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FIRE SCORCHES LOCAL HAUNT Units from three fire departments respond to blaze at historic building By Molly Berkenhoff The University Star

Monty Marion/Star photo PIKE INFERNO: The abandoned Pike House, originally erected in 1906 as the Coronal Institute boys’ building, releases flames and deep black smoke into the evening sky Monday as the dilapidated wooden interior of the building burns. Traffic jams and large crowds surrounded Belvin Street as students and locals gathered to watch firefighters battle the blaze of the San Marcos landmark.

ASG president vetoes degree plan legislation By Paul Rangel The University Star Associated Student Government President Kyle Morris formally notified the ASG Senate Monday that he vetoed the 120-hour degree plan legislation that passed in the Senate April 2. Morris said he vetoed the legislation because it recommended removing a lab science hour from the core curriculum. He said research shows other countries are surpassing the U.S. in science studies, and the university curriculum committee, which is in charge of cutting hours, has made it clear that members do not want to change the core curriculum. Morris’ veto met opposition from Senators who supported the passed bill and expressed their intent to overturn his decision. “I’m going to look forward to overturning his veto,” said ASG Sen. Daniel Browning, college of business. “I think it will definitely show the power of the Senate, and that the executive branch does not lead the Associated Student Government and that the Senate has its own voice.” The legislation will be discussed at next Monday’s meeting where senators will be given the opportunity to overturn Morris’ decision, but only if the Senate has a two-thirds vote. Sen. Eileen Galvez, College of Liberal Arts, co-authored the legislation. Galvez said she could remember the legislation being passed last semester. However, Senate Clerk Adrienne Willis said there is no record of the legislation coming back to the See ASG, page 4

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Campus media will host ASG debate By Bill Lancaster The University Star Student government presidential candidates will face off Tuesday in front of the LBJ Student Center. Chris Anderson and Reagan Pugh will take part in a debate at 11:15 a.m. in the LBJ Amphitheater. The debate, hosted by KTSW and The University Star, will be moderated by the publication’s editor-inchief Jason Buch. The debate is one of two that are currently scheduled. ASG will host a debate Monday after the organization’s Senate meeting. Candidates will answer 15 questions generated by The Star. Each candidate will have one minute to respond to each question and will be given 30 seconds for rebuttal. No personal attacks will be allowed and if the moderator deems a comment to be as such, the debate will


e just appreciated them coming through with overwhelming support. It’s great having them on board.”

—Reagan Pugh ASG presidential candidate

stop and the attacked candidate will be given a 30 second rebuttal. Candidates will not have access to the questions ahead of time. Time permitting, the candidates will field questions from the audience after the debate.

“The main thing I would like to emphasize to the people in attendance is the experience that I bring to the table with my involvement with student groups and with faculty,” Pugh said. KTSW will record the debate and rebroadcast it at a later time. A crew for Bobcat Update will film the proceedings. Vice-presidential candidates Rebecca Quillin, microbiology senior, and Alexis Dabney, public relations senior, will not take part in this debate. A vice presidential debate is being planned for Thursday. This is not the first time the candidates have met in a public forum. Anderson and Pugh presented their platforms to the Interfraternity Council last week, and Pugh received its endorsement. “I wasn’t thrilled (about the endorsement), but it’s not the end of the world.” Anderson said. “I still think we’re doing really well.”

“We just appreciated them coming through with overwhelming support,” Pugh said. “It’s great having them on board.” Anderson, marketing sophomore, said in a previous interview he felt three things were important to the student body. “(These are) initiating a plan to move football to Division I(-A) along with our other sports, hold administration accountable for their master plan and students need to be in control of student money,” Anderson said. Pugh, English junior, has said his campaign is focused on heritage, pride and future. “Relationships with alumni could be better,” Pugh said last week. “A huge issue is pride and everyone wants D I-A football. And what I want for the future is making sure to leave ASG better than we found it.”

Student dissatisfied with Forensics facility will set former deputy’s sentence Texas State apart in field By Alex Hering The University Star Texas State student Holly Cagle, who is suing former Hays County Sheriff’s Deputy John Pastrano, said she is not satisfied with the probation sentence he received March 15 for improper sexual conduct with her in 2004. Pastrano was convicted and sentenced to two years in state jail by Guadalupe County District Judge Gary Steel. Steel suspended the sentence and placed Pastrano on probation for three years. He will pay a $1,500 fine and do community service for forcing Cagle to expose herself, according to affidavits. Court records further revealed

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Dozens of spectators stood behind caution tape Monday to watch a fire blazing in the former hospital and Pike house, one of San Marcos’ storied landmarks. “We’re here to see the end of a legend,” said Cody King, economics senior. “I’ve been on every floor of this building. It’s sad to watch it go.” The fire was reported at 7:35 p.m. by a passerby, said Melissa Millecam, San Marcos communications manager. Howard Williams, San Marcos police chief, said when emergency response units arrived at the scene, they found the building’s fourth floor engulfed in flames and a relatively unharmed second floor, leading them to believe the fire began on the third floor. The house is located several hundred feet away from the street and posed no danger to homes near by. No one was believed to be in the house at the time of the fire and no injuries had been reported at press time. The building, located on Belvin Street, once served as a hospital for the city, and later as a house for the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. The fraternity moved out in 1998. The house’s owner, Terry Gilmore, was among those present at the scene.

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Pastrano touched Cagle with his hand “with the intent of to arouse and gratify (his) sexual desire.” Cagle said probation for what Pastrano did was not a sufficient punishment. “I’m happy that he was convicted guilty, but I’m not happy with the outcome of the trial,” Cagle, fashion merchandising junior, said. “I think he should have gotten jail time — so do my mom and dad. I was really disappointed in the system. How could you let someone do something like that to someone and then give them probation? Probation is nothing. I just don’t agree. If he would have gotten a week or two in jail, it

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By Alysha Mendez The University Star A public meeting will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday in Room 3-9.1 of the LBJ Student Center to discuss a proposed forensics research facility. The facility will be located at the university’s Horticulture Center, off Highway 21. The main purpose of the research facility is to study problems related to outdoor crime scenes and decomposition rates for human remains under various conditions. The facility will collect data to help solve crimes and train law enforcement officers in the areas of time of death, manner of death and victim identifica-

tion in instances of crime, disaster, accidental death or terrorism. At the meeting, Jerry Melbye, forensic anthropology professor, will discuss how the facility will function and why it will be beneficial to the community. “The open air research facility will solve the question, ‘What is the time since death?’” Melbye said. “Is this important? You bet.” Melbye said 70 percent of homicides are found in open-air crime scenes and most have undergone some stages of decomposition. “If we can determine when the crime was committed, we are one step See FORENSICS, page 4

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Three students from the School of Music were recently elected to the collegiate offices of the Texas Music Educators Conference, a state affiliate of the National Association for Music Education, the governing body of the field. The elections were Feb. 16 at a joint conference with more than 22,000 educators in attendance. The conference was held in San Antonio and hosted by the Texas Music Educators Association.

Amey Szanto-Nicodemus, music education junior, was elected vice president, Nick Conte, music education junior, was elected communications officer and Alejandra Herrera, music education senior, was voted secretary treasurer. The trio filled three out of five student executive positions for the collegiate board of the Texas Music Educators Conference. — Courtesy of Public Relations

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Texas State baseball will play Texas-Pan American 6:30 p.m. at Bobcat Field. There will be a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center 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. Sessions offer a supportive way to cope. For more information or to register, call the Counseling Center at (512) 2452208. 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 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. 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 The LBJSC, Room 3-14.1. All majors are welcome. Businesscasual attire is suggested. For more information, visit www.


On this day... 1741 — Frederick II of Prussia defeated Maria Theresa’s forces at Mollwitz and conquered Silesia. 1790 — The U.S. patent system was established.

Kappa Alpha Psi and Black Women United invite you to the Angel Awards, recognizing outstanding student leaders 6 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-15.1

1809 — Austria declared war on France and its forces entered Bavaria.

Career Services will host a student employee appreciation reception, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LBJ Ballroom. The student employee of the year will be announced at 12 p.m.

1814 — Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Toulouse by the British and the Spanish. The defeat led to his abdication and exile to Elba.

World famous author Isabel Allende will give this years’ Lyndon Baines Johnson Distinguished Lecture, “Stories and Dreams,” as a part of the Common Experience theme of Protest and Dissent 7 p.m. in the LBJ Mall.

