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Isabel Allende, acclaimed Chilean author, offers insight into protest and dissent


Journalism Lecturer Bob Mann writes about his days in Memphis after MLK’s assassination SEE OPINIONS PAGE 10




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Let it fly

Wireless network expected addition to San Marcos By Christina Kahlig The University Star

Sophomore pitcher Kyle Gembler hurls a fastball toward home plate Tuesday evening during Texas State’s 5-3 victory over Texas-Pan American. In his 5 1/3 innings, Gembler faced 18 Bronco batters, striking out 7. For a full game recap, SEE SPORTS PAGE 12.

ASG presidential hopefuls offer voters variety By Molly Berkenhoff The University Star

didn’t want to be a part of an “I organization that wants to separate itself from its constituents

From different backgrounds and points of view, this year’s Associated Student Government presidential hopefuls Chris Anderson and Reagan Pugh are both aiming at one goal: the betterment of Texas State for its students. Anderson, marketing sophomore, was born and raised in Detroit and later moved to Houston just before entering high school. He has been an ASG senator for the past two semesters. He has held five chair positions within his fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, and is the youngest vice president the fraternity has ever had. He was named the 2005-2006 new member of the year with the Texas State Interfraternity Council and has attended four leadership conferences nationwide in the last 10 months. Anderson said he was encouraged to run for president by several people, but was most motivated when he discovered whom the opposition

and become an autonomous group of people that acts without consulting people about its decisions.”

—Reagan Pugh ASG presidential candidate

would be. “It wasn’t actually until I found out that Reagan would be running that I decided to run,” Anderson said. “Reagan is very close to the administration. I think that there are definite times when the student’s interests conflict with those of the administration and in those times I don’t think (Pugh) will be willing to fight against them.” Anderson’s platform includes moving the football team up to Division I-A, which he said would bring more media interest and heighten school pride along with

increasing the amount of monetary contributions from alumni. Holding the administration accountable for projects such as doubling the size of the Student Recreation Center and building more parking garages are on the list of Anderson’s priorities. Anderson said construction on these projects should have already begun, according to the original plans. He expressed concern over the way student finance committees are currently being run. “The way things are right now students are placed by the

administration and are put in a position where they can be pressured to vote a certain way,” Anderson said. “We want to change it to where students are appointed by students to these positions. At the end of the day, it’s student money being spent, not the administration’s.” Pugh offers an alternative route for the next ASG presidential administration. An English junior from Koppell, near Dallas, Pugh said he has wanted to be ASG president since he was a freshman, and particularly aimed to achieve the position during his senior year. He served as a senator with ASG for two years, along with participating in organizations such as the Student Association for Campus Activities, where he organized events featuring Maya Angelou and Spike Lee. During his time at Texas State, he has served as a student mentor and a Paws Preview PAL. He is a member of the Student Foundation, See RACE, page 4

Donovan Knight, a member of Associated Student Government and the City Council Student Liaison, likes the idea of covering San Marcos with this network. “Students can study in their favorite coffee shops because everywhere becomes a hot spot,” said Knight, public administration junior. “It gives students more opportunities to further their education. They can be on the Internet at all times instead of only at home or the library.” Knight said graduating students will have more job opportunities in San Marcos. San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz had the same idea. “I believe that as companies look toward where they want to locate, they want a place that is leading in technology,” Narvaiz said. Only 80 such citywide projects have been completed nationwide so far and this is the only one of its kind in Central Texas. “Those cities that have this kind of network are going to have a tremendous advantage over other areas,” Cooper said. “This is more than a laptop in the park. The benefits go way beyond just getting on the Internet and checking your e-mail.” Cooper estimated the project to cost anywhere between $2.5 and $5 million, an amount that will be borne by the private service provider and not the city. There will be six public forums in the next year to deliver information to the public and focus groups will be held soon to get feedback from residents and students. “Just as everyone came together as a community for Bobcat Build, this is an opportunity for them to come together with this network and show the service provider they’re interested,” Cooper said. “The students are half of the community.” Narvaiz encourages everyone to attend the forums when the dates are set. “We want (the community)

San Marcos is planning to create a citywide high-speed wireless network, allowing residents and students to access the Internet from anywhere in the city. San Marcos recently contracted with MetroNetIQ, an Austin-based consulting firm that is working with the city to get the metropolitan broadband project started. “One hundred and fifty years ago, the network was the railroad. If you weren’t on the railroad, your city didn’t grow,” said John Cooper, president of MetroNetIQ. “San Marcos has always been a network city but the network was physical. Now it is becoming digital.” Cooper plans to write a Request for Proposal to find the service provider that is most fit to bring a network to San Marcos. “We will ask people to make their bids and the city council will vote on which is the best,” said City Manager Dan O’Leary. “We are going to do (a Request for Proposal) to see which network wants to have a system in our city.” The wireless network can increase efficiency in the police department, giving police more opportunities than they currently have. “A video camera tapes all calls and (police) currently have to take the tape to the station, file it and save it for a certain amount of time. But with this, they can go to a hot spot and just push a button,” O’Leary said. “They wouldn’t necessarily have to go back to the station to write reports. They can do it in their cars.” Cooper noted not only benefits to the city, but also to students and residents. “I call this the municipal wireless triple play,” he said. “There are three benefits: efficient city government, widespread availability of broadband and economic development. Students are the biggest beneficiaries because they are already the biggest users of Internet and technology.”

See WIRELESS, page 4

Recent rains ease Central Texas drought Panel discusses coping with sexual assault By Patrick Ygnacio The University Star Recent rains and rising water levels have given experts and officials reason to declare the longstanding drought is coming to an end. Restrictions have been lifted but Central Texas residents are still advised to continue conserving. “For the most part the drought is over with,” said Bob Rose, chief meteorologist at the Lower Colorado River Authority. “We have caught up on the rain since the first of the year. March was one of the wettest on record. January was also one of the wettest January’s on record.” Rose said agricultural conditions have greatly improved as a result of recent rains, and much of the moisture in the region’s soils has been restored. Current reports of persisting drought conditions stem from a

water supply status, Rose said. The Hill Country has not seen sufficient rainfall to bring Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan up to their monthly averages, he said. Lake Buchanan currently sits at 61 percent volume and Lake Travis at 80 percent. “We’re happy that Lake Travis has risen as far as it has, but we still have plenty of room in both Lake Travis and in particular Lake Buchanan,” said Bill McCann, spokesperson for the river authority. “We’d like to see some additional rains in the Hill Country to fill those two lakes up going into the dry season.” Officials at the river authority are using the term “hydrological drought” in identifying the remaining conditions at lakes and reservoirs. “The soils are all very moist right now, you have streams running and there’s no fire danger,” Rose said. “We’re not

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Precipitation: 0% Humidity: 48% UV: 10 Very High Wind: NNE 14 mph

seeing any lingering impacts of the drought across the region. We’re well ahead on rainfall for the year so far. So, it’s very hard, in that respect, to make a case that we have a lingering drought. It’s mainly on the water supply side.” Rising water levels have eased drought conditions at the Barton Springs portion of the Edwards Aquifer enough for officials to suspend water restrictions. In late March, board members for the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District decided to officially declare the aquifer at a “no drought status.” Future rainfall and recharge levels will determine whether or not the aquifer remains at its current stage, according to a report issued by the conservation district. In September of 2006, the Hays Trinity Groundwater See DROUGHT, page 4

Two-day Forecast Thursday Partly Cloudy Temp: 83°/ 65° Precip: 0%

Friday Isolated T-Storms Temp: 85°/ 58° Precip: 30%

By Alex Hering The University Star Amanda Ingram was an accomplished gymnast and all-around athlete. She attended church regularly and had a good standing in her middle school class on the honor roll. Her life changed dramatically in her eighth-grade year after she was sexually assaulted at her church by an 18year-old man. Ingram, pre-social work junior, told the story of her traumatic life Tuesday at the LBJ Student Center during a panel discussion addressing the scope of sexual assault issues on campus and its effects on survivors. The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, in conjunction with the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center, hosted the discussion. The panelists included sexual assault survivors such as Ingram who retold their stories to students.

