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County passes road resolution despite strife in the courtroom


By Kathy Martinez The University Star

Photos courtesy of Tom Nolan

Research teams uses modern technology to uncover WWI artifacts By David Rauf The University Star


research team led by Texas State doctoral candidate Thomas Nolan said they have unearthed the mystery of a heralded World War I battle site in a French village near Châtel-Chéhéry. By applying geographic information systems and global positioning satellite technology to

MAPPING HISTORY: Thomas Nolan (left) and Châtel Chêhêry Mayor Roland Destaney (center) listen as Damien Georges, a regional forester with France’s forest service, describes cultural features of the WWI battlefield area where Nolan and his team were preparing to map artifacts.

historic maps and primary documents, Nolan believes to have pinpointed the actual site of Sgt. Alvin York’s World War I heroics. As the sharpshooter of Company G, York’s marksmanship was responsible for killing 25 enemy troops and silencing a German machine gun, which culminated in the surrender of the entire German company. The site has been disputed since

Although accusations and refutations of unethical dealings between commissioners dominated much of the court discussion on Tuesday, a resolution to keep Brodie Lane open to thru-traffic eventually passed. The resolution, written by Commissioner Susie Carter, 3rd Precinct, was discussed by public residents in attendance to gain support from the commissioners. Kevin Cooper, Travis County resident, supported the resolution, saying that Brodie Lane is a road used by Travis and Hays county residents on a daily basis. Other supporters were concerned with the consequences of putting extra miles on their cars and higher gas charges they may incur because of the road closure, since the road is a direct travel route for Austin commuters. “I definitely support this resolution because it is a road that children use to get to school, and most importantly, a more efficient route for EMS services for residents in Hays County,” said Commissioner Russ Molenaar, 4th Precinct. Support to close the road was initially presented by Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty, 3rd precinct. Constituents who are in favor of closing the road cited traffic congestion problems in the residential areas surrounding Brodie Lane. “While this may help some citizens, it is going to hurt more citizens in Travis and Hays County, and that would be the greater loss,” Carter said. In an e-mail sent out to various county residents in the courtroom, Carter accused Commissioner Will Conley, 4th precinct, and Hays County Judge Jim Powers of not supporting the resolution and accepting $375 toward Powers’ campaign from Daugherty to support his proposal. Both Powers and Conley denied Carter’s allegations. Conley said that he came to Carter after he found out about the resolution and was in complete support of it, and even met with Daugherty

See LEGEND, page 5

See ROAD, page 4

San Marcos electricity rates to drop as temperatures rise By Robert Best The University Star The Lower Colorado River Authority voted to cut electricity rates in Central and South Texas. The plan went into effect March 25 and includes 34 cities, eight electric cooperatives and one private utility. Thanks to the decline of natural gas prices, the wholesale rate will drop by 9 percent, according the LCRA Web site. LCRA

estimates that its customers will save a combined amount of about $60 million by the end of the year. The last time LCRA reduced its rates was January and June 2005. When natural gas prices rose in October, electricity rates increased as well. “After Hurricane Katrina, LCRA estimated that gas rates would increase by 35 percent,” said Kyle Dicke, customer relations manager for San Marcos

Electric Utility. “That didn’t happen, and LCRA was able to cut down its rates.” According to a press release, the price of natural gas has decreased by 30 percent since last year’s record highs. Residents who currently pay a monthly bill of $110.63 will pay $104.29 with the new plan. Beginning on May 1, the savings will be reflected in utility bills. “It won’t seem like a big dif-

ference after the first bill,” said Matt Hoffman, management junior. “Still, by the end of the year, I will save a significant amount of money.” LCRA ranks as the nation’s 11th largest public power producer, according to an American Public Power Association survey. LCRA says power from coal, hydroelectric, wind and natural gas sources has helped it keep its costs lower than most utilities across the state.

College Forward helps under-privileged high school students continue education By Nick Georgiou Special to the Star An Austin-based nonprofit educational organization recently announced partnership with Central Texas universities for a new program intended to help low-income high school students go to college. Texas State, along with the University of Texas and Huston-Tillotson University, are potential partners in the College Forward program. St. Edward’s University and Southwestern University have already joined. Admission Control, the educational organization that created College Forward, will be the lead agency in the partnership. “We’re looking at it very closely, and I feel we will become an official partner,” said

Michael Heintze, associate vice president for enrollment management. “Admission Control has a strong business model, and they have shown that they can make a difference for students.” The program will offer free college counseling to economically disadvantaged students at several high schools in the area. The participants will be able to receive more than 400 hours of tutoring during their last two years of high school. Heintze said College Forward complements similar programs like Upward Bound, a program providing support for participants in their preparation for college entrance. College Forward distinguishes itself, Heintze said, because it provides specific information and training.

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“LCRA will continue to be vigilant and manage our fuel price risk,” Joe Beal, LCRA general manager, said on the company’s Web site. “We are further encouraged by the possibility of gas prices falling even further later this year, given that the supply of natural gas is increasing, and there is less demand for it.” According to its Web site, LCRA generates electricity and sells it wholesale to city-owned

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD Exercise and sports science senior Adam Cervantez votes for ASG representatives and on the Shuttle Bus Referendum and Intercollegiate Athletic Service Fee on Tuesday afternoon in The Quad with the help of College of Liberal Arts Sen. Carla Podgurecki. Today is the last day to cast your vote in the elections.

“I think the program is unique in our state because it offers a broad range of services,” he said. Important features of the program include preparation for standardized tests, assistance with college and financial aid applications and overnight college visits. The after-school counseling sessions will be taught by students from participating universities, who, in exchange for their services, will earn AmeriCorps or work-study credit. With 74 percent of Admission Control students being Hispanic, College Forward will also help benefit the Texas State Diversity Plan. “Part of our strategic plan is to diversify the student body,”

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utilities and cooperatives that serve more than 1.1 million people. The company also builds and operates transmission projects while managing and protecting the waters of the lower Colorado River. “It’s hard enough working two jobs to pay the bills,” said Kelly Hedge, fashion merchandising senior. “It’s good to know that I can have some extra money for food and the weekend.”



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April 5, 2006

campushappenings The Caminos Pre-College Summer Leadership Camp at Texas State has been honored with a grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation. The grant, totaling $110,591, funds the 2006 summer program, which targets at-risk students. This is the first year the Texas Pioneer Foundation has supported the Caminos Camp. Operated by the College of Applied Arts, the six-week Caminos camp is a program that serves at-risk middle school students enter-

ing the 9th grade, offering them the opportunity to earn high school academic credits in English, algebra and technology. Students are enrolled in daily two-hour block courses and are taught leadership skills, are tutored by college students and participate in weekly field trips. Caminos is a program design to increase the participation of at-risk students in a college-bound curriculum. — Courtesy of Media Relations

News Contact — Kirsten Crow,

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EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Wednesday The Catholic Student Center will have student-led Bible study at 8 p.m. in the CSC lounge. 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.

Events Wednesday The Disney College Internship Program Presentation will be held at 6 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater, Room 4-16.1. Thursday The Disney College Internship Program Presentation will be held at 6 p.m. in the LBJSC Teaching Theater. The CSC will have Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m. in the CSC chapel. 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 Thursday through Saturday in Hospice Care raffle winner can ride away with dream motorcycle A new Bobber motorcycle is up for grabs, and it can be yours for a $100. To increase the chances of winning, no more than 300 tickets will be sold for this raffle. Hays County Cycles has generously built and donated a 2006 Bobber motorcycle for the Central Texas Medical Center Hospice Care’s second annual Hats Off For Hospice fundraiser on April 27 at The Salt Lick Pavilion. The winner does not need to be present to win. “This bike has a Harley Davidson Evo motor, six-speed transmission, BDL belt driveway primary, S&S Intelligent Spark Ignition, Samson Street

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the LBJSC. There will be performances by Saul Williams and Big Poppa E. For more information, visit www.lbjsc.txstate. edu/poetryslam/.

