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Relay for City Council approves noise ordinance Campus boiler Life raises fails again cancer Leaves residents awareness in cold water By Theron Brittain Senior News Reporter
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Shannon McFadden learned in middle school that her best friend had Leukemia. McFadden’s friend was unable to find a bone marrow match and as a result died after the Leukemia came out of remission when they were in high school. “It’s hard because you can’t do anything but sit there and watch,” said McFadden, communication studies sophomore. Now McFadden is working to ensure Texas State students play an active role in cancer awareness. She is the American Cancer Society’s Texas State Relay for Life co-chair. McFadden said a Relay for Life event took place in her hometown four weeks before her friend died. “Basically, that 12 hours we had our friend back again because you wouldn’t know she was sick,” Mc McFadden said. “She was so happy to be there.” This is the sixth year Relay For Life will be held at Texas State. The event, held 7 p.m. April 17, will include food, guest speakers, entertainers and on-site cancer fundraisers. This year, April is a big month for cancer awareness in San Marcos. Texas State, Hays County, the City of San Marcos and San Mar Marcos CISD have made proclama proclamations declaring April as Cancer Awareness Month. Events are planned on campus throughout the month, starting Wednesday with a workshop in J.C. Kellam 1100 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme of the workshop is “Cancer Has Struck Your Family: What Do You Do Now?” A bone marrow donor drive will take place April 13 to 16 throughout campus to help those like
You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. University students who like to party hard will find themselves dealing with a newly empowered police force. A two-year effort by the San Marcos Police Department to revise an ordinance expanding police powers dealing with noise violators and party-goers succeeded Tuesday night as the City Council approved the proposed amendments, making it law. The council approved the ordinance in a six to one vote, with City Councilmember Chris Jones, Place 4, voting no. The ordinance will go into effect 30 days after publication in The San Marcos Record. The ordinance authorizes
police to disperse gatherings they deem “unruly” and to cite party-goers who fail to immediately leave. The ordinance fur further includes new definitions of “excessive noise,” detailing parameters officers may cite when issuing violations. The ordinance, first brought before the council Feb. 3, has been criticized by City Council members, ASG senators, students and local realtors for what they considered to be vague language increasing officer discretion. Opponents of the amendments argue the language leaves citizens uncer uncertain of what constitutes violations. City Council members John Thomaides, Place 6, and Kim Porterfield, Place 1, shared concerns that the language, as written, was difficult to under understand and might be to blame
for innocent violations in the future. Police Chief Howard Williams maintains the language provides recourse to violators to challenge their citations in court. “The way it is written right now, I believe a judge could choose which way he thought was best to measure it,” Williams said. City Councilmember Pam Couch, Place 5, questioned why a gathering of more than one person could be considered unruly. “The concept of saying more than one is so that it would be all-inclusive,” Williams said. “You could have two people engage in a type of conduct that is going to be totally disruptive to a neighborhood.” The ordinance redefines “unreasonable” noise to “excessive.” Under the new language,
the noise need only extend across the property line to be determined excessive, though an officer may take into account the time of day and size of any gathering present. New language dealing with parties has been expanded. Fines generally reserved for hosts of unruly parties will now be extended to guests for similar offenses like excessive noise, obstruction of roads and driveways, fights and indecent or obscene conduct. Those cited could face a maximum fine of $500. Jones proposed a series of amendments to the ordinance. Among suggestions were time specifications and the use of decibel levels to determine noise violations and changing the required number of people See CITY COUNCIL, page 3
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April is the coldest month for Texas State students. Part of the Texas State campus lost hot water again Wednesday after a recently repaired boiler failed. According to Pat Fogarty, associate vice president of facilities, a second rental boiler will be installed and full service should be restored at 10 a.m. Wednesday. There are two boilers on campus that will replace the permanent ones, which do not work. Fogarty said he is negotiating with a contractor to try expediting the process, which is expected to take a month. Gordon Green, director of facilities, said the decision to acquire a second rental boiler was made after the original rental boiler failed last week. “When we were patching the temporary one we had been using we were not real confident it was going to hold up — too many patches in a hurry,” Green said. He said the boiler failed 3 a.m. Tuesday. “It had buildup on the insides of the tubes,” he said. “This caused hot spots, which led to cracking. Water gets into the firebox and the burner becomes inefficient and temperatures that you need aren’t achieved.” Rosanne Proite, director of Housing and Residence Life, said there will not be an attempt to repair the original temporary boiler that failed again. Green said if the decision to acquire a second rental boiler had not been made, “We would have probably been without steam until Friday.” Proite said the new rental boiler would be online within 24 hours. Fogarty said Holman Boilers, the university’s contractor, have been instrumental in getting hot water back on campus. “We’ve provided as many crews as could possibly work there around the clock,” said John Campolo, president of Holman Boilers. “My understanding See WATER OUTAGE, page 3
Staffing problems cause worry, financial strain By Scott Thomas Editor in Chief Byounghak Lee is worried. Lee, assistant professor in the physics department, has a family to support, but the federal government says it is illegal for him to work and receive a paycheck. Lee immigrated to the country from South Korea to teach at Texas State. Because his visa expired this semester, he cannot work and receive compensation. Lee said the university is working to get him a green card. He is still affiliated with the university. “I am very nervous and anxious,” Lee said. “This has created a big financial strain … The thing is, I was told there shouldn’t be a problem.” Lee said the reason he does not have a green card is because of bad scheduling. He does not blame anyone for the error. However, he believes the International Of Office is understaffed and overworked. “In the last few years the university tried to expand its international faculty,” he said. Scott Thomas/Star photo “The International Office is overloaded … IMMIGRATION STATUS: south Korean Byounghak lee, assistant That is why I am in this situation.” Lee said other international faculty professor in the physics department, is having trouble obtaining a green members agree with him. card in order for him to work and receive pay.
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“When I talk with other people they say the university can do a better job in the future with more support,” he said. Robert Seese, director of the International Office, was unable to respond to Lee’s comment by press time. Debbie Thorne, associate vice president of academic affairs, said the International Office directors work tirelessly to bring faculty members from other countries to Texas State. “The office has experienced tremendous growth in the need for its services, as Texas State has stepped up efforts to diversify its faculty via international recruiting,” she said in the e-mail. Thorne said the international office deals with each faculty member uniquely. “This is a complicated area, as each faculty member has unique circumstances,” she said. The University Star contacted Jon Ahlberg, associate director of the International Office, via e-mail in March. However, the response was sent before the inter interview with Lee. Therefore, he could not be reached for comment about whether the International Office is understaffed. Neither Seese nor Ahlberg could be reached by press time after Lee’s interview.
