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End to Deregulation? Texas Higher Education affiliates meet to debate tuition inflation solutions

Texas State students join protest in San Antonio By Chase Birthisel News Reporter

Tina Phan/Star photo TESTIMONY: ASG President Brett Baker and President-elect Chris Covo testified on the tuition regulation bills to the Committee on Higher education Wednesday at the Capitol.

By Travis Hord News Reporter Heavy hitters in Texas Higher Education politics met in a cramped committee hearing room deep within the labyrinth of the state capitol annex Wednesday to discuss the pros and cons of regulating a university’s ability to raise tuition and fees. The goal of the hearing was to discuss possible solutions to a growing dilemma — funding a competitive, quality univer university education without over-burdening

the students and their families. Among the lineup were chancellors from the University of Texas, Texas Tech University, University of North Texas and Texas A&M systems, who came to speak against the Legislature’s plans to re-examine itsdecision to deregulate tuition. “If you limit us, and we can’t raise tuition rates, you’ve got to provide us with additional funds to stay competitive,” said Ken Hance, Texas Tech chancellor. “Without additional funds, we could start to become a third world state, and

no one wants that.” The Texas Legislature voted in 2003 to forfeit their right to set tuition rates at public universities, passing this responsibility on to each individual university board of regents. Texas Rep. Harvey Hildebrandt (D-51) vocally regretted the decision. “Every trick in the book was used to pass this legislation,” Hildebrandt said. “We should’ve stepped up and voted a tuition hike instead of voting our

Brad Schmidt fittingly quoted Texas hero Davy Crockett. “‘A government big enough to give you everything, is also big enough to take it away,’” Schmidt said. “That quote is the focus of this rally.” He, along with about 20 other members of the Young Conser Conservatives of Texas and the College Republicans, gathered Wednesday at the San Antonio Tea Par Party. The rally was held to protest government spending and taxes. The crowd assembled in front of the Alamo to exercise its First Amendment rights. Kristopher Infante, Young Conservatives of Texas’ vice president, said there was not a better place to hold the rally. “It was very symbolic in the way the Alamo was used in the 1800s to protest the way their government was run,” Infante said. “I think we share that, ex except ours was peaceful.” The San Antonio Express News estimated the crowd to be in the thousands. Speakers at the protest included radio and TV personality Glenn Beck, who broadcasted live from the event, and rock singer Ted Nugent, who played the national anthem. Both drew a crowd. A Jumbo-Tran TV was placed at Hemisphere Park for the crowd in the back. Infante, who worked his way to the front, said it was a moving

experience. “It was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had,” Infante said. “A lot of the speakers were motivational and passionate about politics.” Other cities across the nation held Tea Parties, including Austin. Schmidt said the Young Conservatives of Texas chose San Antonio because it was authentic. “Politician Rick Perry and others were speaking at the one in Austin,” Schmidt’s said. “That takes away from the idea of the event. I don’t like politicians using this event to improve their campaigns.” Dylan Matthews, Campaign for Liberty at Texas State leader, and others held a Tea Party in The Quad Wednesday. The crowd of 18 gathered in front of The Stallions to protest the stimulus package and bailout. “The government doesn’t tell us where our money is going,” Mat Matthews said. “They spend all this money on our banks. We just want to know where it’s all going.” The Texas State Tea Party had an interesting plan for the protest. “We are going to march down to the post office and hand out tea bags that people can staple to their income tax envelops,” Matthews said. Brice Loving, former ASG presidential candidate and deSee TEA PARTY, page 4

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Bobcats save lives, raise awareness about cancer By Rachel Nelson News Reporter Leukemia survivor Lawrence Estaville had no idea the donor who helped save his life in August 2007 was sitting behind him during the National Marrow Donor Program presentation Wednesday. “Wow,” Estaville, professor in the department of geography, continually repeated after the surprise guest was revealed. “This is incredible. He saved my life.” Estaville was filled with emotion as he hugged Rick O’Neil from Massachusetts for the first time. Yvonne Ybarra of the South Texas Blood and Tissue

Center in San Antonio arranged the meeting. Estaville asked O’Neil if he received a letter expressing his gratitude for the marrow donation. Estaville was surprised when the answer was “no.” “It was the hardest letter I wrote in my whole life, and it was hard because I cried the whole time,” Estaville said. “I couldn’t put in words how much I love my donor — Rick O’Neil of Massachusetts.” O’Neil said he is not normally an emotional person, but meet meeting the man who benefited from his donation evoked strong feelings. “This is the closest I’ve come to crying since I was probably

about five years old,” O’Neil said. “The only thing I can say is that I’m thankful I could help someone else.” O’Neil decided to become a marrow donor after a family friend was diagnosed with Leukemia. O’Neil was not a match for that person, but he signed up for the National Marrow Donor Program hoping he could provide a match for someone else. Guest speaker Dr. Jeffrey Chell, chief executive officer of the donor program, delivered a presentation focused around marrow donations. This was part of a series of events taking place at Texas State throughout April, which was declared cancer awareness month in San

Marcos this year. Chell said to be a compatible marrow donor, a person’s sixth chromosome must match with whoever needs the transplant. Chell said the process is more complex than finding a blood or organ donor. Chell said there are more than 70 diseases that have marrow transplants as a treatment option, but only 40 percent of patients find the match they need. In his speech, Chell encouraged the audience to register for the program. “When you donate marrow, two lives are changed,” Chell said, referring to the patient and the donor. “Donors tell me that See DONOR, page 4

Sara Strick/ Star Photo TEA PARTY: protests, called Tea parties, broke out across the nation on Tax Day. students protest the government bailout of the financial industry and stimulus package, among other issues, Wednesday in The Quad.

Bobcat family grieves together at ceremony By Theron Brittain Senior News Reporter There were not many dry eyes to be found in the crowd, but members did not grieve alone. A sense of community filled the room as family and friends joined to honor Texas State students, staff, faculty and friends of the university who have died in the last year. More than 120 people at attended the 21st annual Bobcat Pause, hosted Wednesday night by Student Foundation in the LBJ Teaching Theater. The hour-long event commemorated the deaths of 348 Texas State community members. “It was very well done and Lindsey Goldstein/Star photo very nice,” said Gary Upchurch, IN REMEMBRANCE: Family and friends leave photographs and flowers in the LBJ Teaching Theater associate professor of the bioloWednesday for Bobcat pause, a memorial service for deceased faculty, students, alumni and friends of gy department. His wife Belinda the university.

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Fuller-Upchurch, professor of biology department, died in a car crash August 2008. He said the addition of the University Choir to this year’s event “made the ceremony.” “I thought it was a very nice touch,” said Phyllis Lacey. Her daughter, Diane Lacey, died June 2008. She would have graduated this May. “She was a gorgeous girl, especially on the inside,” Lacey said. Ashley Krejci, former Student Foundation president and graduate student, began the event with a prayer. “Many of us cannot fathom the difficulty and pain of losing such a loved one,” Krejci said. “We pray today that at the very least we can help these friends and




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families remember the wonder wonderful times we were able to share with their loved ones here in our Texas State community.” A slideshow followed, which featured photographs of the deceased interspersed with images of the Texas State campus as it evolved over the past decades. The faces of the deceased were those of the young and the old, as were the pictures of the campus, conveying the notion that the individuals being commemorated all shared a common thread — the university. University President Denise Trauth said Texas State is more than a campus, it is the “sum of the people who have worked and studied here.” “The people who have touched See BOBCAT PAUSE, page 4

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starsof texas state Kaitlin Hopkins, currently with the national tour of “Dirty Dancing,” has been named head of musical theatre at Texas State. She played Kilana in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s” 100th episode, “The

Ship” and also appeared in the “Star Trek: Voyager” episode “Live Fast and Prosper” as Dala. —Courtesy of University News Service

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Corrections and Clarifications


The red stamp appearing in the top, right-hand corner of some issues of Wednesday’s The University Star, which advocated abolishing the Federal Reserve, was placed without the knowledge nor approval of the editorial board.

