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16 professors ask Faculty Senate for sabbaticals

Fighting the current

By Scott Thomas The University Star

Monty Marion/Star photo Enoch Castleberry, psychology senior, paddles upstream Wednesday afternoon in the San Marcos River past kayaks that were offered as free rentals by Outdoor Recreation. Students were invited to participate in other free events such as walking a suspended slack line between trees, learning vertical caving rope technique and playing a giant game of Jenga during Outdoor Recreation’s open house held throughout the day in Sewell Park.

Candidates for ASG vice president VP contenders reflect Senate’s changing culture given opportunity to debate issues By Ashley Gwilliam The University Star

Associated Student Government vice presidential candidates Rebecca Quillin and Alexis Dabney agree the culture of the Senate is changing. But, they strongly disagree on whom the better woman is to usher in those changes during the 2007-2008 school year. The winner of this year’s election will enter a slightly different Senate than in previous years because of the recent passing of the ASG referendum. “This referendum passed was less than 1,000 students voting, and it already has a huge affect on what ASG has the power to do,” Dabney, public relations senior, said. Students voted to increase the Senate from 40 to 60 members, include on-campus, off-campus and at large seats and to give ASG the right to legislate, take up and act upon any issue

affecting Texas State students. “The vice president’s job is primarily to lead, direct and be supportive of the Senate,” Quillin said. “When I think about someone leading a Senate that is that large, I think it is going to take someone strong who has the background. I think both of us see the things that need to be done in the Senate. What puts me on a different level is really my experience and my backbone.” Lisa Furler, coordinator of Texas State’s Leadership Programs office, said she has gotten to know Quillin through her work with the Paws Preview Program and she is someone who can be counted on. “When she says she will do something she does it,” Furler said. “She understands how to work smarter and not harder.” Quillin has been a member of ASG for four semesters. She has held the positions of ASG treasurer, environmental facilities committee chair and

is currently the PR chair. She has served as the co-chair for the Paws Preview Program and the leadership president of the Student Organization Council. Quillin said she decided to run even though she only has four hours left in her degree plan and could graduate in August. “It was worth it to me to stick around for another year for the senate and make sure they are engaged and start to take action,” she said. “I have been through two administrations at ASG. I have seen what works and what doesn’t.” Dabney said she has always wanted to be involved in politics, but did not see herself running until recently. “The idea of running had been brought up to me before, and I hadn’t thought I would go through with it,” she said. “Reagan (Pugh, presidential

As the ASG election day draws near, the vice presidential candidates Rebecca Quillin and Alexis Dabney will step up from the sidelines and partake in their own debate Thursday. The debate will be held at 11 a.m. in the LBJ Student Center Amphitheatre. Hosted by The University Star, the debate will be moderated by the publication’s editorin-chief Jason Buch. The event will feature 10 to 15 questions formulated by The Star. Candidates will be given one minute to respond to initial questions, followed by 30-second rebuttal periods. If the moderator feels a personal attack is being levied against a candidate,

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By Molly Berkenhoff The University Star

San Marcos residents appalled by forensic facility plans By Alysha Mendez The University Star While professors and city officials approve of the proposal to build a forensics research facility at the university’s Horticulture Center, many community members are against the plan entirely. A public meeting was held Wednesday to discuss the issue. Walter Wright, political sci-

ence associate professor, served as the moderator while Provost Perry Moore and anthropology professor Jerry Melbye discussed the proposal. “At Texas State, we pride ourselves in having programs that respond to the needs of the community,” Moore said. “I don’t think there’s any question as to whether the state needs a facility like this.” A list of answered frequently asked questions was handed

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out along with a map detailing where exactly the facility would be placed on Highway 21. The location of the facility was the main concern of the community members in attendance, such as Michael Abel, retired veterinarian, who lives across the street from the Horticulture Center. “I have a vested interest in this because one day I’d like to sell my place,” he said. “My real estate agent says it’s going

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to be real hard to do that with a body farm across the street. Perception of that is going to destroy ever selling my house.” Abel said he was worried about the facility holding research in “open air space.” “If you have a dead body and 25 mile-per-hour wind, that’s not good,” he said. “Viruses travel a long way and I’ll wager you’ll have a hard time keeping coyotes out.” Larry Loane is Abel’s neigh-

bor and they both compared the forensics research facility plans to those of the Texas State ALERRT Center range, which is located further off Highway 21. “We already have the range keeping us up at all hours of the night with 24 hour shooting,” Loane said. “Take this place somewhere else.” But, Moore said, after looking at all other options, the See RESIDENTS, page 4

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Sixteen professors appeared before the Faculty Senate Wednesday to gain approval for developmental leave in the coming semesters. Tenured faculty members can apply for developmental leave after six consecutive years of service to Texas State. Developmental leave is taken when a professor wishes to pursue interests that might conflict with their teaching schedule. The professors told the Faculty Senate what they plan to use the time for and how it would benefit the university. During this time, the professors would be employed by the university and receive pay. “(Developmental leave) is either one semester at full time or two semesters at half pay,” said William Stone, Faculty Senate chair and criminal justice professor. According to the Texas State Web site, generally applicants request developmental leave in order to maintain their academic effectiveness, to undertake and publish research or to partake in activities designed for selfimprovement. Mary Brennan, associate history professor, and Michel Conroy, art and design professor, resigned from the Faculty Senate in previous weeks in order to seek developmental leave. While serving as a Faculty Senator, a professor is not permitted to go on developmental leave. Brennan intends to write a book about former first lady Pat Nixon. Brennan will start the book with a chapter on Nixon’s life before entering the White House, use most of the book to detail her life while her husband was president and conclude with a chapter on her years after Nixon’s resignation. Brennan said she is trying to obtain a rare series of letters written by Pat Nixon’s best friend, which shows a different side of the first lady. “She was the most trampled first lady,” Brennan said. Conroy will use her developmental leave to finish an installation sculpture and curate an exhibition for the Newcomb Collection at Tulane University. In the second semester of leave, she intends to create and exhibit individual porcelain pottery pieces. Stone said should the professors be given approval by the Faculty Senate, they would have to seek approval from Provost Perry Moore, University President Denise Trauth and the Texas State University System Board of Regents. Stone said the regents rarely disagree with the provost’s decision. “Ultimately, it’s the decision of the administration,” Stone said. “In most cases, there’s between 13 and 17 (professors) approved a semester.” Stone said the Faculty Senate will vote on approvals within a week or two, and the decision of the provost will be given to the professors shortly after the semester ends. The board of regents final decision will be more than a month after that.

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April 12, 2007

starsof texas state Zach Gompert, a graduate student in the population and conservation biology program, has recently been published in the most prestigious scientific journal in the U.S. Gompert served as lead author of an article in Science, documenting an example of a rare form of speciation in a group of butterflies. Gompert has been awarded a graduate research fel-

lowship from the National Science Foundation and is the third Texas State student to receive the honor in the school’s history. Gompert graduated in December in the first class from the population and conservation biology program, and will continue his studies at Cambridge University. —Courtesy of Texas State Public Relations

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


Southeastern Louisiana 1 p.m. at Bobcat Field.

The Rock - Praise & Worship will be 7 p.m. in the CSC chapel.

A concert benefiting A Glimmer of Hope Foundation will be 8 p.m. to midnight at Gordo’s on The Square. For more information about the foundation, visit www.

The Catholic Student Organization will meet 6:30 p.m. in the Catholic Student Center lounge.

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


Texas State baseball will play Southeast Louisiana 6:30 p.m. at Bobcat Field. Mama’s Kitchen, featuring soup and sandwiches, will be 12 to 1 p.m. at George’s on the 1st floor of the LBJSC.


Texas State football will play the Maroon and Gold Game 1 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium. Texas State softball will play Stephen F. Austin 1 and 3 p.m. at Bobcat Field. 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


A lot like summer

University Police Department


April 5, 8:22 a.m. Theft under $20000/UPD Lobby An officer was dispatched to the lobby for a theft report. A non-student reported an item had been taken without consent from Jones Dining Hall. This case is under investigation.

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.

April 5, 8:40 a.m. Information Report/Bobcat Village Apartments An officer was dispatched for an information report. A nonstudent reported an intrusion alarm had gone off. The alarm was reset and a report was generated for this case.

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


There will be a free lunch for all students in the CSC lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be from 5:45 to 9 p.m. in the CSC chapel. Night Prayer will take place 9 p.m. at in the CSC chapel. There will be a free lunch for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CSC lobby. 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) 245-2208. Every Nation Campus Ministries will meet 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room G-02. There will be free food, fellowship and a relevant message. There will be a CEO Meeting 5 p.m. in McCoy Hall, Room 127. The Tennis Club will meet 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts on Sessom Drive, behind Joe’s Crab Shack. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, e-mail Scott Schoenmakers, tennis club president, at Overeaters Anonymous will meet 12:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland St. For more information, call (512) 3572049.

Austin Byrd/Star Photo Students enjoy a break from the recent cold Easter weather under a cloudless, 80-degree sky Wednesday in Sewell Park.

Writing Center to host summer camp The Texas State Writing Center will host a two-week creative writing summer camp June 11 to 22 for San Marcos High School students, as part of a series of initiatives funded by a G-Force Grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The camp will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Flowers Hall, Room G09. Participants will be under the guidance of graduate students, who will lead workshops in fiction, poetry, prose and screenwriting, and will have the opportunity to explore the publishing component of creative writing by crafting an online and print-version journal. The camp will include a public reading at the Katherine Anne Porter House. “One of the things the GForce Grant is supposed to do is reach the underserved,” said

Nancy Wilson, Writing Center director. “A lot of students don’t fit because they don’t do well in standardized tests and creative writing is one of those areas that allows for people who think outside the box and who think creatively.” The summer camp is a part of several initiatives focused on increasing San Marcos High School student enrollment at Texas State. Initiatives include a tutoring and writing center at the high school and an ongoing creative writing club held 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays in Flowers Hall. The Writing Center also plans to establish a parent workshop at the San Marcos Public Library to assist parents of soon-to-be college students with navigating the university system.

“One of the things Texas State wants is to get more San Marcos High School kids to come to this university,” Wilson said. “Familiarity with this campus and with people on this campus is what this project should be about. We have an amazing creative writing faculty and visiting writers. The summer camp is not only a workshop but it also informs them about what goes on, on campus.” There are 15 spots available for the camp and applications will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. The camp is free. For more information, contact Nancy Wilson at (512) 2453018. — Courtesy of Texas State Public Relations

April 5, 9:04 a.m. Information Report/Parking Services An officer was dispatched for an information report. A nonstudent reported damage had been caused to two gate arms. A report was generated for this case. April 6, 12:24 a.m. Possession Of Marijuana/ Drug Paraphernalia/Wood Street Garage An officer came in contact with two students. Upon further investigation one student was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The student was issued a citation, arrested and transported to Hays County Law Enforcement Center to await magistration. April 5, 10:08 p.m. Public Intoxication/300 N. LBJ An officer was dispatched for a report of a verbal disturbance. Upon further investigation the non-student was found to be intoxicated. The student was arrested and transported to HCLEC to await magistration.