“It hurt me,” she said “It physically was very painful. I told my parents the very next day. At this age I was taught about good touching and bad touching. This was bad touching.” A meeting was arranged with the man’s parents, Ingram, her parents and the preacher to discuss the incident. “I sat there for about 15 minutes while the preacher told him never to do it again — and that was it,” she said. “‘It must be my fault. I must have not been worth the trouble of punishing this boy,’ I thought. My ninth grade year I was no longer attending church.” Within a few years, Ingram said, she dropped out of high school, got her GED and started turning to drugs and alcohol. This, she said, was a direct result of the psychological effects of sexual assault. Her story served as a warning to other women who do not seek help

from support services like the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. The other panelists included: Jeb Thomas, University Police Department investigator; Vincent Morton, associate dean of students; Heather Youree, prosecutor from the Hays County District Attorney’s office; and Lynette Eilers, sexual assault program director of the HaysCaldwell Women’s Center. Thomas said a fear of what people will think is what usually deters victims of sexual assault from coming forward to officers. “Our goal is to keep them comfortable,” Thomas said. “Usually people think, ‘What will they think of me?’ Because it is hard to tell a very personal story to someone you don’t know, but it is okay to tell a police officer about it.” A deterrent for offenders, Morton said, is the possibility

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starsof texas state Cynthia Gonzales, assistant music professor, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards through her work as a vocalist with the professional vocal ensemble Conspirare. Conspirare’s most recent commercially released CD, titled Requiem, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album (Classical).

Conspirare is recognized as one the country’s premier choral ensembles. Comprised of professional singers from around the U.S., Conspirare combines outstanding vocal artistry with innovative programming, creating uniquely dynamic vocal art. — Courtesy Texas State Public Relations

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


Texas State baseball will play UTPan American 3 p.m. at Bobcat Field.

welcome. For more information, e-mail Scott Schoenmakers, tennis club president, at

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. Business-casual attire is suggested. For more information, visit

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will meet 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. There will be contemporary worship, relevant teaching and prayer. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call (512) 557-7988 or e-mail mail@texasstatechialpha. com

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


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.

Mama’s Kitchen, featuring soup and sandwiches, will be 12 to 1 p.m. at George’s on the 1st floor of the LBJSC.

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.

Texas State football will play the Maroon and Gold Game 1 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium.

A student-led rosary will be prayed 6:25 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center 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. Meditation and Contemplation will be 4 to 5 p.m. at the Campus Christian Community Center. For more information, e-mail Micah Robbins at or call (512) 878-2036. Overeaters Anonymous will meet 5:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland St. For more information, call (512) 3572049. The Tennis Club will meet 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are

Workin’ 9 to 5

On this day... 1512 — The forces of the Holy League were heavily defeated by the French at the Battle of Ravenna. 1689 — William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain. 1713 — The Treaty of Utrecht was signed, ending the War of Spanish Succession.

Texas State baseball will play Southeast Louisiana 6:30 p.m. at Bobcat Field.

1783 — After receiving a copy of the provisional treaty on March 13, the U.S. Congress proclaimed a formal end to hostilities with Great Britain.


1803 — A twin-screw propeller steamboat was patented by John Stevens.

Texas State softball will play Stephen F. Austin 1 and 3 p.m. at Bobcat Field.

1814 — Napoleon was forced to abdicate his throne. The allied European nations had marched into Paris on March 30, 1814. He was banished to the island of Elba.

Texas State baseball will play Southeastern Louisiana 2 p.m. at Bobcat Field. Lambda of Texas State presents the Bobcat Ball. Doors open 8 p.m. and show begins 9:30 p.m. at Gordo’s on The Square.


Texas State softball will play Stephen F. Austin 12 p.m. at Bobcat Field. Texas State baseball will play Southeastern Louisiana 1 p.m. at Bobcat Field. “A Glimmer of Hope Foundation,” benefit concert will be at Gordo’s on The Square from 8 p.m. to midnight. Proceeds from the concert will go to the foundation. For more information about the organization, visit www.


Recruitment 101, an opportunity for Texas State women to ask questions and learn about sorority life, will be 6 to 7 p.m. in the LBJ Teaching Theater. An on-campus Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at (512) 245-3601. The Alcohol and Drug Resource Center will hold the Men Against Violence meeting 5 to 7 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-6.1. Alpha Lambda Omega Christian Sorority will hold its weekly Bible study 8 p.m. in the LBJSC, Room 3-13.1. Everyone is welcome to attend. Rise ‘N Shine Toastmasters Club will meet 7 to 8 a.m. at Cabela’s in Buda. Visitors and guests are always welcome. For additional information, call Clark Lyman at (512) 295-7777, e-mail or visit

Bridgette Cyr/Star photo Megan Titus, history senior, talks to coworkers at her desk Thursday afternoon at The Capitol. Megan is one of several interns for Representative Tom Craddick at The Capitol, specializing in education.

CRIME BL TTER University Police Department April 4, 9:20 a.m. Medical Emergency/Psychology Building An officer was dispatched for a medical emergency. A student was reported as having lost consciousness. The student refused transport to Central Texas Medical Center. April 4, 1:42 p.m. Property Damage/ The Quad Parking Lot An officer was dispatched for an information report. A student reported an unknown driver hit his vehicle. This case is under investigation. April 4, 3:24 p.m. Criminal Mischief under $500/UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched for a report from a student stating damages were made

ASG Beat

Presidential Debates, Texas Secretary of State guest speaker at next meeting

The Associated Student Government is the official voice of the students at Texas State University. The meetings are open to the public and held 7 p.m. Monday nights in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. To address the Senate, come prepared to speak during Public Forum. Anyone interested in being a guest speaker should be directed to Amanda Oskey, the vice president. Monday ASG will host Roger Williams, Texas Secretary of State, as a guest speaker. All students are encouraged to attend. Following Monday’s meeting will be the presidential and vice presidential ASG Debates. The ASG elections will be held April 17 and 18.

to the student’s property by an unknown person. A report was generated for this case. April 4, 3:46 p.m. Criminal Mischief under $500/Butler Hall An officer was dispatched for a report from a student that stated an unknown person had caused damage to his vehicle. A report was generated for this case.

“Much Ado” about Texas State theatre and dance

The Student Advocacy Day at the capitol will begin with a breakfast at 8 a.m. and will last until 5 p.m Wednesday. Most of the day will be spent with legislators discussing higher education issues. If you are interested in attending the capitol day, please contact the ASG office at (512) 245-1ASG. ASG will host an opportunity to meet the University vice presidents from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m Thursday. This event was initiated by the interest generated at the tuition hearing last fall. Students with concerns, questions or suggestions could attend the event and speak to the particular vice president who represents their area of concern. The Graduate House of Representatives will meet Friday in the LBJSC, Room 3-12.1.

The Department of Theatre and Dance will host a production of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy of rumor and romance, “Much Ado About Nothing.” Directed by Charles Ney, performances will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and April 17 through 21 and 2 p.m. Sunday and April 22 at the mainstage in the Theatre Center. Matchmaking and verbal fireworks take center stage in Shakespeare’s lively comedy. Sultry tango music underscores this tale of courtship and deception. The story is transplanted to a South American vineyard in the 1940s. This multicultural setting embraces diverse ethnicities. The cast includes Michael Costello, associate professor of theatre and dance, in the role of Leonato, and introduces new faculty member Nadine Mozon, Drama-Logue Award winner, as Antonia. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for students with a Texas State ID. Tickets can be purchased at the University Box Office in the Theatre Center, located at the corner of Moon Street and University Drive and available by phone at (512) 245-2204.

— Courtesy of ASG

— Courtesy Public Relations

April 5, 5:06 a.m. Information Report/Sterry Hall An officer was dispatched to assist San Marcos Police Department in serving a warrant. A student was arrested and taken into custody by a SMPD officer. A report was generated for this case.


