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Lecture explores Jesus’ role in Islam By Molly Berkenhoff The University Star

Monty Marion/Star photo JESUS TALK: Siraj Wahaj, leader of the Al-Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn, speaks to a standing room-only lecture hall Tuesday in Evans Liberal Arts about the legacy of Jesus and Muslim viewpoints of him.

Students packed into a standing-room only lecture hall Tuesday to attend the Muslim Student Association’s event “Jesus: What did he actually say?” featuring guest speaker Imam Siraj Wahaj. “Our purpose tonight is not to argue or debate,” said Wahaj at the beginning of his lecture. “It is not to say that Christians are wrong or anything like that at all. Our purpose is to give the Islamic perspective of the great Jesus.” Wahaj, a prominent Islamic activist, devoted much of his lecture emphasizing Jesus is well loved and respected in Islamic faith. Much of the information provided in the Bible as to the life of Jesus, Wahaj said, is mentioned in very similar terms in the Quran. Wahaj cited several references to Jesus and miracles he performed during his lifetime in the Quran that the Bible does not mention. Raised as a Baptist in New York, Wahaj said the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. affected him deeply in his decision to convert to Islam. Wahaj was a See ISLAM, page 4

Darfur refugees speak out By Ashley Gwilliam The University Star Caesar Ricci was seen as a hero as he walked through the Gaga refugee camp of 2,000 people. Mothers assumed he was a doctor and handed him their children so he could heal them. Women invited him into their tents to offer him what little to drink they had. Smiling children curiously crowded around him to run their fingers through his hair and to say hello. He said he felt guilty knowing the world was doing very little to help the Darfurians and all he could do was take their pictures. Interfaith Darfur Coalition member Ricci chronicled his two weeks spent in Eastern Chad at the Gaga refugee camp Tuesday at the LBJ Teaching Theater. He discussed the Darfurian’s ongoing genocide at the Common Experience event “Speaking Out About the Darfur Genocide.” Ricci said his concern started in 1998 as a freshman in college. “Right now I am 28,” he said. “Af-

ter way too long I was able to make the trip to Eastern Chad.” Ricci said he sought out refugees living in the area to get first-hand accounts of what was really happening. “What we read about on the news seems so far away,” he said. “You feel bad, but you have a lot of stuff going on in your life.” The Darfurians have been targeted in an ethnic cleansing campaign by the Sudanese government since 2003, in cooperation with the Janjaweed Arab militia. The Janjaweed is made up of nomadic Arab groups hired by the government to kill the Darfurian men and boys, rape wives and mothers, throw children in fires and burn villages. Ricci said for some reason, Arab groups who immigrated to the area came up with the idea they were superior and had a right to the land. “They initially lived in the desert and have slowly been trying to acquire southern land,” he said. Ricci said the conflicts used to be individually resolved, but the Sudanese government eventually sided

with the Arabs and began supporting the attacks and providing the Arab groups with weapons. Eventually, the Darfurians attacked the Sudanese government and instead of making negotiations, the government responded with the ethnic cleansing campaign. “I should tell you the Darfurian people are 100 percent Muslim,” he said. “They pray five times a day and practice all the Muslim rituals. They are being attacked by a government, which also identifies itself as being Muslim. They feel like they have been abandoned by the Muslim world.” Ricci showed the refugees have the same human wants and needs as Americans do with a slideshow featuring pictures of the refugees he met. He narrated photographs of refugee children with glazed over and blinding eyes, with severe burns left untreated and with paralyzed Jon Clark/Star photo legs due to the unavailability of PoDARFUR AWARENESS: African refugees James Dogale lio vaccines. See DARFUR, page 4

(left) and Mustafa Abbarar speak Tuesday in the LBJ Teaching Theater about the conditions in the Darfur region.

Council raises alcohol abuse awareness through event By Ashley Gwilliam The University Star The Hays Caldwell Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse will offer free, anonymous screenings for alcohol-related disorders from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the San Marcos Library. The event is a part of National Alcohol Screening Day. It is an effort to help people recognize the signs of alcohol abuse and to offer treatment options. “National Alcohol Screening Day gives you the opportunity to look at your own drinking and how it might be affecting your life in a variety of ways,” said Sue Cohen, executive director of the Hays Caldwell Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. “Through education, awareness and understanding, you can make informed decisions about your drinking behavior.” According to the National Alcohol Screening Day Web site, efforts reached more than 100,000 individuals nationwide in 2006. Although the day is an annual event, this is the first year it will be recognized in San Marcos. Patti Wenk, prevention resource center coordinator, said the council wanted to participate in the past and that she was glad that Cohen and Carla Merritt, programs coordinator, came together and decided this was a resource San Marcos needed. Attendees will have the option of completing a brief written questionnaire that will ask them questions about their drinking habits and if they are on any type of medications. Cohen said many people are not aware of the dangers involved when mixing alcohol with certain medications. “(The questionnaire) is not necessarily to identify if people are alcoholics or not,” she said. “It’s to identify any problem or behavior that might be putting them at risk.” The screening staff will assess the questionnaires in order to see which individuals need additional assistance. Attendees will be able to talk privately with a healthcare professional about their results and, if necessary, take the necessary See AWARENESS, page 4

C-SPAN goes on national tour in news-oriented super bus By Scott Thomas The University Star The C-SPAN Campaign 2008 Bus came to San Marcos Tuesday, first making a stop at The Quad to take questions from students and then moving on to the San Marcos Activity Center later in the day. Students and other visitors were allowed on the bus and to ask any questions they had about politics, the media or running a 24-hour news network. “We really want to talk to students about the upcoming presidential election and help them understand that if they need to get the full picture of what each candidate is talking about or where they are they can always turn to C-SPAN,” said C-SPAN representative Rebecca Stewart. “We don’t always expect to be their first choice, but we certainly want them to know that we’re available to give them access to their government 24 hours a day, seven days a week without any

kind of commentary. (It’s) uncut, unbiased (and) completely raw.” Donna Hill, who works for Time Warner Cable in San Marcos and traveled with the bus to its two San Marcos locations, said the bus crew answered a variety of questions from more than 50 students while on campus. Time Warner Cable and Grande Communications sponsored the bus visit to San Marcos. “I actually came out here for a class,” said Megan Roper, public relations senior. “But it’s kind of cool too, it’s not every day that C-SPAN comes to San Marcos.” The bus is used by C-SPAN for community outreach and as a working mobile production studio where candidates and politicians can be interviewed. The bus has held many prominent figures in politics, including two presidents: George W. Bush, when he was governor of Texas, and Bill Clinton, while he was still in office. “January 17 we launched in Iowa,

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and we’ve been in eight states since then,” Stewart said. “Every day we have at least two to three different stops.” With 15 different candidates competing for the 2008 presidency, and more expected to announce their bids, it is difficult for media outlets to give all candidates equal coverage. However, C-SPAN claims it will give all candidates equal coverage to the best of their abilities. “We are non-partisan and non-biased, so we don’t find it difficult (to give equal coverage) because it is part of our mission,” Stewart said. “It’s an exciting time, but it’s certainly a time where the decision to have an informed vote is the most important one to us.” With all the candidates running for the White House, viewers may Monty Marion/Star photo find it difficult to keep track of who is running in the primaries, espe- CROSS-COUNTRY TOUR: Doug Hemming, C-SPAN community relations representacially with more popular candidates tive, talks to a group of students Tuesday in the C-SPAN Campaign 2008 Bus in The

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Quad. Hemming answered questions from students on all aspects of the network from funding, to the quest for unbiased coverage and how to be a critical television viewer.