1614 - American Indian Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.

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

1792 - U.S. President George Washington cast the first presidential veto. The measure was for apportioning representatives among the states.

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

1933 - The first operation to re-

Miscellaneous 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.

2004 - Near Mexico City’s international airport, lightning struck the jet Mexican President Vicente Fox was on.

San Marcos Police Department

Habitation/1310 Stacy St. Burglary of habitation.

April 4, 5:29 a.m. Public Intoxication/ Valley and Jackman streets Offender arrested for public intoxication.

April 3, 12:55 p.m. Assault Family Violence/ 606 McArthur Assault causing bodily injury — family violence.

April 4, 2:45 a.m. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle/ 100 Windmill Drive Vehicle burglarized.

April 3, 12:58 p.m. Telephone Harassment/ 2300 S. Interstate 35 Victim advised that her exboyfriend is harassing her by telephone.

April 3, 6:47 p.m. Theft/109 West Ave. Theft of firearm.


Sweeper Exhaust, Santee frame, DNA Springer front end and too many extras to name, “ said owner Roger Floyd. Hats Off For Hospice is a special event to help raise money for CTMC Hospice Care’s Dream A Dream Program. The purpose of the Dream A Dream Program is to provide assistance to patients and their families, so that their last desire in life can be fulfilled. Wishes have ranged from a limousine ride to housing assistance. “I custom built this Bobber and appreciate the fact that we are donating it to a great organization,” said Will Floyd, store manager and designer. “Hospice helped us through a tough time when my grandmother was sick. I believe in the mission of

1985 - John McEnroe said “any man can beat any woman at any sport, especially tennis.”


Career Services will hold the Spring Teacher Job Fair at Strahan Coliseum. For more information, please contact Career Services at (512) 245-2465.

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.

move a lung was performed at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

David Racino/Star photo Aquatic biology junior Stephen Hernandez works to harvest brine shrimp in the Fish Genetic Stock Center in Centennial Hall on Tuesday.

Meadows Foundation grant to support River Systems Institute A grant of $610,000 from the Meadows Foundation to the River Systems Institute at Texas State will help the institute study and protect the freshwater resources of Texas. The grant will enhance efforts in watershed conservaCTMC Hospice Care. They provide comfort and dignity and deserve to be recognized for their services.” If you feel you have that lucky streak in you and want to donate to a good cause, contact Hays County Cycles for a raffle ticket at (512) 268-4773, or e-mail them at hayscountycycles@eart You can stop by their shop to check out the Bobber at 126 Edwards Drive, Suite D in Kyle, or visit Tickets are also available through CTMC Hospice Care. Contact Lisa Adams, Community Liaison at (512) 753-3584, or e-mail her at — Courtesy of CTMC Hospice Care

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The University Star would like to remind you that three seconds after 1:02 today, the time will be 01:02:03:04:05:06 for the only two times in the 21st century.

tion, groundwater protection and in outreach and education, said River Systems Institute Director Andrew Sansom. Sansom said the institute will expand its watershed conservation planning in the Blanco River basin to determine instream flow needs and interpret those needs to the state’s policymakers. Among other plans, it will also initiate a

April 3, 5:12 p.m. Burglary of a

April 3, 11:12 a.m. Recover Runaway/ 1301 Highway 123 Recovery of runaway person.

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

similar project in the Pedernales River basin and continue to develop a system of permanent protection of stream flows into the state’s bays and estuaries. Founded in 2002, the mission of the River Systems Institute is to develop and promote programs and techniques for ensuring sustainable water resources for human needs, ecosystem health and economic

development. Its offices are on the grounds of the Aquarena Center at Texas State. The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit the people of Texas. — Courtesy of Media Relations


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War in Sudan region spreads to Chad By Shashank Bengali Knight Ridder Newspapers ADRE, Chad — The war in Sudan’s Darfur region, where more than 200,000 people have been killed in what the Bush administration calls a genocide, is growing deadlier and more complicated. Since the beginning of the year, militias backed by the Sudanese government are crossing over almost daily into neighboring Chad and freely attacking Darfur refugees and Chadian civilians in villages along the lengthy, desolate border. Making matters worse, about 8,000 Chadian rebels have set up camp in Darfur. On March 30, they clashed with Chadian government forces 60 miles south of the strategic border town of Adre. Dozens of fighters were killed in an attack that Chad said Sudan supported. The mounting violence has driven at least 55,000 Chadians from their homes, and camps for Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad are swelling with hundreds of new arrivals each week. Much of the region is beyond the reach of relief agencies, and the U.N. World Food Program says several thousand people will go hungry in the coming months. There has long been trouble between Sudan and Chad, uneasy neighbors in a region of crosscutting ethnic and tribal loyalties. At the start of the Darfur war, in 2003, Sudan armed Arab militias called the janjaweed to quell a political uprising by Darfur’s black villagers. Many of the militiamen came from Chadian Arab tribes, and they occasionally attacked in eastern Chad. But with hostilities between the countries increasing, thousands of people who’d fled janjaweed attacks in Sudan now find they are no safer on the other side of the border. “Even though we are in another country, we are still being tormented,” said Yacoub Abakar, 43, a balding Sudanese with sad eyes. Abakar was shot in his left foot in a janjaweed attack last month near the Chadian border town of Goungour, where he’s lived with his family since militias torched his village in Darfur in 2003. Seated in his bed in Adre’s hospital — the only one for miles — Abakar gingerly rolled up his right pants leg to display a softball-sized scar on his shin. It was another bullet wound from the Darfur attack. That the janjaweed now are attacking Darfurians in their country of refuge creates “a nightmare scenario” for diplomats, said Baba Gana Kingibe, the top official in Darfur for the African Union, the intergovernmental body that’s charged with peacekeeping in the region. Conflict between Sudan and Chad threatens to undo what little progress has been made in seven rounds of peace talks between the Sudanese government

Iraqi tribunal sets stage for second trail of Saddam for crimes against Kurds By Aamer Madhani Chicago Tribune