1825 — The first hotel opened in Hawaii. 1849 — Walter Hunt patented the safety pin. He sold the rights for $100. 1854 — The constitution of the Orange Free State in south Africa was proclaimed.

A student-led rosary will be prayed 6:25 p.m. in the CSC chapel. The Earth First Organization will meet 4 p.m. in Evan Liberal Arts, Room 314. For more information, e-mail Bogan Durr at The Alcohol and Drug Resource Center will hold “The Network” meeting 5 to 7 p.m. in The LBJSC, Room 3-6.1.


The Catholic Student Organization will meet 6:30 p.m. in the CSC lounge. The Rock - Praise & Worship will be 7 p.m. in the CSC chapel. Brothers Under Christ will host an Island Party 4 to 11 p.m. at Sewell Park. There will be a concert, games, food, prizes and a volleyball tournament. Latinas Unidas will host a celebration to honor influential Latinas 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-15.1. A one-hour orientation and training session will teach attendees to use the FreezeFramer biofeedback program to reduce the negative effects of stress. The session will be 1:30 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-11.1.

Jeannie Yamakawa/Star photo Grayson Birkelbach, English sophomore (left), and Jeremy Boothe, psychology sophomore, advertise for Beta Upsilon Chi’s Island Party Monday afternoon in The Quad. The party will start 4 p.m. Thursday in Sewell Park, and will have free entertainment, food, games and prizes.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department April 2, 2:10 p.m. Information Report/Tower Hall An officer was dispatched for an information report. Upon further investigation two students were found to have been involved in a confrontation. A report was generated for this case. April 2, 2:19 p.m. Medical Emergency/LBJ Student Center An officer was dispatched for a medical emergency. A non-

student was ill and transported to Central Texas Medical Center for evaluation. April 2, 6:21 p.m. Information Report/UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched to the lobby for an information report. A student reported being harassed by a non-student. A report was generated for this case. April 3, 8:09 a.m. Information Report/UPD

Lobby An officer was dispatched to the lobby for an information report. A student stated having problems with his roommate and requested a report be made. April 3, 10:53 a.m. Medical Emergency/Lantana Hall An officer was dispatched for a medical emergency. A student reported having fallen down the stairs and requested transport to CTMC for further evaluation.

Mitte Honors students will present theses at conference Texas State Mitte Honors Program students will present their theses April 12 at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the Dominican University of California in San Rafael. The national conference is highly competitive, promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in diverse fields of study. The Mitte Honors Program students presenting are Jodi Flores, anthropology senior, Orquidea Morales, psychology senior and Louie Dean Valencia, European studies senior. Flores will present her honors thesis titled “Reconstructing the Ancient Greek

Warp Weighted Loom.” Morales will present her thesis “Language as a Tool to Discovering the Chicana Identity.” Valencia will conduct two presentations at the conference: his honors thesis “How the Argot in the Films of Pedro Almodóvar Reflects the Social Changes of Spanish Youth Culture in the PostFranco Era” and “Our Lady of Liberty: How Marianne Attempted to Replace Notre Dame.” For more information on the Mitte Honors Program, contact Diann McCabe, assistant director, at (512) 245 2209. — Courtesy of Texas State Public Relations

1862 — Union forces began the bombardment of Fort Pulaski in Georgia along the Tybee River. 1865 — During the American Civil War, at Appomattox, General Robert E. Lee issued his last order. 1866 — The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was incorporated. 1902 — South African Boers accepted British terms of surrender. 1912 — The Titanic set sail from Southampton, England. 1916 — The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) held its first championship tournament. 1919 — In Mexico, revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata was killed by government troops. 1922 — The Genoa Conference opened. The meeting was used to discuss the reconstruction of Europe after World War I. 1925 — F. Scott Fitzgerald published “The Great Gatsby” for the first time. 1930 — The first synthetic rubber was produced. 1932 — Paul von Hindenburg was elected president of Germany with 19 million votes. Adolf Hitler came in second with 13 million votes. 1938 — Germany annexed Austria. 99.75 percent of Austrians had voted in a referundum to merge with Germany. 1941 — In World War II, U.S. troops occupied Greenland to prevent Nazi infiltration. 1941 — Ford Motor Co. became the last major automaker to recognize the United Auto Workers as the representative for its workers.

Film reveals lives of Ugandan child soldiers The Invisible Children National Tour will stop on campus Tuesday to screen a documentary. Invisible Children will be shown 6 p.m. at the LBJ Teaching Theater. The event is sponsored by the Baptist Student Ministry and is an extension of the Invisible Children Movement, which was inspired by the film. The screening is free and open to the public.

“Invisible Children is a documentary made by three American boys who went to Africa in search of a story and truth,” Sarah Tarhini, interdisciplinary studies freshman, said. ”They stumbled upon thousands upon thousands of children in Uganda that were being forced to live in inhumane conditions and were being abducted and forced to fight as child soldiers for the rebel army.”

There has been a lot of hard work in preparing for the tour to come to Texas State but we realize that it’s not about us,” Tarhini said. “We have been called idealists but our ideals are becoming realities.” For more information on the Invisible Children Movement, visit www.InvisibleChildren. com. — Courtesy of Texas State Public Relations


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ASG Senate candidates switching tickets before impending election By Philip Hadley The University Star As the election grows nearer, Associated Student Government candidates are hopping tickets while the presidential candidates continue to rally student support. The final filing results include 86 senators, two presidents, two vice presidents and five graduate house nominations. Some of the ASG Senate candidates have decided to switch tickets. Emily Trepanier said she decided to switch after she found out other candidates were running. “I was unofficially on Anderson’s ticket, but decided to switch when I found out that Reagan Pugh was running,” Trepanier, dance sophomore, said. “Reagan is more organized, I like his platform better, and that’s why I decided to switch.” Pugh, ASG presidential candidate, and running mate Alexis Dabney, presented their platform as a threepoint plan of embracing heritage, pride and future. They plan to communicate with organizations to increase involvement by the student body. Pugh said he was glad to see students actively participating in the organization. “We want as many voices on our ticket as possible to make sure that every student is represented,” Pugh, English junior, said. “It’s their prerogative. If they feel it is the right decision then we respect it. It’s a double edged sword, we’ve benefited from people coming over to our side.” Chris Anderson, ASG presidential candidate, and his running mate Rebecca Quillin, microbiology senior, will run on a three-point plan that includes moving the football program to Division I-A, holding administration accountable for the Campus Master Plan and ensuring student

representation. Anderson said the candidates who decided to switch to his ticket were upset with the opposing party’s platform. “They chose to switch because they felt the other party wasn’t working towards anything for the students,” Anderson, marketing sophomore, said. “The candidates approached me and asked to be on our ticket, and I agreed.” Bogan Durr, ASG senate candidate, said she decided to switch after becoming more knowledgeable of each candidate’s platform. “I joined Pugh’s ticket in the very beginning before I knew who else was running,” Durr, political science junior, said. “I learned more about Anderson’s platform and decided it aligned more with my views. I wasn’t pressured to switch; it was my personal choice. I know I made the right decision because it was an educated decision.” Other students who decided to switch tickets included Sarah Stone, history sophomore, who switched from Pugh’s ticket to Anderson’s. Michelle Malcik, political science sophomore, switched from Anderson’s ticket to Pugh’s. Knowledge of the upcoming election and the issues involved is divided among students. Cliff Kozelsky, communication studies senior, said he was aware of the upcoming election but did not wish to vote. “I’m not familiar with any of the candidates and I don’t know why I should vote or even what issues the candidates stand for,” Kozelsky said. “I think the candidates should have done more to get the word out about the issues they support.” Johnny Pena, electronic media junior, said he did not plan on voting because he was unaware of the function of student government. “I don’t plan on voting, I voted

once cause my friend was running but I don’t really even know what they do or how they affect me,” Pena said. Jose Aguirre, history junior, said he had not voted previously but planned to vote in the upcoming election. “I never voted before because I didn’t know what ASG stood for or what they did, so I didn’t really care,” Aguirre said. “One of the candidates recently sat down with me and helped me understand what ASG was about and what they have done for Texas State. I am definitely planning to vote this year.” Gabe Hodge, political science junior, said ASG was an important organization for Texas State. “I voted last semester and plan to vote in this year’s election,” Hodge said. “I’ve already made up my mind about who I’m voting for. I think ASG is important for Texas State because it gives students a voice.” Approximately 10 percent of Texas State students voted in last year’s election. ASG candidates are hoping for a better turnout and have employed new ways of reaching students including digital means. “We’ve been out in The Quad, we’ve been going to organizations and bringing them our point of view, and we’ve used Facebook and e-mail lists to reach people,” Pugh said. “We want people to know what’s going on and we want people to be informed about the decisions they’re making.” Anderson expressed a similar interest in reaching more students and having an increased voter turnout. “We’re excited about the upcoming election,” Anderson said. “I’m predicting a big turnout. That’s what we’re focusing on this year: a big turnout at the polls and that students are being as informed as possible.”