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starsof texas state Four Texas State students were awarded a three-year grant that will provide funding to conduct research in Guatemala. The National Science Foundation awarded the Research Experience for Undergraduate Site program in Highland Guatemala. Students traveling to Guatemala this summer are Lizet Díaz, criminal justice junior, Norma Sánchez psychology senior, Alysha Hernández, mass commu-

nication senior, and Martha Rodriguez Bitar, international studies freshman. The program’s mission is to generate capable undergraduate researchers and to prepare students for graduate school and social science research careers. Students will conduct research in one of three Guatemalan western highland communities for 10 weeks. — Courtesy of Texas State Public Relations

News Contact — Nick Georgiou, Texas State University-San Marcos is a member of the Texas State University System


Texas State softball will play Texas 6 p.m. at Bobcat Field. A student-led rosary will be prayed 6:25 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center chapel. 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, go to The Association of Information Technology Professionals will be having a Chapter Meeting at 5 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 127. Bradley Jensen will be discussing Microsoft and the gaming XNA Framework. There will be free pizza and soda. Bring a friend. All majors are welcome. Native American Students Association (NASA) will hold the first Native American Cultural Awareness Conference entitled “Reflections and Hope on Native America: Past, Present and Future” in the LBJSC from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Career Services will be hosting a 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 browsing session to schedule an interview. For more information, call Jonathan Pliego at (512)-2452645 or e-mail An inquiry class about the Catholic faith will be 7 p.m. in the library of the CSC. Attend a one-hour orientation and training session to learn to use the Freeze Framer biofeedback program to reduce the negative effects of stress. Session will be at 1 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-11.1. The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents,”Women and Girl Child Issues in India,” featuring Dr. Fatima Fasanth, principal of Madras School of Social Work in Chennai, Tamil Nadu India, 1 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents, “Recovery from the Tsunami in Tamil Nadu India,” featuring Dr. Nalini Rao, senior lecturer of Madras School of Social Work in Chennai, Tamil Nadu India, at 2 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. The Earth First Organization will meet 4 p.m. in Evan Liberal Arts, Room 314. For more information, e-mail Bogan Durr at The Alcohol and Drug Resource Center will hold “The Network” meeting 5 to 7 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 3-6.1.


Texas State baseball will play Sam Houston State 6:30 p.m. at

Bobcat Field.

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Corrections... In Tuesday’s issue, Associated Student Government vice presidential candidate Alexis Dabney was misidentified. Dabney is running on a ticket with ASG presidential candidate Reagan Pugh.

The last Lenten Stations of the Cross will be in the CSC chapel at 5 p.m. 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 in the CSC chapel at 7 p.m.

In Tuesday’s issue, the band Manus was incorrectly identified in a caption. Also, the Web page was not printed correctly.

Texas State’s annual Bike to School Day will be celebrated. The National Association of Environmental Professionals will give out T-Shirts in The Quad to all students who ride their bike to school. There will be environmentally and bike friendly vendors giving out information and other freebies.

In Thursday’s issue, Laura Jamison, Common Experience Darfur event coordinator, was incorrectly quoted. The quote should have read, “We as Americans need to put the pressure on Sudan to let the U.N. Peace Keeping Force in.”

Career Services will be hosting “Careers with the Federal Government,” in the LBJSC 4th Floor Teaching Theater from 5:306:30 p.m. For more information, call Jonathan Pliego at (512)-2452645 or e-mail “Shane Claiborne: Living as an Ordinary Radical, ”activist Shane Claiborne will speak on poverty, American consumerism and how to live a simple life 7 p.m. in the Centennial Hall Teaching Theater.

The University Star regrets these errors. Monty Marion/Star photo A group of social psychology students pretend to watch something in the trees of The Quad Tuesday afternoon in an effort to gauge and record strangers’ reactions to the group.

The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents, “John Kenneth Galbraith and LBJ’s War on Poverty,” 11 a.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. The Philosophy Dialogue Series presents, “The Simple Way: Another Way of Doing Life,” with Shane Claiborne, Co-Founder, The Simple Way Community of Philadelphia at 2 p.m. in the Psychology Building, Room 132. Meditation and Contemplation will be 4 to 5 p.m. at the Campus Christian Community Center. For more information, e-mail Micah Robbins at or call (512) 878-2036. Overeaters Anonymous will meet 5:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church at 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 Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. There will be contemporary worship, relevant teaching and prayer. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call (512) 557-7988 or e-mail


Texas State women’s tennis will play Lamar 10 a.m. at the Tennis Complex.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department March 26, 8:51 a.m. Information Report/Rear Jackson Hall Lot An officer was dispatched for a criminal mischief report. A nonstudent reported a vehicle had been vandalized. A report was generated for this case. March 26, 4:25 p.m. Medical Emergency/UPACC Theatre An officer was dispatched for a medical emergency. A non-student was reported to have fallen from scaffolding. The non-student was transported to Central Texas

Medical Center for further evaluation. March 28, 3:26 p.m. Information Report/Parking Services An officer was dispatched for an information report. A non-student reported a gate arm had been damaged. A report was generated for this case.

ported his vehicle had been towed for repossession, he then stated it could have been stolen. The student was advised to contact University Police Department with further information. A report was generated for this case.

March 28, 8:54 p.m. Information Report/Joe’s Crab Shack An officer was dispatched for an information report. A student re-

March 28, 11:08 p.m. Alcohol: PI/Falls Hall An officer was dispatched for a welfare concern. Upon further investigation a student was found to be intoxicated, he was issued a citation, arrested, and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration.

Wednesday is the last day to file to run for office. All applications must be turned in by 5 p.m. to the ASG office. If the ASG office is empty, take applications to the Dean of Students Office on the 5th floor of the Student Center. There will be an ASG Debate directly following the regular ASG meeting April 16. The debate will be held for all candidates who are filed to run for the office of president or vice president. The event will be open

to the public. We would like to encourage all students to attend. The ASG elections will be held April 17 and 18. Student day at the capitol is April 11 and will begin with a breakfast for all students at 8 a.m. Most of the day will be spent with legislators about higher education issues. Anyone interested in attending the capitol day can contact the ASG office at (512) 245-1ASG for more information. — Courtesy of ASG

ASG Beat Wednesday last day of filing for ASG elections The Associated Student Government is the official voice of the students at Texas State University. The meetings are open to the public and held 7 p.m. every Monday in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. To address the Senate, come prepared to speak during Public Forum. Any person interested in being a guest speaker should be directed to Vice President Amanda Oskey.

On this day... 1541 — Ignatius of Loyola became the first superior-general of the Jesuits. 1581 — Frances Drake completed the circumnavigation of the world. 1687 — King James II ordered that his declaration of indulgence be read in church. 1812 — The territory of Orleans became the 18th U.S. state and will become known as Louisiana. 1818 — The U.S. flag was declared to have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars and that a new star would be added for the each new state. 1841 — U.S. President William Henry Harrison, at the age of 68, became the first president to die in office. He had been sworn in only a month before he died of pneumonia. 1848 — Thomas Douglas became the first San Francisco public teacher. 1862 — In the U.S., the Battle of Yorktown began as Union General George B. McClellan closed in on Richmond, VA. 1887 — Susanna M. Salter became mayor of Argonia, KS, making her the first woman mayor in the U.S.

Bike to School Day events scheduled for Thursday The National Association of Environmental Professionals and Auxiliary Services invite Texas State to attend Bike to School Day activities from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday in The Quad. Ride your bicycle to school; drop by the Bike to School booths to pick up free stuff for you and your bike. There are new bicycle racks on the Bobcat Tram buses and people will show how easy it is to load and unload bicycles on the buses. All Tram buses will be equipped with bicycle racks by the end of May. Bicycle vendors will be in The Quad to show what’s new in bicycles and

accessories and have service bicycles free of charge. Participants are invited to show support for bicycles as a viable zero-emission transportation alternative for trips to and from campus. The recently completed Campus Master Plan supports the development and support of alternative modes of transportation. Information will be provided on the newly opened campus bicycle co-op. Questions about the bicycle racks should be directed to Auxiliary Services at (512) 2452585. — Courtesy of Texas State Public Relations

