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APRIL 21, 2004



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Students help out with Master Plan By Jennifer Warner Senior Reporter

The class was divided into four groups, each with six technology and interior design students. Each group has developed a design that will be presented to the Academic Affairs division at 9:30 a.m. May 4 in the Mitte Complex, Room 4236. Tisdel hopes the students’ efforts will help Master Plan architects develop ideas that are feasible and functional. “Our research will aid the new architects that will be hired in efficiently looking at that space and possibly using some of my students ideas,” Tisdel said. “We hope we will give the architects some sort of efficient use of the space so that they can work more efficiently on their projects and their Master Plan.” Tisdel said the designs more than double the size of the Psychology Building and incorporate a visitor’s center with the

With the theme “Honor the past, claim the future,” planning for the 2006-2015 Campus Master Plan is underway to decide the future of all renovation and construction projects on university property. Technology students are getting involved with the planning stages of this process by submitting building designs to the university with hopes that some of their ideas will be incorporated into the Master Plan. Chris Tisdel’s advanced architectural drafting class has been working all semester to develop a design that will incorporate a new multi-story visitor parking garage, a new visitor’s center and a new psychology building into the current parking area between Butler Hall, the Education Building and the J.C. Kellam Administration Building.

Andy Ellis/Star photo Troy Reisner, Fil Grady and Brandon Reisner of the San Antonio band 51 Acres perform at the LBJ Student Center Ampitheatre as part of Texas State's N.O.R.M.L. event Tuesday. As a part of its celebration, N.O.R.M.L. gave out prizes and information on the legalization of marijuana as well as hosting a total of eight bands at the ampitheatre and Lucy's on The Square.

Electric trams ‘Literary outlaws’ go on display to speed up campus travel By Rickey Purdin News Reporter

By Amelia Jackson News Reporter Students who are often late to class because of long hikes across campus will soon have an alternative to hoofing it. Observant members of the Texas State community may have noticed two large, clothcovered objects on the side of the Nueces Building. These objects are the newest addition to campus transportation — electric trams. “We’re trying to move more people through campus instead of around it,” said Stephen Prentice, Parking Services supervisor. Texas State is the first university to have these trams, he said. The models have been

made to order, with a hotel in Hawaii being the only other entity to own one. The trams are part of Parking Services and not affiliated with the larger bus system run by Auxiliary Services. “With the increase in parking permit fees, we wanted to provide more services,” Prentice said. “This has nothing to do with student fees; this is money that was allocated three years ago.” The cost of the trams was covered in the parking permit fee increase presented to students three years ago, not the bus fee referendum passed this semester. The hold-up in implementing g See TRAMS, page 4

floor of Alkek Library. Showcasing six writers and journalists who infected Texas and the nation with Tearing through the Texas littheir innovative styles and indeerary scene of the 1960s with their pendent voices, the exhibit cointypewriters blazing, six writers cides with the release of a book changed the landscape forever, on the writers by Assistant according to a new exhibit in Curator Steve Davis in late the Southwestern Writers April. Collection. Now they’re getting Image courtesy of Barbara Whitehead Manuscripts, first-edition their time in the spotlight. novels, movie posters, type“Texas Literary Outlaws” is the newest writers, correspondence, pictures and exhibit in the collection located on the 7th numerous other nostalgic items present

Map courtesy of Office of the Vice President for Finance and Support Services Route illustration by Scooter Hendon Pictured is the future route of the electric tram service through campus. - Indicates tram will loop around Butler Hall, before passing in front of Lantana Hall.


writers Bud Shrake, Billy Lee Brammer, Gary Cartwright, Peter Gent, Dan Jenkins and Larry L. King. “The display shows how we got from one place to another,” Davis said. “From a place where a black student wasn’t allowed to go to college to a place where Austin is now the live music capital of the world, with a big film and literature base.” At the height of the 1960s these boisterous writers came together as friends and g See OUTLAWS, page 3

Students protest with Day of Silence

By Katherine Eissler News Reporter

Students on campus, along with about 630 schools nationwide, are remaining silent today in protest of the prejudice that gays and lesbians encounter. Lambda, the student organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and

their friends, will participate in the National Day of Silence, a national youth movement, to speak out against harassment, prejudice and discrimination of the GLBT community. In an effort to heighten awareness on campus, Lambda member Julia Decker, political science and history junior, will be among the participants. “This is just a way of show-

Task force seizes 192 lbs. of marijuana

By Kay Richter News Reporter


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The Hays County Narcotics Task Force received a tip that resulted in a seizure of 192 pounds of marijuana Thursday. The tip was received early in the morning, and by the end of the evening, four suspects had been arrested. The surveillance started around 6:30 p.m. when officers first spotted a tractor-trailer rig suspected of transporting the marijuana headed north on I-35. Detective Carl Spriegel, who was informed about the vehicle’s suspected drug trafficking, stopped the vehicle for traffic violations as it approached Highway 123. Department of Public Safety troopers later joined him. After receiving permission from the driver, officers searched the cab/trailer and found 12 bundles of what they believed to be compressed g See SEIZES, page 3

ing what social stigma can do to people,” Decker said. “We are calling attention to the fact that a lot of people aren’t going to speak out when discriminated against.” Part of Lambda members’ demonstration will be wearing black clothes and tape over their mouths. They will also have signs posted explaining the goal of their protest and sta-

tistics on why people don’t “come out.” “There is something striking about people not speaking,” said Griffon O’Connell, theatre and anthropology sophomore. The student organization has made several attempts to protest discrimination. In Fall 2003, Lambda set up g See SILENCE, page 4

Blogs all the rage I N S I D E Amusements....................8 at symposium

By Kay Richter News Reporter

AUSTIN — In the emerging global network packed with e-mails and cable modems, journalists are quickly embracing forms of technology that alter the traditional roles of journalism. With the appearance of blogs, a term derived from Web logs which are authored by journalists, an introduction is made into the large array of issues that remain a hot topic of debate. On Friday and Saturday, the Fifth Annual International Symposium on Online Journalism was held in the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center at the University of Texas. Rosental Alves, the Knight Chair in journalism, sponsored the symposium. Early Saturday morning, a small crowd of media professionals, professors and students gathered to discuss and reveal their research regarding “The State of Blog Journalism.” Mark Tremayne, assistant journalism professor, moderated the panel discussion. He said g See BLOG, page 3



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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

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EVENTS Wednesday

Christians at Texas State meets at noon in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-10.1. Sexual Assault & Abuse Services meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. For more information, call 245-2208. American Marketing Association meets at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-14.1. Student Volunteer Connection meets at 5:30 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-5.1. Higher Ground meets at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church.

Texas State Cru meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Academic Services Building-South, Room 315. The Rock meets at 7:30 p.m. at the CSC chapel. 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.


NA Meeting is at noon. For more information, call 245-3601. SWAT runs from 11 p.m.-3 a.m.


Horsemen’s Association hosts its first ever Play Day at 9 a.m. at Freeman Ranch. Organization and Service Awards is at 6:30 p.m. in the LBJSC Ballroom. SWAT runs from 11 p.m.-3 a.m.

Bobcat Supper is at 5:30 p.m. at the Christian Community Center.


College Republicans meets at 7 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-13.1.

Higher Ground meets at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church.

Science Fiction/Fantasy Society meets at 8 p.m. in LBJSC, Room 3-11.1.

Deck Support airs from 8-10 p.m. on 89.9 FM, KTSW.

Crosstalk meets at 8 p.m. in the Alkek Teaching Theater. Bible Study meets at 8 p.m. at the Catholic Student Center.