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship will hold its weekly meeting on at 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, room 320. Enjoy contemporary worship, relevant teaching, prayer and plenty of fun. Contact 512-557-7988 or for more information. There will be a meeting of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University at 5 p.m. in LBJ Student Center, room 3-14.1. Cost is $25. Learn how to get rid of debt and build wealth by using the principles Dave discovered after the hardship of bankruptcy that have now turned him into a millionaire. Contact Krista at 512353-4414 or for more information.

In Tuesday’s issue of The Uni University Star, Senate Bill 1923 allocates funds toward rail relocation. Also, Jessica Canty was referred to as Butler in some instances in the boiler outage reimbursement story. The University Star regrets these errors.

There will be a “Simple Silent Sitting” meditation group from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. in the Psychology Building, room 130B. All are welcome (any religion or no religion). Brief instruction can be arranged before we “sit” by contacting Colby at 512-408-4544 or Sheila at 512-847-2159.


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The Music Lecture Series presents “Rock Harmony:” The Musical Vocabulary of Rock Must Viewed Through the Lens of Traditional Tonal Analysis by Charles Ditto, Lecturer at 6 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall. Admission is free.

April 8, 2:52 p.m. Property Damage - Bobcat Village Apartments A student reported to a police officer university property had been damaged. A report was made of the incident.

FRIDAY There will be an AA meeting from 1 to 2 p.m. in LBJSC, room 3-6.1 The Joint Student Recital Series presents Christopher Brandon Morales and Zach Kibodeaux Junior Voice Recital 8 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall. Admission is free. SATURDAY There will be a performance of the Cirque D’Or- Golden Dragon Acrobats at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Tickets will be $15 for general public and $5 for students. Phi Alpha Delta will host the P.A.D. Classic Charity Golf Tournament at 8 a.m. at Quail Creek Country Club. The entry fee is $60 and supports the San Marcos Youth Service Bureau. Registration will be in The Quad from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 to April 17. Visit www. for more information. The Student Recital Series presents Rebecca K. Smeltzer Voice Recital at 7 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall. Admission is free. SUNDAY Every Nation Campus Ministries invites you to join us at Christ Community Church, meeting at Travis Elementary (by TXstate golf course). We will have a one-hour service starting at 10 a.m. with contemporary worship and an encouraging message.

April 8, 3:17 p.m. Failure to Comply/Striking Unattended Vehicle - Moore Street A student reported to a police officer his vehicle was damaged while legally parked. The case is under investigation.

Hannah VanOrstrand/Star photo Brenda Cortes, Spanish freshman, and Bobby Cox, interdisciplinary education senior, register for bone marrow donations Wednesday outside of Evans Liberal Arts.

This day in history

1789: President-elect George Washington left Mount Vernon, Va., for his inauguration in New York. 1862: A bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia became law. 1912: Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.

1917: Revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia after years of exile. 1945: In his first speech to Congress, President Harry S. Truman pledged to carry out the

war and peace policies of his late predecessor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 1947: Financier and presidential confidant Bernard M. Baruch said in a speech at the South Carolina statehouse, “Let us not be deceived. We are today in the midst of a cold war.” 1962: Walter Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of “The CBS Evening News.” 1964: The Rolling Stones (England’s Newest Hitmakers), the band’s debut album, was released.

April 8, 4:16 p.m. Medical Emergency Sewell Park Outdoor Center A student injured her neck while swimming. The student was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for a medical evaluation.

1972: Apollo 16 blasted off on a voyage to the moon. 1992: The House ethics committee listed 303 current and former lawmakers who had overdrawn their House bank accounts. 1996: Britain’s Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced they were getting a divorce. 2003: Michael Jordan played his last NBA game as his Washington Wizards ended their season with a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

April 8, 4:34 p.m. Information Report - Mitte Art Building A police officer was dispatched to the location for a fire call. Upon further investigation, mulch had been burned but was put out before the officer arrived. A report was made of the incident. —Courtesy of University Police Department

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The Student Recital Series Presents: Ana Hernandez and Hilary Janysek Joint Junior Recital at 6 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Cemetery gets new gate, front entrance

The Student Recital Series presents Texas State String Students performing an area recital at 8 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall. Admission is free.

The San Marcos City Council and the Cemetery Commission will dedicate the new gate and front entrance of the historic San Marcos City Cemetery on Saturday at 10 a.m.. The public is invited to join Mayor Susan Narvaiz, the City Council and Cemetery Commission at the City Cemetery, 1001 Ranch Road 12. The entrance project has been com-

WEDNESDAY There will be an Overeaters Anony Anonymous Meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland.

pleted in four phases since 2003 after the Cemetery Commission recommended a plan to replace the aging gateway. Serving on the 2003 commission were Robert Cotner, chair; Jo Wiegand, vice-chair; the late Ken Kohut, Millie Bechtol, Gwen Smith, Jo Ann Hearn and Ollie Giles. The entrance gate and fence were designed by Jose Gil Engineering and

built in different phases by Stokes Construction, Myers Construction and Lawhead General Contractors. The Cemetery Commission will continue to recommend improvements to the 135-year-old cemetery. The seven-member board works with City staff to improve the 45-acre cemetery, which was started in 1874. The cemetery has several historic

landmarks within its boundaries, including the 19th-century open-air chapel. Current commission members are Robert Cotner, chair; Ronnie Mendez, vice chair; Polly Wright, Beverly Owen, Buck Scheib, Brenda Butler and Lee Mitchell. —Courtesy of City of San Marcos

Library Beat Honored author credits some success to Texas State Steven L. Davis is seeing the benefits of library research and two Texas State degrees: a published author, he has just been elected to membership in the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters. The institute, founded in 1936, serves to stimulate interest in Texas letters, fellowship among writers and recognize distinctive literary achievement. As a Texas Institute of Letters member, Davis joins an impressive list that includes Sandra Cisneros, Kinky Friedman, John Graves, Cormac McCarthy, Larry McMurtry, Bill Moyers, Naomi Shihab Nye, Tim O’Brien, and founder of the Collections, Bill Wittliff, as well as current Texas State faculty John Blair, Mark Busby, Dagoberto Gilb, Tom Grimes, Debra Mon-

roe, Kathleen Peirce, Miles Wilson and Steve Wilson. Davis says Texas State figures prominently in his success. “I owe a lot to the education I received here and to the univer university’s supportive environment,” Davis said. He received his B.A. in 1992, and in 1994 he began work working as a library assistant at the Wittliff Collections while pursuing his master’s degree in English Southwestern Studies. He earned his M.A. in 1995, and became the Assistant Curator of the Wittliff’s Southwestern Writ Writers Collection in 1997. “We have excellent faculty — people who are deeply talented in their own right, but who also excel at mentoring students,”

Davis said. “As an undergrad, I had at least a dozen professors who were profound influences on me. As a graduate student I had the good fortune to study Southwestern Culture under Mark Busby, a recognized leader in the field. Dr. Busby is also an inspirational teacher, and he gave me the knowledge and tools to succeed, personally encouraging me at every step.” Steve Davis, inspired by a Texas State education and his research using the Wittliff Collections archives at the library, has authored two books, the second of which, J. Frank Dobie: A Liber Liberated Mind, is due this fall from the University of Texas Press. —Courtesy of Alkek Library