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

ASG presidential debate features differing views for university’s future By Molly Berkenhoff The University Star Reagan Pugh and Chris Anderson, who formerly shared a ticket, publicly traded barbs over each other’s qualifications for the Associated Student Government presidency. Pugh and Anderson made a stop on the campaign trail Tuesday at George’s in the LBJ Student Center for their third debate. Hosted by KTSW and The University Star, the debate was held at 11:15 a.m. and was moderated by the publication’s editor-in-chief, Jason Buch. The candidates were initially posed questions regarding their platforms. Both Anderson and Pugh include a shift to Division I-A in their goals, but they disagreed on the method to accomplish the feat, and its importance. Anderson said the most important aspect of his platform is the change in the football program. He said from this change, other good things would follow, such as an increase in funding from alumni and heightened school pride. “I can promise you that A&M, UT and Texas Tech wouldn’t have half the support they have now if they weren’t seen on TV every weekend,” Anderson, marketing sophomore, said. Anderson said he feels a need to hold the athletic department accountable for making the change by raising money with the alumni association and signing of the contract in the summer. While Pugh said he feels the football team’s status change is important, it is

News Briefs

Suspects arrested in connection with fire San Marcos fire marshals and police arrested Nicholas Lane Ryan, a 25-year-old Kentucky man and a 15-year-old male in connection to the arson fire that gutted the historic 101-year-old hospital on Belvin Street Monday night. Ryan has been jailed on arson charges. The 15-year-old was taken into custody and charged with arson and burglary. The two were arrested at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday at Colony Square Apartments on the 700 block of River Road. Justice of the Peace Margie Hernandez issued the

not his top priority. Rather, Pugh, English junior, said he aims for an improved and “more transparent” ASG, and to “leave ASG better than we found it.” Pugh considers his connections within the university’s administration to be a particular point of strength. “We can’t get anything done without working together with (the administration),” Pugh said. “For changes to take place it’s going to have to be a collaborative effort.” Disagreement was heard when a question was posed regarding Pugh’s decision earlier this semester to vacate his position as an ASG senator. Pugh defended his decision, saying he found himself with both intense disagreement with the current administration and an insufficient amount of time to fill the position. Pugh said the administration’s actions were something he “did not want to be associated with.” ayou want them to, you fight to the nail to change them,” Anderson said in his rebuttal. “You don’t just cut and run.” His rebuttal continued to criticize Pugh’s decision, questioning how Pugh will be capable of the presidency if he lacked time for his position as senator. Pugh said his decision to leave was a responsible one, and rendered the seat open to “someone who had the time to give the seat the attention it deserves.” Pugh said all of the organizations he is a part of are aware of his candidacy and are fully supportive of his decision.

arrest warrant at 12:30 a.m. Additional charges will be filed against Ryan, said Fire Marshal Ken Bell. Witnesses who saw a vehicle leave the scene of the fire as it started provided the breaks in the case, Bell said. — Courtesy of the city of San Marcos No arrests made for alleged sexual assault University Police are saying no arrests can be made without further developments in an alleged sexual assault that occurred Jan. 17 in a student’s dorm room at The Tower. The individual that has been linked to the crime was

Pugh was not the only one placed in a defensive position. Anderson was soon asked a question regarding his platform, which is seemingly a continuation of the current administration’s goals. Anderson was asked how he felt about being viewed as the “chosen successor” to current ASG President Kyle Morris. Anderson said when he ran for his current senate seat, he ran with Pugh, and he is now the only one from his previous ticket to still be serving. “As for being a successor to Kyle, I don’t see it that way at all,” Anderson said. “I would say that we have few similarities and that we probably don’t agree on half of the issues that come up.” Pugh disagreed with Anderson’s argument. “There are many similarities between Chris and Kyle,” Pugh said. “It’s reflected in his platform of standing up to the administration, the same kind of in-your-face politics. It sounds good on paper but you still need a way to get things done.” The candidates are scheduled to debate again for the fourth and final time Monday in the LBJ Student Center in Room 3-14.1 after the ASG meeting.

✯ FYI A vice presidential debate will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the LBJ Amphitheater.

reported to be an acquaintance of the victim. Paul Chapa, University Police Department captain, said the investigation might have been linked to a theft, but with further investigation it was found not to be related. “Her credit card was taken from her that evening, and we thought they might have been connected, but it turns out they were not,” Chapa said. “We are hoping that something will break in the investigation, but at this point nothing yet.” Investigator Jeb Thomas said consent may have been an issue in this case, as it is in most

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Graduate exam changes nixed By Chelsea Juarez The University Star The Educational Testing Service has decided not to release the revised Graduate Record Examinations in September as planned. Students can expect the same test format and for no changes to be made in the near future. “Students should take a big sigh of relief,” said Jeffrey Meanza, national director of graduate outreach at the Princeton Review. He said the revised GRE would have been ‘a real pain’ for students taking the test because of the different format. Shadna Wise, senior director of outreach at the Princeton Review, said a major change was the length of the test, which was doubled to four and a half hours. Other format changes included more challenging questions and a different scoring process, which had no correlation with the test or its difficulty. “As opposed to students reaching for a perfect 1600, it would be a 300,” said Justin Rogers, director of graduate outreach at the Princeton Review. An additional change was the format from computer-based to computer-adaptive. Wise said a computer-adaptive format of the test adjusts its questions according to how they are answered. “In other words, if a student answered the first question right the following question would be a bit more difficult and so on,” she said. All portions of the test differed from the original version. Instead of a 30-minute verbal section, the new GRE included two 40-minute sections. To discourage memorization and cheating, the revised verbal section excluded analogies and antonyms and focused on critical reading skills.

sexual assault cases involving acquaintances. The individual could face a second-degree felony with a punishment of two to 20 years in a state penitentiary, with a fine up to $10,000 if he is found guilty. Dorm room burgalarized, suspect apprehended A non-student was arrested Thursday after a burglary at Blanco Hall. Paul Chapa, Captain of Support Services, said Shawn Perry, 19, was apprehended shortly after he was seen entering the room of a student. “The victim stated she was asleep in her room when she

The quantitative reasoning portion of the exam contained two 40-minute sections, compared to one 45-minute section and fewer geometry problems. The math portion was created to have more openended questions. In a news release from the Educational Testing Service, there is no mention as to why the revised test was cancelled. Employees offered several reasons and said it boils down to technical issues and glitches that needed attention. “Ultimately it wasn’t the best idea right now,” Meanza said. The Educational Testing Service was more than likely responding to financial pressure from universities to create an upto-date test for admissions, he said. Rogers said the testing service made a ‘wise’ decision in canceling the revision because not doing so may have directly affected graduate enrollment rates. “Students taking the test in September wouldn’t have been able to get their results until November, whereas today you can get your raw score in five minutes and the official in two-three weeks,” Rogers said. “This might have prohibited some students from applying to schools in a timely matter.” Barricia Wilcox, mass communication graduate student, said she feels graduate colleges should find alternative methods of testing a person’s educational competence. “It’s like an SAT or ACT — it doesn’t necessarily determine how well a person is going to do in school,” Wilcox said. “I think a revised GRE is pointless.” Wise said a revision for the entrance exam may happen in the future, but the real question is when. “For now we will continue to offer the same testing times, dates, etcetera,” she said.

heard someone in her room,” Chapa said. “She stated that she woke up and saw a male subject standing next to her bed. That’s when she saw the suspect grab two Coach purses and run out of the room.” Officers were already in the area and were able to apprehend Perry while he was allegedly attempting to enter another room. “From what the officers observed, the suspect was kicking down a door in the middle of the hallway,” Chapa said. “The suspect was jumping up and down acting a little erratically.” Perry was charged with burglary of habitation and issued a

criminal trespass warning. Perry is still in custody at Hays County Law Enforcement Center with bond set at $7,000. Chapa said students in residence halls and apartment complexes should practice basic prevention techniques. “Lock your doors,” Chapa said. “Make sure nobody follows you into the residence hall. It’s called tailgating. It’s important that you are diligent in knowing who you do let and do not let into the residence halls or apartment complexes.” — Alex Hering, staff writer, contributed to these reports