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Texas State alumna making her mark at Capitol By Patrick Ygnacio The University Star Vanessa Valdez had never stepped foot inside the state Capitol prior to 2006. But since the 2007 Texas legislative session began in January, the Texas State alumna has worked in the Capitol on a weekly basis. Valdez works in the senate committee office of Texas Sen. John Whitmire, DHouston. For Valdez, criminal justice graduate, the experience has been a speedy crash course in the legislative process. Valdez is one of 16 Hispanics from the state chosen to participate in The Senator Gregory Luna Legislative Scholars and Fellows program. For each legislative session, the Texas Senate Hispanic Research Council selects college students to serve as full-time aides. When Valdez began the program, she was responsible for answering phones and receiving mail. Her current responsibilities in committee hearings are more extensive and were appointed to her just three weeks ago. Within a matter of days, Valdez became acquainted with the process of committee hearing preparations and the legislature as a whole. “I’m a very organized person to begin with so that helped out tremendously, but the hardest part was just getting access to everything and learning everything within a matter of two or three days because it’s not like the process can just stop,” Valdez said. Her workweek usually consists of 10 to 15 hour days during which she is responsible for many clerical preparations for senate committee hearings. Before each hearing, Valdez and others in her office accumulate supplemental materials relevant to the bills to be heard. This material is compiled into individual books and packets and then distributed to each of the seven members of the criminal justice senate committee and their staff. When hearings for the committee are in session, Valdez is responsible for recording minutes and preparing them to be posted online for the public. Following hearings, Valdez forwards important material such as wit-

ness lists and testimonies to the offices of committee members. This session, the criminal justice senate committee office is working as part of the Texas Youth Commission House-Senate joint committee. The committee began a public hearing at 1 p.m. and did not adjourn until 11 p.m. Wednesday. Valdez was on hand to document the minutes. In addition to her clerical duties, Valdez said her office receives many phone calls on a regular basis from citizens and inmates wanting to voice their opinions and inquiries into legislative issues. Valdez routinely assists those callers in directing their concerns to the appropriate legislative office. She often takes time to listen to a caller even at times when she is not directly involved in addressing the problem. “Some of the calls, I’ll sit here for like 30, 45 minutes just trying to help them or just listening to their story,” Valdez said, “because that’s the biggest thing; they haven’t been able to tell their story to somebody, so, if you just sit there and listen, they appreciate it so much more. Sometimes they understand that you can’t help them from the beginning, but they just want to let somebody know this is going on.” Valdez said the most rewarding aspect of working in the com- Monty Marion/Star feature photo mittee office is learning about OFFICIAL WORK: Vanessa Valdez, criminal justice alumna, organizes piles of papers at her desk Friday in the Sam Houston building current laws related to criminal justice and becoming more next to the Capital in Austin as part of the Luna Legislative Scholars and Fellows Program. educated on legislation that has failed. I felt she would be an exceptional important role with us in docu- cess through mock committee Scholar Program, Valdez said, “Eventually I want to become candidate,” Supancic said in an menting the occurrences at com- hearings and senate sessions. has given her unique opportunia part of administration or some- e-mail. “Overall, she is a hard mittee hearings,” Coleman said. Valdez attends weekly meetings ties to bond with other students thing along that line to create bet- working, diligent and impressive He said the Luna Scholars pro- with other Luna participants to eager to learn about what hapter criminal justice policy within young scholar who genuinely re- gram and others like it promote discuss and develop other volun- pens at the Capitol. an organization or throughout flects the leadership, integrity, the development of future leaders teer opportunities. She said working and meeting Texas,” Valdez said. loyalty, perseverance and com- in different levels of government. Valdez said she is happy with with members of the Hispanic Michael Supancic, criminal mitment expected of a Luna par- The political and legislative expe- the programs encouraging His- community who are actively injustice assistant professor, was ticipant.” rience gained through the pro- panic students to become more volved in the legislative process the first to educate Valdez on the Larance Coleman, policy direc- gram is significant to potential involved in the political and leg- has further inspired her to conLuna program. Acknowledging tor for the criminal justice com- future leaders, Coleman said. islative process, but said there is tinue pursuits in public service. her leadership skills and consis- mittee, works closely with Valdez “You see the political plus the always a need for more opportuShe is currently in the process tent participation in programs on a daily basis. He said her work democratic process,” he said. nities to gain experience. of choosing a graduate school, has related to criminal justice, Su- in the committee office provides “The democratic process is al“It’s exciting that we were been accepted to the Lyndon B. pancic said he thought the Luna an important service to his staff ways not that pretty but it’s im- chosen and that such a program Johnson School of Public Affairs Scholars program would offer her and to the entire legislative sys- portant to participate.” exists because if it wasn’t for this at the University of Texas and to a great opportunity to continue tem. Recently, Valdez participated program, I wouldn’t be here, but the Bush School of Government her professional pursuits. “Since the world revolves in a program inviting high school at the same time you always want and Public Service at Texas A&M “Coupled with her solid leader- around documenting what hap- students to tour the Capitol to to see more,” Valdez said. University. Both schools have ofship and organizational abilities, pened, she has an extremely educate on the legislative proParticipating in the Luna fered her scholarships.

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member of the Nation of Islam, along with Malcolm X in the early 1970s, but said it was later in his life he truly found his calling to Allah. Since, he has become a well-known activist for Islamic faith in North America. “It was tempting to speak out at some points because the lecture was misconstrued from what the Bible says,” said Nathan Rowell, management sophomore. “It was very interesting though to hear about Jesus from an Islamic, and especially from a scholarly perspective.” In addition to giving information about the Islamic perspective of Jesus, Wahaj answered many questions from the predominately Christian audience about other aspects of the Muslim faith, including the topic of jihad. “(Muslims) have denounced terrorism so often and yet we are always being asked why we will not denounce it,” Wahaj said. “The media has to take responsibility in printing and publishing what we actually say.” Wahaj and members of the Muslim Student Association had to briefly leave the lecture for prayer, which members of the Islamic faith are required to participate in five times a day. Before they made their exit to pray, the audience watched an association member give the

call to prayer in Arabic. Samer Morad, the organization’s president, said he was very pleased with the outcome of the event. “It was beyond expectation,” said Morad, manufacturing engineering senior. “I appreciated that the audience was so respectful.” Wahaj agreed with Morad’s praise of audience etiquette. “I was blown away by this audience,” Wahaj said. “I fully expected to return to an empty lecture hall after the prayer but most stayed to continue the discussion. Especially when you consider that we are discussing something as sensitive as religion, they were incredibly generous.” Wahaj said he hopes the audience was able to take away knowledge of the Islamic impression of Jesus, in addition to a greater knowledge and respect of Islam in general. He stressed in his lecture the importance of sharing information between religions, rather than attempting to convert and participate in theological debate, which, Wahaj said, accomplishes nothing. “When I look around at people, I love that we’re all different and that there are different religions,” Wahaj said. “We’re not supposed to fight everyone. We need to realize at this late time in history the futility of trying to fight everyone.”

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such as Hillary Clinton and John McCain pulling in more contributions than the lesserknown contenders. “It’s definitely been kind of confusing who’s in the lead and who’s going to be the primary candidate on each side,” said Patty Fore, public relations junior. This early in the campaign, voters have to weed through the candidates and figure out what they stand for. C-SPAN’s bus tour is hoping to lure students to their channel for any news they might need. “I’m pretty bad about watching the news,” Roper said. “I watch CNN when I can and the Daily Show and Colbert Report.”


“How foolish we are to think those suffering over there don’t love their children just as much as we love our children,” he said. “We have this ridiculous concept that a life in Africa is not worth as much as a life over here.” Four guests who were from Sudan attended the lecture. “Darfur is a disaster in general,” said guest James Dogale. “Without help from the United States, it is not going to be solved. The president (of Darfur) needs to be moved.”


steps to seek treatment. Wenk said attendees would be provided with a list of referrals that the organization provides on a regular basis. According to the National Alcohol Screening Day Web site, some signs of a possible alcohol abuse problem include: drinking to calm nerves, guilt about drinking, unsuccessful attempts to cut down, lying about or hiding drinking habits and needing to drink increasingly greater amounts in order to achieve a desired affect. Cohen said people should not feel embarrassed about participating and that others are not go-

ing to know whether someone is at the library to check out a book or to go in the room and get information for a loved one. “Our staff members are caring professionals who genuinely want to help those in need of assistance,” Wenk said. “Also, individuals who might be struggling with an alcohol problem risk greater embarrassment by ignoring the problem, which might result in them alienating friends and family members and possibly losing their jobs.” Cohen said another purpose of the day was to give possible alcohol abusers’ friends and loved ones an opportunity to get more information.

“Alcohol abuse can affect all facets of the lives of the friends and family of the drinker,” said Judy Row, director of Texas State’s Alcohol and Drug Resource Center. “How it affects each situation is as different as the drinker, but there are some commonalities.” Row said the drinker’s friends and family worry about the heavy drinker each time they leave, what the drinker will be like when they come home, if they come home and about the financial burden often placed on the family from the drinker. “The emotional toll and instability for friends and family is large,” she said.



This inquisitive male Border Collie and Shih Tzu mix will remain an ideal size for life in a college apartment or duplex. Contact the San Marcos Animal Shelter at (512) 393–8340 for information on adopting this, or other animals.