Ahlberg said in the e-mail that working with U.S. Customs could be frustrating. “Sometimes government background checks can cause delays in faculty members obtaining visas in order to enter the United States,” he said. There are other problems, he said. “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Ser Services frequently requests information from Texas State that has already been submitted to them or is information not required for the application,” he said. “In some cases, USCIS has denied or expressed intent to deny petitions based on errors on their part.” Ahlberg said in the e-mail only one inter international faculty member in the past nine years had to leave the country because of legal status. “He was however able to return and continue at Texas State after a requisite one year period abroad,” Ahlberg said. Lee described his future as “cloudy.” No one knows how long it will be until he gets a green card. However, he does not see himself going back to his home country of South Korea because of the “unfortunate scheduling.” See GREEN CARD, page 3
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starsof texas state Amy Glazier, marketing junior, led the women’s golf team with a pair of 74s for a four-over-par 148 and tied for fifth place at the Ryder Canes & Cards Classic. The Bobcat women’s golf team tied an all-time Texas State record with its first round score of 297 and backed it with a 308 this afternoon for a 605 combined score.
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Calendar MUSIC WEDNESDAY
There will be an Overeaters Anonymous Meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland.
University Police Department March 30, 12 a.m. Theft-Under $1500.00 Bobcat Stadium Parking Lot A nonstudent reported to a police officer university property had been taken without consent. The case is under investigation.
The Faculty Artist Series resents Dr. Lynn F. Ledbetter, Violin and Dr. Eric M. Hicks, Piano-Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano at 8 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall. Admission is $5 for general public and $3 for students and senior citizens.
March 30, 3:28 a.m. Medical Emergency - San Marcos Hall A student suffered from a seizure. The student was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for a medical evaluation.
THURSDAY Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting on at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, room 320. Enjoy contemporary worship, relevant teaching, prayer and plenty of fun. Contact 512-557-7988 or mail@ texasstatechialpha.com for more information.
March 30, 4:46 a.m. Graffiti - Loss under $500 Health Professions Info Center While on patrol a police officer observed university property had been vandalized. The case is under investigation.
FRIDAY There will be an AA meeting from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, room 3-6.1 SATURDAY The Student Recital Series presents Billy Satterwhite’s Senior Jazz Studies Recital at 4 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall. Admission is free. The Student Recital Series presents Luis De La Cruz’s Senior Saxophone Recital at 8 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall. Admission is free. SUNDAY Every Nation Campus Ministries invites you to join us for Christ Community Church, meeting at Travis Elementary (by TXstate golf course). We will have a one-hour service starting at 10 a.m. with contemporary worship and an encouraging message.
Hannah VanOrstrand/Star photo Jason Brown, music studies sophomore, practices tuba Tuesday outside the music building.
Health Beat Third-hand smoke poses health risks too Doctors from MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston have found that smoking presents health risks even after the air has cleared. Third-hand smoke, the invisible gases and particles, clings to absorbent material such as hair, clothes and furniture contain heavy metals, carcinogens and radioactive substances. Everyone in contact with the absor absorbent material is exposed to the harmful substances. “If you can still smell the smoke, you are
breathing in the particulate matter,” said Ashlee Dozier, health education coordinator. “There are health risks involved.” Eleven of the substances in third-hand smoke are carcinogens, including hydrogen cyanide, lead, butane, arsenic, toluene, carbon monoxide and polonium-210, the radioactive carcinogen used to kill former Russian spy Alexander V. Litvinenko. Third-hand smoke can be a minor annoyance to some, trigger an asthma attack for others and are especially harmful
to children and pregnant women. As part of Cancer Awareness Month, smoke-free campus and stop smoking commitment tables will be set up around campus April 13 through 16. Visit www. cancerawareness.healthcenter.txstate. edu or for general inquiries about quitting smoking, go to www.healthcenter.txstate. edu or call 512-245-2167 for more information about Cancer Awareness Month. — Courtesy of Caleb Hudgens, Student Health Center
‘Smart Meter’ installation begins in San Marcos The City of San Marcos begins installing “smart” water and electric meters in neighborhoods across San Marcos this week. The Advanced Metering Infrastructure project will install meters that can be read remotely and will offer customers online information about their water and electricity use. The installation process citywide of nearly 30,000 meters will take up to 18 months to complete. “The deployment of the ‘smart meters’ begins an important stage of the AMI project the city’s electric, water/ wastewater and technology services departments have been preparing for over the last several years,” said Tom Taggart, director of public services. “We are excited about bringing new technology to our utilities that will benefit our customers and improve utility operations as well.” The city has hired Texas Meter & Device Company to install electric meters, while City of San Marcos crews will install water meters. Apartment complexes will be the first to receive electric meters. About 3,500 electric meters will be
installed during April at major complexes across San Marcos. Customers will have brief interruptions in service, with electricity off about one minute and water aver averaging 10 minutes while meters are replaced. Customers with special needs because of medical conditions or businesses that want to schedule installations may call 512-393-8313. Electric customers will have to reset electronic devices such as clocks and alarms. Electric installations scheduled in April include: * April 6 to 10: Coers Dr., Owens St., Sarah St., Highcrest, The Oaks, Hill Country, Village at Springtown, The Summit and The Edge. * April 13 to 17: Exchange II, Townwood, Kelsea Place, Autumn Chase, Colony Square and Riverview. * April 20 to 24: Cedars, Graystone, Parkhill, Palazzo, Garden Court, Stonebrook, Asbury Place, Hunter and Stagecoach, Savannah Club, Corporate Drive, Dutton Drive and Wonder World Drive. * April 27 to May 1: Academy, Alamo, Yale, Orchard,
Canyon Rd., Canyon Fork, West Sessom, Bishop Square, Metropolitan, Treehouse, Stonegate and Les Chateaux. Water installations for the month will include: * April 8 to 15: Blanco River Village, Airport, Hwy 21, and Blanco Vista Homes. * April 16 to 25: Anderson Acres, Horace Howard, Old Bastrop Road, Coffee Road, Ford Road, 4000s Hunter Road, Posey Road and Walker Road * April 27 to May 5: Kingswood, Sleepy Hollow and Quail Run. The project will improve customers’ online access to their accounts, providing hourly readings and letting customers monitor their own use during the month. The new meters will increase privacy with remote meter readings, improve accuracy and help identify power outages and water main breaks more quickly. Call the electric utility department at 512-393-8300 for more information about the project. — Courtesy of City of San Marcos
March 31, 1:25 a.m. Warrant Service - Moon Street A police officer made contact with a vehicle for a routine traffic stop. Upon further investigation, a student was arrested for a warrant and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center and is awaiting a court date. March 31, 2:10 a.m. Evading Arrest - Wood Street Parking Garage A police officer made contact with a student engaging in suspicious activity. The student was placed under arrest for evading arrest and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center and awaiting a court date. March 31, 10 a.m. Criminal Mischief - Under $20,000 - Bobcat Village Commuter Parking Lot A student reported to a police officer his vehicle was damaged while parked. The case is under investigation. March 31, 6:07 p.m. Medical Emergency Student Health Center A police officer was dispatched to the location for a medical emergency. Upon further investigation, a student was having difficulty breathing and was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for a medical evaluation. April 1, 3:53 a.m. False Alarm - Falls Hall A police officer was dispatched to the location for a pull station that had been activated. Upon further investigation, there was no concern and a report was made of the incident. The case is under investigation. —Courtesy of University Police Department