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is on the Student Organizations Council and works as a Common Experience student coordinator in addition to being a Mitte honor student. Pugh said his leadership experience will help him as president. “Through doing all these things, I’ve been given the opportunity to work with and organize people and to lead,” Pugh said. “I don’t think Chris has the experience in working with people to translate ideas into reality.” Pugh’s platform is “embracing our heritage, taking pride in our university and working towards a bright future.” This includes moving the Texas State football team to Division I-A, and continuing to better alumni relations. Pugh said he wants to work with local bookstores to sponsor tent sales in The Quad throughout the year where students will be able to purchase discounted Texas State merchandise to bolster school spirit. Pugh said he would like to establish several pride and tradition committees that will increase the “longevity and sustenance” school traditions currently lack. “I’ve never seen someone so passionate about this university,” ASG Sen. Eileen Galvez, College of Liberal Arts, said of Pugh. “No one cares more about this university. He puts his heart and soul into everything he does, and I think it’s admi-

rable that he’s willing to drop so many activities to be a leader for Texas State.” Vice presidential candidate Rebecca Quillin shared similar sentiments about Anderson. “He’s passionate about what he does and he really believes in standing up for students,” Quillin said. “He goes to Texas State not just to sit in the classroom but to serve the student body in any capacity he can.” Anderson and others on his ticket have criticized Pugh’s actions at the beginning of the spring semester. In a controversial move, Pugh vacated his senate seat. “A real leader wouldn’t just quit on his constituents,” Anderson said. “He can’t even make up his mind about why he quit. He has said that he didn’t have time, which makes me wonder how he’ll have time to be president, and he has said that he didn’t like how (ASG) was being run. If you don’t agree with the way things are going you have to work to change it, not roll over an quit because you disagree.” Pugh’s take on his decision to leave is different. “I didn’t want to be a part of an organization that wants to separate itself from its constituents and become an autonomous group of people that acts without consulting people about its decisions.” Pugh said. “I am involved in a lot of things because I love this school so much and I

grabbed too many things at one time. I think the test of a good leader is to know when you are trying to do too much, and to be able to say I’m going to do the responsible thing and step down and allow someone else with more time to give this job the attention it deserves.” Anderson’s position on Pugh’s many relationships within the university’s administration is another point of dispute. “I think it’s interesting that Chris sees my connections with the administration as a bad thing,” Pugh said. “Are there going to be times when interests conflict? Absolutely. And in those times it will be my responsibility to stand up for what the students want and to say no.” Pugh said it is important to approach conflicting interests tactfully and with respect rather than by being adamant and forceful. What both candidates agree on is a need for more students to go to the polls. Last year, approximately 10 percent participated in the ASG election. Polls will open April 17 and 18 to select the next ASG president. Voting will be available online at, and all students will be sent a reminder e-mail via the vice president for student affairs office. There will also be two polling booths available on campus in the LBJ Student Center and in The Quad both days.

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that student justice will step in. He said the dean of students could decide if a notation would be made on the offender’s transcript or if the dean of students would not recognize the offender’s degree — in other words the student’s degree could be recalled. “The university’s stance on this is to help the student by letting them know about the services that are available to them, as well as take action with the offender,” Morton said. “If they have been here once, most likely

they won’t be back again.” It has been almost six years since Ingram first walked into the women’s center. Now she is 30 years old, married, a U.S. Army veteran, a volunteer at the women’s center, a musician and a survivor. Eilers said the center offers men, women and children different services. She said she wanted to be a part of the solution when she taught a young student who was a victim of family violence. “I’ve known a lot of survivors,” Eilers said. “When I found out how this could impact peoples

lives, I knew this was the place I could make a difference. One of the beautiful things is that we help men, women and children who are the victims of family violence and sexual assault. We kind of get the whole gamut at our center and it meets all the needs at the same time.” A benefit concert honoring Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center will be held 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Lucy’s San Marcos. The concert features Susan Gibson, Shelley King, Kacy Crowley and the Grant Ewing Band. Guests are asked to give a $12 donation at the door.

Knight persuades the students to support the idea not only for the community, but for the university. “I encourage people to look into the idea and find the optimism in it,” he said. “It’d be a good thing for Texas State to be the forerunner of the cities doing this.”

Cooper said San Marcos is a very high-growth city and the development will bring a lot of attention to it and the university. “Once you have a wireless network, you never want to plug in again,” he said. “San Marcos will have a new reputation and it will be looked at as a 21st-century digital city.”


to participate in the process,” she said. “(The students) have grown up with so many more years of technology experience than a lot of us have and we need that input. I think it will allow us to make sure anyone can use the service anywhere.”


Conservation District Board of Directors declared a “critical drought stage” for the Barton Springs portion of the Edwards Aquifer. This declaration was a first in the nearly 20-year existence of the conservation district. According to the Texas Water Development Board Web site, “all confirmed groundwater conservation districts in Texas are required to develop and implement a management plan for the effective management of their groundwater resources.” The critical alert issued by the conservation district limited lawn irrigation to the use of hand-held hoses. Accumulated rain amounts in January led to a sufficient recharge at the aquifer for it to be declared at a lower “alarm drought stage.” If rainfall is below normal this spring, the aquifer could return to the critical stage by late fall, the report said. The report said current forecasts suggest a possibility of drier and hotter conditions in the

area over the next three months as a result of the La Niña atmospheric phenomenon. “The implications for Central Texas are that service water reservoirs are going to be subject to more and more evaporation,” said Andrew Backus, board president at the Hays Trinity Conservation District. Under current climate conditions, Backus said there will be an increased need to emphasize the management and development of groundwater resources. The Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District is in the final stages of developing a drought status indicator system. Upon completion, the system will gauge drought conditions from recorded flow rates of rivers and streams and water levels from the district’s wells. More information on well levels can be found at the district’s Web site. In spite of the recent suspension of water regulations in some districts, experts are still urging consumers to conserve. Within the next several months,

e’re not “W seeing any lingering impacts

of the drought across the region. We’re well ahead on rainfall for the year so far.”

—Bob Rose chief meteorologist at the Lower Colorado River Authority

demands for lawn irrigation will increase and consumers are reminded to be vigilant in their usage while a water shortage still exists. “In terms of conservation, we always encourage people to use water effectively and efficiently no matter whether we’re in a drought or whether the lakes are full,” McCann said. “It just makes common sense to do so.”


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In Panama, a spa to pamper the mind By Pat Brennan The Orange County Register SANTA ANA, Calif. — Fifteen years of work is about to bring something new to Panama: a tropical resort that will double as a scientific research station. Former University of California-Irvine social ecology professor Hana Ayala wants to build a string of such facilities across the globe that has a small development footprint, strong conservation ethic and generous financial support for wildlife, habitat, geological and evolutionary research. A German investor has agreed to place the first one — Ayala’s “flagship” — on two Panamanian islands he owns called Isla Bayoneta and Isla Canas. The islands, in the Las Perlas Archipelago off Panama’s Pacific coast, are uninhabited and untouched by development. “It’s a pristine, natural treasure,” Ayala said at a recent meeting with the investor, Claus Mittermayer, at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, Calif. The two signed a development agreement last year and announced the project last month. Ayala calls her project IQ Resorts but says she wants to create far more than just another

chain of “eco-resorts.” She speaks of establishing an economic engine for local people, who would gain jobs and profit from their association with it. Ayala thinks her vision would provide a monetary incentive to preserve the tropical habitat of the region for high-end, low-impact tourism instead of filling it with homes and businesses as development pressure increases. Mittermayer owns three islands in the archipelago. He and Ayala talk about a resort with interpretive exhibits on the science and culture of the area built into the grounds and architecture — all of it using minimal power and producing minimal waste with state-ofthe-art technology. Ayala, the wife of University of California-Irvine evolutionary biologist Francisco Ayala, thinks her resort would generate enough money from guests to fund scientific research projects on the archipelago and surrounding region. The findings from the science projects, in turn, would enhance environmental and scientific tourism. Guests would not just take guided hikes or hear lectures, but absorb detailed science as deeply as they

wished from presentations woven into their day. They could even take part in the science, gathering some of the data, and would get invitations to make financial investments in specific projects. “A spa for the body will join a spa for the mind,” Ayala says. Scientists from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., already have agreed to perform research there. A team led by Anthony Coates, a senior scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian, did a preliminary survey of Mittermayer’s islands to help plan the resort and discovered bird subspecies not previously known to inhabit them. “The islands used to be part of the mainland,” Ayala says. “As islands, they are babies. Only 10,000 years ago they separated from the mainland. The ecosystems have many similarities.” The islands are near Panama’s Darien National Park and set amid rich marine habitat. Ayala and Mittermayer said preliminary architectural drawings are being prepared. “We will be taking the spirit of Southeast Asian architecture and blending it with the strong sense of place of the Las Perlas,” she says.

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Di Lello, air traffic controller and skate park owner, poses with graffiti on one of his walls, March 26, in Rome, Italy. Di Lello has enabled graffiti artists to do their thing legally on one of his walls.

