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APRIL 15, 2004



Policy change may soon be invalidated Faculty Senate discusses issue of non-discrimination

By Julie Daffern News Reporter

Texas State’s recent policy change that added sexual orientation to the current nondiscrimination policy may soon be invalidated when the State University Texas System Board of Regents meet in May. According to an e-mail sent to senators by Faculty Senate Chair Bill Stone, crim-


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President Trauth returns to the classroom, this time as a student

inal justice professor, an unidentified member of the Board of Regents has proposed to add a statement to the Equal Employment Opportunity policy reading “sexual practice or orientation does not constitute a privilege to be protected under any non-discrimination policy of any university within the TSU (System).” After heated debate, in December 2003, President Denise Trauth changed Texas State’s non-discrimination policy to include sexual discrimination. Former SWT

By Nikki Dawson and Dan Mottola News Reporters


Parker sets his goals for ASG presidency By Kirsten Crow News Reporter

Associated Student Government President-Elect Jerry Parker said Tuesday he would be taking on big projects in his upcoming 2004-2005 term. In addition to promoting PARKER m o r e scholarships for students and supporting legislation to keep tuition rates low, Parker said he would be pushing legislation to

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make Texas State the flagship school of the Texas State University System — a task which he said may be more difficult than the name change. Parker strongly advocates making Texas State the flagship school of the TSUS, calling it the “centerpiece” of his campaign. “We are the only system in Texas that does not have a flagship institution,” Parker said. He said while Texas State cannot claim seniority to justify it becoming the flagship school, our student population size and the programs Texas

Above: Taking detailed notes as a Texas State student in a vertebrae physiology class, President Denise Trauth attends her first class as a student for the day in “The Big Switch.” Right: Switching rolls from student to president and president to student, Trauth and Lester Vega, microbiology junior, hand off their daily routines.

Panelists to debate on issue of gay marriage By Ryan Coggin News Reporter

Tiffany Searcy/Star photo Rockstar Productions dressed Jacob Long, business management junior, as a bird and Tony Clayton, geography junior, as a bear to promote Punch Bowl Wednesdays at Bennigan's.



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A group of panelists will discuss gay marriage, an issue sure to factor into this year’s presidential race, at 5:30 p.m. today in the Alkek Teaching Theater. Arguments will be made for and against a proposed amendment, recently endorsed by President George W. Bush, which would only allow marriage between two people of the opposite sex. Gay rights activists have condemned the president for supporting the amendment, which some feel is biased against samesex couples. Jeffrey Gordon, philosophy professor and National Endowment for the

Humanities distinguished teaching professor who will moderate the event, said both sides of the debate will be equally represented. “I’m personally hoping to learn what the really important issues are in this controversy,” Gordon said. “A debate, where you have both sides strongly represented, has two great advantages — the key issues are sharply pointed and the fears are wholly avoided.” Gordon recalled two lectures last year that were both given by John Corvino, a philosophy professor at Wayne State University, and were attended mostly by Texas State’s gay community. He said g See DEBATE, page 3

Christian sorority to celebrate its founders with series of events By Megan Knighton News Reporter The Alpha Lambda Omega Christian sorority will begin its founder’s week Sunday with a church service held at 4 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-15. The festivities are intended to celebrate the founding of the ALO sorority in 1990 at the University of Texas. A few of the week’s events include a Bible study in LBJSC, Room 3-13.1, a

exas State President Denise Trauth gave up her usual role Wednesday morning as she traded places with a student raffle winner in an event benefiting a university scholarship fund. The Big Switch raised more than $500 for the Ben Hogue Memorial Scholarship through raffle ticket sales. Members of the Texas State Student Foundation, an organization that represents the university in student recruitment, visitors’ tours, university and alumni award programs and scholarship fund-raising events, organized the day’s activities. “The event allows me to get out and see what the students are seeing, not to mention being a great cause,” Trauth said. Between 8:30 a.m. and noon, Trauth exchanged places with biology junior Lester Vega, attending his vertebrate physiology and second semester algebra-based physics classes. Before turning the presidency to Vega, Trauth said that it’s important not to loose sight of the big picture in the midst of her busy schedule and left him four books on leadership to read in preparation. Shortly after, Trauth departed her office with Vega’s backpack in tow and went to class. On the way to Vega’s first class, Trauth said she loved her years in college. “It was a fabulous experience and I’m glad to be back in the mode,” she said. Trauth said she thought the most difficult aspect of college was sorting through the great opportunities available on any given day. “It’s harder at Texas State because there are so many positives to choose from,” she said.

three-on-three basketball tournament at the Student Recreation Center and a talent showcase. Events will be open and free to all students and members of the community. The sorority is also selling raffle tickets for two different vacation packages to help raise money for the founder’s week. One of the vacations contains a five day, four night stay in a g See SORORITY, page 5

Events honor SWT alumnus David Rice

By Amelia Jackson News Reporter

A successful SWT alumnus will soon be returning to San Marcos. David Rice, children’s author and educator, will be in town Monday through Sunday for a sequence of events honoring his work. “This is an exciting opportunity for students to meet an author and learn the story within themselves,” said Judy Leavell, RICE curriculum and instruction associate professor. The first event will be a performance of “She Flies,” a short story from Rice’s book, Crazy Loco. “Through his works, Rice is able to give the world a better understanding and appreciation of the vast wealth that the MexicanAmerican culture has to offer,” said Eudocio Garcia, education senior. “It should be a real treat for anyone who appreciates the MexicanAmerican culture and/or a truly great short story.” The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Monday at the University Performing Arts Center. “Students should take advantage of any author coming to campus, whether it’s me or someone else,” Rice said. “That is where stug See RICE, page 5


Greenbelt Alliance to introduce new park

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The Greenbelt Alliance and the City Parks and Recreation Department will introduce the public to the latest addition to the City’s Park system, an 80-acre tract on the Blanco River donated by the Holt family. A tour of the property will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday. The new park is located east of the northbound service road of I-35, north of Aquarena Springs Drive and south of the Blanco River.

Alan Holt, the donor of the property, and David Mahler, a renowned landscape architect, will lead hikers on a tour of the river front park area. Long pants and sturdy shoes are recommended. For more information, contact Melani Howard, Watershed Protection program manager, at (512) 3938400, or Chris North, Greenbelt Alliance president, at (512) 392-3932.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Students With Alternative Transportation, the organization that provides free rides home for Texas State students, operates from 11 p.m.-3 a.m.

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Campus Christian Community meets for free lunch and study at 12:30 p.m. at CCC. Relationship Concerns meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. For more information, call 245-2208.

Sunday Higher Ground meets at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church. Deck Support, an electronic music radio show, airs from 8-10 p.m. on 89.9 FM, KTSW.


Public Relations Student Society of America meets in 5 p.m. in LBJ Student Center, Room 3-10.1. Victory Over Violence meets from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-12.1. American Sign Language Club meets at 7 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-10.1. Texas State Cru meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Academic Services Building-South, Room 315. The Rock meets at 7:30 p.m. at the CSC chapel. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship meets at 8 p.m. in Old Main, Room 320. Christians on Campus meets at 9:30 p.m. at the McCarty Center.

Association of Mexican American Students hosts the opening ceremony for Cesar Chavez Week at noon in the LBJSC Amphitheater. Dealing with Dysfunctional Families meets at 5:15 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. For more information, call 2452208. Respiratory Care Students Association meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Health and Science Center, Room 307. Victory Over Violence presents “Buddhism for Real People: Unleashing the Power of Daimoku to Change Your Life” at 7 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-8.1. Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets at 8 p.m. in the Bobcat Stadium Endzone Complex.


NA Meeting is at noon. For more information, call 2453601. Latter-Day Saints Student Association free lunch is at noon at 801 Chestnut, across from Grins.

Calendar Submission Policy Calendar submisions are free. Send submissions Calendar of Events Manager Paul Lopez at or call 245-3476 for more information. Notices for weekly meetings need to be submitted once. The University Star reserves the right to refuse entries or edit for libel, style and space purposes. Deadline: Three working days prior to publication.

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Mitte Fellow receives Circle of Excellence award

Kasi Straznicky, Mitte Fellow, was recently named the Circle of Excellence award winner by the Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Foundation and Texas State. She will be honored at a reception today, joined by her parents and special guests, at Texas State. Straznicky is a second-year physical therapy graduate student and is currently beginning her last clinical affiliation at The Methodist Hospital in the Houston Medical Center. Straznicky graduated from Needville High School in 1998. She completed her undergraduate degree in exercise and sports science with a minor in psychology, summa cum laude, from SWT in December 2001 and began the physical therapy graduate program at in June 2002. Straznicky will graduate with a master’s degree in physical therapy in May. She has been a Mitte Scholar since 2002 and has been on the dean’s list every semester since beginning college. Straznicky currently serves as Texas State Physical Therapy Class of 2004 secretary. In February, her research group presented a platform presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association 2004 Combined Sections Meeting. She is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, Psi Chi (Psychology National Honor Society) and Phi Theta Kappa (International Honor Society of the Two-year College). The Mitte Foundation established a Mitte Scholarship Program at Texas State in 1997. Through the vision of Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte of Austin, the Circle of Excellence awards were created to recognize outstanding Mitte Scholars and Fellows who, throughout their academic years, have shown outstanding leadership, exemplary behavior, citizenship and community involvement.


Great Race Texas brings vintage cars through San Marcos this weekend The Great Race Texas will wind its way into downtown San Marcos Saturday afternoon as part of a three-day practice rallyrace prior to the 2004 National Great Race. Streets around The Square will be closed from 2 to 8 p.m. that day. East Hopkins Street from North LBJ Drive to Edward Gary Street will also be closed. The Great Race is an annual transcontinental vintage car rally-race with a 21-year history. The headquarters have moved to San Marcos under the leadership of Dick Burdick, Rally

Partners, Inc. chair. This weekend’s event will feature vehicles ranging from a 1928 Ford Racer to a 1971 Mercedes 280 SL Roadster. Racers will begin at 8 a.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Express for a full day of competition that will take them to the Fredericksburg area. There will be another full day on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m., headed to Schulenburg, where the racers will be given lunch. Schulenburg was one of the host cities that participated in the national event in 2002, which traveled from San Antonio to Anaheim, Calif. About 70 vintage automobiles are expected to cross the downtown San Marcos finish line beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, approximately one minute apart. The cars will remain parked on The Square until 7 p.m. Many of the drivers and support personnel will dine at downtown restaurants. For more information about the Great Race Texas, visit

SMPD investigates aggravated robbery; two suspects at large

San Marcos police are investigating a home invasion that occurred early Wednesday that left two women injured; an adult and juvenile are in custody and two suspects are still at large. Police officers responded to an apartment in the 1200 block of West Hopkins Street around 3:40 a.m. Wednesday. A 17-yearold victim and her mother told police they were assaulted and robbed in their home. The victims were treated for minor injuries at the scene and declined offers to be taken to the hospital. The suspects are said to have been armed with multiple weapons, including a gun. At about 5 a.m., police located the suspects’ vehicle traveling on Gravel Street. When it stopped at a house on Martin Luther King Drive the two suspects fled and are still at large. Police arrested two Hispanic males, one being a juvenile. A juvenile female was released at the scene. The suspects in custody are being charged with aggravated robbery, engaging in organized criminal activity and attempted aggravated sexual assault. The adult male is in custody at the Hays County Law Enforcement Center and a 16-year-old youth is incarcerated in the Hays County Juvenile Detention Center. The two men at large are also suspects in an earlier robbery of a convenience store on Linda Lane at around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Police said they entered the store and fled with four 20-packs of beer. They also verbally threatened the clerk, police said. San Marcos police are continuing their investigation of the case. For more information, contact Sgt. Penny Dunn, San Marcos Criminal Investigations Division, at (512) 754-2204.