Police department holds informational session The annual “Year in Review” program by the San Marcos Police Department is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 30 at City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins. The program was originally set for today. San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams invites the public to attend the program on local crime trends and other police-related issues. The session is an annual briefing by the Police Depart Department to inform the public about accomplishments, goals, crime statistics and police activity. The public will hear from Chief Williams as well as from Police Department command staff members. “We believe the police department should be accountable, publicly, to the community we serve,” said Chief Williams. “We will brief citizens on our programs and give them an opportunity to ask us questions about the police services we deliver.” The presentation will be broadcasted live on the city’s cable television channels: Time Warner, Channel 10 and Grande Communications, Channel 16. — Courtesy of City of San Marcos
The briefing will cover crime trends patrol activity traffic enforcement criminal investigations sex offenders parking enforcement recruitment and hiring training use of less-lethal weapons crime prevention Citizens Police Academy school resource officers victims services bicycle and foot patrols loud party enforcement narcotics annual racial profiling report use of force statistics
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Cat Camp looking for students to guide incoming freshmen By Lori Jones News Reporter Cat Camp recently had its first incoming freshman sign up for the three-day session, which focuses on bonding classmates and teaching what it is to be a Bobcat. The Texas State Pride and Traditions committee is working to ensure Cat Camp is ready for operation by the first session, which starts July 6. “After six months, we finally have it together,” said Tommy Luna, ASG vice president elect. Luna authored the legislation calling for the implementation of Cat Camp. He said this year was the right time to start the program. Luna said the committee will select students who “demonstrate investment
into the university” and “epitomize what it is to be a Bobcat.” Katie McNeff, pre-geography sophomore, said she recently applied for the Cat Camp counselor position and will interview next week. McNeff wants to improve the freshman experience before classes begin. “Paws Preview and New Student Orientation are great for things such as alcohol awareness, building schedules, learning about majors and what it’s like to be a student at Texas State,” McNeff said. “I like the idea of Cat Camp because it focuses on pride in our school and building relationships with other students as well as counselors who can serve as mentors.” McNeff intends to offer some of her own advice to the future students if she is chosen for the position.
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“I don’t think it will be that extreme, to be honest,” he said. Lee originally planned to catch up on research with the new free time. However, he is having trouble with that as well. His specialty is computational physics, and the computer laboratories he uses require a government is-
sued ID to use. “During the semester you have a certain plan,” he said. “All of a sudden, everything changes … I have a one-month grace period (to use the government facilities) because I basically called them and begged. They said they understand.” Lee said in the meantime not being able to work has created a “big financial strain.”
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present at an “unruly” gathering from more than one to at least five. The amendments failed. “The point I was trying to drive is that we have got to give some kind of standard for anyone reading the ordinance to prudently prepare before throwing parties,” Jones said. The San Marcos Police Department maintains the new language does not increase officer discretion, saying it provides clearer guidelines to officers dispatched to noise complaints to determine violations. “We passed it with the intent and the spirit of cooperation,” Mayor Susan Narvaiz said. “This is not an attempt to go out and make any citizen feel we are doing anything special to disrupt their lives.” Lisa Dvorak, assistant police chief, called the council’s deci-
sion a “good problem-solving process.” “We know there is not one perspective,” Dvorak said. “There was room for law enforcement, student residents and non-student residents to bring all of that together in this ordinance.” Chris Covo, City Council liaison and ASG president-elect, presented a letter detailing the official ASG position on the ordinance. The report thanked the council for its cooperation with the student government, but it mentioned concerns that still remained, specifically that the “ordinance may not be ideal for the student community.” “We want to make sure the program and training (exists) and police officers need to be held accountable when this takes effect to make sure everything is equal and a citizen, whether they are a student or not, will be treated the same way,” Covo said.
“I believe Cat Camp will generate a group of excited and spirited freshmen who will become the future leaders of Texas State,” McNeff said. Brandon Guerra, industrial engineering freshman, is also a Cat Camp counselor applicant. “Tommy is a good friend of mine, and when I saw him introduce this legislation in ASG, I knew I wanted to be a part of it,” Guerra said. Guerra said Cat Camp sounds different from the other orientation programs, and because it is not a required program, people who attend will be there by choice. “I got involved in a fraternity, drum line and ASG all in my first year here,” Guerra said. “I think at Cat Camp I will have the opportunity to really express that getting involved and becoming a
leader at Texas State can be done as soon as you’re accepted.” Ted Ingwersen, assistant director of Housing and Residential Life, said the Pride and Traditions committee had to gain support from members of the administration prior to implementing the program. They also held meetings with organizations throughout campus about the camp concept. “Cat Camp is a huge opportunity for Texas State,” Ingwersen said. “We already have a wonderful university full of great students, faculty and staff. Cat Camp is yet another example of why we are the rising star of Texas.” Ingwersen said the committee is hiring counselors who will be responsible for planning the activities and curriculum for the three-day camp. Applicants must be available to attend both of the
camps as well as April 24 and May 14 to May 15 trainings. “We’re looking for students who are leaders in and out of the classroom, and who have a passion for being Bobcats,” Ingwersen said. Résumés for potential counselors are still being accepted. Interested students may apply online at Jobs4Cats. The committee is looking to fill 16 positions. Those who are accepted will be paid $500 for working both sessions. Luna hopes the incoming freshmen will leave with an understanding of the essence of what it is to be a Bobcat, aside from learning the points of pride and traditions. “There is a difference between being a Texas State student and being a Bobcat,” Luna said. “We hope when they leave, they are Bobcats.”
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McFadden’s friend who need a transplant. Relay for Life will take place at Bobcat Stadium and will run throughout the night. There are 68 teams participating. “The idea is that cancer doesn’t sleep, so at least one person from your team has to be on the track at all times,” said Aubri Nowowiejski, advocacy chair for Relay for Life. The relay kicks off with a survivor lap where those who have lived through cancer walk around the track. The event will run until 7 a.m. Nowowiejski, public relations sophomore, got involved with Relay for Life this year because both of her grandmothers have breast cancer. Nowowiejski learned last week her sister was diagnosed with the disease.