Campus Christian Community meets for free lunch and study at 12:30 p.m. at CCC.


Dealing with Dysfunctional Families meets at 5:15 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets at 8 p.m. in the Bobcat Stadium Endzone Complex.

Calendar Submission Policy Relationship Concerns meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Texas State Counseling Center. Victory Over Violence meets from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at LBJSC, Room 3-12.1.

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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SMCISD drug testing decision to be made Thursday A special Board of Trustees meeting has been scheduled for Thursday to decide on whether to adopt a new drug testing policy that would allow the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District to randomly test students involved in extracurricular activities. SMCISD superintendent Sylvester Perez announced this during the regularly scheduled trustee board meeting held Monday. Concerned parents and board members raised several questions on the proposed drug testing policy during that

meeting. The cost of the proposal is an issue for both parents and board members. The absence of two trustees also contributed to the decision to reconvene later in the week to further discuss and possibly approve the drug-testing program as proposed by an ad hoc committee. The meeting will take place at DeZavala Elementary School located at the intersection of FM 621 and DeZavala Drive.



Special Collections counterparts win Texas Association of Museums awards

The Southwestern Writers Collection and Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography at Texas State won eight Mitchell A. Wilder Awards in the 2004 Publication Design Competition held by the Texas Association of Museums. This marks the sixth consecutive year the two counterparts of the Alkek Library Department of Special Collections have been honored with Wilder Awards and the most they have won in a single competition. The collections were recognized with two Gold Citations for invitations designed by Michele Miller, Special Collections spokesperson, one for the Rocky Schenck Exhibition Opening and Artist’s Reception and one for a Special Collections Meet and Greet. The seventh volume in the Wittliff Gallery Book Series, Rocky Schenck Photographs, designed by Kevin Reagan and published by UT Press, won a Silver Citation. A Merit Citation was given to the inaugural 16-page Special Collections newsletter, The Keystone, also designed by Miller in conjunction with EditorCurator Connie Todd, Assistant Curators Steve Davis and Carla Ellard, and Development Officer Beverly Fondren. Last year, the Southwestern Writers Collection began hosting the English department’s Therese Kayser Lindsey/Katherine Ann Porter and Mitte Chair Reading Series, which is advertised by posters created by Art and Design Professor Mark Todd and his students in liaison with Creative Writing Program Director Tom Grimes, Connie Todd and Miller. The first round of these posters took the following Wilder Awards: the Barry Hannah Poster designed by Mark Todd received a Gold Citation; a second Barry Hannah Poster by Lisa Christie, one of Todd’s students, also won a Gold Citation; Mark Todd’s The Poet Ai Poster garnered a Silver Citation; and the Tim O’Brien Poster, also by Todd, received a Merit Citation. The 25th annual Wilder Design Competition drew 245 entries from museums of all sizes, regions and disciplines throughout Texas. Submitted materials ranged from posters, brochures, newsletters, books and invitations to Web sites and videos. In total, 15 gold, 18 silver and 41 merit certificates were awarded to 25 recipients. Named in honor of Mitchell A. Wilder (1913-1979), founding director of the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth and an advocate of excellence in museum publication, the annual TAM competition was created to recognize achievement in graphic design and media production and encourage quality in public presentations.

Sorority brings singing competition to San Marcos with AKAIdols

If you like American Idol and have always wanted to participate in a singing competition, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is looking for you.

The Sigma Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is bringing AKAIdols to Texas State and San Marcos. This is a singing competition similar to, but not exactly like, American Idol where singers get the opportunity to try out for a spot in the AKAIdols showcase and compete for cash prizes. Just like the TV show, an open audition will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. today in the Styx Game Room of the LBJ Student Center. Singers will audition in front of three judges who have musical backgrounds and will be competing against performers not only from the university but from San Marcos High School as well. Also, like American Idol, in the AKAIdols show the singers will sing in front of an audience and judges who are similar to the likes of Paula, Randy and, of course, Simon. As a special treat for the audience an unforgettable bloopers of the auditions will be shown. Singers are asked to bring their own music and to contact Shalanda Gilford at (713) 478-7009 to RSVP. The showcase will take place May 3 at the University Performing Arts Center, and more details will be coming soon in terms of times and admission prices.


Propane fueling system dedicated by City of San Marcos, Texas State The city of San Marcos and Texas State will dedicate a new propane fueling station at 9 a.m. today. The public is invited to attend the grand opening. The propane station, located in the northeast corner of Bobcat Stadium, was established through a cooperative venture between the city of San Marcos and Texas State to accommodate alternative fuel vehicles. “The propane station is an important demonstration of our commitment to clean air,” said San Marcos Mayor Robert Habingreither. “This will be used by alternative-fueled trucks owned by both the city and university and will also be available to the public.” The mayor has proclaimed today as “Clean Fuel Day” in San Marcos in recognition of the grand opening. Participating in the event will be representatives of the city of San Marcos, Texas State, Central Texas Clean Cities, the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Department of Energy, Texas Railroad Commission, Clean FUEL USA, Schwan’s and SPX/OTC. The program will include remarks, a reading of the proclamation and a demonstration of the refueling process from the station. Jeff Charron, SPX/OTC Tools of Houston representative, will present a two-speed idle emissions test demonstration. Clean FUEL USA, a partnership between multi-state propane marketers and manufacturers, will bring President George Bush’s propane fueled truck for display. The city of San Marcos Electric Utilities Division has purchased two propane-fueled trucks that are expected to be delivered in the near future.


Press releases courtesy of Media Relations, the city of San Marcos and Mitte Foundation

San Marcos Police Department

April 19, 9:53 a.m. Credit card abuse/South I-35 — Credit card abuse at SMPD lobby.

April 19, 7:43 p.m. Burglary of a vehicle/ Highway 80 East access road — Several small tool items were taken from an unlocked truck in the construction area. No suspects.

April 19, 1:14 p.m. Theft initial dispatch/Wonder World Drive — Theft under $1500. Two cameras stolen from retirement center. April 19, 4:13 p.m. Forgery/South I-35 — Fake $20 bill received by complainant.

April 20, 5:56 a.m. Burglary of a vehicle/North I-35 — Unknown subjects broke into vehicle.

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OUTLAWS: Exhibit celebrates writers


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created memorable literature as they found their voices in opposition to Texas’ conservative traditions. “The generation before them was writing about rural Texas with cattle and farms,” Davis said. “This was the first group to write about modern Texas and its politics.” Joe Nick Patoski, a former senior editor at Texas Monthly and colleague of many of the writers, said these writers influenced all of America. “These guys made the words jump off the page,” Patoski said. “They lived very full lives when they weren’t writing and it showed in their work in ways writers before them hadn’t done.” Among the outlaw writers is Shrake, whose massive archives were recently moved to Texas State. Working as a journalist and sports writer before he went on to pen Harvey Penick’s Little Green Golf Book, the best-selling sports book of all time, Shrake is possibly the most influential and successful of the outlaws. “The best living writer has got to be Shrake,” said Patoski, whose archives are also housed at Texas State. “In terms of whole bodies of work, he’s the best there is. I’ve donated primarily because of writers like these. Every writer aspires to achieve what they did. But you can’t hope to duplicate that lifestyle because their environment and personalities were so unique.” Davis said all the writers have archives located in the Southwestern Writers Collection and the displays are made up of pieces from each. King, best known for cowriting the play The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, has an archive even bigger than Shrake’s, including thousands

of correspondencies that chart his relationships with other writers as well as politicians like George Bush and Gerald Ford. “All the displays are interesting in different ways,” Davis said. “With Brammer, you can see the change in his writing from clean and clear to demolished and scattered.” Brammer wrote The Gay Place, which has been regarded as the best novel about American politics of our time. After years of drug use, Brammer overdosed in 1978. “You can see in his manuscripts how easy it was for him to write The Gay Place,” Davis said. “Then you see his unfinished manuscript for the sequel and his writing completely changed and fell apart. That’s the benefit of this exhibit. You can see who these guys were.” Patoski agreed and called Brammer the wildest of the bunch. “He was so wild and so good; he just didn’t stick. Modern journalism couldn’t hold him,” Patoski said. Davis called Gent, a former professional football player and author of North Dallas Forty, the wildest of the bunch. “Gent was at a University of Texas football game and he was incredibly high and it took four security guards to take him down,” he said. “They put him in a holding cell under the stadium until his friend Don Meredith came to get him. The others saw Gent as some one who came in and out of lucidity.” A reading and signing of Davis’ book is planned from 4 to 6 p.m. on June 3 at the exhibit. His book explains how the writers came of age in Texas when the state was almost completely vacant of a literary tradition. They fought and sliced a place for themselves in history.