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Chinese-language course offered in fall Instructor looks to expand extension course into foreign language department By Gabrielle Jarrett News Reporter Li Yang is ending a yearlong endeavor — teaching Chinese to university students. Texas State is ending the second semester of a new Chinese language course with Yang, program faculty, as course instructor. “My primary goal is to prioritize oral communication,” Yang said. “My next goal is writing, then culture.” Yang started her career as a teaching assistant with the University of Texas. She assisted professors while working on her masters in comparative literature. “I received my bachelor’s degree in China at the age of 24,” Yang said. “I studied at an English I.T. program in Beijing.” Yang is now a candidate for her Ph.D. at UT. “After graduation, I want to focus on teaching at Texas State,” Yang said. “I hope to help increase enrollment for the program. As an assistant, I fell in love with teaching. I feel satisfied seeing my students speak fluently.” Yang said she brought some of her ideas from UT, but has added a few changes. She said the book used at UT emphasizes writing rather than speaking, but her focus is a modern use of the language and incorporates texting and chatting, among other things. “I feel there aren’t many chances to sit and write Chinese,” Yang said. “The new lesson gives me more freedom, and I love it.” She will teach four classes, each four-hour credits, that will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays. “I will hold the lectures worth three-credit hours and there will be a lab worth one-credit hour,” Yang said. “In the labs, students will work on drills, conversation and take tests. The labs will be led by teaching assistants.” Sessions will be available to give students the opportunity to receive help from teaching assistants.

“When students first start, it may seem difficult,” Yang said. “After one or two months, they will understand and solve the mystery.” The current course is offered as an extension program, which is student funded. Extension courses are the same as other foreign language classes, but are not offered online. Students must contact the extensions office to sign up for the course. “I want students to know that extensions count the same, but the hours do not show up on your transcript until after you have completed the course,” Yang said. “This is important when you are making sure you are a full-time student.” Robert Fischer, chair in the department of modern languages, said the class has gone well. He is hoping to see greater enrollment in future semesters. Students like Jessica Gusan, pre-mass communication freshman, argue the language might be too difficult to learn. “I would consider taking Spanish over anything just because we live in Texas,” Gusan said. Gusan said the language would be too hard to learn, and she does not see an opportunity to practice outside of school. Yang, however, said Chinese is an important language for students to learn when it comes to their future occupations. “China is an important country. It is the second largest trading partner of the United States, and one of its largest creditors,” Yang said. “Learning Chinese will make students more competitive in the job market.Chinese can be important if you are getting a business degree.” Fischer agreed. “Chinese is a critical language,” Fischer said. “The language is important for a student’s future. The language is important both economically and politically.” Both Yang and Fischer hope to offer the program inside the department of modern language soon.

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Tina Phan/Star file photo UNREACHED ROUTES: With new apartment complexes arising, the Texas State Tram may not be able to reach new locations to provide students with transportation to campus.

University does not plan to add trams for coming years By Lori Jones News Reporter Newly built apartment complexes may not have a guaranteed spot on Texas State tram routes. “We have had apartment complexes ask to be put on our bus route,” said Paul Hamilton, Shuttle Service Manager. “That is not on top of our to-do list. We don’t have the hours or buses to add routes.” The tram service does not determine its course based on the up and coming units. “We have always looked at several criteria to determine where our routes go,” Hamilton said. “We look at the density of the student population in certain areas and determine proximity of the service routes.” Hamilton said the university uses a system of maps to verify where the majority of students live. Adjustments or modifications of the tram service are made to accommodate the more crowded areas. “Over the five years I’ve been here, we have made a lot of changes to accommodate growth,” he said. “We added the Blanco River route to serve The Heights II and serve as space for overflow from the Bobcat Village and Aquarena Springs route.” Hamilton said recent changes include changing the frequency of tram arrivals. They formerly ran every 12 minutes, now it is every six.

“We look at our routes to see what revisions need to be made several times a year,” he said. “We are more likely to make changes to accommodate the academic calendar.” Hamilton said the university determines the need to add trams or split routes before and after each semester. The tram service cut hours from afternoon shifts in order to run all week after Friday classes were reinstated. Hamilton said 46 buses are in the fleet, all of which are in use. There are no plans to add any more. “The buses are a big ticket item,” he said. “It takes about a year or a year and a half to have buses built and delivered.” Hamilton said over crowding may occur if one tram was removed from regular routes to accommodate students living in less populated areas. He said focusing the tram service around the newly built units is an “inefficient system”. Ashley Garcia, interdisciplinary studies sophomore, said the lack of tram service to certain areas was a factor in determining where she chose to live. “My choices were really narrowed after I found out which apartment complexes the buses didn’t go to,” Garcia said. “It seemed to me that there were only a handful of places that the buses accommodated.” Garcia said she was not alone in feeling the burden of finding complexes included on

the routes and several of her friends and classmates based their future living arrangements around the service. “I just don’t have the gas money to drive back and forth between school and home every day,” said Scott Lindsay, pregeographic information science sophomore. “The apartment complexes close to campus are either too expensive or not at all what I’m looking for. Lindsay said he thinks the complexes on the tram routes have included features that boost appeal. “There is an alternative for those who live outside the densely populated areas where the buses don’t go,” Hamilton said. “What we have done for

areas that only have one or two apartments is we allow any student or faculty to ride CARTS without any charge.” According to the Texas State Web site, CARTS (Capital Area Rural Transportation System) provides service to areas of town not included on the university’s tram route. The ride is free with the presentation of a Texas State ID, and the CARTS are wheelchair accessible. “We can’t serve everyone in town,” Hamilton said. “In 2013 we go out for bid for a new contract and we will look to the student government and student body to see if change is needed. In between then we are looking to see how to make our routes more efficient.”


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the life of this university have shaped its personality,” Trauth said. “Their presence remains with us. We are better people for having known them.” A roll call of the deceased was the most somber moment of the occasion. Family members came forward to receive a red rose as each name was called. Parents, spouses and siblings were among thosecollecting the token. “She touched many lives in her short life,” Cynthia Martinez-Garcia said of her daughter, student Ceydee Ann Garcia, who died a year ago Tuesday. Ceydee’s father, Robert Garcia, called the choir’s performance “beautiful and touching.” The audience stood as the choir closed the event with the singing of the alma mater. Stephen Gates, chair of the Bobcat Pause committee and event or-

ganizer, said he was pleased with the number of people who were able to attend and called the event an emotional experience. “It is important for the people of this university to recognize those who have come before us,” he said. “I think there was importance for each name that was read for the family members out there, and that they appreciated it. I feel like working on this, I have gotten to know some of (the deceased) in a way.” Ryan Whitley, Student Foundation president, said he was proud of the members who worked on Bobcat Pause. “I think they did an outstanding job,” Whitley said. “We try to make it better and better every year, and I think we did that this year. You always want to do more but you can only do so much and I think that the event, though simple, has a big impact and significance.”

