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Both ASG presidential candidates pushing for Division 1-A By Jacob Mustafa The University Star The push for Texas State football to become a Division I-A program will be a hot-button issue in the upcoming Associated Student Government elections, with both of the major student body presidential candidates having their say on the matter. The Division I-A move has been a topic brought up at ASG meetings, message boards and The University Star for some time, but with a June 1 deadline
approaching, ASG candidates are bringing the message to the masses. The NCAA’s bylaws state in order to be considered for a move to Division I-A, a university must submit a conﬁrmation by June 1 detailing its strategic plan and philosophy. Presidential candidate Reagan Pugh argued the move would be beneﬁcial to school pride and prestige, as does his opponent Chris Anderson. “If we want to go in the right direction then on June 1, (Texas State President Denise) Trauth
needs to sign oﬀ on us going Division I(-A),” Pugh said. According to Athletic Director Larry Teis, the immediate move would make the team become independent of a conference, which could cause Texas State to lose its outside funding and be left without anyone to play. “There’s no way this school will be ready to go by June 1, because to do that, you’d have to go independent and you lose all your schedules and then you lose all your NCAA funding and all of your conference funding,”
Teis said. “The only way this school could do this down the road is to align ourselves with a conference. June 1 is basically impossible.” Teis said the team could actually have a shot at the move in upcoming years if the students of Texas State support the team like the school’s numbers indicate. “I’ve talked with conference commissioners and they’ve all told me, ‘You need to keep ﬁlling up those stands and if you want to talk about moving up,
you need to make yourself attractive,’” Teis said. “It’s great to throw around that we have 28,000 students, but one of the conference commissioners said, ‘Well, then your stadium should be full every week.’” Pugh thinks the team can join Conference USA, which includes Rice University , University of Houston, University of Memphis and University of Tulsa. “There’s no sports culture; look who we’re playing,” Pugh said. “No oﬀense to McNeese (State), but think about if we had
C-USA teams. You had friends who went to those schools. You almost went there or you transferred from there. It’s one of those things where it’s like, would you rather be losing to McNeese State or to Rice or SMU?” Anderson said Pugh might not be cognizant even if Trauth and Teis sign the conﬁrmation; the team will still go through a two-year grace period to allow the program to prepare for the See DIVISION 1-A, page 5
State funding dominates Faculty Senate By Scott Thomas The University Star
Austin Byrd/Star photo Sophomore shortstop Alex Newton delivers the throw to stop Texas’ Shannon Thomas a step too late, letting the runner advance to second. The Bobcats allowed ﬁve stolen bases Wednesday night in a 2-0 loss to the Longhorns. SEE SPORTS, PAGE 14
Growing up as a Native American By Karen Little The University Star Growing up in the 1950s, Ray Duncan was not allowed to speak his native language. At the Phoenix Indian School, students were required to speak English, and were sometimes hit for speaking in their native tongue. Students’ traditionally long hair was shortened upon arrival and all pupils were isCotton Miller/Star photo sued the same outﬁts. Duncan, a full-blooded CheroSTONE STILL: Mario Garza allows Megan Reddick, the Native kee and Vietnam veteran, spoke American Cultural Awareness Conference coordinator and and pre- of his experiences Wednesday communication design sophomore, to paint his portrait after Garza at the Native American Cultural spoke Wednesday in the LBJ Student Center. Awareness Conference in the
LBJ Student Center. Before attending the Phoenix Indian School, Duncan never left his county. His elementary school had only three classrooms. “For seven years I was really happy,” Duncan said. That was until his mother sent him to the Phoenix school. “The (school) was a fenced, enclosed, concrete building that looked like a military facility,” he said. Duncan said the students were not allowed to leave the grounds and were returned by the police if they did not have a pass. Besides conﬁnement to
school, he said he received a schedule where he was only enrolled in shop, carpentry and a general math course. “I went to the counselor and said, ‘I don’t want these — I want English, geography and things to get into college with,’” he said. “She said, ‘I’m sorry, you can’t have them because we don’t do that here.’ To me, I thought getting an education was a way of getting ahead.” Duncan’s father was a carpenter. Although Duncan appreciated his father’s work, he wanted
The Texas State University System hired a new lobbying ﬁrm in December to have a presence in Washington, D.C. and assist the nine universities on their legislative agenda. Bill Covington, associate vice president for research, said the company, called The Normandy Group, is a consulting ﬁrm in Washington, D.C. that is under contract with the Texas State
University System. As Congress boosts the amount it awards each year in earmarked, or noncompetitively awarded, funds, colleges are increasingly looking to outside ﬁrms like The Normandy Group for help in getting their share. While public universities cannot legally use appropriated money or federal money to hire these ﬁrms, they can use money generated locally. “The money we use to pay The Normandy Group is local
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funds, or money not given to us by the government,” Covington said. Roland Smith, vice chancellor for ﬁnance, said the funds used to pay the ﬁrm came from a twice-annual bill sent to the nine universities in the system. “The amount each university is charged is based on the enrollment of each institution,” Smith said. “We typically bill the institutions in January and again in August. The local funds contributed to The Normandy
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Group include auxiliaries, gifts, local fees and local tuition.” The Texas State University System spent $83,900 in 2006 to pay its previous ﬁrm, Advocacy Group, Smith said. Texas State acquired 39 percent of that cost, contributing $32,737. The university system dropped Advocacy Group in December and employed The Normandy Group. Spending numbers for the 2007 ﬁscal year have not been totaled. “The group is currently work-
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Bus merger under Council consideration By Zach Halﬁn The University Star
ing to lobby Congress on funding for programs that include water research, law enforcement and school safety,” Covington said. He said the water lobbying relates to an advanced project on the Rio Grand River headed by Sul Ross State University, a member of the Texas State University System. The project is related to the study of invasive plant and animal species, water usage and factors that aﬀect the
A Transit Task Force report concluded public transportation costs would be reduced by combining the city busing system with Texas State’s TxTram. The San Marcos City Council heard a presentation Tuesday covering the ﬁndings of the report, which is titled “The Coordination of Public Transportation.” Currently, the Capital Area Rural Transportation System provides the CARTS Around Town bus service, made available with funds rural communities with populations under 50,000 are eligible for. The annual net operating cost for CARTS is $573,500, with a majority of that total coming from state and federal funding. The Texas State bus service, TxTram, is a contracted service with First Transit, which is funded by student fees and costs $3.2 million annually. The Transit Task Force is comprised of representatives from the city, university, CARTS, Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas
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University system employs Washington, D.C. consulting firm By Philip Hadley The University Star
University President Denise Trauth updated the Faculty Senate Wednesday on a number of state-level legislative items concerning that she said directly affected funding for the university. One of the most discussed aspects was state funding for the university’s nursing program. With a new item on the Senate’s agenda that would allocate $1 million a year to support nursing programs statewide, Trauth said the university is exactly where it wants to be. Trauth said one bill would allocate $1.5 million to the River Systems Institute and another bill suggested by the governor would give universities money for graduating students. Trauth said no updates could be given on the governor’s incentive bill, but it would be known what the Legislature would do with it when the session ends May 28. “(The Legislature) is the biggest funnel in the world, lots of
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April 5, 2007
starsof texas state Jill Pruetz, anthropologist and Southwest Texas State University alumna, is the ﬁrst to report habitual tool use by non-humans while hunting other vertebrates. Along with a graduate student, Pruetz, assistant professor of anthropology at Iowa State University, documented 22 cases of the chimps fashioning tools for hunting smaller primates in cavities of hollow branches or tree trunks. The study, funded by the National Geo-
graphic Society, documented the discovery at a research site in Fongoli, Senegal between March 2005 and July 2006. Pruetz co-authored a paper on the study titled “Savanna chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) hunt with tools,” which was published in the March 6 edition of Current Biology. — Courtesy of College of Liberal Arts
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Texas State baseball will play Sam Houston State 6:30 p.m. at Bobcat Field. The last Lenten Stations of the Cross will be 5 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center chapel. The Catholic Student Organization will meet 6:30 p.m. in the CSC lounge. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be offered 7 p.m. at the CSC chapel. 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. Career Services will host “Careers with the Federal Government,” 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the LBJ Teaching Theater For more information, call Jonathan Pliego at (512) 245-2645 or e-mail email@example.com/. Shane Claiborne, activist and author of The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical will speak on poverty, American consumerism and how to live a simple life 7 p.m. in the Centennial Hall Teaching Theater. 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 of The Simple Way Community in Philadelphia, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 SS1485@txstate.edu. 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 mail@texasstatechialpha. com.
Texas State tennis will play Lamar 10 a.m. at the Tennis Complex. Texas State baseball will play Sam Houston State 2 p.m. at Bobcat Field. The Living Stations of the Cross will be lead through campus, beginning noon at the CSC.
Texas State baseball will play Sam Houston State 1 p.m. at Bobcat Field.
An on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601.
On this day...
1242 - Russian troops repelled an invasion attempt by the Teutonic Knights. 1614 - American Indian Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.
The Alcohol and Drug Resource Center will hold the Men Against Violence meeting 5 to 7 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-6.1.
1621 - The Mayﬂower sailed from Plymouth, MA, on a return trip to England.
Alpha Lambda Omega Christian Sorority will hold its weekly Bible study 8 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-13.1. Everyone is welcome to attend.
1792 - U.S. President George Washington cast the ﬁrst presidential veto. The measure was for apportioning representatives among the states.
Rise ‘N Shine Toastmasters Club will meet 7 to 8 a.m. at Cabela’s in Buda. Visitors and guests are always welcome. For additional information, call Clark Lyman at (512) 295-7777, e-mail email@example.com or visit risenshine.freetoasthost.info.
1806 - Isaac Quintard patented the cider mill. 1827 - James H. Hackett became the ﬁrst American actor to appear abroad as he performed at Covent Garden in London, England.
Texas State baseball will play Texas-Pan American 6:30 p.m. at Bobcat Field.
1843 - Queen Victoria proclaimed Hong Kong to be a British crown colony.
There will be a free lunch for all students 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CSC lobby. The Invisible Children Tour will be 6 p.m. in the LBJ Teaching Theater. Facing the Fear: Anxiety and Panic Group will meet 3:30 to 5 p.m. and offer a supportive way to cope. For more information or to register, call the Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208. Every Nation Campus Ministries will meet 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G-02. There will be free food, fellowship and a relevant message. There will be a CEO Meeting 5 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 127. 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 SS1485@txstate.edu. Overeaters Anonymous will meet 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church,130 W. Holland St. For more information, call (512) 3572049. San Marcos Toastmasters Club will meet 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lone Star Café at the Prime Outlet Mall. Visitors and guests are welcome. For additional information, call Ren Linér at (512) 353-0217; email smtoastmasters@yahoo. com or visit www.sanmarcos. freetoasthost.org Students in Free Enterprise will meet 4:15 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 113. Students interested in becoming involved with the community, making business connections and learning leadership skills are encouraged to attend.