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blogging was a phenomenon that began appearing in 1998. One of the issues raised within the panel discussion was the consideration of blogging as journalism. Traditional journalists and bloggers can go about their work in similar ways but the differences between the usual formats of the media and blogs remain numerous. Eric Wiltse, University of Wyoming senior lecturer, said he introduced blogs in his journalism class. His findings indicated students learn about blogs mainly through modeling other blogs. He also found that blogs provide social interaction on topics such as current events. Participants also talked about the potential blogs have for reaching a mass audience. J. Richard Stevens, UT journalism graduate student, discussed the Internet and the rise of amateur reporting. Stevens named Chris Allbritton as an example of a blogger. “Allbritton raised enough funds from his online readership to rent equipment and travel to Iraq to cover the war firsthand,”


Stevens said. However, bloggers do not always live by the same code of ethics of media professionals when reporting the news. Stevens cited Sean-Paul Kelley, a Texas blogger who published a popular war blog called “The Agonist” as an example of unscrupulous media practices. “Kelly plagiarized material from his subscription to the newsletter published by Statfor, a Texas-based intelligence firm,” Stevens said. When journalists do have personal blogs, there have been controversies surrounding legal and ethical compliance. Kathleen Olson, Lehigh University assistant professor, explored how professional journalists use blogs and the ethical dilemmas involved. Olson cited the example of Steve Olafson, a reporter who covered government in Brazoria County for the Houston Chronicle. “The blog occasionally criticized the local Brazosport newspaper as well as the Chronicle,” Olson said. When Olafson’s identity became known in 2002, his blog was shut down and he was suspended and fired from the Chronicle.

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marijuana. “The trailer, which was refrigerated, contained marijuana hidden among a full load of watermelons,” said Narcotics Task Force Sgt. Chase Stapp. After locating the marijuana, the vehicle was then moved to an undisclosed business location where officers removed the marijuana. The driver of the vehicle, 27-year-old Noe Ramirez of Raymondville, was charged with delivery of marijuana, which is a first-degree felony, authorities said. Later that evening, three other suspects staying at a San Marcos motel were arrested and subsequently charged. Police identified three other suspects including 38year-old Ezequiel Jimenez of Brownsville. Jimenez was also charged with delivery of marijuana. Jose Muniz, 25, and Ramiro Granados, 31, from McAllen were charged with conspiracy to deliver marijuana, a second-degree felony, authorities said. “It was a large seizure for our task force when you consider our county; however, it was not a considerable amount considering the size of the vehicle,” Stapp said. The Hays County Narcotics Task Force was formed in June 1998. It consists of officers from the narcotics divisions of the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and the San Marcos Police Department. The force is assisted by such federal agencies as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. As of December 2003, Hays County Crime Stoppers has reported that 386 cases have been cleared and $47,861 rewards have been paid, according to its Web site. The street value of the narcotics recovered for Hays County is reported to be more than $11 million.

Hormone therapy gets a new look

Just weeks after the National Institutes of Health halted a massive study, finding estrogen’s risks outweighed benefits for post-menopausal women, a privately funded trial will look at whether hormone therapy prevents hardening of the arteries in younger women, ages 40 to 55. The private Kronos Longevity Research Institute, based in Phoenix, selected eight research centers at some of the most prestigious medical schools — including Columbia, Harvard and Yale — to participate in the $12 million study. The centers plan to enroll 720 women in the five-year study, with more than half randomly assigned to a control group that takes placebos. “The pendulum has swung from ‘Estrogen is good for all women’ to ‘Estrogen is bad for all women,’” said Dr. JoAnn Manson, an expert on cardiovascular disease in women and a principal investigator for the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study, or KEEPS, at Harvard University Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. That, she said, is “a gross oversimplification.”

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After 45 years of development and delays, NASA’s Gravity Probe B satellite was launched into orbit Tuesday morning to test a key prediction of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. The 6,800-pound, $750-million spacecraft was placed in a 400-mile-high polar orbit by a Boeing Delta 2 rocket launched from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:57 a.m. The craft, about the size of a van, separated from the rocket 75 minutes later. “The solar arrays are deployed, and we have received initial data that indicates all systems are operating smoothly. We are very pleased,” said program manager Rex Geveden of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. “This is a great moment and a great responsibility, the outcome of a unique collaboration of physicists and engineers to develop this near-perfect instrument to test Einstein’s theory of gravity,” said Stanford University physicist Francis Everitt, the principal investigator.

Texas sizing up Japanese trucks

SAN ANTONIO — Bruce Groda is one Texan Ford doesn’t have to worry about. Sauntering out of Hermann Sons Steakhouse in the town of Hondo after lunch, toothpick rolling around his mouth and arms bulging out of a plaid shirt with the sleeves ripped off, Groda leaves no doubt about his loyalties. “I’m a Ford man from way back when,” he said, opening the door to a 1994 F-350 with more than 260,000 miles on the odometer. “I’m not too much on any damn foreign vehicles. Not interested. Don’t need ’em. Not American.” Groda said he uses his truck for “hog hunting, deer hunting, chasing women and drinking beer,” then smiles and points to the “Dozer Service” logo on his door. “I use it for hauling dozers and equipment.” Groda represents a core of oldschool drivers who are either rabidly committed to American brands or need super-heavy-duty, one-ton work trucks for towing things like bulldozers. Nissan and Toyota so far have no plans to build one-ton trucks, though that could change if the half-tons catch on. Briefs are from wire reports.

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visitor’s parking garage to ease the process of campus visitation. In two of the drawings, the visitor’s center is attached to the parking garage. The plans include a small retail component and there is potential for a small food component in the visitor’s center. Another factor in each of the four drawings and the Master Plan is the incorporation of green space. Nancy Nusbaum, Finance and Support Services assistant vice president, said faculty, staff and students who had been surveyed indicated green space as an important factor on campus. “It contributes to the beauty of campus and it gives you a place where you can congregate, socialize and relax,” Nusbaum said. “We want to contribute more to the aesthet-

ics of the campus by identifying more green space.” Originally, Tisdel’s students were focusing efforts on the area neighboring the Aquarena Center on the edge of campus, but they were asked by Joanne Smith, Student Affairs associate vice president, and the Transportation and Parking Committee to focus on the area near JCK. It is not known if any of the students’ designs will be chosen to be part of the Master Plan, but Nusbaum said it is important to include them because it gives students a sense of pride. “It gives them that link back to the university rather than just going to school here,” Nusbaum said. “They would have more pride in the school if they could see their efforts being implemented.” Initial planning to get students involved with the


Master Plan took place in February 2003. Five classes submitted proposals in October and all five were accepted. Classes in agriculture, art and interior design are participating with projects of their own. The agriculture class is in the process of developing a plan for a tree walk that will identify trees of significance on campus. Even though Tisdel does not know the future of his students’ designs, he said it is an important opportunity for them to take part in the process. “It’s an excellent way to include the student body in something this major for the campus,” Tisdel said. “The student body is the reason that we’re all here and I think it would be wise to include such a large body on campus with their ideas and their creativity.”