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Misguided message By Clara Cobb The University Star When watching rap videos, one theme has been prevalent: Bling. Rap music depicts a lifestyle and message for its consumers in the mainstream media, but its roots and underlying theme are less concerned with the idea of literally putting your money where your mouth is by glittering teeth with a grill. Greg Williams is more commonly known as “Chief” when he is performing with San Marcos’s hip-hop collective, Word Association. He believes while rap music can be culturally motivated, the goal of it is strictly to entertain. “Mainstream rap is more of a diversion from the political climate,” Williams said. “It used to be the unheard were represented by the hip hop community, but it’s not that way anymore.” The music business is just that — a business — which needs income to survive, he said. As an artist, he knows sales, not stereotypes, drive the industry. “Mainstream has just latched onto what’s the easiest to package,” Williams said. What that package generally includes, according to HIPHOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, both a film and a community campaign, is a lone hero, or warrior, who has achieved strength or success. While Williams recognizes stereotypes prevalent in the culture, he said those symbols have always been a part of hip-hop. “I don’t think (rap music) ever wanted to get rid of stereotypes,” he said. “(It) just wanted to give a voice to minorities and offer a different perspective. The things in mainstream rap have always been in rap music — fast cars, women, jewelry.” These images, he said, are what are most prevalent in mainstream rap culture, but the genre and the lifestyle was not always about the bling. “(Rap) used to be more aware and balanced,” Williams said. “People who were trying to bring awareness to problems in the community used to get equal time.” He said he would like to see the culture more accurately represented. “I have political beliefs, but I don’t feel the need to use my music for that,” Williams said. “My goal is to show the whole spectrum of the culture.” Jesse Silva is a student development specialist at Multicultural Student Affairs office. He said unemployment and health insurance are issues represented through hip-hop music. “In general, what we see with hip-hop culture generally represents minority struggles with

Hip-hop’s perpetuation of stereotypes

Armando Sanchez/Star file photo FINDING AN AUDIENCE: Valin Zamarron, pre-mass communication junior, shoots a hip-hop video for his single “Locally Unknown” June 24 at Emo’s in Austin. Major brand hip-hop sales rely heavily on stereotypes to sell records, while many smaller artists use political stances to help drive sales.

poverty,” he said. “It is a resilient answer to the majority.” He said Sean “P. Diddy” Combs best illustrated the roots of rap music, which include raising community involvement and awareness for social change, in the “Vote or Die” campaign. “Normally, when it comes to underground, you have a political culture,” Silva said. “(In the) mainstream, like on BET or MTV, of course you’re going to see very misogynistic rappers. Most rappers are men and women are shown as submissive subordinates. That misrepresents how we are.” Silva believes it maybe one reason why disease is rampant. “I think one of the reasons why STDs and AIDS and preg-

nancy are prevalent is because (rap videos) promote promiscuity,” he said. In HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, experts in rap culture take an “in-depth look at representations of manhood, sexism and homophobia,” according to its Web site www. The campaign and film assert the idea men in hip-hop culture are depicted with a violent image of masculinity. According to the Web site, “Many major-label rap music videos go one step further, reenacting—and thus normalizing— extreme sexism and violence as the day-to-day lived experience of a male rap star.” Jackson Katz, an educator

and leading anti-sexist male activist who appears in the film, is scheduled to be on campus this month. Williams said regardless of the message in rap music, it is the responsibility of the listener to interpret and consume the music culture correctly. “You can find something that’s a reflection of what you are,” he said. “You don’t have to feel like just because something’s put out there, that’s what you have to be.” Finding ‘what you are’ is not a philosophy Williams takes lightly. “If you have something to say and enough drive, you can get out there and be heard,” he said.

Organic farming hardly contemporary, always healthy By Maira Garcia The University Star Texas organic farming isn’t completely about saving the planet, but more about one’s own health, according to some growers. Clyde Scott, who owns the organic farm Scott Arbor in Seguin, said it was ultimately his family and own health concerns that inspired him to go organic in 1974. “I’m not the typical, hippie-liberal that’s into organic,” he said. “A lot of people are. I’m a very conservative Texan. I got into organic originally because I didn’t like handling poisons.” Scott said he has asthma, which is why he didn’t want to expose himself to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. He said he didn’t want his wife Ellan Scott and two children, who have helped him run the farm, exposed to the chemicals either. “When (farmers administer) these things, people wear space suits,” he said. “We go out here in a T-shirt and a pair of khakis, with nothing on our heads.” Patience and time were the keys to Scott Arbor’s success, according to Scott, while adhering to sustainable agriculture principles. “Once I committed to no (chemical) fertilizers and kelp fertilizers (instead), no poisons whatsoever — it’s like a religion. You either do it, believe in it or you don’t.”

Just when a farmer thinks everything is figured out, Scott said nature will change on you. He said the best way to deal with changes is to try to react with it. By listening, observing and discovering clever tools from other farmers, even commercial ones, Scott Arbor has been successful, he said. “Nature is like a circle. Indians believed in this and a lot of ancient cultures have,” Scott said. “We have become so modern in the United States, we think we can control everything. We don’t have that ability, but things do go in cycles.” Jimma Byrd works as the Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association region four director. The region encompasses south central Texas. Byrd said organic farming is more labor-intensive than conventional farming. However, the benefits of having chem-

ical-free food outweigh the work, according to Byrd, who has an organic farm in San Saba. “It’s an information-rich technology, where you have to know how to control your weeds and pests through mechanical methods or through crop rotation and planning,” she said. Byrd said techniques such as laying down mulch instead of just spreading fertilizers builds soil fertility. “We’ve known for a long time some of the chemicals that we use are not good for us,” Byrd said. “I think some people are choosing it for their own personal health, but I think many people are choosing it for the health of the planet.” While organic farming is a sustainable agriculture that helps the Earth, Scott said what is important to remember is how more concentrated poisons affect people. As farmers use more chemi-

cals, the more immune insects become. “They have to use stronger and stronger poisons and farmers become more and more in jeopardy,” Scott said. “Quite frequently, if you check the death records in Geronimo and places that are true farming communities, you’ll find a lot of men in those communities who died in their 40s and 50s with liver problems.”

CASA volunteers provide care, consistency for area abused, neglected children By Ashley Wilrich The University Star Every day, children experience abusive situations and are forced to be taken away from their guardian. Some of these children are moved many times, without having a permanent home. Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Central Texas extends throughout Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays Counties. The organization assigns advocates to children who have been taken out of abusive or unhealthy situations. Volunteers are appointed by a judge and assigned a specific child to look after. Norma Castilla-Blackwell, executive director of CASA of Central Texas, works along with the rest of the staff to ensure volunteers are well trained and able to make a difference in the child’s life. “We advocate for abused children in the court system, by recruiting, training and supporting community volunteers,” Blackwell said. The CASA volunteer is always present at the assigned child’s hearing to keep the judge up to date about their situation and progress. CASA volunteers must be at least 21 years old and go through extensive training to learn about dealing with the different cases. “The potential volunteers have to go through two background checks, an interview by the volunteer coordinator and 40 hours of training,” Blackwell said. They must be prepared to deal with situations such as abuse or neglect. The training covers what it means to be a volunteer, the court system and CASA’s role in

the court. Blackwell said the volunteer must learn to understand children and families, the out of home placement process and the role of child protective services. Potential volunteers are given the opportunity to hear from a current advocate, who explains the importance of CASA. After going through the training, the volunteer must observe in court to see how the actual process works. When the volunteer becomes an advocate, they are assigned a child to watch over. These volunteers stay with the children throughout the time they are placed in foster care, and up until they are adopted. Debbie Haynes, volunteer coordinator, interviews and selects the new advocates. The volunteers must visit with the child’s foster parents to see how they are doing in a new household and with the children’s teachers to ensure the educational needs are being met. Haynes said they visit with the child’s neighbors and doctors as well. According to the media kit given to potential volunteers, the advocates offer the children what no one else can: consistency and continuity in the midst of all the chaos. When a child is up for adoption, the CASA volunteers are present at the court case along with caseworkers and attorneys. CASA recently organized a 5k marathon, Speak up for Kids. “The marathon raised awareness and money for CASA,” Blackwell said. “It was also the first to kick off a series of marathons around Texas.” The staff of CASA has also begun to plan for their annual fundraising dinner event Oct. 13.