out entire villages in northern Iraq. “These people were subjected BAGHDAD, Iraq — The spe- to forced displacement and ilcial tribunal already trying Sad- legal detention involving thoudam Hussein for the massacre sands of civilians,” said Juhi, of a Shiite village announced on the investigative judge. “They Tuesday that it has completed were placed in different detenan investigation of the system- tion centers. The villages were atic annihilation of thousands destroyed and burned. Homes of Iraqi Kurds by the former and houses of worshippers and regime, setting the table for a buildings of civilians were levsecond trial against the former eled without reason or a milipresident. tary requirement.” Raid Juhi, an investigative Others accused in the Anfal judge and spokesman for the case include Saddam’s cousin, Iraqi Special Tribunal, said the Ali Hassan Majid, known as case has been referred to one of “Chemical Ali”; former Defense the tribunal’s judges, the equiv- Minister Sultan Hashim Ahalent in Iraqi law of a formal mad; former intelligence chief indictment. In addition to Sad- Saber Abdul Aziz al-Douri; dam, six other co-defendants former Republican Guard comare accused of crimes against mander Hussein al-Tikriti; forthe Kurds in what was known mer Nineveh provincial Gov. as Operation Anfal. Taher Tafwiq al-Ani; and forThe new case against Saddam mer top military commander comes as his trial for the 1982 Farhan Mutlaq al-Jubouri. atrocities in the village of DuMajid, who directed the opjail, Iraq, enters the final stage. erations, and Saddam will be In that case, Saddam is accused charged with both genocide of the massacre and crimes of more than against hu140 Shiites after manity. The an assassination others will attempt against be tried him. The Dujail for crimes trial, which has against hubeen convening manity. off and on since M a h Oct. 19, resumes moud Othon Wednesday. man, a It is uncertain Kurdish how the resomember of lution of that parliament, case — Sadsaid the news dam could face that Saddam the death penwould be alty if convicted tried for the — would affect Anfal cam—Raid Juhi paign his trial on the left new genocide with Judge, spokesman Iraqi him charges. Special Tribunal mixed feelPresident Jalal ings. OthTalabani, a Kurd, said on Tues- man and other Kurds still feel day that all the cases against bitter that Anfal operation, Saddam — presently 10 others likely the most serious charges are being prepared — would Saddam will face, was not the be tried before there would be first that the tribunal decided consideration of executing the to take on. ousted dictator. Othman recalled a trip he But a U.S. diplomat, who made to Washington in 1988 in works closely with the tribunal an effort to lobby the U.S. govand who spoke on condition ernment to intervene on behalf of anonymity, indicated that of the Kurds. At the time, Iraq scenario was unlikely. Iraqi law and the U.S. government had a states that sentencing must be common enemy: Iran. Othman carried out within 30 days of recalled that U.S. State Departexhausting appeals, he said. ment officials would not meet Under Talabani’s proposal, it with him to discuss the mascould be years before all the cas- sacres. es against Saddam are resolved, “They told me, ‘Frankly, we a scenario that is not likely to don’t want to jeopardize the be welcomed by U.S. officials or relationship we have with SadIraqis in general. dam,’” Othman said. The Anfal charges relate to a The U.S. diplomat working systematic campaign in the late with the tribunal said the Du1980s to punish the Kurds for jail case was picked to try first their assistance of neighbor- because it was the first invesing Iran’s Revolutionary Guard tigation completed. The Anfal during the Iraq-Iraq war, and to case could be much more comstamp out recurring uprisings plicated. Juhi, the investigative in Kurdistan. The campaign judge, said statements were left at least 50,000 dead, includ- taken from more than 1,000 ing thousands who were killed witnesses and the documentary in chemical attacks, and wiped evidence is voluminous.

he villages “T were destroyed and

Shashank Bengali/KRT SEEKING SAFETY: Trying to escape the violence on the Chad-Sudan border, refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan register at the Gaga Refugee Camp in eastern Chad where hundreds more refugees arrive each week.

and Darfur rebels, Kingibe said. Some 7,000 African Union troops in Darfur — ill equipped to police a region the size of Texas — have been unable to enforce a cease-fire. A U.N. mission is due to take over in the fall, although Sudan’s Arab government has balked at the idea, calling it part of a Western plot against Arabs. Meanwhile, Sudan continues to support the janjaweed, though it’s denied that. Last month, Jan Pronk, the U.N. special envoy to the country, told the U.N. Security Council: “In South Darfur, militias continue to cleanse village after village. The government has not disarmed them.” Last week, Sudan refused to allow the U.N.’s humanitarian coordinator, Jan Egeland, to visit Darfur — perhaps, Egeland said, because Sudanese officials didn’t want him to see how badly the situation had deteriorated. The campaign has forced two million people from their homes since 2003, including 220,000 who fled into Chad. While most settled in refugee camps far within the country, about 20,000 squatted along the border, hoping it would be easier to return home. But the violence has spread. In interviews, victims of recent attacks in Chad said the horseand camel-riding janjaweed were heavily armed, and occa-

sionally accompanied by trucks equipped with automatic weapons. The militias steal food and livestock and fire on villagers with impunity, victims said. Chadian officials accuse Sudan of supporting the crossborder raids as well as the Chadian rebellion. “The Khartoum government has emptied Darfur,” said Col. Touka Ramadan, the commander of military forces in Adre, “so they have come here.” Sudan has denied supporting the rebels, but the two countries have fomented rebellions against each other before. Analysts say the Sudanese government is trying to exploit a particularly unstable period in Chad. The ailing president of Chad, Idriss Deby, who’s running for a controversial third term in May elections, escaped a coup attempt by military defectors last month. Much of the 850-mile-long border has been unprotected since December, when Chadian rebels launched a major attack on Adre. Deby, who seized power in 1990 by leading a coup from Darfur, moved troops into Adre from other border towns. Now Adre resembles a military base, with hundreds of troops in mismatched camouflage roaming the sandy streets, while only a few miles away the janjaweed carry out attacks. March 29, four men were

taken to the Adre hospital with bullet wounds from a janjaweed attack that morning in Tougoultougouli, a village 10 miles away. “They came in big numbers — about 50 of them,” said Ousmane Abdullah Ouaddi, 32, laying in a hospital bed with a broken left leg. “They were well armed. They came to take our animals, then they left.” Ouaddi, who surrendered 45 head of sheep and 10 cattle in the raid, said he’d lost count of the number of recent janjaweed attacks in the area. The hospital, run by the relief agency Doctors Without Borders, has admitted nearly two dozen people whom the janjaweed shot in the past month. Nearly all relief agencies have pulled back from the border, for security reasons. A survey last month by aid groups determined that 55,000 to 65,000 Chadians have fled their homes. More and more Sudanese are traveling long distances over scorching sands to reach U.N. refugee camps, which already house 206,000 people. Gaga, the only camp that isn’t too full to accept new arrivals, added 2,000 people in the first three weeks in March, according to the local office of the U.N. High Commission for Refugees. That was up from 1,700 in January and 1,900 in February.

burned. Homes and houses of worshippers and buildings of civilians were leveled without reason or a military requirement.”

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to tell him that he would not support his proposal. “When I spoke with Commissioner Carter, I was very clear in letting her know that I was in support of keeping Brodie Lane open; however, I think it is important to look at the long term resolutions if we are going to do such a thing,” Conley said. Conley said he also spoke with Daugherty about the construction of State Highway 45 South, an alternate highway intended to alleviate traffic congestion through Brodie Lane. Conley said he let Carter know that he was in support of this new road during a phone conversation. “If Commissioner Carter had put in her e-mail that I was, in fact, supporting her resolution, but was also concerned about a long term resolution such as SH-45, then there would be no problem,” Conley said. “However, she is making it out to seem that Judge Powers and myself are selling out our constituents to


irst off, it would be asinine to think that anyone on this commission would be against the resolution...”

— Jim Powers county judge

support Commissioner Daugherty, and I will defend myself against any libel comments by her.” Carter said she felt there was an effort to torpedo her resolution after a conversation she had with Daugherty, alleging he screamed at her. Conley told the court Daugherty never yelled or got upset when Conley informed him that he would not support his proposal to shut down Brodie Lane. An e-mail from Daugherty was read to the court in response to Carter’s claims. Daugherty said none of Carter’s accusations were true and that he was sorry that he brought the proposal to discuss with her in the

first place. Daugherty also said in the e-mail that he felt betrayed by Carter. “First off, it would be asinine to think that anyone on this commission would be against the resolution, and I never received any money from Daugherty. And just so you know, I’m voting in support of this resolution,” Powers told Carter. After 30 minutes of argument, the resolution was passed by the court. Other items on the agenda included establishing traffic regulation on McCarty Lane between Interstate 35 and Hunter Road and establishing traffic regulations on Hunter Ridge Road.

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Heintze said. “Admission Control can help cultivate and encourage more students to access higher education and thus help diversify the student body.” According to the Education Commission of the States, only 16 percent of economically disadvantaged students have a chance to attend college each year. “A lot of low-income students simply don’t have the resources, and a lot don’t even realize it’s possible to go to college,” said Neily Jennings, a public relations coordinator for Admission Control. Harold Whitis, the associate director of financial assistance, said another factor contributing to the grim statistic is that


lot of low-income students simply don’t have the resources, and a lot don’t even realize it’s possible to go to college.”

— Neily Jennings public relations coordinator for Admission Control

many low-income high school students feel it is necessary to go to work after they graduate. However, Whitis said, if provided with the right information, those students would realize that they could both work and attend college. If those low-income high school students saw what a college degree could do for future earnings, many of those students would want to go to college, Heintze said.