SILENCE: National project intends to raise awareness

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

a free-standing door to symbolize the “coming out” of homosexuals. One side the door was painted black and had stories explaining why some homosexuals remained in the closet. The other side was painted in rainbow colors and had stories from homosexuals who had received positive support after expressing their sexuality. The door was left on campus to encourage students to read the stories because sometimes talking to a group can be intimidating, O’Connell said. The door was stolen from in front of the LBJ Student Center after being left on display overnight. This week students will attempt to heighten awareness once again. Day of Silence, founded in 1996 by students at the University of Virginia, is a student-led event that gives those in support of making anti- lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender bias unacceptable in schools a chance to protest the discrimination and silencing experienced by the group and their allies. After gaining widespread press coverage and positive responses from participants in the first year, the founders took the event to the national level. Day of Silence has also achieved international recognition by schools in Australia that have participated in a protest modeled after the one practiced in the United States. The project, which originated with only 150 participants, grew to incorporate more than 1,900 schools in 2002, including colleges, universities and

middle and high schools. Its goal is to make schools more inclusive environments. In the past eight years, Day of Silence has gained the sponsorship of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, in collaboration with the United States Student Association, to make it an official event. A resolution for the Day of Silence was introduced in Congress in 2002 and received support of 29 co-signers, and former California Gov. Gray Davis issued an official proclamation in 2002 making April 10, the original date, the National Day of Silence. The national event has since moved to April 21. “Colleges and universities must take lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students seriously and make their campus policies and services inclusive,” Rebecca Wasserman, USSA president, said in a press release. “Without the right policies in place, access to higher education for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students will continue to be stifled.” Miami University students in Ohio participating in this year’s event are facing the same anti-discrimination policy issues that Texas State students have been debating. The University of Massachusetts-Amherst students are focusing their efforts on marriage equality, while in California at the University of Redlands, students are using the day to present a proposal to their president to create a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender resource center on campus.

ning is better than none. There is also the possibility of adding trailers to the trams, which could hold an additional 20 passengers. The problem with the trailers is the added weight combined with the Hill Country landscape of campus could make movement difficult. Still other students feel the trams will lead to student laziness. “The electric trams seem unneeded,” said Brenna Manzare, sound recording technology freshman. “We have a really pretty campus. It’s nice to get out and exercise during the day.” Manzare lives in Elliot Hall, next to the LBJSC. Although most of her classes are in the Music Building or downtown in the Firestation Studio, she said she rarely drives or takes the bus.

“It’s really easier just to walk,” she said. Other students are eager for the trams to begin running, eliminating long walks in the midday sun from the LBJSC to JCK. “I’m all about it,” said Jason Roberts, public administration senior. “I think there definitely needs to be some kind of transportation besides the buses.” Prentice said he is eager to serve the desires of students and open to adapting the routes as needed. He said he would like to eventually see the trams deliver students as far as the Mitte Complex and the Supple Science Building. “We aren’t competing with the buses or duplicating existing routes,” Prentice said. “The idea is to supplement stops to places the buses can’t go.”

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the trams was because the first models the company provided were not American Disabilities Act compliant, Prentice said. Currently, Parking Services is waiting for licensing from the state to make the trams legal. Prentice said he expects to have things up and running by the first summer session. The tram will initially run a figure-8-shaped route between J.C. Kellam Administration Building and the LBJ Student Center. The route is expected to take about 20 minutes to complete, depending on traffic flow. Because the trams are meant to be a convenience and not a mass-transit solution, Prentice said there would not be designated stops or tim-

ing points. Instead, students will be able to board and exit the trams at stop signs and corners. The two trams hold 17 riders each and a wheelchair. They will be running in opposite directions along the same route. The efficiency of the plan is of concern to some students. “I understand there is a need for a way to get some of our students across the inner-part of campus because the campus is so spread out,” said Ernie Dominguez, Associated Student Government president. “Hopefully it will help ease some of the traffic on campus loop buses, but I just don’t know how much of an impact these two electric trams are going to have in serving the large number of students that we have.” Prentice said he feels having two trams run-

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Lawmakers should ensure equal school funding THE MAIN POINT


he latest legislative special session focusing on school finance began Tuesday, and already the mudslinging has begun. State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn has spoken out about Gov. Rick Perry’s school finance plan, which she said would leave the state in a $10 billion deficit at the end of five years and has compared it to the disaster that was the Hindenburg. Perry’s plan has also made other GOP leaders distance themselves from him, and some

church-related groups have put down the plan because it relies heavily on “sin taxes,” with money coming from video lottery terminals, cigarettes and strip club admissions. Perry’s plan to separate the property tax system — which would send residential property taxes to local school districts and commercial property taxes to the state — is his way of abolishing the Robin Hood system and making high-dollar districts richer while urban districts would not gain any funds.

But while critics are complaining about Perry’s plan, it is the only one on the table, which he has pointed out. And according to Perry’s administration, Strayhorn’s calculations are incorrect, which is a bold stance for them to take since it is the comptroller’s job to say how much money the state will have to spend. What the Legislature needs to keep in mind with this special session is one thing — a solid education. With talk already

going around about schools increasing their class sizes, something has to be done and done correctly. If the Robin Hood system should be killed, the Legislature needs to ensure that there are equal resources made available for the poorer districts, which would suffer. When it comes to education, like anything else you put money into, you get what you pay for. Lawmakers just need to ensure that everyone, rich or poor, gets the same type of education.

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Judge not ... unless you want to be a hypocrite

Christianity is the religion of the masses, worldwide in any denomination of practice, from Baptist to Protestant to Lutheran to Catholic. What is the Jeff Miller lure of an Star Columnist ideology based on one man’s teachings, death and resurrection? Color me cynical, but I find that a little hard to buy into. This is certainly not aimed at the faithful individuals who practice Christianity without portraying a — pardon the pun — holierthan-thou mentality. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the people who attempt to live their lives according to the solid morals and beliefs that are outlined in the Bible. The main problem with Christianity is the über-zealots. Those who I am referring to are those who press and cram religiosity down the collective throat of society. To those who do believe they are better than the rest of us “heathens” who have not yet “found Jesus,” I say to you: Who the hell do you think you are? Granted, the Constitution certainly gives the right to each American to practice whatever it is they believe in. But, for Christ’s sake (a pun some might not find as amusing as others), this does not by any means give anyone the right to show up on my doorstep at some ungodly hour shoving mass-published redemption in my face as I’m try-