UPD works with San Marcos for adequate staffing on campus By Sajen Claxton-Hernandez News Reporter So many students, so few police. The student population outnumbers every university’s police department, but an adequate officer to student ratio can sufficiently meet the needs of the community. Police Capt. Paul Chapa said the University Police Department’s staff consists of about 90 members. Of those members, 33 are state-certified commissioned officers. The number of commissioned officers on duty at any given shift is about three. Chapa said UPD is adequately staffed, though additional officers could be useful. “We are definitely meeting the needs of the community,” Chapa said. “But, we could always use additional manpower.” Chapa mentioned two reports demonstrating a range of adequate officer to student ratios for campus. One report states the ideal officer to student ratio is about one officer per 435 students. The other report states one officer per 750 students as a maximum. According to this ratio, UPD is not adequately staffed in number of officers. The Texas State student population of approximately 29,000 makes the ratio of commissioned officers to students about one officer to 882 students. According to the ratios in the reports, the amount of UPD personnel on campus compared to the number of students enrolled is not adequate. The student population of Texas Tech University consists of about 28,000 students. Kenny Evans, Texas Tech Captain of Operations, said the university has 54 commissioned officers. Texas Tech’s officer to student ratio is about one officer per 518 students, which is within the ratio report’s adequate staff size range. The student population of Texas A&M University exceeds

48,000 students. Mike Ragan, Texas A&M’s assistant chief of police, said their police department has 61 commissioned officers. The student ratio is about one officer per 787 students. Ragan said a police department has to look at the community they are serving to determine an adequate ratio. Ragan said Bryan-College Station has a low crime rate when compared to the University of Texas. “One officer per 1,000 students might work (for Texas A&M)” Ragan said. “If you put one officer per 1,000 (at UT), that might not be enough to handle what their volume is.” Chapa agreed. “We are not necessarily in the middle of a metropolitan city,” Chapa said. “We are a small community within a small city and the demands are different.” Chapa said UPD has a “memorandum of understanding” with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and the San Marcos Police department or when the need for additional officers arises. “When we have that type of emergency, we will be adequate in reference to our response,” Chapa said. “(We) have established the relationships with both agencies to ensure we would get their support.” Chapa said he would put additional officers on patrol if UPD had the ability to hire more personnel. However, the university police are not hiring. “I think increasing the staffing on patrol will help us do more proactive patrolling,” Chapa said. “If we found ourselves with additional manpower, I would definitely put that additional manpower on the streets with a minimum of five to six officers on duty.” Chapa has been in the police business for 18 years. “I’ve met a lot of people from different higher educational institutions,” Chapa said. “I must say without a doubt the Texas State University Police Department is one of the most progressive higher educational police departments that are out there.”

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clared Democrat, considers the government spending necessary, despite the criticism. “It’s not fair that we have to bail these businesses out, but if we don’t, then we just stay in

a recession,” Loving said. “As far as people protesting, if the companies don’t have money, then the people don’t have jobs to make money to spend it on products, which in turn give the companies money. It is just a huge circle that is lagging mo-

mentum. We have to take steps to medicate it, such as the stimulus bill.” Schmidt said the president was brought in during a tough period. “I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes right now,” Schmidt

said. “But with the bills they are passing through, there is a lot to disagree with. Capitalism allows people to chase the American dream. The more of these policies that go through, the more socialistic environment we will witness.”

and 1,163 people registered. Estaville said two children have received transplants so far from Texas State students — an 8-yearold boy and a 2-year-old girl. “That’s Texas State students saving lives,” he said. “Just that alone makes this worth it. There are children out there who need another chance at life.” Wahl said 90 percent of people making it to the final stage of donation give marrow through stem cells. The process, she said, includes taking injections and getting blood drawn. The blood is returned to the donor after the stem cells are removed. O’Neil said the procedure is painless. “I encourage you to sign up for the list and if you’re called, donate … absolutely,” O’Neil said. Estaville said the Cancer Awareness Month Committee strives to achieve two objectives.

“The whole idea is to make our community here, as well as Texas State, aware of cancer and the signs of cancer so that we can prevent it,” Estaville said. “Many cancers are preventable. Students are young and think they’re invincible. It’s about students. They can’t keep smoking. They can’t keep laying out.” The second goal, he said, is “to reach out and help save people stricken with cancer.” One way the committee hopes to raise awareness is through the largest student health fair Texas State has ever hosted. The event will take place Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LBJ Ballroom. “There’s going to be tons of freebies,” said Ashlee Dozier, health education coordinator. Different kinds of cancer screenings will take place at the event including oral, lung and skin. Dozier said door prizes will

be given away every 15 minutes. The event will make it possible for women to qualify for the first round injection of Gardasil, a vaccine that protects against the common Human Papilloma Virus that can lead to cervical cancer. From there, appointments can be made at the Student Health Center to obtain the two remaining rounds of the vaccine at a discounted rate of $25 per injection. “They found (Gardasil) to be safe and very important,” Dozier said. The event will also promote fitness and nutrition, she said. Chell said those who do not register for the marrow drive on campus can learn more about National Marrow Donor Program by visiting Estaville is thankful he was able to find a marrow match. “God is great,” he said. “Life is beautiful.”

Baker and ASG President-elect Chris Covo, attended the hearing to support Rose and his bill. “While we’re helping students who can’t afford to pay for college, we need to put them in a position where they will have a valuable degree and be successful when they graduate,” Covo said. “I believe Representative Rose’s bill accomplishes a comfortable middle ground that is accommodating to both the students and to the university.” Competing bills in the House and Senate propose a moratorium on tuition-rate increases that would prevent any raise from being implemented until 2011. University President Denise Trauth appeared at a Senate Higher Education Committee hearing April 1 to testify regarding the merits and potential pitfalls of this kind of legislation. “Unless adequate state support is provided by the Legislature, this bill could make it slightly more difficult for Texas State University to maintain quality and to serve a growing student population,” Trauth said. “In the

absence of a substantial increase in state funding for higher education, any tuition freeze would create significant problems.” Trauth testified that, among these significant problems, a spending freeze could have negative effects on enrollment applications, faculty retention and the faculty to student ratio in particular. “Over the past few years, in the face of limited state funding, the ability of our Board of Regents to set designated tuition rates has been critically important in helping Texas State serve our growing number of students effectively,” Trauth said. “Limiting this flexibility could, in some years, limit our ability to address important needs by increasing tuition.” Both the university chancellors in attendance and Texas State’s student representatives agreed a moratorium is the leastdesirable option. “We have grown monumentally in the last six years,” Covo said. “That growth is a critical part of staying competitive, and

it requires funding.” Maintaining a competitive edge in Texas universities was a common theme speakers touched upon. The speakers noted that, while rising costs were becoming increasingly difficult to accommodate, certain expenses — faculty salary, in particular — are necessary to maintain the quality of education students enjoy at Texas universities. “A spending freeze would be a hatchet where we need a scalpel, Representative Rose’s bill is that scalpel,” said Ryan Payne, vice president of the Texas State College Democrats. “No matter what your social status in this state, you should have access to higher education.” Rose’s bill received support from students in attendance. “Of the many bills being proposed, Representative Rose’s has the most to offer,” Baker said. “It lets our representatives share accountability with the universities and creates an environment in which students and their families can afford higher education.”


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it’s one of the greatest experiences of their lives.” For the past three days, Texas State has hosted a marrow drive that has drawn 1,591 people to join the registry. Today is the last day to register on campus, and Estaville said the goal is to raise that number to 2,000. Donors must be between 18 and 60 years old and be in good health. Chell said minorities are especially encouraged to apply because it is more difficult to find matches for them. Angelika Wahl, Cancer Awareness Month Committee board member, said there are tables set up throughout The Quad where people can register. Those who register can expect four cheek swabs, which is the first stage of screening. Last year was the first time Texas State held the marrow drive,


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power away.” Since then, tuition rates have increased dramatically at nearly all major Texas universities. According to testimony by Texas Rep. Dan Branch (D-108) tuition at the University of Texas has increased more than any other public educational institution in Texas — a total of 70 percent since the decision to deregulate. State Rep. Patrick Rose (D-45) cited The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, saying between 2003 and 2007 the average cost of tuition for a student taking a 15-hour course load has increased up to 53 percent. “I think this will lead to a situation where there is a burden on the middle class that is not sustainable,” Rose said. Rose authored House Bill 2637, which proposes a limit of 6 percent on the annual amount a public university’s board of regents can increase its tuition rates. Several students from Texas State, including ASG President Brett