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Source: National Data Analysis System Issue Brief, Jan. 2006

✯ FYI The Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association is a non-profit organization that promotes organic grows and serves as a directory.To find organic food and farmers in your area, visit Scott Arbor is a certified organic farm in Seguin. The Scott family sells their produce online at and Saturdays at the Austin Farmer’s Market at 4th and Guadalupe Streets.


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CBS hires Lou Dobbs for morning Graffiti finds a home at Penn State hot-topic commentary, discussion By Megan McKeever Daily Collegian (Penn State)

By Gail Shister The Philadelphia Inquirer Already seen seven nights a week at 6 p.m. on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, big Lou will add CBS’s The Early Show to his portfolio, the Eye announced Tuesday. Dobbs will do live, weekly commentaries on the set between 7 and 8 a.m. Topics will include his hot-button troika: immigration, public education and free trade. “I think it will be fun,” said Dobbs, 61, who has a one-year deal. “I’m doing what I love to do. They want me to express my views. As you know, I’m never reticent to do that.” Steve Friedman, head of CBS’s morning news broadcasts, said he reached out to Dobbs after ABC announced in January that it had signed CNN Headline News’ Glenn Beck as a contributor to Good Morning America. “I basically said, ‘I wonder if Lou Dobbs would be interested?’” Friedman said. “Lou and I have known each other for years. They talked to us. We

talked to them. We made the deal.” While there’s no corporate synergy here — Time Warner owns CNN, Viacom pulls the strings at CBS — Dobbs’ crossover is not without precedent. CNN poster boy Anderson Cooper does at least five pieces a year for CBS’s 60 Minutes. Ever the statesman, Friedman can’t resist taking a shot at No. 2 GMA and Beck, who has yet to make an appearance since his Jan. 9 hiring, according to an ABC rep. “I don’t believe in amorphous signings,” Friedman said. “If you’re in the family, you can’t come on occasionally. You have to have a regular spot.” Dobbs said his Tuesday commentaries will be at least a minute in length, followed by chats with anchors Harry Smith, Hannah Storm, Julie Chen and Russ Mitchell. Friedman doesn’t expect Dobbs to be all-immigration- allthe-time. “We want a wide, varied Lou. He can talk about money, politics and other issues,” he said. “Quite frankly, now that we’re

into 14-year presidential campaigns, he can talk about that, too.” For Friedman, it’s a win-win for both sides. “We’re his morning job. His night job remains the same,” he said. “He gets to look at a new audience. We get to use his persona to attract a new audience. He’s great TV.” For Dobbs, there’s no downside, either. “I’m working with good people and talking to more viewers in a different platform,” Dobbs said. “It’s as good as it gets.” Well, except for the hours. Not exactly a morning person, Dobbs, who lives on a 300acre horse farm in North Jersey, will stay overnight in New York on Mondays so he won’t have to commute. “Lou get up early?” Friedman said with a laugh. “I don’t think he’s up at 3:45, jogging around Manhattan.” “If you define grouchy as not talking to me before I’ve had my morning coffee, then I’m grouchy,” Dobbs said. “Fortunately, my wife’s always nice enough to bring me a cup.”

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Graffiti with a positive message — this is what Penn State University-area business owner Simon Hawk said he will provide along with a public area for graffiti with a permanent anti-sweatshop message. Hawk said he will be working with Penn State graduate student Olivia Guevara, who was accused of chalking anti-sweatshop messages on campus buildings. “It seemed like she had a message to get out there and that we were in similar situations,” Hawk said. Guevara said Hawk is the artist, and she will just be helping out with the message. “What is important for us is getting our issues across,” Guevara said. She said she hopes the community will understand the art is a way to get out opinions and feelings. The public graffiti area will be located at Hawk’s store in University Park. The wall will be split into two sections — the top section will have a permanent message “commenting on recent collegiate sweatshop labor issue,” Hawk

said. The bottom section will be open for any community member to display artwork. “The wall is going to be conveying messages and not just randomness, which is what people associate graffiti with,” he said. Hawk said he plans to take pictures or video to show the wall’s progression, adding that he will also be polling community members to get their reaction. He then plans to take the pictures and community opinions and present them to the State College Borough Council. Hawk has voiced opposition to the council regarding the ordinance and had planned to petition the members for a community space where graffiti would be permissible. Hawk said he will not be petitioning the council for an opengraffiti space, but he would like to show graffiti can be a positive thing. “I believe that allowing individuals and private parties to create public works of art is not only a viable solution but completely legal,” Hawk said in an e-mail to the Collegian. The council had been discussing plans for a graffiti removal ordinance, requiring private

property owners to remove graffiti from their property within 14 days of notification. They amended the ordinance, lengthening the removal period to 30 days in the summer and 90 days in the winter, and recently the council enacted the ordinance in a 4-3 vote. Elizabeth Goreham, College Borough councilwoman, said she received several e-mails from community members professing their support for the enactment of the ordinance. Goreham said most businesses work hard to keep their property clean, therefore there should not be a problem enforcing non-compliant owners to clean their property. Ron Filippelli, College Borough councilman, opposed the “ordinance in a search of a problem,” adding that it is unfair to penalize the victim. “I don’t have a problem getting ahead of a problem,” said Don Hahn, College Borough councilman. Cathy Dauler, College Borough council president, said she had “no difficulty supporting (the ordinance),” adding that she believed the council has done enough research to construct a “reasonable ordinance.”

Hanson strives to raise AIDS awareness with new release By Alison Daly The Daily Athenaeum (West Virginia U.)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — “I find hope and it gives me rest/ I find hope in a beating chest/ Have no fear when the waters rise/ We can conquer this great divide.” In an estimate at the end of 2006, an astounding 39.5 million people were living with HIV/AIDS. In 2006 alone, AIDS claimed roughly 2.9 million lives, adding onto the death toll of 25 million since 1981. Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson — now 26, 24 and 21, respectively — enjoyed young stardom with their bubblegum hit “MMMBop.” Now they are trying to help spread AIDS awareness. Nicolas khayat/Abaca Press Hanson traveled to Africa recently to record their newest re- A NEW CAUSE: The band Hanson announces the formation of their own label, 3CG Records, Oct. lease, “Great Divide.” The band 1, 2003 at the Bottom Line club in New York City. Hanson has moved on to helping promote AIDS strung up some microphones in awareness with their new release Great Divide. a Mozambique orphanage cafeteria and recorded the track. The rica. The Hanson brothers also play to help the fight against “The idea came up that we song was backed by the hospital’s designed a T-shirt, sold on Han- AIDS. should go over there and record,” children singing “ngi ne themba” for $25 to go toward the “We wanted to understand the Hanson said. “When we started — “I have hope.” hospital. real depth and breadth of what is recording with these kids, it just The song is available on iTunes Zac Hanson said that the deci- being faced over there,” he said became so apparent that we had for $0.99 with all proceeds going sion to go to Africa came as they in a phone interview. to talk about this experience and to the Perinatal HIV Research were finishing writing the song. He said they were not exactly use (the song). That was the way Unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath He said they wanted to go to see sure what they were going to do we could do something, at least Hospital in Soweto, South Af- if there was some role they could with the song “Great Divide.” to start off with.”

He said the band is not jumping on the help Africa bandwagon being followed by A-list celebrities. “It could seem disingenuous for so many people when you see just another artist (talking about Africa),” Zac Hanson said. “(But) we’re not sitting on Oprah talking about AIDS and what we’ve done. We’ve done almost nothing.” Zac Hanson said fans approached him at concerts to tell him of ways they’re starting to talk about AIDS — whether it is through holding a seminar or writing college papers about it. “They’re making these small little differences that, in the end, are what affects the end result,” he said. Hanson said college students are the important ones to talk to about AIDS awareness. “It’s really important to tell people, ‘Hey guess what, AIDS is relevant in this country,”‘ he said. He said Tulsa, Okla. — where he and his brothers call home — has the third-highest per-capita cases of AIDS in the country. Zac Hanson said the band has big plans for the future in its campaign to fight AIDS, although he declined to comment more about

those plans, simply saying there will be a couple of “really big things” happening by this time next year. Hanson’s new record, The Walk, which Zac Hanson calls the “capstone for the last 10 years,” is due in stores May 22. It’s a record that meshes all the early influences of Hanson with the new influences, he said, adding that this is the first album the band has completely made and released totally on its own. The entire album was recorded “off the floor” — recording everything as if they were playing a live concert — to give it the extra vibe, according to Zac Hanson. “It’s a record about life and decisions and about hope, and I think hopefully that rings true when people listen to the songs on the record,” he said. “We feel like we finally did what we intended to do,” he said. Whether it’s out trying to promote its new music or out trying to promote AIDS awareness, Hanson hopes people will at least listen to the latter. “There’s so many incredible needs out there, and we want to do something passionately and with vigor,” Zac Hanson said. “(We want to) put our whole selves into it and do anything we can.”