When Nowowiejski’s maternal grandmother learned about her involvement with Relay For Life, she gave Nowowiejski a plaque that was presented to her grandfather for service to the American Cancer Society in the ’70s. Nowowiejski said her grandfather died before she could meet him. “It just gave me a connection with him I never had because I never got to meet him,” Nowowiejski said. “Me going out there — it’s kind of continuing what he started.” Among events taking place at the Relay for Life event will be the luminary ceremony. Luminaries, paper sacks with glow sticks placed in them, each will represent a life affected by cancer. The bags have names and messages written on them and can be purchased for a suggested donation of $5. “The bags are lined all the way around the track so when people
walk around the track they’ll see the bags constantly,” McFadden said. Participating in the Relay for Life event this year is Sergio Palacios, public relations senior. Palacios is the founder of Cans for a Cure, an organization that collects and recycles aluminum cans for the purpose of donating to organizations that fight cancer. Cans for a Cure is in its first year, and Palacios said proceeds are going toward Relay for Life. Cans For A Cure has donated $500 to the relay and hopes to double that amount by the date of the event, he said. “We’re going to have a tent set up and everything, but we’re also going have two, 50-gallon can canisters so people who don’t know about us will know about us, and at the same time we’ll still be doing our recycling,” Palacios said. “We’re trying to save lives one can at a time.”
Palacios said 36 aluminum cans equal one pound, which is currently worth about 25 cents. “There are about 30,000 kids who go to Texas State,” he said. “If each student donated one pound of cans per month, that would add up to $7,500 per month.” People can still get involved in the Relay for Life. “They can definitely join a team if they don’t want to start their own team,” McFadden said. McFadden said the relay is seeking volunteers for the event, particularly for cleaning afterwards. Those unable to participate in the event can contribute by purchasing a shirt from the bookstore that reads “Texas State” on the front and “Gives Hope” on the back for $10.99. “Five dollars from every shirt goes to Relay for Life,” McFadden said.
tinue to support the university in any way we can.” Amber Thumann, Retama resident, is without hot water for the second week in a row. She is upset the boiler failed. “I can’t even imagine trying to take a cold shower again especially with the weather cold,” said Thumann, English sophomore. Thumann said she became sick last week while not having hot water. She had a sore throat,
cough and fatigue. “I was on seven different medications,” Thumann said. “I slept through three of four classes in one day.” She has been sick for more than a week. Thumann said the school did not handle the situation appropriately. “I think they should have been up front and told us it was going to take longer,” she said. “They told us they were going
to have it fixed soon and everything was going to be OK. If they had been ‘hey it’s going to take a lot longer than we thought,’ I would have been somewhat OK with it.” The second failure has given way to unexpected maintenance. “We’re using the opportunity the failure gave us to do some other work,” Green said. “We’re replacing some of the permanent piping while the steam is off.”
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is university officials are doing everything they can to correct the problem … We are working with them.” Campo said Holman is working to make this situation as short as possible. “In a situation like this, there is no way the boilers can be exchanged without some kind of outage,” he said. “We’ll con-
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ultinational M corporations are like a complicated machine.
They have speciﬁc logistics, people, supplies, subcontractors, innovations and ﬁnances to keep them going. The corporations can touch many countries, hold contracts with governments and, according to the KBR Web site, can employ more than 50,000 people. However, with any organization, glitches will happen, such as those KBR has been recently accused of in Iraq, as mentioned in the April 1 issue of The University Star. According to the same article, a contract Hays County has with KBR, Inc. received criticism from residents. The contract was to “design and engineer work on Farm-to-Market Road 110.” However, according to an article on CNN.com, KBR is being investigated as a military contractor for the responsibility of “a large majority” of faulty wiring in buildings in Iraq used by U.S. soldiers. According to the article, 18 soldiers have died because of electrocution on different bases. The article also details the death of a staff sergeant that made national news in January of 2008. He was electrocuted while taking a shower in Baghdad. Was that accident or “negligent homicide?” As with large corporations, KBR uses a myriad of local subcontractors for most labor. If a guilty verdict is passed after a lengthy legal process, the ﬁrm will be held accountable no matter if the work and inspection was done by KBR employees or a subcontractor. A ﬁrm cannot throw money at those deaths to make it better. Companies like KBR have a responsibility to be a good corporate citizen, whether in Iraq or Hays County. The subcontractors for the farm road and the type of work are not the same from Iraq. Local construction workers, like anyone else, are glad to have a job in this economy. However, the fact that the corporate employer is the same as in Iraq gives San Marcos residents the right to be skeptical and even demand another contractor. Residents’ concerns have been heard and the issue discussed and cancelled in the commissioner’s court Tuesday. If civilian residents are concerned, how should Iraq soldiers and veterans feel? KBR put soldiers’ lives at stake in Iraq. When they were not being shot at, soldiers were at risk of being electrocuted on their base where they were supposed to be safe. Jim Childs, an electrician taking part in reviewing and correcting hazards for the Army, told CNN.com that soldiers are playing “Russian roulette” with the way buildings were wired. If that is how a ﬁrm treats soldiers who are defending its freedom, should we be able to trust them in Hays County? Not every KBR project reﬂects the same sort of reported negligence as the electrical work in Iraq. In fact, large corporations like KBR actually function like a multitude of smaller companies. But, they are still governed by the same corporate culture, management, and responsibility. In order to hold any ﬁrm accountable for intolerable, shoddy work, it should be boycotted. But the ﬁrm has to be proven responsible ﬁrst, or else it is we who are acting irresponsibly. But even still, it is the freedom of exercising our choice, won and fought for by our soldiers, that makes this country as great as it is, even in Hays County. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reﬂect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.