Texas State baseball will play UTPan American 3 p.m. at Bobcat Field. The American Marketing Association presents Kathleen Cacciatore, senior marketing manager for IBM, 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-14.1. Free food and drinks will be available starting at 5:15 p.m. All majors are welcome. Business-casual attire suggested. More information can be found at www.business.txstate. edu/AMA.
Monty Marion/Star photo A man from the Capitol City Baptist Church in Austin, identiﬁed only as Tony, preaches to passers by Wednesday afternoon in The Quad about the importance of the coming Easter holiday and that students should come to God to avoid Hell.
CRIME BL TTER University Police Department March 29, 12:23 a.m. Information Report/Comanche Street An oﬃcer came in contact with an irate student. The student made oﬀensive gestures and comments toward the oﬃcer. A report was generated for this case. March 29, 3:20 a.m. Driving Without License/ Open Container/Aquarena Springs Drive An oﬃcer initiated a traﬃc stop. Upon further investigation a student was found to be driving without a valid license.
The student was arrested and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. March 29, 5:06 p.m. Burglary: Coin Operated/ Collection Machine/Joe’s Crab Shack An oﬃcer was dispatched for a burglary report. A non-student reported damages to various coin-operated machines. This case is under investigation. March 30, 12:47 a.m. Failure to Comply/Striking
Unattended Vehicle/Fire Station An oﬃcer was dispatched for a report of a hit and run. A nonstudent reported a student’s vehicle had been struck by an unknown driver. This case is under investigation. March 30, 3:00 a.m. Elevator Rescue/Tower Hall An oﬃcer was dispatched for an elevator rescue. A student was released from the elevator and refused medical attention. A report was generated for this case.
1869 - Daniel Bakeman, the last surviving soldier of the U.S. Revolutionary War, died at the age of 109. 1887 - Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller the meaning of the word “water” as spelled out in the manual alphabet. 1892 - Walter H. Coe patented gold leaf in rolls. 1895 - Playwright Oscar Wilde lost his criminal libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde had been accused of homosexual practices. 1908 - The Japanese Army reached the Yalu River as the Russians retreated. 1919 - Eamon de Valera became president of Ireland. 1923 - Firestone Tire and Rubber Company began the ﬁrst regular production of balloon tires. 1930 - Mahatma Ghandi deﬁed British law by making salt in India.
Library Beat Library oﬀers new research material, updated technology The Government Documents department on the east side of the fourth ﬂoor of Alkek Library provides a useful point of contact for students, researchers and public patrons outside the university. It also provides assistance in searching for online documents and has a collection of state Texas documents and reference books for search aids. The latest federal and state of Texas documents are kept in the oﬃce on reserve. Federal documents address
controversial issues such as abortion rights, Internet privacy, governmental support for religious organizations, youth gangs, and funding for the Iraq war. Recent acquisitions include the U.S. Patriot Act, the Iraq Study Group Report, and the 911 Commission Report. The Textbook and Curriculum Materials Center within the area houses state-adopted textbooks and curriculum materials for public schools. Students and teachers of the department of education often meet at the center for classes. The Scholastic Guided Reading collection is also
available for teachers-in-training. Government Documents staﬀ can assist students with the selection of materials. Most of these materials are available for checkout at the documents service counter on the fourth ﬂoor, and may be returned there or to the second ﬂoor Alkek Circulation Desk. The library’s collection includes extensive digital Texas topographical maps, many of which can be printed for patrons on a large inkjet plotter. Eight new, enhanced computer workstations with printing capabilities are available. Staﬀ can assist patrons in re-
searching target markets in the U.S. and signing on to exclusive STATUSA or ESRI online databases. Marketing students and others may view hard copies or CDs of the 2000 census along with historical data. Government Documents staﬀ is available until 10 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Visitors are welcome anytime for a quick walk-through of the department. Call (512) 245-3686 to schedule introductory sessions for classes. — Courtesy of Alkek Library
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President of Iran promises ‘Geography is really about everything’ release of British soldiers By Tom Hundley Chicago Tribune LONDON — The standoﬀ between Britain and Iran ended as abruptly as it began when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called a news conference Wednesday to announce Tehran would free 15 British sailors and marines taken captive 12 days ago for allegedly trespassing into Iran’s coastal waters. Ahmadinejad characterized the decision as a present to the British people to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad and Easter. “The great nation of Iran, while it is entitled to put the British military personnel on trial, has pardoned these 15 sailors and gives their release to the people of Britain as a gift,” he said. The 15, including one woman, were expected to be ﬂown back to Britain Thursday. They were pictured on Iranian television shortly after Ahmadinejad’s news conference wearing business suits instead of military fatigues and chatting amicably with the Iranian president. A crewmember identiﬁed as Royal Marine Capt. Chris Air said: “I’d like to say that myself and my whole team are very grateful for your forgiveness. I’d like to thank yourself and the Iranian people.” Ahmadinejad accepted the apology and joked about the captives’ “mandatory holiday.” The 15 are expected to be handed to the British Embassy in Tehran Thursday before ﬂying home, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported. British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that he was “glad” the 15 would soon be free and the release “will come as a profound relief not just to them but to their families, that have endured such distress and anxiety over these past 12 days.” His statement did not acknowledge any wrongdoing on Britain’s part, nor did it apologize to the Iranian govern-
ment. Instead, he addressed a conciliatory message directly to the Iranian people that called for peaceful dialogue at a time when Iran and the West are locked in a tense standoﬀ over Iran’s nuclear program. “We bear you no ill will. On the contrary, we respect Iran as an ancient civilization, as a nation with a proud and digniﬁed history, and the disagreements that we have with your government, we wish to resolve peacefully, through dialogue. I hope, as I have always hoped, that in the future we are able to do so,” the statement said. “Throughout we have taken a measured approach, ﬁrm but calm, not negotiating but not confronting either,” Blair said. Both Britain and Iran denied that there had been any deal involved in the release of British personnel, with Ahmadinejad saying the release was “a unilateral decision on our end.” Both sides denied any linkage between Tuesday’s release of an Iranian diplomat who had been held in Iraq for two months and Iran’s “pardon” of the 15 Britons a day later. The crisis began March 23 after the British sailors and marines had completed a routine inspection of an Indian merchant ship in the coastal waters oﬀ southern Iraq near the Iranian border. The British personnel were disembarking to their own vessels when they found themselves surrounded by six Iranian boats armed with heavy machine guns and rocket launchers. Iran said the Britons had trespassed into Iranian waters and backed its claim with satellite data inexplicably showing the British vessels were in Iraqi waters. When Britain pointed this out, Iran presented a revised set of satellite coordinates. Britain has steadfastly maintained that its vessels and personnel were at all times in Iraqi waters.
By Molly Berkenhoﬀ The University Star
The nineth annual Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture Wednesday featured CEO and President of the National Geographic Society John M. Fahey, who informed a packed audience in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater about the importance and versatility of geography. University President Denise Trauth introduced Fahey and said Texas State has been partners for many years with National Geographic. “Texas State currently has the highest ranked geography program in the country,” Trauth said. “The Grosvenor lecture contributes to the already astonishing amount of intellectual opportunity available to our students.” Some of Fahey’s accomplishments during his tenure as CEO and President include the introduction of National Geographic to cable television, the expansion of the magazine and the launch of several related magazines and programs. “There is a problem with trying to deﬁne the word geography,” Fahey said. “People hear it and they think of maps, places, names of countries. It’s really so much more than that. Geography is really about everything.” The lecture featured several video montages in order to show the audience a clearer picture of what National Geographic has achieved in its 119 years of existence. Fahey stressed the importance of geography in spreading knowledge of unfamiliar cultures, peoples and animals; knowledge Fahey said can be crucial saving them. “People need a more in-depth look at the world,” Fahey said. “We have a tendency to focus solely on the diﬀerences. I think more importantly we should be focusing on crosscultural similarities that make us human.” Fahey discussed a project recently undertaken by National Geographic called the Genographic Project. The project aims to provide a new method of studying human migratory history by collecting DNA from indigenous peoples and tracing their anthropological past. Fahey calls the project the most comprehensive study of human diversity thus far, and said that through the project, awareness can be raised to protect indigenous people and cultures. “There are people in the world with identical migratory history who are ﬁghting each other to the death,” Fahey said. “We hope that this project will have at least some impact toward the end of such circumstances.” “I think that the (National Geographic) society is a very important institution,” said Richard Boehm, Grosvenor center director. “It places high value on the cultural understanding of the planet’s human population, and the future of the earth’s people.”
Monty Marion/Star photo WITH A MISSION: John M. Fahey, CEO of the National Geographic Society, speaks Wednesday in the LBJ Teaching Theater.
The lecture touched on the topic of climate change as well. National Geographic has published articles that have been used in Congress as viable information on global warming. The Green Guide, a magazine run by National Geographic, seeks to spread information to the public about actions individuals can take to help resolve climate issues, along with continuing to inform about the
status of global warming. “The lecture reminded us of the importance of geography education,” said Sheila Henk, geography resource and environmental studies graduate student. “I hope it inﬂuences people to write to their local representative and encourage them to vote for the geography education bill coming up soon.”