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SENATE: Developmental leaves discussed Thursday, April 15, 2004

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President Jerome Supple advocated adding sexual orientation to the policy, but he could not get enough support to propose a change to the Board of Regents. When Trauth learned she had the authority to change the policy locally, within the university, she followed through. During its meeting Wednesday, the Faculty Senate discussed changes to a motion to be sent to Trauth reaffirming their support of the policy. Trauth will meet with other presidents in the Texas State University System April 21, to discuss the proposed changes. According to Stone’s e-mail, the senators hope sending Trauth the motion will help her negate arguments that the university may have changed its position on the issue.

“We should specifically go on record that we believe that gay ands lesbians should not be discriminated against,” said Sen. Ron Sawey, computer science professor. “As an enlightened community we should do this. Actually, as the president once said, it’s the right thing to do.” Senators also discussed the best method of sending a ballot for faculty to vote on a proposed amendment to the constitution to enlarge the Senate to one voting member for each campus department. The proposed ballot expresses the Senate’s concerns that it is impossible for the faculty to elect senators in time for Fall 2004. However, the drafters of the petition are determined to push the ballot to a vote. “A number of faculty signed the petition not looking at the technicalities,” said

Lawrence Estaville, geography chair. “They signed the petition saying they wanted a larger body.” It was decided to put what the constitution currently says and what the drafters of the petition want to put into the document on one paper. A second paper will contain the full wording of the petition along with the Senate’s problems with the petition. Senators also heard proposals by faculty members to be considered for developmental leave. Carrol Bandy, mathematics professor, has proposed to study a “method for the investigation of the dynamics of coupled harmonic oscillators based on path integrals,” according to Bandy’s developmental leave application. Patti Giuffre, sociology professor, is requesting leave

to research the experiences of gay and lesbian people who have come out to their coworkers. Elizabeth Makowski, history professor, said she needs time to write an article titled “Enclosure of Nuns Revisited: Periculoso as Authority in some Late Medieval Consilia.” Rich Warms, anthropology professor, wants to put together a book of his studies in Africa. If he gets funding, Warms will return to Mali to conduct more interviews. Miles Wilson, English professor, is requesting time to complete “Westwork,” a novella and two short stories about the American West. He would revise the novella that was a finalist for the Richard Sullivan Prize from the Notre Dame University Press.

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audience members should not fear being labeled with a certain sexual orientation for attending. Corvino, who will speak in favor of gay marriage during the debate, said he hopes the discussions will bring a philosophical accuracy, as well as civility, to the event. “What we hope to do is to explore the reasons for and against gay marriage, and to do so in a productive manner,” Corvino said. “Audience discussion will be an important part of the event.” Randy Hicks, Georgia Family Council president, will speak for the opposing side of the issue. “At the very least, I hope people will walk away with a better understanding of the complexity of same-sex marriage and with a resolve to engage in meaningful discussion on the topic,” Hicks said. Hicks, a frequent commentator on family issues for CNN and Fox News, said the importance of the issue, coupled with the actions of some judges and officials, warranted Bush’s decision to support the amend-

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science class taught by political ment. “The entire country was science professor Hassan being pushed down the path of Tajalli, showed 40 percent of same-sex marriage without the students favor the proposed benefits of a meaningful discus- amendment, while 45 percent sion over the implications,” are opposed. Compared to national Hicks said. results, the In February, s u r v e y Bush said his s h o w e d support of the amendment Texas State stemmed from students are decisions in less likely to Massachusetts support such and San Fraan amendncisco granting ment. marriage rights “I am to same-sex opposed (to) c o u p l e s . the idea that Before these in this day and age we actions, Bush are still had only sugfighting gested he was open to the over love idea of an and what — Randy Hicks love really amendment. Georgia Family Council president means,” said Though the p r e s i d e n t ’s J a s o n stance on civil Stewart, unions is not clear, he said it is Lambda of Texas State presian issue that should be left to dent and recreation administrathe states “unless judicial rul- tion senior. “I feel that there are ings undermine the sanctity of more pressing issues such as education and health care for marriage.” A recent survey of Texas politicians to be focusing and State, performed by a political spending so much money on an

“At the very least, I hope people will walk away with a better understanding of the complexity of same-sex marriage and with a resolve to engage in meaningful discussion on the topic,”

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amendment such as this.” Lisa Hanks, College Republicans chairman and international relations sophomore, said those attending the debate should leave with an understanding of all involved perspectives. “Although I am against gay marriage does not mean I hate homosexuals,” Hanks said. “I understand their arguments, but disagree with them because I believe that it will eventually weaken the institution on marriage as we know it and create many other social issues we cannot yet perceive.” The Constitution, which has been amended only 17 times in 215 years, requires a two-thirds majority decision for an amendment in both the House and the Senate. It must be ratified by 38 of the 50 states. Corvino and Hicks, who were on a panel together last month in Atlanta, both agreed on the importance of people supporting their moral stances with good reasoning. “A civil and reasoned discourse, such as you’ll see on Thursday, (can be) more difficult but also more fruitful.” Hicks said.

U.S. acts to shut down tax Web site

The government is asking a federal court to shut down what it charged is a wide-ranging system of tax fraud that has misled about 100,000 taxpayers into taking improper deductions and credits, and has cost the U.S. Treasury $324 million in tax revenue. The civil case, filed Tuesday in Las Vegas by the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service, accused the National Audit Defense Network, a group of related companies and 13 individuals, of selling phony home-based Internet businesses that promise thousands of dollars in tax credits under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The suit also seeks to bar the group and four of the individual defendants from preparing federal income tax returns, and asks the court to order the defendants to turn over their customer lists. “The scale of this scheme is truly staggering,” Internal Revenue Commissioner Mark Everson said in a written statement. “As we’ve said time and time again, people shouldn’t fall prey to schemes and scams. No matter how slick the sales pitch, taxpayers should be wary of anyone promising to eliminate their taxes. There is no secret way to escape paying taxes, either through a home-based business or any other scam.”

Saudi student’s trial opens in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho — A Saudi doctoral candidate at the University of Idaho hid his true agenda as webmaster and “money man” for a worldwide Internet network that sought to finance and recruit fighters for violent holy war abroad, prosecutors charged Wednesday in opening their case against Sami Omar al-Hussayen. Hussayen, arrested a year ago in the tiny northern Idaho university town of Moscow, was “a dual person,” federal prosecutor Kim Lindquist told the jury. The face he presented the pubic was that of a studious family man, but his “private face” was that of a man who promoted “extreme jihad” and

“provided recruitment and funding for terrorism,” Lindquist said. In a case that tests the contours of federal statutes barring “material support” for terrorists and terrorist organizations, federal authorities are seeking to prove that the use of the Internet to promote and recruit for jihad constitutes such support. Defense lawyers contend that Hussayen’s Internet activity amounted to constitutionally protected free speech. The case against Hussayen is the result of the one of the most intensive terrorism-related investigations since the Sept. 11 attacks, a massive two-year probe that is tied to other cases, including ongoing investigations of charities suspected of financing terrorism.

Astronomers mystified by Sedna’s slow rotation

Sedna, the most distant known object in the solar system, appears to rotate about every 20 days, so slowly that scientists thought it had to have a moon, but a month of searching since its discovery has failed to find one, and astronomers are scratching their heads in bewilderment. “There is no other explanation for something to rotate so slowly,” said the California Institute of Technology’s Michael Brown, leader of the team that first observed Sedna. “But no satellite whatsoever was visible in our telescope.” Brown, speaking in a NASAsponsored telephone news conference Wednesday, said the likeliest explanations for the anomaly were either that the moon was there, and the Hubble Space telescope hadn’t seen it, or that Sedna is actually turning much more rapidly and “fooled us” into thinking that it was rotating slowly. Sedna, a bright red, icy, planetlike object, revolves around the sun in an elliptical orbit and is currently about 8 billion miles away — nearly three times as far as Pluto. Sedna has a diameter of between 800 and 1,000 miles — at most about one-seventh the size of Earth. Briefs are from wire reports.

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ALKEK TEACHING THEATRE Recently President Bush has pledged his support for an amendment to the US Constitution that would prohibit marriage between homosexuals. But many argue that such an amendment would legalize an unjustifiable bias against gays. Should marriage be a lawful option for members of the same sex, or are there good reasons to restrict this institution to union between a man and a woman? Arguing for gay marriage will be Dr. John Corvino, philosophy professor at Wayne State University, who has been debating issues of gay rights for ten years on campuses throughout the country Taking the opposing side will be Randy Hicks, President of the Family Council of Georgia and frequent commentator on family issues on CNN and Fox News. Moderating the debate will be Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, Professor of Philosophy at Texas State and NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities. Following opening speeches and rebuttals by the two debaters, members of the audience will be invited to challenge the speakers on their own. The event is jointly sponsored by the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the Department of Philosophy Dialogue Series, the Student Affairs Diversity Team, Allies of Texas State, and Lambda of Texas State.



dren to read and stay in the classroom. Crazy Loco is a required text in 24 Texas public schools. The book is a collection of short stories about issues facing Mexican-Americans growing up in the Rio Grande Valley. It received the American Library Association’s “Best Books for Y o u n g Readers 2 0 0 1 ” award the year it was published. Rice is a native of the Valley, having grown — David Rice up in author and SWT alumnus E d c o u c h . While in college, writer, but he works with Rice studied business and young people to find their wrote for The University Star. gifts,” Leavell said. He credits Raymond Carter and Wednesday, Rice will Rolando Hinojosa as his influaddress two Texas State ences, along with the faculty at English classes and a reception SWT. will be held in the Alkek “I couldn’t be where I am Library. today if it weren’t for the faculHe said he plans to discuss ty of the English and anthropolways to get middle school chil- ogy departments,” Rice said.

“Students should take advantage of any author coming to campus, whether it’s me or someone else. That is where students access people working in the field, not just the theory.”

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hotel in Puerto Vallarta or Cancun, Mexico. The other vacation is a cruise leaving from Galveston to the Bahamas or Mexico for three nights. Transportation to the hotel in Mexico and the cruise in Galveston are not included, but the vacations provide a special savings pack for different hotels and car rentals that last all year. The raffle winners will be announced at the talent showcase held at 7 p.m. April 23. Reaching out to Texas State students and spreading the word of God is an important mission for the sorority. A slew of Christian-oriented activities are planned. There will be a church service held Sunday at the LBJSC, a Bible study the following Monday and a night

of prayer on April 22. “The events are designed to acknowledge our founders and help to glorify the name of God through our work,” said Thelma Howard, pre-healthcare administration junior and ALO member. Although ALO places a strong emphasis on Christian activities, it offers other treats and events that appeal to students and community members with different views. There will be free cake handed out in The Quad on Tuesday and community service opportunities at the Harris Underground on April 24. “Alpha Lambda Omega is trying to minister things and get the public to know more about our sorority,” Howard said. “We want to encourage everyone who is interested to come; we will turn no one away.”