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ing to brush my teeth. Let’s have an example, from right here at good old Texas State. Remember that nasty little abortion protest set up by the ultraright-wing citizens of wherever the hell last semester? Remember how they stood and waved their little Bibles around, proclaiming their “knowledge” of the Divine Plan and the “fact” that the Plan certainly didn’t include the option of abortion? Remember the wholly inappropriate pictures and the children handing out Christian pamphlets right in front of them? Remember how the campus unified into attack mode and damned appropriately so? How dare you come onto campus and stand there like God Himself ordained that you badger college students into listening to your bigoted drivel! What gives you the right to proclaim that you know more of the Plan than anyone else? Simply put, where the hell do you get off? Have I or anyone else ever barged into your church, screaming pro-choice, showing pictures of shriveled and wasted AIDS or heroin babies? Just as your church is a place of worship for you, our campus is a place of study and peace for us. Take your sermons and your narrow-minded self back to the ranch, Jack. Unfortunately, it’s not just campus where we are bludgeoned with the blunt end of the Bible. Now we head down to The Square for a drink or two after a hard week of studying, learning and lectures. We certainly have earned a stout refresher. But wait, what’s that on the corner? Why, it’s a handful of good Christians with a Divine Bullhorn! And they’re reprimanding us, publicly, for the sinners we

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are! This is exactly what I needed after mid-term exams, a reminder of what a horrible person I am because I imbibe from time to time on a well-deserved alcoholic beverage! And I really need complete strangers to tell me that I’m going to burn in Hell for eternity as I try to hold a conversation with my close friends outside of my personal favorite “sin saloon,” Lucy’s on The Square. Again, where the hell do you people get off? The point is this: Far be it for me to say whether one person or another is on the right or wrong tracks of good faith. And I will be damned if I do say so myself, but it’s not anyone else’s place either, not Christians, nor agnostics, nor Jews nor Muslims. The only reason I single out the Christians is that they seem to be the only ones perpetrating their own greatness, which sounds a lot like pride to me, which I’m pretty sure goes directly against what the Bible teaches. If I have offended anyone by saying these things, I’m not at all sorry. If you take offense, it’s probably because you have that delusion of grandeur that you’re above others, simply from what you believe in. A quote from the Bible is appropriate. Christ Himself put it well in Matthew 7:1 — “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” Well said, Jesus, well said. And I will take the title of hypocrite, thank you very much, for being so damnably judgmental. If you want to check out an amusing article circulating on the Web that coincides with this stuff, go to Miller is an English freshman.

Stop the press! Call CNN, NBC, ABC, Fox News, Newsweek and every other major media outlet to inform them that early political polls are misguided and ill-timed. Why would any group, including a Texas State political science honor society, have the audacity to stage a campus-wide political poll or mock election this early? What nerve! Texas State students may actually begin to think about imperative policy issues that affect us at present. It is our obligation to stimulate students in civic participation as early as possible. Tuesday’s “Main Point” also stated this “is the most important presidential election in years,” so why wait? I guess it would be better to sit back on our hands and let things take their natural course and let others form the Texas State campus opinion. While we are at it, I guess Pi Sigma Alpha should apologize for being a rational organization. The idea that John Kerry is not getting the Democratic nomination is absurd. Since 1952, every winner of a party primary has received the official nomination. But just to be sure, we allowed write-in candidates. And comparing our fliers and placards to a McDonald’s menu is ludicrous. A student may learn about the general platform of the candidate and agree or disagree and conduct further research on the issues at hand. Pi Sigma Alpha is trying to educate and motivate while remaining neutral. I can’t ever read The University Star because of the bungling jargon that flies in its pages on a daily basis. Also, to clear up the issue that some seem uncertain on, Pi Sigma Alpha is holding a follow-up election this fall to observe how opinions have changed campus-wide. Why people criticize attempts to inform people is beyond me. It is a question Pi Sigma Alpha cannot figure out. Remaining neutral, Pi Sigma Alpha pushed hard for a debate between the College Republicans and College Democrats preceding the election; however, we decided to forgo the debate because the College Democrats refused to be affiliated with the mock election. This would have created an obvious Republican advantage. Unbeknownst to Pi Sigma Alpha, the president of the College Democrats received press in the newspaper for something he refused to be affiliated with. Anyone interested in hearing about our plans for the mock election in the fall can come to our meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Evans Liberal Arts Building, Room 283. — Jonathan Hullihan political science and history senior and Pi Sigma Alpha treasurer

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have organized a campus-wide debate with real issues listed on fliers instead of meaningless political buzzwords and politicians’ own bungling jargon. One point you failed to make was whether the College Democrats would have joined in a debate had it been separate from a premature mock election. If they had, that would have been a much more productive and informative perspective to students, instead of getting votes from students who are not yet informed about whom they are voting for.

Pecans, embryos lead to bigger living things

Dear Rugh Cline, You raise many arguments in your “Columnist Response” on April 13’s Opinions page. However, I am addressing the argument you make about pregnancy termination, as this issue is important to me. Your argument that, “no baby has ever been ‘slaughtered by abortion’” by using the analogy that “a pecan is not a tree” is invalid and dehumanizing. We value trees more than pecans not because of moral/humanitarian reasons, but for pragmatic reasons. Trees serve many purposes and produce numbers of pecans. Pecans are plentiful and expendable. The forest experiences no moral dilemma when a pecan is destroyed. Pecans are expendable because they are things, not people. To use the pecan-tree analogy to explain the value of an embryo as a person reduces the overall value of human life to sporadic vegetation. Scientifically speaking, Dr. Paul Ramsey, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, states, “genetics teach us that we were from the beginning what we essentially still are in every cell and in every general (and individual human attribute.)” And Dr. Hilgers, founder of the Pope Paul VI Institute, tells us “no living being can become anything other than what it already essentially is.” This proves that a pecan is essentially a tree, and that an embryo, actually and scientifically, is a human being. A pecan is a little tree, just as an embryo is a little person. By suggesting that your analogy is an appropriate and substantial argument for abortion, you then suggest that as humans we are to value bigger and older humans more than smaller and younger ones, specifically the unborn. To further illustrate the inadequacy of your argument, according to genetics, your analogy rather validates than invalidates that abortion is murder. All a pecan tree is or will ever be is in a pecan. Similarly, all that an adult is or ever will be is in an embryo. A tree is a mature pecan; an adult is a mature embryo. When a pecan is destroyed, there will be no tree; when an embryo dies, there will be no adult. Abortion kills actual people and actual babies. — Audrey VanDeWalle English junior

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Def Jam signs imprisoned rapper Knight Ridder Newspapers “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisFyodor wrote ons,” Dostoyevsky, who himself tasted prison life. We’d like to think that, were he alive, Dosty would be a Shyne fan. The rapper, born Jamal Barrow, was being groomed by hip-hop mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs to replace the deceased Notorious B.I.G. But Shyne was busted in ’99 in the New York nightclub shooting that involved P. Diddy and his then-honey, Jennifer Lopez, and was given a 10-year sentence for gun possession and assault before his career really began. Now it looks as if Shyne will get his career after all; Island Def Jam has signed the 25-year-old imprisoned rapper to a $3 million record contract. The record company plans to produce the album with material Shyne recorded before he began serving his sentence. The record label’s chairman, Antonio Reid, told The New York Times, “We are proud to welcome him to our Def Jam family.”