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Stations of the Cross

Jon Clark/Star photo Friday in The Quad Jesus, played by Elrich Blauvelt of the Everest Institute, stands above the weeping women in the Catholic Student Center’s depiction of the Stations of the Cross.


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floor after being tabled for two weeks. “I’m positive that it passed,” Galvez said. “I would have known if it didn’t pass. And now that it passes, he doesn’t agree with it. So he vetoes it.” Supreme Court Reform was brought to the ASG agenda Monday night. According to the legislation, the Supreme Court failed to produce documents that instigated the Graduate House hearing on March 21.

It said the Supreme Court did not provide feedback and testimony from both parties and did not hold a hearing open to the public. The legislation calls for an amendment to the ASG Constitution so that all documents and hearings be made available to the public. It would also give the Senate the power to impeach a Supreme Court Justice with a two-thirds vote from the ASG Senate. Jessica Irwin, special assistant to the ASG president, was

removed Monday. Morris said Irwin was not able to fully participate because of a busy schedule. Legislation was introduced concerning Bobcat Build and the volunteer sites chosen for university volunteers. The legislation said concerns had been voiced by students who were doing charity work for wealthy residents, instead of poor and underprivileged residents. A District Attorney Student Liaison may be created to field questions from the Senate and

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voice those questions to Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe. This legislation will be voted on at Monday’s meeting. The Senate passed three pieces of legislation, “General Property Deposit Fund: Support Zaffirini’s Legislation,” “Club Account Flexibility” and “DRT Transparency.” The ASG sponsored Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates will be held Monday. The event will be held a day before voting, which is typically how ASG has operated in the past,

Morris said. Speaking at the ASG meeting will be Secretary of State Roger Williams. The ASG meeting will be held before the debate in the LBJ Ballroom. Alumnus and entrepreneur, Ray Robbins, attended the ASG meeting Monday night speaking on the importance of participation. Linda Cherrington, Texas Department of Transportation, presented research and plans to integrate the Texas State Tram System with the city bus system. Senators brought up concerns

as to whether there would be enough buses to operate both the city and university. The university would be responsible for a majority of the bus system’s funding, and senators voiced concerns of fair representation for students in the system’s management. Cherrington said the system, if integrated, would receive state and federal funds. Depending on the scheduling structure, no significant changes to the services would be rendered to students.

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would have eased my mind a little.” Sherri Tibbe, Hays County district attorney, had previously said Cagle and her family were satisfied with the outcome of the case. Tibbe said she had gotten the impression from others involved in the case. Cagle said she has “never spoken to her,” and Tibbe “didn’t know how (she felt) about it.” “Apparently she wasn’t as happy as I thought she was,” Tibbe said. “The impression that I had was that she was happy with everything. I didn’t handle the case directly, another prosecutor in this office did. I wasn’t in court for the sentencing or the trial. It was (Wesley Mau, Hays County assistant district attorney) who handled the case, and I was under the impression that they were happy with the outcome.” Mau did not return The University Star’s phone calls. Cagle, a Houston native, said she is not ready to talk about the incident, yet she wants other women to be careful. “It’s hard because I’m still giving myself advice right now, but I think that at first when reporters would try to get a hold of me I was embarrassed and I wanted to forget it,” Cagle said. “I didn’t own the situation. Now I just want to talk about it because it does happen and I want women to be careful and understand that it’s not embarrassing and (they) need to own it.” Keith Weir, attorney for the civil suit Cagle has filed against Hays County and Pastrano for general damages, said the trial will start in the fall. “We were waiting for the criminal proceedings to get out of the way,” Weir said. “We are in a discovery phase trying to discover all the evidence that we need.”

Cagle said Pastrano had “taken so much from (her) and (she) wanted something in return.” She said the criminal justice system was taking too long to initiate the trial. “In January is when the ball started rolling because I filed a civil suit against him and Hays County,” Cagle said. “I think they have been putting this off for so long because they thought I would back out. It’s been such a long time since it happened, but I wasn’t going to back out — I mean it did happen.” Cagle, who underwent another personal tragedy when her high school boyfriend died in a car accident, said she wants to put her grief behind her and finish her degree. “Now I’m trying to get my life back again,” Cagle said. “I wish it wouldn’t have happened to me but it’s made me grow up so much. It’s really unfortunate and I don’t enjoy college like I should. It’s just hard. Nothing is going to stop me from finishing what I started though, because I’m a strong person.” Cagle plans on volunteering soon for the Hays County Women’s Shelter to “help with the healing process.” “I feel like I can relate to other women who have had traumatic things happen to them,” Cagle said. “I think that I can be helpful. Also, I’m going to start working with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.” Cagle said although the incident was traumatic, it will help her if others can learn from it. “I don’t want to say that I’m happy about all these things that happened to me because I’m not,” Cagle said. “But I’ve grown up and I can relate to people in all sorts of ways now, and I’m a better friend and I appreciate things a lot more than I did.”

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An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire. The house is rumored to be haunted, and has been investigated by the organization Cold Spots Paranormal Research. In addition to San Marcos units, the South Hays County, Kyle and New Braunfels fire departments responded to the scene. Fireman used three 100foot ladders to combat the fire. Two

of the trucks used came from the San Marcos Fire Department and one from the New Braunfels unit. After about two hours, the fire was considered mostly under control, though Millecam said the house sustained “substantial damage.” She said this was the largest fire the city has seen in a long time. Jared Jenkins, pre-communication design senior, said he was present when firefighters and police officers arrived.

“The police officers were mostly involved in crowd control,” Jenkins said. “The firefighters got to work with setting up their trucks and equipment to try to get the blaze under control. I was there within the first 20 minutes of when the fire started, I believe.” Millecam said firefighters would be working well into the night establishing hot spots and taking other precautionary measures. “It’s sad to see this grand old building go up in flames,” she said.

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closer to finding the perpetrator,” he said. Melbye said crime scene investigators need this facility. “Researchers will recreate crime scenes, which sometimes are very complex, and (crime scene investigators) will use it as a training ground,” he said. Mayor Susan Narvaiz said she understands why some people would be

turned off at first by the idea of a “body farm” being built. “It’s not a pretty topic, but think of all the families that find closure because of this science,” she said. Narvaiz said she is excited about the proposal to build the facility. “I think it’s a great opportunity for San Marcos and the university to let the international community know of the assets here,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for education and research that will bring visitors that wouldn’t


normally come here.” Melbye said he expects the facility to attract researchers and students not only from Texas, but from around the world. “It will be the only facility of its kind west of the Mississippi and will be the largest, safest, most secure,” he said. “At the meeting, I will talk about the benefits this facility will bring to people of Texas, the students at Texas State University and the people of San Marcos.”

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Chinese leader’s Japanese visit will be ‘ice-thawing’

Chuck Kennedy/KRT MENDING RELATIONSHIPS: President Bush and China’s Premier, Wen Jiabao, take part in state arrival ceremonies, Dec. 9, 2003, on the south lawn of the White House. Jiabao will be in Japan this week on a trip to mend relations between the two countries.