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Problems arise over deadline to shutdown North Korean reactor By Tim Johnson McClatchy Newspapers BEIJING — The U.S. Treasury’s inability to release frozen North Korean bank funds has stalled talks on dismantling Pyongyang’s nuclear-weapons program and jeopardized an April 14 deadline for North Korea to shut down a nuclear reactor, senior Asian ofﬁcials said Wednesday. China’s chief envoy to the nuclear talks and South Korea’s foreign minister said the U.S. and North Korea remained divided over how to transfer some $25 million in bank funds, imperiling the deadline for North Korea to shut down its Yongbyon nuclear reactor. Missing the deadline is all but unavoidable, said Chinese envoy Wu Dawei. “I believe it’s deﬁnite. It cannot be helped,” Wu told Japanese lawmakers in remarks that Japan’s Kyodo news agency picked up on Wednesday. The delay in returning the money has soured the mood after a Feb. 13 diplomatic breakthrough in which China, North Korea, South Korea, the U.S., Japan and Russia set a 60-day timetable for Pyongyang to shut down its nuclear facilities in return for energy aid and security pledges. The plan hinged on the Bush administration obtaining the release of North Korean money at Macau’s tiny Banco Delta Asia, which the administration accused in 2005 of laundering money for North Korea. U.S. oﬃcials decline to say why Daniel Glaser, the deputy assistant treasury secretary for terrorist ﬁnancing and ﬁnancial crimes, has been unable to arrange a transfer of the North Korean funds from Banco Delta Asia to another bank. On March 19, ﬁve days after the Treasury barred the Macau bank from the American ﬁnancial system for allegedly laundering illicit North Korean money, Glaser said the North Korean money would be transferred to the Bank of China but that North Korea would use it only for humanitarian purposes. Diplomats at the six-nation talks waited until March 22 for the transfer, then suspended the
t clearly shows that the Bush administration miscalculated when it thought that it could snap its ﬁngers and the money problem would be solved,” Beck said. “Even the Chinese bankers are holding their nose and saying, ‘We don’t want to be blacklisted next.’” — Peter M. Beck Seoul-based analyst International Crisis Group
talks in exasperation. Glaser ﬂew to Beijing on March 25 but hasn’t spoken to the news media. North Korea refuses to take disarmament steps until it gets its money back. The State Department said Wednesday that the Macau bank issue “has been more complex in its implementation than anybody from any of the six parties could have imagined.” Treasury spokeswoman Molly Millerwise said in an e-mail that Glaser “continues to work hard in Beijing and remains focused on implementation of the agreement … as quickly as possible.” The Bush administration appears to be suﬀering a backlash against its use of Article 311 of the 2001 Patriot Act, which gives the Treasury Department the power to pursue banks anywhere around the world for suspected involvement in terrorist ﬁnancing. Foreign banks worry that under Article 311, U.S. oﬃcials can cut them oﬀ from the global ﬁnancial system without any legal proceedings and without producing any evidence. A Seoul-based analyst, Peter M. Beck of the International Crisis Group, which seeks peaceful resolution of crises, said Washington had underestimated the diﬃculty of ﬁnding a bank to re-
ceive Banco Delta Asia’s North Korean money. “It clearly shows that the Bush administration miscalculated when it thought that it could snap its ﬁngers and the money problem would be solved,” Beck said. “Even the Chinese bankers are holding their nose and saying, ‘We don’t want to be blacklisted next.’” A Chinese expert on North Korea accused the Bush administration of failing to oﬀer the Bank of China suﬃcient guarantees that it wouldn’t be targeted for accepting tainted money. “The problem lies with the United States,” said Li Dunqiu, an analyst with the Development Research Center of the State Council, China’s Cabinet. “It allowed North Korea to take the money back, but it still branded the money as illicit. No bank in the world will be willing to handle the money as long as the United States regards it as illicit,” Li said. A recently retired treasury ofﬁcial suggested that China also may be using the issue to hit at the Bush administration for a broad array of unilateral steps it’s taken against Iran and North Korea outside the United Nations Security Council. Russia and China have expressed displeasure at the administration’s tendency to do end runs around the U.N. sanctions process, which Washington regards as too slow. “The sanctions against a country like Iran (traditionally) were done with a broad brush,” said the oﬃcial, pointing out that the Treasury Department now has a number of narrow unilateral sanctions that can lock banks or countries out of the U.S. ﬁnancial system and thus the global ﬁnancial system. The oﬃcial declined to be identiﬁed because of his recent departure from the department. Even if the frozen assets ﬁnally are released, analysts said, it wouldn’t solve the broader issue of Pyongyang’s eventual access to the global banking system. “What North Korea cares about is not just the $25 million,” Li said. “It is deeply concerned about its trade and ﬁnancial environment in the future.”
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a better life for himself. “I saw people in banks with clean shirts,” Duncan said. “I know there is a better life than what my father had.” The principal deemed him hopeless, saying he was ‘not smart enough.’ Duncan was sent back to his former high school where he excelled in his classes and was accepted to Arizona State University under a scholarship. After college graduation, he returned to the Phoenix Indian School to ask the principal if he remembered him. The man said, “No.” “I’m the same son of a bitch you said was too stupid (to graduate),” Duncan said. “He said, ‘You are the exception.’” The next year, the principal was ﬁred. The school was closed in 1990 and turned into a boarding school. After graduation, Duncan joined the military and was involved for 23 years. He was forced to retire for medical reasons. During his time with the
military, his father passed away. “I got over being angry,” Duncan said. “I’m probably the most sympathetic person you will ever see. Sometimes we have to hurt in order to grow.” Bianca Marshall, studio art junior, attended Duncan’s lecture. She said her history professor assigned her class to read Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog, a novel describing the American Indian Movement. Marshall said many of the same issues were addressed in Duncan’s discussion. “It’s amazing that there was hardly any progress in the treatment of Native Americans,” Marshall said. “(That) made it real for me — to hear an actual person talk about their experience.” In another lecture titled “Walking in Two Worlds/Keeping Indian Identity Intact,” William Harjo, a full-blooded Creek Indian, spoke to nearly 30 audience members. They listened as he told stories about how his grandmother played a role in his educational career. He said
she told him stories whenever something went wrong to prove a point. “Use storytelling to educate a person, instead of pointing a ﬁnger,” Harjo said. “Tell a story to indicate what you are doing wrong.” Harjo said he could not speak English until he entered the ﬁrst grade. “I learned this magic word and I didn’t know what it meant,” Harjo said. “I said ‘bexused’ and I could go out in the hall or out to the swings until they captured me and brought me back. I later discovered I was saying, ‘May I be excused?’” Harjo’s son, Ryan Harjo, a music theory major attending Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan., described his life growing up. “As a Native American child I had a foot in both worlds,” Harjo said. “That comes with a cost. I didn’t go to church on Sundays because I was at pow-wows.” Harjo said in his American school everyone knew about the Christian faith and the Bi-
ble. He said although he did not share their culture, he did grow up with them. Harjo was teased for having long hair and for not knowing what other students knew as simple facts about Christianity. “Do you know what it’s like growing up with long hair as a child?” Harjo said. “I was called names and was constantly pushed in the girls’ bathroom.” Harjo said he not only had a diﬃcult time being of mixed race in the American world, but in the American Indian world, as well. He said he fought for who he was. “You can’t just be accepted for who you are,” Harjo said. “You have to ﬁght for it.” Geyata Ajilvs, Wimberley resident, attended William Harjo’s lecture. She said men such as Ryan Harjo have a choice to make. “If they feel their heart and spirit leading them the native way — their lives will be changed,” Ajilvs said. “You don’t want to chose something unless it is in your heart to follow.”
ure and promotion. When asked for the number of professors accepted for tenure, Provost Perry Moore said that more than 20 were accepted. “It has been rare that I turned down what a dean recomended,” Moore said. Concern was also expressed as to whether candidates from diﬀerent departments would ﬁll the same criteria and amount of work for promotion. “We’re trying to be equitable in the decicions we make between candidates, but equity
is always in the eye of the beholder,” Moore said. “I can sleep at night with the decisions I’ve made.” The Faculty Senate’s agenda included deliberation of the decision to support a proposal made by the curriculum comittee to not amend core courses in order to comply with Texas legislation. The legislation requires all degrees to be attainable within 120 course hours. Moore said one viable idea was to not make the University Seminar course mandatory for
transfer students. “It’s designed for freshmen, and we’ve got sophmores and juniors taking the course,” Moore said. The Faculty Senate discussed the university’s plans for celebrating the centennial birthday of alumnus and former President Lyndon Johnson and the 50th anniversery. “I would lead you to think about how to celebrate this moment,” Trauth said. “I’m a great believer in celebrating the great moments.”
Center for Governmental Studies, a non-proﬁt organization devoted to addressing social problems and researching policy changes, said lobbying groups are essential for public universities. “Unfortunately, it takes more than your congressman to get money in Washington,” Stern said. “It is wise for schools to hire these lobbying groups and most do.” Texas State University System’s total spending on lobbying groups ranks fourth among Texas’ largest public universities, at $83,900, according to the Lobbying Spending Data-
base spending. The Texas A&M University System ranks third, spending $126,000 while Texas Tech spent $280,000. The University of Texas spent the most in the state at $290,000, and ranks fourth in the nation for spending on education lobbying.
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things are put into the funnel, but not a lot comes out,” Trauth said. Trauth was asked about a bill that would standardize textbooks used by professors for three year cycles. The Faculty Senate has shown unanimous dissaproval of the bill in the past. “That hasn’t gotten any traction that I’ve heard of,” Trauth said. Further discussed with the president was changes for ten-
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Rio Grande basin water quality. The law enforcement project refers to the advanced law enforcement rapid response training (ALERRT). “ALERRT trains law enforcement oﬃcials to respond to emergency situations, such as an active shooter on campus,” Covington said. Campus safety, the third initiative, pertains to the Texas School Safety Center. “The center has a comprehensive approach towards the issues of campus safety,” Covington said.
The center trains faculty and staﬀ with methods to respond in emergency situations and ways to deal with violent students. Christine Pellerin, partner with the Normandy Group, said the group works with congressional delegation in order to provide federal money for programs at Texas State. “We represent the Texas State University System as a whole to work with congressional delegation on federal funding,” Pellerin said. “All our staﬀ members are former Capitol Hill staﬀ members.” Bob Stern, president of the
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program to prepare for the jump. “I really think we need to back our athletics program and make sure they know that we need a vision and to go DI(-A) along with the rest of the sports,” Anderson said. “I don’t know if Reagan really understands the whole concept behind the football (move).” Anderson believes the biggest issue is a lack of vision in fundraising for the athletic department. According to him, fundraising and an increase in student support go hand in hand for the school’s jump. “I really think the administration could do more to fundraise
and stay in touch with our alumni,” Anderson said. “Students paid over $6 million into the athletic fund last year, and the administration barely raised $600,000. I think that’s a problem.” Anderson believes the best way to get donors interested in the athletic department is by going Division I-A in football. Teis said the team needs full support from the fans ﬁrst. “My friend has a saying that goes, ‘If a restaurant’s parking lot doesn’t have many cars in it, the food probably isn’t very good,’” Teis said. “So when people drive by and students are out in the parking lot tailgating and barbecuing and having fun, that sets the stage for the day.”