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In Nathan Seltzer’s April 7th article he said “…the tiny fraction of the population who receive way too much free healthcare” is the small demographic responsible for “…a healthcare crisis in this country.” In support of our current healthcare system, which excludes many individuals from receiving adequate medical treatment, he also stated that oﬀering universal healthcare would no longer create “disincentive” for those considering visiting the ER when they have minor illnesses. This argument in opposition of universal healthcare is ﬂawed in the sense that the primary objective of having an established healthcare system is to serve the needs of all medically ill cost withstanding, which often times our system fails to do. If someone falls ill the priority rests in them seeking medical attention ﬁrst, addressing the potential costs of doing so comes second. In many
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Article bases argument on exception instances an individual will avoid medical treatment for seemingly minor health concerns due to the fear of expenses associated with treatment. This often results in the further degeneration of their health. In this scenario we witness a relatively minor illness progress into a more serious, potentially lifethreatening condition, which renders additional cost to the patient in the long run. There are some individuals who take advantage of the laws preventing hospitals from refusing treatment though they may have no legitimate illness. However, using the exception to prove the rule, as Seltzer does, is ﬂawed logic. Heart patients in Canada who die on the waiting list for heart transplants do not perish because the homeless take unnecessary visits to the ER, they die because they need a new heart and do not receive it in a timely manner. Excessive
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hospital visits by the uninsured are problematic, however, what is to become of them? When they do have a serious health concern should they be left on the street to die because they were refused treatment due to their frequent ER visits or because they could not pay? Absolutely not. Furthermore, Seltzer’s argument against universal healthcare is approached from an economist’s perspective. Providing universal healthcare, so far as government is concerned, is not a ﬁnancially beneﬁcial enterprise and never should be. Human health isn’t to be decided based on credits and debits on a spreadsheet. People are not statistics. Is healthcare expensive? Yes. Why? It is expensive because novel drug development is expensive and pharmaceutical companies must recoup cost. However, because the cost is high doesn’t mean health beneﬁts shouldn’t
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be provided to all, insured or uninsured. Human healthcare is a basic right, and an expensive one at that. We must come to terms with the fact that providing universal healthcare isn’t ﬁnancially advantageous, instead, it beneﬁts this country by addressing the immediate health concerns of all while also preventing chronic illness. Seltzer’s case represents the political sentiments of about the same number of individuals who take excessive ER visits, i.e., very few, thus, it is in no way indicative of the opinion held by the majority of rational Americans. The future of this country depends its inhabitants so it makes sense that they’re health concerns are promptly addressed. With regard to healthcare, sorting out the economic feasibility of the situation comes second, always. —Steven Williams, biochemistry senior
The death of a loved one is one of the most painful events anyone can experience. No one ever forgets someone signiﬁcant in their life who has died, but they are able to get past it. One of the most insensitive statements I was told was to “accept what happened and move on.” The statement came from someone who didn’t know what it was like to watch a loved one die right before his or her eyes. The statement could have been delivered with empathy, but it was the truth. Those who have experienced a loss are always going to feel someone is missing from their life, but the anger and hurt can be alleviated with time. The Bobcat Pause Memorial Service is an opportunity to remember and honor Texas State faculty, staﬀ, alumni and friends of the university who have died during the preceding year, according to the Texas State Web site. The Student Foundation is hosting the service April 15 and “will include words of comfort and a roll call of those who are being remembered” along with a moment of silence, according to the Web site. Remembering individuals who were part of the San Marcos community and trying to make sense of why people die is commendable of Texas State. How does someone move forward and deal with grief? Grief counseling may aid individuals in dealing with death, and for others it may cause additional stress and pain. Having someone reﬂect on a traumatic, heart-wrenching time can open old wounds again. However, talking about one’s emotions with someone who is willing to listen may bring peace and acceptance to those dealing with a death. There are people who believe grief counseling may be ineﬀective and merely puts a band-aid on an irreparable wound. Conversely, the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety Web site entails, “telling someone how you feel and just exactly what you are going through is the only way to work through the pain of loss.” Isolating oneself from others may be how some deal with grief. Certain people may even ﬁnd themselves upset with the person who passed on. All these emotions are to be expected and no one should be told when his or her grieving period is over. Grief may take years to overcome. Talking to someone and expressing emotions helps alleviate those feelings of rage and hopelessness. Grief counseling is eﬀective and counselors aren’t there to push individuals into recovery mode right away. They give a grieving person space to convey the emotions without being told how she or he should feel. I recommend grief counseling to anyone who has experienced a loss. The death of a loved one is one of the most dreadful and painful things for anyone to endure. Nonetheless, grief counseling is one eﬀective way to cope with loss.
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Liverpool’s most famous foursome recently had their entire catalogue digitally re-mastered. The re-mastered albums will hit shelves Sept. 9. This comes as welcome news to avid Beatles fans, but the discussion about digital distribution of the band’s material remains an ongoing saga. There are no solid plans for digital release of the band’s 12 albums, but Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music released a statement promising to keep the digital distribution dialogue alive. The Sept. 9 release date was set to coincide with the release of the new video game “The Beatles: Rock Band.”
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SACA hosts comedian ANT Muslim Student Association By Jovonna Owen Trends Reporter
Evans Auditorium was the site of a comedic infestation Monday night. ANT, the comedian from “Last Comic Standing” and the VH1 reality series Celebrity Fit Club, performed at Texas State with fellow comedians Ben Hague and Christina Lopez. SACA hosted the free comedy night. Juan Cardoza, pre-mass communication freshman and SACA member, worked the event that night and got to hang out with ANT. “He is really funny and per personable,” Cardoza said. “It was exciting to have someone as big as him come to Texas State. The show was hilarious.” ANT is currently on the col-
lege leg of his comedy tour. He said it was his first time to visit San Marcos and Texas State. He said the students at Texas State were his “favorite crowd ever” and the best part of his job is “meeting people” as he pointed to the beaming SACA students who helped organize the show. ANT said the worst part about touring is the bathrooms. “Not the ones here,” ANT said. “But people ask for my autograph at the urinal. Now, I just turn and go ‘hold this’ and I pee on their foot.” ANT said his life has improved since his breakout as a contestant on “Last Comic Standing.” He appeared for five seasons on “Last Comic Standing” and is a regular on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Tyra Banks Show.”
“I’m here, I’m not at the GAP folding sweaters,” ANT said. ANT did not show mercy to any group or individual in the audience. Demographics across the board were picked on in ANT’s routine. “I make fun of myself so (everyone else) is all fair game,” ANT said. “Comedy comes from tragedy and from pain, so we all have a shared something. Whatever it is, you got to be able to tune in to it and feel it and if you own it and you are confident about it then it’s not offensive.” Mark Gonzalez, pre-geography freshman, said the show was controversial but all laughs for him. “I liked ANT’s sense of humor, I chuckled more than usual,” Gonzales said. “It was a good time, with all the laughs I
COMEDIC GENIUS: Comedian ANT talks backstage to members of SACA Monday after his show.
get to live longer now.” ANT has even managed to find comedy in the tragedies of his own life. ANT’s partner died in November from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “When my boyfriend died … he was the funniest person in the world,” ANT said. “In our relationship he was the comedian. As he was dying, they said he had about a week so I brought clothes down. So he holds up a shirt and says, ‘Do you think this is an outfit I should be caught dead in?’” “He was the most amazing gift I ever got,” ANT said. ANT said he planned on having dessert with the SACA members before heading back to his hotel to rest before his 4:30 a.m. flight to Los Angeles to do “The Tyra Banks Show.”