Library Beat Little Heroes exhibit opens at Wittliff Gallery The Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican Photography will celebrate Little Heroes:

Photographs of Children, 8 p.m. April 21 at the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican Photography. The event will feature a discussion between three of the 30 photographers featured in the

show: O. Rufus Lovett, Antonio Turok and Geoff Winningham. The event is free and includes a hors d’oeuvres reception with the artists at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to R.S.V.P. by calling (512) 245-2313 or e-mailing Students are especially encouraged to attend. Lovett’s work on Weeping Mary, Texas, which was recently published by UT Press, has received a prestigious Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Outstanding Magazine Photography. Lovett, a Texas Monthly contributing photographer, has published widely in a variety of magazines with work included in numerous major exhibitions. The Wittliff Gallery’s growing collection of Lovett’s work includes almost 60 prints. Turok has photographed extensively throughout Central America and Southern Mexico for the past 20 years and published two books, Imágenes de Nicaragua (1988) and Chiapas: El Fin del Silencio (1998). He was the only photographer to take images of the Zapatista National Libera-

tion Army occupying the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas in 1994, and the first to photograph Subcomandante Marcos. The Wittliff Gallery is proud to own over 90 of his prints to date, comprising the major collection in the U.S. Winningham, who has taught photography at Rice University since 1969, is well known for his black-and-white documentary work on Texas subjects, such as high school football, rodeos and livestock shows and early wrestling. Among his monographs are Friday Night in the Coliseum (1971), Going Texan: The Days of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (1972), Rites of Fall: High School Football in Texas (1979), and In the Eye of the Sun: Mexican Fiestas (1997). At over 300 photographs, the Winningham collection is among the largest in the U.S. More information about guest photographers and the show can be found at www.library.txstate. edu/swwc/wg/exhibits/default. html. — Courtesy of Alkek Library


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candidate) and I talked about ASG now and how we think it could be. His vision and my vision worked together, and it was something I could really get excited about.” Dabney has been a university ambassador, a Paws Preview PAL, a co-rush captain for her sorority, Sigma Phi Lambda and is currently an intern for State Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs. She said her leadership experience as chair of Student Life Committee and her participation in various student organizations has taught her the importance of communication and working with people to get things done. “I can be firm when the situation arises, but prior to that I believe the best way to achieve anything is through communication and collaborating with people,” Dabney said. “(Alexis) would definitely be the best person to be vice president of ASG because she has wanted it so bad,” said Chelsea Witherington, advertising senior and Dabney’s friend and roommate since freshman year. “She is probably one of the most driven people I have ever met.

She has been passionate about bettering our school since she got here.” Both candidates said they want to adopt better communication methods, improve senator’s training and increase the student body’s knowledge of ASG. Dabney said she has noticed many students do not know much about ASG or what it does. “That is something we want to work on next year,” she said. “We want to put ASG back in the hands of the students. We can’t really be the voice of the student body if the students don’t really know who we are.” Dabney said another issue she and running mate Pugh discussed is creating an ASG ethics code and committee for next year. “An ethics code doesn’t assume things are going wrong, but just seeks to clarify the standards for someone who holds office,” she said. “Implementing one of those would help clarify the standards of things that are going on, especially now that ASG has the power of being the official voice.” Quillin said one of her goals is to inform more students about current legislation so more stu-

dents will go to meetings and seek out senators. “I am committed to making sure that the students realize the senators are committed to them,” she said. She said her ultimate goal is to make sure all 60 seats are filled with senators who realize their vote matters. Quillin and running mate Chris Anderson’s platform is about upholding the student voice and having lively conversation with the student administration. “We feel strongly about asking tough questions and being persistent,” she said. Dabney said her opponents’ approach is a lot more combative than her and Pugh’s approach. “One thing they mention is keeping the administration accountable,” she said. “You know we are going to be firm where we stand for students, but we believe first of all you need to go in and communicate, work with people and move forward together.” Both candidates said the best thing they could take away from the experience of serving as ASG vice president would be the knowledge they left ASG better than they found it.


the attacker will be stopped, and the attacked candidate will be given a 30 second rebuttal. No access will be given to the candidates prior to the debate. The standoff will be the first and only debate between the vice presidential candidates during this year’s campaign process. “I’m really looking forward to (the debate),” Quillin, presidential candidate Chris Anderson’s running mate and microbiology senior, said. “Alexis and I have been friends since we were freshmen, so I think it will be a good and lively debate and I think the differences in our leadership styles will be really evident.” Dabney, presidential candidate Reagan Pugh’s running mate and public relations senior, said she sees the debate

as a useful tool for students to learn more about their options for next year’s ASG leadership. “I think it’s a great opportunity for students to see dialogue between candidates and see where we differ on issues and our styles of leadership,” Dabney said. “I would encourage students to attend so they can make an informed decision about what happens next year.” Quillin and Dabney both emphasize their leadership skills that come from a plethora of campus involvement on the behalf of both candidates. “I think this will be a good opportunity to show that I am a strong leader and have great ideas,” Quillin said. “I also want to show that I know how to initiate those ideas into action within the Senate and make them realize that their vote counts.” Quillin said she has four

hours left in her degree and and feels delaying her graduation is a strong testament to her desire and dedication to lead the student body. Quillin emphasizes the strength in leadership found in the platform of her running mate Anderson, and Dabney continues to advocate the communication found in the platform of running mate Pugh. “I believe I’m friendly and open and good at working with people, and that I can help students get involved in that way,” Dabney said. “We’ve both been very involved, but my style is different in that I believe that when you have an issue you need to be talking to people before making decisions. You don’t want to come in with a light saber before the administration and act combative when you’re trying to get things accomplished.”

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Legislative changes put birth control costs on the rise at Student Health Center By Ashley Gwilliam The University Star

Recent prices on birth control offered by the Texas State Student Health Center and other university health centers throughout the U.S. have skyrocketed as an unforeseen affect of the 2005 Deficit-Reduction Act. The act is part of President Bush’s plan to reduce the growth in Medicare and Medicaid spending by more than $11 billion over the next five years. “Some of the price increases are just now going into effect,” said Karen Gordon-Sosby, Student Health Center assistant director. “Since we were able to anticipate the price increases, we ordered some extra inventory at the lower prices earlier in the year,” she said. The center’s top seller, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, is expected to increase from the current price of $12 to $40 later this year. Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo is a birth control pill. The other two most popular brands of birth control, The Nuva Ring, a ring contraceptive, and Desogen, an oral contraceptive, have already increased from $12 to $35 and from $12 to $40, respectively. Laura Greek, nurse practitioner at the Student Health Center, estimated 90 percent or more of the women who go to the center for women’s health services are on birth control. “It’s pretty hard for the students to absorb that when they are used to feeling like they can afford to pay for something pretty

reasonable,” she said. Greek said some students who are lucky and have the financial support of their parents, or are on their parent’s health insurance plan, are choosing to stick with their preferred method of birth control. “Many students on their own don’t feel comfortable using family resources for paying for birth control,” she said. “Sometimes they can’t even talk to their families about it. I found that I am having to council people about the cost and about how they are going to incorporate it into their lifestyles.” In the past, college health centers have been able to get prescription drugs and medications, including birth control, at a greatly discounted price because of a Medicaid rebate statute. The statute permitted drug manufacturers to sell medications at discounted rates to health care providers who treated low-income patients without having to pay rebates back to the states. The Deficit-Reduction Act has limited the number of groups that do not have to pay rebates for the discounted drugs they sell that are reimbursed by Medicaid. As a result, drug manufacturers have no incentive to offer discounts because it is now costing them more money. “It’s causing us to pass on those cost increases to the students because we are having to pay more for the products we are selling in our pharmacy,” GordonSosby said. Congress and the Centers for

Medicare and Medicaid Services neglected to add colleges and universities on an exemption list of entities that manufacturers could provide discounts without having to pay the states, said Mary Hoban, director of the American College Health Association. Hoban said she and the association’s board of directors recently went to Washington to discuss solutions to the problem with the Senate Finance Committee. “The representatives seem receptive and supportive of adding colleges and universities to the exemption list, but finding out how to fix it is another story,” she said. Hoban said the association has also been working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to change the regulation. She said the centers will issue its final ruling in June or July. “Talk to your student health center and see if they can offer a lower price for generic birth control or for some of the methods,” she said. Greek said many of the generic brands have only gone up a few dollars in cost. “Some people are afraid to switch, but when they understand the effectiveness is the same they are generally reassured,” she said.

✯FYI The Student Health Center still has 16 different types of birth control pills that are being sold for $20 or less.

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Giant Jenga

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Monty Marion/Star photo Lillian Cowden, anthropology sophomore, places a block atop an oversized game of Jenga during Outdoor Recreation’s open house Wednesday afternoon in Sewell Park.

Horticulture Center is the best site. “The Highway 21 site is useful because we have other university activities at this site,” Moore said. “The university is faced with the need for the facility and where to site it. I believe with time, the perception of this being bad for the surrounding community will most assuredly fade.” Reedville resident Carol Peters said she was concerned with Caldwell County’s coyote control problem. She asked how the facility planned on keeping the coyotes away. “The current plan is a 50 foot buffer zone between the 10-foot-high security fence and the point where actual research goes on,” Melbye said. “We are certainly not going to tolerate any coyote activity or any other animals for that matter.” Moore said that further outside the security barrier there would be a privacy fence pre-

venting “casual observers.” “Coyotes are not dumb animals,” Moore said. “They’re going to go where there’s food and if they’re not getting any, they’re not going to stay.” The researchers will focus on the time since a body’s death, which will aid law enforcement in solving crimes. “In law enforcement workshops, we can tell them how to collect data and when to call in an expert,” Melbye said. Moore said the contributions donors make helps convict murderers. “As a donor, they are giving their bodies to research and science,” Melbye said. “We will treat the bodies with the utmost respect and dignity.” On a power-point presentation, Melbye listed the support of numerous people and organizations such as the sheriff’s offices of Hays, Caldwell, Travis and Hidalgo counties. Melbye used the example of the forensics research facility at the University of Tennessee,

which was founded in 1980 by Bill Bass. “The Tennessee facility is adjacent to a hospital and it has never, in the 27 years it’s been running, reported any diseases or viruses escaping,” Melbye said. He said the facility would have a very high academic interest to faculty and students. “The environment is very complex and so we would be working with a number of different individuals, such as forensic botanists and geologists, as an interdisciplinary team,” he said. Miranda Davis, biochemistry freshman, was present at the meeting and said she is glad the facility was proposed. “I plan to enter the field of forensics as a crime scene investigator or a forensic chemist and I’m excited to have a facility like this accessible to me,” she said. Moore said he plans to go through with the proposal and that hopefully construction can begin as early as this summer.


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San Marcos hosts 25th annual clean-up By Alysha Mendez The University Star Texas State students and San Marcos residents will have another opportunity to perform community service and help keep the city clean, while receiving free breakfast and lunch. The city of San Marcos will be hosting its 25th annual Spring River Clean-Up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. All are encouraged to join in. The event will begin at the City Park Recreation Hall, located at 170 Charles Austin Dr. Free breakfast tacos, and later a barbecue lunch, will be provided. “The whole point is, we’ll feed you if you come help us clean the river,” said Melanie Howard, watershed protection manager with Parks and Recreation. “Anyone can come — bank walkers, scuba divers — whatever.” In addition to the free breakfast and lunch, a raffle prize drawing and three plaques will be given out. “We give the trophy plaques to the group with the most trash picked up, the largest community group and the largest Texas State group,” said Andrea Dravigne, program coordinator of the San Marcos Nature Center.

The Lions Club will be providing shuttle transportation from the park to Rio Vista Falls, where the cleaning will begin. “You can quit whenever,” Howard said. “It’s a come and go thing.” The Lions Club, the San Marcos Nature Center and the university are the three sponsors of the event. “The river is a very viable part of San Marcos and our club has a vested interest in the river because of the tube rental we run of which all the proceeds are donated to local organizations,” said Cody Daley, president of the Lions Club. “Anything we can do to benefit the river in any way — we want to jump at that opportunity.” The League of United Latin American Citizens is participating in the cleanup. “They’re doing a washer contest, which is like horseshoes, so they’re sharing the facility and hopefully bringing a DJ,” Howard said. Dravigne said for the spring cleanup, they try to focus on the inside of the river. “We try to get as many snorklers and divers as possible,” she said. “The fall cleanup is mostly bank walkers, so for the spring, we really

he fall cleanup “T is mostly bank walkers, so for the

spring, we really try to get as many people in the river as possible.”

— Andrea Dravigne program coordinator, San Marcos Nature Center

try to get as many people in the river as possible.” Dravigne said they contact about 150 different organizations that are related to the river, like scuba diving shops, to ask if they want to participate. She said about 200 participants showed up for the fall cleanup and they hope to see at least 100 volunteers Saturday. “Hopefully we get a good group this year to help us,” she said. “We like to get as many Texas State students as possible to help out as well.”