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lic universities across Texas to discuss the issue in order to bring it before the state legislature. “We want to invite as many as we can get, not just in our system, but outside our system,” Parker said. In addition to his platform statements, Parker is against the current Texas State zero-tolerance drug policy, pointing to inconsistency in reporting offcampus drug offenses to the school as a problem. “I do not believe the university has a role in what a student does once they leave this campus,” Parker said. “If you do something off campus, you deal with the criminal system, not the university system.” Parker said he will lend his support to overturn the policy when it comes before the Board of Regents. “With that policy, it’s kind of saying not only are you an administrator at this university, but you are also a police officer in society,” he said. Parker is also opposed to the Higher Education Act’s drug provision, which permits the government to deny or delay financial aid to a student who has drug convictions. “I believe that we need to educate people,” Parker said. “If you take away someone’s right to an education, how does that benefit society?” Parker said that he does not condone drug use, but feels denying an education to someone who has a drug conviction exacerbates the problem. Parker said he realized not everyone would agree with his stands on all the issues. “If people respect it or not, that’s their option,” he said. “I’m very straightforward, I’m not going to duck.”

dents access people working in the field, not just the theory.” “She Flies” tells the story of a Hispanic girl who faces resistance from her parents when she wants to leave for college. Following the play, Rice, the play’s cast and the playwright Mike Garcia will answer questions from the audience. The univ e r s i t y Community Relations will office p r o v i d e school buses for 100 middle school students so they can attend the event. “This is one example of the many great resources here at Texas State University that are available to the local community,” said Kim Porterfield, Community Relations coordinator. The second event featuring

Rice will be held Tuesday when he speaks at the San Marcos Public Library. Rice said he is focusing his efforts on trying to change the dropout rate of MexicanAmericans because it is currently at nearly 50 percent. “What’s really great (about Rice) is not only is he a gifted



State offers — including 114 undergraduate degrees, the English department’s master’s of fine arts program, the nationally-recognized geography department, the McCoy College of Business Administration and the College of Education — qualifies Texas State for flagship status. “Is it going to be 10 times harder than the name change? You bet,” Parker said. “You’re looking to becoming the central school in that system.” Parker said while he would be working with the administration and the TSUS Board of Regents on the issue, student support is needed. “In order to make things happen here, we’re going to need a lot of students to jump on board,” he said. “Not just student government is going to be able to make this thing happen, it’s the students.” Parker said another of his primary goals as the future ASG president is to create more scholarships for students. Parker estimated $56,000 per semester that could be used to create more general scholarships, as well as more scholarships for academic departments and organizations. He said he wants some of these scholarships not only to reflect on a student’s GPA but also participation in student organizations. “The problem we hear is that a lot of scholarships just are looking into one thing: your GPA,” Parker said. “But these would not be based solely on GPA.” Parker pointed out that while Texas State provides full scholarships for athletics, there are no full scholarships provided for academics.

“A lot of big-name universities (provide full scholarships for academics),” Parker said. “Once you start adding the prestige and recognition of a university, you’ve got to look at what their scholarships are.” Parker stressed the need for student participation not only to receive scholarships but to draw money from the alumni community into the school. He said students having more pride, getting involved in organizations and going to events could catch alumni attention. “We want to see more money coming from the alumni base,” Parker said. “But why would they want to give us more money if they don’t see anyone going to the events?” Parker was a strong supporter of the name change and feels it has contributed to increased student participation and pride on campus. “I think the name change had a lot to do with that,” he said. “It’s a restart.” Parker said he wanted to represent all students on campus, and beginning in the fall he will host an open roundtable discussion for all student organizations to meet with ASG senators. The meetings will provide a middle ground for student groups and the administration. He hopes future ASG members will continue having them after his term. “Invite us to your meetings, call us in there, let us in on what you have to say,” Parker said. “We’ll talk about what these problems are and we can take it to the administration.” Parker also hopes to address rising tuition rates, which he said have shown a 30 percent increase at the university since 2000. Parker said he wanted to hold a conference with other student governments from pub-

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She said the difficulty lies in choosing between all the good things available and the tension created in making these choices. “It’s hard finding the discipline and focus you need, especially in a beautiful town with a beautiful river like San Marcos,” Trauth said. Meanwhile, Vega relaxed in Trauth’s leather chair while being briefed by Mary Ann Mendoza, Trauth’s executive assistant, on his presidential schedule. During his breaks between meetings with university vice presidents and faculty, he perused copies of the books Trauth gave him with titles such as What Matters in College?, The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus, To the Limits and Positive Power. Trauth first attended Vega’s 9 a.m. Vertebrate Physiology lecture with professor Dianne Garcia. Students were initially surprised by Trauth’s presence, but the class proceeded normally. “I was at my typical level of tongue tied-ness,” said Garcia, who handled the president’s visit smoothly. “President Trauth was very attentive.” Trauth said she enjoyed the lecture, especially Garcia’s ability to relate subject matter to real world examples. From Vega’s first class, the president walked to the library for a quick study break, before she made the hike to the Supple Science Building for physics. “I like to walk around campus,” she said. “I saw today how very crowded it gets as the day goes on.” Trauth took notes for Vega on the day’s physical optics lecture in neat script handwriting, including diagrams and examples.




Andrew Nenque/Star photo Lester Vega, microbiology junior, discusses daily issues with faculty as he heads Texas State as president for a day. President Denise Trauth provided Vega reading materials to help him better understand the principles of leading a university. areas and a place for students cation studies professor Trauth and alumni to gather. While has appointed as a presidential plans to build the center are not fellow. Mandzuik was selected yet under way, Hill has included to assist with a “work life” projit in the Texas State Campus ect, which examines the employees’ relationships with Master Plan. Later, Vega spoke with Bill the university and services it Nance, Finance and Support provides for them. Mandzuik presented some of Services vice president, about the fiscal year, campus con- her surveyed findings and the struction, facilities and utilities possible programs that could be and the effects of the name implemented by the university, change issue. such as “paused tenure” for Vega also talked with Van female professors who are on Wyatt, Information Technology the tenure track but become vice president. Vega and Wyatt pregnant. discussed the recent feature of However, Vega’s morning as registering online and future president was short-lived. At ideas to increase technology 11:50 a.m., he met with Trauth, around the campus. Amaya, Student Ismael Finally, Vega met with11.6"Foundation adviser, and Student Roseann Mandzuik, a communi- Foundation members Casey

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Williams and Thomas McDonald at Commons Hall for lunch. During lunch, Trauth and Vega discussed their new perception of the experience. “I think that the president’s lifestyle can be much more hectic than one would originally anticipate,” Vega said. “Having to oversee the whole university is definitely a lot of stress and more credit should be given to (Trauth) for doing such a great job.” Trauth said the two professors had very different teaching styles, but were both effective because of their mastery of the subject matter. The president praised the experience she had during the

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event. “It gives me a sample of undergraduate life and classroom requirements,” Trauth said. “Its important to be right there in the classroom.” She offered some advice to today’s students, recommending internships and active relationships with faculty. “Internships create the person to go along with the resume,” Trauth said. She emphasized that students should definitely take advantage of faculty, because “they know where the jobs are.” She said asking faculty for help can translate directly into a job. Trauth said she’s looking forward to next year’s Big Switch.


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Physics professor Tomas Lawrence said the class was a little quieter than usual, but that the president’s attendance didn’t cause too much nervousness. “I’ve given presentations before important people before; today wasn’t a big deal,” Lawrence said. At 10:15 a.m., Vega met with James Studer, Student Affairs vice president, who discussed his position and the organizational structure of the student affairs division of the university. Vega posed questions about current athletic issues and enrollment increases that have faced the department. “The university is growing too fast,” Studer said. “We hope to limit growth by 4 percent by next year. We will probably have to increase our admission standards. As for athletics, Dr. Trauth is more concerned that we have financial and academic integrity and that we follow the rules.” After Vega met with Studer, he was introduced to Gerald Hill, University Advancement vice president. Hill deals with mostly alumni affairs, parent relations and community relations and development. Vega and Hill discussed a possible alumni center that would allow for more meeting






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TV Turnoff Week spreads to San Marcos By Amber Conrad News Reporter “The product is you.” This is the message behind a recent Adbusters commercial. The ad features a man watching television on his couch with a blank stare. When the camera moves behind him, a barcode is revealed on his neck. Such television spots have caused national controversy as the Adbusters organization gears up to participate in the 10th annual TV Turnoff Week, which lasts from Monday through April 25. Networks such as MTV, which is known for its pop-culture programming, refused to air the group’s spots, sighting it was not in its company policy to air such ads. “We do not accept advertising for controversial issues and now must reject all the spots submitted,” said Kristie Carlson, MTV networks manager of commercial clearance, in a public statement made to the Adbusters group. However, with or without televised coverage, TV Turnoff Week is currently supported by 83 national organizations, including the American Medical Association, the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, the National Mental Health Association and the YMCA. “We think it’s going to be a great event,” said Frank Vespe, TV Turnoff Network executive director. “We have (more than) 19,000 organizers who have put a lot of time

early television exposure is associated with mental focusing problems among 7-yearolds. The study also states attention deficit disorders were more prevalent when children watched television in their first years of development. This logic is nothing new to parents such as Eric LaBouliere, history junior. “It’s a good idea. I try not to let my kids watch too much anyway,” said LaBouliere, father of two children ages five and two. “Every night I go in there and turn the TV off, and we play and have family time, but I’m not one of those people that will tell everyone I don’t watch any at all. I like to relax after a long day in front of the television. Call me a bad parent, but sometimes our family togetherness can be over a show.” Although the program is primarily aimed at grammar school-aged children and their caregivers, others have found that TV Turnoff Week is beneficial in other ways. “I think it’s a really good idea,” said Amy Gohlke, public administrations freshman. “We never got around to plugging in our TV in our dorm room, and I can’t say that I missed it. Some of my friends just sit there for hours, and it’s like they’re wasting their lives.” The network provides participants with numerous online resources, including a sixstep program to curve excessive television viewing.

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and effort into making this get off the ground. Most of our critics didn’t think we could get to the two-year mark, let alone 10 years. It’s amazing at how much people are for this movement.” The TV Turnoff Network estimates more than 7 million children and adults will participate in more than 17,500 organized turnoffs nationwide and worldwide. Participants are encouraged to spend one week with their televisions off, filling their spare time with other activities such as reading, recreation or family interaction, as promoted by the various organizations. The network cites a major research study published in Pediatrics that concluded that

Bush supports Israel’s withdraw from Gaza

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WASHINGTON — In a major shift of U.S. policy, President Bush on Wednesday embraced an Israeli proposal to withdraw unilaterally from Gaza, recognizing that Israel can retain permanently some of the occupied West Bank and said Palestinian refugees wouldn’t have the right to return to Israel under any final peace settlement. The new policies, announced by Bush during a joint White House appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, swept away decades of U.S. insistence that any final peace settlement must require a return to Israel’s 1949 borders, or something very close to them. The new stands also softened longstanding U.S. objections to settlements in Israel’s Palestinian territory and to Israel’s construction of a fence to separate Palestinian and Israeli areas. They also enraged Palestinians.

Bush is “the first president who has legitimized the settlements in the Palestinian territories when he said that there will be no return to the borders of 1967,” Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia told reporters from his home in the Jerusalem suburb of Abu Dis. “We as Palestinians reject that, we cannot accept that, we reject it and we refuse it.” By siding so unequivocally with Sharon, Bush risked inflaming the Muslim world against America even more than it already is. His stance also adds stress to America’s strained ties with Europe, whose capitals are far more sympathetic to the Palestinians. But Bush argued that the world has changed and the old policies no longer apply. “In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli population centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final-status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949,” Bush said during a news conference with Sharon.

Criminal complaint filed against Wisconsin student who faked kidnapping By Stacy Forster Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Madison sophomore accused of faking her own abduction last month had been depressed in the preceding days and was seeking extra attention from her longtime boyfriend, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday. That portrait of Audrey Seiler’s state of mind emerged in the complaint that charges Seiler, 20, with two misdemeanor counts of obstructing officers. Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard said Seiler faced the charges for “intentionally and repeatedly (providing) false information to police about the circumstances of her recent disappearance.” The 16-page complaint provides

details of the relationship between Seiler and longtime boyfriend Ryan Fisher, the elaborate stories Seiler told police about being abducted and some of the inconsistencies that emerged. When police initially confronted Seiler with evidence of those inconsistencies, she conceded that she had “set up everything,” began to cry and said, “I know you think I can’t handle Ryan or my grades, but I can.” Later, she told them, “If this is what I did by myself, it would wreck my life,” then added, “I want so much for my life to be perfect. All I want is the thing that I want and things to be right.” Blanchard said Seiler’s conduct didn’t meet the standard for felony obstruction; each of the misdemeanor counts carries a maximum penalty of nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine. Seiler’s attorney, Randy Hopper,


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her disappearance, Seiler made more false statements about being abducted at another location in Madison after voluntarily leaving her apartment. Blanchard said investigators have concluded Seiler acted alone and didn’t receive any help from friends. The police investigation is estimated to have cost the city of Madison about $100,000. Acting city attorney James Voss said city officials don’t have any plans to file civil charges to recoup any of those costs, largely because it can’t find any law on which to base them. The complaint paints a troubled and waning relationship between Seiler and longtime boyfriend Fisher, a UWMadison freshman who is also from Rockford, Minn. Fisher could not immediately be reached for comment. University officials said he has withdrawn from school.