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✯ THE BEST PART OF WAKING UP ISN’T THAT CUP OF COFFEE problems with getting it Do I have a grin on on before the break of my face? Trust me dawn. Morning breath, when I tell you it’s not sleepiness and lack of from the recent “A” on desire can ruin even the my speech assignment. best attempts. FortuRather, a morning romp nately, most of these are through the sheets made this girly smile. ANNA TAUZIN easily overcome. For example, start Guys, by now you’re Star Columnist keeping a stick or two familiar with the mornof chewing gum on your nighting wood issue. By issue, I stand. When you wake up, just mean it’s there, every morning, pop it in your mouth before you like clockwork, begging you to lean over to kiss your partner. If put its desires to rest. Mother you forget that, just avoid french Nature, trickster that she is, kissing. Focus your kisses on set women’s hormones to peak your partner’s shoulders or at nighttime. Luckily, humans back, neck and legs. No mintydon’t (and shouldn’t) live and die by their hormonal desires. It freshness required. You can also keep a stash just takes a little adjusting. of baby wipes near the bed to Having sex in the morning is easily the best way to start your freshen your face or nether reday. It relaxes and energizes you gions if you feel the need. The biggest hurdle for at the same time. Before fully couples seems to be physiologiawake, your mind isn’t filled cal. Men are more inclined to with all the day-to-day thoughts want sex in the morning than yet, which may give you a women. Dr. Sheldon Marks, a chance to enjoy pure sexual sensation that much more. Plus, men’s health expert on WebMD, explained, “Testosterone levels it feels like carrying around a naughty little secret with you all cycle between highs and lows day. Hence the smile I’m talking throughout the day, typically peaking between 8 and 10 a.m.” about. For gay couples, this isn’t a Of course, there are some

problem. For lesbian and heterosexual couples, however, getting your woman in the right mood can be challenging. The last thing a woman wants in the morning is a penis wagging in her face, desperate for attention. That is a huge, let me emphasize, huge turn off. Instead, reach over and gently rub your lady’s skin; caress and appreciate her body. Morning sex is about lazy sensuality, not marathon pump action. You’ll know pretty quickly if she’s up for it or not. Ladies, heed my advice from earlier, but also take control of your hormones if morning sex is something you’d like to give your partner. Wear sexy underwear to bed. Start masturbating in the morning to get your body used to the time change. A nifty little trick is to talk dirty to your lover at night but refrain follow through. Chances are you’ll be all over each other by morning. Anna Tauzin is a mass communication junior. Send your sex and relationship questions to © Pappocom

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he Men Against Violence organization held a daylong rally March 27 calling for awareness of the commonality of violence, especially on college campuses. Recent statisticians indicate more light needs to be shed on this issue. In Texas, family violence incidents increased 3.1 percent from 2004 to 2005, and according to the Texas Council on Family Violence, rates are not expected to decrease. A 3.1 percent difference accounts for 5,000 victims. In 2005, the Texas Department of Public Safety reported 75 percent of victims of family violence were female and among those, a majority were 20 to 24-year-olds. The largest group of family violence offenders is 20 to 24-year-olds. That is our generation, Texas State students. Violence is not a problem that escapes college campuses. Violence is something that has come to be ignored, or even worse, accepted in our society. We wear clothes associated with domestic violence. How many people can say they don’t have a “wife-beater” in their wardrobe? Unless of course you are Avril Lavigne and Haylie Duff, who in 2005 wore tank tops that read “Boy Beater,” which has since become equally accepted terminology. In the event Lavigne and Duff were trying to make a social statement, which is highly unlikely, the women were doing nothing more than contributing to the problem. Violence is violence. Violence is a man too scared to speak up about being sexually assaulted because he doesn’t want his masculinity put into question. Violence is a woman being told she won’t survive without the man in her life. Violence is a boy being told he’s too stupid to do anything right. Violence is a majority of Texans blaming victims for their abuse. Violence is one in every five Hispanic Texas females being forced to have sex against their will, as reported by the Texas Council on Family Violence. Most of all, violence is people not using their voices to help solve and prevent this rampant social disease. According to the Family Violence Statewide poll, 75 percent of Texans said they would call the police if they were victims of domestic violence. Only 20 percent actually do. Violence is preventable. Organizations like Men Against Violence will change the face of a society unsure of and intimidated by this issue. A group advocating no tolerance for violence is something long overdue. The University Star would like to thank Men Against Violence and all who take part in the organization. Education and awareness is the only way to solve this problem and change the minds of a nation where individuals find violence acceptable. Here’s to you, Men Against Violence. You are a rising star of our university.


Men’s organization sheds light on violence in society

Letters to the Editor Star reporter mistaken about Sallie Mae Re: “Proposed budget plan cuts trillions from lending program,” Feb. 22 Sounds like Paul Rangel swallowed Sallie Mae’s line — hook and all. My “affordable” student loans have been consolidated without my knowledge or consent by Sallie Mae at a “competitive” nine percent interest. My original loan amount of $26,000 is now approaching $69,000. It’ll never be paid off, and very soon my credit will be ruined. For another side to the story, and before any more students sign up with Sallie Mae, go to For a look at our student loan dollars at work, take a look at their CEO’s house beautiful at article?AID=/20070318/ LIVING02/703180341 Elizabeth Baird Grand Junction, Colo.

Wealthy residents hardly deserving of volunteer work

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I have attended Bobcat Build for the last three years, but this year takes the cake as far as ridiculousness goes. Whereas in the last two years we were able to help out the San Marcos ISD elementary school and a local preschool, this year my group helped out a woman who had a hired maid working in her house at the time. This was not community service, but was free labor for a wealthy member of the San Marcos community. We heard of reports of others working at mansions on Belvin Street washing windows. Why do people who can obviously afford, or actually have, hired help need students working for free to do their yard work? San Marcos has a whole community of people living right at or below the poverty line on the south side of town, with numerous sites for students to help the community where it cannot afford such work. Instead numerous students were wasting their valuable time on the rich and wellconnected people of San Marcos. The Bobcat Build site selection committee should be ashamed of its efforts. Eric Heggie international relations senior

University funding out of politically apathetic students’ hands With college students’ pletely bare with few lack of interest in polistatues’ nameplates. tics, politicians in turn You walk into class have a disinterest in and sit at a 20-year old college students. Simply desk that hardly holds put, that is why tuition your notebook and increases continue to be pen and squeaks every problematic for Texas STEPHANIE SILVAS time you move. And as public universities and your lecturer begins Star Columnist colleges. teaching, you realize Imagine driving up to the you should have stayed in bed, stadium in the morning to because you haven’t learned catch the bus for your first anything in the past three class and finding a run-down months. building with paint chipped off When you first began looking the walls. You get on a bus that at Texas State brochures and has no air conditioning and Web sites your junior year of torn seats. Your stop has no high school, did you first look benches or landscaping. As you at tuition prices rather than walk to your first class, you trip The Stallions in The Quad, over a crack in the sidewalk, the ponds around the Theatre which is nearly impossible to Building or the Flowers Hall miss since The Quad is commural?