Monty Marion/ Star file photo DOWN IN THE DIRT: Amber Francis, athletic training senior, picks up trash from a small group of trees near the banks of the San Marcos River during last October’s event. The city of San Marcos will host the next River CleanUp Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.



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Executive officer candidates President: Chris Anderson, marketing sophomore No response received

Vice President: Rebecca Quillin, biology senior

Mark Hernandez, criminal justice sophomore

Anderson/Quillin ticket Our platform is to provide student representation at the administration level. Too many times decisions are being made that affect the students with out proper student representation. As well, we plan on initiating a vision for athletics. At the applied arts level I plan on representing the students by voicing their vested interests. I believe that my leadership I have attained in Phi Iota Alpha Latino Fraternity grants me the tools I need to properly lead our college.

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President: Reagan Pugh, English junior

College of Health Professions senator candidates

As ASG president I will ensure that we embrace our heritage, take pride in our university and work toward a bright future through building relationships with alumni, fostering school spirit and leaving ASG better than I found it. I will be honest, ethical and transparent. I will communicate with students, the community and administration about the needs of the students, and we will work together to move Texas State forward. I have experience organizing, leading and motivating students and will continue to stand strongly as a leader next year as ASG president. It’s a great day to be a Bobcat!

Jacquelyn Neshyba, undecided health professions sophomore

Vice President: Alexis Dabney, public relations senior

Kayla Thumann, communication disorders senior

Our platform combines embracing our heritage, taking pride in our university, and working toward a bright future to move our university forward in a way that brings everyone with us. Heritage involves creating better ties with our alumni. Pride involves motivating the students and getting them involved in the university. Future lays our plan for how we want to leave ASG better than we found it — in a way that is open and communicative and not just insular and autonomous. We will be the voice of the students — no question — but we believe there is a communication process that needs to be taking place. I have been involved in many organizations at Texas State and have actively served on the senate a year as chair of the student life committee. I believe not only my experience but my approach to leadership makes me qualified to represent the students and will allow me to achieve our goals of informing and motivating the student body about their university and voicing their concerns in a way that we are not unnecessarily burning bridges in the process.

College of Business Administration senator candidates Alexandra Bitzel, fashion merchandising junior No response received.

Michael T. Brady, finance senior

Anderson/Quillen ticket I am currently a senator and member of the finance and fees committee. Being familiar with the how the Senate is run allows me to jump right into addressing students’ needs as opposed to those new senators that will have to become familiar with the system before they start working on legislation. I also have made many connections within the Senate, executive members and faculty and know to whom to look for answers regarding specific subject matters. My majors also give me an extensive background in the auditing department, which is crucial to keeping the sub-units of the university in check (duties of the finance and fees committee).

Courtney McGaver, marketing sophomore

Quillan/Anderson ticket I support all the aspects of the Anderson/Quillin platform. I serve on the executive Committee of Alpha Xi Delta, am a member of Phi Eta Sigma, American Marketing Association and Crosstalk and a Paws Preview leader. I try to stay very involved on the campus and believe that I could represent the student body well as a senator.

Richard Neal, marketing junior Pugh/Dabney ticket No response received.

Israel Ruiz, marketing senior Pugh/Dabney ticket No response received.

College of Science senator candidates Kevin Beahan, mathematics junior

Anderson/Quillin ticket If elected, my goal will be to represent the active student body. Running under Chris and Rebecca’s ticket, I also feel that school administration is taking advantage of the student body’s apathy toward how our tuition is being spent. I believe that putting students on committees that make such important decision will show student’s demand for a reasonable explanation as to why promises of student recreation and parking expansion are not being kept. Furthermore, as president of the fencing club and former lacrosse player, I will be sure to support our wide variety of club sports and not just football.

Ugochukwu Obinna Eziefule, biology senior

Pugh/Dabney ticket My platform is basically the same as Reagan and Alexis’ ticket. My main focus is on athletics and how we should support and work with the department, instead of working against it. People in the stands, that’s the key to the promise land.

College of Applied Arts senator candidates Chris Blumentritt, criminal justice sophomore

Pugh/Dabney ticket As a pre-nursing major, I would like to be able to help guide more health profession-oriented students to Texas State.

No response received.

College of Fine Arts senator candidates Rachel Hartsfield, mass communication junior Pugh/Dabney ticket No response received.

Richard Lopez, mass communication junior

Pugh/Dabney ticket I am a die-hard Bobcat for life. I am very dedicated to this university and everything it stands for. If elected, I will serve the student body well. I am very open minded to new ideas students have because this is our school and together we can make a difference in so many ways. I am running on the R&A ticket because I believe their views are best for the university. Together we can all make a difference.

Amanda L. Oskey, mass communication junior

Anderson/Quillin ticket I always say to stand for something or you will fall for anything, which is why I have chosen to run for Senate on the Anderson and Quillin ticket. Standing up for the student voice should be the most crucial issue of this election. With previous Senate experience and as the current ASG vice president, I have an intimate knowledge of the task ahead for the next student body officials. I have worked closely with students, legislators, administrators and faculty to make sure student representation is an effective tool. I am hardworking, independent, and determined to continue to make Texas State the best university in the state of Texas

College of Liberal Arts senator candidates Jaime DeGarmo, psychology senior

Anderson/Quillin Ticket I am supporting Chris Anderson and Rebecca Quillin’s platform. This includes initiating a vision for athletics, pursuing student representation and demanding accountability from administrators. As a senior at Texas State, I have been through a lot that this university has to offer and I want to make sure your voices are heard in what you want to happen for Texas State.

T. J. Hardy, history junior Pugh/Dabney ticket No response received.

College of Education senator candidates Enrique D. Degollado, interdisciplinary studies sophomore No response received.

Sara Gautille, interdisciplinary studies junior

No response received.

Angeline Lasanta, pre-international studies freshman

Pugh/Dabney ticket I want to ensure that on-campus residents have their voices heard by working closely with residents and with Residence Hall Association, who works as a strong voice of on-campus students. As president of my hall government this past year, I have gotten insight on issues around the halls and campus. It will be my duty and honor to listen to any resident’s issue or concern and take that with me to the senate. I believe in honesty and integrity and will work hard to make sure that I serve the student body with everything I have.

Jacob Meidel, marketing freshman No response received.

Michael Neely, business management sophomore No response received.

Sean Robles, pre-mass communication sophomore

Pugh/Dabney ticket As a part of the Reagan and Alexis ticket, I believe in their platform of embracing our heritage, taking pride in our university, and working towards a bright future. More importantly, we would like to bring the student government back to the students. I am a resident assistant and an orientation leader who cares about this university and its student’s success. Vote for me and the student’s voices will be heard and properly represented.

Breann Schawe, marketing sophomore No response received.

Wesley Schultz, management freshman

Pugh/Dabney ticket I believe that the most important job of the ASG is to represent the students fairly and not pursue personal goals while in office. I wish to strengthen the relations between ASG and other organizations on campus, such as RHA, to meet the needs of the students through these groups. If ASG has a strong bond with these groups then ASG will build a better relationship with the students and the importance of ASG will be better realized. Also I believe achieving Division I-A is important, but in order to do so we need the support of the students to fill the stadium and go to the events.

Jessica Sullivan, management sophomore

Pugh/Dabney ticket I love Texas State and all it represents, from the unique and diverse student population, to atmosphere in The Quad, to the abundant opportunities availed to us students; all of which have become a Texas State tradition. It’s crucial that the university continues, while expanding these amenities to help students grow into their greatest potential. I’m the philanthropy chair for Alpha Delta Pi and am exposed to the importance and role that student organizations have on our campus and traditions. All student organizations need a voice, and I will be the advocate. It’s a great day to be a Bobcat.

Joe Wozny, music sophomore Pugh/Dabney ticket No response received.

Off-campus senator candidates Melanie Aranda, political science senior

Pugh/Dabney ticket The issue that I place the strongest emphasis on in my platform is pride and traditions. Texas State can reach its fullest potential with the backing of the students and pride I feel this university ought to have, regardless of personal athletic affiliation. I feel that I am fully qualified for this position due to leadership roles that I hold in various organizations and a maturity level that is needed in order to accomplish goals set forth to accelerate this university. I am a very understanding person and listen to all sides of arguments before making a sound decision, which is essential regarding the student body.

Pugh/Dabney ticket I believe that we are a part of the greatest university in the state of Texas. After we graduate and I think we all hope to still feel connected to the university and feel part of this Bobcat family. This is why I believe we need to make more of an effort in reconnecting with our distinguished alumni. As a former Strutter, it was such a thrill last football season to have the stands packed and full of crazy Bobcat fans. We need to continue this tradition and elevate the pride on our campus. I want us to leave a legacy on this campus for future Texas State students.

Brittany Bowden, business management senior

Thomas Tilton, health and fitness management sophomore

Kristi Detweiler, political science junior

No response received.

On-campus senator candidates Steven De La Cerda, public administration freshman Pugh/Dabney ticket No response received.

Eduardo Gomez,, criminal justice senior

Anderson/Quillin ticket Being a military child, I had the opportunity to grow up in many different places. I consider myself a well-rounded individual who can get along and work well with all different types of people. I plan on getting involved with ASG as well as other organizations on campus both to learn about current issues revolving around the student body and more specifically The College of Applied Sciences, as well as work with other students, ASG and non-ASG, to find solutions. I plan on trying my best to get the already approved plans in motion so the students who voted for them are the students who will get to enjoy them.

Pugh/Dabney ticket I believe in embracing our heritage, taking pride in our university, and working towards a bright future. Since I joined ASG. last fall, I have been blessed with the opportunity to create the pride and traditions committee and become the chairman of it. If I’m reelected, I will continue working hard to help our current and future students in transferring that sense of pride of being a Bobcat, I will fight to integrate our beloved mascot the Bobcat in our official graduation ring and I will represent the voice of the students to the fullest of my abilities.

Carlos Granillo, criminal justice sophomore

No response received.

No response received.

George Lanham, undecided freshman

J.S. Jones, industrial technology freshman

Anderson/Quillin ticket Through my involvement in several social, professional and academic organizations on campus I have gained leadership skills and an understanding of what it really means to be a student at Texas State. I plan to continually seek what’s in the best interest for the student body through legislation and work to improve relations between students and administration.

Anderson/Quillin ticket I agree with Anderson that Texas State needs to start moving toward Division I-A. While I do not believe we are ready right now, I think we should take the initiative to start getting ready. I definitely believe we need to see more progress on the master plan. Where is the construction on the rec center? And the parking that was promised to us? Student fees and tuition are getting out of hand. I have no problem paying fees but I want to be sure my fees go to something worthwhile, like staffing the cafeterias during peak hours. I don’t believe waiting in line for 20 minutes is acceptable. I’m going into my senior year at Texas State, and I want to graduate knowing I helped make a difference.

Bogan Durr, political science junior

Anderson/ Quillin ticket Serving my second year as an ASG senator I hope to continue to broaden the voice of the students. This semester as Environment, Transportation and Facilities Committee chair I have accomplished many goals that reflect Texas State’s active environmental community. I plan to carry on working at the same speed with the same goals in mind into the 20072008 school year. If anyone has any questions about ASG or concerns they would like us to address, you can contact me at

Nathanael Gold, history senior

Pugh/Dabney ticket If elected this will be my second term on ASG. I am a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, and have also been selected as a commissioned officer candidate, which has allowed me to hone and


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sharpen my leadership abilities. I feel it is very important for student government to reconnect with the students to help get them involved. Reaching back out to our motivated alumni is key to the success of our university. Having a thriving and successful athletics department is cardinal to the publicity, image, revenue, and appeal to this great university; taking the proper steps to move our football program to the Division I-A level will allow that to happen.

Anthony Villanacci, history junior

Meghan Groom, political science junior

Pugh/Dabney ticket No response received

Anderson/Quillin ticket I firmly stand behind the proposed platform of Chris and Rebecca (initiating a vision for athletics, pursuing student representation and demanding accountability from administrators). “Voicing Your Vested Interests” is the job of a senator, and I intend on doing that.