“A college degree will help open up doors of opportunity,” he said. College Forward is partially funded by an almost $100,000 grant from the TG Public Benefit Program. TG has given almost $2 million to 20 institutions and nonprofit organizations since January 2006. According to Admission Control, 100 percent of their students are accepted into colleges.


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1918. “I thought it would be really neat if we could use that as a kind of a test case to demonstrate how you could combine the documentary historic evidence with the archeology and use geographic information systems as a way to synthesize all that stuff,” Nolan said. “That was the bridge between those two ways of interpreting history.” Nolan, who serves as director of the R.O. Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Technology at Middle Tennessee State University, planned the research excursion almost two years ago, including a preliminary trip to France in July to conduct “reconnaissance” of the land and to meet with French officials and “archeology folks.” “They don’t let just anybody go in there and root around,” he said. “We wanted to do it properly, and we wanted to involve the French folks as much as possible.” Nolan began his investigation by retrieving primary documents crucial to his research. He located French trench maps, which showed what the area looked like in 1918; German trench maps, which also mapped the same area; burial records for the six Americans who were killed in the battle; and correspondence between York’s battalion and company commander. By integrating that information into a GIS database, Nolan was able to overlay the German map information on top of the French map information, allowing him to reference specific landmarks referred to in the documents. “I was able to build a spatial database that reflected, as much as possible, what the landscape looked like in 1918, and also the positions of where his commanding officers had reported the machine guns, and where he initially took the prisoners to have them counted,” Nolan said. After establishing a spatial database, Nolan was able to overlay the information over a modern topographic map and compare the map from 1918 with the modern map. “We could see where things were in 1918 and see essentially what was there now in terms of woods, fields and roads,” he said. The research team was able to establish a physical starting point by plotting coordinates, established by the GIS spatial database, into a hand-held computer connected to a GPS receiver. “We could actually see our location on the map as we moved around. We used that as a navigation aid to go to the area that we thought was most probably

the area where York had fought,” Nolan said. The research team conducted a metal detector survey, mapping and comparing landmarks with those on the spatial database they had created to see what they looked like in relation to the spatial descriptions and historical information, he said. Subsequently, the team discovered a barrage of military artifacts linking the battle to Nolan’s proposed site, including rifle cartridge cases, light ammunition clips that were dropped, grenades and a German mess kit. “We found spent cartridge cases in the area that we predicted that Alvin York fired from,” Noland said. “We also found a pile of cartridge cases, which indicated the positions of one of the German machine guns that he captured.” Richard Dixon, president of the military geography specialty group of the Association of American Geographers and associate professor of geography, said Nolan’s findings are “groundbreaking,” providing new ways of documenting and portraying research that were not available before. “Recovering old battlefields allows us to connect with our historical past,” Dixon said. Nolan and his research team now face the task of confirming their findings. Initially, they planned to compare the rifle rounds from the excavated site with ones actually fired from York’s rifle to see if they match. However, York’s rifle, which was supposed to be housed in the Tennessee State Museum, is nowhere to be found. Nolan said the rifle was probably turned in when York was demobilized or sent home. “I went down last week and was told they don’t have the rifle. Its fate is unknown,” he said. Nolan is currently working with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and said it will be possible to determine if those cartridge cases were fired in the same model weapon. Adopting an alternative forensic technique, they will compare the cartridge casings with “head-stamps” on the light ammunition that was dropped to see if they were from the same lot, which would confirm that they were from the same person or unit. Nolan plans to return to the site and conduct more extensive research. He said their most conclusive evidence — the rifle rounds — was found late in the afternoon on their next to last day. The research team needs to go back and do a very careful examination in that area and try to recover additional artifacts, he said. “The main point, in my mind, is the ability to take these kinds of technologies and answer

AMERICAN ARTIFACTS: (Above) The WWI mess kit of an American soldier is among the artifacts that Nolan and his research team brought back from France. Nolan said the mess kit, complete with the soldier’s name scratched on it, was given to him with the hope that he can locate the soldier’s family. BIENVENUE: (Left) The Chatel Chéhéry roadside sign greets visitors as they enter the French village near the location where Alvin York fought his now-famous battle.

questions,” he said. Alberto Giordano, associate professor of geography, has worked with Nolan on past research projects and said all kinds of questions can be answered by integrating history and GIS. “We are trying to understand how the events unfolded, basically, because very often when you have descriptions of battles, you really don’t know how much you can really trust, because it might be embellished,” Giordano said. “Now you have ways of reconstructing battlefields.” GIS, Giordano explained, can be used in two ways: constructing basic maps and for analytical applications. Historical analysis, Giordano

said, is one of the things the Texas State GIS program is currently working on. Students are analyzing the Holocaust, tracking deportation patterns from France to Auschwitz during World War II. “The big question in the Holocaust … is how did the Germans manage to fight battles on the south, the east and the west, and still carry on this mass murder of millions of people?” he said. “We think with GIS and also using transportation modeling you can actually get a good idea of how they did it.” Vanessa Martinez and James Graham, GIS graduate students, are currently researching the Holocaust project. Martinez

said the research has been “eyeopening.” “What I found that was interesting was where these people came from,” Martinez said. “I wondered — Why were so many Greeks sent in one particular month? Why were so many children taken from France versus Germany or Poland?” With Graham examining specific battles, comparing them to the arrival and deportation of convoys, Martinez is analyzing the ethnicity, nationality, gender and age of the people who were being sent to Auschwitz and when they were being sent. “We found that as the German occupation expanded, the number of convoys they sent expand-

ed. We found that toward the beginning of the war they sent, primarily, men for labor; and in June of 1942, they started sending children and women,” Martinez said. “That’s when the camp went from being a labor camp to an extermination camp.” Giordano said Nolan’s battlefield research and the work being done over the Holocaust are examples of how GIS specialists and historians can come together to help rewrite certain aspects of history. “We are trying to reconstruct historical truth,” he said. “We bring our knowledge of spatial analysis, geography and GIS; they bring the knowledge of history.”



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How often do you download music off the Internet?

“I download music two or three times a month.”

“I use to download music daily, but I don’t have the Internet at home anymore.”

“I try to download one or two songs; and then if I like it, I go buy the CD.”

— Chris Moon international studies senior

— Karen Sweidel philosophy senior

— Michelle Martin history junior Compiled by Mark Decker

Trends Contact — Kyle Bradshaw,

Flaming Lips express political dissatisfaction with War By Kyle Bradshaw The University Star It’s not easy putting a Flaming Lips album into words. At War With the Mystics, the band’s 11th stumusic dio album, review certainly ✯✯✯✯ doesn’t help. The Flaming Lips It’s so full of dizzying At War With the melodies and Mystics zany political Warner Bros. punchlines, it’s almost beyond description. But, a Lips release would be nothing without such qualities, which is why this effort is so enjoyable. As with past Lips albums, War is an epic journey, taking great pleasure in all its space-rock glory. After four years of working on the album, singer Wayne Coyne, multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd and bassist Michael Ivins don’t bring many surprises, but with the Lips’ résumé, there’s nothing the band could do at this point that would be entirely shocking, even when it steps into the realm of world politics. As its title, War, suggests, Courtesy of William Morris Agency while caked with traditional Lips flair, runs deep with poMYSTIC MUSIC: At War With the Mystics is The Flaming Lips’ followup to 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the litical — with President Bush Pink Robots.