Pugh’s campaign is operating under his idea of “If not now, when?” Teis believes it is something possible, but more complicated than the presidential candidates have made it seem. “I think everybody wants to do it, and I’m not sure this ofﬁce is opposed to doing it,” Teis said. “It’s a process and it takes steps.” Despite all of the ﬁnancial and political concerns with the move, Anderson said it is exactly what the school needs. “I don’t think this is the time to be apprehensive about it,” Anderson said. “I think (the June 1 date) is one of the best opportunities we’ve had and I think it’s best for the school.”
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Transportation Institute. Linda Cherrington, program manager of the Transit Mobility Program at the institute, said the growing population of San Marcos is the determining factor in what kind of funding the busing in town receives. “Looking at the growth of San Marcos, we estimate the population to reach 49,000 by (this year),” Cherrington said. “The signiﬁcance of reaching 50,000 is you become eligible to become what is known as a ‘small urban area’. That changes the complexion of what is available for funding for transit.” Once the population of the city reaches 50,000, it will no longer receive section 5311 grants from the Federal Transit Administration, but will be eligible to receive small urban, section 5307 funding. The task force calculated future population growth and available funding to make its decision to recommend the combination of the systems. Cherrington said the 2010 census results are very important in determining federal and state funding because they are unpredictable. “To be honest with you, we are looking into a crystal ball,” Cherrington said. “We don’t know and we can’t say, nor can anyone else say what the results of the census in 2010 will be.” Based on current estimates, by 2010, the city population should surpass the 50,000 mark. Section 5307 funding is available to municipalities with a population between 50,000 and 200,000. This provides federal funding matching local spending on operating costs of busing systems and covers 80 percent of capital costs. The task force discovered the combination of the systems would increase federal and state funding available while reducing operating costs. Based on current population growth estimates, the annualized cost of running the two independent busing systems in
2010 will be around $3,961,000. If the systems are combined, the task force estimated the 2010 operating costs will be reduced by $404,000, to $3,557,000. Based on the same population growth estimates, the annualized cost of running the two independent busing systems in 2020 will be around $4,689,000. If the systems are combined, the task force estimated the 2020 annual operating costs will be reduced by $663,000, to $4,026,000. All estimates are based on population growth with costs contingent on the price for similar services for a larger population. Management of the proposed cooperative system could be set up in a few diﬀerent ways, ranging from hiring an outside private provider to assigning management duties to either the city or the university. The council later heard a presentation covering the results of the 2006 Citizen Summit survey. City Manager Dan O’Leary presented the results from the event, composed of responses from 11 diﬀerent groups that completed the 25-question survey March 22. The study found citizens of San Marcos are most interested in seeing improvements to the environmental quality of their community. During the electronic survey, respondents were asked, “What should council’s top priority be?” “The number one answer was to protect the natural environment controlled by the city and provide parks and (recreational) activities,” O’Leary said. Increasing the number of jobs in San Marcos is viewed as the second most important task for the council. Surveyed citizens also agreed they are most willing to pay more in taxes to see improvements to the environmental quality of San Marcos. Traﬃc and mobility improvements are viewed to be the issue citizens are secondmost willing to see their taxes increased to pay for.
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Quesadillas making Beauty is only skin deep: Artists, name for organization tattooist convene in San Marcos By Todd Schaaf The University Star
Monty Marion/Star photo COOKOUT: Chris Ramirez, digital and photographic imaging sophomore, Gianna Rodriguez, music performance sophomore and Victor Osorio, pre-mass communication sophomore make quesadillas for students Thursday in The Quad to raise money for the Hispanic Business Student Association.
By Michael Lee Gardin The University Star The Hispanic Business Students Association oﬀers a quick and easy way to cure hunger while on campus. The organization has been selling grilled-on-the-spot quesadillas in The Quad for six years. It holds a fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m three Thursdays a month. The quesadilla sales raise money for the Hispanic Business Students Association’s trip to a national conference and an annual scholarship, and have collected money for causes such as Relay for Life and Hurricane Katrina relief eﬀorts. Melissa De Leon, fundraising oﬃcer for the association, said the quesadilla sales give members great experience for business careers. She said she is very happy with the amount of money raised for the scholarship this year. “We award our own scholarships,” said De Leon, marketing senior. “That is one thing that we can say that not a lot of organizations have. This year we are awarding $1,000.” De Leon said the fundraiser has grown in the past years. “Oﬃcers from years ago started oﬀ selling small amounts of food,” she said. “It just eventually has gotten bigger, like now we have a canopy.” De Leon said the quesadilla stand has become very popular and even has rush hours that create long lines, making it different from most fundraisers located in The Quad. “We have loyal customers,” De Leon said. “Sometimes when we aren’t here for a week people will be asking us where we have been.” De Leon said the quesadilla ingredients change but remain
relatively traditional. “We have vegetables like lettuce, tomato, bell peppers, “ De Leon said. “We added jalapeños about a year ago. Whatever they request we try to get it.” Jonathan Galan, member of the organization, said it is a networking group that participates in many community service activities. “We just started a program at the local high school. It is called The Future,” said Galan, pre-mass communication freshman. “That is basically going to be how we are here, but at the high school level because some of the kids are seen as at-risk kids. We are going to let them know there is something past high school. We also have a lot of guest speakers come speak to our students.” Galan said although the name of the association includes the word Hispanic, it welcomes all types of students. “We aren’t made of just Hispanics,” he said. “Anybody can join. Anybody, white, black, yellow, green, blue — whatever you are, you can join. Any major as well, I am not even a business major and I am a member.” Galan said he enjoys working at the fundraiser even when he cooks. “I cook sometimes,” Galan said. “Last week I cooked from 10 to 3. I smelled like chicken when I went to class.” Galan said the quesadillas he sells don’t look like the ones students are used to seeing. “Quesadillas have two tortillas involved. These have one, but this is for on-the-go,” he said. “It is easier if you can fold it up.” Galan said the fundraiser is becoming a regular part of The Quad. “Watch out, we are becoming a legend,” he said.
There are many things unique to San Marcos: Texas State, Sewell Park, The Square. Soon, another thing will be added to the list. From noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday San Marcos will host the Central Texas Tattoo Bash at Valhalla Reception Hall. The event is being hosted and organized by Stephen Coyne, owner of Valhalla Reception Hall. Coyne said he felt the town needed an event like the tattoo convention. “We wanted to bring something new to San Marcos as far as alternate lifestyles,” Coyne said. “Tattoos are just a booming business, and a lot of people have them.” Morgan Haberle, Texas State alumna and local tattoo artist, works at Classic Tattoo & Boyd Piercing on North LBJ Drive and Cotton Miller/Star photo will attend the convention. Haberle said tattoo conventions oﬀer a TATTOO FESTVAL: Tattoo artist Rebecca creates a tattoo Wednesday at Classic Tattoo & Body Pierclot for visitors to see and do. ing on North LBJ Drive. She, along with other local tattoo artists, will attend the Central Texas Tattoo “Sometimes they do piercing, Bash, scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Valhalla Hall in San Marcos. pretty much tattooing clients,” Haberle said. “People pay an entrance fee to come in and you can tion, and we were just spectators, going to just be a maze of diﬀer- go get my septum gauged a little walk around and look at artists’ but it was really awesome, they’re ent things.” bit,” Moon said. work and portfolios and get tat- really fun.” Nick Moon, pre-psychology Coyne said he plans to make tooed if you want.” Central Texas Tattoo Bash isn’t sophomore, said he is glad that the Central Texas Tattoo Bash This will be the ﬁrst time Clas- all inking and piercing. The event something like this is coming to an annual event. He also said he sic Tattoo has participated as will feature a car show, food from San Marcos. wanted a chance to show oﬀ the a vendor in a local convention. Herbert’s Taco Hut, Gruene Har“I think that its pretty cool work of local tattoo artists. However, Haberle said her and ley Davidson and the Guardian that smaller towns are starting “I really hope that people have the other artists at Classic were Angels, a group Coyne said looks to have more tattoo and body art- a good time, and they want to no strangers to the convention after abused children. oriented festivals,” Moon said. come back,” Coyne said. “And, it scene. “We have a car show that’s goAlthough Moon said he would gives them an idea of what a tat“We go to conventions, like ing to be here with like 30 cars not be getting a tattoo at the con- too artist is about, because they whenever there are conventions in it from ‘60s on up to trucks,” vention, he is interested in some are artisans. I think they’re inin Austin,” Haberle said. “We Coyne said. “We’ll have 15 Har- other options. credible, and I want to showcase were at the last Austin conven- ley’s out front. This parking lot is “If they have piercing, I might them.”
Austin home to Grindhouse ﬁlm, premiere By Ashley Wilrich The University Star Running scared from a killer and having blood smeared all over oneself is not the typical day job. But for the actors and actresses of Grindhouse, it became a lifestyle. Two horror ﬁlms for the price of one, is a bargain that gets even better with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino directing the two movies. Grindhouse, which consists of Planet Terror, directed by Rodriguez, and Death Proof, directed by Tarantino, premiered at The Paramount Theatre in Austin on last Wednesday. Featured actors included Kurt Russell, Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Marley Shelton and Vanessa Ferlito. “To get something like this, we were very lucky because it’s scarce. This (movie) was like a dream,” Ferlito said. The double-feature horror ﬁlm is based on grindhouse ﬁlms of the 1970s, which were made with nudity and gory horror so they would sell. Not only did the ﬁlms use explicit scenes, but anyone could see two for the price of one. Poitier, daughter of Oscarwinning actor Sidney Poitier, said she had a good time working with Tarantino. “It’s a party, he keeps things really lively…he wants everyone to know that they’re there to have a good time and love what they do,” Poitier said. The ﬁlm was shot in Austin, bringing some actors to the city for the ﬁrst time. The Grindhouse women said they spent a lot of their time at Whole Foods
and hanging out with the rest of the cast. “We love Austin,” Poitier and Ferlito said. “You really love Austin when you leave it,” Ferlito said. The women played very different roles onscreen, but prepared similarly. They said they had to spend a lot of time together to look like best friends in the movie, which proliferated oﬀscreen as well. “Our preparation was really just hanging out together,” Mary Elizabeth Winstead said. “Our relationship onscreen is just so much like it is in real life, we didn’t even have to try.” Zoe Bell debuted as herself in Death Proof. Bell, who is from New Zealand, has been a stunt double for eight years and was in Kill Bill. Bell said she has had a passion for stunting and performing since she was a child practicing gymnastics. “My character is me. I went home for a couple of weeks to get in touch with my kiwi roots and my kiwi accent again,” Bell said. “And aside from that I learned my lines and handed it over to the big man (Tarantino).” Twins Electra and Elise Avellán, who play babysitters in Planet Terror and Death Proof, have been actresses from a young age as well. That they are Rodriguez’ nieces and their mother is a Venezuelan actress helps. “We’ve been acting since we were four years old, and we moved here when we were sixteen.” Avellán said. “We’ve been around it for so long.” Danny Trejo, who has been in many of Rodriguez’ ﬁlms,
Austin Byrd/Star photo RED CARPET: Electra Isabel Avellán arrives Wednesday at the Paramount Theatre in Austin for the screening of the new double feature Grindhouse.
said he basically played himself and incorporated a lot of past experiences playing a tough guy. “I just mainly got in shape,” said Trejo, while opening his jacket to show his muscles.
arrived in a wooden box. The plan was for him to meet his wife and daughter in Austin and then take another ﬂight with them to go see his parents in Georgia. Instead, he would be missing on that ﬂight. It was, if I may use the phrase, a haunting sight to see them there at the airport. I followed the soldier oﬀ the plane (whose name was Alex, I discovered) and watched him go stand next to a woman and a little girl near the terminal gate. I always remembered getting those chills up my spine. My grandmother
always told me that was when an angel put its hand on you. Watching Alex put his arms around his crying wife and mother sent me to tears faster than ever. I’ve never missed my wife so much. Once they began to leave, Alex ran over to me. “Good luck,” he told me before leaving with them. So I walked out; I knew where I had to be, and that was in Austin. Unfortunately, there was only one way to get there. Man, I really can’t wait until I get my wings.