Pugh/Dabney ticket No response received.

At large senator candidates Traci Adams, business management sophomore Ryan Clay, public administration senior No response received Angel Durr

Jakob T. Grothe, geography junior

Anderson/Quillin ticket I am running to represent the interests of the off-campus students. The main issue facing this group is transportation to and from campus. There are three classifications of the off-campus student: commuter, mass transit and pedestrian traffic. Each of these groups has different priorities. I could be classified in each group. For the commuter, I support the Anderson ticket pushing for administration accountability like parking garages. For the students riding busses, we need to make sure each route is stopping at the right places and has a number of busses proportional to the number of riders. For the pedestrian, I will work towards the development of bike lanes, and accessible, safe walking routes.

Carson Guy, political science senior No response received.

Andrew McCartin, finance sophomore As a member of the ASG Senate I promise to accomplish two things: an improved image for Texas State athletics and increased student campusinvolvement. I am a member of the Texas State Cross Country and Track & Field teams as well as the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, an organization with direct and consistent dialogue with the Athletic Department. Texas State football’s move to the FBS (formerly Division I-A) is a key issue in this year’s election and I am the only candidate with experience working in the Athletic Department who can bridge the gap between the student body and athletic department.

Amanda Mjos, history junior

Pugh/Dabney ticket My number one priority is representing the student body with integrity and honesty, and getting past the politics that go along with it. I will wholeheartedly work not only to voice your concerns at Senate meetings, but to take your suggestions for change under consideration as well. As a candidate, I have no hidden political agenda. I believe that upholding morality and integrity is integral to serving the student body, and I will not be swayed by politics on the issues. I genuinely would love to serve the students and I will represent you with the integrity that you possess and deserve to be represented with.

Daniel Palomo, pre-mass communication junior Pugh/Dabney ticket As a former Op-Ed columnist, President of the Bicycle Club, Marketing Director for the Bicycle Co-op, PR Director of PRSSA and a former Supreme Court Justice in ASG, I have shown not only the willingness to get involved in the happenings of my university, but also an aptitude for leadership. As an ASG senator I will work to erase the line of demarcation between the residents of San Marcos and the students of Texas State. Also, I will vehemently endorse and author any legislation that serves to preserve or enhance the natural environment of San Marcos and Texas State.

Virginia Marisel Saucedo, mass communication senior Anderson/Quillin ticket In order to best represent the student body, I urge each and every one of you to approach me with any questions and/or concerns. Although I was only recently appointed senator, I have noticed many things I would like to change. My short tenure has allowed me to become acquainted with the student government and given me insight into path of change. My affiliation with and active participation in the Sigma Delta Lambda sorority as well as the College Democrats at Texas State has enabled me to develop strong leadership skills I currently head a program that intends to raise political awareness among local high school students. The program encourages the students to start political organizations and offers them information about Texas State as a post- secondary school option.

Sophomore, Political Science Major

Pugh/Dabney ticket Hi, my name is Angel Durr and I am running for ASG Senator and I would love your support. I fell in love with this university when I was seven years old and still feel the same way today. I am very involved on this campus as a Mitte honor scholar, College Democrats events chair, and a member of the political science honors fraternity. I am goal-driven and I have a very strong head on my shoulders. I absolutely love politics and I care a lot about this university and I want to see it grow to be all that it can be. I think that we really are the rising star of Texas and can shoot higher, and I believe I can truly help.

Tyler Ferguson, political science sophomore

Pugh/Dabney ticket As an activist for minority rights, I feel that I have experience being a leader, yet still realize that at the end of the day nothing gets accomplished if you do not work together. I strongly believe that this university will only continue to be the best if we take pride in our campus, treat our alumni well, and make sure that every student on campus is treated equally. If elected, I will make sure that every student’s voice is heard, and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect by ASG and the university’s administration, regardless of who they are.

Eileen Galvez, political science junior

Pugh/Dabney ticket I am looking forward to working on embracing our heritage, taking pride in our university, and working towards a bright future. I have been in the Senate for two years now, first as a freshman advisor and then as a senator. I have learned a lot in these two years. I would love to continue to represent my fellow Bobcats with the best of my ability. I keep myself highly involved in this university because I have a passion for it. I am very proud to say that I am a Bobcat, and indeed, today is a great day to be a Bobcat.

Mathew M. Golding, political science senior

Anderson/Quillin ticket The students are the foundation of Texas State. We are the artery that affords this institution life, and when the needs of the students are met the needs of the university are necessarily met. As the director of special projects for ASG, I lead the task force decreasing the housing requirement to 52 hours for off-campus housing. It is our vested interests that Chris, Rebecca, and I advocate. We will ensure a Division 1A football team and demand student representation on the committees that control our tuition dollars. Chris and Rebecca and I will voice your vested interests.

Casey Hartle, political science senior No response received

John Headrick, political science junior

Pugh/Dabney ticket My platform is based on a continuous strive for excellence in all areas being an integral part of the success of Texas State. I feel I am qualified to represent the students because I have felt many of the frustrations that the majority of students feel, and can help provide students with the leadership necessary to relieve these frustrations. My goal as an ASG senator is to ensure that all students at Texas State are provided with the tools and proper guidance necessary to meet these goals, no matter what field of study, student organization, or extra curricular activity they choose to partake in.

Katherine Kasprzak, mass communication junior Pugh/Dabney ticket No response received

Mally Keller, public administration junior No response received

Cary Sims, criminal justice junior

Jeremy Kuykendall, history senior

No response received.

No response received

Gregory Stillman, marketing junior

Mai Lewally, pre-mass communication junior

Pugh/Dabney ticket No response received.

Sarah Stone, history sophomore

Anderson/Quillin ticket This is Texas and we love football. I was a very athletic in high school and performed on my high school drumline. I believe that athletics is a strong backbone to a university to portray to the outside world that we can compete not only on an academic level but also physical. As a returning senator, student representation is the foundation for this university. The student life committee, which I sit on, lowered the requirements for student living on campus from 56 to 52 hours. Many issues have been taken care of on paper but not initiated. Its time for us as students, intellectual adults interested in the furthering of our knowledge, to hold the administration accountable for the issues that have not been completed to the fullest extent. People ask questions why building projects that passed long ago have not been started.

Courtney Strange, political science senior

Pugh/Dabney ticket My platform is to enhance Texas State students pride back into the university. For example, attending home games and other Texas State events.

Sein Leon, political science junior Pugh/Dabney ticket No response received

Amanda Rae Magel, English sophomore

Pugh/Dabney ticket I’m qualified to represent the student body as I’ve been a senator for two semesters, a university ambassador for two semesters and a New Student Orientation leader for a year. My membership in these organizations has helped me learn a lot about students and the university as well as the areas we can improve on. My platform is that of pride and tradition. I authored the legislation to add this committee to the Senate, as pride in our university is important to me. I hope to increase the spirit in our institution and make it a better place for our students.

No response received.

Luis Valverde, criminal justice sophomore

Anderson/Quillin ticket In 2006 students invested more than $5 million into our athletic program, while the department raised only $600,000. The athletics department continues to apologize for the lack of vision, but have yet to produce a viable plan of action. We are going to hold the department accountable. Advancing football to Division I-A with the rest of Texas State athletics will result in increased media attention, create more scholarships for student athletes and elevate pride in students and alumni. In Spring of 2005, students approved a recreation center expansion to be completed by the Fall of 2008 — a project that has not even begun. We firmly believe that when students approve spending with a specific plan, we deserve to see that plan enacted and we will work to hold the administration accountable.

Skyler Varnadore, mass communication senior Pugh/Dabney ticket No response received.

Michelle Malcik, political science sophomore

Pugh/Dabney ticket As Senator, I plan to carry out the wishes of the students. Everyone is excited about the rapid growth on our campus. However, as the school is increasing in size, so are the needs of the students. Demands such as parking and a new rec center have failed to have been addressed. While serving as senator, I hope to help meet the needs of the students as we continue to thrive. Also, I intend to increase student and alumni support of this school, in return helping funds flourish, providing a secure foundation to make Texas State Division I-A.

Ashley McCown, political science sophomore

Pugh/Dabney ticket I personally stand behind everything represented under the platform held by Reagan and Alexis: Embracing our heritage by taking more prominent steps towards annealing ties with alumni, taking pride in our university by creating more ways for Texas State to generate an even greater name for itself in competition with other colleges and working towards a bright future to ensure that in five, 10, or 50 years from now each one of us can

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look back on our completion of schooling from Texas State with pride and repletion. I believe that these views, over all else, take precedence in qualifying me to represent the students of this amazing university.

Coby McGee, business management freshman

If elected to represent the student body as a senator I will embrace our key values such as pride and tradition, while also working to develop more benefits for current and future Bobcats. I speak to alumni all the time and believe I am qualified to help mend the relationship between current students and former Bobcats.

Christopher Shepard, pre-mass communication sophomore Pugh/Dabney ticket No response received

Robert Drew Surprenant, pre-mass communication sophomore

Anderson/Quillin ticket My main goal as a returning senator is to voice the vested interest of the student body. I wish to move this school to a new standard by pushing the action to move to Division 1 football and to increase the voter turnout for the student body. The Associated Student Government is the official voice of the students and having the role of a senator is to express those beliefs and wants to the administration. As a returning senator, I will do my best to portray the ideals of the Texas State student body and its foundation to make this university excel.

Colby D. Sweat, pre-mass communication sophomore

Pugh/Dabney ticket My goal as a senate member is to improve the student government through the participation of the student body by offering more publicity, more avenues to access the government, and polling. I want to bring the student government back to the students. I would also like to make Texas State apparel more affordable for us cheap college kids in efforts to boost Bobcat pride. I know that I am qualified for senate because I love Texas State and I am willing to work hard for what is best for our school and us.

Emily Trepanier, dance sophomore

Pugh/Dabney ticket Since my first semester freshman year, I have been actively involved on campus. In ASG, I have served as the freshman advisor and as a senator. Through my other organizations, I feel that I have gained not only leadership experience, but an insight into what other students on campus feel could change to move us forward. I’m here to help be their voice and represent them. I also believe that through keeping strong ties with our alumni, enhancing our pride and school spirit and embracing all that our university has to offer, we can progress into a bigger, brighter tomorrow.

Brett Wisler, marketing junior No response received

College of Education graduate representative candidate

Sheila Bustillos, counseling and guidance graduate

Pugh/Dabney ticket Graduate students and non-traditional students are generally underrepresented on college campuses. My purpose in running for the Graduate House is to use my voice to adequately convey the concerns of my fellow graduate students and non-traditional students. I support Reagan Pugh and Alexis Dabney for ASG president and vice president because, like me, they strive to support students, reconnect with alumni, promote Texas State in a positive, professional manner and encourage university advancement. I am extremely familiar with university policies and procedures. I have been a Bobcat for four years and I earned my undergraduate degree from Texas State. I work in the Dean of Students office, who advises ASG, as a graduate research assistant.

College of Fine Arts and Communication graduate representative candidate Elizabeth Lee

No response received.

College of Science graduate representative candidate Sathya Swathi Mabbu, computer science graduate No response received.

College of Liberal Arts graduate representative candidate Collin Paul Bost, creative writing graduate No response received.