The ‘reality’ of beauty? ‘Makeover’ shows present their version of what the ideal is BY IAN RAGSDALE ASST. ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

Envision a future in which little girls have abandoned antiquated role-playing activities like “house” and “doctor” and will instead draw on each other with markers while playing cosmetic surgeon. At 8 years old, they will pick their future chins, cheeks and noses; at 16, their new hips, breasts and butts. Their children will pop out of the womb and all will find them hideous, just as they find themselves, until the scalpel can fix what Mother Nature created. This future could be far-fetched and implausible, or it could be the inevitable evolution of Western — at least American — society. The premiere of Fox’s makeover reality show The Swan placed 10th in the network primetime Nielsen ratings, with 15 million viewers, making it the fourth-mostwatched reality series on television that week. Less popular shows like ABC’s Extreme Makeover (not to be confused with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in which living rooms are redone, not noses) and MTV’s I Want a Famous Face also contribute to the United States’ perplexing love affair with the unattainable “ideal.” The reactions to the shows range from resoundingly negative to, “Can I get made over next season?” to the absurd. On The Swan’s message boards, most posts take a critical stance on the show, especially calling on the “God made us how we are for a reason” argument. “There is only one part of our body that matters when we die,” wrote one poster. “It’s our soul. That is what is going to matter in eternity.” Another wrote somewhat harsher words: “Especially those who claim to be mothers and wives … you are all a true disgrace to women everywhere. What sort of example are you setting? Why be so superficial? When are women going to stop trying to live up to society’s expectations and start accepting age with grace and dignity?” The show’s proponents, however, resonate with the contestants’new internal poise that comes from their new external appearances. “(I am) so happy to see this show is giving women new self-confidence,” wrote one poster. Like the critics, the pro-Swan side factions its zealots. “I have to know,” went a post, “those (of) you (who) criticize this show and all the women who are inspired and intrigued by it (myself included) — do you go to the tanning beds, get hi-lights/perms, have your nails done? Because if so, hate to break it to ya, you’re a freakin’ HYPOCRITE!” Oddly enough, some of the more inflammatory and left-field comments are much more pertinent to the debate than what’s presumed at first sight. “Does anyone else think (Nely Galan) is nasty ugly?” writes one commentator whose stance on cosmetic surgery is unclear. “She is The Swan coach and producer, but she needs

Chris Sipes/Star illustration to get a new face.” Although there are a variety of attitudes toward the makeover shows, they are not necessarily balanced out. On an poll asking who would have plastic surgery to look like a celebrity, in the style of its show I Want a Famous Face, 68 percent responded “No Way” and 20 percent said “Maybe.” The MTV show follows young men and women who have chosen cosmetic surgery in order to have the look of a celebrity. All have been thrilled with the results. Mike and Matt, former pimpled-faced twins who sought out a Brad Pitt-look in order to spark their acting careers, enjoy strutting their stuff through the mall and watching ex-girlfriends cry at the sight of their hunky mugs. Some irony has been lost on at least one of the show’s participants. Jennette, a naturally gorgeous model who sought a voluptuous body like Kate Winslet, finds her new appearance makes her feel “foxy and ferocious,” yet that figure has created new problems for her. Since the surgery, “I have not been looking for the opposite sex,” she said. “I think I would be warier of men that approach me now. I think I would question their motives more.” Despite the widespread negative reactions to the shows, they are still getting advertising dollars, and Fox is promoting The Swan like there is no other show on primetime. Do people really find it entertaining? “They are perversely interesting,” said Jill Hall, communications junior. “As gross and superficial as they are, I watch them because of the curiosity involved and to see how the people turn out.” That doesn’t sound like a rave review of the processes behind the show, but it does belie the grudging acceptance cosmetic surgery is getting in the United States. In early 2002, Fox News Channel figure Greta Van Susteren had an eye-lift to remove perpetual

bags, which was accompanied by a media blitz that didn’t rip her to shreds for corrupting the youth of the country. Admittedly, most Americans younger than 30 have no idea who Van Susteren is, but if they saw her before and after pictures they would probably claim that the lift was a good idea. ATV personality’s touch-up is not as hard to justify as is the major work done to the average Janes and Joes on The Swan and Extreme Makeover. When a celebrity gets a face-lift or a nose job, there are inevitable cries of “foul,” but for people constantly in the spotlight the motive is understandable. It is when the middle-class begins asking for the same benefits that the naysayers get riled up. “A person cannot buy confidence in the form of a new face,” said Ashley Dwyer, undeclared freshman. “All these shows do is reinforce the idea of perfection and that people cannot be beautiful as they are. No matter what the ideal is, there is a problem of there being an ‘ideal’ in the first place.” One of the visitors to The Swan’s message boards left a thought-out diatribe about his ideas on the state of the nation’s attitudes toward beauty: “All over these message boards there are posts from ladies who are asking, nay, begging to be chosen as a contestant on The Swan. Why aren’t they making strides to change their own lives? Why does it require a television show? Why lipo and not jogging and so on? Why not a new hairstyle and a new black dress? Why not a walk around the block?” It may be that his sermon espouses the most spiritually fulfilling path one could take, but that path appears to be the road less and less taken. By all accounts on television, the way of the future will be augmented with silicon, Botox, collagen and lots and lots of plastic.

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Premise: This documentary series follows subjects who decided on their own to get plastic surgery to look like a celebrity.

Premise: Individuals are chosen from thousands of applications for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to change their looks and their lives.

Premise: Offers women the opportunity to undergo physical, mental and emotional transformations with the help of a team of experts. Each week one of two is chosen to go on and compete in a pageant to become “The Ultimate Swan.”


Colored Girls delivers emotional tales BY JEFF MILLER ARTS REPORTER

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In the play For Colored Girls Who Have Contemplated Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, poet/playwright Ntozake Shange displays a different vision of how theatre should function. Calling her work a “choreopoem,” combining elements of dance and poetry, Shange presents Colored Girls as a powerful production with rudimentary elements. Colored Girls, which was presented Friday through

Sunday at the Studio Theatre in the Theatre Center, consists of 12 girls in seven different hues, a metaphor for the colors of the rainbow. There are no separate acts, rather a series of monologues focusing on each lady’s trials as a woman of color. The set is simple, with a few strands of multicolored Christmas lights illuminating a disco ball. The simplicity of the surroundings, however, does not take away from the powerful messages outlined in Colored Girls. With each monologue, the audience is subjected to the

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A different kind of dorm pet

Kill Bill: Volume 2 offers surprise, humor

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Hermit crabs keep roommates company BY IAN RAGSDALE ASST. ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

Butler Hall roommates Kelly Garrott and Amanda Jimenez came back from Spring Break with two pastel seashells in a box. The shells aren’t good luck charms collected at the beach or tacky decorations given to them by a well-intentioned grandmother. Those kinds of shells don’t crawl away when set on the floor. What the girls brought back were hermit crabs, sporting the latest in crab fashion. The vibrantly-painted blue and pink shells, which house new best friends Romeo and Juliet, substitute for the pets the girls have back home and miss while away at college. “You can’t have anything else in a dorm room except a fish,” Garrott said, “and then you have to clean the bowl, feed them, you can’t leave them during breaks and you can’t play with them. Hermit crabs don’t really give you affection, but it’s still fun.” Whereas many pets come with a parental reminder that they are a lot of work, Garrott finds that hermit crabs are ridiculously easy to watch over — at least when they aren’t trying to crawl away. “They aren’t much effort,” she said. “They hardly ever eat. We have hermit crab food and give them romaine lettuce and white popcorn as a treat. Once a week we give them a bath just by submerging them in water. You never have to clean their cage, and there is no smell.” The crabs are often set free in the room when one of the girls is home, and that’s when things get more interesting.