Drought has water levels dangerously low By Amanda Sena Special to The Star Hays County received rain last week, but the drought is still a problem that may worsen. Glenn Longley, director of the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center, said Hays County is currently in “extreme” drought. “When we get dry, we have less recharge to the Edwards Aquifer at the same time that people make more use of it,” said Longley. “This leads to lower levels of the aquifer, resulting in less head pressure to our artesian springs and not as much flow.” Roland Ruiz, assistant general manager of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, said the water level and spring flow are measured in three areas. The water level

is measured in the J-17 Index Well in Bexar County and the spring flow is measured in both the Comal Springs and the San Marcos Springs. It varies every day, but as of April 8, the water level in the J-17 Index Well is 661.4 feet above sea level, Ruiz said. In a case in which the well’s water level reaches below 660 feet based on a 10-day average, water usage would be limited for all Edwards Aquifer groundwater permit holders. “If the drought becomes overly severe and the water level and/or spring flow go below their limits, all users would have to drop their water usage by 20 percent,” Ruiz said. The San Marcos Springs flow, also at risk, is at 97 cubic feet per

second with a limit of 96 cubic feet based on a 10-day average. The Comal Springs, however, leaves a small amount of breathing room, flowing at 266 cubic feet per second with restrictions starting below 225 cubic feet, Ruiz said. A drought as severe as Hays County’s comes with dangers, including a growing number of fires. Hays County put a burn ban into effect as of March 18. Erica Carpenter, the communications supervisor of the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, said there have been a few isolated violations, but the county’s general population has been abiding the burn ban. “Every Tuesday, we have Commissioners Court, where we discuss if the burn ban should be

lifted,” Carpenter said. “Emergency management and the county judge vote on it solely based on the weather.” Ronald Coley, director of the Aquarena Center, said the drought could have serious consequences on aquatic life in Hays County. According to the Edwards Aquifer Web site, there are seven endangered and one threatened aquatic species in the Edwards Aquifer, all of which can be found in Hays County. The main problems for all of the species are reduced spring flows caused by increased pumping, elimination of habitat and degradation of water quality caused by urban expansion. Hays County residents are urged to conserve as much water as they can.

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he world’s current cycle of automobile pollution must come to an end.

The solution to the problem lies in another type of cycle — a bicycle. Bike to School Day happened on April 2, and while the event is a great way to raise awareness of alternatives to driving, the message of the occasion should not be something only thought of on the first Thursday of April. According to an article in the April 7 issue of The University Star, Matt Akins, Texas State alumnus, helped plan Bike to School Day. “The event helps give tools to people and keep bicycling in the community,” Akins said. “The more bikes and fewer cars, the better our community will be. We are a car culture. We are far too dependent on personal automobiles as a way of transportation.” It seems Americans are beginning to get the message the “car culture” needs to change. According to an article from August 2008 on the Christian Science Monitor Web site, Americans drove 12.2 miles less in June 2008 than they did in June 2007. This was a result of gas prices reaching a record $3.73 per gallon. The economic benefits of cutting back on driving are clear, but it is important these decisions are based on the environment and not on pocketbooks. Since June, gas prices have been nearly cut in half. In December, the national average dipped below $1.80 per gallon. It could be tempting to jump back in the driver’s seat and rev the engine. Driving is certainly lighter on the wallet, but there is still a price to be paid. San Marcos is not as expansive as neighboring cities like Austin and San Antonio, so there is no reason why a car has to be a student’s primary means of transportation. According to an article in the March 4 issue of The University Star, the Bike Cave rents tools to students for $8 an hour or allows them to volunteer for an hour to cover the cost of their own projects. Students who do not have time to begin a new bike project can also purchase bikes at the Cave. The world’s supply of fossil fuels is finite, yet people who know this will, in the same breath, begin talking about how great their new H1 Hummer is. It is time for actions to match words and beliefs.


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College stresses are worth trouble

AMMIE JIMENEZ Star Columnist

Higher education is a goal most of us shoot for while going through high school. A good job is needed to make decent money, and a good education is needed to get there. College has us go through the challenges of difficult classes and loan bills with hopes of accomplishing the ultimate goal: securing a well-paying job. However, in these unstable times, it is becoming an increasing worry that perhaps what awaits us after college is not the security we hoped for, but a low-paying job and a lot of debt. It’s terrifying, but true. The possibility of attaining good jobs becomes less stable with the continually rocky economy. A troubling thought is whether college and debt will be worth the job force we enter after graduation. According to an article on the CNBC Web site, the class of 2009 is entering one of the toughest job markets in United States history. The nation’s unemployment rate is heading toward 8 percent or higher. The Web site also entails that, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers plan to increase their college hiring by just 1.3 percent this year, the weakest outlook in six years. FAFSA is readily available to most students, but it is almost impossible to come away from college without some kind of loan debt. The six month grace period awarded to the majority of subsidized loans might seem like enough time to find a job and begin payments. However, with a rising unemployment rate, the grace period is going to end quickly, leaving most of us scrambling to find ways to pay it off. So is it worth going through all the trouble? Yes, it is. The prospect of debt is a somber one, but it’s worth it when having to be as marketable as possible to future employers. The competition is tough in grabbing a lucrative job. According to the CNBC Web site, most employers start by screening out candidates who have less than a 3.0 grade point average. They may also weed out anyone without relevant work experience. There is no way of knowing if the unemployment rate will plunge further in the next few years, but it is evident there are more rough times ahead for college students. So the best strategy is to excel in studies and have a marketable résumé and personality. No matter the possibility of debt, going to college is a must in order to have a chance after graduation.

Teenage ‘sexting’ needs appropriate punishment Amanda Sena Guest Columnist A trend is growing of teenagers sending partially or fully nude pictures of themselves to their boyfriends, girlfriends or sometimes strangers. Some of these teenagers have had their lives ruined after being charged with child pornography. According to, three teenage girls in Greensburg, Pa. sent fully or semi-nude pictures of themselves to male classmates via their cell phones. The girls were charged as juveniles with manufacturing, disseminating and possessing child pornography, while the boys were charged with possession. First of all, this act of “sexting” is completely different from what child pornography laws were cre-

ated for. These teenagers willingly took pictures of themselves and sent them. They were not forced. In another case found on CNN. com, a 13-year-old boy in Middleton, Ohio is facing felony pandering obscenity charges after taping a sex act and showing it to friends at a party. He needs to be punished, but putting him in the same category as adult pedophiles and labeling him as a sex offender for at least 10 years is extreme. Child pornography laws were made for adults manufacturing, possessing and/or disseminating nude pictures of children. Because of this, teenagers who are sexting should not receive the same kind of punishment. The government needs to catch up with modern technology by

creating new laws and forms of punishment to apply to teen sexting cases. Punishments like suspending kids from sports or other extracurricular activities, making them do community service and requiring them to take sex crime classes would be more appropriate. Teenagers need to be taught the dangers of sexting in order to prevent it from happening again. The act is more popular than one might think. According to a poll taken by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and, 39 percent of teens are sending or posting sexually explicit messages through instant messaging, text messaging or email. About the same number of teens are receiving these kinds of

messages. Half of those teens are sending or posting partially or fully nude pictures of themselves. Teenagers’ reasoning for taking part in this act is mainly because of pressure from the recipient, especially for girls. The study found 51 percent of girls say it is “pressure from guys” that is making them send sexual messages and pictures of themselves. Instead of being imprisoned, teenagers should be educated about the risks of sending sexual pictures or videos of themselves, because they are digital records that cannot be deleted entirely. Once sent, teens have no control over where the pictures or videos might go and their lives could be ruined because of it.