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Lucy’s San Marcos — Full Throttle/ South First Band

Lucy’s San Marcos — Subtle Creeps/ The Standing Few/Ethereal Architect

Lucy’s San Marcos — Grupo Fantasma

Triple Crown — Funkotron

Triple Crown — Enemy of Mankind/ Bermuda Briss/Duke

Cheatham Street Warehouse — Brandon Rhyder

Cheatham Street Warehouse — Wade Bowen

Cheatham Street Warehouse — Walt Wilkins

Triple Crown — Flaming Lips Hoot Night

Trends Contact — Maira Garcia,

Distinguished Lecture explains value of feminism Chautauqua By Georgia Fisher The University Star Humor and feminism earmarked renowned Chilean author Isabel Allende’s speech Wednesday in the LBJ Mall. Allende, who visited campus as part of the LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series, addressed the Common Experience theme of “Protest and Dissent.” Allende spoke about witnessing the coup by Augusto Pinochet, ending what she called “a century and a half of democracy in Chile” in the 1970s. Salvadore Allende, her uncle who was president at the time, was deposed. Protest and dissent, she said, is essential for any oppressive regime. “(The worst kind) of power takes over all branches of government, including the fourth branch — the press,” said Allende, who began her career as Jon Clark/Star photo a journalist. “This kind of power only works with fear … and soon COMMON EXPERIENCE: Wednesday evening in the LBJ Mall Chilean author Isabelle Allende speaks you’ve lost a way of life you took to a large group of students about the Common Experience theme of “Protest and Dissent” and of her for granted because you did not experiences as the niece of a Chilean president. dissent or protest.” Allende said fear can be used solidarity among women and an stigma of the word “feminism.” said. “I don’t think in any way to isolate and controls a popula- uncompromising feminine pres“Men have successfully de- one excludes the other.” tion in the name of “safety.” ence are essential for a society picted feminists as hairy lesbiThe author responded to auHer speech, equal parts se- to flourish. ans — and ugly,” Allende said. dience queries, discussed the riousness and wit, was at one “It is through women that we “Women today don’t want to writing process, a new book point interrupted by a passing can make a difference in the be associated with the feminist with a female protagonist she train. world,” she said. movement; it isn’t sexy. But be- describes as historically ac“What is that? What is that Allende said women need ing feminist has never stopped curate and her late daughter noise?” she asked. not emulate men to exercise me from flirting … and I’ve nev- Paola, a humanitarian and vol“It’s a train, ma’am,” said an power. er suffered for lack of men.” unteer “who died with nothing audience member. “Welcome to “We don’t need to act like Allende said beauty isn’t mu- and needed nothing.” San Marcos.” men or replace men,” she said. tually exclusive of progress or Paola inspired her work and “A train? It’s a … a train?” Al- “The world needs us both. It’s power. overall outlook, Allende said, and lende replied. “Whew. I thought not a war against men. But we “I don’t think being beautiful the immense pain of her daughit was war or something.” have to challenge the patriar- is in any way contradictory to ter’s death fueled the fire for a Allende returned to themes chy.” the desire for independence, memoir — one that garnered an of empowerment, stressing The author noted the social education and information,” she outpouring of letters and support

don’t think “I being beautiful is

in any way contradictory to the desire for independence, education and information.”

— Isabel Allende Chilean author

from people around the world. “I realized then that nothing has happened to me that hasn’t happened, in some way, to everyone else,” Allende said. Nico Schüler, co-chair of the common experience, said Allende’s speech was wonderful. “She described her own experiences with protest and dissent and responded to a critical (audience member’s) question with true wisdom,” said Schüler, associate music professor. Attendees, many of whom maintained near-constant laughter and applause throughout the event, praised Allende. Liz Carpenter, a journalist and activist known for her humor and feminist standing, said she enjoyed her speech. “(Allende) gives us all the guts and courage to keep up the fight,” Carpenter said. “She really has well-chosen words, really believes in total freedom — sexually and in every other way.” “I’m from an older generation,” Carpenter said. “We couldn’t have gotten away with that.”

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Film Festival showcases student films By Jessica Sinn The University Star

Future filmmakers, aspiring actors and movie buffs viewed independent documentaries and shorts Wednesday night at the Chautauqua Film Festival. The two-night event showcased student-made independent shorts and documentaries, along with special screenings and presentations by professional directors. Tuesday’s event featured a screening of director Alan Berg’s A Place to Dance, a documentary about a New Orleans dancehall and the life of big band leader Pat Barberot. To succeed in the movie business, Berg said filmmakers should keep a stiff upper lip and never give up. “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make a movie,” Berg said. “Just stick with it.” Acclaimed director and photographer Andrew Shapter presented his debut documentary When the Music Dies. Shapter, a Southwest Texas State University alumnus, said after years of working as a professional photographer, he felt it was time to apply his knowledge of film. “It’s something I’ve been planning on doing since high school, but I wanted to go out in the real world and learn everything I could,” Shapter said. “I felt it was time to put all those connections into this project and that I learned enough to put the film into a movie.” Shapter said aspiring filmmakers must gradually work their way up to the director’s chair by acquiring new skills and observing examples set by professional filmmakers. “The best advice I could give filmmakers is to pay some dues,” Shapter said. “Work with other filmmakers and establish the audience for a while. I’ve worked with a crew that — right out of college — they wanted to direct instead of learning anything.” Shapter said he hopes his film will encourage young music fans to understand the importance of live music. “It motivates music fans to go out and see live music and for bands to look beyond the golden pot of working with a big label,” Shapter said. “All those shows they play are building blocks to a career. Just playing music you love is essential — and if you stick to your guns and play what you love — you won.” B-side Entertainment representative and entertainment attorney Michael Saleman offered advice on how to successfully create and distribute independent films. Saleman said students should take advantage of internships to get ahead in the movie business. “I advise all film students to take on as many projects as possible — even if it means getting coffee and answering phones,” Saleman said. “You want to be on movie sets to learn as much as you can — you’ve got to be there to see what it’s like on a day-to-day basis.” The event wrapped up when student filmmakers, who showcased their short films Tuesday night, were presented with trophies and honorable mentions. Jessica Moomaw, counseling and guidance graduate student, said she enjoyed the humor in short film Trade Off, by pre-theatre sophomore Quinn Walton. “The acting was entertaining, and the story-line was so random,” Moomaw said. “The ending was the best part because it leaves you sitting in wonderment.”

✯ Award winners Best Overall & Best acting: Guerilla on a Moped by Quinn Walton, pre-theatre sophomore Best Technical Film: Heads Up by Will Rimmer, English junior #1 Prize for 24 Hour Film Frenzy shorts: Just Smile by Team Juice House


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Shakespeare with a Latin twist Drag show graces the stage of Gordo’s By Jeffery D. Hooten The University Star The department of theatre and dance gives a new context to a classic play with its production of Much Ado About Nothing. “It’s about rumors, love, deception, frustrated lovers, falling in love, denial of love and virtue,” said Amber Snyder, theatre senior. Snyder plays Beatrice in the theatre department’s production of the Shakespearean comedy. Though the play is originally set in the Sicilian city of Messina, the theatre department’s version undergoes a slight location change. “It’s set in the 40s in Argentina,” Snyder said. Michael Amendola, who plays Dogberry, said the setting change is not uncommon with modern Shakespearean productions. “More and more, directors try to do Shakespeare in different ways,” Amendola, pre-theatre junior, said. Though some may see such alterations to the play as untruthful to its original form, Snyder said there are positive aspects of a more modern setting. “I think (it being set in the 40s) makes it easier for the audience to relate,” Snyder said. Jon Clark/Star photo Director Charles Ney said an audience can sometimes be THE MUCH ADO CREW: Department of theatre and dance cast distracted by the appearance of members run their final dress rehearsal Tuesday in the Theatre Cenmore traditionally Elizabethan ter for William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. productions, and miss many of the subtleties of the play. mands that.” play. Ney said even when the lanThe play takes place on the “The tango represents love guage used remains the same eve of a wine festival after sol- and passion throughout the — as it does in this production diers have returned from a war. show,” said Snyder. — a change of setting and cosNey said World War II-era Much Ado About Nothing will tume can remove distraction and Argentina was a natural choice be performed 7:30 p.m. Thursmake the substance of the play for the theatre department’s day through Saturday and April clearer. production, because of its atmo- 16 to 22, and 2 p.m. April 15 and “The goal is to communicate sphere of political unrest and its 22 in the Mainstage Theatre. to the audience,” said Ney, de- vineyards. Admission is $10 for the genpartment of theatre and dance “The icing on the cake was eral public and $5 for students. professor. “We’re different from tango,” said Ney. Tickets may be purchased either (people of Shakespeare’s time), Ney said the tango a key ele- at the Theatre Center box office and I think our audience de- ment of their production of the or by phone at (512) 245-2204.

Monty Marion/Star photo HAVING A BALL: Megan McChesney, president of Lambda’s Texas State chapter, speaks November to a packed crowd at Gordo’s in The Square during Bobcat Ball.

By Hayley Kappes The University Star This year’s theme for the Bobcat Ball is “comic book heroes and villains.” “The gay boys won out on that one. They all wanted to wear tights,” said Lambda President Megan McChesney. Lambda of Texas State will host its biannual Bobcat Ball 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Gordo’s Bar and Grill on The Square. McChesney, communications studies junior, said she expects this semester’s event will be a success. “A lot of people, especially our straight allies, don’t get a chance to go out to the gay bars in Austin and see a good drag show,” she said. “It brings a sense of diversity to San Marcos that otherwise wouldn’t be there.” Kelly Kline, a professional drag

queen from Austin, will host the show. MAC makeup will be given out as door prizes. McChesney said she wants a good turnout because this is her last year participating in Bobcat Ball. She said regardless of sexual orientation, everyone is encouraged to attend the event. Even professors are known to show up and join in the festivities. Last year, Lambda donated money raised from Bobcat Ball to Out Youth, a non-profit organization in Austin that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teenagers. However, the proceeds from this weekend’s event will raise money for Lambda. Lambda Treasurer Jason Moody said he will attend his fifth Bobcat Ball this weekend. “I enjoy being able to be myself, be with my friends and see friends perform,” said Moody,

communication studies junior. “I also enjoy seeing the many different people who attend, from the frat boys to the drag queen. It shows me that not all of Texas is close-minded.” Moody said Bobcat Ball is an important event for the Texas State and San Marcos community and that he plans to dress as “Ursula” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. “It’s a chance for a variety of people — gay, straight and those in-between — to come together and express their acceptance and interest in the gay community,” Moody said. “It’s a chance for you to let your guard down, open your mind and have a great time.” The cost of admission is $6 for those 21 and older and $8 for minors. Doors open 8 p.m. The drag show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.

American Cancer Society raises funds through Relay for Life By Clara Cobb The University Star

Lisa Ellis is doing her best to spread the word out about stopping cancer. Ellis, communication studies junior, is among many Texas State students preparing to participate in Relay for Life, a fundraiser benefiting the American Caner Society. “(The event is) important to me because I had two family members who died from cancer,” she said. “I have an uncle who has cancer right now.” Ellis started participating in the event in high school. She joined a Texas State team last year when she found out the university supported the fundraiser. “This year I started a team,” Ellis said. “Our team name is the Hope Builders.”

Michelle Ortiz is the community director for the American Cancer Society. “A group of people, family or friends, get together to form teams,” she said. “Teams generally consist of eight to 15 people and they collectively raise money.” Teams generally hope their money totals a large sum, as proceeds directly benefit the community. “All funds raised stay in the community,” Ortiz said. “The money goes to research, education and patient service programs in Hays County.” People without a team can still participate in the event and are welcome to join in walking, running and other festivities in Bobcat Stadium. “Anyone can come out and donate to the event,” she said.

“There’s always an opportunity to help and give to the American Cancer Society.” Terissa Kelton, theatre sophomore, is on the Relay for Life committee. She said teams can sign up the night of the event. Kelton said several businesses have donated prizes for games played throughout the night. Donated food will be sold, with all profits benefiting the society. “Basically, it’s going to be a fun time to honor those who lost to

cancer and those who are still fighting,” she said. Kelton said the event has a “battle of the decades” theme for participants who would like to dress up. Relay for Life began in 1985, according to its Web site, when a Tacoma colorectal surgeon decided to raise money for the American Cancer Society. He was an avid marathon runner and decided to enlist his friends to help him circle the track.

Pledged funds totaled more than $27,000, according to the Web site. Today, Relay for Life is a national event. “It’s an overnight event. It’s food and fun and we celebrate cancer survivors,” Ortiz said. “The money raised is to create more cancer survivors. That’s our number-one goal.” The relay kicks off 6 p.m. Friday and continues through the night until 7 a.m. Saturday. Fundraising opportunities continue

until the closing of the relay Saturday morning. Ellis personally raised $188 Tuesday for the cause. She encourages the community to do the same. “If (you) know somebody who’s been touched by cancer— and almost everyone does — I’d encourage (you) to come out, join a team, or do whatever you can do,” she said. “Some people say, ‘I only have a dollar,’ but every dollar adds up.”

