anderson also spoke of the presidents of ASG, the current need for increased student in- vice-president Cassie Holman volvement in the San Marcos and his chief of staff, Kyle Morcommunity. ris, whom he endorsed for presi“The community and Texas dent. State are one in the same, and Biology sophomore Jason Millwe need to be supportive of each er attended Anderson’s speech other,” Anderson said. and the debate following. Anderson said students de“(Anderson) mentioned the serve the same protection and need to lower tuition, and I torespect as other members of the tally agree with that,” Miller said. community, but the respect must “We need more money to live; a be mutual. He urged students to lot of kids pay for school themvote in city elections, follow safe- selves.” ty ordinances and protect the San Leigh Gibson, art history seMarcos environment. nior, also agreed with Anderson’s Anderson mentioned his hopes statements. to integrate the university and “I feel like he’s been a great San Marcos bus system. He said president, and he has the best inhe envisions students not only terest of students at heart,” Gibtraveling from their apartments son said. “Everything he’s said to campus, but also to their jobs covered everything that needs to and the outlet mall on the same be done.”


he No. 1 concern of students is the cost to attend college; higher education must be funded. For more and more students, financial aid does not cover the cost of tuition.”

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Division 1-A level is the football program. Texas State Athletic Director Larry Teis said his concern was not with a possible move to Division 1-A. “My concern is with separating the athletic funding from the student service fee,” Teis said. “We take away so much from the student service fee, it’s just better for all students when they don’t have to deal with athletics’ increases.” Teis said that about 90 percent of the money the athletic department currently receives from the student service fee funds scholarships. Since the cost of athletic scholarships increases with each tuition increase, the student service fee is increased as well. The creation of a separate fee to fund athletics would prevent increases in the amount of the student service fee caused by regular tuition increases.

of clarity as far as what some of the students’ fees are going to.” The creation of the intercollegiate athletic service fee would take control of athletic funding from the student service fee committee and give it to the students. Student service fee committee member and San Marcos City Councilman Chris Jones — Larry Teis said this change would benefit Texas State athletic director students. “When this change happens, Anderson said the new fee will students will no longer be subbenefit the athletic department ject to making the case to inand the student body. crease the fee as needed,” Jones “The way the athletic budget said, “but rather, athletics would operates right now, it has auto- have to make the case to students matic increases and grows yearly to increase their fee.” along with tuition increases. Jones said that making the It’s out of the hands of the stu- funding of athletics independent dent service fee (committee), would give incentive to the deso there’s no control over how partment to seek funding from much money goes to athletics by outside sources. the student service fee commitTeis said he did not believe a tee, with the automatic increases, change in the funding structure anyway,” Anderson said. “The would affect how his departbenefit is we won’t have to con- ment raises money. tinually raise the student service “I don’t know if our fundraisfee. This will add kind of a sense ing will ever change,” Teis said.


don’t know if our fundraising will ever change. We always need money.”

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on their speedometers and navigators for guidance during the race through the cloverleaf route across Central Texas. Stanfield said the event draws participants from ages eight to 80 and includes teams of friends, husbands and wives, parents and children and grandparents and grandchildren. “This really is a family event,” Stanfield said. “In America, it is not really the No. 1 attraction, but once they get the opportunity to get involved, they are hooked.” Stanfield said teams come from across the country to participate in regional races to gain experience for the national event and for a chance to get to know new people. “These people are competing against each other during the day, but helping fix their cars at night,” Stanfield said. This year’s race had 76 cars and included teams from Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Wisconsin and West Virginia, among others. “One reason the Texas race is so large is because there are a lot of people who come just to participate in a regional event,” Stanfield said. “But a lot of the people who just race in Texas eventually join the national level.” Gab and Evonna Joiner, a husband and wife team from New Mexico, have been participating in the National Great Race for 19 years and have competed in Great Race Texas each year since it began in 1990. They also travel to Arizona to gain extra experience in an additional regional race. The semi-retired couple owns a classic car museum featuring almost 70 cars, all pre-1942, from which they chose a different car to drive each year. This weekend, they chose their 1932 Ford Roadster, which they drove in last year’s national race, and took home second place with a time of 29.27 seconds. Although they have placed in the top 10 in past national races, Evonna Joiner said the race is more about the time spent in the car then the reward at the end. “If we were in this for the money, we would have quit al-

Mark Decker/Star photo VINTAGE VEHICLES: A classic Mini Cooper drives through downtown San Marcos on Saturday during the Great Race Texas 2006. The race attracted 76 participants from around the country.

f we were “I in this for the money, we

would have quit already.”

— Evonna Joiner Great Race participant

ready,” she said. After more than half a century of marriage, Evonna Joiner said the long hours in the car together have taught them the art of compromising. “We have been together for 51 years. We have learned to tolerate each other,” she said. Residents with a love for classic cars but who did not want to race got their chance to participate on Saturday during Shine Time, a local car show held on San Antonio Street, before the racers arrived. Vic Andrade, San Marcos resident, brought his 1980 280 ZX 10th Anniversary car to show. Andrade has owned the black and gold all-original car for six years and said he treats it as a weekend and show car. Andrade said the car is worth close to $18,000, but he has no plans to sell. Andrade was first introduced to the car, of which there are only 3,000 in the world today, when his dad purchased one. “There are four boys in the family, and we used to joke about