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Celebrated Chilean author will speak on campus Student-nominated faculty, staff honored at Angel Awards By Georgia Fisher The University Star

Acclaimed author Isabel Allende, whose novels have gained worldwide popularity and been translated from Spanish into over 30 languages, will visit campus as part the Common Experience program. Allende, whose presence highlights this year’s theme of “Protest and Dissent,” will deliver the Lyndon Baines Johnson Distinguished Lecture and read passages from her novels and short stories 7 p.m. Wednesday in the LBJ Mall. Pam Wuestenberg, co-chair of the Common Experience program, said Allende’s heritage and acclaim made her “the perfect fit” for this year’s keynote speaker. “With an awareness of Hispanic Heritage Month and the celebration of Latino presence at Texas State, we (sought) a speaker like Allende — someone who could share their experiPhoto courtesy of ences,” she said. MALL SPEAKER: Hispanic author Isabel Allende will speak 7 p.m. Wednesday in the LBJ Mall as part Guest speakers for the “Protest and Dissent” theme have of Common Experience’s theme of “Protest and Dissent.” included actor and producer Edward James Olmos and re- flation of status.” She’s one of those interesting and colleges like ours should be nowned playwright and director Mejía said the university’s at- writers whose prose is univer- applauded every time they can bring national or internationally Luis Valdez. tempt to address protest and dis- sally (appealing),” he said. “Who Isabel Allende is, where sent ironically raises oppressive Wuestenberg expressed a sim- recognized writers.” ilar opinion. she’s from, things she’s gone issues of its own. “We thought Allende had wide through … all fit into our theme. Broadly grouping Latin AmeriThat’s why we chose her,” cans as a single entity may not appeal,” she said. Mejía said the author’s work Allende garnered numerous Wuestenberg said. be an intentional move, he said, But, Jaime Mejía, associ- but it demonstrates a societal demonstrates an understanding awards worldwide, taught of her public. ate professor of English, said problem. literature at University of “She has acclaim as a writer,” Virginia in Charlottesville, if the university aims to facili“For decades Mexican Ameritate understanding of minority cans and Chicanos have been he said. “Not only has she befigures — particularly Mexican passed over for Latin American come prolific but her prose is Montclair State University Americans who have undergone figures … and by solely tackling very easy to read and written in New Jersey and at the protest and dissent from a cul- Latin American issues we’re with an awareness of her audi- University of California, Berkley. tural standpoint — then Allende turning away from Mexican ence.” He praised the Common Expe- She established the Isabel doesn’t quite fit the bill. American issues, namely protest rience program’s ability to bring Allende Foundation, which “She’s part of a series …but and dissent itself,” he said. Allende’s not Chicana — she’s “It’s an interesting strategy, public figures to campus. seeks empowerment, “This whole event is designed protection and economic Chilean,” he said. “So not only lumping Mexican Americans as did she not actually fit the series foreigners. Granted, I don’t think to bring a well-known author and social justice for women but she got more money than it’s been … conscious on the part into contact with students. It’s and children. anyone else by a factor of eight of the university, but it’s some- a laudable effort and I applaud it,” Mejía said. “The university Her latest novels include or ten. It’s disproportionate, thing to consider as a whole.” kind of uninformed, and by that Context aside, Mejía said, Al- should be a place that exposes Forest of the Pygmies and students to people of fame — Zorro. extent they’re making ‘minori- lende’s work is valuable. ties’ out of foreigners. It’s a con“Her prose is very accessible. writers, scholars, intellectuals …


By Ashley Wilrich The University Star Most people imagine angels with halos and wings, but to Black Women United and Kappa Alpha Psi, angels are faculty and staff who go above and beyond their duties to help students. The third annual Angel Awards give the opportunity for students to recognize faculty who have been influential in the Texas State African American community. The event will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday in the LBJ Student Center Multipurpose Room. Award recipients are nominated by students. Shamika Williams, vice president of Black Women United, has been working hard with the planning committee to make the awards successful. “They (faculty) look out for us like guardian angels,” Williams, psychology senior, said. The theme of this year’s awards ceremony is “To Be Real,” — a notion inspired by the ’70s. The awards will feature a fashion show highlighting the eclectic fashions of the

’70s, including bell-bottoms and afro puffs. Williams and Christian Prater, Kappa Alpha Psi member, will host the awards ceremony. Bryan Ware, polemarch of the Lambda Theta chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, said along with the rest of the members, the group has been working closely with Black Women United for the Angel Awards. “We’ve been planning for these awards for at least two and a half months,” Ware, advertising senior, said. While these awards are a surprise to students and faculty, there are special awards given out each year. These awards include the Michael, Gabriel, St. Peters and student choice awards that will recognize the outstanding. “These are the faculty and staff that give us standards to live by,” Williams said.

✯FYI The Angel Awards will be 6 p.m. Wednesday in LBJ Student Center Multipurpose Room.


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Multidisciplinary symposium addresses Enlightenment, gender By Clara Cobb The University Star Baptismal records, wards of the state and a wedding that never happened were the focus of the Southwestern Writers Collection Tuesday morning. “Social order built public policy on increasingly arbitrary measures,” said Frank De la Teja, history professor and department chair. “Even in isolated and backwoods San Antonio, Texas, people were adhering to these standards.” And that’s just Texas in 1880. De la Teja was one of several distinguished presenters at the Gender and Enlightenment Symposium at Alkek Library. The interdisciplinary symposium focused on 18th-century and the representation of the Enlightenment up to the 20th century. The academic research presented spanned the two

continents involved in the colonization of the Americas. Catherine Jaffe, modern languages professor and symposium organizer, said other participant papers focused on gender and the legacy of the 18th-century culture as reflected in marriage, philosophy, politics and the arts. “This has just been a chance to gather together,” Jaffe said. “It has been one of our first chances to hear what people in other departments are doing and have some of our graduate students present.” Mónica Bolufer, professor at the University of Valencia in Spain and keynote speaker, highlighted the theme in her presentation, titled “Gender and Theories of Civilization in Travel Narrative of Spain.” Other presenters included University of Texas graduate students. Texas State’s philosophy,

music, modern languages and multicultural and gender departments were among those with participating students. Coffee breaks allowed for discussion among symposium participants, and question-andanswer sessions allowed them to further explore and exchange ideas, she said. Jaffe said the symposium fostered sharing of ideas across disciplines. “It is important for our works,” she said. “(Various speakers) suggest different avenues of research. We can talk about what we’re doing together instead of just in art or philosophy.” As organizer of the symposium, Jaffe said her whole motive was to bring people together, as well as to restore a piece of history and culture within academia. “The importance of Hispanic culture in Enlightenment has

been dominated by French and British studies,” she said. “I don’t think a lot of people even know about the Spanish and Hispanic influence.” As an example, she said, the women used in the event’s promotional poster art were scarcely known among those familiar with the Enlightenment. “We wanted to focus on the Hispanic contribution to Enlightenment in America and Spain,” she said. “We’re trying to bring that culture back into it. It is an important part of Enlightenment and it is especially relevant here in Texas.” De la Teja’s lecture on the intersection of culture, race and status in 19th-century Texas and Mexico reflected the symposium’s idea of sharing backgrounds. “It’s not the way we think of it here in the United States,” he said. “It is the notion of integration.”

Local venue honors bands with amusing awards By Tug Ledermann The University Star A new tradition at Cheatham Street Warehouse developed last year acknowledging the fun aspects of musicians and their bands. The second annual Blind Hog Awards have recently been announced and are posted at www. Kent Finlay, owner of the venue, said friends and family, including his oldest daughter, developed the idea of the Blind Hog Awards. They form the award committee that chooses the categories and winners. “In Texas we focus on music, we are trying to raise things to focus on the important things, like the tackiest T-shirt and best

tattoo, that other places like L.A. and New York focus on,” Finlay said. Finlay said the name of the awards comes from a famous quote by Darrell Royal, coach of the Texas Longhorns, “Even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while.” Sage Allen, manager of Cheatham Street Warehouse, said the awards ceremony is a fun thing fans and band members enjoy. “People say how fitting it is for Cheatham Street Warehouse to present the Blind Hog Awards,” Allen said. Only in their second year, the awards have drawn attention from a lot of people, some from distances far away from the honky-tonk dance hall. “We always get a lot of Myspace

messages about the awards from people telling us how much they enjoyed them,” Allen said. Allen said the awards create an opportunity for the winning individuals or bands to boast about their accomplishments. “Last year, Texas Renegade got the most athletic, so when we advertised for their shows, we would put that information onto the flyers,” Allen said. Awards include wacky titles such as “Best Song That Just Sounds Nasty,” “Best Bumper Sticker” and “Band Name with the Most Room for Improvement.” The winners are not given a prize to take home, but the awards are anticipated by performers and people involved in

the music scene. “They are announced. There is no award program, but people wait for them to come out (on the Web site),” Finlay said. The awards vary, and last years list included more awards than this year. Some of the winners are locals who perform on a regular basis. Others are awards given to people affiliated with musicians who perform at Cheatham Street Warehouse, such as the award for “Meanest Band Wife.” George Strait is the winner for the “Best Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee Who Started at Cheatham.” Strait began his music career at the venue while he attended Southwest Texas State University.