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Of course not. You were attracted to Texas State because of all the facilities and services it provides. Tuition hikes cover all those amenities and without them, universities would not get the recruitment needed to keep the school afloat. We all want our college education to be affordable, but we cannot blame the university or the board of regents. Their job is to do what is best for the Texas State system. The system needs good professors and quality curriculum to remain competitive against other universities. And to do so requires dollars. The only thing the board can do is increase tuition and fees when the system’s total operat-

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ing budget for 2007 is $748 million and the state appropriation for the system for 2007 is $316 million, according to the Texas State University System’s Web site. Aside from grants, contracts and gifts, the university has no other way to supplement tuition costs for students. It could increase financial aid to offset tuition. But wait. What about students who don’t qualify? Where are they supposed to get money to increase financial aid? I know. The university could cap tuition. But how will it pay for all those amenities we love? If the university cannot get students to come here, there will be no Texas State. Tuition should be frozen for

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students so they pay the same amount each semester until graduation. But sooner or later, tuition may be increased. So although it may be a temporary fix for the first few classes, in years to come, students will begin to feel the strain. The only solution is to make a voice for us. Funding for higher education is not a priority for legislators. They may say it is, but universities statewide are headlining newspapers with tuition increases. Even Texas A&M University is expected to increase tuition by 13 percent, The Associated Press reported. Legislators need to know that college students are constituents as well as 65-year olds. And the only way stu-

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ALL BILLS PAID. Student property. Call today!, (512) 878-2233. NOW PRE-LEASING FOR MAY ‘07 AND AUGUST ‘07. Call Apartment Experts, (512) 805-0123. AWESOME DEAL! 2BD/2BA, 974 SQ. FT. $696. w/d included. Apartment Experts, (512) 805-0123. ALL BILLS PAID! 1, 2, 3, 4 bedrooms available. w/d included. Walk to school. Apartment Experts, (512) 805-0123. ASAP MOVE-INS! 1BD, $425; 2BD, $500; 3BD, $650. Great Locations, (512) 878-2233. MOVE-IN TODAY!!! $785 2BD/2.5BA townhouse, 3 blks. from TSU. Free HBO, free Road Runner, full size w/d, SMALL, CLEAN AND QUIET COMMUNITY. for floor plans and prices. (512) 396-4181. PERFECT ROOMMATE DESIGN, bus route, includes, w/d. Great Locations, (512) 878-2233. $785 PRE-LEASE NOW FOR 5/20 OR 8/20. 2/2.5 townhouse, 3 blks. from TSU. Free HBO, free Road Runner, full Size w/d, small, clean and quiet community. for floor plans and prices. (512) 396-4181. FURNISHED 4BD/4BA STUDENT PROPERTY. Great price! Great Locations, (512) 878-2233. MAKE $150 FOR USING MY FREE REALTOR SERVICES TO FIND YOUR NEXT APARTMENT. CALL AARON JOHNSON (713) 294-3330. CHAMPIONS REAL ESTATE GROUP. LARGE 1BD WITH HUGE WALK IN CLOSET!, (512) 878-2233. 1BD/1BA AVAILABLE! Water paid., (512) 878-2233. HUGE 2BD/2BA 810 sq. ft. for $575/mo., beautiful pool and private patios. Contact Apartments To Go for more information, (512) 353-3733. DUPLEXES AVAILABLE at Great Locations, (512) 878-2233.

FOUR PLEX APT available now, $525/mo., $150 deposit. 2BD/1BA, 1,000sq.ft., shuttle route, Paul (512) 557-0305 or (512) 353-7367. APARTMENTSTOGO.COM. Free list of apartment prices and amenities or visit our office on The Square! (512) 353-FREE. GREAT DEAL! $499, all bills paid, with full size washer/dryer. Close to campus. ATG (512) 353-3733. 1BD OR 2 BD. Great view, spacious loft, washer & dryer. Great Locations, (512) 878-2233. 4BD/4BA, $350 A MONTH. Internet/ cable w/ HBO/phone/trash pd. Apartment Experts, (512) 805-0123. $575, 2BD/2BA, 810 SQ. FT. $200 OFF 1st month rent. Apartment Experts, (512) 805-0123. ASAP MOVE-INS. Call Great Locations, (512) 878-2233. BEAUTIFUL 2BD/1BA in downtown San Marcos with parking. Call (830) 609-6162 or (830) 832-4914.

3BD/3.5BA ON TSU BUS ROUTE, W/D included, big backyards., (512) 878-1792. 2BD/2BA DUPLEX AVAILABLE NOW! Large living area & backyard., (512) 878-1792. SPACIOUS 3BD/3BA in small apartment community, very private. PRIME PMC, (512) 878-2233. $765 2BD/2BA DUPLEX, 3 BLKS. FROM TSU. Pre-leasing for 5/20 or 8/20. Free HBO, Road Runner, full size w/d, SMALL, CLEAN & QUIET COMMUNITY. for floor plans and prices. (512) 396-4181 3BD/2.5BA w/ walk-in closets & w/d included. PRIME PMC, (512) 878-2233. DUPLEX-3BD/2.5BA/2 CAR GARAGE on bus route, w/d, $1,050/mo., pets ok. Call (512) 587-7559. FOR LEASE 2BD/2BA DUPLEX APARTMENT at 911 Allen St. in San Marcos. Carport, fenced backyard, pets allowed, $775/mo. Available June 1. Call Steve at (830) 832-5644. SPACIOUS 3BD/2.5BA with garage & W/D., (512) 878-1792. SPACIOUS 3BD/2.5BA w/ garage, w/d included. Great Locations, (512) 878-2233. 3BD/3BA AVAILABLE NOW! $800/month. (512) 878-1792. AVAILABLE NOW! 3BD/3BA, cable, W/D included. Great Locations, (512) 878-2233. 334 CRADDOCK. 3BA/2BA REDUCED to $900/mo. On the shuttle route. Visit and call Legacy (512) 665-3321. AVAILABLE NOW! 3BD/3BA, w/d included, cable & trash paid., (512) 878-1792. DUPLEX. 2BD/1BA. Fenced yard, peaceful neighborhood, near campus. (512) 558-1445.

FOR RENT-APTS NOW PRE-LEASING-2,3 and 4 bedrooms apartments, condos, duplexes and houses. Great Locations, (512) 878-2233. MAY SPECIALS, PRE-LEASE NOW! Most bills paid, Great Locations, (512) 878-2233. BEST PRICE! Large 4BD/2BA with wood floors. Great Locations, (512) 878-2233. 2BD/1BA. $750, walking distance to campus! Great Locations, (512) 878-2233.

FOR RENTCONDO/TOWNHOMES 2BD/1.5BA PET FRIENDLY TOWNHOMES! $575-$625. Great Locations, (512) 878-2233. $785 PRE-LEASE NOW FOR 5/20 OR 8/20. 2BD/2.5BA townhouse, 3 blks. from TSU. Free HBO, free Road Runner, full Size w/d, SMALL, CLEAN & QUIET COMMUNITY. for floor plans and prices. (512) 396-4181.

FOR RENT-DUPLEX 3BD/3.5 BA/2 CAR GARAGE duplex, on shuttle, first month half off, pets ok, w/d included. (512) 587-2660. 316 CRADDOCK. 3BD/2BA available in May for $875. Visit and call Legacy (512) 665-3321. 2BD/1BA FOURPLEX with w/d connections, clean. Only $500. Great Locations, (512) 878-2233.

FOR RENT-DUPLEX 2BD/1BA AVAILABLE NOW! Newly remodeled, great neighborhood. PRIME PMC, (512) 878-2233.

FOR RENT-HOUSES 3BD/2BA HOUSES FOR RENT-Kyle and San Marcos. Great Locations, (512) 878-2233. 3BD/2BA HOME AVAILABLE ASAP! Great neighborhood, 1,600 sq. ft. PRIME PMC, (512) 878-2233. 3BD/2.5BA AVAILABLE IN KYLE AREA, new house! PRIME PMC, (512) 878-2233. KYLE. 3BD/2.5BA/2 LIVING PLUM CREEK. New school, parks, & pools. Two-story, 1,750 sq. ft. Sm. pets OK. $1,100/mo. Mike (512) 695-6117. 2BD/1BA HOME ON 5 ACRES. 6 miles south of San Marcos, $600/mo. plus deposit. Call (512) 357-6271 or (830) 660-0787. 2BD/1BA, CENTRAL AIR AND HEAT. Fenced backyard. $625/mo. Available now. (512) 396-1717.

FOR SALE 3BD/2BA MOBILE HOME in the Saddlebrook Mobile Home Park. $37,500. Call (254) 876-3205 or (254) 749-5984.

HELP WANTED WIMBERLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH seeking Christ-centered person for Youth Director. 20 hr./wk. Three years exp. in a structured youth program preferred. Contact Zula Haight, (512) 847-1694. SEMEN DONORS NEEDED! $150 per specimen, healthy college students age 18-39. For application go to COMPUTER SAVVY INDIVIDUAL NEEDED part-time in local gynecologist office. 6-10 hrs./wk., $8 hr. Female preferred. (512) 396-4837.