who would get his car,” Andrade said. “But then he went out and found four, one for each of us.” Spectators did not have to own classic cars to be fans of the vehicles that crossed the finish line. David Mauck, Houston resident, was in San Marcos with his wife visiting their daughter, Terri Mauck, education junior, when he heard the race would be in town. Mauck said he became interested in classic cars when he was younger and his brother owned an Austin Healy Sprite. “Since I was the younger brother, I would check out the stuff he was into and that got me interested (in classic cars),” Mauck said. Mauck said he enjoyed seeing the cars and also the enthusiasm from those who attended the event. “The people who show up are really into it,” he said. At the national level, the race will be facing changes in the upcoming years. In 2007, the 25year anniversary of the event, cars from 1969 or older will be accepted, and teams will be competing for a $350,000 purse, up from this year’s $100,000. Great Race 2008 will also face a change, as teams will be racing from one continent to another, New York to Paris, to compete for a $1 million purse. Teams do not need to compete in a regional race to participate at the national or international level.


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helping others.” Originally conceptualized five years ago by members of the Associated Student Government and the Student Volunteer Connection as a way for students to give back to the San Marcos community, Bobcat Build initially involved 700 students working at 40 job sites. Since its inaugural year in 2003, the program has grown exponentially. This year’s event, the largest volunteer project in Texas State’s history, included 2,400 students. Volunteers began their day under a sky of gray clouds as they converged in the Bobcat Village Apartments parking lot for a kickoff rally. Texas State President Denise Trauth welcomed and thanked volunteers for their efforts. Trauth said students should be very proud of the national mark they are making, because Bobcat Build is one of the biggest service projects in the country. “We are so proud to be here this morning with you. I don’t know of another university in this country where 2,400 students would get up early on a Saturday morning to do community service projects,” Trauth said. “You are, indeed, the rising stars of Texas.” San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz also attended the kick-off rally. Narvaiz said Bobcat Build represents the largest yearly effort of the city and the university coming together to achieve things that are beyond each individually. “Today you are placing your paw print on many lives,” she said. “We are one today and always.” Narvaiz said this is an example of a Texas State becoming a “communiversity,” an idea that emphasizes the community of San Marcos and Texas State working together to face the challenges of growth. Head football coach David Bailiff gave the official sendoff. Bailiff said the university continues to gain momentum because of what the student body has accomplished. “What y’all are achieving today, for this university and this community, is unbelievable,” he said. At approximately 8:30 a.m., the students gathered into their groups and dispersed all around the city to work at more than 200 job sites. Members of the Delta Gamma sorority spent the day at Goodnight Junior High School stripping and painting picnic tables, filling holes with dirt, working in the garden and spreading pea gravel for an athletic area. “It’s fun to be out here doing good for the San Marcos community,” said Emily Thompson, Delta Gamma member and mass communication senior. “Events like this that they coordinate for us help us interact with the community and show the community that we, as a university, care.” Melanie Reed, Goodnight Junior High School assistant principal, said the volunteers arrived ready to work and with positive attitudes. “That good attitude is how the hard work gets done, and it helps perpetuate a good service from one year to the next,” she said. Reed said the students of Goodnight Junior High benefit from the community service work in several ways. Volunteers who filled in crevices, leveling and smoothing out athletic ar-

STRENGTH REQUIRED: (Left) Applied sociology senior Randall Munsinger unloads the contents of a wheelbarrow on Saturday morning during Bobcat Build, helping to clean up the future site of Eddie Durham Freedom Park. PRESERVING MEMORIES: (Below right) Round Rock Higher Education campus academic adviser Jennifer Leach and Office of Disability Services staff member Jenni Ward volunteer their time at a retirement home, sorting and arranging a photo album. DOG DAY AFTERNOON: (Below Left) Agriculture senior Robert Bailey contributes to Bobcat Build by walking dogs at the San Marcos Animal Shelter.

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oday you are placing your paw print on many lives. We are one today and always.”

— Mayor Susan Narvaiz

eas, provided students a safer place to play at lunch, while the freshly painted picnic tables will help the children have school pride, she said. “I think we’re going to see a lot of smiles on the (students’) faces on Monday when they have a nice bright table to sit at in the court area,” Reed said. Jonathon Mook, history junior, volunteered with China Care, a fundraising organization that works to improve the adoption process between the United States and China. Mook and his group were assigned to the Unity Church of San Marcos, where they washed windows, steamcleaned the carpet and chairs and painted the bathroom and hallways. He said that volunteering is a good way to help ease some of the ill will between the community and the school. “This shows the community that we are a part of the community and that we are willing to help out and be there if they need us,” Mook said, as he wiped a fresh layer of sweat from his forehead. “It’s a good way to put a hand out and say, ‘Ask for it; we will help.’” Throughout the day, City Councilman John Thomaides and Daniel Guerrero, deputy

mayor pro tem, assisted by delivering water to various job sites. This year’s event was better attended with more varied job sites, Thomaides said, including small groups of students assisting elderly homeowners. “They’re smaller groups of two or three people just helping them do things they probably couldn’t normally do themselves,” Thomaides said. “It’s going to have a real impact on that particular citizen’s life and probably make a real lasting impression.” At the San Marcos Animal Shelter, members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity performed landscaping and assisted with cleaning the kennels. Robert Bailey, agriculture senior, was the last member of his organization to arrive at the job site and was assigned the task of “patrolling the grounds for dog feces.” “I was just pooper scooping,” he said with a smile. Bailey said Bobcat Build gives the university an opportunity to give back to the community and help build a bond between the two that is currently missing. “They feel like we come in to their city and we might tear it up a little bit, and in four years, we’re gone,” Bailey said. “This