Grindhouse, featuring Planet Terror and Death Proof, is rated R. The ﬁlm will open Friday.
SOULSPEAK: Where the dead live By David Conrad The University Star Editor’s note: Soulspeak is the ﬁctional prose and poetry writings of David Conrad, math sophomore. In an eﬀort to promote creative writing and the arts, Soulspeak will be a regular section in The Star. These are not news stories. Derek Parsons 1969-2002 Day Two I ﬁnally made it to the airport around 2 the next morning. I al-
ways thought being dead meant you never were hungry, or tired, or felt any pain, but dammit, I was exhausted from that walk. I passed through the locked doors, which was quite amusing, to tell the truth. It was one of those things that I looked forward to when I died. I found the next ﬂight to Austin-Bergstrom Airport: 11:15 a.m. I went to my gate, and sat in a chair, and fell asleep. I woke up, and noticed something was amiss. For one, my legs had reappeared for some reason, and to add to the peculiarities,
they were much… bigger. It was then I realized someone was sitting in my seat. On top of me. I stood up and brushed myself oﬀ (force of habit) and walked to the gate. It was 11:11 a.m., but I didn’t worry. If someone could sit in my seat, I could most certainly sit in someone else’s. First class, here I come… I walked through all of the doors (still amusing) and sat down in the ﬁrst row. The man had already made himself comfortable, spreading out his blanket and getting his pillow situated. I ﬁgured I was always the
one doing the hard work, so why shouldn’t I ﬁnally get a chance to relax? “Comfy?” asked a man next to me. I looked over and saw an older woman, which caught me a bit oﬀ guard. It wasn’t until the blue-hued man in her spot leaned forward that I realized someone else had the same idea as me. “Indeed I am,” I replied. So we began to talk as the plane took oﬀ. He was a soldier commissioned from Camp Mabry that recently arrived in Georgia from Iraq. Unfortunately, he was killed in action, and
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Nerdcore genre introduces new style to rap scene Farmer Fred to get help from
Photo courtesy of myspace.com/mcchris
NERDCORE: MC Chris keeps it real by rapping about GPAs and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
By Kiki Von Glinow Washington Square News (NYU) NEW YORK -- MC Pee Pants on Aqua Teen Hunger Force is proof: Once a nerd, always a nerd. The voice behind this rapping spider in a shower cap and diaper is that of Chris Ward, a 1997 New York University alumnus who’s now focusing on his career as a self-proclaimed nerdy rapper. Ward, who now goes by MC Chris, is a major part of the current “nerdcore” movement. With lyrics like “I got a gradepoint average higher than Hendrix on New Year’s Eve,” Ward
and other nerdcore rappers say it’s OK to be a geek. “If anything, nerdcore has shown — or my rap has shown — that you can keep it real and it will be appreciated,” Ward said. “A lot of kids saw that they could rap about their lives and be nerdy and boring and it was OK.” Ward hasn’t always been so secure in his nerdiness. In his years at NYU, the rapper battled depression brought on by uncertainty about his career. “It’s ironic because I was such a mess back in the day,” Ward said. “It’s funny that it worked out for me. I was just in an emotionally f**ked-up place.” A native of Libertyville, Ill., Ward transferred to NYU after a year at the Art Institute of Chicago to pursue a career in ﬁlm. But after attending one day of ﬁlm classes, Ward realized he didn’t enjoy being behind the camera, so he switched to dramatic writing. This, too, left Ward unsatisﬁed and anxious about his future. “When you go into a big school that is known for the greats, and you think you’re going to be one of those greats and you’re not, you’re like, ‘Maybe I’m just a joke,’” Ward said. “I never stopped, though, and I just kept at it.” Ward soon found an outlet in music. After his suitemate in Hayden residence hall introduced him to the eight-track re-
corder, Ward started recording songs in a genre that had always interested him: Rap. “I just said my name a lot and made a lot of pop references, and it was really just saying how great I was because I was really depressed at the time,” he said. “The whole reason for doing it was to boost myself up and feel better about myself, talking about how awesome I was, which is what most rappers do.” By his senior year, Ward no longer felt so alone — he had an alter-ego on his side, MC Chris. “Senior year I was a sloppy drunk,” he said. “I invented an alter-ego and it saved my life. ... Sometimes New York can just be too big of a place when you’re young. I have so many goals, so when I feel like things are getting too dark, I have a survival instinct.” But it wasn’t until after he graduated and began producing his own records that Ward felt secure about his career. “I ﬁgured if I can do a show in the middle of the desert and two hundred kids will show up and know all the words, then mission accomplished,” Ward said. Still interested in screenwriting, Ward moved to Hollywood to pursue his multiple career goals. “I went to Hollywood and was walking around all the sets and was like ‘I’m going to be a star,’ like I was all that and a bag of chips,” Ward said. “But no, they
just said ‘go back to school.’” But Ward was fed up with school. So instead, he moved in with his parents in Philadelphia and worked as a waiter, taking odd jobs on commercial and ﬁlm sets. And his depression returned. But one night at a bar, Ward met a Cartoon Network employee who invited him to work for him in Atlanta. Ward accepted the job. Soon after, he was writing songs for Cartoon Network’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force, part of the network’s Adult Swim programming block. Then he became the voice of the show’s character MC Pee Pants and one of the show’s producers. With the songs he wrote for Aqua Teen, Ward began to accumulate a large nerd following. He resigned from Aqua Teen in Oct. 2004 to focus on his music career in the blossoming nerdcore genre. Now, Ward has seen a range of successes, like performing with the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy group and his current tour with the band Piebald. Despite his accomplishments, Ward remembers his geeky roots. “There’s nothing corporate about me yet,” he said. “It’s a sweet time for me right now. We’ll see how everyone accepts me once it’s all shiny and expensive. I do want it to go there, though.”
By Ashley Wilrich The University Star Spring ﬂowers are blooming and the Easter bunny is coming, and it’s time for the San Marcos annual Farmer Fred’s Spring Carnival. Each year, the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department puts on Farmer Fred’s Fall Carnival and Farmer Fred’s Spring Carnival. This year’s carnival is themed the “garden” spring carnival. Jessica Jenkins, the recreation program coordinator and the rest of the Parks and Recreation team have been hard at work planning for this carnival. “It is an opportunity for people to celebrate spring and Easter,” Jenkins said. The carnival will have diﬀerent activities for children of all ages. It will consist of 35 carnival games, Easter egg hunts for diﬀerent ages, prizes and candy. Beginning at 6:45 p.m., an Easter egg hunt will occur every 30 minutes. The carnival will have a moonwalk, a picture with the Easter bunny for $1, and a train ride for $2. Jenkins said no carnival would be complete without junk food, so there will be nachos and a lot of candy. Along with the Parks and Recreation staﬀ, Texas State organizations will help run the many
t is an “I opportunity for people to celebrate spring and Easter.”
— Jessica Jenkins program coordinator, City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department
diﬀerent activities. The Terry Scholars are among the many sororities, fraternities and other organizations volunteering at the carnival. The Terry Scholars volunteered at the fall carnival as well. Valerie Jochec, president of the Terry Scholars and health and ﬁtness management senior, said she is excited about the upcoming carnival. “It’s a way to give back and I know the kids enjoy it. I like to see the smiles on the kids faces,” Jochec said.
✯ FYI The carnival is open to the public and admission is free. The carnival will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, at the Lion’s Club Park.
Microsoft’s view on Vista capability leads to lawsuit By Benjamin J. Romano The Seattle Times
Photo courtesy of Martin Costas-Chillemi Salvatore Giordano, mathematics graduate student, signs up for the H207 beneﬁt concert mailing list at the Taste of Africa festival. H207 will be April 15 at Gordo’s on The Square with proceeds beneﬁting a community in Ethiopia.
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SEATTLE — A Washington woman who bought a computer in November 2006 marked as “Vista Capable” and later discovered it’s capable of running only the most basic version of Microsoft’s new operating system, has sued the company for unfair and deceptive marketing. Dianne Kelley, represented by Seattle law ﬁrm Gordon Murray Tilden, ﬁled a lawsuit Thursday, alleging “Microsoft engaged in bait and switch — assuring consumers they were purchasing ‘Vista Capable’ machines when, in fact, they could obtain only a stripped-down operating system lacking the functionality and features that Microsoft advertised as ‘Vista.’” The suit seeks class-action status. A Microsoft attorney defended the marketing practices in an interview Tuesday, noting that the “Vista Capable” logo was one part of an “unprecedented eﬀort” by the company to distribute information about the operating system’s features and hardware requirements. “Our goal is to give (customers) as much information as possible down to the precise technical speciﬁcations that they need to operate the various versions of Vista,” said Linda Norman, associate general counsel in Microsoft’s litigation group. In March 2006, Microsoft be-
ut PCs “B bearing the “Capable” logo “cannot run, or run poorly, with Vista Home Premium, the least expensive version of Vista that includes Vista’s heavily marketed and most popular features.”