The Bride (Uma Thurman) surveys her next victim on a cliff in El Paso in Kill Bill: Volume 2. Courtesy photo

The Bride is back and ready to finish off what’s left of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Volume 2. In this volume, The Bride (Thurman), tracks down the remaining names on her death list: Budd (Madsen), Elle Driver (Hannah) and, of course, Bill (Carradine). While Volume 1 was an actionpacked Kung Fu flick influenced by the Japanese code of Bushido, Volume 2 is more of a spaghetti western influenced by the martial arts culture of China. Volume 2 embraces all the elements of Tarantino, including lots of surprises and humor. One surprise is a cameo made by Samuel L. Jackson who plays the piano player in the wedding massacre scene. rehearsal Legendary Kung Fu movie star Gordon Liu, can also be seen in Volume 2 as Pai Mei, The Bride’s martial arts master. In addition to surprises, The Bride’s name is finally revealed. As opposed to Volume 1, Volume 2 presents a full account of the wedding rehearsal massacre in El Paso. During this scene, the viewer finally gets a good look at Bill. While Volume 1 focused on tons of fighting sequences, Volume 2 gives an in-depth explanation of the plot. For instance, the audience

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gets insight on the relationship between The Bride and Bill. Hannah and Madsen’s characters have interesting and surprising encounters with Thurman’s character. If you’re wondering why Hannah’s character wears an eye patch, Volume 2 gives an interesting explanation. The surprise at the end of Volume 1 brilliantly becomes another surprise at the end of Volume 2, specifically in the final chapter when Bill and The Bride face off … or do they? If you haven’t seen the first one, be sure to see it before you check out Volume 2. Kill Bill: Volume 2 perfectly illustrates a post-modern epic story about revenge. According to Carradine, it’s an inside look at the hearts and minds of violent people. Tarantino has not only outdone himself as a director but has created a film that could possibly be one of the best movies ever made. — Anna Lisa Moreno


LOCKHART — A dozen par cans blaze over the Gaslight Theater’s black box stage in Lockhart, washing out the set’s white floor, white chairs and, most importantly, a large white painting. The production is Art by Yasmina Reza, and the playwright’s dialogue is as harsh as the lighting. The three men in the play exchange contemptuous, critical words that inflame tempers as often as they ignite laughter, all the while deeply discussing art, attitudes and friendship.

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bought theirs at a mall vendor in Houston. Part of the reason they bought the crabs was to free them from the cramped conditions provided by the mobile merchant. “I felt I was doing a justice for the hermit crabs,” Garrott said. “Instead of kidnapping them, I was adopting them into a better environment.” The People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals wouldn’t agree — visit for a cartoon version of hermit crab life — but conscientious “parents” of the crawlies are out there. Creating better conditions for crabs in captivity is the mission of the Hermit Crab Association (, which publishes free information, runs an Internet forum and has a Courtney Addison/Star photo semi-annual convention for crab keepers nationwide. Kelly Garrott, mass communication freshman, holds For Garrott and JimenRomeo and Juliet, her pet hermit crabs. She has had ez, the connection with them since Spring Break. their crabs was instanta“You have to watch them when you let neous — the animals became like friendthem out,” Garrott said. “They can actual- ship bracelets, something they could ly crawl really fast, and they like to be share through their college years — hidden, so you can lose them easily if you although they would eventually like to aren’t paying attention.” release them into the wild. Hermit crabs are becoming popular at Hopefully Romeo and Juliet will have pet stores and can be purchased in San outgrown their pastel shells and moved Marcos at The Critter Shop (360 S. LBJ into something a little more tasteful by Drive), although Garrott and Jimenez then.

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Reza’s characters are sometimes outlandish, yet remain familiar, and director Randy Wachtel has perfectly cast the three friends who have common interests but whose opinions have intensely diverged from each other during the course of their friendship. Clint Underwood plays the caustic intellectual Marc, much like a “Steve Stifler” with a fine arts degree from Yale; William Rene’s Serge, who buys the outrageouslypriced white painting, seems unaware of his artier-than-thou mind-set and the extent of his failure at family and romance; Yvan, voiced at a high register by

Dave Butts, is an art-naif blown by the wind and bullied by the other men, as well as by his mother and fiance offstage. What Art lacks in set pieces it makes up for in intense performances. Rene boils as Serge, as if his latent anger and frustration have cooked the hairs right off his bald head. When Serge and Marc are together, they compact all of their education into tight balls of dialectic insults and hurl them at each other until Yvan the Innocent finds himself in the way and (literally) gets an earful of their conflict. Although the arguments are sometimes preposterous — the

play is about how the relationships of three men are tested by a painting, as if it were Tolkien’s ring — none of the character’s claims are untested in the real world. These are actual arguments that artists and critics have every day. Hopefully they do not all lead to crises such as that in Art. Art runs through May 1 at the Gaslight Theater, located at 204 N. Main St. in Lockhart. Tickets are $10, and for $16 one gets a seat plus dinner at the worldfamous Black’s BBQ across the street. For information and reservations, visit or call (512) 376-5653.

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Spacey clears the record on his ‘mugging’ Knight Ridder Newspapers So just how badly was acclaimed thespian Kevin Spacey injured when, in the words of the Daily Mirror, he was “brutally mugged” in a south London park while walking his dog at 4:30 a.m. Saturday? Well, the American Beauty star did hurt his noggin, but he wasn’t mugged.

Not really. Spacey told the BBC Monday that he did file a report saying he’d been brutishly assaulted, but later told police his report was a tad hyperbolic. Spacey, 44, says he was embarrassed to admit he was conned by a kid who ran off with his cell phone. He said the youth gave him a “sob

story” about needing to call his mum and asked if he could use the Oscar winner’s cell. “It was such a good con that I actually dialed the number myself,” Spacey said. But the lad took the phone. “I ran after him and ... tripped up over my dog and I ended up falling onto the street and hitting myself in the head.”

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Student manager needed for apartment community. Experience preffered with flexible hours. Apply in person at The Metropolitan Apartments. 121 Craddock Ave. no phone calls please. (4/29) ____________________________ Study Breaks Magazine is now hiring writers, photographers & advertising sales representatives. Place contact. 512-480-0894. (4/28) ____________________________ Rose Garden Restaurant hiring hosts. Apply in person. 805-0880. (4/29) ____________________________ 17 people needed to lose weight! 100% Natural! 512-848-6103 Andrea. (4/22) ____________________________ Personal Attendant to assist wheelchair user with personal care and housekeeping, 5:45-7:10 a.m. 3 days a week. Must have own car, female preffered. Good pay. Call 353-1330. (4/29) ____________________________ Personal Care Attendant needed for a quadriplegic man. Applicants must be able to lift 150 lbs. They must also have a good driving record. Full-time, part-time, and weekend positions available. Experience is not necessary. Please call 512-2805402 or 512-773-1468, if there is no answer leave voice mail & your call will be returned. (4/29) ____________________________ Part-time receptionist, approximately 30 hours per week. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. beautiful land development office on Canyon Lake. immediate opening. Call or e-mail at 830-935-4640 or ____________________________ Part-time help needed. General office duties for busy optical office. No exp. needed. We’ll train. Bilingual preferred. No phone calls. Apply within. Texas State Optical, 1104 Thorpe Ln. (4/29) ____________________________ Tutor wanted for high school algebra I, once per week beginning next fall, Wimberly, call Shawn (512)847-8963. (4/29) ____________________________ Bartender/ Bouncers needed. 512-374-1998. (4/29) ____________________________ 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) ____________________________ 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) ____________________________ 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) ____________________________ 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)

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Texas state

Bobcats gored by ’Horns, 9-3

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Team can’t recover from 1st inning errors

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R ER BB SO AB BF 0 0 0 2 12 12 3 3 0 0 10 10 0 0 0 1 4 4 0 0 1 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 5 5 0 0 0 3 4 4

4 1 3 0 0

Win - Kyle McCulloch (6-0), Loss - Brian Hurley (1-4) Save - None HR - Kainer (2) Time - 2:51, Attendance - 4379

slc baseball Standings Teams


Northwestern St. Lamar Texas-Arlington TEXAS STATE Texas-San Antonio Sam Houston Southeastern La. Louisiana-Monroe McNeese State Nicholls State