shows that some of the students do care about San Marcos.” Downtown, volunteers from three separate organizations — the Office of Disability Services, the Round Rock Higher Education Center and the University College — combined their efforts at the Price Senior Center, where they spent the day shampooing carpets, cleaning windows and cleaning the kitchen. Ron Jager, president of the Greater San Marcos Area Senior Association and manager of the Price Senior Center, said the relationship between the university and the community has always needed work, but is getting better with programs like this. “There’s still a long way to go, and there’s still a lot of tension between the community and the university,” Jager said. It’s a situation that does not have an easy answer, he said, because of the different living patterns between students and community members. “Citizens that are here year after year sometimes have difficulty with students who come and don’t have full respect for those

that pay the taxes in the community,” Jager said. “Sometimes there’s abuse on the part of the students, and sometimes the community is not very thoughtful of the students either.” A few blocks away from the Price Senior Center, members of the Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority and Alpha Phi Omega fraternity cleaned out the Calaboose African-American History Museum and helped beautify the future site of the Ulysses Cephas House and Eddie Durham Freedom Park. Volunteers re-

moved concrete slabs, cleaned out a shed, cleared up debris and picked up trash. Christina Bernal, Sigma Lambda Gamma member and mass communication sophomore, said she conducted “hardlabor work” that was extremely “hands-on,” but still thinks this was a great opportunity to give back to the community that everyone all reaps from. “We got down and dirty, pulling out roots and shoveling holes and digging, but it was all worth it,” she said.

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rying to maintain a small town identity isn’t easy when you’re starting to be swallowed by a larger city such as Austin. However, celebrating the birthday of Buda, the old ranching town located 15 miles north of San Marcos, could help. The city of Buda celebrated its 125th birthday with a Buda Birthday Bash on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on its historical Main Street. The small town that boasts a population fewer than 4,000 has been growing with the addition of new subdivisions, luring people away from nearby Austin. Still, Buda maintains its charm and character with picturesque historical buildings and friendly residents. Buda’s Main Street held with people from the community

and surrounding areas for the festivities. Birthday celebrators could watch live music and historic reenactments and visit the town’s numerous antique shops, which have been a part of the city since the late 1800s. The celebration began with a parade that strolled down Main Street. The parade master of ceremonies and Buda resident, Tonya Scharmann, dressed up in a white and black polka dotted dress with petticoats and a white widebrimmed hat. “I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t go all out,” Schamann said. She was one of many in the crowd dressed in clothing similar to the era of Buda’s birth, which was encouraged by organizers. Women wore thick petticoats and bonnets, while men were dressed in linen shirts, riding boots and carried shotguns.

Aaron Smith/Star photo GOOD OL’ DAYS: In spirit of the 125th Birthday Festival, a classic car and numerous shops give viewers a taste of downtown Buda.

The family-oriented celebration featured children’s amusements like tractor train rides, pony rides and a swimming pool turned fishing pond. They were a part of the “Old Towne” set up on the side of the street, which included an authentic teepee and a county jail. Old Towne even had blacksmiths and rope weavers dressed in costume doing demonstrations. Near Old Towne, live bands from various genres like country, jazz and swing performed on a stage surrounded by haystacks for people to sit and enjoy. In addition, troupes like the Ballet Folklorico, which performed Mexican folk dances, showcased their talent in front of the stage to spectators. Along the sidewalks, people entered and exited antique shops filled with one-of-a-kind goods. Each shop had a different personality and collection of items. The 1898 Buda Mercantile on the corner of Main Street exhibited an old 1800 telephone, china and a collection of well-kept German-language newspapers dating back as far as 1908. Another shop, Memory Lane Antiques, which features antique furniture, such as old church pews, dressers and tables, stayed busy throughout Saturday. “Whenever we have festivals here, everyone from everywhere comes. It’s nice to have support,” said Ellis Clay, a cashier at Memory Lane Although the antique shops welcomed the business, Memory Lane owner Ken Conley noted the difference between See BUDA, page 8

Aaron Smith/Star photo BUDAFUL DANCING: Dancers perform a traditional Mexican dance routine during the 125th Birthday Festival in Buda on Saturday.


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Proceeds, donations from Orchesis dance recital to benefit American Cancer Society By Andrea L. Short The University Star

Courtesy of ARM Entertainment THEY LOVE THE ’80S: Hair-metal band Warrant performed at Gordo’s on Saturday in support of its new album, Born Again.