— Dianne Kelley Seattle resident
gan a program allowing computer makers whose machines met certain speciﬁcations to label them as “Vista Capable.” The required specs included at least 512 megabytes of memory and a DirectX 9 graphics processor. But PCs bearing the “Capable” logo “cannot run, or run poorly, with Vista Home Premium, the least expensive version of Vista that includes Vista’s heavily marketed and most popular features,” Kelley’s complaint said. Microsoft later introduced a “Premium Ready” designation for PCs with enough memory and graphics processing power to handle the additional features, including the translucent
Aero user interface and many of the digital media applications for photos and DVDs. Jeﬀrey Thomas, an attorney at Gordon Murray Tilden, said the average consumer shopping for a new PC and seeing a “Vista Capable” sticker has “a reasonable expectation” of getting “the core experience that Microsoft has spent quite a lot of money advertising as the Vista experience.” Microsoft said consumers running the Basic version are in fact getting the “core Vista experience” of increased performance, better security and easier ﬁle searching. Thomas said the marketing campaign around Vista, which emphasizes many of the visual and digital media features of the operating system only available in the Premium and higher editions, is “misleading, unfair and/or deceptive to the average consumer.” Norman said advertising is a visual medium so it’s not surprising the snazzy translucent user interface called Aero and other visual aspects of Vista are highlighted. “What customers are going to appreciate on a day-to-day basis is the underlying architectural changes that have increased the security and reliability of that experience — not something that’s easy to put up on an advertising board and catch a consumer’s attention,” she said. The suit was ﬁled in a U.S. District Court in Seattle.
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Simplicity at heart of author’s lecture, book By Laura Jamison The University Star When Shane Claiborne was in college, he decided to leave his dorm room and live among the homeless. An author, activist and Christian, Claiborne will speak about living “The Simple Way,” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Centennial Teaching Theater, as part of the Common Experience. Claiborne will also host a Philosophy Dialogue 2 p.m. Thursday. Claiborne recently spent three weeks in Bagdad with the Iraq Peace Team and is the author of The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical. According to www.thesimpleway.org, “the life of The Simple Way is the story of that struggle to love and to be loved.
The most radical thing we do is choose to love each other ... again and again.” The Simple Way community is located in Philadelphia where its members occupy abandoned houses once known for drug dealing and prostitution. Reagan Pugh, Common Experience student coordinator, said its members are searching for life through Christianity. “They take people in like prostitutes and recovering drug addicts. They also run after-school programs,” Pugh said. Sean Raybuck, social work junior, said Claiborne will be an encouraging speaker. “It is neat to see someone really living out what Christianity is,” Raybuck said. “He is helping the poor, being a light and showing the potential of what people can do.”
to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Lonesome Dove Revisited The exhibit is located in the Southwestern Writers Collection on the seventh ﬂoor of Alkek Library. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (512) 2452313.
All-Student Juried Exhibition An annual competition for students hosted by the department of art and design. Selected student work is surveyed by a guest juror. Galleries I and II are located on the second ﬂoor of the Mitte Complex. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m Saturday and Sunday.
Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature The exhibit is located in the Southwestern Writers Collection on the seventh ﬂoor of Alkek Library. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (512) 2452313.
Music Lecture Series “A New Musical Rhetoric: Live and in Real Time” Lecturer Russell Riepe will speak 8 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. This is a free event. Call (512) 245-2651 for more information.
Little Heroes Featuring children as subjects, this exhibition reﬂects the breadth and depth of the Wittliﬀ Gallery’s permanent collection, including its worldclass holdings of contemporary Mexican photography. The exhibit is in the Wittliﬀ Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography on the seventh ﬂoor of Alkek Library. Exhibits are free and open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 2
Pugh said Claiborne had a few requests prior to agreeing to come to Texas State. “He says that when he comes to speak he does not want a hotel,” Pugh said. “He wants to stay in a home with a family or in a dorm room so that he can learn about the community and know the people.” Pugh said Claiborne also asked if someone associated with bringing him to Texas State could fast from driving their car to oﬀset the “ecological footprint,” made by ﬂying. “You look at a guy like this and then you look at how non-eﬀective and nonintentional you’re living,” Pugh said. “But he also says The Simple Way is diﬀerent for each one of us. We each ﬁnd our own way to battle consumerism and material gluttony.”
The movement found inspiration in the Catholic Worker movement, St. Francis of Assisi and Mother Teresa, who Claiborne worked with for 10 weeks in Calcutta. Pugh said hosting a Christian speaker through the Common Experience supports diversity. “We call it the Common Experience because we want to showcase every idea, opinion and voice,” he said. “This is a view and approach to protest and dissent that we as a university have not heard yet.” Pugh said Claiborne is the ﬁrst Common Experience speaker to turn down the entire sum oﬀered as payment. “He continues to exemplify the meaning of protest and dissent on the deepest and most real level,” Pugh said.
Photo courtesy of TheSimpleWay.org KEEP IT SIMPLE: Author and activist Shane Claiborne will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Centennial Teaching Theatre as part of Common Experience about living “The Simple Way.”
Common Experience Movie The Common Experience will show United 93 7 p.m. in the LBJ Teaching Theater. For more information call 2458263.
Farmers Market Shop for fresh fruit and vegetables 3 to 6 p.m. at 104 S. C.M. Allen Parkway. For more information, call (512) 3938400.
direction of Pete Rodriguez 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for the general public and $1 for students. Call (512) 245-2651 for more information.
Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature
Lonesome Dove Revisited
Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature
All-Student Juried Exhibition
All-Student Juried Exhibition
Chautauqua Film Festival
All-Student Juried Exhibition
Much Ado About Nothing The comedy by William Shakespeare is set in Messina and the plot centers around two pairs of would-be-lovers. When Hero and Claudio become betrothed, their sparring friends, Beatrice and Benedick, swear never to fall in love. The play is directed by Chuck Ney. The show begins 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students. Call the box oﬃce at (512) 245-2204.
Lonesome Dove Revisited
Lonesome Dove Revisited
Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature
Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature
Saxophone Studio Recital Saxophone students of Doug Skinner and Todd Oxford will perform 4 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. This is a free event. Call (512) 245-2651 for more information.
Junior Piano Recital Mark Ackerley, student of Tim Woolsey performs 8 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. This is a free event. Call (512) 245-2651 for more information.
All-Student Juried Exhibition
All-Student Juried Exhibition
SATURDAY Lonesome Dove Revisited Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature Little Heroes
All-Student Juried Exhibition Trombone Recital Max Garza, student of Charles Hurt will perform 6 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. This is a free event. Call (512) 245-2651 for more information.
SUNDAY Lonesome Dove Revisited Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature
Texas State Flute Choir The choir will perform under the direction of Adah Toland Jones 6 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. This is a free event. Call (512) 245-2651 for more information. Jazz Ensemble The ensemble will be under the direction of Freddie Mendoza 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for the general
public and $1 for students. Call (512) 245-2651 for more information.
Phi Mu Alpha’s “American Music Recital” The recital will be 8 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. This is a free event. Call (512) 245-2651 for more information Chautauqua Film Festival The two-day ﬁlm festival, featuring student and local work, will begin 7 p.m. in the LBJ Teaching Theater. For more information call 2458263.
Lonesome Dove Revisited
Jazz Lab Band Concert The band will be under the
Common Experience: Isabel Allende The Chilean author will speak 8 p.m. at the LBJ Mall as part of the Common Experience and this year’s theme, “Protest and Dissent.” For more information call (512) 245-8263.
TV SCHEDULE for Channels 17 &19 Tuesday 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Wednesday 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. Thursday 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m.
LBJ Lecture Series: Bob Krueger French in Action Lesson 13 French in Action Lesson 25 Dr. McGee AIDS Lecture Sally Ride Lecture LBJ Lecture Series: Morris Dees San Marcos Night Life: Trish & Daren Zilo: Week 6 Hour 2 Ch 17 ONLY French in Action Lesson 37 French in Action Lesson 50 Entrepreneurship: Karl Rove
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✯ ‘Green’ solutions apply to computers too thing easily done in A lot has changed most desktops — but of since the beginning course this doesn’t apof the year. ply to servers and netI don’t make New work storage systems Year’s resolutions. and the like. If busiRather, I just try new nesses and home users things and see if they BILL RIX turned their computers pan out or not. This Star Columnist oﬀ when they weren’t way, I don’t feel too being used, the amount bad if I stop going of power and money saved to the gym every day or my would be staggering. grades fall a bit. No big deal. This solution takes care of This year, however, a lot the casual home users and the of changes have made their oﬃce dwellers, but it’s a difway into my life. I turned vegferent story when it comes to etarian, I don’t drive nearly gamers. It will take some serias much and I’m becoming ous muscle to be able to crank increasingly concerned with things like global warming and out 60 frames per second in, and to power all the high-end sustainability. Big deal after components to make the powall. erhouse necessary for next-gen Although technology is my games. Don’t forget about the forte, I was shocked to learn massive, widescreen monitors how much power traditional and 5.1 surround-sound speakdesktop computers use and er setups, which are massive why it’s so high in the ﬁrst power drainers as well. place. The rub lies almost solely For starters, according to in the hardware: while miniWorldChanging, only about 15 ITX (a low-power motherboard percent of the power computers use goes toward any actual form factor) is a viable alternative for casual users, playing work, the rest going toward 3-D games is wholly out of the idling. This is a simple ﬁx, as question for now. You could all it really takes is turning oﬀ your computer when you aren’t build a comparatively low-power system, but it would only using it. You can at least use be suited as an Internet and power-saving software, some-
hink of the T coverage a green university would garner.
word processing machine. This would be perfect for places like the Internet cafe area at Blimpie’s in the LBJ Student Center or the second-ﬂoor machines at Alkek Library, where the Dells are nothing short of overkill. It’s a shame economic and IT hurdles exist, which cancels out a chance of this happening any time soon. The prestige it would oﬀer would be immense. Think of the coverage a green university would garner. The full scope of the problem deserves several thousand words and it’s a topic I unfortunately cannot address at length here. I will surely be touching on other topics in the future — this is more of an introduction than anything. In the meantime, look into ways you can limit your power consumption. You’ll ﬁnd most are easy changes and your wallet (and conscience) will thank you for it.
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mericans comprise 5 percent of the world’s population yet consume 25 percent of the world’s energy. Shocked? Neither Apathy toward environment won’t make problem go away are we.