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hosts religion panel By Michael Patterson Features Reporter The Muslim Student Association hosted a panel Thursday composed of religious leaders from the three Judaic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Rabbi David Komerofsky, Richard Skinner, former Minister for Chi Alpha Kampala and Sheikh Islam Amonousad came to the LBJ Teaching Theatre to take questions and address concerns of students about the similarities and differences of their religions. The religious representatives gave to open the panel a brief description of their respective faiths. The Rabbi Komerofsky spoke of the importance of following the 614 commandments listed in the Torah. Skinner spoke to the audience about how church attendance and good deeds do not make a good Christian. Amonousad listed the five pillars of Islam as “submitting to God, praying five times a day, fasting during the month of Ramadan, giving a percent percentage of your pay to help the poor and lastly making at least one trip to Mecca.” The three men took questions on social and religious issues after the introductions. Marriage and relationships were two of the first subjects to come up. “In Jewish law it is the man that should be the head of the house, but he must provide for the wife’s every need,” Komerofsky said. “If she is not sexually satisfied, then even that is grounds for divorce.” Amonousad said Islam looks at marriage as an interdependent relationship between men and women. “You men are clothing for
her and you girls are clothing for him,” he said. Amonousad also spoke out against the idea that Islam is a chauvinistic religion. He said spousal abuse cases are not as common among Muslims as one might believe. “I believe the number of cases in any Islamic state is equal to if not lower than in the United States,” Amonousad said. The topic of conversion was of great interest to the crowd. Representatives’ responses to the conver conversion question illustrated the diversity of the religions. “A Rabbi must turn you away three times before considering trying to convert you,” Komerofsky said. Skinner took a more serious view. “There is no real process to become a Christian,” Skinner. “(It starts with) letting yourself fully trust in Christ.” Amonousad relayed a story about a pilot who converted to Islam. “A pilot was about to crash and he was screaming at the Kuwaiti air control who said, ‘Sir, repeat after me,’” Amonousad said. Amonousad said the airtraffic controller led the pilot through an Islamic prayer of conversion. The pilot was converted before crashing his plane. Mariam Zamila, the association president, said the group plans to hold an event like this next semester, along with the Ramadan Fast Fest. Zamila said next time it may be possible for members of the Hindu, Buddhist and other religious communities to take part in this coming together to understand each other. “God made us different so that we could get to know one another,” Amonousad said.
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Retired general leaves mark on space program, history By Ashley Dickinson Features Reporter
Charles Duke Jr., retired USAF Brigadier General, pointed to a gooey, purple blob ﬂoating around the inside of a space shuttle on the projection screen. “That’s what grape juice looks like in outer space,” he said. Duke spoke about “The Adventures of the Apollo Moon Landings” Tuesday to a room full of boy scouts, families, students, faculty members and astronomy enthusiasts. The department of history and Phi Alpha Theta sponsored the lecture with an award by the University Lectures Committee. The retired general is the youngest of 12 men who have walked on the moon, and he was number 10 to take the lunar steps with the Apollo 16 crew in 1972. The two years of training landed the crew a 71 hour and 14 minute stay on the lunar surface of the moon, making it the longest in history. Duke’s main goal of the trip was to collect rock samples, although he said he went for the adventure. The shaking during takeoff was what he described as one of the most exhilarating moments. “My heart was really pounding. No amount of talk can prepare you for the vibration you experience,” he said. The astronauts accelerated around Australia after burning six and a half billion pounds of fuel during lift-off. “Into the window comes the most beautiful sight I’d ever seen — the little, round jewel, Earth, suspending in black space,” he said. “You just see this jet black all around you, but you’re in sunlight, so it’s not like the blackness of a cave.” The Apollo crew members inspired Americans
to dream of walking on the moon. However, before Neil Armstrong and the Apollo missions, the idea was a little different. “My childhood dream career was not to be in a space program,” Duke said. “I didn’t say ‘Mama, I want to walk on the moon.’ She would have sent me to the psych ward.” He actually wanted to serve the United States like his hero pilots in World War II. Instead, Duke was able to make history by participating in ﬁve different Apollo missions. The astronaut was capsule communicator for Apollo 11, the ﬁrst landing on the moon. Duke said he was so excited he mispronounced “tranquility” as “twanquility” during initial communication with the newly-landed crew. He also was a backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 13, the mission with the chilling explosion that inspired the motion picture directed by Ron Howard. “After the explosion, the next 99 hours were a real nail-biter,” he said of Apollo 13. Duke said he was only scared once during his time on the moon — when the crew members were trying to break the height record for jumping. He fell and almost experienced dire consequences to his oxygen supply. “I started to fall on my back. Fortunately, I landed on my side,” Duke said. “Mission control was very upset.” Dorothy Duke, his wife , said the hardest part was the training, because for two years the crew was gone for long periods of time. She also said they had two young boys at the time, ages ﬁve and seven, who were nervous about their Dad going to the moon. “It was so competitive, and a lot of other people wanted to go. I was proud my husband got to go,” she said. Duke ended his lecture with a relation to how
David Schmidt/Star photo APOLLO 16: Astronaut Charlie Duke tells the audience his stories of Apollo 16 Tuesday in Flowers Hall.
the space program changed the world. He said the technology it inspired is taken for granted, and the current ability to have instant communication is remarkable. “You can buy ﬂight simulators now that are as good as what we had when I was at NASA,” he said. “I’m for the space program. I think we
need to continue it, because the resulting technology will spread all across the country.” Duke’s footsteps on the moon have been gone for some time, but he left one lasting memory for any future astronauts. “I left a picture of my family on the moon,” he said.
Forensic program offers students multiple career choices By Gene Trainor McClatchy Newspapers DENTON, Texas — Whether a suspect someday spends his life in prison or gets released from jail could depend on the work of the 10 students inside Angie Ambers’ molecular biology laboratory at the University of North Texas. The students are studying forensics — the application of science to understand potential criminal cases., They worked in teams of two using laboratory equipment such as pipettes, microcentrifuge tubes and vortexers. The equipment is used to carry out the procedure needed to separate semen from a woman’s epithelial cells, a ﬁrst step in unraveling a rape case. After the separation is complete, the DNA from each will be analyzed to produce proﬁles of the perpetrator and the victim, Ambers said. It is all to help solve crimes and help families, students said. “DNA doesn’t lie,” student Kristina Raines said. UNT has the only undergraduate program in Texas accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a Colorado-based professional group that promotes research and education. UNT’s ﬁve 2008 graduates all received job oﬀers, with starting pay ranging from $40,000 to $70,000 a year, said Teresa Golden, associate professor and the program’s director. But the students all plan to get Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT graduate degrees. CRIME STOPPERS: UNT forensics student Nicole Harris, working “I think most of them are interested in with partner Brandy Thomas (not pictured), goes over her paperbecoming lab managers or working higher work during DNA Differential Extraction classwork. The forensic up in their positions,” Golden said. science program at the University of North Texas is growing.