being target number one — and emotional sobriety. It begins with “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song,” which comes with the playful, but undermining, subtitle “With All Your Power.” It’s a flighty, if not more traditional, pop track that asks the current administration, “If you could blow up the world with the flick of a switch/Would you do it?” “Free Radicals” follows with a choppy beat and disjointed guitar riffs that epitomize the band’s knack for strange sounds and social satire in which Coyne stabs, “You think you’re so radical/I think you ought to stop.” “The Sound of Failure” is a curiously-themed track that alternates between a solemn, gloomy verse and a dancegroove chorus that we’ve all come to expect from Coyne and the band. “My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion” sounds as if ripped straight from the cosmos described in its title. Coyne’s whimpering, childlike vocals float over the track with heavenly ingenuity. They wander aimlessly, but joyously, while spouting out truthful daydreams. While the Lips’ sound often gives off feelings of euphoric glee, Coyne doesn’t hesitate to drape his lyrics in pessimism or doubt. “If there ain’t no heaven/Maybe there ain’t no hell,” Coyne proposes in the

wistful ballad “Vein of Stars.” “Mr. Ambulance Driver,” which appeared on the recent Wedding Crashers soundtrack, is a mellow dance track in which Coyne sings, “I’m not a real survivor/Wishing that I was the one that isn’t here anymore.” War’s first single “The W.A.N.D.” is psychedelic galactic-rock to the 1,000th degree, in which Coyne takes his most obvious shots at the Bush administration. “They’ve got their weapons to solve all their questions/ They don’t know what it’s for,” he sings. “It Overtakes Me” belongs in the same category musically, sounding as if ripped from the disco era and given an acid-trip punch in its drifting bridge, but Coyne almost backtracks in his political statements by saying, “I don’t understand anything at all/And how it overtakes me and I’m just so small.” If the plastic compact disc is the canvas, then the Lips are the psychotic painters who fill it completely, never hesitating to pile on layer after layer of hypnotic musical nuances. An album like this is comparable only to past Lips offerings, and War is right up there with The Soft Bulletin (1999) and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002). While it does little to distinguish itself from the two, that doesn’t mean it isn’t everything it should be.

Tables turned on record collecting at Austin Record Convention By Samuel Ladach-Bark The University Star Throughout the weekend at the Austin Record Convention, buyer requests would be announced over a public-address system. The requests would sound something like this: “I have somebody looking for anything Wilco on vinyl, also any David Bowie singles.” One vendor or another would find one of the sought-after items, no matter how obscure the artist or printing was. The sellers would then meet the buyer at the announcement booth up to discuss prices. This was the scene at the semiannual Austin Record Convention, hosted by the Crockett Event Center in North Austin. It was filled to the brim with collectors and music enthusiasts and on its Web site, boasts that the event is the largest sale of recorded music in the country.

More than 1 million 45s, 78s, LPs, CDs and cassettes were found under one roof for two days last weekend. The entrance fee was four dollars, but the selection and bargain prices made it well worth it. For the hardcore collectors, a $25 earlyshopper pass could be p u rc h a s e d . Those with this pass could begin their shopping at 7 a.m., while the rest of us had to wait until 10 a.m. Collectors worldwide arranged their tables in rows, which ran the length of the center. Many of them set their best

stuff on display directly behind their seats, almost as a testament to their collection. On more than one occasion, the salesmen were unable to part with some of their more coveted LPs when it came down to a sale. The most comprehensive collections included mostly records from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. There were a few booths with great ‘80s and ‘90s selections, but this definitely was not the place to find many recent releases. Buyers needed to be ready to dedicate some serious time to this convention, as searching through seemingly endless stacks of CDs and LPs can be quite cumbersome, but finding an out-of-print CD or bootleg live album from your favorite artist can make all the hours worthwhile. Bringing a shopping list of desired finds always helps, as most sellers know their collections by heart and were able to say whether they had what shoppers were looking for. It’s finding what your not looking for that makes this kind of show great. One booth featured

ore than M a massive sale of music,

this convention was a gathering of old and new collectors who shared a genuine love for music.

a complete collection of rare and exclusive B-sides and live records from various artists. It’s hard to believe that Sonic Youth and Radiohead had put out more than a dozen live records apiece. Vendors would happily let buyers listen to any possible purchases and were quick to give preview suggestions based on the stack of records you were already clutching. In addition to music sales, several vendors also had posters, DVDs, collectibles, memorabilia, amps and turntables for sale. There was even one booth that sold nothing but original photographs of live music performances. Any live shot of any pop musician from the ‘60s through the ‘90s could be bought for a few dollars. There was also more than one booth that exclusively sold Elvis music and collectables. More than a massive sale of music, this convention was a gathering of old and new collectors who shared a genuine love for music. The best advice for a show like this: Don’t spend your money too quickly, pursue the shows offerings thoroughly before you start to lay down your bucks, and never be too shy to haggle. If this sounds like your cup of tea, don’t miss the fall convention. For details and future event dates, visit

Stephanie Gage/Star photo MORE THAN VINYL: Interdisciplinary studies senior Shannon Fralick arranges T-shirts with record designs at the Austin Record Convention in the Crockett Event Center on Saturday.


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Grammy winner Rollins signed for second season on Independent Film Channel By Marisa Guthrie New York Daily News

Courtesy of Blue Sky Studios COOL ACTORS: Dennis Leary and John Leguizamo provide the voices for Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the sloth in Ice Age: The Meltdown.

Chilly cartoon characters stave off a Meltdown By Ashley Gwilliam The University Star

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In the follow-up to 2002’s Ice the ✯✯✯ Age, Ice Age: The loveable aniMeltdown mated aniDir.: Carlos Salmal crew is danha back with Stars: Ray Ice Age: The Romano, Dennis Meltdown. Leary The movie Rated: G opens with a community of animals exploring and enjoying their newly wet surroundings, due to the end of the ice age. All is well until Fast Tony, a con artist armadillo, voiced by Jay Leno, warns that the world

is melting and coming to an end. Fast Tony, who is only trying to sell gadgets and gismos to other animals, doesn’t realize they are all in great danger. Manny the mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano) and Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Dennis Leary) climb the wall of the glacial dam to save Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) from one of his dimwit stunts, when they see an enormous, freshly melted ocean that could bust through the iced dam at any minute. Once the animals realize the danger they are in, they begin the journey to a far-off boat that will save them from the flood. Our three heroes run into three possums, one of which is actually just a female

woolly mammoth that thinks she is a possum, along the way and form an unlikely family. Despite the pending disaster, Manny also works to convince Ellie (voiced by Queen Latifah) that she is the last female mammoth and that it is up to them to re-populate the species. The characters are more developed in this sequel than the original. Manny is dealing with feelings of loneliness in being the “last mammoth.” Sid, who was the butt of many jokes in the first film, is vying for respect from his peers. Leguizamo proves to be very insightful in his performance as the lisping Sid. Another returning character is the prehistoric squirrel/rat known as

Scrat. Scrat, who has a larger role this time, seems to generate the most laughs as he still attempts to catch that elusive acorn. The two possum brothers, voiced by Seann William Scott and Josh Peck, provide some mischief and prove to be up for any adventure along the way. The dynamics between the characters make for a more interesting story. And Blue Sky Studios, the film’s producer, has made huge strides in its animation, making the animals look more tangible and real than before. Ice Age: The Meltdown lives up to the success of the original as a family-friendly movie that appeals to children and adults alike.