Americans don’t like to be told what to do. If we want to leave the lights on in our house, then we feel we should have every right to do so. But there is a push for green living, or the practice of being environmentally conscious, and Americans are becoming more aware of the harmful eﬀects their actions are having on the environment. According to a recent University Star article, these are some things that a green living person does: recycles, carpools, bikes and walks, buys energy-saving light bulbs, unplugs appliances, takes short showers, buys organic food and doesn’t buy products with excess packaging. However, when thinking about green living, there is one thing that does not come to mind: our generation. We’re wasteful individuals. We consume a lot of food, a lot of electricity — a lot of everything. We’re mass consumers born and bred. Tell an American, especially a Texan, that he or she has to do this, this and this, and prepare for a response similar to the infamous T-shirt slogan: “F**k You, I’m from Texas,” or maybe the often-repeated Eric Cartman line, “I do what I want.” For example, even though recycling bins are all over campus, we don’t utilize them. If students can’t walk 10 feet to throw their cigarette butts away, we’re not going to make it to the recycling bins either. But wait, can’t the elementary school children continue to pick up our cigarette butts for us? It’s terrible and embarrassing that it has come to that point. The green living article reported students drive way too much. In the U.S., using our car to drive a mile to the corner store is second nature; we wouldn’t even think about walking and would probably laugh at the idea. One would most likely be greeted with an “Are you serious?” stare. In more environmentally conscious countries, it’s the complete opposite. If you wanted to drive a mile to the corner store, they’d look at you as if you were crazy. There is no immediate result of a person not being environmentally conscious. Our wasteful, lazy actions don’t have instantaneous consequences. Like the saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind.” When there is a potential problem, humans have a tendency to wait until it’s too late or until we are forced to confront it. Green living is something we need to instill in future generations. At some point, it will be necessary to do these things as the world becomes more populated and energy use continues to increase.
Letter to the Editor University surveys spread annoyance, not actual change Twice this week, I’ve received online surveys from the university regarding campus life. One asked if I “slightly disagreed” that I had heard a sexist joke on campus. Another asked what I thought prices should be for LBJ Center performances. Though, as an oﬀcampus grad student, I never go to the LBJ Student Center for any reason. No option was given for “I don’t know” or “doesn’t apply.” The results of such surveys are meaningless, yet are presumably the basis for someone, somewhere, making decisions for all the rest of us. This is not responsiveness to students; it is a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Lee McMullin graduate student Think you have something to say? Log on to www.universitystar.com and click on the letters link to read old letters and submit new ones.
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he Texas House and Senate are currently reviewing House Bill 8, which includes a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and lifetime monitoring of adults convicted of sexual acts against a victim younger than 12 years old. Do you think this bill should pass? Yes 88% No 11% I don’t know 2%
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LEGAL GUY: Keep your home, be aware of zoning ordinances Knowing where you can So if you live with two or and cannot live could be more people in a house the diﬀerence between you or someplace other than having a roof to sleep unan apartment complex der or not. Although zoning and are unrelated, you regulations have been disare probably breaking cussed at length, I am still the law. Obviously, if you surprised at the number live with a sibling and CARSON GUY of people who break the Star Columnist another roommate, howordinances. ever, then you are not in The most common zoning orviolation. dinance people hear about or are Many times you and your told about is the Limited Numroomies will be able to slide by ber of Unrelated Individuals, unhindered. However, if you or which reads all single-family zon- your roommates do anything to ing districts “shall be restricted shine the proverbial spotlight on to occupancy by a family, and up yourselves, then you could get to one other person who is not evicted or even ﬁned. Because related to any of the family mem- of the regulation’s strict nature, bers by blood, legal adoption, city oﬃcials may not take action marriage or conservatorship.” against people in violation unless
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the oﬀenders are uncooperative or otherwise drawing attention to themselves by having parties, lots of people in and out or generally disturbing the neighborhood. City oﬃcials only respond to complaints, so don’t attract attention to yourself. The method used to determine whether three or more unrelated persons are living together is deﬁned in the same ordinance. “If three or more vehicles with registrations to persons having diﬀerent surnames and addresses were parked overnight at the dwelling unit a majority of a 21-day period.” Using this procedure if you and your roommates all had cars and slept at home for 11 days in a period of
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21 days, not necessarily consecutively, then you could be evicted and ﬁned. Often these regulations are enforced by city marshals who sit and watch your house to conﬁrm the vehicles are parked there overnight. So if you see an unusual car parked outside of your house only at night, then you might consider examining your options before you are confronted with the evidence that you are in violation. This regulation is strict in nature and can be diﬃcult to follow. You should have only one roommate if you live in an oﬀ-campus house. If you want to live with two other roommates oﬀ-campus, be sure to ask your realtor,
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potential landlord or owner of the property whether the house in question is located in a zoning district limited to single-family dwellings. According to the city ordinance, the property owner or agent of the property is legally responsible if they allow someone to inhabit their dwelling while having three unrelated people living there. However, that does not mean the tenants are oﬀ the hook either. Potential tenants are best oﬀ asking the landlord in writing whether their property is located in a residential zone that has this requirement. That way, if there ever is a problem down the line, then at least you have
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Thursday, April 5, 2007
Texas State tennis hopes to stay strong against Lamar
CONDITIONING FOR COLORADO: Rugby team captain Chris Mutschler leads freshman Ben Asmus (left) and junior Eric Boronow through conditioning drills Tuesday afternoon at the West Campus Practice Field. The rugby team has been preparing heavily for its trip to Colorado to compete in the Western Playoffs.
By Travis Atkins The University Star
Travis Atkins/ Star photo
Rugby club embarks on Western Playoffs By Travis Atkins The University Star The Texas State Renegade Rugby Club will leave for the Western Playoﬀs in Colorado Thursday, two days before the team’s ﬁrst scheduled match. The early arrival is designed to get the club used to the increase in elevation. “We’ll be getting there two days early to run and stuﬀ,” team captain Chris Mutschler said. “Thursday and Friday we will have full workouts, so we should be ﬁne by the time we play on Saturday.” Additionally, to make the altitude less of a factor, Coach Scot Courtney has done his best to get his team in premium physical condition. When asked what the club has been doing in the time since they lost to Angelo State in the state championship game, Courtney simply said, “We’ve been running — a lot.” Upon arrival in Denver, the team will drive to the University of Northern Colorado in
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Greeley, which is an hour and a half north of Denver. There, they will hold a training session before a team dinner Thursday night. Friday, the club will follow a similar schedule and watch the Division I teams, who begin their tournament a day prior to Division II. Texas State’s ﬁrst-round match will be Saturday against Wayne State, a private school in Nebraska. Ironically, Wayne State’s team was established ﬁve years ago by a group originally from Fort Worth, meaning it plays a similar “Texas style” of rugby, according to Courtney, a Southwest Texas State alumnus. “From everything I have heard, they play the brand of ball we have seen and played against all year,” Courtney said. Should they win, the Renegades will advance to the semiﬁnals and play later that day, most likely against the No. 1 seed and host, Northern Colorado. The Bears were runner-up last year for the national
championship and won it all two years ago. “They’re not that good,” Courtney said. “They could have a whole new team this year, but I’ve seen them the last two years and we can beat those teams.” If the Renegades pull oﬀ the upset in the semiﬁnals, they move on to the ﬁnals Sunday in what could be a rematch of the state championship. Courtney’s ideal Colorado trip would culminate in a victory over Angelo State. “I really want to play Angelo State for the championship,” Courtney said. “That’s what I’m going there expecting to happen.” The winner of the Western Playoﬀs will then travel to Sanford, Fla. for another eight-team tournament, with the top two moving on to Palo Alto, Calif. to play for the championship at Stanford University. The Renegades will need to string together ﬁve straight victories to reach that point.
The club has been practicing twice a week, but has not played a match since the state playoﬀs. “I think it has actually been good for us because we have had a lot of time to get healthy,” Mutschler said. “It’s going to take fresh legs and a lot of heart to play three games in two days.” Mutschler, a senior, is a rugby veteran and has played three games in two days before. “It’s not fun,” Mutschler said. “Especially at this level, where all the teams are so good.” After every match this year, the club has gone out and partied with the other team. However, these matches are played one after another, leaving little time for recreation should the team continue to win. “As long as we are still competing, we are going take things seriously,” Mutschler said. “If we get our butts kicked on Saturday, I’m sure we’ll go out and have some fun on Saturday night.”
The tennis team will look to win its fourth straight match and maintain a perfect home record against Lamar 10 a.m. Friday at the Texas State Tennis Complex. With a win, the team will solidify its spot in the conference tournament, which was Coach Tory Plunkett’s main goal at the start of the season. The Bobcats are currently 5-2 and ranked fourth in the Southland Conference. Right on their heels are the Lady Cardinals. Plunkett said Lamar’s ranking is deceptively high because the school has yet to play some of the better teams in the SLC, namely Texas-San Antonio and Texas-Arlington. “On paper, we should do very well,” Plunkett said. “But again, we have to go out and prove it.” Texas State is coming oﬀ a weekend road trip that featured a 7-0 blowout of Central Arkansas. Freshman Rabea Hartmann won her seventh-straight match 6-0, 6-0. “Let’s just say it wasn’t one of my harder opponents,” Hartmann said. Hartmann is undefeated in league play and is being considered for all-conference honors, Plunkett said. Sunday the team took on Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La. The event was postponed because of rain, after two complete matches. The score is 1-1, with the win coming in a 6-0, 6-0 victory for junior Ali Gulida. Like Hartmann, Gulida is undefeated in league matches and is a possible all-conference selection. “Since I am our number six (seed) and undefeated, it shows how good our team is from top to bottom,” Gulida said. The team’s match against the Demons is set to resume Thursday morning in San Antonio. Hartmann is only two points away from winning her match. If the team result is decided after singles play, doubles competition will be bypassed.
“Theoretically, we could go down there and play for thirty minutes and turn right around and head back,” Plunkett said. “We oﬀered to pay for their hotel rooms and the umpires if they came here, but they didn’t take our oﬀer because they know about our record at home.” If the team can ﬁnish oﬀ Northwestern State Thursday, it will improve to 6-2 in conference and clinch a playoﬀ berth. The Southland Conference Tournament, which encompasses the top six teams in the league, will be held April 20 through 23 at the UTSA Tennis Center. Right now, odds are Texas State will be the fourth seed because it will be diﬃcult to jump ahead of Sam Houston and UTA; each team has only one loss and holds head-to-head tiebreakers after beating the Bobcats earlier this year. Southeastern Louisiana is in ﬁrst place with an undefeated conference record. Texas State will travel April 14 to Hammond, La. to play the Lions. “I think our team has the best opportunity to beat Southeastern (Louisiana),” Plunkett said. “Ashley (Ellis) has a win over their top player and Andrea (Giraldo) has a win over their number three player.” For now, the team is looking to beat Lamar Friday in its ﬁnal home match and have an undefeated record for the year at the Texas State Tennis Complex. “I’m really conﬁdent we are going to beat them,” Gulida said. “We saw them at a tournament last semester at SFA and they were really strong. However I’ve done my homework on the Internet and saw some stuﬀ and I really think we can beat them.” Hartmann likes the team’s chances because of some inside information she has on one of Lamar’s top players, Kaltrina Harbuzi of Schneverdingen, Germany. Harbuzi leads the team with 11 victories and is riding a two-match winning streak. “They have a German player I know,” Hartmann said. “I know exactly how to play against her, so I will tell my teammates.”