Monty Marion/Star photo INSIGHT FROM SPAIN: Keynote speaker, Mónica Bolufer of the University of Valencia in Spain, speaks during the Gender and Enlightenment Symposium Tuesday in the Southwestern Writers Collection in the Alkek Library.

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Root Cellar Café, Gallery Sabinal prepare for new local exhibits

Monty Marion/Star photo BEST OF THE BEST: Black and white photos line the hallway of the Sabinal Building. A best in show entry is to be picked Wednesday.

By Clara Cobb The University Star Community inspires art in two exhibits open Wednesday in San Marcos. Kevin Erben, Texas State alumnus, is an artist who mainly works in large-scale cast-release iron. His work will be featured at the Root Cellar Café beginning Wednesday. “I am a sculptor generally, that’s what my interest is, that’s what I do most,” he said. Erben said the community inspires him to create his works. At Bell Farm Co-op, a recording studio, art studio and a working farm, Erben finds the most inspiration from the community he and his friends have created. “We have a lot of ideas in a lot if different directions,” he said. “We have everything from heritage bulbs to large metal works.” Erben, who works as a carpenter,

said the co-op allows the young men who work on it to inspire each other in their artistic pursuits. Sustainability is a major goal of the co-op. “I like to make simple compositions with complex processes,” he said. “I found myself using industrial and recycled materials with all this stuff.” The works in the new Gallery Sabinal were selected through a black-and-white photo competition. Best in show will be announced Wednesday night. Gallery Sabinal is a new gallery on campus in the Sabinal building on Pleasant Street, Casey Mills, digital and photographic imaging junior, said. She said it was the community of photography students who made the new gallery possible. “I am really excited. We talked about it last semester, but never got it off the ground,” she said. “…We really want to open up

the building for the opportunity to show our work.” Mills said the building traditionally is where photography students have spent many hours preparing for class assignments and projects as well as art shows. “There is a lot of talent here. A lot of (exhibits) are focused at Mitte, but we work really hard down there.” Mills said. “There is some really beautiful work in there.” Gallery Sabinal exhibit opening is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Refreshments will be served. Rock artist Jacey will perform. The photography will include digital and traditional prints. Erben’s exhibit opening is 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Refreshments will be served. The events are free and open to the public. Photographs of large-scale sculptures will be on display in addition to smaller sculptures.

Dean J. Koepfler/Tacoma News Tribune FREE FOR ALL: A TV videographer steps gingerly through the debris-strewn kitchen of Laurie Raye Thursday in Tacoma, Wash. A fake Internet classified ad on Craigslist invited the public to take anything they wanted from Raye’s home.

Homeowner loses everything after Craigslist ad claims free giveaway By Adam Lynn McClatchy Newspapers TACOMA, Wash. — It’s difficult to discern the most unbelievable part of the tale of the ransacked rambler. Is it that someone mad at Laurie Raye was vindictive enough to post a sham entry on the auction Web site, inviting people to go to a house Raye owns on Tacoma’s East Side and help themselves to its contents? Is it that people actually did so, stripping the house of everything from the water heater to the kitchen sink to the baseboard molding? Or is it that Tacoma police might have a line on the person who placed the ad because one of their officers surfing for bargains on the Internet saw the entry and made a mental note about it? Whatever. The bizarro story took on a life of its own Thursday, with media outlets across the country begging the 44-year-old Raye for interviews as local news crews did live shots from the front yard of the rundown house. “Look what can happen to anybody,” a harried Raye said by cell phone as she rode in the back seat of a luxury car hired by a national media outlet to transport her to Seattle for an interview. “It’s unbelievable.” It’s at least a cautionary tale about how the unbridled power of the Internet can be used for ill. “It’s pretty much open to anyone,” said detective Gretchen Ellis of the Tacoma Police Department, which has assigned an investigator to the case. Someone with a mean streak

apparently used it to get even with Raye. The tale began March 29 when Raye evicted her sister from the house that once belonged to their mother. Once her sister was out, Raye said she carried furniture and several bags of garbage outside and called the city to come haul it away. Then she left the house empty and went home. Raye didn’t want to go into details about why she kicked her flesh-and-blood out of the ancestral home. Pierce County Superior Court records indicate Raye requested a domestic violence protection order against her sister in 1998. That same sister requested one against her later that summer. One of the orders still is in effect. But Raye said Thursday she doesn’t think her sister is the one who placed the ad. “She’s not smart enough,” Raye said. Efforts to reach the sister for comment were unsuccessful. Last Friday, an off-duty Tacoma police officer was cruising Craigslist when he spotted a “strange header” on an entry, Ellis said. The ad piqued his interest because it listed an address on the East Side, the sector he works, she said. The entry mentioned that people could come by any time and take what they wanted from out front or inside. “Please help yourself,” it said. On Saturday, Raye got a phone call. “They said I might want to go over to my mother’s house,” she said, “that the doors and windows

are missing.” Raye drove over to find the house a wreck. The kitchen sink was gone. So was the water heater. And light fixtures. And some of the doorjambs. And the front window, complete with frame. Even the front porch light was gone. “I was sick to my stomach,” Raye said. “It was a destroyed house.” The officer who saw the ad Friday heard about Raye’s burglary report, put two and two together and alerted her of the Craigslist entry. Jim Buckmaster, chief executive officer at Craigslist, said on Thursday officials “have released all the information we have” about the ad. It was posted Friday and was on the site for less than two hours before it was flagged down by users, Buckmaster said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. Raye said she doesn’t blame Craigslist for what happened. The company sent her as much information as it had about the posting Thursday, she said. That included a Hotmail e-mail address that police may be able to use to track down the poster, though Ellis said she’s not sure a crime was committed. “It could be a civil matter,” she said. Raye said she thinks insurance will help pay for some of the damages as she gets the house ready to sell. In the meantime, she hopes police can get to the bottom of what happened. “Somebody knows something,” Raye said. “Somebody invited the public in to destroy my house.”


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he San Marcos City Council is considering joining the Texas State Tram system with the local Capital Area Rapid Transit System.

The issue was brought up in Monday’s student government meeting, and the organization’s members questioned what the university stands to gain from such a merger. This is a very good question. Seeing someone using the Capital Area Rapid Transit System is as rare as finding a four-leaf clover. When The University Star’s editors met with city council candidates in November, they commented on the transit system’s shortfalls. Some of them brought up combining the two systems, and we had to ask them, what does Texas State stand to gain from such a merger? San Marcos is growing quickly. Within a few years, the city will no longer be eligible for the funds that pay for Capital Area Rapid Transit System. Some solution to the public transportation issue needs to be made before that happens. The Star supports an efficient form of public transportation available to both students and San Marcos residents. The University of Texas has an excellent arrangement with the Capital Metro bus system allowing students to ride that system for free. The situation in Austin is very different from that in San Marcos, but it’s proof the university and the city can benefit from a joint mass transit system. A larger, merged bus system would be eligible for federal funds. So there are some perks for the university. More benefits need to be demonstrated before the university moves forward with this. Theoretically, a larger system drawing on city, state and federal funds would better serve students. It could provide better access to Austin and alleviate some of the overcrowding problems the TxTram currently has. On the other hand, it may be a waste of the university’s money. Texas State may bear the burden of this expansion, and The Star does not want to see that happen. We also have to ask if San Marcos residents would use such a system. If the under-utilized Capital Area Rapid Transit System is any indication, San Marcos has little need for a public transportation system. It would be nice to see fewer cars on San Marcos’ streets. If late-night buses ran out to Sagewood, Aquarena Springs Drive and other major student housing areas, it may cause a decrease in drinking and driving. And, of course, better public transportation would be good for the environment. Let’s keep discussing a joint municipal and university transit system. The potential is great. We just ask the university to make sure such a system is worth our while.