Warrant gives San Marcos fans a slice of ‘Cherry Pie’ at Gordo’s By Stephen Lloyd The Unversity Star No, it was not an April Fool’s joke. ✯✯✯ Hair-metal band WarWarrant rant rocked Gordo’s the city of Sat., April 1 San Marcos at Gordo’s on Saturday. It was a night of chugging riffs, overly catchy hooks and face-melting guitar solos. New Braunfels-based Omada opened the show and had a nice, bass-heavy groove going for them, reminiscent of Disturbed and Godsmack. This was what made their performance enjoyable because overall, they had an unoriginal sound. Austinbased Anagen hit the stage next and gave an energetic performance. Using wireless systems, the guitarists and bassist were able to jump and move around the stage unhindered. One of the best parts of their set was a medley of classic rock and metal riffs. The impressive guitar skills and the vocals of Lance Kotara are interestingly similar

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to those of blues artist Johnny Lang. The band’s sound overall had a Bon Jovi feel but without the cheesiness. By the time Warrant hit the stage, the crowd was almost shoulder-to-shoulder. And just when you thought the music couldn’t get any louder, it did. Out of all the band members, new singer Jaime St. James, formerly of fellow hair band Black ‘n’ Blue and bassist Jerry Dixon looked closest to the style of their hair metal heyday, both wearing plenty of leather and vests with no shirt underneath. Dixon had a haircut that was all but a mullet. St. James still had a Robert Plantlike mane of curly blonde hair — the quintessential frontman look. Lead guitarist Joey Allen looked more like a punk than a metalhead with his closecropped bleach-blonde hair and thick-rimmed glasses. But appearances aside, the band still rocked it ’80s style, as they proclaimed several times during the show. St. James even acknowledged that they were like dinosaurs. The first song the band

played was “Down Boys,” with its thinly veiled sexual innuendo. The song’s name seems to have become a nickname for the band, and at least one audience member was wearing a jersey-style shirt with “down boys” written on the back. Some people went further, sporting hair metal wigs or side ponytails. The band played a few songs from their new album, Born Again, the first without founding member, singer Jani Lane, which was released today. St. James said it was a return to form for the band and “Dirty Jack” and “Bourbon County Line” certainly supported his statement. The band played its hit “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and for the encore, its biggest hit, “Cherry Pie.” Besides a few power ballads that brought the lighters out, the music was not as tacky as one might think. This is probably because in a live setting, Warrant’s music doesn’t have the sheen of studio wizardry behind it. When it comes to live performance, the band rocks, plain and simple, and its energy is infectious.

Friends and family members of the Orchesis Dance Company gathered in Jowers Center on Thursday for a special spring performance. Orchesis Dance Company performs each spring to benefit various philanthropic organizations. This year, all proceeds and donations received for the Dancers in Flight performance went to the American Cancer Society. Dancers in Flight opened with “Underground,” a modern style dance, choreographed by New York-based performer and director Valerie Green. Green worked with the dancers for two straight weeks last January during an intense workshop that was sponsored by the Texas State department of theater and dance. “Working with Valerie was intense. We rehearsed for three hours every day and learned a lot about working together as a group,” said Mollie Haven, dancer and treasurer for


orking with Valerie was intense. We rehearsed for three hours every day and learned a lot about working together as a group.”

— Mollie Haven dancer and treasurer for Orchesis

Orchesis. “It was a truly valuable experience for all of us to be able to work with someone who’s out in the professional world of dance.” Following the rhythmic, modern “Underground” was a series of student-choreographed pieces that displayed each dancer’s technique and creativity. Some dancers performed in groups, while others went solo and arranged the choreography for each routine presented in the show. “Reflection,” performed by Stacy Bratten and Krystal Thomason, highlighted the duos’ ability to execute mirror image choreography. Other performances gathered a handful of dancers to

swarm the stage and captivate the audience with their incredible performances and their ability to convey emotion through dance. Debra Sikler, Khoi Lee and Emily Babb each gave solo performances as well. In addition to holding fundraisers, Orchesis is based around providing a creative outlet for dance students. The students involved in Orchesis are given the opportunity to take part in distinguished classes where they are exposed to various forms of dance. They can study modern dance, jazz, hip-hop, musical theater and African tribal dance. All of these classes helpstudents better their technique and provide ideas for upcoming recitals.

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Buda now and when he initially opened his shop around Buda’s 100th birthday. He was pessimistic about Buda losing its small town feel. “It’s becoming the suburbs, and people act like it. It may be time for it to end,” Conley said. Further down the road at the Buda City Hall, antique quilts dating back as far as the 1800s were on display. Organizers of the display were surprised about the interest in quilts and quilting in general when an open call for quilts resulted in about 30 being registered. All were heirlooms passed down several generations from families who lived in Buda or eventually settled there. “People still use some of these designs like the butter-

henever we have festivals here, “W everyone from everywhere comes. It’s nice to have support.” — Ellis Clay cashier at Memory Lane

fly and (Dutch girl), which are very popular,” Logan said. Patterns included the wedding ring, which is a series of rings looped together and is typically given to newlyweds. There was also a reproduction of the famous Bible Quilt, which is housed in the Smithsonian. Another was the flower garden, with patches of fabric sewn to look like a bloomed flower and the stars patchwork, which has an eight-point

star. The most intricate of the patterns, the yellow star yo-yo, combined hundreds of circles that look like yo-yos. Shopkeepers and other participants of Buda’s Birthday Bash enjoyed the interest shared in Buda from surrounding communities, but realized that the sprawl from surrounding cities could affect Buda’s future as a small town. “Buda is on the cusp of being one of the last small communities in America,” Conley said.

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“This is a club devoted to social fraternity and sorority members here at Texas State University that understand their superiority to the GDI population.”