By Tim Johnson McClatchy Newspapers BEIJING — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will fly to Japan this week to mend relations between neighbors tightly linked by trade but torn by years of warfare and squabbling. On the first such visit by a Chinese premier since 2000, Wen will make a rare speech to Japan’s Parliament, confer with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, meet Emperor Akihito and seek to assuage widespread concerns among Japanese that China’s rise threatens the region. Tensions have subsided markedly between the neighbors since Abe came to office last September, replacing Junichiro Koizumi. Koizumi’s regular visits to Yasukuni, a sanctuary in Tokyo where more than a dozen major World War II war criminals are enshrined, enraged China. Abe hasn’t visited the shrine while in office. In a sign of the unfolding rapprochement, China responded with restraint to Abe’s denials in early March that Japan’s military had forced Asian “comfort women” into sex slavery in military brothels during World War

II, a lightning-rod issue elsewhere in East Asia. Leaders of both nations appear determined not to let an array of current and historical disputes get in the way of thriving economic relations. Trade between China and Japan has almost quadrupled in the last decade, reaching $211 billion last year. China is Japan’s largest trading partner, and Japan is China’s third largest trade partner, after the European Union and the United States. During Wen’s visit, which begins Wednesday in Tokyo and ends Friday in Osaka, China is expected to lift a four-year-old ban on Japanese rice imports, and Japan will offer to transfer energy-saving technology to China. The two nations will launch a ministerial-level economic dialogue, raising ties to a strategic level. On the agenda are Japan’s grievances with North Korea over the abductions of at least 16 of its citizens by Pyongyang’s secret agents decades ago. China is North Korea’s only ally. Other issues include energy rights in the East China Sea, the effects of pollution in China

on Japan and China’s rising military expenditures. In public remarks, Wen has focused on the positive, declaring that his trip will be an “icethawing” journey after Abe’s “ice-breaking” October visit to China. Wen said he expected Abe to return to China later this year. Some analysts speculate that Wen wants to stabilize relations with Japan before a crucial autumn congress of the Communist Party, which meets every five years. Chinese experts on Japan fret that Abe may veer to the political right as his support slides at home, especially before the July Upper House elections. “Abe is still under great pressure from Japan’s die-hard rightists, from whom he wants support. His recent comments over sex slaves were made for such purposes,” said Liu Jiangyong, an expert on SinoJapanese relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing. “It is very probable that Abe’s stance on historical issues will wobble under pressure from rightists,” Liu said. “This will bring uncertainties to Sino-Japan relations.”

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TATTOO BASH: Tattoo artist Mark Von Diehl of Live Electric Studio Tattoos on E. Hopkins Street, works on a portrait of musician Frank Zappa on the arm of Germ, drummer of local band Dual Exhaust, Saturday during the Central Texas Tattoo Bash.

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Artists showcase work at tattoo bash By Todd Schaaf The University Star Tattoo artists from all over Central Texas gathered in San Marcos Friday and Saturday for the first ever Central Texas Tattoo Bash. Mark Von Diehl of Live Electric Studios has been tattooing for more than 12 years was one of many artists who inked at the convention. He said he normally does not attend conventions as a vendor, because it requires learning a new setup on short notice. “I haven’t done them in a while,” Von Diehl said. “But I decided to do this one because it was a little bit smaller, it’s in San Marcos and I figured I tattoo here in San Marcos, so I’m going to go ahead and represent our shop here.” Von Diehl said that because of popular culture and media, tattoos aren’t quite as taboo

as they once were. “You got old ladies checking out your tattoos in the grocery store and stuff like that, whereas before, you’re a heathen if you have tattoos,” Von Diehl said. “My oldest client is 76 years old and he just started getting tattooed five years ago.” Ramsie Segura from Ancient Ink in Austin attended Central Texas Tattoo Bash as a first-year tattoo artist. Segura explained the appeal of tattoo conventions. “I like looking through other peoples’ portfolios and seeing what’s in there, you know, it gives me more ideas, and more ideas of what can be done,” Segura said. Segura said even though this was her first convention as an artist, she was pleased. “For a first year, it’s a pretty good turnout. So far, so good.”

The convention was created and organized by Stephen Coyne, owner of Valhalla Reception Hall, where the event took place. Coyne said a tattoo convention would offer something new to residents of San Marcos. “We just want to do different things here. We want to show San Marcos new opportunities,” Coyn said. Coyne said he wanted to host the event because tattoos are becoming more commonplace and he said he wanted a chance to showcase the artistry of local tattoo shops and their artists. This is the first year for Central Texas Tattoo Bash, which Coyne said he hopes will become an annual event. “Do people like what they see, do they not — and see if this is something we should go on with? To build anything, you have to see where the foundation is,” Coyne said.

Nupe Week acquaints students with Kappa Alpha Psi By Ashley Wilrich The University Star The Lambda Theta chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi kicked off the first Hayz Kounty Nupe Week to give students the opportunity to get to know the members of the chapter. Bryan Ware, polemarch of the Lambda Theta chapter, is excited for the very first Nupe Week, which will highlight the many different events the chapter has done this year. The word nupe refers to a member of Kappa Alpha Psi. “This is an opportunity to not only get to know the members, but to bring fellowship among students and staff,” Ware, adver-

tising senior, said. Nupe Week started with a community service event at the San Marcos Food Bank, which was open to anyone. Kappa Chill, an event that will allow students to play video, card and board games, will be held Tuesday in George’s at the LBJ Student Center. Gift cards and mix CDs will be given as prizes to the winners of the games. “This is an event for the students to come and relax,” Ware said. School Daze will be shown at the movie night, Thursday. The movie will be followed by a discussion of the current state of college students as compared to when the movie was filmed,

Ware said. The third annual Angel Awards, a ceremony recognizing influential faculty and staff, will be Wednesday. The Kappas will team up with Black Women United to give recognition to the faculty, nominated by students, who have gone above and beyond in assistance. “These are the guardian angels who really help the students,” Ware said. Christian Prater, keeper of records, said this week is supposed to show the dedication the members have to the campus. The Hayz Kounty Nupe Week will finish Saturday with Kappa Komeback. The event will intro-

duce the new Kappa Alpha Psi Web site, which will describe the different functions of the fraternity and give students the opportunity to learn more about the Lambda Theta chapter. “The Web site will serve as a headquarters for the chapter, it will cover the history of our chapter,” Prater, communications studies senior, said. “It will also show the different events and activities, and possibly a newsletter.” Following the Web site release will be a special presentation. Kappa Komeback will be at 5:11 p.m. in Alkek Teaching Theater. It will be followed by an after party held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3413.

ary studies junior, said Claiborne asks people to stop living for themselves. Adorned in dreadlocks, home“His views on Christianity are made clothing and piercings, a at the heart of what scriptures former Mother Teresa intern say. The Bible says to give evoffered an alternative way of liv- erything we have to follow him ing. (God) but we are too comfortShane Claiborne, a Christian able in our self-driven lives,” author, came Thursday to speak Selby said. “He encouraged us to students about his book The to really step out of our comIrresistible Revolution: Living as forts and experience real life.” an Ordinary Radical, and the Claiborne said some people charity he founded. who have been inspired by the Claiborne said he became a simple way have utilized their Christian radical while a stu- talents to help others. dent at Eastern University in Claiborne said a massage an attempt to reconcile his faith therapist decided to add homewith the suffering in the world. less women to her clientele. “I wanted to figure out how to “She washes and massages love,” Claiborne said. their feet,” Claiborne said. So he interned with Mother A medical student dropped Teresa in Calcutta, India. out of school and became a wa“I worked in the Home for ter scientist to help make clean the Dying water a realiwhere we ty in polluted just held areas. people as The simthey were ple way comdying each munity spray day. This painted signs is a place with the where the word “love,” feeling of and held laughter — Melody Selby them on Wall drowns out Street as junior, interdisciplinary studies the sting they threw of death,” $10,000 on Claibor ne the pavesaid. “It was such a tremendous ment. place of hope.” Claiborne said the homeless Claiborne brought this idea scurried to grab flying bills as back to Philadelphia where he police officers stood with puzfounded the simple way commu- zled looks on their faces. nity. The charity occupies abanJason Pierce, communication doned houses formerly used for studies senior, said Claiborne drugs and prostitution. was bold. “We help women involved in “His presentation was filled trafficking and kids come to our with truth people need to hear. house and do art,” Claiborne I admire his boldness because said. this is how people need to live,” Melody Selby, interdisciplin- Pierce said.

e encouraged “H us to really step out of our

comforts and experience real life.”

Monty Marion/Star photo SEEKING ALTRUISM: Shane Claiborne speaks Thursday in the Centennial Hall Teaching Theater about the simple way community and urged students to stop living for themselves and to help those in need.