tried to explain to my pal. “Robert, he was a…troublemaker. Don’t cry ‘bout him. We better off down h’yar without his kind. We’ll work it out our way.” A hug indicated my misplaced sympathy was forgiven. “Read this,” I said, handing him the Life magazine. My pal retreated to a far end of the airport; 20 minutes later, he returned. “Robert, this puts things in a different light.” His eyes were damp. His life, like mine, changed that night. I had my second story. My Memphis cab driver was reluctant to head downtown, a $5 ride. He said there was gunfire and rioting. Twenty dollars later, he deposited me downtown. In the waning hours of April 4, Police Commissioner Frank Holloman at a press conference was fervent in his pledge to find King’s assassin. Bob Mann served as press secretary to Senator Edward Kennedy from 1984 to 1987. He is currently a lecturer for the Texas State School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Jon Forman is the Alfred P. Murrah Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma and the author of Making America Work. Readers may send him email at

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39 years ago, a journalist finds his story Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series about Texas State lecturer Bob Mann’s coverage of the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination in 1968. By Bob Mann Journalism Lecturer Thirty-nine years ago, I spent the tail end of my 24th birthday scrambling from Atlanta to Memphis to cover the most compelling story of my young journalism career. My hotel room phone rang just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, as I was about to call my city editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to suggest I reroute through Memphis on my way home to try for an interview with Martin Luther King Jr. King was about to lead a sanitation workers’ march there. His stepped up civil rights activity in recent weeks could trigger new levels of confrontation. My city editor, Horace “Chief” Craig asked over the phone, “Are you clear in Atlanta?” “I have a day left,” I responded. The convention I was covering was wrapping up. I

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didn’t have to pitch my interview idea. “I’m afraid we’ve got Martin King shot in Memphis. Can you get there tonight?” I was bagging socks and underwear before I hung up. Much has changed in America, and in journalism, since that day. Overt racism is much diminished — largely because journalists finally awakened and began exposing inequities America had ignored. Today, there’s no shortage of reporting on the serious warriors of civil rights as well the staged antics of flamboyant demagogues. Unlike 39 years ago, there is no shortage of cameras, accompanied by assertive men and women with microphones and questions, covering the movement’s serious warriors as well as the staged antics of flamboyant demagogues on both sides of the civil rights debate. That was not the case two days after King lost his life when I found myself “marching” alongside Coretta Scott King, singer Harry Belafonte and labor leader Walter Reuther in the protest march King had planned to lead.

Though an aggressive reporter for that era, I didn’t think it appropriate to invade their grieving. I didn’t ask either a single question. It was a different time. Atlanta’s airport was chaotic. Ticketing was stalled. Tears flowed from blacks and whites. Possibility of a broader conspiracy loomed. A man in uniform approached. “Are you a reporter? A Southern Airways flight is about to taxi out. I think I can stop it.” He did. I grabbed a Life magazine because it contained excerpts of King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” I needed to know more about him. Although I worked in a progressive newsroom, the “N” word was still around, and there was maybe one black employee, a newsroom where a shooting in the black section of town might trigger the comment, “misdemeanor murder.” I grew up in a Texas home intolerant of the “N” word, and escaped much of the prejudice of that time and place. But I’d not paid heed to King either, hadn’t blinked when he was labeled troublemaker,

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commie or worse. Near the front of the commuter plane, head down, his cries reverberating through the craft, was a black passenger. I sat behind a white woman in an elegant dress suit. Other passengers were white. We listened to the man’s muffled wails. The woman in white moved next to the grieving man. White women electing to sit next to black men did not happen much in 1968, certainly in the South. She quietly consoled him. The rest of us were silently sharing a common shame since we’d not done the same. I had my first story. I finished “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” as we landed for a layover in Tupelo, birthplace of Elvis and home to a buddy from high school. I called and he roared to the airport in his hot ‘57 Pontiac. My eyes were swollen. King’s letter telling fellow clergyman why he could no longer accept the slow pace of the civil rights movement is the most powerful testament for equity and justice ever I’ve read. I

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By Jon Forman McClatchy Newspapers The earned income tax credit provides a much-needed wage subsidy to many low-income workers. Unfortunately, the credit is not available to workers under age 25 or over age 65 unless they have young children. Although we need older Americans to work longer and desperately want young men and women to join the workforce, the current credit sends exactly the wrong message. Congress should act immediately to extend the earned income tax credit to old and young workers. The earned income credit helps offset burdensome Social Security taxes, and it provides an additional subsidy for lowincome workers with children. In 2007, for example, a lowwage single mother can claim a refundable earned income credit of up to $4,716. For a minimum-wage worker, that’s a wage subsidy of more than $2 per hour. The credit has encouraged millions of low-income mothers to choose work over welfare. A smaller credit — up to $428 in 2007 — is available to childless workers, but only if they are over age 25 and under age 65. During the tax season, I help many low-income workers prepare their tax returns, and I’m constantly amazed by the impact of these peculiar age limits. I recently helped a 66-yearold woman who made $6,500 cleaning houses. Had she been under 65, she could have claimed a $412 credit on her 2006 return. Because she was over 65, she got no credit. And while she owed no federal income tax, she had to pay almost $1,000 in Social Security taxes, more than 15 percent of her self-employment earnings. Many low-income workers like her have paid Social Security taxes for more than four decades. They should not lose the earned income credit just because they work past age 65. And remember, most of us will have to work until age 67 before we will be allowed to claim full Social Security benefits. I have also helped many young workers file their first tax returns. These young men and women typically have $4,000 or $5,000 of earned income, but they are too young to claim the earned income credit. The IRS estimates that we have a federal income tax gap of $345 billion a year, and much of that gap is attributable to workers failing to report their under-the-table wages. If we want young workers to join the federal tax system for life, we should let them claim the earned income credit. Extending the earned income credit to young workers would also encourage them to choose honest work over the “wages of crime.” According to the U.S. Department of Justice, there were more than 2.1 million Americans in prison or jail in 2005, up from just a half a million in 1980. Almost 90 percent of those incarcerated are men, and many are young men from disadvantaged backgrounds. We should spend our revenue encouraging those young men to seek honest work, not building more prisons to house them. In short, Congress should extend the earned income tax credit to workers over age 65 and under age 25. And to provide even greater work and filing incentives, Congress should raise the maximum credit to $1,000 per worker. That would get us a fairer tax system, a more productive workforce and greater taxpayer compliance.

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passedtest The Texas Senate approved a bill 28-2 Sunday that would require approximately 22,000 high school student athletes in the state to submit to steroid testing, starting in the 2007-2008 academic year. A student who tests positive would be suspended from competition for at least 30 days. The program is expected to cost the state approximately $2.8 million. A second positive test would result in a yearlong ban, while a third would prevent the student athlete from competing in high school sports for the remainder of his or her academic career. — The Dallas Morning News

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Bobcats victorious Close game results in 5-3 win to open UTPA series By Jacob Mustafa The University Star

Jon Clark/Star photo HOMEBOUND: Sophomore shortstop Thomas Field takes an early jump against Broncos pitcher Matt Shepherd to score off a single from senior right fielder Aaron Garza. Field recorded two hits in a 5-3 win Tuesday.