— ASG vice presidential candidate Israel Ruiz in the group description for the Facebook group “(God damn independents) are Inferior Club.” Ruiz was the founder of the now-defunct group. Opinions Contact — Joe Ruiz,

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ASG shouldn’t resort to scare tactics for Cognisa referendum Students will be asked to make decisions on student body president, vice-president and senators to represent their colleges and two referendums today and tomorrow. One of the student referendums regards the extension of Cognisa’s contract to provide shuttle service for the university. The second draft of the referendum — which we are not sure at press time will be identical to the version on today’s ballot — has some peculiar language regarding the consequences of voting to approve or deny the extension of Cognisa’s contract. The affirmative choice reads: “Yes … I understand the fee increase will allow the purchase of twenty-three new buses and offset increasing costs of operations brought about by rising fuel costs and maintenance expenses.” The negative choice reads: “No … I understand that by rejecting this increase and contract extension that no additional services will be provided for addressing university growth, operation and fuel costs. Service hours may be shifted and service reductions may occur in some areas.” Doesn’t sound like much of a choice, does it? The truth is, today’s ballot is the first time the student body will see the referendum on the contract extension. It was not presented to the students prior to the election, which would have given them time to carefully consider the pros and cons of the extension. Nor was it debated publicly. Associated Student Government cannot decide the contract extension issue without a student referendum because the extension would affect the student service fee. Yet it is obvious from the wording that ASG has already decided how you should vote on this issue. What’s disheartening about the language — and again, at press time it is unclear whether this language is identical to what will appear on today’s ballot — is that it is designed to scare voters into approving the referendum rather than carefully consider its merits. Interestingly, the Web site for Texas State Auxiliary Services, which administers bus service at the university, offers “Important Information Regarding the Bus Referendum” that is nearly identical to ASG’s language. The site reads: “A ‘Yes’ vote will allow TxTram to provide more and better buses to serve the students of Texas State; provide a more predictable fee over the next seven years; and, plan to meet service needs now and into the future.” Furthermore, according to the site, “a ‘No’ vote will, among other things, lead to longer wait times at bus stops and reduced service levels.” It seems ASG and the Dean of Students office is of a single mind with the administrators of Cognisa’s contract. There are good arguments for extending Cognisa’s contract, including those noted in the draft of the referendum. There are also many arguments against it. No studies have been published that show that bus use is increasing at a rate that would justify the expansion of service. Nor has the student body been made aware of possible alternative service providers, even though Cognisa’s performance of their contractual duties to date has been open to question. ASG should have presented the issue to the student body early enough to allow open and honest discussion of these and other arguments. The Dean of Students Office, which is responsible for approving ASG-authored student referendums and which has had this item for at least a week, should have approved it or sent it back to ASG for revision before the day of the election. At press time, the office had taken no action on the legislation. Furthermore, if the office found its language problematic, as we do, it should have given ASG time to amend it before Election Day. ASG, meanwhile, should have trusted the students to vote like adults, not used scare tactics at the 11th hour to scare them into voting to ASG’s liking. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.

“Generally speaking, how happy would you say you are — very happy, fairly happy, or not too happy?” Canada

Very happy: 50%

Fairly happy: 45%

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United States Very happy: 53%

Fairly happy: 39%

Not too happy: 8%

Great Britain Very happy: 38%

Fairly happy: 55%

Not too happy: 7% These results are based on telephone interviews with a randomly selected national sample of 1,013 American adults, aged 18 years and older, conducted Dec. 5 through 8, 2005; 1,003 Canadian adults, aged 18 and older, conducted Dec. 12 through 18, 2005; and 1,010 British adults, aged 18 and older, conducted Dec. 12 through 20, 2005. For results based on these samples, one can say with 95 percent confidence that the maximum error attributable to sampling and other random effects is ±3 percentage points.

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Letters to the Editor Freeman’s aim on Clinton versus Bush a little off mark I’m not sure what Shawn Freeman’s aim was. Was it to insist that Bush is an incompetent but truthful president? Or to purge some old Clinton bile he found lying around? Or was it to be so all over the angry place as to thwart any attempt at a response? Of the first argument, half is proven, half isn’t. Mr. Freeman is correct that we don’t know the many untruths told to us by President George W. Bush have been intentional, but we don’t know otherwise, either. And since it is apparently still important, yes, we know that Clinton lied. How? Because the pit bull prosecutor he was shackled to finally found a way to draw blood after half a decade of fierce but fruitless attempts. And what was the original suspected infraction that caused Republicans to sic Ken Starr on him? Failed land deals in the Arkansas wilderness in which all the alleged “perpetrators” lost money. How quaint. Meanwhile, President Clinton still found the time between investigations to preside over the longest economic boom in history; work with his opponents to enact welfare reform and cut spending; balance the budget and build a surplus; and conduct a seminar on how to run a successful military intervention (yes Shawn, Bosnia) without sending

all our men, equipment, credibility and national treasure into the abyss, thank you very much. But we have a different president now, don’t we? The writer adequately outlined his record so far and sure enough, there haven’t been any penis-related indiscretions. Some legacy. And as for the 2004 election he points to as some kind of validation of Bush’s performance — it was won because Republicans did what they do best: They made it about fear, more fear, and the specter of two men getting hitched. History’s a-comin’. — Greg Lim industrial technology junior Facebook group shows VP bias against non-greeks I am drafting this letter in hopes that it motivates my fellow students to stand up against stupidity. Initially, I was going to distance myself from this Associated Student Government election, but when it was brought to my attention that a vice presidential candidate was the founder of a group named “God Damn Independents are Inferior,” I had to get involved. As a member of a Greek-letter organization, I find it appalling that anyone would suggest that non-greeks are inferior. This is an embarrassment to our greek community. Furthermore, as a former student body