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fter less than six months of enjoying protection from discrimination, gays and lesbians employed by the university may see their privileged status disappear if a Texas State University System regent gets his way. In an e-mail circulated to faculty senators Tuesday, Senate Chair Bill Stone alerted senators that an unknown regent, is proposing to add to the Equal Employment Opportunity statement the following clause: “Sexual practice or orientation does not constitute a privilege to be protected under any non-discrimination

policy of any university within the TSU (System).” The Senate drafted a statement to send to President Denise Trauth during its Wednesday meeting to reaffirm the faculty’s support for including sexual orientation in the university’s non-discrimination policy. The motion was drafted so Trauth could defend the policy change she made in December. Trauth’s decision followed a heated debate on the appropriate way to institute the change. A negative reaction to the policy change from the TSUS Board of Regents, which is perceived to lean

toward the conservative end of the political spectrum, was not unexpected. However, the thought of overturning the policy change seems to be a ridiculous move because of its overt reek of bigotry. It’s easy for those who harbor disapproval, and even hatred, for certain races or lifestyles to hide behind the historical mores of a community when arguing against those who desire equal treatment in the workplace. But, to try to invalidate a policy from the top level of administration for a community that has shown unified support for such a policy is

an arrogant slap in the face. It says to Texas State “what the community overwhelmingly wants does not matter” and “we should be able to discriminate against whomever we want.” It may be difficult for some regents to accept, but at Texas State, the majority of the campus population has grown above its petty prejudices and moved on. We should not dare to regress to a situation in which it is allowed to discriminate against those who choose to live their private lives by their own dispositions.

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By now everyone has heard of Commission and on public televiRichard Clarke because of his bold sion simply don’t match up. statements in the Sept. 11 hearings Publicly, Clarke has consistently where he claimed President Bush said Bush “never thought (al-Qaida) and his administration was important “failed you” in the terrorNathan Brooks enough for him to ist attacks, but few really hold a meeting on know who Clarke is and the subject, or for Star Columnist what his part was in the him to order his war on terrorism. Clarke national security also stated the Bush Administration adviser to hold a cabinet-level meetignored his many warnings regarding on the subject.” However, in ing Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida April 2001, Bush instructed National and that Bush did not consider them Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice a threat. He also testified, “I believe to draw up a strategy for rolling the Bush Administration in the first back on al-Qaida and killing bin eight months considered terrorism Laden, which Clarke acknowledges an important issue, but not an urgent in his book. In fact, Rice formed a task committee that concluded in issue.” Is the former White House placing support for the Northern counterterrorism chief telling the Alliance and to put pressure on truth? Did our president fail and disPakistan to cooperate in a campaign regard terrorism before Sept. 11? to disassemble the Taliban. This plan The answer to these questions is no. is very similar to the one Clarke There is a lot of information about Clarke that most media outlets himself proposed back in the Clinton Administration. Now Clarke wants aren’t releasing because of their to say Bush never listened to him vested financial interests (CBS) or and his warnings of an al-Qaida liberal biases. plot? If anyone didn’t listen to The statements Clarke makes in Clarke, it was Bill Clinton who his new book Against All Enemies and his testimony in front of the 9/11 never wanted to make a definitive

stance on bin Laden and al-Qaida throughout his eight years in office. While Clarke was in office as Clinton’s counterterrorism chief from 1992 to 2000, there were a couple of highly publicized terrorist attacks on American citizens including the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and the 2000 attack on the U.S.S. Cole. This was the first and second chance for Clarke and Clinton to make a definitive statement and stance on terrorism, yet nothing was done. No large investigations or actions against those responsible for taking American lives, all under Clarke’s so-called “watch.” Now that Clarke is no longer in his lofty national position, he feels it’s his duty to reveal “the truth” to the American public. This is coming from the same man who applauded Bush’s bold stance on terrorism a couple of years back, and who had eight years to combat terrorist actions under Bill Clinton. Yet, now it is Bush’s fault for 9/11 and terrorism abroad against the United States. Brooks is an undecided sophomore.

“Sir, I just clocked you doing 65 abandoned. This won’t help the stumiles per hour in a 50-mile per hour dent or the community. Suspicion-less student drug testzone. I’m going to need to see your ing is a humiliating, driver’s license and invasive practice that insurance. While I am runs contrary to the running your license, Rugh Cline principles of due I’m going to need you Star Columnist process. It compels to go ahead and fill teens to submit evithis cup up to the secdence against themselves and forfeit ond line with your urine.” their privacy rights as a necessary Things may not be quite that requirement for attending school. bad yet, but it is obvious that this is Statistically, the overwhelming the way things are heading. majority of high school students are Public school districts nationinnocent of illegal acts. Rather than wide — even right here in our own presuming our students as innocent backyard — are implementing counterproductive student drug test- until proven guilty, this policy presumes them guilty until they prove ing programs. San Marcos themselves innocent. Forced student Consolidated Independent School drug testing reinforces the old sayDistrict is in the process of considing: U.S. Constitution; void where ering a costly student drug-testing prohibited by law. program. If this program is impleLet’s examine an apparently mented, students involved in obsolete relic from the past known extracurricular activities could face as the Fourth Amendment. The a monthly urinalysis to detect the Fourth Amendment reads: “The presence of illegal drugs such as right of the people to be secure in marijuana and possibly alcohol in their persons, houses, papers and their bodies. Any program involveffects, against unreasonable ing student drug testing is sure to searches and seizures, shall not be do more harm than good, both for violated, and no warrants shall issue the students and the community. but upon probable cause, supported First of all, let’s consider what by oath or affirmation and particutime of day it is when high school larly describing the place to be students choose to indulge in the searched and the persons or things use of illegal drugs, marijuana or to be seized.” alcohol. Now, apparently a person’s Most likely they are going to bladder is not protected against use the intoxicants at a time and unwarranted, suspicion-less searchplace where they are lacking adult es under the Fourth Amendment. A supervision. After being released person has no right to object to havfrom school for the day, and before ing the contents of his bladder the parents come home from work, seized without any warrant, suspiseems like the prime time for cion or probable cause. And in the teenage intoxicant use, or extracurend, the contents of his bladder can ricular activity involvement. Basically, this program will identify and will be used against him. An agent of the government can’t at-risk children and then bar them search a man’s car without probable from constructive extracurricular cause, but the contents of his interactivities and send them onto the nal organs are a different story. unsupervised street. If anything, atrisk youths need to be more encour- What the hell kind of sense does that make? aged to participate in constructive What kind of citizens are we after school activities. At-risk sturaising our children to be? Students dents shouldn’t be systematically

CAMPUS QUOTES “I think Clinton should be held accountable for some of it. He knew what bin Laden was up to.” — Justin Hines physics sophomore

“No, I don’t think so because you can’t constantly have the country on high alert. We can’t stop living our lives normally because of a threat.” — Casey Swallow mass communication freshman

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should not be taught that they must abandon their liberties at the school door. Sorry Little Johnny, because you are in public school you have no right to freedom of religion or freedom of speech. Now, recite the pledge or face disciplinary action. Sorry Little Johnny, but you are in a public school; now, assume the position and prepare to be searched. Well Little Johnny, our random search didn’t turn up anything, so we are going to need you to piss in this cup, and we are also going to be taking a sample of your blood and hair. And no, Little Johnny, you have no right to object. How are our children going to grow up to be adults who understand what it means to live in a free society when they are taught they have absolutely no freedom in the first quarter of their life? Allowing student drug testing is like opening Pandora’s box. At first, only students in public schools involved in extracurricular activities will be forced to give up their Fourth Amendment rights. Then all students in public schools will be forcibly drug tested. Then the government will say if you want financial aid for college, you have to get drug tested. Then they will say that all students in public colleges have to submit to periodic drug tests. Where does it end? Drug testing for car insurance? Drug testing before approval on a house or car loan? Before too long I have no doubt that police will be asking for your license, insurance and urine sample during a routine traffic stop. As Steve Van Nest, San Marcos High School vice principal, put it, “It seems like drug testing is a thing of the future. It’s something that kids are going to have to get used to.” Rest in peace, Fourth Amendment. You are gone but not forgotten. Cline is a political science senior.

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“No, I wouldn’t say that because there wasn’t anything prior to that. It was like a slap in the face like Pearl Harbor. Something like that you can’t anticipate.”

“I don’t think you can blame it on any one person or group. I think the government as a whole was unprepared for something of that stature.”

— Wes Aycock mass communication senior

— Lara Robbins computer science senior

“Yes, because they didn’t have security like they were supposed to. They were aware of it.” — Jacob Long (Duck) business administration junior

“I think America in general is responsible for the attacks by what we have been doing for decades. I think we should ask ourselves why so many people hate the U.S.” — James McGlotten psychology and philosophy senior

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Ryan, Jeremy and Mark Smith are rolling into a business venture all their own with the new shop, Zookas Ultimate Burritos. These Texas State alumni, in conjunction with Jeremy’s father, Mark Smith, have brought the first ultimate burrito shop to San Marcos, with its grand opening April 5. Though the idea of “ultimate burritos” has been popular in several Texas college towns such as Austin and College Station, Ryan, Jeremy and Mark are the first to bring a non-chain shop to San Marcos. “Every good college town’s got a burrito shop,” Ryan said. Ryan said he and Jeremy ventured into their first business when they saw the popularity of burrito shops in Austin. After scouting several college towns on the east coast, Mark, Ryan

and Jeremy decided to bring the burrito to San Marcos. “We were going to call it Bazooka’s, since we noticed it looked like a small bazooka,” Mark said. “But Bazooka Joe’s was a big domain online, so we decided on Zookas. Plus, the name starts with a ‘Z,’ so it’s memorable.” Zookas operates on the same principles of fast-food burrito restaurants like Freebirds and Chipotle. All three restaurants specialize in mammothsized burritos stuffed to the brim with rice, a choice of beans, veggies and a variety of sauces and extras. The difference between the others and Zookas is that no microwaves or freezers are used at the restaurant. “We wanted to make everything fresh every day,” Mark said. Even the sauces, from Buffalo Burrito, which is the hottest, to the g See ZOOKAS, page 13

Ryan Smith, SWT alumnus and coowner of Zookas Ultimate Burritos, serves up the homemade house specialty. Located at University and Moon drives, Zookas opened for business April 5 and is still accepting employment applications. Andy Ellis/Star photo

Turbo Dwarf rises in local music scene Thursday, April 15, 2004 Page 9



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what the band was looking for prior to the Spinal Tap show. When asked to describe his bass sound, Lanier said Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones to mind. “I don’t try to play exactly like him, but I do try to play a lot like him,” Lanier said. His bass-driven precision coupled with his familiarity with the Rob Reiner classic mock-umentary cemented his place in the band’s line up just in time to rock at Lucy’s. “(Brandon and I) learned to get in the pocket rhythmically with each other learning to play those Spinal Tap songs,” Mack said. “He also won the ‘Best Costume in the Band’ contest that night. He had the chops, the leather chaps, everything.” The band sits around the disheveled lounge in the Fire Station recording studio musing about the special “defects” that made for a fitting end to the tribute show. Never ones to do anything

halfway, the band commissioned a Styrofoam Stone Henge to be constructed for the performance, complete with a dancing Smurf (borrowed from the bar-staff). The uncooperative set, however, would not destruct on cue during the mandolin solo, and required the power of three stage hands to bring down the monolithic prop. “I went to all the trouble to learn that mandolin solo, and right when I start to go for it, someone steps on my cord and unplugs the thing,” Click said. “It all went to hell.” The band all has a laugh reminiscing about the show that inaugurated Turbo Dwarf’s current lineup and propelled them into the upper echelon of bands in the local music scene. But Turbo Dwarf is concerned about being so well known for its sense of humor. Hardly newcomers to the San Marcos/Austin music circuit, the Dwarf has spent g See TURBO, page 13