✯FYI Teens face child pornography charges for sending elicit pictures in text messages. 39 percent of teens participate in ‘sexting.’ Laws should be changed so the punishment suits the crime. Youth should be better educated about the risks and consequences of ‘sexting.’

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The annual Sakura Festival will be held tonight in the LBJ Ballroom. This year, the festival will include free Japanese food, a Japanese-style rock band, dance performances, door prizes and an assortment of booths including an origami booth. The festival aims to educate the community and campus about Japanese culture and traditions. Sakura began as a way to celebrate Tokyo’s gift of 3000 cherry trees to the people of Washington, D.C. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event starts at 6 p.m.. Admission is $3.

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Hip Hop Congress ‘edutains’ students at competiton By Erica Rodriguez Features Reporter Being “sick” is not necessar necessarily a bad thing for competitors at Hip Hop Congress’s freestyle battle and showcase next week — it’s the complete opposite. The Epidemic: Freestyle Bat Battle and Hip-Hop Showcase will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, featur featuring a lineup of break-dancers, graffiti artists and student per performers in what the organization refers to as “edutainment.” “We try to educate people while we entertain and expose Texas State students to a side of hip-hop they may not always see,” said Jeremy Johnson, marketing senior and president of Hip Hop Congress. “A lot of people look at hip-hop in a negative light, but hopefully this will expose people to hip-hop as good entertainment.” The event theme is “Only the Sickest Survive,” a play-onwords of Darwin’s “survival of the fittest.” The battle for the best, or “sickest,” master of Armando Sanchez/Star file photo ceremony will start at 4 p.m. FREESTYLE FLOW: Valin Zammaron, films his single,“Locally Unknown,” on Saturday at Emo’s with auditions for performers. Lounge in Austin during SXSW 2007. The hip-hop showcase, the Epidemic, will feature freestyle A final eight will be chosen to battles on April 22 at 7pm at the LBJ Amphitheater presented by the Hip Hop Congress. battle for the approval of the

crowd and judges later in the evening. First place will receive a $500 cash prize and second place will take home a complete car audio system from Audio Outlet. A number of local vendors and student organizations will also get the spotlight. Coffee Pot, Texas Skate and the Hispanic Business Association will be set up in the LBJ Amphitheater with food and giveaways. “It’s healthy, clean fun that we’ll be having for the students and in addition to that it will demonstrate diversity,” said Jesse Silva, organization adviser and student project coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Silva said he believes hip-hop can be a universal media to get a message across to younger populations. “Hip-hop is very reaching in terms of demography,” he said. “Regardless of race, it makes for a good common ground for all students.” The group will also be selling their latest album, A Texas STATEment Vol. 2, in efforts to raise money for a third disc. The album has been used to

promote education through hip-hop at high schools and middle schools across Texas and the United States. Organizers hope the event will serve to reverse stereotypes. “It’s educating the students and community about the positive aspects of hip-hop and what it can do and how to use it to reach out to people,” said Amanda Sandoval, precommunications studies junior and Hip Hop Congress public relations chair. “We wanted to showcase the different elements of hip-hop and show all of it positively.” Hip Hop Congress is a nationally recognized organization whose mission is to promote student involvement in social action, civic service and cultural creativity. The group is known throughout the local community for its signature project, Congress Kidz, and the annual Hip-Hop Trio X-Change. The event is also in collaboration with the SACA and the Residence Hall Association. Contact Hip Hop Congress at or 512245-2278 for more information.

Texas States hosts Golden Dragons, Chinese acrobats By Mike Patterson Features Reporter Texas State will host the Golden Dragons Saturday at Evans Auditorium. The performance is part of Texas State Fine Arts’ Encore Series.The Dragons are visiting as a part of their 2008 to 09 Cirque D’Or tour. The tour will commemorate the 30th year of continuous touring in the United States. Art Fegan, the group’s book booking agent from Fegan Enter Enter-

tainment Inc. said the group is unique. “They are the only Chinese Acrobats touring year round in the states,” Fegan said. The group has received two prestigious nominations from the New York Drama Desk, the first for unique theatrical experience and the other for best choreography. According to Fegan’s Web site, “The citizens of China continue to present their acrobatic art for the world today, as it portrays the hard working

nature of their people.” Jessie Chang, the group’s administrator, said the Chinese art of acrobatic dance began almost three millennia ago. “It truly became an art when they started using it as enter entertainment for the emperor about 2500 years ago,” Chang said. The art form incorporates props from everyday life in ancient china such as tridents and wicker rings from farm life and tables, plates, bowls and chairs from the home. Chang says how

the most dangerous stunt is definitely the chair stunt. The stunt involves stacking up to six chairs on top of one another while two performers dance at the top. “The Golden Dragons are a family business,” Chang said. “Danny Chang inherited it from his father and did the first American tour 30 years ago.” Performers that come along with the Dragons will do a one and a half to two year tour and then take time off at their

homes in Hebei, China. “This way the experience changes, new people join in,” Chang said. “This is what has allowed them to be the only year round (Chinese) touring group in the states.” Lei Zhang is one of the per performers and is also the only English speaking member. He has been practicing acrobatic dance for almost 20 years. “I think the thing I like most (about dancing) is the movements and the jumping and

stunts,” Zhang said. As a boy, Zhang liked kung fu but found he was not very aggressive so instead joined the Golden Dragons. “My favorite is the hoop part,” Zhang said. The hoop stunt involves five men whirling one hula-hoop without any of them touching the ground. Tickets for the performance are $15 or $5 with a student ID. Tickets are available online at


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Entertainment Calendar Thursday Bruce Smith Band, 6 p.m., I.S.S., The Organics, Van Sanchez, 9 p.m., Triple Crown The Sarah Pierce Band, 7 p.m., Gruene Hall Cory Morrow, 8 p.m., Cheatham Street The Maybelles, 9 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Kings of Hard Luck, 10 p.m., Gray Horse Saloon Friday Eric Hisaw, 6 p.m., Heroes, Promise Pseudo, 9 p.m., Triple Crown Arc Angels, 8 p.m., Gruene Hall Gurf Morlix, 9 p.m., Cheatham Street Lil’ Bit and the Customatics, 9 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Firewater Sermon, 10 p.m., Gray Horse Saloon Saturday Winter Dance Party, Boxcar Satan, Monkeytown, 10 p.m., Triple Crown

White Ghost Shivers, 1 p.m., Pure Prairie League, 9 p.m., Gruene Hall Texas Renegade, 8 p.m., Cheatham Street Shelley King, 9 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Matt Begley and Bitter Whisky, 10 p.m., Gray Horse Saloon Sunday Open Mic with Grant, Holly and Nate, 8 p.m., Triple Crown Bo Porter Band, 12:30 p.m., Shinyribs, 5 p.m., Gruene Hall Open Mic with Glenn Allan, 9 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Monday Gerry’s Kids 6 p.m., Black Nasty, Wailing Walls, Pink Nasty, 9 p.m., Triple Crown Bret Graham, 7 p.m., Gruene Hall Battle of the Bands, 9 p.m., Cheatham Street

Tuesday JoBeth Henderson, 6 p.m., Wasted Talent, Clemits, T.H.E. Fly, Bo Young, Fluid & Evolve, DJ Myke Nyse, 9 p.m., Triple Crown Rodney Hayden & Drew Kennedy, 7 p.m., Gruene Hall Midnight River Choir & Jordan Minor, 8 p.m., Cheatham Street Jack Higginbotham, 9 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Wednesday RG Stark, 6 p.m., Henry & the Invisibles, 9 p.m., Triple Crown Stewart Mann & the Statesboro Revue, 7 p.m., Gruene Hall Kyle Park, 9 p.m., Cheatham Street Eric Hisaw, 9 p.m., Riley’s Tavern Open Mic w/ Opie Hendrix, 10 p.m., Gray Horse Saloon