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Festival creating inspiring filmmakers By Jessica Sinn The University Star Aspiring filmmakers will showcase their cinematic projects and sample an assortment of independent documentaries and shorts at the second annual Chautauqua Film Festival. The festival, named after the hill Old Main was built on, will be Tuesday at the LBJ Amphitheater and Wednesday inside the LBJ Teaching Theater. Both events run from 7 p.m. to midnight. Chris Shepard, films coordinator for the Student Association for Campus Activities, said he the festival will inspire prospective filmmakers to express their creativity by projecting their works on the big screen. “I really want to put emphasis on the fact that this is for

students by students,” said Shepard, a pre-mass communication sophomore. “We want to get people to break out of their shells, and to feel comfortable showing their films.” Entries from The 24 Hour Film Frenzy competition will be selected by judges to be screened Tuesday night. “We added a small competition to add more emphasis to the film festival,” Shepard said. “Filmmakers were given 24 hours to make a film, and to distribute them the next day.” Alfred Cervantes, deputy director of the Houston Film Commission, will screen a series of independent shorts from the 2006 Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase. Tuesday’s event will include a special screening of a documentary by Austin film producer

Alan Berg. The film, entitled A Place to Dance, chronicles the life of a New Orleans big band music group in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Shepard said the festival provides a great opportunity for students to learn from talented filmmakers. “By viewing the films, students can be inspired and hopefully see what their work will become one day,” Shepard said. Wednesday night, Andrew Shapter, a Southwest Texas State University alumnus and acclaimed film director, will show his documentary, Before the Music Dies. The event will include discussions about the business of filmmaking, featuring presentations by entertainment attorney Michael Saleman and represen-

pate in the event. “It’s not a big deal if you don’t win,” Shepard said. “You’re just winning a trophy, and you win

the right to say your film got some credit. Even if you don’t win, people still get see your artwork on the big screen.”

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YELLOW : the hottest color of spring By Samantha Thompson Smith McClatchy Newspapers

RALEIGH, N.C. — Of the hottest colors for spring — black, navy, red, yellow and white — it’s yellow that has us stumped. It’s bright and cheery, sure. But it’s one of the most intimidating colors to wear. Who wears yellow well? Turns out, everyone can. You just have to figure out what shade. “I think yellow has suffered through urban legend,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the color-forecasting group Pantone Color Institute. “There are so many shades of yellow. To generically say you can’t wear yellow, you haven’t experimented with it enough.” Jori Klein/Newsday/MCT The rules are hard to pin down. The shade you HOT FASHION: A model weras a yellow parka from DKNY pick has to flatter your at the fall 2007 Fashion Week in New York. Yellow is a hot skin tone as well as your color for spring and fall.

tatives from B-side Entertainment. Ryan Keahey, president of the Filmmakers Alliance at Texas State, believes the presenters will provide a great deal of insight for students. “I think there’s always room to learn,” said Keahey, communication design senior. “Everyone — especially people from our group — will learn a lot from the speakers and all the other guests who will be there.” The festival will conclude with an awards ceremony, where a panel of judges, consisting of students, faculty and staff, will present trophies and honorable mentions to the top three independent films and to the 24 Hour Film Frenzy contestants. Shepard said receiving an award is just an added bonus for student filmmakers who partici-

eye and hair color. Schoolbus yellow might not be for blondes. But cornsilk yellow is. Honey gold is better for redheads, but likely not for someone with ivory skin. Chardonnay does better on those with silver hair, but it might wash out a caramel brunette. For the most part, brunettes have an easier time than blondes wearing shades of yellow. But Eiseman says blondes are natural yellow-wearers, too. They just need to pick a tone that matches one shade of yellow in their hair. Likely the best wearers of yellow are people with blue eyes, specifically purple-blue or blue-gray eyes. “It’s the must-have color for those people,” said Kate Leser, owner of A Distinctive Image, a wardrobe consulting company in Raleigh. “It enlivens and accentuates their eyes.”

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Leser said a good way to figure out what shade of yellow works best on you is to look at a black-andwhite photo of yourself. If you have a lot of contrast in your skin, hair and eyes, you can wear a stronger shade of yellow. If not, stick with softer yellows. “Really what you are doing is creating a balance,” she said. Don’t want to experiment? You’re not alone. “I always feel like I’m washed-out in yellow,” said Dana King, a 28-yearold summery blonde from Raleigh. “It’s not a color I naturally gravitate to.” Because of this yellow fear, many stores have invested in yellow accessories rather than clothing as a way for shoppers to get in on the trend. “A lot of people have trouble wearing yellow against their face,” said Annie Godwin, a buyer for Fleur at Cameron Village

in Raleigh. “It has to be the right shade of yellow.” But yellow shoes? “It goes with almost everything,” she said. Patent leather yellow pumps can add pop to blue-and-white or blackand-white graphic print dress. A pair of strappy yellow sandals can bring energy to a green dress. And pale yellow ballerina flats can liven up a pair of skinny jeans with a white T-shirt. Still scared? Try other yellow accessories. J. Crew has yellow striped headbands. Target had several yellow totes. Even Wal-Mart is hip to yellow, carrying clutches and handbags in various shades. Yellow is appropriate for day or evening wear. It’s even OK in the office. “There’s no reason why people can’t wear yellow shoes with a black suit,” said Laura McDowell,

a spokeswoman at T.J. Maxx. Or go a step further, pairing a light yellow blouse with a gray suit — a look that can make you appear more intelligent, Leser said. But if you want to send a more energetic message, wear yellow with navy or red, Leser said. Designer Sigrid Olsen said her favorite way to wear yellow is with white, pairing a yellow jacket or blouse with white pants or skirt. Men shouldn’t shy away from yellow either, Leser said. In a less formal setting, a yellow tie or a yellow dress shirt is an easy way to maintain professionalism without a suit jacket. “Clear, muted, bright or soft — yellow is a lively, eye-catching color and should be worn, if only in small accents, by everyone,” Leser said.

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Morissette’s Black Eyed Peas satire turns bad lyrics into female empowerment We’re used to her pop music is these poignant lyrical style à days. No longer do la “You Oughta Know” we voice social isand “Uninvited” but sues metaphorically what was Alanis Moristo music (think Joni sette thinking covering Mitchell and Ani the Black Eyed Peas’ DiFranco), we simply “My Humps?” STACEY N. LOVETT rely on either blaIt was a provocative tant lyrics or sexual Guest Columnist statement supporting double-entendres, feminism. usually against women, which Sure, Fergie entices us we sit back and enjoy. with the same essence as the I don’t think we can brush Pussycat Dolls, masking blatant this off as being uninformed subordinate sexuality with the — the feminist movement dates “I’m-not-only-equal-to-but-betback further than half of these ter-than-men-through-my-selfpop divas can count on their absorption” front, but Alanis overly manicured fingers. We’re hits it out of the park with this regressing in the women’s libparody for the intellectual and eration movement. Our nation socially-concerned crowd. is not used to, or open to, for Thanks to the Black Eyed that matter, a strong feminist Peas, the song with a strong pop community since Lilith beat and irresistible dance Fair. Where did that sentiment melody about the power of go? Cue an encore, please. a woman’s derriere had me Morissette has a good point downloading. However, that’s in her satire. Perhaps listeners the problem with pop music to- don’t realize a woman using her day — with a good beat, people ‘lady lumps’ to get nice things will buy anything regardless reinforces the idea that women of shallow lyrics. I’m not surare objects who gain material prised it was quickly dismissed goods through such a persona. as a bad cover by many on Presenting the song in a and YouTube — it was tiful Tori Amos-like manner taken at face value as all of our with piano accompaniment and

soft vibrato voice, Morissette further emphasizes how dense the lyrics really are and that we, as a consumer market, eat this up in all our ignorance. It’s quite ironic how many videos on YouTube are of children no older than five singing this song. It’s comforting to see us pass our ill-bred ideas of women to the next generation. Come on. While it’s cute to see babies sing contemporary songs, (as opposed to their ABCs) their love for these lyrical nightmares can be dismissed as innocence. Anyone else — especially anyone who can legally purchase a CD with a parental advisory label — has no excuse. We need an outcry, especially in the female community over misogynistic music. Morissette has become the contemporary feminist muse laying the foundation for us, the third wavers, to take action. Call me biased for liking this cover, as I am a long time fan of this poetic Canuck, but Alanis, you had me at Jagged Little Pill. — Stacey Lovett is an anthropology senior

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he San Marcos River is the city’s natural pride and joy. Its fresh, cold water rises from springs fed by the Edward’s Aquifer.