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“It’s going to be rowdy,” Davie said with a sideways grin. Davie Click, lead guitarist of San Marcos’ Turbo Dwarf, is excited about the band’s impending show at the Triple Crown with Sea Flea and Chagrin. If the show packs in half of the debaucheries and heavy mayhem of the band’s infamous Halloween set into the Triple Crown on May 8, I fear for the safety of the crowd. Dressed as disaster-plagued rock icons Spinal Tap (along with Johnny Gobbs in full KISS regalia), Turbo Dwarf thundered out rock and groove cranked all the way up to 11 p.m. at Lucy’s on The Square last Halloween, igniting a capacity crowd of costume-clad partiers. “That was our first real show with Brandon on bass,” said drummer Marty Mack. Brandon Lanier’s bass style was exactly

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BY AMELIA JACKSON MUSIC REPORTER Dustin Kinney may be young, but he has already accomplished a lot. His weekly radio show, Deck Support, which brings DJs to spin in the studio in Old Main, has been on the air for almost one year. He has organized (and funded) two park parties and a three-event showcase of electronic music on campus. He also plays gigs as often as he can and has CDs available at Alien Records in Austin. Angela Maldonado, KTSW program manager and mass communication senior, said she was impressed with Kinney’s drive. “Dustin is a real showman. He really puts himself out there,” she said. “I think it’s amazing how he puts so much energy into promoting something that he loves.” The 20-year-old electronic media junior learned the craft of being a DJ from his dad when he was still in high school. “My dad was a mobile DJ when he was younger, playing roller skating rinks, house parties and weddings,” Kinney said. “One day, he came into my room and told me he was looking for a place to set up his turntables.” Kinney has been mixing records on his dad’s original Technics SL-1200 MK2’s ever since. “Dustin is a determined and well-versed person,” said his father, Mike Alleman. “He loved the music and, when I brought out the turntables from storage a n d

showed him how it was done, he latched on. So much so that his friends will tell you he disappeared for months while he worked on perfecting his mixing skills. In a few months I gave up on competing with him as he had surpassed my mixing skills by miles.” His sole purpose for the radio show and for throwing the parties is to bring recognition to local, lesser-known talent, said his long-time girlfriend Kristina Hite. “Electronic music is Dustin’s life,” Hite said. “He is completely wrapped up in it. Not only is it a hobby and a passion, it’s what he’s going to school for.” The passion he feels for music is evident when Kinney talks about records, spinning and DJs. “House music appeals to me because it’s more about breakdowns than build-ups,” he said. “I get so excited about the sounds (in house). I love the muted trumpet or the short, staccato key-board sounds.” Tonight will be the last of three showcases Kinney has brought to the LBJ Student Center Basement this semester. While the other events focused on breaks, techno, drum and bass, tonight’s show is all about house music. Kinney, or Kadabra his performance alias, will be playing along side fellow house DJ Patrick Kelley, applied sociology senior. Kinney cites Austin DJ Coy West as being one of his biggest musical influences. “I didn’t get into the style I play now until I picked up a Coy West tape,” he said. “It really opened my eyes to what I can do with music. It’s intelligent. You don’t need whistles and bells and you don’t have to have a lot of buildups.” Other musical inspiration has come from

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Chicago legends Doc Martin and Derek Carter and fellow Texan JT Donaldson of Dallas. “Those guys are much more subtle,” he said. “They really work up to playing their best tracks.” Although every DJ feels different tracks more at different times, Kinney has a few stand-bys that never leave his record bag. Those favorites include Blaze’s “My Beat,” a Derek Carter remix that he said he has had forever, Pedal Pusher’s “Surrender,” which is a Naked Music track and Toka Project’s “Let It Go.” “I’m really trying new combos right now, but it’s difficult,” Kinney said. “My favorite record at this time is Hydroponic Sound System’s Hydroclash. It’s a JT Donaldson remix with short staccato keys, a big bass line and a jazzy song.” Other than tonight’s showcase, which begins at 8:30 p.m., upcoming gigs for Kinney include a Danny the Wildchild show at Nuno’s Nightclub May 1 and a possible show in June still being finalized. More information about Kinney can be found at

If you miss great crooners like Sinatra, chances are you will truly appreciate Michael Bublé’s new CD/DVD combo. While the CD is a bit paltry, the DVD is packed with great live versions of songs like “Come Fly with Me,” “Mack the Knife” and “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.” Bublé, who hails from our great northern neighbor Canada, has the ability to tug at your heartstrings when he sings songs such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Once he begins singing “Fever,” the man’s talent shines like the star he is. The CD/DVD combo is all done live, horns blaring and crowds screaming. The DVD has a “Play All” ability, which lets you sit in while Bublé and the band talk about their lives on the road between renditions of classic songs. A quick punch of the Chapter Select button on your DVD remote lets you skip to the next song on the DVD. The DVD is great because it gives some insight on what Bublé thinks about his newfound fame and the admiration he gets from them, especially the women. The members of the band and Bublé are quick to let the audience know they are grateful for all of the traveling they get to take part in, especially since they get to play music they love. The DVD also has a “Bonus

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Videos” section, with songs like “The Way you Look Tonight” and “For Once in My Life.” While some of the tracks on the CD mimic those on the DVD, there is still a good mix of classics that will please your ears from both. If it weren’t for the meager amount of songs on the CD, I would rate Come Fly With Me with a full five stars. Unfortunately, I’m left with a yearning for more of his crooning after the eight-track CD. Switching on the DVD player is an inconvenience that I wish wasn’t an issue when listening to this CD. This is a great cocktail party CD and the DVD is even more fun to play during a swanky soirée or if you are just in the mood for some great music late at night, possibly with a loved one. Bublé has been all over the mainstream, appearing on such networks as E! and singing carols on the Today show during Christmas. If you can remember far back enough, Bublé was also featured on the Down With Love soundtrack. — Terry Martinez

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M a n y years back, music every modern REVIEW British rock act wanted to «««« look like, The Cooper Temple Clause sound like and Kick Up the Fire just plain be and Let the Flames Radiolike Break Loose head. Today, Morning/RCA/BMG our tea-drinking chaps in England have a new role model in Coldplay. These jolly good bands, however, have one thing that sets them apart — enormous U.S. followings, and that’s right where The Cooper Temple Clause comes in. The band is no newcomer to the business. Kick Up the Fire and Let the Flames Break Loose is The Cooper Temple Clause’s second fulllength album along with 11 other singles and EPs which were released to get its name known. With spacey rock similar to Radiohead, and samples like Linkin Park (but bereft of the suck that so often looms), Cooper establishes itself as one of a kind. Kick Up the Flames is an endeavor through ambiguously enticing lyrics and everything from soft to shred dynamically. The frequent use of samples to carry the melody proves a pleasant change to the typical bass-and-drum backbone. “Promises Promises” has already seen video incarnation and sparse airtime, and “New Toys” will force a bob-to-the-beat from even the latest rollercoaster whiplash victim, and that may very well be the ultimate fate of an avid listener. If you haven’t yet heard these experimentally challenging British rockers tearing into the United States, get out of your mainstream MTV Pinto and get into something that can really compete on the musical Autobahn. But don’t let the left lane confuse you; round here it’s for bands that are really going places. — Jonny Wyall

Compilation CD blends SXSW The eenie meenie sam- music pler is a varied mix of acts that R E V I E W landed in ««« Austin for the Various Artists SXSW Sampler, annual South Volume 3 By Southwest eenie meenie music festival. records Ranging from funky folk to Austin rock to bizarre techno, this collection pulls the vibe

and tone straight off of Sixth Street. For example, the High Water Marks, falls somewhere between the rock vein and that homegrown, garage band sound. On the other hand, Pine am is a trio of Japanese girls singing to some wickedly fast electronic beats, and it is undoubtedly some of the strangest techno music I have ever heard. But it’s strange in the best way — original and appealing. This is the underlying current of SXSW. It’s a massive gathering of different groups playing music from every genre, where no one is the same but everyone is damned sure to be getting his sound out. Each band on the album has its flavor and almost all sound like they belong. However, you take the good with the bad, and not every band on the sampler is a winner. One misplaced band is Gravity and Henry. It seems a little too conventional to be playing SXSW. Overall, eenie meenie records provides a well-stirred blend of bands that played at Austin’s most eclectic live music party. One thing’s for certain, you won’t be bored when you listen to it. If your ears ache to find that “unique” sound, give it a listen. You will appreciate the weirdness. — Jeff Miller

Jadakiss raps about something “You know who it is/the music kiss of the death” may be R E V I E W one of the lines «««« that pops into Jadakiss Kiss of Death your head Ruff Ryders when the name Jadakiss is heard. Never heard that line or the artist? Jayson Phillips, of New York City, has already taken the rap game by storm. Jada’s new album, Kiss of Death, slated for release June 15th, may be a hot one. His first single, “Times Up,” featuring Nate Dog, speaks for itself. However, I must admit that initially I didn’t care too much for the beat or the lyrics, but all of the words Jada spits are worth listening to. Jada delivers a sermon about a world completely unknown to most of us with a hardcore edge bred in New York’s city streets, unlike a vast majority of lyricist, rapping about the parties, wealth and fame in their lives, Jada’s music is a confession of urban life in the inner city. Call it gangster rap if you want, Jadakiss is the spokesperson that provides insight into the lives of the unfortunate. Taking us on a vivid journey through New York’s toughest ghettos without us ever having to leave the comfort of our suburban homes seems to be what he is best at. Although gruesome, and often times very violent, Jada’s new album is one that I would certainly suggest checking out if you don’t mind taking a peek into the lives of those who are somewhat different from the norm. — Porsha Thomas


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The Den 700 N. LBJ Drive; 5-9 p.m. Cave-like within the corner of the building strip off of Sessom and North LBJ drives, The Den sleeps … until word gets out about its inexpensive drink specials, laid-back atmosphere and essential bar amenities offered before 9 p.m.! The Den has recently undergone new ownership, and, aside from providing a friendly bar staff, its Happy Hour presents $2 well drinks and $1.50 domestic drafts and bottles. There is free shuffleboard and pool until 9 p.m., among other favorite arcade games such as pinball, foosball and Golden Tee. The River Pub & Grill 701 Cheatham St.; 3-8 p.m. Summer is rapidly approaching. Before we know it, the Texas heat will inevitably conquer us all and Texas State students will soon be drawn to the relief of the river. The gem of the San Marcos River, The River Pub, which many of us have deemed our personal oasis after a hard day of floating, offers 75 cent beer, wine and


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The Tap Room 129 E. Hopkins St.; 3-8 p.m. Another student favorite, The Tap Room serves great food and flaunts the finest well drinks in town. Not only is it one of the few places in town with a decent Cosmo or Flirtini, the quality of its Happy Hour specials are first-rate. It offers $2.50 premium well drinks, discounts on all drafts, $1.75 domestic longnecks, $4.25 23ounce “Big Ass” imported beers and $3.75 “Big Ass” domestics. It also offers daily food specials as well as a fun and festive atmosphere.