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Texas State faculty honored at themed event By Ashley Wilrich The University Star Lava lamps illuminated pictures of 70s music icons in the LBJ Student Center Multipurpose Room Wednesday. Kappa Alpha Psi teamed up with Black Women United to create the third annual Angel Awards, honoring influential black faculty and staff. “(Faculty) go above and beyond the call of duty in an effort to build relationships that mentor and aid students through difficult experiences,” said TJ Davis, vice polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi. Hosts psychology senior Shamika Williams and Davis, healthcare professions senior, discussed the purpose of the awards ceremony. “As an African-American student away from home, family and the comforts and constraints of parental guidance, it is easy to get caught up in the hoopla of the college experience,” Davis said.

“These faculty have overstepped the boundaries of the professor/ student relationship, and into mentor roles.” Chairwoman Alicia Ford said her committee has been working hard to make this event possible. “We have been planning for these awards for months, these faculty and staff deserve this recognition,” said Ford, healthcare administration senior. The Angel Awards theme, “To Be Real,” was inspired by singer Cheryl Lynn. The LBJ Student Center Multipurpose Room was filled with lava lamps, old albums and pictures of women with Afro puffs. While the tables were covered with prayer candles and old pictures of Marvin Gay and Earth, Wind and Fire. A presentation was given on the fads, clothing, technology, music and movies of the 70s. The awards ceremony featured a country-style dinner with fried chicken, rolls, potato and pasta salad.

Bryan Ware, polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi, explained the meaning the Trailblazer award. The award was given to Vincent Morton, associate dean of students. “The trailblazer award is a very prestigious award that goes to the faculty member that has gone above and beyond any expectations,” said Ware, advertising senior.

do all kinds of performances. We have some Strutters who can sing, so we have singing in between (dance) acts.” Tap, jazz, high kick, lyrical funk and novelty dance styles will be presented. The show is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Strahan Coliseum. Admission is $5 with a student ID, and $10 for the general public. “It’s something we like to do for our parents and the community,” Thompson said. “Not all the parents can come to the basketball games or football games.”

said the idea for the benefit concert began when the center needed extra help. “Basically, there’s a group of social work students who decided to take this project that we had at the center and make it a requirement for one of their classes,” she said. Shelly Schaefer, social work graduate student, is in the class organizing the benefit. “Right now, they are actually in need of some basic necessities that they just simply can’t afford, and we couldn’t think of anything more exciting to help than with something we feel everyone loves — music,” she said in an e-mail. Money raised at the benefit will be used to purchase paint and stencils. Law enforcement often gathers a victim’s clothing for evidence so other funds will be used to purchase clothes for victims who come to the clinic. “If guests want to make a donation beyond the tickets or bring any of the needed items, they are more than welcome to,” Eilers said. The center predominately serves adult females, but helps adult men and children as well. All donated clothing items must be new and can be brought to Lucy’s San Marcos Sunday.

✯Angel Award Winners Trailblazer: Vincent Morton, Assistant Dean of Students. Gabriel: Latonya Croskey, Advisor of Career Services. St. Peter: Dr. Sherri Benn, Interim director of residence life and director of multi-culture affairs. Michael: Terrence Parker, Director of Greek Affairs.

Trends Briefs Denis Johnson play featured in script reading Freak out your Friday the 13th with a staged reading of the play Psychos Never Dream. Psychos was written by Denis Johnson, the Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte endowed chair in creative writing. The play is a reading and not a production so the characters will not have costumes or perform with a full set. Michael Noll, Katherine Anne Porter writer-in-residence, enjoys Johnson’s literature. “Denis is a fantastic playwright,” Noll said. “He tends to have pretty lively work.” The play is suggested for mature audiences only. The reading is 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Alkek Teaching Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Strutters star in annual spring show Texas State’s Strutters dance team is starting spring with its long-running annual show this weekend. Jennifer Thompson, senior communication studies, is the current Strutters captain. “It’s kind of like going to a Broadway show,” she said. “We

Lucy’s hosts Women’s Center benefit Lucy’s San Marcos and the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center are joining forces with Texas State to create positive change in the community. Lucy’s will host the HaysCaldwell Women’s Center benefit concert with the Grant Ewing Band, Kacy Crowley, Shelley King and Susan Gibson performing. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, and the first band takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Lynette Eilers, sexual assault program director at the center,


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Chicana author will read, conduct book signing on campus By Michael Lee Gardin The University Star Helena Maria Viramontes, author of novels about the struggles of Chicano culture and society, will read and conduct a book signing. Viramontes, who is a professor in the department of English at Cornell University, will visit the Southwestern Writer’s Collection 3 p.m. Friday. Michael Noll, Writer-in-Residence at the Katherine Ann

THURSDAY Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature The exhibit is located in the Southwestern Writers Collection on the seventh floor of Alkek Library. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (512) 245-2313. Little Heroes This exhibition features children as subjects. The exhibit is in the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography on the seventh floor of Alkek Library. Exhibits are free and open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. All-Student Juried Exhibition An annual competition for students hosted by the department of art and design. Galleries I and II are located on the second floor of the Mitte Complex. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m Saturday and Sunday. Much Ado About Nothing The play is directed by Chuck Ney and begins 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mainstage Theatre. The show runs through April 17 through April 22. Tickets are $10 for the general

Porter House, said Viramontes’ themes often explore Chicano people and places. He said her new book examines similar subjects. “Her new novel, which just came out this week, is called Their Dogs Came with Them,” Noll said. “This book takes place in East L.A., in the sixties, which was a fairly politically turbulent time.” Viramontes has written other books such as The Moths and Other Stories and Under the Feet

of Jesus. “In general, she has been really active in the Latino Community,” he said. “She is a community organizer. She is a co-coordinator of the Los Angeles Latinos Writers Association. She is an editor of several magazines.” Viramontes is the co-editor of Chicana Creativity and Criticism: Charting New Frontiers in American Literature and Chicana (W)rites: On word and Film. She was the co-founder of the Southern California Latino Writ-

ers and Filmmakers Group and is the recipient of the John Dos Passos Award for Literature. Noll said Viramontes works to bring people into reading and writing through her novels and community involvement. Noll said students should be interested in the event because Viramontes writes about past events relevant to issues in today’s society. “She is an excellent writer and a very interesting reader and lecturer,” Noll said. “It should be a

very nice event.” Jaime Mejía, associate professor of English, said he enjoys the style of Viramontes’ other works. “Her previous novel, Under the Feet of Jesus, is what I would consider a narrative,” Mejia said. “Certainly her imagery is quite vivid. She uses a lot of similes.” Mejía said although he has not read it yet, he anticipates her latest work will be an excellent and experimental novel.

“Given the blurbs that I have seen, this particular novel may well be a breakthrough novel once again for her,” Mejía said. Mejía said universities should hold more opportunities for scholars like Viramontes, to visit. “Students at universities are given opportunities like this to meet notable writers that they wouldn’t otherwise meet,” he said. “It is a good opportunity to meet a published writer and buy their book and have it signed.”

public and $5 for students. Call the box office at (512) 245-2204.


Senior Bass Recital Christopher Neel, student of Howard Hudiburg performs 8 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. Free.

The ensemble will play 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for the general public and $1 for students.

Thesis Exhibition I

Senior Horn Recital Elinor Denney, student of Steve Hager performs 4 p.m. in the University Performing Arts Center. Free.

Art and Design Festival

Piano Studio Recital Piano students of Timothy Woolsey perform 6 p.m. in the Music Building Recital hall. Free.

Trombone Ensemble The ensemble will be under the direction of Charles Hurt and perform 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Free. 4th Annual Music Student-Research Day The event will begin 6 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. Free. Live Music at George’s Live music begins 8 p.m. For more information, call (512) 245-8263.

FRIDAY Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature Little Heroes All-Student Juried Exhibition Much Ado About Nothing Helena María Viramontes Reading and Book Signing The Chicana author will read 3 p.m. at the Southwestern Writers Collection. The event is free. Call (512) 245-2163 for more information. Senior Voice Recital Cecilia Kittley, voice student of Cheryl Parrish, performs 4 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. Free. Texas State Symphony Orchestra The orchestra will play under the direction of Howard Hudiburg 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Tickets will be $2 for the general public and $1 for

Relay for Life The fund-raising event for cancer research begins 6 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium and goes through 7 a.m. Saturday. For more information, call (512) 245-3219.

SATURDAY Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature Little Heroes Much Ado About Nothing Senior Saxophone Recital Misty Grenier, student of Todd Oxford performs 2 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. Free. Junior Piano Recital Josh Cavazos, student of Tim Woolsey performs 4 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. Free. Student Convocation Recital The recital will be 6 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. Free.

SUNDAY Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature Little Heroes Much Ado About Nothing Senior Jazz Piano Recital Kenneth Clark, student of Hank Hehmsoth performs 6 p.m. in the University Performing Arts Center. Free.

Senior Viola Recital Fred Willrich, viola student of Ames Asbell performs 6 p.m. in the Music Building Recital hall. Free.

MONDAY Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature Little Heroes Thesis Exhibition I Gallery I & II will feature an exhibition of work by studio art students. The opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Galleries I and II are located on the second floor of the Joann Cole Mitte Art Building. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Music Lecture Series “Surviving and Thriving During Student Teaching” Lynn Brinckmeyer and Robin Stein will speak as part of the Music Lecture Series 6 p.m. in the Music Building Recital hall. Free. Tuesday/Thursday Percussion Ensemble

TUESDAY Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature Little Heroes Thesis Exhibition I Art and Design Festival Much Ado About Nothing Saxophone Studio Recital Saxophone students of Doug Skinner and Todd Oxford will perform 4 p.m. in the Music Building recital hall. Free. Trombone Studio Recital Students of Charles Hurt will perform 6 p.m. in the University Performing Arts Center. Free. Monday/Wednesday Percussion Ensemble & Steel Drum Band The ensemble will play under the direction of Genaro Gonzalez 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for the general public and $1 for students.

WEDNESDAY Hecho en Tejas: Celebrating Texas Mexican Literature Little Heroes

Art & Design Festival Much Ado About Nothing

Graduate Percussion Recital Bobby Lopez, student of Genaro Gonzalez will perform 8 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Free. Guitar Ensemble Recital The ensemble will play 8 p.m. at the University Performing Arts Center. Free.


for Channels 17 &19

Thursday 5 p.m. San Marcos Night Life: “One” at The Hemp Rock Cafe 6 p.m. French in Action Lesson 38 6:30 p.m. French in Action Lesson 51 7 p.m. Entrepreneurship: Cindy Matula Tuesday 5 p.m. Zilo: Week 7 Hr 1 (Ch 17 only) 6 p.m. French in Action Lesson 14 6:30 p.m. French in Action Lesson 26 7 p.m. Zilo: Week 7 Hr 2 (Ch 17 only) Wednesday 5 p.m. Buckminster Fuller Part 1 7 p.m. Buckminster Fuller Part 2

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✯ Your trash is treasure: Recycle that old computer Last time, I wrote about of letting it rot in going green and what a landfill, polluting it means for computer the environment users. I didn’t go in to further, make sure too much detail, though no one else wants it — something I hope to (they do). remedy here. Speaking of the Let’s start at the end landfill, have you BILL RIX of a computer’s life: How ever wondered Star Columnist do you get rid of an old what makes up a computer? Traditional wisdom computer? I mean, besides the says to chunk it in the dustmicroprocessor, circuit boards bin. There are at least three and other “electronics?” It’s not problems with this, though: To just metal, ceramics and plastic. begin with, why on Earth are Lead solder is present throughyou tossing out a computer? out most mainboards and If a part is broken, even the arsenic is found in some older motherboard or processor or cathode ray tubes — and most, what have you, it’s easily reregardless of age, have lead in placed. Nothing on the inside them. All of these things, indeof a computer can’t be replaced pendent of amounts, probably or upgraded, and doing so usu- don’t need to be sitting around ally costs less than buying a outside, seeping into the new desktop or laptop anyway, ground and (conceivably) into so why not just hang on to it your drinking water. for a while? This doesn’t have to be If it really must go, however, all about doom and gloom, don’t just leave it on the side of though. Let’s take a look at the the road. There are tons of peo- brighter side of greening your ple who can’t afford PCs, and electronics. Let’s say you go all schools are always in need of out and do your utmost to get things of that nature, so instead down with environmentalism:

You invest in a high efficiency washer/dryer combination, install solar panels and even pony up the money for a hybrid car. In the short term, you take a major hit to the wallet, but the rewards will come in after a few years when you’re saving some real money. You’ll have a nice feeling as well, knowing you’ve done a decent job of trying to save the planet. And that’s really what this is all about. It sounds grandiose, but every little thing counts, all the way from turning off lights when you leave the room to actually marching on Capital Hill for energy legislation and the like. All of this might sound like a bit much for those new to the notion of environmentalism. It all depends on how you look at it, really. I take it as a challenge rather than an inconvenience or irritation. I want to see just how much energy I can save and how little I can drive my car. In my case, being green is as easy as mind over matter. Give it a shot.