The students and their professors chuckle at the TV image of forensic scientists often portrayed by glamorous women in heels and designer clothing. Most forensic scientists are women. But they wear laboratory coats and, often, masks. Unraveling evidence in a rape case or identifying chemicals in a ﬁre can take days to weeks — not an hour, Golden said. “I think it’s kind of fun to watch,” she said of the television portrayal. “It’s a lot more work than it shows on TV, but it is entertaining.” Still, the actual job is intriguing. UNT graduate student Nicole Wallace, 31, said she wanted a career that wouldn’t bore her, and investigating ﬁres does the trick. By analyzing ﬁre debris, she can determine whether an accelerant was used, she said. That would help a ﬁre investigator determine whether a blaze was set or accidental. She received bachelor’s degrees last year in chemistry and biochemistry and a forensic science certiﬁcate in biomedical criminalistics. Gia Bowens, 36, said she wants to specialize in DNA analysis. She said she made good money as a computer programmer, “but I was never happy with it.” “This is what I wanted to do since I was 12 years old,” Bowens said. “Just the idea of being able to help. I’ve always been fascinated with crime-type stories. I’ve always liked the science, too.” The students don’t see bodies, but they do see photos from crime scenes. The ﬁeld is more science than drama, involving computers, microscopes and chemicals in a just-the-facts approach toward
evidence, Golden said. Students majoring in biology, chemistry or biochemistry can apply to get into the program during their freshman year, Golden said. They need good references and at least B averages in science and math. The program has about 60 students but room for 100. Once accepted, they will take such classes as forensic chemistry, forensic biology, forensic molecular biology and biomedical criminalistics, a course that will teach them how to analyze decomposing bodies and the condition of bones. They will specialize in a particular area when they graduate, such as arson, DNA or ﬁrearms analysis, Golden said. They can work for police departments, FBI laboratories and for private companies. The ﬁeld would be ideal for someone interested in science, and of course, “helping to solve cases,” Golden said. Truth vs. ﬁction TV shows have glamorized forensic scientists. Here are some ﬁctions one might see on TV and the truth. Scientists wearing designer clothes and shoes. Most actual researchers wear laboratory coats buttoned up to the neck and sneakers or other comfortable shoes. They’re on their feet a lot. Great makeup. Real scientists will often wear masks, goggles and gloves so they don’t contaminate the evidence. Evidence wrapped up quickly if not in an hour. The actual work takes days if not weeks. The work done by one scientist on television will often be done by three to ﬁve scientists in reality, said Teresa Golden, UNT associate professor and the program’s director.
Transplants use political, emotional topics for songs LESLIE PETERS
People recognize the hit tune “Diamonds and Guns,” from the Garnier Fructis commercials with the infamous “whoo-whoo,” but the Transplants are a lot more than a one-hit wonder from
a shampoo commercial. The band’s Web site explains their fusion of music styling and the diﬀerence in topics from one song to the next. According to their Web site, “the group’s music is a combination of hip hop, reggae, drum n bass, dub and punk,” said the Web site. “Although many are used sparingly throughout the album, punk and rap remain the most prominent styles. Lyrically, Rob Aston describes their songs as ranging from topics such as murder (“Quick Death”) to the
passing of a loved one, (“Sad But True”) to failed friendships (“We Trusted You”). Tim Armstrong of Rancid laid down a few beats, in 1999 using Pro Tools for a friend and roadie Rob Aston, asking for him to contribute lyrics. After playing all the instruments himself, Tim decided to invite fellow band-mates of Rancid Matt Freeman and Lars Frederiksen along with Vic Ruggiero of the Slackers to incorporate their styles to the music. In order to make their band oﬃcial they needed a drummer and Tra-
vis Barker of Blink-182 stepped in to ﬁll the spot in 2002. The Transplant’s Web site explains how Armstrong ﬁrst got his inspiration to form this fusion of punk and rap rock. “Tim ﬁrst became inspired to work with loops and samples after being introduced to London’s speed/garage scene by Kerrang! magazine writer Morat in the mid ’90s.” They released their ﬁrst self-titled album in 2002, including most of it recorded in Armstrong’s basement. Other
artists contributed to this album: Eric Ozenne (the Nerve Agents), Davey Havok (AFI), Son Doobie (Funk Doobiest), Danny Diablo (Crown of Thornz AKA Lord) and Brody Dalle (the Distillers). Armstrong said the song “Weight on My Mind” held particular weight between he and Dalle, his ex-wife. They did not release any albums until 2005, but a series including Haunted Cities, Haunted Cities (Chopped and Screwed), a clean version of Haunted Cities and Gangsters and Thugs.
The Transplants have gained popularity through their MTV performances and commercial contributions, but the soul of their music rests within the driving punk rhythms, their incorporations of rap-rock and the grooves of their reggae/dub influences. No matter what type of music a listener is partial to, the Transplants bring up political and emotional topics in their lyrics while fusing the most popular genres, creating an atmosphere any music lover is bound to enjoy.
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The Texas State Strutters dance team will perform during halftime of the San Antonio Spurs game against the Portland Trailblazers Wednesday. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tipoff.
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Tennis prepares for final matches By Dustin Stelly Sports Reporter The Texas State women’s tennis team has not had home court advantage in almost a month. However, the team has had four consecutive victories, including April 4 and 5 at Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana. Chafitz said the team got off to a good start at Nicholls State with a practice the day before. She said the practice helped the team become used to the unusually colored courts. Chafitz said the courts are gray with white lines, which makes the ball harder to see, but the Bobcats were able to make the adjustment. “Calling a serve and a sideline shot took some getting used to, but we went out playing (well),” Chafitz said. Texas State earned a 5-2 win at Nicholls State. The Bobcats had an advantage because Southeastern Louisiana did not have a No. 3 doubles team or a No. 6 singles player. Texas State won the doubles point for the eighth match in a row. Three of five Bobcats lost their first set. Chafitz said no
one from Texas State was expecting the losses, especially Coach Plunkett, but the team kept its confidence. “I think she was confident that we were going to win, as was I,” Chafitz said. “I never thought I was going to lose the match that I was losing, it just took some changing of strategy to win.” Chafitz said the strategy was simple. The Bobcats were patient and waited for their opponents to make mistakes instead of being aggressive and trying to force points. “We weren’t patient enough at first, but then we saw that they weren’t going to outhit us and we could just wait for the right ball,” Chafitz said. Chafitz said Texas State is an aggressive team as a whole, but it can rally with an opponent when needed, which was the key to defeating Southeastern Louisiana. The members are preparing for the last regular season matches of the year. The team will host Texas-San Antonio Friday and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday. Saturday marks senior day for the team. Coach Tory Plunkett will recognize the four seniors
and their families before the 3 p.m. match and a banquet will be held later in the evening. Political science seniors Ashley Ellis and Mackenzie Farmer, and Elaine Chafitz, exercise and sports science senior, are in their final seasons. Chafitz said she is looking forward to her last matches on Texas State’s court. She predicts her team will finish the regular season with a win. “UTSA is always our big competitor (and) rival,” Chafitz said. “We’ve been one up on them the past few times we’ve played them, although they did beat us in conference last year. It will be a close match, but I think we’ll be ready for it.” UTSA lost 3-4 Saturday to Sam Houston State, a team Texas State defeated 4-3 March 29. Chafitz said Texas State will beat UTSA this weekend because of its victory against the Bearkats and home court advantage. After this weekend’s matches, the team will have two weeks to prepare for the Southland Conference Tournament. Texas State ranked fourth in last year’s tournament, its highest ranking in 12 years.