vice president, I will tell you that it is important to be inclusive of all Texas State Students, because as the student body vice president, you serve as the voice of all Texas State students. The last time I heard the phrase inferior used, it was referencing another community of which I am a member — nope, not going there. Mr. Ruiz, I am calling you out. You need to formally apologize to the entire student body you are attempting to represent, and disband your “God Damn Independents are Inferior” group. — Chris Jones Public administration senior and San Marcos City Council member Editor’s Note: The Star has confirmed the existence of the “GDI’s are inferior” Facebook group and Israel Ruiz’s association with the group, but the group has since been removed from the Facebook community. Ruiz, when offered the opportunity to respond to Jones’ statement, said the following: “With respect to the ‘GDI’s are inferior” group, this was brought about when Facebook and myself were immature. It was brand new to the campus and there were several groups on Facebook such as an anti-fraternity faction (and) antisorority faction, and this was an immature retaliatory act against those groups. I’m a very proud

member of greek life on campus. I do regret (starting the group).” Freeman column adds a little balance to left-leaning paper I’m finally thankful to see that you decided to share with the rest of the Texas State student body the opinions from the right (Shawn A. Freeman, “Bush may be inept, but he’s not a liar,” March 30). Many of the students here are being brainwashed with your day-in, day-out Bush bashing and hateful aggression to anything other than the liberal, big-government point of view. I believe your columnists should only be allowed to write articles in which they have their opinions based on true facts rather than complete stupidity for their own version of the truth. If you’re going to allow someone to write a column on politics, at least make sure their information matches up with fact and not just something they dreamed up the night before. I know your job is to entertain, but at least do it in an honest way. I also know that I am a very small majority here in the liberal capital of college campuses here at Texas State, but a balanced opinion column would be appreciated. — Ben Burgett industrial technology senior

Media’s bias centered around social, economic issues LEXINGTON, Most of the “libBRENTON KENKEL Ky. — When The eral bias” comes Kentucky Kernel Washington Post into the picture (U. Kentucky) added a “Red on social issues: America” blog on Gay marriage, flag its Web site — written by Ben burning, abortion, stem-cell Domenech, a young conserresearch, the (nonexistent) vative (and, as it turns out, “war on Christmas,” ad plagiarist) — it opened up nauseam. Journalists who one of the major fault lines work for the national media in U.S. politics: are national — based almost entirely out media outlets biased toward a of New York and Washington certain party or ideology? — are far more likely to have Liberals pointed to the spent four years at an Ivy hiring of Domenech as yet League school than one Sunanother example of the meday morning at an evangelical dia pulling its weight for the church, and that undoubtedly right wing, while conservaaffects their worldview. tives saw it as one small That’s not to say, as some step toward balance in an conservatives do, that these industry dominated by the journalists have a secret left. (Of course, almost all agenda that they’re purposely of Domenech’s defenders pushing on the country. But abandoned him when online national media figures’ secuactivists discovered that he lar, cosmopolitan upbringwas a serial plagiarist. But I ings could subconsciously digress.) affect things like story selecFor all the smoke and mirtion and word choice. The rors thrown up by both sides, media isn’t trying to spit on I think they’re talking past religious, rural conservatives; each other when it comes it just doesn’t understand to media bias. Contrary to them or their concerns. popular opinion, the media is On the other hand, social neither all liberal all the time issues aren’t the only ones nor a right-wing monolith. — by a long shot. On ecoIts biases are highly situation- nomics and foreign policy, dependent — media outlets the “liberal” media turns swing different ways for difdecidedly conservative. Or, ferent issues. to put it more accurately, it

tends to favor the people at the top — the ones in power. To wit: turn to the business section in today’s Lexington Herald-Leader or New York Times, or turn on CNBC or CNNfn and hear about what workers are concerned with and how they’re doing. Oh, wait, that doesn’t happen. The only paper I’ve ever read with a labor-focused business page is Socialist Worker. Major media figures speak lushly of companies’ profit margins going up, but they don’t ask whether the additional money is being passed on to workers. And unionization efforts, such as the one going on at UK right now, are viewed from the standpoint of being problems for management, rather than as opportunities for employees. It’s no surprise, of course, that national media outlets have a pro-corporate bend — they’re all owned by the country’s largest corporations. Again, that’s not to say journalists and editors are purposely pushing promanagement ideology, but I doubt that “How does this affect the working class?” even enters their minds — nor in the minds of their corporate

higher-ups pushing them on it. And foreign policy reporting suffers from an information problem: the only way to have any clue what’s going on during a war is to ask the government, which has no real incentive to tell the truth. The other option is to report from the ground and risk getting killed. The expense (in both money and risk) of trying to report fairly during war means that a good deal of foreign-policy coverage will have a pro-administration bent. This doesn’t cut neatly one direction: Gulf War coverage favored George H. W. Bush, Bosnia and Kosovo coverage favored Bill Clinton, Iraq War coverage (especially during Shock and Awe and the rest of the pre-occupation period) favored George W. Bush, and so on. In other words, media bias isn’t a simple left-right issue — and by talking about it as such, we’re hindering progress toward actually improving journalism in this country. This column was originally printed in the Kentucky Kernel on March 30, 2006