Henry Rollins, the tattooed former frontman of raging punk band Black Flag, knows he scares people. “People may have the wrong idea about me,” he said, “because I go on stage and yell.” He just has an opinion, and he’s not shy about sharing it. Which is why executives at Independent Film Channel decided to let him riff on anything he wanted when they brought him back for a second round on the network. Last season’s monthly movie-centric Film Corner morphed this year into weekly talker The Henry Rollins Show, which airs on Saturdays at 10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Last week’s debut installment featured an interview with Oliver Stone. Future guests include Ozzy Osbourne, Chuck D and Werner Herzog. Regular features include “Teeing Off,” a political rant that is Rollins’ take on the opening monologue and the irreverent “Letters From Henry” feature, which essentially personalizes the political rant. Recipients include Laura Bush and Pat Robertson. Outside of the IFC show, Rollins has been fronting his own band since 1986, which provides an in-your-face listening experience. He also yells on stage during spoken-word shows — he won a Grammy in 1995 for his autobiographical album Get in the Van. He’s no less animated during his numerous speaking engagements. “I’m not trying to intimidate,” said Rollins. A Charlie Rose for Generation X, Rollins is the rare pop-culture hero who backs up the rhetoric

with experience. He tours with the USO, entertaining American troops in Iraq. He has visited injured soldiers at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval hospitals. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Asia. And he raises money for numerous homegrown charities and advocacy groups, including the Southern Poverty Law Center. While he shrugs off the liberal label, he’s not winning any friends in neocon circles. “I’m not necessarily against Re p u b l i c a n s and conservatives,” he said. “I don’t think they’re bad people. And there are some ridiculously smart conservatives out there. But (the Bush) administration gets to me because they’re so crass. That zero-mes— Henry Rollins sage message of talk show host never apologizing, never giving ground. We’re not seeking to fight that bigger war. And I think that’s very dangerous.” Rollins’ political inoculation started early. Born Henry Lawrence Garfield, Rollins was raised in Washington, D.C., by his mother, Iris. Her mission was public education, and she spent her career at multiple government outreach organizations. She also worked on Democrat Hubert Humphrey’s presidential campaign. But despite his obvious aptitude, Rollins has little interest in pursuing a traditional career in politics. “I can do so much cool stuff by being an angry citizen,” he explained, “whereas, even in the lowest levels of politics, I see a lot of cooks in the kitchen and red tape and no opportunity to raise your voice, no opportunity for dissent and no opportunity to say, ‘You know what, I am so going to ruin your day.’”

don’t think “I they’re bad people. And

there are some ridiculously smart conservatives out there. But (the Bush) administration gets to me because they’re so crass.”


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Slither will slide its way into the hearts of horror fans By Nixon Guerrero The University Star Slither is probably one of the most disgusting, ✯✯✯ d e p r a v e d Slither and perverse Dir.: James Gunn movies I have Stars: Nathan ever seen — Fillton, Michael and I loved Rooker, Elizabeth it. I loved evBanks ery sick and Rated: R twisted tentacle of the film. This movie is a real nauseating, gut-wrenching treat for all, which readily deserves to be viewed at least once, if not more. After seeing the film for the second time, I realized its simplistic, yet genius, theme — an homage to respectable horror movies and their makers. This film was made by a horror fan for horror fans. Director/writer James Gunn has an interesting history in the horror world. He actually made Super 8 films as child and got his “big break” working for Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma

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Pictures, at the age of 26. Gunn actually pays tribute to Troma with a brief shot of The Toxic Avenger playing in the background during one scene. This film is a rarity in Hollywood. Most major studios would not release such a fanpandered film nationwide. The film did, unfortunately, open at a weak No. 8 box-office spot this weekend. However, horror fans nationwide should be singing Slither’s blood-spattered praise. I’ll briefly review the plot — but let’s face it, with a film like this, the story is not what’s going to get people in their seats. Michael Rooker plays Grant, a sexually disgruntled married man who, one night, ventures into the forest for a tryst of some sort with a younger woman. After some quick and simple fondling between the two, Grant realizes he’s doing the wrong thing and says, “My wife — she gets real worried about me when I’m out too late.” As Grant walks off, he runs into a crashed and halved meteorite. After realizing “something” has escaped the foreign

object, he follows the creature’s snail-trail. And when he finally finds the “thing,” it immediately shoots and infects Grant with a bio-dart that enters his brain. You can’t watch this film without knowing instantly what’s going to happen next. That’s OK. This isn’t the type of film you’d attend hoping for a surprise ending or some real deep character development. Earlier, I mentioned that this is a tribute to a lot of great films and their makers. Well, most horror fans will be able to almost immediately recognize its several film references. Some of the more obvious ones would include Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Night of the Living Dead, Night of the Creeps and The Blob, among others. But, there is a world of difference between hollow remakes and sincere homage films — and director/writer James Gunn knows this. There are a lot of great tribute/ homage films out there. Most of you, I’m sure, loved Pulp Fiction. This film, concept-wise, is really not that different.

Courtesy of Universal Pictures GORE FEST: Gregg Henry and Elizabeth Banks star in director James Gunn’s homage to horror films, Slither.

Gunn has masterfully dedicated his film to the greats of the

past and given his own twist to it all by piling on the gore, hu-

mor and wit. Slither is the tour de gore of the year.

United 93 leaves New Yorkers with bad nostalgia By Amy Sacks, Jonathan Saruk and Nancy Dillon New York Daily News NEW YORK — It’s an intense and traumatic glimpse inside the Sept. 11, 2001 hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 — and it’s too much, too soon for some New York moviegoers. At least one theater on Manhattan’s upper West Side has yanked the harrowing trailer for Universal Pictures’ upcoming United 93, saying it reduced one patron to tears. “I personally received a couple of complaints. Some people were pretty upset,” said a manager at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 12 theater on Broadway. “We pulled the trailer last weekend.” The new $15 million featurelength film dramatizes events on the doomed United flight from takeoff through the courageous revolt by passengers to the eventual crash outside Shanksville, PA.

It is expected to open the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, with relatives of those who were killed in attendance. New Yorkers who saw the trailer on Sunday before showings of Universal’s Inside Man around the city offered mixed reviews. “I covered my eyes. I couldn’t watch it,” said upper-East Side retiree Gloria Harper, who volunteered as a Ground Zero relief worker shortly after Sept. 11. “I won’t see the movie. I mean we lived through it.” The trailer, complete with heart-pounding surround sound, had a similar effect on some moviegoers at the Regal Battery Park theater — located virtually across the street from Ground Zero. “It was disturbing. It’s always painful and brings back memories,” said Aida Sotelo, a Manhattan homemaker who was working a block from the Twin Towers on Sept. 11. “It’s still hurtful to see, and it will always be too early for me.”

The trailer starts with passengers preparing for the flight and the plane taking off. It then skips to a control room where panicked authorities are scrambling to explain why American Airlines Flight 11 had slammed into the North Tower. The most agonizing moment comes when the giant screen fills with real news footage of United Airlines Flight 175 gliding toward the South Tower. The trailer cuts away moments before impact and returns to United Flight 93, where al-Qaida members jump up to begin the horrific hijacking. It ends with a man calling his family to say the passengers were preparing a revolt. Some New Yorkers viewed the trailer as a fitting tribute. “It’s sad and scary, but it’s good to show people what happened that day — to tell the story of their heroism,” Harlem resident Jessica Fajardo said. Adam Fogelson, Universal’s See UNITED , page 9


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marketing president, said the trailer was designed to “give an honest sense of what the movie is going to be.” “We didn’t use any footage that people haven’t seen be-

fore, and we didn’t enhance it,” he said. “It’s truly horrific, so we’re not shocked to hear that some people find it uncomfortable.” Allison Vadhan, whose mother, Kristin White, died on United Flight 93, said it was time to tell the full story of the

passengers. “As difficult as it is to watch, future generations have to know about this,” said Vadhan, who lives in Long Island. “Otherwise, we’re leaving them powerless. It’s much easier to forget. It’s much harder to face this head-on.”

Courtesy of Universal Pictures CONTROVERSIAL CINEMA: In the trailer for United 93, a passenger, played by Christian Clemenson, from the flight is shown calling his family just before the hijacked plane crashed on Sept. 11.

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letter to the editor

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“I want to thank Mr. Ruiz for his recognition of immaturity as it relates to the GDIs are inferior group. I also want to thank him for removing the group. I think it shows courage that he would step up to the plate and admit this. Thanks for your apology!”