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Bobcat Ball celebrates diversity, LGBTQA community Saturday By Jovonna Owen Trends Reporter A world full of mobsters, flappers, booze and jazz is coming Saturday to San Marcos. Members of Lambda, Texas State’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allied community group, are hosting their annual Bobcat Ball this Saturday. The roaring 1920s-themed cocktail party will feature drag show performances, dance music and door prizes. The ball will be held at Bar One-41 located on The Square, previously known as Lucy’s. The drag show will feature performers or “drag queens” from San Antonio and Austin. All proceeds go to Aids Healthcare Foundation, the largest HIV/AIDS care group in America. Ticket sales and donation contributions will help provide care and treatment for the foundation’s clients around the world. According to their Web site, Aids Healthcare Foundation

Budgeting could allow more entertainment time

CRYSTAL DAVIS Trends Columnist

This column’s focus has been centered on student nightlife throughout the spring semester. However, the proverbial pink elephant in the room can no longer be ignored. There is no doubt the economic recession has put a damper on entertainment and livelihood for students at Texas State. Issues are arising that weren’t present last semester as the effects grow more widespread and circumstances become more serious. Students may find themselves being more cautious of

spending money. Consequently, prices on everything from concert tickets to cocktails seem to be unbearably steep. Some students are struggling to pay the necessities and entertainment becomes a necessary sacrifice with the influx of unemployment. Monique Ramos, advertising senior, said she is learning to save in the uncertain economic climate. “I don’t have a job. I still go out, but because I don’t work, I know I have to save money too,” Ramos said. However, not everyone thinks partying less is such a bad idea. According to www., the economic consequences of consuming alcohol can be severe, especially for low-income households. “Apart from money spent on drinks, heavy drinkers may suf suffer other economic problems such as lower wages and lost employment opportunities, increased medical and legal

expenses and decreased eligibility for loans,” according to the Web site. I have heard several commer commercials on Austin radio stations promoting bartending schools for the last couple of months. The spokesman in the commer commercial calls bartending a recession-proof industry, but the sad truth is bars are affected just as much as other business in this tornado of an economy.

don’t have a “I job. I still go out, but because I

don’t work, I know I have to save money too.” —Monique Ramos, advertising senior

The main demographic tar target for bars in San Marcos are

college students, and when students are tight on cash, tips decrease, which in turn affects the students working behind the bar. So how does one still enjoy the nightlife in spite of financial plight? When times get tough, the tough get creative and figure out ways to balance fun and responsibility. A common way to find balance is creating a budget. Figure out how much money you need to save weekly to pay the bills, and use leftovers for fun. If you are trying to conserve money but still want to go out to The Square, don’t skimp on the tip because it is only hurting someone else trying to pay bills. Instead, order something within your price range. Everyone needs a way to release some steam now and then. Paying attention and exercising some financial caution can ensure a night out won’t put your wallet in a recession.

runs the biggest communitybased alternative HIV and STD testing program in California. The organization serves 22 countries and provides 70,000 people with crucial medicine and life-saving support against the disease in addition to its operations within the United States. Scott Schoenmakers, exer exercise and sports science senior and president of Lambda, said members of the group will also be selling T-shirts and taking donations for martini glasses. Lambda hopes to raise $1000 to donate to the foundation. Schoenmakers said he expects a good turnout. He said 140 people have RSVPed on the Facebook event page. Schoenmakers said the group is holding strong to the speakeasy theme. “There is also a secret password for door prizes if you RSVP on the event page,” Schoenmakers said. “We’re keeping with the theme and speakeasies always had passwords.”

Schoenmakers said Lambda has been working hard for about a month on planning and decorations. He said it is the only LGBTQA event for the community this semester. “Everyone’s so open and diverse, friendly and peaceful,” he said. “We’re just having a good time dancing. So if you’re look looking for a good time with no expectations and judgments, then it’s the party of the semester.” Schoenmakers said costumes will be all about the flappers, mobsters, class and sophistication. Jenelle Levenstein, computer science sophomore, has attended previous years’ Bobcat Balls but said she is more excited about the ’20s themed ball this year. “I’m wearing a red, short dress, fishnet stockings, heels and lots of jewelry,” said Levenstein. “I also bought a pair of gloves. I kind of went overboard on the costume.” Admission price is $8 at the door.


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Texas State runner chooses sport of speed Junior dedicates athleticism to year-round training

Lindsey Goldstein/Star photo TRACK STAR: Iris Darrington, interdisciplinary studies junior, is quickly becoming one of the major point winners for the Texas State track team.

By Eric Harper Sports Reporter “Our sport is your sport’s punishment” is a slogan runners sometimes tell other athletes. Unlike others, the running track athletes do is not punishment at practice. It is their practice. Iris Darrington, interdisciplinary studies junior, knows firsthand the dedication required to be an elite runner. “I practice year-round and lift weights three times a week,” Darrington said. “When it was snowing here, I was running. When we were on Spring Break, I ran every day.” Being in condition to run does not happen overnight. Darrington started her running routine at a young age. “I think I started with AAU track when I was 10 years old,” Darrington said. Darrington admitted running track is not always something people desire to do, but was drawn to it when she noticed her natural speed. “I started out in volleyball, but I knew I was fast,” Darrington said. “I ended up trying out for the team, and I just knew I was good, so I stuck with it.” Darrington has had injuries throughout the years, but she knows if she stops running, she will quickly be out of shape. “My freshman year, I had two stress fractures, but I still came to practice to work out,” Darrington said. “My sophomore year, I had

another stress fracture and a torn meniscus, but I ran anyway. I’m a fragile person I guess, but I just figured that it’s not about me; it’s about the team.” Darrington has received advice from various sources since she started running, but her parents and one summer track coach have been the biggest influences. “(My coach) helped me get this far and really understood me as a person,” Darrington said. “My parents have always supported me because they know I’m doing what makes me happy.” Darrington said this year has been one of great growth for herself and her team. “I think I have grown as a person and that I’m stronger mentally. I realized when I help myself, I help the team. Our team has really gotten closer than ever. I think we’re a family now,” Darrington said. “Personally, I have stopped seeing running as just business, something I do. Now, I am truly enjoying it.” Darrington was a state silver medalist on the Judson High School 4-by-100-meter relay team. She won district and regional meets in the 200-meter dash, placing third in Texas. She has been part of two first place 4-by-100-meter relay teams in her collegiate career. She has four top-three finishes in either 100or 200-meter heats. Darrington takes the most pride in her contribution to Texas State’s winning team at the indoor conference meet in February.

“I finished runner up for high point scorer at the conference. I was out of my comfort zone because I had to race in every type of heat,” Darrington said. Most recently, Darrington showed off her skills at the Trinity Alumni Classic, winning both the 100- and 200-meter dashes with times of 11.83 and 24.48 seconds, respectively. The 200-meter time was a season-best record. “It was all about hard work. Coach (Galina Bukharina) has really been killing us at practice, but after it all when I crossed the finish line I was like, ‘Hey, it worked’,” Darrington said. Darrington said the toughest part of running has nothing to do with the physical toll it takes on a person’s body. “I think the hardest thing is not to psyche myself out mentally,” she said. “I know I can handle it physically, but I have to be able to maintain myself mentally through anything.” The mental aspect does play a role in her success, but Darrington knows the physical dedication she has is vital as well. “Hard work really does pay off. This is what I’m here for, I have to be fully committed,” Darrington said. She would love to run track after college, but knows there is no guarantee. “God’s will decides if I continue to run after college, but my degree is most important to me,” Darrington said. “I want to be an elementary teacher. I love kids.”