HELP WANTED SPORTS SPONSORSHIP SALES. Do you love helping athletes succeed, enjoy working with schools, booster clubs, putting unique fundraising projects together? Call Joe, (409) 988-1836. GET INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE IN A MANUFACTURING FACILITY. Now Hiring: Entry Level Extruder Machine Operators for 2nd Shift. Duties: Operate all equipment related to the manufacturing of flexible hose and tubing. Record keeping required for traceability, inspection and inventory control. Assemble, clean and disassemble crosshead, extracting, and cleaning screw during routine cleaning and change-overs. Monitor inventory levels of raw materials used in process. Required Skills: HS diploma or GED, ability to operate or be trained to operate forklift and pass forklift operation training, great attention to detail, mechanically inclined, punctual and dependable. Starting Pay: $9.00-$10.00/hour depending on experience. Schedule: 2nd shift (3pm-11pm) Apply in person or send resume to: Flex Tech Hose and Tubing, Inc., 1100 Civic Center Loop, San Marcos, TX. 78666. Attn: Mic Grogan, or e-mail resume to HIRING PT INDIVIDUAL TO RUN AUDIO/VISUAL EQUIPMENT during events at private ranch in Creedmoor. Must have A/V exp. and be 18 or older. $10 to start. Must be able to work Fridays and Saturdays. E-mail resume to Darla at EARN $250+MONTHLY AND MORE to type simple ads online. NOW HIRING: Audio Outlet of San Marcos is looking for energetic & outgoing persons. Call (512) 392-2886. ATHLETIC, OUTGOING MEN for calendars, greeting cards, etc. $75-200/hr. No exp. needed, (512) 684-8296.


Page 10 - The University Star HELP WANTED CONTINUED from page 9 OVERHEAD LINE WORK! Line Tech is now hiring all positions including A, B, and C lineman as well as foremans and operators. Employer providing new equipment, new tools and excellent pay and benefits. Employment opportunities available for complete crews. All inquiries please call (512) 321-6655. TEXAS HEALTH & RACQUET CLUB now hiring FT/PT. (512) 353-0789. BABYSITTER NEEDED FOR 3YR.OLD. Saturday & Sunday only 10a.m. to 8p.m. E-mail GRUENE GENERAL STORE. Full and part-time positions. Student flexible schedules available. Involves evenings & weekends. Friendly attitude a must. Apply in person @ 1610 Hunter Rd. in Gruene, or fax resume to (830) 629-5994. Call (830) 629-6021 for more information. HELP WANTED CANYON LAKE GOLF CLUB. (830) 899-3301 PETE’S DUELING PIANO BAR is seeking friendly, outgoing cocktail waitresses with big smiles and hardworking doormen. We are open and accepting applications Tues.-Sat. 6:30-8:30 at 421 E. Sixth St., Austin, Texas.



NANNY NEEDED for two children in the afternoons and this summer. Elem. Ed major preferred. Call Tamara at (512) 203-0810 or come by 217 E. Hopkins, Pedal Power Bicycles to fill out application. THE TAP ROOM is now accepting applications for kitchen help. We offer a competitive salary, great perks and a fun working environment. Interested parties should apply in person at The Tap Room after 3 p.m. SEASONAL ADMIN ASSIST. Now thru mid Sept. Requires knowledge of Excel & strong cust. serv. skills. Email resume to: HELP WANTED AT ROSE GARDEN. Please apply in person. Call (512) 805-0880. LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENTS WANTED for the #1 apartment locating service in San Marcos, Apartment Experts. Full and Part time available. Call Greg at (512) 805-0123. TIRED OF GOING TO CLASS? Start Your Very Own Online Business Today! SUMMER CAMP JOBS ON LAKE TRAVIS. Salary, room & board provided. Experience not necessary, love of children essential and willingness to learn camp life required. Contact or (512) 264-1044.

NEEDED: AN EDUCATION MAJOR to care for a 18-month-old and threeyear-old. Willing to work around your school schedule if it fits into our needs. Prefer experience in Montessori Method but willing to learn will count. Car required because home is in Kyle. Background check and references, one must be a professor, required. E-mail resume and references to

MISCELLANEOUS BOBCATSNEEDJOBS.COM. Paid Survey Takers needed in San Marcos. 100% FREE to join. Click on Surveys. I AM TRYING TO START A MEDITATION AND YOGA CLUB. Any students or possible advisers interested in helping make this happen please call Paul, (512) 366-2443.

ROOMMATES FEMALE LOOKING FOR MALE or female roommate to share 2BD/1BA apartment at Treehouse Apt. $282.50/mo. plus 1/2 utilites, 5 min. walk to campus, available ASAP. (512) 585-1322.

SERVICES MATH TUTOR. 1st hour free unless satisfied. Rates range from $18-$40/hr. Modest dress and responsible adult present required. David at (512) 659-0623 or WWW.STUDENTATTORNEY.COM

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 SERVICES

LEARN TO USE PHOTOSHOP, ILLUSTRATOR, DREAMWEAVER OR FLASH. Register 4/30-5/23 for ACC’s 11-week summer semester. Credit or CE classes – online or classroom. (512) 223-9266,

WANTED USED CARS, TRUCKS, VANS. Any condition, running or not. If you have something to sell please call Willis Mitchell. (512) 353-4511. THE UNIVERSITY STAR IS NOW HIRING! •NEWS REPORTERS Must be able to gather information, conduct interviews and come into the newsroom to have stories edited. •SPORTS WRITERS Must be able to attend games, interview coaches and players and come into newsroom to have stories edited. •SPORTS COLUMNIST Must be able to write interesting and entertaining columns about Bobcat Sports. •ENTERTAINMENT WRITERS Must be able to report on arts and entertainment events on campus and in Central Texas, conduct interviews and come into newsroom to have stories edited. •ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNISTS Must be able to write intelligent and interesting columns about arts and entertainment on campus and in Central Texas. •OPINIONS COLUMNISTS



Must be able to write well-organized and thought-provoking columns about on-campus and local happenings. •COMIC ARTISTS Must be able to create a comic strip three days a week. •ILLUSTRATORS Must be able to work with the editorial staff to create editorial cartoons and story illustrations as well as bring original ideas to the table. •ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Create revenue by selling display ads and classified line ads. Includes servicing and renewing existing accounts as well as prospecting new accounts, work with customers to design ads, complete paperwork to insert ads and collect payments. Accepting applications for Summer 2007! •NEWS EDITOR The News section is composed of coverage of hard news, breaking news, advances and news features. Knowledge of city and university politics, developments and current events is required. An editor would be required to compile story ideas each week, manage 8-12 writers, edit stories and create weekly newsletters for staff writers and the editorial board. Must be proficient in AP style. •TRENDS EDITOR The Trends section includes features, coverage and advances on arts, music and entertainment in San Marcos and surrounding areas. The editor will be required to compile story ideas each week, manage 8-12 writers, edit stories and distribute weekly newsletters for writers and the editorial board. Must be proficient in AP style. •SPORTS EDITOR The Sports section provides coverage,

advances and features for of Texas State and local sports. Content includes news developments of and affecting Texas State athletics. The editor will be required to compile story ideas each week, manage 6-8 writers, edit stories and distribute weekly newsletters to writers and the editorial board. Must be proficient in AP style. •PHOTO EDITOR The photo editor will distribute photo assignments from all sections to 8-12 staff photographers, edit photos and cutlines, create photo illustrations and multimedia content for the Web site and distribute weekly newsletters to photographers and the editorial board. Must be proficient in Adobe Photoshop. •DESIGN EDITOR The design editor will head design for the newspaper each day of publication. The editor will manage 6-8 designers, create layouts and graphics, send pages to press each night and distribute weekly newsletters to designers and the editorial board. Must be proficient in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. •COPY DESK CHIEF The copy desk chief will act as head of the copy desk, which reads all stories prior to publication for factual and grammatical errors. Copy desk chief will manage 3-5 copy editors, be the liaison for the local stylebook and create weekly newsletters for copy editors and the editorial board. Must have proficient knowledge of grammar, spelling, punctuation and AP style. Pick up an application at the Trinity Building, or download one at

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