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The small turnout was disappointing, but expected. One presidential candidate did not agree to the debate until Monday, so no information about the debate appeared in The Star before Tuesday. While we can excuse the student body for not turning out, the failure of ASG members and candidates to come hear the presidential hopefuls go toe-to-toe is inexcusable. ASG Vice President Amanda Oskey announced the debate at Monday night’s Senate meeting. All ASG Senators should have been aware of the debate. Candidates for student government office should have been at the meeting as well. It seems safe to assume students seeking to join that organization would have been in attendance at its meeting. But only a handful of the 40 ASG Senators and more than 80 candidates showed up to hear the debate. The candidates will debate again Monday after the ASG Senate meeting. Because ASG members will be able to ask questions at that debate, it only makes sense they would attend the first debate in order to be educated on the candidates’ platforms and ask informed questions. And those who say they want to represent the student body should have come to hear what the person who will one day run the executive branch has to say. Granted the debate took place at 11:15 a.m., but it’s inconceivable fewer than 30 of the more than 100 ASG Senators and candidates, not to mention the president and vice president, were in class then. It’s hard for The Star to complain about so few students voting in the ASG referendum when the organization’s members are apathetic as their constituents. Apparently, all that qualifies as a campaign these days is making a Facebook page and waiting for the votes to roll in. The Star commends Reagan Pugh and Chris Anderson for debating. We thank the people who showed up on short notice and take the time to educate themselves on the election. We thank KTSW for rebroadcasting the debate. If ASG wants to engage students and wants to be our voice, its members need to put forth more effort. Things as simple as getting a list of eligible candidates from the ASG Election Commission has required Star staffers to jump through hoops. Student government members and candidates alike need to make the effort to inform students, not expect someone to do it for them. Voting begins Tuesday. Some candidates have taken the effort to inform students. The rest of them have three days.

Bobcat Build needs better planning


Bobcat Build is the largest community service event Texas State holds, and it is a direct product of student ingenuity and leadership. Proud and accomplished, there are still kinks to be worked out. It is unfortunate that Bobcat Build allowed some volunteers to not help those people in need in our town living at or below the poverty line. With 50 percent attendance at our job site, we successfully accomplished every task. Unfortunately, the feeling of pride was not felt by all 15 of us. The elderly woman who micromanaged us did not help our morale. The fact that a Cadillac and new Lincoln Navigator were parked in the driveway may have contributed to the lack of pride. The true lack of accomplishment, however, falls upon the lax credentials and criteria for work sites. This particular woman allowed only female volunteers to weed the few and small invasion species in her garden not purposefully planted. We hope to see this error corrected in the year to come.

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ery few students showed up to The University Starand KTSW-sponsored Associated Student Government presidential debate Tuesday.

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39 years ago, a reporter witnesses civil rights struggles

Editor’s note: This is the second 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

I cabbed to the Lorraine Motel, where six hours earlier, Martin King’s face and jaw had been shredded by a sniper’s bullet. It was quiet. I walked two blocks to a neon light reflecting the call letters of radio station WLOK. I knocked. A white man, ironically one from Fort Worth, answered. Tom Watson had recently taken the news director’s job at the black Memphis station as a step up from his reporting job at Fort Worth’s KXOL. He agreed to be my guide. Minutes later, police escorted us out after phone threats to “get the white boy.” I dictated

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stories from a phone booth. No laptops or cell phones then. What the press labeled as “roving bands of young Negroes” strolled by, but ignored me. More frightening were national guardsman armed with rifles, anonymous in face shields and some using the “riot” to harass blacks. And the press. Twice rifles were leveled at me as I dug out my press card while guardsmen grumbled that reporters, too, were troublemakers. Black journalists got it worse. Chicago newsman Roy Wood was stopped seven times, once by a carload of policemen who challenged, “Hey, boy, where you going?” “I said I wasn’t a boy and he stuck a rifle out the window, pointed it between my eyes … and said if I put my hand in my pocket, he’d blow my black head off. “ He told me to move on, but that I was on the street at my

own risk. I thanked him for his concern, but that I was a black man in the black man’s part of town and he, as a white man with a gun, was the one out of place.” I returned to the Lorraine at 7 a.m. Journalists from around the world filled the parking lot. I’d not before seen men with hair to their shoulders. Dr. Ralph Abernathy, a leader with all the courage but not the charisma of King, and other black leaders sat at long folding tables. Less-known men of courage from America’s civil rights struggles sat with him. I think Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, maybe John Lewis were there, but I am not certain. They were not yet legendary, easily recognizable figures. Helicopters buzzed overhead, police and guardsmen stood by with shotguns and sub-machineguns guns. I felt raw fear and

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was in awe of the calm courage of the men at those tables when Rev. Abernathy told the world he would pick up the mantle of King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. “We did not seek police protection in Memphis because we were not afraid of dying and we still are not afraid of dying,” adding that the sanitation workers’ march would be held the next day “regardless of any court’s ruling.” He sat yards from where Dr. King’s blood had dried on walkway concrete. Coretta Scott King arrived six hours later in a plane sent by Sen. Robert Kennedy. In two months Kennedy would be slain. Word spread that Mrs. King had come, not just to retrieve her husband’s body, but to lead her husband’s march. I did not know then that I would walk with her. My airport tarmac interviews

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ranged from the U.S. attorney general to the funeral home operator who’d driven King’s body to that tarmac. Mortician R. E. Lewis’s hearse had been missed by other reporters vying for words with Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clarke or jostling to get to Mrs. King’s plane. Lewis tearfully recalled the call alerting him that King’s body was en route; of it being obvious that doctors couldn’t have saved him; of selecting a bronze casket; of 1,000 souls who’d viewed the body by 9 a.m. Friday. A plane landed. “That’s got to be Mrs. King’s plane. I’ll go to her now,” and the hearse rolled. Hours of phone booth dictation followed, but at midnight Watson and I were climbing steep stairs to a wake in a shadowy room in a West Memphis church. Candles flickered on wooden tables. Grieving men

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and woman sat as in shock. A woman, maybe 23, and pretty, motioned us to her table. Anguished whispers surrounded us. We sipped bottles of liquor from paper sacks. I wore a short-sleeved shirt. After an hour, I felt the woman next to me stroking my arm. I’m sorry,” she said, “I’ve never been this close to a white man. Black men don’t have hair like that on their arms and I had to see how it felt.” I contemplated a noble explanation implying that even in death King had bridged the gap between us, black and white. Instead, I said, “And I do not think I’ve been this close to a black woman.” 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.

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Softball team faces SFA home series By Carl Harper The University Star The Bobcat softball team gears up for a home series against Stephen F. Austin this weekend, on the heels of a three-game sweep vs. Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La. A doubleheader at Bobcat Field is slated to start 1 p.m. Saturday, with the series finale to be played 12 p.m. Sunday. Coach Ricci Woodard’s club sits at fourth in the Southland Conference with an 11-7 record, and the Lumberjacks are right behind at 9-6. Texas State extended its Southland Conference winning streak to six games last weekend against the Demons. Junior Ragan Blake’s honorable mention of Pitcher of the Week gave her two in as many weeks, and three on the season. Northwestern State’s Amanda Glenn is the only other conference pitcher to win the award in consecutive weeks. Blake went 3-1 last week, with her

like the whole team is just “Ifeel having more fun now.”

—Ragan Blake junior pitcher

only loss to the nationally ranked Texas Longhorns at home Wednesday. She posted a 1.00 ERA while striking out 25 batters in 28 innings of work over her four starts. The junior transfer from Mississippi State said she is feeling more comfortable each week with the team. “Coming in here I knew there were expectations, but as a pitcher you have to set your goals high,” Blake said. “I felt like I put too much pressure on myself instead of playing for the love of the game. Now I’m having fun and enjoying the girls behind me.” She is currently leading the conference with 16 wins, 155 strikeouts in 155 innings and has held her opponents’ batting average to .208. “I feel like the whole team is just

having more fun now,” Blake said. “When I’m on the mound I feel more confident with everyone behind me and I don’t feel like I have to put anything together by myself. Everyone is together and is reaching out for the same things.” Ryan Kos, sophomore second baseman was also mentioned among the conference’s best as Hitter of the Week after batting .286 with four runs, three RBIs and three stolen bases. “Being on a winning streak is like being on a hitting streak at the plate,” said sophomore catcher Karen Taylor. “We just feel like we are in the zone right now. We are relaxed, but we also understand what we have to do in this upcoming series. SFA is a scrappy team. They are fighters and we will have

to earn our wins.” The Ladyjacks are coming off a 21 series win against Nicholls State and a seven-game home stand in which they went 4-3. The Lady Colonels lead the conference in offense, hitting .316 as a team. Freshman infielder Briana Bishop is leading the team in conference play with a .324 batting average, six home runs and 22 RBIs. Freshman outfielder Kendal Harper is second on the team for offensive production with a .317 average and nine RBIs. Pitcher Karie Hugie will take her game to the circle against the Bobcats this weekend, bringing in an 8-9 Southland Conference record with a 2.76 ERA in 15 starts. The sophomore has 33 strikeouts, 30 walks and has given up 12 homers, compared to Blake’s conferenceleading 17. The Bobcats took Monday and Tuesday off and regrouped on the practice field Wednesday. “I believe the team is pumped and ready for the series,” Blake said. “As long as we bring our game against SFA we’ll be fine.”

Austin Byrd/Star file photo GETTIN’ DIRTY: Sophomore outfielder Jetta Weinheimer slides headfirst into first base to avoid a pick-off during the Bobcats’ April 4 game against the Longhorns. Texas State will take on Stephen F. Austin 1 p.m. Saturday at Bobcat Field.

Maroon and Gold Classic showcase of next season’s Bobcats By Travis Atkins The University Star As the spring practice season winds down, the Texas State football team will attempt to retain the new terminology and philosophy it has established for next year. But first, the team will offer fans an early glimpse Saturday, as the spring schedule culminates in the Maroon and Gold Classic. Game is set for 1 p.m. “To me, the spring game is all about having fun,” Coach Brad Wright said. “All the hard work has been done, it’s just time to go out there and maybe have a few fans in the stands, and just play hard and (have the players) do what we taught them.” Since the start of spring, the team has implemented a new philosophy of running the ball and completely changed the offensive terminology. Every formation is called something different than last year, Wright said. The defensive line is similar to last year, but the linebackers and secondary are different. Just this week, coaches added a zone-blitz scheme to the defensive playbook. “I’m a very big fan of the zone-blitz

Travis Atkins/Star photo Jervoress Crenshaw, junior defensive back, goes low to make an open-field tackle on Ronnie Miller, senior wide receiver during the Bobcats’ Wednesday afternoon practice at Bobcat Stadium.

package,” Wright said. “We haven’t worked on it a lot on offense yet, and we had a lot of early whistles on the quarter-

back, but all in all the offense is doing an unbelievably great job.” At the helm of that offense is redshirt

sophomore quarterback Bradley George. George said while the offense is completely different than last year, it is more simplistic. “To tell you the truth, last year we had a more complicated offense,” George said. “It’s a new scheme and everything, but overall it’s more basic and it’s easier.” Next year’s offensive strategy is simpler because the team plans on running the ball more, and therefore the reads George and the receivers will have to make at the line of scrimmage will be less complicated. The running game will include options and receiver sweeps to go along with traditional running plays. “A lot more people are going to be touching the ball in the running game,” George said. “It’s going to be a much more balanced and diverse offense.” As for his involvement in the running game, George said, “I’ll get my 10 or 15 yards. I can’t guarantee more than that.” On the other side of the ball, junior defensive end Nate Langford has fewer new plays and terminology to worry about and is concentrating on improving his pass rush for next season.