Track star Montgomery pleads guilty in counterfeit check ring By Tim McGlone The Virginian-Pilot NEW YORK — Olympic gold medalist Tim Montgomery pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to participating in a $5 million counterfeit check scheme. On the eve of trial, Montgomery, 32, of Portsmouth, Va., admitted in Manhattan’s U.S. District Court to three felonies: Conspiracy to commit bank fraud and two counts of bank fraud. According to a plea deal filed in court, Montgomery would serve 37 to 46 months in prison. Sentencing was set for Nov. 1. “I sincerely regret the role I played in this unfortunate episode,” Montgomery said in a statement released Monday morning by his attorneys. “I have disappointed many people and for that I am truly sorry. I look forward to moving past this event and being a positive influence in my community in the future.” Montgomery was one of at least 12 individuals, including his former Norfolk State track coach and fellow gold medal winner Steve Riddick, indicted for fraud and money laundering. Montgomery, Riddick and Portsmouth resident Nathaniel Alexander, Riddick’s business partner, are accused of

laundering $3.2 million of the $5 million. The statement released by the McGuireWoods law firm says Montgomery’s plea “reflects his minor role in the charged bank fraud conspiracy.” The plea deal does not require him to testify against his co-defendants. Riddick, of Hampton, Alexander, and two other New York defendants are scheduled to stand trial this morning in New York. They, along with Montgomery, have previously professed their innocence in the case. Riddick, Alexander and Montgomery claimed they were unwittingly duped into depositing checks for the New York-based check counterfeiting ring. Eight of the New York defendants, including two ring leaders, have already pleaded guilty and some are expected to testify against Riddick and Alexander. For Montgomery, who remains free on bond, the guilty plea signals yet another disgrace for the one-time fastest human in the world. Montgomery won gold in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, as a member of the American 4x400-meter relay team. Two years later, he set the 100-meter world record in Paris. Then, in 2005, he was implicated in the

BALCO doping scandal along with baseball player Barry Bonds and other star athletes. Montgomery never tested positive for drugs, but he was stripped of his records dating from March 2001 and ordered to return his winnings and awards. Banned from track and field events for two years, Montgomery retired rather than serve the suspension. The current indictment followed in the spring of 2006. In court, Montgomery admitted that in April 2005 he knew he was depositing counterfeit checks into the account of his business, TM & Associates. One check, originally made out for $58,000, was altered to $200,000. The check failed to clear. Montgomery also admitted that he arranged for a counterfeit check for $575,000, originally made out for $7.12, to be deposited into the account of his Texas-based sports agent. The agent has not been implicated. Montgomery received a $20,000 payment from Riddick for assisting in the transactions, according to the indictment. Had he gone to trial and been convicted of all charges, he could have faced up to 90 years in prison. The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan declined to comment on Monday’s plea.

Texas State baseball washed away its recent close-game troubles with a 5-3 victory against Texas-Pan American Tuesday night. The Bobcats persevered for their first Tuesday-night win since February’s home victory against the Rice Owls, despite a sixth inning in which the Broncs scored three runs to tie the game. The Bobcats pulled out a close victory, which is huge for a club that has had trouble closing out big games. But Coach Ty Harrington said the team could have used more focus. “I thought we played a little lethargic at the beginning of the game,” Harrington said. “It’s always nice to and important to win, though. I would just like to see us come out and play with a little more focus, a little more determination.” The Texas State offense once again had some trouble knocking in runners on base, leaving 10 on over the course of Tuesday’s victory. Senior first baseman David Wood, who drove in the first two runs for the Bobcats, said the offense’s execution was not quite consistent. “We did some things good; we did some things bad,” Wood said. “We did a good job in a tough situation when (sophomore shortstop) Thomas (Field) had a two-out RBI; on the other hand, we had the bases loaded with no outs and couldn’t get a runner across. That’s something we have to make sure we do (in Wednesday’s game).” One bright spot for the Bobcats’ offense was senior designated hitter Jon Lieber, who until Tuesday had one atbat in the season and in his Texas State career. Lieber went 3-for-4 with one run scored and a double. Lieber said although he was glad to get the chance to start and hopes it can get him more playing time in the future, he was just happy to be able to get the team a win. “I got an opportunity and I just wanted to help the team win,” Lieber said. “As long as we win, it doesn’t matter.” Before securing the tworun win, the Bobcats nearly

s long as “A we win, it doesn’t matter.”

Jon Lieber senior designated hitter

gave up another close one. The Broncs’ sixth-inning rally was fueled by a costly error by sophomore starting pitcher Kyle Gembler, who threw an errant ball to Wood on a bunt by UTPA shortstop Matt Guzman. The error led to the rest of the inning’s three runs. “It was a perfect bunt, and a tough play for Kyle to make,” Harrington said. “I thought that kind of started it and Kyle was kind of gassed since he hadn’t been out there that long for a while. I was proud of his performance.” Gembler pitched five and one-third innings, allowing two earned runs on seven strikeouts. But it was senior reliever Jason Baca who came away with yet another win by pitching precisely in a crucial situation. Baca, 4-2, immediately allowed a hit by the Broncs that tied the game, but came back to throw two and two-thirds innings of winning baseball. Baca said he wasn’t as ready as a pitcher in his situation should have been. “I wasn’t as loose as I should have been and that was my fault,” said Baca, who will soon challenge the school record for career innings pitched. “I just had to step up and make the pitches I needed to make.” Texas State did recover from its first home loss on the weekend with Tuesday’s win, making the team’s record at Bobcat Field 13-1. However, the win against UTPA only pushed the team’s non-conference mark to 14-9. The Bobcats will have a chance to better that record 3 p.m. Wednesday as the team faces UTPA for the fourth time this season. Texas State is 2-1 against the Broncs. Despite Tuesday night’s triumph, Wood felt the team could show more effort Wednesday afternoon. “We’ll come out and play a lot better than we did today,” Wood said.

In this DI-A game, ASG candidates are just cheerleaders The quickly approaching exist that we’d ASG election has brought need. Right now, a certain issue into the the team is allowed limelight. The topic has 65 scholarship athbeen debated and disletes, whereas DI-A cussed from the papers to football is allowed The Stallions in The Quad. 85. That means It has become the defining we’d have to find issue for the presidential room for 20 more WILLIAM WARD candidates, and their women scholarship Star Columnist campaign success may athletes as well. very well hinge on their stance That’s a huge financial investregarding the matter. It’s the ment considering the rising question of football moving to costs of tuition plus room and Division I-A; now allow me to board on campus. beat the dead horse. The recruiting isn’t there I made my thoughts about either. We could not, as a team, the subject known last fall, in compete for recruits with a column where I explain the established teams from Confermove at this point would be ence USA or the Sun Belt, or irresponsible and ill-advised. wherever we end up. We would The university’s biggest hurdles be in the mud for years trying towards going DI-A remain the to catch up, and I can’t imagine same as it was then. how pumped our fans are going The scholarships simply don’t to be about that. Oh, and the

last two times we played (very weak) major conference teams (Texas A&M and Kentucky) the Bobcats lost. There’s no guarantee the team is getting better until we see them in action this fall, against Southland Conference opponents. Another reason why not is we’d be abandoning the best post-season playoff system in all of college sports. DI-AA figured it out, and lacks the controversy and illegitimacy of its big brother. I spent some time talking to Reagan Pugh, an ASG presidential hopeful, about what he would plan to do about the situation if elected. Throughout the conversation, it became sadly clear that without Athletic Director Larry Teis and President Denise Trauth on the same page as the students, nothing

significant could be done. The ASG could, and hopefully will, make recommendations and suggestions, but ultimately the deciders are hiding in the halls of J.C. Kellam and the Endzone Complex. The ASG candidates are making this a political issue, but here is the reality: They can’t do anything the athletic department and Trauth are not willing to do. The candidates will be cheerleaders. They can keep the topic in the spotlight until enough students and alumni are infuriated to the point of a military coup de’tat. The main goal of the new ASG regime will be to get students attending games. Right now one the requirements to go DI-A is to have an average attendance of 15,000. Last season we averaged over 13,000 scream-

ing fans in a stadium that only seats 15,000. Temporary seating that would push our high school-sized stadium capacity to 20,000 is possible, and affordable any time the administration wants. Currently there is a Master Plan for the Texas State campus. It gives specific dates for the construction of specific buildings that have already been at least partially conceptualized. No such master plan exists for the athletic department. There is now, after waiting half a decade, a plan for a baseball complex. No plans for going DI-A have been made public. If the department has courage, it will work with the ASG this fall to come up with a plan so that the move can be made thoughtfully and with an ultimate goal in mind. No more dreaming,

no more wishing. Concrete plans must be made. A plan is needed, and that is the job of the administration, not the job of sports columnists, ASG presidents or incoming freshmen. Even if the administration somehow comes up with a plan, it remains up to you, the student, to do your duty. Things can change for the better, but everyone has to do their part. No free riders hoping that someone else will take care of it. So attend games, wear school colors for any of the sports, have school spirit, learn the fight song and alma mater, buy Bobcat merchandise and chastise fellow students for supporting other schools. Eat ’em up ’Cats. William Ward is a political science junior and can be reached at

04 11 2007  
04 11 2007