W 8 8 8 7 6 6 5 4 4 2


L 3 4 4 4 5 5 7 8 8 10

PCT .727 .667 .667 .636 .545 .545 .417 .333 .333 .167

W 20 26 23 20 19 12 11 18 16 12

L 13 10 14 18 17 20 21 19 19 22

R H E 1 8 0 2 60

TX STATE (36-16, SLC 19-5) Baylor (38-12)

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

AB 4 4 4 2 3 3 3 3 3

R H RBI 1 4 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

Totals 29 1 8 1


AB R H RBI 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 Totals 23 2 6 2

rf Schwet. 3 0 2 2b Leeberg 3 0 0 lf Osburn 3 1 1 1b lake 3 0 2 pr Daniel 0 1 0 dh Maler 3 0 1 cf Levesque 3 0 0 ss Wilmoth 1 0 0 3b Pomes 2 0 0 c Sheek 2 0 0

TEXAS STATE Pitching IP H R ER BB SO AB BF 6.0 6 2 2 1 7 23 24

Trahan Baylor Pitching Ferguson Vitek

IP H R ER BB SO AB BF 3.2 6 1 1 0 3 17 17 3.1 2 0 0 1 5 12 13

Win - Cristen Vitek (23-6), Loss - Katie Ann Trahan (12-8) Save - None HR — None Time - 2:02 , Attendance - 417

Ashley A. Horton/Star photo University of Texas shortstop Michael Hollimon tags out junior left fielder Matt Miller at second base for the third out of the inning in Austin Tuesday night. The Bobcats lost to the Longhorns, 9-3. The Bobcat pitching got through the bottom of the fifth inning allowing only one hit and no runs. The Bobcats could not capitalize though, and went scoreless in the fifth as well. After a scoreless sixth by both teams, Texas State had a great opportunity to climb back into the game in the seventh. With one out, Ramos was walked, Anson singled and senior center fielder Evan Tierce laid down a perfect bunt to advance the runners and get

himself on base as well. With the bases loaded and only one out, the Bobcats were unable to capitalize, as Miller struck out swinging and Cooper grounded out to end the inning. A series of mistakes by the Bobcats again in the seventh allowed the Longhorns to score three final runs in the seventh and shut the door on any thoughts of a Texas State comeback. “When we play good defense, we give ourselves a

By Jason Orts Sports Editor

SOFTBALL at baylor 4/20/04 Score by inning

AUSTIN — A mistake-filled start to the game abruptly ended any hope of an upset for Texas State, as they fell to the top-ranked University of Texas 9-3 Tuesday night. The first inning was especially brutal for Texas State and junior starting pitcher Brian Hurley. After loading the bases, Hurley gave up his first run on a passed ball, followed by an RBI groundout by UT right fielder Hunter Harris. Next up was left fielder Carson Kainer. With one on, Kainer sent a shot over the right-field wall. The two-run blast gave the Longhorns a 4-0 lead, with which they would end the inning. The Bobcats continued their sloppy play during the second inning. After center fielder Drew Stubbs singled, he was able to score before another ball was put in play. Stubbs’ score was due in large part to a wild pitch by Hurley and a throwing error by Texas State sophomore catcher David Bednarek.

chance to win,” said Harrington. “Certainly we didn’t do that tonight, and when you do that against a good team like Texas you pay the consequences.” It was a rough game for both teams’ pitchers, with Texas State bringing five to the mound and UT using six. Despite losing the game by six runs, the Bobcats actually out hit UT 13-7 and it was Miller who led the hit parade, going 3 for 4 with two RBI.

Texas State falls to Baylor for 7th consecutive loss

PCT .606 .722 .622 .526 .528 .375 .344 .486 .457 .353

TEXAS STATE.............0..0..1..0..0..0..0 Baylor..........................0..0..0..2..0..0..X

By Kevin Washburn Sports Reporter

“We’d have liked to have (had) a better start,” said coach Ty Harrington. “We didn’t do a good job defensively and pitching-wise early in the game and obviously that set a tone for us.” That would be the last action Hurley would see. He was relieved after pitching just 1 2/3 innings and allowing five runs, four of which were earned, off of three hits and three walks. After UT scored another run in the bottom of the third and put the Longhorns up 6-0, the Bobcats staged a mini-comeback. Junior outfielder Matt Miller led off the fourth inning with a single. After a fly out, senior outfielder Richard Martinez and junior second baseman Nolan Mast hit consecutive singles to knock in Miller, cutting the UT lead to 6-1. With the bats starting to heat up, Texas State’s pitching started to settle down. Senior Michael Gultz, who relieved Hurley earlier in the game, retired three straight Longhorns in the bottom of the fourth. With one out in the top of the fifth, junior shortstop Dominic Ramos and junior third baseman Kyle Anson hit a pair of singles. One batter later, Miller came to the plate and had a single of his own, scoring both Ramos and Anson.

WACO — Texas State center fielder Kristen Zaleski went 4 for 4 with a run scored and a stolen base against the 20th-ranked Baylor University Bears Tuesday, but it was not enough as the Bobcats fell 2-1. The Bobcats out hit the Bears, 8-6, but left eight runners on base in dropping their sixth consecutive game on the current road trip and seventh overall. Texas State is now 36-16 on the season and 0-2 against Baylor. Texas State broke a scoreless tie by putting together three straight two-out hits off of freshman pitcher Lisa Ferguson, to push across the game’s first run. Zaleski started the rally with an infield single and right fielder Janelle Wolter followed suit, beating out a ground ball to third. Pitcher Katie Ann Trahan then smashed a double to left field, sending Zaleski home. Baylor pitcher Lisa Ferguson avoided giving up more when Bear third baseman Stephanie Pomes snagged a line drive off the bat of Bobcat first baseman Hannah Snow. After the Bobcats put two on with two out in the fourth on singles from second baseman Ashley Wilson and

Eric Chyn/The Baylor Lariat Baylor first baseman Chelsi Lake rounds first as Hannah Snow, sophomore first baseman, watches on in the Bears’ 2-1 win against Texas State Tuesday night at Getterman Stadium. The loss was the Bobcats’ seventh in a row. third baseman Heather Ackley, Baylor pulled Ferguson in favor of junior Cristin Vitek, who induced left fielder Amy Krueger to foul out to end the threat. The Bears got to Trahan in the fourth, putting up a two-spot in the inning. With

one out, Baylor left fielder Kelly Osburn reached on an infield single and moved to third on a single by first baseman Chelsi Lake. Designated player Melissa Maler then gave the Bears a 2-1 lead with a double to left field and moved to third

on the throw home. Trahan limited the damage by getting the next two Bears to fly out. Texas State again put two on with two out on a Zaleski single and Snow walk, but Vitek was once again up to the task and got catcher Rachael Bonetti swinging. Vitek struck out the side in the sixth and gave up only a single to Zaleski in the seventh, winning her 23rd game of the season (23-6) after allowing two hits in 3 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, striking out five. Trahan took her third consecutive loss, falling to 12-8. The Bobcats will complete the regular season with a three-game conference set against the University of TexasArlington. The Bobcats and Mavericks will face off in a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Saturday before the regular season finale at 1 p.m. Sunday. Texas State takes a one-game lead into that series in the Southland Conference standings at 19-5 in league play. But should the Bobcats finish tied with the University of Texas-San Antonio, which is 18-6 in SLC action, the Roadrunners will be the top seed in the SLC tournament, which will be held April 30-May 2 in San Marcos, by virtue of sweeping last weekends series between the two schools.

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