— Chris Jones, public administration senior and San Marcos city councilman

Opinions Contact — Joe Ruiz,


Internet is public domain, be careful what you say Since we received a letter to the editor last week from San Marcos City Councilman and former Associated Student Government Vice President Chris Jones about a certain group on Facebook, there has been a lot of discussion in our newsroom about the problems that can arise from these types of online postings. There have been a number of stories nationwide of people who are being arrested, losing out on jobs or otherwise chastised for the content they keep on blogs or online services such as Facebook, MySpace or LiveJournal. Current ASG vice presidential candidate Israel Ruiz was taken to task by Jones in a letter published in Tuesday’s edition of The University Star — and Jones subsequently applauded Ruiz in today’s edition for his response to Jones’ letter. Some have called the group created and removed — prior to the letter’s publication — “a joke,” “irresponsible” or a “retaliatory act.” While that issue seems to have come to a resolution with Jones’ letter, Ruiz’s response and even a message from Star columnist Sean Wardwell, it opens the door for an address of the larger issue. The public domain is public and should be treated as such. It might come as a surprise, but that photo of you drinking at a party or naked behind a guitar might just be seen by more than you or your friends. Should we as a society begin to use the information available online as a window into somebody’s life? Whatever you believe is the correct answer, the fact remains that nearly anybody — including what we at The Star do — is able to find out as much information as possible and allow those who disseminate it to make their own decisions with what is available. But some people will use it, and some won’t. “Are we really going to Facebook for reliable information now? I mean, I like to use it to find people, but it’s not a place where I tend to make sweeping value judgments about people,” Wardwell writes in the column to your right. While we’re certainly not asking people to censor themselves, they do need to realize that what they put out there with their names attached to it might just come back to bite you. “I think there is a reasonable perception that anything you post on Facebook will only be seen by students, but I think it’s unreasonable to think it wouldn’t ever get out to employers,” said Rebecca Jeschke, spokeswoman for the Electronic Frontier Foundation in a story in the Monday edition of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune. Employers with employees who attended schools of applicants have gone online to see job applicants’ online profiles. Is it necessarily OK for employers to do that? Ethically, maybe not; but when it comes to reality, they are only going to use the information available to them. Whether or not the decisions of Ruiz and his creation of the Facebook group in question will affect his campaign won’t be known until the end of voting later today, but it has certainly allowed everybody to pause and wonder about what exactly we place online for all to see. 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 UniversitySan Marcos.

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Facebook group being blown out of proportion matters. I’d like God damn indepento pose a question dents. This is the great to the Texas State issue of our time. community. Upon Let’s not talk about learning about the tuition increases, now notorious tax-free textbooks “God Damn Indeor issues that actuSEAN WARDWELL ally matter. Instead pendents are Infelet’s look at a Facerior” group does Star Columnist anyone’s morning book group because coffee taste better it clearly is the great or worse? Did anyone’s lawn Algonquin round table of the shrivel up and die? Did a Biblicollegiate experience. That’s what matters in this election cal catastrophe annihilate this — Facebook groups. campus? Did learning this inforAnd the death of humor. mation change your life or your I’m not a greek. I have no mind? plans on being a greek. But I Probably not, I think. Why? don’t have any problems with Because it’s a damn Facebook the greeks. They do great work group! Are we really going to on this campus and, frankly, Facebook for reliable informasometimes don’t get the credit tion now? I mean, I like to use they deserve. So I can unit to find people, but it’s not a place where I tend to make derstand someone forming a sweeping value judgments about Facebook group to promote the people. Come on, folks. This feeling of unity Greeks must is a really serious time for this have. There are outsiders and university, yet the hot topic is insiders to every situation, and Facebook. Call me crazy, but we all find our paths. Nobody that just doesn’t make sense. forces anyone to be, or not to What also worries me though be, a greek. If anything, I find is the chilling effect this sort of the name of the group funny treatment has upon free speech rather than offensive, and I’m and future student participation. willing to bet that’s a near uniI’m not, in any way, accusing versal reaction. anyone of trying to censor anyThe thing that really kills me is that people want you to one. That simply has not hapbelieve that this issue actually pened. However, I’d hate to see

the politics of slash-and-burn take root here at Texas State. Don’t we have enough of that in Washington and Austin? Can’t we please have an issue-based campaign and not inflated nonsense from Facebook? What’s next, finding dirt on MySpace? Will we eventually work our way around to LiveJournal? MASH notes? Letters passed in class? Exactly how long will it take before we look forward to recess again? Is the sandbox open? There’s a big difference between being humorous and being bigoted as well. Perhaps it’s too late not to go there. Maybe we have always been there. Perhaps we simply need to be there and stay there. What are we if we can’t laugh at ourselves? Greeks don’t get to have pride? Must they remain solemn and stoic? They can’t have a sense of humor? Yet we find ourselves now in a place where humor equals bigotry. I’m afraid it is too late. We are there. Why else would it be brought up? People who get elected do speak for the people they represent, but it is foolish to assume that they are supposed to stop speaking for themselves. We don’t elect robots that just parrot some line. We elect people, and people aren’t perfect. Any-

one that expects perfection from a public figure is only expecting to be deceived, and they probably deserve it. I can’t tell you who to vote for in this column, but I would ask — no, I would beg you — to look hard at the actual issues that matter and not some group on Facebook that had a shorter shelf-life than the Spice Girls. This is a serious time, and we need to look at serious problems. I am a “God Damn Independent,” and I know a joke when I see it, just like I know an issue that really deserves my attention as opposed to a pointless distraction. In closing, I can’t help but be amused at the level of passion and money that goes into these elections. Perhaps it’s because I spent seven years actually working in professional politics as opposed to playing it in The Quad, but it seems like it should be a little more fun and a little less drama. So go meet the candidates and make up your own mind. Be concerned about Facebook when you are actually on Facebook. In the meantime, get out there and educate yourself, vote and hold the winners accountable. They work for you at the end of the day. Don’t let them forget it.

Sept. 11 to grace silver screen, but is it too soon? MORGANof Pennsylvania JASON GRAY TOWN, W.Va. and was believed The Daily Athenaeum — How soon is to be en route (West Virginia University) to the White too soon? That’s the question many House. Passengers Mark Bingham, Tom BurAmericans will be forced to nett and Todd Beamer, among answer this year as Hollywood many others, heroically charged addresses Sept.11 tragedies. the cockpit of the plane after It’s been almost five years since the terrorist attacks of realizing that the terrorists were on a suicide mission and had Sept. 11. Since then, America no intentions of landing the has been engaged in a global plane. Todd Beamer’s famous war on terror and currently has line “Let’s roll!” has become the large numbers of troops fightstuff of heroic legend. ing and dying in Afghanistan and Iraq. Director Paul Greengrass, With almost 3,000 innocent who also directed Bloody Sunday and The Bourne Supremacy, Americans dead from that has been praised thus far by the deadly attack and thousands family members of Flight 93 more dead or wounded from for the great care he’s taken in ongoing conflict, are audiences portraying the passengers acready to re-live a national tragedy at their local movie theater? curately. Two movies to be released But not all Americans apthis year, United 93 and World pear ready to watch the film. Audience members in HollyTrade Center, are banking on it. Flight 93, which will open wood shouted out “Too soon!” at the Tribeca Film Festival, when the trailer for the film appeared. In New York, the follows the lives of the passengers aboard United 93, which reaction has been more visceral. crashed into the countryside The AMC Loews theater pulled

the trailer after audience members began crying. World Trade Center is due out later this year and is directed by Oliver Stone, whose other films include anti-war movies such as Platoon and Born on the 4th of July. World Trade Center stars Nicolas Cage, who plays police Sgt. John McLoughlin, a man caught under the rubble of the towers on Sept. 11. Stone is expected to stay away from the political controversy and conspiracy theories he’s famous for. Instead, he’ll focus on the human tragedy, which strikes a more universal note. The small screen has seen some success with Sept. 11themed movies. A&E’s Flight 93, a madefor-television movie, recorded more than five million viewers — the highest ratings for any show in the channel’s history. Cynical Americans are certain to look upon any bigbudget film addressing Sept. 11 as nothing more than Hol-

lywood’s shameless exploitation of grief in order to pull in dollars. The cynicism is understandable but also shortsighted. Good movies, like other forms of art, should address controversial topics. Movies involving hot-button issues like homosexuality, racism and terrorism highlighted this year’s Academy Awards. And with many viewing Hollywood as out of touch with middle America, movies addressing Sept. 11 could win back some red-state viewers. The reaction of audiences is sure to be mixed. There will most likely be some protest. On the flipside, United 93 and World Trade Center could become a theatrical experience that reminds us that for a brief time, Americans put aside their differences and grieved together as one nation. Maybe for a couple of hours, we can feel that way again. This column originally appeared in The Daily Athenaeum on April 4, 2006.