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mcgradyout Houston Rockets guard Tracy McGrady left Wednesday night’s game at the Toyota Center against the Golden State Warriors with a stiﬀ lower back. The Rockets ﬁrst said he was not injured, then reported at halftime McGrady would sit out the rest of the game. McGrady
missed nine games from December to January due to soreness, and 34 last season due to back problems. — Copyright 2007 The Associated Press
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Texas State falls to Longhorns 1-0 Three Texas pitchers hold offense to one hit at home By Carl Harper The University Star The No. 13 Texas Longhorns strung together eight hits and two runs Wednesday night, to shutout Texas State 2-0 at Bobcat Field. Longhorn pitchers Meagan Denny, Torrey Schroeder and Erin Tresselt combined to onehit the Bobcats. The only Texas State hit came from sophomore left ﬁelder Jetta Weinheimer on a full-count pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Longhorn pitching staﬀ has yet to pitch a no-hitter this season. “They did the right things to keep our hitters oﬀ-balance the entire game,” Coach Ricci Woodard said. “It’s hard to go out and beat Texas if you don’t score runs because they are going to put a couple of runs on the board sooner or later.” Denny started the game for Texas, pitching three innings and recording three strikeouts with one walk. She picked up the win to improve her record to 18-8. Schroeder and Tresselt each pitched a pair of innings. Tresselt recorded three strikeouts but gave up the lone hit of the game to the Bobcats. Texas State’s Ragan Blake pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on eight hits and four strikeouts. Blake, a junior, issued ﬁve walks, as her record now stands at 13-9. “Their hitters did a good job of making us throw the ball in
the zone,” Woodard said. “They fouled oﬀ a lot of pitches at times and it becomes harder as a pitcher to ﬁgure out where to put a ball that they won’t be able to hit hard but also not walk. With that kind of hitting team and as aggressive as they are, we wanted to pitch around some of them and so the walks don’t surprise me.” Texas scored its ﬁrst run of the evening in the second frame when senior Jacqueline Williams doubled to left ﬁeld, scoring freshman Kori Cook from third. Cook reached on a ﬁelders’ choice and then stole two bases. Sophomore Kacie Gaskin led oﬀ the sixth frame with her team-leading 10th homerun of the season to extend the Longhorn lead to 2-0. Blake was able to escape the inning without further damage when MicKayla Padilla lined out to sophomore shortstop Alex Newton. Newton then relayed the ball to sophomore second baseman Ryan Kos to double up Crystal Saenz, who had singled and advanced to secAustin Byrd/Star Photo ond on a wild pitch. SPOILER: Sophomore outﬁelder Jetta Weinheimer spoiled a no-hitter for the Longhorns with the Bobcats’ only hit Wednesday night at “Our defense is keeping us in ball games right now,” Woodard Bobcat Field. said. “We have mainly veterans on that inﬁeld and behind the defense prevailed. With one out, a ﬂare into shallow left ﬁeld that good ball players that are going Bobcats are 1-4 on the season plate. They have all seen a lot of Weinheimer walked and then, was cut oﬀ by Longhorn short- to make plays for them and if against Big 12 opponents. Texball games now and thank good- advanced another bag on des- stop Loryn Johnson. Johnson you’re not hitting the ball hard, as State will bounce back into ness they are going to keep us in ignated player Ashton Peters’ made the diving catch with two then they are going to make Southland action this weekend ball games.” ﬁelder’s choice. With junior Jill outs to hold Texas State. even better plays.” when it travels to Northwestern The Bobcats had an oppor- Kloesel in the game as a pinch “Those things happen when The loss evened up the Bob- State for a doubleheader begintunity to cross the plate in the run for Weinheimer, sophomore you have great players like they cats overall record at 18-18 ning 3 p.m. Friday. The series bottom of the ﬁfth but the Texas third baseman Tamara Keller hit do,” Woodard said. “Texas has while Texas moved to 27-9. The will conclude 11 a.m. Saturday.
Bobcat baseball strives to keep perfect home record By Jacob Mustafa The University Star Home-ﬁeld advantage can mean many things, providing diﬀerent beneﬁts to each team. But Coach Ty Harrington’s reason for preferring Bobcat Field is simple. “You don’t have to be on a bus,” Harrington said. “That might be the biggest thing.” Texas State baseball will attempt to stay undefeated at Bobcat Field, with its 10-0 home record going up against Sam Houston State’s 5-4 road record in a three-game series this weekend. “It just feels good to be able
am “S Houston’s one of our rivals,
and they’re pretty good this year. So we’ll have to play a great game and give them hell.”
—Laurn Randell Freshman centerﬁelder
to go home, especially because we’ve played so well here,” said senior ﬁrst baseman David
Wood. There will be no time for rest or recuperation for Wood and company, as the team begins the series Thursday. The Bobcats hope to recover from Tuesday’s 9-4 loss to Texas A&M, a defeat that may have taken more out of the team than usual. The team used eight pitchers, a season-high, with four throwing more than 20 pitches. Harrington said he’s not sure what to expect out of his team Thursday with the short break. “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Harrington said. “The reality is there’s a quick turnaround and you don’t know how the team will react.”
Wood said there will be no psychological baggage after the loss — one in which the Bobcats led after ﬁve innings — regardless of what physical eﬀects it might have. “We did what we could, even if we made some mistakes,” Wood said. “But we never carry one game into the next one.” The next game, and seven after that, will be played at Bobcat Field, with Thursday marking the ﬁrst time Texas State has played at home since completing a sweep of Nicholls State March 18. The series will coincide with Easter; Saturday’s game even includes an egg hunt.
“I think it’ll be fun, even if it’s Easter weekend,” said freshman centerﬁelder Laurn Randell. “Sam Houston’s one of our rivals, and they’re pretty good this year. So we’ll have to play a great game and give them hell.” SHSU is 7-2 in the Southland Conference, leaving them just behind the Bobcats in the SLC West standings. The Bearkats have won three games in a row after a recent sweep of league opponent Texas-Arlington, a team the Bobcats swept this season as well, and one of only two SLC teams still without a victory in the conference. “I think our players have to understand and do understand
that every game matters,” Harrington said. The Bearkats themselves have a stellar 21-10 record, the same as the Bobcats. The rest advantage will lay in their favor though, as SHSU has not played a game since Sunday. “What we have to do right now is know that we have to play good baseball and all that other stuﬀ will just come to fruition,” Harrington said. The Bobcats will begin their series with the Bearkats 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The rest of the games will be played at Bobcat Field Friday and Saturday, respectively, as Texas State hopes to stay undefeated at home.
Golf finale brings Bobcat’s career to a close By Robyn Wolf The University Star Senior Anessa Thompson prepares to say goodbye to her career as a collegiate athlete as her teammates wind down the 2006-2007 season in preparation for another. Thompson, the only upperclassman on the women’s golf team, took on a leadership position on the course as the team captain. “Anessa does a tremendous job of course management,” said Coach Mike Akers, who joined the team midway through the fall season. As senior leader and team captain, Akers said she helped underclassmen. “She has been very supportive of the freshmen,” Akers said, “and helped in their development.” Thompson said leadership is something that comes naturally to her. “I was chosen as team captain by Coach Akers, but I felt I was in a leadership position even before that,” she said. “I really enjoy helping the girls improve their games and I am proud of the progress they have made.” Thompson supported the team with her golﬁng ability and leadership, and she brought a positive spirit to the game. “As the only senior, I do my best to set an example for the team both on and oﬀ the course,” she said. “As Austin Byrd/Star photo FINISHING THE SEASON: Anessa Thompson, senior golf team captain, studies the Plum Creek Golf Course during the CenturyTel Bobcat Classic Tuesday morning.
he has done everything I have asked of her including more practice, more instruction and some modiﬁcations to her equipment.”
—Mike Akers coach, women’s golf
the captain, I have also worked to bring a winning attitude and motivation to the team through my dependable work ethic and consistent scoring.” Coach Akers appreciates this hard-working attitude. “Anessa has been a delight to work with over the past six months that I have coached here,” Akers said. “She has made a remarkable improvement from the fall season. She has done everything I have asked of her including more practice, more instruction and some modiﬁcations to her equipment.” Thompson began her collegiate golﬁng career at Southern Alabama, where she ﬁnished her freshman year with a season-best tie for 16th place at the USA Lady Jaguar Spring Invitational. Thompson became a Bobcat midway through her sophomore year, when she transferred from USA. “I decided to transfer for a better opportunity both academically and in golf,” Thompson said. In her debut season as a Bobcat, Thompson ﬁnished third on the team with a stroke average of 83.79.
Last year, Thompson ﬁnished in the top 20 of four tournaments, including a 13th place ﬁnish at the Southland Conference Championship, where the Bobcats placed second as a team. The Bobcats are just coming oﬀ a ﬁfth-place ﬁnish at the CenturyTel Bobcat Classic at Plum Creek Golf Club in Kyle. Thompson came back from shooting an opening-round 83 to post a 73 Monday, then a 72 in Tuesday’s ﬁnal round for a score of 228, tying her for sixth place overall. Texas State will be back in action Monday to ﬁnish the spring schedule with the Southland Conference Championship. The three-day tournament at Horseshoe Bay Resort on Lake LBJ features a 54-hole format, and is hosted by Texas State. “We are missing our number-two player right now, but expect her to be back in the lineup at conference,” Akers said. “We will work hard in the days leading up to conference and hope to compete very well there.” With the season coming to a close, Thompson is looking to make the most of her ﬁnal rounds. “(Thompson) wants to go out in style at the conference championship and I am very conﬁdent that it will happen,” Akers said. “Anessa has conﬁdence and I have conﬁdence in her.” After completing her collegiate career at Texas State, Thompson will focus on her major, Spanish. “Playing for Texas State has been a wonderful experience,” said Thompson. “I have had the opportunity to travel and play courses I would not have otherwise. My ﬁnal year here has been more enjoyable with the addition of a new coach that brought along a winning attitude.”