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A few simple, lucky persons may be excited about checking the french fries and wearing paper hats at Burger King between the spring and fall semesters. Then there are the summer job snobs who are going to work on a fishing boat in Alaska or drill for oil in the Australian Outback. For everyone who’d rather pan for gold or practice spitting off a ranger station than wait tables or serve McFlurries, there are a number of job sites on the Internet for the college students’ future employment perusal. Adventurous types will find their niche at, which offers listings for seasonal and permanent employment at national and state parks, ranches, resorts and amusement parks. A wide variety of positions are available, from ranchhand to dishwasher, and some locations offer housing for employees. Cedar Point, one of the country’s largest amusement parks and the home of more rollercoasters than any other park, will put up seasonal workers on their property in Sandusky, Ohio. Employees of Acadia National Park in Maine can arrange to make their living quarters with the privatelyowned Acadia Corporation, which charges $57 per week for dormitory housing and $85 per week to share an apartment with three to four park staffers. A tough point to consider for such seasonal jobs is that the season does not conveniently end the week before classes begin, and availability is a consideration for employers. Resort and ranch jobs,

Chris Sipes/Star illustration especially in the warmer South and Southwest, often continue until September or October, making them out of reach for anyone who wants to attend and pass class in the fall. For more local positions, check out for outdoors and educational jobs with Texas Parks and Wildlife. The truly tough can scare their parents this summer by doing a hitch offshore. Remember Armageddon? Rigs are nothing like that. Investigate and look for service companies (such as mud logging companies) that need hands without experience or a degree (i.e., high school diploma optional), and you can avoid having to sling pipes with the roustabouts on a drill crew. Students who live or have

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FreezePop, a band devoted music to bringing back the sounds of R E V I E W ’80s synthetic « pop music, reFreezePop leases its new Fancy Ultra-Fresh Archenemy album, Fancy Ultra-Fresh, with the hopes of leading a new/old school revolution. Its sound is something between Depeche Mode and the Eurythmics, but the blend is the worst of both. The band, composed of three members — Liz Enthusiasm, the other Sean T. Drinkwater and the Duke of Pannekoeken — created its entire album using a Yamaha QY70. This handheld device is basically the heart and soul of the band and The Duke of P., who coordinates the music, puts all of his collected sounds into the gizmo. Then he waves a magic synthesizer wand and presto! Out comes bad pop garbage. The music is beyond merely trying to identify with the ’80s. The archaic sounds of FreezePop are attempting to revive a style that has been buried and buried with good reason. When was the last time you found yourself wishing you could find your old Flock of Seagulls album? Have you heard anyone blasting his Men Without Hats record lately? Tracks such as “I am not your Gameboy,” “Chess King” and “Duct Tape My Heart” are sufficient enough to let the listener know what a mistake he has made by blowing his money on Fancy Ultra-Fresh. The band makes the old Nintendo soundtracks, such as Legend of Zelda or Super Mario Bros., seem like electronic masterpieces. The only kudos that can be given to the band is its ability to have no real talent whatsoever and still land a recording label willing to spend the money to put this schlock out there. If you want to hear a sample, go by your local laundromat and spend a quarter on Galaga. It’s the same caliber, if not worse. — Jeff Miller

Le Concorde flocks to a simpler tune Le Concorde is a six-track music EP packed with the post-new R E V I E W wave, poppy ««« sweetness you Le Concorde Le Concorde might expect to BMI have heard 10 or maybe 15 years ago. You might believe that it’s just music going through that 10-year recycling process or perhaps a new appreciation for the sounds of Flock of Seagulls or New Order. Whatever the case, the fact that the group contains appearances by John Ashton and Mars Williams of the Psychedelic Furs (an underrated ’80s group) and is held together by strong, synth-pop compositions pretty much ends the argument on who made whom. The first track, “It’s the Minor Chords that Kill You,” flows with a certain energy I’ve not experienced in today’s musical universe. “Manhattan Chase” feels a bit indie and pretentious. “The Sound of Your Name” sounds like a Psychedelic Furs arrangement and would have probably been better with Richard Butler on vocals. Track four, “People Mover,” has a nice classic rock vibe to it that Becker succeeds in molding with his curiously high vibrato. The last two tracks pretty much cover about the same ground in its poppy, feel-good performance. Le Concorde’s debut EP is a pretty good introduction of the band. The six songs flow well, yet I’m a little curious how a whole album would hold up. This isn’t music for everyone. The sticker placed on the disc probably says it best: “A return to a simpler time. Pure, unadulterated pop that would have ruled 120 minutes, 15 years ago.” — Jonathan Marin

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sweet barbecue are made on the premises. Esther Lee, music education sophomore, enjoyed her firsttime eating experience at Zookas. She said she ordered a regular burrito with steak, rice, beans, cheese and onions. “It’s excellent. I can’t wait to tell my friends to eat here” she said. “It’s about time San Marcos got a burrito place.” Lee said she liked that the workers and owners were nice and welcoming. “It’s not like Freebirds, where you feel almost like they are going to kick you out if you stay too long,” she said. Mark made sure to stress that a job at Zookas is not a career. “Only students work at Zookas, and they only work here to help put food on the table,” he said. Stacey Knupple, mass communications junior, said she loves working at Zookas. “I never thought I could like working at a fast food place, but I love it,” she said.

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Knupple’s responsibilities include making burritos, working the register and making everyone happy. Mark said he tends to the jobs he knows the workers wouldn’t enjoy, like washing dishes. “We want the kids to have fun,” he said. A lot of planning had to go into making this restaurant. “We’ve been making concoctions, trying to find what people like,” Mark said. Since he is a former engineer, Mark said he looks for consistency. Aside from food quality, location was also an issue. “We wanted to be around the university,” Mark said. When he happened upon the former “I’m Game” business site and saw a going out of business sign, he jumped at the chance to rent the location. Once the menu items and the location were set, the trio had to contact the city of San Marcos for things like health inspections and fire regulations. “The health department is a class act,” Mark said. “The fire marshal was the toughest I’d

ever seen, but he was always right, so I respected that.” To finish off the project, Mark’s tradesmen friends helped with steel work for the wraparound counters that line the windows. The entrepreneurs also bought a lot of their cooking and storage equipment on eBay. Zookas Ultimate Burritos is a family owned and operated business. “My daughter-in-law handles all of the accounting,” Mark said. In addition, his son, Jeremy, is a business partner. All of the menu items from Zookas Ultimate Burritos are less than $7. A “Bazooka”-sized burrito, which is the largest with steak, runs $6. A 20-oz. drink costs $1.25. All menu items have taxes included. “We wanted kids to come in here and see a burrito that costs around four bucks and know they had exactly enough in their pocket,” Mark said. “We didn’t invent the burrito, we just roll with it,” Ryan said.

of energy between crowd and band humming with electricity throughout the set. This intimacy and connection with the crowd has endeared the band to many and generated something of a local following in San Marcos, but the band is always ready to play to new audiences. Dallas rock crowds are notoriously aloof, but Turbo Dwarf found the audience at The Double Wide to be refreshingly unpretentious and genuinely into the band’s sound. “Everyone (at The Double Wide) was excited about music,” Lanier said, comparing this crowd to other crowds of image-conscious Dallas “scenesters” more excited by what

styling products the band uses. The band plans to tour heavily this summer, spreading its unique brand of heavy, lyrical rock to new audiences everywhere. With guitars in hand and “armadillos in their trousers,” Turbo Dwarf is poised to take over the rock scene, leaving a trail of disoriented, thoroughly rocked crowds in their wake. The band plays with Sea Flea and Chagrin May 8 at the Triple Crown and again May 15 with Electric Mayhem at Lucy’s on The Square. Turbo Dwarf is: David Click (guitar/vocals), Brandon Lanier (bass/vocals), Taylor Brandesky (vocals/guitar), and Marty Mack (drums).

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the last two years cutting their teeth at some of the seediest bars in the Central Texas area. “We’ve paid our dues,” Mack said. “We’ve played months of Tuesday or Wednesday night gigs.” Before receiving a residency at Lucy’s on The Square, it was not uncommon to see Turbo Dwarf rocking the stage at dives statewide for whatever motley rabble of rock-loving rednecks that happened to be pounding pitchers of Miller Lite on a weeknight. “The ‘mullet-kings’ used to love us,” Mack said. The pressures of school and

the rigors of performing took their toll on the band early on, nearly causing a severe meltdown. “Our residency almost broke up the band,” Mack said of early tensions in the band. And while regular performances required everyone in the group to make personal sacrifices, they also forged a strong bond between the four widely different musicians. What developed was a tight, rhythmically driven sound that strives to entertain the crowd while still keeping it interesting for the four musicians. Turbo Dwarf thrives on stage, connecting with audiences and keeping the conduit

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$500! POLICE IMPOUNDS! Hondas/ Chevys/ Fords/Jeeps, etc! Cars from $500! For lisitings call 1-800-719-3001 ext A157. (4/15) ____________________________ ‘92 Olds Achieva. Perfect condition. Red 2-door, 5-speed. 130k miles. $2,000. Call 396-7305. (4/15) ____________________________ ‘94 Jeep Wrangler. $4,500 neg. Call 878-6322. (4/15)

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Pets O.K. Close to campus. most bills paid. 1/1 $449+, 2/2 $595 + Empire Leasing. 512-353-2927. 94/29) ____________________________ Great Deal 2/1.5 CACH, Appli, CF, W/D conn. Two story condo. Pay elect. $585. Call 512-353-2927. (4/29) ____________________________ Going Fast! w/ yr lease- 1 mo. free rent. 2/1 CACH, Appli, W/D conn. Outside storage. Pay electric. Inside pets ok. $450. Empire Leasing 353-2927. (4/29) ____________________________ Room for rent in 3 bedroom house. Available July 5. All bills paid. $500/month. W/D. 281-356-7545. (4/22) ____________________________ 3b next to TSU. No parking hassles or shuttle. Large pool. $333 per person. Includes most bills. 392-2700 or 757-1943. (4/29) ____________________________ Green-Minded laid-back female needed to share 3 bed/2 bath house walking distance from campus. Smokers and pets not a problem. $250 a month + 1/2 bills. Move in immediately. Please email or call with inquiries. 754-8283-leave a message. (4/20) ____________________________ Luxury Townhome Community 3/3.5, $455 shared. Phone, cable, internet paid, w/dryer included. Apt Experts 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ A+ property 1/1 $482+, 2/2, $560+, 3/2 $665+ with w/dryer conn. (rest. apply) Apt. Experts 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Summer sublease available May 1. Female needed $345/month + 1/4 electricity & water. Private bath 512-644-7641. (4/29) ____________________________ Sublease spacious 1/1 at Hill Country Apts. May - July 31. Water, washer/dryer included. Great view. $475/month. 392-7704. Leave message. (4/22) ____________________________ 2/2 Duplex, quiet, on bus route, w/d inc, available 6/2, $700/mo. 635-6750. (4/29) ____________________________ Plan your next move in advance. Beautiful 2/1 duplexes with washer/dryers, fans, appliances, fenced wooded yards, quiet neighborhood. $575/month, no dogs. 3 dates available, June 1, June 15, or Aug. 1. Shown all hours and days. 353-8384. (4/29) ____________________________ Sublease 1 bed/ 1 bath. Nice and roomy. $420/month. Available for summer. 878-1980. (4/15) ____________________________ 1/1 garage apartment, new, ca/ch, tile/ Pergo floors, quiet area, ABP $550. 557-2770 (4/29) ____________________________ 1008 Hazleton. 3b/2.5b. Newly built, fenced yard, w/d included. Available May 1. 558-1091. (4/15)