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Bobcat tennis continues winning streak By Ericka Hailey The University Star The Texas State tennis team won their third straight Southland Conference match this weekend as they defeated Stephen F. Austin and Lamar University. The Bobcats improved their record to 6-13 overall and 4-4 in SLC play. The ’Cats headed to Nacogdoches for the first of the two-match sweep this weekend. Texas State defeated SFA, 5-2, on Saturday. The women were successful in sweeping all of the doubles matches against the Lumberjacks including wins by Ashley Ellis and Lainy Chafitz at No. 1, Jana Cucciniello and Leja Sirola at No. 2, and Natalie McLeod and Christina Amo at No. 3. The ’Cats continued to rack up points as they received four of the six singles points in the match against the Lumberjacks. Amo defeated Laura Harrison 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1, and Chafitz battled out on the deciding match against Megan Langston 64, 6-7, 10-6 at No.2. The Lumberjacks’ Lauren Nowicki was domi-

David Racino/Star photo WIN SOME, LOSE SOME: Freshman Ashley Ellis, shown on March 25, won her doubles match, 8-4, with partner Lainy Chafitz against Stephen F. Austin despite the Bobcat loss, 5-13, in Nacogdoches on Sunday.

nated by Sirola, falling 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 while Texas State’s Sumarie Miller overpowered Mary Harrison 6-1, 6-2 at No.5. Texas State’s Ellis finished in a 6-7, 6-4, 11-9 fight with a loss against Kama Scott. Jana Cucciniello was also defeated by SFA’s Gabriela Gadeva 6-2, 6-3. “We’ve always had difficulty with Stephen F. Austin. They have always come out and tried to beat us for whatever reason. They came out fighting hard, played a very smart game, and we counteracted very well,” head coach Tory Plunkett said. “I was very pleased with each and every team member out there. The next day we turn around and play Lamar, and we know it’s a very tough team and they have done well this season. We also knew that the match determined if we were going to make it to the Conference. The ladies knew that.” The ’Cats started off the determining matches against Lamar shaky on Sunday morning as they lost the doubles point but pulled through by picking up four of the six singles points and defeating the Cardinals 4-3. In the No. 1 doubles match, Ellis and Chafitz fell to Lamar’s Andrea Martinez and Tara Shelander, 8-4. The Cardinals’ Tanya Roberts and Pamela Martinez overpowered Sirola and Cucciniello, 8-2, at No. 2, and Kendall Gibbs and Maria Guiterrez defeated McLeod and Amo, 8-4, at No. 3. “We lost the doubles point, but they didn’t drop their heads. They kept their heads up high and continued to fight and it worked for us. We ended up pulling the match out. It came down to the last match and the last point. I couldn’t have asked for a more exciting match,” Plunkett said. Texas State soon retaliated by winning points in the singles round to overcome the Cardinals. Sirola stood her ground as she battled it out in a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 win over Pamela Martinez at No.4. Ellis took out Shelander 6-4, 7-6, at No. 2, Chafitz knocked out Roberts 6-4, 6-3, at No. 3 and Cucciniello dominated Gibbs 6-1, 6-2, at No. 6. Amo was defeated at No. 1 by Martinez, 6-3, 61, while Muller was knocked off 6-4, 6-1, at No. 5. With the two wins gained by the ’Cats this weekend, Texas State has increased its chance of competing in the SLC tournament at the end of this month in Arlington. “We need one more victory. We’re playing Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday, which is the number one team in the conference, and then we play Nicholls State on Sunday, who is the last team in the conference. If we can get one win this weekend, it should get us a place in the conference tournament.” Texas State will be playing their last two matches at home this Friday and Saturday, as they face Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls State in hopes to continue their success while pushing toward the playoffs.

Softball sustains SLC streak with sweep over Roadrunners BY Carl Harper The University Star Just three days after losing an extra-inning battle against Texas A&M 2-1, the Bobcats bounced back in fine form by sweeping the UT-San Antonio Roadrunners during the weekend. When head coach Ricci Woodward was asked about how they came out with the sweep, she talked about the keys to their success. “Persistence was the big thing this weekend. In two of the games we had to come from behind, and it was based on being persistent,” Woodward said. Junior Sarah Lancour and senior Katie Ann Trahan pitched Texas State to the first two wins of the series that came in a double-header at Roadrunner field. In the first game, the ’Cats found themselves deep in a hole as they were once down 5-0 after three innings. The team began its rally in the top of the fourth as Ryan Kos hit her second home run of the season that narrowed the lead to 5-2. As the Roadrunners answered back in the bottom half of the inning with one run, Kristin Gunter connected twice, hitting her seventh and eighth home runs of the season in the top of the fifth and the top of the eighth to give the ’Cats a tight 7-6 victory. “Being a senior, this is my last year to go out with a bang. I was fortunate to come up in both at bats with runners on base to help the team,” Gunter said. Gunter additionally spoke of her consistency on the practice field and within the game. “At practice, I have been focused on taking quality swings; while being patient and taking pitches in the games,” she said. In game two of the doubleheader, Trahan had a superb performance by striking out nine batters and retiring the final 11 to pick up her 14th win of the season. As the game was tied at one a piece in the eighth with one away in the inning, Newton slugged out her second home run of the year giving the ’Cats a 2-1 lead. This was also her second collegiate home run. “It felt good. I surprised myself because the swing didn’t feel good, but it got out,” Newton said. The team tacked on another

Armando Sanchez/Star photo KEEP THE STREAK ALIVE: Junior pitcher Sarah Lancour went seven innings, allowing five runs on six hits and eight strikeouts during Texas State’s 7-5 win over UT-San Antonio on Sunday. The Bobcats will try to stretch their winning streak to four during with a doubleheader against the Houston Cougars at 3 p.m.

run later in the inning through a double-steal by Keller and Koop, and held on for a 3-1 victory. On Sunday, the series came to an end as the ’Cats picked up the sweep with a win in game three. They put up seven runs on 14 hits winning the game 7-5 and extending their conference winning streak to 11 games. Ashton Peters and Katie Ann Trahan both went 3-for-4 as Kristin Gunter was 2-for-2 with three RBIs. After being down 3-0 in the first inning, the women sluggers came together in the third for five consecutive hits by a leadoff double from Keller, and four singles from Amy Krueger, Hromadka, Gunter and Trahan that tied the game at three. Trahan then gave the ’Cats a 5-3 lead in the fourth with a two-out RBI single that

scored Keller and Kos. Texas State never looked back after claiming this early lead. Gunter went 5-for-8 in this series bringing in seven RBIs and blasting out two home runs. She was named SLC hitter of the week as she currently leads the team with a .378 batting average, eight home runs, 28 RBIs and 67 total bases. “She has focused well and hasn’t wasted any at bats. Her role on the team is to produce offense and that is what she is doing,” Woodward said. The team’s overall record now stands at 24-12 while the SLC record is at an impressive 11-1. Texas State will return home on April 5 to host their last non-conference opponent of the season at home, the Houston Cougars. It will be a double header set up for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Armando Sanchez/Star photo HOME SWEEP: Sophomore catcher Ashton Peters went 3-4 from the plate during Sunday’s win over the UT-San Antonio Roadrunners in San Marcos.

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04 05 2006  
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