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Candidates care more about elections than students The Associated ing them for services Student Government to the university is elections are this week far more important and you have some to them than it is to choices to make. you. Student governOn the issues, ment is a bright spot you should vote for on any law school or the raise in bus fees job application, and SHAWN A. because a better bus that’s OK; but the FREEMAN system will make this student body has deStar Columnist a better place for you tached itself from the in the next few years affairs and actions of and for the students who come ASG so much that the result of after you. You should also vote the elections are of very little to continue to support the athconsequence. I couldn’t find 10 letic department with your fees, students or 10 alumni who were because a higher-profile athletic in support of the name change department will draw more stu- but the administration’s and dents to Texas State and make ASG’s line was that it was a stuthe university a better place for dent-initiated change and that you and the students who come isn’t the truth. after you. The athletic departMy point is this: Unless you ment should be self-sufficient, have done the leg work and inbut until they are, we should vestigated the choices and what help them prime the pump. they really mean to you and the On the candidates, it’s a little university, don’t insult the cantrickier. As far as I can tell, they didates or the process by voting are individuals of the highest for somebody just because they quality who will do their best, are your friend. If you don’t but at the end of the day, select- know, don’t vote.

will be priced out of the Texas State market. hard work and dedication, our effor This information concerns me, and ts were I believe successful, and each system now has that the situation is rather ironic. Our a student most regent. illustrious alumnus, President Lynd on Baines Amanda Oskey, myself and the rest Johnson, signed the Higher Educatio of our n Act of ticket want to use these same models 1965 on the campus that you attend to help today. He lower your tuition. We want to unite the signed the legislation with the hope that high- voices of the students in an effort to make er education would become more acce ssible higher education more affordable. Ama to the middle and lower classes. How nda ever, the and I believe that we have the right rising price of a Texas State education combinais taktion of vision, experience and leadersh ing us down a dangerous path. High ip to er educaimpact change on this campus — chan tion must not be reserved for the weal ge that thy and will save you money by making a degr elite. Rather, it should be available to ee less all. costly. In 2003, I was proud to work as a mem ber We are proud to stand up for YOU as of Associated Student Government your Students of Texas State, to help peers. This election isn’t about me, it change the name of our university. isn’t I spoke about Amanda and it isn’t about our on behalf of the student body in the oppoOn Tuesday and Wednesday, you will Texas nents. Rather, it is about the 27,171 have Legi slatu students re, and I worked with our elected a critical decision to make. The 2006 who make this university special. Ama student state officials. While the name chan nda body elections will be held online and ge was and I cannot achieve our goals alon at cont rove e; we need rsial , the facts stand that No. 1, we several points on campus for you to your support. Together we can lowe choose were successful, and No. 2, this univ r tuition, whom your leaders will be for the follo ersity has create fair housing policies and mak wing rece ived e our mor e don ations post-name change year. I encourage you all to participa textbooks tax-free. Thus, we ask for te. than at any other time in its history your vote My name is Kyle V. Morris, and I am (one must and thank you for your a support. only look to the pledges of the McC candidate for the office of student bod oy and y presiMitte families). dent. I am running in this election beca Yours to count on, use In 2005, the student voices across Texa there are some overwhelming needs s Kyle V. Morris that were united to help create student regent many of you have. While I don’t prom poCandidate for Student Body Presiden ise to sitio ns for t univ ersit ies in each system. Again, work miracles, I can promise to work hard on I was proud to work with your behalf with the leadership of this univer- student leaders may build sity and our great state. ing closely with the city so that we from across the h Chris at large. How many of you have been Wit y. unit of e sens a Our tuition has been rising at an alarm strong ties and n ing Hello, Bobcats! state to increase inconvenienced and frustrated whe past ASG vice and ent rate during the past few years. Ultim stud ent curr a s, Jone it ately, I My name is Katie our collective ncil, now, waiting on students to sign their cred feel that if the trend continues, man president, serving on the City Cou y students voice. Through Kasprzak and I am e tencom card receipts in a dining hall? How over to more than ever, is the time running for Aslveinvo many of you live in the dorm and my From . ther toge k sions and wor a sociated Student only get your bathroom cleaned once ity, I have taken mun com k gree the in t men are Government presiice projects month, if at all? How many of you part in numerous community serv How dent. In my time ortant imp sick and tired of waiting on buses? is It s. affect- and community function here at Texas State Marcos, San many of you have been negatively of city the to back for us to give tion? University, I have ed by tuition increases and deregula for the students nt orta imp lly equa is it but s, been able to work citizens of These, and many other areas of focu of Texas State to be recognized as ority of with various stuthe city on with are all issues that concern the maj this community. By working to repdents and orgains that stra the students at Texas State, and I want d men to e hop I these issues, nizations. I have ed between the resent your voice on these matters. shar y uall mut es ntim ofte are reach recognized the determi, so we may I feel as though it is important to the betstudents and community members be prewill they so nation and pride that we have for ers lead re nd on inte futu we our ent to out ing as the ress with the developm terment of our university. From serv s they will face when they prog acle obst the for d pare rved obse achieving. future leadStudent Life Committee chair, I have Texas leave. In order to fully prepare the developed I also plan to work closely with the ely clos king wor on the concerns of students and have plan I e, legislaStat on s tuiti Texa ter of ers coun to r I . orde erns in conc Legislature establish a to es class a number