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2/1.5 apartment. Free rent until 5/01. No deposit. Call 512-787-1982. (4/29) ____________________________ For Rent: 3/3 house big yard. $425 + 1/3 electric each. Call (512)787-2808. (4/29) ____________________________ Give away. Free rent or computer. Great Value. Will deal. 3b/3b W/D. 396-1520. (4/20) ____________________________ 1064 Sycamore Fenced, 3/1, appliances, garage, patio, $900, 353-1818. (4/15) ____________________________ EMPIRE LEASING FREE RENTAL LOCATING. For the best deals on apartments, houses, and duplexes. Call 512-665-9220. (4/15) ____________________________ Sublease 1 bed/ 1 bath at The Zone starting in May. Fully furnished, all bills paid except electricity and water. 832-689-9669. (4/15) ____________________________ Duplex 2 bed/ 2 bath. Tiled floors, full size w/d. Fenced yard, pets welcome. Available ASAP, $800 a month. Call (512)878-2095. (512)665-7893. (4/29) ____________________________ Need a place for summer/ Sublease my townhome: great bargain. Call Crystal for details @ 557-3406. (4/22) ____________________________ Take over my lease at The Zone. From May-August. Fully furnished, great neighbors. Call Jesse at 805-3331 or 956-337-6431. (4/15) ____________________________ 2 bedroom / 1 bath apartment $450$575 (512)757-4513. (4/29) ____________________________ Female roommate. Next to SWT, don’t worry about parking or shuttle, own bedroom. $300 range. 392-2700. (4/29) ____________________________ Quiet male student. Live next to SWT. Don’t worry about parking or shuttle, own bedroom, $300 range. 392-2700. (4/29) ____________________________ 2/1, 1/1 near TSU, pleasant yard. Pets OK. 353-3971. (4/29) ____________________________ Large & private. 2b/1b duplex. W/d, near campus, trees, yard & pool. $650/month. Call CD 787-5156. (4/29) ____________________________ CONSTRUCTION SPECIAL. Efficiencies $480. Water and electric paid. 4 bdrms/2.5 baths $1250. Water paid and w/d included. Call April @ 512-754-6701. (4/29) ____________________________ PRELEASE NOW for the best apartment selection for Summer and Fall. We offer one-stop shopping for free floorplans & info on specials, availability and amenities. Call or come by APARTMENTS TO GO by “The Square”. 112 W. Hopkins at Guadalupe/ 353-FREE/Licensed Real Estate Broker. (4/29) ____________________________ 3/2.5 Huge Duplex! $1100, on Tx State shuttle, Move in 8/20/04. 1600 sq ft. Large closets. W/D, 2 garage, no dogs, or Mike 665-2772. (4/29) ____________________________ Pre-lease Today. 8/20/04 3 blocks from TxState. $735/mo. 2br/2.5ba TH. $300/dep., Full size w/d, FREE ROADRUNNER & HBO. No dogs 396-4181 or (4/29)

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Duplex-Preleasing for 8/20. 3 blocks from Tx State. 2 br/2 ba, $735. Full-size w/d, FREE ROADRUNNER & HBO, 396-4181 or (4/24) ____________________________ 1 br/ 1ba HOUSE. 8/21/04 MOVE IN, Huge yard. $695 + $300 dep. 900sf, 2 blocks from SWT. 396-4181. (4/24) ____________________________ $735 Preleasing for 5/20/04. 3 blocks from Tx State. 2 br/2.5 ba townhouse 970 sf. Full-size w/d, FREE ROADRUNNER & HBO, 396-4181 or (4/24) ____________________________ Awesome Deal 1/1, $395, gas, water, trash incld. Now pre-leasing Fall 04’ Apt. Experts 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Townhome Community 1/1.5, $500, 2/1.5, $545 w/ dryer incl. Water & trash paid, with 1/2 off dep. Apt. Experts 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Brand New Community. Fully furn., most bills pd. Ethernet, local ph, w/d incl. $399 +, AE 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Texas Size Townhomes. 1 bdrms $450, 2 bdrms $495, cable paid. Big Pets ok. Apartment Experts 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Industrial Modern Living. $375 +, ethernet, phone & w/d incl. AE 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ Big Dogs Okay! Walk or shuttle to class. most bills pd. w/cable. 1/1 $450+, 2/1.5 $495 + 1/2 off 1st 2 mnths rent. Apt. Experts. 805-0123. (4/29) ____________________________ ON A BUDGET? So am I. That’s why we have Langtry Apartments. 205 Craddock Ave., Waiting for you. 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment homes with washer/dryer ready for you to move-in today. Only $650 per month. Who said living in San Marcos had to be expensive? Langtry Apartments 396-2673. (4/29) ____________________________ Skinny Dippin! In the middle of Winter! Our Skinny prices are dippin even lower! One bedroom now only $575.00. Washer/Dryer, microwave, free high speed internet with no dialup and resort style amenities. Call the Metropolitan 393-6000. (4/29) ____________________________ Privacy, Privacy and More Privacy! A place of your own! Stadium view apartments has a few 1 bedroom 1 bath homes for you. Fireplaces, ceiling fans, PRIVATE outside storage and covered parking await you. On-Site laundry, pool, and spa are only one call away. VJE Realty 353-3002. (4/29) ____________________________ Ready & Waiting! Nice, 1 bedroom , 1 bath studio home. 1642 Post Road. lot’s of storage and yard area. VJE Realty 353-3002. (4/29) ____________________________ 1 bd APT. $395/mo. 353-5051. (4/29)

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FORECLOSED HOMES! From $199/mo. 4% down. 30 years @ 8.5% apr. For listings call 1-800-319-3323 ext F266. (4/15) ____________________________ Queen mattress set, $98, free standing dorm fridge, $65, black queen stead, $45, solid oak coffee table w/ bevil edge, glass top, $49.50, 5 piece all wood dinnette, $145, 4 drawer student desk, $38. Partins’ Furniture. 2108 Ranch Road 12. 396-4684. Free Delivery. (4/15) ____________________________ For sale: Male Sugar Glider, $75. 38’ X 6’6”, closet mirror, $100, Call Lacy 757-2999. (4/22)

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Lovely double-sized extra thick mattress. $120 OBO. 512-393-1552. (4/22) ____________________________ Remodeled townhome for sale. Rockaway from Texas State. E-mail Daniel at (4/29) ____________________________ Mountain bike for sale. $150. (512)619-3967. (4/15)

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Looking for young energetic Licensed Real Estate Agents, prefer students highly active in campus organizations. 512-665-9220. (4/29) ____________________________ Little Guys Movers is hiring for summer and beyond. Must have: HS Diploma, current DL, and ability to move things with your mind. Apply in person at 205-C W. San Antonio behind Gold Crown Billiards. (4/22) ____________________________ Student manager needed for apartment community. Experience preffered with flexible hours. (4/22) ____________________________ Experienced waitstaff needed, please apply in person at Adobe Cafe. 124 Business, 35 South in New Braunfels. (4/22) ____________________________ Camp counselors needed for Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp. Co-ed, resident summer camp for students 9-15 years of age located on Texas State University campus. Activities include aquatic biology, water testing, swimming, tubing, river rafting, Aquarena Center, Sea World, Natural Bridge Caverns. Contact Assistant Director for Education, Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center. Must have valid TX driver’s license and be willing to live on campus during camp. Call 245-3541 or e-mail (4/29) ____________________________ Part-time computer technician. New Braunfels, Tuesday & Thursday (8-5) & Saturdays (9-1). Experience required . Send resume to or fax 830-620-8478. (4/15) ____________________________ Drivers needed, for raft rentals. No CDL required. Apply 10 am to 2 pm Saturday April 17. 6385 River Road. New Braunfels. 830-907-2687. (4/15) ____________________________ NEW RESTAURANT IN GRUENE. now accepting applications for all positions. pay based on experience. apply Gruene River Grill, 1259 Gruene Rd, located next to NB Museum of Art & Music between 9am-4pm or e-mail resume to (4/29) ____________________________ Office Assistant/ Receptionist for medical office, part-time. Fax resume: 353-7607. (4/15) ____________________________ $PARTY GIRLS!$ needed for promotions events. $100-200 for each 5-7 hour day, (4/15) ____________________________ $WET T-SHIRT$ if you’ve been in or wanted to be in a wet t-shirt contest, we need you for promotions events. $100-200 for each 5-7 hour day. ____________________________ Can you walk, chew gum and have fun all at the same time. Star Ranch is looking for a few good balancing acts! Are you looking for a challenging yet fun and rewarding Summer Camp experience,Join us at Star Ranch, a Christian Summer Camp for children with learning disabilities. Counselors, Teachers, and Nurses needed. Salary, room, board, and laundry provided. Located near Kerrville, call Cody, 830-367-4868. (3/15)

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Juan Enriquez Restaurant. Now hiring waitstaff & cooks. Apply in person M-F. 2-4 p.m. 500 River Road. Wimberly, Tx 78676. (4/15) ____________________________ INO’z where you should work. INO’z. Restaurant, located on the square in Wimberly. Now interviewing for all positions. apply in person 1-5 p.m weekdays. Call (512)847-6060 for directions. (4/29) ____________________________ !Bartending! $300 a day potential, no exp. necessary, training provided 800-965-6520 x157. (4/29) ____________________________ Bartender trainees needed. $250 a day potential. Local positions. 1-800-293-3985 ext 316. (4/26) ____________________________ Athletic, outgoing students for calendar greeting cards, etc. $50 - 150/hr no exp needed. 512-684-8296. (4/29) ____________________________ SUMMER CAMP JOBS IN COLORADO --- Make a difference in the life of a girl at Girl Scout overnight camps in the mountains SW of Denver. General Counselors, Program Specialists (Western horseback riding, backpacking, crafts, nature, sports/archery, challenge course, farm, dance & drama) and Administrative Positions. Late May – early August. Competitive salary, housing, meals, health insurance, travel and end-of-season bonuses. For an application, e-mail or call 303-607-4819. (4/29) ____________________________ Get paid for your opinions! Earn $15-$125 and more per survey! (4/29) ____________________________ Arabian Horses: several open positions:Ranch in SM, close to campus, flex hrs. 1.hoof trimmer hrly $ or trade. 2.temp ranch hand $6hr. 3.serious/exp trainers--negot pay. 4.good riders who love to ride$open! 5.attractive models who ride well-trade photos. 6.secretary--coordinate, manage, research--open$ *Riding lessons available. Project: Got 14 horses and more foaling. And a website ( working on photos/text to showcase, market, and sell 11 horses in 6 months. Experience and time are negotiable commodities. Pay you in cash when possible or trade when agreeable ..! Email resume , aspirations, services to: However, if imperative my cell 210-367-7842 and 353-3477 ranch. (4/29) ____________________________ Are you a dynamic, compassionate, motivated individual looking for the EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME? If so then Horizon Camps is the place for you. Horizon Camps is made up of three OUTSTANDING co-ed summer camps, seeking AMAZING staff to work with INCREDIBLE kids ranging in age from 7 to 15. Located in NY, PA, and WV, positions are available in the areas of group leading, athletics, theatre-arts, water sports, outdoor education, and so much more. For more information and to complete an application please contact us... 1-800-544-5448. (4/29)

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Missing: white & grey striped tabby cat. 1-year old near Summit Apartments. If found, please contact 393-3401 or 557-0215. (4/29) ____________________________ Cash Reward! Lost Jack Russel Terrier - Female “Sophia”. She has black spots on her eyes and tail. Call 357-6636. (4/29)

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Cheap mini-storage rental. Nice new facility. 10x10 = $40/month or 3 mo. for $100. 10x20= $60/month. or 3 mo. for $150. 738-1920, 357-2225. (4/29) ____________________________ STUDY ABROAD: Nicholls State University offers accredited programs in Costa Rica, Spain, Ecuador, Mexico, France, Italy and Austria for language credit. Lowest tuition and fees in the country. Most classes begin every Monday. All levels. No deadlines. 985-448-4440/toll-free = 1-877-Nicholls, (4/15s)


Roommates needed for house. 1 block from campus. $275 + 1/4 bills. 392-4403. (4/22) ____________________________ URGENT: 2F clean roommates needed, nice house, fully furnished, $375 + 1/3 utilities per mo. 805-0299. (4/22) ____________________________ Roommate needed for May 17 or later. Well-maintained 3 bedroom/ 2 bath home, 1 block from LBJ bus stop. $400/month 1/2 utilities. Contact Ethan (512)393-8744. (4/29) ____________________________ URGENT: 2F clean roommates needed, nice house, fully furnished, $375 + 1/3 utilities per mo. 805-0299. (4/22) ____________________________ Roommate needed. 2 living areas, full-size w/d, very nice, large bedrooms. Short lease. Alarm system. all bills paid. $425. 353-5396. (4/29) ____________________________ Female roommate in 3/2 mobile home in Kyle. 6 mi. from San Marcos. Available now. $300 + 1/3 bills. Call Stephanie 512-557-2606. (4/15) ____________________________ Roommate needed. 3 bedroom house close to campus. $400/month + 1/3 bills. 787-9996. (4/29)


Sarah’s Place now enrolling for spring and summer care. Infant through 12 years. Call Sarah at 512-392-6808. (4/15) ____________________________ Is money your obstacle? We have your loans today! We’re close to campus and here for you. Stereo’s, DVD’s, Jewelry and more. San Marcos Pawn. 164 S. Guadalupe, 396-7296. (4/24) ____________________________ Typing etc! Audio transcription, resumes, notary public, applications, binding, editing, bumper stickers, tables, etc. 392-9880. (4/29) ____________________________ Professional Photographer Specializes in weddings, portraits & modeling. Visit my website @ For Additional info. Please contact me via e-mail @ (4/29) ____________________________ why waste time when you can shop online! Or stop in at 325 E. Hopkins. (4/29) ____________________________ 866.290.3030. (4/22)


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A few picks for the best of the NBA season


By David Moore The Dallas Morning News

Steve Deslich/KRT photo Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett, leading candidate for MVP, and his Timberwolves will be the Western Conference’s No. 1 seed when the playoffs begin Saturday.