It’s home to four endangered species, and its 75 miles of water provides opportunities for recreation and leisure activities. Apparently, residents believe the river and our natural environment are important aspects of San Marcos. Last week, the San Marcos City Council heard a presentation covering the results of the 2006 Citizen Summit survey, in which residents expressed their interests in how the city can improve. The residents said their top interest is seeing improvements to the environmental quality of the community and the addition of parks and recreation activities. Increasing the number of jobs in San Marcos was second, and alleviating the traffic and mobility problems was third. Most importantly, residents said they are willing to see their taxes increased to pay for the services. The University Star is supportive of these endeavors. Our city could be greener, it needs more jobs and traffic does need fixing. Green space is what this city is known for. San Marcos needs to press for more efforts to improve our environment. The city is currently looking into merging the area bus system with the university bus system, but whatever happened to the bond proposition for bicycle paths residents voted for in Fall 2005? We also need to press for more activities in the parks that residents and students can participate in. The job market of this city is in need of growth. Most importantly, the city is in need of jobs that would help retain Texas State graduates, not ones that just employ students while they are working on a degree. January saw the opening of the Wonder World Drive overpass, which has surely helped decrease traffic problems in that area. Currently, trains cause major traffic congestion around Aquarena Springs Drive, Hopkins Street and CM Allen Parkway. Again, bicycle paths along major roads would benefit everyone. The Star reported the city’s population will soon reach 49,000 people. Once the city reaches 1,000 more than that, it will be known as a “small urban area.” That means we need to be prepared to function better as a city. We need initiatives that will make San Marcos more attractive and prosperous. As students, we need to make sure we build a healthy relationship with the community to make these improvements. All of these scenarios would paint a picture of a thriving, industrious San Marcos. Now that the city council knows what residents want, it needs to ensure the plans are implemented to make these changes.

Tax increases acceptable for community beautification

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Letter to the Editor Ashamed to be from same school as arrested students While watching the news Monday, I learned of Britt Walker, Kati Walker, Matthew Belisle and Mustafa Shadid’s now infamous drive across the Blanco River in the early morning April 1. I was grateful that no one was hurt, and hoped the students had learned a lesson. Surprised to read about the criminal charges, I initially sympathized with them. My short sympathy came to a screeching halt Tuesday night. Perusing through the social networking Web sites Facebook and MySpace, I stumbled upon references to the event and was aghast at the defiance and ill-based pride of some students. One individual created a “Floating the river one truck at a time” group, with the following group description: “Students in Togas rescued from river. This is the real way to float the river. Texas State Style. Go big or go home. You float the river in a 15 dollar tube, we float it in a $15,000 truck.” Further, Britt Walker, the driver of the truck, is listed on MySpace as “That Fella Britt the S**t aka The TV Star.” Nationally, well more than 600 students have joined the Facebook group, many leaving encouraging messages such as “Good job! I’m impressed” and “awww oh well dudes, cant change the past.... anyone wanna get drunk?” To one of the images, a student commented “ya’ll should try it again, in a bigger truck.” Students from around the nation litter the group wall with beaming accounts of seeing the story in national news networks. Lightly speckled between the pages of hurrahs and congratulations were remarks of gratefulness at their safety. The 25 emergency personnel who rushed to the scene risked death, and instead of endless gratitude for answering their desperate 911 call and saving their lives, some students are making a mockery of their heroism. Their attitude only reinforces the image of a party school that the university and masses of other students are working hard to rise above. Further, their complete lack of regard for life contributes to their glibness. I will gradate in May, and am very proud to be a Bobcat, but the obnoxious attitude of some students and the publicity they elicit make me truly, truly embarrassed to be associated with them. They are a poor reflection of the university and of our generation in general. While I am no angel and not typically judgmental, the thoughtless actions and shameful reactions of some Texas State students have forced me to speak out on behalf of the rest of us shaking our heads in disgrace. Lena Chaisson Munoz English senior

Expectations of new employer can be easily fulfilled As a college student, desire. Sure, you’re you pretty much know supposed to come what professors exto work on time, but pect. You are told to what else? What will show up on time ready set you apart from to learn and to try to other co-workers? make A’s in classes, or What will ensure that to at least pass them. you get promotions? CHAZ KYSER If only things were What will keep the Guest Columnist that simple in the real boss happy and out of world. your way? During the first few weeks You might be able to find out or perhaps months on the job, what employer expectations by one may feel like a freshman just asking. Some employers again — very unsure of how will be able to tell you all of you’re going to succeed in this their expectations, right down new environment. This feelto not taking a personal call ing normally stems from just longer than five minutes. But not knowing what you must do others might not be able to put to perform well. This can be all of their expectations into complicated by the fact that words. That’s why you should some employers may not be as be aware of some general straightforward as your former expectations that most employprofessors about what they ers have.

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Your employer’s expectations A Team Player: An employee who is able to relate and work well with a diverse group of people. Someone who leaves his or her problems at the front door, and shows up to work with a “winning” attitude. A person who can pull his or her own load and doesn’t gripe about having to pull someone else’s at times A Go-Getter: An employee who can get the ball rolling alone. Someone who doesn’t have to be babied or asked twice to do something. A person who can generate new ideas and actually benefit the company. Multifaceted: An employee whose skills aren’t limited to those needed just for his or her specific position. Someone who

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can perform a variety of duties with ease and enthusiasm, and is willing to learn new skills. Flexible: An employee who can “go with the flow,” and handle assignments as needed. Someone who won’t say things like “there’s no way I can work those hours,” “I didn’t plan on and don’t want to work on this assignment” or “I can’t believe I have to share an office with three people.” A Good Communicator: An employee with poise, tact and something worthwhile to say. Someone with a good command of the English language that can converse with ease. An employee who can write as compellingly as they speak. You may not naturally possess all of these, but luckily these are all qualities that you

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can work on. Not many people are able to walk into their new work environment and blow everyone’s mind. And relax, because for the most part, no one expects you to. The employer and fellow co-workers probably know you haven’t been working professionally for long, and hopefully they understand that you have a lot to learn. The workers with more experience were once anxious and uncertain about how well they would do, too. In fact, they still are. People always have to live up to another person’s expectations at work. The main focus should be on doing your job and doing it well. Now that you know what qualities are crucial, you can go about learning what unique expectations an employer has.

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And some can be very unique. As you attempt to meet and exceed employer’s expectations, you’re going to grow in more ways than one. You’ll be a better team player, go-getter, communicator, multifaceted and flexible person than you ever thought in college. You’ll also, it is hoped, be a model employee — the kind the boss will have another rookie talk to when he or she asks, “What do you expect from me?” Chaz Kyser is the author of Embracing the Real World: The Black Woman’s Guide to Life After College and a Southwest Texas State University alumna. For more information, go to www. or e-mail Kyser at column@embraci The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a distribution of 8,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright April 10, 2007. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

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Dolphins running back seeks Rangers contemplate easing reinstatement, claims sobriety Gagne into closer role By Barry Jackson McClatchy Newspapers MIAMI — Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, who has applied for reinstatement to the NFL, told ESPN Radio Friday he hasn’t gotten high on drugs “in maybe three years,” and has no need to resume using marijuana because yoga has eased his stress. Williams was suspended for one year by the NFL April 26 for violating its drug policy. He said reinstatement involves sending a hand-written letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and having a clinical evaluation. “For the most part, as long as you follow the rules, you have a pretty good shot to be reinstated,” Williams said. “Half of it is testing and the other half is you have to talk to someone on a weekly basis.” Asked by radio host Dan Patrick the last time he was tested, Williams said, “Two minutes ago.” Patrick asked if he passed. “Sure, yeah,” Williams said. Williams said, “At one time, I was probably smoking too much. To fail a drug test and be suspended, the normal person would say that’s too much. Anytime someone gets to the point where they fail a test, it’s beyond recreation, even if they say it’s recreation.” Williams said when he played in the NFL before his temporary retirement in 2004, “stress levels got really high. The only thing that really helped was to go home, relax on the couch, roll up a joint and take a couple of puffs.” But he said he’s off marijuana because yoga — “the spiritual practice part of it” — has given him “a way to relax without having to use anything.” Williams said he hasn’t spoken to Dolphins coach Cam Cameron. Patrick asked Williams what would happen if the Dolphins don’t want to keep him. “Then I’m sure ... they’ll send me somewhere else,” he said. And would he be fine with that? “I’m fine with whatever happens,” Williams said. “After the past couple years, I’ve been through really high highs and really low lows. I’m here today and I’m happy and I realize nothing can really hurt me.” The Dolphins haven’t said if they plan to keep Williams, but they appear to need him to complement Ronnie Brown. The Dolphins lost both of their