Tennis finishes regular season with win, prepares for SLC tournament By Dustin Stelly Sports Reporter The Texas State tennis team earned a 5-2 victory Wednesday in the final match of the regular season. The match against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was originally scheduled for Saturday at Texas State, but it was postponed because of rain. Play resumed at Texas-San Antonio so A&M-Corpus Christi would not have to make a long drive twice. Coach Tory Plunkett said the match against A&M-Corpus Christi probably did not affect the Southland Conference tournament seeding. However, Plunkett said it was important for the women to win to regain their confidence after a 4-3 loss to UTSA. The Bobcats began the match playing UTSA and lost the doubles point for the first time in eight games. Plunkett said her team was discouraged after the

doubles matches, but she gave the women two options — to either shake hands with the opposing team members and go home, or stay and fight. Plunkett said the women were fired up after given the choice and won three singles matches, ending one point away from winning the day. “I never like to lose,” Plunkett said. Plunkett said the A&M-Corpus Christi match was an important win for the No. 1 doubles team of Andrea Giraldo, management junior, and Lainy Chafitz, exercise and sports science senior. Plunkett said the No. 2 and 3 teams had too much pressure with the No. 1 team losing five of six matches prior to the one against A&M-Corpus Christi. Plunkett hopes the win will help the team continue earning doubles points as it has in nine of its last 10 matches. “I’m a doubles expert. I played on the pro tour and that was my forte,” Plunkett said. “It’s only

one point, but it’s a huge point.” Giraldo won her singles match 6-3, 6-3. She missed playing time with an injury last season and has struggled with it this year. Her season record is 6-8 with three of her wins coming in the last four matches. Plunkett said now, at the end of the season, Giraldo is finally playing her game. Plunkett said regular season play has ended, and she thinks her team will be seeded fourth or fifth. She said all of the teams in the SLC are close this year and her team has a good chance against anybody. Plunkett said the players will have some time off to rest and make up for missed class work. “Professors are very flexible and very compliant with letting us take time off and miss exams, so in turn, I’m giving the players time off,” Plunkett said. The Bobcats will resume regular practices for the SLC tournament held April 24 to 26 in Corpus Christi.

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The Texas State women’s volleyball club was among 48 teams competing in the 2009 national tournament in Kansas City, Mo. The club placed fifth overall, its best-ever season finish. -Courtesy of Texas State Sport Clubs

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Women’s golf celebrates season, prepares for Southland Conference By Javier González Sports Reporter They have traveled out of state seven times already. The eighth will be the Bobcats’ most important yet. The Texas State women’s golf team will head to Kinder, La. April 20 to 22 to compete in the Southland Conference Championship tournament. Coach Mike Akers said the team has an advantage, as it has already played in Louisiana before. “Yes, we did play at this golf course in February,” Akers said. “That was done intentionally so we would get a good look at the golf course.” The Bobcats tied for first in

the opening round at 297, an alltime school record, in their last tournament, the Ryder Canes & Cardinal Classic. The team won the Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate March 10 in Victoria. Akers said he believes any of his players could win the individual title at the championship and they are all gunning for a top-10 finish. His players in the lineup will be Adin Stromgren, undecided health professions sophomore, Caitlin Bliss, health and wellness promotion sophomore, Gabby De Reuck, undecided freshman, Amy Glazier, marketing junior, and Sydney Liles, applied arts and sciences senior. Liles said the team is preparing for a tough tournament.

“We are going into this tournament expecting a win and continuing (our) season,” Liles said. “Even though we are playing for regions, we are not overlooking this conference. It is going to be a hard fought battle but I truly believe we will come out on top.” Akers said he is concerned the team might not play to its potential. He said Texas State has the best women’s golf program in the SLC, but the team must take care of business and not expect to only show up and win. Akers said his players should not be hesitant about the competition. “Our players are not nervous,” Akers said. “There is no reason for us to be nervous. This is why

I scheduled very difficult tournaments throughout the year. We have been competing against the Big 12, Big 10 teams all year.” Liles said the short game and greens might be the deciding factor for the team’s results. “I think this tournament is going to be won on the putting green,” Liles said. “Last time we played this course, the wind felt like 40 mph, so short game is going to be a big factor. Saving pars and taking advantage of birdie opportunities (are other factors).” Liles said this tournament will be her final one. “It is a little bittersweet knowing it could all be over next week,” Liles said. “I still haven’t really wrapped my head around it yet.”

Austin Byrd/Star photo CLOSE CONCENTRATION: Matt Steiner, freshman pitcher, steps on the mound for the Texas State baseball team Wednesday at Bobcat Field. The Bobcats defeated Prairie View A&M 18-6.

Bobcats stay No. 1 in Southland Conference By Joseph O. Garcia Sports Reporter Spenser Dennis, senior outfielder, hit three home runs in the Texas State baseball team’s victory over Prairie View A&M Wednesday. The Bobcats won 18-6. The last time Dennis played against Prairie View A&M, his former team, he went 7-8, setting the school record for individual hits in a game. He set a personal best Wednesday and tied the Texas State record for most home runs in a game. The Bobcats put four runs on the board in the first inning with a two-run homer by Dennis, his third of the season. Paul Goldschmidt, junior first baseman, batted in his 57th and 58th runs of the season to give the Bobcats a 4-0 start. The Panthers answered in the second inning when Jason Thomas, Prairie View A&M first baseman, tripled to bring in two runs and make the score 4-2. Goldschmidt added another RBI for Texas State in the second to make the score 5-2. Prairie View A&M added a run in the third inning and two in the fifth to tie the game. The Panthers took the lead in the sixth scoring one run to put the score at 5-6. The Bobcats answered in their half of the inning led by Dennis and Lance Loftin, senior infielder. Dennis hit his second home run of the night. His homer was a three-run shot. Loftin followed with his second home run of the season. The Bobcats had a 10-6 advantage at the end of the sixth. “We did a better job in the second half of the game than in the first half,” said Coach Ty Harrington. “They did a nice job of swinging the bat but we

did a good job of adjusting in the second half of the game.” The Bobcats who pitched between the first and sixth innings included Matt Steiner, freshman, Tim Heath, junior, Tyler Bundridge, senior, and Bryant Rutledge, freshman. Loftin continued to contribute as he took the mound in the seventh inning and struck out two batters. The Bobcats scored seven runs on five hits in the seventh. Goldschmidt hit an RBI single and Dennis hit an RBI double. Aaron Taylor, senior, and Jeff McVaney, freshman, pitched the eighth and ninth innings. Rutledge closed the game for the Bobcats. Dennis hit his third and final home run of the game in the eighth inning. He went 4-6 at the plate with three home runs, seven RBIs and scored four total runs against the Panthers. “I don’t need to be surprised (at Dennis) anymore,” Harrington said. “He fits well for this ballpark. He has his own unique style of hitting and obviously does it well.” Dennis said he keeps his cool, regardless of the opponent. “I take the same approach to every game no matter who it is,” Dennis said. “That’s why I like this game, because you’ve got to keep a level head.” Dennis said he was happy with all of his home runs. “Each home run felt good,” he said. “It’s one of the best feelings in the world, it was fun.” Texas State improves to 2510 overall while Prairie View A&M drops to 17-18. The Bobcats will travel to Natchitoches, La. to face Northwestern State for a three-game SLC series Friday to Sunday.

TOP FIVE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE TEAMS Texas State 13-5 SLC, 25-10 overall Sam Houston State 11-7 SLC, 22-13 overall Texas-Arlington 11-7 SLC, 20-16 overall Northwestern State 10-7 SLC, 16-16 overall Lamar 10-8 SLC, 23-15 overall

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