of ideas to address these inar to Sem and ity ks vers boo Uni text y has been with tion, possibly cut taxes on feel that the voice of the student bod nizations to come into orga our ling face enab that ram es prog issu r othe you and e k for reform thes nizations disenfranchised, and I want to wor lators who classes and introduce what their orga ersity university. There are plenty of legis s tion niza orga e so that your voice is heard at this univ thes how and I plan on r and offe to eed, have succ to y the ersit and cos want this univ ents, to stud as us, to and in the community of San Mar up is It . re that it ents ensu stud to act imp state of Texas forming close ties with them educate others on what our does. university in imI would be honored to play a part to work as an orientation leader for the r offe to has re futu coming and ent curr for We e will Stat s stan d up for students by lowering the proving Texa summer. In addition to this work, I am so that we a member you, my colleagues hours required to move off campus. ting esen repr by ents stud of Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigm Dorms are may flourernment a, the Mitte increasingly overcrowded each fall, and and peers, as Associated Student Gov Honors Program and have been a sena we must ish and sucelector in the ting exci an to take action. president. I look forward Associated Student Government for ceed. as Just one year. ort. supp r you for Tax you Free k Text s tion, and than It takes a strong person to be a leader I also stop r neve — one I’ll ing, We will stand by our legislation calling stop turn who has experience with more than look forward the wheels never for no one aspect tax on textbooks. The price of books you. for king wor of the university. I have demonstrated khas wor beco to me this with alarmingly high. We have authored legis my participation in organizations and lation, programs, and we mus t see this issue through next year. particularly Paws Preview and orientatio n. These These issues are a key part of the pote two programs have given me an insid ntial of e look at the Texas State University. Knowledgeab operations of the university and a visio le and experin for our enced leaders are the best choice for true potential. conveying the voice of the students. I appreciate your The main things to remember when support heading to and look forward to seeing you at the the polls are experience and vision. My polls on running April 4 and 5. mate Kyle Morris and I have authored Fellow Bobcats, and/or sponsored more than 50 pieces of com bined legStanding up for you, islat ion together. We have a vision for Texa I am a strong believer in the power of s State Ama nda Oskey voting. and a plan for achieving it. However, I believe in order make your Candidate for student body vice pres vote count, Kyle and ident I belie ve there are three main you have to know why you are voting. To vote is issues that need to be addressed next to make a stand. To vote is to have a year: voice that is Tuition Relief heard. Doing this successfully requires knowledge We will stand up of the issues. Voting a certain way beca there. We council. The progress cannot end use your to the Texas LegAs a proud member As vice parents, or even your friends, told you els. laur our on rest to cannot afford to is not a islature and work My name is of our greek commugood rationale. The outcome is not alwa find my door open ys alwa will you t iden pres ys favorto make sure that Israel Ruiz, and nity, I learned values able. I am here to tell you about mys es need to elf in hopes to any students who feel their voic the state budget is I want to be that not only made me onally that voters will make an informed deci pers will be heard. I guarantee that I sion at the not balanced on the your next Assoa better student leader and polls. city the with erns conc e bring up thos backs of students. ciated Student but a better citizen. Our My name is Amanda Oskey, and I am y. ersit univ the seekWe have experience Government commitment to philanot coning the office of student body vice pres The budget of the university cann ident. I working with the vice president. thropy has broadened am a junior studying mass commun backs of the stuthe on en burd a be to e ication and tinu legislature finding I feel that my understanding of the it isn’t political science. I have worked with KTSW for dent body. As students, we know that solutions to the rising Texas State has issues those who are less two years where I am the News Director. we sometimes learn re whe ies, mov the like I have cost of tuition. given me the fortunate have to deal down been a PAL for Paws Preview and have and mostly party. We have to hold been hired Fair Housing best years of with. As ASG vice presito buy books. have We . bills pay We . jobs my life. When dent, I will take that unto make rent. Don’t we deserve to I arrived on derstanding and empathy We have on plan that’s fixed for four years? tuiti a have campus in Fall that I have gained and materiDon’t we deserve affordable course 2003, I was apply it to the student t, I will take iden pres vice As ? fees and als overwhelmed body everyday. The issue around the legislation that has been drifting impornt mou by the size of para of is ts take righ and s ent year stud ral students I of the senate for the past seve this place and the sheer number of that students don’t feel fact The me. to e tanc like n tow ll action. encountered. Coming from a sma the University Police ent be thrust comfortable going to I will take this position as a commitm ce poli of ts den Aransas Pass, I know how it feels to inci rt repo to my ent for e artm ston Dep ping step a t’s as Tha . not to you and in The into a new and unfamiliar situation than just misconduct, as was recently reported inar future endeavors. Service is more we that ve belie why I want to use our University Sem to me s lead , Star ident, y pres ersit vice r Univ you t, As . abou tion a title or posi rights classes to educate incoming freshmen and ensure that need a thorough exploration of our day y ever stuof you e ety serv vari e will I wid the chooses not only ASG, but stop workas students and how the university that your voices are heard. I will never dent organizations on campus. I feel like that explorald wou I us. with deal to ess and ing for you. racts with promoting a culture of inclusiven tion to extend to how the city inte formed er-in bett a to lead of will ions tion mill icipa part the school. As students, we put ody who should and motivated student body. Nob dollars into the local economy. We out treats us. We city comes to Texas State should ever feel the how in say e som have future ng Chris of place. These new students are our have gained major victories by havi the tools them give to need we city and ers, lead Jones, one of our own, elected to the to succeed.


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