ALLAS — The regular season’s over, so it’s time to give out the hardware. Ballots are due in a couple of days. If the deadline for my vehicle inspection sticker was a couple of days away, I must confess I’d wait until about one hour before the garage closed to get it done. Since I hold these awards in higher esteem than my 1994 Honda Accord, I won’t wait. Besides, there’s no need. Nothing can change my mind in any of these categories. Nothing. Unless someone offers to replace the `94 Accord. Ballots were distributed around the country to people who cover the NBA on a regular basis. MVP is the only category where you are asked to name five players, with 10 points awarded for first, seven for second, five for third, three for fourth and one for

fifth. The other categories ask for three names with a 5-3-1 point scale. Ballots are due Thursday and the winners will be announced throughout the playoffs:

Most Valuable Player

This should be reserved for my most elaborate argument. But why pour all that thought and energy into a race that’s already been decided? Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett deserves this award. The only intrigue is the order of the players that come behind him. 1. Garnett 2. O’Neal 3. Tim Duncan, San Antonio 4.PejaStojakovic, Sacramento 5.Shaquille O’Neal, LA Lakers

Rookie of the Year

You can’t go wrong with Cleveland’s LeBron James, but that doesn’t mean he’s the right choice. Denver’s Carmelo Anthony has averaged more than 25 points since February. I’ve bounced around more on this award than a LeBron bobblehead. 1. James 2. Anthony

3. Dwyane Wade, Miami

Coach of the Year

My guess is Memphis’ Hubie Brown will win this award. But I like what Utah’s Jerry Sloan has done this year. 1. Sloan 2. Brown 3. Jeff Bzdelik, Denver

Defensive Player of the Year

Indiana’s Ron Artest was talking defense. If you’re an opponent, you’d rather listen to Artest talk about defense than be swallowed up by him playing it. That gets our vote. 1. Artest 2. Ben Wallace, Detroit 3. Theo Ratliff, Portland

Sixth Man

1. Anawn Jamison, Dallas 2. Al Harrington, Indiana 3.Manu Ginobili, San Antonio

Most Improved Player

The decision here is almost as easy as MVP. 1. Zach Randolph, Portland 2. Carlos Boozer, Cleveland 3. Michael Redd, Milwaukee Let the playoffs begin.

SOFTBALL: Bobcats face Roadrunners in weekend series g Cont. from page 16

son, giving the Islanders the season series, 2-1. Texas State took a 3-1 decision at Bobcat Field in the season-opening Century/Tel Bobcat classic. The one positive note of the day was that senior pitcher Nicole Neuerburg (246), recorded her 1,000 career strikeout, making her only the 23rd player in NCAA history to reach the milestone. In the first game, Neuerberg delivered a commanding performance, striking out six batters and surrendering just one run off of five hits. However, the one run happened to be all that was needed to secure the win

from the Bobcats, who managed only three hits of their own. Katie Ann Trahan (12-6) took over the pitching duties in game two for the Bobcats. The game began with some promise as the Bobcats got their first, and only, run of the day when senior center fielder Kristen Zaleski scored off of a throwing error by the Islanders’ third baseman. After that, the Bobcat offense remained stymied for the remainder of the afternoon scoring zero runs off of a meager five hits. The Bobcats could not seem to get things going in either game, facing Islander ace pitcher Sarah Pauly (19-8), whose hot hand dealt out 26 strikeouts and

surrendered only one run in 14 innings of work. Pauly has now struck out 36 Bobcats in her three appearances against them this season. Texas State coach Ricci Woodard could not be reached for comment after the games. The Bobcats will look to rebound Saturday against the Roadrunners of the University of Texas-San Antonio in a three game series. This figures to be an intense series, as it could determine who wins the regular season championship and top-seed in the upcoming conference tournament. The Bobcats are holding on to a four-

game lead over the Roadrunners with only six games remaining in the regular season. One major key for Texas State this weekend will be keeping the ball inside Roadrunner Field, as UTSA has hit 86 home runs as a team. Five Roadrunners have hit 11 or more this season, with infielder Christy Brownlee’s 20 ranking as the nation’s best. Texas State and UTSA faced each other once this season, with the Bobcats claiming a 5-2 win in San Marcos, Feb. 6. Two of the three games will be played on Saturday, with the doubleheader scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday’s first pitch is also set for 1 p.m.

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Texas state

S coreboard SOFTBALL at tamu-cc (gm 1) 4/14/04 Score by inning


TEXAS STATE.............0..0..0..0..0..0..0 Texas A&M-Corpus...0..0..0..0..0..1..X

0 3 1 1 5 0

TX STATE (36-11, SLC 19-2) TAMU-CC (29-19)

Players cf Zaleski rf Wolter dh Trahan 1b Snow c Bonetti 2b Wilson 3b Hodge ss Sharp lf Krueger


AB 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 24

R 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

H RBI 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0



2b Armenta 2 1 1 0 rf Cortez 2 0 0 0 ss Hansen 3 0 1 0 3b Evans 3 0 2 0 c Golden 3 0 0 1 1b Maxey 3 0 0 0 lf Kitchens 3 0 1 0 dh Damel 2 0 0 0 cf Petree 2 0 0 0

Totals 23 1 5 1



H R ER BB SO AB BF 1 1 0 6 23 25

6.0 5

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Pitching IP


H R ER BB SO AB BF 0 0 13 24 24

7.0 3 0

Win - Sarah Pauly (18-8) Loss - Nicole Neuerburg (24-6) Save - None HR — None Time - 1:19, Attendance - 50

SOFTBALL at TAMU-CC (GM 2) 4/14/04 Score by inning


TEXAS STATE.............1..0..0..0..0..0..0 Texas A&M-Corpus....0..0..2..0..1..0..X

1 5 4 3 6 1

TX STATE (36-12, SLC 19-2) TAMU-CC (30-19)

Players cf Zaleski rf Wolter p Trahan 1b Snow c Bonetti 2b Wilson 3b Hodge ss Sharp ph Vice lf Krueger


AB 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 1 2 25

R 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

H RBI 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0



2b Armenta 2 1 0 0 rf Cortez 2 1 0 0 ss Hansen 3 0 1 0 3b Evans 3 0 2 0 c Golden 3 0 1 1 1b Maxey 3 0 0 0 lf Kitchens 3 0 1 0 dh Damel 3 0 0 0 cf Petree 3 1 1 0

Totals 25 3 6 1


H R ER BB SO AB BF 3 1 1 1 25 27

Trahan Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Pitching 6.0 6



H R ER BB SO AB BF 1 0 13 25 27

7.0 5 1

Win - Sarah Pauly (19-8), Loss - Katie Ann Trahan (12-6) Save - None HR — None Time - 2:00 , Attendance - 200



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Football returns for Spring practice

Thursday, April 15, 2004

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Texas State will culminate spring football practice with the annual Maroon-Gold game at 1 p.m Saturday at Bobcat Stadium. This will be the first chance to see new coach David Bailiff’s strategies in a game-like situation. Bailiff, an SWT alumnus, returns to lead the program for which he played in the late 1970s under the late Jim Wacker. The Bobcats return 19 starters and 34 letter winners from the 2003 season, when they finished with a 4-8 record, highlighted by a 49-28 win against Sam Houston State University in the final game. Leading the Bobcat returnees is junior quarterback Barrick Nealy, a transfer from the University of Houston last season, who broke every major school passing record a year ago. Texas State also returns its top running back in senior Terrell Harris and wide receiver K.R. Carpenter. Linebacker David Simmons, a Second Team AllSouthland Conference selection and leading tackler with 112, also returns. After opening the 2004 season at home Sept. 4 against Angelo State University, the Bobcats will travel to Waco Sept. 11 to face Big 12 member Baylor University. Texas State opens the conference season with an Oct. 23 match-up with Stephen F. Austin State University.

ISLANDERS STRAND BOBCATS Pitcher Neurburg records 1,000th career strikeout

Sophomore pitcher Katie Trahan fouls wide right in Saturday’s game against Sam Houston State University. The Bobcats visit the University of Texas-San Antonio after dropping a doubleheader against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Wednesday.

By Rick Breland Sports Reporter

CORPUS CHRISTI — The Texas State softball team has been as erratic as the weather lately. This weekend’s cold streak continued Wednesday as the team dropped both games in a doubleheader to the Islanders of Texas A&M UniversityCorpus Christi (30-19) by scores of 1-0 and 3-1. The cold streak seems to have frozen the team’s bats as the Bobcats had only eight hits on the day and six runs in the last three games, all of which were losses. Wednesday’s two losses put the team’s record down to 36-12 for the sea-

Andrew Nenque/ Star photo

g See SOFTBALL, page 15

Baseball looks to improve SLC standing in weekend series

By Matt Isam Sports Reporter

groundout to cut the deficit to 2-1 after one But the Patriots were too hot to handle, taking a 4-1 The Texas State baseball team (20-16, 7-4 SLC) will play Baseball visits lead in the third and never looking back. Senior first a three-game series this weekbaseman Mark Cooper blasted end against the University of a home run in the bottom of Texas-San Antonio (18-16, 6-5 the ninth for his seventh of the SLC). The Bobcats are currently in fourth place in Southland Roadrunners year, tying Miller for the team Conference standings, one 7 p.m. Friday lead. Other than that, there wasgame ahead of the Roadrunners. and Hosts UTSA n’t much action because of the The ’Cats are coming off an 8-2 loss at home Tuesday 3 p.m. Saturday & pitching of DBU’s Tyler 1 p.m. Sunday Rowland, who went 6 2/3 against Dallas Baptist Uniinnings, giving up six hits, versity. The Patriots got off to an early start in the first inning with a 2- three walks and only one run to win his 0 lead. Left fielder Matt Miller drove in second game of the season (2-0). The second baseman Nolan Mast with a ’Cats freshman pitcher Patrick Colgan

UT-San Antonio

took the loss, falling to 2-1. UTSA split a doubleheader Tuesday against the University of Texas-Pan American, losing the first game 5-1 before bouncing back to win the nightcap 2-1. The night game featured a pitching duel in which senior utility man Lucas Stewart pitched six scoreless innings allowing only one hit. Stewart, who is 40 with a 1.35 ERA, both team bests, also went 2-4 at the plate. Senior infielder Clint Sansom was also 2-4, extending his current hitting streak to 10 games in the win. Sophomore infielder Ryan Crew is leading the Roadrunners this season in batting average at .324 and RBIs with 28.

Texas State has had success this season with its pitching staff ranked second in the SLC with a 3.88 ERA. The ’Cats have been getting a lot of use out of senior Tom Robbins, who leads the team and SLC in innings pitched with 68 1/3. The probable starters for the ’Cats are Robbins, senior Paul Schappert and either junior Brian Hurley or freshman Patrick Colgan. UTSA is likely to counter with senior Klae Boehme, junior Aaron Rodriguez and freshman Steven Vasquez. The games will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, at 3 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday. Friday’s game will be at Wolff Stadium in San Antonio, while Saturday and Sunday’s games will be at Bobcat Field.

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