“Our goal is to be the best outright dline,” Langford said. “Some people think you are a good d-line if you get sacks, so our big emphasis this spring has been getting off the ball and getting a good first step.” To break in the younger guys, Langford, senior defensive end Nick Clark and junior defensive lineman Ramel Borner each have a group they look after and correct when necessary. Langford’s group includes sophomore defensive end Donovan King and freshman lineman Travis Houston. “My younger cats got their stuff together and they don’t really mess up but (Ramel’s) younger guys kind of mess a little bit, so he is on them more than I’m on mine,” Langford said. “But it’s all in love and we’re just trying to get them better.” The team will try to keep improving in its remaining few practices, including the annual spring game. Wright likes his team’s current mental outlook and thinks it will carry over to the fall. “Playing against ourselves, it’s hard to gauge where we are,” Wright said. “But I really believe our guys think we can be a really good football team next year.”


soonerbound Chase Wasson, former Texas State quarterback and wide receiver, said he will continue his education and collegiate career next season as a member of the Oklahoma Sooners. Wasson was told Friday by OU’s compliance officer that the NCAA had approved his waiver to transfer to Oklahoma, following his release

from Texas State. “I’m excited,” Wasson said. “I’ve been blessed during my four years (at Texas State), and I just look at this as another opportunity.” Wasson said he was not sure where he would play, but hoped to be “in the mix at quarterback.”

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Bobcat fencers carrying on tradition one épée at a time By William Ward The University Star This weekend the Texas State Fencing Club will travel to compete in the fourth and

final scheduled Southwest Intercollegiate Fencing Association tournament, to be held at Texas-San Antonio. Previous tournaments have taken place at Texas State, North Texas and

Houston. The Southwest Intercollegiate Fencing Association consists of clubs from Texas State, Texas, Texas A&M, UTSA, UNT and Houston. Currently

Jon Clark/Star photo READY? FENCE!: Will Sisler, psychology senior (left), and fencing club president Kevin Beahan, math junior, engage in a form of fencing known as épée.

Texas State is at the top of the association’s point standings. Club members are confident the team will retain its standing after this weekend’s event. “We’re going to win,” said club president Kevin Beahan, mathematics junior who participates in épée. Fencing offers three different events: foil, épée, and saber. The difference in each concerns the type of blade and guard used in competition. Beginners generally start on foil. Kyle Maysel, Southwest Texas State University alumnus, is the current president of the Southwest Intercollegiate Fencing Association, which was created to promote the sport among Texas collegiate clubs. Some of the tougher competition this weekend will come from A&M, Texas and UNT. Beahan said the team’s ability to raise money from tournaments allows it to compete with schools that place greater emphasis on club sports. However, he also asserts fencing is not a sport all about money. “It takes community support and practice,” Beahan said. “That’s really where we have the edge on these other schools.”

Beahan said John Moreau, faculty advisor and former fencing Olympian, has exposed the club to experienced athletes from around the world. Rob Stull, three-time Olympian and pentathlete, has practiced with the team, as has Moreau. The sports club, which is the oldest on campus, put on a demonstration this week in The Quad to raise awareness and attract new members. It currently has 20 to 25 members. “Keeping the club going is key,” Beahan said. “Most people didn’t even know we had a team.” For members, the fencing club is a way to socialize and meet new friends while staying competitive in athletics. “It started out as just a hobby, just a thing to do,” said Damaris Dotson, club vice president and longtime member. “It’s fun to compete; you meet people, you make friends.” Dotson, health services research graduate student, competes in the saber event. She emphasized it is common for new members to have no fencing experience and all are welcome. “Fencing is a sport most people get into later in life,”

Dotson said. “It’s not like football or basketball where you are playing from the age of ten.” One of the biggest aspects of the club is social contacts and meetings. The club often holds meetings at Valentino’s on The Square. “That’s our club meeting spot,” Dotson said. The club will host the Yorick Tournament April 20 and 21 in Jowers Center, Room 221; the event is scheduled to last most of both days. The tournament is the second oldest in Texas and named in honor of the court jester in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. “Some people come up to the door (in Jowers) but are scared to come in,” Beahan said. “They should give it a shot. They’re passing on an opportunity to try an interesting and competitive sport.”

✯FYI For more information about fencing club events or to join, e-mail President Kevin Beahan at

Baseball grabs late lead in win over UTPA Coach’s resignation not By Jacob Mustafa The University Star Everything changed in a manic three-run inning for Texas State Wednesday at Bobcat Field. After being shut out for seven innings, the Bobcats went through two ejections, a near-injury and clutch hitting from the middle of the lineup in the following frame to pull out a 3-1 victory over Texas-Pan American. It was all just another day of baseball, Coach Ty Harrington said. “That’s why you play nine innings,” Harrington said. “I thought our guys did a tremendous job staying with the game. You have to hang with it.” The Bobcats did hang around after recording only four hits and leaving six runners on base through six innings. The surge came mostly thanks to clutch hitting and a balk charged to UTPA pitcher Cesar Pena. After sophomore center fielder Laurn Randell hit a single and advanced on the balk, freshman Paul Goldschmidt knocked in the first Bobcats run of the game. Goldschmidt said the win was more important to show the offense could support the team’s great pitching. “(I felt) pretty good, obviously,” Goldschmidt said. “Our pitchers did awesome today. They’ve pitched good the last couple of weeks, so it was just good to go out there and get them a win.” Despite third baseman Goldschmidt’s heroics, the team did not obtain its first lead until senior left fielder Jared Bunn hit a ground ball that scored Goldschmidt. Bunn has gone 0-for-17 in Texas State’s last six games, yet his game-winning RBI Wednesday, despite not registering as a hit, was as positive a thing as could happen for the senior at this point. “I’ll take anything right now,” Bunn said. “I don’t think it’s a

problem with confidence; I just have to find some holes, but it’s always a good thing to help your team out, get a win and do your part.” Harrington and senior starting pitcher Matt Oakes were not to be seen during the comeback after being ejected for arguing with umpires on separate occasions. Harrington’s ejection stemmed from a play in the top of the eventful eighth inning that almost caused serious harm to the arm of the team’s leader in home runs and RBIs, senior first baseman David Wood. Wood jumped and attempted to reel in a high throw from Goldschmidt in the eighth, and tagged UTPA shortstop Matt Guzman in the head, leading to both players immediately hitting the ground hard. Trainers for both the Bobcats and Broncs tended to the players, who both stayed in the game. After the error, Harrington argued the safe call for Guzman with the first base umpire, which led to Harrington being removed from the field. “We just saw things differently,” said Harrington, who was ejected in an earlier game against the Texas Longhorns. Oakes, who pitched two innings and allowed a pair of hits and no runs, was later tossed for arguing with the third base umpire from the dugout in the bottom of the eighth, long after he was eligible to play. Oakes was followed by a string of Bobcat pitchers, with junior Eric Weaver ending the game on the mound. Weaver, 4-0, relieved senior Philip Lynch and pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing no hits and keeping Guzman, who was on third after Goldschmidt’s earlier error, from scoring. “If we give our hitters enough innings, they’ll do their job,” Weaver said. “As long as we kept it close, we knew we’d get some runs.”

slowing men’s golf success

Game Notes Home run derby Sunday Texas State will host the Bobcat Baseball Home Run Derby Sunday, immediately after the team’s 1 p.m. game against Southeastern Louisiana. The competition will include teams of five trying to hit the ball out of Bobcat Field. There will be a $25 entry fee, and contestants need to sign up by 5 p.m. Thursday by turning in the application to Bryan Miller at the Athletic Administration Building, next to Strahan Coliseum. Bobcats using plenty of pitchers Coach Ty Harrington played six pitchers Wednesday, only a week after using eight against Texas A&M. The moves included getting some pitchers more experience while resting relievers before the start of conference play. “We needed to get some out there that hadn’t pitched much,” Harrington said. “I think they’re capable of pitching well and I think they

did that (Wednesday).” Witek out indefinitely Sophomore third baseman Adam Witek has now been out for over three weeks and there is no precise timeline for when he will rejoin the Bobcats. “I have no idea when he’ll be back,” Harrington said. Witek was batting .318 with 13 RBIs and continues to lead the team in stolen bases, with 18. Weekend series resumes conference play The Bobcats will return to Southland Conference play 6:30 p.m. Friday in the first game of a series against Southeastern Louisiana. The Lions are currently 2213 overall, but hold only a 5-7 record in the SLC. Harrington said he’s excited the team will be back in SLC play. “(SLU’s) got a good club this year,” Harrington said. “So I think we’ll have to go out there and perform really well.”

RBI RIP: Senior designated hitter Jon Lieber recorded an RBI in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Texas PanAmerican. Jon Clark/ Star file photo

By Robyn Wolf The University Star Coming off a second-place showing in Tennessee, the Texas State men’s golf team will compete in its second tournament since the resignation of its coach. The team will look to make a strong appearance at the upcoming Southland Conference Championship in Kerrville. Former coach Bill Woodley announced his resignation in March to pursue a business endeavor within the medical equipment field. Woodley coached the Bobcats for the past five seasons, and coached Southwest Texas State University’s team in the 1980s. He led the team to a Division II national championship in 1983. Since Woodley’s resignation, women’s golf coach Mike Akers is serving as interim coach, and is in charge of the day-to-day responsibilities of the team. “A number of very good coaches have inquired about the head coaching position and I am sure the team will end up with a tremendous coach,” Akers said. The Bobcats are coming off an impressive showing at the Aldila/Middle Tennessee State Intercollegiate at Old Fort Golf Club, where Texas State placed second as a team, its best performance of the season. Southland Conference rival Southeastern Louisiana narrowly edged out Texas State to take the title. “They were in a position to win and just fell shy at the end,” Akers said. However, the tournament still served as a final tune-up and provided a useful boost of confidence for the team. “They beat Middle Tennes-

see on their home course and MTSU was ranked 49th in the nation at the time,” Akers added. Texas State freshman Michael Carnes finished two-under-par to take the individual championship at MTSU. Carnes was been named the SLC Player of the Week Wednesday for his performance. Moving into this year’s SLC championship will be very difficult because the field is highly competitive. “The Southland Conference is extremely strong in men’s golf,” Akers said. Lamar enters the championship having won three straight tournaments and five on the season. The Cardinals accumulated a 286.47 team scoring average over 30 rounds this season, and are currently ranked seventh on the Golf World/NIKE Golf Coaches Poll for Division I, released Wednesday. “Lamar and Southeastern Louisiana have been beating many Big 12 schools all year, but after the MTSU tournament, our guys know that can hang with anyone,” Akers said. Besides finishing ahead of Texas State at the MTSU tournament, Southeastern Louisiana is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Palisades Collegiate Classic, which included a four-under-par performance (68) from sophomore Aaron O’Callaghan. “Golf is a game of emotions and Texas State is peaking at the right time,” Akers said. The 2007 SLC Championship will begin Monday and run through Wednesday at Comanche Creek Golf Course in Kerrville. “It should be a great championship,” Akers said.

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