Bobcats prowl through another victory Austin Byrd/Star photo HOT SHOT: Kemuel Morales, health and wellness promotion senior, had the team’s best performance at the 82nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. Morales made his way to the finals and finished third overall with a best throw of 18.14 meters, which tied him for second, but had a second best throw of 17.68, putting him in third. The track teams will travel to San Angelo this week to compete in the ASU Combined Events.
Turfcats give current, former Texas State students professional sports opportunity By Joseph O. Garcia Sports Reporter
The Austin Turfcats arena football team gives current and former Texas State students the opportunity to be involved with a professional sports franchise. The team signed four additional former Texas State Bobcats to its 2009 roster. Courtney Smith, Michael Rutledge, Jamal Williams and Douglas Sherman were signed to the new arena football team last month. They join former Bobcat quarterback Clint Toon, who was signed February 21. “I believe all the Bobcats we
have in camp are excited about the opportunity to extend their football careers,” said Ronald Oswalt, Turfcats general manager and vice president. “Most had thought their days of playing in front of a crowd — much less being a professional football player — were over until the Turfcats came to Central Texas.” Smith played defensive back at Texas State. He recorded 19 tackles in 2007. Six of the tackles were part of a 45-31 victory over Northwestern State. Rutledge was also a defensive back for the Bobcats. He recorded 54 total tackles with a season-best 10 tackles against
Austin Byrd/Star file photo PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITY: Courtney Smith, senior linebacker, tackles an opponent against San Angelo State August 30, 2008 at Bobcat Stadium. Smith, along with Michael Rutledge, Jamal Williams and Douglas Sherman, were signed to the Turfcats last month.
Baylor. He had a season-best seven unassisted stops against Nicholls State and recorded six pass deflections. Williams is a defensive back. He ran track and played running back and defensive back in high school. He won the District 18-3A Offensive MVP as a senior and was a first-team all-district running back and defensive back as a junior. Sherman is a running back who led the Bobcats in rushing in 2004 with 128 carries for 622 yards. He rushed for 14 carries and 124 yards against Southeastern Louisiana in his best performance of the season. Coach Brad Wright said he is happy to see former players move to a professional level. “It’s always great to see your kids advance to the next level,” Wright said. “You just hope they all make it somewhere.” Opening day for the Turfcats is April 18 against the Acadiana Mudbugs in Lafayette, La. The Mudbugs are coached by former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints quarterback John Fourcade, who has more than 10 years experience in the indoor and arena game. “He has signed some good players with extensive experience, but I am trying to build a long-term franchise,” Oswalt said. “Winning is important but longterm stability of our franchise is much more important.” Oswalt believes signing local players will help keep a community feel for the Turfcats. “Fans would much more rather see a former Bobcat or Longhorn or Bear than someone out of state.” Former football players are not the only Bobcats to be a part of the Turfcats. Current Texas State students and alumni have also joined the organization. The squad includes eight current and former students. Michelle Guidry, Texas State alumnus, is the cheer director for the Turfcats. “I love working for the Turfcats organization,” Guidry said. “The people are all great and highly motivated. Everyone is working together to make this a great experience for the coaches, players, staff, cheerleaders and of course the fans.” Guidry has two years of cheer and dance experience for the Austin Wranglers of the Arena Football League. She directed the team and choreographed routines for the cheerleaders. Current students include Alisha Collins, marketing junior, Lisa Colwell, dance junior, Hollie Holloway, pre-mass communication junior, Emilie Merck, advertising junior, and Kristen Supak, fashion merchandising junior.
Baseball increases season’s win total By Joseph O. Garcia Sports Reporter The Texas State baseball team opened the first of two meetings this season against the Houston Baptist Huskies Tuesday at Bobcat Field. The two teams have not met since 1992. Tuesday’s game marked the 11th all-time meeting. The Bobcats extended their winning total to 20 with an 18-4 victory over the Huskies. Stephen Nikonchik started on the mound for Houston Baptist. It was his first start on the season. He gave up two runs to the Bobcats on three hits in the first inning. Spenser Dennis, senior outfielder, drove in his 19th RBI of the season when he flied out to centerfield. Lance Loftin, senior infielder, followed with an RBI single to score Paul Goldschmidt, junior infielder. Dennis drove in his second RBI of the night in the third inning when he singled to score Kyle Livingstone, junior infielder. The score was 3-0 Bobcats at the end of the third. Matt Steiner, freshman pitcher, made his fourth start of the season for the Bobcats. He came into Tuesday’s game
with a 1-1 record. Steiner pitched three and two-thirds innings and gave up two runs on three hits. Steiner was relieved by Garret Carruth, junior pitcher, who left his final inning with the score 3-2 in favor of the Bobcats. “Steiner was good for three,” Coach Ty Harrington said. “These Tuesday games are good for his development.” The Bobcats posted three more runs for a four-run lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Ben Theriot, junior catcher, scored on a throwing error by the Huskies. Jason Martinson, sophomore infielder, followed with an RBI single. Adam Witek, senior infielder, scored on a fielder’s choice by Bret Atwood, sophomore outfielder. The Bobcats tacked on another run in the fifth to make the score 7-2. Nikonchik was replaced by John Garey replaced in the sixth inning. Nikonchik gave up six earned runs on eight hits in five innings. Dennis continued to drive in runs. He hit his first home run of the season with two men on base and two outs, driving it over the right-field wall and hitting the scoreboard. The score
was 10-2 in favor of the Bobcats at the end of the sixth inning. “Spense has been really good for us all year,” Harrington said. “He has been fun to watch and he continued it tonight.” The Bobcats scored eight runs on seven hits in the seventh inning. Jason Martinson, sophomore infielder, hit his third home run of the season in the seventh. It was a three-run shot over the left-field wall. The Bobcats scored four additional RBIs after Martinson’s run. “Jay Mart has shown signs that he has some thunder in his bat like Spense does,” Harrington said. “He made some adjustments before the game today that I think helped him tonight.” The Huskies put up a run against the Texas State relief pitching in the top of the eighth inning and another in the top of the ninth. “I thought our guys came prepared to play tonight,” Harrington said. Texas State will host Southeastern Louisiana in a three-game series Thursday to Saturday. The teams will battle for first place in the Southland Conference.
Austin Byrd/Star photo EYE ON THE BALL: Bret Atwood, sophomore outfielder, stares down a pitch from Houston Baptist Tuesday at Bobcat Field.