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Al Diaz/Miami Herald BACK TO THE GAME: Ricky Williams breaks tackles on his way to the end zone Dec. 24. Williams has applied for reinstatement to the NFL after being suspended one year for a drug-use violation.

you feel like a criminal because every time you have to travel ... you are required to call the NFL and give them the address and phone number of where you’re going to be. “I’ve been in the program for four years. So I’m OK with that. The decisions I’ve made have put me in here. It’s tough at first. But I’ve learned to deal with it. It’s good practice for me following the rules.” Williams is living in Grass Valley, Calif., about 60 miles outside of Sacramento, and teaches yoga twice a week. “You can say I basically live in —Ricky Williams a monastery,” he said. “Someformer NFL running back thing very similar. Every day, we get up early in the morning. veteran backup running backs We meditate. The life I lead now in free agency — Sammy Morris is very rigorous – not physically and Travis Minor — and haven’t rigorous but mentally rigorous. signed replacements. We’re on a really tight schedule Asked how much financially throughout the day. You don’t he owes the Dolphins, Williams get much time to relax.” said he didn’t know. “I know it’s Asked why he wants to return a lot,” he said. to the NFL, Williams said: “For He said he doesn’t know if he me, it’s a test to see if all this will get a ruling from Goodell work I’ve done is really worth before the draft April 28 to 29. something. If I can go to the “If the Dolphins are planning to NFL and have success, that do something with me, I’m sure would speak a lot for yoga and they’ll make sure it happens be- what I’ve learned and offer a lot fore the draft.” of people who have dealt with Williams said being in the the same issues I have a way drug program “kind of makes out.”


fter the past couple years, I’ve been through really high highs and really low lows. I’m here today and I’m happy and I realize nothing can really hurt me.”

Weekend play earns softball No. 4 SLC slot The Bobcat softball team extended its Southland Conference winning streak to six games over the weekend, sweeping Northwestern State in a three-game series. Junior Ragan Blake, 16-9, pitched all three matches, including a complete game shutout in a series-opening 4-0 win. Texas State won games two and three with the scores of 3-1 and 6-1. Blake allowed two runs with 21 strikeouts and seven walks. Freshman Leah Boatright came through with a two-run single that finished off a five-run fifth inning for the Bobcats in game three. She went 3-for-10 with two RBIs in the three game set as sophomore Ryan Kos went 2-for-6 with three RBIs. With the

Bobcats up 1-0 in game one, Kos delivered a two-RBI double to center, scoring sophomore Jetta Weinheimer and junior Ashton Peters. Kos scored the final run of the game when senior Amy Krueger singled her in. The Bobcats jumped on the Lady Demons early in game two, scoring in the first two innings. After freshman Kristina Tello walked and sophomore Tamara Keller singled Weinheimer to left field, scoring Tello from second in the first inning. The team continued its damage an inning later when Kos stole home after reaching on a fielders’ choice, advancing to second on a wild pitch and then stealing two bases. Texas State did not score again until the sixth

inning when Keller laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored sophomore Alex Newton from third base. Newton singled to center and then stole two bases. The Bobcats now stand at 21-18 overall and 11-7 in conference, while Northwestern State dropped to 20-24 and 1110. With the sweep, Texas State sits in the fourth slot in the SLC standings behind UTSA and in front of Stephen F. Austin. The Lumberjacks will come to San Marcos this weekend for three games beginning with a doubleheader 1 p.m. Saturday. The series will conclude 12 p.m. Sunday. — Compiled from other news sources.

SLOW COMEBACK: Texas Rangers’ Eric Gagne pitches during a game against Milwaukee March 12 in Phoenix. Gagne will return to play for the Rangers after recovering from back and elbow surgeries for the past two seasons.

By Dave Sessions McClatchy Newspapers ARLINGTON — Eric Gagne has no doubt that he’s ready to close now, after pitching on consecutive days for the first time since May 2005, but whether he’ll make his Rangers debut in a save situation is uncertain. Gagne, who started the season on the 15-day disabled list as he recovered from elbow and back surgeries over the past two seasons, is set to pitch one more inning Tuesday in Double-A Frisco, then join the Rangers Friday for their game in Seattle. Rangers Manager Ron Washington said the team could choose to ease in Gagne, who has pitched only 13 1/3 innings over the past two seasons, with an inning of work when the game isn’t on the line. “We’re going to discuss that and see how we want to break him in,” Washington said. “(We’ll) let him feel his way and see how it works.” For his part, Gagne said he doesn’t think he’ll need any garbage-time outings once he is

activated, although “it might put everybody else at ease.” Even if he does get a trial run, Gagne is expected to see save opportunities soon. “Of course,” Washington said. “If Gagne is here, he’s going to be the closer.” Gagne threw 1 2/3 innings over two games Friday and Saturday in Frisco, walking one, striking out two and allowing a solo homer. He said pitching on consecutive days was the biggest test left for him after two injuryplagued seasons, and he thought he passed given his condition Sunday. “I thought I was going to be more sore,” Gagne said. “But I feel pretty good. ... (Saturday) was a great step.” Nonetheless, Washington said he talked Sunday with pitching Coach Mark Connor on the idea of getting Gagne in a less pressure-packed situation to start his Rangers career. “We’ll see how he recovers,” Washington said. “We’ll see how everything goes when he pitches Tuesday. ... We want him to be right.”

Originally, the Rangers spoke of immediately putting Gagne in save situations when he returned, but they are now entertaining other ideas. It has nothing to do with interim closer Akinori Otsuka’s performance, Washington said. “I haven’t thought about trying to do this because of what Aki is doing,” Washington said. “We’re just thinking about Gagne.” Gagne’s velocity has hovered around 91-92 mph since the beginning of spring, but he hit 94 Friday in Frisco. He has been throwing more breaking balls and sliders since going on the disabled list, which effectively gave him two extra weeks of spring training. “My curveball right now is the best it’s ever been,” Gagne said. Gagne expects to rely more on changing speeds and moving the ball around than throwing his fastball by hitters the way he once could. “I know where I’m at and that’s what I’ve got to pitch with,” Gagne said. “I’m not trying to blow everybody away.”


lidgeout Houston Astros manager Phil Garner relieved pitcher Brad Lidge of his role as closer Monday, just hours before the team’s 5-3 win over the Cubs in Chicago. Garner said he would probably close with Dan Wheeler, and use Chad Qualls and Rick White as set-up men. Lidge will be utilized in lower-pressure situations, in an effort to let the pitcher regain some confidence. In 2006 Lidge converted 32 saves but went 1-5 with a 5.28 ERA. He started this season with a blown save against the Pirates, and currently has 16.30 ERA after two outings. — Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - Page 12

Sports Contact — Chris Boehm,

Baseball wins two over Bearkats

Relays bring Texas State regional spots By Scott Strickman The University Star

Austin Byrd/Star Photo LET’S TALK ABOUT IT: Coach Ty Harrington talks about a questionable call at second with an umpire Friday afternoon, as the Bobcats fell to Sam Houston 1-0 in the second game of a doubleheader at Bobcat Field.

The Bobcats came away with a winning weekend, grabbing two of three games in a series against Sam Houston at Bobcat Field. Texas State blew out its opponent Thursday night in a 12-0 victory, yet lost the first part of Friday’s doubleheader to the Bearkats 1-0, despite a complete game from sophomore starter Mike Hart. The Bobcats rebounded with a 5-1 victory in the back end of the doubleheader. Hart allowed only eight hits and one earned run in a full nine innings of work Friday, yet lost his second game of the year due to an offense that left

six runners on base. The Bobcats got only five hits off Sam Houston State starter Jacob Howard. The loss left Texas State 3-5 in games decided by two runs, including a 9-8 loss last weekend to Texas A&MCorpus Christi. The team still retains the best overall record in the Southland Conference at 23-11. After the weekend, the club’s league record remains second in the SLC, trailing Texas-San Antonio at 11-1. The Bobcats managed to pull out two victories over the Bearkats, while only allowing two runs the entire

weekend. The team’s starting pitching, which included Hart, senior Justin Fiske and junior Steven Siers, had a combined ERA of 0.42 in the series. In the second half of Friday’s doubleheader, which was rescheduled from Saturday due to forecasts of inclement weather, senior right fielder Aaron Garza finished 3-for-4 on the night, which included his third home run of the year. Garza hit for a .600 average on the weekend, improving his season mark to .364. Thursday’s 12-0 win showcased the Bobcats’ offensive talents, as the team combined for 13 hits. Texas State

came out strong early in the victory, scoring seven runs off seven hits in the game’s first inning. The Bobcats continue their current home stretch with the first of two games against Texas-Pan American. Game one starts 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, with the second match slated for the same time Wednesday. Tuesday’s game marks the fourth meeting between the teams this season. The Broncs went 1-1 against the Bobcats in the season-opening UTPA Classic in Edinburg. — Compiled from other news sources.

Bobcats no longer perfect at tennis complex By Travis Atkins The University Star Friday the Lamar tennis team came to San Marcos to play Texas State, who was 6-0 at home. The Lady Cardinals were ranked lower than the Bobcats in the Southland Conference and only had five players due to injuries. Everything looked good for Texas State. Then they played the match. Lamar had to forfeit a doubles and a singles match but only lost once legitimately, when junior Ali Gulida beat Manami Kuroda 6-2, 6-1. The Lady Cardinals won overall 4-2. Lamar needed to win both doubles matches to take the point, and did just that. Freshman Rabea Hartmann and sophomore Lainy Chafitz lost 8-6 to Pamela Martinez and Manijee Ashrafi, and sophomore Ashley Ellis and freshman Andrea Giraldo lost 8-4 to Kaltrina Harbuzi and Maria Gutierrez. “We haven’t played against the strong doubles teams in a while,” Coach Tory Plunkett said. “I think lack of tough competition in doubles is what got us. We were ready for the singles but not doubles, and I definitely take responsibility on that.” Since Lamar was also forced to forfeit a singles match, the score was tied 1-1 at the start of singles play. Gulida and Chafitz were off the court quickly, with Gulida winning and Chafitz losing to Pamela Martinez 6-4, 6-2. Then, in No. 1 singles, Ellis lost to Harbuzi 6-1, 7-5. “I got off to a slow start and that really hurt me,” Ellis said. “Finally I started pulling my game together in the second set and I was coming back. Overall, my serve kind of let me down and I think that was the make-or-break of the match.” The score was 3-2 Lamar, but Texas State still had a chance, had it been able to pull out the last two singles matches. Hartmann and Giraldo won the first set of their matches 6-4 and 6-4 but neither could close the deal. When Giraldo’s forehand on match point went wide, her and the team’s chances were over. “I needed to play more consistently in the rallies,” Giraldo said. “Every time the rallies were long, I won

the point. But at the end, I was so tired and I started rushing a little bit and that is why I didn’t win.” Since the match was decided, the teams agreed to play a 10-point tiebreaker to determine the final set between Hartmann and Ashrafi, her opponent. Hartmann, known as “Rambo” to her teammates for her aggressive on-court demeanor, started cramping up in the latter part of the match and lost 10-7. “Lamar put a lot of balls in play,” Plunkett said. “I thought we played well and fought hard, but we got discouraged a little bit and I don’t know if we truly believed we could win.” Thursday the team finished its match against Northwestern State, which had been suspended due to rain. After Gulida won, Hartmann and Chafitz finished off their straight set wins with Giraldo taking the deciding match. Giraldo lost the first set 4-6 then stormed back and won the next two 6-1, 6-1. Even with the Lamar loss, Texas State is still 6-3 in the Southland Conference and Plunkett isn’t letting her team get down. The Bobcats are in good shape in the conference and can officially clinch a sport in the tournament with a win in one of their last two matches, against Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls State. Numerous scenarios could still allow the Bobcats in if they lose both matches, but Plunkett said she doesn’t want to rely on that. “We are going to practice all this week to prepare for our last two matches and we are expecting to come out with if not one, two victories,” Plunkett said. Both matches are on the road this weekend: Southeastern Louisiana Saturday in Hammond, La. and Nicholls State Sunday in Thibodaux, La. Southeastern Louisiana is 17-2 overall and 9-0 in the Southland Conference. Nicholls State is 9-8 and 4-5, respectively. “Out of all the teams, I think we match up well with (Southeastern Louisiana),” Plunkett said. “Ashley has a win over their number one player, Andrea has a win over their number three and they haven’t seen Rambo yet. I think they might be a little overconfident and we might surprise them.”

Travis Atkins/Star photo HARD-WON POINTS: Sophomore Rabea “Rambo” Hartmann gives a triumphant yell after winning a point in her match Friday against Lamar. Despite winning her first set, Hartmann lost the match 4-6, 7-6 and 10-7.

If the Bobcats are unable to pull off the upset Saturday, Sunday’s match could decide whether or not they get in to the tournament. Plunkett said her team must focus, as it has struggled with Sunday matches this season.

The frigid temperature wasn’t the only thing to bring Austin to a halt this weekend. The 80th edition of the annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays came to town, with a few members of the Bobcat track and field team making strong statements. The event always garners a large following and this year was no different, even with the unfavorable weather conditions, said senior Abby Ruston. “It was a good crowd,” said Ruston, who competed in the women’s discus throw. “It was nice to have people there; it makes for a more intense atmosphere. I was pumped up each throw.” The unique aspect of the Texas Relays is the individual approach athletes are able to adopt. There are no accumulations of point totals for each athlete’s respective school. Ruston flourished in the new atmosphere, placing second in the women’s discus with a mark of 49.94 meters. “It was a lot different,” Ruston said. “I was more relaxed. You are a lot more accountable in team competition. It was fun.” While Ruston was having fun, she also qualified for her second event in the NCAA regionals – held May 25 and 26 in Des Moines, Iowa – with her performance in the discus, an event she conceded is not her best. “Discus is my fun event,” Ruston said. “I feel like I’m the little, short girl that nobody looks at (to win). I like it because I’m the underdog.” Ruston said she was unable to compete in the shot put, the other event in which she has qualified for regionals, due to a nagging neck injury she suffered in practice. It was not too serious, she added, and if this had been the conference championship she would have participated. Nonetheless, Ruston said, she could not help but feel disappointed about being unable to compete with the best in the country. “I want to try to be the best nationally,” Ruston said. Two other Bobcats qualified for regional competition. Freshmen Katie Hanie and Jiovanna Martinez solidified their standing, re-punched their ticket to Des Moines with marks of 48.25m and 48.13m, respectively, taking eighth and ninth-place in the women’s discus. The two women throwers had both previously qualified for regionals earlier in the season at the UTSA Relays held in March. The Bobcats feature five throwers total, from both the men and women’s sides, who have qualified for and will compete in the NCAA Regional Championships in at least one event. A pair of throwers will compete in two events. Ruston said the collective success experienced by the field throwers in particular can be attributed to more than just hard work. “All of us are competitors,” Ruston said. “That’s a common bond. The competitive edge really helps us.” The men’s 4x400-meter relay team came up just short of junior Erroll Harris’ bold prediction last week, when he proclaimed the team would achieve regional qualification status this weekend. However, they did show a marked improvement over their previous best of 3 minutes and 13.01 seconds, finishing with a time of 3:10.96. A time of 3:10.00 or faster is required to qualify. “We’re all going to sit down; we have the race on tape,” Harris said. “Everybody could take a second off (their time). We’ll see if we need to switch up the (relay) order.” While Texas State finished 11th in the 4x400meter relays, two conference foes posted regional qualifying times during preliminaries this weekend in Austin. Sam Houston State finished with the fifth fastest time at 3:08.45 and UTArlington finished seventh, clocked at 3:09.67. A third conference member, UT-San Antonio, finished ahead of the Bobcats with a time of 3:10.16 to earn eighth place in the prelims. The relay team took notice, Harris said, but members know the talent is there to overtake their conference counterparts. “We need to be close to teams, and just shut it down from there,” Harris said. None of the three schools competed in the finals, which are usually restricted to the top eight times during preliminary races. Junior Gatis Spunde also recorded another regional qualifying mark over the weekend in the men’s 400m hurdles. He clocked in at a time of 52.36 seconds to finish second in his heat during prelims. Spunde’s best time in the outdoor season came at the Texas Invitational, held in Austin, where he finished the event with a time of 51.55 seconds to better the pace of 52.51 seconds required to advance to the regional meet. Most of the team will remain in town to continue training while a few Bobcats will travel to San Angelo this weekend for the Angelo State Multi Events.

04 10 2007  
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